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  • I won't review or rate films here, only list them. I'll only keep about 30 movies at a time on the list. Newest entries at the bottom.

  • The Old Barn (1929) *
  • Sing a Song of Six Pants (1947) *
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Gulliver's Travels (1939)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1930)
  • Danger Flight (1939)
  • Sex Madness (1938)
  • Duck and Cover (1951) *
  • Are You Popular? (1947) *
  • Pie Fight '69 (2000) *
  • Gigi (1958)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Häxan (1922)
  • The Son of Kong (1933)
  • Populi (2002) *
  • Treasure Island (1934)
  • Cavalcade of San Francisco (1940) *
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
  • Tell Your Children (1938)
  • Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2002)
  • Dressed to Kill (1946)
  • The Grand Illusion (1937)
  • Jules and Jim (1962)
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* = Short

Nice idea on putting the line before the name! hope you dont mind but i stole the idea, and put it on my "Movies seen aug04 - aug05" List, hope you dont mind #:) it helps in locating it on my profile.

(SORRY FOR ANY SPELLING MISTAKES ITS 1:48am :)

hahaha. Not MY idea. 'been in use ever since computers automatically alphabetized things (and possibly before).

I just got sick of scrolling down for lists I frequently edit, so I prefixed a few of them with an underscore.

Yes!! Youve Seen Easy Rider now! lol only midnight cowboy to go (if yo remember my post before) any, easy rider, your thoughts?

I saw Midnght Cowboy just before I started this list, and maybe I haven't updated my 'movies I've seen' lists yet. In any case, I wrote thoughts on Midnight Cowboy in reply to your post on my other list.

As for Easy Rider, I was dissapointed. It's a good film, but it really has so very little substance. It's a TV episode's worth of material stretched out to 90 minutes with a few pointless (however well executed) scenes and musical 'on the road' montages. The ending actually shocked me quite a bit.

However strange it sounds, I'd really compare it to Gone with the Wind: a good film that pretends to be better than it is with good scenes, characters, and dialogue covering up large structural problems and other faults.

Your mention of having seen "Midnight Cowboy" got me to wondering if you've seen "Midnight Express". Although released a little later (1978) it was nominated by the academy awards that year for "best director, supporting actor, picture, editing" and won "best original score". Very much a worth see for anyone who digs the screenwriting skills of Oliver Stone and the added thrill of knowing it's based on the autobiography of a young American tourist sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison. You gotta' hate that!

Though I can't at the moment remember why, I know I didn't really like the movie at all when I watched it about a year ago. Sorry I can't elaborate...

BTW, pointing out spelling and grammar mistakes in Internet chat is like pointing out shit in a sewer.

My favorite actors and actressesin their best roles(in my opinion)

*Actors
tom hanks- saving private ryan/ catch me if you can/ the burbs/ forrest gump
johnny depp- fear and loathing in las vegas/ from hell/ sleepy hollow
benicio del toro- the way of the gun/ traffic/ fear and loathing in las vegas
christopher walken- king of new york/ the deer hunter/ joe dirt
laurence fishburne- apocalypse now/ king of new york/ The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded
jim caviezel- the count of monte cristo/ the passion of the christ
christian bale- equilibrium
peter fonda- easy rider
jack nicholson- the shining/ one flew over the cuckoo's nest/ carnal knowledge
morgan freeman- se7en/ dreamcatcher
jeremy piven- pcu/ old school/ (entourage i know its not a movie but he rocks)
jason lee- jay and silent bob strike back/ chasing amy/ dreamcatcher
F.Murray Abraham- Amadeus
al pacino- scarface/ the godfather pt 1&2/ scent of a woman/ carlito's way
denzel washington- training day/ the hurricane/ remember the titans
willem dafoe- platoon/ boondock saints
matt damon- good will hunting/ rounders/ ocean's eleven
george clooney- three kings/ oceans eleven/ from dusk til dawn
*Actresses
heather graham- boogie nights/ from hell/ austin powers the spy who shagged me
eva mendez- training day/ stuck on you/ all about the benjamins
halle berry- swordfish/ monsters ball/ gothika
salma hayek- once upon a time in mexico/ desperado/ 54/ from dusk til dawn
jennifer lopez- the cell/ selena/ u-turn
naomi watts- the ring/ mulholland drive
nicole kidman- the others/ to die for/ far and away

This is a very odd place for this list. Have you considered making a brand new list item on Listology under your profile?

OMG, people. Don Hertzfeldt is a fucking GENIUS. Watch Billy's Balloon, Genre, and Lily and Jim RIGHT NOW.

Did you like 'The Killing'? It will be on TV next sunday and I plan to watch it.

I did a mini review here. I liked it. The voiceover narration was annoying, and it's a movie you need to pay close attention to, but it was an impeccably crafted thriller that reminds me more of something by Scorcese or Tarantino than anything from the 50s. I was quite shocked.

I just noticed that more than half of the last 35 (or so) films I've seen were shorts (and pretty damn good ones, at that)!

How did you see Un Chien Andalou? I can't find it anywhere except on VHS.

I don't know if it's available on DVD or not. The copy I saw was from a VHS, too.

question: are you a memeber of IMDB? i thought ive seen one of your comments before? maybe not.

Nope, I'm not, though somebody may use the name 'lukeprog' on the site, I dunno.

Did you rent or buy, if I may ask?

Borrowed :-)

from a pal.

Well, you know I must see it before I die. It says so in my book.

and in mine.

Did you mean to link to a photo of clouds?

GRRRRRR. My clipboard must be messed up - that's been happening to me alot recently. Let me try again:

and in mine.

Got it. Neato. I'll keep your list in mind.

Ah, Duck Amuck. What a fantastic cartoon. It was one of my favorites when I was a Looney Tunes fanatic.

I have to say that the idea of 'the filmmaker' changing the scene around an increasingly frustrated character is simply comedy gold, whether it's Duck Amuck, Sherlock Jr., or Genre. Can you think of other examples?

Well, there's another cartoon where the same thing happens to Bugs Bunny. I believe that one is called "Rabbit Rampage." It's another good one, but not as great as "Duck Amuck."

Also, there's a similar idea in the musical Will Rogers' Follies. The producer Ziegfeld fears that the musical is not showy and audacious enough, so he changes the story midway so that the boy meets the girl on the moon.

Other than that, all I can think of is that Simpsons Halloween special where Bart and Lisa get sucked into the TV and pursued by Itchy and Scratchy, only to have Homer change the channel so that all four of them fall (literally) into the Regis and Kathie Lee show.

Good picks!

Man, between 'Battle Royale' and 'Forklift Driver Klaus,' I've seen a lot of blood today.

Wow. At this point, only 2 of the 30 films on this list are full-length. I've been watching a lot of (mostly good) shorts recently - which is cool, because they're usually a little harder to get your hands on than feature-length releases.

What the heck is Forklift Driver Klaus about, and where can I get it?

Forklift Driver Klaus is a very bloody short film about how a Forklift Driver named Klaus doesn't follow safety regulations, resulting many unfortunate but hilarious deaths. Where you can find it, I really don't know - A friend shared it with me.

I have soooo got to see that.....

Are you familiar with the edonkey network? I'm sure it's available there.

I'll take this opportunity to announce that I just scored a job with Best Buy (I haven't worked in 6 months). I'll have far less time to watch movies or write about them, so you'll be seeing a lot less content from me. Let the mourning/celebration/yawning begin!

Congrats on the new job! I hope you get a good employee discount. And I hope this doesn't mean we'll be seeing too much less of you.

I'm watching the Star Wars DVDs. The picture quality is excellent, and I don't really mind the changes made for the DVDs that much (except Han's conscpicious head-jerk when Greedo shoots), but the changes made in the 1997 re-release (which I hadn't seen yet) are annoying. They really pull you out of the experience. Every time I see a flying droid or new alien moving about in the background, my eye is drawn to it because it doesn't fit in, and I end up watching some silly monster in the background instead of the characters or action in the foreground. I'd much rather have a cleaned-up copy of the original version of the trilogy, but this will do. I'm sure that even if Lucas is determined to destroy all original copies of his films, some film preservation group will make sure the original versions EVENTUALLY (could be decades from now) are restored to a digital format.

I believe that should be -
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (2004)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (2004)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (2004)

And that is what is wrong. Horribly wrong.

Well, they're not a remakes. They're more similar to alternate cuts (director's cuts, I guess) of the original films. Like, Das Boot and Donnie Darko are both better in their originally released cuts, not their director's cuts, except the Star Wars films are more widely and fanatically beloved than Das Boot or Donnie Darko, so a LOT more people get upset.

dang you had abit of a star wars Marathon! dang nice! star wars, star wars:Empire strikes back and R.of the jedi!! was that the new DVD you watched?

And that long documentary now, too. Yup, all from the DVD.

Okay, wow. Every film on this list is one I have seen today. Which means, I've watched 30 movies today!!!! Most of them are shorts, of course, but 4 of them were full-length.

I'm amazing and terribly pathetic at the same time. Don't worry about me, I'm returning to the rat race soon, and will then regain my sanity.

The rat race usually isn't worth returning to.......

Only if you're broke.

"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." -L. Tomlin

fine then, I'll just use another metaphor :-)

Wow. Has anyone seen Red River recently? Especially during the fist fight with John Wayne, Montgomery Clift looks exactly like a young Tom Cruise. I almost fell out of my... bed. He looks like him in other parts of the movie, of course, but it was most pronounced there.

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on Super Size Me, Groundhog Day, Army of Darkness, Grave of the Fireflies, Ju-on, and The Mascot, if you'd be willin'.

Oofta, them's a lot. Here we go (I'll probably add tweak these and add them to my 'musings on movies' thingie, later):

Super Size Me: After the apocalyptic The Corporation, Sperlock's Super Size Me was a welcome breather. It was certainly fun. Sperlock is a regular guy who hasn't steralized himself for the big screen. The real surprise triumph here is the way Sperlock manages tone and pace - better, I thought, than Moore's work in Fahrenheit. But while the featured doctors and I were surprised at the gravity of the effects of 30 days on a McDiet (yes, that's four prepositional phrases in a row, shut up), I came away wondering, 'what's the point?' Everyone knows McDonalds is unhealthy, and we all knew that McDonald's reps are lying when they say otherwise.

Groundhog Day - I was quite surprised to find it so good. The film even tricked me twice into thinking Murray would wake up the next day before that actually happened - which is not to say I was waiting for the movie to end. It was thoroughly entertaining throughout. Just like Bruce Almighty, I felt the film missed a lot of opportunities with its premise, but it would have been difficult to keep the film as 'together' and streamlined while implenting more jokes.

Army of Darkness - Wow! What an effective sequel! While it's very similar to Evil Dead 2 (for some reason, haven't seen the first one yet), the change of setting was a briliant choice to make it seem fresh. Again, this movie requires an understanding of its intent to be appreciated - this is not a neo-realism flick. This is an over-the-top horror/comedy joyride. While there's nothing here to top the disemembered hand sequence of Evil Dead II, I enjoyed Army of Darkness even more. There was more action, more fun, more spectacle (just like any good sequel). The battle at the fortress was amazing, and I'm a tiny bit less impressed with Jackson's Helm's Deep sequence having seen what Raimi did here a decade earlier and with a much smaller budget. Certainly one of the most rewatchable films I've ever seen. Gotta show my friends this one. And of course, Bruce Cambell is a force of nature.

Grave of Fireflies - While I still dislike anime (it's cheap, corner-cutting crap, stylistically irritating crap), I really enjoyed this flick. It also provides another argument for convincing my foreign-phobic friends of the importance of overseas cinema; would a film about the US firebombing 100,000 Japanese civilians to death ever be made stateside? The story was, of course, quite touching, and well-structured. I occasionally wished it was manipulating me in a less cliche way (small cute child crying loudly, etc.) There were a couple of times that surprised me - small, highly interesting moments that are for which the expense is rarely spared in American animation: for example, when Seita is in the tub with Setsuko, and he entertains her by trapping air in a cloth or something: she pushes it underwater, but of course it pops up again, and they laugh. Also, the two singing in the rain under an umbrella in need of repair. These and other moments I found very touching.

Ju-on: The Grudge - Ugh. This film was thisclose to avoiding my 'garbage' category. Cheap scares, cliche... everything, altogether uninteresting, flat characters, no story to speak of. I'm definitely not looking forward to the American remake now. Though, for once American producers may actually improve the film by making it more... 'sensible'?

The Mascot: Woah... it was made in 1934??? This is Wallace & Gromit quality stuff, here. The stop-motion animation is superb and extremely varied: dozens of totally different creatures performing dozens of actions. It's basically about a stuffed animal (a dog) who embarks on a quest for his master and encounters a remarkable array of challenges and characters along the way. Like a short predecessor to Toy Story, but with more intense and 'scary' content.

Wow, thanks for the extensive comments! I'm psyched you liked Groundhog Day (a favorite), Army of Darkness (another favorite, at least through the first two thirds), and Grave of the Fireflies (yet another favorite). The negative reports for Ju-on keep pouring in, so I think I'm going to have to finally remove it from my "to see" list. Finally, I can't wait to see Super Size Me.

Thanks!

What did you have against the last third of Army of Darkness?

It was still enjoyable, I just didn't feel it lived up to the first two-thirds. I think it was mostly because the humor felt a little flatter, and most of the skeleton gags didn't really work for me as well as the Ash stuff (except for when the guy's jaw keeps coming unhinged).

I'm curious what you thought of my comments on Grave of the Fireflies: "small, highly interesting moments that are for which the expense is rarely spared in American animation: for example, when Seita is in the tub with Setsuko, and he entertains her by trapping air in a cloth or something: she pushes it underwater, but of course it pops up again, and they laugh. Also, the two singing in the rain under an umbrella in need of repair."

It's hard for me to articulate just what seperates these moments from the 'moments' that appear in stateside animated film. Did those moments stand out to you?

I think I just need a little help figuring out WHY I thought those moments are ones that I haven't seen in American animated films, and want to know what you think.

It's spot on. In the better anime I've seen, the attention to small detail is extraordinary, be it in the tiny human moments like the scenes you cite, or in the way Miyazaki animates the beginnings of a rainfall in his movies. I think American animated films generally paint with broader strokes. It's not necessarily worse - it's just different.

I'm not sure it's a question of monetary expense though (unless you mean a different kind of "expense"). I think many big American animated movies are more expensive to produce. That's just an unsubstantiated hunch though.

Yes, I was referring to monetary expense. I think it's because American animation is SOOOO much more expensive than anime that American animation paints with broader strokes. Taking time for those 'little moments' costs perhaps a tenth of what they would cost to do in American animation, so maybe that's why American animation doesn't use them as often?

Perhaps. Although it seems to me like if you're already spending a gazillion dollars then throwing in a few extra bucks for the intimate moments isn't a big deal. I'm more inclined to believe it's a question of style, and I'm tempted to draw parallels to evolution: speciation occurs with geographic separatation, but now that the two animation cultures are influencing each other more strongly, we'll see more similarities. For example, Miyazaki is a hero to a bunch of the Pixar gang.

Yeah, could be. I'm really talkin' out my ass when I'm saying I know what's inside the minds of American animation suits.

And, thank you for showing an interest :-)

Yes! youve seen "The Innocents" man ive been waiting ages for this....(rush gets ready, takes a few moments and asks the big question)...

what did you think of it?

man i can't wait, you know ive been wanting you to see this for along time.

hehe, so have I! :-)

I have to mull it over in my head a bit longer, then I'll post about it under 'Musings on Movies #1,' okie dokie?

alrighty, it's up. Short version: I don't think I'm as ecstatic about it as you are, but it was good, and certainly creepy. I prefer The Bad Seed and The Others, greatly.

read your review. Great! really good review, but i have to ask, how did you watch it? was it on tv, because you said it was not available in Netflix, so i just am wondering how you saw it

I was so desperate to see it that I stole it.

.....(Wonders whether luke is joking)

HaHa? (takes a shot in the dark)

yeah, ha ha..right?

lol :)

This reminds me of a great moment in Family Guy when Death says, "I'll see you around... real soon." The family is taken aback by this, and Death speaks their thoughts aloud, laughing: "Is he joking? Hahaha. Yeah, I'm just kidding... or am I? Hahaha..."

or something like that.

I'm pretty sure a couple other Listologists know with relative certainty whether or not I'm joking, but it's more fun to let it hang in suspense right now, just like Death. :-)

Well, whether you stole it or not, I'm glad you got the chance to watch it. In fact, I think I'll pull out my copy and watch it right n- hey, wait a minute, where's my Innocents DVD? I coulda sworn I just put it - DAMN YOU, LUKEPROG!

exactly. Seriously, we need more of these classics on DVD. We do NOT need six versions of Spider-Man 2.

WOW! Judex is fantastic. You can bet I'll be writing this one up when I've seen the whole thing (which, unfortunately, won't be for a WHOLE MONTH) becaus I'm watching it on TCM, and that's what their schedule is like. Suffice it to say that it's the best pre-1920 film I've seen, period. And I thought Birth of a Nation was really good, but Judex blows it away, so far. I can't wait for the rest of it to come my way, a couple hours at a time, on Sunday nights via TCM. If this post encourages you to catch it yourself, let me know and I'll make sure you're caught up, story-wise.