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Old July 26 2012, 08:42 AM   #871
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (B-)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (B)
3. The Amazing Spider-Man (A)
4. Ted (B)
5. The Dark Knight Rises (A)
6. The Avengers (A)
7. Battleship (D)
8. Drive (B)
9. Sunshine (C)
10. Push [2009] (D)
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Old July 26 2012, 09:07 PM   #872
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91. VratnÚ lahve

A Czech comedy film about an old teacher who quits his job and tries to find other work, because he doesn't really want to stay at home with his wife the whole day. It was quite enjoyable.
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Old July 27 2012, 03:41 AM   #873
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Ted - free admission
The Amazing Spider-Man 3D - free admission
Powder Blue - DVD
Crazy, Stupid Love - HBO
To Rome With Love - free admission
The Do Deca Pentathlon - free admission
ZAAT! - free admission
Manhattan - free admission
Extraterrestre - free admission
Magic Mike - free admission
Coraline 3D - free admission
Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D - free admission
Beasts of the Southern Wild - free admission
The Dark Knight Rises - matinee
Savages - matinee
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - DVD
Class of 1984 (1982) - free admission
Dracula II: Ascension - DVD
Dracula III: Legacy - DVD
The Watch - free admission

Watched the two direct-to-DVD sequels for Dracula 2000 this mornin' before comin' into work. Had 'em on a double feature DVD, which made it pretty easy to just get through 'em.

Dracula's burned corpse from the end of the first movie is taken to a New Orleans morgue, where the EMT & coroner/med student decide to keep the body because it is so obviously a vampire, and get together with their friends to resurrect it.

Hijinks ensue.

The second sequel picks up immediately after the first, with the two survivors tracin' Dracula (played by Rutger Hauer) back to Eastern Europe and gettin' involved with the political rebellion of the region and the folks tryin' to fight Dracula's growin' army of vampires.

Very "meh" about both movies, but they did put me over two hundred new to me movies for the year!

- edit, to add -

Got cut an hour into my shift today, so I went to see The Watch starrin' Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn & Jonah Hill.

Fairly dumb movie that had dialogue & jokes that felt like outtakes that would run durin' the credits...but, it had a nice cameo of R Lee Ermey bein' awesome and Doug Jones played the alien, so that was cool.

Thinkin' about goin' to see TDKR again, since my theater isn't showin' Klown 'til ten tonight...gotta kill time somehow.
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Old July 28 2012, 01:28 AM   #874
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88. Moonrise Kingdom (A+)

I don't have any previous experience with the films of Wes Anderson (the bits and pieces I've seen over the years never interested me that much), but this sounded intriguing and was getting great reviews, so I decided to give it a shot. We've had two very strong blockbusters so far this year, but I think this is my favourite of the eleven 2012 originals I've seen. It's the sort of film that makes you smile the whole way through. The two kids, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, are both perfect, with a fine cast of much more famous adults (Bruce Willis has his best role in a good while, giving a very subdued turn; Tilda Swinton is a bit wasted, but it's basically a cameo).

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Old July 28 2012, 04:28 PM   #875
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50. 21 Jump Street: B+
51. The Dark Knight Rises: A-
52. Sicko: C
53. Capitalism A Love Story: C
54. Seven Pounds: B


While I don't agree with Michael Moore's politics I at least give him some credit, especially in Capitalism, of not fully letting the House Led Dems of '07-'08 off the hook. Bush compromised on the budgets and bills they passed. Bush gets demonized for compromising(which we are told is a good thing, until Dems are asked to compromise of course) but so many forget who (Pelosi/Reid) made the budgets he signed. Obama(and sadly us) got the economy they set up. So, it's probably a good thing Reid hasn't put up a budget in 3years really! He also didn't let Barney Frank off the hook for reassuring us that Fannie/Freddie were aokay.
While with Sicko his presentation of the narrative, especially in France is misleading. France is documented as one of the highest tax "western nations" and he presents a family who says "no taxes are reasonable". Then there's the whole Cuba trip, don't make me laugh. We can all agree the US healthcare system needs improving but the ACA, or Obamacare, is going to bankrupt us all. This isn't the right solution.


Seven Pounds, with Will Smith, was a rather depressing movie about a man who lost his fiancee in a car wreck. Thereby losing his will to live. After donating a lung to his brother to save his life decided to become a one man organ factory by donating his liver, eyes(Woody Harrelson's blind Ezra) and heart(Rosario Dawson's Emily) to needing individuals. He also gives his house away to a woman with two kids who needs to escape her abusive boyfriend.
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Old July 29 2012, 08:24 PM   #876
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92. The Dark Knight Rises

A very good film and a perfect ending to Nolan's Batman trilogy (with lots of call backs to stuff from the previous films), but the parts are better than the whole.
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Old July 30 2012, 01:59 AM   #877
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61. The Innocents ✭✭✭

An adaptation of a play based on Turn of the Screw. It relies 100% on atmosphere to deliver the story instead of jump scares and gore. The acting by the two kids in the movie is fantastic. The only major problem I had was with the character of the housekeeper. She was mostly pointless except when they needed to move the plot along. The movie is good, but I don't quite consider it as one of my favorite horror films.

62. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III ✭

It's not scary like the first, it's not entertaining like the second. It's not even laughable like the film that came after it. It's just an extremely low budget piece of crap that's wasting space on my computer now. I'm glad this thing didn't ruin Viggo Mortensen's career.
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Old July 30 2012, 10:34 AM   #878
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Picked up a couple of new to me Westerns yesterday before work, will probably watch 'em later today.

And I have a plan to see Klown tonight.

Puttin' a group together to see Spaceballs Thursday night, too, which I've seen, but not on a theater screen.
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Old July 30 2012, 04:55 PM   #879
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93. Terms of Endearment

I didn't expect much here, but it was quite enjoyable, mostly because of the good dialogue and performances.
And it's always fun to see (now) old actors when they were young/er.
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Old July 30 2012, 05:05 PM   #880
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112. Independence Day (A)

Independence Day: Sure, it's at times jingoistic and at other times rather dumb (and occasionally, both at once -- witness the President of the United States taking a fighter plane into battle in the finale!), but that doesn't stop the film from being a completely enjoyable blockbuster. It helps that it was made right before the total dominance of computer generated visual effects -- although there's some CGI, and not every shot works, the vast majority are model shots that are a welcome departure from the look of current big-budget films. It also helps that the film never loses its focus on its characters; compared to too many recent films, the emphasis on the human element here is positively refreshing.

Emmerich and Devlin, sadly, only collaborated on one more film (the mediocre period piece The Patriot) before going their separate (and unmemorable) ways. Hopefully, a sequel to this film never gets off the ground -- there's a reason the film bursts into David Arnold's patriotic anthem rather than ponder the reality of radioactive wreckage (some of it quite large) raining down over much of the earth. It's not playing the long game, something a sequel inevitably set over a decade later would be forced to do.

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Old July 30 2012, 06:34 PM   #881
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I have a special affection for Independence Day because it was the first movie I ever owned. I got on VHS for my ninth birthday in 1996, and must have watched it about 50 times.

I think it also have maintained a following compared to many of Emmerich's later films because his bag of tricks was fairly new at that point.
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Old July 30 2012, 08:17 PM   #882
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It helps that the protagonists are likeable (unlike Matthew Broderick and Maria Pitillo in Gozilla, a film I wisely forgot about until now) and that the movie never forgets to have a sense of humor about itself (unlike the crippling seriousness, for the most part, of 2012 and what I've seen of The Day After Tomorrow).

And, again, I can't stress the importance of practical effects enough versus the unimpressive and at times unbelievable CGI in Emmerich's last two disaster pics.

Of course, nostalgia also plays a factor for me, since I first saw the movie (in theatres) when I was eight. For a while there I was convinced it was the best movie ever made.
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Old July 30 2012, 09:57 PM   #883
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I liked The Day After Tomorrow, as I recall, even with all its B-movie science and cheap political caricatures.

Independence Day was my favourite movie for a year or two there, as well.
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Old July 31 2012, 08:28 AM   #884
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Ted - free admission
The Amazing Spider-Man 3D - free admission
Powder Blue - DVD
Crazy, Stupid Love - HBO
To Rome With Love - free admission
The Do Deca Pentathlon - free admission
ZAAT! - free admission
Manhattan - free admission
Extraterrestre - free admission
Magic Mike - free admission
Coraline 3D - free admission
Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D - free admission
Beasts of the Southern Wild - free admission
The Dark Knight Rises - matinee
Savages - matinee
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - DVD
Class of 1984 (1982) - free admission
Dracula II: Ascension - DVD
Dracula III: Legacy - DVD
The Watch - free admission
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - DVD
Klovn: The Movie - free admission

Spent most of the day watchin' the Brad Pitt/Casey Affleck western today. Almost three hours long, and its all there, too. Even after Jesse James dies, it goes on for another half hour, tellin' what happened to the body & the story up to the murder of Robert Ford.

Went over to Alamo Slaughter last night for the one show of "Klown", the foreign comedy based on the Dutch series of the same name. As far as I can tell, from the limited viewin' of a few "best of" episodes a couple of weeks ago, the main cast of the series makes the transition to the movie.

The movie has male & female nudity, a few disturbin' situations, all kinds of insanity. And it was pretty funny, in a very disturbin' way.
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Old August 1 2012, 10:47 PM   #885
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113. Batman Begins (A-)
114. The Dark Knight Rises (B+)
115. Winnie the Pooh (A)


Batman Begins: I imagine this will remain the definitive cinematic origin story of Batman for several years. Really, the only flaws are a forgettable performance by Katie Holmes (though not the crippling performance I had remembered) and the silly comic book science of the finale, which undermines the film's attempt at semi-realism. I'm not crazy about the Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard score, but it's passable, and it's not as if Danny Elfman's talents would have been at all right of the film tonally.

The Dark Knight Rises: The last forty minutes really make it hard not to laugh in the face of the New York City battle that closes The Avengers. This is a solid conclusion to the series, and it ranks among the short list of satisfying second sequels. Thematically, it didn't seem to have the same through-line of either of its predecessors (Batman Begins dealt with fear; The Dark Knight dealt with the conflict of chaos and order), but the film still worked pretty well. Bane was an effective villain, though not as memorable as the Joker. For the third time in the series, the last act revolves around a piece of silly sf hardware, but that has become par for the course. Selena Kyle's pursuit of the identity wiping McGuffin was a bit expository, but ultimately a minor part of the movie. The two parts of the plot that were the hardest to swallow come back to back: Bane gets away with obvious fraud against Bruce (should this be that hard to prove?) and then Matthew Modine's character abandons his chase of someone who has just murdered several people and diverts the entirety of his force after Batman instead. Really?

Winnie the Pooh: This hand-animated Disney film from 2011 is probably the studio's best non-Pixar effort in over a decade. The interaction between the animals and the narrator of the children's book (and the children's book itself) is downright inventive.

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Home Video: 65 +1
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