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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/3/2011 10:42:55 PM   
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The French Connection is below Tangled

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/3/2011 10:43:51 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/3/2011 10:51:07 PM   
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45. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)
It was pretty average







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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 1/3/2011 11:19:39 PM   
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Welcome to the dark side, Rinc


I've never really liked Streep. I find her incredibly dull and the way she could shit on the neighbour's cat and still get a thousand nominations annoys me no end.

But now I am starting to hate her.


Excellent. More Streep haters. I'm in total agreement with you on Terms of Endearment and Out of Africa, horrible films.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 12:58:54 AM   
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Paul is SO BORING


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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 1:03:41 AM   
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*****

The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921, USA, February)
Mother (Joon-Ho Bong, 2009, SKOR, February)
The Illusionist (Sylvian Chomet, 2010, UK/FRA, February)
Yeelen (Souleymane Cisse, 1987, MAL/BFASO/FRA/W.GER, February)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle, 2010, USA/UK, February)
Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010, UK/USA, February)
Red Cliff (John Woo, 2008, CHN, February)
Gosford Park (Robert Altman, 2001, UK/USA/ITA, February)
Bambi (David Hand, 1942, USA, February)
Dogtooth (Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009, GRE, February)

****
Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010, FRA/GER, February)
Richard III (Richard Loncraine, 1995, UK/USA, February)
Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1962, JAP, February)
The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010, FRA/GER/UK, February)
Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, 1948, UK, February)
Jamon Jamon (Bigas Luna, 1992, SPA, February)

***

Tangled (Nathan Greno, Byron Howard, 2010, USA, February)
Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010, USA/UK, February)
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (J Blakeson, 2009, UK, February)
The Red Violin (Francious Girard, 1998, CAN/USA/UK, February)
 
**
Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959, USA, February)
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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 1:10:17 AM   
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2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 10/10
I've fallen in love with Guy Ritchie's movies again. Full of brilliant characters, a twisty plot and extremely cool.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 2:03:56 AM   
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1. True Grit (1st view, 2010, Coen Brothers) - 5/5*
2. We Dive At Dawn (2nd view, 1943, Anthony Asquith) - 4/5
3. The Adjustment Bureau (1st view, 2010, George Nolfi) - 4/5*
4. The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2nd view, 2008, Chris Carter) - 4/5
5. L.A. Confidential (2nd view, 1997, Curtis Hanson) - 4/5
6. Battle: Los Angeles (1st view, 2011, Jonathan Liebesman) - 4/5*
7. The House Of The Devil (1st view, 2009, Ti West) - 4/5*
8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1st view, 2010, Jon Turteltaub) - 4/5*
9. Creepshow (1st view, 1982, George A. Romero) - 4/5*
10. Ghost Rider (2nd view, 2007, Mark Steven Johnson) - 4/5

11. Burning Bright (1st view, 2010, Carlos Brooks) - 4/5*
12. Due Date (1st view, 2010, Todd Phillips) - 3/5*
13. Dunston Checks In Ken (1st view, 1996, Kwapis)
14. 9 (1st view, 2009, Shane Acker) - 3/5*
15. The Kids Are All Right (1st view, 2010, Lisa Cholodenko) - 3/5*
16. Cemetery Junction (1st view, 2010, Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant) - 3/5*
17. The Ruins (1st view, 2008, Carter Smith) - 3/5*
18. Adrift In Manhattan (1st view, 2007, Alfredo De Villa) - 3/5*
19. Catfish (1st view, 2010, Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman) - 3/5*
20. Saw: The Final Chapter (1st view, Kevin Greutert, 2010) - 2/5*

21. Fool's Gold (1s view, 2008, Andy Tennant) - 2/5*
22. Eat Pray Love (1st view, 2010, Ryan Murphy) - 2/5*
23. Dinner for Schmucks (1st view, 2010, Jay Roach) - 2/5*


Shorts

1. Spinnolio (1977, John Weldon)
2. 9 (2005, Shane Acker)


2. True Grit (1st view, 2010, Coen Brothers) - 5/5*
Rarely have I ever anticipated a DVD release of a film as much as I am with this one. I desperately need subtitles to figure out half of what Bridges was saying. That aside, great.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 2:56:29 AM   
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My Top 100 at the end of Feb

  1. Groundhog Day (1993; Harold Ramis)
  2. The Dead (1987; John Huston)
  3. A Thousand Clowns (1965; Fred Coe)
  4. A Page of Madness (1926; Teinosuke Kinugasa)
  5. The Shop Around the Corner (1940; Ernst Lubitsch)
  6. Remember the Night (1940; Mitchell Leisen)
  7. Harvest: 3000 Years (1976; Haile Gerima)
  8. Session 9 (2001; Brad Anderson)
  9. I Was Born, But... (1932; Yasujiro Ozu)
  10. Easy Living (1937; Mitchell Leisen)
  11. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003; Tsai Ming-Liang)
  12. The Heartbreak Kid (1972; Elaine May)
  13. Black Swan (2010; Darren Aronofsky)
  14. My Dog Tulip (2009; Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger)
  15. The Goodbye Girl (1977; Herbert Ross)
  16. The More the Merrier (1943; George Stevens)
  17. Almost Human (1974; Umberto Lenzi)
  18. Dean Spanley (2008; Toa Fraser)
  19. Lemonade Joe (1964; Oldrich Lipsky)
  20. A New Leaf (1971; Elaine May)
  21. The Illusionist (2010; Sylvain Chomet)
  22. Swing You Sinners! (1930; Dave Fleischer)
  23. Bonnie's Kids (1973; Arthur Marks)
  24. Midnight (1939; Mitchell Leisen)
  25. Skeletons (2010; Nick Whitfield)
  26. Homebodies (1974; Larry Yust)
  27. Lost in Yonkers (1993; Martha Coolidge)
  28. Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979; Joan Micklin Silver)
  29. Slap Shot (1977; George Roy Hill)
  30. Into Great Silence (2005; Philip Groning)
  31. Carlos (2010; Oliver Assayas)
  32. Gordon's War (1973; Ossie Davis)
  33. Waterpower (1977; Shaun Costello)
  34. Harry and Tonto (1974; Paul Mazursky)
  35. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974; Ted Kotcheff)
  36. Never Let Me Go (2010; Mark Romanek)
  37. Libeled Lady (1936; Jack Conway)
  38. Gallivant (1997; Andrew Kotting)
  39. The Landlord (1970; Hal Ashby)
  40. I Saw the Devil (2010; Kim Ji-woon)
  41. Animal Kingdom (2010; David Michod)
  42. Blessed Event (1932; Roy Del Ruth)
  43. The Mack (1973; Michael Campus)
  44. While You Were Sleeping (1995; Jon Turtletaub)
  45. Long Day's Dying (1968; Peter Collinson)
  46. Amer (2009; Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)
  47. Bronco Bullfrog (1971; Barney Platts-Mills)
  48. Trash Humpers (2009; Harmony Korine)
  49. I Love You Again (1940; W.S. Van Dyke)
  50. Detroit 9000 (1973; Arthur Marks)
  51. The Man with the Beautiful Eyes (1999; Jonathan Hodgson)
  52. Cooley High (1975; Michael Schultz)
  53. Broadcast News (1987; James L. Brooks)
  54. Vampir (1970; Pere Portabella)
  55. J.D.'s Revenge (1976; Arthur Marks)
  56. London Belongs to Me (1948; Sidney Gilliat)
  57. Twist (2003; Jacob Tierney)
  58. The Bishop's Wife (1947; Henry Koster)
  59. That Summer (1979; Harley Cokeliss)
  60. Hey Good Lookin' (1982; Ralph Bakshi)
  61. A Bigger Splash (1974; Jack Hazan)
  62. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942; William Keighley)
  63. The Hospital (1971; Arthur Hiller)
  64. Providence (1977; Alain Resnais)
  65. The Bad News Bears (1976; Michael Ritchie)
  66. Bliss (1985; Ray Lawrence)
  67. Barefoot in the Park (1967; Gene Saks)
  68. Little Murders (1971; Alan Arkin)
  69. The Baby (1973; Ted Post)
  70. A Rage in Harlem (1991; Bill Duke)
  71. A Day with the Boys (1969; Clu Gulager)
  72. London to Brighton (2006; Paul Andrew Williams)
  73. Dolemite (1975; D'Urville Martin)
  74. Dreamchild (1985; Gavin Millar)
  75. Cat City (1986; Béla Ternovszky)
  76. Night Catches Us (2010; Tanya Hamilton)
  77. Bartleby (1972; Anthony Friedmann)
  78. Another Year (2010; Mike Leigh)
  79. Shinbone Alley (1971; John David Wilson)
  80. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970; Yasuharu Hasebe)
  81. The Free Will (2006; Mathias Glasner)
  82. Umbracle (1970; Pere Portabella)
  83. The Housemaid (2010; Im Sang-soo)
  84. The Seven Year Itch (1955; Billy Wilder)
  85. How Awful About Allan (1970; Curtis Harrington)
  86. The Age of Innocence (1993; Martin Scorsese)
  87. I Spit on Your Corpse (1974; Al Adamson)
  88. A Moon for the Misbegotten (1975; Jose Quintero)
  89. Footprints (1975; Luigi Bazzoni)
  90. The Chaser (2008; Na Hong-jin)
  91. Bucktown (1975; Arthur Marks)
  92. I Spit on Your Grave (2010; Steven R. Monroe)
  93. Breaking Glass (1980; Brian Gibson)
  94. Wisdom Teeth (2010; Don Hertzfeldt)
  95. Gringo (1984; Lech Kowalski)
  96. Ishtar (1987; Elaine May)
  97. 11 Harrowhouse (1974; Aram Avakian)
  98. Arnold (1973; Georg Fenady)
  99. American Scary (2006; John E. Hudgens)
  100. Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009; Buddy Giovinazzo)
And my bottom ten of the year so far

  1. Kalamity (2010; James M. Hausler)
  2. Mirrors 2 (2010; Victor Garcia)
  3. Mazes and Monsters (1982; Steven Hilliard Stern)
  4. Twentynine Palms (2003; Bruno Dumont)
  5. Tales from the Dead (2008; Jason Cuadrado)
  6. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987; Rod Amateau)
  7. The Last Exorcism (2010; Daniel Stamm)
  8. Piranha (2010; Alexandre Aja)
  9. The Runaways (2010; Floria Sigismondi)
  10. S&Man (2006; J.T. Petty)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 3:07:20 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Something not quite right about seeing Waterpower above films such as The Mas Who Came to Dinner


Though it's not as bad as having Groundhog Day at the top!


Is your page one list in any order within the different ratings?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 3:14:17 AM   
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No, my page one list is just stuck down in any order. When I tried to keep an ordered list of over 100 last year it drove me insane. I'm sticking to the basic 100 this year, anything else will just be in random order.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 6:47:34 AM   
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2. True Grit (1st view, 2010, Coen Brothers) - 5/5* 
I desperately need subtitles to figure out half of what Bridges was saying. That aside, great.


THank heavens - I thought it was just me! I did spend some of the film filling in the lines from the original

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 6:50:23 AM   
elab49


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London to Brighton (2006; Paul Andrew Williams)
 

Am I remembering correctly that you hadn't seen this when we did the Britlist so this is a first watch? It's very good, isn't it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 6:55:51 AM   
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It was, yeah. I picked it up for about £2.99 from Amazon back in October and didn't get chance to watch it before I left. Very good film, very different in style to The Cottage. Johnny Harris looks about 20 years younger here than he did in This Is England 86.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 6:59:19 AM   
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Been meaning to review it but fallen behind, has anyone seen Shinbone Alley? Early 70s animation with Eddie Bracken voicing a cockroach poet who's in love with an alley cat.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 8:34:12 AM   
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The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen)
 
The Coens' black and white noir of a 1940s murderous barber, Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton) whose plans for extorting his wife's boss and lover go predictably awry, brings to mind the sleaze and crackle of Blood Simple, the twitchy paranoia of Blood Simple and the wilting heat of O Brother... which sums up the main flaw in the film, which is that it never really gets a true identity of its own. Sure, the cinematography is excellent, coating the film in a sweaty and baking heat that runs contrary to the icy coolness of Ed, and Thornton is excellent; but for those that criticise the Coens as being quirky for quirky's sake and all style no substance will surely hold this film up as Exhibit A. The Coens have always filled their films with quirky characters, but they've also been colourful and vivid; here they're as monotone as the photography. We see the film entirely through Ed's eyes and through his voiceover, but he's a purposely withdrawn and taciturn character - nothing fazes him, worries him and therefore nothing fazes or worries us, either. Everyone else is merely a thinly-drawn character at the periphery of Ed's story. It's wonderful to look at, with a very memorable death scene for one character, but when the main character seemingly cares little for his predicament, it rather begs the question why should we? (3)

Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Terence Fisher)
 
Kicking off with a recap of the awesome final five minutes of Hammer's first Dracula film, this first sequel is one of their best films, as four tourists run a-foul of Dracula's devoted servant, Klove, intent on using their blood to ressurect him. Keeping Dracula off-screen for half the running time is a good idea, as it builds the tension up and makes his inevitable appearance all the more striking. Lee gives a brutal, animalistic performance as the Count and while there's no Peter Cushing here, Andrew Keir's burly Father Sandor is a worthwhile replacement. Needless to say there's lashings of heaving bosoms, blood and one very good staking scene. (4)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 9:14:40 AM   
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Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Terence Fisher)
 
Kicking off with a recap of the awesome final five minutes of Hammer's first Dracula film, this first sequel is one of their best films, as four tourists run a-foul of Dracula's devoted servant, Klove, intent on using their blood to ressurect him. Keeping Dracula off-screen for half the running time is a good idea, as it builds the tension up and makes his inevitable appearance all the more striking. Lee gives a brutal, animalistic performance as the Count and while there's no Peter Cushing here, Andrew Keir's burly Father Sandor is a worthwhile replacement. Needless to say there's lashings of heaving bosoms, blood and one very good staking scene. (4)


Possibly Hammer's finest Dracula film. I always liked their Frankenstein films more though. They didn't turn as idiotic as the Drac' ones.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 9:18:26 AM   
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Been meaning to review it but fallen behind, has anyone seen Shinbone Alley? Early 70s animation with Eddie Bracken voicing a cockroach poet who's in love with an alley cat.


Long time ago, but yes. Lots and lots of singing.

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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 9:23:44 AM   
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It's very good though.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 9:52:29 AM   
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Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Terence Fisher)
 
Kicking off with a recap of the awesome final five minutes of Hammer's first Dracula film, this first sequel is one of their best films, as four tourists run a-foul of Dracula's devoted servant, Klove, intent on using their blood to ressurect him. Keeping Dracula off-screen for half the running time is a good idea, as it builds the tension up and makes his inevitable appearance all the more striking. Lee gives a brutal, animalistic performance as the Count and while there's no Peter Cushing here, Andrew Keir's burly Father Sandor is a worthwhile replacement. Needless to say there's lashings of heaving bosoms, blood and one very good staking scene. (4)


Possibly Hammer's finest Dracula film. I always liked their Frankenstein films more though. They didn't turn as idiotic as the Drac' ones.



Yeah, I'd agree with that. Sending Dracula into the 70s was not a good idea.

Regarding Dracula, though, it's either this one or the first that is the best. Brides of Dracula is probably the best vampire film they ever did, however - even if the title is blatantly misleading!

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:00:49 AM   
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Yeah, I'd agree with that. Sending Dracula into the 70s was not a good idea.


Johnny Alucard. I can't believe they thought that was a good idea.

What are your fave Hammers?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:03:14 AM   
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Greenberg (Noah Baumbach, 2010) - "I'm fair to middling, Leonard Maltin would give me two-and-a-half stars," muses Ben Stiller's Greenberg in this ultra low-key comedy-drama. A bit harsh - I'd say he's worth a three at least. Like its believable, often dislikeable hero, the film is shambling and nearly aimless. Unlike him, it's also charming and funny. Not all of it works - there are subplots and episodes that drag on or appear extraneous - but Stiller (who's good) and Gerwig (who's absolutely superb) make the utmost of the material. The highlight is Stiller's birthday meal, which features a flurry of ridiculous lines, before ending in a profoundly discomforting tantrum. (3)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:33:14 AM   
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  1. The Secret of Kells (2009, Tomm Moore)
  2. True Grit (2010, Joel and Ethan Coen)*
  3. Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
  4. Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Victor Erice)
  5. Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
  6. Never Let Me Go (2010, Mark Romanek)



  7. Breathless (1960, Jean-Luc Godard)
  8. The Big Lebowski (1998, Coen Brothers)
  9. Knife in the Water (1962, Roman Polanski)
  10. Alice in the Cities (1974, Wim Wenders)
  11. Cria Cuervos (1976, Carlos Saura)



  12. The Fighter (2010, David O. Russell)
  13. Black Swan (2010, Darren Aranofsky)
  14. L'Avventura (1960, Michaelangelo Antonioni)






  15. Half of Dorian Gray (2009, Oliver Parker)
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Not as many this month, but some great films.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:39:21 AM   
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Yeah, I'd agree with that. Sending Dracula into the 70s was not a good idea.


Johnny Alucard. I can't believe they thought that was a good idea.

What are your fave Hammers?



If I had to pick a top five (in no particular order) they would be thus -

Quatermass and the Pit
Brides of Dracula
Curse of the Werewolf
Curse of Frankenstein
Plague of the Zombies

and then I'm also a big fan of Straight On Till Morning, Paranoaic, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Mummy, The Devil Rides Out and the first two Draculas. Yourself?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:45:26 AM   
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I kinda like some of the stupid Draculas

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:47:48 AM   
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If I had to pick a top five (in no particular order) they would be thus -

Quatermass and the Pit
Brides of Dracula
Curse of the Werewolf
Curse of Frankenstein
Plague of the Zombies

and then I'm also a big fan of Straight On Till Morning, Paranoaic, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Mummy, The Devil Rides Out and the first two Draculas. Yourself?


Quatermass and the Pit
Devil Rides Out
Plague of the Zombies
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Abominable Snowman

For my top 5 Hammer horror, but if we expand it into non-horror then Cash on Demand is in the top 5. If we can include t.v. productions then In Possession is one of the finest things they ever did.

Beyond that I'm a really big fan of Straight on Till Morning, Frankenstein Created Woman, Camp on Blood Island, Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, The Nanny, Captain Clegg, Paranoiac, Brides of Dracula and Demons of the Mind, among others.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:48:19 AM   
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I kinda like some of the stupid Draculas


Even the silliest Hammer is entertaining, just not very good.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:48:46 AM   
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Don't get me wrong, I think you'd be hard pushed to find a Hammer horror - particularly Dracula or Frankenstein - that isn't entertaining on some kind of post-pub six pints level. But deep down I know they're rubbish.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 10:50:49 AM   
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Matty, completely off-topic, but do you listen to Jarvis' radio show? I grabbed a couple of episodes yesterday where he was interviewing Jeremy Dyson and Guillermo Del Toro. Haven't listened to them yet, but the list of contents sounds fascinating. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2011 - 2/3/2011 12:59:06 PM   
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I haven't, and I regularly kick myself for not having done so, but I just never get the chance to listen to the radio or have the time to catch up with it on iPlayer. A real shame, as I hear he's got a great show going on.

Back OT about Hammer, however, and I completely forgot about The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is great. I also remember seeing The Abominable Snowman when I was about seven and it really creeped me out. Haven't seen it since, mind.

It's interesting that you list Demons of the Mind, though. I've got the box set and know for a fact I've watched them all, but when I was flicking through it last night I couldn't remember a single thing about it. Probably not a good sign.

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