Movies Seen in 2009

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

  1. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Well, the special effects for Poltergeist aren't so special anymore, but the mood & atmosphere still work...

    Watched Halloween II (the original sequel) last night at Kick Butt in the Triangle. Not great, but good enough, I suppose, for a horror sequel.

    Will add these to the list later...
  2. MeanJoePhaser

    MeanJoePhaser Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Missile Command
    District Nine - Good but not quite great. I think the protagonist is a tad too irritating and the mecha part goes on too long. The Apartheid analogy gets muddled when you are talking about an wholly alien lifeform stranded on Earth, which is a good thing, actually, because it makes you think more. Part of the premise is never elaborated on, which is just as well, too, actually.

    Pandorum - Felt like a made for Sy-Fy film with a real budget. Fairly decent entertainment, but it's often too dark to even tell what's going on. Ben Foster does decently in a lead role.

    Psycho II - Unintentionally funny. I may have seen parts of it before. I know I read the MAD Magazine parody many time in the 80's. The parody was better, but so was the Mad take on Scarface.

    The Hangover - Overrated, I think. Not bad, though. I am sick of male nudity in movies, especially ugly male nudity. I have to think the wedding related aspect made this film a hit.
  3. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    Thirst - Definitely one of the better vampire romance movies out there, particularly since, well, it isn't terribly romantic.

    Being a Korean arthouse film it's complicated, at times low-key character drama and at other times ludricous and dryly funny absurdities. I don't think this film is as accessible as, say, Old Boy (by the same director) was to a general audience - despite or because of the vampire element, this is a more dialed back, restrained, 'normal' and relatively slow-paced art film for long stretches.

    Nonetheless, there are enough flashes of bizarre humour and excellent character development to make this a fairly enjoyable feature for anyone who'd actually want to see a film like this.
  4. MeanJoePhaser

    MeanJoePhaser Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Missile Command
    Missionary Man - Low budget 2007 Dolph Lundgren acted-and-directed (yeah, he still works) film. The washed-out film style detracts from its cheapness. Mildly watchable for a cliched d(irect to video)-movie.

    The Hurt Locker - One of the best movies of the year. And odd that the only names in it are bit roles (Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes). Probably be totally ignored for awards because it's a war movie that isn't preachily anti-war. Also, it really makes GI JOE look like a piece of crap...not that they are really in the same genre, but...:p
  5. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Updatin' my list, since I got into three free screenings this past week, on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday.

    - In Theaters -
    Gran Torino*
    Friday the 13th (2009)*
    The International*
    Monsters vs Aliens*
    Fast and Furious*
    Star Trek (2009)*
    The Soloist*
    Battle for Terra*
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Band from TV Concert Video
    Drag Me to Hell*
    Away We Go*
    Terminator: Salvation
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    Paper Heart*
    (500) Days of Summer*
    G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra*
    District 9*
    Taking Woodstock*
    The Time Traveler's Wife
    World's Greatest Dad*
    Sorority Row (2009)*
    The Wizard of Oz
    Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D Double Feature*
    The Horse Boy
    Whip It*
    The Boys are Back*
    Law Abiding Citizen*
    A Serious Man*
    Night of the Living Dead
    Astro Boy
    The Fourth Kind*
    Halloween II
    Pirate Radio*
    Planet 51*

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

    - On DVD -
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Let the Right One In
    Green Lantern: First Flight
    Shaun of the Dead
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
    Bottle Shock

    - On Demand -
    Eagle Eye
  6. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    Hurt Locker is a smash with the critics (and rightly so), and in a year with ten Academy nominations for best picture I'd put good money on it at least getting at least a nomination.
  7. zakkrusz

    zakkrusz Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 18, 2002
    United States
    9 (7)
    Angels & Demons (7)
    Bangkok Dangerous (6)
    Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black (7)
    Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (6)
    Crank 2: High Voltage (6)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (7)
    Dragonball Evolution (5)
    Elementors (6)
    GI Joe (7)
    Gran Torino (7)
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (6)
    Higurashi no Naku Koroni (When the Cicadas Cry) (9)
    Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (7)
    The International (6)
    Kara no Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen (Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral) (10)
    Kara no Kyoukai: Boukyaku Rokuon (Garden of Sinners: Oblivion Recorder) (8)
    Knowing (6)
    L: Change the World (7)
    Laws of Eternity (3)
    Lupin the 3rd: The Columbus Files (8)
    Lupin the 3rd: Crisis In Tokyo (7)
    Lupin the 3rd: Dead or Alive (7)
    Lupin the 3rd: Dragon of Doom (6)
    Lupin the 3rd:Farewell To Nostradamus (9)
    Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy (9)
    Lupin the 3rd: Island of Assassins (7)
    Lupin the 3rd: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon (5)
    Lupin the 3rd: Missed By a Dollar (8)
    Lupin the 3rd: The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure (5)
    Lupin the 3rd: The Secret of Twilight Gemini (9)
    Lupin the 3rd: Voyage to Danger (8)
    Moon (9)
    Naruto Shippuden Movie 2: Bonds (5)
    Night at the Museum (5)
    The Punisher: War Zone (1)
    Ponyo (8)
    The Seven Swords (5)
    The Sky Crawlers (8)
    Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (7)
    Star Trek (10)
    Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (6)
    Surrogates (8)
    Sword of the Stranger (10)
    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Gurren-hen (Pierce the Heavens Gurren Lagann: Gurren Chapter) (8)
    Terminator: Salvation (7)
    Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (8)
    Twilight (5)
    Underworld: Rise of the Lycan (6)
    Watchmen (9)
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine (8)
  8. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Watched the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 with Denzel & Travolta.

    Some interestin' humor, suspense, but lackin' in the drama...could have been better.

    Will probably watch the original soon, since I picked up a cheap copy at Blockbuster the other day.
  9. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    I saw

    Transsiberian on Blu-Ray... It was good but nothing memorable, really
    The Postman [B+] This movie gets a lot of flack, but I really liked it. Looked great on Blu-Ray.
  10. Daneel

    Daneel Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 31, 2009
    I went to my local discount theatre this evening and saw Inglorious Basterds. Mostly enjoyable, but I felt it was a little overrated -- although I will admit that my opinion might be slightly coloured by the fact that there were some projection problems in the theatre. For the first half hour or so, the images being projected were obviously too large for the screen; half the subtitles were cut off at the bottom, and the top of the screen cut off a lot of characters' eyes/hair in the wider shots. Very irksome.

    I've also seen a few other flicks at that theatre recently that I didn't really want to bother with when they were in first-run, like Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, which was mostly a mess of a film. I really can't recommend it.

    Halloween II
    -- also not very good. I've got no problem with violence in movies, of course, but a lot of the deaths in this sequel just felt gratuitous, as well as unnecessarily brutal and bloody. And after trying to give Michael Myers a somewhat grounded origin story in his first film, Rob Zombie went in a more bizarre direction this time (Laurie having the exact same hallucinations as her brother? WTF?). I really didn't care much for Laurie in this film, and I also wasn't wild about Dr. Loomis being such a dick for most of the movie, especially after what happened in the last one.

    Last week I saw Jennifer's Body. After reading all the mixed reviews, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this, but, to my pleasant surprise, I actually enjoyed it! I thought it was a fun and quirky little film. There were some great lines (I loved the one about the band members saying they wanted to be awesome and make cool music like "that guy from Maroon 5"), and Lance Henriksen's surprise cameo at the end was kind of neat. Sure, it may not be a classic, but in a few years, I think it might have a chance of becoming a cult classic on home video.
  11. LitmusDragon

    LitmusDragon Commodore Commodore

    Sep 27, 2002
    The Barmuda Triangle
    Hellboy II (A)

    I'm recently rewatching the old Star Trek movies too

    Star Trek: TMP (A)
    Star Trek: TWOK (A)
    Star Trek: TSFS (B)
    Star Trek: TVH (A)
    Star Trek: TFF (C)
  12. Bob The Skutter

    Bob The Skutter Complete Arse Cleft Premium Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    Bob The Skutter
    I recently saw Star Trek: TMP at cinema. I enjoyed it more than I ever had before.
    I also saw Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I thought was quite good, but a little disappointing. It did seem to be a labour of love though.
    Saw Harry Brown on the same day. I liked that too, I suppose it's kind of a British Gran Torino but it's much grimmer.
  13. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Went to see Old Dogs at a free screenin' this mornin'.

    It was not good. And Bernie Mac filmed a few scenes before he died, so right there in the middle of the movie, it gets depressin' when he shows up.

    Next up, a screenin' of The Fantastic Mr. Fox on Tuesday, and a screenin' of Armored next Thursday.

    Will update the list later...
  14. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    A Serious Man

    My god, I love the Coen Brothers so very unreasonably much. And even as much of a fanboy as I am, this bleak, depressing but occasionally funny film about meaning and meaninglessness in the travails of life was nothing less than absolute genius. One of my favourite films of the year? Yes, yes it is.

    So, yeah, go see it.
  15. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    Just finished watchin' Angels & Demons, rented on DVD from Blockbuster.

    Really not at all impressed...but it was better than The daVinci Code.

    Missed out on the screenin' of The Fantastic Mr Fox the other night, but I will be goin' to see Armored next week, and may pick up a pass this weekend for The Princess and the Frog.

    Will update my list later...
  16. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    The White Ribbon

    Does this film live up to its considerable acclaim and awards at Cannes?

    In a word, yes.

    Perhaps we've seen this sort of film before - looking at the brutality of a supposedly closed, innocent rural community - but seldom have I seen it so subtle, understated, but... damn potent. While there are many excellent performances - particularly from the children - Maria-Victoria Dragus is something of a standout among the young talent. There's so much left unsaid about her which she manages to make blatantly clear in her scenes.

    But again you're either someone who's seen this, desperately wants to see this, or hasn't heard of it and may be none too interested, so these comments probably matter for naught.
  17. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    Assassin Ninja.

    If you like whole limbs being sliced off and the gory details seen splashing all over the screen, if you like seeing young women impaled with katana and blood gushing from their mouths, or children's feet whipped with blood pouring from them, if you like watching a guy's head get sliced off at the mouth and the dangling flesh going everywhere, or a woman being sliced up and put in a washing machine as the blood pours from the handle, and if you like straightforward paint by numbers storytelling which offers absolutely no deviation from the obvious conclusion reached about 30 minutes into the movie, then Assassin Ninja is for you!

    4/10 stars, and that's being very generous.

  18. od0_ital

    od0_ital Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Nacogdoches, Texas
    My girlfriend and I watched Zack and Miri Make a Porno last night.

    Freakin' hilarious! I was laughin' so hard, sound stopped comin' out.

    Will add it to the list later.
  19. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    Up [C]

    I loved Wall-E, but I really couldn't get into this one. It's definitely original, but that's about all I can say. It really didn't leave any long-lasting impressions with me.

    500 Days of Summer [A]

    This movie is excellent! I highly recommend it.
  20. Michael Chris

    Michael Chris Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2001
    The 'Querq, NM
    Up (A+) - Absolutely blew me away.
    New Moon (D) - Not very good. Not atrociously awful, but bad.