I watched 232 movies in the 365 Days of 2010. Here are more of them:
The Simpsons Movie
2007. 87 minutes. USA. Directed by David Silverman. Watchdate: 11/25/2010.
2004. 87 minutes. USA. Directed by Gregory Jacobs. Watchdate: 11/25/2011.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
2010. Fucking Too Long. USA/UK. Directed by David Yates. Watchdate: 11/24/2010.
For my full review of Harry Potter and the Hundreds of Millions Riding on Continued Bland Professionalism, you can click here. It's currently the most popular article on this betamax by far. Based on my read of the stats, this appears to be the case largely because I had the foresight to include a cool picture of a monster truck in the post. Apparently, there are lots of mouth breathing mongoloids on the Internet googling for pictures of monster trucks.
1982. 157 minutes. Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog. Watchdate: 11/20/2010.
I had long planned to get going on Herzog as I thought Rescue Dawn was excellent but everyone says his earlier work is where it's at. I can now see why. While there are a handful of dynamite scenes in first 45 minutes or so (I'm thinking about Fitzy breaking down at the swanky party, or his interactions with the kids, or even the opening sequence), the movie doesn't really shift into high gear until they leave on the riverboat. And then once the natives team up with the remainders of Fitzy's crew to drag the boat over the mountain, the movie is nearly as good as any movie I've ever seen. The agony/ecstasy moment where Fitz starts jumping and dancing right before the bloody reveal is really quite powerful. And then how he shoots the steam power section is amazing. It makes sense that Herzog also makes documentaries since many parts of this movie are shot with the look and feel of a documentary. I also enjoyed when Fitz almost loses his mind trying to stop the boat from falling into the rapids, and the ending is really superb. It's like pure joy committed to celluloid.
PS - I'm thinking I should just make this betamax about monster trucks because that's what the people really want.