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Old October 20 2011, 02:45 AM   #796
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Updates in Bold:

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (8)
The Adjustment Bureau (8)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (7)
Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion (4)
Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night) (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again (7)
Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder (8)
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (8)
Babylon 5: River of Souls (7)
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (7)
Beverly Hills Cop (7)
Beverly Hills Cop 2 (6)
Beverly Hills Cop 3 (7)
Blue Remains (6)
Black Swan (9)
Bleach Movie 4: Hell Chapter (9)
Broken Blade 3: The Mark of the Assassin's Dagger (9)
Broken Blade 4: The Land of Disaster (9)
Broken Blade 5: Death's Horizon (9)
Broken Blade 6: Bastions of Sorrow (9)
Captain America: The First Avenger (8)
Cowboys and Aliens (8)
Cutthroat Island (9)
The Debt (8)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (9)
Drive Angry (7)
Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (9)
Godkiller (6)
Green Lantern (8)
Hanna (8)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (8)
Honey and Clover (6)
I Am Number Four (8)
Infernal Affairs (7)
Kamui (4)
Galaxy Express 999 (9)
The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
Loups=Garous (8)
The Mechanic (2011) (9)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (9)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakeening of the Trailblazer (8)
Munto: The Movie (6)
Musashi Miyamoto (6)
Outlander (8)
Pirates of the Caribean: On Stranger Tides (9)
Priest (5)
Real Steel (8)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (9)
Source Code (9)
Super 8 (8)
Thor (9)
Time of Eve (10)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (8)
Unknown (7)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (9)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 3: Remember My Love (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 4: Lum the Forever (7)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter (8)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 6: Always My Darling (8)

Versus (6)
X-Men: First Class (8)
Your Highness (3)
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Old October 21 2011, 01:05 AM   #797
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88. Drive Angry: D
89. Red Riding Hood: C+
90. Fright Night ('85): B
91. Love & Other Drugs: B
92. X-Files: I Want to Believe - B+
93. Source Code: A-

This Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan film from this past Spring was pretty decent. When I saw it was 1.5hrs I was a bit concerned but it played out well. I'm still not sure entirely how the last 5 min played out.
The movie is about a soldier who is jumping/shifting into the body of another man with similar size, height and most importantly brain pattern. His mission, in 8 min increments, is to find out the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
This may be a plot hole or maybe I missed the explanation but time for him stands still while an alternate timeline is played out each time he jumps using the Source Code??
I know that Doctor Rutledge was attempting an explanation at some point. If I understood it correctly then...

Good movie and it seems it qualifies as a hit based on the numbers I see at BOM.

Closing in on 100 films.
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Old October 21 2011, 09:28 AM   #798
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'
The Thing (2011) - free screenin'
The Crow: City of Angels - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest II: The Other Side - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest III - Netflix Instant
The Way - free screenin'
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Escape from the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Knight and Day - More Max/Cinemax
The Last Man on Earth - AMC on Demand

AMC on Demand has a selection of classic zombie films and the Vincent Price vampire classic. I'd never seen it, so I decided to give it a shot, since I like Vincent Price.

I like it. I liked that there was some intelligence, and that the only known civilization was made up of the cured who considered Price as the last human to be the enemy.

I haven't seen Heston's Omega Man, which is the same story, but I like The Last Man on Earth a bit more than the theatrical cut of I Am Legend.

Sometimes, ya can't go wrong with the classics...
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Old October 21 2011, 05:05 PM   #799
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140. Dumbo (A-)
141. Smiles of a Summer Night (A)
142. The Ides of March (B)
143. Moneyball (A-)
144. A Few Good Men (A+)
145. Some Like It Hot (A+)
146. The Talk of the Town (B-)
147. The Last Picture Show (A-)
148. Attack the Block (B)
149. The Awful Truth (A-)

60% of the way through my Cary Grant box set. This is the earliest film in the collection, released in 1937, which launched Grant's career into the stratosphere and developed his screen persona (supposedly heavily based on the director, Leo McCarey). Grant is paired here with Irene Dunne, a name in the 1930s whose films (other than this one) have largely been forgotten. The film obviously inspired the subsequent (and, I think, superior) His Girl Friday to a large extent, right down to the presence of Ralph Bellamy as the guy who loses out to Grant for the leading lady. It's quite entertaining, and, in contrast to many other films of the genre, allows both halves of the couple to be sociopathically determined to get the other back at times.
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Old October 21 2011, 06:09 PM   #800
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73. Star Wars: A New Hope - Blu-ray Transfer: B+. Not going to review these movies but I will grade the transfers. They look great on Blu-ray, with A New Hope suffering the most from lack of quality source elements. Some shots do look soft.

74. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Blu-ray transfer: A. I thought this movie looked sharper overall than A New Hope and is certainly the best I've ever seen it on home video. Not quite reference manual but still quite good for an older film.

75. Pulp Fiction (rewatch, Blu-ray) - Blu-ray transfer: A. Speaking only of the Blu-ray transfer since I just reviewed the movie recently. This release is generating a lot of controversy online due to the high contrast levels in certain scenes. I personally think it looks great and that the contrast levels in those scenes (mostly daylight and in the diner) are intended by the director. Best for the viewer to judge for themselves.

76. Brazil (rewatch) - B+. Mostly works on the level of spectacle but on that level it really succeeds. Has a few scenes of truly brilliant satire. Interestingly atypical roles for both Michael Palin and Robert Deniro here.

77. Citizen Kane (rewatch) - A. A landmark film in terms of special effects, narrative, and cinematography. The opening 3-4 minutes are spellbinding. I am not sure if the use of light and dark was meant to symbolize something or was merely meant to be eye-catching, but it was cetainly memorable. I had seen this movie before, but not in many years.

78. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters - C. Like a long, mediocre episode of the series. Not quite as weird as I thought it was going to be. Every now and then I like to watch a stupid or trippy cartoon and this is not a good example of either really.
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Old October 22 2011, 07:10 AM   #801
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'
The Thing (2011) - free screenin'
The Crow: City of Angels - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest II: The Other Side - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest III - Netflix Instant
The Way - free screenin'
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Escape from the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Knight and Day - More Max/Cinemax
The Last Man on Earth - AMC on Demand
The Kids are Alright - Cinemax on Demand

I remember hearin' good things about the family drama, but didn't get around to seein' it at the theater last year.

I totally bought Julianne Moore & Annette Bening as an old lesbian couple. Still don't like Mark Ruffalo, though.

And Bening had the best line! "I need your observations like I need a dick in my ass!"

Watchin' the second episode of American Horror Story via FX on Demand now, and may watch another movie before I call it a night, just 'cause I haven't been sleepin' well the last few days...
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Old October 23 2011, 10:17 AM   #802
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'
The Thing (2011) - free screenin'
The Crow: City of Angels - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest II: The Other Side - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest III - Netflix Instant
The Way - free screenin'
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Escape from the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Knight and Day - More Max/Cinemax
The Last Man on Earth - AMC on Demand
The Kids are Alright - Cinemax on Demand
The Rite - HBO

A religious drama about exorcism that's "based on a true story."

Yeah, right...

Anyway, only reason to watch is Anthony Hopkins, and he doesn't show up 'til a half hour into the movie!
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Old October 23 2011, 05:01 PM   #803
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89. Red Riding Hood: C+
90. Fright Night ('85): B
91. Love & Other Drugs: B
92. X-Files: I Want to Believe - B+
93. Source Code: A-
94. Paranormal Activity 3: A

Really liked it, really liked it! The movie seems to have given us the origin of where our demon that is haunting the family began. Also raised a few more questions like what happened to their biological dad. Are their ties to grandma Lois's coven in the present day? The audience I was watching it with was very into the film. Outside of a couple guys who voiced their dislike of the end it seemed well received.
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Old October 23 2011, 10:09 PM   #804
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150. Ben-Hur (B+)

Surely one of the biggest films ever made, for sheer spectacle. The chariot-racing scene remains an amazing piece of work even a half-century later, and it possesses an intensity that modern films creating a similar scene might lack because of increased reliance on computer visual effects (I had the same thought when watching Spartacus). It's a triumph of production design, and deserved every one of those technical Oscars.

It's weaknesses relate to the human element and the plot, which is the case with a lot of epics. There are some very powerful scenes, such as Judah's reunion with his leprous mother and sister. However, the attempt to integrate Judah's life with the story of the New Testament is only occasionally successful; often it brings the proceedings to a crawl, particularly since Wyler's staging of these scenes is more tableau than cinema. We're deliberately kept at a distance from Christ, which isn't necessarily a bad approach in and of itself, but there's little emotional investment in the scenes set around him then. There are some very well-handled moments, though.
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Old October 23 2011, 10:35 PM   #805
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For A Few Dollars More (1965)

A great follow up to A Fistfull of Dollars though I think I enjoyed the first film of the Dollars Trilogy more. Clint Eastwood is excellent as The Man with No Name but Lee Van Cleef is just as good as Colonel Mortimer. The dub is pretty bad but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the film at all as Ennio Morricone's score was excellent as usual.

Let Me In (2010)

I've never read the book or seen the Swedish film and honestly I have no interest in either as I only caught this film on televison on a whim. That said, there are very few vampire films that I like but I would add this one to the list. It's well acted but extremely sinister due to what I believe are Abby's true motivations for befriending Owen.
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How'd a cadet get the ability to post a picture?
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^^^^
Good point.
Now question: Is that an official image turned into a fan poster or a fan creation all the way around?
I'm moving that image over into the Avengers discussion thread where more are likely to see it and find an answer.
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Old October 27 2011, 08:59 AM   #809
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Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
The Ides of March - free screenin'
Real Steel - free screenin'
127 Hours - HBO on Demand
Fireflies in the Garden - free screenin'
The Thing (2011) - free screenin'
The Crow: City of Angels - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest II: The Other Side - Netflix Instant
Poltergiest III - Netflix Instant
The Way - free screenin'
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Escape from the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - HBO Family
Knight and Day - More Max/Cinemax
The Last Man on Earth - AMC on Demand
The Kids are Alright - Cinemax on Demand
The Rite - HBO
Unstoppable - HBO on Demand
Psycho (1960)- Cinemax on Demand

Just finished watchin' Unstoppable, the based on a true story movie about a runaway train in Pennsylvania...only the real story happened in Ohio.

I only watched it 'cause it had Denzel and nuKirk, aka Chris Pine.

Seemed like a series of bad decisions, dumb luck & faulty nonsense caused the whole thing. And the biggest issue I had was a Hooters waitress packin' a cellphone in her shorts.

Watchin' the original Psycho now, since I've never seen it before.
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Pale Rider (1985)

Another western with a supernatural tone courtesy of Clint Eastwood. I enjoyed this film more than High Plains Drifter though the latter is still a great film. Eastwood plays a preacher who may or may not have come back from the dead after a girl prays for a miracle to save the mining camp where she lives. The Man with No Name, except for the gun skills, is completly abandoned this time around as Eastwood plays a character that is much more sympathetic to other characters in the film. The supporting cast and the score were excellent. Interestingly enough, the title of the film comes from the bible verse in Revelations describing death as the rider of a pale horse.
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