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SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 219 movies on this list. Copy this list, then paste it on facebook or on your blog. Then, put x's next to the movies you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click publish at the side.

(1) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(2) Grease
(3) Pirates of the Caribbean
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(5 ) Boondock Saints
(6) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(7) Neverending Story
( 8) Blazing Saddles
( ) Universal Soldier
(9) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Joe Dirt
(10) KING KONG either version?
() A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
() The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Joey made me watch it *shudders*)
( ) Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(11) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(12) Halloween
(13) The Ring
(14) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving -MAS
() Flubber
() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(15) Practical Magic
(16) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(17) From Hell
(18) Hellboy
(19) Secret Window
() I Am Sam
(20) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
(21) The Day After Tomorrow
(22) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(23) Ten Things I Hate About You
() Just Married
(24) Gothika
(25) Nightmare on Elm Street
(26) Sixteen Candles
(27) Remember the Titans
() Coach Carter
(28) The Grudge
(29) The Grudge 2
(30) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
() Bad Boys
() Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(31) Ocean's Eleven
() Ocean's Twelve
(32) Bourne Identity
(33) Bourne Supremacy
(34) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(35) Predator I
( ) Predator II
(36) The Fog
(37) Ice Age
() Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(38) Curious George
(39) Independence Day
(40) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(41) Christine
(42) ET
(43) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(44) Maid in Manhattan
(45) War of the Worlds
(46) Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(47) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
() She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(48) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(49) Ever After
(50) Wizard of Oz
(51) Forrest Gump
(52) Big Trouble in Little China
(53) The Terminator
(54) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
(55) X-Men
(56) X2
() X-3
(57) Spider-Man
(58) Spider-Man 2
(59) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(60) The Little Mermaid
(61) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(62) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
(63) Shrek
(64) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street - both versions
( ) Old School
() The Notebook
(65) K-Pax
( ) Kippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
(66) Boogeyman
(67) The 40-year-old-virgin
(68) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(69) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(70) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(71) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(72) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(73) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
() Base-ketball
(74) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(75) Highlander
(76) Mothman Prophecies
(77) American History X
( ) Three
() The Jacket
(78) Kung Fu Hustle
(79) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(80) Monsters Inc.
(81) Titanic
(82) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(83) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(84) Hulk
() Dawn Of the Dead - both versions
(85) Hook
() Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(86) 28 days later
() Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(87) Waterworld
(88) Kill Bill vol 1
() Kill Bill vol 2
(89) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(90) Army of Darkness
(91) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(92) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
() Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(93) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(94) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(95) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
(96) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(97) The Matrix
(98) The Matrix Reloaded
() The Matrix Revolutions
(99) Animatrix
(100) Evil Dead
(101) Evil Dead 2
() Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(102) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
(103) Battle Royale
() Battle Royale 2
(104) Brazil
(105) Contact
(106) Cube
(107) Dr. Strangelove
( ) Enlightenment Guaranteed
(108) Four Rooms
(109) Memento
(110) Pi
(111) Requiem for a Dream
(112) Pulp Fiction
( ) Reservoir Dogs
(113) Run Lola Run
( ) Russian Ark
(114) Serenity
(115) Sin City
(116) Snatch
( ) Spider
(117) The Sixth Sense
(118) The Village
(119) Waking Life
( ) Zatoichi
( ) Ikiru
(120) The Seven Samurai
( ) Brick
(121) Akira
spideyj: (Crazy Danny)
I've been watching a lot of movies here. Two or three a week, usually. Mostly Japanese horror. So I thought I'd post about a few of them here, so you can play along at home if you want.

This week:

Cube - strange and interesting movie from Australia Canada (I'm a dope, thanks [livejournal.com profile] threeleet), recommended by my former roommate.
Ju-On 2 - this is the Japanese theatrical sequel (there are actually 6 Ju-On movies. Two TV movies, the first of which is one of the scariest movies I've ever seen, two Japanese theatrical releases, and two American theatrical releases). It wasn't bad, but a little silly. It's full of the usual Japanese horror movie tricks and the bizarre timeline we've come to expect from Ju-On.
The Family Stone - A surprisingly enjoyable comedy about an uptight career girl (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her struggle to fit in with her boyfriend's liberal close-knit family. Their sometimes stifling closeness and openness with each other reminded me quite a lot of my family, unsurprisingly.
Rinne ("Reincarnation") - Another Takashi Shimizu film (director of Ju-On), this one involving a haunted hotel. It was quite reminiscent of The Shining in many ways, though the media involvement is a different take. A young woman is cast in the lead role in a movie about a a gruesome murder spree that took place in a hotel in a peaceful little town in Gunma prefecture (the multiple shots of the torii at the end of the main street in the town were interesting), only to find people disappearing all around her, reminiscent of the original murders. Apparently many of the cast and crew are somehow connected to the original victims. Is she possibly the reincarnation of the young girl whose role she's taking in the movie? The twist wasn't terribly surprising to me, but it was beautifully shot and very atmospheric.

Pray - a couple kidnap a young girl in order to collect the ransom and pay off some debts. They hide out in an abandoned school and spooky things start to happen. A fun movie, lots of good scares and a cute lead make for an enjoyable Japanese horror film.
The Booth - A radio DJ works for a night in a haunted sound booth. Or is he being haunted by his own skeletons? Satisfyingly creepy and psychological, and I was amused to realize later that I recognized an actress from this in another movie I saw.
Black Kiss - a rather complex suspense thriller (this one has the actress I saw in The Booth) involving twins, voodoo, creepy leather zombie ninjas, obsessive love, all taking place in the heart of Tokyo. Difficult to follow with my lack of detective movie Japanese, but very stylish and cool. (And full of gruesome murders!) (The original Japanese title was "Synchronicity")
Zoo - an anthology of five stories, somewhat creepy and disturbing, all focused on the issue of human relationships - family, lovers, friends. One of the stories is a beautifully animated lyric about a robot living a pastoral life. (A few more details about Zoo here)
Gurozuka (a bit here as well) - Another Japanese horror, this one featuring an all-female cast in Blair Witch-esque slasher film. Extremely creepy, it actually gave me nightmares.
Mizuchi - cheesy and unremarkable Japanese horror, this time it's the water that's cursed, causing people to commit suicide by popping their eyeballs.
Shikoku - The title of this one is a bit of wordplay - it's the name of one Japan's smallest islands, but here it's written with the characters for death ("shi") and country ("koku"). With elements from Shinto mythology and many shots of a lovely village in Shikoku, I quite enjoyed this movie and it really made me want to visit Shikoku.
Death Note and Death Note 2 - I believe I mentioned these before. Fun dark fantasy involving shinigami (death spirits) based on a comic book series. I saw these at the theater.
The Returner - Japanese sci-fi action movie, full of Matrix-like effects. Entertaining and silly.

There are more, but I can't remember them at the moment. I'll try to post about them a bit more regularly. I believe I've made a sizable dent in the horror section. I'm actually surprised that I've watched so many movies - I really thought I wouldn't watch movies unless I had someone to watch them with.

I actually watched two movies today because I woke up with no voice this morning and so I couldn't go to work. So I stayed home, did laundry, finished my book (Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima) and watched a couple of movies.
spideyj: (BB Not my planet)
I saw Inside Man yesterday; it was a good movie and excellent stress relief after the shock of the news about my deferred departure (thank you, john_whorfindarling!). I quite enjoyed it. An element that amused me was the song playing during the opening and closing credits - it was Chaiyya Chaiyya, from the Bollywood hit film Dil Se... I've always enjoyed Spike Lee's soundtracks, and opening the film with this song reminded me of that. It also reminded me of another thing I like about his films: the metamessages - they're not particularly subtle, but they are interesting, and the intersection of different cinematic elements to create them is impressive. The opening credits, with this song playing and the various views of New York, really drove home what a globalized society we really are living in. I find it interesting that that is the world that I feel most comfortable in, the mix of cultures with the sense of a global society free of borders (as Pico Iyer talks about in his book The Global Soul).

On a side note, I looked up the Takarazuka (an all-female musical theatre group in Japan) and I'm pleased to see that they will be performing The Rose of Versailles in Tokyo in April and May, so hopefully I'll be able to go see it. The Rose of Versailles is based on a manga (which also spawned a twenty-episode anime series); it was partly out of a desire to read the manga that my interest in learning Japanese was born. Seeing the Takarazuka perform was near the top of my list of things to do in Japan, and I was particularly hoping to see them perform Rose of Versailles. My fascination with the manga is derived in no small part from my high school obsession with the French Revolution, and my love for heroic women. The manga stars a fictional character, Oscar, a girl raised as a boy who becomes the head of the Queen's guard. In my childhood fantasies, I was a female knight in shining armor, like Oscar, noble and skillful in all manner of martial and courtly things.
spideyj: (BB Yoyodyne)
I just watched The Transporter 2 with my family. (No, I haven't seen the first one; I don't think it really matters.)

The plot doesn't matter. Neither does physics. The dude notices a bomb stuck to the undercarriage of his car, so he drives up a ramp, flips his car up into the air and brushes the bomb off on a crane hook, then lands on the dock below, car intact, bomb safely removed. Sweet! He also jumps through the air (in his car, duh, this is a car movie people!) from one building to another, doing a complete 180 and coming to a stop at the very edge of the other building. I laughed so hard.

A priceless bit of dialogue from this movie:

Thug 1: Where'd they go?
Thug 2: The garage.
Thug 1 (holding up his gun): I'm out of ammo.
Thug 2: Me too.
Thug 3: Where's the ammo kept?
Thug 1: The garage.

Yay, I feel dumb but it had cool cars and chase scenes and fight scenes and stuff!
spideyj: (Crazy Danny)
I just watched The Quiet Family, a quirky Korean horror film which served as the basis for a slightly quirkier Japanese musical, The Happiness of the Katakuris. It involves a family running a mountain lodge where people keep dying and they try to keep the deaths hidden to preserve their business. The soundtrack is the weirdest part, and I'm sure that's where Takashi Miike got the inspiration for "Happiness": it contains songs by the Stray Cats, Love and Rockets ("So Alive", as they set fire to a pile of bodies) and the Partridge Family. As jhanyaDanya said, I'll never hear "I Think I Love You" the same way again.

Laughing at death is fun. *grin*


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