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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:22 pm

The point of the movie is that Scott is a selfish dick, especially to girls.

Kim (the drummer) dated Scott in high school and he was an asshole and broke her heart.

Julie's (the swear girl) actress says that Edgar Wright told her that her back story was she secretly loved Scott but he always treated her like shit so now she hates him.

And his sister has had to watch him be an asshole her whole life.

So he learns at the end that he is a selfish douche and him and Ramona go off and try to find a way to not be selfish...together.

It plays out exceedingly better in the books.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:47 pm

After deciding to count the Millenium trilogy as a tv series I've been reduced to six movies in February

Best was Seraphim Falls, a Western I quite enjoyed despite getting a bit weird at the end. Screw me if Anjelica Houston isn't supposed to be the devil in person.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Leckomaniac wrote:The point of the movie is that Scott is a selfish dick, especially to girls.

Kim (the drummer) dated Scott in high school and he was an asshole and broke her heart.

Julie's (the swear girl) actress says that Edgar Wright told her that her back story was she secretly loved Scott but he always treated her like shit so now she hates him.

And his sister has had to watch him be an asshole her whole life.

So he learns at the end that he is a selfish douche and him and Ramona go off and try to find a way to not be selfish...together.

It plays out exceedingly better in the books.


Yeah, but Scott never comes across very dickish in the movie, except when he refuses to dump Knives. And in the end he learns a lesson and apologizes, so no dick, while every other woman in this movie still seems to be an annoying bitch, even if it might be only because we never really find out about their motivations (Which of course was all Edgar Wright's plan to make a movie that is so misogynistic, that it might have a chance at the Box Office, when it starts at the same day as THE EXPENDABLES..)
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:50 am

39 movies in Feb. averaging just over one a day. Best and worst lists coming soon
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:21 pm

I didn't really watch anything outstanding last month, neither positive or negative. But my least liked movie was DREAMSCAPE.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby King Of Nowhere on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:08 pm

I think the best movie i watched for the first time last month was Saw 3D.

What is it about modern horror/slashers that's so bland?
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:00 am

My most recent viewings:

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19. Battle:L.A. This should have been called "Battle:Cliche." It was cliched all the way through. In fact, the cliche thread in the zone should be dedicated solely to this film. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't really a movie. It's like they got some documentary cameras to follow around these marines and films them fighting, but not edit anything out. It was tiring and only somewhat entertaining. 5/10.

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20. The Social Network Pretty well written film. I'm sort of glad Sorkin won the Oscar. Zuckerberg is portrayed as an asshole. And I really feel bad for that Eduardo guy. He really got shafted. And this most certainly was NOT the best score of the year. I had at least three I liked much more. 8/10.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:24 pm

March has been kind of a slow month for me, I'm not sure why, maybe it's a little busier schedule at work, maybe it's the fact I've been catching up on some TV on DVD (rewatching Justified S1, Firefly, and Deadwood) but I'm not even averaging 1 a day this month
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:36 pm

I actually watched quite a few movies at the end of last month and this month, but I haven't written any of them down. I am slacking on mah journal!
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:09 pm

caruso_stalker217 wrote:I actually watched quite a few movies at the end of last month and this month, but I haven't written any of them down. I am slacking on mah journal!


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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:51 am

Am I the only one who thinks that Scorcese's BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is awesome?
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:54 am

BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is the last great Scorcese movie.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:57 am

Can't say anything about that, because to my own shame, I still have to catch up with most of his work, but I wouldn't be surprised if that would turn out to be true. Just because of how awesome BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:34 pm

it's a lot different then some of his other movies, but I love it. it reeks of Cage-awesomeness
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:19 pm

Saw 11 movies in March

Best was Shutter Island so you could say I clearly disagree with
Spandau Belly wrote:BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is the last great Scorcese movie.
this.

It beat The White Ribbon because of more clarity, although The White Ribbon wasn't as purposely vagues as I feared when I first saw the font of the subheading.

Worst: There Will Be Blood. Almost made my 0/5 points, this movie is angering me on purpose so I hate it shit list. In retrospect I can't remember why it didn't. I want clarity goddammit. Not empty dialogue (suggestion for a drinking game, take shot everytime someone asks a question but get's no answer. I'll send flowers to your funeral), not cutting away after a character proclaimed "Look at that!", not turning one of the few thorough explanations into a much and rightfully lampooned freak show. I'm getting mad just thinking about it. :x
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:48 am

Bloo wrote:March has been kind of a slow month for me, I'm not sure why, maybe it's a little busier schedule at work, maybe it's the fact I've been catching up on some TV on DVD (rewatching Justified S1, Firefly, and Deadwood) but I'm not even averaging 1 a day this month


ended up going on a spree toward the end of the month with a tally of 41 movies watched in March, or a little over 1 a day on average.

Worst: RIN: DAUGHTERS OF MNEMOSYNE Holy Shit this was bad...and I watched Robocop 2! over 4 hours I invested in this anime (which technically was a mniseries or some shit, but as I watched them back to back I counted it), I should have trusted Spandau.

Best: hard to say. I watched some really good movies this month too, highlights included discovering UNDERTOW dir. by David Gordon Green prod. by Terrance Mallick and just gives an awesome dirty 70s vibe. THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is always great to watch and this was my first time watching it in blu after buying it for myself for Christmas. ROBOCOP is always great for 80s fun. And finally THE FIGHTER, which I flat out loved.

April I'm toying of doing a Shakespeare and Broadway month as I'll be working on a script and needing inspiration.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:44 am

So I didn't update my journal for the whole month, but I saw some pretty good movies.

THE BEST OF MARCH BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT I DIDN'T WRITE IT DOWN

RANGO. This was one of those cute kids movies that is actually good. They can still make those, I guess.
THE FIGHTER. Marky Mark was good and Bale's Oscar was deserved. Also there was punching.
BLACK SWAN. Hey, this is pretty good just like they said. Bought this one blind because you can't rent the fucker online or anything for a month and both Blockbusters in my town went tits up a while ago. This movie is pretty creepy at times and I watched it alone so I might be scared to take a bath because scary Natalie Portman might show up and stare at me. Actually, that wouldn't be half-bad. I think she's cute. Anyway, this is the best I've ever seen her. Way to win the Oscar, Natalie. You earned it. Also it was pretty hot when Mila Kunis went down on you. Thanks.

I watched other movies, some for the first time but I gotta be honest I don't remember them all. I guess that's what the movie journal is for. I saw THE COLOR OF MONEY for the first time and that was pretty good.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:15 am

I saw lots of good stuff in March, but it's pretty clear:

BEST: Bringing Out The Dead (9/10)
Worst: Buffy The Vampire Slyaer (4/10)
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:15 pm

DerLanghaarige wrote:
    #00069 Lord Of Illusions (DVD/1st time viewing)



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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:51 pm

You are welcome. (And you should be happy, that I'm so lazy. Otherwise I would have turned that scene into a gif and posted it here. :lol: )
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:32 am

DerLanghaarige wrote:
    #00074 Quantum Of Solace (TV/1st Time Viewing)
I got no idea what the fuck this piece of shit was about and why anybody did something! Bond wants to avenge the death of the girl from last movie, but then he instead hunts a villain who sells water to a dictator, who this movie's Bondgirl wants to kill, while Felix Leiter gets drunk and M doesn't trust Bond anymore, until he punches a group of her agents unconcious. At least CASINO ROYALE had some nice looking action scenes, but those were so confusingly filmed and edited, that I just wanted to poke my eyes out.
1/10


Hahaha

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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:41 pm

And I'm back!

Don't know if anyone noticed, but I was computerless for a few weeks, so I was Zone deprived and I haven't been around. But I seem to be back now.

I saw Due Date and Your Highness in the meantime. Both weren't terrible. I really found things to laugh at in each one. Most of those things were Danny McBride, who I admit is growing on me.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun May 01, 2011 9:07 am

11 movies in total

Best of April: How to Train your Dragon

All the flying made me think of Miyazaki and the result of this comparison can be summed up with 'on par'. Yep, that's how much I loved this.

Worst: The Spirit

I have no idea what this was supposed to be, but that doesn't matter as it didn't work for me on any level imaginable. Plan 9 bad.

Best single thing I've seen all month:

The joy of a dinosaur discovering that he's able to fly mirrored on the face of an old man. Does that make sense to anyone who hasn't seen The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec?
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sun May 01, 2011 11:09 am

nothing really poor this month

Best thing in theaters? Fast Five

Best thing on tape? Probably McKellen's Richard III from '95 or Stewart's McBeth from 2010 which you could almost run as a double feature how similar they are to each other
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby King Of Nowhere on Sun May 01, 2011 11:14 am

Only 6 during April, for some reason.
The Best: I don't know, it's quite hard to choose between them all.
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka & Black Dynamite are the same kind of movie, as are Machete & The Expendables.
Deathly Hallows surprised me a lot though.

The worst: Human Centipede: First Sequence
Could be the worst i've seen this year.
Not only is it poorly acted, poorly written pish, but it doesn't have any of the redeeming qualities that other "bad" movies do, like The Room, Troll 2, the complete works of Uwe Boll...
Nothing quotable, nothing ridiculously comedic or over the top.
Just a complete waste of time.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun May 01, 2011 4:05 pm

I saw two movies in April, DUE DATE and YOUR HIGHNESS, and I'd put them on about the same level. They were simultaneously the best and worst films I saw during the month.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sun May 01, 2011 4:55 pm

I caught 29 movies this month I forgot to include that
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Sun May 01, 2011 5:19 pm

Bloo wrote:I caught 29 movies this month I forgot to include that


I only got through 18...
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:39 pm

Best of May was The International which means May was a pretty weak month

According to my ratings the worst was Paksa Wayu, some nonsense asian monster movie. Digging in my memory to find out if it really was worse than Lesbian Vampire Killers would require more strength tha I can muster. When the UKers point to that as proof of everything that's wrong with British filmmaking and/or funding they're right.

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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:43 pm

Shit man, I only got 11 and I already knew way too many of them.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:16 pm

32 movies in May, best I saw in theaters was probably THOR, worst in theaters was probably Pirates 4 (but I think those were the only 2 watched in the theaters)...best on DVD Jackie Brown, worst on DVD Blues Brothers 2000 (though it has some amazing music)
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:15 pm

The best (and only) films I saw theatrically in May were THOR and FAST FIVE. Both were quite entertaining.

I watched CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it a lot, despite kinda hating PITCH BLACK the one time I saw it ten years ago. Maybe I should give it another look.

My HAMLET Blu-Ray made me very happy in the pants. Branagh like a mahfucka.

Worst thing I saw last month might have been WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, which I was supposed to review for the OLEG Movie Club and never got around to it because I kept falling asleep. The movie seemed kinda entertaining, but I can't be sure. I thought it was nice of Michael Douglas to lend Rutger Hauer his hair for the movie.

I guess I just didn't see any shitty movies last month. Although I'm sure somebody could make an argument for TANGO & CASH.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby BuckyO'harre on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:42 am

We're halfway through the year now.
At the start I hoped to watch the equivalent of a movie a day and so far I'm at 200.
On the one hand I'm glad to be whittling down the list of shame, but on the other it's slightly depressing how easily I've been able to keep the pace. :(
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:31 pm

BuckyO'harre wrote:We're halfway through the year now.
At the start I hoped to watch the equivalent of a movie a day and so far I'm at 200.
On the one hand I'm glad to be whittling down the list of shame, but on the other it's slightly depressing how easily I've been able to keep the pace. :(


I wish I could do that... I just can't keep that pace, unless I just never sleep. It has more to do with work than anything else though. :(
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby BuckyO'harre on Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:08 am

justcheckin wrote:
BuckyO'harre wrote:We're halfway through the year now.
At the start I hoped to watch the equivalent of a movie a day and so far I'm at 200.
On the one hand I'm glad to be whittling down the list of shame, but on the other it's slightly depressing how easily I've been able to keep the pace. :(


I wish I could do that... I just can't keep that pace, unless I just never sleep. It has more to do with work than anything else though. :(


I know, I know, everyone's thinking "boo-frickin'-hoo."
What I meant is I'm just disappointed that watching movies is the only thing I've been able to do with my spare time.
None of the outdoor excursions or travel like last year.

Btw... a pox on the phony King of England!
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:12 am

as with most summers, my job has required more of me and my movie watching has decreased. And I'm not logging as much as I should be. Here's hoping I'll be able to pick back up next month
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:22 pm

Best of July

Slight advantage for In drei Tagen bist du Tod 2. Mainly because it surprised me with the amount of violence shown :shock: Not quite sure why I expected this to be more harmless, if it was the movie's calm beginning that would be another plus.

Push could have been ranked higher if it hadn't been for the secret envelopes. Exactly the kind of stuff and makes me think the movie is bullshitting me but I can't be bothered to put enough thought into it to prove it.


Worst: Shamo. I decided to let my hate reign free. Judging a movie on it's own and not as an adaptation is cool and stuff, but we are talking a story change of Batman killed his parents dimension. I wanted to watch a paranoid Alex DeLarge on steroids self destruct for two hours and what I got was weak sauce.


And it's not on my list as i counted it as a TV series but one entry could have read like this
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    #00108 Sherlock - A Study In Pink (TV/1st Time Viewing)
Seriously entertaining, although when the audience is able to solve the case long before Sherlock AND the police, the script might have a problem or two.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:06 am

What can I say? I write too much. I guess next year I will be able to write a movie journal in one part, before I run out of characters.

November

1st

    #00144 The Raven (DVD)
Still a whole lot of fun, thanks to the awesome chemistry between Price, Lorre and Karloff.
8/10

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5th

    #00145 Megamind (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Pretty good, despite really boring character design and horrible celebrity voice acting. Pretty much everybody apart from Will Ferrell and David Cross was horrible! But all in all it was very entertaining and I liked how believable Megamind's character arc was.
7,5/10

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12th

    #00146 Midnight Run (TV Recording/1st Time Viewing)
More entertaining than I expected. Not every action comedy of the 80's is still that watchable today (I'm looking at you, BEVERLY HILLS COP), but this one is a lot of fun. Although it features Danny Elfman's worst score.
8/10

    #00147 Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (TV)
Yeah, it's entertaining, but it is the weakest of the series. The forced, mostly unfunny comedy between Jones Sr & Jr gets annoying very quickly and it still baffles me how awful the FX look. RAIDERS was made 7 years before this one, but looks so much better!
7/10

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19th

    #00148 Gentlemen Broncos (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
It's like THE BIG BANG THEORY, only good and with a likeable protagonist. As expected, the scenes with Sam Rockwell where the highlights. Much like the previous Jareth Hess movies, it sometimes gets a little bit too quirky, just for the sake of quirk, but it's still acceptable.
7/10

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23rd

    #00149 Mein liebster Feind (TV recording/1st Time Viewing)
That's that Klaus Kinski documentary by Werner Herzog. Pretty interesting portray of an interesting relationship between two interesting men. Near the end it started to drag a little and it seemed like Herzog was running out of material to fill 90 minutes, but apart from that, I recommend it.
7,5/10

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27th

    #00150 Death Sentence (TV/1st Time Viewing)
Well, I haven't seen INSIDIOUS yet, but it's clear to me that James Wan should stick to action movies. I'm surprised how good this one was, especially on a technical level. The camera work in some scenes was fucking brillant! All in all it was just a small, lean, mean revenge thriller, but it was a damn good one.
7,5/10

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December

1st

    #00151 From Dusk Till Dawn (DVD)
I'm surprised how fresh this movie still feels. Most things Tarantino related age very badly, but this one is still very enjoyable. I give credit to Robert Rodriguez, whose directorial work has never been more spot on than in this case, if you ask me.
8/10

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2nd

    #00152 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (DVD)
Very enjoyable B-movie, full of funny gimmicks, good actors and a script, that knows exactly what it wants. And despite being over 10 years old, it still holds up to today's close-to-theatrical DTV quality standards.
7,5/10

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3rd

    #00153 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
It was okay. For any reason the western part, as cliched and free of surprises it was, was more fun than the vampire part. But Gordon Parks was in it and that makes it automatically awesome. I just don't get why anybody thought, we would love to know the background story of a character, who only appeared in two scenes of part 1 and why it should matter that she turns out to be some kind of ultra powerful vampire queen, even though she didn't seem to be anything like that before.
6/10

    #00154 Thor (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
This is without a doubt my favourite of Marvel's AVENGERS prequel movies. It has the right amount of seriousness and goofy 80's summer blockbuster charme, that so many other movies these days are missing.
8/10

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4th

    #00155 The Invasion (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Oh snap, I was prepared for a disaster, with some moments of greatness, but it turned out to be a seriously good movie, with some disastrous moments instead. The first half is even damn scary, but then it just gets dumber and dumber, until we reach an ending that tries to be ambiguous and thoughtful, but is just senseless, if you consider the things that happened earlier.
7/10

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5th

    #00156 The Stuff (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Oh my god, this movie starts out seriously absurd and gets weirder with every minute! And most of the weirdness seemed to be even done on purpose! Nothing makes sense in here and it totally works! It's like a hilarious dream!
8/10

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6th

    #00157 Rubber (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Usually I have a problem with kitchen sink movies. (Y'know, movies that throw everything in, except the kitchen sink. Films full of random shit, that should have been kicked out in the 2nd draft of the script, but somehow made it into the final movie! like CRANK 2 or every Tarantino film after RESERVOIR DOGS.) This one seriously worked for me, though. I don't know if I would call it smart, but at least it seemed like its chaos was 100% under control. The movie was more focused, than such a random movie should be. And the animation of tire was great! It really seemed like it was alive!
8/10

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7th

    #00158 Splinter (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Wow, that was frustrating. The movie had a good script with a great concept for a monster, but then totally blew it by burying it among a huge pile of shaky cam and AVID rape. I mean, why are they bothering to come up with such a cool idea, if they don't want to to show it to us? Do you remember when low budget film makers tried to make their work look more expensive than it was and had to be creative to hide their lack of budget? Today they just make their movies completely unwatchable.
4/10

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8th

    #00159 Rogue (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
This is a great one! I recommend it to everybody who loves horror movies with an old school pacing (As in the-monster-won't-show-up-until-30-minutes-into-the-movie), stunning cinematography and lots of suspense. The CGI crocodile looked seriously good too.
8/10

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9th

    #00160 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
It was good, but it had definitely a better concept than execution. Other films from that time, like THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE BLOB or THEM work so much better today.
7/10

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10th

    #00161 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Just great! It's so fucking bizarre and creepy and has such a brillant cast. I must re-watch the 93 version soon, but I think that this here is the best BODY SNATCHERS movie.
8/10

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11th

    #00162 Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian (TV/1st Time Viewing)
There were some inspired strokes of genius inbetween, like the giant Lincoln and how the pharao's army reacts to him, and it also has a surprisingly great cast, but just like part 1, it's nothing more than very light fluff that you can watch if you wanna waste 1 1/2 - 2 hours.But it IS definitely worth watching for Amy Dams' pants alone! Oh, I need this movie on DVD, just to be able freeze frame certain moments.
6/10 (movie)
9/10 (Amy Adams' pants!)

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12th

    #00163 Rare Exports (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Maybe the most original x-mas movie that I have seen in years. Creepy as shit and at the same time absolutely hilarious, with a very original twist on Santa Clause.
8/10

    #00164 Green Lantern (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
It was okay. Of course not as bad as the angry nerds said it was, but it could have been better. They focused too much on the "waaaah, am I worth it?" aspect of the story. Shit, you are the protagonist of this movie! Of course you are worth it! No reason the spend almost the full runtime with doubting yourself!" Apart from that, it was pretty entertaining, but yeah, it could be better.
6,5/10

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13th

    #00165 Jingle All The Way (TV)
Sue me. I like that movie. Yeah, the last act seriously crosses a line in terms of stupidity, but as a whole, the movie makes me laugh every single time.
7/10

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15th

    #00166 In Bruges (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I was a little bit underwhelmed. Technically it was a great film, with a clever script and great performances, but for any reason it left me cold most of the time. I wouldn't be surprised if I like it better on 2nd viewing. This seems like grower to me.
7/10

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17th

    #00167 No Escape a.k.a. Escape From Absolom (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Nice B-movie. Nothing special, but very entertaining, despite its sloppy direction. (A Martin Campbell trademark).
7/10

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18th

    #00168 Blades Of Glory (DVD)
I wouldn't call it one of the top comedies of the last 10 decade, but it's definitely one of the better ones.
7/10

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20th

    #00169 The Third Man (TV/1st Time Viewing)
In fact it'S a very good movie, but I really hated that annoying score. I know, it has many fans, but it was a completely misplaced comedy score! It really made movie less enjoyable for me. You just can't have suspense with uplifting zither music.
7/10

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23rd

    #00170 Captain America: The First Avenger (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I liked it, but it really falls apart in its 2nd half. It's still very entertaining, but not as much as the first half, with its millions of clever touches. (Like the reaction of the kid that gets thrown into the water or the origin story of Cap's costume.) I just wish they had turned the rescue mission into the climax.
7/10

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24th

    #00171 Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone (DVD)
It's still very watchable, although the FX looked already shitty 10 years ago.
7,5/10

    #00172 Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets (DVD)
It's definitely a step up from the 1st film. Everybody seems to be more comfortable. The kids got acting lessons, the FX aren't that shitty anymore, the script is willing to take a few more risks, Branagh is killing it and even Chris Columbus' direction is better. Looking back at it, I wouldn't mind if he stayed in the director's chair.
7,5/10

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25th

    #00173 Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (DVD)
Usually I hate "gritty and realistic", but Cuaron's take on the material, that made it feel less like a fairy tale, but more like a contemporary fantasy movie for young adults, works very well. Too bad that they left so much stuff from the book out, but it's still a very good movie.
8/10

    #00174 Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire (DVD)
I also wouldn't mind if Mike Newell had directed the rest of the series. He is seriously good. Using Cuaron's semi-real world pattern, with a grain of Columbus's fairy tale world, but less show-offy then both of them. Unfortunately I didn't care for the tournament. Sure, we knew from the beginnign that Voldemort was about to come back, but that made it just more boring, to have a full movie centering on some nonsensical tournament.
7,5/10

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26th

    #00175 Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix (DVD)
Wow, I remember being pretty bored by this one, but on 2nd viewing I really liked it! It wasn't an outstanding entry in the series, but it was a good one. That gives me hope for my re-watching of part 6, which I seriously hated the first time around.
7,5/10

    #00176 Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince (DVD)
Gah, it's still the low point of the series. Great cinematography (Oscar nomination well deserved!), but dull, boring and seriously senseless. ("I am the half-blood prince!" Okay, and what does that mean, apart that you left your school book in the classroom a few decades ago?)
5,5/10

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27th

    #00177 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Well, it was definitely better than the last one. Especially the first half felt a lot like a classic Potter movie, but as soon as they aldn in the forest, it drags and drags and drags. Something tells me, that we got a MATRIX RELOADED/REVOLUTIONS situation here, where you could cut lots of unnecessary stuff out of part 1, then simply attach the remaining 50 or so minutes to the next movie and BAM, you have a good movie that is still under three hours long.
6,5/10

    #00178 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
Oh, that was a good one. Full of great action, surprising plot twist satisfying, although not always happy conclusions to many supporting characters and a fast pace. And I love how subtile the age make up in the epilogue was. It worked very well. I still think it was unnecessary to split the movie up, though.
7,5/10

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29th

    #00179 Insidious (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I wouldn't say it was bad. It was quite effective at times, in terms of well made jump scares, but most of it was just spooky stuff 101 and by the end there was nothing that really stuck with me.
6/10

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30th

    #00180 The Rock (TV)
I hated it when I saw it the first time, back in the late 90's. Now I like it a little bit better, but I still think it's mostly forgettable.
6,5/10

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31st

    #00181 The Smurfs (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I wouldn't call it awful, but it was definitely the kind of predictable stuff that we all expected. There were surprisingly few cringeworthy moments (mostly shameless product placement, like the Smurfs rapping [!] to a Guitar Hero version of WALK THIS WAY), but also several clever touches (like how Peyo and his Smurf comics were integrated into the story, the inclusion of Smurfette's origin [even though I would have loved to see this as the plot for the movie] or that Neil Patrick Harris's characters is a working (soon-to-be) dad and for a change it is NOT portrayed as something bad) and, depending on your sense of humor, some seriously funny moments. (Mostly Hank Azaria related, but I loved the "battlesong" of the Smurfs). Still, I'm not recommending it to anybody, but if you watch it, make sure to don't miss the first 15 minutes, which are undeniable the best part of the movie.
6,5/10

    #00182 Winnie The Pooh (2011) (DVD/1st Time Viewing)
I did not expect this to be so damn hilarious! It's incredible how much humor they were able to squeeze out of some naive (calling them "dumb" would be too harsh, although...yeah, they weren't exactly bright) fairy tale animals, who always do the wrong thing. It's definitely one of the funniest movies that I saw this year. Too bad that it's barely 1 hour long.
8/10
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:41 am

Bah, just reserve two posts in a row on the front page

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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:33 am

wow... you ran out of characters... you should post two in a row then, good idea.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:46 am

Forgot to do this a few times but

November wrap-up

Best: Nanny McPhee. Adorable is the word that comes tom mind, especially Kelly Macdonald.

Valkyrie and Sucker Punch came close, Outrage could have come close if it weren't for the stupid ambassador subplot.

Worst: Knowing and Angels & Demons were about the same level of slightly pretty looking, boring time wasters. Even less enjoyable than a cheap tv horror movie about killer crows.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:00 am

It's been a crazy year. I am hoping to make it to 120.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:02 pm

DerLanghaarige wrote:
    #00169 The Third Man (TV/1st Time Viewing)
In fact it'S a very good movie, but I really hated that annoying score. I know, it has many fans, but it was a completely misplaced comedy score! It really made movie less enjoyable for me. You just can't have suspense with uplifting zither music.
7/10


Heresy thy name is DerLAnghaarige. Granted one could say the music plays itself into the foreground a bit to much (because of how awesome it is) but I'd never call it misplaced. It's not a uplifting comedy score at all, much more some sort of Vienna composure.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:35 pm

Al Shut wrote:Heresy thy name is DerLAnghaarige. Granted one could say the music plays itself into the foreground a bit to much (because of how awesome it is) but I'd never call it misplaced. It's not a uplifting comedy score at all, much more some sort of Vienna composure.


I was constantly reminded of WEIßBLAUE GESCHICHTEN or PUMUCKL. In fact the only two moments where the score was appropriate, was in the beginning, to introduce the Asutrian setting, and when the cat snuck up to Orson Welle's feet.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:40 pm

mmh :?

The only thing I was reminded of was The Sting. The same sort of attention grabbing great score to an already great movie. And it was on TV the same day.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:27 pm

New journal is up... get yo spot!
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Nachokoolaid on Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:59 am

Anyone want to post their favorites or worst of the year here, like we used to?

I didn't see 1/3 of the shit I wanted to, so I honestly don't even feel qualified to choose a favorite.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:51 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:Anyone want to post their favorites or worst of the year here, like we used to?


When the year is done, still trying to reach 136 (13/month)
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:02 pm

Hmm... I haven't seen all the ones they put out at the end of the year and I know I will not get to them until a few weeks from now or maybe even when they come out on DVD. Having said that, based on what I saw this year, here are my favs.

Best Comedy: Bridesmaids although The Hangover 2 was really good as well and I wasn't expecting it to be as funny as the first.

Favorite Summer Blockbuster: Cowboys and Aliens just because that is awesome

Best Franchises: Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Movies that take themselves serious: The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and J.Edgar and both will probably win some sort of award. They were both really good movies and some really great acting.

I haven't seen War Horse, looks really good.

Worst Franchise was Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Yes I actually watched it and it was just really a cheese fest or demented teenage dreams.

I may have more to say later but this is what I have so far.
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Re: The Zone's 2011 Movie Journal

Postby The Vicar on Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Twilight: Breaking Wind?
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