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Here is my ranking of the films and my predicted ranking for future films.
1. Die Hard 2. Live free or Die Hard 3. Die Hard 2: Die Harder 4. A Good Day to Die Hard 5. Die Hard With a Vengeance
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
A dated and over rated Lynch movie.
I was so excited to see this movie. Everyone told me "oh it's so crazy! Really makes you think! it will blow your mind! It's so original!" Well I watched it and it is not original or mind blowing and it is certainly not a great movie.
First off, Pros: It is a very beautiful and well shot movie. As always David Lynch is a masterful director and injects this film with a lot of his odd, seemingly pointless, yet entertaining scenes. This movie is not hard on the eyes at all and for most of the movie I was enthralled and entertained.
So what are the cons???
It ends with a clichéd "psychotic lesbian" story that's been told a million times. Girl meets girl, girl loves girl, other girl decides to date a boy instead and the crazy gay person goes postal. That is everything that happens.
The big gimmick is that at the end of the movie the audience is left to wonder what was real and what was a delusion. But the story is so uninspired that in the end I didn't care what was reality and what wasn't. Because regardless of the ambiguous scenes, when it's all said and done it's another late 90's, early 2000's cautionary tale to fuel homophobia.
Sorry folks. This is David Lynch's most over rated film and one of the most over rated thrillers of all time. The ending ruined everything for me and turned it into garbage. I am not one to immediately dismiss a movie for something like this. I love other movies with negative portrayals of psychotic gay people like Silence of the Lambs and High Tension, but those films had other qualities that still kept things interesting. This is a self-indulgent, pseudo-intellectual story that is ruined by a cliché ending from an otherwise very original and talented director. I really wish I had never seen it and was still mystified by the idea of the movie.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
The best films experience of 2015
Even though i had read the script, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. This movie had more suspense and build up than any other Tarantino movie. I love how this film took its time to verbally and visually flesh out the characters and everything paid off in the end.The ending was also much better than the original script, and took me by surprise.
Anybody who wants a less stylized, subtle Tarantino flick will be very happy with this. I know many have not liked his post Jackie Brown films and this is, as some say "a return to formula". I love when Tarantino stylizes his movies, but it was a nice change. Even though he did back to back westerns, this film is completely different from Django. This movie is definitely not for the low brow fans of Tarantino who are just there for the fast paced violence. Although the end of the film is very violent, many people will be squirming in their seats.
If you are a fan of suspenseful, 3 hour 60s Italian westerns and Tarantino, this will be one of the best movie going experiences you will have in your life. Really hope QT finally gets the best director Oscar, he deserves it. Sam Jackson and Jenifer Jason Leigh both deserve to be nominated as well.
As for the 70mm experience, it was great to return to film and the sound quality was perfect. I absolutely hate digital projection,its pretty much a giant computer screen that someone presses play on. Not only that, but if we don't sit in the back row, my eyes hurt so bad afterwords and my girlfriend gets nauseous. Anyhow, we were given giant booklets with info on the film and its history once we entered. There were no previews or obnoxious advertisements, the film simply began. The overture was short, but very epic and Ennio's score was not his usual epic Spanish horns that QT has used many times in the past. The score was very tense and unnerving, which fit the film wonderfully. While I love his old stuff, you can tell he was going for something completely different. The intermission was silent for about 8 minutes, and then a song began to let people know it will be starting back up soon. I have not seen the theatrical version (cant wait too though) but I am guessing the narration once we returned will be altered because it had a "when we last left our characters" feel that wouldn't work in a movie without an intermission.
This was the best time I have ever had at the movies. I drove 4 hours to see it and it was completely worth it. I may just have to make a second trip. Tarantino once again has proved that he is the greatest director working today.