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Old April 9 2012, 04:05 PM   #481
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Well, Incredible Hulk Returns had Thor in it...wasn't too impressed with thow that was done at all.

I do like how they're handlin' Daredevil in this one, though Kingpin is disappointin'.
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Old April 9 2012, 09:21 PM   #482
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49. Cleopatra (1963)

I was not surprised to learn (after watching this film) that the director planned to make this two films, but the producers decided against it, because they wanted to profit from the Taylor-Burton-relationship. It still feels a bit like two films. I found the first part better and Harrison's Caesar (and his scenes with Taylor) a lot more interesting.
Of course the sets are more than impressive (the studio might nearly have gone bankrupt because of them, but they are great to look at) and there are some great lines of dialogue, that probably would have fitted better on a theater stage, but still work very well here.
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Old April 10 2012, 04:23 AM   #483
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42. The Lives of Others (A)

I approached this with interest, since it beat my beloved Pan's Labyrinth for the Foreign Language Oscar (that being probably my favourite film of its year, overall). While I don't think this ranks quite as high, it's a magnificent film in its own right, and a worthy winner.

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Old April 10 2012, 09:35 AM   #484
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50. This Filthy World (B)

This Filthy World: Actor turned director Jeff Garlin films John Waters' one man show with no visual flair whatsoever, but it doesn't really matter. Waters is the attraction here, and he's dynamic and funny throughout, relating anecdotes about his life and especially about his work as a filmmaker.

It's a shame Waters hasn't been able to get any film-related projects off the ground since A Dirty Shame in 2004 (unless you count the remake of Hairspray released in 2007). Although he's shifted towards the mainstream since the '90s, his work still possesses the ability to shock and surprise.

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Old April 10 2012, 10:09 AM   #485
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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
The Hunter - free admission
An Education - DVD

Got off from work last night in time to see The Hunter, starrin' Willam Dafoe & Sam Neil. Dafoe plays a hunter hired to track a Tazmanian tiger, an animal believed to be extinct, and Neil is the local guide.

Its a very quiet film - lots of scenery and Dafoe out in the wilds of Australia & such...

And there's a subplot about the family Dafoe stays with for a couple of days every two weeks durin' the hunt.

Watchin' An Education on DVD now...about an hour into it, so far.
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Old April 10 2012, 09:37 PM   #486
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50. La vie en rose

A good entry in the biography film genre, but like many others it has a very good performance by the lead (in this case Cotillard), but the script isn't quite at the same level.
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Old April 10 2012, 11:35 PM   #487
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The War Boys; Immortals (sort of, unwatchable); Die (ditto); Good; Hunger; The Architect; Five Days of War; Sarah's Key.
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Old April 11 2012, 09:34 AM   #488
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A few days ago i was watched the a Mirror Mirror really this is very funny & entertaining because this is fully comedy drama so i like this
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Old April 11 2012, 09:39 AM   #489
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51. Bad Fever (C-)

Bad Fever: This small, independent American feature has a couple of scenes that really work, so it's impossible for me to give it a failing grade, but as a whole I found it rather unappealing. Unambitious hipsters who mumble through improvised dialogue, dumpster dive, and express themselves by recording VHS tapes that would make the trash bag guy in American Beauty wince? If I wanted that, I'd move back to the Pacific Northwest. This is my first experience with the "mumblecore" genre. In a way, I was dreading it, and my fears seem to have been realized.

I have to go to a screening of Your Sister's Sister later in the year -- another film in the genre, albeit one with more recognizable actors -- so I'll reserve sweeping judgments until I have at least a couple of mumblecore movies under my belt. But I'm not optimistic.

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Old April 11 2012, 11:15 PM   #490
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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
The Hunter - free admission
An Education - DVD
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two - DVD
The Prophecy - DVD

An Education turned out to be a pretty good movie - I especially liked the last scene between Jenny & her school's headmistress. Alfred Molina is consistently cool, too, and he did a good job as an overzealous, yet clueless, father.

Watched the second part of the Harry Potter finale, after seein' the first part last summer while I was in North Carolina. Gotta say, the story would have had a much different endin' if Voldemort hadn't staffed out important shit like checkin' the pulse of your fallen enemy...

Seriously! If you're right there, what kind of excuse do ya have for not checkin' it yourself?!? No minion necessary!

Once again, Harry Potter succeeds because of what other people do for him, rather than anything he does for himself. And that's why I hate the character.

Watchin' The Prophecy on DVD now...picked up the five-film set from Wal-Mart for five bucks. Figured it could be worth a dollar a movie, especially with Christopher Walken in three of 'em!
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Old April 12 2012, 04:42 AM   #491
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105. Moneyball: (✩✩✩½) - On Demand - Based on the true story of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics's attempt to put together a winning team based on a form of techical analysis. This one got a lot of critical acclaim, but I found it to be pretty average for the most part. However, I came to enjoy the techical analysis bit and warmed up to Brad Pitt's character and performance, so I gave it another half-star. The stuff with his daughter was too sentimental for my tastes though.

106. The Iron Lady: (✩✩✩½) - On Demand - It was a decent watch, but I wasn't bowled over. Streep's make-up job to look like Thatcher was fantastic, but her performance wasn't the best. There was too much of her usual "old lady" voice. The one she also did in Julie & Julia. I did manage to eventually immerse myself into her performance though. I can also see why Thatcher herself refused to watch this, with a lot of the focus on her current mental health. Love the title by the way.

107. Crazy, Stupid, Love.: (✩✩✩✩) - On Demand - I was going to watch The Ides of March after The Iron Lady, but didn't want to see another political thriller, so I got a comedy instead. This one stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Marissa Tomei and Emma Stone. Cal's wife asks him for a divorce after 25 years, so he leaves and find himself spending time drinking in a bar, feeling angry and depressed. Then he meets a womanizer who takes him under his wing and turns him into a confident ladies man. I found this to be an excellent, smart comedy with great characters and a lot of great turns. This one isn't formulaic. As far as comedies go, this one is a cut above. I was especially impressed with Gosling. Can't wait to see him in The Ides of March

108. American Reunion: (✩✩✩½) - Theatre - If you enjoyed the previous movies, see this one. It's the next chapter in the lives of a group of friends. New lives, new (same) antics.

Theatre: 4
DVD/Blu-Ray: 36
TV: 51
On Demand: 16
Internet: 1
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Old April 12 2012, 05:00 AM   #492
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52. The Conspirator (C)

The Conspirator: It has been said that fifty percent of directing is good casting. If that's the case, then director Robert Redford made a serious mistake casting Alexis Bledel and Justin Long in this movie. They're not the most important characters, but both have key relationships to James McAvoy's protagonist (Bledel plays his love interest, Long plays his war buddy). Without strong actors to play off of outside of court, McAvoy is only able to give an able, but hardly outstanding performance.

That could easily describe most of the rest of the cast; Colm Meany, Danny Huston, Jim True-Frost, and Tim Wilkinson all show up, but fail to impress. Only Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, and Stephen Root (in a small role as an unreliable and drunken witness) make an impression.

It doesn't help that the first 25 mintues of the movie are spent needlessly recapping the events of the Lincoln assassination. Other movies have dramatized these events far better, and they don't provide anything particularly relevent to the plot. There's even a cheesy newspaper montage here that a veteran (and Academy Award-winning!) director like Redford should have been wise enough to avoid. The movie is a courtroom drama, and once it is free to become one it improves markedly.

Still, Redford's direction (and the script, by James D. Solomon) lacks subtlety, often seeking to turn subtext into text. At least the movie has more to say than Redford's vacuous war on terror drama, Lions for Lambs.

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53. We The Party (C-)

We The Party: I like Mario Van Peebles as a writer/director. BAADASSSSS! (about his father and the making of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song) was a terrific movie.

Compared to that success, however, this film is a mess. In a review at the A.V. Club, Alison Willmore writes that the film, "is a typical high-school movie set in a high school that’s atypical, in terms of what normally gets put onscreen." I think she's right, but beyond lauding the film for featuring a mainly black cast of characters (and mostly upper-middle class ones, at that!), it's hard to get around the fact that it's a high school movie rife with every cliché you can think of (and probably a few that you can't). It's not offensive by any stretch of the imagination, but it could have been so, so much more.

Other critics have been less than kind about the young actors that star in this movie, but I thought they were fine. You can only do so much with the material. Honestly, I saw this ages ago on a screener, and was surprised to see that it in theaters at all. Hopefully it makes it's money back (it didn't look expensive at all) and Van Peebles can move on to bigger and better things.

Theatres: 20
Home Video: 30
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I need to sit down and watch a good movie soon. It feels like it's been ages.
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43. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (A-)

The Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack of this was on sale for $22 on its first day of release, which is just about the cheapest first-day price I've ever gotten for one of these things.

I found my thoughts on my second viewing of this were pretty much the same as the first. This is really a borderline B+/A- film. It's a very compelling thriller for most of its 2 1/2 hour runtime, but it features a meandering epilogue of sorts (albeit one with great closing moments) that at first feels like a sequel hook before instead just coming to its own conclusion that doesn't really feel related to the rest of what's going on.

Rooney Mara's lead performance is superb, and possibly my favourite lead female turn of the year. Craig is good, though in a much quieter role. Christopher Plummer (in the last of a couple of roles in what was a very good 2011 for him) gets a lot of the best lines, and a really wonderful final scene that affected me a lot more the second time around.

Cinema: 10
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