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MysticSpoon

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MysticSpoon's Favorite Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark The Empire Strikes Back Se7en There Will Be Blood Amadeus The Big Lebowski Kick-Ass The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Back to the Future One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

MysticSpoon's Recently Added Movies

Black Panther Alien: Covenant Kill Bill Vol. 1 Kill Bill Vol. 2 Dunkirk

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Comments (348)

 
PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 4/26/2012 Reply  · 

Cool list.Some great movies there.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 5/10/2012 Reply  · 

Well, I've been rearranging the last couple of weeks on the list with the motto: 'Less "This is a good movie / This is flawless / This is (considered) a masterpiece" and more "HOLY CRAP I LOVE THIS MOVIE".' Because that's what my 'favourite movies of all time'-list should look like, at least in my opinion. Biggest winners: Planet Terror, Fight Club, Snatch, Midnight in Paris. Biggest losers: Apocalypse Now, Inglourious Basterds, The Shawshank Redemption.

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ToryK

ToryK on 5/10/2012 Reply  · 

Totally agree. I've been doing the same thing. And I find that the site is a lot more fun that way.

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JRyneChattanooga

JRyneChattanooga on 5/12/2012 Reply  · 

Nice top ten. It's interesting to see Kick-Ass so high on someone's list. I need to see it again.

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jeremyd99

jeremyd99 on 5/15/2012 Reply  · 

Hey thanks for the friend request my list isn't exactly up to date but you can check it out for some suggestions. Nice list though.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/19/2012 Reply  · 

Thanks for confirming the add, lol. I really like your top 10 although I have yet to see Amadeus or Snatch (they are both in my Netflix queue). Sometime later on I was thinking of watching Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch as I've heard that they're more or less connected with one another.

In all honesty, I really hated Kick-Ass and I'm not even sure why. I think I just had too much hype going for it. The film is now on-demand so I'm thinking of giving it a fresh new look.

In other news, I am a huge fan of Empire, Se7en, Back to the Future, Fellowship of the Ring, and Big Lebowski. I love all of them dearly.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/20/2012 Reply  · 

I LOVE No Country For Old Men. LOVE IT! I've seen it numerous amounts of times and it gets better with every viewing and I highly recommend that you check it out as soon as you can. I also really love the Social Network. Aside from Pulp Fiction, I believe that it has some of the best writing around.

I've been thinking of giving Kick-Ass another look within the next week or so. If I end up watching it and my view of it changes, I'll let you know. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with having Planet Terror in your top 20. It's one insanely enjoyable flick.

I'll also check out Snatch within the next week too as well as Lock & Stock. I think they will be my first Guy Ritchie films as I haven't seen the Sherlock Holmes movies yet.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/21/2012 Reply  · 

I had no idea he produced those too. If I like them both enough, then I suppose that'll give me another reason to rewatch Kick-Ass.

Death Proof was pretty good but nowhere near the awesomeness of Planet Terror. It has that normal Tarantino feel with all the dialogue and everything, so I suppose that's why I still really liked it.

Oh, and I plan on trying to watch Lock & Stock tonight, and since you haven't seen it yet, I'll let you know how I felt about it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/23/2012 Reply  · 

You know, Lock & Stock and Snatch have both got to be some of the most fun I have had while watching a film in a very long time. Snatch is my favorite of the two and is now my number 5 while Lock & Stock sits comfortably at number 11. Snatch is more or less like Lock & Stock and it was great seeing that same formula again. Some of the actors in Snatch, like Vinnie Jones and Statham, are in it and they more or less play the same type of characters as they do in Snatch except with different names and personalities.

Ritchie's filmmaking reminded me a lot of Quentin Tarantino and there were often times while I was watching Snatch that I was reminded of Pulp Fiction and how the story was interwoven in between everyone. Brilliant stuff. I also found myself laughing in Snatch more often than I would while watching an actual comedy film.

Thanks for the recommendation though! I really loved both of them. Now you need to check out Lock & Stock, lol.

On a side note, I LOVED Vinnie Jones in both films. He was definitely my favorite. I gotta check out more films with him now.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/23/2012 Reply  · 

Yeah, sorry for that long ass description of my feelings towards them, lol. I guessed I just liked them more than I had originally thought. I think you'll love No Country. Enjoy them!

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 5/26/2012 Reply  · 

I became friends with MYSELF through my iPad. How weird is that.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 5/26/2012 Reply  · 

And I removed myself again, lol.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/26/2012 Reply  · 

Maybe I had a different liking of it because I saw it before Snatch and I didn't have to compare it. I don't know. I'm sure you'll like No Country better because you won't have anything to compare it to, lol. Just be warned that the ending is hard to swallow and it often ruins a person's perspective of it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/28/2012 Reply  · 

And just out of curiosity, how is In Bruges? It's seriously been in my Netflix queue for over a year and it just keeps getting boggled down by other countless films and TV shows I also have in there. It seems really cool.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/28/2012 Reply  · 

In Bruges is now at my number 1 :)

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Caesar

Caesar on 5/29/2012 Reply  · 

Hey MysticSpoon, I hope you didn't think I was somehow dissing your first comment in the The Muppets vs. Return of the Jedi discussion. I was just poking fun at my own inability to come up with an argument. :)

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Caesar

Caesar on 5/29/2012 Reply  · 

By the way, great list. I only have 420 movies ranked right now because I'm very picky about what movies I'll allow on my list. Are you the same way?

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Caesar

Caesar on 5/29/2012 Reply  · 

Okay, cool. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a misunderstanding. I also would never criticize someone for liking/disliking a movie, particularly since I know my cinematic tastes can be a bit eccentric. ;)

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Reelz

Reelz on 6/1/2012 Reply  · 

I'm really glad you enjoyed No Country. It does improve upon viewings as you're able to catch more than meets the eye and you'll more than likely gain an even greater appreciation for it. What did you think of the ending by the way? It seems to be the only thing that causes people to hate it.

I just watch In Bruges as well. Simply fantastic. It's now in the number 15 spot on my chart. I received the DVD from Netflix and I'm most likely going to keep it for a few more days to catch another viewing or two of it. I loved all three actors and I seemed to like Fiennes the most because he was able to portray an extremely likable but completely evil dude, almost like Anton Chigurh! Farrell and Gleeson were excellent too. I do enjoy dark humor quite a bit and I found myself laughing quite a lot, especially with the whole "They're filming midgets!" scene. It was also very depressing, lol.

Another film I think you should check out whenever you have the chance is Children of Men. It stunned me like no film before it. It also has one of the best stories that I have ever seen in a film and some incredible acting by Clive Owen. I highly recommend it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 6/2/2012 Reply  · 

The ending I was talking about was the dream discussion with Tommy Lee Jones. I think I've come to my own little conclusion that what Jones is talking about in the second dream is the fact that his father is waiting for him whenever he dies, or something like that.

I agree with what you said about the abrupt ending and how it just leaves you to think. It really seems that this generation of filmgoers don't appreciate the idea of thinking. and they would rather have everything play out for them in the most linear arrangement possible. It's quite sad.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/2/2012 Reply  · 

My mouth was wide open with many of the action scenes in Kick-Ass. Nic Cage warehouse scene, and that music, awesome! Bazooka part, awesome! Everything with Hit Girl, awesome! Your right, not many people have it as high as we do. I just love crazy action movies, that's why Shoot Em Up is so high as well. Is it better than Taxi Driver, (my number 11) no. Do I enjoy it better, yes, slightly. As far as Sin City goes, oh well :)

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shane24

shane24 on 6/2/2012 Reply  · 

I guess you can call it Bugs Bunny vs Elmer Fudd lol. Plus the sex scene is crazy, but for me, not the best part of the movie. I really enjoyed the inventive ways Smith kills bad guys. Plus the humour that comes from his overreactions to rude people. I also enjoy Paul Giamatti's self aware character Hertz. He's seen the 80's action movies and knows what not to do.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/6/2012 Reply  · 

I see that you become friends with yourself through your iPad. Lol, I also have an iPad, and on my page it says that 'my friend request is pending'. I wonder what causes that?

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shane24

shane24 on 6/6/2012 Reply  · 

That would come in handy if I had split personalities :)

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 6/10/2012 Reply  · 

You really liked "KICK-ASS" THAT much?

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 6/10/2012 Reply  · 

Whoops!Sorry about that.

I've changed my mind after watching Fight Club again recently.I think I like it more than Zodiac.Zodiac's second viewing was quite tedious.Perhaps it was because of its length.It's still pretty good though.

Fight Club is a bit misunderstood I feel.People tend to jump on the Tyler bandwagon too quickly.Judging by the second half and the narrator's behavior in it,I don't think Fight Club endorses Tyler's philosophy at all.The film is more ironic than people think.As Tyler,he was in fact f**king Marla but as the narrator downstairs,he was imagining how he used to pass messages between his parents.I think there's a similar explanation for the car crash scene.By then,members of Project Mayhem had accepted that Tyler was a bit of a charismatic loon.But as a satire,I'll still take American Psycho over Fight Club.

There Will Be Blood was awesome.Easily the best movie of the 00's for me.You'll like it even more on repeat viewings.For me the film was more about Daniel's loneliness and frustration at not being able to accept and trust people with whom he didn't have blood relations rather than the whole greed vs religion angle.That would explain the title of the film.But no matter what the interpretation,it's still brilliant.

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Reelz

Reelz on 6/11/2012 Reply  · 

Yeah, Prometheus is terribly split between audiences. I really think you should try and give it a viewing before it goes onto Blu-Ray because the film is so damn awesome and monstrous in the theater.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 6/14/2012 Reply  · 

Oh yes absolutely.The greed vs religion angle was very much part of the film.I just don't think it was the central theme.

There Will Be Blood works on multiple levels.It draws a parallel between Daniel's greed and the capitalistic views of society today.Viewers can on some level connect with the complex relationship between Daniel and H.W.The film also revealed a disturbing facet of the father-son relationship toward the end.Eli's example is used to depict that there are no shortcuts to success no matter what the profession.The horror sub-genre was handled bravely by PTA.Aside from the visual metaphors and the depth of dialogue,the film also analyzes various issues that are still relevant today and gives a more personal touch to aspects of the movie with which the viewer can relate.It's one of the few movies worth a good discussion.

P.S-You really should check out Taxi Driver.It's a masterpiece!

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Reelz

Reelz on 6/20/2012 Reply  · 

I know, I saw. You'll probably find someone like her that'll post the same exact comment as she did. Only time will tell.

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 6/21/2012 Reply  · 

Watched and listened to his opinion, didn't agree with most of it.

Your first mistake was actually listening to the Nostalgia Critic. He's like the anti-christ to people who like to watch movies; he's just seen so much that he can find something to hate about absolutely anything.

Your second mistake was the fact that, if you did in fact see District 9, you probably watched the Nostalgia Critic's review beforehand and then you watched the film with strong hatred and bias. I did the same with Avatar.
You shouldn't subject yourself to anything if you have bias beforehand.

And on a side note, I didn't care for or agree with his opinions on Moulin Rouge either.
Although he says over and over that he gets it, he missed the objective of both films.

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jakedoo

jakedoo on 6/21/2012 Reply  · 

Nice top 20. I'm gonna have to try "Planet Terror" and "Midnight in Paris" :D

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Showtimebr

Showtimebr on 6/22/2012 Reply  · 

A strong contestant to "Best Charter nickname" ever! Awesome list dude,it reminded me to watch "There You Be Blood". All the rest of the top 10 also have very high positions on mine.

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 6/22/2012 Reply  · 

I fail to see why someone who disagrees with me would want to be friends with me on this site in the first place.

Care to explain?

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 6/25/2012 Reply  · 

You didn't exactly answer my question. Let me rephrase it for you: why exactly did you WANT to be my friend on here?
See to me friends are people who tend to like and agree on the same things.

As for rebuttals to your bashing of one of my favorite films, I only wish there was a more appropriate place than someone's shout box for such to be pointed out extensively.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 6/28/2012 Reply  · 

Thanks for the add. It's nice not being alone lol. I like your top ten. You need to see Citizen Kane and The Shinning bro.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 6/28/2012 Reply  · 

Most def bro, it is. Oh I plan on downloading it. I'm not a huge jones fan, but I've heard many good things about the film, soo im gonna check it out.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 6/28/2012 Reply  · 

Not a Huge fan of Harrison Ford.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 6/28/2012 Reply  · 

Ill watch it, you watch Citizen Kane. Deal? lol.

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 6/28/2012 Reply  · 

You did answer my question this time, thank you. And on that basis, we can be friends here.

And I apologize for my aggressive demeanor in the previous comments. It was wrong of me to question your film choice to begin with, as all it did was attract criticism for my own.

To make my rebuttals to both your opinions and those of the Nostalgia Critic, however, I would like to do so in a more private place so that my words do not fuel the fires of another user for them to come and attack me.
Is there another place we could contact each other and talk, not only about District 9, but of other films like the ones you proposed? I would greatly appreciate it.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/29/2012 Reply  · 

That was an accident writing your user name as someone who likes Prometheus. I think I read a comment of yours and when I went to write about something different, I put down your name. Sorry, simply an accident.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 7/1/2012 Reply  · 

Yeah my powers been out. Had a huge storm.

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 7/2/2012 Reply  · 

I'm assuming from your lack of a reply that you aren't interested in swapping opinions elsewhere.

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Fiction_Fox

Fiction_Fox on 7/3/2012 Reply  · 

I believe I found your YouTube and subscribed to you as BoltroBankai, I think you should get a contact request as a result of that.

And Steam's search engine is so screwed up that I can never find anyone :/
You can try adding me by searching for SajinKai or =Sajin]{ai= as it's currently put on my page.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 7/5/2012 Reply  · 

No worries, my powers been off soo I havent been able to get Jones. lol.

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shane24

shane24 on 7/6/2012 Reply  · 

Awesome change to Kick Ass. Hope you keep it because there actually is someone with your old one.

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Caesar

Caesar on 7/6/2012 Reply  · 

Keep an eye out for The Daily Question on Connerwood1998's profile page. He's going to post a new movie question every day. :)

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/7/2012 Reply  · 

Hey! Have you seen any good movies in the theaters recently? I need some recommendations.

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/18/2012 Reply  · 

I've been pretty busy too actually and haven't really gotten a whole lot of chances to come on this site. I hope you're enjoying your vacation and thanks for the recommendations.

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steamountain

steamountain on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

Hey, thanks for the friend request! Cool list :)

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 7/21/2012 Reply  · 

Been a long time since I had a chat with you bro. Yeah TDKR was excellent. Absolutely loved it. It's definitely the biggest of the series in terms of scale. The threat that Gotham faces is huge and unprecedented. Bane is easily Batman's toughest challenge yet. It WILL HAVE ITS DETRACTORS, THOUGH.

I think TDKR is easily the least realistic of the series but also the most entertaining. BB is an origin story, TDK is a crime thriller and TDKR is a flat out war movie. Unlike TDK, which relied heavily on The Joker, all the performances are strong and nobody really overshadows the others although I do believe JGL's acting was standout. The fight scenes, chase sequences and those little twists and turns will have you at the edge of your seat. Overall, a great conclusion to an epic trilogy. My opinion may change in the future but for now, TDKR is the best of the three.

Don't miss it. Do watch it and give me your feedback.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 7/21/2012 Reply  · 

Yeah, I figured I should probably give it more time before placing it that high on my list. Don't let my fickle-minded nature give you any second thoughts about watching it. And don't forget to share with me your opinion on the film :]

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/24/2012 Reply  · 

Sorry for the late response, but I wanted to let my feeling of TDKR set in for awhile. I absolutely loved it, plotholes or not. I felt that it was a great end to a great trilogy and Bane was a great villain despite sounding a bit like Gandalf. I agree with you in saying that the ending is the best part, and that final scene had my head buzzing for hours afterwards. I loved it.

When was the last time you saw Begins?

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/24/2012 Reply  · 

I went to a special Dark Knight Marathon at the theater I saw Rises in, and they showed Begins and TDK again. It was my third time seeing Begins and I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than I ever did before.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 7/26/2012 Reply  · 

I watched Raiders of the lost ark! Good movie. What about you? You watch Citizen Kane yet?

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 7/27/2012 Reply  · 

Jacks acting was amazing. Soo creepy. yeah it was good. : )

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Showtimebr

Showtimebr on 7/30/2012 Reply  · 

That was a kick-ass TKDR review, MysticSpoon. Picking a favorite Nolan/Batman is really a subjetive conclusion,and we totally agree to disagree,cause all three movies did absolutely good to Bruce Wayne legacy.

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Caesar

Caesar on 8/8/2012 Reply  · 

Hey, MysticSpoon. Yeah, I partially like the Transformers movies for that reason. The main reason I like Transformers (I have it currently ranked #58) is its humor. The dialogue in the film is very funny, I think. That movie could have been a complete failure (talking alien robots that transform into cars?) if they tried to play the whole thing as super-serious. But the movie doesn't take itself too seriously and, thus, the movie works.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a better representation of what I was talking about in the District 9/Independence Day matchup. I know the Transformers sequel is a bloated, awful mess yet I still give it a decent ranking (currently #160). When it comes to sci-fi, I'm just easy to please.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/13/2012 Reply  · 

I read you hate Spaceballs. I have to completely agree with you. I only watched it at the start of the year after hearing how good it is. I didn't laugh once. What's your history with it? I just ask because maybe it's a movie of it's time, and harder to watch for people who didn't grow up with it, like me.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/16/2012 Reply  · 

My thoughts exactly.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/18/2012 Reply  · 

Ohhhhh, you have to see Casablanca man its so awesome. Its the movie that made me appreciate classic movies.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/20/2012 Reply  · 

Its a deal i will try to get to watching Raiders soon and Se7en is definantly a movie id like to give a try if its anything like Fight Club. I know its really weird to have not seen the movie that is considered the best of the trilogy... well theres four Indiana Jones movies. Ehhhhh Crystal Skulll doesnt count lol.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/20/2012 Reply  · 

Im glad you saw Casablanca so how was it? I will get to Raiders over Labor day because school is starting tomorrow and i wont have time for awhile.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/20/2012 Reply  · 

The cool thing is that you can watch some classic movies like It Happened One Night and 12 Angry men on Youtube if your having trouble finding them. I dont have Netflix but i have on Demand so thats how i watch some of my movies.

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Sheets24

Sheets24 on 8/22/2012 Reply  · 

http://www.imdb.com/list/jrgbiXFPUGw/?publish=publish

my list and description of why each film. check it out : )

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shane24

shane24 on 8/26/2012 Reply  · 

Have you seen SUPER? If you haven't you may like it, seeing that uyou like Kick Ass.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/26/2012 Reply  · 

No i havent but i just saw Se7en. Damn was it amazing i would put it over Fight Club. That ending made me tear up a bit because of what happened to Mill's wife ;(

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/27/2012 Reply  · 

Lets make another deal dude d: You watch It Happened One Night and ill watch " Movie of Your Choice". You seemed to really like Casablanca and i felt the same way about Se7en.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/27/2012 Reply  · 

Well i gues ill name a few of to... The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, It Happened One Night, 12 Angry Men and Ferris Buellers Day Off.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/27/2012 Reply  · 

You can watch 12 Angry Men on Youtube just t point thhat out.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/28/2012 Reply  · 

Glad you really liked it its one of the best B &W movies of all time and the acting is just awesome.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/28/2012 Reply  · 

Wait... you havent seen the Wizard of Oz? You have to man its just one of those movies that everyone has seen. lol thats the same thing with me and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/30/2012 Reply  · 

I just completely dismanteled my top 20 its almost perfect now. I replaced some of the masterpieces with movies that i love and have watched several times.

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MrAwesome245

MrAwesome245 on 8/31/2012 Reply  · 

I have not actually it would be cool to see a darker version of The Wizard of Oz. Im a lot more satisfied by my Top 20 now then before.

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JamesStarslayer

JamesStarslayer on 8/31/2012 Reply  · 

Thanks for the friend request, I accepted. Great number one, Empire will always be number one.

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/13/2012 Reply  · 

I see that you recently saw Silence of the Lambs. What did you think?

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/13/2012 Reply  · 

Oh good. I'm glad to see that you liked it. I also enjoyed Se7en a little more but you really can't top Hopkins' performance in SotL. It's revolutionary.

And to answer your question, Black Dynamite is one of the funniest films I've seen in the last decade. It's a mock of the old 70's blaxploitation films, if you didn't already know, but also feels like a third wheel to the Grindhouse movies because of how it's filmed. I suppose it does depend on your preference of comedy but I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot. The last film that had that much of an impact on me was Snatch and you already know how great that one is.

On a side note, how much are you into black and white movies?

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/14/2012 Reply  · 

I think the best part of that whole movie was the scene when he is talking about his time in Vietnam and describing how badly injured the boy was and then when he tried speaking in Chinese and ultimately failed. I was laughing that whole time.

Any plans to see any upcoming movies? Any interests?

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/15/2012 Reply  · 

"At long last, our friendship bonded by the struggle against The Man has been brought to an end by kung-fu treachery!"

I had heard about Seven Psychopaths before and just now checked out the trailer. It looks awesome and sort of reminds me of Snatch, which is good. I also really like the line-up of stars. Dredd actually looks really cool and reminds me somewhat of The Raid: Redemption. Skyfall looks amazing and since it's directed by Sam Mendes, who directed American Beauty and Road to Perdition, I feel that it'll probably have a deeper and darker story. The extra plus is that Javier Bardem is the villain and I'm hoping that he uses an air gun to execute his victims. End of Watch looks promising as well as Lincoln. The film that I have high hopes for is Looper. Critics are saying it's the best sci-fi flick since Children of Men and that it has a fantastic story. It looks awesome.
As for The Hobbit, I'm not sure what to think of Jackson splitting it into three films. I trust that he'd be the type of director that's not just trying to drain our wallets for triple the admission price.

And nice picture change. You can never go wrong with Indy.

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Caesar

Caesar on 9/16/2012 Reply  · 

Have you seen the photos of the new RoboCop suit yet? It looks pretty damn awful. If you haven't seen them yet, I saw them at ComingSoon.net.

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Nintendopete

Nintendopete on 9/17/2012 Reply  · 

You have awesome top 10 list. There are some great movies you have to check out on your list of shame.

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Caesar

Caesar on 9/18/2012 Reply  · 

The fact that he's going to have multiple suits leads me to think that they're going to make the story much different than the 1987 version. I have to admit, I've become very interested to see how this remake turns out.

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dgalido

dgalido on 9/22/2012 Reply  · 

Just wanted to say I really like your discussion points on Temple of Doom vs Crystal Skull. Also, anyone who's got Empire Strikes Back at number one is cool in my book. :)

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/25/2012 Reply  · 

Empire has been bouncing around my top 25 for awhile actually. I just rewatched it a few days ago and I never realized before how well made it is. Now I think it'll bounce around my top 10.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 9/25/2012 Reply  · 

Hey, thanks man!

Yes, I'd definitely like to watch the films you mentioned, especially Apocalypse Now. Heart of Darkness was amazing. 12 Angry Men is another classic I've been delaying for a while now. I'm not that much into romance, so I fear I may not GET Casablanca. But yeah, I really should hurry up. Life's too short :D

The cool thing is that I recently bought The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on DVD. Really pumped up for it.

You've got to watch T2 and The Matrix! I'm a bit surprised you haven't seen either of the two, considering their immense popularity.

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Reelz

Reelz on 9/25/2012 Reply  · 

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is awesome.

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Pantstrovich

Pantstrovich on 9/27/2012 Reply  · 

Thanks for the friend request. :)

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aquascape

aquascape on 10/7/2012 Reply  · 

I see someone's preparing for Skyfall. I don't know if it's going to be better than Goldfinger, but one hopes.

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shane24

shane24 on 10/14/2012 Reply  · 

As a fellow lover of Kick Ass, you must have some thoughts on Kick Ass 2. Have you seen the new on set photos, or are you avoiding spoilers?

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aquascape

aquascape on 10/15/2012 Reply  · 

I know what you mean, I'm currently in the Roger Moore era myself, great series indeed. Hopefully we'll both finish before Skyfall premieres. Good luck!

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Reelz

Reelz on 10/17/2012 Reply  · 

Like Aquascape, I see that you're having yourself a bit of a 007 marathon. I am also glad to see you have Goldfinger ranked the highest. I've only seen a good handful of the series, but that was definitely my favorite out of the ones that I saw. Craig's version of Casino Royale was right up there with it too. But yeah, Skyfall looks awesome.

And if things go to plan this weekend, I'm hoping to catch a viewing of Seven Psychopaths. I've been more excited for it than with most of the other bigger movies to come out this year, lol. I've read somewhere that it's like a mix of Pulp Fiction and In Bruges; dialogue and dark comedy wise. I'm really looking forward to it.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 10/17/2012 Reply  · 

Ooh... The Intouchables is actually a movie I've kinda been avoiding. I know that audience reception has been strong, but from what I've seen and read of it, it strikes me as one of those typical uplifting/inspirational dramas that tries too hard to pull on your heartstrings. It reminds me of something like Rain Man meets The Bucket List.
I'm sorry. I'm probably coming off as very snobby. I really do appreciate your recommendations (And I welcome them!), I'm just not terribly excited about seeing that particular film. I may be wrong, but if it's nearly as sentimental as that trailer suggests, I'll be rolling my eyes all the way through.
You seem to have a good understanding of my taste, though, so maybe I'll give it a shot when it releases on DVD.
:)

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Reelz

Reelz on 10/18/2012 Reply  · 

I remember when I saw that handful of Bond films. It was a couple of years ago when I was around the age of 13. My attention span wasn't as great with films as it is now, so I only got through Dr. No up until Thunderball (which I think I turned off midway through). I had recorded all of the films and since I was so bored of them back then, I would just fast forward through each one until the villain popped up, I would watch the fight, and then repeat. One of my favorite villains was Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. He was a lot of fun to watch. I gotta find the whole series on DVD somewhere for a cheap price. When does Skyfall release in theaters for you guys?

Even if they aren't all the seven psychopaths, I could care less. They're all a great ensemble cast and I'm really looking forward to seeing Farrell, Rockwell, and Walken all working together with that Shih-Tzu.

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shane24

shane24 on 10/21/2012 Reply  · 

I'm starting Amadeus Blu Ray right now, I hope I like it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 10/22/2012 Reply  · 

Saw Seven Psychopaths yesterday and it was awesome. It wasn't quite as good as In Bruges, in my opinion, but it was damn near close. Walken was my favorite and Rockwell was a close second. It's darkly funny, weird as hell, and entertaining. It sorta has that same dark humor that was present in In Bruges. I'm not sure if you'll like it as much as that film, but it is enjoyable.

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aquascape

aquascape on 10/27/2012 Reply  · 

Hey there! Yes I went to the premiere of Skyfall last night. It was great! Definitely in the top 5 James Bond movies.
The theme song together with the intro was amazing, one of the best since Goldeneye.
A very dark James Bond film unlike the others, with a couple of surprise at the end.
The action was constant, I didn't really felt like it took over 2 hours. Great cinematography and directing by Mendes and a very well made introduction of Javier Bardem's villain character.
All-in-all an excellent film for all Bond fans, old and new. A definite go!

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Showtimebr

Showtimebr on 10/27/2012 Reply  · 

WILL FERRELL IS BACK GOD DAMMIT!

"The Campaign" was awesome. Finally.

Old will pedigree :)

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Reelz

Reelz on 11/3/2012 Reply  · 

Damn, I gotta see Skyfall.

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Reelz

Reelz on 11/4/2012 Reply  · 

Awesome. I can't wait to see it. I haven't seen too many of the 007 movies myself, so I suppose that this transition into a non-typical Bond flick won't affect me as much. It currently has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and I've read that it's full of action. I'm definitely more pumped for it now.

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casinoiscool

casinoiscool on 11/4/2012 Reply  · 

I can't wait to see Skyfall. Huge bond fan.

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casinoiscool

casinoiscool on 11/5/2012 Reply  · 

Bronson's films are alright. Die another day came out when I was in elementary and it was awesome. But as I grew up, I didn't care for it. I won the blu ray bond set at the amc showing of dr.no and I started to love Sean Connery even more than I did as a kid.

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Caesar

Caesar on 11/8/2012 Reply  · 

I'm not sure why you're getting so bent out of shape over our difference of opinion, but the continuity problem of OHMSS that I pointed out is fairly well known...

JamesBond.wikia.com:

"The film contains the worst continuity error in the history of the Bond film series, in that Blofeld fails to recognize the lightly-disguised Bond when they meet again. Although both characters are played by different actors, they had met in the previous film, You Only Live Twice. Since the order of the movie adventures is the reverse of the novels, On Her Majesty's Secret Service marks the enemies' first confrontation in the novel series. This error originated in abandoned plans to open On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Bond undergoing plastic surgery to hide from his enemies (his faked death in Japan, in the previous adventure, having been unsuccessful). The intention was to help the audience accept the new in actor in the role, and so allow an unrecognizable Bond to infiltrate Blofeld's hideout."

mi6-hq.com:

"Blofeld fails to recognize Bond, even though the two met face-to-face in the previous film, "You Only Live Twice" (1967). The one draft of the script for "O.H.M.S.S." began with Bond having his face altered via plastic surgery (to explain the change of lead actor). This idea was dropped, but in doing so it created this continuity problem later in the film. The root cause of the issue is the producer's decision to shoot the films in a different order to Ian Fleming's original novels."

BondMovies.com:

"The producers tried to stay as true to the original novel as possible, explaining why Blofled didn't recognize Bond, the S.P.E.C.T.R.E trilogy was Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, then You Only Live Twice."

At the end of the day, we can just agree to disagree on this one. It's cool that you enjoyed OHMSS, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. :)

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Caesar

Caesar on 11/8/2012 Reply  · 

Okay, cool. I wasn't angry either, and I apologize if I came off as argumentative. In retrospect, I feel silly for debating such a small point, but I just found it to be an interesting little discussion.

Like you, I don't want to offend anyone with my opinions here. I especially don't want to offend Flickchart members I respect, like you. Anyway, it was a good discussion, and I'm glad we're still cool. :)

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casinoiscool

casinoiscool on 11/10/2012 Reply  · 

What did you think of die another day? Oh and by the way, I'm seeing Skyfall tomorrow. I'm excited. Heard its the best bond movie.

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casinoiscool

casinoiscool on 11/12/2012 Reply  · 

Skyfall was really good. I only had one problem with it. They used too much makeup on Daniel Craig. I could clearly tell that he is getting old. I loved the end scene. Javier Bardem played a great villain.

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Reelz

Reelz on 11/13/2012 Reply  · 

I loved it actually and I did like it better than Casino Royale. When I was watching Skyfall though, I thought it was pretty good but the more I think about it, the better it gets. It's starting to grow on me. I also thought Adele's song during the intro was completely ass kicking. It really fit the mood of the whole film. Bardem was awesome.

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casinoiscool

casinoiscool on 11/17/2012 Reply  · 

Gonna post movie videos on YouTube soon. If your interested you should watch them. And hey, how was the James bond documentary that came out a few months ago? I want to see it.

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shane24

shane24 on 11/20/2012 Reply  · 

I forgot to write to say that I finished Amadeus. I did enjoy it, not as much as you, but I have it high. F Murray Abraham is fantastic.

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Caesar

Caesar on 11/25/2012 Reply  · 

I just checked out The Man With the Golden Gun. Eh, I didn't really have much of a reaction to it - positive or negative. I enjoyed Live and Let Die more, for some reason.

I've read good things about The Spy Who Loved Me, so I'm looking forward to checking that one out when I get the chance. Is it any good?

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 11/27/2012 Reply  · 

I just noticed how high Amadeus is on your chart, that's awesome!

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 11/28/2012 Reply  · 

Yea, I need to see it again.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/10/2012 Reply  · 

Yes, my first time. Finally convinced myself to watch it in preparation for The Hobbit. I saw the theatrical cut.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/12/2012 Reply  · 

I was kinda letdown by my latest There Will Be Blood viewing :(

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/12/2012 Reply  · 

I decided to rewatch my entire top 10...just to check if each film deserves to be there. I don't know why this is happening... Maybe I let my expectations fly too high. No Country is every bit as good as I initially thought it was. I just don't feel the same way about TWBB anymore.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/12/2012 Reply  · 

I agree 100% with Roger Ebert when he says, "There Will Be Blood is the kind of film that is easily called great. I am not sure of its greatness. It was filmed in the same area of Texas used by No Country for Old Men, and that is a great film, and a perfect one. But There Will Be Blood is not perfect, and in its imperfections (its unbending characters, its lack of women or any reflection of ordinary society, its ending, its relentlessness) we may see its reach exceeding its grasp. Which is not a dishonorable thing."

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/12/2012 Reply  · 

Apocalypse Now was about war so I don't think women really mattered there. Blood explores the foundational framework of society today and maybe that's why Ebert sees the lack of female characters as a flaw. You can't fairly examine the negatives of a patriarchal society (which TWBB does) without women. Anyways, the dude has a hard on for Citizen Kane and I assume Blood's similarities with it pisses him off. I'm really confused where to place it on my list now. It's not going out of my top 20, but I don't want it in my fab 5 either. I will think about it.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 12/13/2012 Reply  · 

Your point is completely valid but I believe the oil vs religion battle is also there to analyze how America, a then unexplored land of opportunity, came to be how it is today...to explore its societal origins. The emerging wave of capitalism and the already established authority of religious cults were both very attractive ideas at the turn of the century. It was a question of which of the two forces would society eventually embrace: the practicality and materialistic ambition of opportunism or the the spiritual peace of believing in God. As both Plainview and Eli are total wrecks by the end of the film, the film provides us with no clear answer. So Ebert feels it's necessary to include at least one major female character in a film that is set in a period when new ways of life were still relatively in development...considering how women play a crucial role in today's world... Or maybe his reasons for including women are different. One can only speculate.

P.S. - I still think it's an excellent film but the drop in love is undeniable.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 12/17/2012 Reply  · 

Haha! Yeah, they were both awful. I only watched them because a) I wanted to watch a movie and b) I was too tired to concentrate on much. So I guess you could say I was in the mood for loud, but entertaining enough garbage.
And yes, I'll get to The Intouchables eventually! :)

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KingofPain

KingofPain on 12/17/2012 Reply  · 

I have been meaning to watch Soldier of Orange. I'm not always a fan of Verhoeven, but I think he's a special kind of genius. I'll check it out soon.

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shane24

shane24 on 12/22/2012 Reply  · 

I agree with you about The Intouchables, fantastic movie. I loved them getting a police escort sing Earth, Wind and Fire. Great stuff.

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shane24

shane24 on 12/22/2012 Reply  · 

2012 release for Australia as well.

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shane24

shane24 on 12/24/2012 Reply  · 

I glad you like Dredd, I thought it was amazing. I'm annoyed that it didn't make any money in the cinema because they might not make any sequels. Hopefully it does well on Blu Ray, which it should look fantastic on.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 12/30/2012 Reply  · 

I absolutely love The Big Lebowski. I honestly think it is one of the 5 funniest movies I've ever seen. Too bad a lot of people don't understand the humor.

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Reelz

Reelz on 12/31/2012 Reply  · 

History of Violence just didn't work out for me the first time I saw it. Maybe it was because I was 12 years old when I saw it when it was released on DVD. I'm 18 now, and I probably didn't understand what in the hell was going on half the time as a kid. I'll probably give it another go sometime in the future like I did with There Will Be Blood, which I ended up loving.

How was True Romance by the way?

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JC13

JC13 on 12/31/2012 Reply  · 

Damn dude you've never seen Godfather II?

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Reelz

Reelz on 1/1/2013 Reply  · 

I've heard similar things about True Romance like you said. It's one of the only few films I have remaining on my 'Tarantino Bucket List' and I'm hoping to rent a copy or find a version of it on YouTube or something. You only liked Pulp Fiction? "Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man."

And Happy New Year to you as well. Next year is about to hit my side of the country in about 90 minutes time.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 1/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yes a pitch perfect joyride. The Coens best work.

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JC13

JC13 on 1/4/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah The Godfather not for everyone, I just think its surprising you haven't seen it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 1/9/2013 Reply  · 

Actually quite recently I've been discovering which movies I really love (The Shining) and which movies are just kinda overrated but are still enjoyable (The Dark Knight). My top 10 is still in the middle of a catastrophe of rearranging itself, but I hope to get it under control sometime soon. I think it looks pretty good in its current state actually.

Yes, Kubrick is a genius and he's my favorite director. I love all of his movies and I haven't found a single film of his (even his short films) that I've come to dislike. Like I told shane24, I wrote a paper on Kubrick for my first English course in my first semester of college a couple of months back. I ended up buying this huge book on him that covers his life leading up to him making films, his process of making his films, and the aftermaths of every one of them. I learned a hell of a lot about him that I didn't know before. For an example, did you know that he had a huge obsession with chess? That's the reason why the game is always present in the majority of his films. I'm trying to complete his filmography on here (I only have two films left), and that way I can clearly say which one of his films is my favorite. That's the main reason why my top 50 is mostly Kubrick-centric; all of his films are great.

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Reelz

Reelz on 1/10/2013 Reply  · 

2001 is a difficult film to swallow. Literally and figuratively. It does takes a lot of patience to watch it. If you can remember from your first viewing of it, it's mostly dialogue-light and just lets the audience view everything without the need of dialogue. If you can appreciate the orchestra heavy soundtrack that goes along with it, then it's one of the most spectacular experiences you'll ever have with a movie. You might see it that same way since you haven't seen it for awhile. Give it another go; you might end up liking it.

Strangelove is very funny. But I guess that one just depends on your type of humor, but looking at the film technically, it is very flawless.

You should definitely try giving FMJ and Clockwork Orange full viewings. The great thing about Kubrick films is that he was a master at hiding things that you'll never notice on just a typical viewing of his films; it gives the incentive to watch them multiple times each. FMJ, The Shining, 2001, and Clockwork are the ones that deserve this extra attentiveness.

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Reelz

Reelz on 1/11/2013 Reply  · 

I've had 'My Best Friend's Birthday' bookmarked for quite sometime actually. I've heard it's really great.

I see you really liked Seven Psychopaths. What did you think of Walken and Rockwell?

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 1/12/2013 Reply  · 

I actually did like DKR, mostly for doing justice to many parts of the comic. However I had many issues with especially the way Robin was handled. Also certain dialogue changes were rather odd and often less subtle. Overall I enjoyed it though and I'm looking forward to Part 2. btw here's an article examining Two Face's significance in the book(It applies to the film as well)
http://about-faces.livejournal.com/43464.html

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shane24

shane24 on 1/14/2013 Reply  · 

I just read your The Shining vs Bad Lieutenant comment. If you like crazy Nicolas Cage movies, you really should watch Vampire's Kiss.

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shane24

shane24 on 1/14/2013 Reply  · 

I guess it's how you look at it. I genuinely think it's hilarious. It's the craziest I've ever seen Cage. It starts slow, but builds and builds. Everything from thinking he's turning into a vampire, to crazily harrassing his employee, to actually eating a cockraoch (Cage did it for real)It's actually quite dark at times. If you like Bad Lieutenant, their is more chance you will like it. The whole movie is on YouTube. You may want to see the trailer to see if you would like it.

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 1/14/2013 Reply  · 

The purpose of the news segments is to get a feeling of the public's perception of Batman, at the same time adding social commentary on the moral implications of being a vigilante. In addition to this Frank Miller was trying to poke fun at the modern media, in particular David Letterman, Dr. Ruth and Harlan Ellison, though they won't show up until part 2, if at all. He also ridiculed the Reagen administration but they cut that out.

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 1/14/2013 Reply  · 

As for Superman, yea he was in the comic. There's nothing too remarkable about it though, Batman and Superman exist in the same universe and are two of the most commonly crossed over superheroes ever.

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 1/14/2013 Reply  · 

BTW, you really need to watch The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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DaveintheCave

DaveintheCave on 1/15/2013 Reply  · 

Yes, there are defiantly aliens in Batman's universe. I mean when you have Lazarus pits with restorative powers, and characters like clay-face and killer croc, aliens aren't really that far off.
I've really been meaning to watch The Godfather and GoodFellas as well.

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shane24

shane24 on 1/19/2013 Reply  · 

What did you think of Escape from New York?

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shane24

shane24 on 1/19/2013 Reply  · 

I don't think you should watch Escape From L.A, it's much worse.

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shane24

shane24 on 1/19/2013 Reply  · 

Unintentionally maybe. The only part I like was Snake playing basketball for his life (yes it's ridiculous), mainly because I'm basketball fan.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 1/25/2013 Reply  · 

Glad you asked. After the disappointment of the last viewing, I decided to put Blood's next viewing on hold indefinitely (like I'd done with 2001). But my brother had just bought the blu-ray, and this guy also has a home theater system. He convinced me to give it another chance. I thought by the end of this viewing, I'll end up hating it even more. Boy, was I wrong. This film is an experience like no other on the big screen. At times, it felt like I was watching a David Lean epic (yes, I looked past the Kubrickian influences this time). The blu-ray transfer is superb, gorgeous restoration. I've always appreciated the brilliant filmmaking behind TWBB, but experiencing it the way I did this time is just something else. As dangerous as it may sound, I can also connect with Plainview on a personal level :O

So There Will Be Blood started at no. 3, fell down to the 12th spot, and now occupies the no. 2 position! I keep rearranging my top 5, but I THINK it's there to stay. Also, I'm really glad that you liked The Godfather. Coppola's style in it is vastly different from that in Apocalypse Now. You are now set up for the superb, The Godfather Part II.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 1/28/2013 Reply  · 

Be sure to check out Godfather 2.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 1/28/2013 Reply  · 

It's actually pretty good. The reason it gets criticised so much is because it's not on par with the first two. The only annoying thing about the film to me is probably Sophia Coppola.

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Reelz

Reelz on 1/31/2013 Reply  · 

"There'll be one guy left with one eye. How's the last blind guy gonna take out the eye of the last guy left?"

I love Rockwell in 'Psychopaths'.

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Reelz

Reelz on 2/1/2013 Reply  · 

Okay, good. I'm glad you got the message.

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UncleFok

UncleFok on 2/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, a while ago I quietly shedded my friend list of a couple users I don't communicate with/don't have much common ground with taste-wise, and you were among that list. It wasn't out of dickishness or something, and I'm pretty "whatever" about it, so I accepted the second request. Yay redundancy.

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UncleFok

UncleFok on 2/2/2013 Reply  · 

I'm open to new movies anywhere, I'm just done with Hollywood unless Scorsese comes out of his coffin again.

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UncleFok

UncleFok on 2/2/2013 Reply  · 

Asia's not too interesting recently either. :p Miike (the guy who's about 50% of my charts) is well past his peak, and I haven't seen a very good Hong Kong flick made past the 90s. But there's so much old stuff I haven't seen, I have no problem sticking to that.

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UncleFok

UncleFok on 2/2/2013 Reply  · 

I'm fairly interested, but this is the first I've heard of The Wolf of Wall Street. Not gonna pretend I'm too up to date. I think he still has it in him, I wish he'd stop using DiCaprio, but he's still kickin'.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 2/10/2013 Reply  · 

So what are your exact thoughts on The Master? Sounds like you really enjoyed it, but were also slightly disappointed.

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Caesar

Caesar on 2/14/2013 Reply  · 

Actually, I'd probably rank Die Hard with a Vengeance last among the four Die Hard movies. I like the film's first half, but the second half is just garbage. It's still a decent movie, though.

I've only seen Live Free or Die Hard once (very recently) but, yeah, I kind of liked it. Sure, the action scenes are borderline cartoonish but, overall, it has a pretty cool story.

I was planning to see A Good Day to Die Hard on Saturday, but changed my mind after seeing how bad the reviews are. It looks like A Good Day to Die Hard is A Good Way to Kill a Franchise. ;)

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Kate668

Kate668 on 2/16/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, thanks for the friend request. I love your profile pic! Seven Psychopaths is one of the best movies I've seen this year so far. I adore Sam Rockwell, he's so underrated!

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shane24

shane24 on 2/17/2013 Reply  · 

Is Louis Theroux worth watching? I've never got around to him, but I've heard good things before.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 2/17/2013 Reply  · 

Oh yes you should definitely see Moon, it's stunning, and I felt Sam should have been Oscar nominated for his performance.

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shane24

shane24 on 2/17/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks MysticSpoon, I'll have to look them up.

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Reelz

Reelz on 2/17/2013 Reply  · 

Petition to ban Squaremaster and Yellowjacket from ever commenting on discussions?

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Caesar

Caesar on 2/17/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, Snatch is a decent movie. I didn't really love it or hate it.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 2/18/2013 Reply  · 

Is Amadeus really the better Milos film to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

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Reelz

Reelz on 2/20/2013 Reply  · 

(Sorry about being a few days late on responding)

I did Google his name and clicked on a few links and saw the posts that he's posted. Maybe he thinks that Nolan will star him in his next film or something? It's all a bit too...creepy, for lack of a better term. I hope that the creators for this site are about to create a function that gives users the ability to block other users (those two wouldn't be the only two I would block!)

And yes, I do have Steam. I only use it as a means of communication now since I'm not real big on PC gaming (I've been a console gamer since I was a kid). I do own a few games on it that my friends have bought for me and games that were on sale that I've bought myself.

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johnmason

johnmason on 2/21/2013 Reply  · 

My 007 fandom started with Brosnan, there's no doubt. 1995 is when I really got into Bond, and my dad introduced me to most of the films. (To this day, I still haven't seen Diamonds Are Forever; I have it on DVD sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to finally get at it.)

In retrospect, I think I prefer GoldenEye, but I also truly enjoy Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough, despite their flaws. In the case of the former, I had a giant crush on Teri Hatcher (especially at the time), I loved the idea of a female character who could totally keep toe-to-toe with 007 in the form of Michelle Yeoh, and I thought the villain was at least a fantastic idea, played very well by Jonathan Pryce.

It's actually a movie I've been itching to rewatch for many years. Diamonds Are Forever first, though!

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shane24

shane24 on 2/23/2013 Reply  · 

I think I'm late to the party. What does bjonesb18 do to get you angry, is he a troll?

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shane24

shane24 on 2/23/2013 Reply  · 

Okay, thanks. While I'm writing, have you seen the photos of McLovin as The MotherFucker?

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shane24

shane24 on 2/23/2013 Reply  · 

Nah, I haven't read them. I'm not much of a comic book reader. Are they good?

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johnmason

johnmason on 2/23/2013 Reply  · 

Ha! I actually have a former co-worker who always called Diamonds Are Forever his favorite Bond. But I consider myself warned.

Possibly one of the biggest reasons why that franchise endures? Every movie brings something that somebody else likes?

I'm definitely a modern Bond fan. My top ones are all Brosnan and Craig. Connery squeaks in there with From Russia with Love.

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 2/26/2013 Reply  · 

Like your top 10... but what gives? No Blade Runner with Empire AND Raiders in your top 2 spots?!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 2/26/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for accepting my friend request! Looks like I clearly need to see more movies from your list! I look forward to doing so!

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shane24

shane24 on 3/9/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks MysticSpoon. I'm going over it in my head whether I want to watch the trailer. Sure I want to see it, but do I really? Maybe this is a movie I want to go in fresh, I don't know! I also don't want anything spoiled, which trailers tend to do. Maybe I'll find out where the spoilerish stuff is in the trailer, then look away. I did the same for Trance. I heard there's an action shot in that trailer that will be much better if you see it fresh, so I spent half the trailer with my eyes to the cinema floor.

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shane24

shane24 on 3/10/2013 Reply  · 

It will be tempting to watch it though. I'll have to think about. On another note, yellowjacket must be insane! I don't know if squaremaster is still doing it, but what's the point of still writing fucking comments if they don't even show up! It boggles my mind to what kind of world these people live in. Is life that empty for them?

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shane24

shane24 on 3/10/2013 Reply  · 

I don't think Moretz's age will bother me, I'm just glad she's back! She IS hit girl. You probably know if it's going to be similar to the first, I don't know if I want to know, you know. ;)

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bjonesb18

bjonesb18 on 3/10/2013 Reply  · 

MysticSpoon, I think that The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: A New Hope are the only 3 Greatest Films that you and I love the most.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/10/2013 Reply  · 

I loved Untouchable/The Intouchables, it's one of those rare gems in cinema, damn near perfect. I was surprised at how much I laughed!

Skyfall is on my list to watch, although I got spoiled at Christmas by someone who thought I'd seen the film. Hopefully it won't detract from my enjoyment too much when I do watch it, I've heard it's great.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/11/2013 Reply  · 

Wow that's impressive! I'm not sure I could go through all the Bond movies like that, haha. I haven't seen them all, but I think my favourite from the older films is The Spy Who Loved Me.
I've really enjoyed Daniel Craig's Bond movies so far. Casino Royale blew me away the first time I saw it.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 3/12/2013 Reply  · 

If you enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, you will also enjoy The Last Detail. It stars Jack Nicholson in a pretty similar role, where he also stands up to authoritarian figures in the navy. You can check the full synopsis on IMDb, but judging on your list, I think you'll love it.

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shane24

shane24 on 3/14/2013 Reply  · 

I personally think the Kick-Ass pic works best for you. I've decided, with the option in front of me, not to watch the Kick-Ass 2 trailer. I've also decided the same for The Evil Dead remake after seeing the great reviews.

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shane24

shane24 on 3/14/2013 Reply  · 

I'll definitely not watch it if it's spoiler heavy. Just tell me one thing without spoilers. Does Hit-Girl seem awesome?

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/14/2013 Reply  · 

I like your new pic, I'm so excited about Kick-Ass 2! Haven't seen the trailer though, I'm spoiler-phobic, don't want too much to be revealed before July :)

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shane24

shane24 on 3/16/2013 Reply  · 

What movie on your list of shame do you want to see the most?

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 3/17/2013 Reply  · 

Holy dog shit! Raiders has finally toppled the Empire. Why the change of heart?

Is there any chance of SE7EN making its way to the top? ;]

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/17/2013 Reply  · 

I've seen a pic of Carrey all suited up in Kick-Ass 2, it seems like he could be the stand out character.....but I don't know enough about the movie to be sure.
I loved Nic Cage in Kick-Ass, he was such a surprise to me.

I'm cautious too, am worried that I'm building it up so much that it's going to be a disappointment!
I hope Wadlow does justice to the sequel too.

Glad that The Spy Who Loved Me is a favourite of yours too :)
I first saw it on tv with my dad when I was about ten I think, and Jaws scared me so much, but in a good way, meaning I was entertained. Jaws has to be one of the greatest Bond baddies!
It's one of those Bond movies that I always end up watching when it's on TV on a Sunday afternoon :) I'd include the Connery ones that you mentioned in that too.

I must make sure I get myself a Skyfall DVD this week, can't wait to see it!

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shane24

shane24 on 3/17/2013 Reply  · 

Great comment on the Dark Knight vs Avengers page. I assume it's at the same two weirdos?

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shane24

shane24 on 3/17/2013 Reply  · 

I have to recommend The Treasure of Sierra Madre. Bogart is amazing in the movie.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 3/24/2013 Reply  · 

Nice top 10! Raiders at 1 and Empire at 2! AWESOME!

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/26/2013 Reply  · 

I saw Skyfall.........loved it, even more than Casino Royale. It had everything! Sam Mendes did a wonderful job.

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julinona

julinona on 3/28/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, nice to see someone ranking A History of Violence that high, I have seen the movie 4 times already and it just keeps getting better and better with each viewing.

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julinona

julinona on 3/28/2013 Reply  · 

Such a shame that people think it's slow-paced. I always give movies a chance and not judge them by their first 10 minutes.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/29/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, no problem :)
I think Danny Boyle would be a good choice. I love Christopher Nolan's direction too so would love to see him do it but can't imagine it would happen.
Whoever gets the job, I'm not sure how they can top Skyfall, though! What are your thoughts on who should be the next director?
Watching Bardem as Silva made me want to see No Country For Old Men again, it's definitely due a re-watch soon.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/30/2013 Reply  · 

Shallow Grave is probably my favourite Danny Boyle film, it's one of his earliest. I've actually not seen a lot of his films, only a few, but I guess I thought of him as he's in the spotlight at the moment - partly because of the Olympics last year where he was creative director of the opening ceremony, and because Trance has just been released, and the action looks pretty good in it too :)

I can see those Nolan Bond parallels now you've pointed them out, the snow base from Inception in particular!

I've enjoyed all the Fincher films I've seen so far, Zodiac was really atmospheric, such a tense movie!

I do need to see Se7en.....but I got spoiled about the twist a long time ago and have never forgotten, will it ruin the whole thing or should I watch anyway?

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Kate668

Kate668 on 3/30/2013 Reply  · 

Cool, thanks I'll give it a shot. I've always wanted to see it. :)

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gaveecho

gaveecho on 3/30/2013 Reply  · 

Hey MysticSpoon, great top 10, very different from mine, but I really like/love all the ones I've seen from your top 10. I haven't seen Amadeus yet though, I must get round to seeing it.

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julinona

julinona on 4/1/2013 Reply  · 

Actually I have seen Dirty Harry, and i absolutely hated it...It was soooooooo boring, the only good thing about is Dirty Harry himself. Clint Eastwood is so badass. I also saw Amadeus this Sunday. I have to say, tthat movie shits on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!!! It was such a masterpiece! I loved it :DDD

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shane24

shane24 on 4/8/2013 Reply  · 

Ok, out of context, it's hard to follow what's going on.

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Caesar

Caesar on 4/9/2013 Reply  · 

MysticSpoon don't take no shit from nobody, that's what's goin' on! ;)

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 4/9/2013 Reply  · 

You copy my comments, and you're dead son! Well, legally that's not possible, but you're dead to me!

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 4/9/2013 Reply  · 

In other words, trolling.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 4/8/2013 Reply  · 

Hey MysticSpoon, may I ask what's going on with that 'jarjar4ever' guy and 'bjonesb' guy? He seems like an asshole to you, what does he really do? I've seen you say, telling him to stop copying you but is that all...or is there more? Obviously, you don't need to answer this if you don't feel like you want to but I was just curious

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JC13

JC13 on 4/9/2013 Reply  · 

I see that Raiders has passed Empire for your #1. Also, I was just wondering how excited are you for Kick-Ass 2?

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 4/10/2013 Reply  · 

Haha man, I've seen him on Youtube fore being spammed by people. I think he was by the name 'bjonesb' which got blocked by Youtube...He also has a Flickchart account by that name as well. I saw the comment on the 'Phantom Menace vs Star Wars' page where you said you informed the police! That really did seem to scare him good. I can understand the irritation that follows when someone intentionally copies other people's comments. He's talked to me before too, that's before I knew he was a troll! Good job man, scaring him good! :)

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 4/10/2013 Reply  · 

Btw, could you please give me your opinions on the 2010 film, 'Kickass'? Its just that both you and shane24 seem to be big fans of it and he told me to ask you for more about the film! If you wouldn't mind, just a short summary of what you think. Thanks :)

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 4/11/2013 Reply  · 

I'm just wondering if you're hyped for the sequel to Kick-Ass, and if the new director will bring something new to the table, and how do you fell about placing Jim Carrey in the film?

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 4/12/2013 Reply  · 

Wow thanks MysticSpoon...Guess, I need to watch it soon! Thanks a lot :)

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 4/15/2013 Reply  · 

Hodor!

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JC13

JC13 on 4/15/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah as you can see I love Empire and Raiders also. As for Kick-Ass 2, I have to agree with you. I loved the first, but I think a big part of that was because of Vaughn, so I'm a little cautious because of the director change. The trailers do make it look pretty damn good though.

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julinona

julinona on 4/20/2013 Reply  · 

Have you watched There Will Be Blood more than once? The last two times i re-watched (seen it 3 times) it I was severely underwhelmed and disappointed by this movie. The first time I watched this movie it went in my top 5 without one bit of hesitation. Now it's not even in my top 50...Did you feel the same way the second time around?

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julinona

julinona on 4/21/2013 Reply  · 

Well, to be honest, the best why I can describe why I was disappointed is that the "magic" I felt on the first viewing was gone. The plot holes took me out of the experience more this time around. It also felt a bit longer than it really was, the characters didn't seem as interesting as they did on the first viewing. But this time around I got to enjoy the cinematography and the shots a lot more. I'm a sucker for spectacular-looking movies. It has now fallen from my Nr. 1 of the past decade list. That award goes to The Dark Knight and Road to Perdition. I won't move it from the 11th spot yet, the other viewing will decide that.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 4/28/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, yeah I loved it! It all worked so well - Freeman and Pitt together, the tension and bleak surroundings were so effective.
I really loved the scene in the bar where Freeman talks about life, people and apathy.
Thanks for the recommendation :)

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shane24

shane24 on 4/30/2013 Reply  · 

Are you a gamer?

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shane24

shane24 on 4/30/2013 Reply  · 

I played Skyrim, but my game was so glitchy that it was impossible to finish.

I don't play as much as I used to, but I should, I have so many games to get through! My controller was broken, I just got a new one. It's gotten to the stage that I don't know where to start. :D I'm thinking I'll go for either Max Payne 3, Uncharted 3 or Tomb Raider.

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shane24

shane24 on 5/4/2013 Reply  · 

Haha! My iPad doesn't know how to handle your Scary Movie 5 comment! :) The page only took up half the screen, and your comment went off the page and just trailed off into the black of the rest of the screen. I've never seen that before. :D Maybe it's trying to escape Scary Movie 5? :)

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shane24

shane24 on 5/4/2013 Reply  · 

I think politeness should be going out the door Mystic! ;) Scary Movie 5 over Iron Man 3 and Oblivion! :O I hope you like Iron Man 3 when you watch it. It'll be interesting if you do.......very divisive!

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shane24

shane24 on 5/4/2013 Reply  · 

I bloody love the first movie, so I might not be the best source. I think that Iron Man 3 is unique from the other two. Shane Black has brought his own style to the franchise with a risky movie that I knew was going to divide everyone. Have you read the comic? I haven't, but the stories goes in a way how can I put this? The comic book readers might not like. That's all I will say about that. I think the movie is funny, that's Black's influence, and that the stakes have been heightened significantly compared to the second, and even the first films. I also personally enjoyed how they showed who Iron Man really is.

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shane24

shane24 on 5/4/2013 Reply  · 

*that last bit might look like a spoiler, but it's not. I avoid telling spoilers.

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shane24

shane24 on 5/4/2013 Reply  · 

I read your Iron Man vs The DarkKnight comment. I think you'll like Iron Man 3 better after seeing that. Well, I hope anyway. I guarantee you it's better that Scary ?movie 5.

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

Your last few movies looked like a lot of fun. :) Oh, what did your cousin think of Scary Movie 5?

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

I had Paranoid Park recorded for quite some time but never watched it. Sounds like I dodged a bullet. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

I'll stay away from that one then. What's been happening with that young guy your best friends with. ;)

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

Very bizarre. I feel sorry for you! You're gonna miss your little buddy. ;)

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

If you want, you don't have to worry about correcting yourself on my page. I'm not grading your english paper. :) You can if you want though, it's not a big probleme (intentional mistake) :)

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

I think you need a quality movie to watch next to wash away the filth of the last movie. :) Anything planned?

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shane24

shane24 on 5/6/2013 Reply  · 

For some reason, Airplane is called Flying High in Australia.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/7/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, [REC] kicked a glorious amount of ass. The build up to the end was great and the last eight minutes or so creeped me out a lot. I've heard the sequels aren't up to par but I'm gonna check 'em out anyways.

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/13/2013 Reply  · 

So, I take it you don't trust lawnmowers anymore after seeing Sinister?

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shane24

shane24 on 5/14/2013 Reply  · 

Imdb keep recommending me Paranoid Park, should I add it to my watchlist? ;)

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 5/16/2013 Reply  · 

Nice top 10 Mystic Spoon!!! Look forward to seeing Kickass soon then Kickass 2! I love how your #1 and #1 are Raiders and Empire, which are both in my top 10 :D Also, your #9 choice is a fantastic one :)

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 5/16/2013 Reply  · 

I know, I know. I've been extremely busy the last month or so and movie watching of any kind has been a rarity for me. I'm still not all that interested in seeing Intouchables, but I reckon I'll get to it one day. When that day comes, I'll be sure to write a book about my experience and mail it to you somehow.

And no, I haven't seen Se7en. It's one of those movies that I'm not averse to seeing, I just don't have a lot of motivation to see it. I like Fincher, so maybe I'll give it a try some time this summer.

I liked O Brother, Where Art Thou. It's minor Coen Brothers, but minor for them is great for most other filmmakers. It's pretty clever, has a terrific cast (as all Coen films do) and has that wonderful dark, quirky humor that the Coens do so well. Also, I thought Clooney was excellent. I always like him when he lightens up and takes on more comedic roles. He's not bad in his dramatic roles, but they all kind of blend together. His comedic performances are usually sharp and involve quite a bit of energy. Anyway, good film.
The only Coen films I haven't seen now are (In order of my excitement to see them):
1. Blood Simple
2. Raising Arizona
3. The Hudsucker Proxy
4. The Ladykillers
5. Intolerable Cruelty

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Reelz

Reelz on 5/16/2013 Reply  · 

Oh hai, Mystic. Aha ha ha.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 5/17/2013 Reply  · 

Really!?! LOL, what a fail then! I really couldn't remember commenting on your channel :D Anyways, thanks for the compliment!

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Kate668

Kate668 on 5/17/2013 Reply  · 

I've seen rumours that Christopher Nolan may have been in talks about directing Bond 24. Could just be a rumour though.......won't get my hopes up but thought you'd be interested!

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shane24

shane24 on 5/18/2013 Reply  · 

I'm not adding it Mystic, I trust your opinion. I was just being an idiot. :)

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JoshuaHolloway

JoshuaHolloway on 5/24/2013 Reply  · 

Okay I understand why you dislike him now. He sounds like a fanboy idiot. At first it seemed like both you and him equally biased but you've convinced me that he is an asshole.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 5/26/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, nice to see you on letterboxd! This migration to "the other movie website" seems to be a growing trend around here. Thanks for following me. I followed you back.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 5/26/2013 Reply  · 

So I just watched Barton Fink and feel like discussing it with someone.

I really enjoyed it, but there are certain points I'm not entirely sure about. My interpretation is that Charlie is actually a figment of Barton's imagination, whom he has created as his last and only contact with the "common man". Fink maybe feels he's selling his artistic integrity by coming to work in Hollywood and so Charlie acts as a consolation figure. Also, I think apart from the scenes with Charlie, the scenes with the detectives are imagined as well. We only hear the phone ring and see Barton making his way to the hotel lobby to meet the two dudes. The detectives are probably there to remind Fink that WW II and the Holocaust and other problems of the common man are much bigger than Barton's creative crisis. I have another theory and this may sound far-fetched but the detectives with their antisemitic remarks symbolize the WW II anxiety spinning inside Barton's head. A subconscious concern and uneasiness in regard to the Holocaust, especially highlighted by the detective's condescending remark about Fink's Jewish name. I have a problem making sense out of Audrey's character. Why does she wake up dead and bloodied after the sex scene? Barton probably fantasized that as well but I don't get the significance of the aftermath. She's perhaps a way by which Barton is rationalizing Bill's success in Hollywood to justify his own lack of ideas. And what was the fire in the corridor about? Maybe Charlie returning tells us that Barton has overcome his writer's block... the outside distractions (the detectives) have been killed. As for the real life recreation of the beach picture hanging on Barton's wall toward the end, I don't know... Is he disillusioned again after the studio's negative reaction? What was inside the box -- his writing talent?

I'm trying to avoid the literal as well as biblical explanations. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 5/27/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I know what you mean. As much as I like flickchart, I must admit that I like letterboxd even more. There's just so much more to do!

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TC2012

TC2012 on 5/28/2013 Reply  · 

I see you have Se7en at #3. That movie is probably on top of my list of movies to see, what do you like about it? Thanks for the add btw!

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 5/30/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, no problem. At least you were courteous enough to reply.

I saw this film with the "imaginary friends" theory in mind because during my search, Barton Fink came up in the recommendations list for films that deal with the multiple personality disorder. I kinda was in the Primal Fear/Fight Club mode when I started to watch it.

I'm aware of the heaven and hell references (in fact the tagline itself says, "Between Heaven and Hell There's Always Hollywood"), but to me the film essentially seemed to be about the artistic process of writing... about the distractions that bother an uninspired writer. Even things as trivial as mumblings in the other room, peeling wallpaper, dripping ceilings, heat make Barton lose his concentration. The sign of a man lacking focus as well as ideas. I'm pretty sure that the detectives and Charlie interact with NO ONE except Barton. We don't actually hear Chet talking to Charlie on the phone. Similarly, a phone call brings Barton down for the meeting with the detectives. We don't hear what exactly the conversation was about.

The detectives didn't behave like actual detectives either... more like the kind of characters you'd find in a '40s Hollywood noir. Barton could have been imagining the characters he was creating in his script (I've also presented the Holocaust explanation). Whenever Charlie arrives, it's preceded by a close-up shot of the typewriter. The events in the second half also feel too ridiculous and over-the-top to be real. Corridor on fire with nobody noticing anything, Audrey's murder, the way the detectives are killed etc...

The film makes it clear that Barton is quite surprised by Bill's success in Hollywood, since the man displays nothing impressive in his meetings with Barton. Like I've said, he's fantasizing (he wants to believe) that it's actually Audrey who's the real genius behind Bill's success. Yeah, Charlie kills Audrey because she's probably distracting Barton. He'd rather see Barton work on his writing and explore the travails of the "common man". I mean, it's Charlie who gets rid of the body, it's him who kills the detectives. Apparently, Joel Coen has conceded that there are homosexual overtones to the Charlie-Barton relationship as well. That's another way to justify the jealousy motive. As for the head in the box, I think you were in Se7en mode when you watched it :D I know that there are multiple "head" references, but the contents of the box are something symbolic in my opinion. Charlie's pretty pissed off at Barton's hypocrisy (how he neglects the common man and yet claims to be championing him). Charlie IS the common man, the source of Barton's success in Broadway. That's why I feel the box represents his writing talent, although some theories support the idea that Barton keeps recycling his ideas and that there really isn't any originality to his writing. The Wikipedia page gives a decent explanation for the beach scene. It's supposed to remind us of the "enigmatic relationship between art and reality."

I looked up many analyses but each one has a different view. This film rocked, though.

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jeremyd99

jeremyd99 on 5/30/2013 Reply  · 

I saw you said you were on letterboxd. If you don't mind me asking, what's your username so I can add you? Mine is the same as it is on here,

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shane24

shane24 on 5/31/2013 Reply  · 

What tv shows do you like Mystic?

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shane24

shane24 on 5/31/2013 Reply  · 

I used to love The Mole! :) It actually returning soon! Can't wait. I still need to get to those Theroux docs! I will eventually. :)

I actually have many that I'm watching. But I have to catch up with quite a few of them.

I'm watching Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Dexter, Shameless, Spartacus, Justified (stops for breath :) ), Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy and Game of Thrones!!

I'm a couple seasons behind in a few of them because it's too much to keep up with. :) I think Breaking Bad is my favourite, then it's Game of Thrones after that.

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smatticus

smatticus on 6/15/2013 Reply  · 

So I'm guessing your a Game of Thrones fan. If your interested, I found this delightful piece of randomness on the internet :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX-h8CrIyyY

On a side note, any upcoming summer films you're especially looking forward to?

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smatticus

smatticus on 6/16/2013 Reply  · 

Fair, I'm not really a GoT fan either; just never really caught onto it, don't have Sky/HBO, and too much of a wuss to pirate (more concerned about viruses than I am about illegality). My housemates and I have a penchant for random web-based humour (hence the current display pic).

Agreed with Kick-Ass 2, which is probably currently second to Elysium in my watch-list. Both am looking forward to immeasurably, but like you am trying to temper my excitement to avoid disappointment. I'd say I'm a little more optimistic about Kick-Ass 2, but that's probably because I don't LOVE the original in the same way you do and therefore feel like I have less to feel bad about if it doesn't work out. More excited about Jim Carrey than anything else.

I'm aware of your dislike for D9 so I'll try to avoid pissing you off with my praise for it here. As you know, I personally love D9, and have plenty of time for anything Neil Blomkampf does, plus with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster (one of my favourite actresses) and Sharlto Copley in poll position, I'm reasonably confident acting-wise. Obviously this one is going to be seeped in socio-political messages like D9, but I suspect it's going to be more ham-fisted this time round. I know a lot of people didn't like the apartheid references in D9, and while a lot of them are obvious, there's a lot more going on in D9 than most people are aware of on first viewing (and I wasn't aware of until I watched it with Director's commentary). The message in Elysium is clearly more universal, so I suspect more people to take a disliking to it on the basis of being too obvious a commentary. As for me, I don't expect it to tread new ground script-wise, but I DO expect high-octane entertainment and blistering action; part of why I enjoyed D9 so much. If the trailers are anything to go by, it won't disappoint, but then again, that's what I thought about Man of Steel...

Yeah Pacific Rim is another one which is kind of there. I haven't seen much of Guillermo Del Toro's work aside from the Hellboy films (still need to see Pan's Labyrinth). When I first saw the trailers I thought, "ok, Godzilla meets the creative mind of Hellboy etc. Could be entertaining but nothing amazing". Then Ellen McClain's voice cropped up, and alarm bells started ringing, "uh oh, they're trying to bring in the gaming fans with a painfully forced Portal reference", which can only mean one of two things as far as I can see:

1) AI goes rampant and starts fucking shit up, in which case, shameless Portal rip-off

2) AI doesn't go rampant, in which case it was a silly marketing ploy to get the gamers onside.

Either way, I feel they could have done without crow-barring GladOs into the mix. For a director praised for his originality, that just seems uncharacteristically unoriginal and unnecessary. So I'm cautiously optimistic. World War Z might have something in it, but I took one look at the trailer and thought "28 Days Later with an unlimited budget". That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I understand that World War Z is based on its own original material so maybe I am being a bit presumptuous about it. That said, 28 Days Later is one of my top 50, so I tend to be a bit more cautious about modern zombie films (especially considering the fact that zombies are basically EVERYWHERE in pop-culture atm).



Yeah funny you should mention that, it has been rather disappointing this year so far. I've only seen 5 films this year, and they've ranged from "good but not great" (Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness) to "meh" (Oz, The Great Gatsby, Man of Steel, the latter of which I was probably the most disappointed about). That said, I haven't really had massive hopes for any of the flicks that have come out so far; the stronger ones like Star Trek: Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 I wasn't overly hyped for anyway, and the films which I'm most looking forward to aren't due out for a while yet. So perhaps the latter half of the summer can resurrect 2013. What about yourself?

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smatticus

smatticus on 6/17/2013 Reply  · 

As far as GladOs is concerned, if you think it's "cute", fair enough. That being said, I'm a big Valve fan (just started replaying Half-Life 2 again), and I just thought it was unnecessary like I said before. And I agree with you, they won't be doing themselves any favours if they overuse it.

Ah, I'd never heard of Robot Jox. I'd heard whispers on forums that it was partially based on the Neon Evangelion anime, but I haven't seen anything of that either. When I saw the trailer I thought Godzilla/Cloverfield/Transformers, which to a layman at least is pretty much the jist of it.

I was vaguely aware of Half-Life/Portal films in the works; pretty sure I'd heard rumours that J.J. Abrams was going to step up to join in the creative process, though I'm pretty sure those will have been dispelled at some point. They could be interesting, but given the amount of videogame adaptations which have fallen into development hell for current generation IPs (Gears of War, Bioshock, Halo (which ultimately became your old favourite District 9 :P )), and given the reluctance of Valve to expand on the stories of the Half-Life universe in recent years with the exception of Portal 2 (Gabe Newell can't count to 3 etc), I'd be dubious about any further developments until they actually start hiring names and going into pre-production, which as far as I can tell on IMDB, is not the case at this point in time. My personal belief is that for all the talk of taking high-earning IPs and adapting them into QUALITY film adaptations, videogames have become such a cinematic medium in their own right that there is now very little room to create any original movies which:

a) Take big box-office figures (most of the recent videogame adaptations have been relatively low-key productions by modern Hollywood blockbuster standards (Silent Hill: Revelations, cost $20 million, took $52 million back) or straight-to-video productions/TV series (Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Halo: Legends, Halo: Forward unto Dawn etc)

b) Follow the original stories of the videogames in question; there was talk of taking the Halo adaptation and have be a straight following of the plot of Halo: Combat Evolved, but considering the fact that most fans of the game know how the story goes and have played it so many times, I don't see how they could have done that and made it original or invigorating. It would have basically become a live-action, non-interactive walkthrough of the game, and why would anybody want that when they could just go and play the game? Otherwise, they'd become alternate versions of the story, perhaps told from the point of view of other characters, perhaps even look at completely different stories in the expanded universe, which in my opinion would have been much harder to advertise.

c) Aren't complete rubbish, and I think you know what I mean by that in terms of videogame adaptations ;)

It's also worth noting the sheer number of professionally executed fan-films which have been made for videogames: Half-Life has been the inspiration for many impressive short features including "Beyond Black Mesa", "Escape from City 17" and "Enter the Freeman", Portal was the inspiration for my personal favourite "Portal: No Escape", and in the run-up to starting production on the Halo film, Neil Blomkamp demonstrated his abilities by creating a 10-minute live-action short, all of which are widely available on Youtube. Now it is possible that studios won't care and proceed with their own big-budget adaptations anyway, but given the reluctance to commit resources to high profile titles in recent years, I wonder if any of these reasons I've mentioned have played a part.



This is, of course, a very expansive topic in which many people have a diverse range of opinions, some of them much more informed than mine, so I apologise if anything I mentioned is highly erroneous.

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GoodFather

GoodFather on 6/20/2013 Reply  · 

I think I should give Kick-Ass another viewing before I can call it a great film, but it's your list, so I can't judge. Nice that you got There Will Be Blood.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/22/2013 Reply  · 

Have you read Kick Ass 3 #1? If so, what did you think? Without spoilers, please. :)

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julinona

julinona on 7/8/2013 Reply  · 

I see you entered a Clint Eastwood marathon lately. Which film of his have you enjoyed the most? I personally think Gran Torino is one of his most overrated (imo). It has an awesome performance by Eastwood but not much else. Clint is hilarious in that movie. I also see you disliked Josey Wales? Can you tell me why but without spoilers please because I haven't seen the movie. I also agree with you when you say you For A Few Dollars More is your favorite of the trilogy. I used to think that too, but then I rewatched The Good the Bad and The Ugly for the third time. I used to hate it, now it is in my top 15. I stronly suggest that you rewatch TGTBATU, it is such a great film.

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julinona

julinona on 7/9/2013 Reply  · 

He really is awesome and badass, I love watching him, but to be honest, I don't think he is that good of an actor. I haven't seen any of those films you listed except Unforgiven. I think that movie is very overrated, it has two hours of old men talking, and the screenplay isn't even that interesting in my opinion. If you want my advice, go in it with low expectations, and you might like it. I have seen it twice and both times I didn't like it. Definitely tell me your opinion on it when you see it.

I think the film is also hilarious, but I agree, the other actors didn't feel like real characters.

Clint is not awesome in it? *Expectations dropping to nothing*. I will check it out eventually though.

I agree, Gian Maria Volonte's character is a very good villain. I don't know about you, but I laughed out loud when I saw that Volonte was used again as a villain in For a Few Dollars More. Also Lee Van Cleef helped the film a lot. His character was awesome. Let's make a deal, you rewatch The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and I will rewatch Dirty Harry.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/10/2013 Reply  · 

You still haven't seen The Godfather Part II? :(

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Kate668

Kate668 on 7/11/2013 Reply  · 

Sam Mendes has signed up for Bond 24! We have to wait two years for it, but it's official, and screenwriter John Logan is involved too. :)

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Kate668

Kate668 on 7/11/2013 Reply  · 

Hah, I didn't even think of how old Daniel Craig might look in a couple of years, I do remember thinking he looked a bit tired in some of the Skyfall action scenes, lol.

Yeah, I loved One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and look forward to watching it again :) Nicholson was excellent.

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shane24

shane24 on 7/12/2013 Reply  · 

Thank you for following me. I'm following you also now. :)

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SirStuckey

SirStuckey on 7/13/2013 Reply  · 

If it makes you feel any better I would vote for Majesty's over Diamonds if they had to compete. On other sites Majesty = 7/10 and Diamonds = 6/10.

Adding movies is a tough thing for me right now. Half the time their first match-up is against Buckaroo Banzai (meh) and the other half is against the original Karate Kid (I like it). So one could get an easier first match-up than the other. Majesty probably lost to Karate Kid and Diamonds probably beat Buckaroo Banzai. I should probably rerank Karate Kid so it doesn't do stuff like that.

I'm not really a big Bond fan. I've seen all Connery, Lazenby, and Craig and I only really didn't like Thunderball. You Only Live Twice was sort of stupid too but whatever. Basically I come away thinking the movie would have been better if it were 15-30 minutes shorter after every Bond movie.

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julinona

julinona on 7/15/2013 Reply  · 

What I told you about Unforgiven looks to be correct. It is very overrated in my opinion.

What did you think of the Maltese Falcon? It is one of the movies that I can't wait to see.

Since you love Snatch so much (I don't but I will have to rewatch it sometime soon), Have you seen RockNRolla? It is my favorite Guy Ritchie film and I have seen it 8 times. It is so funny, it is so entertaining, it is so quotable and it has really awesome characters. I have seen that movie 8 times. I never get tired of it. It has some really funny lines. I fully recommend it if you haven't seen it.

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julinona

julinona on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I don't think Clint Eastwood has emotional depth as an actor. I prefer Gran Torino too.

I will check it out. I love film noir even if I haven't seen that many.

I am not a big fan of Lock Stock and Two Smkoking Barrels neither. I need to rewatch Snatch, i remember it being very funny and entertaining, but for some odd reason, I found the movie disappointing. I don't think any character in RockNrolla reaches the heights of Brad Pitt's awesomeness, but I think that the entire ensemble is better and funnier. I do love all (well most) of the characters. While I can remember almost all of RockNRolla songs, I don't remember any of Snatch's songs or soundtrack. Yeah no hurries on watching it. Godfather Part II is awesome.

I also really need to re-watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. I have seen it twice lately (although I remember watching him many times while I was a kid). The first viewing I fell asleep, the awesome soundtrack woke me up. The second viewing I enjoyed it a bit more but it didn't even enter my top 100. I really want to love it this time because Indiana Jones is awesome.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/22/2013 Reply  · 

Have you seen the new 4 minute Comic-Con trailer for Kick-Ass 2? I was already excited, but this trailer got me pumped.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/23/2013 Reply  · 

Damn dude, you haven't seen Terminator 1 or 2? Do you have any interest in them? As for classics that you should watch, I would recommend: North by Northwest, A Clockwork Orange, and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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shane24

shane24 on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

Have you ever checked out The Tranformers: The Movie? You were probably too young to see it, but I love it! Probably for nostalgic reasons. Even though it's animated, I think it's by far better than the Tranformers movies you just added. :)

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

Tell me, are you a ghost? Because I cannot imagine anyone surviving a marathon of the Transformers films. But seriously, I've only seen the first two, so I must ask: How does the third hold up?

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 7/29/2013 Reply  · 

Sounds fantastic. Was Place Beyond the Pines any better?

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 7/29/2013 Reply  · 

I just looked back on how I ranked it, and realised I was very harsh on it. I ranked it higher, but not crazy higher. I feel that my list is uneven on the percentage side of things. Everything above 50% is fantastic, and 40-50% is just kind of good, everything below that ranges from mediocre to just plain awful. But as for Pines, I liked it a lot. It is very unique in it's storytelling, being basically three separate stories linked through a few events. I was underwhelmed hen I first saw it, but my admiration for it grew after thinking about it.

Seven Psychopaths is fantastic. Once in a while, a film will come along that feels like it was made only for me. It's features Christopher Walken: My favourite actor, Tom Waits: My favourite musician, an Irish stereotype, and you know, a good script.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/31/2013 Reply  · 

I can tell that you are going to be very excited for Transformers 4, aren't you? Ha Ha

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JC13

JC13 on 7/31/2013 Reply  · 

Ha Ha I know what you mean, it is fun talking shit on crappy movies. I actually like the first Transformers, but I agree that 3 and especially 2 are pretty bad. I'm not sure if I'll see the 4th one.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 8/1/2013 Reply  · 

Loved both films, especially Rango. Nice animation, smart story, great voice-acting... just a cool film all around. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the more mature content in the second half. Helped me get caught up with the characters. Definitely one of my favorite animated films from recent years.

As for Kick-Ass, I thought it was entertaining as hell. I don't think the violence was all that bad. Some of it was kinda awkward but I was sure of the director's intentions the entire time. Stylish and subversive. I'm all ready for the sequel now.

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JC13

JC13 on 8/3/2013 Reply  · 

I'm glad you liked The Godfather Part II.

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 8/6/2013 Reply  · 

Ah, that makes sense about Cleckley's unfriending me. Thank you.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/10/2013 Reply  · 

I just read your comment about a flickchart make-over. Can you please tell me what you know? I don't know anything. :D

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

Have you seen these "What if the Star Wars prequels were good" videos?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgICnbC2-_Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAbug3AhYmw

I think they're awesome and they make me sad that the actual films didn't turn out like this.

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 8/20/2013 Reply  · 

Have you seen the trailer for Fading Gigolo, written and directed by John Turturro, in which John plays a prostitute and Woody Allen plays his pimp.
It looks like the most amazing thing in the history of anything. Not the movie, just Woody Allen being a pimp. I wonder if he inquired James Lipton about the pimpin' lifestyle. Thoughts?

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 8/20/2013 Reply  · 

A Big Lebowski sequel revolving around Jesus? That's crazy. By pure coincidence, just a few days ago, I had an idea for a Big Lebowski prequel featuring Walter sitting by a fireplace in a velvet chair detailing his Vietnam experiences to the audience. Everything would be historically inaccurate, it would feature Donny and the Dude for no reason and it would star Josh Brolin as a young Walter. Just as Walter would have told it. My working title for it was 'Face-Down in the Mud', until I realized it was the shittiest idea I had ever had. And I've had some shitty ideas, I mean, just look at my chart.

I like to ramble about nothingness.

Have you seen Blue Jasmine? I did and it was pretty damn good.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/23/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for the link mate, I will look at it later. :)

Ha, yeah it's today now. It's 823am, so maybe that'll help with the difference. :) I'm actually watching The Way, Way Back today. But I going to watch Kick-Ass 2 and Elysium tomorrow with friends.

I would like to discuss Kick-Ass 2 with you when we've both seen it, it you're up to it. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 8/23/2013 Reply  · 

40%! Hmmmm, I'm not too happy about that. I told slionscricket I wasn't worried about critics scores, but more what score you gave the movie. It's 12:23 am here, I plan to watch it and around 12:00 tomorrow. Shall we talk about it on each other's pages? Or have a spoiler discussion on the Kick Ass 2 page?

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shane24

shane24 on 8/24/2013 Reply  · 

*****Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2*******

Well, I've seen it! It's definitely not as good as Kick-Ass, but I think I enjoyed it more than you. However, my rating isn't set in stone. It could go up, or down, I haven't decided yet. What I do know is that I felt that there should of been more Hit Girl. They could of still had some of the high school stuff, but I think they could of trimmed about 10-15 minutes out of that arc. Plus Marcus was just pissing me off.

****Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2*******

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/24/2013 Reply  · 

For someone who has Kickass in their top 10, it saddens me to see that Kickass 2 isn't anywhere close. In fact, the 40% ranking kinda worries me. After seeing Kick-Ass yesterday, I was looking forward to it. Guess, I'll go in with low expectations then.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/24/2013 Reply  · 

*****Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2*****

I enjoyed Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars & Stripes, but I thought he was a waste of talent. He should of been in the movie more than he was.

The Motherfucker had his moments, but they were for laughs more than the threatening moments. I'd say the uncle would have a bigger part in Kick-Ass 3, what do you think?

I liked any part with Hit Girl really. That's the problem, not enough of her! The highway scene was pretty good, plus the fight with Mother Russia (I found it funny when she got the adrenaline). But really, none of the action beats any of the main action scenes in the original Kick-Ass. Moments in that movie had my mouth open to how awesome it was.

I liked that Hit Girl had a bike, but what was the point of it? Nothing cool happens on the bike! All she uses it for is to get back before bloody Marcus. I was actually hoping he would die! :D

I thought it was bloody stupid that Ass Kicker just blurted out who Kick-Ass is. It just seems like it was thrown in there to move the plot along. Frustrating!

What do you hope for Kick-Ass 3?

Did you see the scene after the credits?

******Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2*******

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/24/2013 Reply  · 

I guess you are right and in ways, juding by the RT meter, I can understand a fan of Kick-Ass (like you) can be disappointed by a sequel like Kick-Ass. A regular watcher like me, could enjoy it that's for sure and yeah, Shane has it in the 80% region so who knows! Would you ever want to re-visit Kick-Ass 2?

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shane24

shane24 on 8/24/2013 Reply  · 

******Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2******

I will read your review of Kick-Ass 2 on letterboxd as well Mystic. :)

I agree, the fight with Mark Strong seemed more real, and dangerous. Here's this 12 year old, versus a mob boss. Man, that woman Is freaking scary though, man! I would run if I saw her coming! :D

Just think, she could of done some gymnast moves on the bike, she could of had weapons that fold out! The potential was there for some awesome scenes.

I din't mind Ass-Kicker joining The Motherfucker, just that he would stupidly tell people who Kick-Ass is.

So, do you know that he has no arms, legs or a dick? :D I have a feeling he will come back with bionic arms and legs...maybe dick? :) Just a thought I had.

*****Spoilers for Kick-Ass 2*****

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 8/25/2013 Reply  · 

If you didn't enjoy Woody Allen's whininess in Annie Hall, I would probably recommend Manhattan Murder Mystery, as it's more about Diane Keaton's character, with Woody just a guy in the background groaning and having hilarious panic attacks in elevators. Even though he may whine a lot in it, it's more justifiable as his wife is breaking into their neighbour's house while draggin' him along. As for other films by him that I like, I really enjoy Crimes and Misdemeanors, Broadway Danny Rose, and Manhattan eventhoughit'skindaoverratedbutwhatever. Also, lue Jasmine. I'm serious, that film is one of the best things he's done in years. Well, since Midnight in Paris anyway. I recently bought a 20-film Woody Allen box set I am pleasently cruising through. As I'm about 10 films in, I'll return to you if I find something fantastic.

As forfilms of 2013 I'mma looking foward to, I'll go for Don Jon, The Counselor, The Fifth Estate, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Hobbit 2, Saving Mr. Banks (EVENTHOUGHTHERAILERGIVESEVERYTHINGAWAY), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. How 'bout you?

Also, you saw Shaun! What'd you think?!!!

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 8/28/2013 Reply  · 

I don't care 'bout walls of text. Doesn't bother me none. Long as I get my rent paid on Friday.

I can understand your pessimism about Hobbit Part 2: Desolation of Sherlock, I personally don't expect it to be that great either, but I'm more wanting to see it just out of morbid curiosity.

I would also have some interest in Gravity, however I know nothing about it other than 'It's George Clooney and Sandra Bullock . . . IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!', but I also find that a fascinating way to watch movies. Walking in with only a logline has created some of my most memorable moviegoing experiences.
I also might be kind of interested in Ender's Game, but only if the reviews are good.
Snowpiercer? Eeeh, not sure.
Anchorman 2? Haven't seen the first. Would you recommend? Also, would you terribly mind if you informed me which country you are from, if you don't mind? It would probably make our conversations a bit more . . . Idunno, easier, for lack of a better term. I'm Irish, if you care.

I find your lack of love for Shaun confusing, though I completely agree with you on the direction. Edgar Wright will probably be the only reason I won't see Ant-Man as something completely stupid and dumb. And you should totally see World's End when it comes out your way. My favourite film of the year so far.

Holy shit. Monuments Men looks fantastic. This is like my dream cast, if they were to somehow squeeze Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken in there as Nazis it would probably end up at my #1. American Hustle also looks interesting, because it shows Amy Adams in a skimpy outfit. I hope we can get some nip slips in Batman VS Superman when Batman violently fucks a blindfolded Lois Lane in the Batcave while Alfred watches, holding out a platter of lubricants to the caped crusader, for when he wants to change flavors. I am sorry. I am so, so, so, so sorry. Please, please forgive me for that comment. It was just . . . Well, I guess it might've been kinda funny. But yeah, Hustle looks like it could be gewd as well.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/28/2013 Reply  · 

Cheers for the codes! I'm actually gonna use Blogger because it's much easier but I appreciate the help! Thanks again :)

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SLionsCricket on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

Hey MysticSpoon,

I see that you've just recently seen Shaun of the Dead. Seeing as how you don't seem to be a fan of it, will you be watching Hot Fuzz and The World's End? I wanna watch em, just curious if you wanted to or not.

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

The Hobbit theatrical cut felt like an extended cut, so I think I'll skip it.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

I don't know what kind of reaction this will spawn . . . but I've never seen a LotR extended cut. Sort of similar to how I've never seen any of the 1997 versions of the classic Star Wars trilogy, despite them being the main feature of my Star Wars box set. I also just go straight to the extras and turn on some classic 70/80's bliss.

BTW, have you heard of About Time? It's kind of got a Midnight in Paris-y vibe, and it's by one of the writers of Blackadder. The star is also Brendan Gleeson's son, so that's a thing. Idunno, could be interesting . . .

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SLionsCricket on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I'm gonna be checking out Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz soon! :) A lot of people love his comedy but there are also lots who don't like it much. However, must say that his direction is extremely strong even if the script isn't overly funny. Chances are I could love them. Besides, I love Simon Pegg in Star Trek. He makes me laugh! :)

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SLionsCricket on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

Woops, I was meant to say others have said his direction is pretty solid! I'm hardly thinking properly man ;) I haven't seen them. Youtube reviewers like the Schmoes say that even if they don't find the movies that funny, the direction is always good in his films. My bad once again!

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SLionsCricket on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Hey man, have you ever had a movie marathon before? I was just interested because I'm currently in the middle of a Disney marathon and I was planning a Batman marathon then a Speilberg marathon if possible.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Just saw a mini-documentary on the despecialized editions, and wow, a lot of work went into that sh*t. Very interesting stuff.

Hey, you saw that Nicholas Cage ice frozen thing. What was it? And how?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I'm afraid Nicholas Cage will just do whatever the hell he's asked. And unless he's asked to do another Adaptation or Raising Arizona anytime soon, he may be doomed! Oh, wait. He was in the Crooods caveman crap, wasn't he? Never mind, he's still fantastic.

Forrest Gump was an Academy Award theif? (Checks Best Picture 1994 Chart) Forrest Gump was an academy award theif!!! Pulp Fiction and Shawshank probably deserved it a lot more, but y'know. The academy is the academy. Heck, time is the real judge on what film should win. If they awarded films 20 years after their release I'm sure Shawshank would clobber next year's Oscars. With Tarantino and Kevin Smith neck and neck for Best Screenplay, and Sammy J. for Best Supporting Actor.
But yeah, Forrest Gump. It was a grand film, I thought. With future viewings, it may even climb higher and higher on my list. It seemed like a movie I would have really loved in my 'Early Film Discovery' era, when I watched To Kill a Mockingbird and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Not Zemeckis' best, but not Polar Express, either.

Airplane is alright, but definately more of a pre-80's comedy (jokes with a 75/25 hit/miss rate with paper thin plot) than a post-80's comedy (interesting stories and characters with jokes built around them). I must say that I'm more a fan of the latter, but if that damn jokiness doesn't hit me with a brickload of nostalgia!

The meaning of life? Well, I suppose it's just to have a perspective, then your purpose will follow. If you want to know my perspective, listen to any Tom Waits song post-SwordfishTrombone.

Also, how's Moulin Rougue? I went to the actual place in Paris once. Fucking shithole. It's in the middle of a bunch a' strip clubs and sex shops. I didn't go inside, because I didn't care, but I suppose that's why Owen Wilson never visited the Rouge in Midnight in Paris, since it would mostly consist of him being distracted by prostitutes.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Friday the 13th could be an interesting marathon, a fun one but probably one that you'll get sick of seeing as how repetitive they are. I kinda wanna have a sorta marathon of Hammer Studio's Dracula films later this month

I tried having a Bond marathon (not watching one then another straight after!) and failed miserably! :)

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

Hey man! Great top 20, we have a lot in common. We definitely gotta talk more!

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

I feel for you, bro. I LITERALLY just replied to your reply with a super long wall of text, then it didn't come on properly. The sheer dissapointment I feel right now is soul-crushing, especially since what I just wrote was pretty good. We should raid Zampa's house, tie him to a chair and pluck his nose hairs till we're so deep we're getting a few bum hairs outta there.

That's interesting, as I love Roger Rabbit WAY more than Gump. What do you think of some of Zemeckis' other films? I hated BttF 2, but found 3 to be slightly more enjoyable. Haven't seen Flight, have you? Or Mars Needs Moms? Or Motion Crapture Number 2654957?



Bro, you ain't familiar with Tom Waits?! What, do you think he's weird just because he carries a rabbit around? (Seven Psychopaths is also the most quotable movie ever) But as for his music, Tom's got two definite eras. In his early stuff, he's much more of a smoothie jazzy guy. But then he met his wife Kathleen Brennan and started making dark, creepy, psychopathic, war-veteran shit that is fucking amazing beyond words. His jazzy stuff has some hidden gems (New Coat of Paint, Step Right Up) but his newer stuff is full of classics (God's Away On Business, Hoist That Rag, Starving in the Belly of a Whale, Top of the Hill, Chocolate Jesus, Don't Go Into That Barn, Misery is the River of the World, the list is endless) Check 'em out, if you have time.



I'm actually more the complete opposite of your anti-Paris stance. I'mma sucker for cities. Sure, Paris has it's rough bits, but so does everywhere else, really. But when you find a street, or a bridge, or a park that lives up to the expectations set up by society, I'm transported to this other world. I'm another person, if that makes any sense. Heck, I love Boston for more emotional reasons than the physical architecture of the city. I have friends there, I was born there, I got's good memories, so I'm fond of the place. Heck the second, I LIVE in Dublin and I still see it as a picturesque culture platter covered with toppings of modern design, ancient design, humor, Ulysees references, and a bunch of other shit.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

By the way, you're Anti-Scam party reminds me of a fictional superhero created by a round-headed little Englander. Have you, by any chance, heard of Karl Pilkington?

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 9/8/2013 Reply  · 

What are your thoughts on !987 Predator?

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 9/9/2013 Reply  · 

Karl Pilkington is a close friend of comedian Ricky Gervais. His head is perfectly spherical, and contains not a lot inside. He's an idiot, basically, but a charming one. he's done various podcasts with Ricky and Steve Merchant, which gained him much fame among listeners. The podcasts were later animated for the HBO series, The Ricky Gervais Show. You can find plenty of clips on Youtube. I highly recommend it, most of his best bits are in there.
But the main event of his career has definitely been his Travel documentary series An Idiot Abroad, where Ricky and Steve send him around the world telling him he's going to swim with dolphins or see the Wall of China or something, and end up detouring him on a bunch of wacky hijinks along the way. On this trip he is asked by the camera crew what superpower he'd like to have, responding that he'd be Bullshit Man: Anordinary guy with supersonic hearing able to detect bullshit from all around the world (Used car salesmen, scamming real estate agents, shady lawyers, carnival booth operators, etc.)
It's pretty funny stuff.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/9/2013 Reply  · 

I just saw your clever exchange between Squaremaster and Avenger7 on the Iron Man movie page. Fantastic stuff, sir.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 9/15/2013 Reply  · 

When do you plan to watch Blade Runner, Mystic? If your top 2 is any indication, you're a pretty huge Harrison Ford fan. I mean, yeah, Ridley Scott's sci-fi stuff hasn't worked for you in the past but Blade Runner has Dutch legend Rutger Hauer omg !! :P

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 9/17/2013 Reply  · 

And the comments are screwed up again. GREAT. JUST, GREAT.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 9/17/2013 Reply  · 

It seems like it's normal again. Phew.

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 9/17/2013 Reply  · 

i made a pictureboxd account yo. i followed you@HonestFilmFan

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 9/21/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, I actually took an in depth look at your rankings for once haha. I looked through your top 500... or I guess you could say all your movies. We have more similar tastes than I thought.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/25/2013 Reply  · 

How do you feel about J.K. Rowling writing that 'Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them' screenplay? I heard Benedict Cumberpatch may be playing the main character, which I think could probably justify any film idea, no matter how awful. Heck, put ol' Cumby in that Robocop remake . . . Wait, don't, sorry.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/26/2013 Reply  · 

Should I watch Super and E.T.? Tell me, SPOONER!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 9/28/2013 Reply  · 

Looks like you've had a bit of a Friday the 13th marathon. I'm creating a horror month that includes several Friday the 13th films though most might as well not be horror movies but comedies as to how silly they really get! Nice to see you a fan of E.T! I've only seen it once and it really works so well on every possible level. You certainly aren't a fan of Temple of Doom and Jurassic Park. In either case, I understand your point but its always great that E.T works.

In regards to Temple of Doom, what do you think of Short Round. I suppose you hate him too but I love him though Willie does get annoying. Aargh!

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/29/2013 Reply  · 

Hm, good recommendations, I'll be sure to check out Super and ET then. Also, I've never seen the original Robocop. Is it good? I saw a clip of it where a businessman gets fucking blasted to bits by Robocop and got an erection.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/30/2013 Reply  · 

Very interesting. I'll be sure to check it out. Also, I noticed the sequel, creatively titled Robocop 2, is also steamable on my Nexflummox device. Would that be worth a moment of my time?

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 9/30/2013 Reply  · 

Ha ha. I just chuckled at your thoughts on Friday the 13th! Do you listen to Film Junk? On Letterboxd, one of the guys (Frank) has been watching them as part of a premium podcast they do every month (September was Friday the 13th) and he's been giving them 1 star to 2.5 stars ! :)

Willie's definitely annoying though I think she's meant to come off as annoying. It mostly works for me, I don't have too many issues. I have maybe one issue with Short Round that Nostalgia Critic talked about: he shouts out EVERY line he ever says :)

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SLionsCricket on 10/1/2013 Reply  · 

Nice to see you like Halloween! It's such a classic horror film. Planning to watch it this Halloween again and re-watch The Thing soon. About Blade Runner, I completely agree with you on all fronts. It just doesn't work for me. It's a tough film for me to enjoy and following Star Wars, Empire and Raiders, Harrison Ford did seem bored!!

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TheHonestFilmFan on 10/1/2013 Reply  · 

How's Blade Runner? That has Harrison Ford in it, doesn't it?

I saw a movie on TV a few days ago where Harrison Ford was playing a soldier or something, and this nazi general's wife dragged him and his partner out into the wilderness to help her find buried treasure or something, and then lets them go. But she tells Harrison to punch her, to give her a bruise to justify them escaping. Then he punched her in her fucking face. And I laughed. Classic Hollywood, you haven't aged a day.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/6/2013 Reply  · 

Ooh, you saw the cinematic masterpiece that is Man of Steel. Did you adore it as much as I did?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/7/2013 Reply  · 

Just read yer Letterboxd review, very well-written, Spooney. Completely agree with all your points, especially the godawful cinematography. I watched Dr. Strangelove recently, and the framing and lighting is immaculate, it made me completely rethink how to view cinematography in movies. Any thoughts on the Batman v. superman sequel coming out in 2015? Unlike mot of the internet, Ben Affleck is probably the sole reason I'm going to see it.

The more I think about it, the more I realise that Harrison Ford looks pretty bored in everything. Even Indy and Star Wars feels like he's kinda detatched from the story. Saw 42 earlier this year, and actually felt it was the bet performance he's ever given. Thoughts?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/7/2013 Reply  · 

Also, dat MoS symbolism waz rly clever. They had Superman in a church with a Jesus behind him, showing that he sees himself as equal to God and scoffs in the face of all the foolish disillusioned earthlings.

Omg, the more I think about the film the worse and worse it gets. THEY DIDN'T EVEN TRY!!!! You wanna talk about the ending a bit? I thought the attempts at humor after the "heavy*" scene was one of the most cringewworthy moments in the entire film.

*Heavy in intention, not in execution.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/11/2013 Reply  · 

That seems to happen a lot with you. Maybe try to copy the comment before posting it, that's what I do. Unless you're on an iPad or something. In which case, boo hoo. Grow up. Like the grown ups. Grown Ups 3, coming 2016.

Mah God, dude. Superman was like, so noble. He fucking saved four tourists from a quick death after destroying an entire city in a cataclysmic event that would be worse than, to quote Team America, 9/11 times a thousand. Also, what are you on about with your 'no romance' quip? They kissed in a crater of burning rubble and Amy Adams made some corny joke about first kisses! That's a super duper developed romance, bro! Casablanca, eat yo heart out!

I've been hearing rumours that the film will also include Nightwing, Wonder Woman and whoever the fuck else, so yeah, it's looking like it's gonna be a clusterfuck cash grab. And even if it isn't, I honestly don't think I'll be able to care about Henry Cavill's Superman because of how bland and dumb he was in that first movie, no matter how good the script could be. I dunno, not be cynical, even though I'm always being cynical. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised, despite knowing I definitely won't be.

The Harrison Ford thing was more of a half-baked stoner idea I have when I'm sleepy.
"Whoa, dude . . . Like, Harry Ford is bored now . . . But what if he was bored the whole time?!"
I didn't really look into it anymore than that. It's been far too long since I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. I also need to see Witness, I've had the DVD on my shelf for as long as I can remember.

Ooh, World's End! What did you think?

Ooh, This is the End! What did you think?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/15/2013 Reply  · 

Grown Ups 3: End Times. Have the whole thing be about Sandler and Co. constantly contemplating their own inevitable demise after Kevin James dies of a massive heart attack. Everyone will break into tears constantly, Chris Rock may even resort to self-harm, and it will be the funniest of the trilogy.

Oh, Cowboys and Aliens sucks? I've had that in my Netflix Instant Queue for a while, it is completely shite, or are there any other elements that would be worth my time?

Glad you liked the World's End! Yeah, Edgar Wright has infinite potential for some big Oscar-contender stuff, but I kinda like how he's been doing these little British movies that he clearly loves doing, and can't be too easy to get made. World's End definitely seemed like a conclusion to that kinda style, so to speak. Let's hope he continues to put effort into things!
That's so weird about the release, man. Does that happen often in Romania? I think a similar thing happened with the Tina Fey film Admission, which came out on DVD here a week after I saw a trailer for it in a movie house. That's so weird, except it isn't because no one gives a shit about that movie.

I liked District 9 quite a bit. I feel like I went into it a tad overhyped, but I kinda enjoyed it. I thought Sharlto Coldplay was fantastic, and I felt that that type of guy being the hero of a big action movie was quite creative. What was it that really annoyed you about it?

I liked Anchorman. It had countless laugh-out-loud moments, but I felt that the romance element really fell flat for me. It didn't really make any sense, which is kind of a dumb thing to ask out of a mainstream comedy like this. Really looking forward to Part 2, hope it will improve on some of the films not-so-good atributes. Steve Carrel was fantastic. LOUD NOISES! I love lamp. Pants party. Pretty funny stuff. Memes? Eh, don't particularly care for them. They get beaten into the ground REALLY quick. What most people seem to forget is that, like, AT LEAST 60% of people on the internet are under the age of 18, and will laugh at Grown Ups 3: Groan Harder.

Thought on my thoughts? Thoughts on how you haven't seen North by Northwest yet you sick bastard?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/17/2013 Reply  · 

Oh my god, I am so sorry. Jesus Christ, I must look like an asshole. :( Sorry, bud.

Yeah, I didn't get the Muppets until February of 2012. Was that the same for you? I tend to get delays a good deal of the time, but sometimes I get things early, like the Marvel series, Skyfall, etc. Does that ever happen in the Netherlands?

Yeah, I can see a lot of your points. I still enjoy the film, but I completely understand your point of view. It feels very weird, as Shane and I are having a similar back and forth right now about my problems with Django Unchained. Have you seen that film? Do you like it?

One of my friends in school hates Grown Ups 1, but came back from summer holidays saying that he absolutely loved Grown Ups 2. I mean, he's okay on most things film related, kinda, but my other friend adores both movies, and the three of us are constantly giving out over two inconsequencial blemishes on the faces of cinema.

North Korea's fantastic, I love it. Everyone here is so nice, and ever since Kim-Jong-Un's death, my rule as the new dictator has gone swimmingly. I have plenty of skinny white women at my feet, as well as the finest food North Korean chefs can offer.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/22/2013 Reply  · 

Thoughts on way,way back?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/29/2013 Reply  · 

How was Strangelove?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 11/29/2013 Reply  · 

Robocop was quite a cool movie. Very nostalgia-y, if that makes sense. I loved all the gore. I loved all the action. I felt like some of the movie was too mean-spirited for it's own good at points. You seem to like it. What are your thouhgts?

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djones16

djones16 on 12/9/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks 4 the accepting of my request nice top ten what do u think of mine

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 12/22/2013 Reply  · 

Hey MysticSpoon, how's it going? Seen any good movies lately? Hey. this may seem like a weird question, but I was wondering what your thoughts are of all of Nolan's films that you've seen. Also, are you excited for his new film, Interstellar?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 12/23/2013 Reply  · 

So Gravity is your second least favorite film of all time, eh? Care to share thoughts or opinions on it, or how it could possibly be wor ase than Movie 43?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 12/23/2013 Reply  · 

Aw, I figured we were going to have a massive argument that would end in bloodshed. What a shame.

I'm going to see Desolation of Smaug tonight. Should I be looking forward to it?

Also, that was some very good fun had in the Ted vs. My Neighbor Totoro matchup. The recently retired Miazaki would be proud.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 12/24/2013 Reply  · 

Great review of Desolation of Smaug!

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 12/26/2013 Reply  · 

Gracias!

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/2/2014 Reply  · 

Was that a gamegrumps reference in the Glen or Glenda vs. Collateral matchup?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/2/2014 Reply  · 

I used to be big into it, like really big. But my interest wained a little after Jon left. I still watch casually and appreciate how much they listen to the fans' complaints now, and that new ep where Arin talks about the D club was perfection.

Thoughts on Jontron? Ninjasexparty? Current vs. classic grumps?

Smaug? Loved it. I liked how much was going on, felt very charming, like some kinda convoluted story I would write as a kid or whatever. But in a good way. Liked how well it was structured on its own. At the start we find out where they have to go, and they go there. No singing. No sleeping. Just straight up classic Lord of the Rings. Liked how Legolas was a douchebag. Stephen Fry was a nice surprise. Martin Freeman is fantastic, as he is now my avatar.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/3/2014 Reply  · 

I think NinjaSexParty is kind of interesting, if only because the guy in the Ninja Brian costume is a Professor in the University of London.

Thoughts on this whole "Starbomb" thing? Barry and Suzy getting more screen-time? Favorite JonTron? Mine's Nuts & Bolts.

Orlando Bloom is just one of those people whom I assume was produced in a factory to be a handsome leading man in big-budget blockbusters. Haven't seen any of his stuff outside of LOTR and Pirates, so maybe I'm an idiotic idiot.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/5/2014 Reply  · 

Btw, have you seen any of Pabloblanco1234's comments. They're freaking hilarious. Is he using Google Translate or something? I dunno. Silly fun.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/7/2014 Reply  · 

You don't like Scott Pilgrim too much either. Thoughts?

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 1/18/2014 Reply  · 

Glad to see T2 impressing you so much. In fact, as a kid it used to be my favorite film of all time. It still holds up as a kick-ass action flick, but not as emotionally compelling cinema imo.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/29/2014 Reply  · 

Welp, that Rocky ranking is sure to lead controversial discussions. Elaboration?

I see you recently watched Willow. Are you a fan of Warwick Davis?

I fucking love Llewyn Davis. I trust you did as well?

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/30/2014 Reply  · 

Babelfish? Is that the thing from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Interesting thoughts on Rocky. I really need to rewatch it, but I don't recall it being one of my all-time favorites, but it was still a pretty good film, if I recall correctly.

Yeah, I'm a Warwick Davis fan. On English TV he's more known for his personality and charisma than real "acting", if that makes sense. He hosted a panel show and wrote a book and went around Marco Polo's travel route with Karl Pilkington, who I think I told you about earlier.

I thought Inside Llewyn Davis was fantastic. It had a lot of great songs, great acting, great writing, and it was just a new Coen brothers film. THE new Coen brothers film. It was the first Coen brothers film I saw in a cinema, and I think that alone is amazing. Quite cool.
What did you think the cat represented?
What did you think of it's snubbage, Oscar-wise?

JewWario? It's sad, but I never watched his stuff before and never really cared about him in the Anniversary specials. Sympathies to friends and family and all. Did you watch his stuff back in the day?

Drake and Josh? I find that most people are way too light on it for nostalgia reasons. It's pretty shit.
Most sitcoms are pretty shit. I like Blackadder and Fawlty Towers and kind of enjoy Everybody Loves Raymond. You?
Do you have Mrs. Brown's Boys round your neck of the woods? It's fucking massive over here.

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TheHonestFilmFan on 1/30/2014 Reply  · 

I also really fucking love American Hustle. It's my second favorite film of the year so far, although I have yet to see Wolf of Wall Street and Her. I have drawn the conclusion that most people don't like it though, as at least 70% of people think it's overrated. It reminded me of the first time I watched The Departed, as I really got caught up in the rhythm of the film and the plot twists and who's conning who and whatnot.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 2/16/2014 Reply  · 

Hey, thanks for the heads up! I do really want to see it and after I spoke with you about it, I added it to my netflix save queue, but a DVD release seems very far off, so I doubted that I'd get a chance to watch it any time soon. I'll keep an eye out for it!

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 2/24/2014 Reply  · 

LEGO MOVIE! Wanna talk about it?

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Lugnut14

Lugnut14 on 4/13/2014 Reply  · 

I agree with you that I like Batman Forever even though its a bit lame now

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 4/14/2014 Reply  · 

do you watch Game of Thrones

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TheHonestFilmFan

TheHonestFilmFan on 9/7/2014 Reply  · 

Thoughts on the AVGN movie?

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Nononsense

Nononsense on 9/24/2014 Reply  · 

Hey man, I'm conducting somewhat of a survey with what I perceive to be the diehard movie fans on this site.. How long has your #1 movie been your absolute favorite? And do you think it will ever change? How loyal and/or biased are you to that movie? Also, the same questions apply for your top 5 as well as your top 10. Are they pretty much edged in stone on your chart or have your top 5 and/or top 10 changed over the past few years?

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Arthouse

Arthouse on 10/6/2014 Reply  · 

Omg 666 movies!

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ToryK

ToryK on 10/8/2014 Reply  · 

Yeah, I did, actually. And I'm definitely gonna look into it. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I haven't been on here a lot lately and things have been kinda crazy.

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Nononsense

Nononsense on 10/27/2014 Reply  · 

Thank you for your reply to my earlier question(s) about your favorite film and your top ten. I asked this question to various people because I've battled with replacing my #1 film for over a year now. I saw Casablanca for the first time in 1999 I think. It left a profound impression on me. It soon became my favorite film as I would routinely revisit it. So, for roughly 15 years, Casablanca has been my favorite film. I've had some really good times with it as well. I first saw it when I was in the military. I just relate to so much of the film. Oddly enough, I relate to both Victor Laszlo AND Rick Blaine!! Victor for the military lifestyle that requires you to be away from the love of your life, and Rick for the duality of choosing between someone you love and doing the right thing. So many themes strike all the right chords with me.

Fast-forward the time to 2013. I saw Vertigo for the first time ever. It blew me away more than any film I had ever seen. Everything about it was brilliant. And the more I watched it, I began to develop an obsession for it. I've never watched a film so many times in such a short span. I watched Vertigo more than ten times in a month. It just drew me in. I wanted to put it as my #1 film, but I didn't want to make a decision based on a knee-jerk reaction. So, I gave it time to see if my affinity for it would lessen. I even forced myself to stop watching it so much. Well, a few weeks ago, I showed it to some friends and family. I discovered that my affection for this film hadn't changed a bit. So now comes the hard part. I almost feel like I'm cheating on Casablanca if I put Vertigo #1. To answer my own question, I'm very loyal to my favorite film of all time. But I think the time has come for me to be true to my chart and put Vertigo at #1.

I've seen Casablanca recently and I still love it as much as I did when I first watched it. But I think I enjoy Vertigo from start to finish a little more than I love Casablanca from start to finish.

I know I'm probably taking this way too serious, but watching movies is one of my favorite pass times. What do you think? Have you ever had this dilemma?

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djones16

djones16 on 4/27/2015 Reply  · 

yes i have with vertigo and the shawshank redemption

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 4/27/2015 Reply  · 

The hell are you doing on my profile page? (It's all good, though).

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Nils98

Nils98 on 12/30/2014 Reply  · 

I loved The Battle of the Five Armies, but it's also the worst out of the six by far. Here are the biggest mistakes made by the movie.

The 5 biggest issues with The Battle of the Five Armies:

1. Well, let's just address the huge frikkin' elephant (mûmak if you will) in the room; the overuse of CGI. Ok, sure the CGI does look fantastic for the most part, but sometimes it does not and when it doesn't it shows...like alot! I personally defended the first two films "overuse" of visual effects, since I didn't have that problem with them, but in this one though it's kinda ridiculous. The battle, and Smaug has to be mostly CGI, I get it, but couldn't the rest of the movie have been less heavy with the CG? If you take a look at The Lord of the Rings battles and then at TBOFA you'll see how much more realistic The Lord of the Rings battles looks. It's gritty and dirty, and for younger viewers, possibly quite scary, but in The Battle of the Five Armies there aren't anything frightening about the battle scenes. As I said, the CGI does mostly look really great, but sometimes it's overkill. Especially considering that they decided to make an entire character a fully computer generated creature - Dain - that didn't even look well (and, you know, Legolas defying gravity...)

2. The love story. Alright....*sigh*. I had hopes for this, like actual hopes about this plot. But in the end it turned out to be nothing more than a forced love story with nothing to back it up with. Tauriel and Kili as characters are great, and Evangeline Lily and Aidan Turner play their roles very well respectively. It's just very hard to take this love story seriously when it has no build up and no resolution. They should have just added Tauriel to be a badass female hero instead of a love interest. Kili should have died protecting or avenging his brother instead. And also this love story led us to what may be the worst line in the saga (and possibly the worst delivered one as well); "why does it hurt so much?!".......I got nothing to say o_O.....

3. Alfrid. Oh well. Alfrid, my dear Alfrid. To clarify I don't hate his character and I didn't hate his character in The Desolation of Smaug either ( I actually kinda dug him in that, because in that movie his screen time was justified), but in this movie he ruins some scenes. Like stuffing gold into his brassiere, I mean what the hell was that?!?!?! Both you and I, and everyone knows that Jackson can do better than this! And also, his character his so damn cliched too. I mean Wormtongue was definitely one of the weaker character's in The Lord of the Rings (which doesn't say much since almost all of the characters in those movies were incredible), and Alfrid gets more screentime than him and is much worse than him. There's like 20-25 minutes of Alfrid in this movie, that could have been spent else where (but more on that later) .

4. The lack of grit. Ok, this is probably the least mayor of these five but it still needs to be addressed. As I mentioned earlier there were grit and darkness in The Lord of the Rings movies. All the orcs were dirty and filthy, and they were like that because of the prosthetic (which is yet to be matched in any production I have ever seen). In The Battle of the Five Armies though there are very (very, very, very) few that are prosthetic. Almost all of them are CG. Though that's not what bothers me (well, obviously it bothers me, but not as much as the following thing). What bothers me is how all combat is completely deprived of grit. Sure there are a few beheadings....but that's it. That's how far that goes. I remember this particular shot when the orcs clash with the dwarves. This shot should have shown the front orc ranks being run-through by the dwarves' spears, but instead the spears collide against the orcs' armors, and yet they die. They die for nothing. Another shot sees two elves team up on an orc. One of the elf's slashes his sword against the orc's back. Against it, not through it, but against it. The sound makes a "cling"-like noise and the elven blade then bounces off the orc's armor, and then he dies. How? How can he die? The blade didn't even cut through his armor and yet he died! Dwalin also rams his hammer/axe (thingy) into the stomach of an orc, and he also died. The trolls also die by like six arrows, when it took a full fusillade of arrows to take down the Olog-Hai trolls in The Return of the King, when the Olog-Hais are around half as large as the non-canon trolls in this movie. The grit made The Lord of the Rings as good as it was. Without it, it would have felt like a cartoon (which this movie sometimes felt like during those grit-less battle scenes). This is weird since there definitely was a certain grit in the two earlier movies.

5. The runtime. 144-minutes. 144. Seventeen minutes shorter than the previous installment that already was the shortest one. I get why it's "only" 2hrs 24min. It's to speed up the movie, to improve the pacing right? Yes, obviously. People have been complaining and whining during these last two films that they are too long. So therefore this final installment has to be cut down to the bone-marrow. But did it work? I didn't think so. This movie is 144-minutes long and is stuffed with, A; a forced, unnecessary love story, and B; Alfrid. A character nobody cares about yet he gets more screentime than most characters This of course means that they had to cut alot of relevant stuff of the finished film and probably even the script. If you during this film asked yourself; "why isn't there more Bilbo in this movie?" Yes indeed, why is there not more Bilbo in this movie? After all, he is the main character. Well, the answer to that is "obvious"; because we "needed" more Alfrid and more of the romance. We "needed" that. There are characters in this movie, mayor characters that has been in all of these movies, that barely, or maybe even doesn't, get a single line in the movie. Because of Alfrid: the hunchback with a uni-brow. All of this weird prioritized time spending also leads to a very rushed ending, absent of alot of resolutions. Like, what happened to Dale and Bard and Lake-town, what happened to Tauriel after she clearly should have been killed off, what happened to the rest of the dwarves and why didn't we get to see Dain's coronation or Thorin, Fili and Kili's funeral??? So many unanswered questions just because they had to have more Alfrid and other unnecessaries.

Those are the 5 biggest issues or mistakes that I found with the film. Just felt like I needed to make this list for some odd reason. Must really sound like I'm hating this movie now, right? But I don't, I still love it. Just not as much as any of the other five or even as much as I perhaps hoped, or wanted to.

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thejamin

thejamin on 11/7/2015 Reply  · 

MysticSpoon, you're back! I was worried since you haven't said anything since July. Glad to have you back, man!

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thejamin

thejamin on 11/8/2015 Reply  · 

I checked out Letterboxd and I made an account. It really cool. It seems almost like a recalibrate version of Flickchart. By the way, what's your account name on there? Or is it still MysticSpoon?

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