So, the film quest is not going well. Since first blogging about it, I’ve watched just two films from the list and a plethora of average-to-poor films including two starring Zac Efron. Details below.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) – This is a cool film (clue’s in the title I suppose) and is from my quest list. Paul Newman plays Luke, who is sent to a Florida prison camp after being caught cutting the tops off parking meters for no particular reason. I got really into this film, cheering Luke on as he tries to eat 50 eggs in an hour for a bet* and feeling genuinely angry at the Captain’s efforts to break our hero. Top quote: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”
17 Again (2009) – In the vein of Big or 13 Going on 30 (but backwards), some sort of magic occurs and 40-something Mike wakes up aged 17. He enrols in school, becomes the star basketball player, gets to know his kids again and flirts with his wife (played by the always wonderful Leslie Mann). I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for Zac Efron ever since High School Musical and I am only slightly ashamed to say that I really enjoyed this film.
The Lucky One (2012) – Sometimes one Zac Efron fix in a month just isn’t enough and I soon found myself watching The Lucky One. This time young Zac plays a US Marine searching for the woman from the photo he believes saved his life in Iraq. He finds the woman (entirely plausible) and you can guess where it goes from there. I’m still waiting to see if Mr Efron can hold his own in a proper film rather than this sentimental crap, but I for one am rooting for him.
“I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Given that no one in the team had ever watched 2001, it was perhaps a strange choice to be our fancy dress effort at the office Christmas party. After a quick Google Image search, I picked out HAL the computer and decided to watch the film while making my costume. While 2001 is in many ways excellent, there are some quite long bits where basically NOTHING happens, so I was quite glad to be multitasking. HAL didn’t appear for the first hour and, when he did, he turned out to be 100 per cent more homicidal than I’d anticipated. Ah well.
I’m very happy to say that I enjoyed Cool Hand Luke far more than all the crap films I’ve watched lately, including 17 Again. Just. And, while not a huge fan of 2001, I think that it’s definitely worth a watch. The film quest is thus confirmed as A GOOD THING.
* Some clever people have investigated whether this feat could ever be achieveable. Answer: probably not
Film quest update
Players: 1 (This might be where I’m going wrong – will try to recruit some film-watching friends to help me on my quest.)
Ages: 27–28 (I have aged.)
Vaguely interesting fact: Zac Efron appeared in Firefly as young Simon Tam. Random.
Verdict: I’ve made an undeniably poor start to the film quest but will definitely try harder in 2013.