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  #1841  
Old 10-15-2011, 09:37 PM
Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon, 2011) 3½ out of 4 stars
This is a very funny movie, even on the second viewing. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day are all excellent as the bumbling wannabe assassins and have great chemistry. The bosses are certainly horrible, but in a good way. Kevin Spacey is hilarious as one of the most evil and conniving dirtbags I've seen in film in recent years. Jennifer Aniston steps out of her comfort zone in this movie; instead of playing Rachel from Friends like she always does, she plays a sexual predator who has some of the funnier and more vulgar lines in the film. Finally, Colin Farrell, while not in the movie much, was my favorite of the bosses. He plays this moronic cokehead who spends his time partying while the company he inherited from his father goes down the toilet. There's also Jamie Foxx, who helps the three heroes murder each other's bosses. The film does a great job of balancing outrageously crude humor with clever wit. This is, by far, the funniest film of 2011 so far.

Scream 2 (Wes Craven, 1997) 3 out of 4 stars
I was shocked that I even liked this movie (generally horror sequels don't do it for me). It's not all that scary, but the screenplay is very clever and the movie does a great job taking jabs at horror movie clichés. It's really more of a satire than a horror movie, but it's not unintentionally funny. You definitely get the feeling that when you laugh, you're supposed to laugh. Now I just have to watch the third and fourth installments in order to catch up.

Wayne's World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992) 3 out of 4 stars
This is my favorite SNL movie, which is saying something, because I honestly don't hate them as much as most people do. At the very worst, they're mediocre, but I haven't watched any that I've found to be truly terrible. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers are great as Wayne and Garth, two of my favorite SNL characters. Dana Carvey is truly one of the most underrated entertainers in the history of television and his career really never took off like it should have. Mike Myers is funny as Wayne, but Dana Carvey as Garth really steals the show.

Zombieland (Ruben Fleischer, 2009) 3½ out of 4 stars
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) 4 out of 4 stars
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009) 4 out of 4 stars
  #1842  
Old 10-16-2011, 01:04 AM
THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1
Various, 2010



A bit of a fickle work. On the one hand we have the awesome pilot, the great and well-established atmosphere, and noticeable efforts from the writing team to establish a fleshed-out, three-dimensional ensemble of characters. On the other hand, these characters are just flat-out uninteresting and are put into situations that either seem cheesy or completely contrived (the disease control center in the last episode, especially). It all becomes very by-the-numbers, surface value storytelling that could be easily condoned given the season's measly six episode arc, so hopefully season 2's more substantial 13 will smooth up some of the show's rough edges and help it develop into a more interesting character piece (though with the firing of Darabount, the chances of any significant improvement are looking kind of slim). I'm still interested in the show and will definitely be tuning in for the premiere this Sunday, but I don't think this is top tier television that we have on our hands here, especially when compared to something like Breaking Bad or Mad Men.

7/10

MONEYBALL
Bennett Miller, 2011



This film is sharp filmmaking on all counts. Bennett Miller finally follows up his very impressive Capote with a work that follows very much in the same tradition as that contemplative, melancholy character study. The inspirational true story this time around definitely paves way for a lot more heart and warmth, although the screenplay certainly steers clear from the typical sports drama archetypes and instead focuses on juggling fast-paced, quick-witted dialogue with intimate character development. In terms of acting, restraint and subtlety are the key words here, and Pitt and Hill deliver performances that are all the more better for it and stylistically, Miller and cinematographer Wally Pfister shoot the film in a way that really breathes in a sense of natural beauty (the loneliness of the baseball stadiums, Pitt's flashbacks and scenes with his family specifically are all shot to pitch-perfection). And while I'll admit that the film did come off as a bit dry for the first hour or so, I definitely came out admiring it as whole when realizing just how methodically paced the story was, especially in terms of developing the character of Billy Beane (that last scene with Pitt in the car listening to his daughter's song was an absolutely perfect summary of his arc and an overall beautiful scene in its own right).

8/10
  #1843  
Old 10-16-2011, 01:38 AM
The Ides Of March - 8/10
  #1844  
Old 10-16-2011, 07:09 AM
Edge of Darkness w/ Mel Gibson - 6.5/10
No Code of Conduct w/ Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen - 4/10
Class of 1999 II: The Substitute - 2/10
  #1845  
Old 10-16-2011, 07:27 AM
watched these this morning



8/10



9/10



7/10
  #1846  
Old 10-16-2011, 10:46 AM
Horrible Bosses

Well what have we here...a film with an original plot AND Jennifer Aniston actually growing up and acting like a proper woman for once. Lets really add to this and point out that the whole cast, including the overrated Farrell, was actually very very good and the humour was pretty smart.

So what we have here is a very good comedy with a large number of the cast being small name stars! I still can't believe it, the film started slow I gotta say, wasn't really getting into it, the guys are living crappy lives due their nasty chiefs so they all decide to bump them off..meh. Then on comes Aniston offering to fudge the living daylights outta Day and telling him to fudge her slutty mouth!!! what am I seeing!? Aniston actually using her sexy 'girl next door' looks for some adult humour at last.

I may as well point out that every scene with Day, Bateman and Sudeikis was an absolute pleasure to watch and extremely funny yet I've never even heard of any of them. Every scene and every line was just so chuckletastic you can't fail to smile, the comedy was sharp, witty and with some slapstick but not over the top and childish. The 'villains' of the piece were all fantastic too, Farrell, Aniston (in another 'Office Space' moment winner) and Spacey all showing great comic evilness, some of the best casting I've seen for awhile.

I really didn't hold much hope for this film to be honest, heard allot but assumed it was all over the top hype, how could it be so good with that cast? so I was wrong haha.
Pretty much a perfect little comedy of horrors that is simple yet original and doesn't get carried away with overblown sequences, the only thing that kept popping into my mind was how gay Day's character was lol! who in their right mind wouldn't let Aniston have her wicked way like that!? she could blackmail me like that any day
  #1847  
Old 10-16-2011, 11:31 AM
Just Go With It (Dennis Dugan, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions company hasn't made a good movie in years. There are very few laughs in this movie. The only thing you'll really be laughing at is how ridiculous it is that 45-year-old schlub Adam Sandler could even come close to romancing the gorgeous 24-year-old Brooklyn Decker. The story is basically nonexistent and all of the conflicts end up being resolved off-screen in about two seconds. This is a terrible movie.

Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) 3½ out of 4 stars
The movie has a very clever tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to it. It's not all that scary, but the performances are solid and the movie is very frenetic, suspenseful, and exciting. I plan on watching Scream 3 and Scream 4 later today to round out the series. So far, so good.
  #1848  
Old 10-16-2011, 12:02 PM
Texas Killing Fields - 5/10
  #1849  
Old 10-16-2011, 03:27 PM
Boys Don't Cry (8/10)
  #1850  
Old 10-16-2011, 03:52 PM


7/10
  #1851  
Old 10-16-2011, 05:54 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by magjournal View Post
Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) 3½ out of 4 stars
The movie has a very clever tongue-in-cheek sense of humor to it. It's not all that scary, but the performances are solid and the movie is very frenetic, suspenseful, and exciting. I plan on watching Scream 3 and Scream 4 later today to round out the series. So far, so good.
Glad you are enjoying the series. The first and second films are the best of the series, but I love all of them. I've watched the fourth about three or four times on DVD already and I've already owned it a week And have seen the others countless times. Definitely my "favourite" series.

Look forward to seeing your ratings for 3 and 4.
  #1852  
Old 10-16-2011, 08:11 PM
Scream 3 (Wes Craven, 2000) 2½ out of 4 stars
This one is okay. At this point in the series, the self-referential satire was getting a bit old. The film tries too hard to be funny and meta, which just comes across as pathetic. Also, the way they introduced the new rules by bringing back Jamie Kennedy for a small scene was lame. I did, however, like the way the villain in this movie tied into the first one. Ultimately, the second and third movies weren't necessary, but this one, while not great, did do a good job of wrapping up the series.

Scream 4 (Wes Craven, 2011) 2 out of 4 stars
And then this came along. With horror remakes outweighing the original horror movies, Wes Craven decided to do exactly what the original Scream was criticizing Hollywood for doing: MAKE ANOTHER SEQUEL! This one does nothing new. Most of the scenes in the film are old and have been done in at least one of the first three movies. I know the film is supposed to be satirizing horror remakes by making the movie exactly like the first one, but it's really lazy when the only way you can think of satirizing something is by doing the exact same thing but to a much more annoying degree. I will say though, the new cast members are good and the ending is pretty good.

So what are my thoughts on the series? It started out strong. Scream was a great satire of the slasher genre. Scream 2 was unnecessary but was still enjoyable. Scream 3 was also unnecessary; it had a weaker script and tried too hard to be satirical and meta, but it did do a good job of wrapping up the series. That is, until Scream 4 came around, which was both unnecessary and added absolutely nothing to the overall story. Literally nothing changed before and after Scream 4. At this point in the series, Craven tried so hard to continue satirizing the genre that he, himself, created what he set out to destroy. Overall, I enjoyed the series. It had good characters and plenty of them, and while it wasn't scary, it definitely had its moments of genius, mostly in the first two films. As a whole, I'd give the Scream series a recommendation (at least the first three), although I hope that the planned Scream 5 and Scream 6 films are canceled because I don't know if I can handle more of the same schtick. It's getting old.
  #1853  
Old 10-17-2011, 09:01 AM
Scary Movie 2 (Keenen Ivory Wayans, 2001) 1½ out of 4 stars
Even worse than the first one. It's sad to see talented comedians like David Cross and Tim Curry do garbage like this. I laughed a couple of times, but most of the jokes are incredibly stupid and add nothing to the story. They're pointless. Just because you parody something doesn't make it funny, especially when you keep it exactly the same as it was in the source material. Fuck this movie.

Barely Legal (Jose Montesinos, 2011) 0 out of 4 stars
Yes, the infamous rating of zero. This movie is not only bad, it's unwatchable. It's the farthest thing from funny I've seen in a long time. Scary Movie 2 looks like Airplane! compared to this piece of garbage. Every time a joke was made, I just felt embarrassed to be watching this piece of shit. Most of the sex humor isn't even humor, it's just sex. I felt like I was watching a porno. It made me really uncomfortable to watch. Most sex comedies such as EuroTrip and Sex Drive and what-have-you at least have stories and characters. This movie is basically a bunch of bedroom encounters with either men or toys. This is the worst film of 2011, by a large margin, and I suspect it will keep the throne through the end of the year. I knew it would be bad considering it was produced by The Asylum, but I didn't expect it to be this bad. Avoid at all costs. If given the choice between watching this and having your eyeballs shaved off layer by layer with a rusty cheese grater, promptly grab a stick, bite down, and get used to reading braille.
  #1854  
Old 10-17-2011, 09:05 AM
Well last night I saw Euro Trip 6/10.
  #1855  
Old 10-17-2011, 10:07 AM
Assassination Games

Straight to DVD yet actually a pretty good action thriller for once from Mr Van Damme, his new best mate in action Scott Adkins joins in for the ride and this time they are on the same side to battle some fat guy that looks like he just stepped off a 70's porn set.

The film appears to be in sepia for allot of the action which is odd but looks quite nice, at first I thought there was something wrong (maybe there was haha) but it does seem to be like that for some reason. There isn't allot of martial arts fighting either I must reveal, we don't see Van Damage going on much, some fighting but nothing special, same for Adkins too, this is mainly a film about hitmen taking out targets swiftly but we do get one fast punch up with the two main men.

Nothing terribly new here, same old stuff but it is better than most run of the mill action films from JCVD and it looks like it was actually made well with some care and not as tacky as these films can be.
  #1856  
Old 10-17-2011, 10:23 AM
Martha Marcy May Marlene - 7/10
  #1857  
Old 10-17-2011, 11:43 AM
how to train your dragon : 8/10

Scream 4 : 7/10 - mindless. predictable but good in a bad way
  #1858  
Old 10-17-2011, 05:03 PM
dr. no[1962]

4/5

a good start to the Bond series
  #1859  
Old 10-17-2011, 05:07 PM
Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011) 3 out of 4 stars
Going into this, I thought I wouldn't like it because it was a chick flick, but it's really not. It's been called "The Hangover for women," and I can see why, but it doesn't just appeal to women. I was laughing my ass off. The film features a top-notch cast of some of the best female comedic actresses working today. Kristen Wiig has great star potential and is one of my favorite comediennes, and Melissa McCarthy is a scene-stealer.

Everything Must Go (Dan Rush, 2011) 4 out of 4 stars
I was expecting to really like this movie, and I'm pleased to say that it far exceeded my already-high expectations. Will Ferrell gives a great performance in this. As of late I've found him to be kind of annoying, but here he shows why he became an actor in the first place. Generally his performances are over-the-top, but he handled this role with a quiet subtlety that genuinely impressed me. Christopher Jordan Wallace also gives a fantastic performance as Kenny, the kid living down the block who befriends Ferrell's Nick Halsey and looks to him as a sort of father figure. The film is sad, bittersweet, funny at points, and inspirational. It's one of the best movies of the year.
  #1860  
Old 10-17-2011, 05:14 PM
Payback: The Director’s Cut



Closer in spirit to the original film adaptation of The Hunter that saw Lee Marvin fuck people up for taking his cut, meaning less fat, more muscle, and more of Gregg Henry’s hilariously inept sadist Val Resnick. But I’m gonna take the minority position and say this was a better film. It’s been years since I’ve watched the original theatrical cut, and now I never want to see it again, not just for this superior movie’s existence, but because it pisses me off how the studio treated Brian Helgeland’s cut during post-production that saw the introduction of Kris Kristofferson (noticeably absent in this much shortened version) and an entirely new and frankly unjustifiably extended final act. Helgeland gets the last laugh with a leaner, meaner, grittier, more focused rampage of revenge, though there’s something disturbing in retrospect about seeing Mel beat the shit out of an ex. Granted, it’s fiction and she shot him twice in this case, but that irony’s still gonna hang over the movie from now on like a cloud.

-> 9/10
  #1861  
Old 10-17-2011, 08:32 PM
Light in the Piazza with Olivia de Havilland - de Havilland plays the mother who takes her adult daughter to Florence and the daughter meets a young man. While de Havilland tries to keep them apart the audience is left to wonder why. Most of the film is pretty good and the setting is beautiful to watch. However the ending is so anticlimactic that it almost kills the movie. 6/10

They Shall Have Music - This film is about a school that teaches music to poor children that is having trouble staying in business. The story itself isn't all that great but the music is very good and that takes up a significant portion of the film. There's even a few number by a famous violinist called Jascha Heifetz (I don't know much about this type of music but from what I gather from the film he was a pretty big deal at the time.) 7/10
  #1862  
Old 10-18-2011, 12:12 AM

Real Steel(2011)-8/10
  #1863  
Old 10-18-2011, 10:07 AM


9/10
  #1864  
Old 10-18-2011, 10:15 AM
The Three Musketeers (2011)

Well well what have we here Mr Anderson, have you corrupted another well known franchise? yes it seems you have, well and truly.

Bloody hell where to start! first off there hasn't been much of an effort to stick to the original famous plot by Dumas, much has been ejected in favour of more modern concepts to bring the story into a modern world, now there isn't anything wrong with trying to be a little different or try a new style to jazz up an old story but what we have here is just silly.

Its no longer The Three Musketeers, its now a combination of many many films all crammed into one cgi heavy film based in 17th Century France. I couldn't really believe what I was seeing when Jovovich started dodging mini cannonfire in a corridor then later sword fighting with groups of soldiers, taking them all out easily, then leaping off the top of a large building attached to a wire and abseiling down to a window ledge below ala...'Mission: Impossible'.

'Something not quite right in 17th Century France here'....was what I was thinking. So add to this a kind of 'Young Guns' role call for the Musketeers, allot of slow motion clashes along the same kind of lines as '300', an underwater ninja type suit intro for 'Athos' much like a computer game and finally a complete 'Pirates of the Carribean' type finale aboard flying Galleons/airships!!

The mind boggles! The Musketeers are pretty well cast and enjoyable to watch despite being invincible warriors of a multitude of moves, Fox is quite likeable as King Louis and Waltz is probably the best in the film even though he doesn't have much to do but that's it.
Lerman as 'D'Artagnan' is horribly annoying, far too cocky and has a very bad wig on, Bloom's acting is practically pantomine and he looks like 'Dick Dastardly', Anderson again uses his wife Jovovich as she only seems to be able to act in films that require slow motion fighting so I guess that's the reason Anderson included all that 'Matrix' hokum and finally Mr Anderson even saw fit to copy Richard Lester's use of Roy Kinnear by doing the same thing with Corden only its nowhere near as good.

Now I admit the 93 version of Musketeers was unique by using the rock n roll approach to the characters, giving them a kind of brat pack theme but this new version really lost me with all its crazy ass sequences and top heavy cgi effects. The look of the film is gorgeous though! you wouldn't believe it but the costumes (despite never getting dirty) are really very well designed and look perfect for the age whilst the location work is quite stunning, probably the films biggest plus.

Now I realise this is a film made purely for escapism and fun which it does achieve perfectly but lets be serious here, its not really suitable for this classic novel is it, they have really gone overboard here and it just doesn't really work, its almost laughable. The very ending is priceless haha the fact certain characters don't die and that armada of air galleons/ships! really!!?
  #1865  
Old 10-18-2011, 11:35 AM
my 16th favorite film ever



10/10
  #1866  
Old 10-18-2011, 11:58 AM
Everything Must Go - 6/10
  #1867  
Old 10-18-2011, 12:19 PM
GasLand - 8/10
Waste Land - 7/10

Also watched a bunch of Brakhage shorts, complete garbage.
  #1868  
Old 10-18-2011, 01:58 PM
Armageddon



Used to watch this like every week back in my teens and loved the shit out of it. It's so much different watching it like 10 years later or so. You start seeing the absurdity of it all that much clearer. Which, don't get me wrong does not take away from the film, if anything, it just adds to the whole entertainment value of it.

I can't rate it any lower than...

8/10

after all, it is a childhood favorite!
  #1869  
Old 10-18-2011, 04:29 PM


10/10

An UNBELIEVABLE documentary that traces the life of "the greatest internet pioneer you've never heard of." This is THE movie that explains the dot-com boom and subsequent crash and we get to watch it all unfold through one guy who could be the poster boy for that era. It is NOT about a bunch of people to live in a "bunker" and have their lives filmed, despite what you may have heard/read. That is merely one aspect of the film but it is really about the rise and fall of Josh Harris.
  #1870  
Old 10-18-2011, 05:46 PM
Rewatch
Mimic 2 6/10
Ravenous 7/10
  #1871  
Old 10-18-2011, 06:35 PM
Ironclad (Jonathan English, 2011) 1½ out of 4 stars
I wasn't expecting a ton from this movie since these kinds of movies generally aren't good and haven't been since The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I was still disappointed. Paul Giamatti is a great actor but he's not fit for the role of King John and looks both stupid and embarrassed to even be in this piece of garbage. The story is paper thin, which would be okay if the action was any good. It's not. The cameraman must have been having seizures during all of the action scenes because the camerawork is so shaky that it's hard to even see what's happening. The film is loaded with gore but none of it feels necessary and it feels way too over-the-top. I have no issue with over-the-top violence, but only when it makes sense. A shallow slash across an armored abdomen should not make intestines fly out onto the camera. I wish I could laugh at this movie, but it's such a boring mess that I couldn't do anything but sigh.
  #1872  
Old 10-18-2011, 07:33 PM
The Woman - 2/10

I was fooled in to thinking this was decent by my dearest film magazine. Monthly subscription cancelled. Don't be a fool yourself.
  #1873  
Old 10-18-2011, 08:39 PM
Green Lantern



Sorry to all those Green Lantern fans out there, but the story did absolutely nothing for me. Warmed over superhero clichés and an otherworldly plot that Thor did shades better this past summer. Where does that leave this franchise? Hopefully quitting while it’s ahead. That is, if it hadn’t bombed and actually gotten ahead. Stick to Batman, DC, your other franchises have got nothing on Marvel. So let's see here... Ryan Reynolds does a good job as maverick pilot turned green galactic guardian Hal Jordan. Okay. Mark Strong is always a badass and is no different playing Vincent Price crossed with a Satanic barbershop quartet member Sinestro. Not bad, not bad. Blake Lively, hot as hell. Peter Sarsgaard makes for an adequate if underwhelming villain. And yeah, Martin Campbell does his best with fundamentally lame material. But it’s still lame material, with talented people doing their best to elevate it beyond what it is. They failed. Finito.

-> 4/10
  #1874  
Old 10-18-2011, 08:41 PM
Nobody's Fool - Paul Newman is great in this story of an old man who doesn't quite fit in anywhere and his troubles with his neighbors. There were some pretty good supporting performances as well including a younger Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was really hoping he would punch out Bruce Willis at the end but you can't have everything. 8/10

The Xe-Mrs. Bradford with William Powell and Jean Arthur - Essentially an imitation of The Thin Man with Arthur taking Myrna Loy's place. Powell doesn't quite have the same chemistry or witty rapport with Arthur as he did with Loy but it's still a pretty good film. The mystery was at least interesting and Arthur did look pretty good. 7/10
  #1875  
Old 10-18-2011, 11:20 PM

The Big Year(2011)-7/10
  #1876  
Old 10-19-2011, 12:31 AM
Wrong Turn (3/10)
  #1877  
Old 10-19-2011, 06:21 AM


7/10
  #1878  
Old 10-19-2011, 10:51 AM
watched



7.5/10

watching



9/10
  #1879  
Old 10-19-2011, 12:49 PM
Apollo 18

Made in the same kind of style as 'Blair Witch' with lots of shaky handheld cam and supposedly using real life footage from a real life space mission. The premise is based around historical accuracy when NASA cancelled the Apollo mission but the film tells us that they did actually go ahead with the flight to the moon and this is the 'uncovered' results which have been kept secret.

Now this has received many poor reviews since release but I must go against that and say its actually a good tense little thriller. I wouldn't say its a horror, its not scary and the moon aliens are errr kinda silly but the whole film looks great, very realistic and does a sterling job of making you believe we are back in the 60's space program.

You can guess how the plot unfolds of course as its not original, the setting is quite original but not the actual plot. Mainly based around two astronauts the cast are perfectly fine and do the job, I wasn't blown away or anything but they both make you believe. Its kinda predictable in the fact that you know there is an under current of treachery going on from earth HQ, as usual all is not well within the US government and their over the top secrecy to the point where it does really make you wonder in reality haha

Ends on a question mark which again is kinda easy to spot coming, the designs for the aliens are most certainly unique if anything but at the same time a little bit crappy too and doesn't make much sense of course (what would they live on on the moon? how/why do they attack the astronauts? you don't see much). Basically its a good thriller in my opinion that works because of its setting and clever use of actual events which, in my opinion, always make a plot much more fun and interesting. Now go read up on the Apollo missions and the brave men involved.




Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010)

You want guns guns guns guns and lots of over the top characters with videogame like traits all brought together in one place to simply shoot the shite out of each other?? course you do.

Doesn't pretend to be anything other than a complete and total shoot em up which may as well have top scores and '1ups' floating around. Cast is unknowns with the odd well known character actor in there which works well, you know everyones gonna die its just a case of in what order hehe. Anything with Vinnie Jones in you know straight away what type of character he will be playing and to expect both badassery with allot of tongue in cheek.

Set completely in a bar for most of the action so nothing much visually to shout about, plenty of fancy slow motion shooting and killing with much gun porn going on, looks pretty glossy but we've seen it all before over and over.

Total popcorn flick which won't let you down if you just want guns n crazy ass characters.
  #1880  
Old 10-19-2011, 02:31 PM
Hellraiser: Revelations - 2/10
Wrong Turn 4 - 3/10
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