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Old 03-24-2013, 10:17 PM
Blow (re-watched)

Old 03-25-2013, 12:52 AM

Old 03-25-2013, 09:05 AM
Olympus Has Fallen

Despite predictable moments and huge inconsistencies Olympus Has Fallen still manages
to be an entertaining action flick.Thanks to a good cast and a take no prisoners Taken vibe
throughout the film i got past the fact that it reminded me of quite a lot of other one man
against the terrorists flicks.

Scale of 1-10 a 7½


Stoker is a constantly changing vivid portrait that somehow makes the lancing of a blister beautiful and the
sound of wind through broken glass sound like music.While it is stunning i never forgot i was watching
a disturbing tale of seduction,murder and madness.Also making it memorable are good turns by Mia Wasikowska,
Matthew Goode as creepy as he was in Watchmen and Nicole Kidman displaying just the right amount of
estranged distance.

Scale of 1-10 an 8
Old 03-25-2013, 01:59 PM
Flight - 8/10
Silver Linings Playbook - 8/10
Wreck It Ralph - 7/10
The Croods - 7/10
The Stepfather (1987) - 7/10
Red Dawn - 5/10
Old 03-25-2013, 02:11 PM
My Brother the Devil - 8.5/10
Old 03-25-2013, 04:47 PM

Olympus Has Fallen(2013)-7/10
Old 03-25-2013, 05:58 PM
The Croods - 3/10
Old 03-25-2013, 07:56 PM
Olympus Has Fallen - 7.5/10
Old 03-25-2013, 08:19 PM
Topaze with John Barrymore and Myrna Loy - A professor looking for work becomes involved in a company's nefarious dealings. Barrymore is decent but it is Loy who is the star as the wife who becomes aware of what her husband is up to. The end in which Barrymore and Loy come to a conclusion on what to do about her husband isn't as satisfying as it is supposed to be however. 6/10

The Little Mermaid - Disney really reinvigorated their animation department with this one. Good songs, a heroine people can root for, and a great villain make this one of Disney's better films in a while. 9/10
Old 03-26-2013, 12:18 AM
An interesting documentary on the - well, essentially the sound board - of Sound City studios, which is famous for scores of albums by musicians in the 70s and 80s, the decline of analog music production as digital studios replace it... and David Grohl's love of musicians and analog recording.
I agree a lot with what this had to talk about. I kid of wish there was more time spent on the last half going into how autotune and shitty "fix it yourself" productions due to digital studios have sucked away real ability for bullshit no-talent hacks making millions.
Instead, the last half is kind of a celebrity back-patting buffet of classic musicians getting together to appreciate the amazing Neve console. I also agree that digital production is a "tool" and should remain such; not to be used for covering up mistakes and flaws because you're too lazy or untalented to do it right and do it live.
When I record music at home, I record an entire song with vocals. If it's wrong, I start over from the beginning. Then, I lay down my main guitar track. That main track is essentially 95% or more the original track. I might fix one to three stray notes out of the entire song. That, to me, is "keepin' it real". If I can't do it live, I don't record it.

Meh. Some things were good about it, but it was mostly nothing too special.

I do enjoy this movie every once in a while. This was that once; for a while.
Old 03-26-2013, 01:30 AM

Old 03-26-2013, 03:55 PM
Atlas Shrugged: Part II: The Strike - 8/10
Gambit ('12) - 4/10
Old 03-26-2013, 03:59 PM
Stoker - 7/10
Maniac ('12) - 6/10
Side Effects - 9/10
Searching for Sugar Man - 8/10
Spirited Away - 8/10

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Old 03-26-2013, 04:17 PM

The Croods(2013)-6/10
Old 03-26-2013, 07:49 PM
The Borgias: The Second Season

Even better than the first season, the return of that notorious Renaissance family of scurrilous Spaniards is loads of fun if one of your predilections leans toward the many facets of period intrigue. Namely lavish costumes and production design, scintillating theatricality from a host of fantastic actors, and a story crammed full of fiendish medieval politics, sibling rivalries and murder plots. I can’t speak to it being a tired retread of its Showtime predecessor The Tudors (which I’ve heard-tell), but I can judge it on its own merits. First and foremost, the show has always been less about the more grandiose Papal schemes and more about the inner workings of a corrupt patriarch. Who just happens to be the Pope. However, I was less invested in Irons’s Rodrigo this time around than I was in the development of his son Cesare (Francois Arnaud), whose resentment and growing animosity with his older brother – and chosen Borgia son - Juan (David Oakes) gives the season its finest dramatic arc, and one that pays off in unexpectedly satisfying ways. From Cardinal to military commander, Cesare’s character has always been this show’s dark horse to watch despite Irons’s fervent leading command. Arnaud is a natural born star. Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia was also given a lot more to do this season, her development into femme fatale going quite nicely without sacrificing the sweetness inherent to this version of the character. It’s a growing mix of complicated motives, from playful to vengeful, and Grainger plays shrewdly to them all. Not sure if Jordan and his writers will go as ruthless with her as history tends to note, but that’s for later seasons to determine. But beyond all that, I just have to get this last bit out of the way – Irons’s iconic “We are ONE!” speech from the premiere was amazing… … What? That’s it.

-> 9/10
Old 03-26-2013, 09:23 PM
Triple Cross - An entertaining film in which Christopher Plummer is a thief turned spy who plays both sides of WWII to his advantage. There were a few good supporting performances as well and the action sequences were fun. 8/10

The Rescuers Down Under - Again Newhart and Gabor do fine voicework as the two mice trying to rescue a boy from a poacher. I liked this one just as much as the first film and I rarely feel that way about sequels. 7/10
Old 03-27-2013, 01:41 AM

The Sandlot(1993)-7/10
Old 03-27-2013, 04:17 PM
Rust & Bone (8/10)
Old 03-27-2013, 06:00 PM

Spring Breakers(2013)-8/10
Old 03-27-2013, 07:13 PM
The Paperboy - 3/10
Trance - 5/10
Old 03-27-2013, 08:00 PM
20 Million Miles to Earth - A group of scientists brings back a creature from Venus which starts terrorizing everyone. A pretty standard monster/scifi flick in which the only notable thing is the stop motion animation. 5/10

Beauty and the Beast - Another very good Disney film with some good songs and memorable characters. 8/10
Old 03-27-2013, 08:21 PM
Originally Posted by viceus View Post
Trance - 5/10
That sucks to hear.

Is it at least super Danny Boyle-y? Even his lesser films I tend to love just because of the way he uses visuals and music.
Old 03-27-2013, 09:34 PM

Old 03-28-2013, 01:03 AM

Old 03-28-2013, 06:45 AM
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (7/10)
Old 03-28-2013, 10:04 AM
The Mirror

A film so individually subjective (dreams, fantasies and memories being dominant themes), that I find it impossible to “review” it in any traditional way. And I probably shouldn’t. Just ask yourself the question - can you make 100% coherent sense of any of your dreams, fantasies and/or memories when you jumble them all together? If the answer’s “yes”, then you’re lying and this film will suuuuuuck. If the answer’s a more sensible “no”, then the film might still suck for you, but it should at least stick with you after it’s over. A striking image or sequence here and there, a visual motif that resonates, or just a cinephile’s appreciation of Tarkovsky’s artful command over aesthetic and the notion of time and space in cinematic language. There are moments and techniques to admire even when the film fails to be compelling in a more conventional narrative sense. It’s true, there’s no “plot” to boast of, so oftentimes you’ll be left discombobulated as to what’s happening relative to “real time” or “flashback”, and that’s perfectly okay. That’s the film’s strength, and depending how you look at it, its weakness as well. Like I said, I can’t really “rate” it, but I can recommend it as far as seeing something completely original, a rare and challenging gem that isn’t about the characters in the film so much as it is about you as a unique viewer. Apparently it works better the more you see it, but with only one viewing to my name, I can verify that you pretty much get out of it what you put in.

-> No Rating
Old 03-28-2013, 05:27 PM
Rage of Honor 6/10
Old 03-28-2013, 07:48 PM
Marooned with Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman - Three astronauts are stranded in orbit when their engine fails. The story focuses mainly on the attempted rescue and how the three men deal with their predicament. For how little actually takes place in the film it is pretty riveting. 8/10

Aladdin - Robin Williams really did a damn good job as the genie and the Vizier was one of the scarier villains in a Disney film. Mix in some songs and a classic fairy tale and you've got one of Disney's best films. 9/10
Old 03-29-2013, 12:42 AM

Old 03-29-2013, 01:16 AM

School of Rock(2003)-7/10
Old 03-29-2013, 04:36 AM
Red Dawn (5/10)

The Master (9/10)

The Tillman Story (8/10)

Trouble the Water (7/10)
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:45 PM
Leap Year with Fatty Arbuckle - Arbuckle was funny but the rest of the story was merely average. 5/10

The Lion King - Disney continues to make excellent films with this one. The stampede was a good action sequence and I enjoyed the story. There were also quite a few memorable characters. I don't care for many of the songs in this one but ultimately that doesn't really matter. 8/10
Old 03-29-2013, 06:54 PM
Originally Posted by izzy2024 View Post
That sucks to hear.

Is it at least super Danny Boyle-y? Even his lesser films I tend to love just because of the way he uses visuals and music.
Oh, it's hyper bo(y)le, but pulsating techno tracks, great direction and 3 credible performances (McAvoy is on top form) can't save a sloppy story.
Old 03-29-2013, 10:07 PM


Old 03-30-2013, 12:43 AM

The Recruit(2003)-7/10
Old 03-30-2013, 04:52 AM
Seven Psychopaths - 10/10
Old 03-30-2013, 07:23 AM


It'll be interesting to see how this guy takes on Jurassic Park IV.


Old 03-30-2013, 08:03 AM
Entity - 4/10
Old 03-30-2013, 08:12 AM
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - ***

Good fun. The ninja sword fighting scene in the mountain is one of the best action scenes I have seen in a long, long time. Fun performances especially by Dwayne Johnson, Adriana Palicki, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, the latter two despite having limited screen time.

Jack the Giant Slayer - *** 1/2

A huge, pleasant surprise. Loved every minute of it. The two leads couldn't be more appealing and Ewan McGregor is great too. The action and effects are amazing. The scene where they climb up bean stalk is one of the best scenes of any movie I have seen this year.

The Call - ** 1/2

Enjoyable enough, with some intense moments. The movie is at it's best when Berry is on the phone. But it's really dumb at times and the killer/kidnapper is so one dimensional he's just a caricature. Plus, he becomes so deranged as the movie goes along you kind of wonder how nobody ever suspected anything from this guy. Not people at his work nor his wife and children. Yep, this guy actually has a family. It's just not believable at all. And the entire sequence with Michael Imperioli is just laughably bad. I did like the last line of the movie though.
Old 03-30-2013, 01:37 PM

A dumb fun movie. That knows exactly what it is. 7/10
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