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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 2:56:20 PM   
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2/5 - But still much better than another time-travel film I saw this month

Green Zone 4/5 - Nice idea, well implemented, but you couldn't help think that something was a bit lacking here somewhere. Maybe its just the army fatigues that strip away any individual personality that Bourne had.

Armoured 3/5 - Or what half the escapees from Prison Break did next was okay, but struggled to expand its idea to fit the running time

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 3:02:51 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 3:08:12 PM   
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2/5 - But still much better than another time-travel film I saw this month



That doesn't bode well for a certain Hall of Fame entry.

2/5 seems a fair enough score for this - I only really laughed once and it was the most obvious joke (how they finally confirm what year they are in, related to a certain dead singer).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 3:14:06 PM   
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I guess "much better" is an exaggeration, but I'm at an age where I prefer to be entertained and follow a story than spend all my time scratching my head going wtf. The years of reading Fowles' Magus are truly well behind me.

I laughed three times. Spoilers for those who care

the hand soap on the face incident.. what can I say I'm easily pleased
the young Nick Webber's hair
at Chevy Chase's career - so sue me

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 3:54:24 PM   
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I was less surprised when he turned up and made it all seem much more Pleasantville - I watch Chuck.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 4:01:13 PM   
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It's not good, it's evil. And so is Apocalypse Pooh. You need a brain scrub afterwards. It's people trampling on our cherished cultural childhood loves.

Rather literally in this case.


Apocalypse Pooh doesn't trample on cherished cultural childhood loves. It tramples on the Disney Pooh. The Disney Pooh is not my cherished childhood love - the proper Pooh Bear is. Therefore Apocalypse Pooh is awesome.

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Totoro rightly comes above Princess.


Worst porn film ever.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 4:22:08 PM   
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What's sad is I reworded the way I originally put that sentence because I thought it might read the wrong way to 'certain' people.

A clear fail for the rewrite there.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 4:26:47 PM   
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What's sad is I reworded the way I originally put that sentence because I thought it might read the wrong way to 'certain' people.


Those certain people are bastards, aren't they?  I actually tried Princess again this week. It was even worse second time. I'm not trying that with new films I disliked anymore, the experience is always soul-crushing.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 4:33:40 PM   
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I was going to give it another try on DVD. I may wait till the Disney Channel shows it though.

I was also going to try to get through Edge of Darkness this weekend. But I think I'll pull my nails out instead. Or read my new vampire book. Or drown myself. Watching Edge of Darkness is probably quite far down the list, actually.

The President's Barber

Rewatched after Secret Reunion.

I think a better handle on the history of South Korea might enhance the enjoyment of this whimsical film centred on a small-time barber whose location near the Blue House brings him to the attention of the security service and the President. Narrated by the son whose conception occurs shortly after the film starts, it views about 18years of Korean life and politics at a tangent with student riots, party politics, North Korean covert troops riddled with diarrhoea (and one of the funniest scenes/lines in the film) and even takes a trip to Vietnam. Highly enjoyable with a nice central turn.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 5:15:27 PM   
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Sounds like Forrest Gump

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 5:16:38 PM   
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Or read my new vampire book.


Which book?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 7:13:21 PM   
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The Passage.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 7:14:34 PM   
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Sounds like Forrest Gump


Mmmmmmmm - not really!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 7:24:46 PM   
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The Passage.


Two things destined to put me off the book

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'Do not be put off by its size. This apocalyptic thriller is epic in scale, terrifying and totally absorbing. Stephen King loves it and the film rights have already gone to Ridley Scott.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 7:57:16 PM   
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The reviews apart from King seem to have been pretty good too, though, In an O/T kind of way.

Um - Night of the Big Heat (Fisher, 1967)

During a cold winter an island off the coast of the mainland is going through an unnatural heatwave. Undercover scientist Christopher Lee raises suspicions amongst the locals (including Peter Cushing and Patrick Allen) as he investigates. When people start dying after hearing an odd noise the islanders begin to realise how much danger they are in.

Bit duff all round. A good bit of this is because they decide to spend too much time on the love triangle between a philandering writer, his faithful wife and the slutty stalker new secretary who turns up after a short relationship on the mainland. The girl is fairly awful and the relationship stuff is pretty shoddy at best. Of course, the reason they might have spent so much time with it is because the main story doesn't really hold up to a great deal of scrutiny and what effects there are are laughably bad. And the whole thing is pretty inconsistent - out of nowhere the noise and heat drive one person mad enough to try to rape the secretary which frankly comes across as an attempt to ramp up the sex and no-one else affected behaves even remotely similarly. Cushing and Lee are both fairly calm and understated, you just wish they had had a better script to play with.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 8:10:14 PM   
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The reviews apart from King seem to have been pretty good too, though, In an O/T kind of way.


It's more that King's taste in recent years has tended to be bloody awful.

Night of the Big Heat isn't the best, is it? It seems even worse when you consider Fisher made it inbetween Frankenstein Created Woman (I agree with Scorsese, it's one of the best Hammer Frankenstein films) and The Devil Rides Out.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 9:46:05 PM   
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28. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
I like this more everytime I watch it.

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35. Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat (Walter Lanz, 1941)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 9:50:52 PM   
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Hercules down, I really enjoyed it actually. Not technically a great film, but I liked it. Still the evening gets better...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 11:07:46 PM   
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16. Southern Comfort (1981, Hill) 9/10
Walter Hill's fantastic Vietnam allegory sees a group of inexperienced National Guardsmen getting lost in the Louisiana wilderness while fighting to survive against the local Cajuns who they've offended. Hill cranks up the tension like an old master with the enemy barely seen in the bayou, instead letting the confusion and fear of the soldiers show how much danger theyíre in. The relations within the ranks are realistically depicted, even if only Keith Carradine's level-headed soldier manages to be sympathetic, and the ending is superbly tense.

36. Kiss Me Deadly (1955, Aldrich) 8/10
Apparently Robert Aldrich hated the Mike Hammer stories that this film was based on. It shows too, as his version of the Mickey Spillane detective shows Hammer, the hero of the piece, as an amoral, vicious and self-serving man, which makes this noir so wonderfully bleak and downbeat. Ralph Meeker is convincingly cold as Hammer, the plot is suitably involving and features one of the all-time great McGuffins as well as a terrific ending.

57. Breakdown (1997, Mostow) 8/10
Underrated thriller which sees Kurt Russell trying to track down his missing wife after a truck driver gives her a lift to a diner when their car breaks down. Itís a simple set-up for a film and writer/director Mostow wisely resists the temptation to overcomplicate matters, instead slowly unveiling more elements of the story which all make sense and all help progress the story. The result is that itís a thoroughly engrossing film, which features J. T. Walsh putting in fine work as the suspicious driver.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 11:19:17 PM   
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57. Breakdown (1997, Mostow) 8/10
Underrated thriller which sees Kurt Russell trying to track down his missing wife after a truck driver gives her a lift to a diner when their car breaks down. It's a simple set-up for a film and writer/director Mostow wisely resists the temptation to overcomplicate matters, instead slowly unveiling more elements of the story which all make sense and all help progress the story. The result is that it's a thoroughly engrossing film, which features J. T. Walsh putting in fine work as the suspicious driver.



You ever see Dying Room Only? It was a 70s t.v. movie written by Richard Matheson. It has a similar theme to Breakdown but it's the husband who goes missing and his wife (played by Cloris Leachman) has to try and find him. It's worth finding a copy if you liked Breakdown.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 11:23:02 PM   
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87. Dazed and Confused (1993, Linklater)
My expectations were gargantuan and this didn't live up to them, but it's a very good film, with a great cast, soundtrack, and atmosphere. I was totally wrong to expect it to be a typical teen film though, so should get better on a re-watch. 8

89. Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA [Joint Security Area] (2000, Park)
My first South Korean film Pretty good. The back-and-forth flashbacks confused me at first, but in retrospect, they work really well. For a debut, it looks professional and the acting is very good. Not too "deep", perhaps, and the pacing was a bit slow, but I liked that it didn't go too John Woo (who's awesome, for the record, and would have a ball with the story), and instead stayed more down-to-earth. Some great little moments, like the dog, for instance. Looking forward to the Vengeance trilogy now, certainly. 8-

119. Scarface (1932, Hawks)
The supporting actors speak-a like this-a to pretend-a they're Italian-a, the editing is awful, the score intrusive, the x-es obnoxious, the film anti-immigrant and moralistic, the humour out-of-place, but it's fun at times, and the main trio (Muni, Raft, and Morley, not including Dvorak because of "Ah HATTEE AYOOUYOY") is pretty great. 7-

130. La strada [The Road] (1954, Fellini)
I get why people like it, I guess, but zzzZZZZzzzZZzzZ. 6-

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 11:32:46 PM   
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130. La strada [The Road] (1954, Fellini)
I get why people like it, I guess, but zzzZZZZzzzZZzzZ. 6-


I don't.

I'm genuinely baffled about watching JSA and even having Woo come into your head - it's like nothing of his I've seen. There is far more subtlety than he seems interested in, for one. I think, given the North/South Korean situation, it is a little 'deeper' than you give it credit for, though I'm glad you've enjoyed it so much. I think you'll find the Vengeance trilogy really quite different - Park is one of those wonderful directors who simply refuses to give you the same thing in the same way over and over again.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 25/6/2010 11:39:42 PM   
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Before watching it I was under impression it was more of an action thriller or something, but that was me stupidly confusing it with Shiri. I get the whole conflict thing, mind. Whether Vengeance movies are like that or not doesn't matter, if they're as good, I'll be satisfied
With La Strada, it's sort of a more intimate and slightly surreal version of neo-realism but I find the latter dull in general as well, and The Bicycle Thieves was actually more interesting visually than this.
EDIT: With La Strada, I was also disappointed because I Vitelloni was quite good if inconsistent, and I expected a step up but got something far less interesting, bizarrely. La Dolce Vita still looks incredible though despite this let-down.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:15:42 AM   
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So it was a first watch for the Fellini?

Re JSA - I had that problem recently and I can't remember which film it was now. I had this idea going in that it was something it completely wasn't. My fault entirely, but still a bit jarring.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:19:39 AM   
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Yeah, I bought it recently and was looking forward to my second Fellini, but then

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:23:12 AM   
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Get hold of Amarcord, Miles, it really is gorgeous.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:24:48 AM   
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I'm watching them chronologically So I'll have to suffer through Cabiria next, then looking forward to La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, then some middling stuff, and only then Amarcord. Might check it out earlier than that though, if my patience bubble bursts (especially since it's quite cheap IIRC)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:29:32 AM   
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That should mean Il Bidone next then. And you should really go backwards and do the ones you missed.   

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:31:42 AM   
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Are you a fan of La Strada, rawls?
Yeah, forgot Bidone. We'll see...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 26/6/2010 12:33:51 AM   
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It's the same as with most Fellini for me, I respect it more than I actually like it. There's only a small collection of Fellini I really love (one of which you just called middling )

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