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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:45:04 PM   
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41. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Smith, 2008) USA (First View) 4 out of 10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:45:42 PM   
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Another Thin Man (Dir. W.S. Van Dyke, 1939) 4/5

Third in the series and described rather bafflingly in the trailer as "more exciting than next weekends football scores" sees the beginning of the meaningless titles.  Audiences confused that William Powell was the thin man of the title (rather than the murder suspect of the first) meant the titles maintained 'thin man' in their name, similar to the pink panther series.

I'd rank the third outing below 'After the Thin Man' but above 'The Thin Man'.  We finally get more of Nick and Nora working on murder case together, which is what I'd been hoping to see from the first film.  Well I say working together, it's usually Nora attempting and failing to match Nick's own investigation skills.  There's a fantastic scene in the west indies club where Nora is forced to dance with a man she believes is an informant, whilst Nick sits and drinks, getting information from casually plying a man with alcohol.  The investigation scenes are again brilliantly put together, with Van Dyke having an excellent eye for visual story telling, letting scenes play out.  The ending isn't as suprising as the second film, but it is entertaingly complex.  with Nick Jr. present in the film series now, I'm doubtful we'll get as much of Nora out with Nick in the following films, which is certainly a shame.

On a side note - I found it fascinating that the previous two films in the series seemed quite anti-psychology.  The 1930s was when Freud's theories began to find their way into American mass culture, most prominently represented in cinema by the affect it had on film noir in the 40s.  In 'The Thin Man' we're presented with a psychology student, constantly carrying around a large book with him, offering the police advice and asking to see the dead body - "
Well, I've been studying psychopathic criminology and I have a theory. Perhaps this was the work of a sadist or a paranoiac. If I saw it I might be able to tell."  It's a mocking depiction played for laughs, and none of the characters take his ideas seriously.

Whilst in 'After the Thin Man' we have the opposite end of the spectrum, an old man with thick glasses who spends most of the film trying to keep a young girl drugged up and claiming she's possibly insane.  The police detective comments that he's seen him before in court, always there to give evidence that someone is crazy. Not only that but his first name is Adolf, and whether this is simply hindsight but I can't imagine that was simple coincidence. 

There's no evidence I recall of it in the third film, but I'm curious to see if it springs up in any of the other films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:45:45 PM   
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41. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Smith, 2008) USA (First View) 4


Personally I find this film hilarious. Rogen's excellent.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:52:38 PM   
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9. Rushmore (1998, Anderson)
Review here

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4. Minnie the Moocher (1932, Fleischer) {8 mins} youtube
Fantastic. Based on just this and Bimbo's Initiation I can safely say that the Fleischers were well ahead of their time. Both shorts have a unique, bizarre, and wonderful feel. 9 though could have been a 10, too.

13. Pencil Mania (1932, Foster/Stallings) {7 mins} youtube
Apparently there were Tom and Jerry shorts before the cat-and-mouse duo. This is certainly not bad, but only the premise is actually good - the execution is merely OK. 7

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:53:54 PM   
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41. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Smith, 2008) USA (First View) 4


Personally I find this film hilarious. Rogen's excellent.


I only finished watching it 20 minutes ago and much like every film I’ve seen him in so far, Seth Rogen failed to make me laugh once, yet I’m still highly anticipating The Green Hornet!? The film made me chuckle a couple of times, usually when Jason Mewes was on screen or Brandon Routh/Justin Long but overall I didn’t find it funny, I was uninterested most of the time and overall I found the film dull. Sorry...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:19:41 AM   
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Panda Go Panda (Takahata, 1972)
 
2 short films are on this DVD with Miyazaki doing the creative stuff. But this is really just for the very very little 'uns – very little from this gives hints at their future work (although the big and little dancing pandas credits aren't a million miles from Totoro) and it is distinctly odd as an adult viewer in 2010 (not least the little girl deciding to call big Panda daddy and his son calling her mummy).


So is it worth giving this one a miss then? I dont mind Totoro (although it is far from my favourite Ghibli), and I have now finished all of Ghibli's releases (aside from Ponyo) so was thinking of picking this up pretty soon just because im now a little lost with where to go for great anime


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:28:50 AM   
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I'd rent - there isn't anything in this that will say Ghibli to you, and it's little more than 2 episodes of a fairly basic and not particularly impressive Japanese TV animation series really. By Totoro I purely mean the choreography of the titles - absolutely no linkage to the lovely little film itself. IE Big panda dancing with lots of little pandas and a little girl swanning about.

Have you seen Tekkonkinkreet and the stuff from Satoshi Kon?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:36:05 AM   
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Ok cheers. I will note it down to rent on lovefilm (or wherever) when I sign up to one of them again.

I have picked up Millennium actress and Perfect blue ready to watch (probably the next few weeks, but is Tekkonkinkreet his best then?), but I noticed on here it seems to be only him and Shinkai who are talked about. I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:42:10 AM   
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The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure 7/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:48:53 AM   
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Ok cheers. I will note it down to rent on lovefilm (or wherever) when I sign up to one of them again.

I have picked up Millennium actress and Perfect blue ready to watch (probably the next few weeks, but is Tekkonkinkreet his best then?), but I noticed on here it seems to be only him and Shinkai who are talked about. I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).



It's not by Kon though.

And Millenium Actress.....


.............the horror the horror............


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:51:07 AM   
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Ok cheers. I will note it down to rent on lovefilm (or wherever) when I sign up to one of them again.

I have picked up Millennium actress and Perfect blue ready to watch (probably the next few weeks, but is Tekkonkinkreet his best then?), but I noticed on here it seems to be only him and Shinkai who are talked about. I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).



tekkonkincreet is from someone called Arias - I only found it because Gram recommended it in the recommendations thread (I'd specifically asked for good anime recommendations). Kon I got from the HoF with Millennium Actress. I think I just found Shinkai following youtube links (which is always fun!)

Barefoot Gen is interesting more than recommended - certainly the first, not so much the second, The animation wasn't as impressive, it was more the story. Don't do a double bill with Grave of the Fireflies though - it'll floor you.

Edit - ignore Dev. Genya and Kyoji are fabulous - his sense of humour is warped.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:52:03 AM   
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Oh. Whoops  I am so used to seeing them talked about together, that I just kind of assumed it was directed by Kon.

Whats wrong with Millennium actress then Dev?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:55:00 AM   
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Which horrible person nominated Millennium Actress for HOF?

And personally I have not yet found something by Shinkai. The best I found was Voices from a Distant Star.


And screw Millennium Actress TRM, watch Tokyo Godfathers.


Tokyo Godfathers = AMAZING.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:57:30 AM   
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Ok cheers. I will note it down to rent on lovefilm (or wherever) when I sign up to one of them again.

I have picked up Millennium actress and Perfect blue ready to watch (probably the next few weeks, but is Tekkonkinkreet his best then?), but I noticed on here it seems to be only him and Shinkai who are talked about. I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).



tekkonkincreet is from someone called Arias - I only found it because Gram recommended it in the recommendations thread (I'd specifically asked for good anime recommendations). Kon I got from the HoF with Millennium Actress. I think I just found Shinkai following youtube links (which is always fun!)

Barefoot Gen is interesting more than recommended - certainly the first, not so much the second, The animation wasn't as impressive, it was more the story. Don't do a double bill with Grave of the Fireflies though - it'll floor you.


Yeah just reading about it does make it seem like that double would leave you depressed for about a month. The recommendation thread was pretty useful. Its a shame it died so quickly.

Ah following youtube links. I did that for a while when I was going through some Russian animation, which was fine until I reached a point where there were no subs or and English title for the film I had heard about Shinkai elsewhere though. I have seen his name mentioned in comparison to Miyazaki, but I cant see the link.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 12:58:01 AM   
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Whats wrong with Millennium actress then Dev?



Imagine Tarkovsky's Mirror. Ok? Imagine that beauty in images and athmosphere. Than imagine Rob Schneider and Martin Lawrence suddenly appearing every two second in the least necessary of moments being annoying.

Then you have Millennium Actress.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:01:49 AM   
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28. [Rec] (2007, Balagueró & Plaza, SPN) – 3.5/5 ***PROBABLE SPOILERS AHEAD***
For what it's worth, [Rec] can be a pretty effective horror when it wants to be. Proving that conventional jump scares, while sometimes cheap, never go out of fashion, directors Balaguero and Plaza show just how well one can pull off a period of silence brought to a startling halt by an expected and, yet, unexpected image and an accompanying loud noise.


You could always just call it "the bus". It's been perfectly good terminology since it was invented nearly 70 years ago.

And Rec getting a lower score than Anchorman, 8.5 and Alien 3 means you suck arse.  


Well, so-rry, Mr. La-De-Da Educated-Pants.

You prefer Rec to 8 and a half and Alien 3? Even with that many stupid people running around in Rec doing blindingly stupid things?



I was just worried you were going to hurt yourself with that tortured description.

But yeah, the Fellini isn't one of my favourites of his. His big self-indulgent films tend to leave me a bit cold, I prefer the smaller and more intimate works. As for Alien 3, it's ok, but nothing special.

Regarding the stupid people doing blindingly stupid things, I go back to what I was saying on one of the other threads recently (Can't remember which) a good horror is often a matter of atmosphere and I don't really think the criticism of 'that character wouldn't do that thing in that situation' really applies to them in the same way that it does to a character driven piece. Often the characters exist just to be put through the wringer in some sense, so I can overlook the flaws in logic as long as it doesn't affect the overall tone of the piece. Think of it like this, would you mark down a Laurel & Hardy film because so many of the jokes rely on them doing stupid things nobody else would do? Or why didn't you mark down Anchorman for the same?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:08:24 AM   
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I had heard about Shinkai elsewhere though. I have seen his name mentioned in comparison to Miyazaki, but I cant see the link.



I don't think Shinkai matches up in terms of story, etc. But some of the animation is superb - the lights going on in the classroom, or the impression of both speed and the distance in the travelling train.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:10:23 AM   
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Which Shinkai are we talking about? The short or The Place Promised in Our Early Days?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:26:02 AM   
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I love the colouring in them all - but the 2 examples above are from 5cm per Second, though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:30:57 AM   
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I love the colouring in them all - but the 2 examples above are from 5cm per Second, though.


Ah, the one I still havent seen. I was trying to think of which moments you were talking about


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:35:05 AM   
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I love the colouring in them all - but the 2 examples above are from 5cm per Second, though.


Ah, the one I still havent seen. I was trying to think of which moments you were talking about



Well both films seem to have those moments.....


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 1:55:43 AM   
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4. Cast Away (2000, Zemeckis) 8/10
I'll be frank from the start: I am a big Tom Hanks fan. I know he has his critics on here, often relating to a certain Gump-based vehicle (which admittedly I haven't seen, though do own), but when he's on, he's one of my favourite actors to watch. Luckily, he is really on form in Cast Away as he is the only actor on screen for the most part. To get a modern audience to spend two hours, mostly dialogue free, in the company of one actor is a big ask, but luckily Hanks has an inately likeable quality that is vital here. We run through a whole range of emotions with him here from despair to elation (the scene where he finally creates fire is wonderful) and the film is so well-written that even Hanks' relationship with a volleyball seems not only plausible, but also entertains. The film also resists the temptation to go for the easiest, audience-friendly finale, instead giving a sensible yet uplifting conclusion.

10. Crossfire (1947, Dmytryk) 8/10
Excellent noir about the fight to clear a soldier's name from a murder charge. The film neatly ties in the usual noir conventions with a strong, though not too preachy, message about racial predjudices, while the films builds to a cleverly written conclusion. The performances are all fine, even down to the supporting cast, with special mentions going to Robert Ryan (menacing and compelling as a bigotted soldier) and Gloria Grahame.

Performance additions:
2. Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland (Cast Away)
13. Robert Ryan as Montgomery (Crossfire)
16. Gloria Grahame as Ginny (Crossfire)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 2:06:44 AM   
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I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).


Anime series is where it's at. For the most part.
However, for anime films other than Ghibli and the aforementioned Barefoot Gen, here's some I like a lot:

Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Memories
Metropolis
Ninja Scroll
Paprika
Tekkonkinkreet


Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is alright, but it's better if you've seen the 2 Stand Alone Complex series first.
Kai Doh Maru and Blood: The Last Vampire were both decent, especially the former, but they're annoyingly short.
Appleseed is ok, without being brilliant, as is the Korean anime Sky Blue aka Wonderful Days.
Karas: The Prophecy is ok at a push.

I'm wasn't a fan of Perfect Blue and even less so Millenium Actress.
I didn't really enjoy Spriggan or Read or Die at all.

A few the missus has, and I will check out at some point (yeah, when?):
Belville Rendezvous
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Tokyo Godfathers



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 2:42:43 AM   
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8. Starship Troopers (Verhoven, 1997)
Just ahead of South Park: BLU as the best satire of the 90s (I have seen The Player, but barely remember it)

18. Dekalog (Kieslowski, 1989)
A great film, although a little uneven

24. Choke (Gregg, 2008)
An average (in quality, not content) film

30. The Stranger (Welles, 1949)
The only thing I can really recommend in this is Welles.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 7:06:46 AM   
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18. Jodhaa Akbar (1st view, 2008, Ashutosh Gowariker) - 4/5*
An epic action/romance centered around a marriage of convenience between a Muslim emperor and his Hindu wife in the sixteenth century. How accurate it is to real events I have no idea, but it's a good story that rarely drags during its 3 and a half hours.

32. Innocents In Paris (1st view, 1953, Gordan Parry) - 3/5*
Comedy about a group of Britons who take a weekend trip to Paris, the film following each one as they venture about the city. Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford and Claire Bloom are three of the stars, and the film is at its best during Sim's scenes

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 8:09:51 AM   
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I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).


Anime series is where it's at. For the most part.
However, for anime films other than Ghibli and the aforementioned Barefoot Gen, here's some I like a lot:

Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Memories
Metropolis
Ninja Scroll
Paprika
Tekkonkinkreet


Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is alright, but it's better if you've seen the 2 Stand Alone Complex series first.
Kai Doh Maru and Blood: The Last Vampire were both decent, especially the former, but they're annoyingly short.
Appleseed is ok, without being brilliant, as is the Korean anime Sky Blue aka Wonderful Days.
Karas: The Prophecy is ok at a push.

I'm wasn't a fan of Perfect Blue and even less so Millenium Actress.
I didn't really enjoy Spriggan or Read or Die at all.

A few the missus has, and I will check out at some point (yeah, when?):
Belville Rendezvous
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Tokyo Godfathers




I'm starting to remember why I thought you were Asian.

Ghost in the Shell is one film I've been meaning to check out, actually.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 10:06:25 AM   
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7. Atonement (2007, Wright) – 7/10
Let's get one thing straight: Atonement has a good ending. In fact, it has one of the best endings of the decade. It deliberately confuses and allows the viewer to ponder on the film’s themes for quite some time. The rest of the movie is good, but it is clear that it is too dependent on its ending, as many of the scenes feel superfluous and rarely have any purpose but to fill time.

This is especially true of the scenes of the character Robbie, as they not only don’t add much, but also are less dramatically satisfying than, say, scenes with him in prison, which probably was a lot worse time for him than walking in fields with high grass to the sounds of a soothing musical score (that he probably doesn’t hear).

The rest of the movie feels episodic and never maintains a clear focus through its many back-and-forth jumps. It is technically well made, and the Dunkirk shot is a masterwork of acrobatic filmmaking, but as a whole it doesn’t add up. Atonement is not at all bad, but worthy of its ending it is not.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 10:20:59 AM   
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Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Memories
Metropolis
Ninja Scroll
Paprika
Tekkonkinkreet


Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is alright, but it's better if you've seen the 2 Stand Alone Complex series first.
Kai Doh Maru and Blood: The Last Vampire were both decent, especially the former, but they're annoyingly short.
Appleseed is ok, without being brilliant, as is the Korean anime Sky Blue aka Wonderful Days.
Karas: The Prophecy is ok at a push.

I'm wasn't a fan of Perfect Blue and even less so Millenium Actress.
I didn't really enjoy Spriggan or Read or Die at all.

A few the missus has, and I will check out at some point (yeah, when?):
Belville Rendezvous
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Tokyo Godfathers




See, that's where I got really lucky with the Tekkonkinkreet recommendation - I can't abide Akira or the Ghost in the Shell stuff and didn't really rate The Girl Who.

ON a separate note - does Chomet count as anime?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 10:26:10 AM   
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You prefer Rec to 8 and a half and Alien 3? Even with that many stupid people running around in Rec doing blindingly stupid things?



Regarding the stupid people doing blindingly stupid things, I go back to what I was saying on one of the other threads recently (Can't remember which) a good horror is often a matter of atmosphere and I don't really think the criticism of 'that character wouldn't do that thing in that situation' really applies to them in the same way that it does to a character driven piece. Often the characters exist just to be put through the wringer in some sense, so I can overlook the flaws in logic as long as it doesn't affect the overall tone of the piece. Think of it like this, would you mark down a Laurel & Hardy film because so many of the jokes rely on them doing stupid things nobody else would do? Or why didn't you mark down Anchorman for the same?


***SPOILERS FOR [REC]***

I guess it's just something to do with the fact that I'm watching people trying to get out of life-and-death situations, and they're just too damn stupid to deserve the life they're fighting for. The stupidity of Laurel and Hardy or Anchorman is played for laughs, and yet in horror films it's positively vital that these characters must get out of the situation and yet they're not just making bad decisions, they're taking full leave of their senses in very calculated fashions. Regardless of atmosphere - which [Rec] admittedly has oodles of - it's hard to empathise with characters who seem intelligent and good and then just go AWOL from common sense. And I don't think "oooh, they just exist to be tormented, so teh fuck is the problem?" is a good excuse - to take a couple of recent examples, I don't think Alison Lohman's character in Drag Me To Hell does anything stupid - selfish, perhaps, but never outwardly dumb - because she's not a dumb character, and the film works without making her a dipshit. It's a scary film regardless of whether Lohman is walking around without a brain or not, whereas the liberal abandonment of perfectly good weapons and the increasingly frequent putting themselves in a position to be killed really detracts from [Rec], because it feels less organic and makes the characters less sympathetic. It stops being natural and becomes engineered for those moments, and it really, really stand outs. I didn't question for a second the logic behind locking up Guillem with the zombies, nor did I question the logic behind handcuffing Jennifer's mother to the stairs, because while bad decisions in hindsight, they made sense within the panicked context. Ditching perfectly good, reusable weapons after you've just killed a zombie with it, or standing right in front of a door seconds after you've been warned not to and being killed as a result, moves on from working within the panicked context and just being stupid. It doesn't feel like part of the film's atmosphere and doesn't work within the film's context - it feels, as I said, engineered, rather than natural. It simply takes me out of the film because of that. And if I'm yelling at characters in a film to do the opposite of what they're doing because I think they're being uncharacteristically brainless twats, that can't be a good thing.


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 24/1/2010 10:42:28 AM   
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I keep eyeing up the Barefoot Gen/Barefoot Gen 2 set on your recommendation elsewhere, but yeah thats as far as I can seem to find on here for animes (without trawling through the anime thread in world cinema).


Anime series is where it's at. For the most part.
However, for anime films other than Ghibli and the aforementioned Barefoot Gen, here's some I like a lot:

Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Memories
Metropolis
Ninja Scroll
Paprika
Tekkonkinkreet


Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is alright, but it's better if you've seen the 2 Stand Alone Complex series first.
Kai Doh Maru and Blood: The Last Vampire were both decent, especially the former, but they're annoyingly short.
Appleseed is ok, without being brilliant, as is the Korean anime Sky Blue aka Wonderful Days.
Karas: The Prophecy is ok at a push.

I'm wasn't a fan of Perfect Blue and even less so Millenium Actress.
I didn't really enjoy Spriggan or Read or Die at all.

A few the missus has, and I will check out at some point (yeah, when?):
Belville Rendezvous
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Tokyo Godfathers




Cheers Gram. Taking these recs in order:
Akira - I think its sitting about 5th at the moment for me this year.
Ghost in the shell - I like the idea, but for some reason the film leaves me a little cold.
Ghost in the shell 2 - I think its a bit weaker than the first, but still fine when its on.
The girl who leapt through time - Im thinking of giving it a rewatch soon, but I do love that ending. Probably in my top 10 for that year.
Jin-Roh - I picked this up about 3 days ago, glad it has a fan though
Memories - I will add this to the list to pick up. Thanks!
Metropolis - Looks great, but I had a bit of a hard time with this one.
Ninja scroll - If I remember right, this was the first anime I watched (about 4 years ago), and it sent me on a small quest to find some more. I dont remember any of it though
Paprika and Tekkonkinkreet I will add to the 'to buy' list

Is it worth me trying the Ghost in the shell series if I wasnt that keen on the films? I was kind of planning to just skip these.

I havent even heard of Kai Doh Maru. I will have a look for it.

Blood the last vampire - Yeah it is annoying how short it is, but I thought it was great. I love how it gives you no background or anything, and just lets you follow as she is in the middle of one mission. Odd though, as this seems like it could so easily have other films at some point.

Appleseed I keep hearing mixed things about, so was unsure if it was worth a shot. I will probably leave this one.
Sky blue I have and have seen and agree.

Belleville rendezvous - I like this a lot. It took me a while to get used to the style of the characters and the lack of dialogue, but it is a really interesting film.

Thanks again Gram! I will have a look for those films I havent seen.


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