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Added by Toby White on 4 Jan 2013 09:45
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Films Watched in 2013

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People who added this item 868 Average listal rating (608 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
A terrible sequel to the great Escape from New York. This film should never have been made.

Don't let it affect your judgement of Escape From New York though as it is a real classic of dystopian cinema.
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Clockers (1995)
3rd Viewing. An engaging drama from Spike Lee, with solid performances from Harvey Keitel and Mekhi Phifer.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.3
Cat Chaser (1989)
I'm a huge fan of Abel Ferrara's work, but Cat Chaser is an absolutely terrible film. It doesn't really display any of the traits that make Ferrara's films so unique. It's plot is trite and predictable, the performances are flat and unconvincing. I find it very difficult to understand how he made the transition from this film to King of New York and Bad Lieutenant, two exceptionally made, provocative films. In short, Cat Chaser resembles nothing more than an indistinguishable TV movie, which for me is by far Ferrara's worst effort.
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People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Sorcerer (1977)
An exceptional film from William Friedkin, utterly gripping from the opening scene right until the end. Spectacular visuals and another memorable score from Tangerine Dream.

Brilliant!!

Can't wait to catch this on the big screen when it's rereleased next year and for the Blu ray release!
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People who added this item 604 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Savages (2012)

I have little positive to say about this film and to be honest I would rather refrain from writing anything lengthy to express how weak it is. The lead characters are far too uninteresting to care about, and their performances lack quality. The cliched, cheesy one-liners are so cringe-worthy that I was close to switching it off: "I have orgasms, he has wargasms!". The dialogue is poorly written at times and the plot is dull. Apart from Blake Lively looking very pretty, this film offers very little else. Surprising, coming from Oliver Stone.
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People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (236 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
McCabe & Mrs.Miller is an unforgettable masterpiece. It is beautifully photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond. The graininess of the images effectively transport the viewer to this particular period in American history. The story is told with such subtlety and at the same time it conveys so much depth beneath the surface. Hilarious at times and also melancholic. Great lead performances from Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. A poetic Western and love-story and a landmark of American cinema.


I'm looking forward to watching a lot more of Robert Altman!
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People who added this item 235 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
3 Women (1977)
2 Viewings on Blu-Ray in Jan 2013.

Robert Altman's 3 Women is a masterpiece. It's images are incredibly hypnotic and affective, and the performances of Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall are astonishing. It has strains of Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966) and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001), and there is clearly a deep artistic connection between these three films.



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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
Hardcore (1979)
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People who added this item 2009 Average listal rating (1289 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
2nd viewing. An absolute masterpiece from Michael Cimino. Subtle, understated performances from Walken and De Niro. Completely gripping throughout, it also captures so much emotion and pain by simply showing the characters' expressions or the haunting beauty of the Pennsylvania landscape. Another beautiful piece of cinematography from Vilmos Zsigmond.
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People who added this item 2743 Average listal rating (1930 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Django Unchained is probably one of Tarantino's best films. Dicaprio and Waltz deliver brilliant, nuanced performances, helping to effortlessly shift the film's mood back and forth from the comedic to the intensely dramatic. It displays some beautiful cinematography. At nearly two and a half hours, the film doesn't lag. It's pacing is strong and the characters are genuinely interesting. Although it occasionally breaks into the obligatory messy, over-the-top, fully fledged Tarantino mode where the protagonist becomes invincible, it also shows an interesting development in Tarantino's style. His maturity as a director is on display throughout, particularly in terms of the visuals and the way tension accumulates in scenes.



2 viewings at the cinema in Jan 2013.
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People who added this item 711 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 787 Average listal rating (502 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Time Bandits (1981)
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People who added this item 295 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Jungle Fever (1991)
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People who added this item 1666 Average listal rating (1114 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Wes Anderson makes very pretty looking pictures. Each frame is precisely composed and contains a lot of revealing details. The cinematography is ordinarily very static and exact and the characters are most often eloquent, emotionally troubled individuals. I can see why people find his films charming, but they are not to my taste. I don't really get anything from his films, with the exception of The Royal Tenenbaums.
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People who added this item 830 Average listal rating (512 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Caché (2005)
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People who added this item 1233 Average listal rating (675 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Lincoln (2012)
Linclon bored me to tears.

Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis is an exceptional actor. But the subject matter of this film is so dull. This Spielberg film is clearly tailor made for those conservative folk at the American Academy. It's very interesting that Lincoln came out at theatres around the same time as Django Unchained. At least Tarantino had the guts to use his imagination to explore the issue of slavery.

Long live cinema that celebrates artistic merit. It's not as if the world needs any more Biopics. They're boring as hell!!
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People who added this item 1920 Average listal rating (1259 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Mad Max (1979)
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People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Ordet (1955)
Ordet is absolutely amazing. The combination of great camera work and exceptional performances give the film a real intensity. Whilst being very restrained in all aspects of its narrative, characterisation, visual compositions and structure, it attains an incredibly hypnotic and haunting style. Its images convey so much emotion in the characters by allowing their expressions to work in tandem with masterful compositions and lighting. A truly memorable work that will continue to resonate long after its seen.
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People who added this item 780 Average listal rating (504 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Re-Animator (1985)
Watched on DVD February 1st.
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People who added this item 2089 Average listal rating (1199 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Dark Shadows (2012)
Watched on February 2nd.
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People who added this item 1716 Average listal rating (1169 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Watched on February 2nd.
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People who added this item 489 Average listal rating (285 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Kagemusha looks absolutely beautiful. It is a very quiet and patient film, and it builds up slowly to the climatic battle. Although there are battle sequences, more prominence is given to its calm atmosphere and beautiful visuals. The most striking scene in the film is the dream sequence where the lord's double encounters the lord himself, or rather his ghost, amid a rainbow of lucid multi-coloured clouds. My impression is that the film will become even more impressive upon repeated viewings.

Watched on DVD February 3rd.
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
All About Eve (1950)
Watched on DVD February 4th.
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People who added this item 400 Average listal rating (285 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Party (1968)
Watched online February 5th.
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
Communion (1989)
Watched online February 5th.
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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Marathon Man (1976)
Watched online February 6th.
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People who added this item 556 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Blow Out (1981)
Watched online February 7th.
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People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Watched February 10th.
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Watched on Blu Ray February 10th.
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People who added this item 824 Average listal rating (472 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Amour (2012)
Watched at the cinema February 11th.
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People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (282 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
4th viewing - on Blu ray.

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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.8
Go Go Tales (2008)
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People who added this item 1549 Average listal rating (1076 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Argo (2012)
Watched at the cinema feb 16th.

Don't believe the hype.
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People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 5427 Average listal rating (3799 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Avatar (2009)
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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.3
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
Fear City (1984)
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People who added this item 2159 Average listal rating (1495 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Alien 3 (1992)
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People who added this item 1819 Average listal rating (1187 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 8503 Average listal rating (6074 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
3rd viewing.
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People who added this item 3069 Average listal rating (2061 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gran Torino (2009)
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People who added this item 226 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6
Maniac Cop (1988)
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Watched on DVD on February 28th.

This film blew me away with its uncompromising style and singular use of colour and set design. Michael Gambon is terrifying in the lead role, while Helen Mirren's performance is subtle and relies on her expressions and sheer physicality.

The soundtrack is very powerful. It works perfectly with the film's images and its general structure, and towards the end of the film it acquires a great deal of emotional weight.

Anyone who is looking for a film that is truly unique, but at the same time, is a great piece of filmmaking should consider The Cook, the thief, his wife, and her lover. An unforgettable film!
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People who added this item 1027 Average listal rating (615 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
2nd viewing.

Watched on Blu ray on March 1st.

The picture and audio quality are superb on this blu ray release.

The film itself is incredibly atmospheric, and after a second viewing it is actually even more impressive. The cinematography is beautiful, very carefully constructed and full of great touches and subtleties. The score is very affecting and hypnotic, and it becomes essential to film's overall mood and its lonely protagonist (played to perfection by Gene Hackman).

Winner of the P'alme d'Or in 1974.
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People who added this item 617 Average listal rating (342 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Watched on Blu Ray - March 5th.
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An ongoing list of films watched during 2013.

January


Favourite films of the month
1. 3 Women
2. The Deer Hunter
3. Ordet
4. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
5. Sorceror
6. Django Unchained
7. Cache (Hidden)


Worst film of January - Cat Chaser


February

Favourite films of the month
1. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife,
and Her Lover
2. King of New York
3. Blow Out
4. The Marathon Man
5. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
6. Kagemusha
7. Hearts of Darkness
8. Gran Torino
9. Amour

Worst film of Feb - Dark Shadows

March

Favourite films of the month
1. Accatone
2. Badlands
3. The Conversation
4. Boogie Nights
5. The Double Life of Veronique
6. Elevator to the Gallows
7. The Man from London
8. An American Werewolf in London

Worst film of Mar - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5


April

Favourite film

1. Memories of Murder


May - June

Watched - 5 Seasons of the Wire and 3 Seasons of Treme

July

Favourite films of the month
1. The Host
2. Joint Security Area
3. Bubba Ho-Tep
4. The Brothers Grimm


August

Favourite films of the month
1. Snowpiercer
2. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Worst film of the month - Swamp Thing



September


Favourite Films of the month
1. The Driver
2. Attack the Block
3. Army of Darkness


Worst film of the month -The Roommate

October

Favourite Films of the Month
1. Eyes Wide Shut
2. Ghost in the Shell
3. Grave of the Fireflies
4. Gravity
5. Friday
6. Session 9


Worst film of October - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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