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Old February 27 2010, 11:49 PM   #256
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All of the actors are very good in that movie (I think it has every white character actor ever in some small role, plus Morgan Freeman and a few other notable African-American actors). I'm not sure I buy Red gaining his parole by antagonizing a white parole board member, but it's such a wonderful moment that, like many things in the film, I don't care.
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Old February 28 2010, 12:19 AM   #257
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Shawshank is one of my favourite movies.
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Old February 28 2010, 05:37 AM   #258
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Married Life (2007) [B+]

Pretty good film with a decent cast that fell through the cracks.
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Old March 1 2010, 01:24 AM   #259
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Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]
Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
Sunshine [C]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [ B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]
Starship Troopers [A]
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
Altered States [A]
Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
Renaissance [ B]
District 9 [ B]
The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]

This movie does a pretty good job of pointing out (to excess, even) the hilarious cliches of the Hollywood biopic (especially the musician biopic). And, surprisingly, most of the music is pretty good. I wouldn't call it great, but it's pretty watchable (and why isn't Tim Meadows in more films--the man has brilliant comedic timing).
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Old March 1 2010, 04:29 PM   #260
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Films seen for the first time in 2010 -

Where The Wild Things Are - B+
Up in the Air - A
Avatar - C+
Precious - B
Invictus - C+
Inglourious Basterds - A
Twilight - C
Law Abiding Citizen - D+
Sherlock Holmes - B
An Education - C+
The Blind Side - D
A Serious Man - C
Crazy Heart - B+
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Old March 1 2010, 05:28 PM   #261
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District 9 - A
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - B+
The Wrestler - B
V for Vendetta - C+
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - C
Corpse Bride - C
Battlefield Earth - F
There Will Be Blood - A
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - B
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - B
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - A
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - B-
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - B
Faust (1994) - A
Night on Earth - B
Schizopolis - B-
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes - B
Primer - B
Ryan (2005) - B
Lost Highway - C+
The Seventh Seal (1957) - A
Metropolis (1927) - A
Kagemusha - A
Following - B+
Masters of Russian Animation 1, 2 - A
The Old Man and the Sea (animated) - A
The Man Who Planted Trees - A
Miller's Crossing - B+
Ocean's Eleven - B-

I've just watched Miller's Crossing for the first time this weekend, and it's a very good film. It's a period mob drama with some interesting plot twists and some memorable performances. How awesome are tommy guns? (Answer: very awesome). John Turturro turns in another great performance as the Coen brothers go-to guy. This might deserve an A, but the Coens have made better films since then, so I'd give it a B+.

Ocean's Eleven - I must live under a rock because I'd never seen this until this past weekend. It's a serviceable caper movie with at least one really good plot twist. The writing and direction were both pretty good, but it seemed to be missing a little extra something to really capitalize on it's premise. B- for being a fun movie about Vegas and for star power.
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Old March 1 2010, 06:50 PM   #262
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Miller's Crossing remains my favourite Coen Bros. film; the scene where Albert Finney escapes an assassination attempt to the tune of "Danny Boy" is pure magic.
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Old March 1 2010, 07:17 PM   #263
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Miller's Crossing remains my favourite Coen Bros. film; the scene where Albert Finney escapes an assassination attempt to the tune of "Danny Boy" is pure magic.
Fargo is probably mine, but yes that was a very good scene.
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Old March 1 2010, 08:59 PM   #264
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I'm one of the minority that hated Fargo.
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Old March 1 2010, 09:00 PM   #265
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I'm one of the minority that hated Fargo.
I'm one of the minority that adore The Hudsucker Proxy.

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the scene where Albert Finney escapes an assassination attempt to the tune of "Danny Boy" is pure magic.
Probably the best use of that song ever, I'd wager.
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Old March 1 2010, 09:14 PM   #266
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I quite liked Hudsucker (at times it was a little too self-consciously imitating the rhythms of a 1930s screwball comedy).
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Old March 1 2010, 10:23 PM   #267
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I'm one of the minority that hated Fargo.
I thought it was stupid, too. Just don't understand the appeal.
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Old March 1 2010, 10:48 PM   #268
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I like all of the Coen Bros films that I've seen, the only one that I'm lukewarm on is Raising Arizona. My favorites are probably Fargo, Blood Simple, and The Big Lebowski. I still haven't seen A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, Barton Fink, or The Ladykillers.

I thought No Country was good but not as good as it got credit for. I thought There Will Be Blood was the better film that year.
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Old March 1 2010, 10:51 PM   #269
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Do you even like Intolerable Cruelty, which I thought was so bad, it's just easier to forget the Coen brothers were the ones who made it?
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Do you even like Intolerable Cruelty, which I thought was so bad, it's just easier to forget the Coen brothers were the ones who made it?
The latter I guess, never saw it either. I hadn't realized it was one of theirs.
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