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Old December 4 2011, 04:20 AM   #886
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Updates in Bold:

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (8)
The Adjustment Bureau (8)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (7)
Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion (4)
Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night) (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder (8)
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (8)
Babylon 5: River of Souls (7)
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (7)
Beverly Hills Cop (7)
Beverly Hills Cop 2 (6)
Beverly Hills Cop 3 (7)
Blue Remains (6)
Black Swan (9)
Bleach Movie 4: Hell Chapter (9)
Broken Blade 3: The Mark of the Assassin's Dagger (9)
Broken Blade 4: The Land of Disaster (9)
Broken Blade 5: Death's Horizon (9)
Broken Blade 6: Bastions of Sorrow (9)
Captain America: The First Avenger (8)
Coicent (10)
Cowboys and Aliens (8)
Cutthroat Island (9)
The Debt (8)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (9)
Drive Angry (7)
Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (9)
Five Numbers (9)
Gantz (9)
Godkiller (6)
Green Lantern (8)
Hanna (8)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (8)
Honey and Clover (6)
I Am Number Four (8)
Immortals (7)
Infernal Affairs (7)
Kamui (4)
Galaxy Express 999 (9)
The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
Loups=Garous (8)
Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye (9)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (9)
The Mechanic (2011) (9)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakeening of the Trailblazer (8)
Munto: The Movie (6)
Musashi Miyamoto (6)
Outlander (8)
Pirates of the Caribean: On Stranger Tides (9)
Priest (5)
Real Steel (8)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (9)
Scream 4 (6)
Source Code (9)
Super 8 (8)
Tekken: Blood Vengence (4)
Thor (9)
Three Musketeers, The (2011) (5)
Time of Eve (10)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (8)
Unknown (7)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (9)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (7)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling (8)
Versus (6)
X-Men: First Class (8)
Your Highness (3)
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Old December 4 2011, 05:32 AM   #887
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170. Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut (A+)
171. About Schmidt (A-)
172. Drive (B)
173. Hugo (A)
174. Ed Wood (A+)

Ah, 1994. Johnny Depp being in a Tim Burton movie did not yet feel obligatory, and Burton had not yet completed his descent into self-indulgence. This is Burton's best film, bar none, turning "Hollywood's worst director" into a Don Quixote out to realize his passion for film in spite of a total lack of talent. Depp is in top form, and Martin Landau's performance as Bela Lugosi is excellent (I've always been torn between him and James Whitmore for Best Supporting Actor that year; Lugosi certainly has more screentime). A lone discordant note is the climactic scene involving a fictionalized encounter between Wood and Orson Welles, which is well-written, but I'm always thrown by the fact that Vincent D'Onofrio's voice is blatantly being dubbed by Maurice LaMarche (whose Welles impression I'd recognize anywhere).
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Old December 4 2011, 05:43 AM   #888
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01/01 Black Swan (2010) ✭✭✭✭
01/03 Winter's Bone (2010) ✭✭✭½
01/22 Buried (2010) ✭✭✭✭
02/05 The King's Speech (2010) ✭✭✭✭
02/07 Catfish (2010) ✭✭✭
02/09 The American (2010) ✭✭
02/09 Frozen (2010) ✭✭½
02/10 Dinner For Schmucks (2010) ✭✭½
02/10 Case 39 (2009) ✭✭
02/11 Cyrus (2010) ✭✭✭✭
02/11 Piranha (2010)✭✭✭
02/11 Julie & Julia (2009) ✭✭✭½
02/11 From Here to Eternity (1953) ✭✭✭✭
02/12 Over Her Dead Body (2008) ✭✭
02/12 Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) ✭✭½
02/12 The Kids Are All Right (2010) ✭✭✭½
02/13 The Last Exorcism (2010) ✭✭✭✭
02/14 The Other Guys (2010) ✭✭½
02/14 Saw 3D (2010)✭✭
02/14 Nowhere Boy ✭✭✭✭
02/18 Due Date (2010) ✭✭
03/16 Goldfinger ✭✭✭
03/26 Thunderball
03/26 The Bride of Frankenstein ✭✭✭
03/27 Phantom of the Opera (1925) ✭✭✭
04/02 A Single Man ✭✭
04/03 Big Fan ✭✭✭
04/04 Grimm Love ✭
04/05 Stolen ✭✭✭
04/10 The Fighter (2010) ✭✭✭
04/11 Spartacus (1960) ✭✭✭ 1/2
05/11 The Graduate ✭✭
05/13 127 Hours (2010)✭✭ 1/2
06/02 Walkabout ✭✭ 1/2
06/10 Thor (2011) ✭✭✭ 1/2
06/12 Super 8 (2011) ✭✭✭✭
06/15 X-Men: First Class (2011) ✭✭✭✭
06/17 The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) ✭✭✭
06/19 Kalifornia ✭✭
--/-- Deliverance ✭✭ 1/2
06/29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) ✭✭ 1/2
09/26 Let Me In ✭✭
10/01 The Masque of the Red Death ✭
10/03 Trollhunter ✭✭✭
10/04 Skyline ✭✭
10/04 Halloween Resurrecton ✭
10/05 The Perfect Host ✭✭ 1/2
10/08 Manhattan Murder Mystery ✭✭✭
10/10 I Love You Phillip Morris ✭✭✭✭
10/26 Captain America ✭✭✭✭
10/26 Red State ✭✭✭
10/28 Lake Mungo ✭✭
10/28 In the Mouth of Madness ✭✭
11/09 Insidious ✭✭
11/10 A Little Help ✭✭✭
--/-- The Captains ✭✭
12/01 Hanna ✭✭✭½
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Old December 4 2011, 05:49 AM   #889
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06/29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) ✭✭ 1/2
09/26 Let Me In ✭✭
Couldn't bring yourself to watch another movie after Dark of the Moon, eh?
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Old December 4 2011, 06:21 AM   #890
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06/29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) ✭✭ 1/2
09/26 Let Me In ✭✭
Couldn't bring yourself to watch another movie after Dark of the Moon, eh?
I'll have to look at my Netflix account and see what was up haha...

I watched an embarrassing amount of Law & Order: SVU during that time period.
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Old December 4 2011, 06:07 PM   #891
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Love & Savagery: This is a Canadian film that stars The Republic of Doyle's Allan Hawko as a geologist who travels to a small town in Ireland and meets a young beautiful woman who's about to become a nun. She struggles with her love for him and her dedication to becoming a nun. He on the other hand is sure about her but has to put up with with her overprotective friends and family. This isn't the kind of film that gets people's attention and I haven't done justice in selling it here, but it really is a good movie.
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Old December 4 2011, 07:47 PM   #892
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Melancholia (2011) ✭✭✭

Las von Trier is one messed up individual. This is nowhere near as controversial as Antichrist, but his comments about Hitler and Nazis or whatever it was was certainly in my mind as I began watching this field.

Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsborough, Stellan Skarsgard, and others make for an all-star cast. Udo Kier has a particularly great scene of comic relief near the beginning of the film.

Basically, a woman goes a little nuts before a rogue planet begins it collision path with Earth. I recommend you at least see it, although it's pretty bizarre.
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Old December 5 2011, 05:27 AM   #893
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94. Paranormal Activity 3: A
95. Rachel Getting Married: C
96. Love Guru: F
97. Funny People: C-
98. Win Win: B+
99. Everything Must Go: B
100. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: D+


All I really want to say is, I don't get it.
Heard plenty of hype about this film on various sites and it didn't deliver for me. Wish film #100 had been better but hey not a bad total. I'll maybe get to 105 before years end. Wish I could recall how many I had on my 2010 list?
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Old December 5 2011, 05:47 AM   #894
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100. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: D+
Heretic, that movie was quirky and wonderful!


170. Almost Famous: The Bootleg Cut (A+)
171. About Schmidt (A-)
172. Drive (B)
173. Hugo (A)
174. Ed Wood (A+)
175. Out of Sight (A)

In my review of Almost Famous I remarked how it was odd to look back a decade to when Kate Hudson gave an amazing performance and seemed to be an emerging talent. Much the same is true here with Jennifer Lopez, whose decline was slightly more gradual than Hudson's (who literally never made another worthwhile film), but not by much. In the late 90s, Lopez seemed like she was going places, but she and Hudson both got taken out by the rom-com vortex of suck (as well as, in Lopez's case, a serious overdose of publicity).

George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, of course, did go places after this (including trips onto the stage at the Academy Awards); this is where Clooney became a movie star. Clooney and Lopez's interplay is fantastic to watch. Leonard influenced Tarantino, and this feels like a more low-key version of a Tarantino film (though with very similar editing). The supporting cast is likewise very good, and I got to wondering while watching this why Ving Rhames hasn't done anything notable in a while.

#175, 75 more than I reached last year. Don't think I'll make 200 before the year is out, though.
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Old December 5 2011, 09:06 AM   #895
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188. Sleeping Beauty [2011] (C)

After some deliberations I have to express profound ambivalence about Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty. The lead character is too much of a cipher and the narrative is too fond of rambling ellipses for me to come away with much of anything besides a distaste of old men and an appreciation of the film's performances and cinematography (The film's use of long takes that often look like portraits is truly gorgeous). I am happy to report that the movie is never exploitative; despite being filled with nudity, it's never very sexy. Still, too many of the main character's relationships are left unexplained. It's a pretty, but empty movie.

Not sure if I'll reach 200 films this year, although I'm heading to my parents for winter break and may manage a slew of films before the end of the year.

RE: Kate Hudson -- it's a shame The Killer Inside Me wasn't more worthwhile. She's managed to pick a mix of projects that looked terrible from the outset and movies that fell apart in the process.

RE: Scott Pilgrim -- Heresy, indeed! One of my favorite films of 2010.
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Old December 5 2011, 02:54 PM   #896
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Melancholia (2011) ✭✭✭

Las von Trier is one messed up individual. This is nowhere near as controversial as Antichrist, but his comments about Hitler and Nazis or whatever it was was certainly in my mind as I began watching this field.

Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsborough, Stellan Skarsgard, and others make for an all-star cast. Udo Kier has a particularly great scene of comic relief near the beginning of the film.

Basically, a woman goes a little nuts before a rogue planet begins it collision path with Earth. I recommend you at least see it, although it's pretty bizarre.
After Another Earth, this came to mind. Glad to hear that it's available.

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Heretic, that movie was quirky and wonderful!
Yeah, it was the fact that it was so unusual that made it appealing.
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Old December 5 2011, 06:20 PM   #897
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94. Kiki's Delivery Service - B+. Continuing my acquaintance with Miyazaki's back catalogue. Cute movie. Has an optimisitic tone that doesn't bother me in the way that some of the Disney movies bother me.

95. Jurassic Park (rewatch) - B+. Excellent Blu-ray transfer. Grainy yes, but that's how it was shot. Great DTS track. I find the last 1/3rd of the movie kind of tedious on rewatches.

96. Tron (rewatch) - A. Somehow this movie always surprises me. I mean I know what it looks like, but then I watch whatever new version comes out and I'm always impressed that it looks better than I remembered it. Great Blu-ray transfer. Not much of a story I guess but as a spectacle and a film with a truly unique look it's very successful.

97. The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear - C. Random animation buy I made off of Amazon. A french film from the same studio that made The Triplets of Belleville (but nothing at all like that movie). The DVD is fraught with transfer problems and bad de-teleclining. From the title I was expecting something whimsical, but this is actually pretty grim and not a whole lot of fun. The one good thing going for it is the watercolor backgrounds.

98. Jackie Brown (rewatch) - B. Watched this one a couple of weeks ago but forgot to review. Probably the most interesting thing about this movie is how some of scenes communicate their point non-verbally. Lots of long close-ups illustrating the character's emotional state (usually Jackie). Good caper film with some interesting cinematography. Not as much in common with Pulp Fiction as I remembered, except for Samuel Jackson who plays a very Samuel Jackson-esque character.

99. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - A. More Miyazaki, and at present the only one on Blu-ray (other than Ponyo). Very good. Imaginative creature design and a memorable fantasy world.
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Old December 6 2011, 12:46 AM   #898
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Crazy Stupid Love (2011) ✭✭✭✭

It's a romantic comedy. It's also romantic and funny. Great performances by the entire cast and very believable for the most part. It manages to avoid many cliches and produce something very worthwhile. Definitely my favorite movie not involving aliens, superheroes, or mythical creatures this year (so far).

Apollo 18 (2011) ✭

I know why it got delayed now. It's bad... really, really, really bad.
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Crazy Stupid Love (2011) ✭✭✭✭

It's a romantic comedy. It's also romantic and funny. Great performances by the entire cast and very believable for the most part. It manages to avoid many cliches and produce something very worthwhile. Definitely my favorite movie not involving aliens, superheroes, or mythical creatures this year (so far).
I think that was the best rom-com I've seen in a long time. Between that and I Love You Philip Morris, I think directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are worth watching; they're more committed to being inventive in the comedy genre than most.
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100. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: D+
Heretic, that movie was quirky and wonderful!
Yeah, it was the fact that it was so unusual that made it appealing.
It was unusual in a manner not to unlike the Crank films are unusual. Not a fan of those either. It just didn't click for me. Glad you guys like it though.
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