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Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (Jan - Mar 2011)
After a year+ of not posting, I'm starting up again. So here is a new, quarterly list, with most of the guidelines from its predecessor --- Mike the Bike's PAID Viewing Choices (current as of 31 Dec 09) which covered April thru December of that year (82 titles for a 9 month period). This list has 54 titles for a 3 month span, so you might be thinking my standards have lowered. I prefer to think the pool to select from has increased (insert smiley face). And thanks to the patient souls that have looked the older list to death. For each dvd listing, I'm including the number seen (1st seen; 178th seen); date viewed; year of movie release (wide distribution); Rotten Tomatoes' (1) Audience Score, (2) All Critics' Score, & (3) Top Critics' Score (a couple of TV series use the Metacritic site); web link to Critic's reviews (don't take my word that I find a film worth watching - read what my "go-to" critics had to say); and other short notations that I think you might enjoy.    Print this list Print this list
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127 hours [sound recording] : music from the motion picture
#168(Mar.26)(2010)(85((86)(91) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101110/REVIEWS/101119996 --- Great commentary track.
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A prophet [videorecording]
#32(Jan.17)(2009)(87)(97)((97) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100303/REVIEWS/100309993
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America America [videorecording]
#172(Mar.28)(1963)(100)(--) --- Bosley Crowther (NEW YORK TIMES) and NYT Critics' Pick at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=EE05E7DF173DE462BC4E52DFB4678388679EDE
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Amor, dolor y vice versa [videorecording] = Love, pain and vice versa
#21(Jan.11)(2008)(73)(--)(--) --- NYT comment plus a reader's review at http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/453155/Love-Pain-Vice-Versa/overview --- I also found this film intensely involving (and I'm willing to overlook a big plot hole).
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Animal kingdom [videorecording]
#90(Feb.15)(2010)(80)(97)(96) --- Stephen Holden (NEW YORK TIMES) with a Critics' Pick at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/movies/13animal.html
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Aruitemo aruitemo [videorecording] = Still walking
#171(Mar.27)(2008)(88)(100)(100) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090826/REVIEWS/908299997
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Big love. The complete fourth season [videorecording]
#159(Mar.20)(70 - Metascore)(7.8 - User Score) --- Dorothy Rabinowitz (WALL STREET JOURNAL) at --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704130904574644243466648168.html
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Big river man [videorecording]
#158(Mar.18)(2008)(78)(97)(4/0) Manohla Dargis (NEW YORK TIMES) at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/12/04/movies/04bigriver.html
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Casino Jack and the United States of money [videorecording]
#133(Mar.3)(2010)(DOC)(80)(84)(75) --- Kenneth Turan (LOS ANGELES TIMES) at --- http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/07/entertainment/la-et-casinojack-20100507
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Catfish [videorecording]
#75(Feb.7)(2010)(70)(81)(88) --- Tom Horgen (STAR TRIBUNE) at http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/104092418.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue
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Circus [videorecording]
#16(Jan8)(2010)(DOC)(PBS)(81-Metascore)(4.5-User Score) --- NYT review (Neil Genzlinger) at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/arts/television/03circus.html --- This review was found at Metacritic, another great site.
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Client 9 [videorecording] : the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer
#94(Fe.18)(2010) - Manohla Dargis (NEW YORK TIMES) at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/movies/05client.html
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Dogtooth [videorecording] = Kynodontas
#151(Mar.15)(2009)(73)(92)(93) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100707/REVIEWS/100709986
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Easy A [videorecording]
#64(Jan.31)(2010)(75)(85)(94) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100915/REVIEWS/100919992 --- Wonderful film references worked into script.
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Fantasia 2000 [DVD]
#45(Jan.23)(1940)(77)(98)(100) & (1999)(67)(83)(64) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19991231/REVIEWS/912310301/1023 --- Needless to say, Fantasia 2000 in IMAX is the way to go. It suffers from anything less. But the original Fantasia (both are included) - magnifique!
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Gasland [videorecording]
#57(Jan.29)(2010)(DOC)(86)(100)(3/0) --- VARIETY (Rob Nelson) review at http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-09-15/film/the-case-against-fracking-in-gasland/ --- Alternative energy - natural gas - "fracking" --- this doc makes a good case for the public to be worried.
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Handsome Harry [videorecording]
#58(Jan.29)(2009)(50)(81)(71) --- NEW YORK MAGAZINE (David Edelstein) has the positive review at http://nymag.com/daily/movies/2010/04/the_good_and_the_ugly_handsome.html --- The GLOBE and MAIL (Kate Taylor) is less positive at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/movies/handsome-harry-in-the-end-there-is-salvation/article1776536/
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Hearts of darkness [videorecording] : a filmmaker's apocalypse
#43(Jan.22)(1991)(90)(100)(100) --- Janet Maslin (NYT) with a Critics' Pick at http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D0CE0D91530F934A15752C1A967958260 --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19920117/REVIEWS/201170301 --- Has a Bonus extra "CODA : thirty years later" (62 min. documentary film) ; audio commentary by Francis and Eleanor Coppola.
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Hell on wheels [videorecording]
#142(Mar.9)(2007)(DOC)(58)(3/0)(2/0) --- Mike Hale (NEW YORK TIMES) at --- http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/11/19/movies/19haleroundup.html?partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes&ei=5083
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In treatment. Season two, disc 1, week 1 [videorecording]
#137(Mar.6)(2009)(HBO series)(85 - Metascore)(8.9 - User score) --- Dorothy Rabinowitz (WALL STREET JOURNAL) at --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123870613377483923.html
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Inception [videorecording]
#72(Feb.6)(2010)(93)(86)(79) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100714/REVIEWS/100719997 --- and, for the counter argument, David Denby (THE NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/07/26/100726crci_cinema_denby
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Inside job [videorecording]
#175(Mar.30)(2010)(90)(98)(96) --- David Denby (THE NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/10/18/101018crci_cinema_denby
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Io sono l'amore [videorecording] = I am love
#13(Jan6)(2010)(65)(80)(83) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100623/REVIEWS/100629992 --- Excellent commentary track.
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Jack goes boating [videorecording]
#147(Mar.12)(2010)(50)(66)(86) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100922/REVIEWS/100929992
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Kings of pastry [videorecording]
#177(Mar.31)(2009)(DOC)(70)(91)(92) --- Mike Hale (NEW YORK TIMES) at --- http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/15/movies/15kings.html
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Last train home [videorecording] = Gui tu lie che
#150(Mar.14)(2009)(DOC)(86)(100)(100) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101013/REVIEWS/101019988 --- 6 page, single sheet included.
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Le refuge [videorecording] = Hideaway
#165(Mar.23)(2007)(56)(86)(100) --- Roger Ebert at --- DAVID DENBY (NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/09/13/100913crci_cinema_denby?currentPage=2
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Lebanon [videorecording] = Levanon
#152(Mar.15)(2009)(72)(89)(100) --- J. Hoberman (VILLAGE VOICE) at --- http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-08-04/film/an-israeli-tank-rolls-north-fumbling-to-war-in-lebanon/2/
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Let me in [videorecording]
#126(Feb.28)(2010)(74)(90)(81) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100929/REVIEWS/100929983 --- Great director's commentary track and "deleted scenes." Included is 32 pg. booklet, a graphic prelude to the film, part 1 of 4.
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Mademoiselle Chambon [videorecording]
#67(Feb.1)(2009)(60)(78)(90) --- LOS ANGELES TIMES (Kenneth Turan) review at http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/23/entertainment/la-et-0723-mademoiselle-20100723
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Metropolis [videorecording]
#71(1927)(94)(2/0)(--) --- Tom Stockman (Wearefilmgeeks.com) review at http://wearemoviegeeks.com/2010/07/review-the-complete-metropolis/
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Micmacs [videorecording]
#37(Jan.20)(2009)(74)(74)(72) --- Colin Covert (STAR TRIBUNE) takes the positive position at --- http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/96083264.html?page=all&prepage=2&c=y#continue --- and Roger Ebert takes a less positive position at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100602/REVIEWS/100609988
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Mother and child [videorecording]
#22(Jan.11)(2009)(77)(79)(85) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100519/REVIEWS/100519964 --- Good supplements - "Universally Connected" and the final summing up by director Rodrigo Garcia, who also helmed "Nine Lives."
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Never let me go [videorecording]
#111(Feb.22)(2010)(70)(70)(69) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100922/REVIEWS/100929994 --- with the counter review of David Denby (THE NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/09/27/100927crci_cinema_denby
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Nowhere boy [DVD]
#122(Feb.25)(2009)(72)(79)(79) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101013/REVIEWS/101019987 --- and a counterview by Colin Covert (STAR TRIBUNE) at --- http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/104958934.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue
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Pathera panchali [DVD] = Song of the little road
#3 (Jan. 1)(1955)(94)(97)(100) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010304/REVIEWS08/103040301/1023
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Please give [videorecording]
#79(Feb.8)(2010)(63)(88)(82) --- David Denby (NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/05/03/100503crci_cinema_denby --- GREAT script /c GREAT ensemble/ each character is memorable
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Prayers for Bobby [videorecording]
#54(Jan.27)(2009)(87)(--)(--) --- IMDB user reviews at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1073510/usercomments --- A LIFETIME movie on this list? Watch it; you'll be suprised - and moved.
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Red Riding [videorecording]
#68(Feb.3)(2009)(Red Riding:1974 - (76)(100)(2/0) --- Red Riding:1980 - (72)(90)(1/0) --- Red Riding:1983 - (76)(89)(1/0) --- Tom Long (DETROIT NEWS) reviews all three at http://www.detnews.com/article/20100318/OPINION03/3180309/1034/ent02/Review--Britain-s--Red-Riding--trilogy-seethes-with-murder--callous-corruption
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Restrepo [videorecording] : one platoon, one valley, one year
#25((Jan.13)(DOC)(2010)(87)(96)(92) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100630/REVIEWS/100639997 --- It was very sad and a shock to hear of his recent death (20April) while he was covering the front lines in Misrata, Libya. Film was up for last year's Oscar's.
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Skin [videorecording]
#160(Mar.21)(2008)(76)(85)(82) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091111/REVIEWS/911119999
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The age of innocence [videorecording]
#26(Jan.14)(1993)(73)(81)(89) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19930917/REVIEWS/309170301
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The American [videorecording]
#81(Feb.9)(2010)(37)(66)(62) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100831/REVIEWS/100839999 --- and Caryn James (NEWSWEEK) for a dissenting viewpoint --- http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/01/the-clooney-bait-and-switch.html
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The disappearance of Alice Creed [videorecording]
#93(Feb.17)(2009) --- James Berardinelli (ReelViews.com) with --- http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2165
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The kids are all right [videorecording]
#11((Jan.5)(2010)(72)(94)(94) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100707/REVIEWS/100709988 (Doesn't play on library computer)
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The secret in their eyes [videorecording]
#38(Jan.20)(2009)(92)(91)(93) --- David Denby (NEW YORKER) at http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/04/19/100419crci_cinema_denby --- Won 2009 Foreign Language Oscar.
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The social network [videorecording]
#85(Feb.10)(2010) --- David Denby (NEW YORKER) at --- http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/10/04/101004crat_atlarge_denby --- (won't play on library computer: "the file number has invalid format")
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The town [DVD]
#135(Mar.4)(2010)(83)(94)(92) --- Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100915/REVIEWS/100919991
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Toy story 3 [videorecording]
#5 (Jan2)(2010)(91)(99)(100) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100616/REVIEWS/100619990 --- Excellent commentary track. All 3 were top notch; local director connection a bonus.
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Twist of faith [videorecording]
#33(Jan.18)(DOC)(63)(100)(100) --- VARIETY review (Dennis Harvey) at http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117926129?refcatid=31
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United States of Tara. The second season [videorecording]
#166(Mar.25)(2010)(79 - Metascore)(9.0 - User Score) --- Maureen Ryan (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) at --- http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/03/united-states-of-tara-toni-collette.html
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Unstoppable [videorecording]
#161(Mar.21)(2010)(73)(86)(91) - Roger Ebert at --- http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101110/REVIEWS/101119995
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Which way home [videorecording]
#145(Mar.12)(2009)(DOC)(88)(100)(4/0) --- Ronnie Scheib (VARIETY) at --- http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940237?refcatid=31
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Winter's bone [videorecording]
#8(Jan 4)(2010)(73)(94)(94) --- Roger Ebert at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100616/REVIEWS/100619992 --- (Doesn't play on the library computer)
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