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  1.  (107.1)
    Since everyone's doing threads on your latest music, books and even video games - I think it's time for a movie thread.

    My last one was (admittedly re-watching) the ultra-low budget The American Astronaut. Mad as a fish, great songs, strangely good hard SF elements among the very silly atmosphere - and any movie with a song called "The Girl with the Vagina made of Glass" can't be bad.

    Before that was (again, rerun) The Fountain - that lovely but flawed alchemical poem.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    the last truly great movie I saw was Children Of Men. And before that, Pan's Labyrinth.

    However, this has been an excellent year for good movies. Hot Fuzz, Stardust, Magicians, and Beowulf have all been superb
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    I really loved Sunshine. Was a little silly at time, but it was immensely stylish and super cool. That was the last movie I saw in theater that I left really wanting to see it again. Probably won't even hold up on DVD, but still.

    Checking my Netflix, the last movie I gave five stars to on there was Once Upon A Time in the West.

    Also, Superbad was very funny.
  3.  (107.4)
    I wandered across a flick titled CASHBACK on netflix a few weeks ago, best movie I've seen in a while. Cool camera work, fun plot and a grocery store that seemingly operates under the 'no fatties' rule of female aesthetic.
      CommentAuthorJohn Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    "No Country for Old Men" was really very good. I also liked "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford."
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    Agreeing with John Smith, "No Country for Old Men" was amazing. An appropriate apology from the Coen Brothers for their version of "The Ladykillers".
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    Screened Koyaanisqatsi with friends the other night in our school's auditorium. I could watch it a million times and never get tired.

    And The Darjeeling Limited - which I liked a whole lot more than I expected to. It was more subdued for Wes rather than less. Nice of him to let the understatement come out a little.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    No Country was definitely the best movie I've seen this year. I think the understated pornographic feature Debbie and Donna Escape from Dickworld is up there in the top five, as well.

    That's a complete lie. I made that title up. My apologies.

    Other than that, DVD releases of Holy Mountain and El Topo have come to my attention recently. Also, Futurama, though it's not really a movie, even though it's four episodes with an overarching plotline.
      CommentAuthorJohn Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
    Yeah. Anton Chigurh is possibly the finest screen villain this decade-- a psychopath with principles. How scary was the scene in that gas station?

    Also, I saw this in a small town movie theatre and the groaning at the film's lack of pat resolution perfectly explained why American audiences are given the same dreck over and over-- because studio executives are freaked out when test audiences don't see the ending they want.
  4.  (107.10)
    Visitor Q
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    I've heard lots of raving about Children of Men, but I found it very disappointing. It was a fantastic setting in search of a plot. Nothing really happened in it besides some tense action sequences, and it didn't really seem to go anywhere or say anything besides "here's a bleak view of human nature". And in the last act it just turned into the cinematic equivalent of watching someone play Half-Life 2. Great cinematography and a well developed setting, I just wish they'd done something with it. On the upside, it got me to finally read Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear, which I think is a much more interesting take on the infertility plague idea.

    The last really satisfying movie I saw was Once. It's really simple, naturalisticly shot, and I can't figure out exactly why it's so perfect.
  5.  (107.12)
    Why last was a re-watch of the excellent "In the Bedroom". Much of the film was shot in my little town of 7000 citizens, and just about every scene is perfect. Wilkinson during the scene in his son's room--even if the first 10 minutes bore you, stick around just to watch the guy give the performance of the film.

    Also, the guy who played "Ethan Rom" on Lost plays a very nasty individual and shoots hot, searing spark to every scene he's in.

    Watch it. Right now. The DVD's like $3 on Amazon.

    - Zachary -
      CommentAuthorJohn Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    Also, if anyone managed to catch Grindhouse in a theatre alongside enthusiastic viewers then you know it was one of the most exhilarating movie experiences one can have.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    No Country For Old Men is for me as well, probably the best movie of the year.
    Darjeeling Ltd was decent. But probably my least favorite Anderson film (but hey, that's still miles above most films.)

    Children of Men I thought was pretty amazing. Just from a completely technical point of view, some of those scenes were INCREDIBLE!
    Need I mention the insanely long scene where he runs in and out of the building to save the girl? There was gun fights and tank fire and stairs, and I'm pretty sure it was all in one cut!!
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    I unfortunately didnt get to see No Country.. but the last two "great" films I saw were L.A. Confidential and Mulholland Falls.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    The scene Jared mentions (107.14) is not only technically amazing, it depicts humans behaving -- for the first time in the entire monstrous, beautiful movie -- in a way that suggests that that hideous, cruel, future might have a future.

    I'm close to misting up remembering it.
      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
    Need I mention the insanely long scene where he runs in and out of the building to save the girl? There was gun fights and tank fire and stairs, and I'm pretty sure it was all in one cut!!

    The disappearance of the blood on the lens at one point made it seem like it had a cut during the scene, but it actually didn't. Cuaron just got sick of seeing it through the rest of the scene and had some poor soul digitally remove the drops of blood from each remaining frame. It took a long long time. Children of Men was my joint favourite film of last year, alongside United 93, with Lady Vengeance breathing down their necks.

    Saw The Mist last week, and it's the best Stephen King adaptation I've seen. The building tension is unbearable, and the allegory, though heavy-handed, is presented with maximum fury and effect. The ending overshadows it all, though. Once you've seen it, it'll be the thing you remember most. Whether you like the final scene or not (I've yet to come to a conclusion about it), you've got to admire Darabont's big brass ballicles. It's no wonder no studio would back it. Makes the end of Seven look like It's A Wonderful Life.

    Before that, the last really good film I'd seen at the cinema in ages was, as someone has already mentioned, Once. It's a bloody marvel.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    I have the dubious pleasure of bartending in an old movie theatre that has been converted into a bar, so I see most of the major hollywood releases many times. It give you an appreciation for which movies are worth getting on DVD. Most of the big movies (Spiderman, Transformers, any movei with the number 3 in the title) are only good once.
    Comedies recently that were good:
    Hot Fuzz (excellent.)
    Knocked Up
    Superbad (Good, maybe not great.)
    Ratatouille (Seriously)
    Surf's Up (No, really, if that movie had people instead of talking penguins it would be a classic.)
    Clerks 2
    Nacho Libre (gets better with each watching)
    Tenatious D in The Pick of Destiny (ditto)
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Beerfest (If you missed this, go rent it now.)

    Pan's Laberynth
    Grindhouse (once you get past the whole 3 hour thing)
    The Queen (Really, not too boring.)
    The Illusionist (Much better than The Prestige)
    The Departed (Though someone punched me during one showing.)

    A great many shitty movies died to bring you that list.
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
    my most disappointing movie of the year is the one that had the best trailer :

    sad that something this promising was actually such a crap movie
  6.  (107.20)
    Just re-watched Hal Hartley's Trust, after discovering it had finally been given a DVD release. It's region 4, from microcinema, because something bad has happened to the North American rights and Hartley says there's no point waiting for a domestic release.


    True Confessions, which is the movie Black Dahlia wanted to be but was utterly outclassed by.

    Stephen Poliakoff's Hidden City. A remarkable film made for the BBC's Film On Four, it stars Charles Dance as a statistician in the midst of something of a middle-aged crisis. Waylaid by an aggressive (and abrasive) young woman who claims he cost her her job at a government film archive, he finds himself draughted into the search for a series of apparently benign industrial films that have inexplicably wound up classified as secret. At first unwilling to take part in the quest, he gradually becomes sucked into a bewildering secret world hidden within and beneath London, where bowler-hatted Masons have to pick their way through the garbage piled in front of the alleyway entrances of their secret meeting halls, and decades worth of classified information piles in drifts in decomissioned underground air raid shelters. In the process the two seekers, who are united only by their vague sense of dissatisfaction and a need for something - anything - else, discover that so many secrets are being kept by their government that the reasons much of it was ever considered sensitive have themselves been lost to time. Worse yet, the accumulation has grown so enormous that random culls are being implemented just to make room in the archives for the latest generation of secrets, with stacks of film and documents selected at random for disposal. When the second film in the series they have been seeking turns out to contain a glimpse of what might be an abduction in the background of a street scene, it's a race against time to find the next instalment, which may already have been sent to a rubbish tip... Melancholy, romantic, utterly modern, and only sort-of a conspiracy film, it is incomprehensible that 'Hidden City' has somehow managed to avoid building the cult following it so richly deserves. Apparently, though it aired on British television, it never received a video release there, and was only released in North America by Sony in a very limited way. I haven't seen a copy (other than my own treasured print) in a decade at least, so maybe the reason it's unknown is that no one's seen it. Which is criminal.