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Old April 6 2012, 09:12 PM   #466
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47. The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The latest stop-motion picture from Aardman Animations and it's hilarious. I loved pretty much every moment of it and there were times I wished I could use freeze frame, because so many gags were hidden in each scene I couldn't catch them all.
Also: Since this is based on a series of books, I'm really hoping they'll do a sequel to this one.
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Old April 7 2012, 02:17 AM   #467
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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission
The Raid: Redemption - free admission
The Incredible Hulk Returns - DVD
Titanic 3D - free admission
The Hunger Games - free admission
Mirror, Mirror - free admission
American Reunion - free admission
Justice League: Doom - DVD

Had a staff meetin' yesterday mornin' at the theater, wound up stayin' all day 'til my shift last night. Saw The Hunger Games with one of the cooks, and Mirror, Mirror on my own.

I liked THG - very cool movie, with an interestin' story and quite a bit of action. Not at all like Battle Royale, though both share the central theme of kids killin' kids in a fearful future.

Went to see it again today with a friend of mine, and it was still good the second time.

M,M was gawd awfully dumb. Julia Roberts looked good, of course, but she always does, she's Julia Roberts. But the movie was too tongue in cheek/meta for me, and the outdoors scenes were too painfully obvious stage sets.

Sadly, I'll be seein' it again tomorrow with another friend of mine.

Got into an evenin' show of AR after today's viewin' of THG. Pretty funny & consistent with the theatrical releases, if not the direct to DVD spinoffs.

Not sure if I'll see another movie later tonight or not...

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Wound up nappin' for a couple of hours instead of goin' to a late night movie. Watched a DVD instead.

The latest from DC Animated was pretty good - I especially liked that they used previous voice cast for the major heroes, though a bit disappointed that Teen Titan talent didn't voice Cyborg. Ah, well...

I thought it was a bit short - only 77 minutes. Could have been a bit longer. Worth pickin' up on a sale price, which I did, but not a full $15 to $20 I've seen it priced at.
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Old April 7 2012, 04:01 AM   #468
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40. Boogie Nights (A+)

I saw There Will Be Blood when it came out, but other then that I never got around to the rest of Paul Thomas Anderson's filmography. But he's got a new film out this year, after a five-year gap, so I figured it was time to get on that. In this case, there was a three-pack of this, Magnolia and (for whatever reason) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Blu-ray for $35. I'd seen that last one already, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

This sprawling story set in the 70s/80s porn industry (I kept waiting for AIDS to come up, but it never did) features by far the best Mark Wahlberg performance I've seen to date, and a bevy of prominent supporting roles (the film made me realize that it's been years since I saw a new film with William H. Macy in it), with special honours going to Julianne Moore. I liked Anderson's story approach, which becomes dark as it goes on, but never descends into utter nihilism, and he has a great sense for black humour in places.

In some ways this feels like a weird companion piece to Ed Wood, which also featured a close-knit filmmaking crew pursuing artistic dreams in spite of circumstance and serious delusions about their talent.

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Old April 7 2012, 12:15 PM   #469
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I am desperate to see the sequel of Twilight this year 2012..
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Old April 7 2012, 04:21 PM   #470
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Went to see Wrath of the Titans last night. What a terrible fucking movie, it honestly seemed like the script was about fifteen pages with the effects padding it out to a two hour movie.
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Old April 7 2012, 06:06 PM   #471
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Yeah, I don't hand out the term "got bored" during a movie lightly and I did during Wrath of Titans. So, let down by that film.
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Old April 7 2012, 09:04 PM   #472
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48. Singin' in the Rain

Well, another film about a film star during the change from silent films to "talkies". Funnily enough, the parts I liked best about it were the ones where they didn't talk (like the vaudeville inspired dance and slapstick numbers), but otherwise I didn't like it that much.
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Old April 7 2012, 09:47 PM   #473
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48 Piranha 3D (C+)

Piranha (3D): Stupid, but fun (intentionally so, on both counts). Like the original Piranha films, this is in many ways a cheap knock-off of Jaws, so it's appropriate it begins with a brief cameo from Richard Dreyfuss, more or less playing Hooper again. It's telling that many of the actors cast in the movie are known for playing comedy; happily, the film doesn't take this nonsense at all seriously. Still, it has plenty of truly awful CGI effects, and in 2D the gotcha 3D moments are even dumber than usual. The movie also falls a part a bit with the characters; even the ones who are supposed to be smart can be pretty dumb at times (the elaborate rescue scenario that closes the film makes little to no sense, even in light the film's tone).

There's a sequel coming, although I can't imagine it will have much ground to add that this hasn't already covered (besides the title, Piranha 3DD, which is as crass as it is fitting).

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Old April 8 2012, 02:14 AM   #474
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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission
The Raid: Redemption - free admission
The Incredible Hulk Returns - DVD
Titanic 3D - free admission
The Hunger Games - free admission
Mirror, Mirror - free admission
American Reunion - free admission
Justice League: Doom - DVD
W. - DVD
Night of the Running Man - Netflix Instant

Watched Oliver Stone's W. on DVD early this mornin' since I couldn't sleep. The movie absolutely terrified me. Still, a pretty good look at the first term of the second Bush White House.

Saw Mirror, Mirror for the second time today, this time with my friend Barbara...I think I liked it more 'cause I was ready for how bad it would be.

Hangin' out with my friends, and Angie picked Night of the Running Man on her Netflix Instant Queue. She picked it 'cause of Andrew McCarthy, and it also has Scott Glenn & John Glover. Seemed like a basic cable sort of movie, except for all the nudity, swearin' & violence.

And I could have gone my whole life without seein' Scott Glenn in a sex scene.

And that POS movie was the 100th new to me movie I've seen this year!

Watchin' Lethal Weapon now, not countin' it on the list, though, since I've seen it before...but Angie hasn't, so its new to her.
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Old April 8 2012, 04:51 AM   #475
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41. Magnolia (A-)

Anderson's second big film. Too flawed to really be a magnum opus, but you could certainly argue for it as a singular artistic statement. It contains many scenes of incredible artistry and power; however, the connective tissue doesn't always hold together, and gradually you realize various things that didn't come together at the end (most notably the entire murder plot). Fascinating, nonetheless.

I do wonder whether Tom Cruise will be leading the protests against The Master, though.

Cinema: 10
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Old April 8 2012, 09:58 AM   #476
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49. The Hunger Games (C-)

The Hunger Games: I haven't read the books, nor do I have much inclination to, but friends wanted to see the movie, so I went along. There are really three major problems with this one. The first is plausibility; the world the film presents doesn't make any sense, and while I'm sure the books have more detail, I have a hard time believing that it could explain away this nonsense. The second is exposition; characters are constantly telling each other things that both should know. This is most evident with Stanley Tucci's announcer (He must say "As you well know" at least half a dozen times), but it's not limited to his character. The third is the PG-13 rating; there's little blood and handheld photography is often employed -- not on aesthetic grounds, but to prevent the audience from seeing minors engaged in violent, lethal acts against one another. On top of that, Katniss gets out of killing other characters at every possible opportunity (it was the bees, another tribute did it, etc.). For a movie that's about kids killing other kids, this one sure doesn't have any teeth.

Don't get me wrong. Outside of some shoddy CGI (the movie did come in at $75 million), the film is technically proficient and well acted (Lawrence is exceptional; I should really see Winter's Bone). But...it's little more than that.

Theatres: 19 +1
Home Video: 28
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Old April 9 2012, 12:41 AM   #477
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Updates in Bold:
47 Ronin (7)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
Daybreakers (5)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Green Hornet (6)
Heaven's Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (5)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (8)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (6)
Hunger Games (4)
John Carter (9)
King of Thorn (9)
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (7)
Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid (9)
Lupin the 3rd: Return of Pycal (7)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (Director's Cut) (9)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
Redline (10)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)
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Old April 9 2012, 05:05 AM   #478
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98. Starman: (✩✩✩) - DVD - An alien crash lands on Earth, takes the form of a woman's dead husband and gets her to take him cross-country to a landing site so that he can go home. Chasing them is a government agent. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen star. A very average and predictable movie, but I'm glad I finally saw it. I used to watch the show in the 80s and wanted to see where it all began. The show picks up some years later when the alien returns to Earth. The same agent is on the show, but is played by a different actor.



99. Adam: (✩✩✩✩½) - DVD - A 20-something guy with asperger's syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult to socialize, meets a young lady and they have a relationship. Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne star. This was a fantastic movie. One of the best I've seen this year. Hugh Dancy's performance was great and the story is very gripping and sad in a way, given the main character's struggle through life. I highly recomend this one. A lot of us have had difficulty in social situations or in relationships, and that makes this a relatable movie even for those who don't have asperger's.

100. The Other Woman: (✩✩½) - DVD - I got this to see more of Natalie Portman. She plays a man's second wife, who also has to deal with his son, his ex and the fact that she recently lost a baby due to SID. Not a terrible movie, but not great either.

101. The Good Night: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A man who's having difficulty with a dead marriage turns to lucid dreaming to live out his fantasies with a woman in a dream he had. Sherlock's Martin Freeman stars. His wife is played by Gwyneth Paltrow, the woman in his dream is played by Penelope Cruz and the guy who runs the lucid dream workshop he goes to is played by Danny DeVito. It's a fascinating movie for those interested in lucid dreaming, but it doesn't delve too deeply into the subject matter.

102. The Spy Next Door: (✩✩) - TV - A single mom and her kids live next door to a boring man named Bob Ho, but little do they know that he's a spy. Stars Jackie Chan. This one's a barely watchable kiddy movie.

103. Paranormal Activity: (✩✩✩½) - TV - A "found footage" movie about a couple dealing with a ghost in their house. It's gripping and scary at times. Can't wait to see the sequels that I hear are actually prequels.

104. Breakaway: (✩✩½) - TV - A Canadian movie about a young guy from a sikh community who wants to play hockey against the wishes of his more traditional father. Stars unknown actor Vinay Virmani who also wrote it, but it was Russell Peters and Camilla Belle that got me to watch. Rob Lowe and Noureen DeWulf are also in it. Disappointing movie, but I liked the all-star cast.

Theatre: 3
DVD/Blu-Ray: 36
TV: 51
On Demand: 13
Internet: 1

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Wrath of the Titans 3D - free admission
Jiro Dreams of Sushi - free admission
The Raid: Redemption - free admission
The Incredible Hulk Returns - DVD
Titanic 3D - free admission
The Hunger Games - free admission
Mirror, Mirror - free admission
American Reunion - free admission
Justice League: Doom - DVD
W. - DVD
Night of the Running Man - Netflix Instant
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk - DVD

Second of two features on the $5 DVD I picked up last week, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk has David Banner (Bill Bixby) in New York City, accused of a crime he didn't commit, with Daredevil (Rex Smith) as his lawyer & the Kingpin (John Rys-Davies) as the bad guy.

Watchin' it now, and the big question is, why doesn't the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) have a beard? David Banner has one...and they are sharin' the same body.
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^ I heard that they wanted to do a whole series of Hulk movies that teamed him up with other Marvel heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man and She-Hulk. Too bad none of that came to pass. Might have been an interesting thing to see back then.
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