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Jim Harper
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PostPosted: 12.28.2004 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
The absolute worst movie I saw this year, although its initial release was two or three years ago, was St. John's Wort, a movie so bad it actually made me angry. Very rarely do I feel I've had my time completely wasted, but St. John's absconded with 90 minutes of my life I will never get back.




I didn't think it was quite so bad, although definitely a duffer. I would recommend that you stay away from Isola too, which I understand gets a US release soon as well. It's really f*cking terrible.
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the night watchman
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PostPosted: 12.29.2004 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


I would recommend that you stay away from Isola too, which I understand gets a US release soon as well. It's really f*cking terrible.




Will do. Thanks for the advice. Smile
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Danny Baldwin
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PostPosted: 12.29.2004 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
I didn't hate Van Helsing quite as much as I thought I would. Of course, my expectations were pretty low. I liked it better than either of Sommer's Mummy movies.


I'll be the first to defend Van Helsing, which is extremely odd, given my distaste for the monster movie.
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beltmann
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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
I'll take a cue from night watchman's list, despite the fact that I don't have my entire list of 2004 viewings with me (I'm at gramma's house for Christmas!).


Your grandma has the Internet? Sheesh, mine won't even buy a microwave.



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PostPosted: 01.08.2005 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Your grandma has the Internet? Sheesh, mine won't even buy a microwave.


One of my grandmas uses the internet. My other one has been prohibited by my grandfather because he's into the whole "government is watching you all the time online" conspiracy. Laughing
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PostPosted: 01.09.2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She has the Internet, but I think she was sort of coerced into getting it by my mother and my three aunts.
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PostPosted: 01.11.2005 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, nice list, Beltmann. While I didn't like Collateral or The Saddest Music in the World much and still remain fond of The Girl Next Door and The Ladykillers, I'm mostly in agreement with you, as three of your choices make my current list, as well. But, more importantly, great insights, as always.
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PostPosted: 01.11.2005 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Danny. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm guessing Before Sunset is one of those three? I actually re-watched Sunset on DVD a few weeks ago, and am more convinced than ever that it's a masterpiece.



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PostPosted: 01.11.2005 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I actually re-watched Sunset on DVD a few weeks ago, and am more convinced than ever that it's a masterpiece.


Currently #4 on the list. I bought it with a big pile of previously viewed DVDs at Blockbuster a couple weeks ago, and have been waiting for the right time to watch it again, back-to-back with Before Sunrise. The other two are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Spring Summer Fall Winter...and Spring.



Coffee and Cigarettes, The Twilight Samurai, Strayed, Intimate Strangers, and Silver City are still must-see DVDs before I put my list out officially. I think I'll wait for Million Dollar Baby to come here in theatres, as well. Waiting for Mean Creek, The Story of the Weeping Camel, and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster to hit DVD before composing it is not something I really want to do, but I think I may.
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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The way I perceive movie reality in 2004 is as follows:



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry)

Before Sunset (Linklater)

Dogville (Von Trier)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring (Kim)

Touching the Void (Macdonald)

Hero (Yimou)

Aviator (Scorsese)

Saddest Music in the Word (Maddin)

Shaun of the Dead Wright

Collateral (Mann)

Kinsey (Condon)



I realize its eleven, but without ten we really could not go to eleven, for when I really need to rock out.



Other notables: Kill Bill Volume 2, Miracle, Broken Wings, Five Obstructions, Super Size Me
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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mfritschel wrote:
I realize its eleven, but without ten we really could not go to eleven, for when I really need to rock out.


LOL!



Matt, I love every movie on your list--6 made mine, too--and even though my list never mentioned Dogville, it nearly cracked my Honorable Mention. (It probably faded off only because for me, it lives in the shadow of Five Obstructions.) I even really like your "notables," although I enjoyed Super Size Me much more than I respected it.



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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mfritschel wrote:


Other notables: Miracle




Oy! Miracle is a notable for me, too, but I forgot to include it. Imagine that; a sports movie as one of my favorites of the year. Who'da thunk?
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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NW, I still say you oughta give The Rookie a chance.
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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My boss has been unyeilding in his attempts to get me to see this movie. I feel my resistance weakening... weaking... strengthening... weakening...
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PostPosted: 01.12.2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have a boss? I always thought you were the stick-it-to-the-man type, holed up in your ramshackle shed smoking pipes--or whatnot--while churning out beautiful prose. Cool



I have a friend who has refused to watch Toy Story since 1995, only because too many people told him to see it. I really don't know what point he's trying to prove, but he's proud of his nine-year hold-out.
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