The Zone's 2007 Movie Journal

New movies! Old movies! B-movies! Discuss discuss discuss!!!

Postby Lyle Gorch on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:00 pm

WinslowLeach wrote:
Lyle Gorch wrote:COOL thread...Some cool lists posted...amazing group of films on WinslowLeach's list
(How in the hell did you screen THE DION BROTHERS...it was titled THE GRAVY TRAIN when I saw the last moments of it years ago on late night tv...I've wanted to see it in its entirety ever since.)


DVD-R dude, thats the only way to see it these days. I'd wanted to see it ever since Grande Rojo reviewed it at the first or second QT Fest. Its a really funny, crazy film, although I'm sure seeing on a big screen would make it even better.


DVD-R....via what? eBay?
I'd love to get my hands on that...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:03 pm

DVD-R via Grave Digger Video. They have tons of old 70s cult films on DVD-R.
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Postby Lyle Gorch on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:10 pm

WinslowLeach wrote:DVD-R via Grave Digger Video. They have tons of old 70s cult films on DVD-R.


I'm on it...thanks!
BTW...what's your take on BAD COMPANY?
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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:12 pm

Bad Company (1972) with Jeff Bridges? I love that one! Its like this rag tag bunch of kids trying to be badass outlaws. Excellent little gem. I actually havent met many people who even know about that one.
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Postby Lyle Gorch on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:19 pm

WinslowLeach wrote:DVD-R via Grave Digger Video. They have tons of old 70s cult films on DVD-R.


Their domain name is expired as of 01/03/07 :evil:
Damn...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:22 pm

Its been a long time since I even checked that website actually. Sorry bout that.
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Postby Holer on Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:52 pm

Lyle Gorch wrote:Re-made in 1954 as the Western "Broken Lance"...I prefer the original. Robinson's accent can be a little over the top...but the man's performance is something to behold. They don't make 'em like this anymore.


Ah! I too enjoyed both of these films. Again, fun to see the way they used to do remakes by changing the mis en scene around a bit. Much more creative than the note for note remakes they do today.
But I'd RATHER watch another movie...
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:26 am

Brocktune wrote:
1/31/07 - Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS There were 2 movies i wanted to see on the big screen before i die. now, there is only one.



What's the other?
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Postby Brocktune on Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:58 pm

magicmonkey wrote:
Brocktune wrote:
1/31/07 - Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS There were 2 movies i wanted to see on the big screen before i die. now, there is only one.



What's the other?


"URGH! A Music War"
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Postby RaulMonkey on Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:19 pm

Since I gave a shout-out in Moriarty's DVD blog saying how cool it was that that thread and this one were bringing in some new hardcore people, and invited the new folks over there to c'mere and show us what they're watching, I want to also encourage the new peeps in here to flash us their set-ups over there!
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:21 pm

Nice work Raul, I've also been really excited by the influx of new movie peeps 'round these parts.
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Postby wonkabar on Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:40 pm

January

Babel
Pan's Labyrinth
The Illusionist
The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
Rocky Balboa
Venus
Every one of the SW-movies numerous times ( w/ my sister's kids)

Febuary

Just GOW so far
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List Time

Postby Knthrak on Sat Feb 03, 2007 9:48 pm

Ok here goes my list, missed Jan so will go straight to Feb and see how long I can keep this going. All movies will be out of 10.
(Also im only going to write up movies that I am watching for the first time during the month, otherwise it will probably get way to long)

February

Deja Vu - 7
Marine, The - 5
Unknown - 6.5
Apocalypto - 7
88 Minutes - 6.5
Running Scared - 7
Illusionist, The - 7.5
This Film Is Not Yet Rated - 7.5
Three O'Clock High (1987) - 7 suprised by this one.
Blood Diamond - 7.5
Pans Labyrinth - 8
Protector, The - 6.5
Last King Of Scotland - 8
Pulse - 5.5
Alibi, The - 7.5 (Steve COgan is always entertaining)
The Oh In Ohio - 7
Smoking Aces - 7.5 (enjoyable popcorn flick)
Woods, The - 6 (gets and extra two marks for having bruce in it)
Havoc - 6.5 (extra marks for hathaway getting her gear off)
Tenacious D - 6.5
Brick - 7.5
Saw 3 - 5.5
Protector, The - 7
Exiled - 7.5
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:24 pm

Brocktune wrote:
magicmonkey wrote:
Brocktune wrote:
1/31/07 - Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS There were 2 movies i wanted to see on the big screen before i die. now, there is only one.



What's the other?


"URGH! A Music War"


Nice.

I don't know if you remember that I had "Branded to Kill" in the dvd queue, the fucker had no English Subtitles. :( So, you may have to wait a little longer for my opinion on that.
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Postby Brocktune on Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:26 pm

magicmonkey wrote:I don't know if you remember that I had "Branded to Kill" in the dvd queue, the fucker had no English Subtitles. :( So, you may have to wait a little longer for my opinion on that.


that is so weak.

want a copy of mine? :wink:
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:07 pm

Brocktune wrote:
magicmonkey wrote:I don't know if you remember that I had "Branded to Kill" in the dvd queue, the fucker had no English Subtitles. :( So, you may have to wait a little longer for my opinion on that.


that is so weak.

want a copy of mine? :wink:


Um, yeah.

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Postby stereosforgeeks on Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:09 pm

StereosForGeeks 2007 Film Journal

January
The Good Shepherd
Flags of Our Fathers
Zui hao de shi guang
Idiocracy
Fong juk
Land of Plenty
Turistas
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
SherryBaby
Kekexili
The Holy Mountain
Life of Brian
A Boy and His Dog
ReGenesis (Seasons 1-2)
Hei kek ji wong
Sexy Beast
Fanny och Alexander
Comedy
Digital Juice
Ipcress File
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (Season 1)
2010
The Good German
Old Joy
All About Eve
Cabaret
Planetes (Season 1)
Aura, El
The Ladykillers
Pink Flamingos
Black Samurai
Heavenly Creatures
Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead
Smokey and the Bandit
Westworld
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
Peep Show (Seasons 1-3)
JAM (Season 1)
Fifty Pills
Angel-A
My Wrongs 8245-1249 and 117
Letters From Iwo Jima
A Journey To The End Of The Night
Stalker
Arthur et les Minimoys
The Blood of Heroes
Even Money

February
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
Venus
The Last King Of Scotland
El Topo
Leben der Anderen, Das
Laberinto del Fauno, El
Efter brylluppet
Children Of Men
The Departed
Idiocracy
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Prestige
Smokin’ Aces
Ran
Water
Muk gong
Hyperdrive (Season 1)
Riget
Riget II
Fast Food Nation

March
Nowhere Man (Season 1)
Split Second
For Your Consideration
Samaria
Bin-jip
Black Snake Moan
Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo
Shi gan
Seom
Young Frankenstein
Mei man ren sheng
Promedio Rojo
Ett Hal i mitt hjarta
Pauline a la plage
300
The Sarah Silverman Program (Season 1)
L’amour l’apres-midi
Le rayon vert
Top wo Nerae!
Top wo Nerae 2!
Fukushu suruwa wareniari
Die Hard
Hot Fuzz
The Limey
El espiritu de la colmena
Rome (Season 2)
Battlestar Galactica (Season 3)
Katok i skripka
The Lookout
Fido

April
Prison Break (Season 2)
Kicking and Screaming
Zodiac
The Good Shepherd
Friday Night Lights (Season 1)
Life On Mars (Season 2)
The West Wing (Seasons 1-7)
Frisky Dingo (Season 1)
Payback: Straight Up
L’ Armee des ombres
Electroma
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Tempo di viaggio
Paprika
Perfect Blue
30 Rock (Season 1)
Zwartboek
Moso dairinin (Season 1)
Sennen joyu
Slings and Arrows (Seasons 1-3)

May
Saibogujiman kwenchana
Grindhouse
Henry Fool
Cure
Breaking and Entering
Jeremiah (Seasons 1-2)
Ideal (Season 3)
28 Days Later…
Zerkalo
The Firm
28 Weeks Later
Fay Grim
Rosetta
Nun va Goldoon
Knocked Up
This Is England
Offret
Scrubs (Season 6)
Heroes (Season 1)
24 (Season 6)
Veronica Mars (Season 3)
Sunshine
LOST (Season 3)
Xich lo
Serpico
Ivanovo detstvo
Spider-Man 3
Chung Hing sam lam
Made In Britain
Direktoren for det hele


June
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Duo luo tian shi
Fa yeung nin wa
Peep Show (Seasons 4)
Chun gwong cha sit
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers - To Live and Die in Starlight
Andrey Rublyov
A Fei zheng chuan
Da zui xia
Nighty Night (Seasons 1-2)
Monkey Dust (Seasons 1-3)
Nathan Barley (Season 1)
Entourage (Season 3 Part 2)
Red Rock West
The Last Seduction
Hostel: Part 2
Rio Bravo
Wedding Crashers
A Woman Under the Influence
The Sopranos (Season 6 Part 2)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Solyaris
Satantango
Nostalghia
The Swimmer
Trailer Park Boys (Season 7)
Sicko
Dead Man
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Survive Style 5+
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Season 1)
Live Free or Die Hard

July
Escape From New York
The Loop (Season 1-2)
Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Hot Fuzz
House of Usher
Hard Core Logo
Cobra Verde
Lektionen in Finsternis
Ararat
Lat sau san taam
Lethal Weapon
Minority Report
Leon
Rescue Dawn
Zero Effect
Homicide: Life on the Streets (Seasons 1-7)
The Simpsons Movie
Transformers
Where the Truth Lies
3:10 to Yuma
Hustle (Seasons 1-4)
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Voices In The Dark
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
Hellboy: Blood and Iron
Inland Empire

August
The Jake Effect (Season 1)
Ratatouille
Professione: reporter
Police Beat
Zabriskie Point
John From Cincinnati (Season 1)
Superbad
The Bourne Ultimatum
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
Mahjong
Stardust
Bug
Dracula, Pages From A Virgin's Diary
What Is It?
Tenku no shiro Rapyuta
Spooks (Seasons 1-5)
Kaze no tani no Naushika
Big Love (Season 2)
Harsh Realm (Season 1)
Roger Dodger
Entourage (Season 4)
Flight of the Conchords (Season 1)

September
Odishon
The King Of Kong
Eraserhead
The Quiet Earth
A Man Called Horse
3:10 to Yuma
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Inferno
American Gothic (Season 1)
Opera
Underground
Oceans 13
The Professionals
The 4400 (Season 4)
Into the Wild
L' Ucello dalle piume di cristallo
Jeremiah Johnson
Phenomena
Kiss Me Deadly
Hatchet
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Jindabyne
The Wild Bunch
Zoo
Interview

October
The Darjeeling Limited
Hotel Chevalier
Tekon Kinkurito
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three
Noz w wodzie
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Zachariah
Resident Evil: Extinction
Il Mistero di Lovecraft - Road to L.
Leave Her to Heaven
La Chiesa
Black Sheep
Karhozat
The Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down
Gone Baby Gone
Prince Of Darkness
Haibane Renmei (Season 1)
Crna Macka, Beli Macor
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Hotaru No Haka
Nightmare City 2035
American Gangster
Guling Jie Shaonian Sha Ren Shijian

November
Californication (Season 1)
Dom Za Vesanje
Du Levande
Michael Clayton
The Long Riders
La Sindrome Di Stendhal
Viskningar Och Rop
Battlestar Galactica: Razor
Sanger Fran Andra Aningen
Hets
Nobi
Fitzcarraldo
Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)
No Country For Old Men
The Omega Man
Tod Fur Funf Stimmen (Gesualdo: Death For Five Voices)
Chelovek S Kino-Apparatum (The Man With A Movie Camera)
Death Race 2000
RoboCop
Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 6)
Minna-Yatteruka! (Getting Any?)
Redacted
Millennium (Seasons 1-3)
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Season 3)
Weeds (Season 3)
Once
The Mist
Vargtimmen (Hour Of The Wolf)
House Of Games
La Notte (The Night)
Waitress
Control
Otac Na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)
Outlaw
Skammen (Shame)
Stroszek
Popular (Seasons 1-2)
Brotherhood (Season 2)

December
Heroes (Season 2)
Dexter (Season 2)
Sommaren Med Monika (Summer With Monika)
Super 8 Stories
Jeder Fur Sich Und Gott Gegen Alle (Kaspar Hauser: Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
Eagle Vs Shark
The Kingdom
Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People)
Das Testament Des Dr. Mabuse (The Testament of Dr. Mabuse)
I Am Legend
I'm Not There
Broken English
En Passion (The Passion Of Anna)
The Girl Next Door
September Dawn
The Last Winter
Tystnaden (The Silence)
Journeyman (Season 1)
4 Luni, 3 Saptamani, Si 2 Zile (4 month, 3 Weeks, And 2 Days)
Away From Her
Ten Canoes
American Gangster
God Grew Tired Of Us: The Story Of Lost Boys Of Sudan
Grbavica
Juno
The Devil Came On Horseback
The Shield (Seasons 1-6)
Charlie Wilson's War
Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band's Visit)
The Kite Runner
Atonement
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
Nanking
Stephanie Daley
The Man From Earth
Normal Adolescent Behaviour
Offside
Die Grobe Stille
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Re: List Time

Postby RaulMonkey on Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:16 pm

Knthrak wrote:Ok here goes my list, missed Jan so will go straight to Feb and see how long I can keep this going. All movies will be out of 10.
(Also im only going to write up movies that I am watching for the first time during the month, otherwise it will probably get way to long)

February

Deja Vu - 7
Marine, The - 5
Unknown - 6.5
Apocalypto - 7
88 Minutes - 6.5
Running Scared - 7
Illusionist, The - 7.5
This Film Is Not Yet Rated - 7.5


Welcome to the party, Knthrak!
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Postby ThriceDamned on Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:28 pm

MOVED TO: http://www.thricedamnedfilm.blogspot.com




I hereby reserve this spot for my 2007 Movie Journal.

I'm not really into assigning numerical values for films, so I'll be using the scale from "Excellent" down to "Dreck". I'm going to limit this list only to movies, and not to TV series on DVD.

FV will stand for "First Viewing", which means that I'm seeing it for the first time, and TH means that I went to the theater to see it.

Excellent (8.5 - 10)
The Prestige (Jan) (2006) (FV) (TH)
My Fair Lady (1964) (Jan)
Flying Down To Rio (1933) (Jan)
Seven Samurai (1954) (Jan)
Ran (1985) (Jan)
Playtime (1967) (Jan)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (Jan)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Jan)
Brick (2006) (Jan)
Sabrina (1954) (Jan)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) (Jan)
Rocky Balboa (2006) (Feb. 7) (FV) (TH)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) (Feb. 11) (FV) (TH)
Conan: The Barbarian (1982) (feb. 14)
Halloween (1978) (feb. 14)
Beauty and the Beast (1991) (feb. 17)
Solaris (1972) (feb. 18.)
Last Life in the Universe (2002) (Mar. 02) (FV)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) (Mar. 07) (FV)
Superman Returns (2006) (Mar. 09)
Danger: Diabolik (1968) (Mar. 11)
The Big Lebowski (1998) (Mar. 12)
Braindead (1992) (Mar. 13)
The Prestige (2006) (Mar. 14)
Untitled/Almost Famous: Director's Cut (2000) (Mar. 19.)
Marie Antoinette (2006) (Mar. 24.) (FV)
Hot Fuzz (2006) (Mar. 29.) (FV) (TH)
The Godfather - Part II (1972) (Apr. 10.)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (Apr. 12.) (FV)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds (1984) (Apr. 15.)
Shall We Dance (1937) (Apr. 17) (FV)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) (Apr. 19.) (FV)
Sennen Joyu/Millenium Actress (2001) (Apr. 22.)
Inland Empire (2006) (Apr. 28.) (FV) (TH)
Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior (1980) (Apr. 29.)
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:29 am

I just updated my journal (1st post, 1st page.). I had my first ever experience with Wallace and Grommit. Very enjoyable. Did Curse of the Were-rabbit win an Oscar? If not, it should have. A very good mixture of adult and child humor. I found myself laughing a couple of times aloud. Also, the animation was great. There needs to be more stop-motion type stuff if you ask me.
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Postby havocSchultz on Tue Feb 06, 2007 10:37 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:I just updated my journal (1st post, 1st page.). I had my first ever experience with Wallace and Grommit. Very enjoyable. Did Curse of the Were-rabbit win an Oscar?


If I'm not mistaken - I believe it won Best Animated Feature - And rightly so in my opinion - that was a great, fun movie...
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Postby pomeroy on Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:15 pm

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Italicized movies are movies I'm seeing for the first time. And, since ThisIsTheGirl asked so nicely, I'll rate them.

January
The Good Shepherd - A 7/10. This movie could have been so much better if it had had better editing. The flow was not nearly what it could have been. But, I still enjoyed watching Damon have no emotions.

Reservoir Dogs - 9/10. It's not perfect, but it's damn close. Such a great, quotable movie.

You, Me, and Dupree- 5/10. This wasn't as bad as I was expecting, and I did end up laughing at it quite a bit. Owen Wilson's stoner schtick is starting to wear thin, though.

Lucky # Slevin - 7/10. I really don't like movies that depend on the ending to make the film as a whole work. The first 45 minutes of this movie are crap.

Charlotte's Web -8/10. I think that my rating, and personal reaction, on this are skewed right now. I ended up fairly emotional at the end of this...weird.

Dazed and Confused - 9/10. I love this movie. I get older, it stays the same age.

Babel - 4/10. A waste of film. Pretty, gritty images wasted on a pointless story that hammers its points hard.

The Protector - 8/10. Tony Jaa is amazing. And the elephants are awesome.

Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - 0/10. A waste of my life that I will never get back. I no longer trust Will Ferrell in anything.

Employee of the Month - 6/10. Way funnier then it had any right being.

February
Children of Men - 9/10. Alfonso Cuaron is amazing, and this movie is crazy good.

Jesus Camp - 7/10. Informative. And, shockingly, as balanced as it is going to get.

The Devil Wears Prada - 6/10. Streep is great, as always. Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb - 10/10. One of my favorite movies. I introduced this to a friend, and was happy to have the excuse to see it again.

Garden State - 8/10. I still really like this movie, in spite of its ending. I think it's a nerd's dream of a flick (Meeting the perfect woman for you and falling in love with each other in, what, 3 days? Come. On.), and I think the ending is a bit ridiculous (except for the final line in the movie), but what it gets right, it gets right. Braff's comments on growing up and that theory of a home really hit home for me, and I have a great relationship with my parents.

Crank - 7/10. This movie was good fun up until the end, which I thought wasn't in line with the rest of the movie's tone. It was just weird. I enjoyed most of it (and some of the stunts were just great), but, I think I enjoyed The Transporter series of films more (I prefer Statham to be a bit more suave).

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Unrankable. This is my favorite movie. The top of the list. It just works for me, and assigning it a number is stupid. Is it the best movie ever? No, probably not. But each time I watch it, I see something new or remember something that makes it feel fresh. This is also my favorite Benicio del Toro role (he just nails his part).

Farce of the Penguins - 5/10. Jesus. Bob Saget really doesn't have much of a career left, does he? I enjoy him in pretty much everything (his stint on Entourage was hilarious), but this was kind of a chore to get through. It was funny at points, but was mostly just hard to watch. Only 80 minutes, though, so it was over fairly quickly.

An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder - 7/10. I'm a Kevin Smith fanboy (and I know this because I was laughing at this while my roommate barely cracked a smile during the time he was watching it), but this had nothing on the first set. No truly great "Superman" story. But, Kevin can talk about anything, really, so it's not like it was a total waste.

American Pie - 8/10. I still really like this movie. I think it is really sweet, and now that the shock factor of it has worn off, I think this movie really stands on its own. The performances are all pretty good (although Chris Klein always looks like he just woke up) and some of it is just genuinely funny.

The Departed -8/10. I liked this. It's a bit forgettable, but it works.

Man of the Year - 7/10. I was shocked by this. This was marketed so wrong...it's astounding. I cannot believe this is the same movie that those trailers showed. I expected a dumbass comedy (which, it had its dumbass moments), but for the most part this was an actual drama. It was pretty good. I'm still a bit surprised, honestly.

March

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition - 9.5/10. I love this movie. It's by far my favorite of the trilogy. I like the pacing of it, and there's nothing in it that really makes me cringe (unlike certain moments of the other two).

Tenacious D: In the Pick of Destiny - 7/10. I thought it was really funny. I'm a big D fan, though, so it's not a big shock that I was entertained. It's not a great movie, by any means, but I was entertained.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition - 8.5/10. Still a really good movie, but certain things (the really bad greenscreening when the hobbits are riding the Ents, Legolas as a skateboarder, etc) just make me cringe. It's still good, but not in the same league as the Fellowship (by the way, I love snowdays...I get to just chill out and watch overly long movies).

Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys - 5/10. Completely forgettable. Wait. It DID have John Cleese in a wig and a fake beard. That was pretty funny. But, the movie focuses on lame points about "guys" versus "men" and these points are so stupid. I actually think the premise of the movie had some potential, but focusing on the "public restroom problem" isn't that great. I know that this is being played for laughs...but it wasn't that funny anyway. A lot of wasted potential here.

Marie Antoinette - 7/10. This was ok. I really don't have much of an opinion about it. Kirsten Dunst was pretty good. I think my feelings about this movie were summed up by my roommate as we watched it. He kept wondering why nothing really happened in the film, and then when the credits rolled and Sophia Coppola's name came up as the director he said, "Oh. Now I completely get it." Yeah.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - 8/10. I really think that this movie is very funny, but I also am a bit tired of Borat. I loved him years ago, but I also grew to like Ali G (the character) more. While this is a very funny movie, I think it has its stretches of little-to-no laughter (and I do think that this comes from having watched the entire Ali G series several times), but it more than makes up for it at other points.

300 - 7/10. Look...I like a LOT about this movie, but as a movie, I don't think it's that great. It's got some great images, some awesome fight scenes, and I think Gerard Butler is great here...I just am not sure it adds up to something amazing. I don't get the "best comic book adaptation EVER" accolades this is getting (I think V for Vendetta holds that prize, honestly), but it is damn entertaining.

The Prestige - 9/10. Ok, it's official. Christopher Nolan is my favorite working director. I've dug everything the man's put out, and this is no exception. Bring on The Dark Knight.

TMNT - 6/10. This movie was fun, but nothing special. The lack of a villain that I could give a crap about, and Splinter's voice really made this worse to me.

Blades of Glory - 7/10. Enjoyable. Remember when I said I don't trust Will Ferrell? I still don't, but I'm glad I got dragged to this.

Children of Men - 9/10. Still amazing.

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Rocky Balboa - 8/10. A great end to the character.

Rent - 8.5/10. I think this movie is really, really good. I think it could have been great. On the extras disc, they have deleted scenes and an alternate ending. I think that if the scene "Goodbye Love" would have been in the theatrical cut (c'mon...it's an extra 5 minutes) and the alternate ending had been used in place of the one that was used (same runtime, but it bookends the movie better), this would have been right up there with the best movie musicals. That's right, I said it.

Oldboy - 8/10. The first 30 minutes of this movie are brilliant. The rest isn't, but it's still pretty good. And those fight scenes! Thanks! I'm not as thankful for the incest plot, but whatever.

Grindhouse - 8.5/10. Loved parts of it, was bored during parts of it. I think the directors' goals were met.

Empire Records - 9/10. One of my favorites. I love this for personal reasons.

V for Vendetta - 9/10. Great flick. I still think this is the best comic adaptation ever. And Hugo Weaving does an amazing job.
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Postby ThisIsTheGirl on Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:19 pm

Care to give them ratings, Pomeroy?
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Postby WinslowLeach on Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:13 pm

TIT-G, I thought thats what the 8/10 etc was for
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Postby Pacino86845 on Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:39 pm

I think pomeroy went back and edited his post to include the ratings... if you crosscheck the times of the edit and TITGirl's post.
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Postby magicmonkey on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:55 am

Mystified by Pomeroys score of 4/10 for Babel. I didn't think it hammered any points home. I just saw it as a finely crafted world drama.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:15 am

magicmonkey wrote:Mystified by Pomeroys score of 4/10 for Babel. I didn't think it hammered any points home. I just saw it as a finely crafted world drama.


Dude it seems we're in the minority with our Babel adulation... everyone else seems to think it's the Shark's Tale of international drama.
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Postby magicmonkey on Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:31 am

Pacino86845 wrote:
magicmonkey wrote:Mystified by Pomeroys score of 4/10 for Babel. I didn't think it hammered any points home. I just saw it as a finely crafted world drama.


Dude it seems we're in the minority with our Babel adulation... everyone else seems to think it's the Shark's Tale of international drama.


IPAMP.
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Postby pomeroy on Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:10 am

magicmonkey wrote:Mystified by Pomeroys score of 4/10 for Babel. I didn't think it hammered any points home. I just saw it as a finely crafted world drama.


OH THE UNITED STATES THINKS EVERYONE IS A TERRORIST. OH THE UNITED STATES BORDER POLICIES ARE BAD.

I honestly felt like Inarritu would have sat behind me and bopped me over the head each time one of his main ideas came up if he could have. That said, I can see why people like it. It is just not for me.
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Postby magicmonkey on Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:44 am

Do the United States see everyone as terrorists? Um, yes, at least if they are Arabic. Is the Mexican border policy/segregation bad? Um, yes. They are not points hammered home, that's just the way it is. Live with it. It was far more rounded politically than say Children of Men (which you gave a score of 9/10 for).

For me, the film was about stepping outside (of our borders), seeing peoples points of view and being offered perpectives other than we are used to being given. If you can't enjoy or appreciate it for those things alone, then there is also the emotional intensity of the piece and the theme of how driven apart, we as a world, are. It goes beyond language, to demonstrate that we are naked, alone, vulnerable, misunderstood and seperate as people as well as country. Something I find highly relevant for our advanced times. For me, the film stands head and shoulders above most of the films I saw last year for precisely those achievements.
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Postby pomeroy on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:02 pm

Yes, they were hammered home, repeatedly. When the entire point of one section of the movie is that the United States automatically thinks everyone is a terrorist, I would say the point has been beaten to death. It's ridiculously overwrought.

You know...if the points you mentioned had been brought about in a story that was worth telling...it might have been a different film. Instead, what was given just wasn't worth the time it took to tell. The entire Japanese schoolgirl subplot was worthless, in my opinion.

Children of Men was well done, with a story worth telling. It entertained me without really preaching at me. Which was nice.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:21 pm

magicmonkey wrote:Do the United States see everyone as terrorists? Um, yes, at least if they are Arabic. Is the Mexican border policy/segregation bad? Um, yes. They are not points hammered home, that's just the way it is. Live with it. It was far more rounded politically than say Children of Men (which you gave a score of 9/10 for).

For me, the film was about stepping outside (of our borders), seeing peoples points of view and being offered perpectives other than we are used to being given. If you can't enjoy or appreciate it for those things alone, then there is also the emotional intensity of the piece and the theme of how driven apart, we as a world, are. It goes beyond language, to demonstrate that we are naked, alone, vulnerable, misunderstood and seperate as people as well as country. Something I find highly relevant for our advanced times. For me, the film stands head and shoulders above most of the films I saw last year for precisely those achievements.


Seconded!

pomeroy wrote:Yes, they were hammered home, repeatedly. When the entire point of one section of the movie is that the United States automatically thinks everyone is a terrorist, I would say the point has been beaten to death. It's ridiculously overwrought.


Need I remind you of the United States' latest war, which was started precisely on the strength of calling someone else a terrorist (in this case an entire nation of people) without any form of evidence?

Children of Men was well done, with a story worth telling. It entertained me without really preaching at me. Which was nice.


Children of Men wasn't preaching anything because it wasn't saying anything at all.
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Postby Chairman Kaga on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:27 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:
Need I remind you of the United States' latest war, which was started precisely on the strength of calling someone else a terrorist (in this case an entire nation of people) without any form of evidence?

Well that's not true Pacino......Bad evidence is a form of evidence. So they had "evidence" it was just completely faulty.
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Postby magicmonkey on Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:27 pm

pomeroy wrote:Yes, they were hammered home, repeatedly. When the entire point of one section of the movie is that the United States automatically thinks everyone is a terrorist, I would say the point has been beaten to death. It's ridiculously overwrought.

You know...if the points you mentioned had been brought about in a story that was worth telling...it might have been a different film. Instead, what was given just wasn't worth the time it took to tell. The entire Japanese schoolgirl subplot was worthless, in my opinion.

Children of Men was well done, with a story worth telling. It entertained me without really preaching at me. Which was nice.


Dude, the entire point of that section was the drama. Are you nuts? Can you imagine being in that situation? Would you really (as Brad or Blanchett) be dwelling on the media coverage of the event? Coverage which we know to be incorrect, but in the crazy situation the media speculates. Again, it's another example of how disconnected we are as people and countries which is the main message of the movie, a point that obviously wasn't hammered home enough into your brain... That's what I mean by saying the messages were not hammered home, it is subtle.

The Japanese story is an example of another culture, in this worldly, human drama. You didn't like it, then fair enough. But, don't say the film hammered it points home, thats something it didn't do. Its a subtle and personal film that doesn't stoop to obvious messages or solutions.

Ultimately, I think it is you that has jumped to the wrong conclusion.
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Postby pomeroy on Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:34 pm

That's fine if you think that. I felt like I was being hammered away at with a few trite and cliche themes. OH NOES. THE U.S. IS THE BAD GUY.

I mean, I get it. Yeah, we do jump to terroristic conclusions about everything. Yes, our border policy sucks. But, god, how much more can these subjects be milked (poorly) by filmmakers? I'd rather just not see it tackled at all if it's going to be handled as hamhandedly as it was here.

You say it was rounded politically? How? I didn't see anything but a stereotypical portrait of the United States as a bully-nation.

In the end, though, whatever. It's only a movie. And not one that really matters that much in the scheme of things.
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Postby MasterWhedon on Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:37 pm

Guys, the Babel thread gets no love! Take your conversation over there (or to the EFBR if you want to get political-like)!

Silly Founder... :wink:
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:39 pm

MasterWhedon wrote:Guys, the Babel thread gets no love! Take your conversation over there (or to the EFBR if you want to get political-like)!

Silly Founder... :wink:


LOL, you're right Whedo. Come on magicmonkey, let's get our asses back to the Babel thread where we can give the film the handjobs it deserves in peace!
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:44 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:
MasterWhedon wrote:Guys, the Babel thread gets no love! Take your conversation over there (or to the EFBR if you want to get political-like)!

Silly Founder... :wink:


LOL, you're right Whedo. Come on magicmonkey, let's get our asses back to the Babel thread where we can give the film the handjobs it deserves in peace!


But at the same time, thanks for spicing this thread up a bit. On that note...

Anyone else seen Bastards of the Party? I was wondering what anyone else thought of it. I gave it a 6/10, and I thought the message was right, but it seems as if all the former gangsters preaching peace is irrelevant now because the game had passed them by anyway. Thoughts?
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:47 pm

Most failed. Thread. EVER!
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Postby magicmonkey on Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:48 pm

Ha, ignore the man Nacho.

Now where was I... oh yes, Babel...
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Postby Pacino86845 on Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:49 pm

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:Most failed. Thread. EVER!


Why? Because it didn't make it to page 80 in 5 days? The point of the thread is to keep it easy to navigate, so we can keep going through each others' lists without having to sift through several pages. I think it's pretty successful and the odd discussion goes on in here as well, but I think it's best that the real debates go on in the more appropriate threads.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:16 pm

Hehe... I was a referring to a the fact that it's sort of alla over a the place inna here, eh?

The concept, she was a simple... the execution though? Meh.
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Postby magicmonkey on Fri Feb 09, 2007 2:38 pm

Well, I give it 4 out of 5.
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Postby athenabodicea on Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:33 pm

brainiac wrote:DVD/Theater movie

:shock: Loved it!
:D Liked it.
:| OK
:( Not so hot
:evil: Hated it


This is the best ranking system ever!!!!

I may have to copy it... lol
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:56 am

To keep this thread a little more alive, I've decided that after each month, we should post the best and worst movies we saw that month, and then we can discuss them.

For January:

BEST: The 40 Yr-Old Virgin. I honestly think it's one of the best comedies in years.

Worst: There were a few fighting it out for the title, but I'm going to have to go with TWO FOR THE MONEY. It just didn't click with me.

Try to narrow your choices to only stuff you saw in January, and to only one choice. MAKE A DECISION, DAMMIT!

Have fun.
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Postby John-Locke on Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:21 am

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:Most failed. Thread. EVER!


I've been updating my list eveytime I watch a film and I think many others are doing the same.
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Postby Seppuku on Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:21 am

That I can do. Not including DVDs (that's just not fair when you're talking about the January/February line-up):

January:

Best: Notes on a Scandal. Nothing incredible, just a nice character piece about a repressed lesbian venting her sexuality by obsessing over Cate Blanchett. And hey, let's face it, you don't have to be a repressed lesbian to obsess over Ms. Blanchett. Features a shot of Cate on the can wiping her ass. Unfortunately it also has a scene with Judi Dench in the bath.

Worst: Dreamgirls. Oy gevalt, I hated this thing. It might just be because I really can't stomach warbling r&b that sounds worse than the filler on a Destiny's Child album. It might be because I'm a big fan of Motown/Stax a al, so I'd hope they at least try to make something that sounds like a half-decent Marvelettes b-side. No Motowner took up a whole side shouting "What about me?" at the top of their lungs! Add the kind of editing that makes it impossible to get into the film, and you have one of the few cases of me walking out of a film before the end (about 5 minutes before *SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS* Eddie Murphy died, apparently).
Dale Tremont Presents...

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Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:36 am

John-Locke wrote:
DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:Most failed. Thread. EVER!


I've been updating my list eveytime I watch a film and I think many others are doing the same.


Yeah, I certainly have been updating. I just saw Aquamarine .................... sorry. That pause was me getting a drink of water because I threw up in my mouth a little bit. And I saw kiss kiss, bang bang... which is spectacular.
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Postby Bob Samonkey on Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:54 am

I had to lose my Netflix account recently so my movie watching is going to go way down....

I am still going to the Hot Fuzz thing in March though. Come hell or high water...
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Postby brent_watches_movies on Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:44 pm

I also have updated my list with each movie I watch. Recently I switched from Netflix to Blockbuster and I am enjoying the fact that once I'm done with the movies I take them to blockbuster and exchange them for free rentals. It's a bit nicer than the ol' "waiting for netflix" game.

As for best and worst of the month?

Best Movie I Saw In January: Pan's Labyrinth (Runners Up: The Departed and Children of Men)

Worst Movie I Saw In January: Dead and Rotting - Probably the worst movie I've seen in my life. (Runners Up: Malevolence and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning)
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