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Old September 26 2012, 09:31 PM   #1051
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144. 12 Monkeys (B+)
145. North by Northwest (A)
146. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (B+)
147. Bottle Rocket (B)


12 Monkeys remains a solid time travel movie, with a good cast all around (Christopher Plummer, Frank Gorshin, and David Morse are all in small, but essential roles). Not too long ago, I argued that this wasn't really Terry Gilliam's film, and he does spend much of the special features stating that he was a gun-for-hire. Nevertheless, I think there are more than a few sequences which show off his visual style both in terms of production design and photographic choices (the early mental institution scenes are reminiscent of Brazil, for example). I don't think this is a superior version of Chris Marker's original short, but it shouldn't be dismissed as something lesser than the original.

North by Northwest remains a joy and, for my money, is probably Alfred Hitchcock's best movie (although there are other candidates for that spot such as Psycho and Rear Window which are also superb; I wouldn't rank Vertigo as his very best, but it's also excellent). Cary Grant is perfectly cast in his last role for the director (thankfully James Stewart, who lobbied for the role, wasn't chosen). The music score is perfect. The dialogue is as sharp as ever, and for a movie of this period, pretty explicit. I've seen it so many times that I know every plot point and twist, but it was refreshing to see it with an audience who wasn't so familiar with the material.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a film I've never loved (Capra was always a bit of a sentimental filmmaker for my tastes, although this film does sneak in a surprising amount of cynicism here), but always admired (and, oddly, only seen on the big screen; this is the third time I've seen it projected). Stewart and Arthur are quite good, and the supporting cast (especially Claude Rains) is perfect for the material. Some of the rear projection makes the movie feel a little cheap, but I suppose most of the budget went to elaborate reproductions of the senate and the surrounding area -- and, boy, do those sets look terrific. The way the script keeps avoiding naming Jeff Smith's state is a little awkward, though. I understand the reasoning -- he could be from any state, at least any state "out west" -- but it gets a little silly the more ways they find to avoid saying it.

Bottle Rocket might be Wes Anderson's best film that I've seen so far (which is everything, I believe, except for his most recent movie). It displays a lot of his usual themes and ideas (young, privileged white men who are a bit naive or crazy) as well as most of his signature visual style, but never to the excess of his later work. Luke Wilson is quite good in the lead, which only makes his current career as cell phone spokesman all the more disappointing (yes, he's still making films, but not of the same profile as those of his brother Owen Wilson, who is also good here). Poor Andrew Wilson didn't make it for whatever reason, but he's fine in a small role here. The story is a bit thin, but this is mostly about the characters, who sustain the film's disciplined 91 minutes.

Theatres: 48+2
Home Video: 90+1
Computer: 9
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Old September 27 2012, 08:00 AM   #1052
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The Ambassador - free admission
Lawless - free admission
Punisher: War Zone - DVD
Trouble with the Curve - free screenin'
Deja Vu - DVD
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D - free admission
Compliance - free admission
Red Hook Summer - free admission
The Words - free admission
Bright Lights, Big City - DVD
For a Good Time, Call - free admission
The Cold Light of Day - matinee
Ms. 45 - free admission
Resident Evil: Retribution 3D - free admission
Finding Nemo 3D - free admission
The Bad News Bears (1976) - DVD
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D - free admission
Arbitrage - free admission
Hostage - DVD
The Bodyguard - DVD
Hausu - free admission
The Guy from Harlem - free admission
Dredd 3D - free admission
The Master - free admission
The Possession - matinee
Knuckleball! - free admission
Samsara - free admission
Liberal Arts - free screenin'
Voodoo Black Exorcist - free admission

Two more free movies tonight...

One was a free screenin' at the Violet Crown. The movie was fine, for what it was, but I went mainly to check out the theater, which I won't be goin' back to ever again. The place was just too snooty.

And since it was in downtown, I went over to the Ritz for Weird Wednesday. And this week's movie was almost as bad as The Guy from Harlem. Not sure why I keep goin' to Weird Wednesday...if I had to pay for a ticket, I wouldn't sit there & subject myself to the stuff they show, but I will go for free.

There's supposed to be an employee screenin' of Looper tomorrow, but I'll probably be on the clock when it starts. And I know I'll be workin' when the midnight premiere is happenin'....
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Old September 28 2012, 03:12 PM   #1053
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72. Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers: B
73. Halloween H2O: A
74. Halloween Resurrection: C+
75. The Day the Earth Stood Still(2008): B
76. Looper: A-

This is a really enjoyable film. It's got a few nice action set pieces in it but it's the story that sells this film. I've given my write up in the Grading/Review thread in the SF/F forum.
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Old September 28 2012, 06:53 PM   #1054
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148. From Dusk Till Dawn (C-)

From Dusk Till Dawn impressed me when I was sixteen; now, not so much. The abrupt shift which comes a little after the one hour mark from one genre to another (criminals on the run to vampires) struck me as brilliantly upending genre expectations ten years ago; now, it seems more like a ploy to provide a movie without any direction somewhere to go, as well as a desperate move to humanize George Clooney's character (he's still a bastard, despite any and all the one-liners Tarantino's script puts in his mouth). Worse, the vampires don't increase the tension much at all. Killing them feels rote, like grinding out a bunch of kills in a video game, rather than anything that should be taken seriously. The end might be the ultimate insult: after her entire family has been killed, she tries to run off with Clooney, despite the fact that he's the one who got her family killed! Methinks its time to trade this one in to Amazon for pennies.

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Old September 29 2012, 08:17 PM   #1055
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117. The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1

Although it's only part one, the film works quite well on its own. It was very well down (enjoyed the music especially), although - mostly because of the storyline - I didn't think it was that great.
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Old September 30 2012, 07:42 PM   #1056
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108. Looper (A+)

Reviewed in somewhat more detail in the thread, but in brief, up there with Moonrise Kingdom as the strongest cinematic offering of the year so far (both of which, oddly enough, feature Bruce Willis).

Cinema: 27 (+1)
Home Video: 69
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Old September 30 2012, 07:54 PM   #1057
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The Ambassador - free admission
Lawless - free admission
Punisher: War Zone - DVD
Trouble with the Curve - free screenin'
Deja Vu - DVD
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D - free admission
Compliance - free admission
Red Hook Summer - free admission
The Words - free admission
Bright Lights, Big City - DVD
For a Good Time, Call - free admission
The Cold Light of Day - matinee
Ms. 45 - free admission
Resident Evil: Retribution 3D - free admission
Finding Nemo 3D - free admission
The Bad News Bears (1976) - DVD
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D - free admission
Arbitrage - free admission
Hostage - DVD
The Bodyguard - DVD
Hausu - free admission
The Guy from Harlem - free admission
Dredd 3D - free admission
The Master - free admission
The Possession - matinee
Knuckleball! - free admission
Samsara - free admission
Liberal Arts - free screenin'
Voodoo Black Exorcist - free admission
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One - DVD

Pickd up the latest from DC Animation the other night. Read the comic its based on last year when I was in Louisiana, and I was okay with the animated adaption.

Kevin Conroy will always be the voice of animated Batman, and he's even done "Old Bruce" in Batman Beyond, but Peter Weller did a pretty good job in the role.

Lookin' forward to Part Two, especially for Michael Emerson's Joker!

Got a plan to see Dredd 3D again today with a buddy of mine.

And I'll be seein' Arbitrage again with another friend tomorrow.

And there's a get together on Wednesday to see Looper...

Maybe I should bust out some DVDs or something to keep my movie watchin' goin'...
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Old September 30 2012, 09:04 PM   #1058
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I was going to get the DCAU's TDKR till I found it's only a part one.
Going to wait till both are out to view the whole thing.
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Old October 1 2012, 06:20 AM   #1059
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273. Easy Virtue (✩✩✩) - DVD - A worldly and rebellious young woman (by 1920s standards) marries a young man and when he takes her back to meet his parents, his mother takes a strong disliking to her. Stars Jessica Biel. This one is based on a play that was previously made into a silent movie in 1928 by Alfred Hitchcock. It wasn't the best, but I enjoyed seeing Biel in a period piece. I also liked that the movie included modern songs sung with a faux 1920s jazz style. One of the songs is called Sexbomb and another is a rendition of the Billy Ocean hit "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going", sung by the movie's stars Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes along with the Easy Virtue Orchestra.

Here it is...



274. The Bounty Hunter (✩✩½) - DVD - A bounty hunter is hired to find and bring in his ex wife who skipped out on a court appearance. Stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. A poor romantic comedy, I thought.

275. Say Anything... (✩✩✩) - Live TV - I decided to check this out because of the iconic image of John Cusack holding that boom box over his head. I wanted to see what all the hype was about.



In the end though, I found this to be an average film that gets a little better toward the end. Not as good as John Hughes' coming of age movies of the same era.

276. Looper (✩✩✩½) - Theatre - Good scifi film that had more story and twists than I was expecting. More discussion here.

277. Salt (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Saw this Angelina Jolie spy thriller the other night. It's your typical star vehicle, but the story does have a lot of great twists and developments despite a predictable ending. Plus, Jolie does action pretty well. A sequel was planned. Don't know if it'll happen, but I wouldn't mind seeing where things go from where they left off.

Theatre: 17
DVD/Blu-Ray: 101
Live TV: 110
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 40
Internet: 4
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Old October 1 2012, 06:21 AM   #1060
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September Rundown (36 Movies)

5 Stars
New York, I Love You - Live TV
Take This Waltz - On Demand

4½ Stars
Capitalism: A Love Story - Live TV
The Cabin in the Woods - On Demand

4 Stars
Extract - Live TV

3½ Stars
Answers to Nothing - On Demand
Deception - On Demand
Dredd - Theatre
Fail Safe - DVD
Fail-Safe - Live TV
Looper - Theatre
Resident Evil: Afterlife - Live TV
Robin Hood - Live TV
The Five-Year Engagement - On Demand
The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard. - DVD
The Notorious Bettie Page - Live TV
The Other Guys - Live TV
Thunderbirds Are Go - Live TV
Unknown - DVD

3 Stars
Easy Virtue - DVD
Extraordinary Measures - Live TV
Grown Ups - Live TV
Katy Perry: Part of Me - On Demand
Management - DVD
Niagara - Live TV
Salt - Live TV
Say Anything... - Live TV
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li - DVD
The A-Team - DVD
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations - DVD
Thunderbird 6 - Live TV

2½ Stars
Resident Evil: Retribution - Theatre
talhotblond: - Live TV
The Bounty Hunter - DVD
The Pregnancy Project - Live TV

2 Stars
None

1½ Stars
Too Big to Fail - Live TV

1 Star
None

½ Star
None

0 Stars
None
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Old October 1 2012, 08:17 PM   #1061
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118. The Grey

Not quite what I expected, but I liked it a lot. The wolves were basically just monsters (even the director admitted that they behaved unusually), but they were great monsters - even when only their howling was heard.
And it has a perfect ending. A few minutes before it happened, I thought "wouldn't it be great if..." and then it actually happened. Simply perfect.
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Old October 1 2012, 10:59 PM   #1062
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Updates in Bold:
2 Fast 2 Furious (8)
47 Ronin (7)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (8)
The Amazing Spider-man (7)
The Avengers (10)
Bad Boys (8)
Battle of Los Angles (9)
Battleship (9)
Blade of the Phantom Master (8)
The Bourne Legacy (9)
The Dark Knight Rises (10)
Daybreakers (5)
Die Hard (9)
Die Hard II (8)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (8)
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (7)
The Expendables 2 (8)
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)
Garasu no Usagi (Glass Rabbit) (7)
Gattaca (8)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengence (6)
Golgo 13: The Professional (6)
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (6)
Green Hornet (6)
.hack//The Movie: Beyond The World (7)
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)
Justice League: Starcrossed (8)
King of Thorn (9)
K-ON!: The Movie (8)
L.A. Confidential (9)
Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (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)
Space Battleship Yamato (2010) (8)
Starship Troopers: Invasion (6)
Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (8)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (5)
Total Recall (2012) (8)
Towanoquon Movie 1 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 2 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 3 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 4 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 5 (9)
Towanoquon Movie 6 (9)
Toward the Tera (1980) (6)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)

Total Thus Far: 78
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission

First new movie of the month, and its John Wayne in Hatari!. Found it in the five dollar bin at Wal-Mart this mornin'...

My dad was a big fan of the Duke, but usually just in Westersn, so I haven't seen this one.

Just over an hour into it right now...and John Wayne does what he did back in the day, and it is a bit odd to see him in a semi-modern settin', ridin' in trucks & jeeps instead of on horses or wagons.

May go see a couple of movies before my shift tomorrow...

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Went to Drafthouse S Lamar for Bachelorette today...and I blame Bridesmaids for this movie. A disparate group of women that make ya wonder why they are friends gather together for a weddin', they use foul language, and one of 'em is overweight.

...ugh...

At Drafthouse Slaughter now, waitin' for Hotel Transylvania 3D. It'll let out before my shift starts this evenin'.
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73. Halloween H2O: A
74. Halloween Resurrection: C+
75. The Day the Earth Stood Still(2008): B
76. Looper: A-
77. Smart People: C-

This 2008 indie film with Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Hayden Church and Ellen Page seems to have a cast that would deliver a good movie. Given any other script and director they likely would have. I give it the low C grade cause I did find their performances good. With exception to THC who's playing the low brow brother and not a "smart person" the rest of the cast are displayed as being socially awkward and outcast due to their own intelligence. Some of the may be their own self perception, some cast onto them by others but the film takes us down a path where they seemingly choose to not be so socially inept. I could probably elaborate more on each character but most of it's a variation on that theme. Has anyone else seen this? Had a different take on it.
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Old October 3 2012, 07:47 PM   #1065
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149. Some Like It Hot (A)
150. The Joneses (C+)
151. The House I Live In (B+)


Some Like It Hot: Even funnier with an audience, I can only think of a single thing I don't like about this movie (George Raft, one of my least favorite actors ever), but even he can't bring this down. Marilyn Monroe may have been dumber than a box of rocks, but she's impossible to take your eyes off of on screen. Lemmon and Curtis are awfully good, too.

The Joneses: Nearly every review I read suggested this film took an interesting premise (a family moves into town, but it turns out they're just employees of a "stealth marketing" company getting the community to buy stuff) and then wasted it in the second half. I didn't really see that. Rather, this struck me as an aggressively middlebrow, meat and potatoes kind of movie through and through. The climax was melodramatic, surely, but nearly every other scene was, too. Duchovny and Moore made the most of the material, as did the supporting cast, including a nice turn from Gary Cole. A worthwhile rental.

The House I Live In: Eugene Jarecki's latest documentary, which tackles the war on drugs, doesn't contain a lot of information that will be new to people who have payed close attention to these policy issues, but what it does do is distill the important information into two hour form extremely well. It doesn't break much stylistic ground, but it's a well-made, compelling documentary with a large scope. The Holocaust-in-slow-motion argument that it ultimately makes might be offensive to some people, but to anyone who actually listens to the it, it shouldn't be.

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