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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:57:43 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009)- USA - 4.5/10


Surely that's four points too high?


Plus its nowhere as fucking dull as Avatar.



Few things are.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:00:17 AM   
Deviation


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Watching your parents having sex>Avatar?

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:03:04 AM   
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First film of the year...

1. Cool Runnings (1993, Turteltaub) 8/10
Highly likable comedy about the first ever Jamaican bobsled team, which is lighthearted fun from start to finish. Probably wont be in my top 100 by year end, but it feels nice to think that, for at least one day, Cool Runnings is top of my list for the year (with John Candy topping the performance list with his fun turn as disgraced coach Irv Blitzer)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:18:14 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Watching your parents having sex>Avatar?


It wouldn't be as dull.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:22:22 AM   
Deviation


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Last Days>Avatar? 

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:29:33 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Yes, but Last Days is a great film. I've never understood why you dislike it so  much.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:45:27 AM   
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Gimli, why subject yourself? I see Monsters, Inc. and you see Ant Bully? That just isn't fair

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(I shall leave it up to you to guess whether I scored me some nookie),


I'm guessing no because no girl would have sex with a man who willingly watched Dreamgirls.


Perhaps the sex was a result of me letting her put Dreamgirls on I'm a sneaky one Rawls, you should know this by now.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:48:54 AM   
Deviation


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It just never examines its subjects, or the any of the other characters, which makes the slow pacing feel preposterous and the experience just a dull one. I know it is examining  drug exhaustion, and probably in some way it studies the subject better than something like Requiem for a Dream, but it feels incredibly dry for some a running time of 90 minutes. 

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 4:34:32 AM   
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Well, at least people respond to you in here!
I guess the 7 for The Apartment is more of a mood thing. I hadn't seen it before but I watched it as the new year entered. Yarp, my New Year was that exciting... I'm just missing family and friends, I guess.
I love Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine, just one of those ones I've never caught, until last night.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 5:22:51 AM   
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ORIGINAL: DCMaximo

First film of the year...

1. Cool Runnings (1993, Turteltaub) 8/10
Highly likable comedy about the first ever Jamaican bobsled team, which is lighthearted fun from start to finish. Probably wont be in my top 100 by year end, but it feels nice to think that, for at least one day, Cool Runnings is top of my list for the year (with John Candy topping the performance list with his fun turn as disgraced coach Irv Blitzer)


Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time

I love Cool Runnings!

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ORIGINAL: Epiphany Demon

Gimli, why subject yourself? I see Monsters, Inc. and you see Ant Bully? That just isn't fair



I'm a glutton for punishment. But I am now watching the Spongebob movie. It's awesomeness can't be described in mere words.


Anyway, a feast of Looney Tunes shorts means that my short film list is already longer than last year.

1. Water, Water Every Hare (1952, Chuck Jones)
2. Bully for Bugs (1953, Chuck Jones)
3. High Diving Hare (1949, Friz Freleng)
4. Rabbit Seasoning (1952, Chuck Jones)
5. Long-Haired Hare (1949, Chuck Jones)
6. Baseball Bugs (1946, Friz Freleng)
7. Big House Bunny (1950, Friz Freleng)
8. What's Up Doc? (1950, Robert McKimson)
9. Rabbit's Kin (1952, Robert McKimson)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 9:23:36 AM   
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01. Avatar (2009, Cameron, USA/UK) - 2.5/5
Jake Sully is a bastard.

What a way to start the year.


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


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Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 9:49:03 AM   
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Well, at least people respond to you in here!
I guess the 7 for The Apartment is more of a mood thing. I hadn't seen it before but I watched it as the new year entered. Yarp, my New Year was that exciting... I'm just missing family and friends, I guess.
I love Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine, just one of those ones I've never caught, until last night.


It's a braw way to start the New Year, though - I'm sure you'll work your way up to 10/10 by, oh, Tuesday?  (Full disclaimer - Mod with The Apartment in their top 10 of all the time and nominator of it was winning, and essayless, Hall of Fame entry - take that Sunrise ).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 10:20:53 AM   
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And reserved!

1. Amarcord (Federico Fellini,1974, 123 Mins) 10/10
2.American Beauty (Sam Mendes,1999,122 Mins) 10/10
3. Departures (Okuritbito) (Yojiro Takita,2009, 130 Mins) 9/10
4. Traffic (Steven Soderbergh,2000, 147 Mins) 8/10
5. The Opposite Of Sex (Don Roos,1998, 105 Mins) 8/10
6. (500) Days Of Summer (Marc Webb,2009, 95 Mins) 8/10
7. A Serious Man (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen,2009, 105 Mins) 8/10
8. In The Loop (Armando Iannucci,2009, 101 Mins) 8/10
9. Up In The Air (Jason Reitman,2010, 109 Mins) 7.5/10
10. The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel Coen,1994, 111 Mins) 7.5/10
11. Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle,2009, 120 Mins) 7.5/10
12. Moliere (Laurent Tirard,2007, 120 Mins) 7.5/10
13. Avatar (James Cameron,2009, 162 Mins) 7/10
14. Daybreakers (Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig,2010, 98 Mins) 6/10
15. Anchorman:The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam Mckay,2004, 94 Mins) 6/10
16. Child's Play 2 (John Lafia,1990, 84 Mins) 5/10
17. It's Complicated (Nancy Meyers,2010, 120 Mins) 4/10
18. The Magic Roundabout (Jean Duval, Frank Passingham, David Borthwick,2005,82 Mins) 4/10
19. The Krays (Peter Medak,1990, 119 Mins) 3/10
20. The Boys Are Back (Scott Hicks,2010, 104 Mins) 2/10

Happy 2010 to you all, see people are uping their games this year,i will do my best, keeping it simple RED for films viewed for the first time and BLACK for films seen before, the new entries will be in Bold.  I too will try and list my best films and turkey of the month for each month.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 10:27:37 AM   
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Two very different films to kick off the year then, 
American Beauty(Sam Mendes,1999,122 Mins) 10/10
which i still consider a morden master piece, instanting funny, twisted, moving and disturbing, with a wonderful script, and unexpected perfromances, not least from the younger members of the cast, hard to believe i went to see it almost ten years ago excatley. 

The Magic Roundabout (Jean Duval, Frank Passingham, David Borthwick, 2005, 82 Mins) 4/10
Which i just found very confusing and silly, i guess it works for five year olds(although even they might get bored after awhile), but for everyone else don't bother.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 10:53:16 AM   
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03. Assault on Precinct 13 (Carpenter, 1976)

Never seen this before, and was a fine way to welcome in the new year. Taut, chunky 70s thriller that ratchets up the tension after some shocking early-on senseless violence. Sure, the budgetary restraints show, but it shows that - Mr Cameron - you really don't need to throw money at a film to make it a good one. If only Carpenter was still making films like this. If I remember in 363 days I hope to watch the remake which I am given to understand is set on New Year's Eve, making a neat book-end to the year.

01. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (Parker, 1999)

I refuse to believe this film is now 11 years old. I've barely seen an episode since the film, although this is down to Channel 4's sketchy scheduling and my knack for missing all the episodes until I couldn't be bothered to get back into it. Nevertheless, this film is one of the finest examples of cartoon series turned into films. (Flintstones take note...) The musical numbers are on-the-nose pastiches of a slew of sources from Disney's The Little Mermaid to Les Miserables to Oklahoma, and the topic is, if anything, more valid today. (Although the joke of Saddam Hussein being dead is more ironic now.) Top quality entertainment at 2am on New Year's Day!

02. Escape From New York (Carpenter, 1981)

3 films in to the year, and already Carpenter has a monopoly on my viewing...! I watched this once, long long ago, and it was past due for a rewatch. I watched the sequel when it came out and remember nothing about it except the kick-ass ending. This original though, is grungy and dirty, and Kurt Russell rasps his way through the eternally night-time New York prison. Donald Pleasance's president makes a nice change from the usual sanctimonious presidents we see on films normally with a real-world attitude. "Get me to the pod", and "may God save me, and watch over you" as he abandons the rest of Air Force One to their doom. It also has a new acrid taste to it as we see a plane crash into a New York skyscraper and another one land atop the World Trade Center.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 11:02:54 AM   
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01. The Wind (Sjöström, 1928) USA 9 - Quite simply, a stunning piece of cinema.



Quite simply, you're right.

Glad you like it, very powerful film.  Why only a 9 though?


It's only 9 because 10 is now reserved for "the pinnacle of cinema excellence..." no, it’s because as much as I enjoyed the film and the performances of Gish and in particular Lars Hanson I know there are other films I prefer, including a number of previous Gish efforts that I believe deserve a higher ranking and score. There’s no question that The Wind is a masterpiece one of the last of its kind and an extraordinary effort but there are still a number of other silent films or indeed films in general I know that I would place higher, mind you anything that scores between an eight and ten has to be pretty special for me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 11:44:36 AM   
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01. The Wind (Sjöström, 1928) USA 9 - Quite simply, a stunning piece of cinema.



Quite simply, you're right.

Glad you like it, very powerful film.  Why only a 9 though?


It's only 9 because 10 is now reserved for "the pinnacle of cinema excellence..." no, it's because as much as I enjoyed the film and the performances of Gish and in particular Lars Hanson I know there are other films I prefer, including a number of previous Gish efforts that I believe deserve a higher ranking and score. There's no question that The Wind is a masterpiece one of the last of its kind and an extraordinary effort but there are still a number of other silent films or indeed films in general I know that I would place higher, mind you anything that scores between an eight and ten has to be pretty special for me.


Ah, I see, so it's just a case of rating calibration.  Mine's always shifting slightly, which is probably why I get fed up of placing things on my list and just stick them in the first place I think suits them and make done with it.

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It's a braw way to start the New Year, though


Haha, "braw"  I haven't heard that since my childhood bedtime read of Oor Wullie.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 11:53:27 AM   
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Happy-Go-Lucky

Missed this first time around, but had heard nothing but good about it.I found it to be very uplifting, in its own unique & wonderful way.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:27:26 PM   
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01. Avatar (2009, Cameron, USA/UK) - 2.5/5
Jake Sully is a bastard.

What a way to start the year.






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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:33:30 PM   
Deviation


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01. Avatar (2009, Cameron, USA/UK) - 2.5/5
Jake Sully is a bastard.

What a way to start the year.



Wr know we could trust on you to see how shit the film is.


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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:54:20 PM   
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1. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (1st view, 2004, Stephen Hillenburg) - 5/5*
I've never seen a single second of any of the TV show but the level of awesome on display here was astounding. Really, one of the funniest films I've seen in a long, long time. Has the remainder of my credibility now vanished forever? I don't care. I just want to watch this again!


2. Holiday In Handcuffs (1st view, 2007, Ron Underwood) - 3/5*
Sabrina the Teenage Witch kidnaps an architect and takes him to her family home at Christmas, forcing him to pretend to be her boyfriend. Yes, really. They fall in love. Ain't that sweet?




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:55:38 PM   
Deviation


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1. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (1st view, 2004, Stephen Hillenburg) - 5/5*
I've never seen a single second of any of the TV show but the level of awesome on display here was astounding. Really, one of the funniest films I've seen in a long, long time. Has the remainder of my credibility now vanished forever? I don't care. I just want to watch this again!





No, Spongebob is fantastic and deserves all the love it gets.


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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:56:22 PM   
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I'm off to pop my 2010 cinema cherry tomorrow... pray for me.

My list is now sporting a nifty graphic which will be updated every few films. It serves as both a sequential pictorial record of what I've seen this year, but also as a recognisable graphic when I'm scrolling down the page quickly to update the damned thing!



Incidentally, I've designed the graphic so will be room for 225 films. I have no idea how many films I watch at home, but figure if it's at least equal to my cinema viewing then I should fill the entire square easily. if I need more room, I may start another one. Or, I might make it a cube and have some parallelogram shaped cut out pictures of films for the side and top...



Me likey and will probably steal.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:57:34 PM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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No, Spongebob is fantastic and deserves all the love it gets.




Does that make up for me giving Avatar 4/5?

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Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 1:58:44 PM   
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Yes. 

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:24:52 PM   
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The Karate Kid (Avildsen, 1984)

It's been an age since I watched this last. Too long in fact. After a quick check on the imdb parental advice section I figured I was safe to show it to my children. After the first ten minutes, in which my son decided he didn't want to watch it, I paused it to explain, in child-friendly terms, how some films take a bit of time to show us what the characters are like. And also to tell him some kick-ass karate scenes were coming up. (Both my children do karate, so I figured they'd love this.) Sure enough, after some moaning and occasional playing with scalextric (that'll teach me for leaving it out...) as soon as Mr Miyagi kicked some bullies' arses, he was hooked. I'm writing this now as both my children are rolling about the flat, with one of my ties around each of their heads, demonstrating on balloons just exactly what they'd do to bullies if they ever tried anything...

We're off to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel  in a bit, so I figured I'd show them at least one good film today...




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 2:55:05 PM   
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The Apartment (Wilder, 1960, USA) Jan

*MILD SPOILERS*
The only Billy Wilder I'd seen before this one is Some Like It Hot, and I find that and The Apartment to be equally as good as each other, if very different beasts; Some Like It Hot's whimsical, cross-dressing comedy is a fast paced and ludicrous romp, while the latter film, coming out only a year after Some Like It Hot, is a cynical and rather twisted take on relationships. Both however, are very strong 4 star films - I'm pretty sure after a few day's of thinking and a revisiting of either film, a 5 can be easily achieved. Lemmon's C.C. Baxter is played to near perfection as he struggles to keep his friends happy by 'subletting' his apartment to his boss - who's seeing the girl he likes. A particular favourite part of mine is when Baxter's doctor neighbour is slapping Fran to wake her up after her attempted overdose, and Baxter looks away in pain. It's a necessity for the doctor to slap her, yet Baxter still feels for the woman who has caused him so much pain. Lemmon's great, the low-key and quiet conversations with Fran (well played by Shirley MacLaine) being as affecting in Baxter hiding his pain as it would him crying his eyes out. The script is fantastic, both funny (little touches like Baxter and Fran telling one another the amount of drinks they've had and the amount of extra marital relations they've had respectively, and holding up a set of fingers different to the amount they tell one another) and quite dismissive of the ideal romance and the people take part in them. Mr Sheldrake (a wonderfully slimy Fred MacMurray) gives Fran $100 for Christmas, yet she isn't a whore;this is just the double life of a man who's in the wrong, not in love with his wife or his bit on the side. It gives you something to think about that 50 years ago a film of such cynicism was made, yet those final moments still leave you smiling. And a final line to rival Some Like It Hot's as well.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 3:20:19 PM   
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Happy new year everyone.Good start to the year with a classic I've wanted to see for some time and a further installment of chambara goodness with another entry in the Shinobi no mono series. Spring in a Small Town came up in Rawlinson's thread a little while back and as I said in there I'd seen the excellent remake and this was one of my most wanted films,often talked of as being the pinnacle of Chinese cinema.That is some reputation to have to live up to but it's a truly beautiful film.
The cast all put in good performances but the female lead Wei Wei needs singled out for praise she's incredible in the films pivotal role.There's a great sense of building pressure.It's full of supressed passions,regrets and divided loyalties bubbling just below the surface that threaten to explode and either free or destroy the three main characters.Absolutely loved this.

Shin Shinobi no mono is the 3rd of an 8 film series of ninja films,starring Raizo Ichikawa.It continues and brings an end to the story of the legendary character Ishikawa Goemon.It begins exactly where the 2nd film leaves off,it looks like it's all over for our hero but never underestimate what tricks the ninja have up their sleeve.Didn't think it was quite as good as the previous films,the superb 2nd film was always going to be a hard act to follow though,but still it's well made,has solid performances and most importantly remains good fun.A change of director from the 1st two films with Issei (or Kazuo) Mori taking over but the style is consistant with the previous films.Not to familiar with Mori only other thing I've seen is the 2nd Zatoichi film,a series I'm going to start working my way through after I'm done with Shinobi no mono.He returns to direct a later film in this series but the next one is directed by Tokuzo Tanaka,looking forward to that,both to see where the films will go next and because I've seen very few of Tanaka's films.Again maybe one or two of the early Zatoichi films but he also directed the chambara classic The Betrayal,which also stars Raizo Ichikawa,has a staggering bodycount and a roughly 15 minute final showdown,that is unmatched in any chambara film I've seen.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 2/1/2010 3:42:11 PM   
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The Karate Kid (Avildsen, 1984)

It's been an age since I watched this last. Too long in fact. After a quick check on the imdb parental advice section I figured I was safe to show it to my children. After the first ten minutes, in which my son decided he didn't want to watch it, I paused it to explain, in child-friendly terms, how some films take a bit of time to show us what the characters are like. And also to tell him some kick-ass karate scenes were coming up. (Both my children do karate, so I figured they'd love this.) Sure enough, after some moaning and occasional playing with scalextric (that'll teach me for leaving it out...) as soon as Mr Miyagi kicked some bullies' arses, he was hooked. I'm writing this now as both my children are rolling about the flat, with one of my ties around each of their heads, demonstrating on balloons just exactly what they'd do to bullies if they ever tried anything...


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