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Old August 27 2012, 01:41 AM   #976
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The Watcher - DVD
Silver Bullet - free admission
Logan's Run (1976) - DVD
17 Again - DVD
Total Recall (2012) - free admission
The Queen of Versailles - free admission
Adventureland - DVD
The Campaign - free admission
Hope Springs - free admission
The Bourne Legacy - free admission
Killer Joe - free admission
The Odd Life of Timothy Green - free screenin'
The Box - DVD
Short Circuit - free admission
Ruby Sparks - free admission
American Reunion: Unrated - DVD
Moneyball - DVD
The Expendables 2 - free admission
Into the Blue 2: The Reef - Unrated - DVD
Take This Waltz - free admission
Resident Evil: Afterlife - DVD
ParaNorman 3D - free admission
Pets (1974) - free admission
Hit & Run - matinee
Premium Rush - free admission
Sparkle - free admission
Celeste and Jesse Forever - free admission
Cosmopolis - free admission

Went up to the Village last night to see Sparkle...and it wasn't very good. The story is a cliche, of course, and while Whitney Houston was obviously tryin' to restart a career before her death, her character's gospel solo seemed out of place & pointless to me.

Came in early today to see C&JF this afternoon. And it was a pretty good movie. I think that, if nothin' else, at least its honest, and it does a good job of showin' how a romance can turn out in reality, not just in movies.

Got a plan to see quite a few movies over the next few days, 'cause I have a lot of time off from work...

- edit, to add -

Wound up with the night off, so I went to the Drafthouse South Lamar to see Cosmopolis, which has Robert Pattinson as a wealthy tycoon in NYC who conducts business, pleasure & medical issues all while in the back of a white stretch limo. The dude who played the Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine plays his bodyguard.

Such a dull, lifeless movie. The characters all speak in this flat monotone, and there's no emotion at all to what they have to say to or about each other. And there's no background noise...which makes sense for a soundproof limo, but still, it just adds to the dullness of the dialogue.

Robert Pattinson should just take his Twimoney & go away.
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Old August 27 2012, 08:08 AM   #977
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127. Visioneers (C-)
128. Vertigo (A)


Visioneers: This film (a dystopia in which people have repressed their emotions and begun spontaneously exploding as a result) has a few interesting ideas , but little depth or narrative direction to sustain them. It does have a number of supporting parts filled out by former cast members of Almost Live!, if anyone is from Washington state and old enough to remember that show. Zack Galifanakis is perfectly fine in the lead, but the role is so thin that his understated performance isn't going to receive much recognition.

Vertigo: It's hard to talk about this film without addressing that the Sight & Sound poll has ranked it the greatest of all time, so I'll just come out and say that it's not -- it's not even Hitchcock's best film. It is, however, a recognizably great movie and one I enjoy returning to (though, given the darker tone, not as frequently as some other Hitchcock pictures).

There are minor blemishes, of course. As he was in many movies of the period, Stewart is a bit too old, especially for Barbara Bel Geddes to have been a former college classmate (if she was his student, then he's not old enough). Actually, that might be the only blemish I can think of. People have complained that Kim Novak isn't up to her dual role, but in my mind she's perfectly fine.

Theatres: 44
Home Video: 75+1
Computer: 9+1

I've also just watched Steven Soderbergh's two-part Che; I haven't made up my mind about it just yet. It certainly wasn't the masterpiece that Carlos was, but I think there was something there.
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Old August 27 2012, 08:38 AM   #978
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Updates in Bold:
2 Fast 2 Furious (8)
47 Ronin (7)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (8)
The Amazing Spider-man (7)
The Avengers (10)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Battleship (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
The Bourne Legacy (9)
The Dark Knight Rises (10)
Daybreakers (5)
Die Hard (9)
Die Hard II (8)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (8)
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (7)
The Expendables 2 (8)
Fargo (6)
The Fast and the Furious (8)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (7)
Fast and Furious (2009) (8)
Fast Five (10)
First Blood (8)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Garasu no Usagi (Glass Rabbit) (7)
Gattaca (8)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (6)
Green Hornet (6)
Haywire (7)
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)
Justice League: Starcrossed (8)
King of Thorn (9)
K-ON!: The Movie (8)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (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)
Men In Black III (8)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (7)
Mercury Rising (7)
Mystic River (6)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
Prometheus (5)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (8)
Rambo III (8)
The Raven (9)
Redline (10)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Scott Pilgrim VS The World (8)
Space Battleship Yamato (2010) (8)
Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (8)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Total Recall (2012) (8)
Towanoquon Movie 1 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 2 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 3 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 4 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 5 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 6 (9)
Toward the Tera (1980) (6)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)

Total Thus Far: 74
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Old August 27 2012, 04:54 PM   #979
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61. Expendables 2: B+
62. Hangover 2: C
63. Moneyball: A-
64. Adventures of Tin Tin: B-
65. 2016 Obama's America: A-


Tin-Tin: I found the movie to be mostly enjoyable. The cute little nod at the start with the street artist drawing him more or less like his comic self was something I did catch. I feel some of my drop in grade might be due to some nods I didn't catch or didn't make sense. The adventure part of the film tied to an old legend/mystery was put together well. I just found myself at times floating out of the film. Still, I did recommend to my friend who as a 5&6yr old. I think they might really enjoy it.

2016 Obama: The first half of this film really explores a type of psychological look at Obama and his perceived idea of his father vs when a sister drops by to tell him that pedestal image you have is wrong. Interspliced it covers how his mother remarried and the influences of other men that Obama had growing up through college. It talked of what is documented about those men and the political leanings they have and would impart on a young Barry.
The second half of the film then goes on to show the setup for how a seemingly nobody whose done nothing gets elected to POTUS. It then connects how an Obama led Democratic Party has governed and connects to those radical communist and marxist men in his formative years of 12-22. The film doesn't include it but the FORWARD slogan is plainly clear. The thread used in the film to tie it all together is anti-Colonialism which does look like an interesting missing link in the deconstruction of who Obama is.

Love him or Hate him, you don't know him is a very apropos tagline for the film. I know this board is populated heavily with those who'll dismiss this film. It would be nice if some had the courage to view it though. I can and do view Michael Moore films and give him some credit where it's due. I doubt many liberals will do the same for this film though.
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Old August 27 2012, 05:56 PM   #980
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I wasn't plannin' to see it, just 'cause I don't want to finance a propoganda piece that could, eventually, find its way into the pocket for the campaign of the guy I won't be votin' for in November.
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Old August 28 2012, 06:26 PM   #981
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129. Che (B)

Che: I've been struggling to figure out why I didn't like this biopic more than I did. It has an excellent cast, and like all of Steven Soderbergh's work it is well edited, directed, and photographed, but the film is missing something. Despite spending more most of the four hour plus running time with the title character, we never get a great deal of personal insight into Che Guevara as a human being. We know he has a family and friends, but that's rarely dramatized. What we're left with is Che's revolutionary struggle, which is probably more fascinating in the second half, which is dedicated to his activities in Bolivia (where it fails) than in the first half, which deals with the successful Cuban revolution.

Honestly, I think the film would have been more interesting if it took a long hard look at Che's life that takes place between the end of the Cuban revolution and his arrival in Boliva -- the intermission between the two parts, essentially. The film makes passing reference to his conflicts with Fidel Castro, and his failed attempts to start revolutions elsewhere before Bolivia, but for any detail the only refuge to be found is the audio commentary (which, from what I've heard so far, is fascinating, and another triumph for Criterion).

Theatres: 44
Home Video: 76+1
Computer: 9
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Old August 30 2012, 09:46 AM   #982
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Darn I really got behind on updating this.

109. Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
110. Final Victory (87)
111. The Ring Virus
112. Heroes of the East
113. Resurrection of the little Match Girl
114. Center Stage
115. Last Hurrah for Chivalry
116. The Legend is Born: Ip Man
117. Dead or Alive: Final
118. 1-Ichi
119. Legend of the fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

120. Dark Shadows
121. Men in Black III
122. The Woman in Black
123. The Dictator
124. Prometheus
125. Sadako 3D
126. The Raid: Redemption
127. Motorway
128. The Amazing Spider-man
129. The dark Knight Rises x2
130. The Silent War
131. The Bourne Legacy

132. Moneyball
133. From Hell
134. JCVD
135. Hunger
136. Tyrannosaur
137. When Harry Met Sally
138. Breathless
139. Bukowski: Born into this
140. Breathless (1983)
141. The Broken Tower
142. The Conversation
143. Safe House
144. Dark Star
145. Crimson Tide (unrated extended)
146; AVPR (exended uncut and still shit)
147. The Ring TwO (uunrated version)
148. Superman Vs. The Elite
149. Man on a ledge
150. Death Sentence
151. A few good men
152. Iron Sky
153. The Firm
154. Rumble Fish
155. Universal Soldier: Regeneration
156. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to liquor day
157. Sunset Blvd
158. Son of Frankenstein
159. Eraserhead
160. Tmecop
161. Bruce Lee: The man and the legend
162. Derailed


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Old August 30 2012, 02:26 PM   #983
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The Watcher - DVD
Silver Bullet - free admission
Logan's Run (1976) - DVD
17 Again - DVD
Total Recall (2012) - free admission
The Queen of Versailles - free admission
Adventureland - DVD
The Campaign - free admission
Hope Springs - free admission
The Bourne Legacy - free admission
Killer Joe - free admission
The Odd Life of Timothy Green - free screenin'
The Box - DVD
Short Circuit - free admission
Ruby Sparks - free admission
American Reunion: Unrated - DVD
Moneyball - DVD
The Expendables 2 - free admission
Into the Blue 2: The Reef - Unrated - DVD
Take This Waltz - free admission
Resident Evil: Afterlife - DVD
ParaNorman 3D - free admission
Pets (1974) - free admission
Hit & Run - matinee
Premium Rush - free admission
Sparkle - free admission
Celeste and Jesse Forever - free admission
Cosmopolis - free admission
Reno 911!: Miami - Unrated Cut - DVD
Bedevilled - free admission

Watched the unrated cut of Reno 911!: Miami on DVD the other night. Pretty funny, though its almost exactly like the show with a slightly larger budget, more nudity & curse words. The DVD includes a "lost" version, which I may watch later...

Went to the theater last night to see Bedevilled, a Korean revenge story. It was actually a pretty good. And it was easier to stomach than the only other Korean revenge flick I've ever seen, Oldboy.

Got a plan to see The Revenant, a zombie movie, tonight.
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130. Spin (B-)
131. My Dinner with Andre (B)


Spin: An interesting video project entirely composed of footage culled from raw satellite feeds recorded during the 1992 election (in which the participants are often unaware that they're being recorded). The impact is probably a bit less than when this was originally released in 1995; since that point, several of the most damning clips (Dan Rather saying "they all look alike" and asking when Ramadan is, etc.) have been included elsewhere. Still, plenty of this is particularly damaging, and it gives an excellent look into how managed media appearances of politicians are (when they're smart enough not to go off script), as well as the power of the media in establishing a narrative (the total exclusion of Larry Agran is appalling).

My Dinner with André: Endlessly parodied since its release in 1981, this is a nice and quiet little film that revolves around nothing more than the dinner conversation of two men (Wallace Shawn and André Gregory, playing fictionalized versions of themsevles). I don't think it's a masterful piece of cinema, but it's a good film that's worth seeing.

Theatres: 45+1
Home Video: 77+1
Computer: 9
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Old August 31 2012, 08:51 PM   #985
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106. The Last Station

Quite a good film with a very good soundtrack and performances. It also reminded me that I should really get around to reading some of Tolstoi's books some time.

107. Ice Age 4

This one was mostly boring with only a few funny moments. I remember liking the last one with the dinosaurs, but here it felt as if they were just running on auto-pilot.
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18. Star Trek: Insurrection

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The Watcher - DVD
Silver Bullet - free admission
Logan's Run (1976) - DVD
17 Again - DVD
Total Recall (2012) - free admission
The Queen of Versailles - free admission
Adventureland - DVD
The Campaign - free admission
Hope Springs - free admission
The Bourne Legacy - free admission
Killer Joe - free admission
The Odd Life of Timothy Green - free screenin'
The Box - DVD
Short Circuit - free admission
Ruby Sparks - free admission
American Reunion: Unrated - DVD
Moneyball - DVD
The Expendables 2 - free admission
Into the Blue 2: The Reef - Unrated - DVD
Take This Waltz - free admission
Resident Evil: Afterlife - DVD
ParaNorman 3D - free admission
Pets (1974) - free admission
Hit & Run - matinee
Premium Rush - free admission
Sparkle - free admission
Celeste and Jesse Forever - free admission
Cosmopolis - free admission
Reno 911!: Miami - Unrated Cut - DVD
Bedevilled - free admission
The Revenant - free admission

Went to see The Revenant with my buddy James the other night. One of my co-workers, Robert, showed up, too.

Pretty dumb zombie movie about a soldier killed overseas that comes back as a zombie and gets helped by his stoner buddy.

At least it was free...

Saw the x-rated trailer for The ABC's of Death...felt a little sick after.

Got a plan to see Memento at the Ritz's Late Show tonight.
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2012 summer movies seen in viewing order... (10 Movies)

The Avengers (✩✩✩½)
Chernobyl Diaries (✩✩✩½)
Men in Black 3 (✩✩✩½)
Snow White and the Huntsman (✩✩✩✩)
Prometheus (✩✩✩✩)
The Amazing Spider-Man (✩✩✩)
The Dark Knight Rises (✩✩✩✩½) x2
Total Recall (✩✩✩)
The Bourne Legacy (✩✩✩)
The Expendables 2 (✩✩✩)

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100. Jaws (A)

I've never watched this before, largely because sharks are a particular phobia of mine, so it never made it high on my priorities list despite all the praise it gets. It turns out that the actual mechanical shark is so fake looking that it wasn't that big an issue (apart from the bits where they use an actual shark). People tend to talk about the film's influence on blockbusters, but the opening one imagines also helped generate the modern horror formula. And thankfully, in the end, the member of the trio most deserving of death due to stupidity is the one who bites it.
I saw this for the first time recently as well and I didn't find it all that scary. I want to say that I'm surprised at how iconic it is because I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but I can accept that it was a groundbreaking film in its day.
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235. The Losers: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - After being used to kill a drug lord, a special ops team fakes their death. Months later, they're hired by a mysterious woman and offered a chance to kill "Max", the man who set them up. Stars Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans and Idris Elba and it's based on a 32-issue comic book series that ran from 2003 to 2006. I'd like to read it when I get the chance. Looks like the movie was set up for a sequel, but given that it bombed, that's not likely to happen. The movie itself isn't the best story-wise, but it's high on style and a lot of fun to watch because it has a slightly comedic tone. And Max, the villain played by Jason Patric , was a hoot to watch. He played the cartoonish bad guy to perfection.

236. Bangkok Dangerous: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - A hitman who wants to get out of the business goes to Bangkok for one last round of hits before quitting. Stars Nicholas Cage. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. It made Bangkok a dangerous and lively place, and I liked the voiceover that offered insight into how to be a meticulous hitman. The movie does slip into a formula and things kind of fell apart at the end though. I read that this movie is a remake of a 1999 movie of the same name and by the same directors. If I get the chance, I may check it out.

237. The Pleasure Drivers: (✩✩½) - DVD - Don't ask me what this movie is about. It's a little weird. A woman kidnaps a guy and takes him out to a motel in the desert while a college professor leaves his cheating wife and tries to hook up with a young nympho. ...in a desert motel. Stars Angus Macfadyen, Lacey Chabert, Lauren Holly and Billy Zane. I got this one after seeing the clip in the Lacey Chabert BOTW thread. It's not a good movie but I loved Chabert's sexualized character.

238. The Butterfly Effect 2: (✩✩✩) - DVD - The sequel to the Ashton Kutcher movie. It has a different character who can do the same time travel thing. I can't compare this with the first one since I haven't seen it since it came out, but I liked this sequel well enough. It's slow and a bit boring at first, but at least it's got Erica Durance to get you though that first bit. After the first half-hour, it starts to pick up.

239. D.E.B.S.: (✩✩✩) - DVD - According to the IMDb, D.E.B.S. stands for "Discapline Energy Beauty Strength". It's about four plaid-skirted school girls who are actually secret agents in the D.E.B.S. program. Their assignment is to spy on the elusive super villain Lucy Diamond, but things take a turn when one of them runs into her and they fall in love. I got this one mainly because of Jordana Brewster. It's campy but entertaining.

240. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Saw this 1941 movie on TCM last night. You can read some further discussion here. It had a good hook at the beginning with a dinner discussion on evil and the soul, but the movie itself was slow and plodding.

241. Prozac Nation: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A Harvard girl suffers from depression as she deals with personal issues involving her mother who feels like she's sacrificed everything and a father who wasn't around. Stars Christina Ricci, Michelle Williams and Jessica Lange. Nicholas Campbell of Da Vinci's Inquest plays the father. It's based on the best selling book Prozac Nation, which is about the life of its author Elizabeth Wurtzel. I heard about this movie before, but sort of dismissed it. Then, last week, I looked up Wurtzel after reading a thread in the TNZ and saw that she authored a book that became this movie. Wurtzel is a fascinating woman. She's in her 40s and she's afraid of getting old. You can find her columns online. The movie isn't earth-shattering, but I'm glad I saw it.

242. Thunderbirds Are Go: (✩✩✩½) - Live TV - International Rescue uses its formidable team of Thunderbird vehicles to make sure a second attempt at a Mars mission isn't sabotaged like the first one was. Filmed in Supermarionation™. I didn't think I'd like a puppet movie, but it was surprisingly well done.

243. Fail-Safe: (✩✩✩½) - Live TV - During the Cold War, a bomber is accidentally given the order to drop a nuke on Moscow and Strategic Air Command can't stop them. Stars Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau and Larry Hagman. It's a very talky movie that takes place entirely on the ground, but it's got some good stuff about the dangers and responsibilities of having nuclear weapons. Then there's an ending that leaves you going wow! In reading more on the movie, I saw that a version was made for TV in 2000 with an all-star cast including George Clooney, Sam Elliott, Richard Dreyfuss, Don Cheatle, Walter Kronkite, James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Hank Azaria andd Noah Wyle. I immediately added it to my zip list.

244. Robin Hood: (✩✩✩½) - Live TV - Yet another retelling of Robin Hood. Stars Russell Crowe. Before watching this, I lamented the fact that this wasn't the proposed "Nottingham", a movie that would have been the story of Robin Hood as told from the sheriff's perspective. Too bad they chickened out and decided to go with this, I thought. Then last night, I grudgingly decided to check this out and liked it. It's the kind of movie you want to turn off half an hour in, but if you stick with it, it gets better. That happened around the one-hour mark (on TV with commercials that is). It also looked like this was set up for a sequel, something I actually wouldn't mind seeing. On a side note, Russell Crowe and his costars appeared in an episode of the Canadian series Republic of Doyle earlier this year, so it was fun to see them in this movie.

Theatre: 14
DVD/Blu-Ray: 92
Live TV: 95
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 34
Internet: 4

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