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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/7/2009 11:54:20 PM   
Pigeon Army


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Hors de Prix (Priceless) (Salvadori, 2006)

I prefer the original title as it is more apt. One prostitute turns a young man into another prostitute after a chance encounter. They then fall in prostitute love and end up in funny prostitute situations on the way to being together while laughing at the poor schmucks paying out for the them and occasionally giving them sex to make them sleep so they can get away.

Prostitutes - they're just sooo sweet and funny, aren't they?


Jesus, elab, get with the times. Studies show prostitutes are the happiest people in the world, having fun and being fancy-free. Why, I even hear a collective of prostitutes spontaneously bursts into song and dance every Sunday at noon!



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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 12:04:24 AM   
Lex Romero


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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ORIGINAL: elab49

Hors de Prix (Priceless) (Salvadori, 2006)

I prefer the original title as it is more apt. One prostitute turns a young man into another prostitute after a chance encounter. They then fall in prostitute love and end up in funny prostitute situations on the way to being together while laughing at the poor schmucks paying out for the them and occasionally giving them sex to make them sleep so they can get away.

Prostitutes - they're just sooo sweet and funny, aren't they?


Jesus, elab, get with the times. Studies show prostitutes are the happiest people in the world, having fun and being fancy-free. Why, I even hear a collective of prostitutes spontaneously bursts into song and dance every Sunday at noon!




To be fair, whilst a large majority of prostitutes are just in desperate need of cash and/or would rather sell their body than be a waitress and will probably do almost anything for £50 -  there are still "high class escorts" that can make £500 - 1000 for a nights work, a couple of regular clients and they're pulling in as much as a doctor for working a couple of days/nights a week.  So I don't think it's a big step to imagine they're incredibly happy and enjoy their job and do indeed dance every sunday.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 12:09:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Lex Romero

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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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ORIGINAL: elab49

Hors de Prix (Priceless) (Salvadori, 2006)

I prefer the original title as it is more apt. One prostitute turns a young man into another prostitute after a chance encounter. They then fall in prostitute love and end up in funny prostitute situations on the way to being together while laughing at the poor schmucks paying out for the them and occasionally giving them sex to make them sleep so they can get away.

Prostitutes - they're just sooo sweet and funny, aren't they?


Jesus, elab, get with the times. Studies show prostitutes are the happiest people in the world, having fun and being fancy-free. Why, I even hear a collective of prostitutes spontaneously bursts into song and dance every Sunday at noon!




To be fair, whilst a large majority of prostitutes are just in desperate need of cash and/or would rather sell their body than be a waitress and will probably do almost anything for £50 -  there are still "high class escorts" that can make £500 - 1000 for a nights work, a couple of regular clients and they're pulling in as much as a doctor for working a couple of days/nights a week.  So I don't think it's a big step to imagine they're incredibly happy and enjoy their job and do indeed dance every sunday.



This is perhaps truth.

Though I'd hate to see how elab reacts to it. Particularly given Hors de prix seems to be about exactly that latter kind of prostitute.


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 12:13:23 AM   
Miles Messervy 007


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ORIGINAL: Piles

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, Peter R Hunt)
George Lazenby's only crack at the James Bond role came in the form of Hunt's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service”, the most criminally underrated Bond film and one that is clearly in the top half. The plot sees Bond, smitten with the only girl he's ever truly loved, Tracy (Dianna Rigg), go to Switzerland to investigate just what Blofeld (Telly Savalas) is doing on the top of a mountain, reportedly doing research on allergies, and surrounding himself with beautiful women from around the world. I'll start out with the one overwhelming negative. I've been reliably informed that Fleming's novel concentrates on the relationship between Tracy and Bond – which I'm sure you all know ends up in marriage – and develops it a lot better than the film does. Well, I'd hope so, because all we get here is a romantic montage with Louie Armstrong's "We Have All the Time in the World” and then voila! 007, a complete womanizer, is head over heels and ready to commit. Although I obviously don't agree with his womanizing ways, you can't deny that this is a major part of the Bond character. He's free and easy, with no troubles in the world or commitments to tie him down. And seeing him fall in love kind of takes away from the character, removing something that we thought we knew (and loved) about him in the past. The wedding sequence, too, is horribly mishandled, verging on melodrama and accompanied by a mountain of cheese. But I don't want to dwell on that for too long, because there are lots here to like. The whole sequence in Blofeld's mountain top research facility is brilliant, although unnecessarily dubbed. There is so much humour there ("Right, back to work… you'd have no idea how it's piling up!”), but also some real tension and suspense in the form of the brilliant cable car scene, where Bond is forced to rely on his wits when he is trapped in the cog-filled engine room. It's also breathtakingly photographed, particularly the Alps. The avalanche scene is another highlight. I'm not sure if director Hunt used stock footage for that scene from a documentary or something, but it is just breathtaking to watch. It's also well directed for a Bond film, with some inventive trickery (an image of Tracy being taken from the avalanche being reflected in the window Bond is looking out of… some great chase scenes that use the frenetic camera work implemented in most action films… great steady cam tracking shots… etc). Certain sequences feel almost Hitchcockian in their tense atmosphere, like the one where 007 escapes from Blofeld's henchman through a crowded winter wonderland, which I guess we can thank Hunt for too. As for performances… well, what can you say about Lazenby? He certainly had a tough act to follow, and is clearly not the Bond that Connery was. But in a world where Roger Moore can play 007 seven times, Lazenby certainly deserved a second crack at the whip. He sometimes struggles with the comedic side of things, and isn't a great technical actor, but his hand-to-hand combat scenes are some of the best in the franchise and he has a presence about him that almost (I said almost!) matches Connery's. Rigg is alluring enough, but remains quite boring, and there's nothing here to suggest that she's any different to your average Bond girl or worthy of 007's commitment. As for Savalas… well, there is always something quite odd about watching Blofeld ski down an Alp. I guess it makes him a much more credible villain, but a much less imposing (and actually quite frightening) Blofeld. Certainly worth seeing in a cinema on the big screen if you get a chance like I did tonight, and nowhere near as bad as everyone will tell you. 4/5.


Yeah, I don't like the montage either. I hate the "frenetic camera work", makes QOS seem like Psycho in comparison. Seeing it on the big screen was indeed a positive. 8.5/10 Good review overall.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 12:20:18 AM   
Deviation


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ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007

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ORIGINAL: Piles

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969, Peter R Hunt)
George Lazenby's only crack at the James Bond role came in the form of Hunt's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service”, the most criminally underrated Bond film and one that is clearly in the top half. The plot sees Bond, smitten with the only girl he's ever truly loved, Tracy (Dianna Rigg), go to Switzerland to investigate just what Blofeld (Telly Savalas) is doing on the top of a mountain, reportedly doing research on allergies, and surrounding himself with beautiful women from around the world. I'll start out with the one overwhelming negative. I've been reliably informed that Fleming's novel concentrates on the relationship between Tracy and Bond – which I'm sure you all know ends up in marriage – and develops it a lot better than the film does. Well, I'd hope so, because all we get here is a romantic montage with Louie Armstrong's "We Have All the Time in the World” and then voila! 007, a complete womanizer, is head over heels and ready to commit. Although I obviously don't agree with his womanizing ways, you can't deny that this is a major part of the Bond character. He's free and easy, with no troubles in the world or commitments to tie him down. And seeing him fall in love kind of takes away from the character, removing something that we thought we knew (and loved) about him in the past. The wedding sequence, too, is horribly mishandled, verging on melodrama and accompanied by a mountain of cheese. But I don't want to dwell on that for too long, because there are lots here to like. The whole sequence in Blofeld's mountain top research facility is brilliant, although unnecessarily dubbed. There is so much humour there ("Right, back to work… you'd have no idea how it's piling up!”), but also some real tension and suspense in the form of the brilliant cable car scene, where Bond is forced to rely on his wits when he is trapped in the cog-filled engine room. It's also breathtakingly photographed, particularly the Alps. The avalanche scene is another highlight. I'm not sure if director Hunt used stock footage for that scene from a documentary or something, but it is just breathtaking to watch. It's also well directed for a Bond film, with some inventive trickery (an image of Tracy being taken from the avalanche being reflected in the window Bond is looking out of… some great chase scenes that use the frenetic camera work implemented in most action films… great steady cam tracking shots… etc). Certain sequences feel almost Hitchcockian in their tense atmosphere, like the one where 007 escapes from Blofeld's henchman through a crowded winter wonderland, which I guess we can thank Hunt for too. As for performances… well, what can you say about Lazenby? He certainly had a tough act to follow, and is clearly not the Bond that Connery was. But in a world where Roger Moore can play 007 seven times, Lazenby certainly deserved a second crack at the whip. He sometimes struggles with the comedic side of things, and isn't a great technical actor, but his hand-to-hand combat scenes are some of the best in the franchise and he has a presence about him that almost (I said almost!) matches Connery's. Rigg is alluring enough, but remains quite boring, and there's nothing here to suggest that she's any different to your average Bond girl or worthy of 007's commitment. As for Savalas… well, there is always something quite odd about watching Blofeld ski down an Alp. I guess it makes him a much more credible villain, but a much less imposing (and actually quite frightening) Blofeld. Certainly worth seeing in a cinema on the big screen if you get a chance like I did tonight, and nowhere near as bad as everyone will tell you. 4/5.


Yeah, I don't like the montage either. I hate the "frenetic camera work", makes QOS seem like Psycho in comparison. Seeing it on the big screen was indeed a positive. 8.5/10 Good review overall.



Hush, you.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 12:44:39 AM   
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Le June statistics - here.

01.    Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002, Lau & Fai Mak) – 5/5**
02.    Juyuso seubgyuksageun (Attack the Gas Station!) (1999, Kim) – 5/5
03.    The Interview (1998, Monahan) – 4.5/5
04.    Sun taam (Mad Detective) (2007, To & Ka-Fai) – 4.5/5
05.    Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) (2006, Canet) – 4.5/5
06.    Akira (1988, Ôtomo) – 4.5/5
07.    The Stunt Man (1980, Rush) – 4.5/5
08.    Detour (1945, G. Ulmer) – 4.5/5
09.    Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung (Once Upon a Time in China 2) (1992, Tsui) – 4.5/5
10.    Angels with Dirty Faces (1938, Curtiz) – 4.5/5

11.    Hot Rod (2007, Schaffer) – 4/5
12.    Mou gaan dou II (Infernal Affairs 2) (2003, Lau & Fai Mak) – 4/5*
13.    The AristoCats (1970, Reitherman) – 4/5
14.    United 93 (2006, Greengrass) – 4/5
15.    Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan (Infernal Affairs III) (2003, Lau & Fai Mak) – 4/5
16.    The Little Mermaid (1989, Clements & Musker) – 4/5*
17.    The Searchers (1956, Ford) – 4/5
18.    Shi mian mai fu (House of Flying Daggers) (2004, Zhang) – 4/5
19.    Wong Fei Hung (Once Upon a Time in China) (1991, Hark) – 4/5
20.    The Bone Collector (1999, Noyce) – 4/5

21.    Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (Curse of the Golden Flower) (2006, Zhang) – 4/5
22.    Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978, Bergman) – 4/5
23.    The Hangover (2009, Phillips) – 4/5
24.    Les fugitifs (1986, Veber) – 4/5
25.    Gwai wik (Re-Cycle) (2006, Pang Chun & Pang) – 4/5
26.    Mr. Brooks (2007, A. Evans) – 3.5/5
27.    Bringing Out the Dead (1999, Scorsese) – 3.5/5
28.    Saw (2004, Wan) – 3.5/5
29.    The Castle (1997, Sitch) – 3.5/5
30.    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009, Bay) – 3.5/5

31.    Kalifornia (1993, Sena) – 3.5/5
32.    Terminator Salvation (2009, McG) – 3.5/5
33.    Natural Born Killers (1994, Stone) – 3/5
34.    Twilight (2008, Hardwicke) – 1.5/5

SHORT FILMS
01.    More (1998, Osborne) – 5/5
02.    Duck Amuck (1953, Jones) – 4.5/5**
03.    Reach (2009, Randall) – 4.5/5
04.    The Bloody Olive (1996, Bal) – 4/5
05.    The Confession (2008, Hefferon) – 4/5
06.    Bunny (1998, Wedge) – 4/5
07.    Terry Tate, Office Linebacker (2002, Marshall Thuber) – 4/5
08.    Alive in Joburg (2005, Blomkamp) – 4/5*
09.    Vremena goda (Seasons of the Year) (1975, Peleshian) – 4/5
10.    The Black Hole (2008, Sansom & Williams) – 4/5

11.    The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg (2000, Driessen) – 4/5
12.    An Imaginary Life (2007, Baker) – 4/5
13.    Terry Tate, Office Linebacker: Sensitivity Training (2004, Ajax Mercer) – 3.5/5
14.    Section 44 (2008, Wilson) – 3.5/5
15.    Bath Day (1946, A. Nichols) – 3/5
16.    The Big Empty (2005, Chang & Thomas Sigel) – 3/5
17.    When the Day Breaks (1999, Forbis & Tilby) – 3/5

Decade Breakdown
2000s - 26
90s - 13
80s - 04
70s - 03
60s - 00
50s - 02
40s - 02
30s - 01
20s - 00
10s - 00
1900s - 00

Top 10 Performances of June
01.    Eric Tsang as Hon Sam (Infernal Affairs, 2002/Infernal Affairs 2, 2003/Infernal Affairs III, 2003)
02.    Ingrid Bergman as Charlotte Andergast (Autumn Sonata, 1978)
03.    Lau Ching Wan as Inspector Chan Kwai Bun (Mad Detective, 2007)
04.    Peter O'Toole as Eli Cross (The Stunt Man, 1980)
05.    Ann Savage as Vera (Detour, 1945)
06.    Tony Martin as Det. Sgt. John Steele (The Interview, 1998)
07.    James Cagney as Rocky Sullivan (Angels with Dirty Faces, 1938)
08.    Chow Yun-Fat as Emperor Ping (Curse of the Golden Flower, 2006)
09.    Francois Cluzet as Alexandre Beck (Tell No One, 2006)
10.    Hugo Weaving as Eddie Rodney Fleming (The Interview, 1998)




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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 9:58:20 AM   
MOTH

 

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Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Berman, 1978)
Watching this I felt a bit like Jack Skellington : "What's this? What's this? A Bergman film impressing? What's this? What's this? It's bleak but not depressing?". But there you go. With a simple story stripped of any ruminations on faith, spider Gods or religion, we are are left instead with a searing emotional drama, brilliantly acted and smartly scripted. There are no easy answers here, just a thoughtful, intelligent drama on relationships and family. (8/10)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 10:34:07 AM   
elab49


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The Man Who Knew Too Little (Amiel, 1997)

This kind of falls into that Get Smart kind of liking. Molina's awe-inspired KGB hitman. Wilson's duplicitous spook furious that diplomacy will make him obsolete. Gallagher's increasingly baffled brother eventually screaming threats of Scottish independence at a senior cop. And Murray's Blockbuster employee sailing through it all completely oblivious to anything that is going on. The only weak link is Whalley - whether that is her or the problem with being the one who has to pretend to know what is going on(ish) so is slightly out of place I'm not sure. But certainly a pleasant way to spend a bit of time when it is too warm to breathe let alone move.


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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 1:33:37 PM   
Deviation


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ORIGINAL: MOTH

Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Berman, 1978)
Watching this I felt a bit like Jack Skellington : "What's this? What's this? A Bergman film impressing? What's this? What's this? It's bleak but not depressing?". But there you go. With a simple story stripped of any ruminations on faith, spider Gods or religion, we are are left instead with a searing emotional drama, brilliantly acted and smartly scripted. There are no easy answers here, just a thoughtful, intelligent drama on relationships and family. (8/10)


Finally you're growing some taste.

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/7/2009 1:46:01 PM   
MOTH

 

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ORIGINAL: Deviation

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ORIGINAL: MOTH

Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Berman, 1978)
Watching this I felt a bit like Jack Skellington : "What's this? What's this? A Bergman film impressing? What's this? What's this? It's bleak but not depressing?". But there you go. With a simple story stripped of any ruminations on faith, spider Gods or religion, we are are left instead with a searing emotional drama, brilliantly acted and smartly scripted. There are no easy answers here, just a thoughtful, intelligent drama on relationships and family. (8/10)


Finally you're growing some taste.


eeek! can't have that! ignore the above review - i meant to say 'big pile of shite (minus 7 out of 10)'

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 3/7/2009 11:28:11 AM   
Piles


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Last update before holiday...

Winter Light (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
“Winter Light” is the middle instalment of Bergman’s Faith trilogy, and although I’d probably class it as the worst, it’s still a very interesting film about God and religion. The story is of Pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Bjornstrand), who – after giving service – talks to some of the townspeople about their various problems. However, he has problems of his own. Added to a cold, he’s suffering a major loss of faith. This film has a bleak power about it, and there is something oddly moving about this pastor – a man of God – unable to comfort a fisherman who is afraid of nuclear holocaust. The silence of God, a major theme throughout Bergman’s faith trilogy, is perhaps best displayed here (even though it’s in the title of the third film, “the Silence”). Not only does God remain silent throughout, but the man of the cloth – despite having more than his fair share of dialogue – doesn’t really manage to say anything of note to these people who need him. He’s revealed as a sheep leading the sheep, and the continuing struggle within himself (whether he should search for his lost faith or just give up on it) is actually quite heartbreaking. The tone and feel of the film, which fits in well amongst Bergman’s Chamber films, is brilliant, and although Bergman paints quite a bleak picture it’s not one completely devoid of glints of hope. The performances are all solid, with Gunnar Bjornstrand being excellent, totally immersing himself in the role. I don’t know why I mark it down to a four out of five, but it just didn’t rivet me on the same level as 1963’s “the Silence” or as some of Bergman’s earlier films, most notably “the Seventh Seal” (1957). Even though it was interesting and delved deeply into the human psyche, I don’t feel like its story or its supporting characters were as enrapturing as some of the other Bergman films I’ve seen, particularly the other two in this trilogy. 4/5.

Le Femme Infidele (1969, Claude Chabrol)
Review contains spoilers. “La Femme Infidele” tells the story of, well, a woman his has cheated on her husband. Stephane Audran, star of the other Chabrol film that I really like “le Boucher”, plays Helene Desvallees, who is married to Charles Desvallees (Michel Bouqet). However, she is having an affair with Victor Pegala (Maurice Ronet, star of Malle classics “Lift to the Scaffold” and “le Feu Follet”), but when her husband finds out about this he goes to the man’s house, starts a conversation with him, before coolly and coldly killing him. “Le Femme Infidele” is a complex and dark study of marriage, pride, and infidelity, with a couple of great performances and one particularly fantastic sequence. That sequence comes about an hour in, just after Bouqet’s Charles has coldly killed Ronet’s Victor. The murder itself is slightly disappointing… a quick attack followed by a poorly edited fall to the ground… but what follows is superb. Conducted in silence, Charles quickly tidies up after himself, destroying all evidence and clearing up his tracks. This efficient and controlled clean-up process begs the question; is this a planned murder, or one that occurs only when Victor revealed a present given to Charles, by Helene, for an anniversary? Did Charles go to the house with the plan to kill him, or just to talk things out? This brings up an interesting conundrum about Charles’ character. What you thing about this will affect what you think about him as a person. Is he a deviant, cold, and calculated person who is capable of murder out of pride more than anything else? Or, and this is the theory that I myself believe, is he a man who loves his wife very much, and reacts accordingly when presented with evidence that, perhaps, she doesn’t love him back. 4/5.

Les Biches (1968, Claude Chabrol)
Chabrol’s erotic, suspenseful drama is about a bisexual, rich, and beautiful woman Frederique (Stephane Audran) who picks up a virginal, supposedly straight street entertainer named Why (Jacqueline Sassard). When they move to a villa which is inhabited by a pair of gay men, they eventually both fall in love with the same man; architect Paul Thomas, who agrees to move into the villa with them. “Les Biches” succeeds because it creates two odd, mysterious lead characters in Frederique and Why. The latter, a street entertainer who makes her money by drawing on the street with chalk, is quiet and odd, and her reasons for following Frederique to the villa are never fully explored. Whether it’s her money or her beauty that impresses is never told, and instead Chabrol decides to shroud their romance in mystery, giving it mystique that makes it much sexier. Stephane Audran, a woman who does not need mystique to be sexy, is brilliant, delivering a performance as a beautiful, rich, and strange woman whose only goal in life is to pursue sexual endeavours. The fact that we don’t learn more about these two women (particularly Frederique) is probably Chabrol’s point; sex and romance don’t have to be spawned by a complex relationship – or even friendship – and that sometimes they can just happen. Chabrol’s direction is excellent, creating high-tension and suspense thanks to his score and the sexual chemistry between the two leads. At times it can be quite slight, but Chabrol still paints a highly erotic and suspenseful picture, which hosts one of the best sex scenes in any film, ever. 4/5.

The Hangover (2009, Todd Phillips)
“The Hangover” begins with Bradley Cooper’s schoolteacher Phil phoning Sasha Barrese’s Tracy, telling her that they’ve lost her fiancé Doug, who is due to marry her in just a few short hours. From there, the film retreats to before the stag do, and slowly unravels what exactly they did on the bender to end all benders. I really expected to like “the Hangover”, which made it all the more disappointing. It got four stars from EMPIRE, four stars from Total Film, and good reviews from pretty much everywhere else. It’s currently ranked just outside the top one hundred films of all-time on IMDB, and although it’s slipping like most releases do a few days after their release, that’s still a mighty achievement. But, to be honest, will anybody really argue that this deserves to be in the top thousand films of all-time, let along the top hundred? I like a decent gross-out comedy every now and again, and find myself enjoying films like “Knocked Up” every now and again, but this film was just so conventional and so unfunny that I just didn’t enjoy watching it. I really don’t get the huge deal about it, because all that this film is is a re-hash of all the other films of its ilk. Part “Old School”, part “Dude, Where’s my Car?”, it just doesn’t manage any real inspiration or – which is much, much worse – any real laughs. I found myself snickering a couple of times, usually at Ed Helms, who is awesome. I don’t know if I found him funny just because he’s Andy in the US version of the Office, or because he’s genuinely funny in this, but either way he is the best thing here. Other than him, all we get is an episodic, predictable, and sometimes quite dull take on an already tired subgenre of comedy. Can’t say I’ll be watching this again in a hurry, and kind of disappointed in myself for believing the hype in the first place. 1/5.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:11:44 PM   
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75. A Chump At Oxford (1940, Goulding) 7/10
The first Laurel & Hardy film I'd see since I was in my pre-teens. Really enjoyable and it's nice to know that my childhood memories of finding them funny were accurate. The film is a touch disjointed, with the first half essentially a series of skits, but the maze scene when they get to Oxford is inspired.

109. Windtalkers (2002, Woo) 6/10
An interesting idea (telling the story of how the US army used Navajo indians in war to carry the only code the Japanese couldn't crack), but not very well executed. Too often the war scenes break down into Nic Cage gunning down the enemy in a Rambo-esque rampage. The best bits are the scenes away from battle, with both Cage and Adam Beech putting in good turns.

110. Public Enemies (2009, Mann) 6/10
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was very disappointed by this. For a man like Dillinger who was a supposed folk hero in the depression, we see very little evidence of this or any reason why he wad popular and we get very little reason to care about either Johnny Depp's Dillinger or Christian Bale's FBI agent. The best performances (Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Graham) were all in supporting roles and the decision to shoot in HD, while providing a nice sense of realism in places, is ultimately distracting for large parts.

132. Hard Rain (1998, Salomon) 5/10
Silly thriller about bank robbers in the middle of a flood. Although it features a few good action scenes (esp. the jetski chase inside a flooded school), the characters flip from good to bad so often, it's hard to keep track or to care.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:33:19 PM   
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110. Public Enemies (2009, Mann) 6/10
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was very disappointed by this. For a man like Dillinger who was a supposed folk hero in the depression, we see very little evidence of this or any reason why he wad popular and we get very little reason to care about either Johnny Depp's Dillinger or Christian Bale's FBI agent. The best performances (Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Graham) were all in supporting roles and the decision to shoot in HD, while providing a nice sense of realism in places, is ultimately distracting for large parts.


I haven't seen the film, but I saw a clip and it was very distracting. Maybe we've had too few period films shot on digital, but I just see it as a too modern device, one that calls a bit too much attention to itself and its modernity.

61. Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Saldanha, Thurmeier) – 7/10
I’ve never been a fan of the Ice Age movies, but this one I didn’t mind. Sure, that acorn is not so much a running gag anymore as it is a crawling one (it is interesting to see how less convincing the romance story-line compared to the one in Wall-E). The animation is well done, though, and the introduction of the dinosaurs is awesome (dinosaurs are so awesome), but the script needs work. I know it’s a kid’s film, but they can do better than this, can’t they? Still, I won’t deny I had a good time.

72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive. Or Blue Velvet, for that matter.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:36:14 PM   
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72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive.


And thank fuck for that.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:40:00 PM   
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110. Public Enemies (2009, Mann) 6/10
Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was very disappointed by this. For a man like Dillinger who was a supposed folk hero in the depression, we see very little evidence of this or any reason why he wad popular and we get very little reason to care about either Johnny Depp's Dillinger or Christian Bale's FBI agent. The best performances (Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Graham) were all in supporting roles and the decision to shoot in HD, while providing a nice sense of realism in places, is ultimately distracting for large parts.


I haven't seen the film, but I saw a clip and it was very distracting. Maybe we've had too few period films shot on digital, but I just see it as a too modern device, one that calls a bit too much attention to itself and its modernity.





I remember having a similar problem with The Counterfieters and it's choice of filming.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:40:07 PM   
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72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive.


And thank fuck for that.



MD is slightly better in my opinion.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:41:33 PM   
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72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive.


And thank fuck for that.



MD is slightly better in my opinion.


Not that your opinion matters.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:42:25 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:45:40 PM   
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Not that your opinion matters.



This is the end of PA's 'chat-up' line, by the way.


See, jbg, this is how you're going about women all wrong. You think they need to be made to feel pretty, made happy, spoken to as if they were human beings.

Throw all that learning out the window, m'boy, because the greatest thing you'll ever learn - treat girls like scum, great sex in return.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:51:05 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:53:00 PM   
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All of your secrets are coming out now, aren't they? Your contempt for women, your love of sex with animals and Jim Henson puppets, your years spent stalking Jimmy Swaggart...


Who the fuck is Jimmy Swaggart? Is this some more of that tepid 'British' humour Ricky Gervais has told me so much about?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:53:06 PM   
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Not that your opinion matters.



This is the end of PA's 'chat-up' line, by the way.


See, jbg, this is how you're going about women all wrong. You think they need to be made to feel pretty, made happy, spoken to as if they were human beings.

Throw all that learning out the window, m'boy, because the greatest thing you'll ever learn - treat girls like scum, great sex in return.





Oh, I can't wait until Elab reads this.  Or any other female mods.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 2:57:17 PM   
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All of your secrets are coming out now, aren't they? Your contempt for women, your love of sex with animals and Jim Henson puppets, your years spent stalking Jimmy Swaggart...


Who the fuck is Jimmy Swaggart? Is this some more of that tepid 'British' humour Ricky Gervais has told me so much about?



He's everyone's favourite TV preacher turned prostitute-lover, of course.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swaggart

Also, from that link I just learned that Swaggart is the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis. Great Balls of Fire ftw!

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All of your secrets are coming out now, aren't they? Your contempt for women, your love of sex with animals and Jim Henson puppets, your years spent stalking Jimmy Swaggart...


Who the fuck is Jimmy Swaggart? Is this some more of that tepid 'British' humour Ricky Gervais has told me so much about?



He's everyone's favourite TV preacher turned prostitute-lover, of course.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Swaggart

Also, from that link I just learned that Swaggart is the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis. Great Balls of Fire ftw!


My God...

I don't know whether to be fascinated or appalled...


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:02:55 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:04:28 PM   
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On October 11, 1991, Swaggart was found, for the second time, in the company of a prostitute, Rosemary Garcia,[11] when he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in Indio, California, for driving on the wrong side of the road. According to Garcia, Swaggart stopped to proposition her on the side of the road. When the patrolman asked Garcia why she was with Swaggart, she replied, "He asked me for sex. I mean, that's why he stopped me. That's what I do. I'm a prostitute."[12][13] Rather than confessing to his congregation, Swaggart told those at Family Worship Center that "The Lord told me it's flat none of your business."



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:07:52 PM   
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72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive.


And thank fuck for that.



Let me ask you a question that is a bit more serious in its nature than the ongoing conversation: if you took away the ending of Mulholland Drive, what would you think of the film (ignoring the obvious continuity lapses)?

Both MD and LH is very similar in tone, but I just found the latter to be a bit lacking. The explaination does make me he film a bit better, but I found MD fully capable of standing on its own feet even if you didn't know what the hell just happened, and LH not so much so.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:13:01 PM   
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72. Lost Highway (1997, Lynch) – 6/10
Not Mulholland Drive.


And thank fuck for that.



Let me ask you a question that is a bit more serious in its nature than the ongoing conversation: if you took away the ending of Mulholland Drive, what would you think of the film (ignoring the obvious continuity lapses)?

Both MD and LH is very similar in tone, but I just found the latter to be a bit lacking. The explaination does make me he film a bit better, but I found MD fully capable of standing on its own feet even if you didn't know what the hell just happened, and LH not so much so.


Define 'ending'. Give me a point where the 'ending' of Mulholland Dr begins, and I'll answer your question.

As for the other one, I think Lost Highway is just smarter and more satisfying. It's got, from the way I see it, a similar plot structure to Mulholland Drive, but it just deals with the theme of denial and how we find it impossible to face up to our mistakes and actions in a more satisfying and thoughtful fashion than the predominant themes in Mulholland Drive. I'll also note that the grainy videos of Bill Pullman's house are far scarier than the man behind Winkies will ever be, and the whole thing is just far more intriguing and thrilling.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:17:28 PM   
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Not that your opinion matters.



This is the end of PA's 'chat-up' line, by the way.


See, jbg, this is how you're going about women all wrong. You think they need to be made to feel pretty, made happy, spoken to as if they were human beings.

Throw all that learning out the window, m'boy, because the greatest thing you'll ever learn - treat girls like scum, great sex in return.





Oh, I can't wait until Elab reads this.  Or any other female mods.


Oh I read it

See how scummy you have to treat me to get it changed back

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 5/7/2009 3:22:08 PM   
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Not that your opinion matters.



This is the end of PA's 'chat-up' line, by the way.


See, jbg, this is how you're going about women all wrong. You think they need to be made to feel pretty, made happy, spoken to as if they were human beings.

Throw all that learning out the window, m'boy, because the greatest thing you'll ever learn - treat girls like scum, great sex in return.





Oh, I can't wait until Elab reads this.  Or any other female mods.


Oh I read it

See how scummy you have to treat me to get it changed back


That is just cruel.

Apparently sarcasm is lost on you women. Typical.

Please change it back? Please?


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