I watched seven films in the past week, this is them in rank order.
01. The Wind That Shakes the Barley  [10/10] - Of the three Ken Loach films I have seen, this is far and away his best. I felt like blubbing at the end of the film when they shot Damien and they open his hand and he has the Saint Christopher. Plus they covered an aspect of Irish history I know very little about in the Civil War so that added intrigue. I should be able to say more about this film considering how much I enjoyed it, but the main point is that it was one of the most incredible films I have ever seen.
02. The Hole  [07/10] - I expected to love this film, it was good but not great. It had the potential to be done in a really scary manner but they were determined to make it something else. Thora Birch couldn’t do the British accent that well. The career trajectory of those involved is interesting as well, Thora Birch got paid seven figures [and had just done American Beauty and Ghost World] and Keira Knightley was doing her first film, since then Birch’s career has apparently fizzled out [ :-( ] and Keira Knightley is one of the biggest actresses in the world.
03. Carnival of Souls  [06/10] - I only recently became aware of this film and I was eager to see it as I had seen multiple people state that this influenced George A. Romero, including individuals saying there was no way Romero would have made Night of the Living Dead without having seen it. Firstly, the film doesn’t hold a candle to Night of the Living Dead. It is however reasonably successful at what it is trying to do and does a pretty good job at making the scenes with the antagonist quite creepy. The movie really reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode "The Hitch-Hiker".
04. Red Road  [06/10] - This film was made in a very similar visual style to the other Andrea Arnold film I have seen Fish Tank. Fish Tank however was a significantly better film. This film was enjoyable enough but its main detracting factor was that I felt it was designed to build to a shocking realisation that Clyde killed her family but I think anyone with half a brain would have worked that out from the scene with her sleeping with the urns which was very early on.
05. John Carter  [06/10] - This film was very good visually and had potential to be really good fun but just wasn’t delivered well enough to be better than alright. [The actor who played John Carter really didn’t seem to be very good at all]
06. Sweet Sixteen  [04/10] - The second Ken Loach film I watched this week and it was no good. Not a dire film but it is definitely a bad film.
07. Brazil  [03/10] - I watched another Terry Gilliam film last week [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] and I didn’t enjoy that either. 1984 is probably my favourite novel and I generally enjoy Dystopian fiction but I just didn’t like this at all. I’m not filled with anticipation for 12 Monkeys which I will get round to watching eventually.