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Old March 8 2011, 06:23 AM   #226
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I watched “The green hornet” which was released in 2011. It is an awesome movie with a different story.
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
Tron Legacy 3D - theater
Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
Sanctum - free screenin'
The Green Hornet - free screenin'
Green Zone - HBO
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
True Grit (1969) - AMC
Ringu - DVD
Black Swan - Alamo Drafthouse (its not just a movie theater)
Unknown - free screenin'
The Losers - HBO
The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
Kick-Ass - DVD
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
Rango - theater
Red (2010) - DVD rental
Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
Harry Brown - DVD

Watched three DVDs this afternoon, since I had nothin' better to do...

Red was exactly what I had hoped it would be - Bruce Willis & some old farts kickin' ass. And Karl Urban was pretty good in it, too.

Hot Tub Time Machine was funny, but I wouldn't watch it again. Too much naked man ass & gay humor for me. I heard good things about Chevy Chase's character, but he just wasn't funny at all.

Harry Brown is something I expected to be a British version of Gran Torino, but Michael Caine's movie was a lot rougher than Clint Eastwood's. I don't think I'll be watchin' it again.
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Old March 8 2011, 10:18 PM   #228
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I watched “The green hornet” which was released in 2011. It is an awesome movie with a different story.
Welcome to the BBS! I see this was your second post. If you'd like to discuss or share your thoughts on The Green Hornet we have a thread here and usually for most mainstream movie/tv shows someone has an ongoing discussion thread.


22. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love: C+
23. I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry: B-
24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
25. Legion: B-

Battle in Heaven - My second foreign film this year if your keeping score at home. Netflix write up reads, "A man in turmoil over his past actions. Chauffer Marcos feels compelled to reveal a dark secret to his boss's daughter, Ana, a wealthy woman who works as a prostitute just for the thrill of it. Marcos confesses that he and his wife committed a crime that ended in horrible tragedy. Haunted by his past, Marcos searches for redemption."
What it doesn't say is that Marcos has apparently built up an attraction to Ana, who he has chauffered since a young age. She comforts him in the way she knows she can yet admits she cares for him, not love but a concern all the same. Marcos commits another seemingly spontaneous crime in anger/frustration against Ana. Not clear if he only then seeks redemption cause before he commits this other sin he was headed directly to turn himself into the police for the first one.

The director used a 360 degree pan several times, not sure what affect that was intended to give the viewer(passage of time?).

Legion - I was going o watch this anyway since I'm curious about Priest this summer. However, since Adrianne Palicki is in it and she is the new Wonder Woman I felt the need to see how she performs since I hadn't seen her in anything. It's a very by the numbers film with plot holes not worth getting into. The diner fight between Gabriel and Michael was good though. One point of "look who it is" for me was that Lucas Black from FF:Tokyo Drift was in it. Hadn't seen him in a while, thought he'd faded away after FFTD.
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Old March 9 2011, 08:08 AM   #229
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Updates (in Bold):

The Adjustment Bureau (8)
Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night) (7)
Black Swan (9)
Broken Blade 3: The Mark of the Assassin's Dagger (9)
Broken Blade 4: The Land of Disaster (9)
Drive Angry (7)
Godkiller (6)
I Am Number Four (8)
Infernal Affairs (7)
Kamui (4)
The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
Loups=Garous (8)
The Mechanic (2011) (9)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakeening of the Trailblazer (8)
Munto: The Movie (6)
Musashi Miyamoto (6)
Time of Eve (10)
Unknown (7)
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Old March 9 2011, 05:30 PM   #230
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Street Fighter (1994)

A terrible movie that was entertaining nonetheless. For a movie called Street Fighter based off a game called Street Fighter II, there isn't much street fighting. Van Damme seem to have a harder time pronouncing his lines in this film than others I've seen.

The funniest line in the film came from the announcer over the end credits. I'm paraphrasing:

"In the AN how do you know your in a good unit? Well the commanding officer in English, the cook in French, the mechanic is German, the paymaster is Swiss and the cute nurse is Swedish."

"And how do you know that your in a bad unit? The commanding officer is German, the cook in English, the mechanic is Italian, the paymaster is French and the cute nurse is a Bulgarian named Boris."
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Old March 11 2011, 09:09 AM   #231
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38. Adventureland (A)

Adventureland: This is still one of my favorite films from 2009, which I saw for ten bucks on Blu-Ray at Blockbuster and couldn't help my self but purchase. It's a terrific coming-of-age story punctuated by some of the funniest moments I've seen (Bill Hader's bit with the baseball bat, for example). Alas, it was advertised as a Superbad-like comedy and not the melancholy little movie that it actually is, and it died at the box office.
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Old March 11 2011, 04:25 PM   #232
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23. I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry: B-
24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
25. Legion: B-
26.Battle: LA: B+

A good reworking of Independence Day. I wrote up a bit over in the thread in sci/fi forum. Pleasantly surprised.
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Old March 12 2011, 02:40 AM   #233
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I saw Unknown. It was pretty badass.
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Old March 12 2011, 05:15 AM   #234
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
Tron Legacy 3D - theater
Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
Sanctum - free screenin'
The Green Hornet - free screenin'
Green Zone - HBO
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
True Grit (1969) - AMC
Ringu - DVD
Black Swan - Alamo Drafthouse (its not just a movie theater)
Unknown - free screenin'
The Losers - HBO
The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
Kick-Ass - DVD
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
Rango - theater
Red (2010) - DVD rental
Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
Harry Brown - DVD
Faster - DVD rental

I like Dwayne Johnson action movies, and this one was alright. Anything would be better than The Tooth Fairy...

Ya got the tough guy who did hard time & vows revenge. The cops. A hitman. And the targets.

Just over an hour & a half of almost nonstop kick assery, which is about what I expected.
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Old March 12 2011, 04:25 PM   #235
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20. The Illusionist (B)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)

Blistering 1976 network news satire that seems much less outlandish given the rise of Glenn Beck and his cohorts (though Beck's ratings are cratering now). I've often heard the screenplay ranked alongside All About Eve as one of the best ever written, and in terms of dialogue, one can certainly believe that. Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight both earned Oscar nominations, and in Straight's case, the win, for what amounts in each case to a single scene. Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch won for more substantive roles; in Finch's case, he has the most iconic scenes, but I kind of think his costar William Holden would probably have been more worthy. He's the only quiet man in the room (and, incidentally, looks about 75 years old when Holden wasn't even 60 yet), while everybody else is frequently screaming at the top of their lungs, and thus he's really the only person who always feels like a real character and not an avatar for Paddy Chayefsky's dialogue. I confess I thought the final stretch where Beatty converts Finch into an apostle of corporatism was kind of random compared to everything that came before.
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24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
25. Legion: B-
26. Battle: LA: B+
27. Righteous Kill: B

Just got around to this 2008 film with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. Found it to be a good enough movie but predicted the outcome almost exactly. Too much misdirection going on one character for the killer to not be the opposite choice. Still worth seeing for the two leads. They give solid performances in a genre that both have excelled over the decades.
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Old March 13 2011, 02:55 AM   #237
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20. The Illusionist (B)
21. The French Connection (B+)
22. Network (A+)
23. Incendies (A+)

One of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, the fifth Canadian film to be nominated - it was probably the runner-up at the ceremony; and it just swept the Genie Awards, winning eight, including Picture, Director, and Actress (most of what it didn't win was won Barney's Version). The title translates as Scorched, but much like Les Miserables, the French word comes across well enough on its own. It's the story of two Lebanese-Canadian twins who are informed on their mother's death that their father and heretofore-unmentioned brother are still alive in Lebanon, from whence mom fled during the civil war. They go on a quest to find out their family history, and the search is intercut with their mom's history. Writer-director Denis Villeneuve, one of new top guns of French Canadian cinema, does a great job with this; the pieces of the story come together remarkably well. Sophocles would have admired the finale.
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
Tron Legacy 3D - theater
Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
Sanctum - free screenin'
The Green Hornet - free screenin'
Green Zone - HBO
Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
True Grit (1969) - AMC
Ringu - DVD
Black Swan - Alamo Drafthouse (its not just a movie theater)
Unknown - free screenin'
The Losers - HBO
The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
Kick-Ass - DVD
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
Rango - theater
Red (2010) - DVD rental
Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
Harry Brown - DVD
Faster - DVD rental
Jonah Hex - DVD rental

When I took Faster back into Blockbuster, I picked up Jonah Hex. Free rental & all, I figured I'd check it out, because it couldn't possibly be as bad as everyone said it was.

It's worse.

Ya can't understand about half of what Josh Brolin says, thanks to Hex's scars. Megan Fox's voice never changes tone no matter what. And John Malkovich is a dull villian.

Also, the plot seems like a weak Wild, Wild West rip off - former Confederate leader usin' a "super weapon" to destroy the United States.

At least it was only an hour & twenty minutes long, credits included.
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22. The Wizard of Oz (rewatch) - A. This film gave me a strange feeling at the start- I must have watched this film many, many times when I was very young (though I don't specifically remember doing so). Every line, word, and phrase was distinctly familiar to me. Fortunately this feeling of deja vu subsided about halfway through the movie- in my youth, I must have lost interest around the time they met Oz at the Emerald city because most of what came after wasn't as ingrained. Anyway, how could you give anything but an "A" to this classic? A prototype for all hero's journey fantasy movies that would come later. It looks great in it's Blu-ray transfer. New revelations from this watch-through: the cowardly lion is easily the best character, munchkins are creepy, but the only thing more creepy than them are those goddamn monkeys. /shudder

23. Winnebago Man - A. A touching, funny documentary. I'd never heard of this guy before. Has something to say about internet fame as a whole, but is an interesting story in it's own right.

24. The Social Network - B+. A good movie. Somehow movies about nerds always rub me the wrong way. The dialogue never seems authentic enough. This movie comes very close to curing me of that prejudice, but not quite. This is basically a caper movie in the guise of a historical context. Good performances and conflict are what makes it work.
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39. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (A)
40. The Fugitive (A-)
41. Dark City (A)
42. The Food of the Gods (F)


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: I had been meaning to see this for a while, then had that enthusiasm tempered by a post by stj, and then finally watched it when my roommate picked it up on Blu-Ray and suggested it. I'm glad I did. It would be worth seeing for Roger Deakins' "artsy" cinematography alone, which is absolutely beautiful. But it's also worth it for just about everything else, too. The performances are great. Brad Pitt is excellent, if a little old, as Jesse James (he's about ten years older than Jesse James was in the last year of his life). Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell play the Ford brothers to perfection. Even Mary Louise Parker, who seems to have had her entire role cut when the movie was reduced from four hours to 160 minutes, delivers in her one or two scenes of note. The music is hypnotic. And the use of language (both in dialogue, and the voice-over narration, which is never redundant) is terrific.

Better yet, despite being endorsed by the James family, it's nothing close to portrait of the man made with rose-colored glasses. Jesse James in the movie is a violent son-of-a-bitch. He cares for his children, and his wife, and has an uncanny sense of when to get out of town, but that is the extent that the movie shows him in a positive light. The rest of the time he's busy murdering (or, attempting to murder, before his cohort gets him to back off) innocent people he's robbing, as well as killing (or threating to kill) his entire gang, half the time for no reason at all. By the end of the film, it's clear that the film is working in opposition to its title, which is taken from the famous folk song.

Also, in response to stj, it is worth noting that in the train sequence in the beginning of the film the train seems to spend quite a distance coming to a stop, doesn't seem to be going particularly fast when it first appears, and that James stops it with a barricade and not, in fact, standing in front of the train while on a horse. There is surely artistic license here, but hardly the kind that should make continuing the movie impossible. It's well worth spending the time on (despite the length, it never feels long).

The Fugitive: This is a terrific thriller, a genre that is often unappreciated, and a fine adaption (probably, an improvement) of the 1960s television series. Tommy Lee Jones deserved his Academy Award and I'm glad he was able to star in a sequel (even if it didn't turn out to be as good).

Dark City: I still think this film is terrific, and am glad the Director's Cut is available on Blu-Ray (the narration in the theatrical cut is just insulting to the audience). I was surprised to see just how fast things move in the film. Despite the film's reputation, it is anything but slow. In fact, I'd probably make the film a little longer to slow down the pace if I was editing it. But it's fine the way it is.

The Food of The Gods: Words can't explain how bad this film is. The effects are terrible, the performances are terrible, the direction is terrible, the writing is terrible, and the editing is terrible (there must be five or six minutes showing the characters riding around on a ferry for absolutely no reason). A perfect movie if you're looking for something to ridicule-- no redeeming value is to be found.
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