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Old April 23 2011, 02:03 AM   #376
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37. Centurion: B
38. The People I've Slept With: C
39. Grown Ups: B-
40. The Conspirator: A-
41. XXX: State of the Union: C+

This is the first time I've seen the sequel to the Vin Diesel movie that stars Ice Cube. I'm not sure why it should've done so much worse at the box office than the original. Granted my grade indicates what I thought of it but that's really more for some of the dialogue than anything else. A few too many cheesy lines for my taste. About 2-3 bad edits as well.

As far as the action elements those were well done. They were no more over the top than anything in the first XXX or any Bond film to date of this movies release.

Thought the ending was interesting where Sam Jacksons Gibbons talks about getting a new XXX for next time. If all goes according to Vin's plans he'll make for a resurrection and be back as XXX. That's likely the only was another one gets made although it would be fun to speculate on who a new third XXX could be? Maybe someone looking for action cred like Orlando Bloom(Pirates is only 1/2 credit). Perhaps a Clive Owen, someone from the 'could've been Bond' list. Have to be someone a studio might think has potential to headline. Not sure a Tatum Channing has the name, even if has the likely "look" of a XXX, to headline a movie.
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Old April 23 2011, 04:14 AM   #377
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"Rio Bravo" - Like most of the Westerns I've seen recently, I thought it was too long, but thankfully, it was not boring for its entire duration.

Walter Brennan's wacky old coot character (with a voice sounding like almost every elderly hick redneck caricature you've ever seen on "The Simpsons") was grating at times, but he also had some funny lines and moments.

Dean Martin surprised me with how well he acted (I'd never seen him in a movie before and always thought of him more as a singer) and while the story was similar to those of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (three misfits dealing with a dangerous situation) and "High Noon" (sheriff trying to protect a town from villain), it didn't just feel like a rip-off of either.

A few things that made it special were a better female lead than either of those movies and the trick with the dynamite that was, for me, the highlight of the movie.

I also enjoyed the scene where Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson's characters chill out before the big showdown to do a mellow song together. It may have been a blatant excuse to show off their musical talents, but I dug it anyways.

CC, IMDB says Vin Diesel is going to be in a Triple X sequel, but that may change. Seems the guy can't get much momentum going in his career unless he sticks to the franchises he started off with, hence his return to the "Fast and the Furious" franchise for its latest sequels.
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Old April 23 2011, 04:18 AM   #378
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and while the story was similar to those of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (three misfits dealing with a dangerous situation) and "High Noon" (sheriff trying to protect a town from villain), it didn't just feel like a rip-off of either.
Actually, the movie is a direct response to High Noon. Both John Wayne and director Howard Hawks thought that High Noon's depiction of citizens refusing to help the sheriff (and of the sheriff begging for help) was appallingly unpatriotic, and produced this as their response.
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Old April 23 2011, 05:31 AM   #379
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CC, IMDB says Vin Diesel is going to be in a Triple X sequel, but that may change. Seems the guy can't get much momentum going in his career unless he sticks to the franchises he started off with, hence his return to the "Fast and the Furious" franchise for its latest sequels.
It does seem that way.
Ever since Fast & Furious 4 got his career back on track he mentioned returning to XXX and Riddick. In the 2yrs since a return to those franchises has stalled but Fast 5 is a go. Maybe if Fast 5 is big he can make good on his intent to get one of the two back up and going.
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Old April 23 2011, 06:01 AM   #380
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and while the story was similar to those of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (three misfits dealing with a dangerous situation) and "High Noon" (sheriff trying to protect a town from villain), it didn't just feel like a rip-off of either.
Actually, the movie is a direct response to High Noon. Both John Wayne and director Howard Hawks thought that High Noon's depiction of citizens refusing to help the sheriff (and of the sheriff begging for help) was appallingly unpatriotic, and produced this as their response.
I read about that, and I agree with Wayne/Hawks (although I thought "High Noon" was a decent movie). The best part about that trivia is Wayne's quote:

"If I’d been the marshal, I would have been so goddamned disgusted with those chicken-livered yellow sons of bitches that I would have just taken my wife and saddled up and rode out of there." The Duke ruled.
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Old April 24 2011, 06:36 AM   #381
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Rio - free screenin'

Took my sister & her two sons up to D/FW yesterday mornin' for a free screenin' of Rio.

Since its from the creators of Ice Age, there's a Scrat-centric short before the movie, which was a pretty funny way to explain continental drift.

And the movie itself was pretty cute...a few too many musical numbers (the movie opens with one, the bad guy gets one, there are two to get the blue birds interested in each other, and then another at the end that mirrors the first one), but quite a bit of humor, too.

The boys liked it, my sister agreed it was cute. And, ya know, ya just can't beat gettin' into a 3D movie for free.
Just saw it last night and have to say I thought the musical numbers were actually the movie's saving grace. As I watched the movie I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Disney's Bolt (which I loved) similar plot, similar origin story, not to mention John Powell's (who did the scores for both) strikingly similar soundtrack. Good movie but certainly not up to Disney/Pixar standards.
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Old April 24 2011, 05:17 PM   #382
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34. Twelve Monkeys (rewatch) - A. Still one of my favorite movies of this type that's ever been made. Also may very well be my favorite Terry Gilliam movie (though I need to watch Brasil again). In some ways it's not as ambitious or avant-garde as his other films, but the momentum it creates and the oddball performances of Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt are all a lot of fun to get caught up into.

35. Sweeney Todd - B+. Very good. Burton seems to be channeling the same visual style he'd used in Sleepy Hollow here, and it works very well. Musicals are hit and miss for me but I liked the score for this one. I wish Burton would take on more "R" rated projects in general, this and Sleepy Hollow are certainly my two favorite films he's done since his classic stuff.
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Old April 24 2011, 10:13 PM   #383
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Yeah Diesel has a bunch of sequels in development stages right now. Riddick: Dead Man Stalking is one of them.

"Annapolis" 2006 C + (guilty pleasure film )
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Old April 25 2011, 04:17 PM   #384
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"The Verdict" (1982) - I saw this sort of inspired by Sidney Lumet's death. It's now my least favourite of his movies I've seen so far ("12 Angry Men", "Network", "Dog Day Afternoon", and "Serpico"), but not terrible. I loved Paul Newman's performance (of course he had no chance at an Oscar going up against Ben Kingsley as Gandhi) and it had a lot of cliches of courtroom dramas, but I appreciate them when they're done well, as they were here.
James Mason is awesome. Check him out in "Lolita" and "The Boys From Brazil." There's other roles, but those are two of my favorite.

I caught "Defending Your Life" largely because I'm a huge Albert Brooks fan. I really liked it (for some reason the way everyone said "Good morning!" cracked me up every single time). I liked how casually the entire concept of "Judgment City" was handled. It didn't overwhelm the focus of the story.

There was nothing complex about the whole thing. It was just a simple, funny story with good performances. The entire cast was great. I really liked Buck Henry and Rip Torn in particular.

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Old April 25 2011, 05:00 PM   #385
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I've seen "Lolita" (both versions), but didn't remember Mason was in that either. Sounds like he's done a lot of supporting roles. This past weekend I saw "The Birth of Nation" mostly out of curiosity because I know it's a historically significant movie. Released in 1915, it's by far the oldest movie I've ever seen.

It was hard to watch because it's long for a silent movie and the story's a bit repetitive and simplistic (understandably, given its age). Nonetheless, it was fascinating for its technical influences and the blatant racism on display in it.

It wasn't a very enthralling watch, but I admired the craft of the thing. The scope of the battle scenes was damn impressive for a movie its age, as was the cross-cutting (innovative at the time) and the clarity of the storytelling.

What was most memorable was its depiction of black people. Particularly the grammar (it was REALLY weird seeing intentionally insulting stereotyping of the way they talk in a silent movie dialog card) and the shameless obscenity of the actors in blackface playing lecherous scumbags.

Even weirder was seeing the KKK rushing to the rescue (wtf?) of people terrorized by the blackface fiends and being identified by a title card as heroes worthy of a parade (DOUBLE WTF???). So yeah, not something I'd recommend for entertainment value, but it holds some intrigue as a historical curiosity.

On a lighter note, I needed a break from some of the more oppressive, serious historical cinema I've been watching, so I checked out "A League of Their Own". I really loved most of it.

Its screen writers (Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) did a string of beautifully-written movies in the late 80s and 90s, including "Parenthood" and "City Slickers". I thought this movie was in the same "league", heh.

They really excelled at writing sweet, uplifting movies, with articulate characters and some impressively thoughtful philosophy and insight into life snuck into their dialog. They also had a way with one-liners. The famous "There's no crying in baseball!" line lived up to its reputation. It's funny on its own, but in the context of the movie, it was even funnier.

My only complaint is that I thought the last 15 minutes or so of the movie overdid it with the schmaltz. I didn't need to see most of the main characters getting together and reminiscing as old people. That was just cranking up the sentimentality too much for me.

I'm usually all for getting sentimental, but this was excessive. It reminded me of the bits in "Saving Private Ryan" with the old man. Ugh. I was already moved by the characters in their youth. It was completely unnecessary to see them all aged up so the filmmakers could try to make me cry.

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Old April 25 2011, 11:20 PM   #386
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57. The Public Enemy (B-)
58. Black Swan (C+)

The Public Enemy: As one of the earliest examples of the gangster film genre, I can see why this film has endured, but I thought it often dragged. Cagney's performance is terrific, although I was surprised by how quick the iconic moment when he smashes his breakfast into his girlfriend's face came and went. It's barely on screen before the moment is over -- if the film was made today the moment would certainly be more belabored. I was also surprised by how the film handled his death -- we see the character in the hospital, we cut back to his family, and then his body is delivered to their doorstep. It's a surprising thing to not only leave off-screen, but to have so little build up towards. The way his corpse just stands in the doorway before falling over, however, is absolutely chilling.

Black Swan: For a psychological thriller -- and one nominated for several Oscars -- this was surprisingly shallow and simplistic. Well-shot, surely, and fairly well-acted (as best-performed as these empty characters could be, anyway), but far short of any of the high praise I've read directed towards it. It's a lot like Polanski's Repulsion, but with ballet, and a lead who is already half-crazy from the get-go. I could get caught up in the arguments that were hashed out in the discussion thread about what was real and what wasn't, but frankly, I care so little about the characters and the story that it isn't worth the effort.
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Old April 26 2011, 08:16 AM   #387
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I saw 'Thor' last night and it's great fun. In fact, I think it may be my favourite Marvel comics Movie so far. Chris Hemsworth is fantastic, in fact the whole cast are really good. The movie is visually impressive, it has a great score, VFX, costumes; it all works. It's also quite funny but not in a silly way; Marvel seem to have set out to make a big, fun, exciting family movie and they've succeeded. Roll on The Avengers!!
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Forbidden World (1982)

One of Roger Corman's various rip-offs of Alien, the film is actually pretty fun. While the acting was virtually non-existent, the special effects and set design more than made up for it.That and the shower scene between the two female leads. The make-up effects were done by John Carl Buechler of Friday the 13th part 7 fame and still hold up well. The few space ship effects however seemed to have been taken from Battle Beyond the Stars, another Corman classic that came out a few years earlier.
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I've seen "Lolita" (both versions), but didn't remember Mason was in that either. Sounds like he's done a lot of supporting roles. This past weekend I saw "The Birth of Nation" mostly out of curiosity because I know it's a historically significant movie. Released in 1915, it's by far the oldest movie I've ever seen.

It was hard to watch because it's long for a silent movie and the story's a bit repetitive and simplistic (understandably, given its age). Nonetheless, it was fascinating for its technical influences and the blatant racism on display in it.

It wasn't a very enthralling watch, but I admired the craft of the thing. The scope of the battle scenes was damn impressive for a movie its age, as was the cross-cutting (innovative at the time) and the clarity of the storytelling.

What was most memorable was its depiction of black people. Particularly the grammar (it was REALLY weird seeing intentionally insulting stereotyping of the way they talk in a silent movie dialog card) and the shameless obscenity of the actors in blackface playing lecherous scumbags.

Even weirder was seeing the KKK rushing to the rescue (wtf?) of people terrorized by the blackface fiends and being identified by a title card as heroes worthy of a parade (DOUBLE WTF???). So yeah, not something I'd recommend for entertainment value, but it holds some intrigue as a historical curiosity.

On a lighter note, I needed a break from some of the more oppressive, serious historical cinema I've been watching, so I checked out "A League of Their Own". I really loved most of it.

Its screen writers (Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) did a string of beautifully-written movies in the late 80s and 90s, including "Parenthood" and "City Slickers". I thought this movie was in the same "league", heh.

They really excelled at writing sweet, uplifting movies, with articulate characters and some impressively thoughtful philosophy and insight into life snuck into their dialog. They also had a way with one-liners. The famous "There's no crying in baseball!" line lived up to its reputation. It's funny on its own, but in the context of the movie, it was even funnier.

My only complaint is that I thought the last 15 minutes or so of the movie overdid it with the schmaltz. I didn't need to see most of the main characters getting together and reminiscing as old people. That was just cranking up the sentimentality too much for me.

I'm usually all for getting sentimental, but this was excessive. It reminded me of the bits in "Saving Private Ryan" with the old man. Ugh. I was already moved by the characters in their youth. It was completely unnecessary to see them all aged up so the filmmakers could try to make me cry.
I need to see "Birth of a Nation" someday. Largely for the reasons you mentioned. Scorsese has mentioned it several times as essential viewing for its technical achievements (which would really only make sense if you're interested in the history of filmmaking) and not so much its story.

The life and times of Griffith in general is something I've been meaning to look into more. I'd like to find a good biography on him someday. I'm sure they exist.

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Forbidden World (1982)

One of Roger Corman's various rip-offs of Alien, the film is actually pretty fun. While the acting was virtually non-existent, the special effects and set design more than made up for it.That and the shower scene between the two female leads. The make-up effects were done by John Carl Buechler of Friday the 13th part 7 fame and still hold up well. The few space ship effects however seemed to have been taken from Battle Beyond the Stars, another Corman classic that came out a few years earlier.
I picked this up on Blu-Ray a few weeks ago for dirt cheap. I'm glad you enjoyed it--I've thought about putting it in a few times, but haven't had the guts (or the proper quantity of alcohol). The trailer definitely made it look better than Corman's Star Crash, but, then again, his trailers were never exactly honest representations of the movies they were advertising.
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