Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Top 100 Movies (I've seen in the last twoish years) #79-70

79. Ray - see description on #83

78. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby - I love ferrell's ideas for parody. And NASCAR is begging to be parodized(?).

77. The Chumscrubber - the obscurity of this one makes one wonder how they got such a great cast.

76. Kingdom of Heaven - Epic movies are somewhat played out, and this one was fishing to be epic.

75. Lords of Dogtown - another one that falls into the anti-climatic trap. Except for Heath Ledger, the cast was in over their heads.

74. The Ringer - I was skeptical going into this comedy, but the reverence with which it addressed the movie's subject made it possible to enjoy it.

73. The Wedding Crashers - America may be getting tired of this comedy team, but this one was a nice farewell.

72. The Edukators - German flick that attacked social issues with a level of idealism that made it hard to pay attention. Cast was fantastic, though.

71. Evan Almighty - Carrell sticks close to his "awkward-but-easy-to-empathize-with" character and comes out with an entertaining one.

70. United 93 - I really wish Hollywood would stop trying to turn profit off of real-life, close to heart tradegies. I don't care how genuine and reverent they try to make it seem. Its disgusting.

So the list continues. I need to watch more movies, I think. We'll see. Salaamtik

Monday, June 18, 2007

Top 100 Movies (I've seen in the last twoish years) #90-81

90. Sideways - the lingering struggle for Paul Giamati's character hints at the battle that we all must eventually fight. This one is a milestone in origonality.

89. The Boys of Bakara - Flawed thinking makes this documentary wreak with unjustified optimism.

88. Ocean's 11-13 - The prior's genuis is tainted by the latter's bland profit-drivenness. Downhill the whole way.

87. Jesus Camp - An honest documentary on the most extreme of eerie Christianity.

86. The Nativity Story - had potential, but felt thrown together in order to dive into the Christian market as soon as was possible.

85. The Notebook - pleasantly romantic, though the awkward elderly make-out session toward the end hurt. It hurt bad. I'm still trying to recover.

84. For Your Consideration - the aging hopelessness that the characters portray in this one is a reflection of the hopelessness of this veteran writing team. Not a great way to end such a wonderful franchise.

83. Walk the Line - I remember a time when a man had to be dead for a decade at least before the industry threw together a last minute mediocre movie about him. No longer, apparently.

82. The New World - I had some hope in this one after seeing "The Thin Red Line" from the same director. But Mallick goes too far into his own ego, and the plot suffered tremendously.

81. Fun with Dick and Jane - "Fun" is a good way to describe this one. And a believeable Jim Carey is always a good thing.

80. 40 Year Old Virgin - hilarious through its crudeness. Leave the kids at home.

Next week: the top 80. Prepare yourselve(s).

Friday, June 15, 2007

Top 100 Movies (I've seen in the last two years) #100-91

100. End of the Spear - I liked this movie because of the subject matter more than anything else. The photography in it was pretty good, the acting was on par, but the screenplay hit some snags. My main problem with it was that any movie about Jim Eliot should definately contain at least some of the gospel message in it.

99. Ong Bak: Thai Warrior - Thai cinema has a ways to go, but Tony Jaa and the amount of ass he kicks in this one made it well worth the flaws it had.

98. The Muppets Take Manhattan - A lingering remnant of my happy childhood.

97. The Rage in Placid Lake - Akward dialouge, unbelievable story line. Two words to explain the reason I enjoyed this strange Australian film: Rose Byrne

96. Troy - Stimulating eye candy. Hollywood strikes again!

95. Luther - Great story to be told, but this one fell into the trap of true-stories-turned-movies: anticlimax.

94. The Squid and the Whale - Although, i am pretty fed up with 'feel sorry for me because I'm old and depressed' protagonists.

93. Anchorman - Will Ferrel is funny, indeed.

92. Resevoir Dogs - Maybe I don't get Tarantino's apparent genius, but this one didn't set my heart on fire.

91. The Weather Man - Great cinematography if not far too much of a downer.

I may or may not keep this list up with diligence. Movies are my medium for the way the world thinks and operates, and I find myself growing farther and farther away from the desire to pursue that medium. Hopefully this will help. God is Love, Rev Run.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Destructive Delights

Monday has become my Friday.

Fried Chicken, my Mexican food.

Columbia is now my Santa Cruz

Atlanta Bread is my Bay Books

Driving has become my walking

Shorts, my blue jeans

Blues has become my Indie Music

Television, now my blogging

An Ion has become my Escort

Work has become my sleep

1st Prez, my Calvary

Lake Olmstead has become my Del Monte Beach

Augusta has become my Monterey

Monterey has become my St. Louis

St. Louis has become my ambition

Bills have become my not bills

Jesus has become my water

Burning has become my heart

And faith has become mine

As I am becoming His