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Old December 30 2011, 12:42 AM   #976
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201. Capitalism: A Love Story (B-)

This isn't Michael Moore's best effort, but it's still a watchable documentary. The film's deepest flaw is that it bounces from vignette to vignette, but has difficulty maintaining a strong line of argument. Still, I'm a little surprised that critics thought the movie's only solution to the problems of capitalism was a vaguely defined notion of "democracy." That does come up during the finale (which is rather weak, honestly, especially in light of the occupy protests, which have been undisciplined and ineffective), but Moore is presenting a much broader argument in favor of government intervention and regulation that is clear throughout the movie. In addition, it doesn't speak very positively about the United States that even Michael Moore, about as visible a figurehead as the left has in this country outside of government, can only obliquely engage with ideas of socialism.

The weakest part of the movie, though, are Moore's stunts, which aren't as funny or effective as ones from his previous documentaries. Moore's trademark humor is still here, but sometimes it's hard to laugh when the subject matter is so dark. Hopefully, in the future, he tackles a smaller and more personal subject matter (like he did in Bowling for Columbine and Roger & Me) rather than making another broad and unfocused documentary like this one.
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Old December 30 2011, 12:55 AM   #977
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Old December 30 2011, 01:01 AM   #978
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Finished Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas last night and it made me really glad that illegal drugs were never an option for me, even though I've had friends who have used 'em over the years.
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I saw Steven Spielberg's new movie War Horse on Christmas Day. It was awful. Yet, it's getting rave reviews. I don't get it.
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Old December 31 2011, 07:46 AM   #980
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1. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - C-
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - A
3. Black Swan (2010) - A+
4. The Social Network (2010) - A
5. Cannibal! The Musical (1996) - B
6. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) - B
7. Winter's Bone (2010) - C+
8. The Kids are All Right (2010) - A
9. The Lovely Bones (2009) - D
10. 127 Hours (2010) - A
11. Source Code (2011) - B
12. Kick-Ass (2010) - B
13. Thor (2011) - B+
14. X-Men: First Class (2011) - B
15. Easy A (2010) - B
16. Bridesmaids (2011) - A+
17. Super 8 (2011) - B+
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) - B-
19. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - B+
20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011) - B
21. Robin Hood (2010) - B-
22. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - B
23. The Adjustment Bureau (2011) - B-
24. Moneyball (2011) - B+
25. The Lion King (1994) - A+
26. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) - B+
27. The Help (2011) - B

This is probably my last movie of the year until the new thread so a 27 movie haul for me in a year isn't bad. It's not anywhere near as many movies as a lot of other folks in this thread, but at least I can say I'm proud I kept up with it all throughout the year.

Anyway, With award season right around the corner I figure now is as good a time as any to start catching up. That's not to say this movie is going to get nominated or anything, but it really is the kind of movie that the Oscars love. A period peice dealing with racism, set in the south in the 1960s. What more could the academy ask for.

It was an enjoyable movie, even though I'm not sure if I would say a 2011 hit. I feel like I've seen movies like this all the time and this one could have been a little deeper in terms of showing the struggles of the time. What I mean is it seemed like the most horrific part of being a Black maid in the south was the scene during the thunder storm where Minny was using the bathroom and then got fired. It was quite a powerful scene and for some reason I don't think the rest of the movie really lived up to it.

Of course the plot of the movie was about the stories about being in this lifestyle for coloreds and on that end it was well done. I've really grown to like Emma Stone a lot and am glad she's been getting into some serious (Academy baiting) roles after movies like Zombieland. I also liked Minny's and Aballaine's characters and do think Viola Davis could get some consideration. Overall, it was a pretty good movie, a little bit on the long side, but I really want to see what else is out there before calling this one an oscar contender, even though the plot obviously makes it so.
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Old December 31 2011, 03:45 PM   #981
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I finally saw Tootsie last night. Dustin Hoffman did a pretty good job playing an older woman.
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Old December 31 2011, 04:37 PM   #982
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107. Mission Impossible(4):Ghost Protocol: A
108. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A
109. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: A-
110. Belly: D-
111. Despicable Me: B+

Finally got around to seeing this. It's a cute little animated film. Reminded me alot of some of the schtick you'd seen in the ole Bugs/Daffy type gags. The large array of guns as Vector and Gru went at each other. I know the adopted girls were meant to show how Gru was redeemable AND connect with the movies intended audience but it just didn't fully work for me. Hence B+. Good film though.


So my 2011 total rings in at 111 films of first time viewing. Not bad.
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Old January 1 2012, 02:23 AM   #983
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1. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - C-
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - A
3. Black Swan (2010) - A+
4. The Social Network (2010) - A
5. Cannibal! The Musical (1996) - B
6. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) - B
7. Winter's Bone (2010) - C+
8. The Kids are All Right (2010) - A
9. The Lovely Bones (2009) - D
10. 127 Hours (2010) - A
11. Source Code (2011) - B
12. Kick-Ass (2010) - B
13. Thor (2011) - B+
14. X-Men: First Class (2011) - B
15. Easy A (2010) - B
16. Bridesmaids (2011) - A+
17. Super 8 (2011) - B+
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) - B-
19. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - B+
20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011) - B
21. Robin Hood (2010) - B-
22. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - B
23. The Adjustment Bureau (2011) - B-
24. Moneyball (2011) - B+
25. The Lion King (1994) - A+
26. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) - B
27. The Help (2011) - B
28. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (2011) - B
29. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - A-


Well, I decided to go to the movies and see a couple more before the year was out. I think it's safe to say this is probably it for the year now, as I don't plan to see another one tonight.

The first one was Sherlock Holmes, and it was enjoyable, but it was par for the course of the first one. The jokes were there, Downey Jr's. wit was still there, but I think it loses some points for me in how the movie goes from one point to another. It actually seemed a little more convoluted to me, and there were parts of it where I found myself dosing off. Still, it was enjoyable and a worthy sequel.

The second one, and the better one, was Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I typically like David Fincher movies and this one wasn't too different. I haven't read the book or seen the original, but I enjoyed this one even though I wonder if it could have been shortaned. The end felt long and I was starting to wonder if the movie was ever going to end. Really liked Craig here (The more I see him the more I like him) and Rooney was fantastic as the girl. I could actually see her being nominated if there is a nomination to be had for this movie. I'm not sure if I would rank it as the best movie of the year, but I really liked it.

And with that, the original reason I started this thread was to answer the question, what were the top 5 movies you saw this year. Well, according to my grades (And just talking 2011 films here) I would rank them as:

1. Bridesmaids
2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. Super 8 (The underrated movie of the year?)
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
5. Moneyball


I probably should have seen more movies this year, but there you go.
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Old January 1 2012, 02:24 AM   #984
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Thanks to all who particpated in the 3rd annual Movies Seen in [Insert Year Here]. I'm thinking of turning 2012's introducing some kind of theme or contest into next year's thread.
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Old January 1 2012, 06:57 AM   #985
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186 films for the year. Not a nice round number like last year, but a good total nonetheless:

1. In the Heat of the Night (A)
2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (B)
3. The Passion of the Christ (A)
4. Mamma Mia! (B)
5. All About Eve (A)
6. Looking for Anne (C+)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (B+)
8. The King's Speech (A)
9. How Green Was My Valley (B-)
10. Black Swan (B+)
11. Made in Dagenham (B)
12. Gentleman's Agreement (A-)
13. Barney's Version (A-)
14. Out of Africa (B)
15. The Social Network (A-)
16. The Sound of Music (B)
17. Pulp Fiction (A)
18. Forrest Gump (A)
19. The Shawshank Redemption (A+)
20. The Illusionist (B-)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)
23. Incendies (A+)
24. Mrs. Miniver (A)
25. A Fistful of Dollars (B+)
26. For A Few Dollars More (B)
27. WALL-E (A+)
28. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (A)
29. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (B)
30. Gigi (B-)
31. I Love You Phillip Morris (B+)
32. How To Train Your Dragon (A)
33. Tarzan (B+)
34. Oliver! (B+)
35. Gosford Park (A-)
36. The Princess Bride (B+)
37. All the President's Men (A-)
38. Oliver Twist (B+)
39. My Fair Lady (A+)
40. Hanna (A-)
41. The Godfather (A+)
42. The Godfather: Part II (A+)
43. The Godfather: Part III (A-)
44. Dog Day Afternoon (A)
45. Taxi Driver (A-)
46. Great Expectations (B+)
47. The Last Airbender (D-)
48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (A+)
49. Raging Bull (B+)
50. GoodFellas (A-)
51. Spartacus (A+)
52. The Deer Hunter (B+)
53. Reservoir Dogs (A)
54. A Clockwork Orange (A)
55. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (A+)
56. Gone With The Wind (A+)
57. On the Waterfront (A)
58. Thor (B+)
59. The Seventh Seal (A-)
60. Hamlet (A)
61. All the King's Men (A-)
62. Roman Holiday (A+)
63. Rebecca (A-)
64. Notorious (A)
65. American Madness (B+)
66. It Happened One Night (A-)
67. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (C-)
68. You Can't Take It With You (B+)
69. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (A-)
70. The Heiress (A+)
71. X-Men: First Class (A-)
72. Super 8 (B+)
73. Dr. No (B-)
74. From Russia With Love (A)
75. Captain Blood (A+)
76. The Best Years of Our Lives (A+)
77. The Adventures of Robin Hood (A+)
78. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (A+)
79. From Here To Eternity (A)
80. To Have and Have Not (B)
81. The Big Sleep (A-)
82. Barry Lyndon (B+)
83. The Snake Pit (B+)
84. Hoosiers (C-)
85. Rocky (A-)
86. Midnight in Paris (B+)
87. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (B+)
88. Key Largo (B-)
89. Bridge on the River Kwai (A)
90. The Apartment (A-)
91. Captain America: The First Avenger (A-)
92. Ordinary People (A-)
93. Days of Heaven (B+)
94. Yojimbo (A-)
95. Tangled (A)
96. Cowboys and Aliens (B)
97. Crazy, Stupid, Love (A-)
98. Beginners (A-)
99. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (A+)
100. Bonnie and Clyde (A-)
101. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (A-)
102. Elmer Gantry (B+)
103. Sanjuro (A-)
104. The Help (B+)
105. Dark Passage (B+)
106. Easy A (B)
107. Rob Roy (B+)
108. The Great McGinty (C+)
109. Christmas in July (B-)
110. The Tree of Life (B+)
111. The Lady Eve (A-)
112. Sullivan's Travels (B+)
113. The Palm Beach Story (A+)
114. A Passage to India (A-)
115. Glengarry Glen Ross (A-)
116. Hail the Conquering Hero (B-)
117. The Great Moment (C+)
118. Platoon (A)
119. Atonement (A+)
120. Patton (A)
121. Pan's Labyrinth (A+)
122. The Debt (B+)
123. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (A-)
124. The Pawnbroker (A-)
125. Double Indemnity (A)
126. Mildred Pierce (B+)
127. The Postman Always Rings Twice (C-)
128. The Great Dictator (A+)
129. La Belle et la Bete (B+)
130. Contagion (B+)
131. The Age of Innocence (B+)
132. The Remains of the Day (A+)
133. His Girl Friday (A)
134. Howards End (B+)
135. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (A)
136. The Lion King 3D (A+)
137. Paths of Glory (B+)
138. Big Fish (B+)
139. The Magnificent Ambersons (B+)
140. Dumbo (A-)
141. Smiles of a Summer Night (A)
142. The Ides of March (B-)
143. Moneyball (A-)
144. A Few Good Men (A+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)
147. The Last Picture Show (A-)
148. Attack the Block (B)
149. The Awful Truth (A-)
150. Ben-Hur (B+)
151. Only Angels Have Wings (B)
152. Midnight Cowboy (B-)
153. Holiday (B+)
154. Modern Times (A+)
155. Singin' in the Rain (A)
156. A Star Is Born (1976) (C-)
157. A Star Is Born (1954) (A-)
158. Time Bandits (C)
159. Kagemusha (B)
160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)
163. Cinema Paradiso (B)
164. Three Colours: Blue (B+)
165. Three Colours: White (A-)
166. Three Colours: Red (A-)
167. The Muppets (B+)
168. Election (A)
169. Le Havre (C+)
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)
176. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (B-)
177. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (A)
178. Jackie Brown (A)
179. Fanny and Alexander - Theatrical Version (A-)
180. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (A-)
181. 50/50 (B+)
182. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (A-)
183. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (A)
184. War Horse (B+)
185. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (A-)
186. We Bought A Zoo (A-)

Seen in theatres: 40 (38 new releases, 2 rereleases)
DVD: 166
New films: 175
Rewatches: 11

Top 10 of 2011 (so far), in alphabetical order:

1. The Adventures of Tintin
2. Beginners
3. Captain America: The First Avenger
4. Contagion
5. Crazy Stupid Love
6. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
7. Hugo
8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
9. Moneyball
10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Haven't seen yet: The Artist, A Separation, The Descendants, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Young Adult
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Old January 2 2012, 08:05 AM   #986
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202: The Adventures of Tintin (B-)

The final film I saw this year, I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away, despite being a fan of the character from Herge's original comics. Much of the action was too calculated and controlled to convey the tension of a live action action movie, and most of the characters (and the setting) were so close to an actual live-action movie that I'm not sure motion capture was really necessary.

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112. X-Men First Class - B+ (rewatch). I'd seen a bad feed of this before (at a local pub) that made the f/x look bad, watched it at home on disc it looked great so bumping my grade up. Probably the best X-Men movie. Magneto and Xavier are clearly the best characters so yeah, make a movie based around them and it's bound to be great.

113. Hellboy 2 (rewatch, blu-ray) - A-. Just a visually stunning movie which is a lot of fun. My only complaint is that after all the build-up the actual golden army comes off as more cartoony than menacing.

113 movies (not all new) graded in 2011.

I mostly looked backwards instead of forwards this year with my movie watching, becoming acquainted with old classics I'd never seen or revisiting favorite movies in high definition for the first time. I don't see this trend changing any time soon.

All the President's Men, Rear Window, and Network were all kind of revelatory experiences.
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In theaters:
1. Green Lantern

DVD:
Away We Go
District 9
The Social Network
King Kong
X-Men: First Class
Scott Pilgrim
Kick-Ass
True Grit
The King's Speech
all the Harry Potter movies minus Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
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Old January 2 2012, 08:30 PM   #989
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And my complete list of movies seen this year, which has been dominated by television shows, so it's not nearly as many as I saw in 2010...

58 were seen in theatres, the rest on home video.

1. Walk Hard (A) BLU
2. Adam’s Rib (B) DVD
3. There’s Always Tomorrow (B) DVD
4. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (C-) DVD
5. Lady in the Dark (C+) 35mm
6. Moon (A) BLU
7. The Social Network (A-) BLU
8. North by Northwest (A) BLU
9. All of Me (B-) DVD
10. Raw Deal [1948] (B-) DVD
11. The Green Hornet (D+) 35mm
12. Following (B+) DVD
13. The Road to Yesterday (D-) 35mm
14. Lethal Weapon (B) DVD
15. Action Jackson (C) DVD
16. Blade Runner (A) BLU
17. Galaxy Quest (A) BLU
18. Inception (B+) BLU
19. Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978] (A) BLU
20. Notorious (B-) DVD
21. In a Lonely Place (A) 35mm
22. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [1956] (D+) 35mm
23. The Servant (B) DVD
24. Videodrome (A) BLU
25. Johnny Guitar (B) 35mm
26. Rumble Fish (A) DVD
27. Sammy Goes South (B-) 35mm
28. The Parallax View (B-) DVD
29. Grosse Point Blank (B-) DVD
30. The Shining (C+) DVD
31. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (C-) BLU
32. Back to the Future (A) BLU
33. My Sister, My Love (D) 16mm
34. The Arrival (B) BLU
35. Shutter Island (B-) BLU
36. Knocked Up (B) DVD
37. Madonna: Truth Or Dare (B+) 35mm
38. Adventureland (A) BLU
39. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (A) BLU
40. The Fugitive (A-) BLU
41. Dark City (A) BLU
42. Food of the Gods (F) DVD
43. The American (A) BLU
44. Invictus (B+) BLU
45. Unstoppable (C+) BLU
46. Knight and Day (B-) BLU
47. Robin Hood (B+) BLU
48. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (B+) DVD
49. The War Room (A-) DVD
50. Paul (B) 35mm
51. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (A-) 70mm
52. 2001: A Space Odyssey (A) 70mm
53. Young Frankenstein (A) 35mm
54. The Producers (B+) 35mm
55. Source Code (A-) 35mm
56. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (B-) BLU
57. The Public Enemy (B-) DVD
58. Black Swan (C+) BLU
59. Team America: World Police (B-) DVD
60. Bullets or Ballots (A-) DVD
61. Fat City (B+) 35mm
62. Beginning of the End (F) DVD
63. The Prestige (B-) DVD
64. Sleep Dealer (A-) BLU
65. Trading Places (B-) DVD
66. The King of New York (C-) DVD
67. Up (A) BLU
68. Specter of the Rose (C) 35mm
69. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (B) DVD
70. They Drive By Night (B+) DVD
71. Hot Tube Time Machine (C+) DVD
72. Never Let Me Go (B) BLU
73. Salt (D) DVD
74. The Roaring Twenties (B) DVD
75. Easy A (B-) DVD
76. Dr. Strangelove (A) BLU
77. CSA: Confederate States of America (B) DVD
78. Sgt. Bilko (C+) DVD
79. The Man Who Copied (A) DVD
80. The Thing (A) BLU
81. The Yakuza (A) DVD
82. Dreams with Sharp Teeth (B+) DVD
83. Death of a Pigeon on Beethoven Street (D) 35mm
84. Performance (B-) DVD
85. Star Wars (A) DVD
86. Captain Milkshake (C+) 35mm
87. Some Like it Hot (A-) DVD
88. The Hangover (B) BLU
89. The Informant! (A) BLU
90. Inside Job (B+) BLU
91. The Hangover: Part II (C-) 35mm
92. Bridesmaids (B+) 35mm
93. High Sierra (B) 35mm
94. The Roaring Twenties (A-) 35mm
95. Super 8 (B+) 35mm
96. TRON: Legacy (B-) BLU
97. The Tree of Life (A) 35mm
98. Singin’ in the Rain (A) DVD
99. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended (A) BLU
100. The Mark of Zorro [1920] (C-) DVD
101. Transformers (D) BLU
102. The Kid (B-) DVD
103. Sunrise (B-) DVD
104. Planet of the Apes (A) BLU
105. Trouble in Paradise (B) DVD
106. Footlight Parade (C+) DVD
107. Green Lantern (C) 35mm
108. Tabloid (B+) 35mm
109. The King’s Speech (B) DVD
110. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (A-) DVD
111. Stagecoach (B-) BLU
112. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (A-) DVD
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132. Restless (C+) 35mm
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135. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (B+) BLU
136. The Gunfight at the OK Corral (B+) 35mm
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011


I watched 310 films (or 311 if you count Shutter Island which I watched twice). Of those 310, I watched 306 for the first time.

Other Stats:
Average year of release: 1966
Oldest movie watched: 1919
Silent films watched: 24
Most watched directors- Three way tie with six movies each: Edward Sedgwick, Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz
Non-English films excluding silent: 28.5 (Heaven (2001) is half English, half Italian)

I'll start with the worst movies I've seen this year because it's easier. Under no circumstances watch these films:
11 Meltdown: Days of Destruction (2006) TV Movie: It has Venus Terzo (Da Vinci's Inquest, X-Men: Evolution) in it. That is the only good thing I'm going to say about it. Bad science, I mean really bad science, and I'm a Star Trek fan!
91 Christmas in Wonderland (2007): Terrible.


I've watched so many movies this year a top 10 list is too difficult.
Top 13 (in viewing order):

6 Tokyo no kôrasu [Tokyo Chorus] (1931): This film made me want to see more Japanese pre-WWII and in particular Ozu films.

50 Metropolis (1927) Restored: The restored version is like a completely different film.

70 On the Waterfront (1954): Watching Marlon Brando makes me think of a young Shatner. Now obviously Shatner is not as talented as Brando but Shatner's physicality early in his career reminds me of Brando. I wonder how much Shatner was imitating Brando, how much of it was subconscious, how much it had become the acting style of the time and how much of it is coincidence.

84 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962): Tom Courtenay with an amazing performance, powerful film. I need to watch more "Angry Young Man" films.

118 Ladri di biciclette [Bicycle Thieves] (1948): This film stayed in my thoughts every day for weeks.

145 Missing (1982): Fantastic performance from Jack Lemon.

175 Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (1957): Facinating.

184 Fail Safe (1964): Disturbing.

200 Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)

229 Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (1920): Visually stunning.

242 The Householder (1963): One of many films on my list that I've never heard of that is a must see. Much like #118 on my list this is an example of a fantastic film done on a small budget.

275 La strada [The Road] (1954): Anthony Quinn can act.

310 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Honorable Mention (or part of my top 25):
37 Suna no onna [Woman in the Dunes] (1964)
49 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
54 The Lost Weekend (1945)
127 Pokolenie [A Generation] (1955)
134 Kanał (1956)
141 Popiół i diament [Ashes and Diamonds] (1958)
203 Le Dernier Métro [The Last Metro] (1980)
244 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
253 The Remains of the Day (1993)
277 American Splendor (2003)
279 Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
302 The China Syndrome (1979)

and

299
Kurutta ippêji [A Page of Madness] (1926): WTF, but strangely compelling. This film is still incomplete and the version I saw was without the narration that would have accompanied it when it was first shown. If this film were complete it might rank higher or lower; as it is it falls short of an honorable mention.
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