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DrThunder88

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« Reply #640 on: 06-27-2010 11:29 »

Dinocroc vs. Supergator

I only caught the second half of this movie, but I suspect that's plenty.  An extinct, dinosauric, reptile-faced creature ambles onto screen at a few points to do something absolutely pointless.  But enough about David Carradine, lets talk about the cheesy creatures.  They actually weren't that bad.  They stuck out pretty plainly, but the motion was smooth and lifelike for the most part.  Less realistic was the gunplay, which is par for Jim Wynorski movies.  Thanks to CGI gunshots, I counted 10 shots from one of the character's revolvers.  And since it was filmed in Hawaii they all carried revolvers, even the FBI.

Awesome stuff included using a half-speed elephant trumpet for the dinocroc roar (the same as the T. rex in Jurassic Park), the supergator body-slamming a tour bus, and the supergator galloping after a truck.  The acting and writing were equally and hilariously atrocious, also par for Wynorski.
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« Reply #641 on: 06-27-2010 11:43 »

Toy Story 3

Just so awesome. Aside from it just being a good movie on it's own, it was somehow such an emotional experience to see all the characters again and the ending was so sad yet happy... I don't know how well that really conveys my satisfaction with this movie but, yeah. Awesome.

A+
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« Reply #642 on: 06-27-2010 21:41 »

Solitary Man

Basically, Michael Douglas plays a 60 something guy who hasn't grown out of chasing tail that's too young for him.  This results in all manner of problems for him and his family as you see his exploits become more and more pathetic.  The "guy past his prime holding onto the past" theme has been done many times before, but it's redone well here.  It's a depressing movie, you won't come away feeling great after this one, but that is what makes it worth seeing.

B
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« Reply #643 on: 06-29-2010 04:51 »

Suspiria

Very dull and the plot does absolutely nothing I haven't seen a million times elsewhere. And the dialogue is awful. It's a pretty bad film in almost every respect to be honest, but it's visually incredible. It's constantly brimming with life and colour -making something that isn't really nice to look at, but gets a constant, strong emotional response. Perfect for the tone of this kind of horror film.
So yeah, one of the most perfect examples of distinct visuals being shaped to fit a film's story ever, but a good film? Nope.

Personal enjoyment: 5/10
Actual quality as a film: 5/10


The Lost Boys

A really enjoyable vampire film in the same mould as From Dusk Till Dawn and Fright Night. It's a complete and utter 80s horror comedy, a subgenre I love when it's done right. The first 30 minutes or so drag but once it gets going, it's great fun. The film's 20 minute or so climax in particular is fantastic.
It also has some genuinely creepy make-up effects and music. In many ways this is the blueprint for From Dusk Till Dawn which I prefer considerably, but clearly wouldn't exist without this. One of the better vampire films that I've seen.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10


Employee of the Month

Lame but not as lame as it could have been, so mild amounts of credit for that. The plot is annoyingly Hollywood, featuring a romance that you know the outcome of 5 minutes in. It's never really funny but something about it is likeable enough to sit through even though you'll probably feel like you just wasted 1 hour and 47 minutes of your life when you're done.

Personal enjoyment: 5/10
Actual quality as a film: 4/10
JoshTheater

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« Reply #644 on: 06-29-2010 05:35 »

Watchmen

Finally got a chance to watch this, and boy was I disappointed. I expected good things, but the film was really just a mess. It seemed like they tried to fit in too much from the graphic novel into too short of a movie, and the whole thing just felt jumbled, with different characters' backstories being thrown at you at random times in the movie.
However, the acting was decent, particularly when it came to Rorschach...his character was portrayed awesomely, and was really fun to watch. The whole movie was fun, and I found the end interesting and original...although I've never actually read the graphic novel, so I don't know how well they compare. And the moral message just seemed confusing.

B- at best, I suppose.
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« Reply #645 on: 06-29-2010 08:23 »

I was watching the Rotten Tomatos "Year Endy Awards" recently, and they gave Watchmen the Year Endy for "Worst Scene of The Year", for the sex scene they said was "so bad it actually made sex boring".  Agree/disagree?
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« Reply #646 on: 06-29-2010 14:47 »

Perhaps it was because we couldn't relate to costumed vigilantes doing it in a big Owl to church music... tongue
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #647 on: 06-29-2010 15:42 »

Yup, that would do it.
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« Reply #648 on: 06-29-2010 18:16 »

Yeah that song was totally wrong for the scene.
The headless body of Agnew

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« Reply #649 on: 06-30-2010 08:52 »

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


This is one of my favorite movies of all time. When I first saw the trailers for it I thought it was just going to be a penis vagina movie (i.e. jokes you would find in a Family Guy episode or a Dane Cook Movie.) However I was really impressed.

It follows Dewey Cox, a rock musician, through his musical career. It is a parody of music biopic especially Walk the line about Johnny Cash. As a Music fan I really enjoyed the way it portrayed the different decades and how music and culture has changed through the times much in the same way as Forrest Gump (also a good movie).  John C. Reilly is amazing as the title character and a surprisingly good singer. Jenna Fischer is also very good and funny.

 I have put many of the songs from the movie onto my ipod. I find that although they are parodies they are still very good songs, especially the theme song: Walk Hard a parody/homage of Johnny Cash and Royal Jelly a parody of Bob Dylan songs specifically like a Rolling stone.

This Movie is great and I would recommend it to any one who is a fan of 60's and 70's Rock Music or just music in General     

B+
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« Reply #650 on: 06-30-2010 09:12 »

I thought it was cool that Jack White played Elvis laff
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« Reply #651 on: 06-30-2010 10:35 »

yeah and Jack Black Playing a fat Paul McCartney was funny too
JoshTheater

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« Reply #652 on: 07-01-2010 05:53 »

I was watching the Rotten Tomatos "Year Endy Awards" recently, and they gave Watchmen the Year Endy for "Worst Scene of The Year", for the sex scene they said was "so bad it actually made sex boring".  Agree/disagree?

It beat the sex scenes in The Room. hmpf
Books

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« Reply #653 on: 07-01-2010 13:17 »

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

It started fantastic, I loved it, up until the point Heath Ledger came in :/ Then it's kind of downhill from there, until it gets almost downright terrible...too bad, because it started so wonderfully, the girl in it was really good

7.5/10
DrThunder88

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« Reply #654 on: 07-01-2010 14:29 »

The Host
 
A mutant monster in the Han River in Korea picks up some Korean food while a mildly retarded man attempts to rescue his young daughter.  There's also some virus and chemical weapon conspiracy that pops up later for no apparent reason.

The monster was fairly well designed and the CGI looked good.  It's hard to judge the acting since it was subtitled.  There were moments of English-speaking interspersed in the movie that were quite hammy, but I suppose that could be either intentional or the result of a shallow talent pool of non-Korean American English-speaking actors in Korea.  There was a lot of crying by the main characters as they looked for their schoolgirl outfit-wearing daughter/granddaughter/niece who was taken by the tentacled monster (but not raped, this is not a Japanese movie).  There were a few moments that totally cracked me up like a couple send-ups of monster movies using news broadcasts to explain the plot.

It was like Cloverfield but better and without the 9/11 evocations.
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« Reply #655 on: 07-01-2010 15:26 »
« Last Edit on: 07-01-2010 20:54 »

Ohh, I remember that, it's got the funny guy who was in The Good, The Bad and The Weird, I think.... *checks* Yep.

Ghost Dog: Way of The Samurai
Forest "Sadface" Whitaker is Ghost Dog, a loner assassin for some mobsters who lives by the Samurai code (a mob guy saved his life and thus became his "master")
He steals cars with his electronic gadgets, listens to rap music on the way to jobs, he reads Hagakure and Roshomon on his roof apartment with his carrier pidgeons, his best friend is a French icecream man who he doesn't understand and who doesn't understand him back, this is a strange kinda dude!
So after he hits a mobster guy who ran off with the bosses daughter, they turn on him and try to track him down and kill him.
There's a great scene where they're asking who he is and how to find him and start making fun of black guys and their rapper nicknames like "Ghost Dog", and then Indian guys for names like "Running Bear" then immediately after he calls on two guys named "Sammy The Snake" and "Joe Rags", ha!
It's a pretty cool film, Whitaker is good although I didn't like the thing he does with his silenced pistols waving them around like a katana before putting them back in his holster, that was pretty weird, and he didn't even use the katana he practices with on his roof!

The Wire castwatch: Marlo!

B+
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« Reply #656 on: 07-02-2010 03:56 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 03:57 »

Ip Man
Donnie Yen plays Yip Man, real-life grandmaster of the Wing Chun Chinese martial art style (Bruce Lee is one of his students), the story focuses on Yip's time in the city of Foshan during the Japanese Chinese war (1937-'45). He's the top asskicker in town, all the other masters practice with him, some out of towners come and he whoops them, but then Japan invades and he basically whoops them all too for being dicks to the people of his town.

Awesome fights and Donnie Yen is badass, however I've noticed with some of these films the audio seems mostly ADR'd, and the fight choreography is very obvious at times (swoosh sounds in place of fists that you can tell don't really connect)
Also the ending was a bit spoiled for me a bit, he's going to fight the Japanese General like it's his last fight ever, but I downloaded Ip Man 2 so I guess he wins, heh.

A-
captjim

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« Reply #657 on: 07-02-2010 06:53 »

i want to see the new romero movie. i heard it was so bad. like, even worse than diary of the dead. that level of badness.
Jezzem

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« Reply #658 on: 07-02-2010 06:59 »

Really? I don't like the zombie movies but I thought Diary of the Dead was actually a pretty good movie for some reason...
captjim

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« Reply #659 on: 07-02-2010 07:22 »
« Last Edit on: 07-02-2010 07:26 »

i thought it was kind of hilarious. there wasn't any acting to speak of, it was never ever ever scary, it was totally predictable and the characters were hilariously unbelievable, stupid, and acted about as lively as the zombies they were trying to escape. basically, house of the dead minus good actors (so, just take away jurgen prochnow), shot in a cloverfield style, with a couple of half-assed messages that the movie literally spells out for you (as in the closing narration almost literally says "THIS IS THE MESSAGE YA GOT IT?") and set in new england.

oh, and with an amish guy. who knows how to make dynamite from scratch despite being a devout amish man and thus a pacifist. apparently 'amish' really just means 'living on a farm and wearing a funny hat'. they don't espouse any other beliefs.

this new movie though, it's supposed to be a real...something, from what i've heard. catastrophe sounds like a good word.
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« Reply #660 on: 07-03-2010 15:17 »

Hard Candy

Lame, they didn't show anything
Gorky

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« Reply #661 on: 07-04-2010 18:31 »

All Dogs Go to Heaven

God, how was this one of my favorite movies as a cute little kid? Didn't I at least notice how terrible the songs are, and how bad a singer Burt Reynolds is? I mean, it's an okay kid's movie, but I don't understand how I was so obsessed with it as a young'un. Must've been all the doggies.

C+
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« Reply #662 on: 07-04-2010 19:31 »

Moon

Its on Netflix streaming right now and its a really good sci fi movie that doesn't go quite the way you think it will. Its better not to know anything about this movie before watching it, so don't even read the description. Just know that its pacing is similar to that of the original Alien film, so if you like the suspenseful atmosphere, Moon is for you.

I give it A
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« Reply #663 on: 07-05-2010 21:01 »

Back to the Future

A local theater here runs a cult series where they show films that haven't been on the screen in a while.  Saturday they had a showing of Back to the Future. The film hasn't lost its luster after 25 years.  A fun, adventurous sci-fi film that all audiences can enjoy?  That's a rare combination right there!

A
captjim

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« Reply #664 on: 07-07-2010 06:59 »

the magnificent seven

kurosawa owns. westerns own. yul brynner owns. steve mcqueen owns. charles bronson owns. eli wallach owns. it all owns. plus the score is great.

A+
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #665 on: 07-07-2010 09:57 »

Decline of Western Civilization II - The Metal Years

Director Penelope Spherris focused her original documentary Decline of Western Civilization about the Punk Music movement & it's culture; Decline II is about the 1980's Los Angeles Glam Metal scene.  In it, she interviews many of the key players in the LA Glam scene, from Poison to Wasp, and many lesser known acts who have not yet made it.  She also bookends the era, from it's start in the early 80's to it's implosion when Grunge appeared on the scene.   It's interesting to see the basis of the time period, but also somewhat depressing; many of the musicians/wannabes interviewed don't work, are living below the poverty line and view Glam Rock as their ticket out of poverty, regardless of the odds against it; they have no backup plans.  Particularly memorable (and disturbing) is her interview of Chris Holmes, the guitarist in Wasp, in his pool at home.  He admits being a full blown alcoholic and then knocks down a fifth of vodka, all while his mom is sitting on a chaise lounge right in front of him.  It ends with a great interview of serious musician Dave Mustaigne of Megadeath, a band in the anti-glam rock catagory of Thrash Metal.

This is a great documentary, but it's not all roses & sunshine.  It's funny and, at the same time, dark and depressing; it pulls no punches.

8/10
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« Reply #666 on: 07-07-2010 14:48 »

Toy Story 3

Wow. This is just incredible, it's a big bucket full of awesomeness. It's hilarious, clever, shocking, and I'm not one to cry or laugh at movies, but the ending almost made me cry. It's great. Go see it. It deserved every single good review. Love it.
FishyJoe

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« Reply #667 on: 07-08-2010 00:23 »

The A-Team

Critics were expecting too much. All I wanted was to see the characters get into a situation, come up with a plan, and then save the day. The movie fulfilled all expectations.

C+
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« Reply #668 on: 07-08-2010 00:38 »

I saw Toy Story 3 and I gave it 11/10

I saw Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and I gave it 9/10
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« Reply #669 on: 07-08-2010 01:45 »

I saw Toy Story 3 and I gave it 11/10

Sorry. You can't do that. However great that movie is.
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« Reply #670 on: 07-08-2010 10:09 »

Moon: I found some parts a little boring, and I didn't really understand what all that talking was at the end of the movie, but the parts I did understand and didn't find boring were very good, and those parts made up most of the movie. 8/10
chay´s head

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« Reply #671 on: 07-08-2010 10:28 »

The talking? Do you mean the news reports about
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #672 on: 07-08-2010 11:20 »

Yes, that bit. I thought it was that, but at the same time I didn't have time to rewind it and check..
JoshTheater

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« Reply #673 on: 07-08-2010 12:45 »

I almost clicked on that spoiler before realizing I've downloaded it and have yet to watch it, so thank you for being considerate, Chay. smile
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« Reply #674 on: 07-08-2010 13:47 »

DA MOON KERPLODES!
Nah just kidding.
DrThunder88

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« Reply #675 on: 07-08-2010 16:14 »

The Moon is Luke's father.
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« Reply #676 on: 07-08-2010 18:00 »

New Moon

It started out ok for a teen flick then kinda fell apart at the end. I never saw the first one or read the books or care to. It was alot less boring than the first harry potter movie.

D

Transformers

Retarded. Why is there two of them?

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« Reply #677 on: 07-08-2010 21:00 »
« Last Edit on: 07-08-2010 21:02 »

The following contains Moon spoilers

The talking? Do you mean the news reports about

Well if you want to be technical...
Ben

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« Reply #678 on: 07-09-2010 02:21 »

Where's that thread where Chay and I were talking about all things Moon-related? I had a half-assed look, and I can't find it..
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« Reply #679 on: 07-09-2010 04:05 »

i want to see the new romero movie. i heard it was so bad. like, even worse than diary of the dead. that level of badness.
I thought it was way better than Diary of the Dead. It's not a great film, but it's enjoyable if you switch your brain off. Diary on the other hand was terrible.


Get Him to the Greek

Like Forgetting Sarah Marshall but a lot tighter plot-wise. But probably not quite as funny. But it's pretty much equally enjoyable. There's a sequence in the middle involving a 'Jeffrey' that is incredible. If the whole film had been that good, it'd be one of my all time favourites. The rest of the film was consistently amusing, never incredible. Well worth a watch if you enjoy this style of comedy.

Personal enjoyment: 7/10
Actual quality as a film: 7/10


The Man Who Fell to Earth

An unfortunately lame film featuring David Bowie. Incredibly dull and all so pointless. The overall concept is quite good, but it's just tiringly boring and in spite of some nice visuals, it's a bit too arty farty. Basically, it's not enjoyable and it's not a particularly well constructed film.

Personal enjoyment: 3/10
Actual quality as a film: 5/10

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