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Old 12-11-2012, 08:58 PM   #101
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What's next, Mr. Cooper?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:41 PM   #102
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Not entirely sure, I'm also open to suggestion. At any rate, it'll be a week or so before I do another list. School is getting fairly busy.
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Speaking of The Matrix, it was just selected for the U.S. National Film Registry.
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Speaking of The Matrix, it was just selected for the U.S. National Film Registry.
Nice. Very deserving in my opinion.
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Top Twenty Non-2012 Films I Saw in 2012

2012 has come and gone, and it’s at this time of the year that film critics look back on the year that was. While I do plan on doing a top ten of 2012 films, I still have yet to see certain high profile 2012 releases. Still, I wanted to do something. Through sheer chance, I stumbled across the idea of ranking the non-2012 films I saw from last year for the first time. I thought it be fun, so I present to you the top twenty non-2012 films I saw for the first time in 2012. This is not a definitive order and ranking some of these films proved challenging.

20. House of Games (Watched on 12/01/12)



Opening my list is a little known film from 1987 called House of Games. Written and directed by David Mamet, the film follows a psychiatrist (Lindsay Crouse) who becomes involved with con men in her efforts to help a patient suffering from gambling addiction. What makes the film so special is Mamet’s wonderful screenplay which tells a tight story full of interesting characters and sublime dialogue. Though Mamet had yet to develop his skill as a director, House of Games still stands strong thanks to great acting and writing.

19. When Harry Met Sally… (Watched on 07/27/12)



When Harry Met Sally… is a film that is many ways very predictable and follows the standard tropes of the romantic comedy genre. And yet, the film works so well. Most of the film’s success can be attributed to Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan who are both very charismatic in the lead roles. The audience likes these characters and wants to see them be happy. Nora Ephron’s script also packs a lot of humour and Rob Reiner’s direction helps the film feel real. It’s a film with a lot of heart, one that rises beyond its limitations.

18. Malcolm X (Watched on 12/11/12)



Easily one of the best biopics I’ve seen, Malcolm X covers the life of its title character from birth to death in a way that is constantly informative and entertaining. Spike Lee clearly has a lot of respect for the man and this comes through in his directing. Lee tones some of his more energetic tendencies down and has Malcolm’s story unfold in epic fashion. Denzel Washington delivers a power-house performance, a real challenge considering Malcolm X does not have one arc in the film, but several. Granted, I wasn’t quite as blown away by the film as I expected to be, but Malcolm X is still a great film and one I highly recommend.
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Cool list idea. Shouldn't it be "top 20" though?
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*Shhhhhh...don't tell anyone but 10 is as high as he can count - his mind exploded on New Years
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17. Akira (Watched on 02/28/12)



Set in Japan during the year 2019, Akira follows a teenage gang who stumble across a government secret. Akira is one of the most unique films Iíve ever seen, in part because my exposure to Japanese animation is severely limited. The film features breath taking visuals, cutting edge animation, a bizarre story, and several underlying themes. Though at times the story feels a little rushed (it was adapted from six volumes of manga), Akira is so fascinating, entertaining, and unlike anything else Iíve seen that I donít care too much.

16. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Watched on 09/20/12)



The film follows Joan of Arcís imprisonment and trial at the hands of the British. Silent films can be a daunting task, but The Passion of Joan of Arc doesnít feel like work at all. Instead, the film is extremely powerful and moving. The story moves along at a brisk pace and director Carl Theodor Dryer fills the frame with striking visuals. Maria Falconetti delivers an incredible performance as Joan and in many ways carries the film. Also, while the music wasnít recorded until years after, I loved the score provided by Richard Einhorn.

15. Hunger (Watched on 09/20/12)



The directorial debut of British auteur Steve McQueen, Hunger follows the hunger strike of real life IRA leader Bobby Sands, played by Michael Fassbender. Hunger is one of the most assured and confident films from any first time filmmaker. McQueenís style is very relaxed; he allows the action to play out with a blunt honesty. A very bleak tone is set by his choices. Michael Fassbender delivers an amazing performance despite saying little. His physical work is especially impressive. This film also means a great deal to me personally after researching Bobby Sands on my own.
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14. Platoon (Watched on 02/20/12)



I donít love Platoon quite as much as I did on my initial viewing, but make no mistake, this is a powerful film and one of the best made about the Vietnam war. Oliver Stoneís script raises several questions and moral ambiguities while his direction fully sucks the viewer in. Despite Charlie Sheen playing the lead role, the best performances come from Tom Berenger as Willem Dafoe. Berenger plays an obsessed soldier who is starting to lose his sanity, while Dafoe plays a soldier desperately trying to maintain order amidst the chaos.

13. Requiem for a Dream (Watched on 02/14/20)



Any small interest I may have had in drugs was completely destroyed when I saw Requiem for a Dream. The film is a dark and visceral experience, at times unpleasant but always unforgettable. Darren Aronofskyís style is on fire with quick cuts and an intense score from Clint Mansell. Thereís also some great performances, especially Ellen Burstyn who even received an Oscar nomination for her work. This is a hard film to recommend, and an even harder one to watch, but itís also extremely well-made and deserves to be seen.

12. Strangers on a Train (Watched on 07/25/12)



Two men meet on a train, each with someone they hate in their lives, and one of them purposes they both kill the other personís hated individual. Thatís the hook to Strangers on a Train, and what a hook it is. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers on a Train is a great film and one of Hitchcockís finest. A high level of suspense is felt and Hitchcock employs some chilling visuals, my favourite is a shot where an audience of a tennis game continuously turn their heads to follow a match, while a killer stays still, his eyes fixed on his target. The film also has one of the best murders ever put to screen and I love Robert Walkerís performance as the crazed killer.
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I watched Akira long ago and then watched it again a few years ago to see if I could "get on board," but alas, I've never cared for it that much.
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I watched Akira long ago and then watched it again a few years ago to see if I could "get on board," but alas, I've never cared for it that much.
I can see why it doesn't work for everyone.

11. Shame (Watched on 11/06/12)



Like Requiem, Shame handles the topic of addiction. However the lead character Brandon (Michael Fassbender) does not suffer from an addiction to drugs. Instead, he suffers from an addiction to sex. The common attitude regarding sex addiction is that itís just an excuse for promiscuous behaviour. But with Shame, writer/director Steve McQuen (Hunger) handles the issue with respect and maturity, showing sex addiction to be just as miserable as any other form of addiction. To treat the issue with such maturity must have taken courage and I respect McQueen for that. The film is also very well constructed and features another knockout performance from Michael Fassbender.

10. Traffic (Watched on 02/01/12)



Steven Soderberghís sprawling film depicts drug trafficking and the many different people it effects. From the dealers, to the pushers, to the addicts, to the makers, to the cops, to the drug czars, everyone is looked at. Soderbergh and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan are careful never to turn the characters into stereotypes whom only exist to represent the various groups of people depicted. Instead, all of the characters feel very real, thanks in no small part to great performances from the likes of Don Cheadle, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, and especially Benecio del Toro. Soderbergh also employs some great visual flourishes and the questions the film raises are certainly worthy of discussion.

9. Boogie Nights (Watched on 05/29/12)



Paul Thomas Andersonís sophomore effort Boogie Nights can best be described as Goodfellas meets the porn industry. Borrowing the plot structure of Goodfellas, Boogie Nights follows Dirk Digglerís (Mark Wahlberg) rise and fall in the porn industry. The film manages to be a lot of things including: funny, dramatic, tense, poignant, moving, dark, vibrant, and a slew of other adjectives. Ultimately, itís a film with life and energy. Boogie Nights also features some fantastic performances and while it may not be as refined as other Anderson films like Magnolia or There Will Be Blood, the film is still a well-crafted and engaging one.
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How on earth do you remember the exact day you watched each of these movies?
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The "Track the Movies You Watched in 2012" thread.
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Boogie nights is incredible. One of pta's more watchable movies.
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The "Track the Movies You Watched in 2012" thread.
This. Plus I have a journal where I record these things.

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One? It IS his most watchable film. It's a movie about the porn industry. What's not to love? I can watch Heather Graham rolllerskating naked all day.
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Seconded.
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Seriously, I'd kill to be able to watch this many four-star classics for the first time in a single year again.
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Seriously, I'd kill to be able to watch this many four-star classics for the first time in a single year again.
I was in middle school when I watched The Godfather I & II, Bonnie & Clyde, and Cool Hand Luke for the first time. Then in high school I explored `60s and `70s cinema for the first time, in addition to more contemporary classics like the works of the Coen brothers. It's a truly magical time. For people like us, the best we can do is seek out foreign films. Netflix has a decent selection and I've watched some great stuff in the past 3 years.
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I don't even have too many of them left. It's pretty much all deep cuts from here on in.

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