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Old March 14 2012, 09:32 PM   #391
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69. Young Adult: (✩✩✩½) - On Demand - Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody and starring Charlize Theron as a 37 year old divorced writer who returns to her home town to try and rekindle things with her married ex. The movie is highly rated, but I found it boring. It only gets better at the end. I would have given it two stars but Charlize Theron, who's the epitome of class and beauty does a fantastic job playing a woman who drinks, eats junk and doesn't have her act together. The movie's title has a double meaning... 1) Theron's character is a writer of young adult books and 2) she's not a full adult herself.

70. My Silent Partner: (✩✩) - TV - TV movie starring Joanna Going and Greg Evigan. Going's character is a cop who leaves her husband (Evigan) and finds herself fighing for custody of they're teenage son. Typical TV movie fare, decent enough to leave on while you're at the computer.

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Old March 15 2012, 12:24 AM   #392
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I've seen Paz Vega in two movies and she was indeed striking. She was in Triage, as Colin Farrell's wife/Christopher Lee's granddaughter. It was a good performance and she was certainly attractive, but it wasn't the lead. She shared lead with Simon Baker in a thriller called Not Forgotten. She was nicely theatrical in that one, but I don't think Sarah Bernhardt could really have sold that character.

John Carter was fairly entertaining. There is a really bungled up wrap-around story, which gives us about four starts to the movie. That's worse than four false ending, by far. Poor old Bryan Cranston has the thankless role playing the Yankee antagonist in Carter's stupid backstory. This was apparently added to give the hero requisite baggage and add an element of reluctant hero, even redemption, to the story line. Just being on another planet should make someone a reluctant hero, it being perfectly sensible to get into what you don't understand. As for needing redemption, being a Confederate provides enough need for redemption without any witless drivel about evil Yankees burning your wife and child alive, which is what the idiot backstory implies.

There is also a basic problem with airplanes and other advanced tech combined with swords and muskets. Plus, we know Mars isn't someplace a man can breathe. Willing suspension of disbelief can be hard to come by, but SF fans are usually desparate, and the Edgar Rice Burroughs nostalgie factor helps.

Taylor Kitsch seems like a man who really would try to help someone in danger right before their eyes, which is all this movie needs from John Carter. He is the butt of enough humor to take some of the edge off the Mighty Whitey trope (and again, the ERB nostalgie factor helps, unfair though this might be.) Lynn Collins is quite fetching. Mark Strong has the hapless task of representing the pointlessly evil villains.

I think overall the best way to think of this is that someone for once tried to make a sow's ear into a wallet, instead of a silk purse. That may be damning with faint praise, but this was better than movies like Thor, Green Lantern (which I thought unengaging but not a bit awful,) X-Men (pick any sequel,) Transformer movies, etc.
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Old March 15 2012, 02:57 PM   #393
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30. Revolutionary Road (A-)

Mendes vs. The Suburbs, Round 2: Fifties Edition (or, alternatively, Part 1 of Leonardo DiCaprio's Crazy Dead Wife Trilogy). In which Jack and Rose reunite in a decidedly less optimistic setting (and considering their earlier setting saw a few thousand people die, that's saying something). Winslet and DiCaprio have aged a decade or so (though in Leo's case, of course, he's still got that boyish look) and are even better actors than they were on the their first pairing together. Winslet is better here than the film she won the Oscar for the same year; DiCaprio should have been nominated, but then, that's been the case a number of times. The scenario the film presents is impressively complex, and it's hard to say precisely how things should have been done differently (well, April should definitely have gone to therapy).

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Old March 15 2012, 10:22 PM   #394
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39. The International

An average action film with a nice set piece in the middle and a really good ending. It's not a big twist, but quite realistic which actually made it surprising.
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Old March 16 2012, 03:31 PM   #395
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71. Middle Men: (✩✩✩✩) - DVD - Fictionalized, but based on a true story... Luke Wilson stars as a family man who joins with two guys to build a billing company that caters to porn sites. Pretty soon, he finds himself in over his head with murder, wealth, the Russian mob, the FBI and a porn star. Great story, well acted, entertaining and funny.

72. The Rebound: (✩✩) - On Demand - Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a 40 year old mom who leaves her cheating husband and starts a relationship with a 24 year ood guy. I can see why this movie didn't get a wide release and has been delayed on DVD. It's pretty bad. It's unpolished and tries to be funny but the humor is pretty awkward. Jones is as striking as ever, but that's about it.

73. The Descendants: (✩✩✩✩) - On Demand - George Clooney stars as a man who has to deal with his two daughters, a real estate empire, a comatose wife who has to be taken off life support, and the guy she was having an affair with. As I started watching, I thought the movie was overrated, but it grew on me and I came to like it. It had a lot of heart and wasn't totally predictable. It didn't wow me as much as last year's Up in the Air, but this was still pretty good. Shailene Woodley, who I've been watching for years on The Secret Life of the American Teenager really stole the show as his unruly daughter. It's nice to see her profile rising.

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Old March 16 2012, 09:04 PM   #396
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40. John Carter

I have never read the books this was based on (I have to do that when I find the time), but I enjoyed this film a lot. That's how you do a big budget, effects spectacle.
I think it could have done without Strong's character, but if there is going to be a sequel they can develop him more.
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Old March 16 2012, 11:02 PM   #397
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Dune (1984) - free admission
Doctor Strange - DVD
Project X (2012) - free admission
Martha Marcy May Marlene - free admission
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - free admission
Friends with Kids - free admission
The Lincoln Lawyer - Netflix Instant
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy - Netflix Instant
John Carter 2D - free admission
Silent House - free admission
21 Jump Street - free screenin'
Casa de Mi Padre - free admission

Had passes to see 21 Jump Street for free last night. Guessin' the crowd wasn't too bad because it opened durin' the film portion of South by Southwest. My friend Maeby came out & saw it with me, and we both enjoyed it.

While the premise of the show wasn't about bein' a comedy, the movie takes that route, and pokes fun at itself along the way for doin' so. And the cameos by Johnny Depp & Peter DeLuise make the whole thing worthwhile.

As for the latest from Will Ferrell, the Spanish-speakin' comedy is over the top silly, and the whole story is there in the trailer. So, if ya like Will Ferrell and subtitles, go check it out.

Was hopin' to see Battle Royale tonight, but the show already sold out. Gotta come up with a new plan...
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Old March 16 2012, 11:22 PM   #398
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41. Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (A)

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story: As a former political science major, the name Lee Atwater was familiar to me, but 21 years after his death it seems that his political legacy, rather than his name, is what lives on. This documentary films is certainly concerned with Atwater's political legacy -- he's considered by many to be the father of the modern Republican Party's school of dirty electoral tricks -- but it's also interested in the man as an individual. And what a charming, scary, funny, and frightening man he was -- all at the same time. Atwater valued winning at any cost, and he regretted that attitude on his deathbed, famously apologizing for the Willie Horton ad which he had secretly authorized, among many other things. This is a well-made, fascinating documentary; worth seeing.

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Old March 17 2012, 05:52 PM   #399
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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
7) Take Shelter (2011) - A-
8) 50/50 (2011) - B
9) Baby Mama (2008) - B-
10) United 93 (2006)
11) Rango (2011) - B

I went into this movie not really expecting much. Yeah it won best picture in the animated category at this year's Academy Awards, but for some reason I get leary of animated films that are not done by Pixar. For the most part, with some various exceptions, I find them lame and corny, trying to hard to be funny and falling on it's face. Well, I got a little bit of that in this movie, starring Johnny Depp as the Lizard Rango, but as the movie went on, I actually started to get into it. Probably when he first arrives in the town of Dirt (Love that by the way given the context of the movie), the movie improved significantly and actually became really good. It's not the best animated film I've seen and there are a few fun bits, but for what it was I enjoyed it and the message it had at the end.

Theatre: 2
BluRay: 4 (+1)
On Demand/TV: 1
Itunes: 4
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Dune (1984) - free admission
Doctor Strange - DVD
Project X (2012) - free admission
Martha Marcy May Marlene - free admission
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - free admission
Friends with Kids - free admission
The Lincoln Lawyer - Netflix Instant
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy - Netflix Instant
John Carter 2D - free admission
Silent House - free admission
21 Jump Street - free screenin'
Casa de Mi Padre - free admission
Support Your Local Gunfighter - Netflix Instant

Hangin' out at Angie & Ted's place today, 'til I gotta go to work and found the James Garner western comedy to watch.

I've seen Support Your Local Sheriff plenty of times, and this one has virtually the same cast, but its a completely different set of characters, settin' & story. Not quite done with this one yet, but I can say I like ...Sheriff more.
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Old March 17 2012, 11:25 PM   #401
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^I remember going on various ski trips and they showed both of those movies on the bus. I haven't seen them completely, but you bringing it up reminded me of those times. Might be a couple more movies worth renting (I no longer have netflix) in the future.
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Old March 17 2012, 11:29 PM   #402
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Adventures of Tintin (2011) - ★★ - Very boring. It's visually appealing but I couldn't get past the boring story and characters.

My Week With Marilyn (2011) - ★★★ - a good film. It was lacking some emotion, but I enjoyed it.
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Old March 18 2012, 03:45 AM   #403
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Updates in Bold:
47 Ronin (7)
Bad Boys (8)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
Daybreakers (5)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Green Hornet (6)
Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (5)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (8)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (6)
John Carter (9)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (9)
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 March 18 2012, 04:27 AM   #404
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31. Being There (B)

I first watched this movie in school close to a decade ago, and this is my first time seeing it since then (including one part the teacher fast-forwarded through). It's not really as good as I remembered it being, though it's still a good movie. Well-acted across the board; in particular, Melvyn Douglas and Richard Dysart are very good in supporting roles, while Peter Sellers' deadpan performance as the dimwit lead is very effective. But while it's well done, as a media satire it's only mildly effective - it has a decent point (when I worked writing press releases in an MP's office, I was constantly having to remember to rein in my graduate-level vocabulary to an eighth-grade level), but it belabours a single gag pretty far. Compared to something like Network, its near-contemporary (and admittedly that's a pretty tough comparison for any movie), it's not nearly as interesting.

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Old March 18 2012, 08:07 AM   #405
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Immortals (2011) 1/2

Very terrible movie. Whoever made the trailer deserves some major props, because they turned one of the worst films I've seen in a long time into an amazing trailer. No interesting characters, incoherent story.... just SO BORING.
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