The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun May 02, 2010 3:09 am

Saw some good shit this month.

BEST OF APRIL:

THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. Cage tore it up in this shit.
SHERLOCK HOLMES. This one was a lot of fun. RDJ doing his thing.
THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. I'd never seen all of this one before. An odd Steve Martin comedy that I have trouble categorizing. And Kathleen Turner makes my dick hard.
FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Kinda surprised me how much I loved this. A charming film featuring George Clooney as a puppet.
AVATAR. Didn't lose anything in the transition from the big screen to the small screen. This is the kind of movie I can throw into the Blu-Ray player any fuckin' time.

WORST OF APRIL:


PHANTASM. I was falling asleep by the end.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Sun May 02, 2010 1:12 pm

DaleTremont wrote:Muriel's Wedding


Love that movie. Have you ever seen Welcome to the Dollhouse? It has that same enjoyable, quirky, I'm a loser but will prevail vibe to it. Seems like that would be a great double bill.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Mon May 03, 2010 4:08 pm

Maui wrote:
DaleTremont wrote:Muriel's Wedding


Love that movie. Have you ever seen Welcome to the Dollhouse? It has that same enjoyable, quirky, I'm a loser but will prevail vibe to it. Seems like that would be a great double bill.


Yeah I remember seeing Welcome to the Dollhouse when I was pretty young. I think it was one of the first indie flicks I saw that had that strange double vibe of sweetness and sickness to it. Muriel's Wedding has been one of my favorites for years now. Even though it always deeply saddens me (mostly because of the stuff with the mom) I've always felt like it's overall quite uplifting, whereas in Dollhouse I remember there being a more genuinely disturbed undercurrent going on beneath the surface. Then again, that makes a lot of sense when you consider Todd Solondz's next movie was Happiness and P.J. Hogan's was My Best Friend's Wedding :D

I rewatched a bunch of my favorite movies this last month, but of the new ones I saw, I think my favorite was Switchblade Sisters (thanks Spandau for recommending that one.) Seriously loved that movie.

Worst, I'm sad to say, was Mean Johnny Barrows. I was looking forward to it, but I ended up disappointed. I like the concept of a Vietnam vet on the fringes of society who still has his principles but, through circumstances, is eventually forced to work for the bad guys...but overall I thought the movie was kind of boring. Could have done a lot more with it.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby stereosforgeeks on Mon May 03, 2010 7:07 pm

I saw a ton of great movies in April:
Kurutta Ippeji (A Page of Madness) Teinosuke Kinugasa 1926 http://imdb.com/title/tt0017048/
Ridiculously ahead of it's time. As magicmonkey said its probably the basis of Shutter Island.

Metropolitan Whit Stillman 1990 http://imdb.com/title/tt0100142/
Where did Stillman go? He made 3 great movies about the yuppy generation. The dialog here sparkles.

No Quarto Da Vanda (In Vanda's Room) Pedro Costa 2000 http://imdb.com/title/tt0139500/
This was the only Costa I had never seen. It really helped fill in a ton of blanks between Ossos and Colossal Youth. Criterions new box set is awesome. I just wish they did it in Blu.

Duo luo tian shi (Fallen Angels) Kar Wai Wong 1995 http://imdb.com/title/tt0112913/
Another great film from Wong Kar Wai.

The Searchers John Ford 1956 http://imdb.com/title/tt0049730/
Just classic.

I Walked With A Zombie Jacques Tourneur 1943 http://imdb.com/title/tt0036027/
A quasi horror film about voodoo. Creepy and great cinematography. Tourneurs use of shadows is unparalleled.

Night Mayor Guy Maddin 2009 http://imdb.com/title/tt1486806/
A great short from Guy Maddin.

Kynodontas (Dogtooth) Giorgos Lanthimos 2009 http://imdb.com/title/tt1379182/
See Seppukus review.

Chaharshanbe-soori (Fireworks Wednesday) Asghar Farhadi 2006 http://imdb.com/title/tt0845439/
One of my favorite films from 2006. The credit sequence alone is worth the price of admissions. This Iranian film just oozes tension out of what could have been a fairly predictable domestic drama.

Pierrot Le Fou Jean-Luc Godard 1965 http://imdb.com/title/tt0059592/
Another great 60s Godard film.

Yojimbo Akira Kurosawa 1961 http://imdb.com/title/tt0055630/
Not one of my favorite Kurosawas but this bluray is great.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Fri May 07, 2010 10:29 pm

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


I was surprised by how much I loved Leap Year. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen every step of the way and they stuck pretty much as faithfully to the romantic comedy formula as you can...I still was a total sucker for it. I think I even teared a bit during Amy Adams' speech at the end there. Maybe I was feeling particularly sentimental that day.

I think it had a lot to do with Adams and Matthew Goode though. He always seems to play such an English prig I was very pleasantly surprised by his performance.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Fri May 07, 2010 11:17 pm

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


I was surprised by how much I loved Leap Year. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen every step of the way and they stuck pretty much as faithfully to the romantic comedy formula as you can...I still was a total sucker for it. I think I even teared a bit during Amy Adams' speech at the end there. Maybe I was feeling particularly sentimental that day.

I think it had a lot to do with Adams and Matthew Goode though. He always seems to play such an English prig I was very pleasantly surprised by his performance.


It's funny because after I saw the film I was curious what the rest of the world thought and I happened to stumble across this quote from Matthew Goode:

"It's turgid. I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010. (The location) was the main reason I took it - so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn't because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid."


;)

The film had it's moments and Adams and Goode were a cute teaming but it just felt too much like P.S. I Love You (without the grieving) and I didn't like P.S. I Love You at all.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Sat May 08, 2010 6:07 am

Yep, Road House 2: Last Call is a shitty movie.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Sat May 08, 2010 3:09 pm

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

"It's turgid. I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010. (The location) was the main reason I took it - so that I could come home at the weekends. It wasn't because of the script, trust me. I was told it was going to be like The Quiet Man with a Vaughan Williams soundtrack, but in the end it turned out to have pop music all over it. Do I feel I let myself down? No. Was it a bad job? Yes, it was. But, you know, I had a nice time and I got paid."


;)

The film had it's moments and Adams and Goode were a cute teaming but it just felt too much like P.S. I Love You (without the grieving) and I didn't like P.S. I Love You at all.


Bah. Nothing wrong with a little romantic fluff. Be proud, Matthew Goode!
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Fried Gold on Sat May 08, 2010 7:08 pm

I done seen Four Lions today with JL and VB.

I would heartily endorse it, but I doubt any of you outside of the UK will get to see for a while (if at all).
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby johnnydavidson on Sun May 09, 2010 5:36 am

[0001] [01/06/10] [08/10] [2008] Burn After Reading
[0002] [01/07/10] [09/10] [2009] Up In The Air
[0003] [01/07/10] [07/10] [1997] Eyes Wide Shut
[0004] [01/08/10] [09/10] [1997] Boogie Nights
[0005] [01/10/10] [06/10] [2008] Let The Right One In
[0006] [01/10/10] [04/10] [2009] A Serious Man
[0007] [01/10/10] [09/10] [2002] Punch-Drunk Love [x2]
[0008] [01/11/10] [07/10] [1997] Donnie Brasco
[0009] [01/11/10] [06/10] [1976] Eraserhead
[0010] [01/12/10] [08/10] [2001] Training Day
[0011] [01/13/10] [05/10] [2009] The Men Who Stare At Goats
[0012] [01/17/10] [07/10] [2006] The Illusionist
[0013] [01/17/10] [09/10] [2007] Reign Over Me
[0014] [01/17/10] [07/10] [2006] Stranger Than Fiction
[0015] [01/18/10] [09/10] [2009] Sherlock Holmes
[0016] [01/18/10] [06/10] [2009] Up
[0017] [01/18/10] [08/10] [2009] Law Abiding Citizen
[0018] [01/19/10] [07/10] [1993] Jurassic Park
[0019] [01/23/10] [08/10] [2009] (500) Days Of Summer
[0020] [01/23/10] [03/10] [2009] 2012
[0021] [01/24/10] [09/10] [1999] The Green Mile
[0022] [01/25/10] [05/10] [2003] Lost In Translation
[0023] [01/25/10] [08/10] [1982] The Thing
[0024] [01/26/10] [08/10] [1944] Lifeboat
[0025] [01/28/10] [04/10] [1986] Blue Velvet
[0026] [02/09/10] [08/10] [2005] Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
[0027] [02/13/10] [08/10] [1942] Casablanca
[0028] [02/16/10] [06/10] [2004] The Notebook
[0029] [02/18/10] [07/10] [2009] The Hangover
[0030] [02/20/10] [06/10] [2001] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
[0031] [02/20/10] [07/10] [2009] The Invention Of Lying
[0032] [02/25/10] [08/10] [2001] A Beautiful Mind
[0033] [02/26/10] [07/10] [2008] Fanboys
[0034] [02/27/10] [09/10] [1986] Ferris Bueller's Day Off
[0035] [03/01/10] [06/10] [2003] Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines
[0036] [03/02/10] [05/10] [2009] Funny People
[0037] [03/07/10] [07/10] [1999] The Talented Mr. Ripley
[0038] [03/08/10] [08/10] [2007] Michael Clayton
[0039] [03/12/10] [06/10] [2009] Pandorum
[0040] [03/17/10] [09/10] [2009] Shutter Island
[0041] [03/18/10] [07/10] [2005] The 40 Year Old Virgin
[0042] [03/19/10] [07/10] [2007] Knocked Up
[0043] [03/20/10] [07/10] [2008] Pineapple Express
[0044] [03/20/10] [06/10] [1997] Conspiricy Theory
[0045] [03/20/10] [08/10] [2007] Superbad
[0046] [03/21/10] [05/10] [2008] Zack And Miri Make A Porno
[0047] [03/23/10] [07/10] [1982] Blade Runner
[0048] [03/24/10] [09/10] [1988] Rain Man
[0049] [03/25/10] [08/10] [2007] Juno
[0050] [03/26/10] [07/10] [2008] Sex Drive
[0051] [03/27/10] [06/10] [2009] I Love You Man
[0052] [03/27/10] [08/10] [2007] American Gangster
[0053] [03/28/10] [06/10] [2008] Role Models
[0054] [03/29/10] [09/10] [1954] Dial M For Murder
[0055] [03/31/10] [10/10] [2008] The Dark Knight
[0056] [03/31/10] [06/10] [2008] Forgetting Sarah Marshall
[0057] [04/02/10] [09/10] [2001] Mulholland Dr.
[0058] [04/02/10] [09/10] [2001] Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
[0059] [04/02/10] [07/10] [1999] Office Space
[0060] [04/03/10] [07/10] [1997] As Good As It Gets
[0061] [04/04/10] [08/10] [2006] Children Of Men
[0062] [04/04/10] [09/10] [1954] Rear Window
[0063] [04/05/10] [09/10] [1982] King Of Comedy
[0064] [04/07/10] [08/10] [2009] Avatar
[0065] [04/07/10] [06/10] [2006] An Evening With Kevin Smith 3
[0066] [04/10/10] [08/10] [2007] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres
[0067] [04/11/10] [03/10] [2006] Idiocracy
[0068] [04/15/10] [09/10] [2002] Minority Report
[0069] [04/19/10] [04/10] [2010] The Crazies
[0070] [04/19/10] [09/10] [2007] No Country For Old Men
[0071] [04/19/10] [08/10] [2007] Ratatouille
[0072] [04/20/10] [09/10] [2000] Memento
[0073] [04/20/10] [07/10] [2003] Kill Bill Vol. 1
[0074] [04/23/10] [08/10] [2004] Kill Bill Vol. 2
[0075] [04/29/10] [09/10] [2008] Iron Man
[0076] [05/02/10] [10/10] [1994] Pulp Fiction
[0077] [05/02/10] [07/10] [2009] Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
[0078] [05/02/10] [08/10] [2005] Batman Begins
[0079] [05/02/10] [08/10] [2010] How To Train Your Dragon
[0080] [05/03/10] [06/10] [2010] Iron Man 2
[0081] [05/03/10] [08/10] [1995] Toy Story
[0082] [05/03/10] [10/10] [2010] Kick-Ass
[0083] [05/03/10] [08/10] [2010] Hot Tub Time Machine
[0084] [05/04/10] [06/10] [2003] Finding Nemo
[0085] [05/04/10] [04/10] [2007] Saw IV
[0086] [05/04/10] [09/10] [2001] Stanley Kubrick - A Life In Pictures
[0087] [05/05/10] [04/10] [2004] Anchorman
[0088] [05/05/10] [10/10] [2000] Requiem For A Dream
[0089] [05/05/10] [08/10] [2002] An Evening With Kevin Smith
[0090] [05/06/10] [07/10] [1975] Monty Python And The Holy Grail
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon May 10, 2010 7:15 am

I changed my entry to chronological order.

Does that look better?
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sat May 15, 2010 8:30 am

In case anybody cares, the answer to that is no, I've also changed the rating system combined with some changes in the ratings themselves.



Maui wrote:La tigre e la neve (aka The Tiger and the Snow) 4/5


I've always been curious about that one, tell us more.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Sat May 22, 2010 8:48 pm

Al Shut wrote:In case anybody cares, the answer to that is no, I've also changed the rating system combined with some changes in the ratings themselves.



Maui wrote:La tigre e la neve (aka The Tiger and the Snow) 4/5


I've always been curious about that one, tell us more.


If you liked Benigni in Life is Beautiful, then you will probably like this film, as there are alot of cross references to LiB and Benigni is his usual lovable, quirky self. It's a delightful romcom worthy of your time.

Spoilers, but the beginning of this film just won me over.

The film starts off with Roberto Benigni's dream sequence - it's his wedding and he shows up in his underwear while Tom Waits (cameo) is playing the piano and soulfully singing You Can Never Hold Back.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun May 23, 2010 1:33 pm

I have to see I don't miss it again next time it is on
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bayouwolf on Mon May 24, 2010 9:53 am

Added "The King of Kong".

Been wanting to see this since it hit the DVD shelves, but never being home made for an impossible task. Last night while in the midst of a LOST marathon on NetFlix, I decided to see what was new on the queue...Lo and Behold it was there!... So LOST got put on the back burner and I settled in for what I had hoped was a pretty good documentary on that which consumed most of my childhood and on into my teens....


I gotta say, I really enjoyed this. The background music had me cracking up and really took me back to my childhood spent in video arcade. That Billy Mitchell is a real slimy bastard...Steve Wiebe is a much better man that I am. I would have called that asshole out the moment he walked into the arcade...

Good stuff. (7/10)
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:47 am

This is the sequel to my way too long first part of my 2010 movie journal.

June

01st:

    #00063 The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Denzel version) (DVD/1st time viewing)
Y'know, this wasn't nearly as bad as its reputation. I know the remake hater hate it with passion, but that's what remake hater do. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's as good as the Matthau version. Hell no, the Matthau version is a perfect and unique mix between gritty 70's thriller and good laughs while the Denzel version is despite its qualities pretty forgettable, but the point is that it HAS qualities. They are NOT Tony Scott's directing (even though he slowly learns to use his AVID less) and definitely not the 3rd act, which left me pretty cold. But the first 2 acts are an entertaining, fast moving duel of words. Although the subplot about Denzel's bribe is seriously useless. It leads to nowhere and even if he confessed in front of god and the world that he took it, he did it to save somebody's life, so why couldn't he just laugh it off and tell everybody that he didn't do it? You don't even have to be a good lawyer to use this as a convincing argument.
7/10

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03rd

    #00064 Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie Version) (DVD/1st time viewing)
I was avery good movie, although it wasn't the POTC-esque non-stop funride that I expected. To be honest, I was surprised how "normal" this take on the material was. Although it had bigger action scenes than any other previous films (I guess. Haven't seen them all.) it's basically still a murder mystery, completely with a long "That's how he did it" scene at the end.. But I guess after seeing other "different" takes on Sherlock Holmes, like "Without A Clue" or "Young Sherlock Holmes" I just got used to this. It was definitely satisfying to see Guy Ritchie stepping into PG13-Big-Budget-Event-Movie-Territory. He brought some freshness into that tired game. Let's hope he gets more projects like this and doesn't have to remake "Lock, Stock" for the 6th or 7th time. Downey Jr. is as good as expected and while I still think that Jude Law must be the lamest, most boring actor working these days is (A male Scarlett Johansson), he shared a good chemistry with him. I liked that Holmes and Watson behaved like a less cartoony version of J.D. and Turk. So yes, it was a very entertaining movie and I will watch the sequel.
7,5/10

    #00065 Universal Soldier: Regeneration (DVD/1st time viewing)
Maybe you remember thatVern praised the shit out of it, but I can't really agree with him, except for the part about director John Hyams. Seriously, that cheap, little DTV movie is so much better directed than it should be. Especially the last 30 minutes alone are worth watching it! Okay, I also agree about JCVD and Lundgren. They are AWESOME in this. But apart from that the movie bored me a lot. There is this overlong MacGuffin about some terrorists kidnapping the kids of a russian politician and threatening to blow up Chernobyl (again) and...I don't know. Soldiers get in, they get killed, some get out, then back in again, JCVD gets forced out of retirement, an evil scientist has a Lundgren clone that turns out to be uncontrollable, same with the other evil UniSol that runs around and kills everybody and another "normal" soldier tries to save the kids and I got no idea. But yes, the last 30 minutes save this movie.
6/10

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04th

    #00066 Mad Max (DVD/1st time viewing)
Filling another huge gap in my movie knowledge with finally watching Mad Max. And I'm a little bit disappointed. I mean, for a movie that is synonymous for "High Speed Action" it's surprisingly boring. Okay, WHEN we see car and motorcycle stunts, they are awesome, especially if you remember how low the budget was. I think that's what saved the movie for me: The typical energy of a young and hungry independent filmmaker, who truly believes that a cheap movie can look as awesome as a big budget one. But what seriously, I mean seriously seriously hurts the movie for me is the iffy story structure. I don't really have a problem with the fact that the "action classic" is more a low key cop drama, but I never get a sense for the world it plays in (Is this supposed to be a dystopian future where gangs rule the streets or just 1970's Australia?), Max doesn't really become the protagonist until 60 minutes into the movie and although the whole movie builds up to a big, final confontation between him and the gang, most of his killing spree is shown in a montage! And while Toecutter (who BTW never cuts one single toe during the whole movie) dies in a very cool looking way, I had no idea that it was him. (Not to mention that he technically only dies because if his own stupidity and Max had almost nothing to do with it.) It wasn't until he found the other guy, I realized that Toecutter is already dead. So all in all I give the movie enough credit for succeeding as a demoreel for George Miller's directing abilities. But that's all.
6/10

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05th

    #00067 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (DVD/1st time viewing)
I guess this must be the one that gave the Mad Max series its good reputation. Because, well, it is good! They fixed every problem from part 1. The story is more focused (there even IS a story this time), the pacing is better, they explained the world better and they gave us some relatable characters. I don't wanna go too much into depth about this one, because I think I was the last person on earth who hasn't seen it till now, but I wanna mention my favourite part of the movie. It's a short moment after the seriously awesome truck chase, when the rest of the evil bikers realize that there was no gas in the truck. They could go all like Humungus or Scary Mohawk Guy and yell something about blood and revenge, check if Max and the kid are still alive and then mutilate the shit out of them, but instead they stand there disappointed and leave. I'm sure they just realized that the whole evil S/M biker gang lifestyle led them to nowhere. All of their evil S/M biker friends are death and for what? A truck full of dirt. They probably returned home to their kids and wives and applied for an office job next Monday.
7,5/10

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06th


    #00068 In The Army Now (TV/1st time viewing)
Yeah, exactly what you would expect from a mid-90's-Pauly-Shore-movie. Dumb, but kinda funny, although not too funny. What bothered me the most was the jumpy storytelling. Okay, I don't expect any kind of quality from a movie like this, but during the training we see how Pauly screws up, can't get nothing right and becomes the "favourite" soldier of the drill seargent, next thing we see is how he graduates and the same drill sargeant suddenly congratulates him for finally becoming a real soldier, as if he got his shit together at one point. Anyway, the 2nd half of the movie is better. As soon as Pauly and his friends get lost in the desert, we get to know the characters a little bit better (although there is still some unbelievable and jumpy character development. David Alan Grier loses all his phobias from one second to the next, just because Pauly tells him he only makes things up!?!) and root for them enough to cheer when when they become war heroes. All in all the movie is forgettable, but also very unoffensive and not the worst thing you can catch on TV on a Sunday night.
5/10

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09th

    #00069 12 Angry Men (TV/1st time viewing)
Yeah, it's really that good. And it's hard for a movie that consists only of dialogue to not get boring quick or lose itself in irrelevant dialogue, that just wants to entertain. My only complaints are that that #8 sometimes comes off a little bit too cocky (like when he suddenly pulls the knife out of his pocket, instead of just telling everybody minutes ago that he bought it yesterday), it sometimes feel like the Guilty-party isn't trying hard enough (Especially the discussion about if someone with experience would use a knife to stab someone comes to mind. Maybe there was a reason why he held the knife the other way?) and #3 comes during his final speech across like a weirdo, because they left out one important detail that was in the play. (His son not just punched him and then never talked to him again, he tried to stab him too.)
8,5/10

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10th

    #00070 Get Smart (DVD/1st time viewing)
Y'know, I think an elaborate quote for my tombstone would be "This was much better than people told me it was". It happens so often. People tell me that a movie sucks beyond believe and in the end it turns out that it is either pretty good or even from time to time totally awesome! Well, "Get Smart" is NOT totally awesome, but it's definitely pretty good. Recently I'm re-watching the original series (which is repeated on "Arte", which is, as the name says, technically a TV channel for art. But they are awesome and even once had a Russ Meyer retrospective and showed films like "Street Trash"!), so you can say that my memory of it is VERY fresh.And I'm proud to announce that the movie did many things right. Of course the casting is awesome. Even so much that I wish it would be less awesome, just because actors like Dwayne Johnson or Terry Crews got not enough to in it, which would hurt less if they were unknown supporting actors. They also got the character of Max right. okay, I'm NOT talking about the dumb backstory of him being studly and an analyst, but I was scared that they were making a bumbling idiot out of him. If you remember the series, he wasn't as smart as his name suggests, but he was also shown pretty capable from time to time, sometimes even able to win a fistfight! The same happened here. He was not the brightest, but not a complete moron. I also don't approve on 99's stupid backstory, but holy shit, Anne Hathaway has IMO never been hotter! The script is okay. Some great laughs, some very cheap laughs (sometimes even at the same time, like the scene in the airplane bathroom), but it never gets cringeworthy. The action is also pretty good. Nothing very memorable, but very nice to look at and pretty exciting. All in all there is still enough room for improvement, but I liked the movie pretty much.
7,5/10

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13th

    #00071 Marked for Death (DVD/1st time viewing)
I don't know, I think I will never become a real Seagalogist. Many people say that this was his best movie (or at least in his Top 3), but like the few other Seagal movies I saw, it didn't do much for me. Although this one gets some extra points for the car-into-Tiffany's-fight and the WTF ending with Screwface's twin brother and the way Seagal overkills him. It's also not too boring, but I don't know, it just didn't do much for me. Sorry.
6/10

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15th

    #00072 Hot Rod (DVD/1st time viewing)
Wow, this movie flew under my radar. Maybe because I'm not a fan of Andy Samberg or the movie looked too much like you would see him 90 minutes long only crash against stuff or fall down from it. And I didn't think in terms of amateur-daredevil-comedy it's impossible to top "The Devil Dared Me To". But while it didn't top it, it's definitely one fucking hysterical movie! At first I was worried when I didn't even chcuckle after the first 10 minutes, but then it got more and more absurd ("Cool Beans" anyone?) and of course Ian McShane appeared! McShane is the official secret weapon of that movie and doesn't matter if you care for anything else in it or not, I guarantee you McShane will make you laugh hard!
8,5/10

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16th

    #00073 They Live (DVD/1st time viewing)
Wow, that was really a good one! Okay, the acting was a little cringeworthy at times (although it added some realism to the "working class" theme of the movie) and the movie could be a little bit better paced, but Carpenter knows how to handle the difficult mix of dark SciFi and satirical comedy. I think the greatest part of it is the legendary alley fight. Not just because it's awesome to watch (Shit, everytime you think it's over, they keep going for another minute or two!), but also it's the perfect mix between silly and believable character motivation! Roddy Piper knows what's going on in the world and needs the help of the only person he can consider as friend, but he just wants to stay as far away as possible from all that. Unfortunately that's the only believable thing any character does in the movie. But I can live with that. There is too much awesome stuff going on in this, from the premise alone, to the brillant ending.
8/10

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19th

    #00074 Gremlins (DVD)
Still holds up VERY well. It's funny, it's scary, too bad Phoebe Cates keeps her clothes on in this, but it doesn't make her less adorable. And have you ever noticed how badass Billy's Mom is? She hears noises from the attic and the first thing she does is grabbing a knife. Then, when she encounters not one, but three Gremlins in the kitchen, she doesn't run away or punches them unconciousness. No she kills them. And not even just killing, she fucking slaughters them! Three fucking Gremlins in a row! And when she is done with them, she still refuses to run away and goes on the hunt instead. She sneaks into the living room, sees something moving inside a sock that hangs at the fireplace and starts slashing it! Okay, it wasn't a gremlin and afterwards she gets attacked by one hiding in a christmas tree until Billy saves her, but I'm sure if he had arrived just 10 seconds later, Mrs Peltzer had killed the Gremlin by shooting laserbeams out of her eyes.
8,5/10

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20th

    #00075 Innocent Blood (TV/1st time viewing)
Better than its reputation, but not without its flaws. They had some great original ideas, like how vampires not bite two tiny holes into their victim's neck, but instead rip their throats out! And the freaky, glowing eyes just look too cool (Even though the actors appear to have fisheyes from time to time.). The death of Don Rickles is fucking awesome and how Robert Loggia is burning in the end is a much cooler image than I would ever expect from a John Landis film. The main problem of the movie is, that the story never really seem to take off until the last act. But even then it stops, before it gets really interesting. Shit, I would love to see a movie aboutan army of vampire mobsters! Too bad it is all over, before it really starts. But all in all "Innocent Blood" is an entertaining mix of horror, gangster movie and dark comedy. Nothing special, but not bad.
7/10


    #00076 Gremlins 2 (DVD)
What can I say? Great sequel, definitely on par with part 1, although (or because?) it's completely different, and not in an Alien/Aliens way. Plus: Phoebe Cates still keeps her clothes on, but at least wears a skirt now. Also I applaud whoever was involved in the Lincoln Day joke. :lol:
8,5/10

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24th

    #00077 Exit Wounds (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
I think this might be Andrzej Bartkowiak's best movie. Only because it didn't piss me off and entertained me somehow. This is also the Seagal movie that I liked the most so far, but I haven't seen that much, so I won't call it "his best". I didn't know anything about the story, so it unfolded into some nice surprises for me. But yeah, it's not really a good movie. It isn't boring, but also does nothing outstanding. Especially the Wire-Fu fights come across pretty ridiculous, but at least there are not many of them. It's a good movie to watch, when you can't sleep because it's too warm, but not much more.
6,5/10

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27th

    #00078 Innerspace (TV)
It always surprises me how less it feels like a Joe Dante movie, despite many of his usual actors being in it. It also surprises me everytime how well crafted this movie is. Ithink there is neither one boring minute, nor one plothole that is too big to spoil the fun. (To be honest, despite the usual scientific nitpicking, I can't think of any plotholes.)
7,5/10

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July

09th

    #00079 Predators (Cinema//1st Time Viewing)
As I said in the official thread:
Shit man, what a good movie! I was prepared to like it and now I'm surprised how much I like it! It did lots of stuff right. To be honest, I can't think of anything that it did wrong. You get some good characters who you really learn to like pretty quick, all portrayed by the right actors, some good and competent shot action scenes (No shakycam/hyperactive editing bullshit!), lots of humorous tough guy dialogue and a script that keeps you not just engaged throughout but also, while definitely not being Oscar material, leaves you not enough time to figure out an otherwise very obvious twist. But where the script really reaches a level of excellence is in the character behaviour! Remember how in films like "Saw 2" the characters were all busy with attacking each other and practically killing themself with their own stupidity, instead of working together to survive? Well here - and this is not a huge spoiler, because the movie doesn't waste any time with making it clear - they are smart enough to realize immediately that they have to stay and work together if they wanna survive or at least find out what the fuck is going on. Even the convict, who talks about how many women he wants to rape if he gets out of this alive, risks his own life to save the other people, who he has never met before! Go watch it. It's the sequel that Predtor fans hoped for!
8/10


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12th

    #00080 Predator (DVD)
I hate to say it, because it's kinda blasphemous, but after re-watching part 1, I think Antal's PredatorS works for me a little bit better than McTiernan's Predator. Don't get me wrong, it really earned its status as one of the top actionmovies of the 80's, but I think it has lots of unnecesary meat, that part 3 doesn't have. The first act drags a lot and the story it sets up (the conflict between Arnie and Weathers) leads to nowhere. The first shot in the movie is a starship approachhing earth. so we already know that the Guerillas are just a MacGuffin, but the movie still spends an awful lot of time on it. Okay, it ends in a nice "How badass are they" demonstration, but they had gotten to that point way quicker. It doesn't even count as "Give the audience time to learn about the characters", because there is no character development. Shit, after Ventura dies, Bill Duke suddenly becomes a raving lunatic, because apparently he was his best friend, but we never saw then interact like best friends! That always bothered me. In the end it is a very good movie, but, I don't know, it has some serious pacing and script problems.
7,5/10

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21st

    #00081 Monkeybone (TV/1st Time Viewing)
I can't believe this movie seriously exists and I hope that a longer director's cut exists somewhere. Because I wanna see more of the brillant visuals and bizarre ideas that this movie has to offer and I hope that a longer version makes at least a little bit sense.
6/10

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25th

    #00082 Driven (TV/1st Time Viewing)
Yeah, I know, so many people y the movie sucked, but that's what they say about every Renny Harlin movie and to be honest, most of them are seriously entertaining! This one isn't. Apart from some visual impressive ideas (with mediocre CGI) it's a very boring mess which lots of stuff that I don't care about.
3/10

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26th

    #00083 The Princess & The Frog (DVD)
My sister hasn't seen it yet, so I watched it again with her. On 2nd viewing I appreciate its good things more, but also became a little bit more annoyed by its flaws.
Still 7,5/10

    #00084 Mortal Kombat (TV)
After all these years still lots of B-Grade fun. I think it's impossible to translate a Beat 'm Up better to the Big Screen, although maybe I just think so because every other Beat 'em Up based movie I saw so far was worse.
7/10

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27th

    #00085 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (TV/ 1st Time Viewing)
:shock: Seriously! :shock: Less than 10 minutes into the movie I wasn't already sure if this was real or just a crazy dream! People are accusing Uwe Boll of making bad Video Game movies, but even House Of The Dead makes more sense and is an overall better movie than this! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed MK: A a lot, but of course only on a so-bad-it's-awesome-level! I think the only real positive things I can say about it are that the new actress for Sonya looked cute and that Musetta Vander was sexy as always. Yup, that's all. It's so bad it's awesome and some actresses were hot. The End.
1/10 (Real rating)
8,5/10 (So-bad-it's-awesome-rating)

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August

01st

    #00086 Extract (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
I love these low key "movies about a whole lot of nothing", like "Trees Lounge", "Garden State" or even "Extract". And I admire how Mike Judge always gets the maximum of humor out of the most normal things and characters, like the guy who won't shut up although nobody wants to talk to him. Okay, the last 3rd loses lots of steam, but it's a very good movie.
7,5/10

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02nd

    #00087 Scooby Doo (DVD)
It's still a weird adaptation. For everything they got right, there is at least one thing they got wrong. For everything they played "straight", there is at least one thing that is meant to be a parody. For every good joke is at least one bad one. I don't know, I should like this movie less, but I don't,
7/10

    #00088 Hot Fuzz (DVD)
I love this movie so much. Yes, "Shaun Of The Dead" has more fans, because it's about Zombies (not saying it's a bad movie), but "Hot Fuzz" is fucking awesome! It's hilarious, has a great script, memorable characters and some of the most gory deaths I've seen in a comedy (that was not supposed to be connected to the horror genre) since "Monty Python & The Holy Grail"! The only thing I don't really like is how wright out-Bays Micheal Bay in terms of shaky cam and quick cuts during the finale. I let it slip, because it was meant to be a parody and therefore probably meant to be as unwatchable as possible, but it's STILL unwatchable.
9/10

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03rd

    #00089 The Twelve Chairs (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
This seems to be the one Mel Brooks movie that nobody ever talks about. I wonder why. It's good! And it's great whenever Dom DeLuise is on screen! Too bad that Frank Langella (I never saw him as a young man before!) has to play the straight man, most of the time. The one moment, when he gets funny his hilarious ("MEEEEEEEEEERDEEEEEE!!"). All in all it's a funny, heartwarming (especially the ending) movie. If you can laugh at Mel Brooks, but don't like it when he gets all broad slapsticky, this one is for you.
7,5/10

    #00090 Avatar (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
Wow, I must be the last person in the world who hasn't seen it since yesterday. Not having a computer and nothing to do for the next 3 hours comes in handy sometimes. I can't add anything new to the discussion, though. It's one of these simple-old-story-told-very-well-thingys. There are not many filmmakers today who can craft a 2 1/2 hours movie with a million times before seen story, without making it boring for one minute.
7,5/10

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04th

    #00091 Jason X (DVD)
While it still amazes me that this movie is way more professional crafted than a "Jason in Space" movie should be, it also didn't age that well. When I watched it for the first time, I totally loved it! 8 Years later I just like it very much. Okay, all the goofy ideas and the straight face they are played with still hold up, but I...don't know. It got a little bit old for me.
7/10

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05th

    #00092 The Wolfman (2010) (DVD/ 1st time viewing)
As I'm still working on my epic epic about Werewolf movies, I finally had a chance to watch the director's cut of the newest high profile lycantrophy movie. And you know what? It's a good one! Not just by the standards of werewolf movies (that suck for any reason most of the time) or films with a troubled pre-production history. Okay, I would love to see what kind of movie it had been if Mark Romanek could have made his vision, but hey, the result is good, I'm not complaining. I love how true it stays to the drama structure of the original movie and focusses more on the state of Lawrence's mind, than being an exploitative monster movie. Although we still get plenty of gore. Not as much as in Andrew Kevin Walker's original script, but it will be still enough for many people. Congrats to Universal for not going the easy way and making it PG-13 to maximize their potential profit. Del Toro is convincing, Hopkins is delightfully disgusting, Blunt is good too and Hugo Weaving is as enjoyable as always. The cinematography is beautiful (I was worried the digital photography would harm the atmosphere. It didn't), Elfman's score is wonderful and I think the only really bad thing I can say about the movie is that it gets a little bit too pulpy in the end, when the two werewolves fight.
7,5/10

    #00093 Black Dynamite (DVD/ 1st time viewing)
I agree with everybody. It's hilarious, but the last 1/3 is a little bit too over the top for its own good. (Not saying it isn't funny. Just a completely different style of humor than the rest of the movie.)
7,5/10

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06th

    #00094 The Spy Next Door (DVD/ 1st time viewing)
I'm not gonna try to tell you that this movie is good or you should watch it if you don't have any better reason than "It's on TV and nothing else is on", "My kids wanna watch it", "I watch everything Jackie Chan does" or "I wanna see how Jackie Chan fights Sportacus", but it's not nearly as cringeworthy as expected. It's no Kindergarten Cop but it's way better than The Pacifier.
5/10

    #00095 The Raven (DVD/some kind of 1st time viewing)
It's the first time I watched this piece of Roger Corman goodness since maybe 17 years, so because I didn't remember much of it, only that I loved it when I was 11, I count it as 1st time viewing. And it's such an enjoyable mix of classic horror and comedy. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre have such a great chemistry together, they could have been the Abbott & Costello of gothic horror, if they had decided to make more movies like this together. Damn, I just love this movie. It's so much fun to watch! Highly recommended!
8,5/10

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08th

    #00096 Alice In Wonderland (DVD/1st time viewing)
I'm surprised by this movie, because from all that shit that it had to take from Burton-haters, I expected 100% pure Burton, like "Batman Returns" or at least "Sleepy Hollow". Turned out that this is the least Burtonesque film since "Planet Of The Apes"! The typical Burton touches are so minimal, that it's very hard to recognize who directed this. It could have been whoever made "Narnia" or any of the other thousands of cashgrabs on the Potter-Bandwagon. I gotta admit, that it is one of the more entertaining ones, but not much of it is stuck in my head and I finished this movie less than 1 hour ago. For a movie, that is supposed to be a sequel of the original Alice stories, it' a lot of the same stuff we've seen before. I think the one outstanding highlight was Johnny Depp, whose Mad Hatter was a great mix between the typical Depp-quirk and emotions. But all in all it's one of the lesser Burton's.
6,5/10

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09th

    #00097 Critters (DVD)
It's still very entertaining. And you gotta love these Critters. They are one half scary, one half hilarious. Thanks, Chiodo Bros.
7/10

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16th

    #00098 The 'burbs (DVD)
Man, I just love this movie. It's fucking hysterical, even on the Xth viewing! Fuck "Philadelphia", "Forrest Gump", "Cast Away" or any other of Tom Hanks' serious roles. THIS is his fucking best performance! Just the scene after his nightmare, when he just sits on the bed and watches Mr Roger's Neighbourhood on TV should have brought him an Oscar! And the supporting cast!Bruce Dern's Mr Rumsfield should be an iconic film character. Rick Ducammon's timing is so unbelievable perfect. And then the Klopeks! I got no idea which one is the most hilarious. The script is so silly and clever at the same time and Joe Dante really knew how to direct it. I don't give this rating to many movies, but when something manages to make me burst out in tears from laughing over and over again for more than 20 years, it deserves it:
10/10

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18th

    #00099 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1998 Special Edition) (VHS)
I don't have to write much about it, but I think it hasn't aged that well. I'm not saying it sucks now, but it's flaws become more and more visible. Mostly in terms of story structure. It's still a great funride, but not as mindblowing as I remember it.
7,5/10

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20th

    #00100 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1998 Special Edition) (VHS)
Just like with Episode IV, I appreciated this one, hailed by most fans as the best Star Wars movie, less than I did in my childhood. If you think about it, the whole movie is about nothing and feels like the first act of a longer movie. Han, Leia & Co hide from the Empire and Luke is somewhere in a swamp and gets taught by a little green man. That's pretty much the whole movie. The beginning of it, with Luke in the cave of the Wampa is just as unnecessary as the submarine stuff in Episode 1. Yeah, it kinda keeps Han from just leaving, but in the end he just didn't leave because he had no permission to start and then stayed with the rebels, because he had to save the Princess. I don't know. I'm bummed by how less this holds up with every viewing.
7,5/10

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28th

    #00101 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi (1998 Special Edition) (VHS)
I might get into some trouble with this, but to me it's the best part of the original trilogy. Its script just has the least unnecessary meat. I mean, while the first act of "Empire" was pretty unnecessary, we here spend time to bring a story arc, that started in episode IV to an end. Not too mention that it's pretty intense stuff, with the Rancor, Leia as Jabba's soon-to-be love slave (I'm sure if Paul Verhoeven had directed it, there would have been a long rape scene) and how she strangles him to death. Say what you want about the Ewoks, but at least we get a long and exciting fight for the end of the empire, with a very satisfying ending for Darth Vader. During my re-watching of the original trilogy, I enjoyed this one the most.
8/10

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29th

    #00102 Cop Out (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
I seriously enjoyed it. Got no idea was everybody was bitching about. Yeah, it didn't really work as a throwback to 80's interracial buddy cop movies (which is strange, considering that one of the main criticisms was that it was just a way too slavish copy of 80's interracial buddy cop movies), the subplot about Tracy Morgan's wife was unnecessary and while Morgan didn't completely suck this time, the movie could have been even better if Smith had cast someone who is funny (Terry Crews? Donald Faison?), but apart from that, I had a blast! Shit, even Seann William Scott made me laugh! Now with this and "Dude, Where's My Car" there are two movies in which Seann William Scott is funny! So yeah, don't believe the haters. This is a good one!
8/10

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September

05th:

    #00103 The Fast & The Furious (DVD)
I liked this movie a little better when I was 19, although even back then I only liked it in an ironic "It's dumb, but entertaining" way. It's surprising how 00's this movie feels, considering that it came out only in 2001, so it may have been THE (or at least one of the) style-forming movies of that decade, with its style-over-substance approach, the materialsm fetish, the cast that doesn't have one ugly person and the soundtrack that is a mix of bling bling rap, Limp Bizkit and generic Trance tracks.
7/10

    #00104 2 Fast 2 Furious (DVD/1st Time viewing)
Pretty average, if you ask me. Instead of celebrating the ridiculousness of these underground racers with their million dollar cars, the movie preferred to be an unexciting underground cop movie for teens. At least the chemistry between Paul Walker & Tyrese and the occasional weird touches, like the electric harpoons or how these fast and furious racers are portrayed as one big family who is always there for each other, whenever one of them is in trouble, saved it from being complete shit.
5/10

    #00105 The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift (DVD/1st Time viewing)
Wow, that one was even lamer than part 2! I blame the lack of fun. I got no idea whose idea it was to turn a silly action franchise into a "serious" drama about friendship, responsibility, honor and drifting, but it was a bad idea.
4/10

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07th

    #00106 Fast & Furious (DVD/1st Time viewing)
Woah, that was the best one of the series! Didn't expect to like it that much, but it has the best action scenes and the best script. It delivers nothing too original or mind blowing, but has not much unnecessary meat and even got a few entertaining twists.
7,5/10

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12th


    #00107 Psycho II (TV/1st Time viewing)
Holy shit, that movie was AWESOME! I totally fell in love with it, from the script, that keeps you guessing till the end, to the awesome and fucking scary Jerry Goldsmith score and right down to the awesome, dark humored, but also pretty sad ending. The only thing I didn't like was the knife-through-mouth-kill, but only it felt like they tried too hard to compete with the other 80's slashers. Awesome scene, but a little bit out of place. Anyway, this is an underrated gem!
9/10

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15th

    #00108 Scooby Doo - Camp Scare (DVD/1st Time viewing)
Wow, after that horrible Mystery Incorporated show, it felt great to watch some well made Scooby again. Just like the last DTV movie "Abra-Cadabra-Doo", the movie is full of great animation, beautiful atmospheric art direction, a mystery that is not too obvious (at least not until the beginning of the last act), and some nice, subtle character moments. This time they also added a nice homage to Manfredini's classic Friday The 13th theme. :D
8/10

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21st

    #00109 The Taking Of Pelham 123 (DVD)
I love that movie so much. Such a perfect mix between grit and humor. And if you know a better way to end a movie with a shot of Walter Matthau's face, please tell me.
9/10

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27th

    #00110 Where Eagles Dare (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Awesome old school agent action, with lots of well written twists and well done action.
8,5/10

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October

03rd:

    #00111 Sky High (DVD)
I just love that movie. Despite being wrapped into a played-by-numbers-high-school-plot, it's so much fun! The characters, the cast, the gags, the visual style. Shit, I still refuse to believe that this movie is seriously made by the same guy who did DEUCE BIGALOW and SURVIVING CHRISTMAS! This is just some great stuff.
8,5/10

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10th

    #00112 Jumpin' Jack Flash (TV)
This maybe the best comedy in which Whoopi is the star. (GHOST is better, but she is a supporting player in this.) It's at times very sloppy directed and I can imagine that Whoopi's constant talking can annoy some viewers (although that she is constantly talking to herself is in this case a good excuse to make the lame, old "I say out loud whatever I write on the computer"-cliche believable), but she is not just damn hilarious, it surprises me every time how good this movie works as spy thriller. The mystery is pretty good and you won't figure out that easy who is on which side.
8/10

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15th

    #00113 Tinkerbell & The Great Fairy Rescue (DVD/ 1st Time viewing)

The TINKERBELL DTV's have never been really great, but they had some serious entertainment value, if you are not allergic towards simple stories that were written to appeal to little girls. But this movie was a little bit too much for me. The title may suggest a heroic adventure, but unfortunately we don't spend much time with the rescue itself. Instead the majority of the movie is about Tinkerbell, playing with a little girl. But whenever we switch to her friends, who try to rescue her, it IS pretty entertaining! So I wish THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE had way more rescue, but less play time.
5,5/10

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16th

    #00114 Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
I like the idea of that movie. That it's a Science Fiction film in a close future (by the time of its release), I love the characters and the chemistry between them. Unfortunately most of them get killed in the middle of the movie. I love all the little quirks this movie has and the subplot about Marlboro and his on and off girlfriend. But I hate how all these good parts never come together in a coherent way. The movie drags a lot the story about the robbery, the drugs and the "bad bank" never really uses its potential. Not to mention that the killer squad is in theory MUCH cooler than it is in here. Thanks to the awkward looking thick trenchcoats and...well, let's just say if you need a leader for a cool and stylish group of superkillers, get someone more intimidating than Daniel Baldwin.
5,5/10

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22nd

    #00115 Masters Of The Universe (DVD)
I'm not just surprised how good I remember this one, despite something like 15 years since my last viewing, but also how good it holds up. No, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's more than an entertaining b-movie, drowned in lots of formulaic 80's cheese, but I expected to hate or at least get really annoyed by it, like it happened with so many other childhood favourites, that we re-watch as adults. Another surprise was how less sympathetic James Tolkan's character is in the original version. Here he is more of a badass cop, while they made him in the German dubbing more sympathetic, by giving him some funny lines. But in both versions he is a scene stealer and my favourite character of the movie.
7/10

November

05th

    #00116 Knock Off (DVD/1st time viewing)
Wow, that was...weird. Camera movements that go into shoes, Rob Schneider slapping JCVDs ass with an eel while he is pulling him in a Rikscha, a guy who uses the glasses of his binoculars as a weapon and a score by Ron & Russel Meal a.k.a. SPARKS. I still don't know what to think of it, but all in all I liked it.
7/10

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08th

    #00117 [REC]² (DVD/1st time viewing)
Hm. At one hand it has the same strengths as the original (awesomely staged mayhem, some good scares), but it has also too many unnecessary weaknesses. Like the weird backstory/mythology addition, that becomes the main theme of this movie. Okay, it was hinted at in part 1, but still, the [REC] series suddenly moved from being "infected people horror" to "Demonic possession horror". The way they handle it works pretty well, but I'm not sure if they really had to go that route. Also the 2nd "episode" of this movie is kinda lame. Not just that the kids act as annoying and douchy as whiney nerds accused the CLOVERFIELD gang of, it doesn't add anything to the story. Okay, so one of them becomes possessed and gives an important hint, but there is no good reason why one of the kids had to do this.They were completely unnecessary.
So if you lower your expectations a little or belong to the people who were not that impressed by part 1 anyway, you won't be too disappointed, because it's still a good piece of horror, this time with some awesome first person shooter moments. But, y'know, it could have been much better.
7/10

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10th

    #00118 Three Amigos (DVD/1st time viewing)
It took me a while to finally watch that one and while must say it was very enjoyable, it unfortunately wasn't the non-stop laughfest I expected it to be. I wish it had more jokes like the one with she singing bush and the invisible warrior, but I'm okay with what the move turned out to be.
7/10

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11th

    #00119 Ed Wood (DVD)
So many people call this "Tim Burton's best movie", when it is in fact just his most mainstream one. I'm not saying it's bad, though. Johnny Depp is great as usual, Martin Landau deserved this Oscar 100% (and not just for acting like Bela Lugosi. It really was a powerful performance!) and I love how Wood's posse is portrayed as a group of lovable and very enthusiastic outsiders. I can imagine that most other directors had portrayed them as a bunch of raving lunatics, who were just too dumb to realize that they suck at making movies and the whole film would have made fun at their expense. But my most favourite part was right at the beginning, when Sarah Jessica Parker asks: "Do I really look like a horse?" :lol:
8/10

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15th

    #00120 Tales From The Crypt Presents: Bordello Of Blood (DVD)
Pretty amusing b-movie. Nothing special, but everybody is having visibly fun. And for any reason I loved how Dennis Miller's character couldn't stay serious for one second. He had to comment and replay to everything with a dumb joke. He took the wisecracking gumshoe cliche to an extreme.
6,5/10

    #00121 Jackass 2.5 (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
Some interesting stuff for the fans. They not just not hide the fact that this "movie" consists of outtakes, that weren't even good enough to become deleted scenes on the DVD for the real JACKASS 2, they even comment on them and explain why they didn't work and what went wrong. Unfortunately after all it's still nothing else than a compilation of lame outtakes, even if they are packaged as behind-the-scenes-gift for fans.
5,5/10

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21st

    #00122 The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
This is one bizarre movie and it's VERY hit or miss.But all in all I liked it more than I did not. I blame the Koala.
7/10

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December

1st

    #00123 Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (DVD/ 1st Time Viewing)
Kicking off my horror advent calendar with a movie that is known as one of the few good horror sequels. And you know what? It's true. Okay, I could live without the "Bastard Son Of 100 Maniacs" backstory, but it has likeable teen characters (something that doesn't seem to exist anymore these days) and doesn't just repeat part 1. Okay, it also sets the groundwork for everything that's bad about the series, but here it does it with style. Freddy cracks jokes AND is being menacing and the dreams, in which the kids are killed by their own fears or favours, aren't that corny. So yeah, I approve.
7,5/10

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2nd

    #00124 An American Werewolf In London (DVD)
It's still one of the better werewolf movies, but it had always problems that kept it away from real greatness. All of them are script related. It's just too incoherent and more a string of ideas, than a well told stories. But most of the time it works and that's what counts.
7,5/10

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3rd

    #00125 An American Werewolf In Paris (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Maybe it helped that I had zero expectations, but to my own surprise I kinda liked it! Okay, wouldn't get further than calling it "an entertaining b-movie", but I wasn't bored, it had some nice ideas, wasn't just a re-hash of the original and in fact, the only things that really work against it are the worst CGI werewolves ever, the horrible alternateen soundtrack and some huge plotholes near the end. But you should really give it a shot. It's okay.
6,5/10

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4th

    #00126 Zombieland (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
One of these movies that technically do everything right, have a good script, good actors, a competent director, some nice ideas and are fun while you watch them, but are despite all this pretty forgettable. I don't really know why. Like I said, it's a good movie and I recommend it to everybody. Very well done. It just didn't leave an impression with me.
7/10

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5th

    #00127 Ghosts Of Mars (DVD)
Ugh, that was even more awful than I remember it! Absolutely nothing in this movie feels right! Can't believe that this is really a movie from John Carpenter. It looks and feel like a first time DTV director did it :P
3/10

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6th

    #00128 Silver Bullet (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Weird. It has a pretty strong second half, but even that feels underwritten. Not to mention that so little in that movie makes really sense. The werewolf says he has no pleasure in killing people, but then he justifies it with "saving a suicidal from hell". Why the fuck is the movie narrated by the sister, who has almost nothing to do within the story? When the movie works, it works pretty well. Especially in terms of dark humor. But often it seems to be unintentionally funny. Oh well.
6/10

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8th

    #00129 Dog Soldiers (DVD)
One of these rare A-class B-movies of today. Suspense, gore, dark humor and good looking werewolves. Still one of the top werewolf movies ever!
8/10

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12th

    #00130 Coming To America (TV)
If this film has one flaw, it's that the first act is so fucking hysterical, that the rest of the movie just can't compete with it.
8/10

    #00131 Rammbock (TV/1st Time Viewing)
That was a German made for TV Zombie shortfilm. A nice try, but in the end it was the ultimate experience in frustration. I was willing to give up on it after 10 minutes, thanks to its unbearable annoying protagonist (a wimp who wants to reunite with his girlfriend and mentions her name in every sentence he says at least twice), the sterile visual style, that was way too typical for supposedly "young and fresh" looking German movies and the way too obvious homage to [Rec], but then it won me over! And it lost me again immediately. Later it won me over again, just to do something dumb, that made it lose me. The movie runs only 60 minutes, but it played the game of "winning you over and losing you immediately" at least 10 times! It had some interesting new additions to the infected people/zombie genre. Like that when you are infected, you don't turn into a zombie until an adrenaline rush "activates" the virus or that the infected have white eyes, which makes them sensitive towards bright light. That leads to a funny scene (although I'm not sure if it was meant to be funny), in which a teenager scares all infected people out of of the house, by using a photo camera with flash. But like I said, whenever the movie caught my interest, it lost it immediately, thanks to the use of a tired cliche, way too obvious "homages" or the ending, which was probably meant to be touching, but came across a little bit too corny. Oh well, nice try and it was good to see a German horror movie that even had a budget!
5/10

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23rd

    #00132 Death Race 2000 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
That was a totally awesome b-movie. It didn't always work as a satire, but in these moments it worked as wonderful exploitation shlock.
7,5/10

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25th

    #00133 Shrek Forever After (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I like the SHREK series and I'm not scared of admitting it. I think people give the series a hard time, because it unwillingly started the trends of stuffing your animated comedies with lots of pop culture references and constantly pointing out how lame the Disney formula is. But hey, blaming SHREK for everything that came after it, is like blaming Daft Punk for the use of autotune and vocoders in modern pop music.Yes, the ogre IS a sell out, considering how he was supposed to be all counterculture and is now a save billion dollar franchise, but his films get too much shit that they don't deserve. I mean, they stopped their pop culture schtick already in part 3, which was also unfairly reduced by people to a string of poop jokes, despite having only one dream sequence with lots of vomit. But anyway, the series really earned a place in my heart for its amount of flat out played for comedy style and its ever growing amount of lovable supporting characters. Part 4 didn't disappoint me either. This time they focused again more on a story, which is always a good thing, although its message (You don't know what you have until you lose it.) is WAY too obvious and is even spelled out near the end! Yes, SHREK has lost its teeth a while ago, but its still a lot of fun to me.
7,5/10

    #00134 The A-Team (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I'm so glad that this turned out to be good. Maybe you remember how I, as the fan that I am, was seriously concerned that they turned into another in-name-only adaptation, especially since most script reviews on the web were still about the horrible one, in which Face is the villain! But no, despite its length of 2 full hours (without end credits [I watched the extended cut]), its questionable glorification of killing (the only REAL departure from the show) and an iffy structure (first we spend 20 minutes on watching them meeting for the first time, while they try to bust a Mexican gangster boss, then another 40 minutes on how a mission ends wrong, before the real story finally kicks in) it is a lot of fun and I hope we will get a sequel, despite its underperformance.
7,5/10

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26th

    #00135 Cool Runnings (TV)
Always an entertaining movie to watch. Yes, pretty much everything in it is a lie, but it has a great cast, wears its heart at the right place and most of all, it's an sports underdog story that is played as a light hearted comedy, instead of a depressing drama. That alone makes it one of my favourite movies.
7,5/10

    #00136 Cloudy with A Chance Of Meatballs (DVD)
Watched it again, this time with my sister. It's still an awesome movie and maybe the most creative and hilarious animated comedies in years!
8,5/10

    #00137 The Santa Clause 3 (TV/1st Time Viewing)
I wouldn't call this movie "bad", because I think in a world, where every movie that isn't great seems to be "the worst movie ever", we should save this word for movies, that are at least cringeworthy. And to be honest, I was able to watch it from the beginning to the end, without cringing once. Is it a good movie? No. It's 90 minutes in which nothing happen. I didn't laugh, nothing exciting happened and the one thing, that should have been the main story of the movie (The alternative timeline with Jack Frost as Santa) is more a lame, 15 minutes showdown. Too bad, that not even Martin Short can help this movie. So yeah, it's just boring and I'm pretty annoyed by how far the series strayed away from its likeable and kinda reality based part 1, to this uninspired run of the mill stuff. But I still know worse movies.
4/10

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27th

    #00138 Nightmare On Elm Street 4 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Yeah, so Renny Harlin ruined the series, I guess. Okay, it's not that cringe worthy, apart from Freddy's resurrection by a pissing dog and the Kung Fu fight against an invisible Freddy, but now it seriously stopped being even remotely scary. At least it has some nice visual ideas and the leading girl is pretty cute.
5/10

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28th

    #00139 Ninja Assassin (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
An entertaining B-movie with A production values. Nothing special, but good 90 minutes of Ninja action, with some very nice touches. I love how they make the Ninjas actually scary and appear demon like, like their image is, but I hated it, when they turned into silly looking blurs at the same time. It was also very nice that "the good friend who can be trusted" neither turned out to be a dirty traitor or got killed when the last acts started.
7/10

    #00140 Mélodie en sous-sol (TV/1st Time Viewing)
Classic heist movie with Alain Delon. It was okay. It had likeable characters and a good executed (also on film) heist, but for any reason it never became really interesting, until the last 10 minutes, which are seriously heart stopping suspenseful.
7/10

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29th

    #00141 No Country for Old Men (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Great movie and I'm sure it has been discussed to death, so I just say that despite I highly approve on the movie and also get that it's in fact about how Tommy Lee Jones finally decided to just quit, I hate that Brolin gets killed offscreen. I don't demand an action scene or something, but it seriously feels like something is missing and I just can't get over it. Apart from that, I seriously approve.
8/10

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30th

    #00142 Nightmare On Elm Street 5 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Makes part 4 look seriously cool in comparison.
4/10

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31st

    #00143 How To Train Your Dragon (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Very entertaining, although nothing special. I like the dragon design and the story is well crafted, but it's a typical kids movie story, where always exactly that happens what you expect. (Except that the hero ends up with one leg less.)
7,5/10

    #00144 Toy Story 3 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Good one, but seriously overrated. While being well crafted, it was too much of a re-hash to me. It was about the same themes as the first two (Oh noes, my kid doesn't love me anymore/I'm getting replaced by a new toy/Finding a way home) and even Lotso came across to me like Stinky Pete from part 2. I also think that something was missing from the story, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe the outbreak was too easy and short. It was a little bit too easy, imo. I would even go so far and say that this movie was the weakest of the trilogy. The first two kept me way more engaged.
7,5/10
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:47 pm

Shouldn't you wait another month before you split your journal in half?

Anyhow the best movie I saw in May was Silentium, highly entertaining, well done darkly comic Austrian crime movie. Highly recommended if you can catch it in a language you understand. (I didn't get everything myself, damn Austrians). The same goes by the way for it's predecessor Komm süßer Tod and judging by the trailer with high probability for it's sequel Der Knochenman.

Worst was Blade Trinity.Once again a Blade movie mixes stuff that should be cool but never delivers for me with stuff I can't stand on a conceptual level. I should have known better than watching this.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:55 pm

Al Shut wrote:Shouldn't you wait another month before you split your journal in half?


I would, but I already reached the character limit and can't write one single letter more in my last post.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:01 pm

That of course means you're banned from wathing movies for a month for being to wordy
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:05 pm

Dammit. Now that I just wanted to bring back my a-movie-a-day-rhythm. :x
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:40 pm

I was lazy and only saw twelve movies this month. Here's what I managed to scrape up:

BEST OF MAY


THE ROCKETEER. Hadn't seen this since I was a kid. Pretty damn good. Dalton is a sexy motherfucker.
THE HURT LOCKER. I managed to miss this one for a while. It's a solid flick, with the tension and whatnot. I don't know about Best Picture, but who gives a fuck.
PREDATOR. Come on. It's fuckin' PREDATOR.

WORST OF MAY

COBRA. I'm not sure if this is bad on purpose or in that accidental yet entertaining '80s way. Can't believe he didn't stick it to Brigitte. I thought that was a requirement in this movies.
HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE. Yeah, it's still shit.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:10 pm

Best of May: Tony - London Serial killer

Worst of May: Valentine's Day
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:54 pm

Best of May was Il Cittadino Si Ribella, aka Street Law with Franco Nero. Seriously cool Italian crime flick, maybe even a little better than one of my favorite Bronson films Violent City (or at least equal.) If it's a little better it's probably because of the stellar fucking soundtrack from the De Angelis brothers. Seriously. Check that shit out.





Worst of May was Revenge of the Nerds, which I'd never seen, and thought was a pretty shitty version of Animal House.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:16 pm

DaleTremont wrote:Worst of May was Revenge of the Nerds, which I'd never seen, and thought was a pretty shitty version of Animal House.



Oh come on, really? RoTN is an awesome slice of 80s heaven. Its certainly not as witty or funny as Animal House, but its a fine fine film. I fucking love it, but maybe its a gererational thing. Or a nerd thing...
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bayouwolf on Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:20 pm

so sorry wrote:
DaleTremont wrote:Worst of May was Revenge of the Nerds, which I'd never seen, and thought was a pretty shitty version of Animal House.



Oh come on, really? RoTN is an awesome slice of 80s heaven. Its certainly not as witty or funny as Animal House, but its a fine fine film. I fucking love it, but maybe its a gererational thing. Or a nerd thing...


I don't know about gererational, but it's one of my favorite "guilty pleasure" flicks of the 80's for sure.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby darkjedijaina on Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:28 pm

yeah, i had never seen RoTN until last month... but i fucking loved it!
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:21 pm

Sorry guys I just wasn't feeling it. In the way of 80s flicks, this one rates pretty low for me.

Although the dude who played Van Damme's sidekick in Bloodsport was hilarious. If it had just been him screaming NERDS! the whole movie I probably would've liked it more.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:24 pm

Worst was probably THE PASSENGER an Oleg Movie Club Selection I picked out. From the description I thought I was in for a Tom Ripley type movie with Nicholson as Ripley, instead I got Nicholson moping and brooding and whining.

And I don't know if I'd call it the best, but the two movies I enjoyed the most this month were OBSERVE AND REPORT and THE ROCKETEER
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:07 pm

Never did my best and worst of May, and it's actually a tough call.

The worst was obviously JAWS 3. God that movie sucks. There's not a lot to like about that one. It's a crappy cash in sequel to a classic (and a decent sequel).

I really enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox, Iron Man 2, and Robin Hood, but I suppose the best of the month was Precious. It seemed more "important" I suppose.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby DaleTremont on Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:33 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:I really enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox, Iron Man 2, and Robin Hood, but I suppose the best of the month was Precious. It seemed more "important" I suppose.


I have to say, I'm not really a big Wes Anderson fan...at all...but I really loved Fantastic Mr. Fox. Maybe there is something about the natural quirkiness of animation (or claymation? puppetry? whatever...non-live action) that made that movie seem charmingly eccentric, rather than distractingly eccentric.

If that makes any sense.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:33 am

Just saw THE HURT LOCKER. Here's what I thought:

The Hurt Locker - Not best picture of the year. Not better than Avatar. Not better than most of the other best pic nominees, in fact. I don't see how so many people fell in love with this so quickly. Yes, there were some great moments of tension, and great moments in general, but it drug in places, was boring in others, sort of rambled some, and bored me in a few spots. An average flick overall, is how I would classify it. The fact that this even got nominated (other than technical awards) really surprises me. And IT WON!?!?!?! And Renner wasn't that good either. I thought if anyone deserved an acting nom from this film, it was the black guy. 7/10.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:51 am

As I've said before, it does have the distinction of being the only Best Picture to end with crunchy guitars.

And I thought Renner was pretty good. :?
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:16 pm

caruso_stalker217 wrote:As I've said before, it does have the distinction of being the only Best Picture to end with crunchy guitars.

And I thought Renner was pretty good. :?


Ha ha. I had the same thought at the end. "I bet that's the only Best Picture winner with heavy metal at the end credits." HA HA.

Renner wasn't bad. I enjoyed his performance for the most part. I just thought the black guy was more deserving than he was.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:00 am

I've only watched three movie in June, thanks lot World Cup

Best was Asterix and the Vikings which was pretty entertaining, especially the vikings.

Worst was Hollow Man II, which I assume made little sense but I didn't care enough to put too much thought into it. Watching the first one right in front of it didn't do the movie a favor.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:08 am

I enjoyed "Youth in Revolt" the most I think this month. It gives me happy amused feelings just thinking about it.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby johnnydavidson on Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:52 pm

[#] [DATE] [SCORE] [YEAR] [MOVIE]
[0001] [01/06/10] [08/10] [2008] Burn After Reading
[0002] [01/07/10] [09/10] [2009] Up In The Air
[0003] [01/07/10] [07/10] [1997] Eyes Wide Shut
[0004] [01/08/10] [09/10] [1997] Boogie Nights
[0005] [01/10/10] [06/10] [2008] Let The Right One In
[0006] [01/10/10] [04/10] [2009] A Serious Man
[0007] [01/10/10] [09/10] [2002] Punch-Drunk Love [x2]
[0008] [01/11/10] [07/10] [1997] Donnie Brasco
[0009] [01/11/10] [06/10] [1976] Eraserhead
[0010] [01/12/10] [08/10] [2001] Training Day
[0011] [01/13/10] [05/10] [2009] The Men Who Stare At Goats
[0012] [01/17/10] [07/10] [2006] The Illusionist
[0013] [01/17/10] [09/10] [2007] Reign Over Me
[0014] [01/17/10] [07/10] [2006] Stranger Than Fiction
[0015] [01/18/10] [09/10] [2009] Sherlock Holmes
[0016] [01/18/10] [07/10] [2009] Up
[0017] [01/18/10] [08/10] [2009] Law Abiding Citizen
[0018] [01/19/10] [07/10] [1993] Jurassic Park
[0019] [01/23/10] [08/10] [2009] (500) Days Of Summer
[0020] [01/23/10] [03/10] [2009] 2012
[0021] [01/24/10] [09/10] [1999] The Green Mile
[0022] [01/25/10] [05/10] [2003] Lost In Translation
[0023] [01/25/10] [08/10] [1982] The Thing
[0024] [01/26/10] [08/10] [1944] Lifeboat
[0025] [01/28/10] [04/10] [1986] Blue Velvet
[0026] [02/09/10] [08/10] [2005] Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
[0027] [02/13/10] [08/10] [1942] Casablanca
[0028] [02/16/10] [06/10] [2004] The Notebook
[0029] [02/18/10] [07/10] [2009] The Hangover
[0030] [02/20/10] [06/10] [2001] Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone
[0031] [02/20/10] [07/10] [2009] The Invention Of Lying
[0032] [02/25/10] [08/10] [2001] A Beautiful Mind
[0033] [02/26/10] [07/10] [2008] Fanboys
[0034] [02/27/10] [09/10] [1986] Ferris Bueller's Day Off
[0035] [03/01/10] [06/10] [2003] Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines
[0036] [03/02/10] [05/10] [2009] Funny People
[0037] [03/07/10] [07/10] [1999] The Talented Mr. Ripley
[0038] [03/08/10] [08/10] [2007] Michael Clayton
[0039] [03/12/10] [04/10] [2009] Pandorum
[0040] [03/17/10] [09/10] [2009] Shutter Island
[0041] [03/18/10] [07/10] [2005] The 40 Year Old Virgin
[0042] [03/19/10] [07/10] [2007] Knocked Up
[0043] [03/20/10] [07/10] [2008] Pineapple Express
[0044] [03/20/10] [06/10] [1997] Conspiracy Theory
[0045] [03/20/10] [08/10] [2007] Superbad
[0046] [03/21/10] [05/10] [2008] Zack And Miri Make A Porno
[0047] [03/23/10] [07/10] [1982] Blade Runner
[0048] [03/24/10] [09/10] [1988] Rain Man
[0049] [03/25/10] [08/10] [2007] Juno
[0050] [03/26/10] [07/10] [2008] Sex Drive
[0051] [03/27/10] [06/10] [2009] I Love You Man [x2]
[0052] [03/27/10] [08/10] [2007] American Gangster
[0053] [03/28/10] [06/10] [2008] Role Models
[0054] [03/29/10] [09/10] [1954] Dial 'M' For Murder
[0055] [03/31/10] [10/10] [2008] The Dark Knight
[0056] [03/31/10] [06/10] [2008] Forgetting Sarah Marshall
[0057] [04/02/10] [09/10] [2001] Mulholland Dr.
[0058] [04/02/10] [09/10] [2001] Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
[0059] [04/02/10] [07/10] [1999] Office Space
[0060] [04/03/10] [07/10] [1997] As Good As It Gets
[0061] [04/04/10] [08/10] [2006] Children Of Men
[0062] [04/04/10] [09/10] [1954] Rear Window
[0063] [04/05/10] [09/10] [1982] King Of Comedy
[0064] [04/07/10] [08/10] [2009] Avatar
[0065] [04/07/10] [06/10] [2008] An Evening With Kevin Smith 3
[0066] [04/10/10] [08/10] [2007] Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres
[0067] [04/11/10] [03/10] [2006] Idiocracy
[0068] [04/15/10] [09/10] [2002] Minority Report
[0069] [04/19/10] [04/10] [2010] The Crazies
[0070] [04/19/10] [09/10] [2007] No Country For Old Men
[0071] [04/19/10] [08/10] [2007] Ratatouille
[0072] [04/20/10] [09/10] [2000] Memento
[0073] [04/20/10] [07/10] [2003] Kill Bill Vol. 1
[0074] [04/23/10] [08/10] [2004] Kill Bill Vol. 2
[0075] [04/29/10] [09/10] [2008] Iron Man
[0076] [05/02/10] [10/10] [1994] Pulp Fiction
[0077] [05/02/10] [07/10] [2009] Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
[0078] [05/02/10] [08/10] [2005] Batman Begins
[0079] [05/02/10] [08/10] [2010] How To Train Your Dragon
[0080] [05/03/10] [06/10] [2010] Iron Man 2
[0081] [05/03/10] [08/10] [1995] Toy Story
[0082] [05/03/10] [10/10] [2010] Kick-Ass
[0083] [05/03/10] [08/10] [2010] Hot Tub Time Machine
[0084] [05/04/10] [06/10] [2003] Finding Nemo
[0085] [05/04/10] [04/10] [2007] Saw IV
[0086] [05/04/10] [09/10] [2001] Stanley Kubrick - A Life In Pictures
[0087] [05/05/10] [04/10] [2004] Anchorman
[0088] [05/05/10] [10/10] [2000] Requiem For A Dream
[0089] [05/05/10] [08/10] [2002] An Evening With Kevin Smith
[0090] [05/06/10] [07/10] [1975] Monty Python And The Holy Grail
[0091] [05/09/10] [09/10] [2006] The Departed
[0092] [05/11/10] [09/10] [2006] The Prestige
[0093] [05/16/10] [10/10] [1971] A Clockwork Orange
[0094] [05/17/10] [07/10] [2004] The Terminal
[0095] [05/18/10] [07/10] [2005] War Of The Worlds
[0096] [05/19/10] [09/10] [2009] Watchmen
[0097] [05/19/10] [08/10] [1987] Full Metal Jacket
[0098] [05/24/10] [06/10] [2010] Date Night
[0099] [05/25/10] [09/10] [1993] True Romance
[0100] [05/28/10] [04/10] [2009] Youth In Revolt
[0101] [05/30/10] [07/10] [1974] The Conversation
[0102] [05/31/10] [05/10] [2007] Super High Me
[0103] [06/01/10] [09/10] [2000] Snatch.
[0104] [06/02/10] [08/10] [2009] The Taking Of Pelham 123
[0105] [06/03/10] [09/10] [1995] Se7en
[0106] [06/04/10] [08/10] [2002] Adaptation.
[0107] [06/05/10] [08/10] [1991] Cape Fear
[0108] [06/05/10] [07/10] [2003] Identity
[0109] [06/05/10] [09/10] [1985] After Hours
[0110] [06/06/10] [04/10] [2001] Frailty
[0111] [06/07/10] [07/10] [2004] The Aviator
[0112] [06/09/10] [04/10] [2007] The Mist
[0113] [06/13/10] [08/10] [1995] Apollo 13
[0114] [06/14/10] [07/10] [2000] Unbreakable
[0115] [06/18/10] [09/10] [1999] Toy Story 2
[0116] [06/18/10] [08/10] [1998] Following
[0117] [06/19/10] [08/10] [2010] Toy Story 3
[0118] [06/22/10] [06/10] [2010] Unthinkable
[0119] [06/23/10] [05/10] [2004] Primer
[0120] [06/24/10] [08/10] [2001] Monsters, Inc
[0121] [06/24/10] [08/10] [2004] Dead Man's Shoes
[0122] [06/25/10] [08/10] [2002] Gangs Of New York
[0123] [06/25/10] [06/10] [1987] Raising Arizona
[0124] [06/27/10] [06/10] [2009] Observe And Report
[0125] [06/27/10] [07/10] [1986] The Color Of Money
[0126] [06/28/10] [09/10] [2007] There Will Be Blood
[0127] [06/28/10] [06/10] [2009] I Love You Phillip Morris
[0128] [06/29/10] [08/10] [1985] The Breakfast Club
[0129] [06/29/10] [07/10] [2006] Evening With Kevin Smith 2
[0130] [06/30/10] [06/10] [2002] Jackass
[0131] [07/01/10] [06/10] [2004] Man On Fire
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Maui on Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:58 pm

Best of June: Toy Story 3 and I Love You Phillip Morris

Worst of June: Orphan
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:02 pm

I posted a long ass post about the films I saw this month, but it didn't post. So now I'm pissed and this is the short version.

Good:
LOTR:FOTR, Avatar, Up, Toy Story 2, A*Team

Bad:
It's Complicated, Van Wilder

FOTR is the best film ever. Props to the A*Team for being a fun time. Liam Neeson continues to be an actor that is great in whatever he's in. HAs he ever turned in a shit performance? And props to Patrick Wilson for stealing the show there in a film filled with over the top performances.

It's Complicated was overhyped and didn't really live up to it. And Van Wilder has Tara Reid.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:20 pm

BEST OF JUNE:

SHUTTER ISLAND. Not much of a Scorsese fan, but I really enjoyed this one.
RELIGULOUS. Thought this was pretty funny, though I'm not a huge Bill Maher fan either.
FRESH. This movie made me feel bad, but in a good way. Sam Jackson has a small but important role as alcoholic chess-playing Yoda.
JACKIE BROWN. Watched this twice in the span of a week. It never gets old.

WORST OF JUNE:

THE KILLER. Maybe listing this as one of the worst I saw the whole month is a bit much. But I'd heard how great it was and I thought it was ridiculous and possibly unintentionally funny. I laughed through most of.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. There was no reason to make this. Easily Burton's worst. Depp phones it in, which would be a shame except he's playing the Mad Hatter so who really gives a fuck.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:36 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:
THE KILLER. Maybe listing this as one of the worst I saw the whole month is a bit much. But I'd heard how great it was and I thought it was ridiculous and possibly unintentionally funny. I laughed through most of.
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:shock: :lol: :lol: Yeah, people don't tell you that the movie is also 60% pure cheese, smaltz and lamely translated humour and 40% pure badassness cool. I mean that jazz saxophone scene and the exhaling after drinking is something I incorporated into my smoking practices... back when I smoked regularly (or is that Hard Boiled?). I think the movie is awesome tho still, maybe not quite as badass as Tiger on the Beat ( I mean fighting with chainsaws!!?!?!1), and it has that most vital of themes the duality of Cop and Criminal, and its possibly one of the best and earliest examples of this theme in modern cinema (Heat and the Infernal Affairs flicks came after this landmark).
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:55 am

I enjoyed the gay subtext, even if I may have just imagined it, and Chow accidentally blinding that girl was pretty funny. The ending is probably the best of all, with Chow and the blind girl crawling in the dirt calling for each other. And then his cop friend is just yelling "Shrimp head."

Classic stuff.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby stereosforgeeks on Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:39 am

Best Movies of the month:

1) Visage - Ming-liang Tsai. I really need to see this again to even remotely parse it. All of Tsai signature scenes and imagery are there, and its almost a Tsai primer but honestly I dont think anyone who isnt familiar with Tsai would be able to see what he's doing with it as it's almost done in shorthand. Example scenes (he ideas vary from a woman blocking her window and her mirror with black tape (two shots, about five minutes each), to a woman climbing down an elevator, to Jeanne Moreau singing the song from Jules and Jim, to a woman packing meat in a fridge, to Jean-Pierre Léaud performing Tawainese rites for the dead, to a few musical sequences in the snow, to a man making a phone call, to a model putting on make-up, to Léaud crawling inside the Louvre). Any sort of "plot" happens off screen and we only see people reacting to unseen plot developments that you have to even really be paying attention to to even see. Honestly though the plot is completely inconsequential as Tsai amazing static shots and wacked out musical interludes are in top form. Definitely not my favorite of his but defintely worth viewing nonetheless.

2) Nem Leszek A Baratod (I'll Not Be Your Friend) 48min Version - Gyorgy Palfi. Palfi's short documentary following young kids interactions in school. It may not be Hukkle or Taxidermia but this is an interesting short doc from an original voice. It is unfortunate the narrative film associated with it is nowhere near as good.

3) Serial Experiments: Lain - Ryutaro Nakamura. I finally got a chance to watch this anime and I loved it. Very similiar themes to Kairo(Pulse) but overall Id say that this was better. Very surreal take on the way technology and alienation coexist. Very ahead of its time.

Honorable Mentions/Watched Before:
The Untouchables, Toy Story 1 and 2, They Live, Heat.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:59 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:I enjoyed the gay subtext, even if I may have just imagined it, and Chow accidentally blinding that girl was pretty funny. The ending is probably the best of all, with Chow and the blind girl crawling in the dirt calling for each other. And then his cop friend is just yelling "Shrimp head."

Classic stuff.


Haha! "Shrimp Head?!?" I've seen two different translations, and each had different pet names for those two guys - it seems there is a THIRD!! John Woo just kicks ass, he understands the extremity of melodrama, I guess that's why he worked with Nick Cage!
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:15 am

Now that makes me want to see a remake of THE KILLER starring Nicholas Cage. They could change the nicknames to "Shit-Head" and "Little-Bitch."

I don't know who could play the cop, though. Keanu Reeves would be pretty awesome/terrible.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:22 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:Now that makes me want to see a remake of THE KILLER starring Nicholas Cage. They could change the nicknames to "Shit-Head" and "Little-Bitch."

I don't know who could play the cop, though. Keanu Reeves would be pretty awesome/terrible.


It's your luck yday, it's BEEN MADE, its called Face/Off, except instead of Keanu, we have to just put up with John Travolta and I assume some Hollywood contractual shit that avoids actual blindness and crawling about in churches.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:25 am

Travolta played a pretty good Nic Cage in that movie. But, yeah, that was the missing ingredient that kept FACE/OFF from being a masterpiece. Blindness. That's the key.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:35 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:Travolta played a pretty good Nic Cage in that movie. But, yeah, that was the missing ingredient that kept FACE/OFF from being a masterpiece. Blindness. That's the key.


I think the blindness to seeing that your cop husband is actually a master criminal kinda makes up for it, well that and SWAPPING OF ACTUAL FACES! Yeah, that bit is kinda neat. :lol:
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:43 pm

I think it would've been more realistic if they just swapped brains.

But I guess BRAIN/SWAP just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby magicmonkey on Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:27 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:I think it would've been more realistic if they just swapped brains.

But I guess BRAIN/SWAP just doesn't have the same ring to it.

I can see the Porno version now, COCK/SWAP. Wow, imagine the kind of identity issues that would open up.
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Re: The Zone's 2010 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:49 am

I think I might have a copy of that porno in my sock drawer.

Nope. Just ANAL STALLIONS, HIT THAT PHAT ASS 5, BLACK IT ON UP and BUSTA NUT.
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