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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby J. Spiffyman » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:13 pm

Please do. I went opening night and just forgot to post my review. The humans are all throwaway except the Alzheimer dad, but once it gets into the apes it's fantastic. It's amazing how much emotion and interaction they can convey without a single word of spoken dialog (hello again, Wall-E). There's little nods to the original film too, which was cute. I want to smack everyone upside the head these days which says "They totally set it up for a sequel". Guess what, unless you kill off every character there can always be a sequel. Do we have to put "and they lived happily ever after" at the end of movies again just to tell people the story is finished?
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:07 pm

I thought they did about as well as could be expected considering we're going into it rooting for the apes and knowing all the humans are throwaway characters.

I really liked that neighbor. Poor guy got the short end of the stick every damn time.
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Postby J. Spiffyman » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:40 am

In Hell - Jean-Claude Van Damme I found in the bargain bin packaged with two other JCVDs. Jean-Claude mercilessly guns down his wife's killer in the middle of the courthouse because the killer's family bribed the judge. He then spends the rest of the movie in a textbook Russian prison going through the many different stages of denial, acceptance, and conformity, before finally finding peace with his wife's passing and becoming a better man for the experience. Even though the plot and premise are pretty cliched, I think it's actually presented quite well. You also get to see Van Damme with three different kinds of beards in this one.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:03 pm

Anybody get kicked?
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Postby J. Spiffyman » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:08 pm

Not as many people as you'd expect from a JCVD movie. He doesn't play the suave action star in this one; he's just some guy that gets sent to prison. Once he finally mans up and enters the prison pit fights he has more of a rough-and-tumble whatever-works battle style, fighting harder but definitely not smarter. Overall I think he actually gets beat up more than he dishes out. He rips out a guy's throat with his teeth, though.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Alice » Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:39 am

And gets hit in the face with a lead pipe.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Spliff » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:45 am

Apollo 18-Retarded.

Limitless-I thought it was awesome, save for one completely buttfuck retarded scene in his "safe house." That almost completely ruined the movie for me.
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Postby exolstice » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:01 am

Source Code - Blows past the "artsy" ending and then goes on for 5 minutes to reach the "sci-fi" ending which was incorrectly/unfairly labelled as the "Hollywood" ending by the non-sci-fi-nerd art film snob types. Since I fall somewhere in the middle of the art film snob / sci-fi geek gap, I got the best of both worlds. 9/10

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NOTE: The one thing that bothered me about the film is the lack of people on board a rush hour train heading for downtown Chicago. Maybe it's different there, but in Montreal the trains are crammed so full of people that you can't even move an inch, let alone save the world from potential terrorists. I only noticed this because the train in the film had a Dunkin Donuts counter onboard, which I thought was cool, but would never work in the real world because only the people "lucky" enough to be squished next to the display case would be able to purchase anything.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Spliff » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:04 pm

I was disappointed by the way they handled the call to his dad.
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Postby exolstice » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:59 pm

Scott Bakula!
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Postby J. Spiffyman » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:13 pm

Adaptation - Nicolas Cage is a struggling screenwriter trying to adapt a book with no story into a screenplay. His life spirals into a dark pit when he realizes he is not actually a very good screenwriter. Meanwhile his twin brother decides to be a screenwriter on a whim and ends up writing a much better script of his own despite it being full of stolen nuances from classic thriller movies. By the end of the movie two characters are dead for no adequately explained reason, and the screenplay Nick Cage ends up writing is the movie you just watched, if you had watched this movie.

It makes more sense than this, but not much more. Also Cage's character manages to have worse hair than he himself does in real life. Supposedly people say this movie is good, maybe? I was confused all the way through and basically was just watching it to see NIcolas Cage be moody and crazy.
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Postby Spliff » Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:46 pm

Warrior-Pretty awesome, minor complaints here and there but I loved it. Tom Hardy is a beast.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:01 am

I saw it was getting good reviews and still flopped. Too bad.
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Postby Spliff » Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:13 pm

Obviously 'Merica can't handle men being manly men.
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Postby Ghost » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:09 pm

Straw Dogs - I didn't know this existed until yesterday. Fucking awful.
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Postby exolstice » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:47 am

Drive - Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywod stunt car driver/auto mechanic who moonlights as a getaway driver. That alone should get your ass in the seat. Carey Mulligan plays his neighbor/love interest. Bryan Cranston plays the garage owner/mentor. Ron Perlman play a Jewish gangster, and Albert Brooks plays his vicious gangster partner. The movie has a cool retro-modern synth soundtrack and is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who also did the incredible Bronson starring Tom Hardy (it's the one with a buffed-up, bald, naked, and handle-bar-mustachio'd Hardy butters himself up, literally, to fight prison guards). Anyway 9.5/10
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Postby J. Spiffyman » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:24 pm

Real Steel - Your standard popcorn flick, at least I think that's what the kids are calling them these days. Hard luck old-timer gets reluctantly stuck with his long-lost son and makes an underdog comeback whilst learning about the true value of family and courage. The roberts are nice to look at, but the fights sadly aren't any more epic than the old Rocky films, and are actually even less-so. I was however impressed by the performance of young Dakota Goyo here; for a 12-year old actor he really stole the show from Hugh Jackman, if you can believe that. So long as he doesn't suffer from child actor burnout like so many before him, I think we'll be seeing good things from him in another ten years or so.

3 out of 5. A fun film, but it didn't live up to my expectations, which I'll admit were set too high from the get-go.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:27 am

Had to watch a couple of movies for class today, one more tonight or tomorrow.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - A little quaint, but I'm sure polarizing at the time. Really great performances by Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Psycho - I wish there were some way I could have seen this without any foreknowledge. The end when Norman comes busting into the cellar is still genuinely frightening. I could have done without that guy whose only job was exposition there in the police station, but that's a personal choice, not a knock against the film.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby exolstice » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:57 am

Ghost wrote:Had to watch a couple of movies for class today, one more tonight or tomorrow.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - A little quaint, but I'm sure polarizing at the time. Really great performances by Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Psycho - I wish there were some way I could have seen this without any foreknowledge. The end when Norman comes busting into the cellar is still genuinely frightening. I could have done without that guy whose only job was exposition there in the police station, but that's a personal choice, not a knock against the film.


Yeah I hated that guy at the end, loved the film otherwise.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:05 pm

Crazy is motive enough for me, I don't care how he got that way. The situation is more horrific when you have to fill in the gaps yourself.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby exolstice » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:48 am

Which is why the Halloween remake was terrible, well one of the reasons, too much explanation!
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby exolstice » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:52 am

Take Shelter - A man having reoccurring nightmares about a terrible storm and a family history of paranoid schizophrenia starts building a storm shelter in his backyard. Fucking amazing movie. 9.5/10
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby exolstice » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:00 pm

I Saw The Devil - Torture porn masquerading as an art film. The director hammers you over the head (no pun intended) with his blindingly obvious message that pretty much got lost for me midway through the second extended rape/torture scene. Yes, I get it. This is a bad man. I understood the first time when you showed him beheading a naked pregnant woman begging for her life. Just because a film is well shot, acted, and foreign doesn't make this shite any better, but a lot of critics ate it up. Like Se7en but without the subtlety (yes I know what the word means, and no that wasn't a mistake). Apparently the director didn't get the memo that leaving some things to the audience's imagination is often more effective than showing it in graphic detail. Watching this film, looking for something of worth in it, I felt just like one of the main characters as he was elbow deep in his own diarrhea looking for a tracking device, nauseated. 5/10
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:00 pm

That sounds terrible. I don't know if that makes me a Philistine or what, but that all just sounds awful.
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Postby J. Spiffyman » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:27 pm

In Time - A nice little alternate-Earth sociopolitical film here. All humans cease to age when they turn 25, but they then only have one more year to live unless they work to increase the time they have left. "Time" is the worldwide currency, and the rich can live forever while the oppressed working class lives literally day to day, dying in the streets as the cost of living goes up. Justin Timberlake stars as a lucky nobody who receives a century of life as a gift and decides to use it to defy his place in life and take down the system. The plot itself is nothing to write home about, but the setting and premise is absolutely fantastic and has a sort of timeless feel to it.

4/5, a great film, but a number of little nitpicks brought it down for me. I recommend this one to all you "what if-ers" out there.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:13 pm

Easy Rider - I'm pretty sure I couldn't ever sit through that again. Interesting as a counter-culture time capsule, but boring as hell. I'd seen bits and pieces at different times, but never all of it in one sitting.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby exolstice » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:30 am

The Muppets - The oscar race is over. Just cancel the goddamn thing. Nothing is going to beat this movie. NOTHING! If you love the Muppets (and let's face it, if you don't you're some sort of fun-hating asshole) then you will love this movie. The first movie were I've seen since the King's Speech where the audience applauded at the end. 11/10
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby MT » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:03 am

i look forward to this.
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Postby Ghost » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:23 am

Batman: Year One - More of a Jim Gordon story, not that that's a bad thing. Catwoman is shoehorned in for no real reason. I liked it alright. The guy doing Batman's voice was awful.
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Re: Last Movie You Saw/How Was It

Postby Ghost » Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:41 pm

I thought the new Sherlock Holmes was better than the first one.

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