An Entirely Redundant (Though Slightly Useful) Viewing Log for 2005, Part 1 (Jan.-Jun.)

  • 225. (30 Jun) Trainspotting (1996, Danny Boyle) [C]
  • 224. (29 Jun) War of the Worlds (2005, Steven Spielberg) [B]
  • 223. (29 Jun) The Three Marias (2004, Aluisio Abranches) [D]
  • 222. (28 Jun) The Nomi Song (2005, Andrew Horn) [B]
  • DNF. (28 Jun) Love Me if You Dare (2004, Yann Samuel) {So cutesy-cruel and studiously 'stylish' that it takes about five minutes to become unbearable. If "Amelie" didn't exist, neither would Yann Samuel.}
  • 221. (27 Jun) Monterey Pop (1969, D.A. Pennebaker) [B+]
  • 220. (25 Jun) The Machinist (2004, Brad Anderson) [C]
  • 219. (24 Jun) Land of the Dead (2005, George A. Romero) [A-]
  • 218. (23 Jun) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel) [B+]
  • 217. (23 Jun) The Yes Men (2004, Dan Ollman & Sarah Price & Chris Smith) [B]
  • 216. (22 Jun) Lorna (1964, Russ Meyer) [C+]
  • 215. (20 Jun) Totally F***ed Up (1994, Gregg Araki) [B-]
  • 214. (19 Jun) Princess Raccoon (2005, Seijun Suzuki) [A]
  • 213. (19 Jun) The Holy Girl (2005, Lucrecia Martel) [C+]
  • 212. (18 Jun) Three... Extremes (2005, Takashi Miike/Fruit Chan/Park Chan-wook) [C]
  • 211. (17 Jun) Batman Begins (2005, Christopher Nolan) [C]
  • 210. (16 Jun) Malevolence (2004, Stevan Mena) [D-]
  • 209. (16 Jun) Who Killed Bambi? (2004, Gilles Marchand) [D+]
  • 208. (16 Jun) C********r Blues (1972, Robert Frank) [C]
  • 207. (16 Jun) Monsieur Verdoux (1947, Charles Chaplin) [C]
  • 206. (15 Jun) Kings and Queen (2005, Arnaud Desplechin) [C+]
  • 205. (14 Jun) The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made (2005, Bill Zebub) [C+]
  • 204. (12 Jun) /Clerks/ (1994, Kevin Smith) [B+; down from A] {I still love this film, but I came to the realization that giving it an A is absurd -- it's as roughly directed as "Shadows" and has much worse acting to boot.}
  • 203. (12 Jun) /An American Werewolf in London/ (1981, John Landis) [A-]
  • 202. (12 Jun) /Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story/ (2004, Rawson Marshall Thurber) [B+]
  • 201. (11 Jun) Lilya 4-Ever (2003, Lukas Moodysson) [D+]
  • 200. (10 Jun) High Tension (2005, Alexandre Aja) [C+]
  • DNF. (9 Jun) Rise of the Undead (2005, Jason Horton & Shannon Hubbell) {I tried, I really did. Sorry, Mr. Hubbell.}
  • 199. (9 Jun) Shadows (1959, John Cassavettes) [B+] {My first Cassavettes!}
  • 198. (7 Jun) Ebola Syndrome (1996, Herman Yau) [B-]
  • 197. (5 Jun) Les Carabiniers (1963, Jean-Luc Godard) [D]
  • 196. (5 Jun) My Own Private Idaho (1991, Gus Van Sant) [B]
  • DNF. (4 Jun) Straight on Till Morning (1972, Peter Collinson) {Swinging London can jolly well sod off for all I care. I'd like to see Rita Tushingham in a real movie some day, though.}
  • 195. (4 Jun) The River (1997, Tsai Ming-Liang) [B+]
  • 194. (3 Jun) Alone in the Dark (2005, Uwe Boll) [D]
  • 193. (2 Jun) /Memento/ (2001, Christopher Nolan) [A]
  • 192. (2 Jun) Undertow (2004, David Gordon Green) [C+]
  • 191. (31 May) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [B-] {Now that this is finally done, can we all just admit that we thought this prequel project was a bad idea from the get-go and move on?}
  • 190. (30 May) /The Shawshank Redemption/ (1994, Frank Darabont) [A-]
  • 189. (28 May) Blade: Trinity (2004, David S. Goyer) [C]
  • 188. (25 May) The Nameless (1999, Jaume Balaguero) [C]
  • 187. (24 May) The Zodiac Killer (1971, Tom Hanson) [C-]
  • 186. (22 May) Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988, Michael A. Simpson) [C-]
  • 185. (22 May) The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979, Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [B+]
  • 184. (22 May) Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu) [B]
  • 183. (21 May) Bad Education (2004, Pedro Almodovar) [C+]
  • 182. (20 May) Zero Day (2003, Ben Coccio) [A-]
  • 181. (20 May) Samaritan Zatoichi (1968, Kenji Misumi) [A-]
  • 180. (19 May) Fate (2003, Ace Cruz) [D]
  • 179. (18 May) The Searchers (1956, John Ford) [C+]
  • 178. (18 May) Mindhunters (2005, Renny Harlin) [B]
  • s26. (18 May) Un-Undead (2005, Ritchie Steven Filippi)
  • 177. (17 May) The Manson Family (2004, Jim Van Bebber) [C]
  • 176. (16 May) She Hate Me (2004, Spike Lee) [C+]
  • 175. (15 May) Overlord (1975, Stuart Cooper) [B]
  • s25. (15 May) Puce Moment (1949, Kenneth Anger)
  • s24. (15 May) /Kustom Kar Kommandos/ (1965, Kenneth Anger)
  • 174. (15 May) Exorcist: The Beginning (2004, Renny Harlin) [F]
  • 173. (13 May) Unleashed (2005, Louis Leterrier) [C+]
  • 172. (11 May) /Monsters, Inc./ (2001, Pete Docter) [A-]
  • 171. (10 May) /Tromeo and Juliet/ (1996, Lloyd Kaufman) [A-] {Every time I see this near-perfect synthesis of high and low art by Troma's idiot-savant trash king, I wonder why people like Liliana Cavani even bother.}
  • 170. (10 May) The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 3: Proxy War (1973, Kinji Fukasaku) [C+]
  • 169. (10 May) Night and the City (1950, Jules Dassin) [B+]
  • 168. (9 May) The Night Porter (1974, Liliana Cavani) [D+]
  • 167. (9 May) Garden of the Dead (1974, John Hayes) [C-]
  • 166. (8 May) Close-Up (1990, Abbas Kiarostami) [B-]
  • 165. (6 May) /Fireworks/ (1998, Takeshi Kitano) [A-; up from B+]
  • 164. (4 May) National Treasure (2004, Jon Turteltaub) [C-]
  • 163. (4 May) A Tale of Two Sisters (2004, Kim Ji-woon) [B+]
  • 162. (4 May) Horse Feathers (1932, Norman McLeod) [B+]
  • 161. (3 May) Downfall (2005, Oliver Hirschbiegel) [B-]
  • 160. (2 May) Never Die Alone (2004, Ernest Dickerson) [C] {See Mr. Dayfornight, I kept my promise!}
  • 159. (30 Apr) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005, Garth Jennings) [C-]
  • 158. (29 Apr) Kung Fu Hustle (2005, Stephen Chow) [A-]
  • 157. (28 Apr) Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau) [A-]
  • 156. (27 Apr) The Class Trip (1998, Claude Miller) [B+]
  • 155. (27 Apr) Ecstasy of the Angels (1972, Koji Wakamatsu) [D]
  • DNF. (26 Apr) Deadly Weapons (1973, Doris Wishman) {Oh my God. That's just so... gruesome. If you can make it past the credits without wanting to run in fear, you've got one over on me.}
  • 154. (26 Apr) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Steven Spielberg) [A]
  • 153. (25 Apr) Stander (2004, Bronwen Hughes) [B-]
  • 152. (24 Apr) Ley Lines (1999, Takashi Miike) [B-]
  • 151. (24 Apr) Rainy Dog (1997, Takashi Miike) [C]
  • 150. (23 Apr) Wicker Park (2004, Paul McGuigan) [D+]
  • s23. (22 Apr) Jack-Jack Attack (2005, Brad Bird)
  • 149. (22 Apr) /The Incredibles/ (2004, Brad Bird) [B+]
  • 148. (22 Apr) /Primer/ (2004, Shane Carruth) [A-; up from B+]
  • 147. (21 Apr) The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005, Judy Irving) [B+]
  • 146. (20 Apr) 8 1/2 (1963, Federico Fellini) [B+]
  • 145. (19 Apr) Doppleganger (2003, Kiyoshi Kurosawa) [B-]
  • 144. (17 Apr) Dead End (2004, Jean-Baptiste Andrea & Fabrice Canepa) [C-]
  • 143. (16 Apr) Melinda and Melinda (2005, Woody Allen) [C]
  • 142. (15 Apr) The Amityville Horror (2005, Andrew Douglas) [D+]
  • 141. (14 Apr) Seed of Chucky (2004, Don Mancini) [C+]
  • 140. (14 Apr) Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968, Kimiyoshi Yasuda) [B]
  • 139. (13 Apr) The Toolbox Murders (2005, Tobe Hooper) [B-]
  • 138. (13 Apr) Millions (2005, Danny Boyle) [C+]
  • 137. (12 Apr) Fireworks (1998, Takeshi Kitano) [B+]
  • 136. (11 Apr) /Sherlock, Jr./ (1924, Buster Keaton) [A]
  • 135. (11 Apr) Our Hospitality (1923, Jack Blystone & Buster Keaton) [A-]
  • 134. (10 Apr) /Duck Soup/ (1933, Leo McCarey) [A]
  • 133. (10 Apr) /Dawn of the Dead/ (1978, George A. Romero) [A]
  • 132. (9 Apr) /Orgazmo/ (1998, Trey Parker) [B+]
  • 131. (7 Apr) The Last Horror Movie (2004, Julian Richards) [C-]
  • 130. (6 Apr) /Sideways/ (2004, Alexander Payne) [A]
  • 129. (6 Apr) A Snake of June (2002, Shinya Tsukamoto) [C-]
  • 128. (5 Apr) Tattooed Life (1965, Seijun Suzuki) [C-]
  • 127. (4 Apr) /Blue Velvet/ (1986, David Lynch) [A]
  • 126. (4 Apr) Catwoman (2004, Pitof) [C-]
  • 125. (3 Apr) Incident at Loch Ness (2004, Zak Penn) [C+]
  • 124. (2 Apr) Sin City (2005, Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez) [B+]
  • 123. (1 Apr) /Battle Royale/ (2000, Kinji Fukasaku) [A-]
  • 122. (31 Mar) /Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story/ (2004, Rawson Marshall Thurber) [B+; up from B]
  • 121. (31 Mar) Vera Drake (2004, Mike Leigh) [A]
  • 120. (30 Mar) The Kiss of Her Flesh (1968, Michael Findlay under the alias "Julian Marsh") [C+]
  • 119. (30 Mar) Red Lights (2004, Cedric Kahn) [B+]
  • 118. (30 Mar) Distant (2004, Nuri Bilge Ceylon) [C]
  • 117. (29 Mar) Touching the Void (2004, Kevin Macdonald) [B+]
  • 116. (28 Mar) /Ghostbusters/ (1984, Ivan Reitman) [A] {Don't know how I never realized this before, considering I've seen this well into double-digits, but pan-and-scan absolutely DESTROYS this film.}
  • 115. (27 Mar) Friday Night Lights (2004, Peter Berg) [C+]
  • s22. (27 Mar) Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965, Kenneth Anger) {Thanks to lukeprog for the link; while the file is apparently missing the film's final twenty seconds, I think I got the gist. And the gist is beyond awesome -- it makes its point and gets the hell out of the way.}
  • 114. (27 Mar) The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973, Kinji Fukasaku) [B]
  • 113. (26 Mar) Last Life in the Universe (2004, Pen-ek Ratanaruang) [A-]
  • 112. (25 Mar) The Curse of Her Flesh (1968, Michael Findlay under the alias "Julian Marsh") [D-]
  • 111. (25 Mar) The Ring Two (2005, Hideo Nakata) [C]
  • 110. (24 Mar) Ray (2004, Taylor Hackford) [C]
  • 109. (24 Mar) Blind Chance (1981, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [C+]
  • 108. (23 Mar) Fear X (2005, Nicholas Winding Refn) [D]
  • 107. (23 Mar) The Touch of Her Flesh (1967, Michael Findlay under the alias "Julian Marsh") [C-]
  • 106. (22 Mar) Crying Freeman (1995, Christophe Gans) [C]
  • 105. (22 Mar) Death Curse of Tartu (1966, William Grefe) [D]
  • s21. (20 Mar) The Meaning of Life (2005, Don Hertzfeldt)
  • s20. (20 Mar) Fireworks (2004, PES)
  • s19. (20 Mar) When the Day Breaks (1999, Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby)
  • s18. (20 Mar) Fallen Art (2004, Tomek Baginski)
  • s17. (20 Mar) L'Homme Sans Ombre (2004, Georges Schwizgebel)
  • s16. (20 Mar) Rockfish (2002, Tim Miller)
  • s15. (20 Mar) Hello (2003, Jonathan Nix)
  • s14. (20 Mar) Ward 13 (2003, Peter Cornwell)
  • s13. (20 Mar) Pan with Us (2003, David Russo)
  • s12. (20 Mar) The F.E.D.S. (2002, Jen Drummond)
  • s11. (20 Mar) Guard Dog (2004, Bill Plympton) {Bill's funniest work in years.}
  • s10. (20 Mar) Bunnies (2002, Jacob Schuh & Sashka Unscheld)
  • 104. (19 Mar) Robots (2005, Chris Wedge) [C+]
  • 103. (18 Mar) Bonnie's Kids (1973, Arthur Marks) [B]
  • 102. (17 Mar) The Specials (2000, Craig Mazin) [C]
  • 101. (17 Mar) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick) [A]
  • 100. (17 Mar) Caddyshack (1980, Harold Ramis) [C+]
  • 099. (16 Mar) Ella Enchanted (2004, Tommy O'Haver) [B-]
  • 098. (16 Mar) Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954, Jacques Becker) [A-]
  • 097. (15 Mar) 6ixtynin9 (1999, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang) [C]
  • 096. (15 Mar) Goodbye Dragon Inn (2004, Tsai Ming-Liang) [C+]
  • 095. (14 Mar) /Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist/ (1997, Kirby Dick) [A]
  • 094. (14 Mar) Zatoichi Challenged (1967, Kenji Misumi) [B+]
  • 093. (13 Mar) Zabriskie Point (1970, Michelangelo Antonioni) [C-]
  • 092. (12 Mar) Hostage (2005, Florent Siri) [B-]
  • 091. (10 Mar) My Life to Live (1963, Jean-Luc Godard) [B]
  • 090. (9 Mar) The Jacket (2005, John Maybury) [B-] {Attention Matt: Keira has two brief topless scenes.}
  • 089. (9 Mar) Mean Creek (2004, Jacob Aaron Estes) [B-]
  • 088. (8 Mar) The Holy Mountain (1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky) [B+]
  • 087. (8 Mar) Greaser's Palace (1972, Robert Downey) [C+]
  • 086. (8 Mar) Monsoon Wedding (2002, Mira Nair) [C] {Is it me, or does Mira Nair have no idea what she's doing?}
  • 085. (6 Mar) /Dogville/ (2004, Lars Von Trier) [A]
  • 084. (5 Mar) Cursed (2005, Wes Craven) [D]
  • 083. (4 Mar) Hookers in a Haunted House (1999, Lou Vockell) [D]
  • 082. (28 Feb) /Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy/ (2004, Adam McKay) [B+] {The unrated version is slightly inferior to the theatrical, if only because the cat-poop scene deserved to be cut. Still, this here be some funny stuff.}
  • 081. (27 Feb) Cry-Baby (1990, John Waters) [A-]
  • 080. (26 Feb) Mr. 3000 (2004, Charles Stone III) [C]
  • 079. (24 Feb) Saw (2004, James Wan) [C-]
  • 078. (23 Feb) Fiend Without a Face (1958, Arthur Crabtree) [C+]
  • 077. (22 Feb) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles) [B-]
  • t03. (22 Feb) The Decalogue: Ten (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [A- for the series as a whole]
  • t02. (22 Feb) The Decalogue: Nine (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • 076. (21 Feb) /Monty Python and the Holy Grail/ (1975, Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam) [A]
  • 075. (20 Feb) Common Wealth (2000, Alex de la Iglesia) [B+]
  • 074. (20 Feb) /Young Frankenstein/ (1974, Mel Brooks) [A]
  • 073. (19 Feb) Constantine (2005, Francis Lawrence) [B-]
  • 072. (18 Feb) Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976, Richard Lerner) [F]
  • 071. (18 Feb) Hide and Seek (2005, John Polson) [C-]
  • 070. (16 Feb) Little Black Book (2004, Nick Hurran) [B-]
  • 069. (16 Feb) The Battle of Algiers (1965, Gillo Pontecorvo) [A-]
  • DNF. (15 Feb) Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003, Bob Odenkirk) {These people are smarmy pricks.}
  • 068. (15 Feb) Santo vs. Dr. Death (1973, Rafael Romero Marchent) [D-]
  • 067. (15 Feb) The Ape (1940, William Nigh) [C]
  • 066. (14 Feb) Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) [A]
  • 065. (14 Feb) The War of the Roses (1989, Danny DeVito) [B+]
  • 064. (13 Feb) The Lavender Hill Mob (1951, Charles Crichton) [B+]
  • 063. (13 Feb) St. John's Wort (2001, Shimoyama Ten) [F]
  • 062. (13 Feb) Fat City (1972, John Huston) [B+]
  • 061. (12 Feb) Kaaterskill Falls (2002, Josh Apter & Peter Olsen) [C]
  • 060. (12 Feb) /Sideways/ (2004, Alexander Payne) [A]
  • 059. (11 Feb) Youth of the Beast (1963, Seijun Suzuki) [B-]
  • 058. (10 Feb) Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956, Hiroshi Inagaki) [C+]
  • 057. (10 Feb) Wonder Bar (1934, Lloyd Bacon) [B]
  • 056. (10 Feb) A Wedding (1978, Robert Altman) [C+]
  • 055. (9 Feb) Anatomy of Hell (2004, Catherine Breillat) [D]
  • 054. (9 Feb) When Will I Be Loved (2004, James Toback) [B+]
  • 053. (9 Feb) Come and See (1985, Elem Klimov) [A-]
  • 052. (8 Feb) Vanishing Point (1971, Richard C. Sarafian) [D+]
  • t01. (8 Feb) The Decalogue: Eight (1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
  • 051. (8 Feb) Shark Tale (2004, Vicky Jenson and some other scrubs) [D+]
  • 050. (7 Feb) The Diabolical Axe (1964, Jose Diaz Morales) [B-]
  • DNF. (6 Feb) The Uninvited (1944, Lewis Allen)
  • 049. (5 Feb) The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973, Kinji Fukasaku) [B]
  • 048. (4 Feb) Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967, Satsuo Yamamoto) [C]
  • 047. (4 Feb) The Blood of Fu Manchu (1969, Jess Franco) [C+]
  • 046. (2 Feb) The Child I Never Was (2004, Kai S. Pieck) [C]
  • 045. (2 Feb) The Return (2004, Andrei Zvyagintsev) [A-]
  • 044. (30 Jan) /Freddy Got Fingered/ (2001, Tom Green) [B+]
  • 043. (30 Jan) Fighting Elegy (1966, Seijun Suzuki) [A]
  • 042. (30 Jan) I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004, Mike Hodges) [C-]
  • s09. (28 Jan) /Rejected/ (2000, Don Hertzfeldt)
  • 041. (28 Jan) The Blood of a Poet (1930, Jean Cocteau) [A]
  • 040. (27 Jan) DiG! (2004, Ondie Timoner) [B]
  • 039. (26 Jan) Quintet (1979, Robert Altman) [C+]
  • 038. (25 Jan) The Big Bounce (2004, George Armitage) [B]
  • 037. (25 Jan) /Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41/ (1972, Shunya Ito) [A-; up from B+]
  • 036. (24 Jan) /The Shout/ (1978, Jerzy Skolimowski) [B]
  • 035. (24 Jan) An Injury to One (2003, Travis Wilkerson) [B-]
  • 034. (23 Jan) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Chas. F. Reisner) [B+]
  • s08. (23 Jan) /Window Water Baby Moving/ (1962, Stan Brakhage)
  • s07. (23 Jan) /Eye Myth/ (1972, Stan Brakhage)
  • s06. (23 Jan) /Rage Net/ (1988, Stan Brakhage)
  • s05. (23 Jan) /Rage Net/ (1988, Stan Brakhage)
  • s04. (23 Jan) Rage Net (1988, Stan Brakhage)
  • s03. (23 Jan) The Dante Quartet (1987, Stan Brakhage)
  • 033. (23 Jan) /The King of Comedy/ (1983, Martin Scorsese) [A]
  • 032. (23 Jan) La Belle Noiseuse (1991, Jacques Rivette) [A-]
  • 031. (22 Jan) Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004, Bob Clark) [B+] [D+] {Oops. Typo. :-)}
  • 030. (22 Jan) The Freshman (1990, Andrew Bergman) [B+]
  • 029. (21 Jan) /In a Glass Cage/ (1986, Agustin Villaronga) [B+]
  • 028. (20 Jan) Sting of Death (1965, William Grefe) [D]
  • 027. (19 Jan) Eyes Without a Face (1960, Georges Franju) [B]
  • s02. (18 Jan) Blood of the Beasts (1949, Georges Franju)
  • 026. (18 Jan) Time of the Wolf (2004, Michael Haneke) [B-]
  • 025. (16 Jan) Cut and Run (1986, Ruggero Deodato) [C-]
  • 024. (16 Jan) The Stepfather (1987, Joseph Ruben) [C]
  • 023. (16 Jan) Infernal Affairs (2004, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak) [B+]
  • 022. (15 Jan) The Aviator (2004, Martin Scorsese) [B-]
  • DNF. (14 Jan) Bloody Murder 2 (2003, Rob Spera)
  • s01. (14 Jan) The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971, Stan Brakhage)
  • 021. (14 Jan) A Day Without a Mexican (2004, Sergio Arau) [D]
  • 020. (12 Jan) Miami Blues (1990, George Armitage) [B+]
  • 019. (12 Jan) Dying of Laughter (1999, Alex de la Iglesia) [C]
  • 018. (12 Jan) Husbands and Wives (1992, Woody Allen) [A]
  • 017. (12 Jan) Rodan (1957, Ishiro Honda) [C+]
  • 016. (11 Jan) /O Brother, Where Art Thou?/ (2000, Joel Coen) [A]
  • 015. (11 Jan) Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock) [A-]
  • 014. (9 Jan) /Toy Story/ (1995, John Lasseter) [A]
  • 013. (9 Jan) Morvern Callar (2002, Lynne Ramsay) [C-]
  • 012. (9 Jan) Camera Buff (1979, Krzysztof Kieslowski) [A]
  • 011. (9 Jan) Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004, Mamoru Oshii) [C-]
  • 010. (6 Jan) Graveyard of Honor (1975, Kinji Fukasaku) [C]
  • 009. (6 Jan) Network (1976, Sidney Lumet) [B+]
  • 008. (6 Jan) Eureka (2001, Shinji Aoyama) [B-]
  • 007. (6 Jan) Up! (1976, Russ Meyer) [A]
  • 006. (5 Jan) Mean Girls (2004, Mark Waters) [C]
  • 005. (4 Jan) Running on Karma (2003, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-Fai) [B-]
  • 004. (3 Jan) A Very Long Engagement (2004, Jean-Pierre Jeunet) [C]
  • 003. (2 Jan) Million Dollar Baby (2004, Clint Eastwood) [A-]
  • 002. (1 Jan) /Shaun of the Dead/ (2004, Edgar Wright) [A-]
  • 001. (1 Jan) /Kill Bill, Vol. 2/ (2004, Quentin Tarantino) [A]
Author Comments: 

It takes me so long to update my site these days that I figured I could use a reminder list. (The write-it-down-on-a-scrap-of-paper-that-will-promptly-become-lost system that I have relied on for so long is starting to lose its novelty.) Plus, all the other cool kids are doing it.

Slashes, as you know, indicate repeat viewings.

"One of us, one of us..."

But I will still resist the number game!

It's only a matter of time before you adopt the 100 point scale. Hell, you're already ranking movies preferentially within each grade. Why not just make that next leap of faith?

'Cause I'm too lazy to readjust my thinking. :-)

Have you read the Time Out Film Guide review of Network? If not, here's a link to Google's cache of it so you don't have to register. You won't agree with it, but I sure as heck do.

Thanks for the link. Honestly, I was expecting to be underwhelmed (I'd tried to watch it once before and given up after fifteen minutes, muttering something about not getting the joke), but it won me over. Had to dock it a few points for the grandstanding acting and rather unsubtle Chayefsky script... but then, since when has Chayefsky been subtle? If anything, I think it's more relevant today than it was 29 years ago.

But it's no "Up!" :-)

I see you loved Up!, may I ask for an explanation for the A rating!!?


On a totally unrelated related subject, you know the shots I love best in later Russ Meyer, the shots of gigantically bosomed ladies running stark naked across pastoral landscapes as the narrator reads Meyer's hackneyed prose, it always brings a smile to my face. It always makes me wonder is they couldn't stop and put on a few clothes or if they were so excited they just couldn't be bothered, not that I'm complaining.


LOL... well, part of my reasoning behind the rating is indeed the multitude of shots involving bosomy women running around sans clothes for no reason at all. But really, my grade reflects my firm belief that it's Meyer's masterpiece -- a fevered and exciting ultimate expression of all the things that obsessed him. Now I know why "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens" felt so tired -- Meyer emptied his tank with this one. It's his requiem to softcore cinema.

Besides, any film that has the audacity to open with Hitler getting A) butt-raped and B) murdered by a pirahna has to get at least an A-, right?

ha! That is the truth, Hitler begging for anal sex is something few movies ever tackle, and maybe more should. I enjoy this one greatly as well, although I'm not sure I would give it an (A) just because in the cosmic scheme of things any film this horny can't be great, can it?

My other favourite part happens to be the explanation at the end of who killed who containing a classic exposition which makes the narrator remark, "well I don't think anyone expected that!". Perhaps it is worth an A alfter all.

great review BTW.


Is my only way to see Up! on VHS? I noticed that Greencine has it listed but not available.

Yeah, as far as I know. I lucked out -- my local indie video store just put it in three weeks ago.

I agree about 'Camera Buff'. Great, largely forgotten, film (and what an ending!). Going to do a capsule review of it?

Yes, I think that I will.

Keep the letter grades, i don't wanna start thinking in numbers.

Man, you don't mess around when it comes to watching a lot of flicks.

Heh, I don't have many leisure activities. This is one of 'em. (Besides, the weather out here's been crummy lately.)

You're not far behind, Chris. I need to catch up!

"031. (22 Jan) Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004, Bob Clark) [B+]"

No no no no no no no no no no no nononoonononoonno................

Can this be??? Were the nation's critics completely wrong? Is this a typo?

I think Dread Pirate Steve needs to lay off the crack rock. ;-)

The Dread Pirate Steve would like to report that he does not, in fact, smoke crack rock.

However, he at many times is found to be drunk on grog. Times like, say, right now.

Only you could go from a "Baby Geniuses" sequel to Jacques Rivette. :-)

I feel that's part of my unusual charm. :-)

Hey, Steve-O, I share you dislike for Mike Hodges' "ISWID." What did you think about "Croupier"?

I really dug "Croupier". Thought it was a cool, cool movie. "I'll Sleep", though, felt like an experiment in remaking "Get Carter" while removing the narrative engine, then (to paraphrase a line from Ebert) sitting back and seeing how slow it can go before it stops.

Many interesting films in this list. I think I'll keep an eye on this.
P.S.: Be aware: Meantime we have february 2005. :)

D'oh! Thanks for the heads-up.

So you liked Pt.1 of Yakuza Papers even though you're not much of a yakuza flick enthusiast? Are you gonna make your way through the rest of the series?

If the subsequent films are as engrossing as "Battles", surely.

So: what happened with The Uninvited?

Alas, I fell asleep. The half-hour or so I saw wasn't that good anyway -- creaky and dull with a side order of ham.

Really, you thought so? Don't bother going back, then; like a lot of horror movies, the first half (the build-up) is better than the last half.

How about that Come and See? Not too shabby, huh? When I was in school, I was lucky enough to see it twice in a theater. It was pretty overwhelming, as you might imagine.

I don't know if I could handle the torching of the village on a 40-foot tall screen.

Wow, you finally saw "Blue Velvet." Can "Close Encounters" be far behind?

Soon, soon... (I figured "Blue Velvet" would be a perfectly perverse pick for Valentine's Day. I was not disappointed.)

This was your first Blue Velvet viewing? Wow -- surprised, but also very happy :-)

Yes, Blue Velvet is really a good movie.

Yep... owned for damn near ten years now, but never quite got around to watching it. Dunno why. Glad I finally did.

Wow, you're watching 10 a week! You're gonna hit 500 this year, I bet.

We'll see if I can keep this pace, or if the coming months will find me most likely spending more time at work. :-P

I Tivo'd Melvin last night. I think I'll be deleting it. Thanks for saving me precious recording space.

I may have been impatient and cranky, seeing as how I'd suffered through the Santo film prior to "Melvin". But I gave the film twenty minutes and spent fifteen of them wanting to reach through the screen and bitchslap the four friends. Maybe it gets better from there. I don't think I'll be finding out. (Bob, what happened? Was David the funny one all along?)

You're being way too kind to "The Jigsaw Killer."

Probably. But I do think the premise is sound, and I can grudgingly imagine another, different movie where the final twist would seem clever rather than dumb.

What kind of misadventures do you think he'll get into in "Saw 2: Electric Boogaloo," coming to a theatre near you next October?

And, how exactly could ANYONE remain completely still for hours in front of a surgeon without letting on that he was indeed alive?

Well, that's easy. Being that he was in the final stages of incurable brain cancer, he wasn't really lying still by choice. He was fading in and out of consciousness, all the while hoping he'd be lucky enough to find himself awake when it came time to finish the job.

I think the real question is how exactly a man paying thousands in hospital bills finds the money to set up all those deathtraps, not to mention mustering the energy to set them all up, since as I understand it brain cancer and its treatment can take a lot out of you.

I'm sure all our questions will be answered in next October's "Saw 2." ;-)

LOL... why is it that the both of us know that we're both gonna end up watching it even with the expectations of total suckhood?

So, what were you drinking when you watched "When Will I Be Loved" and did you get it from Roger Ebert?

Well, how far did you get in watching it?

I managed to survive until until the scene when Neve meets Lori Singer in the park. Um, guess I (like so many others) just hate Toback and his mad obsession with Mike Tyson and bad rap music.

Is it me, or does Mira Nair have no idea what she's doing?

It's you. Though it won't win any awards for originality, "Wedding" was generally received warmly by critics when it was released. I thought it was pleasant enough, though hardly revelatory.

Even if it's a one person boat, I'm in it too.

I doubt Mira Nair would get anywhere near the attention she does if she were a he, and he wasn't from India.

That's what spurred my comment -- its general pleasantness. Against this cheerful and likeable (if bland and familiar) backdrop, throwing something like the incest subplot in at the last minute reveals to me that you have little to no understanding of the film you wish to make.

No you're not alone, and I totally agree qith QC's statement.
I would have at best given it a D.
And the other film I've seen by her (Kama Sutra) is as bad!
Seems to me like a director that is liked by the public (and critics) for her exoticism, while her films have very little substance.

"Kama Sutra." I'd forgotten all about that one. And, I haven't seen "Salaam Bombay." I still think, though, that "Monsoon Wedding" is moderately enjoyable entertainment. Nothing spectacular, but not unpleasant.

So you have time to update your lists but not to nominate movies for the film club? :) Not to rush you or anything.

LOL... wow, I'd completely freakin' forgotten. I'll get something up tomorrow eve.

Wow, you just saw "2001" for the first time? Too bad you didn't get a chance to see it in a theatre. It's an incredible experience.

Yeah, first time. I'd tried to watch it twice before in the past, but I'd always fallen asleep before the Jupiter mission started up. Glad I made it through this time.

Y'know, I've been tentatively looking forward to Crying Freeman ever since seeing Brotherhood of the Wolf, but I keep stalling because I have a hard time believing I'd rate it any higher than you have. Also, Netflix doesn't have it, so that makes it vastly easier to resist.

Yeah, considering I swapped for it with another rare-movie collector, the final product seems hardly worth the effort to track it down. At least it wasn't as bad as some of the stuff I've traded for, though.

So, Fear X really is that bad, huh?

Oh God. Is it ever. The film strains so hard to be enigmatic that, at some point, it ceases to exist.

Nice list. I agree with quite some of them. But why didn't you like "Ray"? Great performances, great music, and I thought even the drama side of it was portrayed rather well (like how the death of his little brother still hunts him.) I must honestly say I thought it was one of the better films of last year.

Eh. I found it pretty rote by biopic standards. (I'm not a biopic fan.) Foxx was excellent, though.

Are you sure that The Aviator is as good as The Magnificent Ambersons? And only a B for Vivre Sa Vie? Personally I think it might be Godard's greatest film

Both "Aviator" and "Ambersons" fall into the respect category -- I respect both films, and I think they have some great moments. But I don't think I'll ever need to see either of them again.

And "My Life to Live" is good, but I didn't warm to it like I have the other early Godards I've seen. I have no idea why. Maybe because I'm not the biggest fan of neo-realism, so a lot of the film's early segments just seemed a mite bit dull to me.

So "The Night Porter" sucks, huh? Great. I'm getting to that one pretty soon.

Depends who you talk to. It does have its champions (f'rinstance, I know auto_matt_ic liked it).

Wow, you actually made it through Renny's "Exorcist," huh. Lucky you...not.

Where'd you bail? I know where I first thought about walking, but I wanna know if we're on the same wavelength there.

I think it was after the scene with the possessed little kid and the ridiculous CGI hyenas.

That's exactly it! Any movie that's gonna show a little kid torn apart by hyenas better have a damn good reason for it.

I don't think there was much of a reason for any part of the movie. And I say that as someone who has enjoyed Harlin films in the past and, I'm sure, in the future ("Mindhunters" has my name all over it).

You 'n' me both. Scott Tobias's review had me salivating... I woulda seen it if it had opened closer than Trumbull. Maybe tomorrow....

Ah, good, 'cuz I'll probably have to wait for the DVD, as it's only playing in the suburbs and I don't imagine it will be there long enough for me to catch it.

Damn...I had high hopes for Unleashed. I'll still probably check it out.

It's not that it's not worth seeing, but the second half of the film pretty much negates the promise of the first half. It's just another action film, but it had the ability to be so much more.

MINDHUNTERS B FREAKING MINDHUNTERS, one of the worst, but i admit intentionally hilarious movies i ever seen. Come on how can you admit liking a movie with a death by freezing, awful awful effects, predictable, overedited, no character development at all. Horrible.

It's junk, but it's high-energy junk that's well-paced and (dare I say it?) well-directed. Besides, the death-by-freezing was awesome.

I can eat a camera lens and shit a better looking film, it had schizo editing, overfocusing on watches, no real scares, the death by freezing was freaking stupid, i was laughing my ass out, the fx oh man the fx, well i saw a dvd screener of it 6 months ago or so, so maybe the fx weren't finished.

But i can't believe you gave an F to Identity and passed this.

I am so getting the "Mindhunters" DVD from for $12. Don't know why I didn't think of that sooner. On a related note, have you seen the unrated, dubbed DVD cut of "Haute Tension"?

Nope, and I was soooo excited to see "Haute Tension" getting a wide theatrical release until I learned that Lion's Gate had dubbed it into English. The cuts I can handle, but dubbing? Come on LG, this isn't Jackie Chan. You're usually better than this.

True, but I can understand why they would do it. "Haute Tension" is - supposedly - not very dialogue-heavy and they're trying to sell it to a mainstream, non-arthouse crowd. Few foreign language movies do as well here as, say, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" did. Anyway, the DVD I just got from eBay is the dubbed, uncut version. We'll see how it goes...

Mr. Steve obviously knows near-brilliance when he sees it. Speaking of which, I can't wait to find how near-brilliant "Fate" is.

What's wrong with you guys? that had direct to video written all over it, it didn't even give us a Patricia nude scene, but of course it gave us Slater's butt, i hope Harlin doesn't read your reviews, it might give him more ideas.

Now great junk is Deep Rising, that movie was brilliant.

Next thing I know, you'll be saying that "Deep Blue Sea wasn't great entertainment!

How did you know i was bored to death in that one?, only liked the infamous Sam the man scene, it was pretty predictable, Mindhunters was a little bit more entretaining.

Then I can't wait for "Mindhunters"! ;-)

It sounds right up your alley-

180. (19 May) Fate (2003, Ace Cruz) [D]
Thanks. You have done kza and I a great service. Now we are not required to watch it. :-)

You guys owe me big. *mumble grumble*

The next one is on me. :-)

Yeah, I'll take one for the team, too. Thanks, Steve!

...I bite. The Searchers!

Short version: dull and poorly paced, with a crap ending to boot and a deficient lead performance. I'll expand on the site.

I also strongly disagree about The Searchers, but well...

About your comment on Episode III. Sure, Lucas should never have made these three prequels. I could have lived without them, even though Episode III is not bad at all... However Episode I was enough to ruin the reputation of the whole saga.

...Episode III is not bad at all...

Oh, yes it is.

Good God, Steve, a B-? Really? Did you see the same "Sith" as I did?

Apparently not, though it sure seemed that way for about an hour. :-)

to me, Les Carabiniers is one of the greatest achievements of the Nouvelle Vague. I'd also say it's one of about 6 or 7 genuinely worthwhile war films ever made. obviously you don't agree

Can't say that I do. For me, it was like listening to a toddler hit the same piano key over and over for an hour and a half.

okay... it's probably not something we can discuss, I doubt either will convince the other, but yeah, I definitely think it has merit

Hey, that's cool. I don't think the idea is to convince anyone that one opinion is superior to another anyway -- the world would be so boring that way...

I'll admit, I kinda liked Les Carabiniers...

Popped yer Cassavetes cherry, didja?

(Did I really just write that?)

Glad you liked it. Are you gonna go in order, or whatever happens to fall in your lap?

(Note the assumption that you'll see more.)

Not sure yet. I definitely wanna check out more of his films, though -- "Shadows" was pretty awesome.

Actually, Shannon is a dude.

Too bad about his flick, apparently. I am obligated to watch it soon, as he his a local kid trying to make good. Maybe the next one will be better.

Wow. I'm a dick. :-)

No, you're not. At least you tried to make it through his movie. It might be easier for me to tag it with a DNF than an incredibly low rating, so maybe I'll skip the last five minutes or something. ;-)

I actually meant about the 'Ms.' thing... but I feel bad about that other thing too. (This isn't Uwe Boll, this is someone who could conceiveably find out that I was disappointed with their hard work.) And I only got to the first zombie attack thirty-five minutes in. You'll have to let me know if I missed anything.

And I only got to the first zombie attack thirty-five minutes in.

Oh god, is it really that bad? I used to work with one of the cast members and I'm not sure what I'll say if I see him again.

Um, you don't have to answer this question anymore.

Can't wait for the American remake of "Lilya," which will no doubt be called "Lily Fo 'Eva" and star Lil Kim as Lily...or something like that.

You're trying to make me puke, aren't you? :-)

That rating is about right for Clerks, is one of the funniest movies ever made but so ineptly directed.

I finally decided to be honest with myself about it. If I saw the film for the first time today, I'd probably rank it about a B+. Thus the rating shift.

Wow, you really liked "The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made" more than "Batman Begins"?

...and good golly, you even liked Mindhunters more?

Don't go knocking da "Mindhunters," now. I have 'em ranked even. ;-)

Oh jillybees! Now you planted a bug in my ear and now I'm thinking of rewatching that flick (Mindhunters). A looky what coincidence it had just landed in theaters in my country, like 2/3 of a year after I've seen it on DVD. Maybe I'll do double feature with Batman Begins. Is Bat-Be that mediocre?

I know I'm gonna stand alone on this, judging from the film's reception, but from where I stand "Batman: Dominion" is even more of a mercenary bottom-line franchise product than "Star Wars: Revenge of the Merchandising". Also, Chris Nolan cannot direct an action scene. Enough with the faux-Scott shaky-cam, goddammit.

"Batman: Dominion" is even more of a mercenary bottom-line franchise product than "Star Wars: Revenge of the Merchandising".

Dude, where can I score that awesome crack yer smokin'?

Sorry, private stash. :-)

Well, I kinda liked "Mindhunters" and I kinda liked "Batman Begins." It certainly merits higher than a C in my humble opinion. I gave it a 65, which equates to a very low B.

Hope I don't get all too tough on it like you guys did. ;)

You liked an Araki film, Hell freezes over.

Actually, of the three films of his that I've seen, I've liked two of them. ("Splendor" was also pretty cool.) It's just... the one I didn't like was enough to make me want to hunt him down and murder him in cold blood.

I've only seen Nowhere, talk about weird shit, but i'm intrigued by his new one.

Now Playing: Sex Pistols: EMI.

Alright, give us the LOTD poop.

Romero means to go on as he started -- twenty years on and he's still pissed about the state of America. This latest salvo from his zombie can(n)on is a pretty vicious attack on the American class system and the increasing social paranoia against 'outsiders'. But more than that, it's also an astonishingly well-paced and hideous horror movie. Awfully funny at times too, in a bleak sort of way.

Plus, there's an amazing amount of gore.

I'm pissed that I probably won't be able to see this until it hits DVD. This is one of the times that I lament the demise of New Orleans' ratty old Downtown Joy Theatre, which used to show all the best (and worst) horror movies and was only a bus ride away from home.

I can't wait to see this, but just like Day, i might have to wait for DVD.

You're not gonna be able to see LotD? Aw man, that's just wrong. This is the defining moment of our generation!

Yeah, this is one of those times I wish I had a friend with a car, 'cuz I ain't taking the bus to the killing fields of New Orleans East to see it.

EDIT: Kent: I'm happy to see that we agree on "Day." I did get that see that one in a theatre, what, twenty years ago.

I'll see what I can do about getting you a bootleg... a co-worker of mine gets everything.

That would be super sweet. :-)

Didn't you just want to kill those two annoying leads in "Love Me If You Dare"? Their ultimate fate was justly deserved, in my humble opinion.

I just barely got past the part where the film transitions from childhood into adulthood, and already I wanted to smother them with a pillow. Feel free to spoil the rest of it for me.

Trainspotting (1996, Danny Boyle) [C]


Sorry buds. Apparently, Danny Boyle's particular aesthetic just isn't my speed. The Kelly Macdonald nude scene was greatly appreciated though in my opinion.

Have you seen "The Grave That is Shallow"?

I sorta liked that back when I saw it in like '96. Don't remember a sodding thing about it though. Guess it did not make much of an impact.

I think this is the lowest rating i have seen for Trainspotting.
I can see why you didn't like Rules of Attraction.

What bet did you lose that you had to see Fantastic 4?

I don't know what I did to deserve that. But at least I didn't have to pay for it.

Crazy girl wanted me to take her to see it, and then she wonders why i call her crazy girl.

Now playing: Dead meadow: Let it all pass.