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Old 03-02-14, 06:14 PM
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Serpico - 4.5/5

Such a joy to see young Al Pacino in a role that was actually praiseworthy
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Hit Man- Godawful blaxploitation movie starring Bernie Casey about a guy who has sex with women and kills people. I don't know what else to synopsize about the plot, such as it was, since it makes little sense and the film is so badly shot that much of dialogue is unintelligible. Even most of the exploitation meat and potatoes are dull, dull, dull. Lots of nudity and violence that's boring. A perverse achievement, I suppose.

Black Gunn- Blaxploitation flick starring football great Jim Brown and Martin Landau. Lots of funky 70s fashions, big hair, and cool muscle cars, and an explosive-filled finale to a movie that's too long. Dated and unmemorable, but functional. Little more, little less.

Prisoners- Harrowing thriller about a child kidnapping shot digitally with bleak beauty by the great Roger Deakins. Will he get the oscar this time? Doubt it. Overlong and occasionally too reliant on procedural conventions and a few plot holes, but a fantastic cast give great performances all around in this harrowing journey into the heart of human darkness. Uncomfortable in the way that it should be, well-made, and usually gripping until it overstays its welcome. But even when it does, it's so well made that there is still much to recommend. Intelligent filmmaking that's occasionally overambitious or pretentious, depending on who you ask. I'm going with the former.

On the Waterfront- Acclaimed classic about former boxer who lives the life of luxury because of his relationship to his corrupt union boss with ties to organized crime who slowly begins to grow a conscience after falling in love with a local girl. Good, intelligent social realist drama with strong echoes today, very evocative of season 2 of The Wire, once considered daring, it's aged surprisingly well. Saw it as part of my local AMC's "classics series," and it was the most piss-poorly projected movie I've ever had the misfortune of seeing. In spite of the Sony 4K logo at the beginning, the film had so much grain and noise that it looked like a bad VHS copy. I was the only one in the theater, I should've had the guys to go and complain to management, but of course I didn't. They were probably just projecting a DVD, but even then it looked like a hideous zoom-in on a non-anamorphic disc. Kermode is right, we need projectionists.
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Someone Marry Barry: funny as hell basically unknown comedy that a buddy recommended. Much better than anything released in a long time.
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Robocop It was a decent way to kill an evening on a business trip but not great. haven't seen the original in ages but I remember it being much more violent.
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'Stalingrad' (3D) IMAX-Digital
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Devil- Sunday school lesson masquerading as a horror film from producer M. Night Shaymalan. Unfortunately, without his own stylish direction, the movie feels a notch above direct-to-video, a Twilight Zone premise stretched way beyond its runtime. Interesting premise, but largely a waste of it.

Buried- The ultimate minimalist film set entirely inside of a coffin, a surprisingly effective thriller about a man buried alive with only a cell phone, a lighter, and a pencil. Way more interesting than its premise would suggest, and a fantastic performance from Ryan Reynolds.

Sanctum- James Cameron-produced Irwin Allen-style disaster film about a bunch of divers caught in flooded cave. Some nice 3-D visual which would've worked much better in a nature documentary than in the service of a dull storyline riddled with cliches.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior- Nitroglycerin-in-a-blender action thriller about a mysterious stranger with amazing driving skills in a post-apocalyptic desert future. A film I never tire of, it's a turbo-charged action thrill ride with a minimalist plot and some of the most breathtaking action sequences ever filmed. Exhilarating in a way most action films today only promise to be.

Ghostbusters- 80s favorite that defined many a childhood and paved the way for sci-fi comedies like Men in Black. Dated in places and very lightweight, but hugely iconic (Spawned a still-strong marketing empire), and lots of fun, with great chemistry from its fantastic ensemble cast.

Ghostbusters II- More of the same, a mass of special effects produced the post-Star Wars, pre-CG FX boom. More or less indistinguishable from its predecessor, but the filmmakers probably saw no reason to mess with a formula that worked, and work it does. Still lots of fun.

The Goonies- Another 80s childhood favorite, I think I saw it too late. Fun loose direction from Richard Donner and a fairly charming child cast, but I think I just came across it at the wrong point in my life for it to click. Basically Indiana Jones with kids, and a surprising amount of swearing and vulgarity for a PG film. Still, won't argue with the many who love it.
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The Grandmaster (U.S. Cut)
Old 03-06-14, 03:41 PM
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The Grandmaster (U.S. Cut)
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Old 03-06-14, 03:48 PM
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Yeah yeah, I know. But I wasn't willing to import this one as a blind buy.
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Rented all of these lady night.

Hours: one of Paul Walker's last movies. Very small indie movie, but compelling story about a young man trying to survive Hurricane Katrina with his newborn and no power.

Frozen: fantastic Disney movie. Good story and music.

The Counselor ( Unrated): awful. Watched about 90 minutes before I gave up. It was a 137 minute cut.
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Originally Posted by Maxflier
Yeah yeah, I know. But I wasn't willing to import this one as a blind buy.

but it's Wong Kar Wai ?! ... oh wait... 'In the Mood for Love' didn't impress me. I see your point.
Old 03-07-14, 02:56 AM
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Rented and watched Gravity tonight

Awesome visual movie. It was almost like watching a play in space. Bullock did a hell of a job carrying the movie and reacting to green screen elements.

If this movie drops below $20, I'll pick it up. There is a 105 minute documentary on the making of the movie that I would love to watch, but this is a rental and I don't have time.
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300: Rise of an Empire - Brutal and sexy fun was had by all! The Blu-ray will be phenomenal.
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One Day In September - 4/5

Documentary about the kidnapping of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian sympathizers at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The film documents the events through actual footage, interviews with family members, authorities & the only surviving member of the kidnappers. It also exposes the blunders committed by the German authorities and how they contributed to the horrific outcome of the situation.
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The Ides of March - 3.5/5

A political consultant trying to win the Ohio primary for his candidate learns firsthand about betrayal & corruption.
Good film with a nice supporting turn by the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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Blue is the Warmest Color 4/5
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Only reason I give it one star is for the use of Leonardo DaVinci as a semi-lead. Other than the lady sitting behind me, who laughed at every lame joke, the theater was barren of laughter. The only two 'jokes' that got a laugh were a boob joke and a Sphinx shitting gag. If you have kids, rent Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure instead. They're basically the same concepts, only one is a classic (and hilarious) and the other is just turrible.

Also, D- on the short before the film. I welcome all companies bringing back the short film but unless you're going to bring your A game, don't bother. You're just embarrassing yourselves every time Pixar/Disney does one. Kudos for getting Steve Martin for it though. I'm surprised he hasn't been tapped for more animation gigs.
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Tuesday, 3/4
300: Rise of an Empire in 3D IMAX Premiere - 5/5 - Best leading actress, cinematic & heavy CGI ever!

Wednesday, 3/5
300: Rise of Empire in 3D IMAX - 5/5 - I loved it! Highly recommended!

Friday, 3/7
Divergent IMAX - 5/5 - Lot of action and thrill. One of my favorites of all teen movies.

Saturday, 3/8
Wind Rises - 5/5 - I never liked Anime before until now.
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Riddick...couldn't make it through to the end. just plain dull.
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(Ratings out of ****)

This is the End - ***1/4
The Internship - **
Nebraska - ***1/2
Rush - ***3/4
Dallas Buyers Club - ***1/2
Old 03-10-14, 08:13 AM
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Enough Said - turns out dating when you get older doesn't get easier, just more awkward and with more skin flaps.

Delivery Man - It's one of those "not particularly funny but kind of charming" movies you watch while it's on cable, not unlike most of Vaughn's comedies as of late.
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Olympus Has Fallen - Went into expecting a popcorn film and got it. Netflix or Prime
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Have Netflix fixed the aspect ratio?
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Have Netflix fixed the aspect ratio?
That's for me with Olympus? I don't remember noticing anything wrong, but on a movie like that I'm not really paying attention to those sort of things.

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