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Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: john daum on June 19, 2006, 04:06:25 PM
i must admit to being a bit suprised by the some of the movies listed in the filmspotting poll for best movies of the year so far. maybe i need to go back and listen to some episodes but i thought V for Vendetta got shredded by sam and adam and that they were a tad underwhelmed by Inside Man. [maybe i was the one underwhelmed by Inside Man. . . .]
i know it's just a poll, but besides Brick and United 93, the choices seem lackluster. i guess that's why they have "other" as a choice.

wait. . . i just checked metacritic.com and the poll choices are all some of the best reviewed movies so far this year. . . my bad. . . wow. . .what a year so far. . . [i know it will get better. . . A Scanner Darkly!]

anyway. . . my top five-ish movies of the year so far. . . in no order

*the three burials of melquiades estrada
*the proposition
*the break up
*brick
*down in the valley
*the new world

now for the record, i was going by wide theatrical release dates- hence three burials and the new world. . . am i allowed to do that??
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on June 19, 2006, 07:56:46 PM
Generally Three Burials and New World would count for last year as they were up for last years awards.  I would agree that this year has been week thus far.  I've been real disappointed.  I havn't seen Unite 93 yet, but most everything else has been crap.

Thus far...

1.Dave Chapelle's Block Party
2.Mission :  Impossible 3
3.Cars
4.N/A
5.N/A

I can't even make a top 5 list.
I'll hopefully see United 93 this week, and Brick is finally coming to Winston-Salem in like 2 weeks.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: Kevin Shields on June 19, 2006, 09:50:31 PM
I don't have a top 5 list either.  I wish I saw more films this year.  I hope to make up for the 2nd half.  Here's my list, so far.

1. A Prairie Home Companion
2. V for Vendetta
3. X-Men 3
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: john daum on June 20, 2006, 07:31:15 AM
good point about the awards season criteria. . . i didn't think of that, i was kinda stretching to find five movies to put on the list. i have heard great things about Cars and Dave Chapelle's Block Party but i have not seen either. this seems to be a pretty weak movie year so far, even when you take into account the spring movie "dumping" season and the summer movie blockbuster season.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: wilson1290 on June 20, 2006, 01:39:07 PM
5. Brick: I am not a fan of the film noir genre but this film had me glued to the screen.

4. United 93: While I think the film got slightly overrated for being the first movie to tackle 9/11, its still a pretty good effort.

3. Cars: If you havent seen this film yet, go watch it. Its not as good as The Incredibles, but Pixar has once again proved they are the gods of animation.

2. Inside Man: A lot of people who saw the film didnt like it, I actually had a pretty good time at this flick, but that could be just because im a die-hard Spike Lee fan.

1. A Prairie Home Companion: Okay, you definately have to be a fan of country music, or Robert Altman to enjoy this film since its chock full of both. I fortunately am a fan and definately got my money's worth, and Maryl Streep and Lily Tomlin are a hoot to watch together.

Wow, so far this year has really been awful for film, looking back at my top 5 list the only one I would add to my DVD collection is Praire Home Companion, but I still have hope. Last year my favorite films all came out in the last month of the year, and this year Zodiac, All The King's Men, and Babel look like theyre going to be great.
Title: my top 5
Post by: joker on June 22, 2006, 08:28:34 AM
5. Hills have Eyes………. Not sure if you guys saw this or not, this movie gave me so much nostolgia when I saw it, I had to go home and watch every 70s horror film I own.  This movie is pure violence, it’s great to finally see a “hard R” horror film, instead of these PG-13 films that make you sick to your stomach, not because of the gore or violence, but just because you just blew 30 bucks to go see the film.

 

4. Cars……….. Cute, funny…….. another great Pixar film

 

3. Inside Man

 

2. Mission Imposible 3……… This movie was great for 2 reasons, Simon “Shaun of the Dead” Pegg (kinda rhymed), and the MAN, the LEGEND, and the MAN THAT SHARTED, Phillip Seymour Hoffman…….

 

And my favorite movie so far this year……… and yes it’s cheating, kind of, I saw a special sneak preview this past week………. He is back

 

Superman Returns…………… this movie was awesome, best movie I have seen so far….. the cast is great, Brandon Routh is undoubtly Superman, when I went in, I was expecting not much from him but a C. Reeves clone, nope, he holds his own……. He is great as Superman,…… Bosworth does a great job as Louis Lane, she may not look old enough, but the way she plays Lane makes you think she was been a reporter for years………… Spacey is awesome as Luther, he’s got that self believing genius, yet completely insane persona down (they need to make John Doe the movie, lol)……. Jimmy Olsen is great as well as James Mardsen (Cyclops), they make his character, which could easily have been made into a “Clark Kent’s villain” role, into a sympathic, courageous everyday guy, who you can relate too…….. every action scene is great, and a scene in the movie, with Clark’s mom towards the end is so good, it is so emotional, you see her, in a crowd of people, you can tell she wants to go to Superman, but she knows she can’t, and you can feel for her, it’s her son, but only hers in her world, no one can know……. It’s really a great movie guys, I hope youall  enjoy it, you may or may not like the twist towards the end, but I will share with you why I think this twist makes the movie, and Superman’s quest, all the more impactful……………
 

 

Now for my top, there were so bad, they made me cry that I wasted my money on them, list

 

X3……..  it SUCKED so much.........

Da Vinci Code……… record number of “wrist watch checks” in my movie going life

Nacho Libre………… Mehhh, comes to mind

Over the Hedge……… blah blah, and did I mention……. Blah?

United 93…………… this movie was good, but I wasn’t ready for it, it was hard to sit through,

And lastly

 

D…… for Dissapointing……. Major fan of the Graphic novel, if the directors were more concerned about getting the overall premise and message that the graphic novel delivered everyone, instead of them worrying about getting a sex change, they may have made a good film, they missed the mark big time
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: winrit on June 22, 2006, 10:27:54 AM
jokernick, have you seen the original Hills Have Eyes, directed by Wes Craven?  If your delving into 70's horror.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: joker on June 22, 2006, 10:44:05 AM
Quote from: "winrit"
jokernick, have you seen the original Hills Have Eyes, directed by Wes Craven?  If your delving into 70's horror.


yes i did, I saw it after the remake........ i like the original, but felt the canibals weren't as terrifying as the ones from the remake, the one thing I liked more about the original is that each canibal seemed to have it's own character, each one clearly had a name and a different personality, in the remake, I had no idea who Jupiter was or the rest of the gang, and the all seemed to kind of blur together, minus Ruby of course.

I liked the hole politcal underscore that the remake carried, how right wing conservatives basically created these mutants, then the mutants reak havok on the gun loving people that basically represented who created them, and in the end, it takes a liberal man resorting to be the thing he hates, being violent, being conservative, in order to live and save the thing he loves.......... it plays on both ends of the political spectrum IMO............
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: NichBoy on June 23, 2006, 08:53:27 PM
5. V For Vendetta

4. Brick

3. Little Miss Sunshine

2. Thank You For Smoking

1. Brokeback Mountain (I know this was released late last year in the States, but over here it came out in January - thought this would be ok because The Proposition came out here a over a year ago and it's only now getting a US release (it kicks ass, by the way)).

Also very excited about Superman Returns (besides myself, actually), A Scanner Darkly, Flags Of Our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on July 07, 2006, 08:07:27 PM
**UPDATE**

Alright, I know I could have just edited, but I wanted to revive this post a bit here.  I still haven't seen United 93 unfortunately, but I'm updating my list.

1.Superman Returns (A-)
2.Hostel (B)
3.Block Party (B)
4.MI:3 (B)
5.Cars (B)

There, that is my updated list as of July 7, 2006.  This year has been truely abismal.  I say it every year, but I am certain that this is thus far the weakest year of the new millenium, I'm depressed.  The summer has barely started and I only have 2, maybe three movies to look forward to for the next few months.  Will December ever get here?  Pirates was such a let down I'm just feeling really upset.  I need to go make a movie to get out of this suckfest 2006 has become. Frown and Double Frown. :cry:
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: wilson1290 on July 07, 2006, 11:15:47 PM
**UPDATE**

Thought I should update my list too since there were a couple films Ive seen the past couple weeks that bump some others off my list.

5. Inside Man (B-)

4. The Devil & Daniel Johnson (B+): One of the few bio-pics (Documentary or Narrative) that move beyond pure fan adoration and delve deep into the true history of their subject.
3. A Scanner Darkly (B+): Saw this today, a great flick with an innovative look
2. A Prairie Home Companion (A-)
1. An Inconvinient Truth (A): Literally scared me into changing my lifestyle to make it more eco-friendly. Any other film this year is gonna have to try real hard to knock this off the top of my list.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: kevdo on July 09, 2006, 06:18:54 PM
I voted for Other, because I liked The Break-Up as the best movie so far this year (admit, though, I haven't seen a ton of movies this year).
Title: top five so far
Post by: Junior on July 10, 2006, 03:25:29 PM
1) Pirates of the Caribbean- no bad parts= a great movie

2) A Prarie Home Companion- so many good people in such a great movie

3) MI:III - one of the best action movies in the last couple of years, excluding Pirates, of course

4) Inside Man - wasn't expecting much, and it turned out to be a great complex movie

5) Superman Returns - yes, it is a little boring at points, but Kevin Spacey is undeniably evil as Lex Luthor. That part in the trailer where he yells WRONG is what made me see this movie. And I wasn't dissappointed
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: Nunis on July 13, 2006, 06:18:36 AM
Hi all. Long time listener, but so far only lurker on the boards. Here is my top 5 so far.

1. United 93 - Beautiful and heartbreaking; very difficult to watch, but a must-see.
2. Thank You for Smoking - Finally a smart comedy. Superb performance by Aaron Eckhart; hysterical, cynical and clever.
3. Brick - Gorgeous neo-noir with an excellent performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. An absolutely delightful original movie.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Yeah, what can I say? I have a soft spot for a certain... villain.

Yeah, that's it really for 2006 releases. I should note though that we didn't get the big awards contenders until February or March here (like Capote, which I loved), so we're kinda trying to catch up. As my number 5, therefore, I will add Nine Lives from last year. Wonderful movie, really heartfelt and with a slew of brilliant performances.

Glad to finally have taken the step to register here; hope to talk to you all soon.
Title: Top 5
Post by: joker on July 13, 2006, 06:23:25 AM
Just saw some sneak peaks yesterday, and here are me current top 5

Superman Returns @ #1

Miami Vice @ #2

Monster House @ #3

Mission Impossible 3 @ #4

Clerks II & Pirates 2 @ #5
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: Nunis on July 13, 2006, 06:24:29 AM
Miami Vice, really? It looks craptastic (and someone please explain to me the appeal of Colin Farrell).
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: joker on July 13, 2006, 07:13:13 AM
Quote from: "Nunis"
Miami Vice, really? It looks craptastic (and someone please explain to me the appeal of Colin Farrell).


yeah, it's really good...... I normally don't care for Collin, I think he's a sleaze bag, but you know what, it worked in this film..... I fell in love with the look this movie had, it was shot using the Viper cam (same one that Collateral used), where it looks kinda grainy at night, but once the daytime comes, it's is colorful and great, cinematography is outstanding in the film... story is great

they are actually no opening credits, you see the Universal logo, then boom, your in the middle of the film, no set up, no nothing, they throw you in without explanation, at first you are confused, but just give it twenty minutes, I also love it that they gave the Jazz guy from Collateral a big role in this film

Miami Vice kicks butt..... it's a Michael Mann film people, one of the best directors working today
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: winrit on July 13, 2006, 07:45:40 AM
and what about Clerks II?
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: Nunis on July 14, 2006, 04:38:14 AM
Well, jokernick, I guess I will have to check that out then. I know for sure my boyfriend wants to see it; he revels in garbage usually (I had to bribe him with dinner to get out of seeing Tokyo Drift). I don't like Farrell, and never really saw the Jamie Foxx appeal either (man, did you guys see Stealth?), but maybe I'll give it a shot. I mean, who doesn't like Michael Mann?
Title: Re: Top 5
Post by: joker on July 19, 2006, 07:51:47 AM
Quote from: "jokernick"
Just saw some sneak peaks yesterday, and here are me current top 5

Superman Returns @ #1

Miami Vice @ #2

Monster House @ #3

Mission Impossible 3 @ #4

Clerks II & Pirates 2 @ #5


well, after seeing a few more movies, I have to change my top 5, yet again....

1. Superman Returns (still awesome, loved his speech about air travel, plus I am drinking a Superman Energy drink right now, can't get enough, Will be getting a Superman tattoo next week also!!)

2. Miami Vice

3.  World Trade Center (wow, I've never been so disturbered, so terrified in my life, very powerful movie)

4.  Monster House

5. Clerks II (sorry Pirates)

Lady in the Water I aslo saw, not bad, sorry guys, no twist ending in this one...... I aslo saw Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.... it was okay, not as good as the 40 year old Virgin, about par with Anchorman....
Title: good movie
Post by: Hawkeye on July 19, 2006, 10:55:51 AM
You, Me, and Dupree

Now I'm not saying that this is the best movie ever, or even the best movie of the summer.  It's certainly not going to rank up with movies such as World Trade Center or even Wedding Crashers, but it has that same spirit that Wedding Crashers had.  It does use a few worn out tactics to get a laugh, but it does not use them to excess and it certainly doesn't over use them.  Going back to that spirit, it's light and it's fun.  It's not trying to win Best Picture, but it does try to make you laugh and feel good, and that's what it does.  So if you see this movie don't over analyze, just enjoy.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: sidehacker on July 25, 2006, 09:20:42 PM
1. Winter Passing
2. Art School Confidential
3. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
4. Thank You For Smoking
5. The Proposition

Still need to see Brick.
Title: Top Five Movies of the Year (so far. . .)
Post by: Bondo on July 25, 2006, 09:38:02 PM
1. Prairie Home Companion
2. Thank You For Smoking
3. Nightwatch
4. A Scanner Darkly
5. Bubble

Granted, I've probably only seen ten films from this year.