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Old October 14 2011, 07:27 PM   #781
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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
The Way - free screenin'

Before leavin' Austin last night, I used a pass to see The Way for free at Barton Creek AMC.

Written for the screen, produced & directed by Emilio Estevez, its the story of Tom, played by Martin Sheen, goin' on a pilgrimmage to honor the death of his son, played by Emilio.

I think it would have been better if Estevez had cut down on his ghost's appearances...it was a bit too much, I think.

Still, a decent movie, worth checkin' out if ya have the time.

I'm back at my brother's now, he has HBO & Cinemax, and a few DVDs on his shelf that I haven't seen before...
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Old October 14 2011, 09:13 PM   #782
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154. The Debt (B-)
155. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (B)
156. Contagion (B)
157. 1941 (B-)
158. Gone with the Wind (C-)


The Debt: Not a great movie, but watchable, and I'm happy to see Sam Worthington in a more dramatic role. His accent was still lackluster at times, but he's definitely a better dramatic actor than an action hero. Jessica Chastain, in everything this year, was also good, as were the older versions of the characters, including Helen Mirren, great as usual.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop: Entertaining if slight documentary about the talk show host's tour that took place during his contractually forced time off of television. I'm surprised by how much of an asshole Conan is allowed to be in much of it, actually. I was excepting a more white-washed look at him, but the movie exceeded my expectations there.

Contagion: Finally, an outbreak thriller that doesn't throw the science in the garbage. At times, it has trouble juggling so many different characters (Marion Cotillard vanishes for much of the movie, which apparently was an editing choice made late in post-production), but everyone in the ensemble gets at least one chance to shine. There's also a few moments where the scientists and doctors are explaining things to each other that they should already know. I'm especially thinking of Dr. Cheever's briefing to Dr. Mears -- nothing he says should be news to her. Obviously, this is for the benefit of the audience, but it's one of the few times that a pretty smart movie treats its audience like it’s dumb.

1941: Caught this at a special screening with a big audience that knew the movie well -- definitely the best way to see this film. It’s still the least interesting entry into Spielberg’s early filmography, but it has a great score, one of the finest comedy ensembles aver assembled, and a couple of standout sequences (the USO dance sequence is brilliant) that make up for the whole.

Gone with the Wind: Finally able to see this film all the way through, I’m pretty comfortable proclaiming that I’ll never do it again. Scarlett O’Hara is a heartless, conniving woman who behaves like a child from beginning to end. As I feared, it’s an unrepentantly racist movie, too – and I don’t just mean the characters. No, the opening title crawl makes the movie’s point of view quite clear. Even the big set pieces aren’t that exciting, which surprised me, given how expensive the film was to make. Really, it’s watchable only for Clark Gable as Rhett Butler (an obvious model for Rick Blaine, Han Solo, and many other cinematic rouges), and he’s absent for much of the running time.

164 movies this year.
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Old October 14 2011, 10:20 PM   #783
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Scarlett O’Hara is a heartless, conniving woman who behaves like a child from beginning to end.
That's the point. She's iron-willed but ultimately largely responsible for her own problems, and ends the movie deservedly alone.
As I feared, it’s an unrepentantly racist movie, too – and I don’t just mean the characters. No, the opening title crawl makes the movie’s point of view quite clear.
It's considerably less racist than the novel, believe it or not.
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Old October 14 2011, 10:46 PM   #784
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I rewatched the 2002 Best Picture winning adaptation of Chicago directed by Rob Marshall on Sunday.

Also, thanks to Netflix, I watched the 1998 Kurt Russell actioner Soldier and also Michael Apted's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Chicago is still magnificent, and I've been humming/signing along with the soundtrack in my car all week.

Soldier was visually semi-interesting, and it was neat seeing some familiar faces (Michael Chiklis pre-badass on The Shield) but it was mostly an awful film. It had some interesting ideas, but the execution was just subpar.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was an improvement over Prince Caspian I thought, but still left something to be desired. Arguably the standout performance is from the petulant boy who plays Eustace, and the scene at the end where Reep leaves for "Aslan's country" is heartwarming. But given the end of the film, I'm not sure I know how they can continue the story in a fourth film, and I sure as hell barely remember anything from the books, which I read in elementary school. It was neat though to see Bruce Spence show up, after having worked on Legend of the Seeker and watching dailies at lunch every day
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Old October 15 2011, 05:05 PM   #785
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87. Public Enemies: B+
88. Drive Angry: D
89. Red Riding Hood: C+
90. Fright Night ('85): B
91. Love & Other Drugs: B
92. X-Files: I Want to Believe - B+

The Jake G and Anne Hathaway movie from earlier this year that got rave reviews most places. It was a touching movie of self discovery but I think most of it's focus was on Anne's bare upper body for large portions of the first half of the movie. They both gave a good performance of two flakey self absorbed individuals who find something greater as a whole than separate but I just didn't feel like it was an "A" movie.


For my count I'm normally only counting first viewings or viewings of films I've not seen in at least 10 years. I'm making an exception here with X-Files 2. My ex-girlfriend has spent the last 6 months watching my collection and saw the first movie at the time between seasons. She came over to watch this one cause it's just been sitting idle on my shelf. I recall being disappointed in the film when I saw it in the theater. That really wasn't the right call because it's a good enough X-Files story it just isn't a great X-Files theatrical story. Having waited 10yrs since the first one and 6 years since the series ended this movie should have had more going on. Doggett was needed for sure, Reyes could've been the captured agent they were looking for all while keeping the other story elements in place if they had to go with that story. If XF2 had been a different movie that had that theatrical punch I'm sure we'd be talking about the filming of XF3 and the storyline involving the 2012 conspiracy mentioned at the close of the series. Instead it's just talk. Again, X-Files: I Want to Believe as a story is a good one just was a let down at the time for what it should've delivered imo.
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Old October 15 2011, 08:55 PM   #786
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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+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)

Ever since I got old enough to realize that Adam Sandler isn't funny I've had a troubled relationship with comedy, because I've found many of the most acclaimed classic comedies to be overrated too (my journey through Preston Sturges' filmography yielded a couple of gems but a number of highly rated films that I didn't think too much of). It's a hard genre, in my opinion, and I find that I generally prefer drama. This is one of the classic comedies I've seen that really delivers. This is the first movie I've seen with Marilyn Monroe in a lead role (she was in All About Eve in a small role), and she's delightful, as are Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.
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Old October 16 2011, 02:16 AM   #787
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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
The Way - free screenin'
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Escape from the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes HBO Family
Knight and Day - More Max/Cinemax

Guess which movie franchise had a marathon on HBO Family today!

I've seen the original Heston film, but never the sequels, at least not all the way through. I do have vague memories of my brother watchin' 'em a lot when we were kids.

Beneath was pretty good, especially the reveal of the humans' true selves.

Escape was one I had never seen the endin' for...I had no idea!

Conquest is on now. Ceaser just started the fight against the humans.

- edit, to add -

After the Apes marathon, I switched over to Knight and Day, the Tom Cruise / Cameron Diaz action movie that bombed last summer.

And yeah, it was a bad movie.

Cameron Diaz was too ditzy and Tom Cruise just oozed whatever it is he oozes these days when he thinks he's cute & charmin'.

Also, it seemed the laws of physics didn't apply to the universe of the movie, and timin' was everything. It all happened in the nick of time, and everyone took their turn.
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Old October 16 2011, 06:51 AM   #788
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Which version of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes was it? You'll know by the ending. The director's cut ends bleakly, with Caesar doing nothing to stop an execution by an angry mob. The theatrical cut creatively edits the footage and adds some new dialogue to show Caesar talking down the apes from committing any more violence.

I prefer the director's cut by a wide margin.
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Old October 16 2011, 07:42 AM   #789
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The version I saw had the mob beatin' the governor down to the ground, Ceaser & the black sympathizer argue a bit, and then Ceaser made a speech about God's love while the gorillas & chimps listen to him & the city burns around 'em.

End of movie.
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"Batman: Year One" B + . A very strong adaptation of Frank Miller's esteemed graphic novel that retells Batman's origin story in the modern era. Bryan Crantston is arguably the star of the DVD as his voices newly transferred Chicago cop Jim Gordon. He was so good that he very well could play him in live action film. Ben McKenzie voices Bruce Wayne and Batman. McKenzie does a good job, but I thought his Bruce Wayne was off, I could hear too much of Ben and not enough of the character. His Batman was dead on though. Raw, unrefined and naive. Eliza Duskhu voices Selina Kyle who has a reduced role in the film which doesn't focus on her. She is Catwoman though. The animation is crisp and smooth...almost reminded me of a TimmVerse style crossed with "Gotham Knights". Christopher Drake's score was amazing. It is short though and if you're looking for more...then this won't be for you but if you go into familiar with the graphic novel you will be pleased.
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Old October 17 2011, 12:36 AM   #791
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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+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)

With George Stevens at the helm and Jean Arthur and Cary Grant headlining (along with Ronald Colman), I assumed this was a screwball comedy (the premise also sounds like a comedy), but it's not. Well, it has screwball elements to it, but large stretches of it are a drama about socio-economics and the law. It's never unpleasant to watch, but it's not particularly good; Cary Grant is really miscast in the role of a firebrand lower-class agitator, and at the end you'd really rather if Arthur ended up with Colman (who's easily the best character in the film). Notably, the movie contains what is easily the least caricatured black character I can recall seeing in these old 30s/40s films.
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Old October 17 2011, 12:39 AM   #792
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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)
Beverly Hills Cop (7)
Beverly Hills Cop 2 (6)
Beverly Hills Cop 3 (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)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (9)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (7)
Versus (6)
X-Men: First Class (8)
Your Highness (3)
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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+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)
147. The Last Picture Show (A-)

You'll seldom see a more persuasive case for why teens in the 1950s so desperately needed rock and roll.

This is a very effective character study, featuring some great performances (Cloris Leachman's final scene is almost certainly what got her the Oscar). The main things that don't work as well as they might have generally relate to the main character, who's not nearly as compelling as many of those around him (and compared to Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms didn't go on to have much of a career; he was a go-to George Bush impersonator for much of the 2000s). The death of his mentally retarded friend is a random and forced moment in what is otherwise mostly natural.
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The Girl From Monday: It's an independent film about a world where consumerism has run amok and people are treated like stocks with value. Part of the story follows an alien from the constellation Monday who takes on the form of a woman and begins her search for another like her. This "other" came to Earth a decade earlier and took human form, but can't return because he got swept up in all the trappings of being a human in a consumerist society. The movie stars Bill Sage, who looks like the love child of Brad Pitt and Robert Redofrd, Sabrina Lloyd and Tatiana Abracos as the girl from Monday, her only role it seems. The movie itself has some unusual cinematography and drags quite a bit until the last half hour.
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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+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)
147. The Last Picture Show (A-)
148. Attack the Block (B)

The directorial debut of British comedian/writer Joe Cornish, frequent collaborator of Edgar Wright. A genre film with a slight comic bent, typical of their style, in this case our main characters are a group of teenaged London hoodlums who find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion. Nicely done, though I think the stabs at social relevance don't amount to a lot.
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