Movies Seen in 2012

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Starbreaker, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. ElimParra

    ElimParra Invader Premium Member

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    1. Marie Antoinette (2006) - 2.5/5.
    2. Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows (2011) - 4/5
    3. The Muppets (2011) - 4.5/5
    4. 2012 (2009) - 2.25/5
    5. The Sound of Music (1965) - 4.5/5
    6. True Grit (2010) - 4/5
    7. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace 3D
    8. The Town (2011) - 4.25/5

    Very good. Affleck has by resprect for what he did on this film, especially with his direction. Highly recommended. I wonder what he will do next as a director.
     
  2. adamparker

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    Yesterday night I have seen recently released Journey 2 : The mysterious island. It is sequel of Journey to the Center of Earth. It is is one of those good for what it is films and it is a family-friendly adventure film in the vein.
     
  3. od0_ital

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    Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
    Limitless - Netflix Instant
    The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
    Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
    Red State - Netflix Instant
    Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
    S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant
    Red Tails - free screenin'
    Resident Evil: Degeneration - Netflix Instant
    The Last Exorcism - Netflix Instant
    Frozen - Netflix Instant
    The Perfect Host - Netflix Instant
    Tucker & Dale vs Evil - Netflix Instant
    Brooklyn's Finest - Netflix Instant
    Stone - Netflix Instant
    The Woman in Black - free screenin'
    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - free screenin'
    Haywire - free admission
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - free admission
    The Artist - free admission
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - free admission
    Ted & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie - tech screenin'
    Hugo - free admission
    Safe House - free screenin'
    The Captains - Netflix Instant
    Troll Hunter - Netflix Instant
    The Evil Dead (1981) - Netflix Instant
    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D - tech screenin'
    Underworld Awakening 3D - free admission
    We Need to Talk About Kevin - free admission
    The Innkeepers - free admission
    Big Miracle - free admission
    Chronicle - free admission
    Underworld: Unrated Extended Cut - DVD
    The Grey - free admission
    Contraband - free admission
    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D - free admission
    One for the Money - free admission
    The Ouija Experiment - free admission
    Ghost Rider - Extended Cut - DVD
    The Secret World of Arrietty - free admission
    Bullhead - free admission
    Underworld Evolution - DVD
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - free admission
    Castle in the Sky - free admission
    Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Live Action: Pentacost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak & Tuba Atlantic - free admission
    This Means War - free admission
    Alien Trespass - Netflix Instant
    My Neighbor Totoro - free admission
    Rampart - free admission

    Hangin' out at my friends Angie & Ted's yesterday, and spent most of it watchin' episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. But I did take a break & switched over to watch Alien Trespass, a '50s style scifi movie that came out a couple of years ago, starrin' Eric McCormack & Robert Patrick.

    It was a pretty dull movie...I couldn't get into it at all. I even dozed off a bit there in the middle.

    So, I went back to watchin' Wolverine and the X-Men.

    Got up today & used my employee discount to see Studio Ghibli's My Neighbor Totoro. The tech screenin' was last night, but I was still on the clock when it started, so I couldn't get to it.

    Very cute movie, I especially like Totoro at the bus stop.

    Swapped texts with a friend and she's comin' out to see Rampart with me this afternoon. I didn't realize it was comin' out so soon - just saw the trailer for it last week!!! Looks like it could be pretty good!
     
  4. nvek86

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    29. The Shining

    It took some time, but I finally saw this classic Kubrick film. Guess I don't have to say that it's great and it's the kind of horror film I like: not actually showing a lot, but through music, camera and so on creating a suspenseful atmosphere.
    And casting Jack Nicholson as a crazy guy is of course never wrong.
     
  5. CaptainCanada

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    Stephen King would disagree.
     
  6. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

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    ^^
    His casting does sort of play the movie's hand right away, undercutting any sense of ambiguity that one might have at the outset. Even if you've never seen a Jack Nicholson performance or even heard of the actor, it's hard not to read him as crazy almost as soon as he's introduced.

    1. Holy Rollers (B-)
    2. The Kids Are All Right (B)
    3. History of the World, Part 1 (C-)
    4. Blazing Saddles (A+)
    5. Scarface [1932] (B-)
    6. The Purple Rose of Cairo (A)
    7. Rampart (B+)
    8. We Need To Talk About Kevin (A+)
    9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (B+)
    10. They Live (B-)
    11. Darling Companion (D)
    12. A Dangerous Method (B-)
    13. Haywire (C+)
    14. Mission: Impossible (B+)
    15. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (B+)
    16. Twixt (C+)
    17. Burn After Reading (B+)
    18. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (B-)
    19. Drive (A)
    20. Crazy Stupid Love (A)
    21. The Omega Man (D)
    22. The Adjustment Bureau (B+)
    23. The Artist (A-)
    24. Lady and the Tramp (B)
    25. Hugo (A-)
    26. The Secret World of Arrietty (B)
    27. Twelve Angry Men (A)
    28. Act of Valor (F)
    29. Walker (A)

    Walker: Alex Cox's 1987 film, which is (tenuously) a bio-pic about US imperialist William Walker's time in Nicaragua during the 1850s, was the beginning of the end of his Hollywood career, but what a way to go out. In actuality, this film isn't much of a historical bio-pic at all. Instead, it's a rather idiosyncratic, at times hilarious, and often bizarre treatment of US Imperialism in Central American in the 1980s as seen through the lens of Walker's own intervention in Central America in the 1850s. It's deliberately filled with anachronisms, over-the-top performances, totally unreliable narration, slapstick humor -- essentially, nothing that you would expect from a film funded by a Hollywood studio (in this case, Universal). It's easy to see why critics savaged it so relentlessly upon release, and even easier to see why it's been re-evaluated as a classic 25 years later. Ed Harris' lead performance as Walker (who is quite definitely insane) is magnetic, and Peter Boyle delivers an excellent supporting role as Cornelius Vanderbilt in two memorable scenes.

    Not an easy film to explain, but definitely worth seeing. And the print (shown for the films' 25th anniversary) I saw was beautiful, too!

    Theatres: 12 +1
    Home Video: 16
    Computer: 1
     
  7. Captain Craig

    Captain Craig Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Kicking off my 2012 list:

    1. Edge of Darkness: A
    2. Star Trek: The Motion Picture: B+
    3. Repo Men: B-
    4. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: B-
    5. Underworld: Awakening: B
    6. Lost City Raiders: C+
    7. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: B+
    8. Contraband: B+
    9. Kick-Ass: B+
    10. Hereafter: A-
    11. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance: B
    12. Act of Valor: C+

    I hadn't planned on seeing this. A friend I don't get together with often was free and gave me a ring so in the spirit of camaraderie I went so we could hang out basically. I cut the "acting" some slack as the leads are all soldiers. Men trained to cut off emotions for the most part. There are only a few real actors in the film.
    The action was good, the plot was actually better than I had imagined really. One of the better character moments is when "Senior" questions a lead terrorist. That moment had some good one liners. Such as "My shit filter is full", that got a good response at my showing.
     
  8. Admiral_Young

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    11. "Midnight in Paris" (2011) A + Directed and Written By: Woody Allen. Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Tom Hiddleston, Allison Pill, Corey Stoll.

    I should start by saying that I'm not a Woody Allen fan, nor am I a big Owen Wilson fan, but finally this little gem of a romantic comedy comes along and becomes something that I can embrace and be excited about. I thought Owen Wilson did one hell of a job as Gil Pender and channelled a young Woody Allen, but not in a parody type of way. I would go out of my way to cast Rachel McAdams in all my films if I could :) The entire cast just does a wonderful job. The writing and acting is top notch, Allen's directing is just beautiful as is the cinematography, and the score is delightful and witty as well. The film its self is charming, and quirky but not overtly so and deals heavily with nostalgia. It has jumped into second position on my top ten favourite films of 2011 pushing "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" into third. I will be getting this on DVD.
     
  9. stj

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    How did the movie treat Walker's restoration of slavery in Nicaragua?

    One of the fundamental principles of conservative thinking about slavery and the Civil War and modern-day politics that slavery was a doomed institution, that there was no such thing as the Slave Power and that Lincoln et al. needlessly centralized power. There really isn't much reason I know of to think that Walker was insane but wasn't a reasonable example of the southern way of politics at work. His restoration of slavery so far as I know was a perfectly natural continuation of the domestic policy of using state power in defense of slave property. Turning Walker into a lone madman lets the slavers off the hook, doesn't it?
     
  10. Miss Lemon

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    Hmmm, I was a bit reluctant to go see this movie, because I am not a Woody Allen fan either. But after reading your review, I may actually reconsider.
     
  11. nvek86

    nvek86 Commander Red Shirt

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    30. War Horse

    It's a good Spielberg film, which makes it better than most other films, but I wouldn't consider it his best. It has great camera work - I especially loved the lighting in the final shots.
    One nitpick: I really didn't like how they dealt with the different languages. E.g.: Germans speak German as long as they are in the background, but English with a German accent when they are when they are right in front of the camera. But they also speak English with a German accent when they are supposed to speak English. I admit that's just a small thing, but it really bothered me.


    Yeah, I've read his criticism and I can see where he's coming from.
     
  12. Harvey

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    That's not what the movie does, really. Yes, Walker is shown to be mad, but the madness is pervasive and a matter of policy. (And the film does address his restoration of slavery in Nicaragua rather directly.)

    Having said that, it can't be stated enough how far the movie is from being a bio-pic of Walker, a nuance that many reviewers didn't get. I know our tastes in movies and television are often widely divergent, but I think you'd enjoy Walker.

    1. Holy Rollers (B-)
    2. The Kids Are All Right (B)
    3. History of the World, Part 1 (C-)
    4. Blazing Saddles (A+)
    5. Scarface [1932] (B-)
    6. The Purple Rose of Cairo (A)
    7. Rampart (B+)
    8. We Need To Talk About Kevin (A+)
    9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (B+)
    10. They Live (B-)
    11. Darling Companion (D)
    12. A Dangerous Method (B-)
    13. Haywire (C+)
    14. Mission: Impossible (B+)
    15. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (B+)
    16. Twixt (C+)
    17. Burn After Reading (B+)
    18. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (B-)
    19. Drive (A)
    20. Crazy Stupid Love (A)
    21. The Omega Man (D)
    22. The Adjustment Bureau (B+)
    23. The Artist (A-)
    24. Lady and the Tramp (B)
    25. Hugo (A-)
    26. The Secret World of Arrietty (B)
    27. Twelve Angry Men (A)
    28. Act of Valor (F)
    29. Walker (A)
    30. Lonely Are The Brave (A-)
    31. Executive Action (C)


    Lonely are the Brave: I was rather surprised by this quasi-Western, adapted from the Edward Abbey novel by once-Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and directed by the underrated David Miller. It's really quite good, featuring great performances by Kirk Douglas (he's called this his favorite movie), Walter Mathau, and Gena Rowlands. The dialogue is crisp, and the directing and editing keeps the proceedings tense (when they're not being played four laughs, which happens often, to my welcome surprise). Really, the only thing that doesn't quite work is the tragic ending. Carroll O'Connor plays a truck driver who we intermittently see throughout the movie. In the end, he runs in Kirk Douglas while he's on his horse. Douglas survives (probably) but the horse does not. I'm not sure why it doesn't quite work; I'd have to see the film again. Maybe it's a matter of tone. But, short of this, the movie is nearly a masterpiece.

    It's also pretty hard to avoid reading a number of scenes (especially those set in jail) in light of Dalton Trumbo's imprisonment after refusing to testify to HUAC. The characters often speak both in bitter and righteous tones that are pure Trumbo.

    Executive Action: This JFK-conspiracy thriller isn't that far afield from Oliver Stone's movie that would be made twenty years later, as far as its conspiracy theory goes, but in execution it often betrays its low production values and can be quite dull. The problem is that much of the movie relies on old men sitting around a table discussing their plans to assassinate the President rather clinically. It's not very dramatic, and having seen Stone's film first, not very interesting, either.

    It is interesting to see historical footage from the period intermixed with footage of the actors (and you see a lot of it; archive footage probably constitutes at least 25% of the movie); it gives a real sense of how turbulent 1963 was politically. It also, unfortunately, overwhelms any sense of dramatic narrative. By the end, it's all archival footage, save for a few obligatory shots of the conspirators getting away. It also has an absolutely appalling performance by the actor playing Jack Ruby (luckily, he's only in a few scenes).

    Like Lonely Are The Brave, the film is a collaboration between writer Dalton Trumbo and director David Miller. Neither's efforts, however, are as good as that earlier movie. It's worth seeing only if you're fascinated by media depictions of the JFK assassination, or find it necessary to view Trumbo or Miller's complete filmography.

    Theatres: 14 +2
    Home Video: 16
    Computer: 1
     
  13. Starbreaker

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    Chronicle ✭✭✭ 1/2

    Didn't really know what to expect other the basic plot when I went into the movie. I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of on the edge of your scene breathtaking scenes.

    The Hangover Part II ✭✭✭

    Not bad at all. It's derivative, of course... but it's well done for what it's supposed to be.
     
  14. ElimParra

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    1. Marie Antoinette (2006) - 2.5/5.
    2. Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows (2011) - 4/5
    3. The Muppets (2011) - 4.5/5
    4. 2012 (2009) - 2.25/5
    5. The Sound of Music (1965) - 4.5/5
    6. True Grit (2010) - 4/5
    7. Star Wars - The Phantom Menace 3D
    8. The Town (2011) - 4.25/5
    9. The Green Hornet (2011) - 1.5/5

    Around a hour into the film, I was thinking to I turn this crap off. Anyways, was impressed with Jay Chou and it was great seeing EJO again. And I liked the soundtrack too.
     
  15. Admiral_Young

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    ^ Jay Chou and the soundtrack were sadly among the few things that were any good about that film. Seth Rogen was over the top (even for him) and just was annoying. I've much preferred and enjoyed Kevin Smith's comics based on his abandoned script so far :)
     
  16. Captain Craig

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    ^^^
    They should do a Green Hornet sequel only for Jay Chou, maybe it can be a revenge piece. Rogan as Britt gets severely hurt and incapacitated leaving Kato to make things right.

    I'm still reading Green Hornet, even though Smith left the quality has been maintained.
     
  17. od0_ital

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    Cowboys & Aliens - DVD
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes - DVD
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - free screenin'
    Limitless - Netflix Instant
    The Next Three Days - Netflix Instant
    Man on a Ledge - free screenin'
    Red State - Netflix Instant
    Mars Needs Moms - Netflix Instant
    S.W.A.T.: Firefight - Netflix Instant
    Red Tails - free screenin'
    Resident Evil: Degeneration - Netflix Instant
    The Last Exorcism - Netflix Instant
    Frozen - Netflix Instant
    The Perfect Host - Netflix Instant
    Tucker & Dale vs Evil - Netflix Instant
    Brooklyn's Finest - Netflix Instant
    Stone - Netflix Instant
    The Woman in Black - free screenin'
    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - free screenin'
    Haywire - free admission
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - free admission
    The Artist - free admission
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - free admission
    Ted & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie - tech screenin'
    Hugo - free admission
    Safe House - free screenin'
    The Captains - Netflix Instant
    Troll Hunter - Netflix Instant
    The Evil Dead (1981) - Netflix Instant
    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D - tech screenin'
    Underworld Awakening 3D - free admission
    We Need to Talk About Kevin - free admission
    The Innkeepers - free admission
    Big Miracle - free admission
    Chronicle - free admission
    Underworld: Unrated Extended Cut - DVD
    The Grey - free admission
    Contraband - free admission
    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D - free admission
    One for the Money - free admission
    The Ouija Experiment - free admission
    Ghost Rider - Extended Cut - DVD
    The Secret World of Arrietty - free admission
    Bullhead - free admission
    Underworld Evolution - DVD
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - free admission
    Castle in the Sky - free admission
    Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Live Action: Pentacost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak & Tuba Atlantic - free admission
    This Means War - free admission
    Alien Trespass - Netflix Instant
    My Neighbor Totoro - free admission
    Rampart - free admission
    Dr Suess' The Lorax 3D - free screenin'
    Comin' At Ya! 3D - free admission
    Wanderlust - free admission
    Act of Valor - free admission

    Had passes for a free screenin' of The Lorax yesterday mornin', and was one of the only adults in the line without a child.

    Seemed to me that the movie was tryin' too hard no subtleness at all, a couple of the musical numbers were WTF?!?-ish (one of 'em downright nightmare induced!), and the 3D got a little blurry a couple of times, though that may have been because of where I was sittin' (lousy seats...wound up three rows back from the screen).

    No trailers, shorts or freebies, either.

    Tried to get into Wanderlust yesterday afternoon, but it sold out, three shows in a row!

    [LEFT]Settled for the Comin' at Ya! 3D showin', with the Q&A afterward. The movie was over the top cheesy, but in a funway, and though they went back and upgraded the 3D, they didn't remove the strings holdin' up the rubber bats![/LEFT]

    [LEFT]As for the Q&A, I was one of only three folks who stayed for it, everyone else walked out & past the producer durin' the credit sequences! Felt bad for the guy, since I didn't really have any questions about how to restore/upgrade a thirty year old 3D movie. Though I did learn that when doin'that sort of work, the screen is called the "soft wall."[/LEFT]

    [LEFT]Got a free poster out of it, though, so there's that.[/LEFT]

    [LEFT]Think I may see Wanderlust today, and will be gettin' together with some friends to see Act of Valor this afternoon, for sure.[/LEFT]

    - edit, to add -

    Well, I got into the first show of the day for Wanderlust, and it reminded me of why I don't be pay theater prices for comedies these days. So glad I got in for free...

    Met up with a couple of friends this afternoon, and saw Act of Valor. My buddy, the ex-Marine, enjoyed it, so there's that. I was able to get him in for free, too, but his wife had to pay for a ticket. I thought it was just a pure propoganda piece, since the bad guys were really bad and the good guys were really good. No gray at all...
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  18. CaptainCanada

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    1. My Week With Marilyn (B-)
    2. Fantasia 2000 (B+)
    3. Blade Runner (B)
    4. The Hidden Fortress (A-)
    5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (B+)
    6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (A+)
    7. The Descendants (A-)
    8. Monsieur Lazhar (A)
    9. The Prestige (A+)
    10. Blood Simple (A-)
    11. The Big Lebowski (B+)
    12. West Side Story (A-)
    13. The Hours (A-)
    14. Lady and the Tramp (B)
    15. An Officer and a Gentleman (B)
    16. All Quiet On The Western Front (A)
    17. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (B-)
    18. Spellbound (B+)
    19. Seven Samurai (A+)

    And with that I've finished up with the "samurai Kurosawa" period, and this is probably saving the best for last (though I'm also very partial to Ran and Throne of Blood). This is a very long movie (at the time, the longest film made since Gone With the Wind, apparently), but the pacing is exceptional, anchored by Takashi Shimura (a Kurosawa regular, but this is the first time I really noticed him). Also present, of course, is Toshiro Mifune, is a markedly less dignified performance than most of his others (he and the actress playing Shino supply most of the film's quotient of overacting, though I chalk that up to cultural differences). One does wonder why bandits out for plunder are so set on this one village after it's killed two-thirds of their members, but overall it's a superb film about life in medieval Japan.

    Cinema: 5
    Home Video: 12
    Computer: 2
     
  19. Agent Richard07

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    As someone who likes oddball films and going for walks at night, I can't wait to see Midnight in Paris.

    I liked The Green Hornet. It was a fun and interesting take on the character and I thought that Seth Rogen's usual shtick was toned down.
     
  20. od0_ital

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    ^

    The Green Hornet was a fun movie! I didn't care for the stuff with Cameron Diaz, but other than that, I enjoyed it. And when I saw it at a free screenin' last year, they were throwin' free stuff at us...so, yeah, my affection for a movie can be bought with temporary tattoos & posters!!!
     

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