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  #1641  
Old 09-28-2011, 10:35 PM


John Hughes movies always had that good balance and drama throughout the 80s. There would always be that one memorable sequence, such as the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off where there is that joyous and hilarious “Twist and Shout” sequence, then transitioning to the character of Cameron lamenting on his father’s neglectfulness. It all felt rounded as the viewer knew about these characters’ flaws and was able to meet them halfway before the credits roll. However, as the eighties were soon coming to a close, John Hughes wrote, not directed, two films that seemed more basic than the usual type, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful. While this review will focus more on Some Kind, these films seem to have the same themes, such as class and popularity distinction, as well as love from afar. While Pretty in Pink has a good handle on these themes throughout, Some Kind of Wonderful ends up a bit cluttered in its message, bringing about a conclusion that kind of doesn’t seem justified.

The film follows the character of outsider Keith Nelson (Eric Stolz), a high school senior who is, as per usual, pining for love interest Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson). The problem is that she doesn’t notices him, as well as having a relationship with Hardy Jennis (Craig Sheffer), popular and one of the rich kids in the school. Keith is belittled by his best friend Watts (Mary Stuart Matheson) for having feelings toward Amanda, hiding the fact that she also feelings for Keith as well. What culminate are questions of popularity, true love, as well as Keith’s decision, constantly enforced by his bread winner father, of what to do for the future.

The most that Some Kind of Wonderful brings is mostly through the character of Amanda, who seems to have a fully realized and believable arc in the film. Her character is the “other side of the tracks” type, but her relationship with Hardy has given her a higher class status in the school caste system. Despite the fact that hardy treats her like a play thing, as the movie is quick to reveal, she can’t leave him for fear of losing that commodity of popularity. Thompson sells her character pretty well in that regard, especially when Stolz’s Keith enters the mix, who, despite being the main character, doesn’t feel more involved.

Sure, there are certain obstacles that his character has to face regarding his future after high school and his pining for Amanda’s love, but the way it all comes together feels haphazard and a bit eye-rolling. Stolz does brings that “aw shucks” and outsider quality that many female viewers may fall for, but his character just doesn’t have layered and believable character transition as the female characters like Amanda and Keith’s friend Watts. His climatic scene at the end just felt phony and never had substance toward the conclusion, despite a quick flashback by director Howard Deutch to tell the viewer otherwise.

Let’s also dabble on Watts, the other (potential) love interest played with sly ferocity and exquisite beauty by Matheson. Her character has that typical “love from afar” character, but she makes the character work. While character like this seem way too blatant in their affection for another, Matheson downplays it with a personality that makes the viewer know she is trying her best to hide her feelings for Keith . Her arc is also another that feels realized thanks to Matheson, despite the fact that Hughes brings in scenes that sort of repeats the conflict that Watts and Keith argue over regarding Amanda.

The problem with the film is that Hughes seemed to want to throw so much on the plot’s plate that some storylines feel a bit shortchanged. Sure, there is a funny minor comedic character that pops up in Elias Koteas (Yes, good ol’ Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the bully that Keith slowly befriends throughout the film, but the potential plot sort of falls apart at the end. There is many ongoing character arcs and relationship, but the final act sort of makes them inconsequential or brings realization that seemed to be for the sake of finishing the movie, rather than the character having it naturally. Director Howard Deutch does solid work bringing the story to life, but can’t move around silly moments that bring the movie down.

Still, this is by no means a terrible John Hughes written film. While there are flaws, it’s a decent film and has a higher quality than recent romantic comedies, thanks to the solid acting all around. This is just an opinion from an amateur 24 year old male reviewer who is trying to catch up on John Hughes films that he wrote and directed. It’s just unfortunate that this film could have been a well rounded film that Hughes has been known for, rather than a film with characters and plot points being more realized than others.

6.5/10
  #1642  
Old 09-29-2011, 12:27 AM
Ghosts Italian Style with Sophia Loren - A screwball comedy with many layers of deception and trickery throughout. The film came off as too haphazard and unfocused. It could have been really good but instead there were only a few scenes of lucidity that I found amusing. At least Sophia Loren looked really hot. 5/10
  #1643  
Old 09-29-2011, 01:03 AM

Killer Elite(2011)-7/10
  #1644  
Old 09-29-2011, 01:22 AM
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Pearl Jam: Twenty (10/10)
Another fantastic love letter to music by Crowe. Well made, entertaining and moving. I didn't expect to like it this much. The best music doco I have seen, although it is apparent that Crowe loves the band so that may put off some people looking for some objectivity. If you can, see it in a theatre with awesome sound.
So freakin' jealous! Dieing to see this!
  #1645  
Old 09-29-2011, 03:24 AM
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Did anyone else notice that [DRIVE]'s (overused) theme was taken from Inland Empire?

It took me half of the film to figure it out.
Angelo Badalamenti did the score for both INLAND EMPIRE as well as DRIVE.

I'm watching DRIVE right now and saw his name on the credit.

I have INLAND EMPIRE on my wait list for some time this week or next week to watch, but Badalamenti has scored for David Lynch in almost all his movies.

EDIT:

Just finished DRIVE - 4/10

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  #1646  
Old 09-29-2011, 05:41 AM
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So freakin' jealous! Dieing to see this!
Think it comes out on Blu at the end of October.
  #1647  
Old 09-29-2011, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by KcMsterpce View Post
Angelo Badalamenti did the score for both INLAND EMPIRE as well as DRIVE.

I'm watching DRIVE right now and saw his name on the credit.

I have INLAND EMPIRE on my wait list for some time this week or next week to watch, but Badalamenti has scored for David Lynch in almost all his movies.
I thought that Inland Empire was one of the few films that Badalamenti did not score?
  #1648  
Old 09-29-2011, 10:21 AM
Drive ('11) - 9/10
The Tree Of Life - 2/10

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  #1649  
Old 09-29-2011, 10:52 AM
My Bloody Valentine - 4/10
  #1650  
Old 09-29-2011, 12:25 PM
Killer Elite - ***

Badass movie though completely misrepresented from the trailers.


Re-watch:

Copycat - *** 1/2
  #1651  
Old 09-29-2011, 01:27 PM
Drive - 9/10
  #1652  
Old 09-29-2011, 09:50 PM
Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World - ** 1/2

Incredibly silly and lame at times, but also kind of neat with some of the time travel stuff, especially during the climax and it made me chuckle every now and then.


Abduction - ***

Utterly preposterous though not quite as absurd as I thought it would be.
Spoiler:
I mean Lautner's character actually only takes out a couple of bad guys and one scene where he drops himself he actually hurts himself and limps around while being chased.
Bottom line, the movie was entertaining. It's not great by any means but it works for what it is and Lautner is surprisingly okay. It's not a great performance but he's perfectly adequate.
  #1653  
Old 09-29-2011, 10:07 PM
Any Number Can Play with Clark Gable - An illegal casino is the setting for many mishaps by shady characters and its owner must struggle with family problems as well. Gable is solid must the story doesn't really go anywhere. 5/10

Whirlpool with Jean Arthur - A career criminal finally meets his adult daughter after spending much of his life in prison. Another film without much of a story and this one didn't even have one good performance to rely on. Arthur was adequate at best. She was best at comedies when she had someone to banter with - here she has to struggle with a dull drama. 3/10
  #1654  
Old 09-29-2011, 11:43 PM
the good,bad, and the ugly[1966]

5/5

one of the best westerns of all time
  #1655  
Old 09-30-2011, 12:26 AM

Abduction(2011)-5/10
  #1656  
Old 09-30-2011, 12:31 AM
Drive (2011)



Lots of peoples have raved about this movie so i'll keep it short.

Pros : Angelo Badalamenti's soundtrack makes it feel like a David Lynch movie , intro credits/car choices/lighting effect gives it a late 70's/early 80's feeling , Albert Brooks's character is freaking bad-ass , slow pace is good for tension ( David Lynch influence again ) , Carey Mulligan carries the true emotional character.

Cons : Ron Perlman badassness is wasted , Ryan Gosling is cardboard acting , story is beaten to death ( this new angle doesn't make it original , even if sometime a new angle does that)

Rating: 8/10 .... which is really good then again i'm a fan of Lynch and 2 "pros" are direct influence of Lynch movies.

Really good but not great.
  #1657  
Old 09-30-2011, 01:25 AM
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I thought that Inland Empire was one of the few films that Badalamenti did not score?
You're right. My bad. I just made an improper assumption that because Badalamenti scored DRIVE and there was music from INLAND EMPIRE that he was just reusing - or slightly altering - his previous work. But I was wrong.
  #1658  
Old 09-30-2011, 02:17 AM
Edmonton International Film Fest

The Skin I Live In - 8/10
  #1659  
Old 09-30-2011, 03:29 AM
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6.5/10
I saw the remake of that movie lately ... it was called Zookeeper. Ok the storyline is different but the basic idea is there : Guy falls for an "out-of-his-league" girl while not noticing the "average-yet-loving-girl" next to him.

Some Kind of Wonderful is better than the lame Zookeeper tho.

Zookeeper 3/10
  #1660  
Old 09-30-2011, 12:48 PM
Melancholia - 7.5/10
  #1661  
Old 09-30-2011, 01:28 PM
Due Date (Todd Phillips, 2010) *
I went into this with high hopes. I love Todd Phillips, and Robert Downey, Jr. is one of my favorite actors. At the very least, I was expecting it to be average. What I wasn't expecting, however, was that I would hate it with all of my heart and soul. I don't think I laughed even once. Both of the characters are unlikeable. Robert Downey, Jr.'s character is a huge prick and Zach Galifianakis's character is unbearably moronic and annoying. They're polar opposites yet somehow, they become friends in the end, which feels forced. All in all, this is a terrible knockoff of Planes, Trains and Automobiles with caricatures of Steve Martin and John Candy's characters.

Bronson (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2008) ***½
I loved this movie, which is exactly what I was expecting. The soundtrack reminds me of Refn's most recent movie, Drive. I loved the soundtrack. Tom Hardy is fantastic in the lead role and makes a bunch of bold moves, one of them being full frontal nudity (that takes balls, no pun intended). After seeing him in this and in Warrior, he is quickly becoming one of my favorite new actors. His portrayal of Charlie Bronson blends both horror and comedy, as he is incredibly intimidating at some points and ridiculously funny at other points.
  #1662  
Old 09-30-2011, 06:38 PM
American beauty[1999]

5/5

one of the movies that help me grow as a movie fan.
  #1663  
Old 09-30-2011, 09:30 PM
Anthony Adverse with Fredric March - A drama about the globetrotting life and personal relationships of a former orphan. This film did go on for a while and did seem to ramble on for a bit. The performances were pretty good for the most part but the film didn't really go anywhere. 5/10

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  #1664  
Old 09-30-2011, 10:40 PM
Bridesmaids-7/10
  #1665  
Old 09-30-2011, 11:58 PM
Sweeney Todd and Hairspray[2007]

5/5

both are great musicals but in different wayd. Hairsprsy is happy and Todd is deranged
  #1666  
Old 10-01-2011, 01:36 AM
Buried (Rodrigo Cortés, 2010) **
This is a highly overrated movie. It's got a cool premise but that's where the enjoyment ends. There's no real mystery to the film. It's a series of phone calls that add nothing to the overall story, and by the end, you know as much about Paul Conroy's situation as you did at the beginning. Perhaps if the movie was longer than 95 minutes, Conroy's background as well as the story could be fleshed out more, making me actually care. Unfortunately, I really didn't. The last minute or so was the best part of the film, but the buildup to that point was disappointing. In addition, Ryan Reynolds is hard to take seriously as a dramatic actor. I don't even like him that much as a comedic actor, and he was just plain awful in this movie. I think if this concept was given better treatment (better cast, script, etc.), I might have really enjoyed it since it is a great premise for a film.

Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986) *
Wow, what an incredibly stupid movie. The duck puns are stupid, the characters are stupid, the script is stupid, and there are duck tits in the movie . . . duck tits. Duck tits. Duck tits. Duck. Tits. Duck tits.

Superbad (Greg Mottola, 2007) ***
Very funny movie, although I never loved it as much as most people do. The real center of the comedy of this movie is Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the iconic "McLovin'" and the two officers he hangs out with. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera just seem kinda bland to me and don't contribute nearly on the level of Mintz-Plasse. Still, his scenes are enough to hold up the film and keep it entertaining. Plus, the movie gave Emma Stone a career, which I gotta give it props for. Without Superbad, there wouldn't be Zombieland, Easy A, or the countless wonderful dreams I have of her.
  #1667  
Old 10-01-2011, 01:41 AM
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Buried (Rodrigo Cortés, 2010) **
This is a highly overrated movie. It's got a cool premise but that's where the enjoyment ends. There's no real mystery to the film. It's a series of phone calls that add nothing to the overall story, and by the end, you know as much about Paul Conroy's situation as you did at the beginning. Perhaps if the movie was longer than 95 minutes, Conroy's background as well as the story could be fleshed out more, making me actually care. Unfortunately, I really didn't. The last minute or so was the best part of the film, but the buildup to that point was disappointing. In addition, Ryan Reynolds is hard to take seriously as a dramatic actor. I don't even like him that much as a comedic actor, and he was just plain awful in this movie. I think if this concept was given better treatment (better cast, script, etc.), I might have really enjoyed it since it is a great premise for a film.
  #1668  
Old 10-01-2011, 04:11 PM


50/50 - 9/10

This movie destroyed me.

Spoiler:
The look on Levitt's face as his character is about to be put under and he truly realizes he might never wake up while "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" by The Liars plays in the background is one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen. JGL for Best Actor.
  #1669  
Old 10-01-2011, 04:32 PM
Jane Eyre ('11) - 6/10
African Cats - 6/10
I fucking love cats but this is a mediocre (if rather well filmed and easily accessible for the family) documentary.
  #1670  
Old 10-01-2011, 05:50 PM
Win Win



Okay, it’s official – I’ll never not like a Tom McCarthy film. It’s impossible. Even though this was not the laugh a minute indie comedy it appeared to be in trailers, it was even better than that simple assumption, what McCarthy does better than most in his peer group. He finds the humor in unlikely places or lets it emerge through the subtlety and honesty of performances, but at its heart it’s a drama. That happens to be funny. And there’s your recipe for constant success, whether it’s the whimsical tale of a little train watcher’s journey to connect with people, or in this movie’s case, Paul Giamatti’s middle-aged lawyer's bid for a little extra cash that veers into a soul-enriching understanding of family through his guardianship of both Paulie from Rocky and the old man's grandson. But yes, it is quite funny along the way, McCarthy bringing in Bobby Cannavale from his own Station Agent to play a similar sidekick role to Giamatti, and the guy doesn’t miss a beat as he gets overzealous in his coaching or too proud of his Wii Golf skills.

-> 8/10
  #1671  
Old 10-01-2011, 06:37 PM
A Step Away 7/10

A documentary that shows the highlights of the Panamerican Games held in Puerto Rico 1979.

Straw Dogs 6/10

And i'm talking about the original version starring Dustin Hoffman. The story is slow paced until the end when they invade the home.

Amer 7/10

A homage to the italian giallos from Dario Argento and Mario Bava. The direction of the film is outstanding.
  #1672  
Old 10-01-2011, 09:27 PM
The Rains Came with Myrna Loy, George Brent, and Tyrone Power - Loy is excellent as the hedonistic woman who changes her ways after a succession of disasters in India where she lives with her husband. The romances in the story were well done as well - particularly between Loy and Power. 8/10

Taxi! with James Cagney and Loretta Young - The story of a group of taxi drivers defending their territory against thugs trying to muscle in on the business. Cagney's performance carries the film - he has both a comically quick temper and a more romantic side shown when he convinces Young to date him. 7/10

Brokedown Palace - Both Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale gave solid performances in this tale of American tourists framed for drug smuggling in Thailand. It was a very depressing film highlighted by Danes' plea to the judge toward the end of the film. 7/10
  #1673  
Old 10-01-2011, 11:15 PM

10/10 loved it! in my new top 10 of all time!
  #1674  
Old 10-02-2011, 12:24 AM
Red State: 7/10
  #1675  
Old 10-02-2011, 01:01 AM
Airplane! (Jim Abrahams/Jerry Zucker/David Zucker, 1980) ****
There's really not much I can say about this. It's the greatest parody film of all time, no doubt. The jokes come at you a mile a minute, and the straight performances make the jokes even funnier. It's such a quotable film, too, and it's the only movie that gets away with puns.

Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) ***½
The action is great, the acting is solid, and the concept is very cool. My only gripe is that the film doesn't really establish the rules of the universe, so it has nothing to really adhere by, and I'm not sure I fully understand all of it.

Tron: Legacy (Joseph Kosinski, 2010) ***
The film doesn't have much going for it in the substance department, but its style more than makes up for that. The performances are decent (I like how Bridges brings a casual vibe to his performance a la The Dude) and the script is nothing special, but the father/son relationship between Kevin and Sam Flynn is touching at points. Also, Michael Sheen is great in his small role as Castor and easily stands out among the other characters. As per the usual, Olivia Wilde looks beautiful. The visual effects are fantastic and the soundtrack is incredible. I wish there were more disc fighting and light cycle scenes. More action would make this film so much more than what it is, which is already good.

Piranha (Alexandre Aja, 2010) ***
It's so stupid, it's actually entertaining. The violence is so over-the-top that you can't help but laugh and there's a lot of nice eye candy in the film, as you would expect. It's a fun homage to exploitation B-movies and I recommend checking it out if you want a "turn your brain off" type of horror comedy.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Troy Duffy, 2009) ***
Very underrated movie. Its over-the-top violence makes it a very fun movie. It's not particularly intelligent but I do like the action and the music and the acting is enjoyable as well.

Scary Movie
(Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2000) **
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) ****

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  #1676  
Old 10-02-2011, 01:22 AM
THE GREEN LANTERN - 6/10

Somewhat cheesy (the whole beginning flashback scene with him as a boy had me laughing a lot. Especially the very end of it. Soooo sappy and manipulative). Overall, though I had a good time with it. I wouldn't watch it again but I'm glad I saw it.
  #1677  
Old 10-02-2011, 01:30 AM
High School- 8/10
  #1678  
Old 10-02-2011, 03:24 AM
Maniac - 2/10

Down and Out in Beverly Hills - 5/10
Does not stand the test of time and while it may have received some good reviews back in the day, its a particularly boring and unfunny movie.

Jack's Back - 6/10

A serial killer thriller with some interesting twists. I'm surprised this has never made it to DVD.

Copycat - 7/10

A rewatch and while I did not remember anything from before, I understand why. This isn't a bad movie by any means. It has some solid performances and entertains, but give it a few hours and its mostly forgotten.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - 8/10

The only thing that keeps this from better heights is the unconvincing acting. I get that they were going for pseudo-documentary style, but it brings down one hell of an experience. I wouldn't per se, take this journey again. This inside look is kinda scary and not in the glamorized fashion you see in the Saw movies.
  #1679  
Old 10-02-2011, 04:50 AM
Moneyball - ***

Enjoyable enough but far from great. Pitt is good here, but he gave a much more forceful, stronger performance in Tree of Life earlier this year. The movie also feels incomplete. It felt like it was missing an ending.


Dream House - ***

The first act doesn't work because of the fact that a key plot point is given away in the trailer consequently, the movie feels like it's spinning in it's wheels for the first 40 minutes. Afterwards though I enjoyed it. Well shot and well acted.
  #1680  
Old 10-02-2011, 05:33 AM
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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (Troy Duffy, 2009) ***
Very underrated movie. Its over-the-top violence makes it a very fun movie. It's not particularly intelligent but I do like the action and the music and the acting is enjoyable as well.
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IMO the sequel was a letdown .... except Julie Benz in the cowgirl outfit and the prison ending.

The Poughkeepsie Tape (2007) amateur review here 8.5/10

while im at it ..... Eric Draven

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The story was underwhelming but Goesling, the soundtrack, and the direction make for the film being really good. 8/10
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Drive - 9/10
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