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Old November 30 2012, 05:31 AM   #1231
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134. Lincoln (A-)

Steven Spielberg's decade-long quest to adapt Team of Rivals finally arrives on the screen...based on events that take up about a half-dozen pages of the book. This is the eighteenth of his movies I've seen, pushing him into the position of my most-watched director of all-time (breaking a tie with Woody Allen).

The result is a pretty good movie, featuring a Daniel Day-Lewis performance for the ages. Honestly some of the most immersive acting I've ever seen on screen; if we brought the real Lincoln into the present day for a comparison, I wouldn't be surprised if he was a lot like this. He's supported by a pretty formidable supporting cast, including Tommy Lee Jones (in one of his best roles in a while, and giving a nice boost in prominence to an undeservedly neglected historical figure), Sally Field, David Straithairn, and half a hundred notable character actors in one- or two-scene parts. Also, in what I must assume is a visual gag, Hal Holbrook is a dead ringer for Teddy Kennedy while playing Preston Blair.

A lot of people have said they think the movie should have ended slightly before it does, and I think that's probably true, though the added few minutes don't detract in any meaningful way. This is quite a change of pace for Spielberg. It's the most performance-driven film of this that I've ever seen, and quite stylistically restrained (as so many reviewers have observed). It might actually have done with a bit more sentiment at the end -- Lincoln's death (spoiler!) is handled in a pretty muted manner.

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Old November 30 2012, 04:27 PM   #1232
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135. Cloud Atlas

This is one of the few cases, where I actually liked the film better than the book (mostly because the intercutting of the stories worked better for me than the way it was done in the novel). It had a great score and good performances - seeing the actors in the different time-periods with different (partly very good, partly quite bad) make-up was especially fun. Nice that they showed who played who with clips during the credits, I did not recognise everyone.
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Old December 1 2012, 03:20 AM   #1233
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135. Killing Them Softly (C+)

Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt reunite after The Assassination of Jesse James, which I've heard great things about, but have yet to get around to seeing. But this followup isn't anywhere near the quality level ascribed to their former film. It has a number of pretty strong sequences, but the intentionally lethargic pacing doesn't quite work in numerous instances (for a movie that's only 97 minutes, I was checking my watch repeatedly). There's also the issue of the political, well, "subtext" isn't the right word, because it's pretty much text. The presentation of this is so blunt that it clearly can't have been intended to be subtle either, but, again, even as an intentional decision it doesn't work for me.

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Old December 1 2012, 05:51 AM   #1234
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326. Return to Me (✩✩✩) - DVD - A man's wife dies and he meets a woman, who unbeknownst to him, received his dead wife's heart during a transplant. Stars David Duchovny, Minnie Driver and Carroll O'Connor in his final role. It's a "kismet" love story and it's about as good/mundane as your usual light-hearted romantic comedy.

327. Solaris (✩✩✩½) - Live TV - Finally saw this, the 1972 Russian version with english subtitles. I've heard people complain that the 2002 movie focussed too much on the love story, but this one did the same. I was also surprised at how similar this was to the 2002 remake. A lot of the scenes were very much alike. The movie was slow, plodding and a real chore to watch most of the time, but it told a fascinating story and had excellent production values.

328. The Beaver (✩✩✩½) - DVD - A husband/father suffering from depression goes over the edge and starts talking to a beaver puppet that he wears at all times, much to the dismay of his family and colleagues. Stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence. Jodie Foster also directs. First off, this is not a comedy, it's a serious drama about a seriously troubled man, but the presence of the beaver does give it a somewhat quirky and offbeat feel. I'd say that it's a shame that Mel Gibson's antics brought this one down, but the probability that it looks like a comedy when it isn't might have done that just as well. Check it out. It's worth it just for the originality. By the way, this is one of two movies where Yelchin and Lawrence play a couple. The other is Like Crazy.

Theatre: 22
DVD/Blu-ray: 126
Live TV: 126
Recorded TV: 5
On Demand: 45
Internet: 4
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Old December 1 2012, 05:53 AM   #1235
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November Rundown (26 Movies)

5 Stars
Silver Linings Playbook - Theatre

4½ Stars
Perfect Sense - On Demand

4 Stars
Astro Boy - Blu-ray
Flight - Theatre
How to Train Your Dragon - Live TV
Sound of My Voice - On Demand
Source Code - DVD
What's Your Number? - DVD

3½ Stars
p.s. - DVD
Proof - DVD
Robotech: The Sentinels - DVD
Skyfall - Theatre
Solaris - Live TV
The Beaver - DVD
The Tree of Life - Blu-ray

3 Stars
Creation - DVD
Dragonball: Evolution - DVD
Dream House - DVD
Fierce People - Live TV
Red Dawn - Theatre
Return to Me - DVD

2½ Stars
Aquamarine - Live TV

2 Stars
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Live TV
The Château - DVD

1½ Stars
Liz & Dick - Live TV
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising - Live TV

1 Star
None

½ Star
None

0 Stars
None
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Old December 1 2012, 07:23 AM   #1236
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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)
Argo (8)
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)
Flight (9)
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: Crisis on Two Earths (8)
Justice League: Doom (7)
Justice League: New Frontier (6)
Justice League: Starcrossed (8)
Killing Them Softly (5)
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)
A Letter to Momo (8)
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)
The Prestige (10)
Prometheus (5)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (8)
Rambo III (8)
The Raven (9)
Redline (10)
Resident Evil (4)
Robotech II: The Sentinels (6)
Safe House (2012) (8)
Salt (7)
Scott Pilgrim VS The World (8)
Skyfall (9)
Space Battleship Yamato (2010) (8)
Starship Troopers: Invasion (6)
Superman: Doomsday (8)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (8)
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (9)
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)
Tropic Thunder (7)
Underworld: Awakening (8)
Wrath of the Titans (7)
Yojimbo (9)

Total Thus Far: 96
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Old December 2 2012, 06:20 AM   #1237
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136. Strangers on a Train (A-)

Another of Hitchcock's iconic films, featuring a very unsettling villain performance from Robert Walker, and a number of very strikingly imagined sequences. It's somehow hard to imagine a modern thriller ending with a fistfight on an out-of-control carousel. The love interest is also more useful than usual in this genre at this period in movie history.

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Old December 2 2012, 09:48 PM   #1238
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136. Rise of the Guardians

While it doesn't do anything extraordinary, I liked this film a lot. It's a nice simple fairy tale with great music, wonderful design and good voice performances. It's a shame that it isn't doing better at the box office.
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Old December 3 2012, 05:48 AM   #1239
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137. Breakfast at Tiffany's (A)

Audrey Hepburn's most iconic role, where she even gets an age-appropriate love interest in George Peppard. It's a charming, often melancholy piece, with an instantly memorable look. One can easily see how this became such an icon of style. On the negative side there is, of course, Mickey Rooney, whose yellowface performance is so infamous that the Blu-ray actually includes a featurette with Asian-American commentators discussing how awful it is. Fortunately he's not around much.

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Old December 3 2012, 12:06 PM   #1240
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Tucker, The Man and His Dream - DVD
Island in the Sky - DVD
Killing Them Softly - free admission

When I was a kid, I remember seein' the trailer for Tucker on a lot of the videos we would rent, but my dad would never pick up a copy of the movie.

I saw it on DVD at Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago for six bucks, and bought it.

After watchin' it yesterday, I have no clue why my dad would have objected to watchin' it...great cast, good enough story, interestin' visual tricks, and its about cars! And my dad loved cars!

Followed that up with a never before seen (by me) John Wayne movie. As with Hatari! awhile back, this is Wayne in the modern (for the time) era, with him as a civilian pilot flyin' transport for the US military. Ice & bad weather for a landin' in the frozen, uncharted Canadian wastelands and he has to keep his crew alive while other civilian pilots search for him.

Not too bad a survival story for 1953...

Went over to the Drafthouse Ritz to see KTS yesterday afternoon. And I thought it was a damn good movie. It has a great cast, bleak humor, and makes me want to read the book. It was pretty much what I was expectin' from the trailers, and I'm glad I saw it instead of puttin' it off like I have Lincoln and Red Dawn.
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Old December 3 2012, 12:27 PM   #1241
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187. Apocalypse Now (A)
188. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (A)


Apocalypse Now: Call me crazy, but I prefer the longer Redux version of this film to the theatrical cut. The additions to Willard's journey up river make the film more mythic and better underscore the thematic underpinnings of the movie. Still, the theatrical version remains a powerful movie with two or three deservedly iconic sequences.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse: Twenty years on, this film remains the apotheosis of the making-of documentary, and it's hard to imagine something surpassing it. Mainly, it's a matter of access; Eleanor Coppola was able to shoot dozens of contentious incidents during the making of the film that, at best, other making of pieces might only get pieces of or report second hand. More unusual are her audio recordings of her husband's near mental disintegration during the making of the film, which offer an insight into the film-making process that is without the benefit (or hindrance) of hindsight or personal censorship.

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Old December 4 2012, 12:58 PM   #1242
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Tucker, The Man and His Dream - DVD
Island in the Sky - DVD
Killing Them Softly - free admission
The Palm Beach Story - free admission

Went to see the third of three Preston Sturges movies last night, the last one in the retrospective the Drafthouse has been doin'. I missed last week's, which I was bummed about, but two out of three isn't bad.

Joel McCrea was in this one, and in Sullivan's Travels, the first of the retrospective.

Its a bit of a convulated story about a couple goin' broke, she decides he needs money, so to help him, she plans to divorce him, pass their relationship off as siblings, and get a millionaire to finance his plan to build airports on top of cities. Followin' the advice of a cab driver, she heads to Palm Beach for the divorce, and her husband goes chasin' after her.

There's a twist at the end that comes out of nowhere, but other than that, it wasn't too bad.

Rudy Vallee was pretty good as the millionaire, too. He got some of the best lines in the movie.

Had a plan to see Red Dawn and Lincoln before work today, but since its six in the mornin' and I can't get to sleep, I may not make it to either of 'em...
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Old December 4 2012, 07:26 PM   #1243
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Skyfall (IMAX)
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX)
The Amazing Spider-Man
Men In Black III
John Carter
Prometheus
The Artist
Hugo 3D
War Horse
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Avengers
The Hunger Games
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
Titanic 3D

At special screenings:
Star Trek - "Mirror, Mirror"
Star Trek - "Amok Time"
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Q-Who"
Star Trek: The Next Generation - "The Measure of a Man" (Extended Cut)
Predator
Predator 2
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (at the La-La Land CD release party/screening)
The Living Daylights
Licence to Kill
Perv: The Cat
From Russia With Love
Starship Troopers (At the 15th Anniversary screening)
Casino Royale (2006)
Total Recall (1990)

At marathons:
Alien
Aliens
Predator
Predator 2
Alien 3
Alien: Resurrection

At home on video/DVD/Blu-Ray:
Midnight in Paris
The Descendants
Good Will Hunting
Local Hero
American Dreams Do Come True
Horrible Bosses
Star Trek Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Braveheart
Inside Man
Sin City
The Squid and the Whale
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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Old December 4 2012, 08:27 PM   #1244
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138. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (A-)

Sapphire still needs to be slapped for insisting on that title.

I picked this up for $5 at Canadian Tire; this is the first time I've seen it since watching it in theatres when it first came out. It holds up pretty well. Since seeing it, I've seen some of Spike Lee's work, and it's obvious that Lee Daniels' style has been influenced by it a lot. The acting is still terrific, from the almost entirely female ensemble (the only male part of even the tiniest importance being Lenny Kravitz). I still don't understand why so much praise went to Mariah Carey over Paula Patton, though. Not to say Carey's bad, mind you.

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137. The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Nice idea, fun tone, good actors and effects, but then they wasted all that with a mediocre story and stupid characters.
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