#5121  
Old 09-13-2012, 09:05 AM

Chronicle
6.5/10
  #5122  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:18 AM
Ghostbusters - 8.5/10
Lockout - 6/10
  #5123  
Old 09-13-2012, 03:22 PM
Last night I watched Lucky Number Sleven. I do enjoy that movie. Lucy Lui at her hottest
  #5124  
Old 09-13-2012, 03:54 PM
Savages (6/10)
  #5125  
Old 09-13-2012, 07:05 PM
Tender Comrade - A group of women decide to live together while their husbands are fighting during WWII. It's a decent film but nothing spectacular. Rogers does have a few good scenes but she and Robert Ryan are the only actors that stand out. 6/10

Portrait in Black with Lana Turner and Anthony Quinn - A thriller in which Turner is married and falls in love with her husband's doctor. A series of unfortunate incidents occur while the two lovers try to find a way to be together. The ending was a little silly but otherwise it is a pretty good film. 7/10
  #5126  
Old 09-13-2012, 08:31 PM
Find Me Guilty



Sidney Lumet could do no wrong. Vin Diesel can and has done wrong, but Lumet demands better company. And so Diesel turns in possibly his finest dramatic performance to date. And funny! An entertaining genre mishmash of The Sopranos and 12 Angry Men, a seriocomic gangster movie by way of an emotionally charged courtroom drama. Itís held together by Lumetís legendary sense of pacing and sharp dialogue, and Dieselís charismatically complex portrayal of Jackie DiNorscio, who actually had the Italian Meatballs to legally represent himself Ė as a high school dropout, at that - in the longest Mafia trial in U.S. history. A pioneering comedian in his own right as well as a career criminal, the man knew a good opportunity for farcical exploitation when he saw one, and the results range from amusing to flat-out hilarious. His butcher joke had me on the floor. That most of the dialogue was apparently straight from the court transcripts makes it even funnier in retrospect. Much respect to Linus Roache as the crusading D.A. too, who had my favorite scene of the whole movie when he finally loses his shit in a raging meltdown when he realizes his previously sure-thing case is turning sideways.

-> 8/10
  #5127  
Old 09-14-2012, 12:52 AM
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 - 8/10
  #5128  
Old 09-14-2012, 02:45 AM
watching



haven't watched it in a long time so my rating will have to wait till after
  #5129  
Old 09-14-2012, 05:24 AM
Freelancers 6/10. Alright I guess.
  #5130  
Old 09-14-2012, 07:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sarah1980 View Post
watching



haven't watched it in a long time so my rating will have to wait till after

both that and this



7/10
  #5131  
Old 09-14-2012, 09:58 PM
watching on dvd



7/10
  #5132  
Old 09-14-2012, 10:00 PM


I liked it better than the first one.
  #5133  
Old 09-14-2012, 11:04 PM
The Black Cat (1934) - I really didn't care for this. I've never been a fan of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff wasn't really entertaining in this. The story was a pretty good idea but it just didn't click for me this time. 5/10

Block-Heads - A funny Laurel and Hardy film with some really good gags. Laurel was the really funny one for me this time as he caused all sorts of mischief without realizing it. 8/10
  #5134  
Old 09-15-2012, 12:28 AM
My TIFF round-up (see my thoughts in the TIFF thread)

The Master - 7/10 (tentative)

Tabu - 7.5/10

Amour - 7/10

90 Minutes - 4/10

No One Lives - 4/10

Cloud Atlas - 7.5/10

The Land of Hope - 5/10

Berberian Sound Studio - 7/10

Here Comes The Devil - 5.5/10

The Hunt - 7/10

Leviathan - 9/10

Post Tenebras Lux - ?????????????

When Night Falls - 6.5/10

(outside TIFF)

Damsels in Distress - 7/10
  #5135  
Old 09-15-2012, 12:49 AM

The Proposal(2009)-7/10
  #5136  
Old 09-15-2012, 02:08 AM
Volcano (1997)

The second volcano disaster film released in 97 and clearly a different tone, didn't do as well as 'Dante's Peak' and its easy to see why.

First off the plot, like most all disaster films, is completely identical to that other volcano film. This film kicks off almost straight away with the action and pending volcano but overall its all the same. Simply replace Brosnan with Jones and the fact no one believes him until it just darn too late.

From there on the film becomes a ludicrously silly action/thriller which really should be titled 'Lava' as that's all its about, you only see the small volcano for a few shots. You can look at this film as more of a blockbuster 'arcade' type as its not very realistic and overly flashy. Sure its got everything you would expect in a disaster film including the heroic sacrifice, obligatory dog, a few people being melted away in lava (had to have that!) but it also has so much cheese. The forced racism sub plot between a white cop and black youth who at the end make up and help each other seemingly vanquishing the hatred? OK its a good sentiment but holy crap its lame.

The film progresses ever predictably towards its ever so obvious happy ending as downtown LA melts n bubbles away. You just move from one catastrophic setup to the next, some with your typical heroic bookend and some with your typical emotional bookend. The effects are pretty good in places yes, gotta give the film that, the lava does look pretty hot and you do get a good sense of sweltering sheer heat from the action.

The final finale is an utter ridiculous joke that simply doesn't help the film a tall. The way they solve the problem in the time they have is just plain comicbook stuff, add to that the over the top end sequence for Jones which is laughable. Luckily the solid Tommy Lee saves the film from utter B-movie obscurity with his craggy features.

Nowhere near as good as 'Dante's Peak' and nowhere near as accurate with the facts. Not a total problem as we know off the bat this ain't no serious flick. Unfortunately you can't help but compare it to the superior earlier volcano flick which ticks all the right boxes including realism and thrills.

End of the day this just feels like some Hollywood suit thought how cool it would be to see how much destruction and mayhem there would be if you moved a volcano from way out in the wilderness to a major city. Yeah we can cause lots of shit to blow up and melt in a city!.
  #5137  
Old 09-15-2012, 02:31 AM
IMO: Volcano > Dante's Peak
  #5138  
Old 09-15-2012, 02:36 AM

Resident Evil(2002)-8/10
  #5139  
Old 09-15-2012, 01:26 PM


Watched the DVDripped copy and it's still a movie filled with numerous problems and general lack of anything exciting besides Michael Fassbender. I actually hate Shaw's character more than I did upon my first viewing, and I'm even more assured that Guy Pearce's role was useless.

7/10
  #5140  
Old 09-15-2012, 02:45 PM
Drunken Master 2 - 5/10
Gone through a bunch of Chan movies recently, really don't see the appeal.
  #5141  
Old 09-15-2012, 06:24 PM

7/10

Was 8mm starring Nicholas Cage inspired by this film?
  #5142  
Old 09-15-2012, 10:45 PM


8/10
  #5143  
Old 09-15-2012, 11:20 PM
Mulholland Falls - A solid noirish tale about a cop trying to solve a murder case. Nick Nolte was actually pretty decent in the lead role and the story was well written. 7/10

The Lost - Armand Assante wasn't all that great as the doctor trying to cure a young female mental patient - he always sounds like he's drunk and has very little range. Lacey Chabert was pretty good though and it's nice to see her in a role that actually tests her acting ability. 5/10
  #5144  
Old 09-16-2012, 12:25 AM
now watching



6.5/10
  #5145  
Old 09-16-2012, 01:45 AM
BATMAN: YEAR ONE - 3/10
With such an abysmal, badly read slew of superfluous voiceover narration, it completely destroyed anything that might have been good about this. It's not the fault of the story that we have seen Batman's origins god-knows-how-many times in cartoons and movies, but at least it could have been a more interesting watch.
I can't get over how retarded-bad the VO is. I don't think I've EVER been so bothered by it before; and I naturally dislike voiceovers in almost anything.
This show made me angry.



BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PT.1 - 7/10
Interesting. Pretty good, and I like the attempt at artsy-fartsy elements. It follows the graphic novel pretty well, which also means that the faults I had with that (such as unending news reports) are evident here. But so, too, are the good things. The good far outweighs the bad, and I recommend it.
  #5146  
Old 09-16-2012, 02:36 AM

Resident Evil: Apocalypse(2004)-6/10
  #5147  
Old 09-16-2012, 03:56 AM
American Psycho (8/10)
Muriel's Wedding (6/10)
The Darjeeling Limited (8/10)
  #5148  
Old 09-16-2012, 04:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by sarah1980 View Post


8/10
I had this poster on the wall of my bedroom when I was a kid.
  #5149  
Old 09-16-2012, 04:31 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Psychocandy View Post
I had this poster on the wall of my bedroom when I was a kid.
you rule in my book dude
  #5150  
Old 09-16-2012, 06:09 AM
watching



9/10
  #5151  
Old 09-16-2012, 09:03 AM
  #5152  
Old 09-16-2012, 04:00 PM
21 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2012)



One of the best comedies I've seen for a while. A great premise that has potential for spoof/parody as well as excitement and character development. Plenty of gags and great chemistry between Hill and Tatum. It was still a bit too by-the-numbers for me to class it as exceptional, but I had a great time watching it.
7/10
  #5153  
Old 09-16-2012, 04:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cronos View Post
Drunken Master 2 - 5/10
Gone through a bunch of Chan movies recently, really don't see the appeal.
You don't see the appeal of JACKIE CHAN!?

I think it's the 'new Bruce Lee' reputation that every Asian martial arts star is labelled with when one of their movies succeeds in the West. Plus he's got more charisma than most movie stars in my eyes, there's also the 'obviously does his own stunts' factor that makes his films more fun to watch.

What did you think of the first Drunken Master? Or Police Story?
  #5154  
Old 09-16-2012, 04:50 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Natty View Post
What did you think of the first Drunken Master? Or Police Story?
Drunken Master is the only film of his I can say I really enjoyed (but it has been maybe 15 years I saw it), Police Story I've yet to get to. Back around the time of Rush Hour 1-2 I found him amusing but now I find the comedic action grating. It's refreshing when I come across one of his serious roles, such as Crime Story, as he can pull it off and they're far more interesting.

Ordinary People - 8/10
Mama - 8/10

Last edited by Cronos; 09-16-2012 at 05:02 PM..
  #5155  
Old 09-16-2012, 06:54 PM

7/10

Thank goodness there's still some original horror instead of remakes/reboots/reimagining/re-shit whatever.
  #5156  
Old 09-16-2012, 07:45 PM
The Sentinel - This was a decent political thriller but not much more. I'm not usually a fan of Michael Douglas but he was solid here as was Kiefer Sutherland. The reveal of who the mole was just fell flat however. 6/10

Wendy and Lucy - There really wasn't much of a story here - a poor woman loses her dog - but Michelle Williams was still fantastic. I was sort of expecting that ending but it was still really emotional to see it on screen. 7/10
  #5157  
Old 09-16-2012, 09:04 PM
Bless the Child
  #5158  
Old 09-16-2012, 10:18 PM
Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo)
7/10
  #5159  
Old 09-17-2012, 02:38 AM
The Foot Fist Way - *

Boring, barely a plot, not funny and contains one of the least appealing and most annoying lead characters I have ever seen in a movie!


Re-watch:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - ** 1/2

Last edited by ilovemovies; 09-17-2012 at 08:12 AM..
  #5160  
Old 09-17-2012, 07:59 AM
Arbitrage




In the middle of watching Arbitrage the tagline from the 1999 film Payback popped into my head: Get ready to root for the bad guy.Directed and written by Nicholas Jarecki the film contains the unique mix of an edge of your seat thriller
and a Wall street financial drama.
The character Robert Miller is definitely morally flawed.He's an investment manager who has cooked the books at his firm due to a bad investment ,he's cheating on his choosing to be oblivious for the moment wife Ellen(Susan Sarandon) and he's attempting to cover up a fatal car accident.

Still there is a charm to the character and Gere pulls it off with ease.
Kudos to the supporting cast Nate Parker,Brit Marling and Tim Roth and their strong performances.
The only flaw that kind of sticks out are the tactics used in the police investigation.Moves are made that i found were completely unnecessary.Anyone that reads a newspaper or watches the news knows how easy it is to convict someone on the smallest amounts of evidence and tying someone to a crime scene.

Does Gere deserve an Oscar nomination? Yes!!
He displays just the right amount of charm,regret,sadness and intensity.A near perfect balancing act of a man stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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