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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:46:44 PM   
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I am to blame

Was there any context?


If rum counts as context, then yes.

Haha. You should totally drink some more rum right now.


Encouraging children to drink. Tut tut. I'm making a facebook group about you, and there'll be sooooooooooo much moral outrage you won't know what to do.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:47:36 PM   
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014) X-Men Origins: Wolverine  (Gavin Hood, USA, 2009, BD) - 5.5

I'm a sucker for superhero movies, I'm afraid. I kind of enjoyed this heavily-panned X-Men prequel, whilst simultaneously being irritated at it.
It's crippled by the PG-13 rating resulting in a lack of blood and frenzy from the titular man-beast.
Fox's revisionism will undoubtedly have peed off the comic fanboys. Marvel should never have sold the rights to these films... 
There was a distinct failure to properly showcase the side characters, particularly Deadpool / Weapon XI. For someone so apparently powerful, it was a waste using him in a single fight scene. But it also needed a bit more depth for Bolt / Wraith / Blob etc, Silverfox (in terms of her powers) and the whole mess that was Gambit.
The CG was crap from time to time (the leap from bike to helicopter, his cartoon claws in the farmhouse bathroom and the poor green-screening of the kids escaping with Prof X - almost as shonk as that scene at the end of The Return of the King).
Add to that some daft continuity issues, particularly between this and the X-Men trilogy.

But despite all that, it was still alright, pretty average, could have been worse.
I imagine it's too much to hope that the next one at least goes some way towards making Liev Schreiber look a little more animalistic, a little more like Tyler whatshisface from the first X-Men film...

As I understand it, there are 5 more X-Men films planned (  ), though some of these may not come to fruition:
- X-Men: First Class
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2
- X-Men Origins: Magneto
- Deadpool spinoff
- X-Men 4

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:49:44 PM   
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I am to blame

Was there any context?


If rum counts as context, then yes.

Haha. You should totally drink some more rum right now.


Encouraging children to drink. Tut tut. I'm making a facebook group about you, and there'll be sooooooooooo much moral outrage you won't know what to do.


Is he a child? How old is he? I wouldn't dream of giving alcohol to anyone under the age of 11.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:53:14 PM   
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I am to blame

Was there any context?


If rum counts as context, then yes.

Haha. You should totally drink some more rum right now.


Encouraging children to drink. Tut tut. I'm making a facebook group about you, and there'll be sooooooooooo much moral outrage you won't know what to do.


Is he a child? How old is he? I wouldn't dream of giving alcohol to anyone under the age of 11.


He's 9. Can't you tell by the maturity level on his posts?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:54:11 PM   
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22. Martyrs (2008, Laugier) 8/10
Absolutely horrifying French film which starts by showing the revenge of a girl who was captured and tortured, but ends up taking a far more brutal, more disturbing twist. Absolutely raw and uncompromising, it trancends being simply another torture-porn film, instead becoming far more unsettling and unnerving than any number of Saw sequels. In the month where I saw the totally mundane Paranormal Activity, THIS is the film that caused me to have trouble sleeping.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 12:56:32 PM   
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He's 9. Can't you tell by the maturity level on his posts?




Whatever, craob penis.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:28:11 PM   
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I'll have you know I have nary uttered offensive words on here for a while now. My maturity levels are rising all the time. That said, I did draw a cock on the school coach window today. A lady spotted it on the bus and pointed.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:40:07 PM   
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Casablanca - 2/5

Psych. 5/5, really.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:43:58 PM   
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Casablanca - 2/5
Psych. 55


You, sir, are a buffoon


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:45:08 PM   
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Casablanca - 2/5
Psych. 55


You, sir, are a buffoon



You, sir, are a buffoon

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:48:34 PM   
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*giggles*

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:56:24 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 7:58:52 PM   
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lolwut? And here was I thinking I was being all original 'n' shit.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 8:01:14 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 8:01:38 PM   
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a bad cover version.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 8:03:14 PM   
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Like a later Tom and Jerry, when the two of them could talk, or the Stones since the 80s, or the last days of Southfork. Just like the Planet of the Apes on TV, or the second side of Till the band comes in, just like an Own-brand box of cornflakes. Homer's let us down again.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 8:36:49 PM   
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Rabbit Punch (Kristian Andrews, 2008)- UK - 8/10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLUcM9oJbX8

Stunning, sketch-like animation, great voice-acting and good script make this very much worth watching.

Dead Man Walking
(Tim Robbins, 1995)- UK/USA - 8.9/10

At first I feared this was one of those films, which like Precious and Crash, would be one of those dramas that thinks it is being profound becuase it deals with a heavy themes. I was wrong. It is a stunningly acted, intelligent, well written, scored and directed about capital punishment and humanity which while never truly taking a side, it is enough to provoke one into thought. Not as good as Dekalog 5 maybe, but it is a great film nonetheless.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 11:47:49 PM   
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Independence Day (Emmerich, 1996)
 
Great stuff. Cheesy, at times awful, but I'm very fond of it not so much for the blowing up the White House but more for Fierstein's heartfelt 'oh, crap'. Or the slight shiver you get when the ship first comes through the clouds. Even Smith and Goldblum stuck in the alien ship itself.
 
Most of all, really, it reminds me how long since I listened to the UK radio play for the UK end of things where Nicky Campbell commentates and Patrick Moore indulges in fisticuffs with one of the aliens.
 
Treeless Mountain (Kim, 2008)
 
Two young girls are left with their aunt when their mother heads off to find their estranged father. She promises she will return when they fill a plastic piggy bank with coins.
 
With 2 Korean films in a row where children re-engage via country based grandparents, one wonders if there is a general concern about the impact of modern life at work here, but this is a very different beast to The Way Home (of which, more below).
 
Shot in a naturalistic manner, the performances that the director gets from particularly the elder of the 2 young girls is simply astonishing. You could almost believe that they filmed for hours till the children forgot the camera completely and just react honestly to what is going on and, as a result, produces what is, IMO, one of the greatest child performances committed to camera. The children are the almost complete focus of the film most shots are at their level and focussed on them, no panoramic scenes, exposition or stories going on elsewhere. Jin is initially shown in her classroom a bright child who her mother uses almost as a carer. She has to come home immediately from school to look after her little sister, no fun or games, observing the other children from a distance. At her aunts she again takes charge of her little sister. The aunt is distant and doesn't engage with the children, leaving them alone for the most part (occasionally drunk) as they kill and cook grasshoppers to get money for the bank but when their mother doesn't come back they are handed over to their country grandparents instead.
 
I read a long time ago about the different way neglected children learn a simple thing like handing back a toy that falls off a high chair gives a loved child a different view of the world and a sense of expectation and impacts on memory development. You get the idea that Jin didn't have many toys handed back. But her grandmother engages her teaches the children, interacts and is interested in them. And without being sentimental or obvious, the children begin to react and to bloom under that interest and the idea that they aren't just on their own. It is in some ways quite painfully touching.
 
It has understandably been compared to Koreeda's Nobody Knows, both in subject matter and style.  I've dug it out for a rewatch tomorrow but my impression is that the children have more improvisation in that, and the 'performances' are different as a result. Nothing that matches the subtle changes in Hee-yeon Kim as the film goes on.
 
The Way Home (Lee, 2002)
 
A much simpler tale with a much stronger conceit. Another harassed single mother drops off her child, but with her speechless elderly mother in the country. The boy is citybred and selfish, with his electronic toys and ignorant demands. But his time with his grandmother changes and resocialises him. A simple moral tale for urban Korea and less demanding as a result and you can see why it would be quite popular but it simply doesn't have the depth of a film like Treeless Mountain and suffers in comparison. That said, both Yu and Kim as grandson and grandmother are fine as the focuses of the film (particularly the almost impassive Kim), but the world presented is so black and white that it feels more like a children's' film than a mature piece.
 
 
Remember the Night (Leisen, 1940)
 
One of the hardest to find of Leisen's works, currently up on youtube.
 
Prosecutor John Sargent saves petty thief Lee Leander from Xmas in jail and ends up taking her back home for the festive season.
 
Almost the last scripts Sturges wrote before starting to direct them himself and, I think, one of his best although my favourite of his with Leisen is still Easy Living. Partly because, although the defence lawyers speech is absolutely brilliant, I've never been overly fond of that performance. Otherwise it would probably rank much higher for me.
 
Remember the Night is a story that undercuts your expectations at every turn. You initially expect some kind of screwball comedy a sparky lady thief and an honest prosecutor. Then maybe just a romantic comedy. But then you get something much more bittersweet and genuinely touching at times, without tipping the line to sentimentality. Sargent's mother (the wonderful Beulah Bondi) isn't some caricature sticking her nose in but a genuinely caring woman who, while loving her son, doesn't want to be unkind to the current cuckoo in her nest. The script and performances manage the trick of giving us genuinely good people without us wanting to slap them for being cloying or fake (tremendously hard to do and very rare I find recently I'd say only the likes of Lars and the Real Girl have managed the same trick). Yes, it does kind of go a little much into the hokey country dance, but not for too long (and the Minnie Mouse headgear doesn't help). But then moving into the meat of the love story itself you get two wonderful performances from MacMurray and Stanwyck and dialogue that is both heartfelt and honest.
 
A rare treat that deserves wider exposure.
 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 9/2/2010 11:56:38 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:00:11 AM   
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KInd of the same way I think of Independence Day really - it isn't a masterpiece, but it's fun for the most part, often inventive, and I like it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:06:02 AM   
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The French Connection, 4/5. Awesomeness. Also means that I happened to watch two Best Picture Academy Award Winners today. Go me.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:09:12 AM   
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22. Martyrs (2008, Laugier) 8/10
Absolutely horrifying French film which starts by showing the revenge of a girl who was captured and tortured, but ends up taking a far more brutal, more disturbing twist. Absolutely raw and uncompromising, it trancends being simply another torture-porn film, instead becoming far more unsettling and unnerving than any number of Saw sequels. In the month where I saw the totally mundane Paranormal Activity, THIS is the film that caused me to have trouble sleeping.


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The French Connection, 4/5. Awesomeness. Also means that I happened to watch two Best Picture Academy Award Winners today. Go me.




Would have been more impressive had it been ROTK and Gone With The Wind.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:11:04 AM   
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The French Connection, 4/5. Awesomeness. Also means that I happened to watch two Best Picture Academy Award Winners today. Go me.


Homer- do you know if any of the 3 of you posted a review of Treeless Mountain? I notice it's quite low down on all your lists (I know at least one of you must have mentioned it as I remember that before looking )

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:18:00 AM   
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I have written a review of Treeless Mountain, but forum rules prevent me from providing a link to it...

I could PM you a link, but I suspect you know where to look.

Edit: Oh, and Gimli, I wanted to do stuff today other than watch films, which watching those two films would have prevented!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:22:13 AM   
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Ta  - I didn't think of looking there

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:35:59 AM   
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009) Eastern Promises  (David Cronenberg, UK / Canada / USA, 2007, BD) - 6.5

Pretty decent, but
i) why didn't Anna hand over the dead girl's affects, including the diary, to the police in the beginning; ii) having a Russian relative right there, surely it's easier to convince him to translate the diary rather than go and see some sinsister men you've never met before; iii) WTF was going on with Vincent Cassel's accent; iv) Kirill was a complete dick, and didn't really have a good enough relationship with Nikolai for the scene at the end to be believable; v) there was no need for the kiss between Nikolai and Anna.
But as I said, pretty decent.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:44:24 AM   
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Casablanca - 2/5

Psych. 5/5, really.



Boooo!

It is great to see this at the top of both yours and Rhubarbs lists though

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The French Connection, 4/5. Awesomeness. Also means that I happened to watch two Best Picture Academy Award Winners today. Go me.


I think 4/5 is pretty fair. Have you seen the sequel?

Elab - I cant complain at all about what you said about the performances in Treeless mountain. Despite the low rating, I would still consider the childrens performances among the best I have seen. My problems with it were to do with where I anticipated the story going (because of the brief things I had read beforehand), and so taking a long time to adjust, not liking the camera positioning in a lot of the scenes (the low down shots fully focused on the children at times felt like a poor choice, as there would be a few seconds go by where all you could see were the blurry clothes of the adults walking in front of the camera), the slightness of the story, and worse of all, the fact that there were just several points I was a little bored while watching it.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 12:50:29 AM   
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26. Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbour Totoro] (1988, Miyazaki)
My 3rd Ghibli film, and while all 3 undeniably show great promise, they don't quite connect with me. Still, this is superior to my other Miyazaki, Laputa.
Basically, the animation is beautiful and the score is great, but the girls are whiny, the father is a paedo (I'm baiting, so don't worry), and the Nanny and Mother could do with more screen time. The best characters are the speechless ones, as they left me speechless. Both Totoro and Cat Bus are two of the greatest animation creations ever, it's a shame the rest of the film doesn't live up to them. Still, an 8

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Thanks to Epi for the rec - 'tis a funny and well-executed short about greed. 8

23. Niti [The Strings] (1996, Maksimov) {6 mins}
Following my success with Bolero, I'm exploring more of Maksimov's work. Both this and the short below are not even on imdb, but there's info (and a d/l link for them) here.
This one deals with relationships in an original semi-abstract way, but didn't click with me as well as Bolero, for some reason.
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26. Sleva napravo [From Left to Right] (1989, Maksimov) {4 mins}
Pretty great for a student film - again, I don't think the style matches the content as well as in Bolero, but it's impressive how you can present themes in an abstract way in such a short running time.
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 10/2/2010 1:32:24 AM   
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Independence Day (Emmerich, 1996)
  
Most of all, really, it reminds me how long since I listened to the UK radio play for the UK end of things where Nicky Campbell commentates and Patrick Moore indulges in fisticuffs with one of the aliens.
 


Thank you for telling me about that play. Listening to it makes knowing that Independence Day has fans a little more bearable.

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Treeless Mountain (Kim, 2008)
 
Two young girls are left with their aunt when their mother heads off to find their estranged father. She promises she will return when they fill a plastic piggy bank with coins.
 
With 2 Korean films in a row where children re-engage via country based grandparents, one wonders if there is a general concern about the impact of modern life at work here, but this is a very different beast to The Way Home (of which, more below).
 
Shot in a naturalistic manner, the performances that the director gets from particularly the elder of the 2 young girls is simply astonishing. You could almost believe that they filmed for hours till the children forgot the camera completely and just react honestly to what is going on and, as a result, produces what is, IMO, one of the greatest child performances committed to camera. The children are the almost complete focus of the film most shots are at their level and focussed on them, no panoramic scenes, exposition or stories going on elsewhere. Jin is initially shown in her classroom a bright child who her mother uses almost as a carer. She has to come home immediately from school to look after her little sister, no fun or games, observing the other children from a distance. At her aunts she again takes charge of her little sister. The aunt is distant and doesn't engage with the children, leaving them alone for the most part (occasionally drunk) as they kill and cook grasshoppers to get money for the bank but when their mother doesn't come back they are handed over to their country grandparents instead.
 
I read a long time ago about the different way neglected children learn a simple thing like handing back a toy that falls off a high chair gives a loved child a different view of the world and a sense of expectation and impacts on memory development. You get the idea that Jin didn't have many toys handed back. But her grandmother engages her teaches the children, interacts and is interested in them. And without being sentimental or obvious, the children begin to react and to bloom under that interest and the idea that they aren't just on their own. It is in some ways quite painfully touching.
 
It has understandably been compared to Koreeda's Nobody Knows, both in subject matter and style.  I've dug it out for a rewatch tomorrow but my impression is that the children have more improvisation in that, and the 'performances' are different as a result. Nothing that matches the subtle changes in Hee-yeon Kim as the film goes on.



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