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Markgway wrote: Have you ever watched a film (or not watched one) because of a review I've given? If you want to know more on a title just ask...
Maniac Cop sequels come to mind as something I need to watch (well, the original too). I remember you had some positive words of them. Unfortunately these days I don't really much have time to watch non-Japanese films. I always enjoy reading your reviews, though.

And yeah, I agree seeing movies without knowing much/anything about them can be very rewarding.

My movie viewing has been quite Japan-heavy recently, as you can see...

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Holy crap Hung :D. I just keep my viewings in a Word document (I have for several years). I also then enter in icheckmovies.com where I work on several lists. I keep a couple of notations like Countries and then tally up later. Notes: RW = rewatch (but I do not always keep this one up), Add Year means I add it to a year end list. This does not include short films.

My viewing since the beginning of June:

June 2014
Dallas Buyer’s Club (2013: Jean-Marc Vallee) ***/****
Beerfest (2006: Jay Chandrasekhar)
Comanche Station (1960: Budd Boetticher)
The Black Camel (1931: Hamilton MacFadden)
When Taekwondo Strikes (1973: Huang Feng) Hong Kong
First Daughter (2004: Forest Whitaker)
Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991: Jackie Chan) Hong Kong
The Tournament (1974: Huang Feng) Hong Kong
Somewhere in Sonora (1933: Mack V. Wright)
Johnny Guitar (1954: Nicholas Ray)
Salaam Bombay! (1988: Mira Nair) India
Two-Fisted Law (1932: D. Ross Lederman)
Passage to Marseille (1944: Michael Curtiz)
Stoner (1974: Huang Feng) Hong Kong
Do Not Disturb (1965: Ralph Levy)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013: Ben Stiller) RW
Benji the Hunted (1987: Joe Camp)
Uncertain Glory (1944: Raoul Walsh)
The Queen’s Ransom (1976: Ting Shan-hsi) Hong Kong
Riders of Destiny (1933: Robert N. Bradbury)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013: Peter Jackson) RW
Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936: Gordon Wiles)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014: Bryan Singer) ***/**** Add Year
The Naked Spur (1953: Anthony Mann) RW
Action in the North Atlantic (1943: Lloyd Bacon)
Mad Money (2008: Callie Khouri) **½/****
Laws of Attraction (2004: Peter Howitt)
The Chinese Feast (1995: Tsui Hark) Hong Kong
Night Passage (1957: James Neilson) RW
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013: Lee Daniels) **½/****
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995: Jeffrey Lau) Hong Kong RW
Easter Parade (1948: Charles Walters)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985: Barry Levinson)
The Housemaid (1960: Kim Ki-young) South Korea

July 2014
Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936: Gordon Wiles) commentary by Ken Hanke & John Cork
Maleficent (2014: Robert Stromberg) ***/*** Add Year
Picnic (1955: Joshua Logan)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011: Rupert Wyatt) **/****
Ride the High Country (1962: Sam Peckinpah) RW
Dark Shadows (2012: Tim Burton) RW
The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003: Gore Verbinski) RW
Coroner Creek (1948: Ray Enright)
Rush (2013: Ron Howard) ***½/****
They Call Me Trinity (1970: Enzo Barboni) Italy
Killer’s Kiss (1955: Stanley Kubrick)
Ben-Hur (1959: William Wyler)
The Walking Hills (1949: John Sturges)
A Bullet for the General (1966: Damiano Damiani) Italy
Must Love Dogs (2005: Gary David Goldberg)
The Himalayan (1976: Huang Feng) Hong Kong
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937: Eugene Forde)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944: Preston Sturges)
Wagons East (1994: Peter Markle)
The Raid 2 (2014: Gareth Evans) Indonesia ***/**** Add Year
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950: Charles Lamont)
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937: Eugene Forde)
Broken Oath (1977: Jeong Chang-hwa) Hong Kong
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987: Ching Sui-tung) Hong Kong
Last Vegas (2013: Jon Turteltaub) **½/****
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003: Tsai Ming-liang) Taiwan
I Remember Mama (1948: George Stevens)
North by Northwest (1959: Alfred Hitchcock)
Roma (1972: Federico Fellini) Italy
7th Cavalry (1956: Joseph H. Lewis)
The Women (1939: George Cukor)
Men Suddenly In Black (2003: Pang Ho-cheung) Hong Kong
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952: Charles Lamont)

August 2014
The Bloody Fists (1972: Ng See-yuen) Hong Kong
The Littlest Rebel (1935: David Butler)
The Little Princess (1939: Walter Lang)
The Uninvited (1944: Lewis Allen) Criterion 677
Shaolin Drunkard (1983: Yuen Wo-ping) Hong Kong Check Dir.
West of the Divide (1934: Robert N. Bradbury)
Deconstructing Harry (1997: Woody Allen)
Too Many Ways To Be No. 1 (1997: Wai Ka-fai) Hong Kong
So Close (2002: Corey Yuen) Hong Kong
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014: James Gunn) ***½/**** Add Year
The Sacketts (1979: Robert Totten) Mini-Series
Rob Roy (1995: Michael Caton-Jones)
The Prodigal Boxer (1972: Jun Au-yeung) Taiwan/Hong Kong
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951: Edward Sedgwick)
The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956: Nunnally Johnson)
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952: Charles Barton)
Odd Couple (1979: Lar Kar-wing) Hong Kong
Ma and Pa Go on Vacation (1953:Charles Lamont)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014: Kenneth Branagh) **½/**** Add Year
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954: Charles Lamont)
The Spring River Flows East (1947: Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli) China
The Skyhawk (1974: Jeng Cheong-woh) Hong Kong
Kikujiro (1999: Takashi Kitano) Japan
Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955: Lee Sholem)
The Mambo Girl (1957: Yi Wen) Hong Kong
The Parallax View (1974: Alan J. Pakula)
The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956: Charles Lamont)
Manchu Boxer (1974: Wu Ma) Hong Kong
Behind that Curtain (1929: Irving Cummings)
The Kettles on Old MacDonald’s Farm (1957: Virgil W. Vogel)
Moonlight Sword and Jade Lion (1977: Karl Liao) Taiwan
The Expendables 3 (2014: Patrick Hughes) **½/**** Add Year
Jack and the Beanstalk (1952: Jean Yarbrough)
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994: Ang Lee) Taiwan
Good Neighbor Sam (1964: David Swift)
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973: John D. Hancock)
24 Hour Party People (2002: Michael Winterbottom)

September 2014
A Simple Life (2012: Ann Hui) ***½/**** Hong Kong
The Happiest Millionaire (1967: Norman Tokar)
Legend of the Bat (1977: Chor Yuen) Hong Kong
Ghostbusters (1984: Ivan Reitman) RW
Meet the Parents (2000: Jay Roach) RW
A Matter of Life and Death (1946: Michael Powerll, Emeric Pressburger)
Disorderlies (1987: Michael Schultz)
The Woman in Green (1945: Roy William Neill)
Serpico (1973: Sidney Lumet)
Little Toys (1933: Sun Yu) China
Sleeping Fist (1979: Yip Wing-cho) Hong Kong RW
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938: Henry King)
A Man Called Sledge (1970: Vic Morrow)
Snowball Express (1972: Norman Tokar)
The Stool Pigeon (2010: Dante Lam) Hong Kong ***/**** 2011 DVD
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013: Adam McKay) **½/****
The Thing With Two Heads (1972: Lee Frost)
Napoleon Dynamite (1994: Jon Hess)
Love on Delivery (1994: Stephen Chow, Lee Lik-chi) Hong Kong
Deep in my Heart (1954: Stanley Donen)
The Matador (2005: Richard Shepard)
The Tigger Movie (2000: Jun Falkenstein)
The Rounders (1965: Burt Kennedy)
Boiling Point (1990: Takashi Kitano) Japan
Two Stage Sisters (1964: Jin Xie) China
Yellow River Fighter (1988: Chang Hsin-yen) China
A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014: Scott Frank) ***/**** Add Year
Dimples (1936: William A. Seiter)
Militant Eagle (1978: Gam Kim, Lee Ga-chi) Taiwan/Hong Kong
Nebraska (2013: Alexander Payne) ***½/****
Meet the Fockers (2004: Jay Roach)
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949: Gordon Douglas)
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971: Enzo Barboni) Italy
Yellow Earth (1984: Chen Kaige) China

October 2014
Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain (1983: Tsui Hark) Hong Kong Top HK?
Baby Take a Bow (1934: Harry Lachman)
Ninja in the Dragon’s Den (1982: Corey Yuen) Hong Kong
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014: Wes Anderson) ***½/****
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934: Hamilton MacFadden)
The Brood (1979: David Cronenberg)
Iron Dragon Strikes Back (1979: Kuei Chih-hung) Hong Kong
Man in the Saddle (1951: Andre de Toth)
Yes, Madam! (1985: Corey Yuen) Hong Kong
Godzilla Raids Again (1955: Motoyoshi Oda) Japan
Little Fockers (2010: Paul Weitz) **/****
Red Sorghum (1987: Zhang Yimou) China
Stagecoach (1939: John Ford) RW
The War of the Gargantuas (1966: Ishiro Honda) Japan
Elizabeth (1998: Shekhar Kapur)
Captain January (1936: David Butler)
Hocus Pocus (1984: Chin Yuet-sang) Hong Kong
Rodan (1956: Ishiro Honda) Japan
Garfield (2004: Peter Hewitt) RW
Phantom of the Opera (1943: Arthur Lubin)
The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000: David J. Skal)
The Wrong Man (1956: Alfred Hitchcock) RW
Prince of Darkness (1987: John Carpenter)
Green Snake (1993: Tsui Hark) Hong Kong
Mothra (1961: Ishiro Honda) Japan
Black Sabbath (1963: Mario Bava) Italy
Bright Eyes (1934: David Butler)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005: George Clooney)
The Number 23 (2007: Joel Schumacher)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971: Robert Stevenson)
Whispering Corridors (1998: Park Ki-hyeong) South Korea
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964: Ishiro Honda) Japan
Just Around the Corner (1938: Irving Cummings)

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I thought I was nerdy... :D
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Markgway wrote:I thought I was nerdy... :D
While I no longer use it (I am going to rewrite it someday): I wrote an n-tier database entry system for myself using JSP (JavaScript/DOM/DHTML for the front end)/JEE (Java) with Oracle as a database (RDBMS; I created the tables, indexes etc...). I did it so I could query my collection for certain factors like how many 1969 movies I owned.

Take that for nerdy.

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Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:
Markgway wrote:I thought I was nerdy... :D
While I no longer use it (I am going to rewrite it someday): I wrote an n-tier database entry system for myself using JSP (JavaScript/DOM/DHTML for the front end)/JEE (Java) with Oracle as a database (RDBMS; I created the tables, indexes etc...). I did it so I could query my collection for certain factors like how many 1969 movies I owned.

Take that for nerdy.
I just use IMDb for that kind of stuff. They have excellent filters to sort the films you have seen (e.g. 1969 films spoken in Japanese and filmed in B/W in 2.35:1 aspect ratio).

I need the Excel list in addition to that because IMDb is missing so many movies (during the last two months I've watched 5 movies which are not listed in IMDb, 4 of them Sonny Chiba films) and it's also convenient if you want to check when exactly you saw something. But if someone asks me what are my favourite 1975 Japanese films IMDb can generate me a list in a few seconds, I just need to check from Excel if there are any missing from IMDb

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HungFist wrote:
Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:
Markgway wrote:I thought I was nerdy... :D
While I no longer use it (I am going to rewrite it someday): I wrote an n-tier database entry system for myself using JSP (JavaScript/DOM/DHTML for the front end)/JEE (Java) with Oracle as a database (RDBMS; I created the tables, indexes etc...). I did it so I could query my collection for certain factors like how many 1969 movies I owned.

Take that for nerdy.
I just use IMDb for that kind of stuff. They have excellent filters to sort the films you have seen (e.g. 1969 films spoken in Japanese and filmed in B/W in 2.35:1 aspect ratio).

I need the Excel list in addition to that because IMDb is missing so many movies (during the last two months I've watched 5 movies which are not listed in IMDb, 4 of them Sonny Chiba films) and it's also convenient if you want to check when exactly you saw something. But if someone asks me what are my favourite 1975 Japanese films IMDb can generate me a list in a few seconds, I just need to check from Excel if there are any missing from IMDb
Yeah, but I needed to know what DVD/BDs I had of those films per year and if I was currently lending it someone (and how long they were borrowing it) :D. You see the fun aspect is creating the system and then manipulating it to do things that that existing systems do not do (like you say if the film does not exist in IMDB or if they use an uncommon name for the director.)

I use IMDB as well and I do use filmaf.com for some of my collection stats.

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Crikey! I've not been doing any documentation at all on my film viewing until this year because I thought it would be neat to try and watch 600movies in a year. The problem is that I didn't come up with this idea until well into the year, so I'm not sure if the Excel list I put together actually covers all the films I've seen! :icon_suspect: All I've recorded though is the title and the year of the film, couldn't be arsed to record any other info. In retrospect I think I should have listed them alphabetically by month like you fellas have!

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Shingster wrote:Crikey! I've not been doing any documentation at all on my film viewing until this year because I thought it would be neat to try and watch 600movies in a year. The problem is that I didn't come up with this idea until well into the year, so I'm not sure if the Excel list I put together actually covers all the films I've seen! :icon_suspect: All I've recorded though is the title and the year of the film, couldn't be arsed to record any other info. In retrospect I think I should have listed them alphabetically by month like you fellas have!
I've done in the 500s before, but I've never hit 600 (I don't think I can though; talk about a big goal.) Occasionally I forget to document a film. I like to put them in order of what I watched. Have you tried using a site like icheckmovies (it really is more for if you are into working on lists)? I've been keeping a yearly Word list for several years now. If I need to go back :).

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Enough nerd shit... :D

Survival Quest (1989-USA) **
Lance Henriksen stars as a wilderness guide in this minor outdoors thriller that struggles manfully with credibility issues.
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Cousins (1989-USA-Canada) **½
Charming leads (Ted Danson and, especially, Isabella Rossellini) steer this patchy romantic drama.
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Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:I've done in the 500s before, but I've never hit 600 (I don't think I can though; talk about a big goal.) Occasionally I forget to document a film. I like to put them in order of what I watched. Have you tried using a site like icheckmovies (it really is more for if you are into working on lists)? I've been keeping a yearly Word list for several years now. If I need to go back :).
I remember you recommending icheckmovies & another site before and liked the idea, but I'd not thought of compiling a list for the year by then so couldn't be bothered to sign up; I might do so at the beginning of next year though! So far this year I've recorded 538 films watched (probably more than that actually watched) so I think I could top 600 easy if I really went for it, but I've just done my usual Halloween marathon & I think I need to chill out with a bit of gaming throughout November to charge me up for the usual Christmas film marathon :D.

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Masterofoneinchpunch wrote:I've done in the 500s before, but I've never hit 600 (I don't think I can though; talk about a big goal.) Occasionally I forget to document a film. I like to put them in order of what I watched. Have you tried using a site like icheckmovies (it really is more for if you are into working on lists)? I've been keeping a yearly Word list for several years now. If I need to go back :).
I remember you recommending icheckmovies & another site before and liked the idea, but I'd not thought of compiling a list for the year by then so couldn't be bothered to sign up; I might do so at the beginning of next year though! So far this year I've recorded 538 films watched (probably more than that actually watched) so I think I could top 600 easy if I really went for it, but I've just done my usual Halloween marathon & I think I need to chill out with a bit of gaming throughout November to charge me up for the usual Christmas film marathon :D.
That is one audacious goal, but heck you are almost there (hope you do not get burnt out.) Actually icheckmovies is good for going against preexisting movie lists like IMDB top 250 etc..., give the site a look through to see if it is something you might be interested in. With yearly lists I used to use the now gone site listsofbests, alas it is gone.

Yeah I definitely tend to increase Christmas films starting around Thanksgiving. Most I've seen before :).

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i just made a list up in icheckmovies. dumb question but how do i add a film i''ve just watched to the list i've created :dontknow:
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saltysam wrote:i just made a list up in icheckmovies. dumb question but how do i add a film i''ve just watched to the list i've created :dontknow:
Not a dumb question, it takes a little while to get used to their User Interface.

To the right of your movie title list there is a list of icons. On the far right of these icons is one that looks like a pencil. If you mouse over it, it will say "Edit the top list." Click on this icon and it will open up the Edit movies of top list ... screen.

Here is my profile on the site: https://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/m ... inchpunch/ (I use this name so much that I think when you see it you know it is me on other sites.)

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Cheers for that,worked it out now.i take it you can't give the movies you've watched ratings?
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Raw Force 2.5/5 Raw Force is a bat shit crazy 80's B Movie that features awful acting,kung fu cannibals,random nudity and Cameron Mitchell! What's not to like? Incredibly this vhs staple that's never before seen a dvd release has received a stellar Blu-Ray release from Vinegar Syndrome.Great Score as well.

The Purge 2/5 An unexpected hit at the box ofice, The Purge is a reasonably entertaining 85 minutes let down by having pretty much unlikeable characters,so much so i didn't care who bought it at the climax,good or bad.I hear the sequel's better,will watch soon.

Last Embrace 2.5/5 Jonathan's Demme 1979 Hitchcock Pastiche feels like it should've been made by De Palma. Roy Scheider was one of my favourite actors,criminally underrated and adds something to anything he's in.Janet Margolin provides good support and the cast also includes Christopher Walken & Charles Napier.A Decent blu ray release from Kino Lorber.
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saltysam wrote:Last Embrace 2.5/5 Jonathan's Demme 1979 Hitchcock Pastiche feels like it should've been made by De Palma. Roy Scheider was one of my favourite actors,criminally underrated and adds something to anything he's in.Janet Margolin provides good support and the cast also includes Christopher Walken & Charles Napier.A Decent blu ray release from Kino Lorber.
Never heard of this... but it sounds like something I should see.

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Last Embrace (1979-USA) *½
Risible sub-Hitchcock thriller; turns out there's a good reason I hadn't heard of this!
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saltysam wrote:Cheers for that,worked it out now.i take it you can't give the movies you've watched ratings?
No, but that's a good idea and I hope they implement it. They just have the favorite/dislike attributes. I do my rating on IMDB (filmaf allows ratings as well if you keep track of what you own.)

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Markgway wrote:
saltysam wrote:Last Embrace 2.5/5 Jonathan's Demme 1979 Hitchcock Pastiche feels like it should've been made by De Palma. Roy Scheider was one of my favourite actors,criminally underrated and adds something to anything he's in.Janet Margolin provides good support and the cast also includes Christopher Walken & Charles Napier.A Decent blu ray release from Kino Lorber.
Never heard of this... but it sounds like something I should see.

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Last Embrace (1979-USA) *½
Risible sub-Hitchcock thriller; turns out there's a good reason I hadn't heard of this!
Well i thought it was decent .Daft but entertaining.
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saltysam wrote:Well i thought it was decent .Daft but entertaining.
There were so many WTF plot turns that I lost count...
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The Book of Love (1990-USA) **
Bog standard 50s teen nostalgia piece with contemporary language and vulgarity. It took New Line head honcho 17 years to direct another film.

Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990-USA) **½
Quirky seriocomic drama about a (largely) obnoxious Texan family fighting over their dying father's inheritance. Unexceptional, but has it's moments.
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The Fourth War (1989-USA-Canada) **
Far-fetched but watchable cold war thriller in which respective officers from US and Russian forces play out a private war on the Czech border.

Bloodmatch (1991-USA) *½
Unusual martial arts B-pic from Albert Pyun is done in by typical amateurishness.
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Markgway wrote:The Book of Love (1990-USA) **
Bog standard 50s teen nostalgia piece with contemporary language and vulgarity. Of note only as the sole directorial outing for New Line head honcho Robert Shaye.
He directed The Last Mimzy a few years back, which wasn't exactly great tbh!

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Shingster wrote:He directed The Last Mimzy a few years back, which wasn't exactly great tbh!
I did not know that.
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Blue Desert (1990-USA) **½
Decent B-movie thriller with Courtney Cox as a rape victim who moves out west for a quiet life only to be stalked by a killer rapist... but is it the ex-con with anger management issues or the likeable sheriff? And just why does Philip Baker Hall appear so shifty? Nothing special, but keeps the viewer guessing...

Caged Fear (1991-USA) **
A young woman takes the rap for her armed robber-boyfriend; he decides to get her out of jail. As WIP trash goes this one is more fun (and less offensive) than most. Filmed as Hotel Oklahoma; one of many AKAs.
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