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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 17/10/2008 12:55:59 PM   
Kadaj


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UPDATED SERIES/ TRILOGIES (Thought y'all like to know)
 
The Lord of the Rings – 5.0
Noriko – 5.0
Indiana Jones – 4.5
Dollars – 4.5
Cavalry – 4.5
Shark Attack – 4.5
The Godfather – 4.0
Star Wars OT – 4.0
Alien – 4.0
Rocky – 3.5
Shrek – 3.5
Jurassic Park – 3.0
Die Hard – 3.0
Scream – 3.0
Star Wars Prequels – 3.0
The Matrix – 2.5
Saw – 2.5
Harry Potter – 2.5
Lethal Weapon – 2.5
Rambo – 2.0
Batman – 2.0
Rush Hour – 2.0
X-Men – 2.0
The Mummy – 2.0
Beverly Hills Cop – 2.0
Pirates of the Caribbean – 2.0

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 17/10/2008 11:28:45 PM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Kadaj

UPDATED SERIES/ TRILOGIES (Thought y'all like to know)
 
The Lord of the Rings – 5.0



At the top! Yay!


quote:

ORIGINAL: Kadaj

UPDATED SERIES/ TRILOGIES (Thought y'all like to know)
 
The Lord of the Rings – 5.0
Pirates of the Caribbean – 2.0


At the bottom! Boo


quote:

ORIGINAL: Kadaj

UPDATED SERIES/ TRILOGIES (Thought y'all like to know)
 
Shark Attack – 4.5



Er...

< Message edited by Gimli The Dwarf -- 17/10/2008 11:29:37 PM >


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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!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 18/10/2008 1:06:54 PM   
Kadaj


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The Lord of the Rings:
 
THE Most Flawless Trilogy of All Time
 
Pirates of the Caribbean:
 
THE Most Flawed Trilogy of All Time
 
 
Actually I'm being a bit too harsh, my POTC ranting has gone on long enough.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 18/10/2008 1:07:50 PM   
Kadaj


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

quote:

ORIGINAL: Kadaj

UPDATED SERIES/ TRILOGIES (Thought y'all like to know)
 
Shark Attack – 4.5



Er...


You have a problem ?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 18/10/2008 8:12:42 PM   
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The Top 100 Films I've Watched During 2008
 
* * * * *
01. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dominik, 2007)  
02. No Country for Old Men (Coen, 2007) * 
03. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Wilder, 1970) 
04. Anatomy of a Murder (Preminger, 1959) *
05. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) 
06. The Third Man (Reed, 1949)  
07. Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Scott, 1982/2007)
08. Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
09. Days of Heaven (Malick, 1978) 
10. Black Narcissus (Powell/Pressburger, 1947)

11. There Will Be Blood (Anderson, 2007) 
12. It's a Wonderful Life (Capra, 1946)  
13. Some Like It Hot (Wilder, 1959) 
14. The Passion of Joan of Arc/La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Dreyer, 1928) *
15. Zodiac (Fincher, 2007) - (20/01) 13/03
16. LA. Confidential (Curtis, 1997)
17. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Capra, 1939)
18. Army of Shadows/L'Armée des ombres (Melville, 1969) *
19. The Truman Show (Weir, 1998)
20. North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959) 
 
21. The Invisible Man (Whale, 1933)
22. Woman of the Dunes/Suna no onna (
Teshigahara, 1964)
23. Kingdom of Heaven The Director's Cut (Scott, 2005)
24. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
25. Cyrano de Bergerac (Rappeneau, 1990) 
26. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977)
27. The 400 Blows/Les Quatre Cents Coups (Truffaut, 1959)  
28. Singin' in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, 1952)
29. Young Mr Lincoln (Ford, 1939)  
30. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen, 2000)
 
31. Day of Wrath/Vredens dag (Dreyer, 1943) *   
32. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring EE (Jackson, 2001)
33. Harvey (Koster, 1950)
34. The Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1934)   
35. Monsters, Inc (Docter/Silverman, 2001)   
36. The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008)*
37. The Double Life of Veronique/ La Double Vie de Véronique (Kieslowski, 1991)
38. Superman Returns (Singer, 2006)
39. Batman Begins (Nolan, 2005)
40. Atonement (Wright, 2007)
 
41. The Royal Tenenbaums (Anderson, 2001)
42. The Straight Story (Lynch, 1999)
43. Boogie Nights (Anderson, 1997)
44. An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981)
45. M (Lang, 1931)
46. Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935) *
47. Toy Story (Lasseter, 1995)
48. The Bourne Ultimatum (Greengrass, 2007)
49. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (Gowariker, 2001)
50. Finding Nemo (Stanton, 2003)
 
51. Annie Hall (Allen, 1977)
52. Pickup on South Street (Fuller, 1953) *
53. The Wizard of Oz (Fleming, 1939)
54. It Happened One Night (Capra, 1934)   
55. WALL-E (Stanton, 2008)*
56. Sherlock Jr. (Keaton, 1924)
57. Japanese Story (Brooks, 2003)*
58. The Sweet Hereafter (Egoyan, 1997)     
59. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly/Le Scaphandre et le papillon (Schnabel, 2007) * 
60. Umberto D. (De Sica, 1952)
 
61. The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 1940)
62. The Last Picture Show (Bogdanovich, 1971) * 
63. Destry Rides Again (Marshall, 1939)
64. Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984) 
65. Little Children (Field, 2006)  
66. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers EE (Jackson, 2002)

67. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman, 1975)
68. After the Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1936)
69. Groundhog Day (Ramis, 1993)
70. Matewan (Sayles, 1987)
 
71. The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973)
72. Cypher (Natali, 2002)*
73. Reversal of Fortune (Schroeder, 1990) 
74. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Nimoy, 1986)
75. Limbo (Sayles, 1999)*
76. The Aviator (Scorsese, 2004)
77. Brick (Johnson, 2005)
78. The Hustler (Rossen, 1961)*
79. Another Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1939) *  
80. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King EE (Jackson, 2003)
 
81. Big Night (Campbell/Tucci, 1996)  
82. Crucified Lovers/Chikamatsu monogatari (Mizoguchi, 1954) 
83. In Bruges (McDonagh, 2008)*
84. Johnny Guitar (Ray, 1954) *
85. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Weir, 2003)
86. The Last Samurai (Zwick, 2003) * 
87. Adaptation (Jonze, 2002)
88. Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993)
89. Gosford Park (Altman, 2001)
90. The Face of Another (Teshigahara, 1966) 
 
91. Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939) 
92. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Meyer, 1991)
93. The Motorcycle Diaries (Salles, 2004)  
94. The Iron Giant (Bird, 1999)
95. Ratatouille (Bird, 2007)
96. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Meyer, 1982)
97. The Right Stuff (Kaufman, 1983)*
98. Galaxy Quest (Parisot, 1999)
99. Diary of a Country Priest/Journal d'un curé de campagne (Bresson, 1951)
100. Lust, Caution/Se Jie (Lee, 2007) *
 
 
101. Fargo (Coen, 1996)
102. Gone Baby Gone (Affleck, 2007) * 
103. The Man From Laramie (Mann, 1955) *  
104. Winchester '73 (Mann, 1950)*
105. The Awful Truth (McCarey, 1937) *
106. Au Hasard, Balthazar (Bresson, 1966) *
107. The Triplets of Belleville/Les Triplettes de Belleville (Chomet, 2003)
108. My Favourite Year (Benjamin, 1982)
109. The Shop Around the Corner (Lubitsch, 1940)
110. Heaven Can Wait (Lubitsch, 1943) * 
111. Brokeback Mountain (Lee, 2005)
112. Far From Heaven (Haynes, 2002) 
113. Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood, 2004) *  
114. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962)  
115. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Anderson, 2004)    
116. The Naked Spur (Mann, 1953)
117. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black, 2005)
118. Jarhead (Mendes, 2005) 
119. Drop Dead Gorgeous (Jann, 1999)
120. Matchstick Men (Scott, 2003) *
121. Gremlins (Dante, 1985)
122. Requiem for a Dream (Aronofsky, 2000)
123. Battle Royale (Fukasaku 2000)
124. The Hoax (Hallström, 2006)  
125. The Frighteners (Jackson, 1996)  
126. My Man Godfrey (La Cava, 1936) 
127. Shenandoah (McLaglen, 1965)
128. The Darjeeling Limited (Anderson, 2007)   
129. Infamous (McGrath, 2006)
130. Catch Me If You Can (Spielberg, 2002)
131. Mouchette (Bresson, 1967)
132. Call Northside 777 (Hathaway, 1948)  
133. Down By Law (Jarmusch, 1986) .
134. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Trousdale/Wise, 2001) *
135. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Geronimi/Luske/Reitherman, 1961) 
136. Metropolis (Lang, 1927)
137. Gallipoli (Weir, 1981)
138. Green for Danger (Gilliat, 1946)
139. Green Card (Weir, 1990) 
140. The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)
141. Dr Mabuse The Gambler/Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler - Ein Bild der Zeit (Lang, 1922)
142. The Prisoner of Shark Island (Ford, 1936) *
143. Serenity (Whedon, 2005)
144. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Selick, 1993)
145. Marvin's Room (Zaks, 1996)
146. Michael Clayton (Gilroy, 2007)
147. Good Night, And Good Luck (Clooney, 2005)*
148. 12 Angry Men (Lumet, 1957)
149. Sleeping Beauty (Geronimi, 1959)
150. Grave of the Fireflies/ Hotaru no haka (Takahata, 1988)
151. Gomorra (Garrone, 2008)*
152. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
153. The Exorcist III (Blatty, 1990)
154. Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton/Faris, 2006)  
155. The Addams Family (Sonnenfeld, 1991)
156. Juno (Reitman, 2007) *
157. The Others (Amenábar, 2001)
158. The Village (Shyamalan, 2004)
159. The Faculty (Rodriguez, 1998)
160. The Sensation of Sight (Wiederspahn, 2006)*
161. Rope (Hitchcock, 1948)  
162. Ravenous (Bird, 1999)
163. Passion Fish (Sayles, 1992)*
164. Shattered Glass (Ray, 2003)*
165. Withnail and I (Robinson, 1987)
166. The Spiderwick Chronicles (Waters, 2008)*
167. Enchanted (Lima, 2007)
168. Shadow of the Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1941) *
169. The Mist (Darabont, 2007) *
170. The Orphanage/El Orfanato (Bayona, 2007)*    
171. The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock, 1956)
172. Way Down East (Griffith, 1920)*
173. Walk the Line (Mangold, 2005)
174. Persepolis (Paronnaud/Satrapi, 2007) *
175. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Del Toro, 2008)*  
176. Ed Wood (Burton, 1994)
177. Mean Girls (Waters, 2004)
178. I Heart Huckabees (Russell, 2004) 
179. The Addams Family Values (Sonnenfeld, 1993)
180. Grosse Pointe Blank (Armitage, 1997)
181. A Day in the Country/Partie de Campagne (Renoir, 1936)*  
182. Sneakers (Robinson, 1992)
183. 30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)*
184. West Side Story (Wise/Robbins, 1961)
185. War of the Worlds (Spielberg, 2005)
186. Airplane (Abrahams/Zucker/ Zucker, 1980)
187. The Count of Monte Cristo (Lee, 1934)
188. Son of Rambow (Jennings, 2007) *
189. The Spiral Staircase (Siodmak, 1946)* 
190. Bridget Jones's Diary (Maguire, 2001)
191. The Purple Rose of Cairo (Allen, 1985) *
192.
Lilo and Stitch (Deblois/Sanders, 2002)
193. American Gangster Unrated Extended Edition (Scott, 2007) *
194. Silent Running (Trumbull, 1972)
195. Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985)
197. The Bourne Supremacy (Greengrass, 2004)  
198. The Blues Brothers (Landis, 1980)
198. The 'Burbs (Dante, 1989)
199. The Bourne Identity (Liman, 2002)
200. Unbreakable (Shyamalan, 2002) 
201. Dumbo (Sharpsteen/Ferguson, 1941)
202. The King of Comedy (Scorsese, 1983) * 
203. Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
204. Dogma (Smith, 1999)
205. The Incredibles (Bird, 2004)
206. Muppets Take Manhattan (Oz, 1984)*
207. The Curse of the Golden Flower (Yimou, 2005)   
208. Session 9 (Anderson, 2001)
209. Bend of the River (Mann, 1952)
210. The Far Country (Mann, 1955)
211. The Color of Money (Scorsese, 1986) *
212. Woyzeck (Herzog, 1979)
213. Planet of the Apes  (Schaffner, 1968)
214. You Can't Take It With You (Capra, 1938)
215. Shadowlands (Attenborough, 1993) 
216. Waking Ned (Jones, 1998)
217. The Spy in Black (Powell, 1939) *
218. Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Nalluri, 2008)*
219. Clueless (Heckerling, 1995) 
220. The Karate Kid (
Avildsen, 1984)  
221. The Thin Man Goes Home (Thorpe, 1944)
222. Tabu (Murnau, 1931)
223. Cat People (Tourneur, 1942)* 
224. The Savages (Jenkins, 2007) * 
225. Quantum of Solace (Foster, 2008)*
226. Burn After Reading (Coen, 2008)*
227. The River Wild (Hanson, 1994)
228. Woman of Rumour/Uwasa no onna (Mizoguchi, 1954)
229. The Hard Way (Badham, 1991)
230. Magic Town (Wellman, 1947)*
231. Village of the Damned (Rilla, 1960)*
232. Roxanne (Schepisi, 1987)*
233. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (Herek, 1989)  
234. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (Hewitt, 1991)
235. My Favourite Wife (Kanin, 1940) 
236. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1997)
237. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Cohen, 1993)
238. Mongol (Bodrov, 2007) *
239. Shanghai Noon (Dey, 2000)
240. Speakeasy (Murphy, 2002)*
241. Cloverfield (Reeves, 2008) *  
242. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Burton, 2007) *
243. Venus (Michell, 2006) 
244. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Lumet, 2007) *  
245. Mulan (Bancroft/Cook, 1998)
246. A Knight's Tale (Helgeland , 2001)
247. The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (Rowland, 1953) *
248. Take the Money and Run (Allen, 1969) *
249. Hairspray (Shankman, 2007) 
250. The Lion King (Allers/Minkoff, 1994)
251. Tootsie (Pollack, 1982) *
252. Independence Day (Emmerich, 1996)
253. Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)
254. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (Marquand, 1983)
255. Sabrina (Pollock, 1995)
256. Charlie Wilson's War (Nichols, 2007) *   
257. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Adamson, 2008)*
258. Ghost Town (Koepp, 2008)*
259. Mystery Alaska (Roach, 1999)
260. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (Weide, 2008)*
261. Into the Wild (Penn, 2007) *
262. The Illusionist (Burger, 2006)
263. Dawn of the Dead (Snyder, 2004)
264. Doctor Who The Movie (Sax, 1996) * 
265. The Phantom (Wincer, 1996)
266. Stardust (Vaughn, 2007)
267. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Hughes, 1968)
268. Manhattan Murder Mystery (Allen, 1993) *
269. The Game (Fincher, 1997) *
270. The Last Winter (Fessenden, 2006) *  
271. The Simpsons Movie (Silverman, 2007) 
272. The Birdcage (Nichols, 1996)
273. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
274. Mrs Doubtfire (Columbus, 1993)
275. The Forbidden Kingdom (Minkoff, 2008) *
276
. Bell, Book and Candle (Quine, 1958)
277. Street Kings (Ayer, 2008) *
278. The Lord of the Rings (Bakshi, 1978)    
279. Peter Pan (Hogan, 2003)
280. Eulogy (Clancy, 2004)*
281. Eagle Eye (Caruso, 2008)*
282. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
283. Roseanna's Grave (Weiland, 1997)
284. The Rocketeer (Johnston, 1991)
285. Signs (Shyamalan, 2002) 
286. 3:10 to Yuma (Mangold, 2007)
287. Lost in Yonkers (Coolidge, 1993)*
288. Tropic Thunder (Stiller, 2008)*
289. Kung Fu Panda (Osborne/Stevenson, 2008) *
290. Indiscreet (Donen, 1958)* 
291. The Incredible Hulk (Leterrier, 2008) * 
292. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Adamson, 2005) 
293. Jurassic Park III (Johnston, 2001)
294. Mamma Mia! (Lloyd, 2008)*
295. The Glenn Miller Story (Mann, 1953)
296. 8 Women (Ozon, 2002) *  
297. Ruthless People (Abrahams/Zucker, 1986)
298. Predator (McTiernan, 1987)
299. Predator 2 (Hopkins, 1991) 
300. Run Fat Boy Run (Schwimmer, 2007)*
301. Igor (Leondis, 2008)*
302. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Smith, 2001)
303. You've Got Mail (Ephron, 1998)
304. Princess Caraboo (Austin, 1994) 
305. I Am Legend (Lawrence, 2007) *
306. Rat Race (Zucker, 2001)  
307. Iron Man (Favreau, 2008)*
308. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Sargent, 1974)
309. The Nines (August, 2007) *
310. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Spielberg, 2008)*
311. The Golden Compass (Weitz, 2007)
312. Men in Black II (Sonnenfeld, 2002)
313. City of Ember (Kenan, 2008)*
314. Get Smart (Segal, 2008)*    
315. Baby Mama (McCullers, 2008)*
316. Hancock (Berg, 2008)*
317. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Turteltaub, 2007)*
318. Pot o' Gold (Marshall, 1941) *
319. Lars and the Real Girl (Gillespie, 2007) *
320. Rocky IV (Stallone, 1985)
321. Elf (Favreau, 2003)
322. Double Jeopardy (Beresford, 1999)
323. Masters of the Universe (Goddard, 1987)
324. Crocodile Dundee (Faiman, 1986) 
325. Jumper (Liman, 2008) *  
326. The Oxford Murders (Iglesia, 2008)*
327. The Bucket List (Reiner, 2007) *
328. Cheaper by the Dozen (Levy, 2003) *
329. Be Kind Rewind (Gondry, 2008) * 
330. Speed Racer (Wachowski, 2008)*  
331. The Happening (Shyamalan, 2008) *   
332. Scary Movie 2 (Wayans, 2001 )*  
333. Rambo (Stallone, 2008)*  

1920's: 05   
1930's: 20  
1940's: 18
1950's: 29
1960's: 14
1970's: 12
1980's: 33
1990's: 59
2000's: 144 

Colour: 268  
Black and White: 63 
Animation: 21 
Silent: 06  
First View:

Foreign Language Films
Chinese: 02
Danish: 01
French:  11
German: 04
Indian (Hindi): 01
Italian: 02
Japanese: 06
Mongolian: 01 
Polish/French: 01
Spanish: 02

In a Month
January: 47 (46) (1 Repeat Viewing)
February: 50
March: 24 (22) (2 Repeat Viewings)  
April: 26 (24) (2 Repeat Viewings) 
May: 45 (39) (6 Repeat Viewings)
June: 18
July: 42 (39) (3 Repeat Viewings) 
August: 31 (28) (3 Repeat Viewings) 
September: 43 (39) (4 Repeat Viewings)  
October: 18 (16) (2 Repeat Viewings) 
November: 12 
December:        

Top Ten

1920's:
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Sherlock Jr.
Metropolis
Dr Mabuse The Gambler
Way Down East
 
1930's:
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
The Invisible Man
Young Mr Lincoln
The Thin Man
M
Top Hat
The Wizard of Oz
It Happened One Night
Destry Rides Again
After the Thin Man

1940's:
The Third Man
Black Narcissus
It's a Wonderful Life
Day of Wrath
The Philadelphia Story
The Shop Around the Corner
Heaven Can Wait
Call Northside 777
Green For Danger
Shadow of the Thin Man

1950's:
Anatomy of a Murder
Vertigo
Rear Window
Some Like It Hot
North By Northwest 
The Searchers
The 400 Blows
Singin' in the Rain
Harvey
Pickup on South Street

1960's:
Army of Shadows
Woman of the Dunes
The Hustler
The Face of Another
Au Hasard, Balthazar  
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Shenandoah
Mouchette
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
West Side Story

1970's:
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Days of Heaven
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Annie Hall
The Last Picture Show
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Exorcist
Silent Running
Woyzeck
Star Wars IV: A New Hope

1980's:
Blade Runner
An American Werewolf in London  
Ghostbusters
Matewan
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Right Stuff
My Favourite Year  
Gremlins
Down By Law

1990s:
LA. Confidential
The Truman Show
Cyrano de Bergerac
The Double Life of Veronique
The Straight Story
Boogie Nights
Toy Story
The Sweet Hereafter
Groundhog Day
Reversal of Fortune

2000s:
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Zodiac
Kingdom of Heaven The Director's Cut
O Brother, Where Art Thou
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring EE 
Monsters, Inc
The Dark Knight
Superman Returns


< Message edited by impqueen -- 3/12/2008 12:34:55 PM >


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 18/10/2008 8:30:34 PM   
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215: Burn After Reading (Coen, 2008) (First View)
I was disappointed by BAR, it isn't nearly as good as the Coen Brothers can and have been on numerous occasions and after the brilliance of No Country for Old Men it pales even further in comparison. There were a number of highly amusing moments (Clooney's Chair, Brad Pitt and J.K. Simmons) but in the end the film is just far too mediocre for a Coen film, the script is substandard and the whole thing is disjointed, again disappointing and yet still better than most and I think on another viewing I might appreciate the film more.  

264: Eagle Eye (Caruso, 2008) (First View)
Yeah Shia is still lacking in the charm department and makes for a very un-engaging lead and it appears the film has been made in the - it's not making sense let's throw a car at it or blow some shit up- school of cinema, also the Lady-Hal thing was very distracting. However I did "enjoy” the film a lot more than Disturbia (2007) but that is easy considering I can not stand that film...

282. Igor (Leondis, 2008) (First View)
I think I enjoyed the film more than the five year olds in the audience, despite this Igor is a throwaway animation and just can't compete with the powerhouse of Pixar, having said that Scamper and Brain/Brian are both brilliant.
   


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 20/10/2008 1:38:26 PM   
TRM


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ORIGINAL: Kadaj

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ORIGINAL: DCMaximo

Licence To Kill (No.53, 9/10) is the most underrated film in the Bond series, providing a more realistic edge to the Bond world. With a story built on revenge and a bad guy who doesn't want to rule the world, but is instead a ruthless drug baron, it helps temper some of the excesses that the Bond films had been heading towards in the previous installments. The casting is also top notch, Timothy Dalton being perfect for this grittier side of Bond and showing that, given a few more films, he might have been better remembered. Robert Davi is also excellent as the villain Sanchez, giving off a real air of menace and coming across as a realistic, three-dimensional character



Hell yes. Amen to that!

One of the Top 5/ Top 3 Bond films of all time. And Dalton is still the Second best 007.


I'd agree with this. Possibly my favourite Bond film, just because it is a bit grittier.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 20/10/2008 9:17:14 PM   
fernetcontonica


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1 to 20

Spalovac Mrtvol (The Cremator)10/10 *
Tetsuo 10?/10 **

Possession 10?/10 **
Esperando La Carroza 10?/10 *
Long Weekend 9?/10 (Collin Eggleston, 1978)
The Cars that ate Paris 9?/10 (Peter Weir, )
Bad Boy Bubby 9?/10
La Antena 9?/10 (Esteban Sapir, 2007) ***
Io non ho Paura 9?/10 *
Britannia Hospital 9?/10 **
Sanatorium pod Klepsydra 9?/10
If... 9?/10
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media 9?/10
A L'interieur 9?/10 (2007) *
Severance 9?/10 (Christopher Smith, 2005) **
The Boondock Saints 9?/10 (Troy Duffy, 1999) **
U-Turn 9?/10 *
Election 9?/10 **
Mulholland dr. 9?/10
The Descent 9?/10 *


21 to 40

964 Pinocchio 9?/10
Natural Born Killers 9?/10 *
[REC] 9/10 *
Watership Down 9/10
Cloverfield 9/10
Dumbo 9/10 (Ben Sharpsteen, 1941) many *'s
W.R. - Misterije Organizma 8?/10
Wolfen 8?/10 (1981)
Sweet Movie 8?/10
Benny's Video 8?/10 (Michael Haneke, )*
Fargo 8?/10 (Cohen & Cohen, 1996)
Crash 8?/10 (Cronnenberg)
Una Lucertola con la pelle di Donna 8?/10
Survive Style 5 + 8?/10
Spellbound 8?/10
Thursday 8?/10 **
Apt Pupil 8?/10 (Bryan Singer, 1998) * *
La Terza Madre 8?/10 (Dario Argento, 2007)
Kinky Boots 8?/10
Machine Girl 8?/10


41 to 60

Le Petit Monde de Don Camillo 8?/10 (Julien Duvivier, 1952)
King Kong 8?/10 (Cooper/shoedsack, 1933) many *'s
The Driller Killer 8?/10 (Abel Ferrara, 1979)
Swanp Thing 8?/10 (Wes Craven, 1982)
The Incredible Shrinking Man 8?/10 (Jack Arnold, 1957)*
Mr. Freedom 8?/10
Cosa de Brujas 8?/10
Blood Simple 8?/10
Secrets and Lies 8?/10 *
Storm Warning 8?/10 (2007)
The Elephant man 8?/10 (David Lynch, )
The Cottage 8?/10 (2008)
Salvage aka Gruesome 8?/10
Hasta el viento tiene miedo 8?/10
The Woods 8?/10 *
Swimming Pool 8?/10
Zeitgeist: The Movie 8?/10
Guinea Pig 2: Flowers of Flesh and Blood 8?/10
*
La Cabina 8?/10
La Noche del Terror Ciego 8?/10


61 to 80

Snuff: A documentary about killing on camera 8?/10
Edmond 8/10
Ti Piace Hitchcock? 8/10
Mondovino 8/10 (Jonathan Nossiter, 2004)
Brick 8/10 (Rian Johnson, 2005) *
Rope 8/10
Nowhere Man 8/10 **
Stuck 8/10
The Forbidden Planet 8/10
Fulltime Killer 8/10
The Little Mermaid 8/10 ***
Dumplings 8/10
Who Killed the Electric Car? 8/10

Fried Green Tomatoes 8/10 (Jon Avnet, 1991)
Hot Fuzz 8/10 (Edgar Wright, 2007)
Batman Returns 8/10 (Tim Burton, 1992) **
The Fairly Oddparents in Channel Chasers 8/10
Hard candy 8/10 (David Slade, 2005) *
Back to the Future 8/10 **
Smiley Face 8/10 *


81 to 100

Ray 8/10
One Hundred and One Dalmatians 8/10 **
O Hamenos ta pairnei ola 8/10

Botched 8/10
Cube Zero 7?/10 (Ernie barbarash, 2004)
Nothing 7?/10 (Vincenzo Natali, 2003)
Fido 7?/10
The Adventures of Electric Rod Boy 7?/10
Teeth 7?/10
Serial Mom 7?/10(Waters, 1994)
Death in a Funeral 7?/10 *
Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told 7?/10
Eastern Promises 7?/10
El Orfanato 7?/10
Intermission 7?/10 (John Crowley, 2003)
Cujo 7?/10 (Lewis Teague, 1983)
Slither 7?/10 (James Gunn, 2006) *
Das Flüstern des Mondes 7?/10
Europa Kemping 7?/10
La Nona 7?/10 *


101 to 120

Ceux qui m'i aiment prendront le train 7?/10
Prism 7?/10
The Blob 7?/10 (1988) *
Big Fish 7?/10
Raiders of the Lost Ark 7?/10 **
Daddy and Them 7/10
Raw Meat 7?/10
Sleepaway Camp 7?/10 (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)
El Laberinto del Fauno 7?/10
The Girl Next Door 7?/10
The Howling 7?/10
The Blob 7?/10 (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr, 1958)
Labyrinth 7?/10 **
The Grinch 7?/10 (Ron Howard, 2000)
Hocus Pocus 7?/10 (Kenny Ortega, 1993) **
The Stuff 7?/10 (Larry Cohen, 1985) *
Películas para no dormir: Para entrar a vivir 7?/10
Undead 7?/10
The Tingler 7/10 (William Castle)
Shinichin no tomurai 7/10


121 to 140

Baby Blues 7/10
Book of Love 7/10 *
Juno 7/10 (2007)
As Tears go by 7/10
Jeune Homme 7/10
Avere Vent'anni 7/10
Angela's Ashes 7/10
Den Osynlige 7/10
Hannibal 7/10
Feast 7/10
Alice in Wonderland 7/10 *
The Night of the Comet 7/10
Hatchet 7/10
Dawn of The Dead 7/10 (Zack Snyder, 2004) *
Cape Fear 7/10 (Martin Scorsesse, 1991) *
Widow's Peak 7/10 (John Irvin, 1994)
The Mist 7/10
Cube 2: Hypercube 7/10
Galaxy of Terror 7/10
Irina Palm 7/10


141 to 160


Let's go to prison 7/10
Miss Congeniality 7/10 **
Superbad 7/10 (Greg Mottola, 2007)
Girl interrupted 7/10
Confetti 7/10
Hey Arnold! The Movie 7/10
Tart 6?/10 (Christina Wayne, 2001)
X-men 6?/10 *
The Dark knight 6?/10 (Nolan, 2008)
Saving private Ryan 6?/10
Tarnation 6?/10 (Jonathan Caouette, 2003)
Run Fatboy Run 6?/10
Lik Wong 6?/10
Love in the time of Money 6?/10 (Peter Mattei, 2002)
Final Destination 2 6/10
White Fang 6/10
Craig 6?/10
Sweeney Todd 6?/10 (Tim Burton, 2007)
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings 6?/10 (Peter Jackson, 2001) *
Airplane II: the Sequel 6?/10


161 to 180


The Seeker 6?/10 (David L. Cunningham, 2007)
The Kovak Box 6?/10 (Daniel Monzón, 2006)
Twister 6/10 (Jan de Bont, 1996) *
Fun with Dick and Jane 6/10 *
A Fish in the Bathtub 6?/10 (Joan Micklin Silver, 1999)
Postal 6/10
Black Sheep 6/10
The Raspberry Reich 6/10
The Incredible Hulk 6/10
28 Days 6/10 (Betty Thomas, 2000)
Duplex 6/10 (Denny DeVito)
Jingle All the Way 6/10
21 6/10
Shrek 6/10
The Deaths of Ian Stone 6/10
A Night at the Roxbury 6/10
Garfield: A tail of two kitties 6/10
Open Season 6/10
Charlie's angels in full throttle 6/10
Madagascar 6/10 (Darnekk, McGrath, 2005)
Ever After 6/10(Anmdy tennant, 1998)
Men in Black 6/10


181 to 200

American Pie presents Beta House 6/10
Devil in the Mountain aka Sasquatch mountain 5?/10
Spiderman 5?/10
2001 Maniacs 5?/10
Jeepers Creepers II 5?/10
Fatwa 5/10
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Beginning 5/10
Jungle George 5?/10
Le Consile de Pierre 5?/10
Prisoner 5?/10
Sex and the City 5?/10
Heist 5/10
The Sum of All Fears 5/10
Home Alone 3 5/10
The Devil wears Prada 5/10
Happy Gilmore 5/10 (Dennis Dugan, 1996) *
Innerspace 5/10
Elizabethtown 5/10
Big Daddy 5/10
The Hot Girl 5/10


201 and ahead


Mirrors 4?/10

Asteroid 4?/10
Pulse 4?/10
10000 BC 4?/10
Pulse 4?/10
Friday the 13th VIII, Jason Takes Manhattan 4/10 *
Jurassic Park 2 4/10
Torque 4/10
XXX 4/10
Below 4/10
Stay Alive! 4/10
I Still know what you did last summer 3?/10
Today you Die 3?/10
Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil 3/10
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2?/10
Whisper 2?/10
The Secret 2/10


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La Campane del Infierno 9/10
The Edukators 8/10
War World Z 6/10
Inbred 5?/10
The Brass Teapot 7/10
Dettachment 6?/10
The Dead Inside 7?/10
The Haunted Mansion 5/10
Anatomie 2 6/10
Anatomie 6?/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 21/10/2008 3:44:40 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I'm going to make it my mission to see all the films that are currently at the bottom spot of people's lists, see if they are that bad

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 21/10/2008 9:15:46 PM   
fernetcontonica


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Quite a task Gimli, hopefully The Secret won't catch you 

Anyways, a bit of commenting on recent entries.

#1. Spalovac Mrtvol (The Cremator)- The Cremator is probably the most sincere movie I have seen about Nazism, even when it does it in pretty absurd and gothic way, it shows how Nazism works as some kind of phenomenon, some kind of of political entelechy.  The premise is quite simple: How a stupid man who owns a crematory becomes a nazi fanatic. It doesn't have the typical "holocaustdalized" tone. it even manages to be really, really funny and ends getting up to a *very* angstful atmosphere. 


#2. Tetsuo. It's stunning. It's Confusing, Sounds excelent. Graphically hipnotizing. Strangely erotic. I still have a mix of scenes going on in my head. it sounds just great, at times, like in the underground chasing, it happened that the music absorbed my senses and couldn't really watch clearly, on first watch, I wasn't even sure if images were indeed shown clearly . I love still animations and some scenes (like the ending animation and the courtain splattering) stayed in my head for quite a while. This film has been a weird experience. it just burnt my brain. hardly a movie in some senses but rather an amazing psychotronic montage that just runs for around an hour. I got this film playing just for the music (without sitting through it) quite a lot during the last year.


#7. Bad Boy Bubby. Bubby lives in a house with his mother, who lead him to believe the poutside world is filled with a deadly poisonous gas. The first act where he's in his house is just plain sick and full of cruelty and the outside world is not a paradise either. We witness Bubby's up and downs throught his great adventure in the outside world, very crude at times but very fun and beautiful at moments. Music pays an important role here, ever since Bubby runs into it, he gets fascinated and feels drawn towards it, and so does one.


#9. Io non ho paura. This film is set in a rather isolated Italian village surrounded by endless wheat fields. The scenenry is simply beautiful, but in additioon to the looks we're faced to a strange story from the point of view of Michele, a young boy who finds another kid being held in a hole and theories and uneasiness arise as both kids bond. In films kids often are annoying or really simplified, but in this film we're faced to believable logics.

#10. Britannia Hospital
. A great dark comedy with lots of strange elements, this is last part of the Lindsay Anderson's Mick Travis trilogy and it often reaches farcical levels. Lots of characters that are not always that simply liked or disliked, and overall cynicism galore that gets you laughing a lot and still manages to hit your head very hard with an always underlying terribility (If that word exists ) and some moments of more tangible one. It also looks very well, it has some very colorful spaces, specially the Institute aestethic.


#12. If... The first part of Mick travis Trilogy, a bit different in tone but a great tale of disconformity using a private school as a setting, As the school life becomes increasingly humilliating and the thwarting on individualism keeps rolling its wheels, the film becomes increasingly strange and you just wait for the bomb to explode. Most characters are rather dislikable and the contrast between the crusaders and some other students gets rather eloquent.


#13. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.  This is a great documentary wether you're familiar with Noam Chomsky or not. Chomsky analizes the place media have in the "manufacturing of consent" and exposes the whys and hows of propaganda in democratic societies and presents some examples of the role the media played in some conflicts.


#21. 964 Pinnochio. Pi-no-chi-o! Pi-no-chi-o! Another japanese psychotronic entry, This film teases your percption and doesn't give truce to your mind, as it is very catatonic. It is beautiful, but then desperating, but then gross, and it just keeps changing its and your moods, the visuals and sound are weird but nevertheless haunting at the same time. It has some bits of stop-motion, and at many moments you don't know what the fuck it's going on, but as if it cared in a film of this nature 


#24. Watership Down. I'm not sure what you'd expect of an animated film with bunnies, but I did expect quite less than I received. This is an exciting animal epic, truly crude at times and with haunting action, the landscapes are just so beautifully drawn and although the animation doesn't seem quite flowy it is really fit for the mood.


#27. W. R.- Misterije Organizma. After Sweet Movie, I felt like watching another Makavejev film, and ran into this strange mix of Documentary, Performance, and Fiction revolving around Dr. William Reich's Orgone Energy and Liberating Sexuality. Communism is again a topic here, Mekavejev takes its revolutionary romanticism and puts it in film really well, and harshly critizises what it turned to once instittionalized. The film begins as a documentary, exploring Reich's life and exaltating sexuality as a Liberating Force, later it introduces the fictional part, about a free-love militant Yugoslavian woman who gets fascinated by a Russian skating artist, that ends up being a representation of the more soul-less form of communism. Things start to mix, adding a Performance Artist as an exaltated rightist militar, testimonies from an American transvestite and footage of physcal therapies involving the liberation of body energy in crude contrast of footage showing rather horrid therapies used in communism amongst other documented stuff like a sexual artist and parts of a film about Stalin. The film is really intresting, it has a lot of nudity, of course, but it ain't porny or libidinous. My only complain is that I had liked to see Reich's theores better exposed, and I found Makavejev an intrsting director Ill be exploring a bit more.


#29. Sweet Movie- An oddity of a film, with lots of "shock" elements (nudity, paedophiolia, scathology, actual footage of corpses, etc.) that fluctuates between two stories of a quite uneven mood. In one hand, a Miss World that gets bought as wife, discarded, and sent to a journey of oddities while keeping a predominatingly absurd mood, in the other, a nostalgic communist captain that sails around in a candy-factory boat with Karl Marx's head, with a nostalgic aura of a lost revolutionary romanticism, luring men and boys to her boat, being the story rather intense and poetic. I have to say I loved the music, which was really powerful and exaltating, often paired with a cool visual style. What I didn't like was the apparition of the Viena Aktionists, (some stage artists that perform things like vomiting, pretending to be babies and defecation competitions) which was rather anticlimatic and got boring almost as soon as it started to surprise you. This film really stayed in my head for a while. Overall an intresting film if you're not put off by odd stuff.


#46. Mr Freedom. Caught my attaention from rawlinson's top 300 thread and I'm happy I watched it. Mr Freedom is a superhero, an American superhero, an exaltation of everything the world hated and still does about American posse and politics. Donald Pleasence plays Dr. Freedom, as the fatherly leader who adoctrinates Mr. Freedom via his screen watch, and sends our trigger happy, act-don't-think hero to France in order to save French from the communist influence, In France, well, Mr. Freedom is not very well received.
The film plays it on a great darkly satirical tone, and has an amazing visual style, the colors are very strong and some very great visuals get staged. The are some great physical acting and the use of inflatable props and fiftish special effects adds up both to the tone and style, the director is a photographer and it truly shows. The editing is weird and feels choppy at times, but it is generally functional.



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La Campane del Infierno 9/10
The Edukators 8/10
War World Z 6/10
Inbred 5?/10
The Brass Teapot 7/10
Dettachment 6?/10
The Dead Inside 7?/10
The Haunted Mansion 5/10
Anatomie 2 6/10
Anatomie 6?/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 22/10/2008 8:08:04 AM   
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You don't half watch some interesting-sounding films, Fernet!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 22/10/2008 9:40:51 AM   
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102. Corridors Of Blood (1st view, 1958, Day) - 4/5*Boris Karloff plays a leading surgeon in Victorian London. With no anaesthetic, his patients are in constant pain during procedures so he sets about trying to develop a way to numb the patient during operations. When he tries it out for the hospital board, his patient wakes up in agony and Karloff becomes the laughing stock of the hospital. Trying out new drugs on himself, he soon becomes addicted, and ends up doing shady business with Christopher Lee, a murderer who sells the corpses to hospitals. I suppose it isn’t that different to countless other obsessed scientist films, but this is certainly a fine entry in that genre. Karloff is an actor I always feel gets overlooked. He seems to remembered for Frankenstein alone, but I’ve always loved watching the man, and this was no exception.
 
 
187. House On Haunted Hill (1st view, 1959, Castle) - 3/5* 
Vincent Price invites 5 strangers to a haunted house, offering them $10,00 if they spend the night and survive. It’s about as scary as a bag of Skittles, but there’s a nice atmosphere and a few scenes of fine tension. Price is a wonderful to watch as ever, but the rest of the cast vary a great deal, with some of the most awful reaction shots I’ve ever seen. Good fun overall though.


Shorts

8.The Paleface (1st view, 1922, Keaton)
Buster Keaton wanders into an Indian reservation and is captured. After he survives being burnt alive (thanks to some asbestos sheeting he finds!) he becomes chief of the tribe, and helps them in their quarrel against oil tycoons trying to take over their land. Some fine visual gags make this immensely watchable, but it isn’t the best of Buster’s short films
 
 
 

Saving the best till last though...and there are SPOILERS
 
 
80. When Time Ran Out (1st view, 1980, Goldstone) - 4/5*
Ahhh, the 70’s disaster film. There’s nothing else like them really. Get a big name actor or two, a few aging stars, a couple of recognisable characters actors, give them all the briefest of storylines, chuck them into life-or-death situations, and start taking bets on who kicks the bucket. Brilliant! This one came along at the end of the cycle, 1980, and was produced my Irwin Allen, the man behind such hits as The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and, ahem, The Swarm. A newly constructed hotel on a Pacific Island is under threat thanks to the island’s volcano that has just erupted. Paul Newman wants to lead folk across the island to safety; the hotel owner is willing to wait it out until help arrives.

And so begins Newman’s trek across the island, leading ragtag band of misfits. There’s a tsunami, a helicopter crash, volcanic fireballs that rain down on people’s heads, a plethora of awful effects, some truly horrible dialogue, convoluted subplots and annoying characters. It short, it’s 7 different kinds of awesome.

The best bit though, is the final sequence and I'll describe it in detail. Newman and party arrive at a rickety old wooden bridge across a river of lava that they need to cross. It must last for about 20 minutes. First off, Newman crosses it to test its safety. He gets across. A bubble of lava explodes. Some woman screams. Newman goes back across to tell everyone it’s sort of safe, just stay close to the edge. So some young hunk and Red Buttons (a man on the run for stealing bearer bonds) helps Ernest Borgnine across. Borgnine is the cop who’s followed Buttons from New York, and at this stage he’s already been set alight and blinded. They start across. A panel gives way and Borgnine almost falls through. Some woman screams. Lave bubbles. Some woman screams. They eventually get across. Two young kids run off. Newman chases them and finds Burgess Meredith alongside his cancer-suffering wife. She’s dead. Her weak heart gave out you know, but before she died, she told her hubby to help the kids, so he goes off looking for them. Next up William Holden and some old dear make it over the bridge. Lave bubbles. Some woman screams. They make it across safely. Now it’s the run of Jacqueline Bisset. She’s in love with Newman, though millionaire Holden wants to marry her. Who will she pick? No time for that now. She heads over the bridge with Mr Miyagi (the husband of the old dear who went before) and two other women, one of who is blonde. The bridge gives way. The blonde, in a great display of acrobatic dexterity, tumbles over the side, plummeting to the dodgy back projection below. Some woman screams. Then the Karate Kid's mentor falls. His wife screams. Newman and Holden look on as the women they both love is half falling through the bridge. Still, she gets across in one piece, as does the other woman. The bridge is becoming ever more unstable, and the increasing frizziness of Bisset's hair shows us how anxious she is to see Newman get to safety. But wait. The Penguin has returned, seemingly not caring about his dead wife anymore, but happy to have found the two kids. How to get them across though, that's the question? Luckily, Meredith used to be a circus performer, so he runs off to find a large stick, gets the young boy to climb onto his back and he tightropes across the one sturdy beam that remains. Burgess stumbles. Some woman screams. They make it across. There is much rejoicing. But Newman and a little girl still have to make it over and there just isn’t time for Meredith to come back. So, Newman hoists the girl up and they tentatively make it across. All is looking good. Oh happy days. Then the bridge practically crumbles beneath them. Red Buttons looks anxious, William Holden looks like he wants to be somewhere else. Ernest Borgnine hopes his paycheck was big enough. Some woman screams. The young hunk from before, who hasn’t really done much, now earns his keep. In a practically Herculean display of strength, he grabs a piece of timber, wedges it between a falling beam and the cliff face and holds the bridge up single-handedly. Meredith makes his way back to offer a helping hand to Newman, who is now dangling; feet inches above molten lava, the little girl still holding on round his neck. They get back up, and then Meredith walks backwards across what little is left of the bridge. Newman and the kid make it to safety. It should be noted that the father of these kids took a tumble earlier in the day, falling right down a mountainside. These kids'll need therapy. And then, it’s over. It seemed to last for about 17 hours, but it’s finally over. And so is the film really. Bisset chooses Newman, and the hotel is destroyed, along with all those who decided not to follow Newman. Irwin Allen’s’ career as a film producers also kicks it.

And there you have it. You know the phrase, “so bad it’s good”? Well forget it, we’ve entered a whole new phase here. This is “So downright awful it’s a masterpiece!” A thing of brilliance, a gem to be treasured for all time. Just pure joy!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 23/10/2008 11:23:35 AM   
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28)  The Hidden Fortress  (Kurosawa Akira, Japan, 1958) - 8.0
Another enjoyable and quite lengthy Kurosawa jidaigeki film.
 
71)  In the Line of Duty aka In the Line of Duty IV  (Yuen Woo-ping, Hong Kong, 1989) - 6.5
Decent action-packed HK police actioner starring Donnie Yen and Cynthia Khan.

91)  Kingdom of Heaven (Theatrical cut)  (Ridley Scott, USA, 2005) - 6.0
I Sky+'ed this a while ago (hence the version) and just got round to watching. Erm... it could be worse. I'm in no great hurry to see the Director's cut, but I'm sure it would be an improvement.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 26/10/2008 9:07:56 AM   
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67. Burn After Reading (1st view, 2008, Coen Brothers) - 4/5*A return to comedy for the Coen brothers after the dramatics of No Country For Old Men. When the memoirs of former CIA analyst Oswald Cox (John Malkovich) are found in a fitness club’s locker room, two employees, Chad Feldheimer and Linda Litzke (Brad Pitt and France McDormand) set about trying to blackmail Cox. Tilda Swinton pops up as Cox’s wife, and Coen favourite George Clooney appears as a serial womaniser. The plot’s absurd but often quite funny, with some hilarious dialogue. All the cast play well, but Pitt is the standout, a complete idiot with a penchant for dancing along to whatever music he’s listening to. Also of note is JK Simmons, always wonderful, and his few scenes are some of the funniest I’ve ever seen in a Coen film.
 
 
70. Frenzy (2nd view, 1972, Hitchcock) - 4/5Hitchcock’s 1972 film, his first set in England for numerous years. A series of murders, perpetrated by the Necktie Killer, has taken place in London and suspicion falls on Richard Blaney, played by Jon Finch. As the innocent man on the run, Finch doesn’t hold the screen as much as, say, Cary Grant in North By Northwest, but he’s still an engaging hero, despite the fact we know he’s not the nicest man about. Not Hitchcock’s best film by a long shot, but the best film he made after Psycho. It also has a couple of excellent scenes that rank amongst his finest, my favourites being the sequences between the lead detective on the case (Alec McCowen) and his wife. She’s taken up cuisine cooking, and is offering him all sorts of strange food for dinner, all he wants to eat is sausage and chips. As he does his best to enjoy his food without offending his wife, they discuss the case. It doesn’t sound like much, but works well on film.
 
 
73. Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (5th view, 1982, Hughes.MacNaughton) - 4/5
Right from the start, with the huge neon credits introducing the cast (SUPRA COSMICALLY, INTER-UNIVERSALLY, ULTRA ALPHABETICALLY, HYPER-STARRING TERRY JONES) you know what you’re in for. A collection of Python sketches, slighty reworked, performed live for an American audience. There are some absolute gems - The Ministry of Silly Walls, The Last Supper, The Arguement Sketch and The Lumberjack song. The weakest parts are prefilmed sequences, taken from some special the gang did for German TV, but these are more than overshadowed by the wealth of hilarity on offer. Whenever I see anything Python, I’m always a tad sad afterwards knowing that any chance of a reunion of the surviving members is pretty much out of the question, as I’m sure some great laughs would be had.
 
 
78. Jeremiah Johnson (1st view, 1972, Pollack) - 4/5*
Robert Redford plays the title character in this film by Sydney Pollack. More of a wilderness film than a western, Johnson longs to become a moutain man so sets off intio the Rockies. There’s no plot as such, just a string of events that occur and characters he meets. He finds the frozen body of a pioneer and takes his rifle, learns survival skills from a bear trapper, helps a woman bury her dead husband, rescues a hunter who has been left buried in sand by natives. On and on it goes yet it’s surprisingly effective. Granted, Redford doesn’t really have the look of a grizzled mountain man and there’s some awful songs that help relay Johnson’s tale, but this is interesting stuff overall, and the wilds of America have rarely looked so appealing.
 
109. From Hell (2nd view, 2001, Hughes Brothers) - 4/5Not seen this since the cinema. If you can get past the dodgy accents and Heather Graham’s lack of acting ability, it really is quite good. How it compares to the graphic novel I can’t say, but it works just fine on its on. The recreation of Victorian London looks suitably grimy and atmospheric, Trevor Jones’ score is evocative and there are plenty of fine performances. The main downside is, even for those who don’t know this particular theory of who Jack the Ripper was, it’s obvious who it as as soon as he speaks, so any sense of mystery is lost. Still, best Ripper films that I’ve seen.
 
 
186. The Wiz (1st view, 1978, Lumet) - 3/5*1978 film based on the Broadway musical, that places the story of the Wizard Of Oz in New York. Diana Ross is Dorothy, Micheal Jackson plays the Scarecrow. I’ve been wanting to see this for years, even since it was mentioned in Scrubs with JD singing a few lines of the films signature tune, Ease on Down The Road. It’s a very strange affair. Ross isn’t that good an actress and I actually found her voice grating half the time, and despite being directed by Sidney Lumet (who seems to me to have been a weird choice. I was also surprised to see that Rob Cohen and Joel Schumacher were on board as writer and producer)) it looks quite amateurish. And yet, it’s the version of Oz that I probably like the most. I’ve seen The Muppet version (how the mighty have fallen!), the silent version that starred Oliver Hardy (thankfully, he would soonafter be in many, greater films) and the 1939 classic that everyone on the whole planet adores. Apparently they do anyway, but not me. Insufferably twee, teeth-achingly sweet and sickening, with a lead actress that makes me want to turn off the TV. Still, the Tin Man, Lion and Scarcrow are more than watchable, and they’re probably the best things about The Wiz as well.
 
 
198. La Nouvelle Ève (The New Eve) (1st view, 1999, Corsini) - 3/5* Romantic comedy that see Karin Viard play Camille, a single woman in her thirties, content to attend sex parties and have one night stands, despising all the things that couples do. But then she meets and falls in love with Alexis (Pierre-Loup Rajot). The only trouble is is that he’s married. So begins this intermittently humorous French film. It reminds me a bit of Bridget Jones crossed with Woody Allen, but despite good performances from all it just never really engages the way it should.
 
 
215. Candy (1st view, 2006, Armfield) - 3/5*
Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish star is this tale of two young lovers who are addicted to heroin. The film is divided into three sections: Heaven, Earth and Hell, each one becoming increasingly despairing as the two fall deeper into addiction. Both stars are on fine form, but the film only really gets going whenever Geoffrey Rush appears on screen.
 
272. The Lightship (1st view, 1986,Skolimowski) - 2/5*
Robert Duvall. A legend in my eyes. A pleasure to watch the man work, fills his characters with warmth and integrity. Never given a bad performance. Well, at least I hadn’t seen him give one until this. He’s the well-spoken leader of a group of criminals, on the run from the law when their boat breaks down, rescured and invited aborad the lightship of the title, captained by Klaus Maria Brandauer. Billed as a psychcological thriller (which seems to be the sub-genre for any film involving good guys, bad guys and lots of talking), this mid-80’s film looks incredibly dated, sounds incredibly dated (horrible elctronic score from Hans Zimmer) and is, well, just crap really.


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3. Me and My Pal (10th-ish view,1933, Rogers) - 4/5
Wonderful Laurel and Hardy short. Ollie is about to get married to the daughter of a wealthy businessman, an act which will make him an important manager of the company. Stan arrives, as best man bringing the rings and also a wedding gift, a jigsaw puzzle. Stan sets out to start the puzzle, but Ollie’s in a rush and needs to leave, but his curiousity is soon piqued and he settles down to help. Shorty, the two boys, a butler, cab driver, policeman and messenger boy are all working together to complete the puzzle. It’s a film that’s small on plot but big on laughs. Wonderful.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 31/10/2008 7:51:33 PM   
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081. Big Night (Campbell/Tucci, 1996) (Fifth View) In 1950's New Jersey immigrant brothers Primo and Secondo own and run the Paradise restaurant which is not doing so well, mainly because Chef/Genius Primo refuses to change and cook an Americanised version of Italian food that the general public want. The opportunity arises to have one "big night” to promote their restaurant and style otherwise it could be back to Italy. What follows is a sumptuous and extremely moving film with all round excellent performances especially from Shalhoub as older brother Primo and Tucci as the ambitious Secondo.   4.5/5 
 
152. The Addams Family (Sonnenfeld, 1991) (Eighth View) It's a perfectly cast film and it's continuously funny. 4/5
175. The Addams Family Values (Sonnenfeld, 1993) (Twelfth View) See above, oh and it has THAT Pocahontas production. 4/5   
 
218. Quantum of Solace (Foster, 2008) (First View) It is a mess but I was still able to follow the action going on and those claiming they have no idea what was going on confuse me, what precisely is so difficult to follow? ANYWAY it isn't a masterpiece by any means but I did enjoy the film though I did find myself going hmm Bourne-Much and the Dan Bradley influence is plain for all to see. I should point out I'm not a big fan of Bond in general and in fact my preferred Bond films are GoldenEye and On Her Majesty's Secret Service which might explain why I enjoyed Solace as much as I did, also Mathieu Amalric is in it and despite being a less than stellar as a Bond Villain I thought he was great all slimy and weak but wonderfully manipulative.  3.5/5
 
250. Ghost Town (Koepp, 2008) (First View) I thought overall it was quite a sweet little film with some amusing moments, I get the feeling that by not being an avid watcher of The Office or Extras I got a lot more out of the film than most will and didn't find Gervais annoying but actually quite effective and convincing as a man who has a slow change of personality and heart. 3/5
 
So Hank Azaria is the best thing in all three films below, he should get better roles in live action films.
263. The Birdcage (Nichols, 1996) (? View) 3ish/5
270. Eulogy (Clancy, 2004) (First View) 3ish/5 
289. Run Fat Boy Run (Schwimmer, 2007) (First View) 2.5/5  


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218. Quantum of Solace (Foster, 2008) (First View) It is a mess but I was still able to follow the action going on and those claiming they have no idea what was going on confuse me, what precisely is so difficult to follow? ANYWAY it isn't a masterpiece by any means but I did enjoy the film though I did find myself going hmm Bourne-Much and the Dan Bradley influence is plain for all to see. I should point out I'm not a big fan of Bond in general and in fact my preferred Bond films are GoldenEye and On Her Majesty's Secret Service which might explain why I enjoyed Solace as much as I did, also Mathieu Amalric is in it and despite being a less than stellar as a Bond Villain I thought he was great all slimy and weak but wonderfully manipulative.  3.5/5
 


I wanted to ask, did you find the film far too short? I thought it was a great film but tried to fit too much in 1hr and 45minutes. Was generous in giving it four stars

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 1/11/2008 10:41:13 PM   
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218. Quantum of Solace (Foster, 2008) (First View) It is a mess but I was still able to follow the action going on and those claiming they have no idea what was going on confuse me, what precisely is so difficult to follow? ANYWAY it isn't a masterpiece by any means but I did enjoy the film though I did find myself going hmm Bourne-Much and the Dan Bradley influence is plain for all to see. I should point out I'm not a big fan of Bond in general and in fact my preferred Bond films are GoldenEye and On Her Majesty's Secret Service which might explain why I enjoyed Solace as much as I did, also Mathieu Amalric is in it and despite being a less than stellar as a Bond Villain I thought he was great all slimy and weak but wonderfully manipulative.  3.5/5
 


I wanted to ask, did you find the film far too short? I thought it was a great film but tried to fit too much in 1hr and 45minutes. Was generous in giving it four stars


I think the fast paced tempo of the film makes the 106 minutes fly by but I never found it to be a factor during my viewing, I do agree there was a lot being squeezed in and some things as a result lost out (Agent Fields for example) I would be interested in knowing though if there is an alternative, longer cut of the film. 

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14. Rio Bravo (1st view, 1959, Hawks)
For the longest time, I was under the impression that I'd seen this film sometime in the past. Turns out I hadn't and as such it was a pleasant surprise to watch a film that I thought was an enjoyable western and discover a masterpiece. Howard Hawks has long been a favourite director of mine and this is another feather in his cap. It's also John Wayne's second best film (after The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, none of his John Ford westerns come close – The Searchers, that means you!!). The plot is simple. John Wayne is the sheriff of Rio Bravo, tasked with looking after a prisoner until a US Marshall comes by in 6 days time. His deputies are an alcoholic (Dean Martin) and an aged cripple (Walter Brennan). Soon after a woman arrives in town (Angie Dickinson) and she strikes up a relationship with Wayne. All the while, accomplices of the prisoner threaten our heroes. That's pretty much it, and it runs for close to two and a half hours. But the cast all deliver pitch-perfect performances, and the relationships between them all are beautifully developed and played. Martin and Brennan are particularly wonderful, and it's so refreshing to see a female lead in a western who seems to have a bit of spirit and individuality to her. Dmitri Tiomkin delivers a grand score, Hawks directs with flair and the whole thing is just excellent. The only downside is Ricky Nelson as a young sharpshotter, but even he gets a chance to shine in a great sing-along scene.

94. The Living and The Dead (1st view, 2006, Rumley) - 4/5*
Roger Lloyd-Pack (he'll always be Trigger to me) is having a hard time. As Donald Brocklebank, a lord whose stately home has fallen into disrepair, his wealth almost diminished, he has a schizophrenic teenage son, James, and a terminally ill wife to look after. Leaving the house for a few days in order to try and restore some funds, he calls for a nurse to visit the house, but his son locks her out, wanting to look after his mother himself. Without taking his medication, however, even the smallest tasks become problematic and it isn't long before things go wrong. It's really a three person film between Lloyd Pack, Leo Bill as his son and Kate Fahy as his wife, and all deliver fine performances. It's bleak and depressing though, with quite a few scenes that are highly uncomfortable to watch, and the frequent speeded-up action that accompanies James losing touch with reality are oddly unsettling.

111. My Blueberry Nights (1st view, 2007, Kar-Wai) - 4/5*
The English language debut of Chinese director Won Kar-Wai. It's also the acting debut of singer Norah Jones (Apparently I should have heard of her. I haven't) She strikes up a friendship with café own Jude Law before embarking on a soul searching journey across America, meeting a drunken cop (David Strathairn), his estranged wife (Rachel Weisz) and a young gambler (Natalie Portman) on the way. It rattles along at a nice pace, looks lovely, and Jones make for an engaging lead, faring well against her co-stars. However, it's only 90 minutes long and barely a minute goes by without a slow-motion shot of someone gazing wistfully into the distance. There's so many of them. Without these you'd be left with something about 10 minutes long (well, not quite, but you get the idea). Fewer such scenes and a bit more story would have helped, but this is quite a loveable film overall.

136. Reeker (1st view, 2005, Payne) - 4/5*
5 students find themselves in an abandoned motel in the middle of the desert. It isn't long before they are being picked off one by one, killed by a mysterious figure whose presence is announced by a sickening smell. It's quite rare these days to find a horror film in which you care for any of the characters, but this is one such film, and there's a few decent shocks as well.

141. John Q (4th view, 2002, Cassavates) - 4/5 Denzel Washington's first film following his Oscar win for Training Day sees him as a father whose insurance policy won't pay for his sons costly heart transplant. After being given bureaucratic runaround, he takes matter into his own hands and holds a waiting room of people hostage. The film is filled with walking stereotypes; Anne Heche as the cold-hearted hospital boss, James Woods as the sleazy doctor, Ray Liotta the police chief more concerned with his press image than the case at hand. Still, Washington is always good to watch and the presence of Robert Duvall is a bonus. For all its faults this is quite good stuff.

183. Eagle Eye (1st view, 2008, Caruso) - 3/5*
Based on an idea by Steven Spielnerg (and produced by him) this thriller see Shia LaBeouf reteam with his Disturbia director, DJ Caruso. LeBeouf is an innocent man framed for being a terrorist, and is soon on the run, teaming up with single mother Michelle Monoghan, aided by a mysterious female caller, and being chased by seemingly every US government agency. It's one big hi-tech chase film, and its gets more absurd by the minute, with the laws of logic and physics flung out of the window (ramming a metal pole into a computer while soaking wet will, apparently, not harm you in the slightest). Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Chiklis (sorely underused) make an appearance, but this film it to be watched for silly action, not great performances.

206. The Hunt For The Unicorn Killer (1st view, 1999, Graham) - 3/5*
A TV movie that tells the story of Ira Einhorn, an activist who was accused of murdering his former girlfriend and then went on the run for over two decades. A pre-stardom Naomi Watts stars as Holly Maddux, the unfortunate victim of Einhorn's wrath and Kevin Anderson gives a charismatic performance as Einhorn. The story spans 3 decades, but the runtime of close to 3 hours make you wish it had been pruned, as an awful lot seems to be padding.

295. Magic In The Water (1st view, 1995, Stevenson) - 2/5*
Workaholic DJ Mark Harmon takes his two children for a month away to a lakeside resort in British Columbia, a place home to a local legend, a Loch Ness-like creature known as Orky. The film is 17 times less interesting than the synopsis.


November list

Features

 
1. Forrest Gump (100th+ view, 1994, Zemeckis) - 5/5
2. We Dive At Dawn (1st view, 1943, Asquith) - 4/5*
3. Lemming (1st view, 2005, Moll) - 4/5*
4. The Court-Martial Of Billy Mitchell (1st view, 1955, Preminger) - 4/5*
5. The Proposition (2nd view, 2005, Hillcoat) - 4/5
6. Quantum Of Solace (1st view, 2008, Forster) - 4/5*
7. Zack and Miri Make A Porni (1st vie2, 2008, Smith) - 4/5*
8. Priceless.Hors de prix (1st view, 2006, Salvadori) - 4/5*
9. Rabid (1st view, 1977, Cronenberg) - 4/5*
10. Recount (1st view, 2006, Roach) - 4/5*

11. Iron Man (2nd view, 2008, Favreau) - 4/5
12. The Living and The Dead (1st view, 2006, Rumley) - 4/5*
13. The Wind and The Lion (2nd view, 1975, Milius) - 4/5
14. Death Of A President (1st view, 2006, Range) - 4/5*
15. Eye Of The Needle (1st view, 1981, Marquand) - 4/5*
16 My Blueberry Nights (1st view, 2007, Kar-Wai) - 4/5*
17. W. (1st view, 2008, Stone) - 4/5*
18. Doing Time For Patsy Cline (1st view, 1997, Kennedy) - 3/5*
19. The Hunt For The Unicorn Killer (1st view, 1999, Graham) - 3/5*
20. Blood Simple (2nd view, 1984, Coen Brothers) - 3/5

21. Fool's Parade (1st view, 1971, McLaglen) - 3/5*
22. Southland Tales (1st view, 2006, Kelly) - 3/5*
23. Untold Scandal (1st view, 2003, Lee) - 3/5*
24. Escape To Athena (1st view, 1979, Cosmatos) - 3/5* 
25. He Was A Quiet Man (1st view, 2007, Cappello) - 2/5*
26. Prince Of Darkness (1st view, 1987, Carpenter) - 2/5*
27. Magic In The Water (1st view, 1995, Stevenson) - 2/5*
28. St. Trinian's (1st view, 2007, Parker/Thompson) - 0/5*

Shorts

1. The Blacksmith (1st view, 1922, Keaton/St. Clair) - 4/5*
2. My Wife's Relations (1st view, 1922, Keaton) - 3/5*
3. Disorder In The Court (1st view, 1936, Black) - 2/5*

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 4/11/2008 3:51:08 PM   
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19)  Come Drink With Me  (King Hu, Hong Kong, 1966) - 8.0
Quality wuxia and the earliest Chinese martial arts film I've seen to date. It's properly got me in the mood to watch A Touch of Zen, which has been sat unwatched for about a year.

47)  The Seventh Seal  (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957) - 7.0
Some will say, how can you vote The Seventh Seal below a martial arts film? (or in fact, several if you see my full list on p4). I realise this is the better story, classic cinema, but it just wasn't as enjoyable a watch, I disliked certain aspects, and it's something I probably wouldn't re-watch in a hurry.

106) After Life  (Koreeda Hirokazu, Japan, 1998) - 6.0
A bit of a disappointment after all the praise it received, a bit limited and lacking "oomph", but still a pleasant and quirky film. The World Movies channel's presentation of it was poor, with lots of unreadable white-on-white subtitle moments.

Having just re-embarked on watching Twin Peaks S1 (to remind ourselves up, before finally getting round to S2), it's looking like Nov might be another slow film month for me...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 4/11/2008 4:03:32 PM   
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14. Rio Bravo (1st view, 1959, Hawks)
For the longest time, I was under the impression that I'd seen this film sometime in the past. Turns out I hadn't and as such it was a pleasant surprise to watch a film that I thought was an enjoyable western and discover a masterpiece. Howard Hawks has long been a favourite director of mine and this is another feather in his cap. It's also John Wayne's second best film (after The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, none of his John Ford westerns come close – The Searchers, that means you!!).

Bad Gimli. Nice review though.
 
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 5/11/2008 10:00:34 PM   
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295. Magic In The Water (1st view, 1995, Stevenson) - 2/5*
Workaholic DJ Mark Harmon takes his two children for a month away to a lakeside resort in British Columbia, a place home to a local legend, a Loch Ness-like creature known as Orky. The film is 17 times less interesting than the synopsis.



That final sentence is excellent, what kind of film has a character called Orky? Sounds horrific.

Apart from my film of the week The Wild Bunch (No.28, 9/10), I've only managed some average films in the last two weeks. Best of the bunch was The Gorilla (No.224, 6/10) a decent horror comedy about the attempted abduction of a young heiress featuring the Ritz Brothers, who seem to be a very poor man's Marx Brothers. However, it's quite harmless fun and the cast is strengthened by Lionel Atwill as a suspicious lawyer and Bela Lugosi as an even more suspicious butler.

See Spot Run (No.229, 6/10) appeals to my double guilty pleasures of David Arquette and dog based comedies with Arquette playing a dog-hating postman who, via wacky antics, ends up looking after an FBI canine. Silly and verging on nonsense, but Arquette plays the lovable chump well and the dog is quite cute.

Finally A Shriek In The Night (No.280, 4/10), a mystery with a young Ginger Rogers as a journalist investigating a spate of murders in an apartment. An interesting plot is wasted on a wooden cast and flat directing, although the final scenes are a touch menacing. A wasted opportunity.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 8/11/2008 1:59:59 PM   
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Films Of The Year 2008

18. Superbad US (Greg Mottola, 2007) 8/10  Oct
34. Ariel Finland (Aki Kaurismaki, 1988) 7/10 Oct
47. Calamari Union Finland (Aki Kaurismaki, 1985) 7/10  Oct
54. The Magician Sweden (Ingmar Bergman, 1959) 7/10 Oct
57. Boiling Point Japan (Takeshi Kitano, 1990) 6/10 Oct
60. Leningrad Cowboys Go America Finland (Aki Kaurismaki, 1988) 6/10 Nov
79. Romance And Cigarettes US (John Turturro, 2006) 6/10  Oct
84. Flushed Away UK (David Bowers & Sam Fell, 2006) 6/10  Oct
92. Hamlet Goes Business Finland (Aki Kaurismaki, 1987) 6/10 Oct
95. Autumn Sonata Sweden (Ingmar Bergman, 1978) 6/10 Oct
99. Feux Rouges / Red Lights France (Cedric Kahn, 2004) 6/10 Oct
107. REC Spain (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007) 5/10 Oct
108. REC Spain (Jaume Balaguero & Paco Plaza, 2007)  5/10 Nov 2nd**
109. The Pornographers Japan (Shohei Imamura, 1966) 5/10 Oct
110. Le Fils / The Son Belgium (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2002) 5/10 Oct
113. Barking Dogs Never Bite South Korea (Bong Joon-ho, 2000) 5/10 Oct
120. Katzelmacher Germany (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969) 5/10 Oct
129. A Scene At The Sea Japan (Takeshi Kitano, 1991) 4/10  Oct
130. La Stanza del Figlio /The Sons Room Italy (Nanni Moretti, 2001) 4/10 Oct
137. Dasepo Naughty Girls South Korea (Lee Je-yong, 2006) 3/10  Oct
143. Smokin Aces US (Joe Carnahan, 2006) 2/10 Nov
144. The Seventh Continent Austria (Michael Haneke, 1989) 2/10 Oct

Jan: 14 Feb: 7 Mar: 13 Apr: 10 May:14 June: 8 July: 16 Aug:17 Sep: 24 Oct:20 Nov: 3

Total: 146

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 14/11/2008 11:39:13 AM   
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Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)
Rome, Open City (Rossellini, 1945)
Heat (Mann, 1995)
Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)
Beauty and the Beast (Trousdale, Wise, 1991)
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Jackson, 2001)
The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1932)
Fight Club (Fincher, 1999)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1966)
The Incredibles (Bird, 2004)
Early Summer (Ozu, 1951)

Russian Ark (Sokurov, 2002)
The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa, 1958)
An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu, 1962)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Jackson, 2002)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
Yojimbo (Kurosawa, 1961)
 
4.5
 
The Thin Red Line (Malik, 1998)
Goldfinger (Hamilton, 1964)
Touch of Evil (Welles, 1957)
Wall-E (Stanton, 2008)
Aliens (Cameron, 1986)
Monsters Inc (Docter, 2001)
Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936)
Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
L.A Confidential (Hanson, 1997)

Late Spring (Ozu, 1949)
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Jackson, 2003)

Stand by Me (Reiner, 1986)
No Country For Old Men (Coen, 2007)

Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
The Big Lebowski (Coen, 1998)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989)
Singin' in the Rain (Donen, Kelly, 1952)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner, 1980)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney, 1939)
Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
The Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)
This Is England (Meadows, 2006)

Pather Panchali (Ray, 1955)
 
4.0
 
Elephant (Van Sant, 2003)

Swingers (Liman, 1996)
The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi, 1952)
The Mask of Zorro (Campbell, 1998)
The Man Who Wasn't There (Coen, 2001)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991, Demme)
The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1982)
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)

Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel, 1922)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Spielberg, 1985)
Ratatouille (Bird, 2007)
Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
Rebel Without A Cause (Ray, 1955)
Aladdin (Clements, Musker, 1992)
The Matrix (Wachowski, 1999)
Last of the Mohicans (Mann, 1992)

Speed (de Bont, 1995)

Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988)
 
3.5

Etre et Avoir (Philibert, 2002)

The Departed (Scorsese, 2006)
Jurassic Park (Spielberg, 1993)
Wanted (Bekmambetov, 2008)
Pinocchio (Disney, 1940)
Atonement (Wright, 2007)
Young Mr. Lincoln (Ford, 1939)
There Will Be Blood (Anderson, 2008)

Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950)
Ossessione (Visconti, 1943)

Closer (Nichols, 2004)
Batman Begins (Nolan, 2005)
X-Men 2 (Singer 2003)
Lethal Weapon (Donner, 1987)
O' Brother Where Art Thou? (Coen., 2000)
Cloverfield (Reeves, 2008)
Borat (Charles, 2006)
Casino Royale (Campbell, 2006) 
Sunshine (Boyle, 2007)

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Lucas, 2005)
Goldeneye (Campbell, 1995)
Rocky Balboa (Stallone, 2006)

Trois couleurs: Bleu (Kieslowski, 1993)
Grindhouse (Rodriguez, Tarantino, Zombie, Wright, Roth)
Mr and Mrs Smith (Liman, 2005)
School of Rock (Linklater, 2004)

Superman Returns (Singer, 2006)

The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1992)
The Mist (Darabont, 2007)
Superbad (Mottola, 2007)
Ocean's Eleven (Soderburgh, 2001)
The Orphanage (Bayona, 2007)
Bitter Rice (De Santis, 1949)
Fargo (Coen 1996)
Son of Rambow (Jennings, 2008)
Titanic (Cameron, 1997)

Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952)
Intolerable Cruelty (Coen, 2003)

The Spy Who Loved Me (Gilbert, 1976)

3.0

The World Is Not Enough (Apted, 1999)

Top Gun (Scott, 1986)
Iron Man (Favreau, 2008)
The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963)
Tomorrow Never Dies (Spottiswoode, 1997)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Marquand, 1983)
War of the Worlds (Spielberg, 2005)
The Passion of the Christ (Gibson, 2003)
The Sixth Sense (Shyamalan, 1999)

Point Break (Bigelow, 1991)

Last Action Hero (McTiernan, 1993)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (Radomski, Timm, 1993)

Eastern Promises (Cronenberg, 2007)
The Rock (Bay, 1996)

Quantum of Solace (Forster, 2008)
The Aristocats (Reitherman, 1970)
30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Adamson, 2008)
Jules et Jim (Truffaut, 1962)
The Good Girl (Arteta, 2002)
The Incredible Hulk (Letterier, 2008)
The Bucket List (Reiner, 2008)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Burton, 2007)

Alien 3 (Fincher, 1993)
 
2.5

Paisa (Rossellini, 1946)

Blood Diamond (Zwick, 2006)
Tomorrow Never Dies (Spottiswoode, 1997)

Raising Arizona (Coen, 1987)
Apt Pupil (Singer, 1998)
Predator (McTiernan, 1987)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Cuaron, 2004)
Dawn of the Dead Original (Romero, 1978)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Tarantino, 2003)
Rambo (Stallone, 2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Spielberg, 2008)
Robocop (Verhoeven, 1987)
Hancock (Berg, 2008)
Beowulf (Zemeckis, 2007)
Transformers (Bay, 2007)

Dawn of the Dead Remake (Snyder, 2004)
The Ladykillers (Coen, 2004)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Lucas, 1999)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Columbus, 1992)

2
 
Jumper (Liman, 2008) 
The Day After Tomorrow (Emmerich, 2004) 
Cliffhanger (Harlin, 1993)
Thunderball (Young, 1965)

 
1.5


I Am Legend (Lawrence, 2007)
Signs (Shyamalan, 2002)

Die Hard 4.0 (Wiseman, 2007)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Tarantino, 2004)
The Mask (Russell, 1994)
27 Dresses (Fletcher, 2008)
Speed Racer (Wachowski, 2008)
Batman Forever (Schumacher, 1995)
Con Air (West, 1997)
Home Alone 3 (Gosnell, 1997)
 
1.0

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Strauss, 2007) 

0

 
King Kong vs Godzilla (Honda, 1962)

The Sandlot 2 (Evans, 2005)
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Trilogies:
 
1. The Lord of the Rings (5.0)
The Fellowship of the Ring (5.0), The Two Towers (5.0), The Return of the King (4.5)
 
2. 'Noriko' Collection (4.5)
Late Spring (4.5), Early Summer (5.0), Tokyo Story (4.5)
 
3. Indiana Jones Trilogy (4.5)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (4.0), Temple of Doom (4.0), Last Crusade (4.5)
 

4. Dollars – 4.5
5. Cavalry – 4.5
6. Shark Attack – 4.5
7. The Godfather – 4.0
8. Star Wars OT – 4.0
9. Alien – 4.0
10. Rocky – 3.5
11. Shrek – 3.5
12. Jurassic Park – 3.0
13. Die Hard – 3.0
14. Scream – 3.0
15. Star Wars Prequels – 3.0
16. The Matrix – 2.5
17. Saw – 2.5
18. Harry Potter – 2.5
19. Lethal Weapon – 2.5
20. Rambo – 2.0
21. Batman – 2.0
22. Rush Hour – 2.0
23. X-Men – 2.0
24. The Mummy – 2.0
25. Beverly Hills Cop – 2.0
26. Pirates of the Caribbean – 2.0


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 14/11/2008 11:43:53 AM   
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5)   A Touch of Zen  (King Hu, Taiwan, 1971) - 8.5
One of my favourites of the year so far, an old-school wuxia masterpiece from King Hu, benefitting greatly from a strong setup, a complex plot, and wirework-free action.
 
55)  The Fearless Hyena  (subbed + original audio version)  (Jackie Chan & Kenneth Tsang, Hong Kong, 1979) - 7.0
2nd viewing, but first of this Canto audio version. Good fun, with some quality early action scenes from Chan, but pretty daft.
 
64)  No End  (Krzysztof Kieœlowski, Poland, 1985) - 7.0
Interesting, well drawn characters, combining two intertwined threads - a politicial court case that put me in mind of The Lives of Others, and a decent concept of a ghost watching over his family.

85)  Shinobi aka Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (Ten Shimoyama, Japan, 2005) - 6.5
Not what I was expecting! A love story which relies on the tragedy of super-powered ninjas knacking one other with CGI. A strange blend of the Tokugawa era and politics you'd normally see in an old samurai film, and modern day comic-book film special effects. Suffers from a lack of back story for any the major players.


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Ok folks haven't done an update in a while so here's a big long post for ya (some reviews are copied from other threads). I'll just remind you that I've only been adding 5 star films (or close as) to my list so it's ace to have finally met the 100 mark.

Here's how it looks now (bold recent entries or moving up and red is first viewings)...

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
2. Fargo (1996)
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
4. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
5. L.A. Confidential (1997)
6. The Killing (1956)
7. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
8. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
9. Breathless (1960)
10. Out of the Past (1947)
11. La Haine (1995)
12. Blade Runner (1982)
13. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
14. American Beauty (1999)
15. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
16. Trainspotting (1996)
17. The Matrix (1999)
18. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
19. Dark City (1998)
20. The Godfather (1972)
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
23. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
24. Gladiator (2000)
25. City of God (2002)
26. Innocent Voices (2004)
27. Magnolia (1999)
28. No Country for Old Men (2007)
29. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
30. Machuca (2004)
31. Life is Beautiful (1997)
32. There Will Be Blood (2007)
33. Shrek (2001)
34. Blood Simple (1984)
35. Touch of Evil (1958)
36. Short Cuts (1993)
37. Batman Begins (2005)
38. Boogie Nights (1997)
39. Europa (1991)
40. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
41. Beetlejuice (1988)
42. Jackie Brown (1997)
43. Amelie (2001)
44. Spirited Away (2001)
45. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
46. The Crow (1994)
47. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
48. Snatch (2000)

49. Raging Bull (1980)
50. Network (1976)
51. The Big Lebowski (1998)
52. Grindhouse (2007)
53. Iron Man (2008)
54. Into the Wild (2007)

55. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
56. Hot Fuzz (2007)
57. 28 Days Later (2002)
58. Ed Wood (1994)
59. Oldboy (2003)
60. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
61. Miller's Crossing (1990)
62. Barton Fink (1991)
63. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1998)
64. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
65. The Science of Sleep (2006)
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
67. WALL-E (2008)
68. The Killer (1989)
69. The Machinist (2004)
70. The Kite Runner (2007)

71. Raising Arizona (1987)
72. The Third Man (1949)
73. Ratatouille (2007)
74. The Departed (2006)
75. Adaptation (2002)
76. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
77. Children of Men (2006)
78. Big Fish (2003)
79. Alien (1979)
80. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
81. Menace II Society (1993)
82. Juno (2007)
83. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
84. Ben-Hur (1959)
85. Aliens (1986) 
86. Gattaca (1997)
87. A Shock to the System (1990)
88. Back to the Future (1985)
89. Stand by Me (1986)
90. True Romance (1993)
91. Time Bandits (1981)
92. The Green Mile (1999)
93. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
94. Things to do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
95. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
96. Donnie Brasco (1997)
97. Batman Returns (1992)
98. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
99. Jurassic Park (1993)
100. Rear Window (1954)

knocked off the list: Velvet Goldmine (1998), Porco Rosso (1992), The Princess Bride (1987), Casino (1995), The Deer Hunter (1978)

Bold = Last Film Entered
Red = First Viewing

#2 - Fargo - A re-watch for this perfect mix of crime and offbeat humour. Just introduced it to a few friends who all loved it (my boyfriend still hates it for some reason). McDormand gives one of the all time great performances in my opinion.

#9 - Breathless - (#1 on my top DRAMA's list) Next to most of the other hard-hitting titles that made my list, the 'drama' here may look very slight in comparison. Yet, this tale of two could-be lovers on the lam is an altogether charming, amusing and downright original piece of cinema.
It's the key film of the French New Wave and it's one of the coolest things ever to grace the screen. Jean-Paul Belmondo is superbly cast as the naive hipster Michel, a small time criminal with dreams of being like Humphrey Bogart. The viewer is seduced by this sexy, mischief maker only to have your alliance towards him called into question each time he commits another violent act. Whilst Jean Seberg makes for a quirky, pixie like romantic lead as Michel's latest fixation.
Jean-Luc Godard uses the rather light plot to experiment with the camera - jump cuts, close-ups, hand held, direct sound - it's all thrown in there to create an atmospheric, kinetic and frantic paced film. And that funky, jazz score adds to the cool factor.
One of my all time favourite scenes happens half way through the film as Michel and Patricia flirt and talk aimlessly in her apartment. Despite being over 20 minutes long nothing much happens, yet the whole thing just seems so natural and in the moment you forget we are watching two actors. Its one of the sexiest things I've ever seen. Soon after this the frantic pace goes into to high gear as the police close in on Michel resulting in an obscure, bleak finale.
It's a definite art-house movie for sure, and there's definitely going to be as many haters as there are lovers of the film. Thankfully for me I'm in the latter group and the film continues to be one of my all time favs.

#14 - American Beauty - Couldn't resist revisiting this when it was on TV last month. Superb performances all round and its a real shame that the cast haven't went on to bigger and better things.

#20 - The Godfather - (#11 on my top CRIME list) -
There are few films as richly atmospheric as Francis Ford Coppola's period gangster masterpiece. Deservedly winning the top spot of many critics lists (including Empire's latest poll) this movie has became a must see for anyone remotely interested in cinema. Everything is verging on perfection with this movie, including Gordon Willis' lush cinematography to Nina Rota's haunting score and the knockout performances from the cast. Brando is phenomenal and completely embodies the character, Duvall is a real wolf in sheeps clothing and his subtle work gets better with every repeat viewing, Caan is explosive and fits the role perfectly and the lovely Diane Keaton is very sympathetic as the one character you really root for. However the film (especially as seen as a trilogy) really belongs to Pacino's tremendous performance, it was a risk that paid off perfectly and those eyes are enough to scare the wits out of anyone.
It's a beautiful film that takes its time to play out and deserves your attention throughout.

#25 - City of God - (#14 on my CRIME list, #6 on my DRAMA list) -
A film that manages the difficult task of having the perfect balance of style and substance. This was an edgy, technically spectacular debut from Fernando Meirelles and is one of the key films of the decade so far.
The film's focus changes from one character to the next as quickly as the bullets are fired and it's what makes the film so special. Each new character comes fully rounded and the mostly non-professional cast have clearly benefited from the tutelage of assistant director Katie Lund. The film has been compared to the likes of Boogie Nights, Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction - and what better company to be put in. Though many would say that this film surpasses them all.
A film full of energy and style which in no way hides from the brutality of the situation these youngsters find themselves in.

#27 - Magnolia - (#13 on my DRAMA list) -
Well if your going to steal from someone, may as well steal from the best. In saying that, Paul Thomas Anderson has never tried to hide the fact that he was hugely influenced by Robert Altman's Short Cuts when it came to making this glorious melodramatic epic. A film that truly runs through the gauntlet of human emotions, this film is unique in that we see a fairly new, young gifted filmmaker given full reign to make the movie he wants to make. And it's paid off - well, maybe it is a little long.
Anderson reunites a number of his Boogie Nights cast for this dark, dazzling look into the lives of a handful of San Fernando Valley inhabitants. It's a confident, mature film that contains a spectacular cast. Like the aforementioned Altman film, Anderson has cast the film with the right mix of up and coming talent alongside some old reliables. Every member of the cast takes on their role with unashamed passion and each give a performance worthy of an Oscar nom. If '99 hadn't been such a great year for film there surely would have been a handful of extra acting nominations sitting alongside Tom Cruise's turn as the deliciously self-centred sex guru. 
Anderson has a knack for spot-on dialogue whilst carefully weaving together the themes of his film (redemption, fathers, death, adultery, love). Despite its indulgent running time, the film has a brisk pace thanks to a never ending roaming camera and a gorgeous score from Jon Brion. A spectacular modern melodrama.  

#32 - There Will Be Blood - FIRST VIEWING - I'm probably last one on this board to see this (lets not beat around the bush here) masterpiece! A tremendously skilled piece of filmmaking genius from PT Anderson who just gets better and better. It's a rich chamber piece that swallows you up into its off-kilter world (aided by a bizarre but beautiful score from Johnny Greenwood). Daniel Day-Lewis gives a strong, unashamedly bloated performance as the go-getter Daniel Plainview. Its a role that could easily have become charicaturised (imagine Jack Nicholson having a go at this!) but Day-Lewis skills as an actor always keeps the role grounded in reality - even throughout that baffling ending. Paul Dano also deserves a mention as the screaching preacher who locks horns with our protagonist.

#35 - Touch of Evil - (#16 on my top CRIME list) - This wonderful film noir has a checkered past in terms of Orson Welles' unfortunate fights with the studio system. However nowadays we can enjoy the film for what it is, a dark, original crime melodrama. Welles creativity is on show as both an actor and a director (and for me this easily tops Kane), with that wonderful opening crane shot being a teaser to the camerawork that follows. Whilst Welle's performances are always at best when he's playing a gleefully despicable character, here we have his most grotesque in Sherriff Hank Quinlan, a nasty character who doesn't think twice about planting evidence on innocent men. Yet, there's something entirely likeable about the character and he and Marlene Dietrich share a rich history together in their few scenes together.
Meanwhile Charlton Heston perhaps wasn't the best casting of a Mexican drug agent yet he manages to bring a charismatic, heroic quality to the character at his best when locking horns with Welles. Special mention to Janet Leigh as well who brings a unique spin on the heroine in trouble.
Dialogue and characterisations are first rate here and this has rightfully been hailed as one of the finest examples of film noir. A wonderful film that has thankfully been restored to Welle's orginal plans for the film.

#36 - Short Cuts - (#15 on my top DRAMA list) -
A sprawling mosaic of depression in Southern California from expert filmmaker Robert Altman. He weaves together the many tales effortlessly as characters intertwine within each of the stories based on the Raymond Carver shorts.
The cast is phenomenal, each giving a performance worthy of a leading role in a spin-off. It's virtually impossible to pick a standout, though special mention for Julianne Moore (key scene involving arguing naked from the waist down), Frances McDormand as a rather selfish mother, Jack Lemmon turning up with a fantastic monologue, Lily Tomlin as the recovering alcoholic waitress, Tim Robbins is a hoot as the pig of a cop, Jennifer Jason Leigh as the phone sex operator who breast feeds as she works and hang on..... scratch all that, back to my original view - it is impossible to pick a stand-out because I may as well just mention every member of the cast. The real stand-out of course is Altman - no one does multiple character dramas with such ease. Well that was of course until Paul Thomas Anderson came along. But then without Short Cuts, we wouldn't have Magnolia. And therefore, Mr. Altman

#40 - Grave of the Fireflies - An intensely emotional animation that is pretty tough going. Definitely not for kids, but an outstandingly beautiful film.

#44 - Spirited Away - Loveable, magical and beautiful. It's like a painting come to life.

#47 - Kiss of the Spider Woman - FIRST VIEWING - Terrific work from both William Hurt and Raul Julia in this offbeat prison drama. The ending may deter into unlikely thriller mode but the film up til that point is wonderful.

#48 - Snatch - (#18 on my top CRIME list) - Now there are some who said that Ritchie's follow up is simply a rehash of his debut, which is a fair enough remark - serpentine storyline, flashy direction, dark humour and cheeky East End humour. However for me it's an improvement and an even more enjoyable film. The film seems to have a surefire confidence which makes the film sharper than its predecessor. The big name cast that includes Brad Pitt (with a physique that will have the women and fellow gay boys drooling), Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina all give superb, very funny and risk taking performances (well Farina is basically doing a similar take on his Get Shorty role). The standout though comes from Alan Ford as Brick Top, a man reeking of menace despite looking like a bad Austin Powers impersonator - best line: "In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary.... come again?". So yes, the film is similar to Lock, Stock but it's a very welcome similarity when compared to Ritchie's other films. A fun, rollicking, violent, unpredictable film with some spectacular bare knuckle boxing scenes thrown in to the mix.

#51 - The Big Lebowski - Endlessly rewatchable - amphibious rodent

#59 - Oldboy - Hard to watch at times but this is a brutally raw thriller that's one of a kind.

#87 - A Shock to the System - FIRST VIEWING - A gleefully nasty performance from Michael Caine drives this dark comedy that suffers from a poor leading lady in Elizabeth McGovern.


So there ya have it, apologies for such a long post and I'll try to keep up with my updates in future.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 14/11/2008 4:40:33 PM   
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Here's my viewing summary for 2008 so far...

Count by country             Count by period             Count by month

China          1  (0.72%)    1930s         2  (1.44%)    January       12
Czech Republic 1  (0.72%)    1940s         0  (0.00%)    February      15

France         6  (4.32%)    1950s         3  (2.16%)    March         21
Germany        2  (1.44%)    1960s         8  (5.76%)    April         18    
Hong Kong     47 (33.81%)    1970s        14  (10.07%)   May           17
Italy          2  (1.44%)    1980s        29  (20.86%)   June           8
Japan         25 (17.99%)    1990s        23  (16.55%)   July           7
South Korea    6  (4.32%)    2000s        60  (43.17%)   August        12
Sweden         1  (0.72%)                                September     15

New Zealand    1  (0.72%)                                October        9
Poland         1  (0.72%)                                November       5

Spain          2  (1.44%)                                December      
Thailand       1  (0.72%)                                       
Russia         1  (0.72%)
Taiwan         1  (0.72%)
UK             9  (6.47%)               
USA           32 (23.02%)

Total different countries: 17
Most common country: Hong Kong

Most common decade: 2000s
Least common decade: 1940s

Month in which most films watched: March
(Complete) Month in which least films watched: July 
Average number of films watched per month: 11.58

Total films viewed: 139
First viewings this year: 130
Repeat viewings: 5
New version viewings: 4

Directors leaderboard:
1)  Lau Kar-leung (7)
2)  Miike Takashi (6)
3)  Sammo Hung (5)
=4) Corey Yuen (4), Yuen Woo-ping (4)
=5) Kurosawa Akira,
David Lynch (3) 
=6) Darren Lynn Bousman, Jackie Chan, Chang Cheh, Clint Eastwood, Fujita Toshiya, King Hu, Kobayashi Masaki, Shane Meadows, Christopher Nolan, Okamoto Kihachi, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Wu Ma (2)


Do you think I might like East Asian films?
The total of films from China, HK, Japan S. Korea, Thailand and Taiwan = 81 out of the 139, so almost 60% of the films I've watched this year so far. Of the top 7 most-viewed directors, 6 are East Asian (4 from HK, 2 from Japan).

Bit disappointed in the number of films I'm managing to watch per month, though...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 15/11/2008 12:22:45 PM   
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143: Serenity (Whedon, 2005) (Sixth View)
149: Sleeping Beauty (Geronimi, 1959) (? View)

150: Grave of the Fireflies/ Hotaru no haka (Takahata, 1988) (Second View)

164: Shattered Glass (Ray, 2003)*(First View)

186: The Count of Monte Cristo (Lee, 1934) (Third View)

205: Muppets Take Manhattan (Oz, 1984)*(First View)

257: Mystery Alaska (Roach, 1999) (Second View)
284: Lost in Yonkers (Coolidge, 1993)*(First View)

Though I've seen a fair few films this year I haven't really been concentrating on the various quality of each individual film and as such I've seen a couple of real awful films and some pretty tepid releases but I've been quite relaxed with my ratings.

Anyway I've decided what my viewing Schedule will be for 2009: I will be watching my DVD collection (400+) in alphabetical order (Which also mean Trilogies ect will be graded as a whole not as individual films) and each time I finish a letter I will watch one of my "Mixed DVDs” of which there are around 50 with an average of five films per disc. I will be making an effort to watch films I purchase on DVD within the first couple of days (a practice I did all the time during 2000-2007 but have failed to do so this year) and of course there will be the New Releases with Cinema entries. Though I am content with my current Top 100 is doesn't really reflect my entire taste of cinema and there are at least 30-40 films that can easily be replaced.
   

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61. Quantum Of Solace (1st view, 2008, Forster) - 4/5*
A fine follow-up to the excellent Casino Royale, and the Bond series remains refreshingly free of silly quips and wacky inventions. Daniel Craig has now firmly settled into the role and Olga Kurylenko is a great, if atypical, Bond girl. Basically one long chase film, with some astounding action scenes, but it suffers from the headache inducing editing so typical of modern action films. Gemma Atherton was a complete waste of space as well.

83. Rabid (1st view, 1977, Cronenberg) - 4/5*
Following a motorbike accident, Rose (Marilyn Chambers) undergoes radical new surgery. When she wakes from a coma, she's hungry for human blood and goes on a feeding frenzy, and soon a zombie-like outbreak has occurred. A great little horror film from David Cronenberg, but don't be eating while you watch!


101. The Wind and The Lion (2nd view, 1975, Milius) - 4/5
A blend of real-life events and fiction, this 1975 film takes place in Tangiers with a Berber chief, Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli (Sean Connery) kidnapping an American woman, Eden Perdicaris (Candice Bergan). This sparks an international incicdent, with President Roosevelt (Brian Keith) using the situation to his advantage during re-election. If you can forgive Connery's ever-present Scottish accent, this is a great adventure film, and all three leads are on top form. Great Jerry Gioldsmith score as well

111. Death Of A President (1st view, 2006, Range) - 4/5*
Fictional documentary that follows events before and after the assassination of President Bush. I love this kind of "what if” scenario, and the immediate aftermath of the shooting is excellently portrayed. The film loses focus once it shifts to themes of terrorism and racism, but overall this is gripping stuff

126. W. (1st view, 2008, Stone) - 4/5*
Oliver Stone's film about George W. Bush. I've heard this referred to as a satire, a straight biopic and an all-out comedy, and people's opinion seems to differ depending on how they view it. It certainly lacks the intensity of Stone's other presidential flicks (and the days of Stone using various shooting styles seem to unfortunately be a thing of the past as well). Josh Brolin is excellent in the title role though, and he's backed by a fine cast, even if some actors barely get 5 lines to say


197. Doing Time For Patsy Cline (1st view, 1997, Kennedy) - 3/5*
Miranda Otto and Richard Roxburgh star in this 1997 Australian film. Part road movie, part prison drama, part country music film, it's the story of would-be music star who wants to travel to America, who hitches a lift to the airport from Otto and Roxburgh. From there the film takes a Sliding Doors approach and moves in two different directions. Well-acted and with some fine music, but it's quite a slight story.

231. Southland Tales (1st voew, 2006, Kelly) - 3/5*
Right then. Errm. *scratches head*. Pffft. Hmmm. Something about time travel. Er…. Mumble mumble. Eh? The Rock's in it. Wha…? Utterly and terrifically confusing


238. Untold Scandal (1st voew, 2003, Lee) - 3/5*
This South Korean film is the third adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses that I've seen (after Cruel Intentions and Dangerous Liasons). It's also the weakest. It's well shot and has decent performances, but struggles to keep any tension within the story


249. Escape To Athena (1st view, 1979, Cosmatos) - 3/5*
At a POW camp in Greece during WWII, a group of prisoners break out and, with the help of local resistance fighters, attempt to destroy a nearby missile base. It's a slightly comic boy's own tale, and it has a great cast. David Niven, Roger Moore, Telly Sevalas, Elliot Gould. Trouble is, they've all been in similar, better films. Good fun though, and the opening tracking shot is stunning, puts many more famous one to shame

304. Prince Of Darkness (1st view, 1987, Carpenter) - 2/5*
A Priest, a professor and a group of university students investigate a cylinder of green liquid. The liquid turns out to be Satan, and it begins to possess the group. This was John Carpenter's 10th feature film, and it's one of his worst. The rot began with his previous effort and he has yet to recover. Shame.



Shorts
 
9. The Blacksmith (1st view, 1922, Keaton/St. Clair) - 4/5*
As the world's most ineffectual blacksmith, Buster Keaton causes havoc with everything he comes across, whether it be covering a white horse in oil, totally destroying a car or knocking out his boss. Very funny

12. My Wife's Relations (1st view, 1922, Keaton) - 3/5*
A language mix-up at a Polish courthouse leads Buster Keaton into marriage with a woman he met just minutes earlier. Her family all treat him horribly until they discover he's about to inherit a fortune. More reliance on plot than some of Keaton's other shoot films, this lacks the visual humour that marks him out and it feels a tad forced at times. Not bad, but he's made much better films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 18/11/2008 3:51:32 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

126. W. (1st view, 2008, Stone) - 4/5*
Oliver Stone's film about George W. Bush. I've heard this referred to as a satire, a straight biopic and an all-out comedy, and people's opinion seems to differ depending on how they view it. It certainly lacks the intensity of Stone's other presidential flicks (and the days of Stone using various shooting styles seem to unfortunately be a thing of the past as well). Josh Brolin is excellent in the title role though, and he's backed by a fine cast, even if some actors barely get 5 lines to say



Does Dr John Carter have a lot to do Gimli?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2008 - 19/11/2008 3:38:37 AM   
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He gets about 6 lines.  He left ER for those 6 lines, plus those dodgy Flynn Carsen TV movie.


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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!

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