The Fab Four and 1000

It has been a busy two weeks so I haven’t had the chance to watch as many films as I wanted to, but I at least reached my first big milestone and got to focus on a little up and coming band called The Beatles.

Street Angel (1928)
Finally got to this film and I’m glad I didn’t watch this immediately after 7th Heaven as it feels like more of the same. I will have a hard time to differentiate the two. Technically a step up with better use of the camera, shadows and sense of depth on screen. Both Street Angel and 7th Heaven has tacked on happy endings, but this felt slightly more organic.
Nominated for best cinematography and best art direction in 1930.

Puss in Boots (2011)
A left over from 3D Week since it didn’t get to my house in time (yes, I still buy physical movies). This was surprisingly good. I am not a fan of the Shrek films, but this had a focused story and compelling characters and situations. Funny without being to childish or whimsical. Salma Hayek is not the best voice actor, though, but Antonio Banderas is having a blast.
Nominated for best animated feature film in 2012.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Yes, part three. That means I had to watch the two first parts that together with part three clocked in at 400 minutes. Not a problem at all as it was intriguing and fascinating watch. Now I want a part four.
Nominated for best documentary feature in 2012.

Let It Be (1970)
Although I enjoyed Paradise Lost a great deal, it made me loose all hope in humanity, so I needed something easier to watch. I entered beatlemania and the first film would be the documentary Let It Be about their last studio recording. It is clearly more aimed at the hardcore fans, as it is more like a behind-the-scenes featurete than i documentary. But, it was an easy watch, so mission accomplished.
Winner of best music – original song score in 1971.

All About My Mother (1999)
Oh boy. Let me start with the positives right off the bat. I got to see this on 35mm, so yay. But, I could not stand it. This is my third Almodovar movie, and all of them have been almost excruciating. I do not like his style, use of color, use of music, “humour” etc. His films are glorified soap operas, and I can not understand why he is so well liked. All of the characters are just fleeting between overdramatic situations. I watched this film with a friend and we agreed that all it was missing was someone slipping into a coma. Ironically, his next film Talk to Her is about just that. I am not looking forward to watching the three films I have left to watch.
Winner of best foreign language film in 2000.

Thousands Cheer (1943)
Hooray for me! This is my Oscar film no. 1000, so I had to pick something suitable for the celebration. Thousands Cheer is kind of a weird fusion between two films, one is a romance story, and the other is a show with different acts including dance, song and comedy skits all hosted by Mickey Rooney as himself. It is all fine entertainment, but having to wait a full hour for star Gene Kelly to start dancing is a crime.
Nominated for best color cinematography, best color art direction-interior decoration and best music scoring of a musical picture in 1944.

I Am Sam (2001)
Continuing the Beatles theme I watched I Am Sam starring Sean Penn as a parent with the intellect as a 7-year old who is a huge fan of The Beatles. It is kind of a lightweight film even though the subject matter is interesting and I could not stop thinking about the quote from Tropic Thunder about actors that should never go full retard watching Sean Penn in this movie. I had a hard time taking him serious, especially a scene where he is sitting in a tree. It’s hard to explain, but if you have seen it you know what I’m talking about. But he deserved the nomination just for his fantastic stumble in one of the scenes.
Nominated for best actor in a leading role (Sean Penn) in 2002.

Across the Universe (2007)
Retrofitting butchered Beatles covers into a narrative with a cameo by Bono is about as uncool as you can get. No thank you!
Nominated for best costume design in 2008.

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