December 31st, 2009

Lermontov

My Zeroes

Well, here it is--all two hundred sixty eight movies I can remember seeing this decade. Looks like I liked a lot more than I hated, which is a nice thing to be able to say, I guess.

I was helped in remembering somewhat by Wikipedia's incomplete and in some places inaccurate lists of American movies per year, which of course didn't help me out with foreign films for which I pretty much had to rely on memory. I probably forgot a few. I'm also sure I wrote reviews for more films than I linked to, but Live Journal's lack of a good search feature made finding them a task too great. But I did find the urls for an awful lot of my reviews, which range from lengthy analyses to brief paragraphs. The older the review, the less well written. I also found I disagreed with myself in some of my old annual rankings, even as recently as last year's.

Ranked in descending order, for dramatic effect;

Best


193. Scream 3 (Wikipedia entry)
192. Stardust (Wikipedia entry)
191. Scary Movie (Wikipedia entry)
190. Freddy vs. Jason (Wikipedia entry)

189. Friends with Money (Wikipedia entry, my review)
188. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Wikipedia entry, my review)
187. TMNT (Wikipedia entry, my review)
186. Spun (Wikipedia entry)
185. White Oleander (Wikipedia entry)
184. The Count of Monte Cristo (Wikipedia entry)
183. The Golden Compass (Wikipedia entry, my review)
182. Shopgirl (Wikipedia entry)
181. Sunshine (Wikipedia entry)
180. Star Trek Nemesis (Wikipedia entry)

179. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Wikipedia entry)
178. Cloverfield (Wikipedia entry, my review)
177. Waitress (Wikipedia entry)
176. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (Wikipedia entry)
175. Mission: Impossible II (Wikipedia entry)
174. Legally Blonde (Wikipedia entry)
173. The Man Who Cried (Wikipedia entry)
172. The Perfect Storm (Wikipedia entry)
171. Good Night, and Good Luck (Wikipedia entry)
170. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Wikipedia entry)

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Worst

75. Watchmen (Wikipedia entry, my review)
74. The Jane Austen Book Club (Wikipedia entry)
73. The Devil Wears Prada (Wikipedia entry)
72. Avatar (Wikipedia entry, my review)
71. 1408 (Wikipedia entry, my review)
70. Spider-Man 3 (Wikipedia entry, my review)

69. Blind Side (Wikipedia entry, my review)
68. Bewitched (Wikipedia entry)
67. Hero (2002) (Wikipedia entry)
66. 300 (Wikipedia entry, my review)
65. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Wikipedia entry, my review)
64. Van Helsing (Wikipedia entry)
63. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Wikipedia entry, my review)
62. I Heart Huckabees (Wikipedia entry, my review)
61. 3:10 to Yuma (Wikipedia entry, my review)
60. The Passion of Christ (Wikipedia entry)

59. Secret Window (Wikipedia entry)
58. The Matrix Reloaded (Wikipedia entry)
57. The Triplets of Bellville (Wikipedia entry)
56. The Family Stone (Wikipedia entry)
55. Crash (2004) (Wikipedia entry)
54. Alien vs. Predator (Wikipedia entry, my review)
53. Cold Mountain (Wikipedia entry)
52. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Wikipedia entry, my review)
51. Alfie (Wikipedia entry)
50. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Wikipedia entry)

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Last night's tweets;

Rain creates new living environments.
Contented cats scheme of a restless night.
Anxious plants break radish red through cements.
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I've been listening to so much Orson Welles that I hear his voice in my head reading everything I read. Sentences often begin with a faintly amused tone and end with a sudden loud, angry urgency.

To-day I've been listening to his around five hour production of Les Miserables, which is so far the version I've enjoyed most, the previous two having been the stage musical and the movie starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush. It's an interesting story, because almost every moment of it would superficially seem to cast Valjean's plight has ludicrously melodramatic and Inspector Javert as a dull, two dimensional villain. But I find Javert oddly sympathetic somehow and Valjean's story somehow really creates an impression of a world where it is really wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed a starving family.

I still have three and a half pages to colour on the next Venia's Travels. I'm not in a huge hurry, though, as I suspect most readers have something they're doing to-night. I've never really been very excited by midnight on New Years. I remember one year Trisa and I were seeing a movie and let the minute pass unnoticed.

I'll probably still finish the chapter before I go to bed, but if anyone needs tiding over, here're some characters I designed for the new chapter who ended up only appearing in the background of a couple panels and have no lines. See if you can guess what movie stars I modelled them after;

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