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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 4/2/2013 10:35:33 PM   
elab49


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I do have a Blockbuster online account - but I have no local rental place. And a Lovefilm one. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 12:46:58 AM   
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V/H/S (Wingard, West, Bruckner, McQuaid, Swanberg, Radio Silence; 2013)

An anthology of horror short films built into a frame narrative of four burglars sorting through a series of unmarked VHS tapes in an seemingly abandoned house.

The quality of the shorts are variable and the opening few minutes suffer from being a tad misogynist, but there are some inventive scares and genuinely creepy moments in there. Ti West's Second Honeymoon and Glenn McQuaid's Tuesday the 17th are the stand-outs, the latter being a fun little teen slasher set in the woods with some neat visual tricks.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 12:51:14 AM   
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Just added it to Lovefilm on the strength of your praise.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 12:53:45 AM   
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Is it Blockbuster you're working? Sorry to hear that if so. My local one was the only rental shop in the area and I tried to use them for new titles instead of Lovefilm whenever possible. I think they were fighting a losing battle though, £3.50 for one film for a night compared to unlimited titles a month for about three times that with Lovefilm.



It is yeah. I used to have a Lovefilm account (at the same time as working there ) but I was too lazy to religiously watch stuff and send it back (i need the deadlines). There's a lot of mismanagement at Blockbuster and they should obviously have integrated online earlier/better, but I would be quite sad as a consumer to see them go from the highstreet.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 12:57:41 AM   
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It starts being rather juvenile and tiresome, but it progresses into something which is actually quite fun.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 1:02:47 AM   
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How tied in to the American brand are they? Because I hadn't been in America for about 18 months before I was over again last year and the change in the way Blockbuster was run was astonishing. It always used to be that you could rent films for about $4 and you kept it for five nights. When I went back, the price was the same, but you only got it overnight. And I suppose you could argue that from a business point of view it's going to make them more money, but the store was empty every time I went there and it always used to be full, especially on a Saturday. The majority of new releases were going straight to the cable On Demand service on the same day they got the rental release, and you could pay $4/5 dollars and get it for two nights without having to drive 30/40 minutes to get to the store two days in a row. You'd think the business model would adapt with either lower prices or some other kind of incentive to actually drive to the store and get a dvd copy, but even older releases had dropped down to one night rental, so while before you could pickup a handful of older films and watch them over a week or so, now you had to get it back next day. They were losing out on bulk rentals as well that way.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 1:03:28 AM   
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It starts being rather juvenile and tiresome, but it progresses into something which is actually quite fun.


Who knew V/H/S would be the perfect metaphor for life?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 1:30:02 AM   
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How tied in to the American brand are they? Because I hadn't been in America for about 18 months before I was over again last year and the change in the way Blockbuster was run was astonishing. It always used to be that you could rent films for about $4 and you kept it for five nights. When I went back, the price was the same, but you only got it overnight. And I suppose you could argue that from a business point of view it's going to make them more money, but the store was empty every time I went there and it always used to be full, especially on a Saturday. The majority of new releases were going straight to the cable On Demand service on the same day they got the rental release, and you could pay $4/5 dollars and get it for two nights without having to drive 30/40 minutes to get to the store two days in a row. You'd think the business model would adapt with either lower prices or some other kind of incentive to actually drive to the store and get a dvd copy, but even older releases had dropped down to one night rental, so while before you could pickup a handful of older films and watch them over a week or so, now you had to get it back next day. They were losing out on bulk rentals as well that way.



I think the UK arm was sold to a different American company a few years ago when the American arm was in real trouble. So its different scoundrals in charge by the sound of it they had really big plans, but haven't been able to impliment them so are cutting their losses basically.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 1:54:58 AM   
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It's a shame to see some of these big names go, it's sad how much somewhere like Cardiff has changed over the years because of the closures. But at the same time you can't help but feel that the management just aren't learning. It takes a completely new mindset to compete with places like Amazon or Lovefilm. So when you see somewhere like HMV going under, you have to wonder just what they failed to learn from the collapse of places like MVC and Virgin over the years. Although I fucking loathed MVC so I wasn't sad to see them go.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 6:45:18 AM   
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Although I fucking loathed MVC so I wasn't sad to see them go.



I bought all my Queen albums from there

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 6:56:21 AM   
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11. Zero Dark Thirty (1st view, 2012, Kathryn Bigelow) - 4/5*
Good. Better than The Hurt Locker. Chastain was great and the first two hours rattled along nicely. But, like Argo and Django, I don't what makes them it so enchanting to the awards folk and the last 20 minutes were interminable.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 9:35:54 AM   
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Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki)

When a respected teacher, Arnold Friedman, is arrested for first possessing child pornography, it's only the start of a slippery slope that soon tears his entire family apart. Next, alongside his eldest son, Jesse, he's charged with raping dozens upon dozens of children that he taught computer classes too in his basement; it's a charge that still splits opinion within the family and the wider community. Arnold's ex-wife claims that he told her that when he was 13, he raped his younger brother - a charge the younger brother denies. Some students say they never saw anything untoward going on in the Friedman house. Some have a story that's very slippery. It's a film where the perspective of who you can and can't trust is constantly changing and Jarecki does an expert job of capturing how elusive the truth is. Is there a sense throughout that Jarecki has an opinion of how guilty Arnold and Jesse are/were? Sure, but his handling of the material is superbly even-handed, plenty of voice is given to those who believe the Friedmans are guilty.

What really makes the documentary exceptional however, is the astonishing home footage that Jarecki draws upon. For some obsessive reason, the middle son, David (there's a youngest son, Seth, who wished not to participate), decided to film everything that was going on in the family home during the trial and sentencing. Everything. Screaming matches between Arnold and his wife, between Jesse and his mother, emotional breakdowns. The meltdown of a family is laid bare and it's horrific, car crash viewing, likely to elicit tears one minute and then gasps of barely comprehending laughter the next (Arnold at one point cheerily jokes what the number across his chest is going to be in prison).

What makes it all the more compulsive though, is how weird the Friedmans are. With the threat of jail for life hanging over them, Arnold and Jesse goof around with the camera, putting on silly amateur dramatics play for the rest of the family. Arnold is an unbelievably passive presence; most of the time just shyly smiling at the camera while his family crumbles around him - there's no way of reading him and his ambiguity is key to the question of how guilty he is. There's no doubting that he owned child pornography, but that doesn't necessarily mean he was guilty of rape, and just being strange is no way to determine the guilt of someone.

This strangeness is clearly genetic, however. We're talking about three boys who thought it would be a good idea to take their camera to court on the morning of sentencing and then approach the victims families for an interview. They're a fascinating, oddball, vaguely disturbing family and the fact that not one of them seems to have any foot in reality goes some way to explaining the trouble they got themselves into and just why the documentary is so arresting. I mean, you're talking about a family who, when the cops first come knocking on their door, one of the sons decides the best way to talk to the media is with a pair of boxer shorts on his head. (5)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 9:41:38 AM   
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Jeux Interdits (René Clément, 1952)
One of the first films to filter war through the eyes of children, portraying the touching relationship between an orphaned 5-year-old girl and an 11 year-old peasant boy, as they struggle to comprehend the death they see around them. Helped by natural performances from the kids, it delivers a powerful anti-war sentiment without being overly sentimental or judgmental. However, it also features some elements of broad farce at the expense of the peasant class, which seem a bit misjudged, or even mean. I didn't think it as profound as, say, The Spirit of the Beehive, nor as affecting as, for example, Grave of the Fireflies, but it's worth seeing. Also, good to see a film acknowledge that unsupervised young children are basically psychopathic in their behaviour. Anyone with kids will strongly identify. (7/10)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 11:40:40 AM   
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Although I fucking loathed MVC so I wasn't sad to see them go.



I bought all my Queen albums from there


I'm assuming you didn't have to ask for staff help to find them. Policy during the time I was there was that if it was a back catalogue title and there were under a certain number of the item in stock on the computer we had to try and push them towards the new releases instead of going out and helping the customer find it. The attitude towards both staff and customers was disgusting. Of course that might have just been the cunt-ish manager of my branch, but the area manager gave me shit once for leaving the till to find a dvd for a customer.

Forgot to mention I worked for them for a few months when I was in uni'.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 12:43:30 PM   
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No love lost then?


4. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (1st view, 2006, Michel Hazanavicius) - 3/5*
From the director of The Artist and starring the same two leads, this is another film designed to look and film like a film from a specific period, in this case 60s spy films. It's a parody of the genre though, and Jean Dujardin's suave superspy is equal parts Jacques Clouseau and James Bond. Far less effective than The Artist but it's pleasant enough.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 1:55:49 PM   
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3 - Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders,2009) 8/10
Enough has already been said about this cult gem, but it is a proper spoof as it knows the genre it is sending up inside out (take note Scary Movie people), and is consistenly entertaining on all the way through, with jokes ranging from bad actoring to politics, from cheap b-movies to product placement. Glourous music too. One of this eras great comedy spectules.

15 - Life of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012) 5/10
Found the story and characters a little too bland, it took a long time to get going, but once it got to the boat things did livern up and I was impressed by the visual style and engaged with the despute. Then again the ending dragged. Passible fare, but it doesn't belone in the best picture nominations.

4 - The Sessions (Ben Lewin,2012) 8/10
Lewin's skillfully handled what could have been a akward and crude true life story, instead I was very moved by this charming little film, it was funny but also had a brutally honest core of characters. John Hawkes and Helen Hunt have fine chelmstry, both giving raw and open performances, and William H. Macy is at his deadpan best in a classy supporting role.

9 - Lincoln (Steven Spielberg,2012) 7.5/10
Overall verdict, a good film, but not quite the great film every many have made it out to be. Visually it is one of Spielberg's most accomplished films, the pacing is good and Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones both superb. It was let down by a few things, first Sally Field was her normal malodramatic self, it was almost like she was in a different film from DDL. Also if you have little knowledge of this period then the film makes very little concessions which is a problem. Then you have the over sentimental Williams score which just doesn't fit with dramatic court scenes.

Coming up I will be seeing McCluin, Hitchcock, Zero Dark Thirty, Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Osaka Elegy and Climates.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 2:31:46 PM   
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Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
This manages to be hilariously funny, devastatingly bleak and relentlessly uplifting in equal parts. Easily the highlight of Bill Murray's brilliant career. I've always maintained that the quality of the film is so high that not even Andie MacDowell can ruin it but on my latest viewing (of many) I realise I'm probably being a bit harsh on her, she does alright, in what is clearly a vehicle built for the sublime talent of Bill Murray.

This is the first time for me to notice a young Michael Shannon in it as well which made me LOL . 5

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 2:42:02 PM   
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Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
This manages to be hilariously funny, devastatingly bleak and relentlessly uplifting in equal parts. Easily the highlight of Bill Murray's brilliant career. I've always maintained that the quality of the film is so high that not even Andie MacDowell can ruin it but on my latest viewing (of many) I realise I'm probably being a bit harsh on her, she does alright, in what is clearly a vehicle built for the sublime talent of Bill Murray.

This is the first time for me to notice a young Michael Shannon in it as well which made me LOL . 5

REALLY?! Is he one of the young married couple who Phil gives "WRESTLEMANIA TICKETS!" to?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 2:47:04 PM   
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A Generation (Andrzej Wajda)

One of the darkest films I've ever seen. Literally, some of the scenes of the Polish resistance hiding in various tunnels are near-impossible to make out. It's a great film, though, sobering and thoughtful about the cost of standing up against oppression. (4)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 2:49:31 PM   
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Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
This manages to be hilariously funny, devastatingly bleak and relentlessly uplifting in equal parts. Easily the highlight of Bill Murray's brilliant career. I've always maintained that the quality of the film is so high that not even Andie MacDowell can ruin it but on my latest viewing (of many) I realise I'm probably being a bit harsh on her, she does alright, in what is clearly a vehicle built for the sublime talent of Bill Murray.

This is the first time for me to notice a young Michael Shannon in it as well which made me LOL . 5

REALLY?! Is he one of the young married couple who Phil gives "WRESTLEMANIA TICKETS!" to?


He is indeed. Really made me chuckle although I can't believe I hadn't noticed before. Groundhog Day is one of  my favourite films and I must have seen it at least a couple of dozen times.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 4:49:10 PM   
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A Generation (Andrzej Wajda)

One of the darkest films I've ever seen. Literally, some of the scenes of the Polish resistance hiding in various tunnels are near-impossible to make out. It's a great film, though, sobering and thoughtful about the cost of standing up against oppression. (4)


Are you going to watch Kanal next?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 4:51:52 PM   
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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 4:54:50 PM   
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Good man. Should have been the film that won the Eurovision thread.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 6:19:36 PM   
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3-Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, 2012) 10/10

Fuck me, it's a good Oscar year. I've still got two Best Picture noms to go, but they'll have to be pretty good to be better than ZDT. Part of the reason it really works is that even though Chastain's getting nowhere for the first half or so of the film, it's still riveting and engaging to watch. The early torture scenes are brutal and nasty, and makes no effort to portray the action taken as glamorous. Indeed, the first prisoner only divulges information after being treated like a human being - the torture efforts clearly failed. Chastain carries the film, it's a solid performance improved since we know very little about her. Any family life, or why she joined the CIA, is omitted for being irrelevant, and the film is better for it. There's no speech where she says how she feels it's her patriotic duty to kill Bin Laden, and it's pretty much taken as given that she's doing it because it's her job, dammit. There are moments where she's trying to cut through the bureaucracy and get the OK for a raid which might be tedious to some, but knowing that she's right makes us feel impatient and hacked-off - just like she does. Once the raid goes ahead, Chastain gets sidelined, which is an odd decision, but it's made up for by the raid itself being a tense, fantastic piece of cinema. Throughout the film violence has happened in short punches, emphasizing the shock and horror of terrorism, and the finale resists going the gung-ho route in favour of continuing that trend. It's shown not as glamorous, but as harsh work that has to be done. Every terrorist death leaves wives and children crying, and the death of Bin Laden is shown almost as an afterthought. Afterwards, the marine who fired the short is told how momentous what he did is, but he can't fathom it and, to be honest, neither can we. The ending also poses a worrying question - we got the bastard, it says. Now what?

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 5/2/2013 11:52:54 PM   
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Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986, Miyazaki, 1st viewing)

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It's Ghibli, therefore it's charming, it has some gorgeous animation and lovely characters. I'm torn between whether I liked Nausicaa or this more but either way they were both great. The scenes at Laputa itself were really quite lovely and definitely a highlight of the film, as was the relationship between Pazu and Sheeta. It did slightly drag in some parts but has enough exciting/lovely sequences to keep the film in check so I can't complain.

Eastern Promises (2007, Cronenberg, 2nd viewing)

I was supposed to be watching Totoro as well last night, but I ended up rewatching a film that is literally the complete opposite. Totoro is utterly lovely, while Easter Promises is dark, brutal, grim and violent. It's also really great as well don't get me wrong, and contains some superb performances (especially Viggo Mortensen, but then again he's always watchable, even in terrible films). Cronenberg has always been hit or miss with me, but the one-two punch of A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises always reminds me of what he's really capable of (also Videodrome).

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 6/2/2013 1:28:04 AM   
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Good man. Should have been the film that won the Eurovision thread.


It was certainly better than that other film you picked

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 6/2/2013 3:22:13 PM   
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Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kauffman, 2008)
I quite enjoyed this but I reckon I'll enjoy it more on subsequent viewings because I won't be thinking "Wait, what?" for the majority of the running time. Hoffman is on great form as are most of the supporting cast and it's a really interesting premise but the looseness of time in the film really makes for a lot of head scratching. I gather the intention was to create a dream like quality but this was easily done with the more surreal elements in the film anyway, the perpetually burning house for example. It just hurt my head wondering why the fuck everyone seemed to be aging at different speeds. Olive (his daughter) went from being 11 years old, off screen, to being a full grown adult whereas Ariel (his other daughter) didn't seem to have aged a day in the same time.

Still, it wouldn't be Charlie Kauffman if it didn't leave you wondering "what the fuck?" at the end. The most fucked up thing about it though is the assertion that the film was a smash hit comedy on the cover. That claim was probably the funniest thing about it. 3.5

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Blood Island. So called because it's the exact shape of some blood

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 6/2/2013 5:41:06 PM   
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6. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie - 9/10
The perfect film to watch when being otherwise indisposed. Hilarious from start to finish, and there's something oddly hot about Patrick in stockings and leather high heels!


10. The Sessions - 8/10
It just plays all its cards flat out with a cheeky line of comedy amongst the drama of the story itself. Cast are excellent and Hunt well deserves her Oscar nom. Nice to see Hawkes reuniting alongside a couple of Deadwood actors as well.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 6/2/2013 9:09:45 PM   
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The Brotherhood of the Bell (Paul Wendkos)

When Beyonce sang "Who run the world? Girls", she was wrong. For it's Dean Jagger and his Masonic lodge that seemingly have their claws into every facet of life, as discovered by Glenn Ford when his membership qualities are shaken when a service he carries out for them leads to the death of a friend. As a TV movie it doesn't really disturb, though the performances do give a decent bit of gravity to the situation. However, it does build up to a quite marvellous sweaty bit of tension when Ford goes on TV to expose the brotherhood, only for it to turn into a little microcosm of America, with various conspiracies about who really holds the power in society pouring out from the audience. That should be the climax of the film, but unfortunately it goes on for another ten minutes and ends relatively happy when material like this is crying out for a bleak, downbeat ending - it was the '70s after all. (3)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2013 - Discus... - 6/2/2013 10:12:38 PM   
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15 - Life of Pi (Ang Lee, 2012) 5/10
Found the story and characters a little too bland, it took a long time to get going, but once it got to the boat things did livern up and I was impressed by the visual style and engaged with the despute. Then again the ending dragged. Passible fare, but it doesn't belone in the best picture nominations.




I'm beginning to think I'm the only one on this site who actually loved this film.

The amount of cynicism & scepticism towards Pi in this thread alone could make one weep.



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Qwerty's Top 10 of 2013 (so far)

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. No
3. A Hijacking
4. Behind the Candelabra
5. In The Fog
6. Good Vibrations
7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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