Thursday, December 07, 2006

The end of the year blitz is on!

I've seen seven movies this week, and I still need to see a whole mess of others. Top ten lists are due a week from tomorrow and I take this stuff seriously. Off the top of my head: Apocalypto, Babel, The Road to Guantanamo, The Notorious Bettie Page, The Last King of Scotland, and Letters from Iwo Jima. Oh and Old Joy.

I'm seeing The Good German next week, and The Painted Veil. Plus I want to see Art School Confidential again to confirm my opinion of it.

I'm tired. Anyone else tired? And what do YOU still need to see to complete your top ten list?


Blogger jesse said...

I have a top-ten due to the L Magazine on Monday, and it is going to suck, because I haven't seen The Good German, Children of Men, The Good Shepherd, Perfume, or Dreamgirls... and definitely won't before then (I think the only one I even had a screening invitation for is Perfume, and it isn't until after the deadline anyway). Maybe some of those wouldn't be high-quality enough anyway (which is what I assume of many other December releases not playing yet), but I like to think there would be a top-fiver in there somewhere. My current list feels a bit second-tier.

Of course, I could just decide not to do one; I don't think they would mind. But I would. So step on up, Strangers with Candy, Superman Returns, and assorted spy movies... unless Apocalypto or Blood Diamond is unexpectedly stellar, you're gonna have to pinch-hit on my ten-best list (kind of a weak year, eh?).

3:58 PM  
Blogger P.L. Kerpius said...

Oh my goodness there will be no such thing as comfortable sleep until Christmas is over--there is just too much to see. My "to see" list is too embarassingly long to say, but I'll give you a few for fun:

-Little Miss Sunshine, Babel, The Queen, Fast Food Nation, Borat, and maybe a re-screening of Flags of Our Fathers.....not to mention Inland Empire, which hasn't even opened in Chicago yet....

Get the coffee on.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

Don't forget LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA Pammy.

12:27 AM  
Blogger poorpete said...

I'm so lame, I've only seen "Stranger Than Fiction" in the theaters in the last two months. Of course I'm not a critic either. Late december to the Oscars are the only time in the year that I regret living off of Netflix. Chances are of any film I'll get to this next week it will be "Holiday".

12:54 PM  
Blogger P.L. Kerpius said...

Goodness, don't let me forget IWO JIMA (like I would). I haven't seen The Fountain yet either, and though it's getting rough reviews, I gotta see it to give me peace of mind in my Top Ten. I'm an Aronofsky fan, though more of Pi than Requiem.....whatever....

But I can't bring myself to see Apocalypto. Ick.

5:17 PM  
Blogger poorpete said...

I watched Apocalypto tonight. It was excessively violent and absurd, but fun to talk about afterwards. Costumes were great. Like The Patriot we must see everyone die and every single time in a horrible manner. It's a mixed bag.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

I saw THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE today (obviously, I wrote about it).

To Jessie: PERFUME is interesting but, in my opinion plenty flawed. Of that list, obviously CHILDREN OF MEN is my recommended viewing -- though I still need to see THE GOOD SHEPHERD (haven't heard about any screenings of that one).

12:04 AM  

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