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  1.  (549.21) soon as I pressed enter I remembered a couple more.

    Trade was pretty gritty but good. Not for the faint of heart's a really tough kind of subject matter to digest.

    I also enjoyed Sunshine....some of the scenes in the movie were breathtaking.
      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Eastern Promises, We own the Night, Control, American Gangster, Paranoid Park, these are the movies I have in mind for 2007, and a bunch of french movies but I'll be the only interested here!
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    Massive fan of Angel-A by Luc Besson.

    B&W supernatural wonderfulness!!!
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    looked at the originating caomment on this and The new Punisher was mentioned.

    Now at first i was just going to ignore that movie, cause, really, the last one wasnt all that great and teh one before that with good ol Dolph....well never saw it.

    But then i found out that the director from Green Street Hooligans is directing it.....nwo I'm all about it. becuase let me tell you this. That lady can do brutal violence like no one's business.

    Now im really looking forward to checking it out, because Hooligans was downright awesome.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    One movie I really liked was the lives of others. anyone else enjoy it?
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
    harcangel - the director of Green Street Hooligans? Really? Wow, You just made my day.

    As for me,

    1 No country
    2 there will be blood

    and I can't give any further than that because there's quite a few I've wanted to see that I haven't had a chance to. Loved Charlie Wilson's War, Zodiak, Sunshine and Hatchet though.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
    Lives of Others was 2006, but fantastically great nonetheless. Better than any movie from 2007 including No Country For Old Men AND Control.
    I have never seen Green Street Hooligans, but I noticed on her IMDB page that she was in Mortal Kombat... so I assumed she had some kind of experience doin stage fighting or whatever- at least a strong background in violence. And I never watched the Tom Jane/ John Travolta Punisher because I heard it was a complete waste of time/money/resources/life. But after reading Ennis' Punisher Max series up to #53 (most recent) I got really really excited about this movie. THEN I checked out Lexi, and she loves Frank Miller! As in like- she reads the comics? THEN I saw her cast list. Holy fuck. Colin Salmon is not Samuel L. Jackson, but he's always solid, so I expect a great Budiansky. Most of them look perfect. Wayne Knight as Micro? Gonna be awesome. But the most important casting call was obviously Frank Castle. And they picked the perfect guy. I've never been happier with a casting job. The fucking guy from ROME. Ray Stevenson (plays Titus). Anyway, they're done filming and the movie comes out September 12th tentatively. This is the most excited I've ever been for a movie without seeing a trailer or stills or anything. I really hope it's great. The guys who wrote the script I've never heard of, but they also just wrote Iron Man (Better be good, they got Sam Jackson for Nick Fury).
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008 edited
    I'll have to watch Sunshine and Angel-A. Luc Besson is brilliant. And I still haven't seen There Will Be Blood. Strdust was terrible.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2008
    Just watched Tekkon Kinkreet last night.

    Wow, jsut such an incredible visual smorgasboard of stupendousness. It got kinda trippy at the end but really who wouldnt expect that from that genre.

    after both this and Paprika, my mind fealt a little ...blown out....need to process a little i think.

    But ihighly recommend this one.

    Lives of Others is on the viewing agenda for this evening.
  2.  (549.30)
    HumprheyLee's list is great and covered many of my favorites. Some other terrific films this year include:

    The Orphanage
    Another great Spanish horror flick, not directed by Guillermo del Toro, but produced by him.

    Wristcutters: A Love Story
    A lovely afterlife road movie about finding true love after committing suicide.

    Shoot Em Up
    The best action movie spoof ever. Watch it for three minutes and you'll know whether to go with it or turn it off. If you don't think CLive Owen cutting a newborn's umbilical cord by shooting it off is funny, skip this one.

    A flawed, but interesting movie carried largely by the visuals and a terrific cast. It's also the first SF film since 2001 that captures the fucking awesome weirdness of being away from Earth and traveling in oh-my-god empty space. I just wish that the filmmakers had done their homework and not repeated so many plot elements from other SF movies.

    The Assassination of Jesse James
    It's nice to see Brad Pitt actually acting again. Babel aside, he hasn't done much that I can remember lately.

    Kafka meets Trevor Brown in a French girl's school. This is the most unsettling movie I've ever seen in which almost nothing happens.

    Din of Celestial Birds
    A lovely short film from E. Elias Merhige, the creative lunatic who gave us Begotten. You can see the whole film online at

    Inland Empire
    David Lynch takes a videocam and Laura Dern and shows you an LA that's right in front of you, but you've never quite seen before.

    Planet Terror
    Exploding zombies, texas barbecue and Rose McGowan pole dancing, then on a killing spree with a grenade-launching peg-leg. What's not to love?

    Panic Room aside, David Fincher has a hell of a track record creating disturbing, obsessive films. Zodiac isn't a police story about tracking a killer, but about the people who are trying puzzle out the crimes. We get to watch them slowly go crazy as they can almost, but never quite get to the answers they want.

    And while we're on the subject of Fincher-- for the legions who hate Alien 3, go get his original director's cut from the Alien Quadrilogy set. It's a vastly different and much improved movie. Along with the first Alien, Fincher's version of #3 is now my favorite. Aliens is a fun romp, but the first 30 minutes, for me, are unwatchable.
  3.  (549.31)
    I didn't make it out to the theater much, but I found a couple of good films this year:

    'Eastern Promises'

    'No Country for Old Men'

    'Michael Clayton'

    '4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days', took Cannes, really quite tense.

    I only saw about half of Guy Maddin's new one, 'My Winnipeg', but what I saw was terrific.

    'Sweeney Todd' was a bit dodgy but had some terrific moments.

    There was a lot to like in 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' but it was about an hour too long and couldn't figure out how to properly end itself.

    Seeing 'There Will Be Blood' next week, I have much faith.
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I liked the lives of others. I think what happened in east Germany with the Stasi is a good cautionary tale for the US.

    The latest Die Hard movie was quite entertaining.

    I did not like Shoot em up at all. It was boring and pretentiously preachy.

    I don't care if it says 05 to 08 ,if I saw it in 07 it counts as an 07 movie.

    Titus Pullo as Frank Castle with the lady from Green Street ,I am almost afraid to get my hopes up.