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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2009, 04:33:30 PM »
Yet another installment of "Mike's comments on 10 movies from that big, long list."

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30 Irreversible (Gaspar Noť, 2002)
Yes, this scandalous revenge drama boasts a vile nine-minute rape sequence and a hideous opening mutilation. But itís also a moral movie that refuses to sanction violence and remains, for strong stomachs at least, unforgettable.

29 Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 2000)
The film that introduced the surreal genius of writer Charlie Kaufman to the world, this endlessly inventive riff on the nature of identity and celebrity is a milestone in moviemaking.

28 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who, after a stroke, was left paralysed and able to communicate only through blinking his left eye. The film takes us inside Bauby's wrecked body and charms us with his still rebellious wit.

27 Sideways (Alexander Payne, 2004)
A sozzled road trip in Californian wine country leads to a mid-life crisis for divorced failed writer and wine buff Miles (Paul Giametti), best man to sleazy charmer Jack (Thomas Haden Church).

26 Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
A pinnacle for Spielberg and star Tom Cruise, this near-future sci-fi depicts a world of psychic crime- stoppers but is rooted in old fashioned film noir.

25 Dancer in the Dark (Lars Von Trier, 2000)
This musical melodrama was as emotionally subtle as a coach load of orphans and kittens driving off a cliff ó and yet there was something about the florid excesses that gelled perfectly with star Bjork's heart-wrenching score.

24 28 Days Later... (Danny Boyle, 2002)
Danny Boyle and Beach novelist Alex Garland re-imagine the zombie movie for the 21st century. Here, the zombies move with lightning speed, and are fuelled not by the dark arts but by rage itself.

23 Man On Wire (James Marsh, 2008)
This lyrical documentary tells the story of Philippe Petit, who strung a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and danced on it, for no reason other than to create something beautiful for the people far below.

22 Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
The social facades of 1950s Connecticut slowly crack apart in a gorgeous Technicolor-style melodrama. Julianne Moore is riveting as the homemaker whose life is upended by her husbandís homosexuality and her own feelings for gardener Dennis Haysbert.

21 Good Night, and Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)
This ode to a past era of challenging TV journalism is authentic down to the last swirl of late-night cigarette smoke. David Strathairn impresses as Edward R. Murrow, the television journalist locking horns with Senator Joseph McCarthy.


For me, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the one that stands out on this segment of the list.  Not an easy film, but unbelievably powerful, and beautiful.

I just realized, this may be the only 10-film segment of the list of which I've seen 9 -- I've never seen Irreversible but have always wanted to.

Man On Wire is another one of those I'd recommend strongly even to people who have various excuses why they don't believe they'd like it.  I have zero interest in tightrope walking, so the idea of a documentary about a guy who wanted to tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center may seem pointless... but this is  the most incredible example of "just keep working toward your insane goal and you may surprise everyone by actually getting there" a story I can think of.

The rest of these ten strike me as good films, maybe even borderline great (I think Sideways in particular is a lot of fun and I can see myself re-watching that every 5-10 years or so) but I wouldn't want most of these so near the top of a "100 best of decade" list.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2009, 06:01:40 PM »
Songs from the second floor  should be at number one.

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2009, 03:45:29 PM »
http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.reuters.com/top-10-movie-flops-decade-reuters

Above is a list of the 10 biggest flops of the decade.  They mention something about Catwoman and how the saying goes that female superheroes never seem to catch on.  I guess that's true.  

Come to think of it there are good movies where women become the heroes.... but they weren't super-heroes to begin with.  The classic example of course is Alien and its sequel with Sigourney Weaver.  Azumi is another one that comes to mind of a Japanese samurai/assassin young woman (cool movie too).  La Femme Nikita is another great one.

Maybe it's because in those movies the women start out really vulnerable, or maybe even stay that way, but persist in spite of it all, and that's why we appreciate it.  Maybe too with superheroes we prefer a "paternal figure" saving the planet... in the aforementioned female hero-movies, they're just saving themselves or their immediate group.  I wonder...

Yeah, maybe this is true.  The female hero overcomes a lot of obstacles which we respect.  She's not saving us though.  That would be too much for us to take.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2009, 06:15:20 AM »
All joking aside...
I watch a lot of movies, that's all I watch.  I don't have cable or a dish, just a ever growing collection of DVD's.  I don't want to sound prejeduced, but this is a list by British writers, which have different opinions about moies than me, a Floridian may have.  Also, it's not 2010 yet.  The list is a bit premature.  For example, it's compiled before "Where the Wild Things Are".  Not that WTWTA is the best of the decade, but my point is wait until the decade is over before you start making a list about it.

 (If I haven't seen it, I don't comment on it)
20 Donnie Darko* Haven't seen it
19 United 93* Haven't seen it, and I don't want to.
18 Let the Right One In* Haven't seen it
17 Brokeback Mountain *Very good movie, quite groundbreaking.  Too bad the brookback backlash was California's anti-gay amendment.
16 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind*Fun to watch, but top 20?
15 Downfall* I agree with every word they say about this one.
14 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days* Haven't seen it
13 This Is England* Haven't seen it, but what a suprise.
12 The Lives of Others *Haven't seen it
11 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan*Boring.
10 Hunger * Haven't seen it
9 The Queen*  Of course they like this one, they're British.  It's quite good, but any movie with a considerable amount of stock footage always goes in to the "Ed Wood catagory" for me.
8 Casino Royale*  I hate f*cking James Bond movies.  The very idea of a British tough guy is ludicrous.
7 The Last King of Scotland*  Excellent, Forest Whitaker's performance is outstanding.  But I can only watch it once.
6 Slumdog Millionaire*  Excellent.
5 Team America: World Police* Puppet show, funny, vulgar, not one of the top five. 
4 Grizzly Man*Herzog is a master, and this movie is no exception.  If you are looking for a movie about a nature lover, this isn't it.  It's a study in delusions of grandure.
3 No Country for Old Men*   Excellent.  Deserved the  Best picture Oscar.
2 The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum * #2?!?!?  Please!  It's good, but not that good.
1 Hidden (Cache)*  Haven't seen it

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2009, 07:14:15 AM »
8 Casino Royale*  I hate f*cking James Bond movies.  The very idea of a British tough guy is ludicrous.

They ass-whupped half the world into submission and had the greatest army and navy for over a century.  And I wouldn't want to get in a street tussle with either of the Kray Bros.  Those guys were scary.   :'(

That said, I always imagined James Bond to be less of a thug than Daniel Craig.  Not too crazy about the new Bond flicks.

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2009, 07:27:56 PM »
Jason Statham (Transporter, Crank, etc.) is pretty convincing as a tough Brit.

I wasn't sure who the Fray bros. were so I looked it up... I thought maybe they were the two albino dreadlocked twins from The Matrix Reloaded  :P

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2009, 08:26:15 PM »
The Brits don't really have a tradition of over-blown hollywood or comic book super
heroes, or gangsters. Their tough guys tend to be a bit more down to earth.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2009, 10:32:37 AM »
 The very idea of a British tough guy is ludicrous.

Thats fighting talk that is..... ;D I'd say come here and say that, but I am not a tough guy ;D

Apart from managing to live in the wilds of Scotland in Kilts during winter, there is the SAS.

I'm not a military supporter, but the idea of 3 guys jumping out of an airplane and only two wearing parachutes  - to build trust - takes a lot of balls.

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #28 on: November 29, 2009, 10:48:18 AM »
The US military wouldn't even have Special Force divisions if it weren't for help from the SAS and SBS (or whatever SBS used to be callled).  "The very idea of a British tough guy is ludicrous" only makes sense if the only British people you're familiar with are Prince Charles, Duran Duran, Monty Python, and The Beatles.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2009, 11:06:08 AM »
I'm not a royalist, but I have to give Charles some credit for sticking to his organic and nature viewpoints, despite the crap hes got for it - takes some courage too....and the global warming issue is slowly catchinghim up.....

Not sure how I'd cope with being king in waiting and never throwing a strop, always being impeccable in the duty, mind-fuck.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2009, 11:19:18 AM »
What is throwing a strop?  Sort of like having a cow or pulling a Britney?  ;) 

I'd say he wigged out a little, not-too-discreetly cheating on his very famous and very popular wife.
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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2009, 02:52:00 PM »
MOVIES!!! I meant MOVIES!!!
Jees, leave a comment up for a few days and  :o
(Good thing I didn't say the Brits are a bunch of bleedin' poofs! ::)
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« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2009, 02:53:03 PM »
What is throwing a strop?  Sort of like having a cow or pulling a Britney?  ;)  

I'd say he wigged out a little, not-too-discreetly cheating on his very famous and very popular wife.

Sounds like the same thing....yeah, the Princess Diana thing, I'd agree with that, though I suspect there are many sides, generally unkown, to that story.

What I do know is that Princess Diana carried the ancient welsh royal bloodlines so Harry and William really are Welsh Princes. And it's important to remember that GB, prior to recent christianisiation, has a huge history of goddess worship, something I think still sits in the Land - but this might be another thread...... ;D

Hi Wayne - your post appeared while I was replying to Mike..... 8)
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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2009, 02:54:23 PM »
I still hate f*cking James Bond!

...but I do like the cars!
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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2009, 02:55:57 PM »
I still hate f*cking James Bond!

...but I do like the cars!

Yes - Nice cars - shame about the role model!

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Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2009, 02:57:05 PM »

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service"  Dianna Rigg is the best!
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