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Old December 19 2011, 02:22 AM   #946
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Fright Night (2011) ✭✭✭

Ahhh...this movie was shaping up to be a ✭✭✭✭ from me, but it kind of lost my interest in the last laugh. I've never seen the original, so I'll probably check that out at some point in time.
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Old December 19 2011, 02:27 AM   #947
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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)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (9)
Source Code (9)
Super 8 (8)
Tekken: Blood Vengence (4)
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 December 19 2011, 07:13 PM   #948
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109. Mystery Train (rewatch) - C+. Series of vignettes loosely themed around Elvis and the city of Memphis. I'd reviewed this pretty favorably in 2010 but on watching it again on Blu-ray, only the first segment is really good.

110. Hot Tub Time Machine - C+. I have nothing really insightful to say about this one. Pretty funny. A little predictable.

111. X-Men 3 - B-. Not as bad as I was expecting based on it's reputation. I'm not sure why they felt the need to kill off/character assassinate so many key players. There's some fun to be had and some neat f/x sequences.
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Old December 20 2011, 01:13 AM   #949
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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
Death at a Funeral (2007) - DVD
The Frighteners: Director's Cut - DVD
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - theater
Good Luck Chuck - DVD

D woke me up a quarter to nine yesterday to go to a ten am matinee for the Sherlock sequel.

I was grumpy about it, but the movie was totally worth it.

Loved Jared Harris as Moriarty, and the Holmes/Watson relationship was even more bromantic in this one than the first. Good action, funny bits, and a great villian.

Kinda hope they go ahead with a third, too.

Saw the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises...really wish that were in theaters right freakin' now, too!!!

- edit, to add -

I have no excuse for watchin' a Dane Cook movie, except to say it had Jessica Alba in her undies.

I'm so ashamed...
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Old December 21 2011, 05:27 AM   #950
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101. American Ninja: D
102. Revenge of the Ninja: D
103. Lonesome Dove: A
104. Black Swan: B
105. Westworld: B-

This 1973 movie about a company who specializes in fantasy vacations using robots as participants is very dated. It stars Yule Brenner and James Brolin with a cameo by Trek's own Majel Barrett as a tavern madam.

I tried to keep in mind the era it was made when watching this even still it felt like a mashup of period era TOS episodes. Jumping around from Western World to Medieval World and Roman World. The sets just looked bad. They only mentioned how the robots were programmed to not hurt humans about 7 times in the first 30-40 min of the movie that they all but put up a sign saying, "Wait for robots to malfunction and kill humans". Then the control room door locking shut in a power outage and them suffocating. Really, all this high tech and you don't have the control room ventilated? When our hero runs into the tech guy and he mentions that acid would help take out the lead series robot chasing him I just waited. Sure enough when he enters the lab there is a try with 4 bottles clearly labeled 'Acid'. Wow, didn't see that coming.

I feel my B- is actually generous.
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Old December 22 2011, 12:39 AM   #951
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180. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (A-)
181. 50/50 (B+)
182. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (A-)

Two adaptations starring Daniel Craig that couldn't be less alike, other than both being very good. And wow, four trips to the theatre in about a week; can't remember the last time that happened.

I saw this yesterday, my first encounter with the franchise (I haven't read the books or seen the Swedish film versions), so I was mostly unfamiliar with the source material. I debated the grade for this one for a bit (A or A-), because most of this film is excellent and hard to take any real issue with; but it does have a few notable flaws, which I imagine are inherited from the book. Most notably, the ending is overlong and awkwardly continues for about twenty minutes after the main plot has been resolved, resolving a sideplot in a way that doesn't really feel like a natural progression. The understated final moment, though, is great.

But that aside, the central story is exceptionally well-done, and it features two superb lead performances. Craig has the more everyman part, the sort of role that it's hard to make especially distinct, but he hits all the right notes. And it's especially hard to make Blomkvist stand out when he's alongside one of the most novel cultural figures in some time. Rooney Mara would definitely be on my Best Actress shortlist for this year (she couldn't be more different from her minor role in the last David Fincher movie). I also liked Christopher Plummer as the Vanger family patriach (though the Vanger family itself, I must say, really doesn't seem all that bad as a group, the killer notwithstanding).

So I guess call this a strong A-.

183. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (A)

The first of two Spielberg films I'll be seeing this week, with Craig this time playing a supporting role (I appreciate that Spielberg doesn't use motion capture to make the characters look like the actors playing them, which tends to just make the motion capture feel unnecessary). My only past experience with the Tintin character was coming across the old animated show a few times as a child, but I found that show extremely dull, so I don't have any nostalgia for it (I thought Tintin was the dog at first). Nonetheless, this a wonderful success, and possibly Spielberg's best since Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report (we'll see if the other half of the double-bill can live up to it). It's almost entirely plot-driven, attempts to put in a bit of a redemption arc for Captain Haddock aside, but it's a raucous good time, and by far the best use of motion capture I've ever seen. The climactic Morocco chase is easily the best action sequence I've seen in years.
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Old December 23 2011, 01:25 AM   #952
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195. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 (C+)
196. Reel Injun (B+)
197. Hannah (B)


Harry Potter 7.5: This suffers from the same problem as the previous film in the series -- it's only half a movie. Many of the characters aren't around to do anything other than show up and quickly die -- even Snape is barely in the movie before his big death scene. Considering how long the end credits were (12 minutes), this could have easily been combined with the last film to create a 4-hour movie, but Warner Bros. wanted the extra income, I suppose. Hopefully they'll edit the two together at some point on home video, because as they stand, neither really works as a complete film.

I should confess that I stopped reading the books years ago, at number three, so I hadn't read the epilogue before, though I had heard about it. Besides a look of respect between Draco and Harry, it adds nothing of value to the story. On top of that, the halfhearted attempt at old age make-up on all the regulars is awful. And while we're on the subject of awful work, the dragon CGI at the beginning was some of the worst CGI I've seen in a movie this big in a while.

Reel Injun: This film works as an introduction to issues of American Indian depiction in Hollywood, but it's not long enough to discuss things in depth. Mostly, it manages to explain the major stereotypes, and why they're problematic. Besides being constrained by the running time, the only real flaw is the narration, which takes itself a little too seriously at times. I'd like to see a longer series tackle the topic, with more people offering their viewpoint, and more in-depth analysis of films (a few are discussed closely, like Stagecoach and Dances with Wolves, but most just appear as brief clips).

Hannah: Technically, this movie has a few excellent examples of the long take (quickly becoming a signature of director Joe Wright), but I wasn't blown away by the movie. It's certainly a more than competently made action film (few and far between these days), but the story is rather straight-forward, and the twist at the end didn't catch me off-guard like it did some critics.

Apologies for the lousily worded post. Doing four things at once.
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Old December 23 2011, 02:18 AM   #953
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1. 50/50
2. Drive
3. The Ides of March
4. Conan the Barbarian
5. Cowboys and Aliens
6. The Rum Diary
7. Harold & Kumar 3
8. Let me In
9. Never Let me Go
10. South Park The Movie
11. Moneyball
12. Green Lantern
13. Captain America The First Avenger
14. X-Men First Class
15. The Adjustment Bureau
16. The Lincoln Lawyer
17. Source Code
18. The King's Speech
19. Scream 4
20. Thor.
21. Super 8
22. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
23. Another Earth
24. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I'm sure there are countless others I saw on Netflix, but those are the ones I can remember or recall after seeing a 2011 movies list.
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Old December 23 2011, 03:15 AM   #954
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102. Revenge of the Ninja: D
103. Lonesome Dove: A
104. Black Swan: B
105. Westworld: B-
106. Fireproof: A-

This Kirk Cameron drama that caught, ahem, fire a few years ago, made a killing on a minimal budget is actually a pretty good film. At times they pour the scriptures on a bit thick but even allowing for that the drama of what is going on with Caleb (Cameron) and his wife is still done quite well.
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Old December 24 2011, 07:40 AM   #955
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198. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (B+)

An improvement on Guy Ritchie's first film in this series in just about every way (the series may end at two films, given the box office returns of this sequel, unfortunately), I'm still hesitant to see Sherlock Holmes re-imagined as a fist-fighting action hero, but I have a hard time denying how much fun this movie is. Every character is perfectly cast, with Jared Harris and Stephen Fry as wonderful additions to the cast of the first film. Rachel McAdams, sadly, is limited to a short cameo at the beginning, but there would have really been no room for her. There's some excessive slow motion in one or two scenes (the forest escape seemed to drag on using the effect), but for the most part it's wisely employed to portray Holmes' mental process rather than pad out the action.

In any event, whatever my misgivings about the use of the Holmes character in this fashion, the movie was leaps and bounds better than any of the trailers for action movies that ran before it.
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"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" (A)
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102. Revenge of the Ninja: D
103. Lonesome Dove: A
104. Black Swan: B
105. Westworld: B
106. Fireproof: A-
107. Mission Impossible(4):Ghost Protocol: A
108. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A


MI:4 - Really good film. I've seen the bulk of the film twice now. As mentioned in another thread I enjoyed there being much more spying and espionage going on in this film. It's been so long since I saw the first I don't recall where I'd rank it but this one and pt.3 are close. I hope this does well enough to merit all the talk of doing a fifth one.

Girl/Tattoo - I never read the book(s) so I went into this knowing nothing. Was taken back at the 2hr40min run time but still had to see what merited that. The movie took about an hour for Michael(Craig) and Lisbeth(Mara) to even meet. Also the rape scene was very disturbing. A couple two rows up must not have known it was coming either, like me, they got up and left. The film did feel it was taking forever to up the pace until Michael's daughter visits and upon her departure tells him to "go easy on the Catholics". That one surprise revelation sets the movie on a faster pace. I will say I had suspected that
Thought that the 15min of epilogue was overdone. Maybe something in there ties to the next book but since I don't know I felt I was watching another movie start when Lisbeth goes into blonde embezzler mode. Also, and it may be because Craig is Bond, but the opening title sequence felt very pre-Craig Bond like. What with the oil covered withering bodies. Oh, and when Lisbeth gets her revenge on the rapist pig my audience actually had a few people applaud. Outside of comic films or Pirate films I see interaction like that rarely.
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I would highly recommend seeing the original Swedish film now that you've seen Fincher's adaptation and reading the novel. They don't meet until a few chapters into the book or well until almost the end of the first act of the film either IIRC.
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Thanks for the recommendation. A coworker said the same thing. I'll put it into my Netflix queue.


102. Revenge of the Ninja: D
103. Lonesome Dove: A
104. Black Swan: B
105. Westworld: B
106. Fireproof: A-
107. Mission Impossible(4):Ghost Protocol: A
108. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A
109. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: A-

It gets the 'minus' cause I felt it started slow and some of the overt buddy jokes in the first act felt heavy handed. However, once we get fully into the second act it drops that and the pace and intrigue pick up. I credit a large part of that to the increased involvement of Moriarity. I have high praise of Jared Harris as Moriarity. The two scenes they really engaged in were good but without a doubt the last one on the balcony playing chess at the climax was brilliant. He and Downey played wonderfully off of each other. I may end up seeing this again.
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^ There has been discussion on Irene's status in my thread
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