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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 22/11/2012 5:48:44 PM   
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I'm always excited about a Day-Lewis performance,but the idea of War Horse with a president doesn't inspire me, that aside.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 22/11/2012 5:50:50 PM   
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If DDL is like "I fancy a play" I will shout "NO! NO MR PRESIDENT!" at the screen though.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 23/11/2012 2:35:37 PM   
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Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)

Just lovely, really, really lovely. There's a terrific sense of world-building here that blurs the line between fantasy and reality wonderfully and the child performance at the centre of it will melt the hardest of hearts. Yes, even Gimli and Elab. (4)

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 12:23:32 AM   
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Death Race (2008, Anderson, 2nd viewing)

I think of movies like Death Race the same way I think of junk food or fast food. It's quick, fast cheap and bad for you, so only watch/eat in moderation and only when it's close by and you've got no other options. Death Race is enjoyable enough, the races are pretty entertaining if a bit repetitive. I did forget how awful some of the dialogue was, one of the lines from Joan Allen literally made me cringe. That's all I can think of to say about it.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 3:29:38 AM   
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If DDL is like "I fancy a play" I will shout "NO! NO MR PRESIDENT!" at the screen though.


That was funny.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 6:29:44 PM   
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Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen)

Really, really funny with great performances throughout - Chazz Palminteri in particular is the standout as the mobster with an unexpected gift for writing. One of Allen's most sheerly enjoyable films. (4.5)


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 10:32:44 PM   
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25-When Harry Met Sally...(Reiner, 1989) 9/10

One of a select few rom-com type films that I love to bits. The central couple feel like real people, and that's an achievement in itself.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 10:38:07 PM   
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25-When Harry Met Sally...(Reiner, 1989) 9/10

One of a select few rom-com type films that I love to bits. The central couple feel like real people, and that's an achievement in itself.


Oh but "baby fish mouth" is sweeping the nation?

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:29:20 PM   
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36. Skyfall (1st view, 2012, Sam Mendes) - 4/5*
Great addition to the Bond series. Perfgect cast, great set-pieces, it looks stunning. Only bad thing is that awful song.

67. Gregory's Girl (3rd view, 1981, Bill Forsyth) - 4/5
Top notch.

177. Salvage (1st view, 2009, Lawrence Gough) - 3/5*
Decent UK horror.

182. Rock Of Ages (1st view, 2012, Adam Shankman) - 3/5*
Silly, very patchy and a good 20 minutes too long but rather enjoyable.

212. Foxy Brown (1st view, 1974, Jack Hill) - 3/5*
Sleazy blaxpoitation film. The trailer is amazing though.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:46:31 PM   
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In case folk get confused, I've had a tidy up, unstickying threads that stopped being posted in months ago. I just kept the List of Lists, as a permanent useful thread to find the ones that were previously stickied, one that only stopped last month, and the lists thread that complements this thread.

So, yeah, when you're looking for it, look up!

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:48:01 PM   
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182. Rock Of Ages (1st view, 2012, Adam Shankman) - 3/5*
Silly, very patchy and a good 20 minutes too long but rather enjoyable.



I'll never be able to watch that film. It's like someone intentionally created a film with a soundtrack designed to piss me off.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:50:11 PM   
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In case folk get confused, I've had a tidy up, unstickying threads that stopped being posted in months ago. I just kept the List of Lists, as a permanent useful thread to find the ones that were previously stickied, one that only stopped last month, and the lists thread that complements this thread.

So, yeah, when you're looking for it, look up!


You might as well unsticky the SF thread. It finished in February but has had a few random posts since.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:51:46 PM   
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182. Rock Of Ages (1st view, 2012, Adam Shankman) - 3/5*
Silly, very patchy and a good 20 minutes too long but rather enjoyable.



I'll never be able to watch that film. It's like someone intentionally created a film with a soundtrack designed to piss me off.


Come on, you're just dying to get the hair spray and leather pants out, and run round the house singing We Built This City into your hairbrush microphone.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 24/11/2012 11:52:58 PM   
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A film rawlinson thinks he will hate?

*orders Rock of Ages*

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 11:43:56 AM   
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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson)

Pretty crappy on a rewatch, really. (2)





































Nah, just kidding. Hi, Gimli. (5)


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 12:04:27 PM   
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I was going to say it's dropped a bit since you had it as 5th best of the decade and in your top 20 of all time . A pre-Hobbit rewatch?


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 12:06:26 PM   
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Partly, but also because I replaced the DVD boxset with the blu-ray. Have to say, it looks incredible.


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 12:19:56 PM   
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Looked incredible on DVD too!

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 2:03:34 PM   
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Jesus! What a bloody waste of time that turned out to be.

Never created a back-up, so my list's long gone. I've no will whatsoever in trying to recall the 100 plus things I watched at home as the prospect of trying to put them in a coherent order completely dissipates the enthusiasm.

Ach well, fun while it lasted....

At least the 2012 list is still there, will revert back to that then....


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 2:19:25 PM   
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Qwerty your list is on page 4 - Beetlejuice managed to dig quite a few of them out of the cache. 

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 3:17:29 PM   
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Qwerty your list is on page 4 - Beetlejuice managed to dig quite a few of them out of the cache. 


Duly noted! Thanks Beetlejuice.



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8. Beyond the Hills
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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 7:02:29 PM   
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Qwerty your list is on page 4 - Beetlejuice managed to dig quite a few of them out of the cache. 


Duly noted! Thanks Beetlejuice.




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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 7:53:30 PM   
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson)

As well as inspiring one of my favourite Belle and Sebastian songs, it's probably my favourite kitchen sink film. Courtenay is amazing. (4)


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 8:33:57 PM   
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141. Rescue Dawn - 7/10
The script isn't up to much, but this man v nature tale of a soldier trapped in the Vietnam jungle and a POW camp is well filmed and Christian Bale is suitable intense in the lead. That Jeremy Davies is probably the most annoying character actor in the movies however, all he does is the same kind of weird tics no matter what role he's playing.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 10:20:01 PM   
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117. This Film is Not Yet Rated - 8/10
An enjoyable quirky documentary that looks into the process of the MPAA rating system in America and how unreliable the system actually is. Its a funny little film with the deleted scenes from Team America being particularly hilarious. Lots of filmmakers have some interesting tidbits including the reliably obnoxious John Waters.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 10:26:10 PM   
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Tony Richardson)

As well as inspiring one of my favourite Belle and Sebastian songs, it's probably my favourite kitchen sink film. Courtenay is amazing. (4)



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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 25/11/2012 10:40:28 PM   
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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 26/11/2012 1:24:57 AM   
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Lawless (2011, Hillcoat, 1st viewing)

If I could sum up Lawless quickly, I would say something like “An occasionally brutally violent and rambling folk tale with a really good cast”. And by good cast I don’t mean Shia Labeouf (though he is more tolerable then usual). I mean any film with Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke (who definitely needs to be in more movies) and Gary Oldman was already on it’s way to being a total winner. And while Tom Hardy mumbles his way through the movie, Guy Pearce gets majorly creepy and Chastain and Oldman are under-written, Lawless is still a lot of fun in parts. It’s also surprisingly brutal as well, the little present that the brother’s sent to Guy Pearce’s Charlie Rakes was notably squirm-worthy. I can definitely see how this would be a crowd-pleaser in some circles, my friends loved it for example but it felt like something was missing for me to fully appreciate it like I wanted too. Definitely worth a watch however.

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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 26/11/2012 9:07:57 AM   
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Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn)

It barrels along at a rollicking pace, the cast are uniformly excellent and it balances the early hi-jinks of the Barrow gang with their eventual slaughter. Great stuff. (4.5)


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RE: Top Films Watched End of November and December 2012 - 26/11/2012 1:42:11 PM   
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Crossfire Hurricane (Brett Morgen, 1972) – Very watchable but shallow documentary about the Rolling Stones, executive-produced by the band, that begins (for no apparent reason) in 1972, flashes back (for no apparent reason) to 1965 and then provides the expected mix of anecdotes, rare clips and occasional insights across a couple of enjoyable hours. The Stones are my dad's favourite band, so I was brought up listening to them (and hearing that they were better than the Beatles), and their show at the Don Valley Stadium in 1995 was the first big gig I ever went to. But while I'm grounded in the music, and read a couple of biographies at an unsuitably young age, this is the first proper doc about them I've seen. Beginning with a disingenuous disclaimer that "no cameras were alllowed in the room" while new interviews took place - true, but only because the director said so - the film overlays a wealth of archive footage with voiceovers from the band. Charlie Watts emerges as cool and dry as you'd expect, Richards is unexpectedly articulate (some of the time), offering the strong image of the Stones as a black-hatted Western baddie, Mick Taylor explains why he quit the group, Wyman outlines their bluesical alchemy in technical terms, Ron Wood turns up briefly accompanied by photos of him looking like a drug-crazed scarecrow, and Jagger, in the film's most moving moment, says he doesn't know "how many months" it was after Brian Jones was kicked out of the band that he turned up dead. "It was three weeks," says the interviewer. "Fuck," replies Jagger, as if someone has just kicked him in the ribs, his usual aloofness shattered for a fleeting moment. There are other insights too: the rivers of piss flowing down the aisles as excitable teenage girls wet themselves in droves, Jagger describing his fear and abject helplessness at Altamont, and Watts revealing his embarrassment at being chased down the street by schoolgirls (them again). It's also interesting to hear how Jones would mercilessly mock the working man – the same sort of man you see claiming that the Stones are "like us; not like the Beatles, spending eight days in bed".
 
As with any film about '60s musicians, there are also lots of clips of clueless, middle-aged journalists asking these hip young upstarts completely idiotic questions (the only artist who ever came out of that situation badly was George Harrison, whose interrogation about his mystical beliefs, featured in the Scorsese doc, is hilariously incoherent). But while they're amusing, and do a fine job of articulating the yawning generation gap that the Stones understood, epitomised and exploited, watching a young Jagger being constantly if handsomely evasive palls after a while. The film is also oddly shapeless and structurally incoherent, with no clear dramatic narrative aside from an "everyone hated us, then everyone loved us" angle shoved in near the close, an over-reliance on unsatisfying musical montages (Morgen just isn't very good at them) and a rather slapdash approach to what should be included and what shouldn't. Most disappointingly, the film fails to delve into the Jagger-Richards relationship, which is surely the most interesting thing about the band. I should add here that I find all the mythologising of Richards' life incredibly tiresome - so he took a load of drugs and didn't die; whoop-dee-fucking-doo - but the love-hate dynamic between the two, forged at a young age over a love of blues; mutating and twisting ever since, while producing some glorious music, is fascinating. I'd also quibble with Morgen's idea that talking head interviews aren't worth seeing: seeing how someone says something, the range of emotion on their face, is often as intriguing and telling as what they're saying. Sadly we'll never see Jagger's expression as he disclaims, "Fuck" (presumably one of dumbstruck horror), as no cameras were allowed in the room.
 
There's no denying that Crossfire Hurricane a fun watch. There are blistering versions of several key tracks, including the legendary version of Sympathy for the Devil from Rock and Roll Circus (which I have seen), Morgen does do a good job of finding film of events that at the time seemed minor, but echo through history (such as Jones' last relevant contribution to the band), and with the wealth of great footage available - allied to a few interesting interviews - it would be hard not to make an entertaining film. But Crossfire Hurricane is also sanitised and slightly aimless, which isn't something you could say about the Stones themselves - or their best records. Still, I suppose you can't always get what you want. (3)
 
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Dragnet (Tom Mankiewicz, 1987)

A flat, misguided homage to/spoof of the wildly popular '60s police procedural show, with Dan Aykroyd as Joe Friday, the uber-officious nephew of Jack Webb's character, and Tom Hanks playing his new partner, a relative loose cannon. Hanks is good, fans of the series may enjoy seeing Harry Morgan reprise his role, and a few of Aykroyd's lines - translating events into coldly and excessively factual police-speak - hit the target, but there are long, laughless stretches, an air of un-earned smugness pervades, and the intentionally far-fetched plot is unintentionally shit. I can't decide if Christopher Plummer's creepy, perma-laughing moral crusader is good or not. The funniest thing about the movie is that the encounter with the pagans and the subsequent tunnel escape - guns blazing - is virtually the same as the one in Kill List! Veteran character actress Kathleen Freeman also turns up to call Aykroyd a "jizzbucket", which is funny if you pretend that she's reprising her rosy-cheeked, butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-Scandinavian-mouth role from Annie Was a Wonder. Just me then? Trivia note: director Mankiewicz is the son of Joseph L., and had worked as a writer on several Bond films and the Superman series. (2)
 
Babes on Broadway (Busby Berkeley, 1941) - No, it might not be strictly necessary for Mickey and Judy to do quite so many impressions of deceased theatrical greats. No, I don't know why he's doing a weak take-off of Carmen Miranda. Yes, the plot about sending inner-city orphans to the country is unbelievably corny. And no, perhaps everybody shouldn't be in blackface. But this was 1941. And America. So, yes, this decent putting-on-a-show musical leans on plotting that's almost self-parodical, and features a climax that is simply baffling to modern audiences – while it's worth adding that the blackface finale is in the theatrical tradition of minstrel shows, which were hardly out of the ordinary in 1941, and it's naively celebratory rather than mean-spirited, the image of a blacked-up Rooney impersonating an African-American pensioner and mugging as if his life depended on it whilst playing the banjo makes his performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's look like the height of PC restraint. But the flabbiness is part of the fun, Garland is in terrific form (compensating for Rooney, who's very talented but just too OTT here) and there are some wonderful numbers. Especially How About You?, which has long been a favourite, and is beautifully staged in a tenement flat. Elsewhere, Busby Berkeley's direction utilises his beloved crane shots to impressive if unnecessary effect, and there's a top supporting cast that includes tap dancer Ray McDonald, future director Richard Quine, Fay Bainter and the talented Virginia Weidler, who's largely just asked to cry and pout. A tiny Margaret O'Brien also makes her debut here, playing a wannabe actress who greets theatrical impresario James Gleason with the words: "Please don't send my brother to the chair, warden." If you ever want to see a Mickey and Judy film – and they are resolutely not for all tastes – Girl Crazy remains the one to go for. (3)
 
Accepted (Steve Pink, 2006) – Lazy smartarse Justin Long fails to get into college, so he invents a fictional one - which soon becomes horribly real. This campus comedy starts off very funnily, goes nasty and offensive (the college is a former psychiatric hospital, resulting in a slew of mental illness gags), then settles into mediocrity, before turning oddly pious at the close, as Long launches an impassioned defence of his establishment's non-conformist method of learning, which as far as I can tell from the rest of the film involves listening to broad if agreeable anti-corporate sentiments, and watching people ride motorbikes into swimming pools. Still, Long and especially Jonah Hill make the most of it. "This is awesome," Hill says as they enter the abandoned hospital for the first time, "'cause now I can finally get hepatitis!" (2)

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