2012 Film List

Top Ten Films (Haven’t seen: The Oranges)

1. Cloud Atlas
No film strived to be bigger and actually accomplished it this year. Maybe some strived but this one is just big and sprawling and inspiring and everything I want out of a film.

2. The Sessions
This one caught me off guard. I had no idea what this was even about going into it and it just hit on all the right spots for me. Funny, touching story and the acting is top notch.

3. Seven Psychopaths
One of my most anticipated films of the year and it didn’t disappoint me. McDonagh got my attention majorly with In Bruges and the wait for another film by him was far too long. But it was totally worth it.

4. End of Watch
A cop movie directed by David Ayer that I actually liked. I know, makes no sense. But the POV/handheld shit totally worked in my opinion and sucked me into the story.

5. Cabin in the Woods
I shit all over this script when I first read it. I just didn’t get it when I first read it. Now that I have seen it, I can say I was totally wrong. This film is great, a perfect horror film for fans and non-fans.

6. Looper
My love obsession with Rian Johnson gets to continue for at least one more film.

7. Django Unchained
Nice to see Quentin Tarantino back in form after the disappointment that was Basterds. I did love that script though, just didn’t care for the final product.

8. Holy Motors
I didn’t totally understand this film when I first watched it and I might never fully understand it but that doesn’t take away from the sheer uniqueness of it. Has some visually impressive scenes and the story does seem to wander a bit but I couldn’t ever take my eyes off of it.

9. Klown
My pick for the comedy of the year. In a year, that in my opinion had a lot of great ones for once. This foreign film is a touch of Larry David mixed with some Hangover-esque moments.

10. Killer Joe/Magic Mike
Matthew McConaughey is my actor of the year. Between this two and Bernie he just nailed everything he was in. Killer Joe is an intense, crazy performance that has one of my favorite scenes in any film ever. Magic Mike is a decent film about male strippers that still has some heart. Directed by anyone else but Soderbergh it would have been trash but he gave it something worth watching.

Last updated: 02/18/13

This is by no means the total number of movies I’ve seen this year, this is just taken from a list of movies that were released in New York each week. Ones in Green are ones that I enjoyed and will probably at some point buy on Blu-Ray. Ones in Red were awful and should be avoided.
Buddha Mountain
Your Sister’s Sister
The Kid with a Bike
The Deep Blue Sea
Liberal Arts
Jack Reacher
Side by Side
Celeste and Jesse Forever
The Time That Remains
Side by Side
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
To Rome With Love
Goodbye First Love
Killing Them Softly
The Details
How to Survive A Plague
The Impossible
Anna Karenina
Shut Up and Play the Hits
Trouble With the Curve
Sound of Noise
Oslo, August 31
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths
Hyde Park on Hudson
Sleepwalk With Me
Promised Land
Pitch Perfect
Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Rust and Bone
This Is Not a Film
West of Memphis
The Sessions
Rise of the Guardians
The Bourne Legacy
The Comedy
Girl Walk // All Day
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Master
Wreck It Ralph
10 Years
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ruby Sparks
A Hijacking
This is 40
Hope Springs
Nitro Circus: The Movie
Cloud Atlas
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
End of Watch (David Ayer)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (Sean Garrity)
The Hunter (Daniel Nettheim)
The Fifth Season (Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth)
Wrong (Quentin Dupieux)
Gimme the Loot (Adam Leon)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Room 237 (Rodney Ascher)
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (Marc Weise)
The Central Park Five (Ken Burns)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
Smashed (James Ponsoldt)
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
Hotel Transylvania (Genndy Tartakovsky)
Robot & Frank (Jake Schreier)
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Campaign (Jay Roach)
Killer Joe (William Friedkin)
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb)
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh)
Take This Waltz (Sarah Polley)

Ted (Seth MacFarlane)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Timur Bekmambetov)
Brave (Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Lorene Scafaria)
That’s My Boy (Sean Anders)

Prometheus (Ridley Scott)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow)
Men in Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld)
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
The Dictator (Larry Charles)
God Bless America (Bobcat Goldthwait)
Marvel’s The Avengers (Joss Whedon)
Bernie (Richard Linklater)
The Five-Year Engagement (Nicholas Stoller)
The Raven (James McTeigue)
The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard)
The Three Stooges (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
American Reunion (Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg)
Keyhole (Guy Maddin)
Goon (Michael Dowse)
The Hunger Games (Gary Ross)
Casa de Mi Padre (Matt Piedmont)
Detachment (Tony Kaye)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
Friends With Kids (Jennifer Westfeldt)
John Carter (Andrew Stanton)
Silent House (Chris Kentis & Laura Lau)
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Chris Renaud)
The Snowtown Murders (Justin Kurzel)
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim)
Wanderlust (David Wain)
This Means War (McG)
Safe House (Daniel Espinosa)
The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr)
Chronicle (Josh Trank)
Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
Haywire (Steven Soderbergh)
Miss Bala (Gerardo Naranjo)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Want to see:
Celeste & Jesse Forever

Jack Reacher
The Oranges

2011 Film List

Top Ten of 2011
1. Moneyball – I have seen this film so many times now and I still continue to watch it anytime it is on. The soundtrack, the acting, the writing are all great but for me, it’s the relationship between the father and the daughter that really make it all work.
2. The Tree of Life – The first time I watched this I wasn’t sure. Now that I have seen it well over ten times I am more than sure. It’s a puzzle that I may never fully figure out but God Damnit I am not going to stop trying.
3. Drive/Crazy Stupid Love – Ryan Gosling was in two of my favorite movies this year and it’s not surprise. Drive kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat as it played out and CSL kept me laughing all the way through. Most comedies can’t do that.
4. Shame – I had high hopes for this one and they weren’t let down. The story simply told of a sex addict that gives you just enough to let you fill in all the important blanks.
5. Submarine – I can’t wait to watch this one again. The coming of age story continues to have numerous releases every year but this one was easily the top of that pile this year.
6. Bellflower – I know many people who hated this film but it all worked for me. The cinematography, the story, everything. I can’t wait to see what this team pulls out next.
7. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Talk about a punch in the gut. This film is truly every parents nightmare. It’s told so well you can’t look away, you want to, but you can’t. Great filmmaking.
8. Everything Must Go – Will Ferrell doesn’t take a lot of chances with his dramatic work but when he does, he picks well.
9. Attack of the Block – Fun, well made film. What more can you ask for?
10. Certified Copy – A slow burner about a couple that meets but may have been or may still be a couple? Yes, I do want to watch that.

A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
Pina (Wim Wenders)
We Bought a Zoo (Cameron Crowe)
Carnage (Roman Polanski)
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Guy Ritchie)
The Sitter (David Gordon Green)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)
Young Adult (Jason Reitman)
Shame (Steve McQueen)
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg)
Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
The Muppets (James Bobin)
My Week With Marilyn (Simon Curtis)
Rampart (Oren Moverman)
The Descendants (Alexander Payne)
J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood)
Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
Tower Heist (Brett Ratner)
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
The Double (Michael Brandt)
In Time (Andrew Niccol)
Like Crazy (Drake Doremus)
The Rum Diary (Bruce Robinson)
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin)
The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Ides of March (George Clooney)
Real Steel (Shawn Levy)
The Way (Emilio Estevez)
50/50 (Jonathan Levine)
Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan)
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)
Dolphin Tale (Charles Martin Smith)
Moneyball (Bennett Miller)
Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Bobby Fischer Against the World (Liz Garbus)
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (Tom Brady)
Contagion (Steven Soderbergh)
The Debt (John Madden)
Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz)
Fright Night (Craig Gillespie)
30 Minutes or Less (Ruben Fleischer)
Bellflower (Evan Glodell)
The Change-Up (David Dobkin)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt)
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)
The Guard (John Michael McDonagh)
The Interrupters (Steve James)
The Smurfs (Raja Gosnell)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnston)
Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck)
Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon)
The Sleeping Beauty (Catherine Breillat)
Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks)
Terri (Azazel Jacobs)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Michael Bay)
Bad Teacher (Jake Kasdan)
Cars 2 (John Lasseter)
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Rodman Flender)
Green Lantern (Martin Campbell)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Mark Waters)
Page One: Inside the New York Times (Andrew Rossi)
Super 8 (J.J. Abrams)
The Trip (Michael Winterbottom)
Beginners (Mike Mills)
Submarine (Richard Ayoade)
X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn)
The Hangover Part II (Todd Phillips)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)
Everything Must Go (Dan Rush)
Hesher (Spencer Susser)
A Serbian Film (Srdjan Spasojevic)
The Beaver (Jodie Foster)
Hobo With a Shotgun (Jason Eisener)
Thor (Kenneth Branagh)
The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog)
The Bang Bang Club (Steven Silver)
Rio (Carlos Saldanha)
Scream 4 (Wes Craven)
Ceremony (Max Winkler)
Hanna (Joe Wright)
Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt)
Your Highness (David Gordon Green)
Rubber (Quentin Dupieux)
Super (James Gunn)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (David Bowers)
The Lincoln Lawyer (Brad Furman)
Paul (Greg Mottola)
Win Win (Tom McCarthy)
Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami)
Mars Needs Moms (Simon Wells)
Red Riding Hood (Catherine Hardwicke)
The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi)
Hall Pass (Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly)
Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta)
Gnomeo & Juliet (Kelly Asbury)
Just Go With It (Dennis Dugan)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon Chu)
How I Ended This Summer (Alexei Popogrebsky)
No Strings Attached (Ivan Reitman)
The Way Back (Peter Weir)
The Dilemma (Ron Howard)
The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry)

Want to see:
Weekend (Andrew Haigh)
Film Socialisme (Jean-Luc Godard)
Source Code (Duncan Jones)
The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman)

2010 Film List

List of films released theatrically in 2010 that I have seen and want to see.

Another Year (Mike Leigh)
Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)
The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)
Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
True Grit (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper)
How Do You Know (James L. Brooks)
The Company Men (John Wells)
The Fighter (David O. Russell)
Barney’s Version (Richard J. Lewis)
Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)
I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)
The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)
Tangled (Nathan Greno & Byron Howard)
Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole)
White Material (Claire Denis)
Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham)
Due Date (Todd Phillips)
Four Lions (Chris Morris)
Megamind (Tom McGrath)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Daniel Alfredson)
Monsters (Gareth Edwards)
Jackass 3D (Jeff Tremaine)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden)
Let Me In (Matt Reeves)
The Social Network (David Fincher)
Buried (Rodrigo Cortés)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Oliver Stone)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen)
Devil (Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle)
Easy A (Will Gluck)
Jack Goes Boating (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek)
The Town (Ben Affleck)
I’m Still Here (Casey Affleck)
The Switch (Josh Gordon & Will Speck)
Animal Kingdom (David Michôd)
The Expendables (Sylvester Stallone)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright)
The Other Guys (Adam McKay)
Dinner for Schmucks (Jay Roach)
Get Low (Aaron Schneider)
Salt (Phillip Noyce)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
Despicable Me (Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Daniel Alfredson)
The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)
Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
Grown Ups (Dennis Dugan)
Cyrus (Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass)
Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
The A-Team (Joe Carnahan)
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik)
Get Him to the Greek (Nicholas Stoller)
Splice (Vincenzo Natali)
Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Mike Newell)
MacGruber (Jorma Taccone)
Shrek Forever After (Mike Mitchell)
Solitary Man (Brian Koppelman & David Levien)
Robin Hood (Ridley Scott)
Iron Man 2 (Jon Favreau)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (Tom Six)
Death at a Funeral (Neil LaBute)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy)
Kick-Ass (Matthew Vaughn)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella)
Date Night (Shawn Levy)
Clash of the Titans (Louis Leterrier)
Hot Tub Time Machine (Steve Pink)
How to Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders)
City Island (Raymond De Felitta)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Thor Freudenthal)
Ghost Town (Zhao Dayong)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev)
Greenberg (Noah Baumbach)
The Exploding Girl (Bradley Rust Gray)
Tales From the Script (Peter Hanson)
Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton)
A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski)
Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
Valentine’s Day (Garry Marshall)
The Wolfman (Joe Johnston)
Ajami (Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani)
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (Julian Jarrold)
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (James Marsh)
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (Anand Tucker)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
Daybreakers (The Spierig Brothers)
Youth in Revolt (Miguel Arteta)

Want to see:
Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong) [2007]
World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) [1973]

My Favorite Criterion Blu-Rays of ’09

I’ve been extremely lucky this year to be able to buy all of the Criterion blu-ray releases. I don’t have even close to the entire collection on DVD but having all that are available on blu-ray is a pretty great feeling. I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with them though as they are increasing the releases to three a month now and those fuckers aren’t cheap! Here is my top picks out of the 28 that have been released so far.

Bottle Rocket
Wes Anderson’s first feature film and it has never looked better. Criterion really knows how to clean up a film and it seems like the Anderson releases are always the best from top to bottom. The packaging is top notch art by Wes’ brother and it includes a booklet like the notebook Owen Wilson’s character uses in the film to layout his life plan. Criterion made this film look perfect. It easily one of the best clean up jobs I have seen of any film on blu-ray. The crispness and texture just pops from the screen on this release and there really is no comparison to the DVD release that was out prior to this release.

For All Mankind
This is one that I really had no desire to watch when I saw it on the release schedule but boy did it change my mind. The subtlety of it all and the small touches that are used in this one make it more enjoyable than most documentaries that are made today. Being able to see how the astronauts act with each other on the moon is pretty amazing and the way the film is tied together make it pretty easy to watch.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
I had never had any interest or even knew what this film was about until this blu-ray came out. It’s a great little odd treasure of a film that I would recommend to anyone to watch. When you think David Bowie in a sci-fi film you think, Continue reading My Favorite Criterion Blu-Rays of ’09

Let the Right One In and Lollipops.

This whole blogging thing isn’t working out very well.  Truth be told I really can’t think of anything to write right now either.  Went and saw the blues win last night in overtime. 

I’ve been so extremely busy working on PDF that I haven’t had time for much else.  I’m keeping up with House and the Office and but that’s about it as far as TV goes.  Lots of interesting new bands though.  The couple that stick out at the moment are LaSalle and A Great Big Pile of Leaves.  Mostly AGBPoL though.

Tonight I will be taking in an early screening of The Brothers Bloom which I am incredibly excited about since the script was such a nice read.  Then we will be jetted cross town to the casino to watch Patton Oswalt do some stand-up.  It will be my second time seeing him so hopefully he stays true to colors and is totally intoxicated by the time the show starts. 

Last week we took in a screening of “Let the Right One In”.  A Swedish vampire flick that pretty much owns on all levels.  I wrote a little blurb about in another site so I’ll just copy it here for you.  I don’t think the St. Louis International Film Festival has ever offered movies that I actually wanted to see until this year and it turns out it’s not really bad.  I always imagined it to be some mess where retards with huge egos and silly pretentious college kids would hang out and make fun of your style and pretend to know everything about cinema.  Turns out there was just one fat guy in the back row that was doing this.  He didn’t like Let the Right One In so he can fuck off and eat another hamburger and go absolutely nowhere in his meaningless life.

I wasn’t planning on ever writing any reviews for a movie on here since I have done more movie reviews over the last year than I think I could ever manage. But this is probably the only movie I have seen since then that I can’t get out of my head after watching. The film is in Swedish and you might or not have seen the trailer for it. I would recommend you watch the trailer at least before reading this review.


If just from watching the trailer you aren’t thinking that movie visually looks amazing then I hate you. It’s the main reason I wanted to see this film. I don’t know why but everything in this film just looks perfect. There a ton of longshots and the director frames everyone of them nicely. It shows how effective using a surrounding environment can really add to a films tone.

The plot: Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12-year-old outcast who is frequently picked on by his classmates. He dreams of getting his revenge, but he never stands up to the boys. With the arrival of his new next-door neighbor, 12-year-old Eli (Lina Leandersson), Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally, and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl: she must keep her pale skin out of the sunlight, she can perform inhuman physical feats, and she has thirst for blood. The bodies begin to pile up, but Oskar can’t stay away from the girl who has finally given him courage.

This film is so much more than a vampire movie. When I think of it, I don’t even think about the fact that Eli is a vampire. I just think of their relationship and how well it works itself out. There is a pool scene that is unforgettable at the end and the director shows a close-up of Oskar as he is seeing Eli and then cuts to Eli’s eyes and you can just see the happiness in her eyes and it really puts the entire movie and their relationship into the forefront and makes you forget about her being a vampire.

I wouldn’t consider this a horror film either, I don’t remember jumping at at all and more often than not I wasn’t expected to be scared. It’s one of those things where I don’t even want to write about it because if I say one thing it will turn one person off from seeing and I think this film deserves to be seen by everyone.

I was incredibly excited to see this film and then when you look at where it’s playing, it’s only at about ten theatres so Friday I learned that it was playing a couple hours away for the St. Louis film festival and I dropped everything to go check it out and I’m happy to say that it delivered in every aspect. Usually when I get my hopes up for something it falls short but this did not disappoint. It’s a shame that an american is going to remake it and fudge it all up though.

I have nothing new in my life story

Still working that crappy 7-4 job to pay off my schooling. Of all things, my dead beat uncle just imed me asking if I would call the court house and see if he has a warrant so he knows whether or not its safe to come back here. I think I’ll just tell him “that there is a warrant and a reward and thanks for paying this months school loan payment for me. And I thought I would never get anything out of you.”

Watching the films of Guy Maddin recently. Guy knows how to make an experimental film. Archangel is a little on the weird side but The Heart of the World is super tight for a short.

Finished Berlin Alexanderplatz and really was hoping for more. Fassbinger is still one cool individual and the way he worked on films may never be matched again.