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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 11:05:23 AM   
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155.  We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011)

Much more of a lurid folk tale than a real-world deconstruction of an outrage.  Which was nice.  While it’s not wholly, but fairly dismissive of the grandstand tragedy that lynchpins the film it’s still an approach that might not be entirely responsible, it might put the families of Columbine off their pick and mix for instance.  Being a cynical person, I however completely enjoined with Kevin’s alt-agenda of satirising PC parenting of the middle-classes and more importantly, New Age hippy assumptions of the preternatural bond between mother and child.  Inexplicably, what we have here is a preternatural, almost primordial antipathy between first born and ‘Mummer’.  It’s The Omen from the Book of Darwin and Tilda Swinton is utterly fantastic as the begrudging but willingly stoic new mum.  It’s perhaps a bit of a fallacy to say there’s another performance in the film worth remark.  John C. Reilly does his John C. Reilly thing.  Yes, Ezra Miller as Kevin is striking, but it’s quite evidently schtick (not a criticism of the actor as such, he’s playing a character who in turn is playing a broad schtick of monstrous idiom, which becomes perhaps too self-enjoyed by the end).

The origami narrative (all accounts prescribed by Shriver’s novel) is extremely well done.  This kind of fractious structure might be all the rage in yer modern serious-minded fill-um but it needs expert handling and if it wasn’t there a chronological essaying would park this in Made-for-TV melodrama territory.  Lynne Ramsay has a satisfying, forceful arrest of the imagery but is perhaps a tad too fond of a visual metaphor.  The motif of food, and food stuffs, representing corporeal destruction gets less clever each time it’s repeated.  The film will make you want to go to a Q&A with Ramsay, put your hand up and ask “what does red men in context of the film” and when she takes ten minutes to say “blood” you might want to put your hand up again and ask “what’s a metaphor?” (Well, that’s the type of time-wasting stuff I like to be at).  I won’t explain it here but there’s also something in the full denouement that I feel misinforms the whole depiction of Swinton’s character from the beginning.   Something that I would argue should have been addressed in the film.

Flawed, but highly watchable, much more blackly comic than I was lead to believe, a really high 4 from me.

4/5

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 12:55:07 PM   
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My Little Eye (Marc Evans)

It's a film before it's time, sadly. I can understand why Evans would have wanted to ride the Big Brother/reality TV show zeitgeist by setting a horror film within one, but it smacks of a film trying to use the next big thing in popular culture before anyone actually realises how it works - in short, it never really feels like we're watching a reality TV show, which is of course, the point of the film. Evans should make us feel complicit in the butchery that occurs in the house, as the people choosing to view the show, but we're always removed from it. Some of his stylistic choices don't help - is the dramatic music at the end diegetic or non-digetic? It's never clear - and while there's some effective atmosphere building early on, it falls apart by the slasher finale. Certainly not great, but enough potential that I'd like to see someone else take a crack at it. (2)

Possession (Andrezj Zulawaski)

So, Sam Neill suspects his wife, Isabelle Adjani of having an affair and for a good 40 minutes or so they have a full-on, migraine-inducing screaming match about it, which isn't particularly well acted. Aside from that, there's a tentacled monster living in her house, maybe something to do with her guilt, infidelity or his possessive nature and it's fucking her while killing some people. It's not as scary however, as Neill's acting. Generally an agreeable actor, he's utterly awful here spouting out lines like, "For me, God is a disease!" as if he's just learnt English. It's almost worth it though for the moment where he sits down in a rocking chair, bulges his eyes out as far as he can, and rocks back and forth with the intensity of Charlie Sheen on tiger blood. There's also a drunk guy who gives the worst drunk acting I've ever seen, and it's like a bad acting face-off between the two of them. It's almost worth it, however, for Adjani's freak out in a subway tunnel where she has some kind of fit and starts oozing blood and pus from every pore you can imagine and what looks like slurry from her lady bits - it's like being out with rawlinson's mum on a Saturday night. (2)

The Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman)

Max von Sydow's grumpy artist relocates to a remote island with his wife, where he's harrassed by both the demons of the past and the sinister islanders. Vividly shot with some evocative views of the land and sea, it has a windswept and chilly atmosphere that lingers, even if it is a little mopey and dull. (3.5)

The Invisible Man (James Whale)

If I was to make a top ten list of the greatest voices ever, Claude Rains would figure quite highly. He gives the mad scientist a real chilling edge, despite never being seen on-screen until the last few moments of the film. The effects still hold up well and it's one of the snappiest Universal horror/sci-fi films they made. (4)

Deep Red (Dario Argento)

An intriguing whodunnit, Argento's film suffers from a monumentally dull David Hemmings in the lead. Everything else is great though, with a genuinely intriguing mystery, atmospheric nighttime location work and some spooky and gruesome moments - one use of a puppet is far creepier than anything in the Saw flicks, while there's some eye-wincing dental violence that prefigures American History X by quite a bit. (4)

Suspiria (Dario Argento)

That soundtrack really is quite something, isn't it? It genuinely sounds like the gates of Hell are opening and helps give Suspiria an enveloping sense of dread, that only really dissipates (like a lot of horror films) when answers are forthcoming and the cabal of witches living in the ballet school are revealed. Other than that, it's a creepy delight, spectacularly well shot at times. Shame about the acting, though. (4)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:42:36 PM   
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If I was to make a top ten list of the greatest voices ever, Claude Rains would figure quite highly. He gives the mad scientist a real chilling edge, despite never being seen on-screen until the last few moments of the film. The effects still hold up well and it's one of the snappiest Universal horror/sci-fi films they made. (4)

Make the list. Do this now.

Not a massive fan of The Invisible Man myself. I know it's got a great rep elsewhere and on here, but from what I can remember it took ages to get into the story and it was kind of malicious and difficult to like. Rains is always good, though, and the effects were better than in that one with Chevy Chase.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:45:55 PM   
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Rains, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, James Mason...Pee Wee Herman obviously.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:48:23 PM   
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James Earl Jones surely all but owns said list? Add the likes of Robert Powell (for some reason I have a lovely voiceover in my head and I really can't place it). I love Harvey Fierstein's voice. The Korean 'voice' Lee Sun-Gyun.

Absolutely - make a list!


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:49:15 PM   
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Yes, Jones would be there.

Ah, the perils of making off-hand promises.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:49:31 PM   
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Matthew Parris, Barney Ronay off the Guardian's Football Weekly, Jean Arthur, Wendy Hiller, Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:49:59 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:50:14 PM   
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Donald Sutherland.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:53:11 PM   
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http://www.filmcritic.com/features/2005/05/the-all-time-top-100-voices-in-the-movies/

HOnestly, you can find lists for everything!

My hot picks - Ed Asner, John Houseman of course. And I think this list has Lorre but not his sublime partner Sydney Greenstreet.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 1:54:05 PM   
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William Powell...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:08:06 PM   
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Orson Welles, Vincent Price, Pete Cushing, John Huston to go with those mentioned. I'm also fond of the voice of the dude in my icon, not as 'iconic' but brilliant to listen to none the less. James Mason is god.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:29:28 PM   
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The Invisible Man (James Whale)

If I was to make a top ten list of the greatest voices ever, Claude Rains would figure quite highly. He gives the mad scientist a real chilling edge, despite never being seen on-screen until the last few moments of the film. The effects still hold up well and it's one of the snappiest Universal horror/sci-fi films they made. (4)



Not worthy of a single point though, eh? EXPLAIN!


Oh, and can we have Terence Davies in the voice list?

1. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (1st view, 2011, Steven Spielberg) - 5/5*
2. Fast Five (1st view, 2011, Justin Lin) - 4/5*
3. Insidious (1st view, 2011, James Wan) - 4/5*
4. Underground (1st view, 1995, Emir Kusturica) - 4/5*
5. The Last Picture Show (2nd view, 1971, Peter Bogdanovich) - 4/5
6. Bonnie and Clyde (3rd view, 1967, Arthur Penn) - 4/5*
7. Mad Monster Party (1st view, 1967, Jules Bass) - 3/5*
8. Home Alone (2nd view, 1990, Chris Columbus) - 3/5
9. Shell Shock (1st view, 2009, Danis Tanović) - 3/5*
10. 12 Rounds (1st view, 2009, Renny Harlin) - 3/5*

11. Chalet Girl (1st view, 2011, Phil Traill) - 3/5*
12. Bandidas (1st view, 2006, Joachim Rønning/Espen Sandberg) - 3/5*
13. 17 Again (1st view, 2009, Burr Steers) - 3/5*
14. Two-Lane Blacktop (1st view, 1971, Monte Hellman) - 3/5*
15. Good Luck Chuck (1st view, 2007, Mark Helfrich) - 3/5*
16. Lesbian Vampire Killers (1st view, 2009, Phil Claydon) - 2/5*
17. The Room (1st view, 2003, Tommy Wiseau) - 2/5*


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:38:07 PM   
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You'll notice that I don't say it's at all scary, though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:39:51 PM   
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Rains descent to madness is, for me, utterly chilling - more than enough to give you nightmares 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:41:13 PM   
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Probably scant consolation that you could only vote for one film, though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 2:44:21 PM   
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It was difficult, particularly thinking of it as best horror rather than favourite film - I'm pretty sure Invisible Man was the only one of nominees in the Horror round also in my top 100.

Edit - although the 'original' Thing is also there.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:17:25 PM   
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Finally I have enough time to put up the list for October. Features:
2. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952, Japan)
31. The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994, USA)
32. Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn, 2011, USA)
41. Warrior (Gavin O'Connor, 2011, USA)
56. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011, USA)
58. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
81. Radio Days (Woody Allen, 1987, USA)
89. Tremors (Ron Underwood, 1990, USA)
94. I Saw The Devil (Jee-woon Kim, 2010, South Korea)
99. The Legend of Bagger Vance (Robert Redford, 2000, USA)
108. The Gauntlet (Clint Eastwood, USA, 1977)
124. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, France/West Germany)
135. Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Craig McCall, 2010, UK)
141. Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway, 1948, USA)
146. Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark (Troy Nixey, 2010, USA/Australia/Mexico)
171. Real Steel (Shawn Levy, 2011, USA/India)
176. Session 9 (Brad Anderson, 2001, USA)
190. Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992, Australia)
218. Shaolin Mantis (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978, Hong Kong)
227. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Steven Spielberg, 2011, USA/New Zealand)
234. Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005, USA)
247. Friday The 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980, USA)
250. City Heat (Richard Benjamin, 1984, USA)
270. The Long Memory (Robert Hamer, 1953, UK)
282. The Old Dark House (James Whale, 1932, USA)
298. Free & Easy (Edward Sedgwick, 1930, USA)
306. Waterloo Bridge (James Whale, 1931, USA)
324. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963, UK/USA)
327. Johnny English Reborn (Oliver Parker, 2011, USA/UK/France)
330. I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004, USA/Germany)
332. Hour Of The Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968, Sweden)
340. Shark Night 3D (David R. Ellis, 2011, USA)


shorts:
16. Dimensions Of Dialogue (Jan Svankmajer, 1983, Czechoslovakia, 12mins)
18. Lightness/Darkness/Lightness (Jan Svankmajer, 1990, Czechoslovakia, 6mins)
23. So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (Christopher Bird & Kevin Brownlow, 2004, 38mins, USA)
25. Powers Of Ten (Charles Eames & Ray Eames, 1977, USA, 9mins)



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:32:07 PM   
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234. Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005, USA)

282. The Old Dark House (James Whale, 1932, USA)
324. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963, UK/USA)



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327. Johnny English Reborn (Oliver Parker, 2011, USA/UK/France)

332. Hour Of The Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968, Sweden)



You just lost my HoF vote.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:32:38 PM   
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234. Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005, USA)

324. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963, UK/USA)




I'm guessing transcription error.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:38:16 PM   
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Sadly not Elab. I had assumed you two would both look straight at the HoF votes and Must Love Dogs

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:41:04 PM   
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234. Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005, USA)

324. The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963, UK/USA)




I'm guessing transcription error.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:43:08 PM   
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Its not my fault there were some shocking films nominated for the last HoF.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:47:05 PM   
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I'm getting used to your month end lists now TRM - I start at the bottom and work up to the first jaw drop. It rarely takes long 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:57:02 PM   
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I'm getting used to your month end lists now TRM - I start at the bottom and work up to the first jaw drop. It rarely takes long 


I never used to consider my ratings all that controversial until you started picking them apart


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/11/2011 7:58:21 PM   
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But seriously - Must Love Dogs?!?!?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/11/2011 12:10:33 AM   
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Im not going to defend it as a great film

However, it was quite nice, fluffy, entertaining. And John Cusack is worth watching in just about anything. The films you all highlighted were fairly dull and left me wanting to turn them off at some point.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/11/2011 12:40:50 AM   
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And this is my first review in here since when? April? I was thinking of just adding the 90 odd Korean films I've watched in here with one-liners. I even got a Korean for dummies book. 

I expect to see this soon.

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Sånger från andra våningen/ Songs from the Second Floor (Roy Andersson, 2000) Sweden {Oct}



I was going to protest the Shinoda but nooooooooooooooo

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What can i say? i don't know if it caught me on a bad day but i had no idea what the hell was happening and it took me 3 sittings to get through it. I think i missed something

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 5/11/2011 1:17:08 AM   
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*SPOILERS*
Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)
- Intense, insightful, semi-improvised indie about the death of a relationship, starring perhaps the two best young actors in the world: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. He's a former removal man and ambition vacuum who drinks too much and twists around everything she says. She's a put-upon, busy nurse who thwarts his attempts at physical reconciliation and allows the family dog to get run over. The film doesn't make judgements about these flawed, very real characters: it just throws their story onto the screen and forces you to watch as something utterly beautiful disintegrates, until all that remains is malice, unhappiness and desperation. There are fragments of warmth and love, and even a couple of very Gosling-ish jokes ("That's a funny name"), but the overall effect is like being whacked in the face. One of the best I've seen this year. (4)


Just saw this review

(When Rick gives something a "4"...that's a 5...which I just discovered).

I saw this in February along with Neds.  And those films of February will feature in my top 5 for 2011)

Rick's a Ryan Gosling/Cary Mulligan fan...but I'm more concerned about the next Derek Cianfrance film.  (Drive was a bit wank in fairness)

My top 5 for 2011....

1) The Skin I Live In
2) Neds
2) Tintin
3) Tinker Tailor
4) Blue Valentine
5) Super 8

those are my 5 stars....

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In terms of voices, and voice actors...the only one I can mention who hasn't been mentioned before....

Iain Glenn...Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey


Do.Not.Trifle.With.Me.Lady.Mary.Or.I.Will.Put.You.In.A.Fucking.Storm.Cage......Of.Fretted.Fire....Ya-get- me-Khaleeesi?

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