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Old October 23 2012, 09:47 PM   #1111
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164. I Love You, Man (B+)

I Love You, Man: This is one of my favorite comedies of the past ten years; I've seen it four times now and it has never become stale. At times, the actors are obviously riffing rather than working from a carefully-structured screenplay, but they pull it off more often than not.

I've also recently seen The Thin Red Line and Hollywoodland, neither of which I've been able to make my mind up about yet. Money is still tight, so I probably won't see anything else new in the theater this year outside of Skyfall (I've seen every Bond film in the theatre since Tomorrow Never Dies; it's a tradition at this point).

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Old October 23 2012, 11:08 PM   #1112
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Not even The Hobbit? Dude, that's gotta suck...
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Old October 23 2012, 11:36 PM   #1113
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114. Tomorrow Never Dies (B)
They should have called it "Tomorrow Never Lies".


291. Surrogates (✩✩✩✩) - Live TV - The world has become a place where everyone stays at home, hooked up to a device that allows them to live and interact through artificial bodies called surrogates. The advantage of this is that you can look any way you want and even live without concern for injury since artifical bodies can be replaced. Everything seems to be going fine until two surrogates are destroyed, killing their owners in the process, something that shouldn't happen. This prompts two cops to investigate. Stars Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell and Ving Rhames. This is a solid piece of scifi as much as it is an action thriller and the movie's commentary on wanting to be young and look perfect is delivered well. The only hicup is Willis' character's sudden change of heart after 14 years of happily using a surrogate himself. It's also fun to watch the characters and wonder what their real selves look like.

292. Cabin Fever (✩) - Live TV - A bunch of teens rent out a cabin for the week and a flesh-eating disease stars consuming them. Pure crap and no notable stars. I managed to sit through it though, so that gets it a star.

293. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (✩✩) - Live TV - As bad as the first one, but it had some racy bits that I liked, so that gets it an extra star.

294. The Groomsmen (✩✩✩½) - DVD - Another one of Edward Burns' slice-of-life movies about relationships. This one deals with five buddies and their lives. The fact that one of them is about to get married is peripheral to the real story but provides a title. It's a good movie that starts slow, but gets and hold your attention before long. You also get to see Brittany Murphy three years before she passed away. Another thing I found interesting about the movie was the setting. It took place in what looked like a new England coastal community, but then I found out that it was shot in and took place in New York City. City island in the northern part of The Bronx to be exact. I never knew that parts of New York City looked like that.

295. Exotica (✩✩✩✩) - DVD - Atom Egoyan's 1994 movie about a bunch of seemingly random people who's lives either become or are shown to be interconnected in interesting ways. "Exotica" is the name of the Toronto strip club that a lot of the drama is centered around. Stars Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner, Don McKellar, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley and Victor Garber. Like a lot of Egoyan's movies, this one makes little sense and isn't always easy to follow, but I'm giving it a generous score because I enjoyed the ensemble cast and loved seeing some of Mia Kirshner's early work. This was also the first time I thought that Kirshner might have made a great Catwoman.

Theatre: 18
DVD/Blu-ray: 110
Live TV: 118
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 40
Internet: 4
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Old October 24 2012, 12:27 AM   #1114
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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
Wake in Fright - free admission
Sinister - free admission
Beer is Cheaper than Therapy - matinee
Here Comes the Boom - free admission
Argo - free admission
End of Watch - matinee
Paranormal Activity 2: Unrated Director's Cut - DVD
Paranormal Activity 3 - DVD
The Mummy (1932) - free admission
Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D - free admission
Paranormal Activity 3: Unrated Director's Cut - DVD
Alex Cross - matinee
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training - DVD
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan - DVD
An American Werewolf in London (1981) - free admission

Watched the two sequels to the original Bad News Bears today.

First off, Breaking Training doesn't make any sense to me. The team lost at the end of the first movie, and yet, somehow are declared the champions of their league and invited to play a charity game against a team in the Houston Astrodome. Fine, okay, whatever...but when the team runs late in gettin' from California to Houston, Texas, another, closer team is called in. If the closer team were available, why weren't they invited instead of the Bears? The winnin' team is supposed to get a trip to Japan to play against Little League champs there, which sets up the sequel....

...but in the second sequel, the Bears lack sponsorship to go to Japan, and somehow they volunteer to go, because no one else will...but they won the trip at the end of the first sequel. Why wouldn't that get them there, instead of a shady con man played by Tony Curtis?

Also, Jackie Earle Haley was freakin' creepy in Go to Japan, stalkin' that poor girl and askin' to stay the night at her place before askin' her name.

And I've got my ticket to see An American Werewolf in London tonight, seatin' should open in about five, ten minutes.
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Old October 24 2012, 05:21 PM   #1115
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115. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (A-)

George Lazenby's s sole outing as 007, sandwiched within Sean Connery's tenure. Lazenby is at best okay in the role, and it seems strange to pick a man with no real acting experience for one of the few films to really try to give James Bond character depth. Lazenby's blandness aside, it's a strong movie. The direction of the right scenes, in particular, is remarkably kinetic; you feel the blows, unlike most fight scenes from the period.

Cinema: 31
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Old October 24 2012, 07:46 PM   #1116
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165. Hollywoodland (B-)

Hollywoodland: The framing story has the ambition to be Chinatown, but I never found myself that invested in Adrien Brody's private investigator. The real interest here lies in the extensive flashbacks with Ben Affleck as George Reeves. Affleck provides a lot of depth to the role (it's a shame they made him wear an awful prosthetic on his face; he looks enough like Reeves that it wasn't needed). The problem is that the movie keeps cutting away from an interesting bio-pic to a plodding whodunnit (which, of course, can never be resolved). This has the effect of preventing either story from developing much momentum. It's not a bad film, by any means, but it could have been so much more.

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Old October 24 2012, 08:46 PM   #1117
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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
Wake in Fright - free admission
Sinister - free admission
Beer is Cheaper than Therapy - matinee
Here Comes the Boom - free admission
Argo - free admission
End of Watch - matinee
Paranormal Activity 2: Unrated Director's Cut - DVD
Paranormal Activity 3 - DVD
The Mummy (1932) - free admission
Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D - free admission
Paranormal Activity 3: Unrated Director's Cut - DVD
Alex Cross - matinee
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training - DVD
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan - DVD
An American Werewolf in London (1981) - free admission
Paranormal Activity 4 - free admission

Got together with my friend Chellis this mornin' for PA4!

God, what a riot that movie was...just ridicuously silly "hauntings" and character motiviations & history that don't even make sense.

Pretty inconsistent, too, with how things in the house are supposed to work.

We stuck around for the postcredit bonus scene for the Mexican spinoff...I hope that its all in Spanish, no subtitles, and American audiences just have to figure out what's up from the reactions & sound effects.
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Old October 25 2012, 06:25 AM   #1118
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

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: New Frontier (6)
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)
Superman: Doomsday (8)
Taken 2 (8)
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: 83
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Old October 25 2012, 05:05 PM   #1119
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Hollywoodland: The framing story has the ambition to be Chinatown, but I never found myself that invested in Adrien Brody's private investigator. The real interest here lies in the extensive flashbacks with Ben Affleck as George Reeves. Affleck provides a lot of depth to the role (it's a shame they made him wear an awful prosthetic on his face; he looks enough like Reeves that it wasn't needed).
Saw the movie a few months ago. Didn't know he was wearing a prosthetic.
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Old October 25 2012, 07:00 PM   #1120
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At first he just looked odd, but with the help of a few low angles, it became more and more apparent that Affleck's face had been altered. Affleck also gained a few pounds, which was fine for the role, but the make-up took me out of it.
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Old October 27 2012, 01:24 AM   #1121
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116. Cloud Atlas (B+)

The Wachowski siblings and Tom Twyker adapt David Mitchell's Booker-nominated, exceptionally hard-to-adapt novel for the screen.

I liked it as a whole, though for all that it gets praised for ambition it's appreciably much less so than the book. Obviously, many of the changes are just because we need to keep the running time to about 3 hours as it is, but others aren't time-necessitated, they're about more obvious/"relatable" payoffs for the presumed-to-be-simplistic audience (unfortunately, not a totally unreasonable assumption). To an extent, I guess they're trying to impose greater thematic unity on a book that was usually pretty opaque about the connections -- this is most notable in Cavendish's segment, where he gets a love interest for no reason other than to tie the conclusion more in with the other segments, and in Sonmi's, where they make such an enormous change to the end.

Best-in-show awards go to Jim Broadbent, who fits in seamlessly into his various segments, and Bae Doo-na (who really only has one major segment, but totally kills that role).

Cinema: 32 (+1)
Home Video: 71
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Old October 27 2012, 08:24 PM   #1122
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

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)
Cloud Atlas (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: New Frontier (6)
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)
Superman: Doomsday (8)
Taken 2 (8)
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: 84
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Old October 27 2012, 08:47 PM   #1123
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124. Looper

Very stylish and very well done with several stand out scenes, like the first time they showed how the rules of time travel in this film work.
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Old October 28 2012, 04:49 AM   #1124
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117. Raiders of the Lost Ark (A+)

I remember watching this on TV several years ago, but I don't think I saw the whole thing. I picked up the Blu-ray set of all four films, taking the opportunity to watch this again (and the other three, which I've never watched, including the recent, much-maligned Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).

Much like King Kong, this is one of those movies that calls to mind the joke about how Hamlet is just a bunch of famous quotes strung together. It's a collection of scenes that everyone knows, even if they haven't watched it, due to all the films that have been inspired by it or parodied it. And like my review of that earlier film, this still holds up wonderfully.

Cinema: 32
Home Video: 72 (+1)
Computer: 13
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Old October 28 2012, 02:33 PM   #1125
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82. Atlas Shrugged-Part Two: C+
83. Alex Cross: A-
84. RockNRolla: B-
85. Paranormal Activity 4: B
86. Argo: A+

While normally this type film is one I'd just wait for DVD due to no big action moments, cinematography or material that screams "I'm worth $12 for and noticeably better on the big screen" I went. My friend and I both really enjoyed it and she loves Little Miss Sunshine so when she saw Alan Arkin it made the whole event. Ar-go fuck yourself.

Ben Affleck deserves all the props his peers and audiences can give him cause like Titanic where you ultimately know the end a great job is done of building tension in those final 20-ish minutes of the film. Will they/won't they make it out of Iran or not?

For it's third weekend in release my 9:40 showtime was 80% full. Impressive for many reasons.
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