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December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10" 
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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
Did anyone else laugh out loud in The Passion of the Christ when the evil Jews threw Judas the pieces of silver in super-duper slow-motion?

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Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:00 am
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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
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Good list. James and I only had one crossover movie on our lists (to see mine, go to http://new-worthless-hack.blogspot.com/ ... ecade.html). I actually thought that both Lost in Translation and Cast Away were merely OK movies. Good, but nowhere near my top ten (or probably the top 50) of the decade, and still have yet to see In the Bedroom, Avatar, or United 93. As mentioned previously, I am surprised that Munich only garnered an honorable mention.


On occasion I've hit up some of the blogs of my fellow forum denizens. This one ain't a blog...it's life. I feel like a voyeur. I laughed and I cried (well, nearly). You wait with bated breath to see if he makes his weight loss goal and just when you think you've gotten a happy ending it's bittersweet. Hollywood can't write like this. Damn, Kratz. You go out there and you kick some ass.


Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:28 pm
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One final point. This needs to be seen in a theater in 3D; the 3D version will not be available on DVD or Blu-Ray any time in the near future. It's not the same movie in 2D and it will lose a share of its impact on a television screen, no matter how large the picture may be.

If this is true then why is the 2D version available for viewing in cinemas? What is the point of releasing half a movie on DVD and BluRay?


Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:30 pm
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Dragonbeard wrote:
One final point. This needs to be seen in a theater in 3D; the 3D version will not be available on DVD or Blu-Ray any time in the near future. It's not the same movie in 2D and it will lose a share of its impact on a television screen, no matter how large the picture may be.

If this is true then why is the 2D version available for viewing in cinemas? What is the point of releasing half a movie on DVD and BluRay?


If this is related to Avatar, I plan on going to see the 2D version in a couple of days. While the 3D was very cool, I still don't think it really makes that much of a difference how the movie impacts the viewer. I must admit, every computer screen that was shown in the movie looked incredible in 3D, and that will be interesting to see in 2D, but the depth perception stuff and the hovering over the audience stuff just doesn't seem that important to me. We shall see!


Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:33 am
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I am surprised that there is not a single foreign language movie in the top ten of the decade - and also not in the top ten of 2009. Is this indicative of personal taste - particularly because there are some big budget Hollywood blockbusters in both lists - or of a lack of quality in current foreign language movies?

I am just wondering because the consenus amongst European film reviewers (as far as I can tell) appears to be that Hollywood has been in a steep artistic decline in the 2000s (I am sure that has been said many times before throughout the decades) whereas Asian cinema is regarded as the coming force in world cinema.


Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:58 am
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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
Dragonbeard wrote:
One final point. This needs to be seen in a theater in 3D; the 3D version will not be available on DVD or Blu-Ray any time in the near future. It's not the same movie in 2D and it will lose a share of its impact on a television screen, no matter how large the picture may be.

If this is true then why is the 2D version available for viewing in cinemas? What is the point of releasing half a movie on DVD and BluRay?


Because there are only about 2000 digitally equipped auditoriums and Fox wants AVATAR in about 4000. By default, there has to be a 2D version. Logistically, we're still several years away from the point when any film can be released in a completely digital form (no celluloid).


Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:46 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
Dragonbeard wrote:
One final point. This needs to be seen in a theater in 3D; the 3D version will not be available on DVD or Blu-Ray any time in the near future. It's not the same movie in 2D and it will lose a share of its impact on a television screen, no matter how large the picture may be.

If this is true then why is the 2D version available for viewing in cinemas? What is the point of releasing half a movie on DVD and BluRay?


Because there are only about 2000 digitally equipped auditoriums and Fox wants AVATAR in about 4000. By default, there has to be a 2D version. Logistically, we're still several years away from the point when any film can be released in a completely digital form (no celluloid).


Call me a purist but I dont WANT to see this happen. Film looks better, period. IMAX is 70mm film which at the moment, not even professional standard digital recording equipment even comes close to, thus my gripe about not wanting to see the movie in my local teen spawning ground unless it was in 2D.

Speaking of home theatre, my combination of BRD player and HD panel is good enough that you almost get a slight impression of 3D so I'll probably be ok with seeing Avatar like that. Plus no teenagers which is a bonus!


Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:51 pm
Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
Just watched memento for the first time........wow. What an obsurd movie.


Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:01 pm
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MrGuinness wrote:
DylnFan96818 wrote:
5. Passion Of The Christ


What a bad movie this was. I know this could become an endless, absurd argument, but I was so annoyed for having taken the time to see this. If they had shown some Caligula-type sex in it, maybe it woulda been the best torture porn movie of all time, but as a quality movie? I'll give the make-up guy props, but thats about it. And feeling the power of the almighty through celluloid is so self-righteous.

And did you actually say Casino Royale too? I mean it was a very entertaining movie, but as a top 10 movie of the decade?


What separates Passion of the Christ from something like Hostel? I mean, at their core, aren't both prime examples of the torture porn subgenre? You watch both to see the shit characters go through. The only difference is one deals with Jesus, is "supposed" to be "important", and we're supposed to feel guilty about it.

If critics are going to treat Passion of the Christ as an "important" and "worthy" film, then they shouldn't degrade films like Hostel as being merely torture porn. To me, it's the same genre and it either carries weight or it doesn't. Picking and choosing when it should to fit pretentions is a bit silly. Accept the genre, or don't, I don't care. But, if you accept something like Passion of the Christ as valid, you have to at least be open to the possibility of something like Hostel being valid.

Rant over.

Oh, nice Top 10, James. I don't agree with too many, but your reasoning is valid and respected.


Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:04 pm
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spencerworth34 wrote:
Just watched memento for the first time........wow. What an obsurd movie.


How so?


Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:01 pm
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spencerworth34 wrote:
Just watched memento for the first time........wow. What an obsurd movie.




How so?



I meant that in a good way. Its style is just very very different. It was a great movie though.


Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:56 pm
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Obsurd is the new Abnique


Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:22 pm
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spencerworth34 wrote:
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spencerworth34 wrote:
Just watched memento for the first time........wow. What an obsurd movie.




How so?



I meant that in a good way. Its style is just very very different. It was a great movie though.


Ah ok I see what you mean. I'm used to hearing absurd in a negative sense.

Mind-fuck and chin-scratcher are also terms I'd use. Makes a great movie to picture when you're attempting to last longer...


Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:38 pm
Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
So 'Munich' sits outside your Top 10 of the decade but is higher than 5 of the decade top 10 movies in your all time 100 list?


Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:10 am
Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
Nice list James.

My list for what its worth.

1. The Dark Knight
2. Million Dollar Baby
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Children of Men
5. Cast Away
6. Atonement
7. Blood Diamond
8. Casino Royale
9. Inglourious Basterds
10. The Sea Inside

Honorable mentions: Spirited Away, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Pans Labyrinth, Donny Darco, Avatar

I only picked them on my enjoyment in watching them, nothing objective (as in I didn't consider direction, acting, script, or anything else) was used to choose the movies.

I may eventually come out with an objective list but that takes too much damn time, and I end up wanting to make multiple lists to cover multiple genres.


Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:58 am
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Great list, James. While my list looks very different, I think that your picks are excellent representatives of the decade, with a couple of exceptions. 1) For some reason Lost in Translation didn't have any emotional impact on me, and I couldn't have cared less about those two characters. The only thing that stayed with me is the beautiful cinematography. Perhaps a rewatch is in order. 2) I remember In the Bedroom being a big deal when it came out, and I saw it in the theater, but I'll be darned if I can remember any of it, except for Sissy Spacek throwing/smashing a plate. That'll have to go on the "rewatch" pile as well.

Unfortunately I haven't seen 21 Grams, Inglourious Basterds, Munich, United 93, or Requiem for a Dream, so I'll have to remedy that as soon as possible. I have a feeling I've been avoiding most of those because I know they'll be tough to watch, and I can only handle one of those "emotional wringer" movies every few years or so. ;-)

My Top 10 of 2000-2009, just for kicks:

1. Almost Famous
2. Spirited Away
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. Batman Begins
5. Wall-E
6. Amelie
7. Hairspray
8. Cast Away
9. Bridget Jones’s Diary
10. The Departed

Honorable mentions: Donnie Darko, High Fidelity, Minority Report, Ghost World, Once, Before Sunset


Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:18 pm
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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
kaspianwithak wrote:
I haven't seen all the movies on your list, but here's mine.
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I just had to come here and say Kaspianwithak...that is the coolest presentation of a top 10 movie list I've ever seen.

As for all the top 10s, the most disappointing omission from everyone's list is "Waking Life".


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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
Anyways, since everyone's posting their top 10s, here's mine:

10. Tie: Waking Life & Before Sunset
9. Mary and Max
8. City of God
7. Minority Report
6. About a Boy
5. Punch Drunk Love
4. 2 days
3. Matchstick Men
2. Adaptation
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Movies that almost made it:
Finding Nemo, Up in the Air, The Descent, Memento, Tape, Slumdog Millionaire, Juno


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Post Re: December 31, 2009: "Closing the Decade with Another Top 10"
The Next Big Ching wrote:
As for all the top 10s, the most disappointing omission from everyone's list is "Waking Life".


*Feels guilty* I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET OKAY?

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Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:57 am
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My top ten's probably a bit like this, I don't watch a massive amount of movies though. :D

10. Clerks 2
9. Memento
8. Spiderman 2
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Order of the Pheonix
6. Shaun of the Dead
5. The Incredibles
4. Serenity
3. X Men 2
2. Almost Famous
1. Lord of the Rings (Fellowship was best imo)


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