Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Year of Watching DVDs, Part 33

I watched the entire IMDb top 250 list and now I'm watching everything else. All reviews so far.

This time I'm just going to list what I've seen recently in order of descending greatness, and I'll only comment on specific movies when I feel like it. I'm such a rebel.

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Deadwood, Season 3 (2006) (TV series, 12 episodes): Fuck HBO for prematurely cancelling their best series ever. Fuck them harder for apparently cancelling the promised wrap-up movies as well. As Dan Dority says,

SIX FEET UNDER got the best send off episode in the history of television. SOPRANOS ending was either great or awful (depending on one’s interpretation of it) but at least it got people talking. DEADWOOD—it just stopped. No ending. Just Stopped.

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Extra very good

Superbad (2007): I laughed, I cried.

Very good
Almost Famous / Untitled (2000) (repeat): Two different versions. The theatrical release is better.
Barton Fink (1991) (repeat)
Der Himmel über Berlin / Wings of Desire (1987) (IMDb list): There's a lot of talk in this one and most of it's in German (and a lot of it is spoken by Adolf Hitler from Der Untergang!) (the rest is spoken by Columbo) and I have no idea what they're all going on about but I do know that it's a seriously beautiful movie.
Fargo (1996) (repeat)
Local Hero (1983): The last one I had left on Aftonbladet's 100-greatest-movies list.
The Party (1968) (repeat): It's funny because it's true. I like to imagine that Bakshi passes out drunk in the bedroom and dreams the last 20 minutes, though.

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Good plus
The Collector (1965)
Elvis Meets Nixon (1997) (repeat): Extremely amusing TV movie about the legendary meeting in 1970.
Gandhi (1982) (repeat)

Morvern Callar (2002)

2046 (2004)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) (repeat)
Avanti! (1972)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) (repeat)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Educating Rita (1983)
Get Carter (1971)
Idiocracy (2006): Clever satire with an overly optimistic ending. (Spoiler:) There's really no way a decent guy with regular intelligence would have prospered in that world.
The King of Comedy (1983) (repeat)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Life on Mars, Series 2 (2007) (TV series, 8 episodes): Redeemed by the bittersweet ending.
The Sarah Silverman Program., Season 2 (2007) (TV series, 6 episodes)
Scrubs, Season 1 (2001-2002) (TV series, 24 episodes) (repeat)
Spartan (2004): Shock full of Mamet goodness.
Storytelling (2001)
Sunrise (1927) (formerly IMDb list): The entire movie is available on YouTube, but what you really need to watch is just this minute of Murnau madness.

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Strong Okay
Death of a President (2006): Fake documentary on Dubya slaying.

Meet the Parents (2000): Some sharply truthful moments.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004): Surprisingly unfunny.
Confetti (2006): Improvised British comedy.
Fuck (2005): Interesting documentary.
Life on Mars, Series 1 (2006) (TV series, 8 episodes): The premise (similar to Back to the Future and Peggy Sue Got Married and characters are more compelling than the actual story. The main character in this travels back (or does he?) to 1973, which seems not that long ago. But you know what? We are now farther away from 1973 than Marty McFly was from 1955. OMG time flies.
Mean Girls (2004): Written by Tina Fey.
Meet the Fockers (2004)
The Mummy (1932)
Spy Kids (2001) (repeat)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Tank Girl (1995) (repeat): Directed by Rachel Talalay, who was assistant production manager on A Nightmare on Elm Street, which I'll talk about next time.

Weak Okay
Blades of Glory (2007): Too obvious. Very few jokes are actually funny (I don't think I even smiled for the first half hour or so), but it's amiable enough.
Domino (2005)
Halloween (1978): See all Michael Myers' kills from the Halloween series in chronological order.

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Day of the Warrior (1996): Quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. Thank Christ I wasn't sober. Review here.

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Now the time has come for Saturday.

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