Favorite Movies of the Aughts

Posted in Film on December 30th 2016 by Randy Reichardt

.: This is a copy-and-paste of a post from Facebook in September 2013:

I (finally) reviewed the lists of 677 (or so) films I saw from 2000-2009, and after careful consideration, here are my ten favorites, in alphabetical order. These are the movies that moved me the most, had the greatest impact on me in any number of ways, and that brought me the most joy and satisfaction from going to the movies:

  • Children of Men
  • Downfall
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • In The Loop
  • Minority Report
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Syriana
  • Team America: World Police
  • Traffic
  • United 93

Honorable Mentions go to:

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • The Aristocrats
  • Babel
  • The Departed
  • District 9
  • Good Bye Lenin!
  • Heist
  • In America
  • In Bruges
  • In The Bedroom
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Little Children
  • The Lookout
  • Man on Wire
  • A Mighty Wind
  • Mulholland Drive
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Ponette
  • Primer
  • Ripley’s Game
  • Series 7: The Contenders
  • Tigerland
  • Whale Rider

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition – Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Photos by Emily Nguyen

Posted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Dr Strangelove, Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, LACMA, Stanley Kubrick, The Shining on July 21st 2013 by Randy Reichardt

.: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently featured an exhibition on Stanley Kubrick.  On Facebook today, I discovered a set of photos taken by Emily Nguyen during her visit to the exhibit in November 2012.  A must-see if you are a Kubrick fan.  I am grateful that Emily has made her photo album public so others can view it.

From the LACMA website: “Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.”

Why I Don’t Go To The Movie Theatres As Much As I Once Did In The Past

Posted in Film on August 27th 2010 by Randy Reichardt

Because these cable series are or were so very good.

  • The Wire
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Deadwood
  • Damages
  • Rome
  • True Blood
  • The Pacific
  • Treme
  • Bored to Death
  • Rubicon
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Brotherhood
  • Mad Men
  • Oz
  • The Pillars of the Earth
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • John From Cincinnati
  • Generation Kill
  • Hung
  • …probably forgot a few that I’ll add later

Looking forward to seeing:

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Game of Thrones

Probably should’ve watched more of these, knowing that they are also very good:

  • Dexter
  • Breaking Bad
  • Weeds
  • The L Word
  • In Treatment

Good, but I never really got into these:

  • Big Love
  • In Treatment

And I’ve never watched, but have heard good things about:

  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand
  • Nip/Tuck
  • Californication
  • Rescue Me

The Hardware, Grilled

Posted in Film, Maxtor, Miscellaneous on December 21st 2006 by Randy Reichardt

.: About three weeks ago I bought a Maxtor 320GB external drive. Everything was going fine until I linked it to my desktop, a 2002 Dell Dimension 4400. The Dell froze and wouldn’t reboot. A few days later, the Dell was at David’s house (the drummer in HDNB), where its hard drive was made a slave drive, and one of David’s drive temporarily became the computer’s C drive. We copied the contents of my drive to the Maxtor, which took a few days, as the Dell’s USB ports are 1.1. When this task finished, the Dell’s original hard drive was reformatted, and I took the computer home, reloaded XP and Office, and then connected the Maxtor to copy the files back to the C drive. Except that the Dell was telling me that the Maxtor wasn’t formatted. I connected the Maxtor to my laptop with the same results.

So I thought, now what? I surfed the Maxtor site, and learned that there were programs I could use to recover the data on the Maxtor, but of course at a cost. I chose this program, which ran for four days but recovered over 70,000 files from the Maxtor, paid for the licence (which allowed me to copy the files back to the C drive), and finished everything tonight. Lesson learned: back up your important data.

.: Christmas is impending. I’ve been off work since 16 December 2006, and have spent a lot of time resting and laying low. I saw three movies this week: Apocalypto, Casino Royale, and Little Miss Sunshine. I’m behind preparing my Christmas cards, and hope to finish a few more tomorrow. I’ve started the daunting task of cleaning my house, beginning with the basement. I filled six blue and six green bags for garbage pickup this morning, plus two blue bags of shredded paper products. I tossed about fifteen large cardboard boxes into the local recycling bins, and donated five boxes of books to the University of Alberta Libraries this morning (where, coincidentally, I work). I bought two new Uniden cordless phones to replace the aging Uniden phone I’ve had since the mid-90s. In between the foregoing I’ve been finishing last minute Christmas shopping.

.: I was saddened to learn last week that my Little Brother is moving away from Edmonton. I am an In-School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Edmonton, and my Little Bro, JG, is leaving town. In-School Mentors visit their Littles once a week at their schools, and spend about 45-60 minutes with them once a week. I’ve worked with J for about 18 months, and recently he was teaching me how to play chess. I’ll miss him, but wish him well; he’s a great kid.

.: It hasn’t taken the corporate world long to take advantage of YouTube. NBC, for example, is uploading videos of its shows (or sections thereof) within minutes of a show’s finish. Last Saturday, NBC uploaded the uncensored version of a video featuring guest host Justin Timberlake and cast member Andy Samberg soon after the show ended. The music video is crude but funny – Timberlake plays the boy band schtick to the nines! When the YT video ended, links to a number of other NBC videos appeared, including this one, which includes one brilliantly hilarious scene (extreme sports), and is about an NBC-sponsored site called It’s Your Show. Create an original video (with original music if need be), use the supplied toolkit if applicable, upload the video into an existing category on the site, or create your own category therein. Sounds like fun, if you have enough free time to work on such things.

2006

Posted in Books, Film on December 31st 2005 by Randy Reichardt

.: It’s a quiet New Years Eve 2005 here. I saw Rumor Has It this evening, bringing my total for 2005 to 50 films seen, the lowest number of films I’ve seen in once year since at least 1978. Since returning from NYC in October, I have read a few books, however, including Queenan Country, Talk to the Hand, The Rock Snob’s Dictionary, The Truth (With Jokes), and New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.

As I type this, it’s a few minutes past midnight, 01 January 2006. Another calendar year begins, which always gives pause fo some reflection on what has been, and what is to come. Do you have any interesting plans for 2006. Already I have events mapped out as far as August, with conferences in Toronto, Atlanta and Baltimore, two trips to Winnipeg, and perhaps one to the west coast. Professionally, there could be a shift in my responsibilities at work, but I can’t elaborate at this time.

Wishing you a very happy, gently, safe and rewarding 2006.

Movie Awards Update

Posted in awards-watch, Film, movie-city-news, rich-cline, shadows-on-the-wall, shadows-sweepstakes on December 28th 2005 by Randy Reichardt

.: Looking for information on the many 2005 film awards and nominations announced to date? Rich Cline, a UK film critic and creator of Shadows on the Wall, a detailed British film e-zine, maintains The Shadows Sweepstakes, “compiling all those year-end accolades in one handy place…” The numbers for scoring used by Cline “are cumulative points based on Shadows’ complex, highly secret scoring system.” The standings as of this writing are from 24 December 2005, with 102 awards tabulated.

Movie City News, my favorite film site, has a number of charts on their Awards Watch site, including The 2005 Top Tens (the BIG chart, with total scores and average votes), The Awards Scorecard, Critics Awards (by society, etc.), The Critics (list by individual critics), and The Worst of 2005, among others.

Cline reviews Syriana, one of my favorite films of the year, and one that I found difficult to follow at times. He sums this up neatly:

Gaghan’s script wisely sticks to the human story as things twist and turn toward a series of explosive climaxes. Keeping everyone and everything straight is quite a challenge, although he gives us plenty of help. This smart, insinuating approach rewards sharp-eyed viewers with all sorts of details, layers of character interaction and powerful human emotion.

I hope to see Syriana again soon, and plan to be sharp(er)-eyed next time. In my defence, when I watched Syriana the first time, my brain was numb, having spent the previous few hours watching King Kong.

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