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Old May 2 2012, 01:05 PM   #556
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April Rundown (31 Movies)

5 Stars
None

4½ Stars
Adam - DVD

4 Stars
Bedazzled - Live TV
Crazy, Stupid, Love. - On Demand
La Jetée - Live TV
The Astronaut Farmer - DVD

3½ Stars
American Reunion - Theatre
Field of Dreams - Live TV
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - On Demand
Moneyball - On Demand
Paranormal Activity - Live TV
Shame - On Demand
The Company Men - DVD
The Iron Lady - On Demand

3 Stars
Cop Out - Live TV
Finding a Family - Live TV
Hall Pass - DVD
Saint John of Vegas - DVD
Some Like It Hot - Live TV
Starman - DVD
The Fantastic Four - Internet
The Good Night - DVD
The Illustrated Man - Recorded TV

2½ Stars
Breakaway - Live TV
Never Cry Werewolf - Live TV
Picture This - Live TV
The Men Who Stares at Goats - DVD
The Other Woman - DVD
Thirst - Live TV
Winter's Bone - DVD

2 Stars
The Spy Next Door - Live TV
This Movie is Broken - DVD

1½ Stars
None

1 Star
None

½ Star
None

0 Stars
None
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Old May 2 2012, 01:12 PM   #557
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I noticed yesterday that Rogers in Canada is closing all its video stores. So with this and the end of Blockbuster, I can't rent DVDs anymore unless I find a small independent store. This means that I can't watch certain movies when I want to. On Demand is still in its infancy and has a limited library, Zip.ca as a mail service is good, but it can take months to get popular titles, and with Netflix, there are bandwidth issues. Hopefully this new business model improves significantly pretty soon. I want to see stuff like The Hangover and The Ides of March and I can't.
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Old May 2 2012, 11:08 PM   #558
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49. Cabaret (C+)

This movie holds the record for most Oscar wins for a film that didn't win Best Picture (8) - in fact, it considerably outperformed The Godfather, the film that won that year. And while a lot of people would now give the latter film more of the total Oscar haul, Cabaret's reputation has held up over the years. Unforunately, I just didn't like it that much. A big part of that is Michael York, who is just so, so boring. Liza Minnelli is very strong as the lead, but I just had a hard time caring about anybody.

Cinema: 11
Home Video: 32
Computer: 6 (+1)
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Old May 3 2012, 03:41 AM   #559
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Last Days Here - free admission
The Three Stooges - free admission
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter - DVD

Saw The Five-Year Engagement again today, 'cause a friend of mine picked it. After she left, I wound up bein' the only one in the theater for The Three Stooges, a movie so unamusin' that they couldn't even make a fart joke funny...and fart jokes are ALWAYS funny!!!

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Recently rewatched The NeverEnding Story, a movie I haven't watched since I was a kid...and was reminded why I hadn't watched it since I was a kid. The "Family Double Feature" DVD also had the sequel, which I hadn't seen before...

...and I just finished it. Kinda wish I hadn't bothered with this DVD at all.
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Old May 4 2012, 10:08 PM   #560
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127. The Road: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - A man and his sone travel a post apocalyptic world trying to survive. Through their travels, they run across all sorts of different people and situations. It's pretty bleak, both in its story and visual style with the lack of vibrant colors, but it's engaging. Viggo Mortensen stars. Other big names appear as well, but they're hardly recognizable.

128. Unstoppable: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - An unmanned train carrying toxic waste is out of control and it's up to Denzel Washington and Chris Pine to stop it. It's somewhat formulaic but otherwise, it's a good action thriller that's about as good as Washington's other movies. Is it really that hard to get on a moving train though?

129. The Avengers: (✩✩✩½) - Theatre - I wasn't completely and utterly blown away like so many others. I thought it was pretty standard fare, but I still enjoyed the movie.

Theatre: 5
DVD/Blu-Ray: 45
Live TV: 55
Recorded TV: 4
On Demand: 18
Internet: 2
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Last Days Here - free admission
The Three Stooges - free admission
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter - DVD
The Avengers - free admission

Got into the first 3D show of the day at the Alamo Drafthouse - Sluaghter this afternoon.

Awesome movie that kicks all kinds of ass.

I'll be goin' to see it a few more times, for sure.
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Old May 5 2012, 03:38 AM   #562
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50. The Avengers (A)

Discussed more in the review thread, but this raises the bar for superhero action, and is the best pure blockbuster I've seen in years. It lacks the thematic depth of X-Men: First Class, but the Avengers have never really had that in comparison with the X-Men anyway.

Cinema: 12 (+1)
Home Video: 32
Computer: 6
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Old May 5 2012, 05:07 AM   #563
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15. Wrath of the Titans: C
16. Cabin In the Woods: B+
17. The Rum Diary: C
18. The Eagle: C+
19. The Avengers: A+

You've seen the internet chatter, scratched your head at the 90% on RottenTomatoes...yep, the critics and the crowd fully on the same page. Believe it, it's worth the hype.
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Old May 5 2012, 05:38 AM   #564
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Last Days Here - free admission
The Three Stooges - free admission
The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter - DVD
The Avengers - free admission
Damsels in Distress - free admission
Sound of My Voice - free admission

Had a double feature at the Drafthouse - South Lamar this evenin'.

First up was Damsels in Distress, about four college girls who try to improve their male-dominated environment. Set in the present day, it looked more like a throwback to the '50s. And, more than anything, it reminded me of Clueless, but with even more absurd dialogue.

Followed that up with Sound of My Voice, about a couple tryin' to make a documentary about cults & end up joinin' one, where the cult leader claims to be from the year 2054. I almost didn't get in - damn thing near sold out!

I've got passes to see either The Dictator or The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this comin' Thursday night, lettin' a friend of mine pick which she wants to see.
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Old May 5 2012, 10:20 PM   #565
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58. The Avengers

It's pretty much like the other Marvel Studios' films: entertaining, but no big surprises either. I was actually disappointed in the villain, Loki. In Thor he had this great personal conflict with Odin and conflicting loyalties, here he just wants to rule the world.
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Old May 6 2012, 01:02 AM   #566
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Updates in Bold:
2 Fast 2 Furious (8)
47 Ronin (7)
The Avengers (10)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
Daybreakers (5)
Fargo (6)
The Fast and the Furious (8)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (6)
Green Hornet (6)
Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (5)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (8)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (6)
Hunger Games (4)
John Carter (9)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Lockout (8)
Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid (9)
Lupin the 3rd: Return of Pycal (7)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (9)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
The Raven (9)
Redline (10)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (8)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Toward the Tera (1980) (6)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)

Total Thus Far: 38
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... here he just wants to rule the world.
Everybody does!
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Old May 6 2012, 07:40 AM   #568
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61. The Avengers (C)

The Avengers: I wish the movie had lived up to my expectations; early reviews and fan reaction have been very positive, so I was shocked by how mediocre the whole affair was.

-The first 30-40 minutes were rather tedious and expository.
-The movie was stuffed to the brim with techno-babble in place of story.
-Thor (whose standalone movie I have not seen) is rather lifeless as a character, which is probably why he's absent from much of the movie.
-Loki was even worse as the antagonist; why bring back the bad guy from the worst received movie in the series, anyway?
-Despite grumbling about recasting, Mark Ruffalo offers the most interesting take on the Banner/Hulk I've seen since Bill Bixby played him on television.
-Robert Downey Jr. steals the movie; I wish I had been able to see Shane Black's Iron Man 3 instead.
-Hawkeye made me laugh every time he appeared on screen; a guy with a bow and arrow (that never run out!) appears ludicrous next to the other Avengers.

I tend to think that the superhero genre is just played out for me as a viewer at this point. I'm excited for The Dark Knight Rises, but am also happy that it will be the end of that version of the series.

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Home Video: 34
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Hawkeye did run out of arrows though.
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-Loki was even worse as the antagonist; why bring back the bad guy from the worst received movie in the series, anyway?
The worst-received movie in the series would be Iron Man 2, followed by The Incredible Hulk. Thor got very good reviews. Beyond that, Loki is the villain who precipitated the formation of the Avengers in the comics.
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