Saturday, November 20, 2010

Top 5 DVDs my sister has challenged me to watch this week

List by Tosca

"No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough."
- Roger Ebert

I promised you a post today and here it is! One of my many siblings used to manage a video/dvd store for a few years and she was exceptionally good at it. She had a knack for knowing what movies or games to recommend to people, made the store buckletloads of money without even trying and generally enjoyed it all. We have quite different tastes in movies. In fact, she has this idea that I like 'arty farty' stuff and I'm not sure where that comes from because I adore bang-bang-shoot-em-ups, mysteries, documentaries, horrors and romantic comedies as much as the next person. One night recently we were sitting around talking films when my sister decided that I could benefit from a a little less arty-farty - and wrote out a list of top 5 movies I need to watch. Stat! Like a badly played hand of poker, I'm calling her bluff. Eep. I do have to admit to a little bit of apprehension because it's long been my belief that one man's EWW is another man's OOH. So, on with the list :)



300 starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham (Rated
Movie tagline: Spartans, tonight, we dine in hell!
In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead a Army of well over 100,000 men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes waited many days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw. When the Greeks did not leave, Xerxes was left with no option and he moved forward. The battle lasted for about 3 days and after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat would not have happened if not for a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, who defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks.

Tosca's note: Gerard Butler. In a skirt? FTW! I can watch this :P

Beowulf featuring the voices of Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover (Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence and sexual references)
Movie tagline: Evil breeds pain
In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast's ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonate throughout the ages.

Tosca's note: this would have to be the film I'm *least* looking forward to. Not a Malkovich or Jolie fan. To make it worse, it's an animated film which is also not my thing :(

Clash of the titans starring Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Jason Flemyng (M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains fantasy violence)
Tagline: Titans will clash
When Hades, the god of the underworld, takes his family, Perseus embarks on a mission to defeat him before he can seize ultimate power and unleash hell on earth.

Tosca's note: The tagline above is the original one that was used and it was enough to put me off but I shall try this because my sister asked so nicely. Seriously, though, 'Clash of the titans...titans will clash.' Say, WHAT? Hoping that Fiennes and Neeson will redeem this somewhat. Please?

From Paris with love starring John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden (R16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains violence and offensive language)
Movie tagline: Two agents. One city. No merci.
A low-ranking intelligence operative working in the office of the U.S. ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

Tosca's note: Travolta. YAY!

Year one starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, Vinnie Jones (M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains offensive language and sexual references)
Movie tagline: This June evolution begins
Tribal nitwits, Zed and Oh, are two guys living in the year one. Neither one can hunt nor gather, so they are thrown out of their Neanderthal community and dung-and-stick huts. Zed eats the forbidden fruit and the two become curious about what may lay outside of their limited little world. They decide to embark on a journey through the ancient world. On their travels they meet Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac. They wind up in Sodom where their girlfriends have been turned into slaves and are about to be sacrificed by the high priest.

Tosca's note: The last Jack Black movie I watched was the curse-lade 'Tenacious D in the pick of destiny' and I found the music, although good, not as great as the track 'Tribute.' I do like Michael Cera's rather odd films so I'm somewhat conflicted about this particular choice.

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