Movie of the Week: The Thin Red Line
Continuing on from last week's horror movie marathon, this week was full of horror film viewings, as well as many other films, topping off a decent week. I began the week with a horror film, but not in the most literal sense. The film I watched was Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and although it wasn't scary, I can easily call it the most chilling film I've ever seen. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine. In order to shake it off, I decided to watch Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, which absolutely blew me away, and shot straight to my top 20. I topped the day off with yet another horror film, this time it was A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was awesome. Freddy Krueger was such a fantastic and scary character.
I continued on with one of the best horror films ever made: John Carpenter's Halloween. It was such a fantastic film, and is easily one of my new favourite horror films. With me writing this on Halloween, that chilling theme song is all I can think about. I then settled in for the week's biggest disappointment: Oldboy. I was expecting so much from it, and it had many positives. It started off really promisingly, it was very stylish and visually appealing, but by the end, I just lost interest in it by the end. I expected so much better. Not to worry, as I redeemed myself by watch the very strange but excellent A Tale of Two Sisters, which scared me shitless.
I took a break from the horror films for a few days, and continued the week with Matthew Vaughn's surprisingly excellent X-Men: First Class, which was just as good on the small screen as it was in the cinema. I headed off to the cinema again this week (only once this week) to see Drive, a film I had been anticipating for ages. And it didn't disappoint. In fact, it's one of the best films of the year. I was on a winner that day, with my first viewing of The Godfather Part II, which was amazing, another film for my top 20.
I spent my Friday night watch what were probably the two craziest and most awesome films ever made: The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II. They were both unlike anything I'd seen before. I have a whole new level of respect for Sam Raimi now. I forgive him for Spider-Man 3. I topped the week off with three classic films that couldn't be anymore different: Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning The Departed and George Lucas' landmark film Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. All up, a fantastic week! Here are my ratings:
A Tale of Two Sisters 4.5/5
The Godfather Part II 5/5
The Evil Dead 5/5
Evil Dead II 4.5/5
The Departed 5/5
Million Dollar Baby 5/5
Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope 5/5
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5/5
X-Men: First Class 4.5/5
The Thin Red Line 5/5
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 4.5/5