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  1. I also liked The Innkeepers better than House of the Devil. Where is 28 Days Later? This seems to skew more towards indie horror, but there are some more mainstream choices worth mentioning - The Orphanage, The Others, Insidious. Maybe not as daring as those on the list, but still effective.
  2. It's nice to see Christian romantic comedies are just as implausible as their secular counterparts.
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    The Warriors

    For those that like The Warriors, I'd also recommend Walter Hill's Streets of Fire. It has a similar vibe, but never quite found the cult audience as The Warriors.
  4. Mud The World's End All Is Lost Nebraska The Way, Way Back The Place Beyond the Pines 12 Years a Slave Pacific Rim Inside Llewyn Davis Gravity Honorable mentions: Captain Phillips, The Conjuring, Stoker, Prince Avalanche, Computer Chess, Trance, American Hustle, Star Trek Into Darkness, John Dies at the End Movie I forgot existed before I sat down to make this list: Oz: The Great and Powerful Still looking forward to: Her, The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. What did they show before the movie? Concentration camp footage?
  6. I had a blast. I thought it still felt unique despite borrowing from so many different sources. I loved the mind-melting concept and City of Bones. I also thought the battle scenes were more coherent than similar films. Was it perfect? No. But I've probably enjoyed it more than any of this summer's other blockbusters.
  7. E.T. was the first Spielberg film I saw. I owned some E.T. memorabilia when I was really young, but never actually saw the film until it came to VHS in '88. I was 8 years old.
  8. I can't really say I enjoyed it, but I admired it for it's editing and cinematography. The performances are strong too. It's a B-movie very artfully made - which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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    I saw this a few months ago, and didn't post about it because I had nothing positive to say. I've been pleasantly surprised by a number of found-footage films, and was a fan of Ti West's The Innkeepers so I thought I would give this a try despite mixed reviews. I thought even by the lower standards of the found-footage genre, the camera work was sloppy and borderline unwatchable at times. I don't remember other films in the genre, like Rec or Blair Witch, being this hard too watch. I wouldn't have faulted the filmmakers any of they made the camerawork more professional than it might look under these circumstances. It also features some of the most obnoxious and unlikable characters in recent memory. I suppose this is true of many horror films - but I guess it bothered me more here because we never really get time for the characters to grow on us. They're constantly being killed off and we're introduced to a new batch.
  10. Top 15 in rough order of preference: Argo The Dark Knight Rises Looper The Imposter Jeff, Who Lives at Home Haywire Lincoln Skyfall Safety Not Guaranteed Django Unchained The Innkeepers Searching For Sugar Man Casa De Mi Padre Moonrise Kingdom Sound of My Voice
  11. My 2002 list as best as I can remember it (and with some help from Letterboxd). Frailty Minority Report City of God The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys One Hour Photo Punch Drunk Love Adaptation Gangs of New York Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Spider-Man
  12. Looking at these lists, the 90s were a great time for crime and neo-noir films - Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Carlito's Way, The Usual Suspects, Fargo, Miller's Crossing, A Simple Plan, One False Move, Red Rock West, L.A Confidential, The Limey and probably others I'm overlooking.
  13. My personal favorites in chronological order: Goodfellas Delicatessen Groundhog Day The Hudsucker Proxy Pulp Fiction 12 Monkeys Toy Story Dark City Three Kings Fight Club
  14. I saw this at Silverdocs and really enjoyed it. I found myself questioning the reality of it the entire time. A story like this could only occur in a pre-internet era. This, along with The Impostor, would make a great double feature of "documentaries that would be too unbelievable if made as fiction films." There is one detail I'm curious about though. If his Wikipedia entry is to be trusted, Rodriguez toured Australia in 1979. I don't recall this being mentioned in the film. Seems odd they would omit this.
  15. Some of my favorites thus far: Haywire Jeff, Who Lives at Home Safety Not Guaranteed The Imposter The Innkeepers Moonrise Kingdom The Grey Snow White and the Huntsman
  16. I'm in my final semester of a graduate film program, my big goal for this year is to complete a short film for my thesis. I'd also like to attend more repertory screenings. I live close to AFI's Silver Theater, which has great programming, yet I rarely take advantage of it.
  17. * - repeat viewing bold - theatrical viewing January 1/1 - Warrior 1/2 - Tabloid 1/5 - Your Highness 1/6 - The Guard 1/8 - Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World* 1/9 - The Darjeeling Limited* 1/9 - Meek's Cutoff 1/10 War Horse 1/11 - Kansas City Confidential 1/18 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes 1/19 - Charley Varrick 1/20 - The Man Who Knew Too Much* 1/23 - The Thing (1982)* 1/25 - Starman* 1/26 - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 1/27 - Breach 1/29 -Haywire 1/30 - Christine 1/31 - 50/50 February 2/1 - Tucker: The Man and His Dream 2/4 - The Limey 2/6 - Contagion 2/8 - The Grey 2/8 - Beauty and the Beast 2/9 - Blue Collar*
  18. Top 10 (in alphabetical order) The Adventures of Tintin The Artist Attack the Block Hugo Insidious Martha Marcy May Marlene Moneyball Super 8 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tree of Life Honorable mentions: The Descendants, Cold Weather, Rango, Win Win, Take Shelter, Being Elmo, 13 Assassins, The Guard Overrated: Bridesmaids
  19. I usually watch nothing but horror movies the last few weeks of October. There's a repertory theater near me doing a Vincent Price retrospective this year. They are showing some of the Poe/Corman ones and an interactive showing of The Tingler on Halloween. I hope to catch at least one of those. Like Ryan, I tend to prefer the more "fun" horror films around Halloween.
  20. Seems like they're trying to kill off the DVD business as fast they can. Someday the streaming library may catch up, but until then it is an end of an era for film buffs. We've had access to what may be one of the biggest video libraries in the world, and they're choosing to shrink it down to a fraction of that.
  21. Stone is a blindspot in my film viewing. I've only seen Platoon andNatural Born Killers. And maybe half of The Doors.
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    King of the Hill

    That's great news. I was finally was able to see this last summer when it played on HBO. It's a great film, and just maybe Soderbergh's best. I'm surprised with a name director like Soderbergh - and featuring a young Adriene Brody and Katherine Heigl - that it took this long to make it to DVD.
  23. Tom Skerrit was a Presbyterian minister in A River Runs Through It. It's been years since I've seen it, I don't remember much about his character.
  24. They were supposed to be at the screening I attended but the little quake we had kept them away.
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