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Old March 11 2010, 05:24 AM   #316
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Theatre:

Avatar [ B]
Precious [A]
Invictus [ B]
A Single Man [B-]
Crazy Heart [A-]
A Serious Man [A-]
The Last Station [A-]

DVD:

Adventureland [B+]
Samaritan Girl [C-]
3-Iron [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Citizen Kane [A]
Planet Hulk [B+]
High Society [B-]
The Philadelphia Story [A-]
The Pianist [A-]
Murder By Decree [A-]
A Man For All Seasons [B+]
A Patch of Blue [B+]
Broadway Danny Rose [B+]
The Departed [A]
The Purple Rose of Cairo [B+]
Zelig [B ]
Radio Days [B ]
Hannah and Her Sisters [B+]
Gone Baby Gone [A+]
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths [B+]
Doctor Zhivago [B ]
A Beautiful Mind [A-]
Match Point [A+]
Scoop [C]
Vicky Cristina Barcelona [B+]
The Maltese Falcon [B+]
Love and Death [B-]
Shakespeare in Love [A+]
Dial M For Murder [A]
The Last King of Scotland [A-]

A rather grisly journey into the realm of Idi Amin, as seen through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (who's a composite character of a couple of real people, with a judicious amount of fiction tossed in). Overall, I think using that vantage is a good idea; if you put Amin centre-stage from the start, you're inviting the audience to sympathize with him (view him as tragically misguided/fallen, etc.) in a way that would likely be irresponsible as a filmmaker. McAvoy often seems to play these kinds of viewpoint characters; he does a good job. Whitaker won his Oscar for this role, deservedly; it's a great performance, and manages to mix Amin's clownishness amiability with his evil menace effectively, something that a lot of actors wouldn't be able to make work. The opening drags a bit; we spend a good stretch of time with Gillian Anderson's character, but it doesn't really amount to anything significant.
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Old March 11 2010, 06:53 PM   #317
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I loathe what they do with McAvoy's character in that film, it's just terrible, though I did love Whittaker as Idi Amin. Go figure.

A Traudl Junge type character would have worked better, I think.

Any fan of the movie must see General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait, though.
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Old March 11 2010, 06:54 PM   #318
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What do you mean?
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Old March 11 2010, 08:08 PM   #319
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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]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
The Box [ B]
Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
Notorious [B+]
Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
Death to Smoochy [C+]

I can see why this film has a tremendous cult following, but at the same time, it's only a moderately successful comedy. Still, it has a great cast, and there are a few wonderfully demented moments (the Nazi flags during the final ice skating show, for example).
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Old March 12 2010, 07:34 PM   #320
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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]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
The Box [ B]
Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
Notorious [B+]
Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
Death to Smoochy [C+]
Double Jeopardy [D-]

Someone mentioned in another thread that Tommy Lee Jones is basically reprising his role from The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals as Sam Gerard, and since I rather like both of those films, I thought I would give this one a shot. Big mistake. Despite top billing, he doesn't appear until 34 minutes into the picture, and his role isn't a large one. This is Lt. Robin Lefler's movie, and, boy, is it a preposterous movie. I was so worn down by the end that I admit I fast-forwarded through the sappy conclusion.

Just terrible. "Awarded" a D- in recognition of being set in my home state and Tommy Lee Jones, who is still pretty good.
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Old March 13 2010, 02:01 AM   #321
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^Just carious, do you watch a movie a night? That's a lot of movies already.
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Old March 13 2010, 05:45 AM   #322
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Annie Hall [A+] - at long last, I've gotten to the Woody Allen movie, the source of two of his three Oscar wins, as well as Diane Keaton's lone statuette. It's often cited as one of the best romantic comedies, with an ending that people still talk about, and you can see why - some romances have always ended with the main couple not together, but that's usually played for grand tragedy, not as a matter-of-fact life thing (though people familiar with Allen's later films will be less surprised). Great performances from the leads, and Allen's directing style is unexpectedly gonzo compared to his other films. Pre-famous Christopher Walken's cameo role was especially funny.

Tropic Thunder [B ] - one of the critical/online favourite comedies of 2008, I didn't see it at the time (wasn't seeing many films then; one consequence of moving away for graduate school was a major revival in my movie-watching, mainly DVDs). Of course, with any movie that gets as much online support, you're inevitably familiar with some of the more famous jokes/characters before going. Anyway, it's quite a fun movie industry satire, with very on-the-mark actor casting. You can see why RDJ got a nomination for his work here. But I didn't think it was quite as good as some people have said (some jokes/characters aren't as funny as the writer seems to think; Jack Black, in particular).

Manhattan [B+] - another famous late-70s Woody Allen movie, this is also very highly-ranked in his pantheon by most critics, but I liked it less than, say, James Berardinelli. It's a perfectly pleasant dramedy, and as good a showcase as any for Allen's brand of intellectual humour (unlike most directors, he's never afraid to include lots of references to high culture). Pairing Allen and Keaton has by now become a bit formulaic, but it's well-done; the other main relationship, with Mariel Hemingway's character, is also well-done, albeit the premise is intrinsically creepy (and full of irony in light of the debacle that ended his relationship with Mia Farrow). Hemingway does quite excellent work, and the final scene is a showcase for some of Allen's best quiet acting.
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Old March 13 2010, 08:59 PM   #323
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New York, I Love You (2009) [C] - too disjointed to be any good. There were a couple of good stories, but overall... nowhere near the level of Paris Je T'aime.

Halloween II (2009) [C+] - Rob Zombie has some great dialogue, and I have a huge crush on Scout Taylor-Compton now, but not much to offer here either.

The Damned United (2009) [A] One of my favorite movies of last year now. Michael Sheen is a terrific actor.
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Old March 13 2010, 10:56 PM   #324
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^Just carious, do you watch a movie a night? That's a lot of movies already.
It varies, but it seems to be close to that on average. I've seen 55 movies so far this year in two months and two weeks. Didn't watch a movie last night, though, so it looks like I've got some catching up to do.
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Old March 14 2010, 02:10 AM   #325
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Updates:
Armored Trooper Votoms: Big Battle (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Roots of Ambition (8)
Armored Trooper Votoms: The Last Red Shoulder (8)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files (7)
Boondock Saints (10)
The Book of Eli (8)
Cencoroll (8)
Les Chevaliers du Ciel (8)
District 9 (8)
The Edge of Darkness (9)
G-9 (6)
Green Zone (7)
Inglorious Bastards (7)
Law Abiding Citizen (9)
Lupin the 3rd VS Detective Konan (7)
Oldboy (9)
Pandorum (7)
Summer Wars (10)
Sword For Truth (6)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann-hen (8)
They Were 11 (9)
The Uninvited (7)
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Movies Seen in 2010
Duplicity - C-
The Hurt Locker - A
Moon - A
The Princess and the Frog - B
Crazy Heart - B+
Julie & Julia - A-
A Serious Man - A
Fargo - A
The Blind Side - B-
The Informant! - C

This movie barely held my interest. It was pretty much almost two hours of lies lies and lies and while charming at some points, as a whole I was a little disappointed. I know this is based on a true story and all, but as a movie it's so convoluted that it was hard to really enjoy. I did like Damon though.
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Old March 14 2010, 06:52 AM   #327
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^Just carious, do you watch a movie a night? That's a lot of movies already.
It varies, but it seems to be close to that on average. I've seen 55 movies so far this year in two months and two weeks. Didn't watch a movie last night, though, so it looks like I've got some catching up to do.
I've been watching mostly TV now that it's kind of hard to find movies I want to see. I've watched the 5th season of NCIS, the first season of House, the 1st season of Alias, and keep up with Lost, Chuck, CSI, Fringe, etc.... I really need to get out more.
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Old March 14 2010, 06:54 AM   #328
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I loathe what they do with McAvoy's character in that film, it's just terrible, though I did love Whittaker as Idi Amin. Go figure.
It was just as much her decision as his. Her death, likewise, was real, and in similar circumstances, though the person who impregnated her was different (obviously, since the lead is a composite character). He's in so far over his head I didn't have a problem sympathizing with him.

Unrelatedly:

High Noon [B+] - this is one of the most acclaimed Westerns of all time (arguably the most, though John Wayne hated it), and scores pretty highly on many Greatest Films of All Time lists. One can appreciate how significant it is in the context of the times; in a lot of ways, it's the first revisionist Western. From the vantage point of nearly 60 years hence, that novelty has faded quite a lot; revisionist Westerns are really the only kind being made. That said, there's still plenty to appreciate here. The film is quite economical in terms of time, and makes quite effective use of real-time to build tension. The decision to go for a claustrophobic atmosphere on the prairie is daring, but it works too. Cooper is very good, as are the supporting performances (though Grace Kelly frankly seems a bit out of place, particularly the accent). The climactic gunfight is also still fairly genre-breaking; even most revisionist Westerns wouldn't kick off with the protagonist shooting someone in the back (and that happens again). Albeit, in terms of the rule of escalation, having seen Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall fight off a dozen plus guys in Open Range, Gary Cooper against four is harder to paint as a suicide mission.
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Old March 14 2010, 07:04 AM   #329
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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]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
The Box [ B]
Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
Notorious [B+]
Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
Death to Smoochy [C+]
Double Jeopardy [D-]
The Maltese Falcon [A-]
Starship Troopers [A]
Green Zone [ B]

I saw the Maltese Falcon several weeks ago, and thought I added it to the list, but apparently I forgot. I was writing a paper comparing it with the original serial, and I've already talked about it in this thread, so there's not much more to say.

I watched Starship Troopers again, this time with the writer and director commentary. A rather enlightening, and entertaining track, I thought. I still really like the movie.

Saw Green Zone in the theatre tonight. It was more Bourne and less United 93, and I wanted it to be the other way around, but it was still a well made action picture set during the early stages of the Iraq War. I gave The Hurt Locker an A- two months ago. Having read several articles taking it apart for its many errors, I'd probably lower that to a B now. Green Zone is about as good, and about as accurate (and more political). Neither film is as good as David Simon's Generation Kill miniseries, though.

It's been a long time since I've seen High Noon. I wonder if it holds up?
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Altered States [A]
What is that first one? A porno? "Altered States" is the next movie I'm going to watch. Your rating makes me optimistic. The last three movies I watched were "The Last Temptation of Christ", "The Sting", and "Carnal Knowledge". They were all very good, but "The Last Temptation of Christ" was a little too long. I liked it a lot at the start...I really appreciated its depiction of Jesus as a soft-spoken man who tried his damnedest to reason with everyone and avoid violence, but his transformation to a much more aggressive person and the crazy hallucinatory fantasies towards the end confused me and diminished my interest in the movie a bit. It was still solid overall and I'm glad I watched it, but it's my least favourite of the Scorsese movies I've seen.

It's always nice to see someone discovering Woody Allen's movies. He's my favourite director. I set aside some time every year to see some of his movies that I've never seen before (usually towards the end) as a special occasion. I recommend checking out "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" next. They are my favourites after the two that have been mentioned. "Sleeper", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", and "Love and Death" are terrific too.

Jeez, Harvey! 55 in two months? I've been proud of myself for squeezing 60 into a year for the past few years! I figure even 52 in a year is a lot, since it would mean one movie a week, and that's more than a lot of people would watch. You are certainly prolific when it comes to moviewatching. I only go to the theatre about 6 times a year because there are so many old movies I want to see as I hope to see every classic ever made!
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