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gertiekeddle October 25th, 2010 8:51 pm

Rate / Review the Last Film you've seen v.3
 
Every good thread is a trilogy. #1, #2.

Let us know more about the last film you've seen!

IenjoyAcidPops October 25th, 2010 10:58 pm

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Yay, I'm first!

Exorcist: The Beginning
I watched Dominion (Prequel to The Exorcist) the other day, and taken together, these two films make for an interesting study, a fine demonstration for what it is a director really does. For those who don't know, Paul Schrader completed Dominion, but the production company, Morgan Creek, rejected his cut, it wasn't the violent, flashy horror story that they wanted from their Exorcist prequel, so they brought on Renny Harlin, and indeed, his version is shallower and more violent. Neither film is great, but Schrader's is far better (he gets a terrific performance from Stellan Skarsgard, who is not as engaging in Harlin's version, despite having all the same things to play).

lcbaseball22 October 26th, 2010 12:56 am

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Originally Posted by IenjoyAcidPops (Post 5636005)
Yay, I'm first!

Heh, which is surprising considering I had the most posts last time by a factor more then double. :p I've had some rough weeks of classes lately though so my movie watching has slowed considerably. For the most part I've only got time to watch on the weekends right now. :sigh:

Yoana October 26th, 2010 8:53 am

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The Departed - 7/10 - I remember being swept off my feet by Infernal Affairs which I can't say for this one. But that may be because I saw the former in the cinema and I was also more impressionable then. Still, I liked this one especially for its depiction of the bad guys - no glorified misguided geniuses or great men there, just sociopaths with inflated egos. I also really liked DiCaprio's character - he felt very realistic to me.

HedwigOwl October 27th, 2010 4:05 am

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A Single Man
10 of 10
Superb job on script from book, and excellent performances all around, especially Colin Firth.

Yoana October 27th, 2010 7:46 am

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The Ghost Writer - 7/10 - sufficiently macabre and gripping, but the plot twist seemed half-baked - I like it when a plot twist provides a whole new explanation for everything else discovered prior to it, invalidating previous explanations - not when it leaves it suddenly making no sense. That makes it look glaringly made-up.

Rastaban43 October 27th, 2010 10:49 am

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Originally Posted by HedwigOwl (Post 5636878)
A Single Man
10 of 10
Superb job on script from book, and excellent performances all around, especially Colin Firth.

Who knew ickle Nicky Hoult could act! :love:

vitacus October 27th, 2010 4:57 pm

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Titanic II
I kid you not.
Bruce Davison (Senator Kelly from X-Men movie) stars.
B-movie direct to video ofcourse.
It managed to also rip off The Poseidon Adventure and The Abyss.
I disliked it very much.
I give it an F-, or a 0 stars.

IenjoyAcidPops October 28th, 2010 2:40 am

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The Lady Eve
My first Preston Sturges movie, and what a superb comedy it is. It boasts an excellent, really sharp script, and it's a terrific showcase for Barbara Stanwyck and demonstration of what it is that made her such a wonderful presence onscreen.

NumberEight October 28th, 2010 3:32 am

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The Aviator (Blu-Ray): This is my second favorite Scorsese film, from what I've seen of his work. It surpasses Goodfellas, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, and Taxi Driver. I also think DiCaprio's best performance is present here. The way he and Scorsese handle OCD is stellar as I witness the behavior every day. If you compare DiCaprio's performance here to the ones in Shutter Island and Inception, they are inferior. Cate Blanchett really stands out and she earned her Oscar. As usual, the Academy got it wrong when they chose Eastwood's sub-par Million Dollar Baby as Best Picture. Scorsese deserved the statue not only with Goodfellas and Casino, but here as well.

As for the Blu-Ray, well, the transfer is outstanding and there aren't many faults with it. The only problem with the Blu-Ray is the lack of lossless audio.

IenjoyAcidPops October 28th, 2010 4:49 am

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Sweet Smell of Success
Fantastic noir drama dripping with style and featuring a truly smart, incredibly cynical screenplay and career-best performances from Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.

lcbaseball22 October 28th, 2010 8:33 am

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Originally Posted by IenjoyAcidPops (Post 5637390)
The Lady Eve
My first Preston Sturges movie, and what a superb comedy it is. It boasts an excellent, really sharp script, and it's a terrific showcase for Barbara Stanwyck and demonstration of what it is that made her such a wonderful presence onscreen.

Yep, glad you liked it :tu:

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Originally Posted by IenjoyAcidPops (Post 5637444)
Sweet Smell of Success
Fantastic noir drama dripping with style and featuring a truly smart, incredibly cynical screenplay, career-best performances from Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.

Oooh, I kinda wanna see this. There's been a lot of mention of it since Curtis' recent death. Many have said it's his best movie...well if it's better then Some Like it Hot it must be quite a treat. Anyways, after a hectic week I finally found some time to watch a movie...


The Birds

Acting- 7
Script- 7.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 9
Editing- 7

Total Score = 79

Verdict- I'm not sure whether to consider the premise an interesting "what if?" or something completely ridic but it's crafted quite well. :tu:

You know what it reminded me of in a way? Children of Men :whistle: Cause both are "what if? sci-fi" films and neither give any explanation. :lol:

I think Children of Men is a much better film though and one that's not as likely to be scoffed at.

IenjoyAcidPops October 28th, 2010 3:07 pm

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5637518)
Oooh, I kinda wanna see this. There's been a lot of mention of it since Curtis' recent death. Many have said it's his best movie...well if it's better then Some Like it Hot it must be quite a treat. Anyways, after a hectic week I finally found some time to watch a movie...

I am by no means knocking Some Like It Hot, I just want to make that completely clear. :lol: They're two totally different kinds of performance, of course, so if you're partial to broad comedy (which I believe you are), you'll end up preferring Some Like It Hot, and if you lean more toward cynical noir (that's me), you'll lean toward Sweet Smell of Success.

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5637518)
Verdict- I'm not sure whether to consider the premise an interesting "what if?" or something completely ridic but it's crafted quite well.

Oh, it's ridiculous, but when The Birds works, it works, it's often a highly effective "what happens when nature turns against man?" thriller.

lcbaseball22 October 28th, 2010 5:47 pm

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Originally Posted by IenjoyAcidPops (Post 5637606)

Oh, it's ridiculous, but when The Birds works, it works, it's often a highly effective "what happens when nature turns against man?" thriller.

Yeah, I agree with this. :tu:

It doesn't always work; some eye rolling moments and the first 45 min is slow but many times I thought "wow, this is quite brilliant" :)

Fawkesfan1 October 28th, 2010 11:13 pm

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Just saw '1984' and had a re watch of 'Grumpy Old Men'... liked them both.

'1984' -- 8/10

This film was just downright chilling and scary in parts :scared:. Considering where we're at today with surveillance and what not... Orwell was right on the dot about a lot of it.

It really made me think. And emotionally, I felt sorry for both Winston and Julia, for the position that they were both in. 'Damned if they did something and damned if they didn't...'

And one of the main themes that stood out to me was the betrayal by everyone involved...

'Under the spreading chestnut tree -- I sold you and you sold me...'

Said betrayals are underneath spoiler tags for those who haven't seen the film yet...

Spoiler: show
The Party and Members... basically the party lied to the members about what was really going on war wise; Winston and Julia (his lover) -- they basically sold each other out; Winston and O'Brian -- basically the man who had helped him out originally... sold him out to the party and was a member of it; and the Party and the people (ie: the paroles, etc) -- they lied about what was going on Party wise and war wise to them.


This was one very involved piece, and pretty much everyone did a good job acting wise. As for the environment -- they did a good job in portraying the dark and gloomy atmosphere the book describes.

Overall, it's worth a watch.


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'Grumpy Old Men' -- 9/10

I love this one :D. Basically two old men, played by Walter Matthieu and Jack Lemmon respectively -- continue their lifelong feud... due to a woman who moves in across the street from them.

The plot line in this film is nice -- with their feud playing in the foreground and Jack Lemmon's character's daughter having marital issues.

By the end of the film, things are ok for both the two old men and their son and daughter :).

The writing, banter and humor are three of the things that draw me into this movie, every time ;). And the chemistry between all of the cast is just wonderful and the soundtrack is good too.

I definitely recommend this movie for anyone who likes to watch a movie for a good laugh.

IenjoyAcidPops October 29th, 2010 1:08 am

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An American Werewolf in London
I don't know that it numbers among my favorite horror comedies, but it's a very fun take on the werewolf legend, from the peak of John Landis' career. I especially love the scene with Jack and the rest of the undead suggesting ways for David to kill himself - that's some seriously macabre humor. :lol:

lcbaseball22 October 29th, 2010 10:01 am

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Acting- 8
Script- 6.5
Visuals- 8.5
Sound- 7.5
Editing- 7

Total Score = 75

Verdict- To me this is basically just a freebie that came in TCM's Murder Mysteries 4 Pack which I bought for the other three (The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, and Dial M for Murder) I don't think I'd even heard of this film before. Well, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. :shrug: With a better script and editing I think it could have been. I have a lot of issues with the plot and the pacing but I won't get into all that...

I'm sort of curious to find out if the remake with Jack Nicholson fixes any of the problems...except the remake won't have Lana Turner. :whistle:

Yoana October 29th, 2010 10:07 am

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RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) - 1/10. My God. Many adjectives, similes and metaphors went through my head in description of how bad this is, but this film is so bad, so very bad, that even just thinking about it wears me. I just have one question - how on earth did Helen Mirren and John Malkovich end up in it?!

I gave it 1 only because I have seen worse.

Clockworthy October 30th, 2010 12:09 am

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Beowulf (2007) - Oh, continuity of book adaptions, you slay me. It wasn't horrible


Spoiler: show
(DRAGON FIGHT!) But I didn't like the changes to Beowulf's character. And for an animated movie (Though gorgeously animated), there's an awful lot of naked people xD7/10

lcbaseball22 October 30th, 2010 11:28 am

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Winter's Bone-

Acting- 9
Script- 7
Visuals- 8.5
Sound- 8.5
Editing- 7

Total Score = 80

Verdict- Good movie but I don't think it's the darling the critics make it out to be. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence gives an awe inspiring performance and the atmosphere is chilling but the story is weaker then I expected and the movie feels a lot longer then it is. :shrug:

Hysteria October 31st, 2010 4:58 am

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
The first half was definitely better than the second, but generally it was a really well made, funny movie.

Wall E
Ok it took me ages to get to see this, but it was fantastic. The animation was beautiful and the social commentary kinda... well blatant but very interesting. Everything about this film was lovely.

NumberEight October 31st, 2010 5:11 am

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The Godfather: Michael Corleone is a war hero. He's young and innocent. Family troubles begin. He is corrupted.

The Godfather: Part II: Michael Corleone is building his empire, and trying the best he can to become legitimate. He sinks further into the abyss.

The Godfather: Part III: Michael Corleone is almost entirely legitimate. Problems occur. Redemption.

This trilogy is phenomenal, including the much-hated and underrated third part.

lcbaseball22 October 31st, 2010 9:06 am

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I watched 2 somewhat disappointing early films from a couple prestigious directors...

Heavenly Creatures-

Acting- 7.5
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 8
Sound- 7.5
Editing- 7

Total Score= 77

Verdict- the story stands out but it could've been better presented. Amongst other things I would have cut down the fantasy and not started in media res. Oh, and it would have helped immensely if the actress of the other girl had been of the same standard as Kate Winslet... :whistle:


Picnic at Hanging Rock

Acting- 7
Script- 6.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 9
Editing- 7

Total Score= 77

Verdict- Eh, way too open ended for my tastes but I liked the atmosphere provide by the visuals/sound. A fairly good art house film I guess.


P.S. Heh, believe it or not, it was purely coincidental that they got the same score! :wow:

katana October 31st, 2010 9:57 am

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The Karate Kid (2010) 6/10

I'm a big fan of the '80's Karate Kid. I didn't like this new one as much. I've always enjoyed Jackie Chan and this time was no different. The moves are definitely cooler and more intense than in the '80's flick, but it just felt like the emotions were not very convincing and were lacking, it didn't feel as inspiring as the original. It was kind of weird to see Jackie Chan beat up kids :\ The training at the temple was kind of cool. It's an okay film to see once but I will most likely forget it. It's not one I'd like to see over again and won't add it to my dvd collection.

My kids loved it *lol*




Saw (the first one) 3/10

Eh. I'm not a big horror fan but we rented this for fun for Halloween. It was stupid. I enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was, and had it right at one point but the twist at the end ruined that *lol*
I won't be renting the others.

freelantzer November 1st, 2010 12:26 am

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Secretariat :tu:

I only went to see this because my family wanted to. But I ended up really enjoying this movie. I liked Diane Lane's character and was impressed by the shots of the horse racing.

NumberEight November 1st, 2010 1:08 am

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Minority Report is a good film, but the story is somewhat weak and filled with a few plotholes. The most egregious has to do with the revelation.

Spoiler: show
The guy Lamar hires to kill Ann Lively doesn't know that Precrime exists? I find that hard to believe when there are agents already hired and deployed.

The Precrime employees are incompetent. John is on the run and, to them, will commit murder. Because of this, wouldn't they revoke his access? Of course not. Writers fiat is at work once again.


Williams' score is pretty terrible as it sounds almost identical to music from his work on previous films, like the Quidditch scenes in the first two Potter films. The similarities can be heard during the jetpack chase scene.

I would have loved to see the morality of Precrime delved into a little bit more.

Overall, the movie is good and the Blu-Ray transfer is excellent.

QuackAttack November 1st, 2010 3:23 am

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The Descent 8/10
I loved the plot and the crawlers. I also liked the fact that the whole cast was female. Something different... (at least for me; I haven't seen any other horror movies with an all female cast, but of course I'm not saying there aren't any). I like the original ending better than the recut American ending.

The Descent Part 2 6/10
Pretty good for a sequel. Some parts didn't add up though. I didn't find it as interesting or scary as the first movie though. I also wasn't fond of the ending.

The Ruins 7/10
I like the plot and the characters are okay (except for Amy - she was pretty annoying). There were some pretty cheesy parts, but overall I thought it was good.

lcbaseball22 November 1st, 2010 10:52 am

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The Innocents (1961)

Acting- 9
Script- 8
Visuals- 9
Sound- 8.5
Editing- 8

Total Score = 85

Verdict- Good build up but disappointing climax. Unfortunately this was the best it got...my Halloween marathon went downhill from here.

Young Frankenstein

Acting- 7.5
Script- 7.5
Visuals- 8.5
Sound- 8
Editing- 7.5

Total Score = 78

Verdict- I didn't find this nearly as funny as people say and certainly not "the funniest comedy of all time" as is stated on the DVD case. :shrug:

Rosemary's Baby

Acting- 8
Script- 6.5
Visuals- 7
Sound- 7.5
Editing- 6

Total Score = 70

Verdict- Boring and blasphemous. Polanksi disappoints this time. I'd say he's athiest but I suppose you can't have the devil without God :hmm:

Amityville Horror (1979)

Acting- 7
Script- 6
Visuals- 6
Sound- 6.5
Editing- 5

Total Score = 61

Verdict- Basically sup-par all around but pacing is the biggest culprit. I think the intent was slow burn suspense, but it just becomes a bore.

captain Sparrow November 1st, 2010 12:00 pm

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Carolina Moon and Montana Sky based on the novels by Nora Roberts

I'll give both movies a 8/10
They were really good and in some parts very creepy :)

NumberEight November 1st, 2010 2:42 pm

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5639892)
Verdict- Boring and blasphemous. Polanksi disappoints this time. I'd say he's athiest but I suppose you can't have the devil without God :hmm:

What? Making a movie about Satan means you're an atheist?

Rastaban43 November 1st, 2010 3:11 pm

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blasphemous

lol, that is the oddest description for a film I've heard here yet.

lcbaseball22 November 1st, 2010 5:33 pm

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lol, that is the oddest description for a film I've heard here yet.

Thanks, I try hard :p

NumberEight November 1st, 2010 6:18 pm

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Peter Jackson's King Kong should have won Best Picture. That is all.

Fawkesfan1 November 1st, 2010 7:41 pm

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The Girl who played with Fire -- 6/10

It was an ok film, but I had expected better from the overall plot and script itself. Rather disappointing there. There were quite a few plot holes in the film itself (in terms of how certain characters got out of certain situations and stuff).

Spoiler: show
When Lisbeth got buried alive -- they failed to show how she was able to survive it and come out ok...


As for the dubbing, it was ok -- rather stilted at points -- but I was used to it, since the first film had this problem at times too. The only real thing that ticked me off was the fact that they seemed to be dumbing things down for the US audience in terms of what was going on and stuff. Both my mom and I noticed this as the plot went along.

It didn't seem as well put together as the first film was and it was rather disappointing there.

This and the somewhat weak plot and script are the main reasons why this movie gets such a low score from me.

As for the acting, I'd give the actors about an 8/10. They did a good job getting into character and did a better job than the writers and stuff this time around.

vitacus November 2nd, 2010 3:40 pm

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Dark Floors
aka The Lordi Movie

Okay.... I liked it, don't throw tomatoes.
However, I'm one of those people who find enigmatic endings frustrating and immediately hop onto the imdb boards and listen to film maker commentaries if they are available on the movie itself just to figure out what was really going on. And unfortunately there are multiple opinions on imdb... and no solid answer on the commentary. So, I'm stuck with pick and choosing among the theories.

Anyway, my rating. An unsure 8 on the fence of dropping down to a 7 because the lack of presense in the father character actor and the lack of definative answer of what is going on.

Hysteria November 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm

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Zombieland.
It was ok, not great. Maybe it was because I couldn't help but compare it to Shaun of the Dead (which is a fantastic film, and pretty funny). In this movie the laughs were few and there was violence for the sake of it. Having said that, it was all pretty well done and the acting was good, it just wasn't all that compelling IMO. 6.5/10

NumberEight November 3rd, 2010 6:41 pm

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Prisoner of Azkaban

It is such a step up from Columbus' work. It's excellent overall, but there is some stuff that should have been revised: the Knight Bus and Whomping Willow scenes. They both utilize humor and I'm not a fan of what was done. The floating head is really annoying and Harry's face slamming against the bus' window twice is a bit much. The Whomping Willow sequence is so stupid and exaggerated, though there is one great shot: one of the tree's stumps hitting the ground in the first person viewpoint. My favorite bit of the film is still The Shrieking Shack revelation. Gary Oldman rules as Sirius and Timothy Spall plays Pettigrew very well. I love his shivering after Harry says that the dementors can have him.

It is still inferior to Yates' work in my eyes and most likely always will be.

AldeberanBlack November 3rd, 2010 9:00 pm

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Frost/Nixon


Compelling stuff.

Fawkesfan1 November 4th, 2010 7:14 pm

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Originally Posted by AldeberanBlack (Post 5641417)
Frost/Nixon


Compelling stuff.

Seconded. I really liked watching that movie.

I just saw How to Train a Dragon and Robin Hood and I really liked them both.

First...

The Dragon Whisperer, aka: How to train a Dragon

I saw this movie with my mom and I really loved it :love:. It reminded me of the cartoons, spirit-wise -- that I grew up with.

The storyline, atmosphere and acting were all well done. The only other cartoon that I've seen movie wise as of late that has even come close has been Toy Story 3.

Both films were very spirited efforts... with Dragon beating out Toy Story somewhat in the graphics area. I was blown away by all the hard work that the special effects people did in this movie. A lot of things looked really realistic... such as the clouds, fire and the water for starters.

Overall -- this movie is worth the watch. There were many funny, heartfelt and wonderful moments in it and there's something for everyone.

I give it a score of 9/10.

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Robin Hood (director's cut) -- 10/10

Just saw this movie with my mom and we both really liked it. Liked it so much in fact, that we hope to get a used copy of it on dvd someday.

The fact that they tried to make things as historically accurate as they could, really drew us into the movie itself. I just don't get why so many people put this movie down. Just because they decided to make this movie closer to what was going on during the period, doesn't make it any less of a movie.

The acting in this movie is pretty good -- with everyone putting in their best efforts. As for the cinematography, it was well done for the most part. They did a good job on it.

The storyline was interesting... seeing certain characters (Prince John and King Richard the Lion Hearted) in shades of grey -- instead of just in black and white... good and evil.

The chemistry between Robin Longstride and Maid Marian was wonderful from the start. And I loved that their relationship formed in a different way than in other Robin Hood movies.

Spoiler: show
They went from disliking each other -- to respect... to falling in love.


Overall -- this is one film I recommend people seeing at least once. Go in with an open mind -- and put the previous versions of Robin Hood movies aside. It's worth the watch.

NumberEight November 4th, 2010 7:30 pm

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Originally Posted by Fawkesfan1 (Post 5641986)
I just don't get why so many people put this movie down.

Because it didn't contain the robbing and giving to the poor stuff and because it wasn't like the movies before it. The trailer itself shows it's an origin story. My only problem with the film is that it tacitly implies that taxation is bad.

Fawkesfan1 November 4th, 2010 8:05 pm

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Originally Posted by NumberEight (Post 5641995)
Because it didn't contain the robbing and giving to the poor stuff and because it wasn't like the movies before it. The trailer itself shows it's an origin story. My only problem with the film is that it tacitly implies that taxation is bad.

I understand that. But they kind of implied it with the children somewhat... they had to steal in order to survive. And that's why Robin was (in part) trying to do what he could do... try to improve the poor's living conditions. In the end, (at least in this film) -- that's how he became an outlaw. By even daring to challenge the status quo. Not to mention -- stealing the spotlight away from King John, which really put some bees into his bonnet there.

Wish they would have implied the robbing and giving to the poor more, but in the end -- it didn't really ruin the movie for me though.

Why do you think so? I think that taxing the poor is bad. And that's what I got from the movie... that Robin thought that the rich taxing the poor was ruining the poor and the economy overall.

AldeberanBlack November 5th, 2010 1:54 pm

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W


I thought it was a bad movie. The story of George W Bush and the Iraq War needed a serious movie. I'm not sure what Oliver Stone was thinking when he made this. Josh Brolin does a good job as Bush, but the rest of the cast were awful. It seemed like a bad MAD TV parody. Entire years of the Bush presidency are skipped over in mere moments. They don't even mention September 11th.

IenjoyAcidPops November 5th, 2010 4:58 pm

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W


I thought it was a bad movie. The story of George W Bush and the Iraq War needed a serious movie. I'm not sure what Oliver Stone was thinking when he made this. Josh Brolin does a good job as Bush, but the rest of the cast were awful. It seemed like a bad MAD TV parody. Entire years of the Bush presidency are skipped over in mere moments. They don't even mention September 11th.

I'll admit, I haven't seen it, but my question with W. has always been, "Why?" "Why do we need this movie?" There was simply no need for Oliver Stone to encapsulate the Bush presidency at its tail end, (A) because it's not even fresh the nation's memories, it is our present, and (B) if he's going to take an approach that seems not far removed from the parody you see on late-night sketch comedy. There's no distance, it just seemed pointless.

APolaris November 6th, 2010 6:48 am

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The Return of the King (1980 version)

Until now, I had seen only part of this film but not its entirety. Until now, I had also seen only three films that were actually so bad - no, so LUDICROUSLY BAD - that I couldn't even laugh at their phenomenal badness, that actively caused pain to my soul and all five senses: The Blair Witch Project, Gigli, and The Haunting of Molly Hartley. Now that I've watched this, beginning to end, let's just say I feel compelled to add a fourth item onto that list.

Normally, I would go into a bit of detail about a film when reviewing it - or, for that matter, bother to give it a rating - but the very thought of this piece of utter tripe is causing behaviorally conditioned tears to stream down my face and forcing me to be sick all over my keyboard and my bedroom floor. Now I have a great mess to clean up. Thanks, Rankin/Bass.

Do not - and, as my Good Turn for the human race for today, I repeat, DO NOT - watch this... I don't even know what it is... under any conditions.

Still need a reason? Singing orcs. Singing about how much they don't want to fight Gondor. "Where there's a whip, there's a way." I'm not making this up.

Overall verdict: Warning - viewing of this film is known to cause grand mal seizures, uncontrollable projectile vomiting, and Cancer of the Soul.

The forum will have to excuse me for the next few hours. What is th... dear God, I haven't even eaten pizza in four days...!

lcbaseball22 November 6th, 2010 1:09 pm

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Across the Universe

Acting- 9
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 9.5
Sound- 9
Editing- 8

Total Score = 88

Verdict- Hmm, I'm not sure what to say about this film. Well first off I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it's sort of a...a beautiful mess I guess you could say? :lol: There are some really odd/scattered parts but as a whole I think it's the first modern musical I have really enjoyed. :whistle: A good story told well through interesting visuals (and the DP was none other then Bruno Delbonnel who of course was the cinematographer for HBP) and song. The singing and the use of Beatles music was excellent and I'm not even too fond of the Beatles (though I do love classic rock) :p

AldeberanBlack November 6th, 2010 7:06 pm

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Sin City

I enjoyed the parts with Nick Stahl and Elijah Wood

The rest of the movie was pretty dull.

Fawkesfan1 November 6th, 2010 7:26 pm

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Revolutionary Road

Good movie acting wise, but a very depressing one overall.

Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet put their hearts and souls into their roles... and it shows. But sadly, this is one piece that I will not be viewing again. It's just too sad, tragic and heartbreaking.

But it does show what happened during the 50's and 60's very accurately... in terms of what women and their families went through -- in terms of having to live a lie.

Acting -- 10/10
Story -- 7/10 (because it's so depressing)
Overall -- 7/10

APolaris November 6th, 2010 7:35 pm

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5643097)
Verdict- Hmm, I'm not sure what to say about this film. Well first off I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it's sort of a...a beautiful mess I guess you could say? :lol: There are some really odd/scattered parts but as a whole I think it's the first modern musical I have really enjoyed. :whistle: A good story told well through interesting visuals (and the DP was none other then Bruno Delbonnel who of course was the cinematographer for HBP) and song. The singing and the use of Beatles music was excellent and I'm not even too fond of the Beatles (though I do love classic rock) :p

It's funny, this is actually word for word what I'd say, except the parts about first modern musical (I also enjoyed what I've heard of Avenue Q) and classic rock (I merely "like," not "love" it).

AldeberanBlack November 7th, 2010 5:11 pm

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Long Weekend

One of those annoying horror movies where a couple in the Australian wilderness being threatened by nature (yes I said nature) spend all their screentime arguing with each other and investigating every little strange sound they hear, instead of getting in their highly powered all-terrain vehicle and escaping from the easily escapable danger.

canismajoris November 8th, 2010 7:35 am

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I just watched the 2010 Robin Hood. I heartily give it a 4/5 rating. It's a deeply medieval retelling of the Robin Hood legend, set appropriately at the turn of the 13th century, and it involves all the appropriate intrigue of the Norman Yoke and the beginnings of the conflicts that would lead to the Hundred Years' War, albeit cinematically condensed. Full of all the requisite anachronisms, Robin Hood nevertheless paints a portrait of knighthood and nobility in the middle ages, and the birth of the nascent English identity under a somewhat charitably-written King John. (I do not feel John got a fair shake from history, as his beloved brother and predecessor considered himself far more French than English.) This is a film epic in scale and poignant in sentiment, with all the gratification of medieval combat and politics that a modern viewer could want. I feel this film is absurdly underrated and judged unfairly in contrast to more modern Romantic versions of the Robin Hood tradition, which themselves pay little homage to the traditions that preceded them, and it does well to focus on the struggles of the royalty and barony as good literature did. There are some flaws and some confusions, namely that it inaccurately represented gender roles and largely displaced the Norman decline (i.e. it assigned to the French the role of antagonist while domestic ire was well directed at its own aristocracy) but all in all I found it satisfying. I would understand if most viewers found little to love, but personally, I found all I was looking for in it.

Pearl_Took November 8th, 2010 12:17 pm

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Mike Leigh's latest, Another Year.

Secrets and Lies is still my favourite Leigh film of all time, but Another Year is also outstanding. Lesley Manville gives an Oscar-deserving performance as the desperately unhappy Mary, and I loved Ruth Sheen's character Gerri.

10/10


Chico and Rita, a Spanish/British animated film about two musicians who meet in Cuba in 1948 and their up-and-down love affair in the ensuing decades.

Gorgeous to look at, fabulous soundtrack, and wonderfully romantic.

http://www.chicoandrita.co.uk/

Another 10/10. :tu:

Beatifically November 9th, 2010 1:33 am

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Moon - 9/10

What a powerful film. The best part of it for me was Sam Rockwell's acting. I thought the story was very moving and original compared to most sci-fi films. Pity that this wasn't acknowledged during the Oscars because I think there are some very award-worthy aspects of the film. :sigh:

IenjoyAcidPops November 9th, 2010 3:19 am

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Originally Posted by Beatifically (Post 5644813)
Moon - 9/10

What a powerful film. The best part of it for me was Sam Rockwell's acting. I thought the story was very moving and original compared to most sci-fi films. Pity that this wasn't acknowledged during the Oscars because I think there are some very award-worthy aspects of the film. :sigh:

Always glad to see people find & respond to this terrific movie. :tu: Can't wait to see what comes next for Duncan Jones.

The last movie I watched was the recently restored Metropolison TCM last night, an amazing new way to experience one of the most influential, but also one of the greatest, films ever made. It's my third time seeing it, and I know I'll be going back to this masterpiece many, many times in the years to come. It's visually stunning, the kind of film that leaves you feeling as if you're crawling out of the director's brain as it ends. :lol:

AldeberanBlack November 9th, 2010 10:36 pm

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Spaceballs


I love it. The evacuation scene is brilliant

The bit with the bear sneaking into the escape pod always cracks me up

Green_Arrow November 10th, 2010 1:46 pm

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I watched Brooklyn's Finest.
I would rate it a: 6.9374 / 10.

PanasonicYouth November 10th, 2010 11:22 pm

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Watched two films last night, both that I'd already seen and adore:

Doubt - 10/10
No Country For Old Men 10/10

Perfect movies for me, despite being sort of polar opposites in content and execution. But they both rely heavily on fantastic performances full of subtlety.

Also glad to see the Moon love, as I also adore that movie.

APolaris November 10th, 2010 11:50 pm

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Originally Posted by PanasonicYouth (Post 5646350)
Watched two films last night, both that I'd already seen and adore:

Doubt - 10/10
No Country For Old Men 10/10

Perfect movies for me, despite being sort of polar opposites in content and execution. But they both rely heavily on fantastic performances full of subtlety.

Also glad to see the Moon love, as I also adore that movie.

******, I was about to review No Country too after rewatching it. Bleh. Anyway, 9.5/10.

lcbaseball22 November 11th, 2010 12:26 pm

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The Reader

Acting- 9
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 9.5
Sound- 8.5
Editing- 7

Total Score = 85

Verdict- While I'm not sure it was deserving of a Best Picture nom it's no doubt a well made film...and particularly excellent in some areas, such as Kate Winslet's performance and Roger Deakin's cinematography. The biggest problem I'd say is the editing/pacing. The film is a bit scattered and drags towards the end. The story wasn't exactly what I expected (and was a fair bit disturbing) but interesting nonetheless :tu:

Beatifically November 13th, 2010 9:10 pm

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Lost in Translation - 7/10
It may be strange for me not to be in love with this film. Murray's acting is excellent and is by far the strength of the film. However, I felt the writing could have been better. It felt like it had more potential and could have been better if written a bit differently.

ohsnapkid November 13th, 2010 11:39 pm

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Originally Posted by PanasonicYouth (Post 5646350)
Watched two films last night, both that I'd already seen and adore:

Doubt - 10/10
No Country For Old Men 10/10

Perfect movies for me, despite being sort of polar opposites in content and execution. But they both rely heavily on fantastic performances full of subtlety.

I loved both upon first viewing, but No Country doesn't quite have the staying power I thought it would.

Anyway...


Three Kings - 9/10

One of my favorites. The ending is mildly jarring because it wraps things up neatly (which feels out of place), but that doesn't tarnish the film as a whole by any means.

lcbaseball22 November 14th, 2010 9:19 am

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Robin Hood (2010)

Acting- 8.5
Script- 7
Visuals- 9
Sound- 8.5
Editing- 7

Total Score = 80

Verdict- High production values and good cast but as a convoluted prequel to the familiar Robin Hood story it struggles to maintain interest.

vitacus November 14th, 2010 1:51 pm

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Megamind
10/10
Not just because it was the first movie I've seen in enjoyable 'digital' 3D *red-blue 3d dvd's are not enjoyable*, but also because I'm a sucker for villain redemption stories.
Funny stuff and great use of classic music.

Yoana November 15th, 2010 7:19 am

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 9/10 - A film about violence against women, period - not the "broader" issue of crime, violence in general, etc. but specifically about misogyny - loved it. Also, very well made, riveting, tingling suspense, great acting. I just don't understand why the original title wasn't kept - it's perfect.

Beatifically November 15th, 2010 7:37 am

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When In Rome - 1/10
Why did I willingly choose to watch this film? :yuhup: I could tell from the beginning that it would be bad, but somehow I kept watching. The plot was cliched and predictable. The characters were unbelievable and the "romance" was weird and not at all romantic. It wasn't funny either, so the movie failed to even live up to its genre. If I really struggle to think about it, I guess the good thing about it would be the scenery (New York and Rome looked gorgeous), hence the one point I gave it. Other than that, there was nothing redeeming about the film.

Hysteria November 15th, 2010 7:40 am

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Originally Posted by Yoana (Post 5649753)
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 9/10 - A film about violence against women, period - not the "broader" issue of crime, violence in general, etc. but specifically about misogyny - loved it. Also, very well made, riveting, tingling suspense, great acting. I just don't understand why the original title wasn't kept - it's perfect.

Couldn't agree more :tu:

Wilde.
I love Stephen Fry so I might be bias, but I thought it was great. The acting was brilliant, as was the script. Very well made. 9/10

flimseycauldron November 15th, 2010 6:45 pm

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Originally Posted by Yoana (Post 5649753)
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 9/10 - A film about violence against women, period - not the "broader" issue of crime, violence in general, etc. but specifically about misogyny - loved it. Also, very well made, riveting, tingling suspense, great acting. I just don't understand why the original title wasn't kept - it's perfect.

I'm debating on whether to watch it. I've read the book and was not super impressed. I understand brutality and misogyny shouldn't be glossed over and can be particularly random and for no good reason but I thought that it was used more more for shock value than any sort of grand statement. At least in the books. If the movie is like that I'm not sure I could stomach it. But it is tempting to see a unknown (at least here) actress take on such a complicated part in Salander. Also I hear that Blomkvist's role takes more of back seat to Salander and almost makes her be a romantic love interest rather than the complicated friendship it really evolves to in the books...

I just recently watched the movie Momento. I was unfamiliar with the actors except for Carrie Ann Moss whose role really was to serve the plot and not get bogged down in stardom. It was really complicated seeing as it was more of a why done it than a who done it. The main character has short term memory loss and the movie works in reverse chronological order. Very good although it was never meant to be a box off ice smash. 7.5 out of 10

lcbaseball22 November 15th, 2010 7:19 pm

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Originally Posted by flimseycauldron (Post 5650012)

I just recently watched the movie Momento. I was unfamiliar with the actors except for Carrie Ann Moss whose role really was to serve the plot and not get bogged down in stardom. It was really complicated seeing as it was more of a why done it than a who done it. The main character has short term memory loss and the movie works in reverse chronological order. Very good although it was never meant to be a box off ice smash. 7.5 out of 10

It's Memento and I recommend watching it again. It's a film that really needs to be seen more then once since the narrative is hard to follow the first time through. You only got it half right. It's simultaneously progressing forward and back and the timeline meets in the middle. :)

Incidentially, even with the huge commercial and critical success of TDK and Inception, if you ask me Memento remains Nolan's finest film.

AldeberanBlack November 15th, 2010 7:29 pm

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Stuart Little


Charming family movie. The cats were hilarious. Some of their lines cracked me up.

Snowbell (referring to the cats hunting Stuart): "Hey come on guys, give him a break"

Other Cat: "Yeah sure, that's what we'll do. First we'll break his arms, then we'll break his legs, then we'll take a break!"

flimseycauldron November 15th, 2010 7:34 pm

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5650053)
It's Memento and I recommend watching it again. It's a film that really needs to be seen more then once since the narrative is hard to follow the first time through. You only got it half right. It's simultaneously progressing forward and back and the timeline meets in the middle.

Incidentially, even with the huge commercial and critical success of TDK and Inception, if you ask me Memento remains Nolan's finest film.


I knew I spelled it wrong but was too lazy to do an ETA/edit. :lol: I just wanted to give a brief over view of the general story but, yes, it does move forward as well. I remember seeing the tattoos for the first time and going woah. I've watched it twice now and still can't tell whether he pinched his wife giving her her diabetes shot or not. :p I have not seen Inception (nor TDK actually) although I gather that it is very good. Memento makes me want to see his other work.

APolaris November 15th, 2010 9:06 pm

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Batman (1966) - 8.5/10

This completely absurd film has got to be the most enjoyable "superhero film" (if you even want to call it that) ever produced. Occasionally, everyone just wants to watch a film they don't have to take seriously, one that's so deliberately campy you can't help noticing. This version of Batman does more than fill that role; it defines the very notion of camp itself. Nonetheless, you should really enter this film with a mental disclaimer not to take anything in it seriously or at face value.

Everything about this film is genius. The lack of character development, the utter illogic of the "dynamic duo's" riddle interpretations, the omnipresence of ridiculous gadgets like "shark-repellent bat spray," the irony of Robin's comments during his obvious jealousy, the actual appearance of "fighting" words during a "fight" scene... everything in this entire film is like a comment on the ludicrous history of comic book plot developments. The camp is rendered even more brilliant by Adam West's ability to make his frequently oblivious comments sound entirely serious.

Reasons to watch this film? Two words: exploding shark. That early scene alone is worth sitting through the rest, but other scenes like "some days you just can't get rid of a bomb," the "fight" scene on the submarine, and especially the ending at the UN all provide ample material for conoisseurs of human folly (thank you Mr. Bennet). I don't think I've ever seen a film where I so frequently put my forehead to my palm while shaking my head sadly. So if you are the sort who enjoys the ironic pleasure of films designed to be so bad that they loop over into greatness, give this one a look.

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Originally Posted by Beatifically
Why did I willingly choose to watch this film?

Interesting. I'm still asking myself the same about Gigli.

9th_Wonder November 17th, 2010 5:20 am

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Due Date - 7/10

The trailers spoiled the funny parts.

Mad_Druid November 17th, 2010 6:27 am

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RED - 4/10

It's lucky that I wasn't watching for the plot. I did quite like the pig, though.

Fawkesfan1 November 18th, 2010 10:41 pm

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5650053)
It's Memento and I recommend watching it again. It's a film that really needs to be seen more then once since the narrative is hard to follow the first time through. You only got it half right. It's simultaneously progressing forward and back and the timeline meets in the middle. :)

Incidentially, even with the huge commercial and critical success of TDK and Inception, if you ask me Memento remains Nolan's finest film.

Yea it is. I couldn't even watch the whole thing through due to that. It just drove me up a wall. There was just too much back and forth ness going on there for me O_O.

remmy8788 November 19th, 2010 10:44 am

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The last movie that i saw is saw 3d. It is a horror movie. It was good but the original saw was much better than saw 3d. I will rate it 6 out of 10.

AldeberanBlack November 19th, 2010 11:44 pm

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"Over The Top"

Could have been a half decent movie about a hard working truck driving father building a relationship with his estranged son, without all the dumb arm-wrestling stuff.


"House Arrest"

Watchable only for the hilarious Wallace Shawn, and the delicious Jennifer Love Hewitt.


"New Moon"

Watchable. I like Kristen Stewart and Ashley Greene. Taylor Lautner seems like a nice kid too. But the sight of the wolfboys walking around shirtless was just laughably stupid, as was the effort to shoehorn Robert Pattinson into getting more screentime. The Volturi made me laugh. The vampires as a whole in the Twilight series are the most watered down, weak versions of vampires I've ever seen, and that includes Count Duckula.


"Training Day"

Awesome movie. Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington were both top quality in it. A movie that really asks the audience to decide what "good" or "evil" is. In this movie, the cops come across as more dangerous and corrupt than the criminals they pursue.

Perlidia November 20th, 2010 2:26 pm

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500 days of summer
6/10

I liked the non linear story line, the quirky opening, the energy, the film score and some if not most of the cinematography. I also liked Zooey Deschanel’s performance.

However, I thought the plot was weak and the characters underdeveloped. I particularly disliked Joseph Gordon-Levitt performance and was annoyed at the inclusion of the little sister (no where near “Gregory’s Girl” standards).
I knew immediately while watching this, it was a directorial début. The direction is all over the place, there were too many different techniques on show and too many conflicting and inconsistent character traits.
I found it disturbingly bitter in some parts, prompting me to suspect that not only is story based on a real girl, but the director is also injecting some of his own experience in there too.
Overall in my opinion it was terribly cliché, inconsistent, mishmash of several other films.

To be honest I am very worried about how the director Mark Webb, will handle the 2011 Spider-Man reboot; not so much for the franchise, but for the reputation of Andrew Garfield.

Hysteria November 20th, 2010 3:35 pm

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Cherry Bomb.
Character development was lacking, by the end I really had so much indifference towards the three of them. Not a particularly original or interesting storyline either IMO. Average in just about every way. 5/10.

Fawkesfan1 November 20th, 2010 7:07 pm

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Naked Gun: From the files of Police Squad -- 8/10

Just re saw this movie yesterday and it still made me laugh as much as it did the first time that I saw it.

Some of the gags are a little lame at times, but in spite of it, it's still a good funny movie to see every now and then :).

APolaris November 20th, 2010 7:50 pm

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Originally Posted by Hysteria (Post 5653644)
Cherry Bomb.
Character development was lacking, by the end I really had so much indifference towards the three of them. Not a particularly original or interesting storyline either IMO. Average in just about every way. 5/10.

Are you referring to Cherry Bomb, Cherry Bomb, or Cherrybomb?

lcbaseball22 November 21st, 2010 11:47 am

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Acting- 7.5
Script- 7.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 7.5
Editing- 8

Total Score = 79

Verdict- one of the silliest movies I've seen in a while, but very unique and I'd be lying if I said I didn't find it fun and/or entertaining. :p

Yoana November 22nd, 2010 1:19 pm

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Rembrandt: J'accuse! by Peter Greenaway - 4/10 - quite disappointing. It was unconvincing because there was scarce evidence offered as to why exactly we're supposed to look at the painting in that specific way and not another. The rest of the points the film made suffered from the same malnourishment.

Mr. Nobody - 3/10 - Ugh. I don't have much tolerance of new-agey, life-is-so-pretty type of films, and this one was peppered with pseudo science to make it even worse. Also, I don't think it had a point at all. It felt merely like an excuse to show cheesy sequences of flowers and lovers and mothers with sons in a very bad imitation of Amelie.

Hysteria November 22nd, 2010 1:40 pm

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Originally Posted by Hysteria
Cherry Bomb.
Character development was lacking, by the end I really had so much indifference towards the three of them. Not a particularly original or interesting storyline either IMO. Average in just about every way. 5/10.
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Originally Posted by APolaris (Post 5653834)
Are you referring to Cherry Bomb, Cherry Bomb, or Cherrybomb?

The third one. For some reason I thought it was two words.

IenjoyAcidPops November 23rd, 2010 4:12 am

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I just watched PBS for the first time in many, many years to check out the feature-length doc LennonNYC (which I'd heard about when it screened at the New York Film Festival a month or two ago). I'm a great Beatles and Lennon fan, of course, but I didn't have all that much knowledge or familiarity with that part of Lennon's life and career in New York, so I enjoyed this a lot. There's a lot of great archival material, too, so it should be worth watching for any fan.

MmeBergerac November 26th, 2010 10:39 am

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La Bohème, 9/10

Well, my rate may be a bit biased for the fact that La Bohème is one of my favourite operas, but the truth is that the adaptation to cinema is very nice. No weird experiments, no revolutionary focus; just the music and the story, taking advantage of having several cameras and the posibility of closer shots to reinforce the drama. Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón are almost specialists in Mimí and Rodolfo, and their chemical is wonderful; the rest of the singers were also very good.

A night of opera for the price of a movie ticket. Honestly, a good investment.

Beatifically November 27th, 2010 7:18 am

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - 4/10
Well, I knew this would be a disappointment, but I thought I'd give it a try since I just finished the series. The only thing I liked were the special effects, set design, and cinematography. Otherwise, it was pretty poorly written and a poor adaptation, IMO. It could've been better, but oh well.

Toy Story 3 - 10/10
I finally watched it! I could go on and on about this, but I'm sure the film has received plenty of praise already. :p The story was well-written and I found it just as enjoyable as the previous films before this. It was quite sad for me at the end, though, because this felt like it was a big part of my childhood. I don't have any complaints that I can think of at the top of my head.

How to Train Your Dragon - 9/10
Such an adorable film!! I really liked the characters, especially Hiccup and Toothless. (So cute :love:) The plot was excellent too - very unique and interesting. My only "complaint" would be that I wished it was longer, but that's not an actual flaw with the film. :lol: Otherwise, it's a really good kids movie that is, unfortunately, underrated.

Clockworthy November 27th, 2010 4:07 pm

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Pirates Of The Caribbean; The Curse Of The Black Pearl - I hadn't seen it in its entirety before. I know I am extremely late to the "Pirate" party, but this was really a lot of fun. The cinematography was very well done, and the story was quite interesting. 9/10

I can't wait to check out Dead Man's Chest.

freelantzer November 28th, 2010 5:25 am

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Pineapple Express, rewatch
Not as funny as the first time I watched it, but still good. Totally not my typical kind of film, but there's just something so ridiculous about this one that I find it sort of irresistible. Plus, James Franco. :tu:

Percy Jackson
Meh. Let my Freshmen watch it right before Thanksgiving break because we just finished a mythology unit. It was fine for that purpose. They liked it, but I wouldn't watch it on my own.

IenjoyAcidPops November 28th, 2010 5:44 am

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Eraserhead
Oh, David Lynch, you and your antics delight all. There are certain filmmakers whose films are so their own, so very unique, that their identity shines through to the point where you feel like you're crawling out of the deepest recesses of their mind once you finish watching them. David Lynch is most definitely such a filmmaker. I don't know how to describe or review Eraserhead yet, as I finished watching it mere moments ago, but I certainly admire it, for looking and sounding so striking, doing so much with so little, and for going so, so, so out there. This is a first film. This is a calling card. And what might be even stranger is that not only did someone hire David Lynch a few years after this, that someone was Mel Brooks - who was producing The Elephant Man, looking for a director, and decided on Lynch after seeing this. I don't know how many movies can be accurately described as "nightmarish," but this one can.

lcbaseball22 November 28th, 2010 7:28 am

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Something's Gotta Give-

Acting- 9
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 8
Sound- 8
Editing- 8

Total Score = 83

Verdict- Aside from some cringeworthy crying fits (and I'm going to blame the direction for the over the top wailing here because Diane Keaton is so magnificent otherwise) and Nicholson's naked butt it's a pretty delightful romantic comedy starring two legends of cinema. :tu:

Incidentially, the AMC channel was running A Few Good Men (one of my favs and I believe I have mentioned before that I thought it should have won Best Pic) prior to, which is a film I've seen many times, but seeing the end of that again and then this reminded me how much I admire Jack Nicholson's acting. I may have to make it a triple feature and watch As Good As It Gets next...never seen it, long overdue :whistle:

Rastaban43 November 28th, 2010 7:55 am

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I may have to make it a triple feature and watch As Good As It Gets next...never seen it, long overdue :whistle:

Do eet! It's a little too long, but it's an excellent film with some great acting. :D

kyne November 29th, 2010 10:13 am

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I have seen Paranormal Activity 2 movie and It is too scary movie. I will give Paranormal activity 2 movie 7/10..

Fawkesfan1 November 30th, 2010 7:33 pm

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9 to 5 -- 9/10

Just re watched this movie recently and I still love it :D. It's a good and funny movie about three women who get their revenge (so to speak) against their jerk of a boss.




The French Connection -- 9/10

Definitely worth the watch. It's interesting to see the differences between the way a movie was shot back in the 70's to the way they're shot now.

I prefer the way that they shot them back then. It was slower, less intrusive and less in your face. You got the chance to actually watch a movie... instead of having it be right in front of you. The whole 'right in front of you' thing tends to take me out of movies -- instead of being able to appreciate them for the most part.

The chase scenes in this movie are well done. They're actually watchable, and you don't get overwhelmed by them.

As for the storyline/plot -- it's based on a true story. Two NYC detectives ('Popeye' Doyle and Buddy Russo) do their best to break up a narcotics smuggling ring, and find the French Connection.

The acting is good throughout and it is a period piece -- as in the some of the language that is used during the film... since it takes place in the 70's.

Overall I recommend this film to anyone who likes a good action thriller. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat.

ParanoidAndroid December 1st, 2010 7:39 am

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Yeah, ok. I watched this documentary called The Thin Blue Line. There's something really interesting about documentary's and it annoys me that I've only recently started seriously watching them. So this one is about a hitchhiker accused and convicted of killing a Dallas police officer in 1976. The filmmaker, Errol Morris, interviews him, another suspect, and several lawyers, cops and the judge in the case. Morris takes a subjective view on the matter and tries to prove the innocence of the hitchhiker.

This movie is pretty much a landmark in terms of documentaries. So influential and groundbreaking, it changed the life of everyone depicted.

booling December 2nd, 2010 3:56 am

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Quite a departure for me, as I tend not to love/adore Disney movies the way I adore Pixar, but recently gave Tangled a chance. Lighthearted fun; the crazy horse character made it worthwhile. 7/10

Linda86 December 5th, 2010 12:41 am

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Red

I enjoyed all the action & gun galore but I was disappointed with Mary-Louise Parker. Did she get botox in her face? There was little to no expression in her face & her body language in scenes where they're being attacked made no sense to me. She did not seem terrified or even tried to make it look like she was ducking for cover. I was expecting so much from her too since she is a wonderful actress. Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, & John Malkovich were spectacular. I guess I give this movie 8/10.

lcbaseball22 December 5th, 2010 12:20 pm

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The Town-

Acting- 9.5
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 8.5
Editing- 9

Total Score = 89

Verdict- Perhaps a bit contrived but otherwise a really excellent film. Nice mix of action and drama and an outstanding acting ensemble. :tu:

APolaris December 9th, 2010 11:11 pm

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Wartorn: 1861-2010

Seen on HBO recently, this is one of the most balanced documentaries I've seen: honest, personal, factual, and to the point. It doesn't dramatize through any artificial means or try to push some sort of partisan agenda, and it manages that (monumental among recent documentaries) feat without belittling the issue. Former soldiers with PTSD will find understanding and realize they aren't alone; relatives and friends will get a better idea of what they're going through; deniers will have to confront present realities; those who let the problem go on, even encourage it to go on, will find themselves confronted; the unaware will get an idea of what PTSD is, why it's important to understand, and the extent to which it was ignored for years. This is one of those rare documentaries that everybody, in short, should watch.

lcbaseball22 December 9th, 2010 11:17 pm

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The Dreamers-

Acting- 9
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 7.5
Editing- 8.5

Total Score= 85

Verdict- A provocative work of art; it's an engaging and fascinating film that fuses cinema, sex, politics, music, philosophy, and more. :tu: Eva Green (likely best known as the Bond girl from Casino Royale) is exquisite...her acting talent (and body, heh) is really on display here.

lcbaseball22 December 11th, 2010 1:16 am

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The Social Network

Acting- 9.5
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 9
Sound- 9
Editing- 10

Total Score = 92


Verdict- So I finally watched this highly talked about film. It’s not as good as Inception, but it’s up there. Compelling enough to keep me awake at 4 in the morning, so that’s impressive. And unlike previous Fincher films I felt an emotional connection; mainly that Zuckerberg was an *** and I was sympathetic towards Eduardo. I gotta say though, I don’t know how I feel about the direction/script for this one. The fast dialogue was annoying and the structure was a bit odd. Furthermore there are odd things in the film which stuck out like sore thumbs-
  • 1 of the Winklevoss guys sounded computer generated
  • the crew race was pointless and jarring
  • that whole thing with the chicken was ridiculously silly

Anyways, even with all hype this film pleasantly surprised me and I would say that it at least deserves award nominations for the following-

Best Picture
Best Actor- Jesse Eisenberg
Best Supporting Actor- Andrew Garfield
Editing
Original Score

I would bet that director and script nominations will go with the BP nom, though I'm not sure I would agree either aspect is strong enough.

NumberEight December 11th, 2010 2:18 am

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Originally Posted by lcbaseball22 (Post 5667445)
[*]the crew race was pointless and jarring

The race is there to show that all of the issues with Zuckerberg continued to affect the Winklevoss', so much so that it cost them a race they most likely would have won. Look at the scene after the race when Zuckerberg is brought up.

As for one Winklevoss sounding computer generated, I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. The twins are played by a single guy with his face transposed on another person's body, but the audio is perfectly fine. Maybe it was your source?

I, of course, think it's better than Inception when it comes to the script because it's nearly flawless and has no gaping plot holes.


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