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Old September 8 2010, 08:35 PM   #676
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I finally got around to seeing Avatar.

Wow. Talk about a disappointment. I mean, I wasn't expecting all that much, but with all the hype I was expecting more than that. Sure, visually it could be quite stunning at times, but the dialogue was just so awful most of the time that it was almost unbearable. Lines like "You're not in Kansas anymore" were a dime a dozen, and went on for 2 hours and 42 minutes. Ouch.

The "chosen one" saving the oppressed people wasn't all that original either. I also found the casting less than inspired, although the chick chopper pilot was super badass and hot.

I'll give it 2/5 on Netflix.
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Is it the worst movie ever, no. It sure isn't a cinematic second coming like it was touted though either.
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Old September 8 2010, 10:16 PM   #677
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198. The Sixth Sense [B+]
199. Heat [A-]

The Sixth Sense: A lot of people dump on M. Night Shyamalan, and for good reason. His last tolerable film was probably Signs, and it still ends with an absurd twist that undermines any believability the movie had established. But going back to his first feature (at least, the first with a wide release, and the most famous) it's easier to see why studios keep throwing money at him. Here he takes a simple premise (a kid can see the ghosts and a psychologist who has suffered personal and professional trauma tries to help him) and runs with it. Willis' performance is restrained and muted--perfect for the material--but it's Haley Joel Osment who steals the show. Usually, child actors are terrible, but Osment demonstrates more craft than some adult actors can lay claim to, and he does it during sustained takes. The most emotional scene, frankly, is not when Willis uncovers the film's infamous twist, but in the scene before when Cole (Osment) tells his secret to his mother for the first time. It's a quiet little film from a young writer/director that shows a lot of promise. Alas, I think Shyamalan took the wrong cues from his critics, and spent most of his later films replicating the twist ending instead of the emotional core that makes it most watchable. If I had any complaint, it would be the heavy-hand Shyamalan uses to convey certain plot points at times (he pounds the bit where Willis listens to the tape of his past subject into the audience, well past what is needed). But it's still a solid film that sets a terrific mood.

Heat: Heat is either one subplot too heavy or an hour too short (and it already clocks in at 160 minutes), but that doesn't bother me all that much. Pacino and DeNiro are terrific, and the supporting cast is filled with actors of similar talent in roles of all sizes. The cinematography, the editing, and the sparse musical score are just perfect. Perhaps one day a longer version will be released, but if not, this version will due. It's a great, if not perfect, crime thriller.
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Old September 9 2010, 06:59 PM   #678
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I saw The American. What a great movie. The tension in the last ten minutes or so is so palpable. It really does take its time and I love how so much suspense is generated by so much quiet silence. George Clooney delivers a real restrained performance and the cinematography is stunningly gorgeous. A really understated thriller.
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Old September 11 2010, 10:08 PM   #679
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I just saw The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I like both actors and have enjoyed other films from director Darren Aronofsky but this movie is bad.
Where do I go to get my 1.5hrs of time back?
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Old September 12 2010, 02:57 AM   #680
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So far this year I've seen:
  • The Book of Eli
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America
  • My Name Is Khan
  • Shutter Island
  • The Ghost Writer
  • Defendor
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Brooklyn's Finest
  • The Runaways
  • Chloe
  • Greenberg
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • City Island
  • The Joneses
  • Please Give
  • Iron Man 2
  • Robin Hood
  • The A-Team
  • Winter's Bone
  • Toy Story 3
  • Jonah Hex
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Inception
  • The Expendables
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Machete
For the remainder of the year, I'm looking forward to:
  • The Town
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Buried
  • Howl
  • Casino Jack (not the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, though I want to see that as well)
  • The Social Network
  • Stone
  • The Company Men
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Tron Legacy
  • True Grit
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Old September 12 2010, 03:32 AM   #681
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I just saw The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I like both actors and have enjoyed other films from director Darren Aronofsky but this movie is bad.
Where do I go to get my 1.5hrs of time back?
Oh, that's one of my favorite movies of all time.

It's on.
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Old September 12 2010, 03:57 AM   #682
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The only movies i seen this year have been avatar and the A team.
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Old September 12 2010, 11:17 AM   #683
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O yes. I've seen Robin Hood too. I loved it, and it's not (just) because I'm a sucker for Russel. Love Cate too
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Old September 12 2010, 01:16 PM   #684
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I just saw The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I like both actors and have enjoyed other films from director Darren Aronofsky but this movie is bad.
Where do I go to get my 1.5hrs of time back?
Oh, that's one of my favorite movies of all time.

It's on.
I felt it was as convoluted a way of delivering a message about the timelessness of love that I've seen to date. I don't even feel like it adequately explained how Tommy(Hugh) was actually all 3 versions of himself, let alone Izzi.
I liked The Wrestler and want to see Black Swan but The Fountain just didn't click with me.
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Old September 12 2010, 07:33 PM   #685
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I just saw The Fountain with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I like both actors and have enjoyed other films from director Darren Aronofsky but this movie is bad.
Where do I go to get my 1.5hrs of time back?
Oh, that's one of my favorite movies of all time.

It's on.
I felt it was as convoluted a way of delivering a message about the timelessness of love that I've seen to date. I don't even feel like it adequately explained how Tommy(Hugh) was actually all 3 versions of himself, let alone Izzi.
I liked The Wrestler and want to see Black Swan but The Fountain just didn't click with me.
In my interpretation, the other versions were fabrications thought up by Tommy and Izzy. The Spaniard quest for the fountain was youth was Izzy's story and the futuristic element was Tommy's way of ending that story after Izzy died. It was, in a purely thematically metaphorical sense, a visualization of Tommy's grief and overcoming or coming to terms with that grief.

However, I can understand how the film isn't for everyone. A lot of people want literal or definitive explanations of things and The Fountain is an extremely non-literal, visual film that offers no definitive explanations and instead gives the audience an ambiguous, thought-provoking story that forces an audience to formulate their own conclusions based on what they've seen.
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Old September 12 2010, 11:05 PM   #686
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I don't see many movies in the theaters anymore, but I might make an exception for LET ME IN . . . .
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Old September 12 2010, 11:24 PM   #687
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I have somehow ended up seeing Iron Man 2, The Clash of the Titans, Avatar, Shutter Island, Inception and Pirahna 3D. I only wanted to see three of them but ended up in the theaters for them all for one reason or another.

The curious thing is that in the end the one that will benefit most from being seen in the theater is Piranha 3D, as the only scene that uses 3D to any point at all will be censored for broadcast. The movie will strain the closes of family ties to the breaking point.
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Old September 13 2010, 12:49 AM   #688
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I saw Resident Evil: Apocolypse and for what it was is a fairly decent enough action zombie movie. Its in line with the other 3 any way.
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Old September 13 2010, 01:03 AM   #689
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200. A Shot in the Dark [B+]
201. Mortal Kombat [F]

A Shot in the Dark: Better than the first Clouseau film, this one wisely ignores developing a coherent plot in favor of physical and verbal humor by Peter Sellers in his most famous role (with more screentime for the comedian than in The Pink Panther). Outside of the opening sequence, which features an awful song that distracts from anything that might elicit laughter as well as the long camera take which is quite impressive, it's a lot of fun.

Mortal Kombat: Terrible on every level, this film wasn't a bad choice for a drinking game. I think the words "Mortal Kombat" are spoken aloud about 30 times, and that's some of the better dialogue. Christopher Lambert plays Rayden as a cross between Yoda and a sex offender, which is about as creepy as it sounds.
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I don't see many movies in the theaters anymore, but I might make an exception for LET ME IN . . . .
I'm looking forward to that movie. I loved the Swedish original and this remake actually looks pretty decent. I plan on seeing it when it hits theaters.
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