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« Reply #3960 on: February 26, 2017, 07:24:17 PM »

Paddington - (2014) - A-
--> Charming, sweet and innocent.

Quartet - (2012) - B
--> Quite a novel subject, and worthy to make elderly the centre of a movie. What annoyed me slightly is that the main actors were cast for, well, being good actors. I was annoyed we never saw them sing.

Leviathan - (2014) - A+
--> If you haven't seen a Russian movie before, start here.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - (2009) - A
--> Repeat watching. This is the kind of movie I could watch once a year. I love the style, the camera angles, the witty dialogue. Also refreshing is the short length. I love how it doesn't wait around to get to the good stuff.

On the Waterfront - (1954) - C+
--> This is supposedly some masterpiece, probably because it was innovative for the time. But to me, it has aged too much, the plot is quite cliché and predictable, and overall I feel like there are better movies from this era.

Nebraska - (2013) - B+
--> Great movie. An honest depiction of rural America, without the veneer.

Love in the Time of Cholera - (2007) - D
--> Snoozefest, chick flick. Way too long for a movie where nothing happens.

Bambi - (1942) - B
--> This movie is 75 years old, and yes, it shows. However there are some enjoyable scenes and the animation is great. Funny how hunters were upset at the time of release, haha.

The Dinner - (2013) - B+
--> Great drama movie about people having dinner.

Moneyball - (2011) - B+
--> This is what all sports films should be: barely an sports, but all of the drama.

The Deep Blue Sea - (2011) - D-
--> Despite being about 40 minutes shorter than Love in time... this is just as painful to watch. Minutes-long scenes in which absolutely nothing happens. I guess this is a good depiction of depression, but in reality it's just artsy pretentious bs, and so so boring to watch.

Foxcatcher - (2014) - B+
--> Gripping performance by Steve Carelll and solid performance by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

Courage Under Fire - (1996) - B+
--> Starts out as a war movie but really is more of a courtroom drama type suspense film. Great fun.

The Amazing Spider-Man - (2012) - B+
--> Another superhero movie, yawn. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised. I think Andrew Garfield makes for a great Spider-Man.

Gloria - (2013) - A-
--> Starts a little slow, but really good movie. At the end you feel happy about what you saw.

Pacific Rim - (2013) - C
--> The movie starts out well enough, although the reasoning for having 2 pilots in a mech (ok, "Jaeger") is just a lazy excuse to allow for more emotion and dialogue. For me, the movie starts to fall apart after about 40 minutes, after we well and truly get into the "gifted girl with a troubled past" plot that has been done to death already.
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« Reply #3961 on: March 08, 2017, 07:44:20 AM »

Brooklyn 99

Elementary

Person of Interest

The Big Bang Theory

Travelers
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« Reply #3962 on: March 20, 2017, 05:35:56 PM »

Plowed through The Iron Fist over the weekend.  While I think I mostly agree with the general feelings about the show, I have to disagree with the critique about the choreography.  While I did find it annoying that certain parts of fights where obviously done with stunt doubles (likely due to the inclusion of non-practical techniques), much of it was very good, with the sword-work of Jessica Henwick being the absolute best part, followed by the battle with Zhou Cheng as a close second.

Now back to The Man in the High Castle...
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« Reply #3963 on: March 25, 2017, 11:44:35 PM »

Just finished Dexter. I feel let down with the ending but o well. Ha

Hoping to start twin peaks. Watched the pilot episode and than didn't have time.

Also might try to start inyuyasha since I never finished it when it was on tv and it's on Netflix's now


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« Reply #3964 on: March 26, 2017, 06:05:33 AM »

Even more movie...let's go!

The Sting - (1973) - B+
--> Heist/con movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. A little dated in places, but great fun.

Ice Age: Continental Drift - (2012) - C
--> Man, they should've ended this franchise after the second or third movie. They're making the same movie over and over again. Highlight is Peter Dinklage as Captain Gutt!

Take Shelter - (2011) - A
--> Tremendous performance by Michael Shannon in this psychological thriller. You can see his mind unravel. Recommended.

Garden State - (2004) - B+
--> A bit of a simplistic, quirky feel-good movie.

Transsiberian - (2008) - A-
--> Wow, what a thriller! The buildup, and the "things can't possible get any worse - damn, they just did!" feeling is excellent.

Her - (2013) - B-
--> Great concept, but feels like they could've done much more. No idea what though, but towards the end it felt a bit boring watching Joaquin Phoenix just sit around and talk.

Secretary - (2002) - B+
--> Damn, Maggie Gyllenhaal is sexy in some of these scenes. The tension is nicely done.

Selma - (2014) - A
--> Must-see historical drama regarding the Selma protests led by Martin Luther King.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - (2014) - B
--> I remember finding it quite alright, but now that I'm trying to write about it (maybe 2 weeks later), I can't seem to remember what the plot was about...I think that's an issue with these Marvel movies, most of them feel very similar to one another.

Mr. Turner - (2014) - A+
--> Excellent biopic about the 19th century painter J. M. W. Turner. Engrossing characters, great decors and wonderful landscapes throughout.

Kingsman: The Secret Service - (2014) - B+
--> Spy comedy, sort of similar to Johnny English or Austin Powers. Quite graphic in its violence at times, but good fun.
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« Reply #3965 on: April 17, 2017, 10:05:25 AM »

More movies of the past month.

Noah - (2014) - C
--> The story didn't really work for me.

Angels & Demons - (2009) - B
--> These Robert Langdon film adaptations are always a fun watch.

The Secret of My Success - (1987) - B-
--> Oh man, the 1980ies feel like a hundred years ago. The clothes, the hair, the music...so wrong it becomes "right" again.

Mean Streets - (1973) - C
--> This supposedly is the breakthrough movie that launched Scorsese's career. But to me, it's so boring, the dialog is hard to understand, the story goes nowhere and the movie is just altogether...boring. It's just a bunch of maffiosi going "Hey! You looking at me?" ...and then they start fighting. Repeat this x10 and you have the plot of the movie.

L.A. Confidential - (1997) - A
--> Second time I've seen this movie. Excellent story, great suspense, great actors.

Blue Jasmine - (2013) - A+
--> I did not see "A Streetcar Named Desire", on which Allen based this movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. An incredible performance by Cate Blanchett.

Moonrise Kingdom - (2012) - A
--> Note to self: watch all of Wes Anderson's movies.

Holy Motors - (2012) - B-
--> I can see what they were trying to accomplish, but the movie doesn't quite get there (for me), and remains partially stuck in just a "weirdness" place.

Far from Heaven - (2002) - A-
--> Great movie with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. They are stuck in a semi-loveless marriage in the 1950ies. From the outside, everything is perfect, but look a little further, and things become more abiguous.

The Remains of the Day - (1993) - A+
--> The tension between Anthony Hopkins' and Emma Thompson's characters is excellent.

The Grand Seduction - (2013) - B-
--> Good hearted comedy movie about a small harbor community trying to welcome in a new character.
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« Reply #3966 on: May 20, 2017, 06:33:41 PM »

I really need to do another post - have watched a ton of movies over the past month.

Zero Dark Thirty - (2012) - A
--> Fantastic movie about the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

Romeo + Juliet - (1996) - C-
--> This movie received good reviews, and has good actors playing in it, but I didn't like it. I think they tried to force the "modern" theme into the traditional Shakespear story (also retaining the original dialogue) but it feels forced. A lot of the minor characters are cardboard buffoons. I'm surprised how Claire Danes looked like a different person altogether. Leo looks exactly as he does now, only younger.

Spy - (2015) - B+
--> Good-hearted British spy-comedy film, following the tradition of Austin Powers, Johnny English, etc...

Apollo 13 - (1995) - B
--> Perhaps a little too moralizing, but a great docudrama about the Apollo 13 space mission.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - (2015) - A-
--> Just like Spy, only a little bit more serious, and with better action sequences. I can't believe this movie didn't do well at the box office. In my opinion it deserves a sequel.

The Sugarland Express - (1974) - B+
--> It takes a very good actor to be able to play someone so dumb, so convincingly.

A Simple Life - (2011) - A+
--> Magnificent movie, a must-watch.

Robin Hood - (1973) - B
--> Definitely not the best Disney movie, however it has enough moments that made me smile, especially towards the end.

The Horse Whisperer - (1998) - B+
--> Somehow I had never seen this one, even though they seem to show it once every couple of months at least, on the various "women" channels we have. It's a long movie, probably a bit too long, but rewarding in the end. The story is quite predictable though.

Rescue Dawn - (2006) - A-
--> Excellent performance by Christian Bale. An incredible story.

Risky Business - (1983) - C+
--> Very similar in style and theme to The Secret of My Success. I can only conclude that these 80ies comedies haven't aged well at all.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation - (2015) - B+
--> Jus as good as a Ghost Protocol, if not better.
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« Reply #3967 on: June 04, 2017, 06:38:14 PM »

I'm a bit behind on my movie log. Here goes..

Source Code - (2011) - B+
--> Seriously cool movie, interesting concept. It's similar to Memento's way of repeating itself. Great watch.

Like Father, like Son - (2013) - A
--> Japanese film about a family who discovers their son was switched with another baby at birth. Excellent movie, with a powerful message.

Drive - (2011) - A-
--> Second viewing. Ryan Gosling is brooding the entire film. The opening sequence alone makes it worth the watch.

Timbuktu - (2014) - A-
--> A must view in my opinion, because it shows the influence of Islamist extremism in an atypical (i.e. non-Western) environment.

Zootropolis - (2016) - B+
--> I just discovered on wikipedia that this movie's original title is Zootopia. Honestly, I didn't really know what to expect. I picked up the Blu-ray a couple weeks ago, despite never even realizing this had come out in the cinema. As I'm looking at the wikipedia page, I see it was a huge box office hit. After watching the movie, I'm not surprised. The story is fun and fairly original, the characters interesting and the animation excellent.

Ocean's Twelve - (2004) - B
--> Great movie if you just want to enjoy some mindless action from a splendid ensemble cast. This is probably the third or fourth time I've watched it. Somehow, it doesn't get boring.

The Player - (1992) - B+
--> A Robert Altman movie. I think from his other movies, I've only seen Gosford Park, which is a great movie. This kind of movie could never be made today. It's about Hollywood itself, in fact, probably about a Hollywood that doesn't exist anymore. It's a shame, as I think there's room for "intelligent" movies such as this, to stand alongside all the action a superhero movies.

Mad Max - (1979) - D
--> Probably my most controversial rating of this post, but I couldn't connect with the movie at all. The villains are so cartoony and stupid, including their outfits, that it makes the entire movie a joke. Some of the car scenes are also quite unrealistic; all of this breaking my immersion all the time. A lot if it just looks like...bad acting to me. It's so bad, I was wondering whether that was the point of the director: to make a movie that's so bad it becomes good again. But I don't think that's the case, which just means it ends up being weird. I know it's a cult classic nowdays, probably because it was one of the first big Australian movies to be made, with a lot of (now) classic cars, etc... But for me, who never saw the movie until now and hasn't developed any nostalgia for it, it's just simly a bad movie.

Calvary - (2014) - B
--> A dark comedy, about an Irish priest trying to find himself in his community during a week. A typical film festival type of movie, although I do watch quite a lot of those (Like Father, Like Son, Timbuktu).

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome - (2013) - C
--> I'm reading on wikipedia this was actually a miniseries, but I saw it as a movie. You can tell this was made on a limited budget, but the (unknown) cast does a reasonable job given the questionable material at hand.

Nightcrawler - (2014) - A
--> Outstanding movie about a very innovative subject. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is this a milestone in his career. He nails the sociopath/psycho vibe.
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