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Old February 7 2011, 05:14 PM   #151
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
Tron Legacy 3D - theater
Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
Sanctum - free screenin'
The Green Hornet - free screenin'
Green Zone - HBO
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
True Grit (1969) - AMC
Ringu

Last night after the Super Bowl, my friends Angie & Ted decided we should watch a movie, so they popped in the original Japanese horror film Ringu since I hadn't seen it before, but have seen the American remake & its sequel (I've even met the actress that played the girl in the well).

The movie was so slow, I think I dozed off for a bit without missin' anything, and some of the sound effects were just bad. But one thing I will give credit for that I liked more than the remake - when she comes out of the tv, she's solid. In the remake, she still has bursts of static while walkin' across the room, but in this, she's "real." I liked that a lot more.

Thinkin' of goin' to a matinee this afternoon, may see Black Swan...
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Old February 7 2011, 06:19 PM   #152
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I think I'm the only person in the world who didn't unconditionally love Black Swan, or isn't even fond of Darren Aronofsky in general. I almost got yelled out of a room at a party this weekend for disagreeing with people on its amazing-ness. Yeesh, lol.

Anyway, my last few films:

Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky - C
Cache, directed by Micheal Haneke - B
A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard - B+
Bronson, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn - A-
True Grit, directed by the Coen Brothers - B-

I highly recommend Bronson if you're looking for something dark and psychological, especially if you're interested in something that's a little reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange. I feel like I need to learn French and then re-watch Cache in order to bump it up to an A since it's such an atmospheric movie, with the background chatter going mostly untranslated. True Grit felt like too much of a scene-for-scene remake without any of that Coen Brothers magic sprinkled in.
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Old February 7 2011, 07:26 PM   #153
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11. Planet of the Apes(2001): B-
12. Faster: C
13. Romance: D (French film, subtitled)
14. YPF: C- (YPF=Young People F*&^ing)

It sounded like a comedy and was anything but. The last two movies sucked and I'm not sure why but I keep sampling material I'm told isn't good. Up next in the queue, DOOM.
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Old February 7 2011, 08:00 PM   #154
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I'm not sure why but I keep sampling material I'm told isn't good. Up next in the queue, DOOM.
Well, stop before you watch Doom.
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Old February 7 2011, 08:17 PM   #155
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I'm not sure why but I keep sampling material I'm told isn't good. Up next in the queue, DOOM.
Well, stop before you watch Doom.
Thanks for trying. It arrives tomorrow and I'll watch it. I think the reason is two fold why I watch movies I've heard are bad.
1-So I can say I saw it and have an informed opinion. Is it really that bad I always ask or just a loud minority says that.
2-Trainwrecks can be a wonder to behold.
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Old February 8 2011, 04:51 AM   #156
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Also:

3. Things are rarely as "bad" as most people claim them to be.
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Old February 8 2011, 10:42 AM   #157
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26. Rumble Fish (A)

I'm not surprised to find out that the critical reception of Coppola's other S.E. Hinton adaptation made in 1983 was poor--the film barely has a narrative and, visually, is anything but conventional. Of course, Coppola's visual style is exactly why it's a great movie, while the much more conventional The Outsiders is only okay. I don't think I've seen black and white photography this good in a movie since The Night of the Hunter. And, when the movie punctuates the final scene with a few shots of color, it's sublime.

The first two Godfather films and Apocalypse Now are on Blu-Ray. Now we just need Rumble Fish and The Conversation and all of Coppola's (directed) masterpieces as a director will be available in their best form on home video.
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Old February 8 2011, 10:27 PM   #158
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Apocalypse Now looks stunning on Blu-ray. It's one of the best transfers I've ever seen.
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Old February 8 2011, 11:26 PM   #159
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12. Faster: C
13. Romance: D (French film, subtitled)
14. YPF: C- (YPF=Young People F*&^ing)
15. The Beautiful Truth: B-

While waiting for DOOM to arrive I instantly watched this documentary last night. It's about the conspiracy theory behind how cancer is cureable and a Dr.Gerson, from the 40s Germany, found methods to push back and cure cancer, in any form. The concluding moment was how the Mayo Clinic would not comment and one of their doctors had left after witnessing a former patient in stage 4 be cured when given the Dr.Gerson method. I found the information interesting but the production values and choice of 'host' made for a lackluster presentation. My grade reflects that not the info itself. Still, having seen Food Inc and SuperSize Me back in '10 plus reading 'Skinny Bastard' I'm finding the idea of diet and manufactured foods debilitating results an intersting self study.
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Old February 9 2011, 12:03 AM   #160
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
Tron Legacy 3D - theater
Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
Sanctum - free screenin'
The Green Hornet - free screenin'
Green Zone - HBO
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
True Grit (1969) - AMC
Ringu - DVD
Black Swan - Alamo Drafthouse (its not just a movie theater)

I wanted to swing by the Drafthouse for a matinee while I'm here in Austin, and wound up seein' Black Swan. Natalie Portman is now the ony "best actress" Oscar nominee I've seen, so I hope she gets it.

What I don't get is this...she was in every scene of the movie, and so was the actress that starred in True Grit, but the True Grit actress got a "best supporting actress" nomination. WTF is that about?!?

Anyway, Black Swan...that movie was a trip, and the way the sound added to the disorientation (don't know if its the same everywhere, but offscreen chatter really maked use of single speakers off to the sides, rather than every speaker). I don't think it should get "best picture" or "best director," though.
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Old February 9 2011, 12:24 AM   #161
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What I don't get is this...she was in every scene of the movie, and so was the actress that starred in True Grit, but the True Grit actress got a "best supporting actress" nomination. WTF is that about?!?
Steinfeld submitted herself as a supporting actress to give herself a better chance of winning.
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Old February 9 2011, 12:33 AM   #162
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What I don't get is this...she was in every scene of the movie, and so was the actress that starred in True Grit, but the True Grit actress got a "best supporting actress" nomination. WTF is that about?!?
Steinfeld submitted herself as a supporting actress to give herself a better chance of winning.
I thought it was
A)Jeff Bridges movie
B)studios did the submitting anyway

Didn't realize the actor placed themselves into a particular category. You sure they do that on their on behalf?

You often see full page ads, paid for by studios, with the "for your consideration" tagline so I guess that plays into why I thought studios did the nominating. Otherwise you'd have Jack Black or someone trying to pull a publicity stunt nominating themselves.
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Old February 9 2011, 01:22 AM   #163
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The studio and managers agree on a campaign, but the point is the same: it's blatantly a lead role that they're pretending is supporting (which is pretty common for child/young actors).
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Old February 10 2011, 03:01 PM   #164
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1. Black Swan (2010) ✭✭✭✭
2. Winter's Bone (2010) ✭✭✭ 1/2
3. Buried (2010) ✭✭✭✭
4. The King's Speech (2010) ✭✭✭✭

5. Catfish (2010) ✭✭✭
6. The American (2010) ✭✭
7. Frozen (2010) ✭✭ 1/2
8. Dinner for Schmucks (2010) ✭✭✭
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Old February 10 2011, 07:32 PM   #165
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14. YPF: C- (YPF=Young People F*&^ing)
15. The Beautiful Truth: B-
16. Strictly Sexual: C+
17. DOOM: C

Strictly Sexual - this was a Buffy TVS reason for watching as it stars Amber Benson. It was a decent movie really and has the most amount of clothed sex scenes in a movie that I think I've seen in some time.

DOOM - this movie felt like a type of cross between Resident Evil and Stargate. At least co-opting themes anyway. The infectious alien chromosome that transforms you like a zombie/vamp bit would. Then there is the ARC, a space jumping device. All in all the movie wasn't bad. Played the typical beats one should expect from this type movie. The only homage to the video game I recognized was a 10min sequence near the end where you see the gun in the foreground going through the shoot/reload sequence.

Next up hard disk is Men in Black II which I haven't seen in 9 yrs. With MIB:III filming I'm rewatching. Bought MIB on Black Friday for $4 and renting pt.II for now. Not sure what but I may stream something also.
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