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Old October 10 2011, 04:56 AM   #766
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I tried to watch I Am Number Four via Showtime on Demand (or HBO on Demand, not sure), and got about ten minutes in before I gave up...

Next week's free screenings will be Fireflies in the Garden, The Thing (2011) and The Way. I do have passes for Footloose, since it is at the same theater on the same night as The Thing. I figure if I don't get into one, I'll go for the other...
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Old October 10 2011, 05:02 AM   #767
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True Grit (2010)

I've been a fan of the original adaptation of Charle Portis' book for years and I still believe it to be the superior film. That said, this was also an excellent adaptation. Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld were excellent in their respective roles. The pacing is well done and the ending featured in this version fits the overall tone of the picture.

The Warriors (1979)

Sort of a modern day take on the Anabasis of Xenophon. The version I saw was apparently a directors cut that included comic book panels to delineate the various sections of the narrative. The director suceeds in creating a comic book world with the multitude of gangs that inhabit his version of New York City. I'm not sure that the abbreviated love story added anything to the picture.
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Old October 11 2011, 06:16 PM   #768
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'

Went down to south Austin yesterday, for only my second screenin' ever at the Cinemark Tinseltown near Stassney & I-35. The first time I went there for a movie screenin', it was S.W.A.T., which just goes to show how often they have screenings there...

I miss my S.W.A.T. ballcap I got at that screenin'....

Anyway, Fireflies...

Its a family drama about an abusive father (Willam Dafoe), his wife (Julia Roberts) their teenage son (played by Ryan Reynolds as an adult) & the wife's sister (played by Hayden Panettierre as a young adult). There's two time periods at work - a particular summer where the wife's sister came to live with the domestic disturbance and the week in May (presumably) when Julia Roberts's wife had finally finished college. Her graduation is the reason everyone is gatherin' together. There was a sense that Ryan Reynolds hadn't been home in a long time, but it seemed to me that if he attended the local college, it probably hadn't been that long.

But, anyway...

Carrie-Anne Moss and Ioan Gruffurd have supportin' roles.

Not often ya get to see Mr. Fantastic, the Green Goblin & Deadpool in a movie with Trinity & Claire, huh?

Filmed four years ago in Austin & Bastrop, the folks next to me talked about the filmin' of one scene at the UT campus (she thinks she saw herself & he said he was a sophomore when they filmed there), the movie is finally gettin' released in a limited run.

The problem I had with it is that it's not all that great. It has moments, but the moments don't add up enough to make for a good movie.

Ah, well, at least it was free...

Tonight's free screenin' will be The Thing (2011)...or, if I don't get into that, Footloose, since I have extra passes & its at the same theater.
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Old October 11 2011, 08:12 PM   #769
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151. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1941] (C)
152. Cold Souls (B-)
153. Drive (A)


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Much has been said about how Spencer Tracey was miscast in the title role of this film (he was), but the worst offender is Ingrid Bergman, who is never once believable as a poor waitress. She's just too regal to ever come off as the "bad woman" she's supposed to be here. As for the film, it's okay, but it never overcomes the problems in casting to be any more than that. Any of the famous Universal horror pictures are better.

Cold Souls: An intriguing sf movie in which Paul Giamatti stars as himself, but one that never fully exploits its premise (in which the soul, or at least something called the soul, has been scientifically quantified and can be extracted from the subject). Honestly, the whole thing would probably work better if it wasn't Giamatti playing himself, which ultimately serves as more of a distraction than a benefit.

Drive: All the reviews say this is a stripped-down action movie with great economy, and that's about right. Everyone in the cast gets one or two scenes to play (except for Gosling, although he is very restrained as the lead) and then the movie continues along. It doesn't waste any time, and often lets the film's terrific soundtrack propel the movie forward without any dialogue at all. Hopefully this won't be Nic Refn's last American movie -- he's a very talented director that seems to know exactly what he wants.

163 movies seen this year.
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Old October 11 2011, 09:08 PM   #770
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Hopefully this won't be Nic Refn's last American movie -- he's a very talented director that seems to know exactly what he wants.
He's developing a remake of Logan's Run at the moment, and has talked about wanting to do Wonder Woman.
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Old October 11 2011, 09:23 PM   #771
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Logan's Run is more interesting to me than a superhero property. I hope that goes through. Is Ryan Gosling still attached as the lead?
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Old October 11 2011, 09:54 PM   #772
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Apparently.

Wonder Woman has a lot of potential as a property (though it's rarely been made use of). I'd be interested to here why Winding Refn is so keen on it, because so far he's only really said that he wants Christina Hendricks as Wonder Woman, and I don't think she's a very good choice for the role.
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Old October 11 2011, 10:29 PM   #773
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Yesterday I went to the cinema and saw The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. From IMDB

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
i thoroughly enjoyed this movie and have ordered a copy of the book it is based on. The Tasmanian scenery is absolutely stunning though it really needs to be seen on the big screen for full impact.

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Old October 12 2011, 02:21 AM   #774
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Updates in Bold:

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (8)
The Adjustment Bureau (8)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (7)
Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night) (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder (8)
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (8)
Babylon 5: River of Souls (7)
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (7)
Blue Remains (6)
Black Swan (9)
Bleach Movie 4: Hell Chapter (9)
Broken Blade 3: The Mark of the Assassin's Dagger (9)
Broken Blade 4: The Land of Disaster (9)
Broken Blade 5: Death's Horizon (9)
Broken Blade 6: Bastions of Sorrow (9)
Captain America: The First Avenger (8)
Cowboys and Aliens (8)
Cutthroat Island (9)
The Debt (8)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (9)
Drive Angry (7)
Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (9)
Godkiller (6)
Green Lantern (8)
Hanna (8)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (8)
Honey and Clover (6)
I Am Number Four (8)
Infernal Affairs (7)
Kamui (4)
Galaxy Express 999 (9)
The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
Loups=Garous (8)
The Mechanic (2011) (9)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (9)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakeening of the Trailblazer (8)
Munto: The Movie (6)
Musashi Miyamoto (6)
Outlander (8)
Pirates of the Caribean: On Stranger Tides (9)
Priest (5)
Real Steel (8)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (9)
Source Code (9)
Super 8 (8)
Thor (9)
Time of Eve (10)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (8)
Unknown (7)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (8)
Versus (6)
X-Men: First Class (8)
Your Highness (3)
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Old October 12 2011, 01:53 PM   #775
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'
The Thing (2011) - free screenin'
The Crow: City of Angels - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest II: The Other Side - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest III - Netflix Instant

Some folks I've seen at the last few screenings I've been to let me go in with them last night on their VIP passes, so I had a high row, center seat for The Thing prequel.

There were a couple of trailers, includin' one for Tower Heist, which will have Alan Alda as the "bad guy"!!!

The prequel was alright, set in the days before the events at the American camp in John Carpenter's '82 film. I didn't like the idea of a remake (a woman in the Kurt Russell role, really?!?) and then I found out it was a prequel, an idea I liked even less, since the Euro camp was shown in the first movie. Anyone who has seen it would have a pretty good idea what was goin' to happen...and anyone who hasn't seen it, like the woman sittin' next to me last night, won't get the endin', which totally sets up the openin' of the original.

I may see it again, but as a rental later, do a double feature or something...

Hangin' out at friends' place today, usin' their Netflix. I was with 'em a couple of weeks ago, and had started watchin' the first Crow sequel. Finished watchin' it this mornin', since "resume" was still an option.

Not a very good movie...the sequel with Kirsten Dunst, which I have seen, was a lot better. I may watch the one with David Boreanaz later...

- edit, to add -

Instead of another Crow sequel, I went with a Poltergiest sequel instead. Its been a few years since I watched the first one, but 'til today, I hadn't gotten to the sequels.

It was alright, more cheesy than scary, though the preacher was fuckin' creepy and the special effects were for shit compared to what's comin' out these days.

Maybe I'll watch the third, too...haven't decided yet.

- edit, again, to add -

Went ahead with the third Poltergiest, which only has two of the previous characters in it.

The mirror effects were pretty good, but overall, the story was a let down. I didn't care much for the mythology that got built in the sequels. The first movie was way better, when it was just random horror because of the house, not targetted horror because of the little girl.

Back to watchin' Law & Order episodes for dinner.
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Old October 12 2011, 08:02 PM   #776
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140. Dumbo (A-)
141. Smiles of a Summer Night (A)
142. The Ides of March (B)
143. Moneyball (A-)
144. A Few Good Men (A+)

Debatably Rob Reiner's best movie, this was the first of two films he made with Aaron Sorkin (The American President was also good, but not this good, and is mainly memorable as the prototype for The West Wing). A stirring legal drama with great dialogue and the best performances of a number of the cast; it's a damn shame that Nicholson's performace was in the same year as Gene Hackman's work in Unforgiven, because they were two of the strongest supporting performances of the 1990s. The Oscar that year deservedly went to Hackman, but it's a shame that Nicholson didn't get it (it would certainly have been a better third Oscar for Nicholson than As Good As It Gets). I also enjoy the number of minor parts played by actor who would become more famous in later years (especially funny is the presence of John M. Jackson, who later became the boss on JAG, a TV series one imagines was heavily inspired by this movie's success).
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Old October 12 2011, 09:43 PM   #777
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Out of random curiosity, I watched Reflections in a Golden Eye from 1967. It struck me as the kind of story that could be remade better today (but would need to be set in the same era). It just did not come together at all.

John Huston's bizarre and hilariously literal decision to film the whole thing in a yellow filter was constantly annoying. The Filipino houseboy's performance was one of the most irritating that I've ever seen in a movie. Liz Taylor seemed to be playing a parody rather than a character. Marlon Brando otoh was interesting to watch, in a very uncharacteristic role for him, just at the stage in his life when he was decaying from hot young superstar into Jabba the Hutt. So his casting at just that time, in just that role, was perfect.

The young soldier who was the object of Marlon Brando's lust didn't register at all on screen. I know the guy is supposed to be mysterious, but they really needed to cast a young actor with a ton of presence, to compensate for the underwritten yet pivotal role he plays. Someone like Warren Beatty or Robert Redford.

Of course both were making better movies that year - Bonnie & Clyde and Barefoot in the Park, respectively, and were somewhat too old by that time anyway but I can't think of an actor of the right age who would have filled the bill instead.
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ODO, the sequels for Crow just get clichingly(is that a word?) bad. I watched pt.4 earlier this year with Eddie Furlong and David Boreanaz and I had more fun rooting for David's bad guy than Eddie's Crow. I warn you, it serves line after line of cliche.
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Old October 13 2011, 01:06 AM   #779
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That's the only one I have left to watch. Might as well get it out of the way, if I can...
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Old October 13 2011, 02:46 AM   #780
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Stagecoach (1939)

The first of many collaborations between John Wayne and director John Ford, this was a truly excellent film. Many of the western genre cliches are intact such as the alcoholic doctor and the prostitute with the heart of gold but I wouldn't be surprised if this was the film that came up with them. The story is fast paced and well plotted as is the action taking place in the final act. Finally, as usual John Ford gives the audience a spectacular view of Monument Valley as he continued to do for years to come.

High Plains Drifter (1973)

Another excellent western, this time with an implied supernatural bent. Although Clint Eastwood's character The Stranger is very close to his famed Man With No Name from the Dollars Trilogy, this character is much more sinister. Most of the characters that inhabit the town of Lago are unlikeable and I found myself rooting for The Stranger by the end of the film. I also enjoyed the completely abrupt ending. For my fellow TOS fans, the film features Marianna Hill in the role of Callie Travers. In 1966 she played the role of Dr. Helen Noel in the episode "Dagger of the Mind."
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