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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 9:40:28 AM   
Professor Moriarty

 

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This was my January

5/5
Charade - A real cracker
True Grit - Awesome

4/5
The American - Best assassin film since Day of the Jackal
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings

3/5
Centurian - Bloody good fun, more please
Charlie Chan (x3) - Black Camel, In London, Secret - Red herrings galore all over the world
Conviction - Amazing story, okay film
Megamind - Dips badly, but made me laugh

2/5
Death Race 2 - Slow off the marks
The Extra Man - Muddled
The Gift / Echelon Conspiracy - Instantly forgettable
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - CGI Joeverload
The Green Hornet - Would like to be cool, funny action movie. Isn't.
Life As We Know It - Had the odd laugh in it, but nothing special
Octopussy - One of Bond's poorer cases, fun opening though
The Tourist - Aims to be Charade. Fails to be Give Us A Clue
Waist Deep - Quite watchable, would have scored a 3 but for the ending
You Again - Inoffensive, but light on laughs

1/5
Dinner for Schmucks - Lousy. Carell's film career continues to dive faster than one of those nasty foreign soccer players
Little Fokkers - Godawful
MacGruber - I've given this a mark for each funny scene in the film

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:02:16 AM   
Miles Messervy 007


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ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:08:13 AM   
rick_7


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007


quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:14:29 AM   
rick_7


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quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty

This was my January

5/5
Charade - A real cracker

This is correct.

quote:

3/5
Charlie Chan (x3) - Black Camel, In London, Secret - Red herrings galore all over the world

I trust the low star rating is because you were disappointed by the lack of Keye Luke in these three outings. If so, I feel your pain.

The Black Camel has a great mystery, a superb turn by Bela Lugosi and Oland's best dramatic acting in the series. Secret is one of the weakest Fox entries, I think, with a poor mystery, an unpleasant atmosphere and a general lack of anything to really enjoy. London's the first one I ever saw, and I like it a lot (hurray, Ray Milland!). Even more now, because of the Gosford Park link.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:23:37 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: rick_7


quote:

ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007


quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.



You're being generous.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:53:53 AM   
Pigeon Army


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quote:

ORIGINAL: rick_7


quote:

ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007


quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.


"I will be in an extreme majority, but I love Casino Royale (1967), the all-star Bond spoof, which also features Sellers and Niven both playing James Bond."

http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2250264&mpage=1& - The Pink Panther review.

Miles loves it. Naturally.



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


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 10:58:43 AM   
MOTH

 

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Sleeper (Woody Allen, 1973)
Empire had this as their movie masterpiece last month, but it's actually a bit patchy - a fitful Sleeper, if you like.
Still, there's some good gags, the jazz soundtrack works a treat and Diane Keaton again cements her place at the top of my kinda-funny-looking-and-a-bit-scrawny-but-actually-quite-sexy-women list. (7/10)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:08:05 AM   
rick_7


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quote:

ORIGINAL: MOTH

Sleeper (Woody Allen, 1973)
Empire had this as their movie masterpiece last month, but it's actually a bit patchy - a fitful Sleeper, if you like.
Still, there's some good gags, the jazz soundtrack works a treat and Diane Keaton again cements her place at the top of my kinda-funny-looking-and-a-bit-scrawny-but-actually-quite-sexy-women list. (7/10)

Who else is in the list? Shelley Duvall?

I don't think that's a particularly great film either, though it has its moments. Take the Money and Run is easily the pick of his "early, funny" films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:09:32 AM   
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January

Features

 
1.     Ginger Snaps (Fawcett, 2000)
2.     Last Resort (Pawlikowski, 2000)
3.     House of Mirth (Davies, 2000)
4.     Yi Yi (Yang, 2000)
5.     Nine Queens (Bielinsky, 2000) 
6.     Take Care of My Cat (Jeong, 2001)
7.     Italian For Beginners (Scherfig, 2000)
8.     A Time For Drunken Horses (Ghobadi, 2000)
9.     Chopper (Dominik, 2000)
10.  Billy Elliot (Daldry, 2000)
11.  Suzhou River (Ye, 2000)
12.  Mask of Dimitrios (Negulesco, 1944)
13.  Sexy Beast (Glazer, 2000)
14.  Faat Kine (Sembene, 2000)
15.  Best in Show (Guest, 2000)
16.  Memento (Nolan, 2000)
17.  Dora-Heita (Ichikawa, 2000)
18.  O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen, 2000)
19.  Wonder Boys (Hanson, 2000)
20.  Happy Accidents (Anderson, 2000)
21.  Flickering Lights (Jensen, 2000)
22.  The Secret of Kells (Moore/Twomey, 2009)
23.  You Can Count on Me (Lonergan, 2000)
24.  While You Were Sleeping (Turteltaub, 1995)
25.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Lee, 2000)
26.  Seance (Kurosawa, 2000)
27.  The Princess and the Warrior (Tykwer, 2000)
28.  Harry, He's Here to Help (Moll, 2000)
29.  Amores Perros (Inarritu, 2000)
30.  Tigerland (Schumacher, 2000)
31.  Come, Sweet Death (Murnberger, 2000)
32.  Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Helander, 2010)
33.  Chicken Run (Park/Lord, 2000)
34.  Animal Kingdom (Michod, 2010)
35.  El Mar (Villaronga, 2000)
36.  At the Height of the Summer (Tran, 2000)
37.  Happy Times (Zhang, 2000)
38.  Scott Pilgrim vs The World (Wright, 2010)
39.  House! (Kemp, 2000)
40.  The Whole Nine Yards (Lynn, 2000) 
41.  Odd Little Man (Steinkanger, 2000)
42.  Chunyhang (Im, 2000)
43.  Resident Evil (Anderson, 2002)
44.  Le gout des Autres (Jaoui, 2000)
45.  Event Horizon (Anderson, 1997)
46.  Time of Favor (Cedar, 2000)
47.  Widow of St Pierre (Leconte, 2000)
48.  Merci Pour le Chocolat (Chabrol, 2000)
49.  Murderous Maids (Denis, 2000
50.  Blackboards (Makhmalbaf, 2000)
51.  Alice in Wonderland (Burton, 2010)
52.  Fantastic Mr Fox (Anderson, 2009)
53.  Piranha (Aja, 2010)
54. Robin Hood (Scott, 2010).

Shorts

The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg (Driessen, 2000)

Performances

1.     Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom)
2.     Gillian Anderson (House of Mirth)
3.     Laura Linney (House of Mirth, You Can Count on Me)
4.     Ricardo Darin (Nine Queens)
5.     Elaine Jin (Yi Yi)
6.     Eric Bana (Chopper)
7.     Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot)
8.     Peter Lorre (Mask of Dimitrios)
9.     Steven Geray (Mask of Dimitrios)
10.  Ben KIngsley (Sexy Beast)
11.  Colin Farrell (Tigerland)
12.  Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
13.  Roger Casamajor (El Mar)
14.  Mark Ruffalo (You Can Count on Me)
15.  Koji Yakusho (Seance/Dora Heita)

Countries

USA               17
UK                   6
France             5
China               3
Australia          2
South Korea    2
Japan              2
Denmark         2
Iran                  2
Germany         1
Argentina         1
Taiwan             1
Norway            1
Vietnam           1
Austria             1
Spain               1
Mexico             1
Senegal           1
Canada            1
Irish                 1
FInland            1
Israel               1



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:09:48 AM   
rick_7


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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ORIGINAL: rick_7


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ORIGINAL: Miles Messervy 007


quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty
Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.


"I will be in an extreme majority, but I love Casino Royale (1967), the all-star Bond spoof, which also features Sellers and Niven both playing James Bond."

http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2250264&mpage=1& - The Pink Panther review.

Miles loves it. Naturally.



Haha.

So he was feigning ignorance in a vain attempt to lure people into joining his sick club? And there I was, thinking I was saving him from a fate worse than Tomorrow Never Dies. I feel soiled. In fact, I am soiled.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:16:05 AM   
Pigeon Army


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Here is my January list. It was not a very good month.

01.    Shaun of the Dead (2004, Edgar Wright, UK/FRN/USA) – 4.5/5**
02.    The Insider (1999, Michael Mann, USA) – 4.5/5
03.    The Lady Vanishes (1938, Alfred Hitchcock, UK) – 4.5/5
04.    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004, Adam McKay, USA) – 4.5/5***
05.    The Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer, USA) - 4/5
06.    Winter's Bone (2010, Debra Granik, USA) – 4/5
07.    Entre les murs (The Class) (2008, Laurent Cantet, FRN) – 4/5
08.    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Henry Selick, USA) – 3.5/5*
09.    Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA) – 3.5/5
10.    Hidden Agenda (1990, Ken Loach, UK) – 3.5/5

11.    The China Syndrome (1979, James Bridges, USA) – 3/5
12.    Conspiracy Theory (1997, Richard Donner, USA) – 3/5
13.    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, Justin Lin, USA)  – 3/5
14.    Quarantine (2008, John Erick Dowdle, USA) – 2.5/5
15.    Capricorn One (1977, Peter Hyams, USA/UK) – 2.5/5
16.    Sin yan (The Stool Pigeon) (2010, Dante Lam, HKG) – 2/5
17.    …And Justice For All. (1979, Norman Jewison, USA) – 2/5
18.    The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese, USA/HKG) – 2/5**
19.    Timecop (1994, Peter Hyams, CAN/USA/JPN) – 2/5

20.    Freejack (1992, Geoff Murphy, USA) – 1.5/5

21.    The Room (2003, Tommy Wiseau, USA) – 1/5**
22.    Epic Movie (2007, Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, USA)  – 0.5/5



FILMS BY DECADE
2010s - 02
2000s - 08
1990s - 07
1980s - 00
1970s - 03
1960s - 01
1950s - 00
1940s - 00
1930s - 01
1920s - 00
1910s - 00
1900s - 00


FILMS BY COUNTRY
France  -  01
Hong Kong  -  01
UK  -  02
USA  -  13

Mixed  -  05



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


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:27:54 AM   
Pigeon Army


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Also, a review.

14. True Grit (1969, Henry Hathaway, USA) - 3/5
Going to the IMDB trivia page for this film afterwards, it's not surprising that at least three of the pieces of trivia relate to someone important disliking a lead performance - Wayne disliked Kim Darby, calling her "the goddamn lousiest actress I ever worked with"; Henry Hathaway hated Glenn Campbell and only cast him to make the theme song a hit; and critics uniformly considered Wayne's performance to be hammy and unworthy of the Oscar bestowed upon it. Sadly, Wayne, Hathaway and the critics aren't half wrong - there's an element of falseness to all three leading players' performances that stops True Grit from ever being anything more than a light trifle. Wayne fares the best, his body language perfect for a man nicknamed Rooster but his delivery hammy and one-note. Darby shines in but one scene (when she badgers a horse tender into buying her father's horses back) and spends the rest of the film trying not to smirk, and Campbell's smarmy charm only serves to highlight how utterly incapable he is of finding any depth in LaBoeuf's character. The supports fare somewhat better, with Hopper and Duvall giving solid performances, but that doesn't change how much of a let-down the film's casting is in general. The majority of actors can't handle the colourful, scintillating dialogue, and Marguerite Roberts' incredible attention to language is undermined by how clunky it sounds coming out of their mouths. Hathaway directs like it's the early 1950s, and while his grandiose direction is visually appealling, it lacks the grit needed to capture the darkness of the story's third act. All in all, it's entertaining, but True Grit feels squandered, wasted on pointless opportunism and bleary-eyed nostalgia.

And yes, this is below Tokyo Drift. You can start using that film to scale how wrong you perceive me to be, because you cannot understand the subtle complexities of that piece of art.


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


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
Stop being mean to Deviation

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:36:27 AM   
scarface666brooksy!!


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Brooksy's Films of 2011 (in no order except for score groups)

Target-200 (at least 150 First Times)

FT= First Time

Current Amount=70

5/5
Do The Right Thing (1989) Lee FT
The Social Network (2010) Fincher FT
Lost In Translation (2003) S. Coppola
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2005) Moore FT
Requiem For A Dream (2000) Aronofsky FT
127 Hours (2011) Boyle FT
Blue Velvet (1986) Lynch FT
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) Gondry
Black Swan (2010) Aronofsky FT
Manhattan (1979) Allen FT
Never Let Me Go (2010) Romanek FT

4.5/5
The Town (2010) Affleck FT
The Kings Speech (2011) Ford FT
Somewhere (2010) S. Coppola FT
Annie Hall (1977) Allen FT
Blue Valentine (2010) Cianfrance FT
The Dreamers (2003) Bertolucci FT
The American (2010) Corbijn FT
The Science Of Sleep (2006) Gondry FT
The Insider (1999) Mann FT
Adventureland (2009) Mottola FT
Oldboy (2003) Park FT
The Killer (1989) Woo FT
The Virgin Suicides (1999) S. Coppola FT

4/5
Chasing Amy (1998) Smith
Scott Pilgrim (2010) Wright FT
Harsh Times (2002) Ayer FT
An Education (2009) Scherfig FT
United 93 (2005) Greengrass FT
Funny Games (remake) (2007) Haneke FT
Up In The Air (2010) Reitman
Rounders (1998) Dahl FT
The Fighter (2011) O'Russell FT
Straw Dogs (1971) Peckinpah FT
King Of New York (1990) Ferrera
The General (1927) Keaton FT
The French Connection (1971) Freidkin FT
Winter's Bone (2010) Granik FT
A Scanner Darkly (2006) Linklater FT
Rushmore (1998) W. Anderson FT
The Fountain (2006) Aronofsky FT
Machete (2010) Rodriguez, Maniquis FT
Volver (2006) Almodover FT

3.5/5
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) Coens
Burn After Reading (2008) Coen's
The Dilemma (2011) Howard FT
In The Loop (2009) Iannucci FT
The Man Who Stare At Goats (2009) Heslov FT
The Road (2009) Hillcoat FT
Crazy Heart (2009) Cooper FT
Pretty In Pink (1986) Deutch FT
Wild At Heart (1990) Lynch FT
Waking Life (2001) Linklater FT
Before Sunrise (1995) Linklater FT
Pi (1998) Aronofsky FT
The Conversation (1974) FF Coppola FT
A Serious Man (2009) Coens FT
Leaves of Grass (2009) Blake Nelson FT

3/5
Secret Window (2004) Koepp
Narc (2002) Carnahan FT
Iron Man 2 (2010) Favreau FT
Be Kind Rewind (2008) Gondry FT
In The Line Of Fire (1993) Petersen FT
Twelve Monkeys (1995) Gilliam FT
Water (2005) Mehta FT
The Kite Runner (2007) Forster
Tron (1982) Lisberger FT

2.5/5
Way Of The Gun (2001) McQuarrie FT
Brazil (1985) Gilliam FT

2/5
Grown Ups (2009) Dugan FT

1.5/5


1/5


Directors Tally (multiples only)
4-Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan, Pi, The Fountain)
3-Linklater (Waking Life, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly)
3-Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine, The Science Of Sleep)
3-Coens (O Brother, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man)
3-S. Coppola (Lost In Translation, Somewhere, The Virgin Suicides)
2- Allen (Manhattan, Annie Hall)
2-Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys)
2-Lynch (Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 11:36:29 AM   
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Yes; can't really quibble with any of that, except the three-star rating, which is a bit generous. Unless it's solely for the bit where he tells the baddie to fill his hands - that bit's good.

True Grit only seems to be considered a classic by people who haven't seen it. Or haven't seen it for 40 years. I like Campbell a great deal as a singer, but he's one of the worst actors of all time. Wayne gave a few great performances (Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and The Shootist), but he's at his laziest and most one-note here.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:02:47 PM   
Pigeon Army


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ORIGINAL: rick_7

Yes; can't really quibble with any of that, except the three-star rating, which is a bit generous. Unless it's solely for the bit where he tells the baddie to fill his hands - that bit's good.


Now, you ain't nuthin' but a one-eyed fat man.





I'm going to be honest, I thought the dialogue was amazing - it's not subtle, but the English language isn't, it's twenty different languages all mashed up and pillaged for their best parts with no idea of how to properly combine them, and it sounds exactly like how people back then would've wielded such a blunt and ungracious instrument. It's also fun, which goes a long way to it - Wayne's hammy, but the film is too (until the end of the third act), and it's easy to get in on scenes like the "Fill your hands" scene or the shootout outside the dugout. For a film about losing innocence in the Western frontier, though, it's mighty tame.

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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

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:07:37 PM   
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4/5
The American - Best assassin film since Day of the Jackal


This is one heck of a recommendation!

I like True Grit. I also like the book. I also like the remake. THat's three 'likes in one line from me. PA may implode.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:08:13 PM   
Professor Moriarty

 

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Casino Royale - One of Bond's best outings


OMG. Orson Welles, David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers in one film! I must watch that!

Without wanting to dampen your enthusiasm, that's one of the worst 20-odd films I've ever seen. One good Woody joke, one good Sellers joke, the rest of it is just woeful. Looks great on paper, though, I agree.


I guess I should have put 2006 in parentheses. I'd give the 60s film a 2/5 mainly because I enjoy the bit when Bond (Niven) is up in Scotland in a castle being chased by nymphomaniac alcoholic Scottish girls... surely that is every man's dream

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:12:04 PM   
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3/5
Charlie Chan (x3) - Black Camel, In London, Secret - Red herrings galore all over the world

I trust the low star rating is because you were disappointed by the lack of Keye Luke in these three outings. If so, I feel your pain.

The Black Camel has a great mystery, a superb turn by Bela Lugosi and Oland's best dramatic acting in the series. Secret is one of the weakest Fox entries, I think, with a poor mystery, an unpleasant atmosphere and a general lack of anything to really enjoy. London's the first one I ever saw, and I like it a lot (hurray, Ray Milland!). Even more now, because of the Gosford Park link.

I kind of gave them an average rating. But yes, I'm waiting for the appearance of Number One son. Shame there are a number of lost films in the early part of the series.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:19:52 PM   
Professor Moriarty

 

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4/5
The American - Best assassin film since Day of the Jackal


This is one heck of a recommendation!

I like True Grit. I also like the book. I also like the remake. THat's three 'likes in one line from me. PA may implode.

I gave it 3/5 on first viewing. Then I watched it again and put it up a notch. I like the slow build. The artistry / professionalism of being an assassin. Maybe there are a load of other good assassin films now. Not really a great fan of Leon and don't talk to me about The Assassination of Jesse James, which has a name nearly as drawn out as the film, Woo's The Killer is pretty good. Ghost Dog I like a lot. So

The American - One of the best assassin film since Day of the Jackal

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:23:06 PM   
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I watched it! Yay! And I didn't like it! Boo!

Seriously, though, another endless chase sequence (although I did appreciate it clocking in at a cool 27 minutes). Buster runs somewhere, Buster jumps under/over something, Buster uses various Looney Tunes 'he went that-a-way' distractions to elude his moustachioed pursuers, Buster runs about some more.

Now, I thought the direction was very smooth and quite adventurous (as the YouTube uploader rightly highlights, the zoom-in close-up to Buster on the front of the train is very impressive indeed). And don't think for a minute that I don't appreciate Keaton's acrobatic skills (the dinner party exit was jaw-droppingly well-executed, you were right), because they are really quite something. However, I admire acrobats at the circus, but I don't laugh at them. Keaton's technical prowess alone really cannot hold my attention to 'comic' material which is really so incredibly banal. Ouch, I know. I kinda felt that last one as well

Me too, right in my wrongness detector.

I think you underrate Keaton as an actor (after all, the two questions he asked potential employees included "Are you a good actor?"). His incredible acrobatic abilities aren't solely about physical feats. The way he moves, the way he runs, jumps and falls over, is instinctively hilarious. At least to me. He isn't an acrobat, he's a clown. The 'Great Stone Face' nickname also seems to have tricked people into thinking that Buster was entirely expressionless. You imply as much with the William Powell comparison. That's not the case. His varying levels of stoicism, resignation and world-weariness as his best laid plans go ridiculously awry aren't imposed by the viewer, or just transmitted by the action, they're written all over his deadpan face. He has an economy of expression that's up there with the best silent actors and is even more impressive because of the parameters he's working within. It's also entirely hilarious. Some of the biggest laughs in his work come not from the thrill comedy, but close-ups of his fizzog.

One could also write reams about the satirical wallop many of his films pack. I won't, as it would be really boring and detract from the simple joy of his work, but there's a fully-realised world-view there - both sentimental and bracingly cynical.

And describing his material as "banal" is just odd.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:24:15 PM   
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3/5
Charlie Chan (x3) - Black Camel, In London, Secret - Red herrings galore all over the world

I trust the low star rating is because you were disappointed by the lack of Keye Luke in these three outings. If so, I feel your pain.

The Black Camel has a great mystery, a superb turn by Bela Lugosi and Oland's best dramatic acting in the series. Secret is one of the weakest Fox entries, I think, with a poor mystery, an unpleasant atmosphere and a general lack of anything to really enjoy. London's the first one I ever saw, and I like it a lot (hurray, Ray Milland!). Even more now, because of the Gosford Park link.

I kind of gave them an average rating. But yes, I'm waiting for the appearance of Number One son. Shame there are a number of lost films in the early part of the series.

His introduction into the series is joyous.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:24:59 PM   
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Sleeper (Woody Allen, 1973)
Empire had this as their movie masterpiece last month, but it's actually a bit patchy - a fitful Sleeper, if you like.
Still, there's some good gags, the jazz soundtrack works a treat and Diane Keaton again cements her place at the top of my kinda-funny-looking-and-a-bit-scrawny-but-actually-quite-sexy-women list. (7/10)

Who else is in the list? Shelley Duvall?

I don't think that's a particularly great film either, though it has its moments. Take the Money and Run is easily the pick of his "early, funny" films.


Shelley misses out on the 'sexy' criteria, sadly. Tis a short list admittedly - the ginger one from Girls Aloud, a girl I used to work with and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty make up the also rans

Take the Money & Run is great, but Play it Again, Sam also makes me laugh a lot.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:25:30 PM   
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True Grit remake >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Original

Prof', I agree completely about The American. Wonderful film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:26:09 PM   
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Not really a great fan of Leon



I am, but it's more about the character than the hit I think

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and don't talk to me about The Assassination of Jesse James, which has a name nearly as drawn out as the film,



Ditto. But people were rude when I said how disappointed I was with Dominik's 2nd film

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Woo's The Killer is pretty good.



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Ghost Dog I like a lot.


This is the most recent one I might have gone for.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:26:59 PM   
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I like True Grit. I also like the book. I also like the remake. THat's three 'likes in one line from me. PA may implode.


You're lying to throw me off. It won't work.


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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

No.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:28:45 PM   
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I think you underrate Keaton as an actor ...Buster was entirely expressionless... His varying levels of stoicism, resignation and world-weariness..


Why does this make me think of Derek Zoolander and his many poses

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:32:14 PM   
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I have a question regarding the Red Riding Trilogy as I'll be watching them at some point this year - do they count as films for the purposes of this list? I seem to remember other people doing so, but I could be mistaken.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:36:51 PM   
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I'd say it's a personal call. They started off as a mini-series, but did get individual cinema runs. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:38:06 PM   
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They did? Right, I'll be counting them as films, then.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/2/2011 12:38:21 PM   
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I reviewed it in the TV thread. In this country is was a TV series.

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