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  1. You're right. How would we ever be able to sustain this thread without discussion about the most important franchise of them all?
  2. FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, I HAVE LAID DORMANT! WHO NOW AWAKENS ME FROM MY SLUMB- Oh right, it's this thing. Honestly, I'm of two minds about this. I have been meaning to try and get back into the game for a while (although I've been pretty busy with coursework and my own original stuff that obviously comes first, which is why I haven't been able to thus far) and when/if I do, I was definitely planning on utilising AoT, especially since I've already got a summary written up from CAYOM 2.0. On the other hand, I also recognise that it is a little unfair for me to horde properties when there's no guarantee I'll be reentering the game any time soon. So, as a compromise, I'll offer up this. If I'm not back in the game by the end of Year 5, then you can take the rights to AoT, free of charge.
  3. Classic Conversation, now with added Teen Angst

    I'm not gonna lie, I mainly want to do a 2008 list because it's the one forum list that I might actually have a chance of getting Speed Racer on. That said, if we do do one, I do definitely feel we should deliberately discount TDK, simply by virtue of 'of fucking course it'll win if we include it'.
  4. You know, part of me thinks we should just be allowed to include the entire Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There are like 5 lines in that exchange alone that could easily make my list. Also, just to throw out a less obvious FYC, I've realised there are actually a ton of really fantastic lines in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan that more than deserve a place on this list. I'm honestly kind of amazed that none of them made the previous list. "The Needs of the Many outweigh the Needs of the Few." "Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human." "I have been... and always shall be... your friend." "He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!" "I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her; marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... buried alive! Buried alive...!" "Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? Well, it is very cold in space..." "To the last, I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!" (Okay, technically, that's Moby Dick, but still.) And of course, the old classic... KHAAAAAAAAANNNNN!
  5. So that means that out of all the films on my submitted Top 100 list... 28 made it into the Top 100 22 made it into the 250-101 rankings 50 missed the list entirely. Well, on the positive side, at least that means I have the most balanced list, according to Thanos logic. On the negative side, y'all suck.
  6. As opposed to the many clearly meaningful and emotional loves experienced by a man who spends his free time going onto movie forums to whine about people liking superhero films, while simultaneously obsessing over the director of Piranha 2. And I do hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but it doesn't matter how much you try to suck his dick. Jim's never going to fuck you. But yeah, Titanic's pretty neat.
  7. I don't which I'm more disappointed in. That Avengers missed the list or that, barring a very very surprising darkhorse Top 10 reveal, my eternal dreams of Speed Racer cracking the Top 250 have once more been dashed. Ah well, at least I'm pretty certain 12 Angry Men managed to make it into the Top 10. And if it also somehow misses out, at least I also made sure to stock up on gasoline so I can burn these forums to the ground. As is the emotionally healthy response.
  8. Imma compromise and say I think both movies should be on the list. The Matrix is iconic and beloved for plenty of reasons, but I honestly genuinely believe The Avengers is one of the best blockbusters of recent times. People tend to dismiss it because it's 'fun' and 'lighthearted' while ignoring both just how difficult that is to achieve and achieve so well. It did something that had never been done before in modern filmmaking and managed to make it work on almost every single level while telling a compelling story in its own right. And I respect that a hell of a lot more than something like Logan, with all its superficial angst and grittiness. Then again, maybe I'm just a little bitter because the way Panda's set it up means that everyone's almost certainly going to whine and whinge about it if does get 11th and end up blaming it for the Matrix missing (while ignoring the 90 other movies in between the two.) So, you know, just like 2014 all over again.
  9. God damn it, I wanted Avengers to make it onto the list and get a high ranking and piss people off, but...
  10. Nah, I'm pretty sure Ratatouille's missed the list if it hasn't shown up by now. Really don't see it finishing over Inside Out. I'd put Avengers as being more likely to be the 20th.
  11. The fact that it's incredibly obvious it is? And that you're not that good at double-bluffing about it? Don't get me wrong, I'll laugh like hell if it ends up missing, but considering the Jimbomaniacs managed to get Avatar on the list, I don't buy for a second that Titanic won't make it.
  12. Yeah, I don't see Spirited Away missing the list. While I could maybe buy Princess Mononoke making it higher than SA (especially since I personally prefer Mononoke), I don't see how it could've gotten less points than Grave of the Fireflies. Anyway, I'm personally presuming the Top 30 will probably be made up of some sort of combination of Spirited Away, the 3 LOTR films, the remaining two Star Wars films, the two Godfathers, TDK, Inception, Titanic, T2, Alien, Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Silence of the Lambs, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Casablanca, the Matrix, the Shawshank Redemption, 12 Angry Men, Goodfellas, Back to the Future, Mad Max Fury Road, The Lion King, The Good the Bad and the Ugly aaaaaand... Imma say Ratatouille for the last one, since that usually comes up. Also, I'm still clinging to the desperate but increasingly unlikely possibility that Speed Racer made it into the Top 150. Let me dream, damn it! EDIT: Swapped out Reservoir Dogs for Silence of the Lambs.
  13. Ruk Watches Old Movies: From 1920 to Beyond!

    1925 What happened this year? Lotta kinda crappy stuff, to be honest. Hitler started writing Mein Kampf, the SS were first formed (as a bodyguard unit for Hitler), the Ku Klux Klan organised a parade in Washington DC with over 30,000 marchers (which was a lot in 1920's terms) to show off their popularity, Mussolini began his dictatorship in Italy and The Great Gatsby was published, bring torture and pain to the thousands of schoolchildren forced to cover it decades later in English class. Alright fine, maybe that last one isn't quite in the same league. As for famous births, we've actually got quite a few, some of whom, while not household names now, are still a pretty big deal in regards to film history. Paul Newman, Lee van Cleef (aka the Bad in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Jack Lemmon, Robert Altman, Rod Steiger (of Night of the Hunter fame), Johnny Carson (aka the 'Johnny' in 'Here's Johnny!'), Richard Burton and Julie Harris And on the more well known side, we have people like Peter Sellers, Dick van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. We also have a bunch of controversial people that I won't common on as well like, Margaret Thatcher, Malcolm X and Pol Pot. Oh, and Audie Murphy. Who isn't actually that controversial at all, but I wanted to bring him up because he's awesome. Anyway, onto the movie. And it's sure as hell a big one today... Battleship Potemkin Plot: Based on the real-life mutiny, Battleship Potemkin tells the story of the sailors on the titular battleship who, after being denigrated and abused by their (literally) moustache-twirlingly evil officers, decide to revolt. They successfully take over the ship and sail to the near port of Odessa where they inspire the citizens to revolt in the spirit of the glorious Russian Revolution (you know, before it got all totalitarian and mass-murdery). Trivia: The famous Odessa steps sequence was not originally in the script, but was devised during production. Helped Inspire: God, where do I even start? Um... The language of cinema? Seriously, this is one the most influential films of all time for a reason. Oh, and I guess it also inspired that baby carriage, train station shoot out from The Untouchables. Ruk's Thoughts: So I gotta admit, I wasn't entirely certain what to expect when I started watching this movie. Sure, I definitely know of its importance in film history and its status as an all-time classic and so on and so forth. But I also knew that about Dr Caligari and that still didn't stop me from feeling somewhat lukewarm on it. Yet, once I actually watched this movie and digested it, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that Battleship Potemkin actually very reminded me incredibly strongly of another movie I recently watched. Not necessarily in style, story, execution or any real surface details, but more in how it engaged me and how I viewed it and ultimately how I think I felt about it. And that other movie was....... the 2017 Cambodian Martial Arts movie Jailbreak. (Wait wait wait, don't leave, I'm going somewhere with this, I swear!) Now, to explain fully why I think this is the case, I need to go into the backstory of Jailbreak a little. As those of you who were following my 2017 film ranking list might know, I first saw Jailbreak at the London Film Festival. And, before the screening, there was a short talk from Jean-Paul Ly, one of the film’s stars and stunt choreographers, who told us a bit about the film’s production. I won't go into full details here, but basically Jailbreak was possibly the first Cambodian action movie ever and was made on a shoestring budget with a team of extras who, before Jean-Paul arrived, barely knew the slightest thing about martial arts or how to be stuntmen or almost anything else. And, I should note, all that definitely showed. The movie wore its pitiful budget and its relative inexperience on its sleeves, with cheap sets constantly reused and a rather basic plot and acting and so on. Yet, in spite of all of that, it still ended up being one of my favourite films of the year. Why? Because while it may have been cheap and sloppy and lacking in the sorts of things most movie studios take for granted, there was one aspect that the movie was not only good at, but managed to hit into fucking orbit again and again and again. Specifically, the martial-arts action. Which I won't gush about too much here, but I honestly think is every bit as good as The Raid. And ultimately, it was so good at said action that, honestly, all those other problems not only felt insignificant, but honestly almost gave the movie kind of an underdog vibe and made it all the more meaningful that in spite of all its limitations and problems it still somehow managed to be so damn good at what it tried to do. Now, why am I bringing all this up, you may ask? Well, because I kinda feel Battleship Potemkin is sorta in the same boat (pun not intended). The movie itself came off as sloppy and unpolished and weird to me in a lot of ways, in large part because so much of what we consider modern cinema had yet to be properly developed. Yet, like Jailbreak, the movie had things that it was so good at, so genius and incomparable and brilliant at, that when it started really utilising its talents, all those minor problems and awkwardness just seemed to melt away in the face of how freaking amazing it was. Seriously, when the movie really, really started pushing the boundaries of cinematic language during the boat revolt, I was freaking transfixed in a way that very few movies have ever managed to achieve from me. And it kept the hits coming and coming and coming, culminating in the infamous Odessa Steps sequence which was just pure cinematic magic. There were techniques that I'd seen other filmmakers use before, yet never as effectively as they were used here. And in some ways the sloppiness and rough-around-the-edges nature of a lot of the film honestly emphasised the emotion, making it feel less robotically perfect and more human and visceral and real. I was genuinely blown away by how good it was and not in the precise ways I was expecting it to be. In conclusion, I do think Battleship Potemkin is a flawed film and I'm not entirely certain everyone whose used to more modern cinema will necessarily appreciate it. But, honestly, I almost feel like its flaws made it shine even further. That imperfectness that, like Jailbreak, added almost an underdog element, that ultimately made the effort put in feel all the more real and meaningful and meant that when the movie starts to shine with its dramatic montages, it shines all the brighter. As it is, while I'm not certain I'd give it a straight A+, I do still feel it definitely deserves its place as a true film classic. A+/A Rankings: Battleship Potemkin- A+/A Sherlock Jr- A Nosferatu - B+ Safety Last - B+ The Goat (1921) - B+ The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) - B-/C+ Okay, I feel I should quickly say that I'm likely to be on hiatus for the next few days or so. I've got a coursework deadline coming up that I really need to be focusing on right now (and probably should've thought about before I started this, but ah well.) Still, I will definitely be continuing this. Especially since, as some people might know, I freaking love animation. And the next film coming up is possibly the oldest (surviving) feature-length animated film ever. What? No, not Snow White. Fuck that Disney poser. I'm talking about something else entirely...
  14. Nah. Panda said there'd already been one entry in the genre today, not on the list altogether. My personal bet is on animation (since he posted Toy Story 2 earlier). This list has been suspiciously devoid of Pixar/Disney Animation movies thus far, especially considering this forum's taste.
  15. On the contrary, I think there is plenty of room for objectivity when it comes to film criticism and the like. There are tons of moments in movies that I love where I can actively explain why I feel the scene works, via analysing the story, directing, cinematography and so and so forth. Hell, I wrote what was practically a 5-part essay on why I didn't think BvS worked at all as a story. And there was plenty of objective reasoning in there. However, what I'm trying to argue isn't that objectivity has no place when looking at films, but that subjectivity comes first. Because the objective elements of a movie you keep bringing up are all designed to serve the subjective goal of the movie which is to engage the audience. A moment can in theory be perfectly well structured or shot or set-up or whatever, but if it doesn't resonate with the person watching it, then it has failed at its purpose. Simple as. And, on the reverse side, if there's a moment that's the exact opposite, that should in theory never work yet somehow manages to seriously resonate and engage with the person watching, then that moment has succeeded, regardless of its perceived flaws. That's why I don't buy into this idea that X movies somehow 'deserve' to be on a list over other popular movies that have obviously resonated with the people watching them. Because, like I said, when it comes to film, the objective is designed to serve the subjective and ultimately the final measure of a film is how much you personally enjoyed it. Side Note: And yes I'm aware that sometimes people liking/disliking a film is just down to a matter of appealing/incompatible tastes. But there's also not really much you can do to help that, so... *shrugs*
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