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I haven't read the book, but I think that 'Mosquito Coast' is a good movie. Harrison Ford is very good in it, probably the best and most complex of his performances, as far as I've seen them. What is it you didn't like about the film?


These days as an enlightened filmgoer I try not to judge a movie by the book, but when I watched the movie I wasn't in that frame of mind and couldn't believe how much they simplified and distorted what I believe to be a masterpiece. I don't really have any solid complains other than that they take an epic story and truncated it so much. The ending of the film in particular comes out of nowhere and has nothing on the book's and Christ I'm doing it again.


Even not having read the book myself, it felt to me when watching the film that it was skimming over the surface of something far deeper. That's something I wouldn't have expected from a collaboration between Peter Weir and Paul Schrader, both of whom have obviously been responsible for great work.

Harrison Ford does deserves a lot of credit though for really throwing himself into the central role; it's unlike anything he's ever played before, and it's amazing just how obnoxious and infuriating he makes that character right from the get-go. It's a towering performance, but because it's given so much focus that could have been more evenly spread out to other areas, it ends up bringing down the film.

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JamesKunz wrote:
Unke wrote:
I haven't read the book, but I think that 'Mosquito Coast' is a good movie. Harrison Ford is very good in it, probably the best and most complex of his performances, as far as I've seen them. What is it you didn't like about the film?


These days as an enlightened filmgoer I try not to judge a movie by the book, but when I watched the movie I wasn't in that frame of mind and couldn't believe how much they simplified and distorted what I believe to be a masterpiece. I don't really have any solid complains other than that they take an epic story and truncated it so much. The ending of the film in particular comes out of nowhere and has nothing on the book's and Christ I'm doing it again.


Even not having read the book myself, it felt to me when watching the film that it was skimming over the surface of something far deeper. That's something I wouldn't have expected from a collaboration between Peter Weir and Paul Schrader, both of whom have obviously been responsible for great work.

Harrison Ford does deserves a lot of credit though for really throwing himself into the central role; it's unlike anything he's ever played before, and it's amazing just how obnoxious and infuriating he makes that character right from the get-go. It's a towering performance, but because it's given so much focus that could have been more evenly spread out to other areas, it ends up bringing down the film.


Agreed; in the book, Allie Fox is a mesmerizing character. In the movie, he's an asshole.

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After what can only be described as ODing on films in June (24!), which meant catching up on all sorts of things this month, I'm kinda surprised I still ended up watching as many as I did.

July 2014
* Before Midnight (2013) 9
* Before Sunset (2004) 9
* Before Sunrise (1995) 10
On the Beach (1959) 7
Oculus (2013) 7
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) 7
Borgman (2013) 8
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 6
The Man from Laramie (1955) 7
Transcendence (2014) 5
Calvary (2014) 8
Under the Skin (2013) 7
Parts Per Billion (2014) 5
The Lego Movie (2014) 6
Threads (1984) 8

* = Rewatch.


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nitrium wrote:
After what can only be described as ODing on films in June (24!), which meant catching up on all sorts of things this month, I'm kinda surprised I still ended up watching as many as I did.

July 2014
Before Midnight (2013) 9
Before Sunset (2004) 9
Before Sunrise (1995) 10
On the Beach (1959) 7
Oculus (2013) 7
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) 7
Borgman (2013) 8
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) 6
The Man from Laramie (1955) 7
Transcendence (2014) 5
Calvary (2014) 8
Under the Skin (2013) 7
Parts Per Billion (2014) 5
The Lego Movie (2014) 6
Threads (1984) 8


Do you not differentiate rewatches? I thought you had already seen Before Sunrise

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If I end up seeing something tonight, I'll update, but it's unlikely...


JULY 2014

7/5 - Night of the Living Dead = A
7/24 - The Karate Kid = B
7/26 - Non-Stop = C
7/27 - Enemy = B+
7/27 - The Raid 2 = B


*rewatches


Weak month, but I've been busy catching up and binging some TV shows.

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Do you not differentiate rewatches? I thought you had already seen Before Sunrise

Right you are. I'd already seen the other two also. However, I'd never watched them back to back (over three nights), in order to directly compare them. So all the Before's are rewatches. I've now updated my viewing journal. Mkay?


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7/4 A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956, 9 of 10)
7/5 Paris Was a Woman (Greta Schiller, 1996, 7 of 10)
7/13 Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959, 6 of 10)
7/17 Snowpiercer (Joon-Ho Bong, 2013, 4.5 of 10)
7/20 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958, 7 of 10)
7/22 Nancy Drew, Detective (William Clemens, 1959, 4.5 of 10)
7/26 Julius Caesar (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1953, 8 of 10)
7/27 Hercules (Brett Ratner, 2014, 6.5 of 10)
7/28 Shanghai Triad (Yimou Zhang, 1995, 7 of 10)
7/29 Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953, 5.5 of 10)

No rewatches this month.

The best film, easily, was the first one. 7th Voyage has story problems, and some great effects. Nancy Drew has Bonita Granville, who is really annoying and hardly Nancy Drew. Some nice plot elements, though I solved the mystery in the first ten minutes. Gate of Hell apparently was damaged so doesn't look all that good, but really got docked for a protagonist who is an idiot.

Pillow Talk is somewhere between 6 and 6.5. It hasn't aged that well, but it was amusing to compare it to Down with Love, which isn't as good a movie, but has a funny scene with a bedroom set up for seduction.

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July 2014

GoldenEye (1995) (Campbell) - 7/10*
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) (Bay) - 2/10
Predator 2 (1990) (Hopkins) - 3/10*
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) (Reeves) - 7/10
Shaolin Soccer (2001) (Chow) - 7/10*
The Lego Movie (2014) (Lord/ Miller) - 8/10
Hercules (2014) (Ratner) - 5/10
The Outsiders - The Complete Novel (1983/2005) (Coppola) - 3/10

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40 movies is what I wanted, 40 movies is what I got.

A Serious Man 3/4
Fellowship of the Ring 3.5/4*
Insomnia 2.5/4
127 Hours 4/4*
The Two Towers 3.5/4*
Return of the King 4/4*
Life Itself 3.5/4
Enemy 3.5/4
22 Jump Street 3/4
Joe 3/4
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 3/4
Snowpiercer 3.5/4
X-Men: The Last Stand 3/4
King Kong 3.5/4*
Tropic Thunder 3/4*
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3.5/4
Patton 4/4
Once Were Warriors 3.5/4
Do the Right Thing 4/4
Dreamscape 3/4
Mr. Nobody 3.5/4
Kind Hearts and Coronets 3.5/4
Aeon Flux 0.5/4
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 4/4
There Will be Blood 3.5/4*
Strangers on a Train 3.5/4
Despicable Me 3/4*
The Godfather 4/4*
Z 3.5/4
Jaws 3.5/4
The Fighter 3/4
The Godfather 4/4*
The Grand Budapest Hotel 3/4
Under the Skin 2/4
Nebraska 4/4*
The Castle 3/4
Perfect Sense 4/4
Fun and Fancy Free 3/4
Guardians of the Galaxy 3/4
The Empire Strikes Back 4/4*

*indicates rewatch

Top Five First-Time Viewings
1. Do the Right Thing
2. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
3. Perfect Sense
4. Patton
5. Z/Mr. Nobody

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Steven wrote:
40 movies is what I wanted, 40 movies is what I got.

A Serious Man 3/4
Fellowship of the Ring 3.5/4*
Insomnia 2.5/4
127 Hours 4/4*
The Two Towers 3.5/4*
Return of the King 4/4*
Life Itself 3.5/4
Enemy 3.5/4
22 Jump Street 3/4
Joe 3/4
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 3/4
Snowpiercer 3.5/4
X-Men: The Last Stand 3/4
King Kong 3.5/4*
Tropic Thunder 3/4*
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3.5/4
Patton 4/4
Once Were Warriors 3.5/4
Do the Right Thing 4/4
Dreamscape 3/4
Mr. Nobody 3.5/4
Kind Hearts and Coronets 3.5/4
Aeon Flux 0.5/4
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 4/4
There Will be Blood 3.5/4*
Strangers on a Train 3.5/4
Despicable Me 3/4*
The Godfather 4/4*
Z 3.5/4
Jaws 3.5/4
The Fighter 3/4
The Godfather 4/4*
The Grand Budapest Hotel 3/4
Under the Skin 2/4
Nebraska 4/4*
The Castle 3/4
Perfect Sense 4/4
Fun and Fancy Free 3/4
Guardians of the Galaxy 3/4
The Empire Strikes Back 4/4*

*indicates rewatch

Top Five First-Time Viewings
1. Do the Right Thing
2. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
3. Perfect Sense
4. Patton
5. Z/Mr. Nobody


40 is awesome, dude!

Also,
ZZZZZZZZZ!

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Dayum! I don't think I've had a 40-film month in, well, forever! Kudos.

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Dayum! I don't think I've had a 40-film month in, well, forever! Kudos.


I had a 50 movie month once. *Sigh* Oh college. You were a magical time

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Several years ago I think I had a 60 movie month.


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July

7/1/2014: A Hard Day's Night: 10/10.*
7/3/2014: The Emperor's New Groove: 8/10.*
7/4/2014: Snowpiercer: 9/10.
7/4/2014: Red River: 7/10.
7/5/2014: Judex: 7/10.
7/6/2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel: 9/10.*
7/8/2014: Fanny and Alexander: 10/10.
7/10/2014: Il Sorpasso: 7/10.
7/11/2014: Snowpiercer: 9/10.*
7/11/2014: The Hot Rock: 7/10.*
7/12/2014: Even Dwarfs Started Small: 5/10.
7/14/2014: Picnic At Hanging Rock: 8/10.*
7/15/2014: Waking Life: 9/10.*
7/16/2014: A Fistful Of Dollars: 8/10.*
7/17/2014: Tess: 8/10.
7/19/2014: Boyhood: 9/10.
7/20/2014: The Congress: 7/10.
7/21/2014: Lola: 8/10.
7/22/2014: Hearts And Minds: 9/10.
7/24/2014: Bay Of Angels: 8/10.
7/25/2014: Paper Moon: 9/10.*
7/26/2014: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg: 10/10.*
7/27/2014: Before Midnight: 9/10.*
7/29/2014: The Young Girls Of Rochefort: 7/10.
7/31/2014: Donkey Skin: 5/10.

*repeat viewing

Top five first-time viewings:

Fanny And Alexander
Boyhood
Snowpiercer
Hearts And Minds
Lola

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20 films this month, which is more than I thought. I love variety, and this month's viewing certainly delivered an eclectic lot: old and new (across 5 different decades), high- and low-brow, colour and B&W, drama and horror, live action and cartoons. And, errrr, Terry Gilliam.

August 2014
Don't Look Now (1973) 6
To Have and Have Not (1944) 7
Brain Slasher (1992) 6
The Double (2013) 8
The Zero Theorem (2013) 6
Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012) 6
Key Largo (1948) 7
Forgetting the Girl (2012) 7
All Cheerleaders Die (2013) 4
Ginger Snaps (2000) 6
Ace in the Hole (1951) 8
Blue Ruin (2013) 7
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005) 6
Divergent (2014) 7
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) 5
Read my Lips (Sur mes lèvres) (2001) 7
The Dark Mirror (1946) 6
I'll Follow You Down (2013) 7
Locke (2013) 8
Appleseed Alpha (2014) 6


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I'm going to try to see a couple of movies this weekend, but so far:
8/2 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, 8.5)
8/2 The Show-Off (7 of 10, 1926)
8/4 The Plastic Age (5.5 of 10)
8/5 Stage Beauty (8)
8/7 The Taming of the Shrew (7. 1967; the one with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton)
8/9 Twenty-Four Eyes (9)
8/10 The Hundred-Foot Journey (5.5)
8/12 Tom Jones (6.5)
8/14 Mostly Martha (Rewatch, 8)
8/15 The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (aka Marat/Sade) (7.5, but really in a class by itself)
8/17 Mulan (8)
8/18 Silver Linings Playbook (Rewatch, 9)
8/19 The Station Agent (Rewatch, 9.5: one of my favorite films)
8/24 Fixer Dugan (7)*
8/24 Crashing Hollywood (8.5)*
8/24 Criminal Lawyer (7)*
8/26 Pandora's Box (9)
8/29 I Vitelloni (Fellini, 8, bordering on 8.5)
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8/31 Cantinflas (6.5 of 10)
8/31 Boyhood (9 of 10)


*A Lee Tracy mini Film Festival. "Fixer Dugan" is also known as "Double Daring."

It's hard to choose between Twenty-Four Eyes and Pandora's Box [and Boyhood]as the best of the films I hadn't seen. They're vastly different films. No truly disastrous films, although I was disappointed by Tom Jones, of which I had high expectation. The Show-Off is a silent with a nice performance by Louise Brooks, though she isn't a star in the film. The Plastic Age is a silent college football drama, most notable for having Clara Bow as a femme injurious but not exactly fatale.

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I might squeeze another one today, so I'm holding my list until later.

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August 2014

American Hustle (2013) (Russell) - 7/10
Homefront (2013) (Fleder) - 5/10
Get Carter (1971) (Hodges) - 8/10
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) (Murro) - 3/10
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) (Branagh) - 5/10
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) (Russo Bros.) - 6/10
Open your Eyes (Abre los Ojos) (1997) (Amenábar) - 8/10
A Man Escaped/ Un Condamné à Mort s'est échappé... (1956) (Bresson) - 9/10
Pompeii (2014) (Anderson) - 3/10
Divergent (2014) (Burger) - 4/10
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) (Lord/Miller) - 8/10
Three Kings (1999) (Russell) - 6/10
Transcendence (2014) (Pfister) - 6/10
Non-Stop (2014) (Collet-Serra) - 5/10
Jackie Brown (1997) (Tarantino) - 7/10*
Rob Roy (1995) (Caton-Jones) - 7/10
Monuments Men (2014) (Clooney) - 4/10

With 17 movies, August has bee my best movie month of the year so far. (I know that it pales in comparison to what some of you watch in a month.) It's been a mixed bag with a lot of contemporary mediocrity, but only two stinkers ('300: Rise of an Empire' and 'Pompeii'). The best movies I watched were 'A Man Escaped' - a true masterpiece -, 'Abre los Ojos', 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' and 'Get Carter' (the Michael Caine one, not the remake with Sylvester Stallone, obviously).


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I might squeeze another one today, so I'm holding my list until later.



Well, I didn't so here's my list...


AUGUST 2014


8/2 - 2-Headed Shark Attack = D-
8/2 - Casino Royale = A-
8/2 - Sharknado 2: The Second One = LOLWUT!
8/2 - Escape Plan = B-
8/3 - Drive = A-
8/15 - La Jetée = B
8/16 - Sabotage = C+
8/17 - Man on Wire = B+
8/30 - In Fear = B



*rewatches


Better than the last months, considering I'm also watching 5 or 6 TV shows.

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August

8/1/2014: For A Few Dollars More: 8/10.*
8/2/2014: 12 Angry Men: 10/10.*
8/3/2014: Une Chambre En Ville: 5/10.
8/3/2014: Anatomy Of A Murder: 9/10.*
8/6/2014: Cruel Story Of Youth: 6/10.
8/7/2014: The Bakery Girl Of Monceau: 8/10.
8/8/2014: Snowpiercer: 9/10.*
8/9/2014: Suzanne's Career: 7/10.
8/10/2014: Nymphomaniac: 8/10.
8/12/2014: In The Mood For Love: 10/10.*
8/15/2014: Darkman: 5/10.
8/16/2014: Guardians Of The Galaxy: 5/10.
8/16/2014: A Most Wanted Man: 8/10.
8/17/2014: Magic In The Moonlight: 7/10.
8/19/2014: Dr. No: 8/10.*
8/20/2014: Transcendence: 4/10.
8/20/2014: The Amazing Spiderman 2: 3/10.
8/24/2014: Perfect Blue: 9/10.*
8/25/2014: Land Of Silence And Darkness: 7/10.
8/26/2014: Fata Morgana: 6/10.
8/27/2014: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World: 5/10.
8/29/2014: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!: 7/10.
8/30/2014: Midnight In Paris: 9/10.*
8/30/2014: Only Lovers Left Alive: 8/10.*
8/31/2014: Frank: 8/10.
8/31/2014: On Her Majesty's Secret Service: 9/10.*

*repeat viewing

Top three first-time viewings:

Frank
A Most Wanted Man
Nymphomaniac

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