Movies Seen in 2011

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Starbreaker, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Captain Craig

    Captain Craig Vice Admiral Admiral

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    1. The Fighter: B-
    2. Batman(90's saga): A-,B-,C-,D
    3. Star Wars OT-Special Edition: B+, A, B
    4. The Green Hornet: B
    5. True Grit(1969): C+
    6. Lord of the Rings saga: (A,A,A)
    7. The Machinist: A-
    8. Season of the Witch: B
    9. Frozen: A-
    10. Due Date: B+
    11. Planet of the Apes(2001): B-
    12. Faster: C
    13. Romance: D (French film, subtitled)
    14. YPF: C- (YPF=Young People F*&^ing)
    15. The Beautiful Truth: B-
    16. Strictly Sexual: C+
    17. DOOM: C
    18. Brothers: B+
    19. Men In Black II: B-
    20. The Crow: Wicked Prayer: C-
    21. The Soloist: C
    22. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love: C+
    23. I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry: B-
    24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
    25. Legion: B-
    26. Battle: LA: B+
    27. Righteous Kill: B
    28. Dracula II: Ascension: B-
    29. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: D
    30. You Don't Mess With the Zohan: C+
    31. Finding Bliss: C
    32. Dracula III: Legacy: B-
    33. Tangled: B+
    34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
    35. Chloe: B
    36. Kung Fu Panda: B-
    37. Centurion: B
    38. The People I've Slept With: C
    39. Grown Ups: B-
    40. The Conspirator: A-
    41. XXX: State of the Union: C+
    42. Fast Five: B+
    43. THOR: A-
    44. Priest: D+
    45. The Fourth Kind: B+
    46. POTC: On Stranger Tides: B-
    47. Turtles Forever: A-
    48. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story: B+
    49. Easy A: A
    50. Inception: B
    51. #1 Cheerleader Camp: D
    52. Freakanomics: C+
    53. Green Lantern: C
    54. The American: C-
    55. Super 8: A
    56. Green Lantern: First Flight: B
    57. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: B-
    58. 9 Songs: F
    59. Kings Speech: A-
    60. Whiteout: C+
    61. Passion Play: D+
    62. Captain America: The First Avenger: A-

    The movie fires on all cylinders as a period piece that captures the essence of a War Movie, Spy Movie, Adventure Movie all rolled into one. Paced well, Acted supremely and Directed fantastically. Don't miss this one. If you were let down by any of the others don't let that deter you from this Marvel Studios installment that places the last piece of The Avengers puzzle into place.
     
  2. LitmusDragon

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    1. Alien 3 (assembly cut) - B
    2. Let the Right One In - A
    3. Inception - B.
    4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - B+
    5. Lilo and Stitch - A
    6. Despicable Me - B
    7. Forbidden Planet - B+
    8. Clerks - B
    9. Metropia - C+
    10. Brand Upon the Brain - B
    11. Beltesassar Animation Festival 17 - A
    12. Buried - B+
    13. How to Train Your Dragon - A
    14. Monsters - C+.
    15. The Tune (Bill Plympton) - C
    16. House (1977) - B
    17. Institute Benjamenta - B-
    18. The Triplets of Belleville (rewatch) - A
    19. Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer, 2005) - B
    20. Paradise Lost (1999) - C-
    21. Daybreakers - C
    22. The Wizard of Oz (rewatch) - A
    23. Winnebago Man - A
    24. The Social Network - B+
    25. Book of the Dead (2005) - C
    26. Megamind - B
    27. North By Northwest (1959) - A
    28. The Plague Dogs (1982) - B+
    29. Burn After Reading - B
    31. The Incredibles (rewatch) - A
    32. Fire and Ice (1983) - D
    33. Bad Santa - B
    34. Twelve Monkeys (rewatch) - A
    35. Sweeney Todd - B+
    36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 - B
    37. Alien IV (Blu-ray) - D
    38. American Movie (1999) - B
    39. Naked (1993) - B
    40. My Neighbor Totoro - B+
    41. Pulp Fiction (Rewatch) - A+
    42. Fight Club (Rewatch) - B+
    43. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams - B
    44. Falling Down (Rewatch) - B
    45. Crazy Heart - C+
    46. Confessions of a Superhero - B
    47. The King's Speech - B+
    48. Pinnochio (Disney, rewatch) - B
    49. Network - A
    50. Paprika - B+
    51. All The President's Men (1976) - A
    52. The Illusionist (2010) - B
    53. Rashomon (1950) - B

    54. Wall-E (rewatch) - A. Quite possibly Pixar's best film, and certainly their most arty and political film. The image of the devolved stubby humans on the spaceship is quite disturbing and yet not all that hard to imagine given the way society seems to be headed. This movie makes me want to turn off my television and go for a walk. Wall-E and Eve are both deeply human characters and their romance is quite touching.

    55. Tron Legacy - C+. Mostly cliche-filled nonsense with one or two good ideas and some pretty visuals.
     
  3. TrekNut87

    TrekNut87 Captain Captain

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    5. The Hangover [2009]- A
    6. The Hangover Part II [2011]- B
    7. X-Men: First Class [2011]- B
    8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon [2011]- B-
    9. I Am Number Four [2011]- D
    10. Thor [2011]- A-
    11. Green Lantern [2011]- D
    12. Captain America: The First Avenger [2011]- B

    Really impressed with Captain America! I had some serious reservations about this one going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. I'm usually not one for period pieces, but I am a huge fan of Cap and I thought it was very well done.
     
  4. Admiral_Young

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    "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) A .
     
  5. Captain Craig

    Captain Craig Vice Admiral Admiral

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    1. The Fighter: B-
    2. Batman(90's saga): A-,B-,C-,D
    3. Star Wars OT-Special Edition: B+, A, B
    4. The Green Hornet: B
    5. True Grit(1969): C+
    6. Lord of the Rings saga: (A,A,A)
    7. The Machinist: A-
    8. Season of the Witch: B
    9. Frozen: A-
    10. Due Date: B+
    11. Planet of the Apes(2001): B-
    12. Faster: C
    13. Romance: D (French film, subtitled)
    14. YPF: C- (YPF=Young People F*&^ing)
    15. The Beautiful Truth: B-
    16. Strictly Sexual: C+
    17. DOOM: C
    18. Brothers: B+
    19. Men In Black II: B-
    20. The Crow: Wicked Prayer: C-
    21. The Soloist: C
    22. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love: C+
    23. I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry: B-
    24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
    25. Legion: B-
    26. Battle: LA: B+
    27. Righteous Kill: B
    28. Dracula II: Ascension: B-
    29. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: D
    30. You Don't Mess With the Zohan: C+
    31. Finding Bliss: C
    32. Dracula III: Legacy: B-
    33. Tangled: B+
    34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
    35. Chloe: B
    36. Kung Fu Panda: B-
    37. Centurion: B
    38. The People I've Slept With: C
    39. Grown Ups: B-
    40. The Conspirator: A-
    41. XXX: State of the Union: C+
    42. Fast Five: B+
    43. THOR: A-
    44. Priest: D+
    45. The Fourth Kind: B+
    46. POTC: On Stranger Tides: B-
    47. Turtles Forever: A-
    48. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story: B+
    49. Easy A: A
    50. Inception: B
    51. #1 Cheerleader Camp: D
    52. Freakanomics: C+
    53. Green Lantern: C
    54. The American: C-
    55. Super 8: A
    56. Green Lantern: First Flight: B
    57. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: B-
    58. 9 Songs: F
    59. Kings Speech: A-
    60. Whiteout: C+
    61. Passion Play: D+
    62. Captain America: The First Avenger: A-
    63. Marley & Me: A

    What a gut wrencher of a movie. I knew how this movie was going to end from all the talk I've ever heard about it. I felt I was braced for it and yet it still got to me. If you've ever had a dog, even a good one you can still relate to how as an owner the Grogan's feel about their dog. It did not help that my own beagle sensed I was upset as the movie ended and came over to me to lick my face. That did not help. Not. At. All.

    The last line was great even though I feel I've seen/heard it before. "Give a dog your heart and he'll give you his"
     
  6. 23skidoo

    23skidoo Admiral Admiral

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 is the first movie I've gone to see in the theater this year. A+ as far as being a movie goes (though it's not the best of the films, IMO), but a few weeks back I posted a thread about theatres making 2-D films look dingy and dark because of using 3-D projector lenses to show them, and that was definitely the case with Harry Potter. I'm hoping to see Captain America (in 2D) this week or next, and if the same thing happens that's going to be it for me seeing movies in the theatre, because I'm not paying $13-14 to get a headache, whether it's 2-D or 3-D.

    Alex
     
  7. Harvey

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    105. Trouble in Paradise (B)
    106. Footlight Parade (C+)
    107. Green Lantern (C)

    Trouble in Paradise: Perhaps Ernest Lubitsch's most well-known film, it's a good screwball comedy made in the pre-code era, but not a great one. The ending, for one thing, is totally preposterous. It's as if everyone has forgotten the entirety of the movie in order to satisfy the need for a happy ending -- Colet (the rich baroness) lets Monescu (the master thief) steal from her, and in turn Lilly (the master theif's accomplice) immediately takes Monescu back, despite him having fallen in love (and confessed this love to Lilly) with Colet.

    Footlight Parade: This is a decent musical comedy starring James Cagney with Busby Berkeley choreographed musical numbers. It's pretty bottom-heavy with the dance sequences, though, saving all four big set pieces until the very end of the movie, one after another. After two, the movie left me feeling exhausted, but it just kept going with two more after that! The characters are more or less abandoned during these sequences, too, which means they're mostly (stylish) padding to bring the movie in at feature length. Of course, it's these sequences that people remember today, but the rest of the movie, while formulaic, works just as well if not better.

    Green Lantern: Given the terrible reviews, this was surprisingly mediocre, although that's only faint praise, I suppose. Basically, the same beats you've seen played out in a dozen other superhero movies that tell an origin story, only with less excitement or style than any of the good films out of that bunch. I really dug the space opera milieu, but the characters were so thin that it didn't matter much in the end. Also, I was put off by the terrible 3D (it was a 2D movie most of the time) and the rather silly error of putting the asteroid belt between the Earth and the sun at the very end.

    125 movies so far this year...
     
  8. Kegg

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    Damn, Mark Strong was a really fantastic villain in a summer movie this year. He just exuded some neat, understated menace. That film was of course:

    The Guard
    Which was bleeding hilarious. Most fun film of the summer? Definitely.

    By the other McDonagh, (the brother of the fellow behind In Bruges) it's got a sharp comedic wit that can be pretty black. The opening minutes mercilessly satirize one of the bigger public concerns here, deflating the melodramatic advertisements I saw just before the film with grim glee.

    Brendan Gleeson walks away with the movie as country gardai with a gift for stubbornly inappropriate wit, debauchery, and policework. Don Cheadle does anchor the film in a way that might make it more accessible for non-Irish audiences, though, but he's mostly obliged to play the sensible, sane, reasonable American straight man to the peculiar comedic insanity that most of the Irish characters indulge in the film.

    I had a blast, anyway.

    Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

    I haven't seen the original Bad Lieutenant, but I popped this in after discovering to my surprise I owned it (I don't remember, it was probably a gift based on the reliable idea that one can't go wrong with Herzog).

    It's ... alright. There's individual moments of lunacy that have a strong Herzog air - "His soul is still dancing" is easily the best moment in the film - and most of it hinges on Nicholas Cage's deranged performance (which makes the trust authority figures continue to place in Cage increasingly implausible and, in the end, nicely subversive).


    The Hangover Part II/Horrible Bosses
    Well, what? They're two films about three man-children, one of whom is the somewhat insane doofus who the other two sometimes only begrudingly tolerate, and they go trashing about, getting into trouble, having tantrums, and wacky hijinks. They blurred together almost immediately.

    Neither film would I have saught out on my own. Neither film is really very good - though Horrible Bosses is better, mostly for some good scenes of the bosses behaving like jerks. That film could have been better if it was crueler, it settles for prankish buffoonerry more then I'd care for. Also it gets bonus points for the unintentional humour I got out of Wendell Pierce playing a cop.

    Overall they're forgettable, they leave a rather bad taste in one's mouth at the end, there are some laughs. I would have rather not watched them but they're not terrible movies.

    A Seperation

    Low-key arthouse film, the kind that focuses a lot on naturalistic performances and the mundane nature of daily life to draw out the humanity - petty, inquisitive, haggling - of the cast. That's not to say there isn't quite a bit of drama in this film - we start off with an attempt at divorce - which is surprisingly amicable and mutual - only to meet a few shall we say complications. And a little later things really hit the fan. I enjoyed it, but I am a sucker for films like this.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  9. CaptainCanada

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    1. In the Heat of the Night (A)
    2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (B)
    3. The Passion of the Christ (A)
    4. Mamma Mia! (B)
    5. All About Eve (A)
    6. Looking for Anne (B-)
    7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (B+)
    8. The King's Speech (A)
    9. How Green Was My Valley (B-)
    10. Black Swan (B+)
    11. Made in Dagenham (B)
    12. Gentleman's Agreement (A-)
    13. Barney's Version (A-)
    14. Out of Africa (B)
    15. The Social Network (A-)
    16. The Sound of Music (B+)
    17. Pulp Fiction (A)
    18. Forrest Gump (A)
    19. The Shawshank Redemption (A+)
    20. The Illusionist (B)
    21. The French Connection (B+)
    22. Network (A+)
    23. Incendies (A+)
    24. Mrs. Miniver (A)
    25. A Fistful of Dollars (B+)
    26. For A Few Dollars More (B)
    27. WALL-E (A+)
    28. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (A)
    29. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (B)
    30. Gigi (B-)
    31. I Love You Phillip Morris (B+)
    32. How To Train Your Dragon (A)
    33. Tarzan (B+)
    34. Oliver! (B+)
    35. Gosford Park (A-)
    36. The Princess Bride (B+)
    37. All the President's Men (A-)
    38. Oliver Twist (B+)
    39. My Fair Lady (A+)
    40. Hanna (A-)
    41. The Godfather (A+)
    42. The Godfather: Part II (A+)
    43. The Godfather: Part III (A-)
    44. Dog Day Afternoon (A)
    45. Taxi Driver (A-)
    46. Great Expectations (B+)
    47. The Last Airbender (D-)
    48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (A+)
    49. Raging Bull (B+)
    50. GoodFellas (A-)
    51. Spartacus (A+)
    52. The Deer Hunter (B+)
    53. Reservoir Dogs (A)
    54. A Clockwork Orange (A)
    55. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (A+)
    56. Gone With The Wind (A+)
    57. On the Waterfront (A)
    58. Thor (A-)
    59. The Seventh Seal (A-)
    60. Hamlet (A)
    61. All the King's Men (A-)
    62. Roman Holiday (A+)
    63. Rebecca (A-)
    64. Notorious (A)
    65. American Madness (B+)
    66. It Happened One Night (A-)
    67. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (C-)
    68. You Can't Take It With You (B+)
    69. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (A-)
    70. The Heiress (A+)
    71. X-Men: First Class (A-)
    72. Super 8 (B+)
    73. Dr. No (B-)
    74. From Russia With Love (A)
    75. Captain Blood (A+)
    76. The Best Years of Our Lives (A+)
    77. The Adventures of Robin Hood (A+)
    78. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (A+)
    79. From Here To Eternity (A)
    80. To Have and Have Not (B)
    81. The Big Sleep (A-)
    82. Barry Lyndon (B+)
    83. The Snake Pit (B+)
    84. Hoosiers (C-)
    85. Rocky (A-)
    86. Midnight in Paris (B+)
    87. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (B+)
    88. Key Largo (B-)
    89. Bridge on the River Kwai (A)
    90. The Apartment (A-)
    91. Captain America: The First Avenger (A-)
    92. Ordinary People (A-)
    93. Days of Heaven (B+)

    This is the second Terrence Malick film I've seen, the first being The New World on DVD some years ago. My impression of that film was that it was beautifully shot but distant and hard to get into. That largely applies to this film too. Malick is much more humanistic than Kubrick, but the same detached feel persists. That's obviously a deliberate artistic choice, but not one that particularly works for me. The performances of the leads are all strong, within those limits, particularly Brooke Adams. The cinematography is incredible, though - you can see why it won the Oscar.
     
  10. od0_ital

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    Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief - HBO
    Tron Legacy 3D - theater
    Clash of the Titans (2010) - HBO on Demand
    Take Me Home Tonight - free screenin'
    Sanctum - free screenin'
    The Green Hornet - free screenin'
    Green Zone - HBO
    Fantastic Mr. Fox - HBO
    True Grit (1969) - AMC
    Ringu - DVD
    Black Swan - Alamo Drafthouse (its not just a movie theater)
    Unknown - free screenin'
    The Losers - HBO
    The Sunset Limited - HBO on Demand
    Starsky & Hutch (2004) - Cinemax
    Kick-Ass - DVD
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - DVD
    The Adjustment Bureau - free screenin'
    Rango - theater
    Red (2010) - DVD rental
    Hot Tub Time Machine - DVD rental
    Harry Brown - DVD
    Faster - DVD rental
    Jonah Hex - DVD rental
    Battle: L.A. - theater
    The Girl who Played with Fire - DVD
    The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - DVD rental
    Leaves of Grass - DVD
    Whiteout - Cinemax on Demand
    Sucker Punch - free screenin'
    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - DVD
    Paul - theater
    Source Code - theater
    Rio - free screenin'
    The Fighter - DVD rental
    Invictus - Cinemax
    Scream 4 - theater
    Fast Five - midnight screenin'
    THOR - free screenin'
    Priest - theater
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - midnight screenin'
    X-Men: First Class - theater
    Ramona and Beezus - HBO
    Shrek Forever After - HBO
    Super 8 - theater
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - HBO
    Devil - Cinemax on Demand
    Green Lantern - theater
    Killers - Netflix Instant
    Push - DVD rental
    Ron White: Behavioral Problems - DVD rental
    All*Star Superman - DVD rental
    Captain America: The First Avenger - midnight screenin'
    Dylan Dog: Dead of Night - DVD rental

    Out today, I got the latest from Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs the World). It reminded me a lot of The Dresden Files, to be honest...

    Routh is Dylan Dog; he used to be the human representative among the supernatural community of New Orleans and gets dragged back into that world when a werewolf murders a monster hunter.

    Sam Worthington (Superman Returns, Being Human) is Dylan's assistant/partner who becomes a zombie.

    And Taye Diggs plays a vampire that looks like a Buffy reject.

    The movie was less than good. Ya can see how they wanted to make a good movie, seems like a lot of effort went into it, and there were some good ideas, but it just didn't come together.

    At least it was ubercheap to rent.
     
  11. CaptainCanada

    CaptainCanada Admiral Admiral

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    1. In the Heat of the Night (A)
    2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (B)
    3. The Passion of the Christ (A)
    4. Mamma Mia! (B)
    5. All About Eve (A)
    6. Looking for Anne (B-)
    7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (B+)
    8. The King's Speech (A)
    9. How Green Was My Valley (B-)
    10. Black Swan (B+)
    11. Made in Dagenham (B)
    12. Gentleman's Agreement (A-)
    13. Barney's Version (A-)
    14. Out of Africa (B)
    15. The Social Network (A-)
    16. The Sound of Music (B+)
    17. Pulp Fiction (A)
    18. Forrest Gump (A)
    19. The Shawshank Redemption (A+)
    20. The Illusionist (B)
    21. The French Connection (B+)
    22. Network (A+)
    23. Incendies (A+)
    24. Mrs. Miniver (A)
    25. A Fistful of Dollars (B+)
    26. For A Few Dollars More (B)
    27. WALL-E (A+)
    28. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (A)
    29. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (B)
    30. Gigi (B-)
    31. I Love You Phillip Morris (B+)
    32. How To Train Your Dragon (A)
    33. Tarzan (B+)
    34. Oliver! (B+)
    35. Gosford Park (A-)
    36. The Princess Bride (B+)
    37. All the President's Men (A-)
    38. Oliver Twist (B+)
    39. My Fair Lady (A+)
    40. Hanna (A-)
    41. The Godfather (A+)
    42. The Godfather: Part II (A+)
    43. The Godfather: Part III (A-)
    44. Dog Day Afternoon (A)
    45. Taxi Driver (A-)
    46. Great Expectations (B+)
    47. The Last Airbender (D-)
    48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (A+)
    49. Raging Bull (B+)
    50. GoodFellas (A-)
    51. Spartacus (A+)
    52. The Deer Hunter (B+)
    53. Reservoir Dogs (A)
    54. A Clockwork Orange (A)
    55. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (A+)
    56. Gone With The Wind (A+)
    57. On the Waterfront (A)
    58. Thor (A-)
    59. The Seventh Seal (A-)
    60. Hamlet (A)
    61. All the King's Men (A-)
    62. Roman Holiday (A+)
    63. Rebecca (A-)
    64. Notorious (A)
    65. American Madness (B+)
    66. It Happened One Night (A-)
    67. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (C-)
    68. You Can't Take It With You (B+)
    69. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (A-)
    70. The Heiress (A+)
    71. X-Men: First Class (A-)
    72. Super 8 (B+)
    73. Dr. No (B-)
    74. From Russia With Love (A)
    75. Captain Blood (A+)
    76. The Best Years of Our Lives (A+)
    77. The Adventures of Robin Hood (A+)
    78. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (A+)
    79. From Here To Eternity (A)
    80. To Have and Have Not (B)
    81. The Big Sleep (A-)
    82. Barry Lyndon (B+)
    83. The Snake Pit (B+)
    84. Hoosiers (C-)
    85. Rocky (A-)
    86. Midnight in Paris (B+)
    87. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (B+)
    88. Key Largo (B-)
    89. Bridge on the River Kwai (A)
    90. The Apartment (A-)
    91. Captain America: The First Avenger (A-)
    92. Ordinary People (A-)
    93. Days of Heaven (B+)
    94. Yojimbo (A-)

    The filmed that Sergio Leone ripped off to make A Fistfull of Dollars, which I saw earlier this year and rated at B+. Like its remake, it's a lean film, but Kurosawa's is the far superior production. Just one of its advantages it he lack of terrible dubbing. There's more (intentional) humour to this than there was to the Eastwood version, as well. The time period of this is interesting, since it seems like it could take place at virtually any period in Japan's history, until partway through when one of the evil brothers returns from his travels with a 19th century pistol.
     
  12. Kegg

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    The entire film is very much meant to be set to the death of the samurai age (hence the pistol); but the sequel Sanjuro is pretty timeless.

    Gilda
    It crossed my mind that seeing Rita Hayworth, a Latina actress, dolled up to play the white American girl in a Latin country was mildly odd - but no matter. The lighting in this film is stark, if unsubtle (characters can be bathed in darkness to illustrate a point), and the plot's sheer pot boiler noir, with lots of snappy, witty dialogue and smoldering tension at the sidelines. Lot of fun.
     
  13. CaptainCanada

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    First rewatch since #48 on my list. Had a few friends over for movie night, and the girls voted en masse for this.:lol:

    Looking at my 2011 list, I see that I rated this an A-. I could persuaded to put that up to A on rewatch; it holds up exceptionally well. The animation is beautiful, and the character designs are superb. In a lot of ways, I bet Disney wishes they'd held off on releasing this till 2011; it would probably have taken the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The only thing keeping it from A+ status is Alan Menken's comparatively uninteresting songs; they're serviceable, but not up to the level of what he was producing in the 1990s.
     
  14. Harvey

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    108. Tabloid (B+)
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    Tabloid: The subject matter (a former beauty queen's search for true love which becomes a mad obsession that ends in insanity which played out in the tabloids) is slighter than most of the Errol Morris documentaries I've seen up to this point (i.e. a man wrongfully convicted in The Thin Blue Line), but the film is as engaging as ever. Morris has a sense of style that other documentary filmmakers lack, and even without many (or perhaps any -- it's been long enough since I saw this at a preview screening that I can't remember) of his signature re-enactments it still moves at a terrific pace and is filled with energy.

    The King's Speech: A good movie, but outside of a few visual flourishes, it's little more than masterpiece theatre. Not nearly as good as The Social Network, either, but it won Best Picture anyway, and with the double whammy of being a British costume drama and being about a man overcoming a speech disorder, it really shouldn't shock or surprise me.

    126 movies so far this year. My appointment as a TA this summer in a film course has ended, so I probably won't be seeing as many films now. Still a crazy amount, mind you, but not at least four a week.
     
  15. CaptainCanada

    CaptainCanada Admiral Admiral

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    Discussed over in the SF/F review thread, but in brief: competent action story that lacks the great characterization necessary to go to the next level.
     
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  17. Captain Craig

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    17. DOOM: C
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    19. Men In Black II: B-
    20. The Crow: Wicked Prayer: C-
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    24. Battle in Heaven: C+ (Mexican film, subtitled)
    25. Legion: B-
    26. Battle: LA: B+
    27. Righteous Kill: B
    28. Dracula II: Ascension: B-
    29. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li: D
    30. You Don't Mess With the Zohan: C+
    31. Finding Bliss: C
    32. Dracula III: Legacy: B-
    33. Tangled: B+
    34. Paul Blart Mall Cop: C-
    35. Chloe: B
    36. Kung Fu Panda: B-
    37. Centurion: B
    38. The People I've Slept With: C
    39. Grown Ups: B-
    40. The Conspirator: A-
    41. XXX: State of the Union: C+
    42. Fast Five: B+
    43. THOR: A-
    44. Priest: D+
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    Steve Carrell and Tina Fey comedy about a boring NJ couple who end up on a night of adventure. I like Steve and he was why I had this in my Netflix queue and I've always thought Fey was overrated by and large.

    This movie had lengthy moments of any real scenes of humor. Oh, chuckles along the way but real bust out loud humor moments it lacked. Those are what I want in a funny film. Maybe I'm spoiled but the films like Wedding Crashers, 40yr Old and Hangover are the ones I'd pay to see in theaters.

    Date Night, along with the handful of Sandler films I've seen the past few months only solidify why I don't spend good money to see comedy films in the theater.
     
  18. CaptainCanada

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    97. Crazy, Stupid, Love (A-)

    Two theatrical releases in a weekend; can't recall the last time that happened.

    Movies rarely surprise me. I'm good at picking the things I'm interested in and not seeing things that I won't like. This was getting reasonably good reviews, and I decided to see it even though I usually avoid the romantic comedy genre. I'm glad I saw, because this was excellent; the best in its genre I've seen in theatres in a long time. None of the characters feel like types, and considering this is the genre that mercilessly stripped all the charm out of numerous actresses through constant repetition of the same damn character, that's an achievement. The script is very well-constructed, and a major twist about one character's identity works really, really well.
     
  19. Captain Craig

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    65. Frantic: B+
    66. Presumed Innocent: A


    I hadn't seen these two Harrison Ford films in a good 14-15yrs. So long in fact I got to be re-surprised by the ending to Presumed Innocent. Both are Roman Polanski and I was given this Blu-Ray double feature by a friend.

    Good thing Frantic didn't come out now cause it reminded me at times of the critic panned film The Tourist. It's in a European local as two people traverse the country in pursuit or being pursued in the most passive aggressive ways at times. The critics missed it on the Tourist and I wonder, just a bit, what critics in the 80's thought of Frantic. Not curious enough to look though.

    Presumed Innocent was another really good movie and I should've seen the ending coming but was just enjoying it too much that at some point I stopped trying to guess. Not intentionally, I just did.

    It was good to see Ford in these more dramatic roles once again and I intend to get to Cowboys & Aliens soon.
     
  20. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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