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Posted on Aug 28, 2016 2:25:02 AM PDT
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Jon says:
Now for world temperature records (1880-to-present)...
The 10 hottest years on earth so far:

1. 2016
2. 2015
3. 2010
4. 2013
5. 2005
6. 2009
7. 1998
8. 2012
9. 2007
10. 2006

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 2:08:22 AM PDT
Jon says:
10 hottest actors born in New Orleans:

1. Faith Domergue (Where Danger Lives)
2. Patricia Clarkson (Cairo Time)
3. Mary Healy (Strictly in the Groove)
4. Anthony Mackie (Shelter)
5. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
6. Sam Trammell (Crazy Kind of Love)
7. Grace Zabriskie (Drugstore Cowboy)
8. Katherine LaNasa (Brain Doners)
9. Jeffrey Hunter (Sailor of the King)
10. Dorothy Lamour (The Hurricane)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2016 1:38:15 AM PDT
Jon says:
I just might. I cannot believe I've gone this long without seeing 'A Walk in the Sun'. Before the end of Summer I'll try.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 1:28:15 AM PDT
Whenever you get a chance to see A WALK IN THE SUN, I'm betting you'll change your mind about your favorite Norman Lloyd performance.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 12:55:55 AM PDT
Jon says:
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Posted on Aug 27, 2016 11:49:46 PM PDT
Jon says:
Best feature films I've seen from 1916...

1. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (D.W. Griffith)
2. Blind Justice (Benjamin Christensen)
3. Judex (Louis Feuillade)
4. Joan the Woman (Cecil B. DeMille)
5. The Devil's Needle (Chester Withey)
6. Hoodoo Ann (Lloyd Ingraham, D.W. Griffith)
7. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Stuart Paton)
8. Hell's Hinges (William S. Hart, et al.)
9. Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Berthelet)
10. The End of the World (August Blom) [& - tied] The Good Bad Man (Allan Dwan)

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 11:01:54 PM PDT
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Jon says:
Ten best actors born in 1963:

1. Hugh Bonneville (Iris)
2. Frank Whaley (Swimming with Sharks)
3. Natasha Richardson (The White Countess)
4. David Thewlis (Naked)
5. Jennifer Beals (Devil in a Blue Dress)
6. Alex Kingston (Croupier)
7. Isaiah Washington (True Crime)
8. Emmanuelle Béart (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud)
9. Johnny Depp (Ed Wood)
10. Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt)

Deserving mentions... Lysette Anthony, Michael Beach, Demián Bichir, Phoebe Cates, Michael Chiklis, Anne Consigny, Edie Falco, Jerome Flynn, Ed Gale, Joanna Going, Brian Haley, Bruce Harwood, Jason Isaacs, Jet Li, Sam Lloyd, Angus Macfadyen, Don McKellar, Dean Norris, Kevin J. O'Connor, Tatum O'Neal, Lori Petty, Wendell Pierce, Britta Phillips, Brad Pitt, Helen Slater, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and John Ventimiglia.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 10:10:02 PM PDT
Jon says:
Top Ten movie roles of the greatly strange Hollywood character actor Timothy Agoglia Carey:

10. Lord High 'n Low in 'Head'
9. Hilb in 'Waterhole #3'
8. Joe in 'East of Eden'
7. Jarrett in 'White Witch Doctor'
6. Howard Tetley in 'One-Eyed Jacks'
5. Morgan Morgan in 'Minnie and Moskowitz'
4. Nikki Arcane in 'The Killing'
3. Flo in 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'
2. Pvt. Maurice Ferol in 'Paths of Glory'
1. Clarence Hilliard in 'The World's Greatest Sinner'

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2016 4:26:45 PM PDT
Jon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2016 4:25:01 PM PDT
Jon says:
Hikari: "Mr. Pine make you feel insecure in your masculinity?"

When I walk down the street, sometimes every face I see looks like Chris Pine, then I see red, and I hear my mother's voice singing "The Baseball Kid" theme song -- -- and feel like grabbing a bat and hitting their blocks off, one by one. But that's only after swimming on a heavy lunch.

H: "I would suppose that Ben[edict Cumberbatch] has myriad more reasons for a healthy self-esteem than you or I have."

Don't get me started on his wife Sophie Hunter. I've been stalking her for years, and soon she will leave Ben for I. It's only a matter of time. Then it will be like Prince and the Pauper and Benbatch will be miserable at last.

H: "not, then, a fan of the JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot?"

Nope. I've still only seen the first one, and it was disappointing enough to keep me away from the following prequels. On the bright side, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, and Anton Yelchin were each close to perfect in their attempts at reviving the old characters.

H: "[Pine]'s just Got It--a charisma that transcends the material he's done."

Honestly, I don't sense It. Not for a bit. I've seen him star in four other non-James T. Jerk roles and he simply lays there on the screen like a charmless log, only a log that acts really annoyingly. Maybe I have a chromosomal abnormality that doesn't allow me to see the IT which Pine allegedly is in such sparkling possession of. Is IT only viable in hotly cut vessels, can John C. Reilly have IT as well? I thought Camryn Manheim had IT, but maybe she lost It, I haven't seen her in awhile....Did Jennifer Lawrence take IT away from her--can IT even be stolen?!--is there a limited quantity of IT available per generation?

H: "I suss by your dissing of Mother Teresa that you are probably posting this tongue-in-cheek."

You suss unerringly at last, meine liebste fräulein psychoanalytiker!

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 12:10:45 PM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
Pine is getting good reviews for his work in the new Jeff Bridges movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2016 7:50:42 AM PDT
Oh God, The Good Son. I almost forgot this movie existed, I hated it that much. One of the only films I've ever given a flat 0/10 to.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2016 7:10:10 AM PDT
ROcK~N~Rolla says:
Wet Hot American Summer - Higher & Higher

From Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp performed by Chris Pine

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2016 7:04:42 AM PDT
Hikari says:
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Posted on Aug 26, 2016 5:26:45 PM PDT
Kacee, I would add Judy Davis to that list as well. As for Blethyn, I knew nothing about her at all until I saw Secrets & Lies. After running through every possible emotion with her in that 10-minute monologue, I am forever a life-time fan. Great actress.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2016 3:40:56 AM PDT
Jon, it's about time Alison Steadman was honoured with a damehood.

I rate her highly too, definitely on a par with Dame Judi and Dame Maggie. I would also include Brenda Blethyn and Julie Walters too. All top notch British actresses who are superb.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 3:30:05 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2016 12:01:13 AM PDT
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AntVer: I am unable to make any comparison because I no longer have my earlier (I think MGM) DVD. My copy is claimed to be a "new high-definition digital transfer created in 4K resolution." Looks gorgeous. Extras include commentary, of course, doc on the making, another doc on the history of BBS, something about Bob Rafelson and the AFI, and trailers.

The copy I have comes from Criterion's box set about BBS, the film company started by Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson. It contains seven films on six discs:

Easy Rider
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Picture Show
A Safe Place
The King of Marvin Gardens
Drive, He Said
plus a book about the films, the men, and the company. All the films have extra goodies.

If they market the film separately (which seems likely), I would imagine that there is no difference, but I don't know. I bought the box set because A Safe Place was only available in the box set. I think that is true of some of the others, as well. It was worth it to me. Is it worth it to you? Only you can say.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 9:26:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2016 9:29:07 PM PDT
Mike Gordan says:
I suppose I ought to take on a best films of the 21st century thus far list, eh? Well, here goes, in order of release date:

Memento (2000): 9 out of 10
Famous (2000): 9 out of 10
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000): 9 out of 10
Requiem for a Dream (2000): 9 out of 10
Traffic (2000): 8 out of 10 (loses a point in my book because the color tinting makes me real nauseous)

Mulholland Drive (2001): 10 out of 10
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): 9 out of 10
Gosford Park (2001): 9 out of 10

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002): 9 out of 10
Adaptation (2002): 9 out of 10

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): 10 out of 10
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003): 10* out of 10
Big Fish (2003): 9 out of 10

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004): 10* out of 10
Eternal Sunshine with the Spotless Mind (2004): 9 out of 10
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004): 9 out of 10
The Aviator (2004): 9 out of 10
Sideways (2004): 9 out of 10

Brokeback Mountain (2005): 10 out of 10
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005): 9 out of 10
Thank You for Smoking (2005): 9 out of 10
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005): 8 out of 10
Sin City (2005): 8 out of 10

Pan's Labyrinth (2006): 10 out of 10
The Queen (2006): 9 out of 10
No Country for Old Men (2007): 10 out of 10
The Zodiac (2007): 9 out of 10
Michael Clayton (2007): 9 out of 10

Synecdoche, New York (2008): 10 out of 10
The Hurt Locker (2008): 9 out of 10
The Wrestler (2008): 9 out of 10
Gran Torino (2008): 8 out of 10
Wanted (2008): 8 out of 10
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008): 8 out of 10
The Dark Knight (2008): 8 out of 10

Inglourious Basterds (2009): 9 out of 10
A Serious Man (2009): 9 out of 10

The King's Speech (2010): 8 out of 10
Black Swan (2010): 8 out of 10
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): 8 out of 10

Hugo (2011): 10 out of 10
Midnight in Paris (2011): 9 out of 10

Holy Motors (2012): 10* out of 10
Seven Psychopaths (2012): 10 out of 10

Ender's Game (2013): 9 out of 10
The World's End (2013): 9 out of 10
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): 8 out of 10
Pacific Rim (2013): 8 out of 10

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): 10 out of 10
Mr. Turner (2014): 9 out of 10

The Hateful Eight (2015): 10* out of 10
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): 10 out of 10
The Martian (2015): 10 out of 10
Crimson Peak (2015): 10 out of 10
Brooklyn (2015): 9 out of 10
Inside Out (2015): 9 out of 10

Love & Friendship (2016): 10 out of 10
Hail, Caesar (2016): 9 out of 10

And of course, there are quite a number of films that I haven't seen yet. I haven't, for example, seen that Russian film that is set in an art museum yet. I haven't yet seen Psycho Beach Party, Mysteries of Lisbon, Anomalisa, Goodbye to Language, or Life of Riley yet, either. But for now, I'm going to keep tabs on the 1990's as well as the current decade. Frankly, however, there isn't a single major upcoming awards contender that I have the slightest bit of interest in seeing this year--specifically where Best Picture is concerned.

Edit: I notice too that I just came up just short of 60 films on that list. It's merely a preliminary list of the best films so far this decade, and from what I can gather, almost all of the all-time great films so far this century appear to all be coming from the same director--Quentin Tarantino. It is no coincidence, methinks, that this appears to be the case.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2016 8:57:00 PM PDT
Mike Gordan says:
You know, if I were conducting a list of the 100 best movies since 2000, the movies that I would include in a heart beat would include each of the Lord of the Rings movies, both Kill Bill's, Mulholland Dr., Memento, Pan's Labyrinth, No Country for Old Men, Zodiac, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Hateful Eight, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York, Big Fish, Holy Motors, and if we're to include this year as well, both Love & Friendship and Hail, Caesar! as well. Of course, I would have to give some proper honors to Brokeback Mountain as well. And from the strictly entertaining side of things as well, I may include Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, one or two of the X-Men films, and the two best Pixar films to have come out this century--Inside Out and The Incredibles (even for this particular decade having been releasing more animated movies than ever before, it's hard to imagine adding any more outside of those two on a top 100 list for the century itself--and that's in spite having enjoyed Kubo and the Two Strings immensely, and in spite having never seen such films as Anomalisa, Song of the Sea or a couple other foreign or independent films).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2016 6:42:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2016 6:00:57 AM PDT
AntVer says:
Criterion actually re-released "Woman In The Dunes" which was a major upgrade over the previous release. I own a few of the titles from your list as well, although I've been hesistant to purchase the Criterion release of "Five Easy Pieces" since I already own the bare-bones DVD. Is it worth it?

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 6:40:40 PM PDT
Jon says:
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Posted on Aug 25, 2016 6:31:29 PM PDT
Top Ten of the 44 Criterion Films Already in My Collection:

Ace in the Hole
Brief Encounter
Five Easy Pieces
The Killing (including Killer's Kiss)
Medium Cool
The Night of the Hunter (including feature-length doc of Charles Laughton Directs Night of the Hunter)
A Safe Place
Secret Honor
Sweet Smell of Success
Woman in the Dunes

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 6:00:05 PM PDT
AntVer says:
My Next Ten Purchases From The Always Overpriced Criterion Catalogue:

1) Gilda (1946)
2) The Naked Kiss(1964)
3) Intentions of Murder(1964)
4) Fists in the Pocket(1965)
5) Elevator to the Gallows(1958)
6) Casque d'or(1952)- Arguably the best film out of the ten.
7) My Night at Maud's(1969)
8) Trouble in Paradise(1932)
9) Dekalog(1988)

Anybody else have a Criterion wishlist?
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