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Favorite Films of the Decade

Jesse James is awful! What is good about it?

1/20/2010 View
Favourite Writers

Never read anything by him! I shall rectify that as soon as I can.

1/20/2010 View
Favourite Writers

No, I'll look into it, looks quite interesting. Have you? What's great about it?

1/20/2010 View
Favourite Writers

One of the greatest poems I've read:

http://www.melodylane.net/ianwhitcomb/twainpoem.html

1/20/2010 View
People I'd love to meet

Beethoven is just the boss.

1/20/2010 View
My favourite films of the 21st Century

Just noticed they're all American. Would like to see this extended.

1/19/2010 View
Best Movies of the Decade, 2000-2009

I think I do. I've watched it three times.

http://www.nobleworld.biz/images/Gendler.pdf

That's very helpful. If you want to get really exact, this is pretty crazy but also adds to one's understanding:

http://neuwanstein.fw.hu/primer_timeline.html

I think the latter is only really worth it if you really want to get pedantic. I haven't bothered to read it properly.

Haha yeah, The Great Race is a hilarious choice. For someone who dismisses so many films he sees as lacking profundity, having North by Northwest as the second best film of all time seems crazy (Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it's not a film with great depth).

Seeing as I loved Before Sunset, is it worth me watching the original? How does it compare?

1/19/2010 View
Best Movies of the Decade, 2000-2009

I think perhaps it's less about these two guys, and more about the inherent selfishness of humans. It looks down on humanity quite a lot (much like 2001). I admit it's quite hard to make sense on first viewing, but Mulholland Drive didn't make full sense to me first time either. I can see why there's things that some people wouldn't like, though.

I'll give em both a watch. I actually don't really agree with Scaruffi half as much on cinema, particularly his 'Greatest of All Time' list. In fact Scaruffi strikes me as a massive ass nowadays, but he just has a music taste which correlates to mine.

1/19/2010 View
Best Movies of the Decade, 2000-2009

The form/stylistic aspect of any artform can be used to actually enhance the overall emotional impact of the content: a childlike tone slowly morphing into a complex intellectual register (A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man) exaggerates the theme of growth; a soliloquoy can be used not only to further audience understanding but also show how the protagonist is isolated and doesn't have a confidante (Hamlet); the film is shown as five minute snippets to constantly remind us of the short-term memory problems of the protagonist (Memento) etc. Primer's highly complex plot and somewhat distant characters are intentional, and serve to amplify the film's overall communication.

These are regular, superficial guys who happen to be highly intelligent; not heroes, anti heroes, overly charismatic people who you meet and think 'hey I could write a movie about this guy' or people who have great amounts of emotional depth. I think this is a film that brilliantly depicts what it intends to show, the highly complex and paradoxical world that these fickle people would create should they stumble upon the power of time travel. The plot is brilliant in my opinion, and films shouldn't really be plot based unless they really are this fascinating.

I don't think you need to care about characters for a film that isn't anything to do with character development. Who did you care about in 2001?

It's not a perfect film by any means but I found it incredibly compelling and quite profound. I also love physics and the speculation / ideas in this were very fun. Hope that explains its placement a bit better for you.

Any recs from you guys based on my current choices?

1/19/2010 View
Best Movies of the Decade, 2000-2009

Hang on, Scaruffi gives xXx a 7.0??!1oneoneonewut

1/18/2010 View
Film Log, 2010

I already raised a few points about this on your Film Log since I asked a bit above, but thanks for explaining nonetheless.

1/17/2010 View
Film Log, 2010

Why not? And good on teh vino.

1/17/2010 View
Favorite Films of the Decade

Excellent choice on 2046 and a fantastic list all round. Everything I've seen here is pretty much amazing, and makes me want to watch the stuff I haven't. I prefer Mulholland over Inland Empire, though.

1/16/2010 View
The Fifty Best Films of the Decade

I shall definitely give it a watch. Any chance of making a list like this for cinema through the ages?

1/14/2010 View
The Fifty Best Films of the Decade

Needless to say this is a brilliant list with eclectic choices (King Kong is certainly better than LOTR in my opinion). Your review of 2046 is spot on; a vastly underrated film in my opinion, as good as if not better than its predecessor. Did you like Chungkung Express, is it worth a watch?

1/14/2010 View