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Old 02-24-2013, 11:49 AM


I've been trying so hard to erase this movie from my mind.

Old 02-24-2013, 04:34 PM
True Grit (Coen brothers remake)


I just saw this for the first time. great movie! It's pure eye candy. I didn't know Steven Spielberg served as Executive producer on the film.
Old 02-24-2013, 06:13 PM
Skyfall - I really liked Javier Bardem as the villain but at times this did seem like just a typical action movie rather than a distinctly Bond film. 7/10
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Safe - 6.5/10
Our Mrs. Reynolds - 9/10
Jaynestown - 9/10
Old 02-25-2013, 06:37 AM

Old 02-25-2013, 09:07 AM

Loved it 8/10
Old 02-25-2013, 11:26 AM
The Killer



Old 02-25-2013, 03:53 PM
House of Cards

A political thriller that isnít about politics. Well, not really. Politics are merely the chosen method of asserting and fostering power to oneís own benefit, and no one understands this principle better than Congressman Frank Underwood. This is easily my favorite Kevin Spacey performance since American Beauty, an intimidating alpha male charmer that combines the Machiavellian savvy of a Shakespearean schemer with the modern moral turpitude of a John Edwards or Newt Gingrich. Itís a phenomenal, award-worthy performance thatís riveting to watch. That he gets to address the audience with the occasional theatrical aside seems fitting, since the performance almost demands to be given due deference, whether we sympathize with him or not (mostly not). This is a guy who canít get enough of his own cleverness, and we should have to revel in it with him if weíre to get the most out of the ride. A good choice on the part of Fincher and company. Frank is matched in cunning only by his wife Claire (Robin Wright), a glamorous ice queen who knows just how to compliment her husbandís plans to their overall benefit through her seemingly beneficent clean-water NPO. Every episode is a marvel of juicy writing, laying Frankís various plots on thick and many, stacking them one on top of the other that they constantly threaten to topple. Whether a teacherís union doesnít play ball with an education bill, or an alcoholic congressman being manipulated by Frank (Corey Stoll) starts to fall off the wagon, a part of you canít help but hope Frank gets away with this shit, even as another part wants him to fall and fall hard.

-> 9/10
Old 02-25-2013, 04:52 PM

Safe Haven(2013)-6/10
Old 02-25-2013, 07:29 PM
Year of the Dragon

An epic on the triad underworld.

Old 02-25-2013, 08:56 PM
The Smiling Lieutenant with Maurice Chevalier, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert - A young officer is forced to marry a princess in order to avoid an international incident he inadvertently caused. A few musical numbers were sort of goofy and seem out of place. The romantic triangle was decent and there were a few funny moments too. 6/10

Awakenings - Robin Williams was really good as the doctor trying to cure several catatonic patients. Robert DeNiro had his moments as well but there were a couple of times that seemed like he was overacting. 7/10
Old 02-25-2013, 09:00 PM

Norwegian Ninja 6/10
Old 02-25-2013, 09:48 PM
watched earlier today


Old 02-26-2013, 02:05 AM

Rising Sun(1993)-6/10
Old 02-26-2013, 08:42 AM

9/10, can't wait for the desolation of smaug
Old 02-26-2013, 04:37 PM

Escape from Planet Earth(2013)-6/10
Old 02-26-2013, 08:33 PM
End of Watch

Another LAPD ridealong through the mean streets of South Central from the writer of Training Day, though this time David Ayer takes the directorial reins himself. The result? One of the most believable, sympathetic onscreen tandems Iíve ever seen, in a cop drama and otherwise. Granted, a lot of time is spent just shooting the shit with Gyllenhaal and Pena as they make their rounds or break the monotony of roll call with a juvenile prank, but itís this time well spent on their day to day troubles that makes the final ten minutes of wall to wall violence so effective. Itís a brilliant balance of realism and the cinematic, with the novel use of the tired found-footage gimmick giving us some unique angles on several intense sequences that would otherwise be distracting in those scenes. The ďfirst-person-shooterĒ lapel cameras were particularly cool for that, and really let you feel the tension in the moment as they swept through darkened alleys where gun-toting gangbangers might pop out any second. And I was surprised at how funny the film was. Forget two hours, I couldíve hung out with these guys for four straight hours and not been bored. Their bromantic chemistry was off the charts, man. Their constant ballbreaking of David Harbourís humorless Officer Van Hauser had me rolling.

-> 9/10
Old 02-26-2013, 09:15 PM
The Great McGinty - A homeless man is recruited into a corrupt government. He rises through the ranks and then tries to go straight. This is a pretty good look at the type of political machines that used to be so prevalent. Amidst all the chaos there is some humor as well. 7/10

The Garden of Allah with Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer - Two people trying to flee very different backgrounds meet in the North African desert and fall in love. There wasn't anything terribly original and the film was to short to expand much on the main story but the two leads did a decent job. 5/10
Old 02-26-2013, 09:59 PM
first time viewing just finished

Old 02-27-2013, 12:05 AM

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas(2003)-7/10
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:17 PM
Curfew ('12) - 8/10

Movie 43 - 1/10
Had to see how bad it really was.
Old 02-27-2013, 09:03 PM
There Goes My Heart - A typical 1930's romantic comedy in which everything works out in the end no matter how zany the events prior happen to be. 4/10

Cries and Whispers - This was a pretty intense look at a family coming together when one of the sisters is dying of cancer. The performances were very good and the film itself was eerie and disturbing at times. This might be one of Bergman's better films. 9/10
Old 02-27-2013, 09:49 PM

The journey of the Introvert is something that is always ripe for films, mostly due to how that personality trait can be so connective to teenagers and adults alike. The feeling of not fitting in with a certain group of people, but having that yearning to do so is hard and frustrating. Hell, I have been that way in the beginning stages of entering the years of High School, so thatís perhaps why Stephen Chboskyís film adaptation of his own novel, about a troubled, lonely boy (Logan Lerman) who befriends a group of welcoming, extrovert seniors during his freshman year of High School, resonates on some level for me, and probably others who catch this great film.

The greatest advantage that Chbosky has for his film is that he knows the source material, so he has an idea of where to cut corners to keep the film version from over burdened with useless plot lines that hinder, more than help his film. Not having read the book, I can say that his film version handles the many characters and predicaments very well, though there are moments where the filmís pacing feels a bit off kilter. Besides that, the film breezes through its 102-minute run time, allowing everything to have dimension and pathos with the characters on screen.

Thatís the second secret weapon for Chbosky being able to create the best form of a book-to-film adaptation; the ability brings his characters from the novel to life. All the actors here are just great, with Logan Lerman bringing a surprising performance as lead character Charlie. Lerman brings awkwardness, as well as an underlying sense that there is something seriously wrong with the teenager. Lermanís Charlie is a teenager that feels bottled up, emotionally and physically on screen, and thereís always that sense of happiness whenever thereís a human connection that Charlie is finally able to reach out to.

That human connection is stepbrother/stepsister seniors Patrick and Sam (played by Ezra Miller and Emma Watson), the fun outcasts that are usually in every High School clique. They are free spirits that donít judge, and donít care if they are being judged. Miller, in particular, is a riot as Patrick, the flamboyant gay teenager that take everything in stride no matter how low it gets. Heís the energy in the background, always waiting to steal a scene when the time calls for it.

As for Watson, sheís essentially playing the girl that takes Charlieís breath away. Sheís a free spirit who has done some mistake in her past, and is hoping to recover from them and look forward to a bright, new future. Itís not a too big of a stretch for Watson, coming off from the Harry Potter trilogy, apart from utilizing an American accent, but she still brings beauty and gravitas that will make the viewer know why Charlie is so enamored with her.

But the true draw to Perks is certainly the screenplay, always willing to throw tonal shifts in the films without it feeling cheap or shock worthy. Chbosky simply knows how to adapt the book that he wrote, allowing things to breath, while also being capable to editing the movie so that the shifts in time and the blooming friendships/relationships all work to their advantage. Every big moment feels earned, complimenting each of the charactersí arcs throughout the film, leaving to a finale that feels right, never cheap.

There are movies that just have that feeling, from clips and trailers, that thereís something good brewing in the cinema world. Perks of Being a Wallflower has the privilege of being relatable to any person whoís had that feeling of being an outsider in High school, while also dealing with the good and bad times the person goes through. Itís the full package of being a relatable, emotional and overall great film.

Old 02-27-2013, 10:19 PM

Down with Love(2003)-7/10
Old 02-27-2013, 10:44 PM

Old 02-28-2013, 08:50 AM

Amazing Spider-Man

Old 02-28-2013, 03:16 PM
Picnic at Hanging Rock (6/10)
Old 02-28-2013, 03:56 PM
The Hunger

Incredibly esoteric and stylized. Tony Scott even admitted he was very much inspired by Nicholas Roeg and it definitely shows. Nevertheless this is a fun foray into the genre of "horror" by the man - one and only by Tony. It would have been interesting to see what he could do if he truly made a horror film like his brother.

Old 02-28-2013, 08:08 PM
Vogues of 1938 with Joan Bennett - A pretty dull musical in which a young woman works at a chic fashion house and falls for her boss. The story isn't terrible but the musical numbers drag the film down. 4/10

Merrily We Live with Constance Bennett - This comedy involves a man (believed to be a hobo at first) who starts to work for a rich family. Many screwball antics follow. It is pretty funny even if the plot is a little thin. 7/10
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:11 PM

Something's Gotta Give(2003)-7/10
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:16 AM
Shoot the Piano Player

Old 03-01-2013, 10:19 AM
Identity Thief - 2/10
Old 03-01-2013, 10:32 AM
Recently picked up the new film from John Woo yesterday, Reign Of Assassins, and thought it was pretty darn good! If you like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House Of Flying Daggers then this is perfect for you! John Woo has made a great film that has a story with plenty of heart and some truly stunning action sequences.

I came across this film the other day after watching the below video and I was not disappointed! 4/5

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