Discussion of movies and ReelThoughts topics

It is currently Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:29 am




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 87 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours? 
Author Message
Critic
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 am
Posts: 7423
Location: Easton, MD
Post The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
I haven't seen Nine and Sherlock Holmes but I don't think either will crack my list. My Top 10 is...

10. (500) Days of Summer
9. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
8. Public Enemies
7. Up
6. Moon
5. Avatar
4. In the Loop
3. Sin Nombre
2. A Serious Man
1. Inglourious Basterds

God this list makes me look like such a fanboy. Tarantino, the Coens, and James Cameron in the Top 5. I'm such a loser

_________________
I'm lithe and fierce as a tiger


Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:58 am
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
I ranked my top 10 sci-fi films, but I guess I should put together an overall list as well.
I'll update my list as I see a few more films.

1. Inglourious Basterds ****
2. District 9 ****
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox ****
4. Avatar ****
5. (500) Days of Summer ****
6. In The Loop ***1/2
7. Up in the Air ***1/2
8. The Hurt Locker ***1/2
9. Coraline ***1/2
10. Adventureland ***1/2


Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:44 pm
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
I've only seen about 40 films from this year, so this is guaranteed to change.

10. Coraline
09. The Informant!
08. Avatar
07. Up
06. (500) Days of Summer
05. District 9
04. The Hurt Locker (2008)
03. Drag Me to Hell
02. Antichrist
01. Inglourious Basterds

There. Numbers 1 and 2 are the only fixed picks. Numbers 3 to 10 can be re-arranged depending on mood or what I had for breakfast.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:14 pm
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Mine would read like this

1. Up In The Air
2. Where The Wild Things Are
3. (500) Days of Summer
4. The Cove
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. Away We Go
7. The Hurt Locker
8. An Education
9. Precious
10. A Serious Man

Honorable Mentions (five, in any order)

Public Enemies
Star Trek
The Men Who Stare At Goats
The Hangover
Paranormal Activity


Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:36 pm
Director
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:07 pm
Posts: 1565
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
My Top 6. There are a couple I haven't seen yet so I won't comment on them until I actually do.

1: Precious
2: Inglorious Basterds
3: Adventureland
4: Up In The Air
5: Fantastic Mr. Fox
6: The Hangover

Honorable Mention: Public Enemies which was good, albeit not great. An easy film to admire but a hard one to love.

_________________
This ain't a city council meeting you know-Joe Cabot

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out-Martin Scorsese.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347771599


Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:03 pm
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
JamesKunz wrote:
God this list makes me look like such a fanboy. Tarantino, the Coens, and James Cameron in the Top 5. I'm such a loser
Well, if you're going to be a fanboy, you could have chosen a much worse set of subjects for your dedication. Tarantino, Cameron, and the Coens are all legit.

My number one of the year is Inglourious Basterds, and I'm sure Up, The Hurt Locker, and Up In The Air are all going to make it on once I've gotten my thoughts organized. Call that my tentative top four, for now.


Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:57 pm
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
At the end of the year I always amaze myself with how few movies I've seen that year. The full list, from best to worst:

Loved:
Avatar
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
The Hangover

Liked:
State of Play
Adventureland
Up
Zombieland
District 9
Watchmen
Duplicity
Taken

Meh:
The Taking of Pelham 123

Disliked:
Terminator Salvation
Drag Me to Hell


Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:53 pm
Critic
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 am
Posts: 7423
Location: Easton, MD
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Bones wrote:
Disliked:
Terminator Salvation
Drag Me to Hell


I liked Drag me to Hell okay, but I hated Terminator 4. Glad someone else is with me there

_________________
I'm lithe and fierce as a tiger


Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:59 pm
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Pretty similar lists so far. I guess that reflects how our tastes correspond with James' (and that's likely why most of us read his reviews).


Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:28 pm
Director
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:09 pm
Posts: 1293
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
I'll let you know in the summer when pretty much every '09 release I want to see has been released on video and have thus seen them all (since not all of them will get theatrical releases in my general vicinity). :)

But just as a taster...my frontrunners so far:
"Fantastic Mister Fox"
"A Serious Man"
"Up in the Air"


Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:36 pm
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Trevor wrote:
Pretty similar lists so far. I guess that reflects how our tastes correspond with James' (and that's likely why most of us read his reviews).
Well, I'd also say that it indicates a lack movies with intensely subjective, personal content. I often find that it's the divisive movies, as opposed to the ones that unite everyone under the same banner, that are remembered most once perspective has set in--either as reviled failures or masterpieces.


Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:57 pm
Critic
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 am
Posts: 7423
Location: Easton, MD
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Trevor wrote:
Pretty similar lists so far. I guess that reflects how our tastes correspond with James' (and that's likely why most of us read his reviews).


Except Adventureland, which goes on JB's alltime overrated list. I mean, sure it was pleasant enough, but wow was that not a great film.

_________________
I'm lithe and fierce as a tiger


Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:50 pm
Profile
Director
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:31 pm
Posts: 1142
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
#1. District 9 (**** out of ****)
#2. Avatar (***1/2 out of ****)
#3. Inglourious Basterds (***1/2 out of ****)
#4. The Hurt Locker (***1/2 out of ****)
#5. (500) Days of Summer (***1/2 out of ****)
#6. Adventureland (***1/2 out of ****)
#7. Star Trek (*** out of ****)
#8. The Hangover (*** out of ****)
#9. Two Lovers (*** out of ****)
#10. Observe and Report (*** out of ****)

That I've seen at least, I've seen a good share of movies released this past year, but still have yet to see films like "A Paranormal Activity", "Public Enemies", "Sin Nombre", among others....

_________________
My blog: http://dunkindan89.blogspot.com/

UPDATED 8/26 - Top 100 List *Updated*


Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:00 pm
Profile WWW
Critic
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 am
Posts: 7423
Location: Easton, MD
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Wasn't anybody else bothered by the third act of District 9? The fact that allegory was thrown out the window in favor of non-stop action with 2nd rate CGI? The ridiculous Nigerian characters? The unnecessary Jesus references? I liked the film quite a bit, but 4 stars?

_________________
I'm lithe and fierce as a tiger


Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:02 pm
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
JamesKunz wrote:
Wasn't anybody else bothered by the third act of District 9? The fact that allegory was thrown out the window in favor of non-stop action with 2nd rate CGI? The ridiculous Nigerian characters? The unnecessary Jesus references? I liked the film quite a bit, but 4 stars?
Count me in. Wikus charging in with guns blazing was fucking ridiculous, a classic example of plot-driven storytelling. The cart went before the horse. I lost the ability to take the movie seriously after that, which is all the more disappointing for how well it was doing up to that point.


Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:07 pm
Director
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:31 pm
Posts: 1142
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
JamesKunz wrote:
Wasn't anybody else bothered by the third act of District 9? The fact that allegory was thrown out the window in favor of non-stop action with 2nd rate CGI? The ridiculous Nigerian characters? The unnecessary Jesus references? I liked the film quite a bit, but 4 stars?


Not at all bothered, it enhanced the film and made it an adrenaline rush filled finale. What I liked most was the jarring change of Wikis's character from nerdy guy behind a desk to survivalist, foul-mouthed action hero. Not many actors, especially unknowns, can pull this off, but Sharlto Copley's performance was one of the best things about the film. In addition to all this, the last scene left me haunted as well as touched, and I would definitely welcome a sequel if they decided to go that direction.

But hey, that's just me, I found it to be a masterpiece due to its ambition and originality, as well as the bravery it showed in charging full steam ahead in it's finale 1/3. There are some that don't like this, and that's fine, to me it made for an incredible movie-watching experience.

_________________
My blog: http://dunkindan89.blogspot.com/

UPDATED 8/26 - Top 100 List *Updated*


Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:04 pm
Profile WWW
Director
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:31 pm
Posts: 1142
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
JamesKunz wrote:
Bones wrote:
Disliked:
Terminator Salvation
Drag Me to Hell


I liked Drag me to Hell okay, but I hated Terminator 4. Glad someone else is with me there


Same for me too. I posted somewhere else that Drag Me To Hell is a *** star movie at best, which is what I gave it because the final act caught me off guard (in hindsight, this shouldn't of happened). Terminator: Salvation was ok up until the ending which pissed me off. It didn't go the direction it was originally intended, McG decided to screw it up and go the more Hollywood route and that, coupled with some horrendous lines of dialogue ("We need to stay alive here (points to heart), and in here (points to head)"----WTF!!!) brought it down to a ** film for me.

_________________
My blog: http://dunkindan89.blogspot.com/

UPDATED 8/26 - Top 100 List *Updated*


Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:09 pm
Profile WWW
Critic
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:35 am
Posts: 7423
Location: Easton, MD
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
Your reaction to District 9 makes sense. I mean, I disagree completely, but you make your points well and I understand how you feel, so that's something. I still think it pales a bit next to Avatar, but you clearly liked Avatar a lot anyway.

As for Terminator Salvation, yeah ** for me as well. Started off okay, and then just kept getting worse, and worse and worse. I could fill reams with Comic Book Guy-esque plotholes but even aside from my love of the Terminator franchise that movie sucked. Couldn't believe JB gave it 3 and thought the final act redeemed the film. That movie just kept unraveling

_________________
I'm lithe and fierce as a tiger


Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:31 pm
Profile
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
'Avatar' would have been such a good film if it had a story. Call it the 'Deadwood'-syndrome.


Is it just me or were the years 2007, 2008, and 2009 the coups of the decade? These were solid, solid years with major hits and unexpected successes, 2009 perhaps the most solid of the trio top-to-bottom. This decade ended powerfully.


Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:08 am
Post Re: The year is ending and JB put up his Top 10: what's yours?
One critical note is that there are several well received films i have not yet seen including A Serious Man (I love the Coens), In the Loop among others.

1. Avatar
2. Inglorious Basterds
3.District 9
4. 500 Days of Summer
5. Precious
6.The Hurt Locker
7. Star Trek
8. Up in the Air
9. Taken
10. Observe and Report

HONORABLE MENTION
state of play
the hangover
everybody's fine
adventureland
I love you man


I'm not even a sci fan really but there were a lot of well made films of this genre.


Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:35 am
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 87 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forum/DivisionCore.
Translated by Xaphos © 2007, 2008, 2009 phpBB.fr