Category: Lists

dniezby_film_strip203While many of my film blogger-y type peers have already put out a Top Ten of 2012 and a Worst 10 of 2012, I chose to hold off mostly until the start of the New Year. I was debating whether or not to put it in posts up at Movie Snitch, but chances are I’ll probably do so…after I see Lincoln and Les Miserables.  So it may change. But it’s still a tough choice on a “final” top ten. There were a surprisingly abundance of great films this past year. I also believe that there were less rotten duds that hogged the spotlight away from the gems. Continue reading


Confusion and Illusion

Vanilla Sky, Mulholland Drive and Matrix Revolutions : three of the most confusing films of all time?

Came across this little list the other day, and what makes this list different from other movie new related website movie lists is that this was a poll. The voters were chiming in on “What is the most confusing movie of all time” over atLovefilm
The Tom Cruise picture, Vanilla Sky took this top honor. The runners up were Mulholland Drive and Donnie Darko. Donnie Darko?! Really!? I would have thought Darko director Richard Kelly was nutty enough with 2009’s The Box, but what do I know. I loved Donnie Darko, however, and it wasn’t confusing to me.

It should be said that the other films that made this poll are
The Matrix Revolutions, Memento, 12 Monkeys, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Revolver
and A Clockwork Orange . Wow. The late Stanley Kubrick hits twice. Actually, I don’t know what’s confusing about A Clockwork Orange either. I thought that was pretty straightforward. 12 Monkeys has a twisted logic, but it made sense narrative-wise. It was also a box office hit as well. Since the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con weekend is here, the majority of internet movie news sites seems to have no comment on this, or run with thier own list and/or ask readers what movie is “most confusing” to them. Aside from the recent Jennifer Aniston movie ‘The Bounty Hunter anyway.

One speculation as to why these films are confusing? Dreamlike states are a factor. I agree with that. Most of the listed are indeed heavy on the surreal. Some deal with alternate realities caused by shifts in a timeline where the timelime is corrected (Donnie Darko) or cannot be changed (12 Monkeys), others the distortion of reality (Vanilla Sky, Eternal Sunshine, the Matrix films). To this, I can understand the confusion. In Donnie Darko, the main character realized that he was stuck in a time loop which repeated itself. Some of the other characters knew it too, but were clueless on how to fix it. Darko was the key. Unable to change the outcome of his family members dying in the plane crash and his girlfriend being hit by a car (driven by Frank), when time reversed, Donnie chose to stay in his room and die, instead of listening (again) to Frank The Rabbit. The time loop breaks, characters have a fleeting memory of what transpired, like they woke up from a dream. However, with Darko “dead” and the time-vortex-wormhole inactive there will be no plane accident which would kill Donnie in the past. Things like this isn’t always a bad thing- they keep such films alive with fans old and new. Debate, speculation, multiple viewings. So when this “poll” is given, it could be said that a good number of them are films that people also enjoy because of the mind twisters. Continue reading

With four possible exceptions, the year 2009 for me has been a bust. Nothing but these four items made the year worthwhile. Good fortune and good times went into hibernation; whether or not they come out of retirement in 2010 remains to be seen. I should spit on the ground, shake my fist and give a rant to all my angsts and the names to my pain.

If you don’t know me by now, you will never, ever know me.
Oooooh oooh
-Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

So I won’t do that. Instead, this is what you get:

* For those that did me wrong? Forgiveness and peace.

* For those who I wronged. Forgive me and give me peace of mind.

* For those who still think I did them wrong yet didn’t do one lick of offense, the door is still open and we can still work things out. Peace be with you.

*If none of the above is not suffice, may God deal with both of us, and set us straight, or, at least partially crooked.

And that, in a nutshell, takes care of all the negative waves I had the misfortune to deal with, be it personal, really personal or professional. That’s all the time I give to the negatives. I could moan and groan about them all, but why bore myself, let alone those who read this.

So let’s get on to the good stuff.

    Getting my Associates Degree from Baker/June Ceremony

    Old friends from Kearsley., Ferris State and XGen coming on Facebook. (I hardly visit MySpace anymore) Two additions actually took some sting of the 2009 bad away, I won’t say who, because I don’t want anyone feeling left out. They know who they are anyway.

    It may have been seasonal, and I still may be waiting for a better paying job, but I did like working at ToysRUs for the last three months. In these times, a paycheck is a paycheck.

    I got a better car.

I would like to say 2009 was a good year for films. I really can’t. It’s been a long time since I beared witness to such a lousy year. But with all the trash, from Bride Wars to A Perfect Getaway to that awful, awful 2012, there were a some good flicks- even if those good flicks showed up on HDNet first and/or was tainted by an actor’s antics (Two Lovers) on David Letterman. Or that they showed up early in the year, being film festival favorites from the year previous. (Sunshine Cleaning and Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombres) Or released overseas before coming to the states (Taken).
District 9 was a pleasant surprise, 9 was also fairly decent, and I’ll discuss Avatar shortly in another post. The best horror-suspense film was The Orphan because everything else- mostly remakes- stunk. But by far one of the best films of the past year is no surprise. That film is Pixar’s Up. I’m not surprising a soul with that revelation. That was not only a fun movie, but a very touching one as well. The opening of the film has such power that you actually miss a character once the character leaves within a few minutes. It’s also been a long time since a talking dog cartoon had made me laugh.

The Lemon List (10 worst of 2009 in my disorder):

    Friday The 13th (remake)
    Bride Wars
    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
    The Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
    Observe and Report
    Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
    The Perfect Getaway

Coming close: Land Of The Lost, What Goes Up, Blood: The Last Vampire. Knowing, Battle For Terra, Horsemen and Twilight: New Moon.

The top 10 films of 2009 (10 to #1)

    Sin Nombres
    The Orphan
    The Hurt Locker
    Two Lovers
    District 9
    Star Trek
    Me and Orson Welles
    Sunshine Cleaning

Coming close: The Road, 9, State Of Play, Public Enemies, 17 Again, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Taken.

Good but not great (and should have been better) : X Men Origins: Wolverine, Fired Up, Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, The Uninvited, My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Proposal.

Best all around actress: Amy Adams. (Sunshine Cleaning, the only reason for sitting through Night Of The Museum and Julie & Julia)

Best all around actor: Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation and Avatar)

Best supporting actor: (tie) Jackie Earl Haley (Watchmen) and Stephen Lang (Public Enemies, Avatar)

Best all around Supporting actress: Rachel McAdams (State Of Play, Time Traveler’s Wife and Sherlock Holmes)