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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 2/5/2009 11:41:22 PM   
DCMaximo


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1. Chinatown (1974, Polanski) 10/10
Spellbinding tale of corruption, murder and deceit in 1930's LA. Robert Towne's script manages to be both complex and totally engaging, with none of the twists and turns feeling convoluted. The performances are also excellent, with Jack Nicholson expertly portraying a man who doesn't seem to realise until too late that he is in over his head, whilst John Huston is the standout, being genuinely unsettling while at the same time giving off an air of authority. A masterpiece I can't do justice to in words.

8. Diner (1982, Levinson) 9/10
Terrific comedy-drama about a group of friends in 1959 who frequent a late night diner. A great ensemble cast includes Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg (a career-best performance) and Daniel Stern, and Levinson's script is very well balanced, covering some funny scenes (Guttenberg's football test for his fiance which will determine whether they'll get married) as well as more serious moments (Bacon's family troubles).

25. Local Hero (1983, Forsyth) 8/10
Heart-warming comedy about an oil executive sent to buy a small Scottish village to be developed into oil-fields. Taking in a quirky cast of characters, including Burt Lancaster's astrology-obsessed tycoon and Peter Capaldi's love-lorn executive, Forsyth always makes them feel like real people, even in the more absurd moments. Totally enjoyable throughout.

33. The Ten Commandments (1923, DeMille) 8/10
Cecil B. DeMille's first attempt at adapting the tale of Moses leading the Israeli's from Egypt, here the tale is used as a prologue to a contemporary morality tale. The first half of the film features some spectacular effects, and the parting of the Red Sea looks as good, if not better, than the '56 version. The second half is also quite interesting, with Rod La Rocque's portrayal as an immoral son being far more interesting than his bland, righteous brother. Not as enjoyable as the sheer spectacle DeMille gave us in his remake, this silent version is still worth watching.

96. The Black Dahlia (2006, De Palma) 5/10
The novel of The Black Dahlia is one of the most engrossing books I've ever read. The film adaptation, sadly, is nowhere near as interesting. In trying to cram as much as possible into the film, the script severely short-changes several characters who may as well not appear in the book. At the same time, we get no impression of how big the Dahlia murder was at the time and the obsession with the murder victim felt by the two lead characters is barely acknowledged, making the end of the film totally confusing. Poor performances from Josh Hartnett and a miscast Scarlett Johansson don't help, with only Mia Kirshner in a small role as the Dahlia bringing any heart to her role.  

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 9:19:47 AM   
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1. The Dark Knight (2008)  - 10/10
A thoroughly compelling, crime movie that has totally shook up the superhero genre. Cast is all terrific and is anchored by Heath Ledger's explosive turn.

18. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) - 10/10
Eastwood's work is excellent here in this commanding tale of the doomed soldiers on the Japanese side of the war. A brilliant and totally original war movie.

23. Happiness (1998) - 9/10
Very, very dark comedy drama that is edgy, sharp and hilarious. Cast are excellent, in particular very brave work from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Dylan Baker.

38. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)  - 8/10
Offbeat and loads of fun.

47. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) - 8/10
Probably Woody Allen's sexiest movie to date, with a typical mix of dry humour and some fantastic characterisations. Bardem is terrific in a role which seems to have been made for him.

66. Confetti (2005) - 5/10
A poor man's version of Christopher Guest's work. Some funny moments but too many unlikeable characters.

Performances:

2. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
8. Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
15. Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
37. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Happiness
43. Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 9:21:37 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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19. The Mist (1st view, 2007, Frank Darabont) - 4/5*
One of the best horror films in a long time and, after countless others, a Stephen King horror adaptation that I actually really like. The script isn't always subtle and the effects are obviously low budget, but a fine bunch of actors help this along, frighteningly tense set-pieces, and an unforgettable conclusion.

60. Fahrenheit 451 (2nd view, 1966, François Truffaut) - 4/5
When I first saw this about 6 years ago I wasn’t all that impressed, but it’s greatly improved on a second viewing. It’s really just a good story that is well told, helped along by memorable design, a great score by Bernard Hermann. The acting from Julie Christie and Oskar Werner could be a lot better, but it’s never that much of a drawback. Certainly the best film I’ve seen by François Truffaut. New Wave just isn’t my cup of tea!

65. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (1st/2nd, 2009, Gavin Hood) - 4/5*
As far as I’m concerned any film with a great deal of Hugh Jackman cannot be a bad thing, and one that centres solely on Wolverine, best of the X-Men, well, it has to be a winner. Still, there’s a great deal wrong with it. Chock full of plot holes and characters contradicting each other within minutes, lots of shonky CGI (often in scenes that you’d think wouldn’t need any, far too many characters with little to do and having biggish names like Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Monoghan for little more than cameos seems like a waste. Still, Jackman! Also has one of the best credit sequences I've seen in ages.

94. Lakeview Terrace (1st view, 2008, Neil LaBute) - 4/5*
I didn’t realise until after I’d seen it that this was directed by Neil LaBute. It surprised me, as the film seemed like a generic thriller really, certainly not on a par with stuff from Labute such as In The Company Of Men or The Shape Of Things. Still, it’s better than The Wicker Man and as such films go it delivers the goods, and Jackson hasn’t been this good in years

110. Body Of Lies (1st view, 2008, Ridley Scott) - 3/5*
A bit of a disappointment. DiCaprio and Crowe are good, Mark Strong excellent, and Scott delivers the visuals as ever, but the story lacks any urgency or direction.

126. The Passion Of The Christ (2nd view, 2004, Mel Gibson) - 3/5
I saw this at the cinema and thought it was well-made and had a fine performance from Jim Caviezel, but was really a long, hard. brutal slog. Almost 5 years later and that’s still what I think.

160. Hero Wanted (1st view, 2008, Brian Smrz) - 2/5*
Cuba Gooding Jr plays a binman. You don’t get that many iconic binmen on the silver screen. You have plenty of policemen, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, arthors, artists, etc, but refuse collecting isn’t a profession that lends itself to the glamour of the big screen. Unfortunately, champions of the cause for garbage collectors will still be found wanting after this tiresome effort, in which Gooding achieves fame and hero status after rescuing a girl from a car fire, only to turn to alcohol and eventually concoct a botched bank robbery in order to impress a girl who works there. Ray Liotta is on autopilot as the cop who suspects him, and I almost fell asleep during it. Twice. Not good.


89. Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody in The Mist


May List here!

Features

1. The Train (4th view, 1964, John Frankenheimer) - 5/5
2. The Railway Children (1st view, 1970, Lionel Jeffries) - 5/5
3. The Towering Inferno (12th viewm 1974, John Guillermin/Irwin Allen) - 5/5
4. The Dresser (2nd view, 1983, Peter Yates) - 4/5
5. You Can Count On Me (1st view, 2000, Kenneth Lonergan) - 4/5*
6. Black Narcissus (1st view, `947, Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger) - 4/5*
7. Drag Me To Hell (1st view, 2009k Sam Raimi) - 4/5*
8. The Mist (1st view, 2007, Frank Darabont) - 4/5*
9. The Lost Weekend (2nd view, 1945, Billy Wilder) - 4/5
10. Coraline 3D (1st view, 2009, Henry Selick) - 4/5*

11. Only Yesterday (1st view, 1991, Isao Takahata) - 4/5*
12. Good Night and Good Luck (2nd view, 2005, George Clooney) - 4/5
13. I Married A Witch (1st view, 1942, René Clair) - 4/5*
14. Star Trek (1st view, 2009, JJ Abrams) - 4/5*
15. 42nd Street (1st view, 1933, Lloyd Bacon) - 4/5*
16. The Night Of The Generals (1st view, 1967, Anatole Litvak) - 4/5*
17. The Da Vinci Code (4th view, 2006, Ron Howard) - 4/5
18. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2nd view, 2004, Brad Silberling - 4/5)
19. Becket (1st view, 1964, Peter Glenville) - 4/5*
20. Angels and Demons (1st view, 2009, Ron Howard) - 4/5*

21. Army Of Shadows/L'armée des ombres (1st view, 1969, Jean Pierre Melville) - 4/5*
22. Local Hero (1st view, 1983, Bill Forsyth) - 4/5*
23. Oldboy (2nd view, 2003, Chan-wook Park) - 4/5
24. Body Of Lies (1st view, 2008, Ridley Scott) - 3/5*
25. Before Night Falls (1st view, 2000, Julian Schnabel) - 3/5*
26. Whisper Of The Heart (1st view, 1995, Yoshifumi Kondō) - 3/5*
27. Just Friends (1st view, 2005, Roger Kumble) - 3/5*
28. Hero (2nd view, 2002, Zhang Yimou) - 3/5
29. Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow (2nd view, 2004, Kerry Conran) - 3/5
30. On The Edge (1st view, John Carney, 2001) - 3/5*

31. The Cat's Meow (1st view, 2001, Peter Bogdanovich) - 3/5*
32. She’s Having A Baby (1st view, 1988, John Hughes) - 3/5*
33. Cactus Jack (1979, Hal Needham) -2/5
34. Porco Rosso (1st view, 1992, Hayao Miyazaki) - 2/5*
35. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1st view, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki) - 2/5*
36. Kiki's Delivery Service (1st view, 1989, Hayao Miyazaki) - 2/5*
37. Pom Poko (1st view, 1994, Isao Takahata) - 2/5*
38. Hols: Prince of the Sun (1st view, 1968, Isao Takahata) - 2/5*
39. Hero Wanted (1st view, 2008, Brian Smrz) - 2/5*
40. The Castle of Cagliostro (1st view, 1979, Hayao Miyazaki) - 2/5*

41. Princess Mononoke (1st view, 1997, Hayao Miyazaki) - 2/5*


Shorts

1. The Frozen North (1st view, 1922, Buster Keaton/Edward F. Cline) - 2/5*


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 9:39:40 AM   
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89. Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody in The Mist



But not Ollie?  Hero of the piece!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 12:44:49 PM   
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April Films

01.     Odd Man Out (Reed, 1947) UK
02.     The Third Man (Reed, 1949) UK
03.     Black Narcissus (Powell/Pressburger, 1947) UK
04.     Bigger Than Life (Ray, 1956) USA
05.     Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Weir, 2003) USA
06.     Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger, 1958) USA
07.     In the Loop (Iannucci, 2009) UK (First View)
08.     The Reckless Moment (Ophüls, 1949) USA
09.     The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Ford, 1962) USA
10.     Dean Spanley (Fraser, 2008) NZ/UK  (First View)

11.     Caught (Ophüls, 1949) USA
12.     A Star is Born (Cukor, 1954) USA
13.     JFK (Stone, 1991) USA
14.     The Verdict (Lumet, 1982) USA
15.     Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in (Alfredson, 2008) SWE (First View)
16.     Finding Nemo (Stanton, 2003) USA
17.     The Odd Couple (Saks, 1968) USA
18.     The Man Between (Reed, 1953) UK
19.     Persepolis (Paronnaud/Satrapi, 2007) Fr 
20.     My Winnipeg (Maddin, 2007) CAN (First View)

21.     Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Sollett, 2008) USA (First View)
22.     The Omen (Donner, 1976) UK/ USA
23.     The Devil Wears Prada (Frankel, 2006) USA
24.     Happy Texas (Illseley, 1999) USA
25.     Salem's Lot (Hooper, 1979) USA
26.     In the Mouth of Madness (Carpenter, 1994) USA
27.     The Mummy (Freund, 1932) USA
28.     Paranoid Park (Van Sant, 2007) USA (First View)
29.     17 Again (Steers, 2009) USA (First View)
30.     Toy Soldiers (Petrie Jr, 1991) USA

31.     The Omen III: Final Conflict (Baker, 1981) UK/USA
32.     Last Chance Harvey (Hopkins, 2008) UK/USA (First View)
33.     Race to Witch Mountain (Fickman, 2009) USA (First View)
34.     Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (Darnell/McGrath, 2008) USA (First View)  
35.     X Men Origins: Wolverine (Hood, 2009) USA (First View)
36.     The X Files: I Want to Believe (Carter, 2009) USA (First View) 
37.     The Omen II (Taylor, 1978) USA
38.     Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (Brevig, 2008) USA (First View)
39.     Omen IV: The Awakening (Montesi/Othenin-Girad, 1991) USA  (First View)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 1:48:47 PM   
Pigeon Army


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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

94. Lakeview Terrace (1st view, 2008, Neil LaBute) - 4/5*
I didn't realise until after I'd seen it that this was directed by Neil LaBute. It surprised me, as the film seemed like a generic thriller really, certainly not on a par with stuff from Labute such as In The Company Of Men or The Shape Of Things. Still, it's better than The Wicker Man and as such films go it delivers the goods, and Jackson hasn't been this good in years



I'm going to need you to hand in your life membership as a film fan, because a heavily-ironic love of The Wicker Man remake is necessary in order to claim it.

Also, around about 5 points too high for The Passion of the Christ.

Anyway...

20. F For Fake (1974, Welles) - 4.5/5*
Second viewing for a group assignment on "What is art cinema?" (fucking useless lecturer, thinks he's funny giving us an obtuse question like that), which we're going to be basing a large part on this. It stays snug in its neat position, and it amazes just how well it holds up even knowing the ending. A large part of that's down to Welle's charismatic position as tour guide/poet/illusionist, but the central stories of Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving are becoming more and more fascinating to me, to the point I'm plotting out the basics of a play I wanna write based on Elmyr in my head (I still need to finish the one I'm currently writing, though), just because he's such a fascinating character. It would be my film of the week, but it was my film of the week last week. It's had its fucking turn.

131. Before Sunrise (1995, Linklater) - 3.5/5
I came in all ready to hate this movie upon hearing it was more Waking Life-Linklater than Scanner Darkly/Dazed-Linklater, but came away from this surprisingly decent film with a bit of a smile on my face. The difficult-indie-youngster/'90s-hipster-douchery that makes up about half the dialogue grates quickly, but Hawke and Delpy make impossibly likable leads despite the shit they're made to spew, Vienna looks very lovely, and when Linklater's not obsessed with making the pair spout ridiculously high-faluting small talk, he actually presents a pretty interesting and authentic painting of the relationships of the young and heady and awkward. A decent film, but not one I'll be running back to in a hurry, and one that makes me hate Waking Life all the more now that I've learned my favourite scene in that is just cribbed from ideas explored better in this film.



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


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 2:02:38 PM   
DCMaximo


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

94. Lakeview Terrace (1st view, 2008, Neil LaBute) - 4/5*
I didn't realise until after I'd seen it that this was directed by Neil LaBute. It surprised me, as the film seemed like a generic thriller really, certainly not on a par with stuff from Labute such as In The Company Of Men or The Shape Of Things. Still, it's better than The Wicker Man and as such films go it delivers the goods, and Jackson hasn't been this good in years



I'm going to need you to hand in your life membership as a film fan, because a heavily-ironic love of The Wicker Man remake is necessary in order to claim it.

131. Before Sunrise (1995, Linklater) - 3.5/5



Agreed on the Wicker Man. I can't make a slice of toast now without my housemate yelling "How'd it get burned, how'd it get burned?" at me. Any scene with Nic Cage in his bear costume is tremendous.

And you should really check out Before Sunset, it's (in my humble opinion) much better than the first one, Hawke and Delpy are more likably cynical as grown-ups than as teenagers.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 2:09:00 PM   
Pigeon Army


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ORIGINAL: DCMaximo

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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

94. Lakeview Terrace (1st view, 2008, Neil LaBute) - 4/5*
I didn't realise until after I'd seen it that this was directed by Neil LaBute. It surprised me, as the film seemed like a generic thriller really, certainly not on a par with stuff from Labute such as In The Company Of Men or The Shape Of Things. Still, it's better than The Wicker Man and as such films go it delivers the goods, and Jackson hasn't been this good in years



I'm going to need you to hand in your life membership as a film fan, because a heavily-ironic love of The Wicker Man remake is necessary in order to claim it.

131. Before Sunrise (1995, Linklater) - 3.5/5



Agreed on the Wicker Man. I can't make a slice of toast now without my housemate yelling "How'd it get burned, how'd it get burned?" at me. Any scene with Nic Cage in his bear costume is tremendous.



Well, if you're burning your toast, I think he has a right to ask how you're making such an amateur mistake. Me and a couple of my friends have often taken to yelling "KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GODDAMNED HONEY!!!!" in situations where people are yelling. It's great.


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


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 2:59:15 PM   
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3 days in, and a whole trilogy watched already! I rule! And I'm not even going to go see Wolverine
Originally my ratings started off on a 1-10 scale, but it's much easier to address the films like this, so you can see on a scale for example, the weak 3 stars compared to the strong 3 stars, as is the case with X-Men (strong) and X3 (weak).

equates to 9-10/10
equates to 7.5-8.5/10
equates to 5.5-7/10
equates to 3-5/10
equates to 1-3/10

31. X-Men 2 (Singer, 2003) - ** May

The best in the series by quite a distance, Singer's second X-Men film is a excellently handled superhero film, juggling many superheroes at once and doing it more than adequately. Hugh Jackman and Sir Ian McKellen are once again the standouts from the returning characters, while Brian Cox delivers a fantastic performance as villain William Stryker. Singer handles the action scenes most effectively, and is a great helmer of the drama and quieter moments of the film, the standout being a deftly handled reveal of Wolverine's past. Great characterisation and once again, fantastic special effects and a cracking score make this one of the best superhero films yet.

39. X-Men (Singer, 2000) - * May

A good start to the X-Men trilogy, the original film acts more as an origin story for Wolverine more than anything, which isn't a bad thing seeing as Hugh Jackman gives the best performance, closely followed by Sir Ian McKellen's supervillain Magneto. More of a set up for a second film, X-Men leaves you wanting for more, but is a solid start to a series that would dramatically improve. Some good writing, surprisingly in the comedic department, excellent special effects and a good musical score lend weight to the film's credentials.

52. X-Men: The Last Stand (Ratner, 2006) - May

Replacing characterisation with action, and of course the original director with a somewhat less talented one, X3 is an average action film which doesn't destroy the foundations Singer created, but never threatens to improve on them at all. Again, Hugh Jackman is the best of the cast, although his character finds himself lacking when the origin story is gone and all he needs to do is fight; and why Storm seems to have taken centre stage is beyond me, as Halle Berry is nothing more than bland. There are some very good special effects however, and there's an interesting premise, but it really can't make up for Vinnie Jones. Truly diabolical casting.

Entering the performance list is...
17. Brian Cox (William Stryker, X-Men 2)



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 4:28:25 PM   
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126. The Passion Of The Christ (2nd view, 2004, Mel Gibson) - 3/5
I saw this at the cinema and thought it was well-made and had a fine performance from Jim Caviezel, but was really a long, hard. brutal slog. Almost 5 years later and that's still what I think.







It is also an outstanding piece of shit.

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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 - 3/5/2009 5:50:06 PM   
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Speaking of outstanding, although not shit, how goes Fellini, Dev?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 5:52:09 PM   
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I am undecided between watching Amarcord today or Pasolini's Theorema. Think I'll go with Theorema, looks really interesting.

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

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 7:23:15 PM   
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I am undecided between watching Amarcord today or Pasolini's Theorema. Think I'll go with Theorema, looks really interesting.


But amarcord is brilliant. I just bought Il Vitelloni and hope twill be good


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 3/5/2009 11:17:20 PM   
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89. Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Carmody in The Mist



But not Ollie?  Hero of the piece!



Just missed out. Great character, had the best line of the film - "Welcome to Sesame Street. Today's word is 'expiation'"


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I'm going to need you to hand in your life membership as a film fan, because a heavily-ironic love of The Wicker Man remake is necessary in order to claim it.




I never said I didn't like The Wicker Man. It reaches levels of brilliance few films manage

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 12:55:08 AM   
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I am undecided between watching Amarcord today or Pasolini's Theorema. Think I'll go with Theorema, looks really interesting.


I hope you went for Pasolini. He could kick Fellini's ass any day of the week.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 12:29:09 PM   
Deviation


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I am undecided between watching Amarcord today or Pasolini's Theorema. Think I'll go with Theorema, looks really interesting.


I hope you went for Pasolini. He could kick Fellini's ass any day of the week.


Hey, I like Fellini. But I went from Pasolini. Possibly the best of his I've seen. Review coming soon. Maybe today since tonight I'll watch Amarcord.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 12:31:25 PM   
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Yeah but Rossellini would kick both their asses... especially Rome, Open City

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 1:25:35 PM   
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Yeah but Rossellini would kick both their asses... especially Rome, Open City


Correct. Rome Open City, however, is the best thing Fellini was ever involved with. (Maybe he should have stuck to screenwriting.)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 2:29:16 PM   
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73. It's A Boy Girl Thing (Hurran, 2006) May

Sharon fucking Osbourne.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 6:19:29 PM   
elab49


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 X Files 2 (Carter, 2008)

Garbage with no redeeming features.

Anyway, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose. Apt to get to rewatch it this week given its theme of a doubted psychic (although no dodgy paedophilia crap added on). Although nominated every season for Everybody Loves Raymond, this won the massively underrated Boyle his only Emmy, with the writing winning the drama epi Emmy. Bruckman sells insurance. But he also sees when people dies. Stumbling across him after suffering the showy theatrics of a fake, Mulder and Scully use him to track down a killer of fake psychics. In truth much of the writing round and about the character is no different to much of the rest of the series but the power of the episode is in Boyle's fatalism as the central character who feels cursed by something Mulder insists on seeing as a gift - and punishes Mulder with it by dropping delicious hints of his future along with a very odd comment to Scully that she'll never die. Anyone who only sees Boyle as the admittedly best thing about the run of the mill Raymond should check out his work from the 70s, particularly Friends of Eddie Coyle, and Joe.

And agree never ever to mention this 'film' again.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 6:30:00 PM   
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The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
As one of the most notable omissions from my film viewing so far, I watched Friedkin's 1973 horror film the Exorcist recently for the first time. It's the story of a young girl, Linda Blair, who gets possessed by a demon who turns out to be the devil. The main plot is supported by a few strands of sub plot about the people around Regan's life, including her mother (Ellen Burstyn), their priest (Jason Murray), a detective (Lee J Cobb), and a mysterious 'exorcist' (Max von Sydow). The first half of the film is genuinely riveting, with most of the emphasis placed on three, simultaneous stories; the deterioration of Regan, a murder enquiry centred around a movie director who fell down a flight of stairs to his death, and Jason Murray's Father Karras' loss of faith. It's also genuinely scary, with a suspenseful air about it that creates a tension that you could cut with a knife. The star is Jason Murray, whose physicality and presence are unrivalled by the other actors. The character of Regan is also interesting, and the thought of a young, pleasant girl losing her mind and soul is much scarier than the out-and-out possession that follows. Sure, the final hour throws up a few shocks, but the genuine scares become few and far between. For me, "the Shining” is still the best populist horror film of the 70s and 80s, just because it keeps its suspenseful nature up to the very end. 3/5.

Also Added
The Circus (1927, Charlie Chaplin) – re-watch. 5/5.
Modern Times (1936, Charlie Chaplin) – will review for a certain other thread when the time comes. 5/5.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 7:56:47 PM   
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Piles, what about Halloween? The Thing? Carrie?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 8:14:33 PM   
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I agree with Piles; while The Exorcist is very good, along with The Thing (didn't think much of Halloween, haven't seen Carrie) but The Shining trumps them all. One of my very favourite films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 4/5/2009 8:51:03 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Epiphany Demon

73. It's A Boy Girl Thing (Hurran, 2006) May

Sharon fucking Osbourne.


 That's the best review on this thread.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 12:57:31 AM   
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16. No Country for Old Men - 10/10
I forgot how unbearably tense this movie is and was on the edge of my seat throughout. The Coens are masters of setting up the perfect scene and this film is full of them. Fargo is still their masterpiece but this isn't too far off. Never has the use of no music been put to such skill. Bardem's gleefully wicked hit man is enjoyable but Tommy Lee Jones takes the acting honors for me as the sheriff struggling to come to terms with the viciousness of modern day.

17. Life is Beautiful - 10/10
Some people see it as mindless sap but I still bawl my eyes out each time I watch it. There's nothing wrong with a film just being nice.

28. Naked - 9/10
And on the flip side of that there's nothing wrong with a film being so utterly bleak. First viewing for what has to be Mike Leigh's darkest and I'd go so far as to say his best? David Thewlis is a force to be reckoned with and gives a fantastic turn as the nasty hero of the piece. Despite it's dark subject matter and bleak tone the film still contains a lot of comedy.

42. Network - 8/10
Biting satire that contains one of the best ensemble casts of the '70s (which is supported by the number of Oscar wins and noms). It may get a bit too far fetched at times which sparks against the down to earth human drama between the characters. Still a fantastic film that deserves to be seen by all.

Performance additions....

9. Tommy Lee Jones - No Country for Old Men
19. David Thewlis - Naked
40. Ned Beatty - Network
41. William Holden - Network
50. Robert Duvall - Network



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 1:56:02 AM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49

 X Files 2 (Carter, 2008)

Garbage with no redeeming features.


Did you see the post-credits bit?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 8:24:56 AM   
Deviation


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ORIGINAL: Piles

The Exorcist (1973, William Friedkin)
As one of the most notable omissions from my film viewing so far, I watched Friedkin's 1973 horror film the Exorcist recently for the first time. It's the story of a young girl, Linda Blair, who gets possessed by a demon who turns out to be the devil. The main plot is supported by a few strands of sub plot about the people around Regan's life, including her mother (Ellen Burstyn), their priest (Jason Murray), a detective (Lee J Cobb), and a mysterious 'exorcist' (Max von Sydow). The first half of the film is genuinely riveting, with most of the emphasis placed on three, simultaneous stories; the deterioration of Regan, a murder enquiry centred around a movie director who fell down a flight of stairs to his death, and Jason Murray's Father Karras' loss of faith. It's also genuinely scary, with a suspenseful air about it that creates a tension that you could cut with a knife. The star is Jason Murray, whose physicality and presence are unrivalled by the other actors. The character of Regan is also interesting, and the thought of a young, pleasant girl losing her mind and soul is much scarier than the out-and-out possession that follows. Sure, the final hour throws up a few shocks, but the genuine scares become few and far between. For me, "the Shining” is still the best populist horror film of the 70s and 80s, just because it keeps its suspenseful nature up to the very end. 3/5.





Finally.....someone who wasn't that impressed by this either.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 8:39:12 AM   
elab49


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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf


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 X Files 2 (Carter, 2008)

Garbage with no redeeming features.


Did you see the post-credits bit?


I forwarded through them and didn't see anything there, which was a bit weird. Wasn't there a boat just to annoy you further?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 10:04:18 AM   
MOTH

 

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Orphee (Jean Cocteau, 1949)
If ever a film deserved the description 'poetic' this is it, from the characters to the dialogue to the beguiling imagery throughout, particularly the clever camerawork and use of reverse filming which creates an etheral, dreamlike quality perfectly suited to the story. The characters and their motivations aren't always coherent, but this is still bewitching and stylish film-making. (8/10)

Man of The West (Anthony Mann, 1958)
Gripping, violent and satisfyingly dark Western, with Gary Cooper on terrific form, but matched all the way by a rip-roaring performance from Lee J Cobb. Interesting to compare it with the likes of Unforgiven, with which it shares many similarities. (8/10)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2009 - 5/5/2009 3:55:12 PM   
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73. It's A Boy Girl Thing (Hurran, 2006) May

Sharon fucking Osbourne.


That's the best review on this thread.


I reviewed the film with more words than the amount of laughs in the movie and I'm sure one of them was unintentional.

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