THE BOATSMEN


100 Favorite Films of the Decade (5-1)
March 5, 2010, 3:40 am
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Well this is long delayed BUT here they are, however brief they will be in comparison.

5.  The Goddess of 1967

4.  Mysterious Skin

3.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

2.  Hard Candy

1. All the Real Girls

There you have it, my five favorite films of the decade.  Next I will post my 35 favorite of the 1980’s and my 75 favorite of the 1990’s.

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100 Favorite Films of the Decade (15-11)
January 12, 2010, 1:38 am
Filed under: 2000's, Lists, Uncategorized

15. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Andrew Dominik’s subtle and thoroughly engrossing western is a pitch perfect ensemble film lead also by its haunting score by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, wonderful writing, great direction by Andrew Dominik, and perhaps its crowning gem, the magnificent cinematography by one of my favorites Roger Deakins.  Mali Finn (RIP) the casting director always seems to put together groups of people who always flourish and hit back when they are thrown a curveball (see also North Country, Undertow, All the Real Girls, The Green Mile, Manic…).  The film is led by Casey Affleck, a somewhat loveable but pathetic man, Robert Ford the eventual assasin of the iconic American outlaw Jesse James, no surprise there.  The surprises come in the form of incredible performances around the board from Paul Schneider, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahaunt, Mary Louise Parker, Pat Healy, Zooey Deschanel, and wonderful little cameo-esque roles from Nick Cave and James Carville.

14. Junebug

Junebug remains one of the most influential films as a future hopeful director.  This film offers so much insight into its characters and is a completely different experience than I have ever undergone with a film.  Amy Adams gives the performance of her career as a bright, bubbly, and truly optimistic person, even under the many stresses she undergoes throughout the film.  Phil Morrison expertly weaves through the many layers of the story bouncing from bizarre and bright comedy to somber and very real and deep emotion regarding family and relationships.  Truly one of the most underrated films of the decade.

13. Knowing

Everything brilliant Alex Proyas has done as a filmmaker has come into this expertly crafted and mindblowingly misunderstood sci-fi picture.  Nic Cage and Rose Byrne navigate through the destruction beautifully and Alex Proyas proves that in my opinion he is the king of science fiction filmmaking with such credits as The Crow, Dark City, Spirits of the Air Gremlins of the Clouds, and his weakest picture I Robot.  The doubters of the film will not be silenced, but despite the backlash I stand firm in my support of this film.  I do know a few who will back me up, namely Andy Ferguson, Karl Leschinsky, my sister, and Roger Ebert.

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy may very well be the most hilarious film I have or will ever have seen.  That aside, this crafty and visually stunning sci-fi/comedy is a wonderful adaptation of the classic Douglas Adams books.  With a screenplay by Adams the film radiates with his quick and ridiculous humor transporting the viewer to anywhere and everywhere he sees fit.  The hilarious cast is headed by the brilliant Martin Freeman as the loveable outsider who just wants a little bit more understanding of the world he lives in and how he can achieve what he wants, mainly the love of Trillian played by Zooey Deschanel in the role that made me truly fall in love with her.  Other zany roles are played wonderfully by Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Bill Nighy, and John Malkovich.  Also included is a joint role from Warwick Davies and Alan Rickman and the voices of Stephen Fry and Helen Mirren.  This remains one of my all-time favorite films.

11. Into the Wild

The last film before the top ten is Sean Penn’s adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book based of the life of Christopher Johnson McCandless a.k.a Alexander Supertramp.  Penn’s Into the Wild is masterfully shot, edited, acted, and the music is on a level of its own featuring original songs from Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook and two pieces from Kaki King.  Emile Hirsch tramps across America, living the dream of many young transcendentalists and rebels.  I my self share many of the same ideals as Chris and though my choices in life will lead me elsewhere, I respect Christopher as being a true idealist and for having the follow through to achieve something that did and does indeed transcend the outcome.  Supporing roles from Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, first time actor Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Zach Galifianakis, and of course Hal Holbrook all help bring the story of the Christopher McCandless to a visual and poetic reality.



100 Favorite Films of the Decade (50-26)
January 6, 2010, 11:06 pm
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50. Milk

49. Moon

48. Disco Pigs

47. Pan’s Labyrinth

46. Dogville

45. The Station Agent

44. Once

43. Elizabethtown

42. Inglourious Basterds

41. The Aviator

40. Revolutionary Road

39. The Mudge Boy

38. Hellboy/Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

37. Sunshine

36. George Washington

35. Adam

34. The Hawk Is Dying

33. North Country

32. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

31. Holy Smoke

30. The Golden Compass

29. Zodiac

28. Undertow

27. Winter Passing

26. Almost Famous

Now only 25 to go!  They will be split up into pieces of five and will have short snippets of info about each, why I chose it etc… You can look forward to a few Aussie and Kiwi flicks, more David Gordon Green, and a surprise or two.



100 Favorite Films of the Decade (75-51)
January 6, 2010, 1:25 am
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75. No Country For Old Men

74. There Will Be Blood

73. The Wackness

72. Rescue Dawn

71. Imaginary Heroes

70. The Young Victoria

69. 16 Blocks

68. Manic

67. Black Snake Moan

66. Children of Men

65.   The Departed

64.  (500) Days of Summer

63. Lars and the Real Girl

62.  Pineapple Express

61. Avatar

60. Man on the Moon

59. Shotgun Stories

58.  The New World

57.  Never Forever

56. American Splendor

55. Dandelion

54. Doubt

53.  In Bruges

52. A Home at the End of the World

51. The Wrestler

That’s it for the first 50.  Next up look forward to more personal picks, many of which had a great, lasting, and quite interesting impact on me, not downplaying the others of course.  Included are some Del Toro films, Cameron Crowe, some Rose Byrne, and a Jane Campion film.



100 Favorite Films of the Decade (100-76)
January 5, 2010, 4:07 am
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100. Mozart and the Whale

99. Elephant

98.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

97. Melinda and Melinda

96. Wall-E

95. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

94. Bully

93. 28 Days Later

92.  The Dark Knight

91. Funny People

90.  Funny Games

89.  The Tracey Fragments

88. King Kong

87.  I’m Not There

86.  Forgetting Sarah Marshall

85.  Australia

84.  Away We Go

83.  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

82.  Look Both Ways

81.  Role Models

80.  Watchmen

79.  This is England

78.  Donnie Darko:  The Director’s Cut

77.  The Believer

76.  The Salton Sea

There you have it, the first (and hardest) leg of the journey to number one.  I know that many of you will have problems with these films, I love movies, I love these movies.  Then next set offer less shock and more perhaps obvious choices, many recent films.  I hope to receive some feedback, I look forward to my next post and I hope you do as well.



Hello from the Land of Inactivity
January 5, 2010, 12:49 am
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I’m back, for as long as i am, however long that is…is…is.

Anyway, I have been catching up on the films of 2009 and thinking about the decade that has passed.  I have begun to compile a Boatsmen film awards, I have the categories and many of the nominees, but there are still quite a few films that I have not yet seen that have potential for award-givings.

I am also compiling a list of my 100 favorite films of the decade, which I believe, is done but needs to be polished.  I will release them in pairs of what will probably be 25, but I may break up the last 25 even more and write a brief review on them.

Until then I would like to share some images of obsession…no not Naomi Watts.



Hello my fellow air-breathers…
May 26, 2009, 9:44 pm
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I am in the process of writing a script for a zombie movie.  Though it will not be your typical zombie flick it will not have any petty twist or and new jazzed up bits.  The point is to create a style and to make great zombies that correctly fit the criteria of a Solanum strain zombie.

The film stars…

Phillip Chapman

Trent Davis

Jesse Christian Paul Barnes

and David Rainwater.

For further info you may e-mail me at <wordlesschorus@sbcglobal.net>

or contact the AD, Andrew Sherrill at <tappajappa@aol.com> make sure to title the e-mail in all caps

ZOMBIE FILM.

Thanks and bye for now.