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Old December 21 2013, 08:07 PM   #646
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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+
23) American Hustle (2013) - A

Does Bradley Cooper always play the crazy guy? I ask because I couldn't really see any difference between this character in American Hustle, and his character from last year's Silver Linings Playbook. Not that that's a bad thing because he was really good here, but it did seem a little jarring.

On a whole, I really liked this movie. The Plot was a little incoherent, but the character interactions were fantastic. This is another movie were I really enjoyed Jennifer Lawrence and talk of her being up for another supporting actress nomination is well deserved. There were also a ton of funny and memorable moments and the ending was great.


Theater: 13 (+1)
Blu-Ray/DVD/TV: 5
Itunes: 2
Netflix: 3
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Old December 22 2013, 08:43 AM   #647
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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
Hellraiser - Netflix Instant
Bruce Bruce: Loosin' It - Live in Boston - HuluPlus
Desperado - Netflix Instant
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Netflix Instant
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - Netflix Instant
The World's End - DVD
Iron Man / Hulk Heroes United - DVD
Blackfish - Netflix Instant
Radio Bikini - Netflix Instant
My Sucky Teen Romance - Netflix Instant
Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film - Netflix Instant
The Messenger - Netflix Instant
Talhotblond - Netflix Instant
Billy Jack - Netflix Instant
The Brady Bunch in the White House - Netflix Instant
The Other Dream Team - Netflix Instant
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird - Netflix Instant
Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security - Netflix Instant
Blitz - Netflix Instant
Lovelace - Netflix Instant
Berberian Sound Studio - Netflix Instant
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Atomic Brain - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Night of the Blood Beast - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Unearthly - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies!!? - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Warrior of the Lost World - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Gamera vs Barugon - Netflix Instant
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself - Netflix Instant
Four Lions - Netflix Instant
Murder by Decree - Netflix Instant

Netflix added six more Mystery Science Theater 3000 selections to their list the other day. I've already watched all six of 'em over the weekend. The highlight was 'Warrior of the Lost World', which had Persis Khambatta (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and Donald Pleasance (Halloween) in the movie being mocked.

My younger nephew wanted to watch Jeff Dunham...pretty sure its the first I've seen that one unedited. There was a joke gettin' his dog fixed that I hadn't heard before, and the cutaways to the Sweet Daddy puppet backstage were off puttin' and annoyin'. Pretty sure I would have remembered that, too.

Watched the first film distributed by Drafthouse Films earlier tonight. Pretty funny, considerin' its about suicide bombers in London. And Benedict Cumberbatch turned up there towards the end...so, that was a plus.

Watchin' Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree now.
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Old December 23 2013, 10:37 PM   #648
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Das letzte Schweigen (The Silence) ★★★★

Fantastic German film about similar murders of young girls 20+ years apart. It doesn't fall into any of the familiar tropes and there's stellar acting all around. I've been learning German and I really enjoyed the fact that the dialogue was all spoken slowly enough for me to understand some of it and follow along with the subtitles.

Arbitrage ★★★

Good, but never really rises to the level of great. Richard Gere is a billionaire who has to successfully sell his company and hide a crime/personal secret within a very short time frame. Brit Marling is in this and that's a plus for me.
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Old December 24 2013, 05:51 AM   #649
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92. Psycho (A+)

As with Vertigo there's a questionable structural choice here (the long scene with the psychiatrist, which everybody and their dog has already critiqued; I'll just say that if Hitchcock wanted a more detailed explanation of Norman's situation, it would have been more naturalistic to see Mrs. Bates talking to the psychiatrist, rather than having him do the Cliff Notes). Otherwise, this film holds up exceptionally well, which is especially impressive given that it's a slasher movie made under Hays Code restrictions, and whose big twists are public knowledge.

Cinema: 38
Home Video: 46 (+1)
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Old December 24 2013, 10:46 AM   #650
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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
Hellraiser - Netflix Instant
Bruce Bruce: Loosin' It - Live in Boston - HuluPlus
Desperado - Netflix Instant
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Netflix Instant
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - Netflix Instant
The World's End - DVD
Iron Man / Hulk Heroes United - DVD
Blackfish - Netflix Instant
Radio Bikini - Netflix Instant
My Sucky Teen Romance - Netflix Instant
Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film - Netflix Instant
The Messenger - Netflix Instant
Talhotblond - Netflix Instant
Billy Jack - Netflix Instant
The Brady Bunch in the White House - Netflix Instant
The Other Dream Team - Netflix Instant
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird - Netflix Instant
Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security - Netflix Instant
Blitz - Netflix Instant
Lovelace - Netflix Instant
Berberian Sound Studio - Netflix Instant
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Atomic Brain - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Night of the Blood Beast- Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Unearthly - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies!!?- Netflix Instant
MST3K: Warrior of the Lost World - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Gamera vs Barugon - Netflix Instant
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself - Netflix Instant
Four Lions - Netflix Instant
Murder by Decree - Netflix Instant
Rodan - Netflix Instant
Sherlock, Jr - Netflix Instant
The General - Netflix Instant
Brittney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour - Netflix Instant
American Hustle - matinee
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D - matinee
An Ideal Husband - Netflix Instant
Where the Buffalo Roam - Netflix Instant

After the MST3K, I was kinda in the mood for Japanese monster movies, so I watched Rodan. It was not very good, even for 1960s Japanese monster movies. Two giant prehistoric pterodactyls attack Japan...and when the military options don't work, they just kinda kill themselves in a lava flow.

...meh...

Followed that up with a couple of Buster Keaton movies. I haven't seen a lot of silent films, just bits and pieces of 'em in other stuff. SJ was okay, but not great. And TG was kinda messed up in that Keaton somehow wins the Civil War for the South...?

And then a Brittney Spears concert video that showed me just how out of touch I am...the thing is about an hour & fifteen minutes long, and I didn't hear a song I knew 'til almost an hour into it. And it was filmed in 2011.

Went out to Lufkin yesterday for two matinees.

First up, AH, which wasn't as good as I had hoped for considerin' the cast. It needed more Jennifer Lawrence - she stool the show every time she showed up onscreen. Batman with a potbelly & a combover was amusin', too, but ya can see that in the trailer.

Followed that with The Hobbit sequel in 2D. I liked it a bit more than the first one, though the bit with the barrels distracted me for the whole rest of the movie...when the dwarves are makin' a break for it, each one of 'em has a barrel. All the barrels are filled with one dwarf. Bilbo follows, inadvertantly, but without a barrel. Durin' the escape/chase sequence, one of the dwarves destroys his barrel. And yet, Bilbo winds up with his own barrel, and the tubby ginger dwarf gets to keep a barrel, too. So...where did the two extra barrels come from?

Smaug was a pretty good lookin' dragon effect, too.

Got back to the house, and watched National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with my sister & younger nephew. First time for both of them to see it, but its one of my holiday favorites. My dad & I saw it in theaters way back in '89...

Followed that with An Ideal Husband, a period melodrama about relationships in London. It was actually kinda dull, but it had a good cast.

And then the 500th "new to me" movie of the year, WtBR starrin' Bill Murray as Hunter S Thompson. I liked it quite a bit more than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Watchin' a first season episode of Dexter now, before I call it a night.
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93. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (B)

The one wartime Preston Sturges film not included in the DVD collection I bought a few years ago, a conceptually quite audacious film, though in execution I maintain my opinion that much of Sturges' comedy hasn't aged especially well. Part of the issue is the lead actor, who did the somewhat similar Hail the Conquering Hero with Sturges (also a satire of wartime patriotism and social mores), who I find kind of annoying; also straddling the line between funny and annoying is Sturges' recurring supporting actor William Demarest. All the same, there's quite a bit of clever material here, and it's impressive that Sturges managed to get a movie featuring a girl who gets drunk, marries a man she doesn't remember only to find herself pregnant, and then tries to rope another guy into marrying her to cover it up, and plays it all as a buoyant comedy (ending with the government hypocritically covering it all up for its own reasons).

Cinema: 38
Home Video: 46
Computer: 9 (+1)
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Old December 26 2013, 06:27 AM   #652
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Old December 26 2013, 11:39 PM   #653
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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
Hellraiser - Netflix Instant
Bruce Bruce: Loosin' It - Live in Boston - HuluPlus
Desperado - Netflix Instant
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Netflix Instant
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - Netflix Instant
The World's End - DVD
Iron Man / Hulk Heroes United - DVD
Blackfish - Netflix Instant
Radio Bikini - Netflix Instant
My Sucky Teen Romance - Netflix Instant
Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film - Netflix Instant
The Messenger - Netflix Instant
Talhotblond - Netflix Instant
Billy Jack - Netflix Instant
The Brady Bunch in the White House - Netflix Instant
The Other Dream Team - Netflix Instant
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird - Netflix Instant
Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security - Netflix Instant
Blitz - Netflix Instant
Lovelace - Netflix Instant
Berberian Sound Studio - Netflix Instant
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Atomic Brain - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Night of the Blood Beast- Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Unearthly - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies!!?- Netflix Instant
MST3K: Warrior of the Lost World - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Gamera vs Barugon - Netflix Instant
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself - Netflix Instant
Four Lions - Netflix Instant
Murder by Decree - Netflix Instant
Rodan - Netflix Instant
Sherlock, Jr - Netflix Instant
The General - Netflix Instant
Brittney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour - Netflix Instant
American Hustle - matinee
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D - matinee
An Ideal Husband - Netflix Instant
Where the Buffalo Roam - Netflix Instant
The Polar Express - Netflix Instant
I Declare War - DVD
Promised Land - DVD
Twilight (1998) - Netflix Instant
Jingle All the Way - Netflix Instant
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) - Netflix Instant
Santa Claus: The Movie - Netflix Instant
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - Netflix Instant
Fastest - Netflix Instant

TPE was the movie the rest of the family wanted to watch on Christmas Eve. I had never watched it, since I thought the motion capture animation was a bit too creepy. And I still have the opinion. It really throws me off, and I don't care for it. It was an alright movie, though...I'm sure some of those train sequences look great on a theater screen, so I may try to check it out again next year, since I know places in Austin show it durin' the holiday season...Alamo Drafthouse is usually good for a show, and the Bob Bullock shows it on their IMAX.

Hasting's had a special deal for the holiday - any DVD or blu ray in the store free two day rentals. I took the nephews into Nacogdoches, and let 'em pick two movies each, and I picked two movies, and got stuff for my sister & brother in law to watch, too.

The boys picked Pokemon movies, which I didn't really watch because that stuff just doesn't interest me.

I watched my two choices Christmas Eve night, after everyone else called it a night.

IDW, from Drafthouse Films, was a really good movie. Its the first Drafthouse Films movie to come out after I left Austin, so I missed it in the theater. If ya haven't seen it, ya should check it out, 'cause I think it completely captures that feel of friendship and jealousy of preteens.

PL was one where Drafthouse ran the trailer for it quite a bit, but didn't get it to show, and I didn't want to pay theater prices to see it when it came out. It was an alright drama, with good actin' all around. Could have done without the twist, thought, that pushes Damon's character to his final act...

Twilight was a by the numbers murder mystery with Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, James Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing & John Spencer. It was a really good cast for such a mediocre movie. And ya get to see Reese Witherspoon's boobs, so that's a plus.

Spent Christmas watchin' seasonal movies, even though I had the house to myself.

JatW was mildly amusin', especially the Santa brawl, but it just really made me miss Phil Hartman. That dude was freakin' awesome...

CCTM was an animated version of the story with Nicolas Cage & Kate Winslet providin' some voice work. It didn't really add anything new for anyone familiar to the story.

SCTM seemed like a biopic, actin' like Santa Claus was a real guy for the first half and then redeemin' himself in the second half. John Lithgow & Dudley Moore have supportin' roles in the movie as a greey toy maker & an elf.

SCCtM was just all around stupid. Martians come to Earth and kidnap Santa to teach their own children how to act like children. Even for the '60s, it was bad...

Watchin' Fastest now...its a motorcycle racer documentary narrated by Ewan McGregor.
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94. The Wolf of Wall Street (A)

Martin Scorsese goes from his most child-friendly film, Hugo, to this decidedly child-unfriendly film, where the f-bomb is employed something like 400 times (per one website's count) and more or less the first shot is Leonardo DiCaprio snorting cocaine out of a woman's crotch. This is pitch-black comedy, almost certainly the funniest film of the year, and it depends 100% on the viewer to instinctively understand how morally bankrupt virtually every character is, because within the film itself this is strictly a Seinfeld-style "no lessons learned" policy in effect. I can easily see why people might not like this -- it is, as the AV Club nicely put it, a study of an excessive lifestyle told in an excessive fashion.

It hangs largely on DiCaprio, who is phenomenal. Between Catch Me If You Can and Django Unchained he had a ten-year stretch of super-serious, gritty dramas, which were generally very high quality, but it's great to see him having fun onscreen again. Movie star charisma of his calibre shouldn't be so neglected. He also reveals some quite astonishing physical comedy skills. The supporting cast is huge, anchored by Jonah Hill, who has, much to my surprise, turned out to be an adept character actor.

Cinema: 39 (+1)
Home Video: 46
Computer: 9
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99. How to Train Your Dragon: A
100. Scrooged: A-
101. W: D+
102. 127 Hours: A-
103. Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: B+

I'm not a Tolkien purist and I read the book 15yrs ago so my grade is largely based on did I enjoy it as a film, not an adaptation. I'd grade it higher if the film actually worked well as a film within itself. I found it perhaps a tad long to not tell a story within itself given that timeframe. I was at the least expecting Smaug to die. Had that happened I'd very likely give this an A grade at minimum. I've read that the Woodland Elves sequence is pulled from elsewhere and that Legolas is even shoehorned in(for familiarity I guess?) and that the Tauriel character is not even of Tolkien origin but I liked that character a plenty.
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. 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+
23) American Hustle (2013) - A
24) Despicable Me 2 (2013) - B+

First of all, the Minions might be the best marketing ploy since Cars. They're annoying, cute, and the children eat them up so much. I can understand why Kids would gravitate towards the minions, but what was it about Cars that became so profitable for Disney anyway. I liked the movie, but when I originally saw it, nothing about it screamed "marketable".

As for this movie, it was just like the first one, cute and charming. Really liked Lucy, kind of wish the Villain actually was shown more rather than rushing the reveal, and the girls, especially Agnes, were the best things about the movie.

Theater: 13
Blu-Ray/DVD/TV: 5
Itunes: 3 (+1)
Netflix: 3
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95. Like Crazy (C+)

This was an indie Sundance success story back in 2011, and drew a lot of praise for its lead actress, Felicity Jones (leading man Anton Yelchin, more known already, kind of flew under the radar). I debated whether or not to rate this as a C+ or B-, but I couldn't get over the intense dislike I developed for the main characters. The central conflict of the movie, the separation of the lovers across national boundaries, results from the woman impulsively deciding to overstay her student visa by a few months just because she wants to be near her boyfriend, even though she's been advised that this can create problems; and wouldn't you know, it's hard to get another visa when you've breached the conditions of the last one? And then, the boyfriend is a self-employed furniture designer, i.e., the definition of a transferable job, but for no reason the movie ever delves into he doesn't want to move to England if the girlfriend he so intensely desires can't come to America. Notwithstanding the initial stupidity, I was ultimately more sympathetic to the woman, because Yelchin's character spends pretty much the whole movie acting like a whiny douchebag.

Also, Jennifer Lawrence is in this, post-Winter's Bone and pre-everything else. She's excellent in her comparatively limited role as a competing love interesting for Yelchin's character.

Cinema: 39
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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
Hellraiser - Netflix Instant
Bruce Bruce: Loosin' It - Live in Boston - HuluPlus
Desperado - Netflix Instant
Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Netflix Instant
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - Netflix Instant
The World's End - DVD
Iron Man / Hulk Heroes United - DVD
Blackfish - Netflix Instant
Radio Bikini - Netflix Instant
My Sucky Teen Romance - Netflix Instant
Nightmares in Red, White & Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film - Netflix Instant
The Messenger - Netflix Instant
Talhotblond - Netflix Instant
Billy Jack - Netflix Instant
The Brady Bunch in the White House - Netflix Instant
The Other Dream Team - Netflix Instant
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird - Netflix Instant
Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security - Netflix Instant
Blitz - Netflix Instant
Lovelace - Netflix Instant
Berberian Sound Studio - Netflix Instant
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Atomic Brain - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Night of the Blood Beast- Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Unearthly - Netflix Instant
MST3K: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies!!?- Netflix Instant
MST3K: Warrior of the Lost World - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Gamera vs Barugon - Netflix Instant
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself - Netflix Instant
Four Lions - Netflix Instant
Murder by Decree - Netflix Instant
Rodan - Netflix Instant
Sherlock, Jr - Netflix Instant
The General - Netflix Instant
Brittney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour - Netflix Instant
American Hustle - matinee
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2D - matinee
An Ideal Husband - Netflix Instant
Where the Buffalo Roam - Netflix Instant
The Polar Express - Netflix Instant
I Declare War - DVD
Promised Land - DVD
Twilight (1998) - Netflix Instant
Jingle All the Way - Netflix Instant
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) - Netflix Instant
Santa Claus: The Movie - Netflix Instant
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - Netflix Instant
Fastest - Netflix Instant
Monkey Business - Netflix Instant
His Girl Friday - Netflix Instant
47 Ronin 3D - matinee

Watched a couple of old Cary Grant black & white movies the other night. Both were good for a laugh, too.

I was in Nacgodoches today, and after a lunch out & errands, I got to the four o'clock showin' of 47 Ronin. Its the discount matinee, but with the 3D surcharge, it came to $8. Not too bad, but still too much in the end, 'cause the movie was not good.

Based on a legend, it treats Japan as a land where magic works, witches & serpent men are real foes to fight, dragons and giant six-eye elk beasts are to be killed, and reincarnation could be a possibility.

The story was borin', though, and the fight sequences were either filmed piss poorly or just weren't choreographed in a way to be filmed well.

And there was no reason for it to be in 3D.

This will most likely be the last movie I see in a theater this year. Kinda bummed about that, to be honest...
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Old December 29 2013, 02:12 PM   #659
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Captain Craig wrote:
I've read that the Woodland Elves sequence is pulled from elsewhere and that Legolas is even shoehorned in(for familiarity I guess?) and that the Tauriel character is not even of Tolkien origin but I liked that character a plenty.
The elves in Mirkwood, and the party's captivity in their halls, have always been a part of the story, it's just that Jackson & Co. expanded their role, putting them into places such as the barrel sequence and Laketown where originally they were not present.

Putting Legolas into the story actually makes sense, given that his character was not created until LOTR after The Hobbit had already been written, and he was said to be the son of the Elvenking in The Hobbit. So it stands to reason that he would have been present at the Elvenking's halls during the story ( though the choice to involve him in an active role is on the filmmakers ).
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96. Rear Window (A-)

This was actually the first Hitchcock film I saw, probably about 10+ years ago, when I rented it from Blockbuster (ah, how the times change). I can appreciate it a lot more now, but I still maintain that as a thriller I don't find it especially effective (it works more as a character study and exercise in good technical filmmaking). The long shots of Kelly going through the house are well-executed, as is Stewart's waiting for Burr to appear, but once Burr comes into the apartment it gets kind of silly (repeatedly hitting him with flashbulbs, and Burr never thinking to just close his eyes when Stewart gets another one in, for instance). Stewart and Kelly are both terrific (and Kelly looks gorgeous).

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