I recently updated my Game of Thrones app to support iPad, and am now looking at a new idea for an application. Basically, I often find myself wanting to know one or more of three things about a movie: Its IMDb rating, its Rotten Tomatoes rating and/or its runtime. As far as I can see, no application on the app store currently does this in any easy way, so I’ve been programming my own. Here’s a prototype screenshot:
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I just came back from watching Inception, and I don’t know why, but it did not really impact me as much as I had hoped. It wasn’t really a cinematic experience the same way, say, The Dark Knight was. However, I still really, really liked it, and it’s a long time since I’ve seen such an original movie. But I do have some problems with the film, and I want to write down a specific problem, while I can still remember the movie.
I like confusing movies that make sense or can be explained logically if you take the time to think about them, e.g. Primer, Memento, or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. On the other hand, I don’t like movies that are confusing and in which everything is more or less ambiguous, like Inland Empire. Those kinds of movies usually feel like sloppy work to me. For the most part, Inception falls in the first category, but in the end of the movie the established rules kind of take a dive. Fischer (Cillian Murphy) dies on dream level 3, and naturally goes to limbo, because he’s sedated in real life. Ariadne (Ellen Page) and Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) follow him, because using the dreaming machine on level 3 apparently takes you to limbo, fair enough. But now, in limbo, Ariadne kills Fischer by dropping him off the building, and what happens? He wakes up on the 3rd level! Yes, they used the defibrillator at the same time, but how does that make sense? If he goes to level 3 by dying in limbo, shouldn’t he also have gone to level 2 by dying on level 3? This somewhat ruined the ending for me.
This is gonna be spoiler-filled, and hopefully very, very sad if you were a child in the nineties.
This is one of those scenes that are just kind of bland today. I loved this movie as a kid and still do, it actually holds up pretty good. It’s a decent Norwegian/American pirate movie, and in this scene Håkon leaves his family to work on a boat for two years. Disney apparently re-shot all Norwegian scenes in English for the international version (which I own), and the Norwegian version is only available in Norway. Meh.
Come on! :’D (go to 5:45 for epic Disney moment)
You knew this was coming. This still gets me going, let’s hope Disney’s resurrection of their old animation style also gives us back the old-school, honest stories.
This seems so ridiculous and cheesy now, but I cried like a baby when I saw this. Remember, I must’ve been like 12 and James Bond was the coolest guy around (we had the entire collection on VHS).
This scene gave me the idea to write this entry. Still a very touching scene.
That’s all I could come up with for now. Do you have other suggestions?
I’ve had a pretty good idea of what my favorite 10 movies are for a couple of years now. The movies usually shift place once in a while, but new movies are rarely added to the list, which can be seen in its current state on this page. However, I recently stumbled upon a website called Flickchart, which makes you choose the better of two randomly chosen movies. If you do this long enough, a pattern should appear with your favorite movies climbing towards the top of your Flickchart, and this is what I’ve done. At the moment, I’m actually pretty satisfied with my “new” top 10, and I thought I’d compare it to my old one here.
My top 10 according to Flickchart:
10. Unbreakable (New)
My old no. 10 was True Romance, which is now off the list completely. I’ve always liked Unbreakable, but I’ve really gotten a new-found admiration for the movie over the recent year.
To me it is one of the best super hero movies out there, and one of Shyamalan’s finest. I’ve also always liked True Romance, directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino, two of my favorite action-movie filmmakers (although Scott hasn’t made anything but seizure-inducing, Denzel Washington-attending crap fests the last couple of years). Still, I’m okay with it going off the list.
9. RoboCop (8)
RoboCop is one of my favorite sci-fi movies, and probably my favorite which takes place in a dystopian, mega-corporation future. RoboCop was one of those movies I always watched when I was sick as a kid, and rewatching it about a year ago I fell completely in love with it again. Of the amazing Paul Verhoeven trilogy (RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Total Recall) this is the only one which made this new (and old) list.
8. Twelve Monkeys (7)
Moving down from a 7th place on the old list, we have Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys. I have a weird love-hate relationship with Gilliam, I watched The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus yesterday and didn’t like it, but Twelve Monkeys and Monty Python and the Holy Grail are some of my favorite movies. In Twelve Monkeys Gilliam mixes his weird style with a crazy time-travel story, which is one of the few of those that makes kind of logical sense. Also, Brad Pitt’s role is one of the best of his career.
7. The Sixth Sense (New)
Another new-comer on the list, also from Mr. Shyamalan. I had not watched this movie since its premiere, but watched it about a month ago and really, really liked it. It is no surprise that Shyamalan was hailed as the new great filmmaker after experiencing the suspense and plot twists in this movie, which work very well even if you know the ending.
6. American Beauty (9)
Moving up from no. 9 is Sam Mendes’ masterpiece about the depressed suburban father who’s had enough of his mediocre existence. I’ve loved this movie since the first time I saw it, and it probably deserves this higher spot on the list.
5. Pulp Fiction (4)
Another long-time favorite of mine, Pulp Fiction was probably one of those movies that sparked my interest in film. Loved by many, Tarantino’s masterpiece heralded a new era of cinema. I recently saw Inglourious Basterds for the second time, and even though it doesn’t quite reach the quality of Pulp Fiction I’m very happy that Tarantino is still making high quality movies.
4. Trainspotting (5)
Danny Boyle is one of my favorite directors, the man almost seems to take on a new genre with every movie and still manages to make some very original (28 Days Later, The Beach, Sunshine). Trainspotting is still my favorite of his movies and at this place on the list the movies are almost interchangeable when it comes to deciding my favorite.
3. Fight Club (2)
Fincher’s Fight Club is also one of those movies which instantly became a favorite of mine. The visual style, use of CGI, the plot twists, the acting, it all comes together very, very well. The old list had One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which is now off the list completely. I’ve only seen that movie once and even though I loved it, it probably needs some rewatching before it gets back on the list.
2. Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (1)
I never expected this to leave its 1st place (and it will probably go back on top when I watch it again), but at the moment I madly love the new top of the list. Anyway, Amélie is one of those movies that just makes you incredibly happy after seeing it. There’s a lot of gloomy, harsh movies on this list, so I’m kind of happy that I love this movie so much.
1. Léon (6)
The rank of this movie kind of surprised my (and actually made me make this post), but after rewatching it on Blu-ray a couple of months ago I had a hard time hiding how much I love this movie. It’s also one of those films that I’ve seen a bunch of times as a kid and come to appreciate with the years. The relationship between Léon and Mathilda (Natalie Portman’s debut role) is probably my favorite on film, especially because of Portman’s incredible acting. Apparently the relationship was supposed to have been much more erotic, as in Lolita, but that part of the script was discarded. I don’t know if I would’ve preferred that version, the relationship in the final movie is quite well-balanced, sometimes making you cringe, but not enough to make you dislike Léon (which the early draft might’ve done). Also, Gary Oldman plays Stansfield, one of the most terrifying villains I’ve seen. Anyway, incredible movie.
I think I’ll use this list as my new top 10, and then use Flickchart to see if anything changes along the line. When writing this post I also realized (to my satisfaction) that I really love movies with Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys). As a bonus, my favorite 11-20 movies, according to Flickchart, are: Oldboy, Magnolia, Seven, True Romance, The Terminator, Die Hard, The Big Lebowski, Battle Royale, Children of Men, and No Country for Old Men. However, these are probably not very accurate yet.