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Old 03-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #121
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I'm more focused on the popcorn films I'm looking forward to this summer right now. There was a whole section at the local theater today that was just the movie posters for Thor, Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens. It was an awesome moment. But, Super 8 can't come soon enough.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:49 PM   #122
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Every Tony Scott Film - Tiered

Deja Vu
Top Gun
Unstoppable
Man on Fire
Crimson Tide
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The Last Boyscout
True Romance
Revenge
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Enemy of the State
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The Hunger
Beverly Hills Cop II
Days of Thunder
Spy Game
Loving Memory/One of the Missing
Domino
The Fan
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:50 PM   #123
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Unstoppable is better than Enemy of the State? Really?

Spy Game wasn't that bad.

Last Boy Scout is top tier. If not his best, period.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:52 PM   #124
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Last Boy Scout needs a rewatch to be honest. Sure to improve. As does Enemy of the State. Seen Unstoppable twice now though. Adore it.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:22 AM   #125
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Over the past year:
1/The Lovely Bones
2/Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
3/Eat, Pay, Love
4/ Remember Me

I can't remember if I've seen anything else. On Wednesday mornings my local cinema shows a screening of a film that has been released a few months earlier at cut prices. This week they are showing the squeal to Wall Street. I haven't seen the first film though. There's a few good films on at the moment.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:30 PM   #126
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Last Boy Scout is top tier. If not his best, period.
Holy shit, yes. Granted, I haven't delved into Scott's filmography as deeply as you have, but that film's a blast.

Apparently he's attached to the 24 movie. I wouldn't mind that at all.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:40 PM   #127
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Also, What I Saw At SXSW (in order of preference):

Attack the Block (Joe Cornish) *****
Tabloid (Errol Morris) *****
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Constance Marks) *****
How to Die in Oregon (Peter D. Richardson) ****
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog) ****
Source Code (Duncan Jones) ****
The Innkeepers (Ti West) ****
FUBAR 2: Balls to the Wall (Michael Dowse) ****
Another Earth (Mike Cahill) ***
Super (James Gunn) ***
Detention (Joseph Kahn) **

Also, I caught the first FUBAR in a double feature with the sequel and the AICN screening of Matthew Robbins' Dragonslayer with Guillermo del Toro in attendance. That fucking ruled.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:41 PM   #128
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Source Code isn't shitty then?
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:49 PM   #129
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I thought it was a notable step up from Moon in both its construction and execution. Its able to transcend its plot and the mechanics of a "time travel/parallel universe" conceit and actually reach an emotional catharsis that's pretty sublime. There's a definite Hitchcockian throughline to how Gyllenhaal's character becomes obsessed with his mission and burgeoning love of Monaghan's character (because really, who wouldn't?) all bound by a series of tense set-pieces in the train. Those sequences are levied well by the segments involving Vera Farmiga, whose able to deliver some clunky exposition fairly well. There's a set of well-worn, but well-explored philosophical ideas at play. Any issues I had with it were the moments of exposition, Jeffrey Wright's miscalculated performance, and the direction it takes in the final 5 or so minutes. Aside from that, it's about as enjoyable of a "time travel" film as I've seen in ages.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:56 PM   #130
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That's rather encouraging. As I've made my case before, Moon definitely showed promise, and the cinematic passion of a young filmmaker, but was a rather flawed piece of work. So I'm not surprised to hear he's improved a bit with his next film. The trailer had something of a Twelve Monkeys vibe to it, plus trains+cinema are always a lot of fun.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:15 AM   #131
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The Gilliam vibe is certainly felt throughout... along with Groundhog Day. Jones not writing this film may be a reason for the step-up, too. Jury's still out on that.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:30 PM   #132
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20 Favorites American Films of the "Naughts"
(usual limit of one film per director - ordered alphabetically)

Before Sunset (Linklater)
The Brown Bunny (Gallo)
Collateral (Mann)
The Company (Altman)
Deja Vu (Scott)
Gangs of New York (Scorsese)
George Washington (Green)
A History of Violence (Cronenberg)
I'm Not There (Haynes)
Kill Bill (Tarantino)
Last Days (Van Sant)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (W. Anderson)
The Limits of Control (Jarmusch)
Mulholland Drive (Lynch)
The New World (Malick)
No Country For Old Men (Coen)
Old Joy (Reichardt)
Punch-Drunk Love (P. Anderson)
War of the Worlds (Spielberg)
Zodiac (Fincher)
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:15 PM   #133
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Are we talking 2000-2009 or 2000-present?

I'm not going to make the obvious criticism here.

A handful of those would be on my list: Bangs, the Malick, I'm Not There, and maybe the Linklater and Kill Bill. And prob the Lynch.

I'd sub A Serious Man for NCFOM, Benjamin Button for Zodiac (I recently watched the latter and had swapped them, but then listened to Finch's commentary for the former and went back), and All The Real Girls for George Washington.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:34 PM   #134
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Well, 2000-2009 I suppose, but I don't think there's anything from last year or this one yet that would break onto that list, so it doesn't quite matter.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:41 PM   #135
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Well I guess I can't substitute A Serious Man, then. I'd have to go with The Man Who Wasn't There, but it's VERY close with NCFOM.
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