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Old February 22 2014, 11:38 AM   #121
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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.

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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.
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Old February 22 2014, 05:23 PM   #122
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28. Adult World (✩✩✩✩½) - Download - Emma Roberts stars in this independent film about a college grad who is determined to make it as a published poet. Along the way, she gets cut off by her parents, forcing her to get a job at a porn video shop and she stalks her idol, a writer played by John Cusack. Roberts captured the 20-something with big dreams and a sense of entitlement quite well and Cusack played the assholish writer equally well. I also liked the mid-winter atmosphere of upstate New York. The movie's title has a double meaning… It refers to Emma's character having to grow up and make her way as an adult and it's the name of the porn video store she works at. And yes, the issue of why such a store exists in 2013 is addressed.

29. Oldboy (2013) (✩✩✩✩½) - Download - Josh Brolin plays a man who's been held captive in a room for 20 years, then gets released and embarks on a quest to find out why. I thought that the trailer revealed too much of the plot but it didn't. This movie didn't get great reviews due to a lot of comparisons to the 2003 original but damn! I loved it. I guess I had the benefit of going in fresh without knowing about the original. A lot of good stuff comes together at the end. I thought it was a very clever piece and I recommend it. Sharlto Copeley is also in it. He's a real cameleon. I don't recognize him whenever he pops up in movies. Very underrated as an actor, I'd say. Another thing... This movie has an original cut that's supposedly over 3 hours long. I wouldn't mind seeing it someday if it ever gets released. I wanted to give this movie 5 stars but after mulling it over, I'm giving it 4½ because althought it's eye-popping end is worth the score, the movie itself has some room for improvement. Maybe that longer cut could do the trick.

30. Oldboy (2003) (✩✩✩✩½) - Download - A Korean film with the same plot as the above movie. I wanted to check it out after having seen the supposedly inferior original. It handled some things a little better and more clearly, especially at the end. If you ever catch Brolin's movie and like it, this is well worth a look too. The one I watched was dubbed in english.

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Netflix: 14
Live TV: 1
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Old February 23 2014, 07:52 PM   #123
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13. Short Term 12 (A)

Fruitvale Station got the strongest "indie darling" buzz of the season, but this may be the best of them that I've seen from 2013 (it's also the 40th film of 2013 I've seen so far). Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton adapts his own 2008 short film based on his experience in a short term care facility for children into a feature (Keith Stanfield, as one of the troubled youth, is the only castmember common to both). The differences are pretty interesting, the single biggest being that the main character is a woman in the film, played by Brie Larson. Larson's character has a counterpart in the short, but she's not a focal character, and her issues and character relationships have been greatly expanded. Larson might, in a less competitive year, have gotten a Best Actress nomination, and it would have been well-deserved. John Gallagher Jr., free of his annoying character on The Newsroom, is quite winning here as her boyfriend/co-worker. Returning castmember Stanfield and young actress Kaitlyn Dever are superb as the main child characters (the latter's character is one that existed in the earlier short, but it has expanded and changed considerably, as her character is made into a mirror of Larson's). It's easy to imagine that this sort of subject-matter could have been mawkish in the wrong hands (troubled children and the adults who help them, and learn lessons about their own lives!), but Cretton is a deft hand, and his real-life experience with the system was no doubt instrumental.

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DVD: 3 (+1)
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Old February 24 2014, 08:16 AM   #124
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14. The Square (B+)

If this was being assigned a separate grade for the sheer risk and effort undertaken by the people making it, it would be an easy A+. The documentary makes use of an amazing array of footage shot over the last two and a half years, from the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square to the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi. The documentary doesn't really convey much new information for someone paying even moderate attention to the news from Egypt over the last few years, but the feel of history being made on the ground is remarkable. In particular, the documentary paints a fascinating portrait of one member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a family man who has been repeatedly tortured in prison in the past and who envisions a peaceful, collaborative future for Egypt, only to have his relationships with the other, more secular demonstrators strained by the Morsi presidency.

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Old February 24 2014, 06:32 PM   #125
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9. Blue Valentine: B
10. Fifth Element: C
11. Boy in the Stripped Pajamas: A
12. Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A
13. She's Out of My League: C

This quirky love story with Jay Bruchel(sp) and Alice Eve about a super hot 10 of a woman who asks out the "safe guy" even though he's not someone she might normally date.

The concept of the film is real enough. We've all seen a couple and thought,"Whoa, he/she is way too attractive to be with that person."

I just found the film to very pedestrian and only warranted a few chuckles. I felt it tried too hard in places to force the joke or situation.
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Old February 24 2014, 11:44 PM   #126
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42 - HBO - I got to watch the Jackie Robinson bio movie last night. As a huge baseball fan and a minor Jackie Robinson fan, I'm glad I finally got to see this. I really liked the movie, I thought Chadwick Boseman was incredible as Jackie Robinson. Not only did he do an amazing job of portraying one of the greatest baseball players, he did it convincingly. Also amazing was Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, this is without a doubt his finest work, probably his best character role ever. He should have been nominated for best supporting actor. However in that lays the major issue with 42. While the beginning of the movie made perfect sense about how much Branch Rickey was in the movie, going forward they should have dropped the amount we saw him. They glossed over to many important things in Jackie Robinsons rookie season. There were other issues with the movie, mostly pacing and some real corny dialog. Otherwise a real solid movie.

Now You See Me - HBO go on Apple TV - I was bored today and decided to flip through the HBO go app on my Apple TV. While I had no real interest in seeing this movie, it was the only movie that appealed to me. Was it a good or bad movie? Yes and no, okay it felt mostly blah. While it was somewhat engaging, it felt too homogenized. Some of the elements were good, they had fantastic actors. Some decent set pieces, and somewhat interesting premiss. The best thing about this movie is Mark Ruffalo.
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Old February 26 2014, 10:47 PM   #127
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10. Fifth Element: C
11. Boy in the Stripped Pajamas: A
12. Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A
13. She's Out of My League: C
14. The Lego Movie: A

I had not thought I would see this in the theaters. I figured at best it would find it's way to my Netflix queue and eventually surface 2-3yrs later. However, my nephew wanted to see it and his mom invited me along. I asked her, why, he doesn't even own legos. They do at day care and some of the older kids have talked it up. So WOM and peer influence...it starts way earlier than I recall.

It's an 'A' film for it's main audience I found it's premise cute and underlying message of "anyone can be special" to be well done. The secondary message of "letting your creativity surface" was also there and not to let anyone tell you that you can't be special if allowed to express oneself properly.

I didn't see the "twist" coming at the end where our star Lego lead Emmett travels through a cosmic vortex and ends up in the real world, our world. Nor who he'd encounter there. A fun movie and if you know someone of age that could benefit from the messages within it's worth the price of admission.
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Old March 1 2014, 03:36 AM   #128
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15. The Act of Killing (A)

Another of the nominees for Documentary Feature at the Oscars, and probably the most acclaimed documentary of the last year -- it won most of the critics' awards -- might easily be titled The Bad Sleep Well, except that Kurosawa had already used that. Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer makes the acquaintance of an assortment of Indonesian "gangsters" (which, as we're repeatedly reminded, means "free men") responsible for murdering several hundred thousand dissidents in the mid-1960s as part of a Western-backed purge of suspected Communists. They're a cheery and likeable bunch, if you can get past their unapologetic reminiscences of brutal torture, murder and rape (one of them recalls how he liked to rape 14-year-olds).

Oppenheimer has somehow gotten them to agree to participate by getting them to reenact their various crimes in the style of their favourite movies (gangster films, westerns, even musicals); it perhaps says a lot both about Oppenheimer's skill and the bubble these guys live in that they somehow didn't realize this whole thing is about showing them as the horrible people they are. The reenactment thing sounds like a gimmick, but it actually turns out to be quite revealing, as these guys' self-image is partly inspired by the movies, and the acts of recreation can have surprising effects on the participants. One of the mains is actually somewhat moved to sympathy for his former victims. Too little, too late, but I guess it's the closet thing to justice their victims are ever likely to see.

I debated the rating for this, between A- and A, because it's a damn impressive piece of work, but it can get a bit repetitive, especially in the middle. But the creativity and achievement is remarkable.

16. Metropolitan (B)

I saw Whit Stillman's fourth film, Damsels in Distress, a few years ago, and was a fan. It took a while to get the chance to see any of his other films. This is his low, low-budget debut, a comedy of manners set amongst the wealthy college-aged children of Upper East Side Manhattan society. It's consistently amusing, and literate in a way that most films aren't, though he was just getting started as a filmmaker.

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DVD: 3
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Old March 1 2014, 04:24 AM   #129
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11. Boy in the Stripped Pajamas: A
12. Hachi: A Dog's Tale: A
13. She's Out of My League: C
14. The Lego Movie: A
15. Whip It: B

The Ellen Page film about a young woman finding her identity her way, through RollerDerby, versus her moms way, which is debutante balls and beauty pageants.
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Old March 1 2014, 04:27 AM   #130
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Updates in Bold:

Black Rain (7)
Fairy Tail The Movie: The Phoenix Priestess (8)
Heat (1995) (8)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (9)
Kick Ass 2 (8)
Lone Survivor (8)
Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (7)
Monuments Men (8)
Non-Stop (10)
Robocop (2014) (8)
Tales From Earthsea (5)
Wolf Children (8)

Running Total: 12
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Old March 1 2014, 06:19 PM   #131
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26. Bad Timing (1980) -- B-

Bad Timing is the third Nic Roeg movie I've seen, and the second to seduce me with the summary in the Criterion booklet, only to deliver a movie that isn't as interesting as promised. Granted, Roeg, who started as a cameraman and cinematographer, always keeps it visually interesting, but in other respects it plods on and on a bit.

Curiously, all the Roeg-directed films I've seen to this point (the others being Performance and The Man Who Fell To Earth) have featured singers-turned-actors in leading roles, and each time their performances have been shockingly good. Here, Art Garfunkel is impressive in the lead. Harvey Keitel is good as the investigating police officer, although he's not as polished as he was in Scorsese films of this period.

This film was widely censored because of its sexual content when it was first released, and to be honest, some of it might still be a little shocking for some viewers. Still, calling it "pornographic" (as it was accused of being in 1980) or adding the subtitle "a sensual obsession" (as the original distributor did) are pretty unfair to the movie.
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Old March 1 2014, 07:10 PM   #132
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You've seen three Nicolas Roeg movies and one of the wasn't Don't Look Now? Interesting.
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Stuff like the Lego movie and the recent Muppets don't interest me at all but I keep seeing rave reviews for them, so maybe I'll have to check them out at some point even if it's just to see what all the hype is about. Hey, maybe that's the selling point.
I have a friend who has insisted to see The Lego Movie and despite the reviews, I don't really have any interest either. I might go see it eventually, because I learned with Frozen that movies that I have no interest in might really surprise me. Still, might be best to let the popularity die down and not have to deal with screaming and crying children, or at least not as many.
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^ I totally messed up my post above. Reposting...

Stuff like the Lego movie and the recent Muppets don't interest me at all but I keep seeing rave reviews for them, so maybe I'll have to check them out at some point even if it's just to see what all the hype is about.


31. Cry of the Owl (✩✩✩✩½) - Download - I don't really know how to sell this one but I liked it. It's a Canadian independent film that involves an emotionally unstable woman, the seemingly creepy man who likes her, a crazy ex wife and a murder that isn't what it appears. Julia Stiles and Caroline Dhavernas are in it. Hey, maybe that's the selling point.

Theatre: 1
Netflix: 14
Live TV: 1
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February Rundown (13 Movies)

5 Stars
None

4½ Stars
A Late Quartet - Netflix
Adult World - Download
Cry of the Owl - Download
Oldboy (2003) - Download
Oldboy (2013) - Download

4 Stars
ATM - Download
Side by Side - Netflix

3½ Stars
Cleanflix - Netflix
In a World… - Download
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox - Download
Justice League: War - Download
RoboCop (2014) - Theatre
That Guy… Who Was in That Thing - Netflix

3 Stars
None

2½ Stars
None

2 Stars
None

1½ Stars
None

1 Star
None

½ Star
None

0 Stars
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