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Jim Harper
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 4:13 pm    Post subject: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

The Best of 2005



It's nearing the end of the year, and I've been looking over my Film Log, so I thought it was about time for a round-up of this year's standout films. The most obvious way would be to list the best of this year's releases, but since I've only seen three films released this year (Dark Water, Land of the Dead and House of Wax), then I'm going to have to compile a list of the best films I've seen this year (previously unseen movies, of course). Here goes, in order of viewing:



The Toolbox Murders (dir. Tobe Hooper, 2003)

Night of the Big Heat (dir. Terence Fisher, 1967)

X the Unknown (dir. Leslie Norman, 1956)

The Nest (dir. Florent Emilio Seri, 2002)

Azumi (dir. Ryuhei Kitamura, 2003)

Lovesick Dead (dir. Kazuyuki Shibuya, 2001)

Switchblade Romance (dir. Alexandre Aja, 2003)

Memories of Murder (dir. Bong Joon-hu, 2003)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (dir. Werner Herzog, 1979)

Vidocq (dir. Pitof, 2001)

The Dead Eyes of London (dir. Alfred Vohrer, 1961)

L?Appartement (dir. Gilles Mimouni, 1996)

She-Creature (dir. Sebastian Gutierrez, 2001)

Darkness (dir. Jaume Balaguero, 2002)

Land of the Dead (dir. George A Romero, 2005)

Downfall (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)

The Dancer Upstairs (dir. John Malkovich, 2002)



Not a nad mix there I think. Despite some slow periods, it's been a pretty good year for movies.
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't resist! Here are my favorites of the year so far. All of them had their premiere in Milwaukee this year:



After the Day Before[/i] (Janisch Attila, Hungary)

Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, US)

The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirelles, US/UK)

Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)

Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, US)

Head-On (Fatih Akin, Germany)

The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina)

Junebug (Phil Morrison, US)

Kabala (Assane Kouyate, Mali/France)

Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July, US)

Mondovino (Jonathan Nossiter, US/France/Argentina/Italy)

Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki, US)

Red Lights (Cedric Kahn, France)

2046 (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong)

War of the Worlds (Steven Spielberg, US)

The War Within (Joseph Castelo, US)

Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog, Germany)
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:
Not a nad mix there


No need to be crude, Jim.
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
No need to be crude, Jim.




For the love of God, Beltmann, for the love of God!
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:
For the love of God, Beltmann, for the love of God!


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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm tempted, but since the end of the year is so close, I'll refrain.
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PostPosted: 11.07.2005 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I've only just remembered the writers' 'Best of' round up. Feel free to slap me around the chops several times.
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PostPosted: 11.08.2005 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:
The Best of 2005

Memories of Murder (dir. Bong Joon-hu, 2003)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (dir. Werner Herzog, 1979)

Land of the Dead (dir. George A Romero, 2005)

Downfall (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)

The Dancer Upstairs (dir. John Malkovich, 2002)



These are the only ones on your list I've seen... I'm gonna have to print this out for future rentals.
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PostPosted: 11.11.2005 3:12 am    Post subject: Re: The Best of 2005 Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


Land of the Dead (dir. George A Romero, 2005)





I was actually very disapointed with this movie.
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PostPosted: 11.15.2005 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


Lovesick Dead (dir. Kazuyuki Shibuya, 2001)




Is this based on a graphic novel by Junji Ito?



Jim Harper wrote:
Nosferatu the Vampyre (dir. Werner Herzog, 1979)




I actually prefer this version to Murnau's.



Jim Harper wrote:
She-Creature (dir. Sebastian Gutierrez, 2001)




This is a surprisingly good movie. It was part of a package of remakes (well, movies with the same name anyway) for HBO (or Showtime, I forget) of Roger Corman flicks. The rest sucked. This one was actually clever and intriguing.



Jim Harper wrote:
Darkness (dir. Jaume Balaguero, 2002)




An extremely undeservingly maligned movie. Not perfect, but it follows through to the end with the concept it sets forth, a feat that many movies in general seem incapable of achieving.
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PostPosted: 11.15.2005 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Jim Harper wrote:
Darkness (dir. Jaume Balaguero, 2002)




An extremely undeservingly maligned movie. Not perfect, but it follows through to the end with the concept it sets forth, a feat that many movies in general seem incapable of achieving.




I agree. I think part of its bad reputation might stem from the fact that most people saw the butchered U.S. theatrical version, which was missing something like 15 minutes of footage. The film's effectiveness is largely dependent on its atmosphere, and I can only imagine how that version might destroy the pacing and mood. I saw the original version (on DVD in the U.S. as the "unrated version") and was pleasantly surprised by it, especially given the lousy word of mouth.
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PostPosted: 11.15.2005 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember hating Darkness, but I really don't recall enough about it to even remotely begin to discuss it.
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PostPosted: 11.15.2005 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
I think part of its bad reputation might stem from the fact that most people saw the butchered U.S. theatrical version, which was missing something like 15 minutes of footage.




The theatrical release wasn't really significantly different from the uncut version. The only moments excised were scenes of dialogue between Regina and her mother, and Regina and her boyfriend regarding her little brother and her father's condition. These moments certainly clear family matters up, and firmly place Regina as the central character, but don?t really alter the movie or make it ?make more sense? (as some complained it didn?t do). Indeed, I think its dependence on atmosphere--in my opinion, one of its greatest virtues--is what caused most casual viewers to dismiss it.
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PostPosted: 11.15.2005 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Is this based on a graphic novel by Junji Ito?




Yes, it is.



the night watchman wrote:
She-Creature (dir. Sebastian Gutierrez, 2001)



This is a surprisingly good movie. It was part of a package of remakes (well, movies with the same name anyway) for HBO (or Showtime, I forget) of Roger Corman flicks. The rest sucked. This one was actually clever and intriguing.




Agreed. The rest were barely worth seeing but this one had a great cast and some decent ideas behind it.



the night watchman wrote:
Darkness (dir. Jaume Balaguero, 2002)



An extremely undeservingly maligned movie. Not perfect, but it follows through to the end with the concept it sets forth, a feat that many movies in general seem incapable of achieving.




Once again, I'm in agreement. I wouldn't say it was perfect, but I did have a lot of fun with it.
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PostPosted: 11.18.2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other day I wasn't reading carefully and for some reason thought you guys were raving about Darkness Falls--and I couldn't figure out what kind of crack you were all on.



Anyway, I picked up a used copy of the unrated Darkness today, mostly because of the unanimous approval in here. I was mildly interested upon release, so thanks for the reminder!



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