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Old May 9 2014, 10:06 PM   #226
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24. Mongol: A-
25. Captain America The Winter Soldier: A+
26. Munich: B
27. Amazing Spider-man 2: C-
28. The Killer Inside Me: A-

This one came up as a suggestion from Netflix based on viewing habits. They were not wrong as I did enjoy it the more the film went on. It's a very dark film from a character analysis, of several characters really, but especially the lead played by Casey Affleck(Lou) and his whore girlfriend Joyce(Jessica Alba).

It's a period piece that looks to take place in the 50's. They may have said early on but I forget if any one year was said. Lou is s sheriff in a small Texas town with, well, a killer lurking inside his own psyche. The film delves into what acts unleashed or revealed these desires and at what point Lou finds a woman to rekindle them and let loose his inner killer. Yes, his issues, insecurities and strengthen are all tied into his experiences and relationships with women.
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Old May 11 2014, 03:19 PM   #227
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - Cinemax
She's the Man - HBO
Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995) - Movieplex
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D - Alamo Drafthouse
Justice League: War - DVD
Son of Batman - DVD
Prisoners - HBO
A Day at the Races - free admission

Got my XBox out of storage the other day, so I can watch DVDs at the motel...

First up, JLW! Not DC Animated's best movie, that's for sure...but I did like the snark between Batman & Green Lantern, and they did a good job with Wonder Woman, too. Didn't care much for Superman or Shazaam, tough.

Followed that with SOB which I liked quite a bit more. Just wish there were more to the Nightwing vs Damien fight than just still drawings in the credits.

Watched Prisoners when it premiered on HBO last night. That was a rough movie...glad I didn't go to the theater for it.

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I went over to the Alamo Drafthouse - Ritz this afternoon for their Marx Brothers retrospective. Turns out I used to work with the manager there, and she hooked me up with a free ticket and a discount on the tab.

And now ADatR is the first Marx Brothers movie I've seen all the way through. Pretty funny, though they could have done without the black face, I think.
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Old May 18 2014, 12:23 AM   #228
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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-
13) Nuremberg - B
14) Love & Other Drugs - D
15) We Were Soldiers - B+

It wasn't as great as I remember, but it still held my interest throughout.

The movie's major downfall, like many war movies, introduces too many characters and then doesn't hash them out. But still worth it as a popcorn, action flick.
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Old May 18 2014, 07:09 AM   #229
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - Cinemax
She's the Man - HBO
Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995) - Movieplex
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D - Alamo Drafthouse
Justice League: War - DVD
Son of Batman - DVD
Prisoners - HBO
A Day at the Races - free admission
The Lego Movie 2D - discount theater
Non-Stop - discount theater

I'm in San Marcos for the weekend, and I went over to the Showplace, the discount movie theater, for a Liam Neeson double feature.

First up, TLM 2D, which has him as the voice of Bad Cop, Good Cop and Pa Cop.

The movie wasn't too gawd awful 'til the endin', which switched from CGI Lego characters to live action.

....bleh....

Followed that with NS, which has him as an air marshal embroiled in a terrorist plot on a transatlantic flight. Nice suspense, some good red herrings, and one little bit at the end that made me wonder if they were settin' up a sequel.

Thinkin' about goin' down to New Braunfels to check out the new Alamo Drafthouse there tomorrow...
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Old May 19 2014, 12:31 AM   #230
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35. Godzilla (B+)

The new Godzilla film takes a less-is-more approach with the title character, which I think really works. What doesn't work quite as well as it could are the human characters who fill up the screen in the meantime, mainly Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is still boring as a leading man.

Cinema: 16 (+1)
DVD: 8
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Old May 19 2014, 01:58 AM   #231
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25. Captain America The Winter Soldier: A+
26. Munich: B
27. Amazing Spider-man 2: C-
28. The Killer Inside Me: A-
29. Rio 2: B

I never saw the first, although it's been in the Netflix queue, but my 3yr old nephew wanted to see it so I used my free Regal Rewards voucher on this. While not knowing anything about the first except that a rare blue Amazonian bird was being hunted by smugglers I think I picked up with where we were in story fairly fine.

I felt the middle part dragged a bit but the lead bird Blue and his family were fun and a few song/dance numbers were well done. My nephew was bopping in his seat anyway.
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Old May 22 2014, 04:35 AM   #232
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Updates in Bold:

300: Rise of an Empire (10)
The Amazing Spider-man 2 (7)
Black Rain (7)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (9)
Columbiana (7)
Fairy Tail The Movie: The Phoenix Priestess (8)
Godzilla (2014) (9)
Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin (Garden of Sinners: Blessings for the Future) (9)
Divergent (7)
Frozen (2013) (7)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (9)
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)
Pack Up Your Troubles (7)
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: 30
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Old May 22 2014, 06:24 AM   #233
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Rosemary's Baby - A
Double Indemnity - A
Beyond the Black Rainbow - B
Gravity - C

That's all I've seen in 2014. I'm more into TV.

Breaking Bad - A
Orange is the New Black - A
Mad Men Season 7 part 1 - A (so far)
Parks and Recreation Season 6 - B (so far)
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Old May 22 2014, 03:46 PM   #234
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - Cinemax
She's the Man - HBO
Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995) - Movieplex
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D - Alamo Drafthouse
Justice League: War - DVD
Son of Batman - DVD
Prisoners - HBO
A Day at the Races - free admission
The Lego Movie 2D - discount theater
Non-Stop - discount theater
Godzilla 2D (2014) - free admission
The Grand Budapest Hotel - free admission
Neighbors - free admission

Been goin' to the Alamo Drafthouse I worked at the last few days, scored free tickets to three movies, one movie a day.

G 2D was pretty good, as long as it had monsters on the screen. The human element, aside from Bryan Cranston who owns everything every time he's onscreen, was lame. The monsters were awesome.

TGBH was amusin'. Wasn't sure what to expect, aside from what I've learned to expect from Wes Anderson, which is a certain style of film & dialogue. The cast is incredible. The framin' device could have done with one less layer, it didn't need the older author at all. But it was still a pretty good movie.

And, finally N. That was a funny movie, and incredibly juvenile. But the airbag joke was great. Not necessarily the first, 'cause that's in the trailer. But the second and third were funny, too.

Rewatchin' The Social Network on FX right now, got a plan to rewatch all the X-Men movies before the new one (two down, four to go).
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Old May 22 2014, 04:40 PM   #235
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26. Munich: B
27. Amazing Spider-man 2: C-
28. The Killer Inside Me: A-
29. Rio 2: B
30. Welcome to the Rileys: B+

This was one of James Gandolfini's more recent praised works before he passed not too long ago and I finally saw it. Film was from 2010. It also stars Twilight leading lady Kristen Stewart.

The film is something of a borderline dark drama without being overly morose. It straddles that line of revealing how people can fall into a state of depression, clinical or otherwise, and sometimes the right human interaction can alter things for all parties. Gandolfini is a husband and he and his wife are in different stages of functioning depression. His wife has the more clinical side as she's shown needing to take her Rx. Gandolfini is a more sullen, withdrawn but still out there doing his job. Why are they depressed, their daughter was killed in a car accident when she was 16.

Gandofini, I should recall his characters name I suppose, who lives in Indy has a business conference in New Orleans and there he has his own breakdown and strolls into a strip joint. Not really for "the show". He gets a beer and starts writing in a notepad when Stewarts hooker/stripper throws her leg around him.

Bottom line is Gandolfini stays in NO and Stewarts character whose been without parentage and good adult stewardship seemingly adopt each other. His wife can't tolerate being alone in Indy and doesn't know why he's stayed in NO(cause he doesn't give specifics to her). For the first time in years she leaves the house and heads down to NO. But not before running the car over the mailbox. Together they all get a little bit better.
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Old May 24 2014, 07:51 PM   #236
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36. Anna Karenina (B+)

Joe Wright's experimental 2012 film version of Tolstoy's classic novel, which I rewatched for the first time since seeing it in theatres. I still can't help but think I would have preferred a more straightforward take without the deliberate artifice, but some of those moments are damn fascinating filmmaking (Anna's humiliation at the opera, for instance, filmed as a tableaux), and at times it has the magic of Wright's best films (Anna and Vronsky's dance, especially). Great acting, apart from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is still boring.

37. X-Men: Days of Future Past (A)

The new standard for the X-Men film series. Discussed more in the review thread.

Cinema: 17 (+1)
DVD: 9 (+1)
Computer: 11
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Old May 24 2014, 10:42 PM   #237
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Saving Mr. Banks - On Demand - I really loved this movie. Emma Thompson was so fantastic in this, I thought all the actors really brought this movie to life. Tom Hanks was good as Disney, bringing enough of the character to make it believable. Colin Farrell as Travers Goff was especially good. He's tricky, out of no where he gives a really good performance. While I knew the basics story going in, it was nice to see it played out. The most touching part of the movie when Walt relates the story of his dad to Miss Travers. Tom Hanks was simply amazing right here, its moments like these we watch movies for. While I know the conversation didn't happen in person but over the phone, I think dramatically it was the right way to go.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Way better then the first movie, actually liked it a lot. I actually hope they make a sequel and finish the story line.
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1) Her (2013) - A
2) Saving Mr. Banks (2013) - B+
3) The Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - B
4) Frozen (2013) - A
5) Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - B
6) Rush (2013) - B+
7) Blackfish (2013) - B
8) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - A
9) Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) - A
10) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - B

I wrote more about this movie in the thread in the sci fi forum, but the gist of it was the reason I didn't love it like I thought I would was becasue this felt like a third film in the first class trilogy, and I wasn't ready for the two universes to connect. I wanted to see a second pure First Class film and maybe we might still get that but we had mutant deaths happen off screen and I almost wish we got to see more of those characters.

Still, I liked what we got and there were many moving and great scenes. Really liked the scene in the pentagon with Quicksilver and the prison break.

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Theater: 8 (+1)
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Recently Seen:
20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (9)
20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (9)
20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (9)
The Odessa File (1974) (10)
The Raid: Redemption (8)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (9)

Running Total:
34
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Old May 29 2014, 12:08 AM   #240
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27. Amazing Spider-man 2: C-
28. The Killer Inside Me: A-
29. Rio 2: B
30. Welcome to the Rileys: B+
31. X-Men: Days of Future Past: A-

A total game changer for the X-Franchise. It's much more of a drama than I was thinking going in. It's surprisingly light on action for a summer film. I had thought there'd be a lot of Sentinel action but there isn't. Still, due to the strength of the story though it stays engaging and holds up to repeat viewings. That's not to say there aren't a few things I'd point out but overall it's very worthy of being seen.
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