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Hello all,

Finally some reviews, please excuse the new format, it allows me to keep track of the number of films I watch and also ensures that I do not miss any when reviewing. The only problem I’ve noticed so far is the idea that I sometimes watch one movie more than one time in a week (as you’ll see in this post with Cinemania), but other than that it should not make too big of a difference, enjoy.

27. The Rocker(Peter Cattaneo, 2008) – 3/10 <- – This film actually had a pretty decent start but took a dive off into the deep end soon thereafter. The only funny character towards the end of the film was the “agent” character who provided a few decent laughs but still not worth its roughly ninety minute runtime.

28. (revisit) Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon & Will Speck, 2007) – 4/10 <- – Reviewed before, just wanted to say how much I love this movie, it’s hysterical.

29. (revisit) Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry, 2008) – 6.5/10 <- – Reviewed before

30. Cinemania (Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak, 2002) – 5.5/10 <- – This is a documentary that was recommended to me through one of the blogs I read, and I have to say although overall it was very enjoyable I found it more scary than anything. Scary insofar as I fear that my life could head down this path (not as extreme but if you have seen it you may no what I am talking about). All of the cinephiles individual stories were immensely interesting, my one complaint is I wish they would have gone just a bit more in-depth with each of them but overall I liked this documentary very much.

31. Lakeview Terrace (Neil LaBute, 2008) – 2/10 <- – This is a complete piece of trash, I still can’t believe LaBute has taken this path film-wise but I guess that’s out of our control. A good deal of it did not make any sense and you never feel anything for any of the characters in my opinion.

32. RocknRolla (Guy Ritchie, 2008) – 6/10 <- – I was really excited for this film due to the fact that I missed it during its limited theatrical run and hoping for a return-to-form by director Guy Ritchie, and for the most part I was satisfied. It had a very entertaining story line, very formulaic in regards to Ritchie but overall a good film, a nice addition to my collection.

33. The Visitor (Thomas McCarthy, 2007) – 8/10 <- – An absolutely fantastic film that took about three rentals to finally sit down and watch. Jenkins really does deserve his nomination against the giants that are nominated this year, his performance was superb.

34. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Peter Sollett, 2008) – 4.5/10 <- – Not much to say about this, found at least a little enjoyable, did not really affect me in any profound way. I have to say it would make a great date movie.

35. (revisit) Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008) – 7/10 <- – Reviewed before

36. (revisit) Cinemania (Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak, 2002) – 5.5/10 <- – Watched it again when it was on TV a week or so after watching it for the first time.

37. (revisit) The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary, 2002) – 6.5/10 <- – Reviewed before just want to say this is such a great film, very underappreciated in my eyes.

38. (revisit) Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller, 2008) – 4/10 <- – Had a burning desire to re-watch this film for some reason or another, anyway it’s been reviewed before.

39. Rashômon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) – 7.5/10 <- – I more than likely put this on my queue about two years ago and it finally came. It took me about three different sittings to get through it (due to how busy I am, no fault to the film itself), I absolutely loved it. It was brilliantly shot, the story was told in a very effective manner, and the plot itself was enthralling to say the least. This was only my second exposure to Kurosawa and far from my last.

40. The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008) – 7/10 <- – After all of the negative feedback I have heard about this film I came in to it with low expectations however I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a great film in my eyes, Fiennes and Winslet were absolutely fantastic, I now understand why Winslet is a favorite this Sunday night. I have officially seen all five of the Best Picture nominees, I could not be more excited for Sunday night.

41. Changeling (Clint Eastwood, 2008) – 7.5/10 <- – Again came into this with low expectations, no real sound reasoning why just from what I had seen and heard it did not appeal to me at all. I really, really enjoyed this film, it’s very heartbreaking and intense throughout. I was shocked by Jolie’s performance, I was not aware of her acting ability prior to this film, she sincerely deserves her nomination as well. Eastwood batted two for two with his films last year (in my eyes at least), wonder what this year has in store for him.

I am continuing pushing through those twenty-five films I listed a few weeks back, trying my hardest to complete as much of the list as possible prior to the Oscars on Sunday. With a busy school week this week it’s proving very difficult but I am optimistic. Here’s the updated list….

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire

The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road
The Wrestler
Gran Torino

The Reader
Rachel Getting Married
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
tropic Thunder

The Visitor
I’ve Loved You So Long
Frozen River
Nothing But the Truth
Man on Wire
Synecdoche, New York

The Duchess
Australia (which I probably will not ever see)

I still probably will not ever watch Australia and The Duchess for that matter, but I am desperately trying to get through the rest, in fact, I am about to watch Rachel Getting Married.

Thank you for reading, everyone have a good day tomorrow.


Written by thomasbalkcom

February 18, 2009 at 6:03 am

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