Movies Seen in 2011

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

  1. 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
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One - DVD
    The King's Speech - DVD rental
    Get Low - DVD rental
    Dan in Real Life - DVD
    Thor: Tales of Asgard - DVD rental
    Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - DVD rental
    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - DVD
    Planet Hulk - DVD rental
    Alien vs Predator: Requium - Unrated - DVD rental
    Fright Night (1985) - DVD
    John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) - DVD
    50/50 - free screenin'
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - DVD
    Repo Men- Unrated - DVD
    Earth Girls Are Easy - DVD
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey - DVD
    Tangled - DVD
    Kung Fu Panda 2 3D - dollar theater
    Dolphin Tale - free screenin'
    Mad Money - DVD
    The Ron Clark Story - DVD
    Nico the Unicorn - DVD
    Jungle Boy - DVD
    Killer Wave - DVD
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop - Netflix Instant
    Steve Harvey - Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! - Netflix Instant
    Mel Brooks' Silent Movie - DVD

    I was in the mood for a laugh last night, and started with the documentary about Conan O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour". Sure, there were some laughs in it, and I wish I had been able to go when he rolled through Austin, but mostly it was about what happened with NBC, his feelings about it, the thought process & development of the tour & time spent on the road, with bits & pieces of the stage show thrown in here & there.

    So, from Conan I went to Steve Harvey, and a stand up performance done in front of a Christian audience in Atlanta, Georgia. Pretty funny, but the best part had to be how he didn't curse through the whole thing...came close a few times, but managed to make it through the hour plus without doin' it.

    I had passes to get into the Footloose remake with my friends Angie & Ted, but we didn't go, after all.

    After gettin' back to their place, I wound up watchin' a Mel Brooks movie...and yeah, only one word of dialogue in the whole thing, and its spoken by a mime. Go figure. A few too many Dom DeLuise is fat jokes before he really got fat...but yeah, still worth watchin' at least once for the sight gags & slapstick.
     
  2. zakkrusz

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    Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (8)
    The Adjustment Bureau (8)
    Afro Samurai: Resurrection (7)
    Arashi no Yoru ni (One Stormy Night) (7)
    Armored Trooper Votoms: Alone Again (7)
    Armored Trooper Votoms: Finder (8)
    Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (8)
    Babylon 5: River of Souls (7)
    Babylon 5: Thirdspace (7)
    Black Swan (9)
    Bleach Movie 4: Hell Chapter (9)
    Broken Blade 3: The Mark of the Assassin's Dagger (9)
    Broken Blade 4: The Land of Disaster (9)
    Broken Blade 5: Death's Horizon (9)
    Broken Blade 6: Bastions of Sorrow (9)Cowboys and Aliens (8)
    Captain America: The First Avenger (8)
    Cutthroat Island (9)
    The Debt (8)
    The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (9)
    Drive Angry (7)
    Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (9)
    Godkiller (6)
    Green Lantern (8)
    Hanna (8)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (8)
    Honey and Clover (6)
    I Am Number Four (8)
    Infernal Affairs (7)
    Kamui (4)
    Galaxy Express 999 (9)
    The Garden of Sinners Movie 8: Epilogue (9)
    Loups=Garous (8)
    The Mechanic (2011) (9)
    Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (9)
    Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakeening of the Trailblazer (8)
    Munto: The Movie (6)
    Musashi Miyamoto (6)
    Outlander (8)
    Pirates of the Caribean: On Stranger Tides (9)
    Priest (5)
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes (9)
    Source Code (9)
    Super 8 (8)
    Thor (9)
    Time of Eve (10)
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9)
    Unknown (7)
    Versus (6)
    X-Men: First Class (8)
    Your Highness (3)
     
  3. Agent Richard07

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    The Secret: David Duchovny plays a man who's wife and daughter were in a car accident. The wife dies and her consciousness ends up in the daughter's body. I thought it was really good, though Duchovny's character should have been a little more creeped out when his wife came onto him while in their daughter's body.
     
  4. doubleohfive

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    Last night I watched Robert Rodriguez' Machete. While not a terrible film by any means, it most definitely is a Robert Rodriguez film and as such I found it mostly enjoyable.
     
  5. od0_ital

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  6. Captain Craig

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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
    64. Date Night: C+
    65. Frantic: B+
    66. Presumed Innocent: A
    67. Invictus: A
    68. Rocky: A
    69. Hurt Locker: A+
    70. Rocky II: C+
    71. Rocky III: B+
    72. Rocky IV: A
    73. Cowboys & Aliens: B
    74. Wonder Woman (DC Animated): B+
    75. Rocky V: B-
    76. Conan The Barbarian('11): B-
    77. Dinner for Schmucks: D
    78. Nothing But the Truth: B
    79. Snow Angels: B+
    80. Everybody's Fine: C-
    81. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: A+
    82. Fragments: C+
    83. Fright Night ('11): A-
    84. Cold Comfort Farm: D
    85. Machete: C-
    86. The Queen: A
    87. Public Enemies: B+
    88. Drive Angry: D
    89. Red Riding Hood: C+
    90. Fright Night ('85): B

    Last time I saw this was circa '92/'93 during a USA Up All Night type showing. Having seen the remake I felt inclined to rewatch the original. The film literally made no impact on me as a vampire film. Until the remake came out I had long since forgotten about it as a vampmire movie. Didn't resonate like say Lost Boys. In it's defense it's not that bad but I'm sure when I was "watching" it my full attention wasn't on the film then.

    I liked the nuance changes they made in the film to update some characters attitudes. They removed Jerry's 'familair' who was his eyes/ears during the day for the remake.
    The character of Peter Vincent (Rodney McDowall) had a great line. His show was being cancelled and his rant to Charlie was that "today's kids aren't interested in vampires but lunatics in masks chopping up virgins." A great line mid-decade referencing the Myers, Vorhees and Freddy phenom in slasher cinema!!

    Some of the affects, especially one transformation sequence looked straight out of the Thriller video. Keeping that in mind as you watch it it's a fun B-film. The other fun part of the movie is seeing that Amanda Bearse is the 'hottie' girlfriend of Charlie. Best known as Marcy from Married with Children she still doesn't look hot even when they are trying hard with her wardrobe.
     
  7. od0_ital

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    I just watched the original last month, while in Houston! Still haven't seen the remake, though...or the sequel.
     
  8. Captain Craig

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    ^^^
    I enjoyed the remake. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer it's highly likely you'll enjoy the remake. The screenplay was written by Marti Noxon who had a big hand in many Buffy stories.
    I've not seen the sequel either. Wonder if it ties into Peter Vincent's new formula for the show....aliens!!!
     
  9. od0_ital

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    From what I read at IMDB & the trailer on YouTube, its vampires comin' after Charlie & Peter Vincent for revenge.
     
  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
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One - DVD
    The King's Speech - DVD rental
    Get Low - DVD rental
    Dan in Real Life - DVD
    Thor: Tales of Asgard - DVD rental
    Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - DVD rental
    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - DVD
    Planet Hulk - DVD rental
    Alien vs Predator: Requium - Unrated - DVD rental
    Fright Night (1985) - DVD
    John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) - DVD
    50/50 - free screenin'
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - DVD
    Repo Men- Unrated - DVD
    Earth Girls Are Easy - DVD
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey - DVD
    Tangled - DVD
    Kung Fu Panda 2 3D - dollar theater
    Dolphin Tale - free screenin'
    Mad Money - DVD
    The Ron Clark Story - DVD
    Nico the Unicorn - DVD
    Jungle Boy - DVD
    Killer Wave - DVD
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop - Netflix Instant
    Steve Harvey - Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! - Netflix Instant
    Mel Brooks' Silent Movie - DVD
    Steve Harvey - Still Trippin' - Netflix Instant
    Secretariat - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter - Netflix Instant
    Kevin Smith - Too Fat for 40 - Netflix Instant
    Dream House - free screenin'

    After my birthday dinner last night, I got into a late screenin' of Dream House, the new movie with Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz.

    A ten o'clock screenin' on a Thursday night means the studio doesn't want reviews in the paper on Friday mornin'. And after seein' the movie, I can see why they would want to avoid that...

    The trailer for Dream House gives way too much away, and when the reveal comes up in the movie, folks in the audience laughed. And the movie went downhill from there. Durin' the climax, a character does something that shouldn't have been possible up to that point, which just ruined the whole damn thing for me. And it didin't help that the whole mess happened because of one guy's stupid ass mistake.

    At just under an hour & a half long, Dream House isn't even worth the cost of a matinee.

    I've got passes to see Machine Gun Preacher, The Ides of March & Footloose next week, and hopin' to get one for Real Steel since a friend of mine wants to see it.
     
  11. Harvey

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    148. L.A. Confidential (A-)
    149. When Harry Met Sally (A-)
    150. Tombstone (C+)


    L.A. Confidential: I'm still not crazy about Russell Crowe surviving at the end of the movie -- the way its staged doesn't suggest much hope for his survival -- but I really like the movie otherwise. It has a great cast, makes excellent use of real LA locations, and presents an interesting look at the underbelly of Hollywood in the early television era.

    When Harry Met Sally: Still an excellent, funny movie, although I wouldn't rate it as high as This is Spinal Tap if I was comparing Rob Reiner-directed comedies.

    Tombstone: An excellent cast elevates a decent Western that is unfortunately quite clumsily structured. Major characters completely disappear with little explanation (Wyatt Earp's wife vanishes and it's not until the end that a voice over establishes that she died of a drug overdose much earlier in the narrative) and most of the third act is compressed into a quick montage for no discernible reason. Kurt Russell is better in the role of Wyatt Earp than Burt Reynolds, though, and Val Kilmer was never better as Doc Holliday. I wouldn't be surprised if much of this could be explained by a turbulent production (the original director, who wrote the film, was fired, and his screenplay was subsequently chopped up). It's a shame that it isn't a better movie, because from a visual standpoint it's fantastic, boasting great production design, art direction, and costume design.

    159 films seen so far this year.
     
  12. Lowdarzz

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    The Enforcer (1976)

    The third Dirty Harry film and unfortunately one of the lesser entries. That's not to say that it's an enjoyable film but it just doesn't have the same feel as the first two. Maybe it's because John Milius didn't have a go on the script or maybe it's because this was the only film in the series that didn't have a score by Lalo Schifrin.

    Sudden Impact (1983)

    The fourth Dirty Harry film and a much better entry than the last. The only film in the series that was directed by Clint Eastwood, I enjoyed the fact that this is one of the few films I've seen that uses a female serial killer. I do think it's odd that Harry let Jennifer Spencer get away with the killings when he set himself at odds with the vigalante cops in Magnum Force. I was also glad that Lalo Schifrin returned to produce the films score.
     
  13. tomalak301

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    1. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - C-
    2. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) - A
    3. Black Swan (2010) - A+
    4. The Social Network (2010) - A
    5. Cannibal! The Musical (1996) - B
    6. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009) - B
    7. Winter's Bone (2010) - C+
    8. The Kids are All Right (2010) - A
    9. The Lovely Bones (2009) - D
    10. 127 Hours (2010) - A
    11. Source Code (2011) - B
    12. Kick-Ass (2010) - B
    13. Thor (2011) - B+
    14. X-Men: First Class (2011) - B
    15. Easy A (2010) - B
    16. Bridesmaids (2011) - A+
    17. Super 8 (2011) - B+
    18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) - B-
    19. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) - B+
    20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011) - B
    21. Robin Hood (2010) - B-
    22. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - B
    23. The Adjustment Bureau (2011) - B-
    24. Moneyball (2011) - B+
    25. The Lion King (1994) - A+

    Moneyball

    Living in the Bay Area and following the 2002 Oakland A's, this movie hit close to home for me, and I think the thing I really liked about it was it really captures behind the scenes of a GM of an organization. I mean here is a guy who was thrown such a small amount of money by the owner and he had to come up with a way to replace 3 stars in Damon, Giambi, and Isringhousen. To see the process of how he went about doing that was really enlightening, and how he used the idea of advanced stats (Or Sabremetrics as it's known now) was probably the highlight of the movie. I mean the scene where Beane is on the phone at the trade deadline with like 3 different GMs and actually succeeds in getting Ricardo Rincon was probably one of the best scenes in the movie.

    I've been listening to Baseball Podcasts this year in which the hosts come across as kind of arrogant when it comes to these advance stats. I mean if anyone is familiar with Keith Law (Scout based out of Arizona), he has come out and pretty much said that RBIs and Wins are irrelevant and we need to start looking at stats like OPS, and WAR (Wins Above Replacement). The problem I have with a lot of what the experts say really comes down to the fact that I don't understand these things, and they do come across as a bit holier than thou. Well, one of the things I liked about the movie was that it was a clear illustration as to why these stats matter and why they have a place in Baseball. Over time I might actually research these stats (Baseball Reference and I've heard FanGraphs are the best websites to go with this) and I thank this movie for introducing it the right way and making fans see that it really isn't all about star power.

    I think my only quibble with the movie was I don't remember the conflict between Art Howe and Billy Beane, and maybe Seymore Hoffman (Who I like) wasn't as passionate in the role as I would have liked, but other than that, a great movie.

    The Lion King

    I've made it a bit of a rule that I would only review movies I have not seen in this thread, but I'm making an exception to this one. There are some movies I would love to see on the Big Screen again, and The Lion King was one of those movies. Ok, I didn't see it in 3D, but to get the nostalgia, I don't think I needed to. This movie is just as great as I remember it and the music was some of Disney's best. One reviewer on rotten tomatoes said this movie wasn't Hip enough. Well, I beg to differ. I think we need more movies like this, where there are dark moments to scare the kids without going overboard, but once we get to the end and everyone can walk out of the theater with a smile, it's all worth it. I wish more classic movies were brought out to the big screen again, but I'm glad Lion King was because it was just as awesome and just as memorable as it was when I was 10 years old in 1994.
     
  14. stj

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    The Ledge, written by Matthew Chapman. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Terence Howard and Christopher Gorham. Charlie Hunnam plays a man who walks out onto a ledge. Terence Howard plays the policeman who comes to persuade him to come inside. Hunnam's character slowly unfolds the events that led him there. As it happens, he and his gay roommate (played by Christopher Gorham,) strike sparks with the Christian couple in the apartment down the hall (played by Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.) It is fairly obvious where the plot is going and it is played out fairly leisurely but the dialogue and performances are excellent. A thriller which manages to be a serious drama as well. About an hour and forty-five minutes.
     
  15. Captain Craig

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    Tomalak301, this is the second review from someone I've heard that Moneyball was really good. I like sport movies and while baseball isn't my sport of choice it's the struggle/triumph arc I find appealing in them. My friend called from Atlanta who's visiting her brother and we had planned to see it but she went with him and gave it praise as well. I may wait for DVD but if I find time I'd like to catch this one.
     
  16. stj

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    The Perfect Host, starring David Hyde Pierce and Clayne Crawford. Bank robber meets psycho is the story. Never heard of Crawford but he did a great job. The voice in particular is fascinating. This is a dandy little suspense, not a brain in its head, but very skillfully done. The performances are beautifully theatrical, the plotting insane but crisp and the soundtrack very effective.
     
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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 (B+)
    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-)
    95. Tangled (A)
    96. Cowboys and Aliens (B)
    97. Crazy, Stupid, Love (A-)
    98. Beginners (A-)
    99. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (A+)
    100. Bonnie and Clyde (A-)
    101. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (A-)
    102. Elmer Gantry (B+)
    103. Sanjuro (A-)
    104. The Help (B+)
    105. Dark Passage (B+)
    106. Easy A (B)
    107. Rob Roy (B+)
    108. The Great McGinty (C+)
    109. Christmas in July (B-)
    110. The Tree of Life (B+)
    111. The Lady Eve (A-)
    112. Sullivan's Travels (B+)
    113. The Palm Beach Story (A+)
    114. A Passage to India (A-)
    115. Glengarry Glen Ross (A-)
    116. Hail the Conquering Hero (B-)
    117. The Great Moment (C+)
    118. Platoon (A)
    119. Atonement (A+)
    120. Patton (A)
    121. Pan's Labyrinth (A+)
    122. The Debt (B+)
    123. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (A-)
    124. The Pawnbroker (A-)
    125. Double Indemnity (A)
    126. Mildred Pierce (B+)
    127. The Postman Always Rings Twice (C-)
    128. The Great Dictator (A+)
    129. La Belle et la Bete (B+)
    130. Contagion (B+)
    131. The Age of Innocence (B+)
    132. The Remains of the Day (A+)
    133. His Girl Friday (A)
    134. Howards End (B+)
    135. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (A)
    136. The Lion King 3D (A+)
    137. Paths of Glory (B+)
    138. Big Fish (B+)

    A Tim Burton film with bright colours and no Johnny Depp! Helena Bonham Carter's here in a small role, so he didn't go completely off-reservation, at least. Though this film was a financial disappointment, so maybe there's a reason he doesn't do this more often. The film feels a bit like if Forrest Gump, Jr. was trying to make sense of his father's account of his life. The "tall tales" are a little meandering in places (and not really as interesting as the film often thinks they are), particularly early on, but the film acquires a good amount of emotional heft as it goes on. My own father passed away earlier this year, so perhaps I was particularly susceptible, but I liked it a lot. Billy Crudup, who's a good actor, is kind of bland in the part of the son, but the others do well with more vibrant characters (there's also an early English-language appearance by Marion Cotillard back when nobody outside of France knew who she was).

    139. The Magnificent Ambersons (B+)

    Orson Welles' followup to Citizen Kane, and the victim of one of the most egregious cases of studio interference. It's kind of hard to fully judge a film that had so much taken out of it (though, to be fair, people who saw the original cut said it had problems too). The cuts came mostly from the concluding segments of the film (including an added ending which is very obviously discordant with the rest of the film), which are the weakest, particularly, as I said, the ending. However, even the 88 minute version is still a pretty good film. The cinematography is stunning (I find that inventive uses of the camera are a lot more noticeable in older films where just planting it and letting it role was a lot more common). There are a number of very good performances. If Welles' original version (or a reedit overseen by Welles himself) existed, who knows what might have been?
     
  18. WHF

    WHF Captain Captain

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    1 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
    2 Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    3 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
    4 Sergeant York (1941)
    5 Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
    6 Tokyo no kôrasu [Tokyo Chorus] (1931)
    7 Crime and Punishment (1935)
    8 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
    9 Along Came Jones (1945)
    10 Repo Men (2010)
    11 Meltdown: Days of Destruction (2006) TV Movie
    12 This is the Night (1932)
    13 Cop Out (2010)
    14 Umarete Wa Mita Keredo [I Was Born But...] (1932)
    15 Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
    16 I'm No Angel (1933)
    17 Dekigokoro [Passing Fancy] (1933)
    18 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
    19 Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
    20 The Cameraman (1928)
    21 Tôkaidô Yotsuya kaidan [The Ghost of Yotsuya] (1959)
    22 Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)
    23 Casino Royale (1967)
    24 Spite Marriage (1929)
    25 Lost Horizon (1937)
    26 Doughboys (1930)
    27 Ministry of Fear (1944)
    28 In Bruges (2008)
    29 Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
    30 Greenberg (2010)
    31 Die Büchse der Pandora [Pandora's Box] (1929)
    32 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
    33 Last Night (1998)
    34 The Awful Truth (1937)
    35 Grand Prix (1966)
    36 Free and Easy (1930)
    37 Suna no onna [Woman in the Dunes] (1964)
    38 None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
    39 Shutter Island (2010)
    40 Radio Days (1987)
    41 The Toast of New York (1937)
    42 Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
    43 Forbidden Planet (1956)
    44 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1932)
    45 Jigoku (1960)
    46 MacGruber (2010)
    47 Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
    48 What! No Beer (1933)
    49 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
    50 Metropolis (1927) Restored
    51 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    52 I Want to Live! (1958)
    53 A Foreign Affair (1948)
    54 The Lost Weekend (1945)
    55 Captain Blood (1935)
    56 Night and Day (1946)
    57 Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    58 Destination Tokyo (1943)
    59 The Defiant Ones (1958)
    60 Les Miserables (1998)
    61 High Life (2009)
    62 W. (2008)
    63 Love Me Tonight (1932)
    64 For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
    65 Shanghai Express (1932)
    66 Suzy (1936)
    67 The Graduate (1967)
    68 A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
    69 Tokyo! (2008)
    70 On the Waterfront (1954)
    71 The Anderson Tapes (1971)
    72 In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    73 Get Him to the Greek (2010)
    74 Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
    75 Bombshell (1933)
    76 Mildred Pierce (1945)
    77 State of Play (2009)
    78 Oliver Twist (1948)
    79 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    80 Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    81 Eclipse (2010)
    82 The Lemon Tree (2008)
    83 On the Beach (1959)
    84 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
    85 Laila (1929)
    86 When Ladies Meet (1941)
    87 The Other Guys (2010)
    88 Cemetery Junction (2010)
    89 Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
    90 Splendor in the Grass (1961)
    91 Christmas in Wonderland (2007)
    92 The Cove (2009)
    93 Death to Smoochy (2002)
    94 Ball of Fire (1941)
    95 The Wild One (1953)
    96 Camille (1921)
    97 Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    98 Beau Geste (1939)
    99 Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    100 The Switch (2010)
    101 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    102 Salt (2010)
    103 Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)
    104 Gunless (2010)
    105 One Million Years B.C. (1966)
    106 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
    107 An American in Paris (1951)
    108 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
    109 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
    110 American Pie (1999)
    111 Scarface (1932)
    112 The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
    113 Key Largo (1948)
    114 Scarface (1983)
    115 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
    116 Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    117 Stolen (2009)
    118 Ladri di biciclette [Bicycle Thieves] (1948)
    119 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    120 Okaasan [Mother] (1952)
    121 The Mouse on the Moon (1963)
    122 The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    123 Ohayô [Good Morning] (1959)
    124 Murder, My Sweet (1944)
    125 East of Eden (1955)
    126 Underground (1941)
    127 Pokolenie [A Generation] (1955)
    128 The Petrified Forest (1936)
    129 Escape in the Desert (1945)
    130 The Big Sleep (1946)
    131 The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    132 The Social Network (2010)
    133 Exotica (1994)
    134 Kanał (1956)
    135 Black Legion (1937)
    136 Mýrin [Jar City] (2006)
    137 44 Inch Chest (2009)
    138 Sahara (1943)
    139 La Horde (2009)
    140 Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    141 Popiół i diament [Ashes and Diamonds] (1958)
    142 The Ghost Writer (2010)
    143 Northern Pursuit (1943)
    144 The Maiden Heist (2009)
    145 Missing (1982)
    146 King Kong (1933)
    147 Dodsworth (1936)
    148 Once Upon a Time (1944)
    149 The Pride and the Passion (1957)
    150 The Young Philadelphians (1959)
    151 The Best Man (1964)
    152 The American (2010)
    153 The Caine Mutiny (1954)
    154 Inception (2010)
    155 Kameradschaft (1931)
    156 The Damned United (2009)
    157 Gojira (1954)
    158 How to Die in Oregon (2011)
    159 Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
    160 The Trotsky (2009)
    161 Tokyo Joe (1949)
    162 Red (2010)
    163 Körkarlen [The Phantom Carriage] (1921)
    164 Frankenstein (1931)
    165 El espíritu de la colmena [The Spirit of the Behive] (1973)
    166 The Dawn Patrol (1938)
    167 Flammen & Citronen [Flame & Citron] (2008)
    168 To Sir, with Love (1967)
    169 Alice in Wonderland (2010)
    170 Out of the Past (1947)
    171 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
    172 The Scarlet Letter (1926)
    173 The Runaways (2010)
    174 Until They Sail (1957)
    175 Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (1957)
    176 Hot Coffee (2011)
    177 Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008)
    178 Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)
    179 The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
    180 The Sheik (1921)
    181 The Tillman Story (2010)
    182 The First of the Few (1942)
    183 The Town (2010)
    184 Fail Safe (1964)
    185 The Bedford Incident (1965)
    186 Kohayagawa-ke no aki [The End of Summer] (1961)
    187 A Single Man (2009)
    188 Lion of the Desert (1981)
    189 Despicable Me (2010)
    190 Let Me In (2010)
    191 The Misfits (1961)
    192 The Fighter (2010)
    193 The Tourist (2010)
    194 Richard III (1955)
    195 Love Affair (1939)
    196 I Confess (1953)
    197 Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
    198 Son of the Sheik (1926)
    199 Caged (1950)
    200 Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)
    201 Lord of the Flies (1963)
    202 Fury (1936)
    203 Le Dernier Métro [The Last Metro] (1980)
    204 The Mouse that Roared (1959)
    205 The Four Feathers (1939)
    206 Red River (1948)
    207 Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
    208 La battaglia di Algeri [The Battle of Algiers] (1966)
    209 A Patch of Blue (1965)
    210 Cole (2009)
    211 The Fugitive Kind (1959)
    212 The Hurricane (1937)
    213 Julius Caesar (1953)
    214 Modern Times (1936)
    215 The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    216 Stage Door (1937)
    217 The Breaking Point (1950)
    218 The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
    219 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    220 Pépé le Moko (1937)
    221 Lonelyhearts (1958)
    222 From Here to Eternity (1953)
    223 The Defector (1966)
    224 Raintree County (1957)
    225 Possesed (1931)
    226 The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    227 Jim Thorpe – – All American (1951)
    228 The Big Lift (1950)
    229 Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari [The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari] (1920)
    230 His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)
    231 Scorpio (1973)
    232 The Search (1948)
    233 The Killers (1946)
    234 A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
    235 South Sea Woman (1953)
    236 Knight Without Armour (1937)
    237 Brute Force (1947)
    238 Der blaue Engel [The Blue Angel] (1930)
    239 Seven Days in May (1964)
    240 The Scarlet Empress (1934)
    241 Ten Tall Men (1951)
    242 The Householder (1963)
    243 The Devil is a Woman (1935)
    244 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
    245 Bad Boys (1995)
    246 The Jungle Book (1942)
    247 The Heiress (1949)
    248 The Vanishing American (1925)
    249 Bad Boys II (2003)
    250 The Hoodlum Priest (1961)
    251 All the Young Men (1960)
    252 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
    253 The Remains of the Day (1993)
    254 A Room with a View (2005)
    255 The Europeans (1979)
    256 Young Man With a Horn (1950)
    257 Howards End (1992)
    258 John A.: Birth of a Country (2011)
    259 The Red Shoes (1948)
    260 Lust for Life (1956)
    261 Town Without Pity (1961)
    262 Point Blank (1962)
    263 The Crimson Pirate (1952)

    200. Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)
    This is the film everyone needs to watch no matter what your opinion on it ends up being because it is so influential. It's strange that I've never seen it before. So much has been written about this film that the only thing I have to say is that it really is one of the greatest films ever made.

    I watched this film on the Criterion blu-ray about two months ago but I've only just finished with all the special features. This blu-ray is fantastic. Picture and audio quality are as good as you're going to get for your home. The extra features include two commentaries, four hours of documentaries and a booklet with essays on the film. They are superb. Most film commentaries and extras I would only listen to and watch once but these extras are so good that the next time I watch this film I'll reverse the order and go through the extras first. If you watch films at home, Criterion blu-ray is the best way.
     
  19. stj

    stj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Henry's Crime, a meta love story/caper movie. An unhappily married man falsely accused of bank robbery goes to prison. Upon release, he conceives the desire to actually rob the bank he didn't attempt to rob. He finds there was a tunnel from the next door theater to the bank (for hiding booze during Prohibition,) and ends up playing Lopatkin in The Cherry Orchard, while falling in love with the Buffalo diva playing the lead.

    Henry's "crime" is robbing the bank, stealing the diva's heart and rewriting Chekhov. The outcome of the plot is withheld.

    The diva is played as a larger than life bitch-goddess by the redoubtable Vera Farmiga. Peter Stormare is the unconscious Voice of God as director, displaying one of his finest accents. James Caan is the friendly confidence man turned bank robber and Fisher Stevens is the evil safecracker. This is a very droll but emotional (yet ironic) piece. But Trekbbs is forbidden to watch this, under any circumstances, for Henry/Lopatkin is played by Keanu Reeves!:evil:
     
  20. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    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
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One - DVD
    The King's Speech - DVD rental
    Get Low - DVD rental
    Dan in Real Life - DVD
    Thor: Tales of Asgard - DVD rental
    Green Lantern: Emerald Knights - DVD rental
    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - DVD
    Planet Hulk - DVD rental
    Alien vs Predator: Requium - Unrated - DVD rental
    Fright Night (1985) - DVD
    John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) - DVD
    50/50 - free screenin'
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - DVD
    Repo Men- Unrated - DVD
    Earth Girls Are Easy - DVD
    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey - DVD
    Tangled - DVD
    Kung Fu Panda 2 3D - dollar theater
    Dolphin Tale - free screenin'
    Mad Money - DVD
    The Ron Clark Story - DVD
    Nico the Unicorn - DVD
    Jungle Boy - DVD
    Killer Wave - DVD
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop - Netflix Instant
    Steve Harvey - Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! - Netflix Instant
    Mel Brooks' Silent Movie - DVD
    Steve Harvey - Still Trippin' - Netflix Instant
    Secretariat - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money - Netflix Instant
    From Dusk 'til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter - Netflix Instant
    Kevin Smith - Too Fat for 40 - Netflix Instant
    Dream House - free screenin'
    Machine Gun Preacher - free screenin'
    The Ides of March - free screenin'

    The first two of four free screenings this week...

    ...Machine Gun Preacher made me feel guilty after watchin' it, in a "what have I done with my life lately?" kind of way, but still well worth checkin' out. Be warned, it does earn its R ratin' for drug use, language, violence, gore & such.

    ...The Ides of March would have really been better if Aaron Sorkin had written it. But, still, ya can't argue with the cast, and Clooney did put a lot into the movie, with his starrin' role, co-writin' the movie & directin' it.

    Tonight, I'll be at the Real Steel screenin' with the Footloose remake scheduled for tomorrow!

    And Fireflies in the Garden next week! Still don't know if I'll get a pass for The Thing requel or not....