IMDB 100 Project

After a recent immune system transplant, Anthony has found himself confined to the house for 100 days. He's taken on a challenge in his time of isolation - to experience the world he cannot walk in through the power of the 100 best movies of all time. Follow along as Anthony, a famed lover of such inimitable classics as TransformersGods of Egypt and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, is finally exposed to IMDB's list of the top 100 movies of all time. 



2.5 Stars

Well what to say about this movie?? Starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham alongside a star studded cast, it sounded promising as a story about underworld figures involved in illegal bare knuckle fights and a diamond heist gone wrong. Whilst true to that storyline, it presents more as a slapstick series of comedic events gone wrong to tie the stories and characters together. The mass carnage and plot twist at the end try hard to make the story memorable. Basically I thought it was crap while watching it but afterwards found myself thinking that maybe that was a bit harsh. However, I've decided my initial impression was accurate. Mildly amusing as a comedy. 2.5 Stars.

Forrest Gump

4.5 Stars

Well today I watched Forrest Gump for probably the 5th time. It never disappoints. What an amazing movie the way the story winds seamlessly through the life of "Forrest - Forrest Gump" interposing significant historical events and strong social messaging in an accidental tourist sort of way. A very light hearted movie which stimulates all spectrum of emotions and delivers a wonderful watching experience as the viewer grows up and lives life through Forrest's adventures throughout the decades. Tom Hanks plays the role very convincingly and I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 & 1/2 hours. I think this might be hard to beat for the top spot. 4 & 1/2 stars.

Apocalypse Now

4 Stars

Wow what an epic from Francis Ford Coppola starring very young Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando alongside a well-known cast (today) including Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper and Harrison Ford. The movie runs for approximately 2 & 1/2 hours but holds your attention for the entire time. It is rated R for the level of graphic violence but this is potentially not too far from the reality of war. Prepare yourself to be in suspense for the entire film as something threatens to happen around every corner. The film is an action packed depiction of the horrors of war entwined with a strong social message about the futility of it and the damage it does to all involved. Certainly worthy of its place in the top 100 and I would give it 4 stars. 

Inglorious Basterds

3 Stars

In the expected Tarantino style, this is a very gory movie with violence as a central feature. Starring Brad Pitt, the story is relatively interesting and mildly credible for a fictional piece. There are a number of story lines that operate parallel and all come to a dramatic end in the one event. The sub-titles became a drag as it distracted from the ongoing action on screen. I can see how this might receive a favorable review from the Tarantino devotees, however, I am not one and would only give this 3 stars.

Old Boy

3 Stars

The movie was a real mixture of drama, violence and gore, alongside social issues of alcoholism and battling divorced parents. The acting was forced in many scenes and some of the fighting scenes were just laughable for their poor choreography. That said, the movie kept a good pace and there were a number of OMG moments at the end as the plot revealed itself. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie and would give it 3 stars.

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