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  1. ptmcmahon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101
    I like it that you put FIRST MAN in third. It was damn good, to me.
    And it basically went unnoticed.
    Me too (it's the only one the list I've actually seen though.) The beginning was very hard to get through though as a parent of young children...they did a good job of making that just heartbreaking enough.
  2. shtexas's Avatar
    Loved that you put If Beale Street Could Talk and First Man so high. The best picture category would have been much improved with their additions.

    I find it hilarious that Bohemian Rhapsody won best editing. Maybe if the award was for most editing, I could get on board.
  3. JazzNU's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by munchin
    When I tell people The Death of Stalin is basically Veep in Cold War Russia, they're usually all in. I'm sure it's highly inaccurate, but it's just such fantastic farce.
    That's awesome. I didn't realize that was Armando's, so I'll definitely watch that.
  4. munchin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8
    People I've talked to had very contrasting reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody. I'm finally watching it later this week and am trying to keep an open mind even though I am breaking a personal rule by watching it, since it was directed by a predator

    I'm glad you put Death of Stalin on your list - it was definitely the most fun film I saw this year.
    Sorry to Bother You, is definitely one that stayed with me the most, although I thought it had quite a lot of issues as a film.
    When I tell people The Death of Stalin is basically Veep in Cold War Russia, they're usually all in. I'm sure it's highly inaccurate, but it's just such fantastic farce.
  5. ponchi101's Avatar
    I like it that you put FIRST MAN in third. It was damn good, to me.
    And it basically went unnoticed.
  6. JazzNU's Avatar
    Title totally worked. I was like, "Wow! Really?" Let's see why they think that.

    Some of these you mentioned before so I knew they'd be on here, but very pleasant surprise to see you including Love, Simon on this list.
  7. mmmm8's Avatar
    People I've talked to had very contrasting reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody. I'm finally watching it later this week and am trying to keep an open mind even though I am breaking a personal rule by watching it, since it was directed by a predator

    I'm glad you put Death of Stalin on your list - it was definitely the most fun film I saw this year.
    Sorry to Bother You, is definitely one that stayed with me the most, although I thought it had quite a lot of issues as a film.
  8. munchin's Avatar
    Thanks Glenn. Birdman is a movie I respected more than I "liked." I don't think I have much desire to see it again unless I get on a "cinema studies" kinda kick. It's kind of a homework-y kind of film.
  9. GlennHarman's Avatar
    Note that I am posting this in 2016.....way after the fact. But I just read your Munchie's for 2012.

    Anyway, this is a year I'm really going to disagree with. I was totally disgusted by Django Unchained. There is only so much gratuitous violence I can stomach, and this one crossed way over the line. I came very close to walking out when the scene with the dogs mangling the man was shown. While I should have done so, I did decide to stay. But as I left the theater, I vowed never to see another Tarantino film, and that is a vow I have no intention of breaking. (no Hateful 8.....not even to hear Morricone's probably wonderful music).

    I'm not entirely sure what I would have called my favorite film of that year, but looking at your list and using my retrospectoscope, I probably would say it was Argo. I also liked Silver Linings Playbook, a lot. And I wish I had seen Oslo, August 31, but did not.

    GH
  10. GlennHarman's Avatar
    Munchie, I don't pay nearly enough attention to who blogs what on TAT, and I did not know about the Munchie Awards until you directed me to the ones this year. I would have agreed with almost everything you said for 2014 : Whiplash was, for me, easily the best movie of the year. And Boyhood was easily number 2. And J.K. Simmons gave, for me, the performance of that year in any category. I also liked Wild better than the Academy did, so I liked your comments on that. The only minor disagreement I would have with you is that you have Birdman in 14th place. I wouldn't have it ranked, no matter how many I ranked. I really rather intensely disliked it (but like my reaction to 45 Years this year, there is a lot of that reaction that has to do with personal history.....since one's opinions of movies is subjective and therefore "personal", I don't really try to apologize for that).

    You do see more movies than I do, and I am grateful that you post your opinions.....very insightful. GH
  11. GlennHarman's Avatar
    Many thanks for directing me to your blog from the Academy Awards thread. I love your comments. I don't agree with all of your assessments of the ones I have seen, and you have seen many more than I did.

    I did see one of the 2 you wish you had seen: Timbuktu. I'm obviously no expert and no reviewer. But I did not like this nearly as much as the reviewers did who wrote what I read. I thought the cinematography was incredible.....it made the desert and the town look wonderful. But the action I found very uneven. There were long boring stretches, where nothing seemed to be happening that moved the story along, and then at other times, things were happening almost too fast. And then things happened that seemed only remotely tied to the main story line, and would not have been missed at all if left out. For me, it was not masterpiece, and only about average for movie quality. And while it proved that having one's town taken over by Al Qaeda is a bad thing, that was no revelation for anyone, and I think that point could have been made in a more interesting way.

    GH
  12. munchin's Avatar
    Run away!!!
  13. ponchi101's Avatar
    Thanks for the Les Miserables heads up. I was already thinking about escaping from it (the GF wants to see it, bu no way now) but this settles it.
  14. munchin's Avatar
    Oh, totally see Oslo. It's surprisingly engrossing. There are a couple of scenes of really interesting construction that make me think the filmmaker is a future master of the medium, too.
  15. Jay's Avatar
    Really enjoyed this, Munchin!
    I had already wanted to see Oslo, August 31; but you made me want to watch it even more. Probably gonna get to it this weekend, hopefully

    Also, I don't think it's going to happen this year, but I hope Amy Adams wins an Oscar someday. She's too talented not to. She has, what, 4 nominations now?
  16. munchin's Avatar
    Jessie, go see Castle of Cagliostro...like now! It's less ambitious than most Miyazaki in terms of message and theme but it's an exceptionally fun action film (Steven Speilberg supposedly once said it's his favorite action film).

    You should also check out The Secret World of Arrietty, which just came out and is one of the best of the year so far. It's Ghibli, but I don't think it's Miyazaki. Grave of the Fireflies is probably the most heart-wrenching film I've ever seen. It's never a secret what the ending is, but the last 90 seconds reduce me to a puddle. It's too beautiful.
  17. munchin's Avatar
    Being John Malkovich dropped as a result of not having seen it in a while I think, Moose. That's one of the films affected by kind of a recency bias. Adaptation is a film in which I discover a new layer of cleverness every time i see it. I'm just so impressed with it.
  18. Moose's Avatar
    What was it about Adaptation that made it rise so high after a repeated viewing? I thought initially it might be a Charlie Kaufman thing (especially since you added "Eternal Sunshine" (one of the greatest movies ever, btw), but then I noticed that "Being John Malkovich" dropped down your list (though it is still there).

    And next time, find something to put between "American Beauty" and "Psycho". A quick glance had me at first believing you had "American Psycho" on your list, and I feared you had lost your mind
  19. Jay's Avatar
    I'm just going to comment on the Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki films since I'd probably take up a ton more room talking about others on your list, haha.

    Anyway, Spirited Away is my favourite of Miyazaki's films as well. I should watch The Castle of Cagliostro, though. And I loved Princess Monoke as well! I'm glad you have it so high on your list. It seems to not be high on a lot of Miyazaki's fan's lists, in comparison to Howl's Moving Castle, which I think is an inferior film (but still pretty good).

    Almost everyone I've talked to lists Grave of The Fireflies the highest on their favourite Studio Ghibli film. I've been planning on watching it, but I've heard that it's incredibly depressing, and I've been kind of mentally preparing for it, haha. I'm surprised it's a bit lower on your list than the others.
  20. munchin's Avatar
    And all that said, Submarine is bumped out of the top 15 by A Separation, which I'd probably put at...#7
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