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  1. #1521
    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Other than Almost Famous, which was incredible, several of these movies have the same tone to them. The few I have seen I hated - Royal Tenenbaums was one of the only movies I have walked out of and Sideways was insufferable.

    I donít watch movies as much anymore but I donít think this is a very accurate list. Though I struggle to think of alternatives off the top of my head.
    Different strokes, I suppose. I adore Royal Tennenbaums. I like most Wes Anderson flicks.

    Sideways didn't do much for me, though having lived in the CA Central Coast, I enjoyed the scenery.

  2. #1522
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    I've seen 49 of the top 50 films on the screenplay list**. I have some quibble with it but no major "WTF!?!?!" kind of moments. It is a fine list.

    The top 5 are unassailably brilliant. I will fight anyone who thinks they are not super high quality scripts.

    I could move Moonlight (#6) and especially There Will Be Blood (#7) down a bit... perhaps more than a bit in the case of Blood as I found that script to jump around too much and not have enough focus.

    I think Memento at #10 is actually low. It belongs aside and perhaps ahead of some of those top 5 films. That story is brilliantly constructed.

    Her (#17) would not be in the top 20 on my list, not even close. That film is a wonderful concept and set up but never really goes anywhere interesting.

    I think Children of Men (#18) is better in theatrical production than in screenplay craftmanship.

    I'm surprised to find Michael Clayton on this list and really surprised to see it at #20. I'm not upset by its placement but am surprised it got this kind of attention. I'm a big fan of that film, not enough folks saw it.

    Arrival (#27) is the opposite of Children of Men, a more clever script than film, IMO.

    I'd push Inside Out (#29) and The Departed (#30) into my top 20 for sure.

    #33-#35, Up/MeanGirls/WALL-E might be the best pure comedies on this list.

    And someone please find a way for me to push #48-#50 (Incredibles, Knives Out, Ex Machina) into the top 25 or so.

    -Jason "**-care to guess which one I am missing?" Evans
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    I'm surprised to find Michael Clayton on this list and really surprised to see it at #20. I'm not upset by its placement but am surprised it got this kind of attention. I'm a big fan of that film
    Now there are two of us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Other than Almost Famous, which was incredible, several of these movies have the same tone to them. The few I have seen I hated - Royal Tenenbaums was one of the only movies I have walked out of and Sideways was insufferable.

    I donít watch movies as much anymore but I donít think this is a very accurate list. Though I struggle to think of alternatives off the top of my head.
    Ditto for both.

    Personally, I thought Oh Brother Where Art Thou was pure genius and should be higher than 99. I also loved Midnight in Paris (83).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Here is my 100-word review of what will almost certainly be the best film of 2021, Licorice Pizza
    Yes, I've got this one circled on the calendar. I get my chance the week between Xmas and NYE.

    Since most of us watch the film and don't read the screenplay, why do you suppose one might be ranked higher as a film than a screenplay or vice versa.

    "Michael Clayton" is an amazing film, one of my favorites.

  6. #1526
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    The Best of the Year

    One of the two critics group I belong to, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle (I am also a member of SEFCA, the Southeastern Film Critics Association) announced their awards yesterday. I thought you all might enjoy seeing who we picked as the award winners:




    TOP 10 FILMS:

    1. Licorice Pizza
    2. The Power of the Dog
    3. The Green Knight
    4. Belfast
    5. Tick, Tick … Boom!
    6. Drive My Car
    7. Titane
    8. West Side Story
    9. Flee
    10. Dune (tie)
    10. The Worst Person in the World (tie)

    BEST LEAD ACTOR:
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

    BEST LEAD ACTRESS (TIE):
    Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
    Kristen Stewart, Spencer

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

    BEST ENSEMBLE CAST (TIE)
    Licorice Pizza
    Mass

    BEST DIRECTOR:
    Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

    BEST SCREENPLAY:
    Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

    BEST DOCUMENTARY:
    Flee

    BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE:
    Drive My Car (Japan)

    BEST ANIMATED FILM:
    The Mitchells vs. the Machines

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
    Ari Wegner, The Power of the Dog

    BEST SCORE:
    Hans Zimmer, Dune

    AFCC Special Award for BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER:
    Agathe Rousselle, Titane

    AFCC Special Award for BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM:
    Lin-Manuel Miranda , Tick, Tick…Boom!

    -Jason "my own ballot is strikingly similar to these winners, with a few notable differences. I will publish my full ballot in the next week of so once I have seen everything. I still have to attend screenings of Spiderman, Nightmare Alley, and Matrix" Evans
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    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Ditto for both.

    Personally, I thought Oh Brother Where Art Thou was pure genius and should be higher than 99. I also loved Midnight in Paris (83).
    I thought O Brother > No Country, but maybe itís because the No Country book is better than the movie.
    ďFķtbol is life!Ē ó Dani Rojas, Richmond Greyhounds

  8. #1528
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    No business on this list:

    9. Almost Famous (2000)
    10. Memento (2000)
    47. Gladiator (2000)
    58. You Can Count on Me (2000)
    78. Erin Brockovich (2000)
    99. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

    Those are 6 open spots that should go to screenplays of films that ACTUALLY came out in the 21st century.

    Writers Guild of America: Good with words, not so good with math.

  9. #1529
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    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post
    No business on this list:

    9. Almost Famous (2000)
    10. Memento (2000)
    47. Gladiator (2000)
    58. You Can Count on Me (2000)
    78. Erin Brockovich (2000)
    99. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

    Those are 6 open spots that should go to screenplays of films that ACTUALLY came out in the 21st century.

    Writers Guild of America: Good with words, not so good with math.
    I was about to flip out on you... right up until I realized you were right.
    I don't know what you are doing right now, but if you aren't listening to the DBR Podcast, you're doing it wrong.

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    I am delighted to report that Steven Spielberg might actually know what he is doing in the director's chair. West Side Story is easily his best film since Lincoln. Here is my 100-word review: https://flixchat.blogspot.com/2021/1...west-side.html



    It is truly hard to take something built for the stage and turn it into a genuine cinematic experience, but Spielberg succeeds masterfully in this stunning production.
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