Track the Films You Watch (2013)

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  1. John Stell

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    For completeness purposes -
    Lincoln (2012) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Released: November 16, 2012
    (Originally viewed November 20, 2012)
    In spite of its title which suggests a full life story, director Steven Spielberg's outstanding Lincoln focuses on just a few months from the 16th U.S. president's life. The film opens with the Civil War nearing its end. President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) is trying to get Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that will end slavery. He sends out those in agreement with his cause to persuade undecided members to vote for the amendment. Meanwhile a crisis of conscience occurs when the opportunity to end the war presents itself, which would also mean no freedom for the slaves. How Lincoln deals with both personal issues and his desire for all men to be free is the story Lincoln tells.
    While the critical success of Lincoln is no surprise its financial take is. Here is a period film which consists mostly of dialogue and courtroom strategy. This is not the kind of film which typically grosses more than $150K. Sure it has the well-known Spielberg name attached but that didn't make either of his 2011 offerings members of the domestic $100K club. Perhaps it's the timeliness of the story and its parallels to today. At the time Lincoln first hit the screens politicians were trying to overt the fiscal cliff and having everyone's taxes go up. All of this was abundantly covered by all types of media. Essentially the ultimate solution consisted of negotiating and re-negotiating, give-and-take, and for people to make concessions (and maybe backroom deals). This is the story of Lincoln, a politician trying to get passed something he believes in in spite of being told it is impossible. Lincoln will have to make some deals. break some promises, and perhaps compromise his own morals at times. We see how history does in fact repeat itself.
    Much has been made of Daniel Day-Lewis' transformative performance. It is truly a marvel. Day-Lewis completely disappears into the character. Most of the time he is speaks quietly and warmly, ready with an anecdote or smile. But there are also moments where he passionately makes his case, whether it's to his fellow Republicans or his own wife. The guard is let down and we see the worry and vulnerability. Lincoln may be playing politics with passing the amendment, but we get the sense he is ultimately doing what he is doing because he believes in freedom for all. (That racial discrimination still continues almost 150 years after the 13th amendment's passage may also be a factor in Lincoln's success.)
    Once again director Spielberg and his regular team (editor Michael Kahn, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, production designer Rick Carter, costume designer Joanna Johnston) put on a technically flawless show. The large cast never feels overwhelming and the period recreation is convincing. The attention to detail is the result of Spielberg working on Lincoln for nearly ten years, and it was well worth the wait and effort.
    But Lincoln is also the first Steven Spielberg-directed picture that is better known for its lead performance than its director. No actor - as yet - has won an Oscar for a Spielberg film. That will almost certainly change come this Sunday. Yet Lincoln has earned Spielberg his seventh Oscar nomination for directing and he has a good chance of winning. At this stage in his career Spielberg is almost taken for granted after having directed for more than forty years. Lincoln, clearly his best film since Munich, reminds us just how a great a director Spielberg can be when he brings true passion to a project.
     
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    After viewing all of his theatrical features, here FWIW is my personal ranking of his films from best to worst


    Schindler's List (1993) 4.0
    Jaws (1975) 4.0
    E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) 4.0
    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 4.0
    Saving Private Ryan (1998) 4.0
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 4.0
    Lincoln (2012) 4.0
    Munich (2005) 4.0
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 4.0
    Minority Report (2002) 3.5
    Jurassic Park (1993) 3.5
    Amistad (1997) 3.5
    The Terminal (2004) 3.0
    Catch Me If You Can (2002) 3.0
    The Color Purple (1985) 3.0
    War Horse (2011) 3.0
    Empire of the Sun (1987) 3.0
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 3.0
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 3.0
    Always (1989) 3.0
    War of the Worlds (2005) 3.0
    The Sugarland Express (1974) 3.0
    Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) 3.0
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 2.5
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 2.5
    1941 (1979) 2.5
    The Adventures of Tintin (2011) 2.5
    Hook (1991) 2.5
     
  3. Ken Volok

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    Interesting emphasis on animation.
     
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    hey I start a new post each month as to not get buried.
     
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    March 2013 1. Goin South (1978) ***.5 2. King Kong (1933) ***** 3. Network (1976) ***** 4. Union Pacific (1939) **** 5. The Master (2012) **** 6. Cabaret (1972) ***** Recaps January 2013 1. Django Unchained (2012) *** 2. Three Women (1977) **** 3. Paging Miss Glory (1936) Feature 1/2 star, curio 4. Paging Miss Glory (1936) cartoon **** 5. Cop Land (1997) **** 1/9/13 6. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) *** 1/ 11/13 7. Margaret (2011) **2/3 1/11/13 8. East of Eden (1955) ***1/2 1/11/13 10. You Can't Take It with You (1938) ***** 1/12/13 11. The Sound of Music (1965) **** 1/13/13 12. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1963) ** 1/13/13 13. Country Cousin (1936) cartoon **1/2 1/15/13 14. Swing Time (1936) *** 1/15/13 15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (ext.) (2001) ** 1/2 1/16/13 16. LotR: The Two Towers (ext) (2002) *** 1/16/13 17. LotR: The Return of the King (ext) (2003) *** 1/17/13 18. Monkey Business (1952) ***.5 1/18/13 19. The Apartment (1960) ***** 1/21/13 20. Funny Girl (1968) ** 1/2 1/22/13 21. For Scent-imental Reasons (1949) Looney Tune ** 1/22 22. The Thin Red Line (1998) ***** 1/23 23. Three Orphan Kittens (1935) Silly Symphony *** 1/26 24. The Ugly Duckling (1939) Silly Symphony **** 1/26 25. Marie Antoinette (2006) ***** 1/26 Feb 2013 1. Night Nurse (1931) **.5 2/2 2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) **** 2/5 3. Imitation of Life (1934) **.5 2/9 4. Imitation of Life (1959) ***.5 2/9 5. Fort Apache (1948) ***.5 2/10 6. Animal Crackers (1930) **** 2/10 7. Star Wars (1977) ***** 2/12 8. The Broadway Melody (1929) *** 2/14 At times 1929's "The Broadway Melody" literally dies before your eyes on the screen and you think" jeez, this won Best Picture of 1929?" Then suddenly it comes alive, most often in the offstage musical moments as opposed to the show within the show's "onstage" numbers which are shot as if you're in the backrow, and edited with a cleaver. Another saving element is the Pre-Code freedom that manifests itself in characters and jokes, many of which will still make you at least smile. It'd be a good double feature with Paul Fejos' "Broadway" or "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" 9. Tweetie Pie (1947) Looney tune **** 2/15 10. Rio Grande (1950) **** 2/15 11. Emma (1996) ***.5 2/16 12. Creature Comforts (1989) short ***** 2/17 13. Sense and Sensibility (1995) **** 2/17 14. High Anxiety (1977) *** 2/18 15. Days of Heaven (1978) ***** 2/19 16. Rebecca (1940) **** 2/19 The leaden literary hand of Selznick almost drowns Hitchcock's "Rebecca" several times, but somehow the Master pulls it off. Is the twenty minute revelation scene meant as second act unto itself? No doubt Hitchcock's in camera editing saves the scene from being even longer. 17. The Three Little Pigs (1933) Silly Symphony ***** 2/20 18. White Dog (1982) *** 2/20 19. Airport (1970) ***** 2/21 20. The Poseidon Adventure (1972) ***** 2/23 21. LA Confidential (1997) **** 2/23 22. Alice in Wonderland (1933) *** 2/26 Completely weird and wonderfully vintage Paramount.
     
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    I watched one of my all time favorite comedies, Airplane! Still holds up to this day.
     
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    I used to have the record as a kid, I probably still know all the gags!
     
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    Before the special Clue the Movie Psych episode, I watched my bluray of Clue.I really wish we had the lost fourth ending on there.Plus all the deleted scenes there are.Clue is probably one of my top ten comedies.
     
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    Rust and Bone (2012)****
     
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    I watched a movie I haven't since the late 90'sGrease 2 (1982)I have yet to this day haven't seen this movie in its OAR.Encore played it the other day. But of course not in 2.35:1I know the movie is cheesy, silly and goofy.But I do enjoy it.And Michelle Pheiffer is just so hot in the movie.After reading IMDB trivia, it's hard to believe they wanted to do four Grease movies.
     
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    Oblivion **12
     
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    Theatrical Shorts Watched

    2/10 - Steamboat Willie (1928)
    2/10 - Plane Crazy (1928)
    2/10 - The Skeleton Dance (1929)
    2/11 - Trolley Troubles (1927)

    2/11 - The Gallopin' Gaucho (1928)
    2/11 - Hell's Bells (1929)
    2/12 - The Chain Gang (1930)
    2/12 - Mickey's Revue (1932)
    2/12 - The Wise Little Hen (1934)
    2/14 - The Band Concert (1935)
    2/15 - Don's Fountain of Youth (1953)

    2/17 - Alice's Day at Sea (1924)
    2/17 - Springtime (1929)
    2/17 - The Longest Daycare (2012)
    2/18 - Arctic Antics (1930)
    2/28 - Autumn (1930)
    2/28 - Casey Bats Again (1954)

    3/01 - The Cat's Out (1931)
    3/08 - Mickey's Trailer (1938)
    3/08 - Gulliver Mickey (1934)
    3/20 - Figaro and Cleo (1943)
    3/20 - Lend a Paw (1941)
    3/21 - One Man Band (2005)
    3/21 - Knick Knack (1989)
    3/22 - Clock Cleaners (1937)
    3/22 - Parade of the Award Nominees (1932)
    3/22 - Autumn (1930)
    3/23 - The Bear and the Bees (1932)
    3/23 - The Clock Store (1931)
    3/23 - El Terrible Toreador (1929)
    3/31 - Ye Olden Days (1933)

    4/01 - Bath Day (1946)
    4/29 - Mutiny on the Bunny (1950)
    4/29 - Scent-imental Over Your (1947)

    5/01 - Paperman (2012)

    7/13 - The Fox Hunt (1931)
    7/13 - The Duck Hunt (1932)
    7/13 - Building a Building (1933)
    7/14 - The Karnival Kid (1929)
    7/14 - Frolicking Fish (1930)
    7/14 - Donald's Nephews (1938)
    7/15 - The Merry Dwarfs (1929)
    7/15 - Bulldozing the Bull (1938)
    7/31 - The Blue Umbrella (2013)

    12/13 - Croissant de Triomphe (2013)
    12/13 - The Klondike Kid (1932)
    12/14 - Mickey's Follies (1929)
    12/14 - The Fire Fighters (1930)
    12/15 - The Gorilla Mystery (1930)
    12/15 - No Service (2013)
    12/16 - Monkey Melodies (1930)
    12/16 - Night (1930)
    12/16 - Pioneer Days (1930)
    12/16 - The Birthday Party (1931)
    12/16 - Mickey Steps Out (1931)
    12/16 - Blue Rhythm (1931)
    12/17 - Mickey Cuts Up (1931)
    12/17 - Mickey's Orphans (1931)
    12/17 - Yodelberg (2013)
    12/18 - Mickey's Nightmare (1932)
    12/18 - The Whoopee Party (1932)
    12/18 - The Bird Store (1932)
    12/18 - New York Weenie (2013)
    12/19 - Playful Pan (1930)
    12/19 - Touchdown Mickey (1932)

    12/19 - The Mad Doctor (1933)
    12/19 - Tokyo Go (2013)
    12/20 - Stayin' Cool (2013)

    12/20 - Get a Horse (2013)
    12/21 - Summer (1930)
    12/21 - Gasp! (2013)
    12/22 - Winter (1930)
    12/22 - Cannibal Capers (1930)
    12/23 - The Spider and the Fly (1931)
    12/24 - Orphan's Benefits (1934)
    12/24 - Santa's Workshop (1932)
    12/25 - Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
    12/26 - The Night Before Christmas (1933)
    12/27 - King Neptune (1932)
    12/27 - The Mail Pilot (1933)
    12/27 - Panda-monium (2013)
    12/28 - Bugs in Love (1932)
    12/29 - Mickey's Gala Premiere (1933)
    12/29 - Mutiny Ain't Nice (1938)
    12/30 - Midnight in a Toy Shop (1930)
    12/31 - Birds in the Spring (1933)
    12/31 - Puppy Love (1933)

    # of shorts - 87
     
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    Before my trip to San Francisco, I finally watched Milk which I really enjoyed.And I also watched Safe (2012) which I found to be very dull and pointless.And a movie I haven't seen in quite a while, Private Parts which I still find funny.
     
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    Trying to get some movies watched during my vacation.In the last two days I watched...Gone (2012)Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)This Film is not Yet Rated (2006)The Bourne Legacy (2012)
     

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