Saturday, July 31, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/31/2010



181) CLASH OF THE TITANS
(2010 dir. Louis Leterrier) 2nd Viewing: July 31 2010



 
My roommate was watching this today on HBO so I sat through it again in my jammies. It remains a generic shit-colored fantasy. I think one of the only reasons I remember the original fondly is due to its endearing "jerky" Harryhausen effects. This one doesn't even have that going for it. I'm a fan of these hero stories as much as the next geek, but this one just needs some type of dressing up to distract from how routinely dull it is. It's a lot of bad unimaginative c.g. action staged with little style. Like watching a feature length video game cut-scene... But hey, at least it did give us the novelty of Liam Neeson saying this line:








180) FOLLOWING
(1998 dir. Christopher Nolan) 2nd Viewing: July 31 2010




Nolan's debut still holds up! Moody and eccentric in its construction. Who knew he would move on to such mega budget projects with the level of creative free reign he's been given. Few cinemagicians are awarded those opportunities. And even though I wasn't crazy about INCEPTION or his remake of INSOMNIA, I will always appreciate having a showman of his caliber around creating work. Because occasionally he does produce pure movie joy like THE PRESTIGE and THE DARK KNIGHT. This one's currently on Netflix watch-instantly. 




Friday, July 30, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/30/2010




179) CADILLAC RECORDS
(2008 dir. Darnell Martin) 2nd Viewing: July 30 2010




Of all the rock biographies to come out in the past decade, this one has been one of my absolute favorites.










178) MALCOLM X
(1992 dir. Spike Lee) 2nd Viewing: July 30 2010

 



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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/29/2010





177) GAMER
(2009 dir. Neveldine/Taylor) 2nd Viewing: July 29 2010








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176) MOTHER
(2010 dir. Bong Joon-ho) 2nd Viewing: July 29 2010

 

  
Either this or Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND is my favourite film of 2010 so far. Can't quite decide yet.







175) VINCERE
(2010 dir. Marco Bellocchio) 2nd Viewing: July 29 2010

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/28/2010





174) CONAN THE DESTROYER
(1984 dir. Richard Fleischer) Date Seen: July 28 2010








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173) THE ART OF THE STEAL
(2010 dir. Don Argott) 2nd Viewing: July 28 2010








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172) RAGING BULL
(1980 dir. Martin Scorsese) 5th Viewing: July 28 2010








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171) BRONSON
(2009 dir. Nicolas Winding Refn) 2nd Viewing: July 28 2010





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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/27/2010





170) TERMINATOR SALVATION
(2009 dir. McG) 2nd Viewing: July 27 2010









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169) BATMAN BEGINS
(2005 dir. Christopher Nolan) 3rd Viewing: July 27 2010








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168) SALT
(2010 dir. Philip Noyce) Date Seen: July 27 2010








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167) PUSHER III: 
I'M THE ANGEL OF DEATH
(2006 dir. Nicolas Winding Refn) Date Seen: July 27 2010




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Monday, July 26, 2010

Viewing Journal: 7/26/2010





166) AMREEKA
(2009 dir. Charien Dabis) 2nd Viewing: July 26 2010








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165) THE WINDOW
(2009 dir. Carlos Sorin) Date Seen: July 26 2010





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164) INCEPTION
(2010 dir. Christopher Nolan) 2nd Viewing: July 26 2010









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163) MIAMI VICE [THEATRICAL CUT]
(2006 dir. Michael Mann) 3rd Viewing: July 26 2010










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162) Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
(2002 dir. Alfonso Cuarón) 3rd Viewing: July 26 2010









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161) THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
(2003 dir. Andy & Lana Wachowski) 2nd Viewing: July 26 2010










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160) PUSHER II: 
WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS
(2004 dir. Nicolas Winding Refn) Date Seen: July 26 2010

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello. Smithers...

Trying to get my computer to say this every time I turn it on.

Viewing Journal: 7/25/2010




159) [REC] 2
(2010 dir. Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza) Date Seen: July 25 2010









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158) RESTREPO
(2010 dir. Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger) Date Seen: July 25 2010

On a visceral level, RESTREPO is the most intense documentary I've seen about combat. A lot of the footage the filmmakers gathered is truly horrific. But it's also one of the most intimate and compelling portraits of troops in the field that I've seen. By the end you really get an idea of what kind of shit is going down in Afghanistan and what it means to the men fighting there. I definitely think all U.S. citizens should see it. Regardless of your opinion of the war.










157) RED CLIFF [THEATRICAL VERSION]
(2009 dir. John Woo) 2nd Viewing: July 25 2010




Many of the 2 part international version's amazing segments remain largely intact here, but as a whole I'd say this version butchers the overall effect of John Woo's intended vision.












156) SHOWGIRLS
(1995 dir. Paul Verhoeven) 3rd Viewing: July 25 2010




Quite possibly the most misunderstood film of the 90s. Verhoeven is a brilliant satirist and one of the true visionaries working in film. If you think people give him crap for this now wait until he adapts his version of JESUS OF NAZARETH. Viewers more open to exploitation cinema- check out the outstanding new blu-ray of SHOWGIRLS. It's a trip.










155) HULK
(2003 dir. Ang Lee) 2nd Viewing: July 25 2010




I believe it's flawed in the narrative department, but also an admirable attempt at capturing the tone of 60s comic books. Watched it at 1am this morn with my roommate (who came home tipsy) and was quite amused by Ang Lee's cheesy edits and surprised by the stylish craft. I hadn't seen it since its initial release in 2003.










154) HEAT
(1995 dir. Michael Mann) 3rd Viewing: July 25 2010



Netflix FINALLY fixed their audio problems with the streaming version of this. All these years later, HEAT still kicks much ass. One of the best films of '95 no doubt. Matt Zoller Seitz is right, at times the movie feels a lot more like a sprawling ensemble drama than it does an urban crime film. "MAGNOLIA with gun play" indeed.