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#741 Bob Loblaw

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 04:55 PM


Biggest personal disappointment of the year: The Science Of Sleep
Truth be told, I think my biggest disappointment of '06 was finding out that Wes Anderson's working on an animated flick. But I can understand your take on this.


Most excruciating viewing experience: Sherrybaby
So glad you took one for the team here. I'm surprised you could get past the title, since that definitely put me off.
This is the definition of taking one for the team. And if it wasn't nominated for an important Oscar category, I wouldn't have bothered.

The "I can't believe that shitty actor didn't ruin this" movie: Running Scared
Yeah, it's definitely been a big year for finding out some folks can act. This ought to be its own category, with Walker, Affleck and Cruz the leading nominees.

The "I know that was good but I don't think I understood it" movie: A Scanner Darkly
You should probably watch it sober at least once. You could say that about half the DVDs I rented last year. But yeah, this is the only one that really necesitated a clear head.

The "Why is everyone overhyping this standard genre film?" movie: TIE--The Descent and Slither
That being said, I still want to check out The Descent. It's probably not fair to lump those two together, because Slither is just worthless, while The Descent is average, just not deserving of the hype. Had it had the balls to stay in a more cerebral horror movie, it would've been much better. Claustrophobia is scary enough, you don't need blood and guts.


The "If it didn't make me feel like shit it would've made the list" movie: TIE--Half Nelson and Running With Scissors
Of course, they both did make your list. :P Yeah, I decided at the last minute to add them due solely to at least one amazing acting performance in each. No one has mentioned it yet, but Bening was totally jobbed this year. Best female performance I've seen all year.

The "Would have been great in the hands of a different writer/director" movie: Stranger Than Fiction


The "Would get more love if not attached to a very hatable Hollywood personality" movie: TIE--Apocalypto and Mission Impossible 3
No mention of Just My Luck, eh? I just had to look that title up on imdb. So no, no mention of that one.

The movie I absolutely loved for 30 minutes and never even finished because I got tired of the delivery: Tristram Shandy

The "I may have to reconsider Slackmo's status as my own personal Roger Ebert" movie: Cache
I wish the payoff had been as good as the setup, but there were way more egregious examples of that this year. Can't imagine wanting to see it again, though. I would say the same thing about Science of Sleep. But SOS was more disappointing just because I was expecting so much more. Cache really pissed me off though, similar to the ending of Mulholland Drive. I yelled the same thing at the TV at the end of both movies, "That's IT!?"

The "I wish they'd make a sequel so Slackmo's rants could continue" movie: United 93 (not that I want a sequel in real life, I have always made my anti-9/11 stance very public. That's just how I feel.
Again, a fair-to-middling film being lauded as one of the year's very best, especially around here. I don't loathe this movie (or any other this year) the way that I did Crash or Me and You and Everyone We Know last year. You haven't seen Babel yet. I expect that to be my Crash of 06.

The "I loved the original, was bored by the sequel, but am still anticipating the next sequel" movie: Pirates of the Caribbean 2
Understandable, but the last time this happened we got Matrix: Revoluitions. You've been warned. Matrix Revolutions didn't feature Keith Richards as Johnny Depp's father. Wait, whose side am I arguing with that point?

The "Please for the love of god come up with a new concept because you're wasting your talent" movie: For Your Consideration
Haven't seen it yet, but I don't think it was the concept that was flawed in this one as much as the execution. Sounds as if there's too much emphasis being places on coming up with quirky characters, as opposed to funny ones. No, I think he needs to move away from the mostly unscripted mochumentary. This makes two stinkers in a row. Or, at least start casting different actors. Ricky Gervais should've played a major part in this movie. O'Hara was great, but there was WAY too much stuff that wasn't remotely comedic.


The best movie that I know is not a "good" movie: Crank
Absolutely. Statham deserves a Bourne-like franchise, by the way. Unfortunately, he has one. The Transporter.


The "breakthrough moment in full frontal nudity": Gretchen Mol in The Notorious Bettie Page
I'm not motivated by the tales of nudity in this or Sherrybaby enough to want to sit through either. And I'm still not ready to talk about Amy Smart's stuntboob.

The "after seeing the trailer how the hell was I so bored by this" movie: V For Vendetta
Finally, the early-in-the-year, lost-in-the-shuffle thing has a positive effect. But it totally hosed The Matador. That's the one movie I forgot about. Thought it came out at the same time as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Would've made my list, but not very high.

The "pick an ending and stick with it" movie: Inside Man
This also deserves its own voting category, and I'm not sure Inside Man would make the cut.




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Posted 19 February 2007 - 05:07 PM


I was thinking of doing this, and you beat me to it.


Caaareful of your phrasing.

Certainly I should have made room for:

Tenacious DP & the Prick Of Destiny

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 05:32 PM

My alternate list of the best pornos of the year:

20) The Ass Bully

Undeniably my favourite.

"'I Love My Dad' is the only one that slightly annoys me, maybe because I never loved my dad."

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#744 Andyroo

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 08:19 PM

Most Inexplicable Plot Point: Why Stephane in the Science of Sleep is Hispanic when his mother is French? He explains that his father was Mexican, yet in flashbacks, his father seems to be played by Michel Gondry.


Are you perhaps thinking of his mother's new boyfriend? I don't even recall flashback scenes with his actual father, though it may be slipping my mind. He lived with his father in Mexico after his parents split. As the film begins, he moves to France and lives in the building his mother owns.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 09:24 PM


Most Inexplicable Plot Point: Why Stephane in the Science of Sleep is Hispanic when his mother is French? He explains that his father was Mexican, yet in flashbacks, his father seems to be played by Michel Gondry.


Are you perhaps thinking of his mother's new boyfriend?

Nope, they show him as a little kid a couple of times in grainy old videocamera style, and I'm fairly sure (Though not positive, if I'm proven wrong, I will retract) that Gondry plays his father. It sure looked like him, I'd just watched the weirdo short movie Gondry made starring himself and David Cross (As a piece of crap!) the week before, so maybe I was seeing him everywhere. I've tried looking it up everywhere, even tied up a poor guide from Chacha for like ten minutes.

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#746 worrywort

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:49 PM


Biggest personal disappointment of the year: The Science Of Sleep
Truth be told, I think my biggest disappointment of '06 was finding out that Wes Anderson's working on an animated flick. But I can understand your take on this.
The upcoming flick is based on a Roald Dahl book, so it has that going for it.


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Posted 20 February 2007 - 01:44 AM

Movie To Look Forward To in 2007: Snow Angels (David Gordon Green's first film since 2004)
Movie To Look Forward To in 2008: Hayao Miyazaki's new untitled project. Runner-Up: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

Ugh, I thought he was signed on for A Confederacy of Dunces but it doesn't look like that's happening at all now.

Looking forward to more Miyazaki, as usual. Word is this will be his last project but I suppose you never know. Still too far away to really pin any hopes on for me.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:19 AM

Word is this will be his last project

Hayao Mayazaki is the Robert Smith of the film industry. He's been saying for the last ten years that "this film is his last film."

I'll believe it when I see it, and when I do, I'll probably be upset.
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:24 AM


Movie To Look Forward To in 2007: Snow Angels (David Gordon Green's first film since 2004)
Movie To Look Forward To in 2008: Hayao Miyazaki's new untitled project. Runner-Up: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

Ugh, I thought he was signed on for A Confederacy of Dunces but it doesn't look like that's happening at all now.

Looking forward to more Miyazaki, as usual. Word is this will be his last project but I suppose you never know. Still too far away to really pin any hopes on for me.



Confederacy of Dunces has been rumored to be nearing pre-production for years. I'm convinced it will be never be made. And honestly, I'm not sure it should. Seems like one of those books that would be really tough to translate to the screen.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:41 AM



Movie To Look Forward To in 2007: Snow Angels (David Gordon Green's first film since 2004)
Movie To Look Forward To in 2008: Hayao Miyazaki's new untitled project. Runner-Up: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick

Ugh, I thought he was signed on for A Confederacy of Dunces but it doesn't look like that's happening at all now.

Looking forward to more Miyazaki, as usual. Word is this will be his last project but I suppose you never know. Still too far away to really pin any hopes on for me.



Confederacy of Dunces has been rumored to be nearing pre-production for years. I'm convinced it will be never be made. And honestly, I'm not sure it should. Seems like one of those books that would be really tough to translate to the screen.


I'd rather not see them screw it up frankly, because odds are excellent that they would. Look how bad the offbeat humor of Running with Scissors came off and that's not even in the same literary league as ACOD.
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:34 PM

Last I heard on A Confederacy of Dunces was that two studios were fighting over the rights or some such nonsense, and that Green had Will Ferrell in mind for the lead.

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 07:03 AM

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Can I point out that I meant The Host
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