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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 4:53:58 PM   
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Aaand I have a new bottom film for the year
37. Persona (1966, Bergman)
Widely regarded as Bergman's best film, which was the reason I decided to give it a try. It deals with many themes that permeate Bergman's work - sexual tension, fear of death, theatre, etc. At the same time it has the same problems as all of his work that I've seen, with the exception of Wild Strawberries. It's cold, pretentious (yes, pretentious), oh-so-smart, and simply infuriating. Nykvist as usual is the most competent person involved (even though I suspect I watched the film in a wrong ratio, I can't deny the visuals are excellent) and I wouldn't bash the two leads, but man, is this a piece of cinematic excrement (thank you Armond White) or not. It's incredibly tedious even in its super-short running time; it's hysterical; it's so self-important and is an unequivocally depressing experience. The only good thing about it is that it's not as vile as The Virgin Spring.
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 4:55:27 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 4:56:32 PM   
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44. Glen or Glenda? (Ed Wood, 1953)
Even though it is mostly incomprehensible (what purpose does Karloff serve?) apart from the narrated parts, there is plenty of laughs to be had at the writing and acting here. Very progressive though, having a transvestite as the lead character in 1953.



Its probably the most enjoyable of his films that I have seen. Bride of the monster has some nice moments as well, but Plan 9 is just so so dull.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 4:57:44 PM   
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It's my first film of his, I am going to watch Plan 9 next.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 7:07:17 PM   
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44. Glen or Glenda? (Ed Wood, 1953)
Even though it is mostly incomprehensible (what purpose does Karloff serve?) apart from the narrated parts, there is plenty of laughs to be had at the writing and acting here. Very progressive though, having a transvestite as the lead character in 1953.



Do you mean Bela Lugosi? .


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 7:24:17 PM   
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44. Glen or Glenda? (Ed Wood, 1953)
Even though it is mostly incomprehensible (what purpose does Karloff serve?) apart from the narrated parts, there is plenty of laughs to be had at the writing and acting here. Very progressive though, having a transvestite as the lead character in 1953.



Do you mean Bela Lugosi? .



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 8:09:10 PM   
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Aaand I have a new bottom film for the year
37. Persona (1966, Bergman)
Widely regarded as Bergman's best film, which was the reason I decided to give it a try. It deals with many themes that permeate Bergman's work - sexual tension, fear of death, theatre, etc. At the same time it has the same problems as all of his work that I've seen, with the exception of Wild Strawberries. It's cold, pretentious (yes, pretentious), oh-so-smart, and simply infuriating. Nykvist as usual is the most competent person involved (even though I suspect I watched the film in a wrong ratio, I can't deny the visuals are excellent) and I wouldn't bash the two leads, but man, is this a piece of cinematic excrement (thank you Armond White) or not. It's incredibly tedious even in its super-short running time; it's hysterical; it's so self-important and is an unequivocally depressing experience. The only good thing about it is that it's not as vile as The Virgin Spring.
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What the hell is this?



It's Miles writing a review where he gets things wrong. It's not like it's a novelty anymore.

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An opinion can't be wrong


Of course it can.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 9:57:13 PM   
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9. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Phil Lord/Chris Miller, 2009, USA) Feb - 4.5/5

When this came out in the cinema, there was something - despite the amazing title, despite the fantastic cast, despite the wildly reported irreverent humour that sounded like it'd be right up my street - I just didn't go see it. Thank the sweet precious Lord for Empire Kids Club (only £1 for child and free for accompanying guardian, dontcha know). I got to see this hilarious, inventive, splendid film. It's a bit of a generic arc, albeit told in an unconventional manner, but the characterisation, writing and voice acting is so strong that it's definitely one of the best non-Disney/Pixar animations I've seen. Visually spectacular (that spaghetti tornado is both delicious and terrifying) and some amazing comedy (the snowball sequence kept me laughing long after I saw the film), Cloudy is brilliant.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 9:59:18 PM   
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44. Plan 9 From Outer Space (Ed Wood, 1959)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 6/2/2010 11:52:12 PM   
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My list has come to a stand-still as I can barely remember what I watched (or rather, was forced to watch by film teachers and parents) due to two-and-a-half viewings of A Taste Of Honey and two readings of the original stage-play in the last seven days. Oh dear. The combined forces of Shelagh Delaney, Rita Tushingham and working-class Manchester have hypnotised me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:12:46 AM   
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Aaand I have a new bottom film for the year
37. Persona (1966, Bergman)
Widely regarded as Bergman's best film, which was the reason I decided to give it a try. It deals with many themes that permeate Bergman's work - sexual tension, fear of death, theatre, etc. At the same time it has the same problems as all of his work that I've seen, with the exception of Wild Strawberries. It's cold, pretentious (yes, pretentious), oh-so-smart, and simply infuriating. Nykvist as usual is the most competent person involved (even though I suspect I watched the film in a wrong ratio, I can't deny the visuals are excellent) and I wouldn't bash the two leads, but man, is this a piece of cinematic excrement (thank you Armond White) or not. It's incredibly tedious even in its super-short running time; it's hysterical; it's so self-important and is an unequivocally depressing experience. The only good thing about it is that it's not as vile as The Virgin Spring.
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What the hell is this?



It's Miles writing a review where he gets things wrong. It's not like it's a novelty anymore.

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An opinion can't be wrong


Of course it can.
I hope you're not serious

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:27:53 AM   
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One might say that, Hitler had an opinion.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:28:10 AM   
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2. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975) - 5/5

Another rewatch for this, and it's probably now my favourite Tarkovsky film. There are still things that I don't understand (not the chronology or anything, mainly the historical videos of Mao etc), but it becomes increasingly powerful/profound on each viewing.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:44:43 AM   
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One might say that, Hitler had an opinion.
Well, I mean an opinion on art.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:55:55 AM   
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One might say that, Hitler had an opinion.
Well, I mean an opinion on art.


Well yeah, he was a big fan of Michael Bay.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 12:57:20 AM   
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Hey, The Rock is awesome and I won't let anyone tell me otherwise.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 1:09:33 AM   
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One might say that, Hitler had an opinion.


Well, I mean an opinion on art.


Well seeing as you have an been wrong on many occasions, I'd say an opinion on art can be wrong.

17. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
So I wrap up my Ed Wood day with Tim Burton's biopic. While I don't consider this Burton's best film (Edward Scissorhands FTW), like many do, I still think this is a great film. Burton does a excellent job directing, not delving into his usual bag of tricks and letting the story take centre stage. Johnny Depp brings such an enthusiasm to Ed Wood, it's hard not to like him. Of course, Martin Landau is fantastic as Bela Lugosi and deserves all the awards that he got. Bill Murray didn't make much of an impression for me though, until his make-up scene for Plan 9. Oh and Sarah Jessica Parker fills out an Angora sweater pretty well.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 1:11:44 AM   
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017) Noise  (Henry Bean, USA, 2007, DVD) - 3.0

My worst film of the year so far is this effort starring Tim Robbins as David Owen, a man sick of the noise pollution from car alarms in his New York neighbourhood intruding on his peace, and so deceides to fight back. When his marriage hits trouble due to his obsession, he gains the interest of a young Russian woman, and finds supporters in his crusade.

The main problem with the film is that it doesn't know whether it wants to be taken seriously or whether it's a comedy. Either that, ot it's just a very unfunny comedy film. It's obviously a bit Falling Down in its depiction of a man pushed over the edge, but the enertainment gained from watching David vandalising a bunch of cars wanes pretty quickly, and when he shacks up with Ekaterina (Margarita Levieva) and they move on to an alternative way of dealing with the problem, it descends into a whole heap of bullshit. Various unnecessary elements are shoehorned in for no good reason, including some largely irrelevant philosophy, a pointless neighbourhood anarchist, William Baldwin, and a highly unlikely ménage à trois that basically consists of a woman expressing a belief that she is beautiful except for her unattractive vagina.  Is that good comedy material? Or realistic, even? Or is it just that writer-director Bean know even less about writing for female characters than he does for male ones?

Add to this some breaking the fourth wall fakery, William Hurt's cartoon bad guy mayor, the use of minor characters to explain plot points that don't need explaining, and one of the weakest court room scenes I can recall seeing, and it ends up feeling like Bean has a little bit of knowledge about Hegel and a bee in his bonnet about car alarms and he just wants to get it off his chest by pouring it out on-screen in whatever cack-handed manner he can muster.

The first third of the film might have made for a pretty mediocre short film. Thereafter it just became progressively more irritating and unlikely. Avoid.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 1:36:09 AM   
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Well, I mean an opinion on art.


An opinion on art can still be wrong. If your opinion is "I found Amelie depressing" then of course that can't be wrong because you're talking about subjective feelings. But if your opinion is "I think Reservoir Dogs is a metaphor for the Holocaust", or "Avatar must be good because it made so much money" or "Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar so that must mean it's good", then it's wrong.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 1:59:10 AM   
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Miles yoyu a4re qwrong accept it. On tyhis you are wr9ng. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:00:46 AM   
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Miles yoyu a4re qwrong accept it. On tyhis you are wr9ng. 


Been drinking, Dev'?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:06:30 AM   
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Miles yoyu a4re qwrong accept it. On tyhis you are wr9ng. 


Been drinking, Dev'?

what makes you think tnhagt?

I must reviews for foyur films I saw. Shall write them tomorrow when I am not on alcohol influence thingy.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:16:03 AM   
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Yeah, his spelling is as good as normal, an improvement even. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:18:00 AM   
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Oh pizz opfff.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:24:29 AM   
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Hey, The Rock is awesome and I won't let anyone tell me otherwise.


You're qwrong.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:29:37 AM   
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The Rock is awesome though, but you are wiorng.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 2:33:51 AM   
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The Rock is awesome though, but you are wiorng.


It's spelled qwrong, you moron.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 3:01:50 AM   
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Well, I mean an opinion on art.


An opinion on art can still be wrong. If your opinion is "I found Amelie depressing" then of course that can't be wrong because you're talking about subjective feelings. But if your opinion is "I think Reservoir Dogs is a metaphor for the Holocaust", or "Avatar must be good because it made so much money" or "Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar so that must mean it's good", then it's wrong.
Yeah, but I didn't say anything of the latter kind
Anyway,
38. The General (1926, Bruckman/Keaton)
I thought the South were the baddies? 0/10




















































































4. The General (1926, Bruckman/Keaton)
Awesome. A thrilling ride from start to finish, it hasn't dated a day. Keaton's nonchalant audaciousness (see point above, he could have made it about the North, but he didn't, did he?) and a wonderfully engaging script make this a silent masterpiece. 9, but only because I've been reserving 10s for re-watches in order to have a 'real' favourites list. In reality, this isn't any worse than my top 2 in any sense. I'm going to check out more feature Keaton very soon based on this

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 3:05:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007

Well, I mean an opinion on art.


An opinion on art can still be wrong. If your opinion is "I found Amelie depressing" then of course that can't be wrong because you're talking about subjective feelings. But if your opinion is "I think Reservoir Dogs is a metaphor for the Holocaust", or "Avatar must be good because it made so much money" or "Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar so that must mean it's good", then it's wrong.
Yeah, but I didn't say anything of the latter kind


But I didn't say you did. I just disagreed when you said an opinion can't be wrong.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 7/2/2010 3:09:51 AM   
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But he is wrong on Persona. Even a drunk smelly man whose ex-love flames tend to run away from can realize that. 

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