Oh I love Hot Fuzz, one of my all time favourites! Glad to see you like it.
Today I'll review The Fighter, 12 Monkeys, Blue Velvet, Seven Samurai and Three Colors: Blue.
The Fighter: I'm going to give this an 8/10. I know I finally got around to watching it, and for the first twenty minutes, I really disliked it. The style of shooting was so doco like it was as if it resembled a sports show. It strongly reminded me of The Wrestler. The best parts of the movie I found were the ones about the family, Dicky, the girlfriend, etc. It added some humanity to the story, and the music choices were really good. Strip My Mind by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers playing- really good. The film got better as it progressed, once Dicky got in jail. Oh and Christian Bale gave an impressive performance, as I was expecting.
12 Monkeys: 10/10
As you can see on my profile, it's my movie of the week. I really dislike the director Gilliam, not because of his directing style, but his personality. But me being a sci fi fan, me not seeing this was a bit criminal for me, and I put it on, expecting some Kubrick wannabe movie. Instead I got a great performance by Brad Pitt, a great concept and depiction of the future that is far more interesting than Children Of Men (but not as good as V For Vendetta). It was as if it was made by a crazy scientist genius, very creative and elaborate. I do give alot of 10s, I know, but this was a masterpiece.
Blue Velvet: 9/10
One of David Lynch's best, according to many. Whilst its got more clarity than Mullholland Drive and doesn't turn your brain into a bunch of scrambled eggs, (although that is a good thing in a Lynch movie, lol) it lacks the mystery of his later films, instead choosing to fill it up with suburbia's dark side. We have a masochistic wife, who, as opposed to all the female characters in American Beauty, we are supposed to draw sympathy towards, and which we do. This is a far better look at suburbia, families than that overrated and shallow American Beauty. It still feels Lynchy- weirdly erotic, and although it isn't as strong as Lost Highway, it evokes curiousity.
Seven Samuria: 10/10
Everything said about this classic movie is true- it is highly engaging, awesome, epic, wonderful, historical- all rolled into one. I was truly amazed that a film from 1954 that is 200 minutes long could still be as entertaining as any current film in the cinemas. Plus it is fun- definately going into my favourites. I really can't say much more about this film that hadn't been said before, but what I got was a highly entertaining film, that is terrifically well made. A possible problem one may have is that its patriotism, but that didn't effect me as I don't know much about the history of that period of time, so I can't really judge.
Three Colors: Blue
Really, really, really disappointed. So underwhelming, and its considered to be one of the best movies from France in the last 20 years. The story did nothing for me, the mixture of classical music in the use of a fairly ordinary story, the use of symbolism to symbolise ''liberty'' - blue on the French flag was horribly translated onto screen. It was forgettable, it left my mind. I knew before watching it that it was going to be a thought provoking film about the lives of people of France, but it didn't do anything. It's widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, by critics and filmmakers, but... why? Themes of loss has been explored far better, hell even the first Spiderman movie did it better. Just one of those movies critics go crazy over.