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Old 04-08-2013, 12:47 AM

Old 04-08-2013, 03:08 AM

Old 04-08-2013, 04:35 AM

Marvel's The Avengers - *** 1/2
The Devil's Own - *** 1/2
Clear and Present Danger - *** 1/2

The latter two being two great Harrison Ford thrillers from the mid 90's.
Old 04-08-2013, 07:21 AM

A couple of days ago I gave this little gem of a movie a first time viewing. How did I ever go so long without seeing it, it was hilarious. 8/10
Old 04-08-2013, 05:31 PM

Old 04-08-2013, 06:48 PM
Il Posto

Italian neorealism at its most provocatively depressing. It can get tedious and tough to sit through, but after a while you realize that itís the whole point of the film, and essential to what director Ermanno Olmi is saying about the collectivist destruction of personal ambition by the corporate beast in an economy with scant opportunities to go around. Sound familiar? But rarely has banality seemed so sinister. A lot of static shots of long, lonely corridors help to get under your skin and make you squirm for no other reason than the discomfort they provide, though a viewer could be forgiven for thinking the presentation boring. Again, it kinda has to be, to understand the gradual arc of the young Domenico (Sandro Panseri), going from hopeful earnestness in helping provide for his family to the drab monotony of a thankless job that heís basically acquired for life. Then again, itís not quite so depressing when you take the ending as a cautionary call to arms against settling for less to solely satisfy the need for financial security.

-> 8/10
Old 04-08-2013, 07:50 PM
Elephant Boy with Sabu - A young boy wants to become a hunter and joins more experienced men to find an elephant herd. There wasn't really anything special about this. The film was pretty average in all facets. 5/10

Love with Fatty Arbuckle - This short films has quite a few good gags in it. Arbuckle was simply one of the greats. I would probably like this even more if it was a feature length film. 8/10

Bolt - One of the better films Disney has made in the past decade. I liked the characters and the animation. 8/10
Old 04-08-2013, 10:20 PM
watched earlier

Old 04-09-2013, 12:08 AM

Old 04-09-2013, 10:56 AM
Sightseers - 8.5/10
Old 04-09-2013, 03:15 PM

Robin Hood(1973)-8/10
Old 04-09-2013, 03:28 PM
The House Of The Yellow Carpet - 6/10
'Please Kill Me; I'm A Faggot Nigger Jew' - 4/10
Doesn't live up to the title.
The Host - 4/10
Better than Twilight, still complete shit.
Old 04-09-2013, 06:08 PM
watched last night



Old 04-09-2013, 06:28 PM
The Princess and the Frog - Pretty standard fare here. There were a few fun moments but overall this was sort of bland. 5/10

Tangled - This is more like the Disney of old. This was a charming take on the Rapunzel story and had some good voice acting as well. 8/10
Old 04-09-2013, 07:44 PM

Old 04-09-2013, 08:12 PM

Why did they have to remake The Evil Dead? I really do not know but this movie was great. My favorite movie of the year so far. The best straight-horror movie in quite some time. 9/10
Old 04-09-2013, 09:44 PM

Whatís the basis of an ideal home? Some prefer the isolation of the country, with fields and long roads that separate their neighboring homes. Others prefer the bustling city of suburbs, coming out of their house and picking up their newspaper in the brisk morning. For the family in Ursula Meierís Home, the family certainly chooses the former rather than the latter. However, when that isolation is threatened in the form of a bustling highway, things go awry very quickly.

Meier places the familyís home as more of a Garden of Eden: simple, pleasant, and without a care in the world. Each of the family members is quaint with their ďmiles from civilizationĒ form of society, though they are not without electric or water supply. Itís pretty much the close-knit family that has their own individual qualities. Their youngest son is the more inquisitive and innocent of the group, their middle daughter is smart but guarded, while their eldest seemed to be the type of girl who has no direction to take in her life. As for the mother and father, they seemed to be enamored with one another, though their reasons from being separated from cities and towns seems questionable.

Enter the delayed, but finally running highway that throws a spike in the familyís healthy and carefree living. Itís a the other ball waiting to drop, and when it does the insecurities and layers that the family members have begin to unravel quickly. Meier establishes this highway as some sort of evil and despicable villain, slowly and surely poisoning the familyís well-being and home life. Meier bring about that suspense in a very natural way, to the point where the film escalates into an intense, but pretty unsurprising final act.

Each of the family members never feel short shift, with each character getting their own time to establish who they are, and what they will do with the highway that is impeding with their lives. The real main players are Oliver Gourmetís Michel and Isabelle Huppertís Marthe, the husband and wife respectively. They are a couple that simply is content with the lives that they have away from the world, and feel like the possibility of change isnít possible. When that change does arrive, the coupleís reactions, from Gourmetís struggling optimism to Huppertís pessimism, become slowly alarming.

The kids themselves are great with their roles, and help complete the tight family unit that Meier keeps together in order to make the film work, as well as make the burgeoning impact of the impeding highway becomes a sharper thorn in their sides. Kacey Mottet Klein as Julien, the youngest, exhibits the typical reaction of a child whoís probably experiencing a huge change in his life, and learning to cope with it. That change doesnít feel particular alarming to him, but to Madeleine Buddís Marion, the middle daughter, her intelligence and knowledge leads her to believe that the highway could potentially be a danger to the familyís life. As for the loving but lazy eldest child, Adelaide Lerouxís Judith simply adapts by doing the exact thing that she has been doing: Nothing.
Behind the camera, Meier makes this personal story of an isolated family being upended by a highway all the more threatening with the way she shoots individual scenes. The highway itself looks magnificent but like to Michel and Martheís family, something as a distraction that impedes the lush beauty of the expansive farmland that the house lives around. The composition of the shots within the house, with the highway just outside of the window or door, is a thing of beauty as well. The film can be a tad repetitious at certain times, but Meier makes sure that each scene is interesting regarding each of the family membersí arcs.

Ultimately, Home has all the qualities of a film about impeding, relentless change, and how were all ultimately unable to stop the barreling train. Meier uses that theme in a family dynamic very well, and how each family member is an individual victim to that sense of change. It can be a bit of a slow burn (and yes, it is a foreign film), but Home is a film that is interesting, engaging, and surprisingly unsettling. A house may not be a home for everyone, but for this family, itís everything.

Old 04-09-2013, 11:45 PM

Lassie Come Home(1943)-8/10
Old 04-10-2013, 04:49 AM
388 Arletta Ave (decent little film I saw streaming on Netflix starring Nick Stahl) its about voyeurism . 7/10

Hellraiser: Hellworld (it stars Henry Cavill and its pretty shitty imo) 4/10
Old 04-10-2013, 04:38 PM
CABINET OF DR.CALIGARI (1920) is one of the many classic films from the early 20th century I hadn't seen but today I finally watched it. I enjoyed it. Liked the eerie atmosphere, the gothic look and the ending "twist" was pretty cool, especially for a film this old. 3,5/5

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) - Yet another classic I had never seen before. Great performances from Wayne and Stewart, nicely shot and I like the story. I've not seen many films by Ford but after seeing this one I am going to check more of his stuff. 4/5
Old 04-10-2013, 07:15 PM
I'm finally finishing the Disney movies today (I just watched Wreck-It Ralph a few weeks before starting this so I won't be doing it again.)

Winnie the Pooh - Maybe not quite as good as the first Pooh movie that Disney made but it still kept the tone of the original stories intact. Some of the voice actors didn't really fit the characters but that's probably the biggest complaint I could make. 7/10
Old 04-10-2013, 07:16 PM
White Tiger - 8/10
Old 04-11-2013, 02:51 AM
The Factory - ***

Why the fuck was thing on the shelf for 4 years and never got a theatrical release? I started watching this with extremely low expectations because of that fact, but it's actually a pretty cool thriller with a twist at the end that I sort of saw coming but it was still awesome seeing it play out. Very solid performances from John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter and Dallas Roberts. The only down side to the movie is that Cusack's daughter did get on my nerves somewhat at times.
Old 04-11-2013, 04:49 AM

Old 04-11-2013, 04:50 PM
El Infierno (Hell)


believe it or not this movie is NC-17 but it just seemed like a hardcore R-rated movie to me. I did enjoy it but it was hard to like any of the character's motivations, even the ones trying to do good
Old 04-11-2013, 05:48 PM
Where the Boys Are - A spring break/coming of age type film from the 60s. It seems pretty tame by modern standards until the final half hour or so but still worth a watch. Plus Yvette Mimieux was incredibly hot. 7/10

The Loves of Carmen with Rita Hayworth - This take on the Carmen story portrays her as a little more devious and unsympathetic than many versions. Hayworth did do a really good job though. 7/10
Old 04-11-2013, 08:31 PM
first time viewing just finished

7/10 mindless fun
Old 04-11-2013, 09:48 PM

Peter Pan(2003)-8/10
Old 04-12-2013, 12:15 AM
On Deadly Ground

Fits the so bad, it's good.

Old 04-12-2013, 12:27 AM

Intolerable Cruelty(2003)-8/10
Old 04-12-2013, 01:38 AM
The Place Beyond the Pines - ***

The movie is divided into 3 parts. I loved the first two parts, but I really didn't care for part 3. A much stronger 3rd part and this could have been a masterpiece. As it is, it's flawed but still worth watching.
Old 04-12-2013, 02:38 AM

Thank you, Tony Kaye.

There's an epidemic in education. This is the anti-hero of Dead Poets Society.

Old 04-12-2013, 07:43 AM

Very insightful documentary

Old 04-12-2013, 07:50 PM
The Squaw Man (1931) - Cecil B. DeMille's third attempt at the story is a little better than the first mainly due to the leads (his second version is a lost film.) Warner Baxter and Lupe Velez help make up for a so-so story. This still isn't a classic by any stretch but it is interesting to see how DeMille improved on his first film. 6/10
Old 04-12-2013, 08:16 PM

Old 04-12-2013, 08:28 PM

Fever Pitch(1997)-8/10
Old 04-12-2013, 08:42 PM
To the Wonder

Loved it. And no, Malick does not just shoot pretty pictures. So many intricacies, emotions, layers. If only people could open up or not concentrate on the surface aesthetics
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