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  • Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015   1 week 2 days ago

    A word on pronouns. As a female, I have always objected to the use of "he" as the generic. A friend, who has an advanced degree in linguistics, explained that the use of "he" as the generic is actually a design, if you will, of modern English. In middle and old English, the generic used was the plural forms "they", "them", and "their", well, their equivalent anyway. Which technique I had attempted to use when I was a kid in school and for which I was in no end of difficulty from my teachers. I know I could use "she" as the generic, but my objections to that are the same. It's not accurate. And using the current pattern of switching the pronoun from paragraph to paragraph involves a level of tracking I'm not willing to do. Besides, I think it looks silly and reads poorly.

    So I will be using the plural form when I want to use a pronoun. Otherwise, I'll have to figure out how to write without pronouns at all. Which is a real pain in the patootie.

    And how's that for being pedantic.

  • Top 200 critically acclaimed movies from the last 5 years   1 week 2 days ago

    Update 17/01-15:
    Out Starbuck - In Selma
    Out Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va où?") - In Tangerines ("Mandariinid")

    Update 14/01-15:
    Out Kinyarwanda - In The Lunchbox ("Dabba")
    Out Hell and Back Again - In American Sniper

    Update 01/01-15 (New year's update):
    Out The King's Speech - In At Any Price
    Out The Social Network - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out Inception - In Wild Tales ("Relatos salvajes")
    Out Black Swan - In A Most Violent Year
    Out True Grit - In Hanna
    Out Winter's Bone - In Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem ("Gett")
    Out Toy Story 3 - In The Way Way Back
    Out The Fighter - In The Raid 2 ("The Raid 2: Berandal")
    Out Incendies - In The Spectacular Now
    Out The Kids Are All Right - In Dark Horse
    Out Of Gods And Men ("Des Hommes et des Dieux") - In Spring Breakers
    Out Another Year - In To the Wonder
    Out Monsters - In Beyond the Hills ("Depa dealuri")
    Out 127 Hours - In J. Edgar
    Out The Town - In The Interrupters
    Out Carlos - In Locke
    Out The Ghost Writer - In X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Out In a Better World ("Hævnen") - In Blancanieves
    Out Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - In Joe
    Out Biutiful - In Parkland
    Out Meek's Cutoff - In Tracks
    Out Life, Above All - In Into the Abyss
    Out Kick-Ass - In Bless Me, Ultima
    Out 13 Assassins ("Jusan-nin no shikaku") - In Cloud Atlas
    Out Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ("Loong Boonmee raleuk chat") - In Disconnect
    Out Cyrus - In Monsters University
    Out Rabbit Hole - In Much Ado About Nothing
    Out Barney's Version - In The Place Beyond the Pines
    Out Shutter Island - In Prometheus
    Out Never Let Me Go - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Cave of Forgotten Dreams - In Under the Skin
    Out Alice in Wonderland - In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Out The American - In Unbroken
    Out Animal Kingdom - In We Are the Best!
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Please Give - In Gimme the Loot
    Out The Karate Kid - In Rampart
    Out Waiting for Superman - In Starbuck
    Out Four Lions - In Where Do We Go Now? ("Et maintenant, on va ou?")
    Out Somewhere - In Kinyarwanda
    Out Potiche - In Hell and Back Again

    Update 22/12-14:
    Out At Any Price - In Ida
    Out Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes") - In The Imitation Game
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In The Lego Movie
    Out Flipped - In St. Vincent
    Out Hereafter - In Foxcatcher
    Out Blue Valentine - In Paddington
    Out Hanna - In Pride

    Update 25/11-14:
    Out The Way, Way Back - In Nightcrawler
    Out How to Train Your Dragon - In Whiplash
    Out The Lego Movie - In Interstellar
    Out The Raid 2 - In Leviathan ("Leviafan")
    Out The Spectacular Now - In Birdman
    Out Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da") - In Force Majeure ("Turist")
    Out Dark Horse - In The Theory of Everything
    Out Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo") - In Citizenfour
    Out Spring Breakers - In The Babadook
    Out To the Wonder - In Mr Turner
    Out Restrepo - In Winter Sleep ("Kis uykusu")

    Update 19/10-14:
    Out Beyond the Hills ("Dupa dealuri") - In Gone Girl
    Out J. Edgar - In Tony Benn: Will and Testament
    Out The Interrupters - In Two Days, One Night ("Deux jours, une nuit")

    Update 7/8-14:
    Out Locke - In Guardians of the Galaxy

    Update 31/7-14:
    Out X-Men: Days of Future Past - In Boyhood

    Update 10/7-14:
    Out Blancanieves - In Life Itself

    Update 27/6-14:
    Out Joe - In How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Update 22/6-14:
    Out Parkland - In Edge of Tomorrow
    Out Tracks - In Locke
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Update 28/4-14:
    Out Into the Abyss - In Calvary
    Out Bless Me, Ultima - In The Raid 2
    Out Cloud Atlas - In Joe

    Update 4/4-14:
    Out Disconnect - In The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Out Monsters University - In Omar

    Update 19/2-14:
    Out Much Ado About Nothing - In All Is Lost
    Out The Place Beyond the Pines - In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Out Prometheus - In Tim's Vermeer
    Out Salt - In Big Bad Wolves
    Out Searching for Sugar Man - In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Out Secretariat - In Stranger By the Lake ("L'inconnu du lac")
    Out Tabloid - In The LEGO Movie

    Update 20/1-14:
    Out The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - In The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Update 5/1-14:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Saving Mr. Banks
    Out Kinyarwanda - In Wadjda
    Out The Last Mountain - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Oslo, August 31 ("Oslo, 31. august") - In Secretariat
    Out Louder Than a Bomb - In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Update 1/1-14 (New year update):
    Out A Prophet ("Un prophete") - In Rango
    Out Avatar - In We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Out Up in the Air - In Bullhead ("Rundskop")
    Out The White Ribbon ("Das Weisse Band") - In The Interrupters
    Out Inglourious Basterds - In Potiche
    Out The Secret in Their Eyes ("El secreto de sus Ojos") - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out An Education - In At Any Price
    Out District 9 - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out A Serious Man - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Up - In Flipped
    Out The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ("Män som hatar kvinnor") - In Into the Abyss
    Out The Hangover - In Hereafter
    Out I am Love ("Io sono l'amore") - In American Hustle
    Out Fish Tank - In Tabloid
    Out Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - In Blue Valentine
    Out Invictus - In Hanna
    Out Broken Embraces ("Los abrazos rotos") - In Resurrect Dead: Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out (500) Days of Summer - In The Wind Rises ("Kaze tachinu")
    Out Star Trek - In Kinyarwanda
    Out In the Loop - In The Way, Way Back
    Out The Messenger - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out Capitalism: A Love Story - In The Spectacular Now
    Out Fantastic Mr Fox - In Once Upon a Time In Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da")
    Out Sin Nombre - In Dark Horse
    Out Coraline - In Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo")
    Out The Maid ("La Nana") - In Spring Breakers
    Out Public Enemies - In To the Wonder
    Out White Material - In Restrepo
    Out Coco Before Chanel ("Coco avant Chanel") - In Beyond the Hills ("Dupa dealuri")
    Out Moon - In J.Edgar
    Out Crazy Heart - In The Last Mountain
    Out The Informant! - In Oslo, August 31 ("Oslo, 31. august")
    Out Mother ("Madeo") - In Blancanieves
    Out The Princess and the Frog - In Louder Than a Bomb
    Out Lebanon ("Levanon") - In Parkland
    Out Soul Kitchen - In Tracks
    Out Nine - In Bless Me, Ultima
    Out The Road - In Cloud Atlas
    Out A Single Man - In Disconnect
    Out This Is It - In Monters University
    Out Away We Go - In Much Ado About Nothing
    Out Brüno - In The Place Beyond the Pines
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In Prometheus
    Out The Secret of Kells - In Salt

    Update 17/12-13:
    Out Rango - In Her
    Out We Need to Talk About Kevin - In Inside Llewyn Davis
    Out Bullhead ("Rundskop") - In The Past ("Le passe")
    Out The Interrupters - In Prisoners
    Out The Blind Side - In The Great Beauty ("La grande bellezza")
    Out Potiche - In Nebraska
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In The Wolf of Wall Street
    Out At Any Price - In A Hijacking ("Kapringen")
    Out Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes") - In Rush

    Update 14/11-13:
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In Gravity
    Out Flipped - In Short Term 12
    Out Into the Abyss - In Captain Phillips
    Out Hereafter - In 12 Years a Slave
    Out Tabloid - In Philomena
    Out Baaria - In Blue is the Warmest Colour ("La vie d'Adele")
    Out Blue Valentine - In Dallas Buyers Club
    Out Hanna - In Enough Said

    Update 20/8-13:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Fruitvale Station
    Out Kinyarwanda - In Blue Jasmine
    Out Knowing - In Only God Forgives

    Update 20/7-13:
    Out How to Train Your Dragon - In Twenty Feet from Stardom

    Update 24/6-13:
    Out Where the Wild Things Are - In This is the End

    Update 30/5-13:
    Out Garbo: The Spy ("Garbo: El espia") - In Stories We Tell
    Out Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da") - In Mud
    Out Dark Horse - In Star Trek Into Darkness
    Out Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di renjie") - In Before Midnight

    Update 24/5-13:
    Out To the Wonder - In At Any Price

    Update 24/4-13:
    Out Watchmen - In To the Wonder

    Update 2/4-13:
    Out Restrepo - In In the House ("Dans la maison")

    Update 15/3-13:
    Out J. Edgar - In Side Effects
    Out The Last Mountain - In Stoker

    Update 6/2-13:
    Out Oslo, August 31st ("Oslo, 31. august") - In The Gatekeepers

    Update 12/1-13:
    Out Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - In Rust and Bone ("De rouille et d'os")
    Out Life During Wartime - In The Hunt ("Jagten")
    Out Louder Than a Bomb - In Headhunters ("Hodejegerne")
    Out Cloud Atlas - In No
    Out Prometheus - In War Witch ("Rebelle")
    Out Salt - In Kon-Tiki

    Update 8/1-13:
    Out Searching For Sugar Man - In Arbitrage
    Out Secretariat - In Oslo, August 31st ("Oslo, 31. august")

    Update 1/1-13 (New year's update):
    Out The Hurt Locker - In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
    Out Slumdog Millionaire - In Pariah
    Out Let the Right One In ("Låt den rätte komma inn") - In Please Give
    Out Waltz With Bashir ("Vals im Bashir") - In Four Lions
    Out Precious - In The Karate Kid
    Out The Dark Knight - In Polisse
    Out Milk - In Brüno
    Out Frost/Nixon - In Win Win
    Out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out Wall*E - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out Gomorrah ("Gomorra") - In X-Men: First Class
    Out The Wrestler - In Frankenweenie
    Out The Reader - In Excision
    Out Happy-Go-Lucky - In The Imposter
    Out Changeling - In The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut")
    Out The Class ("Entre les murs") - In Room 237
    Out Anvil! The Story of Anvil - In The Secret of Kells
    Out Departures ("Okuribito") - In Somewhere
    Out I've Loved You So Long ("Il y a longtemps que je t'aime") - In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Out Trouble the Water - In Rango
    Out Gran Torino - In We Need To Talk About Kevin
    Out Synecdoche, New York - In The Interrupters
    Out Summer Hours ("L'heure d'ete") - In Potiche
    Out Doubt - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out Man on Wire - In Chicken With Plums ("Poulet aux prunes")
    Out Ponyo ("Gake no ue no Ponyo") - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Everlasting Moments ("Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick") - In A Simple Life ("Tao jie")
    Out 35 Shots of Rum ("35 rhums") - In Flipped
    Out Frozen River - In Into the Abyss
    Out Revolutionary Road - In Hereafter
    Out Iron Man - In Tabloid
    Out Shine a Light - In Baaria
    Out Rachel Getting Married - In Blue Valentine
    Out A Christmas Tale ("Un conte de Noël") - Hanna
    Out Of Time and the City - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Cloverfield - In Kinyarwanda
    Out The Baader Meinhof Complex ("Der Baader Meinhof Komplex") - In Knowing
    Out Goodbye Solo - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out Julia - In Where the Wild Things Are
    Out Trucker - In Garbo: The Spy ("Garbo: El espia")
    Out Revanche - In Once Upon a Time in Anatolia ("Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da")
    Out Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - In Dark Horse
    Out Wendy and Lucy - In Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ("Di Renjie")
    Out Forgetting Sarah Marshall - In Watchmen
    Out Disgrace - In Restrepo
    Out Skin - In J. Edgar
    Out In Bruges - In The Last Mountain
    Out Che - In Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Out Me and Orson Welles - In Bullhead ("Rundskop")
    Out Standard Operating Procedures - In Life During Wartime
    Out We Live in Public - In Louder Than a Bomb
    Out Sugar - In The Blind Side
    Out Il Divo - In Cloud Atlas
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M. - In Prometheus
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Salt
    Out Food, Inc - In Searching for Sugar Man
    Out Hunger - In Secretariat

    Update 30/12-12:
    Out Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - In West of Memphis
    Out Pariah - In The Impossible ("Lo imposible")

    Update 18/12-12:
    Out Pineapple Express - In Django Unchained
    Out Please Give - In Les Miserables

    Update 14/12-12:
    Out Four Lions - In Zero Dark Thirty
    Out The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom") - In The Intouchables
    Out The Great Buck Howard - In Moonrise Kingdom
    Out The Karate Kid - In Barbara
    Out Polisse - In A Royal Affair ("En kongelig affære")

    Update 3/12-12:
    Out Brüno - In The House I Live In
    Out Tropic Thunder - In Life of Pi

    Update 23/11-12:
    Out Arbitrage - In Love ("Amour")
    Out Win Win - In The Master
    Out Waiting For 'Superman' - In Holy Motors
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In Skyfall
    Out X-Men: First Class - In Lincoln
    Out Frankenweenie - In The Sessions
    Out Bolt - In Silver Linings Playbook
    Out Burma VJ - In Flight

    Update 7/11-12:
    Out Holy Motors - In Argo
    Out The Imposter - In Frankenweenie

    Update 10/10-12:
    Out Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie") - In Looper
    Out The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut") - In End of Watch
    Out The Secret of Kells - In Arbitrage
    Out Somewhere - In The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Out Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - In Holy Motors

    Update 20/9-12:
    Out Rango - In The Imposter

    Update 6/8-12:
    Out We Need To Talk About Kevin - In The Dark Knight Rises

    Update 13/7-12:
    Out The Interrupters - In Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Update 24/6-12:
    Out Potiche - In Polisse

    Update 19/5-12:
    Out Bill Cunningham New York - In Marley
    Out Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki") - In The Avengers
    Out Flipped - In The Raid: Redemption ("Serbuan maut")

    Update 17/4-12:
    Out Into the Abyss - In Monsieur Lazhar

    Update 6/2-12:
    Out The Secret Life of Bees - In Coriolanus

    Update 1/2-12:
    Out Hereafter - In We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Update 27/1-12:
    Out Tabloid - In Footnote ("Hearat Shulayim")
    Out Baarìa - In In Darkness ("W ciemnosci")
    Out Blue Valentine - In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Update 25/1-12:
    Out Hanna - In Pariah

    Update 20/1-12:
    Out Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles - In Pina
    Out Burn After Reading - In Potiche

    Update 6/1-12:
    Out Ballast - In Bridesmaids
    Out I.O.U.S.A. - In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Update 4/1-12 (New year's update):
    Out No Country For Old Men - In A Single Man
    Out There Will Be Blood - In The Stoning of Soraya M.
    Out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ("Le scaphandre et le papillon") - In My Week With Marilyn
    Out 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ("4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile") - In This Is It
    Out Persepolis - In Margaret
    Out Atonement - In Alice in Wonderland
    Out Juno - In Project Nim
    Out Into the Wild - In Warrior
    Out Michael Clayton - In Four Lions
    Out La Vie en Rose ("La môme") - In The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom")
    Out Eastern Promises - In Animal Kingdom
    Out Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In The Help
    Out Ratatouille - In The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito")
    Out The Kite Runner - In Like Crazy
    Out The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")
    Out The Bourne Ultimatum - In Food, Inc.
    Out The Band's Visit ("Bikur Ha-Tizmoret") - In Away We Go
    Out Lust, Caution ("Se jie") - In Higher Ground
    Out Taxi to the Dark Side - In Hunger
    Out Zodiac - In Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    Out Control - In Pineapple Express
    Out Sicko - In Please Give
    Out American Gangster - In The Great Buck Howard
    Out The Savages - In The Karate Kid
    Out Lars and the Real Girl - In Brüno
    Out The Darjeeling Limited - In Tropic Thunder
    Out The Counterfeiters ("Die Fälscher") - In Win Win
    Out You, the Living ("Du levande") - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out In the Shadow of the Moon - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out In the Valley of Elah - In X-Men: First Class
    Out The Great Debaters - In Bolt
    Out Mongol - In Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie")
    Out Paranormal Activity - In The Secret of Kells
    Out The Visitor - In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Out Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - In Somewhere
    Out I'm Not There - In Rango
    Out Hairspray - In The Interrupters
    Out No End in Sight - In Bill Cunningham New York
    Out Charlie Wilson's War - In Silent Souls ("Ovsyanki")
    Out Chop Shop - In Flipped
    Out The Edge of Heaven ("Auf der anderen Seite") - In Into the Abyss
    Out Starting Out in the Evening - In The Secret Life of Bees
    Out 12 - In Hereafter
    Out Across the Universe - In Tabloid
    Out Waitress - In Baaria
    Out The Lookout - In Blue Valentine
    Out King of Kong: A Fistful of Dollars - In Hanna
    Out Silent Light ("Luz silenciosa") - In Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
    Out Gone Baby Gone - In Burn After Reading
    Out My Winnipeg - In Ballast
    Out The Brave One - In I.O.U.S.A.
    Out Knocked Up - In Burma VJ

    Update 1/1-12 (not the new year update, yet):
    Out A Single Man - In Page One: Inside the New York Times
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M - In Buck
    Out My Week With Marilyn - In Shame
    Out This is It - In Goodbye Solo
    Out Alice in Wonderland - In Julia
    Out Warrior - In Trucker
    Out Death Proof - In Across the Universe
    Out Planet Terror - In Silent Light ("Luz Silenciosa")
    Out Four Lions - In Take Shelter
    Out The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom") - In Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    Out The Orphanage ("El Orfanato") - In Disgrace
    Out Animal Kingdom - In My Winnipeg
    Out The Help - In Skin
    Out The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito") - In The American
    Out Like Crazy - In Che
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Standard Operating Procedure
    Out Food, Inc. - In A Dangerous Method
    Out Away We Go - In Terri

    Update 20/12-11:
    Out Higher Ground - In Hugo
    Out Hunger - In The Kid with a Bike ("Le gamin au vélo")
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In War Horse
    Out Pineapple Express - In My Week With Marilyn
    Out Please Give - In The Help
    Out The Great Buck Howard - In The Skin I Live In ("La piel que habito")

    Update 12/12-11:
    Out The Karate Kid - In A Separation ("Jodaeiye Nader az Simin")
    Out A Mighty Heart - In 13 Assassins ("Jusan-nin no shikaku")
    Out Brüno - In The Artist

    Update 26/11-11:
    Out Paranoid Park - In In the Loop
    Out Tropic Thunder - In Paranormal Activity
    Out Win Win - In Four Lions
    Out Waiting For 'Superman' - In The Good, the Bad, the Weird ("Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom")

    Update 22/11-11:
    Out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - In The Descendants
    Out X-Men: First Class - In Le Havre

    Update 12/11-11:
    Out Bolt - In Melancholia

    Update 5/11-11:
    Out Burma VJ - In Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Out The Aerial ("La Antena") - In Like Crazy

    Update 17/10-11:
    Out Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie") - In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Out The Secret of Kells - In The Ides of March
    Out Somewhere - In Drive
    Out Rango - In Warrior

    Update 13/10-11:
    Out In the Loop - In Moneyball
    Out King of California - In 50/50

    Update 7/9-11:
    Out Love in the Time of Cholera - In Life, Above All
    Out Molière - In Higher Ground

    Update 18/8-11:
    Out You Kill Me - In The Guard

    Update 4/8-11:
    Out Flipped - In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    Out The Secret Life of Bees - In Super 8

    Update 16/6-11:
    Out Hereafter - In X-Men: First Class

    Update 5/6-11:
    Out Disgrace - In The Tree of Life

    Update 26/5-11:
    Out Goodbye Solo - In Midnight in Paris

    Update 8/5-11:
    Out Julia - In Meek's Cutoff

    Update 25/3-11:
    Out Trucker - In Win Win

    Update 14/3-11:
    Out Baaria - In Rango
    Out Blue Valentine - In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ("Loong Boonmee raleuk chat")

    Update 27/2-11:
    Out Burn After Reading - In Barney's Version

    Update 27/1-11:
    Out Across the Universe - In Incendies
    Out Vicky Cristina Barcelona - In In a Better World ("Hævnen")

    Update 23/1-11:
    Out How To Train Your Dragon - In Biutiful
    Out Where the Wild Things Are - In Blue Valentine

    Update 7/1-11 (correcting the years of release):
    Out Once - In Hereafter
    Out The Host ("Gwoemul") - In Disgrace
    Out This is England - In Goodbye Solo
    Out Lake of Fire - In Julia
    Out Offside - In Trucker
    Out Away From Her - In Baaria ("Baaria - La Porta del Vento")
    Out Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne") - In Burn After Reading
    Out Live and Become ("Va, vis et deviens") - In Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Out 300 - In Across the Universe
    Out I Served the King of England ("Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále") - In How to Train Your Dragon
    Out An Unreasonable Man - In Where the Wild Things Are

    New year update 5/1-11:
    Out The Lives of Others ("Das Leben der Anderen") - In Crazy Heart
    Out Pan's Labyrinth ("El Laberinto del Fauno") - In Never Let Me Go
    Out The Queen - In A Single Man
    Out The Departed - In The Stoning of Soraya M
    Out Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - In This Is It
    Out Little Miss Sunshine - In Alice in Wonderland
    Out Babel - In Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    Out Volver - In Death Proof
    Out United 93 - In Planet Terror
    Out Letters From Iwo Jima - In The Orphanage ("El Orfanato")
    Out The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - In Animal Kingdom
    Out Apocalypto - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")
    Out Days of Glory ("Indigènes") - In Food, Inc.
    Out Dreamgirls - In Away We Go
    Out Little Children - In Hunger
    Out Children of Men - In Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    Out Flags of Our Fathers - In Pineapple Express
    Out A Prairie Home Companion - In Please Give
    Out Inland Empire - In Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne")
    Out The Death of Mr Lazarescu ("Moartea domnului Lazarescu") - In The Great Buck Howard
    Out Shut Up and Sing - In The Karate Kid
    Out Superman Returns - In A Mighty Heart
    Out Black Book ("Zwartboek") - In Brüno
    Out Notes on a Scandal - In Paranoid Park
    Out The Painted Veil - In Tropic Thunder
    Out The Wind That Shakes the Barley - In Waiting for 'Superman'
    Out Casino Royale - In Live and Become ("Va, vis et deviens")
    Out Neil Young: Heart of Gold - In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Out V For Vendetta - In 300
    Out The Last King of Scotland - In Bolt
    Out Thank You For Smoking - In Burma VJ
    Out Blood Diamond - In I Served the King of England ("Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále")
    Out Marie Antoinette - In The Aerial ("La Antena")
    Out The Science of Sleep ("La science des rêves") - In Let's Talk About the Rain ("Parlez-moi de la pluie")
    Out An Inconvenient Truth - In The Secret of Kells
    Out Cars - In Somewhere
    Out World Trade Center - In In the Loop
    Out Hollywoodland - In King of California
    Out Half Nelson - In Love in the Time of Cholera
    Out The Ground Truth - In Molière
    Out God Grew Tired of Us - In An Unreasonable Man
    Out The Heart of the Game - In You Kill Me
    Out Water - In Flipped
    Out The Devil Wears Prada - In The Secret Life of Bees

    Update 1/1-11:
    Out Crazy Heart - In True Grit
    Out Never Let Me Go - In Rabbit Hole

    Update 24/12-10:
    Out A Single Man - In I am Love ("Io sono l'amore")
    Out The Stoning of Soraya M - In Mother ("Madeo")
    Out Brick - In The Fighter
    Out This Is It - In Carlos

    Update 11/12-10:
    Out Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - In Black Swan
    Out Death Proof - In The King's Speech
    Out Planet Terror - In Monsters
    Out The Orphanage ("El Orfanato") - In Of Gods and Men ("Des hommes et des dieux")
    Out Animal Kingdom - In Soul Kitchen
    Out Quinceañera - In White Material
    Out Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort") - In Shutter Island

    Update 25/11-10:
    Out Food Inc - In 127 Hours
    Out Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - In Another Year

    Update 23/11-10:
    Out Please Give - In Lebanon ("Levanone")

    Update 1/11-10:
    Out Away We Go - In The Social Network
    Out Hunger - In The Town
    Out Pineapple Express - In Never Let Me Go

    Update 28/10-10:
    Out Tell No One ("Ne le dis à personne") - In Mesrine: Killer Instinct ("L'instinct de mort")

    Update 15/9-10:
    Out For Your Consideration - In Scott Pilgrim vs The World

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 week 2 days ago

    Thanks for your insights! I added those and will check them out more thoroughly (I already gave a cursory view to each and especially liked the Windmill one) :-)

  • Every animated movie ever created (alphabetical)   1 week 2 days ago

    This seems like a long shot but does anyone know of the title of a film probably from the 60's-80's that was live action to start with and had a brother and sister as kids who happen upon this animated frog who takes them into an animated world? My mom had it on an old vhs tape and I haven't seen it in years and I can't remember the name of it at all.

  • Piero Scaruffi's Best Rock Albums   1 week 2 days ago

    I haven't heard a few in a long time so I'll give them another listen and make a ranking. I'm really slow with this list. I put this up a year and half ago so I can't believe I haven't listened to the Germano or Cave albums yet.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 week 2 days ago

    Fair enough! "The Great Oak" is, from what I understand, an earlier Ruisdael, but expressive of the idiosyncrasy of his vision. The oaks have a kind of heroism while the people depicted recede into the landscape, reversing the normative tropes. I did a bit of digging but couldn't find any large HQ pics. siiiigh. I probably should have mentioned some of his paintings with water... "Two Watermills and an Open Sluice" is very good... so much variety in one painting, all perfectly organized and balanced. His most famous work is probably "Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede", and for good reason, I think. The world is so carefully perceived and masterfully transposed... look at his use of mass--the mill rising into the high sky, the expanse of the river and land... the delicate correspondence of the landscape and sky... The colours are beautiful without ostentation, giving the scene a quiet intensity. He's such patient observer, as evidenced in all the details, offered without pedantry: the sails, the people, the distant buildings; everything is rendered with great sensitivity. Crucially, the painting is not overburdened by the sharpness of his eye, there is a briskness to his strokes--e.g. the foliage in the forefront--that is highly expressive. Again, Ruisdael's visual organization is peerless (look at the geometry! the organic unity!). I should have mentioned this painting first, it's probably the most obvious manifestation of his genius.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 week 2 days ago

    I thought Jewish Cemetery was quite an extraordinary meditation on mortality -- or as you put it, memento mori (wrote a little about it on my "Top 10 of the Week" list), and mentally noted that it could be worthy of a higher rating in the future. I thought Great Oak was a well executed work though I probably didn't get as much out of it as you. One of the issues with that one is I wasn't able to find a particularly large image of it in order to examine the emotional sensation(s) in his brush strokes/technique more closely, which is often a must with any great work, but generally speaking, even more essential to less character driven works such as that. If you know of one, please let me know. I would be interested in examining it more closely to see if it's better than my initial impression.

  • Please Recommend Music, Films or Paintings to Me   1 week 2 days ago

    Is it possible to "get" songs by themselves, not having to listen to the album it's part of?
    Could it at least be a start with tackling an album, since I don't listen to albums as much as someone like you would?

    Also, can one get to a point where he/she doesn't have to follow along with the lyrics to understand the emotion expressed through the music? You've said before that you personally don't try to focus on them, so I imagine it is fairly easy for you to understand/identify the emotions.

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    It's been a few years since I saw Ali but I remember Fassbinder's blend of misanthropy and compassion made a big impression on me. I agree the performances were great, but there is also a formal mastery at play. I can still recall some of the compositions: characters are constantly being imprisoned within frames, obviously resonating deeply with the themes. Perhaps the politics of the film are a little less bold than they would have been in the 70's (depending on where you are in the world), but I remember enjoying it quite a bit. Effi Briest is probably his masterpiece, and I'd also recommend The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, The Marriage of Maria Braun, In a Year of 13 Moons, and Fox and his Friends. Admittedly, it's been a few years since I've seen any of his films.

    Appreciate the Altman tips, I have some viewing to do. Looking back on a movie like Nashville I must admit I'm a little wary, although last time I viewed it (again, a few years ago), I loved it... It's his attitude; the kind of sneering manner with which he holds himself above his characters, and invites the viewer to similarly pass negative judgement, that does not rest easy with me. Baudelaire, being perhaps overemphatic, would call it "satanique"--to laugh at another's expense (though it is of course different to laugh at one's own expense, in the way of Keaton and Chaplin). I'll have to see it again, though (and I do not dread the thought of doing that, unlike when it comes to The Seventh Seal!)

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    The only Fassbinder I've seen is Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, just recently. I enjoyed it, but I can't say it made a big impression on me. Fassbinder's direction seemed a bit... stolid? I don't know, it didn't gel for me. Brigitte Mira's performance was incredible though. Any recommendations?

    Altman's 70's catalogue is an embarrassment of riches. My top 5 70's Altman films would be: Nashville, 3 Women, A Wedding, McCabe & Mrs. Miller and The Long Goodbye. Throw MASH and Thieves Like Us in there and... my god. It's almost absurd that he made that many incredible films within a few years.

    NOTE: It's also worth noting how different each of those films are. A broad mosaic satire, a dreamlike homage to Persona, a romantic comedy, a western, a film noir, depression-era bank robbers, and finally a Korean War satire. Regardless of genre, each is unmistakably an Altman film.

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    Winter Sleep is an absolute must.

    I'd wager that the best director of the 70's was Fassbinder, but I can't refute Altman-- there's so much of his catalogue I have yet to watch! Care to name your favourite five or so films of his?

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    Yeah, that one looks intriguing. And those vistas look extraordinary. Ceylan is a director I've been interested in but haven't caught yet. Adding to my interest is that it won Cannes, which is the most dependable (by far?) of the film awards organizations.

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    Yeah, I doubt I be able to catch the showing either. I've been meaning to go to 5th Ave Cinema for a while - they've got a lot interesting screenings. Good thing Underground is fairly easy to find on DVD.

    The one film in theaters right now I really need to see is Winter Sleep. Ceylan's last film is one of my favorite films of the 2010's. Those Anatolian landscapes really need to be seen a wide screen.

  • Movie Log, 2012-2015   1 week 2 days ago

    Kusturica's Underground is playing at 5th Ave Cinema today, holy moly! Unfortunately I think it's only playing one time (730pm tonight), so I don't think I could make it, but I thought I'd pass along the good news to one of the few people I know that appreciates Kusturica's art!

  • Greatest Films - Extended List   1 week 2 days ago

    I interpreted the breaking of the fourth wall and the rewinding scene as bridging the gap between art and reality. Of course that is literally what it is, but let me explain. The art is just a caricature of a moral reality where people are not cooperating with each other. Most people aren't "realistically" prepared for self-defense. It seems to be there by law. We hope a ninja will appear in the living room and take the criminals out but are not prepared for such agency ourselves. The immobilization of the husband leads to the immobilization of the wife and child, which leads to the immobilization of the audience. If everyone sticks together they generally protect each other but also are vulnerable because in the presence of each other their suffering is more "picture-esque" to a sadistic sociopath. Surely if just one of them tried to escape from the get-go it would've increased the chances of all their survival by comparison with what ends up happening, which they did not predict because they expected mercy (instead of creating mercy for themselves) from the criminals who played God. Think about why they do not depart from the horror cliche of letting the killers kill you: it is not because they couldn't predict their own deaths; it is because they thought mercy was inherently in the family unit, and ditching one's own family is the last thing one should do, and it is dangerous to be outside of the home. By the time the boy tries to escape it is too late. The audience, in turn, expects mercy to be inherently in the movie.

    In the grisly scene where the woman is attempting to walk for the husband they look like zombies. The intrusion of parallel universes and breaking of the fourth wall is like a directorial arm-twisting to confront us of our favoritism and the contradictory moral truth. In fact, we end up becoming invested in the philosophical conversation that the kids have at the end, on the boat - if we went by favoritism they would at this point become the victors, and we would be sorely disappointed by the unhappy ending. The disintegration of the family unit is the deconstruction of our moral sense. The picture-esque view of families keeping to themselves seems identical to that of individuals keeping to themselves, at times, as in the movie, being worse. In a greater sense, social classes create barriers - the family's gate is too high for the boy to climb.

    The desire to see the happy ending, or the shock at the turn of events, is not enough to make us spring into action, and the fourth wall is another form of alienation as well. We want it given to us.

    I think the superficially cliched ending contributes to the "underrating" of the movie. The movie seems to coalesce into a story about the devil visiting everyone's household or about him killing everyone you know and love or into a nihilistic glorification of murderers, but it instead turns into a jackpot of our heightened philosophical and moral sense, free of hatred, favoritism, or personal opinion.

  • Greatest Films of the 2000's   1 week 3 days ago

    Before Sunset and Memento should be on here somewhere! Eternal Sunshine, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Spirited Away have never revealed themselves to be masterpiece material yet. I can see Spirited Away getting there potential, but not the Wes Anderson.

    The Incredibles and Punch Drunk Love need another watch or five. The Incredibles was surprisingly still great when I watched it for the second time recently. Punch Drunk Love is an interesting one too, a film that could be graded anywhere from a 6.5 to an 8+. Depends what mood I am in.

    Coraline is one that needs watching definitely. No idea why I have not gotten round to it, my girlfriends is a big fan.

    Thanks for your comment and suggestions! :)

  • Favorite Video Games   1 week 3 days ago

    Re Yume Nikki & Sluggish Morss: Wow, those look like really interesting games. I'm excited to see what other neat games that have escaped my radar. There are probably LOTS!

    Re critics: Yes we definitely need better critics - critics that evaluate games as a serious art & not merely as entertainment. Who knows how many gems could be mined from that dark abyss of obscurity where many great works of art reside.

    Re Residents: I'm in debt to Scaruffi for introducing me to that band. Not Available was a masterpiece with few equals. There's a very strange feeling that pervades the album. The mid-section of The Making Of A Soul is probably my favorite part. The melody of that segment provides, for me, an experience that will be the closest I will ever get to that strange world the Residents live in. There's nothing like it anywhere else in the realm of art.

    As for Bad Day on the Midway. I'm not really expecting a masterpiece on par with there stuff from the 70's, but I imagine it would be an interesting game at the very least.

  • Greatest Films - Extended List   1 week 3 days ago

    I agree, it's amazing how much "hate" that film gets! Though I guess it does mess with the viewer quite a bit!

  • Greatest Films - Extended List   1 week 3 days ago

    Funny Games was great. Truly underrated.

  • My ratings of creations in any artform   1 week 3 days ago

    Great list!

  • Favorite Video Games   1 week 3 days ago

    I will. Thanks!

  • Novels About Time Travel   1 week 3 days ago

    Hello;
    I read a time travel book back in the 8th grade, back in 1982-83. I can't recall the name, but it was a book in the schools reading list. All I can recall besides liking it, was that the main character traveled by way of dying. Meaning, he'd get into a situation where he should have died, but travels instead.

    Sound familiar to anyone?

    Thanks

  • Top 10 Movies, Music & Visual Art of the Week (2015)   1 week 3 days ago

    Haha, who knows if it really happened then? :) ... Probably the most stunning, unexpected live music experience I have had was: I was in a Starbucks and a female violinist that was performing, out of nowhere, broke from playing her standard set right into Bach's Violin Partita #2. I just stood there and watched, completely still, in disbelief and awe. I was the only one there that even knew what was going on. The rest of the customers weren't paying it any attention, on their laptops, chatting amongst each other, etc. I was the only one watching, acknowledging her, standing there clapping at the end. I couldn't believe just how disconnected the rest were from the emotions that were streaming out from her playing. That was one of the most astonishing music performances I've ever seen and the largest gulf I've ever experienced between my views on art and "the unserious music listener" (for lack of a better label).

  • what misscurly read in 2015...   1 week 4 days ago

    Sister Carrie

    The book is long, but it seemed longer because the writing wasn't always fantastic. The story is of a young girl trying to manage in a big city; Carrie finds the only way to manage is to compromise and resign herself repeatedly in order to avoid poverty and hunger. At the end of the story she triumphs, but the triumph comes with the realization of the emptiness and loneliness at the top of society. It makes you wonder if Carrie really was the heroine of her story, or if she was more of the antihero or even villain. She lost so much of herself.

    "When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse." (Dreiser, p. 4)

  • Funny Piero Scaruffi Quotes   1 week 4 days ago

    You're right. Ridiculous. I've only heard "I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same" (harmless background music, whatever) and "Richard Ramirez" (nice bluesy quality to it and I like the delayed sloppy backup vocals)