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Old January 6 2014, 11:08 PM   #31
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4. Play It Again, Sam (1972) -- A-

I had avoided this movie for a long time because Woody Allen didn't direct it, but having seen it now, I realize that was a stupid prejudice to have against it. Herbert Ross does fine work, and Woody Allen's unique voice comes through vividly. It isn't quite as memorable as Annie Hall, but it's a remarkably similar comedy that is much more like that film than Allen's earlier use of slapstick (although there are a few elements of that here when Allen knocks over every breakable in sight, and during the fantasy fight sequence in the bakery).

It's especially good because it never feels stagebound, despite being a theater adaptation. The quick cutaways, which in many ways are the predecessors to the "Remember that time when..." jokes popularized by (ugh) Family Guy, help, as do the excursions into fantasy that take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.
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Old January 6 2014, 11:16 PM   #32
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7. American Hustle (2013) ★★★
Fun soundtrack. Fun setting. A little hard to follow at times, but enjoyable. Don't think it has a shot at any Oscars, though.
8. Prince Avalanche (2013) ★★
Paul Rudd is really good in this, but the rest is a bore. Apparently I'm not into minimalist films.
1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) ★★★
2. The Kings of Summer (2013) ★★★1/2
3. About Time (2013) ★★★★
4. Carrie (2013) ★★1/2
5. We Are What We Are (2013) ★★1/2
6. Saving Mr Banks (2013) ★★★1/2
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Old January 9 2014, 09:44 PM   #33
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1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) ★★★
2. The Kings of Summer (2013) ★★★1/2
3. About Time (2013) ★★★★
4. Carrie (2013) ★★1/2
5. We Are What We Are (2013) ★★1/2
6. Saving Mr Banks (2013) ★★★1/2
7. American Hustle (2013) ★★★
8. Prince Avalanche (2013) ★★

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9. Blue Jasmine (2013) ★★★
10. Die Wand (The Wall) (2012) ★★★1/2
11. Drinking Buddies (2013) ★★★
12. C.O.G. (2013) ★★★1/2
13. Double Indemnity (1944) ★★★
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Old January 11 2014, 01:54 AM   #34
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2014 First time viewed films:
1. Saving Mr.Banks: A
2. American Hustle: A-
3. Larry Crowne: B+
4. The Grey: C

This Liam Neeson film about man vs nature&the elements after a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness is not very exciting. There is essentially no reason to care about who survives as no one but Neeson's character is given any depth. Even as the script allows for some time to get a bit of background on some of the survivors as the trek for help you can't help but root for the wolves at times. Then to top it off the film has an anti-climatic ending by not actually giving you an end. I'm sure they thought that by leaving it open ended, allowing the viewer to fill in what might've happened that they were being, I dunno, artistic but it fell flat for me.
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Old January 11 2014, 03:51 AM   #35
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14. Her (2013) ★★★★
It's really good. Falling in love with an OS is definitely creepy, but almost understandable by the time the movie is over.
15. les Diaboliques (1955) ★★★★
Rumor has it that Hitchcock missed out on buying the rights to the novel by only a few hours. This French film has one of the tensest scenes in movie history. It really does keep you guessing until the end.
1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) ★★★
2. The Kings of Summer (2013) ★★★1/2
3. About Time (2013) ★★★★
4. Carrie (2013) ★★1/2
5. We Are What We Are (2013) ★★1/2
6. Saving Mr Banks (2013) ★★★1/2
7. American Hustle (2013) ★★★
8. Prince Avalanche (2013) ★★
9. Blue Jasmine (2013) ★★★
10. Die Wand (The Wall) (2012) ★★★1/2
11. Drinking Buddies (2013) ★★★
12. C.O.G. (2013) ★★★1/2
13. Double Indemnity (1944) ★★★
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Old January 11 2014, 06:58 AM   #36
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2. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (A)

Needs more extreme close-ups of people eating.

After hearing about this movie for almost a year since the 2013 Cannes festival, it's nice to finally get a chance to see it. It largely lives up to the hype, especially regarding the performances of the lead actresses. Lea Seydoux I was already familiar with, particularly for Farewell, My Queen, but Adele Exarchopoulos is phenomenal. I'm not sure whether I'd consider her or Cate Blanchett as the best female performance of the year (blue is certainly the favourite colour for actresses this year); it's a performance of remarkable range, covering the character from age 17 to what must be her late 20s at least.

Since the sex scenes have generated considerable discussion, I'll give my two cents: there are three notable ones, and the latter two are fine; the first one is overlong, and goes well past making the point of Adele finding genuine fulfillment in sex (in contrast with the short, brief hetero scene earlier that fails to satisfy her).

Cinema: 2 (+1)
DVD: 0
Computer: 0
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Old January 11 2014, 02:14 PM   #37
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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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2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Same as above. 9/10.
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Old January 11 2014, 03:25 PM   #38
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1. The Manor (✩✩✩✩) - Live TV - A documentary film by an aspiring film-maker named Shawney Cohen. It's about his family business which is a strip club called The Manor which is in Guelph, Ontario. It's a lighthearted take on his parents, his brother and how he feels about the strip club which he claims has affected his relationships but to me it looks like it's his attitude that does him in. Watch the trailer here.

Live TV: 1
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Old January 11 2014, 06:40 PM   #39
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5. Lincoln (2012) -- B+

For the most part, this is what a good biopic should be. Rather than trying to compress Lincoln's entire life into 150 minutes, it instead offers a portrait of Lincoln during the last months of his life, focusing on his push to pass the 13th Amendment by the end of January, 1865. When the film is focused on these political machinations, it is superb, and surprisingly unsentimental for Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis is, to no one's surprise, excellent in the title role, but as Thaddeus Stevens, Tommy Lee Jones might offer the best performance in the movie. Stevens certainly had an interesting life; time for a sequel about his clashes with Andrew Johnson!

I'm not sure it's a great movie, though. Although Lincoln's political life is fully realized, the script struggles to give dimension to his personal life. Lincoln's relationship with his older son, Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) strikes me as a distraction, and their conflict (Lincoln wants Robert to finish law school, but Robert wants to enlist) is basically without stakes, since when Robert does enlist he becomes a clerk for General Grant, which carries little risk. The depiction of Lincoln's troubled marriage is more interesting (and Sally Field is good as his wife), although an early scene between the two involving a dream sequence is tonally odd.

The movie also goes on for too long. The climax is the passage of the amendment, and the epilogue is Lincoln's meeting with the Confederate peace envoy. Subsequent scenes showing the surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln leaving for Ford's Theatre, Lincoln on his death bed (the assassination isn't dramatized), and a flashback to Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address are all extraneous.

Still, I liked the film quite a bit, and whenever it focuses on Lincoln's political machinations, it is masterful.
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Old January 11 2014, 08:52 PM   #40
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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
Broadcast News - Netflix Instant
MST3K: Final Justice - Netflix Instant

Went without wifi for a few days this week.

I watched BN the night before it went out. Not sure what I was expectin' from the movie, but it just didn't work for me. It was a nice surprise to see Jack Nicholson in a small, uncredited role, but other than that, it was kinda predictable. The hardworkin' but unattractive guy gets the shaft while the good lookin' idiot fails upwards...

I finished out the seventh season of Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD, includin' the third of the three Law & Order crossover episodes and the post-final movie, which I've seen before.

And I played Batman Arkham Asylum on the XBox a lot, too.

And when the wifi came back on yesterday, I found a new MST3K to watch. In this, the movie is about a deputy sheriff from the Texas / Mexico border tasked with escortin' an Italian criminal back to Italy, and then havin' to chase him when he escapes after an emergency landin' in Malta. Mike & the robots rip on Joe Don Baker, who plays the deputy sheriff, throughout, too.
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Old January 12 2014, 12:30 AM   #41
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1) Wargames - B+

Matthew Broderick's first big movie and I found it in a bin at the grocery store for $5. It shows it's age, but is still a fun romp. I had forgotten how good John Spencer in his two scenes. This was also Michael Madsen's first movie.
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Old January 12 2014, 04:17 AM   #42
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1) Her (2013) - A
2) Saving Mr. Banks (2013) - B+


Saw my first two movies of the year today, two movies I've been wanting to see for a long while.

Her

This movie was sweet, charming, and really really good. Phoenix and Johannsen did a great job in their roles and Amy Adams was also very good in a supporting role. It was a very interesting movie talking about love, and can we love technology if they became sentient. There were some slow moments, but overall, the movie was so well made (It is a ridiculous concept if someone described it to you) that everything felt worth it.

Saving Mr. Banks

This is your typical Disney sentimentality film, but I have no problem with that. I thought this movie would have Tom Hanks eating the scenery, but this was purely Emma Thompson's movie and she did a great job. I loved how there were two stories going on at once, one with PL Travers with her family in 1901, and the other the Making of Mary Poppins story, which is the gist of the film. I do have a question, and hopefully this isn't a spoiler. At the end of the film during Premiere night of Mary Poppins, what did she say about Cartoons?

Overall, great movie and maybe not best picture material (Her is), it's one of the better films that came out in 2013.

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Old January 12 2014, 06:13 PM   #43
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1) Chronicle - B
2) Pan's Labyrinth - B


I was a little disappointed in Pan's Labyrinth. The film was exquisitely crafted, but the whole wasn't equal to the sum of its parts.
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Old January 13 2014, 10:26 PM   #44
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1. Frozen
2. Turbo - Apple TV - Was scrolling through the Apple TV with my boys, looking for something to watch. We stumbled upon Turbo and they begged me to watch it. It's a movie about a super fast snail, I could only imagine how awful this was going to be. So with mighty hesitation, I clicked on it and downloaded it from iTunes.

To start out, my boys actually loved the movie. I must say, I was actually pleasantly surprised. It was much better then I thought it was going to be. Still very pedestrian in story but the animation is pretty good, it is funny and there is some inspired casting. Overall a good movie, especially for the kids.
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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.

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