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Old March 31 2012, 01:43 PM   #451
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^ I've been wanting to see Kiki's Delivery Serice for a while now.

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92. 50/50: (✩✩✩✩½) - On Demand - A 27 year old guy discovers he has cancer and this movie takes us through his struggle with poignance and humor. It's one of the best and deepest comedies I've ever seen. Seth Rogen does his usual shtick, but I like it. Lots of recognizable american and canadian actors are involved as well. Great movie. Check it out.
I still haven't seen that, but I would like to. It's worth point out that Seth Rogen is doing his usual shtick because he's playing a character based on himself (Will Reiser, the writer, had cancer and Rogen was his friend through it all).
Interesting to know what kind of influence he had on the movie, because it's clear that there is some. At first, I thought he wrote the movie.

Here are a few fun facts from the IMDb...

- "During a roundtable discussion with the cast, screenwriter Will Reiser revealed that Bryce Dallas Howard came up with the title of the film. The crew was skeptical about it when she first suggested it to them on the set of the art gallery scene. When she found out that the title had been changed to the one she suggested, she was surprised."

- "Seth Rogen says he was actually on the toilet when Will Reiser told him he had cancer. As funny as the two of them thought this was, it was deemed too disgusting for the film."

Also...

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Dune (1984) - free admission
Doctor Strange - DVD
Project X (2012) - free admission
Martha Marcy May Marlene - free admission
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - free admission
Friends with Kids - free admission
The Lincoln Lawyer - Netflix Instant
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy - Netflix Instant
John Carter 2D/3D - free admission/free admission
Silent House - free admission
21 Jump Street - free screenin'
Casa de Mi Padre - free admission
Support Your Local Gunfighter - Netflix Instant
The Grudge: Unrated Extended Director's Cut - DVD
Jeff, Who Lives at Home - free admission
My Bloody Valentine (2009) - DVD
Battle Royale (2000) - Alamo Drafthouse
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal - discount theater
The Butterfly Effect - DVD
The Butterfly Effect 2 - DVD
Sound of Noise - free admission
The FP - free admission
Harold & Maude - free admission
The Double - Netflix Instant
No Strings Attached - Netflix Instant
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey - Netflix Instant
Louis C.K. Hilarious - Netflix Instant
Gamer - Netflix Instant
Rising Sun - Netflix Instant
Death Race 2000 - Netflix Instant
Beverly Hills Cop III - Netflix Instant
Inferno: The Making of The Expendables - Netflix Instant
Street Kings - DVD
Kiki's Delivery Service - free admission
Dark Country - DVD

Thomas Jane made his directorial debut with this film about a newly married couple drivin' across the dessert at night when they find a mysterious accident victim on the dark highway.

Jane stars, and Ron Perlman has a small role as a sheriff.

There's a mix of location shootin' in New Mexico and painfully obvious green screen. I thought it was a bit too stylized, not enough substance, and the twist doesn't make a whole lot of sense, really...

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I've been wanting to see Kiki's Delivery Serice for a while now.
I'd say its worth watchin'...ya can probably rent the Disney/American release somewhere. The prints the Drafthouse are showin' are restored originals, with the Japanese dialogue & english subtitles.
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Old April 2 2012, 02:49 AM   #453
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^ I put it on my ziplist yesterday. It's the english dub with Kirsten Dunst.


93. The Seven Year Itch: (✩✩✩) - TV - A working man in New York spends the hot summer by himself while his wife and son spend the summer elsewhere. During this time, he entertains thoughts of having a fling and spends time with his hot blonde neighbor played by Marilyn Monroe. I wish this movie were more risque, but what can you expect from a movie made in the 50s. This movie is also a play and apparently the guy does cheat there, but it wasn't allowed in movies at the time.

94. Confined: (✩✩✩½) - On Demand - TV movie starring Emma Caulfield, David James Elliott and Michael Hogan. A family that movies into a house in the 'burbs and the wife (Caulfield) suspects that their neighbor (Hogan) is keeping someone in the basement. It was pretty gripping for a TV movie.

95. Love Happens: (✩✩✩) - TV - A self help guru, who's wife was killed a few years ealier, is in Seattle conducting a seminar that helps people deal with the loss of a loved one. While there, he falls for a woman and deals with his own pain. Stars Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. Decent watch.

96. La Jetée: (✩✩✩✩) - TV - This is a 30-minute scifi film made in France in 1962. It's the short movie that 12 Monkeys is based on and follows the same basic plot.

***Spoilers ahead, but no real surprises if you've already seen 12 Monkeys***

A boy sees a man die at the airport, and as an adult, is haunted by that memory along with the image of a woman he saw. He lives underground after the world has been devastated by nuclear war. There, he becomes part of an experiment in time travel. He's sent to both the past and the fututre to find ways to help his world in the present. While in the past, he also meets the woman he saw as a child and spends time with her. Ultimately, when his job is done, he chooses to live in the past with this woman and ends up getting killed at the airport by someone from his own time. He's the man that his past counterpart, the boy, saw dying.

This movie is made up entirely of black and white stills with a bit of music and a narrator telling the story. It's basically a slideshow. It may not sound very compelling, but you get into the story pretty quickly and it really does hold your attention. It's got more creative science fiction than 12 Monkeys and it's more tragic. If you liked 12 Monkeys, check this out to see where it's ideas came from.

About the scifi element that I thought was more creative... It was the time travel, and I liked how it was handled. Our man didn't physically travel through time, he was blindfolded, drugged and "projected" into the past. At first, he'd see the past in dream-like images, then over time, he learned to see these images as full scenes until he was "awake" in the past in some sort of astral body, while his real body slept in the future/his present. The woman he met in the past referred to him as a "ghost" due to his appearing and disappearing from her life. While projecting himself into the future, he met people who had further mastered time travel and could apparently send people back, fully in the flesh. They helped him go back in the end for real.

97. Some Like It Hot: (✩✩✩) - TV - Two musicians witness a mob killing and go on the run by disgusing themselves as women and joining a girl band. Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe star. Finally saw it and enjoyed it. Monroe's acting was much better here than is was in The Seven Year Itch. Something must have been going on with her while filming that one. So ends my Marilyn Monroe weekend. Reading up on her, I see that I'm almost exactly the same age now that she was when she died.

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On Demand: 13
Internet: 1

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Old April 2 2012, 02:50 AM   #454
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March Rundown... (43 Movies)

5 Stars
The Reader - TV

4½ Stars
50/50 - On Demand

4 Stars
Chasing Amy - DVD
Like Crazy - On Demand
Melancholia - On Demand
Middle Men - DVD
Nine - TV
Sex and Death 101 - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - DVD
The Descendants - On Demand
The Human Contract - DVD
The Hunger Games - Theatre
The Karate Kid - DVD
The Old Man and the Sea - TV

3½ Stars
10 Items or Less - DVD
21 Jump Street - Theatre
Clerks II - TV
Confined - On Demand
Hannah Montana: The Movie - DVD
Henry's Crime - DVD
Hoodwinked! - TV
Life As We Know It - DVD
Newlyweds - On Demand
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - DVD
The Quiet - DVD
Young Adult - On Demand

3 Stars
Dear John - TV
Love Happens - TV
She's the Man - TV
The Change-Up - On Demand
The Craigslist Killer - TV
The Seven Year Itch - TV
Vertical Limit - DVD
Walking the Halls - TV

2½ Stars
Carriers - TV
Cyberbully - On Demand
Killers - DVD
My Mother's Secret - TV
Untraceable - DVD

2 Stars
My Silent Partner - TV
The Rebound - On Demand
The Stunt Man - TV

1½ Stars
Witchslayer Gretl - TV

1 Star
None

½ Star
None

0 Stars
None
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Old April 2 2012, 03:51 AM   #455
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11. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance: B
12. Act of Valor: C+
13. John Carter: B
14. Hunger Games: B+
15. Wrath of the Titans: C

I was really more disappointed with this than Ghost Rider. I mean, it's my own fault I guess. I didn't expect much out of GR so it fared well enough in the story department. The story here is clear enough to see what was on paper but it fell flat for me from a performance standpoint. I also wasn't buying the Perseus/Andromeda angle. It didn't feel organic or natural at all. The CGI was really well and the big action sequences didn't disappoint it was the story and the actors lack of selling it that was the disconnect. The story's focus for the characters was of Father/Son loyalty and love. The Perseus/Helios dynamic worked better than Perseus/Zeus and that was the one that should've excelled, imo.
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Old April 2 2012, 03:51 AM   #456
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Updates in Bold:
47 Ronin (7)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
Daybreakers (5)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Green Hornet (6)
Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (5)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (8)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (6)
John Carter (9)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (9)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
Redline (10)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)
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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission

First new movie of April, saw it last night at the Village with my buddy Jeff...

Not as bad as the first one, but still not a great movie. The 3D was put to good use, more or less, and I liked the cyclopses.

If ya liked the remake, watch this one. If not, why would ya watch the sequel?
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Old April 2 2012, 07:36 PM   #458
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47. 21 Jump Street (C+)

21 Jump Street: It was amusing, but the funniest film of the year? Not a chance. A few days removed, and it's fading fast in my memory. The cameos were great, though, and displayed the original source material the respect it deserved (little). The critics are right about one thing, though. Channing Tatum should continue doing comedies like this and never look back. In most of his serious roles before this, he was already funny, anyways. Just not on purpose.

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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission

Tonight's free movie was a documentary about Jiro Ono, an award winnin', world renowned sushi chef in Tokyo, with a ten-seat restaurant in a subway station...

I guess I would have been more interested in it if I actually ate sushi, but there was some informative stuff to be found in the film, and it was interestin' to see the kind of work that goes into the preperation & all that.

May go see Mirror, Mirror tomorrow, or maybe The Raid: Redemption before my shift...
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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission
The Raid: Redemption - free admission
The Incredible Hulk Returns - DVD

Went to see TRR yesterday afternoon befoe work.

Pretty good Asian action movie about a SWAT raid against a criminal mastermind holed up in an apartment tower...when the police are discovered, the mastermind offers free rent for life to every criminal in the building who helps kill the intruders.

The action/fight sequences are well choreographed, and easy to follow. And quite a few are bad ass.

After work, I picked up the double feature DVD with two of the post-series Hulk movies. Watchin' ...Returns now.
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46. Salami Aleikum

A pretty standard love story (guy lies to a girl - in this case about the profession of his father - because he wants her to love him, but we're still supposed to root for him) with some funny moments. For the most part I found it quite boring, only the actor playing the father of the boy impressed me, because so far I've known him mostly for acting in short sketches and being a guest in panel shows.
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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission
The Raid: Redemption - free admission
The Incredible Hulk Returns - DVD
Titanic 3D - free admission

My plan to see Hunger Games this mornin' got postponed, wound up seein' Wrath of the Titans 3D again with my friend Maeby.

Went to see Titanic in 3D afterward...haven't seen that movie all the way through since I went to see it with high school friends back in '97. Same story & all, the 3D really doesn't add much to the movie itself.

Worth seein' for free, of course.

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39. Hero (B-)

I got this DVD back in about 2003, and I think this is the first time I've watched it since then. Anyway, Zhang Yimou sells out and loves it, producing one of the more prominent entries in the post-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon wave of wuxia films that attracted notice in the West. It's a little ponderous, and overuses slo-mo (the lack of blood also becomes a bid risible), but the production design and photography are excellent, and the performances all have their moments. It's pretty easy to read this as propaganda for why China should be allowed to conquer Tibet and Taiwan, but the "ends versus means" question is a universal one, so the movie's stance isn't really that unusual.

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Was trying to think of what I saw this year. I think Ghost Protocol was the last flick I saw in theaters and that was last year.

I think I watched Lincoln Lawyer, Limitless and Warrior on Blu-ray this year though.
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I got this DVD back in about 2003, and I think this is the first time I've watched it since then. Anyway, Zhang Yimou sells out and loves it, producing one of the more prominent entries in the post-Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon wave of wuxia films that attracted notice in the West. It's a little ponderous, and overuses slo-mo (the lack of blood also becomes a bid risible), but the production design and photography are excellent, and the performances all have their moments. It's pretty easy to read this as propaganda for why China should be allowed to conquer Tibet and Taiwan, but the "ends versus means" question is a universal one, so the movie's stance isn't really that unusual.
This is one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen. The action, color and cinematography are all fantastic. It's like a moving painting at times. I don't remember the slo-mo offhand, but the scene where Jet Li cuts through the water sticks in my mind.
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