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Old February 22 2012, 04:13 PM   #271
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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
We Need to Talk About Kevin - free admission
The Innkeepers - free admission
Big Miracle - free admission
Chronicle - free admission
Underworld: Unrated Extended Cut - DVD
The Grey - free admission
Contraband - free admission
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D - free admission
One for the Money - free admission
The Ouija Experiment - free admission
Ghost Rider - Extended Cut - DVD
The Secret World of Arrietty - free admission
Bullhead - free admission
Underworld Evolution - DVD
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - free admission
Castle in the Sky - free admission
Pentacost - free admission
Raju - free admission
The Shore - free admission
Time Freak - free admission
Tuba Atlantic - free admission
This Means War - free admission

Was supposed to get together with a friend of mine to see Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky yesterday, but she got sick over the weekend, and still wasn't over it. So, I had to go without her.

Pretty good movie, though freakin' long...over two hours?!?

After my shift last night, I got a ticket to the live action shorts nominated for Oscars. All of 'em were pretty good, though I think Raju (about a German couple who go to India to adopt a child) is the best one, while Tuba Atlantic (about a man tryin' to contact his brother in the final days before dies) is the funniest.

I had a plan to see This Means War today, but I may not make it, after all...

- edit, to add -

I did make it to This Means War, and while it was a total chick flick, it was still a pretty fun movie, mostly because of the awesomness between nuKirk & Picard's clone. Reese Witherspoon is still lookin' good, too.
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Old February 22 2012, 04:20 PM   #272
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Yes they made some visual changes, I was just pointing out the carryovers. It seemed to be what you were indicating wasn't there or you might have missed.
If ya change the events from the first film, which this one did quite a bit, it goes against the continuity, which is what I was sayin'. I didn't miss that stuff, I just don't agree with ya that just because ideas carry over, it counts as continuity.

The only real continuity from the first movie to the sequel is Nicholas Cage as the Ghost Rider.
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Old February 22 2012, 11:49 PM   #273
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28. Hugo

I can see why this disappointed at the box office compared to the budget, but I am glad that it got that budget. The film looks wonderful and it has a nice story about a pioneer of film making (which, as I later found out, is surprisingly close to what really happened).
It was marketed as a children's film but it probably offers too little fun/excitement for them, because it relies a lot on nostalgia (I especially liked the flash backs to the early days of film making).
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Old February 23 2012, 05:20 PM   #274
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15. Iron Man 2 - B-. Pretty fun, and Sam Rockwell plays well as the villain.
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Old February 23 2012, 09:15 PM   #275
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28. Act of Valor (F)

Act of Valor: Don't see this movie at a preview screening full of active duty Navy SEALs where it is impossible to emit the uproarious laughter this movie deserves. Actually, let me amend that: just don't see this movie. Apparently, the film began life as a short propaganda piece to encourage Navy recruitment, and as a feature film that remains its primary function. Unfortunately, the film is so poorly made that I doubt it will even succeed on that level for many viewers.

Let me explain. The film (at least, at the preview screening I attended) begins with a short introduction by the filmmakers explaining that they cast real life Navy SEALs (and their families) because real actors couldn't approach the genuine emotions of the SEALS and their families. How real Navy SEALs were supposed to express genuine emotions in a ridiculously made-up movie like this one is anyone's guess. Suffice it to say, they possess so little acting talent that the evil terrorists (and the film has them indiscriminately killing dozens of children and/or engaging in plenty of extramarital sex so that we know they're evil) are the only people in the movie to possess actual charisma. Propaganda fail.

(As an aside, apparently the lead character's voice over was deemed to be so terrible that an actual actor was brought in to re-record it for the movie's advertising; having heard the voice over in the movie, I can attest to this decision being the only one to make from an advertising perspective. It's worse than Harrison Ford's lamented delivery in the theatrical version of Blade Runner.)

And make no mistake -- this is nothing but propaganda. Although the action is often shot and cut so poorly (with a 1-2-3 combination of poor lighting, shaky, hand-held photography, and frenetic editing) that it is incomprehensible, our heroes never ever make a mistake. There is no such thing as friendly fire, and they would never shoot a civilian by mistake. They're equipment (always state of the art, and always working correctly) never, ever malfunctions. And unless they're heroically jumping on a grenade to save their buddies (seriously), they're invulnerable. One of them gets shot in the face, another gets shot repeatedly in the torso at point blank range, and another gets shot at point blank range by an RPG (it's a dud, of course). They all make it (okay, the RPG guy may be the one who jumps on a grenade later on, but they're so interchangeable that it doesn't make a difference).

They're also perfectly mixed when it comes to race (and not a single inter-personal conflict arises). Of course, the guys in charge are all white dudes.

The movie possesses no virtues, and makes you long for the days when right-wing propaganda was at least slickly produced, like Dirty Harry or even Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Theatres: 11 +1
Home Video: 16
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Old February 23 2012, 11:04 PM   #276
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Crap. A friend of mine who I only see a few times a year is in town tomorrow and he wants to see this. Maybe it'll sell out and we can see something else.
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Old February 24 2012, 12:30 AM   #277
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Suffice it to say, they possess so little acting talent that the evil terrorists (and the film has them indiscriminately killing dozens of children and/or engaging in plenty of extramarital sex so that we know they're evil) are the only people in the movie to possess actual charisma.
From the AV Club's review:
Casting real-life Navy SEALS as actors goes about as well as if the opposite had happened.
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Old February 24 2012, 12:38 AM   #278
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I did make it to This Means War, and while it was a total chick flick, it was still a pretty fun movie, mostly because of the awesomness between nuKirk & Picard's clone. Reese Witherspoon is still lookin' good, too.
I prefer to think of it as Kirk vs. Bane.
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Old February 24 2012, 05:03 AM   #279
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10. Blood Simple (A-)
11. The Big Lebowski (B+)
12. West Side Story (A-)
13. The Hours (A-)
14. Lady and the Tramp (B)
15. An Officer and a Gentleman (B)
16. All Quiet On The Western Front (A)
17. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (B-)
18. Spellbound (B+)

My fifth Hitchcock film (which, apart from Rear Window, has been his not-quite-as-famous movies, and ironically the most famous one was the one I recall liking the least), the second to star Ingrid Bergman - here acting opposite Gregory Peck in one of his first big roles. I've typically thought of Peck as not an especially deep actor; he trades more on an unshakeable sense of morality. However, this is the most nuanced performance I've seen him give, but his nobility also serves the character since it helps the audience accept Ingrid Bergman's rather, ah, unprofessional conduct. Bergman is wonderful. Michael Chekhov's Oscar-nominated supporting performance is also a lot of fun (the film is surprisingly comic in places; it also inexplicably has a four-minute musical intro, like this was an historical epic). My main points against it relate to its portrayal of psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts, which (despite the presence of a consultant), feels very inauthentic, and given that so much of the drama revolves around it, that's a bit of a handicap. Bergman's handling of the climax also feels rather contrived for dramatic purposes.

Cinema: 5
Home Video: 11
Computer: 2
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Old February 24 2012, 10:28 AM   #280
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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)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
Redline (10)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
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Old February 24 2012, 01:28 PM   #281
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6. True Grit (2010) - 4/5
7. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace 3D
8. The Town (2011) - 4.25/5

Very good. Affleck has by resprect for what he did on this film, especially with his direction. Highly recommended. I wonder what he will do next as a director.
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Old February 24 2012, 02:24 PM   #282
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Yesterday night I have seen recently released Journey 2 : The mysterious island. It is sequel of Journey to the Center of Earth. It is is one of those good for what it is films and it is a family-friendly adventure film in the vein.
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Old February 24 2012, 10:27 PM   #283
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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
We Need to Talk About Kevin - free admission
The Innkeepers - free admission
Big Miracle - free admission
Chronicle - free admission
Underworld: Unrated Extended Cut - DVD
The Grey - free admission
Contraband - free admission
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D - free admission
One for the Money - free admission
The Ouija Experiment - free admission
Ghost Rider - Extended Cut - DVD
The Secret World of Arrietty - free admission
Bullhead - free admission
Underworld Evolution - DVD
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - free admission
Castle in the Sky - free admission
Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Live Action: Pentacost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak & Tuba Atlantic - free admission
This Means War - free admission
Alien Trespass - Netflix Instant
My Neighbor Totoro - free admission
Rampart - free admission

Hangin' out at my friends Angie & Ted's yesterday, and spent most of it watchin' episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. But I did take a break & switched over to watch Alien Trespass, a '50s style scifi movie that came out a couple of years ago, starrin' Eric McCormack & Robert Patrick.

It was a pretty dull movie...I couldn't get into it at all. I even dozed off a bit there in the middle.

So, I went back to watchin' Wolverine and the X-Men.

Got up today & used my employee discount to see Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro. The tech screenin' was last night, but I was still on the clock when it started, so I couldn't get to it.

Very cute movie, I especially like Totoro at the bus stop.

Swapped texts with a friend and she's comin' out to see Rampart with me this afternoon. I didn't realize it was comin' out so soon - just saw the trailer for it last week!!! Looks like it could be pretty good!
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Old February 24 2012, 10:53 PM   #284
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29. The Shining

It took some time, but I finally saw this classic Kubrick film. Guess I don't have to say that it's great and it's the kind of horror film I like: not actually showing a lot, but through music, camera and so on creating a suspenseful atmosphere.
And casting Jack Nicholson as a crazy guy is of course never wrong.
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And casting Jack Nicholson as a crazy guy is of course never wrong.
Stephen King would disagree.
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