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    Posted: April 06 2014 at 23:59
Originally posted by mithrandir

The Innkeepers (2011) - 3/10 meh
Arena (1989) - 7/10 you can never go wrong with an old Empire Pictures movie 
Patton (1970) - 8/10 maybe 9/10
Slaughter High (1986) - 4.5/10 I think the shear ineptitude was more entertaining than the movie itself 
Actually, as far as I remember, Patton was pretty good. An in-depth look into the military career (with a certain focus on character) of Patton during WWII. Didn't know the man was a real belligerent pr$%k (to nearly everyone) unless Coppola made him out to be like that. I should see it again; maybe I missed something.

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I watched Trance and Stand Up Guys over the weekend. The former is a triumph of Style over Substance but entertaining enough for a Friday night. Stand Up Guys was a very pleasant surprise. I laughed and cried my way through that film. I am a fan of Al Pacino anyway but it was way better than I expected. Recommended.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 09 2014 at 21:45
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Much more serious follow-up has Cap and Falcon (with Black Widow and Nick Fury's help) saving SHIELD from the dreaded HYDRA and a Nazi überlegen.   Superior to any of the last few comix adaptions except for maybe The Avengers (and Dark Knight, of course), The Winter Soldier is a good couple hours' fun.   The word is the 2-D version is the one to see, and I'd concur. 

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Ronin 47

Thoroughly vapid and tedious tale of a white guy adopted by a Ronin family in feudal Japan and raised as their own only to be betrayed... I think.   I stopped caring after the first half-hour. 


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I watched Trance...over the weekend... a triumph of Style over Substance but entertaining enough for a Friday night.


Have to say I quite enjoyed it; admit it though, you winced when he shot the big guy

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Craziest movie I've watched lately was D.E.B.S. I happened across it on one of the encore channels last weekend. I mean a movie about teenage lesbian crime fighters how can you turn the channel?
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

More than acceptable chapter with plenty of action, monsters and orcs but little sentimental nonsense-- and one awesome dragon.  The most obvious problem with TH:TDoS is the budget and its unconvincing animates where real actors or carefully rendered CGI might have been (at least in the Rings films), limited location footage, and not quite as charismatic cast.   But the early risings of Sauron link things up nicely and the pace of the movie only occasionally drags.
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Poltergeist

Unfortunately this early '80s classic holds up about as well as spaghetti that's been sitting in water for two days, almost causing one to wonder why this kid-flick is so legendary with adults in the first place.   Maybe in 1982 it was new, scary, good-looking, instead of the geriatric, tame and grainy film we now have.   Talk about not being able to go back.

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`Noah' with Russell Crowe.

One of the most dazzling and evocative movies I have seen in years. It is simply the most fascinating and confronting interpretation of a bible story ever, unlike anything ever put on screen before. For those who believe, it is the most daring, bewildering interpretation imaginable, that challenges but eventually strengthens your faith and belief in man. If you don't believe, it would work equally as well as a gripping dark fantasy story. If you're up for the challenge, I guarantee you will never forget it.
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Originally posted by Atavachron

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

More than acceptable chapter with plenty of action, monsters and orcs
but little sentimental nonsense-- and one awesome dragon.  The most
obvious problem with TH:TDoS is the budget and its unconvincing
animates where real actors or carefully rendered CGI might have been
(at least in the Rings films), limited location footage, and not quite
as charismatic cast.   But the early risings of Sauron link things up
nicely and the pace of the movie only occasionally drags.


Pretty much with you on that - found it hugely enjoyable & can't be bothered with those who bemoan switching of characters & not sticking strictly to the original text. What Jackson's doing here is the main story of The Hobbit + extra material to link as seamlessly as possible to LoTR.

Nice one Mr Jackson & yes, I did see it was you eating the carrot in one of the opening scenes.

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"In Fear"
Takes place mostly inside of a car with 2 characters, Tom and Lucy. They're on their way to meet some friends and attend a music festival in Ireland, but Tom has made plans to stay at a hotel off the beaten path the night before to celebrate their 2 week anniversary. Lucy grudgingly agrees, and from there it become a series of wrong turns, misdirections and mind games.
It works well in the claustrophobic confines of the car. Some decently tense scenes.
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Pacific Rim.....us versus creatures from another dimension who all looked a lot like Godzilla.
Good action, mediocre characters and plot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 22 2014 at 22:30
Philomena

Unassuming but moving account from Martin Sixsmith's book about Philomena Lee and her now famous story of losing her baby son to nuns who placed him with an orphanage, later to be adopted by American parents.   Dame Judi is perfect as usual and Steve Coogan very funny as the frustrated Sixsmith.

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I watched "True Grit" with Jeff Bridges and actually enjoyed the flow of it. The character actors were outstanding and Jeff Bridges himself was hilarious. He took on a very impressive role and there are scenes that made me bust out laughing because his character was so realistic.  The lines of the script held my interest and they were very creative. It's a very laidback western film with dark humour and creative scenes. You must be in the right mood for this film.  
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Originally posted by TODDLER

It's a very laidback western film with dark humour and creative scenes. You must be in the right mood for this film.


Stays pretty much faithfull to the John Wayne original, but the Coen Brothers made a good job of updating it & Jeff Bridges is excellent throughout

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Pacific Rim.....us versus creatures from another dimension who all looked a lot like Godzilla.
Good action, mediocre characters and plot.


Found it somewhat unintentionally funny mostly because the actress portraying Mako Mori looks exactly like the student counselor at the college I attend. (who's probably the last person I can imagine willingly inflicting physical harm on anything)

Seen quite a few movies recently, by the way, but I don't have time to write reviews for them yet. Planning to watch a couple more in the weekend.
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Just saw Jodorowsky's Dune. Jodorowsky is just fun to watch talking... would love to see that huge script/book they had, unfortunately the dudes ambition, enthusiasm, and vision was way too out there and of course costly for the time. Perhaps now there is a smidgen of hope this will be made someday? Definitely a must see, also features a certain French Prog band they had intended to use for the soundtrack involving the Harkonen scenes... I'll let you find out or guess which band that is, I was jumping up and down in my seat when I saw that part...
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Swedish silent horror film putting an interesting spin on the mythology surrounding the Grim Reaper. Maybe it's because the version I saw had a modern electronic-industrial score by Loke Rahbek (an extremely prolific Danish punk musician) but it feels surprisingly modern for a silent film in the way it's told, can definitely see how it inspired The Seventh Seal.


Speaking of Alejandrito I've seen his newest film and first in several decades. It's very autobiographical but with a lot of surrealistic flourishes emphasizing the unreliable narrator as it's AJ himself reflecting upon his childhood decades later, kind of reminds me of a cross between Isabel Allende's House of the Spirits and Terrence Malick's Tree of Life though the sense of humour is very characteristically Jodorowsky's own.



Kind of amusing seeing a samurai film ape spaghetti westerns so blatantly in its visual style, considering how much Sergio Leone was inspired by Kurosawa. I'm a huge fan of the comic book this is based on, and while the English dubbing job oversimplifies the plot greatly it still preserves the combination of incredibly skilled swordplay and weird dreamy meditative feel I like so much about this stuff.


Jim Jarmusch takes on the vampire mythos, the result being his best film since the 1990s and one of the most interesting vampire movies to come along in a very long while. He gets a lot of mileage out of the entire "vampires as metaphor for disillusioned aesthete junkies" motif by approaching every aspect of the narrative from a new interesting angle, and his cultural inside jokes being way better integrated than they used to. (surprised that Tilda Swinton has not been cast as one of the undead until now)


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still haven't see The Dance of Reality, hopefully soon 
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Bloodsport

A movie that has shaped-up to be one of the best martial arts films ever with tight direction from Newt Arnold, dynamic but realistic choreography by real life protagonist Frank Dux, a thoughtful script, Jean-Claude Van Damme at his athletic peak and Bolo Yeung in his best role, Bloodsport disappoints few.   Sure the characters are dopey, there is no one all-important fight competition is Asia, and Frank Dux's "life story" may be just that, but combined with Paul Hertzog's scintillating score it deserves its high place in martial arts cinema.

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