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Old January 18 2012, 10:55 PM   #106
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7. Quigley Down Under

A fun adventure story/western with the usual ingredients (and some surprisingly dark moments) and Alan Rickman is of course a great villain (but I feel sorry for him, does he ever get to play the hero?).
Films like this really make me wish they would do westerns more often nowadays.
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Old January 18 2012, 11:09 PM   #107
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^^^
If you like Westerns and don't mind a touch of something extra try Cowboys and Aliens.
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Old January 18 2012, 11:33 PM   #108
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant

YAY! for stayin' with friends who have Netflix!

Watched Limitless this mornin'...it was okay, not great. About what I expected from the trailers, though I wish Robert De Niro had been a better "villian" for the story.

Followed that up with The Next Three Days, a Russell Crowe drama about a guy gettin' his wife out of prison after she's convicted of murder. It was long, slow & borin', and not even the scene with Liam Neeson could save it.

Will be headin' out in a bit for the Man on a Ledge screenin' tonight.
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Old January 18 2012, 11:34 PM   #109
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7. Quigley Down Under

A fun adventure story/western with the usual ingredients (and some surprisingly dark moments) and Alan Rickman is of course a great villain (but I feel sorry for him, does he ever get to play the hero?)...
He got to play one of the good guys in GalaxyQuest!

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Old January 18 2012, 11:57 PM   #110
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I saw Quigly two decades ago. I remember the character being a really great shot. Gotta see it again.

Limitless...
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Old January 19 2012, 12:00 AM   #111
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Quigley Down Under was one of my dad's favorite movies. Saw it way too many times...
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Old January 19 2012, 12:26 AM   #112
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3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) C + (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelly) After a lengthy hiatus the "Star Trek" franchise returned with this special effects extravaganza! We're reunited with our heroes from the Starship Enterprise as they face the mysterious menace approaching Earth. I know this film gets a bad time from fans and rightfully so. It has a lot of flaws. It isn't awful though, and the special effects were cutting edge for their time. The score is beautiful. The Enterprise is awesome to see. I do get a small sense of wonder and awe that fans probably felt after no "Star Trek" for so long. We're going through something like that now. The performances are decent. The idea is ambitious but kind of falls flat. I do get an appreciation for this film upon continued viewings. I remember being disappointed the first time I saw this as a kid on VHS or TV after reading and hearing so much about it. I still really hope one day that will get a novelization of "The God Thing". Unlikely but there are always possibilities.

4. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984) C (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForrest Kelly, Christopher Lloyd) . This is one of my least liked Star Trek films. It had a lot to live up to though following the mammoth hit that was "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and despite some fine performances from Christopher Lloyd and Robin Curtis (yea I'm one of the few who likes her as Saavik) this film doesn't do anything for me. One of it's shinning moments though is of course the famous, stealing the Enterprise scene, just the drama of that scene combined with James Horner's swelling score is just fantastic. There is the typical Trek humour in this film but it isn't enough to save the film. It feels like a transitional film. The ending though is incredibly emotional.

5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) (B+) (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelly). For a long time when I was first discovering Star Trek as a young teen, this was my favourite of the original series films. It had everything. Action, adventure, comedy, emotional moments, a genuine romance. The score is light hearted and beautiful and there is also a genuine message in this movie. Leonard Nimoy does a wonderful job directing this movie. I have always liked Catherine Hicks, Gillian Taylor. I always thought she would have made an interesting romantic partner for Kirk. They chose though not to follow up on that.
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Old January 19 2012, 12:33 AM   #113
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^ What's your grade for Star Trek IV?
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Old January 19 2012, 07:24 AM   #114
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
Red State - Netflix Instant

Went to the free screenin' of Man on a Ledge tonight. Good cast, but overall, a disappointin' movie for various reasons. Glad I could see it for free.

Just finished watchin' Red State via Netflix...that was a creepy ass movie.
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Old January 19 2012, 07:27 AM   #115
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@AgentRichard07 thanks for reminding me. I added it.
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Old January 19 2012, 07:51 AM   #116
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11. Darling Companion (D)

Darling Companion: Not content to simply be sappy, middlebrow entertainment about a woman who loses her dog and the journey she undergoes to find him again, this film goes the extra mile. Cringe-worthy subplot about a gypsy psychic? Check. Total lack of conflict between the characters? Check. Waste of an excellent cast (i.e. Kevin Kline on his hands and knees acting like a dog to scare off a pair of wild rams)? Check? Insane, unmotivated dream sequence that takes the form of a cartoon? Check. I know its hard for actors over a certain age to find work (and this film has a slew of great, older performers), but, damn. I know Larry Kasdan's career hasn't been gangbusters since the mid-1990s, but even a flop like Dreamcatcher had its charms. This has none of that. It's time Kasdan went into retirement, and let us remember his earlier, better films. This won't be in release for a few weeks (if it ever hits theatres), but definitely wait for the DVD so that you can savor the film's awfulness at home.

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Old January 19 2012, 08:47 PM   #117
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
Red State - Netflix Instant
Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant

After watchin' MNM, I can see why it bombed. It wasn't that good of a movie, and when the three main characters are usin' three decades worth of slang, it just won't interest anyone.

Also, a complaint about Netflix - when the credits start, the screen shrinks to give recommendations for what ya should watch next. And the credits for MNM has behind the scenes motion capture footage, but it was too small to watch! And I really don't want to rent the DVD to see it!

Watchin' a psuedo direct to dvd sequel to S.W.A.T. now. Robert Patrick is the bad guy.

Free screenin' of Red Tails tonight!
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Old January 19 2012, 09:42 PM   #118
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^^^
If you like Westerns and don't mind a touch of something extra try Cowboys and Aliens.
I've seen that already. It somehow had all these great parts (Ford and Craig as cowboys, aliens in the old west,...) that added up to a just an ok film - at least for me.

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He got to play one of the good guys in GalaxyQuest!

Oh, by Grabthar's hammer, how could I forget that?
I guess you also have to count his Harry Potter character as one of the good guys.
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Old January 20 2012, 08:30 AM   #119
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
Red State - Netflix Instant
Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant
Red Tails - free screenin'

Not impressed by this movie at all...the whole thing just felt flat to me, and I couldn't help thinkin' that HBO told the same story better back in '95 with The Tuskegee Airmen.

Ah, well, at least it was free...
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Old January 20 2012, 01:39 PM   #120
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I watched the Darkest Hour and Mother and Child in 2012, both the movies were great and I was impressed a lot.
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