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Old January 30 2010, 01:03 AM   #151
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Movies Seen in 2010
Duplicity - C-
The Hurt Locker - A
Moon - A
The Princess and the Frog - B
Crazy Heart - B+

It's Award season, and that means watching movies that are up for Oscar considerations, and one of them with the buzz of best Actor was Crazy Heart. First, to get this out of the way, Jeff Bridges was excellent as Bad Blake. He's a pretty good country singer too, but it carried this movie and deserves the awards he gets. I think he is slightly better than Clooney from Up in the Air because, well, Clooney was playing Clooney. Bridges shows some good range in this one and it was nice to see.

Now as for the movie, I couldn't help but think movies like Walk the Line and Ray were better. This movie had some slow parts that dragged a bit, but I hate to spoil anything so I'll just say it was a great movie, but I wouldn't say it was the best picture of the year, if it's nominated.
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Old January 31 2010, 04:05 AM   #152
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Flesh and Blood - Not Verhoeven's best film, most of the characters are so repulsive its hard to watch. Lots of Jennifer Jason Leigh nudity, though. Too bad I never liked her. D

2012 - It delivers on its end of world premise. It's crazy over the top at times, but enjoyable in the ways mega disaster movies are. B-

Armored - There's not much to this one beyond the trailers. Why they expected audiences to go see it is a mystery, because even paying the dollar I did still made me feel like I was wasting my time. It's watchable, but really, more like an episode of a t.v. show or a t.v. movie. Fishburne and Jean Reno are wasted, and well, Matt Dillon always sucks. C-
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Old January 31 2010, 05:50 AM   #153
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Saw Edge of Darkness. A really effective, slow burn thriller. Martin Campbell is on a bit of a winning streak after Casino Royale. Let's hope Green Lantern continues that streak. Also, Mel Gibson is one hellueva actor, personal circumstances aside.
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Old January 31 2010, 05:57 AM   #154
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Old January 31 2010, 11:44 AM   #155
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Sherlock Holmes: Nothing mind-blowing, but overall, it's an enjoyable watch. Downey and Law are excellent together, but the rest of the cast is fairly bland. B-

Iron Man (2008): Again, this was nothing fantastic, but as a huge Iron Man enthusiast, I liked it a lot.
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Old January 31 2010, 10:54 PM   #156
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Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]

Raiders and Crusade: These films still hold up after all these years. Some people complain that Brody was turned into a comedic character in the third film, but he's hardly in the first, and the change doesn't bother me. As far as popcorn movies go, they can't be beat.

Moon: I saw this in theatres, and really enjoyed it. Picked up the Blu-Ray (which looks great) and still think its my favorite science fiction film from 2009 (and one of my favorites, period).
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Old February 1 2010, 04:00 AM   #157
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All About Steve [D] - it's as bad as they say it is. I just had to see.
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Old February 1 2010, 04:28 AM   #158
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Updates:
Boondock Saints (10)
The Book of Eli (8)
Cencoroll (8)
District 9 (8)
G-9 (6)
Inglorious Bastards (7)
Oldboy (9)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann-hen (8)
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Old February 2 2010, 01:16 AM   #159
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Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]
Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
Sunshine [C]

Fun with Dick and Jane: This Jim Carrey remake is far better than it has any right to be, which is probably due to the supporting cast, particularly Alec Baldwin and Richard Jenkins. Not much else to say. Won't be seeing it again.

Sunshine: Danny Boyle never ceases to underwhelm me. This film cost fifty million dollars, has a good cast, solid production design, and well-done visual effects. But I can't for the life of me understand how anyone green-lit the picture, or how anyone signed on to act in it, based on the script. Everyone talks about how the wheels come off the wagon in the third act--and, boy, do they come off--but the first two acts aren't especially groundbreaking, either. Characters make mistakes they should have been able to easily avoid, act out in ways that would be incredibly stupid in a real spacecraft, and it's best not to think to deeply about the science (forget about the sun dying out about five billion years too early, explain to me gravity onboard the ship...on second thought, don't).

And don't get me started on the appearance of Pinbacker. I assume Boyle never let's the camera focus on him because it would all but cement how cheesy and nonsensical the character is?

For fifty million dollars, Duncan Jones could have made Moon ten times. Alas.
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Old February 2 2010, 04:49 AM   #160
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Starship Troopers - C+
District 9 - A
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - B+
The Wrestler - B
V for Vendetta - C+
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - C
Corpse Bride - C

Caught up on a bunch of older movies lately.

I enjoyed The Wrestler. Poignant tale of glory days gone by. Not much to add that hasn't been said before. B

V for Vedetta - My first time seeing the movie the Wachowski brothers made after The Matrix. An odd mix of stuff I liked and stuff I didn't like. I enjoyed the literate hero and the fact that we never saw what his face looked like. The part in the middle where he reprograms Natalie Portman's character or whatever he does seemed ridiculous and unnecessary. Nice camera work. Nice sets. C+

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - First time watching it in about 5 years. Good god could this movie have been any longer. This isn't Lord of the Rings, this is light family fare. Could easily be a B if it weren't so long.

Corpse Bride - Basically appealing in the same way that A Nightmare Before Christmas was appealing except watered down. There were what, 4 Danny Elfman songs, in the whole movie? The last 1/3rd or so was a lot of fun though. C
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Old February 2 2010, 06:22 AM   #161
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Saw Drag me to hell yesterday.

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Old February 2 2010, 08:13 AM   #162
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Precious
Unremarkable. What stands out the most are the handful of starlets, would-be starlets and ex-starlets who populate the alternative learning class; their fine artificial sheen serves as a rather unwelcome contrast to the more homely and realistic casting that the rest of the film has gained a degree of fame and/or notoriety for. The teacher is particularly poor; using her big, soulful eyes as if they're imploring us to use her beauty to make us care about the lead. Or something, I'm probably overthinking this.

Should it be generating Oscar buzz? Well, eh, it's solid, if a trifle oversentimentalized is places. The best parts of the movie are those with the mother and her daughter though, which are appropriately brutal, and my half-knowledge indicates they're the ones up for that talk, so this makes sense. There were two phantasmagorical fantasy sequences that were interesting - particularly a certain flashback; but also the heroine imagining her droll life through the lens of a Spanish telenovela - but the rest of it was rather obvious.

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Characters make mistakes they should have been able to easily avoid, act out in ways that would be incredibly stupid in a real spacecraft, and it's best not to think to deeply about the science
In its own way, Sunshine was the precusor to Defying Gravity. Don't tell the people who think it's one of the best real sci-fi movies in years I said that, though. A waste of Cillian Murphy, really.

For fifty million dollars, Duncan Jones could have made Moon ten times. Alas.
I never would have guessed the disparity was that big (though Sunshine was clearly a trifle more expensive.) More to Jones' credit, clearly.
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Old February 2 2010, 08:56 AM   #163
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Moon shows what you can do with an intelligent script and a resourceful director. Sunshine shows what you can do with a plodding script and a director over his head and out of his league.
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Old February 2 2010, 10:58 AM   #164
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I watched I Love You, Beth Cooper on DVD yesterday.

It was cute, kind of funny here & there, and only mildly retarded, but it had Hayden from Heroes & Alan Ruck, so I won't complain too much.
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In its own way, Sunshine was the precusor to Defying Gravity. Don't tell the people who think it's one of the best real sci-fi movies in years I said that, though. A waste of Cillian Murphy, really.
Forget Cillian Murphy--what a waste of Michelle Yeoh. I was arguing with a friend over the end of the movie last night. She was trying to convince me that it was all about spirituality. I thought that was bunk, really.

Moreover, I find myself annoyed with Danny Boyle the more interviews I read with him. Maybe I'm carrying that ire over to his films (the only one I've really cared for was Trainspotting).

For this film, I've read several where he claims that getting the science right was important. It's a claim that's hard to take seriously when the sun dying out 5,000,000,000 years too early is the easiest bit of science to swallow. For 28 Days Later, he went to (in)famous lengths trying to call it anything but a zombie film. For Slumdog Millionaire, every interview I read with him had the interview asking him what his Bollywood influences were and Boyle responding that there were none.

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For fifty million dollars, Duncan Jones could have made Moon ten times. Alas.
I never would have guessed the disparity was that big (though Sunshine was clearly a trifle more expensive.) More to Jones' credit, clearly.
Box Office Mojo says it cost 40 million. Duncan Jones said it cost 50 million in one of the Q&A's on the Moon Blu-Ray (probably the DVD, too). Either way, it cost quite a bit more money (and calling it an independent production is slightly hilarious).
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