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Old August 2 2012, 05:12 PM   #886
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51. The Dark Knight Rises: A-
52. Sicko: C
53. Capitalism A Love Story: C
54. Seven Pounds: B
55. Hot Fuzz: B

I moved this one up the Netflix queue after Ant-Man got the greenlight. I enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and was not impressed with Scott Pilgrim so I felt it time to see Hot Fuzz. Tip the scales one way or the other on him.

Scales are tipped in a favorable way as I did enjoy this film. Simon Pegg is also fun to watch in the role. Some of the transition edits are a bit much for me but overall I found this to be a well written film. Timothy Dalton as one of the leading contingent of bad guys and glorified cameo's by the London chief played by Bill Nighy were icing on the cake in the casting department.
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Old August 2 2012, 06:10 PM   #887
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The Watcher - DVD

Couldn't sleep last night, so I wound up watchin' The Watcher instead.

A cat & mouse serial killer thriller set in Chicago with James Spader & Keanu Reeves...it only cost four bucks at Wal-Mart & has James Spader, so it isn't all bad.

And there isn't a dumb ass twist like the killer is all in the investigator's head or anything, which is nice...I kinda thought for a bit that it could happen.

The movie came out in 2000 and the DVD is so old, it lists "production notes" and the trailer as special features.

Anyway, first new to me movie of August! And the 205th movie of the year!
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Old August 3 2012, 12:35 AM   #888
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89. The Aviator (A-)

Watched this a day or two ago, but forgot to review it until now. I believe this was my first Scorsese film, back in 2004. It holds up pretty well, albeit with some flaws. In particular, it suffers from the disappearance of Cate Blanchett at the halfway point; to the extent that anyone really takes Hepburn's place, it's Kate Beckinsale's Ava Gardner, who simply doesn't measure up (not a slight to Beckinsale; there's not much on the page to begin with). The antagonists also flit in and out (Alan Alda's nomination for supporting actor is a bit hard to fathom; not that he's bad, but there's not much to the role). But DiCaprio's lead performance is superb, and Blanchett fully deserved her win.

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Old August 3 2012, 08:57 AM   #889
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Got together with a couple of friends last night to see Spaceballs. I've seen it before, but never on a theater screen.
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Old August 3 2012, 06:50 PM   #890
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52. Sicko: C
53. Capitalism A Love Story: C
54. Seven Pounds: B
55. Hot Fuzz: B
56. Total Recall (2012): A-

A very well done film that is much better than it's RT score is going to indicate cause it's being sandbagged due to critics not getting an early screening. A well made summer action film with nice set pieces and action scenes.
Kate Beckinsale is the stand out character in this easily. Watching her play a straight up bad ass villain was lots of fun.
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Old August 4 2012, 01:12 AM   #891
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Saw Moonrise Kingdom a second time, this time with mom. Always on the lookout for films I think she'll like.
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Old August 4 2012, 04:43 AM   #892
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I used to do the same thing for my dad.
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Old August 4 2012, 08:14 AM   #893
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The Watcher - DVD
Silver Bullet - free admission

Went into downtown tonight to see Stephen King's Silver Bullet on the big screen at the Drafthouse Ritz.

Considerin' its a mid-'80s film, it wasn't too bad in the effects/make up department. And quite a few familiar faces throughout the cast, only younger than ya might remember 'em.

Kind of bummed that the identity of the werewolf was so obviously telegraphed, first in a mob scene & then later through a dream sequence.

Still, worth seein' at least once.

Got a plan to see TDKR again tomorrow with a friend of mine, hope she doesn't cancel on me again. If she does, she's on her own to see it.
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116. Sleeper (B)

Sleeper: Woody Allen's sf comedy demonstrates the co-writer/director/actor's strengths and weaknesses rather well. His attempts at slapstick in the film are hit or miss; some moments are great (the robot repair shop sequence; the constantly failing police rocket launcher), but others fall flat (especially when he's imitating Benny Hill). His dialogue (co-written by Marshall Brickman, who wrote with Allen several times) however, is excellent, and consistently hilarious ("What's it like to be dead for 200 hundred years?"/"It's like spending a weekend in Beverly Hills.").

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Old August 4 2012, 01:12 PM   #895
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Have you had a chance to see Moonrise Kingdom yet, Harvey?
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Not yet. I'll probably wait until home video; money is fairly tight right now (I only went to The Dark Knight Rises because I had vouchers for it).
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Old August 4 2012, 09:18 PM   #897
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94. The Wild One

I guess this film had more of an impact during the time it was released, but for me it was just a good film (with a very good performance by Brando).


95. The Losers

This had all the right ingredients for a fun action film, but it seemed to lack... I don't know what really. It wasn't long anyway, but maybe it should have been even faster paced (with a few less slow motion shots, for instance).
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Old August 5 2012, 01:11 AM   #898
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90. Safety Not Guaranteed (B+)

Highly enjoyable indie comedy. One can guess the basic outline of the story pretty much immediately (which is usually true with films, especially with comedies, admittedly), but it feels fresh and different from what you'd normally see. The leads are Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza and actor/writer/director (though the latter two not for this movie) Mark Duplass, with New Girl's Jake Johnson in a supporting role. Plaza's lead is more than a bit like a more realistic April. Affecting in places, and never less than pleasant; rather like Parks and Rec, actually.

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The Watcher - DVD
Silver Bullet - free admission
Logan's Run (1976) - DVD

Found the '70s scifi film for cheap at Wal-Mart the other day, and since I had just been thinkin' of it for some reason or another, I picked it up.

Never seen it before, had no idea it was filmed in D/FW 'til I saw the water garden. My mother took me there when I was a kid...

Not a bad movie, either. Glad I watched it, and I'm curious about how the remake will work compared to this one.
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53. Capitalism A Love Story: C
54. Seven Pounds: B
55. Hot Fuzz: B
56. Total Recall (2012): A-
57. Total Recall (1990): B+

Still fun but I bit more cheesy than I recall, been over 10yrs since I saw it. Arnold still delivers a great one-liner but the plot about restoring the Martian atmosphere kinda drags out a bit. You can really tell the f/x which were high tech for the time are easy to spot on BluRay with a big screen. Still, like I said, fun movie all the same.
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