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Old April 10 2011, 05:27 PM   #331
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Recently I've seen:

Sucker Punch F
Paul B-
Scream 4 B+
Source Code A-
Your Highness B-
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Old April 11 2011, 03:28 AM   #332
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Recently I've seen:

Scream 4 B+
Really?
This was the horror franchise of my late H.S./College years and despite what I've seen there is no building sense of "gotta see it" for me.

I feel like it's become a parody of itself with the whole "rules schtick" it used to mock the genre and now years later here is another.

As far as dormant franchises resurrected goes how do you rate it? Die Hard, Indy, Rocky, Rambo for instance.
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Old April 11 2011, 03:34 AM   #333
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The Fighter 3/4

I liked several movies better than this in 2010. Christian Bale is great, but I really think calling the movie a best picture Oscar nominee was a stretch.

Oh, and I heart Amy Adams
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Old April 11 2011, 05:10 AM   #334
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40. Hanna (A-)
41. The Godfather (A+)
42. The Godfather: Part II (A+)

There's always been a lively debate about which of the films is better: after first viewings, I would say I'm in the "Part II is better" group, albeit with a caveat; namely, Part II has the considerable advantage these days of being far, far less familiar to audiences before they even watch it. Had I been there in theatres in 1972 and 1974, I might think differently. But we'll never know.

Pacino continues to be much more low-key here than in later movies, though he gets a few chances here to explode in the manner we're all familiar with. Despite the occasional cutaways to Robert De Niro as a young Vito (De Niro doing a good job of imitating Brando's accent), I think the movie benefits from a much clearer-cut focus on Michael. The scenes with Michael's dissolving immediate family are much better-developed here, and the various parallels with the events of the first film are artfully done. Whereas the first film ends with a montage of deaths done essentially out of desperation, this one ends with a montage of deaths that are all utterly unnecessary and motivated solely by Michael's spite and vengefulness.

Up next: is Part III as disappointing as so many claim?
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Old April 11 2011, 05:27 AM   #335
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Up next: is Part III as disappointing as so many claim?
I can't tell ya, I fall asleep every time I try to watch it.
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Old April 11 2011, 06:24 AM   #336
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Just saw "White Heat". Hell of a gangster movie. Brilliantly written, performed, and acted. Loved James Cagney's ruthless mama's boy character and the rivetingly suspenseful 'cop undercover in a gang' plot line.

It reminded me of "Heat", "The Departed", "The Untouchables" and my favourite movie "Scarface" '83 all at the same time, and I'd venture to say it's as good as any of them and maybe even better than some of them. Just a magnificent piece of entertainment. Better paced and written than most movies I see these days.

Regarding the Godfather movies discussion, I like the first one most because I thought Brando was just captivating in his role, and while the second one is great too, it's just not the same without him. From the very first scene with him stroking his cat, I thought he was just so magnetic...just an endlessly fascinating performance with its understated body language and such naturalness to the delivery of eloquent words and subtle playing of deep emotions and convictions.

The third one gets a bad rap because it's such a huge drop in quality from the first two, but it's not a total disaster. It has a few plots and some are good, while others aren't. I like Michael's arc, but the plot with Andy Garcia and Sofia Coppola's characters is a pathetic fiasco, despite Garcia's fine acting and I found the climax and ending pretty limp. It's the kind of movie that leaves you thinking "that's it? that's all?" at the end, which is very disappointing after how resonant the endings of the first two movies were.
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Old April 11 2011, 06:50 PM   #337
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32. Dracula III: Legacy: B-
33. Tangled: B+
34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
35. Chloe: B
36. Kung Fu Panda: B-

Knowing the sequel was coming out and having had an interest in the first I thought it time to see this. Even accounting for it being a kids movie I didn't find as much 'adult hidden' humor in this. It was just good enough to hold my interest but not good enough for me to care about the sequel, at least theatrically.
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Old April 11 2011, 07:27 PM   #338
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Dolores Claiborne from Stephen King. Got the DVD for my birthday. Wonderful! I'm a huge King-fan.
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Old April 12 2011, 12:33 AM   #339
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  1. 01/01 Black Swan (2010) ✭✭✭✭ [Download]
  2. 01/03 Winter's Bone (2010) ✭✭✭½ [DVD]
  3. 01/22 Buried (2010) ✭✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  4. 02/05 The King's Speech (2010) ✭✭✭✭ [Theater]
  5. 02/07 Catfish (2010) ✭✭✭ [DVD]
  6. 02/09 The American (2010) ✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  7. 02/09 Frozen (2010) ✭✭½ [Netflix]
  8. 02/10 Dinner For Schmucks (2010) ✭✭½ [DVD]
  9. 02/10 Case 39 (2009) ✭✭ [DVD]
  10. 02/11 Cyrus (2010) ✭✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  11. 02/11 Piranha (2010)✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  12. 02/11 Julie & Julia (2009) ✭✭✭½ [Netflix]
  13. 02/11 From Here to Eternity (1953) ✭✭✭✭ [Netflix]
  14. 02/12 Over Her Dead Body (2008) ✭✭ [TV]
  15. 02/12 Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) ✭✭½ [Blu-ray]
  16. 02/12 The Kids Are All Right (2010) ✭✭✭½ [Blu-ray]
  17. 02/13 The Last Exorcism (2010) ✭✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  18. 02/14 The Other Guys (2010) ✭✭½ [DVD]
  19. 02/14 Saw 3D (2010)✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  20. 02/14 Nowhere Boy ✭✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  21. 02/18 Due Date (2010) ✭✭ [DVD]
  22. 03/16 Goldfinger ✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  23. 03/26 Thunderball ✭✭✭ [Blu-ray]
  24. 03/26 The Bride of Frankenstein ✭✭✭ [Netflix]
  25. 03/27 Phantom of the Opera (1925) ✭✭✭ [Netflix]
  26. 04/02 A Single Man ✭✭ [TV]
  27. 04/03 Big Fan ✭✭✭ [TV]
  28. 04/04 Grimm Love ✭ [TV]
  29. 04/05 Stolen ✭✭✭ [TV]
  30. 04/10 The Fighter (2010) ✭✭✭ [DVD]
  31. 04/11 Spartacus (1960) ✭✭✭ 1/2 [Blu-ray]
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Old April 12 2011, 01:05 AM   #340
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53. Young Frankenstein (A)
54. The Producers (B+)


Mel Brooks introduced this double feature a week ago (or was it two?) at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles, in honor of the late Kenneth Mars, who co-stars in both films. It was a lot of fun and Brooks was pretty lively for a man of 84 years.

I like them both -- they're top tier when it comes to Brook's filmography -- but I definitely like Young Frankenstein the most out of the pair. It models itself off of the already campy Bride of Frankenstein and then dials things up even further. As far as the Monster goes, Peter Boyle is second only to Karloff when it comes to on-screen depictions of the character. The rest of the cast is equally good (especially Marty Feldman and Madeline Khan), and Gene Hackman's unbilled (in the main titles, at least) cameo is still a treat. "Werewolf!" "There, wolf." "There, castle." Positively brilliant dialogue by Brooks and Wilder.

I shouldn't discount The Producers, though. Wilder is a stand-out (his business with his baby blanket is hilarious), but it's the supporting characters who lift the movie towards becoming a comedic masterpiece (L.S.D., Roger, Carmen Giya, and Franz Liebkind). I like the musical (although the film adaptation of it was a bit of a dud), but this original version is still my favorite. "Springtime for Hitler," of course, is a hilarious musical number in any language.
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Old April 12 2011, 04:17 AM   #341
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40. Hanna (A-)
41. The Godfather (A+)
42. The Godfather: Part II (A+)
43. The Godfather: Part III (A-)

Well, that was hardly bad. Getting a little repetitive, maybe ("That guy who we thought was our friend is actually trying to overthrow us! Also, Michael's family life is threatened.").

I can see why people expecting it to be in the same league as the first two would be upset, but it's a pretty good picture, for the most part. I liked a lot of the thematic stuff, such as Michael's remarking that the "legitimate" world that has always seemed forever out of reach may not actually exist at all. One of the most effective parts of the movie I thought was actually Connie, who was a peripheral figure in the earlier films, but has by now become thoroughly enmeshed in the family business and is pretty bloodyminded.

Virtually every negative comment I've seen about this movie makes some mention of Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone. It's...not a strong performance, by any means; she has some good facial expressions here and there, but her line deliveries are pretty much all monotone. She hardly ruins the movie, but several scenes would have been significantly better with a different actress.

Of the four young directors who transformed Hollywood in the 1970s (the other three being Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese; I recall Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg jointly presenting Scorsese with his Best Director Oscar for The Departed), Coppola's star rose the quickest, one could argue it shone the brightest (he's not my personal favourite of them), and also fell with equal speed. Coppola was pretty much done as an artist by 1980, while Spielberg and Scorsese went on to garner acclaim for decades to come, and Lucas remained a popcultural force if not a significant director.
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Old April 12 2011, 04:25 AM   #342
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33. Tangled: B+
34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
35. Chloe: B
36. Kung Fu Panda: B-
37. Centurion: B

I originally put this in my Netflix queue because I like historical pieces and at least I knew Olga Kurylenko. Now I've seen the movie and realize that Michael Fassbender is in it as well. This Fassbender guy has a legion of groupies in the X-Men: First Class thread. Honestly, I hope he's good in X-Men but I'm not getting their passion for the guy now that I've seen him, but I digress.

The movie takes place during, no, at the end of the 20yr campaign of Rome to conquer Britain. However they are being thwarted by the Picts. The Ninth Legion has lost a battle and fleeing back to Roman occupied territory. The Picts are chasing them the whole way. Just as our main lead Mr. Fassbender, aka Quintas Dias makes it back to the under construction Hadrian's Wall in Roman occupied territory. Then there is the end, it doesn't go well for the returning hero, I'll just say that.

The movie has a very simple straight forward plot. The action sequences save the movie a letter grade imo.
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Virtually every negative comment I've seen about this movie makes some mention of Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone. It's...not a strong performance, by any means; she has some good facial expressions here and there, but her line deliveries are pretty much all monotone. She hardly ruins the movie, but several scenes would have been significantly better with a different actress.

Of the four young directors who transformed Hollywood in the 1970s (the other three being Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese; I recall Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg jointly presenting Scorsese with his Best Director Oscar for The Departed), Coppola's star rose the quickest, one could argue it shone the brightest (he's not my personal favourite of them), and also fell with equal speed. Coppola was pretty much done as an artist by 1980, while Spielberg and Scorsese went on to garner acclaim for decades to come, and Lucas remained a popcultural force if not a significant director.
I didn't mind Sofia's acting much (although I was mildly irritated by how wooden it was at times) so much as the whole idea of the plot she was involved in. Nobody comes right out and says it, but what's going on between her and the Andy Garcia character is basically verging on incest, which is such a stupid idea, especially because it's played so seriously.

I think of George Lucas and Coppola similarly - massively overrated. Most of their movies I've seen were either mediocre or terrible. "Apocalypse Now", "The Outsiders", and "The Conversation" bored the shit out of me.

I can't deny the first three Star Wars movies were well-made, they just didn't do anything for me. "American Graffiti" was very shallow and empty, and "Revenge of the Sith" was atrocious. Really haven't enjoyed anything by Coppola other than the first two Godfather movies and "Peggy Sue Got Married".
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Rumble Fish is likely to "bore the shit out of you" too, given your other taste in Coppola films, but it's a terrific art movie. And the Coppola executive produced, Lucas co-written and directed THX-1138 is worth seeing if you're a fan of sf.
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34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
35. Chloe: B
36. Kung Fu Panda: B-
37. Centurion: B
38. The People I've Slept With: C


Billed as a comedy this independent film was more Hehehe funny than ROFL funny. It got a few chuckles out of me I'll say that. It was an easy film to watch while folding clothes. Concentration not needed. If your wandering based on the title I'll answer it for you. Sparse nudity, not sure why it's rating was NR.

The film is about a woman who is very sexually liberated and not a constant user of protection, nor is she on the pill. It makes her feel bloated to which her gay friend says(upon finding out the news), "Oh, cause this, this situation feels sooo much better!"

She narrows it down to men within the last 7 weeks, then narrows it again by men who she recalls didn't use a condom. The movie is about her going back to these men for a DNA sample with a subplot about her gay friend also trying to admit his feelings for his one true love.

The disappointing thing about this movie: it leaves you hanging. She finds out her baby daddy is, but we don't get told...exactly. Really not an example of where an open ending works imo.
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