Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Horror Weekend!

In more ways than one! Jeeby heebies, kids! What a weekend! I'm totally zombied on this Monday-est of mornings, so you'll have to excuse the typos, the ramblings and the tangents while I attempt to tell my story.

I'll start on Friday. What did I do on Friday? That's not a hypothetical question guys, I can't feckin remember...
Hmm. Watched Star Gate SG1 season 2 I think. It wasn't exciting. Maybe I shouldn't have started there...

OK. Saturday.
What did I do in the morning? God I'm tired.

Saturday Afternoon.
This I remember. I went to a friends house to help her move in. Now, this is fine. Helping friends move is always pretty tiring, but it has to be done (at least, it does if you ever want help for the same thing). So I did what I could, followed instructions and stayed on my feet for most of the arvo. We left around 6.20pm because I had to get changed.

To go to a concert of The Horrors.

Yep. I helped a friend move house before going to a live gig. Clever huh? I've also just realised that a lot of people reading this may have thought that "A Horror Weekend" may have meant that I spent a weekend watching horror films...
Hee! Ha ha ha! *Giggle* *Giggle* *Snort* *Sigh* Sux to be be you :P

Back to the gig.
It took place in a venue called The Amplifier Bar, which is a shite venue but seemed to suit the crowd. I felt old but that's no surprise. I managed to remember how to dress appropriately, but my hair wasn't big enough. Stretched ears and an eyebrow piercing made up for that though so I was able to conform nicely to the "total non-conformists".
 Alright, I'm taking the piss out of the crowd (and myself) but I promise that I won't be doing the same for the bands.

The support act was called Fabulous Diamonds. They were great! They're a duo from Melbourne I'd really like to hear more of. Repeating drumbeats with echoing vocals and electric organ melodies, I could have listened to them for a lot longer.

After an intro that was ridiculously long (seriously guys, that's not the way to rile up Perth audiences), The Horrors finally came out and started kicking everyone's arse. It was a really great gig, the sound was good (although the vocals could have been louder), the performance was great, and the crowd was happy. Two numbers that stood out for me were Scarlet Fields and Primary Colours. They didn't play "She is the New Thing" or "Jack the Ripper", but you can't have everything, can you? I was just happy to be in a place where I could dance around to music I actually like!

It was also a relief to hear Faris Badwan sing and know that his vocals are actually him and not some machine. There are too many "musicians" around nowadays that started in the studio. These guys are the real deal, thank God! Furthermore, Rhys Webb and Tom Cowan would swap instruments between them (bass and synthesizer) depending on the song (and album it came from).
Speaking of Tom Cowan, what a creepy mofo. Kinda glad he's found his outlet, if you know what I mean...

Once the concert was over, it turned out my weekend of horror was not complete. You see, me and my best mate volunteered to take care of the children of the friends who were moving, just to give them some space. So I wake up, deaf mind you, that concert was loud, jump out of bed and trundle back to the house I'd left the day before.

To keep the 3 kids occupied and hopefully tire them out, we decide to take them to the pools. 4 hours of swimming, eating, swimming and 1 exploding nappy later, do you think it was the kids who were tired? Hells no! It was the 2 adults skulling coke and coffee in a desperate attempt to outlast the children! It didn't work. I'm totally shattered. I don't even have the energy to yawn.

On the plus side, I just found out that The Big Pink are touring at the end of Feb, and Henry Rollins is doing a spoken word gig in May :D

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I am Officially LAMB #435

Hey all!
I know I've been a little slack on my blog this week, but there's 2 reasons (excuses) for it.
Firstly, Monday I went to Raggamuffin, a Reggae music festival. Fantastic music but got stoned just by standing in the crowd. Ended up with the munchies by the time I got home! No where near a computer all day.
Secondly, Tuesday was Australia Day. It's un-Australian to do anything that can be considered work on Australia unless you don't have a choice (i.e. those serving food to the rest of Australia who can't be shagged cooking).
Those are my defenses and I'm sticking to them.

But on the "good news" front, I have officially been welcomed as a member of LAMB (Large Association of Movie Blogs). I am LAMB #435. Check my post out here.
Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Here in Australia voting is compulsory, and so it is here too:

Do it now!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mega ToWatchPile Update Part San (3) - Vengeance!

Alright guys, this is a wicked long post, but I've decided I don't want to break it up. It's a review of Chan-Wook Park's Vengeance trilogy, which I've just finished watching for the #towatchpile. I watched them completely out of order but I'm a little glad I did. Finishing on Mr Vengeance was a good way to go in my opinion, but I'll get to that. Let me start at the beginning. Once upon a time I decided to ask bloggers to suggest movies that they believe must be watched. I received quite a few suggestions, enough for me to add a button to the side of my blog.

Then one day the wunderbar @MattSuzaka of Chuck Norris Ate my Baby found the call for suggestions and took it upon himself to pave the way to the road to great films. And yea, he didst provide a list. And on that list was Chan-Wook Park's Oldboy. And the Rach didst watch the film and didst cry out!
"YEA! What the fuck was that???"
All did rejoice for Rach was on the path to movie salvation.
And a voice came from the @Heavenztrash (see what I did there?).
"You know its part of a trilogy?"
And Rach understood her journey had only just begun.

Note to self: if you break out into biblical verse, it is time to go to bed.

So, now we skip forward a month and I've finally seen the other two films. I'm going to get this out of the way first. There's an ongoing discussion on the the webbynets about which film from the trilogy is the best. Well, I genuinely feel that the films all benefit greatly when considering them together, but I'm gonna add my 2 cents to the minority and say that I preferred Sympathy for Mr Vengeance. My reasons will become clear later in the review, so lets get started.

The trilogy, for those who haven't seen it, is all about vengeance. I'm not going do a synopsis for each, it's basically three different stories that all focus on different reasons for vengeance, as well as the different ways the vengeance is obtained. There's also three different types of endings, but I'll leave that for a special "spoiler" paragraph.

These films are what I like to call "slow burn" movies (see my review of Grace), and Chan-Wook Park is the slow-burn master. It's not that he "keeps you guessing", movies that keep "keep you guessing" have a use-by date. Instead, he creates a tension with such subtlety that you have no idea it's happening until the cat knocks something over and your heart stops. You find yourself watching the next film with trepidation because you realize how involved you're going to get, and what that's going to do to you after it's finished. In each case the movies leave your mind ticking over at a hundred miles. I replayed parts of each film over and over in my head, savoring it and the genius behind it.

In this age of large, blue monkeys and their flying lizard friends, 3D, explosions, effects, and every other trick designed to make you forget that movies are supposed to have a plot, the use of artistic techniques like slowly draining the color from a film (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) or minimizing background music to allow moments of genuinely awkward silence (Sympathy for Mr Vengeance) seem almost new. A breath of fresh air, if you will. I also have to mention the clever use of comedy found in the trilogy. It's a very clever way to control tension levels.


You've been warned.
The different types of vengeance shown in the trilogy. What can I say? I'm going to go through it in the order I watched it. The ending to Oldboy has already been listed as my favorite ZOMG moment in film. It's such a grey-area ending! In the same way that Oh Dae-Su is manipulated to fall for Mi-do, we are manipulated to sympathize with Oh Dae-Su. Hence the ZOMG reaction.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is very straight forward by comparison, though it would definitely have its haters. It seems to suggest that vengeance can be curative, and that there is a place for it. What I love though, is that the ending is bittersweet. The families know that they still have to live with what they have done.

Sympathy for Mr Vengeance. Phew. Bleak is the word. This movie is about vengeance out of honor more than vengeance out of any real hatred. And that makes it all the more painful to watch. When Park Dong-jin tells Ryu that he's a nice enough fella but he has to kill him anyway, it's heartbreaking.


So why do I prefer Sympathy for Mr Vengeance? Well, technically I don't, I prefer to think of the trilogy as a whole, but there are a number of reasons. Firstly, the ending. I'm one of the people who prefers Empire Strikes Back because of the bleak ending. I prefer an ending to be clever more than happy. Secondly, it was the best example of a slow-burn film out of the three. So much messiness, slowly, slowly building the tension, giving you wallowing time. This is not a film for an impatient person. And lastly its the way sympathy for Ryu is built through juxtaposing the uncomfortable silences with noisy events that he can't hear.

In short, I loved Oldboy and Lady Vengeance, but Sympathy for Mr Vengeance was one of the smartest works of art I've seen.

So, I've put Thirst on my list, what other Chan-Wook Park films do I need to see?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mega ToWatchPile Update Part Ni (2) - Horror Mania

Hullo everyone. I'm back with part ni of my Mega #towatchpile update. For this post I'm going to go through some of the horror films (dodgy or otherwise) that I've been watching. Please bear in mind that I'm using the term "horror" quite loosely. That means that I'm including the zomedies and anything else that contains horror themes.


Well seeing as I've already mentioned the zomedies, I might as well start with them. There's 2 that I've recently seen for the #towatchpile, Zombieland and Fido. So much awesomeness. I'm not gonna review Zombieland beyond saying it was hilarious and awesome and it was really good to see Woody Harrelson doing what he does better than mos. If you want more than that then read one of the MILLIONS of reviews around.

As much as I love zombie movies, I really don't think any of them have ever made me go "awwwww, how cute!" until Fido. A twitterbud (@Heavenztrash) described it as Lassie with zombies, which is a more succinct synopsis than I can come up with (trying not to start chanting "succinct synopsis"). The acting is fab, especially Billy Connolly as Fido. He says more with his facial expressions than a lot of actors can do with a 10 minute monologue. Anybody who enjoyed Shawn of the Dead will love this film. I really want a pet zombie...

These were some of the 2009 horrors that I hadn't managed to see before getting started on the #towatchlist (and were consequently added).

Drag Me To Hell

I thoroughly enjoyed this film from Sam Raimi. I liked the humor in it as well as the action. It wasn't scary, just entertaining.

The Hills Run Red
A little trashier than Drag Me To Hell, it was still an entertaining (if brainless) watch.

The Children
This one was technically released in 2008. I didn't hear about it til the end of 2009. To see my thoughts of The Children, head on over to The Paradise of Horror for my guest post.

Another series that I never watched in my youth was the Child's Play franchise. Even when I was at the age where I was allowed to hire out horror, Child's Play was never permitted. I don't think it's because my folk thought it would be extra scary, I just think they had no intention of ever sitting through it themselves! But now, thanks to some suggestions from a friend of mine, I have seen all of the Child's Plays and Seed of Chucky. The only one I haven't seen is Bride of Chucky.

So what do I think? I think it plays out much like a lot of horror franchises. The first is a relatively scary and entertaining horror film and it all goes downhill from there! Seed was ridiculous, but entertaining. I just hope they stop making them, though. The madness has gone on long enough.

That's the end of part ni. Come back tomorrow for part san :)

Mega ToWatchPile Update Part Ichi (1) - Trek-along Y'all!

Hi All. I've realized that I've been actively watching movies from my #towatchpile without posting any information about it! I've also added a bunch and am always happy to add more (it should be called the towatchbottomlesspit). So this is my start. I might make it a regular segment :)

Star Treks 1-6 (minus 5) + Star Trek (the new prequel-ish one)
I know. I'm 30 at the end of February, a movie geek, and I watched Star Trek: The Motion Picture for the first time at the end of last year. In my defense, my sci-fi love comes from my Dad, and he never liked Star Trek. My first viewings of Star Wars, Alien, Blade Runner, and Predator were all with my Father, consequently I was never introduced Star Trek.

So when the new one was announce... well, I didn't care. But when it was announced that Zachary Quinto would play Spock, suddenly I needed on this bandwagon (mmm, Sylar). But I didn't want to be the annoying fuckstick in the cinema going "What? What? Why was that funny? I don't get it.". To avoid this, I didn't see it in the cinema. Instead, I watched all the Star Trek I could get my hands on. I have to say, I'm damn glad I did.

The new film is great fun and has some great references to the originals, but the best justification for my marathon was to recognize the awesomeness of Karl Urban as Bones. A lot of people rave about Quinto's Spock and ,don't get me wrong, he was great, but Urban was hilarious! Having watched Star Trek 6 days before watching the new one, I can tell you he was spot on. Not mimicking, but acting as a younger version. Loved it.

So if, like me, you've never a Star Trek film but wouldn't mind seeing the new one, do yourself a favor and watch at least one. You won't regret it. Or if you do, you were never going to love the new one anyway.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Avatar Should Not Have Been Nominated: An Opinion

One that may well cost me some readers, but there it is. I don't think Avatar deserved to be nominated for the Best Drama Globe, let alone win it. Don't you hiss at me!

Look, the Best Picture award is supposed to go to a film that is important. I liked Avatar. But it wasn't important. Films can be important for a range of reasons, some "random" examples are films that celebrate some otherwise unknowns heroes (Schindler's List, uhhh Hurt Locker?), films that are new ideas, that could potentially inspire a new genre (Titanic, uhhh Inglourious Basterds?), films that successfully translate the suffering of an individual(s) and their hope in the face of adversity (Slumdog Millionaire, uhhh Precious?) or films that come together where everything works, great direction, great acting, great script (American Beauty, uhhh Up in the Air?).

See what I did there? I outlined why every other picture nominated should have bested Avatar. Clever, huh?

My personal opinion was that Inglourious Basterds should have won. It introduced the concept of using film to correct the wrongs in history. Filmmakers don't have to follow the constrictions of genuine history. This is fiction, make-believe, go to town, says I! Stop retelling the same crap!

What did Avatar do? It used groundbreaking special effects. Fab. So did District 9. Why didn't that get nominated? Because it cost hundreds of millions less to make. It would have been dead embarrassing if they admitted it was a better film. Seriously, you could have put a noticeable dent in the world poverty crisis for the cost of Avatar, and District 9 was a more unique story!


The thing is, it's almost guaranteed to be nominated for an Oscar. I hate that. It's stopped being about recognizing steps forward in film. Actually, my disenchanted mind now wonders if it was ever about that.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Top 5 ZOMG Moments in Film

Hullo everybody, how are we all? Good? That's good. Wow! This will be my third update this week! I'm on a roll!

Today's post is my personal top 5 ZOMG moments in film. Just so we all know what I'm talking about, a ZOMG moment is where you suddenly realize what's going to happen milliseconds before it does. Or when you guess a piece of information juuuust before they tell you.

ZOMG moments are personal things. There are some that are widely shared, but most depend on a variety of factors (that I'm not getting into now). These are my favorites:

A warning: these are going to be spoilerific.

5. Saw
The cellmate with the key in his stomach? Yeah, he's alive. ZOMG!
I was squirming through this whole scene.

4. The Usual Suspects
The identity of Kyser Soze. ZOMG!
The first time I saw this I held my breath for the last scene. Then let it out with a drawn out "fuuuuck!".

They call me Mr Glass. ZOMG!
This ending was satisfaction guaranteed :)

2.The Mist
Oops, out of bullets. Maybe the army will give me some. ZOMG!
I read the book. The movie ending was a hundred times better O.o

1. Oldboy
If you've seen Oldboy then you know what part I mean, and if you haven't then I'm not telling. It's too intense. It's not so much a ZOMG moment as a "hey that's a... Wait, is she... OH HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!" moment. You know the one.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

1001 Movies to see before you die

As opposed to after you die, coz how are you supposed to review them then?
I mentioned in a previous post that I was planning on working on this list because a lot of the films on here are already on my "to watch pile". Well here's the most recent version of the list with the ones I've seen crossed out and the ones that are already on my "to watch pile" highlighted. I'll continue to update this post as I watch films from the list.

Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Les Vampires (1915)
Intolerance (1916)
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Way Down East (1920)
Within Our Gates (1920)
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
La Souriante Madame Beudet (1922)
Dr Mabuse, Der Spieler (1922) Parts 1 and 2
Nanook of the North (1922)
200full-nosferatu-the-vampyre-1979.jpg Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
Häxan (1923)
Foolish Wives (1922)
Our Hospitality (1923)
The Wheel (1923)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Strike (1924)
Greed (1924)
Sherlock, Jr (1924)
Der Letzte Mann (1924)
Seven Chances (1925)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Gold Rush (1925)
The Big Parade (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
Sunrise (1927)
The General (1927)
The Unknown (1927)
October (1927)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Napoléon (1927)
The Kid Brother (1927)
The Crowd (1928)
The Docks of New York (1928)
Un Chien Andalou (1928)
La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)
Steamboat Bill, Jr (1928)
Storm over Asia (1928)
Blackmail (1929)
The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)
Pandora's Box (1929)
The Blue Angel (1930)
L'Âge D'Or (1930)
Earth (1930)
Little Caesar (1930)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
Le Million (1931)
Tabu (1931)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
City Lights (1931)
The Public Enemy (1931)
M (1931)
La Chienne (1931)
Vampyr (1932)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
Boudu Sauvé des Eaux (1932)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Scarface (1932)
Shanghai Express (1932)
Freaks (1932)
Me and My Gal (1932)
Zéro de Conduite (1933)
42nd Street (1933)
Footlight Parade (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Duck Soup (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)
Las Hurdes (1933)
King Kong (1933)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
It's a Gift (1934)
Triumph of the Will (1934)
L'Atalante (1934)
The Black Cat (1934)
Judge Priest (1934)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
Captain Blood (1935)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Top Hat (1935)
Une Partie de Campagne (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Camille (1936)
Sabotage (1936)
Dodsworth (1936)
Things to Come (1936)
The Story of a Cheat (1936)
Captains Courageous (1937)
Midnight Song (1937)
La Grande Illusion (1937)
Stella Dallas (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Pépé Le Moko (1937)
Jezebel (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Olympia (1938)
The Baker's Wife (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (1939)
Babes in Arms (1939)
Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Le Jour Se Lève (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
Ninotchka (1939)
La Règle du jeu (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Fantasia (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
The Mortal Storm (1940)
The Bank Dick (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sergeant York (1941)
Dumbo (1941)
High Sierra (1941)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Cat People (1942)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Fires Were Started (1943)
The Man in Grey (1943)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
The Seventh Victim (1943)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Ossessione (1943)
Meet Me in St Louis (1944)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Laura (1944)
Gaslight (1944)
Henry V (1944)
Ivan the Terrible (1944) Parts 1 and 2
Double Indemnity (1944)
Farewell My Lovely (1944)
The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
Spellbound (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
Roma, città aperta (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Detour (1945)
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Brief Encounter (1946)
Paisà (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
La Belle et la Bête (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Killers (1946)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
Notorious (1946)
Black Narcissus (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Gilda (1946)
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Build My Gallows High (1947)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
Odd Man Out (1947)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Secret Beyond the Door (1948)
Force of Evil (1948)
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
Red River (1948)
Rope (1948)
The Snake Pit (1948)
The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
The Paleface (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Louisiana Story (1948)
The Heiress (1949)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Gun Crazy (1949)
Adam's Rib (1949)
Whisky Galore! (1949)
White Heat (1949)
The Reckless Moment (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
On the Town (1949)
Orphée (1949)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
Winchester '73 (1950)
Rio Grande (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Blvd (1950)
Los Olvidados (1950)
In a Lonely Place (1950)
The Big Carnival (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
The African Queen (1951)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
An American in Paris (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Jeux Interdits (1952)
Angel Face (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Ikiru (1952)
Europa '51 (1952)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Big Sky (1952)
High Noon (1952)
Umberto D (1952)
The Golden Coach (1952)
The Bigamist (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Madame De… (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Wages of Fear (1953)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953)
Voyage in Italy (1953)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
Shane (1953)
Beat the Devil (1953)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Les Diaboliques (1954)
Animal Farm (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
A Star Is Born (1954)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
La Strada (1954)
The Seven Samurai (1954)
Senso (1954)
Silver Lode (1954)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Sanshô Dayû (1954)
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Artists and Models (1955)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Pather Panchali (1955)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
The Mad Masters (1955)
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)
The Ladykillers (1955)
Marty (1955)
Ordet (1955)
Bob Le Flambeur (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Rebel without a Cause (1955)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Night and Fog (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Lola Montès (1955)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Burmese Harp (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
A Man Escaped (1956)
Written on the Wind (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Giant (1956)
All That Heaven Allows (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The Wrong Man (1956)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
High Society (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Throne of Blood (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Aparajito (1957)
Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Mother India (1957)
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Man of the West (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Cairo Station (1958)
Gigi (1958)
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Vertigo (1958)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Dracula (1958)
Mon Oncle (1958)
The Music Room (1958)
Les Quatre cents coups (1959)
North by Northwest (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Les Yeux Sans Visage (1959)
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Shadows (1959)
The World of Apu (1959)
A bout de souffle (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Pickpocket (1959)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Le Trou (1959)
Floating Weeds (1959)
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)
L'Avventura (1960)
The Young One (1960)
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
The Housemaid (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Black Sunday (1960)
Peeping Tom (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
La Jetée (1961)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Lola (1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
La Notte (1961)
Jules et Jim (1961)
Viridiana (1961)
The Ladies Man (1961)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Chronique d'un été (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
Mondo Cane (1962)
Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)
Dog Star Man (1962)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
L'Eclisse (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Lolita (1962)
Keeper of Promises (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Vivre sa vie (1962)
Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
The Birds (1963)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Blonde Cobra (1963)
The Cool World (1963)
8 1/2 (1963)
Passenger (1963)
Le Mépris(1963)
Hud (1963)
Winter Light (1963)
Flaming Creatures (1963)
The Great Escape (1963)
Shock Corridor (1963)
Il Gattopardo (1963)
Barren Lives (1963)
Méditerranée (1963)
The House is Black (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
The Servant (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
Marnie (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Dr Strangelove (1964)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
The Red Desert (1964)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Before the Revolution (1964)
Gertrud (1964)
The Gospel According to St Matthew (1964)
Black God, White Devil (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
Vinyl (1965)
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The War Game (1965)
Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
The Battle of Algiers (1965)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
Alphaville (1965)
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Repulsion (1965)
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Pierrot Le Fou (1965)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Golden River (1965)
The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1965)
Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)
Blowup (1966)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Daisies (1966)
Come Drink with Me (1966)
Seconds (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Persona (1966)
Masculin, Féminin (1966)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Playtime (1967)
Report (1967)
Hombre (1967)
Belle de Jour (1967)
Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)
Week End (1967)
Le Samouraï (1967)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
Wavelength (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Red and the White (1967)
Marketa Lazarová (1967)
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Fireman's Ball (1967)
Earth Entranced (1967)
Closely Observed Trains (1967)
Vij (1967)
The Cow (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Faces (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)

If… (1968)
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
The Producers (1968)
David Holzman's Diary (1968)
Shame (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Targets (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
My Night at Maud's (1969)
Lucía (1969)
A Touch of Zen (1969)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Satyricon (1969)
Z (1969)
The Conformist (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
High School (1969)
In the Year of the Pig (1969)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Andrei Rublev (1969)
Le Boucher (1969)
The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
Kes (1969)
Tristana (1970)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
El Topo (1970)
Woodstock (1970)
Deep End (1970)
The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
Little Big Man (1970)
The Ear (1970)
Patton (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Performance (1970)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
The Bird with The Crystal Plumage (1970)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Wanda (1971)
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Sorrow and the Pity (1971)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971)
Walkabout (1971)
Klute (1971)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Red Psalm (1971)
Get Carter (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
Shaft (1971)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song (1971)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Cabaret (1972)
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1972)
Sleuth (1972)
Deliverance (1972)
Solaris (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
Cries and Whispers (1972)
Fat City (1972)
Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972)
Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra Von Kant (1972)
Frenzy (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Superfly (1972)
The Sting (1973)
La Maman et la putain (1973)
Badlands (1973)
American Graffiti (1973)
Papillon (1973)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Mean Streets (1973)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Wicker Man (1973)
La Nuit Américaine(1973)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Sleeper (1973)
Serpico (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
Turkish Delight (1973)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Fantastic Planet (1973)
Amarcord (1973)
The Harder They Come (1973)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
Dersu Uzala (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Mirror (1974)
A Woman under the Influence (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
Céline et Julie vont en bateau (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Wall (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
India Song (1975)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Manila in the Claws of Brightness (1975)
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Cria! (1975)
The Travelling Players (1975)
Jaws (1975)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Carrie (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
All the President's Men (1976)
Rocky (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Network (1976)
Ascent (1976)
Ai No Corrida (1976)
Novecento (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Star Wars (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Last Wave (1977)
Annie Hall (1977)
Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)
Stroszek (1977)
Man of Marble (1977)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Killer of Sheep (1977)
Eraserhead (1977)
Ceddo (1977)
The American Friend (1977)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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Suspiria (1977)
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Grease (1978)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Shaolin Master Killer (1978)
Up in Smoke (1978)
Halloween (1978)
Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979)
Real Life (1979)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
Stalker (1979)
Alien (1979)
Breaking Away (1979)
Die Blechtrommel (1979)
All That Jazz (1979)
Being There (1979)
Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
Life of Brian (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Manhattan (1979)
Mad Max (1979)
Nosferatu (1979)
Ordinary People (1980)
Atlantic City (1980)
Le Dernier métro (1980)
The Shining (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Big Red One (1980)
Loulou (1980)
Airplane! (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Das Boot (1981)
Gallipoli (1981)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Body Heat (1981)
Reds (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Three Brothers (1981)
Man of Iron (1981)
Too Early, Too Late (1981)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981)
ET: The Extra-Terestrial (1982)
The Thing (1982)
Poltergeist (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Evil Dead (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Yol (1982)
Diner (1982)
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Gandhi (1982)
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
A Question of Silence (1982)
Fanny och Alexander (1982)
A Christmas Story (1983)
El Norte (1983)
Videodrome (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Big Chill (1983)
Sans Soleil (1983)
Le Dernier Combat (1983)
L'Argent (1983)
Utu (1983)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
The Fourth Man (1983)
The King of Comedy (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
Once Upon a Time in America (1983)
Scarface (1983)
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Amadeus (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
A Passage to India (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984)
The Natural (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ran (1985)
Come and See (1985)
The Official Story (1985)
Out of Africa (1985)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Time to Live and the Time to Die (1985)
Brazil (1985)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
The Quiet Earth (1985)
Mishima (1985)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Vagabond (1985)
Shoah (1985)
The Color Purple (1985)
Manhunter (1986)
Stand By Me (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
The Fly (1986)
Aliens (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Down by Law (1986)
A Room with a View (1986)
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Platoon (1986)
Caravaggio (1986)
Tampopo (1986)
Peking Opera Blues (1986)
Salvador (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
Sherman's March (1986)
The Horse Thief (1986)
Yeelen (1987)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Project A, Part II (1987)
Babette's Feast (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Withnail and I (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
Broadcast News (1987)
Housekeeping (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Moonstruck (1987)
The Untouchables (1987)
Red Sorghum (1987)
The Dead (1987)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
The Vanishing (1988)
Bull Durham (1988)
Ariel (1988)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Akira (1988)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Hôtel Terminus: Klaus Barbie et son temps (1988)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Naked Gun (1988)
Big (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
The Decalogue (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
A Tale of the Wind (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Rain Man (1988)
The Story of Women (1988)
Drowning By Numbers (1988)
Alice (1988)
Batman (1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
My Left Foot (1989)
The Killer (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Roger & Me (1989)
Glory (1989)
The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)
Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
Say Anything (1989)
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
A City of Sadness (1989)
No Fear, No Die (1990)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
King of New York (1990)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Europa Europa (1990)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Archangel (1990)
Trust (1990)
Close-Up (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Delicatessen (1991)
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
Naked Lunch (1991)
La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
The Rapture (1991)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
JFK (1991)
Slacker (1991)
Tongues Untied (1991)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
La Double vie de Véronique (1991)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The Player (1992)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Romper Stomper (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)
A Tale of Winter (1992)
The Actress (1992)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
The Crying Game (1992)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Thirty Two Films about Glenn Gould (1993)
Short Cuts (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Puppetmaster (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993)
The Piano (1993)
The Blue Kite (1993)
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
Clerks (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
The Last Seduction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Wild Reeds (1994)
Chungking Express (1994)
Crumb (1994)
Sátántangó (1994)
Through the Olive Trees (1994)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Dear Diary (1994)
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Riget (1994)
Babe (1995)
Deseret (1995)
Braveheart (1995)
Safe (1995)
Toy Story (1995)
Casino (1995)
Heat (1995)
Zero Kelvin (1995)
Clueless (1995)
Smoke (1995)
The White Balloon (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Underground (1995)
The Brave Heart Will Take the Bride (1995)
Cyclo (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
Fargo (1996)
Three Lives and Only One Death (1996)
Shine (1996)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Independence Day (1996)
Secrets and Lies (1996)
Gabbeh (1996)
Lone Star (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
Scream (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Happy Together (1997)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
LA Confidential (1997)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
The Ice Storm (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Funny Games (1997)
Taste of Cherry (1997)
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Festen (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Buffalo 66 (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
Lola Rennt (1998)
Pi (1998)
Happiness (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
There's Something About Mary (1998)
Ringu (1998)
Magnolia (1999)
Beau Travail (1999)
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The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
All About My Mother (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Gleaners and I (2000)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Gladiator (2000)
Kippur (2000)
Yi Yi (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Amores Perros (2000)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Memento (2000)
Kandahar (2001)
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)
No Man's Land (2001)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002 & 2003)
Uzak (2002)
The Pianist (2002)
City of God (2002)
Talk to Her (2002)
Irréversible (2002)
The Best of Youth (2003)
Oldboy (2003)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Head-On (2004)
Der Untergang (2004)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Sideways (2004)
Paradise Now (2005)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Tsotsi (2005)
Crash (2005)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
The Lives of Others (2006)
Once (2006)
The Departed (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
The Host (2006)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
La Vie en Rose (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Atonement (2007)
Surfwise (2007)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Wall-E (2008)
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Wrestler (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Gomorra (2008)
The Class (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Le Voyage dans la lune (1902)
The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Inglourious Basterds Spoilerific Review-ish Part Zwei (2)

inglourious-basterds-0905-pp05-500x340.jpgFinally got back into it. In Part Eins of my Iglourious Basterds review, I discussed the most used argument that it wasn't true to history. This time I'm going to start with the complaint that the film is anti-German.

I'm not giving this any more than one paragraph because it's just stupid. The film isn't anti-German, it's anti-Nazi, and it's pretty clear that what the heroes dislike about the Nazi's is their anti-semitic activities. Firstly, there's 2 German characters working for the good guys (Bridget von Hammersmark and Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz). Secondly, I found I felf sympathy for a couple of the Nazis who were killed. They were constructed beautifully into a grey area. I'm talking about SGT. Rachtman (loses his head to the Bear Jew) and Master SGT. Wilhelm. If the film was anti-German there'd be no grey areas. So there.inglourious_basterds16.jpg

The last criticism I'm going to discuss is the one that goes "the heroes are just as bad as the Nazis at the end". *sigh* Obscure movie reference time. This time from Clerks. Randy and Dante are discussing the innocent contractors that would have been killed at the end of Return of the Jedi when a Blue Collar man says:
You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault. A roofer listens to this... (taps his heart) not his wallet.
Every single person in that theatre belonged there.

Did you know that if Hitler hadn't killed himself it would have been difficult to hold him responsible for the "Final Solution"? It's true. One of the reasons that there are ignorant people out there who don't believe the holocaust happened is because there is absolutely no order from Hitler instructing the "Final Solution" to go ahead. He preferred to give orders of that nature orally only, sneaky fuck.

Look, if that's the reason you don't like this film, there's not much I do but agree to disagree. And recommend that you avoid watching any revenge film, any Frank Miller written/directed film, or anything where the review uses the words "come-uppance". Your shiny view of the world won't like it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dumb Dumb Stupid Vista!

OK, so I wrote a nice long post yesterday, had it all ready, and my laptop reset itself. I was writing it on Windows Live Writer and I lost the whole thing. It was an epic post and the world will never see it :(

But there is one part of the missing post that I need to repeat. Kingmob6 of Dear Bastards… has nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Cos he’s a gentleman and a scholar.
This award has some rules to follow and here they are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

I hate that I’ve already done this. I can’t even remember what I put, but here’s my 7 things about me:

  1. I make chainmail jewellery and sell it online. If you’d like to tale a look, my store is here.
  2. I make all of my own background/layouts for my blogs/twitter. It’s possible I have too much time on my hands.
  3. The first time I saw Aliens I had nightmares for a week. I refused to watch it again for 4 years. Now it’s one of my favourites!
  4. Over the years there have been bands/artists who have moved in and out of my favour. Only 1 artist has stayed in from the get go. Tori Amos. I can’t not listen to her music.
  5. Kingmob6 mention his inability to dislike Nic Cage. I have the same problem with Robert Downey Jr. It’s not so much of a problem nowadays, but pre-“Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” (and post-prison) it was. I even liked the Alley McBeal episodes he was in…
  6. My dad is responsible for a lot of my tastes. My love of computers, books, you name it. Growing up, dad would get home in time to watch “Dr Who” with us. It’s no wonder I’m so into sci-fi.
  7. On the 24th of November, 2007, I suffered a brain haemorrhage. I spent 2 months in hospital, 6 months as an outpatient, and another 12 months recovering. Neat, huh?
OK, that’s done. Now for my nominations:
  1. Kingmob6 of Dear Bastards…
    I know it’s bad form to re-nominate the person who nominated you, but I read Mobs blog all the time, and he got me onto Cool(Shite). Great reviews, great personality, great bloke. End of.
  2. Heavenztrash of In Nervous Convulsion
    Another wicked blogger and instigator of the 2010 New Years Resolution to empty the “to watch pile”. He also scored an interview with Jenny Spain from Deadgirl and it’s rilly-rilly good.
  3. Forestaken of The Ultimate Negative
    Fairly new (like me). She does very cool reviews about movies that aren’t often talked about. Check out her review of Mary Poppins. It’s reeeeaaally well written.
  4. Braincrayon of Cinematografo Dei Trash
    Attempting to watch and review Quentin Tarantino’s Top 20 Grindhouse movies. Can’t wait to read the reviews :)
  5. Mattsuzaka of Chuck Norris Ate my Baby
    Awesome movie review site. Matt has some very entertaining regular segments and has fun with his reviews. You really should already be reading this.
  6. FilmDrunk at FilmDrunk
    Hilarious blog. Covers movie news and reviews with tongue firmly set in cheek. If you don't take life too seriously, you should be subscribing to this.
  7. TheIglooKeeper of Igloo of the Uncanny
    One of the first movie review blogs I started reading. His post of the trailer for The Exorcist II: The Heretic inspired me to start my "to watch" list.
So that's my list. Hope you enjoy checking out my favourite blogs :)