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Old June 27 2012, 09:46 PM   #751
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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/2D - free screenin'
Escape 2000 (1982) - free admission
Brave 3D - free screenin'
Dracula 2000 - DVD
The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) - free admission
Superman vs The Elite - DVD
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - matinee
Mr. Popper's Penquins - HBO
The Hangover Part II - HBO

Oh, sure, Jim Carrey will make this, but not a sequel to Dumb and Dumber?!?

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Watched the sequel to The Hangover on HBO...and it was just like the first one, only not as funny.
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179. Adoration: (✩½) - Live TV - A boy mixes details of a terrorist plot with his own family's history and presents it as fact for a school assignment. This wasn't the easiest film to follow. Some of Atom Egoyan's films tend to be like that. I like films that step ouside the formula, but this one didn't grab me or hold my attention very well.

180. Love, Wedding, Marriage: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A 28 year old psychologist has just gotten married, then finds out that her parents are getting a divorce. Disillusionment about marriage then sets in. Stars Mandy Moore. Not the strongest romantic comedy around, but it was watchable and I like Mandy Moore.

181. The Ghost Writer: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A ghost writer is hired by a former British PM to polish up his autobiography. He's also dealing with a scandal due to something he did while in office. Along the way, secrets come out. Stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Great start, dragged in the middle and had a big finish.

182. 3000 Miles to Graceland: (✩✩✩½) - DVD - A group of Elvis impersonators rob a casino and make off with the money. All but two end up dead and one ends up chasing the other through the western U.S. In an attempt to get it. Stars Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, Couteney Cox and Kevin Pollak. Christian Slater is also there, but not for long. The movie got a lot of bad reviews, but I enjoyed it. The story was disjointed, but it had some good atmosphere, in the same vein as a lot of drifter movies like Red Rock West. Not quite as raw or as cool, but it was there, so that's why I'm giving it a better grade than what it's been given by others. Also, the title will make sense in the last few seconds.

183. Spartacus: (✩✩✩✩) - Live TV - Finally saw this classic. A slave gladiator escapes with a few others and mounts an army to take down Rome. Stars Kirk Douglas. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did other classics like The Ten Commandments, but it was pretty good and I especially liked the romance/family sub plot. That had real heart.

184. Last Night: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A husband and wife each have an affair. Stars Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. It's not insightful, but it's watchable.

185. Shutter Island: (✩✩✩) - DVD - Two agents go to an insane asylum on a remote island in order to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Ben Kingsley. The movie wasn't that exciting, but it was alright. Plus, I saw the end twist and outcome a mile away.

186. Hereafter: (✩✩✩) - DVD - This movie moves around between three stories about death. One involves a woman who almost drowned in that big tsunami from a few years ago, one involves a pshychic who can talk to the dead, but doesn't want to use his abilities anymore, and another deals with a boy who lost his brother in a car accident. Eventually these three characters' lives converge. This is a movie full of unknown actors with the exception of Matt Damon who plays the psychic. It wasn't as good as the trailers made it seem, but it was engaging enough. It felt more like an independent movie than a glossy big budget motion picture. The tsunami scene had that big disaster movie look though.

187. Waitress: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A small town waitress with an inconsiderate and sometimes abusive loser husband finds out she's pregnant and ends up having an affair with her doctor. Stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and Jeremy Sisto. Another movie I'd describe as simply "watchable". The camera also liked to focus on Russell's beauty.

188. Bridesmaids: (✩✩✩✩) - DVD - Two bridesmaids compete to "win" the favor of their friend the bride. Stars Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolf and Rose Byrne. Rose is the reason I got this movie, but Wiig turned out to be pretty good herself. I found this to be a pretty good comedy that wasn't stupid.

189. The Back-Up Plan: (✩✩✩) - Live TV - A career woman who doesn't have a man in her life decides to get pregnant by way of invitro. Then on the day she gets implanted, she meets a guy and they hit it off. Now she has to tell him that she's pregnant. Stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin. Another watchable rom com that loses a little something halfway through.

190. Triage: (✩✩✩) - DVD - Two photojournalists are sent to war-torn Kurdistan and only one returns. Post traumatic stress disorder takes hold or our sole returnee, and his wife decides to get him help. Eventually, the story of what happened to the one who didn't return surfaces. Stars Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee. It's a bit slow and plodding, but it's a good story and the stars deliver some decent performances, especially Farrell.

191. Easy A: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A high school girl lies to her friend about losing her virginity and the news spreads like wildfire. Liking the attention, she embraces her status as someone who sleeps around. It stars Emma Stone and was inspired by The Scarlett Letter. It's not the sharpest comedy around, but it's watchable and intentionally tame.

192. The Switch: (✩✩✩) - DVD - A woman wants to have a kid, so she finds a sperm donor, but during a drunken stupor, her best friend, a guy, ends up replacing the sample with his sperm. She gets pregnant, has the kid and 7 years later, he begins to suspect that it's his. How does he tell her? Stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Not a rip-roaringly funny comedy, and it's fairly standard fare but it's not bad either. Setting up a situation where the sperm sample is replaced must have been hard to figure out, but it mostly works eventhough it's contrived.

Theatre: 9
DVD/Blu-Ray: 70
Live TV: 80
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 24
Internet: 4
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Old June 29 2012, 07:39 PM   #754
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91. Collaborator (B-)

Collaborator -- Actor Martin Donovan makes his directorial debut with this film, the best part of which is an absolutely incredible performance by David Morse, a character actor usually relegated to playing military types or police officers. Here, he's a 50 year-old man who never moved out of home, except for a stint or two in jail. He robs a liquor store, goes a little unhinged, and ends up taking his next door neighbor's son (who he's known since school) hostage. What follows is gripping, dramatic, and often darkly comedic.

The principal problem with the film is Donovan's performance; it seems clear that he needs someone else to bounce ideas off here, because he can't direct himself. For most of the movie he's rather wooden, and that's a shame, because the script is solid and the direction of the other actors just fine. Other minor problems are indicative of a first-time filmmaker; the film spends a lot of time cutting to bits with the Donovan and Morse's parents outside of the house during the crisis, which often distract from the thrust of the movie. They're good scenes on their own, but a more experienced director would have probably left them for the DVD. Lastly, the movie relies on news broadcasts, both for exposition and as a plot device. This is fine, except that most of these broadcasts feel just a bit off, not quite what you'd actually find on TV (TMZ-style footage of Donovan kissking Olivia Wilde that is played during the crisis doesn't feel at all like something a producer would okay). This is a problem not unique to this movie, of course.

On home video, though, this one is definitely worth seeing -- for David Morse alone.

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Old June 29 2012, 09:49 PM   #755
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76. Pandorum

Two offivers wake up on their spaceship without their memories and bad stuff happens. I didn't enjoy this film, probably because it reminded me a lot of the novel Non-Stop which I liked a lot more.
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Old June 30 2012, 01:21 AM   #756
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72. Where Do We Go Now? (B)

A comedy-drama hybrid (not a dramedy) from Lebanese actor-writer-director-producer Nadine Labaki (an impressive number of hats for a woman to wear in any film industry, let alone while working in the Middle East) that won the audience award at TIFF last year. It's kind of an awkward construct: it begins and ends largely as farce, but there's some really heavy stuff dropped in here that isn't remotely funny, and interacts with the light comedy rather jarringly (though the dramatic scenes work on their own). The cast is huge, and, combined with the subtitles, you never really learn most of the characters' names, apart from Labaki's own character (the sexy widow/cafe owner). Interesting and alternately funny and moving (there's a particularly funny musical bit of all the women in the village preparing to drug all the men with hashish-laced food), but never feels consistent.

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Old June 30 2012, 07:26 AM   #757
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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
12) The Hunger Games (2012) - B+
13) 21 Jump Street (2012) - B+
14) Goon (2012) - A-
15) The Avengers (2012) - B
16) Cars 2 (2011) - C+
17) Men in Black 3 (2012) - B+
18) Prometheus (2012) - D+
19) The Iron Lady (2011) - C-

I've been wanting to see this film ever since Streep won the award for best actress. I was happy for her, and I knew in the roles she is in that one of these days they would finally accept that award (At least in my lifetime, I don't remember her first one). However, is it just me or does she play the same character in pretty much all her movies. What I saw here is basically Julia Childs from Julie and Julia. Maybe that's why I consider a movie like The River Wild one of her more underrated efforts. She's not trying to steal scenery in that film like she is in other films and she blends with the rest of the cast quite well.

That brings me to Iron Lady and why it get's a C-. The story/narrative was a mess and I don't think the flashbacks did Margaret Thatcher justice. I don't know much about her, but I do know she was a pivotal woman in Great Britain history, so to have the foundation of her health in later years carry the film, I almost found that demeaning. Also, because of the flashbacks, the story was all over the place and the characters lacked any flesh to them.

I sound like this film get's an F, but here is were the C- comes in. I loved Streep's performance. While she steals the scenery (And again, it's like Julia Childs) when we see her as Thatcher in the position of power, she controls the film. The award was very deserving and she single-handedly saved the film from everything else.


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BluRay: 6 (+1)
On Demand/TV: 1
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92. The Island of Lost Souls (B)

The Island of Lost Souls -- Bela Lugosi might be the more recognizable name in the credits to horror fans, but it's clearly Charles Laughton's interpretation of Dr. Moreau that does the heavy lifting here. More thoughtlessly acted and directed, he'd be laughing his evil head off, but here sometimes the most terrifying things are rendered in all but a whisper. The make-up is superb, too, nearly as good as anything being done eighty years later. If there are flaws, it's the lead and his fiance, who aren't very interesting next to the two sinister doctors on the island or the two drunken sea captains that take them there. I'm by no means an expert on the subject, but this is often considered the best non-Universal horror film from the period, and I suspect that's correct.

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The Iron Lady (2011) - C-

However, is it just me or does she play the same character in pretty much all her movies. What I saw here is basically Julia Childs from Julie and Julia.
That's pretty much how I felt too. She did that same over-the-top voice.
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The Iron Lady (2011) - C-

However, is it just me or does she play the same character in pretty much all her movies. What I saw here is basically Julia Childs from Julie and Julia.
That's pretty much how I felt too. She did that same over-the-top voice.
She was doing a pretty uncanny Thatcher impression.
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73. The Night of the Hunter (C)

I guess this will have to be one of those times when I really don't like a film widely held up as a classic. There's no doubt that it's an impressive piece of work stylistically; apart from Orson Welles and a few European directors, somebody going into the cinema in 1955 would probably not have seen anything like this. But I find the story ridiculous, and that stops me from deriving much enjoyment from it. The Robert Mitchum character (the most praised aspect of the film) is just unbelievable; I don't buy this guy, and I don't buy any of the things he does in the course of the movie, which happen almost entirely because of ridiculous contrivances and/or characters acting like morons for no reason other than it would stop the plot if they didn't.

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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
12) The Hunger Games (2012) - B+
13) 21 Jump Street (2012) - B+
14) Goon (2012) - A-
15) The Avengers (2012) - B
16) Cars 2 (2011) - C+
17) Men in Black 3 (2012) - B+
18) Prometheus (2012) - D+
19) The Iron Lady (2011) - C-
20) Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) - B+

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I usually don't go for the Rom-Com's (Even though Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies of all time so go figure) but this one was charming, fun, and had a great cast. There were some scenes that went on too long (Such as when Hannah and Jacob did the whole Dirty Dancing scene) but other than that, it was a very good movie. Also, maybe this is a minority opinion, but I found Gosling much better in this movie than I did in Drive, and I also really like Emma Stone in whatever movie she's in right now.

Theater: 7
BluRay: 6
On Demand/TV: 2 (+1)
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77. Hallam Foe

A young outsider spends his time walking on rooftops and watching the people on the streets below.
The film was ok, nothing especially bad or good. One of the films I'll probably have forgotten in a month or so.
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Ted - free admission

Went to see Ted yesterday before work...barely got in, too, 'cause it almost sold out. A Sunday matinee!!!

Anyway, I thought it was pretty funny, but I do still laugh at Family Guy, and this was the same sort of humor...dude may be a one-trick pony, but that one trick is makin' him rich.

Saw The Avengers for the fifth time, too.
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74. Dangerous Liasons (A)

Having seen several Stephen Frears films, he's an interesting director because he's very good but at the same time I have a hard time identifying any particular style or themes he favours. This is usually held up as one of his best, and it deserves that distinction. The costume design is among the best I've ever seen on film, and the acting is of a high calibre (save for Keanu Reeves, but he's barely in the movie, and his character is intended to be bland anyway).

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