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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 12:55:21 PM   
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I'll confess - it was me who set that kakapo on Stephen Fry and his Last Chance to See crew. It was meant to get me a lock of Stephen's hair. It failed.

So I had to kill it.

Last chance to see indeed.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 1:00:09 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 1:11:02 PM   
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Given the context of the review it was in, I didn't think it was particularly unclear. But then again, this is you misinterpreting it, a person whose profound difficulties with the English language are an inherent part of your forum persona.



Oh fuck off (I did just skimp through it though true).

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How do we know he is not the kakapo itself? For all we know he is a shapeshifter like the puppies in the Twilight movies.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 4:09:43 PM   
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27. Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005, USA) Apr

Reitman's first film is also his best one, a funny and satirical take on consumerism, advertisement and health and whatnot. The whole cast is great apart from Katie Holmes, with Eckhart strangely likeable despite his character's job, and Duvall, Elliott and Simmons being the stand outs, were it not for a scene stealing turn from Rob Lowe. 4/5
Glad you liked it, though I thought Holmes was surprisingly good in this, too.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 4:35:51 PM   
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Time for some actual reviews I feel. Or paragraphs anyway. It's been too long. So it's two 2010 entries being reviewed here.

Kick Ass (2010, Matthew Vaughan)

Spoilers

A lot of fuss has been made about all the wrong things about Kick Ass. Attention has been drawn to the fact that it features an 11 year old swearing, and getting beaten up. Most reviewers say this is a good thing, because it's shocking, edgy and fresh. Or whatever. Then Chris Tookey and Roger Ebert see it as a bad thing. It's sorta irrelevant, because all the shock was revealed in the red band trailers and news articles about it way before joe public had seen the film. It's also not what is most enjoyable about Vaughan's film. In fact, the shocking and edgy bits make up a very small part of the film, and the rest of it is acute character observations and truly excellent action sequences. More memorable than Chloe Moretz swearing is seeing her glance at two hot chocolates that haven't been drunk yet. Kick Ass is great not because it's pushing boundaries, but because of moments like Kick Ass and Red Mist dancing to Gnarls Barkley whilst driving through town. These small details make the film because they best highlight one of the main themes of the film - that these superheroes aren't super - they are kids and teenagers that really, are out of their depth. Sure, seeing Hit Girl get beaten is uncomfortable and makes a similar point, but the other, quieter beats do this just as well, if not better.

Aaron Johnson as Dave makes for an appealing protagonist, mainly because he is just like the majority of guys in their late teens. Not exactly a social outcast, but hardly popular either. He's just a guy. This means there is an immediate, familiar entry point into the story so that when things start going crazy, there is just enough to hold on to so that it doesn't become completely unbelievable. It's essential for audience investment in the story. To counteract this average guy, there is the completely un-average Big Daddy and Hit Girl, who, like the film, are just about as good as everyone has been saying. Nic Cage is hilarious and the death of his character hits just the right emotional level, and means the sequel is going to be severely lacking something from the start. Moretz is confident and charming, but still doesn't make me feel easy about the Let The Right One In remake. With characters these engaging, it means the film is always anchored and as such means it rises above any lesser action dross.

And all this without mentioning the action much. And what action! With not one but two grand, explosive denouements, Kick Ass is never short of an exhilarating action sequence, yet the absolute highlight, and surely one of the greatest scenes to hit screens this year, is when Hit Girl comes to the rescue of Big Daddy and Kick Ass. Complete with strobe lights, an excellent musical choice and POV camera, it's a sequence that may well blow your mind. And shows that all my measured talk about character and crap is void next to the sheer awesomeness of this scene.

So Kick Ass isn't my favourite film simply because I've seen too many awesome films. But it is the second best film I've seen this year. 4.5/5



Cemetery Junction (2010, Gervais + Merchant)

I'm growing rather tired of Ricky Gervais and his brand of humour. He's quite obnoxious, and The Ricky Gervais show that has just hit C4 is painfully devoid of laughs. It's just irritating. Thankfully then, he's barely in this. his first feature with Steven Merchant. It's also quite unlike anything he's done before, with only one scene really feeling like The Office (the work party, complete with awkward silences, wouldn't be out of place if David Brent was hosting). Instead, it's a hugely affecting rites-of-passage story that really isn't as bad as that makes it sound. Central to the appeal of Cemetery Junction is the three male leads. Unknowns before this, each commands a believable, enjoyable performance and their character arcs, come the fist-pumping conclusion, are spot-on. Whilst these three are all brilliant, and the supporting turns are amazing (Fiennes! Watson! Goode!) really the star of the show is Felicity Jones, who, sadly, is about 7 years older than me and in a relationship. She's a bright, warm personality and the screen lights up whenever she's on. Although I may just be saying this because I'm a little bit in love with her.

Regardless of my attraction to the female lead, this remains an oddly mature, touching tale that I would quite happily watch again. Not as funny as you may expect, but by not resorting to forcing a joke every five seconds, it is much better because of it. The best thing that Gervais has done yet. 4/5

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 4:58:11 PM   
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But Kick Ass had gore, profanity, violence and sex. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 5:00:07 PM   
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But Kick Ass had gore, profanity, violence and sex


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Otherwise, fair point. I was tempted to write an outraged review. It's hugely cartoony though. Which makes me hugely hypocritical. But I can live with that.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 5:01:50 PM   
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But Kick Ass had gore, profanity, violence and sex


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Otherwise, fair point. I was tempted to write an outraged review. It's hugely cartoony though. Which makes me hugely hypocritical. But I can live with that.


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Didn't Dave shag the beauty queen in an alley or something?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 5:05:53 PM   
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But Kick Ass had gore, profanity, violence and sex


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Otherwise, fair point. I was tempted to write an outraged review. It's hugely cartoony though. Which makes me hugely hypocritical. But I can live with that.
Didn't Dave shag the beauty queen in an alley or something?

Spoiler for that above post, Miles!

Yeah he did.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 5:16:51 PM   
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That reminds me, I'm a load of reviews behind, including this film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/4/2010 5:29:12 PM   
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I'm four reviews behind at the moment adn I have a lot of coursework to do over the next few days, so probably won't get chance to update till wednesday morning.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 1:19:12 AM   
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The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)
Apparently, Chaplin said he would never have made this film had he known the extent of the Nazi atrocities in WWII, and it is fair to say some 'comic' scenes don't play that well nowadays. It's also rather uneven, with moments of sharp satire offest by some rather forced slapstick and clunky storytelling. Nevertheless, it still stands up as a brave movie by Chaplin, and has its fair share of iconic moments (7/10)

Diner (Barry Levinson, 1982)
A sensitively observed coming-of-age film with naturalistic performances and a fabulous soundtrack. Plus, it's a sobering reminder of when Mickey Rourke really was a fine looking fella, and when Steve Guttenberg still had the chance to be a good actor. (8/10)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 2:01:10 AM   
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46. Red Road (2006, Arnold) 8/10
Gripping thriller which follows a CCTV operator (an excellent Kate Dickie) who spots a man from her past while monitoring an area, and slowly intergrates herself into his life. Arnold cleverly doesn't tell us what the connection is between these two people so the audience's ignorance means there is no way of telling what will happen next. The development of the two main characters is unpredictable, yet makes sense when the full story becomes clear, which is aided by fine work from Dickie and Tony Curran. The grimy Glasgow estate is almost a third character in it's own right, providing an underlying menace throughout the film

52. Hot Shots! (1991, Abrahams) 7/10
Still funny Top Gun spoof which truly highlights how appalling all the ----- Movie films are. The jokes hit the mark more often than not, yet crucially there is still a coherent storyline binding the whole film together. All of the cast keep suitably straight-faced throughout the film, and it's fun to see Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer working together over a decade before Two And A Half Men started.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 2:11:06 AM   
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52. Hot Shots! (1991, Abrahams) 7/10
It's fun to see Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer working together over a decade before Two And A Half Men started.


I haven't seen that, but I bet there's more laughs in it that the whole seven seasons of that whole god-awful show.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 11:08:08 AM   
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Now is the time to say I don't mind Two and a Half Men and run away from the forums forever, I presume?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 11:56:36 AM   
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88. Genova (2008, Winterbottom, UK) - 3.5/5
Genova couldn't be further removed from the Winterbottom films I'm familiar with, the exceptional Tristram Shandy and 24 Hour Party People. Those films, loaded with imaginative aesthetics and dry metafictional wit, run at odds with Genova's low-key humanism and slightly languid narrative. Here, Colin Firth plays Joe, a university lecturer and devoted father who moves with his two daughters to Italy for the year, partly to take up a job and partly as a means of helping his family move on from the death of his wife, Marianne (Hope Davis). Winterbottom's direction is muted, more concerned with the human drama than the stunning locale it's occurring in - this much is made obvious by how much of the film is shot in the alleyways of the city's medieval region. Meanwhile, Firth gives a fantastic performance as Joe, playing well a man dealing with his grief by trying to escape it, and Willa Holland and Perla Haney-Jadine are good, if inconsistent, as his two daughters, the former (and older) discovering her sexuality in the breezy town and the latter haunted by the guilt she feels over her mother's death. However, Genova's narrative occasionally finds itself meandering along, getting lost down dead-ends and generally not being as one-hundred-percent engaging as it should be, and the music often telegraphs what's about to happen instead of complementing it (the opening sequence is a great example). Also, if anyone else has seen this - what the fuck does Joe teach at the university? One lesson he's asking about Italian identity in the wake of the Euro, the next he's asking his students to write about how they feel about a sonnet. The hell is going on at his uni?

101. An American Werewolf in London (1981, Landis, UK/USA) - 3.5/5
Landis is clearly having a lot of fun with this film, whether it's the way he plays horror cliches completely straight with the isolated English town of East Proctor or his blackly comic take on werewolf mythology (at a peak when David encounters a number of undead people while in a porno theatre). American Werewolf is a fun film as such, easy as it is to feel the enthusiasm for the project Landis, and the rest of his cast and crew, have. It also helps that David Naughton, Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne give great performances as the three leads, Naughton especially as the titular afflicted American. It also goes without saying that even today, the make-up work in this film is sensational, and the werewolf transformation that has been such a key part of the film's legacy is as fantastic today as it was back then - with every cracking bone, it's hard not to feel the incredible pain Naughton's David Kessler is going through. However, it's not a particularly scary or tense horror film, a few key sequences aside (the sequence on the moors when Kessler and Jack Goodman (Dunne) get attacked; the subway sequence), and it's not a gutbustingly funny black comedy, either, though it certainly has its fair share of laughs. Despite all that's good about it, An American Werewolf in London is just a little underwhelming and unremarkable, and it's hard not to shake the feeling that it could be so much more when watching it.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:24:27 PM   
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Hot Shots is an old favourite. I love it.
Two and a half men, however... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Axm-6oyJCo&feature=related just shows how dire it is.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:26:40 PM   
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Away We Go (2009, Sam Mendes) - 4/5 - Better than Road to Perdition.

Brick (2007? Rian Johnson) - 3/5 - Competent debut, liked the idea, it just didn't set my world on fire.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:27:16 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:29:34 PM   
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Two and a half men, however... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Axm-6oyJCo&feature=related just shows how dire it is.
I hate these things. If a show is timed to have a laugh track of course it's not as funny without it. Of course, this is not funny at all, but if you watch Seinfeld without laugh track, say, it'd be a 9 instead of a 10, whereas this is a 4 instead of a 6.

YEAH SWORDS WHEN DO WE

Anyway:
Apologies about having Kick-Ass as the longest review, I wrote it straight after cinema, wasn't bothered enough to post it alone, decided to wait for a few more reviews to post with it but then had them piled up.

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23. Tirez sur le pianiste [Shoot the Piano Player] (1960, Truffaut)
Amazing. Inventive, funny, romantic, and cool, all in only 80 minutes. Aznavour is perfect in the role, and he is supported by actors who are mostly unknowns (to me), but all do a great job (and the lead actress being unbelievably beautiful doesn't hurt either). But ultimately, it's Truffaut who makes the film what it is. That bit with the old woman (not gonna spoil it for you, but you should know what I'm talking about if you've seen it) is extraordinary. The film's look is different from noir conventions, but it still looks fantastic. The fatalism of most pulp remains but the film is also much more tender (and thus perhaps even more bleak) than most films that would have inspired Truffaut to make this. If Jules et Jim will live up to Truffaut's first two films, I've got a new favourite director. 9

25. Fa yeung nin wa [In the Mood For Love] (2000, Wong)
Speaking of favourite directors! Wong Kar-Wai is certainly one of mine or as close to one as it gets. I'm not sure this is the best film of the decade, but it's up there. Much more reserved than his other three films I've seen, both stylistically and in subject matter, and all the more beautiful because of it. The longing is no longer expressed through voiceovers, but through short meaningful looks and moments. The actors are beyond amazing, and the film should get about 85 marks for Maggie Cheung's walk alone. I find myself rambling again, so let me just say that Christopher Doyle and Wong Kar-Wai once again create a beautiful film, and one where the style perfectly complements the substance. I'll probably like this even more on re-watches, but for now it's a 9.

26. Pather Panchali [Song of the Little Road] (1955, S. Ray)
My first Ray, and I'm really impressed. What we see here is a free, lyrical presentation of life in the village. It owes a lot to neo-realism but I was much more emotionally involved in it then say The Bicycle Thieves. I think I may have even teared up during the scene with the presents, which almost never happens to me. It was shot on a shoe-string budget but still looks great, for instance the famous train shot. The actors/characters are all incredibly natural and believable, from the aunt to Apu, the score works perfectly, and there is really little one can say about those who don't like it. 9

31. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, Hughes)
My 2nd Hughes after The Breakfast Club (also this year, so you can see the review if you want), which I enjoyed but thought had some wasted potential. This film wastes none - the premise is simple, the execution sublime. First of all, the parade scene is the definition of fun in cinema. Secondly, the overbearing psychoanalysis of The Breakfast Club is reduced to two scenes, which makes it effective rather than excessive. Thirdly, the acting is great - everyone is just as likeable or unlikeable as they're supposed to be. It may be too simplistic (the hero tells the message directly to the audience), but it doesn't matter, because the film wears its enormous heart on its sleeve and left me with a huge smile afterwards. 8

34. Nobi [Fires on the Plain] (1959, Ichikawa)
That's how war films are done. Brutal, uncompromising, but also cruelly funny at some times, and lyrical at others. The compositions/cinematography are simply sublime, and the acting is perfect (how many times have I said this in all these reviews?). Looking forward to my 3rd Ichikawa. 8

35. Du levande [You, the Living] (2007, Andersson)
Speaking of films in elab's sig, here's another one. 99% static camera, relatively long takes, utterly drab surroundings and unsympathetic characters may not sound like your idea of fun, but this is a great movie. I'm not sure I can write anything decent about it (not that I write anything decent about any films), except that it had an odd effect on me - in all its bleakness it made feel good. The music (by an ABBA member, mind you) fits the film like a glove, the non-professional acting is (wait for it) perfect, and it's a unique experience for sure. Can't wait to see his other films, there must be a lot since his first was in 197- oh. Still, this won't be my last Andersson, and it's not likely to be my last watch of this film either. 8

61. Kick-Ass (2010, Vaughn)
SPOILERS
Believe it or not, this is officially my first film of the decade. I haven't been to the cinemas since late January...
Anyway, cool flick. It has already evaporated from my mind despite having finished it only 45 minutes before starting to write this. Basically, it was a lot of fun, but certainly not something I'd watch again. Tonally, the film is all over the place. It has a "genuine" emotional moment (I mean, it's sad that Cage dies, but oh well), American Pie-esque masturbation jokes, explicit violence, etc. Plus, at first, it's superhero-wannabe, and then it's actually superhero... Anyway, I enjoyed it, so let's talk about what it is. It's supposedly a deconstruction of the super-hero genre. How is it deconstructed? A guy decides to become a super-hero, but gets his ass kicked (several times). The scene where he moralises with the guy who pulls a knife on him is hilarious, but I'm not sure it was meant to be. Then we have the romantic subplot thrown in which is totally useless (though the girl is hot, of course). The mix of high school comedy with the superhero genre doesn't really work. But! The movie has a saving grace, and what a saving grace. As mentioned previosly, Nic Cage makes any movie 10x more awesome! He's playing a dad who trains his pre-teen daughter to become a hitman! The slaughter that ensues is badass. Vaughn channels Tarantino in using Morricone's music once, and that scene is just perfect in every way. Moretz, who was super-annoying in (500) Days of Summer is hilarious here. The film's controversial for having an 11-year-old girl who murders grown men (the carnage is quite explicit) and swears like a sailor, but that's what makes the movie super-entertaining (though I certainly see why others aren't entertained by it). The pairing should be in every scene of the film but without the filler stuff we wouldn't appreciate (at least not as much) Hit-Girl clearing a hallway full of guys with two pistols in slow-motion to punk music if we didn't have to endure the other stuff. And to be honest, even though the comedy is one-note, it's actually funny. The massacres and again, the awesome scene featuring For A Few Dollars More, and the deconstruction evoke Tarantino, although the screenplay of course has nothing on Tarantino's dialogue, but even a 1/10th of Kill Bill's awesomeness rubbed off on this film is enough for me to give it an 8

74. Une vrai jeune fille [A Real Young Girl] (1976, Breillat)
This is probably rawls's real favourite film. I mean, come on - a 14-year old French girl is blossoming sexually and we see her covered in various bodily fluids, putting things up her vagina, and writing her experiences in a diary (which suggests the film is autobiographical and it probably is - legend has it Breillat wrote a novel at 16 the sale of which was restricted to adults, so she couldn't buy her own book!). Surreal and unpleasant, but interesting, and won't be my last Breillat. 7

84. The Ladies Man (1961, Lewis)
My first encounter with Lewis, whether as a director or an actor. I found it mildly funny but after reading all the gushing reviews I felt like I was missing something in terms of context. I'll watch more of his films. For now, I'll say that this has one of the best sets you'll ever see and some really funny moments, so it's worth watching for that alone. 7

An American Werewolf in London (1981, Landis)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955, J. Sturges
Reviews pending.


Shorts:
25. Beer Run (2010, Suddarth) {2 mins}
I've been reading the web-comic Cyanide & Happiness (http://explosm.net/) for a while now, and now they also have animated shorts there. They are not on imdb but I don't see why they should be excluded from a list. In short: funny, watch it. 8

42. Barbershop Quartet Performs Surgery (2010, DenBleyker/McElfatrick) {1 min}
This is also Cyanide & Happiness and thus funny, but it's too short to warrant a higher rating than a 6

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:29:42 PM   
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I've said this before Epi, I'm writing my list at the moment. I just want to finish it before it gets started so then I don't feel the need to add anything and it means I won't give up. So when the list comes up, you'll see. It really, really isn't that exciting.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:29:59 PM   
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Is it AMADEUS AMADEUS??!

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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 - 25/4/2010 7:31:38 PM   
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I bet it's something eternally shit.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:32:17 PM   
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I've said this before Epi, I'm writing my list at the moment. I just want to finish it before it gets started so then I don't feel the need to add anything and it means I won't give up. So when the list comes up, you'll see. It really, really isn't that exciting.
You should PM the title to JediBobster for a hangman game

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:34:31 PM   
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27. Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005, USA) Apr

Reitman's first film is also his best one, a funny and satirical take on consumerism, advertisement and health and whatnot. The whole cast is great apart from Katie Holmes, with Eckhart strangely likeable despite his character's job, and Duvall, Elliott and Simmons being the stand outs, were it not for a scene stealing turn from Rob Lowe. 4/5
Glad you liked it, though I thought Holmes was surprisingly good in this, too.


Just saw this; thought she was really out of her depth. That bit when she's sitting on Eckhart on the bed and delivers really cringy lines. Even if the point of it is to be cringy, she's cringy at being cringy. Substitute the word cringy for shit or something, you'll still have the same meaning.

Forgot William H Macy as well, the man is always awesome. I was fucking stoked to see him even in Jurassic Park 3.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:37:57 PM   
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I bet it's something eternally shit.


We know Braveheart and Avatar are not his favourite film ever, so we must rule them out.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:43:03 PM   
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35. Du levande [You, the Living] (2007, Andersson)
I'm not sure I can write anything decent about it (not that I write anything decent about any films), except that it had an odd effect on me .


I think that's exactly it

Swords - if PA sees your Brick review and bans you, just use my e-mail to let me know.....

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:43:31 PM   
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27. Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005, USA) Apr

Reitman's first film is also his best one, a funny and satirical take on consumerism, advertisement and health and whatnot. The whole cast is great apart from Katie Holmes, with Eckhart strangely likeable despite his character's job, and Duvall, Elliott and Simmons being the stand outs, were it not for a scene stealing turn from Rob Lowe. 4/5
Glad you liked it, though I thought Holmes was surprisingly good in this, too.


Just saw this; thought she was really out of her depth. That bit when she's sitting on Eckhart on the bed and delivers really cringy lines. Even if the point of it is to be cringy, she's cringy at being cringy. Substitute the word cringy for shit or something, you'll still have the same meaning.

Forgot William H Macy as well, the man is always awesome. I was fucking stoked to see him even in Jurassic Park 3.
Fair enough, I thought she was just the right kind of annoying. Macy is fantastic, I agree (except in that one film with a name like a flower)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:46:15 PM   
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35. Du levande [You, the Living] (2007, Andersson)
I'm not sure I can write anything decent about it (not that I write anything decent about any films), except that it had an odd effect on me .


I think that's exactly it

Swords - if PA sees your Brick review and bans you, just use my e-mail to let me know.....
Harsh Nah, thanks for putting it in your sig, it made me put it on my lovefilm list and now that it's on lovefilm online I could watch it...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/4/2010 7:54:48 PM   
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I should have edited that a bit, shouldn't I

I'm not sure if there will ever be a release of Songs from the Second Floor over here, but I would recommend looking it out. En Karlekshistoria can be found on the odd DL and he has a short on the Cinema 16 DVD.

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