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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 12:26:14 PM   
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Beauty and the Beast is awesome! But no love for The Black Cauldron or Oliver and Company?

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 12:26:55 PM   
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94-Pink Floyd: The Wall



Whether or not you like this film tends to be almost wholly reliant on how you feel about the album the film is based on. If you hate it, I doubt youíll enjoy the film much. I, however, love it, and find the film a brilliant translation of the album to cinema without losing the core themes of the album.

A common complaint I hear about it is that itís essentially a lot of music videos stitched together and released as a film, and while I can see where this opinion comes from, I disagree. The film has several recurring images, motifs and even flashes back to earlier set-pieces when appropriate, which lends the film the sense of a far more complete whole. And whatís remarkable is that the transitions between songs are near as dammit seamless, with special mention to the segue into Goodbye Blue Sky. The only time it does jar is just after Empty Spaces, where the film throws in a random segment involving kids trying to rob a jewellery shop and grannies nicking the stuff when the kids get caught. Other than that, itís great.

The actual images put to the music are often surreal but always memorable. Itís clear there was a lot of thought (or drugs) put into pretty much all the sequences, with special mention to the animation, which is easily the best thing about the film-even people who hate the music tend to enjoy the animation. Overall, if youíre not a fan of Pink Floyd, this wonít change your mind, but for fans itís a genuinely great experience.

BEST SCENE: Goodbye Blue Sky, since itís based on the Blitz, features memorable image after memorable image-an eagle becomes an archway out of which hundreds of planes fly, a skeleton in an army uniform gets up and stands to attention amongst former comrades, and other such trippy, but arresting imagery.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 12:27:43 PM   
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Beauty and the Beast is awesome! But no love for The Black Cauldron or Oliver and Company?


I don't care for either, I'm afraid. I'll concede that Oliver and Company has an incredibly catchy soundtrack, though!

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 12:29:12 PM   
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Beauty and the Beast is amazing - great choice!


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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 2:18:43 PM   
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It was all going so well, then 90s Disney and Alan Parker turn up and spoil things. 

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 2:32:40 PM   
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Can you imagine if Alan Parker directed a Disney film in the 90s?

THE HORROR.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 2:34:13 PM   
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With Meryl Streep on vocal duties. I think my head might just explode.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 6:39:16 PM   
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93-District 9



2009 was a damn good year for sci-fi, with several great films of the genre released in that year (and Avatar), of which District 9 is one of the best. The premise-that aliens have turned up and nobody really knows what to do with them-is both clever and one of those ďwhy didnít I think of that?Ē plotlines. The film also scores a home run by viewing the aliens from an outsiderís perspective-we learn nothing of the alienís society, religion, politics, anything like that, which adds to the realism (In real life, people donít start explaining their cultureís history at the drop of a hat). While the symbolism regarding the aliens can get somewhat heavy-handed at times (Yes, itís a bit like apartheid, we get it now), it never reverts to, say, banging on about an environmental message for the entire running time while the film hoovers up the equivalent of the Amazon rainforest just to render one frame of NO STAY ON TOPIC.

What makes District 9 truly great, though, is the central performance of Sharlto Copley as Wikus. His transition from callous, apathetic businessman to ass-kicking anti-authoritarian badass is believably, almost painfully documented. This is the reason that the final bursts of action are so effective-we emotionally connect to all the protagonists involved and genuinely want them to win, as opposed to wanting them to win because the film tells us we do. Itís the emotional connection between Wikus and the ďprawnsĒ that resonates after the film ends, and the final image is just perfect, a textbook example of how to end a film.

BEST SCENE: A small moment just after Wikus spews black liquid all over his cake-he grabs a cloth or something and starts cleaning up the mess. Itís the desperation to keep to his sense of standard normality here that makes it the standout
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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 6:40:05 PM   
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It was all going so well, then 90s Disney and Alan Parker turn up and spoil things.†


No love for anything related to them? Bugsy Malone? Mississippi Burning? The Lion King? Mulan?



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 6:49:30 PM   
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District 9 is amazing - another great choice.

I hope it does well in the rebooted science fiction list - it was one of the best of the past decade.


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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 7:16:42 PM   
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92-From Russia With Love



(Minor spoilers)
Is Sean Connery the best Bond? Nope. But he is in the second-finest Bond film ever made, a film made before Goldfinger turned the Bond series into a wacky pisstake of itself. This is Bond in a Cold War thriller, which an atmosphere that at times feels like itís been taken from the pages of a John Le Carre novel, except with a notable Bondishness still present. The gadgets make their first appearance in the form of the awesome attachť case, the action scenes are ramped up a notch from Dr No, with standouts including the gypsy camp shootout and the Bond/Grant fight on the train, and the first in a series of nigh-on unkillable henchmen who fights Bond until he uses his head (and a gadget) to get out of it. Red Grant is quite easily the best of these, being equal parts smart and tough.

Sean Connery is at his best here, and itís easy to get the sense that heís still taking it seriously, instead of the self-parody that came later. But the star of the show is Kerim Bey, played by Pedro Armendariz, who steals every scene heís in and gets all the best lines. He may well be the best sidekick Bondís had, equal parts friend and business associate. His ultimate fate is one of the most poignant deaths in the Bond films.

This is the Bond film Casino Royale wanted to be, realistic but at the same time with just enough suspension of disbelief that some of the sillier moments (including a rip-off of North By Northwestís cropduster sequence) donít detract from the film.

BEST SCENE: The gypsy camp, with the steady increase of tension paying off in a well staged gunfight that, with no daft CGI or oodles of stuff blowing up, still holds the attention more than 99% of modern action sequences.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 8:46:14 PM   
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DISTRICT 9 - one of the finest, most original sci-fis to come along in a loooong time. I only regret not seeing it on the big screen. The blu-ray is great though.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 9:35:35 PM   
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Well you certainly like your monsters rebel!

Here's my thoughts:

District 9 - Admittedly I didn't 'get' the film first time I saw it. I was very wrong.
Beauty and the Beast - Good point about Belle, she still remains one of Disney's strongest female characters. Lovely film.
The Mist - Ending was amazing.
The Fly - very gross but yes Goldblum was fantastic.
It's a Wonderful Life - Good but not something I watch a lot.
Evil Dead II - It's ok.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 10:04:32 PM   
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The Mist - Really like this one. Bleak but ballsy.

District 9 - I DID NOT ENGAGE IN PORNOGRAPHIC ACTIVITIES WITH A FOOKIN' PRAWN, MAN!

Evil Dead II - There's someone on here who really likes this movie, but I can't remember who. It's not like he ever talks about it that much.

The Fly - One of my fave Cronenberg flicks, and that's coming from someone who isn't a big cheerleader for the guy. Maybe it's because this has some heart and emotion to it.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 3/10/2011 10:49:20 PM   
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It was all going so well, then 90s Disney and Alan Parker turn up and spoil things. 


No love for anything related to them? Bugsy Malone? Mississippi Burning? The Lion King? Mulan?




I think The Wall is the most time I have for any of the Parker films actually. 90s Disney, nope. Although I like a few of the 80s features.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 4/10/2011 8:49:21 AM   
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District 9 - fantastic, one of my favourites from the last ten years.

From Russia With Love - one of the five best Bond films.


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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 4/10/2011 10:24:45 AM   
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Well you certainly like your monsters rebel!



Good point, I didn't realise how many of these films have monsters in them! The next couple don't, so I can balance things out a bit more.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 4/10/2011 10:50:58 AM   
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D9 and From Russia With Love are both excellent.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 4/10/2011 8:17:53 PM   
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91-City of God



City of God is a film that marries MTV flash and hard-hitting gang violence and doesnít make it seem exploitive or slight. A film with a sprawling cast of characters that has the balls to see what makes almost every single one of them tick without losing any momentum. And itís also a film that stars a myriad collection of child actors and you donít want to strangle any of them. A film that can do any of these deserves to be on a top 100 list, let alone one that does all three.

Itís also a film of two halves, in a sense, splitting between the kids growing up in the favela and getting involved in ruthless violence, and the same kids grown into teenagers/ twentysomethings getting themselves further ingrained in the violence and corruption. The latter is the stronger half, but the former has Líil Ze, the most ruthless and psychopathically fucked-up character-which also makes him the most interesting. He emerges as a crime lord with dozens of kids at his disposal, and the film refuses to make him the generic ďbad gangsterĒ. Sure, he does abhorrent things, but a) so does almost everyone else in the film and b) we know why heís doing them. Some of his crimes are driven by paranoia, some by a drive to eliminate any weakness he may have, but the only nonsensical one is the hotel as a kid-and we learn thatís because deep down heís a psycho.

Thatís not to say heís the only good bit in the film-all the other characters are interesting and deep, the story moves at a decent pace and isnít afraid of wandering off into asides to provide further context into what the favelas do to people, and the ending both provides closure and informs the audience that thereís a circle of violence here that cannot be fixed. While a lot of critical reception called this something like ďthe Brazilian GoodfellasĒ, presumably on a very hot, slow day, this is its own beast, unlike pretty much any gangster film that came before, and betters 99% of them.

BEST SCENE: Líil Ze massacres everyone in the hotel in a gun-enthused rampage. Itís a shocking bit of cinema that gives a dangerous edge to everything he does from that point onwards.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 8:46:32 AM   
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Great film - and good choice of best scene.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 1:48:04 PM   
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90-Assault on Precinct 13




SPOILERY SPOILERS ABOUND!
John Carpenter makes the first of many appearances on this list with an inspired remake of Rio Bravo, which effortlessly surpasses the film itís based on and becomes one of the tensest siege films ever made. It works well because it takes its time setting up the siege and letting the viewer get to know all the characters and their relation to each other before a sudden explosion of shocking violence allows the final third of the film to become an all-out gun battle. People youíd got to like die without warning or fanfare and thereís a genuine sense that nobody inside the besieged building is safe. The film even has the balls to kill the kid, for godís sake!

And while the action is finely choreographed and evokes a real sense that people are actually shooting at each other (rather than firing pop guns until someone falls down), itís the chemistry between the characters that makes this such a good film, by continually subverting our expectations. We suspect that the guy who caused the siege in the first place will eventually confess and go out in a blaze of glory, but instead he sits catatonic for the whole film, in what may be a nod to Barbara in Night of the Living Dead. The growing trust between the cops and the criminals they fight alongside is also believable and ultimately very moving to an extent I thought unlikely in a film advertised as being very ďmachoĒ in a Sly Stallone kind of way.

And although I expect a public lynching or something, the remakeís pretty damn good too.

BEST SCENE: The murder of the little girl. I ask you, WHO saw that coming? One of the most shockingly out of nowhere deaths in cinema history.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 1:49:02 PM   
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From Russia With Love - one of the five best Bond films.



I'd honestly find it hard to pick beyond my top 3, I love loads of them because of their nostalgic value.

We should totally have a Bond HoF .


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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 2:04:42 PM   
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Assault on Precinct 13, my film of last month, superb. 

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 6:15:14 PM   
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89-The Last of the Mohicans



Iím honestly struggling with where to start when talking about The Last of the Mohicans. Itís the closest the 90s got to a classic epic period film, taking in war, romance, culture clash, great acting and a lot of running. It has the feel of the delightfully old-school about it, almost as if the film would have fit right in with the epics of the 50s (with less sex and violence, obviously). I mean that as a high compliment, as it has a massive scale and scope, and yet it never loses track of the human element at the centre of the film.

While this may be a controversial statement, I believe Daniel-Day Lewis has never bettered his performance here, a mix of method acting and genuine subtlety sadly rare from the modern master of the milkshake. And yet while he does tower over the film in a way only he can, the filmís ensemble gamely steps up to the challenge of keeping up with him, with special mention to Wes Studi as one of the most hissable villains of the 90s and Russell Means, playing an old, wise Native American without ever descending into clichť.

Special mention must be made to the soundtrack, one of the greatest committed to film. This remains one of few films where I went and bought the soundtrack right after the film. The main theme is grand and sweeping, and the Promentory piece is both epic and heartbreaking. Speaking of...

BEST SCENE: The ending, scored to a fine, fine piece of music, as multiple characters meet, fight, and several significant characters meet heartbreaking deaths. Itís one of the finest finales in cinema.

Anyway, The Last of the Mohicans is a cinematic epic, and a damn fun movie to boot.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 5/10/2011 7:20:11 PM   
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OH YES.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 6/10/2011 5:30:30 PM   
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88-Session 9



Session 9 is a horror film with balls. At the turn of the century, when audiences sought either wobbly-cam Blair Witch rip-offs or J-horror remakes, Session 9 went back to basics, a tense horror/thriller in which setting is king and raising suspense for the first half is considered a good idea. Indeed, the first half deals with building two things-tension and character. The insane asylum the characters are clearing builds tension by itself, being one of the creepiest locales in film history. Thereís something inherently unnerving about mental asylums, and this milks to for all its worth. And the characters are all different and interesting, from Peter Mullanís Gordon, who seems to be slowly coming apart after the arrival of his baby, to the dynamic between Phil and Hank, which sounds like two guys forced to work together despite a strained relationship would sound-passive aggressive and backstabbing.

The actual horror comes as a result of some tapes found in a basement, about a girl with three other personalities, which are built up throughout the film. The tension and fear that a simple tape can cause is startling, and the reveal of the third personality provides the film with an insanely creepy monologue, especially as it runs over the reveal of whatís been going on (an effective reveal which I kinda saw coming, but was effective anyway). The subtle creepiness this and the rest of the film conjure up is scarier than any amount of OTT slasher film nonsense could be, and is one of the best cinematic examples of the maxim ďNothing is scarier.Ē

BEST SCENE: ďHey, fuck YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!Ē

Not really, the best scene is the moments before the infamous line, as we see Gordonís sanity start to slip; itís clear he suspects everybody of wrongdoing and has given in to the paranoia. Peter Mullanís performance here is brilliant.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 7/10/2011 1:22:11 AM   
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Good choice with Mohicans, Mann's best by a long way.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 7/10/2011 9:11:28 AM   
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Sessionn 9 is creepy as hell, will hopefully do well in the Horror HoF.

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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 7/10/2011 10:10:13 AM   
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87-The Prince of Egypt



While in the 90s Disney were making great animated films (Shut up Rawlinson), one of the finest animations of that period had nothing to do with them. Indeed, itís a project thatís Disney in scope, but not in spirit, being its own beast. The Prince of Egypt adapts the story of Moses without Disneyfying it up, being unafraid to show the death of children, the protagonist committing accidental murder, and water turning to blood-that this is still rated U is incredibly surprising. And this all works to the filmís advantage-without these darker elements, itíd be a much lesser film.

It also works due to some of the best writing in any animated film, this being a film where characters are fleshed out and their motivations for doing things that Bible lore says happened is believable. The portrayal of Rameses, for instance, is an absolute triumph, providing one of the most sympathetic antagonists ever. Heís given plenty of reasons for refusing to give in to Mosesí demands, and yet itís clear that resisting his brother is taking its toll on him. The same is true of Moses, best shown after he visits Rameses after the Angel of Death, and breaks down outside-the idea to make these two brothers was an inspired idea.

Thatís not to say itís a dark, meditative adaptation of Exodus-thereís plenty of fun to be had too. The musical numbers are all excellent, with special mention to Youíre Playing With The Big Boys Now, which also features a shift into a colour scheme and use of shadows which calls to mind the films of Lang or Murnau. Also, the comedic relief is actually funny-with special mention to Jeff Goldblum as Aaron, who balances comedy with genuine doubt in Moses, making him a far more well-rounded character. This balance of the sombre and the lighthearted make this a much better adaptation of Exodus than The Ten Commandments ever was.

BEST SCENE: Moses dreaming heís inside the paintings on the walls, and witnesses the murdering of the Hebrew children. The animation is fantastic, and the following scene where his father brushes off his concerns is both chilling and heartbreaking.



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RE: Rebel Scum's Top 100 Favourite Films - 7/10/2011 10:50:30 AM   
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