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Monkeypox
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PostPosted: 05.26.2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Couldn't think of anything for 1996. If anyone has any ideas that might jog my memory, I'd welcome them.





1996 - Shine, Trainspotting, Sling Blade, Breaking the Waves, Lone Star, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Secrets and Lies, The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Marvin's Room, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Primal Fear, Ghosts of Mississippi....
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PostPosted: 05.26.2004 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
Jim Harper wrote:


Couldn't think of anything for 1996. If anyone has any ideas that might jog my memory, I'd welcome them.





1996 - Shine, Trainspotting, Sling Blade, Breaking the Waves, Lone Star, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Secrets and Lies, The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Marvin's Room, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Primal Fear, Ghosts of Mississippi....




Actually, I think I might have to go for Scream.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
Jim Harper wrote:


Couldn't think of anything for 1996. If anyone has any ideas that might jog my memory, I'd welcome them.





1996 - Shine, Trainspotting, Sling Blade, Breaking the Waves, Lone Star, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Secrets and Lies, The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Marvin's Room, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Primal Fear, Ghosts of Mississippi....


Good list--my personal favorite is Lone Star--although I wouldn't include Marvin's Room, Primal Fear, nor Ghosts of Mississippi.



I'd also consider Ponette; La Promesse; Comrades, Almost a Love Story; Welcome to the Dollhouse; Ridicule; Paradise Lost; Microcosmos; The King of Masks; Bottle Rocket; Big Night; Cold Comfort Farm; The Crucible; Thieves; Schizopolis, and especially Mark Rappaport's From the Journals of Jean Seberg.



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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good choices, Jim; especially Dellamorte dellamore and Perfect Blue. My horror choices for the last ten years are these:



2004: Dawn of the Dead (so far ...)

2003: 28 Days Later

2002: May

2001: Mulholland Drive

2000: American Psycho

1999: The Ninth Gate

1998: Ringu

1997: Lost Highway

1996: Crash

1995: Lord of Illusions

1994: Interview with the Vampire



Special mentions go to Cure, Kairo, The Night Flier, Dagon, Ginger Snaps, Ju-On, The Ring, Ravenous, Audition, Memento Mori, Blair Witch Project, The Eye, Bubba Ho-Tep, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot: The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, and Blade II. I knew you were all worried about their exclusion.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Some good choices, Jim; especially Dellamorte dellamore and Perfect Blue. My horror choices for the last ten years are these:



2004: Dawn of the Dead (so far ...)

2003: 28 Days Later

2002: May

2001: Mulholland Drive

2000: American Psycho

1999: The Ninth Gate

1998: Ringu

1997: Lost Highway

1996: Crash

1995: Lord of Illusions

1994: Interview with the Vampire



Special mentions go to Cure, Kairo, The Night Flier, Dagon, Ginger Snaps, Ju-On, The Ring, Ravenous, Audition, Memento Mori, Blair Witch Project, The Eye, Bubba Ho-Tep, and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.




I'm perhaps too much of a Romero fan to champion 28 Days Later and the Dawn remake, even though the former isn't too bad. David Lynch is someone I've tried to like, but beyond Twin Peaks (which is, together with The Kingdom, the best TV show ever), I really can't get on with his work, except for his more mainstream efforts like The Elephant Man and Dune.



Crash was just tedious. Again, I really tried to like it, but Cronenberg's later work just doesn't have the vitality of his earlier efforts.



The films you mention at the bottom are all worthy efforts. Have you seen the direct-to-video version of Juon that preceded the theatrical release? I think it's superior.



Memento Mori was very good indeed. It's a semi-sequel to Whispering Corridors, which is also very good. I haven't seen the thired one (The Wishing Stairs) yet, although I've heard it's just as good.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NW gets bonus points for mentioning Ravenous, which is a very funny experiment in mixing tones.



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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


Crash was just tedious. Again, I really tried to like it, but Cronenberg's later work just doesn't have the vitality of his earlier efforts.



The films you mention at the bottom are all worthy efforts. Have you seen the direct-to-video version of Juon that preceded the theatrical release? I think it's superior.



Memento Mori was very good indeed. It's a semi-sequel to Whispering Corridors, which is also very good. I haven't seen the third one (The Wishing Stairs) yet, although I've heard it's just as good.




I didn't like Crash either the first time I saw it, and, yes, found it tedious and unsatisfying. I used to describe it as beautifully-made, well-acted soft-core porn about a fetish I neither understood nor shared. But I picked it up on DVD for the sake of a complete Cronenberg collection, and when I watched it a second time (and third and forth), I found something amazing. I never thought it would appear at the top of any of my lists, but in the last year it's managed to stick in my head and enthrall me.



The first Ju-On is the one listed. I enjoyed the two theatrical releases (the "Grudge" movies), especially the sequel (fourth movie? so confusing), but I agree, the very first video release remains the most effective. Gave me my first nightmare in over ten years; can't be bad.



I haven't seen Whispering Corridors yet, or heard of The Whishing Stairs, but hope to rectify that soon.



beltmann wrote:
NW gets bonus points for mentioning Ravenous, which is a very funny experiment in mixing tones.




I don't think the tones always mix flawlessly, but overall, a highly entertaining, and underrated, movie.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The first Ju-On is the one listed. I enjoyed the two theatrical releases (the "Grudge" movies), especially the sequel (fourth movie? so confusing), but I agree, the very first video release remains the most effective. Gave me my first nightmare in over ten years; can't be bad.




Definitely. The whole series is desperately confusing; starts out as a short sketch in a TV anthology (Gakko no kaidan G), then as a two-part direct-to-video film, then as two theatrical movies, then as a US remake, and all directed by Takashi Shimizu. Word has it that he's planning a Japanese Juon: the Grudge 3 when he's finished with the US remake.



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I haven't seen Whispering Corridors yet, or heard of The Wishing Stairs, but hope to rectify that soon.




As far as I can tell they're mostly only linked by the concept of same-sex relationships in an incredibly oppressive school system. When I saw Whispering Corridors a couple of years ago by far the most unpleasant thing was the treatment of the children. The Korean government claims that it's all terribly exaggerated, but the incredible box office returns (Memento Mori was the third most popular film of the year, not far behind Titanic) would suggest otherwise.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen Gakko no kaidan G, and is it available on video? I just checked the IMDB and saw Kiyoshi Kurosawa listed as one of the directors, so now I'm really interested in it.
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PostPosted: 05.27.2004 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Have you seen Gakko no kaidan G, and is it available on video? I just checked the IMDB and saw Kiyoshi Kurosawa listed as one of the directors, so now I'm really interested in it.




Alas, no. My quest for this elusive episode of the Gakko no kaidan (Haunted School, although Thomas Weisser translates it as Elementary School Horror) is ongoing. After many long months I have been able to procure subtitled copies of Haunted School 1 and 2, although 3 is available on VCD but currently out of print. No sign of 4 or G yet though. There are many others in the series, as well as a TV series.



However it is worth mentioning that the Haunted School series is aimed squarely at the pre-teen market. Big name directors have been attracted to the series because it's very well regarded and extremely popular, but I don't enjoy them, and they are not in the same league as the more adult horror films. I've bought them for research purposes, but I wouldn't recommend them unless you're interested in the Japanese version of Goosebumps.
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PostPosted: 05.31.2004 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Monkeypox wrote:


1996 - Shine, Trainspotting, Sling Blade, Breaking the Waves, Lone Star, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Secrets and Lies, The English Patient, Jerry Maguire, Marvin's Room, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Primal Fear, Ghosts of Mississippi....


Good list--my personal favorite is Lone Star--although I wouldn't include Marvin's Room, Primal Fear, nor Ghosts of Mississippi.





Well, I wouldn't include several of these films myself, but I wasn't trying to come up with my own list from 1996, but to come up with a list that Jim Harper could view and respond to. So I attempted to include some relatively highly regarded films, even if I hadn't seen them or wasn't a fan of them.
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PostPosted: 05.31.2004 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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beltmann wrote:
NW gets bonus points for mentioning Ravenous, which is a very funny experiment in mixing tones.




I don't think the tones always mix flawlessly, but overall, a highly entertaining, and underrated, movie.




agreed.
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PostPosted: 12.11.2004 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

94: Chungking Express

95: Maborosi**

96: Gabbeh (weak year)

97: The Eel (very weak year)

98: Eternity and a Day*

99: Rosetta*

00: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*

01: Mulholland Dr*

02: Far from Heaven

03: The Return*



*= in my top 100 **= top 10
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PostPosted: 12.30.2004 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

um... this is hard!



1995-Braveheart or Bad Boys

1996-Eraser, Mission Impossible

1997-Good Will Hunting, Austin Powers

1998-Rush Hour

1999-The Matrix

2000-The Patriot, Gone In 60 Seconds, Gladiator

2001-Lord of the Rings - The Trilogy, A Beatiful Mind, Training Day

2002-Catch Me If You Can, Ice Age, We Were Soldiers

2003-Bad Boys II, The Rundown

2004-Paparazzi, King Arthur





SORRY CANT DO 1 MOVIE PER YEAR! There were too much good movies after 1999!!! SO MUCH I CANT CHOOSE!



Also very notable movies - Time to Kill, Original Sin, Titanic, Three Kings, Cast Away, Road Trip, Enemy at the Gate, Gangs of New York, Lilo and Stitch, Elf, Pirates of the Carribean, Day After Tomorrow





Long list, ... I know.
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