Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Richard Did: Review (spoiler-heavy)

WARNING: This is partly a review and partly a discussion of the film What Richard Did and it is absolutely laden with spoilers, up to and including the ending. Unless you've seen the film yourself, please don't read it! And go see the film. It's terrific.

What Richard Did is an Irish film directed by Lenny Abrahamson. It is loosely based on Kevin Power's book Bad Day in Blackrock, which was itself loosely based on the tragic killing of teenager Brian Murphy outside Club Anabel's, for which four other teenagers stood trial. Even if you have read Power's book or know the ultimate outcome of the real-life court proceedings, you may be surprised by the direction taken by What Richard Did.

Richard Karlsen, played brilliantly by Jack Reynor,  is handsome, popular and rich ("Super Rich!", as he is called, half-jokingly, by a team-mate). He is the captain of his school's rugby team. He is eighteen years old and enjoying the summer before he goes to college. He has a car, free access to his parents' beach house and plenty of spending money. He is polite to his friends' parents and to his own. He is affectionate to his friends, hugging both boys and girls when he meets them. He watches out for younger members of the group, intervening to protect the vulnerable when necessary. He is successful with girls, using his golden boy charm to great effect - although an amusing early scene between the boys indicates just how ignorant and ill-informed they are about girls. His parents trust him and are proud of him. They also have high expectations of him, which he consistently meets and exceeds. Although he is only eighteen, he is treated as an adult, free to do what he wants, when he wants. Richard's life is a charmed one and it is easy to look at him and see his whole glorious life laid out in front of him, an endless series of successes and kudos.

When Richard falls for Lara (Roisin Murphy), the girlfriend of his team-mate Conor (Sam Keeley), he is easily able to win her over but once they are together, his insecurity and jealousy over her continuing friendship with Conor begins to cause problems. Richard wants everything to be perfect - he wants Conor to bow out and acknowledge that the better man won, he wants Lara to prove herself to his parents so that they approve of her and he also wants her to stop seeing Conor. On the night of a house-party, Richard has a row with Lara, Conor intervenes, and a fight starts. Richard's other team-mates help him and the three boys beat Conor. Lara sees the beating and tries to stop it. After Conor is on the ground, Richard goes back and kicks him viciously. As the boys move away to go home, they look back to see Conor staggering to his feet.

The next morning, Richard wakes to a bruised nose and a hangover. His parents are tranquilly reading the papers and listening to the news. Richard is horrified to hear that the body of an eighteen year old man was found at a house-party in Dublin 4. Without saying anything to his parents, he calls his friends together and they try to get their stories straight. Each of the boys feels they have as much to lose as the others, but Richard knows that he is the one who kicked Conor and that this must have been what killed him. While the boys think they can get away with it if they just hang tough, Lara is the wild-card. Eventually, she tells Richard she lied to the Gardai and covered for him and the other boys, but is horrified by his selfish concern for himself and his lack of concern for Conor. Richard gives a statement to the Gardai, placing the blame on some gate-crashers who had started an earlier fight and removing any suspicion from himself or his friends.

It is at this point that the film truly becomes fascinating. The golden world of Richard and his friends has been so carefully and so brilliantly constructed that watching it crack and threaten to shatter is horrifying. Richard tries his best to keep his secret to himself but ultimately, under pressure from his father, who thinks Richard is covering for others, he ends up clinging to his father, teary-eyed and confessing everything to him. Richard's father does not handle it well. While clearly this is the kind of nightmare that no parent would ever be prepared for, Richard's father's reaction is shocking. He abruptly leaves Richard, walking away from his only child at his most vulnerable time. He later tells Richard that he should go to the beach-house for a time and that he will get in touch with him. Richard agrees as though this is a perfectly normal request. The father who seemed so loving, so affectionate, so proud of his son, does not want to face the flaws in the child he raised. For me, this reaction was extremely telling. Richard's drive to succeed and excel, his need for his girlfriend to perform well so that his father would approve of her and the insecurity and jealousy that ultimately led him to attack Conor, make perfect sense for the son of such a father. There are other moments in the film where it is made clear that Richard's father is busy and successful (hence the family's wealth) and not very available to his son. Before Richard gives his statement to the Gardai, he calls his father at work, but couldn't get him to come to the phone and so he goes alone and uncounselled by a parent. Right before Richard confesses to his father, the father tells a story of how Richard had begged him to build him a treehouse but when he didn't get around to it, the nine-year-old Richard began it by himself, thus forcing his father to assist him. This father-son relationship that seems so close from the outside is in reality built on very shaky foundations and will only work as long as Richard continues to be the perfect son. When Richard confesses "I killed him" to his father, his father's reaction is never about the ultimate truth of what his son did - about how he took the life of another child and how that is to be paid for. 

Richard's father seems to me to be concerned with rebuilding the facade - something that will never happen if Richard confesses. He never advises him to speak to a solicitor or the Gardai; he also does not even seem to think about the tremendous burden of guilt and fear Richard must be carrying. He sends Richard away while he uses some of his influence to find out the angle the Gardai are working from and if Richard is in danger or not. It does not seem to occur to him that sending his child away by himself at this terrible time in the boy's life could be dangerous. It certainly occurred to me, as I watched Richard alone in the beach-house, screaming his fear and agony into the couch cushions, curled up and crying in his bed, walking sombrely along the beach or sobbing so hard he vomited, that this was a boy who could quite easily have tried to end his own life. But Richard's father treats him as an adult, not a teenager, and perhaps this is part of the problem. Richard tries to act like an adult but he is not truly an adult yet. At his age, he is still young enough to sometimes need his parents very badly. His father fails him in this regard. He fails to advise Richard to face up to what he has done. He assists him in covering it up. But he also fails to help Richard to work through what he is feeling. He abandons him. He seems only to want to preserve the illusion of the status quo. And Richard's mother is never given an opportunity to support him or help him make a good decision, because both father and son tacitly agree to keep her entirely in the dark.

After being permitted to return to the family home, Richard has to face his coach and his team-mates at a gathering in memory of Conor. He is able to tell one of the other boys involved in Conor's death that the Gardai are not going to come after them; the third boy had earlier refused to continue his friendship with Richard. Afterwards, he goes knacker-drinking with some members of the junior rugby team, slipping back into his golden boy persona, though it is now very clearly a mask that he is having difficulty keeping on. He ends the evening by seducing the much-younger daughter of his coach, who he had earlier in the film protected from another boy, shouting at him that "She's just a kid!". This betrayal was compounded by the fact that the girl in question was involved with one of the junior team who hero-worshipped Richard. This particular sequence made me really question how much of Richard's personality as revealed at the start of the film was really him and how much was the invented persona. His need to be liked and to be popular meant there was no currency in him upsetting people or misbehaving. He clearly disliked it very much when Conor was upset with him over Lara and he was initially very quick to apologise for upsetting Lara herself. Richard the Golden Boy was the invention of Richard the insecure boy and it was such a successful persona that it ultimately almost became him.

After a harrowing funeral service, in which Conor's mother begs for those who know what happened to her son to come forward and tell the truth, Richard breaks down outside the church and is comforted by Lara. They go away together to the beach house where they talk about running away together. Richard makes the decision to come clean and go to the Gardai. He talks about how making this decision means he can "breathe again", which I found very affecting. While religion makes almost no appearance in What Richard Did, the catharsis of confession and repentence is something Catholics are taught from childhood. I think that Richard's decision to confess was ultimately selfish, although it was prompted by Conor's mother pleading for closure - he did not decide to confess because it was the right thing to do but because he felt he could not live with the guilt of what he had done. Even in an increasingly secularised society, conscience and guilt are still very powerful. 

It would take an extraordinary amount of courage for someone who is not even suspected of a crime to confess to it, especially when that person is a very young man whose confession, conviction and punishment would destroy the life he could otherwise have led. Ultimately, Richard lacked that courage. In the final scenes of the film, we see Richard (quieter perhaps, certainly less glowing) attending college in UCD and studying at the table in his parents' house, having discovered, as many have before him, that it is perfectly possible to live with guilt.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Movies September 2012 - Total of 29 movies watched


1. The Hurt Locker *****
2. The Bourne Legacy ****
3. Love and other drugs **** new
4. Dahmer **** new
5. Lawless *** new
6. Strange Days ****
7. The Professionals **** new
8. Shadow Dancer **** new
9. Total Recall (2012) *** new
10. The Blind Side ****
11. Liberal Arts **** new
12. True Romance ****
13. The Tree of Life ***** new
14. Premium Rush *** new
15. Singin' in the Rain *****
16. Anna Karenina *** new
17. Sullivan's Travels *****
18. The Bourne Legacy ****
19. Dredd 3D *** new
20. Laws of Attraction ***
21. Archipelago **** new
22. An Ideal Husband ****
23. The Importance of Being Earnest ***
24. Savages *** new
25. Star Trek ****
26. Avengers *****
27. Lawless ****
28. In the Loop ****
29. Looper ***** new

Friday, August 31, 2012

Movies August 2012 - Total of 37 movies watched


 1. The Dark Knight Rises *****
2. Reign of Fire ***
3. Brave **** new
4. Little Voice ****
5. Terminator: Salvation ***
6. The Last Song ** new
7. The Bourne Supremacy ****
8. 50/50 ****
9. The Bourne Ultimatum ***
10. The Bourne Legacy **** new
11. Ted *** new
12. The Constant Gardener ****
13. The Bourne Legacy ****
14. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol ****
15. Marnie ****
16. The Departed *****
17. Grabbers **** new
18. The Bourne Legacy ****
19. Chronicle ****
20. Paperback Hero *** new
21. Airplane! ****
22. Someone Like You... *** new
23. Rain Man *** new
24. The Hunger Games ****
25. The Bourne Legacy ****
26. The Town **** new
29. This Means War ****
30. Passchendaele *** new
31. Gone Baby Gone *****
32. Haywire ****
33. Twelve and Holding **** new
34. Neo Ned *** new
35. Forgetting Sarah Marshall ***
36. The Fountain ****
37. 28 Weeks Later ***

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review of The Bourne Legacy


(Some spoilers within - bigger spoilers are blacked out)
I absolutely LOVED this film. I am a huge fan of Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz separately but together, they are simply wonderful. It makes a big difference when action films cast actors of such a high calibre - as with the excellent Matt Damon as Bourne, double Oscar nominee Renner and Oscar winner Weisz bring so much more to their roles than lesser actors could. Soldier-turned-guinea pig Aaron Cross is a very different character to Jason Bourne but is no less sympathetic as his backstory and his desperation to avoid returning to his previous life as a man with a low IQ is revealed over the course of the film. Meanwhile, Weisz's brilliant scientist is much more than just a sidekick or damsel-in-distress. In one key scene, when a desperately-ill Aaron tells her that she has done everything she could do for him and begs her to leave and save herself, Weisz's face told of her character's guilt for her participation in the Outcome project and how it has affected Aaron's life. No dialogue was needed - everything was there in her face and her actions.

I watched the three Bourne films in the last ten days to get myself in the spirit of things. The Bourne Identity remains very much my favourite of the three, probably because I found it the most emotionally engaging. This film is much closer in spirit to the original Bourne Identity than to the other two - the couple on the run, the spies hunting them down, other agents being despatched to kill them and being summarily dealt with by their intended victim. There is a lot less of the CIA/NSA cross and double-cross of the later two films, although the DNA of the Bourne series is very much evident - an embattled Pamela Landy even makes an appearance. The love story that developed in Identity was a part of the film that really touched me and there is also a love story here. However, rather than being Jason and Marie 2.0, Aaron and Marta ended up reminding me very much more of my favourite on-the-run couple, Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor in The Terminator. There seems to be a deliberate nod to that film in Aaron's early line to Marta: "DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?" :-) The actors have terrific chemistry together (which is amusing, given their characters' connection) and the characters have a history going back several years, which makes their connection believable. Three lines of Aaron's could imply that he had feelings for Marta long before he came back for her: before succumbing to anaesthesia during a check-up he mumbles something about her always looking pretty and later he tells her that they have met 13 times in four years. He also surmised that a fellow Outcome agent had been exiled to the wilderness after he had fallen in love and seemed pleased to think that this was the reason.

On the downside, the film does suffer from a confusing plot (though I was not as confused as some reviewers have been, perhaps because I just watched the earlier films VERY recently) and the direction is nothing special. The super-soldier drugs idea seems a little sci-fi but in some ways more believable than the idea that behavioural modification alone was responsible for making these men (and women) so damn impressive! I also liked the idea of the different strands of the super-soldier programmes having their own problems and issues: there's a reference to Treadstone's inconsistency and Outcome's emotions (perhaps the love issue Aaron raised?), while new project LARX supposedly lacks either of these.

I would highly recommend this film - I enjoyed the hell out of it. And even if you don't take to Aaron and Marta the way I did, there's still plenty to entertain. Aaron Cross wrestling a wolf, for God's sake. And apparently the wonderful Jeremy Renner is not only one of the most interesting actors around at the moment (and possesses some of the finest arms in Hollywood, which get plenty of screentime), but the man CAN REALLY RUN UP WALLS. He did it twenty-five times during filming, according to recent interview with Empire Magazine. So watch out for that. Also watch out for the nerdy-looking guy who suggests involving the LARX project agent - that's the almost unrecognisable Corey Stoll, who was so very brilliant as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Movies July 2012 - total of 23 movies watched

1. The Amazing Spider-Man **** new
2. Shame ****
3. The Five Year Engagement **** new
4. Magic Mike **** new
5. Only You ****
6. Die Hard *****
7. Good Will Hunting ****
8. The Incredible Hulk ***
9. Killer Joe **** new
10. Batman Begins ****
11. The Dark Knight *****
12. Step Up ***
13. Battleship Potemkin **** new
14. The Dark Knight Rises ***** new
15. Warrior *****
16. The Prestige *****
17. A Few Good Men ****
18. Little Women ****
19. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy *****
20. The Dark Knight Rises *****
21. Inception *****
22. The Hurt Locker *****
23. The Bourne Identity ****

Sunday, July 22, 2012

June 2012 - Total of 21 movies watched

1. Prometheus **** new
2. Snow White and the Huntsman *** new
3. Prometheus ****
4. Avengers Assemble *****
5. Barefoot in the Park ****
6. Crazy Stupid Love **** new
7. Speed *****
8. Jaws ***** (cinema)
9. Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 ** new
10. Morning Glory *** new
11. The Other Guys ****
12. Never Let Me Go ***** new
13. One Day ****
14. The Descendants **** new
15. Dear John *** new
16. Midnight in Paris **** new
17. Source Code ****
18. The Matchmaker ** new
19. 21 Jump Street ****
20. When Harry Met Sally *****
21. Fighting *** new

Thursday, June 7, 2012

May 2012 - total of 14 movies watched

1. Dirty Harry ****
2. Avengers Assemble ***** new
3. The Lucky One ** new
4. The Day After Tomorrow ***
5. Avengers Assemble *****
6. Stranger than Fiction ****
7. Terminator 2 ****
8. Willow ****
9. Like Crazy **** new
10. The American President ****
11. Men In Black III *** new
12. You've Got Mail ****
13. Jane Eyre (2011) ****
14. Young Victoria ***

April 2012 - Total of 18 movies watched

1. Alien *****
2. Aliens *****
3. The Cabin In The Woods **** new
4. The Abyss ****
5. Battleship *** new
6. The Cold Light of Day ** new
7. Double Indemnity *****
8. Dog Soldiers ****
9. Mirror Mirror *** new
10. Carriers *** new
11. The Vow **** new
12. The Cabin In The Woods ****
13. Headhunters *** new
14. Wrath of the Titans *** new
15. The Lake House ****
16. The Hunger Games ****
17. Being Elmo **** new
18. Post Grad **

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Movies to watch when you are in bed with a cold

When  you are bed-ridden or couch-ridden with a cold that is just bad enough to make you feel miserable without being bad enough to render you unconscious, the best thing you can do is snuggle up with a movie. The movie should be one that makes you feel happy and comfortable. No dizzying adrenaline rushes and no scary scenes that will make your heart beat too fast & make it hard for you to doze off later, and nothing that makes you cry too much, because you don't need your head to feel any worse than it already does. Here are some of my favourites (WARNING - spoilers abound!) :-

When Harry Met Sally

There is no part of this film that isn't perfect. One of those rare rom-coms that actually fulfils the com part as well as the rom, it has one of the two greatest scenes in fiction featuring Pictionary (the other is in the episode of The Simpsons where the Van Houtens break up). Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal both play wonderfully real characters who are so busy pretending that they are over their past failed relationships that they don't realise they have fallen in love. There's also a fantastic beta couple in Jess and Marie, played by the late Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher. And there's Casablanca. Perfection.

Sense & Sensibility

This is a beautiful film with a great cast - Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Hugh Grant and the divine Alan Rickman. It captures Austen's dry ironical wit perfectly and has not one but TWO happy endings for our heroines. It gets bonus points for a dramatic sequence when Marianne nearly dies of a cold, so you can immediately feel thankful that you live in an age of aspirin and paracetamol and stop feeling so damn sorry for yourself.

The Princess Bride

Funny enough to keep you smiling without making you double over with a painful hacking cough and romantic enough to make you feel warm inside without making you swoon, The Princess Bride is a delight and the second Rob Reiner movie on my list.

Casablanca

Harry and Sally's favourite movie, Casablanca is constantly named as one of the greatest films ever made, but unlike some great movies, it's actually enjoyable! It is full of quotable lines, brilliant characters and memorable scenes and in Claude Rains' Captain Renault and Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine it has one of the all-time greatest bromances in film history. Rick's final sacrifice is more noble than simply laying down his life to save someone - he has to live on without the love of his life, with only the knowledge that she truly does love him back to sustain him. Truly heroic.

It's A Wonderful Life

It's not just for Christmas.  There is a danger that this film will make you blub like a child who has just discovered (spoiler!) Santa isn't real, but it's offset by the fact that this film is the very definition of heartwarming. James Stewart discovering that the love of his family and friends make life truly worth living is simply lovely but for me, watching George becoming a man, a husband and a father is equally rewarding.

You've Got Mail

Although I didn't really like this film that much on first viewing, it's grown on me. It's pure comfort viewing. The loneliness and wistfulness of Kathleen Kelly, as played by Meg Ryan, makes a real impression on me - while she is surrounded by loving friends and a boyfriend who seems perfect on paper, she longs for a connection that is more than that. And she finds it online, with a man she doesn't realise is the man whose megastore book emporium is about to put her cute little children's bookstore out of business. I love the references to books (my old favourite Noel Streatfeild and, obviously, Pride & Prejudice) and the Godfather movie references and some of the writing is beautiful: "I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils" is a standout for me. You also get to see just how pretty Meg Ryan is with a headcold and feel a little aggrieved that the future love of your life doesn't bring you daisies  and make you tea when you're in bed sick.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Classic rainy Sunday afternoon movies generally make for perfect viewing when you're sick and this is a great example. There can't be anyone on the planet with access to a tv who hasn't seen it yet. It's a wonderful combination of old-fashioned adventure and romance with a strong heroine and one of the most swoonworthy heroes of the silver-screen in Harrison Ford, so make sure you're well propped up with pillows in case you should come over a little faint, given your already weakened condition.

The Quiet Man

A classic western which just happens to take place in the west of Ireland, rather than somewhere in the Old West, this is pure old-fashioned entertainment. Most of the actors in The Quiet Man manage to give the impression of being both the embodiment of Irish clich├ęs and a mockery of those same stereotypes. John Wayne is the strong, silent hero, struggling with a guilty secret and Maureen O'Hara is the feisty, passionate heroine who doesn't understand the man she's fallen for. But in the end, with help from pretty much the entire village, a lot of booze and a donnybrook to end all donnybrooks, everybody lives happily ever after. The other heart-lifting aspect of the film is just how incredibly beautiful the countryside around Cong is - obviously technicolour adds a certain glow but I can promise you that it is still as lovely today!

Labyrinth

This is a film to watch if you have one of those colds that make you feel a bit floopy and out of it - or maybe you've just taken medicine that makes you feel that way. Either way, Labyrinth should make you feel normal. It's an absolute mindbender in some parts. It's also a great adventure, with shades of Alice in Wonderland or Milo and the Phantom Tollbooth. Jareth the Goblin King manages to be simultaneously creepy and romantic and sexy - this is explicable almost entirely by the fact that he is played by David Bowie.

Hot Fuzz

This might be a little too exciting and funny to put on the list, so save it for when you're on the mend. The second in the Wright-Pegg-Frost Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, it's an action-comedy which achieves the distinction of being equally good at both parts of that equation. Simon Pegg plays a city super-cop sent to a small Midsomer-like town, where he and useless local constable Nick Frost uncover a massive conspiracy. It's full of great actors in terrific character parts (Timothy! Dalton!), has loads of disturbingly graphic violence and some truly hilarious scenes. It will definitely cheer you up.

Henry and Sunny

Finally, if you have one of those awful colds where you can't stay awake for more than 15 minutes at a time, here's my solution: adoreable short film Henry and Sunny which you can watch online. Set in a world not unlike our own, where the recession is (naturally) being blamed on those damn clowns, it is the story of Henry, a lonely clown who falls for a soap-opera star. It was nominated for a few awards at the Feelgood Film Festival and will make you smile and feel warm inside before you slide back into unconsciousness.

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 2012 - Total of 31 movies watched

1. The Crying Game **** new
2. Terminator: Salvation ***
3. The King's Speech ****
4. Warrior *****
5. The Social Network ****
6. John Carter **** new
7. This Means War **** new
8. Warrior *****
9. Intermission ****
10. 28 Days Later ****
11. John Carter ****
12. Up in the Air ****
13. Equilibrium ***
14. Love Actually ***
15. Swingers ****
16. Batman Begins ****
17. The Prestige *****
18. Eden Lake **** new
19. You've Got Mail ****
20. Rise of the Planet of the Apes *** new
21. When Harry Met Sally *****
22. Let the Right One In ****
23. X-Men: First Class ****
24. Groundhog Day ****
25. Warrior *****
26. 21 Jump Street **** new
27. Avatar *****
28. Step Up ** new
29. She's The Man ** new
30. The Eagle ***
31. The Hunger Games **** new

February 2012 - Total of 20 movies watched

1. Chronicle **** new
2. The Grey **** new
3. The Hurt Locker *****
4. Unforgiven ****
5. Man on a Ledge *** new
6. The Room *
7. Sunshine ****
8. Brighton Rock (2011) *** new
9. The Hurt Locker *****
10. Winter's Bone **** new
11. A History of Violence ****
12. A Walk in the Clouds ***
13. Captain America: The First Avenger ***
14. Chronicle ****
15. A Dangerous Method *** new
16. Robin Hood ****
17. Fantastic Mr. Fox ****
18. The Woman In Black **** new
19. Inception *****
20. Signs ****

January 2012 - Total of 39 movies watched

1. State of Play *** new
2. The Dark Knight *****
3. The Cutting Edge ***
4. Iron Man 2 ****
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol **** new
6. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond *** new
7. Confessions of a Shopaholic ***
8. Puss in Boots *** new
9. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol ****
10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo **** new
11. Brief Encounter ****
12. The Hurt Locker *****
13. Jurassic Park ****
14. Mansfield Park ***
15. The Hurt Locker *****
16. Shame **** new
17. He's Just Not That Into You ***
18. The Iron Lady ***
19. I Love You, Man ***
20. Iron Man ****
21. Thor ****
22. Sixteen Candles *** new
23. The Artist ***** new
24. The Guardian ***
25. War Horse **** new
26. American Graffiti ****
27. Jurassic Park III ***
28. Independence Day ****
29. Role Models ***
30. J. Edgar *** new
31. Haywire *** new
32. Maverick ****
33. Coriolanus *** new
34. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *****
35. As Good As It Gets ****
36. Jaws *****
37. The Incredible Hulk ***
38. The Woodsman **** new
39. The Piano ****

December - Total of 33 movies watched

1. The Perfect Score *** new
2. The Thing (2011) *** new
3. Batman Returns ****
4. In the Cut **** new
5. Top Gun ***
6. The Mummy Returns ***
7. Singin' In The Rain ****
8. 50/50 **** new
9. Take Shelter **** new
10. Scrooged ****
11. The Lake House ****
12. The Truth About Cats and Dogs ****
13. Blades of Glory ****
14. The Sixth Sense ****
15. Zoolander ***
15. The Devil's Advocate ***
16. Scott Pilgrim Versus The World **** new
17. Something Borrowed *** new
18. New Year's Eve * new
19. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan ****
20. The Black Swan (1941) *** new
21. Step-brothers ***
22. Another Earth **** new
23. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows *** new
24. Team America: World Police ***
25. 28 Weeks Later *** new
26. My week with Marilyn *** new
27. Star Trek ****
28. Ratatouille ****
29. Enigma ***
30. Spider-Man **
31. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) **** new
32. Some Like It Hot ****
33. E.T. *****

November movies - Total of 17 movies watched

1. Aliens *****
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy *****
3. The Ides of March *** new
4. Sensation **** new
5. Immortals **** new
6. Tower Heist *** new
7. Black Hawk Down ****
8. Open Range ****
9. Monsters **** new
10. V for Vendetta ****
11. Bronson *** new
12. What's Your Number? ** new
13. Monsters ****
14. Cellular *** new
15. Sunshine **** new
16. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ***
17. Captain America: The First Avenger ***

October 2011 - Total of 8 movies watched

1. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ***** new2. Jane Eyre ****
3. The Fighter ****
4. Drive **** new
5. Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back *****
6. Warrior ***** new
7. Inkheart ***
8. Ghostbusters ****

September 2011 - Total of 9 movies watched

1. Cowboys and Aliens *** new
2. Possession ***
3. Star Trek ****
4. Jane Eyre **** new
5. Friends with Benefits *** new
6. One Day **** new
7. Clash of the Titans (1981) ***
8. Beauty and the Beast (1991) ****
9. Jurassic Park ****

August 2011 - Total of 36 movies watched

1. The Cutting Edge ***
2. Push ****
3. I Capture the Castle ***
4. When Brendan Met Trudy ****
5. Kick-Ass ****
6. Sense & Sensibility ****
7. In Bruges *****
8. Only You ***
9. Arriety **** new
10. Horrible Bosses *** new
11. Captain America: The First Avenger *** new
12. Super 8 **** new
13. Beginners **** new
14. The Guard ****
15. Howl's Moving Castle ****
16. Jarhead ***
17. Casino Royale ****
18. Cold Comfort Farm *** new
19. Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence *** new
20. (500) Days of Summer **** new
21. A Lot Like Love *** new
22. Sabrina (1995) ***
23. The Lake House ****
24. Sweet November **
25. Legends of the Fall **
26. About Adam ***
27. The Big Sleep ****
28. The Ugly Truth ***
29. Leap Year ** new
30. The Sure Thing ****
31. Better Off Dead ****
32. The Quiet Man *****
33. Hot Tub Time Machine ****
34. Page Eight **** new
35. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet ****
36. The Last of the Mohicans *****

JULY 2011 - Total of 14 movies watched

1. Zombieland ****
2. The Saint ***
3. You've Got Mail ****
4. Sliding Doors ***
5. The Guard **** new
6. Stage Beauty ****
7. Straw Dogs **** new
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 *** new
9. Tuck Everlasting *** new
10. The Commitments ****
11. Lady Jane ***
12. Mulan *** new
13. Jagged Edge ****
14. A Hazard of Hearts ** new