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Dear Cinema Diary - Vol 3 E1 - Jan 2012

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People who added this item 1103  Average listal rating (670 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.3 
1. Shame (2011)


External Review @
Tiny Mix Tapes

Wow, I actually made it to the movie theater. After the amazement of Hunger I was a little disappointed but I was also entered the film a little more critical then before.

While I loved the film and can't wait to see more from Steve McQueen in the future. I don't think the film works quite so well on its own but as a companion piece to 2008's "Hunger" it works brilliantly.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.3 
2. Seven and a Match (2001)

Between oblivion and my queue abyss it is amazing that ended up watching this film.

From the descritpiong I was expecting "The Big Chill" but a lower-budget.

Actually, I was incredibly surprised. The actors and characters were amazing. The story is very sad and while the situations that many of the characters face are a bit cliche. It all some how worked a magical charm. The main character, Ellie is trying to cope with financial ruin and the loss of her family house. The dynamics of how do you be there for someone you can't help and how to deal with others while not being able to deal with your own life is well... bitter issue to come to terms with in life. For that aspect and the great cast... I highly recommend this film.
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People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
3. Dirty Filthy Love (2004)


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Ah, as some of you know I tend to be 'generous' in my rating of some films. There are exceptions... themes dealing with mental illness are one of those exceptions. I tend to rate all of these films extremely poorly. Simply because I find them insulting, unrealistic and worse actually detrimental to how society views mental health and the mental health profession.

OK... so that little rant out of the way. "Dirty Filthy Love" is an exception to my typical rating. I simply adore this film. Not only did the film capture the main characters OCD quiet well but also the deterioration of that OCD into something quite ugly. I think it manages to portray an accuracy yet at the same time stay rather lighthearted.
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People who added this item 838  Average listal rating (483 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
4. Frost/Nixon (2008)
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People who added this item 225  Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
5. In a Better World (2010)
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People who added this item 236  Average listal rating (120 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.8 
6. Kaboom (2010)


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Tiny Mix Tapes

A supernatural sex comedy, is perhaps the best way to describe the film. I find that the more Gregg Araki films I watch the more I fall in love with him. He has an ability to blend movie cliches into a unique form. If you watched The Rules of Attraction (2002) and felt like gagging at the end... well Araki finally filmed the cure.

While there is plenty of sex in the film. Don't rent this if your looking for a soft-core sex comedy that seems to littler the dvd shelves.
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People who added this item 870  Average listal rating (613 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
7. Elite Squad (2007)


Featured List
Must See Brazilian Films

I'm glad I finally got around to spending time with this film. While dynamics of the drug trade and police corruption might not be new for most viewers, I would still recommend the film if your looking for some substance with your police action/thriller.
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People who added this item 547  Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.3 
8. Submarine (2010)


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Review by PvtCaboose91

The 'quirky boy coming of age drama' certainly isn't an extraordinarily new idea. Still, it was nice to see a film more grounded then the rest.
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People who added this item 174  Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
9. The Madness of King George (1994)


Featured List
The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made

Yay, one more film from the NY Times list. I would have been far less impressed with "The King's Speech" if I had seen this film before hand. Still, better to be pleasantly surprised.
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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
10. Flickering Lights (2000)


So, this is the second film directed by Anders Thomas Jensen that I have seen.

He also wrote "In China They Eat Dogs" and the follow up to that film "Old Men In New Cars". So... if you have seen those two films you will find they have a lot in common with this film. You may even find this film boring if you have seen his other works. However, there is a little more sensitivity in this film so that was a pleasant surprise for me and held a few tears on my end.
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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
11. Welcome (2009)


Bilal is a 17-year-old Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can’t swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won’t be as easy as he imagined… The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact. —IMDb


Sweet and sad story.. had me in tears by the end but I suspected as much.
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People who added this item 1537  Average listal rating (982 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.1 
12. Sucker Punch (2011)


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Review by PvtCaboose91

It is interesting that many reviewers brush this film aside saying that it is "Every Teenage Boys Wet Dream" and there is a *ton* of rhetoric regarding the sexual nature of the film. Which is odd for a film that has no sexually explicit scenes or nudity.

Instead when the character Babydoll performs her 'erotic dance' the film cuts to a fantasy action sequence. What we know about the unseen dance is best summed when the character Sweet Pea comments "Sure, if you like all that moaning and gyrating".

I think the film says more about the hyper real sexualization of media to a point of non-sexuality. Perhaps we have just reached a point where we would rather see someone fight at dragon with WWII military weaponry then watch a strip tease.
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Classic Picks

People who added this item 90  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
13. Fists in the Pocket (1965)

Synopsis from Criterion: Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.

Of the films of the Italian Neo-Realist movement this has to be one of my favorites, ranking close with "Open City". It touches on the traditional themes of family and religion but with a very morbid tone. The film has been beautifully restored and I didn't find a dull moment in any of the pacing or story.
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People who added this item 123  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
14. Punishment Park (1971)


Featured Lists
The first list I saw this film listed on...
Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
and the list that remined me that I really should watch the film
Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre Films


Very powerful film even today. If you plan to watch the film do yourself a favor and watch the director's introduction first. It is a bit long but it covers some important historical information and very important film theory.
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People who added this item 314  Average listal rating (158 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
15. The Conformist (1970)


It took sometime for me to fully engage with the film, however by the end I was amazed. A great film not just about Fascism but about identity. The conflict of who we want to be and who we believe we are.
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People who added this item 265  Average listal rating (139 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
16. Los Olvidados (1950)


Luis Buñuel is one of those directors that I seem to always put off watching but always enjoy his films.
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People who added this item 66  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
17. The Country Girl (1954)


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People who added this item 350  Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
18. L'Avventura (1960)


Yay, another one marked off my NY Time film list. I do have to say that it took me a little while to fully distill the film. The film haunted me much like this film is haunted with a ghost that is never there.
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People who added this item 325  Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
19. The Knife in the Water (1962)


After thinking of what to say about this film... I'll stick with the suggested response.

"Bam! Knife in the Water watched, bitches!"

Note: I did not watch the second disk of Roman Polanski's short films which took up an entire coveted spot in my queue.
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Horror and Sci-Fi

People who added this item 515  Average listal rating (328 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
20. Final Destination 5 (2011)


Considering how bad the previous "Final Destination" film was this was a refreshing surprise.
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People who added this item 238  Average listal rating (146 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.5 
21. The Innkeepers (2011)


Featured List Movie journal - January 2012


Thanks to Orlok's list and encouragement or I might have missed this film.
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LGBT Theme

People who added this item 133  Average listal rating (71 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.8 
22. From Beginning to End (2009)


OK, the brotherly incest aspect is kind of a huge hurtle to get over. Sadly for me this isn't the first film with that theme I have sat through. The good news is that I sat through them so you wouldn't have to and this is actually the best of the three.

So... if your looking for a gay romance film. You could do a lot worse then this film. If your looking for more subtext and substance... you might want to take a pass.
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People who added this item 85  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
23. Christopher and His Kind (2011)


It is a rather interesting movie about Christopher Isherwood and centers on his time in Berlin as the Nazi's rise to power. However, I didn't find the film at all that interesting. The male nudity will certainly keep this made for tv film geared towards adult viewers however the stories emotional intensity is on the shallow side.
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Re-watched

People who added this item 986  Average listal rating (660 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
24. The Name of the Rose (1986)


I actually raised my star rating just a bit on this film. Mainly because I think it doesn't get enough credit. It is as good as I remember it when I watched it the first time.

Yes... the book was better but that is always the case. I can't name one case where I thought the film was better then the book.
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People who added this item 1807  Average listal rating (1150 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
25. The Fly (1986)


Very surprised at how well this film has held up over the years. Far more horrifying and disgusting then I had remembered... so yay for Cronenberg!
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People who added this item 270  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
26. Woman in the Dunes (1964)


I was 16 the last time I saw this film so... it was time for a re-watch.
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Other Films

People who added this item 82  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
27. The Aura (2005)


I liked the aspect of the main character sort of wandering around in almost a dream like state but it was a bit tedious. Have to say after "Nine Queens" I think my expectations might have been a little to high.
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.7 
28. Sympathy for Delicious (2010)


Recommend From Friend/Family

Well, the good news is that Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis are not the primary stars of the film. Which for me is a good thing. Wow... Orlando takes his shirt off and Juliette portrays a junkie, hardly ground breaking stuff :P

I found the story a bit redeemable but best avoided by the less then religious crowed. I sort of liked the message that miracles much like disasters don't happen because you deserve them or ask for them. So... meh...
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.2 
29. The Eclipse (2009)


I did like this film. I especially liked the characters and Ireland is always lovely.

Still, it felt more like "a dime store romance novel made it to the big screen" but done really well.

So, if your looking for a 'horror' film... do NOT rent this film. If your looking for a break from watching a ton of "Lifetime" made for t.v. films... then yes... by all means give it a rental.
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People who added this item 1561  Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
30. Pineapple Express (2008)


Comedy is always a hit or miss genre of film making. For me personally... this was a complete bore. There wasn't one moment in the film that I found funny or entertaining. Then there were the extra long fight scenes that actually made me wish I had watched the Three Stooges instead. In the end I wasn't horribly offended and can at least say I watched the film. A very unenthusiastic check mark of 'seen it' is about all the fun this film seemed to offer.
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Cinema Diary for 2012
The Year of The Dragon




This is a scrapbook of ideas, impressions and information about the movies I watch. It is basic, rough and raw in an effort to expand my personal viewing experiences. This is a creative exercise not a critical one. I hope you enjoy.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 27 11:11
Yep, normally I wait till the end of the month to put out my Journal but... figured why not.

Also because I own an extra thanks to Xanadon't for sending me great film to watch and owed him an early glance at my thoughts.

Also, thanks to lotr23's reviews and the giraffe unknowingly turning me on to the web site "Tiny Mix Tapes".

As far as the stuff lingering in the "Good Intentions Area" I think only one or two may get seen this month.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 27 20:21
Awesome mix here, and thank you for linking to my reviews. :) Seven and a Match is on my radar - what you've said and what I just read elsewhere gives me the impression that I might like it. I'm glad you set out to watch the criminally underseeen In a Better World - incredibly powerful movie. And Kaboom. This comment of yours describes the movie perfectly: "He has an ability to blend movie cliches into a unique form." Cliches aren't a bad thing as long as you find a way to make them interesting, and Araki, polarizing as he may be, is clearly very good at that.

As for the ones you're hoping to see, there's one I should warn you about... The Invisible is one of those largely hated movies that happened to work incredibly well for me. I don't know how many trailers for it are out there, but I wanna warn you that the trailer I saw back when I watched the movie a few years ago was one of the most deceptive trailers I've ever encountered, giving you a completely inaccurate impression of what the movie's about. It's not a horror movie. It's more of a drama tinged with supernatural elements. I responded really well to it because I liked what it had to say, but it doesn't surprise me that it's so widely disliked.

Frozen River, Pineapple Express and Restless are all excellent in their own ways, in my opinion - look forward to seeing your response to them.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 27 20:44
Frost Nixon was quite good. The Madness of King George - man, and I thought it was happily ever after once The King's Speech was over. I mean, besides WWII and everything...

I want to see The Conformist and Punishment Park now.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 27 22:41
@lotr23 Yep, I figured that "The Invisible" wasn't a horror film. Often find that all the "not-horror films" get terribly poor ratings just because well... they aren't really horror films. Like "They Came Back"... my word people it is *not* a zombie film so stop putting it on zombie film lists.

Fists in the Pocket (1965) is the film for today but I'll keep everyone's recommendations in mind for my weekend plans :)
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 27 23:36
Everything here that I've seen is under your "Good intentions" section haha. Still, good to see your thoughts on these...I'll be back to read some more of it later but had to stop by while I was here. And you're welcome for being linked to Tiny Mix Tapes! Been reading that site for several years now & I'm glad to bring them more fans.

EDIT: Looks like you watched The Fly since I last looked at the list. I last watched it a couple years ago & was also impressed with how well it's held up. :)
Edit: 2 years, 9 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 28 22:41
Yay, new list! And wow, what an impressive looking batch of movies watched. LOTS of stuff here that looks interesting, much of which has never flown into my radar until now. How have I never heard of Fists in the Pocket or Woman in the Dunes, for example? Ha, maybe I need to have a "*Blank* in the *Blank*" week.

Happy to see Dirty Filthy Love went over with you so well. It's been about 6 years since I watched it so..

L'Avventura sounds like an interesting watch. And I'm way overdue for a The Fly rewatch myself.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 29 0:52
@Xanadon't Think you would like both Fists in the Pocket and Woman in the Dunes. I think this is the most Criterion films I have seen in one month... 5??? That has to be a new personal record and with the three Italian films I feel like less of a schmuck about Italian Cinema. I think I stick with the neo-realist movement for now as that seems to be where I'm finding the films I enjoy the most.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 29 2:36
It did have more emotional complexity then the original version and sure the original has the "Help Me" cry that is difficult to forget but... the end...

Your 'genius' friends 'save' you by tossing a giant rock on you... WTF???

Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Jan 30 8:52
Yep, and having read your thoughts on it now we definitely experienced Pineapple Express the same way.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Jan 30 8:53
Okay... that was extremely strange. I left a comment about Pineapple Express and ^^that^^ happened.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Jan 30 8:55
Okay well now, after refreshing the page, it's gone. And my comment as I typed it is in it's place. I swear I'm not crazy...

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