Movies Seen in 2009

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Starbreaker, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Took a friend on a "date" to see Star Trek (2009) tonight. Fifth time for me, first time for her.

    She enjoyed it. I still love it.

    Gettin' some friends together to see Moon on Saturday night. Lookin' forward to it.
     
  2. The Boy Who Cried Worf

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    Harold and Maude -*** One of my girlfriends favorites. Amusing and quirky, but it seems more like someones idea of trying to make a quirky and amusing movie rather than a real story.

    A Clockwork Orange- **** Seen it often. Got my girlfriend into it. Classic dystopian movie.

    Blade Runner- **** Never saw it before. One of the few movies I've seen that lived up to what I'd heard about it.

    The Reader - *** Good film, but better in the early romance scenes. Kind of looses focus as it goes on.

    Revolutionary Road- ** I think this film wanted me to sympathize with the plight of idealistic young people trapped in suburbia, but in reality these people were talentless ego-maniacs living in a fantasy world.

    Star Trek- *** I kinda badmouthed the film here, but I think it is a good, well made film with several major flaws.

    The Wrestler- **** Best film I've seen in a long time. Not just for people who know wrestling. A haunting story of past glory gone by.

    Full Metal Jacket- ***1/2 A classic that I love. My girlfriend often finds Kubrik too cold of a filmmaker and thought this film was a good example of that compared to say Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

    The House Bunny- *** Look at my avatar. If that isn't enough throw in Anna Faris, Emma Stone, and a pretty cute script.

    Zack and Miri Make A Porno- **1/2 Not one of his better films. Funny in parts, but really just another hot girl and loser guy who don't realize they're in love film.

    Tropic Thunder- *** Good, but not hysterical. Downey is genius.

    Slumdog Millionaire- ***1/2 Gritty, but modern Indian film with a smart script and engaging characters. The love story was a little too oldschool but that can be forgiven.

    Bull Durham- ***1/2 Hadn't seen it in ages. Lot better than I remember.

    Red Show Diaries- **1/2 Good for nostalgic laughs, but kinda failed to get my girlfriend or I steamed up.

    Pi- *** Interesting indie film from Aronofsky. very intelligent script. Times a little too dependent on non-sequitur visuals.

    Raging Bull- **** Hadn't seen it in ages. As good as I remember.

    Favorites I re-watched:
    Sin City
    Will Wonka
    Pulp Fiction
    Reservoir Dogs
    Fargo
    ST:TMP
    All TNG movies
     
  3. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Took a chance on Phoebe in Wonderland. Wow...boring! Elle Fanning's performance as a little girl with what appears to be obsessive-compulsive disorder/Tourette's Syndrome was heartbreaking and effective but the stuff with the grownups just seemed like annoying, self-indulgent folderol. The Alice-in-Wonderland fantasy sequences, which I expected to like, struck me as clumsy and pointless. I ended up fast-forwarding most of it.
     
  4. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Gathered with a few friends at the Arbor to see Moon earlier tonight.

    Very old school scifi, includin' the use of models instead of CGI! I enjoyed it, and the twenty minute conversation that followed, where the four of us argued plot points and character traits 'til I had to leave for work.

    Definately goin' to pick this up on DVD when it comes out.

    Later this week, I'll be goin' to free advanced screenings of Paper Heart (courtesy of Ain't It Cool News) and G-Force (thanks to GoFoBo.com). And I may be gettin' a pass to see (500) Days of Summer, as well.

    So, add it to my list.

    - In Theaters -
    Gran Torino*
    Frost/Nixon
    Inkheart*
    Fanboys
    Friday the 13th (2009)*
    The International*
    Watchmen*
    Monsters vs Aliens*
    Fast and Furious*
    Star Trek (2009)*
    The Soloist*
    Battle for Terra*
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Band from TV Concert Video
    Drag Me to Hell*
    Away We Go*
    Terminator: Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    Moon

    Each movie with a * means I saw it at a free advanced screenin'.

    And, for those who may be curious, I've only watched two movies for the first time ever on DVD this year - Taken and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have been my only "blind buys".

    - On DVD -
    Taken
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
     
  5. byron lomax

    byron lomax Commander Red Shirt

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    I don't watch an awful ot of films, but in the cinema this year I saw Watchmen (which I enjoyed despite some flaws) and Star Trek (very, very good, but too action-heavy in its second half). Also had the misfortune to be dragged along to Transformers 2, absolutely terrible and it never seemed to end. I desperately wanted to see Coraline but couldn't find anyone to go with, and was too embarrassed to go by myself. Well, I'll catch it on DVD soon.

    On TV, I've watched a couple of interesting films for the first time: The Parallax View, a 70s conspiracy thriller with Warren Beatty; The Prophecy, a supernatural film with Christopher Walken. Both were excellent. Also saw The Fountain, which had interesting visuals and ideas, but overall not really a success. The City of Lost Children was over-cooked and filled with irritating characters - didn't like it at all. And I watched Bolt with my niece, which had some pretty good moments.
     
  6. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Thanks for the review, I'll put it on the list!

    New for me:

    12 - Russian remake/expansion of Twelve Angry Men. I liked the broadening of the story to include scenes from the backstory of the accused, and some of the stories told by the jury members were interesting but the lack of intense, stage-play-style focus sapped the narrative drive of the original, and there seemed to be a lot of overly histrionic acting going on, and overly fussy and self-conscious directorial tics.

    Steamboat Bill Jr - A Buster Keaton film from 1928 that I'd never seen before. Almost good as his classic The General. Strongly recommended. :bolian:
     
  7. ialfan

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    Since I replied a month ago I've seen:
    In Theaters:
    I Love You, Beth Cooper
    Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    On DVD/Download:
    Knowing
    He's Just Not That Into You
    The Haunting of Connecticut
    Transformers
    Taken
    Prayers for Bobby

    Rewatches:
    Pineapple Express
     
  8. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Don't read any spoilers for it, though. Clicked the thread in SciFi, and if I had read that stuff before seein' the movie, I'd have been pissed.

    :techman:
     
  9. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    No problem, I'll be a spoilerphobe for that one...I have no idea what the movie is about beyond the basic premise.
     
  10. darkshadow0001

    darkshadow0001 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I've only seen:

    • Star Trek (twice)
    • Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
    I saw a lot more in 2008.
     
  11. Messianni

    Messianni Commodore Commodore

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    Well, add on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I would give a B+. :) And I really hope to find time to see Moon soon here!
     
  12. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Watched Eagle Eye this evenin', thanks to HBO on Demand...

    ...damn, that movie started out crazy and just delved ride into insanely stupid about midway through, and ended with "are you fuckin' kiddin' me?!?"
     
  13. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Thanks to Ain't It Cool News, I got into a free advanced screenin' of Paper Heart earlier tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar.

    The premise of the "documentary" is actress Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) is on a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York (with stops in Las Vegas, Lubbock, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Atlanta) to find out what love is, if it exists, and why she's incapable of feelin' it.

    The "mockumentary" part of it is actor Michael Cera (Arrested Development) meets and falls in love with Charlyne.

    Of course, the director (who is played by Jake Johnson in the movie) admitted durin' the Q & A after the screenin' tonight that every scene with or about the relationship with Cera was scripted.

    Overall, the whole thing was pretty lame.

    But, still, gotta add it to my list.

    - In Theaters -
    Gran Torino*
    Frost/Nixon
    Inkheart*
    Fanboys
    Friday the 13th (2009)*
    The International*
    Watchmen*
    Monsters vs Aliens*
    Fast and Furious*
    Star Trek (2009)*
    The Soloist*
    Battle for Terra*
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Band from TV Concert Video
    Drag Me to Hell*
    Away We Go*
    Terminator: Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    Moon
    Paper Heart*

    Each movie with a * means I saw it at a free advanced screenin'.

    - On DVD -
    Taken
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    - On Demand -
    Eagle Eye

    Later tonight is the G-Force screenin', and tomorrow, I'll be goin' to see (500) Days of Summer.
     
  14. Kira Nerys

    Kira Nerys Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua
    is the only movie I have seen.
     
  15. Hunter X

    Hunter X Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In theatre
    Star Trek
    Transformers 2
    Up

    On DVD
    Monsters Inc.
    Spirited Away
    Children of Men
    MirrorMask
    Let the Right One In
    Terminator
    Terminator 2

    That's all I can recall right now. The last four in my DVD list are ones I watched for the first time, the first three I've seen before.
     
  16. Top41

    Top41 Vice Admiral Moderator

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    Trying to think of all of them--I'm a much bigger TV person than a movie person, so I haven't seen all that many.

    2009 flicks:

    Wolverine
    Star Trek x 3
    The Hangover x 2

    (yeah, that's it :lol: )

    DVD:

    Zach and Miri Make a Porno
    Stepbrothers
    Tropic Thunder
    27 Dresses
    Borat

    ...Um... there are probably some I'm forgetting. :o
     
  17. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    Got together with a friend of mine & went to see G-Force at a free advanced screenin' tonight. It is exactly what ya think it would be from the trailers - a team of talkin' gerbils work as secret agents to save the world while makin' pop culture references.

    So, addin' it to my list.

    - In Theaters -
    Gran Torino*
    Frost/Nixon
    Inkheart*
    Fanboys
    Friday the 13th (2009)*
    The International*
    Watchmen*
    Monsters vs Aliens*
    Fast and Furious*
    Star Trek (2009)*
    The Soloist*
    Battle for Terra*
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Band from TV Concert Video
    Drag Me to Hell*
    Away We Go*
    Terminator: Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    Moon
    Paper Heart*
    G-Force*

    Each movie with a * means I saw it at a free advanced screenin'.

    - On DVD -
    Taken
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    - On Demand -
    Eagle Eye

    Tomorrow night will be my third free advanced screenin' this week, when I go to the Westgate in south Austin for (500) Days of Summer.
     
  18. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

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    I was supposed to get together with a friend & her boy & her girl to see (500) Days of Summer earlier tonight, but they couldn't make. And since I got such a late start, I barely made it in myself.

    Very nice non-romantic story about a romance between Tom & Summer. I really liked it, and will most likely pick up the DVD when it comes out.

    And it was easily the best of the three movies I got into for free this week.

    So, addin' it to my list.

    - In Theaters -
    Gran Torino*
    Frost/Nixon
    Inkheart*
    Fanboys
    Friday the 13th (2009)*
    The International*
    Watchmen*
    Monsters vs Aliens*
    Fast and Furious*
    Star Trek (2009)*
    The Soloist*
    Battle for Terra*
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Band from TV Concert Video
    Drag Me to Hell*
    Away We Go*
    Terminator: Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    Moon
    Paper Heart*
    G-Force*
    (500) Days of Summer*

    Each movie with a * means I saw it at a free advanced screenin'.

    - On DVD -
    Taken
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    - On Demand -
    Eagle Eye
     
  19. LitmusDragon

    LitmusDragon Commodore Commodore

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    Here's an updated, compiled list

    Star Trek [A]
    Moon [B+]
    Tropic Thunder
    Pixar Short Films Collection 1 [C+]
    The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer [A]
    Bitter Films Vol. 1 (Don Hertzfeldt) [A]
    The Animation Show Vol. 1 [A]
    The Animation Show Vol. 2 [C+]
    The Animation Show Vol. 3 [A-]
    Blue Velvet
    Corndog Man [C]
    Beowulf [C-]
    The King of Comedy [A-]
    Smokin' Aces [C]
    Rain Man [A]
    Halloween
    Bender's Big Score [C+]
    Hearts in Atlantis [C+]
    Hellboy [A]
    Children of Men
    LA Confidential [A]
    Cinderella Man
    Idiocracy
    The Hidden [B+]
    Edmond [C]
    300
    The Astronaut Farmer [C]
    Seven Samurai [A]
    The Number 23 [D]
    Watership Down
    The Prestige
    Bee Movie [C]
    Labyrinth of Darkness (Czech stop-motion animator Jiri Barta's short films) [A]
    Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
    Strings (big-budget french fantasy puppet movie) [B+]

    I've been on a bit of an animation kick lately. "Whos who of animation" type lists led me to pick up DVDs of Jan Svankmajer, the Quay brothers, and Jiri Barta, who are seen as hugely influential. If the phrase "surrealistic stop motion animation shorts" piques your interest at all, I can heartily recommend picking up their DVD anthologies or at least looking them up on the innertubes. Some truly bizarre and amazing work here. Jan Svankmajer I would describe as stark and political. Jiri Barta has more the soul of an entertainer, his movies are like mini-hollywood epics. The Quay Brothers have an uncanny technical proficiency, and the first three shorts on the disc are absolutely amazing, but some of their mid period films don't seem to have a point.
     
  20. Ensign_Redshirt

    Ensign_Redshirt Commodore Commodore

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    And as far as visits to the cinema are concerned you can add "State of Play" to my list.