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  #801  
Old 04-23-2013, 07:30 PM
Polly of the Circus with Marion Davies and Clark Gable - A circus performer and minister marry which causes problems in their small conservative town. The leads were fine even if the story didn't have much depth. The circus scenes were pretty nice too. 6/10

Sunnyside - A Charlie Chaplin short in which he tries to woo a neighbor girl while competing with a rival. Some of the gags were funny but overall I didn't find the story that interesting. The ending seemed a bit lazy as well. 5/10

Suddenly with Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden - Sinatra is a paid assassin who is trying to kill the President and Hayden is a sheriff held hostage. This taut thriller does feature good performances. It could have been expanded a bit (the film is only about 75 minutes) to flesh out the story a bit though. 7/10
  #802  
Old 04-24-2013, 01:15 AM

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1923)-8/10
  #803  
Old 04-24-2013, 01:18 AM
7.5/10

7/10
  #804  
Old 04-24-2013, 04:44 AM
Hamlet (starring Ethan Hawke)

it was okay but the dialogue was sorta distracting in some parts.

6/10
  #805  
Old 04-24-2013, 05:11 AM

The Lords of Salem - *

Not quite as bad as Halloween II, but still really awful. Worst movie I've seen so far in 2013.
  #806  
Old 04-24-2013, 04:47 PM

Scary MoVie(2013)-3/10
  #807  
Old 04-24-2013, 08:11 PM
Adventure in Baltimore with Shirley Temple - Temple plays a young woman who is deeply concerned with equal rights - this causes scandal and strains some of her relationships. Shirley Temple turned out to be a pretty solid actress and it's a shame she retired from films at such a young age. This one had some funny moments and most of it is due to her growing skills as an actress. 7/10

Cheri - Michelle Pfeiffer is an aging courtesan in late 19th century France who falls for a younger man. It's amazing that she was able to convincingly play one of the most beautiful women since she was about 50 when she filmed this. The story is full of relationship drama but it's not like much of the sappy stuff made today - this had some actual depth to it. 7/10
  #808  
Old 04-25-2013, 07:42 AM

The Place Beyond the Pines
8/10
  #809  
Old 04-25-2013, 10:15 AM
Iron Man 3 - 10/10
Might drop to a 9 but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish, great balance of story, action and humour.
  #810  
Old 04-25-2013, 07:15 PM
Iron Man 3 - 7.5/10

Day & Night - 7/10
  #811  
Old 04-25-2013, 07:31 PM


7.5/10
  #812  
Old 04-25-2013, 09:26 PM
The Lucky Ones - The performances in this (especially Tim Robbins) were pretty good but the story was too contrived to actually be a good film. 5/10
  #813  
Old 04-26-2013, 01:24 AM
Jack Reacher



Did I miss something? or was this really predictable? It's done well, sure I liked it but just seems like if this was supposed to be a 'mystery' - it was weak. McQuarrie seems to have an ongoing theme now - the "lost girl" angle in Way of the Gun and now this

7/10
  #814  
Old 04-26-2013, 01:31 AM
8/10

7.5/10
  #815  
Old 04-26-2013, 11:17 AM

Phantom of the Opera(1943)-8/10
  #816  
Old 04-26-2013, 11:29 AM
Sinister



A horror film by adults, for adults. In fact, I haven’t been this legitimately disturbed by a supernatural spookfest since Kubrick’s Shining, and that’s saying a lot. The best horror succeeds on the merits of its performances as any good drama does, and since that human element was so well established here thanks to Ethan Hawke’s and Juliet Rylance’s performances, it made the goings-on so much more gutwrenching when the suspense ratcheted up and the danger was laid on thick. Director Scott Derrickson’s unsettling use of grainy 8mm “home movies” to show some of the sickest mass murder sequences in modern film history was especially well done, and to spoil any of the grisly surprises in store would do a disservice to the film and you as a prospective viewer. They’re not all gory, but they’re shocking in execution. All I’ll say is that the usually lazy trope of the Jump Scare is given new, freaky life through Derrickson’s ‘70’s-era lens and modern ace sound design. I can’t remember a creepier soundtrack that elevated the visuals so much. I’m gonna be hardpressed not to be on edge if I hear a film projector starting up again any time soon. So the question remains – do you wanna boogie with Mr. Boogie?

-> 9/10
  #817  
Old 04-26-2013, 03:17 PM

Oblivion(2013)-9/10
  #818  
Old 04-26-2013, 05:15 PM


Talk about self-indulgence.

5/10
  #819  
Old 04-26-2013, 07:27 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post


Talk about self-indulgence.

5/10
Whew. It's nice when one realizes they're not alone in the wilderness...
  #820  
Old 04-26-2013, 08:17 PM
The Entertainer - While Laurence Olivier was pretty good in the lead role the story was a little dull for me. Olivier is a performer willing to sacrifice everything to revive his stalled career. The individual parts of this film were greater than the whole for me. 5/10

The Poker House - Even at a young age Jennifer Lawrence was able to shine brighter than her costars. I did like how at the end of this bleak film there was a glimmer of hope for Lawrence's character. The film may have been a bit slow to start but it did pick up later on. 7/10
  #821  
Old 04-26-2013, 09:26 PM


Am I missing something or does this movie honestly not have a real narrative?
  #822  
Old 04-26-2013, 11:11 PM
Lately (been lucky, almost all great stuff):

Nashville (10/10)
Life (7/10)
Drive (8/10)
Spring Breakers (7/10)
The Departed (10/10)
The Place Beyond The Pines (8/10)
To The Wonder (7/10)
Louis C.K.: Oh My God (8/10)
Oblivion (7/10)
Upstream Color (8/10)
Leviathan (8/10)
The Gatekeepers (8/10)
Hands on A Hard Body (8/10)
  #823  
Old 04-26-2013, 11:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post


Am I missing something or does this movie honestly not have a real narrative?
It's not a narrative experience, it's a sensory experience (a powerful one). If you just let it wash over you, rather than trying to piece together what it's "about," I think you'll appreciate it a lot more.
  #824  
Old 04-26-2013, 11:31 PM

Juno(2007)-9/10
  #825  
Old 04-27-2013, 03:31 AM


9.5/10
  #826  
Old 04-27-2013, 05:14 AM
Season of the Witch - * 1/2

Another crappy Nicolas Cage movie.



Safe Haven - ***

Major pleasant surprise. Maybe it's because I lost my mother almost a year ago, but the ending moved me. One of the better Nicholas Sparks adaptations.
  #827  
Old 04-27-2013, 05:40 AM


8/10
  #828  
Old 04-27-2013, 08:24 PM
I Saw the Devil

10/10

an hour into the movie I had no idea where it was going. this is a horror movie that is as smart and as great as the silence of the lambs and seven.
  #829  
Old 04-27-2013, 08:56 PM
The Story on Page One with Rita Hayworth - The story is basically a woman and her lover on trial for the murder of her husband. It's not terribly original but the story was fairly well written and Hayworth did a nice job. 7/10

Paper Man (2009) - Emma Stone was the best part of this film about a couple of people trying to figure out where their lives are going. The story wasn't all that great and some of the supporting characters were a bit lacking. 5/10
  #830  
Old 04-28-2013, 12:10 AM

Underworld(2003)-8/10
  #831  
Old 04-28-2013, 05:43 AM


This could easily be called Zombie's best work. However, the last 15 mins. are just horrendous.

6/10
  #832  
Old 04-28-2013, 06:37 AM

Scary Movie V - 1/2*




Edit: Just found out that this was directed by Malcolm D. Lee and yes, he's related to Spike Lee. Clearly none of Spike's talents has translated over to this guy.

Last edited by ilovemovies; 04-28-2013 at 06:49 AM..
  #833  
Old 04-28-2013, 07:24 AM

The Dark Knight Rises
gave it a rewatch last night and man does it get better everytime I see it. I gave it an 8.5/10 at first but now I'll give it a 9/10 cause it holds up so well on repeat viewings.
  #834  
Old 04-28-2013, 01:22 PM
Gangster Squad



6/10
  #835  
Old 04-28-2013, 01:45 PM
Superman: Unbound - 3/10
The Guilt Trip - 3/10
  #836  
Old 04-28-2013, 02:49 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by QUENTIN View Post
It's not a narrative experience, it's a sensory experience (a powerful one). If you just let it wash over you, rather than trying to piece together what it's "about," I think you'll appreciate it a lot more.
I agree with this. It's good advice. Narrative is not the ultimately goal of film. It's an important element, but films can have other things on their minds and attempt to achieve something other than an A-->B-->C narrative. There is something to piece together in Upstream Color, but it's not nearly as important as allowing the film's mood and music and feelings to float over you like a warm blanket.
  #837  
Old 04-28-2013, 03:47 PM



  #838  
Old 04-28-2013, 03:51 PM
Re-watched Upstream Color today, or should I say I completely immersed myself in its images and sounds, and boy, I was completely blown away. However, its ambiguity is something I truly admire. Dropping small hints at the possible 'narrative' don't compare to the imagination of the viewer.
  #839  
Old 04-28-2013, 03:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post
Re-watched Upstream Color today, or should I say I completely immersed myself in its images and sounds, and boy, I was completely blown away. However, its ambiguity is something I truly admire. Dropping small hints at the possible 'narrative' don't compare to the imagination of the viewer.
Thumbs up, dude!
  #840  
Old 04-28-2013, 06:55 PM

8/10
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