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Old February 2 2013, 03:42 AM   #76
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Warm Bodies - free admission

First movie of the new month, and its the zombie love story Warm Bodies.

It was silly, but in a fun way. And Rob Corddry was especially funny as the zombie M.

Too bad its the only new movie we got this week...
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Old February 2 2013, 04:09 AM   #77
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Academy Award Consideration Screeners:
Silver Linings Playbook
Les Miserables
Flight
Promised Land
Looper
Skyfall
The Dark Knight Rises
Wreck-It Ralph
End of Watch
Lincoln
Django Unchained


At the Theater:
Django Unchained

Netflix DVD Rental:
Terminator Salvation
Love and Other Drugs
W.
Emma
Quantum of Solace
Insomnia
Iron Man
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Old February 3 2013, 05:20 AM   #78
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Updates in Bold:

Bleach Movie 4: Hell Verse (9)
Broken City (7)
Bullet to the Head (7)
Gangster Squad (8)
The Last Stand (8)
Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion-Theatrical version (9)
Parker (8)

Current Total: 7
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Old February 3 2013, 06:58 PM   #79
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17. The Lucky Ones (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Three soldiers, one retired and two on leave travel by rented car to get to where they need to be. Stars Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Peña. It's reminiscent of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, but it's not as comedic.

18. The Tourist (✩✩½) - Live TV - A woman on the run from the authorities brings a tourits she met on the train into her troubles. It feels way too much like an Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp vehicle, but it's enjoyable in parts.

19. Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (✩✩) - Live TV - A small town girl wins a date and the affections of a big name actor, much to the dismay of the small town guy who loves her. Stars Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. I'm surprised that this got a box office release. It feels very much like a TV movie. Simplistic story with cheap production values.

20. The Watcher (✩✩✩) - Live TV - An FBI agent is taunted by a serial killer who gives him a day to find the women he's about to kill. Stars James Spader and Keanu Reeves. What's interesting about this one for me is that I read an article about a movie that Keanu Reeves tried to back out of but did anyway because he didn't want to get sued. He even claims that his signature on the contract was forged by someone else. Then lo and behold, I see that the movie, this movie is on TV the very next day, so I decided to check it out. It wasn't great but it wasn't that bad either. It was a decent thriller.

Theatre: 4
Blu-ray: 1
DVD: 5
Live TV: 9
Netflix: 0
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Old February 4 2013, 05:21 PM   #80
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1) This Is 40 - C+
2) Easy A - A-
3) The Bounty Hunter - B+

4) Crazy, Stupid, Love. - B-

How long can Steve Carrell play the dopey ne'er-do-well? I for one am tired of it.

This was again, saved by Emma Stone, who is quickly becoming my favorite current actress. She shines in any role they give her, though I would like to see her play dramatic and not have the opportunity for a one liner and see how she does.

It's a great date or afternoon in movie with the girlfriend (the latter was true for me), but really doesn't offer more than that.

5) What To Expect When You're Expecting - B+

The second half of my Sunday afternoon movie date, this one is a step up in the romantic date comedy movie category. The best parts of the movie were Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford as the couple that loses their baby and has to push through that. The only part of this movie that I felt was real and not sunshine and lollipops. Who couldn't dislike Dennis Quaid as the ex-race car driver and Brooklyn Decker as his forty years younger wife?

This movie did have it's down moments, pretty much any scene with Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison at all and Jennifer Lopez was cringe-worthy the entire movie. Am I the only gone getting sick of these huge movies with plenty of stars that are multiple stories that never intermingle?
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Old February 4 2013, 06:31 PM   #81
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Finally saw Zero Dark Thirty last night and was blown away. What a great, great film. Definitely deserved a best director nod.
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Old February 5 2013, 12:04 AM   #82
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11. True Grit (A)

Law school is definitely biting into my film-watching time this semester in a way it didn't in the last one. Though, since I'd already seen most of the Oscar season movies by the end of 2012, this is a fallow period for filmgoing anyway.

This was my first viewing of the Coen Bros' 2010 western since I saw it in theatres, and it holds up very well; definitely in the upper tier of their filmography, thanks to strong performances and an endlessly droll script. Roger Deakins' cinematography is likewise some of his best. I thought the ending worked better than it came across on first viewing. Hailee Steinfeld hasn't appeared in anything in the intervening two years, but she has a whole slew of projects due out in the next year or two. I'll be interested to see how her career develops.

Cinema: 3
Home Video: 7 (+1)
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Old February 5 2013, 05:00 AM   #83
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3. The Silver Linings Playbook (A-)

Saw this last night. I've now seen all the major English-language films of this year apart from Zero Dark Thirty, and it's only January 4th; that's a personal best. David O. Russell's followup to his big comeback movie, The Fighter, has a very similar formula to that: he takes a fairly standard movie formula (boxing movie, in that case; here, the romantic comedy, or perhaps dramedy), doesn't really diverge much from the expected beats on a pure story level, but really delivers on the execution and characterization. That's perhaps a good sign for the genre, because there are only so many ways to be innovative with a genre that has three quarters of a century of cinematic history; breathing life into the formula is what most can hope for. There's a fun twist on the climactic competition, for instance (a dance competition, in this case).

Has a great cast. Most of the buzz has focused on Jennifer Lawrence, currently duking it out with Jessica Chastain for frontrunner status in the Best Actress race, and she's terrific. Bradley Cooper is also very good, while Robert DeNiro is the best he's been in a long time. The rest of the supporting cast, likewise (it's weird to see Julia Stiles now doing such small roles, though she's a really good fit to be Jennifer Lawrence's sister).

Cinema: 2 (+1)
Home Video: 1
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This is great movie, and I think everybody would seeing this Outstanding movie.
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Old February 5 2013, 09:51 AM   #84
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Re: Movies Seen In 2013

Updates in Bold:

Bleach Movie 4: Hell Verse (9)
Broken City (7)
Bullet to the Head (7)
Dragon Lord (6)
Gangster Squad (8)
The Illusionist (10)
The Last Stand (8)
Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion-Theatrical version (9)
Operation Condor (7)
Parker (8)
Twin Dragons (7)

Current Total: 11
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Old February 6 2013, 04:50 AM   #85
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Warm Bodies - free admission
P.S. I Love You - DVD
The Lake House - DVD
Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention? - Netflix Instant
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 - Netflix Instant
Side by Side - free admission
Pennies from Heaven - free admission
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid - DVD
The Lonely Guy - DVD

Picked up a double feature DVD with two romantic dramas that involved letters. P.S. I Love You has a young widow gettin' letters from her dead husband in an elaborate plan to help her get over his death. While The Lake House has a magic mail box that has two people swappin' notes back and forth across two years.

The first was the better of the two movies.

TLH was alright, 'til I realized that 2004 was a leap year, so the days wouldn't match up anymore.

Watched an Alonzo Bodden comedy special on Netflix. It was pretty funny.

Followed that up with the 007 documentary that looks at the fifty year franchise.

Went to see the Keanu Reeves' produced documentary Side by Side, which takes a look at how movies are made with film, and the development of digital cameras and how they will most likely replace film. I thought it was pretty informative, and the irony bein' that the thing was filmed digitally and shown in a theater via blu ray.

And then there were three Steve Martin movies in a row.

Pennies from Heaven has to be the most bizarre musical I've ever seen, in that no one actually sang in the damn movie. Though I did enjoy Christopher Walken's tap dance routine.

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was an interestin' idea...filmed in black & white, with film noir clips mixed in with new performances.

And then the 50th "new to me" movie of the year, The Lonely Guy. It was a bit too depressin' to be a comedy, but not serious enough to be a drama.
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21. After Sex (✩✩✩) - Download - A series of 10-minute segments where various couples talk after having just had sex. It features young couples and an old couple, straight couples and gay couples. Some of it is titilating, but it's mostly raw and real, or tries to be. I found it to be well done, but it's more talky than deep. One highlight though was seeing Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis play one of the couples. Nice to see them together.

22. Sex and Breakfast (✩✩✩) - Download - Two 20-something couples decide to visit a group sex therapist in order to solve some of their relationship issues. Stars Macaulay Culkin and Eliza Dushku. Another independent film revolving around sex that ties to be raw and real but ends up a little too talky. But as with any movie involving sex, it'll get your attention and it's not boring even if it's not great.

23. Textuality (✩✩✩½) - Download - My third sex movie in a row. I wanted to make it four, but I realized that I already saw Sexual Life last year. This was the best of the bunch. Two urban people find eachother as they juggle multiple sex partners. Stars Carly Pope and Jason Lewis. It's not a comedy, but it's not heavy either. I liked the characters as well as the handling of their exciting sex lives. Despite the title, the movie isn't about sexting, but text messaging does feature prominently in the movie.

24. I Am Number Four (✩✩½) - DVD - An alien teen with powers is being protected on Earth as he's being chased by other bad aliens. This movie had some good ideas, including an incredible set-up, but it's not a good movie. It's obviously aimed at the Miley Cyrus/Zac Efron crowd with it's dealing with young love and high school. Two standouts though are Teresa Palmer's badass asskicking and Kevin Durand as the leading alien bad guy. The movie is based on the first book in a series of books and as such, could turn into a franchise, but there's no word on a sequel yet.

Theatre: 4
Blu-ray: 1
DVD: 6
Live TV: 9
Netflix: 0
Download: 4
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Old February 6 2013, 07:35 PM   #87
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24. I Am Number Four (✩✩½) - DVD - An alien teen with powers is being protected on Earth as he's being chased by other bad aliens. This movie had some good ideas, including an incredible set-up, but it's not a good movie. It's obviously aimed at the Miley Cyrus/Zac Efron crowd with it's dealing with young love and high school. Two standouts though are Teresa Palmer's badass asskicking and Kevin Durand as the leading alien bad guy. The movie is based on the first book in a series of books and as such, could turn into a franchise, but there's no word on a sequel yet.
I rather liked this film also. I remember the trailers sold it as kids with powers. My thought was great an X-Men ripoff like PUSH all over again. So I passed till DVD. If they had sold it as what it was, which is a regal alien race in exile it might've done better? Maybe? I can't be the only one who just though 'poor mans X-Men' film.
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Old February 8 2013, 03:55 PM   #88
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25. Waiting for "Superman" (✩✩✩✩) - Blu-ray - I've wanted to see this for a while now, but finally decided to get it after reading some of the discussion upthread. The one part of the documentary that caught my attention appeared near the very beginning. The little girl who wanted to be a surgeon said something very insightful, something that was probably the most important thing in the documentary… Basically, people need to pay attention and make things interesting for themselves. That's it. In other words, people need to know how to learn, so we need to teach kids how to learn. From this, pretty much everything else will follow. This also addresses the problem of kids being bored and making the teachers despondent. Shifting things around in the system is just a topical solution. It doesn't address the fundamental issue.

Theatre: 4
Blu-ray: 2
DVD: 6
Live TV: 9
Netflix: 0
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11. Red Tails: A-
12. Hansel & Gretel-Witch Hunters: C-
13. Parker: B-
14. Bullet to the Head: B+


Parker: The latest solo action outing for Jason Statham also managed to not light up the box office like Arnold's Last Stand before him. Parker is the crook with a heart of gold type character. He never robs from those who can't afford it and won't hurt you if you do as he says. His word is good, just follow his rules. Parker gets tied into a heist via someone whose judgement he trusts. Robbing the Ohio state fair during it's Saturday haul will net $1.5m and can be done without hurting anyone IF you follow Parkers plan. Short of it, it goes off without a hitch. These guys were actually using this robbery as a tryout. They have a bigger heist in mind and want Parker in, he doesn't. Ergo, they opt to hill him, they don't and that's when Parker goes after them for revenge. All in all it's a fun movie. Delivers what the previews promised with a little plot problems. A bit long perhaps for this story. Yeah, it's just under 2hrs but some tighter editing might've given it a bit faster feel provided you could do that without creating plot holes. Still, a solid renter but I'm on an action kick with my movie gift cards.

Bullet to the Head: Sly really delivers imo with his new character Jimmy Bobo. I told a friend my expectations were of at least DtDVD quality so when it really was much better than that about mid way through I found myself pleasantly surprised and enjoying the film. There is a moment in the first act where you're getting a brief bio on Jimmy and it's his police mug shot. I swear one of them is a pic of Sly from Rambo cause he's wearing that green army jacket. It's not a complicated film, of course, but it works and has the best overall character moments. There is no blantant obvious comedic role like Johnny Knoxville in Last Stand or the wimpy nephew of a gang boss like in Parker. What humor that does happen flows from our two main characters who play well off one another. I like Jimmy's "You had me at Fuck You" line. I thought the final fight with the firefighter axes was well done.


So while I don't claim Last Stand, Parker or Bullet to the Head are "must see theater" films they also weren't total trash. I feel the fan base for these actors, in these roles normally doesn't care if they scream "must see in theater". I wouldn't even dispute C grades for especially Last Stand or Parker but they exceeded my modest expectations. Where was the action crowd these past few weeks? Did Jack Reacher(Tom Cruise) satisfy them...or disappoint them to keep them away? Reacher did gang busters vs these last three films and is nearing $200m WW. I ask that because next week It's a Good Day to Die Hard opens(aka Die Hard 5) with Bruce Willis---another Expendable. Seeing as how his Expendables action brethren combined couldn't get $15m will the action base finally turn out for Die Hard 5?

Yes, I'm taking the day off and doing the Die Hard marathon.
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Old February 9 2013, 05:11 AM   #90
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12. Casino Royale (A-)

First viewing since it came out in theatres. I'd forgotten a lot of the details in the intervening years, obviously. It's interesting to revisit the first Craig Bond film (I still haven't seen the second one, which came out at a period when I'd slacked off in filmgoing; should get around to remedying that). It makes an interesting contrast with Skyfall, highlighting both the advantages and disadvantages of this approach. The Bond films exist in a constant cycle of going to excess and then stripping it back down to the bone (or closer to it). This film went further than the others in a lot of ways, which was a very fresh take at the time. Craig's a great Bond, and he's got more humour in the part than I had remembered. At the same time, the direction that was being suggested here had stripped out a lot of the more distinctive parts of the movies, things that Skyfall reintroduced successfully without losing the best parts of the Craig approach.

Cinema: 3
Home Video: 8 (+1)
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