51. The Son's Room
Giovanni, an Italian psychoanalyst who has to listen to the rambles of his patients every day, struggles to come to terms with the death of his young son in a diving accident.
What Tierna thinks: “I’d definitely recommend watching this; we had put it off a few times as you really need to concentrate more on subtitled films (Lazy? Perhaps!) but I’m glad we finally found time. The acting is very believable in this and the family interact naturally with each other, making the son’s death more poignant. The letter that arrives after the death of Andrea seems to bring some sort of comfort to the family and it ultimately has an uplifting ending. A well deserved eight out of ten from me.”
What Tom thinks: “So its been a while since our last film and our first of 2012 was… alright. It has to be said it’s fairly depressing and, particularly given that its subtitled, not a film I’d be particularly wanting to watch again. But a fairly good film with a believable reaction from the family after Andrea’s death which shows how difficult death can be. A six from me.”
Up next: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
52. The Constant Gardener
Thankfully Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock are nowhere to be seen in Fernando Meireles’ follow up to City of God, an African-set thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat trying to find the motives behind the death of his wife Rachel Weisz.
What Tierna thinks: “I’m glad this wasn’t based on a true story although I suspect it’s based on a lot of realities. The two main characters are people we can believe in; the film follows their romance yet there’s a strong focus on the corruption and conspiracies surrounding their lives. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. I really liked this one.”
What Tom thinks: “City of God is the highest rated film on our list (so far) and so you would expect Fernando Meireles’ follow up to be good… and it kinda is although not in the same league. Have to admit I didn’t really think of seeing this when it came out purely because of its name, silly but true. It’s a bit slow at times but an all-round intelligent film and well shot. I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: The Son’s Room (La Stanza del Figlio)
Posted in BAFTA, Fernando Meirelles, Golden Globe, Oscar Nominated, Thriller
Tagged Africa, Bill Nighy, Drugs, Kenya, Pete Postlelthwaite, Pharmaceuticals, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Tuberculosis
63. There Will Be Blood
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 drama, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is an oil man at the turn of the 20th century on a ruthless quest for wealth and success.
What Tierna thinks: “If it wasn’t for this list, the title of this film would have put me off. However, I’m glad I have seen it. The ending can only be described as a brutal frenzy (which had me hiding behind Tom… asking what was happening). I still don’t know how to feel about Daniel, the lead character as he’s tragic yet brutal. I’ll give this film an eight out of ten.”
What Tom thinks: “This possibly wasn’t at the same level as some of Paul Anderson’s earlier films, but then again it is difficult to match classics such as Alien vs Predator, Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. Oh wait, wrong one… ha ha. Seriously, this is a good film with some great performances. The ending was totally out of blue (similar to Magnolia) but is a classic scene. This gets very mixed reviews on iMDB (despite wide critical acclaim) but it’s a good film and i’ll give it an eight out of ten.”
Up next: Anchorman … “60% of the time, it works every time”
Gomorra, or Gomorrah if you will, follows a number of different stories revolving around the Neapolitan crime syndicate Camorra.
What Tom thinks: “Being a highly rated film about crime I should have loved this and was quite looking forward to watching it. But it just didn’t work for me. The separate stories were very disjointed and there was very little in the way of plot or development in any of them. It runs very much as a snapshot into the life of crime and, while no doubt this was the filmmakers intentions, it just didn’t make for a particularly entertaining watch. A total contrast to the next film on our list which, while seemingly quite similar, succeeds in all the ways this didn’t. I have the feeling I would enjoy this more if i watched it again but, based on this screening, it’s a six out of ten for me.”
What Tierna thinks: ” I love a film that excites me or plays on my emotions. This had the makings of a good story but really isn’t all that memorable. I’d give this one a miss if you’re thinking of watching it… I’ll give it a five out of ten.”
85. Talk To Her
In this 2002 Spanish film, two men start an unusual friendship when they meet in a hospital looking after their girlfriends who are both in deep comas.
What Tom thinks: “Unusual film this. From the plot (above, taken straight from IMDb) I thought this might have been about two men sharing their grief and bonding. I didn’t expect one of them to be a rapist stalker who ends up in prison, though it was certainly more interesting because of this plot… and the giant rubber vagina. I’ll give this a seven out of ten.”
What Tierna thinks: “The nurse freaked me out. He seemed reasonably harmless at first and gradually his actions became more and more sinister. It was actually quite an emotive story (even if it was a little creepy) and for that reason I’ll give it a seven out of ten.”