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We watched Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance in the theater. My significant other didn't like it much. I thought it was good, but you can't watch it as a sequel if you want to enjoy it. You have to view it as an individual movie. Aside from that, the acting and special effects were awesome.
Yup pretty much agree. Although I don't believe I'll be going to another 3D movie. Makes my eyes hurt and feel too weird! Yes, as far as a sequel I didn't much care for it. We watched the first one when we got home after watching the second, and now I can see many differences. Things that should've been carried out in the second one. As an individual movie, it wasn't too bad. Was nice to see they left it open for a third one. Hopefully if they make a third one, it will be more similar to the first one, with a few things from the second one!


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Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog)

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

Total Score = 82

Verdict- I caught this on TV and thought it was the strangest damn thing to see Jet Li and Morgan Freeman in the same movie I figured it was a bit part for Freeman but I kept watching and was pleasantly surprised it was not and that there was a heartfelt story behind this Jet Li action film. I felt the camera work could have been better though and some questions were left unanswered. Oh, and a bit too much ridiculous fighting for my tastes.


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I finally got to see The Woman in black today.

It was very atmospheric and it was very creepy. I think Dan Radcliffe did a very good job as Arthur Kipps, although I did spend the first 10 minutes wondering when he was going to put his glasses on! ( I guess my 50th birthday has affected my brain somehow!)

I thought Ciaran Hinds was superb.

I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, the book by Susan Hill and I thought that this was an interesting adaptation - it is in many ways different to the book and I was fine with most of the changes...... but I did think that the ending was a letdown...

All in all 7.5-8/10


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I took my son to see The Lorax yesterday. (He's 3.) We both enjoyed it a lot. For a dedicated socialist & environmentalist such as myself, it was a good film for talking to my son about the evils of greed and despoiling the environment. Of course, he liked the Lorax, and was quite sad that bad things happened to the animals & fish.

The beauty of Dr. Seuss stories is that they are simple "morality" (really, ethical) plays, so the film had an easy time communicating the story. Indeed, the tough part is adding enough to it to make it a full film instead of a short, but they did a good job of that. Reviewers have complained that it gets buried under "Hollywoodization" and although there certainly is more pizzaz than in the book, I don't think that it interfered with the story much at all. Instead, it really was more like a good container for the "original" telling of the tale.

(And, of course, we get more resolution than we had in the original: but I found that to be nice.)


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Histórias que só existem quando lembradas (a Brazil-Agrentina-France production) - 7/10


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The Nightmare Before Christmas - 8/10

How is it possible that I hadn't seen this movie before? It's COOL!! Very simple story, but very well told, and full of that grim, absolutely crazy humour of Burton's universe. I couldn't help thinking of Corpse Bride (now it feels as if Bride was Nightmare's cousin, like a different story born of the same idea). Technically amazing, specially for the early '90s. And, well, the soundtrack... wonderful (besides, Danny Elfman has a great voice).


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Exit through the gift shop - 7/10

A decent documentary about the underground (not so much now) graffiti art scene. A French baker/filmmaker, Thierry Guetta gets involved with filming some of those who are part of that scene (such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey) and ends up with some really good footage of what goes on in terms of the making of that kind of art and how it's done.

Worth the watch for what it's worth.


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Parked - 8/10

I read a few reviews after I watched this and they all complain that the plot doesn't go anywhere, which is true, but the film is more about the characters' friendship and highlighting how the recession has affected people in Ireland. Colin Morgan and Colm Meaney are both amazing in it (though I'm probably slightly biased in Colin Morgan's case ) and they really make you care about the characters, which makes the last 30 minutes heartbreaking to watch. A minor problem is that at some points I can't understand a word of their Dublin accents but that's probably just me


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Beginners 8/10

I thought this was an interesting film, well put together with solid performances.


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Parade (Serbian film about a vocal Serbian nationalist whose son is a neo-nazi, getting together with a Croat, a Bosnian and an Albanian to build a force to guard Belgrade's gay pride parade) - 9/10 - fantastic comedy, hilarious, humanist and fresh, looking at tolerance from various angles. Loved it!


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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole: 7/10

Just saw this film and it's a nice one to let the whole family watch. It's full of plenty of action and suspense with some humor thrown in. Granted it does get a little silly at times, but overall it's worth the watch.

Soren, a young owl, along with his brother Kludd get kidnapped by an evil owl army and only one of them escapes (Soren), with some new friends he's made... all in hopes of finding the Guardians, in order to help save the owl world.


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A Separation -- 9/10

Certainly worthy of the Oscar it received.


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Wuthering Heights (2011) - 4/10

I didn't like it. I think most of it was fairly pointless - such as the hand-held camera, the endless nature shots punctuating the film at every 30 seconds, the lack of dialogue. And it felt like the director suddenly decided to incorporate the love story at the end and threw in some lines from the book which sounded terribly alien and obviously patched-on. I don't think it conveyed anything. All the characters were left undeveloped. It felt like it was done on the assumption that the viewers have read the book and the film is just an interpretation based on presumed understanding of the plot and themes. It rang hollow, in short.


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Strangers on a Train (American version) -- 8/10

Well worth the watch. A stranger on a train 'befriends' (or at least tries to) a tennis pro and talks to him about a theory in which he (the stranger) kills his wife and the other man (being the tennis pro) kills his (the stranger's) father.

Robert Walker does a wonderful job as Bruno, his performance scared the baloney out of me at times . As for Farley Granger, he did a good job as Guy Haines as well. Playing the victim to Robert's Bruno... not really falling for it entirely, and remaining wary of him.

Not going to say anymore though, so I won't spoil it.


Strangers on a Train (British version) -- 7/10

It's basically the same film as the American version, only with some stuff left in and somethings different.

Wasn't as big of a fan of this version... since the ending wasn't as good and it didn't make the most sense.


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Strangers on a Train (American version) -- 8/10

Well worth the watch. A stranger on a train 'befriends' (or at least tries to) a tennis pro and talks to him about a theory in which he (the stranger) kills his wife and the other man (being the tennis pro) kills his (the stranger's) father.

Robert Walker does a wonderful job as Bruno, his performance scared the baloney out of me at times . As for Farley Granger, he did a good job as Guy Haines as well. Playing the victim to Robert's Bruno... not really falling for it entirely, and remaining wary of him.

Not going to say anymore though, so I won't spoil it.


Strangers on a Train (British version) -- 7/10

It's basically the same film as the American version, only with some stuff left in and somethings different.

Wasn't as big of a fan of this version... since the ending wasn't as good and it didn't make the most sense.
Interesting, I didn't realize there was a British version as well. Glad you decided to give the film another try though. Many of us feel Robert Walker was snubbed by the Oscars and if I recall correctly it was a sort of Heath Ledger type situation; his last performance before he died.


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Et si on vivait tous ensemble? (And If We All Lived Together?) (2011) - 7/10

Breakfast on Pluto (2005) - 9/10


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Interesting, I didn't realize there was a British version as well. Glad you decided to give the film another try though. Many of us feel Robert Walker was snubbed by the Oscars and if I recall correctly it was a sort of Heath Ledger type situation; his last performance before he died.
Me neither. I found out when I checked it out from the library. It was a version that had both on it. It was interesting to watch them both.

Too bad he didn't get a nomination, he would have earned it. That was one heck of a performance he gave.


Gasland -- 8/10

Good documentary about hydraulic fracking and how it affects people and the environment around them. Didn't know that so much of the US was affected by this. It's worth the watch just to see how this manner of getting natural gas affects others. It's truly frightening.


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"Breaking Dawn, Part I"

A definite improvement on the book. All the overwritten parts of the novel were tightened up. Stewart and Pattinson still have no chemistry and she looks deeply uncomfortable and awkward in all the scenes where she is trying to act "sexy". The demon baby is creepy. The wolf communication scenes made me laugh (I don't think they were meant to be comical). Somehow none of the vampires sparkle despite all the Cullens attending a wedding held under bright sunshine. The scenery is nice. Isle Esme looks like a decent place to take a vacation. The CGI scenes of venom inside Bella's system are awful. As bad as the CGI in "Spawn". The wolves do at least look a little more realistic. Once again, most of the Cullens are completely pointless. The make up and special effects showing Bella's sickness are done very well though. As I said in my Twilight book reviews, there is no reason for Bella's schoolmates to 1- be friends with her, or 2- attend her wedding. Maybe they went to the wedding for the free food. The end credits are awful. They resemble something from a teen comedy rather than what is supposed to be a romantic "saga".

This book did not need to be split in two. The story (what little of it actually exists) could have been told in one film. It's a cash-in and an attempt to sponge as much money as possible from the fanbase. From a business point of view, I can understand it, but creatively it isn't justifiable.


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The Big Year

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Ah, that's difficult. This movie has a neat idea (portraying birders who do a Big Year) and likable characters, but close to no part of the plot or joke comes as a surprise. It's simply very predictable, even for a humours film, and as such has quite a few lengths. Still, I liked something on it what I can't even really grasp, maybe it's the rather absurd idea for a film or very neat images of birds & nature.


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Intouchables (2011)

10/10

Woah, that's a great movie. I find nothing I don't quite like, no matter if I check on plot, way of humour, the ending or technical aspects. It's neither too silly nor too serious and in no way soppy.

A simply very well done film telling the (true) story of a very seldom friendship, and the same time seems to work greatly for quite everyone who visits a movie theatre. Big recommendation. It's a brilliant film.
This, btw, will run in the US from May on in it's original edition. Go, watch it. Really do it.


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The Hunger Games 9/10

I managed to catch an advanced screening of this and it's amazing I want to say it's better than the book, but I haven't read the book in nearly a year. It deviates from the book a bit, showing the gamemakers' reactions to things happening in the arena and how they manipulate the arena, but it makes the film better. I feel like the film is darker and aimed at an older audience than the book as well, that's probably helped by the actors being a bit older than the characters in the books. I thought the beginning was a bit slow, but that's probably because there was quite a bit of background that had to be explained that I already knew. I went with two of my friends who haven't read the books and they were on the edge of their seat the whole time and there's a bit near the end where I could just hear one of them swearing under her breath because it was so tense Brilliant film


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