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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 4:33:36 AM   
Pigeon Army


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Maybe it's because it was a film I was constantly subjected to as a child, but I saw nothing subversive about it. It was, for me, the status quo, and still is. It's tame, it's ineffectual, it's dated. It does nothing for me, and never has.

Gene Wilder is great, though - but then, I could watch the guy read the goddamn phonebook and be entertained. More importantly, he's better than Depp.


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


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 4:34:29 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

Maybe it's because it was a film I was constantly subjected to as a child, but I saw nothing subversive about it. It was, for me, the status quo, and still is. It's tame, it's ineffectual, it's dated. It does nothing for me, and never has.

Gene Wilder is great, though - but then, I could watch the guy read the goddamn phonebook and be entertained. More importantly, he's better than Depp.



In general or as Wonka?



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Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 4:58:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

Maybe it's because it was a film I was constantly subjected to as a child, but I saw nothing subversive about it. It was, for me, the status quo, and still is. It's tame, it's ineffectual, it's dated. It does nothing for me, and never has.



Yeah, well, you're scared of Iron Man. You Robert Downey Jr fearing motherfucker.

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In general or as Wonka?


I'd say both. Although I do like Depp.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 5:00:36 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Yep, The BFG is awful.


The best BFG is the audio play with Geoffrey Palmer playing The BFG. The animation changes far too much from the novel and replaces the good stuff with dumbfuckery.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 6:24:55 AM   
Pigeon Army


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quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

Maybe it's because it was a film I was constantly subjected to as a child, but I saw nothing subversive about it. It was, for me, the status quo, and still is. It's tame, it's ineffectual, it's dated. It does nothing for me, and never has.



Yeah, well, you're scared of Iron Man. You Robert Downey Jr fearing motherfucker.


It is not Downey Jr I fear, but the loud explosions that put him in peril.

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In general or as Wonka?


I'd say both. Although I do like Depp.


They're both around about the same normally for me, but as Wonka, Wilder's better.


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


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 7:37:53 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I usually can't stand Wilder


2. Encounters At The End Of The World (1st view, 2007, Werner Herzog) - 4/5*
This is the fourth Werner Herzog film I've seen after Grizzly Man, Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo. It's becoming increasingly obvious that his documentaries are better than his feature films. As narrator and interviewer though, Herzog did come across a bit impatient with his subjects, but it's a fascinating film.

3. Outlander (1st view, 2008, Howard McCain) - 4/5*
Space travel, vikings and giant, fiery intergalactic monsters. What's not to love?


EDIT: This thread is currently 27.5 hours ahead of last year's. It's going to be huge

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 9:34:41 AM   
Gram123

 

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My first 3 of 2010:

001) Spirited Away  (Miyazaki Hayao, Japan, 2001) - 8.5
002) Solaris  (Andrei Tarkosvsky, Soviet Union, 1972) - 6.5
003) Kiki's Delivery Service  (
Miyazaki Hayao, Japan, 1989) - 6.0

Like a couple of others, I caught Spirited Away on BBC2 and it's still a great anime film (2nd view).

Kiki's, I liked but didn't love - I was probably the wrong audience for it.

Solaris was an odd one. Pretty long and, at times, unnecessarily drawn out (e.g. does the car journey really need to be so long?). The special effects were rather clunky, and not exactly special, but the philosophical plot and the mood of the piece were interesting, and the acting was decent. Was there a point to the switching between colour and b&w? It didn't seem so - it didn't consistently correspond to  Kelvin's mental state or anything. Perhaps it was budgetary.

Anyway, not a bad start to the year for me. Total views in 2008 and 2009 were 157 and 173 respectively. I'd like to keep this early pace and aim for 200 films for the year, but in all likelihood I think I'll end up seeing less films than in the last couple of years, primarily due to the inevitable arrival of Baby123 in a few short months...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 11:36:59 AM   
Pigeon Army


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01. And Then There Were None (1945, Clair, USA) - 4/5
Rene Clair's adaptation of Agatha Christie's seminal mystery couldn't start off in a more underwhelming fashion - introducing us to the characters on a boat ride, Clair engages in wind-influenced japes in order to establish their base personalities. Following this, we're treated to Queenie Leonard's sublimely atrocious acting - luckily, she's not in the picture for long - and some dull banter between the characters. The only flourish is Clair's getting several of the characters to introduce themselves directly to the camera, breaking the fourth wall in a most unlikable fashion but sneakily making us more trusting of the characters who do introduce themselves to the camera right off the bat, as they seem to be more open with us than Blore or Vera or Emily Brent or Rogers are willing to be. Of course, once the condemning strains of Mr Owen are heard over the vinyl record, the film becomes a much more interesting affair. The majority of the actors nail their characters and they play off each other well, particularly Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston and Louis Hayward as the judge, the doctor and the explorer respectively. The film becomes an entertaining, gripping guessing game that invites, nay, encourages the audience to play at home, and it's all the more entertaining for that. When the time comes for the reveal, it's a bit obvious who Mr. Owen is, but it doesn't really matter, because the ride there is just so damned enjoyable. It may come with its fair share of flaws, and Clair's direction feels relatively stagey (though his use of lighting is impeccable), but And Then There Were None is a great murder mystery that keeps the audience guessing, and that's the best thing any murder mystery should do.

02. Hoodwinked! (2005, Edwards & Edwards) - 2.5/5 ***SPOILERS AHEAD***
I'm sure I'm not the only one who, upon seeing this, was immediately struck by how ugly the animation was. While it may be unfair to compare it to, say, the animation of Pixar or late-era Aardman, due to the low budget it was operating on, Hoodwinked looks less like a $15million film and more like a media design student's end of year project. While it alludes to stop-motion animation in some of the character models, the whole thing has an unappealing feel of being overdone and yet underdone. Characters that shine shine; characters that have fur are like aggressive balls of bristle; sets are obsessively detailed - all of which only serve to draw attention to just how aesthetically awful they are. This wouldn't be so bad, though, if the film had a strong script and great voice-acting. Unfortunately, both only come in fits and starts. Starting off with a stock-standard variation on the Rashomon one event-four people-four stories narrative structure, the film eventually turns into an over-the-top action thriller - which makes it odd that it works best as an over-the-top action thriller. This may be because the most interesting character, aside from The Wolf and Twitchy, whose part of the Rashomon-narrative is littered with good jokes, Patrick Warburton's epic voice-acting, and a great sense of fairytale deconstruction, is the one who is out of the limelight for a large period of time - Boingo. In what must be his only good performance in recording history, Andy Dick nails the cute-'n'-cuddly facade of that cute, fluffy bunny as well as the monopolistic sociopath that lies beneath. It doesn't help that, again, aside from The Wolf and Twitchy, Boingo gets all the best lines and the best part of the film dedicated to him. In comparison, Red, Granny, the Woodsman and the police are two-dimensional and either annoying (Red, Granny) or underdone (Flippers, the Woodsman), and their voice actors (with the exception of the great David Odgen Stiers) can't wring any more character out of them. It's disappointing, because there's clearly a good story in there, but the Rashomon narrative and the stock Red Riding Hood characters tie the story down and restrict its movement. Thus, the film gets a 2.5 from me - 0.5 of that score emanating from the out-of-nowhere, absolutely genius Schnitzel Song.


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


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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 - 3/1/2010 12:09:43 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123

I'd like to keep this early pace and aim for 200 films for the year, but in all likelihood I think I'll end up seeing less films than in the last couple of years, primarily due to the inevitable arrival of Baby123 in a few short months...


Congratulations Gram!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 12:18:37 PM   
Pigeon Army


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ORIGINAL: TRM

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123

I'd like to keep this early pace and aim for 200 films for the year, but in all likelihood I think I'll end up seeing less films than in the last couple of years, primarily due to the inevitable arrival of Baby123 in a few short months...


Congratulations Gram!



Indeed, much congrats are in order! Who knows, maybe in fifteen years Baby123 will be on here, searching out recommendations to get away from his father's Tyranny of Hong Kong Action Films.


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


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ORIGINAL: MonsterCat
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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 - 3/1/2010 12:33:19 PM   
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PA, we gonna see an actual Avatar review?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 12:35:03 PM   
Pigeon Army


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No.



Not until the next update of the Cult. I like that pithy one-liner too much to replace it.


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


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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 - 3/1/2010 12:55:01 PM   
TRM


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

quote:

ORIGINAL: TRM

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123

I'd like to keep this early pace and aim for 200 films for the year, but in all likelihood I think I'll end up seeing less films than in the last couple of years, primarily due to the inevitable arrival of Baby123 in a few short months...


Congratulations Gram!



Indeed, much congrats are in order! Who knows, maybe in fifteen years Baby123 will be on here, searching out recommendations to get away from his father's Tyranny of Hong Kong Action Films.



You think they will be able to put up with it for 15 years?!? At least the Mrs has some thrillers to balance it out a little.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 1:23:34 PM   
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1. Jaws (1975 - Steven Spielberg)
2. Sullivan's Travels (1941 - Preston Sturges)
3. Wall Street (1987 - Oliver Stone)
4. Local Hero (1983 - Bill Forsyth)
5. Finding Nemo (2003 - Andrew Stanton/Lee Unkrich)
6. Evil Dead 2 (1987 - Sam Raimi)
7. Midnight Run (1988 - Martin Brest)
8. Hot Fuzz (2007 - Edgar Wright)
9. 24 Hour Party People (2002 - Michael Winterbottom)
10. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999 - Shane Meadows)
11. Star Trek (2009 - J.J Abrams)
12. In The Loop (2009 - Armando Iannucci)
13. Four Lions (2010 - Chris Morris)
14. Kick-Ass (2010 - Matthew Vaughn)
15. The Rock (1995 - Michael Bay)
16. The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009 - J Blakeson)
17. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009 - Phil Lord/Chris Miller)
18. Up In the Air (2009 - Jason Reitman)
20. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 - Michael Moore)
21. Green Zone (2010 - Paul Greengrass)
22. Cemetery Junction (2010 - Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant)
23. Ronin (1998 - John Frankenheimer)
24. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010 - Steve Pink)
25. Face/Off (1997 - John Woo)
26. [Rec] 2 (2009 - Jaume Balaguero/Paco Plaza)
27. Leon (1994 - Luc Besson)
28. The Book of Eli (2010 - The Hughes Brothers)
29. Sherlock Holmes (2009 - Guy Ritchie)
30. Hachi: A Dogs Tale (2009 - Lasse Hallstrom)
31. Iron Man 2 (2010 - John Faverau)
32. Invictus (2009 - Clint Eastwood)
33. Edge of Darkness (2010 - Martin Campbell)
34. Darkman (1990 - Sam Raimi)
35. The Crazies (2010 - Breck Eisner)
36. Mission Impossible 2 (2000 - John Woo)
37. Mad Max 2 (1981 - George Millar)
38. Rogue (2007 - Greg McLean)
39. Shutter Island (2010 - Martin Scorsese)
40. Law Abiding Citizen (2009 - F. Gary Gray)
41. Bolt (2008 - Byron Howard/Chris Williams)
42. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000 - Dominic Sena)
43. Avatar (2009 - James Cameron)
44. Red Heat (1988 - Walter Hill)
45. Crank: High Voltage (2009 - Mark Neveldin/Brian Taylor)
46. Date Night (2010 - Shawn Levy)
47. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008 - Dennis Dugan)
48. Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981 - James Cameron)
49. The Wolfman (2010 - Joe Johnston)
50. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 - Samuel Bayer)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 2:54:24 PM   
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quote:

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but in all likelihood I think I'll end up seeing less films than in the last couple of years, primarily due to the inevitable arrival of Baby123 in a few short months...

Congratulations! I'm with you there. I have a second one arriving soon. But after spending christmas watching District 9, Star Trek, Monsters Vs Aliens, Blade Runner (and Dangerous Days), Blues Brothers and Prince Caspian - I've made a resolution to try and keep it up as much as possible. I'm aiming for 100.

So, I've spent the last couple of days watching tv series (Life on Mars and The Wire)... well done me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 3:09:48 PM   
Harry Lime


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I'll start this here then...

5

2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson)
An Actor's Revenge (1963, Kon Ichikawa)
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988, Terence Davies)
Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)
Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937, Leo McCarey)
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)
Repast (1951, Mikio Naruse)
Shane (1953, George Stevens)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949, John Ford)
The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962, Tony Richardson)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, John Huston)
Woman of the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)


4.5

All That Jazz (1979, Bob Fosse)
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)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Isao Takahata)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008, Mike Leigh)
In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
Irreversible (2002, Gaspar Noé)
My Name Is Joe (1998, Ken Loach)
Sound of the Mountain (1954, Mikio Naruse)
Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)
Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
The Cranes are Flying (1957, Mikhail Kalatozov)
The Ear (1970, Karel Kachyna)
The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001, Peter Jackson)
The Servant (1963, Joseph Losey)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978, Ermanno Olmi)
The White Ribbon (2009, Michael Haneke)
Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001, Shohei Imamura)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960, Mikio Naruse)


4

10 Rillington Place (1971, Richard Fleischer)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Kim Ji-woon)
Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Dances with Wolves (1990, Kevin Costner)
Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg)
Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)
Deep Red (1975, Dario Argento)
Fort Apache (1948, John Ford)
High Hopes (1988, Mike Leigh)
In Bruges (2008, Martin McDonagh)
Late Chrysanthemums (1954, Mikio Naruse)
Moon (2009, Duncan Jones)
Peppermint Candy (1999, Lee Chang-dong)
Possession (1981, Andrzej Zulawski)
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960, Karel Reisz)
Taste of Cherry (1997, Abbas Kiarostami)
The Bishop's Wife (1947, Henry Koster)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julien Schnabel)
The Edge of the World (1937, Michael Powell)
The Last Metro (1980, François Truffaut)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002, Peter Jackson)
The Man who would be King (1975, John Huston)
The Road to Morocco (1942, David Butler)
The Social Network (2010, David Fincher)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan)
The Tenant (1976, Roman Polanski)
This Sporting Life (1963, Lindsay Anderson)
Vera Drake (2004, Mike Leigh)
Village of the Damned (1960, Wolf Rilla)


3.5

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)
Drunken Angel (1948, Akira Kurosawa)
Floating Clouds (1955, Mikio Naruse)
Frenzy (1972, Alfred Hitchcock)
Gosford Park (2002, Robert Altman)
Inception (2010, Christopher Nolan)
Man Bites Dog (1992, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Vincente Minnelli)
Mr. Deeds goes to Town (1936, Frank Capra)
My Dinner With Andre (1981, Louis Malle)
Pitfall (1962, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
Pride and Prejudice (2005, Joe Wright)
Primer (2004, Shane Carruth)
Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943, Alfred Hitchcock)
Sweet Sixteen (2002, Ken Loach)
Tenebrae (1982, Dario Argento)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970, Dario Argento)
The House with Laughing Windows (1976, Pupi Avati)
The Last House on the Left (1972, Wes Craven)
The Last Waltz (1978, Martin Scorsese)
The Lost Patrol (1934, John Ford)
The Notebook (2004, Nick Cassavetes)
The Princess and the Pirate (1944, David Butler)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
Thirst (2009, Park Chan-wook)
Why We Fight (2005, Eugene Jarecki)


3

Alone Across the Pacific (1963, Kon Ichikawa)
Broken Embraces (2009, Pedro Almodóvar)
Clerks (1994, Kevin Smith)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
Dark Water (2002, Hideo Nakata)
Drag Me To Hell (2009, Sam Raimi)
Drunken Master (1978, Yuen Woo-ping)
Flower of the Arabian Nights (1974, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
Flowing (1956, Mikio Naruse)
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969, Toshio Matsumoto)
Get Him to the Greek (2010, Nicholas Stoller)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009, David Yates)
How to Steal a Million (1966, William Wyler)
Heartless (2010, Philip Ridley)
Kick-Ass (2010, Matthew Vaughan)
Kokoro (1955, Kon Ichikawa)
Life is Sweet (1990, Mike Leigh)
Love in the Afternoon (1972, Eric Rohmer)
Russian Ark (2002, Aleksandr Sokurov)
Saturday Night Fever (1977, John Badham)
Session 9 (2001, Brad Anderson)
Shutter Island (2010, Martin Scorsese)
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980, Steve Roberts)
Soldier of Orange (1977, Paul Verhoeven)
The Changeling (1980, Peter Medak)
The Face of Another (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)
The Fall (2006, Tarsem Singh)
The Ghost (2010, Roman Polanski)
The Go-Between (1970, Joseph Losey)
The History of Adèle H (1975, François Truffaut)
The Host (2006, Bong Joon-ho)
The House by the Cemetery (1981, Lucio Fulci)
The Road to Singapore (1940, Victor Schertzinger)
The Wind Will Carry Us (1999, Abbas Kiarostami)
Timecrimes (2007, Nacho Vigalondo)
Topsy-Turvy (1999, Mike Leigh)
Up in the Air (2009, Jason Reitman)


2.5

A Single Man (2009, Tom Ford)
Anvil: The Story Of Anvil (2008, Sacha Gervasi)
Bluebeards's Eighth Wife (1938, Ernst Lubitsch)
Bronson (2008, Nicolas Winding Refn)
Dark Victory (1939, Edmund Goulding)
Die Fälscher (2007, Stefan Ruzowitzky)
Four Lions (2010, Christopher Morris)
In The Loop (2009, Armando Iannucci)
Jamaica Inn (1939, Alfred Hitchcock)
Life is Beautiful (1997, Roberto Benigni)
Limelight (1952, Charles Chaplin)
Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee)
Me and Orson Welles (2008, Richard Linklater)
Monsoon Wedding (2001, Mira Nair)
Nowhere Boy (2009, Sam Taylor-Wood)
Of Time and the City (2008, Terence Davies)
One Deadly Summer (1983, Jean Becker)
Prizzi's Honor (1985, John Huston)
Still of the Night (1982, Robert Benton)
The Damned United (2009, Tom Hooper)
The English Patient (1996, Anthony Minghella)
The Hurt Locker (2008, Kathryn Bigelow)
The Ipcress File (1965, Sidney J. Furie)
The Long Day Closes (1992, Terence Davies)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003, Peter Jackson)
The Sun (2005, Aleksandr Sokurov)
The Trouble with Harry (1955, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Peter Weir)
Zombieland (2009, Ruben Fleischer)


2

1984 (1956, Michael Anderson)
Airport (1970, George Seaton)
Avatar (2009, James Cameron)
Cemetery Junction (2010, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant)
Con Air (1997, Simon West)
Easy A (2010, Will Gluck)
Escape from New York (1981, John Carpenter)
Gomorra (2008, Matteo Garrone)
Harry Brown (2009, Daniel Barber)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010, David Yates)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, David Yates)
Invictus (2009, Clint Eastwood)
Man on Fire (2004, Tony Scott)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010, Mat Whitecross)
Sherlock Holmes (2009, Guy Ritchie)
Ten (2002, Abbas Kiarostami)
The 39 Steps (1959, Ralph Thomas)
The A-Team (2010, Joe Carnahan)
The Chess Players (1977, Satyajit Ray)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004, Roland Emmerich)
The Duchess (2008, Saul Dibb)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini)
The History Boys (2006, Nicholas Hytner)
The Killer Elite (1975, Sam Peckinpah)
The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997, Jon Amiel)
Twilight (2008, Catherine Hardwicke)


1.5

Alien Autopsy (2006, Jonny Campbell)
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005, Jean-François Richet)
Brüno (2009, Larry Charles)
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004, Peter Richardson)
Hachiko: A Dog's Story (2009, Lasse Hallström)
Murder! (1930, Alfred Hitchcock)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974, Sidney Lumet)
Predator 2 (1990, Stephen Hopkins)
The Proposal (2009, Anne Fletcher)
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009, Robert Schwentke)
Theorem (1968, Pier Paolo Pasolini)


1

(500) Days of Summer (2009, Marc Webb)
Firewall (2006, Richard Loncraine)
Julie & Julia (2009, Nora Ephron)
Predators (2010, Nimród Antal)
Smokin' Aces (2006, Joe Carnahan)
The Football Factory (2004, Nick Love)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009, Chris Weitz)


Films Viewed Per Decade

2010s - 13
2000s 79
1990s - 22
1980s - 17
1970s - 30
1960s - 19
1950s - 17
1940s - 13
1930s - 8
1920s - 0
1910s - 0
1900's - 0


Top Ten Lead Actor Performances

Dirk Bogarde - The Servant
Marlon Brando - On The Waterfront
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
Victor Moore - Make Way for Tomorrow
Peter Mullen - My Name Is Joe
Roy Scheider - All That Jazz


Top Ten Lead Actress Performances

Isabelle Adjani - Possession
Beulah Bondi - Make Way for Tomorrow
Maggie Cheung - Fa yeung nin wa
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
Setsuko Hara - Repast
Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Kyōko Kishida - Woman of the Dunes
Hideko Takamine - When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
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
Marie-Josée Croze - Le scaphandre et le papillon
Freda Dowie - Distant Voices, Still Lives
Annmarie Fulton - Sweet Sixteen
Rachel Roberts - Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
Eva Marie Saint - On The Waterfont
Laura Vasiliu - 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile
Yum Jung-ah - A Tale of Two Sisters
Emily Watson - Gosford Park
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)
Pas de C4 pour Daniel-Daniel (1987, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoît Poelvoorde)
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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03. The Maltese Falcon (Huston, 1941) USA 9
Another directorial debut from 1941, this time from Orson Welles’ mate John Huston, here adapting (almost word for word) and remaking The Maltese Falcon. It’s a terrifically entertaining film that is far more fun and enjoyable than I remembered; it has a superb cast of excellent supporting actors including the ever reliable Peter Lorre and the great Sydney Greenstreet and contains probably Humphrey Bogart finest performance (maybe that belongs to Sierra Madre) as well as featuring the beautiful, if tragic Mary Astor, great stuff.


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10. Primer (Carruth, 2004) USA (First View) 6.2

Much like Dev all I could think after watching Primer was, well that was complicated and not a little confusing. It’s quite a good film though, it has some very interesting ideas and it’s mostly played out very well. The story is simple enough, a group of four friends spend their off work hours working on personal technological projects looking for a breakthrough of any kind that could put them on the scientific map and earn some cash along the way. Two of them (Aaron and Abe) stumble upon “the box” a time travel device and this quickly leads to manipulating the stock market as well as their own lives, in particular Aaron (the director, Shane Carruth) who is soon trying to keep ahead of his and change one significant event.


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ORIGINAL: livila

Congratulations! I'm with you there. I have a second one arriving soon. But after spending christmas watching District 9, Star Trek, Monsters Vs Aliens, Blade Runner (and Dangerous Days), Blues Brothers and Prince Caspian - I've made a resolution to try and keep it up as much as possible. I'm aiming for 100.


Children?

Yes, congrats to all on the baby related.

quote:

It is not Downey Jr I fear, but the loud explosions that put him in peril.


You do so fear Downey Jr. You told me that when you saw him in Less Than Zero you got stiff with terror.  Or did I just imagine the 'with terror' bit?

Good to see you liked the Clair Christie. You should try the Russian adaptation from the 80s if you can get hold of it.

I do have reviews coming, I'm just lazy.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 3:20:43 PM   
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You do so fear Downey Jr. You told me that when you saw him in Less Than Zero you got stiff with terror.  Or did I just imagine the 'with terror' bit?


Quite possible, he said Downey Jr, not Bambi.


EDIT: That's the third time I edit this post, I have a creativity crisis, with what creature can PA be told to have become erect to?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 3:31:31 PM   
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quote:

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You do so fear Downey Jr. You told me that when you saw him in Less Than Zero you got stiff with terror.  Or did I just imagine the 'with terror' bit?


Quite possible, he said Downey Jr, not Ney'tiri.


Am I wrong for thinking this whole 'Neytiri is a sex symbol' thing is just a pose?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 3:32:28 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson


You do so fear Downey Jr. You told me that when you saw him in Less Than Zero you got stiff with terror.  Or did I just imagine the 'with terror' bit?


Quite possible, he said Downey Jr, not Bambi.


EDIT: That's the third time I edit this post, I have a creativity crisis, with what creature can PA be told to have become erect to?



I responded to one of your earlier edits. Now I just look stupid.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 3:40:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

quote:

ORIGINAL: Deviation

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson


You do so fear Downey Jr. You told me that when you saw him in Less Than Zero you got stiff with terror.  Or did I just imagine the 'with terror' bit?


Quite possible, he said Downey Jr, not Ney'tiri.


Am I wrong for thinking this whole 'Neytiri is a sex symbol' thing is just a pose?


You have no idea how much I hope so.


I would never let you look stupid rawl, even if you do hate Funny Games.

PA on the other hand.




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

quote:


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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 - 3/1/2010 3:43:53 PM   
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3D cinema was better in the 70s. Back then you could have films like Black Lolita in 3D, with the tagline 'They'll land right in your lap in 3-D!!' Who needs to see Cameron be Profoundly in love with Pandora when you could have grindhouse 3D?

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3D Grindhouse you say? That I would pay to see.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 5:27:56 PM   
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2. Ferris Buellers Day Off (Hughes, 1986)

An enjoyable enough way to spend a couple of hours. The Breakfast Club is still better though.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 5:28:31 PM   
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I'll aim for 200 films this year. Fingers crossed.

1st viewing= *
Cinema viewings in bold

1. The Matrix (Andy & Lana Wachowski, 1999)- 9/10 Feb
2. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)- 9/10* Jul Dec
3. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)- 9/10 Jul
4. Toy Story 3 3D (Lee Unkrich, 2010)- 9/10* Jul
5. Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2009)- 9/10 Jan
6. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, 1999)- 9/10 Jul
7. Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010)- 9/10* Apr
8. Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994)- 8/10 Feb
9. Up (Pete Docter, 2009)- 8/10* Dec
10. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)- 8/10* Mar
11. Four Lions (Chris Morris, 2010)- 8/10* May
12. Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978)- 8/10 Jul
13. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)- 8/10 Mar
14. To Kill A Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)- 8/10* Oct
15. Avatar 3D (James Cameron, 2009)- 8/10* Jan
16. Jumanji (Joe Johnston, 1995)- 8/10 Mar Dec
17. An American Werewolf In London (John Landis, 1981)- 8/10 Oct
18. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2009)- 8/10* Mar
19. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)- 8/10* May
20. Apocalypto (Mel Gibson, 2006)- 8/10 Feb
21. Fantasia (James Algar et al., 1940)- 8/10 May
22. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)- 8/10* Jul
23. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)- 8/10 Feb
24. Mesrine: Killer Instinct (Jean-Francois Richet, 2009) 8/10* Sept
25. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, 2010)- 8/10* Jul
26. Rebel Without A Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)- 8/10* Oct
27. Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, 2008)- 8/10* Nov
28. In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)- 8/10* Dec
29. Winter's Bone (Debra Granik, 2010)- 8/10* Sept
30. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)- 8/10* Feb
31. Stardust (Matthew Vaughn, 2007)- 8/10 Mar
32. Pocahontas (Mike Gabriel & Eric Goldberg, 1995)- 8/10 Jan
33. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)- 8/10 Mar
34. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)- 8/10* Oct
35. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009)- 8/10* Jan
36. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1998)- 8/10 Aug
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (David Yates, 2010)- 8/10* Nov
38. Star Trek (J. J. Abrams, 2009)- 8/10* Jan
39. Everything Is Illuminated (Liev Schreiber, 2004)- 8/10 Apr
40. Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2009)- 8/10* Feb
41. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)- 8/10* Nov
42. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Edgar Wright, 2010)- 8/10* Aug
43. Sweet Charity (Bob Fosse, 1969)- 8/10* Oct
44. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989)- 8/10 Jul
45. Grosse Pointe Blank (George Armitage, 1997)- 8/10* Dec
46. The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)- 8/10* Oct
47. The Princess and the Frog (Ron Clements & John Musker, 2010)- 8/10* Feb
48. Notes On A Scandal (Richard Eyre, 2006)- 8/10* Dec
49. The Road (John Hillcoat, 2010)- 7/10* Jan
50. A Single Man (Tom Ford, 2010)- 7/10* Dec
51. Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008)- 7/10* Jul
52. Black Book (Paul Verhoeven, 2007)- 7/10* Jul
53. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (Jean-Francois Richet, 2009) 7/10* Oct
54. Nowhere Boy (Sam Taylor-Wood, 2009)- 7/10* Jun
55. Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)- 7/10* Oct
56. Three Colours: White (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994)- 7/10* Nov
57. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)- 7/10* Apr
58. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)- 7/10* Nov
59. Tamara Drewe (Stephen Frears, 2010)- 7/10* Sept
60. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson, 2010)- 7/10* Mar
61. Drag Me To Hell (Sam Raimi, 2009)- 7/10 Jan
62. Kingdom Of Heaven: Director's Cut (Ridley Scott, 2005)- 7/10* Nov
63. Alaska (Fraser Clarke Heston, 1996)- 7/10 Dec
64. The Damned United (Tom Hooper, 2009)- 7/10* Jul
65. Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)- 7/10* Oct
66. Catch Me If You Can (Steven Spielberg, 2002)- 7/10* Aug
67. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981)- 7/10* Oct
68. The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, 2010)- 7/10* Nov
69. Talk To Her (Pedro Almodovar, 2002)- 7/10* Oct
70. Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie, 2009)- 7/10* Jan
71. An American In Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)- 7/10* Jan
72. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)- 7/10* Sept
73. Sleepers (Barry Levinson, 1996)- 7/10* Dec
74. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (David Slade, 2010)- 7/10* Jul
75. Robin Hood (Ridley Scott, 2010)- 7/10* May
76. The September Issue (R. J. Cutler, 2009)- 7/10* May
77. Enduring Love (Roger Michell, 2004)- 7/10* Jul
78. Alice In Wonderland 3D (Tim Burton, 2010)- 7/10* Mar
79. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)- 7/10* Jul
80. Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)- 7/10* Oct
81. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader 3D (Michael Apted, 2010)- 7/10* Dec
82. Tarzan (Chris Buck & Kevin Lima, 1999)- 7/10* Oct
83. Shrek Forever After 3D (Mike Mitchell, 2010)- 7/10* Jul
84. The Queen (Stephen Frears, 2006)- 7/10* Sept
85. Shakespeare In Love (John Madden, 1998)- 7/10* Jan
86. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Mat Whitecross, 2010)- 7/10* Jul
87. Capitalism: A Love Story (Michael Moore, 2010)- 7/10* Jun
88. Coco Avant Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009)- 7/10* Jan
89. The Girl Who Played With Fire (Daniel Alfredson, 2010)- 7/10* Sept
90. Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese, 1991)- 7/10* Oct
91. Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007)- 7/10* Sept
92. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest (Daniel Alfredson, 2010)- 7/10* Dec
93. Madagascar (Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath, 2005)- 7/10* Jan
94. Romancing The Stone (Robert Zemeckis, 1984)- 7/10* Mar
95. The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)- 7/10* Mar
96. Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh, 1991)- 7/10* Jul
97. Sleepless In Seattle (Nora Ephron, 1993)- 7/10* Dec
98. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)- 7/10* Jul
99. The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman, 2007)- 7/10 Jan
100. School Of Rock (Richard Linklater, 2004)- 7/10* Jan
101. Sahara (Breck Eisner, 2005)- 7/10* Apr
102. Youth In Revolt (Miguel Arteta, 2010)- 7/10* Oct
103. 50 First Dates (Peter Segal, 2004)- 7/10* Feb
104. Somers Town (Shane Meadows, 2008)- 7/10* Jun
105. Meet The Fockers (Jay Roach, 2004)- 7/10* Jul
106. Analyze This (Harold Ramis, 1999)- 7/10* Feb
107. The Promotion (Steve Conrad, 2008)- 7/10* Mar
108. Jerry Maguire (Cameron Crowe, 1996)- 7/10* Aug
109. The Commitments (Alan Parker, 1991)- 7/10* Feb
110. Alien Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997)- 7/10* Sept
111. Nosferatu: Symphony Of Terror (F.W. Murnau, 1922)- 7/10* Nov
112. Looking For Eric (Ken Loach, 2009)- 6/10* Mar
113. The Witches Of Eastwick (George Miller, 1987)- 6/10* Feb
114. Robots (Chris Wedge, 2005)- 6/10* Jan
115. Clash Of The Titans 3D (Louis Leterrier, 2010)- 6/10* May
116. Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Gore Verbinski, 2007)- 6/10 Jun
117. Weekend (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)- 6/10* Oct
118. The Transporter (Louis Leterrier, 2002)- 6/10* Sept
119. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (Michael Bay, 2009)- 6/10* Feb
120. Three Men And A Baby (Leonard Nimoy, 1987)- 6/10* Apr
121. The Wolfman (Joe Johnston, 2010)- 6/10* Feb
122. Dune (David Lynch, 1984)- 6/10* Jul
123. Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven, 1992)- 6/10* Apr
124. High School Musical (Kenny Ortega, 2006)- 6/10* Jul
125. Stormbreaker (Geoffrey Sax, 2006)- 6/10* Sept
126. King Of Kings (Nicholas Ray, 1961)- 6/10* Apr
127. And Soon The Darkness (Robert Fuest, 1970)- 6/10* Jan
128. Over The Hedge (Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick, 2006)- 6/10* Jan
129. Shark Tale (Vicky Jenson, 2004)- 6/10* Jan
130. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (Mike Newell, 2010)- 6/10* Sept
131. Dorian Gray (Oliver Parker, 2009)- 6/10* Feb
132. Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990)- 5/10* Jan
133. The Core (Jon Amiel, 2003)- 5/10* May

Decade Breakdown

10s- 28
00s- 50
90s- 27
80s- 9
70s- 5
60s- 7
50s- 2
40s- 1
30s- 2
20s- 1

January
Films watched: 19
Best film of the month: Slumdog Millionaire
Worst film of the month: Dick Tracy

February
Films watched: 14
Best film of the month: The Matrix
Worst film of the month: Dorian Gray

March
Films watched: 12
Best film of the month: Shutter Island
Worst film of the month: Looking For Eric

April
Films watched: 7
Best film of the month: Kick-Ass
Worst film of the month: King Of Kings

May
Films watched: 7
Best film of the month: Four Lions
Worst film of the month: The Core

June
Films watched: 4
Best film of the month: Nowhere Boy
Worst film of the month: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End

July
Films watched: 21
Best film of the month: Inception
Worst film of the month: High School Musical

August
Films watched: 4
Best film of the month: Good Will Hunting
Worst film of the month: Jerry Maguire

September
Films watched: 11
Best film of the month: Mesrine: Killer Instinct
Worst film of the month: Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time

October
Films watched: 16
Best film of the month: To Kill A Mockingbird
Worst film of the month: Weekend

November
Films watched: 8
Best film of the month: Persepolis
Worst film of the month: Nosferatu

December
Films watched: 12
Best film of the month: Inception
Worst film of the month: Sleepless In Seattle

Total films watched: 135
Best film of the year: The Matrix
Worst film of the year: The Core

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 5:36:33 PM   
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#2. Even Dwarves Started Small (1970, Werner Herzog)
"Even Dwarves Started Small” is Werner Herzog's second feature outing after his critically acclaimed "Signs of Life”, and it certainly wasn't the normal – or even logical – project to take on as your sophomore film. Initially enraging critics, the film tells the story of a dystopian world where everyone is a dwarf. Pepe (Gerd Gickel) is locked up by the sole guard of some kind of prison, but the other inmates run amok in the absence of the rest of its rulers. They destroy everything from a truck to a pig, starting fires and torturing the blind inmates who skulk around the landscape with little aim or hope. The film acts, primarily, as a condemnation of both the process of rebellion and of imprisonment. It asks questions pertaining to the consequences of each of these actions, and whether they are a staple of society or its death knell. What's more, the film is an intelligent de-construction of society itself, with the characters destroying things that are upheld symbols of civilization… dinner plates are smashed… a car is thrown down a giant chasm in the film's desolate landscape. However, this is not Herzog's most devastating social commentary, but rather the killing of innocent animals and the burning of plants are. The director intelligently ties these social and naturalistic symbols together, as if our constant consumerist and capitalist bent is responsible for our insensitivities towards the natural world. I'm not a hundred per cent sure as to why Herzog chose to use a cast made up entirely of dwarves; perhaps to make this unknown future seem even more stark, perhaps to create a sense of man's insignificance, who knows. It works some of the time, creating an eerie and creepy sense of difference, but at others it feels like a cheap parlour trick. Pepe's constant laughter is slightly surreal and vaguely eerie, but it is also superfluous and distracting, and I would mark that down as the only major flaw of this otherwise thought-provoking vision of a dystopian future. 4/5.


#3. Control (2007, Anton Corbijn)
I'm a short term fan of Joy Division, mainly due to Rob's (that's Rhubarb for you EMPIRE folk) influence, but I've listened to both "Closer” and the incredible "Unknown Pleasures” a hell of a lot over the last few months. However, I couldn't claim to be anything close to an expert on the life and times of one Ian Curtis, past the fact that he was an undoubted genius and an immensely troubled soul. "Control”, made by a man who knew the band personally in Anton Corbijn, recounts the short and stunted history of a band who – for all the hypothetical ifs – could have been huge. The true success of "Control” is that it puts half the emphasis on the band's music and half the emphasis on Curtis' home life. It does a good job at the former and a great job at the latter, and the best moments in the film come when Corbijn is interested in Curtis' marriage (which, the film concludes, happened far too early in his life), his affair, and his downward spiral towards suicide. Anybody even half-way knowledgeable about Joy Division, the 1980s, or music in general will know that Curtis eventually hanged himself after watching Herzog's "Stroszek” and listening to Iggy Pop, and so Corbijn has to go slightly off-centre in order to gain thematic and dramatic tension. He does well, though, because the scenes leading up to, and the ones that continue on afterwards, are expertly orchestrated. Firstly it feels like we are going through the motions when it gets to the night of the event that would fire "Love Will Tear Us Apart” towards the top of the UK singles charts (watching Herzog's film, listening to Iggy, the final meeting between Curtis and his wife), but it's just because of this familiarity with the story that it's so perfect; the tension is lifted exponentially and the drama becomes so tangible. The death itself is handled with the utmost care and respect, and I don't think any of the remaining members of Joy Division (or, rather, New Order) would object to the film itself. Indeed, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook both praised the film, but Morris's claim that "none of it's true, really” kind of throws the film's legitimacy into disrepute. Still, it's a cracking narrative film, with real insight into the man's life, and some interesting anecdotes from his career. 4/5.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 5:47:53 PM   
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2. The Passenger (1975; Michelangelo Antonioni)
 
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A much needed rewatch for Antonioni's greatest film. Made during a time when Jack Nicholson was still acting rather than just showing up and grinning, he stars here as Locke, a journalist who feels alienated from his work, his wife, from everything in his life. He's in Africa making a documentary about a rebel uprising. In a fit of loneliness he strikes up an acquaintanceship with a stranger, Robertson, staying in the same hotel only to find him dead the next day. Through a plot contrivance Nicholson happens to look a lot like this dead stranger and his despair over his empty life that's controlled by the arbitray whims of fate, he decides to steal the man's identity and fake his own death. Locke soon discovers that Robertson was a gun runner and not liked by the facist government of the country. He finds himself running not just from his past life and his wife, but also from the government. His only help is The Girl (Maria Schneider), the sort of pretty young thing who always crops up to help out a man on the run in a thriller. I'm not the biggest Antonioni fan, so I can understand why people dislike The Passenger. If you look at the plot you could be forgiven for thinking you'll be watching a Graham Greene adaptation, with its stolen identities, faked deaths and plot contrivances. But those expecting that kind of thriller are destined to be disappointed. It's slow-moving, especially in that first 30 minutes and it's not a film that likes to offer the audience any easy explanations. But where this can seem off-putting to some, to me it just pulled me even more into this world. It's ultimately a study in alienation dressed up as a thriller, and it's one of the best character studies of a man adrift in life that you could hope to find. It's also a film to silence those who think that Nicholson always goes over-the-top, this was one of his last great performances before his decline into self-parody, and he underplays the role beautifully. A thought-provoking and entrancing work of art.
 
9/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 6:06:50 PM   
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*cue elab babbling and cooing on Antonioni*

Great review rawl, would you really call it better than L'Avventura? I think that remains my favorite of his.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 3/1/2010 6:58:44 PM   
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*cue elab babbling and cooing on Antonioni*




I forgot she was a fan.

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Great review rawl, would you really call it better than L'Avventura? I think that remains my favorite of his.


Thanks.  I would, I think, yeah. But I am going to revisit L'Avventura as it's a film that I've always felt more admiration than love for. I'm going to try going back to some of those kinds of films this year. I'm also going to retry one or two I hated to see if my opinion has mellowed any. One of them will be Dog Soldiers.

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