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Old August 16 2011, 02:24 PM   #646
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Rear Window is many things, but I don't think I could ever call it dull.
I think tension is one of those things you either feel or you don't; at no point watching it did I think Jimmy Stewart was in trouble.
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Old August 16 2011, 04:49 PM   #647
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Killers - Netflix Instant
Push - DVD rental
Ron White: Behavioral Problems - DVD rental
All*Star Superman - DVD rental
Captain America: The First Avenger - midnight screenin'
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - DVD rental
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One - DVD
The King's Speech - DVD rental
Get Low - DVD rental
Dan in Real Life - DVD
Thor: Tales of Asgard - DVD rental
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - DVD rental
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - DVD
Planet Hulk - DVD rental
Alien vs Predator: Requium - Unrated - DVD rental
Fright Night (1985) - DVD
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) - DVD

Stayin' with auntiehill the last couple of days, I pulled DVDs off her shelf to watch. Most of the movies in her library I've already seen, so I went with two I haven't, both from when I was a kid & my dad could decide if I was old enough to watch 'em yet (I wasn't).

Fright Night was such a cheesy vampire movie, but Roddy McDowall really added some class to it as Peter Vincent, the horror movie host. IMDB.com says there was a sequel in '88, so I may track that one down before the remake of the original comes out.

The Thing was pretty good...I actually dozed off watchin' it yesterday afternoon, but I finished it last night. What an endin'! Very cool.

Tonight, I'll be goin' to a free screenin' of 50/50 with my friend Julie before I leave Houston. A buddy comedy about cancer - how could it not be fun?
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Old August 16 2011, 07:02 PM   #648
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Rear Window is many things, but I don't think I could ever call it dull.
I think tension is one of those things you either feel or you don't; at no point watching it did I think Jimmy Stewart was in trouble.
Fair enough. Except for the very end, Grace Kelly is probably in more danger than Jimmy Stewart. I still think it's a stretch to call the movie dull, though, but your mileage may vary.

127. Annie Hall (A)

In my opinion, this is the funniest movie ever made. Any time it's on, I can't help but get sucked in, laughing all the way through. The only time I stop laughing is when Annie is singing in the club. That sequence goes on a bit long and is probably a concession to Keaton's desire to sing (and she isn't bad). When you think of Allen's "earlier, funny ones" this might be the funniest.
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Old August 16 2011, 08:20 PM   #649
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The only time I stop laughing is when Annie is singing in the club. That sequence goes on a bit long and is probably a concession to Keaton's desire to sing (and she isn't bad).
Huh. FWIW, I love the songs Keaton does in the movie; I love her unaffected, sweet, slightly melancholy renditions of those standards. I find myself hanging on every phrase and have never felt the club sequences drag the picture.

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Old August 17 2011, 08:22 AM   #650
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Killers - Netflix Instant
Push - DVD rental
Ron White: Behavioral Problems - DVD rental
All*Star Superman - DVD rental
Captain America: The First Avenger - midnight screenin'
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - DVD rental
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One - DVD
The King's Speech - DVD rental
Get Low - DVD rental
Dan in Real Life - DVD
Thor: Tales of Asgard - DVD rental
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - DVD rental
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - DVD
Planet Hulk - DVD rental
Alien vs Predator: Requium - Unrated - DVD rental
Fright Night (1985) - DVD
John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) - DVD
50/50 - free screenin'

Went to a free screenin' of 50/50 starrin' Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Seth Rogan earlier tonight (or last night, dependin' on how ya look at it) with a friend of mine in Houston. Pretty good movie, I thought...and it had an effect on my friend, too...I think she cried for a bit there towards the end.

JGL's character is diagnosed with a rare cancer and has to deal with it. Seth Rogan is Seth Rogan - stupid stoner buddy tryin' to always get drunk and/or laid. Anna Kendrick is a therapist because JGL's bedside manner sucks ass. Bryce Dallas Howard is JGL's girlfriend. Phillip Baker Hall & Matt Frewer are fellow chemo patients. And Anjelica Huston is JGL's mother.

So, pretty good cast, and Rogan still looks like he's at his Green Hornet weight, so he's way more believable as a guy who can get laid fairly easily.

No trailers or freebies with the screenin'.

And the movie doesn't open for another month & a half (9/30/11), so I got no one to talk about it with...
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Old August 18 2011, 01:21 AM   #651
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In my opinion, this is the funniest movie ever made.
My choice for that designation is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but Annie Hall is quite good too.

100. Bonnie and Clyde (A-)
101. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (A-)
102. Elmer Gantry (B+)
103. Sanjuro (A-)
104. The Help (B+)
105. Dark Passage (B+)
106. Easy A (B)
107. Rob Roy (B+)
108. The Great McGinty (C+)

Beginning my review of the golden years of writer/director Preston Sturges (seven of the eight, to be precise; the box-set doesn't have The Miracle of Morgan's Creek). This was his first film as a director, and it won him his only Oscar (for the screenplay).

The rudiments for a good film are here (a homeless man becomes a crooked politician, then turns honest and gets taken down immediately), but it doesn't quite come together. At 82 minutes, it's too short (from what I understand, Sturges was given a tiny budget and only three weeks to make this film, so that probably factors into it) to really cover all the terrain it tries to; events, particularly toward the end, happen much too quickly and cursorily (McGinty's fall from grace takes about a minute). The tone is also problematic; it mostly tries to be dry political satire, but there are moments of outright farce and seriousness that seem out of place (particularly the former; the film even ends on a farcical note that feels more like a Looney Tunes short).
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Old August 18 2011, 01:51 AM   #652
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When I was younger, I might have said that about Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but as I've grown older I've found myself much preferring Monty Python's Life of Brian. "Older" of course, being relative, since I'm still in my mid-20s.

128. Get Shorty (B)

This was a decent gangster-comedy set predominately in the motion picture industry (with plenty of insider references), but I was never blown away by it. An entertaining, but not essential, movie. John Travolta is good as the lead, and I can see why they wound up making a sequel (though, apparently, it didn't turn out).
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John Travolta is good as the lead, and I can see why they wound up making a sequel (though, apparently, it didn't turn out).
Be Cool. Comfortably mediocre, I thought, though with a very amusing performance from the Rock (I swear, one day Hollywood will figure out how to use him properly, because he has talent).
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Old August 18 2011, 05:16 AM   #654
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Be Cool sucked ass!

Get Shorty was pretty damn awesome at the time, and I still like watchin' it.
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Old August 18 2011, 03:08 PM   #655
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71. Rocky III: B+
72. Rocky IV: A
73. Cowboys & Aliens: B
74. Wonder Woman (DC Animated): B+
75. Rocky V: B-

I enjoy the movie. I know it takes heat from most at the worst in the series. I think it flows better than Rocky II though. Plus there is no cheesy first act silliness like Rocky II has throughout the first act with those commercials he films.

Being that it's the first time I've seen it in over 10 years I like how it is a transition film into Rocky Balboa...or Rocky just never fully recovers after his accountant scams him. In hindsight it might've been nice if the film alluded to Adrian getting cancer but that's too much hindsight cause Balboa was never a thought back when this was made in the early 90's.

The ending does feel a bit rushed though. Tommy wins the title. Is ridiculed that night at the presser and then goes to confront Rocky in the neighborhood. That all feels very rushed but it does fit Tommy's impatient demeanor shown throughout the movie so maybe it's not too left field.

I had to watch this via Netflix cause my BluRay copy from my boxset would not play. It's been 2 months since I bought it, the receipt is gone and I know Best Buy is going to give me shit about it. I mean, hey, not my fault the manufacturer screwed it up.
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If ya have a Best Buy Rewards card, they may be able to look up the purchase in their own system, ya wouldn't need the receipt.
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I do have one and I'm trying to recall if I used it. I had a gift card to buy it and I have so many of those "cards" I just keep them in my glovebox and I have at times gone in to browse and ended up buying. I don't think he asked my phone number to look it up either. I'm going to go tomorrow but thanks for the tip!!
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100. Bonnie and Clyde (A-)
101. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (A-)
102. Elmer Gantry (B+)
103. Sanjuro (A-)
104. The Help (B+)
105. Dark Passage (B+)
106. Easy A (B)
107. Rob Roy (B+)
108. The Great McGinty (C+)
109. Christmas in July (B)

Preston Sturges' second film, released in the same year as The Great McGuinty; he worked fast, though given this movie is only 67 minutes long, which wouldn't even qualify as feature length these days. That said, I liked it a lot more than his first film; despite being shorter, it feels more like a complete story. The leads are a bit more engaging (though I spent half the movie wondering if the female lead was actually Donna Reed; she is, in fact, not). The movie is also a lot more tonally consistent (though Sturges still occasionally resorts to outright slapstick that always seems out of place to me). I should also say that while I didn't love the movie, there's an enjoyable maturity to some aspects of the writing: the three guys who pull the initial prank are genuinely sorry about it, not soulless assholes, for instance. The film's final twist could be guessed by a three-year-old who had never seen a single movie in his life, though.
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129. The Kid Stays in the Picture (B+)
130. Blow Out (B+)


The Kid Stays in the Picture: A really fascinating documentary about the life of Robert Evans, who has worked as an actor, studio executive, and movie producer. Evans narrates (taken from the audio book version of the memoir the movie is based on) with archival footage of Evans and others talking about him interspersed between the narration. The only real stumble it takes is in its description of Evan's personal life. From the movie, you'd think that Ali McGraw was not only the sole woman he ever loved, but also the sole one he ever married -- but in fact Evans has been married seven times (for no longer than three years, and all ending in divorce).

Blow Out: I picked the Criterion release of this film up more or less blind, but I had heard only good things about the movie (from writer/director Brian De Palma), so I figured I would give it a shot. Mostly, it works, and works really well. Travolta is great in the lead role of a lonely sound man who works at a lousy B-movie company, and the rest of the cast (Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz) are good as well. It is a little bit of a bit of a plot contrivance that such a major political death, whether it's murder or not (A major Presidential candidate -- also the governor -- is killed), is so under-investigated. You'd think journalists would be more interested in the details, whatever they happened to be. Still, it doesn't ruin the film, which is really about one man's lonely obsession (the best sequences are when Travolta is piecing together the crime in his sound lab). The film's only other flaw is an astonishingly 1980s music score, which doesn't date so well.
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