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Old March 14 2011, 01:40 AM   #241
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20. The Illusionist (B)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)
23. Incendies (A+)
24. Mrs. Miniver (A)

1942's Best Picture winner, the first of three to be directed by William Wyler. Since I recently did that post about the most successful actors' directors, with Wyler in the #1 spot, and I've been looking into past BP winners, I decided to watch one of his films. This film is an interesting case since while it was released in mid-1942, it was developed in 1941, when America was not yet at war. Wyler and co. were out to rally the American public to the Allied cause. Despite this, unlike a lot of films from the era, it doesn't feel especially propagandistic (it closes with a big speech, but it feels fairly natural). There was a war on, after all.

Great acting from everybody, with the standouts being Greer Garson (as the title character), Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, and Walter Pidgeon (who was also in the previous year's BP winner, How Green Was My Valley; and he looks uncannily like Jon Hamm). There's also an appearance by Henry Travers (It's A Wonderful Life's Clarence), and if a more loveable-looking old man ever lived, I'd be surprised. For the time period, the production values and special effects are surprisingly good (I'm thinking especially of the Dunkirk flotilla seen in the Thames).
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Old March 14 2011, 03:10 AM   #242
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25. Legion: B-
26. Battle: LA: B+
27. Righteous Kill: B
28. Dracula II: Ascension: B-

This is a sequel to the Dracula 2000 film that makes Vlad the Impaler only ONE of many aliases. Dracula here in this series goes back much further in time and if you haven't seen I'll not say who Dracula is but it does give a plausible reason as to why silver affects vamps.

This series plays up ALL the lore, that I can tell, associated with vamps. For that reason, among others, I like this series and will watch the third installment soon.

It's a fairly straight forward script but as far as DDVD movies go it's up there at the top in terms of quality and execution.
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Old March 15 2011, 11:31 PM   #243
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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)
Unknown - free screenin'
The Losers - HBO
The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
Kick-Ass - DVD
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
Rango - theater
Red (2010) - DVD rental
Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
Harry Brown - DVD
Faster - DVD rental
Jonah Hex - DVD rental
Battle: L.A. - theater

Went to go see Battle: L.A. last night, and I have no complaints about it at all, since it was exactly what the trailers made it look like.

A bunch of cliche Marines gotta kick alien ass in modern day Los Angeles. And Michelle Rodriguez plays a tough chick from the Air Force.

Well worth the $4.75 I paid to see it.
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Old March 15 2011, 11:44 PM   #244
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You saw it at night, in TX for $4.75!!!! Do you have some type of student/military or other discount? Cause a non-discounted night show is $10.50 here in Nashville, TN. I'm jealous if that is the standard rate. Hell I'd be seeing way more theatrical movies if it were that way here.
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Old March 16 2011, 12:17 AM   #245
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I went to the 7:10 show, no discount. It's just a really small town I'm livin' in these days.
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Old March 16 2011, 04:39 AM   #246
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20. The Illusionist (B)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)
23. Incendies (A+)
24. Mrs. Miniver (A)
25. A Fistful of Dollars (B+)

I was perusing FutureShop the other day and came across a Blu-Ray pack of the Man With No Name trilogy for $29.99, which seemed like a pretty good deal, since the same store had a Blu-Ray of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for $19.99.

Anyway, this is about as good as a bog-standard Western gets, I think - by which I mean, it's pretty much a distilled gunfighter story without really any themes or characterization. The movie made Clint Eastwood a star, and you can see why, because even with the preceding issues, he always commands your attention and is fun to watch.
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Old March 16 2011, 06:28 AM   #247
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22. Goldfinger ✭✭✭

Not as good as Dr. No, but better than From Russia With Love, Goldfinger has some great moments. It looks absolutely outstanding on Blu-ray. I love the short scene with Moneypenny and any scene with Oddjob is fun. The tune is catchy as well.

I'm going to be going through the Bond movies I haven't seen (quite a few.)
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Old March 16 2011, 02:45 PM   #248
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26. Battle: LA: B+
27. Righteous Kill: B
28. Dracula II: Ascension: B-
29. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: D

This finally made it's way up my Netflix queue but only cause Dracula III is on short wait. I had to see this for a few reasons one of which was 'can Kristin stretch her "acting" skills beyond boring Lana", NOPE!! Sometimes I watch a movie that I've heard was horrible and don't either fully agree or agree at all. This movie did not accomplish that. It was pretty much everything I'd heard about it.

The dialogue was uninspiring as was the delivery. Not sure if that is a chicken/egg syndrome or not. Those voiceovers during the movie by Kruek were so bland. I'm thinking that is just her 'style' cause she delivers Lana on Smallville the same bland way. I don't think she's been directed to appear melancholic that many times.

The only saving grace of the movie is that a couple of the fight scenes were tolerable. However, the final scene where she uses her 'chi' power and then does this physics defying neck snap were laughable.

The witty connection at the end where Gen shows her the Street Fighter flyer and says, "I'm told a great fighter there named Ryu...something is someone we should look into recruiting" was unfortunately also a highlight. Lets face it, when that qualifies as a highlight that tells you a lot right there.


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I was perusing FutureShop the other day and came across a Blu-Ray pack of the Man With No Name trilogy for $29.99, which seemed like a pretty good deal, since the same store had a Blu-Ray of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly for $19.99.

Anyway, this is about as good as a bog-standard Western gets, I think - by which I mean, it's pretty much a distilled gunfighter story without really any themes or characterization. The movie made Clint Eastwood a star, and you can see why, because even with the preceding issues, he always commands your attention and is fun to watch.
I caught the same set on a sale from Amazon over the Holidays for $14.99 and picked it up also. I watched all 3 for the first time and didn't regret the blind buy either. Eastwood does command your attention cause you aren't quite sure if he's going to shoot, dare the other guy to act first or deliver a line of irreverence.

Futureshop is that a Canadian outlet like Best Buy in the States?
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Old March 16 2011, 03:36 PM   #249
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Futureshop is that a Canadian outlet like Best Buy in the States?
Yeah, but Canada has Best Buy too. I didn't like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", but I plan to at least watch the first movie in its trilogy at some point. I hope it's better. I haven't had a lot of luck with westerns so far. I just saw "High Noon", and I liked it more than most westerns I've seen, but not all the way through (there were parts when I got restless).

The four things that made the movie worth watching were Gary Cooper's performance, the church scene, the female characters (much tougher and more interesting that most women characters in westerns, if they have women at all), and the very entertaining and well-shot shootout the end. The church scene was hilarious! To those who have seen this movie, did that scene remind anyone else of those town hall meetings or mob scenes on "The Simpsons"?

With all these different people yelling out amusingly frantic comments one after another, I couldn't help but think of that. There's even one woman who practically yells, "Will someone PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?" I wonder if this scene inspired those bits on "The Simpsons".
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Old March 16 2011, 04:30 PM   #250
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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)
Unknown - free screenin'
The Losers - HBO
The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
Kick-Ass - DVD
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
Rango - theater
Red (2010) - DVD rental
Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
Harry Brown - DVD
Faster - DVD rental
Jonah Hex - DVD rental
Battle: L.A. - theater
The Girl who Played with Fire - DVD
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - DVD rental

I finished up the Millenium trilogy last night.

I think out of the three, the first was the best movie. Seems to me it was the only one that told a complete story, while the sequels were tied in with each other.

Lookin' forward to the American remakes, I read somewhere Daniel Craig will be the newspaper writer in 'em.
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Old March 16 2011, 05:23 PM   #251
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Futureshop is that a Canadian outlet like Best Buy in the States?
Yeah, but Canada has Best Buy too. I didn't like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", but I plan to at least watch the first movie in its trilogy at some point. I hope it's better. I haven't had a lot of luck with westerns so far. I just saw "High Noon", and I liked it more than most westerns I've seen, but not all the way through (there were parts when I got restless).

The four things that made the movie worth watching were Gary Cooper's performance, the church scene, the female characters (much tougher and more interesting that most women characters in westerns, if they have women at all), and the very entertaining and well-shot shootout the end. The church scene was hilarious! To those who have seen this movie, did that scene remind anyone else of those town hall meetings or mob scenes on "The Simpsons"?

With all these different people yelling out amusingly frantic comments one after another, I couldn't help but think of that. There's even one woman who practically yells, "Will someone PLEASE think of the CHILDREN?" I wonder if this scene inspired those bits on "The Simpsons".
I watched High Noon last year; thought it was pretty good.

In terms of westerns, I don't know if you've seen Kevin Costner's Open Range, but if not I'd recommend it.
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Old March 17 2011, 07:05 PM   #252
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Futureshop is that a Canadian outlet like Best Buy in the States?
Yeah, but Canada has Best Buy too. I didn't like "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", but I plan to at least watch the first movie in its trilogy at some point. I hope it's better.
Opinions are divided, but I think the general consensus is that the second film is better than the first, although the first film is certainly leaner.
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Old March 17 2011, 11:08 PM   #253
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Black Swan. Really loved it.

Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. I was *aawwwwww* the whole time!!
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Old March 17 2011, 11:46 PM   #254
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43. The American (A)

The American: I'm glad an actor like George Clooney exists in Hollywood, because his star status is probably the only thing that gets films like this made. It is basically an art film, with an odd moment of violence, that is beautifully photographed (not surprisingly, the director has a strong background in still photography) and acted (mainly by Clooney, who is in almost every scene in the movie). Clooney plays an ageing hit-man/weapons manufacturer who is starting to regret the life he's made for himself. It sounds like an overplayed premise, but the film manages to tell it in a way that is quite thoughtful.
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Old March 18 2011, 12:01 AM   #255
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I saw that last year, and really liked it.

One of the more notable things about it is how successful the studio was in tricking people into seeing it by presenting it as a more conventional thriller. This resulted in a very nice gross for a super-low-budget art film, but a really awful CinemaScore rating.
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