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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 12:07:23 PM   
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So, one month down - here's the films watched in January.

1.     Memento (2000, Nolan) - 5/5

2.     Stranger Than Fiction (2006, Forster) - 5/5
3.     Full Metal Jacket (1987, Kubrick) - 4.5/5*
4.     Delicatessen (1991, Jeunet & Caro) - 4.5/5*
5.     Citizen Kane (1941, Welles) - 4.5/5*

6.     The Great Escape (1963, Sturges) - 4.5/5
7.     The Visitor (2007, McCarthy) - 4.5/5
8.     Grosse Point Blank (1997, Armitage) - 4.5/5
9.     Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Kubrick) - 4.5/5*

10
.   Paris, je t'aime (2006, Various) - 4.5/5

11
.   Revolutionary Road (2008, Mendes) - 4.5/5

12.   Glengarry Glen Ross (1992, Foley) - 4.5/5
13.   Doubt (2008, Patrick Shanley) - 4.5/5

14.   Hamlet (1996, Branagh) - 4.5/5

15.   Double Indemnity (1944, Wilder) - 4.5/5

16.  
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005, Shergold) - 4.5/5

17.   The Untouchables (1987, DePalma) - 4.5/5

18.   Y tu mama tambien (And Your Mother Too) (2001, Cuaron) - 4/5
19.   Starship Troopers (1997, Verhoeven) - 4/5*
20.   The Quiet Earth (1985, Murphy) - 4/5

21.  
Scarfies (1999, Sarkies) - 4/5**

22.   The Court Jester (1955, Frank & Panama) - 4/5
23.   La Marche de l'empereur (March of the Penguins) (2005, Jacquet) - 4/5
24.   Seung sing (Confession of Pain) (2006, Lau and Fai Mak) - 4/5
25.   The Kite Runner (2007, Forster) - 4/5

26.   Sleeping Dogs (1977, Donaldson) - 4/5*

27.  
Tokyo monogatari (Tokyo Story) (1953, Ozu) - 4/5
28.   Horton Hears A Who! (2008, Hayward & Martino) - 4/5
29.   Candy (2006, Armfield) - 4/5

30.   All The President's Men (1976, Pakula) - 4/5


31.  
Days of Heaven (1978, Malick) - 4/5
32.   Team America: World Police (2004, Parker) - 4/5*
33.   Daai si gin (Breaking News) (2004, To) - 4/5

34.   Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Lumet) - 4/5
35.  
About A Boy (2002, Weitz & Weitz) - 4/5
36.  
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, Conran) - 4/5

37.   Goldfinger (1964, Hamilton) - 4/5

38.  
Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock) - 4/5
39.   Braindead (1992, Jackson) - 4/5*

40.   Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, Allen) - 4/5

41.  
Robocop (1987, Verhoeven) - 4/5
42.   Fantasia (1940, Various) - 4/5*
43.   On The Waterfront (1954, Kazan) - 4/5
44.  
The Devil Wears Prada (2006, Frankel) - 3.5/5
45.   From Russia With Love (1963, Young) - 3.5/5

46.   To Be Or Not To Be (1942, Lubitsch) - 3.5/5

47.  
Flight of the Phoenix (2004, Moore) -
3.5/5
48.   Hot Shots! (1991, Abrahams) - 3.5/5
49.   Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993, Abrahams) - 3.5/5
50.   Sphere (1998, Levinson) - 3/5*

51.   Over The Hedge (2006, Johnson & Kirkpatrick) - 3/5*
52.   Utu (1983, Murphy) - 3/5
53.  
Rambo (2008, Stallone) - 3/5
54.  
Tokyo-Ga (1985, Wenders) - 3/5

55.   Dr. No (1962, Young) - 3/5
56.   Highwaymen (2003, Harmon) - 3/5

57.   Bis ans Ende der Welt (Until The End Of The World) (1991, Wenders) - 3/5
58.   Revenge of the Nerds (1984, Kanew) - 3/5
59.
   The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999, Champion) - 3/5

60.   The Hunted (2003, Friedkin) - 2.5/5

61.  
Dogma (1999, Smith) - 2.5/5
62.   The Incredible Hulk (2008, Leterrier) - 2.5/5

63.   To Be Or Not To Be (1983, Johnson) - 2.5/5
64.   The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003, Norrington) - 1.5/5**
65.  
Stay Alive (2006, Brent Bell) - 1.5/5


SHORT FILMS
1.     Kiwi! (2006, Permedi) - 5/5**    
2.     Rejected (2001, Hertzfeldt) – 4.5/5*
3.     Billy's Balloon (1998, Hertzfeldt) – 4/5
4.     Ah, L'Amour (1995, Hertzfeldt) – 4/5
5.     Signing Off (1996, Sarkies) - 4/5*
6.     Stille Nacht I (1988, Quay & Quay) - 3.5/5
7.     The Calligrapher (1991, Quay & Quay) - 3.5/5

8.     Genre (1996, Hertzfeldt) – 3.5/5

Decade Breakdown
00s - 29
90s - 18 
80s - 09
70s - 04
60s - 05
50s - 04
40s - 04
30s - 00
20s - 00

Top 20 Performances of January 2009
1.
    Richard Jenkins as Walter Vale (The Visitor, 2007)
2.    Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby  (Memento, 2000)
3.    Timothy Spall as Albert Pierrepoint (Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, 2005)
4.    Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane, 1941)
5.    Emma Thompson as Karen Eiffel (Stranger Than Fiction, 2007)
6.    Derek Jacobi as Claudius (Hamlet, 1996)
7.    John Cusack as Martin Blank (Grosse Point Blank, 1997)
8.    Alan Arkin as Geoge Aaronow (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)
9.    Michael Shannon as John Givings (Revolutionary Road, 2008)
10. 
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn (Doubt, 2008)

11.  R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (Full Metal Jacket, 1987)

12.  Richard Attenborough as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (The Great Escape, 1963)
13.  Alec Baldwin as Blake (Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992)
14.  Amy Adams as Sister James (Doubt, 2008)

15.  Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler (Revolutionary Road, 2008)

16.  Takeshi Kaneshiro as Detective Yau Kin Bong (Confession of Pain, 2006)
17.  Stanley Tucci as Nigel (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)
18.  Bruno Lawrence as Zach Hobson (The Quiet Earth, 1985)
19.  Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, and Dr. Strangelove (Dr. Strangelove, 1964)
20. 
Chishu Ryu as Shukishi Hirayama (Tokyo Story, 1953)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 12:25:20 PM   
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And so we start February off with three films!

11. Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Boyle) - 4.5/5
It's City of God-lite, yes, mainly due to the inherent fluffiness of the romance and the underdog story at the centre of the film. Regardless of this, it's both a heartwarming and life-affirming film and a bittersweet tale of love, family and perseverance in harsh socioeconomic conditions. Boyle does have a bit of a hard-on for canted shots in the same way Zack Snyder loves slow-mo, but there's no denying the film's exquisitely filmed, presenting a harsh slum environment that manages to be both ugly and captivating. A.R. Rahman's score is possibly the best I've heard of the recent flock of Academy Award gulls, and the acting is all refreshingly realistic. Everything just comes together in such a way that it's hard to describe exactly what makes this film excellent, but it is regardless.

30. Being Julia (2004, Svabo) - 4/5
A powerhouse performance from the brilliant Annette Bening elevates this witty but generic comedy of errors to something of an unwarranted status. There's nothing particularly original about this tale (I was about to say Lubitsch did it first with To Be Or Not To Be, but then I checked Wikipedia and turns out the novella the film is based on was released in 1937), and the period design of the film is mind-numbingly safe, but the witty, if tired, script and the brilliant performances all round (Irons is exceptional), spearheaded by a never-better Bening, makes this into something forcibly special.

48. Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008, Avanzino) - 3.5/5
Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see the Planet Express Crew back with new material, and the film is quite funny - the gag with Bender's first-born son is possibly one of the best gags the creative minds behind Futurama have ever devised, All My Circuits is still great quality for soap opera parody, and Death Ball is something approaching postmodern genius, particularly in its gradual reveal - but it just lacks the special spark of the old episodes, and in the end, feels kind of worn. It's nice, but rarely as brilliant as it was ten years ago.

Also of note, Vertigo is dropping down my list to 39, as, given time to mull on it, it's really not as great as it was immediately after watching. It's certainly no Rear Window, and the script's kind of dull. Still, excellent performances and great technical prowess abound.

Performance List Additions -
11.
Annette Bening as Julia Lambert (Being Julia, 2004)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 1:10:52 PM   
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Seen two Oscar contenders recently and was not disappointed...

#4 - The Wrestler - 10/10
It may be an old school 'All washed up' tale but it's done so expertly the film is near perfect in my opinion with a tremendous performance from Mickey Rourke anchoring the whole thing.

#10 - Frost/Nixon - 9/10
Langella and Sheen are excellent here as they reprise their roles. It's a fascinating film despite its obvious stage origins betraying its need for a cinematic release. Supporting cast are all effectively reliable as well.

Performances:

#4 - Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
#8 - Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
#14 - Michael Sheen - Frost/Nixon
#36 - Matthew MacFayden - Frost/Nixon
#37 - Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
#40 - Oliver Platt - Frost/Nixon
#42 - Sam Rockwell - Frost/Nixon

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 3:55:48 PM   
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5

Days Of Heaven (1978, Malick)
Les Diaboliques (1955, Clouzot)
The Invisible Man (1933, Whale)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984, Leone)


4.5

Hobson's Choice (1953, Lean)
Ryan's Daughter (1970, Lean)
A Taste Of Honey (1961, Richardson)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942, Lubitsch)


4

Changeling (2008, Eastwood)
Hamlet (1996, Branagh)
Ice Cold In Alex (1958, Thompson)
In Bruges (2008, McDonagh)
Milk (2008, Van Sant)


3.5

Der Amerikanische Freund (1977, Wenders)
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008, Fincher)
Frost / Nixon (2008, Howard)
Revolutionary Road (2008, Mendes)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, Allen)

3

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004, McKay)
Bis ans Ende der Welt (1991, Wenders)
Cloverfield (2008, Reeves)
Mulholland Dr. (2001, Lynch)
El Orfanato (2007, Bayona)
The Reader (2008, Daldry)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Boyle)
Tabu (1931, Murnau)
Vivacious Lady (1938, Stevens)
The Wrestler (2008, Aronofsky)


2.5

Doubt (2008, Shanley)
Enemy At The Gates (2001, Annaud)
Hancock (2008, Berg)Mamma Mia (2008, Lloyd)
Wanted (2008, Berkmambetov)


2

Burn After Reading (2008, Coen & Coen)
Cat Ballou (1965, Silverstein)
The Italian Job (2003, Gray)
Love Affair (1939, McCarey)
Tropic Thunder (2008, Stiller)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, Ratner)


1.5

X Files: I Want To Believe (2008, Carter)

1

Alien Vs Predator - Requiem (2007, Strause & Strause)
Amityville III: The Demon (1983, Fleischer)



First Viewing

Films Viewed Per Decade

2000s - 25
1990s - 2
1980s - 2
1970s - 3
1960s - 2
1950s - 3
1940s - 1
1930s - 4
1920s - 0
1910s - 0
1900's - 0


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 4:49:37 PM   
Lex Romero


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First Viewing

5/5

01. The Wrestler

4.5/5

02. Slumdog Millionaire
03. Joint Security Area
04. Spring Summer Autumn Winter...And Spring

05. Kung Fu Panda

4/5


06. The Graduate
07. The Dark Knight

08. Chinatown

The 4/5 is mainly from how well put together the whole film is.  Great production values - from the clothes, to the locations; love how it's shot - lots of nice long/tracking shots as we follow the characters talking; cool score, if a little ott with its "dun dun!"s; a great performance from Nicholson with a great noir script to match, fantastic delivery of the witty one liners.  With some great little moments for Jackson's character as we follow his investigation, like putting the watches under the car tyre or lying his way through the dam security. 

And of course the ending - after watching so many 40s noir films and how they're plots are often limited by the production codes, it's as if the chinatown writers wanted to go to the opposite extreme now that they could.  It's  such a sucker punch of an ending, bleak and depressing, and the whole chinatown scene is played out brilliantly, the camera moving around the characters and events like a documentry. 

My problem with the film is that, whilst fantastically constructed, I just wasn't that involved in any of it.  The film is far from fast moving and at a 130 minutes, coupled with my uninvolvement, there were some sections that really dragged for me.  

3.5/5

09. Kiwi!
10. Ghost in the Shell
11. The Postman Always Rings Twice

3/5

2.5/5

2/5

1.5/5

1/5


12. High School Musical 2

0.5/5


Films Viewed Per Decade - first / repeat viewings

2000s - 6  /  2
1990s - /
1980s -
0  /
1970s - 1  /
1960s - 1  /

1950s - 0  /
1940s - 1 /
1930s - 0  /
1920s - 0  /
1910s - 0  /
1900s - 0  /

English language films  - 7 / 2
Foreign language films - 3
/ 0


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 5:04:18 PM   
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Greatest of all British bands they lie 5th in my list JBG


Who would you list above them? Because the only acceptable alternative is The Kinks.

Wow, wow, hold on! How about Pink Floyd? Black Sabbath? Led Zeppelin? Deep Purple? Yes? The Beatles? Rolling Stones? Derek & the Dominos? Iron Maiden? Rainbow?


I'm very sorry Dante, but it is true. Pink Floyd lose out for the sheer horror that is Another Brick In The Wall part 2, which makes me cringe so much I look like I'm having a fit. I appreciate what it's trying to say, but the song is just.... ugh. A thousand punk bands have said the same thing better. Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, I could take or leave. The Beatles are a good choice, but several other bands hit me harder (the same goes for The Rolling Stones). Deep Purple are meh. The others, I've heard little of. Not sure I really want to. Give me Public Image Limited, Joy Division, Sex Pistols,The Kinks, The Clash,Buzzcocks, Penetration, The Pogues, Ian Dury and the Blockheads and whatever two-tone ska you can throw it at me anyday.





1) The Beatles
2) Led Zeppelin
3) Rolling Stones
4) Kinks
5) The Clash
6) Radiohead
7) Joy Division
8) Pink Floyd
9) The Sex Pistols
10) Oasis

mmm current list i suppose
8) The Sex Pistols


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 5:58:55 PM   
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4th place for The Kinks=

Barton Fink (1991)
Director: Joel Coen
Barton Fink marks an interesting point in the Coens career as it follows possibly their best film, and it paints them as truly interesting film-makers for about, oh, an hour or so. Because Fink is a two-half film, if not narratively than at least in terms of quality. The first half of this is good, although quite flawed, even if the flaws only become evident later. But there's a nice style here, a style which is both drab and grand, eerie and comforting in it's rather conservative, been-there-done-that in Sunset BLVD and multiple other pictures, criticism of Hollywood and it's producers. The only problem is that the producers here are too stupid, too arrogant- old Hollywood producers, for the most part, as stubborn as they could be, at least knew to a good degree what they were doing, and could make good pictures. Here the producers seem incapable. And the parody of William Faulkner is irritating and boring, but what we see in the hotel is strong, and very strong in terms of ever-so-slightly-surreal atmosphere and feel. There's a genuine creepiness which is never really built on, for then the arrogant smirk of the Coens reappears. Suddenly, we're thrust back into their irritating world of smug show-stopping trickery and faux-offbeat 'intelligence,' and the whole thing takes a turn for the worse. All atmosphere disappears, as does a lot of the interest. Barton is finally exposed as not very interesting at all, and then comes up again the feeling that the Coens see themselves as superior. Barton's social conciousness is parodied (and let us not forget that the Coens are hardly very interested in politics or society), as is his class-concious writing, as if that in itself is a foolhardy, stupid exercise, And of course, there's the entirely unsubtle parody of Faulkner, a genuine talent much greater than the Coens. The 'Faulkner' in this film also has a mentally disturbed wife, with the exact same name as that of the real WF's, a Hollywood girlfriend, a drinking problem and the real Faulkner worked on, as Barton does, a William Beery boxing picture. The Coens paint him as a completley phoney talent, a madman, a fool, and ultimately literature's biggest poseur. So do the Coens see themselves as more genuine a talent than the Faulkner, who was destined to work on lesser films? Of course. They see themselves as better than Faulkner, better than Barton, better than Hollywood. But what's perhaps most striking in this film is that it combines, and segregates, the good and the bad of the Coens in one film. By the way, Charlie is obviously not supposed to be real. He's part of Barton's subconcious. But, by the end, I didn't really care.

Carrie
Director: Brian De Palma
I'm not a huge fan of Stephen King, but I recently listened to the audiobook of Carrie while on a long train journey, as it was easily available to me and it seemed it would probably be pretty both pretty easy-going and somewhat interesting. I was right- it was easy-going, and it was interesting- there was more to chew on here than in most horror novels, in that the real-world themes were central to the actual story. Religion, puberty and conformity (Sue in the novel is determined to break out of the middle-class suburban cycle, a theme dropped conspiciously in the film) was what the story was really about. But De Palma's film, ultimately, felt rushed and underdeveloped. There's still the idea of religious repression here, but it's dwelt on far less, and the idea of middle-class repression has disappeared completley. It's a collection of the big moments of King's novel, but even if that book was hardly the most deep in the world, it loses the majority of depth it had, relying instead on show-stopping moments and De Palma's show-offy direction, all camera-tricks and fancy movements which are eventually pretty empty and needless, and certainly not exciting. That said, Spacek is very well-cast, and everything good in the film is down to her. Her wide-eyed innocence and worn-down paranoia and hostility is convincing, and she's sympathetic and pathetic when she needs to be, and her genuine happiness on prom night is actually quite contagious (and De Palma's whirling camera in the dance sequence is very well done, quite hypnotic and eventually sickening). But this is hardly offering her Badlands-level material, and the film's hysteria is ultimately unsatisfying.

Dans Paris (2005, Honore)
The Roaring Twenties (1939, Walsh)
Radio On (1979, Petit)

Detour (1945, Ulmer)
The Filth and The Fury (2003, Temple)

Joy Division (Gee, 2007)
Somers Town (2007, Meadows)
Love Meetings (Pasolini, 1965) 
This is England (2006, Meadows)
The Girl Who Lept Through Time (2006)
Election (1999, Payne)

1408
(2007)
Barton Fink (1991, Coen)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Boyle)
Carrie (1976, De Palma)
King of Kong (2007)
Burn After Reading (2007, Coen)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 6:37:30 PM   
Dantes Inferno


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Barton Fink is a film I have intended to rewatch, having been dissapointed in it two times, but since then I have had a feeling that the third time's the charm. So, what happens when I pop in the DVD? The player won't play it! Because of some "region" bullshit. I'd have to say this though: you either like the Coens or you don't. It's pretty obvious you don't, james, for reasons I guess you have explained well enough.

Still, I would say you are taking them a bit too seriously. The Coen-style is essentially to take well-known genres and turn them into black comedy. They are just jokers, who have no interest in talking about the "depth" of their films, either because they are shy, just not interested or maybe even refuse to believe there is any. But I don't see that as a problem.

Take No Country For Old Men, for example. That's a film with a philosophical third act and a contemplation on the evil of the world and how (this is my personal reading) the world changes and people do not, which means that there is no country for old men, unless you manage to stay young and cope with it. That's a big part of the film. The brilliant thing that the Coens do is that they don't treat that element any higher than the thriller-aspect of the movie. To put it simple: the depth of the film is on equal level to Chigurh's stun gun, which is the Coen brothers in a nutshell, really.

Carrie is one of my favorite films, and it's a shame you didn't like it as much as I. I'm glad you liked Spacek, though. She is the heart of the film and her character is one of the most sympathethic in film history. I feel so bad for her, which makes the film all the more sadder.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 6:42:26 PM   
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11. Amadeus (Forman, 1984) - 8/10

A visually gorgeous movie, with a great soundtrack, Amadeus is a great drama about the last years of Mozart, and the jealousy felt by a fellow composer Salieri that the musical gifts he desires have been bestowed on a prankster. Great acting all around, especially from F. Murray Abraham as Salieri, and the exquisite set design, particularly in the operas are the main draw of the film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 7:48:56 PM   
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Still, I would say you are taking them a bit too seriously.


I would think that as well, but a lot of people take them very seriously. I mean, for some they're the high point of modern American film-making, and the pair themselves do, I think, see themselves as artistic film-makers. And then there's that whole 'the films are secretly about American foreign policy' which I've heard a few times, and seems very silly.

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The Coen-style is essentially to take well-known genres and turn them into black comedy. They are just jokers, who have no interest in talking about the "depth" of their films, either because they are shy, just not interested or maybe even refuse to believe there is any. But I don't see that as a problem.


And, alternatively, I see that as a bit of a problem. There are actually attempts to put some commentary in their films, even in Barton Fink, it's just that the commentary is very superficial and quite often quite reactionary and narrow-minded. The film seems to be suggesting that any attempt to show social commitment, or to show and help the 'common man', in art is doomed to be phoney, something you as fan of The Wire obviously wouldn't agree with. It's their kind of film-making which is painted as being so masterful and ever-so-smart that really takes attention away from films that are masterful and intelligent. But I better shut up about them, before people start thinking I'm obssessed with them. I'm not, but I do keep trying their films in the hope there's something I like about them, and I am interested in their work, as it is possible to be interested in the work of someone you're not fond of sometimes. Indeed, sometimes there is something I like, there was Barton Fink, in the design and the atmosphere of the first hour, but the negatives, as usual, outweighed the positives.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 8:03:55 PM   
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The film seems to be suggesting that any attempt to show social commitment, or to show and help the 'common man', in art is doomed to be phoney, something you as fan of The Wire obviously wouldn't agree with.


Well, not necessarily. I mean, I think that's either reading too much into or reading it the wrong way. It would be wrong to say that because Barton doesn't succeed in "helping the common man", it means that Coens find it to be impossible altogether (they are actually against Barton Fink because he doesn't listen - I believe John Goodman actually shouts exactly that to him near that fiery ending of the film). One of the more popular readings of the film is the story being an allegory for the rise of Nazism. Roger Ebert puts it better than me:

"The Coens mean this aspect of the film, I think, to be read as an emblem of the rise of Nazism. They paint Fink as an ineffectual and impotent left-wing intellectual, who sells out while telling himself he is doing the right thing, who thinks he understands the "common man" but does not understand that, for many common men, fascism had a seductive appeal. Fink tries to write a wrestling picture and sleeps with the great writer's mistress, while the Holocaust approaches and the nice guy in the next room turns out to be a monster."

A final piece of advice: try not to think too much while watching their films. Just let them wash over you. That's how to enjoy the Coen-films the right way. Just because some people read too much into them (notice that the ones that never discuss these sub-texts are the Coens themselves).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 8:19:43 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno


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ORIGINAL: jamesbondguy

The film seems to be suggesting that any attempt to show social commitment, or to show and help the 'common man', in art is doomed to be phoney, something you as fan of The Wire obviously wouldn't agree with.


Well, not necessarily. I mean, I think that's either reading too much into or reading it the wrong way. It would be wrong to say that because Barton doesn't succeed in "helping the common man", it means that Coens find it to be impossible altogether (they are actually against Barton Fink because he doesn't listen - I believe John Goodman actually shouts exactly that to him near that fiery ending of the film). One of the more popular readings of the film is the story being an allegory for the rise of Nazism. Roger Ebert puts it better than me:

"The Coens mean this aspect of the film, I think, to be read as an emblem of the rise of Nazism. They paint Fink as an ineffectual and impotent left-wing intellectual, who sells out while telling himself he is doing the right thing, who thinks he understands the "common man" but does not understand that, for many common men, fascism had a seductive appeal. Fink tries to write a wrestling picture and sleeps with the great writer's mistress, while the Holocaust approaches and the nice guy in the next room turns out to be a monster."



Alternatively, I think that's reading too much into the film- and I know that Charlie shouts 'Heil Hitler!' at someone towards the end of the film, but whatever. There are the clues there that could result in that reading of the film, but I think, really, it's just 2 and 2 together and getting 5.

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A final piece of advice: try not to think too much while watching their films. Just let them wash over you. That's how to enjoy the Coen-films the right way. Just because some people read too much into them (notice that the ones that never discuss these sub-texts are the Coens themselves).


No offence, but I really hate that kind of 'turn your brain off and enjoy' kind of comment, because it's what results in the rise of moronic film-making (if it hasn't already.) The Coens obviously have bigger ideas than the average, dumb blockbuster does, and I think they do see themselves as artistic directors, so it's fair to them to think about their films a fair bit. I just don't like having to stop thinking, or to think less, in order to enjoy a film, I like thinking about them beyond the superficial elements, it makes things much more interesting and makes cinema itself more interesting.  

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 8:33:22 PM   
Dantes Inferno


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Well, there's no doubt that ideas is an important part of cinema, but I would argue feelings are more important. Movies adress the heart, not the brain. Political films usually uses emotional arguments and sways our opinions by appealing to our hearts. That's what I think, anyways.

I wouldn't use the phrase "turn off your brain", though. I think if every film had to be intelligent and thought-provoking, cinema would lose much of its appeal. I understand that these are the kind of films you prefer, and there's nothing wrong with that, but either I'm misunderstanding you or you are missing quite a lot.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 8:45:13 PM   
jamesbondguy


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ORIGINAL: Dantes Inferno

Well, there's no doubt that ideas is an important part of cinema, but I would argue feelings are more important. Movies adress the heart, not the brain. Political films usually uses emotional arguments and sways our opinions by appealing to our hearts. That's what I think, anyways.


Emotion is just as important as ideas, most certainly, but I wouldn't say one is more important than the other in general.

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I wouldn't use the phrase "turn off your brain", though. I think if every film had to be intelligent and thought-provoking, cinema would lose much of its appeal. I understand that these are the kind of films you prefer, and there's nothing wrong with that, but either I'm misunderstanding you or you are missing quite a lot.


I'm not necessairly saying that every film has to be intellectual, but even films like Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which is just pure emotion, has ideas behind it and is smart. Or Mother and The Whore, which is one of the contemplative films ever made, hits me on a gut-level emotionally because of the power of it. Or Eloge de L'Amour, or Grave of The Fireflies, or Taste of Cherry, or Sullivan's Travels, or The Girl Can't Help It. I'm just not a fan of 'dumb' film-making, or dumb films, really. I like to have something to get my teeth into, and that can mean both emotion and ideas. If you get what I mean.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 10:21:40 PM   
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4th place for The Kinks=

Barton Fink (1991)
Director: Joel Coen
Barton Fink marks an interesting point in the Coens career as it follows possibly their best film,



Barton Fink's one of the two Coens films I haven't seen, so I won't weigh in on this discussion, but I will just say - YOU LIKE MILLER'S CROSSING! Undoubtedly my favourite Coens brother film.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 11:25:21 PM   
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My final list for January (31 in total - one for each day ):

1. *The Elephant Man (Lynch, 1980) - 8 Jan
2. *The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Fincher, 2008) - 7 Jan
3. *The Fly (Cronenberg, 1986) - 7 Jan
4. *Cool Hand Luke (Rosenberg, 1967) - 7 Jan
5. *The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz/Keighly, 1938) - 7 Jan

6. *Das Boot (Petersen, 1981) - 7 Jan
7. *The Wrong Man (Hitchcock, 1956) - 7 Jan
8. *Ladri Di Biciclette (De Sica, 1948) - 7 Jan
9. *Modern Times (Chaplin, 1936) - 7 Jan
10. *Frost/Nixon (Howard, 2008) - 7 Jan

11. *The Motorcycle Diaries (Salles, 2004) - 7 Jan
12. *Revolutionary Road (Mendes, 2008) - 7 Jan
13. *The Wrestler (Aronofsky, 2008) - 6 Jan
14. *Doubt (Stanley, 2008) - 6 Jan
15. *Akira (Otomo, 1988) - 6 Jan

16. *The Great Dictator (Chaplin, 1940) - 6 Jan
17. *Hunger (McQueen, 2008) - 6 Jan
18. *Millions (Boyle, 2004) - 6 Jan
19. *Milk (Van Sant, 2008) - 6 Jan
20. *Che: Part One (Soderberg, 2008) - 6 Jan

21. *Capote (Miller, 2005) - 6 Jan
22. *Irreversible (Noe, 2002) - 6 Jan
23. Planet of the Apes (Burton, 2001) - 6 Jan
24. *Changeling (Eastwood, 2008) - 6 Jan
25. *Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki, 1997) - 6 Jan

26. *Man On Wire (Marsh, 2008) - 6 Jan
27. *Waltz With Bashir (Folman, 2008) - 6 Jan
28. *Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008) - 5 Jan
29. *Rebecca (Hitchcock, 1940) - 5 Jan
30. *We Own The Night (Gray, 2007) - 5 Jan

31. *Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Allen, 2008) - 5 Jan


Decades

20's: 0
30's: 2
40's: 3
50's: 1
60's: 1
70's: 0
80's: 4
90's: 1
00's: 19

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* First viewing

Ratings:

10. Perfect in every way
9. Absolutely brilliant
8. Fantastic
7. Very good
6. Good
5. Ok
4. Bad
3. Very bad
2. Terrible
1. Will never watch this again
0. One of the worst films ever


I'm trying to watch as many new films as possible so this month i watched 30. I only watched one film i'd seen before and that's because i was round someone's house on Saturday and they watched it on tv.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 11:31:09 PM   
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I'm going to try and post my top 100 from last year with each month's updates (should there be any).  After a very good start to 2009 my work-in-process top 100 now looks like this:

  1. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  2. Rocco e i suoi Fratelli (1960, Luchino Visconti)
  3. The Wind (1928, Victor Sjöström)
  4. Yama no Oto (1954, Mikio Naruse)
  5. Banshun (1949, Yasujiro Ozu)
  6. Black Narcissus (1947, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  7. L’Armée des ombres (1969, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  8. Tôkyô monogatari (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
  9. Touch of Evil (1958, Orson Welles)
  10. Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972, Werner Herzog)
  11. Jeux Interdits (1952, René Clément)
  12. Tôkyô Boshoku (1957, Yasujiro Ozu)
  13. Shichinin no Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
  14. Saikaku Ichidai Onna (1952, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  15. Nagareru (1956, Mikio Naruse)
  16. Smultronstället (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  17. Chimes at Midnight (1965, Orson Welles)
  18. Les Enfants du Paradis (1945, Marcel Carné)
  19. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927, F.W. Murnau)
  20. Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
  21. The Red Shoes (1948, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  22. La Terra Trema (1948, Luchino Visconti)
  23. L’Atalante (1934, Jean Vigo)
  24. Marketa Lazarová (1967, František Vlácil)
  25. Sanshô Dayû (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  26. Bakushû (1951, Yasujiro Ozu)
  27. Körkarlen (1921, Victor Sjöström)
  28. Pather Panchali (1955, Satyajit Ray)
  29. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  30. Meshi (1951, Mikio Naruse)
  31. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  32. Fitzcarraldo (1982, Werner Herzog)
  33. Higanbana (1958, Yasujiro Ozu)
  34. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
  35. Le Notti Bianche (1957, Luchino Visconti)
  36. Genroku Chûshingura (1941, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  37. La Notte (1961, Michaelangelo Antonioni)
  38. Charulata (1964, Satyajit Ray)
  39. Le Doulos (1963, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  40. A Matter of Life and Death (1946, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  41. Aparajito (1956, Satyajit Ray)
  42. Ansatsu (1964, Masahiro Shinoda)
  43. Night and the City (1950, Jules Dassin)
  44. Sanma no aji (1962, Yasujiro Ozu)
  45. F For Fake (1974, Orson Welles)
  46. Fukushû Suruwa Wareniari (1979, Shohei Imamura)
  47. Det Sjunde Inseglet (1957, Ingmar Bergman)
  48. The Crowd (1928, King Vidor)
  49. Seppuku (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)
  50. Peeping Tom (1960, Michael Powell)
  51. The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952, Orson Welles)
  52. The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
  53. Apur Sansar (1959, Satyajit Ray)
  54. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  55. Rashômon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
  56. Nattvardsgästerna (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
  57. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, Elia Kazan)
  58. A Canterbury Tale (1944, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger)
  59. Le Quatre cent coups (1959, Francois Truffaut)
  60. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974, Sam Peckinpah)
  61. Le Deuxième Souffle (1966, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  62. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973, Sam Peckinpah)
  63. M (1931, Fritz Lang)
  64. Der Himmel über Berlin (1987, Wim Wenders)
  65. Mahanagar (1963, Satyajit Ray)
  66. The Wild Bunch (1969, Sam Peckinpah)
  67. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)
  68. Häxan (1922, Benjamin Christensen)
  69. There Will be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson)
  70. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959, Alain Resnais)
  71. Point Blank (1967, John Boorman)
  72. Andrei Rublyov (1969, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  73. Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  74. Hadaka no Shima (1960, Kaneto Shindo)
  75. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
  76. Le Chagrin et la Pitié (1969, Marcel Ophuls)
  77. Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder)
  78. The Constant Gardener (2005, Fernando Meirelles)
  79. Kapurush (1965, Satyajit Ray)
  80. Nattvardsgästerna (1962, Ingmar Bergman)
  81. Umarete wa mita keredo (1932, Yasujiro Ozu)
  82. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964, Bryan Forbes)
  83. The Trial (1962, Orson Welles)
  84. Akasen Chitai (1956, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  85. Le Cercle Rouge (1970, Jean-Pierre Melville)
  86. Seventh Heaven (1927, Frank Borzage)
  87. Vampyr (1932, Carl Theodor Dreyer)
  88. Thieves’ Highway (1949, Jules Dassin)
  89. Ride the High Country (1962, Sam Peckinpah)
  90. No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  91. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937, Sadao Yamanaka)
  92. Broken Lance (1954, Edward Dmytryk)
  93. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955, Hiroshi Inagaki)
  94. Sweet Smell of Success (1957, Alexander Mackendrick)
  95. Gion Bayashi (1953, Kenji Mizoguchi)
  96. Crossfire (1947, Edward Dmytryk)
  97. The Lady From Shanghai (1947, Orson Welles)
  98. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  99. Edvard Munch (1974, Peter Watkins)
  100. The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)

January additions highlighted.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 11:32:09 PM   
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This is my list from January; 31 in 31 also! 22 new viewings for the month.

1. The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008) - 10/10 **** Jan
2. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Forman, 1975) - 10/10 * Jan
3. In Bruges (McDonagh, 2008) - 9/10 Jan
4. Pineapple Express (Gordon Green, 2008) - 9/10 * Jan
5.Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, 2008) - 9/10 Jan
6. Dead Man's Shoes (Meadows, 2004) - 9/10 * Jan
7. Serenity (Whedon, 2005) - 8.5/10 Jan
8. Frost/Nixon (Howard, 2008) - 8/10 Jan
9. Eden Lake Watkins, 2008) - 8/10 Jan
10. This Is England (Meadows, 2006) - 8/10 * Jan
11. Amadeus (Forman, 1984) - 8/10 Jan
12. The Mist (Darabont, 2007) - 8/10 Jan
13. Iron Man (Favreau, 2008) - 8/10 * Jan
14. •REC (Balagueró & Plaza, 2007) - 8/10 ** Jan
15. The Mask (Russell, 1994) - 7.5/10 ****** Jan
16. Monster (Jenkins, 2003) - 7.5/10 Jan
17. Role Models (Wain, 2008) - 7/10 Jan
18. This Is Spinal Tap (Reiner, 1984) - 7/10 Jan
19. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sharman, 1975) - 7/10 Jan
20. Jackass Number Two (Tremaine, 2006) - 7/10 * Jan
21. Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story (Michels, 2005) - 7/10 Jan
22. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Kasdan, 2007) - 7/10 Jan
23. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Stoller, 2008) - 7/10 Jan
24. Family Guy: Blue Harvest (Polcino, 2007) - 7/10 Jan
25. Jackass: The Movie (Tremaine, 2002) - 7/10 * Jan
26. Yes Man (Reed, 2008) - 6.5/10 Jan
27. Defiance (Zwick, 2008) - 6/10 Jan
28. Speed Racer (Wachowski & Wachowski, 2008) 2008) - 6/10 Jan
29. The Strangers (Bertino, 2008) - 4.5/10 Jan
30. Mamma Mia! (Lloyd, 2008) - 4/10 * Jan
31. The Cottage (Andrew Williams, 2008) - 4/10
Jan

Films by Month
January - 31

Films by Decade
2000's - 26
1990's - 1
1980's - 2
1970's - 2

And my performances:

1. Jack Nicholson (R.P McMurphy, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)
2. Heath Ledger (Joker, The Dark Knight)
3. Colin Farrell (Ray, In Bruges)
4. Michael Sheen (David Frost, Frost/Nixon)
5. Paddy Considine (Richard, Dead Man's Shoes)
6. Charlize Theron (Aileen Wuornos, Monster)
7. Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal Reynolds, Serenity)
8. James Franco (Saul, Pineapple Express)
9. Frank Langella (Richard Nixon, Frost/Nixon)
10. Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (Young Jamal, Slumdog Millionaire)
11. Stephen Graham (Combo, This Is England)
12. Dev Patil (Jamal, Slumdog Millionaire)
13. Marcia Gay Harden (Mrs Carmody, The Mist
14. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark, Iron Man)
15. Tim Curry (Dr Frank N Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
16. Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel, This Is Spinal Tap)
17. Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight)
18. Brendan Gleeson (Ken, In Bruges)
19. Jack O'Connell (Brett, Eden Lake)
20. Ralph Fiennes (Harry, In Bruges)
21. F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri, Amadeus)
22. Sam Rockwell (James Reston, Frost/Nixon)
23. Thomas Turgoose (Shaun, This Is England)
24. Tom Hulce (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Amadeus)
25. Tony Kebbell (Anthony, Dead Man's Shoes)
26. John C. Reilly (Dewey Cox, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 1/2/2009 11:47:26 PM   
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I agree with you Pip, about Sheen being better than Langella. Both were great though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 12:21:32 AM   
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New entries:

4. Thirteen Days (2000, Donaldson) 9/10
One of the films recommended to me in the Recommendations thread (thanks Professor). Taut political thriller based on the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, as President Kennedy has to decide on a course of action to follow to try an prevent the outbreak of war. Kevin Costner stars as the political advisor to JFK and, slightly overdone Boston accent aside, gives a good performance as the eyes through which we see the story unfold. A good all-round ensemble cast, but special mention must go to Bruce Greenwood, who is terrific as Kennedy.

23. Executive Decision (1996, Baird) 7/10
Enjoyable suspense thriller about a group of soldiers trying to stop a mid-air hijack. It has some rather nice tricks up it's sleeves- a shocking early death for example- and wisely holds back from descending into action too quickly, instead building up suspense by keeping the soldiers hidden for as long as possible. The casting also helps-David Suchet is wonderfully evil as the head of the hijackers, Oliver Platt has a fun role as an engineer and Kurt Russell puts in a nicely understated role as a military advisor forced into action.

25. Passport To Pimlico (1949, Cornelius) 7/10
Decent Ealing romp about the inhabitants of a London street who find buried treasure and discover their land is Burgandy soil, prompting them to declare independance from Britain to keep their fortune. Highly enjoyable, especially when the residents keep coming up with more and more ways to outsmart and annoy the British government.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 12:23:43 AM   
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Well, February starts and I have a new number one, Gods and Monsters (1998, Condon, 9/10), a beautiful film with a whistful, mournful and elegiac tone and a superb lead performance from Sir Ian McKellan as the 1930's horror film director, James Whale, who is living out his days having divorced himself from the Hollywood machine as he suffers ill health and visions of his past.  McKellan is given strong support from Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave.

Other new entries are:
Valkyrie (2008, Singer, 7/10) - Not as bad as I had suspected it might be.  There is a lot going on in the film but Cruise does enough to anchor the film and I enjoyed the performances of Terence Stamp and Bill Nighy in support.  There are, however, a number of the actors within the ensemble that have little to do.  Despite the story and ending being known, Singer does a good job of building tension.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008, Stoller, 6/10) - Another Apatow-produced comedy and it has many of the same features as others.  Lacks the out and out laughs of a Knocked Up but Segel is an engaging schlubby lead and some of the original songs are genius.

Mister Lonely (2007, Korine, 6/10) - A film about lookalikes who live on a Scottish island and put on shows.  It's a bizarre film with a sub-plot involving Werner Herzog as a priest but Samantha Morton captures Marilyn Monroe and Diego Luna has the moves as a Michael Jackson lookie likey.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 12:31:08 AM   
DCMaximo


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My list for January is as follows

1. Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949, Hamer)
2. LA Confidential (1997, Hanson)
3. Beyond The Mat (1999, Blaustein)
4. Thirteen Days (2000, Donaldson)
5. The Wrestler (2008, Aronofsky)
6. City Lights (1931, Chaplin)
7. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994, Coen)
8. 42nd Street (1933, Bacon)
9. The Station Agent (2003, McCarthy)
10. Stay (2005, Forster)

11. Theatre Of Blood (1973, Hickox)
12. Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Boyle)
13. The King Of Kong (2007, Gordon)
14. Crank (2006, Neveldine/Taylor)
15. Cool Runnings (1993, Turtelraub)
16. Starship Troopers (1997, Verhoeven)
17. Danger: Diabolik (1967, Bava)
18. Dead Reckoning (1947, Cromwell)
19. Spellbound (1945, Hitchcock)
20. Nixon (1995, Stone)

21. Role Models (2008, Wain)
22. The Walker (2007, Schrader)
23. Executive Decision (1996, Baird)
24. Tales Of Terror (1962, Corman)
25. Passport To Pimlico (1949, Cornelius)
26. Kingpin (1996, Farrelly)
27. Big Jake (1971, Sherman)
28. True Grit (1969, Hathaway)
29. Following (1998, Nolan)
30. Eden Lake (2008, Watkins)

31. Freaks (1932, Browning)
32. The Spirit (2008, Miller)
33. Last Action Hero (1993, McTiernan)
34. Wild Hogs (2007, Becker)
35. Mr. Wise Guy (1942, Nigh)
36. Buffalo Bill (1944, Wellman)

and my top ten performances for the month are

1. Alec Guinness as the D'Ascoyne family (Kind Hearts And Coronets)
2. Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson (The Wrestler)
3. Russell Crowe as Bud White (LA Confidential)
4. Woody Harrelson as Carter Page III (The Walker)
5. Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart (Theatre Of Blood)
6. Virginia Cherrill as A Blind Girl (City Lights)
7. Bruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy (Thirteen Days)
8. John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn (True Grit)
9. Bobby Cannavale as Joe Oramas (The Station Agent)
10. Paul Sorvino as Henry Kissinger (Nixon)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 7:19:50 AM   
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January list up later today! if i have time... i keep forgtteing about it. havent really watched anything for a while, re-watched Ong-Bak the other night, whcih is awful, expect for the fighting. which is amazing. next time i'll skip all the dialogue and just watch the fight scenes. it's basically smack in the middle in terms of a rating; you can't not like it but everytime Muay starts talking you wish someone would kill her off. really quickly. so she has no time to scream of beg for mercy or anything. 5/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 10:05:36 AM   
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15. The Right Stuff (1983, Kaufman) - 4.5/5
A funny, scintillating, human film about Chuck Yeager and the space race. Kaufman takes two different subjects - Yeager was briefly considered for the seven astronauts to go into space - and weaves them together so well that it feels like it's one story being told, rather than two different, parallel ones. The acting is superb, the cinematography is stunning, the score is rousing and chest-beating in its excellence, and the film's a triumphant, brilliant testament to the human spirit. A brilliant film, no two ways about it.

68. Elizabethtown (2005, Crowe) - 2/5
I really shouldn't be surprised, but Elizabethtown is quite a safe film. In fact, it's so cheery and full of life-affirming messages about love and family that it's aggressively sweet; indeed, it's violently harmless. It batters you with tame dialogue, it clobbers your head with middle-of-the-road performances, it throttles you with the riding crop of safe narrative. It should be decent, but it really really isn't because it demands that you like it, it puts a gun to your head and threatens to pull the trigger unless you find it heartwarming. The best part of the film is, oddly, the bleakest part at the start - Baldwin hams it up in an oddly-restrained way as Orlando Bloom's boss, and Bloom's suicide exercycle made me laugh.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 10:15:28 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

15. The Right Stuff (1983, Kaufman) - 4.5/5
A funny, scintillating, human film about Chuck Yeager and the space race. Kaufman takes two different subjects - Yeager was briefly considered for the seven astronauts to go into space - and weaves them together so well that it feels like it's one story being told, rather than two different, parallel ones. The acting is superb, the cinematography is stunning, the score is rousing and chest-beating in its excellence, and the film's a triumphant, brilliant testament to the human spirit. A brilliant film, no two ways about it.



Certainly in my top 3 from the films in your list. Brilliant film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 10:24:38 AM   
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Shorts for January 2009

Vinni-Pukh (Khitruk, 1969)
Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (Tourneaux, 2007)
Anna and Bella (Ring, 1984)  
Kiwi! (Permedi, 2006)
Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (Lucas, 2005)
Election Night (Valgaften) (Jensen, 1998)
This Way Up (Smith, Foulkes, 2008)
The Amazing Screw-On Head (Prynoksi, 2006)
The Old Lady and the Pigeons (Chomet, 1998) 
Storytime (Gilliam, 1968) 
Birthday Boy (Park, 2004)
Lavatory Lovestory (Bronzit, 2007)
Tragic Story, Happy Ending (Pessoa, 2006)
9 (Acker, 2005)
Danish Poet (Kove, 2006)
Maestro (Toth, 2005)
Dear, Sweet Emma (Cernak, 2003)
Oktapodi (Makhbery, Marchand, 2007)
Gary Larson's Tales From the Far Side
Wasp (Arnold, 2003)
Astronauts (Walker, 2005)
JoJo in the Stars (Craste, 2003)
Badgered (Colman, 2005)
Tyger (Marcondes, 2006)
Little Match Girl (Allers, Hahn , 2006)
The Moon and the Sun (Canemaker, 2005)
Crazeologie (Malle, 1953) 

Vinni-Pukh - Russian Winnie the Pooh. Absolutely delightful.
Even Pigeons Go to Heaven - excellent animation, wonderful vocal, ingenius story. It was only unfortunate it got a nomination in a wonderful year.
Little Match Girl - chocolate box Disney of the worst sort, inexplicably Oscar nominated
Maestro - short quite dark animation with a brilliant pay-off.
Danish Poet - fairy tale quality of how the narrators parents met. It is watchable enough, but, as happened with The Moon and the Son, one can't help wonder if the Oscar voters vote when they recognise names - Liv Ullman narrates this (very nicely)
Tyger - Oddly watchable, with a wonderful tiger roaming through a city and recreating a jungle
Badgered - another odd Oscar nom. Badger can't sleep - excessive imagination occurs.
JoJo in the Stars - beautiful to look at, the ringmaster's vocal is fantastic, but not particularly original
Dear, Sweet Emma - an elderly widow isn't as innocent as she seems. Dark comedy.
Astronauts - Amusing, simple animation
Tragic Story With Happy Ending - somewhat jittery animation but beautifully drawn and you quite unexpectedly empathise with the neighbours because you too really feel the pull when the beat goes, even though you came to almost not notice it too
Oktapodi - very Pixarish short. Octopus rescue becomes Octopus escape. Bright, colourful and fun.
This Way Up - Smart, imaginative animation with a nod to Nightmare Before Xmas
Lavatory Lovestory - really quite touching, and amzingly expressive line drawing.
Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello - imagine Jules Verne meets steampunk.
The Moon and the Son - tedious. Presumably took Oscar because John Turturro and Eli Wallach voiced it.

In short (no pun). Still to see the final 2008 Oscar entry but my current choice is to win is This Way Up.
2008 - Correct film won
2007 - Fair enough in a not great year. No Time for Nuts could easily have taken it.
2006 - Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello should have won


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 11:09:45 AM   
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Last couple in Jan and first one from Feb:

008) Fitzcarraldo  (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1982) - 7.0
Not quite the masterpiece I'd hoped, and falls a little short of Aguirre, but still a good Herzog / Kinski collaboration. The dvd defaulted to German audio and English subs, and that's how I watched it. The subs were shockingly bad, and subsequent comparison between subs and English audio appear to show that either a) the dubbing is censored (or at least altered); or b) the subs are even more wayward, making things up that were never spoken...

 
013) Blind Chance  (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, 1987) - 6.0
Another film that I'd hoped would be marvellous, but falls slightly short of the director's other releases. In particular, this suffers a little in comparison with No End, another Kieslowski film set against the political background of 70s Poland. It uses the same technique as (and indeed is credited as a direct influence on) Run Lola Run, with three distinct eventualities played out with very different consequences for the main character.


018) The Brothers Grimm  (Terry Gilliam, USA, 2005) - 2.0
Without doubt, the worst Gilliam movie I've ever seen. From the terrible overdubs in the opening scene to the crappy CGI, I haven't had this little fun watching an effects-based film since The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. What were they thinking? Grim indeed. I'm tempted to give it an extra point for the scene with the horse eating the child, but no, the occasional quirky moment cannot lift this out travesty out of the mire.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 11:12:24 AM   
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...and Kinski's performance in Fitzcarraldo, whilst not as wonderful as the maniacal Aguirre, still makes a worthy entry onto my performances list:

03) Klaus Kinski - "Fitzcarraldo"  (Fitzcarraldo, Germany, 1982)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 11:35:33 AM   
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January list up later today! if i have time


Read what you said about it in the WC forum,so hope my beloved Peppermint Candy is going to show up well on your list.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 2/2/2009 12:47:23 PM   
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JoJo in the Stars - beautiful to look at, the ringmaster's vocal is fantastic, but not particularly original


It was very much inspired by a Nick Cave song, so it's always going to have that 'influenced' feel. A great short though, you've seen some incredible short films this year.

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