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Old June 29 2012, 02:33 PM   #753
Agent Richard07
Re: Movies Seen in 2012

179. Adoration: (✩½) - Live TV - A boy mixes details of a terrorist plot with his own family's history and presents it as fact for a school assignment. This wasn't the easiest film to follow. Some of Atom Egoyan's films tend to be like that. I like films that step ouside the formula, but this one didn't grab me or hold my attention very well.

180. Love, Wedding, Marriage: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A 28 year old psychologist has just gotten married, then finds out that her parents are getting a divorce. Disillusionment about marriage then sets in. Stars Mandy Moore. Not the strongest romantic comedy around, but it was watchable and I like Mandy Moore.

181. The Ghost Writer: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A ghost writer is hired by a former British PM to polish up his autobiography. He's also dealing with a scandal due to something he did while in office. Along the way, secrets come out. Stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Great start, dragged in the middle and had a big finish.

182. 3000 Miles to Graceland: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - A group of Elvis impersonators rob a casino and make off with the money. All but two end up dead and one ends up chasing the other through the western U.S. In an attempt to get it. Stars Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Couteney Cox and Kevin Pollak. Christian Slater is also there, but not for long. The movie got a lot of bad reviews, but I enjoyed it. The story was disjointed, but it had some good atmosphere, in the same vein as a lot of drifter movies like Red Rock West. Not quite as raw or as cool, but it was there, so that's why I'm giving it a better grade than what it's been given by others. Also, the title will make sense in the last few seconds.

183. Spartacus: (✩✩✩✩) - Live TV - Finally saw this classic. A slave gladiator escapes with a few others and mounts an army to take down Rome. Stars Kirk Douglas. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did other classics like The Ten Commandments, but it was pretty good and I especially liked the romance/family sub plot. That had real heart.

184. Last Night: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A husband and wife each have an affair. Stars Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. It's not insightful, but it's watchable.

185. Shutter Island: (✩✩✩) - DVD - Two agents go to an insane asylum on a remote island in order to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben Kingsley. The movie wasn't that exciting, but it was alright. Plus, I saw the end twist and outcome a mile away.

186. Hereafter: (✩✩✩) - DVD - This movie moves around between three stories about death. One involves a woman who almost drowned in that big tsunami from a few years ago, one involves a pshychic who can talk to the dead, but doesn't want to use his abilities anymore, and another deals with a boy who lost his brother in a car accident. Eventually these three characters' lives converge. This is a movie full of unknown actors with the exception of Matt Damon who plays the psychic. It wasn't as good as the trailers made it seem, but it was engaging enough. It felt more like an independent movie than a glossy big budget motion picture. The tsunami scene had that big disaster movie look though.

187. Waitress: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A small town waitress with an inconsiderate and sometimes abusive loser husband finds out she's pregnant and ends up having an affair with her doctor. Stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and Jeremy Sisto. Another movie I'd describe as simply "watchable". The camera also liked to focus on Russell's beauty.

188. Bridesmaids: (✩✩✩✩) - DVD - Two bridesmaids compete to "win" the favor of their friend the bride. Stars Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolf and Rose Byrne. Rose is the reason I got this movie, but Wiig turned out to be pretty good herself. I found this to be a pretty good comedy that wasn't stupid.

189. The Back-Up Plan: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A career woman who doesn't have a man in her life decides to get pregnant by way of invitro. Then on the day she gets implanted, she meets a guy and they hit it off. Now she has to tell him that she's pregnant. Stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin. Another watchable rom com that loses a little something halfway through.

190. Triage: (✩✩✩) - DVD - Two photojournalists are sent to war-torn Kurdistan and only one returns. Post traumatic stress disorder takes hold or our sole returnee, and his wife decides to get him help. Eventually, the story of what happened to the one who didn't return surfaces. Stars Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee. It's a bit slow and plodding, but it's a good story and the stars deliver some decent performances, especially Farrell.

191. Easy A: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A high school girl lies to her friend about losing her virginity and the news spreads like wildfire. Liking the attention, she embraces her status as someone who sleeps around. It stars Emma Stone and was inspired by The Scarlett Letter. It's not the sharpest comedy around, but it's watchable and intentionally tame.

192. The Switch: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A woman wants to have a kid, so she finds a sperm donor, but during a drunken stupor, her best friend, a guy, ends up replacing the sample with his sperm. She gets pregnant, has the kid and 7 years later, he begins to suspect that it's his. How does he tell her? Stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Not a rip-roaringly funny comedy, and it's fairly standard fare but it's not bad either. Setting up a situation where the sperm sample is replaced must have been hard to figure out, but it mostly works eventhough it's contrived.

Theatre: 9
DVD/Blu-Ray: 70
Live TV: 80
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 24
Internet: 4
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