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Old January 1 2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Movies Seen In 2013

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May this year of Movie watching be great for everyone, and may the movies that come out this year be better than 2012.
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Old January 1 2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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1. Trouble With the Curve (2012) ★★ ½
Tomatometer:51%
Genre: Drama/Sports
Director: Robert Lorenz
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard

An aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout named Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is given one last assignment to prove his worth to the organization, who sees him as unable to adapt to changes in the business. His boss and friend Pete (Goodman), who does not want to see him let go, asks Gus's daughter Mickey (Adams) to join him on the trip to make sure he's okay, against Gus's wishes. Together they scout a top new prospect in North Carolina, where Mickey begins to take an active role in her father's work to make up for his failing vision, which he has hidden from his bosses. Along the way Gus reconnects with Johnny (Timberlake), a rival team's scout who has a friendly history with Gus, as Gus was the man who scouted him when he was a baseball player, and who also takes an interest in Mickey
Everybody probably knows I'm a big Braves fan, so it was cool to see Turner Field and a fake Braves front office. Amy Adams is outstanding as always, while Eastwood plays the 'cranky old guy' that we've come to know and love. I think Timberlake was seriously miscast. He just didn't seem like an MLB player. I can't put my finger on it. The script isn't great, but it didn't cause me to lose interest either. With a little suspension of disbelief, this is a good movie for baseball or Eastwood fans. It makes for an interesting counterpoint to Moneyball.

2. Sleepwalk With Me ★★★★
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Actors: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn
Tomatometer:86%

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
I've been trying to get a hold of this film for a while after seeing somebody famous recommend it on Twitter. I can't even remember who it was. It's genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. It's very well directed and acted. The script is really strong and never drags. It reminds me a little bit of Louie, so I think if you like that show or comedies in general you would really enjoy this.

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Old January 2 2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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1. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - A

The first movie seen in 2013 is the movie I've been wanting to see for a while, and considering I just saw Django Unchained yesterday, figured now was the appropriate time. This movie was great, even though I don't remember Pulp Fiction or any of his other movies being this vulgar. Man the F-word was used a lot in this film. Still, for a heist movie in which we never saw the Heist, this was a thrilling, Quinten Tarantino-esque film from beginning to end. Also, while that sharp dialog would get better with Pulp, you really could it see really well here too.

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Old January 2 2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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1. Jack Reacher (C+)

Not a particularly auspicious start to the year. This isn't a movie I'd have seen on my own, but some of my friends were going so I went along. It's pretty much what you'd expect, a rather generic thriller. Good cast, but not put to much use. Rosamund Pike, one of my favourite actresses, is once again not used by Hollywood to her potential (though she wears a series of alluring low-cut tops, so I guess there's that); German director Werner Herzog takes a rare acting role here as the villain, and he has a nice screen presence, but despite a potentially interesting background there ends up being nothing to the character. Tom Cruise is, of course, a capable action hero, but this isn't a memorable entry in his filmography (and has more than a few instances where characters' reactions to Reacher come across like ego-boosting for the star).

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Old January 2 2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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3. Lincoln (2012) ★★★★
Genre: Historical Drama
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, David Spader

Lincoln recounts President Abraham Lincoln's efforts, during January 1865, to pass in the United States House of Representatives the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that would formally abolish slavery in the country.
I didn't realize that the entire film only be about the passing of the 13th Amendment, but it certainly works. There is a fine cast of actors and Daniel Day-Lewis is a shoe in for Best Actor on every single awards show. I actually learned a lot of while watching this movie. I can't say that for most of the stuff I watched this year, so I give it props.
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Old January 2 2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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1. You Again (✩✩✩) - Live TV - Never heard of this movie until a few days ago when I saw it in the TV guide. A woman who was bullied in high school sets out to humiliate her tormentor years later when she finds out that her brother is marrying the bully in question. Stars Kristen Bell and Odette Annable. Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver also have interesting roles to play as older but similar rivals. There isn't much to review here but I'll say that it's a fun comedy about revenge and forgiveness.

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Old January 2 2013, 05:51 PM   #7
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Hero - Blu-ray - The Jet Li movie. I'm not including this on my official list because it's not a first-time viewing but I just have to comment. I just got it on blu-ray and watched it last night. I heard that Li did this because he regretted passing on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Well, I think he got the better movie. It's one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen. Vibrant colors, excellent cinematography, exotic locales that evoke a sense of tranquility, and the wire-fu, though less impressive than in Crouching Tiger, was better crafted here. It's a real work of art and I'm glad I have it in hi-def.
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Old January 3 2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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2. The Help (B+)

I got this for my mother for Christmas, so we watched it last night, before I head back to university. She'd never seen it before, but I watched it when it came out in theatres. My opinion on it is more or less the same. It's tonally uneven and not a great movie, but it has a number of great scenes, and a terrific female ensemble (it's one of the few movies I can think of that fails the reverse-Bechdel Test). This was the first movie I saw with Jessica Chastain, who has quickly become one of my favourite contemporary actresses, so it was neat to watch it again now that I know who she is. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are also terrific; Emma Stone is good; Bryce Dallas Howard is game, but her cartoonish villain is one of the story's main weak points (and is also another instance where a character is inexplicably supposed to have been lifelong friends with some who is quite obviously a horrible person and who they seem to openly dislike from the get-go).

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Old January 3 2013, 04:55 PM   #9
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4. Flight (2012) ★★★½
Genre: Drama
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo, Don Cheadle
Tomatometer: 77%

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?
This is a great character study and the plane crash sequence is one of the best scenes in any movie this year. I really want to give the movie four stars, but there's just something a little off about the movie. I think it's a little bit too long and I think Tamara Tunie's character is underutilized. Highly recommended though.

5. Argo (2012) ★★★★
Genre: Drama
Director: Ben Affleck
Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Christopher Denham, many others.
Tomatometer: 96%

Based loosely on an account published in 2007 of the "Canadian Caper", in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Really good film that I think has a good chance of winning Best Picture. With three films under his belt now, Affleck has three films very few bad reviews. If he keeps it up, he might be the best director of the century.
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1. Winter's Bone (2010) - very solid low budget drama, about a world you rarely see portrayed seriously on the screen. Great performances by Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey.
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2. School of Rock (2003) - a Jack Black comedy I watched on TV on the afternoon of the 1st of January. It's fun. It's not offensive or too stupid. Not much more to say about it.
C+

3. Spider-man 3 (2007) - I saw all three Raimi Spidey movies on TV this previous week. They're OK, I can't say I liked any of them too much. Despite its bad reputation, I didn't find it any better or worse than the previous two. Harry gets a decent ending and Thomas Haden Church is not bad as Sandman. One thing I liked better than the first two is that Mary Jane gets a bit better characterization than in the first two and feels more like a real person than like someone that's only there for Peter to pine for. She's generally a terribly written character and her characterization in the second movie was particularly awful. I like The Amazing Spider-man better than any of the Raimi ones, because Andrew Garfield is more animated as Peter Parker and quips a lot more as Spidey than Tobey Maguire, and because Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy is about 100 times better character and love interest than Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane, plus she and Andrew have good chemistry.
C

King's Speech (2010) - I initially thought "that's a poor premise for a movie" but the movie is actually pretty good. It's funny, Colin Firth makes you feel for "Bertie", Geoffrey Rush's character Lionel Logue is great, the acting is really good... and there's this: http://youtu.be/bq7Vj3GMd1M It's not "Best picture of the year" good, but it's decent, which is more than can be said about some other Oscar winners.
B+

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) - all style, no content. The story was cliche-ridden and dull and the campy acting and dialogue only made it harder to relate to anything going on the screen. I can see why this bombed at the box office.
D

Battle Royale (2000) - That's it? After witnessing months of the incessant trolling about the great BR and how The Hunger Games supposedly "ripped if off" (I wonder how many of the trolls even saw or read both), I'm amazed not just to see how different those two movies are in plot, themes, characters and style (beyond the premise of "kids being forced to kill each other in controlled circumstances", they have nothing in common)... but also to find that Battle Royale is, I'm afraid, just not very good. I don't know if the book is better, but the movie has poor acting, characters with no depth, violence that comes off as cartoonish, and cheesy death scenes. There's one decapitation scene that was particularly poor. Despite the blood and gore, I was never shocked or emotionally affected. THG's PG-13 violence was far, far more affecting. It didn't help that we knew most of the characters in BR just about a minute before they get killed, and the main duo that we see throughout are dull and bland. It also has some dozen of corny romantic subplots - every kid in class seems to have had a crush on someone, almost all of them die confessing their love, and it's played completely straight. At moments I wasn't sure if it wasn't meant to be a parody - some scenes are just too silly.

It's not an entirely not-entertaining way to spend 2 hours, but that's about it.
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Old January 4 2013, 04:08 AM   #11
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6. The Cocoanuts (1929) ★★½
Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont

The Cocoanuts is set in Miami, where hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer's only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary Eaton) is in love with aspiring architect Bob (Oscar Shaw). Mrs. Potter would prefer that Polly marry the respectable Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring); what she doesn't know is that Yates is a jewel thief, in cahoots with the slinky Penelope (Kay Francis.)
This is the Marx Brothers full-length first feature film. There are some funny jokes that way overshadow the plot and the forgettable music numbers.

7. Pitch Perfect (2012) ★★★½
Director: Jason Moore
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

The plot follows an all girl college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a Capella group from their college to win Nationals.
The previews made this out to be a horrible Glee rip-off, but this is my surprise like of the year. The musical numbers were great - especially when they were having the 'Riff Off'. Anna Kendrick is great and there are some genuine laugh out loud moments.
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1. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - A
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) - D

I think I know why this movie was nominated for Best Picture last year at the oscars. It's the overly sentimental film that the Academy really likes, and it dealt with a serious subject, a death of a father through a heavy tragedy like September 11th, 2001.

Well, I'm glad it didn't win because that would have been a travesty of epic proportions. This movie was terrible, mainly because it tried to hard to be sentimental and emotional but had a kid who was so annoying and unlikable that anything good that happens in this movie was overshadowed. I'm sure if given the right material, Thomas Horn is a great child actor, but the problem here is the character, Osker, is so unlikable and is mean to everyone he meets (especially his equally grieving mother) that I just couldn't get into it. Basically, if you want something dealing with a loss of a family member done well and adds in a mystery to boot, watch DS9's (Happy Anniversary by the way) "The Visitor." I freely admit to crying during that episode, I didn't shed a tear during this movie.



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The 2013 list:
1. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas: C-

This was held up, just sitting on my TV during the holidays. Meant to watch it in 2012 but got too busy so starting 2013 with a holiday film.

I found the other two installments to be better. It gets props for moving the character of Harold along early by establishing that it's been 2yrs since he's seen Kumar and he's moving on with life as an adult married man. Not a late 20yr old man-child. By the end it seems Kumar, who has a knocked up (ex?) girlfriend is ready to reapply to med school and man up himself..until he's told he doesn't have to give up weed. So will the one off line by NPH hold up..."see you in the next one". I didn't find the Russian story angle particularly funny or the two out of pocket white sidekicks. The baby high on coke and ecstasy was pretty good though.
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3. The Silver Linings Playbook (A-)

Saw this last night. I've now seen all the major English-language films of this year apart from Zero Dark Thirty, and it's only January 4th; that's a personal best. David O. Russell's followup to his big comeback movie, The Fighter, has a very similar formula to that: he takes a fairly standard movie formula (boxing movie, in that case; here, the romantic comedy, or perhaps dramedy), doesn't really diverge much from the expected beats on a pure story level, but really delivers on the execution and characterization. That's perhaps a good sign for the genre, because there are only so many ways to be innovative with a genre that has three quarters of a century of cinematic history; breathing life into the formula is what most can hope for. There's a fun twist on the climactic competition, for instance (a dance competition, in this case).

Has a great cast. Most of the buzz has focused on Jennifer Lawrence, currently duking it out with Jessica Chastain for frontrunner status in the Best Actress race, and she's terrific. Bradley Cooper is also very good, while Robert DeNiro is the best he's been in a long time. The rest of the supporting cast, likewise (it's weird to see Julia Stiles now doing such small roles, though she's a really good fit to be Jennifer Lawrence's sister).

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Old January 6 2013, 05:20 PM   #15
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8. Hitchcock ★★★★
Genre: Drama
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson
Tomatometer: 66%

Hitchcock centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of Psycho, a controversial horror film that subsequently became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker's career.
Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are BRILLIANT! I was a little worried when I saw some of the mediocre reviews, but I loved the movie. I laughed out loud several times and was on the edge of my seat during the reenactment of the shower scene. If you're a fan of Psycho at all, you need to see this.

9. Zero Dark Thirty ★★★★
Genre: Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Actors: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton
Tomatometer: 94%

Billed as "the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man," the film chronicles American efforts to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.
Easily the best movie of 2012. I think it's even leaps and bounds better than The Hurt Locker. There's some eerie quality about it. It's almost like you're watching a documentary. It's hard not to compare it to Act of Valor, but it makes AoV look like a complete waste of space on the planet. The movie goes home with Best Picture and Best Director easily.
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