A very lazy weekend called for a box set view. This time, The Matrix.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the sequels however, I’ve always loved the original.
I also saw The Animatrix for the first time, a great companion piece. Couldn’t tell you which story I liked the most, though.
I’d still like to see other stories from this universe.
I first saw Toy Story back in the day when it was released and hated it. You couldn’t have paid me to see it again.
Subsequently, I avoided all things Toy Story from that point on.
Of course, all three bloody movies had to be features on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die… great. For completion purposes ( I have set myself the task of seeing them all) and with the assistance of my OH, I sat down to watch them.
So, twenty years have calmed my vitriol but are they movies I’ll happily rewatch anytime soon? Maybe not.
Of course I was aware of Roberto Rossellini but it wasn’t until this year that I’d seen any of his work. The War Trilogy fell into my hands (two movies on it are part of my 1001 film challenge) and of course I watched it.
Rome, Open City
When I learned how the movie was made in secret during the Nazi occupation, I really wanted to watch it. You can’t really tell when watching, this doesn’t distract from amazing storytelling going on.
I knew absolutely nothing about this one. To be honest, I struggeled the most with this movie. A couple of weeks have passed since the viewing and I can barely remember anything about it.
Germany, Year Zero
For a short (ish) movie, this certainly packs a punch. A look at the effects the defeat had on the Berliner population, all through the eyes of a twelve year old boy. Not one to censor himself, Rossellini deals with themes such as pedophilia and patricide.
I would definitely recommend these movies, especially if you have an interest in World War II.
Viewed as part of Halloween Horrorfest:
Such a disappointment.
I finally gave my favourite horror franchise the marathon treatment!
Perfect pre-Halloween viewing.
Or to give it its full name, The Stanley Kubrick Visionary Filmmaker Collection.
It’s no secret that I find his work vastly overrated and it’ll come as no surprise that I struggled to complete this.
If you’re new to Kubrick then this is a good starting point and I suppose also good for fans to have some favourites on Blu Ray.
A thumbs down from me.
- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
- Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
My only quibble here is that the stories aren’t connected. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a bumpy ride that’s ultimately very rewarding.