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Old 03-10-2014, 07:27 PM   #856
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Look at the stuff that's on Netflix now: Computer Chess, Lovelace, Frances, Maniac (the remake)... almost all the movies on my Wish List to see last year (just waiting on Leviathan, Gravity, maybe the second Hunger Games)
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:47 PM   #857
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I watched The Lone Ranger last night, and found it to be a really enjoyable piece of escapism. I dunno why this got ragged on so bad. It takes its time getting to the good stuff, but once there, all the build up makes the conclusion that much more fun. So I have no problem with the length of it. About the only gripe I had was with the wrap-around scenes with old Tonto at the fair. I understand why they did it, so that the various reveals at the end work (and they do work, very well), but for the most part, whenever they cut back to the fair, it always feels unnecessary. And for a movie that's supposed to end on a high note, it's actually kind of depressing to see the character, aged and forgotten, and to know that the Ranger is probably long dead. In any case, I thought it was a lot of fun. And all the good stuff said about the conclusion set on the train is 100% true - that was wonderful.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:19 AM   #858
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Finished Orange is the New Black S2 last night, and I'm pretty disappointed in the overall watch. Whereas S1 felt fresh, clever, and scary, this season was over-sentimental, trying, and eye roll-inducing. The cheesy piano music that chimed in whenever there was a very special moment became a running joke at my place; the character Vi was a one-note villainess; and the "origins" were nowhere near as fun as last season. Disappointing, and I understand the need to get this out quickly--but what a miss.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:27 PM   #859
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:14 PM   #860
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I would like to comment if I could actually post in the forums. Nobody seems to be too interested in reviewing and/or approving my posts for some reason
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:06 AM   #861
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Nightcrawler (2014)

The reviews for this one have been very good, and so it was with relatively high hopes that I went into this over the weekend. It attempts to tell two stories: one of a very disturbed man played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and the other narrative is about the media and its manipulation in the internet age. Both are solid focuses for a film; neither is given the attention it deserves here.

Gyllenhaal's performance is excellent. But aside from the stunning car chase scenes, I never felt invested in his outcome. And while I thought the media manipulation angle was a strong one, it too never felt as explored as it needed to be in order to state a sure "message."
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:06 PM   #862
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Maleficent (2014)

What a miserable, dismal film this is. Jolie looks spectacular, of course, but wow, what a lazy script and terrible casting for Stephan. What about him is appealing to not only a human woman, but a fairy woman? And enough so that his betrayal turns a once pure woman into a vengeful shrew? This worthless, squeaky voiced asshole gets two good-looking women? How? How does this happen?
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:44 PM   #863
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I've been re-visiting and polishing my 2006 film tracker and I'm absolutely AMAZED at how many movies I've watched throughout that year. I was still at a shitty job back then where I had to work 1-2 hours overtime every day, yet I still managed to watch that many. Sometimes even four to five titles a day

Renting DVDs was no option so I always had to buy. Bought way too many Lionsgate DTV crap and based on ratings I watched way too many crap in general.

238 first time viewings (!) of movies I bought on DVD. I wouldn't spent that much money these days for sure
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Old 11-27-2014, 05:42 PM   #864
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Just watched Mighty Joe Young (1949) as part of my Thanksgiving Day viewings. I hadn't seen it since the days of WWOR's Thanksgiving marathons. As a kid it was my least favorite of the Kong trilogy. As an adult seeing it I really enjoyed it. That scene with the cowboys vs. Joe is dynamite as well as Joe's nightclub riot.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:53 PM   #865
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In the last two days of being off I managed to watch the following films:20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth Vs the Flying Saucers, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Manson (1973 doc), Nightmare City, I Am Santa Claus (very unique doc.), Jaws 2 & 3. I also attempted to revisit Lake Placid 2 but could not even make it past the 10 min mark. I also watched the documentary about H.H. Holmes and Cropsy. The Harryhausen films eere the highlight. Highly recommend the supplements featured on the Harryhausen collection as well.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:04 PM   #866
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This weekend, my gf and I went on a movie-watching bender. One of her picks was the most thuggish-ruggish films of the 80s:

Teen Witch (1989)




Starring such character actors as:

This guy!


Zelda!



The (second) dad from Betwitched!



And, the reason I am posting this...

The totally not-bogus sister from The Monster Squad!


Fun fact: the actress, Lisa Fuller, married the male hunk in this film!
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:39 AM   #867
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Anguish and The Nesting at least as far as first time views go. Very impressed by Anguish...never seen a film quite like it and felt it achieved what it was going for. The Nesting was very much a let down. Very little going on other then a wasted plot and a unlikeable leadig lady. The house however was bar none the best I have ever seen in a modern day horror film really dug that location.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:46 AM   #868
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Also watched Wolfcop and Late Phases recently. WolfCop just did not live up to the hype for me. With a million dollar budget I give them credit but other then the makeup effects I just did not dig it. As for Late Phases the film is an instant Werewolf classic especially by modern film standards. The use of practical effects and character actors is exactly what I could of asked for. A huge improvement over the directors last effective film Here Comes the Devil.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:29 AM   #869
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Last night I watched the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA (2014), and it was fantastic. Everything an animated film should be. Beautifully drawn and painted, with sly plays on perspective, and a wonderful story about family. Strong performances, too--I admit things grew a little misty near the end. I am shocked this did not win. Recommended.



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Caught Predator (1987) on IFC over the weekend, and man, they just do not make 'em like that anymore. What was the plot again? I mis-remembered, thinking that the ending of Predator 2 was the ending for the original, but nope! The film opens with a spaceship silently dropping off a package, and the film ends with said package blowing up. In between, some nonsense about a government cover up in Central America. OK. We get a lot of men grimacing and flexing and sweating, but they also take the time to show one another a tender side, like burying their dead with meaningful flasks of booze. So really, what did audiences think when they first saw this with zero context--"Oh yeah, that bad-ass alien wants to kill people, so he came to earth to do just that. Exit strategy? Not really."

Fun, fun, fun stuff, with excellent work by Stan Winston.



I mean, come on.
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