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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 10:48:05 PM   
Miles Messervy 007


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5. La femme de l'aviateur [The Aviator’s Wife] (1981, Rohmer)
I mentioned frequently before I often prefer my second encounter with a director to my first. In this case my first was Chloe in the Afternoon, which I liked with reservations, but this case is sadly an exception. The Aviator's Wife (the title is pretty ironic, which is a plus, but...) is also talk, talk, talk, but the characters are even less engaging than in Chloe. The notable exception here is the 15-year-old girl, who has an odd energy and is also super-cute. It's her and the nicely shot (on cheap camera, but who cares?) streets of Paris that redeem the film's tedious first half hour and weak plot. 6

Shorts:

1. Street of Crocodiles (1986, Quay/Quay) {21 mins} watch here
Fuck knows what this is about, I detected repression and inhumanisation, but needs a re-watch certainly... The atmosphere though is unique and for that, aided by the quality stop-motion animation, it gets an 8.

2. Véronique et son cancre [Veronique and Her Dunce] (1958, Rohmer) {18 mins}
The former (known to you from the Godard short, which Rohmer wrote) tries to help a schoolboy with his homework, but is met with boredom, stubbornness, total lack of intellectual capability, and an explanation as to why nobody needs the things they learn in school. Charming. 7

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 10:55:20 PM   
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5. La femme de l'aviateur [The Aviator's Wife] (1981, Rohmer)
The notable exception here is the 15-year-old girl, who has an odd energy and is also super-cute.  6



Dawwww, Miles is in love.


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


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 10:56:55 PM   
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She should be about 45 now. No thanks.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 10:59:40 PM   
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39-40, actually, unless you've given us wrong information. Maths fail.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 11:06:07 PM   
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39-40, actually, unless you've given us wrong information. Maths fail.


Maths fail.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 11:08:21 PM   
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Epic Maths fail. 43-44.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 11:08:36 PM   
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I don't know how I managed that fail, but I'll admit I did. I hang my head in shame. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 11:35:51 PM   
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The copyright is 1980 and it came out in 1980, so it's been 30 years. Sure, it's early 2010, but who says she wasn't really 16?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/1/2010 11:51:52 PM   
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Not only did you fail, you did it while calling out someone on a fail that turned out to be not a fail. Hence: epic fail.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 12:17:11 AM   
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The copyright is 1980 and it came out in 1980, so it's been 30 years. Sure, it's early 2010, but who says she wasn't really 16?


I was going on 1981, the date in your review, but either way at the most modest guess, she is older than PA's epicly failing mathematical fail.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 12:35:04 AM   
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And are you trying to suggest that works that do look at the 'hardships of people' aren't needed?
Not heavy-handed ones


What were you talking about when you said you'd been watching heavy-handed tv shows?
That was a while ago and I forgot their names. One was Russian, anyway. Moving on...


But you said you watched them recently! I think it was Eastenders. Eastenders and Skins.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 12:45:59 AM   
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And are you trying to suggest that works that do look at the 'hardships of people' aren't needed?
Not heavy-handed ones


What were you talking about when you said you'd been watching heavy-handed tv shows?
That was a while ago and I forgot their names. One was Russian, anyway. Moving on...


But you said you watched them recently! I think it was Eastenders. Eastenders and Skins.


And Countdown.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 1:11:02 AM   
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He can watch Countdown since they got rid of Carol Vorderman. She used to taunt Miles with numbers.

And PA, what the hell is wrong with you?  First Squid owned you, now Miles, you just need Potter and you have the unholy trinity.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 1:37:10 AM   
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3. The Cat Piano (Gibson & White, 2009)

The Cat Piano is an animated short, narrated by Nick Cave. Nuff said.



Seriously, this is actually an excellent cartoon. I loved every bit of it. The poem was fantastic; and the animation is very shadowy which matches the narration of Nick Cave perfectly. Now it's nuff said.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 1:39:10 AM   
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And PA, what the hell is wrong with you?  First Squid owned you, now Miles, you just need Potter and you have the unholy trinity.


Squid 'pwnd' me on not noticing something, Miles 'pwnd' me on a false calculation. I still 'pwn' them in all other aspects of life.

Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 1:52:29 AM   
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Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.



Because you think 30 + 15 = 39?

Don't you need math in some small way for performing arts or law? Like if you get a part in a play and they tell you take five steps to the right and you take nine and fall off the stage. Or if you say you're entering 12 pieces of evidence and you put in 2. You should talk to Vorderman. Not that I ever liked her.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 1:55:11 AM   
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The poem was fantastic; and the animation is very shadowy which matches the narration of Nick Cave perfectly.



But it can't because he has that light and high voice. Nick Cave - The giggly, girly goth.

I'm so glad everyone's loving The Cat Piano (except Elab) We're all cool (except Elab)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:00:25 AM   
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And PA, what the hell is wrong with you?  First Squid owned you, now Miles, you just need Potter and you have the unholy trinity.


Squid 'pwnd' me on not noticing something, Miles 'pwnd' me on a false calculation. I still 'pwn' them in all other aspects of life.

Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.



Piles? I hear he's doing his dissertation on why 30 plus 15 doesnt equal 40, but I'm sure it would go over your head.


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Don't you need math in some small way for performing arts or law? Like if you get a part in a play and they tell you take five steps to the right and you take nine and fall off the stage. Or if you say you're entering 12 pieces of evidence and you put in 2. You should talk to Vorderman. Not that I ever liked her.


Are you a Suzie Dent man then?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:01:40 AM   
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Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.



Because you think 30 + 15 = 39?

Don't you need math in some small way for performing arts or law? Like if you get a part in a play and they tell you take five steps to the right and you take nine and fall off the stage. Or if you say you're entering 12 pieces of evidence and you put in 2. You should talk to Vorderman. Not that I ever liked her.


Oh, shut it, you, or I'll change your title and av to something embarrasing.

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I'm so glad everyone's loving The Cat Piano (except Elab) We're all cool (except Elab)


Elab hates everything, though. Remember?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:03:01 AM   
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And PA, what the hell is wrong with you?  First Squid owned you, now Miles, you just need Potter and you have the unholy trinity.


Squid 'pwnd' me on not noticing something, Miles 'pwnd' me on a false calculation. I still 'pwn' them in all other aspects of life.

Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.



Piles? I hear he's doing his dissertation on why 30 plus 15 doesnt equal 40, but I'm sure it would go over your head.



Given the concessions I've made when it comes to you, you're treading a fine line here, mister.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:08:50 AM   
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And PA, what the hell is wrong with you?  First Squid owned you, now Miles, you just need Potter and you have the unholy trinity.


Squid 'pwnd' me on not noticing something, Miles 'pwnd' me on a false calculation. I still 'pwn' them in all other aspects of life.

Also - there is a reason I'm not studying maths at university, unlike some nerds here.



Piles? I hear he's doing his dissertation on why 30 plus 15 doesnt equal 40, but I'm sure it would go over your head.



Given the concessions I've made when it comes to you, you're treading a fine line here, mister.



Ban me then. I dare you.

Also this:




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:10:36 AM   
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Are you a Suzie Dent man then?



Not that, it's just I don't think it's right that Vorderman could do a show where she showed she was quite good at math and at the same time do commercials for glorified loan sharks. Some people are idiots. They'd look at those commercials, think 'oh, she's good at math, she won't lead me astray' take out a fourth mortgage and lose their house. And where would Vorderman be then? Giving people two from the top. Also, she's just one of those people. Like your friend's mother when you're about 15. The one who just got divorced, is in her late 30s and is trying to look sexy again. And you think she's attractive. And then one night the two of you have drunken sex and somehow everyone finds out about it. And then your best friend has to change schools because everyone knows you shagged his mum and teases him about it. And then he never speaks to you again. She reminds me of someone like that, you know?

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Oh, shut it, you, or I'll change your title and av to something embarrasing.


The results of your last math exam?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:15:09 AM   
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Not that, it's just I don't think it's right that Vorderman could do a show where she showed she was quite good at math and at the same time do commercials for glorified loan sharks. Some people are idiots. They'd look at those commercials, think 'oh, she's good at math, she won't lead me astray' take out a fourth mortgage and lose their house. And where would Vorderman be then? Giving people two from the top. Also, she's just one of those people. Like your friend's mother when you're about 15. The one who just got divorced, is in her late 30s and is trying to look sexy again. And you think she's attractive. And then one night the two of you have drunken sex and somehow everyone finds out about it. And then your best friend has to change schools because everyone knows you shagged his mum and teases him about it. And then he never speaks to you again. She reminds me of someone like that, you know?


The solution:





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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:17:21 AM   
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  • How wrong is it that I want to watch this right now?


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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:27:12 AM   
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  • Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (Beaudine, 1952, USA) Jan




  • How wrong is it that I want to watch this right now?



    Its worth seeing for its sheer awfulness.

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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 2:51:41 AM   
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    I didn't review the films I watched last night properly, so I'll do it now - and the three I watched today. Demoting Dreamgirls to a 1-star because I can remember fuck all about it!

    And I changed it to a two. It was too entertaining to leave floundering at the bottom, Gimli (and yay someone's seen it!)

    1.Kung Fu Hustle (Chow, 2004, CHN/HKG) Jan *

    A film that manages to improve on every viewing, Kung Fu Hustle is just one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen. Stephen Chow, directing, writing and acting, is a marvel in all 3, with a simplistic plot being brushed aside by quotable lines, kinetic direction and frantic action sequences, and some great comedy chops as Sing, a wannabe Axe Gang member. To describe exactly what happens would be ruining a plot that really doesn't matter in the long run, as you should let yourself just get swept away in the brilliance of the film. It's just so fun from start to finish, that any substance missing just doesn't matter.

    4.Sherlock Jr. (Keaton, 1924, USA) Jan
    Vastly entertaining and imaginative, the first Buster Keaton I've seen is a 45 minute gem that made me laugh a number of times. Keaton's great as the nameless Projector, and the physicality of his role allows some great sequences in the short running time. His entry into the cinema screen itself and his pratfalls with each changing of the landscape, and the tailing of the suspicious man being the highlights, this couldn't have been a better introduction to silent film for me.

    5.On The Town (Donen/Kelly, 1949, USA) Jan
    Quite delightful little musical that completely took me by surprise. I was honest enough to admit I actually hadn't heard of anything Gene Kelly was in barring Singing In The Rain, but On The Town was just enjoyable from start to finish. Sinatra and his screen girl Garrett shine in the most dysfunctional relationship, while Kelly's also very good. The title song is probably the worst in the film however, and Kelly's dance sequence near the end is a bit too long. However, Miss Turnstiles' Ballet and Prehistoric Man are fantastic set pieces, and with the ending giving both closure and new beginnings, it's likely I'll return to On The Town again.

    7.The General (Bruckman/Keaton, 1926, USA) Jan
    Strangely, for a 75 minute film, I found it a little overlong and meandering in places, with the film feeling a little repetitive. Some parts however are brilliant, and in some cases the physical comedy couldn't be better. Keaton, co-directing with verve, is brilliant as Johnnie Gray, his expressions and body language just perfect. Words don't need to be said to express just how good he is; a silent clap will do. Not as good as Sherlock Jr., but entertaining enough.

    8.The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters (Gordon, 2007, USA) Jan

    A fun little documentary that, despite its best efforts, failed to connect with me. The tale of two Donkey Kong addicts going head to head appealed to me because I am a gamer, but coming out of it, it almost felt too much like a mockumentary such was its subject and its caricature of one of the gamers featured, Billy Mitchell. Coming across as a slimy little bastard, I hight doubt that's what he was actually like, but it was an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half, and provided me with a quote of the week; "There's a Donkey Kong Kill Screen coming up if you're interested".

    10.Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (Beaudine, 1952, USA) Jan

    *SPOILERS, FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM (AND YOU MUST). I DOUBT ANY OF YOU HAVE, SO GO WATCH THIS 75 MINUTE FILM AND THEN READ THIS*

    SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK. I picked it on the hilariousness of its title alone, and not only did it lead me to misinterpret its title, it all turns out to be a dream. Fuck off. Still, I was thoroughly entertained despite its utter shitness for the running time, so I couldn't bring myself to give it a one. Basically, you have a monkey creeping past Bela Lugosi and up the stairs, a horrendous and evil performance from a screeching Sammy Petrillo (who rocks a chimp to sleep), a monkey transforming into a different breed, Bela Lugosi sitting in the jungle in a suit next to a man with a tribal bird mask on, a man turning into a gorilla and then singing to his friend so he identifies him... it's so shit. It's actually fucking terrible. But I laughed my head off, so I had to at least give it some credit. On the poster, it says "A Horror Film That Will Stiffen You From Laughing!". It fulfilled one of these promises. Number one, it's not in any shape or form, a horror film. It doesn't have one jumpy bit, one suspenseful moment, or one character you care about enough to feel horrified when something happens to them. Two, it didn't stiffen me. Much to the chief's fat daughter's best efforts, I didn't get erect watching. Three, I fucking laughed. Lots. Enjoy.

    Entering my performances of the year:
    3.Johnnie Gray - Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr.)
    4.Chip - Frank Sinatra (On The Town)
    5.Projectionist - Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr.)
    6.Gabey - Gene Kelly (On The Town)
    8.Sing - Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle)
    9.Brunhilde Esterhazy - Betty Garrett (On The Town)

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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 3:00:14 AM   
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    The solution:



    Joanna Newsom > Susie Dent. I know they have nothing  to do with each other but I've just been reading a thread that was filled with Newsom pics.

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    Demoting Dreamgirls to a 1-star because I can remember fuck all about it!


    Beyonce can't act. Jennifer Hudson can't act and sings one of the worst songs ever written, it also seems to be both a stalker anthem and the song of choice for people who audition for X-Factor style shows. Showtunes get mistaken for soul music. Eddie Murphy drops his trousers on stage. That's all you really need to know.

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    Much to the chief's fat daughter's best efforts, I didn't get erect watching.


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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 3:31:11 AM   
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    12. Dinner at Eight (1933; George Cukor)
     
    SPOILERS


    I wish I could enjoy this film more than I do. There are some great performances, Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow are particular stand-outs and John Barrymore also does well. The depression obviously looms over the film and all the characters, but I don't think it ever really tackles the subject well. There's just something a touch too melodramatic about it, despite all the fine little moments. Everything feels a little too static and stage-bound and I don't think the dialogue is actually strong enough to carry the more serious moments (I thought the suicide of a leading character in particular wasn't very well handled) The film is at its best when the dialogue allows for easier interplay between the cast and in those moments it actually becomes something quite glorious. Worth seeing for some of the performances (the main reason for my seemingly high score) and for a classic final line, but I think Cukor has done far better elsewhere.

    7/10


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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 7:43:20 AM   
    Gimli The Dwarf


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    4. And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1st view, 2007, Anand Tucker) - 4/5*
    Jim Broadbent is one of my favourite actors but he's all too often sidelined (Bridget Jones, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Inkheart etc) so it's good to see him share the top spot in this film alongside Colin Firth in the emotional drama.

    5. The Age Of Stupid (1st view, 2009, Franny Armstrong) - 4/5*
    In 2055, in a massive storage facility that houses art from museums the world over, animals of all shapes and sizes and every book and film ever made stored on servers, curator Pete Postlethwaite creates an archive of video footage and laments the way in which climate change was ignored, leading to destruction the world over. It's an eye-opening and bleak documentary, but not without a sense of gallows humour. There are six main individuals and stories focused on with the actual footage but the most powerful moments are the turbine engineer who is constantly disheartened as his plans for a wind farm are constantly blocked as people don't want it to spoil the view, and the French mountain guide who starts to cry when talking about how much he's seen a nearby glacier melt in his lifetime.

    9. The Heroes Of Telemark (1st view, 1965, Anthony Mann) - 3/5*
    Always happy to see a WWII film set in Norway, you don't seem to get many of them. Kirk Douglas is a scientist and Richard Harris a resistance fighter who lead a team to destroy German hydro plant, used by the Nazis in an effort to make a nuclear bomb. Based on a series of actual events during the war and reading about them is better than the film as whole. Neither of the leads are particularly well suited to their roles and director Anthony Mann was better at westerns and epics, but he pulls of the action scenes with ease and there's a high level of tension throughout.


    3. Jim Broadbent as Arthur Morrison in And When Did You Last See Your Father?
    4. Colin Firth as Blake Morrison in And When Did You Last See Your Father?

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    Much more better!

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    RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 8/1/2010 9:49:12 AM   
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    ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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    ORIGINAL: rawlinson

    I don't think so.


    There are ways and means though - perhaps 'my view of the film is this' not 'you're wrong you foolish ape and I know far more than you do and I am right and it is an absolute'. Is what I meant. (Edit - I didn't mean JBG went that far, BTW, just the general point)

    Still - I don't see this getting any better.


    It rarely does when Jayb's the one you've offended.



    The final sentence was supposed to go with the review, nought to do with JBG - as in, the post is clearly only going to get worse from here on in

    I may have watched 5 mins of Under Siege 2 last night. I am not adding it to my list but shame requires me to own up to these things. Just like that dungeon thing from Statham last year that I might technically have watched - making it a clear contender for my bottom 100 - but I was ill and didn't understand a word of it so it could have been paying homage to Fassbinder for all I know. So clearly still in my bottom 100.

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    ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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