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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:59 pm

And you have to admit that the T-rexes smashing that trailer with Julianne Moore to bits was a kickass scene.

The first is still my favorite. But there's stuff to like in all of them. I just hate that the third one felt the need to go "bigger and better" and create a dino more "TOTALLY AWESOME" than the Rex. Bullshit. The T-rex should have still been the lead baddie in part 3. That other thing wasn't intimidating at all. Maybe is was bad design, or whatever, but just that short scene where they accidentally run into the T-rex feeding gave me more of a scare than anything with this super dino the filmmakers gave us in part 3.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:46 am

JURASSIC PARK III was, is and forever shall be a gigantic pile of steaming dogshit. Saw all three films in the theater so you could say I grew up with this shit. At age seven my ass was blown out of the cinema by the magic of the motherfucking dinosaurs. I don't care what James Earl Jones said, this shit was real. Age eleven I was knocked out of my shoes by not one but two T-Rexes fucking up shit. I knew even then that Jeff Goldblum was a bad motherfucker. I also knew that a T-Rex rampaging through San Diego is not nearly as good an idea on film as it probably was on paper. After the movie was over I found myself wishing it had ended with the Rex roaring at the city. After that the film gets a little too cute for its own good. By age fourteen I was getting pretty wise about this motion picture business. The kid who proclaimed SPAWN to be the best film he had ever seen was long dead, replaced by someone taller and slightly wiser. And the very thought of JURASSIC PARK III kinda sickened that taller kid. I knew I was in for some serious shit when the "III" in the title was three claw marks scratched through "JURASSIC PARK." Just as I had predicted. I was wise to their tricks. I should have left then, but my house was thirteen miles from the theater and I couldn't drive. Besides, I sat through MISSION TO MARS and lived to tell about it. But this was some whole different shit. Fucking cartoon dinosaurs running around with ugly bright colored skin, feathers, one of them even talked and a raptor broke Michael Jeter's neck. All the dinosaurs looked like critters straight out of JUMANJI. Can't believe how terrible the CGI was. Eight years after JURASSIC PARK, for Christ's sake, and those dinosaurs hold up pretty goddamn good nearly twenty years later.

The mobile phone in the pile of dinosaur shit was pretty fucking stupid, too.

I just watched HOOK, though, and that is some magical shit. Ruffie-OHHHHHHHH!
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:20 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote: Fucking cartoon dinosaurs running around with ugly bright colored skin,

Yeah, I got no idea what was up with that. I guess since the JP movies always tried to be "scientific accurate", someone found out that dinosaurs were multicoloured and they put it into the movie. My buddy and me were joking about a groub of Graffiti sprayers, who stranded on the island and sprayed all dinosaurs, before they were eaten.

feathers

Huh? I don't remember any feathers.

one of them even talked

He said two words in a dream sequence. I don't think that counts.

and a raptor broke Michael Jeter's neck.

In part 2 were two T-rexes ripping Richard Schiff apart in the middle and then left because they were apparently sated. (Dinosaur diet?)

All the dinosaurs looked like critters straight out of JUMANJI. Can't believe how terrible the CGI was.

I gotta say that you are wrong with this one too. It is easy to see that they had a smaller budget than in the previous movies, but the FX were still really good in this one.

The mobile phone in the pile of dinosaur shit was pretty fucking stupid, too.

This is one thing that I liked, but I won't argue with anybody who hated it. Especially that it was a very dark humored, even unbelievable cruel joke, if you consider that they were technically digging through the leftovers of someone they met before.

I just watched HOOK, though, and that is some magical shit. Ruffie-OHHHHHHHH!

Yeah, nothing says more "great movie" than a cross dressing cameo of Glenn Close. 8-)
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:44 am

Fried Gold wrote:Recommended:

Conspiracy - a BBC/HBO production about the Wannsee Conference in 1942. Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth.

I saw it almost a decade ago, but got to see it again this week and was reminded about just how masterful a performance it is. Almost like a stage play, It's all about the acting and the dialogue.


Quoted for truth.

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:18 pm

there were feathers on the raptors because of the "scientific accuracy" or whatever suggested that the dinos had feathers.

I know this because JP3 is the only one with a commentary
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:27 pm

Seriously? I saw the movie three times and I can't remember any visible feathers.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:46 pm

DerLanghaarige wrote:Yeah, nothing says more "great movie" than a cross dressing cameo of Glenn Close. 8-)


Glenn Close is a WOMAN!?
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:49 pm

The feathers were kinda subtle, as far as feathers go:

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:24 pm

Oh these things! They don't even look like feathers. I always thought they were some spike-ish things.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Fried Gold on Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:38 pm

I had the "pleasure" of watching Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus earlier.

It is worth seeing just for laughs. Try to watch it without starting up your own MST3K-style commentary.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby minstrel on Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:17 pm

Al Shut wrote:
Fried Gold wrote:Recommended:

Conspiracy - a BBC/HBO production about the Wannsee Conference in 1942. Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth.

I saw it almost a decade ago, but got to see it again this week and was reminded about just how masterful a performance it is. Almost like a stage play, It's all about the acting and the dialogue.


Quoted for truth.

If I were Kenneth Brannagh I'd be worried about looking that good in uniform.


Thirded! Amazing film. Brilliant performances, excellent script, very illuminating into the Nazi mindset. I highly recommend this film to anyone who hasn't seen it yet. I may even have a copy of it in my totally fucked-up organization of DVDs, and if I can find it, I'll definitely watch it again.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:45 am

DerLanghaarige wrote:
    #00042 Hard Target (TV)
This might be John Woo's best US-movie (Fuck Face/Off! You suck!).


Double wrong!

Not only does Face/Off not suck but Operation Broken Arrow is better than Hard Target too.

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:46 am

You might be on to something with Broken Arrow, because I haven't seen it and even totally forgot that it existed! I still stand by my opinion on Face/Off though.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bayouwolf on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:09 pm

Finally got around to watching Powder Blue...

Ya' know, Jessica Beil's bewbage is nice and all, but this was possibly the worst movie I've ever watched just to see a few moments of nudity from what I consider a beautiful specimen of the feminine kind.

Seriously...It was like watching bad porn, but with out the bits that make it, you know...porn.

Honestly, if it wasn't for those precious seconds of topless wonderment, this would get a (1/10)...
As it stands (2/10)
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:32 pm

Bayouwolf wrote:Finally got around to watching Powder Blue...

Ya' know, Jessica Beil's bewbage is nice and all, but this was possibly the worst movie I've ever watched just to see a few moments of nudity from what I consider a beautiful specimen of the feminine kind.

Seriously...It was like watching bad porn, but with out the bits that make it, you know...porn.

Honestly, if it wasn't for those precious seconds of topless wonderment, this would get a (1/10)...
As it stands (2/10)


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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby minstrel on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:37 pm

DerLanghaarige wrote:You might be on to something with Broken Arrow, because I haven't seen it and even totally forgot that it existed! I still stand by my opinion on Face/Off though.


Broken Arrow is better than I remember it. Christian Slater actually makes a good action hero in it, and his chemistry with the woman (I forget her name) was very good. The movie is damaged by John Travolta's over-the-top villain - COMPLETELY unbelievable.

Face/Off is utter shit. Not only does it have Travolta in it, sucking badly again, but Nicholas Cage sucks in it, too. And the premise is one of the most preposterous ever put on screen. Ridiculous film - not even fun in a so-bad-it's-good way. It takes itself too seriously for that.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:59 pm

minstrel wrote:Broken Arrow is better than I remember it. Christian Slater actually makes a good action hero in it, and his chemistry with the woman (I forget her name) was very good. The movie is damaged by John Travolta's over-the-top villain - COMPLETELY unbelievable.



That would be the lovely Samantha Mathis.

And agreed, pretty good flick (although Woo is overrated...quick to the overrated thread!) brought down dramatically by Travolta.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby minstrel on Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:17 pm

so sorry wrote:That would be the lovely Samantha Mathis.


Thank you, so sorry, and my apologies to Ms. Mathis for forgetting her name. She deserves better.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:41 am

I thought Travolta played a pretty good Nic Cage in FACE/OFF. I do think that movie was hurt by actually showing the face switch. Your film really loses credibility when you show those rubber faces floating in jars.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:50 am

John Woo is the Woo in Woohoo

If we ever get around to having this duells over differing opinions on movies that we're always talking about, I'm gonna blat you guys double handed.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Fried Gold on Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:15 pm

I watched Valykrie again on DVD earlier.

It's a quality film...still seems quite underrated to me.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:14 pm

I like me some Woo but holy shit is Windtalkers just fucking awful. I saw the director's cut last month, which was the first time I had seen it since the theater, and I think it got worse. There are a few performances that I can't believe made it into the film. Really, that was the best take? The worst part was I had to watch it because the class I was subbing for had to watch it.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:55 am

13 movies in Smarch, not bad

Best was Conspiracy. Pretty excellent all around but what kept it from being even better was once again reality. A movie about a conference where they actually come up with the plans for the final solution instead of Heydrich confronting everybody with facts and bring them on line would have been more impressive.

Worst and worst of the year so far was Alone in the Dark II. No big surprise here.

Special Mention to Pan's Labyrinth because I was ready to give up on Guillermo Del Toro once and for all but liking this a lot I'll refrain from doing so for now. I don't think it's a masterpiece but it shows he might make one someday. I also noticed he really likes watches.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:02 am

Best of March: Shutter Island

Worst of March: The Time Traveler's Wife
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Seppuku on Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:26 am

Fave of March: Red Sun. Hearing Toshiro Mifune speak English was a total mind-trip. I wonder if he learnt it phonetically. Anyone know? Either way, this movie was a serious amount of fun. Knocks almost every other mis-matched buddy movie out of the park.

Runner-up: Gambit. Michael Caine & Shirley Maclaine are like poetry together. Well, I only really said that because their names rhyme, but this was an awesome heist movie that wasn't afraid to try a few narrative tricks (like the first 20 minutes). Thanks Harry for recommending this!

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:06 pm

Best: Ghost Writer and Fantastic Mr. Fox

Worst: I hesitate to say Gentleman Broncos, because the worst of that movie was an absolute steaming heap but the best was pretty fantastic...so I guess I'll say 'Perfect Getaway,' which wasn't bad but it took almost an hour and a half to get to the stoopid twist before there was any action.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:28 pm

I watched almost nothing new this month. And what was new was only new to me.

BEST OF MARCH

MASTER AND COMMANDER. Saw this once before and didn't like it that much except the ending. This time around I recognized it's greatness.
WOLFHOUND. The story is pretty standard stuff. Hero has to protect a princess, get revenge, save the world from a great evil, etc. But this Wolfhound guy is just such a fucking badass that he somehow elevates the entire film. And he's got a fucking pet bat, for Christ's sake. I bet you wish you had a pet bat.
ROPE. I haven't seen a lot of Hitchcock, but I realized that most of his films I've seen star Jimmy Stewart. This one was pretty good.
THE BIRDCAGE. Somehow I made it through the '90s without ever having seen THE BIRDCAGE. I don't know why I waited so long. This is pretty goddamn funny. Love the interactions between Williams, Lane and Azaria. And is it just me or is there something strangely attractive about Gene Hackman in drag?

WORST OF MARCH

NEW MOON. Yeah. I watched this. Of my own free will. No girl involved. However, this only gets worst of the month because I only watched the first twenty minutes of ULTRAVIOLET. Still, those twenty minutes were worse than NEW MOON. This is not quite as dull as TWILIGHT, so if I were forced to watch one or the other I'd choose this one. Doesn't feel like a T.V. movie. At times resembles an actual film. Plus, we get a character that we might actually care about in this one, the nice werewolf boy. I don't know what he sees in Bella. I don't know what anybody sees in Bella. Edward can't even stay awake or maintain eye contact when he's around her, so I don't know what's so special about their relationship. But this werewolf boy, he needs to find a nice girl who will treat him right. Unfortunately, that girl is a baby. So I've heard.

Fuck you, Stephenie Meyer.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:29 pm

My best and worst of March are really easy. I only saw TWO DAMN FILMS!

Best was WATCHMEN: ULTIMATE CUT. Worst was COUPLES RETREAT. It gets old seeing Vaughn play the same character over and over and over.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:34 am

EDGE OF DARKNESS or THE KING OF KONG are probably the best two movies I saw this year

as for the worst, I don't know...Couple's Retreat probably even though I had sme fun with it
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:44 am

Bloo wrote:EDGE OF DARKNESS or THE KING OF KONG are probably the best two movies I saw this year

as for the worst, I don't know...Couple's Retreat probably even though I had sme fun with it



The King of Kong really is a fun doc, I just love how serious it gets.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:32 pm

Al Shut wrote:AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (02.04 TV): People have very distinctive ideas what an Alien movie should look like. Or a Predator movie. Or an Alien vs. Predator movie. If you can get pass all three of those the movie isn't that bad but not really good either.


Yeah, it's like I always say, I still hate how AvP:R pisses with glee about everything that was established in both movie series, but I was suprised by how much I didn't hate it. It's not that I really liked it, but it's a surprisingly mean (Hospital!) and entertaining b-movie.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:24 pm

I couldn't stand AVP. Either of them. I'm surprised they managed to top the shittiness of the first with REQUIEM. A sloppy, stupid fucking mess.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:30 am

part of my problem with AVP: Requiem was that I've been to Crested Butte Colorado, I've skiied it's slopes. It doesn't look anything like that. or feel like it. It's like the pulled a name out of a hat with no thought to what it might look like or feel like or anything.

That and that movie just sucked
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:01 am

I actually think Requiem was slightly better and that is only because there were more people to kill and more places for people to go. But, they both really sucked. Way to take some of the best alien franchises and fuck them up by putting them together with craptastic writing.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:30 pm

It didn't help that they sent the dumbest fucking predator in the universe to clean up the mess on Earth. He's supposed to be covering this shit up, instead he's going around skinning people for no goddamn reason.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:00 pm

Maybe he wasn't there to clean things up, but to win a "who scares earthlings more" contest. Of course the Predators are dirty cheaters and remove everything the Aliens did, so the the earthlings are of course more scared of the Predators, because they don't even notice that an Alien was there. Didn't work out that well, eh?
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby stereosforgeeks on Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:44 am

Finally updated my list.

Best of March:
The Insect Woman
Wife! Be Like A Rose
Air Doll
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:24 pm

UPDATED:

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24. Where the Wild Things Are - It's my birthday, so I chose a film that would remind me what it's like to be a kid. While is wasn't as great as I had hoped, it's a solid film. Not for kids, but about what being a kid is like. I quite enjoyed it, and I thought that Max Records was superb. Should have got Oscar noms for Cinematography and Adapted screenplay. Jones really built a fascinating tale from a pretty bare bones source. 7/10.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:04 am

stereosforgeeks wrote:Finally updated my list.

Best of March:

Air Doll


How does it compare to Still Walking? They are showing Air Doll at SFIFF53 this week.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:57 am

DerLanghaarige wrote:
    #00053Galaxy Quest (TV)
Maybe the 2nd best film of the 90's!



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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:51 am

Fight Club
(Of course I have to watch EVERY movie of the 90's to make a list like that, so please note that I won't discuss with anybody who has a different opinion on this, because it's definitely as valid [or not] as mine in this point.)
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Pacino86845 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:40 am

Wow, someone actually watched From Justin to Kelly. Now there's a review I wanna read.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Seppuku on Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:10 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:Wow, someone actually watched From Justin to Kelly. Now there's a review I wanna read.


What can I say, when I get the urge to watch a bad movie I don't fuck around and go straight to the baddest. Not sure I want to revisit that dark place I was in for 80 hellish minutes and write a review, though.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:12 pm

Although I'm not entirely convinced of it as a movie, lots of my favorite bits might as well work as separate TV sketches, Ödipussi was my favorite of April. Loriot is, was and probably will be for a while the funniest German around. For a nation known for it's humor that is saying something.

Worst was Deathproof. I've worded my biggest complaints elsewhere so I'll just sum them up with an :evil:
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Sat May 01, 2010 10:50 am

Best of April: How to Train Your Dragon

Worst of April (it's a tie): Clash of the Titans & Leap Year (btw, Matthew Goode does scruffy Irish well).
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bayouwolf on Sat May 01, 2010 7:28 pm

Maui wrote:Best of April: How to Train Your Dragon

Worst of April (it's a tie): Clash of the Titans & Leap Year (btw, Matthew Goode does scruffy Irish well).


I was surprised on how good How to Train your Dragon actually was.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sat May 01, 2010 7:33 pm

Another slow month for me.

Best:
BACK TO THE FUTURE. I still get goose bumps when George McFly finally grows a pair and knocks Biff's ass out cold. Great cinematic moment.

Worst:
50 First Dates - Not terrible, but just the worst of the month for me. I honeymooned in Hawaii, and so a lot of the scenery was familiar.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Seppuku on Sat May 01, 2010 7:56 pm

Bayouwolf wrote:
Maui wrote:Best of April: How to Train Your Dragon

Worst of April (it's a tie): Clash of the Titans & Leap Year (btw, Matthew Goode does scruffy Irish well).


I was surprised on how good How to Train your Dragon actually was.


Me too. It's that damned cutesy title that stopped me from seeing it for so long. Apparently we've got a bunch of sequels to look forward to, too! Considering they'll be based on the [seven] books, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.

Best film seen in the cinema is Whip It. I know, it's predictable and etc. But, like, whatever. I left the film feeling like I'd just been pumped full of happy juice.
Runner-up: How to Train Your Dragon.

Best film seen at home was the epic Human Condition trilogy by my second favourite Japanese director (Masaki Kobayashi) and starring my second favourite Japanese actor (Tatsuya Nakadai). I'm not gonna go into why I think it's probably the best anti-war movie(s) ever made, 'cause it'd only end up reading dry and pretentious. I will say if you ever have the time and fancy seeing something epic and moving, you could do far worse.
Dale Tremont Presents...

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sat May 01, 2010 9:09 pm

I didn't see much this month, lots of personal stuff going on and spent a lot of time watching some TV series that I needed to catch up on (WEEDS and BIG LOVE most noteably) plus the premire of JUSTIFIED and the return of GLEE kept me pretty busy with non movie watching.

BEST:
    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Gotta agree with what everyone else has said, it's a damn strong film with the worst title in history of good movies with bad titles
    HOT TUB TIME MACHINE. I laughed, loved the shout outs to the 80s films (espically Cuask in the trenchcoat). Craig Robinson makes me laugh. I don't know how he does it, his delivery in every movie is basically the same, but some how each role is unique.

WORST:
    CLASH OF THE TITANS- not bad, just dull. Plus wasted Danny Huston = FAIL!
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bayouwolf on Sun May 02, 2010 2:10 am

Now with 100% more Bitch Slap...

I had a great time with this one...Granted, I don't think it's a good film by any means, but it's a helluva lot of fun to watch with a group of people who enjoy cheesy films with cameo's from damn near everyone in the Hercules/Xena universe...(I was fortunate enough to watch it with a couple of lesbian friends of mine who dig the hell out of it...Girl on girl fights w/ social commentary...SWEET!)

Plus, I think I learned about 100 new ways to use words that describe certain bits of the female anatomy to insult people...
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