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  #3641  
Old 03-21-2012, 01:43 AM
The Game (7/10)
  #3642  
Old 03-21-2012, 12:01 PM
The Naked Maja - The story of Francisco Goya and his romance with a duchess. Ava Gardner was about the only good thing about the film. The rest of the cast was pretty boring and the story wasn't really interesting until the end. Gardner also looked fantastic and I did like the costumes. 5/10

Father of Invention - Kevin Spacey was decent as an inventor who tries to regain his fortune after a prison stint but the best moments came from Craig Robinson. In his few scenes he delivered some funny lines. Also for once I actually enjoyed Heather Graham. She usually annoys me but in this film I found her to be interesting. The story wasn't very original though. 6/10
  #3643  
Old 03-21-2012, 12:29 PM


4/10 The idea and premise of the film are pretty solid, but it doesn't work well on screen. It is far more suited to be a video game of sorts. The film felt confused and disjointed. The first twenty minutes of it are excellent though.



8/10 Really an excellent film. For those who don't know it is the predecessor to what became, in the US, The Strangers. A great example of 'new french horror' in line with Martyrs, Frontier(s), High Tension and so on.
  #3644  
Old 03-21-2012, 06:54 PM
Immortals



When it comes down to visuals, Tarsem Singh is by far one of the best out there. He's somewhat like Michael Bay (only better), in that every frame can easily be a poster on your wall - the difference here is that Tarsem has a keen eye for poetic, Renaissance-like painter's style. Fincher - who's a good friend of his - once said on Benjamin Button's commentary about him, something like "if you're gonna do second unit, you might as well hire someone who shoots better than your first AD" The guy just has it in his blood. That said, the film doesn't particularly have an exciting story to tell. Perhaps the most memorable character is Hyperion played by Mickey Rourke, although even Rourke isn't a villain who was intimidating. The most exciting aspects for me were the actual immortals and the war they waged against the Gods (that would be a good direction for Tarsem to go into much deeply than he went with), which only comes to fruition towards the latter half of the film - which in itself really redeemed the film from being devoid of anything remotely interesting. Anytime a God was involved this is where Tarsem particularly shines with the use of slow motion which gives it an entirely new definition in my opinion. And boy did they looks fan-fuckin'-tastic. The scene when one of the Gods wreaks havoc on a group of 'baddies' and the last battle between the immortal titans themselves are the highlights of the film besides the imagery and that was just the right dose I needed from completely forgetting the film.

7/10
  #3645  
Old 03-21-2012, 07:52 PM
Like Crazy



Bittersweet. Sweet for the two kids who I couldnít help but root for, and bitter for life trying to fuck things up for them like it always does. Itís no Romeo & Juliet Ė indeed, itís more relateable and emotionally trenchant than that disingenuous tripe, no offense to Bill. Times change. But this is love Ė euphoric, frustrating, and often confusing as shit. Co-writer/director Drake Doremus wisely veers from the norms that plague a romantic drama, never shoving Jacob and Annaís love in our face at every turn with sappy crap, but just letting them be with each other and react naturally. It's awkward at times, but it comes off as genuine, and goes a long way to making you cheer for these two to make it, helped along by some truly beautiful cinematography that never hurts to make any directorís point. Anton Yelchin is terrific in another performance that lends credence to his growing star potential, and the lovely, classy Felicity Jones will win your heart in a matter of minutes, guaranteed or your money back.

-> 8/10
  #3646  
Old 03-21-2012, 11:05 PM


Hors Satan - 7/10

You're either going to be bored out of your skull watching two ugly people wander the French countryside for 2 hours or be pulled in by the imagery (which is beautiful no matter what you think of the movie) and the subjects it brings up. I fell mostly into the latter camp but this is a movie that'll only be enjoyed by people who can handle its glacial (this is an understatement) pacing.
  #3647  
Old 03-21-2012, 11:32 PM
The Dead Zone (1983)



Christopher Walken's great and moving performance is what makes this one of Cronenberg's best movies.

8/10
  #3648  
Old 03-21-2012, 11:55 PM
Idle Hands - 7/10...probably being generous for nostalgiac reasons.
  #3649  
Old 03-22-2012, 12:06 AM

Casa de Mi Padre(2012)-7/10
  #3650  
Old 03-22-2012, 01:04 AM
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Hors Satan - 7/10

You're either going to be bored out of your skull watching two ugly people wander the French countryside for 2 hours or be pulled in by the imagery (which is beautiful no matter what you think of the movie) and the subjects it brings up. I fell mostly into the latter camp but this is a movie that'll only be enjoyed by people who can handle its glacial (this is an understatement) pacing.
Wait..am I experiencing deja vu, or did you talk about this film before? Either way it's on my radar now, and oh - you were right about This Must Be The Place and the camerawork.
  #3651  
Old 03-22-2012, 12:51 PM
Tristana with Catherine Deneuve - The story of a young orphaned woman and her relationships with three different men and her struggle for independence. Her scenes with Fernando Rey were my favorites and the ending was fantastic. 7/10

History is Made at Night with Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer - The love triangle in this film is really well done and the scenes at the restaurant and the ocean liner with Arthur and Boyer are great. There are a few funny scenes but mostly this is a great romance. 8/10
  #3652  
Old 03-22-2012, 01:06 PM
Red Riding Trilogy - 6/10
  #3653  
Old 03-22-2012, 01:59 PM

Tower Heist
5/10
  #3654  
Old 03-22-2012, 05:47 PM
the trollhunter

very creative movie. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.


9/10
  #3655  
Old 03-22-2012, 07:27 PM
21 jump street[2012]

3.5/5

the two leads are great. the cameo is great. the laughs are great the story is not
  #3656  
Old 03-22-2012, 07:49 PM
Goon

Fun flick. If you like hockey, you should check it out. 7/10
  #3657  
Old 03-22-2012, 09:43 PM
watching on bluray



8/10 (114 Minute Director's Cut)
  #3658  
Old 03-22-2012, 11:05 PM
Clerks 2



Has all the right moves from Kevin Smith which all I could really ask for from a View Askewniverse film. A soundtrack that evokes the nostalgia in you (depending on what gen you are, I guess), and a perfect blend of comedy and existentialism. Yet it's the climactic scene between Randall & Dante in the jail cell that really pulled it all together for me and was the true heart and soul of this piece. A true testament to true friendship and a philosophy of life you'd normally not get in a film like this. Oh yes, it's good.

7/10
  #3659  
Old 03-22-2012, 11:14 PM


21 Jump Street has an energy that seems to be missing a bit in recent comic outings. Sure, itís an adaptations of a once loved 80s show starring Johnny Depp, but thereís a flow that doesnít seem to be ebbed by the fact that itís a TV-to-movie adaptation. Thatís mostly due to its hilarious leads in Jonah Hill and a surprising Channing Tatum, and a tight script that likes to push towards to the proceedings and deliver the laughs, rather than get stuck in a rut with overlong comedic outputs that do more misses than hits.

The film basically follows the outlining plot of the television show, where young police officers go undercover as students to discover the seedy drug underworld that resides in the high school setting. However, itís that basic plot where the differences ends and the ongoing self-awareness of that plot begin. Screenwriters Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall know how ludicrous the idea seems, so they figure why not just go out all out in the zaniness and just bring some solid laughs to boot. That zaniness comes in the form of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who brought that same energy to the solid and lovable animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. For this live-action film outing, the two directors bring Hillís and Bacallís script to life, bringing the heart and laughs that they were known for from Cloudy. Theirs is an unfortunate digression of steam after a pretty energized and hilarious first half, but the second half still chugs along as hard as it can.

As for the players in the comedy, Jonah Hill brings his sardonic, but enjoyable personality as one of the undercover cops whose gets a second chance at making an impression in high school, but itís certainly Channing Tatum as Hillís jock partner and high school bully-turned-friend that leaves an impression when the credits roll. Heís the lovable tough guy moron in this film and certainly brings an energy and earnest personality to this film than the previous romantic films heís been in. Itís their chemistry that backbone of the film, and it never feels stale throughout the filmís run time. The supporting players are all pretty great as well, from Alison Brie as the high school senior that Hillís character begins to harbor a crush, Dave Franco (James Francoís brother) as the possible drug runner of the high school, to Rob Riggle as the schoolís gym teacher.

All in all, 21 Jump Street is certainly a quality ingredient for moviegoers who are looking for a healthy meal of comedy. Itís full of energy and heart; the actors all bring the laughs, and it certainly has that one scene that will have viewers rolling in the aisles. In a crop of movie adaptions that are based off of once beloved television series, this is certainly a cut above the rest.

7.5/10
  #3660  
Old 03-22-2012, 11:33 PM

Friends with Kids(2012)-6/10
  #3661  
Old 03-23-2012, 01:06 AM

Cat People(1942)-8/10
  #3662  
Old 03-23-2012, 01:26 AM
Clerks and Clerks II, as well as the Clerks II Documentary "Back to the Well".

All very damned good.
  #3663  
Old 03-23-2012, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jaw2929 View Post
Clerks and Clerks II, as well as the Clerks II Documentary "Back to the Well".

All very damned good.
Lol, what are the odds.
  #3664  
Old 03-23-2012, 02:36 AM
Right on Digit, that's cool. Smith's best flick IMO. (Admittedly not seen "Cop Out" or "Red State" yet).

I've seen everything up to Zack & Miri Make a Porno though, and Clerks 2 is his best. Chasing Amy's right behind it, I think.
  #3665  
Old 03-23-2012, 03:10 AM
I remember liking Zach & Miri just as much as Clerks 2, I'd have to attribute it to Smith's more serious, dramatic scenes. Both of which had it. Red State wasn't too bad. He definitely has shown signs that he can tackle different genres and emotions (I haven't seen Jersey Girl though, that's next for sure) I'd love for him to explore that a bit more.
  #3666  
Old 03-23-2012, 05:48 AM
21 Jump Street - 4/10
  #3667  
Old 03-23-2012, 07:11 AM
THE MUPPETS - 9/10

I grew up with The Muppet Show, and if anyone is a fan of that they HAVE to see this! It was fucking amazing!
Sure, it's not perfect, but for this kind of family-oriented viewing, it's about as perfect as it can be. By the third act I was almost in tears with joy. The soundtrack is hilarious, and fans of Flight of the Conchords will most definitely understand how and why the musical numbers are as dynamic in style and complete in humor as they are; tongue is place firmly in cheek, but the cheeky humor never goes into insultingly absurd.
Add to that a movie that is put together by a group who obviously have a love for the muppets like I did as a young kid, and you have a well-rounded silly adventure that carries its' heart on its sleeve and knows just when to touch on drama amongst the antics.

I haven't enjoyed a movie this much in quite a while. It's just pure clean entertainment.
Oh and when Camilla and the Chickens did their musical number I fucking laughed like a madman. That was fucking hilarious!

I can't recommend this to muppet lovers - or those who just enjoy a good piece of family-friendly entertainment for all ages - or fans of the Conchords - enough.
  #3668  
Old 03-23-2012, 12:31 PM
China Seas with Clark Gable and Jean Harlow - A solid film set on an ocean liner involving a love triangle and an attempted piracy of the ship. Much of the cast did a great job and even if the film was predictable it was still fun seeing the chemistry between the two leads. 7/10

Win Win - I liked Paul Giamatti and especially Amy Ryan in this film. The kid was a little annoying as was Giamatti's friend but I liked the story a lot. 8/10
  #3669  
Old 03-23-2012, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Puck Bond View Post

Cat People(1942)-8/10
Cat People is great. Curse of the Cat People is one of the few sequels i've seen that is in a lot of ways better than the original. So if you've not seen Curse...I recommned it. Highly.
  #3670  
Old 03-23-2012, 03:15 PM
The Hunger Games - 8.5/10
  #3671  
Old 03-23-2012, 03:28 PM
Tintin (6.5/10) - I wanted to rent The Muppets, but it was all out at my local RedBox so I grabbed Tintin instead, I'm sure the 3D must have been pretty awesome though.
  #3672  
Old 03-23-2012, 04:39 PM
just got home from seeing



9.5/10
  #3673  
Old 03-23-2012, 07:08 PM
my rating 8.5/10
  #3674  
Old 03-23-2012, 07:21 PM
The Sunset Limited - 9/10
  #3675  
Old 03-23-2012, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Digifruitella View Post
Wait..am I experiencing deja vu, or did you talk about this film before? Either way it's on my radar now, and oh - you were right about This Must Be The Place and the camerawork.
If I ever mentioned it I'm guessing it involved Cannes last year since it premiered there. And I guess that means you liked This Must Be The Place which is great, I have a feeling it's going to become a cult favourite in the coming years.
  #3676  
Old 03-23-2012, 08:05 PM
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If I ever mentioned it I'm guessing it involved Cannes last year since it premiered there. And I guess that means you liked This Must Be The Place which is great, I have a feeling it's going to become a cult favourite in the coming years.
I haven't posted my review just yet, but in a nutshell it's an odd piece, ballsy role for Penn, and the camerawork is really something - the bit at the gig was unreal
  #3677  
Old 03-23-2012, 08:24 PM
My Week With Marilyn



A career-best performance (or at least one of) from Michelle Williams as Marilyn propels a well-shot, flirtatious character study about the sadness and insecurity behind the smiling face and hip-grinding fame. Itís a complex performance, because half the time you get a sense that this is the dopiest, most oblivious woman walking the planet, the next you get hints of an underlying acuity in a look here and there Ė especially when it comes to easily charmed men Ė that it called to mind that quote from Don Cheadle about Brendan Gleeson in The Guard Ė ďI canít tell if youíre really fucking stupid, or really fucking smart.Ē Williamsís work makes for an interesting examination of a unique personality who was probably never understood the way she wanted to be, part of the tragedy of the story. But itís not all angst to be had, her friction with an increasingly flustered Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) was sharply written stuff that's a lot of fun to watch. In fact, I think I was more drawn into Branaghís performance as Olivier than I have been from any of Olivierís actual performances. Strike me down now, for Iím not the biggest fan. I confess my sin, and yada yada yada, who gives a shit, amen.

-> 8/10
  #3678  
Old 03-23-2012, 10:34 PM

Carnage(2011)-7/10
  #3679  
Old 03-24-2012, 12:08 AM
The Hunger Games! (8.5/10)
  #3680  
Old 03-24-2012, 01:19 AM

Bram Stoker's Dracula(1992)-8/10
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