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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:23:59 PM   
TRM


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Good to see you rate the hof films highly 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:26:46 PM   
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Kettle, meet pot.

Cheers jbg, I'm wanting to check out other Varda stuff now, Anywhere you recommend starting?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:32:00 PM   
FritzlFan


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My June viewings:


  1. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981) - 5/5
  2. Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat, 1988) - 5/5
  3. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)- 4.5/5
  4. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)- 4.5/5
  5. Escape From New York (John Carpenter, 1981) - 4/5
  6. Commando (Mark L. Lester, 1985) - 4/5
  7. End of Days (Peter Hyams, 1999) - 3.5/5
  8. Kindergarten Cop (Ivan Reitman, 1990) - 3.5/5
  9. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004) - 3.5/5
  10. Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008) - 3/5
  11. While the Children Sleep (Russell Mulcahy, 2007) - 1.5/5
Not a great month.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:33:51 PM   
TRM


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ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq

Kettle, meet pot.


I think you will find I have made a decent start the last few days. You didnt even watch one this month!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:43:39 PM   
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ORIGINAL: rick_7

There's a lot to read here. Feel free to pick out the odd bit to read or, y'know, just ignore it.
 
I've been on holiday for a couple of weeks. Here's a round-up of everything I've seen since the last update. I know I watch a lot of movies. Post contains owls.



Quai des Orfèvres (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1947) is an exceptional police procedural, with inspector Louis Jouvet investigating the murder of a dirty old man, his suspicions alighting upon a stage star, her jealous husband and a female photographer caught between the two. It's witty and well-played - each character imaginatively, convincingly written - while the direction is simply startling. The setting and story reminded me of the Barbara Stanwyck vehicle Lady of Burlesque, though that's a vastly inferior film. (4)

Cry of the City (Robert Siodmark, 1948) is an unexpectedly fine film noir from a director whose ventures into the genre could be sublime (The Killers, Criss Cross) or, well, not (Christmas Holiday). The story follows a cop killer (Richard Conte), struggling to protect his innocent lover (Debra Paget) as a dragnet closes in - led by the hood's flipside, law enforcer Victor Mature. Conte, later a star of Joseph H. Lewis' immaculate crime picture The Big Combo as well as The Godfather's Barzini, gives surely his greatest performance, a devastating characterisation whose quiet malevolence creeps upon the viewer almost unnoticed, replacing a certain twinkly-eyed charm. His screen adversary, Victor Mature, was never the most compelling screen presence, but has an ideal face for the expressionist, shadow-drenched photography of noir and exudes nobility in one of his better turns. The presentation of Conte's family suffers from cliche and the plotting ultimately goes a little off-track with the appearance of muscly stick-up merchant Betty Garde, but this is a fascinating, gripping little film, blessed with a stunning central performance. (3.5)

Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder, 1957) is an underrated romantic comedy from the great writer-director, stuffed full of gags inspired by his hero, Ernst Lubitsch. Like the the emphasis on doors opening and closing, the running gags with waiters and gypsy musicians and Audrey Hepburn's scheming, which cleverly inverts the plot of Lubitsch's One Hour With You. The star of that film, Maurice Chevalier, is delightful here, playing a private investigator oblivious to the infatuation of his daughter (Hepburn) with a key source of his livelihood, inveterate philanderer Gary Cooper. The age difference between Coop and Hepburn is too pronounced, but everything else about the film is just right. (3.5)

Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953) is, by contrast, an absolute wonder: escapism of the highest order, with journo Gregory Peck romancing incognito princess Audrey Hepburn during one glorious day in the Italian capital. It's funny, moving and full of fine location work. The leads are an utter joy and Eddie Albert is hilarious as Peck's photographer pal. (4)

I rented the Pixar Shorts, Vol. 1 DVD and watched a heap of those. The Adventures of Andre and Wally B (Alvy Ray Smith, 1984, 2) has a single joke, and it's not very funny, though the establishing shot is great. Luxo, Jr. (John Lasseter, 1986, 2.5) explains how Pixar got its lamp - and provides a bit of pathos. Red's Dream (John Lasseter, 1987, 3) is oddly melancholy, creating an impressive universe but offering no glimmer of hope for its dreaming unicycle. The first film with the recognisable Pixar sense of humour is Tin Toy (John Lasseter, 1988, 3), a clever, funny short dated by its computer technology, including a primitive take on a baby that's frankly terrifying. Geri's Game (Jan Pinkava, 1997) is a smart film about an aged chess fanatic (and "cleaner" - see Toy Story 2) playing a game against himself - and using every trick in the book to win - while For the Birds (Ralph Eggleston, 2000, 3) passes in a blaze of appealing sight gags. DTV: Mike's New Car (Pete Docter and Roger Gould, 2002, 3) is top slapstick, but runs out of gas before the end, while Boundin' (Bud Luckey and Roger Gould, 2003, 3.5) is sentimental Americana of a sort, a narrative poem about a dancing sheep, with spirited presentation. DTV: Jack-Jack Attack (Brad Bird, 2005) - a spin-off from The Incredibles - is good value, providing several belly laughs. Happily, as WALL-E and Up! are among Pixar's very best features, so their shorts continue to improve - recent additions Lifted, Presto and Partly Cloudy are my three favourites.

S.S. Ionian (Humphrey Jennings, 1939) is an odd propaganda film from the future master of the medium, which follows a merchant boat around the globe, repeatedly observing in an off-hand manner that the British sure do have a lot of warships positioned absolutely everywhere. There are a couple of glimpses of the filmmaker's genius, including a shot of a crew member simply re-arranging his hat that gives real insight into his character, but it's often little more than a politically-charged travelogue, and it's hampered by a stolid voiceover. (2.5)

Spring Offensive (Humphrey Jennings, 1940) is a portrait of rural Britain readying for war, similar in some respects to Powell and Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale. It ebbs and flows, and the non-professional actors are wooden as anything, but just as the country was finding its feet in our time of need, so was the country's greatest state filmmaker: the passages here fusing music and image are nothing short of wonderful. (3)



Crikey, that's an update and a half.

Cry of the City - really suffers with Mature for me, and that kept it out of my list. But I am a big fan of Conte and it really is a wonderful performance. His best? There's a question!

Not a great fan of Roman Holiday and I've always been disappointed by Love in the Afternoon - neither star shines. I agree on Funny Face. Never linked Quai des Oefevres to Lady of Burlesque but I'm wondering if a double-bill might be an idea.

Was Burn-E not on the DVD?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 30/6/2010 11:55:26 PM   
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28. Away We Go (Sam Mendes, 2009)
The most charming film I've seen this year.

And now onto this months starts

June- 17 (1)
Best- Radio Days (Woody Alen, 1987)
Worst- Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat (Walter Lanz, 1941)

  1. Radio Days (Woody Allen, 1987)
  2. Breathless [À bout de souffle] (Jean Luc Godard, 1960)
  3. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
  4. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)
  5. The Brothers Bloom (Rian Johnson, 2010)
  6. Away We Go (Sam Mendes, 2009)
  7. 35 rhums [35 Shots of Rum](Claire Denis, 2008)
  8. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
  9. (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)
  10. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982)
  11. Escape From The Planet of the Apes (Don Taylor, 1971)
  12. Conquest of The Planet Of The Apes (J. Lee Thompson, 1972)
  13. Sleeper (Woody Allen, 1973)
  14. Reds (Warren Beatty, 1981)
  15. Agora (Alejandro Amenábar, 2010)
  16. The Official Film of the 2006 FIFA World Cup (Michael Apted, 2006)


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

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 12:38:54 AM   
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ORIGINAL: FritzlFan

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981) - 5/5



*happy tears*

Awesome film


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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 - 1/7/2010 12:48:33 AM   
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My list at the halfway point of the year.

Top Ten of 2010

01. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
02. Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett)
03. Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
04. Point Blank (1967, John Boorman)
05. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)
06. Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies)
07. My Winnipeg (2007, Guy Maddin)
08. Yukinojo henge (1963, Kon Ichikawa)
09. Shane (1953, George Stevens)
10. L'albero degli zoccoli (1978, Ermanno Olmi)


5

2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson)
All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
An Actor's Revenge (1963, Kon Ichikawa)
Ashes of Time (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
Bigger Than Life (1956, Nicholas Ray)
Cabaret (1972, Bob Fosse)
Chungking Express (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
Das Boot (1981, Wolfgang Petersen)
Dersu Uzala (1975, Akira Kurosawa)
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Isao Takahata)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008, Mike Leigh)
In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett)
Mean Streets (1973, Martin Scorsese)
My Winnipeg (2007, Guy Maddin)
On The Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)
Point Blank (1967, John Boorman)
Red River (1948, Howard Hawks)
Shane (1953, George Stevens)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
The Cranes are Flying (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov)
The Ear (1970, Karel Kachyna)
The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
The White Ribbon (2009, Michael Haneke)
Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)


4

4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007, Cristian Mungiu)
A Serious Man (2009, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Accattone (1961, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Adventureland (2009, Greg Mottola)
American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
An Education (2009, Lone Scherfig)
Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier)
As Tears Go By (1988, Wong Kar-wai)
Clerks (1994, Kevin Smith)
Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)
Drunken Angel (1948, Akira Kurosawa)
Drunken Master (1978, Yuen Woo-ping)
Flower of the Arabian Nights (1974, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Fort Apache (1948, John Ford)
Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)
High Hopes (1988, Mike Leigh)
Life is Sweet (1990, Mike Leigh)
Love in the Afternoon (1972, Eric Rohmer)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
Moon (2009, Duncan Jones)
Mr. Deeds goes to Town (1936, Frank Capra)
My Dinner With Andre (1981, Louis Malle)
My Name Is Joe (1998, Ken Loach)
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960, Karel Reisz)
Sweet Sixteen (2002, Ken Loach)
Taste of Cherry (1997, Abbas Kiarostami)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julien Schnabel)
The Go-Between (1970, Joseph Losey)
The History of Adèle H (1975, François Truffaut)
The Last Metro (1980, François Truffaut)
The Last Waltz (1978, Martin Scorsese)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson)
The Man who would be King (1975, John Huston)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999, Abbas Kiarostami)
Thirst (2009, Park Chan-wook)
This Sporting Life (1963, Lindsay Anderson)
Topsy-Turvy (1999, Mike Leigh)
Vera Drake (2004, Mike Leigh)
Village of the Damned (1960, Wolf Rilla)


3

1984 (1956, Michael Anderson)
Anvil: The Story Of Anvil (2008, Sacha Gervasi)
Bluebeards's Eighth Wife (1938, Ernst Lubitsch)
Bronson (2008, Nicolas Winding Refn)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
Dark Victory (1939, Edmund Goulding)
Die Fälscher (2007, Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Drag Me To Hell (2009, Sam Raimi)
In The Loop (2009, Armando Iannucci)
Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock)
Kick-Ass (2010, Matthew Vaughan)
Limelight (1952, Charles Chaplin)
Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee)
Me and Orson Welles (2008, Richard Linklater)
Monsoon Wedding (2001, Mira Nair)
Of Time and the City (2008, Terence Davies)
Prizzi's Honor (1985, John Huston)
Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
Russian Ark (2002, Aleksandr Sokurov)
Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham)
Shutter Island (2010, Martin Scorsese)
The Damned United (2009, Tom Hooper)
The English Patient (1996, Anthony Minghella)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
The Hurt Locker (2008, Kathryn Bigelow)
The Long Day Closes (1992, Terence Davies)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)
The Notebook (2004, Nick Cassavetes)
Up in the Air (2009, Jason Reitman)
Zombieland (2009, Ruben Fleischer)


2

Airport (1970, George Seaton)
Avatar (2009, James Cameron)
Escape from New York (1981, John Carpenter)
Gomorra (2008, Matteo Garrone)
Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2009, Lasse Hallström)
Harry Brown (2009, Daniel Barber)
Invictus (2009, Clint Eastwood)
Man on Fire (2004, Tony Scott)
Murder! (1930, Alfred Hitchcock)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974, Sidney Lumet)
Sherlock Holmes (2009, Guy Ritchie)
The 39 Steps (1959, Ralph Thomas)
The Chess Players (1977, Satyajit Ray)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997, Jon Amiel)
The Killer Elite (1975, Sam Peckinpah)
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009, Robert Schwentke)


1

(500) Days of Summer (2009, Marc Webb)
Firewall (2006, Richard Loncraine)
Julie & Julia (2009, Nora Ephron)
Smokin' Aces (2006, Joe Carnahan)
The Football Factory (2004, Nick Love)


Films Viewed Per Decade

2010s - 2
2000s - 46
1990s - 15
1980s - 9
1970s - 22
1960s - 9
1950s - 10
1940s - 7
1930s - 5
1920s - 0
1910s - 0
1900's - 0


Top Ten Lead Actor Performances

Marlon Brando - On The Waterfront
Martin Compston - Sweet Sixteen
Tom Courtenay - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Gene Hackman - The French Connection
Richard Harris - This Sporting Life
Tony Leung - 2046
Lee Marvin - Point Blank
James Mason - Bigger Than Life
Peter Mullen - My Name Is Joe
Roy Scheider - All That Jazz


Top Ten Lead Actress Performances

Isabelle Adjani - L'histoire d'Adèle H
Maggie Cheung - Fa yeung nin wa
Catherine Deneuve - Le dernier métro
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Liza Minnelli - Cabaret
Rachel Roberts - This Sporting Life
Tatyana Samojlova - Letyat zhuravli
Rita Tushingham - A Taste of Honey
Faye Wong - Chung Hing sam lam


Top Ten Supporting Actor Performances

Montgomery Clift - Red River
Robert De Niro - Mean Streets
Van Heflin - Shane
Eddie Marsan - Happy-Go-Lucky
Maksim Munzuk - Dersu Uzala
Pete Postlethwaite - Distant Voices, Still Lives
Michael Redgrave - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
Roy Scheider - The French Connection
Max von Sydow - Le scaphandre et le papillon
Robert Walker - Strangers on a Train


Top Ten Supporting Actress Performances

Dora Bryan - A Taste of Honey
Maria-Pia Casilio - Umberto D.
Marie-Josée Croze - Le scaphandre et le papillon
Freda Dowie - Distant Voices, Still Lives
Annmarie Fulton - Sweet Sixteen
Anjelica Huston - Prizzi's Honor
Rachel Roberts - Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
Eva Marie Saint - On The Waterfont
Laura Vasiliu - 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile
Zhang Ziyi - 2046


Shorts (40 Minutes or less)

Live Action

The Horse (1973, Charles Burnett)
Robert. Schastlivanya zhizn (1996, Aleksandr Sokurov)
A Sense of History (1992, Mike Leigh)
Véronique et son cancre (1958, Eric Rohmer)
Several Friends (1969, Charles Burnett)
Momma Don't Allow (1955, Karel Reisz / Tony Richardson)


Animated

La dama y la muerte (2009, Javier Recio Gracia)
Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008, Nicky Phelan)
French Roast (2008, Fabrice Joubert)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:05:34 AM   
Ultimo Lee

 

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From: Manchester
June (29)

FOUR
Adams Æbler/ Adam's Apples Denmark (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005) {Jun}
Baxter France (Jerome Boivin, 1989) {Jun}
Billy Liar UK (John Schlesinger, 1963) {Jun}
Les Amants Criminels/ The Criminal Lovers France (François Ozon, 1999) {Jun}
Blinkende lygter/ Flickering Lights Denmark (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2000) {Jun}
Ichi The Killer: The Animation Episode 0 Japan (Shinji Ishidaira, 2002) {Jun}
Little Voice UK (Mark Herman, 1998) {Jun}
Ging Chat Goo Si/ Police Story Hong Kong (Jackie Chan, 1985) {Jun}
Tatie Danielle France (Étienne Chatiliez, 1990) {Jun}
 
THREE
Ved verdens ende/ At World's End Denmark (Tomas Villum Jensen, 2009)
{Jun}
Charlie Bubbles UK (Albert Finney, 1967) {Jun}

Duplex US (Danny Devito, 2003) {Jun}
Elephant US (Gus Van Sant, 2003) {Jun}
Easy Rider US (Dennis Hopper, 1969) {Jun}
Hot Tub Time Machine US (Steve Pink, 2010) {Jun}
Masters of the Universe US (Gary Goddard, 1987) {Jun} **
She's Out Of My League US (Jim Field Smith, 2010) {Jun}
Slade in Flame UK
(Richard Loncraine, 1975) {Jun}
Rokugatsu no hebi / A Snake Of June Japan (Shinya Tsukamoto, 2002) {Jun}
Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes/ Water Drops on Burning Rocks France (François Ozon, 2000)
{Jun}
Yella Germany (Christian Petzold, 2007) {Jun}
You, Me And Dupree US (Anthony & Joe Russo, 2006) {Jun}

Two
Blowup UK (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) {Jun}
Poruno Suta/ Tokyo Rampage Japan (Toshiaki Toyoda, 1998) {Jun}
Sud pralad/ Tropical Malady Thailand (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
{Jun}
Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected Japan (Satoshi Miki, 2005) {Jun}
Zero Day US (Ben Coccio, 2003) {Jun}

ONE
Buryure Japan (Kenta Hayashida, 2008) {Jun}
Polytechnique Canada (Denis Villeneuve, 2009) {Jun}


Best Film Of The Month (First Watches Only)
January: Joint Security Area
February: A Prophet
March:
Love Exposure
April: Brighton Rock
May: Love Doll

June: Flickering Lights
Worst Film Of The Month (First Watches Only)
January: Career Girls
February: Kantoku Banzai!
March:
Better Things
April: Unmade Bed
May: Youth In Revolt
June: Polytechnique


Documentaries
Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film (Andrew Abbott & Russell Leven, 2000)
Which Side Are You On? (Ken Loach, 1984)

By Country
US: 50
UK: 42
Japan: 24
France: 15
Hong Kong: 7
Denmark: 6
South Korea: 5
Ireland: 3
Belgium: 3
Germany 3
Sweden 2
1: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Poland, Peru, Romania, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay


By Decade
00's: 118
90's: 24
80's: 10
70's: 5
60's: 13
50's: 3

40's: 1
30's: 1

Jan: 27 Feb: 25 Mar: 33 Apr: 33 May: 28 June: 29


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:32:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq

Kettle, meet pot.

Cheers jbg, I'm wanting to check out other Varda stuff now, Anywhere you recommend starting?



I don't really know her work that well, but The Gleaners And I is a great documentary, and a good sign of where Varda went off to in her later work (so, yeah, it's very different to Cleo). Her debut's worth checking out, as well, though it's a really odd film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:33:46 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Deviation

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Yes! Finally, a connection between Sokurov and Mel Gibson for when I play Director Bingo next.

EDIT: no but seriously I addressed that in the review.



Had some problems with how how much from actual known history was changed in the film, but to compare it to the levels of wrongness that is Braveheart is obscene. This at least attempts to offer insight on the character and the Japanese nation at the hour of defeat. Gibson didn't even bother to get Wallace right.



I was being flippant, I'll admit. I'm not saying that Sokurov does it as badly as Gibson, but that he does it at all is more than a little disingenuous. I don't see why I should let Sokurov off the hook because his film is better. I mean, I haven't even seen Braveheart.

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ORIGINAL: rick_7
the overrated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (from the same director),


Awwww no he did-int

Also, why no mention of One Man Band in the Pixar shorts review? That's quite obviously the best of the Pixar shorts.


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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 - 1/7/2010 3:33:08 AM   
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087. Walk the Line (Mangold, 2005) USA  
096. Avatar (Cameron, 2009) USA/UK
121. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller/Ogilvie, 1985) USA/AUS 
143. The Whole Nine Yards (Lynn, 2000) USA (First View)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 5:06:23 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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155. The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (2nd view, 1994, Peter Segal) - 3/5

Big gulf in quality between this and the first two, but still plenty of laughs to be had.


June list

Features

1. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (5th view, 1988, David Zucker) - 5/5
2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days/4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile (1st view, 2007, Cristian Mungiu) - 4/5*
3. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (1st view, 2007, Sidney Lumet) - 4/5*
4. Michael Clayton 2nd view, 2007, Tony Gilroy) - 4/5
5. Rescue Dawn (1st view, 2007, Werner Herzog) - 4/5*
6. The Savages (1st view, 2007, Tamara Jenkins) - 4/5*
7. The Losers (1st view,, 2010, Sylvain White) - 4/5*
8. American Beauty (2nd view, 1999, Sam Mendes) - 4/5
9. In the Electric Mist (1st view, 2009, Bertrand Tavernier) - 4/5*
10. Defiance (1st view, 2008 Edward Zwick) - 4/5*

11. The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (3rd view, 1991, David Zucker) - 4/5
12. Love Me or Leave Me (1st view, 1955, Charles Vidor) - 4/5*
13. Novocaine (2nd view, 2001, David Atkins) - 4/5
14. Solomon Kane (1st view, 2009, Michael J. Bassett) - 4/5*
15. Kagemusha (1st view, 1980, Akira Kurosawa) - 4.5*
16. Do Not Disturb (1st view, 1965, Ralph Levy) - 4/5*
17. Somers Town (1st view, 2008, Shane Meadows) - 4/5*
18. Johnny English (3rd view, 2003, Peter Howitt) - 3/5
19. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (2nd view, 1994, Peter Segal) - 3/5
20. The Damned United (1st view, 2009, Tom Hooper) - 3/5*

21. Where The Wild Things Are (1st view, 2009, Spike Jonze) - 3/5*
22. Obsessed (1st view, 2009, Steve Shill) - 3/5*
23. Orphan (1st view, 2009, Jaume Collet-Serra) - 3/5*
24. Dorian Gray (1st view, 2009, Oliver Parker) - 2/5*

Shorts

1. Canary Row (1950, Friz Freleng)
2. Steamboat Willie (1928, Walt Disney/Ub Iwerks)
3. Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969, Marv Newland)
4. Plane Crazy (1928, Walt Disney/Ub Iwerks)
5. This Way Up (2008, Alan Smith/Adam Foulkes)
6. Little Red Riding Hood (1922, Walt Disney)
7. Borderline (2006, Alex Chandon)
8. A Ninja Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas (Noel Goodwin)
9. Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941, Walter Lanz)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 7:46:19 AM   
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Also, why no mention of One Man Band in the Pixar shorts review? That's quite obviously the best of the Pixar shorts.


We only watched the ones that neither of us had seen before. Except Boundin', we'd both seen that, but forgotten about it. I reviewed One Man Band the other month (it follows a review of Mater and the Ghostlight, which is what it's being compared to, rather favourably). I'd certainly take the three I mentioned at the end over it. This is the short write-up:



Being a made-for-theatres outing, SHORT: One Man Band (Mark Andrews and Andrew Jimenez, 2005) is understandably better. Set in a lushly-realised Italian piazza, it sees rival musicians face off in a fight for a peasant girl's penny. The battle is as imaginative as you'd hope, and the whole thing has a great sense of place, but it takes an ill-conceived, unexplained turn near the close that's, like, well random, and trips the whole thing up. Shame. (3)



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 8:48:35 AM   
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June (29)

FOUR
Adams Æbler/ Adam's Apples Denmark (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005) {Jun}
Blinkende lygter/ Flickering Lights Denmark (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2000) {Jun}


I love both of them, although I'm not sure I'd have Flickering Lights in the same category as Adam's Apples. Have you seen the one in the middle, Green Butchers? Saddest viewing of last month was seeing Nikolaj Lie Kaas wasting his time in Angels and Demons.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 11:38:12 AM   
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We only watched the ones that neither of us had seen before. Except Boundin', we'd both seen that, but forgotten about it. I reviewed One Man Band the other month (it follows a review of Mater and the Ghostlight, which is what it's being compared to, rather favourably). I'd certainly take the three I mentioned at the end over it.


No you wouldn't, if you valued your life.

Going to see Toy Story 3 tomorrow, on the subject of Pixar. School holidays starts on Saturday, and I'm not sitting in a cinema full of kids again, not after the thudding terror cinema of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Also, elab, I hired out Green Butchers. I was quite surprised to see it sitting in the comedy section of my local mainstream rental place - everything foreign there naturally goes into the world cinema section. It's like they were lying to customers. There weren't even any 'Subtitled' stickers on it.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 11:41:03 AM   
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My stats for June. Been a slow month film wise what with watching Deadwood, Treme, The Singing Detective, Our Friends in the North and finishing off Battlestar Galactica.

The positions of the HoF nominees aren't necessarily the final positions I'll place them. These were the positions I put them not long after watching them, so with more thought I might swap them around.

1. Groundhog Day Harold Ramis, 1993) - 9
10. Peppermint Candy (Cahng-dong Lee, 1999) - 8*
26. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978) - 7
29. The Exorcist (William Friedkin, 1973) - 7
40. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) - 7
41. Primer (Shane Carruth, 2004) - 7*
53. Boy A (John Crowley, 2007) - 6*
77. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theordor Dryer, 1928) - 6*
86. The Sun (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2005) - 6*
87. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006) - 6*
91. Stripes (Ivan Reitman, 1981) - 6*
108. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (Paul Crowder/John Dower, 2006) - 6*
126. The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006) - 6*
130. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982) - 6*
155. Buster (David Green, 1988) - 5*
173. The Prophecy (Gregory Widen, 1995) - 4*

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 12:39:35 PM   
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June Movies (All movies first time viewings unless stated):

-Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau, 2010)
-Descent, The (Neil Marshall, 2005) (2nd Viewing)
-Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
-Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) (2nd viewing)
-Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, 1976) (2nd viewing)
-Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009)
-Crazies, The (Breck Eisner, 2010)
-Gamer (Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, 2009)
-State of Play (Kevin Macdonald, 2009) (Third Viewing)
-Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993) (Multiple viewings)
-Brothers (Jim Sheridan, 2009)
-Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010)
-State of Play (Kevin Macdonald, 2009) (Fourth viewing)
-Ghost Town (David Koepp, 2008) (2nd Viewing)
-Leaves of Grass (Tim Blake Nelson, 2009)
-Informant!, The (Steven Soderbergh, 2009)
-Funny People (Judd Apatow, 2009)
-Repo Men (Miguel Sapochnik, 2010)
-Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long) (Philippe Claudel, 2008) (2nd viewing)
-Good Luck Chuck (Mark Helfrich, 2007) (2nd viewing)
-Death to Smoochy (Danny DeVito, 2002) (2nd viewing)
-Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003) (2nd viewing)
-Great Escape, The (John Sturges, 1963)
-There's Something About Mary (Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, 1998) (Multiple viewings)
-Oldboy (Chan-wook Park, 2003) (2nd viewing)
-Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood, 1985) (2nd viewing)
-Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) (2nd viewing)
-Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008) (2nd viewing)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:26:09 PM   
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Land of the Lost (Silberling, 2009)
 
It is difficult to understand why someone with at least meagre intelligence didn't stand back at some point during filming and just say 'no, just stop – this reaallly isn't working – back to the drawing board guys'. But they didn't, and the film contains some of the worst attempts at humour I've suffered through since starting trying to write these review things. Every single thing in the film is misjudged – everything. The snoozing baby pterodactyls, the use of aliens, the use of the apeboy, the story, the cast, the lot. Truly terrible film.
 
And yet, possibly not the worst for the month.
 
Angels and Demons (Howard, 2009)
 
The second of 2 of the worse films I've seen this year share a very similar line – if you write/think about us, and you will, be gentle. An odd coincidence of shared shitness, if you will.
 
While I believe the book is set before the other tripe, here it is a sequel and the Vatican is aware of Langdon's (Hank's) exploits.
 
It's quite hard to describe just how bad this is. It uses exposition of the sort of – do you know about x? Yes, x is a very bad thing and this is why and this is how it happened and this is what the risk is. Y – did you hear that about x? I'll just repeat it for you. The puzzle side is easier than those clues at the adverts for call-in quizzes that are trying to get your money, the acting is plain silly for the most part (and utterly wastes the likes of Lie Kaas and Skarsgaard) and the whole preposterous but not remotely in an enjoyable way. The camera swings about for the sake of movement and the editor needs to go back to a remedial school. And the attempts at humour are almost as bad as Land of the Lost. Hanks used to be able to act you know. 'course, Howard's never really been much of a director, so no loss there.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:27:17 PM   
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Also, elab, I hired out Green Butchers. I was quite surprised to see it sitting in the comedy section of my local mainstream rental place - everything foreign there naturally goes into the world cinema section. It's like they were lying to customers. There weren't even any 'Subtitled' stickers on it.



At least it is a comedy - do they often not realise films are subtitled in there? Must be very popular with some customers!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:34:48 PM   
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Gimli's votes for most beautiful films list.

1. Angels and Demons
2. The Da Vinci Code
3. The Grinch
4. Parenthood
5. Forrest Gump
6. Grand Theft Auto
7. Far and Away

and so on

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:37:24 PM   
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There's a list I can see being accidentally deleted

'course, crap can still look good. I'm not sure why A&D would be considered particularly special though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 1:38:56 PM   
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It looked nice and pretty during the parachuting bit. And Hanks' hair is pure art.


Features

1. Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (24th view, 1989, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
2. Jaws (8th view, 1975, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
3. Duel (19th view, 1971, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
4. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (7th view, 1977, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
5. Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium (1st view, 1986, Gavin Taylor) - 5/5*
6. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (16th view, 1981, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
7. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (8th view, 1982, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
8. Inception (1st view, 2010, Christopher Nolan) - 4/5*
9. Dean Spanley (1st view, 2008, Toa Fraser) - 4/5*
10. The Color Purple (4th view, 1986, Steven Spielberg) - 4/5.

11. Katyń (1sdt view, 2007, Andrzej Wajda) - 4/5*
12. Fantastic Planet/La Planète Sauvage (1st view, René Laloux, 1973) - 4/5*
13. Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom (10th view, 1984, Steven Spielberg) - 4/5
14. The Sugarland Express (2nd view, 1974, Steven Spielberg) - 4/5
15. Con Air (6th view, 1997, Simon West) - 4/5
16. Empire Of The Sun (3rd view, 1987, Steven Spielberg) - 4/5
17. Paranormal Activity (1st view, 2007, Oren Peli) - 4/5*
18. The Kid Stays in the Picture (1st view, 2002, Nanette Burstein/Brett Morgen) - 4/5*
19. Swing Vote (1st view, 2008, Joshua Michael Stern) - 4/5*
20. Always (2nd view, 1989, Steven Spielberg) - 3/5

21. 1941 (2nd view, 1979, Steven Spielberg) - 3/5
22. I Love You, Man (1st view, 2009, John Hamburg) - 3/5*
23. Hook (3rd view, 1991, Steven Spielberg) - 3/5
24. Secretary (2nd view, 2002, Steven Shainberg) - 3/5


Shorts

1. For the Birds (2000, Ralph Eggleston)
2. Presto (2008, Doug Sweetland)
3. Partly Cloudy (2009, Peter Sohn)
4. Lifted (2006, Gary Rydstrom)
5. BURN-E (2008, Angus MacLane}
6. Mike's New Car (2002, Pete Docter/Roger L. Gould)
7. Your Friend the Rat (2007, Jim Capobianco)
8. Luxo Jr. (1986, John Lasseter)
9. One Man Band (2005, Mark Andrews/Andrew Jimenez)
10. Red's Dream (1987, John Lasseter)
11. Superman (1941, Dave Fleischer)
12. Geri's Game (1997, Jan Pinkava)
13. Knick Knack (1989, John Lasseter)
14. The Mechanical Monsters (1941, Dave Fleischer)
15. Kitchen Sink (1989, Alison MacLean)
16. Rhapsody in Rivets (1941, Friz Freleng)
17. Dug's Special Mission (2009, Ronnie del Carmen)
18. Boundin' (2003, Bud Luckey)
19. Mater and the Ghostlight (2006, John Lasseter/Dan Scanlon)
20. George & A.J. (2009. Josh Cooley)

21. Bolero (1992, Ivan Maximov)
22. Jack-Jack Attack (2005, Brad Bird)
23. Wind Along the Coast (2003, Ivan Maximov)
24. The Adventures of André and Wally B (1984, John Lasseter)
25. Tin Toy (1988, John Lasseter)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 2:25:35 PM   
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June for me

1. Rashomon
15 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
26 The Purple Rose of Cairo
34 Naked
35 The Boat
36 Annie Hall
47 Neigbors
48 Oktober: Ten Days That Shook the World
52 The Hidden Fortress
68 2001: A Space Odyssey
72 Suspicion
73 Hannah and her Sisters
75 Summer with Monika
79 Pat Garret and Billy the Kid
85 Notorious
91 The Bank
99 Prince of Persisa: The Sands of Time
111 Carrotblanca
118 The Brothers Bloom
126 Invictus
141 The Grand Finalé


Which leaves the Director League Table looking like so

1 Woody Allen 7 (7)
2 Akira Kurosawa 4 (4)
= Peter Jackson 4 (4)
= Alfred Hitchcock 4 (4)
5 Orson Welles 3 (3)
= Buster Keaton 3 (3)
7 Robert Zemekis 2 (2)
= Charlie Chaplin 2 (2)
= John Carpenter 2 (2)
= John Hughes 2 (2)
= Sam Raimi 2 (2)
= Ingmar Bergman 2 (2)
= Kevin Smith 2 (2)
= Clements and Musker 2 (2)
= Rob Marshall 2 (2)
= Tim Burton 2 (2)
= Quentin Tarantino 2 (2)
= Hayao Myasaki 2 (2)
= Mel Brooks 2 (2)
= Lars von Trier 2 (2)
= Jon Faverou 2 (2)
= Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2 (2)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 2:43:59 PM   
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Matthew Hopkins – Witchfinder General (Reeves, 1968)
 
In the chaos of the English Civil War, Matthew Hopkins takes advantage of the lack of ultimate authority to prosecute men and women reported by their neighbours for witchcraft. Arriving in a small village to begin the torture and eventual murder of a local priest, he takes advantage of the man's scared niece's attempt to save her uncle. The girl is later raped by Hopkin's angry sidekick. These actions lead to their eventual doom as the victim is the wife-to-be of a very angry soldier in Cromwell's army who finally tracks them down. One thing to note – witchfinders do not believe in swimming.  And the ending is a lot bleaker than you'd expect.
 
It's always so sad when you watch a film that clearly has an immense talent behind it knowing that he died soon after, leaving very little work behind. Witchfinder General feels like it should be like a normal Hammer offering. But there is something harsher going on on the screen, a feeling for the violence (which is unpleasant,  as it should be), and for the characters in the tale being told that gives it greater depth than most of even the best of Hammer. The making of the film has gone down in lore because of the fractious relationship between Reeves and his leading man Price in the former's attempt to ensure there is no hamming on the screen. This led to the possibly apocryphal but fabulous quote with Price lambasting Reeves with how many films he's made and asking what he had done – the response 'I've made two good ones'. Earlier this year there was even a radio play Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast, which was clearly exaggerated but also seems to acknowledge Price's realisation after the fact of what an excellent performance Reeves nagging had gotten out of him. I'd highly recommend the play if you do get a chance to hear it – it really plays it for laughs.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 2:46:47 PM   
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99 Prince of Persisa: The Sands of Time
111 Carrotblanca
118 The Brothers Bloom
126 Invictus


Wait what?! I didn't love any of the three bottom films, but WHAT?!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 3:03:04 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Rhubarb

99 Prince of Persisa: The Sands of Time
111 Carrotblanca
118 The Brothers Bloom
126 Invictus


Wait what?! I didn't love any of the three bottom films, but WHAT?!



Your outraged despite not particularly liking any of the lower three? They're all 3 Star films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 3:37:25 PM   
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I think it becuase you put Prince of Persia above them. Which as you know, Piles finds more evil than Pol Pot. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 4:04:52 PM   
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Earlier this year there was even a radio play Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast, which was clearly exaggerated but also seems to acknowledge Price's realisation after the fact of what an excellent performance Reeves nagging had gotten out of him. I'd highly recommend the play if you do get a chance to hear it – it really plays it for laughs.


Yay! I've got you listening to radio to the extent that you're even recommending plays now!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 1/7/2010 5:01:55 PM   
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YAY for Witchfinder General! Now for more reviews, the last of June.

Tesis is Amenabar's debut, later influencing a rather godawful remake of sorts with Nicolas Cage (I think it was The Wicker Man). A film student decides to focus her thesis on violence in cinema. There she meets an introvert with an obsession on violence and pornography. Her professor uncovers a tape that causes him a heart attack. Our lead finds the tape, sees it and discovers that tape is a snuff film involving her friend being tortured and killed. It's a good thriller, a very good times at times and Amenabar does wonders on a very low budget. However, do not expect a subtle examination of violence on film or a very profound one (and a snuff film being shown on daytime TV? Huh?), and the characters while interesting in themselves never become as fascinating as they should be. Even with these flaws however it still is a good chiller and a certain Night of the Hunter inspired scene works every time. 4/5

Peppermint Candy is film whose story starts from the ending and ends with the start, similar to Memento and Irreversible. While not as powerful as Irreversible (but certainly more subtle) and clearly superior to Memento (at least on an emotional level and storytelling one), the Lee's film starts with the suicide of an embittered man and later investigates the reason for such a behavior, taking particular incidents of his life that led his to make such a choice. We slowly see a character develop, the historical/political background around him grow and the reason for his uncaring, selfish and almost impenetrable self. It is a brilliant work, with touches such as the train traveling back in time between one chapter and another working beautifully. Beautifully written, directed and acted, the only minor flaw being the soundtrack at the start. 5/5

And now for the masterpiece that is Juliet of the Spirits. It is a visually beautiful, wonderfully scored by Rota, eccentric, surreal and unique story on a rich housewife (played to perfection by Masina) who feels that she can see spirits and is passing through something of a conflict in her life. Fellini examines her thoughts and memories and also uses these spirits (and other imagery) to convey spirits and emotions. Fellini shows great confidence, his pans and tracking shots being some of the finest and most inventive I've seen and some of the visuals are unforgettable. It is a hilarious, entertaining and moving film. 5/5




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