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Old October 4 2012, 07:10 AM   #1066
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission
Looper - free admission

Got together with some friends tonight for Looper.

'twas awesome!

And Jeff Daniels had the best line in the whole thing!

Tried to see House at the End of the Street, too, but my friend & I were denied free tickets because no one else had paid to see the last show of the night.
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Old October 4 2012, 09:19 PM   #1067
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119. Little Big Man

This could have been much better, but the films changes tone from scene to scene - in one moment being a (not very funny) comedy, the next a drama - and for me the transitions didn't work that well.
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Old October 4 2012, 10:09 PM   #1068
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission
Looper - free admission
Won't Back Down - free admission

Went to see Won't Back Down this afternoon...it was about as bad as I expected it to be.

While based on actual events, it was very clear the story had "good guys" and "bad guys" with no real shade of gray between 'em, and even though it was hammered on over & over again about how plans like their's fail, there was no coda at the end to say if they succeeded or not, or even how long ago the story takes place, though it would be recent, since the music teacher was puttin' a Walk the Line movie poster up in his classroom.
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Old October 6 2012, 12:58 AM   #1069
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152. Troll 2 (F)
153. The Right Stuff (A-)


Troll 2: Can a movie exist that is the worst ever made? Probably not, but this one is, by all standards, horrible. (Also, hilarious). The popcorn scene might be one of my favorite moments in (bad) cinema.

The Right Stuff: I think this falls short of being a masterpiece for two reasons. One, Bill Conti's score feels a bit dated, especially when it goes heavily into synthesizers. Two, I don't care for the way the movie stretches a few of the facts (particularly what happens to Gus Grissom). There's obviously dramatic license being taken, but the drama that's extracted from the sequence seems unnecessary to the whole. Other than that, though, it's a damned good movie about the transition from test pilots to the early space program. It's also a three hour and twelve minute movie that hardly feels like it's two hours long. I only intended to watch half of it, but it was impossible to turn it off at that point.

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Home Video: 94+2
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Old October 7 2012, 12:29 AM   #1070
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109. The Master (B+)

Paul Thomas Anderson's much-anticipated return to cinema features strong lead performances and an intelligent story, but it's hindered by a lack of especially memorable characters (beyond the thematic elements they embody). This is by design, to a great extent, but I think it limits the film somewhat.

Cinema: 28 (+1)
Home Video: 69
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Old October 7 2012, 06:30 AM   #1071
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26) Premium Rush (2012) - B-
27) The Bourne Legacy (2012) - C
28) Haywire (2012) - B
29) LA Confidential - A (1997)
30) Boogie Nights - A- (1997)

Thanks to a podcast, which did an episode about PT Anderson, that I listen to, and the release of "The Master" (Which I would like to see one of these days), I felt it was time to watch another 1997 classic to most people, Boogie Nights. This was a great movie, but I'm not sure if it was better than the other PT Anderson film I've seen, There Will Be Blood. Even though I find that one overrated too, I still liked it because Daniel Day-Lewis just commanded the screen and that movie was excellent because of the actor, not inspite of the actor. Boogie Nights has an impressive cast, but they all seemed to just blend into the film rather than stand out. Still, I'm not sure this movie was about the cast (Even as star studded as this one) but more about the rise and fall of the porn industry from the last 70s to the 80s and then rising again at the end.

This movie, maybe because of it's length, felt like 2 movies in one. The first half was Dirk Diggler becoming a star, and that fun Saturday Night Fever attitude with all the disco music and showing life as this simple and fun thing. I think the reason it get's an A- from me instead of the full fledged A is because I didn't think the movie got really excellent until the screen flipped to the 80s and the film took a much serious tone. It really was an interesting juxtaposition and something that had a much greater emotional impact than it should have had. We like these characters (And I applaud this film for being about the Porn industry but not over-sensationalizing it) and we see the 3-dimensionality of these character turn in the 80s from just star pornstars to people who really fell on some dark dark times.


Theater: 11
BluRay: 9
On Demand/TV: 4 (+1)
Itunes: 6

I do have a question regarding Mark Wahlberg though. It seemed when Planet of the Apes came out, people where making fun of him for his "Marky Mark" moniker and I thought it was because people didn't like him for his acting. I know he started out as a musician and that I think is where the Moniker comes from and I know bringing up the remake of Planet of the Apes isn't a strong argument, but my question is this. Do people overall hate Wahlberg as an actor? It seems like everything I've seen him in (except for POTA) has been a good movie, and this one, The Fighter and The Departed are great movies. I think he's a great actor.
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Old October 7 2012, 07:05 AM   #1072
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission
Looper - free admission
Won't Back Down - free admission
Taken 2 - free admission
Pitch Perfect - free admission
Frankenweenie 3D - free admission
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - free admission

Well, I went to see four movies today, two at one Drafthouse, two at another, just 'cause I could...and also 'cause my other two days off this week are fillin' up fast with other stuff to do.

First up, Taken 2...which was disappointin'. Seemed to me that it was just too bloodless, no consequences to the violence. And, really, who can lob grenades around a major Middle Eastern city and then storm the American embassy in a possibly bulletproof taxi cab? Such an obvious cash grab of a sequel.

Pitch Perfect was next, and it was lamely predictable, except for the Asian girl in the a cappela group. She said the most random shit it was hysterical. And I liked how two characters, glorified background extras with almost no lines & no development at all, got a pretty good joke about how they were just glorified background extras.

Frankenweenie 3D was next...it was quite a bit shorter than I expected, and there was some good humor to it, too, especially the science teacher's speech to the PTA.

And, finally, the best of the four movies I watched today, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a high school teen angst drama set in the mid 1980s & starrin' Emma Watson from the Harry Potter franchise. I thought the movie was pretty awesome, but that may just be in comparison to the other stuff I sat through today.

Think I'll be takin' tomorrow off from movie watchin', since I'm helpin' some friends move in the mornin' & have to work in the evenin'.

But there is an employee screenin' of Drafthouse Films' next release, Miami Connection, Monday night!
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Old October 7 2012, 07:10 AM   #1073
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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: Doom (7)
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)
Looper (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: 80
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Old October 7 2012, 04:56 PM   #1074
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278. Whiteout (✩½) - DVD - Kate Beckinsale has to solve a murder at an outpost in Antarctica. I thought this would be a great thriller, but it was pretty boring.

279. The Game (✩✩✩) - DVD - Michael Douglas plays a wealthy investment banker who gets a voucher as a gift from his brother. The voucher, when redeemed, puts him into a deadly game where his life is placed in jeopardy and his finaces are up for grabs. At the beginning of the movie, he talks with other wealthy people who played the game and talked fondly about how it changed their lives, so it made me wonder where this would go and in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. Still, I'm not giving this a high score because events in the movie don't follow any kind of rhyme or reason.

280. Law Abiding Citizen (✩✩✩) - DVD - A man is attacked in his own home and his wife and daughter are killed. The perpetrators get light sentences, so our man takes it upon himself to exact justice by going after the criminals as well as the legal team that didn't do enough. Stars Gerard Butler and Jaime Foxx. The movie seems pretty clever at first because our guy cleverly takes down the perps while using loopholes in the law to get away with his obvious crimes. Unfortunately, things start to fall apart and the intended message about flaws in the legal system gets lost. Still, it's a pretty engaging thriller.

281. Taken 2 (✩✩✩) - Theatre - It looks like Maggie Grace and Famke Janseen have more to do this time around. Some of the action was a bit over the top for the sake of excitement and a few things were contrived to keep the plot going, but it was an enjoyable action movie none the less. I read that there are no plans for a third installment, but it did look like they set things up for one.

282. The Fourth Kind (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Milla Jovovich plays a psychologist in Alaska who's patients are reporting strange visitations while in their sleep. This isn't a "found footage movie", it's a re-enactment of recordings of a real event. Real as in fictitious. It plays like it's part movie/part documentary and seemed to have only a tenuous connection to alien abductions. It wasn't scary, but it was quite watchable.

283. All About Steve (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Sandra Bullock plays an eccentric woman who falls for a cameraman named Steve and follows him around as he does his job as part of a news crew. Also stars Bradley Cooper. This was a terrible movie, but it got considerabley better in the third act once the movie changed direction and became all about something else. Also, the woman from Speed who tried to jump off the bus and got blown up plays her mother in this one.

Theatre: 18
DVD/Blu-Ray: 104
Live TV: 112
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 40
Internet: 4
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Old October 9 2012, 07:40 PM   #1075
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission
Looper - free admission
Won't Back Down - free admission
Taken 2 - free admission
Pitch Perfect - free admission
Frankenweenie 3D - free admission
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - free admission
Miami Connection (1987) - employee screenin'

Went to Drafthouse S Lamar last night for the employee-only screenin' of the next movie from Drafthouse Films, Miami Connection. It got an introduction from Tim League himself, explainin' that after a copy of it was bought for $50 off of eBay, he spent six months tryin' to acquire the distribution rights. It took that long 'cause Y.K. Kim, the movie's star, writer, producer & director, thought Tim was a crankcaller.

The movie itself is B-grade stupid, and I kept imaginin' how much fun the guys with Master Pancake would have with it, or maybe even a special Hecklevision showin'....

When the DVD/blu ray comes out, it will include deleted scenes from the work print Y.K. Kim still had, too.

Started to watch Salt, the Angelina Jolie spy movie, last night, but fell asleep durin' it. May try again tonight.

And there's a plan to get together with my friend Maeby to see House at the End of the Street tomorrow night.
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Old October 10 2012, 07:17 PM   #1076
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75. The Day the Earth Stood Still(2008): B
76. Looper: A-
77. Smart People: C-
78. Atlas Shrugged-Part One: B
79. Dredd: A-


Both films involve a take on a dystopian world, both were good in their own hyper-stylized take on various themes.

I've never read Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. I picked it up, tried but the sheer scope and page count would end up deterring me eventually. I also felt the narrative in the book drug on tediously the times I've tried.

I'm going to place my write up in Spoiler Code even though it's over a year(plus it'll save some space in the thread) old but Part II opens this weekend which is part of what prompted me to view this.


I have a more thorough review in the Dredd thread here. Suffice to say I'm of the opinion this film was not given a fair shake by the moviegoing public. If you like gritty, action, shoot 'em up films you should see this film. The surprising bit of heart the film has is a bonus.
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Old October 10 2012, 10:46 PM   #1077
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120. Gods and Monsters

Wonderful film about James Whales, perfectly played by Ian McKellen. Although it's about the time before his death, there is some nice humour in it.
Ironically, the only films they show him working on are the Frankenstein films, everything else only gets a mention, which is something Whale himself complains about.
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154. Shadows and Fog (B-)
155. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (C+)
156. The Front Page (B-)


Shadows and Fog: This is a beautifully photographed, but inconsistent tribute to German expression (with, I think, a healthy dose of Bergman thrown in) from writer/director Woody Allen. Allen's script grapples with a lot of ideas and characters, but is never able to fully develop any of them. The movie has a great cast, of course, but it's inessential as far as Allen's films go.

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures: Frequently, it's hard to sympathize with the filmmaker/protagonist, who is such a sad sack that it's hard to believe he's not putting on (a little bit of) an act in this very personal documentary. Nevertheless, it's an engaging film that is as often disturbing as it is funny. Apparently, it's being made into a fiction film, although I can't imagine that working without watering down much of the content (there's a BDSM dungeon that is one of the film's most shocking yet memorable scenes -- and there's no way that's getting into a mainstream feature without being diluted in a major way).

The Front Page: A competent, if sometimes stage-bound adaptation of the play of the same name (also made, with more changes, as the earlier film His Girl Friday). Jack Lemmon is slightly too old for his part, but it's a small price to pay for having him paired up with Walter Matthau. Well shot, I suppose, although you'd never guess that this was from the DP who photographed Blade Runner and Altered States.

Theatres: 50
Home Video: 96+2
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Amusingly enough, since you just watched Allen's Murnau tribute film:


110. Nosferatu (N/A)

Kingston's indie cinema is running a "birth of horror" feature on the three Wednesdays leading up to Halloween, beginning with Nosferatu (accompanied, in an attempt to mimic the 20s theatregoing experience, by the Felix the Cat cartoon Felix in Hollywood and Buster Keaton's The Haunted House; the former leans pretty heavily on pop culture references that don't mean anything today, the latter is a lot of fun).

I didn't give this a rating, because it's hard to evaluate. From a 2012 perspective, it's certainly not scary for an instant, and the acting (particularly from the guy playing the ersatz Jonathan Harker) is laughably over the top. But it's an undeniably enormous part of film history, and quite an achievement for its day. Definitely worth seeing. I do like how Murnau really makes "Ellen" the hero of the story.

Cinema: 29 (+1)
Home Video: 69
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Hatari! - DVD
Bachelorette - free admission
Hotel Transylvania 3D - free admission
Looper - free admission
Won't Back Down - free admission
Taken 2 - free admission
Pitch Perfect - free admission
Frankenweenie 3D - free admission
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - free admission
Miami Connection (1987) - employee screenin'
Salt - DVD
The House at the End of the Street - theater

Took two tries, but I got through the theatrical cut of Salt this mornin'. Not too bad a movie...I mainly wanted to watch it for some Tomb Raider vs the Operative & Sabretooth action, and in that regard, it wasn't too disappointin'.

Started to watch the extended director's cut, and did notice a couple of differences in the first twenty-ish minutes, but switched it off before finishin'.

Got together with my friend Maeby to see The House at the End of the Street. Had to pay $20 for our tickets, too. Payin' for movies sucks! She bought the snacks though, so it evened out. But I am so gonna pick the next movie, 'cause this one sucked, despite ample Jennifer Lawrence cleavage.
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