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Dear Cinema Diary - Vol 2 E4 - Aug 2011

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Well, sort of a strange month for me. Watched 54 films and was really trying to catch up on all the Oscar picks that I had missed out on watching. As well as films tagged as "horror" and I was pretty sure they were in fact not horror. So... sort of a strange mix across the board.
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People who added this item 3137 Average listal rating (1875 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Babel (2006)
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.6

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I had read quite a bit about this film and thought that some how I might get bored with the film. However, the case does take some strange twists and the communities reactions are worth watching.
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A Black Comedy about a group of men who want to be terrorists. Extremely funny... however... could see how some might be highly offended by this film.
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People who added this item 411 Average listal rating (218 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
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Based on a true story this is a very dry and dark film. You thought your family was messed up... well here is another sort of family.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 4.9
I think me and four IMDb reviewers were the only people to actually like this understated film. Much has been said about the sexual graphic nature of the film (less then found in Shortbus) personally I didn't mind the imagry. I think the film did a great job of not just capturing the erotic but also how awkward and strange the human body can be... especially during love making.

A very simple and straightforward film that I found poetic, sweet and endearing.
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I really liked this movie but I'm also a Rugby fan and try to keep up with certain teams from time to time.

And while I do love Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, I found them to be too large of actors for the rolls. I would have preferred slightly lesser know actors. It was rather difficult to suspend disbelief with Morgan Freeman's rather distinct voice hashing out a South African accent.
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People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 265 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9


Pretty sure that the poor rating for this film has been due to people expecting this to be a horror film.

I knew full well that this was not a horror film before renting. It is a sad sweet story of people dealing with the unexpected return of their dead loved ones. The story only concerns the population of one small town so you don't fully get an idea of the global phenomenon. If your looking for a film that deals with love, death and letting go, in an unusual way... this is worth taking a look.
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People who added this item 122 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Beautiful Boy (2010)
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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (238 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2


A rather sedate romantic film. It never sinks to an overly cute or sugary level so I appreciated that aspect.
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4


I really liked this film... up until the voice over prologue. Which is never a good thing in a film about fictional characters.
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Historical Drama... no kids not horror but I knew that going into the film so I wasn't disappointed.
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People who added this item 330 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Birthday Girl (2001)


A romantic comedy with a very dry sense of humor and an 80's feel.
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People who added this item 1240 Average listal rating (788 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1


Take a subtle Romantic film and mix it with a subtle action film and you get a great story. Entertaining and endearing.
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People who added this item 1428 Average listal rating (766 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3


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A romantic film where the characters are raw and neurotic. The surrealist aspects blended well with the very human insecurities.
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7


Meh, while I liked the film. It is just a film about the history of a violin. So... hardly edge of my chair excitement.
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8


There were a few aspects to this film that touched on relevant issues. However, they were too few and too scattered. The end of the film is about as fantastical as "It's A Wonderful Life". Seriously, job creation and an American companies that actually produce a product... LOL What is this Star Wars?

This turned what could have been an important film into "The year my son had to go without Xbox". Still, the film delivered what it is clearly stated on the outside of the box "Company Men" which I obviously should have read as a warning label.
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.3


The cinematography and rich capturing of sounds make this a film worth spending some time with, however the story is very flat. I found it difficult to engage or connect with this film beyond the surface qualities. If your a fan of Béla Tarr's films then you might enjoy this film. Regrettably, the film is beyond my palate or appreciation.
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People who added this item 535 Average listal rating (285 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7


Romantic costume dramas are not my favorite genres of films. The chasten 'romance' between John Keats and Fanny Brawne was a tedious viewing experience.
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People who added this item 1043 Average listal rating (567 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0


Took far too long for a copy of this film to become availbe to rent... then got sent the wrong film. Gah...!!!

Winner of Cannes Jury prize 1990
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I was pretty young the first time I saw this film so it was about time for a rewatch.
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People who added this item 384 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
Rubber (2010)


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I wanted to see the film when it was in the theater so glad that giraffe reminded me of this strange gem.
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Seconds Apart (2011)


Murderous twins with psychic powers it is about time!
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People who added this item 544 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7


Murder, psychosis, lesbians and Kelley Deal... why was I avoiding this film???
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People who added this item 668 Average listal rating (446 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3


Brazil for the next generation of sci-fi viewers.
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People who added this item 620 Average listal rating (397 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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Grimm Love (2006)


I tried watching another film about the Oliver Hartwin case and didn't get very far. The story is just far too disturbing without the need for a screen adaption. So, I actually wouldn't have normally watched this film.

I am glad that the story was told through the eyes of a graduate student researching the case. I think having that character as a buffer to the story was essential. Still, it is that character which is the weakest part of the film. Many of her statements feel like she is projecting her feelings on the case. Her conclusions seem to sound false. The film never gives any insight or comes full circle with her story. So, whatever talents Keri Russell has are wasted on a script that could have been told from the point of view of a table lamp.

Still, this is perhaps the only film I ever plan watching regarding the Oliver Hartwin case. So, this was a good choice as it never felt like it sunk to a gore exploitation film.
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Yay, a good pick from After Dark Horror fest!
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 0

There is a creepy old guy suspected of murdering kids years ago who roams the woods. So... NATURALLY you go in there. This was high quality cheesy horror fun with a decent script. Nice to see William B. Davis in this little romp.
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People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.6


French - cannibalistic-hick/killer-in-the-woods slasher flick. The first part of the film did well in capturing rock climbing with fear-of-heights tension. Then quickly becomes your typical goofy "Wrong Turn" spin off.
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People who added this item 239 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.8


Amusing but silly.
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I can understand the poor reviews for this film. Still... you know me... I have spent my time on worst things.
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I was pretty impressed with this film. I liked the story and that the film gave enough time for that story to unfold.
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.2
Reeker (2005)


I truly dislike horror films with this type of story. However, I think it did a pretty good job with script. A few notable acting performances ensured that this film wasn't a total disaster.
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People who added this item 150 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.8
The Return (2006)


Not as bad as "I Know Who Killed Me" but completely forgettable... as in I forgot that I had actually slept through this movie once before.
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People who added this item 822 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Priest (2011)


It was better then "Van Helsing" but I would never recommend the film, nor watch it a second time. Gah... and Cam "The Ken Doll" Gigandet becomes more nauseating to see on screen each time.

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Choose (2011)
Yes, it is true that you can't cut and paste scripts from various different films and some how expect them to work.
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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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