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Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2015

I'm in! http://listology.com/ajdagreat/list/films-seen-2015

1/2/2015 View
Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2013

Please include me in the 2014 scoreboard: http://listology.com/ajdagreat/list/films-seen-2014. Thank you!

1/5/2014 View
Films Seen In 2013

Hahaha. Yeah, I was mostly kidding - checking out your Greatest Films list, I would certainly put Citizen Kane, Brazil, Persona, Chinatown, and North by Northwest in my top 25 as well. And I love Nashville and the complete Metropolis too.

I keep thinking I should watch Satantango, but I can't bring myself to do it. Bela Tarr, Y U NO CONTAIN YOUR IDEAS TO A MOVIE OF REASONABLE LENGTH.

1/10/2013 View
Films Seen In 2013

I loved it. It may be my favorite movie of the year. It's a bizarre love letter to the cinema, a diatribe against stifling new technologies, and an examination of all humanity, all at once. I think it sort of examines the multifaceted nature of humans and the way that we all socially "perform" for others, through the behavior of one actor who seems to be performing in life and cinema at the same time. And it does all this while being a fast-paced, tremendously entertaining roller coaster ride of tones and emotions. If you think that sounds a bit like Synecdoche, New York, you're probably not too far off.

Then again, I just watched one of your favorites and didn't really care for it, so maybe you should take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

1/8/2013 View
Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2013

Hit me up! Here.

1/1/2013 View
10 Movie Scenes That Consistently Make Me Laugh No Matter How Many Times I've Seen Them:

According to my User Directory listing, I created my Listology account exactly 10 years ago today. These days I'm a bit too busy to be as active as I used to be, but Listology's lasting influence on my taste in movies, music, television, books, etc. over the years is undeniable. I believe I am a more enlightened person directly as a result of this site, so thank you, Listology community. Here's to a great 10 years.

7/6/2012 View
Greatest Films of the 2000s (and on)

Fair enough. Roger can be a dork, but since you seem to be someone who enjoys complex, artsy films and Charlie Kaufman, I think you'd probably like it. But by all means, no rush.

1/9/2012 View
Greatest Films of the 2000s (and on)

Don't listen to Marquee. Synecdoche, New York is great. Roger Ebert agrees. :-)

1/9/2012 View
Films Seen: Listology Scoreboard 2012

I've been too busy with law school to watch too many movies, but hey, what the hell: http://www.listology.com/ajdagreat/list/films-seen-2012.

1/7/2012 View
TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME - 2012 POLL RESULTS (as voted by Listology users) (ARCHIVED)

I mean I probably haven't thought deeply enough about what my top 10 films would look like, but I threw a rough approximation together anyway.

1/3/2012 View
TOP 10 FILMS OF ALL TIME - 2012 POLL RESULTS (as voted by Listology users) (ARCHIVED)

Haven't been around here too often, but this is too tempting not to partake, even if I sort of fudged the list:

1) Sunset Boulevard - Wilder (1950)
2) Chinatown - Polanski (1974)
3) Citizen Kane - Welles (1941)
4) Pulp Fiction - Tarantino (1994)
5) City Lights - Chaplin (1931)
6) Taxi Driver - Scorsese (1976)
7) Once Upon a Time in the West - Leone (1968)
8) Persona - Bergman (1966)
9) North by Northwest - Hitchcock (1959)
10) Brazil - Gilliam (1985)

1/3/2012 View
Terrible Movies With Astonishingly Good Casts

I meant the latter. I haven't actually seen either of those movies, but they are pretty ubiquitously reviled.

7/12/2011 View
Films Seen In 2011

I thought Tree of Life was a great film, albeit one bogged down by a few complete WTF moments. The dinosaurs struck me as incredibly silly; some of the narration falls flat (I felt that even more strongly about The New World); and what is Sean Penn doing in that movie, exactly? Still, for the most part it was a gorgeous and thought-provoking film. I love movies that deal with childhood but don't romanticize it, that deal with strict fathers but don't demonize them. Phenomenal acting throughout.

And I should check out Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte. It sounds wonderfully nutty.

6/16/2011 View
Films Seen In 2011

AfterHours - I'm sorry to have ignored you for so long. At the time, I was hoping that I'd get around to updating my "Damn" review list soon enough to satisfy your question, but I've been slacking off on that one and I'm afraid I just don't think I'll feel motivated to keep updating it. Part of that, surely, is knowing I'm starting law school in late August and I'll have precious little free time to review films then.

Anyway, to me What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? played like the insane, campy version of Sunset Boulevard, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's grotesquely weird, darkly comical, and intensely creepy, and I enjoyed every pulpy minute of it.

6/13/2011 View
Greatest Films Poll (Categories Being Added...) (ARCHIVED)

I suppose I have a different philosophy on this. I would much rather see a movie try to achieve greatness and fail than have it pander to the lowest-common-denominator of cinematic entertainment, and then even fail at being remotely entertaining. It's really not that hard to make a dick or fart joke that makes people laugh. I've made plenty in my life. So when a film's sole ambition is to wallow in the scatological and sexual excesses of humankind and all it can do is produce tired groans, I find it insulting that there are filmmakers out there who actually thought I would find this stuff funny. It's more insulting to me than when a film has grand ambitions but the execution doesn't make it there. In other words: artistic brilliance is hard; I don't blame a film for not getting to that point. Amusing dick jokes are easy; it's appalling when a film can't achieve that low standard.

3/9/2011 View