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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:20:24 PM   
TRM


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Features (out of 191 for the year so far)

6. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998, USA)
16. Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987, USA)

27. Blue Steel (Kathryn Bigelow, 1989, USA)
47. Loves of a blonde (Czechoslovakia, Milos Forman, 1965)
53. Hanna (USA/UK/Germany, Joe Wright, 2011)

57. Bambi (James Algar & Samuel Armstrong, 1942, USA)

64. Lost Horizon  (Frank Capra, 1937, USA)
75. Hot Fuzz  (UK/France/USA, Edgar Wright, 2007)

85. Career opportunities (Bryan Gordon, 1991, USA)
93. Win Win (Thomas McCarthy, 2011, USA)

97. Ransom (USA, Ron Howard, 1996)
104. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977, USA)
106. Howard The Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986, USA)
115. The chaplin revue (Charles Chaplin, 1959, UK/USA)
132. Attack the block (Joe Cornish, 2011, UK)
134. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Rob Marshall, 2011, USA)
148. Insidious (James Wan, 2010, USA)

159. Mala Noche (Gus Van Sant, 1986, USA)
171. Blitz (Elliott Lester, UK, 2011)

174. Muppet Treasure Island (Brian Henson, 1996, USA)
188. North (Rob Reiner, 1994, USA)

Shorts (out of 38)

3. Old man and the sea (Aleksandr Petrov, 1999, Russia/Canada/Japan, 20mins)
10. The spirit of dark and lonely water (UK, 1973, Jeff Grant, 2mins)
12. Spinnolio (John Weldon, 1977, Canada, 10mins)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:26:27 PM   
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Blue Steel doesn't get enough love round here.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:33:31 PM   
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97. Ransom (USA, Ron Howard, 1996)
104. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977, USA)





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No. I haven't seen lots of Mark Wahlberg films. But he was good in The Departed and The Basketball Diaries and probably something else. Is he in Shrek? That. And he was great as Arnie in Eraser.


Yeah, I'll give you The Departed and the sadly underrated The Basketball Diaries.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:39:45 PM   
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Blue Steel doesn't get enough love round here.


I only picked it up after you mentioned it a couple of months ago. It doesnt sound all that impressive, and I had some doubts about how good Curtis would be, but its a great film.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:43:29 PM   
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97. Ransom (USA, Ron Howard, 1996)
104. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977, USA)






Sorry, I just didnt have room to put Ransom any higher than that.

Slap Shot is really frustrating though because as good as Newman is in everything, and while the Hanson brothers really spark life into the film, it just didnt manage to really move into being a really great sports film. I didnt manage to get sucked into the atmosphere of the film at all.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:48:26 PM   
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But it's entirely about that link between team (and small time players in small time leagues) and town, and what it means to them as their own lives collapse. As well as the very amusing domination of that particular sport by Canadians!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:49:36 PM   
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But below a Ron Howard/Mel Gibson film? 

Out of curiosity, how much did you like Career Opportunities? That would have been on my nostalgia list if it hadn't died off.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:53:42 PM   
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Yeah and that should have been captivating to watch, but was there ever a point where you felt Newman wasnt going to come out of it well at the end and have the possibility of losing everything? And did it ever manage to draw you in to feel sorry for these players whose lives were meant to be destroyed? Or the townspeople who had lost their jobs?

It just seemed to skim over everything, leaving very little to get under the skin and make you wish for the team to succeed outside of a retiring Newman.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 8:57:18 PM   
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But below a Ron Howard/Mel Gibson film? 

Out of curiosity, how much did you like Career Opportunities? That would have been on my nostalgia list if it hadn't died off.



The Ron Howard/Mel Gibson film had a really good half hour when the tables were turned

Career Opportunities has been rising up my list the more I think about it. The development of the two leads really is fantastic. In fact from the moment the guy gets the job as a night cleaner its great fun.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 9:04:07 PM   
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But below a Ron Howard/Mel Gibson film? 

Out of curiosity, how much did you like Career Opportunities? That would have been on my nostalgia list if it hadn't died off.



The Ron Howard/Mel Gibson film had a really good half hour when the tables were turned



Slap Shot had Paul Newman screaming "Suzanne sucks pussy!" Slap Shot wins. And a female fan allegedly threatened to set the dogs on Newman after seeing the film. Which makes it even cooler.

I loved Career Opportunities when I was about 13. Whaley annoys me a little in it these days.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 9:08:57 PM   
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Even when you are watching him skate around the store? 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 9:10:01 PM   
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He just reminds me so much of someone I knew when I was younger. Someone who was forever lying. Annoying association. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 10:19:14 PM   
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87. The Wizard of Oz - 8/10
Haven't watched this in a while. An old favourite.

121. A Bug's Life - 7/10
Since I pretty much give every Pixar film top marks you wouldn't be wrong in saying this is a bit of a weak entry in their body of work. You can see how much the studio has moved on in terms of the animation. It's a simple, likeable enough film but just not as amazing as everything else they have done.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/6/2011 10:33:13 PM   
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100. White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949)

Ma-hoo-sively entertaining.
5/5



101. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925)

Keep 'em coming.
4/5




102. Synedoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

I had this bought for me at Christmas and it stayed in wrapper until the weekend just past. Which probably explains my trepidation and ultimate failure to see this in the cinema, when it was the great chore hanging over practically everyone of us to go see. The only other Charlie Kaufman thing I've seen prior to this was Eternal Sunshine which I pretty much hated. A good fifteen minutes into this and I thought I was hating it too, but something happened (I think it was around the attempted ambulance call mid-seizure) I was completely sucked in and resolutely won over. I think that there is something about the post-modern ambition that becomes soooo ambitious by the end that it is exhaustive. But I also think that the wonderful thing about this film is that it goes to the verge of acceptability, for me anywhere it's never tipped into the precipice. Its brilliance is how it teeters up there. Neurosis has been done to death, but I think it would be wrong to think of this as a hyper Woody Allen film or a tripped out Philip Roth novel. For me it isn't the neurosis which is the engine here. It's the absolute masochism of dream logic mercilessly persecuting this poor bastard that I found bitterly, bitterly funny. There's a braniac discussion between bloggers as part of the extras on the disc and I think their line with regard to how existentially crushing and revelatory Synedoche is, is pushing it a bit. And inviting, accusation of pretentiousness if I may say. I'd much rather focus on the funny and celebrate the fact that is has latitude for the viewer to go back into it and dwell for themselves on the existential thing if they so wish. I imagine I'll be doing the same with repeated watches to come. For once the cover quotes are correct. It does stay with you for days after ward and yes, I will want to see this again and again.
5/5


103. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
"You mean he's going to stand up to Liberty? Liberty Valance? Rance?”
4/5


104. X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughan, 2011)

"I can't feel my legs....or my hair! My hair and my legs!”. After rating-gate (#27498409 in a series) I personally think it's a 3 maybe a 3.5/5.

Vaughan's film opens at a fair pace. Initially I thought "bleeding hell this prologue is playing out a bit” but you realise this is actually the film proper, with prologue and first act almost blending into one passage that takes you up to the forty minute mark. This is good in the sense that a lot of the groundwork gets done without the viewer attributing any effort to it, but perhaps what's lost in this is a chance to really savour the crucial meeting and bond of the two leads. After the first half-hour I definitely felt it a shame this wasn't actually the Magneto Origins movie without the ensemble responsibilities. I'd gleefully watch Erik Lensher hunt Nazis for 2 hours.

As it is, Fassbender's Lensher is a character with great potential and while he's a very cool presence the potential isn't significantly tapped. This is someone you feel could achieve gravitas one day but he certainly doesn't have it yet. I'm a great admirer of Fassbender but I have to say he completely fluffs his part in the third act. The niggling thing about First Class is that no single actor or character is strikingly good. Everyone's fairly decent, and all of this goes for the set-pieces as well. Everything's sort of cool. But nothing's kewl. After watching this I'm convinced that there's nothing Jane Goldman loves more than a christening, and boy does she hit every opportunity to anoint these characters with the comic book titles. Every instance is a clunker, and the only FFS moments in the film. But that aside it's always engaging and it makes a fine fist of doing a bastard-hard genre justice.
3/5

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 12:44:23 AM   
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97. Ransom (USA, Ron Howard, 1996)
104. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977, USA)





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No. I haven't seen lots of Mark Wahlberg films. But he was good in The Departed and The Basketball Diaries and probably something else. Is he in Shrek? That. And he was great as Arnie in Eraser.


Yeah, I'll give you The Departed and the sadly underrated The Basketball Diaries.



The official list of good Wahlberg performances -

Boogie Nights
The Other Guys
I Heart Huckabees
The Basketball Diaries
(apparently)
Invincible (apparently)

I will not give you The Departed, because all he does in that film is shout. He's like a breathy late-era Pacino in it.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 12:47:10 AM   
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I'd add The Fighter to that list.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 12:51:56 AM   
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Wahlberg was the worst thing in the Departed.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 12:54:00 AM   
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Am I the only one in this forum who really likes The Departed? Seems that way...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:05:06 AM   
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Am I the only one in this forum who really likes The Departed? Seems that way...


I've got your back, it's a great film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:09:28 AM   
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Am I the only one in this forum who really likes The Departed? Seems that way...


No, I'm just very outspoken.


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


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:27:45 AM   
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And you're not as cool as Beetlejuice.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:32:44 AM   
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May (32)
Total (180)

Target: 300


FOUR
A Sense Of Freedom (John Mackenzie, 1979) UK {May}
Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947) US {May}
Keimusho no Naka/ Doing Time (Yôichi Sai, 2002) Japan {May}
Le Silence de la Mar (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1949) France {May}
Sykt Lykkelig/ Happy, Happy (Anne Sewitsky, 2010) Norway {May}
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010) Canada {May}
De Helaasheid der Dingen/ The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groeningen, 2009) Belgium {May}
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988) US {May} **
Neds (Peter Mullan, 2010) UK {May}
Prag/ Prague (Ole Christian Madsen, 2006) Denmark {May}

THREE
Krótki Film o Zabijaniu/ A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988) Poland {May}
Bænken/ The Bench (Per Fly, 2000) Denmark {May}
Ostre sledované vlaky/Closely Observed Trains (Jirí Menzel, 1966) Czechoslovakia {May}
Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta, 2011) US {May}
Eldorado (Bouli Lanners, 2008) Belgium {May}
The Escapist (Rupert Wyatt, 2008) UK {May}
Hævnen/In a Better World (Susanne Bier, 2010) Denmark {May}
In The Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009) UK {May}
Zusje/Little Sister (Robert Jan Westdijk, 1995) Holland {May}
Liebe kälter als der Tod/ Love is Colder than Death (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969) Germany {May}
Tsuki to Cherry/ Moon and Cherry (Yuki Tanada, 2004) Japan {May}
Nattevagten/ Nightwatch (Ole Bornedal, 1994) Denmark {May}
La Raison du Plus Faible/ The Right Of The Weakest (Lucas Belvaux, 2006) Belgium {May}
Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972) US {May}
Densha Otoko/ Train Man (Shosuke Murakami, 2005) Japan {May}

TWO
Götter der Pest/ Gods of the Plague (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1970) Germany {May}
Yume no Naka E/ Into a Dream (Sion Sono, 2005) Japan {May}
Red White & Blue (Simon Rumley, 2010) US {May}
Zoku Sugata Sanshirô/ Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (Akira Kurosawa, 1945) Japan {May}
Warum Läuft Herr R. Amok?/ Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (Rainer W. Fassbinder, 1970) Germany {May}

ONE
Zerachin Shirubâ Love/ Gelatin Silver, Love (Kazumi Kurigami, 2009) Japan {May}
Valerie a Týden Divu/ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires, 1970) Czechoslovakia {May} 

- Alphabetical Order

Rewatch:
**


Best Film Of The Month (First Watches Only)

Jan: The Show Must Go On
Feb: Toy Story 3
Mar: Memories of Matsuko
Apr: 13 Assassins
May: The Misfortunates

Worst Film Of The Month (First Watches Only)
Jan: The Fearless Vampire Killers
Feb: Barren Illusions
Mar: Essential Killing
Apr: Charisma
May: Gelatin Silver, Love


Short Films (Order Of Viewing)

The Crush (Michael Creagh, 2010)
Ernst & lyset (Anders Thomas Jensen & Tomas Villum Jensen, 1996)
Alma (Rodrigo Blaas, 2009)
Rain Town (Tete, 2010)
The Skeleton Dance (Walt Disney, 1929)
WC Fields The Diner Sketch
Ernst & Lyset (Anders Thomas Jensen, 1996)
The Crush (Michael Creagh, 2010)
Security (Lars Henning, 2006)
Dug's Special Mission (Ronnie del Carmen, 2009)
Partly Cloudy (Peter Sohn, 2009)

Documentaries
Ghibli et le Mystère Miyazaki (Yves Montmayeur, 2005)

By Country
US: 55
Japan: 38
France: 14
UK: 12
South Korea: 7
Belgium: 10
Denmark: 7
Poland: 7
Germany: 4
Norway: 4
Spain: 3
Canada: 2
Czechoslovakia: 3
Italy: 2
Philippines: 2
Russia: 2
Finland
Holland
Iran
Mexico
Sweden
Mexico/USA
Spain/UK


By Decade
10's: 38
00's: 54
90's: 22
80's: 16
70's: 19
60's: 18

50's: 4
40's: 6


Directors League Table
Hideo Gosha - 7
Krzysztof Kieslowski - 6
André Téchiné - 5
Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 5
Hal Ashby - 3
Richard Donner - 3

Rainer Werner Fassbinder - 3
Akira Kurosawa - 3
Tetsuya Nakashima - 3
Yoshihiro Nakamura - 3
Francois Truffaut  - 3

Jan: 40 Feb: 33 Mar: 38 Apr: 36 May: 32

Weird month, no 5's, 2 stinkers, a few disapointments, a couple of suprises and prison movies plus plenty watched for the Northern Europe Poll.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:51:28 AM   
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I like The Departed, thought it was very enjoyable. But Wahlberg's was a poorly written and poorly acted part.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 1:59:25 AM   
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I like The Departed, thought it was very enjoyable. But Wahlberg's was a poorly written and poorly acted part.


You're entitled to your opinion, but I thought he kicked ass in The Departed. His exchanges with Alec Baldwin were great.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 7:34:44 AM   
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Am I the only one in this forum who really likes The Departed? Seems that way...


I also am quite partial to The Departed, MC

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 8:04:41 AM   
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ORIGINAL: TRM

97. Ransom (USA, Ron Howard, 1996)
104. Slap Shot (George Roy Hill, 1977, USA)





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ORIGINAL: rick_7

No. I haven't seen lots of Mark Wahlberg films. But he was good in The Departed and The Basketball Diaries and probably something else. Is he in Shrek? That. And he was great as Arnie in Eraser.


Yeah, I'll give you The Departed and the sadly underrated The Basketball Diaries.



The official list of good Wahlberg performances -

Boogie Nights
The Other Guys
I Heart Huckabees
The Basketball Diaries
(apparently)
Invincible (apparently)

I will not give you The Departed, because all he does in that film is shout. He's like a breathy late-era Pacino in it.


Huckabees is a really good film. I'm not sure it works as an existential drama, but it's very funny. Especially the "Bike!" "Truck!" scene; that's one of the funniest I've ever seen. Boogie Nights: ah yes, that's why I started quite liking Wahlberg. Looks like I should check out The Other Guys then. Story of my life ahahaha.

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Am I the only one in this forum who really likes The Departed? Seems that way...


I've got your back, it's a great film.

It's a fun way to spend nine hours, but I'm not sure it's a "great film". Wahlberg is comfortably the best thing about it, and I say that as a Leonard Caperio apologist.




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 8:07:03 AM   
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102. Synedoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

A good fifteen minutes into this and I thought I was hating it too, but something happened (I think it was around the attempted ambulance call mid-seizure) I was completely sucked in and resolutely won over. I think that there is something about the post-modern ambition that becomes soooo ambitious by the end that it is exhaustive.

You've put this very well. It's an excellent review. Kaufman's sometimes a bit wearying, but that's kinda the virtue of this film. Great performances from Hoffman and Morton too, on a simpler level.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 8:09:28 AM   
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1. X-Men: First Class (1st view, 2010, Matthew Vaughan) - 4/5*
2. Possession (1st view, 1981, Andrzej Zulawski) - 4/5*
3. The Illusionist (1st view, 2010, Sylvain Chomet) - 4/5*
4. (500) Days of Summer (1st view, 2009, Marc Webb) - 4/5*
5. The Wild Blue Yonder (1st view, 2005, Werner Herzog) - 4/5*
6. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (1st view, 2006, Mamoru Hosoda) - 4/5*
7. The Green Lantern (1st view, 2011, Martin Campbell) - 4/5*
8. Burlesque (1st view, 2010, Steven Antin) - 4/5*
9. London Boulevard (1st view, 2010, William Monahan) - 4/5*
10. Despicable Me (1st view, 2010, Pierre Coffin/Chris Renaud) - 4/5*

11. The New York Ripper (1st view, 1981, Lucio Fulci) - 4/5*
12. The Last House On The Left (1st view, 2009, Dennis Iliadis) - 3/5*
13. Paranormal Activity 2 (1st view, 2010, Tod Williams) - 3/5*
14. The Karate Kid (1st view, 2010, Harold Zwart) - 3/5*
15. Secret Things/Choses secrètes (1st view, 2002, Jean-Claude Brisseau) - 3/5*
16. Battle Of Los Angeles (1st view, 2011, Mark Atkins) - 3/5*
17. Ip Man (1st view, 2008, Wilson Yip) - 3/5*
18. The Ballad Of Jack and Rose (1st view, 2005, Rebecca Miller) 3/5*
19. Fanboys (1st view, 2008, Kyle Newman) - 3/5*
20. Then She Found Me (1st view, 2008, Helen Hunt) - 3/5*

21. Role Models (1st view, 2008, David Wain) - 2/5*
22. The Blood Drinkers (1st view, 1966, Gerardo de Leon) - 1/5*
23. The Foot Fist Way (1st view, 2006, Jody Hill) - 1/5*


Shorts

5. Banana (2010, Kyle Balda/Samuel Tourneux)
12. Orientation Day (2010, Kyle Balda/Samuel Tourneux)
18. Home Makeover (2010, Kyle Balda/Samuel Tourneux)

43. X-Men: First Class (1st view, 2010, Matthew Vaughan) - 4/5*
Some great moments and Bacon was fun to watch. Too many characters, a lot get forgotten about even some of the major ones, and the constant "humans hate mutants" got repetitive halfway through the first film, 4 films later it's just annoying. But a good addition to the franchise. Last Stand's still the best!

114. The Ballad Of Jack and Rose (1st view, 2005, Rebecca Miller) 3/5*
Decent enough. Day-Lewis is good but it wears thin after a while.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 9:58:13 AM   
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004) The Road (John Hillcoat, USA, 2009, BD) - 8.0
005) Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms (Chang Cheh, Hong Kong, 1978, DVD) - 8.0
011) Victim (Ringo Lam, Hong Kong, 1999, DVD) - 7.5
017) Zatoichi #1: The Tale of Zatoichi (Misumi Kenji, Japan, 1962, DVD) - 7.0
021) Zatoichi #2: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues  (Mori Kazuo, Japan, 1962, DVD) - 7.0
029) Beast Stalker (Dante Lam, Hong Kong, 2008, DVD) - 6.5
033) Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter, USA, 1976, Broadcast) - 6.0
036) Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, USA, 2009, Broadcast) - 5.5
042) It's a Boy Girl Thing (Nick Hurran, Canada / UK, 2006, Broadcast) - 2.5


Shorts
002) Beat the Devil (Tony Scott, USA, 2002, YouTube)
003) Powder Keg (Alejandro González Iñárritu, USA, 2001, YouTube)


Documentaries
001) Catfish (Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost, USA, 2010, Broadcast)


Commentaries
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong & Brandon Routh)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Edgar Wright, Michael Bacall & Bryan Lee O'Malley)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Edgar Wright & Bill Pope)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin & Mark Webber)
- Throw Down (Ric Meyer & Frank Djeng)


May summary
- Not a bad month for me (these days) in terms of viewing quantity (12). Better than the previous 3 months, anyway.
- My viewed films for 2011 has now passed the 50 mark, though that does include shorts and docos.
- First 2 Zatoichi films down, and both were enjoyable. Bodes well for the next 6...
- I went a bit mental giong through all the Scott Pilgrim extras. 4 commentaries in the space of a couple of weeks for a film I liked but didn't love was very much OD...
- I formed a vague plan to start watching some short films by well known directors / directors I already like. Only managed the two in May, and they were both from BMW's "The Hire" series, so there's a nagging feeling that these are just Fancy Dan adverts. But I've started a "to watch if I can find" list, so we'll see how the plan pans out in the coming months...


Besties & Worsties by month so far:

Jan
Best: Four Lions (Christopher Morris) (8/10)
Worst: Shogun Assassin (Robert Houston / Misumi Kenji) (5/10)


Feb
Best: The Show Must Go On (Han Jae-rim) (7.5/10)
Worst: The Ringer (Barry W. Blaustein) (3/10)


Mar
Best: 5 Deadly Venoms (Chang Cheh) (7/10)
Worst: The Return of the God of Gamblers (Wong Jing) (3/10)


Apr
Best: Inception (Christopher Nolan) (8/10)
Worst: The Happening (M. Night Shyamalan) (2.5/10)


May
BestThe Road (John Hillcoat) (8/10)
Worst: It's a Boy Girl Thing (Nick Hurran) (2.5/10)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/6/2011 10:40:46 AM   
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...and my first viewing for June:

016) Training Day (Antoine Fuqua, USA, 2001, BD) - 7.0

Haven't watched this for nigh on 10 years. I recently picked up the BD el cheapo and gave it a watch last night. It's dropped in my estimation slightly since then (and half a point rating), primarily due to a couple of very unlikely incidents (particularly the Latino gangsters / cousin's purse coincidence), a couple of dodgy performances, (particularly the one from that bogus doctor, Dre), and those plot-device Russians, used to even less effect than them Libyans who dropped Emmett Brown..

But it's still lots of fun, and it's great to see Denzel playing antihero (the key reason I also like American Gangster rather a lot) as opposed to the usual Tony Scott hero. For most of the film, he totally owns the screen - I say most, because the writing in the late scene in "the Jungle" seems a bit shady. Washington's character, Alonzo, descending from joyously OTT nutter to a something of a clichéd bad guy in trouble.

There's also bit of a dip into a cloudy period during the "three wise men" scene, but otherwise the film trots along at a relentless pace and the fucked up path that Alonzo takes Hoyt down retains much of the thrill it had on first viewing.

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