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Old June 20 2012, 12:10 AM   #721
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Updates in Bold:
2 Fast 2 Furious (8)
47 Ronin (7)
The Avengers (10)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Battleship (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
Daybreakers (5)Die Hard (9)
Die Hard II (8)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (8)
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (7)
Fargo (6)
The Fast and the Furious (8)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (7)
Fast and Furious (2009) (8)
Fast Five (10)
First Blood (8)
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (8)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (8)
Gantz: Perfect Answer (7)
Gattaca (8)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (6)
Green Hornet (6)
Haywire (7)
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)
Lockout (8)
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)
Men In Black III (8)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (7)
Mercury Rising (7)
Mystic River (6)
Negima!: Final (7)
Nydenion (7)
Prometheus (5)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (8)
Rambo III (8)
The Raven (9)
Redline (10)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Scott Pilgrim VS The World (8)
Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (8)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Toward the Tera (1980) (6)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)

Total Thus Far: 56
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Old June 20 2012, 02:54 AM   #722
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37. Battleship: A-
38. Much Ado About Nothing: B+
39. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs: B
40. Beauty & the Beast: A+
41. Bambi: A-



SW7D: This animated Disney classic is just a bit OTT in terms of the dwarfs. Kids cartoon aside I know. I know they saved time on the story with the story book prose for story advancement but this classic just isn't as great for me from the Disney library.

B&tB: The 90's Disney classic that needs not explanation. From the songs to the animation to the pacing and emotional depth this film owns all it's accolades in spades!!

Bambi: This classic still has it. I realized that the Lion King is essentially, at it's core, Bambi remade with a few tweaks.
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Old June 20 2012, 06:13 AM   #723
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Snow White and the Huntsman - free admission
Final Destination 3 - DVD
Piranha 3DD - free admission
The Final Destination - DVD
Final Destination 5 - DVD
Conan the Destroyer - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold - Netflix Instant
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious - Netflix Instant
Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore - Netflix Instant
Shark Night 3D - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Night Passage - Netflix Instant
Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Sea Change - Netflix Instant
Moonrise Kingdom - free admission
God Bless America - free admission
Prometheus 3D - free admission
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - free admission
Rock of Ages - free admission
That's My Boy - free admission
Cursed - DVD
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter 3D - free screenin'
Escape 2000 (1982) - free admission

Went to a free advanced 3D screenin' of ALVH earlier this evenin', but since half the theater was roped off for press and certain winners were given priority access to the theater, despite it bein' first come, first seated, I wound up in the front row.

And I don't care how good a movie ya think ya may have made, nothin' looks good in the front row, especially when ya are wearin' 3D glasses.

So, I'll have to go see it again after it opens Friday, and I'll be sure to get a better seat.

After that, I wound up at the Drafthouse Village for a Summer of '82 movie, Escape 2000 (also called Turkey Shoot and Blood Camp Thatcher accordin' the information at IMDB.com). An Australian movie from 1982, its set in the "near future" where dissidents are put into concentration camps. This particular camp administrator prefers to hunt the dissidents with other government officials. And they get a dissident who won't be silenced...

The movie was insanely stupid, and if it had been even more stupid, it may have circled back around to brilliant, but it wasn't, so it didn't.

I've got passes to see Pixar's Brave tomorrow night, and there's a plan to see Prometheus with a friend, too.
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Old June 20 2012, 08:57 AM   #724
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83. The Thin Blue Line (A)

The Thin Blue Line -- Perhaps the best known film by Errol Morris, his third feature serves as the template for almost all of his subsequent work. The head on interviews, the dramatic re-enactments (controversial at the time, commonplace now), the moving graphics (much more dynamic than the pan, tilt, and zoom offered by a filmmaker like Ken Burns), and the repetitious, hypnotic musical score are all here. It's not quite as developed as his more recent documentaries, but it still demands your attention (even upon second viewing). In the hands of a more didactic filmmaker, this could have easily been made into a tract against capital punishment, but Morris opts for a more personal and subtle film (not that you'll finish it feeling good about the American justice system; far from it).

Theatres: 37
Home Video: 40
Computer: 6+1
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Old June 20 2012, 10:08 PM   #725
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72. My Week with Marylin

That was a pleasant surprise. Good to great performances and a score I really enjoyed (especially Marylin's Theme).
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Old June 21 2012, 01:34 AM   #726
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38. Much Ado About Nothing: B+
39. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs: B
40. Beauty & the Beast: A+
41. Bambi: A-
42. Sex & the City 2: D+


This film is just bad. I essentially save it from an all out 'F' grade cause the cinematography was good, Charlotte's story was a bit fun as was Miranda's. They however play second fiddle to Carrie and Samantha whose stories were forced, insulting and not funny when trying to be.

There are a number of reasons the film likely did poorer than expected at the box office but I felt the film insulted it's characters. Perhaps also it's audience. Are these women not sophisticated, worldly, progressive and empowered? Miranda is the only one who really acted with any self respect or decency concerning their Middle East trip. I'm not someone who cow tows to PC-ness but basic respect was sorely lacking by Samantha. I think on paper they thought her sexual disrespect would be funny but it just came off as rude, disrespectful and not funny.

Then there was the cramming of Aiden into the film for Carrie. Him just turning up in the same place felt like a contrivance we all joked about when Worf would be worked back into a TNG film while we knew he should be at DS9.
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Old June 21 2012, 02:19 AM   #727
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67. Star Trek (A)

This will be the first time I've talked about Star Trek on this supposed Star Trek forum in a couple of years.

Revisiting the 2009 relaunch for the first time since theatres (been meaning to do that for a while). I find my opinion is largely unchanged. It was one of the best adventure films of the last few years - it takes a few narrative shortcuts here and there, but that's hardly uncommon in film, and it's dramatic, funny, and very stylish. It marks a completely new phase in the way the Star Trek films are approached by the studio -- or, perhaps, the first time they've approached it this way since Robert Wise's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the only film that has anything approaching this film's budget. For all that people talked about this as thoroughly showing up Star Trek: Nemesis (which it does in numerous non-finance-related respects, don't get me wrong), that film had less than half this film's budget. The last nine Star Trek films were simply not able to compete with major blockbusters on the spectacle front, something that Paramount consciously is doing this time. And Abrams knows how to do that.

Cinema: 15
Home Video: 45 (+1)
Computer: 7
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Old June 21 2012, 02:46 AM   #728
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84. Rango (A)

Rango -- Animated children's movies (at least, those that aren't made by Pixar) can feel so rote and lifeless these days that an eccentric and genre-bending Western like this is simply a joy to watch. The movie has a great cast, a good score, and a wonderful visual imagination that is sorely needed for this type of thing. The plot (much like the classical Westerns the movie is riffing on) is rather simple-minded, but that's not really important. What's important is that the film is fun.

Theatres: 37
Home Video: 41 +1
Computer: 6
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Old June 21 2012, 05:04 AM   #729
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Snow White and the Huntsman - free admission
Final Destination 3 - DVD
Piranha 3DD - free admission
The Final Destination - DVD
Final Destination 5 - DVD
Conan the Destroyer - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Stone Cold - Netflix Instant
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious - Netflix Instant
Ralphie May: Too Big to Ignore - Netflix Instant
Shark Night 3D - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Night Passage - Netflix Instant
Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise - Netflix Instant
Jesse Stone: Sea Change - Netflix Instant
Moonrise Kingdom - free admission
God Bless America - free admission
Prometheus 3D/2D - free admission
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - free admission
Rock of Ages - free admission
That's My Boy - free admission
Cursed - DVD
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter 3D - free screenin'
Escape 2000 (1982) - free admission
Brave 3D - free screenin'

Saw Prometheus again today, in 2D this time...Michael Fessbender is still awesome as David, and I still liked it, but I have begun to turn a more critical eye to what all happens in the movie. And it did look better in 3D, especially the alien holographic recordings.

Took my friends Barbara & Tomi (and her teenage daughter Kathryn) to see Brave at a free screenin' tonight. And it was in 3D, which I think was unnecessary, and a bit blurry in a couple of parts featurin' fast action. But it had a great voice cast, cute comedy, and a nice story, as should be expected from Pixar.

If ya go see it, save money on the 3D, but stay through the end credits for a bonus scene!
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Old June 22 2012, 03:41 AM   #730
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68. Thelma & Louise (A)

The last few weeks have been heavy on Ridley Scott -- in this case, the one film of his between Blade Runner and Gladiator that people really remember. The movie's reputation is well-earned, for the most part. Sarandon and Davis are excellent as the leads, both very fleshed out, and Brad Pitt's breakout part is a magnetic star turn. My two niggles with it are the stuff with the truck driver, which feels like it's from a completely different, much less interesting movie; and Harvey Keitel's cop character, whose sympathy for the protagonists kind of comes out of nowhere.

Cinema: 15
Home Video: 46 (+1)
Computer: 7
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Old June 22 2012, 12:37 PM   #731
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Then there was the cramming of Aiden into the film for Carrie. Him just turning up in the same place felt like a contrivance we all joked about when Worf would be worked back into a TNG film while we knew he should be at DS9.
I never felt like either was a contrvance. Stuff like that does happen. I've run into people like that a number of times. And Worf's presence always made sense. He travelled about as part of his job on DS9. The movies just coincided with his trips to the Enterprise.
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Old June 23 2012, 02:18 AM   #732
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69. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (B)

The directorial debut of Lorene Scafaria, who on checking the IMDb wrote Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, which I also liked. From the time I saw the trailer I thought this looked like a very offbeat premise for a fairly mainstream studio comedy, and indeed, it is -- and, really, after about the halfway point it's really not that funny. But it's got some very moving sequences.

Carell/Knightley as a romantic pairing is kind of weird, but their interactions are generally engaging. There are a lot of cameos here from recognizable comedians (friends of the director?), and a very moving one from Martin Sheen. It's not a great movie, per se, but I think it's definitely worth seeing. As a Keira fan, she hasn't had a part like this for basically a decade.

Cinema: 16 (+1)
Home Video: 46
Computer: 7
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Old June 23 2012, 02:24 AM   #733
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^ I'd like to see that. I saw the trailer and found it odd seeing what appeared to be people going to work and going about their days when the world is about to end.
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That's the joke.
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Old June 23 2012, 09:07 PM   #735
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70. Brave (B+)

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall last year: can Lasseter's men put him back together again? The answer is, well, kinda. This is a pretty decent movie, and I expect it's being graded on a curve by the critics, hence the middling reception; but then, that's always been the case with films (Spielberg has made some movies in the 00s that would have been considered crown jewels from a lesser director). Because, make no mistake, this is a very generic movie. The early teasers make it look like it's going to be a somewhat dark epic, but it really isn't; it's arguably the smallest, least-plotted Pixar film (of the ones I've seen, that is, all of them less A Bug's Life and the two Cars films). It's pretty much a melange of Disney fairy tale tropes, ones that the parent studio has used before and better.

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Home Video: 46
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