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Here's my Letterboxd list for the year so far. I haven't bothered with much of the summer fare.
Jun 27, 2017 4:29 PM
I admire the craft behind Krisha but I had a tough time getting into the rest of the film.
Jun 24, 2017 3:25 AM
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]13 good films starring a cast member from GoT (All different of course)[/font]

[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]1. Theatre of Blood (Olenna Tyrell)[/font]
2. Ronin (Sean Bean)
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]3. Elf (Peter Dinklage)[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]4. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows Pt. 1 (Michelle Fairley)[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]5. The Witch (Ralph Ineson)
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Jun 24, 2017 3:11 AM
13 Films where Bruce Willis didn't phone it in

1. Die Hard
2. 12 Monkeys
3. Moonrise Kingdom

I hate to list the same film for different topics but it applies to both for me.
Jun 21, 2017 8:13 PM
I haven't seen all the movies I'm providing but here are some titles I really like in no order.

- Apocalypse Now
- Ran
- Come and See
- Lawrence of Arabia
- There Will Be Blood
- Amour
- Les Miserables
- No Country For Old Men (I'm aware these two picks are book titles but you can't deny their grandiosity)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Once Upon a Time in the West (I guess either Leone or the writers of his films were good at picking titles)

Jun 21, 2017 8:12 PM
Finally got around to seeing Logan. My expectations might have been a little too high but this wasn't really the masterpiece it's being touted as in some very vocal circles. It gets done in a bit by predictability and some gaps in logic for me, though I still liked the film better than any superhero film I've seen since 2014.

I'm feeling somewhere in the B/B+ range.
Jun 21, 2017 7:48 PM
Good for them for escaping the Disney machine. I was never really looking forward to this film, but it's unfortunate that creative deviants are getting screwed over yet again.

It's pretty dumb to have made that call this late in production though.
Jun 21, 2017 7:45 PM
13 films that managed to defrost your cold, dead heart.

1. Fievel Goes West
2. Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings
3. Toy Story 3
4. Midnight Run
5. Shaun the Sheep Movie
6. Zootopia
7. Gravity
8. The Professors Beloved Equation
9. My Neighbor Totoro
10. The Green Mile
11. United 93
12.Cinderella (2015)
13. Moonrise Kingdom

13 Films where Bruce Willis didn't phone it in
1. Die Hard
Jun 21, 2017 7:41 PM
I finally saw Moonrise Kingdom and loved it. Like the other Wes Anderson films I've seen it put a smile on my face from the onset and kept it there for the rest of the film. The performances are delightful, the film is quite funny, and visually it's quite appealing too. I'm settling with an A-.

I also recently saw John Wick: Chapter 2, which topped the original in my opinion. The world building is absolutely appealing and nearly all the action sscenes topped or at the very least rivaled the nightclub sequence from the first. It lacks the same emotional stakes as the first but I think there's still a lot of sly characterization to the protagonist here. The ending is some of the best sequel baiting I've seen in a long time too. An A- will go to this one too.

It Comes At Night is also growing on me with time. Surprising too, given that I had a hard time getting into Krisha.
Jun 20, 2017 7:38 PM
I have yet to cry during a film, but there are some films where I've come pretty close/got profoundly emotional.

Saving Private Ryan: The ending. Despite rewatches it still gets pretty close to eliciting tears.

Lion (2016) - The ending. Formulaic perhaps, but the sheer impact of the story really got to me.?

Manchester by the Sea - I think we all know which scene I'd be referring to. Probably my favorite scene of the year.

Beasts of No Nation: That last monologue gave me a lump in my throat. An understated yet utterly heartwrenching way to end a film like this.

Shawshank Redemption: Brooks' last scene and the ending achieved the same effect as BoNN.

Schindler's List: The "I could have saved more" scene. An admittedly obvious pick but I can't deny this scene's impact.

12 Years a Slave - The ending.

The Return of the King's ending also got me pretty emotional after reading the books. I should rewatch the trilogy sometime.
Jun 20, 2017 7:31 PM
jasper de large^ I just bumped a thread for it the other day. Kong: Skull Island is great fun. I personally don't think it bests Peter Jackson's in terms of epic filmic breadth, but it is easily one of the best monster movies ever made.

And why is Star Wars not in this ranking? We could just assume it's #1? Or it hasn't branched out enough yet? I think Rogue One was a superb expansion of the SW universe.

To me Star Wars is still more of an archetypical franchise rather than a so called "cinematic universe", as it doesn't take a bunch of disparate elements and combine them into a constantly progressing entity, so to speak. Star Wars has degrees of closure within its trilogies whereas something like the MCU has trilogies that feed into an overarching narrative (sometimes to said films' detriment).

Although Rogue One is a complementary expansion to Episode IV it's still in essence a one-off film; The same applies for, say, the Han Solo movie since it's not explicitly tied to one massive plot line. I hope that makes sense.
Jun 6, 2017 6:13 AM
I found the movie to be perfectly adequate in all honesty. It's the best DCEU film (though surpassing Man of Steel is a low bar). Final act was messy but Gadot and Pine's rapport kept things watchable. The No Man's Land Scene is the obvious highlight.
Jun 6, 2017 6:03 AM
Wonder Woman - B-

13 Assassins (2010) - B+/A- (Not decided yet)

Mad Max: Fury Road (rewatch): A
Jun 6, 2017 5:58 AM
13 films with impressive cinematography

1. The Tree of Life
2. Baraka
3. Stalker
4. Sicario
5. Ran
6. Gravity
7. Once Upon a Time in the West
8. The Man Who Wasn't There
9. No Country For Old Men
10. The Last Emperor
11. Dances With Wolves
12. Heavens Gate
13. Apocalypse Now

13 great movies that you'd have a hard time rewatching

1. Amour
Jun 6, 2017 5:57 AM
I'm not surprised. The marketing made it look like a trainwreck.
May 10, 2017 10:31 PM
Bedrich Smetana - Vltava

Ended up hearing one of his songs on the radio and discovered this piece. The opening is incredible.
May 7, 2017 11:14 PM
Chris BurgeColossal 8/10

I agree. I was impressed by the final act and by the film's creativity in general. Probably my favorite of the year so far (though I haven't seen much).
May 7, 2017 11:09 PM
Ended up seeing this a couple days ago. As an introduction to James Gray's filmography (for me at least) I thought it worked very well. The cinematography is stunning, and I thought the actors all did solid work. Felt that it dragged a bit during the second third, though.
Apr 25, 2017 3:13 AM
13 Films with awesome soundtracks/scores

1. Conan the Barbarian
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3. Sunshine
4. Forrest Gump
5. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
6. Koyaanisqatsi
7. Candyman
8. The Empire Strikes Back
9. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

How did it take this long for it to get mentioned?
Apr 20, 2017 3:08 AM
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]13 movies with great performances that nonetheless did not deserve their Oscar win[/font]

[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]1. The Untouchables - Sean Connery[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]2. Erin Brockovich - Julia Roberts[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]3. American Hustle - Jennifer Lawrence[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]4. Silver Linings Playbook - Jennifer Lawrence[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]5. Last King of Scotland - Forrest Whitaker[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]6. My Cousin Vinny - Marisa Tomei[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]7. Cold Mountain - Renee Zellweger[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]8. Gladiator - Russell Crowe[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]9. The Revenant - Leonardo DiCaprio[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]10. City Slickers - Jack Palance[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]11. The Dark Knight - Heath Ledger[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]12. Mystic River - Sean Penn[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif]13. Emma Stone - La La Land[/font]

13 films you watched solely out of morbid curiosity

1. Nine Lives
Apr 16, 2017 4:24 AM