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16 January 2004 @ 01:53 pm
Movies from 2003 I Haven't Seen  
Are any of these particularly good? Worth watching? Worth avoiding?

Comedian by Christian Charles (II)
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by Chris Columbus
Whale Rider by Niki Caro
Road to Perdition by Sam Mendes
Holes by Andrew Davis
Solaris by Steven Soderbergh
24 Hour Party People by Michael Winterbottom
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) - A movie about They Might Be Giants by AJ Schnack
28 Days Later by Danny Boyle
Secretary by Steven Shainberg
Adaptation by Spike Jonze
Bend It Like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha
Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers
elfdope on January 16th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
You need to see every minute of every feature included on the 28 Days Later dvd.

It is important.
XCorvisxcorvis on January 16th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC)
Especially with your new book in hand.
(no subject) - discoflamingo on January 16th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
XCorvisxcorvis on January 16th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
Lyght liked Igby, Gunn and many others liked Adaptation. I have little interest in any of the rest.
XCorvisxcorvis on January 16th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I totally missed Whale Rider. That's the only one I actually *want* to see.
Hillarysusanofstohelit on January 16th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
especially good - whale rider and bend it like beckham.

worth seeing - adaptation
Hillarysusanofstohelit on January 16th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
oh yes also,

for some reason I saw Secretary and thought of some french movie. the one you meant was very good.

I have an mpeg of bend it like beckham if you don't want to bother renting it. there's also the cool thing that it has really good indian music in it.
Yud: thoughtfulyud on January 16th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
I've seen most of those. Harry Potter was Harry Potter, I don't know much more to say about it. Road to Perdition was nice, but more as a view into the past than as an actual good-plot-movie. Solaris didn't have much in the way of action, but it was nice. I'd read the book, and I think they did a fair treatment of it. 24 Hour Party People was interesting, though rather odd. A nice view into the music industry I suppose, or at least one demented aspect of it.

28 Days Later was a good survival movie, more like The Stand than like a traditional zombie movie. I really liked Secretary, and I thought it was a great presentation of sexuality and how 'normality' isn't for everyone. Bend It Like Beckham is a nice light feel-good sort of movie, pretty funny too. I haven't seen Igby Goes Down, but I wanted to, and I heard it was really good.
Lady of the Greengreen_truth on January 16th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
I have heard good things about Secretary and Whale Rider, haven't seen either yet though.
Neosisneosis on January 16th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
28 Days Later was pretty good, picture quality was a little dark and blurry in spots, but I can forgive that for a reasonably intelligent plot.

Road to Perdition was very slow paced and I found it uninteresting.
lyght on January 16th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen about half the movies on that list, but if I had to narrow it down to three that you ought to see, I'd say you should see Igby, Solaris, and Adaptation.
ninja in the shadowsseiryu_16 on January 16th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I definitely want to see Gigantic, but haven't yet. DEFINITELY see 28 Days Later. And come to think of it, have you seen Identity? Because you should. Ha.

I've been bugging Josiah to see several ones on that list, as well as some others like The Hours... yeah, I think I gotta give up hope on that last one. Mr. Mean Husband. Pbth. ::shakes head::
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 16th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
More question for you!
Which one is Identity, who's in it, and why would I want to see it? I honestly have no idea, since I rarely watch TV and don't surf movie websites unless they're movies I already know.
Re: More question for you! - seiryu_16 on January 16th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: More question for you! - chouyu_31 on January 16th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
la femme stygiangunn on January 16th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
There is a reason I'm using this icon. Watch Adaptation.

Isn't Igby the one that made Lyght slow blur? As in, she was "streaking" but walking doing it?
la femme stygian: ragged wingsgunn on January 16th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
actually, I meant this icon.
Abra SWcloudscudding on January 16th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is ok. It has some pretty visuals, is rather amusing, and that's about it.

Road to Perdition is lovely and noirish. It's not as great as it could have been, but it's pretty good.

28 Days Later is awesome. We own it. Do you want to get together and watch it sometime? How about tonight?

Secretary is a movie that I thought was really good, it's on my list of movies to own, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. It's a rather kinky love story that shows that a) submissives are not always submissive, and b) only by accepting who and what you truly are can you achieve peace with yourself.
lord and master of the broken childrenavatarofchaos on January 16th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
28 Days later would be the only one that i have seen. and hella yeah, i liked it. through i say it with the groups of girls i play zombie games with, and we had to drive and hour and a half to go see it, but it was fun.

oh wait. i saw harry potter too. if you like to books? it's a toss up. i wasn't too hot on the giant spider part, and the ending is nearly intollerable, but it's mostly entertaining.
like a hundred billion hot dogs: georgehalf_double on January 16th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...OK. If you're not as Harry Potter obsessed as, say, I am, the only reason to see Chamber of Secrets is that Kenneth Brannagh is the f*cking shit. And, well, there's Alan Rickman.

If you don't see Whale Rider, you will never forgive yourself.

And Holes. Yes! Holes. Kids' movie? Sure. But absolutely worth watching. 'Cause Louis Sachar, who wrote the book (a fantastic thing which won every children's literature award anyone could think of to throw at it), wrote the screenplay, too. Oh, &, Dule Hill & Shia LeBeouf kick all sorts of ass.
nettnessbondchick_nett on January 16th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
first up - DIRECTED by, not actually by. they're not books, they're a collaborative effort.

the ones that actually ARE particularly good are:

Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro
24 Hour Party People directed by Michael Winterbottom
28 Days Later directed by Danny Boyle
Secretary directed by Steven Shainberg
Adaptation directed by Spike Jonze

the ones that you should DEFINITELY see apart from these are:

Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro
Holes directed by Andrew Davis
Bend It Like Beckham directed by Gurinder Chadha

and the one that you should REALLY avoid is:

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets directed by Chris Columbus - if you WANT to watch a harry potter movie, then wait for prisoner of azkaban. Alfonso Cuarón is NOT Spielberg-lite, and so in theory it wont be the poor effort that columbus (who is) has done, rather something entirely spectacular.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 16th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)
I was working off of an Amazon.com wishlist that I made when I read their "Critically Acclaimed of 2003" list. Otherwise, I would have been a little more careful. (I also just left it in to see if anybody would notice that these are movies, and not books - you're the only one, so far ;-)

It's good to know that you are a film auteur. Realize that I only use the word auteur as a substitute for french-sounding noun.
(no subject) - bondchick_nett on January 17th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mcghiever on January 16th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bondchick_nett on January 17th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
McGhievermcghiever on January 16th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
Everything on that list that I've seen I'd recommend, though Road to Perdition was incrementally colder and less energising than the others. It's the kind of movie that's good without being enjoyable. I will beat you if you don't see Whale Rider, which is the best, most touching, most spot-on depiction of modern Maori in film I've encountered. 24 Hour Party People I liked immensely, but my affection for British alt-rock is more than most. Not that it's not accessible if you don't particularly. I'll issue an open invitation of a burned Happy Mondays compilation CD to anyone who wants to listen to it before watching the film. Solaris: a Steven Soderbergh sci-fi, how can you pass it up? And Bend It Like Beckham if you want to see why Keira Knightley has no need of a corset.
atelierlune on January 16th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
My sister thought very highly of Whale Rider.