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My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 10:41:36 AM   


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Same rules as gossiping, one post each & see plenty of films ...that's pretty much it.

NB:- A link to previous years diaries can be found below...

Bumfluffs Cinema Diary 2007

13th Apocalypto 8/10
16th Smokin' Aces 7/10
26th Blood Diamond 9/10

1st The Fountain 7/10
3rd Arthur & the Invisibles 5/10
13th Babel 8/10
15th Goal II 6/10
24th Hot Fuzz 7/10
25th The Number 23 6/10

8th Ghost Rider 5/10
10th The Illusionist 7/10
23rd Premonition 7/10
24th 300 7/10
31st Meet the Robinsons 5/10

6th Sunshine 9/10
7th The Messengers 4/10
20th Shooter 9/10
21st The Reaping 7/10
21st Fracture 8/10
28th Next 4/10

4th Spiderman 3 8/10
12th Bridge to Terabithia 7/10
12th 28 Weeks Later 9/10
13th Blades of Glory 7/10
19th Zodiac 9/10

2nd Paradise Lost 6/10
16th Vacancy 8/10
16th Ocean's Thirteen 8/10
17th Fantasic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer 9/10
23rd Shrek the Third 7/10
25th Pirates of the Caribbean : At Worlds End 8/10
26th Captivity 5/10
29th Hostel II 6/10

7th Die Hard 4.0 9.0/10.0
25th The Simpsons 6/10
28th Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix 8/10
29th Transformers 9/10

4th The Hoax 8/10
25th Knocked Up 9/10
26th The Bourne Ultimatum 10/10

1st 1408 7/10
2nd Breach 7/10
6th Death Sentence 6/10
15th Disturbia 8/10
16th Shoot em Up 8/10
24th Superbad 7/10
28th Death Proof 8/10
30th Michael Clayton 6/10

4th The Brave One 7/10
5th The Kingdom 8/10
6th Day Watch 7/10
12th The Invasion 5/10
13th Ratatouille 9/10
14th Atonement 7/10
16th Mr Brooks 7/10
18th Resident Evil : Extinction 6/10
21st Rendition 7/10
26th Saw IV 6/10

4th 30 Days of Night 6/10
10th Stardust 6/10
14th Lions for Lambs 8/10
15th Planet Terror 8/10
18th American Gangster 8/10
29th Beowulf 3-D 7/10

8th The Golden Compass 6/10
13th Southland Tales 5/10
15th Enchanted 8/10
20th We Own the Night 6/10
28th The Kite Runner 9/10
30th I Am Legend 8/10

Total Cinema Visits In 2007: 70
Total Cinema Visits In 2006: 64
Total Cinema Visits In 2005: 71
Total Cinema Visits In 2004: 76
Total Cinema Visits In 2003: 63
Total Cinema Visits In 2002: 57
(Movie of the Month)
Top 10 Films of 2007:-

1. The Bourne Ultimatum

2. Die Hard 4.0
3. Transformers
4. Shooter
5. Zodiac
6. Blood Diamond
7. Ratatouille
8. The Kite Runner
9. Sunshine
10. Knocked Up 

< Message edited by Bumfluff -- 1/1/2008 8:55:23 AM >


My Cinema Diaries
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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 11:14:08 AM   

Posts: 3371
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: The Valley of the Dolls
Smokin' Aces (2006/Joe Carnahan/USA, UK/1st viewing)

The Fountain (2006/Darren Aronofsky/USA/1st viewing)

Hot Fuzz (2007/Edgar Wright/UK/1st viewing)

Meet the Robinsons (2007/Stephen J. Anderson/USA/1st viewing)

Blades of Glory (2007/Josh Gordon, Will Speck/USA/1st viewing)

Sunshine (2007/Danny Boyle/UK/1st viewing)

The Lives of Others (2006/
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck/Germany/1st viewing)

Spider-Man 3 (2007/Sam Raimi/USA/1st viewing)

Zodiac (2007/David Fincher/USA/1st viewing)

Ocean's Thirteen (2007/Steven Soderbergh/USA/1st viewing)

The Simpsons Movie (2007/David Silverman/USA/1st viewing)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007/David Yates/USA, UK/1st viewing)

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007/Paul Greengrass/USA/1st viewing)

Hairspray (2007/Adam Shankman/USA/1st viewing)

Breach (2007/Billy Ray/USA/1st viewing)

Shoot 'Em Up (2007/Michael Davis/USA/1st viewing)

Atonement (2007/Joe Wright/UK/1st viewing)

< Message edited by Leomuse -- 28/9/2007 6:15:55 PM >

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 11:18:28 AM   
smila darcy


Posts: 2147
Joined: 14/10/2005
From: the wrong side of the tracks
My film diary 2007: 

The Holiday 
Perfume:  The Story Of A Murderer 
The Pursuit Of Happyness 

Miss Potter 
The Last King Of Scotland 
The Fountain 
Notes On A Scandal 
Blood Diamond 
Music And Lyrics 
Because I Said So  
Hot Fuzz 
The Illusionist  
Becoming Jane 
Ghost Rider 


The Breed 
Reno 911!:  Miami

This Is England 

Spiderman 3 
28 Weeks Later 
Pirates Of The Caribbean:  At World's End 








< Message edited by smila darcy -- 28/5/2007 7:55:32 PM >


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 12:45:27 PM   
DJ Rob C: Mark II!

Posts: 34887
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Christmas town
My Cinema Diary: 2007 

Friday January 12th: (11:30- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Smokin' Aces (18)  (Seen Once)

Monday January 15th: (11:45- 14:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Last King of Scotland (15) 
(Seen Once)

Friday January 19th: (21:00- 23:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Pursuit of Happyness (12A)  (Seen Once)

Friday January 26th: (14:00- 16:45) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Blood Diamond (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday January 27th: (12:00- 13:55) Empire Cinemas Wigan
It's a Boy/ Girl Thing! (12A)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: The Last King of Scotland (15)

Monday February 5th: (11:45- 14:00) Manchester Odeon
Bobby (15)  (Seen Once)

Friday February 9th: (13:30- 15:50) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hannibal Rising (18)  (Seen Once)

Saturday February 10th: (14:30- 16:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Music & Lyrics (PG)  (Seen Once)

Wednesday February 14th: (14:00- 16:15) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hot Fuzz (15)  (Seen Three Times)

Monday February 19th: (11:15- 13:15) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Charlotte's Web (U)  (Seen Once)

Friday February 23rd: (13:30- 16:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Good Shepherd (15)  (Seen Once)
Monday February 26th: (11:45- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Number 23 (15)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Hot Fuzz (15)


Friday March 2nd: (13:45- 15:40) AMC Manchester
The Illusionist (PG)  (Seen Once)
Friday March 2nd: (20:30- 22:45) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Freedom Writers (12A)  (Seen Once)
Monday March 5th: (11:30- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Ghost Rider (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday March 10th: (11:40- 13:55) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hot Fuzz (15)  (Seen Three Times)

Saturday March 17th: (11:10- 12:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
TMNT (PG)  (Seen Once)

Friday March 23rd: (11:30- 13:35) Manchester Odeon IMAX
300: The IMAX Experience! (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday March 24th: (11:00- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Mr. Bean's Holiday (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday March 31st: (11:30- 13:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Meet the Robinsons (U)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: 300 (15)

Wednesday April 4th: (21:20- 23:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hot Fuzz (15)  
(Seen Three Times)

Saturday April 7th: (13:50- 16:00) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Sunshine (15)  (Seen Once)
Monday April 9th: (14:00- 16:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Blades of Glory (12A)  (Seen Once)
Saturday April 21st: (15:40- 18:00) Odeon Warrington
Shooter (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday April 28th: (11:15- 13:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Next (12A)  (Seen Once)

Monday April 30th: (19:30- 21:20) Odeon Manchester
28 Weeks Later (18)  (Seen Once) (Free Screening)

Film of the Month: Sunshine (15)


Saturday May 5th: (11:00- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Spider-Man III (12A)  (Seen Once)

Monday May 7th: (16:45- 19:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Spider-Man III (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday May 19th: (11:00- 13:55) Cineworld St. Helens
Zodiac (15)  (Seen Once)

Friday May 25th: (20:00- 23:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (12A)  (Seen Twice)

Saturday May 26th: (11:50- 13:50) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Magicians (15)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Zodiac (15)


Saturday June 2nd: (11:00- 12:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Hitcher (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday June 9th: (11:30- 13:55) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Ocean's Thirteen (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday June 16th: (11:00- 12:55) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (PG)  (Seen Once)

Monday June 18th: (11:45- 14:50) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (12A)  (Seen Twice)

Tuesday June 26th: (11:00- 12:45) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Vacancy (15)  (Seen Once)

Friday June 29th: (20:00- 22:00) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Shrek the Third (U)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Vacancy (15)


Thursday July 5th: (14:00- 16:20) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Die Hard 4.0 (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday July 14th: (20:00- 22:45) Perth Caledonian
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday July 21st: (11:00- 13:50) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Transformers (12A)  (Seen Three Times)

Wednesday July 25th: (11:45- 13:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Simpson's Movie (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday July 28th: (14:10- 16:55) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Transformers (12A)  (Seen Three Times)

Tuesday July 31st: (20:00- 22:00) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Goldfinger (PG)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (12A)


Monday August 13th: (12:45- 14:35) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Evan Almighty (PG)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday August 14th: (14:30- 16:30) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Rush Hour III (12A)  (Seen Once)

Thursday August 16th: (14:15- 16:30) Vue Cheshire Oaks
The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday August 18th: (12:15- 14:05) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Surf's Up (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday August 25th: (12:45- 15:15) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Knocked Up (15)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)


Saturday September 1st: (11:20- 13:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
1408 (15)  (Seen Once)
Saturday September 1st: (14:00- 16:00) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Death Sentence (18)  (Seen Once)
Thursday September 6th: (20:15- 22:15) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Run, Fat Boy, Run (12A)  (Seen Once)
Saturday September 8th: (12:00- 14:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Atonement (15)  (Seen Once)
Tuesday September 11th: (20:30- 22:15) Cineworld St. Helens
Withnail and I (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday September 14th: (11:30- 13:30) Manchester Odeon Printworks
Disturbia (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday September 14th: (15:00- 16:45) Manchester Odeon Printworks
Shoot 'Em Up (18)  (Seen Once)

Sunday September 15th: (16:30- 18:50) Cineworld St. Helens
Superbad (15)  (Seen Once)

Wednesday September 19th: (21:15- 23:35) Empire Cinemas Wigan
3.10 to Yuma (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday September 22nd: (10:30- 12:55) Odeon Trafford Centre
Death Proof (18)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday September 25th: (20:30- 22:05) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Queen Rock Montreal (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday September 29th: (11:40- 14:10) Odeon Manchester
Across the Universe (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday September 29th: (15:10- 17:25) Odeon Manchester
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (12A)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Across the Universe (12A)

Tuesday October 2nd: (20:30- 22:20) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hot Rod (12A)  (Seen Once)

Saturday October 6th: (13:30- 15:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Kingdom (15)  (Seen Once)

Monday October 8th: (12:30- 14:45) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Heartbreak Kid (15)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday October 9th: (14:30- 17:05) Odeon IMAX Manchester
Transformers: The IMAX Experience (12A)  (Seen Three Times)

Friday October 12th: (20:00- 22:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Ratatouille (U)  (Seen Once)

Saturday October 13th: (11:20- 13:15) Odeon Manchester
Resident Evil: Extinction (15)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday October 16th: (20:40- 22:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Black Sheep (15)  (Seen Once)

Thursday October 18th: (20:15- 22:30) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Stardust (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday October 20th: (11:00- 13:00) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Hairspray (PG)  (Seen Once)
Saturday October 20th: (14:30- 16:50) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Rendition (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday October 27th: (11:40- 13:40) Odeon Manchester Printworks
Eastern Promises (18)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday October 30th: (20:20- 22:10) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Saw IV (18)  (Seen Once)

Wednesday October 31st: (21:15- 23:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
30 Days of Night (15)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Ratatouille (U)


Saturday November 3rd: (11:40- 13:30) Odeon Manchester Printworks
Death at a Funeral (15)  (Seen Once) 

Tuesday November 6th: (20:45- 22:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Brothers Solomon (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday November 10th: (13:15- 15:25) Manchester Odeon Printworks
Planet Terror (18)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday November 13th: (20:00- 22:15) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Control (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday November 17th: (12:30- 15:30) Manchester Odeon Printworks
American Gangster (18)  (Seen Once)

Saturday November 24th: (11:30- 13:30) Manchester Odeon Printworks IMAX
Beowulf IMAX 3D (12A)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday November 27th: (21:10- 23:20) Cineworld St Helens
The Darjeeling Limited feat. Hotel Chevalier (15)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: The Darjeeling Limited (15)

Saturday December 1st: (13:50- 16:50) Cornerhouse Manchester
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (15)  (Seen Once)

Tuesday December 4th: (20:30- 22:45) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Fred Claus (PG)  (Seen Once)

Friday December 7th: (11:30- 14:30) Cineworld Didsbury
Southland Tales (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday December 8th: (11:00- 12:40) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Bee Movie (U)  (Seen Once)

Saturday December 8th: (20:15- 22:20) Empire Cinemas Wigan
The Golden Compass (PG)  (Seen Once)

Friday December 14th: (12:40- 14:35) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (U)  (Seen Once)

Friday December 14th: (20:15- 22:25) Empire Cinemas Wigan
Enchanted (PG)  (Seen Once)

Saturday December 15th: (11:00- 12:30) Odeon Manchester Printworks
Alvin and the Chipmunks (U)  (Seen Once)

Saturday December 15th: (13:00- 15:20) Odeon Manchester Printworks
We Own the Night (15)  (Seen Once)

Friday December 28th: (14:00- 16:30) Cornerhouse Manchester
I'm Not There (15)  (Seen Once)

Saturday December 29th: (14:15- 16:05) Odeon Manchester Printworks
I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience (12A)  (Seen Once)

Film of the Month: Enchanted (PG)

Film of the Year: The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)

Rating System featuring Comparisons to 2006:
- Utterly Magnificent Moviemaking (ala Pan's Labyrinth)
- Fantastic, yet not Perfect (ala Crank)
- A great piece of lite entertainment (ala Flushed Away)
- A decent piece of entertainment, with major flaws (ala Underworld: Evolution)
- A dodgy piece of cinema that has some merits (ala Ultraviolet)
- Utter garbage, that should be burned (ala Little Man)
Total Number of Movies Seen: 86
Target Number of Movies Seen: 80+
Total Number of Visits: 92
Target Number of Visits: 90+
Films looking forward to:

Nothing left!

Top 10 of the Year!

10) The Illusionist (PG)
9) The Darjeeling Limited (15)
8) Across the Universe (12A)
7) Atonement (15)
6) Knocked Up (15)
5) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (15)
4) Zodiac (15)
3) Ratatouille (U)
2) Hot Fuzz (15)
1) The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)

Best Comedy: Hot Fuzz (15)
Best Action: The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)
Best Drama: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (15)
Best Horror: 28 Weeks Later (18)
Best Sci-Fi: Sunshine (15)
Best Sequel: The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)

< Message edited by DJ Rob C: Mark II! -- 1/1/2008 7:27:22 PM >


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 4:48:18 PM   

Posts: 1950
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Birmingham
Ell's 2007 Cinema Diary


2nd: Night At The Museum
7th: Apocalypto
12th: Smokin' Aces
14th: The Pursuit Of Happyness
17th: Smokin' Aces

18th: The Last King Of Scotland
19th: Babel
20th: Rocky Balboa
28th: Blood Diamond


2nd: Dreamgirls

3rd: Little Miss Sunshine

14th: Hot Fuzz

16th: Hot Fuzz

17th: Goal 2: Living The Dream

17th: The Science Of Sleep 


2nd: The Illusionist
4th: Letters From Iwo Jima
6th: The Number 23

< Message edited by Ell -- 11/3/2007 11:55:28 AM >


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 4:50:10 PM   

Posts: 2078
Joined: 30/9/2005
Spider's Cinema Diary 2007
6th - Employee of the Month Some laughs, and a cast of reasonably likeable characters, but a tired script and indulgent running time mean this is a comedy which won't be remembered for long 4/10
19th - The Return Some nice cinematography is about the only thing this film has going for it, what a shame the director forgot to consider any sense of story, character, atmosphere, tension, development or even maintain any interest. A total waste of time 2/10
24th - Rocky Balboa Of course, being a Rocky film this had problems. Underwritten characters, unconvincing plot contrivances, some clunky dialogue. However, once the training kicks in I defy you to find a more exhilirating, emotionally engaging or simply fantastically entertaining movie climax 8/10
26th - Blood Diamond Slightly too long, and perhaps also slightly airing over it's subject, but this is a touching and emotional examination of an African tragedy. Beautiful cinematography, some nice character moments and a crackling pace make this on of the smartest blockbusters for some time. Best of all, another powerhouse performance from DiCaprio, who nails not only a difficult South African accent but a complex character as well. 8/10

17th - Hot Fuzz
 Wright and Pegg would always have a struggle to match their previous effort, and whilst this is not the brilliant clever or suprisingly emotional film that Shaun was, it easily matches it's predecessor for sheer volume of laughs, and proves that the pair are the greatest comedy writers working today 8/10
21st - The Science of Sleep An enchanting film which whilst not for everyone, has enough originality and charm to make it work. Gabriel Garcia Bernal puts in a great performance, the film just needs a little more focus at times. Overall though, a highly enjoyable affair 7/10
23rd - Hot Fuzz Just as good the second time! 8/10

7th - The Illusionist Unfortunately released soon after The Prestige, and whilst this isn't a bad film, it had none of the excitement or character of Nolan's work.This time the twist isn't nearly as satisfying, although there is some nice tension towards the end. The highlight is a good performance, as ever, from Paul Giamatti. 5/10
3rd - 300 A rip-roaring, if empty, couple of hours. Made with beautiful visuals, and a brave effort to bring the comic book to screen, 300 is exciting but nothing more. That said, it is perfectly fine for it's duration, a shame there wasn't anything memorable enough to make it a great film. 6/10
25th - Sunshine Another fantastic film from Boyle, which could so easily have been a masterpiece but for an out of place ending and a few plot contrivances. That said, this is a film boasting simply astounding visuals, and a fantastic mix of tears, shivers, tension, character and excitement. A real treat. 9/10

5th - Spiderman 3 
Far too long, too many plot strands and completely underused characters. The third installment of this series is in turns exhilarating and enfuriating, and looks tired by the time the credits roll. A mess which is entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying. 5/10
7th - Shooter Certainly won't win any points for originality, and like many modern action films good do with 20 minutes shaved off (not to mention an undercooked romance), but overall this is a superior action no-brainer. Wahlberg proves an engaging lead, and a sequel would be welcome should this film do good business. 6/10
7th - This Is England Shane Meadow's best film to date is a stunning portrayal of England the 80s, managing to be both hilarious and heartbreaking. A couple of misjudged scenes prevent this being a modern masterpiece, but these are more than made up for by a series of unforgettable moments, and, without exception, fantastic performances from all the cast. May prove to be one of the films of the year. 9/10
16th - 28 Weeks Later As a popcorn action film 28 Weeks... is largely successful. When compared to the groundbreaking original however, it is a dissapointment. A first half family plot and a moral issue presented in the first scene are thrown away to let the (often memorable) action setpieces kick off, and the lack of engaging characters mean it is hard not to cheer on the spectacular bloodbath that ensues. 5/10
1st - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End The 168 minute running time should be a warning to this tired's installments bloated and utterly confusing feel. Far too many characters, far too many plots and far too much time spent trying to create a darker tone stuffed with mythology and danger, ultimately entirely unsuccessful on almost every count. The cast are largely forgettable, even Depp's livewire Sparrow looking bored. The Pirates Ship has hit the rocks, one can only hope it sinks before a 4th installment lands. 3/10

9th - Harry Potter & the Order of the Pheonix
A very enjoyable summer blockbuster - the second best Harry Potter film yet (after PoA), with some great acting and a convincing narrative. 8/10
10th - Transformers Although completely lacking in plot, and with a far too long final action sequence, this has enough character (especially in the first act, with LeBoeuf proving a convincing lead) and enjoyment to make it a solid if unspectacular summer film. 6/10
10th - The Simpsons Movie Although this does have a good number of laughs, it is still a dissapointing movie with a messy and incoherent narrative and a reliance on witty sight gags or lines over the character that made early Simpsons so good. 5/10
25th - Knocked Up A funny film, but like Apatow's previous work it lacks tightness and a lean running time. What it does have is some great characters and enough laughs to see it through its 2 hour plus length 7/10
26th - The Bourne Ultimatum A brilliant action movie, it bears all the faults of earlier Bourne films (unengaging characters, unconvincing central plot) but makes up for it with fantastic action sequences, especially a Waterloo station scene which must rank among the best scenes of the year. 8/10

Total Cinema Visits 2007: 15
Target Number of Visits 2007: 40

Films to see:
General Release - 1408
Upcoming - 3:10 to Yuma, Superbad, Shoot 'Em Up, Atonement, Run Fatboy Run
Missed at the Cinema - Zodiac, Apocalypto, Half Nelson


< Message edited by Spider -- 5/9/2007 9:49:17 PM >


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 5:00:42 PM   

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Joined: 1/10/2005
From: East-ish
Rating System:
I adored this film
Hugely enjoyable (maybe not to everyone's taste but I liked it)
Average/doesn't live up to expectations but still good fun
Little to recommend it
Wild horses couldn't drag me back to see this again



3rd - Pan's Labyrinth
10th - The Pursuit of Happyness
15th - The Last King Of Scotland
17th - Smokin' Aces
20th - Infamous
26th - Blood Diamond

1st - Murderball
1st - Motorcycle Diaries
6th - A Walk to Remember
6th - Jarhead
6th - Muppet's Wizard of Oz
21st - Breakfast At Tiffany's
26th - Before Sunrise
28th - Jurassic Park
29th - Before Sunset
31st - Broken Flowers

Film of the month: Pan's Labyrinth

10th - Music and Lyrics
14th - Hot Fuzz
20th - The Science of Sleep
21st - For Your Consideration
23rd - The Good Shepherd

3rd - Right At Your Door
3rd - Cool Runnings
4th - A Scanner Darkly
4th - Monster House
9th - The Notebook
12th - Children of Men
12th - Little Miss Sunshine
18th - Home Alone 2
25th - Hotel Rwanda

Film of the Month: The Science of Sleep

3rd - Ghost Rider
10th - Hot Fuzz 
18th - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
19th - Premonition 
22nd - 300
23rd - I Want Candy

4th - Bubble Boy
10th - Coach Carter
17th - 40 Year Old Virgin
19th - District 13 -
29th - Il Postino

Film of the month: Bubble Boy

10th - Alpha Dog
15th - Blades of Glory
15th - Sunshine
16th - Shooter
29th - This Is England
29th - Bridge To Terabithia

1st - Jackass II
8th - Stranger Than Fiction
9th - The Birds
11th - Crank
29th - It's All Gone Pete Tong
30th - 28 Days Later

Film of the month:

4th - Spider-Man 3
13th - 28 Weeks Later
28th - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

1st - Big Nothing
6th - The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2
6th - Jurassic Park 3
7th - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
22nd - Swimming With Sharks

Film of the month: 28 Weeks Later

11th - Ocean's 13
12th - Taking Liberties
15th - Fantastic Four - The Rise Of The Silver Surfer
24th - Shrek The Third

9th - The Butterfly Effect
16th - Shrek 2
28th - The Woodsman
29th - The Queen

Film of the month: The Queen

5th - Die Hard 4.0


Film of the month:
I did go see films in July and August, but kinda forgot to update the diary


Film of the month:

3rd - Superbad
4th - Breach
6th - Run, Fatboy, Run
7th - Atonement

2nd - Talledega Nights
8th - Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead
11th - Little Children
13th - Chinatown

Film of the month:



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< Message edited by crayon -- 14/9/2007 4:16:08 PM >


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

I shall call him squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my squishy!

(in reply to Spider)
Post #: 7
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 30/12/2006 5:02:05 PM   
Comrade Zutroy

Posts: 1986
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: all over the shop
   If this film were human I would have a sex change and have its kids
   I would have a sordid affair with this one
   Good but it just won't last
   Smells faintly of wee
   I've had more fun with a toothbrush and a jar of Marmite



Pan's Labyrinth 
The Pursuit Of Happyness 
The Last King Of Scotland 
Smokin' Aces 
Rocky Balboa 
Blood Diamond 

Superman II  (Richard Donner Cut) 
The Mission
Muppets Wizard Of Oz 
Walk The Line  
Superman Returns  
The Motorcycle Diaries  
A Walk To Remember 
Pirates Of The Caribbean:  Dead Man's Chest  
War Of The Worlds  (2005)
Crash  (2004) 
Breakfast at Tiffany's 
Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) 
Dead Man's Shoes 
Before Sunrise 
Before Sunset 
Jurassic Park 
Broken Flowers


Film of the Month:  The Last King Of Scotland



Music and Lyrics 
Hot Fuzz 
The Science Of Sleep 
For Your Consideration 
The Good Shepherd 


Right At Your Door 
Cool Runnings 
A Scanner Darkly 
Monster House 
Coach Carter 
The Notebook 
Children Of Men 
Little Miss Sunshine 
Buffalo Soldiers 
Dumb And Dumber 
The Thin Red Line 
Superman: The Movie
Hotel Rwanda 
Home Alone 2 

Film of the Month:  Hot Fuzz



Ghost Rider 
Hot Fuzz (again!) 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I want Candy 
300 (again!) 


Bubble Boy 
Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
Coach Carter
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan 
District 13 
The 40 Year Old Virgin 
Il Postino

Film of the Month: 300



Alpha Dog 
Blades Of Glory 
This Is England 
Bridge To Terabithia 


Jackass Number Two 
The Birds 
Stranger Than Fiction 
The Great Escape 
It's All Gone Pete Tong 
300 (Yet again!) 

Film of the Month:



Spider-Man 3 
28 Weeks Later 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End 


Big Nothing 
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2
Jurassic Park 3 
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 
Swimming With Sharks 
The Island 

Film of the Month: 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At Worlds End



Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer 
Taking Liberties 
Oceans Thriteen 
Shrek The Third


Shrek 2  
The Butterfly Effect 
The Queen  
The Woodsman 

Film of the Month:



Die Hard 4.0 
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix 
Rescue Dawn


The Thing
Edward Scissorhands 
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Die Hard 2:  Die Harder 

Film of the Month:




Film of the Month:




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Film of the Month:

Number of films seen in total:  101
Number of films seen at the cinema:  36
Number of films seen on DVD:  65

< Message edited by Comrade Zutroy -- 14/7/2007 11:20:13 PM >


If there were no rewards to reap,
no loving embrace to see me through this tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.

I'm gonna wait it out

"It's a day spa, you fuck!"

(in reply to crayon)
Post #: 8
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 5:56:28 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf

Posts: 78687
Joined: 30/9/2005
From: Central Park Zoo
[/size]Cinema films of of 2007

1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. Ratatouille
3. Pirates Of The Caribbean : At World's End
4. Hairspray
5. 3.10 To Yuma
6. Stardust
7 The Bourne Ultimatum
8. Elizabeth : The Golden Age
9. Babel
10. Death Proof
11. Notes On A Scandal
12. Zodiac
13. 28 Weeks Later
14. American Gangster
15. Ocean's Thirteen
16. Eastern Promises
17. Sunshine
18. Blood Diamond
19. Atonement
20. Sicko
21. The Golden Compass
22. Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix
23. Rendition
24. Day Watch
25. 30 Days Of Night
26. Beowulf
27. Disturbia
28 Die Hard 4.0
29. Knocked Up
30. Shoot 'Em Up
31. Transformers
32. Spiderman 3
33. Shooter
34. 300
35. Hot Fuzz
36. Shrek The Third
37. Fantastic Four : Rise Of The Silver Surfer
38. Next
39. Ghost Rider

< Message edited by Gimli The Dwarf -- 16/6/2013 2:54:43 AM >


So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

Much more better!

(in reply to Comrade Zutroy)
Post #: 9
RE: My Film Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 8:16:06 AM   

Posts: 10154
Joined: 20/1/2006
From: Central City
My Film Diary

DVD - owned
DVD - borrowed
DVD - Family Members
DVD - watched at friends house
In-Flight Entertainment
*= first viewing

Side Note: if a film has a date like this next to it; 10th/11th, then it means I watched the film over the span of those two days

Rating System

3rd/4th - LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition (with cast commantry)
4th/5th - LOTR: Two Towers - Extended Edition (with cast commantry)
6th - LOTR: Return of the King - Extended Edition (with cast commantry)
8th - Stargate: The Movie (Directors Cut)* | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
9th - eXistenZ*
10th - Lethal Weapon (Directors Cut) | Lethal Weapon 2 (Directors Cut)
11th - Lethal Weapon 3 (Directors Cut)*
12th - Lethal Weapon 4*
13th - A Better Tomorrow*
15th/16th - South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut* | 16th - Chasing Amy (with commantry)
17th - Mallrats (with commantry)
18th - The Breakfast Club*
20th - An Evening with Kevin Smith | Brick*
22nd - The Shawshank Redemption | The Curse of Frankenstein*
22nd/23rd - 12 Monkeys | 23rd - Lethal Weapon (Directors Cut)
24th - The Machinist*
25th - Talladega Nights*
26th - Children of Men*
27th - A Scanner Darkley* | Clerks II* -
29th/30th - Dogma
31st - The Last King of Scotland*


3rd - GhostBusters (with commantry) - | The Last of the Mohicans* -
4th/5th - The X-Files Movie (with commantry)
5th/6th - Oceans 11 [2001] (with cast commantry)
6th/7th - Goldeneye
11th - The Bourne Identity
12th - This is Spinal Tap*
14th - Hot Fuzz* -
26th - Porkys* | Donnie Darko
28th - The Last Action Hero | Beetlejuice | The Departed*


1st - Monsters Inc
7th - Ghost Rider*
10th - (most of) All Dogs go to Heaven 2* | The Goonies
12th - Waynes World
14th - The Butterfly Effect (Directors Cut)*
22nd - The Sixth Sense


2nd - An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder*
4th - 300*
6th - True Romance*
7th - Pulp Fiction | Kill Bill Vol 1
12th - Pans Labyrinth*
14th - Night Watch (with director commantry)
21st - The Curse of the Golden Flower*
22nd - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Uncut)
24th - Fast Times at Ridgemont High*
27th/28th - Blade | 28th - Blade II (with David S. Goyer & Wesley Snipes commentary)


5th - Sin City
7th - Starship Troopers
7th/8th - Robocop | 8th - Spider-Man 3*
8th/9th - Spider-Man | 9th - Batman: Mystery of Batwoman*
10th/11th/12th - King Kong: Extended Edition (with commentary)
12th - Spider-Man 3 | The Frighteners: Directors Cut
13th - Tremors
14th - The Terminator
19th - Phonebooth | Zodiac*
20th - Serenity (with commentary)
23rd - Superman II: Donner Cut (with Commentary)
26th - Rambo: First Blood* | Snakes on a Plane*
26th/27th - Demon House (AKA Night of the Demons III)*
27th - Constantine | Left in Darkness*
27th/28th - Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled*
28th - (most of) Airplane!* | Universal Soldier*
30th - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End*


10th - Before Sunrise* | Before Sunset*
12th - What About Bob?
13th - Boa vs Python*
16th - Clerks II (with 2nd commentary)
19th - Fantastic Four
20th - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer*
22nd - L' Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck)* | Les Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls)*


4th - Die Hard 4.0*
5th/6th - Die Hard
6th - Die Hard 2
7th - Die Hard With A Vengeance
10th - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
11th - LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition | LOTR: Two Towers - Extended Edition
12th - Cronos*
13th - Scream
15th - Once Upon a Time in Mexico (with Commentary) | Desperado (with Commentary)
17th - American Beauty | Donnie Darko: Directors Cut
18th - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*
19th - Welcome to the Jungle
21st - Transformers*
29th - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | Under Siege 2: Dark Territory* | Men In Black
30th - Die Hard (missed last half hour due to falling asleep) | The Butterfly Effect (Directors Cut) | Die Hard With A Vengeance


1st - The Shawshank Redemption
4th - Clerks II (with podcast commentary)
5th - TMNT* | Shrek the Third* | Blades of Glory*
7th - Withnail & I* - ???????
10th - The Bourne Ultimatum*
19th - The Simpsons Movie*
20th - The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning*
26th - Heartbreakers*


5th - 1408*
14th - Superbad*
16th - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
17th/18th - Knocked Up*
19th - Disturbia*
26th - It*
27th - Cube* | Cube Zero* | (most of) The Skeleton Key*
29th - Fight Club*


6th/7th - The Terminator
7th - King Kong (1933)* -
9th - Friday Night Lights*
14th - Con-Air*
21st - Slither (with commentary)
22nd - Three Kings (with Director Commentary)
24th - Stardust*
26th - Casino Royale | Dracula (1992)*
27th - Collateral (with commentary)
31st - Saw
31st/1st - Saw II


1st - Saw III*
4th - Clerks II
14th - X-Men: The Last Stand
15th - Daredevil: Directors Cut (with commentary)
18th/19th - Battlestar Galactica: Razor*
19th - Clerks: Original Cut (with commentary) | The Incredibles
24th - Elektra
30th - Planes, Trains and Automobiles*


1st - Sin City (with second commentary)
3rd - Futurama: Bender's Big Score*
5th - Fred Clause*
6th/7th - Back to the Future Part II
15th - Enchanted*
16th - The Wizard of Oz
20th - A Muppet Christmas Carol
26th - Transformers (yes it got better on second viewing)


2007 TOTAL = 166

Never Finished: The Shining, Hellraiser II, Tomorrow Never Dies & The Dukes of Hazzard

< Message edited by Zaphod121 -- 1/1/2008 8:40:12 PM >

(in reply to Gimli The Dwarf)
Post #: 10
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 11:14:17 AM   

Posts: 2236
Joined: 1/11/2005

Employee of the Month

The Pursuit of Happyness
Smokin' Aces
Rocky Balboa   


*An Inconvenient Truth
A History of Violence
Alien 3
Alien Resurrection
The 51st State
The Transporter
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)


Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz


Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop 2
Beverly Hills Cop 3
*Little Miss Sunshine
*The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift
*Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Clerks II
The Departed



Ghost Rider
The Number 23
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Hills Have Eyes 2


*Close Encounters of the Third Kind
*Shark Attack
*Pans Labyrinth
*Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
Casino Royale 
The Fast & the Furious
*Bring Me The Head of Alfred Garcia



Blades of Glory
Alpha Dog

*The Holiday

*Grizzly Man
*The Last Temptation of Christ
*Night Watch
*The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
*The Worlds Fastest Indian
*Shooting Dogs


This is England

Spider-Man 3
28 Weeks Later


*Transporter 2
X-Men: The Last Stand
Mission Impossible 3
*Shock Corridor
*Aguirre, Wrath of God
*In America
*Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
Die Hard


Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Oceans Thirteen

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Shrek the Third

Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard with a Vengeance

*DOA: Dead or Alive
*Winchester '73
Hot Fuzz
The Big Lebowski
*Bob le Flambeur
*Double Indemnity
*The Roaring Twenties
*Rear Window
*The Greatest Game Ever Played
Broken Arrow
*The Exorcist 3
*Jack & Sarah


Die Hard 4.0
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
The Simpsons Movie
Knocked Up

*This Film is Not Yet Rated
*World Trade Center

*Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Inside Man
*Eight Below
*Date Movie
25th Hour
Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies
The Benchwarmers
The Incredibles
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Road to Perdition


The Hoax

Licence to Wed
The Bourne Ultimatum
Rush Hour 3
Seraphim Falls


The Bourne Identity
Rush Hour
The Girl Next Door
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

*The Big Red One
The Wedding Singer
*Failure to Launch
*Race with the Devil
*Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School


Run, Fatboy, Run
Shoot 'em Up
Death Proof
A Mighty Heart
3:10 to Yuma


*Vera Drake
*Snakes on a Plane
Over the Hedge
*Lets Go to Prison
*The Condemned


The Kingdom
Gone Baby Gone
Black Sheep

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
A Bugs Life

Monsters Inc
*Planet Terror 
*Thirteen Days
*Fast Food Nation
Eastern Promises
*The Ex
*Hostel Part 2
*Return to the House of Haunted Hill
*The Fountain
*Half Nelson


American Gangster
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

*Blade Runner: The Final Cut

The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Alice In Wonderland

* - First Viewing DVD

< Message edited by stuieboy -- 1/1/2008 11:41:34 PM >


"When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher's knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross!"

(in reply to Zaphod121)
Post #: 11
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 11:19:36 AM   

Posts: 1572
Joined: 30/9/2005
Absolutely love it
Really good entertainment
Fairly entertaining
Watchable, passed some time
Was that it?
Avoid at all costs
(Z) I fell asleep



Beauty And The Beast
The Lion King
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sweet Home Alabama
The Fighting Temptations
Hot Fuzz
8 Mile
The Long Kiss Goodnight
You, Me And Dupree
Cheaper By The Dozen
The Gift
Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties
The Proposition
(Z)The Killer
Don (1978)
Mona Lisa Smile
Scary Movie 4
The Calcium Kid
The Mighty
(Z)The Sentinel

Vanilla Sky
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Waist Deep
Sin City

Panic Room
Mr Bean's Holiday
Over The Hedge
Green Street
A Clockwork Orange
The Punisher
LOTR: Fellowship Of The Ring EE
LOTR: The Two Towers EE
LOTR: The Return Of The King EE
Pearl Habour
Ichi The Killer
A Scanner Darkly

POTC: Dead Man's Chest
Epic Movie
The Pianist
Lucky Number Slevin
POTC: At World's End

Kung Fu Hustle
Walk The Line
Reservoir Dogs
The Devil Wears Prada
Cinderella Story
Shrek The Third
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard With A Vengeance

Garden State
The New World
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Die Hard 4

The Departed

< Message edited by Mononoke -- 12/8/2007 9:59:17 AM >

(in reply to stuieboy)
Post #: 12
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 1:05:01 PM   
Daniel Kelly

Posts: 3086
Joined: 6/4/2006
From: warkham
 A Dreadful film which usually has next to no worthwhile features (8)
 A watchable but overall dissapointing and dissatisfying effort (25)
 A good and reasonably enjoyable film, but it has some very apparent flaws (57)
 A great film with only one or two small and fairly insignificant gripes (52)
 A real classic that is practically perfect in every sense (10)

January (20)
Night at the Museum  
Deja Vu  
White Noise 2: The light  
Rocky Balboa

You Me and Dupree  
Little Miss Sunshine  
An Inconvienent truth  
The Wind that shakes the barley  
Snakes on a plane   
Indiana Jones and the last crusade  
The Omen (2006)
The Wicker man (2006) 
The 40 year old virgin   
The Devil wears Prada
The Descent 
Children of men
Shooting Dogs 
Stuck on you

Blood Diamond
Hot Fuzz

Daddy Day Care
The Sentinel
The Break Up
Silent Hill
Animal Farm (1999)
Dickie Roberts Former child star
Anchorman The legend of Ron Burgundy
The Mummy Returns
Batman Forever
Batman and Robin
Shark attack
Orange County

March (15)

Nacho Libre
The Departed
Deep Rising
The Queen
Shark attack 3: Megalodon
Pan's Labyrinth
Talladega nights: The ballad of Ricky Bobby
Team America: World Police
Not Another Teen Movie  
The Host
The Prestige
Road Trip
Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Mars Attacks!
April (19)
Blades of Glory  

The Cable Guy  
Jerry Maguire
The Holiday 
Tenacious D in the pick of destiny
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Donnie Darko
Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie
Supersize Me
The Breakfast Club
Jaws The Revenge
Spider-Man 2
Open Water  
Pulp Fiction
The Ghost and the Darkness
Phone Booth

May (14)
Mr. Bean's Holiday
Spider-Man 3 
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

The Mask
Me Myself and Irene
The Goonies
Final Destination
Mean Girls
Final Destination 2
Final Destination 3
The History Boys
Pitch Black  
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

June (14)
The Hitcher (2007) 
Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

Music and lyrics  
Hot Fuzz
Lethal Weapon 
The Thing  
Dude Where's My Car?  
The Hitcher (1986) 
The Devil's Backbone
Kill Bill Vol.1
Escape From New York
July (24)
Die Hard 4.0
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Simpsons Movie

Kramer vs. Kramer  
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Office Space
United 93  
Cruel Intentions
28 Days Later
The Wedding Singer
Employee Of The Month
Riding in Cars with Boys
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Liar Liar

Underworld Evolution
The Number 23  
Stranger Than Fiction
Happy Gilmore
The Truman Show
Jurassic Park

August (21)
Evan Almighty
The Bourne Ultimatum
License To Wed

Damien Omen 2
The Benchwarmers
Patch Adams
Hard Candy 
From Hell 
Die Hard 
Lake Placid
DOA: Dead Or Alive
Jaws 3
I Want Candy
Ghost Rider
Happy Feet
Bad Santa
One Hour Photo
Basic Instinct
Billy Madison
Rain Man
Starship Troopers  

September (5)

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Being John Malkovich
Fun With Dick And Jane (2005)
28 Weeks Later

October (3)
The EX
The Hitcher (07 rerating)
The Sixth Sense

November (0)

December (0)

< Message edited by Daniel Kelly -- 25/10/2007 6:03:46 PM >


(in reply to Mononoke)
Post #: 13
RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 31/12/2006 1:10:45 PM   
Sugar Kowalczyk

Posts: 4309
Joined: 17/1/2006
My 2007 Cinema Diary
Miss Potter  
Home Viewing
Silent Hill   
Bronco Billy
The Cat Returns
Silent Hill (2nd viewing)  
The Usual Suspects
X-2: X- Men United
Gorillas in the Mist
Keeping Mum
The Misfits (3rd viewing)
The Chronicles of Narnia
City Lights
The Station Agent
The Aviator (2nd viewing)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Friends with Money
The Station Agent
Broken Flowers
The Brothers Grimm
The Island
22 films watched
Film of the Month
My first ever viewing of a Chaplin movie
City Lights 
Pan's Labyrinth
The Fountain
Home Viewing
Some Like It Hot
4 Brothers
Howl's Moving Castle 
Bachelor Mother
The Major and the Minor
This is Spinal Tap
Dangerous Minds (2nd Viewing)
Just Friends
The Constant Gardener
Cinderella Man
The Apartment
Life is Beautiful
Conversation(s) with other women
Over the Hedge
His Girl Friday
The Seven Year Itch
Hidden (Cache)
Evil Dead 2
Walk the Line
30 films watched
Film of the Month
1 star film!?! I think not Mr David Edwards and all you other critics!
The Fountain
Becoming Jane
Home Viewing
American Dreamz
I Was A Male War Bride
When Harry Met Sally (3rd viewing)
One True Thing
The Straight Story
A History of Violence
Elvis: The Early Years (TV movie)
In The Bedroom
Boys on the Side
Meshes of the Afternoon (Short)
Me Without You (4th viewing)
Little Miss Sunshine
Heavenly Creatures
In Her Shoes (2nd viewing)
Fight Club
Knife in the Water
Breakfast On Pluto
La Dolce Vita
Fight Club
A Matter of Life and Death
Rome Open City
Frankie & Johnny
27 films watched
Film of the Month
Britain's Finest
A Matter of Life & Death
Home Viewing
The New World
Rear Window
Raging Bull
The Life Aquatic
Frida  (2nd viewing)
Breakfast at Tiffany's  
Office Space  (3rd viewing)
Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind  (2nd viewing)
Fun with Dick & Jane
Everything is Illuminated
Flushed Away
Once Upon A Time in the West
House of Sand & Fog
La Haine
Moulin Rouge  *3rd viewing
19 films watched
Film of the Month
The setting, the score... all quality as soon as I saw it I rushed out and brought the DVD just to watch it again and again
Once Upon a Time in the West
28 Weeks Later
Home Viewing
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Open Your Eyes  
Withnail & I
Election  (2nd viewing)
Stand by Me
Final Destination 3
The Proposition
The Philadelphia Story
Guess Who's coming to Dinner
Vera Drake
Evita  (20th viewing)
A Fistful of Dollars
If Only
The Boys from Brazil
Azumi  (2nd viewing)
United 93
Manon Des Sources
To Catch A Thief
For A Few Dollars More
Once Upon A Time in America
24 films watched
Film of the Month
Breaktaking and full of emotion and heartbreak
Manon Des Sources
The Lives of Others
Curse of the Golden Flower
Home Viewing
The Shape of Things
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Monkey Business
Holy Smoke
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
The Edukators
The Beat that my Heart Skipped
Buffalo '66
Cherry Falls
The Tale of Two Mrs Carrolls
The Talented Mr Ripley
Scary Movie 4
Aeon Flux
American History X
The Crow
Wait Until Dark
The Guru
The House on Haunted Hill (Remake)
Frankie & Johnny (4th viewing)
29 films watched
Film of the Month
Weird and confusing but dazzling at the same time
Home Viewing
Requiem for a Dream
River of No Return
The 'Burbs Uncut
The King
The Cider House Rules
Lets Make Love
The Godfather Pt II
Goodnight & Good Luck
Panic in Needle Park
Jean De Florette
Boys Don't Cry
V for Vendetta
The Stranger
The Weather Man
Cyrano de Bergerac
GI Jane
Children of Men
Hearts in Atlantis
The Machinist
Ask The Dust
You, Me & Dupree
The Da Vinci Code
Sideways (2nd & 3rd viewing)
The Shining
Mulholland Drive 
The Perfect Score
Dirty Pretty Things
Roman Holiday
The Parent Trap (1961)
Secretary (2nd viewing)
34 films watched
Film of the Month
Another film that pulled me once again into the world of Lynch, it is possibly the best one I have seen.
Mulholland Drive
Home Viewing
The Spirit of the Beehive
The Death of Mr Lazarescu
On the Waterfront (3 repeated viewings)
When a Stranger Calls
Stay Alive
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Curious George
She's the Man
Failure to Launch
Yours, Mine and Ours
The Omen (remake)
The Hitcher
Glengarry Glen Ross
Whisper of the Heart
The Lake House
Sophie Scholl
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Stigma (2nd viewing)
LOTR Fellowship of the Ring (EE)
LOTR Return of the King
Sky High
Tristan and Isolde
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (3rd viewing)
American Pie  (2nd viewing)
American Pie II  (2nd viewing)
American Pie: The Wedding  (2nd viewing)
Anchorman (3rd viewing)
The Perfect Man
Ultraviolet (no stars)
34 films altogether
Film of the Month
On the Waterfront
Probably one of Brando's finest performances  - a film which made me want to watch again and again!
Run, Fat Boy, Run
Home Viewing
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Goldeneye (4th viewing)
Superman Returns
Snakes on a Plane
Dirty Dancing Havana Nights
Seven Samurai
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
The Breakfast Club (3rd viewing)
Born on the Forth of July (2nd viewing)
The Black Dahlia
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (3rd viewing)
The Graduate
Madness of King George
Black Book
19 films
Film of the Month
Seven Samuari
Epic. Left me lost for words. Just such a beautiful epic movie.
Resident Evil 3: Extinction
Home Viewing


Erin Brockovich (4th viewing)
My Best Friends Wedding (3rd viewing)
Show Me Love aka Fucking Amal
O Brother Where Art Thou
Almost Famous (3th viewing)
The Iron Giant
A Lot like Love
Me, You and Everyone We Know
The Pianist (2nd viewing)
Dear Frankie (2nd viewing) 
Lovers on the Bridge
Lady in the Water
Step Up
14 films
Film of the Month
The Iron Giant & The Pianist
Both very different from each other subject wise but both are films with heart!
Planet Terror
Home Viewing
All About My Mother (2nd viewing)
Lovers of the Artic Circle
Hidden aka Cache (2 nd viewing)  
Notting Hill (2nd viewing) 
Groundhog Day (3rd viewing)
Save the Last Dance (2nd viewing)
Move Over Darling (2nd viewing)
The Doors
The Crying Game (3rd viewing)
Calamity Jane (6th viewing)
Working Girl (3rd viewing)
Once Upon A TIme in Mexico (2nd viewing)
Russian Ark
Black Narcissus
Down With Love (2nd viewing)
A Perfect Murder (2nd viewing)
17 films watched
Film of the Month
Planet Terror
A refreshing film that was scary but in a funny way I really enjoyed this film and would quite happily watch it again
The Golden Compass
Home Viewing
On Moonlight Bay
Howl's Moving Castle (2nd viewing)
Don't Tell (Italian)
O Brother Where Art Thou
Trading Places
The Holiday
Three Colours: Blue
Finding Nemo
Scrooged (4th viewing)
Ryan's Daughter
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Billy Elliot
In America
Film of the Month: Finding Nemo: Just great family entertainment I don't think I've ever smiled so much esp with Dory! What a great lil character!
Film of the Year:
The Fountain
Home Viewing
Seven Samurai

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Film of the Year so Far: Blood Diamond
Film of the month in Blue


Rocky Balboa 8/10 - Fitting end to a legend
Smokin' Aces 7/10 - Ideal for a boozy night in with the lads
Blood Diamond 9/10 - Powerful: Story, Acting, Imagery
Bobby 8/10 - Great Ensemble piece, good performances from good pros


Notes on a Scandal 6/10 - Interesting, but felt a little made for TV
Music and Lyrics 5/10 - Enjoyable Fluff, one for the ladies
Hannibal Rising 6.5/10 - Not as good as previous films, but a decent attempt at a revenge movie
Hot Fuzz 7/10 - My most disappointing movie so far this year, but maybe I was expecting too much, this is still good
The Good Shepherd 7/10 - Looks great, great acting and cast, shows the effects on family life well but CIA stuff could have been better
The Number 23 2/10 - This thinks it's being clever, it really isn't. Pointless and dull. Decent performance from Carrey


Ghost Rider 2/10 - Worse than Van Helsing! The worst comic book adaptation I've ever seen
The Illusionist 8/10 - Interesting and Intriguing, well acted by a strong cast
Premonition 6/10 - Interesting idea not as well exacuted as it could have been. Bullock was great in the lead role
300 7/10 - Visually brilliant and very entertaining


Sunshine 6/10 - Tense thriller with a silly ending
Fracture 6/10 - Interesting idea, but fairly dully played out
Next 7/10 - Works on the Friday night switch your brain off at the door entertainment level


Spider-Man 3 8/10 - Flawed but hugely entertaining
Magicians 7/10 - More Laugh Out Loud moments than Hot Fuzz
28 Weeks Later 8/10 - Tense horror with a political message


Wedding Daze 5/10 - Some funny moments
Oceans Thirteen 7/10 - Lot's of style and not to shabby on the content
Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer 7/10 - If you enjoyed the first one (which I did) you'll enjoy this

Shrek the Third 5/10 - Just enough here to keep me watching but dragged a bit despite its short running time.  Time to call it a day.
Die Hard 4.0 7.5/10 - Willis delivers a very telling line, it's something like 'If there was someone else to do this I'd step aside.' Unfortunately they just don't make action heros like they used to.  This is the worst Die Hard film, but it's still better than any action film in cinemas in a long time
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 6/10 - Although the films are always ok, they never get anywhere near doing the books justice
Hairspray 9/10 - Any film that has me wanting to clap after every brilliant song and dance number is clearly doing something right, one of the films of the year and the most fun I've had in the cinema in a long time.
Transformers 8/10 - Great Fun, let down a bit by the action at the end - Difficult to see what's going on
The Simpsons Movie 7/10 - Very funny, but little more than a long episode of the TV Series


Evan Almighty 4/10 - Good effects, but very silly film not a patch on Bruce Almighty
Rush Hour 3 7/10 - Fans of the previous films will enjoy this, it's pretty funny, but the action appears to be toning down as Jackie gets older
The Bourne Ultimatium 8.5/10 - Great film, best of the series and one of the best of the year, but the shaking cameras lose it half a point
Knocked Up 8/10 - Very, very funny, it's gross out with a brain


No Reservations 4/10 - Just doesn't really work, it doesn't know if it's a romantic comedy or a drama, but it's not funny or dramatic.
Superbad 7/10 - Lost it a bit in the middle but still a very funny film
3:10 to Yuma 6.5/10 - Good acting from to of the best in the business in the central roles, as well as some good stuff from Ben Foster, but the film itself didn't quite live up to the actors, still a decent effort though


Ratatouille 7/10 - Looks fantastic, fun story but it drags a bit I feel it could suffer slightly with young audiences from not being a brightly coloured movie like previous Pixar films or having enough laughs
Stardust 8/10 - Pure fantasy escapism, made me feel like a kid again
Rendition 6/10 - Brilliantly acted, interesting film with a hugely disappointing ending that renders one huge part of the film pointless


Elizabeth: The Golden Age 7/10 - Good central performance and interesting humanisation of a historical figure
Good Luck Chuck 3/10 - Two marks for the film and an extra one for the fact that it has penguins in it.  Unfunny and a couple of moments bordering on indecent (I'm talking kids, animials and sex - just wrong!)
Lions for Lambs 4/10 - A real waste of some great acting talent, preachy - yet so thin it doesn't really say anything
American Gangster 8/10 - A Slow start but once the story develops this ranks amoungst the better crime films, Washington just edges Crowe in the act off, but both good
Beowulf 3D 5/10 - Once the initial wow factor of the excellent 3D wears off, this is a dull film with extremely poor hammy acting


Enchanted 7/10 - Good family fun, great performance from Marsden
I Am Legend 8/10 - Great almost solo performance from Smith, tense and emotional

Top 10 of 2007 (So far...)

1. Blood Diamond
2. Hairspray
3. The Bourne Ultimatium
4. The Illusionist
5. Stardust
6. Rocky Balboa
7. American Gangster
8. Knocked Up
9. Spider-Man 3

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All scores out of 10

6th Deja Vu 7 - Disappointing ending which showed a lack of balls but good premise.
7th Apocalypto 6 - Mediaeval chase movie with some incredible scenes but not a fun ride or a cohesive whole.
13th The Last King of Scotland 9 - Great film with an acting tour de force from Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy.
14th The Pursuit of Happyness 4 - Manipulative film which dragged. Lots of people in the cinema crying.
20th Smokin' Aces 6 - Frankly ludicrous but stylish hitman drama.  Ending a cop-out.
20th Babel 8 - The Japanese section of the film is the most satisfying but this is a treat for the eyes and ears.
23rd Bobby 7 - Good ensemble piece although some parts better than others.  Some parts are trying too hard to be profound though.
25th Black Book (Zwartboek) 9 - Beautifully shot gripping work from Verhoeven with a stunning lead performance from Carice Van Houten.
27th Blood Diamond 7 - Great performances from DiCaprio, Honsou and Connolley but falls a little flat towards the end.
29th The Fountain 7 - Quite the headscratcher, the visual effects are inspired but Aranofsky's obsession with facial close-ups annoyed.  Tricky but worthwhile.
31st Rocky Balboa 7 - A little mawkish at times and cheesy at others but better than expected and you can't help but get swept up in the atmosphere.

3rd The Long Kiss Goodnight  6 - Frankly a ridiculous actioner but not without its charms.
6th The Road To Guantanamo 4 - Not entertaining enough to warrant viewing and too journalistically lacking to be a credible documentary
7th The Last Kiss 7 - The dialogue is well written but it feels a little smug in places.  Good entertainment.
8th Pierrepoint 7 - Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson excellent but it feels made for TV.
14th Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines 7 - Fairly good continuation of the story but pales in comparison to the first and second installments.
21st Breakfast on Pluto 7 - Great performance by Cillian Murphy but I was left somewhat underwhelmed by thr film.
21st Contact 8 - Good performance by Jodie Foster.  Started slow but picked up speed well.
27th Hard Candy 8 - Intense psychological thriller with great performances from Ellen Page and the underrated Patrick Wilson.
28th Murder in the First 5 - Never really got into this courtroom drama.  There are far better examples of the genre.
31st The Bone Collector 5 - Generic thriller with a decent performance from Angelina Jolie but hardly a taxing piece of work.


3rd Notes on a Scandal 7 - Acerbic, powerful performance from Judi Dench in a film which never quite gives us sufficient insight into Blanchett's life.
4th Dreamgirls 7 - Ever so slightly frustrating film where too much happens off screen but Foxx and newcomer Jennifer Hudson perform well.
5th Running with Scissors 5 - Tonally a mess but good performances from Bening, Wood and Cross.  Disappointed with Paltrow and Fiennes.
11th For Your Consideration 5 - Lacks the heart of previous Guest efforts and not all of the humour hits the mark.
13th Hannibal Rising 7 - Malevolent film which starts better than it ends but one which is beautifully shot by Peter Webber and a decent performance from Gaspard Ulliel.
16th Hot Fuzz 9 - Great fusion of comedy and action and a fantastic screenplay to boot. Quite simply - fun.
17th The Science of Sleep 8 - Typically wacky from Gondry but also has a lot of heart
24th The Good Shepherd 8 - Bit long but stylishly directed, interesting film but a touch staid.
24th The Number 23 3 - Tonally all over the place, the plot is flimsy but Jim Carrey does the best he can with it.
28th Letters from Iwo Jima 9 - Beautiful and elegant yet at the same time brutal and horrifying.  This is a masterful piece of cinema from Clint Eastwood with a powerhouse performance from Watanabe.

1st Mickey Blue Eyes 6 - Seen it before but it was TV and its easy viewing.  Funny in places but it is the cinematic equivalent of autopilot, nobody doing anything outside of their comfort zone.
7th To Die For 7 - The quest for fame distilled by Gus Van Sant with a quality performance from Nicole Kidman.
11th Cocktail 5 - Cheesy 80s high concept ticking off the checklist of 80s Tom Cruise film moments.
11th Tequila Sunrise 6 - Another cheesy high concept 80s flick - Towne doesn't hit the heights of Chinatown.
14th Art School Confidential 6 - Quirky offering from director Zwigoff.
17th The Nightmare Before Christmas 8 - Really enjoyable with inspired music and lyrics.
17th Vera Drake 8 - Heartbreaking kitchen-sink drama with an amazing performance from Imelda Staunton.
19th Poseidon 4 - CGI was pretty crap, characterisation virtually non-existant, action pretty good but somewhat predictable.
25th The Ice Harvest 4 - Think it wanted to be a comedy but it lacks the humour and if wants to be a noir, it lacks the sensabilities.
25th Point Break 7 - Enjoyable, high concept romp with Keanu and Patrick Swayze.


3rd The Illusionist 8 - Suffers slightly in comparison to The Prestige as Norton's performance lacks some of the required showmanship but this is still a well-crafted film with great music and cinematography.
6th A Guide To Recognising Your Saints 6 - There are moments of brilliant, moving film-making in this debut feature by Dito Montiel but there are some parts which are seriously hardwork and some unnecessary and distracting moments of directorial pretension.
10th The Good German 9 - Once I got into the style, I really enjoyed it, like the lovechild of Casablanca and The Third Man.
14th Ghost Rider 4 - Risible comic book film which seems strangely camp, unsurprising when you consider that the baddies are straight out of an Evanscence music video.  Some good effects, some not so good.  Dialogue laughable bad and Eva Mendes can't act.
19th Factory Girl 5 - As deep as a puddle complete with innumberable 60s cliches.  Despite that Sienna Miller, Hayden Christiansen and Guy Pearce do their best with what they are given. This may, however, be the limits of Miller's talent.
24th 300 7 - Visually impressive albeit like a computer game, ultimately very enjoyable style over substance
26th Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus 6 - Starts off so well but let down by the increasing quirkiness over focus.  Nicole Kidman is excellent but Downey Jr's performance smacks of someone trying to prove it is him under the make-up.  Also looking like the Cowardly Lion dressed in the clothes of Ken Russell doesn't help.

5th Cars 6 - Not the best Pixar film and the middle part of the film lulls.  This is offset by great race action. 
10th Rumor Has It 5 - Unfunny "romantic comedy" where Shirley Maclaine nabs all the best lines.
11th Crank 7 - Totally hilarious action film, Jason Statham has found his niche.
12th Heavenly Creatures 7 - Something of a novelty as it is the only Peter Jackson film I have seen that I have liked.  Great writing and acting by the 2 leads but some of the other acting is somewhat wooden.
17th Dark City 8 - Great, clever sci-fi with a convincing central performance from Rufus Sewell and quality villians.  Before its time.
17th The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo) 8 - Chilling ghost story set at the time of the Spanish Civil War.
18th 16 Blocks 6 - Average cat and mouse actioner from Donner with Willis playing a shadow of his former action star self.  David Morse is good, Mos Def is somewhat annoying.
22nd Crossing the Line 7 - Fascinating documentary on the life of the last living American defector to North Korea, James Dresnok.
24th Heaven 6 - Loses its way in the second half but nicely directed by Tykwer.  Blanchett and Ribisi put in good performances.
25th X Men: The Last Stand 6 - Not a bad end to the X Men series with a fine central performance from Ian McKellan but some of the set pieces are somewhat lacking and Vinnie Jones is atrocious.
25th White Men Can't Jump 7 - Fun basketball movie which relies heavily on the interplay between Harrelson and Snipes and their charisma.


2nd Days of Glory (Indigenes) 7 - Highlights those forgotten heroes but the battle scenes don't quite stack up and the middle is flabby and the epilogue is unnecessay.  The final 20 mins before that are excellent.
4th Catch a Fire 8 - Pretty taut political thriller with a great leading performance from Derek Luke and quality support from Tim Robbins.
6th Sunshine 8 - Lacked the tension in the finale when the tone changes but this film is extremely visually impressive and it feels suitably claustrophobic.  Chris Evans and Benedict Wong perform particularly well.
7th Blades of Glory 7 - Doesn't quite hit the heights of Dodgeball but fun nevertheless and some jokes really hit big.  Heder particularly impressed.
14th Shooter 7 - Tense, modern day action film with a charasmatic lead performance from Mark Wahlberg, suffers from being bluntly political.
14th Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai hung jin jia) 6 - The weakest of Zhang's wushu films but Gong Li gives a superb performance.  Film suffers from over egging the melodrama and poor pacing.
16th Unknown 6 - The writer of this film had obviously been watching Saw for his original premise but this goes down the psychological route rather than the horror route, some good performances but the story unravels at its conclusion.
25th Fracture 7 - Despite the wildly fluctuating accent of Hopkins, this was a surprisingly taut thriller and Gosling performs well, using his natural charisma well.  It is somewhat predictable as legal potboilers go.
26th Half Nelson 8 - Ryan Gosling is incredibly charasmatic and his chemistry with Shareeka Epps makes this film.  Antony Mackie also performs well as the drug dealer.
27th Alpha Dog 5 - The writing is somewhat disappointing and some of the performances don't ring true particularly Foster, whose character I had thought was strangely camp for a Neo-Nazi thug.  There are some good performances though from Timberlake, Stone and Yelchin.  Despite being the lead character, Emile Hirsch is strangely anodyne.
28th The Painted Veil 7 - Good performances and beautiful cinematography but the source material suffers from being too staid and Schreiber is criminally underused.

2nd Angel-A 6 - Some great moments, visually enticing and a breakthrough performance from Rie Rasmussen.  The final ten minutes is not in keeping with the remainder of the film.
5th Natural Born Killers 5 - I'll be honest I just didn't get it.  The Warner Bros cartoon pacing and editing and over-the-top characters didn't work for me.
6th An Inconvenient Truth 8 - I'm convinced that this will become compulsory viewing and one of the most influential films of this century.  My only quibble is that it is too overtly political which is not particularly appropriate.
8th The Passion of the Christ 4 - Don't really know how to rate this one.  The first half is dull and the second half is sickeningly brutal.
8th Office Space 8 - Damn it feels good to be a gangster.   A great comedy from Mike Judge about the perils of working in the modern office and very quotable.
9th Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 10 - Better than I remembered and I liked it first time.  Fantastic heartfelt romance which doesn't rely on stereotype with beautifully natural performance from Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet
15th Die Hard 2 6 - Not a patch on the first film.  The formula remains largely the same but cheesier.  Taking McClane out of the Nakatomi Plaza and into a wider arena did not work for me.
15th Lost in Translation 9 - Having lived in Japan I think this film captures the bewilderment of foreign culture perfectly with beautifully understated performances from Murray and Johanssen.
22nd Stander 6 - Good performance from Thomas Jane and some quality scenes but the execution doesn't live up to the premise.  Looks like the costumier had fun with all manner of different wigs and facial hair appendiges.
22nd Die Hard With A Vengeance 7 - Better than the second film and bringing in Sam Jackson to be Willis' sidekick is an inspired move.
25th Walk the Line 6 - A bit dull, standard biopic fare.  Reese Witherspoon is good as is Phoenix but the story feels derivative (Ray with white people anyone?) and fails to properly engage.
26th Scream 2 7 - I have a soft spot for this series and while it is not as good as the first one, it still delivers shocks and laughs like the first.
29th Wall Street 8 - A movie which defines the 80s, some of the context seems laughable now but the performances are uniformly excellent and the writing is great.
29th The Sum of all Fears 6 - Not bad, not great, Affleck is a competent Jack Ryan but the plot is a tad convoluted.  You can only get so excited by exposition about Russian internal politics.


1st The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) 9 - This is a sublime piece of drama with Henckel von Donnersmarck ably ratcheting up the tension and drawing us into the characters and their motivations.  Ulrich Muehle, Martina Gedeck and Sebastien Koch all give touching performances.
5th This is England 8 - Despite the difficult subject matter, this film is very powerful with supreme performances from Thomas Turgoose and Stephen Graham.  Liked the 80s nostalgia but it is a shame that the mother and Woody disappear for large chunks of the film.
6th Spiderman 3 6 - I don't know where to start.  The scenes just didn't flow, the dialogue was lame and some of the scenes were oddly slapstick.  James Franco and Topher Grace were the bright spots.
7th Goya's Ghosts 5 - Forman is the master of biopic-style films but this film is seriously flawed and the second half of the film is a complete mess.  Bardem's monk being put to the question, however, is one of the best individual scenes of the year.
8th Fast Food Nation 3 - A real missed opportunity.  Both narrative and dialogue feel forced and fake and characters and subplots randomly disappear.
14th Goodbye Bafana 7 - Bille August has crafted a touching, slightly sentimental and old-fashioned movie which has a fantastic central performance from Joseph Fiennes.
18th Zodiac 9 - This film is arse numbingly long and for a film as interesting and gripping as this surprisingly feels it.  The attention to detail of this film is amazing and Fincher produces a slow burning classic and fills it with beautiful performances.
19th 28 Weeks Later 7 - Surprisingly a sequel which works and doesn't feel artificially tacked on.  The camerawork is a little over frenetic but Fresnadillo's direction is intelligent.  Some of the acting could best be described as poor especially from the kids.
21st Black Snake Moan 5 - Exploitative attempt at Southern Gothic but it feels trashy and an attempt at mimicking Tarantino.
24th Magicians 6 - Feels like an extended sketch and may have worked better in that format, starts very stiff particularly Webb but gets better an there are a number of genuine laugh-out loud moments.
26th Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 7 - Overlong complicated and overlong, not as good as the first film but a significantly improvement over part two.

5th Prime 5 - Does anything actually happen in this movie? Slightly cliched rom-com which doesn't even bother with supporting characters outside Meryl Streep's shrink.  Greenberg did ok, Streep was in kooky mode but Thurman does not convince as a romantic lead for me.
6th Bubble Boy 7 - Not the greatest film ever but it is fun and Jake Gyllenhaal's charisma helps this film along.
7th Right At Your Door 7 - Low-fi but suprisingly effective movie based on what-ifs and the threat of terrorism and the effect of terrorism on personal lives.  This was well done.
11th Air America 6 - Knock-about comedy action film with Gibson and Downey Jr, both of whom are pretty charismatic but the story is pretty lightweight and predictable.
12th The Da Vinci Code 7 - Despite its obvious flaws the interesting historical conjecture hold my attention and enjoyment and I like this film despite it containing one of the worst car chases on celluoid.
12th Children of Men 9 - A bleak vision of future Britain but one which is brillantly shot and featuring a worn-in scruffy totally appropriate performance from Clive Owen.
19th Echo Park L.A. (Quinceanara) 6 - Underwhelming film which lacks the drama or narrative drive which the film requires, too many strands are left loose or dangling.  Some decent performances from the young cast though.
20th Syriana 7 - Impressive scope for a film which contains some understated, personally touching performances from Matt Damon and George Clooney.  The plot feels a tad convoluted and tenuous.
28th The 40 Year Old Virgin 8 - So many laugh-out loud moments and improv brilliance from Steve Carrell and Seth Rogan.
28th Fight Club 10 - So visceral, such a mind-**** of a movie and showcases Brad Pitt's best performance.


2nd Flyboys 5 - Fight action is good but the surrounding parts are truely terrible, cheesy and partially sophofiric.
3rd Wedding Daze 4 - Isla Fisher and Jason Biggs are credible romantic comedy leads but the writing here is so poor that neither can save this film.
9th Ocean's Thirteen 8 - Put simply fun.  A return to form for the Ocean's series and while it feels like a greatest hits show, it retains the spirit which made the first film such a success.
11th Jindabyne 7 - Haunting but at equal points frustrating as the characters appear unable to articulate their feelings and the short scenes give the film a choppy feel as does the switching of tone by director Lawrence.  There are fine performances from Linney, Byrne and the child actors.
18th Tell No One (Ne le dis a personne) 8 - Fine performances, particularly from Francois Clouzot as Dr Alex Beck and Kristin Scott Thomas, Canet keeps the tension high and marks himself out as a director to watch.
21st Vacancy 6 - Works better than expected and I loved the Hitchcockian title sequence.  Having Beckinsale and Wilson rather than 2 tweens from US sitcoms probably helped the believability.  Not earth-shattering but exceeding expectations.
23rd La Vie En Rose 5 - Disappointing choppy biopic which relies too much on flashback and on prior knowledge.  Many of the supporting characters are insufficiently introduced.  The only bright spot in this film is Marion Cotillard who performs well as Edith Piaf.  Overall, tries too hard to be different.

2nd Get Over It 5 - Teen comedy with Kirsten Dunst and Jon Foster.  Just not interesting enough and Shane West's ridiculous character doesn't help.
3rd The Host (Gwoemul) 6 - Didn't get the slapstick in the first half of the film, thought the FX were good but the political overtones are clumsy and obvious and the film suffers serious narrative lulls.
3rd Six Days, Seven Nights 5 - No chemistry between Schwimmer and Heche and little more between Heche and Ford.  The ending is something of a cop-out too.  Lacklustre "rom-com".
4th Waiting ... 2 - Oh dear! I think I laughed once.
8th Big Nothing 5 - Funny in parts and very very dark but the twists are too much and the overall effect is something akin to mania
9th Fahrenheit 9/11 8 - Flawed but still a very telling documentary and at times very moving.  Moore is occassionally incendiary for his own ends but there is no doubting the conviction of this film.  Will be remembered as a classic documentary in years to come.
9th Cinema Paradiso 9 - Cinematic prozac.  I defy anyone to actively dislike this film.  A picture with a lot of heart and excellent performances from the three actors playing Toto.
10th Little Miss Sunshine 8 - Touching film funny and in places hilarious with great performances across the board.
17th Confetti 5 - Some good moments and Jessica Stevenson is infinitely watchable but the improvision leads to a number of moments which just fall flat.
18th The End of the Affair 7 - A touch staid and starchy but the subject matter leads it in that direction.  The cast of Fiennes, Rea and particularly Julianne Moore work well together.
23rd The Shipping News 5 - Glacially slow, very serious and earnest thespy film but interminably dull.  Julianne Moore is a bright spot.
24th A Good Year 7 - Sir Ridley Scott deals with the lighter side of life in this adaptation of Peter Mayle's book.  The presentation is beautiful and Scott's mastery is there on screen for all to see.  Russell Crowe appears to get more of his personality on the screen in a more knock-about role.  Enjoyable yet slight.
30th Requiem for a Dream 10 - This film blew me away with the claustrophobic cinematography and editing, the fantastic performance from Ellen Burnstyn and the perfect marriage between score and film.

3rd Paris Je T'Aime 6 - The dictionary definition of a mixed bag.  Some segments were great, others were less successful.  I would have preferred less vignettes but some of them to be slightly longer.
7th Die Hard 4.0 7 - Big bold brash old-school action pic which delivered more than the lacklustre trailer promised.  Some problems with believability and consistency but fun.
9th Edmond 2 - Dire, Mamet-scripted "thriller".  Large parts of the dialogue fall into psycho-babble leaving some scenes almost unintelligable and the rest of the dialogue is either rascist, sexist or homophobic.  William H Macy does the best with what little he has given.
16th Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 8 - Some lapses in the acting from some of the younger actors but the effects and the storytelling work well together and there is a good vein of humour running throughout.
21st Hairspray 8 - Catchy music, all-round good performances and fantastic choreography.  A pleasant surprise!
28th The Simpsons Movie 7 - Not as good or as consistently funny as one of the very best episode but still pretty good and the performance of Albert Brooks was great.
29th Transformers 8 - The biggest surprise of the summer.  It is actually good.  Shia LaBeouf does a great job of anchoring the film and the special effects are fantastic.
30th Lonely Hearts 6 - Noirish crime film sees Travolta and Gandolfini hunt down the "Lonely Hearts Killers".  Performances are uniformly decent and Salma Hayek, in particular, smolders on screen as a ruthless woman who is desperate for love.  What lets the film down is the cliche driven script and shot selection.

1st The Forgotten 6 - An apt name for a film which is likely to suffer a similar fate despite the efforts of Julianne Moore.  It was fine but too middle of the road and the paranoid first half beats the more fanciful second half.
14th Freedomland 5 - Joe Roth directs the lacklustre crime movie with an attempt at a message.  Nothing in this film really works and neither Julianne Moore or Samuel L. Jackson really click into gear.
14th Suspect Zero 6 - Slow-burn serial killer flick with some interesting editing and camerawork but the story never really holds up.
21st Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 8 - Fun original sports comedy with great performances from Stiller, Vaughn, Taylor and Justin Long.  Great cameo from Rip Torn too.
21st Prick Up Your Ears 7 - Gary Oldman puts in a good performance in what is a slightly unwielding biopic of playwright, Joe Orton.
22nd Victim 6 - Undeniably ground-breaking but ultimately, a tad staid with a good performance at the heart from Dirk Bogarde.
23rd The Statement 6 - An odd film.  I just didn't understand why all the French people had cockney accents and the story is a tad slight as not all the strands are examined in any great detail.
29th Garden State 9 - This is a fantastic study of grief, guilt, relationships and returning "home" to an area in which you no longer belong.  Compulsory viewing for all men in their mid-to-late twenties with good performances from Braff, Portman, Holm and Sarsgaard.


1st Sherrybaby 6 - A bravura stand-out performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal who performs so naturally and has great chemistry with the other actors in an otherwise rather aimless transient film.
4th The Hoax 9 - A very pleasant surprise.  I hadn't expected to like this but in fact, this drama is extremely well paced and features two performances of quality from Richard Gere and Alfred Molina.
7th Brief Encounter 10 - Part of the Summer of British Film season it was a delight to see this film for the first time on the big screen.  It is such a simple tale of love but one which is created with so much craftsmanship and the dialogue is superb.
10th The Walker 7 - Schrader's dialogue is crisp even if not all of his punches at the Bush administration are landed.  Universally good performances particularly from Harrelson and Bacall.
12th Licence to Wed 6 - Moore and Krasinski make a very likeable pairing for a romantic comedy and while it is not the most hilarious comedy Robin Williams does get a few choice lines.
15th Evan Almighty 4 - Sadly its just not funny and Steve Carell can't make up for it, his performance is too big as a result.  The script is abject and the joke of Morgan Freeman as God has gone stale.  Put simply a sequel we didn't need.
18th The Bourne Ultimatum 8 - Good intelligent thriller with slightly more realistic action.  The acting is uniformly good but some parts still somewhat underwritten (Julia Stiles again).  The action is good but often on the overly-frenetic side so it is difficult to work out what is going on.
21st Eagle vs Shark 6 - An odd one this.  There are parts of this film which are laugh out loud hilarious but too often it falls flat and there are parts which feel ripped off from Napoleon Dynamite.  An interesting but somewhat flawed indie.
29th Seraphim Falls 7 - Essentially a chase movie but one which works due to the intense presences of Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan on screen and their interplay.  Nice cinematography aids the story but it falls down a bit in the final third.
30th Knocked Up 9 - This is how to make a romantic comedy which appeals to both men and women.  Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl make a very likeable central pairing, the supporting characters are well rounded and the script is good.  Whilst this is not as laugh-out-loud funny as 40 Year Old Virgin, Apatow does a great job of mixing gross-out and sweet.
31st Breach 8 - Well written espionage thriller with a stand-out performance of real strength from Chris Cooper.

2nd A Perfect Murder 5 - Disappointing sub-Hitchcockian thriller with Gwyneth Paltrow in full-on pout mode and Michael Douglas in murderous Gordon Gekko mode.
3rd The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 8 - Innovative crime drama with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw which does a great job of ratcheting up the tension.
5th Wild At Heart 6 - I have never really "got" the films of David Lynch and this, I fear, is another.  Deliciously vicious performance from Willem Dafoe.
13th The Interpreter 6 - Kidman and Penn give reasonably believable performances but the narrative is rather convoluted and doesn't hold together in the final third.
13th A Prairie Home Companion 6 - How you react to this film will probably largely depend upon how you react to Garrison Keillor.  Personally, I found his rather languid delivery somewhat frustrating.  Despite this, there are flashes of narrative brilliance and quality direction from Altman.  Kevin Kline stands out of the ensemble cast.
19th Dear Wendy 6 - Vinterberg takes America to task over its love affair with the gun.  Jamie Bell performs well but the anytime anywhere staging makes the film somewhat unclear and the story lacks in the heart and in the mind departments.
19th Domestic Disturbance 5 - Lacklustre thriller which relies too heavily on type and stereotype.  The casting is predictable and cliched as are the characters and the dialogue.  Vince Vaughn proved in Psycho that he struggles with thriller parts and his attempt at being the dangerous step-father doesn't work.
23rd Chuck & Buck 6 - Well written and very well acted but such uncomfortable viewing as well.  A creepy stalker movie with some laughs along the way.
25th Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) 6 - Fantastic visuals and the inventive subtitling certainly adds something extra but not all of the plotting and narrative convinces.
26th The Night of the Hunter 8 - Extremely creepy but slightly dated.  Despite this, there is no denying the power of Robert Mitchum's performance.
27th Jesus Camp 7 - Documentary without a documentarian's voice but instead comes from the "give them enough rope" school of film-making.  Probably the most scary protagonists I am likely to see this year.
27th Angel Heart 7 - Bloody and a bit far-fetched but the tortured central performance from Mickey Rourke and the extended cameo of Robert de Niro make this film more than watchable.


1st 1408 7 - A touch hokey and its scares tend to fall back on the horror standards but it is genuinely creepy and John Cusack makes a likeable lead.
3rd Death Sentence 4 - Disappointing film which piles on the violence in an attempt to distract the audience away from a script which lurches from cliche to cliche.  Every Hollywood staple is used here, shamelessly chipping away at other films.  This is also the only film with steadicam to make me feel sick - not a positive!
4th Hallam Foe 8 - I liked this, the dialogue was crisp and Jamie Bell gives a performance of real charm making what should be a pretty unlikeable, unsavoury character into a sweet, empathetic and extremely likeable scamp.  He is backed up well by Sophia Myles.  The ending falls a little flat.
8th Atonement 9 - Beautifully shot with fantastically high production values and superb acting particularly from James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan.  Keira Knightley also performs well but occasionally slips into Brief Encounter pastiche.
10th Run, Fat Boy, Run 6 - Some funny moments but overly reliant on slapstick and the stock elements of British comedy - the cameo, swearing grannies and bodily functions.  David Schwimmer did a decent job but I can't help feeling that this film would have been better suited to British direction and writing.
15th Superbad 8 - Some moments are hilarious and there are some great moments between Hill and Cera.  However, it is slightly uneven and several moments fall flat.
17th 3:10 to Yuma 8 - The epitome of slow-burn.  This film creeps up on you as it ratchets up the tension.  At the centre of this film are two assured performances from Crowe and Bale who obviously enjoyed the verbal sparing.  Nice supporting turns from Foster and Lerman.
18th Shoot 'Em Up 8 - Surprisingly worked quite well - very stylish, Looney Tunes style gun ballet with suitably quick one liners.  Owen and Giamatti have tongues firmly in cheek.

1st In Her Shoes 7 - Wonders will never cease, a well written chick flick! A fine central performance from Cameron Diaz with good support from Toni Colette and Shirley Maclaine.
3rd The Quick and the Dead 8 - I was pleasantly surprised by this one.  Stylistically impressive with nice camerawork and with great performances from Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and a scene-stealing performance from a young Leo diCaprio.
8th The Mexican 5 - Poor script, irritating performance from Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt is better but a tad smug.  The saving graces of this film are Gandolfini who is excellent, Gene Hackman and Bob Balaban.
8th 8mm 6 - Grubby film but Schumacher's direction is apt for the tone of the film.  The film lacks the subtlety of Andrew Kevin Walker's previous screenplay, Seven.
14th Music and Lyrics 6 - Formulaic rom-com with some amusing moments and the performances you would expect from Grant and Barrymore but too many moments are cringeworthily badly written.
15th Domino 2 - Appalling film with a script which is somewhat unintelligable and plays out like a 2 hour trailer.  Keira Knightley is hopelessly miscast as a bounty hunter.  Put simply, trash!
16th House of Sand and Fog 7 - Well acted and written drama but lacks the emotional impact it needs.  Kingsley and Agdashloo are on exceptional form.


2nd The Brave One 6 - Jodie Foster plays a everyday female "Batman-figure" vigilante in a film which whilst it has nice touches and one particularly brutal scene near the beginning but the film suffers from an overdose of coincidence and inept police work.  Terrence Howard plays a neat foil but Foster and Andrews do not make a convincing coupling.
2nd Michael Clayton 7 - Great acting from Clooney, Swinton, Pollack and particularly, Wilkinson elevate what would otherwise be something of a muddle.  This film feels like the work of an over active imagination - there are a few too many strands which detract from what could be a simple character study.
6th The Heartbreak Kid 6 - Not a classic from the Farrelly Brothers although it does feature the standard blend of schmaltz and gross-out.  Stiller sticks to his usual schtick but Malin Akerman shows she could be the next Cameron Diaz.
6th Control 8 - This is not my type of music and I had little interest in Joy Division but this film is beautifully shot by Corbijn and Riley and Morton put in great performances.  Morton does, however, feel a little old for the role and the shooting style is a little static.
7th The Kingdom 7 - Tonally and pace-wise somewhat unbalanced but the film benefits from a strong pre-credit sequence and decent performances throughout with a rich vein of humourous banter.  Casting works but feels a little predictable with everyone playing to type.
9th Across the Universe 7 - Somewhat choppy and not all of the parts work but the music of the Beatles and the performances of Evan Rachel Wood and especially Jim Sturgess carry the film. Some of Taymour's direction is inspired.
13th The Invasion 6 - I had looked forward to this and it is a disappointment although not the out-and-out disaster some would have it.  Kidman and Craig are ok but not stellar and several scenes feel tacked on.
16th Mr Brooks 7 - This thriller is pretty effective on the jump front and features some fizzing two-handers between an on-form Kevin Costner and consistently great William Hurt but has a little too much going on and struggles to pull the story strands together which detracts from the effectiveness of the main story.
20th Stardust 8 - How could you know like this?  This is a film with an awful lot of charm led by Claire Danes and newcomer Charlie Cox with terrific support from Michelle Pfeiffer.  The narrative is not fully cohrerent but the dialogue makes up for it.
21st The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (London Film Festival) 9 - Beautifully shot, Malick-esque mood piece with a fantastic performance from Casey Affleck who nails the part of Robert Ford with good turns from Pitt and Rockwell.  Narrative is slightly over-reliant on narration.
24th Rendition 6 - Obviously a film with a lot to say but no idea how to say it.  Somewhat lacklustre political piece but good performance from Peter Sarsgaard.
28th Eastern Promises 9 - Excellent dialogue, assured confident yet unflashy direction and an impressive lead performance from Viggo Mortensen made this one of my favourites of the year.  Anyone who can make me enjoy a performance from Naomi Watts must be doing something right!

6th Funny Games (1997) 8 - Unrelenting film from Haneke in which you never feel at ease and which subverts the Hollywood cliches.  All the violence takes place off screen but the unsettling tone is what gets you.
13th Ride With The Devil 6 - Beautifully shot Western with a starry cast but the protagonists never fully convince, particularly Tobey Maguire, and the story never fully engages.
25th Dolores Claiborne 7 - Sombre and a tad glacial but with a strong leading performance from Kathy Bates and good support from David Strathairn.
27th Dirty Harry 10 - The dialogue fizzes with some great one liners and Eastwood puts in a masterful performance as put-upon cop Harry Callaghan.  The quintessential police movie.


9th Elizabeth: The Golden Age 7 - Felt choppy as if large parts had been cut out and the focus feels all wrong.  The performances make this film what it is.  Cate Blanchett gives a Shakesperian performance.
11th Lions for Lambs 8 - Stagey but the writing is good with some real emotional depth.  This is added to by the strength of performances.  Both Cruise and Streep give real powerhouse performances that spark off each other.
11th Planet Terror 6 - I didn't get it.  The narrative is pretty weak and while it does subscribe to the Grindhouse formula, it did little for me although I liked Freddy Rodriguez performance.
17th Beowulf (3D) 7 - Some great spectacle and good action and I liked the motion capture animation but the dialogue was a bit weak and the story suffers from a bit of lag.  Worked well in 3D too.
18th American Gangster 9 - Sublime storytelling with great acting from Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.  Ridley Scott has crafted a piece of quality filmmaking.
18th Silk 5 - Story and dialogue was wishy-washy and the performances feel a tad stilted.  The cinematography is picture postcard pretty but it's all style and no substance.  It also would have made sense to film in French, n'est pas?
19th Into The Wild 7 - Some of this film strays into Kodak moment territory but McCandless' story is an interesting one.  Hirsch is a likeable lead and gets good support from Keener and Holbrook.
24th Sleuth 3 - Disappointing mess.  Pinter's dialogue would be more appropriate on stage and the direction and performances feels clinical and smug.  Any high points come from Caine.
29th The Darjeeling Limited 10 - This surprised me as although I enjoy Anderson's other work, I have never been blown away until now.  There is no shortage of heart in this film which drives us along while the humour ranges from the clever to the slapstick.  All three of the main cast perform well, particularly Jason Schwartzman.

2nd Hot Rod 6 - Feels like we've been there, done that.  Feels similar to Napoleon Dynamite or Eagle vs Shark.  Andy Samberg makes a likeable lead.
7th Disturbia 7 - Interesting premise which is very much like a modern, teen Rear Window.  Shia LaBoeuf makes a very likeable leading man and David Morse is also quality.  Overly reliant on horror cliche in the final third.
7th I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 5 - Found myself laughing despite myself, some parts are offensive and others rely on cliched stereotypes but there are some sweet parts.
11th The Gingerbread Man 6 - Muddled Grisham adaptation which wastes talent of the actors and director involved in this Southern Gothic film.
17th Rushmore 8 - Highly amusing film with a soft centre.  Schwartzman is superb as Max Fischer and handles the quirky dialogue well with good support from Bill Murray.
23rd Flags of our Fathers 6 - Muddled and disjointed and very much the poor relation of Letters From Iwo Jima but with decent performances from Ryan Phillippe and Adam Beach.
24th Fallen 7 - Formulaic but captivating supernatural crime drama with decent performances from Washington and Goodman.
25th Along Came A Spider 6 - The very definition of a brain-off crime drama centred around the kidnapping of the daughter of a US senator.  Freeman is engaging but clearly on autopilot and the plot is far fetched in places.
27th Eyes Wide Shut 7 - Beguiling but also bewildering.  This was a dificult film to get a grasp of which is not helped by the frostiness of the chemistry between Cruise and Kidman.


3rd The Nines 5 - Thinks it's clever but sadly this is an incoherent muddle of a film which gets bogged down in its own ideas or fails to capitalise on others.  Ryan Reynolds does a decent job of anchoring the acting roles but Hope Davis was somewhat irritating in a couple of the segments.  August also has troubled shoehorning several of the actors in parts of the film.
4th The Magic Flute 7 - The music is beautiful and the performances, particularly of Tomasino and Papageno are very good as is Stephen Fry's libretto but the story feels a tad muddled and unclear in places and Branagh's use of CGI gives the film a slightly childish feel in places.
8th Rescue Dawn 7 - Christian Bale gives a believable performance as Dieter Dengler as does Steve Zahn with his supporting role.  Herzog's writing feels rushed to get to the pain and the jungle scenes are a little on the long side.
9th The Golden Compass 4 - Dull narrative, some poor CGI and an annoying over-the-top performance by Dakota Blue Richards made this a frustrating watch alleviated somewhat by a fine performance from Nicole Kidman.
16th We Own The Night 7 - Somewhat anachronistic and familiar themes but the acting is top-notch, particularly Phoenix and there are some moments of real tension.
29th I Am Legend 5 - Weak CGI, corny dialogue, Will Smith lacks the gravitas to pull off the loneliness and weak ending.  Not legendary - I an disappointed.
2nd Perfect Stranger 2 - Sub-de Palma thriller in which the performances of Berry and Willis feel completely phoned in and the story and dialogue are ludicrous.  Ribisi feels like he is in a different film.
9th Dead Ringers 7 - Jeremy Irons performs well in his dual role but as the film continued I lost track of which character he was playing.
18th Scoop 5 - The style and quick delivery don't suit Johansson and the story is somewhat slight.  An acquired taste.
21st The Quiet American 8 - Philip Noyce has crafted a nicely-shot, atmospheric and intelligent drama with a fine central performance from Michael Caine and an understated supporting turn from Brendan Fraser.
22nd The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy 5 - I didn't really get a lot of the humour having not read the book and the film felt somewhat fractious and not completely coherent.  Some good points though, particularly Stephen Fry's narration and the dolphin song.
24th Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 8 - Great kid's entertainment with a fun central performance from Jim Carrey and believable, non-irritating kid's performances.  Distinctive visuals and set design too.
25th How The Grinch Stole Christmas 5 - Fairly fun and Jim Carrey does a decent job underneath the make-up but the pacing is too madcap and the whole project feels a bit soulless.
29th How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days 6 - Brain-off enjoyable romantic comedy which actually manages to raise some laughs.
30th Spanglish 7 - Easy to watch rom-com featuring a mature, toned-down performance from Adam Sandler but a wildly OTT performance from Tea Leoni.

Number of films seen in total: 228
Number of films seen at the cinema: 110
Number of films seen at home: 118

Cinema Film of the Month:
 January: Zwartboek (run close by The Last King of Scotland)
 February: Letters from Iwo Jima
 March: The Good German
 April: Half Nelson

May: Das Leben der Anderen
June: Ne le dis a personne
July: Transformers
August: Knocked Up
 September: Atonement
 October: Eastern Promises

 November: The Darjeeling Limited
 December: We Own The Night

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 3/1/2007 1:08:27 PM   
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Griff's Pleasure Dome 2007
Apocalypto 4/5
The Last King Of Scotland 4/5
The Fountain 5/5
Rocky Balboa 3/5
Babel 3/5
Hot Fuzz 4/5
The Good Shepherd 2/5
The Science of Sleep 4/5
The Illusionist 2/5
Letters From Iwo Jima 4/5
300 4/5
Sunshine 4/5
Blades of Glory 3/5
Fracture 3/5
Spiderman 3 2/5
28 Weeks Later 3/5
This is England 4/5
Zodiac 3/5
Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End 2/5
Die Hard 4.0 3/5
Shrek the Third 2/5
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix 3/5
Transformers 3/5
The Bourne Ultimatum 5/5
Knocked Up 3/5
Atonement 4/5
3:10 to Yuma 3/5
Michael Clayton 3/5
Ratatouille 4/5
StarDust 3/5
The Counterfieters 4/5
Black Sheep 2/5
Sicko 4/5
Eastern Promise 4/5
Beowulf 3-D 3/5
Into the Wild 4/5
Elizabeth : The Golden Age 3/5
30 Days of Night 3/5
I am Legend 3/5

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2nd:casino royle(abc bournmouth)(2nd veiwing) ****

5th little children (pool lighthouse) *****

5th pan's laybrinth (poole lighthouse) *****

8th: Boby (poole lighthouse) *** (bafta preview screening)

17th: last king of scottland **** (empire cinema)

18th: breaking and entering (tivoli) ***

27th: the page turner ****(light house)
flags of our fathers  *** (lighthouse)

30th:blood diamond    canceled       (empire)

film of the month: last king of scottland


6th: notes on a scandell (empire) ****

7th: perfume (poole lighthouse)  ****

16th: hot fuzz (empire) ****

17th: black book (poole lighthouse) ****

film of the month notes on a scandell


10th: blood diamond  (lighhouse) ****

14th: venus ***

22nd: 300 **

film of the month: blood diamond.


7th: letters to iwo jima (lighthouse) ****
11th: catch a fire (lighthouse) ***
12th: sunshine (empire) ****

film of the month: sunshine


18th zodiac ***** (lighthouse)

24th: inland empire **** (lighthouse)

29th: this is england    (lighthouse)

number of films seen at cinema this year:20

top 10 of the year: (new releases)

2. Blood diamond
3.inland empire
5.last king of scotland
6.notes on a scandell fuzz book
9.letter to iwo jima

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 3/1/2007 5:31:22 PM   

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Cinema Diary 2005
Cinema Diary 2006


4th - Pan's Labyrinth Absolutely outstanding
10th - Pan's Labyrinth Still Absolutely outstanding
18th - A Prairie Home Companion Lovely, heartfelt ensemble


4th - The Pursuit of Happyness Great lead performance, film as a whole was slightly disappointing
7th - The Fountain Totally entrancing, phenomanal
20th - Babel Sublime cast
23rd - Letters From Iwo Jima Great genre film
28 th - Blood Diamond Aaaaaamaning, stunning male lead,totally unnerving throughout


5th - The Illusionist High class entertainment
6th - Notes on a Scandal Intense, creepy, but captivating in every way
9th - Becoming Jane Predicable, but luffly

Inland Empire Long... and intense, but genius
Fur Top notch performances


2nd - Factory Girl Excellent performances, the film overall seemed to lack something though
6th - Blades of Glory Hilarious stuff, great chemistry between the leads, amazing look
7th - Sunshine Phenomonal, although the ending was a bit weird...
9th - The Science of Sleep A beautiful dream
13th - The Curse of the Golden Flower Gorgeous, but dark!
18th - The Lives of Others Wow, so absorbing and detailed. Real characters and world!

Top 10
  1. Pan's Labyrinth
    The Fountain
  2. The Lives of Others
  3. Blood Diamond
  4. Notes on a Scandal
  5. Sunshine
  6. Babel
  7. Inland Empire
  8. A Prairie Home Companion
  9. Blades of Glory

Films seen 2005 - 48
Films seen 2006 - 65
Films seen 2007 (so far) - 19

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 3/1/2007 10:09:56 PM   


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***** Outstanding  **** Very Good  *** Good  ** Disappointing  * Poor 
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol ***
London to Brighton ****
Requiem ***
Black Book ****
The Last King of Scotland ***
The Fountain **

Notes on a Scandal **
Blood Diamond *
For Your Consideration **
Ghosts ***

The Illusionist **

The Good German **
The Namesake ***
Sunshine **
The Lives of Others ****

Moliere ***
Private Fears in Public Places ***
The Bourne Ultimatum ****

Eastern Promises **

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 4/1/2007 7:40:12 AM   

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My Cinema/DVD Diary 2007 

Rating System:   
     Absolute Classic
     Very Good


The Fountain     

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang   
The Pink Panther         
A Shot In The Dark      
Silver Streak                  
King Kong (2005)          
Guy X                           
Inside Man                      
King Arthur                   
Rear Window              
The Transporter          
You, Me and Dupree  
Match Point                
Mission Impossible 3      
Children Of Men            
Peep Show: Series Three   
Like Totally Dylan Moran 
Doctor Who: Episode One - An Uneartly Child (1963) 
Hannibal Rising  
Hot Fuzz    

X Men: The Last Stand    
Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Man's Chest       
Shaun Of The Dead     
Batman Begins 
Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Death  (1969)
Doctor Who: Earthshock (1984)  
Family Guy Series 2      

  No Time for Cinema .....

The Deer Hunter  
The Machinist    
The Host    
Casino Royale
Little Miss Sunshine
Pan's Labyrinth
Doctor Who: Silver Nemisis (1988)  
Doctor Who: Death Of The Daleks (1974)
The Mighty Boosh Live 
Family Guy Series 3 


Blades Of Glory        

Clerks 2                     
Family Guy Series 4    
Family Guy Series 5   
Spiderman 3       
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End  

Peep Show Series 4   



Hot Fuzz 
Die Hard 4.0   
Harry Potter   

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny   


The Bourne Ultimatum 

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Battlestar Galactica Season 3 
Mulholland Drive
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: The Return of the King


Movie of the Year 2007 (SO FAR)

The Bourne Ultimatum 


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 4/1/2007 9:59:34 AM   


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Nickeye's Cinema Diary 2007


Flags of Our Fathers       8/10
Dejavu                           8/10
Night At The Museum    6/10
The Last King Of Scotland   8.5/10
Babel                              8/10

Top 5 Films:

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 4/1/2007 10:00:41 AM   

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Helen's Cinema Diary 2007
03rd- Night at the Museum
07th- High Society (Classic Musicals Season)
12th- Smokin' Aces
13th- The Last King of Scotland
14th- Stand by Me (The Breakfast Club)
20th- Apocalypto
21st- Showboat (Classic Musicals Season)
27th- Venus
28th- The Bandwagon (Classic Musicals Season)
28th- Babel


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 5/1/2007 12:41:49 AM   
Ring Girl

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My Cinema Diary 2007
The Holiday
Miss Potter

< Message edited by Ring Girl -- 12/1/2007 7:30:32 PM >

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 5/1/2007 6:55:33 PM   

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Apocalypto 6/10
Smokin' Aces 6/10
Rocky Balboa 7/10
Babel (In-Flight) 7/10
Confetti (In-Flight) 5/10
The Prestige (In-Flight) 8/10
Gridiron Gang (In-Flight) 6/10
Hot Fuzz 9/10

The Illusionist 9/10
300 8/10
The Hills Have Eyes II 2/10
Sunshine 9/10
Shooter 3/10
Blades of Glory 7/10
Reno 911!: Miami 7/10
Zodiac 8/10
Spider-Man 3 9/10 
28 Weeks Later 8/10
Children Of Men (In-Flight) 7/10
Letters From Iwo Jima (In-Flight) 8/10

Pan's Labyrinth (In-Flight) 8/10
Wild Hogs (In-Flight) 5/10
The Departed (In-Flight) 9/10 
Ocean's 13 8/10 

Die Hard 4.0 4.0/10
Transformers 8/10
The Simpsons Movie 8/10
The Bourne Ultimatum 9/10 
Knocked Up 9/10 
Run Fatboy Run 7/10
Superbad 8/10
Shoot 'Em Up 8/10
Death Proof 7/10
Kenny 8/10 
Black Sheep 7/10
Ratatouille 9/10

Beowulf 8/10
Hitman 4/10

< Message edited by Fuzzbap -- 9/12/2007 4:37:35 PM >


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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 5/1/2007 10:05:12 PM   
Buddy Ackerman

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Buddy's Cinema Diary 2007

All those in red are ones I actually shelled out cash for... 

Buddy's January Cinema Visits 
 Wizard of Oz (8/10)
 Deep Water (7/10)
 Snakes on a Plane (7/10)
 Night at the Museum (4/10)
 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (6/10)
 Now You Know (6/10)
 The Pursuit of Happyness (7/10)
 The Last King of Scotland (8/10)
 Miss Potter (7/10)
 Smokin' Aces (6/10)
Total Visits: 10
Compared to 17 in January 2006
And film of the month is...

Buddy's February Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 9 in February 2006

Buddy's March Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 11 in March 2006

Buddy's April Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 9 in April 2006

Buddy's May Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 12 in May 2006

Buddy's June Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 12 in June 2006

Buddy's July Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 6 in July 2006

Buddy's August Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 13 in August 2006

Buddy's September Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 18 in September 2006

Buddy's October Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 15 in October 2006

Buddy's November Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 7 in November 2006

Buddy's December Cinema Visits 
Total Visits:
Compared to 6 in December 2006

Total Cinema Visits In 2007: 10
Target Cinema Visits For 2007: 80
Total Films Seen In 2007: 10

Smilie Code: 
 - I enjoyed it more than I thought I would 
 - I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would 
 - Pretty
much as I expected, whether good or bad

Disclaimer - all ratings are based on my initial feelings after seeing the film. Ratings, like mortgages, may go up or down. 

< Message edited by Buddy Ackerman -- 17/1/2007 1:47:01 AM >


"If you were in my toilet bowl, I wouldn't bother flushing it. My bathmat means more to me than you!"
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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 6/1/2007 8:02:26 PM   

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ORIGINAL: Buddy Ackerman

I'll be taking this spot and decorating it soon...

yeah me too. Haven`t been to cinema yet this year


Jules: "What" ain't no country I ever heard of! They speak English in What?
Brett: What?

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 6/1/2007 8:08:21 PM   


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Here's my Cinema Diary 2007 - Dougal is back in town!

Night At The Museum (6th January 2007)
Happy Feet (6th January 2007)
Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer (7th January 2007)
Apocalypto (7th January 2007)
Miss Potter (10th January 2007)
Smokin' Aces (13th January 2007)
Notes on a Scandal (14th January 2007)
Shortbus (14th January 2007)
Venus (21st January 2007 and 4th February 2007)
Requiem (22nd January 2007)
[Babel and The Last King of Scotland seen as previews in December 2006 but released in January 2007]
Them [Ils] (2nd February 2007)
The Fountain (3rd February 2007)
The Science of Sleep (11th February 2007)
Epic Movie (11th February 2007)
Hot Fuzz (14th February 2007, 23rd February 2007 and 9th March 2007)
The West Wittering Affair (18th February 2007)
Arthur and the Invisibles (24th February 2007)
The Good Shepherd (28th February 2007)
The Illusionist (4th March 2007)
Pan's Labyrinth (15th March 2007)
Inland Empire (22nd March 2007)
After the Wedding (25th March 2007)
The Lives of Others (1st April 2007)
300 (1st April 2007)
Days of Glory (4th April 2007)
This Is England (April 2007)
Magicians (26th May 2007)
Spider-Man 3 (28th May 2007)
Zodiac (3rd June 2007) 

< Message edited by Dougal -- 4/6/2007 12:21:52 AM >

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RE: My Cinema Diary 2007 - 6/1/2007 8:18:45 PM   

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Joined: 30/9/2005
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Spectre's Cinema Diary 2007.



2nd - Pan's Labyrinth
5th - Apocalypto
11th - Casino Royale (2nd viewing) - 
18th - The Last King of Scotland -
19th - Black Book -  
24th - Rocky Balboa -
31st - Volver -

Film of the Month - Pan's Labyrinth.


2nd - Blood Diamond -
7th - Notes on A Scandal -
21st - Hot Fuzz -

Film of the Month - Hot Fuzz.


16th - Inland Empire -
26th - 300 -

Film of the Month - Inland Empire.


5th - Sunshine
11th - Babel
18th - The Lives of Others -
19th - Shooter -
27th - This is England -

Film of the Month - Sunshine.


4th - Spider-Man 3 -
11th - 28 Weeks Later -
18th - Zodiac -
24th - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End -
25th - Bridge to Terabithia -

Film of the Month - Zodiac.


27th - Tell No One -

Film of the Month - Tell No One.


16th - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -
18th - The Painted Veil -
20th - Die Hard 4.0 -
31st - Goldfinger -

Film of the Month - Goldfinger.


15th - The Bourne Ultimatum -

Film of the Month - The Bourne Ultimatum.


28th - Death Proof -

Film of the Month - Death Proof.


1st - The Brave One -
2nd - Atonement -
8th - Control -
8th - Daywatch -
24th - Rendition -
26th - Eastern Promises -

Film of the Month - Control.


5th - 30 Days of Night -
7th - Paris, je t'aime -
9th - Lions for Lambs -
12th - Planet Terror -
16th - American Gangster -
26th - Stardust -

Film of the Month - Stardust.


3rd - The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford -
7th - Southland Tales -
19th - It's A Wonderful Life -

Film of the Month - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.


1.) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2.) Zodiac

3.) The Lives of Others

4.) The Bourne Ultimatum

5.) Control

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