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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 25/2/2009 9:36:30 PM   
Lex Romero


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First Viewing

5/5

1. Taxi Driver

Needed to rewatch the film last week for a talk I gave on it this week.  There's really nothing I can say about it that hasn't already been said so I'll just throw out a few random thoughts:

- the film kind of works as a "peep show" style comedy, Travis is constantly in awkward situations, especially with women, where he doesn't know how to interact with them that lead to some darkly funny moments where you can't help but cringe.

- I love picking up on things on repeat viewings.  Like how characters call travis nicknames like cowboy, cop and killer.  It's comparing him to these typically masculine roles based on external apperance, whilst on his interior Travis doesn't feel like a man and it's these kind of archetypes he wants to emulate.  Like with the secret service agent. 

- I read an article during research that said originally the final shoot out was meant to involve Travis killing a house of black people, the pimp would have been black like the ones shown earlier in the film.  Schrader and Scorsese seem to agree that Travis was indeed racist, yet they decided against it when it came to shooting it because they were concerned people would think they were making a racist film, rather than a film about a racist figure.  Scorsese even asked Schrader to go out and look for a white pimp, yet Schrader couldn't find one, the kind of pimps that dealed with girls like Iris were all black irl. 

02. The Wrestler

4.5/5

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

06. Kung Fu Panda
07. Deliverance
08. Bonnie and Clyde


4/5

09. The Exorcist
10. The Escapist
11. Night of the Living Dead
12. Cape Fear
13. The Graduate

14. The Dark Knight

15. Rope

What a great little film.  Having it being made up of only 5 or 6 long shots is fantastic and I love how the camera moves around the room following the guests.  There's a great moment where the camera pulls back and the characters conversation slowly becomes harder to hear, just as it would be if we were in the room with them.

Acting is quite brilliant all around, I love Brandon and Philips relationship in this, as one slowly breaks down after the murder, whilst the other bullies him telling him deal with it.  A lot of people talk about Stewert being mis cast but I loved him in this, I thought he balanced the character very well, so we were constantly with that thought of "does he really believe this stuff or does he just say it as part of his general anti-social behaviour?".

Conceptually it's a fun and interesting set up, though a little too far fetched in that it's kind of hard to believe by the end that this philosophy teacher never once genuinely considered anyone following through with his theory and is then has years of beliefs changed the moment he discovers it.

Apart from that it's a great film and I love the final shot, Stewert sat on the chair, gun in hand.  Whilst one of them sits at the piano with a look of shock on his face, the other getting himself a drink.  The flash of red and blue from the police cars coming in through the window. Beautiful.

16. Chinatown

3.5/5

17. As Good as it Gets
18. Kiwi!
19. Ghost in the Shell

20. The Lost Boys

Wow.  This was so 80s.  More 80s than the 80s.  I think a lot of people must have rose tinted glasses on with this film as a lot talk about it as a fantastic 80s film and a great vampire flick, but it's really not.  Is it entertaining?  Yes, when not bothering with the older brother and vamp girl romance.  Is it a good film?  God no.  The older brother and girl seem to be in a different film to the younger brother and the Frog brothers, acting like they're in some deep romantic film.  Even though I don't recall the characters actually having a conversation before they fall in love.   Whilst his younger brother and the frog brothers are in some kind of "goonies with vampires" film.  Which is where the entertainment factor comes in, it's a very silly film and when the film is trying to convince us it's not, it fails. 

I'd be curious to know what the DTV sequal is like because people talked about the original like it was some sacred cow we wouldn't want to sully with a poor sequal.  But a film would have to be seriously shitty to be a genuine disappintment and poor sequal to this.

It does make me wonder what happened to these kind of films though.  Thinking about the kind of films released in the past decade starring teenagers I can't think of any that are really about the teen "outsiders" the goths/rockers/geeks, most are filled with the abercrombie and finch models still wearing the clothes from their last job.  I thought those folks were reserved for the slasher flicks, because we never care about them and are hoping they'll be killed. 

21. The Postman Always Rings Twice


3/5

22. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


23. Zack and Miri Make a Porno

This was disappointing.  Smith never claims to be anything more than a mediocre director who makes "piss and fart joke" films.  Yet even with that he's managed in his career to make a series of films that are often pretty great comedies, and rise above that in some way.  He's pulled off a fantastic geeky comedy on a shoe string budget, a romantic comedy that shows relationships for what they are - fucked up and often falling apart due to our own insecurities and expectations - in Chasing Amy.  A smart religious comedy that doesn't resort to "lolz luk at religion".  And a sequal to his first film, that IMO is one of the most laugh out loud comedies of the past decade.

Yet we come to Zack and Miri.  A film that has been through hell with the MPAA and advertisers "zomg you cant mention porn in the title!!! oh yeah you can have guns and explosions though" and in all honesty the only way I was offended was by the mediocre jokes.  There's a couple of memorable scenes, I love Routh and Long's moments as a gay couple.  Pretty much anything Craig Robinson says is great. 
Also I love that Smith cast real porn stars for his porn stars, a lot of other directors would have felt that "beneath them".

But other than that it's nothing more than average in the comedy department.  And depressingly the romantic aspect, despite the set up, is only hiding the fact it's your typical rom-com plot.  Anyone hoping for a Chasing Amy style look at relationships will be disappointed as all we get is your run of the mill "girl and guy don't get together due to misunderstanding, guy runs to teh girl at end of film and proclaims his love".  I think the majority of us in real life would agree that two friends becoming a couple is fraught with problems, Smith's film doesn't bother exploring that and just wraps it up with a "hey, actually best friends getting together is great!  No problems at all!"


24. In Search of a Midnight Kiss

2.5/5

25. Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five

2/5

1.5/5

1/5


26. High School Musical 2

0.5/5

27. Skinned Deep

Films Viewed Per Decade - first / repeat viewings

2000s - 10  /  2
1990s - /
1980s - 1 /

1970s - 3  / 1
1960s - 3  /
1950s - 0  /
1940s - 2 /
1930s - 0  /
1920s - 0  /
1910s - 0  /
1900s - 0  /

English language films  - 21 / 3
Foreign language films - 3
/ 0


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 25/2/2009 9:40:54 PM   
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Oh and that brings me up to 24 new films seen this year so far.  Which is on average 3 films a week.  I want to try and keep that up throughout the year so I can beat last years "new films seen in 2008" score of 120.  

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 5:33:53 AM   
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2. All Or Nothing (1st view, 2002, Mike Leigh) - 5/5*
Brilliant film from Mike Leigh. Grim from the very first frame and it stays like that throughout as it shows us the lives of three families on a London council estate. Leigh’s improvisational style works wonders, and pretty much the entire cast is superb. It’s the kind of film in which discussions about the price of petrol or the expiry dates of bread rolls tell us just as much about the characters as the more important events. Excellent.

23. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2nd view 2005, Miranda July) - 4/5
Surprisingly sweet drama about a group of lonely people who find love and friendship. A bit too quirky at times, but endearing.

32. True North (1st view, 2006, Steve Hudson) - 4/5*
Drama about about Scottish fishermen who decide to smuggle some Chinese immigrant into the UK from Belgium, but it isn’t long before guilt and tragedy come calling. Well-acted by all.

34. Push (1st view, 2009, Paul McGuigan) - 4/5*
Took me a bit by surprise this one. It gets a bit overblown during the final action scenes, and some of the best characters get forgotten about in the final third, but with it’s gang of psychic heroes (a sort of cross between the X-Men and Danny Ocean’s mob), this works well within the universe it’s created. I’d like to see another instalment.

63. Sawdust and Tinsel/Gycklarnas afton (1st view, 1953, Ingmar Bergman) - 4/5*
A ringmaster of an ailing circus goes and visits his wife and children who he left three years earlier, a decision which angers his new girlfriend. Of the Ingmar Bergman films I’ve seen so far, this is my least favourite, but it still has much to applaud.

70. My House In Umbria (1st view, 2003, Richard Loncraine.) - 3/5*
Survivors of a terrorist attack on a train go to Maggie Smith’s Italian country home to convalesce. The picturesque setting is appealing and there’s a fine cast (Chris Cooper, Ronnie Barker, Timothy Spall) but the resolution of the story is a bit too neat.

9. Timothy Spall as Phil in All or Nothing
11. Lesley Manville as Penny in All or Nothing
16. Alison Garland as Rachel in All Or Nothing
33. Sam Kelly as Sid in All Or Nothing
49. John Hawkes as Richard Swersey in Me and You and Everyone We Know
52. Sally Hawkins as Samantha in All Or Nothing
55. Maggie Smith as Mrs. Emily Delahunty in My House In Umbria
58. Gary Lewis as The Skipper in True North
71. Peter Mullan as Riley in True North



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 1:22:30 PM   
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5. The Usual Suspects (1995, Singer) - 4.5/5*
Holds up surprisingly well on repeat viewings. The performances (bar Baldwin) are superb, the script is exceptional, the direction is great and the score is excellent. Add on to that, it's got one of the most engaging and deceptively deep stories of any neo-noir or classic noir film, and it's simply one of the best film's I've ever seen. Bigger review in my Top 50 thread.

Short films
23. Life is Short (2006, Lindhome & Oskowitz) - 3/5
A short man (Samm Levine) is told to live life like he wants to by his irresponsible therapist Dr. Nut (Seth Macfarlane, in a woefully underused and wasted opportunity), and so he dumps his perfect girlfriend (Alexis Bledel) and starts dating tall girls. Naturally, it all ends in disaster. Some surprisingly good jokes and Levine's and Macfarlane's natural comic timing aside, the writing's very lacklustre, Dr. Nut is criminally wasted, and the whole thing's underwhelming.

24. Dysenchanted (2004, Miller) - 2/5
A bunch of fairytale heroines meet for a therapy session with Jim Belushi, and a desperate housewive joins them. The idea that fairytales are simply fantastical analogies for real life is a neat idea to base a film on, but the film focuses on this for the only good minute or so in it, and it bookends this scene with forced and unfunny references to the source material of each heroine. This also proves, sadly, that Alexis Bledel is really quite shocking without a good script (yes, I like Gilmore Girls, shut up).

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Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint (The Usual Suspects, 1995)
40. Gabriel Byrne as Dean Keaton (The Usual Suspects, 1995)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 2:12:36 PM   
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proves, sadly, that Alexis Bledel is really quite shocking without a good script (yes, I like Gilmore Girls, shut up).


No - I shall sit here slightly shocked first.

Please just tell me it is a lust thing!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 7:38:18 PM   
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19. Back To The Future Part III (Zemeckis, 1990)- 8/10

A fun film. BTTF PART II > BTTF > BTTF PART III


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 8:02:04 PM   
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I like Gilmore Girls as well, that makes two of us, Pigeon
And I also like Stephen Baldwin in The Usual Suspects. "Oswald was a fag"

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 9:54:24 PM   
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proves, sadly, that Alexis Bledel is really quite shocking without a good script (yes, I like Gilmore Girls, shut up).


No - I shall sit here slightly shocked first.

Please just tell me it is a lust thing!


....

A bit.



I appreciate Gilmore Girls more for the dialogue than the actual story anyway - the rapid-fire back-and-forth common of the show always elevates even the most horrifically melodramatic of episodes.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:27:50 PM   
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Exactly. Surprising good acting, too.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:30:54 PM   
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I still remember watching one of the sequels to Saw (don't ask) and saying "Hey, isn't that the guy from Gilmore Girls?", which resulted in my friends... just staring at me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:32:23 PM   
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Haha, I watched IV with my friends but thankfully didn't ask this

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:38:10 PM   
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Exactly. Surprising good acting, too.


Exactly! How can one hate anything with Bernard Herrman?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:39:41 PM   
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Huh?  You mean Edward, right?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:41:42 PM   
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Exactly. Surprising good acting, too.


Exactly! How can one hate anything with Bernard Herrman?



If only the music were that good.

I actually think her parents are excellent - but when you grow up with the rapid-fire comedy in the films it tries to ape it just seems so fake. And she is just so damn annoying - I spent most of the first season wanting to punch her. That ain't a good sign when she's the lead.

Kirk was fun, though. Is that the right name?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:48:35 PM   
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Huh?  You mean Edward, right?


FUCK.

Yes, I meant Edward.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:50:15 PM   
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I assumed it was a deliberate joke with all the Hitch talk on the other thread

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 26/2/2009 10:52:59 PM   
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I assumed it was a deliberate joke with all the Hitch talk on the other thread


You give me too much credit.

I have no problem with that.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 27/2/2009 12:30:11 AM   
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#3 Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008) Gervasi 9/10

I have no interest in heavy metal music but this film was in equal parts hilarious and touchingly sad. Featuring Lips and the impossibly named drummer, Robb Reiner, this film charts the attempts of Anvil to live the dream as rock gods.  It works because the director genuinely cares about the characters in this rockumentary and isn't there to take cheap shots or sarcastic laughs.  As a result, the laughs feel funnier and the emotions run deeper.  There are nice hints to This is Spinal Tap! throughout but this is the real thing.

Likely to be difficult to get find for a lot of peopleas it is unlikely to showing in many cinemas but it is a gem.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 27/2/2009 12:54:28 PM   
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74. No. 2 (2006, Fraser) - 3.5/5
A stock-standard Pacific Islander Family Drama elevated by Ruby Dee's sublime performance as a crotchety Fijian matriarch who demands her grandchildren throw her a feast so that she can name her 'successor', and by Fraser's surprisingly decent script. Larger review in my NZ Film thread.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 27/2/2009 1:54:44 PM   
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My new films on the list in order of ranking are:

Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson,1994) 9/10
A Life Less Ordinary (Danny Boyle,1997) 8/10 Still in my Boyle top Five!
Bully (Larry Clark,2001) 7.5/10 This is what he is caperble off
Pollock (Ed Harris,2000) 7.5/10
Joy of Madness (Lezate divanegi) (Hana Makhualbaf,2003) 7/10
Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood,1985) 7/10
Yes (Sally Potter,2004) 6.5/10 A bit of a cult watch this, a very bold film, but a classic case of great ideas with nothing to tie it altogether at least on the first viewing.
The Wackness (Jonathan Levine,2008) 6.5/10 A big disserpointment.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 28/2/2009 5:20:04 AM   
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42. 3-4 x jûgatsu (Boiling Point) (1990, Kitano) - 4/5
A much better film than Kitano's punishingly slow debut, Violent Cop, this almost Godard-esque film takes many liberties with conventional pacing, filmmaking and narrative structure - there are long sequences of events that are simply there to build on the characters, there's a liberal use of jump cuts and hand-held camera usage (juxtaposed against conventional camera techniques), and the ending is sudden and jarring. Kitano's script contains a lot of dark humour, making it an easier affair to watch than the relentlessly bleak Violent Cop, and the performances are excellent all round, with Kitano impressing far more than he did in his directorial debut, here playing a misogynistic, sociopathic, petulant, delusional small-time gangster named Uehara. It's still relentlessly and suddenly violent, and the pacing is sometimes lethargic, but all-in-all it's a much better cinematic experience than Violent Cop.

Short Films
3. One Man Band (2005, Andrews & Jimenez) - 4.5/5*
My favourite of the Pixar shorts I've seen, an exquisitely animated, hilarious tale of two street performers duelling musically for a young girl's coin. The music is possibly the best in any Pixar film ever, and it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

6. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008, Whedon) - 4.5/5*
I'm counting this as a short film because I watched the three 'episodes' in sequence, and it essentially is a forty-five minute short film divided into three. Whedon captures lightning in a bottle here, with this hilarious, well-executed, suprisingly dark tale of an inept, sympathetic-but-not-really villain (played perfectly by Neil Patrick Harris - it's not a groundbreaking performance, but Patrick Harris inhabits the duality of his character with skill and subtlety) who inadvertently brings the girl of his dreams (the shaky but cute Felicia Day) together with his arch-nemesis, arrogant jackass superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion, utterly brilliant and hilarious as the stereotypical jock type), and works to win Penny's heart from him and exact revenge on Hammer. The songs are superb ('Slipping', 'On The Rise' and 'Brand New Day' are highlights), the acting generally great, and the writing exceptional - plus, the ending is an emotional throatpunch that may not hold the effect it had on first viewing when watched again, but is still damn potent.

9. Jack-Jack Attack (2005, Bird) - 4/5*
There's not really much to say about this sketch, which is basically a subplot excised from The Incredibles, but Kari's adventures in babysitting the Parr's baby Jack-Jack are utterly hilarious, and combined with the seamless animation and the superb voice-acting, the film doesn't need to be much more.

10. Fifty Percent Grey (2001, Robinson) - 4/5
Ruadri Robinson (aka the guy meant to be making the live-action American Akira) directs this short, three animation about a soldier who arrives in heaven - only to find it's an endless white room with a TV. The comedy in this is unapologetically dark, but somehow, it still tickles the funny bone (in a God-I-feel-bad-laughing way) as it suggests the cosmos have no differentiation between heaven, purgatory and hell, and that they really are just human constructs designed to make us be good.

19. Boundin' (2003, Luckey & Gould) - 3.5/5**
Dancing sheep gets shaved, laughed at by friends, jackalope teaches him about tolerance and optimism. It's painfully simple, and the narration is tedious and unimaginative at times and somewhat derivative of Seuss, but it's exceptionally animated and always succeeds in evoking happy feelings.

21. The Silent City (2006, Robinson) - 3.5/5**
A live-action film about an army patrol in dystopian, war-strewn Ireland, The Silent City uses CGI expertly and is rather exciting, but is let down by the fact that it really just seems like a pitch for a feature film and suffers from its short running time. It's a shallow effects piece, but a damn effective one.

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Neil Patrick Harris as Billy/Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, 2008)
47. Takeshi Kitano as Uehara (Boiling Point, 1990)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Wathced This Year: 2009 - 28/2/2009 5:39:22 AM   
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40. Jarhead (2nd view, 2005, Sam Mendes) - 4/5
Is there some law that says that all films showing military training need to have a drill sergeant who shouts and swears in a comical manner? Not a bad film, but I preferred the book.


55. V For Vendetta (2nd view, 2005, James McTeigue) - 4/5
Well I like it, but I imagine the graphic novel is quite a bit more dense and complex. I should read it really, by all accounts I’m in for a treat.


70. The Libertine (1st view, 2004, Laurence Dunmore) - 3/5*
Johnny Depp was certainly the best thing about this, though the design, music and supporting cast can’ be faulted either, it just wasn’t all that interesting.


12. Johnny Depp as John Wilmot in The LIbertine
48. John Hurt as High Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta


That's my lot for February now. I had hoped to top 100 before March and PA a run for his money, but I won't be watching anymore today. Curse my love for TV!


Anyway, March list here!



Features


1. The Odd Couple (9th view, 1968, Gene Saks) - 4/5
2. Seance on A Wet Afternoon (1st view, 1964, Bryan Forbes) - 4/5*
3. A Fish Called Wanda (5th view, 1988, Charles Crichton) - 4/5
4. Persepolis (1st view, 2007, Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi) - 4/5*
5. Galaxy Quest (9th view, 1999, Dean Parisot) - 4/5
6. Watchmen (1st view, 2009, Zack Snyder) - 4/5*
7. Cinderella Man (2nd view, 2005, Ron Howard) - 4/5*
8. The Motorcycle Diaries/Diarios de motocicleta (2nd view, 2004, Walter Salles) - 4/5
9. The International (1st view, 2009, Tom Tykwer) - 4/5*
10. Gran Torino (1st view, 2008, Clint Eastwood) - 4/5*

11. The King (2nd view, 2005, James Marsh) - 4/5
12. Gods and Generals (1st view, 2003, Ronald F. Maxwell) - 4/5*
13. On A Clear Day (1st view, 2005, Gaby Dellal) - 4/5*
14. In The Mood For Love/(1st view, 2000, Wong Kar-wai) - 4/5*
15. Devi/The Goddess (1st view, 1960, Satyajit Ray) - 4/5*
16. Bolt - 3D (1st view, 2008, Byron Howard, Chris Williams) - 4/5*
17. Cleopatra (2nd view, 1963, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) - 4/5
18. Gone Baby Gone (1st view, 2007, Ben Affleck) - 4/5
19. After Hours (2nd view, 1985, Martin Scorsese) - 4/5
20. Bug (1st view, 2006, William Friedkin) - 4/5*

21. Drugstore Cowboy (1st view, 1989, Gus Van Sant) - 4/5*
22. Where The Truth Lies (1st view, 2005, Atom Egoyan) - 4/5*
23. Half Nelson (1st view, 2006, Ryan Fleck) - 4/5*
24. Days and Night In The Forest/Aranyer Din Ratri (1st view, 1970, Satyajit Ray) - 4/5*
25. Duplicity (1st view, 2009, Tony Gilroy) - 4/5*
26. Stealth (2nd view, 2005, Rob Cohen) - 4/5
27. Ghost Town (1st view, 2008, David Koepp) - 4/5*
28. Sword Of Xanten (1st view, 2004, Uli Edel) - 3/5*
29. Nil By Mouth (1st view, 1997, Gary Oldman) - 3/5*
30. Y tu mamá también/And Your Mother Too (1st view, 2001, Alfonso Cuarón) - 3/5*

31. Knowing (1st view, 2009, Alex Proyas) - 3/5*
32. Diary Of The Dead (1st view, 2007, George A. Romero) - 3/5*
33. Custer Of The West (1st view, 1967, Robert Siodmak) - 3/5*
34. 2046 (1st view, 2004, Wong Kar-wai) - 3/5*
35. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (1st view, 2004, Kevin Rodney Sullivan) - 3/5*
36. Jennifer Eight (1st view, 1992, Bruce Robinson) - 3/5*
37. Under The Tuscan Sun (1st view, 2003, Audrey Wells) - 3/5*
38. The Mutant Chronicles (1st view, 2008, Simon Hunter) - 3/5*
39. Failure To Launch (1st view, 2006, Tom Dey) - 2/5*
40. Fathom (1st view, 1967, Leslie H. Martinson) - 2/5*

41. Barbershop (1st view, 2002, Tim Story) - 2/5*
42. Bright Young Things (1st view, 2003, Stephen Fry) - 2/5*
43. Jack The Ripper (1976, Jesus Franco) - 2/5*
44. The Benchwarmers (1st view, 2006, Dennis Dugan) - 2/5*
45. Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001, Jimmy T. Murakami) - 1/5*

Shorts


1. Day of the Fight (1st view, 1951, Stanley Kubrick) - 3/5*
2. Tokyo Mater (1st view, 2008, John Lasseter) - 3/5*



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I had hoped to top 100 before March and PA a run for his money,


Im still pretty optimistic he will slow down soon since he should be back at uni. I think im still about 10 behind you though anyway

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55. V For Vendetta (2nd view, 2005, James McTeigue) - 4/5
Well I like it, but I imagine the graphic novel is quite a bit more dense and complex. I should read it really, by all accounts I’m in for a treat.
Haven't read the graphic novel either, but the only good thing about the film are a few performances and the knife fights.
BTW, how come you don't have Weaving on your list?

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BTW, how come you don't have Weaving on your list?



Mainly because I couldn't hear him half the time. He was often drowned out by the music and sound. Maybe it was just because I was watching a taped copy rather than a DVD. He did have a eerie level of optimistic menace in his voice though, and I probably would have included him in better circumstances. And the film is deeply flawed, can't argue with that, but anyone who knows me will tell you I often value the underdog





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7. Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI (1986. McLoughlin) 9/10
The absolute highlight of the franchise. At this point, they dropped any pretence of this being a serious horror film and instead made it a horror-comedy of the Evil Dead 2 ilk. Gleefully ignoring any attempts at realism (Jason is brought back to live by a bolt of lightning), it's filled with some neat sight gags (a small child at camp asleep with a copy of John-Paul Sartre's No Exit), some clever writing ("I've seen enough horror films to know a weirdo in a mask is bad news") and an infectious sense of fun. Genuinely enjoyable and with decent cast, it's a bit of a gem.

27. Muderball (2005, Rubin & Shapiro) 8/10
Engrossing documentary about quad-rugby (originally labelled Murderball), a paralympic event where the contestants use armoured wheelchairs to play. Focusing on the rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada (whose coach Joe Soares was a former hero for the US team), it highlights the personalities of a few individuals, all with a unique story to tell. Rather than patronize the players, it's disarmingly honest (US spokesperson Mark Zupan is described by friends as "as asshole before the accident") and it's the human side that make all paticipants, even the over-ambitious Soares, so interesting and likable. The sports scenes are also very well shot.

57. Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985, Steinmann) 4/10
The fifth in the series and a real lull before the excellence of Part VI. Aside from the pointless twist at the end, it's full of totally unlikable characters and ill-judged comic relief (an annoying hick family and an over-bearing fat mental patient both played for laughs) and, until the appalling Jason Goes To Hell, is the nadir for the franchise.

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6. The Elephant Man (1980, Lynch) – 10/10
The second Lynch-film to grace the top 10, and deservedly so. The touching story of John Merrick – the elephant man – is one to savor, much thanks to two brilliant performances by Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt. Also worth a mention is Lynch himself, for some brilliant black and white composition and a brilliantly added Dickensian aspect that I somehow failed to pay much attention to the first time I saw it. I’d recommend it to anyone claiming that beating object inside their body is a heart.

17. There Will Be Blood (2007, Anderson) – 8/10
I’ve gotta be honest: I’m on the fence for this one. There’s a masterpiece buried in it, and apart from a too slow pace, it is flawless. But I’m not so sure I love it, or if I have ever. Boogie Nights is still PTA’s best, and it saddens me that not more people love that film as much as Blood. Still, there is much to explore in the latter film, particularly the use of fire. Pay attention to the oiled face of Day-Lewis in the oil derrick scene, which stands in a stark contrast to Ciaran Hind’s clean face. It is important to remember which one of the two of them who goes to look for H.W. and who keeps talking about the black gold (“there’s an whole ocean of whole beneath our feet”). A hint of a play with the devil, no?


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11. Donnie Darko (Kelly, 2001)- 9/10

A brilliant film, if not the masterpiece it's made out to be.

20. Gangs Of New York (Scorcese 2002)
- 8/10

I haven't watched this in years. The first time I saw it I thought it was rubbish, however this time I thought it was brilliant. Day- Lewis and Di Caprio are excellent, while I don't think Diaz is as bad as everyone says.

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The Cremator
 
This black comedy-horror from Juraj Herz tells the tale of the owner of a crematorium and his indoctrination to comply and agree with the Nazi agenda of exterminating humans en masse. Maybe it isn't so much indoctrination, there is certainly an element of the cremator's own twisted will to provide some eternal 'freedom' through the flames of his furnaces. Personally I didn't find much to actually find funny in the film, maybe it's typical eastern European humour, but the film holds a strange atmosphere and a good, if not rather mad, performance from the title character played by Rudolf Hrusínský....................(oh come on you must all know who I mean!)

Intimate Lighting

A placid story of friends reunited.....yes that's pretty much it. It was enjoyable to a certain extent but there's so very little to analyze. It feels more like the director was simply showing family and friends in their place, interacting naturally and showing the bliss they had in that sense of belonging. Make it as deep as you like I suppose.

Palms

I really want to like this film more. It's a genre dodging debut from Russian director Artour Aristakisyan....??? Not heard of him? Well that's probably because this was made in 1993 and he's only made one other film, though I am now curious to seek out that film. It is literally a epistle from the director to his unborn son..a 136 minute epistle Ok so not the longest film in history, but when you realise the sheer monotony of this film it's one of the hardest films I've had to watch in a long time. The epistle is read out in chapters, talking about beggars, society, spirits, systems, suffering...you know, the usual, but the imagery accompanying this voice over is stark monochrome with film stock that tries to match the quality(?) of it's opening sequence shots of the crucifixion of Christ and death of early Christians presumerably from a film of the 1910s or 20s. After that opening it's over two hours of beggars, cripples and paupers. To be honest it's both beautiful to look at from an artistic standpoint but also harrowing and moving. They aren't actors, they are real people being filmed and watching them in such desperate circumstances is really quite upsetting. These images often aren't directly linked with what is being read in the epistle they usually act as springboards for his desires and fears for his child to be exposed. The monotony of the film isn't really the hardest thing to overcome, it's the mindbending, chaotic and enigmatic thoughts of the creator being poured out that is so difficult to discern. Maybe reading the epistle as a book might make it easier to understand exactly what he means but it is quite an impressionable film none the less.


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