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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 9:17:03 PM   
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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 men
Little Fokkers - Godawful
MacGruber - I've given this a mark for each funny scene in the film


FEBRUARY

5/5
Fort Apache

4/5
The King's Speech - Fantastic movie, but would have worked equally well on TV

3/5
Burlesque - Cheesy and 1D. I loved it till it ran out of steam in the last 30 mins
Easy A - Surprisingly funny and smart
Faster - The Rock takes off his tutu and starts kicking ass
Valentines Day - Better than I expected
Whip It - Alright, I'm still thrilled to see Juliette Lewis back in films

2/5
Burke and Hare - Ironically for its theme this is one of the safest films you'll ever see
Due Date - An extra mark for the obvious, but still funny, coffee scene
Game of Death (2010) -
Stone - De Niro and Norton deserve better than this and The Score

1/5

MARCH

5/5

4/5
The Lineup - Classy noir thriller

3/5
Casino Jack - I enjoyed the impressions, but didn't really see what the big deal was about
Cruel Gun Story - Great film, better name
The Mechanic - Good fun
The Next Three Days - Alright, but nothing special
Rocknrolla

2/5
Amelia - How did they manage to make that so boring?
Gulliver's Travels
How Do You Know - Why do I care
Morning Glory
Season of the Witch

1/5


APRILl

3/5
Batman Begins

2/5
The Dark Knight
The Dilemma
Sniper 2


MAY

2/5
Chalet Girl
I Am Number Four
No Strings Attached


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 9:52:44 PM   
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I loved The American, think it's going to get a lot more appreciation over time. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 10:00:35 PM   
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3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)
Overlong and mostly forgettable. Still one or two funny lines, though, and Mila Kunis is a lovely girl (5/10)


I liked it more than you butMila Kunis is the best thing about the film. Lovely!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 10:05:31 PM   
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Looking forward to Black Swan are we? 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 10:20:37 PM   
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I'm going to a press screening of it on Wednesday. Can't wait.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 10:43:38 PM   
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Mask of Dimitrios (Negulesco, 1944)
 
Negulesco's 1944 adaptation of the Eric Ambler novel is a thoroughly enjoyable tale. Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet team up for the umpteenth time tracking the career of master criminal/spy Dimitrios after his body is discovered on a beach in Turkey. After writer Lorre is filled in on the background by a Turkish chief of police he visits the former girlfriend, the former employer, deals with the former accomplice to piece together the story. In a way the tale is quite slight – it's not really helped by the casting of Zachary Scott who isn't really charismatic enough to persuade – but what they've managed to transfer to the screen is the depth of some of the minor characters beautifully drawn by Ambler – Colonel Haki moving through a party of woman but wanting to discuss his own aspirations to write (a character not a million miles from the chief who turns up in Journey Into Fear of the same name) and the only challenge to Lorre for the performance title, Steven Geray, as weak little Bulic tempted into corruption and suffering the shock of realising his folly.
 
But watch this for the central double act . Greenstreet is not quite as suave as usual but there is a wonderful scene near the end as anger overrules everything else. Lorre is just wonderful though – determined not to take the danger seriously for the most part, slapping down the odd gun and letting his genuine courtesy carry him through the most dangerous corners. It's a lovely turn.
 
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Helander, 2010)
 
Following on from the odd 2003/2005 releases Helander expands his idea of SPOILERS
 
wild santa's little helpers
 
to feature length and for the most part it's a fun watch. Helped by a nice performance from the central kid – Onni Tommila as Pietari – it has an almost cliched father/son relationship to resolve, some Finnish anti-Russian comments, and a very very large burial mound. It doesn't quite work because you get the feeling that he hasn't really gotten to grips with the narrative, moving from the threat to the commerical side, and it falters a little bit towards the end but there are some really nice ideas and visuals, a genuine feeling for suspense and I just thought it was absolutely wonderful to see this kid with the opposite idea of Santa, done up in ice hockey gear, securing his bottom with anti-spank equipment and carrying a gun, settling down to wait for Father Christmas to arrive.
 
Animal Kingdom (Michod, 2010)
 
Australian crime thriller that's made it into the awards season in the US with Jackie Weaver as family matriarch Janine Cody getting some deserved notice.
 
J Cody's mother has kept him away from her family but with her untimely death his gran takes him home to his uncles – armed robber 'Pope' (Ben Mendelsohn), drug dealer Craig and Darren – and family friend Barry. In a world where the police seem to have turned themselves into a self-appointed hit squad, Barry is going all Stringer Bell on Pope, trying to tempt him to the stock market. After a fairly shocking event, the family come into more direct conflict with the police and J becomes a focus of cop Guy Pearce's attention, seen as a way to get to Pope.
 
The overall story here feels a little weak – you're not given much context to believe in this criminal family and why they're so important to the police. And for a man on the run Pope seems to wonder about quite happily for most of the film. There also seems to be an odd edit as if a scene is gone between J coming home then finding an item outside. But individual scenes and set-pieces, and the character work done is exceptional. Janine's over-friendly gran comes over a bit Lady MacBeth when her boys are in trouble and Ben Mendelsohn should frankly be seeing some nominations to – with an offhand query about whether he's taking his medication, even with his over-polite repeat inquiries there's a real sense of unpredicatable menace every time he's on screen and you can't take your eyes off him. J is a slightly odd character who seems a bit backward at times, barely reacting to his mother's death with the TV of more interest. He's used by pretty much everyone before realising he should just be looking out for himself, quite shockingly so. I'll certainly be looking out Michod's other film, Hesher.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 3/1/2011 11:59:50 PM   
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Easy A (Will Gluck, 2010, USA)- 4/5

Well this really reminded me of Saved!, it shares the some similar themes of religious hypocrisy committed by evangelicals, homophobia and features our lead character being ostracized by a group of evangelicals and later her closest friends (involving trying to help her gay friend with a deed of sexual nature). It's much better though, thanks to well performed likable characters, a witty and sharp script with some clever wordplay and a decent satire. Some characters like the Religious folk that torment Olivia or her parents can feel too one-note and way too archetypal for their own good, but that is my biggest problem on what is otherwise a really good film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:54:04 AM   
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Only three days into the year and already I'm behind on reviews, a strong couple of days though.

Breaking Glass (1980; Brian Gibson)

Hazel O'Connor starts a band in post-punk England, helped by cocky but caring manager Phil Daniels, but she soon compromises her integrity when the big time comes calling. Everyone involved in The Runaways should have watched this as a lesson in how to make a rock movie. One of the great, near-forgotten British movies of the early 80s, would make a great double-bill with Babylon. Phil Daniels strolls away with the film. A Page of Madness (1926; Teinosuke Kinugasa)
Breaking Glass is terrible! See this reinforces my believe that you are wrong about the Runaways
Hallucinatory Japanese silent. A man takes a job as a janitor at an insane asylum to be close to his imprisoned wife. The sudden leaps between realism and the rapid, bizarre visuals are meant to disorientate the viewer and conjure up the atmosphere of the asylum and show the world as seen by the mentally ill. It's a masterclass in the use of montage and the effects are still startling nearly 90 years after it was made. Basically a masterpiece.

I Was Born, But... (1932; Yasujiro Ozu)

Another silent Japanese classic. Two young brothers find their respect for their father tested when they see how the upstanding man is willing to play the clown for the amusement of his boss. It's a charming film that captures the worldview of children perfectly, in the way they deal with the bullies and in their game-playing. It's also a strong statement on class structure and the way that the hierarchies of the playground can carry on into the workplace. Ozu does well to avoid falling into the kind of cheap sentiment that would be easy for this kind of film. There are life lessons, but they're never hammered home. Rather wonderful.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:08:35 AM   
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2. Scream - 8/10
4. Scream 2 - 6/10
7. Scream 3 - 3/10

The first is still as enjoyable as I remember from years ago. It just does a great job of mixing the humour into the actually quite tense action. The others however are a bit of a mess. The characters change between the films, and the director seems to have forgot at times that they were originally slasher films (the second being particularly guilty of going too far towards action).


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:30:56 AM   
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2. Scream (Wes Craven 1996)

I actually enjoyed Scream more on this viewing than I have done previously, probably for a number of reasons. When I saw it in my teens, I hadn't really seen enough horror films to get the "rules" element, and the amusing reflexiveness of the film. When I saw it a few years later, the spectre of Scary Movie still loomed horrendously large in the background. With that thankfully just a bad memory, Scream stands up, a horror movie with some fun nods to previous horrors, whilst still remembering its actually a horror/thriller in its own right. After the grimness of A Serbian Film, kinda needed this.

3. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton 1925)

Not Buster at his absolute best, and it (mostly) lacks his usual psyhical fireworks, but nonethless a really funny farce. The set up is this - Buster has been left $7m (in 1925!) in a will, and as a broke businessman, he needs it. The catch is he has to marry by 7pm on his 27th birthday, which coincidently is the day he recieves the news. After alienating his actual girl with the news of the money, he goes on a desperate woo-a-athon to attract any girl he can. This works particualry brilliantly in the world of silent comedy, where all we need is for Buster to approach a girl, and her to reject him to get a laugh, its brilliantly played. It also features what I'm assuming to be the very first "run for love" in cinema history - where Buster must traverse a canyon, a forrest, a bunch of rocks and cliffs to get him to the church on time. You just don't get that in modern hollywood.

4. Scream 2 (Wes Craven 1997)

The main problem with Scream 2, is that it knows how cine-literate its target audience is, and what they'll be expecting after the first film. As such it sets off a great many strands of possible killers without actually following through on any of them to the point where it becomes a believable reveal - as such you could reveal any one of about 4 characters at the end of the film, and it would be no different. That aside, its an enjoyable enough follow-up, still as knowing as before. It occasionally strays too close to being a touch too self-reflexive, but it mostly gets away with it, due to it playing far more as a whodunnit than a straight up slasher movie sequel.

6. Scream 3 (Wes Craven 2000)

In which the house of cards comes falling well and truly down. I like to imagine that somewhere Jean-Luc Godard saw Scream 3, and thought "this is a bit reflexive, even for me" (Except in french). The faintly absurd movie about the movie looking glass element, never really comes off, and the fact that we have to spend the whole movie with the ever-changing David and Courtney Cox Arquette is frustrating, when Neve Campbell - the human heart of the saga - seems to have been bought back mostly to just sit around looking frowny. Equally frustrating is that despite the films declaration that in the final piece of the trilogy "all bets are off" there is SPOILERS still a refusal to kill off any of the lead three characters, for no real reason, unless Craven thought Scream 4 was right around the corner. Lets hope that enough time has passed that Scream 4, or Scre4m if we must, is more like the original than this.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:49:13 AM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 2:12:56 AM   
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Whadya do - kick 'im out before you put in the Keaton?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 3:00:08 AM   
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3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

Not as OMG BRILLIANT as I had remembered it, but the score and cinematography are beautiful and Sam Rockwell was better than I remembered. And everything after the shooting is just one of the most effecting parts of a film I've ever seen.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 10:37:34 AM   
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3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
And everything after the shooting is just one of the most effecting parts of a film I've ever seen.


This. It just cements Affleck's performance as one of the best of the decade.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 11:02:47 AM   
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3. The Love Bug (10th+ view, 1968, Robert Stevenson) - 4/5
My childhood would have been a lot less fun were it not for the films of Robert Stevenson. Blackbeard's Ghost, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son Of Flubber, In Search of the Castaways, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, That Darn Cat! and 2 Herbie films, The Love Bug being the first in the series. All the Herbie films are great (well, perhaps not Fully Loaded) and this was a great start to the series. David Tomlinson is brilliant as the villain of the piece.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 11:48:07 AM   
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3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

Not as OMG BRILLIANT as I had remembered it


NOOOO still high praise I guess...

But I've seen it three or four times now and its just perfectly made in every department, absolutely wonderful film.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:08:18 PM   
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03. Winter's Bone (2010, Debra Granik, USA) - 4/5
Winter's Bone is a wolf in sheep's clothing, as it were, a gritty, feral pulp thriller dressed up in the Academy-baiting drab of A Big American Social Issue - in this case, the poverty afflicting many (wh-wh-whiiiiite) families in the hills dotting America. The Big American Social Issue is just a hook, though, and Granik wisely doesn't spend time proselytising about how terrible Ree's situation is and how Americans have to Do Something About This - rather, she creates sympathy and tension through the finely-tuned evocation of a community. Her windswept cinematography makes every location seem more detached from each other than it is, and the dialogue and performances carry an air of authenticity, particularly those of John Hawkes as rough-as-guts uncle Teardrop and Dale Dickey as the equally rough mountain matriarch Merab. The performance that's drawn all the attention, Jennifer Lawrence as the steely Ree Dolly, is also quite good, but it proves symbolic of the entire film's quality - it is solid, but there's nothing exceptional about it. Her dead eyes, shiftless body language and taciturn voice make her an enigma in anything other than her conviction to protect her family, and we're given less of a picture of her as a person than we are of her as a member of a collective. It's reductive, and not enough when you're focussed on the smaller picture to that extent; while comprehensively presenting an insular community, the film forgets to give depth to the person we identify with and stick with within that community. Beside all that, though, there's nothing about Winter's Bone that's exceptional - it's a well-crafted and well-played film with a canny sense of locale, but outside of that, it's a grimy and simple thriller that entertains but never truly transcends.

04. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, Henry Selick, USA) - 3.5/5*
This used to be one of my favourite films, and it's probably as much a testament to the passage of time as any that it doesn't resonate with me as much any more. Selick and Burton, with their similar creative sensibilities, bounce off each other well, and the result is a film that feels like a result of substantial collaboration - every moment feels like it's been gone through by a group and had asked of it, "does it truly deserve to be there?" As a result, perhaps, the film rushes itself. Most prominently, the relationship between Jack and Sally is more egregious because of the lack of such a relationship throughout much of the film - the duo share two-three scenes before their final big sing and declaration of affinity for each other, and more time could have been used for this. The film also carries the slightness of Coraline and Corpse Bride, though not to their extent, thankfully. There's still a degree of urgency, but the film doesn't dwell on the primary threat - that of Oogie Boogie - enough to make him, well, a threat. That, plus the "PUMPKIN JACK OH MY GOD" spewing from every character's mouth throughout, means the big climax doesn't have the tooth-and-nail fear to go with its stunning visuals. However, those visuals are stunning, and Nightmare's rickety, geometric animation is far more appealing than the glossy, soulless animation of Selick's and Burton's stop-motion follow-ups; on top of that, Elfman's music is simply impeccable (What's This? and Oogie Boogie's theme stick out) and the film isn't afraid to go big, giving it far more scope than the aforementioned films and thus helping making it much more of an experience, sweeping the audience up in it rather than just feebly suggesting to the audience that they might want to come along.

05. Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA) - 3.5/5
Kubrick puts his trademark cold, unwavering lens to the erotic thriller, dispatching with the genre's steamy pretenses of titillation and delivering a confrontational, visually impressive exploration on the inner workings of human sexuality and interpersonal relationships (ifyouknowwhatImean). There's a stark honesty to Kubrick's work that shines through his opulent, ethereal presentation; one gets what Kubrick's trying to say about the strengths and weaknesses of humanity, about gender roles and about sexuality in society, despite his constant use of tonal shifts and tracking shots in order to evoke that dreamlike state. Indeed, one could even look at the film's (many) flaws as contributions to that creation of a distinct mood - Cruise's flat performance, his every move inflicted with that smug glint he can get in his eyes; Pollack's dreary essaying of a rich man with no scruples (if he represents the worst of Cruise's character, then the worst of Cruise's character is that he's a boring sexual sociopath); the bombastic, intrusive, irritating score. However, while that state is successfully realised, those things are problems, and they actively distract from what Kubrick is trying to say and do with the film. For a final hurrah, it certainly has its moments where it strays wildly off-key.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:09:33 PM   
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Mrs_7 was busy with essays over the weekend, so I watched a load of stuff she had no interest in seeing (aside from Starsky & Hutch, which we watched together)... and so didn't really hum with quality.
 
1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is. Is it clearer in the novel? (2.5)
 
2. Starsky & Hutch (Todd Phillips, 2004) - Good fun, with a few big laughs. I'll watch Owen Wilson in anything (except Meet the Little Fockers). Snoop Dogg has quite a high-pitched voice. (2.5)

3. Con Air (Simon West, 1997) - Vivid characterisations make this OTT actioner a touch better than average, but the last half hour is pretty boring, and capped off with a hideously ill-judged coda. Cusack and Malkovich are really good, but then they always are. (2.5)
 
4. The Queen (Stephen Frears, 2006) - There are good things in it - particularly Mirren - but it's overly repetitive and, like so many of the supporting performances, contrives to just miss the target. Peter Morgan can only write one type of film, can't he? And this is no Frost/Nixon. We could probably all live long and happy lives without the stag metaphor. (2.5)
 
5. Bridget Jones's Diary (Sharon Maguire, 2001) - A zeitgeisty novel becomes undemanding, conventional romantic fare mining the comedy of embarassment. The three leads are all decent, but the script isn't. The Auschwitz joke made me wince. Death camp uniforms, lol. (2)
 
6. Turner & Hooch (Roger Spottiswoode, 1989) - I saw bits and pieces of this when I was little (I'm 6' 3" now), but thought it deserved a proper go because someone on here (DC Maximo, I think) was raving about it, albeit with the caveat that it had a nostalgic pull. It was alright: Hanks was pretty good, I'm really not sure about the ending. (2)
 
7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg, 2008) - Oh dear. Annoying dialogue, action scenes largely shorn of their trademark wonder, a laughably awful plot and a terrible baddie. Even John Hurt's rubbish in it. It makes Temple of Doom look nearly good. Half a mark for the ghost village and old times' sake. (1.5)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:12:38 PM   
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3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

Not as OMG BRILLIANT as I had remembered it


NOOOO still high praise I guess...

But I've seen it three or four times now and its just perfectly made in every department, absolutely wonderful film.

I was really underwhelmed by it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:13:13 PM   
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1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:14:12 PM   
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1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is.



Don't do bad shit because you might just cause some sort of domino effect of bad shit.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:15:31 PM   
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Buck Privates (Arthur Lubin)
 
An interesting oddity, this Abbot and Costello film. They play a couple of shady salesman who end up enlisting in the army alongside the Andrews Sisters (providing musical numbers throughout) and two other soldiers - one of whom used to be the other's butler - who end up fighting over the same woman. It's pretty amusing stuff, featuring their famous craps routine, but is more noteworthy as a piece of pure propaganda with one of the songs extolling the values of the constitution and army life. (3.5)

It's interesting you mention propaganda - excerpts of this were shown to Japanese troops as morale-boosting documentary footage, supposedly revealing the incompetence of American soldiers.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:18:15 PM   
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1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is.



Don't do bad shit because you might just cause some sort of domino effect of bad shit.


I think World War Two would have happened anyway.


Cynic.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 12:50:37 PM   
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1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is. Is it clearer in the novel? (2.5)


It's really as wishy-washy as that in the book as well - child cries wolf, lives ruined. The book is marginally better - I find the film very lacklustre.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:12:48 PM   
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1. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007) - Knightley is surprisingly good, as is the kid, and the Dunkirk sequence is a knockout (Wright is clearly a fine director), but I'm not sure what the point is. Is it clearer in the novel? (2.5)


It's really as wishy-washy as that in the book as well - child cries wolf, lives ruined. The book is marginally better - I find the film very lacklustre.


The film is almost certainly better than that glorified toilet paper they call a novel.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:47:54 PM   
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3. Goldeneye (Campbell, 1995) 3.5/5
Not one to take itself too seriously, Goldeneye retains the silly charm of some of the better Bonds, while adding some very stylish action and some decent, knowing quips. It's the only Brosnan that I really enjoy and despite dodgy accents all round it still remains fairly entertaining viewing.


4. Three Men and a Baby (Nemoy, 1987) 3/5
Has aged something rotten and the drug dealing sub plot is pointless to say the least, but there is still something charming about this film, thanks almost entirely to Tom Selleck's performance.


5. The Heartbreak Kid (May, 1972) 2.5/5
Was expecting so much more from this film after it received much praise as part of Father Ted night. There were few really funny moments, the satire though well observed was a little dull and once the action moved from Florida to Minnesota (the exit of Lila was greatly felt) it slowed down to a boring, flat crawl to the finish.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 1:53:26 PM   
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Buck Privates (Arthur Lubin)
 
An interesting oddity, this Abbot and Costello film. They play a couple of shady salesman who end up enlisting in the army alongside the Andrews Sisters (providing musical numbers throughout) and two other soldiers - one of whom used to be the other's butler - who end up fighting over the same woman. It's pretty amusing stuff, featuring their famous craps routine, but is more noteworthy as a piece of pure propaganda with one of the songs extolling the values of the constitution and army life. (3.5)

It's interesting you mention propaganda - excerpts of this were shown to Japanese troops as morale-boosting documentary footage, supposedly revealing the incompetence of American soldiers.


Really? Ha, brilliant.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 2:34:04 PM   
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One Night In The Tropics (A. Edward Sutherland)
 
Abbot and Costello's big-screen debut sees them in supporting roles as two goofy henchmen to a casino owner who get involved with a couple of friends - one about to be married, another a cynical insurance salesman - who get romantically entangled with two girls. Unsurprisingly, the best scenes involve the duo, as we also get a wonderful outing for the 'Who's on first?' routine, and as such the film drags without them. The concept of the film is fine and Sutherland is clearly aiming for a snappy, bedroom farce, but the other actors are stiffs, there are far too many dreary musical numbers dragging the pace down and there's just not enough energy in the direction. But when Abbot and Costello are on screen it's a vast improvement. (3)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 3:20:10 PM   
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1. Beauty & the Beast (Trousdale and Wise, 1991)
I've eulogised about this elsewhere, so suffice to say it's Disney's best film, and it'll take a strong contender to knock this from the number 1 spot at the end of the year. (10/10)

Every time you post on here you go up in my estimation.


Cheers Swords! I'm thinking to key to Disney excellence is the words 'and the' in the title....


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3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)
Overlong and mostly forgettable. Still one or two funny lines, though, and Mila Kunis is a lovely girl (5/10)

I liked it more than you butMila Kunis is the best thing about the film. Lovely!

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Looking forward to Black Swan are we?


Mmmmmm. Let's hope they haven't missed an opportunity to include a redneck sheriff too.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 4/1/2011 3:36:09 PM   
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1. Beauty & the Beast (Trousdale and Wise, 1991)
I've eulogised about this elsewhere, so suffice to say it's Disney's best film, and it'll take a strong contender to knock this from the number 1 spot at the end of the year. (10/10)

Second tier, for me, behind Bambi, Dumbo, Pinocchio, The Lion King and Snow White. It's still really good though.

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