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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/8/2011 10:39:59 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I was annoyed

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/8/2011 12:55:08 PM   
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Why would you take a baby to the cinema? Why would you not leave the cinema if that baby would not stop crying? Why would you allow that baby to crawl up and down the aisle? Why would you crawl down the aisle after the baby? Why would you pick the baby up only once it has reached the cinema screen, and then stand there for ages shushing it? If a baby is seemingly to much for a mother and two grandparents to control, why would you take a toddler along as well? Why would you let the toddler run up and down the aisle? Why would you let the toddler scream and shout and rant and wail? Why would you wait until halfway through the film before you left the fucking cinema? I need answers!



I can just imagine a (gender-neutral) Gimli getting up as the family leaves and swearing "AND DON'T FUCKING COME BACK YOU TOSSERS!"

It's a pretty good image, gotta say.


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


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 12:43:42 AM   
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You might take the baby to a cinema if you were going to one of those screenings that is specifically for parents with young babies. Was it one of those screenings?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 12:46:19 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Nope. They were the only family with very young children.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 12:57:05 AM   
homersimpson_esq


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In that case, rant away! I never took my children as babies, and trained them early on not to talk in the cinema. Well, to talk quietly if they absolutely must. The one time my daughter was clearly not feeling well, and was starting to become a nuisance to other patrons, I took her out of the screening. My son stayed in til the end quite happily on his own.

On the other hand Gimli, you were at a children's film...


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 1:46:40 AM   
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Because I haven't done it yet - viewing for JULY!

01.    Bin-jip (3-Iron) (2004, Kim Ki-duk, SKR/JPN) – 5/5***
02.    Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese, USA) – 4.5/5*
03.    Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) (2000, Jiang Wen, CHN) – 4.5/5

04.    The Fog of War (2003, Errol Morris, USA) – 4.5/5
05.    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA) – 4.5/5*
06.    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, John Ford, USA) – 4.5/5
07.    Gates of Heaven (1978, Errol Morris, USA) – 4.5/5
08.    Standard Operating Procedure (2008, Errol Morris, USA) – 4.5/5
09.    Bigger Than Life (1956, Nicholas Ray, USA) – 4.5/5
10.    Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin, USA) – 4.5/5

11.    Kari-gurashi no Arrietti (Arrietty) (2010, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, JPN) – 4/5

12.    Hot Coffee (2011, Susan Saladoff, USA) – 4/5
13.    Yip Man (Ip Man) (2008, Wilson Yip, HKG) – 4/5*

14.    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011, Constance Marks, USA) – 4/5
15.    Jϋsan-nin no shikaku (13 Assassins) (2010, Takashi Miike, JPN/UK) – 4/5
16.    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) (1966, Sergio Leone, ITA/SPN/GER) – 4/5*
17.    Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko (Pom Poko) (1994, Isao Takahata, JPN) – 4/5*
18.    Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death) (2009, Lu Chuan, CHN/HKG) – 4/5

19.    Medianeras (2011, Gustavo Taretto, ARG/SPN/GER) – 4/5
20.    Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011, Matthew Bate, AUS) – 4/5

21.    The French Connection (1971, William Friedkin, USA) – 4/5
22.    Terri (2011, Azazel Jacobs, USA) – 4/5
23.    Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987, Louis Malle, FRN/GER/ITA) – 4/5
24.    Di Renjie zhi tongtian diguo (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) (2010, Tsui Hark, CHN/HKG) – 3.5/5
25.    The Future (2011, Miranda July, GER/USA) – 3.5/5
26.    Rocket Science (2007, Jeffrey Blitz, USA) – 3.5/5
27.    Vernon, Florida (1981, Errol Morris, USA/GER) – 3/5
28.    Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats) (2010, Xavier Dolan, CAN) – 3/5
29.    Dang doi lai ming (Hong Kong 1941) (1984, Leong Po-Chih, HKG) – 3/5
30.    Tiny Furniture (2010, Lena Dunham, USA) – 1.5/5

31.    Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre) (1995, Tun Fei Mou, HKG) – 1/5


FILMS BY DECADE
2010s - 11
2000s - 07
1990s - 02
1980s - 03
1970s - 03
1960s - 03
1950s - 01
1940s - 00
1930s - 01
1920s - 00
1910s - 00
1900s - 00

FILMS BY COUNTRY
Australia  -  01
Canada  -  01
China  -  01
Hong Kong  -  03
Japan  -  02
USA  -  13

Mixed  -  10



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 1:52:42 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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On the other hand Gimli, you were at a children's film...




A children's film, not a children's party!

The last time I saw a baby at the cinema was when I went to see Men In Black.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 1:52:51 PM   
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A children's film, not a children's party!

The last time I saw a baby at the cinema was when I went to see Men In Black.


The only time I saw a baby at the cinema was at Tropic Thunder. Does no one pay attention to certificates anymore?!!!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 2:26:02 PM   
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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney)

It is clear in every frame of Clooney's directorial debut that he has studied the art of directing intently and taken lessons from everyone he's worked with. Every scene is studiously composed, colour co-ordinated and the camera moves with purpose and confidence - in some ways, it's comparable to Citizen Kane in that it's the work from someone behind the camera absolutely intent on throwing every trick that they know on screen. The problem, however, and crucial difference to Welles' debut is that it feels strained where it should be smooth and constrictive where it should be loose. The story of Chuck Barris, TV host by day CIA assassin by night is a schizophrenic one, so it's appropriate in some ways that the film is; but Clooney lacks the delicacy of touch to make it fly. It flips tones throughout from sweaty, paranoid thriller to black comedy and is only successful in patches - the best moments probably come from Chuck chaperoning annoying game show contestants around various European locales whilst scouting out his latest targets, and giving half a thought to killing them off as well. Rockwell is great in the lead role, jazzy and fluid - everything the film should be, and while there's clearly talent behind the camera it lacks real focus and clarity and winds up sucking a lot of fun of what should be a crazy and vivid ride. No surprise that Clooney's second and much more successful film should be one where he has a much tighter subject matter to focus upon. (3)

Super 8 (JJ Abrams)

Yeah, it's just one big love letter to Spielberg (with some Joe Dante in there), but it's still more fun and entertaining than anything he's done since his 80s heyday. The weak point is the monster, bouncing between terrifying killer and misunderstand beastie, but the kids are excellent and naturalistic without exception. The tipping point between being embarrassed about playing with childhood toys even though you still want to, and a growing, fiery attraction to the opposite sex is captured perfectly and the gang of young filmmakers become protagonists you genuinely root and care for, my personal favourite being leading Martin who reacts to every dangerous situation with an outbreak of vomiting - a gag that Abrams manages to make sweet and funny instead of obvious and odious. (4)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 8:56:29 PM   
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Super 8 (JJ Abrams)

Yeah, it's just one big love letter to Spielberg (with some Joe Dante in there), but it's still more fun and entertaining than anything he's done since his 80s heyday. The weak point is the monster, bouncing between terrifying killer and misunderstand beastie, but the kids are excellent and naturalistic without exception. The tipping point between being embarrassed about playing with childhood toys even though you still want to, and a growing, fiery attraction to the opposite sex is captured perfectly and the gang of young filmmakers become protagonists you genuinely root and care for, my personal favourite being leading Martin who reacts to every dangerous situation with an outbreak of vomiting - a gag that Abrams manages to make sweet and funny instead of obvious and odious. (4)



I was actually astonished by how much I enjoyed this film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 9:34:43 PM   
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I know, I almost didn't bother going to see it - it looked so derivative that I thought I'd be bored in half an hour and it would be better off as a rental.

And I don't want to give the impression that it's a "well, it was better than I thought it was going to be because I had low expectations" rating - I think it's a genuinely great, entertaining time with a lot of heart that stays the right side of becoming syrupy.

Also, you need to review in this thread more - not just pop in and casually drop mentions of films you've seen and actually enjoyed.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/8/2011 10:06:18 PM   
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03.    Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) (2000, Jiang Wen, CHN) – 4.5/5

04.    The Fog of War (2003, Errol Morris, USA) – 4.5/5

18.    Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death) (2009, Lu Chuan, CHN/HKG) – 4/5


25.    The Future (2011, Miranda July, GER/USA) – 3.5/5



When the hell did you see these films?


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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:23:32 AM   
rawlinson

 

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I know, I almost didn't bother going to see it - it looked so derivative that I thought I'd be bored in half an hour and it would be better off as a rental.

And I don't want to give the impression that it's a "well, it was better than I thought it was going to be because I had low expectations" rating - I think it's a genuinely great, entertaining time with a lot of heart that stays the right side of becoming syrupy.

Also, you need to review in this thread more - not just pop in and casually drop mentions of films you've seen and actually enjoyed.



But reviewing requires words. I have adopted Paul's minimalist approach.

SUPER 8 SPOILERS

But absolutely agreed on Super 8. I was expecting so little from it and it turned out to be one of the most purely fun films of the year. It captures that 80s vibe perfectly without ever seeming just like pointless nostalgia, and following Somewhere, Elle Fanning is really starting to impress me. Her first scene of rehearsing for the film was note perfect I think, not turning in a great performance but one good enough that it would impress the boys. I didn't really think the monster was as much of a weak point as you though. I think the film sold the idea well enough that it was terrifying because it was scared and angry and lashing out rather than because it was evil.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:30:34 AM   
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107. Easy A (1st view, 2010, Will Gluck) - 3/5*
Better than I expected.


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Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:49:37 AM   
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024) Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, USA, 1993, Broadcast) - 7.0

I probably first (and last) saw this about 16 years ago, and it's lost some of its impact in that interval - that's partly due to the advent of things like The Wire and GTA San Andreas, and partly due to me looking at it with older eyes. I see flaws in it now, that I probably didn't (or let fly) back then.
Occasionally it feels like the directors just wanted to make the characters appear hard, rather than supply them with enough depth to make them believable. The female characters get short shrift, with the sole exception of (Jada Pinkett's) Ronnie. Some of the actors are better than others (some are pretty weak), and some points are pressed too hard (how many times do they need to mention and view that fickin video tape?; We know Sharif espouses the Nation Of Islam, but does he have to be hectoring people with it in every scene he's in?).

However, it does retain some of the power it had back then - it's still a rough, foul-mouthed, violent ghetto existence for the characters, with drive-bys and robberies the order of the day. Now break yo'selves, fools.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:51:17 AM   
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107. Easy A (1st view, 2010, Will Gluck) - 3/5*
Better than I expected.



Why were not expecting anything?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:53:46 AM   
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024) Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, USA, 1993, Broadcast) - 7.0



Ah, Menace II Society, one of many films from the early 90s that made British teenagers think they were hardass ghetto gangsters.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 12:55:05 AM   
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I don't like Emma Stone and the trailer made it seem quite smug and annoying, which a lot of the humour turned out to be. Plus Tucci and Clarkson, always good, were teeth-achingly insufferable. But Stone was actually pretty great.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:00:27 AM   
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Oh, I really liked it. I have a big soft spot for those-kind-of-films though. I thought Tucci and Clarkson were really funny (if incredibly unrealistic) as well.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:02:53 AM   
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Oh, I really liked it. I have a big soft spot for those-kind-of-films though.


High school comedies? Have you seen Cooley High? Cooley High is the best.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:30:50 AM   
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024) Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, USA, 1993, Broadcast) - 7.0


Ah, Menace II Society, one of many films from the early 90s that made British teenagers think they were hardass ghetto gangsters.

I was trying to think back what other ghetto gangsta films I saw and liked back then (I may have been slightly older than a teenager, but I never thought I was a  ).
I came up with Boyz N The Hood, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, and Friday. I might have seen Next Friday, but I don't know that I saw too many more.
Unless you count CB4 and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!
Can't recall if I saw Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood either...




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:33:08 AM   
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Can't recall if I saw Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood either...




If you had seen it you'd want to forget it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:35:27 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Gram123
024) Menace II Society (Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes, USA, 1993, Broadcast) - 7.0


Ah, Menace II Society, one of many films from the early 90s that made British teenagers think they were hardass ghetto gangsters.

I was trying to think back what other ghetto gangsta films I saw and liked back then (I may have been slightly older than a teenager, but I never thought I was a  ).
I came up with Boyz N The Hood, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, and Friday. I might have seen Next Friday, but I don't know that I saw too many more.
Unless you count CB4 and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!
Can't recall if I saw Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood either...




There was also Juice and New Jack City.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:37:24 AM   
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Oh, I really liked it. I have a big soft spot for those-kind-of-films though.


High school comedies? Have you seen Cooley High? Cooley High is the best.



No I haven't seen it. I am totally clueless.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 1:38:37 AM   
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Cooley High is the best because it has Clarence Royce from The Wire playing a teenager even though he was nearly 30.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 2:08:49 AM   
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Shoot
(1976; Harvey Hart)

Some spoilers

Cliff Robertson, Ernest Borgnine, Henry Silva and a couple of other manly men play former army buddies who still live in the same town and meet up at the weekends to go hunting. During one trip to the nearby woods, they spy another group of hunters across a river. A strange stare-off is broken by gunfire and soon one of the other group is dead. After a few days spent worrying about the police knocking on their doors, the group soon realise the other hunters have reported it as an accident rather than a murder. Robertson pays a visit to the widow (A bizarre character who spends half her time trying to seduce Robertson and the other half spouting right-wing rants) and becomes paranoid that the other hunters are setting a trap for them and will be lying in wait next weekend. All too happy at the prospect of returning to battle, he soon falls back into the military mindset and leads his friends in recruiting from the local militia and stockpiling weapons to take part in their own little war. The only holdout is Borgnine, he can see his friends are descending into madness, but he has no idea how to stop them. I'm a bit surprised there's not more of a cult around the film than there is, it's a tense little gem. It's an obvious commentary on Vietnam, on wars in general, but it's also an attack on gun ownership and how easy it can be for some to turn guns on others . It fits into so many of the sub-genres that were emerging in American cinema at that period, it's part backwoods horror, part paranoid rant, part Veterans on the rampage film. One of American cinema's great obsessions of the era was examining how people were adjusting to the aftermath of yet another war. The characters here are obviously meant to be Korea vets rather than Vietnam, but the principle remains the same. It's not telling us anything new, but it doesn't really need to be. The strength of the film is in the story, the performances, and in the paranoia that infects the characters.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 2:43:54 AM   
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03.    Guizi lai le (Devils on the Doorstep) (2000, Jiang Wen, CHN) – 4.5/5

04.    The Fog of War (2003, Errol Morris, USA) – 4.5/5

18.    Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death) (2009, Lu Chuan, CHN/HKG) – 4/5


25.    The Future (2011, Miranda July, GER/USA) – 3.5/5



When the hell did you see these films?



Me and your mum saw them before our sex romps. It was a pretty ace month, let me tell you.

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SUPER 8 SPOILERS

But absolutely agreed on Super 8. I was expecting so little from it and it turned out to be one of the most purely fun films of the year. It captures that 80s vibe perfectly without ever seeming just like pointless nostalgia, and following Somewhere, Elle Fanning is really starting to impress me. Her first scene of rehearsing for the film was note perfect I think, not turning in a great performance but one good enough that it would impress the boys. I didn't really think the monster was as much of a weak point as you though. I think the film sold the idea well enough that it was terrifying because it was scared and angry and lashing out rather than because it was evil.



I prefer Courtney's performance to Fanning's and I felt it was way too derivative, but I did enjoy it a lot too. My review (from June because y'all are backward in the UK) -

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72. Super 8 (2011, JJ Abrams, USA) - 3.5/5
With Super 8, JJ Abrams poses an interesting question - in a world where Steven Spielberg is actively making Steven Spielberg movies, do we really need a film that spends its entire running time cribbing from Steven Spielberg movies in the name of 'homage'? The answer, it seems, is yes and no - yes, because Super 8 is an entertaining action-adventure film with a heartwarming message and a sense of awe and mystery that's missing from most mainstream blockbusters today; no, because despite all that, it still brings nothing new or (dare I say it) original to the cinematic landscape. Whether he's lifting set-pieces, music and themes from Spielberg's heyday (not only can you cop a faceful of family relationships under pressure, but the final sequence echoes Close Encounters and ET so loudly that it feels like a bit of a cheat) or offering up 'variations' on his Cloverfield monster design (seriously JJ we get it you like lizard-gorillas with four legs), Abrams doesn't do a lot that suggests he has any concerns outside of paying Spielberg back for his influence, which is a nice sentiment but not exactly a good reason for making a film. While it's unfair to say I didn't have fun - it's certainly a thrillride with some fantastic setpieces and good performances from Joel Courtney and Kyle Chandler - it's hard to be emotionally invested in a story and characters that are designed as derivative of better things. Indeed, it's telling that Michael Giacchino's score, an excellent riff on John Williams, does a lot of the emotional heavy-lifting where the story and the characters won't.

Also, a note - the US Air Force in this film really hates black people - the fates of Woodward, Overmyer and the bus driver seem to suggest some kind of comment on race relations in America in that uneasy ten-fifteen year period following the passing of the Civil Rights Act. But then, why is there not a single black person in Lillian (Woodward being an outsider)?


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Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 5:53:54 AM   
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40. 127 Hours (1st view, 2010, Danny Boyle) - 4/5*
Ouch.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 7:00:02 AM   
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40. 127 Hours (1st view, 2010, Danny Boyle) - 4/5*
Ouch.


Accurate review.


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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 6/8/2011 9:40:47 AM   
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Cheers. I bet this one isn't.


29. Let Me In (1st view, 2010, Matt Reeves) - 4/5*
Better than Let The Right One In.

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