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Old March 14 2010, 07:47 AM   #331
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^^
A movie I saw on the Hallmark channel that my girlfriend really wanted to watch. Alas, not a porno.

I'm curious to see what you think of Altered States. It's very definitely not everyone's cup of tea. But I thought it was pretty cool.

And now it's 58 movies.

But I'm going to school for this stuff (or at least was, and will be again next fall), so I try and inundate myself with as many films as possible.
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Old March 14 2010, 06:07 PM   #332
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I recommend checking out "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" next.
I've already seen both of those (HaHR is reviewed several pages back; CaM I saw years ago, after seeing Match Point in 2005).

I've got several more Allen DVDs; the next I watch will probably be either Interiors or Mighty Aphrodite (the latter was rather hard to come by; Amazon.com doesn't have it anymore, I had to order it in through HMV).
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Old March 15 2010, 04:29 AM   #333
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I tried watching Interiors once and couldn't finish it. Mighty Aphrodite is a nice little film, though. And I love the new avatar. Almost makes me bother to change mine. Almost...

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]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [ B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]
Starship Troopers [A]
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
Altered States [A]
Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
Renaissance [ B]
District 9 [ B]
The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
The Box [ B]
Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
Notorious [B+]
Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
Death to Smoochy [C+]
Double Jeopardy [D-]
The Maltese Falcon [A-]
Starship Troopers [A]
Green Zone [ B]
Roving Mars [ B]

Saw this 2006 film on the IMAX screen at the Pacific Science Center today. Well-made, but I've seen finer IMAX films. Looked great, though. But what doesn't in true IMAX?
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Old March 15 2010, 05:09 AM   #334
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Movies I saw for the first time in 2010:

Dawn of the Dead (1978) [C+]
Day of the Dead (1985) [C+]
Land of the Dead [B]
Diary of the Dead [B]
28 Days Later [B-]
Zombie Strippers [D-]
The Zombie Diaries [F]
Black Sheep [C]
Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane [D-]
The Omega Man [C+]
I Am Legend [B]
Resident Evil [D-]
Fido [A]
Automaton Transfusion [D+]
Dead Snow [A]
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging [B]
The Marc Pease Experience [B]
Taking Chances [D+]
Alice in Wonderland (1951) [B-]
Alice in Wonderland (2010) [B+]
Employee of the Month [C]
Couples Retreat [C-]
The Clan of the Cave Bear [F]
Mazes and Monsters [B-]
The Invention of Lying [A-]
Poseidon [C-]

And probably others.
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Old March 15 2010, 05:25 AM   #335
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And I love the new avatar.
Thanks. Different artist's rendition of the same character, which I started using elsewhere because the display there warped the dimensions of the earlier one. Eventually I decided I liked the new one better for use everywhere.

Anyway, I decided to go for the comedy (also: colour!):

Mighty Aphrodite [B+] - one of Woody Allen's better-received films of the 1990s (and his fifth to win an acting Oscar, in this case for Mira Sorvino), I quite liked it. In a more serious movie, the reconciliation of Allen and his wife might have merited a bit more time than it was given, but the ending is rather self-consciously quick in wrapping things up, in imitation of a Greek tragedy (I've read enough of those to enjoy how they're used here; the way Allen interacts with them recalls slightly the fantasy bits in Annie Hall). Allen's good, albeit getting a bit long in tooth for this sort of role; Helena Bonham Carter is just sort of there; Sorvino steals the show, playing the "dumb blonde" for all it's worth (her dialogue's a lot coarser than most Allen films). I also liked seeing F. Murray Abraham, who was so great in Amadeus and has done so little in film since (he probably holds the record for most spectacularly wasted actor in a Star Trek movie). The ending is fairly life-affirming for late-stage Allen, almost to the point of him parodying the idea, showing even the violence-prone pimp and his henchman enjoying themselves as a basketball game.
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Old March 15 2010, 02:57 PM   #336
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Saw Green Zone, and I was disappointed by it. It was a fun thriller, but it was so heavy-handed in its political agenda it was just off-putting. Even as someone who is generally apolitical, and a big fan of Paul Greengrass, it was annoying to see a film push such a one-sided point-of-view. The Hurt Locker, comparatively speaking, was much better: it wasn't concerned about politics but was more concerned about just telling a damn good story.

I mean, I really wanted to like Green Zone. I love Paul Greengrass (United 93 is one of my favorite movies of all time), I love Matt Damon, and I love these type of films. But what made United 93 so damn good was because it wasn't concerned about telling a conspiracy thriller about 9/11, it was basically a retelling of the tragic event that occurred and the passengers' heroic plight to save their lives. Green Zone, on the other hand, has none of that subtle minimalism that made United 93 so great. However, John Powell delivered (once more) a fantastic score, and the first act was damn compelling storytelling.
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Old March 15 2010, 06:58 PM   #337
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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
Battlefield Earth - F
There Will Be Blood - A
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - B
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - B
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - A
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - B-
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - B
Faust (1994) - A
Night on Earth - B
Schizopolis - B-
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes - B
Primer - B
Ryan (2005) - B
Lost Highway - C+
The Seventh Seal (1957) - A
Metropolis (1927) - A
Kagemusha - A
Following - B+
Masters of Russian Animation 1, 2 - A
The Old Man and the Sea (animated) - A
The Man Who Planted Trees - A
Miller's Crossing - B+
Ocean's Eleven - B-
Moon - A
Inglorious Basterds - B+
"Unnamed Bitorrent Animation Collection" - A
The Third Man - A-

I've recently come into possession of a well-known Bitorrent animation festival spanning animation of all types from 1908 to the present. I'm won't go into detail due to the dubious legality, but it is an excellent collection, one that I wish I could pay for and purchase officially as it would be one of the strongest videos in my library. Some shorts that were brought to my attention by way of this collection: Sirene (1968), Overtime (2005), More (1998), Stones (2000). A

The Third Man - Oddly, I singled this movie out of the criterion collection because of a song lyric where someone referred to himself as the "third man" in reference to this movie. I still have no idea what the lyric means in context, but the movie was good. It's only the second noir I've seen and honestly, I'm not sure if the genre appeals to me. I certainly don't feel compelled to seek out more noirs in the same way I feel compelled to check out the remainder of Kurosawa's work. Decent mystery, interesting cinematography, passable but not quite excellent Blu-ray transfer. Was worth the rental but glad I didn't buy it. An A- for being a groundbreaking film but one I can't seem to fully endorse, somehow.
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Old March 15 2010, 07:11 PM   #338
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  1. 1/1 The Blind Side (2009, Hancock) [A]
  2. 1/3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick) [B]
  3. 1/3 Awake (2007, Harold) [C]
  4. 1/4 Rosemary's Baby (1968, Polanski) [A]
  5. 1/4 Up in the Air (2009, Reitman) [A]
  6. 1/4 The Lovely Bones (2009, Jackson) [B-]
  7. 1/4 The Time Traveler's Wife (2009, Schwentke) [A]
  8. 1/5 An Education (2009, Scherfig) [B]
  9. 1/5 A Perfect Getaway (2009, Twohy) [D]
  10. 1/5 Observe and Report (2009, Hill) [B]
  11. 1/6 Taking Woodstock (2009, Lee) [C]
  12. 1/6 State of Play (2009)
  13. 1/7 The Uninvited (2009)[C-]
  14. 1/8 Sorority Row (2009) [D]
  15. 1/8 Bolt (2008) [B+]
  16. 1/8 A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) [C]
  17. 1/18 A Serious Man (2009, Cohen) [B+]
  18. 1/20 Sherlock Holmes (2009) [C]
  19. 1/24 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007, Turtletaub) [B]
  20. 1/26 Vanilla Sky [A]
  21. 1/28 Wild at Heart (1990, Lynch)[D]
  22. 1/30 All About Steve (2009) [D]
  23. 2/24 MASH (1970, Altman) [C]
  24. 3/06 Married Life [A-]
  25. 3/09 The Stepfather (2009) [C]
  26. 3/11 New York, I Love You (2009, Various) [C]
  27. 3/12 Halloween II (2009, Zombie) [C+]
  28. 3/13 The Damned United (2009) [A]
  29. 3/15 The Informant (2009) [B]
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Old March 16 2010, 03:22 AM   #339
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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]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [ B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]
Starship Troopers [A]
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith [F]
Altered States [A]
Devil in a Blue Dress [ B]
Renaissance [ B]
District 9 [ B]
The Shawshank Redemption [B+]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [ B]
Memento [A]
Powaqqatsi [C+]
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard [D-]
The Box [ B]
Beverly Hills Cop [B-]
Notorious [B+]
Apocalypse Now Redux [A]
Death to Smoochy [C+]
Double Jeopardy [D-]
The Maltese Falcon [A-]
Starship Troopers [A]
Green Zone [ B]
Roving Mars [ B]
Star Trek [B+]

Yeah, I watched it again, and yeah, I really liked it this time around, too. The opening sequence, which I initially hated, has grown on me. And it gets plenty of details from TOS exactly right (having recently seen a good batch of episodes, certain things pop out). My girlfriend, who doesn't care much for Trek, liked it, too, whatever that says.

But now I'm seeing if 3D Master's lengthy review is on the mark or not. The film's certainly not without problems (which is why I don't award it an A, despite enjoying it quite a bit). We'll see...
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Old March 16 2010, 05:08 AM   #340
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"Altered States" ended up being one of the most trippy and surreal movies I've ever seen. Usually when I watch a movie, I care more about characters and story than special effects, but this was the rare case where I actually enjoyed the visuals more than anything else. I liked the characters and story too, but above all, the special effects sequences were what I found most memorable about the movie. They were like the light show sequence at the end of "2001: A Space Odyssey", but ON STEROIDS. I thought the zoo scene was a little too ridiculous, but liked the rest of the movie a lot.
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Old March 16 2010, 05:16 AM   #341
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New Moon (2009) [B-]

I find the Twilight films extremely watchable despite the extremely long and awkward looks between Bella and Edward and Jacob and whatnot... the first half of the movie is way too slow, but when things finally start happening it's a fun escapist flick.

Watching "Descent Part 2" right now. Descent is one of my top 5 favorite films, so here's hoping it doesn't suck. This film is getting an official direct to DVD release in the US on April 2010, btw.
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Old March 16 2010, 08:54 AM   #342
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^ For a minute there I thought you meant the TNG episode "Descent, Part II". I was wondering why you were mentioning that in the movie thread.

Direct-to-DVD? Huh, I thought they might do at least a limited theatrical release or something, but ah well. I guess that means I'll get to see it soon anyway. The first Descent is also one of my favourite horror films, so I too hope it doesn't suck.

Haven't had much time for movie-watching lately, but I did see The Hurt Locker a few weeks ago (before the Oscars). A good film, I don't deny, but it didn't quite grab me like I hoped it would. Maybe I'll rewatch someday and see if my opinion changes at all.

What else... Oh yes: Valentine's Day. You know, one of the advantages of being a single male is generally not having to see films like this. Alas, I made the mistake of telling my sister that I'd treat her to any movie she wanted to see for her birthday. She picked this one. It was about what I expected: lame, clichéd, and predictable. To be generous, though, there may have been a couple of genuinely funny moments, but not enough to make me wish I hadn't spent the money on the tickets.

On the plus side, my sister didn't really like it either, so at least I had someone to commiserate with.
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Old March 16 2010, 05:37 PM   #343
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Descent 2 sucks.... a lot. I'm just going to pretend like it doesn't exist.
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Old March 17 2010, 06:19 AM   #344
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Went to see REPO MEN at a free screenin' tonight. I liked it, either because or in spite of the mind fuck of a twist to the endin'. I may have to go see it again.
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Old March 17 2010, 07:52 AM   #345
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The Third Man - Oddly, I singled this movie out of the criterion collection because of a song lyric where someone referred to himself as the "third man" in reference to this movie. I still have no idea what the lyric means in context, but the movie was good. It's only the second noir I've seen and honestly, I'm not sure if the genre appeals to me. I certainly don't feel compelled to seek out more noirs in the same way I feel compelled to check out the remainder of Kurosawa's work. Decent mystery, interesting cinematography, passable but not quite excellent Blu-ray transfer. Was worth the rental but glad I didn't buy it. An A- for being a groundbreaking film but one I can't seem to fully endorse, somehow.
I feel the same way as you, but I wouldn't be as generous. I've found most of the film noir I've seen so far unbearably boring. They all seem to be little more than some guy running around solving a mystery that I could care less about, and "The Third Man" is a quintessential example. Thus far, the only exception is "The Maltese Falcon". Humphrey Bogart kept that one interesting. He's one of my favourite actors and I've loved every movie I've seen him in (which is a lot of them) except "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" and "The Barefoot Contessa".

In the "The Third Man", right at the end I loved Orson Welles's performance, the production design of the tunnel for the big chase scene, and the way that chase was shot, but nothing leading up to these things impressed me. I'm not digging Kurosawa either. I have only seen "The Seven Samurai" and "Ikiru" and thought they were both way too long and way too melodramatic, with only a precious few genuinely moving moments.

The last movie I saw was "Top Secret!". It's by the same guys who did "Airplane!" and like that movie, it's wall-to-wall with over-the-top verbal and sight gags, but they were surprisingly creative and consistently funny. It's an unusually clever and witty comedy, despite the relentless ludicrousness of it all. A fine debut for Val Kilmer, who shows he's got immense charisma right away and performs his Elvis-parodying musical numbers with superb panache, singing and dancing fantastically. The movie's song, "How silly can ya get?" pretty much sums up the movie, but it elevates silliness to a respectable art form.
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