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Old April 8 2014, 07:04 PM   #196
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I know that(not sounding pretentious) but that material is not considered canonical by Judaism or Christianity. Not sure about Islam. I did do some looking around post movie and did find out at least ONE Ethiopian Orthodox of Judaism does accept the Book of Enoch. However, since the film is promoting itself as being mainstream about the story of NOAH it's a huge fail. Note they left ALL elements of the Watchers out of the marketing. Even then they created forced drama, didn't even populate the boat right. Eight people get on, no stowaways. Just lots wrong with it overall. The lack of truth in advertising is huge though. It's not an adaption of the accepted story of Noah period.
They got the boat, the flood, the animals and naming the lead character Noah right it goes sideways from there.

Like I said, taking religion out of it it's not representative of the accepted account of the events in the actual story itself.
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Old April 9 2014, 02:53 AM   #197
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300: Rise of an Empire (10)
Black Rain (7)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (9)
Fairy Tail The Movie: The Phoenix Priestess (8)
Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (Garden of Sinners: Blessings for the Future) (9)
Divergent (7)
Heat (1995) (8)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (9)
Kick Ass 2 (8)
Lone Survivor (8)
Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (7)
Mission Impossible II (8)
Mission Impossible III (8)
Monuments Men (8)
Need for Speed (8)
Non-Stop (10)
Oldboy (2013) (9)
Robocop (2014) (8)
Tales From Earthsea (5)
Walking Tall: Lone Justice (6)
White House Down (7)
The Wind Rises (7)
Wolf Children (8)

Running Total: 23
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Old April 10 2014, 03:37 AM   #198
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Like I said, taking religion out of it it's not representative of the accepted account of the events in the actual story itself.
Aronofsky wasn't trying to do that. He was presenting his own interpretation.
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Old April 12 2014, 05:22 AM   #199
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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Seen this many times. It's still a great movie adaptation. 9/10.

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Same as above. 9/10.

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Rewatch. It's as great as LotR. 9/10.

4. Man of Steel
I found it excellent. Better than Superman Returns. On par with the first two Donner/Reeve films.

5. Meet the Robinsons
Still holds up. Rather enjoyable.

6. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Same as above.

7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Not really to my taste, but some parts are enjoyable. 5/10.

8. Tron Legacy
Still rather enjoyable. 8/10.

9. Tron
Streamed because the DVD seems to be in the Disney Vault. (and I haven't upgraded to Blu-Ray yet.)
Still a great story. Legacy is a great continuation. 8/10.

10. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
After re-watching the 1995 BCC production (after reading the novel) I decided to watch this movie. It's a slightly less faithful adaption, but I still enjoyed it. 8/10.

11. The Little Colonel
The earliest Shirley Temple film available on Google Play. The tale of a young girl whose grandfather (who fought on the South's side in the Civil War) had disowned her mother upon her running away with her northerner father... Quite enjoyable 7.8/10.

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11. Our Little Girl
Another Shirley Temple film... 5/10.

12. Serenity
Can't rewatch Firefly without watching Serenity...
It holds up. 8.5/10

13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
One of the best Marvel movies so far. I liked all the revelations involved. 9.5/10.
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Old April 13 2014, 06:41 AM   #200
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300: Rise of an Empire (10)
Black Rain (7)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (9)
Fairy Tail The Movie: The Phoenix Priestess (8)
Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (Garden of Sinners: Blessings for the Future) (9)
Divergent (7)
Heat (1995) (8)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (9)
Kick Ass 2 (8)
Lone Survivor (8)
Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (7)
Mission Impossible II (8)
Mission Impossible III (8)
Monuments Men (8)
Need for Speed (8)
Non-Stop (10)
Oldboy (2013) (9)
Red Dawn (2012) (5)
Robocop (2014) (8)
Tales From Earthsea (5)
Walking Tall: Lone Justice (6)
White House Down (7)
The Wind Rises (7)
Wolf Children (8)

Running Total: 24
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Old April 14 2014, 01:14 AM   #201
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1) Wargames - B+
2) Play The Game - B
3) Battle Los Angeles - B+
4) Despicable Me 2 - B
5) Minority Report - C-
6) District 9 - B+
7) How Do You Know? - F

8) Walk The Line - A-
9) The Butler - A+
10) Captain Phillips - B
11) Sky High - C+
12) Draft Day - B-

This is a nice fluffy NFL propaganda piece that is just interesting to hold one's attention and not be boring.

Kevin Costner is as bland as always and his romance with Jennifer Garner falls flat as does a lot of the background, even when the storyline of the son firing the father is crazy enough to be plausible in Cleveland's crazy football life.

I did spend the entire movie hoping that he didn't fleece my Lions at any point.
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Old April 14 2014, 03:17 PM   #202
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37. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ★ 1/2
38. The Sacrament ★★★1/2
39. Cheap Thrills ★★★
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Old April 14 2014, 07:52 PM   #203
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31. Fantastic Mr. Fox (B+)

The original book was a favourite of mine, slim though it is (the story has been expanded considerably to barely fill out a feature-length film, though on a plot level the extended ending is basically a new variation on the original ending, which instead serves as the two-thirds mark). It's kind of weird to see as distinctive an authorial voice as Roald Dahl's have another, totally different aesthetic superimposed on it (that of Wes Anderson). It's fun, though I wouldn't call it exceptional, and it's especially interesting to see a children's film that really does not have children as its primary audience.

Cinema: 14 (+1)
DVD: 7
Computer: 10
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Old April 15 2014, 12:27 AM   #204
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49. Clean Slate (C+) - Kind of 50 First Dates meets Harry Crumb. Carvey is enjoyable in the lead role and the supporting characters are all strong. The premise just about holds together. Surprised me to enjoy this one as much as I did.
50. No Contest (C-) - A Shannon Tweed vehicle that I feel somewhat ashamed about enjoying. It's not good, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe I was just in the right mood for this no-brain required nonsense. Robert Davi was really good in his part though, a definite cut above every other actor in the film.
51. Murder In The First (A-) - Oldman, Slater & Bacon are absolutely fabulous in this 'based on a true story' period piece. Sensationalized & salacious in parts, it never takes to much away from the story they are telling. Great movie.
52. Freaked (B-) - Far better than I thought it would be. It's a gross-out comedy that has its moments and while thin, it entertains.
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Old April 19 2014, 07:13 PM   #205
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33. The Fog (1980) -- B+

At the time The Fog was released, there was no way John Carpenter could meet the expectations set by Halloween. That movie was a game-changer for the horror genre and is still, I think, a classic -- even if it spawned a lot of terrible imitators and a slew of awful sequels. Decades removed from those expectations, however, I think The Fog holds up splendidly. The movie doesn't generate a feeling of horror so much as dread, a mood which is perfectly established by John Houseman's opening scene and maintained throughout the movie. In many ways, this movie is an ensemble piece, which is different than the other Carpenter-directed movies I've seen thus far. Adrienne Barbeau is ostensibly the lead, but the film is really more about the town as a community than any individual character. Hal Holbrook is terrific as a priest who discovers a terrible secret, Jamie Lee Curtis is fun in a supporting part, and there are numerous others I'm too lazy to name!
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Old April 20 2014, 11:51 AM   #206
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The Station Agent - Amazon Prime on Apple TV - I have been meaning to see this for a very long time. I really liked this movie a lot, it's one of those slow moving dramas that is never boring and you just get absorbed into it. Funny enough, I saw the directors next film The Visitor a few years ago and loved that as well but was unaware of the connection. Now I just have to check out Win Win, his last released film.

Buffalo 66 - HBO go - this is another movie I have been wanting to see for like forever. This is a really weird movie, one that wants you to hate but the story is so engaging and it's directed so well you can't help to like it even if you really hate it, weird right.

Man of Steel - HBO go - I actually watched this movie twice, the first time was on a flight home from Florida on JetBlue. Unfortunately our plane landed before The film finished, I think I missed the last half hour of the film and that was all the way back in October of last year. So I was glad when it showed up on HBO go recently.

I know a lot of people have issues with this movie and so do I, but overall I really liked it. I liked it way better then Superman Returns and I liked that movie as well. I actually thought the best thing about this movie is Clark/Kal's struggles with who he is. What this film needed was more Kevin Costner and less Zod. I wish the film makers had the courage to make a Superman movie that was all about him finding himself then that awful, overdone destroy everything in our wake two super beings pummeling each other, we have to put in or no one will see this movie wretch we got. I personally would have eliminated that whole thing and maybe made it smaller, give him a reason to reveal himself and the consequences. The only Zod we would have gotten was at the beginning and at the end when he escaped the Phantom Zone and used the awakening of the ship to find earth. Perfect setup for a sequel with Zod and all the fighting and world destroying.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D - Movie Theater - my second movie in an actually movie theater this year, the last one was Frozen in January. It only took being 200 miles away from home in NYC to do it. I wanted to see it in IMAX 3D but that ended on Thursday.

For me, this is simply the best comic book movie ever. Better then Avengers and The Dark Knight, both movies I really like. If you want to argue otherwise, no problem I get you. How great is it that we can compare and contrast movies like these, great quality and compelling stories that are actually intelligent and fun.

CA:TWS is the culmination of all my dreams when I read Captain America as a kid. If this movie came out when I was eight or nine years old, I would have lost my mind. I loved the banter between Cap and Black Widow. Black Widow seamed more like a complete character in this movie and I want Cap and Black Widow together in every Captain American movie going forward. The addition of the Falcon was handled perfectly, like others have said it's a tragedy they are not using him in the next Avengers movie. I could go on and on about the movie but I won't. I can't wait until the BluRay comes out.
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Old April 20 2014, 10:13 PM   #207
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action - DVD
The Crow: Wicked Prayer - Showtime Extreme
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home - Starz Kids & Family
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit - HBO on Demand
Bullet to the Head - Cinemax on Demand
Howard the Duck - HBO Family
Battlefield Earth - HBO on Demand
Me, Myself & Irene - HBO on Demand
Bad Milo! - Netflix Instant
The Final Cut - Netflix Instant
Starship Troopers: Invasion - Netflix Instant
P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour - Netflix Instant
Saving Mr. Banks - DVD
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow / Punisher - DVD
Suddenly - Netflix Instant
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2D - theater
Turbulance - HBO
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor - BBC America
Fearless - Cinemax
Blly Crystal: 700 Sundays - HBO

Cleanin' up my brother's DVR with stuff I've recorded...

Watched Turbulance...which wasn't the worst Ray Liotta movie I've watched this month. In this one, he's a serial killer being transported from New England to Los Angeles, and winds up takin' over the plane durin' the Christmas Eve flight. And he gets to terrorize a flight attendant!

I didn't buy the premise, to be honest...busiest travel time of the year, and only a dozen passengers? And it never did show how he got the gun used durin' the takeover.

Watched the Doctor Who anniversary special when BBC American rebroadcast it. First I've seen it not cut up into parts and on a screen bigger than my laptop, so I'm countin' it as the first time watchin' it.

I liked it unedited. Wish it was the first time I'd seen it, but if I had waited, I wouldn't have been able to avoid spoilers.

Jeff Bridges is the star of Fearless, a movie I've kinda sorted wanted to see since I first saw it reviewed by Roger Ebert fuckin' forever ago. And, as with Turbulance, it involves a plane, too. This time, its about the survivors of a plane crash, specifically a man who now lives without fear of death and Rosie Perez as a woman who mourns the loss of her baby in the crash.

Kinda surprised to see John de Lancie in a small role.

Took forever to get to the point of the story, I think, and the endin' sucked.

And I watched 700 Sundays last night. A filmed version of Billy Crystal's one-man show...it was very movin'. Funny, too, but sad. Bastard made me cry a bit when he talked about his last conversation with his mother before she died and then sayin' he was an orphan. I felt the same after my dad had died, since my mother died when I was young, but I was in my twenties when dad died.

Not sure what's next to watch, besides Game of Thrones and Mad Men tonight.
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Old April 23 2014, 01:31 AM   #208
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22. 2 Guns: B
23. The Seventh Seal: B+
24. Mongol: A-
25. Captain America The Winter Soldier: A+
26. Munich: B

The Eric Bana and Daniel Craig led film by Steven Spielberg that chronicles the actions taken by the young State of Israel following the aftermath of the 60's Olympic Hostage Crisis.
Not being fully versed on this piece of history I was able to watch without too much in the way of expectations or as to where liberties were likely taken.

I found the film to be tense and sprinkled with various moments of suspense. I did however find myself drifting during the middle parts of the film. I think the flaw was showing too much. As they went from one target to the next, it just got to be a bit overkill. At 2hrs 45min it dragged and that's what brings down my grade for it.
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Old April 25 2014, 11:56 PM   #209
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32. Independence Day (A)

After finishing my exams for second year of law school and resolving an insurance claim, it was time to unwind by revisiting the pop culture masterpiece known as Independence Day, which has traveled the long road from being looked down up to being a fondly-regarded piece of 90s nostalgia. The movie has an important place in my own history as a movie-lover, as it was the movie I ever owned personally, after getting it on VHS for Christmas in 1996 when I was nine. I probably watched it about fifty times, but this is the first time I've seen it in widescreen.

I have to say, I wish we had more blockbusters today that were fun but without totally suffocating in irony and self-awareness. This movie is totally sincere, which does lend to plenty of humour potential at the corny parts, but it still works, and I'd much rather this approach be more common (there's a reason people remember so many scenes and lines in this movie and can joke about them; the movie commits to its story). This and Men in Black were a one-two punch that made Will Smith the coolest guy on the planet in my mind circa 1997, though his subsequent blockbuster output has never lived up to that.

The mid-90s visual effects still hold up pretty well, although the rigidity of the models' movements is evident in some of the air combat sequences (and the way they mesh with the explosions).

Cinema: 14
DVD: 8 (+1)
Computer: 10
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Old April 26 2014, 05:29 PM   #210
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34. The Invisible Woman (1940) -- B+

I've now seen all the "Invisible Man" movies from the early studio era except for The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944), which is a quasi-remake of the original and, as a result, doesn't interest me all that much. The original, of course, is the best, but the second best might be The Invisible Woman, which opts to use the concept as the basis for a screwball comedy rather than something semi-serious (all of the movies in the series have a darkly comedic streak to them, of course).

Unlike "Returns" or "Agent," there's no hitherto unknown family connection to the original's Dr. Jack Griffin to tie this to the series, but it doesn't really matter. Invisibility is the star of the series, and the effects work in this film is up to par with the previous installments. This movie came near the end of Virginia Bruce's brief period of stardom, but given her sense of comedic timing and delivery, it's a shame she didn't continue working steadily as a comedic actress. Co-star John Howard would soon be exiled to a career as a perpetual TV guest star, which is a shame, too, because he's almost as good.

It's not a perfect movie (the climax, in which the invisible woman opens fire with a machine gun on her love interest and his man servant, is a head-scratcher), but it's a fun twist on the premise that (wisely) doesn't take itself too seriously.
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