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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 2:24:48 AM   
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What is wrong with you people? Were your childhoods that deprived?



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You're just jealous because nobody wanted to touch you.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 2:27:28 AM   
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Paul were touched by rawlinson. He never recovered.





Also, Dev are you a redneck?


Yes I am you filthy colored person.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 6:05:27 AM   
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26. Iron Man 2 (1st view, 2010, Jon Favreau) - 4/5*
Not quite as good as the first one I don't think. Then again I don't like Rourke or Johansson, so their presence doesn't help. But it was, for me anyway, good fun.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 9:27:15 AM   
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In My Fathers Den (McGann, 2004)
 
Still not a fan. And it isn't just old 2 expression dripface that's the reason, either, although his performance doesn't particularly do a lot. But he really isn't the only problem. The fancy time structure doesn't particularly work IMO, and reduces a great deal of the drama in the story in the pretence of keeping key information from the viewer, but excessively so. Some choices are odd and uncomfortable – the need to show part of a gang-rape just to give an idea of the unpleasant local nightlife (you didn't need it), or the topless shot of a girl supposed to be in her mid-teens in the bath (I don't care if the actress was old enough, it was unnecessary, we clearly got the point about the boyfriend without it). The story falls apart rather ludicrously in the final 3rd and becomes quite absurdly and incredibly melodramatic, even if you buy aspects prior to that (including him as a teacher, which just doesn't work).
 
There are some bits that work – Barclay as the girl gives a decent performance. The female cop is also not bad. And I quite liked the early shot of the globe lighting up the room.
 
But for me this is an ill-thought out potboiler that drags out the cliches of the prodigal son and makes some poor casting and directorial decisions.  

Oh dear, sorry I made you rewatch it.
 
Interesting thoughts, even if I disagree on almost every point! I can't reconcile your take on Macfadyen's performance with the one I saw on screen. I think he's phenomenal in it. Also, you don't mean 'potboiler', do you? Or do you?
 
To offer a dissenting view, I still say it's the best film of the past 10 years. Except perhaps Up.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 9:28:30 AM   
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The Proud Valley (Pen Tennyson, 1940)
 

 
Ten years ago, I read a piece by the socialist politician (and personal hero) Tony Benn in which he wrote about his three favourite moments in film. One was the band sequence in the Powell and Pressburger masterpiece The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (see #2). Another was the tear-jerking climax of The Railway Children. The third came from The Proud Valley, a vehicle for that icon of black America, Paul Robeson, set in a Welsh mining community. Here's what he wrote:
"A black Pennsylvanian man starts work in a South Wales mine. The other miners are not too happy that he is black until they realise that they are also blackened. In my favourite scene a choir is singing at the eisteddfod, but the lead singer is not present. The conductor is about to sing the solo part when they hear Robeson singing outside and are spellbound."
Benn slightly misremembers the story, since the racist characters are never shown to accept Robeson, despite his friends pointing out that they are "blackened", but his words on the film remain very moving. They certainly sold me on wanting to catch the movie, which I've finally done (10 years on!), thanks to the recent Optimum DVD release. In all honesty, The Proud Valley isn't as poetic, subtle or timeless as Benn makes it sounds, but it does have some wonderful moments.

Robeson's David Goliath is a gentle giant who pops up in the Welsh mining village of Blaendy. Initially joining forces with terrible busker Edward Rigby, he gets an in with the locals via his remarkable voice. As Benn says, the scene in which he blesses choir practice with a mesmerising solo from the street below is tremendously effective. It would be even better if Rigby hadn't been prodded into providing some unsuitable comic relief just seconds into Robeson's performance.

The film has been praised for its complex characterisation, but compared to the twin peaks of this sub-genre, The Stars Look Down and
How Green Was My Valley (see #19), it's shallow at best. The pro-union politics are also muted, aside from a poorly-executed if heartfelt variation on the Jarrow March*, but the film is notable for the friendship between Robeson and his white co-workers. Graham Greene heaped approbium on the presentation of the star, saying he was a "big black Pollyanna", keeping "everybody cheerful and dying nobly at the end." But while I'd agree that Robeson's death is entirely unnecessary and difficult to take (why couldn't a white character buy it in the final scenes instead?), the film's treatment of race is still far more progressive than in most Hollywood films of the period.

The notable exception would be Dr Kildare Goes Home, released the same year, a standard series film featuring the remarkable sight of a black doctor going about his job without comment on his colour. Disappointingly, given Robeson's standing as a leading trade unionist, his David Goliath sticks around in Blaendy for personal reasons, rather than ideological ones, but tellingly the actor said it was the only work of which he felt complete pride. Incidentally, the Herbert Marshall who penned the story was not the urbane leading man, but a left-wing playwright.

The performances are spotty. Robeson, though he has tremendous presence, is only adequate in dramatic terms, leaving Rachel Thomas to scoop the acting honours. Playing an unbending, fiercely proud but desperately poor mother, she does well in her first film, with what's really quite a cliched part. She reminded me a lot of Mary Gordon, the Scottish character actress who had so many nice parts in Hollywood during the '30s and '40s, most memorably in The Irish in Us.

The Harrogate-born (wooh! yeah! Harrogate!) Edward Chapman, best known today for appearing in the atrocious sci-fi movie Things to Come and playing Mr Grimsdale opposite Norman Wisdom, is also decent as the choir leader and town father figure. Chapman demonstrated his conciliatory, pro-union credentials in real life by trying to get John Gielgud thrown out of Equity for having gay sex. The Proud Valley also offers a cardboard romance between miner and management hopeful Simon Lack and Gail Patrick clone Janet Johnson, whose shop-owner mother is really hateful ("Before long, me and my girl will have cleared right out of this poverty-stricken hole" she says at one point), and a couple of tense sequences dealing with mine collapse.

It's an extremely erratic film. The production is slightly slapdash, sometimes cheap-looking and featuring sloppy editing. But every so often there's a painterly, artistic image that takes you completely by surprise: miners disappearing into the black; a slow, upsetting shot of bodies in rubble; townsfolk singing and praying in the dying light, before the motionless wheels of stalled industry. Likewise, while the plotting is often naive and over-convenient and the elements dealing with the outbreak of war are crowbarred into the narrative, the film ends in unexpectedly powerful fashion, before inexplicably leaping forward in time, robbing us of a reunion scene or the chance to pay tribute to Robeson's tragic hero.

Thankfully, the film has a calling card more wondrous than almost any other: Paul Robeson's voice. He only has around six minutes' worth of songs, but from his street-side solo to the take on Land of My Fathers that soundtracks the movie's coda, the sound of Robeson's booming, awesome baritone stirs a feeling quite unlike any other. Just a blast of it is enough to make the hairs on my neck stand up, and his version of Deep River, sung at a critical juncture of the film, is intensely moving. While not the lost classic I was hoping for, The Proud Valley remains an interesting work and - in those few Robeson songs - has a clutch of great moments to be savoured in joyous isolation. (2.5)

*Trivia notes: The Jarrow March is a key touchstone of the classic TV mini-series
Our Friends in the North. The Proud Valley was the first film to be premiered on radio, with the BBC broadcasting an hour-long version edited from the soundtrack.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 12:45:08 PM   
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That's different, because that's fucking insane. How does someone go their whole life without watching Star Wars? Jaws? The Matrix? These are films every modern kid is introduced to early. Every modern kid. Even the starving ones in Africa.


Something was seriously wrong with my childhood then *gulp*

Star wars - 18
Jaws - 21
The matrix - 17



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 2:23:58 PM   
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In My Fathers Den (McGann, 2004)

To offer a dissenting view, I still say it's the best film of the past 10 years. Except perhaps Up.


I really need to rewatch it, but wow. When I saw it a few years ago, yes, it was coloured by high school japes (I think I've mentioned previously that it received the innovative title In My Father's Pants because another English class full of my friends had to study it), but it felt like a pooh-pooh steam train that didn't actually start moving down the track until an hour and a half into the film. Best film of the past ten years? Not even close. Sorry.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 2:59:29 PM   
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You should look at my edited post.


I just did. Christ.



Blasphemer. If swords hadn't been converted to atheism by The God Delusion, I'm sure he'd be disgusted too.


U f***ing love atheism. It means I can swear in posts without feeling the need to star them out.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 3:14:32 PM   
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To be fair, whoever converts to atheism after reading The God Delusion must be some sort of massive fool.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 3:21:31 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 7:40:28 PM   
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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Kramer, 1963)
 
The film from the writers of the Ladykillers that threw a history of US comedy onto the screen to see what would stick. Silent cameos from some of the greats (and the ding, ding ding as the 3 fireman appear one by one is superb), speaking roles and bit parts for all and sundry. You just can't pick a favourite performance when the likes of Tracy, Silvers and Terry-Thomas are around, and you do need to be on the ball to get the myriad of in-jokes (like why pilot Jim Backus being unable to see is so funny), although the greatest is surely the scene that brings together Top Cat and Bilko.
 
Perfect wind-down fodder.
 
Infestation (Rankin, 2009)
 
I'm guessing straight to DVD stuff. The world (?) is knocked out and people are parcelled up by large bugs to transport as food. One slacker wakes up and frees some others and they all head off to safety/and or a fight. It isn't really that funny, or well-paced or well-thought out, but the sight of Ray Wise in comabt fatigues and pinny is quite amusing.
 
Fury At Smugglers' Bay (Gilling, 1961)
 
Gilling and Cornwall yet again, The tale is a muddled one of wreckers and smugglers and highwaymen, but it is enjoyably told and cracks along at a fair enough pace.
 
Peter Cushing is the compromised local squire, in cahoots with the wreckers but whose son is involved with the daughter of the non-violent smugglers, In the middle is a glamourous highwaymen whose loyalties end up saving the day, played with some enjoyment by William Franklyn.
 
Gilling makes really good use of the location work, which IMDB suggests may not actually have been in Cornwall this time. But there is a great feel for it as they all tumble round the rocks and the one wrecking we see up close, swapping between shots of the model and the close up on the ship set are almost seamlessly done of the time and really very impressive.
 

Sacred Heart (Ozpetek, 2005)
 
Rather preposterous story. There really isn't much wrong with the performances, but the story of the prominent businesswoman becoming a modern saint hinges on the Ozpetek convincingly selling the meeting and relationship with young Benny and it simply doesn't come across at all credibly, even with the final suggestion of some kind of supernatural intervention. The director does bring a lot of ideas on duality and contrast into the film – referencing the story of everyone's twin heart, the mundane and sacred, we see the contrast in the 2 homes, the 2 aunts, the priest and vagrant etc. But Aunt 1 is played as too much of a caricature at times, there is a very odd scene with the vagrant that goes nowhere and the wild child doesn't work.
 
Running out of Time (To, 1999)
 
Cat and mouse thriller that is great fun thanks to the performances and chemistry between the leads – Andy Lau and 'Mad Detective' Lau Ching-Wan. A dying criminal (no spoilers, it is more or less the first thing we see) decides to play out his final days getting revenge and involves idiosyncratic detective Ho to help him.
 
Ho is a problem cop - he's been transferred to most every department and is now stuck in admin but is dragged back to cases to sort out hostage negotiation and takes the opportunity to make his superiors life a misery for everything he's said to the hostage-taker before he gets there. But Cheung notices him and decides to use him to get back at a criminal gang resulting in a 'joint' heist, car chases and a persistent attempt to get one of them to the police station. Both are excellent in their roles, particularly Lau Ching-Wan (this could almost be a stop on his way to Bun), and the humour works well. SOme fantastic shots from To as well, including the opening one that isn't for anyone with vertigo.
 
Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (Ivory, 1978)
 
Slight musing on colonialism viewed through the attempted acquisition of some Indian art. An old English colonial (Peggy Ashcroft) arrives at the palace with her travelling companion, at the same time as an acquisitive American and a loquacious go-between. It drifts quite a bit but Aparna Sen as Bonnie, trapped in the palace and wanting rid of her past to get out, livens it up everytime she appears.
 
Ten Little Indians (Pollock, 1965)
 
Lesser entry in the list of adaptations (still not seen all the Russian one because of subtitle issues). Removes most of the humour, which is rather sad in a cast that includes the likes of Dennis Price and Stanley Holloway and, as usual, the older characters – the doctor, the judge, the general, are wonderfully cast and it is rather sweet to see this as a reunion between Holloway and Hyde-White.
 
The younger cast members don't impress as much. Forgotten chanteuse Fabian is in there and is pretty poor until he hits a rather good note at his confession. I enjoy the story generally but this does suffer from a lame leading couple  - best when they're not on screen. As with most adaptations, it plays with the characters and the killings, and changes the ending, but perfectly watchable, and it retains one of the funniest parts from the Clair when asking how many there will be for dinner that evening.
 
Stagecoach (Ford, 1939)
Searchers (Ford, 1956)
Ride the High Country (Peckinpah, 1962)
Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)
Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
High Noon (ZInneman, 1952)
Shane (Stevens, 1953)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Hill, 1969)
Man From Laramie (Mann, 1955)
Bend of the River (Mann, 1952)
Furies (Mann, 1950)
My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)
 
No reviews, too much like work on these. So a short summary of an argument – "Westerns – The Individual and Society".
 
The rest are extraneous – my basic argument runs from Stagecoach through My Darling Clementine to The Searchers. In Stagecoach we have iconic heroes made from the outlaw and the frontier prostitute with every representative of 'good people' or 'society' on the stage either corrupt or useless cowardly snobs. The doctor – another symbol of respectability – speaks truth and has to leave town.
 
My Darling Clementine – the individual becomes part of society and improves it. Taking over in a town that makes the local Indians drunk but has a marshall too cowardly to deal with it, Earp and his brothers deal with the main corrupt influences, both the Clantons and Holliday, and we see Tombstone building the church, and restful days scented by wild flowers (hair or not). And while he rides off, the other bastion of civilisation, education, is coming to Tombstone as well and the western stereotype of the proper schoolmarm will clearly draw the 'individual' back. And then we see The Searchers – where the individual has gone too far and can no longer exist in society, to the individuals own detriment – shot through the door, the wrong side of the hearth. The outsider is no longer the positive image shown in Stagecoach, but a danger to himself and good people.
 
The rest? Ride the High Country – civilisation takes over and all the individuals are left to turn to crime or retail. Red River with its confusion of symbols with Hawks playing on Wayne's iconic image. There is the suggestion of Rio Bravo as a riposte to High Noon, where society is shown as not taking up its responsibility, in Bravo we see it being brought together to help the sheriff, even though they are scared. Hawks is different generally as he plays with Wayne as a man not an icon, something Ford never really got past after putting him up there.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 11:25:55 PM   
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1. Singapore Sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma (Nikos Nikolaidis, 1990) 9?/10
2. Seul Contre Tous (Gaspar Noé, 1998) 9?/10
3. The Wicker Man 9?/10
4. Ilha das Flores 9?/10
5. Crna macka, Beli macor (Emir Kusturica, 1998) 9?/10
6. Spiklenci Slasti (Jan Svankmajer, 1996) 9?/10
7. Boy A 9/10
8. Adela jeste neverecela (Oldrich Lipsky, 1978) 8?/10
9. Pontypool (Bruce McDonald, 2008) 8?/10
10. The Wrestler (Darren Aranofsky, 2008) 8?/10
11. Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005) 8/10
12. The Field (Jim Sheridan, 1990) 8?/10
13. Martyrs (Pascal Laugier, 2008) 8?/10
14. Antichrist (Lars Von Trier, 2009) 8?/10
15. Last Night 8/10
16. The Broken 8?/10 (Sean Ellis, 2008) 8/10
17. Sin City 8?/10
18. Motel Hell 8/10

19. Mission to Mars (Brian De Palma, 2000) 8?/10
20. Iris (Aurelio Grimaldi, 2000) 8/10
21. Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, 2007) 7?/10
22. Twin Town 7?/10
23. A Home at the end of the world 7/10 (Michael Mayer, 2004)
24. Bandits (Barry Levinson, 2001) 7/10
25. Ravenous 7?/10
26. The Devil's Nightmare 7?/10
27. A Dirty Shame (John Waters, 2004) 7/10
28. Tony 7?/10
29. Colin 7?/10
30. Rogue 7/10

31. Dawn of the Dead 7/10(Zack Snyder, 2004)
32. The Hills Have Eyes (Alexandre Aja, 2006) 7/10
33. The Game (David Fincher, 1997) 7/10
34. Rovdyr 7/10
35. Harvard Man (James Toback, 2001) 7/10
36. Pandorum (Christian Alvart, 2009) 7/10
37. Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (John Gulager, 2008) 7/10
38. Sicko 7?/10
39. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007) 7/10
40. Hellboy (Guillermo del Toro, 2004) 7/10
41. Four Brothers 7/10
42. The Haunting in Connecticut (Peter Cornwell, 2009) 7/10
43. Zombieland (Ruben Fleischer, 2009) 7/10
44. The Girl Next Door (Luke Greenfield, 2004) 7/10
45. The House of the Devil 6?/10
46. Feast III: The Happy Finish (John Gulager, 2009) 6?/10
47. Leprechaun in the Hood (Rob Spera, 2000) 6?/10
48. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004) 6?/10
49. Jeepers Creepers II (Victor Salva, 2003) 6?/10
50. Robocop 3 (Fred Dekker, 1993) 6/10
51. Alien 3 6/10
52. Urban Legend (Jamie Blanks, 1998) 6/10
53. Blade: Trinity (David S. Goyer, 2003) 6/10
54. How High 6/10
55. Bugcrush 6/10

56. Maradona by Kusturica (Emir Kusturica, 2008) 6/10
57. The Onion Movie 6/10
58. The Longest Yard (Peter Segal, 2005) 6/10
59. Species: The Awakening (Nick Lyon, 2007) 5/10
60. The First Wives Club (Hugh Wilson, 1996) 5/10
61. Avatar (James Cameron, 2009) 5?/10
62. Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005) 5?/10
63. Date Movie (Aaron Seltzer, 2006) 4?/10
64. Hulk (Ang Lee, 2003) 3?/10
65. Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers, 2004) 3?/10
66. The Day After Tomorrow (Rolland Emmerich, 2004) 3/10

3. The Wicker Man- I've been meaning to watch this one for quite long, and I'm glad I finally got to do it. The Wicker Man tells a fable of a christian cop who ends up in an isle which inhabitants practice a "pagan" religion of great community with nature. While he does witness inmorality everywhere, the world of this people is beatifully presented through some very joyful music and bewitching sensuality, really giving you an instinctive hint on how this people see the world. Of course you end up getting into reflexions on religion as an institutio, as a philosophy to understand the world, and as something you can't really fight against.

4. Ilha das Flores- In less than fifteen minutes we go from a japoanese guy who plants a tomato to a final destination at Ilha das Flores. Humor is a nice key here, while the narrator goes from concept to concept and clip to clip with a quick speech. I better shut up and post a link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NdMjnFMj9g 

7. Boy A- Boy A tells the story of a boy who gets released back to society after being imprisoned for a childhood crime. The film follows him as he tries to build a life and gets to know the world he didn't live in. The lead does an awesome jobs and there are some moments of frank beauty while bringing some stuff to mind like reinsercion, judgements, law, truth and dealing with the past.

15. Last Night- Quite an intresting take on the end of the world, here apocalypse is seemingly well know to happen from long enough for people to actually get around the idea and plan how to deal with it. The film has a lot of characters and a lot of ways to "celebrate" the event. A a color note David Cronenberg has a small role here.

17. Sin City- Visually fun and dark enough to match it, it builds a world very solidly and puts stories that help to shape the whole tone.

18. Motel Hell- It has a strange and effective blend of horror and comedy, and we even have some romance ! The film shows itself at a nice rythm instead of trying to shove things  into your brains. Motell Hello, which has a neon sign with a malfunctioning last O is owned by Vincent and his sister Ida. Vincent is well known for making the best smoked meats of the county!
It's quite intresting to see how the characters interact, playng, chatting, having good or weird times. Characters are quite funny and likable, but there is a share of tense and uncomfortable moments. As an horror comedy is very good, but it also add to the mood some funny and weird situations that fit very well in its humor, which is black, satirical of other horrors and even nicely stupid. I really liked it, it seems made with good thought on it instead of being an idea or a plot stuffed with dialogues and situations

22. Twin Town- A lot  of fun, violence and cursing. Set in Swansee, we follow "The twins", two brothers that make everything together as they confrontate their father's boss and how the conflict escalates from simple prankish mischief to some really serious violence. characters are mostly colorful and it's a lot fun to watch

25. Ravenous- Another very solid horror comedy, with a very good cast and a very hmmm odd humor. One pof the things to keep attention in it is the soundtrack, which is truly very very weird but thickens the twisted mood

26. The Devil's Nighmare- Seven guests end up in a castle owned by an man whose famnily carries an ancient curse, the guests happen to be quite representative of the deadly sins, and then a sexy woman, played by Erika Blanc, also shows up and well...
One of the coolest things about the film is the way the tranformation is dealt, by the use of simply make up and hairstyle, which ends up working really well. Erica Blank pulls some really creepy expressions and The devil is quite stylish too, look for the creepy-faced butlar who keeps telling the guests about horrible thinsg that happened to the inhabitants of the castle thorought the centuries . It would have probably been better to watch it in the original language as the english dubbing is quite awful as usual and the way it is done result in the sound losing quite a bit of balance. Also, as you may expect from a film of this era, we have lesbians!

28. Tony-
We follow a week of Tony's life and we get to realize quite quickly that he has some problems, the film doesn't rely on blood much so it makes it somehow a bit more morbid and angstful, althought shocking is not really its point. One of the things I liked a lot about it was that it actually put you in a situation of seeing yourself a bit as a viewer, I'm not sure how to really explain it, but oh well, if you fear it will be too violent or stupid, it ain't either.

29. Colin- the legend tells it's been made with some ridiculously low ammount of money, and it gets evident that who made it understoodf that good montages can be actually very cheap. It tells the story of a guy bit by a zombie, and you what hapopens to people when gets eaten by a zombie... Well, the camera follows him through his aimless zombie walk through diverse scenarios, and we have a little bit of everything. Some twisted humor, situations that get your head rolling and even desperating moments as a zombie film should be bound to have.

30. Rogue- I really liked how the croc behaves, it doesn't do many things that would be weird on a croc and the underwater spinning was quite awesome and reminded me of croc documentaries. All around it works very well and builds a good tension not only between the croc and its potential meals, but also there's some between character.

34. Rovdyr- Crude and violent, it fits truly with the whole idea. The film is known as Manhunt if I recall right and it is quite simple. some people is getting hunted and Rovdyr is what you'd expect from that, without going through meaningless reflexions, or trying to do more than it has to. A very violent and competent horror film althought if you want anything else you're likely to be a bit dissappointed.

38. Sicko- A sight to the ridiculous health system the U. S., compared to British, french, Cuban and canadian Health System. Actually a good doc but sometimes let down by the need of Moore to get a bit comic.

41. Four Brothers- I really liked this one far more than I wold have expected. Four brothers get their ma killed and they're quite pissed off, enough to investigate and have things get ugly.

45. The House of the Devil- I can say I enjoyed, even when it really didn't meet my expectations at all.  One of the oddest things about it was that  after quite a long build up which isn't boring at all, it's like the film ends of a sudden, really, I felt as if it lasted 60 minutes but not in a satisfying way, the rythm change is so violent it is even uncomfortable. Besides that, it still works quite well most of the time and the achieved retro touch adds ti it.

51. Alien 3- I heard awful things about this one but well, I can understand it because it doesn't comply very well with the expectations one would have after the first two Aliens. As a film itself, it is quite fine and I particularly liked the chaoticness of the space.

54. How High- What you'd expect of two "brothers" who smoke the ashes of their intelligent pothead dead friend with their pot in order to get to college...

55. Bugcrush- If the Red Riding Hood story was meant for girls to keep an eye on not ebing eaten by the wolf, Bugcrush asks gay teenagers to beware of the bug. In one hand I found interesting a story of this nature for gay kids, cause as far as I know there's not much of "didactical" materials on homosexual sexual care. As a film, it's fine but never gets to thrill you.

57. The Onion Movie- I think it was already a bad idea from the beggining, Emulate TV and make a film... this should have been TV and even I saw some of the sketches on shows like MAD TV, like the Britney one, althought taken way further and I really like the way they emulated the "music video language" . You'll have some good laughs, a nice time, get a bit bored at others but soon enough there'll be other odd sketch to brighten your view.


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La Campane del Infierno 9/10
The Edukators 8/10
War World Z 6/10
Inbred 5?/10
The Brass Teapot 7/10
Dettachment 6?/10
The Dead Inside 7?/10
The Haunted Mansion 5/10
Anatomie 2 6/10
Anatomie 6?/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/4/2010 11:29:18 PM   
TRM


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Since I am not going to watch anymore this month, here is my list. I have left out the HoF films for Elab and Rawlinson since they want to keep it all a surprise

18.
In the heat of the night (Norman Jewison, 1967, USA) -
20.
I am a fugitive from a chain gang (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932, USA) -
29.
Walk the line (James Mangold, 2005, USA/Germany) -
34.
The fly (Kurt Neumann, 1958, USA) -
38.
Kick-ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010, UK/USA) -
48.
White dog (Samuel Fuller, 1982, USA) -
49.
In which we serve (Noel Coward & David Lean, 1942, UK) -
52.
Happiness (Todd Solondz, 1998, USA) -
53.
A short film about love (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988, Poland) -
55.
Whip it (Drew Barrymore, 2009, USA) -
61.
Inherit the wind (Stanley Kramer, 1960, USA) -
70.
The bride wore black (Francois Truffaut, 1968, France/Italy) -
80.
Of time and the city (Terence Davies, 2008, UK) -
83.
The blind side (John Lee Hancock, 2009, USA) -
95. Gorgeous (Vincent Kok, Hong Kong/Taiwan, 1999) -
102.
Thank you for smoking (Jason Reitman, USA, 2005) -
117.
On dangerous ground (Nicholas Ray, 1952, USA) -
121.
The crazies (George A. Romero, 1973, USA) -
125.
Buster Keaton rides again (John Spotton, 1965, Canada) -
148.
Interiors (Woody Allen, 1978, USA) -
154.
Hand of death (John Woo, 1976, Hong Kong) -
162.
Life during wartime (Todd Solondz, 2009, USA) -
164.
Roger and me (Michael Moore, 1989, USA) -
165.
Empire records (Allan Moyle, 1995, USA) -
167.
One hour photo (Mark Romanek, 2002, USA) -
174.
Repo men (Miguel Sapochnik, 2010, USA/Canada) -
179.
The headless woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008, Argentina/France/Italy/Spain) -

short films

2.
Peter and the wolf (Suzie Templeton, 2006, UK/Poland/Norway/Mexico, 32mins) -
6.
The fox and the hare (Yuriy Norshteyn, 1973, 12mins, Soviet Union) -
7.
Death and transfiguration (Terence Davies, 1983, UK, 30mins) -
9.
A sense of history (Mike Leigh, 1992, UK, 22mins) -
10.
The railrodder (Gerald Potterton, 1965, Canada, 24mins) -
17.
Children (Terence Davies, 1976, UK, 43mins) -
18.
Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings & Stewart McAllister, 1942, UK, 20mins) -
23.
Winter days (Various, 2003, Japan, 40mins) -
28.
Creature comforts (Nick Park, 1989, UK, 5mins) -
29.
H is for house (Peter Greenaway, 1973, UK, 10mins) -
33.
Dog (Suzie Templeton, 2002, UK, 5mins) -
39.
The battle of Kerzhenets (Yuriy Norshteyn & Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Soviet Union, 10mins, 1971) -
40.
When angels fall (Roman Polanski, 1959, Poland, 21mins) -
42.
Break up the dance (Roman Polanski, 1957, Poland, 8mins) -
44.
Turn-of-the-century surgery (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 2mins) -
51.
His new job (Charles Chaplin, 1915, USA, 32mins) -
54.
The city rat and the country rat (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1927, 10mins, France) -
55.
The tell-tale heart (Jules Dassin, 1941, USA, 20mins) -
56.
Stanley (Suzie Templeton, 2000, UK, 7mins) -
59.
Madonna and child (Terence Davies, 1980, UK, 30mins) -
60.
The diary of Tortov Roddle (Kunio Kato, 2004, Japan, 16mins)
-

62.
Automatic hat-maker and sausage-maker (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -
64.
Teeth full smile (Roman Polanski, 1957, Poland, 2mins) -
65.
Murder (Roman Polanski, 1957, Poland, 2mins) -
66.
Not without my handbag (Boris Kossmehl, 1993, UK, 13mins) -
67.
Winter carousel (Wladyslaw Starewicz, France, 1958, 11mins) -
70.
Wat's pig (Peter Lord, 1996, UK, 11mins) -
72.
Amblin' (Steven Spielberg, 1968, USA, 26mins) -
77.
At the photographer's (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -
79.
Little Nemo (Winsor McCay & J. Stuart Blackton, 1911, USA, 10mins) -
82.
2 men and a wardrobe (Roman Polanski, 1958, Poland, 15mins) -
83.
Adam (Peter Lord, 1991, UK, 6mins) -
85.
The hasher's delirium (Emile Cohl, France, 1910, 1min) -
87.
Pierrette's escapades (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 2mins) -
92.
How a mosquito operates (Winsor McCay, 1912, USA, 6mins) -
98.
The lamp (Roman Polanski, 1959, Poland, 8mins) -
101.
Slow bistro (Ivan Maximov, 2003, Russia, 8mins) -
103.
Loves me... Loves me not (Jeff Newitt, 1992, UK, 8mins) -
106.
The fat man and the thin man (Roman Polanski, 1961, France, 15mins) -
113.
Avenue de l'opera (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -
114.
Mammals (Roman Polanski, 1962, Poland, 10mins) -
116.
At the floral ball (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 2mins) -
118.
The landlady (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -
123.
Dance of the seasons: Winter, snow dance (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -
128.
The cabbage patch (Alice Guy, 1900, France, 1min) -


So apparently other than the HoF films, everything watched this month has been a first time viewing


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 12:08:50 AM   
elab49


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You may as well just slot My Winnipeg in last - you know you want to

Love seeing Peter and the Wolf so high (and high entries for Listen to Britain and A Sense of History). Peter really is quite special, isn't it?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 12:41:32 AM   
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Last update for April:

Features:

30. Letyat zhuravli [The Cranes are Flying] (1957, Kalatozov)
Few films feel as representative of their national cinemas while being shamelessly inspired by Hollywood. Few films are as good, too. The plot is simple and not particularly important, this loose collection of war-time vignettes is beautifully filmed, extremely melodramatic, and both genuinely heartbreaking and genuinely uplifting. Highly recommended. 8

33. The Thing (1982, Carpenter)
My aversion to horror should be relatively well known from Miles's Thread days, but it's films like this that show that I'd just been watching the wrong horror films. Suspenseful at every turn, featuring an awesome score from my favourite film composer ever (bet you didn't know that, did you?), and treating its simple paranoia themes with the proper respect to the novel, this certainly convinces me I was wrong to dismiss Carpenter after Escape From NY. 8

73. The Ghost Writer (2010, Polanski)
Only my 2nd Polanski after Chinatown, so obviously it couldn't live up to that. It doesn't matter though, because this was great fun. Minimalistic, with great acting (even from Brosnan), some great sequences (chase, end), and an admirable score, this may not be a deep exploration of Blair's persona like The Dark Knight was of Bush's but I was content. 8

Dancer in the Dark (2000, von Trier)
Review pending.

Shorts:

18. Le merle [Blackbird] (1958, McLaren) {5 mins} youtube
Great stuff from McLaren as usual. Playful and dynamic. 8

21. Night Music (1986, Brakhage) {18 secs) youtube
Remains my only Brakhage to my shame but even 3rd watch it made an impression on me. 8

23. Ko-Ko's Earth Control (1928, Fleischer) {6 mins} youtube
See - that's why I hate dogs. Always bloody ruin everything. Fun apocalyptic short. 8

24. Boogie-Doodle (1948, McLaren) {3 mins} youtube
Just refreshing my memory of McLaren's work. Typical stuff, which of course means it's very good. 8

30. The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928, Florey/Vorkapich) {12 mins} dailymotion
An expressionistic short about the shattered dreams of Hollywood filmed for $97 still impresses. Take that, Mulholland Drive. 8

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 2:01:57 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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26. Jindabyne (1st view, 2006, Ray Lawrence) - 4/5*

Four friends on a fishing trip near the Australian town of Jindabyne discover the body of a murdered woman, but don't report it until after their trip. When the townsfolk realise this, it leads to hostility towards the men and their families. Superb performances from Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney.


April's list.

Features

1. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (40th+ view, 2002, Peter Jackson) - 5/5

2. Them! (1st view, 954, Gordon Douglas) - 5/5*
3. The Spirit Of St. Louis (1st view, 1957, Billy Wilder) - 4/5*
4. Jindabyne (1st view, 2006, Ray Lawrence) - 4/5*
5. Iron Man 2 (1st view, 2010, Jon Favreau) - 4/5*
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (1st view, 2009, Wes Anderson) - 4/5*
7. Billy Liar (1st view, 1963, John Schlesinger) - 4/5*
8. Garage (1st view, 2007, Lenny Abrahamson) - 4/5*
9. The Bride (1st view, 1985, Franc Roddam) - 4/5*
10. The International (2nd view, 2009, Tom Tykwer) - 4/5

11. The Informant! (1st view, 2009, Steven Soderbergh) - 4/5*
12. Affliction (1st view, 1998, Paul Schrader) - 4/5*
13. Hue and Cry (1st view, 1947, Charles Crichton) - 4/5*
14. Is Anybody There? (1st view, 2008, John Crowley) - 4/5*
15. Wendy and Lucy (1st view, 2008, Kelly Reichardt) - 4/5*
16. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (1st view, 2008, Woody Allen) - 4/5*
17. Saddle The Wind (1st view, 1958, Robert Parrish) - 4/5*
18. Yes (1st view, 2004, Sally Potter) - 4/5*
19. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (1st view, 2009, Shawn Levy) - 3/5*
20. Sunshine Cleaning (1st view, 2009, Christine Jeffs) - 3/5*

21. Blood on the Sun (1st view, 1945, Frank Lloyd) - 3/5*
22. Yes Man (1st view, 2008, Peyton Reed) - 3/5*
23. Lights in the Dusk/Laitakaupungin valot (1st view, 2006, Aki Kaurismäki) - 3/5*
24. Clash Of The Titans (3D) (1st view, 2010, Louis Leterrier) - 3/5*
25. Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1st view, 1978, James Ivory) - 3/5*
26. Outpost (1st view, 2008, Steve Barker) - 3/5*
27. License to Wed (1st view, 2007, Ken Kwapis) - 3/5*
28. The Pink Panther 2 (1st view, 2009, Harald Zwart) - 3/5*
29. Adventureland (1st view, 2009, Greg Mottola) - 3/5*
30. The Messengers (1st view, 2007, Pang Brothers) - 3/5*

31. The Tree of Wooden Clogs/L'albero degli zoccoli (1st view, 1978, Ermanno Olmi)- 3/5*
32. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1st view, 1996, Mira Nair) - 3/5*
33. Alice's Restaurant (1st view, 1969, Arthur Penn) - 2/5*
34. Eragon (1st view, 2006, Stefen Fangmeier) - 2/5*
35. The Covenant (1st view, 2006, Renny Harlin) - 1/5*


Shorts

1. Quiet Please! (1945, William Hanna/Joseph Barbera)

2. Robin Hood Daffy (1958, Chuck Jones)
3. Robin Hood Makes Good (1939, Chuck Jones)
4. Robin Hoodwinked (1957, William Hanna/Joseph Barbera)
5. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966, John Hubley/Faith Hubley)
6. The Crunch Bird (1971, Ted Petok)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 8:00:01 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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May


Features

1. Sherlock Holmes (3rd view, 2009, Guy Ritchie) - 4/5
2. I've Loved You So Long/Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (1st view, 2008, Philippe Claudel) - 4/5*
3. Robin Hood (1st view, 2010, Ridley Scott) - 4/5*
4. The Bourne Identity (7th view, 2002, Doug Liman) - 4/5
5. The Bourne Supremacy (4th view, 204, Paul Greengrass) - 4/5
6. The Bourne Ultimatum (2nd view, 2007, Paul Greengrass) - 4/5
7. Leave To Her Heaven (1st view, 1945, John M. Stahl) - 4/5*
8. 3.10 To Yuma (3rd view, 2007, James Mangold) - 4/5
9. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1st view, 1988, Terence Davies) - 4/5*
10. Night Train To Munich (1st view, 1940, Carol Reed) - 4/5*

11. How To Train Your Dragon (3D) (1st view, 2010, Chris Sanders/Dean
DeBlois) - 4/5*
12. Collateral (3rd view, 2004, Michael Mann) - 4/5
13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (1st view, 2009, Terry Gilliam) - 4/5*
14. The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser (1st view, 1974, Werner Herzog) - 4/5*
15. It Happened Here (1st view, 1966, Kevin Brownlow/Andrew Mollo) - 4/5*
16. Frequency (4th view, 2000, Gregory Hoblit) - 4/5
17. Windtalkers (4th view, 2002, John Woo) - 4/5
18. Race To Witch Mountain (1st view, 2009, Andy Fickman) - 4/5*
19. Grosse Pointe Blank (3rd view, 1997, George Armitage) - 4/5
20. Two Rode Together (1st view, 1961, John Ford) - 4/5*

21. Two Lovers (1st view, 2008, James Gray) - 4/5*
22. La Règle du jeu/The Rules of the Game (1st view, 1939, Jean Renoir) - 4/5*
23. 10 Items Or Less (1st view, 2006, Brad Silberling) - 4/5*
24. The Man Who Wasn't There (2nd view, 2001, Joel Coen) - 4/5
25. Fame (1st view, 1980, Alan Parker) - 4/5*
26. An Education (1st view, 2009, Lone Scherfig) - 4/5*
27. Waitress. (1st view, 20907, Adrienne Shelly) - 3/5*
28. The Walker (1st view, 2007, Paul Schrader) - 3/5*
29. Half Light (1st view, 2006, Craig Rosenberg) - 3/5*
30. Wild Wild West (3rd view, 1999, Barry Sonnenfeld) - 3/5

31. Babylon A.D. (1t view, 2008, Mathieu Kassovitz) - 2/5*
32. Harper (1st view, 1966, Jack Smight) - 2/5*
33. Synecdoche, New York (1st view, 2008, Charlie Kaufman) - 2/5*
34. Codebreakers (1st view, 2005, Rod Holcomb) - 2/5*
35. The Calcium Kid (1st view, 2004, Alex De Rakoff) - 2/5*

Shorts

1. Northwest Hounded Police (1946, Tex Avery)
2. The Skeleton Dance (1929, Walk Disney)
3. Wide Open Spaces (1947, Jack King)
4. Fly (2010, Alan Short)
5. Skeleton Frolic (1937, Ub Iwerks)
6. Egyptian Melodies (1931, Wilfred Jackson)
7. A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962, Bill Justice)
8. Don't Give Up the Sheep (1953, Chuck Jones)
9. The Fresh Vegetable Mystery (1939, Dave Fleischer)
10. Ferdinand the Bull (1938, Dick Rickard)

11. Feed the Kitty (1952, Chuck Jones)
12. Haredevil Hare (1948, Chuck Jones)
13. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953, Ward Kimball/Charles A. Nichols)
14. Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943, Bon Clampett)
15. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942, Bob Clampett)
16. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949, Chuck Jones)
17. Artheme Swallows his Clarinet (1912)
18. Frigid Hare (1949, Chuck Jones)
19. Baton Bunny (1959, Chuck Jones)
20. Awful Orphan (1949, Chuck Jones)

21. Gerald McBoing-Boing (1951, Robert Cannon)
22. Local Boy Makes Good: A Story With a Moral (1939)
23. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat (1950, Chuck Jones)

Kicking off May with this short film


38. Artheme Swallows his Clarinet (1912)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb3Rurdahk8

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 9:36:46 AM   
elab49


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

26. Jindabyne (1st view, 2006, Ray Lawrence) - 4/5*

Four friends in a fishing trip near the Australian town of Jindabyne discover the body of a murdered woman, but don't report it until after their trip. When the townsfolk realise this, it leads to hostility towards the men and their families. Superb performances from Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney.


Coincidentally, I was going to ask Rick if he'd seen this after I watched In My Fathers Den. Unlike that (sorry, Rick!), this is a brilliant depiction of a family linked to the death of a girl.

While I have more conflicting views of Benn (remembering more the implosion of labour when he was at his height, and for which he bore much of the responsibility, not the cuddly one-man show chap of today), a fascinating review of Proud Valley. Although something considered shallow in the face of the village of stereotypes in How Green Was My Valley has severe problems IMO (unless I remember you wouldn't agree with that statement either ). I do sometimes feel I should keep a file somewhere keeping notes of your trivia, not just the one about Hitchhiker that I plan to use. I'm never going to forget the Maureen Stapleton one though!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 10:56:41 AM   
TRM


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Kicking off May with this short film


38. Artheme Swallows his Clarinet (1912)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb3Rurdahk8


Whats with the smiley, its great!

quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

You may as well just slot My Winnipeg in last - you know you want to



I actually didnt get around to watching it last week like I thought, so I have a little bit of catching up to do after this weekend If it helps, I would have it above Interiors in my list

quote:



Love seeing Peter and the Wolf so high (and high entries for Listen to Britain and A Sense of History). Peter really is quite special, isn't it?

Yes, yes it is. Very!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 11:35:17 AM   
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I'm intrigued to see what, I feel, is the deeply flawed copycat of Truffaut's Bride Wore Black (one of his most annoying films for me, admittedly because I know the original book quite well), above the likes of Of Time and the City and On Dangerous Ground. I need to add a review for it myself for this year at some point as I rewatched it after I reread the book at the beginning of the year. Is it just the vagaries of trying to order films or deliberate positives you'd argue for it?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 12:09:08 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TRM

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Kicking off May with this short film


38. Artheme Swallows his Clarinet (1912)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb3Rurdahk8


Whats with the smiley, its great!



I know, but it had me wincing throughout

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 12:53:23 PM   
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62. Orange County (2002, Kasdan) 6/10
Uneven comedy about an aspiring writer from California trying to get into a prestigious university. Some bits are very funny, primarily the scenes with Jack Black as a drugged-up idiot, but some parts seem very out-of-place (a romantic subplot with Catherine O'Hara and John Lithgow serves no real purpose). Colin Hanks is perfectly fine as the lead and there are some fun cameos and good performances, but none of it really clicks

84. Jaws: The Revenge (1987, Sargent) 3/10
Like Shark Attack 3, but shit.

Which means my (rather pathetic looking) April list looks like this

1. Sunset Blvd (1950, Wilder) 9/10
2. Amadeus (1984, Forman) 9/10
3. Fletch (1985, Ritchie) 9/10
4. Kick-Ass (2010, Vaughn) 9/10
5. Bunny And The Bull (2009, King) 8/10
6. Grizzly Man (2005, Herzog) 8/10
7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009, Oplev) 8/10
8. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988, Oz) 8/10
9. Red Road (2006, Arnold) 8/10
10. ¡Three Amigos! (1986, Landis) 7/10

11. Hot Shots (1991, Abrahams) 7/10
12. The Passion Of The Christ (2004, Gibson) 7/10
13. Transformers (2007, Bay) 7/10
14. Orange County (2002, Kasdan) 6/10
15. Anna Karenina (1935, Brown) 6/10
16. Over The Hedge (2006, Johnson) 6/10
17. The Final Destination (2009, Ellis) 5/10
18. Legion (2010, Stewart) 5/10
19. Alice In Wonderland (2010, Burton) 5/10
20. Navy Seals (1990, Teague) 4/10

21. Jaws: The Revenge (1987, Sargent) 3/10


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 1:45:56 PM   
MarcE


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I've not actuallly watched 100 so far this year but heres my list so far:


1 Twelve Monkeys
2 Mesrine Part 1
3 Avatar
4 Superman II : The Richard Donner Cut
5 Casualties of War
6 Tropic Thunder
7 Risky Business
8 The Crazies (2009)
9 Defiance
10 Gran Torino

11 Burn After Reading
12 Yes Man
13 Sherlock Holmes
14 Watchmen
15 Superman
16 Shutter Island
17 Seven Pounds
18 The Time Machine
19 Sweeney Todd
20 Frantic

21 The Fast & The Furious
22 Ice Age 2
23 The Wedding Singer
23 Fast & Furious
24 Pride & Glory
25 Dr Strangelove
26 The Color Purple
27 The Mist
28 Pirate Radio
29 2 fast 2 Furious

30 Saw VI
31 Mesrine Part 2
32 Plunket & Macleane
33 Slumdog Millionaire
34 Knowing
35 Undisputed
36 Rocknrolla
37 Twilight
38 Grosse Point Blank
39 Lorenzos Oil
40 Paris Je T'aime

41 Vantage Point
42 Body of Lies
43 Octane
44 The Time Machine (2002)
45 The Unborn
46 21
47 The Hlls Have Eyes 2
48 The Day The Earth Stood Still
49 Max Payne
50 Taking Lives

Still not 100% on the order and I think I've probably seen a lot more films, but they are the only ones I can think of!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 2:11:02 PM   
Epiphany Demon


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Last review of April and first review of May! Stats to follow...

34. Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008, USA)

So in anticipation of the sequel this morning, I watched the first one last night, admittedly a little bit drunk and a little bloated from Chinese buffet. But I was glad to see that in my first viewing since I saw it in the cinema, it's still a very good film, and an excellent and fun alternative to the other superhero film out in 2008. I do prefer The Dark Knight, but there's nothing wrong with having the best of both worlds. Downey Jr. is awesome (seriously, coolest man alive), Bridges, while underused, is great just being there, and Paltrow and Howard are also very good. Props go out to the script and the first 3/4s of the film is definitely some of the best comic book movies can offer. Shame the action isn't as good for the final stretch. 4/5

35. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010, USA)

And the sequel is just as good as the first. Not as funny, a bit slower, but much better directed and some excellent turns by Downey Jr., Rourke and Rockwell. Cheadle isn't as good as Howard, but it's no big problem. It got me rather stoked for the Avengers as well, so well done for that. 4/5

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 2:11:33 PM   
elab49


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Ordering is the worst bit, MarcE. But Grosse Pointe Blank below Twilight/Knowing etc means, of course, that you must die.

April Rankings (excluding HoF)
 
Hall of Fame 8 Films
 
Mr Arkadin (Welles, 1955)
Limelight (Chaplin, 1952)
Bad Day at Black Rock (Sturges, 1955)
If...(Anderson, 1968)
Drunken Master (Yuen, 1978)
Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1965)
Dancer in the Dark (Von Trier, 2000)

My Winnipeg (Maddin, 2007)
Lawrence of Arabia (Lean, 1962)
Airplane (Various, 1980)
An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1980)


April Reviews
 
1. Ride the High Country (Peckinpah, 1962)
2. Rio Bravo (Hawks, 1959)
3. My Darling Clementine (Ford, 1946)
4. Stagecoach (Ford, 1939)
5. Tricks (Jakimowski, 2007)
6. Running out of Time (To, 1999)
7. Bend of the River (Mann, 1952)
8. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Kramer, 1963)
9. Searchers (Ford, 1956)
10. Furies (Mann, 1950)
11. Oceans 11 (Soderbergh, 2001)
12. Pascali's Island (Dearden, 1988)
13. The Habit of Art (Hytner, 2010) NT Live
14. Man From Laramie (Mann, 1955)
15. Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)
16. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Hill, 1969)
17. Fury At Smugglers' Bay (Gilling, 1961)
18. Ballad of a Soldier (Chukhrai, 1959)
19. Sacred Heart (Ozpetek, 2005)
20. High Noon (ZInneman, 1952)
21. Ten Little Indians (Pollock, 1965)
22. Comes a Horseman (Pakula, 1978)
23. Hullabaloo over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (Ivory, 1978)
24. In My Fathers Den (McGann, 2004)
25. Wings (Wellman, 1927)
26. Cashback (Ellis, 2006)
27. H (Lee, 2002)
28. Infestation (Rankin, 2009)
29. Shane (Stevens, 1953)


Shorts
 
Pleasure Garden (Broughton, 1953)
The Phoenix Tower (1957)

 
Performances
 
1. Randolph Scott (Ride the High Country)
2. Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art)
3. Barbara Stanwyck (The Furies)
4. Thomas Mitchell (Stagecoach)
5. Eweline Walendziak (Tricks)
6. Richard Griffiths (The Habit of Art)
7. Ben Kingsley (Pascalis Island)
8. Phil Silvers (It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World)
9. Lau Ching Wan (Running out of TIme)
10. Claire Trevor (Stagecoach)
11. Walter Brennan (My Darling Clementine)
12. Damian Ul (Tricks)
13. James Stewart (Bend of the River)
14. Terry-Thomas (It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World)
15. Dean Martin (Rio Bravo)


Edit - forgot Richard Farnsworth (Comes a Horseman).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 2:26:56 PM   
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    5/5
  1. The Big Lebowski (Ethan Coen/Joel Coen, 1998, USA) Apr *

    4.5/5
  2. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton/John Cleese, 1988, UK/USA) Apr *
  3. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010, USA) Apr
  4. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998, USA) Apr *
  5. Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987, USA) Apr *
  6. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams/David Zucker/Jerry Zucker, 1980, USA) Apr *
  7. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004, USA) Apr *
  8. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990, USA) Apr *
  9. Midnight Run (Martin Brest, 1988, USA) Apr *

    4/5
  10. Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2005, USA) Apr
  11. Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008, USA) Apr *

    3.5/5
  12. Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010, UK/USA) Apr
  13. Cemetery Junction (Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant, 2010, UK) Apr

    3/5
  14. 17 Again (Burr Steers, 2009, USA) Apr *
  15. Crank: High Voltage (Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor, 2009, USA) Apr
  16. Mickey Blue Eyes (Kelly Makin, 1999, USA) Apr

    2.5/5
  17. U.S. Marshals (Stuart Baird, 1998, USA) Apr

    0.5/5
  18. High School Musical 2 (Kenny Ortega, 2007, USA) Apr *



Films Seen By Decade

1980s - 4
1990s - 5
2000s - 7
2010s - 3

Films Seen By Country

UK - 2
USA - 17



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 2:55:37 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Epiphany Demon
34. Iron Man (Jon Favreau, 2008, USA)

So in anticipation of the sequel this morning, I watched the first one last night, admittedly a little bit drunk and a little bloated from Chinese buffet.


Heh.

quote:

35. Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010, USA)

Cheadle isn't as good as Howard, but it's no big problem.


I actually disagree - while Cheadle isn't given as much to work with, because the (small amount of) ground-work was done with Howard, Cheadle acquits himself as an action hero far better than Howard ever would have. I think it may be Howard's lisp. That thing is a dealbreaker.


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 3:15:06 PM   
Epiphany Demon


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army


I actually disagree - while Cheadle isn't given as much to work with, because the (small amount of) ground-work was done with Howard, Cheadle acquits himself as an action hero far better than Howard ever would have. I think it may be Howard's lisp. That thing is a dealbreaker.



I think there was more of a best mate vibe with Howard, whereas Cheadle seems a bit too stuck up to be Stark's best buddy.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 3:17:23 PM   
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So it's the end of April and I have seen two films from the HOF 8. The first being the great Chimes at Midnight. It has turned out to be one of Welles' greatest film, with great direction, acting, cinematography and scripting. Also the battle is one of the most spectacular things ever seen on film, excellently shot and edited. It is even better than the battle in Braveheart (which I suspect used this as an influence in the creation of its battles), and with the battle of Stirling being one of the few redeeming features the film has, it further marks Braveheart as a film useless to science, art, philosophy, history, sociology and anything to do with mankind. 5/5

And yes PA I have bitched against another film in a review.

Bad Day at Black Rock is a very good competent film with solid scripting, direction and acting and the theme is rather courageous and progressive for its day. Sadly the intrusive score and some of the characters (which sometimes are just one-note symbols of masculinity) prevent this from being a stone-cold classic. And is it just me or does one of characters become suddenly evil at the end? 4/5.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/5/2010 3:23:49 PM   
chris_scott01


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April (in order of preference)

Nights of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
For All Mankind (1989, Al Reinert)
The Valley of the Bees (1968, Frantisek Vlacil)
Wings (1966, Larisa Shepitko)
The Ascent (1977, Larisa Shepitko)
Stage Door (1937, Gregory La Cava)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965, Martin Ritt)
No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Ivan’s Childhood (1962, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Attack (1956, Robert Aldrich)
Libeled Lady (1936, Jack Conway)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942, Ernst Lubitsch)
A Sailor-Made Man (1921, Fred C. Newmeyer)
Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
Stalker (1979, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Gradma’s Boy (1922, Fred C. Newmeyer)
The Sound of Fury (1950, Cy Endfield)
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007, Alex Gibney)
Ju-on (2002, Takashi Shimizu)
Dinner at Eight (1933, George Cukor)
Tootsie (1982, Sydney Pollack)
Mirror (1975, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Dark Victory (1939, Edmund Goulding)
Babette’s Feast (1987, Gabriel Axel)
Fist of Fury (1972, Wei Lo)
Coraline (2009, Henry Selick)
42nd Street (1933, Lloyd Bacon)
Gran Torino (2008, Clint Eastwood)
Cahill - United States Marshal (1973, Andrew V. McLaglen)
The Reader (2008, Stephen Daldry)
Ju-on 2 (2003, Takashi Shimizu)
The Cowboys (1972, Mark Rydell)
Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
The Colour of Pomegrantes (1968, Sergei Parajanov)
Darkness Falls (2003, Jonathan Liebesman)
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993, Anh Hung Tran)
Blackboards (2000, Samira Makhmalbaf)
The Grudge (2004, Takashi Shimizu)
Couscous (2007, Abdel Kechiche)
Beetlejuice (1989, Tim Burton)
The Grudge 2 (2006, Takashi Shimzu)
Game of Death (1978, Robert Clouse)
Game of Death II (1981, See Yuen Ng)
Hostel (2005, Eli Roth)
Hostel: Part II (2007, Eli Roth)





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