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Postby FiSH » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:04 am

Just finished watching Silent House, a horror flick of sorts starring Elizabeth Olsen's boobies. This one's tough to describe. Luckily, its lack of a distinct plot makes anything I tell you spoiler-free. What I can say is that there is a young girl whose family is fixing up a old relic of a house. A few scares later you're convinced that the house is haunted, but then second guess it as the film progresses. A twist at the end is largely ineffective due to the fact that you're not really led to believe something different is going on beforehand. The film occasionally succeeds as a horror flick and Olsen was very convincing. The film falls flat overall though, making it hard to recommend. 4/10

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Postby FiSH » Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:49 am

Took the kids to see Madagascar 3 yesterday. They were excited and I was a bit myself. The first two were super so I had to see this one, especially since they stuck with the original cast. The movie begins as the penguins make a break from Africa in the modified downed plane they crashed in the second movie, leaving behind the lion (Ben Stiller), the giraffe (David Schwimmer), the hippo Jada Pinkett Smith), and the zebra (Chris Rock). And of course the movie wouldn't be complete without the flamboyant lemur (Sasha Barren Cohen). Anyway, the gang catches up with the penguins and they begin their journey back to New York.

I'm happy to say that the film did not disappoint! I enjoyed every minute of it, save for a 5 minute snooze caused by the pain meds I'm having to take. My daughter woke me up by shoving a gummy worm in my mouth, so all as good. To comment on this one compared to the last two movies - the first one was great, the second one was better, and the third was about as good as the second - which is how I feel about the Toy Story flicks. Despite it being geared toward kids, I can think of no age group that wouldn't enjoy it. Great movie! 9/10

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Postby werepossum » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:04 pm

We rented Hunger Games and Safe House. The former was pretty formulaic, The Running Man with children. I'd give it 7/10 simply because the lead was very, very good, whomever she is. The latter was well acted and action-filled, but ultimately pretty formulaic and predictable. Also 7/10 for good acting keeping a tired old script's head above water - barely above water.

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Postby Ronin » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:48 pm

I know I'm late for a review of the 2010 Sci Fi movie "Never let me Go". If you saw "The Island" with Ewan MacGregor than you've seen the exciting, cool version of this film. I guess the book by some Japanese guy was really amazing ( so says the comments in IMDB) but I couldn't find 1 lick of sci fi in it. Other than the fact that the main characters are clones called 'donors' and they are raised for spare parts for the British Health Service. Once they turn like 21 or so they start their donations until they 'complete'.

It stars Kara Knightley ( the hot chick from 'Pirates') as a bitch and two other young actors in a sappy love triangle. The film is beautifully done and very sad as it reflects on the rights of the created. There's a nice bit about whether or not the donors have souls. But not even one cool sci fi car or anything!! 5/10.
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Postby FiSH » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:53 am

This latest Resident Evil movie has sparked my interest in watching the entire series of films starting with the first. To date, I've not seen a single one as I've been under the impression that you can't just join these in the middle. Can anyone comment on how worthwhile seeing these has been?
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Postby ZeroGuardian » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:12 am

Well for me all they had to say was Milla Jovovich in tight leather and I came running.... :P

All things being serious, don't expect the series to be anything like the games just want to get that out there first. But to be honest that isn't necessarily a bad thing as the games would make a pretty terrible movie if we are brutally honest.

These movies are summer blockbuster action films. Don't expect any real worthwhile story or plot. Its about an interesting concept thrown in with really cool special effects, awesome action sequences, and a great big dollop of sci-fi fantasy.

Are they worth seeing? Only if you want to turn your brain off for a few hours and just enjoy the ride.

For me, I enjoy the series but do agree that at times it goes even a little weird for my taste. But still looking forward to seeing the latest one, and more Milla Jovovich in tight clothes. :))
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Postby jwhx » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:50 pm

The RE movies are pretty terrible. The first one is the only one that would be decent. With that said, I still love them. They hit that sweet spot of bad but highly entertaining.....except number 2. That was a giant P.O.S. I'll see this one....probably in the theater.

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Postby gregorov_14 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:44 pm

Having seen all 4 and going to see the fifth tonight, here's my opinions of all the movies to date.

Resident Evil. This is probably the best movie of all, as it's an intro and fairly entertaining. It's closest cousin is RE1 as it takes place in a mansion.

Apocalypse - This is the Raccoon City outbreak. Introduces several familiar characters from the games, mostly RE3 and Code Veronica.

Extinction - Now most areas are hit, and as the title entails, virus is no longer localized to Raccoon City. Probably the worst so far (that I've seen), but new characters are introduced (I think from RE2).

Afterlife - Getter than Extinction as now they added in RE4-style mechanics to the movies, and Claire Redfield finally gets into her element (she kinda sucked in Extinction). Filmed for 3D, but I only saw it in 2D, but you can tell which scenes were created just for 3D.

Retribution - haven't seen. Heard a few more characters from RE2 (and to some extent, RE4) are in this one, but apparently goes all weird. Also filmed for 3D.

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The movies are fairly average. Combine 1 part action, 1 part "we need to use characters from the games", and 1 part plot and there you have the movies. If you've seen Ultraviolet, these are of similar quality, but a better storyline.
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Postby Synchronicity » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:27 pm

Saw Looper yesterday. I thought it was okay. The cinematography and dialogue were excellent, as was some of the action and sci-fi scenes, but sometimes it devolved into silly cliches and almost parodic elements. The story starts out really fast-paced and will sometimes lose track of certain plot-lines and will never revisit them. Because of the exhilarating pace whenever the movie hits a slow-point it ends up being magnified -- I found myself looking at my watch a few times. Some interesting themes regarding time travel but then these themes are thrown out in favor of something more predictable and, frankly, retarded. I walked away feeling disappointed at the lost potential but overall satisfied with what I saw.
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Postby Synchronicity » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:24 am

Also saw Argo. Brilliant movie. It's so refreshing to see something that has no gimmicks or frills and yet be so suspenseful. It's very true to the actual story and very fair with its representation. Excellent acting, cinematography, and direction. Favorite movie of the year. Go see it!
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Postby jwhx » Sat Oct 20, 2012 1:33 am

Synchronicity wrote:Also saw Argo. Brilliant movie. It's so refreshing to see something that has no gimmicks or frills and yet be so suspenseful. It's very true to the actual story and very fair with its representation. Excellent acting, cinematography, and direction. Favorite movie of the year. Go see it!

I just got back from watching that. Pretty damned good. Even though you know how it ends, it manages to keep the suspense going. They also did a masterful job of making it feel like it was shot in the late 70s. I never would have pegged Affleck as a director but he keeps proving he's rather good it.

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Postby saipan » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:42 pm

Argo was good. Sinister was ok also, had some nice twists. Looking forward to skyfall.
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Postby FiSH » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:22 am

Saw Skyfall with the wife last night. Great flick! Tons better than the second one, but I still prefer Casino Royale. The action was great and the story was super, but Craig was not in full Bond mode frequently enough throughout the film. The manner in which the story was played out required this, but I still feel that Royle was the quintessential Bond flick among the three. 8.6/10
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Postby Synchronicity » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:32 pm

I completely agree, Fish. Skyfall was great, at least considerably better than Quantum of whatever the fuck that was. Still, it felt a bit too long and the climax was drawn out and tedious. Casino Royale is still my favorite.
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Postby saipan » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:14 pm

meh, skyfall was ok. better than quantum of solace thats for sure. seemed more like a bourne movie to me, always chasing, using electronics to follow people. like the cast though.
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Postby Natedog » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:27 am

I watched Skyline yesterday. Great premise, I liked that the point of view was different (reminded me of Cloverfield which I thought was great), the aliens were neat, BUT the plot DID NOT move forward! It was 90 minutes of hanging out at an apartment complex and montages to speed up. Overall I was excited when it started but when I got to the end I literally said "That was it?" I give it a 4.5/10 for the creativity in point of view, premise, and the alien race attacking.

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Postby gregorov_14 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:36 pm

Watched the documentary "The Beautiful Truth" last night, and oh boy, I'll give this 1, maybe 1.5 stars out of 5. The guiding principle is that there's a cure to cancer that's been known for 50 years and the medical establishment has tried to silence Max Gerson because there's no money to be made from his cures. It's full of pseudoscience and interviews with people who have used this "alternative medicine" to cure their ailments, but lacks substance, and is very dull and boring. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Good:
They raise some concern over amalgam fillings due to its mercury content.
They say to eat a healthy diet / MSG and aspartame aren't great to consume

Bad
One liner statements with no citation or explanation and assumed to be true.
* disease was on the decline before vaccination (citation needed, and probably wrong)
Coffee enemas for detoxification of the body (we don't need "detox", just better diet)
Unverifiable claims of cure, and only selective follow-up on patients

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One-liners and mini discussions of stuff
* Nazi germany fluoridated water for mind control (absurdly false)
* Kirlian photography shows organic and uncooked vegetables as having an "energy force" compared to cooked and conventional vegetables, which are dead, and so pasteurization is bad (where did that come from a cooked carrot?)

Overall, this is part of my series of watching hugely propagandist videos for a friend who still thinks 9/11 was an inside job and all big pharma, big agriculture, and the government are conspiring to create a one world order and poison us to keep us submissive to them, or something like that. I highly recommend not watching this, and instead watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead if you want to watch how nutrition heals.

Edit: the videos are not on 9/11, but Kent Hovind, a YEC nutjob who's in prison for tax evasion.
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Postby Ronin » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:43 pm

Natedog wrote:I watched Skyline yesterday. Great premise, I liked that the point of view was different (reminded me of Cloverfield which I thought was great), the aliens were neat, BUT the plot DID NOT move forward! It was 90 minutes of hanging out at an apartment complex and montages to speed up. Overall I was excited when it started but when I got to the end I literally said "That was it?" I give it a 4.5/10 for the creativity in point of view, premise, and the alien race attacking.



I saw it too and thought the EXACT same thing!
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Postby Harvester » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:53 am

Wow, ParaNorman is a really great animated (stop motion+CGI, it looks great) animated movie! A real surprise.

It's about a boy who can see and talk to ghosts and has to use his gift (or curse, since he's ostracized by pretty much everyone for being the "spooky ghost kid") to break an ancient curse involving a witch who was put on trial and executed by the Puritans a couple of centuries ago. It's very funny and a little bit scary, the numerous horror movie references are very well done. In fact, I liked the framing of the scary scenes so much that I wish this team of filmmakers would make an actual horror movie next.

Also, it's intelligently written and has a surprisingly poignant and endearing message that flows forth directly from what happens in the story and, unlike many other children's movies, doesn't feel the least bit tacked on. I feel that the central message of this movie (which has to do with bullying, but the movie touches on other things as well) may actually give children who are being bullied some encouragement.

Be warned though, like this studio's previous movie, Coraline, ParaNorman is too scary and too complex for smaller children. I'd wager it's suitable for about age 10 and up, but that's up to you as a parent to decide.

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Postby FiSH » Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:17 am

Made it out to the movies last night and saw Django, a para-western/period piece by Quentin Tarrantino. Just happens to be his best film to date IMO. Expect Quentin's signature balls-out violence and comic relief to round out a captivating story. Jamie Foxx rocks the screen as does Leonardo DiCaprio as a perfect southern gentleman. Samuel L Jackson plays a great part as well. The film is set during the late 1800's and deal with the harsh treatment of slaves which can be hard to watch at times. But the film as a whole highly enjoyable. As with the bulk of Tarrantino's flicks, I suspect that men will appreciate it more so than women. But if your lady can stomach it, bring her along. Django is a superb film. 9.2/10
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Postby jwhx » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:46 am

^ I saw Django with two women and they both liked it. We all agreed that it's Tarantino's best film to date. The thing that stuck out the most for me was it seemed like Sam Jackson was in blackface. All the principle actors turned out great performances with Di Caprio and Waltz as the stand outs. Plus the bag scene alone was worth the price of admission.

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^ Indeed! That scene was priceless!
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Postby Synchronicity » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:00 pm

Being away from a PC has let me watch a ton of movies. Here're some impressions:

The Hobbit -- I loved it because it didn't deviate too much from the LOTR movies (actors, location, effects, narrative) nor the book. But the movie was too long, far too much exposition, I struggled to keep awake, and the CGI looked pretty shitty with the 48 FPS. They should have done what Avatar did by doing the humans over with CGI to make it more seamless. Otherwise the contrast is just too jarring and takes you out of the action. I also discovered I really don't like 3D.

Battleship -- It was surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Cheesy action film that lacks brains but makes up for it with some great visuals. Fun.

The Expendables 2 -- There's a reason 80s action flicks aren't popular anymore but this was a better throwback than the first movie. It was fun and it never took itself seriously. Worth seeing, if just to remind yourself that these big stars are old as fuck.

Men in Black 3 -- Also surprisingly good. The plot is pretty predictable and resolves itself far too snugly but the movie was fun and I'm an MiB fan, so it worked out well.

Act of Valor -- Also pretty brainless. No plot, no characters, but the action was great and the movie wasn't a bore. Obvious propaganda but everything looks and feels "authentic." Probably because the actors are actual SEALs and the bullets are real.

Prometheus -- I loved the epic sci-fi feel. I felt that the horror could have been expanded to be truly frightening without resorting to tired monster cliches. The film really loses focus in the second half (or just completely changes its tone) but it was still a great experience. I enjoyed it.
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Postby Ronin » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:06 pm

I just got Dredd off Netflix. I watched it on Blu Ray on my 96" front projection screen ( with 5.1 surround) and it was better than I expected. You should know I've never read the 'graphic novel' but I did see the version with Stallone that was well... not great.

Karl Urban ( You never get to see his eyes, which is kinda creepy) plays the stern, gravelly voiced Judge. Its plot is pretty predictable, he and a brand new Judge recruit who is psychic get trapped in a high rise 'Block' ( think giant 200 story tall concrete public housing with like 50,000 residents) while investigating 3 drug related murders. The drug dealers inside are lead by 'Mama', who reminds me way to much of Bellatrix LaStrange from Harry Potter, lock the Judges inside blocking all communications too.

The best part of this Die Hard influenced thriller is the drug 'Slo Mo' which slows down time as perceived by the user. This visual effects for it is stunning. The first you see of it is a woman in a bath tub and she lifts her arm out of the water and the water beads with lots of prismatic effects. I actually watched it that scene twice because it was so cool.

You have to get past some unbelievable scenes like the use of like 5 mini guns killing everyone on 1 floor but amazingly neither judge gets hit! What luck! I'd give it 3 & a half stars.
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Postby Harvester » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:29 pm

Synchronicity wrote:Being away from a PC has let me watch a ton of movies. Here're some impressions:

The Hobbit -- I loved it because it didn't deviate too much from the LOTR movies (actors, location, effects, narrative) nor the book. But the movie was too long, far too much exposition, I struggled to keep awake, and the CGI looked pretty shitty with the 48 FPS. They should have done what Avatar did by doing the humans over with CGI to make it more seamless. Otherwise the contrast is just too jarring and takes you out of the action. I also discovered I really don't like 3D.

Battleship -- It was surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Cheesy action film that lacks brains but makes up for it with some great visuals. Fun.

The Expendables 2 -- There's a reason 80s action flicks aren't popular anymore but this was a better throwback than the first movie. It was fun and it never took itself seriously. Worth seeing, if just to remind yourself that these big stars are old as fuck.

Men in Black 3 -- Also surprisingly good. The plot is pretty predictable and resolves itself far too snugly but the movie was fun and I'm an MiB fan, so it worked out well.

Act of Valor -- Also pretty brainless. No plot, no characters, but the action was great and the movie wasn't a bore. Obvious propaganda but everything looks and feels "authentic." Probably because the actors are actual SEALs and the bullets are real.

Prometheus -- I loved the epic sci-fi feel. I felt that the horror could have been expanded to be truly frightening without resorting to tired monster cliches. The film really loses focus in the second half (or just completely changes its tone) but it was still a great experience. I enjoyed it.


I didn't see Act of Valor, but I saw those other movies too.

The Hobbit was fun, I didn't mind the 3D and the 48FPS, didn't notice bad special effects. It was fun to revisit that world again. Though by its nature The Hobbit is not as epic as LOTR, it's a 200 or so page book stretched into 3 movies, so there's more padding. Also there's less at stake, in LOTR the future of Middle-Earth was on the balance, here they just need to defeat a dragon so the dwarves have a place to live again, it just doesn't feel as epic. But nonetheless I really did like it. I'd give the LOTR movies 9.5/10 and The Hobbit 8.5/10.

Prometheus was gorgeous to watch in the theater. Great looking flick as can be expected from Ridley Scott. I was however underwhelmed by the quality of the screenplay. The scientists really didn't behave like professionals, it was a bit unbelievable how they acted. Some of the plot twists also weren't very believable. My memory on the details is a little hazy bit I remember coming out of it impressed by the visuals but wishing they had hired a better screenwriter. Still had fun with it though.

I agree pretty much word for word with you on The Expendables 2, Battleship and Men in Black 3. Expendables and Battleship were enjoyable popcorn flicks, but I was especially surprised by how funny Men in Black 3 was. I thought Men in Black 2 was pretty weak so this was a welcome surprise. I especially laughed my ass off during the Andy Warhol jokes.


Also saw Oliver Stone's new movie, Savages. In the extras, I saw Stone describe it as a "heightened romantic thriller", which is true, especially the heightened part, it really is pretty brutal. But then again Mexican drug warfare is pretty brutal in real life too, and I can handle it okay, so I was fine with it, but it did hit me harder than expected.

And I watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Also pretty violent, but this was highly stylized violence that was fun to watch, didn't affect me emotionally like in Savages. I also liked how they took the concept seriously, it's really as serious a movie about Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires as you can make. It's not a horror movie pastiche with lame jokes, and I liked that.

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Postby Ronin » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:50 pm

Just got Looper on Blu Ray. It's a sci fi time travel flick star Bruce Willis. Before I say any more let me put up that I am a HUGE Bruce Willis fan. I enjoy just about everything he's in. His 'every man' bit plays well, not a super hero, Mr Universe build or anything just believable as a fairly normal guy.

I hated this movie. I gave it 1 star. They ignore a whole bunch of the normal time travel paradoxes like all of them just about. They said they didn't want to be bogged down. You know you're in trouble when Harry Potter's time travel is a lot more believable than Loopers YOu should also know I am a parent. I tell you this because when I was younger I would have overlooked a big part of the movie it's the whole premise. One weak point the action takes place in 2044 and looks like JJ Abrahm's earth in the new star trek, lot's of farm land and hover motorcycles. The effects were pretty week.

SPOILER ALERT!!!

The real premise of the movie is if you could go back in time & kill Hitler as child would you? The guy running things in the future is called the rainmaker he's a powerful psychic, the kind Stephen King would have created early in his career. Old Looper Bruce Willis get the rainmaker's birth information and goes back to kill him, actually it's not why he goes back but close enough. So he has birthdates & hospital info & there 3 kids who might be the Rainmaker. So he goes all terminator on them and tracks them down one by one. He also communicates this info to his younger self. Younger self like's the stripper that's raising the rainmaker & doesn't want the kid killed. So the scene when Bruce goes and kills the first 4 year old kid is when this film lost me. Sure they didn't actually show Bruce Willis shoot a 4 year old boy up close with a 44 magnum revolver but it was close enough.

Any movie with the main plot point being 'do I kill a toddler?' is not for me. They could have done the 'kill hitler' many other ways but they didn't. I didn't even finish watching it. I won't spoil the very end either ( I did watch the climax) but I wasn't impressed. Maybe someone else will watch it and make the case why I should give it another chance, until then Time After Time is the best Time Travel movie ever.
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Postby Synchronicity » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:11 pm

Saw Zero Dark Thirty. The last 40 minutes were pretty awesome but the rest of the movie felt either overdramatic without anything going on or just too... eh... There aren't really any characters or much development so the movie felt pointless until the action scenes where [spoiler] Osama gets shot.
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Postby grey_area » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:59 pm

Mostly with you on Looper, Ronin. I'd give a slightly higher rating, though. Overall, I liked the basic premise, and that I'd give a 4. I'd give a 1 for how they dealt with the temporal paradoxes, since, as you say, they were pretty bad. Admittedly, anything with time travel in this day and age will be subjected to deep scrutiny by sci-fi fans, and will always be found wanting because there will always be unexplained paradoxes.

The one part that I did "like" spoiler? (and this is coming from a parent of young children too) was that Bruce Willis's character wasn't just cold blooded and heartless about the killings. He knew he was doing something absolutely atrocious, but felt that not doing it was even worse. His emotional response each time he got it wrong was the right one, and Bruce portrayed that very well. Still, I'm with you, I didn't like the actual fact of killing children. I couldn't actually watch those parts. It was saved from complete trash for me by the man himself though. Bruce always plays his roles well.

I'd have given it a 2.5 overall myself, but agree, not Bruce's best film, and the end was far too predictable.

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Postby grey_area » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:53 am

Last night we watched Catch .44, a film starring Bruce Willis's mouth eating pecans and a bunch of women with guns (hence the "." in Catch .44). The name is supposed to be a combination of Catch 22 and the .44 guns, giving you an idea of what the film is going to be like.

I enjoyed it, though the IMDB and RT critics didn't give it a great rating. Most cited the fact that while there were definitely Tarantino influences in the film it didn't end up being a Tarantino film, which I think is unfair. The director, Aaron Harvey, doesn't have many films under his belt, and is forging his own way in the film world. I'm not going to mark him down for that. There were some scenes reminiscent of David Lynch too, but only a smattering, so the film didn't get too out of hand.

If you've not seen it, Willis plays a crime boss who sends a team of women out to intercept a drug deal taking place at an out of town truck stop. Charlie's Angels but they're bad gals, and you get to see Charlie.

The film jumps back and forth between the past and present, and there are some good (read "disturbing") scenes with Forrest Whittaker. Willis was good, but I couldn't take his role seriously because he just isn't the crime boss type. He would have been more convincing if he'd reprised his Last Man Standing role. Still, he probably has a total of five minutes film time for all that so it doesn't interrupt the film too much. The shooting scenes play out well, and are not over-blown.

As I said, I enjoyed it, at will give it 3/5.

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Postby Harvester » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:51 am

Watched a couple of movies on my new screen, Drive and Black Swan. I'd seen them before, but man, those are some expertly directed movies! Drive's laid back pace interpuncted by moments of brief brutal violence, the slow motion images, longing gazes of the characters, excellent car chase camera work, it's very well done. And Black Swan really comes alive on my new screen. I don't claim to fully understand what it means, but it really is a nasty little thriller. Aronofsky uses jittery, nervous camera work, always follows Portman from behind and he keeps his camera too close to the characters, makes me uncomfortable. The dance scenes are expertly filmed as well. Anyone else like these movies?

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Postby SuperCharge » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:23 am

An old one but I watched Journey 2. Crappy movie, but made me laugh once.
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Postby jwhx » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:02 am

I finally got around to watching Skyfall. It's a pretty entertaining action flick that's on par with the rest of the "new" Bond films. They'll never truly be Bond flicks in my mind as I grew up with the gadgety cheese but I do like the new ones as action movies. I did enjoy the various nods to classic Bond, like the original Aston Martin complete with hidden machine guns, and the little twist at the end I wasn't expecting. Also, Naomie Harris is freaking HOT.

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Postby SuperCharge » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:06 am

Oz is a decent movie and I want to see it again. Go see it before it goes out of theatres.
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Postby FiSH » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:36 am

While it was cool to see another take on Clark's early years and Diane Lane (+1), Man of Steel as a whole was a huge disappointment. I grew up with the Superman who rescued cats from trees, helped the elderly and gleefully took Richard Prior for a joy ride. Ok, that one wasn't great, but his love for humanity and contrast between nerd and hero was lost in favor of vengeance against Zod who managed to kill hundreds of thousands of people on earth before inciting utter hatred and madness in Superman during a fortunate yet unsettling resolution. Not once during the movie did I get the chills I got from his heroic deeds that made me daydream of "flying like Superman" while growing up. What you get is just another continuous battle against end of the world visuals that worked better in the other ass-kicking hero flicks. I actually felt like walking out a half hour before it ended. The story was indeed good during the first half. The rest was mundane, predictable and sad. 3.5/10
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Postby jacobvandy » Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:56 pm

I've not seen it yet, but to be fair, he probably only did all that lame stuff back in the day because they had to fill hundreds or thousands of comic books with something, lol. It's just not compelling enough for a blockbuster movie outside of a short musical montage used to build up some character, at least not these days.
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Postby ZeroGuardian » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:39 pm

I saw Man of Steel on Friday. I thought the movie was pretty good myself. Not anything exceptional for sure, but it was entertaining. I also liked the slightly darker tone this movie had (yes, yes, I know its just playing into the "darker" style of recent comic based movies) as it really helped to flesh out the characters in such a short time period.

I had a feeling that this movie was going to be a rough one, since they have to squeeze the origin story and the villain story all in one. So I knew that heading in and adjusted my expectations accordingly.

My only real complaint is the amount of destruction felt over the top. It just wasn't necessary and led to more "effects" shots rather than seeing the characters use their powers. That being said it did make it feel like the villains were a real threat, so there is that.

Overall, the action was decent, the story was ok, the effects were what you expect out of big summer blockbuster movies, and it still remained entertaining throughout.

I give it a solid 7/10.
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Postby FiSH » Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:23 am

Saw World War Z the other night. Fun flick! Not your typical zombie flick, more action than horror. Effects were super and the story was intriguing. Enjoyed Brad Pitt for a change too. If you love going to the movies, this will complement the experience quite well. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
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