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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:38:28 AM   
Harry Lime


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If I Had A Million (1932, Cruze/ Humberstone/ Lubitsch/ McLeod/ Roberts/ Seiter/ Taurog)


Were there any individual segments you'd rank higher than a 3, Harry?

Yep. Just for the record, the overall film is actually quite a high three. If I were to be doing my old scoring it would be a 3.5. In order of episodes, I'd go...

5/5

- The Ernst Lubitsch/ Charles Laughton sequence. The shortest of the lot but it's just one minute of pure comic genius.

4/5

- The Charles Ruggles sequence. In many ways an extended version of the Laughton story with the similar pay-off. Ruggles pained expressions as he is harangued by his wife at every turn are priceless.
- The George Raft sequence. Probably the cleverest story of the lot with a great ending to boot.
- The WC Fields/ Alison Skipworth "Road Hogs" sequence. Typical barnstorming brilliance from WC. All he has to do is open his mouth and I'm in stitches.

3/5

- The Gary Cooper sequence. Like Bilko, but nowhere near as hilarious. Had it's moments but felt like filler.
- The May Robson sequence. The longest segment. A bit hokey and manipulative but a couple of moments are genuinely touching; namely the woman talking to her "husband" and the reading of the letter.

2/5

- The Wynne Gibson sequence. Wasn't particularly good. Wasn't terrible either. Just a bit pointless really.

1/5

- The Gene Raymond sequence. Horribly acted and horribly melodramatic. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

I'd also give the prologue sequence 4/5 and the epilogue sequence 2/5.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:05:16 AM   
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028. Festen (Vinterberg, 1998) Jul

Darkly funny, hilariously disturbing... a black comedy. Barely. Festen tells of the family troubles that arise at a father's party, with sexual abuse, suicide and slipping in the shower the talk of the celebration. Originally I thought this would be a waste of time because to be honest, I think Dogme is so very pretentious but it was a rather splendid film. The cast were brilliant, each and every one of them; especially Michael the youngest brother, who acted as the comic foil in the dark times that take part. For such a depressing subject matter, I was laughing out loud at parts. Great film.




Good to see you liked it, though. It is a great film.

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. The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Scott, 2009) Aug

An okay thriller I guess, with John Travolta on form (or crap, depending on whether you like over the top baddies. PA, one mention of Jack Nicholson... ) and Denzel Washington as his usually solid support. Some frantic direction doesn't do the film much good, and the script barely scrapes by, but it was competent entertainment.


Well, it all depends whether he suits the film that's around him, unlike a certain someone, doesn't it?!



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 7:35:56 AM   
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107. Inkheart (1st view, 2008, Iain Softley) - 4/5*
Silly, enjoyable escapism. Certainly better than many other children's fantasy films of recent years - 4/5


132. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (1st view, 2009, David Yates) - 4/5*
One of the best Potter films. It certainly looks the part, the wizarding world looking more spectacular than before. It could have done with a little less lovey-doveyness though. Teen romance is a turn off - 4/5

August


1. Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino) - 4/5*
2. REC (2007, Jaume Balagueró/Paco Plaza) - 4/5*
3. Che, part 2 (1st view, 2008, Steven Soderbergh) - 4/5*
4. Into the Wild (1st view, 2007, Sean Penn) - 4/5*
5. Bananas (1st view, 1971,Woody Allen) - 4/5*
6. Pineapple Express (1st view, 2008, David Gordon Green) - 4/5*
7. Strings (2004, Anders Ronnow-Karland) - 4/5*
8. London To Brighton (1st view, 2006, Paul Andrew Williams) - 4/5*
9. The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1st view, Tony Scott, 2009) - 4/5*
10. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (1st view, Stephen Sommers) - 3/5*

11. Wilbur Wants To Kill HImself (1st view, 2002, Lone Scherfig) - 3/5*
12. Death Race (2008, Paul W.S. Anderson) - 3/5*
13. The Proposal (1st view, 2009, Anne Fletcher) - 3/5*
14. The Bank Job (2008, Roger Donaldson) - 3/5*
15. The Number 23 (2007, Joel Schumacher) - 3/5*
16. Eden Lake (2008, 1st view, James Watkins - 2/5*
17. Satan's Slave (1976, Norman J. Warren) - 2/5
18. The Song Remains The Same (1st view, 1976, Peter Clifton/Joe Massot) - 2/5*



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 11:09:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Harry Lime

If I Had A Million (1932, Cruze/ Humberstone/ Lubitsch/ McLeod/ Roberts/ Seiter/ Taurog)


Were there any individual segments you'd rank higher than a 3, Harry?

Yep. Just for the record, the overall film is actually quite a high three. If I were to be doing my old scoring it would be a 3.5. In order of episodes, I'd go...

5/5

- The Ernst Lubitsch/ Charles Laughton sequence. The shortest of the lot but it's just one minute of pure comic genius.


I was wondering about that one - I agree with every word.

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  107. Inkheart (1st view, 2008, Iain Softley) - 4/5*
Silly, enjoyable escapism. Certainly better than many other children's fantasy films of recent years - 4/5


ALthough, sadly, not this. I compared it in the short term with City of Ember (which I thought was more original and didn't try to shoehorn quite so much of a single story - Wizard of Oz - in. Is Spiderwick fantasy? If so, that still is, for me, the easy winner. And I while I think the story isn't great in Terabithia, I thought the performances were.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 12:30:39 PM   
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8. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984, Spielberg) 9/10
The second Indy film is still my favourite, as the decision to go darker works well with the dry humour of the character, and the final hour of the film, from the famous dinner scene onwards, is a non-stop thrill ride. Plus I love the character of Short Round and, even though she shrieks a little too much, Kate Capshaw's love interest is nowhere near as bad as some people make out and is actually pretty funny in places (the scene where she bemoans breaking a nail while Indy and Short Round are threatened with an imminent crushing comes to mind)

45. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988, Oz) 8/10
Highly enjoyable con-comedy about two conmen competiting for the right to command the French riviera. Perfectly cast, with Steve Martin as the small-time crook contrasted with Michael Caine's classier, more cultured playboy. Their battle of one-upsmanship is constantly amusing though the most laughs (albieit guilty ones) come from the slightly non-PC scenes with Martin playing Ruprecht, Caine's simpleton younger brother. An enjoyable romp.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 12:56:20 PM   
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17. Gwoemul (The Host) (2006, Bong) - 4.5/5**
In the Making Of that came with my DVD copy of The Host, Joon-ho Bong cites M. Night Shyamalan's Signs as an influence on his tale of a horribly dysfunctional family trying to rescue one of their own from a freaky giant mutant tadpole. Mentioning how original it was for Shyamalan's film to deal with a normal family fighting aliens, I guess we should just count our blessings that he didn't take too much from Shyamalan's decent but highly flawed alien pic, because otherwise we wouldn't have this superlative monster flick that is brilliantly layered and deep. On the face of it, The Host is a thrill-a-minute monster film with an impressive and grotesque beast at the centre and some brilliant setpieces built around it, but Bong also weaves in a very moving and heartfelt story of a family coming together through tragedy and hope, and a viciously biting social satire on US interventionism and South Korea's limp-wristed nature around the US (the events that give rise to our monster - an American morgue employee telling his Korean assistance to dump litres of formaldehyde into the Han River - are actually based on a highly volatile case that occurred in South Korea in 2000 and led to massive public outcry because the American in question could not be prosecuted due to the US' refusal to hand him over). It's subversive, it's exciting, it's highly emotional, and it's filled with great performances, fantastic cinematography and - something that really struck me on my third viewing - brilliant music. A perennial favourite of mine, and definitely one of the best films to come out of South Korea.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:00:28 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:11:20 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Get ye to a video store, and get every film by Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-Wook, Lee Chang-Dong and Ji-Woon Kim you can get your grubby little hands on!  You're in for a treat, for sure.

Also, I wasn't even aware North Korea produced films. Is the article online?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:11:37 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Communist!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:13:23 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Communist!


Well, that's not exactly a secret.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:18:15 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Get ye to a video store, and get every film by Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-Wook, Lee Chang-Dong and Ji-Woon Kim you can get your grubby little hands on!  You're in for a treat, for sure.

Also, I wasn't even aware North Korea produced films. Is the article online?



I'm sorry, I'm too busy investigating the far superior Taiwanese cinema.

It's not online, but I can prove that it exists if you're interested:
http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/issue/200901

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:19:24 PM   
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Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Is this just an intellectual thing?

Or which North Korean films have you seen and which South Korean directors/films/themes would you contrast them with.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:20:12 PM   
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ORIGINAL: jamesbondguy

Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Get ye to a video store, and get every film by Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-Wook, Lee Chang-Dong and Ji-Woon Kim you can get your grubby little hands on!  You're in for a treat, for sure.

Also, I wasn't even aware North Korea produced films. Is the article online?



I'm sorry, I'm too busy investigating the far superior Taiwanese cinema.



He says, having admitted he's barely seen any South Korean cinema.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:22:56 PM   
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ORIGINAL: jamesbondguy

Is it wrong that despite being behind most of the forum when it comes to South Korean films, I'm more interested in North Korean cinema? It was that Sight and Sound article that did it, I think.


Is this just an intellectual thing?

Or which North Korean films have you seen and which South Korean directors/films/themes would you contrast them with.


I can't really do that as I haven't seen any North Korean films.

And yes, it probably is just an intellectual thing. But I am genuinely interested in how these films would look, what they would say... cinematic propaganda (despite how much of it we see from America) is interesting, even if it is in support of a goverment like North Korea's.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:28:09 PM   
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If you're up on propaganda you couldn't e-mail me 4000 words on it between 1933 and 1945 in the UK and Germany could you?

I guess if you think of some of the interesting work done in Russia in the 20s there would always be a level of interest. But Kim is more of a step outside sanity, I think, than Stalin ever was so heaven knows how much genuine creativity would flourish.

SKs, on the other hand, does seem to regularly deal with the impact of both the internal split, the enemy to the north and the strong US presence in its cinema, and impressively so.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:40:09 PM   
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I guess if you think of some of the interesting work done in Russia in the 20s there would always be a level of interest. But Kim is more of a step outside sanity, I think, than Stalin ever was so heaven knows how much genuine creativity would flourish.


That's one hell of a hard comparison.  I seem to remember that the article said that large, colourful musicals are popular in North Korea. I may be remembering it wrong, but it would be interesting to compare that kind of thing to the work of Eisenstein, Vertov etc. There's a lot of info here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Korea#Divided_Korea_.E2.80.95_North_Korea

Plus, this reminds me I need to try and see some Boris Barnet films.

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SKs, on the other hand, does seem to regularly deal with the impact of both the internal split, the enemy to the north and the strong US presence in its cinema, and impressively so.


I didn't say I wasn't interested in South Korean film-making- I will see Lee Chang-Dong's films eventually, despite what I said in the other thread a couple of weeks ago.

But I need to see more from Taiwan first, especially since Hou, Tsai, Yang etc. seem closer to my tastes from what I've seen from Korea.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:40:57 PM   
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If you're up on propaganda you couldn't e-mail me 4000 words on it between 1933 and 1945 in the UK and Germany could you?

I guess if you think of some of the interesting work done in Russia in the 20s there would always be a level of interest. But Kim is more of a step outside sanity, I think, than Stalin ever was so heaven knows how much genuine creativity would flourish.


Stalin also loved cinema. He had John Wayne films played in his mansion on weekends.

I'm not sure whether this means he would've been more restrictive or less restrictive than Jong-Il. I came here with a random fact and dammit I was going to post it.

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SKs, on the other hand, does seem to regularly deal with the impact of both the internal split, the enemy to the north and the strong US presence in its cinema, and impressively so.





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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:49:10 PM   
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Kim is a huge film fan (according to Have I Got News For You), though his favourite film is Friday the 13th.

I wonder whether his English is good enough to post here .


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 1:57:15 PM   
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Kim is a huge film fan (according to Have I Got News For You), though his favourite film is Friday the 13th.

I wonder whether his English is good enough to post here .



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:08:02 PM   
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Kim is a huge film fan (according to Have I Got News For You), though his favourite film is Friday the 13th.

I wonder whether his English is good enough to post here .



DAMN! FOUND OUT!

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Team America was a bit shit anyway...........still better than all the recent South park Seasons put together mind you.


Anyway jbg, where can you get North Korean cinema? It looks outstanding. Propaganda maybe but it looks outstanding. Plus, future directors are forced to study Raiders of the Lost Ark there. jbg would love it.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:11:48 PM   
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SKs, on the other hand, does seem to regularly deal with the impact of both the internal split, the enemy to the north and the strong US presence in its cinema, and impressively so.






I read somewhere that the lacked of women in the family The Host (mother and wife) was basically symbolic of the split.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:18:34 PM   
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And yet the sister triumphs over her own indecision to take the fatal shot

Stalin encouraged representations of Russia the homeland to draw people together (which, on the plus side, means I get to watch Nevsky etc and call it homework ). Cinema propaganda was a key element of that - early 20s on it was increasingly considered as a means of education. NK sounds more like trying to forget what a mess the country is in rather drawing a state and society together as one with cinema an active part of that.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:20:54 PM   
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If only I was a dictator... then it'd be Fellini/Cassavetes/Bergman 25/8 (yes, I would add an extra day in the week).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:25:32 PM   
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And yet the sister triumphs over her own indecision to take the fatal shot



Which could mean quite a lot to that idea.

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Stalin encouraged representations of Russia the homeland to draw people together (which, on the plus side, means I get to watch Nevsky etc and call it homework ). Cinema propaganda was a key element of that - early 20s on it was increasingly considered as a means of education. NK sounds more like trying to forget what a mess the country is in rather drawing a state and society together as one with cinema an active part of that.


Didn't Japan also have a very succesful, too effictive as well, propaganda trying to sell the Bushido lifestyle to the Japanese during WW2?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:29:30 PM   
Deviation


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17. Gwoemul (The Host) (2006, Bong) - 4.5/5**
In the Making Of that came with my DVD copy of The Host, Joon-ho Bong cites M. Night Shyamalan's Signs as an influence on his tale of a horribly dysfunctional family trying to rescue one of their own from a freaky giant mutant tadpole. Mentioning how original it was for Shyamalan's film to deal with a normal family fighting aliens, I guess we should just count our blessings that he didn't take too much from Shyamalan's decent but highly flawed alien pic, because otherwise we wouldn't have this superlative monster flick that is brilliantly layered and deep. On the face of it, The Host is a thrill-a-minute monster film with an impressive and grotesque beast at the centre and some brilliant setpieces built around it, but Bong also weaves in a very moving and heartfelt story of a family coming together through tragedy and hope, and a viciously biting social satire on US interventionism and South Korea's limp-wristed nature around the US (the events that give rise to our monster - an American morgue employee telling his Korean assistance to dump litres of formaldehyde into the Han River - are actually based on a highly volatile case that occurred in South Korea in 2000 and led to massive public outcry because the American in question could not be prosecuted due to the US' refusal to hand him over). It's subversive, it's exciting, it's highly emotional, and it's filled with great performances, fantastic cinematography and - something that really struck me on my third viewing - brilliant music. A perennial favourite of mine, and definitely one of the best films to come out of South Korea.



The Host does improve on repeated viewings does it? It went from being a disappointment (mostly thanks to bad expectations made by trailers) to one of my favourite films ever.

And I can't find the soundtrack anywhere, just the trumpet comedy one.............

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:33:45 PM   
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Good to see you liked it, though. It is a great film.


I just think it's weird how they feel they have to make a number of rules that all revolve around nothing apart from natural resources, like everything else isn't good enough for them

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Well, it all depends whether he suits the film that's around him, unlike a certain someone, doesn't it?!


Ignoring.... ignoring....

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:37:52 PM   
Deviation


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Good to see you liked it, though. It is a great film.


I just think it's weird how they feel they have to make a number of rules that all revolve around nothing apart from natural resources, like everything else isn't good enough for them




And that's pretentious? Experimental but not pretentious........now making a realistic film about a man dressed as a bat and enever remain consist............no Devi no!


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Well, it all depends whether he suits the film that's around him, unlike a certain someone, doesn't it?!


Ignoring.... ignoring....




But PA is right. He does have good arguments when he is not shagging Pokemon.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 2:43:58 PM   
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And that's pretentious? Experimental but not pretentious........now making a realistic film about a man dressed as a bat and enever remain consist............no Devi no!




Play on my batlove, that's right... No, it is to me, I just can't be bothered to argue it because that is the weakness in all online arguments; no one's ever going to agree. We'll do the Squid and I'll repeat my view but worded differently a thousand times and you'll do the same and we'll get nowhere.
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But PA is right. He does have good arguments when he is not shagging Pokemon.



And the same here. Although I'm glad to see we're not over the whole ribbing PA thing

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 3:04:31 PM   
Deviation


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And that's pretentious? Experimental but not pretentious........now making a realistic film about a man dressed as a bat and enever remain consist............no Devi no!




Play on my batlove, that's right... No, it is to me, I just can't be bothered to argue it because that is the weakness in all online arguments; no one's ever going to agree. We'll do the Squid and I'll repeat my view but worded differently a thousand times and you'll do the same and we'll get nowhere.
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But PA is right. He does have good arguments when he is not shagging Pokemon.



And the same here. Although I'm glad to see we're not over the whole ribbing PA thing



That can be said about real life arguments at times as well.

And I will never quite on this PA animal thing. Never.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/8/2009 4:26:36 PM   
rawlinson

 

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James, is this the NK article?

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/pyongyang-international-film-festival/

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