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Old December 7 2013, 01:21 AM   #616
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Re: Movies Seen In 2013

1) This Is 40 - C+
2) Easy A - A-
3) The Bounty Hunter - B+
4) Crazy, Stupid, Love. - B-

5) What To Expect When You're Expecting - B+
6) Contagion - C

7) Identity Thief - A
8) We Bought A Zoo - A-

9) The Ides of March - B+
10) Top Gun - C+
11) It Could Happen To You - B+
12) Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - A+
13) Mirror, Mirror - A
14) Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World - A
15) Inglorious Basterds - B+
16) Independence Day - B+
17) Star Trek – Into Darkness - B+

18) Kick-Ass - B
19) The Heat - B-
20) Monsters Inc. - B+
21) White House Down - B+
22) Saving Private Ryan - A

23) Air Force One - A-
24) MASH - B+

25) Airplane! - B+
26) The Island - B
27) Love, Actually - A-
28) Kickass 2 - C+
29) 28 Days - C
30) Mamma Mia - B+
31) I Do (And I Don't) - F
32) Admission - D-
33) The Upside Of Anger - D-
34) The Book of Eli - B+
35) Pitch Perfect - D+
36) Prisoners - B+
37) This Is The End - B+
38) Footloose - A-
39) Killing Kennedy - A
40) About Time - A
41) RIPD - B+
42) The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - A
43) Dear Secret Santa - C

It had a great premise, but it suffers from the "Ohmigosh it's Christmas." I loved the idea of a time bubble being able to allow things back in forth, but to bring Della Reese in, in a scene that sounded like she was angry they woke her up early, to explain it was just dreadful. Even for a Christmas movie, if it had been tightened up and trimmed down.
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Old December 7 2013, 04:17 AM   #617
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84. Wadjda (A+)

It's remarkable this movie exists at all, and even more remarkable that it has become Saudi Arabia's first ever submission to the Academy Awards race for foreign language film (both become slightly more understandable when you learn that it has the backing of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men. In any event, it's the first full feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia (a country with no movie theaters), and it's directed by a woman to boot (Haifaa Al-Mansour).

The basic story follows the titular Wadjda, a plucky girl who I guess would be her culture's version of a tomboy, whose primary aspiration is to own a bicycle. Her efforts to obtain the necessary funds include entrepreneurship, mild extortion, and trying to win a Koran recitation competition at school. In the background, her father is considering taking a second wife, which would essentially make his first family a secondary consideration, since Wadjda's mom didn't produce the desired son. The main plot is quite cute, but much of the fascination of the movie comes from the minor details about daily life in the Kingdom.

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Old December 7 2013, 03:48 PM   #618
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Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder - Netflix Instant
Computer Chess - Netflix Instant
The Iceman- Netflix Instant
Kill List - Netflix Instant
Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story - Netflix Instant
Bad Kids go to Hell - Netflix Instant
Dragonheart - HuluPlus
Dragonheart: A New Beginning - Netflix Instant
AE: Apocalypse Earth - Netflix Instant
Atlantic Rim - HuluPlus
Jackass Number Two - Netflix Instant
Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire - Netflix Instant
WarGames: The Dead Code - Netflix Instant
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation - Netflix Instant

Watched a couple of "mockbusters" from the Asylum Thursday while my nephews were at school.

AE starred Adrian Paul and Richard Greico. Basic story was Earth was under attack, to try to survive, humanity launched "arks" into space to find a habitable planet. The ark Albert Einstein crashlands and Paul is the soldier who leads the survivors against an invisibile enemy while makin' out with a hot camoflauge-skinned woman. Greico is the wounded ship commander. And there's a guy doin' his very best to imitate Brent Spiner as he plays T.I.M., an android.

Turns out they were on Earth all along. Go figure...

Followed that up with AR, starrin' Graham Greene. A giant monster comes up from the Gulf of Mexico (I assume, since Mardi Gras plays a part in the openin' attack) and the military sends in three pilots with giant robots to defend America. One pilot per robot, and the thing is designed like a regular cockpit. On the plus side, their color coordinated, just in case ya can't tell the difference between pilots - red (white guy), blue (white girl), and green (black guy).

Scenes of insanity include the three pilots talkin' about how awesome their robots are while standin' among the corpses on Bourbon Street, the civilian in charge of the giant robot project sayin' that one of the robots is out of range for an override shutdown command, even though the other two are on the ocean floor and the third is on shore, the bad guy military officer wearin' an eyepatch, so ya know he's bad, and the government decidin' to nuke New York, much like the shadow organization in The Avengers.

I spent yesterday watchin' sequels, just to have a theme to the decision makin' process of what to watch.

J#2 was on par with the first one, I think. Some of the stunts were amusin', some were gross, more than a few were just disturbin', and a couple were randomly WTF?!?

A:ToaAE is a 2010 sequel to a sword & sorcery movie made in 1982. I know, 'cause I watched the first one durin' the Alamo Drafthouse "Summer of '82" series last year. Both movies are from the same director, so it had that goin' for it. The introduction took freakin' forever to get through, there was way too much tellin' instead of showin' throughout the film, too many flashbacks to establish what just happened, lots of green screen, and way too many characters talkin' directly at the camera. And Kevin Sorbo.

WG: TDC was another thirty year sequel. Watched the first just this past summer, as part of Alamo Drafthouse's "Summer of '83" series, and it wasn't too bad. This one is a gawd awful story about a high school guy who is inadvertantly labelled a terrorist threat when he messes with an online game run by a government super computer voiced by Farscape's Claudia Black. Joshua and Dr Falkan do play a part in the story, but there's very little to connect to the two films.

And finally, ST2...I've watched the first & the third before, figured I'd go ahead and watch the second one, too. Sent on the bug planet, a group of marines find out there's a new breed of bug that is takin' over people after gettin' transferred mouth to mouth like herpes. If nothin' else, ya get to see Kimber from Nip/Tuck walk around naked. And it has the smarmy guy from Eureka in it, too.

Not sure what movies, if any, I'll watch today. For now, I'm stickin' with Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD...
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Old December 7 2013, 09:59 PM   #619
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Re: Movies Seen In 2013

1) This Is 40 - C+
2) Easy A - A-
3) The Bounty Hunter - B+
4) Crazy, Stupid, Love. - B-

5) What To Expect When You're Expecting - B+
6) Contagion - C

7) Identity Thief - A
8) We Bought A Zoo - A-

9) The Ides of March - B+
10) Top Gun - C+
11) It Could Happen To You - B+
12) Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - A+
13) Mirror, Mirror - A
14) Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World - A
15) Inglorious Basterds - B+
16) Independence Day - B+
17) Star Trek – Into Darkness - B+

18) Kick-Ass - B
19) The Heat - B-
20) Monsters Inc. - B+
21) White House Down - B+
22) Saving Private Ryan - A

23) Air Force One - A-
24) MASH - B+

25) Airplane! - B+
26) The Island - B
27) Love, Actually - A-
28) Kickass 2 - C+
29) 28 Days - C
30) Mamma Mia - B+
31) I Do (And I Don't) - F
32) Admission - D-
33) The Upside Of Anger - D-
34) The Book of Eli - B+
35) Pitch Perfect - D+
36) Prisoners - B+
37) This Is The End - B+
38) Footloose - A-
39) Killing Kennedy - A
40) About Time - A
41) RIPD - B+
42) The Hunger Games - Catching Fire - A
43) Dear Secret Santa - C
44) The Challenger Disaster - C

A BBC TV movie that has a strong ending, but is so plodding in getting there that it lost me. William Hurt and Brian Dennehy are good, but this movie isn't.

45) I, Robot - C+

It was a nice, action, popcorn flick, but it had no depth. Will Smith's character is just painful to watch and Bridget Monynahan's wooden performance of "Oh the robots can't hurt us" threw away any surprise of the robot uprising. I was however surprised with how well thought out James Cromwell's character's breadcrumb trail was left and who the ultimate villain and her motivations were, even if they did set up Bruce Greenwood up as a cardboard villain. The special effects work was also strong, but it couldn't help a script and acting that were done in the first five minutes.
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Old December 8 2013, 03:22 AM   #620
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95. JCVD: B-
96. Drive: B-
97. Hunger Games: Catching Fire: B+
98. War Horse: B
99. How to Train Your Dragon: A

Finally getting around to this animated film from a few years back which got plenty of positive buzz and hype. So I'm glad that with that much preconceived expectations going in that it did indeed live up to the hype. I know a sequel is due next year so glad I got to this now. As animated films go, the good ones it seems, have a message for their target audience and the one here of not adopting the biases of an older generation without asking why is a good one. When both sides stop to just get to know each other you may be more alike than you know.
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Old December 8 2013, 04:05 AM   #621
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85. All Is Lost (B+)

Having failed to kill Sandra Bullock, God had two hours to take a shot at killing Robert Redford.

This is the second feature from J.C. Chandor, whose Margin Call got good reviews a few years ago (and an Oscar nomination), though I never did get around to seeing it. Here we're going super-minimalist, with exactly one actor (Redford), who has barely any dialogue and no backstory. This is as pure a survival story as has ever been put to film, all about man versus the elements. It is consistently watchable and very tense, a tribute to Redford's star power, though I'm not sure it has any replay value.

Cinema: 33 (+1)
Home Video: 44
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Old December 9 2013, 05:45 AM   #622
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1. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - A
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) - D
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) - C+
4. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) - A
5. The Amazing Spiderman (2012) - B
6. Life of Pi (2012) - A
7) The Perks of being a Wallflower (2012) - B+
8) Looper (2012) - B+
9) Iron Man 3 (2013) - B
10) Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - B-
11) Monster's Inc (2001) - A
12) Man of Steel (2013) - B
13) Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) - B
14) Monsters University (2013) - C
15) Fruitvale Station (2013) - B
16) Dredd (2012) - B+
17) Lilo and Stitch (2002) - B
18) Gravity (2013) - A-
19) Captain Phillips (2013) - A
20) Thor: The Dark World (2013) - B
21) Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) - B+
22) 12 Years A Slave (2013) - A+

I was skeptical coming into this movie. I heard it lauded so much by the critics and even the whole gurenteed to win Best Picture (It's that time of year I suppose) and I was ready to rank this movie as the most overrated of the year. Well, I came out of it in tears, something I don't do during movies all that often.

The acting from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Fassbender was great, and, while the film was graphic, it really brought home the point of Slavery in America and how dark a period this was in our history. You set through all that brutility, and when you get to the end of the film, you realize it was all worth it. I wouldn't be surprised if this wins Best Picture, even though I really want to see American Hustle. It's a better film than Gravity, which while I liked, it was more for the experience than an actual story.

Theater: 12 (+1)
Blu-Ray/DVD/TV: 5
Itunes: 2
Netflix: 3
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Old December 9 2013, 07:53 AM   #623
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Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder - Netflix Instant
Computer Chess - Netflix Instant
The Iceman- Netflix Instant
Kill List - Netflix Instant
Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story - Netflix Instant
Bad Kids go to Hell - Netflix Instant
Dragonheart - HuluPlus
Dragonheart: A New Beginning - Netflix Instant
AE: Apocalypse Earth - Netflix Instant
Atlantic Rim - HuluPlus
Jackass Number Two - Netflix Instant
Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire - Netflix Instant
WarGames: The Dead Code - Netflix Instant
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation - Netflix Instant
We're the Millers - Extended Cut - DVD

My brother in law rented a few movies over the weekend, and one of the rentals included the extended cut of We're the Millers.

I saw it when it came out in theaters last summer, and thought it was pretty funny. The extended cut is almost the exact same movie, so its still pretty funny. The only changes I noticed involved extra bits of Ed Helms in his office. And I think there may have been a bit at the campground with Nick Offerman & Kathryn Hahn that I didn't remember from seein' it at the theater. Still no nudity from Jennifer Aniston, though.

Ah, well...

Super excited about Netflix Instant addin' the second season of American Horror Story, so I'm startin' that tonight since I missed it when it was on FX.
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Frances Ha ★★★★
Kon-Tiki ★★★★
Europa Report ★
Electrick Children ★★★1/2
The Host ★
V/H/S/2 ★★1/2
Grabbers ★★★
Tucker and Dale vs Evil ★★★1/2
End of Watch ★★★1/2
Shuffle ★★★
American Mary ★★★★
High Lane ★★1/2
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96. Drive: B-
97. Hunger Games: Catching Fire: B+
98. War Horse: B
99. How to Train Your Dragon: A
100. Scrooged: A-

This 80's Bill Murray should be considered a cult classic if it's not already. Heck I'll stretch it to Modern Classic if I could. I count films in my list entirely new to me OR not seen in a decade or more. Scrooged falls into the latter category. I had forgotten how much I liked this movie. It was on sale over Black Friday for $3 so I picked it up recalling a few fond scenes. Having re-watched it I can't believe the material I'd forgotten. A really fun film full of Murray at his best along with Karen Allen, Bobcat and others. Not to mention, hey the woman who plays The Goonies Mom has another minor role! Spotting her in minor 80's roles in kinda something I've noticed a few times.

So, 100 films with a few more weeks to go in the year. I guess Hobbit 2 will be my next theatrical film.
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86. The Adventures of Robin Hood (A+)

Rewatched this last night with my friend after some exam studying. Still one of the best adventure movies ever made, with Errol Flynn's Robin Hood being one of the standards by which you judge screen heroism in the old-school style. I've got this on Blu-ray now, and the film looks even more beautiful; that old Technicolour pageantry looks marvelous.

Cinema: 33
Home Video: 45 (+1)
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87. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (B+)

An improvement on the first movie, and with with any number of strong moments, but it's still hard not to find it bloated, and it just kind of stops.

Cinema: 34 (+1)
Home Video: 45
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88. Dallas Buyers Club (B+)

One of the first cinematic AIDS dramas I can recall in recent history (AIDS receded from the movie theaters much like it largely has from the public debate since the mid-1990s), a biopic of the founder of the titular buyers club of Dallas, distributing unapproved medications from the mid-1980s until his death in 1992. The film has attracted considerable attention for its performances, and it is deserved: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are both terrific (the supporting cast, most notably Jennifer Garner, are also in good form). Leto, in particular, has been collecting most of the supporting acting awards so far, and has one scene in particular that is devastatingly good (credit for that moment also goes to James DuMont, the actor playing his unnamed father). Beyond its performances, the story is very effective on a personal level; its treatment of the controversies around AZT and the FDA's role in the AIDS crisis isn't terribly nuanced, which is too bad.

Cinema: 35 (+1)
Home Video: 45
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★
Thor: The Dark World ★★★
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ★★★1/2

2013 Release List:
Gravity ★★★★ (3D)
Star Trek Into Darkness ★★★★ (3D IMAX)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ★★★★ (IMAX)
The Conjuring ★★★★ (2D)
The East ★★★★ (Download)
The Way, Way Back ★★★★ (Download)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ★★★½ (3D IMAX)
Thor: The Dark World ★★★½ (2D)
Monsters University ★★★½ (Download)
Pacific Rim ★★★½ (3D IMAX)
World War Z ★★★½ (2D)
Man of Steel ★★★½ (3D IMAX)
Iron Man 3 ★★★½ (2D)
Warm Bodies ★★★½ (2D)
The Great Gatsby ★★★½ (2D)
42 ★★★½ (2D)
Now You See Me ★★★(Download)
Oblivion ★★★ (2D)
Evil Dead ★★★ (2D)
Stoker ★★★ (Download)
This is the End ★★★ (Download)
Oz the Great and Powerful ★★★ (3D IMAX)
The Place Beyond the Pines ★★★ (Download)
The World's End ★★★ (Download)
Mama ★★½ (2D)
Wolverine ★★½ (Download)
Side Effects ★★½ (2D)
Jack the Giant Slayer ★★½ (2D $1)
Olympus Has Fallen ★★½ (2D)
Upstream Color ★★½ (Download)
Dark Skies ★★ (DVD)
You're Next ★★ (2D)
The Hangover Part III ★½ (2D)
Charlie Countryman ★½ (Download)
The Purge ★½ (Download)
The Host ★ (Netflix)
Texas Chainsaw 3D ★ (2D)
Lords of Salem ★ (Download)
Scary Movie V ★ (Download)
After Earth ★ (Download)
Hell Baby ★ (Download)
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