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Post by zzzorf » August 20th, 2019, 1:39 pm

Movie: So Long at the Fair (1950)
Recommender: Bas van Stratum
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: As this was one of the more obscure titles I was going to be watching in this round I decided to go in blind so I had no idea what to expect. Upon the introduction of Dirk Bogarde (whose DVD pack this movie came from) I had settled myself in for a nice old romance tale set in Paris.
So I guess you could imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a mystery movie about Jean Simmons (Bas's reason for giving me this movie) missing brother.
The plot moved on good at a decent pace and no matter what thoughts that ran through my head could at all prepare me for the ending.
All in all a great movie that only missed top marks for needless story additions that went nowhere (Bogarde's reason for being there) and the romance part was lacking when you knew it should be there.

Rating: 9/10
Flickchart entry: > Zookeeper (2011)
> I Am Number Four (2011)
> The Mummy (1999)
> Cube Zero (2004)
< Saw (2004)
< The Pirate Fairy (2014)
< Boxcar Bertha (1972)
< The Equalizer (2014)
< Ghostbusters (1984)
< Gone with the Wind (1939)
> The Secret Garden (1949)
> Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
241/3908
Score: 94%
Round Ranking: 1/23

Recommendation Ranking: 10/193
Director Ranking: Antony Darnborough - No rank, first movie rated
Terence Fisher - Entered at 175

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher - 1/1
Actors: Jean Simmons - 1/4
Dirk Bogarde - 1/1
David Tomlinson - 2/5
Marcel Poncin - 1/1
Cathleen Nesbitt - 1/1
Genres: Drama - 70/1093
Mystery - 17/246
Franchises: N/A
Year: 1950 - 1/8

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#42

Post by zzzorf » August 24th, 2019, 11:23 am

Movie: Frailty (2001)
Recommender: Ryan Swinimer
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: After reading the back of the DVD before watching the movie I was a little bit skeptical. Yeah it sounded like it had potential but I could also see it going horribly wrong. It started off good seeing Matthew McConaughey bringing his good acting chops to the table to start setting me into a more hopeful mood.
It would be his story though that would really get the ball rolling. The child actors in this played their role really well and along with the accurately paced story made for some great viewing as we learnt what had happened over those few months back in the day.
What would really clinch the movie for me was the final twist (doesn't it always, lol, it only happened in the movie I watched prior to this one). In the end a great watch.

Rating: 9/10
Flickchart entry: > Antichrist (2009)
> I Am Number Four (2011)
< Spider-Man (2002)
> The Music Man (1962)
> D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
> Cinderella (2015)
> Misery (1990)
> Billy Madison (1995)
< Bicentennial Man (1999)
< Kick-Ass (2010)
< Pitch Perfect (2012)
< Throne of Elves (2016)
504/3913
Score: 87%
Round Ranking: 4/24

Recommendation Ranking: 25/196
Director Ranking: Bill Paxton - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Bill Paxton - 1/1
Actors: Bill Paxton - 2/10
Matthew McConaughey - 3/15
Powers Boothe - 1/3
Matt O'Leary - 1/1
Jeremy Sumpter - 1/3
Genres: Crime Drama - 16/121
Crime Thriller - 35/191
Crime - 49/361
Drama - 155/1094
Horror - 83/699
Psychological Horror - 10/77
Psychological Thriller - 22/186
Religious Horror - 8/44
Thriller - 107/839
Franchises: N/A
Year: 2001 - 15/93

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Post by zzzorf » August 25th, 2019, 9:31 am

Movie: Arbitrage (2012)
Recommender: Sharon Brenton
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Sort of torn how to feel about this one. The acting was superb from Gere like you would expect and his supporting cast did their part. The direction seemed fine and so did all the technical aspects. Yeah there were some issues with the script but I can overlook that considering the rest.
Yet I am still left with a bitter taste in my mouth. All these parts together still didn't add up to a great movie. It was passable but things didn't all connect together. With the fact that the rich won out in the end and bought the way out of everything he did wrong in the end this movie just didn't fully work for me. Sorry mum.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Batman vs. Robin (2015)
< Blade (1998)
> A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
> Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
> Donnie Darko (2001)
< Jack and the Beanstalk (2010)
> Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
< The Little Bear Movie (2001)
> Dr. Dolittle 3: The Daughter Is In (2006)
< Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
> The Alphabet Killer (2008)
2979/3918
Score: 24%
Round Ranking: 20/25

Recommendation Ranking: 161/198
Director Ranking: Nicholas Jarecki - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Nicholas Jarecki - 1/1
Actors: Richard Gere - 8/11
Susan Sarandon - 7/10
Tim Roth - 3/6
Brit Marling - 1/1
Laetitia Casta - 1/1
Genres: Drama - 793/1095
Thriller - 640/843
Franchises: Roadside Attractions - 9/12
Lionsgate Entertainment - 143/182
Madman Films - 51/75
Year: 2012 - 114/144

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#44

Post by zzzorf » August 29th, 2019, 12:07 pm

Movie: The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Recommender: David Conrad
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Whereas in the other war movie I have watched so far for this challenge, Fury, the movie was all combat based and therefore had me struggling with it this movie was not and I got hooked pretty early.
The adventure aspect was right up my alley. The whole original set up had me intrigued and I thoroughly enjoyed certain parts such as the betrayal scene.
Despite all of this though I felt the length of the movie and would have liked it a little more streamline, but still in the long run I left the movie liking it.

Rating: 6/10
Flickchart entry: Lost due to computer crash
2979/3918
Score: 47%
Round Ranking: 16/26

Recommendation Ranking: 120/199
Director Ranking: J. Lee Thompson - Entered at 230

Flickchart Stats
Director:
J. Lee Thompson - 3/4
Actors: Gregory Peck - 6/8
David Niven - 2/2
Anthony Quinn - 3/6
Stanley Baker - 1/1
Richard Harris - 5/7
Genres: Adventure - 383/738
War - 38/89
War Adventure - 11/24
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated - 220/400
Year: 1961 - 7/11

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Post by zzzorf » August 30th, 2019, 11:36 am

Movie: Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Recommender: Riley Gaucher
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Well this was a unique little darling of a film, so unique to the rest of the films I have been given. That is the beauty of this challenge I am given a wide variety of movies, including movies I would never have even attempted to watch without the push like this.
There was nothing major studio about this but you could tell that didn't matter to the cast as they put the effort in to compensate for that. All the characters were special and you couldn't help but smile at the thought of what they were doing and the way they were doing it. Not enough comedy to be laughing out loud but consistently keeping me smiling the entire time.
I didn't see the need for the romance/son storyline but it had its pay off in the end so I guess it was fine in the end.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > Oldboy (2003)
< Ladybug Ladybug (1963)
> Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017)
> Mysterious Island (2005)
< Silent Movie (1976)
> The Kid Stakes (1927)
< Carry on Screaming! (1966)
> Eddie the Eagle (2016)
> Death Race (2008)
< The Dead Zone (1983)
> Mr. Nanny (1993)
< Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
1142/3927
Score: 71%
Round Ranking: 11/27

Recommendation Ranking: 69/201
Director Ranking: Kirk Jones - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Kirk Jones - 1/2
Actors: Ian Bannen - 1/1
Susan Lynch - 1/1
Maura O'Malley - 1/1
Eileen Dromey - 1/1
David Kelly - 1/1
Genres: Black Comedy - 16/85
Comedy of Errors - 12/24
Franchises: Fox Searchlight Pictures - 5/33
Arthaus - 9/40
Year: 1998 - 32/81

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Post by zzzorf » August 30th, 2019, 1:35 pm

Movie: Fatal Attraction (1987)
Recommender: Ty Tag
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: These movies were a partner/fling/suiter turns out to be a bit of a nutjob normally do pretty well for me, just look back at how well Fear went for me earlier in this round. As this is up there as one of the best of this sub-genre I was looking forward to seeing this one. Unfortunately this didn't go as well for me as Fear did.
I seem to be in the minority of this opinion but Fatal Attraction wasn't really that spectacular and never really got the edge of my seat thriller I hoped for. To be honest in the end not much really happened at all once the mistress broke.
My main issue with the movie in the end was Glenn Close for a) she never seemed that menacing in the role and b) I really failed to see what about her attracted him in the first place to even want to cheat.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Antichrist (2009)
> The Omega Man (1971)
< Australia Prepared (1916)
< The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
< The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine (1974)
< The Void (2016)
> Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)
< Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)
< The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
< Raising the Bar (2016)
< Swordfish (2001)
< Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
2915/3928
Score: 26%
Round Ranking: 22/28

Recommendation Ranking: 152/202
Director Ranking: Adrian Lyne - Entered at 280

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Adrian Lyne - 2/3
Actors: Michael Douglas - 8/11
Glenn Close - 10/10
Anne Archer - 1/2
Fred Gwynne - 3/3
Ellen Hamilton Latzen - 1/1
Genres: Erotic Thriller - 7/14
Femme Fatale - 12/18
Psychological Thriller - 144/191
Thriller - 630/846
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated - 279/401
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 241/365
Year: 1987 - 31/44

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#47

Post by zzzorf » September 1st, 2019, 10:39 am

Movie: Daddy's Home (2015)
Recommender: David Anderson
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: As I mentioned a few movies back, I don't mind a good Mark Wahlberg movie. I do find however his comedies just don't work as well as his more action type roles. As to his counterpart in this movie Will Ferrell, well lets just say I'm not a big fan. So taking these two things into mind, this movie was in for an uphill battle.
In the end the movie wasn't too bad. It had its good moments but the hurdles were a bit steep to get me to really enjoy it, Wahlberg should lay off the comedy and Ferrell, well one day I will find something of his that really hits with me.
I did enjoy John Cena showing up Wahlberg at the end, maybe that should have been the movie, it would have been a better movie for me.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < The Social Network (2010)
> Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015)
> How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
< Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
< Son of Batman (2014)
< The Illusionist (2006)
< Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
> Prometheus (2012)
< Goodbye First Love (2011)
< Tombstone (1993)
2444/3936
Score: 38%
Round Ranking: 20/29

Recommendation Ranking: 138/204
Director Ranking: Sean Anders - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Sean Anders - 1/1
Actors: Will Ferrell - 5/6
Mark Wahlberg - 16/22
Linda Cardellini - 4/4
Thomas Haden Church - 5/6
Scarlett Estevez - 1/1
Genres: Comedy - 599/926
Franchises: N/A
Year: 2015 - 101/157

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#48

Post by zzzorf » September 2nd, 2019, 1:32 pm

Movie: Scarface (1983)
Recommender: nimimerkillinen
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: This is a movie that I knew I would have to watch at some stage, I couldn't get so deep into movies without doing so. I kept putting it off because it didn't look like a movie that would be in my wheelhouse and guess what I was right.
Well at least if it wasn't for the wonderful acting by Pacino and the great direction from De Palma than I probably would have. In the end I didn't have time to dislike the movie as I was too captivated of the spectacle before me.
I'm glad I have finally had the push to watch this, it is further proof maybe I don't actually know what sort of movies I will like/dislike.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > Unfriended (2014)
> Tomb Raider (2018)
< King of the Coral Sea (1954)
< Rosemary's Baby (1968)
< In a Lonely Place (1950)
< Troy (2004)
> Crimson Tide (1995)
< The Death Kiss (1933)
< Bumblebee (2018)
< Sons of Matthew (1949)
< The Moth of Moonbi (1926)
< The Philadelphia Story (1940)
953/3938
Score: 76%
Round Ranking: 10/30

Recommendation Ranking: 56/205
Director Ranking: Brian De Palma - Moved from 123 to 106

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Brian De Palma - 2/4
Actors: Al Pacino - 1/10
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio - 2/2
Michelle Pfeiffer - 3/9
Steven Bauer - 2/2
Robert Loggia - 3/3
Genres: Crime Drama - 29/123
Crime Thriller - 61/196
Crime - 93/369
Drama - 295/1098
Gangster Film - 3/24
Thriller - 221/850
Franchises: StudioCanal - 15/19
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 77/304
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 99/366
Year: 1983 - 7/29

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Post by zzzorf » September 8th, 2019, 10:26 am

Movie: Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Recommender: Brogan Tesla
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Maybe it wasn't a good idea to leave the war movies to the end of the round, this is starting to become a slight hard slog. Yeah you guessed it, this movie didn't do to well for me. It didn't take me long to realise that this was going to fail and the next 2 and a half hours was a bit of a slog. Yes the movie did pick up near the end but it was a bit too little to late. Sorry.

Rating: 4/10
Flickchart entry: < Unfriended (2014)
< The Omega Man (1971)
< A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
> 300 (2007)
< Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
> Blade Runner (1982)
< The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)
> Augustine (2012)
> Barbie: A Fairy Secret (2011)
> Tokyo Story (1953)
> Three Kings (1999)
> The Searchers (1956)
3607/3945
Score: 9%
Round Ranking: 29/31

Recommendation Ranking: 192/207
Director Ranking: Brian G. Hutton - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Brian G. Hutton - 1/1
Actors: Richard Burton - 3/3
Clint Eastwood - 6/9
Patrick Wymark - 1/1
Michael Hordern - 3/3
Mary Ure - 1/1
Genres: Action - 791/847
Adventure - 692/740
War Adventure - 17/25
War - 66/90
Franchises: N/A
Year: 1968 - 14/17

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Post by zzzorf » September 8th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Movie: Never Let Me Go (2010)
Recommender: Rachel Gilbert
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: When I first picked up the DVD cover for this movie when collecting the choices at the beginning of this round I thought ok a basic romance movie, I guess I could handle that. A little bit later however I read the back cover and my enthusiasm was greatly improved, this sounded like quite an interesting sci-fi story. So today when I chucked the DVD in I eagerly awaited what was before me.
I got easily hooked in the first part. The school setting had me invested in what the plight of the kids was and the connections they had with each other. In my mind it resembled the movie Innocence (2004), the guessing of the schools/students purpose.
The second part however saw the movie sort of take a step back however and lose some points with me. Once the kids were adults the movie didn't keep the same feel and while I was still interested, it was not as much. The final part helped bring the movie back a bit but never brought the movie back to where I thought it could have been.
I already mentioned Innocence, another movie this one reminded me of was another movie that came out in 2010 and dealt with Cloning, that being Womb. I feel that that one managed to better handle the questions that the issue presents than this and would recommend anyone interested to watch it.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > Unfriended (2014)
< Tomb Raider (2018)
< Son of a Gun (2014)
> The Wall (2017)
< Peter Pan (2003)
< Sleepy Hollow (1999)
< Night at the Museum (2006)
> Psycho III (1986)
> Bring it On: In It to Win it (2007)
> The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
< The Imposter (2012)
1699/3946
Score: 57%
Round Ranking: 14/32

Recommendation Ranking: 94/208
Director Ranking: Mark Romanek - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Mark Romanek - 1/2
Actors: Carey Mulligan - 1/5
Andrew Garfield - 4/5
Keira Knightley - 6/13
Charlotte Rampling - 1/7
Sally Hawkins - 1/4
Genres: Based-on-21st-Century-Literature - 41/79
Drama - 487/1100
Dystopian Film - 54/120
Psychological Sci-Fi - 18/46
Romance - 177/366
Romantic Drama - 93/169
Science Fiction - 268/561
Franchises: Fox Searchlight Pictures - 12/34
Year: 2010 - 60/129

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Post by zzzorf » September 15th, 2019, 7:33 am

Movie: Last Cab to Darwin (2015)
Recommender: Josh Haysom
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: In previous talks with Josh he has stated how he believes that there isn't much great in Australian Cinema so you can believe my surprise when he gave me a seeding movie from here. Well here is proof that Australia can produce good cinema.
The one thing about Australian Cinema is that we aren't Hollywood so therefore we don't have all the glitz and glammer and everything is more stripped back to simplicity and this movie was just that, simple. The story was straightforward and allowed the actors to portray the emotion that this movie needed. That is where this movie shined, the acting. The entire cast allowed you to feel the emotion that the situation deserved.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested.
(Note: The movie probably ended a slight bit high on my chart but it got some easy match-ups but has other movies just behind it that it wouldn't beat meaning I really need to rearrange my top 100.)

Rating: 10/10
Flickchart entry: > Unfriended (2014)
> Tomb Raider (2018)
> King of the Coral Sea (1954)
> Phar Lap (1984)
> Now You See Me (2013)
> Remember the Titans (2000)
< Alice in Wonderland (1999)
< Fat Pizza (2003)
< Willow (1988)
< The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
< Jumanji (1995)
62/3953
Score: 98%
Round Ranking: 1/33

Recommendation Ranking: 5/210
Director Ranking: Jeremy Sims - Entered at 355

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Jeremy Sims - 1/2
Actors: Michael Caton - 1/3
Jacki Weaver - 1/5
Emma Hamilton - 1/1
Mark Coles Smith - 1/1
Ningali Lawford - 1/1
Genres: Based-on-Theatre - 2/54
Comedy Drama - 3/164
Drama - 15/1104
Road Movie - 3/64
Romance - 6/367
Romantic Drama - 3/170
Rural Drama - 2/13
Franchises: AACTA Award for Best Film Nominated - 2/69
Icon Productions - 1/14
Year: 2015 - 1/158

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Post by zzzorf » September 15th, 2019, 8:17 am

Last Call: I'm down to the last 5 movies in the seeding round of this movie challenge and am nearly ready to start the challenge proper. This is therefore the last chance for anyone who is not already involved to join and suggest me a movie. I am hoping for at least 2 more people to enter to bring my competitor total to a nice round 40 participants. Just follow the link to the group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/382014042421635/ or like Maxwell just suggest your movie from this list https://letterboxd.com/zzzorf/list/dvd- ... pick-list/ below to enter

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Post by zzzorf » September 16th, 2019, 11:19 am

Movie: Casino (1995)
Recommender: Mike Seaman
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Martin Scorsese can be a bit hit or miss with me. For every Boxcar Bertha (which I just rewatched recently) that I enjoy there is a Raging Bull which I really struggle with. This movie ended up a mix of both parts with me struggling with the movie at the same time while still enjoying it.
First the struggling part. The first was the voiceover the entire way, it did get a bit annoying, especially since half of it was done by Pesci. Another part was the length, whenever I did find myself over the movie I would find that there was still so much of the movie left to go, bringing me down even more.
Though as I said the movie had some good parts that had me enjoying it. My enjoyment level would fluctuate because in the long run it was a really good story that had me intrigued to want to keep progressing through the 3hr runtime. Also Scorsese prowess was on show throughout the timeline.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: Match-ups lost twice to Facebook refreshing itself
2206/3954
Score: 44%
Round Ranking: 21/34

Recommendation Ranking: 138/211
Director Ranking: Martin Scorsese - Stayed at 37

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Martin Scorsese - 8/12
Actors: Robert De Niro - 11/22
Sharon Stone - 6/9
Joe Pesci - 4/5
James Woods - 5/8
Kevin Pollak - 2/3
Genres: Based-on-20th-Century-Literature - 186/296
Crime Drama - 63/124
Crime - 190/370
Drama - 642/1105
Gangster Film - 9/25
Franchises: They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 138/305
Icon Productions - 36/77
Year: 1995 - 41/70

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Post by zzzorf » September 16th, 2019, 1:44 pm

Movie: Magnolia (1999)
Recommender: Internet (Letterboxd)
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Even though I am now one full day away from having watched this movie I am still not overly certain I understand what I watched. I mean I get it was a good movie and I understand the basic storylines and the connections they all have with each other but I am still left scratching my head on what truly happened and how the movie really made me feel, more importantly did I like it or not.
I think in the end I will veer towards the not liking it mainly because it felt its runtime but also Tom Cruises acting, it was the over the top acting of his which just makes me cringe, and this seemed him turned up to 11.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Unfriended (2014)
< Blade (1998)
> LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
< The Apparition (2012)
> The Mechanical Monsters (1941)
> The Digger Carries On (1919)
> Mousehunt (1997)
> Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
< Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
< The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
> Blue Fin (1978)
> Thumbelina (1994)
3226/3955
Score: 18%
Round Ranking: 31/35

Recommendation Ranking: 183/212
Director Ranking: Paul Thomas Anderson - Moved from 130 to 155

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson - 3/3
Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman - 8/9
John C. Reilly - 8/8
Tom Cruise - 22/25
Julianne Moore - 17/19
William H. Macy - 11/13
Genres: Drama - 860/1106
Ensemble Film - 72/99
Hyperlink Film - 8/12
Magic Realism - 24/32
Psychological Drama - 86/119
Urban Drama - 35/47
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated 303/405
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 201/306
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 267/368
Arthaus - 25/41
Year: 1999 - 71/88

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Post by zzzorf » September 21st, 2019, 10:29 am

Movie: Closer (2004)
Recommender: Wade McCormick
Round: Seeding
Prompt:DVD Collection

Review: This was a very intriguing story, the entire way through you are left guessing just who was going to end up with who. It wasn't a perfect movie however, there seemed to be parts where the jump in time seemed to far and we therefore missed part of the story and honestly it all seemed a tiny bit unrealistic, I guess I would have enjoyed it a touch more if I accepted that fact early on.

Rating: 6/10
Flickchart entry:
< Unfriended (2014)
> Blade (1998)
> Killer Elite (2011)
> Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
< The Gold Rush (1925)
> Millennium Actress (2001)
< Girls Lost (2015)
< The Fox and the Hound (1981)
> Monsters (2010)
> Not Forgotten (2009)
> A Haunted House 2 (2014)
< Ben-Hur (1959) 2149/3956
Score:46%
Round Ranking: 21/36

Recommendation Ranking: 137/213
Director Ranking: Mike Nichols - Moved from 436 to 351

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Director:
Mike Nichols - 1/3
Actors: Julia Roberts - 5/13
Jude Law - 9/15
Natalie Portman - 5/12
Clive Owen - 3/7
Nick Hobbs - 1/1
Genres: Based-on-Theatre - 34/55
Drama - 623/1107
Erotic Drama - 21/61
Romance - 215/368
Romantic Dramas - 111/171
Franchises: N/A
Year: 2004 - 54/105

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Post by zzzorf » September 22nd, 2019, 1:20 am

Movie: Scarface (1932)
Recommender: tommy_leazaq
Round: Seeding
Prompt:DVD Collection

Review: I will start this off by saying I can understand how this movie would have been an important movie and made an impact when it come out. It took an important issue of the time and made people more aware of it. In saying all this however one apparent fact came pretty early on, this was not a movie for me.
As I have shown I have a few genres that don't agree with me and Gangster is one of them. The odd ones are fine (the redo did OK earlier this month) but normally they have things in common that grate on me. Unfortunately this one had the entire problems all rolled into one package, most of all those awful accents.

Rating: 3/10
Flickchart entry: < The Cannonball Run (1981)
< Blade (1998)
< LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
> Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
< Blinky Bill (1992)
< What Women Want (2000)
< Marriage Italian-Style (1964)
> The Wolfman (2010)
3684/3956
Score: 7%
Round Ranking: 35/37

Recommendation Ranking: 201/214
Director Ranking: Howard Hawks - Moved from 46 to 73
Richard Rosson - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson - 1/1
Actors: Paul Muni - 1/1
Ann Dvorak - 1/1
George Raft - 2/3
Karen Morley - 1/1
Boris Karloff - 11/11
Genres: Crime Drama - 105/125
Crime - 329/371
Drama - 993/1108
Gangster Film - 21/26
Pre-Code Hollywood - 12/12
True Crime - 28/30
Franchises: National Film Registry - 171/190
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 252/307
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 317/369
United Artists - 66/82
Year: 1932 - 6/6

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Post by zzzorf » September 22nd, 2019, 6:55 am

Movie: The Nice Guys (1932)
Recommender: Lindsey Stinson
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: You know what, I actually enjoyed this one. The cover didn't look to great so I was sort of actively avoiding it, but alas this group means I have to watch what I'm told and thankfully my first impression was really wrong.
No the movie wasn't perfect or anything, but it had me giggling in places (the stray bullet hitting randoms in the background got me everytime) and that is what you want from this type of movie.
Of course you would expect good acting out of the main two stars but it was young Angourie Rice who impressed me the most, as she continues to do as I watch more of her movies. Definitely a star to watch in the future.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > The Cannonball Run (1981)
< Tomb Raider (2018)
< Son of a Gun (2014)
> The Wall (2017)
< Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
< Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
< Paper Towns (2015)
< Psycho III (1986)
> Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998)
< 2 Guns (2013)
1724/3959
Score: 56%
Round Ranking: 16/38

Recommendation Ranking: 98/215
Director Ranking: Shane Black - Moved from 377 to 275

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Shane Black - 1/3
Actors: Ryan Gosling - 7/10
Russell Crowe - 6/14
Angourie Rice - 2/3
Matt Bomer - 2/2
Kim Basinger - 6/10
Genres: Action Comedy - 58/126
Action - 398/849
Black Comedy - 21/86
Buddy Film - 44/86
Comedy - 418/932
Crime Comedy - 18/52
Crime - 149/372
Detective Film - 18/44
Odd Couple Film - 14/22
Period Film - 151/386
Post-Noir - 9/33
Franchises: N/A
Year: 2016 - 73/161

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Post by zzzorf » September 22nd, 2019, 10:36 am

Movie: The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Recommender: Jacob West Good
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: I knew sooner or later I would have to watch this movie. For years I didn't want to bother but recently I have been close to putting it in a few times. All I needed was this little push.
I grew up as part of my local Salvation Army church so I know the story of Jesus pretty well but that isn't what really draws you to this movie, it is the way Mel Gibson (and his religious views) handled the subject. With this being the fourth Gibson helmed movie I have seen I feel safe to say, he doesn't half-ass anything. This movie took the story to the extreme with Gibson giving it such an epic feel.
I have to give Jacob credit, the only participant in this challenge (outside my family) who doesn't belong to either Flickchart or the iCM Forums he comes from a wrestling forum that I used to be a member of where I wrote columns in for about 6 years. He had a look at my chart and saw that I like Horror and chose this movie because it was pretty bloody. Yes I will agree that this movie is bloody enough to be a horror movie, and to be honest probably a good one, but unfortunately I prefer my Jesus Christ stuff a little less full on (say like The Bible mini-series from a few years back.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Unfriended (2014)
< Blade (1998)
> LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
< Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology (2006)
> The Mechanical Monsters (1941)
> Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
>Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
< Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
< RoboCop 2 (1990)
> Phenomena (1985)
> The Boys From Brazil (1978)
< Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster (2010)
3242/3960
Score: 18%
Round Ranking: 34/39

Recommendation Ranking: 186/216
Director Ranking: Mel Gibson - Moved from 171 to 203

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Mel Gibson - 3/4
Actors: Jim Caviezel - 9/10
Maia Morgenstern - 1/1
Christo Jivkov - 1/1
Francesco De Vito - 1/1
Monica Bellucci - 3/5
Genres: Drama - 865/1109
Foreign Language Film - 227/300
Historical Film - 38/62
Religious Drama - 15/23
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated - 305/406
Icon Productions - 13/15
Year: 2004 - 85/106

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Post by zzzorf » September 23rd, 2019, 2:48 pm

Movie: Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Recommender: Greg Dean Schmitz
Round: Seeding
Prompt: DVD Collection

Review: Well this was an interesting way to finish the seeding round. A tour-de-force from two top-notch actresses. Cate Blanchett played her character of someone who could be easily led into destructive behaviour really well, you always felt like she could be easily manipulated. As for Judi Dench, well an old closet lesbian if I ever saw one.
I felt the story was a tiny bit week and they could have pushed the envelope a bit more, but then again not everything has to be so in your face and this movie did have me interested the whole way through so it wasn't really that bad. In the end I did enjoy this movie so that is all that matters.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > The Social Network (2010)
< Inside Out (2015)
> Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017)
< Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
< Oculus (2013)
< Life of Pi (2012)
< The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
< The Forgotten (2004)
< Blush (2015)
< Bubble Boy (2001)
< Battle Royale (2000)
1486/3962
Score: 62%
Round Ranking: 14/40

Recommendation Ranking: 84/217
Director Ranking: Richard Eyre - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director: Richard Eyre - 1/1
Actors: Judi Dench - 2/10
Cate Blanchett - 4/12
Bill Nighy - 8/15
Juno Temple - 2/3
Julia McKenzie - 1/1
Genres: Based-on-21st-Century-Literature - 35/80
Drama - 430/1110
Melodrama - 24/41
Psychological Drama - 33/120
Franchises: Fox Searchlight Pictures - 10/35
BBC Films - 13/28
Year: 2006 - 48/144

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Post by zzzorf » September 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm

Round 1

The seeding round is now over, all 40 movies have been watched helping me get through some of my backlog in my DVD collection but it is now time to move onto the challenge proper. The rules are simple, when it is your turn to pick you will give me a number between 1 and 300 (inclusive) that has not been previously chosen. These numbers all have a prompt attached to them from which you will then choose a movie I haven't seen to fit said prompt. The types of prompts vary, including genre's, decades, keywords and various others and range from easy to hard to score well for me. The option to pass on your prompt is allowed but you will lose 10% off your score for your movie choice. If you pass you will pick another number and receive a new prompt, again with the option to pass for another 10% score loss. If there is a passed prompt on your turn you can decide to take that prompt for yourself instead of picking a number. This is one of the advantages of the higher seeds picking last, to allow themselves the chance to have more choice on their movie. After all 40 movies are watched the bottom 4 ranked movies will see their recommenders eliminated and we will move onto round 2.

The order of selection is below. The first 5 will pick their number and movie in order, which they can either do in public or private depending if they want their prompt/selection known by others straight away or not until I post their review. Once I watch one movie the next person can pick so I always have the option of 5 movies until the end. I will not be watching them in order, but more by convenience at hand (my collection, library, streaming etc). I will try to keep this post and the spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing) updated as best I can. Good luck everyone.

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Hannah Keefer - 111 - Prison - The Last Castle (2001)
Luke Winston - 69 - Free Choice - Blue Velvet (1986)
tommy_leazaq - 3 - My Favourite Actors - Glory (1990)
Brogan Tesla - 23 - Mental Illness - Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Mara Little - 25 - Starts with J - Jawbreaker (1999)
Jacob West Good - 55 - Slice of Life - Ilo Ilo (2013)
Internet - 116 - Starts with E - The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Bailey Little - 90 - Royalty - Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis (2018)
Dan Kocher - 221 - Apocalyptical - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Sharon Brenton - 83 - Monologue - One True Thing (1999)
Ty Tag - 6 - Free Choice - Big (1988)
Rob Tabor - 141 - Free Choice - Inherent Vice (2014)
Ben Lott (Passed on original prompt for -10%) - 174 - Starts with L - The Lives of Others (2006)
David Anderson - 7 - Epic - The Last Samurai (2003)
Ben Shoemaker - 42 - Medical - Awakenings (1990)
Jeff McCullough - Picked up previously passed prompt - 173 - Starts with Z - Zero Effect (1998)
Mike Seaman - 250 - Low Budget Film - Re-Animator (1985)
Wade McCormick - 270 - Espionage - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
David Conrad - 237 - Fashion - Farewell, My Concubine (1993)
Abigail Little - 200 - Religious - As Above, So Below (2014)
Greg Dorr - 227 - Dance - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Elisabeth Miller - 157 - Free Choice
Bethany Megill - 30 - Starts with H - Holiday (1938)
Lindsey Stinson - 123 - My Top 10 Directors - The Terminal (2004)
Rachel Gilbert - 62 - Stunts
Michael Reap - 16 - Phone Call - Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Greg Dean Schmitz - 179 - Cult Movie - Zombi 2 (1979)
Riley Gaucher - 12 - Free Choice - Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Maxwelldeux - 149 - Starts with A - Andre the Giant (2018)
nimimerkillinen - 142 - Fantasy - Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Chad Hoolihan - 14 - Bottom 100 - Starcrash (1978)
Elizabeth Megill - 117 - Buddy Film
Patrick Gray - 100 - Family
Jandy Hardesty - 27 - LGBTQIA - Victor Victoria (1982)
Nathan Treadway
Ryan Swinimer
Stephen Roney
Travis Easton
Bas van Stratum
Josh Haysom
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Post by maxwelldeux » September 23rd, 2019, 6:39 pm

Now it's heating up. Yay!

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Post by zzzorf » September 28th, 2019, 11:37 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 6:39 pm
Now it's heating up. Yay!
Heating up to the point where the masses don't want to listen to the rules properly. It seems that the 5 movies at a time idea is out the window as it is now your turn to pick a number between 1 and 300 to get your prompt. I have been updating the post above to keep you informed of what is being selected but it is a little behind on the last few picks. Anyway have you got a number choice for me?

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 28th, 2019, 11:40 pm

zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:37 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 6:39 pm
Now it's heating up. Yay!
Heating up to the point where the masses don't want to listen to the rules properly. It seems that the 5 movies at a time idea is out the window as it is now your turn to pick a number between 1 and 300 to get your prompt. I have been updating the post above to keep you informed of what is being selected but it is a little behind on the last few picks. Anyway have you got a number choice for me?
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Post by zzzorf » September 28th, 2019, 11:43 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:40 pm
zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:37 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 6:39 pm
Now it's heating up. Yay!
Heating up to the point where the masses don't want to listen to the rules properly. It seems that the 5 movies at a time idea is out the window as it is now your turn to pick a number between 1 and 300 to get your prompt. I have been updating the post above to keep you informed of what is being selected but it is a little behind on the last few picks. Anyway have you got a number choice for me?
149

Your prompt is "Starts with A". Do you accept or pass?

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 28th, 2019, 11:45 pm

zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:43 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:40 pm
zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:37 pm


Heating up to the point where the masses don't want to listen to the rules properly. It seems that the 5 movies at a time idea is out the window as it is now your turn to pick a number between 1 and 300 to get your prompt. I have been updating the post above to keep you informed of what is being selected but it is a little behind on the last few picks. Anyway have you got a number choice for me?
149

Your prompt is "Starts with A". Do you accept or pass?
Accepted! (I'll be back with the film - I have to think about it for a bit.)

Clarification: I assumed the word "A" is does not count for this prompt (e.g., A Fistful of Dollars)?

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Post by zzzorf » September 28th, 2019, 11:47 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:45 pm
zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:43 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:40 pm

149

Your prompt is "Starts with A". Do you accept or pass?
Accepted! (I'll be back with the film - I have to think about it for a bit.)

Clarification: I assumed the word "A" is does not count for this prompt (e.g., A Fistful of Dollars)?
You have 2 days to get your choice to me and yes things like A, An & The do not count

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Post by maxwelldeux » September 29th, 2019, 4:46 am

zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:47 pm
maxwelldeux wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:45 pm
zzzorf wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 11:43 pm



Your prompt is "Starts with A". Do you accept or pass?
Accepted! (I'll be back with the film - I have to think about it for a bit.)

Clarification: I assumed the word "A" is does not count for this prompt (e.g., A Fistful of Dollars)?
You have 2 days to get your choice to me and yes things like A, An & The do not count
Go big or go home! Here's my pick: Andre the Giant (2018)

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Post by zzzorf » October 1st, 2019, 9:03 pm

Movie: Blue Velvet (1986)
Recommender: Luke Winston
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Free Choice

Review: I don't think I'm saying anything you all don't know, but David Lynch is fucking weird.
I had a whole lot of things (well a few but yeah) to say about this movie but since I watched this a week ago all those little bits and pieces are gone from my head so lets see what I can remember what I wanted to say.
This movie really had an up and down reaction with me, I'm not talking way down, but down all the same. Everytime I was just settling into enjoying the movie I would get a WTF moment that would take me a moment to recover from that I would then have to reconnect to once again enjoy the movie.
Some that really struck me with the movie was how emotionless everyone was. I don't mean that as bad acting, but instead what Lynch was going for, and you know what, it really worked. It wouldn't work for most movies but it definitely worked for this one.

Rating: 6/10
Flickchart entry: < Oldboy (2003)
> The Green Hornet (2006)
< Australia Prepared (1916)
> The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
> 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)
> An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
< Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
> Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
> The Truman Show (1998)
> Jingle All the Way 2 (2014)
> Time (2013)
> Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
2509/3964
Score: 37%
Round Ranking: 1/1

Recommendation Ranking: 148/218
Director Ranking: David Lynch - Moved from 282 to 265

Flickchart Stats
Director:
David Lynch - 3/4
Actors: Isabella Rossellini - 1/2
Kyle MacLachlan - 8/10
Dennis Hopper - 7/13
Laura Dern - 4/5
Dean Stockwell - 3/5
Genres: Americana - 12/22
Crime Thriller- 121/197
Crime - 217/374
Mystery - 163/252
Post-Noir - 6/14
Thriller - 546/853
Franchises: The Criterion Collection - 64/135
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 154/308
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 218/370
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group - 5/8
TCM Underground - 33/45
Year: 1986 - 30/45

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Post by zzzorf » October 6th, 2019, 9:18 am

Movie: As Above, So Below (2014)
Recommender: Abigail Little
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Religious

Review: I believe for virtually everyone Found Footage movies can be hit and miss and the same can be said for me. For a found footage to work for me that initial setup has to engage me so that when the horror actual kicks in. I understand we need to set up the reason why this is found footage and sometimes that can take a while but some movies can do that well. As Above, So Below failed to keep me engaged in its start up that by the time the horror arrived I barely registered it happening from disinterest.
Also unless I missed it in all the closing moments I have to ask, how does this have Religious Horror as a genre? It does not seem like it had anything to do with religion, but then again I missed so much at the end.

Rating: 4/10
Flickchart entry: < Schindler's List (1993)
< The Green Hornet (2006)
< LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
> Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
< Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
> Young Pocahontas (1997)
> The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)
< Amityville 3-D (1983)
> American Poltergeist (2015)
> Pet Sematary Two (1992)
> Batman: Year One (2011)
> Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
3624/3980
Score: 9%
Round Ranking: 2/2

Recommendation Ranking: 205/222
Director Ranking: John Erick Dowdle - Moved from 448 to 447

Flickchart Stats
Director:
John Erick Dowdle - 3/4
Actors: Ben Feldman - 1/1
Edwin Hodge - 3/3
Perdita Weeks - 1/1
Genres: Found Footage Film - 24/29
Horror - 640/709
Psychological Thriller - 181/193
Religious Horror - 40/45
Supernatural Horror - 227/251
Thriller - 785/854
Franchises: Legendary Pictures - 30/32
Year: 2014 - 143/152

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Post by zzzorf » October 7th, 2019, 7:12 am

Movie: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Recommender: Dan Kocher
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Apocalyptical

Review: With the fact that I have two reboots of this movie in my top 1000 (yes it seems I even liked the Nicole Kidman version, but that is probably because I saw it first) it was a pretty safe bet from Dan to give me the original. But then again a lot of the time after watching the redo's the original doesn't stack up to the modern standards and gets diminished because of the age.
Luckily it did not happen here. This movie stood in its own right as a great film and was just as good and possibly even better than the two others I've seen. After ranking it this movie comes in 2nd of the 3 but I can't really say which order they belong for me, I would have to watch them close together to work out which order they belong.
I think in the end the reason I like these so much is that the story is so simple and straightforward yet it is so unique and thought had to go into it.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > The Social Network (2010)
> Patient Zero (2018)
< The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
< Circle (2015)
> The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
< Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
> The Transporter (2002)
> The Last House on the Left (2009)
> War Horse (2011)
> Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
> The Kid (1921)
< Mystic River (2003)
810/3982
Score: 80%
Round Ranking: 1/3

Recommendation Ranking: 45/223
Director Ranking: Don Siegel - Entered at 369

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Don Siegel - 1/2
Actors: Kevin McCarthy - 1/1
Dana Wynter - 1/1
Larry Gates - 1/1
King Donovan - 1/1
Carolyn Jones - 1/1
Genres: Alien Invasion Films - 20/70
Apocalyptic Film - 13/35
Based-on-20th-Century-Literature - 82/297
Body Horror - 3/32
Horror - 137/710
Sci-Fi Horror - 21/113
Science Fiction - 149/568
Thriller - 187/855
Franchises: National Film Registry - 55/91
Olive Films - 3/13
They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? - 62/310
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 87/372
Year: 1956 - 2/10

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Post by zzzorf » October 11th, 2019, 11:58 am

Movie: Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis (2018)
Recommender: Bailey Little
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Royalty

Review: My son and myself have been watching through a lot of the Batman/Justice League animated movies the last couple of months and when his prompt came up and we could loophole it into one of them (Aquaman is King of Atlantis after all) he was all for it. I really wish he had put more thought into this.
The Lego movies have been fun in the most parts but I have issues with some of them, one being the handling of Aquaman. Don't get me wrong, for all I know it is an exact adaption of him, I have only ever read some X-Men comics so I'm not anything close to an expert. What I feel though is this is not the way I see Aquaman being and a whole movie dedicated to this version, well you can see where this is going.
I will admit the portrayal did get better towards the end but overall I just did not enjoy this movie much at all. My kids are really not doing well this round.

Rating: 4/10
Flickchart entry: > Schindler's List (1993)
< The Green Hornet (2006)
< LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
> Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
< Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
< What Women Want (2000)
> Marriage Italian-Style (1964)
> The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015)
> The Crucible (1996)
> The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
< Highlander: The Source (2007)
3676/3985
Score: 8%
Round Ranking: 4/4

Recommendation Ranking: 209/224
Director Ranking: Matt Peters - Entered at 432

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Matt Peters - 1/1
Actors: Dee Bradley Baker - 4/4
Troy Baker - 6/6
Cristina Milizia - 1/1
Khary Payton - 2/2
Nolan North - 3/3
Genres: Animation - 458/480
Based-on-Comics -217/227
Superhero Film - 161/166
Franchises: DC Comics - 78/82
Warner Bros. Animation - 61/64
LEGO - 13/13
Year: 2018 - 62/65

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Post by zzzorf » October 20th, 2019, 11:30 am

Movie: Glory (1989)
Recommender: Tom Leazak
Round: Round 1
Prompt: My Favourite Actors

Review: When I gave Tom my favourite actors he did something I didn't expect, he gave me a movie with not one but two of my favourite actors. Having a movie with both Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman in it is a pretty surefire way to get me to enjoy something. (Also to my surprise Cary Elwes had a supporting role, granted it wasn't comedic but he was still a pleasant surprise). Despite all of this though it was the main actor Matthew Broderick who stole the show.
As to the movie itself this is what you would expect from the subject matter, that doesn't take away from anything but it just misses that extra spark to make it something memorable. I did enjoy it though and it told a part of history that here in Australia we don't really study.

Rating: 7/10
Flickchart entry: > The Social Network (2010)
< The Lego Movie (2014)
> Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)
> Better Watch Out (2016)
< Monster's Ball (2001)
< Jappeloup (2013)
< Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)
1216/3991
Score: 70%
Round Ranking: 2/5

Recommendation Ranking: 80/225
Director Ranking: Edward Zwick - Entered at 250

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Director:
Edward Zwick - 2/3
Actors: Matthew Broderick - 3/12
Denzel Washington - 12/23
Cary Elwes - 6/13
Morgan Freeman - 11/26
Jihmi Kennedy - 1/1
Genres: Based-on-a-True-Story - 52/181
Combat Films - 6/18
Epic - 13/47
Historical Epic - 5/19
Historical Film - 16/63
War - 19/91
War Epic - 3/9
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated - 128/408
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - 115/373
Year: 1989 - 19/49

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Post by zzzorf » October 20th, 2019, 12:38 pm

Movie: The Last Castle (2001)
Recommender: Hannah Keefer
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Prison

Review: I don't mind a well done Prison Break film (Shawshank, Fortress and the TV show Prison Break come to mind) and while The Last Castle isn't exactly a prison break film it has the same feel to it, their goal just wasn't actually to get out.
The idea of having this set in a military prison made the movie unique and while not all the characters felt military I gladly ignored that fact to enjoy what was actually going on. Not the greatest movie of its kind but it is one I really enjoyed.

Rating: 8/10
Flickchart entry: > Schindler's List (1993)
> The Lego Movie (2014)
< The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
< Circle (2015)
> Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012)
> Mystic River (2003)
> The Simpsons Movie (2007)
> Colossal (2016)
> The Mummy (1932)
> Rambo III (1988)
756/3992
Score: 81%
Round Ranking: 1/6

Recommendation Ranking: 42/226
Director Ranking: Rod Lurie - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Rod Lurie - 1/2
Actors: Robert Redford - 2/7
Mark Ruffalo - 5/11
Delroy Lindo - 2/9
Brian Goodman - 1/1
James Gandolfini - 2/6
Genres: Action - 187/860
Action Thriller - 80/354
Prison Film - 9/36
Thriller - 176/856
Franchises: DreamWorks SKG - 9/63
Year: 2001 - 21/94

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Post by zzzorf » October 21st, 2019, 10:40 am

Movie: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Recommender: Michael Reap
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Phone Call

Review: I think I am coming to the realisation that despite the fact I keep saying Film Noir is something that doesn't do well with me that I am actually quite wrong. The problem is that the first versions of the genre I watched didn't do well but there are plenty others that will do well with me, Sorry, Wrong Number was one of those.
The thing that does well with me in this genre is the guessing game of what is really happening and this one had that from the first moment with the Phone Call that the prompt called for (yes there would be many more calls but the first was what I deem to be the most important). Of course the other part that I enjoy is that the majority of the time I have it completely wrong, again what happened here. In the end this movie was so simple and led you to the obvious conclusion yet I am everywhere else believing it was all a trick to make her well.
I really enjoyed this, maybe not as much as my ranking states but the matches it received benefited it climbing the chart.

Rating: 8/10
Flickchart entry: > The Social Network (2010)
> The Lego Movie (2014)
> In Darkness (2018)
> Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
< Now You See Me (2013)
< Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
< Breakdown (1997)
< Superman (1948)
< A Serbian Film (2010)
> Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
< Gone with the Wind (1939)
< So Long at the Fair (1950)
245/3996
Score: 94%
Round Ranking: 1/7

Recommendation Ranking: 11/228
Director Ranking: Anatole Litvak - No rank, first movie rated

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Director:
Anatole Litvak - 1/1
Actors: Barbara Stanwyck - 1/4
Burt Lancaster - 1/6
Ann Richards - 1/1
Wendell Corey - 1/2
Ed Begley - 1/1
Genres: Film Noir - 1/22
Psychological Thriller - 12/194
Thriller - 56/857
Franchises: They Shot Dark Pictures, Didn't They? - 4/84
Year: 1948 - 2/8

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Post by maxwelldeux » October 21st, 2019, 11:54 pm

Oh yay! I was missing your reviews...

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Post by zzzorf » October 22nd, 2019, 12:13 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 11:54 pm
Oh yay! I was missing your reviews...
My reviews aren't that good, lol.

But yeah my viewings led me elsewhere so I am trying to get back under control with these.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » October 22nd, 2019, 12:18 am

Director Ranking: Anatole Litvak - No rank, first movie rated

Oh?!

I would've loved to have this prompt. :) I'd have given you a film in my top ten, and my #1 on my 500<400 list, which is, well, a phone call. Maybe it'll pop up in another prompt, we'll see. ;)

(I've not seen this particular film, btw. It sounds interesting, and I'll probably watch it soon-ish.)

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Post by zzzorf » October 22nd, 2019, 12:36 am

Nathan Treadway wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 12:18 am
Director Ranking: Anatole Litvak - No rank, first movie rated

Oh?!
Yes my classics is still pretty weak. It's getting better but I'm still only 3 years into setting things correct with my film knowledge.

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Post by zzzorf » November 4th, 2019, 10:42 am

Movie: Inherent Vice (2014)
Recommender: Rob Tabor
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Free Choice

Review: I'm not going to beat around the bush here, this movie just wasn't for me. I don't know if it was the strong post-noir style, the setting/era, the head scratching plot or a combination of these and other things that did me in but yeah this just didn't go well for me. Sorry Rob.

Rating: 2/10
Flickchart entry: < Zookeeper (2011)
< Atonement (2007)
< Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
< Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
< You Were Never Really Here (2017)
> Inglourious Basterds (2009)
< The Thin Red Line (1998)
> The Godfather Part II (1974)
> Animal Kingdom (2010)
< Raising Arizona (1987)
> Mandy (2018)
< The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
3928/4016
Score: 2%
Round Ranking: 8/8

Recommendation Ranking: 228/231
Director Ranking: Paul Thomas Anderson - Moved from 157 to 263

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson - 4/4
Actors: Joaquin Phoenix - 9/9
Josh Brolin - 11/12
Owen Wilson - 12/12
Katherine Waterston - 4/4
Reese Witherspoon - 15/16
Genres: Based-on-21st-Century-Literature - 81/81
Crime Drama - 116/127
Crime - 362/379
Detective Film - 46/46
Drama - 1077/1121
Period Film - 379/388
Post-Noir - 33/35
Franchises: Academy Award Nominated - 395/411
Year: 2014 - 152/153

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Post by zzzorf » November 6th, 2019, 8:52 am

Movie: Starcrash (1978)
Recommender: Chad Hoolihan
Round: Round 1
Prompt: Bottom 100 Movies

Review: Not all the prompts in this challenge are not easy on the competitors, just ask Chad. He was tasked with giving me one of the 100 movies at the bottom of his chart, in other words, one of his most disliked movies he has ever watched. Normally when you recommend a movie it is because you like it but Chad didn't have that luxury.
I will never admit that Starcrash is a well made movie, all the movie making aspects were poor, from the directing and acting to the special effects, but who cares about that when presented as a whole you have what would be considered "so bad it's good". I forgot about the movie making and just enjoyed the crazy ride, and you know, this blatant Star Wars rip-off wasn't that bad. Well it was but you know what I mean, lol.
Oh yeah, I think I now have a crush on Caroline Munro, that girl was smoking in this movie.

Rating: 5/10
Flickchart entry: < Antichrist (2009)
> Club Dread (2004)
< Recoil (2011)
> Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
> Two Bits & Pepper (1995)
< Top Secret! (1984)
> My Left Foot (1989)
> Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
< An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
< How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
> Unleashed (2005)
> Nightmare Man (2006)
2585/4018
Score: 36%
Round Ranking: 6/9

Recommendation Ranking: 157/232
Director Ranking: Luigi Cozzi - No rank, first movie rated

Flickchart Stats
Director:
Luigi Cozzi - 1/1
Actors: Marjoe Gortner - 1/1
Caroline Munro - 1/1
Christopher Plummer - 11/16
David Hasselhoff - 3/6
Joe Spinell - 1/2
Genres: Action - 577/862
Adventure - 476/748
Cyborg / Android / Robot - 72/110
Fantasy Adventure - 153/234
Fantasy - 390/579
Sci-Fi Action - 221/388
Science Fiction - 386/575
Space Adventure - 39/53
Franchises: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - 2/5
New World Pictures - 7/7
Shout! Factory - 51/79
Year: 1978 - 17/30

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