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People who added this item 2531 Average listal rating (1651 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
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My daughter received this one as a birthday gift, otherwise I might never have watched it. The trailers didn't impress me much, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. The plot is completely predictable due to its being more or less laid out in the opening sequence as well as formulaic to a fault, but I dug the characters (especially the horse Maximus) & there are some solidly entertaining action sequences & comedic moments.

So watch it for the entertainment factor, but don't expect originality or greatness.

See also: Generic, but charming and amusing, a review by PvtCaboose91
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Elf

One of my favorite Xmas movies. Last year was the first Xmas I spent with my future wife & our daughter, & when we decorated the house it was agreed upon that we'd watch Elf every year while doing so. Today was the day.

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People who added this item 1617 Average listal rating (1037 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2

The wizard duel remains the best part of the film. The music is really good, & overall it's an entertaining film, but I had issues with it...for all that goes on in the movie by the end it almost all seems pointless. Much is made of the value of brains over brawn, as well as Arthur's future status as a great leader, yet Arthur hasn't displayed either of those things by the end of it. Also, the part where he pulls the sword out of the stone seems like not so much of a big deal, & for it's titular status you'd think there'd be more build up to it. Instead what you really get is Arthur as a boy learning a few things from Merlin...which as I said is entertaining, but there's much room here for improvement.

Related list: Few things I love about cinema by johanlefourbe
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People who added this item 7382 Average listal rating (4929 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3

Did not at all intend to watch this one this month, but I was curious to see if it'd be another film my daughter would enjoy since she dug Tangled so much. She hardly cared it was on. On the plus side I got to enjoy it for yet another time.

Related list: The 12 Worst Movie Neighbours by jay-jay
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Still love it. Still by far my favorite batch of Xmas songs. I'll likely be listening to the soundtrack a lot for the next couple of weeks.

Related list: Christmastime Viewings: 2009 by PvtCaboose91
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People who added this item 4999 Average listal rating (3314 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9

In the search to find another film besides Tangled that my daughter would watch, we finally found one in Toy Story 2 (we've attempted several over the past week, most of which were shut off when it became apparent she didn't care about them at all...in the meantime, Tangled has been re-watched almost every day this month at her request). I believe this was my 3rd viewing of this film, which I suppose means I now owe a viewing to the 3rd film (which I've only seen twice so far). This month I've noticed more things this film has in common with the films it falls between, but I still think this one is equal to the 1st while the 3rd remains the best of the trilogy.

Related list: Pixar (Best to Wor...Still Pretty Damn Good) by I.T.log
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Felt like a first viewing in a lot of ways as I quickly realized I haven't seen this since it was in theatres back in 1981. I used to have an LP of the film that I listened to often throughout my childhood, which contained most of the movie & those parts had stuck with me even though the visuals hadn't entirely. Most interestingly, it turns out this was my introduction to Kurt Russell and Corey Feldman, neither of whom I realized did voice work here (may have been my introduction to Mickey Rooney too, but as many films as he's been in it's impossible to say for sure).

Overall it follows the typical Disney formulas and the animation is outdated now, but the intelligent take on societal pressures/prejudice elevates it a bit in my estimation.

Related list: Movies that everyone should see before 13 by SwornShadow
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (119 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9

Thanks to all the times I watched this one in the 90s, much of it was still as familiar & entertaining as I remembered. Totally forgot/didn't realize JK Simmons had a bit part in it. My appreciation has only grown for the performances of Judy Davis & Kevin Spacey captured here, & as Christmas movies go this still ranks highly among my personal favorites.

See also: A tremendously funny black comedy, a review by PvtCaboose91 (and the only substantive online review you'll find for the film)
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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (619 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7

Even better than I'd remembered it, and I was left wondering where the Bill Murray I watched most of my life disappeared to (pretty sure actually that Wes Anderson kidnapped him & stole his soul throughout filming on Rushmore...lord knows he's been a shell of himself ever since). I especially love that between the events surrounding Murray's character & the scenes brought in from "Scrooge" you've got the entire Dickens story. Easily my favorite version of A Christmas Carol.

Related list: Phillydude's Movie Log - December, 2011
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People who added this item 3003 Average listal rating (1960 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2

Every bit as good as I remembered it being, though not without its flaws. It still manages to keep me spellbound by the story, make me laugh at all the chaos the "gremlins" cause (Mrs. Deagle's ride remains the funniest moment), and instill a sense of gratitude that I never had a surprise left in my chimney on Xmas. ;)

Related list: Top 50 of the 80s by drugs
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Series focus: Pink Panther


My dad was always in love with the Pink Panther series, so it was inevitable that I'd watch them as I was growing up. I haven't watched most of them since the early to mid 1990s, but when I came across them all on sale one day I picked them up. I'd tried to watch this one about 3 years ago, but I started it late at night & fell asleep. So I went into this viewing with somewhat lowered expectations for it.

And as it turns out it's as good as I'd originally remembered. Better perhaps, as I now catch a lot more jokes & entendre than I did in my teens. It's by no means a fast-paced film, but I was never bored at any point, and more than a few moments had me laughing hard. I love the way the story plays out, several scenes I found had stuck with me over the years, and the ending is brilliant. We'll see how I feel about it compared to the rest of the series soon enough.

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Far funnier than its predecessor, and the story is equally good here. The comic set pieces all work so well that I recalled the majority of them the moment they started to unfold, and all around this is a solid film. A bit slow occasionally perhaps, but thoroughly entertaining.

Related list: The Evolution of Peter Sellers by Maary
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3

Apparently I'm missing the 2 films that fall between A Shot in the Dark and this one, though I also see that one of said films doesn't have Peter Sellers in it. So I guess I'm really only missing one & I'm inclined to get my hands on it as soon as I can.

I continue to be impressed by how well this series is put together. This time around the plot is well laid out, the comic set pieces are hilarious to the point I almost fell out of my seat a few times, and the acting remains top notch. The opening scenes had remained with me, but after the Quasimodo scene I barely remembered the rest of it. That proved to be a good thing though, as it meant I got more enjoyment out of the entire thing. Herbert Lom is especially great this time around as Dreyfus, and I got a kick out of the animated segments that worked the Pink Panther into other films.

Anyway, really glad I'm continuing on with my project at the moment, and especially glad I'm finally revisiting these.

Related list: Top Comedies by diabolical dr voodoo
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Aside from one or two scenes that were left in my head this may as well be a first view. Definitely my least favorite of the ones I've watched this month as the story wasn't firing on all cylinders for me. Most of the comedic moments are hilarious, a couple fall flat, but they're too spread apart I felt especially in the first 3rd of the movie.

And so I ended my 2011 viewings with a good but not great film, which seems appropriately reflective of the year in general.
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Lady's choice

I asked my girlfriancee to pick out a movie from the ones I haven't seen but she has. Here's what she chose...
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First off, I have to point out that this was watched the night after Xanadon't & lotr23 commented below about this film. Seems to me like one of those times when the whole world is in harmony or what-have-you, & so I forgot about whatever expectations I had for the film & rolled with it.

Simply summed up: I got it, but I didn't really want it. I understand what went on in this movie, I even laughed at times, and while it looked pretty too in the end I simply don't care about what I watched. Ah well.

Related list: Quirky! by ♥ CHANi
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Never seens

Most of these belonged to my girlfriancee & were merged into my collection. Infernal Affairs I bought on recommendation so I could watch it before watching The Departed & have yet to sit down with it for whatever reason.
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Overdue for a revisit

Most of these I bought on DVD because I knew I wanted to watch them again at some point. Now it's time to finally do so. (A couple of these I've added due to their fitting the Xmas holiday season.)

It's been bugging me lately that I have some DVDs on my shelves that I haven't watched at all...some I acquired through merging my collection with my girlfriancee's, some I bought with the intention of watching & haven't got around to, & others I bought knowing I like them but haven't seen in many years. So I've decided to primarily focus on films in my collection for the month of December, & if it goes well maybe I'll make it an annual thing.

Since I already have an ongoing Watched in 2011 list, anything I see this month that's not from my collection will be added to it rather than lumped in here.

Special thanks to Xanadon't for the idea.

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Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 7 7:47
Yep, I dig this idea. It's silly how much money I spend on DVDs, only to have them sit on the shelf untouched for years. I keep telling myself I'll make an effort to refrain from renting the newest, shitty horror movie or slacker comedy and rewatch some titles I know I love, but alas...

Ha, at this point I need to focus on watching other peoples' DVDs that have made a home in my apartment for too long.

Anyways, great start! Dig the Elf tradition! And your feelings about every film on here so far are pretty near my own.

Hope you like Darjeeling Limited even half as much as I do. Arsenic and Old Lace should prove to be fun too!
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 7 9:00
There really is something strange about owning a DVD and then suddenly I feel like I no longer 'have to' watch the film because... well I own the darn thing.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 7 12:42
Haha, I struggle so much when deciding whether or not to buy a DVD, even when it's one of those that's being sold pretty cheap, because the question that really nags at me when I'm deciding is: "Is this something that I'm REALLY going to watch a lot of times?" There may be a movie that I saw in theaters and loved, then I rented it once it came out because I definitely had to watch it again, and if it's ever on TV, I'll definitely keep the channel on. But it's not something that I need to HAVE in my house so that I can watch it whenever I want to. I don't know if it means that the decision to buy a DVD should be based more on rewatch value than on how much you loved a movie, since I fully admit I own some movies that I've rated 8/10 and don't own some of the ones I've rated 10/10. Some movies are just... easier to watch to relax at home and whatever, even if they aren't artistically amazing.

I saw Tangled in theaters in December last year after one of my final exam periods was over - great way to clear the mind. :) As for Darjeeling Limited, I've kind of reached the conclusion that you either love or hate Wes Anderson. I see you really disliked The Royal Tenenbaums (which I also didn't like, but most people do), so I'm not sure how you'll feel about this one, but hey, if you have the DVD, you may as well give it a shot. Several people have told me that I should watch Fantastic Mr. Fox and that it may even be the first movie by him that I'd actually like. I've kept putting it off for some reason, haha.

This is a great idea for a list, and look forward to seeing how you feel about the rest of what you've got on the collection. :)
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 8 17:08
Good list.
I'm guilty too of getting all the movies that I "really wanted/needed" to see but now I have them, well, I can watch them anytime so what's the rush?!
Meaning that dvds end up collecting dust whilst I end up watching newer movies that I may not have as much interest in :-/
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 9 17:59
@lotr23, my answer to your dilemna is quite simple:

1. The great movies you love, that you will watch many times, you buy them and keep them.

2. All the other movies, you buy them for max. 5 euro/dollar and after watching them, you go to a 2nd hand shop and resell them.

Last week, I brought 2 bags full of dvds, got 25 euro back then bought 2 bags full for 55 euro (minus 25, so I actually paid only 30 euro) and I got such movies like 'the imaginarium of dr parnassus, Green zone, the book of eli, let the right one in, the outlaw josey wales, an american werewolf in london, accross the universe, terminator 2, rec,... Between 50 cents and 3,50 euro a piece. I may keep some of those but most of them will come back to the shop. Right now, I have a backlog of more than 70 dvds so I guess it will take me more than a year to watch all of them...

Just look for the cheap stuff!

If you're interested, you can check my neverending dvds list:
www.listal.com/list/my-queue
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 9 21:10
@the giraffe (in reply to your comment on my profile): Well, I'll be honest and say it's been several years since I saw it, haha. I actually saw The Royal Tenenbaums only a few months ago, so I remember that one better, but I also remember that my feelings towards it were very similar to the ones I had for The Darjeeling Limited when I saw it... I just feel that there's a really forceful attempt being made to be as offbeat as possible and that there's no redeeming emotional component to help make it also LIKABLE. People who know how I feel about movies are aware that I love weird characters. But weirdness ON ITS OWN is definitely not appealing to me.

To explain my impressions a bit more clearly, I should also say that, for me, a 5/10 rating means that there were a few aspects of the film I found good, but they weren't enough to warrant giving it a passing grade. I don't think I've been bored during any of Anderson's films, but I certainly haven't been emotionally engaged by them, and that's something that matters a lot to me.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 13 11:31
its my pleasure that u linked one of my list here.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 14 15:58
Good list! I really need to re-watch elf some day.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Aug 29 7:20
Great list and comments. I have several movies that I need to watch. Thanks for the inspiration.

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