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I watch far more television than I do movies, which makes my Twitter feed rather sparse. Instead of posting about the one movie I saw every month, I saved up for a few and now have something more substantial to post.

If I had to pick one movie from the list that I'd tell you to run out any rent/buy right now my god right now it would be The Fall. I only Twittered (Tweeted, I think?) about it once, but I've seen it five times in the past four weeks. I watched it for the fifth time with Teagan last night, and we agreed there is a lot of movie in that movie. (I also showed her my favourite science fiction film ever, La Jetée, which is now helpfully posted in its entirety on Youtube. It's a good mood-setter for The Fall, and a good short film in and of itself. [livejournal.com profile] nevalent: you were asking about short films? That's one you must see.)


July!

Shallow Grave (1994): 7/10. Yes, I watched it again. Love it to pieces, even though it may not be the best film I've ever seen.

Hellboy II (2008): 6/10. Visually lavish, but never goes as far as it promises for story and character. Rent it for the ending boss-battle.
Its greatest flaw is that the unexplored b-story about the elf prince and his sister is probably way more interesting than the pregnant-superhero line. Much of the comedy is timed poorly, but it's a compelling film on its visuals alone.

Dark Knight (2008): 9/10. So very epic, but no real complaints. It's Aaron Eckhart's movie. Does Jimmy Gordon grow up to be Batgirl? Hmm. :P
I am, as I have been realizing while playing Lego Batman on DS, a shameless Batman fangirl. Still - Batman didn't really need to be in this movie. It was quite good, but with the focus on Dent and the Joker, Batman was almost superfluous. I get why It could have used a bit more levity, though; levity to give the final acts a bit more gravity. Despite that, Aaron Eckhart plays The Fall of Harvey Dent spectacularly.


August!

Hard Core Logo (1996): 9/10. Mocumentary about a has-been punk band touring the Prairies in November. One of the top ten Canadian films.
Seen it a bazillion times, and I have no problem watching it with someone if they've never seen it. You could describe it as Spinal Tap for the punk-rock set, but it rarely tips its hand about being a fiction.

Horatio Hornblower: The Even Chance (1998): can't give a grade to period drama crack. There are funny hats, silly costumes and Britishness.
And half the fun is watching the actors not crack up when they say "indefatigable" which is the unfortunately hard-to-spit-out name of their ship. Patrick O'Brian had it right when he put his characters on the Surprise.

Hornblower: Examination for Lieutenant (1998): The second TV movie in the series. There's plaaaague and a ship on fire. And lots of boats.
Again, no grade. It's an eye-candy literary adaptation that more-or-less animates the books with pretty boys in pretty clothes.

The Dark Knight (2008) 9/10. Possibly even more exhausting on the second time through. Saw it on IMAX at a sold-out show and it rocked.
Still wondering why it's Gordon's son that got the face-time, rather than his canonically-significant daughter.

Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999): More ungradable crack, this time in a Spanish prison where Jamie Bamber plays the girlfriend.
Jamie Bamber will always play the girlfriend. He's just so good at being that guy that unquestioningly supports the main character, after that main character has helped poor broken Archie (or poor whiny Lee, or whatever the character he's playing is called) to Learn to Live and Love Life (...or whatever) thereby securing the boy's undying loyalty. Or something. Highly amusing.

Mamma Mia! (2008): 6/10. Extremely silly. I spent the entire movie with this face: O_o. Meryl Streep continues to be fantastic.
My mother said, "Well, it can't possibly be worse than the Sing-Along Sound of Music." It wasn't, but only by shreds. The end credits sequence gave it points in its favour.


September!

Kinky Boots (2006): 6/10. Cute and fun, but falls into the based-on-a-true-story trap of being mild and tidy. Great musical numbers, though.
I wanted to like this one more, but it was so by-the-numbers and safe-soft-liberal that you wonder what the real people who inspired the story were like. Surely they were more interesting than these characters?

Road to Singapore (1940): 7/10. Crosby and Hope keep swearing off women to hang out with each other. Plus bonus: South Sea Spaniards!
Ah, classic Hollywood! It's racist, it's queer, it's a musical...

Death Race 2000 (1975): 7/10. David Carradine in his first post-Kung Fu role; killing people a technicolour dystopia. Thoroughly enjoyable.
HAND GRENADE! HA!

I also saw Soapdish, but was pretty drunk at the time. It was a very bright movie, is all I remember. That, and Robert Downey Jr's character trying to get it on with a woman who used to be a man.


October!

The Fall (2006): 8/10. Endlessly gorgeous film, but knowing about how it was made stops me from getting lost in it. Watched it 3x in 3 days.
I spent most of 2008 waiting to see this movie, and as it turns out, the wait was not wasted.

Rescue Dawn (2006): 8/10. Herzog's unexpectedly optimistic war movie. Christian Bale plays the cheeriest POW the Laotian army has ever seen.
I was expecting something bleak, but Bale's character is infected with a pathological cheeriness that Herzog seems to believe helped the guy survive.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004): 8/10. Another war film with Bale, but animated and based on a children's novel. Whimsical and powerful.
Watched in a double-bill with Rescue Dawn because the Herzog one put me in the mood for this one. Strange, but it works.

Blindness (2008): 7/10. Gorgeously shot film about a plague of blindness; without substance. Premise is more affecting than the film itself.
Again, more marks for aesthetics than for actual plot. But when style trumps substance, we're left making up bull like, "Well, maybe the shallowness of the film was intentional in order to make us reflect on the lack of connection in a post-industrial society." But really what's going on is they miss the balance between effective storytelling and not giving us enough to care about.

Passchendaele (2008): 6/10. Canada's 1st big-budget film spent it all on the war scenes (yay) and none on the plot (ew). Still, worth seeing.
See it if only to get an idea of what is possible for the next big-budget Canadian film.

(Edit: And I watched The Fall twice more. Not obsessed, just trying to unpack the damn thing. :D)

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Date: 2008-11-02 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Shallow Grave! Eee! Oh, happy memories.

And Howl! Gaah, I love that movie!

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Date: 2008-11-02 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Taken out of context, that first line is hilarious. But yes - good times!

Howl and Rescue Dawn make a surprisingly effective double-bill. Quite shocking, really. I wasn't expecting it at all, but if you want two films about war with Christian Bale playing a slightly unstable non-romantic hero that (spoiler!) have happy endings, those are a good pair.

My left arm is asleep, which means I keep having to go back and add letters to this reply.

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Date: 2008-11-03 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Ahahah! I hadn't even thought of that.

I'll have to check out Rescue Dawn. Ya know, in all that free time I have. But I could use a couple happy-endings right about now. Hmmm...

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Date: 2008-11-03 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Especially without the formatting tags, it's like you're the Ewan McGregor character, blithely unconcerned until your flatmate moves into the attic.

I find I always have time for pleasure reading, for watching movies, television... maybe I should spend more time on readings and stuff. I think my cultural studies prof would say so. However. I'm studying culture, here. (Yes, I repeat that to my mirror every morning.)

(Yes, Reana and I just watched 6 VMars episodes in a row - though at around number 4 she declared her undying love for Jason Dohring, so MY MISSION IS COMPLETE.)

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Date: 2008-11-26 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratefanatic.livejournal.com
Awww, VMars. *love*

I'm sooper excited 'cause over Thanksgiving break, I get to do research for my Theoretical Physics paper. Oh, noes! I have to go back and watch more Stargate and Farscape and lot sof other shows too! How tragic!

I've decided that NCIS is my new show to cuddle and love. I keep catching random eps, so I finally went back to the beginning of the most recent season. There's nothing amazing about it, but teh team dynamic is FANTASTIC and it's a well put together ensemble show.

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Date: 2008-11-27 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Seriously. So much love. LOGAN. Oh god Logan.

On the picket line, we were all talking about how we supposedly all have massive free time (LIES) but when we get home from the lines we're too wiped to do anything but watch TV. So I chime in with a happy little, "But mine's research!" Oh, Communications.

What little I know of NCIS is this: there is fic for it. Full stop. I shall check it out, though I think my next thing to tackle (now that BSG is nearly put to rest) is Six Feet Under.
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