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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 5:55:19 PM   
rawlinson

 

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Is that a hint to say you're 20 next week?  

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:11:40 PM   
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You shoulda seen how much I pimped my birthday last year. I really, really wanted a birthday thread.

Yes, March 9th, I turn 20.

MARCH 9th


MARCH 9TH

On a more related note, I might actually get round to watching the seventh seal tonight.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:24:04 PM   
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If I were you I'd just listen to the Scott Walker album from HoF.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:37:24 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:45:47 PM   
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I like the movie, but The Seventh Seal (Scott Walker song) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Seventh Seal (movie)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:56:29 PM   
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I like the movie, but The Seventh Seal (Scott Walker song) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Seventh Seal (movie)


What a ridiculous claim.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:56:59 PM   
Deviation


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Leon Morin, Priest (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1961)- FRA/ITA - 8.3/10

While I giggled at the idea of Belmondo as the priest, I was surprised at how good he actually was in this role (possibly his best as well), showing a stern devotion to his moral code not different to partisans of Army of Shadows. Religion here is an intoxication or desire here as a Marxist (the excellent Reva, we could replace her with JayB and it would still make sense) has lustful desires for a priest (OMG BAN THIS SICK FILTH, or so swords would shrill). Melville constructs every shot with precision and detail and the plot presented here is quite interesting and well developed. The slow pace is sometimes felt though and like Bob Le Flambuer, it does feels as if it is not sure which direction it is going to take.

Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)- USA - 9/10

I loved it. A stream of consciousness about a television reporter who is re-thinking his relationship with the titular woman. Beautifully structured and well acted (with not a Meryl lesbian Streep in sight) and meditative view on relationships. It's witty and hilarious and even with Allen's neurosis at full blast, it has a heart and charm.

The Fortune Cookie
(Billy Wilder, 1966)- USA - 8/10

The Apartment's younger, more cynical sister is probably the weakest film I've seen from Wilder, but it still is great, even if just for the performances. Well structured, excellent acting and great direction make it very much worth a watch, but the script here lets the thing a bit down. It doesn't feel as witty or tight as his other films and it feels a bit overlong.

2012 (Roland Emmerich, 2009)- USA - 5/10

OH FOR THE LOVE OF JEHOVAH, all you had to do is destroy the world (a fitting punishment for making Avatar a success)! How hard was that Emmerich? HOW HARD WAS THAT? YOU ALMOST DID IT TOO. The first hour and a half are a spectacular, campy, wonderfully stupid and fun film as out one dimensional heroes escape from the geology around them, hellbent on destroying them, just on the nick of time (ALWAYS ON THE NICK OF TIME). Yes they were hindered by the overdone, sickening melodramatic moment but the rest was fun. BUT THEN YOU HAD TO RUIN IT. YOU KILL A WONDERFULLY LUNATIC OTT HARRELSON (possibly the only guy who understood what the film had to be) NOT EVEN HALF IN THE RUNNING TIME, and worse then, you focus on the "characters", ie these creatures that pass off as characters. They are dull, one-dimensional, stereotypical, boring, have no real personal trait, not interesting, and then we see the next hour or so on them. The climax is horrible, idiotic even by Emmerich standards and the conclusion is easily one of the most irritating conclusions I have witnessed.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 6:58:42 PM   
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I like the movie, but The Seventh Seal (Scott Walker song) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Seventh Seal (movie)


What a ridiculous claim.



you're an idiot.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:01:22 PM   
Deviation


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So your mama!

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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: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:02:57 PM   
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Given that Fortune Cookie review, and the rightness of Olaf's post, I know whose side I'm fully on here.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:09:11 PM   
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Remember everyone, Vote for the magnificent Scott 4 in the Audiophile Hall of fame. And while you're there, vote for it in the Audiophile Top 100 Albums of All time. [/thread pimping]

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:13:53 PM   
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Given that Fortune Cookie review, and the rightness of Olaf's post, I know whose side I'm fully on here.


You don't like it?


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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: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:16:45 PM   
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...vote in the Audiophile Top 100 Albums of All time.


Seconded.

You should all be voting for Astral Weeks in the HoF, however. And in the Top 100 thread.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:19:01 PM   
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VOTE TALK TALK

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:22:57 PM   
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Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Ohhh how how how, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide

You're too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clocks waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe but you don't eat when you've lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide

Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead so you hurry home
Don't let the sun blast your shadow
Don't let the milk float ride your mind
You're so natural - religiously unkind

Oh no love! you're not alone
You're watching yourself but you're too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if I could only
make you care
Oh no love! you're not alone
No matter what or who you've been
No matter when or where you've seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
You're not alone

Just turn on with me and you're not alone
Let's turn on with me and you're not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands.


VOTE ZIGGY!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:26:34 PM   
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Vote to take it to the HoF thread - at least mine was a genuine vs film based recommendation!

Your score was adequatish, Dev (although bellow that piece of shit above it ) - but comments on script etc a total fail. Fortune Cookie was their last great film IMO, and I love The Front Page.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:29:02 PM   
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So... the Seventh Seal - does anyone like it?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:29:20 PM   
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Vote for Spirit of Eden everyone. I believe in you!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 7:50:20 PM   
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Last time I checked, this was a film thread...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 8:09:36 PM   
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So... the Seventh Seal - does anyone like it?


I do yeah (though not as much as Scott Walker, obviously). First time I watched it, it took me ages to get to grips with, i think partly because it was in Swedish, which I find an oddly distracting language, and because i didn't really have a handle on what it was getting at untill about half way through. Enjoyed it much more on second and third viewings.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 8:12:03 PM   
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So... the Seventh Seal - does anyone like it?


I do yeah (though not as much as Scott Walker, obviously). First time I watched it, it took me ages to get to grips with, i think partly because it was in Swedish, which I find an oddly distracting language, and because i didn't really have a handle on what it was getting at untill about half way through. Enjoyed it much more on second and third viewings.


I liked it a lot as well. I find Swedish sometimes sounds like English played backwards.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 8:45:03 PM   
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FILMS WATCHED IN FEBRUARY 2010


Features:


1. The Godfather (1972, Coppola) RW 10 imdb review


2. Apocalypse Now (1979, Coppola) 9 imdb review


3. The General (1926, Bruckman/Keaton) 9 imdb review


4. Dzhentlmeny udachi [Gentlemen of Luck] (1972, Seryj) 9 imdb review


5. Lat sau san taam [Hard Boiled] (1992, Woo) 9 imdb review


6. Thank You for Smoking (2005, Reitman) 9 imdb review


7. Manhattan (1979, Allen) 8 imdb review


8. Top Secret! (1984, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker) 8 imdb review


9. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999, Jarmusch) 8 imdb review


10. Zodiac (2007, Fincher) 8 imdb review


11. Blowup (1966, Antonioni) 8 imdb review


12. The Searchers (1956, Ford) 8 imdb review


13. Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbour Totoro] (1988, Miyazaki) 8 imdb review


14. L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo [The Bird with the Crystal Plumage] (1970, Argento) 8 imdb review


15. if.... (1968, L. Anderson) 7 imdb review


16. Being John Malkovich (1999, Jonze) 7 imdb review


17. Groundhog Day (1993, Ramis) 7 imdb review


18. Les nuits de la pleine lune [Full Moon in Paris] (1984, Rohmer) 7 imdb review


19. The Wild Bunch (1969, Peckinpah) 7 imdb review


20. When Harry Met Sally... (1989, Reiner) 7 imdb review


21. High Plains Drifter (1973, Eastwood) 7 imdb review


22. Pauline la plage [Pauline at the Beach] (1983, Rohmer) 7 imdb review


23. American Pie (1999, Weitz/Weitz) 7 imdb review


24. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, Mulligan) 7 imdb review


25. Le beau mariage [A Good Marriage] (1982, Rohmer) 7 imdb review


26. Performance (1970, Cammell/Roeg) 7 imdb review


27. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, P.T. Anderson) 5 imdb review


28. Persona (1966, Bergman) 4 imdb review

Shorts:


1. Bolero (1992, Maksimov) {5 mins} 9 imdb review
2. The Old Mill (1937, Jackson) {9 mins} 9 imdb review
3. Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992, Gratz) {7 mins} 9 imdb review
4. The Black Hole (2008, Sansom/Williams) {3 mins} 8 imdb review
5. The Snowman (1982, Jackson) {26 mins} 8 imdb review
6. Niti [The Strings] {6 mins} (1996, Maksimov) 7 imdb review
7. Sleva napravo [From Left to Right] (1989, Maksimov) {4 mins} 7 imdb review


See code, ratings, and a brief explanation on shorts in the initial post.

Stats:
Films seen by decade (+shorts)
20s: 1 (+0)
30s: 0 (+1)
40s: 0 (+0)
50s: 1 (+0)
60s: 5 (+0)
70s: 7 (+0)
80s: 6 (+2)
90s: 5 (+3)
00s: 3 (+1)
10s: 0 (+0)

Average rating for features: 7.6
Average rating for shorts: 8.1
Average rating for cinema viewing: N/A
Average rating for re-watches: 10

Directors with more than one feature:
ric Rohmer - 3
Francis Ford Coppola - 2

Directors with one feature:
Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton, Aleksandr Seryj, John Woo, Jason Reitman, Woody Allen, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, Jim Jarmusch, David Fincher, Michelangelo Antonioni, John Ford, Hayao Miyazaki, Dario Argento, Lindsay Anderson, Spike Jonze, Harold Ramis, Sam Peckinpah, Rob Reiner, Clint Eastwood, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz, Robert Mulligan, Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ingmar Bergman

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/3/2010 10:01:14 PM   
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16. Being John Malkovich (1999, Jonze) 7 imdb review


That's practically a condemnation from you. Why?

Also, vote for Neutral Milk Hotel in the Audiophile HOF. It's like a Kaufman or Lynch film, except even better (barring Eternal Sunshine).


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 12:06:08 AM   
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Moon (5 stars)
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Helluva double bill. Glad I gave Sunshine another chance.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 7:12:41 AM   
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El aura (2005,Fabin Bielinsky)
Romanzo criminale (2005,Michele Placido)
Crossfire (1947,Edward Dmytryk)
Brighton Rock (1947,John Boulting)
Anna M. (2007,Michel Spinosa)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 10:28:07 AM   
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NIce to see such a high placing for El Aura - is it a first watch, Jasiri?

Brighton Rock, though - are the others on your list films you really really really love?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 12:06:03 PM   
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Yeah first watch of El Aura,I had fairly high expectations for it but it easily surpassed them.There's one bit that's predictable but one thing I really liked about it is just how unpredictable it was.I didn't know anything about it other than it was directed by Bielinsky and Ricardo Darin was the lead.From the start I could never have guessed where it was going to go,it's that classic film noir idea of things just spiralling out of control.

I was really surprised by how I reacted to Brighton Rock this time,I've even got the 2 Italian films I've watched above it. There are so many great things about the film and I did still enjoy it but what dragged it down for me was Rose.She is so annoying and overdone,nobody could be so stupid and naive.The ending is something I'd forgotten about too,totally unbalanced from the darkness of the rest of the film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 1:04:04 PM   
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Yeah first watch of El Aura,I had fairly high expectations for it but it easily surpassed them.

 
Ditto - I was a big fan of Nine Queens so had been really looking forward to this as well. Very very different, though.
 
China Syndrome (Bridges, 1979)
 
China Syndrome was a late entry in the media conspiracy film cycle of the 70s and a move to using TV journalism as the base for investigation. It became a somewhat notorious due to the extraordinarily good timing of its release just over a week before the partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island plant in the US. A film about the cover-up of safety breaches and of incidents at a local nuclear plant (that even referenced Pennyslvania) looked amazingly prophetic.
 
When an LA camera crew visits a local plant as part of a series on energy their visit coincides with a worrying incident as the team in the control room below try to stop what they think might be a meltdown of the core. Covertly filming, the team don't believe the official story that nothing really happened and have experts view the film to find out what actually went on. At the same time, supervisor Jack Godell (Oscar nominated Jack Lemmon) investigates his own concerns regarding safety at the plant although often not noted, it is highly likely his story strand is somewhat loosely based on the story of Karen Silkwood (and possibly others), a nuclear safety whistle-blower who died in a car crash in odd circumstances several years before this was written (one character in the film is run off the road in a similar manner) with a lawsuit ongoing at the time of filming her story would also later be filmed.
 
Writer/Director James Bridges was also responsible for the very literate The Paper Chase (plus TV series) and provides 2 very convincing high-pressured work places in the plant and the newsroom, with conspiracy and obfuscation in both. Jane Fonda and producer Michael Douglas do as expected of them, but Jack Lemmon is the star the supervisor (ably supported by the wonderful Wilford Brimley) under pressure and trying to do the right thing, with that determination taking him to a final extreme and a one man show for most of the last quarter of the film.
 
Cactus Flower (Saks, 1969)
 
Between directing Neil Simon adaptations of Neil Simon plays, Saks used Billy Wilder's current partner IAL Diamond to adapt a different play for his next film. I'd guess the play itself wasn't as strong as the Simon works, but with Diamond holding the pen much of that would be overcome. Cactus Flower is a relatively simple sex comedy that uses some elements of farce as dentist Julian Winston (Matthau) used a fictional wife to keep his young girlfriends at bay. When he decides to propose to his latest (Goldie Hawn very good in her proper film debut and it's only a pity that she still uses the mannerisms of a girl 30 years too young, now), she wants to meet his wife to ensure she is OK with the divorce. Winston recruits his reliable nurse Dickinson (Ingrid Bergman) to the role, and confusion ensues as Hawn tries to help the 'wife' out and check out her new boyfriend (another fake Winston has to find), while Winston finds the route to easy sex is cut-off now he is about to be married.
 
All the performances are very good here and Bergman, who could be so variable when she was young, faffing about and being too mannered, is excellent as the buttoned up nurse, fully in control of her life and her bosses and happy to take advantage of the chance to flower (like the cactus on her desk geddit?). Although it never looks like anything other than an adaptation of a play, Diamond's best work is in the final scenes after Stephanie's night on the beach as both Toni and Julian get jealous, and the 2 scenes between Stephanie and Julian that bookmark this final section 2 pros revelling in some great dialogue and Bergman surprisingly giving Matthau as good as she gets make this film a very welcome watch.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/3/2010 1:35:22 PM   
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Houseboat (Melville Shavelson, 1958) - Romantic comedies with kids attached rarely get it spot on. As a rule, they're too fraught, a tad preachy and with a dearth of genuine laughs. Though there's One Fine Day and Listen, Darling, products of the genre tend to turn out more like Please Don't Eat the Daisies. But despite boasting fraughtness, preachiness and only a smattering of giggles, Houseboat succeeds on the strength of its sheer charm. Cary Grant is an estranged father-of-three who returns from Government business abroad after his ex-wife's death and finds his children don't want to know him. Enter fiery Sophia Loren, a prospective governess who can't cook and can't sew, but might just be able to bring the family back together - so long as she doesn't fall for her charges' father. It's flabby and sentimental, but that meandering and manipulation is part of its charm, and though there are obvious story flaws - like Martha Hyer (the other woman) turning into a scumbag for no reason other than dramatic convenience - the leads are effortlessly likeable, the setting is pleasant and there's a showboating supporting part from Harry Guardino as a handyman with two roving eyes. John Litel, who played Carson Drew in Warner's Nancy Drew series, appears briefly. Loren sings Bing! Bang! Bong! a hatful of times. (3)

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One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder, 1961) is a lightning-paced Cold War comedy from writer-director Billy Wilder. In Ninotchka he flirted with the more palatable aspects of communism, whilst embracing capitalist Paris. Here he's had it with the Bolshies entirely, siding with Coca Cola's man in west Berlin (James Cagney) as the executive tour-de-force schemes relentlessly to land a top job in London, despite the fact the boss's daughter left in his care is now up the duff by a shouty communist (Horst Buchholz). Playing like an update of those glorious pre-Code Lee Tracy vehicles - most obviously Clear All Wires! - it's an uproarious, often startlingly inventive comedy, with rat-a-tat dialogue that shoots down subservient civilians, commie interrogators and ex-Nazis in a shower of well-chosen words. In addition, Wilder and co-writer I.A.L. Diamond throw in a frenzied variation on the Lady for a Day makeover challenge, a bunch of great movie in-jokes (there's a classic referencing Cagney's starmaking turn in The Public Enemy) and quite a bit of finely-honed smut, pitched between the wink-wink approach of classic Hollywood and the uncomfortable fleshiness of Avanti! The script is matched by the performances. No-one, with the possible exception of Tracy, could have brought such manic zeal to the central megalomaniac as Cagney. He expended so much energy here he needed a liedown for 20 years. This was his last film until 1981's Ragtime, his final screen appearance. Arlene Francis is perfect as Cagney's wife - shorn of her lust for life - while Pamela Tiffin (that's her name, don't tell Sid James) is suitably annoying as the boss's daughter and Sig Ruman has a funny voice-only cameo, if you're wondering why his unmistakable Germanic tones are emerging from an unrecognisable fizzog. (4)

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Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, 2003) is an episodic entry from Pixar, inexplicably hailed by many as the studio's best. In a moving prologue, we see the wife and unborn spawn of clownfish Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) eaten by a predator. He aside, the sole survivor is an offspring with a weak fin: Nemo (Alexander Gould). The attack - and birth - has a profound attack on the formerly carefree Marlin, who becomes absurdly, embarassingly protective of his son. When the youngster is captured by a diver, his father must embark on a revelatory quest, braving shark attacks and jungles of jellyfish in a bid for reunion. The film is exciting, moving and stunningly animated, but has too many incidental characters who aren't sufficiently well-drawn, and a habit of hitting you over the head with its message. "You can't never let anything happen to [Nemo] - then nothing would ever happen to him," says periodically annoying comic relief Dorey (Ellen DeGeneres). That would be pithy had we not already got the point. It's still a good film. (3)

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"I believe in America..."
*MAJOR SPOILERS*
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
would appear to be the best film I've seen so far in 2010. I hadn't seen it for a good five years, incidentally, during which time it seems to have got even better. Marlon Brando is Vito Corleone, the mafia don whose empire starts to crumble when he opts out of a move into narcotics, only for war-hero son Michael (Al Pacino) to enter the fold, jettisoning his father's dream that he'd become a senator. It's grand and sweeping, and yet intensely personal: a wonderfully-acted fusion of family saga and human tragedy whose key players inhabit a vivid world of fierce ethics and bloody violence. Coppola and co-scripter Mario Puzo (who wrote the source novel) have plenty to say about family, honour and the American Dream - and the classic scenes are just legion. Some have argued that Brando's Oscar-winning performance is really a supporting role, but despite a lack of screen time he dominates the entire film and provides many of its finest moments. There's the moment he learns of Sonny's death, then calls in an emotional favour ("Look how they massacred my boy"), and a simply staggering two-handed sequence in which he maps out past and future to his successor. "I thought that... when it was your time that - that you would be the one to hold the strings," he says. "This wasn't enough time, Michael, it wasn't enough time..." The old-fashioned storytelling, complete with impeccable production design, is augmented by Coppola's use of '70s innovations, like overlapping dialogue and informal out-of-focus close-ups, as well as Nino Rota's unforgettable score. The staggering ensemble includes not only Brando and Pacino (who is simply brilliant), but also James Caan as the last word in likeable hotheads, Robert Duvall playing level-headed family lawyer Tom Hagen and veteran Richard Conte, superb in his key supporting role as Don Barzini. It's a magnificent movie. (4) Parts II and III to follow as soon as I can free up the time.

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James Cagney described Torrid Zone (William Keighley, 1940) as "Hildy Johnson goes bananas" - that is, The Front Page on a fruit plantation, though in its portrayal of tough men and women slugging it out in unbearable heat, it also recalls Only Angels Have Wings. The story sees manager Pat O'Brien scheming to keep sparky, moustachioed underling Cagney in the tropics, while the want-away heel relaxes from the toils of his job by romancing two morally dubious women and chasing a revolutionary around the hills. For the most part it's fantastic entertainment, with exceptional badinage between Cagney and card cheat Ann Sheridan and a plot that offers endless twists and turns; though on first viewing there were a couple of dry spots. I'm going to revisit this again very soon to get the rapid-fire gags I missed, so I'll see how it measures up second time around. George Tobias is fun as the bandit Rosario; Joseph Calleia, George Reeves (who takes a supporting role) and Alan Hale were among those who auditioned for the part. This was the last of eight Cagney-O'Brien pairings at Warner (including, of course, Angels With Dirty Faces) - both later appeared in Ragtime, though they didn't share the screen. (3.5)

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4. Dzhentlmeny udachi [Gentlemen of Luck] (1972, Seryj) 9 imdb review


5. Lat sau san taam [Hard Boiled] (1992, Woo) 9 imdb review 

Wow, two movies featuring Ricky Hatton.

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