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Old May 6 2012, 07:33 PM   #571
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1) The Artist (2011) - A+
2) Midnight in Paris (2011) - B
3) Tree of Life (2011) - F
4) The Descendants (2011) - B
5) Drive (2011) - B
6) Hanna (2011) - C
7) Take Shelter (2011) - A-
8) 50/50 (2011) - B
9) Baby Mama (2008) - B-
10) United 93 (2006)
11) Rango (2011) - B
12) The Hunger Games (2012) - B+
13) 21 Jump Street (2012) - B+
14) Goon (2012) - A-
15) The Avengers (2012) - B

Went to see The Avengers pretty late last night and had a fun time in a packed theater. After taking the time to think about it though, I don't think it's necessarily the A that everyone else is giving it, as there seemed to be a lot of your typical summer movie action as well as the whole technobabble stuff that people complain about in Star Trek. Also, Loki could have been a lot better as a villain and maybe even a little more fleshed out. Granted, they fleshed him out kind of in Thor, but he seemed a bit weak in comparison to some of the other Marvel villains, namely the ones in the two Iron Man movies.

However, I loved the movie mainly because I loved the character interactions. I would love to see a Mark Ruffalo Hulk movie, as I skipped on Edward Norton and hated Bana's portrayal of the character. Ruffalo gave Hulk a lot more personality and didn't make the character boring. Downy Jr. was the star of the movie as everything he said was classic Iron Man arrogance which was great. I didn't mind Thor as much as other people it seemed, even though for a God he sure was in the background.

Anyway, the chemistry was really good between the cast, and I look forward to going back to the individual characters, especially Iron Man, Captain America and as said already, a good Mark Ruffalo Hulk movie. Overall, nice way to kick off the Summer Movie season (Even though I still think Hunger Games was the first summer movie) and it get's a solid B from me.

Theater: 5 (+1)
BluRay: 4
On Demand/TV: 1
Itunes: 5
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Old May 6 2012, 10:14 PM   #572
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59. Paprika

Visually this is a great film, they really use the animated format to their advantage to show all the crazy stuff you can do in dreams. The story is not quite up there with the visuals (I have no idea how they were able to win in the end), but it's definitely worth a watch.

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... here he just wants to rule the world.
Everybody does!
But why, I wonder; haven't they seen the place?
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Old May 6 2012, 10:38 PM   #573
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Yes, but they all think they can do a better job of it.
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Old May 7 2012, 06:57 AM   #574
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(Even though I still think Hunger Games was the first summer movie)
Summer movies don't get released in March.

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Old May 7 2012, 07:13 AM   #575
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(Even though I still think Hunger Games was the first summer movie)
Summer movies don't get released in March.

Well, it felt like a summer movie. And What's with the ? Sorry if you have a problem with my opinion.
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Old May 7 2012, 07:33 AM   #576
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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)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (7)
Fast and Furious (2009) (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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Old May 7 2012, 08:10 AM   #577
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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.
I used Metacritic to refresh my memory on that count; Iron Man 2 has a rating of 57 and The Incredible Hulk a rating of 61. Thor is also at a 57, which ties it with Iron Man 2 (better than I thought), but doesn't suggest a strong consensus of positive reviews.

That's just me being pedantic, though. The problem with Loki (in the movie) is that he's a cardboard villain without the slightest of interesting motivations. At least, that was my view of the character. Other people are (obviously) really enjoying the movie, and more power to them.
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Old May 7 2012, 03:27 PM   #578
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74. Wilde
75. Kill List
76. Pitch Black
77. Nosferatu
78. Sabotage
79. My Week With Marilyn
80. Beginners
81. Killer Elite
82. Jack Kerouac - King of the Beat
83. Trust
84. Mad Max
85. Cape Fear (91)
86. Dick Tracy
87. Dreams of Life
88. Wake Up Ron Burgandy: The Lost Movie
89. Pumping Iron
90. Dracula (31)
91. Haywire
92. The Grey
93. A Dangerous Method
94. The Iron Lady
95. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
96. Shame
96. The Cabin in the Woods
98. The Avengers
99. Lockout
100. The Longest Nite
101. The Martial Club
102. Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto
103. Challenge of the Masters
104. Invincible Shaolin
105. Five Deadly Venoms
106. Executioners from Shaolin
107. Made in Hong Kong
108. The Butterfly Murders
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Old May 7 2012, 05:00 PM   #579
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(Even though I still think Hunger Games was the first summer movie)
Summer movies don't get released in March.

Well, it felt like a summer movie. And What's with the ? Sorry if you have a problem with my opinion.
Haven't ya noticed the last few years that a hopeful blockbuster has been released in March, because the movie releases in February & March generally suck & attendance goes down at the theaters.

And the eye roll was because its stupid to label a March release as a summer movie. Its not a matter of opinion when ya look at a calender.
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Old May 7 2012, 05:11 PM   #580
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16. Cabin In the Woods: B+
17. The Rum Diary: C
18. The Eagle: C+
19. The Avengers: A+
20. The Adjustment Bureau: A

I don't recall the previews for this film selling it as the subdued sci-fi film it really is at it's core. My recall was it going to be about G-Men manipulating outcomes for national/global interests.
This film is about an alien race/gods, disguised as humans, who've been overseeing humanity's path. They control many things in the lives of certain people to generate a particular outcome. The "Adjusters" all carry books that map out how things are going, if it's 'on plan'. They all wear hats that are the access for using common doors as transport devices within any given locale.

I'm guessing the deeper theme of the movie has to do with free will vs predestination from the religious side of things. All in all it was a fun film and if the previews had sold it correctly I might have made time for this at the cinema.
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Old May 7 2012, 05:32 PM   #581
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Summer movies don't get released in March.

Well, it felt like a summer movie. And What's with the ? Sorry if you have a problem with my opinion.
Haven't ya noticed the last few years that a hopeful blockbuster has been released in March, because the movie releases in February & March generally suck & attendance goes down at the theaters.
Not really, but then I don't remember a movie released in march that made as much as The Hunger Games made. Considering the movies being released now (And Avengers making over 200 million in the first weekend) it was smart to release THG when they did.
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Old May 8 2012, 05:17 AM   #582
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130. The Runaways: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - The story of The Runaways that focusses on band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. Kristen Stewart plays Jett and Dakota Fanning plays Currie. The leads looked a little young, because they were, but I was amazed by Fanning's performance. She played a very troubled character who was more into being provovative than the music, and who ultimately burned out. Quite the change from the precocious little girl of days gone by.

131. Anonymous: (✩✩✩) - On Demand - A story making William Shakespeare a front man for the real person who wrote the works that he's known for. Directed by Roland Emerich. It's slow and plodding, but it's a fascinating story.

132. The Hangover: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Finally saw this. I was on a plane two years ago and the guy beside me was watching it and laughing. Combine that with the good word of mouth and its financial success, and I figured I was in for something good. In the end, it was average, but I did laugh a few times.

133. The Hangover Part II: (✩✩✩) - On Demand - Saw this sequel right after. This movie followed the same basic plot with the same twists. Funny again, but average. Doesn't look like there will be a third one.

134. Duplicity: (✩✩½) - Live TV - Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as corporate spies. Meh. Paul Giamatti is always good in whatever he does though.

135. Leap Year: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Romantic comedy starring Amy Adams, who travels to Dublin, Ireland to meet up with her travelling/workaholic boyfriend and propose to him. Problem is, she ends up somewhere else due to a storm and has to hire a guy to take her the rest of the way. Hilarity and romance ensue. Movie is average, but man, Amy Adams is a sight alright.

Theatre: 5
DVD/Blu-Ray: 45
Live TV: 59
Recorded TV: 4
On Demand: 20
Internet: 2
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They are working on Hangover 3.
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^ Interesting. I somehow had the impression that the second one underperformed and so that would be it for the franchise. I never really looked into it.
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^ Interesting. I somehow had the impression that the second one underperformed and so that would be it for the franchise. I never really looked into it.
Domestically, it grossed slightly less than the original ($254 vs. $277 million). Internationally, the sequel blew the original out of the water ($190 million vs. $327 million). There will undoubtedly be a third film (unfortunately).


62. Pirates! Band of Misfits (B)

Pirates! Band of Misfits: This wasn't Aardman's finest achievement, but like all of their work in film and television, it was delightful and at times very funny. The voice over cast is great and the animation, as expected, is very imaginative and technically amazing. Plus, when will an American animated film have Charles Darwin as a character who gets some of the best lines in the movie?

Theatres: 24 +1
Home Video: 34
Computer: 4
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