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Old January 25 2012, 10:51 PM   #151
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11. Carnage

It shouldn't be that funny to watch people fight (well, fight verbally), but especially Waltz' character really made me laugh several times.
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Old January 25 2012, 10:56 PM   #152
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24. Paper Man: (✩✩✩✩½) - DVD - Richard Dunn (Jeff Daniels), an awkward and emotionally stunted man with an imaginary friend named Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds), is taken by his wife (Lisa Kudrow) to a rented house on Long Island and left there so he can have some space to write his book. Unable to write anything, he makes friends with a troubled teenage girl named Abby (Emma Stone) and the two of them hit it off and become friends after he hires her as a babysitter eventhough there's no baby. Drama ensues and Richard's wife comes to visit on weekends not knowing that he has a new friend. Critics have been pretty hard on this movie, but I found it to be very well written. Richard has to deal with writer's block, his own stunted growth at middle age, a staid marriage and being friends with a cute girl, and it's all done without being in your face with heavy drama. It's quirky and light-hearted with an idie vibe, and it's one of the best movies I've seen in a while. I would have given it al full five stars, but Reynolds' Captain Excellent comes off as a bit too extraneous in a lot of places eventhough he's fun to watch.

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25. In Like Flint: (✩✩½) - TV - This 1967 movie is the sequel to Our Man Flint, a parody of James Bond. James Coburn returns as Flint, a wealthy genius adventurer spy who's brrought in to find the President after he's been kidnapped by an organization of women bent on creating a matriarchal society. I really liked Our Man Flint, but found this one lacking. Flint didn't charm me and even the 60s flair, which I like, felt empty. Batman this wasn't.

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Old January 27 2012, 12:28 AM   #153
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1) The Artist (2011) - A+

I just got back from seeing it and man did my expectations exceed throughout the movie. Before the movie, I was thinking how I hope a silent film does not end up winning best picture because, well, it's a silent film and the only one that's come in in the last, what, 20+ years? Then as I was watching it, I was greatly enjoying it and now I hope it does. This is a movie experience, with a great cast and a great story. There were some very chilling scenes and the music was masterful. I actually found it refreshing to see a movie like this in comparison with all those big blockbuster action movies and 3D gimmicks that are now being used.

This was a great film, and I'm really glad I saw it in the theater.

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Old January 27 2012, 12:45 AM   #154
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^^^
I'm curious to see it but will wait for Netflix.
Just can't pay $8/$11 for a B&W silent film. Need more bang for my buck.
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Old January 27 2012, 12:48 AM   #155
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^^^
I'm curious to see it but will wait for Netflix.
Just can't pay $8/$11 for a B&W silent film. Need more bang for my buck.
Do whatever you want but I think you're selling the movie too short. IMO, is deserving of the hype it gets but I understand it might not be for everyone.
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Old January 27 2012, 11:00 PM   #156
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12. The Muppets

Absolutely brilliant! I loved this film and I'm tempted to watch it again in the cinema (something I don't usually do). Nice songs, cameos by celebrities and Muppets alike and a lot of nostalgia (maybe too much if you're not a fan of the "Muppet Show", but since I am, I loved all of them).
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Old January 28 2012, 02:57 AM   #157
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1. My Week With Marilyn (B-)
2. Fantasia 2000 (B+)
3. Blade Runner (B)
4. The Hidden Fortress (A-)
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (B+)
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (A+)
7. The Descendants (A-)

Alexander Payne returns after a seven-year absence; I saw Sideways when it came out and recently acquainted myself with his other films apart from Citizen Ruth. This feels much in the mold of About Schmidt (maybe if Warren's wife had died twenty or thirty years earlier things would have turned out a bit like this). Clooney is great in the lead role, and enormous praise is deserved for Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, the actresses who play his daughters; both feel entirely natural. The story feels very real; there's a lot of voiceover in the first ten minutes that feels a little out of place (partly because they don't use it all the way through; that's the kind of thing where you're either all in or out, in my opinion). Beautifully shot.

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Old January 28 2012, 03:12 AM   #158
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16. Twixt (C+)

Twixt: Francis Ford Coppola's latest effort (which he wrote and directed) is in some respects the best film he's made in the past twenty years, and in other respects the worst film he's made in that same period. Visually, it is at times very interesting (the film makes great use of isolated objects of a particular color in otherwise black and white sequences), but at other times (often, in the most basic of scenes, such as dialogue between two characters) it is framed and edited in a way that is positively amateurish. I found this a little bewildering, since Coppola has had such a wonderful eye in the past, and his cinematographer on the film previously photographed the beautiful (if bewildering) Youth Without Youth.

Val Kilmer, playing an alcoholic, bottom-shelf horror writer, certainly looks the part. Also, the scenes where he fights with his wife who hates him (played by Kilmer's real life ex-wife) mustn't have been hard to play. Bruce Dern really chews the scenery (in a good way), too.

When the movie recognizes that it's a bit silly, it works. When it recognizes that it's essentially a home movie for Coppola, mainly one that deals with the death of his son -- thinly disguised in the movie -- it works (when Kilmer's character, an obvious surrogate for Coppola, comes to terms with the event, it strikes a chord). When it tries to be scary, or artful, it doesn't work -- at all. This is not 1970s Francis Ford Coppola; this is not even 2000s Francis Ford Coppola. Don't expect it to be either of those things or the movie will likely be unwatchable.

Also, when it decides to be in 3D for about seven minutes (half of those the end credits), I was just confused. The only explanation I can come up with is that Coppola ran out of money to convert the entire film into 3D.

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Old January 28 2012, 03:38 PM   #159
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6. Lost City Raiders: C+
7. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: B+

A cute film that starts slow and ends strong. I like how Norah is trying to not embrace her fathers influence and make something of herself on her own. This spins off into her being self-conscious that she isn't as traditionally hot as Tris. Although I find it interesting the narrative doesn't say similar things about Nick. A quick short movie with some heart, once you get out of the first act.
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Old January 28 2012, 07:43 PM   #160
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17. Burn After Reading (B+)

Burn After Reading: Following their Oscar win for Best Picture, the Coen brothers made this film, which received mixed reviews (though leaning positive), but it's only grown in my esteem every time I've seen it. It's just funny as hell. I'm pretty sure John Malkovich was chosen to play Osborne Cox based solely on his ability to mispronounce the word "memoir" and repeatedly yell variations of "fuck." (That's not a slight against the actor; he's hilarious). So are Clooney, McDormand, and Pitt (whose final scene is still as shocking as it is funny) are all great, too. I'm also a big fan of Carter Burwell's super-serious score, which only makes the morons who take everything they do so seriously in the movie even funnier.

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Old January 29 2012, 05:23 AM   #161
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1. My Week With Marilyn (B-)
2. Fantasia 2000 (B+)
3. Blade Runner (B)
4. The Hidden Fortress (A-)
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (B+)
6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (A+)
7. The Descendants (A-)
8. Monsieur Lazhar (A)

Canada has recently become a powerhouse in the Foreign Language Film category, collecting four nominations in the last eight years (one win). Monsieur Lazhar, adapted by director Philippe Falardeau from a fifty-minute one-man stage show, has some slight subject similarities with last year's bracing Incendies - namely, featuring Arab refugees in Quebec - but is otherwise a very different picture. Where the earlier film was a brutal exploration of religious violence and a Sophoclean family drama, this is an expert mix of light comedy and the aftereffects of tragedy. Our title character (played by Mohamed Fellag, dignified and handling both the serious and the playful elements of the story equally well) is an Algerian asylum-seeker who gets a job as an elementary school teacher (by lying about his permanent residency, and also that he used to teach in Algeria). He's replacing a teacher who hung herself (in the classroom), so it's obviously a delicate situation. The whole film feels very much like real life. And it features a whole classroom of very good child actors, which is often a problem for movies; none of the kid characters feels like a type. The standout is Sophie Nelisse (who reminds me a bit of a Quebecois Kiernan Shipka) as Alice, one of the two kids to actually see the dead teacher's body. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Genies this year, and she'd deserve to win.

The odds of this beating A Separation would have to be considered pretty long, but (not having seen that film) I think it would be a worthy winner if it did.

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Old January 29 2012, 05:54 AM   #162
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I thought In Darkness was an excellent film as well; unlike the best picture list, the foreign films are quite strong this year.


18. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (B-)

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy: Much slower than I had expected; in the first 40 minutes it was absolutely plodding in its pace. Thankfully, the film picks up from there, and starts to fill in the blanks about the various old, white, and British men who populate the film (women are so unimportant that the wife of Gary Oldman's character never even shows her face, or speaks a line of dialogue). Despite the older actors receiving prominent billing, outside of Gary Oldman, the movie really belongs to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Besides the pacing, I think the film's only stumbling block is the casting of Colin Firth. He plays such a small role that the eventual reveal seems more and more inevitable, given his stature.

I'd like to see the miniseries version at some point. Roy Bland, played by Ciarán Hinds, gets rather little to do in this version, which I assume is the result of paring down the story to feature film length.

Theatres: 7 +1
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Old January 29 2012, 06:27 AM   #163
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1) The Artist (2011) - A+
2) Midnight in Paris (2011) - B


There was a scene in this movie where Gil (Owen Wilson) was being shown some artwork and the room was pretty much plain white with just posters hanging around. Well, I wonder if I can compare that scene to how I feel about Woody Allan as a whole. He's a great director, don't get me wrong, but I find a lot of what he does to be dry and his "comedies" aren't really comedies. Now I'm all for subtility, but I have to laugh somehow at a comedy, right? I don't find his comedies all that funny.

So that brings us to Midnight in Paris, which I actually really liked. It's a movie that explores nolstagia vs. present and it's something that I'm sure all of us deal with in our lives. I know I would much rather live back in the 90s, mainly because I found that decade just really fun to live in, unlike now where it feels like the world around me is falling apart. This movie deals with being in the present, vs. being transported back to the 1920s. I really liked that theme and the characters in this movie were well defined and greatly acted. However, the reason it get's a B is because of what I started with. This movie is considered a comedy, but it felt really dry at various parts. There might have been one scene where I laughed, but I wouldn't call this a comedy by any stretch. Still, a good movie, but probably not going to win Best Picture.

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Old January 29 2012, 08:52 AM   #164
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Updates in Bold:
Bad Boys (8)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Redline (10)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Underworld: Awakening (8)

Gantz: Perfect Answer-Not so perfect, and not much answers, but still this second half of the live action adaptation was a hell of lot better than the crappy animated adaptation of the manga by a long shot.

King of Thorn- Sort of a rewatch but when I first watched it it was raw (no subtitles) so this time I did find and watch a subtitled version. Thus this time I was able to understand the finer points of the story, and was a bit more impressed with it this time around.

Redline- This is a kickass racing anime with a science fiction twist. I found it incredibly enjoyable.
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Old January 29 2012, 08:59 AM   #165
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10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - B. Kind of a weird hybrid of Flowers for Algernon and Night of the Living Dead. Except with apes.

11. Porco Rosso - B. More studio Ghibli. This movie seems weirdly unresolved in a lot of ways, in that it's never explained how Porco became a pig, and the love triangle isn't really resolved. On the other hand it has a memorable vocal performance from Michael Keaton, and the last act is very funny.

12. Eden of the East: Movie 1 - C-. I really didn't like this much at all. I think some of the storyline choices were questionable, a lot of the plot was just wheel-spinning, and the lack of resolution was frustrating. I liked the series though.
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