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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 2:26:18 PM   
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01.    Akmareul boatda (I Saw The Devil) (2010, Kim Jee-woon, SKR) - 4.5/5
02.    Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) (2008, Kim Jee-woon, SKR) – 4.5/5*
03.    Final Destination 3 (2006, James Wong, GER/USA/CAN) – 4.5/5*   
04.    The Forgiveness of Blood (2011, Joshua Marston, USA/ALB/DEN/ITA) – 4.5/5
05.    Melancholia (2011, Lars von Trier, DEN/SWE/FRN/GER) – 4.5/5
06.    Submarine (2010, Richard Ayoade, UK/USA) - 4.5/5
07.    Sleeping Beauty (2011, Julia Leigh, AUS) – 4.5/5
08.    Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly) (2010, Jiang Wen, CHN/HKG) – 4/5
09.    Drive (2011, Nicolas Winding Refn, USA) – 4/5
10.    Incendies (2010, Denis Villeneuve, CAN/FRN) – 4/5
 
11.    Medianeras (2011, Gustavo Taretto, ARG/SPN/GER) – 4/5*
12.    Rien à declarer (Nothing to Declare) (2010, Dany Boon, FRN) – 4/5
13.    The Tree of Life (2011, Terrence Malick, USA) – 4/5
14.    Take Shelter (2011, Jeff Nichols, USA) – 4/5
15.    The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, USA) – 4/5***
16.    Antichrist (2009, Lars von Trier, DEN/GER/FRN/SWE/ITA/POL) – 4/5
17.    Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) (2011, Nanni Moretti, ITA/FRN) – 4/5
18.    Trolljegeren (TrollHunter) (2010, André Øvredal, NOR) – 4/5
19.    The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, David Lean, UK/USA) – 4/5
20.    Horrible Bosses (2011, Seth Gordon, USA) – 3.5/5

21.    Ji jie hao (Assembly) (2007, Feng Xiaogang, HKG/CHN) – 3.5/5
22.    Senna (2010, Asif Kapadia, UK) – 3.5/5
23.    Le gamin au vélo (The Kid with a Bike) (2011, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, BEL/FRN/ITA) - 3.5/5
24.    The Guard (2011, John Michael McDonagh, IRE) – 3/5
25.    Hobo with a Shotgun (2011, Jason Eisener, CAN) – 3/5
26.    Flags of Our Fathers (2006, Clint Eastwood, USA) – 3/5
27.    Another Earth (2011, Mike Cahill, USA) – 3/5
28.    He qi dao (Hapkido) (1972, Feng Huang, HKG/SKR) – 3/5
29.    Hyojadong ibalsa (The President’s Barber) (2004, Lim Chan-sang, SKR) – 2.5/5
30.    Viva Riva! (2010, Djo Munga, DRC/FRN/BEL) - 2/5

31.    Above the Law (1988, Andrew Davis, USA/HKG) – 2/5
32.    Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008, Kevin Smith, USA) – 1.5/5


SHORT FILMS
01.    Blue (2011, Stephen Kang, NZ) – 4/5
02.    Ebony Society (2011, Tammy Davis, NZ) – 3/5


FILMS BY DECADE
2010s - 23
2000s - 07
1990s - 01
1980s - 01
1970s - 01
1960s - 00
1950s - 01
1940s - 00
1930s - 00
1920s - 00
1910s - 00
1900s - 00

FILMS BY COUNTRY
Australia  -  01
Canada  -  01
France  -  01
Ireland  -  01
New Zealand  -  02
Norway  -  01
South Korea  -  03
UK  -  01
USA  -  08

Mixed  -  15



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 2:57:37 PM   
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Did not know that about Natalie Wood's alleged rapist. Huh.

Regarding Polanski, I was about to say that Ed Harris didn't stand and applaud, but I think that was for Kazan, actually. He definitely remained seated, glowering. And aside from Polanski himself, I think it's definitely Whoopi ('it wasn't "rape" rape') Goldberg that comes across as the biggest cunt of the whole sorry episode.

Anyway, onto happier things...

The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges)

Sparkling dialogue, big laughs, nimble direction and two superb performances from Henry Fonda as a naive millionaire and Barbara Stanwyck as the con artist who falls for him, make this sheer class from beginning to end. My exploration of Sturges this year has possibly been my filmic highlight. (4.5)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 3:02:59 PM   
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Whoopi Goldberg also convinced Ted Danson to roast her in blackface. Not as a sexual game, at one of those celebrity roasts. That didn't go well either. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 3:04:36 PM   
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I've always disliked her. Now I've got another reason to.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 3:09:02 PM   
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Continuing the distressing rape theme of this thread

Zombie Gang-Bangers.

Spoilers, but it really doesn't matter.

Following ten minutes of really bad dance footage seemingly filmed to fill a little time, a stripper leaves a nightclub and gets raped in the car park by three zombies. When she tells the police, they not only don't believe her, but the detective rapes her. When she tells her best friend, she gets laughed at. When she tells the nightclub bouncer, he throws her out on her arse. Then she gets raped by the zombies again. In the middle of all this there's a mad scientist who runs a video rental store and keeps a giant baby-man in the back. He brings a prostitute home for the baby-man then orders the baby-man to kill her. Then to rape her corpse. The girl who keeps getting attacked by the zombies meets a guy who got beaten up by the zombies and then beaten up by his dad for being beaten up by the zombies. Together they figure out the zombies were created by video rental dude and track him down. At which point a jester appears and asks for a blowjob.

I'm not making this shit up. It's awful. The kind of film that gives dumb as fuck low-budget sleaze a bad name.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 3:09:57 PM   
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I've always disliked her. Now I've got another reason to.


Yeah, she's a prick.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 6:37:17 PM   
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How do you finds these films, Rawls?




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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 6:59:58 PM   
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Enemy at the Gates (Jean-Jacques Anuard)

Handsomely mounted, this dramatisation of a stand-off between a Russian sharpshooter (Jude Law) and the Nazi general sent to kill him (Ed Harris) on the battleground of Stalingrad really would work better as a silent. The visuals are striking at times, with planes strafing Russian convoys trying to arrive at Stalingrad by boat and Russian officers shooting their own soldiers who have the temerity to try and flee the carnage they're being thrown into. However, once the characters open their mouths, it all falls apart. The script gives them nothing to mouth but platitudes about the cruelty of war and with not one attempt to affect a foreign language of any kind, it really does make the cast seem awkward and ill-fitted to the roles - Bob Hoskins as Kruschev and Ron Pearlman as a Russian veteran in particular. Occasionally it feels like greatness is within its grasp, but the other factors really do make it dramatically stillborn. (3)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/9/2011 7:34:36 PM   
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Well I didn't know about the Natalie Wood thing


I didn't know about it either. Depressing on many levels.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 12:26:49 AM   
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August - Features

28. Letter From An Unknown Woman (Max Ophuls, 1948, USA)
39. La Belle Et La Bete (Jean Cocteau, 1946, France)
47. My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946, USA)
53. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982, USA)
73. Payback (Brian Helgeland, 1999, USA, Directors Cut)
77. Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn, 2010, UK/USA)
84. Timecop (Peter Hyams, 1994, Canada/USA/Japan)
88. Super (James Gunn, 2010, USA)
90. Super 8 (J.J. Abrams, 2011, USA)
98. X-Men 2 (Bryan Singer, 2003, USA/Canada)
102. To Be Or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942, USA)
106. Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France/USA)
110. Boudu Saved From Drowning (Jean Renoir, France, 1932)
119. American History X (Tony Kaye, 1998, USA)
126. Frozen River (Courtney Hunt, 2008, USA)
135. Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston, USA, 2011) - X2
160. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011, USA)
194. The Interrupters (Steve James, 2011, USA)
204. Hobo With A Shotgun (Jason Eisener, Canada, 2011)
212. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982, USA)
227. Cowboys & Aliens (Jon Favreau, 2011, USA)
272. Auschwitz (Uwe Boll, 2011, Canada/Germany)

Shorts

10. Northwest Hounded Police (Tex Avery, 1946, USA, 7mins)
13. The Big Snit (Richard Condie, 1986, Canada, 10mins)
17. Dumb Hounded (Tex Avery, 1943, USA, 7mins)
33. Flying Padre (Stanley Kubrick, 1951, USA, 9mins)



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 12:29:04 AM   
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160. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011, USA)



Did you like the ending credits sequence?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 12:39:02 AM   
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160. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011, USA)



Did you like the ending credits sequence?



Im sure I didnt watch the same one as Homer

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 1:01:06 AM   
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160. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011, USA)



I can imagine being momentarily imprisoned would dampen one's opinion of a film.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 1:12:08 AM   
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160. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011, USA)



I can imagine being momentarily imprisoned would dampen one's opinion of a film.



Or help you relate to the Ape's plight?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 3:33:06 AM   
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I feel like I've shattered the illusions of half the forum. I thought the whole Natalie Wood thing was common knowledge.

Gimli, I find these films by chipping away little parts of my soul.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 4:08:23 AM   
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I'm not the biggest fan of the films anyway, so this was always going to have a more difficult time with me, but I can't join in the general love parade that's met the film. Yes, there are some superb action sequences, yes, the ape scenes are magnificent and every time Caesar is on screen he gives the film an almighty kick up the arse. At times it even feels like a five star film, but that script is fairly abysmal. The dialogue in some scenes, especially the one where Franco takes Caesar back to see the lab, feels like the first take of some improv. Franco, who I usually like, never seems that interested in anything around him. Lithgow is over the top, and the humans in general do really badly. A better script and performances from the humans to equal the apes would have made this a gem, as it is, it's merely decent.

Edit - Oh, and that Harry Potter kid, fuck me, who told him he could act? He's as bad here as he was a decade ago in the first Potter film. Surely he could have picked up some acting tips from the likes of Rickman?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:12:04 AM   
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Gimli, I find these films by chipping away little parts of my soul.




Proof at last! Rawls is the Voldemort of the forums


55. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (1st view, 2011, Rupert Wyatt) - 4/5*

I always like to see how ineffectual the human race can be in film when up against anything remotely out of the ordinary. You get the impression that the dweebs in this film couldn't have stopped worldwide domination by three hamsters in an exercise ball. This is probably the best Apes so far, but I don't really like any of the previous films that much, only the original novel and the TV series standing out until now.


1. Jurassic Park (20th + view, 1993, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5
2. Rango (1st view, 2011, Gore Verbinski) - 4/5*
3. Four Lions (1st view, 2010, Chris Morris) - 4/5*
4. Strictly Ballroom (3rd view, 1992, Baz Luhrmann) - 4/5
5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1st view, 2011, Tomas Alfredson) - 4/5
6. Baghead (1st view, 2008, Mark Duplass/Jay Duplass) - 4/5*
7. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (1st view, 2011, Rupert Wyatt) - 4/5*
8. Tapeheads (1st view, 1988, Bill Fishman) - 4/5*
9. Submarine (1st view, 2010, Richard Ayoade) - 4/5*
10. Tracker (1st view, 2010, Ian Sharp) - 4/5*

11. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (1st view, 2006, Uwe Boll) - 4/5*
12. Unknown (1st view, 2011, Jaume Collet-Serra) - 4/5*
13. Frontière(s) (1st view, 2007, Xavier Gens) - 4/5*
14. Seed (1st view, 2007, Uwe Boll) - 4/5*
15. Hour of The Wolf (1st view, 1968, Ingmar Bergman) - 4/5*
16. Fright Night (1st view, 1985, Tom Holland) - 3/5*
17. The Fly (2nd view, 1986, David Cronenberg) - 3/5*
18. Magicians (1st view, 2007, Andrew O'Connor) - 3/5*
19. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (1st view, 2010, Tsui Hark) - 3/5*
20. Priest (1st view, 2011, Scott Stewart) - 3/5*

21. Sixty Six (1st view, 2006, Paul Weiland) - 3/5*
22. He's Just Not That Into You (1st viewm 2009, Ken Kwapis) - 3/5*
23. Fair Game (1st view, 2010, Doug Liman) - 3/5*
24. Middle Men (1st view, 2009, George Gallo) - 3/5*
25. Tamara Drewe (1st view, 2010, Stephen Frears) - 3/5*
26. Primal (1st view, 2010, Josh Reed) - 3/5*
27. My Little Eye (2nd view, 2002, Marc Evans) - 3/5*
28. Red Riding Hood (1st view, 2011, Catherine Hardwicke) - 3/5*
29. No Strings Attached (1st view, 2011, Ivan Reitman) - 3/5*
30. The Fog (2nd view, 1980, John Carpenter) - 3/5

31. Session 9 (1st view, 2001, Brad Anderson) - 2/5


Shorts


1. Pig (1998, Rozz Williams/Nico B.)



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:17:11 AM   
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I thought that was common knowledge.

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You get the impression that the dweebs in this film couldn't have stopped worldwide domination by three hamsters in an exercise ball.




I really wish I'd liked the film more, the last thirty minutes is five star material, it's just every time two humans talk it's torture.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:25:23 AM   
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The last half hour had some of the silliest bits. I laughed, very loudly, at the complete idiocy of the fact that the cops hold a standoff against apes on a bridge, thinking they'd all walk calmly down the road towards them. Idiots deserved to get taken over.

But Caeser was great. I particularly liked that little nod he gave to the other ape to say he could push the chopper off the edge.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:30:15 AM   
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But in terms of pacing and direction it was a brilliant action sequence. There was a certain scene that provoked unintentional laughter, but other than that I thought it was some of the strongest stuff in the film. The weakest was any of the scenes with the annoying Potter brat. Especially one certain line.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:33:07 AM   
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Yep, that bit was bad. I had hoped they wouldn't do it.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 6:45:03 AM   
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I'm amazed anyone involved thought that scene was a good idea.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 8:30:27 AM   
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I would guess that they probably thought they had to have that line in somewhere. And, yes, he's not very good, is he? Having said that, he still fulfilled the part of being an annoying little shit, so he managed a small victory. 

On the whole, though, I really liked it and hope that a) there's a sequel and b) there's a longer director's cut to come on blu-ray.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 8:42:08 AM   
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Anyhoo, talking of uprisings and rebellion...

Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)

Along with a couple of his very first films, Spartacus tended to be the film that Kubrick was most dismissive of and you can see why. Parachuted in by star Kirk Douglas to save a troubled production, it's a Roman epic that bears precious little personality from Kubrick himself. Indeed, at times it's merely bland, with long scenes of conversation (usually between Douglas and love interest Jean Simmons) that could have been filmed by anyone. You can only imagine how itchy and restless Kubrick would have been with these scenes and it's a feeling that can't help but bleed into the film itself. You want to urge the film on to the more epic and grisly scenes of rebellion and carnage - in fact, Kubrick probably felt a lot in common with the film's hero, both striving to be free from under an autocratic dictatorship telling them what to do. It's an irony Kirk Douglas probably wouldn't have appreciated. But at times, the film firmly becomes a Kubrick film and unsurprisingly that's where it really sings. The scenes of gladiatorial training, crushing any spirit out of the men whose only purpose is to die, is a neat precursor to Kubrick's visit to Vietnam two decades later and when Kubrick allows himself to go epic, with some truly stunning vistas or the furious and visceral action (those Romans really do look like they've been set on fire), it works far better than he gave himself credit for. Often compared to Ben Hur, it at least has a better leading man, even if it is one of his lesser works. Instead, the best performances (and the scenes where you suspect Kubrick had the most fun even if they don't have the feel of take 75) come from Olivier as the sneering bad guy intent on putting down the uprising and taking control of Rome in one fell swoop, and Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov as the senator and gladiator trainer scheming against Olivier's plans in the corners of Rome. (3.5)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 8:42:17 AM   
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It feels too much of a wink at the audience though, and I thought it actually stripped the scene of some power. I hope there's a sequel too, maybe it could work out some of the problems I had with this one. The effects truly are magnificent though, and it's not just "Oooh pwetty!!!" effects, they're actually used to deepen the characters. Caesar is just incredible, possibly the most sympathetic character in cinema this year.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/9/2011 8:43:39 AM   
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Anyhoo, talking of uprisings and rebellion...

Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)

Along with a couple of his very first films, Spartacus tended to be the film that Kubrick was most dismissive of and you can see why. Parachuted in by star Kirk Douglas to save a troubled production, it's a Roman epic that bears precious little personality from Kubrick himself. Indeed, at times it's merely bland, with long scenes of conversation (usually between Douglas and love interest Jean Simmons) that could have been filmed by anyone. You can only imagine how itchy and restless Kubrick would have been with these scenes and it's a feeling that can't help but bleed into the film itself. You want to urge the film on to the more epic and grisly scenes of rebellion and carnage - in fact, Kubrick probably felt a lot in common with the film's hero, both striving to be free from under an autocratic dictatorship telling them what to do. It's an irony Kirk Douglas probably wouldn't have appreciated. But at times, the film firmly becomes a Kubrick film and unsurprisingly that's where it really sings. The scenes of gladiatorial training, crushing any spirit out of the men whose only purpose is to die, is a neat precursor to Kubrick's visit to Vietnam two decades later and when Kubrick allows himself to go epic, with some truly stunning vistas or the furious and visceral action (those Romans really do look like they've been set on fire), it works far better than he gave himself credit for. Often compared to Ben Hur, it at least has a better leading man, even if it is one of his lesser works. Instead, the best performances (and the scenes where you suspect Kubrick had the most fun even if they don't have the feel of take 75) come from Olivier as the sneering bad guy intent on putting down the uprising and taking control of Rome in one fell swoop, and Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov as the senator and gladiator trainer scheming against Olivier's plans in the corners of Rome. (3.5)



Ah, a Kirk Douglas film...

Ustinov is brilliant, but I think this is probably Kubrick's worst film.

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Ustinov is brilliant, but I think this is probably Kubrick's worst film.



The Shining is his worst film by a considerable distance. Sooooooooooooo happy that it didn't come up in the HOF!




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Ustinov is brilliant, but I think this is probably Kubrick's worst film.



The Shining is his worst film by a considerable distance. Sooooooooooooo happy that it didn't come up in the HOF!





Nah, I'm not a huge fan of The Shining, but Spartacus is fairly bad.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I'm not the biggest fan of the films anyway, so this was always going to have a more difficult time with me, but I can't join in the general love parade that's met the film. Yes, there are some superb action sequences, yes, the ape scenes are magnificent and every time Caesar is on screen he gives the film an almighty kick up the arse. At times it even feels like a five star film, but that script is fairly abysmal. The dialogue in some scenes, especially the one where Franco takes Caesar back to see the lab, feels like the first take of some improv. Franco, who I usually like, never seems that interested in anything around him. Lithgow is over the top, and the humans in general do really badly. A better script and performances from the humans to equal the apes would have made this a gem, as it is, it's merely decent.

Edit - Oh, and that Harry Potter kid, fuck me, who told him he could act? He's as bad here as he was a decade ago in the first Potter film. Surely he could have picked up some acting tips from the likes of Rickman?



It's not really about the humans, though.

SPOILERS

There was laughter during the 'Get Your Hands Off Me...' line and then stunned silence for Caesar's NO when I saw it. Did you not like that bit? Tied in wonderfully with Cornellius' monologue in Escape... (although I'll admit I didn't know that until I watched Escape..., which was after Rise...)


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Ustinov is brilliant, but I think this is probably Kubrick's worst film.



The Shining is his worst film by a considerable distance. Sooooooooooooo happy that it didn't come up in the HOF!





Nah, I'm not a huge fan of The Shining, but Spartacus is fairly bad.



There are still gaps in my Kubrick viewing, but of the ones I have seen Spartacus is his worst. Some individually brilliant scenes, but they're scattered among long scenes where he clearly has little interest.

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