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Old February 7 2012, 06:11 PM   #196
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January Rundown...

5 Stars
None

4½ Stars
Batman: Under the Red Hood - TV
Contagion - On Demand
My Sister's Keeper - TV
Paper Man - DVD

4 Stars
Arthur 2: On the Rocks - DVD
Blood Diamond - DVD
Havoc - DVD
Mallrats - DVD
Superman & Batman: Apocalypse - TV
The Invisible Man - TV
The Last Man on Earth - TV

3½ Stars
Away We Go - TV
Daddy Day Care - TV
Fling - DVD
Frankenstein - TV
Jack Goes Boating - DVD
Margin Call - On Demand
The Andromeda Strain - TV
The Blind Side - TV
The Dilemma - DVD
The Rundown - TV
Valkyrie - TV

3 Stars
The Anderson Tapes - TV

2½ Stars
In Like Flint - TV
Network - TV
Pandorum - TV
Starsky & Hutch - TV

2 Stars
Wild Child - TV

1½ Stars
None

1 Star
Normal Adolescent Behavior: Havoc 2 - DVD

½ Star
None

0 Stars
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Old February 7 2012, 09:37 PM   #197
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21. The Omega Man (D)
22. The Adjustment Bureau (B+)


The Omega Man: Quite possibly a worse movie than I Am Legend. The more recent adaptation was a third-act disaster, but this film is just silly through and through. Honestly, I was taken aback by how bad it often was, considering many of the reviews I've read. Of particular amusement is Heston's driving in the film. It's hilariously bad -- he continuously gets into car accidents for absolutely no reason (at times, not even the plot demands him to crash a vehicle; he just does it anyway). Also, the motorcycle stunt double for Heston is the worst stunt double I've seen this side of the original Star Trek. Different body type, different hair style, different hair color -- and well lit so it's all quite apparent. And don't get me started on the forced romance, which happens because...well, that's the sort of thing that happens in the movies, I guess. Heston and Cash have zero chemistry with one another, and their characters have no reason for the devotion they show towards one another.

The Adjustment Bureau: An excellent sf movie that's a bit undone in the final minutes by a clumsy, easy ending. Still, I rather enjoyed it up to that point, and Damon and Blunt had excellent chemistry together.

Theatres: 7
Home Video: 14 +2
Computer: 1
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Old February 7 2012, 10:46 PM   #198
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18. Outlander

A space pilot (I guess he's an alien, but for all intents and purposes he acts like a human) crash lands in Norways during the time of Vikings. There was also an alien monster on the ship which starts killing Vikings.
The film is ok to watch, but the story goes pretty much where you expect it to go (although there were a few nice touches, like the origin of the alien monster).
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Old February 8 2012, 07:33 AM   #199
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1) The Artist (2011) - A+
2) Midnight in Paris (2011) - B
3) Tree of Life (2011) - F
4) The Descendants (2011) - B
5) Drive (2011) - B

I really enjoyed this movie, even though I have one minor complaint. While Gosling was very good in the role, I wish he had spoken up because at times it was hard to hear him. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable film and I agree with the praises of Albert Brooks. He was indeed great for the role. They did waste Christina Hendreck's role though, as she wasn't in the movie very much.


Theatre: 2
BluRay: 1 (+1)
On Demand: 0
Internet: 2
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Old February 8 2012, 03:55 PM   #200
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13. Cool World - F. Awful, just awful. Probably the worst Bakshi film.
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Old February 8 2012, 05:04 PM   #201
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37. One Missed Call: (✩) - DVD - People get phone calls, and on the other end is their own voice just moments before their death, which ends up playing out exactly as it was heard. Sounded great but the movie was pretty bad. It wasn't scary, I couldn't get attached to the characters before they were offed, and the last half-hour lost me.

Theatre: 1
DVD/Blu-Ray: 13
TV: 20
On Demand: 2
Internet: 1
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Old February 8 2012, 05:31 PM   #202
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Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
Red State - Netflix Instant
Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant
Red Tails - free screenin'
Resident Evil: Degeneration - Netflix Instant
The Last Exorcism - Netflix Instant
Frozen - Netflix Instant
The Perfect Host - Netflix Instant
Tucker & Dale vs Evil - Netflix Instant
Brooklyn's Finest - Netflix Instant
Stone - Netflix Instant
The Woman in Black - free screenin'
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - free screenin'
Haywire - free admission
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - free admission
The Artist - free admission
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - free admission
*movie that shall not be named* - tech screenin'
Hugo - free admission
Safe House - free screenin'
The Captains - Netflix Instant
Troll Hunter - Netflix Instant
The Evil Dead (1981) - Netflix Instant

There was a tech screenin' at work the other night, and I stayed for it, 'cause I had nothin' better to do...and it was a gawd awful movie, and I can't believe it was made, that its bein' shown to people, or that people are actually payin' to see it!

The screenin' was for an event that has sold out!!! 250 in this city have paid real cash money to see that onscreen! Holy crap!

Anyway...

Got together with a buddy of mine yesterday for a free viewin' of Hugo in 3D. I thought it was a good movie, and even Sacha Baron Cohen was tolerable as the station inspector. I don't think the 3D was necessary, and I'm glad my friend & I got in for free. These days, even a 3D matinee costs $10.50!

A girl I know came out to see Safe House with me last night, for a free advance screenin'. Denzel was, of course, awesome, because he's Denzel. And Ryan Reynolds got to kick some ass, too.

Sam Shepherd had a supportin' role, and every time I see that guy in a movie, I always think of his line from Thunderheart, "The officer has been bit by a fucking badger!"

At friends' apartment for the day, while they are at work, and they have Netflix Instant, so I'm watchin' The Captains, where William Shatner interviews the other captains from the Star Trek franchise.

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Just finished watchin' Troll Hunter, a foreign film about college students filmin' a guy who hunts for trolls in the Norway countryside. I had to pause it a few times, because first person shaky cam & subtitles don't mix very well, kept givin' me a bit of a headache.

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Found The Evil Dead on Netflix...figured, why not? Haven't seen it before...and, holy crap! Bruce Campbell looked so young thirty years ago!!!
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Old February 8 2012, 08:12 PM   #203
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Updates in Bold:
Bad Boys (8)
Daybreakers (5)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Redline (10)
Salt (7)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
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Old February 8 2012, 11:07 PM   #204
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19. Transsiberian

A good thriller with a great atmosphere (frozen Russia and the cramped train), but I thought the ending was a bit of a let down. I would have preferred it if Kingsley's character had stayed more ambiguous.
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Old February 10 2012, 12:41 AM   #205
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
Limitless - Netflix Instant
The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
Red State - Netflix Instant
Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant
Red Tails - free screenin'
Resident Evil: Degeneration - Netflix Instant
The Last Exorcism - Netflix Instant
Frozen - Netflix Instant
The Perfect Host - Netflix Instant
Tucker & Dale vs Evil - Netflix Instant
Brooklyn's Finest - Netflix Instant
Stone - Netflix Instant
The Woman in Black - free screenin'
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - free screenin'
Haywire - free admission
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - free admission
The Artist - free admission
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - free admission
Ted & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie - tech screenin'
Hugo - free admission
Safe House - free screenin'
The Captains - Netflix Instant
Troll Hunter - Netflix Instant
The Evil Dead (1981) - Netflix Instant
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D - tech screenin'
Underworld Awakening 3D - free admission

Went to the tech screenin' of TPM this mornin' at my work...yes, I've seen the movie before. I've even seen it on the big screen before, back when it was originally released to theaters. But I'm pretty sure this was the blu ray version, since Yoda was CGI & not a puppet.

The added 3D effect worked really well for the CGI in the movie, especially the pod race. And Darth Maul's entrance at the hanger bay door is even more strikin' with the added element of 3D.

But I'm glad I got to see it for free, 'cause the movie as a whole really is gawd awful...

Used my employee discount to see the latest Underworld film for free. Even had the theater to myself.

I haven't seen any of the previous movies all the way through, just in bits & pieces, but there was a recap at the beginnin' of this one, so that helped a lot.

Not too bad a movie, may go ahead & watch the first three now.
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Old February 10 2012, 05:07 AM   #206
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10. Blood Simple (A-)
11. The Big Lebowski (B+)
12. West Side Story (A-)

I've had this Blu-ray since it was released in mid-November, but it took me this long to get around to watching it (among other things, I was under the impression the movie was 3 hours long for some reason, so when I was budgeting time to watch movies there rarely seemed to be that much).

Like most old musicals, it's a bit campy (a modern film version would probably cut down on the more ballet-esque dancing for the street gangs), but it has a numbr of very powerful sequences. Compared to the other Wise/Robbins musical to win Best Picture in the 1960s, this also feels considerably less bloated (My Fair Lady had the same problem; three hours for a musical is pushing it). The story has inherited some of the characterization issues of its source material (I'll have to remember the old "kill her brother" method of seduction).

Cinema: 4
Home Video: 8
Computer: 0
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Old February 10 2012, 08:53 AM   #207
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1. Marie Antoinette (2006) - 2.5/5.
2. Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows (2011) - 4/5
3. The Muppets (2011) - 4.5/5
4. 2012 (2009) - 2.25/5
5. The Sound of Music (1965) - 4.5/5
6. True Grit (2010) - 4/5
7. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace 3D

I've decided not to grade it, as I found the 3D impressive, but the film did one thing it made feel happier. After all these years, I still find problems with the story, but was great to see this film with the 3D improvements.
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Old February 10 2012, 09:20 AM   #208
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1) The Artist (2011) - A+
2) Midnight in Paris (2011) - B
3) Tree of Life (2011) - F
4) The Descendants (2011) - B
5) Drive (2011) - B
6) Hanna (2011) - C

What a strange film this was. Ronan was great, the action was pretty good, but I found the story kind of lacking. I guess it was supposed to be kind of a fairy tale-ish thing, but I honestly didn't see it as such. Also, the beginning and the end were very good, but the middle of the film felt really draggy.


Theatre: 2
BluRay: 2 (+1)
On Demand: 0
Internet: 2
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Old February 10 2012, 09:56 PM   #209
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20. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

A very good spy thriller with a great cast. It's a slow film, maybe a bit too slow in the beginning, but it gets better and the ending is pretty much perfect.
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Old February 11 2012, 03:42 AM   #210
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10. Blood Simple (A-)
11. The Big Lebowski (B+)
12. West Side Story (A-)
13. The Hours (A-)

Having seen Stephen Daldry's fourth film recently, I decided to finally get around to seeing his second, which is the only one of them that I hadn't seen previously (though my memories of Billy Elliot are almost a decade old; may have to revisit that movie as well). I read the novel this was based on last year (it won the Pulitzer). It's a highly literary, arty piece of work, and highly internal in ways that don't always translate well to film, but I think Daldry and David Hare do a pretty good job. The cinematic intercutting of the three timelines emphasizes the parallels between the characters much more directly than the chapter format of the book, which can be a bit unsubtle at the beginning, but you get used to it. The acting is superb, though of the three leads I thought that Kidman, who won the Oscar, was the least-compelling. Ed Harris makes a big impression in his two scenes.

Cinema: 4
Home Video: 8
Computer: 1
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