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Old March 5 2012, 04:57 PM   #331
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The problem I have with magic-based characters is that there really aren't any rules for what they can't do....and if anything doesn't make sense, ya can just say, "It's magic!" as an explanation...
Heh, the lack of rules thing is almost word-for-word what Marvel's current EIC said about the problem with Dr. Strange (though he also said the great thing about magic as a plot device was "we don't have to explain it" in a different context).

As I recall, fans of Dr. Strange were fairly indifferent to that adaptation as well, when it came out.
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Old March 5 2012, 05:10 PM   #332
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In Time ★★★ 1/2 - Really enjoyable movie. James McAvoy's character is kind of silly, but I thought it was a fun romp.
Hmmm, I think I'm gonna check this one out, it sounds interesting. I like McAvoy as an actor and his movies tend to be a bit quirky. I like that.
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Old March 5 2012, 10:07 PM   #333
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Not James McAvoy. My bad. Uh... Vincent Kartheiser from Mad Men. I'm easily confused.

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Old March 5 2012, 10:18 PM   #334
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33. Carriers

The film follows a group of four teenagers in a world where a virus has killed everyone. The survivors try to avoid coming into contact with other people for fear of getting infected (and dying) themselves. You can guess the plot of the film from the setting, but Pine is quite good in his role.
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Old March 5 2012, 10:19 PM   #335
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Not James McAvoy. My bad. Uh... Vincent Kartheiser from Mad Men. I'm easily confused.


I can actually see the similarity, so I'll forgive you for getting my hopes up.
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Old March 5 2012, 10:39 PM   #336
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36. Avatar (B-)

Avatar: My girlfriend somehow missed this when it came out in 2009, and since I hadn't seen the nearly three hour cut produced for home video, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Most of my objections still remain, although my dislike for the film has been tempered somewhat. Visually, it's stunning, although the digital effects still aren't quite photo-realistic.

As far as the extended, three hour cut goes, I think it's mostly an improvement. It provides Grace with some more backstory and allows Jake's development with the Na'Vi to happen at a slightly slower, more believable pace. The time spent on Earth in the opening ten minutes drags, though. As fun as it is to see that world (mostly derivative of Blade Runner, visually) the opening of the theatrical version offers the same information in a fraction of the time, and is much more cinematic, overall.

As far as my objections go, they're still the same, albeit slightly tempered. For the most part, the movie is as subtle as a jack-hammer. It pounds its allegory at the audience repeatedly. The dialogue can be a little silly, too, and it is dreadfully expository in the first thirty minutes (which is probably why the actors -- even Sigourney Weaver -- deliver rather awkward performances in the first act). Sam Worthington is acceptable, but rarely great, in the leading role, possibly due to his attempt at an American accent, which is inconsistent at best. It doesn't help that he has to deliver so much voice over, which is mostly unnecessary. I suspect most, if not all, could be culled from the movie and only enhance it.

As has been observed elsewhere, the "Mighty Whitey" trope is in full force. As an outsider, Jake Sully possesses a certain usefulness in terms of explaining the world of Pandora to the audience, but his path from being a total outsider towards leading the Na'Vi (at least, the Tree People) in a matter of months is painfully reminiscent of colonial discourse. As an allegory for European colonialism in Africa, the film doesn't work (It's much more a fantasy of white guilt). Considering his utter betrayal of the Na'Vi after he mates with Neytiri, the fact that she quickly (even in the extended cut) takes him back and apologizes to him is a little hard to swallow.

I rather like that Neytiri, not Jake, defeats the villain at the end. It's a nice subversion of our expectations of the princess in peril. There are other nice moments as well; as I've observed before, I really like the exchange between Quaritch and Sully about their military service, which subtly alludes to oil wars in Nigeria and Venezuela without directly stating it.

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I rather like that Neytiri, not Jake, defeats the villain at the end. It's a nice subversion of our expectations of the princess in peril.
I think that's unsurprising, because Cameron is that somewhat rare blockbuster director who is actually much better at writing women than men.
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Not James McAvoy. My bad. Uh... Vincent Kartheiser from Mad Men. I'm easily confused.


I can actually see the similarity, so I'll forgive you for getting my hopes up.
Everyone in the movie is heavily CGIed too.
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Old March 5 2012, 11:09 PM   #339
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I rather like that Neytiri, not Jake, defeats the villain at the end. It's a nice subversion of our expectations of the princess in peril.
I think that's unsurprising, because Cameron is that somewhat rare blockbuster director who is actually much better at writing women than men.
Agreed; especially when it comes to action heroines (Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment Day being the best and most obvious examples).
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Old March 6 2012, 02:11 AM   #340
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20. X-Men: First Class (A)
21. Do The Right Thing (N/A)
22. Martha Marcy May Marlene (B+)
23. The Artist (A-)
24. LA Confidential (A)
25. Young Adult (B+)

Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody both really arrived with Juno back in 2007, but they had very different followup films: Reitman went on to further Oscar nominations and critical acclaim with Up in the Air, while Cody teamed with Karyn Kusama for Jennifer's Body, which was poorly received (I haven't seen it, incidentally). Now they reunite for a black comedy, which wasn't a big box office performer but attracted a dedicated critical following. I liked it quite a lot, though it never quite crosses the line into "great" territory. Cody's signature rat-a-tat dialogue is toned down a lot, but there's plenty of fun line. The film is an 87-minute build to a single punchline at the expense of traditional movie narratives, but it's an effective one.

Reitman and Cody are going their separate ways again next; in Cody's case, it's to make her directorial debut. I'll be interested to see if Jennifer's Body was just a hiccup, or if Reitman is really bringing more to the table in their collaborations.

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Old March 6 2012, 03:52 AM   #341
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After the fiasco of Daniel and whozis, and its lunatic true story, it is surprising how many supposedly true stories I ended up watching.

J. Edgar focused on the man's personality, or to be precise, retailed gossip about Hoover's personal life. I tend not to believe gossip and had very little willing suspension of disbelief for this one. Inevitably this made it dull. The flashback structure was confusing given my inattention and I kept falling asleep. Part of the problem was that it was the man's public role that was interesting and the movie put very little of that into context.

Puncture had a crackerjack performance by Chris Evans as a drug addicted lawyer trying to win a lawsuit against massive odds. It was painful to watch, as he won my sympathy. Unfortunately, the lawsuit was supposed to be about an invention to prevent accidental needle sticks. Somehow no one involved with this movie thought it might be useful to have a character explain how exactly this works. They needed to sell us on the importance of this invention before we could really care about the success of the lawsuit. Worse, although this is supposed to be another true story, the mysteriously variable finances of Evans' law firm (sometimes they are flush and Evans has unlimited funds for drugs and other times they are hand in mouth,) makes it seem like they've fiddled the facts to whitewash the character. Not calling the female Texas senator Kay Bailey Hutcheson just makes the movie seem chicken shit too.

Walker at least was up front about not being true to facts. And the blatant references to then contemporary policy towards Nicaragua certainly showed the makers' hearts to be in the right place. I wish it was really was true that madmen were responsible for imperialism. If so, then advances in psychotherapy or at the least mental hygiene warrants would solve many problems. The people by and large aren't irrational, it is the system.

Just for a little variety I Netflixed a thriller, In My Sleep, about a man who thinks he may have murdered someone while sleepwalking. Except that it turned out to be an overgrown boy (masseur at a day spa.) There were no less than three female leads along with the titular lead and his best friend. I was therefore astonished when none of the women were photographed undressed, much less nude or simulating sex. Not so for the male lead. I doubt that this movie was actually aimed at gay men and women who like men in underwear. The lead seemed to embody autoerotic yearnings on somebody's part. (Or maybe the lead actor was somebody's boy friend?) All these boys and girls try very hard and you hate to dis their product, but this is inadvertently amusing.
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Old March 6 2012, 11:13 AM   #342
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Everyone in the movie is heavily CGIed too.
I watched the trailer yesterday and it actually does seem like an interesting movie. The story somewhat reminded me of Gattaca. But Justin Timerlake as the lead actor? Can he act?
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... But Justin Timerlake as the lead actor? Can he act?
Sing, dance, act, Britney - there's nothin' Justin Timberlake can't do!
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... But Justin Timerlake as the lead actor? Can he act?
Sing, dance, act, Britney - there's nothin' Justin Timberlake can't do!


If he is as talented at acting as he is at singing, I'll pass this movie.
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He was good in The Social Network. His role had Oscar buzz, although nothing came of that. I haven't seen In Time, though.
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