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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 12:23:20 PM   
TheDudeAbides


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Zero de conduite (Vigo, 1933)

Look guys, I know it's Jean Vigo. And I know there was more footage filmed which got chucked out in post-production. And I know he was on a crazy tight schedule. And I know it was Jean freakin' Vigo. But you can only judge on what's actually there and it's not that great.

The problem for me is it didn't make any damn sense. There's surrealism (the midget headmaster, the drawing which moves by itself) and that's great. But then the actual plot is painfully disjointed, as though you're watching brief clips from a very long film, and as a result the characters and their behaviour never really convinces. I was never sure why they were doing certain things. Maybe the problem is that the film is always described in very solid narrative terms -  a bunch of schoolboys at a repressive boarding school decide to stage a revolution - when this arc isn't really present. For one thing, Vigo doesn't ever really establish the repressiveness properly. Sure, the kids get shouted at a lot, but right from the start they're behaving like little shits and no-one seems to care. In their first lesson with the new master, for example, the whole classroom is immediately in uproar (this is another example of actions not making sense, by the way - there is not escalation of the disorder, suddenly it's just there, and the teacher never remarks on it - we never even get a reaction shot. So many scenes are like this, filmed at a general distance without any context added from close-ups on individual characters). Maybe the synopsis is simply to blame for giving it a narrative (and logical) strength that it doesn't possess. 'Scenes from a revolution' might be more apt.

However, that isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. It was often very imaginative and funny, and the surrealist touches keep you on your toes. The kids put in very nice, naturalistic performances all round, and the teachers are suitably ghastly and thuggish. And of course, the pillow fight scene. It truly is beautiful - this is what cinema is all about. Unfortunately, the rest of the film, although interesting and occasionally flashing with genius, never quite approaches the dazzling heights of this iconic moment.

7/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 12:23:29 PM   
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01.    Chinjeolhan geumjassi (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) (2005, Park Chan-wook, SKR) – 5/5*
02.    Four Lions (2010, Christopher Morris, UK) – 4.5/5*
03.    The Informant! (2009, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 4.5/5*
04.    The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed, UK) – 4.5/5*
05.    Rango (2011, Gore Verbinski, USA) – 4.5/5
06.    Schizopolis (1996, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 4.5/5

07.    Kafka (1991, Steven Soderbergh, FRN/USA) – 4.5/5
08.    Ying xiong (Hero) (2002, Zhang Yimou, HKG/CHN) – 4/5* 
09.    Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg, CAN) – 4/5

10.    Get Low (2009, Aaron Schneider, USA/GER/POL) – 4/5

11.    Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese, USA) – 4/5*
12.    Criss Cross (1949, Robert Siodmak, USA) – 4/5
13.    Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004, Oliver Hirschbiegel, GER/ITA/RUS) – 4/5
14.    Out of Sight (1998, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 4/5
15.    Ocean’s Eleven (2001, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 4/5**
16.    The Underneath (1995, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 3.5/5
17.    Sam sei goon (Justice, My Foot!) (1992, Johnnie To, HKG) – 3.5/5
18.   
Traffic (2000, Steven Soderbergh, GER/USA) – 3.5/5*
19.    Erin Brockovich (2000, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 3/5*
20.    The Good German (2001, Steven Soderbergh, USA) – 3/5

21.    Ocean’s Eleven (1960, Lewis Milestone, USA) – 2/5
22.    Alice in Wonderland (2010, Tim Burton, USA) – 2/5 

SHORT FILMS
01.    The Cat with Hands (2001, Robert Morgan, UK) – 4/5
02.    Der Fuehrer's Face (1942, Jack Kinney, USA) – 3.5/5


FILMS BY DECADE
2010s - 03
2000s - 10
1990s - 05
1980s - 02
1970s - 00
1960s - 01
1950s - 00
1940s - 03
1930s - 00
1920s - 00
1910s - 00
1900s - 00

FILMS BY COUNTRY
Canada  -  01
Hong Kong  -  01
South Korea  -  01
UK  -  03
USA  -  13

Mixed  -  05



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 12:51:14 PM   
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ORIGINAL: TheDudeAbides

Zero de conduite (Vigo, 1933)

But you can only judge on what's actually there and it's not that great.



This man speaks the truth. Still better, and shorter, than If...., though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 12:57:26 PM   
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True Grit (2011) 4.5/5 First Viewing
I've now seen all of the Coen Brother's films and this firmly ranks in the Top 5 at least. Easily the best western in years and an impressive performance from young Steinfield (or however you spell it). It's also the best Coen script since Lebowski, or at least O Brother.

At the end of March, I've seen 81 sometimes wonderful and sometimes poor films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 1:01:23 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TheDudeAbides

Zero de conduite (Vigo, 1933)

But you can only judge on what's actually there and it's not that great.



This man speaks the truth. Still better, and shorter, than If...., though.

I think that's actually a woman, but carry on.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 1:01:45 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MOTH


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheDudeAbides

Zero de conduite (Vigo, 1933)

But you can only judge on what's actually there and it's not that great.



This woman speaks the truth. Still better, and shorter, than If...., though.


Brief correction

Don't know if I can be bothered to see If... to be honest. I think I'm more of Rudyard Kipling's mentality than Lindsey Anderson's. I was a very un-rebellious child.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 1:05:40 PM   
MOTH

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: TheDudeAbides

quote:

ORIGINAL: MOTH


quote:

ORIGINAL: TheDudeAbides

Zero de conduite (Vigo, 1933)

But you can only judge on what's actually there and it's not that great.



This woman speaks the truth. Still better, and shorter, than If...., though.


Brief correction

Don't know if I can be bothered to see If... to be honest. I think I'm more of Rudyard Kipling's mentality than Lindsey Anderson's. I was a very un-rebellious child.



Many apologies. My gender-radar gets a bit frazzled on here sometime - i'll now picture you as a female Jeff Bridges.
Regardless of gender, don't bother with If.... though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 1:12:27 PM   
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Regardless of gender, don't bother with If.... though.

You can't keep all the great films to yourself, MOTH, you greedy bastard.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 1:41:26 PM   
MOTH

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: MOTH

Regardless of gender, don't bother with If.... though.

You can't keep all the great films to yourself, MOTH, you greedy bastard.


I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids!


A meagre March update, hardly requiring a new post (25 films for the year to date)

8. The Hidden Blade (Yoji Yamada, 2004) - 8/10
15. Easy A (Will Gluck, 2010) - 7/10
21. Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994) - 6/10
22. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Daniel Alfredson, 2009) - 5/10


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 3:27:20 PM   
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March list.



2. True Grit (1st view, 2010, Coen Brothers) - 5/5*
8. We Dive At Dawn (2nd view, 1943, Anthony Asquith) - 4/5
11. The Adjustment Bureau (1st view, 2010, George Nolfi) - 4/5*
12. The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2nd view, 2008, Chris Carter) - 4/5
13. L.A. Confidential (2nd view, 1997, Curtis Hanson) - 4/5
14. Battle: Los Angeles (1st view, 2011, Jonathan Liebesman) - 4/5*
15. The House Of The Devil (1st view, 2009, Ti West) - 4/5*
23. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1st view, 2010, Jon Turteltaub) - 4/5*
24. Creepshow (1st view, 1982, George A. Romero) - 4/5*
16. Ghost Rider (2nd view, 2007, Mark Steven Johnson) - 4/5

32. Burning Bright (1st view, 2010, Carlos Brooks) - 4/5*
40. Due Date (1st view, 2010, Todd Phillips) - 3/5*
41. Dunston Checks In Ken (1st view, 1996, Kwapis)
42. 9 (1st view, 2009, Shane Acker) - 3/5*
46. The Kids Are All Right (1st view, 2010, Lisa Cholodenko) - 3/5*
47. Cemetery Junction (1st view, 2010, Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant) - 3/5*
48. The Ruins (1st view, 2008, Carter Smith) - 3/5*
54. Adrift In Manhattan (1st view, 2007, Alfredo De Villa) - 3/5*
58. Catfish (1st view, 2010, Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman) - 3/5*
63. Saw: The Final Chapter (1st view, Kevin Greutert, 2010) - 2/5*

65. Fool's Gold (1s view, 2008, Andy Tennant) - 2/5*
66. Eat Pray Love (1st view, 2010, Ryan Murphy) - 2/5*
68. Dinner for Schmucks (1st view, 2010, Jay Roach) - 2/5*


Shorts

11. Spinnolio (1977, John Weldon)
12. 9 (2005, Shane Acker)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 3:27:33 PM   
rawlinson

 

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My Top 100 for the year to date

  1. Groundhog Day (1993; Harold Ramis)
  2. The Dead (1987; John Huston)
  3. The Apartment (1960; Billy Wilder)
  4. A Thousand Clowns (1965; Fred Coe)
  5. A Page of Madness (1926; Teinosuke Kinugasa)
  6. The Shop Around the Corner (1940; Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. Remember the Night (1940; Mitchell Leisen)
  8. Harvest: 3000 Years (1976; Haile Gerima)
  9. Session 9 (2001; Brad Anderson)
  10. I Was Born, But... (1932; Yasujiro Ozu)
  11. Easy Living (1937; Mitchell Leisen)
  12. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003; Tsai Ming-Liang)
  13. The Heartbreak Kid (1972; Elaine May)
  14. Cutter's Way (1981; Ivan Passer)
  15. Black Swan (2010; Darren Aronofsky)
  16. My Dog Tulip (2009; Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger)
  17. Departures (2008; Yojiro Takita)
  18. Waterpower (1977; Shaun Costello)
  19. The More the Merrier (1943; George Stevens)
  20. Almost Human (1974; Umberto Lenzi)
  21. The Fortune Cookie (1966; Billy Wilder)
  22. Dean Spanley (2008; Toa Fraser)
  23. Lemonade Joe (1964; Oldrich Lipsky)
  24. A New Leaf (1971; Elaine May)
  25. The Illusionist (2010; Sylvain Chomet)
  26. The House in Nightmare Park (1973; Peter Sykes)
  27. Race with the Devil (1975; Jack Starrett)
  28. Swing You Sinners! (1930; Dave Fleischer)
  29. Bonnie's Kids (1973; Arthur Marks)
  30. A Town Called Panic (2009; Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar)
  31. Midnight (1939; Mitchell Leisen)
  32. Skeletons (2010; Nick Whitfield)
  33. Homebodies (1974; Larry Yust)
  34. Lost in Yonkers (1993; Martha Coolidge)
  35. Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979; Joan Micklin Silver)
  36. Slap Shot (1977; George Roy Hill)
  37. The Goodbye Girl (1977; Herbert Ross)
  38. Into Great Silence (2005; Philip Groning)
  39. Carlos (2010; Oliver Assayas)
  40. Gordon's War (1973; Ossie Davis)
  41. Harry and Tonto (1974; Paul Mazursky)
  42. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974; Ted Kotcheff)
  43. Never Let Me Go (2010; Mark Romanek)
  44. Libeled Lady (1936; Jack Conway)
  45. Mary and Max (2009; Adam Elliot)
  46. Gallivant (1997; Andrew Kotting)
  47. The Landlord (1970; Hal Ashby)
  48. I Saw the Devil (2010; Kim Ji-woon)
  49. The Fishing Party (1972; Michael Simpson)
  50. Centerfold Girls (1974; John Peyser)
  51. Blessed Event (1932; Roy Del Ruth)
  52. Sex & Fury (1973; Norifumi Suzuki)
  53. The Mack (1973; Michael Campus)
  54. While You Were Sleeping (1995; Jon Turtletaub)
  55. Long Day's Dying (1968; Peter Collinson)
  56. Amer (2009; Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)
  57. Bronco Bullfrog (1971; Barney Platts-Mills)
  58. Trash Humpers (2009; Harmony Korine)
  59. I Love You Again (1940; W.S. Van Dyke)
  60. Detroit 9000 (1973; Arthur Marks)
  61. The Man with the Beautiful Eyes (1999; Jonathan Hodgson)
  62. Cooley High (1975; Michael Schultz)
  63. Broadcast News (1987; James L. Brooks)
  64. Vampir (1970; Pere Portabella)
  65. J.D.'s Revenge (1976; Arthur Marks)
  66. The Designated Victim (1971; Maurizio Lucidi)
  67. Twist (2003; Jacob Tierney)
  68. The Bishop's Wife (1947; Henry Koster)
  69. Hey Good Lookin' (1982; Ralph Bakshi)
  70. A Bigger Splash (1974; Jack Hazan)
  71. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942; William Keighley)
  72. 80 Blocks from Tiffany's (1979; Gary Weis)
  73. The Hospital (1971; Arthur Hiller)
  74. Providence (1977; Alain Resnais)
  75. The Bad News Bears (1976; Michael Ritchie)
  76. Bliss (1985; Ray Lawrence)
  77. Barefoot in the Park (1967; Gene Saks)
  78. Little Murders (1971; Alan Arkin)
  79. The Baby (1973; Ted Post)
  80. A Rage in Harlem (1991; Bill Duke)
  81. Police, Adjective (2009; Corneliu Porumboiu)
  82. A Day with the Boys (1969; Clu Gulager)
  83. London to Brighton (2006; Paul Andrew Williams)
  84. Dolemite (1975; D'Urville Martin)
  85. Dreamchild (1985; Gavin Millar)
  86. Cat City (1986; Béla Ternovszky)
  87. Night Catches Us (2010; Tanya Hamilton)
  88. London Belongs to Me (1948; Sidney Gilliat)
  89. That Summer (1979; Harley Cokeliss)
  90. Bartleby (1972; Anthony Friedmann)
  91. Another Year (2010; Mike Leigh)
  92. Shinbone Alley (1971; John David Wilson)
  93. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970; Yasuharu Hasebe)
  94. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1971; Giuliano Carnimeo)
  95. The Free Will (2006; Mathias Glasner)
  96. Umbracle (1970; Pere Portabella)
  97. The Housemaid (2010; Im Sang-soo)
  98. The Seven Year Itch (1955; Billy Wilder)
  99. The Age of Innocence (1993; Martin Scorsese)
  100. I Spit on Your Corpse (1974; Al Adamson)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 3:55:43 PM   
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March
 
01.   The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1928) FR (Third View) 10.0
02.   Vredens dag / Day of Wrath (Dreyer, 1943) DNK (Sixth View?) 9.5  
03.   After the Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1936) USA (Fifth View) 9.5
04.   Champagne for Caesar (Whorf, 1950) USA (First View) 9.2
05.   Hedd Wyn (Turner, 1992) WEL (Fifth View) 9.0  
06.   Monsters Inc. (Docter/Silverman/Unkrich, 2001) USA (Tenth + View) 9.0
07.   WALL-E (Stanton, 2008) USA (Fifth View) 9.0
08.   Fargo (Coen, 1996) USA (Ninth View) 8.5
09.   Laura (Preminger, 1944) USA (Fifth View ) 8.5
10.   Leave Her to Heaven (Stahl, 1945) USA (First View) 8.2

11.   Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) USA (Seventh View) 8.2
12.   The Tomb of Ligeia (Corman, 1964) UK/USA (First View) 8.0
13.   The Eclipse (McPherson, 2009) IRE/UK (First View) 8.0
14.   Never Let Me Go (Romanek, 2010) UK (First View) 8.0  
15.   The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Fuest, 1971) USA (Fourth View) 8.0  
16.   The Masque of Red Death (Corman, 1964) USA (Third View) 8.0
17.   Hellboy (del Toro, 2004) USA (Sixth View) USA 8.0
18.   Hellboy II: The Golden Army (del Toro, 2009) GER/USA  (Fourth View) 8.0
19.   Ratatouille (Bird, 2007) USA (Seventh View) 8.0
20.   Made in Dagenham (Cole, 2010) UK (First View) 7.8

21.   The Illusionist (Chomet, 2010) UK/FR (First View) 7.7
22.   Another Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1939) USA (Third View) 7.7
23.   The Whales of August (Anderson, 1987) USA (First View) 7.5
24.   Shadow of the Thin Man (Van Dyke, 1941) USA (Third View) 7.5
25.   Service de Luxe (Lee, 1938) USA (First View) 7.5
26.   Basil, The Great Mouse Detective (Various, 1986) USA  (Fifth View?) 7.5
27.   Tremors (Underwood, 1990) USA  (Tenth+ View)7.5
28.   Bullets Over Broadway (Allen, 1994) USA (Second View) 7.0
29.   From Beyond the Grave (Connor, 1973) UK (First View) 6.0
30.   Stardust (Vaughn, 2008) UK/USA (Fourth View) 6.0

31.   Branwen (Sherlock, 1994) WEL (First View) 6.0  
32.   The Eve of St Mark (Stahl, 1944) USA (First View) 6.0
33.   The Eagle (Macdonald, 2011) USA/UK (First View) 5.5
34.   Sabrina (Pollack, 1995) USA (Fourth View?) 5.2
35.   Last Action Hero (McTiernan, 1993) USA (Third View) 4.0

36.   The Mighty Ducks (Herek, 1993) USA (Tenth + View) 2.5 
37.   Scooby-Doo (Gosnell, 2002) USA (First View) 2.0

Trends:
Vincent Price (will continue until May (Centennial month for Mr P) as I'm slowly working through his CV)
Pixar Animation
The Thin Man Films

Actors of the Month: Vincent Price, William Powell (again), Huw Garmon
Actresses of the Month: Myrna Loy (again), Gene Tierney, Maria Falconetti & Lisbeth Movin  

Surprise(s): Champagne for Caesar & Made in Dagenham

Moment of the Month: SPOILERS!
The end of Hedd Wyn. (Hedd Wyn)
The look on Gene Tierney's face as she watches a boy drown. (Leave Her to Heaven)
Vincent Price effortlessly lifting actress Joy Hodges onto a shelf. (Service de Luxe)

Decade:
1920: 01
1930: 03
1940: 05
1950: 01
1960: 03
1970: 02
1980: 02
1990: 08
2000: 08
2010: 04

First View: 14

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:06:16 PM   
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Burn After Reading- Your mum/5


Seriously, worse than The Ladykillers? I actually forgot TL was a Coen film before all these lists reminded me. I still can't work out how someone who made Fargo, NCFOM, True Grit and Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing made that awful stinking pile of manure. I'd blocked it out of my memory until now. I wasn't ecstatic about Burn After Reading either but it had a few moment that made me laugh.

I've just realised it's been 2 years to the day that I saw BAR too (no I'm not that sad, I only remember because I saw it on a plane, maybe that's why I laughed at some of it because I was so bored)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:09:54 PM   
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Not quite, although elements are slightly better than The Hidden Blade. Although that might be a bit unfair because what it really is is a different story, where Hidden Blade is broadly the same story as Twilight Samurai (but isn't the scene revealing what the hidden blade technique is brilliantly done?)

Love and Honor is in some ways as interesting as Twilight because the world is quite similar, although the lead character is higher up the chain as one of the lord's tasters, but that's an interesting little world all by itself. But the story turns on how the world handles infirmity. It's a tad treacly in bits (but that's something Yamada can clearly tend to, very noticeable if Our Mother ever comes out here), quite lovely in others.


Absolutely - i had written a sentence about that specifically, then took it out, cos i couldn't summarise it adequately - immensely satisfying, given the build-up to it.
Love and Honour sounds good - duly added to Lovefilm rental list


Dammit, I can remember when the date of when I watched a shite film but I can't remember this hidden blade technique scene! The film's on Youtube, you couldn't tell me whereabouts it is in the film could you?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:14:07 PM   
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About 16 minutes from the end.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:14:48 PM   
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If you watch the 2 part youtube upload, go to around minute 47 of the second part and watch from there.

Halfway through part 10 of the Eng subs one.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:21:12 PM   
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Ahh yes. I even missed it when I was looking for it.

Thanks.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 4:22:21 PM   
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So far this year (not necessarily in accurate order):

  1. Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997) - 4.5/5
  2. Commando (Mark L. Lester, 1985) - 4.5/5
  3. Wall-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008) - 4.5/5
  4. Predator (John McTiernan, 1987) - 4.5/5
  5. Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959) - 4.5/5
  6. The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (Thom Zimny, 2010) - 4.5/5
  7. Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass, 2002) - 4.5/5
  8. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008) - 4.5/5
  9. Uzak (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002) - 4.5/5
  10. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004) - 4/5
  11. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002) - 4/5
  12. True Grit (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2010) - 4/5
  13. The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2004) - 4/5
  14. Aladdin (Ron Clements/John Musker, 1992) - 4/5
  15. Once (John Carney, 2006) - 4/5
  16. The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, 2002) - 4/5
  17. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) - 4/5
  18. Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995) - 4/5
  19. The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass, 2004) - 3.5/5
  20. The Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006) - 3.5/5
  21. Three Men and a Baby (Leonard Nimoy, 1987) - 3/5
  22. Needful Things (Fraser Clarke Heston, 1993) - 3/5
  23. Rat Race (Jerry Zucker, 2001) - 2/5
  24. Goal II: Living the Dream (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2007) - 1/5

Not a great year so far.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 5:18:59 PM   
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Sneaking on the site while I have the chance! Still got no access to Empire on our work PCs, though I may have some sort of solution in the nearish future.

Sad as I know it is, I've been reduced to copying pages of this thread (and a couple of others) to a Notepad file, to give me something to read in quiet periods at work.
I kinda feel like the diseased kid at school sat with his hands bandaged, watching the other kids having fun, but not being allowed to join in...

This means I don't get to see images (Tearz man! No lolcatz and no Van Der Beek meemz!!), but I do get to read you guys' blather.
Told you it was sad...

Anyway...

021) Ils (David Moreau & Xavier Palud, France / Roamnia, 2006, Broadcast) - 6.0
Better than The Strangers...

Also, one commenary:

- Le Cercle Rouge (Ginette Vincendeau)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 5:48:20 PM   
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Burn After Reading- Your mum/5


Seriously, worse than The Ladykillers? I actually forgot TL was a Coen film before all these lists reminded me. I still can't work out how someone who made Fargo, NCFOM, True Grit and Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing made that awful stinking pile of manure. I'd blocked it out of my memory until now. I wasn't ecstatic about Burn After Reading either but it had a few moment that made me laugh.


I honestly think that yes, it is worse than The Ladykillers. TL at least featured a fun performance by Tom Hanks and I did laugh sporadically throughout the film. With Burn after Reading I couldn't find anything that is remotely likeable or any other sort of redeeming quality.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 7:33:40 PM   
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Not a great month quantity-wise, but I saw some excellent films so I'm happy
March - 10 (1)
Best- Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)
Worst- Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, 2007)



8. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)
9. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh, 2004)
11. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1948)



21. My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle, 1981)
25. The Fighter (David O. Russell, 2011)



46. Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) (Richard Kelly, 2004)
55. Unknown (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2011)
57. Knocked Up (Judd Apatow, 2007)


Shorts

1. Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924)


2. Blinky™ (Ruairi Robinson, 2011)


Trends:
Powell and Pressburger come closest, I guess with two films.

Actors of the Month: Buster Keaton, David Niven, Roger Livesey.
Actresses of the Month: Imelda Staunton, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Kim Hunter

Surprise: The Fighter

Moment of the Month: SPOILERS
Basically all of Sherlock Jr, but the "He had solved the entire case..." intertitle and the spirit coming out of the body deserve special mention
When the police arrest Vera (Vera Drake)

Decade:
1920: (1)
1940: 2
1980: 1
2000: 3
2010: 3 (1)

First View: 8


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 7:38:27 PM   
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A bad month, mainly because of Out of Afrikaaaaa, and those other shite films I gave a 4.

5. In the Bedroom (Todd Field, 2001) - 7*
7. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987) - 7*
18. Marty (Delbert Mann, 1955) - 6*
26. East Is East (Damien O’Donnell, 1999) - 6*
27. My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964) - 6*
30. Bullet Boy (Saul Dibb, 2005) - 6*
31. Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963) - 6*
35. Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958) - 5*
36. Around the World in Eighty Days (Michael Anderson, 1956) - 5*
38. The Greatest Show on Earth (Cecil B. DeMille, 1952) - 4*
40. Playing Away (Horace Ove, 1987) - 4*
41. Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002) - 4*
45. Out Of Africa (Sydney Pollack, 1985) - 2*

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 10:37:42 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 10:58:06 PM   
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March

10
JFK (1991, Oliver Stone)
The Only Son (1936, Yasujiro Ozu)

9
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Werner Herzog)
Effi Briest (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Fear Eats the Soul (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959, John Sturges)
Love Crazy (1941, Jack Conway)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937, David Hand)
The Son’s Room (2001, Nanni Moretti)

8
A Slight Case of Murder (1938, Lloyd Bacon)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957, John Sturges)
Hellboy (2004, Guillermo Del Toro)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008, Guillermo Del Toro)
Martha (1974, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Mother (2009, Bong Joon-ho)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The Orphanage (2007, Juan Antonio Bayona)
The Stalking Moon (1968, Robert Mulligan)
True Grit (2010, Joel & Ethan Coen)

7
Antwone Fisher (2002, Denzel Washington)
Beware of a Holy Whore (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Cimarron (1960, Anthony Mann)
City for Conquest (1940, Anatole Litvak)
Drunken Master (1978, Yuen Woo Ping)
Each Dawn I Die (1939, William Keighley)
Fox and His Friends (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Ice Age (2002, Chris Wedge & Carlos Saldanha)
Rio das Mortes (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
San Quentin (1937, Lloyd Bacon)
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992, Curtis Hanson)
The Little Norse Prince (1968, Isao Takahata)
The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
The Tin Star (1957, Anthony Mann)
The Young Lions (1958, Edward Dmytryk)
U Turn (1997, Oliver Stone)

6
Adaption (2002, Spike Jonze)
Blood on the Sun (1945, Frank Lloyd)
Fear of Fear (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006, Carlos Saldanha)
Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Starship Troopers (1997, Paul Verhoeven)
The Bodyguard (1992, Mick Jackson)
The Killer Inside Me (2010, Michael Winterbottom)
Viva Zapata! (1952, Elia Kazan)
Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater)
Wall Street (1987, Oliver Stone)

5
A Walk to Remember (2002, Adam Shankman)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009, Carlos Sandanha)
Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone)
The Book of Eli (2010, Albert & Allen Hughes)
The Transporter (2002, Louis Leterrier)

4
Any Given Sunday (1999, Oliver Stone)
Conspiracy Theory (1997, Richard Donner)
The Omen (2006, John Moore)

2
Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)
Legion (2010, Scott Stewart)
We Were Soldiers (2002, Randall Wallace)


Wow, never had so many stinkers in one month. I must vent my anger towards We Were Soldiers, first off Mel Gibson is terrible once again, second the whole wives subplot boring sentimental tripe, thirdly it's imbued with offensive Catholic nonsense and to top it off IT'S FILMED IN CALIFORNIA!! and not convincingly, no effort was made to make the place look even remotely like south east Asia.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 11:01:07 PM   
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I agree about its inconsistency, though the lack of motivation didn't bother me. I, too, prefer it to if.... despite the latter's stunning finale.
My favourite Vigo is À propos de Nice, yes, quite a way ahead of L'atalante.
chris, didn't figure you for a Stone fan.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 11:10:47 PM   
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No not really, his films of the last 10 years have been consistently crap. Alexander, World Trade Center and W.

I just watched U Turn, it was stupid and OTT but I enjoyed it, more than Natural Born Killers which is along the same vein. Worth watching for Billy Bob Thornton alone I say. It's an absolute wonder where JFK came from actually, I console myself with the belief that when a filmmaker well and truly loves his subject it's one of those rare moments when a film can reach you. That doesn't mean to say he doesn't have to have talent in there too but JFK is clearly Stone's baby. That said he's obviously got a connection with Vietnam having fought there but I don't like Platoon either. I quite liked Nixon and Talk Radio but anything else I could leave easily. I know it's probably an easy target to lay into Charlie Sheen at the moment but he really stinks up the whole of Wall Street...terrible terrible acting.

EDIT: Oh yes and he's responsible for writing Scarface.......on the whole it's not looking good.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 31/3/2011 11:31:44 PM   
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EDIT: Oh yes and he's responsible for writing Scarface....

That's his best achievement

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/4/2011 12:00:50 AM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/4/2011 12:08:33 AM   
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Oh Miles, you and your delusion that Scarface is in some way or another a decent film...


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/4/2011 12:09:08 AM   
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TDA, are you still in Oxford next year? I'm going to make my offer, find you, and force you to watch Scarface on loop.
I've got a technique, as well:


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