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Old January 4 2014, 06:40 AM   #16
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Old January 4 2014, 09:05 AM   #17
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On a TV:
1. The Land Unknown (1957) -- C-
2. Seconds (1966) -- B+
3. Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) -- C


Seconds has two remarkable performances (from John Randolph and Rock Hudson), incredible black and white cinematography (from James Wong Howe), superb direction (from John Frankenheimer), and a perfect, discordant score (from Jerry Goldsmith). The middle section sags just a bit, but other than that, this is an excellent, taught little SF thriller, which is reminiscent of European art cinema from the period, but has a definite American flavor to it.

Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers is watchable only because of Ray Harryhausen's superb "dynamation." Everything else, frankly, stinks. The characters' behavior defies explanation (there's no reason for the two leads to brush off their initial encounter with the flying saucer besides stupidity; the military's decision to shoot first and ask questions later defies reason without being questioned by the movie). Hugh Marlowe looks to me like Don Draper would look if John Hamm smoked and drake as much as his television character. That is to say, he looks old, weak, and worn out. I'm surprised he lived until 1982. The narration, typical of lesser efforts of the genre from this period, tells us things we already know or don't need to know.

Still, as with many of the films he worked on, Harryhausen's work is the selling point, and it makes this at least worth watching for his hand-made artistry.
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Old January 4 2014, 05:45 PM   #18
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The Devil's Double - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Future War - Netflix Instant
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay - Netflix Instant
Stephen King's Graveyard Shift - Netflix Instant
Charge - Netflix Instant
The Eiger Sanction - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Laserblast - Netflix Instant
The Joneses - Netflix Instant

Watched a documentary about electric motorcycle racin' at the Isle of Man in 2009 and 2010, narrated by Ewan McGregor after DS9 'Emissary' yesterday. Pretty informative, and a bit interestin' to see the reaction of the locals to the changes made by the electric motors used for the races.

Followed that by a Clint Eastwood movie I'd never heard of before, about a retired hitman who is coerced by a secretive government agency to assassinate a mountain climber who may have stolen bioweapon research. George Kennedy had a supportin' role, but the movie was very '70s...it was okay, but not really great.

Started the day with MST3K, looked it up at IMDB, and seems that it was the last produced by Comedy Central and the last to feature Dr Forrester.

Watchin' David Duchovney & Demi Moore in The Joneses now...
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First flick at the cinema for this year was 47 Ronin.

Next week, I suspect it'll be Mandela with Twelve Years a Slave the week after.
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Old January 5 2014, 01:09 AM   #21
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That was my last theater trip of 2013. Did ya spring for the 3D, or just do 2D?
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Old January 5 2014, 02:33 AM   #22
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2014 First time viewed films:
1. Saving Mr.Banks: A
2. American Hustle: A-
3. Larry Crowne: B+

I found this to be highly enjoyable film. Very cute. Smartly done rom/com for the topic of Larry and those he encounters. It also doesn't hurt, I admit, that I enjoy the NBC show Community and this also felt like that for much of the film as well.

It was cute and loving without being flashy. It was sexy in a passive way which lends itself to a larger sense of awe in the way this was presented. Very underrated, deserved better at the box office.
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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.
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Old January 5 2014, 04:36 PM   #24
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I just caught 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' on The Movie Network. I am surprised to say that I enjoyed it for what it was - a divertissement. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be based on what it pulled in at the box office.
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1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) ★★★
2. The Kings of Summer (2013) ★★★1/2
3. About Time (2013) ★★★★

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4. Carrie (2013) ★★1/2
It's actually not a bad movie for a while. But if they went through the trouble of casting a teenager for Carrie, why are the "Mean Girls" pushing 30? I would liked to have seen more of the interaction between Carrie and her mother. The last 15 minutes are silly.

5. We Are What We Are (2013) ★★1/2
There's a good movie just dying to get out of here. There are some good performances, but it's just not enough of an attention grabber to get a rave review from me. The ending is worth the slow build up, though.

6. Saving Mr Banks ★★★1/2
Emma Thompson is extremely annoying in this role. I guess that works.
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On a TV:
1. The Land Unknown (1957) -- C-
2. Seconds (1966) -- B+
3. Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) -- C
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1. Philomena (B+)

Stephen Frears is a very interesting director, in that I have a hard time identifying much of a unifying style to his filmography, beyond generally being of high quality. A restraint with material that might be mawkish in other hands, perhaps; certainly that's in evidence here, approaching the story of a woman searching for her child, who she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier after giving birth in an Irish Catholic institute for unwed mothers. The story is a tragicomedy, one part buddy movie (pairing Judi Dench's titular goodhearted, if somewhat simple, title character with Steve Coogan's journalist, who is a mix of cynical and righteous) and one part sad story (the resolution to Philomena's search is bittersweet at best). There are plenty of opportunities for corny or overly sentimental emotional beats, but the script manages to sidestep them. It's a fairly simple story, but well-told, and superbly acted by Dench.

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Old January 6 2014, 05:54 PM   #29
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That was my last theater trip of 2013. Did ya spring for the 3D, or just do 2D?

The cinema didn't mention the 3d one on the website for times. We only noticed there was that option when we got there (though 3 hours later) I thought the 2d version was fine but then generally, I'm not fussed either way.
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Old January 6 2014, 07:07 PM   #30
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The Devil's Double - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Future War - Netflix Instant
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay - Netflix Instant
Stephen King's Graveyard Shift - Netflix Instant
Charge - Netflix Instant
The Eiger Sanction - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Laserblast - Netflix Instant
The Joneses - Netflix Instant
The Reich Underground - Netflix Instant
In the Loop - Netflix Instant
The Other Man - Netflix Instant
Our Nixon - Netflix Instant

Well, The Joneses was an alright movie.

TRU was a depressin' documentary about the tunnels built by Nazi / SS slave labor durin' WWII. Some are still in use, oddly enough.

ItL was an odd movie about British & American officials contemplatin' war in the Middle East. My favorite bit was between James Gandolfini as an American general and Peter Capaldi as a British official threatenin' each other.

Watched TOM this mornin', with Liam Neeson as a widower who finds out his late wife, played by Laura Linney, had an affair with another man, played by Antonio Banderas. It was a sad drama, and a bit hard to follow 'cause of the flashbacks & such.

Followed that with ON, a documentary about the Nixon White House usin' a mix of archive news footage & interviews, audio recordings & Super 8 home movies.

Watchin' Chuck's fourth season now, since my nephews are up & movin' 'round...

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The cinema didn't mention the 3d one on the website for times. We only noticed there was that option when we got there (though 3 hours later) I thought the 2d version was fine but then generally, I'm not fussed either way.
I paid for the 3D, since it was the only show durin' the cheap matinee hour (Carmike has a thing, shows from 4 to 5:30 are only $5.50). The upcharge put the cost at $8. It really wasn't worth it...
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