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ChinaTown
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Mystic River -Rewatch
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November 2012

Demolition Man (1993) (Brambilla) - 7/10*
OSS 117: Cairo, Nis d'Espions/ OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) (Hazanavicius) - 6/10
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) (Hughes) - 7/10
American Gigolo (1980) (Schrader) - 6/10
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (Webb) - 4/10
Skyfall (2012) (Mendes) - 8/10
Witchfinder General aka The Conqueror Worm (1968) (Reeves) - 5/10
The Samaritan (2012) (Weaver) - 5/10
The Wild Angels (1966) (Corman) - 6/10
Det Sjunde Insegelet/ The Seventh Seal (1957) (Bergman) - 9/10*
Zweiohrküken (2009) (Schweiger) - 2/10

I haven't seen many movies this month (again), but it was a nice mix of highbrow and lowbrow, classics and modern blockbusters.

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November 2012
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) (Hughes) - 7/10


Why am I the only person who doesn't like this movie?

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JJoshay wrote:
Unke wrote:
November 2012
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) (Hughes) - 7/10


Why am I the only person who doesn't like this movie?


Perhaps your tolerance for sentimentality is lower than most other forum members. Or did you ever experience a similar ordeal with rerouted flights, overcrowded hotels etc.?


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Skyfall (2012) (Mendes) - 8/10


would like to hear more of your thoughts on this, esp after your comments on the Craig Bonds here

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Unke wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
Unke wrote:
November 2012
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) (Hughes) - 7/10


Why am I the only person who doesn't like this movie?


Perhaps your tolerance for sentimentality is lower than most other forum members. Or did you ever experience a similar ordeal with rerouted flights, overcrowded hotels etc.?


I'm good with sentimentality as long as its not jarring to the rest of the movie (ie. Forrest Gump), in Planes is was distinctly jarring and the humor wasn't entirely consistent.

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'Twas a pretty small tally this month. Didn't even crack the 30-movie mark; I was busy with work a lot, and for some reason, I spent a lot of this month depressed and not wanting to do a whole hell of a lot. But yep, here's my November haul...

NOVEMBER:

1. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - 7/10
2. A Chorus Line - 5/10
3. Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains - 7/10
4. Turtles Forever - 6/10
5. The Pirate - 6/10
6. Paranormal Activity 4 - 6/10
7. Ninotchka - 7/10
8. Silent Hill: Revelation - 4/10
9. [Rec] 3: Genesis - 7/10
10. Puppet Master X: Axis Rising - 5/10
11. Skyfall - 7/10
12. And the Band Played On - 8/10
13. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 - 7/10
14. Arbitrage - 7/10
15. It's a Gift - 7/10
16. Cloud Atlas - 9/10
17. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man - 7/10
18. 13 Frightened Girls - 5/10
19. 49th Parallel - 7/10
20. "Cinematic Titanic": Doomsday Machine - no rating
21. Room 237 - 8/10
22. V/H/S - 4/10
23. Abbott and Costello in Hollywood - 7/10
24. Freeway - 7/10
25. Iron Sky - 6/10
26. Wreck-It Ralph - 7/10
27. Beasts of the Southern Wild - 4/10
28. The American Scream - 7/10
29. See the Sea - 7/10

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Carrie (2013) - 6/10
Eve of Destruction - 7/10
Phil Spector - 5/10


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DECEMBER:

1. Savages - 5/10
2. Rise of the Guardians - 6/10
3. Lost in a Harem - 6/10
4. "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Gamera vs. Zigra - no rating
5. This Is 40 - 5/10
6. Flight - 7/10
7. Les Miserables (2012) - 5/10
8. The Apparition - 4/10
9. Hitchcock - 6/10
10. Sound of Noise - 8/10
11. Secret Service of the Air - 7/10
12. Hyde Park on Hudson - 5/10
13. Life Returns - 5/10
14. Dust Devil - 5/10
15. "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Revenge of the Creature - no rating
16. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 7/10
17. The Big Broadcast of 1938 - 5/10
18. College Swing - 4/10
19. Life of Pi - 7/10
20. Lincoln - 7/10
21. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - 5/10
22. Asylum (1972) - 7/10
23. In the Land of Blood and Honey - 5/10
24. Keep 'Em Flying - 5/10
25. "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Kitten with a Whip - no rating
26. Trouble with the Curve - 6/10
27. Lockout - 7/10
28. Blondes at Work - 4/10
29. The Sessions - 8/10
30. Code of the Secret Service - 7/10
31. The Birth of a Nation - 4/10

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Carrie (2013) - 6/10
Eve of Destruction - 7/10
Phil Spector - 5/10


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A.J. Hakari wrote:
'Twas a pretty small tally this month. Didn't even crack the 30-movie mark; I was busy with work a lot, and for some reason, I spent a lot of this month depressed and not wanting to do a whole hell of a lot. But yep, here's my November haul...


29. See the Sea - 7/10


Ooooh isn't this a nasty little film?

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Not a great month--finals have begun, and I've actually started the first seasons of Mad Men and BoardWalk Empire, which depleted my monthly count by a few. Hopefully December will be a better month.



Flight (2012) 3
Cloud Atlas (2012) 3.5
The Sessions (2012) 3.5--originally went 3.5, but after thought I may descend to a 3
From Russia With Love (1963) 3
Skyfall (2012) 3.5
A Simple Plan (1998) 3.5
Goldfinger (1964) 3.5
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1950) 4
Best In Show (2000) 3
Lincoln (2012) 3.5
Ace in the Hole (1951) 3.5
American Graffiti (1973) 2.5
Sleeper (1973) 2.5
Life of Pi (2012) 3.5
The War Zone (1999) 3.5
The Silver Linings Playbook (2012) still deciding

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November

11/1/2012: Quadrophenia: 10/10.
11/2/2012: Flight: 7/10.
11/3/2012: Interview With The Vampire: 7/10.*
11/4/2012: Arbitrage: 7/10.
11/4/2012; L'Atalante: 8/10.
11/5/2012: Bad Timing: 8/10.*
11/5/2012: No Country For Old Men: 10/10.*
11/6/2012: Prometheus: 4/10.*
11/7/2012: Good Morning: 9/10.
11/8/2012: Casino Royale (2006): 9/10.*
11/9/2012: Cast Away: 8/10.*
11/10/2012: Skyfall: 9/10.
11/10/2012: The Pirates: A Band Of Misfits: 7/10.*
11/11/2012: Day For Night: 10/10.*
11/12/2012: The Bow: 8/10.
11/13/2012: The Tale Of Zatoichi: 7/10.
11/13/2012: Powaqqatsi: 7/10.
11/14/2012: Naqoyqatsi: 4/10.
11/15/2012: The Front: 7/10.*
11/16/2012: Heaven Can Wait (1943): 8/10.
11/17/2012: Twilight (2008): 4/10.
11/18/2012: Lincoln: 7/10.
11/19/2012: Ringu: 8/10.
11/20/2012: Ghost In The Shell: 7/10.
11/20/2012: Vertigo: 10/10.*
11/20/2012: Psycho: 10/10.*
11/21/2012: Summer With Monika: 8/10.
11/22/2012: Life Of Pi: 7/10.
11/23/2012: The Magnificent Ambersons: 7/10.
11/24/2012: Twilight: New Moon: 3/10.
11/25/2012: Silver Linings Playbook: 9/10.
11/26/2012: Heaven's Gate: 6/10.
11/27/2012: Chungking Express: 9/10.*
11/27/2012: To Be Or Not To Be (1942): 10/10.
11/28/2012: Ju Dou: 9/10.*
11/28/2012: The Long Riders: 4/10.
11/29/2012: Troy: 6/10.
11/30/2012: 8 Women: 8/10.

*repeat viewing

Top ten first-time viewings:

Quadrophenia
To Be Or Not To Be
Skyfall
Silver Linings Playbook
Good Morning
Heaven Can Wait
8 Women
Ringu
The Bow
L'Atalante

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11/30/2012: 8 Women: 8/10.

*repeat viewing

Top ten first-time viewings:

8 Women


The light murder mystery/musical by Ozon? Wonderful film

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Blonde Almond wrote:

11/30/2012: 8 Women: 8/10.

*repeat viewing

Top ten first-time viewings:

8 Women


The light murder mystery/musical by Ozon? Wonderful film


That's the one, although I didn't realize it was a musical until about ten minutes in when everybody started bouncing around in song. That was a jarring moment, and admittedly it took me a little while to warm up to everything after that. But by the time Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant are making out on the floor, the film's goofy energy had won me over. A strange, bubbly film, but very enjoyable.

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29. See the Sea - 7/10

Ooooh isn't this a nasty little film?


For sure; certainly surprised me, as have most of Ozon's flicks.

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A.J. Hakari wrote:

For sure; certainly surprised me, as have most of Ozon's flicks.


Blonde Almond wrote:
That's the one, although I didn't realize it was a musical until about ten minutes in when everybody started bouncing around in song. That was a jarring moment, and admittedly it took me a little while to warm up to everything after that. But by the time Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant are making out on the floor, the film's goofy energy had won me over. A strange, bubbly film, but very enjoyable.


I'm a pretty big fan of Ozon. Have you guys seen 5x2? If not, check it out.

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11/27/2012: To Be Or Not To Be (1942): 10/10.


I want to hug you. That's a personal favorite of mine that I've been touting on the forum for a while. It's just brilliant. Glad you loved it as well.


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Pretty stellar month for me. First time since I've been a full-time teacher, in fact, that I've seen 20+ movies in a month that wasn't December or June.

November
Week of 10/29 – 11/4
Black Sunday (1960) **½
Tell No One (2006) ***½
The Big Combo (1955) ***½
Bringing Out the Dead (1999) ***
Code 46 (2003) **½
Seven Psychopaths (2012) ***
Week of 11/5 – 11/11
The Raid: Redemption (2011) **
Dead of Night (1945) ***
Three Days of the Condor (1975) ***
Skyfall (2012) ***
Week of 11/12 – 11/18
Wrong Turn (2003) **½
God Bless America (2011) ***
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) **½
Lincoln (2012) ***½
Flight (2012) ***
Week of 11/19 – 11/25
The Paradine Case (1947) ***
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) ***
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) *
The Sessions (2012) ***
The Seven-Ups (1973) **
Red Dawn (2012) **
Life of Pi (2012) ***½
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) ***½
Week of 11/26 – 12/2
Extract (2009) **½
Bernie (2011) ***½
Killer’s Kiss (1955) **½
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) ***
Mean Streets (1973) ***

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wow, 3.5 stars for a noir(I remember you saying you hadn't seen a 'great' noir)
and its one I haven't seen, will have to check it out.


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wow, 3.5 stars for a noir(I remember you saying you hadn't seen a 'great' noir)
and its one I haven't seen, will have to check it out.


It's really well shot and has better character development than most. It's still not the great noir I've been seeking (Out of the Past is probably the closest) but it's definitely worth a watch

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Skyfall (2012) (Mendes) - 8/10


would like to hear more of your thoughts on this, esp after your comments on the Craig Bonds here

http://reelviews.net/reelviewsforum/vie ... 46#p125146


Thanks for your interest. This is what I posted in the "Last movie you watched" thread:

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Now, that's a fine James Bond movie. Personally, I much prefer the Sean Connery classics and regret that Daniel Craig's interpretation of the role is less refined and that he's more of a bruiser than past Bonds. But I also realise that you couldn't even remotely capture the 60ies Bond glamour without making a period piece, so "Skyfall" is as good as you could reasonably expect from a modern James Bond movie. There are some spectacular action set pieces, Craig and Judy Dench as well as the ensemble cast of secondary characters are on good form and Javier Bardem makes for a delightful Bond villain. On top of that, "Skyfall" has an interesting story which goes beyond your "villain seeks world domination" plot and the cinematography by respected cinematographer Roger Deakins is better than necessary in a James Bond film. This is one of the best Bond movies, which I have seen in the cinema ("A View to a Kill" onwards) along with "Casino Royale". Very good - 8/10


This may seem a little at odds with my post, which you have been referring to, in which I wrote that the attempts to provide Craig's Bond with character development are the least successful aspects of the Craig-era Bond movies. In the case of "Skyfall", this would mean, first, the relationship triangle between Bond, M and the villain and, second, the reference to James Bond's adolescence and him being an orphan. Concerning the Bond - M - villain relationship, it actually served little more purpose than enhancing the villain's motive to get revenge against MI6. I didn't think that it added significantly more depth to Javier Bardem's character than the Cossack background did to Sean Bean's antagonist in "Goldeneye".
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Also, Bond's reaction to M dying wasn't too convincing - he seemed to be more perturbed when his Aston Martin DB5 got blown up.
Concerning the reference to Bond's adolescence and loss of his parents, I thought this was clunky at times.
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Like when the gamekeeper said something like "When his parents died, young James hid in the tunnel for days. When he came out, he was no longer a boy."


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