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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:42:19 PM   
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You bought The Raven and Abe Lincoln in a day? There is no excuse for this dementia.



GIMLI TOLD ME THEY WERE GOOD!!

Yeah, I realise how insane that sounds. To defend myself a little, I'd seen neither and each one cost less to buy than they would have to rent.



LIAR! I never said The Raven was good.



I remember us having a conversation about it. It was shit so I just assumed you were praising it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:43:16 PM   
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Who told Alice Eve she could act? I think Trevor Eve might have been more convincing.


Alice Eve is adorable in She's Out of My League.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:43:52 PM   
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Ooops.

Hello Gimli



Bad timing

Anyone who watches a film based on a recommendation by me is in serious need of help.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:46:04 PM   
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Who told Alice Eve she could act? I think Trevor Eve might have been more convincing.


Alice Eve is adorable in She's Out of My League.


She's terrible in The Raven.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:46:39 PM   
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Ooops.

Hello Gimli



Bad timing

Anyone who watches a film based on a recommendation by me is in serious need of help.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:55:18 PM   
Deviation


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Anyone who watches a film based on a recommendation by me is in serious need of help.


To be saved for posterity.

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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: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 8:59:11 PM   
rawlinson

 

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Dev', you should do a favourite films thread.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 9:32:53 PM   
Deviation


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I tried to do a Top 100 once. I stopped at number 89.

I could do a Top 20 though.

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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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: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 9:54:59 PM   
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You liked Life Of Pi, Dev?

You used to be cool, man.

Amour, The Sessions and Flight are the only Oscar films I haven't seen yet, but I'll just echo the sentiment that this is the strongest line up in all categories in recent memory.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 9:55:56 PM   
Deviation


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I didn't like Life of Pi, I thought it was a gem even if some of it was flawed.

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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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: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 9:58:32 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 2/2/2013 9:59:39 PM   
Deviation


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Also, I'd be more excited for Flight were it not directed by Zemeckis.

And I'd be more excited for The Sessions if well...it didn't look kinda trite.

< Message edited by Deviation -- 2/2/2013 10:03:21 PM >


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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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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: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 3:55:11 AM   
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Wreck-It Ralph (2012, Moore, 1st viewing)

I'm an avid gamer as well as being a film fan, so you'd think Wreck-It Ralph would be right up my alley wouldn't you? Well it kinda is, and I did absolutely love all the gaming references (the Metal Gear Solid exclamation mark made me laugh harder then nearly any comedy in the last few years) and the film as a whole is quite entertaining and has some really great voice acting from the likes of John C. Reilly as the titular character and even Sarah Silverman as a young girl/glitch. Wreck-It Ralph is easily the best film Disney has released in a long long time, and it even manages to be better then a Pixar film released in the same year! I never actually thought I'd ever have the chance to say that.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 5:07:36 AM   
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even Sarah Silverman



?????

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You organisational skills sicken me, Rhubarb.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 5:16:29 AM   
scarface666brooksy!!


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even Sarah Silverman



?????


I put it there as a courtesy for the anti-Sarah Silverman establishment

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 5:25:55 AM   
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I have a message for them guys



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 5:30:15 AM   
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Hey don't look at me, I have no problem with her! Though Aubrey Plaza's impersonation of her was spot-on.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 10:31:35 AM   
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I have a message for them guys




And sweetie, you've got bugger all talent. So why not go whine the corner and think up something new that's terribly terribly controversial to help persuade people you're cool

Can someone gif that for me, pretty please?





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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 11:15:59 AM   
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Zodiac (David Fincher)

Fittingly, the film is like being given a big, thick paperback full of newspaper clippings, crime photos and random theories - it digresses, it confounds and best of all it completely obsesses. It's easy to see just why the unsolved case took over the lives of so many people. It feels epic in the best sense of the word, the case stretching over decades, yet despite the fact that all the murders occur in the opening half hour and there's no real resolution, the film never flags or meanders. Instead, it's packed full of incident and great little moments - Gyllenhaal suddenly changing his mind about his son taking the school bus, a terrifying car ride for a young mother and Anthony Edward's dry quip of "he's crafty like that" when Brian Cox's doctor remarks that Zodiac didn't leave his address after writing to him. Ruffalo takes the honours out of the three leads as the cop ultimately consumed by the case - he gets a great late scene with Gyllenhaal where he knows that in all likelihood Gyllenhaal's theory is correct but can't prove it, and crucially, can't even say it - but it's John Carroll Lynch's performace as the most likely suspect that lingers, even if it's just two scenes. He completely nails the creepy vibe of the man, without overplaying it, leading to a really fantastic showdown between him and Gyllenhaal, mostly played with no dialogue between them, just a chilling look of recognition. The brilliance of Zodiac can be summed up in the scene where Gyllenhaal is alone in the basement with another likely suspect - who turns out the lights. We know that Gyllenhaal is playing the man whose book the film is based on and therefore he obviously lives - but just for a minute, we forget. (5)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 11:28:54 AM   
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Yeah, agreed. I think that's Fincher's best film so far (I haven't seen The Game or Dragon Tattoo). John Carroll Lynch is so creepy. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch him in anything else. Unless he's playing a murderer. Brilliant review.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 11:32:58 AM   
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Yeah, agreed. I think that's Fincher's best film so far (I haven't seen The Game or Dragon Tattoo). John Carroll Lynch is so creepy. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch him in anything else. Unless he's playing a murderer. Brilliant review.




Cheers, rick.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 11:33:32 AM   
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Private Detective 62 (Michael Curtiz, 1933) – William Powell goes from spy to PI in this fast-paced Pre-Code crime comedy, before riding to the rescue of society girl Margaret Lindsay, who’s suspected of murdering his crooked boss. The story is nothing out of the ordinary and the love interest in introduced hurling a string of snobbish invective at what she thinks is a doorman, but the dialogue and direction both have a bit of class about them (aside from the above), with the latter incorporating a powerful montage depicting job-hunting in the Depression. It’s also interesting to see a ‘30s film with a “snowbird” (cocaine addict) for a hitman; such grimy, realistic touches would be shorn from the genre by the following year’s censorship clampdown. The real reason to watch, though, is Powell – among the best leading men of his or any other era – whose inimitable delivery could inject untold humour, pathos or even menace into whatever material he was given. He’s simply excellent here, fashioning a tough, sardonic but good-hearted private detective more world-weary than his Philo Vance and more likely to brutishly threaten a drug addict with a gun than Nick Charles. (3)

Baby Face Harrington (Raoul Walsh, 1935) is a rare starring vehicle for Charles Butterworth, one of the most popular character actors of the ‘30s. He’s perfectly cast as a meek, downtrodden insurance agent who’s reinvented – through misunderstanding and via a rabid tabloid press – as the eponymous gangster, a transformation he rather enjoys. The film turns too dark near the close, before lurching into slapstick, but for the most part it’s a delightfully funny, offbeat and engaging comedy, similar in tone to Three Men on a Horse, which gave Frank McHugh a rare leading part, and lit by Butterworth’s hilarious performance, Una Merkel’s touching characterisation as his loving wife, and a funny supporting bit by Stanley Fields (who appeared in Little Caesar), playing Harrington’s cell mate. The script, co-written by Nunnally Johnson and with extra dialogue by Charles Lederer, is as sharp as you'd expect, and equipped with an agreeable fondness for sly genre subversion. The scene in which Butterworth is interrogated by the police is just brilliant. “Take him back to the cell,” says chief Eugene Pallette, as their questioning proves fruitless. “That’s a good idea, Uncle Henry,” replies Butterworth. “Where I’m sitting there’s been a light shining right in my eyes.” (3)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 12:45:39 PM   
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I never did this...

JANUARY

Features (>40 mins)

1. Le gamin au vélo (Dardenne brothers, 2012) aka The Kid with a Bike (4)
2. The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012)
3. The Queen of Versailles (Lauren Greenfield, 2012)
4. Un long dimanche de fiançailles (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004) aka A Very Long Engagement
5. Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Dany Boon, 2008) aka Welcome to the Sticks
6. The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach, 2012) (3.5)
7. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Jay and Mark Duplass, 2011)
8. The Unknown (Tod Browning, 1927)
9. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh, 2009)
10. The House I Live In (Eugene Jarecki, 2012)

11. Cool Runnings (Jon Turteltaub, 1993) (3)
12. Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)
13. Me Without You (Sandra Goldbacher, 2001)
14. Paris vu par…? (Various, 1965)
15. Saved! (Brian Dannelly, 2004)
16. The Ace of Hearts (Wallace Worsley, 1921)
17. 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy, 2012) (2.5)
18. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987)
19. Julia Misbehaves (Jack Conway, 1948)
20. Orange County (Jake Kasdan, 2002) (2)

21. What’s Your Number? (Mark Mylod, 2011) (1)

1910s – 0
1920s – 2
1930s – 0
1940s – 1
1950s – 0
1960s – 1
1970s – 0
1980s – 2
1990s – 1
2000s – 6
2010s – 8

Shorts (>40 minutes)

1. The Tourists (Mack Sennett, 1912)
2. The Sergeant (Francis Boggs, 1910)
3. Sunshine Gatherers (George E. Stone, 1921)

1910s – 2
1920s – 1


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:02:09 PM   
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I'm going to leave updating my Jan list till the end of Feb as so many of the ones I've seen are rewatches for the 2007 list, so I don't want to give the order away.

I got confused by the Dany Boon one - I've been trying to see the customs officer one that was in the annual poll a couple of years ago and for a minute I thought that meant it had been released.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:13:44 PM   
rick_7


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I got confused by the Dany Boon one - I've been trying to see the customs officer one that was in the annual poll a couple of years ago and for a minute I thought that meant it had been released.

Nothing to Declare? It's on Region 2 DVD, with good English subtitles: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004TB7EAK/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00 I really enjoyed it (his co-star is the guy who did Man Bites Dog, incredibly!).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:17:28 PM   
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Zodiac (David Fincher)

Fittingly, the film is like being given a big, thick paperback full of newspaper clippings, crime photos and random theories - it digresses, it confounds and best of all it completely obsesses. It's easy to see just why the unsolved case took over the lives of so many people. It feels epic in the best sense of the word, the case stretching over decades, yet despite the fact that all the murders occur in the opening half hour and there's no real resolution, the film never flags or meanders. Instead, it's packed full of incident and great little moments - Gyllenhaal suddenly changing his mind about his son taking the school bus, a terrifying car ride for a young mother and Anthony Edward's dry quip of "he's crafty like that" when Brian Cox's doctor remarks that Zodiac didn't leave his address after writing to him. Ruffalo takes the honours out of the three leads as the cop ultimately consumed by the case - he gets a great late scene with Gyllenhaal where he knows that in all likelihood Gyllenhaal's theory is correct but can't prove it, and crucially, can't even say it - but it's John Carroll Lynch's performace as the most likely suspect that lingers, even if it's just two scenes. He completely nails the creepy vibe of the man, without overplaying it, leading to a really fantastic showdown between him and Gyllenhaal, mostly played with no dialogue between them, just a chilling look of recognition. The brilliance of Zodiac can be summed up in the scene where Gyllenhaal is alone in the basement with another likely suspect - who turns out the lights. We know that Gyllenhaal is playing the man whose book the film is based on and therefore he obviously lives - but just for a minute, we forget. (5)



Good review - I lurve this film so much. It's just so consuming - you get so sucked into the world and the story. Ruffalo is phenomenal in it.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:18:21 PM   
rawlinson

 

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I have a message for them guys




sweetie, you're cool



Fixed.

Never mind, Elab. Maybe you'll find a comedian more your speed. Have you considered Bobby Davro? Joe Pasquale? Michael McIntyre? Peter Kay?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:19:54 PM   
rawlinson

 

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18. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987)


I watched that and forgot to add it to my Jan list. I think I liked it more than you. It had a Potter-esque feel. Dennis, not Beatrix.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:24:53 PM   
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I have a message for them guys




sweetie, you're cool



Fixed.

Never mind, Elab. Maybe you'll find a comedian more your speed. Have you considered Bobby Davro? Joe Pasquale? Michael McIntyre? Peter Kay?


Ta for the recs - basically, I'd be looking for a comedian who's actually funny. Unlike, ya know, Silverman. And possibly a little less too smugly 'oooh, I'm controversial' without the talent, intelligence or sense of humour to back it up. That kind of thing.

Cheers Rick - I'd completely missed it now had an Eng sub release. Pity it hasn't been released over here - it sounded amusing.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 3/2/2013 1:26:16 PM   
rawlinson

 

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Yeah, looking back at your review

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Jack Clayton, 1987) – A great performance in search of a great film, as meek, lonely, religious Irish spinster Maggie Smith loses her faith and her mind after being spurned by selfish would-be entrepreneur Bob Hoskins. Smith is absolutely extraordinary – fully immersed in a characterisation so real and true that the film feels almost intrusive – and her flashback sequences, reflecting on a her life spent caring for her addled aunt driven mad by a stroke, provide at least one truly great scene for the mighty Wendy Hiller. But the story is all over the shop, sometimes boring, often laughably overwrought, with supporting characters who’d seem more at home in either gothic melodrama or ‘70s sitcoms – especially ludicrous, slimy, be-moobed poet Ian McNeice – while Hopkins is oddly poor (and cursed with a lousy American accent), and the film expects us to be more disgusted by his character wanting Hearne for her money than the fact he’s a rapist. When Smith’s pitiful, self-pitying character is on screen it works and there are some incredibly powerful passages towards the end, particularly her drunken confrontation with parish priest Alan Devlin and subsequent explosion of emotion at the altar, railing furiously at God, before scratching desperately at the tabernacle and pleading to join him. It’s just a shame that such a remarkable performance, such a stunning study of mental illness, religious doubt and abject loneliness, isn’t housed in a more credible, coherent film, though it’s still worth it to see Smith at the peak of her considerable powers. (2.5)


I definitely liked it more. I thought Hoskins was very good, and I liked McNeice too. Something about him sitting around near naked, despite being very overweight, with that long hair, he reminded me of a Roman Emperor who'd fallen on incredibly hard times but was trying to keep up appearances.

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