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Old July 10 2014, 12:21 AM   #301
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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+
16) A Walk To Remember - D+
17) Gridiron Gang - C
18) 42 - B

19) The Monuments Men - A-
20) The Rebound - D-
21) Saving Mister Banks - A-
22) Last Vegas - D+
23) Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit - B-
24) Maleficent - D

Angelina Jolie is one of the most painful actresses to watch on screen and this was no different. It's a visually confusing mess that has no real storyline. Avoid at all costs.
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Old July 10 2014, 06:46 AM   #302
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For the special occasion of my fiftieth movie review of the year, my long-awaited (by Harvey) review of the 2013 Star Trek movie, which has been the subject of not-inconsiderable controversy. Is this the worst Star Trek movie, as some fans voted? No. Even at his worst, Abrams as a director knows how to make a decent action scene and keeps the pace going, which puts the movie well ahead of some other entries in the series.
I like Into Darkness more than you, but your review is pretty fair.

If I had to choose, think I would say I favor the sequel over the '09 movie, for two reasons. One, Khan and Marcus make for more rounded villains (and I like that Khan spends a good portion of the movie as Kirk's ally) than Nero.

Two, the plotting of the sequel makes more sense to me than that of the earlier film. Into Darkness doesn't have a sequence that betrays plausibility for the sake of plot like the one in the '09 film where (1) Spock jettisons Kirk from the Enterprise, (2) Kirk encounters Spock and Scotty, the only inhabitants of Delta Vega, and (3) Spock can reprogram the transporter into being super-powerful at the click of a few buttons. These events aren't motivated by character; they happen because the story needs them to. Sulu telling Khan how many torpedoes he has aimed at him happens because the story needs him to, but it's also a good character beat.
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Old July 11 2014, 02:39 PM   #303
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If Spock were to leave Kirk behind on a frozen wasteland, I'd imagine that he'd want him to be near an outpost so that he doesn't die. I'd also imagine that Old Spock would want to be near that outpost as well. As for reprogramming the transporter, maybe the mechanism was built for that.
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Old July 11 2014, 08:56 PM   #304
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18. Harold ★1/2
19. 12 Years a Slave ★★★★
20. The Hunt ★★★★
21. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ★★★
22. Ender's Game ★★★
23. Captain Phillips ★★★
24. Elysium ★★
25. Rush ★★★
26. In A World ★★ 1/2
27. All is Lost ★★★★
28. Riddick ★
29. Blue is the Warmest Color ★★★★
30. The Croods ★★ 1/2
31. Bad Grandpa ★★
32. Nebraska ★★★1/2
33. Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★1/2
34. Kill Your Darlings ★★
35. Urban Legends: Final Cut ★
36. Dallas Buyer's Club ★★★1/2
37. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ★ 1/2
38. The Sacrament ★★★1/2
39. Cheap Thrills ★★★
40. Almost Human ★★
41. King of the Zombies ★
42. Frozen ★★★
43. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ★★★1/2
44. Magic Magic ★★
45. Godzilla ★★1/2
46. X-Men: Days of Future Past ★★★★
47. Edge of Tomorrow ★★★★
48. Grand Piano ★★★
49. In Fear ★★★
50. Oculus ★★1/2
51. A Horrible Way to Die ★★1/2
52. Jodorowsky's Dune ★★★★
53. The Double (2013) ★★★
54. Groundhog Day ★★★★
55. Jug Face ★1/2
56. The Man From Earth ★★★
57. Paul ★★★1/2
58. Neighbors ★★★
59. Pompeii ★★
60. FAQ About Time Travel ★★★
61. The Running Man ★★★
62. Breathe In ★★★

63. The Battery ★★★
64. Mulholland Drive ★★★
65. Haunter ★★1/2
66. Snowpiercer ★★★1/2
67. Only Lovers Left Alive ★★★★
68. Blue Ruin ★★
69. Noah ★
70. Alien Abduction ★ 1/2
71. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero ★★
72. American History X ★★★1/2
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Old July 12 2014, 07:54 AM   #305
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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time - DVD
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 - Netflix Instant
The Raid 2 - DVD
The Wolf of Wall Street - DVD

Rewatched The Raid: Redemption last night for the first time since it was in theaters. Still a freakin' awesome movie.

Watched The Raid 2, which is set immediately after the events of the first movie. Some good action sequences spread throughout, but way too much talkin' considerin' how action was in the first one.

I like the first one more, that's for sure.

Watchin' The Wolf of Wall Street right now...pretty good, so far.
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Old July 12 2014, 03:38 PM   #306
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Re: Movies Seen In 2014

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+
16) A Walk To Remember - D+
17) Gridiron Gang - C
18) 42 - B

19) The Monuments Men - A-
20) The Rebound - D-
21) Saving Mister Banks - A-
22) Last Vegas - D+
23) Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit - B-
24) Maleficent - D
25) Now And Then - C

This movie almost lost me in the opening moments when it tried to pass Rosie O'Donnell off as a doctor with a boyfriend.

It was nice, it was nostalgic, but the message, if there was one, got muddled in the story. Is it to live every day to the fullest? I'm not really sure.

26) Machete - B

I think I over-psyched myself for this one. The trailer looked awesome, but even if it was intended to be a little bit goofy, Latino-explotation, there are just some moments were it gets so ridiculous that it takes me out of the moment and I can't follow it.

Props go to one of my favorite actors: Jeff Fahey and Cheech Marin as Machete's brother.
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Old July 12 2014, 08:21 PM   #307
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Lego Movie - On Demand - Watched the Lego Movie this morning with my boys. They liked it, I thought it was just okay. Best part of the movie was Liam Neeson's Bad Cop/Good Cop. If this whole movie was about Batman and Bad Cop/Good Cop I think it would have been better. While not a bad movie, it was just underwhelming.
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Old July 13 2014, 02:45 AM   #308
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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time - DVD
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 - Netflix Instant
The Raid 2 - DVD
The Wolf of Wall Street - DVD
Homefront - Netflix Instant
Out of the Furnace - Netflix Instant

Well, TWoWS turned out to be an odd sort of biopic, but it has a great cast and a lot of female nudity, so, ya know, what the hell, why not watch it?

Played some Assassin's Creed this afternoon before watchin' Jason Statham & James Franco in Homefront. That was an alright movie about an ex-DEA agent gettin' mixed up almost by accident with the local meth dealer.

Watchin' Christian Bale & Casey Affleck in Out of the Furnace now...guess its a white trash double feature tonight.
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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
11) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) - B
12) Edge of Tomorrow (2014) - A-

Apes was a pretty good movie, but there were some parts where I was a little bored. The work of the Apes was great, but I found the story a little predictable and not really as engaging as Rise.

I liked Edge of Tomorrow better. It had an interesting premise (Kind of Groundhog Day meets Aliens meets The Matrix) and Cruise and Blunt were really good in it. I was a little confused about the ending though. Other than that, I really enjoyed this one.


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Theater: 10 (+2)
Itunes: 1
Blu Ray/DVD/TV: 1
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Old July 14 2014, 01:44 AM   #310
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51. 22 Jump Street (A-)

I liked the first movie fine, but I felt no particular compulsion to see this, despite all the praise. But I found myself near the movie theatre on Sunday afternoon and saw that there was a showing in ten minutes, and my work is making me miserable, so I thought, why not? I thought this was much much funnier than the first one, particularly Channing Tatum's character, and the way Lord and Miller relentlessly parody the concept of sequels (the end credits list of future installments omits the sequel where the protagonists have kids, but that's about it). I do wonder, though, with the huge box office of this movie, surely the studio will want another sequel, and I'm not sure where you'd go from here, after the movie has so comprehensively taken a flamethrower to sequels.

Cinema: 22 (+1)
DVD: 14
Computer: 15
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Old July 14 2014, 02:05 AM   #311
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Recently Seen:
Short Peace: Possessions (9)
Short Peace: Combustion (7)
Short Peace: Gambo (8)
Short Peace: A Farewell to Weapons (9)

Running Total: 48
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Old July 14 2014, 03:19 PM   #312
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35. Rio: B
36. Godzilla: B
37. Bowfinger: B-
38. Transformers Age of Extinction: C+
39. We Bought A Zoo: A-
40. Chronicle: D+

Holy Shit...the guy that directed(Josh Trank) this film is the one tapped for the new Fantastic Four reboot!! Maybe I'm misremembering but I seem to recall this film getting some fairly positive WOM at the time of it's release that translated into Trank getting the F4 reboot gig. I looked, it's RT critic/fan rank is fair to good. Another reason critics miss it as far as me ever considering them as a reason to see a film.

At only 120min I found it painfully slow to watch. Found no reason to be vested in the characters. If this movie were handed out free I'd take it just to remove the packaging material, toss out the DVD so I could reuse the case to store better discs.

The only reason it's not an outright F is I give them some cgi/fx props. I've tuned out the F4 remake already but if I was still holding out hope for it I'd be fully moving my #1 concern to director.
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JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time - DVD
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5 - Netflix Instant
The Raid 2 - DVD
The Wolf of Wall Street - DVD
Homefront - Netflix Instant
Out of the Furnace - Netflix Instant
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2D - theater
Stan Lee's Mighty 7 - DVD

Took my nephews to the theater yesterday for DotPofA 2D. I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially since it took the story of the reboot, and rather than rehash it, set the character apart and changed from the events of the first film. None of the human characters are the same, but the apes consist of Ceaser, Koba, Rocket & Maurice from the first. And ten years the "simian flu" wipes out most of humanity...

Anyway, yeah, kinda freakin' awesome, made even more so by Andy Serkis gettin' top billed.

After the movie, we went by Hasting's, and my nephew rented M7, an animated feature with Stan Lee as himself encounterin' a crashed alien ship with seven superpowered extraterrestrials aboard. He offers them a place to live in exchange for the rights to their likeness & powers so he can start a new comic book series. The nephew liked it, so that's good. I used store credit to cover the bulk of the rental, so it was cheap, which was also good.

Not sure what my next trip to the theater will be...
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Running Total: 49
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Old July 18 2014, 06:18 AM   #315
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52. Chef (B+)

Jon Favreau's story about artist whose skills have atrophied under a creativity-killing corporate overlord, who escapes to rediscover his skills and rededicate himself to his passion. This is in no way him expressing his frustration at recent blockbuster filmmaking in the form of making an indie movie. Albeit, this feels a bit self-congratulatory, as Jon Favreau was never an edgy auteur operating on the edge of Hollywood with critical adoration. Also, his next movie is a Disney live-action version of The Jungle Book. And he casts Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara as, respectively, a coworker he hooks up with and his ex-wife (though I guess he restrains himself by never kissing either onscreen).

Okay, that catalogue aside, I quite liked the movie, which is a low-key comedy, and a pretty effective father/son bonding movie. Also, Favreau clearly knows his way around a kitchen, and there's a palpable authenticity to the food preparation, the food culture, etc. They visit a number of different locales in the South on a drive across America selling Cuban sandwiches (which they modify along the way with various things they pick up), which is interesting to see. This is easily the most I've ever liked John Leguizamo in a movie. I think the final few minutes are a bit unnecessary.

Cinema: 23 (+1)
DVD: 14
Computer: 15
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