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Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:06 am
by Al Shut
July wasn't a bad month, finally saw a bunch of movies again, albeit not in the cinema :(

Best was Master and Commander
Worst was easiely the Fog remake, although I have no idea if it was really that nonsensical or if I just stopped paying attention somewhere in the middle.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:37 am
by havocSchultz
Al Shut wrote:July wasn't a bad month, finally saw a bunch of movies again, albeit not in the cinema :(

Best was Master and Commander
Worst was easiely the Fog remake, although I have no idea if it was really that nonsensical or if I just stopped paying attention somewhere in the middle.


It was...


Horrible ass of a movie...

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:05 pm
by Al Shut
:shock: you mean there really was no good explanation for the main ghost to suddenly switch from revenge to kidknapping and turning the girl into a ghost??? That was so weird I was preety sure I must have missed something.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:54 pm
by havocSchultz
Al Shut wrote::shock: you mean there really was no good explanation for the main ghost to suddenly switch from revenge to kidknapping and turning the girl into a ghost??? That was so weird I was preety sure I must have missed something.


I've tried to block as much as possible of that film out of my mind...
I really enjoyed the original and I was almost offended by the entirety of the remake...
Almost as anger-inducing as the Black Christmas remake...

And I have no clue what happened in the ending...
By that point I think I had smoked so much weed to try and numb the pain that I ended up in a fog of my own...

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:33 pm
by Nachokoolaid
My best and worst of the month hold true. THE DARK KNIGHT is solid. Go see it again.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:24 pm
by stereosforgeeks
Best Of The Month:
The Hart Of London - 10
Thoughts

Titicut Follies - 9.5
Thoughts

Yukoku (Patriotism / The Rite Of Love And Death) - 9.0
An incredibly harrowing and graphic short silent film about a disgraced man and his wife commit ritualistic suicide. What does it mean to be honorable? How do we maintain that honor? These are topics of the upmost imprtance to Mishima. You will be shocked and awed at the images on screen even knowing the eventual outcome. This harrowing story even becomes more-so as a prelude to Mishima's ultimate suicide.

Worst Of The Month:
The Mutant Chronicles - 2.5
Doomsday - 2.0

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:42 am
by instant_karma
11 more movies added to update April and May.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:49 am
by Nachokoolaid
Mmmm. Not a lot to choose from for my best and worst of the month in August (you can tell football season started!).

Best goes to The Usual Suspects. Awesome awesome flick. I'm fairly certain Singer will never top it.

And worst is Under the Tuscan Sun. Just not my cup of tea, really.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:13 am
by Al Shut
Finally been to a cinema again

Best was The Oxford Murders, enjoyable and worthwhile entertainment

Worst was a Sasori remake, the ultimate proof than one shouldn't pay to see a movie just because it is there. I'm not sure what the movie wanted to be but I'm sure it failed.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:04 pm
by stereosforgeeks
updated my journal

Best Movies of the Month:
Juvenile Court - 9.5
Wiseman's masterpiece? A look into a juvenile criminal justice system. The audience becomes judge and jury we are allowed to make the judgments concerning these characters and their ultimate fates. Did a 15 year old male molest the young girl he was baby sitting? Wiseman shows us the flaws and the well meaning individuals who work there. Would we do better than these individuals? Are there better ways to handle these situations? Wiseman leaves it up to us to decide.

Werckmeister Harmoniak (Werckmeister Harmonies) - 9.5
From the initial 15 minute shot expertly setting up the themes of the movie to the surreal circus whale this film has a lot on it’s mind. Tarr manages to setup his entire thematic universe in this one shot. You have theses drunks being manipulated into a metaphysical situation (man made order) of the earth sun and moon (natural world order) resulting in an eclipse (madness darkness) but that sun returns once again (hope), and the presence of death and rebirth which plays out later in the film. Each character could represent different forces in Hungary’s history as well.

Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - 9.0
A very interesting documentary on Mishima’s life and eventual suicide. Shraeder mixes a recreation of his last days, black and white flashbacks of his early life, and even different parts from his novels as representative of his life on colorful sets. Are these recreations from his novels actually representative of his life? The staging seems to show that this is only an approximation as any biopic really is only showing part of the truth about it’s subject.

Ou Git Votre Sourire Enfoui? (Where Lies Your Hidden Smile?) - 9.0
Pedro Costa’s look at filmmakers Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub while editing their film Sicilia! This was an eye opening experience for me on the process of editing and what different cuts imply in a film. Straub and Huillet talk about vary topics in the film industry and made me appreciate their thought despite never having seen one of thewir films. Their films have been added to my queue after this insightful documentary! For fans of the process of filmmaking only.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:45 pm
by Nachokoolaid
I haven't watched one movie in September. Work is totally dominating everything I do.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:11 pm
by Seppuku
Best film seen in the cinema: Probably Man On Wire, about a French Malcolm McDowell-lookalike's quest to find a purpose in life...which in his case translated to breaking into the World Trade Centre and tightrope-walking between the two buildings. If a stunt like this were to be pulled today (well...on two other towers), it'd probably be Blaineified the fuck out of and shot on fifteen cameras and broadcast across the world live. But we only get to see the final product in stills, as the guys who set this up were too busy trying not to get caught by security guards to actually film the whole thing. In fact, the whole documentary came across like more of a heist movie than anything: we get to meet the colourful crew, see a few dry runs (he tightrope walked across Notre Dame and over a motorway in Sydney) before we finally get to the break-in. But instead of risking his life for bags of loot, this guy just wanted to make his high water mark just that little bit higher than most other people's. Awesome doc.

Worst? RockNRolla by default.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:01 am
by stereosforgeeks
Seppuku wrote:Best film seen in the cinema: Probably Man On Wire, about a French Malcolm McDowell-lookalike's quest to find a purpose in life...which in his case translated to breaking into the World Trade Centre and tightrope-walking between the two buildings. If a stunt like this were to be pulled today (well...on two other towers), it'd probably be Blaineified the fuck out of and shot on fifteen cameras and broadcast across the world live. But we only get to see the final product in stills, as the guys who set this up were too busy trying not to get caught by security guards to actually film the whole thing. In fact, the whole documentary came across like more of a heist movie than anything: we get to meet the colourful crew, see a few dry runs (he tightrope walked across Notre Dame and over a motorway in Sydney) before we finally get to the break-in. But instead of risking his life for bags of loot, this guy just wanted to make his high water mark just that little bit higher than most other people's. Awesome doc.

Worst? RockNRolla by default.


Awesome movie one of the best of the year for sure!

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:19 pm
by verdouxbrothels
stereosforgeeks wrote:updated my journal

Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - 9.0
A very interesting documentary on Mishima’s life and eventual suicide. Shraeder mixes a recreation of his last days, black and white flashbacks of his early life, and even different parts from his novels as representative of his life on colorful sets. Are these recreations from his novels actually representative of his life? The staging seems to show that this is only an approximation as any biopic really is only showing part of the truth about it’s subject.


I've been meaning to check this out. Have you seen Mishima's film "Patriotism" yet? It was released by Crit at roughly the same time...I'll probably snag them both together.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:55 pm
by stereosforgeeks
verdouxbrothels wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:updated my journal

Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - 9.0
A very interesting documentary on Mishima’s life and eventual suicide. Shraeder mixes a recreation of his last days, black and white flashbacks of his early life, and even different parts from his novels as representative of his life on colorful sets. Are these recreations from his novels actually representative of his life? The staging seems to show that this is only an approximation as any biopic really is only showing part of the truth about it’s subject.


I've been meaning to check this out. Have you seen Mishima's film "Patriotism" yet? It was released by Crit at roughly the same time...I'll probably snag them both together.


Yeah just up the page I wrote:
Yukoku (Patriotism / The Rite Of Love And Death) - 9.0
An incredibly harrowing and graphic short silent film about a disgraced man and his wife commit ritualistic suicide. What does it mean to be honorable? How do we maintain that honor? These are topics of the upmost imprtance to Mishima. You will be shocked and awed at the images on screen even knowing the eventual outcome. This harrowing story even becomes more-so as a prelude to Mishima's ultimate suicide.


Two completely different but very good films.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:55 pm
by Leckomaniac
A few more updates. Including my new worst film of the year: Eagle Eye.

I also have added to very cute Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. I am a sucker for those types of films. It is formulaic and poorly paced, but if you are a big softie for teenage romance like me you'll leave the theatre smiling.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:21 pm
by stereosforgeeks
Best Movies Of the Month:

Vale Abraao (Abraham's Valley) - 9.5
Oliveira's exploration of Madame Bovary, is a very formal affair. Fans of period films will find much to love with the design. The real standout is Oliveiras rigid formal directing with lots of incredibly framed static shots characterizing the characters emotional distance. The actors feel like they belong in a stage play and Oliveira manipulates his characters movements to great ends. Story wise if you know Madame Bovary you know the basics but what Oliveira captures within this confine is nothing short of amazing.

The Thing - 10
One of my favorite horror movies.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:55 pm
by so sorry
stereosforgeeks wrote:The Thing - 10
One of my favorite horror movies.



Old one or new one?

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:30 pm
by instant_karma
Just got around to adding my movies from June :oops:

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:35 am
by stereosforgeeks
so sorry wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:The Thing - 10
One of my favorite horror movies.



Old one or new one?


Carpenters.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:44 am
by burlivesleftnut
stereosforgeeks wrote:
so sorry wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:The Thing - 10
One of my favorite horror movies.



Old one or new one?


Carpenters.


That movie is a miracle.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:36 am
by Chilli
Crap, I wish I'd kept up with this. Since I got back to Uni on the 20th, I've seen about twenty flicks.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:41 am
by Leckomaniac
Updated my journal with the EXCELLENT Let The Right One In and the POOR W.

Honestly, Let The Right One In is gorgeous. A truly wonderful film. I can't say enough.

W., on the other hand, had these tiny glimmers of a film that could have been something special. But for the vast majority it was so completely obvious.

EDIT: Updated again with the fantastically EXCELLENT The Good The Bad The Weird. A great CIFF so far this year. Next up, The Wrestler!!!!!! Can't wait!

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:11 pm
by O Goncho
This are an cool idea is for a thread it seems. Shame I'm only now stumbling across it though, I guess I'll start weighing in with my own viewings after the remainder of 2008 snuffs it.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:37 pm
by Nachokoolaid
I haven't got a chance to see crap recently. I've been working a ton, but I saw John Carpenter's THE THING today on my Xbox 360 Netflix thing, and I have to say that movie fucking rocks. Any other The Thing fans here?

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:36 pm
by justcheckin
Um... when is the new 2009 Movie Journal showing up... I want dibs on the first page. hehehehe

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:59 pm
by so sorry
justcheckin wrote:Um... when is the new 2009 Movie Journal showing up... I want dibs on the first page. hehehehe



Right after you log out :twisted:

But its actually a good idea...

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:50 pm
by Bayouwolf
Worst of the year has to go to "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:11 am
by justcheckin
Why does it have to be after I log out...?

so sorry wrote:
justcheckin wrote:Um... when is the new 2009 Movie Journal showing up... I want dibs on the first page. hehehehe



Right after you log out :twisted:

But its actually a good idea...

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:12 am
by justcheckin
I don't agree... they kept it really close to the original... which I think was a good idea.

Bayou wrote:Worst of the year has to go to "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:43 am
by havocSchultz
So I just checked over/updated my '08 journal...
It appears that I've watched 103 new movies so far this year...which is 1 less than I watched in '07...

Not bad, not great...unfortunately there's still a fuckload of films I want to see this year, but there's no way I'll get them all in...all this considering I went probably almost all of August and September without watching any new movies...

I'm thinking I should be able to beat my 104 from '07 with the last week of this year...

Anybody else count/keep track of the amount of movies they watch...?
And no, I don't mean the ones that you've seen previously...just initial viewings...
Fuck me - if I kept track of all the films I watch again in a year, well then, I think we'd need a bigger boat...

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:27 pm
by justcheckin
Well... I did worse this year. In 2007 I saw 127 first viewed movies... this year, I have only 108. I am, however, going to the movies on Tuesday but I am not going to be able to make up for almost 20 movies in a week. I was busy this fall... probably where I fell behind. I'll go for 130 in 2009. :)

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:00 pm
by Nachokoolaid
Last year I saw 240 films. This year it's only 128 (with the end of the year quickly approaching) so I don't think I'll see anything close to last year's number. I got promoted this year to offensive coordinator on our team, so I've been insanely busy. There were a few months in there when I didn't see anything at all.

I chime back in within a few days and give my best and worst of the year. (Although I have a good idea what the best will be!).

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:19 pm
by Seppuku
My journal stood there glaring at me as a testament to ambition unfulfilled, so I drunkenly Seppukud it a month ago. Even when I tried to add to it as regularly as possible, I still ended up letting quite a few movies slip through the cracks. I know I probably saw the equivalent of a movie a day; some days I'll watch two or three in a row, some days I'll be tied up with something else and not watch any. I also saw about 40 new films in my local picture-house.



Anyway, is someone gonna start a Fave/Least Fave Movies of 2008 thread, or should we have that discussion in here? Personally I think we should start a new thread, as this thread might alienate quite a few people who didn't start/finish a journal (although something tells me Nacho might disagree with that idea :wink:). I guess you could expand the Zod manifesto to include more than just "favourite," 'cause we all know DK's got that locked already.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:35 pm
by justcheckin
I got 4 more in... going to be busy so no movies until next year. Mwhaahahaha

GRAND TOTAL 112... not too shabby for busy me.

justcheckin wrote:Well... I did worse this year. In 2007 I saw 127 first viewed movies... this year, I have only 108. I am, however, going to the movies on Tuesday but I am not going to be able to make up for almost 20 movies in a week. I was busy this fall... probably where I fell behind. I'll go for 130 in 2009. :)

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:57 pm
by Vegeta
So, is Nacho going to be opening the 2009 Zone's Movie Journal soon (can't help but want to be on the first page)? I tried to keep up this year and did really well until August or September.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:08 pm
by BuckyO'harre
Vegeta wrote:So, is Nacho going to be opening the 2009 Zone's Movie Journal soon (can't help but want to be on the first page)? I tried to keep up this year and did really well until August or September.



If these lots don't double in value in a year... I don't know what you can do about it.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:47 pm
by Vegeta
BuckyO'harre wrote:
Vegeta wrote:So, is Nacho going to be opening the 2009 Zone's Movie Journal soon (can't help but want to be on the first page)? I tried to keep up this year and did really well until August or September.



If these lots don't double in value in year... I don't know what you can do about it.


Ah, much appreciated! :D

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:07 pm
by instant_karma
Finally got round to finishing updating this thing. 141 movies watched for 2008, though I suspect that there may have been a couple that I forgot to include. 16 of them were ones I'd seen before, so that was 125 new movies.

Re: The Zone's 2008 Movie Journal

PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:42 pm
by stereosforgeeks
Itd take too long to update but it was 452 films here.