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08-01-2015, 04:02 PM
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St Vincent, good feel comedy drama, with great acting by Bill Murray.
the kid's really good too. 8/10.
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08-01-2015, 05:58 PM
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The One You Love - 9/10
Romantic drama meets dark humor. Could have been a horror film with a few lighting and reaction shot changes. Loved it! The end was a bit predictable, yet horrifying in its own way. Watch this movie, don't watch a trailer. The isn't much you can say about the plot without ruining the fun.

I hope that the world turns, and things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you. - V for Vendetta
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08-01-2015, 06:37 PM
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Big Hero 6. 10/10. Fucking Disney, gets me every time. So much human expression in their animated characters - great writing. *Bahlalalalalah*

Taken 3. 5/10. Dunno if it was just my cinema, but it felt a little flat. The action sequences were abit meh -- some noticeable cheap CGI in others (like really poorly rendered smoke in a crash scene) -- Liam Neesons was never in a scene where it felt like he might lose. It all seemed too easy for him -- taking down enemies with one hit or without being touched -- even 4 against 1. Pacing was a little off for me too. More just a Watch-Liam-Neeson-Kill-Everybody kind of movie I guess.

It wasn't no Bourne Ultimatum it could have been.
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09-01-2015, 01:04 PM
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Saw The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies the other night. Chas -- you gotta see this! (Just kidding) It had the same pros and cons as the other two Hobbit movies by Peter Jackson: spectacular scenery and visuals in general, lots of great action and battle scenes, good humor -- but lots of shit that wasn't in the book, and some of the action sequences were awfully video-gameish (i.e., the laws of physics don't allow this shit).

When it comes to Tolkien movies, I am not a purist. I liked it. 7/10
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12-01-2015, 12:15 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

4/5

Very funny and charming movie. Ralph Fiennes' character is the best part.
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12-01-2015, 01:30 PM
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(27-12-2014 09:18 PM)claywise Wrote:  
(27-12-2014 08:41 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  Unbroken, 7/10. Tough to watch because of content but well acted and scripted.

'Unbroken' is absurd myth-making of the highest order. Hillenbrand's book (beloved by many millions) portrays Louis Zamperini as a kind of demi-god, to the point of utterly implausibility.

He had pneumonia as a two-year-old and shinnied down a drainpipe and sprinted naked down the street ... ho-ho, what a little rebel!

After weeks of starvation and sun exposure on a raft in the Pacific, SuperLouis literally punches out shark after shark.

Louis the Great runs a 4:12 minute mile ... in the sand.

The man of steel endures hundreds of full-force blows from fellow inmates at a Japanese prison camp ... but never falls. Muhammad Ali couldn't bring this hero down!

That is a bare smattering of the kind of hyper-exaggeration Hillenbrand engages in. She claims that it's all supported by eyewitnesses and so on, but even Zamperini's own 1956 version, "Devil on My Heels"—itself dubious and grandiose—doesn't push his supermanity nearly that far.

It's also interesting how we now see Zamperini as a "hero"—he certainly endured and survived appalling suffering, but since when did mere survival become the stuff of heroism?

Not sure, but it accelerated when Tom Brokaw—cursed be his name—created the myth of the "greatest generation." Silly horseshit, that. The "greatest" rose in the face of incredible adversity, but the broad-brush worship is ridiculous and there is no reason to think any other generation would have failed to rise.

It's also hard to ignore that Zamperini's heroic status despite his impish beginnings—some of that's myth-making, too—is embraced because—ta da!—he found Jesus through frickin' Billy Graham. Redemption! He became a fundamentalist wingnut. (Hillenbrand, smart enough to seek the broadest possible audience for her fairy-tale, downplayed the Christian stuff, but Z himself did not in '56.)

And "American Sniper": Just more war porn. Read up on Chris Kyle and see how he compares with this portrayal. And when, exactly, did it become cool to brag and boast about killing in war? The "greatest generation" types mostly came back and kept their mouths shut, but now people write books.

And no, I'm not "anti-military." Just the opposite, actually. I'm anti-myth, anti-jingoism, and very much anti-propaganda and citizen cheerleading that sends American troops to war—other people's kids for 99.5% of the population—with so little thought for them during or after the fighting. As if yellow fucking ribbons and "they are all heroes" is enough.

Sorry. This probably should have gone in the Rant Corner.

http://contraryperspective.com/2014/08/1...in-danger/

But I really like the movie "Wild" — 8 out of 10.


I've debated as to whether to see this movie because I enjoyed the book so much but, hummm, I think I'll pass.


But I disagree about your assessment of "the greatest generation."

My dad worked for the underground during WW II . Never talked about it much. It wasn't a big deal to him since he was about 21 years old and looking for adventure more than anything. But I still think it's neat. My dad grew up with simple basic stuff, an outhouse for a bathroom and one pair of shoes. People just didn't complain about stuff the way we do today. That's just the way life was.

Compared to today's generations, they were pretty cool people. We bitch about everything from our cappuccino not being exactly perfect to our computer being one second too slow. It's the stupid generation.

Just something I needed to say.

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He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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12-01-2015, 01:32 PM
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Hobbit Five Armies

The movie itself was quite alright, maybe 7/10.

But, it was very samey, the same old formula of much muchness, and then some more muchness. Half way through I knew... I've had enough for a lifetime. Please, let this be it.

LOTR was great. The Hobbit trilogy could likely be cut down into a single 4 hour movie though, and that's still allowing for some of the ridiculous PJ additions to the story.
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12-01-2015, 01:42 PM
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Lucy with Scarlett Johanssen

8/10

Very entertaining sci-fi, lots of actions.

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12-01-2015, 01:58 PM
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Saw "Burlesque" on DVD last night. No better than 4 out of 10. Good music and some pretty sexy dance numbers, of course. But the "plot" was completely predictable from about the 1st three seconds of the movie.
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12-01-2015, 02:17 PM
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(12-01-2015 01:42 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  Lucy with Scarlett Johanssen

8/10

Very entertaining sci-fi, lots of actions.

I would say it was severely lacking in action. At no point is there any sense that she is in danger. She literally walks through enemies, disabling their weapons and pushing them away with her mind, gets in a chase where she moves cars out of the way her mind... And none of what she does ever gets an explanation of the mechanism for her abilities.

And the whole premise of the movie is just wrong. The 10% myth? They say it so matter of factly. Claims about evolution fly around, but the writer clearly has no idea wtf they're talking about. Evolution wouldn't allow for a massively underused brain. It's inefficient and unnecessary, and would have been weeded out in favor of a more efficient brain that actually used ALL it's parts instead of just wasting calories to maintain inaccessible shit.

It was actually one of the more disappointing movies I saw last year.
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