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Old November 14 2011, 05:03 AM   #856
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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)
Coicent (10)
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)
Five Numbers (9)
Gantz (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)
Immortals (7)
Infernal Affairs (7)
Kamui (4)
Galaxy Express 999 (9)
The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
Loups=Garous (8)
Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye (9)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (9)
The Mechanic (2011) (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)
Scream 4 (6)
Source Code (9)
Super 8 (8)
Thor (9)
Three Musketeers, The (2011) (5)
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 November 18 2011, 06:21 PM   #857
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160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)

Ugh, I typed this up once before and then lost it because the server was busy.

Anyway, I saw Meirelles' The Constant Gardener when it came out back in 2005, but didn't get around to seeing the film that put him on the map until now. The big selling point is how effectively it captures the rhythms of oral storytelling onto film, between an ingenius narrative structure and the dynamic cinematography. It holds you at a bit of a distance from the characters, so the individual deaths generally don't have a huge impact; the thing you take away from it is more the slow grind of violence, much the same feeling, I imagine, as you'd find if you actually lived in a place like this.
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Old November 18 2011, 06:23 PM   #858
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I watched Neil Burger's Limitless starring Bradley Cooper the other night -- I found I quite enjoyed it.
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Old November 20 2011, 02:44 AM   #859
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was house sitting friday and saturday and ended up watching captain america and thor.
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Old November 20 2011, 10:46 PM   #860
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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
Psycho III - Cinemax on Demand
Jeepers Creepers - FLIX on Demand
Black Sunday - Cinemax
John Carpenter's Halloween - AMC
Halloween III: Season of the Witch - AMC
Psycho II - Cinemax
Land of the Dead - HBO Zone
Psycho (1998) - DVD

Really haven't been watchin' any new movies lately - can't afford the theater prices right now, got late fees at Blockbuster & the closet free screenings are an hour drive away.

So, I went through my friend's DVDs & found a few I haven't seen, includin' Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, which sucked. I tried watchin' this years ago when I worked as a video store clerk, but couldn't stand it & turned it off durin' the close ups of Anne Heche's face while she was drivin'. At least I made it all the way through this time, but it seriously doesn't compare to the Hitchcock original.

Not sure what to watch next...
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Old November 21 2011, 02:16 AM   #861
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Stardust Memories (1980)

I really enjoyed this movie. Would like to call it "standard Woody Allen fare" but I haven't seen enough of his movies to know. It started out extremely funny, but seemed to slow down quite a bit in the middle, and I got distracted by how skinny Dorrie looked. But then it picked up again near the end and became not only funny but extremely touching and personally introspective as well. My favorite of his movies so far.
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Old November 21 2011, 03:22 AM   #862
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160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)
163. Cinema Paradiso (B+)

Watched this with mom earlier today. The process of selecting it really drove home how greatly my tastes diverge from hers, because I had about dozen unwatched films to choose from, and only a handful were suitable for her. I didn't think she'd be much interested in my collection of depressing foreign art films; so instead we went with the crowd-pleasing foreign film.

Anyway, the Blu-Ray I watched is the original theatrical cut; I understand that there's a considerably longer extended version (which was what I was under the impression I had) that, from what I've read, revises your perceptions of it considerably. In any event, the theatrical version that most people saw is a genial movie, though I don't think it's nearly as good as many people say. It has a lot of endearing elements, but never really develops (or, for that matter, tries) to have much of an arc. The most interesting aspects are the presentation of the vanished old culture of cinemagoing (I was reading a piece on the end of music stores earlier today that parallels this). Some of the acting (particularly from the kid) I thought was kind of hammy, but that may just be them being Italian.
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Old November 22 2011, 06:28 PM   #863
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82. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Blu-ray) - A. Obviously it's Star Wars, and it's pretty great. Watching this movie again brought back some weird repressed memories of being totally freaked out by the Rancor when I was a kid. I can't really grade the Blu-ray transfer because I had just gotten my TV and it wasn't properly calibrated at the time. I think that I'll take the side of blasphemy here and state that the blinking Ewok and the "Nooooo" were actually pretty cool additions. That musical number in Jabba's palace that they added in the first remastering is still cringe-inducing, however. It's the most out of place thing in the entire remastered OT. It's not so much the song as it is the cheesy cartoony CGI that goes with it. I can understand what Lucas was going for there, to lighten the mood for kids (the first 20 minutes of ROTJ is actually pretty grim), but then again that was kind of the point wasn't it? I digress.

83. Robocop - B. Probably my first front to back watching of this movie all the way through. The special effects look surprisingly good on Blu-ray. Does a good job of walking the line between over-the-top action and satirical humor. Very, very funny at times. Definitely worth the $8 I payed for the Blu-ray at Wal-mart.

84. Hellboy (rewatch) - A. I like this movie maybe a little more than it deserves, but hey, it's Del Toro. I loved the Cthulu refs. I think the Hellboy character strikes a great balance between being relatable and all-powerful. You've also got David Hyde Pierce in there and some amazing effects sequences. There are many layers of win to be had here.

85. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) - A. My first time with the extended editions, which I finally broke down and bought after a financial windfall. I tend to agree with Peter Jackson here in saying that this material is supplemental and not intended to replace the theatrical cuts. The additional material here is nice but, sometimes you just don't want to set aside nearly 4 hours to watch a movie and the theatrical cut hits more or less all of the same notes in less time. It's nice to have both however, this is most definitely my favorite Fantasy series of all time and high up there in my list of favorite movies of all time. There is a lot of talk on the net about how this transfer has too much Green / Cyan but I honestly could not tell at all, it looked great. Probably the greatest-looking Blu-ray I've watched on my new TV, but then I am mostly talking about the costumes and sets here, which you won't find finer examples of in all of cinema. I can't say much about the supplemental material- you've got more Bilbo narration, which is pleasant but hardly necessary; an early reference to the elves leaving middle-earth, which was covered pretty well in the later movies; more Aragorn angst regarding his position as heir to Gondor, but then that probably belonged mostly in the later movies anyway. The extended Lothlorien sequence is probably the most valuable addition, expanding Galadriel a bit as a character and giving Gandalf more of a proper send-off (though, of course, he returns anyway).

86. This is Spinal Tap - B. Manages to still be funny while at the same time feeling dated. A lot of this movie probably worked as shock humor when it was first released but now the concept of the stupid rock/reality television star is so ingrained that it feels a bit pat. Not all the jokes have lost their punch though, the metal detector sequence and of course the "eleven" bits are classics. The songs themselves are also very funny and hold up well.

87. Ghostbusters (rewatch) - A. Pretty uneven Blu-ray transfer which is fairly typical of 80s movies. Petty grainy for about the first 2/3rds of the movie and then clears up for the big effect sequences at the end. The film is a classic of course. Where's the third?

88. Vertigo - A-. Continuing my acquaintance with Hitchcock's classic material. This is a good film but Rear Window has more to like I think (if Rear Window is an A, I have to give this an A-).
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Old November 23 2011, 05:35 AM   #864
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160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)
163. Cinema Paradiso (B)
164. Three Colours: Blue (B+)

The first film in Kieslowski's "Three Colours" thematic trilogy, a virtual one-woman show starring Juliette Binoche as a grieving widow who has just lost her husband and child. Very unsentimental, and starts you off at a remove from the central character (unlike most approaches to a subject like this, we pointedly don't meet the protagonist prior to the accident, nor are we given the opportunity to forge an emotional connection to the deceased). Binoche's performance is excellent, and the visual style of the film is very memorable. Ultimately the things it's saying about grief are pretty unremarkable, but it's well-done.
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Old November 23 2011, 09:46 PM   #865
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182. The Descendants (B-)

As a big fan of Alexander Payne's Sideways and an admirer of his About Schmidt, I really wanted to like this movie. Unfortunately, it's just not as good as either of those films (I haven't seen Payne's earlier movies, although I should).

Part of the problem is the character of Matt King, played by George Clooney. Despite being in practically every scene of the movie, we never learn as much about him as we should. His past with his wife is particularly vague, which causes trouble because the film is hinged on King dealing with his baggage from that relationship when his wife slips into a permanent coma after a boating accident.

In the film's opening narration, Payne uses King to suggest that this won't be a typical film about Hawaii, simply portraying the islands as an exotic locale of endless vacation. Yet, in the final analysis, beyond this voice over, Payne does exactly that. For all the suggestions that King is a workaholic, we don't see him doing much work. It really does seem like an endless vacation.

183. The Fly [1986] (A)

Cronenberg's remake remains a classic of sf and body horror, and I'm happy that I got to see it on the big screen (for the film's twenty-fifth anniversary). All three actors in the movie (there are others, but the action is surprisingly limited to Goldblum, Davis, and Getz) are terrific, the script is excellent, the direction good, and Howard Shore's operatic score perfect (it's no wonder he turned it into an actual opera recently). Even the effects (most of them practical) hold up very well.

184. Dead Ringers (C+)

Cronenberg's next film, unfortunately, doesn't hold up nearly as well. Jeremy Irons is good in a dual role as twin brothers, but the rest of the cast (especially Geneviève Bujold) is wasted. A times the movie feels completely aimless, and although Irons is excellent at differentiating between which twin he is playing, at times the film is downright confusing.
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Old November 24 2011, 08:30 PM   #866
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160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)
163. Cinema Paradiso (B)
164. Three Colours: Blue (B+)
165. Three Colours: White (A-)

The second of Kieslowki's trilogy (though "white" as a theme isn't nearly as visually striking as "blue" was); from some of the reviews I've read, such as James Berardinelli's, this is held to be the weakest of the three, but I think I enjoyed this more than Blue. Has a much more comic tone throughout, though there's a lot of sadness and the ending isn't really that funny at all (the final shot of Delpy's character, a last-minute addition, seems kind of out of place to me). Apart from the "liberty, equality, fraternity" theme, there's a recurring element of commentary on the status of the new Europe created by the fall of Communism, something the Polish Kieslowski would be ideally placed to discuss.
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Old November 25 2011, 10:36 PM   #867
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92. X-Files: I Want to Believe - B+
93. Source Code: A-
94. Paranormal Activity 3: A
95. Rachel Getting Married: C
96. Love Guru: F
97. Funny People: C-

Adam Sandler is I think making a public cry for help in this dark comedy that is 30 min too long. The film clocks in at 2hr20min and the best part of the film is the abundance of celebrity cameos in the film. Seriously I think every know famous stage comedian/actor made a cameo in this film that is alive. I actually liked Seth Rogan in this movie as well he could actually be a decent actor not just doing comedy. He shows signs here and there that it's in him. This film has to be a cry for help I mean did you see those previews for his latest film Jack&Jill??

Closing in on 100 finally.
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Old November 26 2011, 05:30 AM   #868
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160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)
163. Cinema Paradiso (B)
164. Three Colours: Blue (B+)
165. Three Colours: White (A-)
166. Three Colours: Red (A-)

Kieslowski's trilogy concludes with Red, starring Irene Jacob (I spent the movie trying to recall where I recognized her from, but checking the IMDB she was in Oliver Parker's Othello). Here the theme is "fraternity" (with bonus "fate and circumstance"), which manifests as an exploration of society (that one of the main characters is a retired judge speaks to this, especially). Much as with White, some of the characters' actions are really stylized rather than naturalistic, so it's obvious this is an Idea piece, but overall I think it works pretty well. The bond between the two main characters works well, and the whole thing ends up being a kind of macabre "meet cute"; it's fun to imagine an alternate reality where this script was massively altered to become a studio rom com.

167. The Muppets (B+)

Jason Segel spearheads the revival of the Muppets franchise, and largely succeeds. I'm of the generation that came after The Muppet Show and the Henson films, so I've never been that familiar with their stories, though of course I know who the major players are. Tonally the movie manages to incorporate irony without be really cynical, which is the right balance for the property, and has a lot of fun celebrity appearances (including Jack Black's best live action role in years; but the one that really brought down the house at my theatre was The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons as the "human" Walter). This is about as good a family entertainment as you're likely to find (something made especially clear by the trailer for the third rancid Chipmunks movie that screened before it; God, and the 80s cartoon was so funny).

It's accompanied by a very funny Pixar short focusing on Buzz Lightyear. Nice to see the gang still in action.
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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
Psycho III - Cinemax on Demand
Jeepers Creepers - FLIX on Demand
Black Sunday - Cinemax
John Carpenter's Halloween - AMC
Halloween III: Season of the Witch - AMC
Psycho II - Cinemax
Land of the Dead - HBO Zone
Psycho (1998) - DVD
The Muppets - theater

Went to a Saturday mornin' matinee of the new Muppets movie with my friend D.

It was cute, with a couple of good cameos, but overall, I'm thinkin' its just coastin' on nostalgia for the Muppets & their increased popularity on YouTube more than anything else.

And my friend freaked out when the first musical number started...turns out, she didn't know that they sing in Muppet movies.

The Toy Story short was alright, too, nice to see that the toys don't always have to be rescued...
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94. Paranormal Activity 3: A
95. Rachel Getting Married: C
96. Love Guru: F
97. Funny People: C-
98. Win Win: B+
99. Everything Must Go: B


Win Win - Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan star in this movie that is a dramatic comedy if I had to categorize it. Giamatti stars as Mike, a simple lawyer in a small New Jersey town whose practice isn't doing so well. One of his clients, Leo, has a nice sized trust but Leo(Burt Young) is having on set of dementia and needs a legal guardian. His only known relative, his daughter can't be found. Mike convinces the judge to let him become the guardian and thus he'll gain the $1500 monthly check. The twist happens a few days later when his grandson, Kyle, shows up running from his mother whose back in rehab. Leo has never met his grandson. As things go Kyle moves in with Mike and his family and the story really grows some heart. Really good movie and I'm not going to elaborate too much but suffice to say Mike's seemingly selfish motivation for the money to help out his family ends up redefining all their lives....for the better. Well except Cindy whose probably still strung out back in Ohio.


Everything Must Go - Will Ferrell stars in this dark comedy about a sales rep whose alcoholic ways help lead to his marriage and job coming to an end. His wife changes the locks, freezes their joint account, cancels the cell phone and places all his belongings onto the front lawn. The movie is about how in a weeks time he comes to do soul searching about ways to change his life for the better...finally. I wasn't sure I'd like this at first as dark comedies tend to be hit or miss for me but this one was a hit imo.

So what will movie 100 be for me? My next Netflix movie,Scott Pilgrim, or a cinema film? Still want to see Immortals.
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