The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

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The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:41 pm

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It's that time of year again, folks.

For the past two years DerLanghaarige has been our movie journal officiant, but today I am announcing his forced retirement from his duties. I am the king of the movie journals now. May my reign be long and terrible.

I think we all know how this works by now. Stake your claim, write down the films that you watch over the course of the year, meet back here at the end of every month for discussion. No snacks allowed, unless you bring enough for everyone.

Any questions or concerns, refer to previous movie journals:

2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007


Okay, I want a good clean journal. No low-blows, biting or spitting. Make sure we leave enough room for everybody to make their first post before we start the films discussion outright.


CARUSODOME 2014: TWO MEN ENTER, ONE MAN LEAVES


JANUARY

1. BLUE VELVET (1985)
2. CHRISTINE (1983)
3. TRUE ROMANCE (1993)
4. HELLBOY (2004)
5. THE KEEP (1983)
6. ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013)
7. THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966)
8. THE ARTIST (2011)
9. JACKIE BROWN (1997)
10. THE FRIGHTENERS (1996)
11. A BAND CALLED DEATH (2012)
12. AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013) [2]
13. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)
14. MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)
15. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

FEBRUARY

1. BLUE JASMINE (2013)
2. THE KEEP (1983)
3. HEAT (1995)
4. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)
5. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)
6. ARGENTO'S DRACULA (2012)
7. SE7EN (1995)
8. DREAMCATCHER (2003)
9. LETHAL WEAPON (1987)
10. PREDATOR (1987)
11. LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989)

MARCH

1. OLDBOY (2013)
2. DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)
3. QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
4. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY (1999)
5. HOT SHOTS! (1991)
6. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER (2000)
7. SKYFALL (2012)
8. I WILL FOLLOW (2010)
9. NOAH (2014)

APRIL

1. COBRA (1985)
2. THE SPECIALIST (1994)
3. MAN OF TAI CHI (2013)
4. OBLIVION (2013)
5. ASSASSINS (1995)
6. SECRET WINDOW (2004)
7. STAND BY ME (1986)
8. PROM NIGHT (1980)
9. PROM NIGHT II: HELLO MARY LOU (1987)
10. THE NURSE (1997)
11. CARRIE (1976)
12. HOMEFRONT (2013)
13. THE COUNSELOR (2013)
14. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)
15. NURSE (2013)
16. THE CRY (2007)
17. PARIS, TEXAS (1984)
18. HOWLING IV: THE ORIGINAL NIGHTMARE (1988)
19. BARAKA (1992)
20. DIRE WOLF (2009)
21. SORCERER (1977)

MAY

1. KILLJOY (2000)
2. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)
3. OCCUPIED (2011)
4. ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996)
5. THE THIN RED LINE (1998)
6. LEON (1994)
7. CONCUSSION (2013)
8. CLUE (1985)
9. TOP SECRET! (1984)
10. GODZILLA (2014)
11. RODAN (1956)
12. GOJIRA (1954)
13. MACHETE KILLS (2013)
14. EL JUEGO DE LA VERDAD (2004)
15. JURASSIC PARK (1993)
16. THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)

JUNE

1. HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988)
2. TWIXT (2011)
3. THE 'BURBS (1989)
4. HELLRAISER 3: HELL ON EARTH (1992)
5. HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (1996)
6. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008)
7. BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)
8. HELLRAISER: INFERNO (2000)
9. GALAXY QUEST (1999)
10. CARRIE (2013)
11. THE INFLICTED (2012)
12. MALIBU EXPRESS (1985)
13. ANGEL HEART (1987)
14. SUMMER SCHOOL (2006)

JULY

1. A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)
2. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)
3. HARD TICKET TO HAWAII (1987)
4. GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
5. ALIENS (1986)
6. TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
7. UNDER THE SKIN (2013)
8. JACKIE BROWN (1997)
9. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
10. THE GODFATHER (1972)
11. HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (1989)
12. CHILDREN OF THE CORN V: FIELDS OF TERROR (1998)
13. CLOCKERS (1995)

AUGUST

1. RAVENOUS (1999)
2. CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
3. CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984)
4. HOOK (1991)
5. LEGEND (1985)
6. MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (2003)
7. LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
8. GOLDENEYE (1995)

SEPTEMBER

1. PICASSO TRIGGER (1988)
2. TOMBSTONE (1993)
3. THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY (2000)
4. GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964)
5. IRON MONKEY (1993)
6. SHOCKER (1989)
7. FATAL ATTRACTION (1987)
8. MIAMI VICE (2006)
9. THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)
10. SEVEN STEPS OF KUNG FU (1979)
11. COLLATERAL (2004)
12. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)
13. TOM YUM GOONG (2005)
14. NINJA FISTS OF FIRE (1974)
15. MARKED FOR DEATH (1990)
16. SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001)
17. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)
18. SAMSARA (2011)
19. TO THE WONDER (2012)

OCTOBER

1. KILLER JOE (2011)
2. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)
3. THE GREEN MILE (1999)
4. THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS (2001)
5. A GOOD MARRIAGE (2014)
6. JACKIE BROWN (1997)
7. ALIEN (1979)
8. ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)
9. RESCUE DAWN (2006)
10. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED GANDALF (2012)
11. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
12. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)
13. FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
14. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
15. STARMAN (1984)
16. THE EQUALIZER (2014)
17. JOHN WICK (2014)
18. PSYCHO II (1983)
19. PSYCHO III (1986)
20. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005)
21. PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING (1990)

NOVEMBER

1. BLOW OUT (1981)
2. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (2009)
3. RE-ANIMATOR (1985)
4. HITMAN'S RUN (1999)
5. GONE GIRL (2014)
6. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (2014)
7. DON'T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD (1996)
8. MASH (1970)
9. THE PROPHECY (1995)
10. THE PROPHECY II (1998)
11. BLACK DYNAMITE (2009)
12. BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
13. JURASSIC PARK (1993)

DECEMBER

1. STAR WARS (1977)
2 THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
3. IN THE NAME OF THE KING (2007)
4. BASEKETBALL (1998)
5. THE WAR OF THE ROSES (1989)
6. GET THE GRINGO (2012)
7. KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)
8. THRONE OF BLOOD (1957)
9. FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
10. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)
11. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 (1982)
12. FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984)
13. FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING (1985)
14. JASON LIVES: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI (1986)
15. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988)
16. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)
17. JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)
18. DIE HARD (1988)
19. JACKIE BROWN (1997)
20. JASON X (2001)
21. FREDDY VS. JASON (2003)
22. FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
23. NEW YEAR'S EVIL (1980)
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:50 pm

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red = first time viewing
blue = seen it before

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Rebirth of Mothra
Rebirth of Mothra II
American Hustle
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Machete Kills
Her
Rush (2013)
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
The Sand Pebbles
Seconds (1966)
Tromeo & Juliet
Bird
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (2002)
Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Life of Brian
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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Dallas Buyers Club
The Burning
The Tale of Zatoichi
The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
New Tale of Zatoichi
Man of Tai Chi
Gravity (2013)
Marathon Man
Seven Years in Tibet
Boss Nigger
Escape Plan
The Way Way Back
Lost In Translation

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Vicious Lips
You're Next
Cherry, Harry & Raquel!
Bobbie Jo & the Outlaw
Boogie Nights
Casino Royale (2006)
Cheap Thrills
Zatoichi The Fugitive
The Master (2012)
Frances Ha
Cannibal Holocaust
Strange Days
Robocop (1987)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Shivers (1975)
Outrage Beyond
Noah (2014)
12 Years a Slave

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Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Fateful Findings
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

The Shadow (1994)
Dick Tracy (1990)
The Rocketeer
The Raid 2: Berandal
Night Moves (1975)
Enemy
Izo
The Outfit (1973)
Jodorowsky's Dune
300: Rise of an Empire
Mr. Sardonicus
Special ID
Nigger Lover
Homefront (2013)

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The Blue Dahlia
The Glass Key (1942)
Danny the Dog: Unleashed
Journey to the West (2013)
Sullivan's Travels
I Married a Witch
Sorcerer (1977)
Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Nymphomaniac: Volume II
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Grace of Monaco
Stromboli
The Lego Movie
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Pain & Gain
Joe (2014)
Age of Consent (1969)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Labyrinth (1986)
The Witches (1990)
Return to Oz (1985)
Clue (1985)
Barry Lyndon
Whatever Works
Pump Up the Volume
Edge of Tomorrow
Zatoichi on the Road
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Talk Radio
Spirited Away
Demons (1985)
Demons 2
Ramrod
Jolene
Jeune & Jolie

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Cyborg (1989)
Death Warrant
Double Impact
King Rat
Thank God It's Friday (1978)
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
Locke
Tracks (2013)
WolfCop
Blood Ties (2013)
The Wind Rises
Godzilla vs The Smog Monster
Raw Deal (1986)
Howard the Duck
Scorpio (1973)
The Immigrant (2014)
Moonraker
Sabotage (1936)
Sabotage (2014)
Back to the Future
Back to the Future: Part II
Back to the Future: Part III
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Under the Skin

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Phenomena (1985)
Possession (1981)
Sharknado 2: The Second One
The Hot Spot (1990)
Snowpiercer
Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky V
Rocky Balboa
Paths of Glory
A Most Wanted Man
La danza de la realidad
C.H.U.D.
Blue Ruin
Guardians of the Galaxy
Foreign Correspondent
Magic in the Moonlight
The Matrix
Pandorum
Land of the Dead
Hausu (1977)

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Rashomon
Dark City (1998)
Vengeance is Mine (1979)
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
The Legend of Billie Jean
Quicksilver (1986)
Out For Justice
Godzilla (2014)
Kickboxer (1989)
Enemy at the Gates
Hard Boiled (1992)
Purple Rain
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Spectacular Now
The Fault In Our Stars
The Drop (2014)
Breakfast at Tiffany's
All That Jazz
Lucy (2014)
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
The Wind & The Lion
White Bird in a Blizzard
Nightcrawler
Nightbreed
Night of the Creeps
Night of the Comet

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Exponerad
John Wick
The Frighteners
The Iron Giant
Need For Speed
Beetlejuice
Frozen (2013)
Jersey Boys
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The Wind Rises

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Whiplash (2014)
Cold In July
The Expendables 3
The Shape of Things (2003)
Die Hard
Fiddler on the Roof
The November Man
Willow
Ask Me Anything
La vie d'Adèle




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137 first time viewings
62 films revisited
199 total films watched
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Fievel on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:46 pm

CLAIMED.

January
American Hustle
Riddick
About Time
Out of the Furnace
Gravity
Saving Mr. Banks
Frozen
12 Years A Slave

February
How to Train Your Dragon
Wreck-It Ralph

March
I honestly don't think I watched anything

April
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Star Wars
Anchorman 2
Snowpiercer
E.T. (first time with two older kids)
Hook
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

May
X-Men: Days of Future Past

June
Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent
How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (IMAX 3D)

July
Bad Words
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Captain America: Winter Soldier

August
Draft Day
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:56 pm

Justcheckin's Movie Journal 2014
FIRST TIME VIEWS ONLY - 2013 or 2014 unless stated

*****=BLOODY BRILLIANT
****=AWESOME SAUCE
***=Yeah, it's cool
**=Don't pay!!!
*=I call Shenanigans!

Theater
DVD
Sony Patched Up Internet Release

January
1. The Wolverine*** Obviously I liked it but I'm seeing this trend in long ass fight sequences. It's like a musical where you take a break in plot to sing a song. These movies take a break in plot to install long ass action sequences that are cool but overused.
2. Anchorman 2**** angel hair pasta, HA!!!
3. Hangover 3*** not as funny as the first two (except for the boob job)
4. Elysium**** I wasn't surprised by any crazy plot twist but thought it was a great action film
5. The Butler**** great film
February
6. Bad Grandpa*** some funny stuff
7. Ender's Game*** lots of odd plot holes but fun anyway
8. Winter's Tale****
March
9. Django Unchained***** hells yeah!
10. Gravity****
11. Dallas Buyers Club**** good story
12. American Hustle***
April
13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug****
14. 12 Years a Slave***** wow
May
15. August: Osage County**
16. Thor: The Dark World***
17. Frozen***
June
18. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty**** really cool
19. Her*** very conceptual and introspective
20. Saving Mr. Banks****
21. The Book Thief****
22. Xmen: Days of Future Past***** Really great
July
23. This is the End*** would have been more funny if I'd been drinking
24. Captain Phillips***** wow, just wow Tom Hanks!
25. 300: Rise of an Empire****
26. Lucy**** interesting...
August
27. Noah**** cool, didn't know there were rock creatures in this story, hehehe
28. We're The Millers ***
29. The Grand Budapest Hotel****
September
30. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*** better than I thought it'd be
31. The Other Woman***
32. Transcendence***
33. Muppets Most Wanted***
October
34. Divergent****
35. The Mortal Instruments** Crammed to much in
36. Monuments Men****
November
37. Pompeii** a little dull on the start up
38. Edge of Tomorrow**** pretty cool idea
39. The Judge**** nicely shot, good story
40. A million Ways to Die in the West*** not as funny as I thought it would be
December
41. Godzilla****
42. Maleficent****
43. Tammy***
44. The Interview****
45. The Lego Movie***
46. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies*****

JC's 2013
JC's 2012
JC's 2011
JC's 2010
JC's 2009
JC's 2008
JC's 2007
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:10 am

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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:11 am

As usual all movies are first viewings and dubbed in German unless noted otherwise.

Also as usual I'm not quite happy with my ratings system which could use some fine-tuning.


January

1. Kong Curling (01.01 TV 7/10)

2. Splice (11.01 TV 7/10)

3. Poltergeist (13.01 TV 3/10): Unfortunately I'm awfully late to the party and a lot of the more iconic moments have been aped to death by others. Which leaves me with a movie family I couldn't stand for some reason.

4. Rien a declarer (15.01 TV 8/10)

5. Nanga Parbat (25.01 TV 6/10)

6. Source Code (26.01 TV 8/10)

7. Di Renjie: Tong tian di guo (27.01 TV 7/10)

8. They Wait (30.01 TV 6/10)

9. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (31.01 TV 6/10)


February

10. High Noon (02.02 TV 8/10)

11. Margin Call (08.02 TV 9/10)

12. Cloud Atlas (15.02 DVD 9/10)

13. Lobos de Arga (18.02 TV 1/10)

14. Fright (23.02 TV 7/10)


March

15. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (02.03 TV 3/10)

16. Fantastic Mr. Fox (04.03 TV 8/10)

17. Sien nui yau wan (10.03 TV 5/10): I liked the 80s version way better. Or at least what I remember of it.

18. Si da ming bu (10.03 TV 7/10)

19. Der Tote am Strand (18.03 TV 6/10)

20. Ils (19.03 TV 6/10)

21. Thor: The Dark World (20.03 DVD 7/10): The Thor movies continue to be my favourite Marvel movies.

22. Antichrist (21.03 TV 6/10)

23. Kong Zi (25.03 TV 7/10)


April

24. A Field in England (03.04 DVD 9/10): Odd, in a good way.

25. Dream House (05.04 TV 4/10)

26. Black Swan (06.04 TV 8/10)

27. Hidalgo (08.04 TV 8/10)

28. Dressed to Kill (12.04 TV 9/10): I had this spoiled ages ago but was surprised how entertaining it still was

29. Tangled (13.04 TV 3/10): Sheesh, I don't think there was a single thing I liked about this movie.

30. Sur la piste du Marsupilami (17.04 TV 6/10): Needed more Marsupilami

31. Sense and Sensibility (19.04 TV 8/10)

32. Colombiana (20.04 TV 6/10)

33. Don't be Afraid of the Dark (2010) (21.04 TV 6/10)

34. La figlia di Frankenstein (23.04 TV 5/10)

35. Werner – Eiskalt! (26.04 TV 2/10): I condemn every single second of this that is not animated to hell. The rest was also slightly disappointing considering how much I loved the last one.

36. Sorority Row (27.04 TV 6/10)

37. Matinee (28.04 TV Subtitled 8/10): Is it wrong that I want to see a full Mant! movie? Don't bother, I know the answer is yes. :oops:


May

38. Killer Elite (01.05 TV 6/10)

39. Candyman (03.05 TV 7/10)

40. Die Tote in der Berghütte (05.05 TV 5/10)

41. Le poil de la bete (06.05 TV 5/10)

42. Die Toten von Hameln (18.05 TV 4/10)

43. La piel que habito (19.05 TV 8/10): Starts a little bit weird, then turns the WTF up to 11, then beyond.

44. The Kids Are All Right (20.05 TV 7/10)

45. Dernier domicile connu (25.05 TV 6/10)

46. Mord in Aschberg (26.05 TV 6/10)


June

47. Le juge et l'assassine (02.06 TV 7/10)

48. The Trygon Factor (07.06 TV 3/10)

49. The Muppets (27.06 TV 8/10)


July

50. Cowboys & Aliens (06.07 TV 4/10)

51. Underworld: Awakening (06.07 TV 6/10)

52. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (11.07 TV 3/10): I will file this under against better knowledge.

53. The Raven (14.07 TV 6/10)

54. Goo-reu-meul beo-eo-nan dal-cheo-reom (15.07 TV 4/10)

55. Husk (16.07 TV 4/10)

56. Du hast es versprochen (29.07 TV 4/10)


August

57. Hide (02.08 TV 4/10)

58. Le grand restaurant (09.08 TV 7/10)

59. Green Lantern (10.08 TV 5/10): Maybe could have ranked higher but yellow is my favourite color.

60. Der Hund von Blackwood Castle (23.08 TV 4/10): When the most entertaining thing about the movie is a parody of it that you can't shake from your head that's never a good sign.

61. The Angel's Share (24.08 DVD 7/10)

62. The Killer Inside Me (26.08 TV 8/10)


September

63. The Pirates! In an Adventure with scientists (06.09 TV 8/10)

64. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (07.09 TV 6/10)

65. When the Lights Went Out (10.09 TV 7/10)

66. Wrath of the Titans (14.09 TV 4/10)

67. The Berlin File (23.09 TV 8/10)

68. Hallowed Ground (24.09 TV 4/10)

69. Death Defying Acts (26.09 TV 5/10)

70. Rum Diary (27.09 TV 7/10)

71. Insidious (28.09 TV 4/10)

72. Joey (longer German cut) (30.09 TV 3/10)


October

73. Love Bite (04.10 TV 6/10)

74. Jack Reacher (05.10 TV 7/10)

75. Faust(2011) (06.10.TV 6/10)

76. The Amazing Spider-Man (12.10 TV 3/10): Pretty much everything they did different from the Raimi version I liked a lot less.

77. Weisse Wölfe (13.10 TV 8/10):East German western. Absolutely loved the villain in this, will have to check out the first part at some point.

78. Battleship (19.10 TV 3/10): Feels so dumb that I think In owe Michael Bay an apology. But the action is shot much clearer than in one of his movies so he's not getting one.

79. The Fountain (20.10 TV 9/10)

80. The Expendables 2 (26.10 TV 4/10)

81. Gyakuten saiban (27.10 TV 9/10): As idiotic as awesome!


November

82. Nuit blanche (03.11 TV 6/10)

83. The Woman in Black (07.11 TV 6/10)

84. Under the Mountain (10.11 TV 6/10)

85. The Bourne Legacy (17.11 TV 8/10): Kind of liked this better than the man without memory story of the original trilogy.

86. Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloß (23.11 TV 4/10)

87. Excision (28.11 TV 8/10)

88. Dans la maison (30.11 TV 6/10)


December

89. Erased (01.12 TV 4/10)

90. Jin-Ro (02.12 TV 7/10)

91. Scooby Doo! Stage Fright (?.12 TV 6/10)

92. Jägarna 2 (08.12 TV 4/10)

93. The Order (09.12 TV 3/10)

94. Total Recall (14.12 TV 5/10)

95. The Great Buck Howard (15.12 TV 6/10)

96. The Nutcracker in 3D (16.12 TV not in 3D 6/10)

97. Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (17.12 TV 9/10): Mamoru Hosoda now definitely is on my list of people I'll watch anything of.

98. Animal Crackers (21.12 TV 6/10)

99. Hellzapoppin (24.12 TV 6/10)

100. Das Finstere Tal (25.12 DVD 8/10)

101. Rise of the Guardians (28.12 TV 5/10)

102. Jerry Cotton (29.12 TV 3/10)

103. Magnum. Don't eat the Snow in Hawaii (30.12 TV 6/10): The first two episodes cut together to form a TV movie. I'll let that count so I can reach my goal of two movies a week.

104. The Princess and the Frog (31.12 TV 6/10)
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:15 pm

Believe it, but I totally forgot that we need a new one. Curse you, Caruso!!!!

Anyway, here we go with January

01st

    #0001 Iron Man Three (DVD/1st viewing)
That series still knows how to turn terrorism and war crimes into light hearted entertainment, without downplaying how horrible these things are. I like how this is pretty much a typical Shane Black movie with almost all his trademarks and I seriously didn’t expect him to be such a talented action director. The bombing of Tony’s house is one of the greatest and most devastating action scenes I have ever seen! As a whole, the movie has some minor flaws. Tony’s post traumatic stress symptoms for example, don’t seem to be justified or important at all. And that some important health risks just get quickly removed during the epilogue, seems a little bit like an afterthought to me. But Ben Kingsley gives here is best and most inspired performance in years, so that and the many other positive things, make totally up for those minor flaws.
8/10

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04th

    #0002 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (TV recording/1st viewing)
After the actually kinda entertaining part 3, this was a huge step back. Mostly because it suffers from violently-stretching-out-a-thin-story-to-more-than-one-movie-to-make-more-money desease. Storywise it didn’t really work as a movie. They spent the first half on the wedding and the honeymoon, the 2nd half on Bella being pregnant. And although the last 20 minutes have some entertainment value, thanks to a dramatic birth, werewolves who get either punched by vampires or fall in love with babies and a pretty good cliffhanger, it didn’t really save the rest of the movie.
4/10

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07th

    #0003 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (TV recording/1st viewing)
Okay, uhm…you will probably think that I’m just kidding or being sarcastic…but I really liked it! Yes, it’s a very entertaining movie! The whole god damn awkward love story is completely unimportant this time and it’s all about the big confrontation between the Cullens and the Volturi! Unfortunately we are introduced to lots of interesting supporting characters, who don’t get enough screen time or back story. But the chemistry between all them, scenes like the arm wrestling challenge between Bella and that muscular vampire, great performances by Michael Sheen, Lee Pace and Billy Burke and of course that crazy (and surprisingly violent!!) climactic battle make up for that and several other flaws.
7/10

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11th

    #0004 Ferris Bueller's Day Off (DVD)
This might be the first time, that I REALLY appreciated the quality of this movie. I can’t remember when I ever laughed so hard at it and all the bizarre sight gags and often brillant casting choices. I still think that this “best day ever” is kinda uneventful (They go to a museum and watch a baseball game?), Ferris is kind of an asshole and that the scene where Cameron wrecks the car, is still a REAL mood killer and goes on for way too long, though.
7,5/10

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12th

    #0005 The Adventures Of TinTin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (DVD)
This is pretty much the best adaptation I’ve ever seen of TinTin and I would say it’s even better than the comics. The stylized look of it is at first a little bit weird, but you get used to it pretty fast. The two big problems that I have, are the cinematography and something that I call “Motion Capture Impairment”. Spielberg really went crazy with the virtual camera and even in simple dialogue scenes, he lets it fly and swirl around, often without any reason to do so. The “Motion Capture Impairment” is something, that I noticed a while ago. While the technology becomes more and more sophisticated, not many actors seem to be able to handle it. They all do these stiff gestures and movements, as if they want to ham it up to make sure, that the computer catches everything. But yeah, these are some flaws that I can live with. Seriously good movie.
7,5/10

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17th

    #0006 Seven Psychopaths (TV recording/1st viewing)
Just like IN BRUGES, this one switches constantly between being downright hilarious and absolutely depressing. I don’t really have much to say about it. All in all it reminded me of one of those Tarantino rip-offs, that flodded the video stores in the 90s and were often more entertaining than whatever Tarantino himself put out.
8,5/10

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23rd

    #0007 Merantau (DVD/1st viewing)
Especially compared to THE RAID, this is more of an average martial arts film, but one that hits every familiar note without any misses. Gareth Evans and his team show here already a lot talent for inventing, staging and showing off awesome fights and spectacular stunts. Bonus points for the villain’s great death scene. It’s nothing too special, but the actor really sells it with his greasy bastardness.
7/10

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24th

    #0008 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Disney version) (TV recording)
I was one of the many people, who misunderstood and underrated this movie during its original release. I still think it’s no masterpiece, but I appreciate its qualities, especially its very dark and mature approach of themes like lust and sin, a lot more these days. On the Don Bluth scale of potentially traumatising animated movies, it’s still pretty low, but damn, the Disney people got away with a lot of crazy shit!
7,5/10

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26th

    #0009 Hannah And Her Sisters (DVD/1st viewing)
While watching this one, I kept asking myself: “Why?” What was so interesting about these characters or that certain moment in their lifes, that made him tell this story. It was entertaining, but it seemed to be about many unimportant things that added up to a big nothing. Of of those that I have seen so far. this was the weakest of Allen’s movies.
6,5/10

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28th

    #0010 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (DVD)
I don’t think I will ever become a fan of musicals. But this one has many great songs and its overall goofyness keeps me always entertained till the end. Although the ending is without a doubt pretty anticlimactic. But there is so much to love. From the aforementioned songs to the great performances, especially from the always brillant Tim Curry.
8/10

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30th

    #0011 Identity Thief (TV/1st viewing)
It’s not a great movie and doesn’t have that many big laughs, but the further it went on, the more I was taken by its 80s charme. I’m not sure if it was the maker’s intention, but it really reminded me of movies like TWINS or MIDNIGHT RUN and I love that kind of movies. The biggest problem I had, was that certain scenes just went on for too long, but that’s unfortunately a common problem in modern studio comedies. Random observation: Robert Patrick really has a talent for comedy!
7/10

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February

05th

    #0012 Them! (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s pretty much an endless string of short moments in which scientists investigate possible ant attacks, but all these scenes are different enough from each other, so that it never gets boring. And then when we get to see some real giant ant action, it is always some pretty spectacular stuff. Another plus: The inevitable love story is almost non-existent in here and consists of some quick dialogue and flirty/concerned looks.
7,5/10

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09th

    #0013 Gojira (US Version) a.k.a. Godzilla: King Of Monsters (DVD/1st viewing)
This cut works very well for me. Not just because of the “Wow, how did they plan all those changes” factor, but mostly because the constant narration from the reporter gives the whole movie an eerie documentary vibe, which makes it actually pretty scary at some points. Not to mention that Godzi’s attack on Tokyo is even by today’s standards a pretty breathtaking action scene. (Thanks to its length and the sheer level of disaster on display.)
7/10

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11th

    #0014 20 Million Miles From Earth (DVD/1st viewing)
A pretty entertaining monster movie from the 50s, that obeys every rule and cliche from that time and genre. (That makes it sound worse than it is, btw.)
7/10

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15th

    #0015 The Blob (1958 version) (DVD)
For a horror movie of its age, it has surprisingly few moments of unintentional comedy. In fact, there are even moments, where it gets surprisingly scary and unsettling. Unfortunately the movie drags a lot for most of its time. But the theme song is still one of the greatest in history.
6,5/10

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16th

    #0016 The Blob (1988 version) (DVD)
This one always gets overshadowed by the other two great and gory 80s remakes of 50s movies, that start with a “The” (THE THING and THE FLY), but it seriously doesn’t deserve it. Okay, it’s more popcorn oriented than the other two, but it’s not a bad thing! This movie is so much fun, full of seriously cool effects and nice little touches. (Like several surprising character deaths.)
8/10

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19th

    #0017 Mary Poppins (DVD)
Storywise it really isn’t that great. The movie is more an endless string of fantasy sequences, with some tacked on and undeserved character development for the Dad at the end, but only a cold hearted, brain dead bastard wouldn’t be enchanted by all this!
8/10

    #0018 Jamaica Inn (DVD/1st viewing)
A seriously good, early Hitchcock. Most of its flaws can be traced back to the limitations of movie making from that area, so I don’t mind. Especially if you consider how awesome even by today’s standards the opening scene, with the ship wreck and the following massacre is. Yet I really hated the female protagonist, who never really seemed to make any sense at all. But the twists and turns in the script kept me engaged enough to totally ignore it, whenever she said or did something stupid again.
8/10

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28th

    #0019 Swamp Thing (TV/1st viewing)
I wish Wes Craven would have waited a few more years to make this movie. Even today his filmography is VERY hit or miss, but at least not too long after this, he became a way more competent filmmaker. I can’t believe that he followed up this completely boring and cheesy mess with his masterpiece NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
2,5/10

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March

08th

    #0020 Troll 2 (TV recording/1st viewing)
Y’know, I’m not the kind of guy who enjoys things on a “so bad it’s good” level, but certain movies are so amusingly bad, that it’s hard to not have fun while watching them. This is one of them. Interesting enough is that IMO some elements of that movie work pretty well. Especially the body horror parts. There is something deeply disturbing about getting turned into a plant and the way it is portrayed here.
2,5/10

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15th

    #0021 So I Married An Axe Murder (TV recording/1st viewing)
If only the whole movie would have been as good as the last 30 minutes! Unfortunately everything that comes before (except the Phil Hartman cameo), is a pretty boring RomCom, that seems to be afraid of its own premise.
3/10

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22nd

    #0022 The Man With The Iron Fists (TV recording/1st viewing)
Okay, that was pretty much a waste of time. Lots of people who I don’t care about, kill each other in badly filmed and completely unexciting fights, for reasons that I REALLY don’t care about. At least Russell Crowe gave the movie some entertainment value.
3/10

    #0023 Frankenweenie (TV recording/1st viewing)
A pretty watchable, although not that memorable movie, that probably would have been much cooler, if they had made it as live action. The one thing that really pissed me off, was how the surprisingly gruesome and completely unnecessary fate of another pet got completely ignored. Seriously, that was some cold blooded Don Bluth-esque shit, what they pulled here!
7/10

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23rd

    #0024 21 Jump Street (TV/1st viewing)
This might be the first time ever that anything that Jonah Hill wrote or starred in made me laugh! Apart from that, I really see no reason why that movie had to be named 21 JUMP STREET. They use it, but it’s not like they were doing a real parody of the show or its concept. Anyway, it’s a funny movie, with a surprisingly believable friendship at its core.
7,5/10

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24th

    #0025 Despicable Me (Vod/1st viewing)
It’s a good movie. Very entertaining, but also not very original. Pretty much everything happens exactly like you expect it to happen. That doesn’t take anything away from its watchability, though.
7/10

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25th

    #0026 Despicable Me 2 (TV/1st viewing)
It wasn’t bad, but I liked it less than part 1. I guess because Evil-Gru-who-slowly-discovers-that-he-has-a-heart is more entertaining than already-good-Gru-who-falls-in-love.
6,5/10

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31st

    #0027 Thor: The Dark World (DVD/1st viewing)
This is my least favourite MCU movie since THE INCREDIBLE HULK! It really takes an hour until the movie developes some entertainment value, which is a way too long time for a 90 minutes (without end credits) movie. It’s surprisingly dull and joyless and even they had managed to make the full runtime as lighthearted and fun as we are used to, it wouldn’t have helped THAT much. The whole story is so convoluted and nonsensical, that it’s weird to watch the whole thing without shaking your head constantly.
6/10

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April

06th

    #0028 Balada trista de trompeta (DVD/1st viewing)
Alex de la Iglesia’s movies are always great, but this must be one of his three best! An absolutely brillant mix between dark comedy and depressing life-is-awful drama, that never goes where you expect it to go, but gets more bizarre with every new twist.
9/10

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11th

    #0029 Trespass (VOD/1st viewing)
An entertaining, little b-movie, that unfortunately could have been better, if some of the introduced gimmicks (like the camcorder or the baseball shoes) would either have a better payoff or even ANY kind of payoff!
7/10

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12th

    #0030 The Untouchables (TV recording/1st viewing)
A pretty entertaining larger-than-life, sometimes almost comic book-esque gangster movie, with some moments of pure brillance! The train station shootout alone makes the movie already worth watching! But in the end it still fels like something is missing. I don’t know what it is, but the movie is so close to true greatness, but misses its mark very close.
7,5/10

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19th

    #0031 God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (TV recording/1st viewing)
Ozzy and his family have always been very open about the dark sides of their life, so although this documentary was produced by Jack and Sharon, it didn’t sugarcoat anything. All in all it was an at times pretty depressing story of a drug addict, although for an Ozzy fan it didn’t tell any new stories.
7/10

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20th

    #0032 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)
That movie is so much fun, from the beginning to the end. I love the LOTR movies, but their rewatch value kinda gets buried under its self-important epicness.,This one on the other hand, makes me smile more and more whenever I watch it.
8,5/10

    #0033 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (DVD/1st viewing)
Oh god, I love how those HOBBIT movies just try to be a bag of fun and nothing else! Okay, Legolas isn’t the most exciting character without Gimli and Aragorn around and therefore his inclusion is pretty useless. Also it’s seriously frustrating that the movie just ends in the middle of the climax. Apart from that, it’s even more fun than part 1 IMO. But seriously, how can they fuck up green screen FX so badly in 2014!?
8,5/10

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26th

    #0034 Ghoulies (TV recording/1st viewing)
Seriously incompetent and cheesy 80s horror, that makes a good companion piece for a double feature with TROLL 2. Only that GHOULIES is more boring.
2/10

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30th

    #0035 Fritz The Cat (VOD/1st viewing)
A kinda shizophrenic movie. It’s both trash and art, both has an impressive artwork and ultra cheap animation and is both a smart cultural satire and goes for cheap shock value. Of course today it’s not as shocking anymore as back when it came out, but its satire and entertainment value still hold up well. And I was surprised how dark it gets at times!
7/10

    #0036 Matinee (TV recording)
Such a wonderful movie. Okay, it has this weird tonal shift, when the last act turns from nostalgic coming of age story and cinematic loveletter into a zany comedy, but it works! Thanks to the wonderful teenage actors and of course the always great John Goodman.
8,5/10

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May

01st

    #0037 The Bad Seed (TV/1st viewing)
It could definitely lose at least 30 minutes and is VERY obviously based on a stageplay, but the great performances, the twists and of course the crazy ending, makes it worth sitting through it.
7/10

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03rd

    #0038 Bait (2013 shark movie) (TV recording/1st viewing)
A fun little B-movie, that does many things right and thanks to its short runtime, doesn’t overstay its welcome. All the human drama, which is always the worst part of those movies, gets set up surprisingly quick and is used to good, not annoying effect. I wish the script would get all DEEP BLUE SEA crazy every once in a while, but in the end I’m satisfied with how serious they treat the silly plot after all.
7/10

    #0039 Shock Treatment (DVD/1st viewing)
The red haired step child of Rocky Horror is actually much better than its reputation. It’s a shockingly prophetic satire of Television, consumerism and star making, that only really fails when it comes to creating memorable songs or a real payoff. Apart from that, I really enjoyed it. I guess it was just ahead of its time.
7,5/10

    #0040 The Lone Ranger (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s not as good as the POTC movies (at least the first 3), but come on, it’s definitely not as bad as the critics told us! The plot could be a little bit more interesting, though, but at least they dare to show how us how serious the conflict is supposed to get. Also Tonto and the Ranger are a great team and the movie is not just filled with perfectly staged, shot, edited and never before seen action scenes, it’s full of surreal humor and weird little touches! I can totally see how its reputation will grow over the years.
7,5/10

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17th

    #0041 Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (TV/1st viewing)
I just love the German popcorn cinema of the 60s. This was their try of doing Roger Corman/Mario Bava/Hammer Studios-esque gothic horror and it was a good one. It’s very entertaining and goes into some enjoyably weird and dark directions.
7,5/10

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18th

    #0042 The Little Mermaid (DVD)
I unfortunately have to admit that it doesn’t hold up THAT well anymore. It’s still beautiful to look at on an artistic level and the songs are still catchy, but it’s the story that hasn’t aged well. The whole romance is just too unbelievable (although I’m willing to cut it some slack, because it’s a fairy tale) and the story unfolds pretty unspectacular. Between all the songs and gags, there is not much happening.
7/10

    #0043 Robot Jox (TV recording/1st viewing)
Okay, this was pretty lame. I don’t think that there was one cliche left out and it was all presented in the most boring way possible. At least the robot stuff was cool. You can really see they they put some effort into that part of the movie, although it didn’t save anything.
3/10

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19th

    #0044 Beasts Of The Southern Wild (TV recording/1st viewing)
A seriously unique and touching movie, that only gets taken down a little by its awful camera work and the realization that the story isn’t really going anywhere at a certain point. Yeah, there are lots of “magic moments” and even more symbolism, but in the end it feels kinda empty. But I definitely don’t regret watching it.
8/10

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24th

    #0045 High School (DVD/1st viewing)
Although I’m known for being VERY MUCH against all kinds of drugs, I usually am able to enjoy a good stoner comedy. (Hey, I’m also against killing people and yet I enjoy action and horror movies!) This one wasn’t very good. Watching people giggle like crazy or say weird shit because they are stoned without knowing it, gets very old very quick and it’s pretty much the only kind of gag that this movie goes for. Unfortunately there are also some very questionable sexual gags, that left a bad taste in my mouth. A sexual harassment plot twist comes almost out of nowhere and while it’s played for laughs, it’s actually pretty dark. And it’s even worse if you consider that earlier in the movie, we had some “lighthearted” peeping on naked girls in the shower, while one of the protagonist acted like a potential rapist towards another woman. All in all it’s a pretty lame movie, that probably works best if you watch only the Adrien Brody scenes.
3,5/10

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31st

    #0046 Sherlock: The Empty Hearse (TV Recording/1st viewing)
A little bit more fun than the previous episodes, but also more random. I know, it’s hard to do for a TV movie, but I wish this one had a longer runtime. There was so much stuff happening and the whole thing felt all over the place. In the end it was probably the weakest episode so far.
6,5/10

    #0047 Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (VOD/1st viewing)
For any reason I have the feeling that David Goyer had at least parts of that movie in mind when he wrote BLADE. The parallels are there! Kronos and Grost feel to a degree like predecessors of Blade & Whistler! Not just on a superficial they-kill-vampires-too level. The movie itself is pretty entertaining. It unfortunately lacks real atmosphere and looks like a TV movie from that era, but I wish there would have been more CAPTAIN KRONOS movies.
7/10

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June

04th

    #0048 Chronicle (TV recording/1st viewing)
I love how they found some original ways to make a “found footage” (although technically nobody found that footage) movie look more cinematic and some scenes, like the first flight or the finale are breathtaking, but in the end it’s a pretty lame and cliche filled story. Although the movie runs less than 80 minutes before the end credits roll, there are still so many scenes and characters that could have been left on the cutting room floor.
6/10

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08th

    #0049 White House Down (TV/1st viewing)
Nothing special, but surprisingly fun to watch. A nice throwback to those big budget action movies from the 90s.
7/10

    #0050 Olympus Has Fallen (TV/1st viewing)
If WHITE HOUSE DOWN was the throwback to 90s studio action movies like THE ROCK or UNDER SIEGE, then OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN is the one to 80s Cannon movies. The always the same Gerard-Butler-sneaks-through-dark-halls-and-slays-terrorists approach isn’t too exciting, but the whole thing is a good enough distraction for a hot, sleepless summer night.
6,5/10

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11th

    #0051 Speed (DVD)
20 years after its premiere, it’s still an entertaining action thriller, although even back then I thought that the finale on the subway train was a little bit of an overkill and felt needlessly tacked on.
7,5/10

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14th

    #0052 Sherlock: The Sign Of Three (TV recording/1st viewing)
This was without a doubt the most light hearted and funniest episode of the series so far, but also the most random. And because of all that, it was also my favourite episode so far.
8/10

    #0053 Going To Pieces: The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Film (VOD/1st viewing)
Good, but nothing special if you already know all the stories around that genre. It’s still fun to hear Carpenter and Co tell them this time, but in the end, I didn’t learn anything new. Not the movie’s fault.
7/10

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16th

    #0054 Midnight Movies: From The Margin To The Mainstream (VOD/1st viewing)
A very entertaining documentary. Sure, the story of each presented movie was more or less the same (Tanked at original release, became huge success during midnight screening), but they also went a little bit more into the making of these movies and how different the audience reacted to them. I’m sure, you can make an even more enlightening documentary about this subject, but this is a good one.
7,5/10

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17th

    #0055 Perry Rhodan: Unser Mann im All (VOD/1st viewing)
Sorry to sound like the 15 year old kid, who thinks that everything that comes out of Germany sucks, but seriously, this is a prime example of the typical stale and boring as fuck German documentary. You make one about one of Germany’s biggest pulp heroes, but make the audience fall asleep before you even come to the point in history, when the series was considered controversial? I would say you have a problem!
2/10

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18th

    #0056 The World's End (VOD/1st viewing)
I don’t think I will ever worship Edgar Wright like the rest of the world does. I like his movies and I think he is obviously one of the most talented filmmakers out there right now, but none of his stuff so far made me really fall in love with him. THE WORLD’S END is another movie, that I really enjoyed and is full of good jokes and a unique story, but in the end, it also left me a little bit cold.
7,5/10

    #0057 Creature From The Black Lagoon (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s a cool prototype for one of my favourite horror movie subgenres (group of people trapped in an enclosed space with at least one monster). The most impressive thing about it are of course the make up and the underwater photography, which both still hold up, even by today’s standards. The movie itself is kind of a typical 50’s creature feature, with all its highs and lows that we associate with it. But in my eyes, it’s definitely not a bad thing.
7,5/10

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21st

    #0058 Sherlock: His Last Vow (TV recording/1st viewing)
Season 3 really was my favourite so far, although its final episode seemed to take a weird kitchen sink approach, culminating in a really dumb ending, that seemed to be there just for shock value. Also I’m not really fond of that cliffhanger, considering that (spoiler) this series’s Moriarty has always been more annoying than threatening to me. I would prefer to see Magnussen return next season. Now THAT guy was a deliciously evil villain that I just loved to hate! But I doubt that it will happen.
7,5/10

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22nd

    #0059 Tonari No Totoro (TV recording/1st viewing)
A cute little movie, that is more interested in being a string of magic moments, than telling a real story. It’s basically one part kids living their normal life and one part weird fantasy stuff happening. But it’s hard to not smile throughout the movie, even if you are an Anime hater like me. Still, in the end I had to ask myself “That’s it?”
7/10

    #0060 Pain & Gain (VOD/1st viewing)
So this is Michael Bay’s version of a Coen Brothers movie. Unfortunately he is no Coen Brother and while he is totally qualified to make fun of the fake plastic world where the supposedly real story took place, he fails at making us laugh about the right parts of it. Yet, the whole thing still kept me interested enough, because I really wanted to know where the story would go and in the end the performances of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne T. R. Johnson made the movie watchable.
6,5/10

    #0061 Elysium (TV/1st viewing)
Oh Neill Blomkamp, you really know how to use special effects and bring in some cool new ideas into the Science Fiction genre, but you got no damn idea how to use a camera. Or how to use real world metaphors, without ignoring their interesting parts after a while and just turning them into pretty forgettable action movies. After a while, ELYSIUM reminded me of TOTAL RECALL, only that Blomkamp is no Paul Verhoeven. He doesn’t shy away from sudden outbursts of extremely gory violence and tries to be satirical, but most of his satire here comes from stereotypical rich cartoon assholes and emotionless bureaucrat robots. And that would be okay, if the whole thing wouldn’t take itself so damn seriously. I mean, a movie doesn’t always have to wink at the audience, but I prefer if they know how silly they are and play it all straight faced, than trying to convince us that we are watching an extremely important movie.
6/10

    #0062 The Devil Bat (VOD/1st viewing)
A pretty mediocre 1940s horror movie, that probably would have been forgotten by now, if Bela Lugosi wouldn’t be the star. But I have to admit that I would like to see further adventures of Johnny Layton and One-Shot MacGuire, the two more or less heroic reporters.
5/10

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23rd

    #0063 Movie 43 (DVD/1st viewing)
Well, I laughed. Not all the time, not always at the same volume, but in the end I liked it. Not all skits are really good and too many lack a proper punchline, but many of them are saved by the dedication of their actors (Like Liev Schreiber, Anna Faris, Gerard Butler or Terrence Howard in their respective segments.) and I think in the end I at least chuckled once during all of them.
7/10

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28th

    #0064 Breakin' (TV recording/1st viewing)
It’s weird how little the formula of those dance movies has changed over the last few decades. Scriptwise it’s exactly as interchangable like those STEP UP movies, with all the same story beats and plot devices. But we all watch those movies for the dance scenes and the soundtrack and it totally delivers in those two departments.
5/10

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30th

    #0065 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (TV recording/1st viewing)
I’m not saying that it isn’t cheesy. I’m not saying that it holds up as a movie. Technically it’s a 90 minutes long music video. There is not one stretch without music or dancing, that is longer than 5 minutes. Dammit, this might be the most danciest movie that I’ve ever seen! But I really liked it for all those reasons and more! I’m not sure if it was intentional, but this movie might be the most self aware dance movie ever! The dance scenes often don’t have any real connection to the “plot” and there are at least three of them, that are surreal dream sequences, only that nobody ever wakes up in the end. It’s like the people responsible for it, just thought “Nobody comes here for the story, so just give them dance scene after dance scene!”
7,5/10

July

05th

    #0066 The Croods (VOD/1st viewing)
Visually stunning, at times damn funny and seriously touching. I just wish the characters would be more developed and in the end they would give the dad at least SOME credit, for keeping his family alive for years, in an extremely hostile environment. Sure, we can all agree that “Don’t be afraid of new things” and “You have to adapt to survive” are good messages, but come on. They played it like he was 100% wrong all the time! After a while, I was also annoyed by the running gag of Guy single handedly inventing the modern world throughout the movie.
7/10

    #0067 Rise Of The Guardians (DVD/1st viewing)
I’m kinda torn on this one. There is an undeniable creativity in the way, those classic myths are used this time. Unfortunately the story focuses on Jack Frost, who happens to be the blandest character of the whole bunch. And maybe I was in a very cynical mood when I watched it, but for any reason the whole idea, that kids in the age that was portrayed in here, still believe in the easter bunny, left me thinking “Yeah, right”. I’m not holding it against the movie, because if you watch a fairy tale, you have to accept even more unrealistic plots and I’m totally willing to do that. Yet, it seems a little bit far fetched and at times even way too corny for me.
7/10

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10th

    #0068 Des Satans nackte Sklavin (TV recording/1st viewing)
Sorry, but the German post-war cinema was totally fucking awesome. We even got Schlock like this, in which the legendary Horst Frank plays a mad scientist, who is a real pro in murder and head transplanting. In its last 3rd, the movie starts to drag a little, mostly because of its shift to the perspective of one of Frank’s victims, who is unfortunately not very intereresting and also does many pretty stupid things. But all in all I really recommend it for fans of european B-movies of all kind.
7/10

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12th

    #0069 Rope (TV recording/1st viewing)
A very good one and less show offy than it could be. Actually there is not much happening in it at all and there are only very few moments, where you think that the two killers are really in danger of getting caught. But for any reason it stays entertaining and interesting throughout its full runtime of appropriately short 80-ish minutes.
8/10

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20th

    #0070 Clerks (DVD)
I just love this movie. It’s funny, it’s surprisingly sharp and it embodies the spirit of the US Independent cinema of the 90s like only very few other movies.
8,5/10

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21st

    #0071 Clerks II (DVD)
One of my favourite sequels ever, just because of how it uses the formula of part 1, but expands it and actually continues its (nearly non-existent) story, instead of just simply repeating it. Also it’s the most realistic depiction of people, who suddenly realize that they are in their ealry 30s, their lifes suck and they have only very few things that make it worth living.
8/10

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23rd

    #0072 Daimajin (VOD/1st viewing)
I can imagine that it frustrates many viewers, that Daimajin doesn’t show up until the last 15 or 20 minutes of the movie, but while the story that comes before the giant statue rampage is a very simple one, it is well enough told to entertain. And of course once the giant statue comes to life, the rampage is glorious! Some of the effects even hold up seriously well.
7,5/10

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26th

    #0073 Frozen (Disney) (DVD/1st viewing)
A nice mix between classic and at times pretty overused tropes and new twists and spins on them. Without trying to spoil anything, but I loved how some seriously stupid character behaviour early in the movie, was later revealed to serve an important story purpose. And that the whole story was more about two sisters, trying to fix a string of stupid misunderstandings between them, instead of having to fight some evil witch or something, was seriously refreshing. I just wish they had used a few songs less. Not all of them were really good or necessary.
8/10

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August

04th

    #0074 Tropic Thunder (DVD)
I don’t think I will ever fall in love with that movie. I “just” like it. It has some good stuff in it. The cast is brillant, although Stiller miscast himself as action hero (I wish he would have given the role to someone like Jason Statham, Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson), some of the gags are absolutely hysterical and the parodistic parts are so damn spot on. Unfortunately the characters are kinda blah and I really didn’t care if they become heroes and make it out alive or not.
7/10

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05th

    #0075 My Mom's A Werewolf (DVD/1st viewing)
A very, very cheesy 80s comedy, that mostly gains its entertainment value from Susan Blakely’s performance. She is really not afraid to go as silly as the movie requires her to be. John Saxon on the other hand gives the movie in his role as lusty werewolf as surprising amount of dignity and coolness.
6/10

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13th

    #0076 Toys (VOD)
The tone is way too uneven, the pace is non-existent and every actor seems to imagine that he or she is in a completely different movie than the rest of the cast. The art direction is brillant and some elements, like most visual gags or the battle between old fashioned wind-up toys and toy tanks, that is filmed with the pathos of a real war movie, work surprisingly well, but the rest of the movie is just a big headscratcher.
4,5/10

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15th

    #0077 Death To Smoochy (DVD)
Danny DeVito is such an underrated director and this is one of his most underrated movies. I love that, although its humor often goes to some pretty dark places and portrays children’s television as a corrupt cesspool full of assholes, it’s actually a pretty sweet and uncynical movie. It’s all about moral values, redemption and even portrays the Mafia as surprisingly human!
8/10

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18th

    #0078 Insomnia (DVD/1st viewing)
Christopher Nolan’s paycheck movie is a nice, little thriller drama, that could also work as a modern day premium cable mini series. Pacino and Williams give both great intense, but restrained performances and the depiction of how it feels to be awake for too long is surprisingly realistic. Still, I don’t think this one has much of a re-watch value, but it’s a good movie to watch once.
7/10

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23rd

    #0079 Machete Kills (DVD/1st viewing)
It wasn’t as awful as I expected it to be. In fact, I really enjoyed the first half hour and parts of the last one, when it seems like they were going for some legitimate homage and/or parody of those wacky JAMES BOND rip-offs from the late 60s and early 70s. But then the whole movie falls apart. Even for a parody the story didn’t make enough sense, the winking and nudging sometimes got cranked up to an unbearable level and nearly every moment of awesomness got ruined by something seriously cringeworthy. I hope Robert Rodriguez gets his shit together again soon.
6/10

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29th

    #0080 Guardians Of The Galaxy (Cinema/1st viewing)
That was a lot of fun. Which is kinda surprising, considering that it starts with the saddest beginning of any movie since UP. And as hilarious as the movie becomes several times over its runtime, it also has its fair share of bummer moments. There hasn’t been a MCU movie since the first IRON MAN, that is filled with such equal amounts of comedy and violent darkness. Yet just like in SUPER, James Gunn manages to make all those odd tonal shifts work.
8/10

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September

01st

    #0081 The Ice Pirates (DVD)
It doesn’t really work as a movie. It’s more a string of weird ideas, barely glued together by a little bit of a plot and held back by some sloppy directing and writing. But many of those weird ideas (especially the insane finale) and the cast (including Ron Perlman and Anjelica Houston) are a good reason to watch this movie every once in a while.
7/10

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03rd

    #0082 The Addams Family (VOD)
A seriously underrated movie. The last act is maybe a little bit weird and all in all it doesn’t have the most coherent script, but how can you not love such a weird and beautiful looking movie, full of great performances and hilarious gags?
8,5/10

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04th

    #0083 Addams Family Values (VOD)
This underrated sequel is scriptwise a little bit more coherent than its already great predecessor. And the subplot about Wednesday & Pugsley at the summer camp even outshines the mainplot. But although the movie is way more crazy and cartoony than part 1, there are certain moment where it becomes a little bit too dark humored, IMO. Mostly every scene in which the kids try to kill the baby (Granted, since it’s an Addams, we know that it’s as immortal as the rest of its family and it’s pretty much what the Addams kids try to do with each other all the time.), the fate of the stripper in the cake or even the way how Fester’s murderous wife dies. But in the end it doesn’t matter. All these things are played so light hearted, that you can’t feel bad about them.
8,5/10

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08th

    #0084 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s definitely weaker than part 1, but watchable. My main problem is that the people behind it tried too hard at times. The insanity, that came across so refreshingly natural in part, 1 just feels forced and at times like overkill. It’s like no 10 seconds pass without anything crazy is happening. Sometimes it works (like whenever the hilariously animated Steve-Jobs-lookalike-villain Chester V moves or the endless supply of food puns), but often I wished the writers and animators had restrained themself more.
7,5/10

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09th

    #0085 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatball (DVD)
I just love this movie. It’s not just hilarious as fuck, it’s also such a damn well structured disaster movie, full of great visual ideas. I don’t think that I will ever get tired of it.
8,5/10

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11th

    #0086 Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (VOD/1st viewing)
Not every prank is equally funny (the million endless montages of the Grandpa trying to hit on women by saying something inappropriate, get old very fast), but I laughed more than I didn’t. But most of all I was amazed by Jackson Nicoll. It’s hard enough for an adult to not break character and just keep improvising, doesn’t matter what happens around you, but I never thought a kid could pull it off, like he did!
8/10

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15th

    #0087 Riot In Cell Block 11 (VOD/1st viewing)
I was surprised how pro-prisoners the movie was. It doesn’t paint everything they do in a good light and especially doesn’t portray them as poor victims, but story and characters had a lot more grey areas. than I expected. Unfortunately while the movie tries to show everybody within the prison system, from the wardens to the inmates, as real human beings, the portrayal of politicians is very one-sided. Each one of them is a lying bastard. It is also interesting, how almost documentary like the movie is. There is no huge build up or introduction to the characters and their motivation. We just watch events unfold and the characters react to it, which makes the movie feel surprisingly modern.
8/10

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16th

    #0088 We're The Millers (TV recording/1st viewing)
There is really not much to say about it. It was funny, but not outstanding. Most studio comedies these days seem to be a lot worse.
7/10

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19th

    #0089 Night On Earth (VOD/1st viewing)
A seriously entertaining movie about nothing. Just people talking. Not every episode is equally entertaining, though. It’s also too bad that the movie ends on a very sad note, especially after the hilarious Roberto Begnini episode, but it still is anything else than boring.
8,5/10

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19th

    #0090 The Chaperone (VOD/1st viewing)
A very forgettable and mostly gag free WWE family novie. And when I say “gag free”, I don’t mean that the gags don’t work (alhtough to be honest, they aren’t really funny either), I mean that they aren’t there. There are long stretches, including the first 30 minutes, where they don’t even try to tell a joke. But on the other hand, the movie also doesn’t try to be dramatic, so basically you could say, there is nothing happening. Also I wonder why that family movie ends with a prison rape joke.
4/10

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20th

    #0091 R.I.P.D. (TV recording/1st viewing)
I don’t wanna lie. I got SOME entertainment value out of it, but as a whole, it really wasn’t very good. It felt like a million missed opportunities. The good ideas weren’t really explored (especially the Indian food thing felt too much like randomness for randomness sake) and it follows the buddy cop formula way too slavish, without even trying to put its own spin on it. And while I always enjoy to see Kevin Bacon play an asshole, I wish he and Robert Knepper, who only had a small bitpart, would have switched roles.
5/10

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23rd

    #0092 Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (VOD/1st viewing)
Well, that was trippy. I really don’t have any problems with intellectual Science Fiction, but I think in this case, Godard’s experimental style didn’t do the story a favour. While it’s not a dumb story, it’s basically a simple one, on the level of a STAR TREK or TWILIGHT ZONE episode, that gets artificially blown up to some pseudo-philosophical, super show-offy, at times unintentionally funny “Look at me, how smart I am” hodgepodge. Having said that, at least it’s an interesting and still gripping experiment.
7/10

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October

05th

    #0093 The Funhouse (DVD/1st viewing)
If you would cut it down to 1 hour (including commercials), it would have been an okay episode for a TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE-ish anthology horror series. Unfortunately this full length version, suffers from boring first 45 minutes, in which we just follow some annoying shithead teens during their carnival visit and a completely useless subplot, about the little brother of one of them. What follows afterwards isn’t really mindblowing either, but has a few pretty good moments of suspense and is at least well enough filmed and directed to convice.
6/10

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07th

    #0094 Modern Vampires (VOD/1st viewing)
That was kind of a clusterfuck, but at least it was original and weird enough, to earn my goodwill. Unfortunately despite his creativity, Richard Elfman is not really a talented director (sorry) and the script felt like they just used the first draft without any revisions. The best part were actually the scenes with the Cribs (except for the unfortunate gang rape moment, which at least had a good pay off). In fact, I wish the whole movie would have been about van Helsing’s adventures with his newly recruited gang of apprentices, because the vampire scenes really dragged most of the time.
6/10

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08th

    #0095 Halloween (2007) (DVD)
I’m pretty torn about this movie. I don’t care enough for Michael Myers or the HALLOWEEN series, to be already offended by the thought of a remake. And while I’m not a fan of the new backstory (It’s downright hilarious how the first scene contains everything from “Broken Redneck Family For Dummies”), I like how the first half of the movie works as grim horror drama. All in all I have to applaud Zombie for his decision, to make a modern slasher movie as grim and bleak as possible, after they became self referential comedies in the 90s. The way he stages the first murders and makes them go on and on, but stops when it becomes too sadistic or over the top, really makes them horrifying and unsettling, which is something that I usually don’t feel in a normal slasher movie. The problem is just that in the 2nd half, the movie becomes an endless montage of badly filmed stabbings and screams, without any rhythm or atmosphere.
6,5/10

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11th

    #0096 Halloween II (2009) (Director's Cut) (DVD/1st viewing)
This experiment in taking an established Slasher franchise and turning it into something completely unexpected, is not 100% successful. Its a very slow paced movie and often feels like a bunch of random, losely connected moments in the life of several characters. That approach has its appeal and can work, but Zombie still has a lot to learn, to pull it off successfully. That said, I was definitely fascinated in a non-ironic way and liked what I saw.
7/10

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12th

    #0097 Halloween (1978) (VOD)
I know how groundbreaking and influential this movie was, but this is exactly its problem. It has been copied and parodied so many times, that it lost almost all its impact. It also doesn’t help that the script was pretty thin to begin with. I mean, as wonderful as it always is to see Donald Pleasance, his character spends most of the time either delivering speeches about how evil Michael Myers is or just standing there and reacting to things he sees. And the game of peek-a-boo, that Michael keeps playing throughout the movie, is only in very few scenes used to good effect. And frankly, until he starts chasing Jamie Lee Curtis in the last 15 minutes, the movie has a real problem with building up some suspense. But the mix of John Carpenter’s direction and Dean Cundey’s camerawork, makes the movie even today look and feel way more classier and expensive, than it originally was. I really feel bad for not liking it more, but I really don’t blame it on the movie.
6/10

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13th

    #0098 Halloween H20 (VOD)
This is actually my favourite HALLOWEEN movie, because it’s the one with the least problems. It’s still not a very innovative or memorable slasher, but it does what it set out to do (being a true sequel to the first two movies in the series and offering a conclusion) very well. The teen characters are maybe one dimensional, but less annoying than in other movies. And since H20 is actually about Laurie Strode, it doesn’t matter anyway.
7.5/10

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18th

    #0099 Theatre Of Blood (TV recording/1st viewing)
It’s intereresting how well this movie’s concept still works in today’s “creative serial killer” pop culture landscape. If it would take itself way more seriously, it could be an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS! Unfortunately apart from it’s dark humor, it doesn’t have much going for it. Vincent Price is as usual a delight. Diana Rigg obviously has some fun, but isn’t fooling anybody with her disguise. Judging by the movie’s obvious tongue in cheek tone, this was probably intentional, yet they still reveal this “secret” in such a way, that suggests that we were supposed to be surprised by it. The biggest problem is maybe how cheap and ugly it looks and feels. There is nothing cinematic about it. It looks like a cheap TV movie and has an annoying 70s soft porn easy listening score, that simply kills the mood.
6/10

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25th

    #0100 Night Of the Creeps (DVD)
Pretty much Fred Dekker’s only good movie, although it still has lots of gaping plot holes. And as much as I love Tom Atkins character, his subplot is seriously useless for the movie. But it’s a fun genre mix that still entertains
7.5/10

    #0101 Slither (DVD)
A very entertaining horror comedy, that doesn’t have many BIG laughs, but lots of good chuckles, a great cast, a creature with an interesting life cycle and an actually pretty touching Beauty-and-the-Beast lovestory in its core.
7.5/10

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29th

    #0102 Hellraiser (DVD)
Even after all these years and a million sequels, it’s still pretty unique. I like its structure and how it mixes body horror, sexual devotion and fantasy. Sure, it’s not flawless. It’s not exactly the most logical script in the world and more than once you have to wonder why certain characters act like they do, but actually, that kinda helps to justify the movies dreamlike atmosphere.
7.5/10

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30th

    #0103 Hellbound: Hellraiser II (DVD)
You have to give the people behind it bonus points for not just repeating part 1 and actually trying to widen the scope of the story. Sure, it’s not really successful, but I love how the movie suddenly becomes the evil brother of LABYRINTH. Again, just like in part 1, several character actions don’t make any sense at all, also near the end, the movie starts to drag and the Doctor’s bad puns and jokes feel very out of place, but it’s still one of the most interesting horror movies (and sequels) ever.
7/10

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31st

    #0104 Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (DVD)
Well, it’s not the WORST movie of the series, but after the first two, it’s a serious letdown. It’s way too obvious that someone tried to turn Pinhead into their Freddy and it just doesn’t work. And the new gimmcky Cenobites are so cheesy, that even Pinhead has to acknowledge in one scene, that they are not as good as his old friends. But all of that wouldn’t be THAT bad, if the rest of the movie wouldn’t be so boring. At least Terry Farrell is in it, which gives me one reason, to revisit this once in a while.
4/10

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November

11th

    #0105 Clue (VOD/1st viewing)
Seriously a lot of fun, but there is still something, that keeps it from being really great. It’s very good, but definitely no MURDER BY DEATH.
7,5/10

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12th

    #0106 1941 (DVD)
Maybe it’s just my love for the classic slapstick subgenre in general, but this is my favourite Spielberg movie. The gags come fast, most of them are silly, but almost all of them stick one way or another. And the spectacle, that dominates the 2nd half of the movie (and there is a lot of it), is as perfectly staged as you expect it from a Spielberg movie. If it has one flaw, it’s maybe that not every actor has the screentime he or she deserves.
8,5/10

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17th

    #0107 The Heat (TV recording/1st viewing)
Well, that wasn’t very good. I’ve seen much worse comedies, but it took nearly 45 minutes until the two protagonists stopped being awfully obnoxious and horrible human beings, whose annoying behaviour just dragged the whole movie down. From then on, it became at least mildly entertaining, but still only with one big laugh. Too bad, considering all the talent in front of the camera. Seriously, how do you put cameos by Jane Curtin, Kaitlin Olson and Tony Hale into your movies, but manage to not make them do anything funny?!
5/10

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19th

    #0108 Casa de mi Padre (VOD/1st viewing)
Well, that was weird, but fun. It’s not the most hilarious Will Ferrell movie ever, but only because they play the story so damn straight faced, that you wouldn’t know that it’s a comedy, if it weren’t for all those bizarre sight gags. Like the deliberately bad editing, acting and low production values or the movie’s weird obsession with mannequins. (Well, maybe the mountain lion scene would give you a hint or two.) Because of that, it doesn’t have the highest laugh per minute ratio, but it’s definitely an interesting entry in the spoof genre.
7/10

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22nd

    #0109 Video Games: The Movie (VOD/1st viewing)
It was okay. The first half doesn’t offer any new insights about the history of video games, if you already know as much about the topic as I do. Unfortunately the 2nd half is a little bit too much of an uncritical “Can you imagine how amazing video games are!?!”-commercial, that doesn’t even try to talk about any of the dark sides of gaming and paints everything in a super awesome light. Nice try, but I hope one day someone will make an even better video game documentary.
6/10

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23rd

    #0110 Fraktus: Das letzte Kapitel der Musikgeschichte (TV recording/1st viewing)
Well, this ain’t Spinal Tap, but it was good enough. Not every joke is really hilarious (in fact, most of the time I smiled more than I really laughed) and the wooden acting drags the movie more down than it should, but it works surprisingly well as homage to the music of the NDW and parody of the music business and even scripted reality shows. Big studly bonus point for the creation of a band, that is bad enough to be an obvious joke, but also good enough to make me actually wanna buy the soundtrack!
7/10

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December

03rd

    #0111 The Raid 2: Berandal (DVD/1st viewing)
Well, it was definitely a cool ride, but the problem was, that I didn’t care for the story. Part 1 was a simple, but super effective survival thriller, but the sequel is about a bunch of stuff that I don’t care about, done by people who I mostly don’t care about. From a technical POV it’s almost flawless, though! I can’t believe that really all stuntpeople and actors made it out alive! I just wish Gareth Evans had invested in a steadycam. The constant shaking during the action scenes made me at times pretty motion sick, but I have to give the team credit, for using a visual language, that is confusing, but also super focused. I never had the feeling that I had no idea what’s going on and despite the shaking, we can see all the awesome parts in their full glory! It wasn’t some unwatchable motion blur with a 15 new cuts per second, like most modern action movies do. The camera always knew where to look at and how long.
7,5/10

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05th

    #0112 A Christmas Story (TV recording/1st viewing)
A nice, little movie, that made me smile over its whole runtime. It’s obvious that it not just became such a classic because it’s well made, but also because it’s full of characters and situations that everybody remembers from their own life.
8/10

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07th

    #0113 Unaccompanied Minors (DVD/1st viewing)
That movie got some pretty bad reviews, especially compared to Paul Feig’s follow up movies BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT, but I laughed more often than during these two movies together. Yeah, it follows the typical basic family friendly christmas comedy formula pretty close, but it plays those familiar notes pretty well and hits both the silly and sentimental ones, without overdoing them.
7,5/10

    #0114 Snow Day (DVD)
A very amusing movie with a surprisingly great cast and maybe the most Nickelodeon-ish movie, that Nickelodeon has ever produced. I also can’t think of any other family movie, that actually gives characters from three different age groups (kids, teens and adults) their own equally important subplot.
7/10

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12th

    #0115 Santa's Slay (VOD/1st viewing)
Pretty amusing, but also held back by a writer/director, who doesn’t possess much skill in either profession. At least Bill Goldberg commits so much to his role, that I really wish we would have gotten some more sequels.
6,5/10

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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:16 pm

Damn...so close before the end...

December Continuation

15th

    #0116 How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Live action) (DVD)
It’s a weird mess of a movie. It’s super hypocritical, in the way it preaches against commercialism, while being a multi million dollar Hollywood movie. Its production design and make up work really has to be admired, but on the other hand that in-your-face “Hey, can you believe how wacky this is”-approach, with the bright colours and swooshy camera moves is so damn unoriginal. And while Jim Carrey doing Jim Carrey things is here for any reason way more annoying than usual, you also have to applaud him for doing all that and make you forget that he wears tons of uncomfortable make up! Most of all, while the movie leaves a lot to be desired, I was still seriously entertained by it.
6,5/10

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19th

    #0117 Deck The Halls (VOD/1st viewing)
One of those bland comedies that actually have a lot of potential, if they wouldn’t play everything so awkwardly safe. I don’t even mind the (actually pretty sweet) hugging and learning ending, but every once in a while there were hints at a much more darker and over the top movie, hiding underneath all that blandness. I actually wonder if DeVito and Broderick (and Kristin Chenoweth, Alia Shawkat, Jorge Garcia and Fred Armisen) actually signed on for THAT movie and it was then studio noted to death afterwards.
4,5/10

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24th

    #0118 Ernest Saves Christmas (VOD)
This is without a doubt the best Ernest film and I think it’s because Ernest doesn’t have to carry the whole movie by himself. He may be the protagonist of it, but in the end he is, just like Laurel & Hardy in their bigger movies, just the funny sidekick in someone else’s adventure. I also have to give a shoutout to Noelle Parker. Her role as stereotypical wisecracking 80s teenager runaway could have been annoying, but she comes across surprisingly down to earth and believable.
7,5/10

    #0119 The Pirate Fairy (DVD/1st viewing)
I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the TINKERBELL movies. They are not that high on my list of favourite movie series, but they manage to be a DTV production that is mostly made to sell toys to little girls, but doesn’t make male adults want to commit suicide. That’s sounds like a backhanded compliment, but actually it means they are seriously watchable and have many things work for them. THE PIRATE FAIRY is one of the best entries of the series, thanks to several nods to Disney’s classic PETER PAN movie, a good villain and a seriously exciting finale. My favourite touch was how they gave a million hints at who “James” is, without rubbing it in our face. It’s just enough to make us first ask “Is he?” until we can finally be sure “He is!”
7,5/10

    #0120 Home Alone (TV)
I’m proud to say that this one still holds up and remains a seriously enjoyable mix of every kid’s wish fulfillment, borderline sadistic Three Stooges style slapstick and a bit of heart.
8/10

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25th

    #0121 The Jungle Book (Disney) (DVD)
As entertaining as it is, it really plays more like an amusing anecdote instead of a big adventure. Mowgli just runs from musical number to musical number, then defeats Shere Khan by accident and leaves his friends for the first girl he ever sees (That was a spoiler). If it wouldn’t be so damn well made, full of memorable characters and all in all an entertaining thing to watch, I doubt it would still be so popular after all these decades.
7/10

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26th

    #0122 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (TV)
The concept still works. Especially Tim Curry and Daniel Stern deliver some great laughs. But it’s very obviously a rushed sequel, that mostly repeats part 1 and does that in a less successful way.
7/10

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27th

    #0123 Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (DVD)
It’s kinda boring and uneventful, but also has some good stuff going for it. I would even go so far and say that the bathroom scene and everything that happens once the mezcal worm appears, pretty much redeems the rest of the movie to a degree.
7/10

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28th

    #0124 Poltergeist 3 (DVD)
I really love the mirror gimmick. There are moments where it’s very easy to spot early, but the director has too much fun with it to not like it. Also I’m willing to accept that the movie turns in its 2nd half more into a fantasy adventure, where the heroes have to dodge posessed cars and escape flooded rooms. It’s nothing too exciting, but it has its charme. For reasons that are as sad as they are obvious, I cut it lots of slack for the lame ending, but what REALLY pissed me off, was the lame synth score, that cheapened the whole movie.
6,5/10

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31st

    #0125 How To Train Your Dragon 2 (DVD/1st viewing)
It was a legitimately good movie, but also kinda uneventful. Before it was over, I totally expected another act to happen, but there was none. It just ended after an endless buildup. At least it was a fun and powerful ride.
7,5/10

    #0126 The Lego Movie (TV recording/1st viewing)
I have to admit, my eyes were that day a little bit too tired to follow the million, superfast things that happened on screen all the time, but I really laughed hard and was caught totally offguard by probably the most unexpected, yet totally obvious plot twist in years!
8/10
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Postby bastard_robo on Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:21 am

BASTARD ROBO's 2014 MOVIE JOURNAL

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First time views in Blue

January 1st:
Drew The Man behind the poster
January 5th:
Wolf of Wall Street
January 6th:
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
January 13th:
Van Helsing
January 18th:
Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones
January 19th:
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
January 22nd:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
January 24th:
Justice League War
January 25th:
JLA Adventures: Crisis in Time
January 26th:
Ride Along
February 3rd:
The Croods
Dredd
February 6th:
The Lego Movie
February 9th:
Frozen
Monuments Men

February 10th:
Godzilla vs Megalon
February 13th:
Robocop (2014)
February 19th:
Nightmare Factory
February 26th:
Man of Tai Chi
March 1st:
Anchorman 2
March 2nd:
Non Stop
March 14th:
300 Rise of an Empire
March 15th:
300 Rise of an Empire
March 16th:
Need for Speed
March 20th:
The Wind Rises
March 21st:
300 Rise of an Empire
March 23rd:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Justice League The Flashpoint Paradox
March 28th:
Noah
Street Fighter
March 29th:
Akira
April 4th:
Captain America The Winter Solider
April 11th:
Captain America The Winter Solider
April 12th
The Raid 2
April 13th:
Draft Day
April 26th:
Brick Mansions
April 27th:
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Invasion of the Astro Monsters
Godzilla X MechaGodzilla
May 1st:
Super Troopers
Hot Tub Time Machine
May 2nd:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
May 10th:
Mothra vs Godzilla
Godzilla vs Space Godzilla
May 15th:
Godzilla (2014)
May 17th:
Godzilla (2014)
May 18th:
Million Dollar Arm
May 22nd:
X-Men Days Future Past
May 26th:
Blended
May 31st:
X-Men Days Future Past
June 1st:
A Million Ways to Die in the West
June 5ht:
Edge of Tomorrow
June 8th:
Dar Mr Watterson
Millius

June 15ht:
Edge of Tomorrow
June 28th:
Jersey Boys
Transformers Age of Extinction

July 6th:
Tammy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
July 12th:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
July 19th:
Godzilla
July 20th:
Sex Tape
July 31st:
Guardians of the Galaxy
August 2nd:
Hercules
August 7th:
Django Unchained
August 9th:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
August 10th:
Into The Storm
August 15th:
Batman Assault on Arkham
August 21st:
Sin City A Dame to Kill For
August 28th:
Lucy
August 30th:
The November Man
The Protector 2
September 1st:
Sin City A Dame to Kill For
September 12th:
Frank
September 13th
Willow Creek
September 14th:
Captain America The Winter Solider
September 20th:
I know that Voice
September 21st:
This is where I leave You
Tusk

September 27th:
Equalizer
October 4th:
Gone Girl
October 8th:
How to Train Your Dragon 2
October 12th:
The Judge
October 18th:
Fury
October 26th
John Wick
November 2nd
St Vincent
November 6th
Interstellar
November 8th:
Big Hero 6
November 16th:
NightCrawler
November 30th:
Horrible Bosses 2
December 12th
Birdman
December 13th:
22 Jump Street
December 14th:
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Snowpiercer

December 18th:
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
December 20th:
A Muppet Christmas Carol
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:38 pm

*gets comfortable* Yeah, yeah, we'll see how it goes this year.

January
1 Texas Chainsaw (2013) (Netflix)
3 Lovelace (2013) (Netflix)
Fire With Fire (2012) (Netflix)
4 Berberian Sound Studio (2012) (Netflix)
5 Cloud Atlas (2012) (Blu-ray)
6 Barry Munday (2010) (Netflix)
8 Stolen (2012) (Netflix)
10 Dead Man Down (2013) (Netflix)
11 All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006/2013) (Netflix)
19 Devil's Due
23 The Animal (2001) (Netflix)
24 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) (Netflix)
26 American Hustle (2013)

February
5 Lone Survivor
48 Hours (1982) (Netflix)

October
3 Gone Girl
Upstream Color (2013) (Netflix)
The People Vs. George Lucas (2010) (Netflix)
4 Army of Darkness (1992)
Halloween II (1981)
5 The Equalizer
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:02 am

January
    Bible Storyland- Docu about a guy slightly obsessed with a bible themed 1950s Disney knock off called "Bible Storyland"
    Escape From Tomorrow
    Blackfish
    Jedi Junkies
    With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
February
    Our Idiot Brother
    The Guilt Trip
    Everybody's Fine
    Magic Mike
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:09 am

Your hair is winter fire, January embers. My heart burns there, too.

A soft start for 2014 with 15 films watched, only six being new views. I was more interested in books than movies this month.

WORST FILM SEEN IN JANUARY: THE KEEP (1983). This unfortunate piece of business has resurfaced on Netflix streaming and is just about the only place it can be seen. And for good reason. Michael Mann exploded onto the scene with 1981's THIEF, a film about a guy who is a thief and is also James Caan and it is still considered a good film to this day. THE KEEP, Mann's second directorial effort, is a spectacular failure on every conceivable level. Most of the blame can be placed on whoever cut Mann's 3-plus hour film down to 90 minutes, resulting in an utter shitstorm of incomprehensibility, but that doesn't excuse terrible special effects, a sleepy Scott Glenn, and a downright terrible performance from Ian McKellan. Also, the Tangerine Dream score is painfully bad. I'll have to watch this again just to, fuck, I don't know. Something.

BEST DISCOVERY OF JANUARY: THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966). This spaghetti western starring Lee Van Cleef was released on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time and shit and it sounded interesting, but I really only bought it for the CD of Ennio Morricone's score, which I hadn't realized until I saw the film contained two music cues that Tarantino used in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, and which also contains the most boner-inspiring piece of music I've ever heard:



I mean, Jesus, how do you not blow out your jeans listening to that? So that's why I watched the movie. It's decent for the most part. Van Cleef plays a surprisingly incompetent character for most of the film but then turns it around at the end and becomes pretty badass. The last 15-20 minutes really redeem the film and turn it into something special. So I approve of that shit.

BEST OVERRATED FILM WATCHED: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013). I skipped this during its theatrical run, because why not, but I knew I'd get to it once it hit Redbox. It's a movie about a guy kidnapped by pirates, but the guy is Tom Hanks. He holds that Yankee accent as long as he can, but it eventually falls by the wayside. Hanks spends most of the movie just trying to stay calm and keep the pirates calm. It's not a great showy role for an actor, so it's cool to see Tom Hanks just play a guy. Finally, in the last 20 minutes Hanks gets to pull out the stops and do some very fine noticeable acting. I understand people complaining that he didn't get nominated for an Oscar, but I also understand that there are other actors doing this kind of good work for an entire movie and that probably takes precedence over a guy doing some good work for the last two scenes of a two hour film. I wish I could get aboard the Barkhad Abdi love boat, but I just don't get the praise he's gotten for his performance. He isn't bad or anything, but he didn't grab me by the balls like some other first-time actors I could mention, like the one-two heart/dick punch team of Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Overall, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a decent movie. Stick around for the end because Hanks is good, but some of that might also be composer Henry Jackman's shameless ripoff of Hans Zimmer's "Time" from INCEPTION.

MOST OVERRATED BUT ENJOYABLE FILM WATCHED: AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013). It's hard picturing this as a serious Oscar contender and maybe it isn't, but four acting nominations and whatnot, Best Picture. You know. Anyway, there isn't really a story here or characters. It's just a bunch of actors playing around and trying to out-crazy each other while struggling with various accents and also Amy Adams who goes against the grain and tries to play a character for the most part, with little help from everyone else. And that can be fun. But it can irritate people too and I understand that. I laughed, though, and Jennifer Lawrence was pretty good when she cried in that one scene and for a minute it felt like there was something genuine happening but then it's like Eh, fuck it. Science oven. Christian Bale is fat.

BEST FILM SEEN IN JANUARY: I guess ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013). This is a major fucking surprise. I got nothing against this Refn guy. I liked DRIVE, although it's pretty far up its own ass. Tom Hardy carried BRONSON, an otherwise unremarkable film. VALHALLA RISING I fucking loathe with every fiber of my being. So this film, who knows. But it surprised me how much I liked it. It seems a little up its ass, thinking it's clever, like it has something to say. There's not much of a story or a lot of acting going on. I liked the look of the film and the tone. Kristen Scott Thomas was kinda hot. The cop dude was pretty good. Gosling had a few lines. I liked this more than DRIVE. This is the best Refn film I've seen. I'm gonna get this on Blu Ray. It's pointless nonsense but I dig it.

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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Bloo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:24 pm

I was on a docu kick this month it seemed.

Best Feature: Escape From Tomorrow
I don't know if the director can sustain a career outside of this gimmick but I hope he can. The gimmick was cool and well done. And I got the Lynch vibe. It probably could have used a couple of minutes of just pure exposition though. It was a mystery wrapped in an enigma with no pay off.

Best Documentary: Blackfish
I thought this was a fascinating look at the orcas held at SeaWorld and the reported attacks on humans. I was for sure a docu with a message and not at all objective (just because SeaWorld declined to be interviewed you couldn't offer some counterpoint) but I enjoyed it.

Worst Documentary: With Great Power-The Stan Lee Story
This isn't a bad docu per se, it just feels very much like an A&E Biography just stretched out a little longer. Not bad, but not great.
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Postby Spandau Belly on Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:19 pm

January: Sweet 'n Lowbrow

So I'd say between my Godzilla marathon and my Troma retrospective I watched a lot of trash this month. I managed to slip in some prestige movies, too. I do intend to write about kaiju movies at great length over in the Godzilla thread, although it will mostly just be a bunch of mumblings about how staring at Mothra is like being on acid, I advise you to skip it.

Troma Retrospective
There was a time in the 80s and early 90s when really gross shit was part of boyhood. Boys just liked disgusting shit more in this era. The Ninja Turtles were big heroes even though they lived in a sewer and were pals with a giant rat. Lots of kids collected Garbage Pail Kids trading cards which featured dead and mutilated Cabbage Patch babies. You could watch a cartoon show like Ren & Stimpy full of booger jokes. And Lloyd Kaufman's Troma films fit right in there. It was just 90 minutes of bad taste, bodily functions, and grizzly death, oh, and tits.

I think like a lot of guys, I stopped paying attention to this shit in the mid 90s, but Lloyd kept on making these films and has even made a sequel to CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH and came to my local grindhouse to promote it tell funny stories about tits 'n shit (literally). It was cool to meet him and hear his stories. His new NUKE 'EM movie was a lot more self-aware and more obviously a comedy. He got excellent production value for a very small budget of 400K. I would say it's more steadily amusing than the original NUKE 'EM HIGH. Since nuclear power isn't really a controvesial topic (outside of Germany, where they protest this shit like crazy) Lloyd has tried to satirize the issues of today (that are important to Americans). Sometimes it just feels like he's shoehorning topical shit into the movie for the hell of it, but every now and then there's a really clever joke that catches you off guard. The one about school shootings cracked my shit up. I wouldn't really recommend seeing this new NUKE 'EM movie, but I had fun revisiting these old Troma flicks and had fun watching Lloyd's latest film with the man himself and cinema full of Troma maniacs.

Best movie (other than HER which I already proclaimed the best film of 2013: SECONDS (1966)
This is one of John Frankenheimer's old flicks and feels like an extended TWILIGHT ZONE episode, in a good way. Few men really get to realize their true lack of potential, and this is a film about one man who who discovers the worthlessness that so many harbour inside. Rock Hudson gives a very good performance in the lead role.

Weirdest structured movie: BIRD
Apparently this is the movie where Clint Eastwood's image transitioned from just being known as a lowbrow shoot 'em up guy to being a more thoughtful filmmaker. It's a biopic about sax man Charlie Parker. It's told in a fractured timeline and features one character having a flashback inside of another character's flashback. Seriously, that's like something even Brian DePalma would balk at.

Feelings confirmed: LIFE OF BRIAN
The Pythons and many of their fans consider this to be their best film and MEANING OF LIFE to be their weakest. I hadn't seen this one since I was a teenager and still think LIFE OF BRIAN is my least favourite. HOLY GRAIL is my favourite so I'm not a total contrarian or anything.
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:01 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:Feelings confirmed: LIFE OF BRIAN
The Pythons and many of their fans consider this to be their best film and MEANING OF LIFE to be their weakest. I hadn't seen this one since I was a teenager and still think LIFE OF BRIAN is my least favourite. HOLY GRAIL is my favourite so I'm not a total contrarian or anything.


I didn't care for LIFE OF BRIAN much at all. THE MEANING OF LIFE is actually my favorite.
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:06 pm

caruso_stalker217 wrote: THE MEANING OF LIFE is actually my favorite.


and rightfully so
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:52 am

January 2014: The Yellow Snow Conspiracy - A Look-Backening Tale

Favourite movie (previously unseen): 7 Psychopaths
Favourite Old Movie (previously unseen): [No winner in that category this time]
Favourite movie that I had already seen: The Adventures Of TinTin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
Favourite Old Movie That I Had Already Seen: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Acting Awards
Favourite performance: Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3
2nd favourite performance: Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
3rd favourite performance: Michael Sheen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Honorable Mention: Mads Koudal, for his death scene in Merantau

Worst movie of the month: The Twilight Saga: Beeaking Dawn Part 1

The Tofu Award (For movies that have a bad reputation, but are actually pretty good): The Twilght Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Fievel on Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:39 am

January

Best film if you have a daughter that therefore erases every other memory of film that you saw that month - Frozen

Tangled started the new era of Disney animation and Frozen is riding the new wave with success. While I enjoyed it, the daughter (4 years old) absolutely loved it. She owns the soundtrack and knows every song - as a good Disney Child should. One thing I noticed - Disney learned from their previous generation and thankfully eliminated pop culture references from their jokes (think the genie in Aladdin) in their current generation of films, which should help in making this generation truly timeless as their first generation is (mostly).
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Postby Al Shut on Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:54 pm

I have been wondering this for years, finally it's time to ask

justcheckin wrote:Justcheckin's Movie Journal 2013

6. …in progress
7. …in progress
8. …in progress


What's up with this in progress on several movies at the same time ?
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Postby Fievel on Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:28 pm

Still checkin'....... :lol:
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:27 pm

I rewatched THE KEEP last night and it was no better the second time around.
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Postby Spandau Belly on Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:36 pm

Will the third time be the charm?
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The scene where Scott Glenn gets (spoiler) shot with machine guns and green predator blood comes out was probably the highlight.
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Postby Fievel on Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:57 am

Oh, and my Most Overhyped Film of the month, which apparently is going to be the Most Overhyped Film of 2013, is 12 Years A Slave. I thought it was ultimately shit. Why?
I thought the ending fucking blew.

You have 2 hours of pain and torture of this man... you are dragged along on this painful journey with him.... and then it's almost as if the filmmakers looked down and someone said "Dude, we only have X-feet of film (or X-GB of data if it was digital) left on this roll.... and that's it! Our budget is tapped! We need to wrap this bitch up!" Because after an almost Malick-esque exercise in patience and brutality, the film just fucking ends! (SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!) I mean really?!?!? The movie is just going to wrap it up nice and neat like that after going through what we just went through?!? There were fucking court trials in real life! It was a fucking mess! But nooooo!! The movie's just going to have some miracle wagon drive up and proclaim "That man is free!" And that's that! He goes home, big group hug, and there's the fucking credits.

SHITTY. FUCKING. ENDING.

Take away the fact that it disrespects the history of the story, that's just a shitty ending to a film. It completely disregards the pacing of everything that precedes it.

Great performances, though! Gotta give credit where it's due!!!
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:01 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:The scene where Scott Glenn gets (spoiler) shot with machine guns and green predator blood comes out was probably the highlight.


Maybe he was turned into a vegetable by vegetarian goblins. I heard quality films do that kind of stuff.
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Spandau Belly on Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:40 pm

Fievel wrote:The movie's just going to have some miracle wagon drive up and proclaim "That man is free!" And that's that! He goes home, big group hug, and there's the fucking credits.

SHITTY. FUCKING. ENDING.


So it's an origins story film, eh?
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:15 pm

Fievel wrote:Oh, and my Most Overhyped Film of the month, which apparently is going to be the Most Overhyped Film of 2013, is 12 Years A Slave. I thought it was ultimately shit. Why?
I thought the ending fucking blew.

You have 2 hours of pain and torture of this man... you are dragged along on this painful journey with him.... and then it's almost as if the filmmakers looked down and someone said "Dude, we only have X-feet of film (or X-GB of data if it was digital) left on this roll.... and that's it! Our budget is tapped! We need to wrap this bitch up!" Because after an almost Malick-esque exercise in patience and brutality, the film just fucking ends! (SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!) I mean really?!?!? The movie is just going to wrap it up nice and neat like that after going through what we just went through?!? There were fucking court trials in real life! It was a fucking mess! But nooooo!! The movie's just going to have some miracle wagon drive up and proclaim "That man is free!" And that's that! He goes home, big group hug, and there's the fucking credits.

SHITTY. FUCKING. ENDING.

Take away the fact that it disrespects the history of the story, that's just a shitty ending to a film. It completely disregards the pacing of everything that precedes it.

Great performances, though! Gotta give credit where it's due!!!


I disagree. An emotionally-charged subject like this dictates an emotional payoff. Solomon reuniting with his family is the entire point of film. I don't see how an additional hour of courtroom drama after that wonderful last scene could improve the film. And it's not like the filmmakers didn't acknowledge that there was a trial. It says it right there before the end credits, right where it belongs in a couple sentences. Is that story worth telling? Probably. But you might as well make a different film focusing on the trial instead of trying to cram all that stuff in there.

The ending is more than appropriate for the two hours that preceded it.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:02 am

Can we finally sticky this thread?

So I only watched 8 movies this month and none of them was a new release, but I'm totally okay with that. I kinda focused on classic creature features at first and although I liked all of them, my favourite was definitely Godzilla, which I hadn't seen in its US cut before and turned out to be way better than expected.

Not a creature feature was Mary Poppins, which I enjoyed much more as an adult, than back when I was a child. And damn, Dick van Dyke's Bert is now my favourite Disney movie character ever!

A great surprise was Jamaica Inn. I didn't know anything about that movie, but despite its flaws, it jumped right onto my list of favourite Hitchcock movies.

Worst movie: Swamp Thing. I mean...seriously. Have you seen it? Ugh.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:55 am

DerLanghaarige wrote:Worst movie: Swamp Thing. I mean...seriously. Have you seen it? Ugh.


With Tits Barbeau?
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:38 am

Yup. That's also pretty much the only highlight of the movie. Well, this and the awesome fire stunt.
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Re: The Zone's 2014 Movie Journal

Postby Spandau Belly on Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:01 pm

Februarius: The God of Secondmonthing

Didn't watch a lot of movies this month. 13 in total and 3 of them were ZATOICHI movies, which are so far enjoyable, but a bit like a tv show, and 4 were movies I've seen before.

Best movie: MAN OF TAI CHI
A good simple martial arts movie marks the directorial debut of Keanu Charles Reeves. Keanu's performance as the film's villain is hilarious and the fights are all well chereographed and clearly shot. I liked it.

Worst movie: THE WAY WAY BACK
I was really looking forward to this one and had heard nothing but good things. I found it really disappointing. The middle portion of the movie just wasn't fleshed out enough and the characterization felt a bit too much like a stacked deck.

Best Nazi: Laurence Olivier in MARATHON MAN
I realize calling Laurence Olivier a great actor isn't exactly a revelation, but he really earns his praises. He totally inhabits what could've just been a cartoon villain. The movie itself holds up okay, although I doubt many people who saw it for the first time today would get why it was so big in its day. William Goldman adapted his own novel for the screenplay, which was then rewritten by Robert Towne because Dustin Hoffman found the ending in the novel offensive. I liked the novel better.

Worst Nazi: Brad Pitt in SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
I really like Pitt as an actor, but this film was made alongside THE DEVIL'S OWN and MEET JOE BLACK, a period in Pitt's career marked by bad accents and bizarre speech patterns. This might actually be his worst performance. His work here is surprisingly amateur. The overall film manages to overcome Pitt's lousy performance and become average.
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Postby Al Shut on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:43 pm

Didn't watch that many movies in February too, that often happens to me when big, long sporting events are on TV.

Best was High Noon (unbelievable I haven't seen that before), despite the big finale kind of showing it's age.

Worst was Lobos de Arga, horror comedy that was neither scary or funny. And I hated hat the main character delivered all of his expositionary dialogue to his dog because there were no other humans around.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:27 pm

FEBRUARY: A REMEMBRANCE

With eleven films watched this month and only three being new viewings, this should be easy.

BEST FILM(S) OF FEBRUARY: BLUE JASMINE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE. These both had the kind of stuff I like to see in films, like actors and so forth. Blanchett crushed it in BLUE JASMINE and Sally Hawkins was adorable. Andrew Dice Clay. Redbelt similarly crushed it in 12 YEARS A SLAVE which I saw late at night in an empty theater. Say what you will about the film (and people have thrown around that old favorite, "Oscar bait") but this guy Steve McQueen (no relation) can direct the fuck out of a picture. Whether this film touched your heart or made you uncomfortable or just sleepy, it is a handsomely shot picture that doesn't flinch away from ugliness. Not that any film could really capture that shit.

WORST FILM OF FEBRUARY: ARGENTO'S DRACULA. No shit.

Runner up: DREAMCATCHER. It doesn't hurt to watch any more, but is still hilariously bad.
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DerLanghaarige wrote:Can we finally sticky this thread?
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:14 pm

Still not sticky...

Anyway, March was not just another month with not enough watched movies from my side, it also had some real stinkers and disappointments to offer! I mean, I knew what I got into when I decided to watch TROLL 2, but SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER and THE MAN WITH THE IRON FIST were really boring. (although Russel Crowe wins my award for the favourite performance of the month) FRANKENWEENIE and DESPICABLE ME were fun, but for any reason would have been much cooler as live action, IMO. And THOR 2: HAMMER HARDER was the worst MCU movie since NOT ANG LEE'S HULK! At least 21 JUMP STREET was a pleasant surprise, but I don't think it will end up high on my re-watch list.

That's it. Let's hope April will be better.
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now with sticky!

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Postby Peven on Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:33 pm

watched "I Saw the Devil" and "Mud" over the weekend for the first time, both very good films with VERY different tones and outlooks on life. "I Saw the Devil" deals with the theme of revenge much like the revenge trilogy of Chan-wook Park, though not as deftly nor as sophisticated, a more straightforward revenge tale that pushes the boundaries of reality further than Park's films, not as starkly realistic, at times a little over the top in its attempt to make an impression on the viewer. doesn't follow the typical beats of an American movie, at one point you think it is over only to find...it isn't. in retrospect they could have ended it there and it would be a more standard American story, a more satisfying ending for what we are used to. the eventual conclusion is more truthful to what the film-maker is saying, though, I think, even while it is anything but happy or comforting. like Park's films, this one tells us that no one wins through revenge.

"Mud" struck me as a modern-day Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn tale, a very American tale with good old fashioned American belief that everyone can have a happy ending even if things don't work out the way they plan, and bad guys get what is coming to them. good acting by all, except for Witherspoon who kind of mails it in. the two boys out act her hands down, with the main protagonist of the two really shining, imo, holding his own with McHonaughey in their scenes. I look for him to have a good future if he gets the chance, he has the chops. also, I can't wait to give someone the nickname "Neckbone"

definitely recommend both, just make sure you have your anti=depressants handy when you watch "I Saw the Devil".....or some cotton candy or ice cream, anything to cheer you up afterward :wink:


also watched "Reservoir Dogs", for the 5th or 6th time at least, but it had been a while and my wife had not seen it. damn what a great movie, the pacing, the dialogue, the acting, what a first outing for Tarantino. just fuckng stellar. and to think he followed it up with "Pulp Fiction", he could have stopped there and would be responsible for more great movies than most other directors working today.
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Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:21 pm

March: A Collection of Poems Presented as Offhand Reflections on Movies

I'd say almost every film I saw this month made some kind of impression on me; a lot of the films I saw this month were very creepy. Most of them were good, so I might as well start with the worst.

Worst movie, also movie with best poster: VICIOUS LIPS

I was hoping this one would take me back to my girlhood of watching JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS back in the 80s, but I guess that duty now falls on the shoulders of Jon M. Chu. But fuck if this poster didn't get my hopes up....

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Best score: CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST



I want to listen to that shit while I die. Nobody beats the Italians at composing.

Also, as disgusting as this film is, every other found footage movie is in the shadow of this thing's realism. I can believe the cast actually had to stand trial because people really thought they did all this shit.

Best first time viewing March: 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Yup, this one deserves its Oscar. An excellent film across the board. Great performances from Chewie and Fass. Great directing from McQueen. Very compelling. Paul Dano gets beaten in the mud again.

A new good horror film: YOU'RE NEXT
This is a really solid horror flick in the home invasion subgenre with lots of funny parts. I know most people think they can't make a good horror movie anymore, but this one is solid modern entry in the genre.

Film that held up surprisingly well: STRANGE DAYS
Hadn't seen this one since the 90s and I found it to still be a good movie. Unlike a lot of sci-fi movies, this one isn't about some message or social observation, it's just a pure noir detective film with one sci-fi invention thrown in the mix.
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Postby so sorry on Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:38 pm

Spandau Belly wrote:Best score: CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST



I want to listen to that shit while I die. Nobody beats the Italians at composing.

Also, as disgusting as this film is, every other found footage movie is in the shadow of this thing's realism. I can believe the cast actually had to stand trial because people really thought they did all this shit.



I've heard about this movie forever and never (wanted to) watched it. But that said, is there some kind of legend that this is really a snuff film, and that what you saw really was done? Just curious...
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Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:44 pm

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST was one of the first found footage style horror movies and it is incredibly realistic. The director thought it would be a cool publicity stunt to send the actors out of the country on a vacation during the film's release. The idea being that if the press tried to contact them, they wouldn't be found and it would cause a media sensation that the film was all really real. His publicity stunt got out of hand because he got charged with murder and they had to track down the cast and get them to appear in court to prove they were really alive and the cast also got grilled about some of the things they're shown doing in the movie.
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Postby TheBaxter on Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:08 pm

it's only a snuff film if you're a monkey or a tortoise.
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Postby Al Shut on Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:59 am

Favourite of March:

Fantastic Mr. Fox. For some reason, what made me fall in love with this movie are the occasional sudden outbursts of animal behaviour.

Worst:

Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance. You just can't do a good action sequences when every bad guy the hero touches immediately combusts. I already hated Blade but at least Blade needed some sort of weapon. The same goes for car chases. And although I don't have a clear vision of how Ghost Rider should be I'm not sure the directors' sense of humor that shows from time to time really fits.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:31 am

MARCH MOVIE-DNESS!

I kinda shit the movie bed this month with only 9 films watched, but five of them were first time viewings so that's something I guess.

BEST OF MARCH: Probably too close to call, but it comes down to OLDBOY (2013) and NOAH: ASS-TO-ASS.

Spike Lee delivered a Spike Lee version of the Korean cult classic OLDBOY, complete with odd acting choices and pacing issues. One thing I will say, though, is that other Lee standby "Inappropriate And/Or Misplaced Music Cue" does not make an appearance. The first 30 minutes are quite good, but the film runs into trouble as it meanders towards the ending where the stuff happens (we know what). The last scene was great. I give it 4 out of 5 Sam Jackson Mohawks.

Darren Aronofsky goes ass-to-ass with Russell Crowe and a goofy CGI snake in NOAH, a film based on the true account of some guy building a big boat. The Bible devotes roughly three pages to this story and Aronofsky does an admirable job of stretching it out to 140 minutes. He throws in some melted rock dudes who weren't in the original text but were borrowed from The Silmarillion or the appendices or something. Noah's children are not grown men with unnamed wives in this version, but a girl does get caught in a bear trap. Everybody gets cabin fever and Noah gets into a fistfight and then tries to murder some babies. He is a drunk asshole. 2 out of 5 Accurate Portrayals of Biblical Heroes. 5 out of 5 Pervy Anthony Hopkinses.

WORST BUT SURPRISINGLY WATCHABLE FILM OF MARCH: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2: TEXAS BLOOD MONEY (1999). This movie is shit, but there are some interesting shots and some humor and some tits. It's about as good as a movie about bankrobbing vampires could reasonably hope to be. 2 out of 5 Shitty Bruce Campbell Cameos.

SURPRISINGLY WATCHABLE THIRD FILM IN SERIES THAT IS ALSO NOT ALL THAT GOOD BUT MICHAEL PARKS IS IN IT OF MARCH: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER (2000). Michael Parks plays a drunk writer who wrote "An Incident Up Shit Creek" or whatever who goes to Mexico to fuck Pancho Villa. He meets vampires along the way and there are some tits and Orlando Jones and Jango Fett playing a Mexican. The effects are shit, but it's kind of a cool western type thing for the most part and a prequel so you know it is good. 3 out of 5 Rebecca Gayhearts.

MOST LIFETIME-Y MOVIE OF MARCH: I WILL FOLLOW (2010). An independent film with an almost 100 per cent African-American cast. It's an African-American film. The gal from BLACK DYNAMITE is in it and she wears some nice jeans. Some of the acting is not so good and there is an embarrassing amount of love for U2 for some fucking reason, but it was made with the best of intentions and is real earnest and there is stuff about dealing with death and such and there was a terrible scene where the chick and her nephew debate over who is a better rapper, Mr. Beyonce or some other guy. It was a memorable scene that I hated. 3 out of 5 Nice Pairs of Jeans.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:35 am

Al Shut wrote:Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance. You just can't do a good action sequences when every bad guy the hero touches immediately combusts. I already hated Blade but at least Blade needed some sort of weapon. The same goes for car chases. And although I don't have a clear vision of how Ghost Rider should be I'm not sure the directors' sense of humor that shows from time to time really fits.


This film isn't good but I bought the Blu-Ray just for the Ghost Rider scenes, because Motion-Capture Cage is just that good.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:09 am

To be honest, I prefer FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2 over part 1. Okay, part 1 is my favourite not-directed-by-Tarantino movie, but there is something about part 2 that really clicks with me. Probably the cranked up weirdness.
Part 3 IS shit, though, but Michael Parks is as usual da bomb!
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:42 am

The part where they critique a porno for ten minutes was pretty good.

FDTD3THD is good until the vampires show up. But Sonia Braga was there, so, boner.
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Postby Peven on Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:07 am

watched "Man of Steel" tonight for first time since I saw it last summer at the drive-in, and I liked even more this time, easily my favorite SR movie. Snyder made Superman a hero of epic proportions, as he should be, which had not been done before on screen, imo. in the original with Reeves the tone was too cutesy to be taken all that seriously, no real weight, a fairy tale-like world where kisses have the magical power of amnesia. "Man of Steel" is both more grounded and more grande, more cosmic and God-like, by far than what we have seen before. I also happen to really enjoy the performances by all the actors, and the way the movie was shot, it is a very satisfying cinematic experience
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Postby Spandau Belly on Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:21 pm

April: I'm going to expose them all

I have much upon which to reflect this month!

Best first time viewing: HOMEFRONT

Saw this one on the weekend. It's another one of those movies about a former elite special forces asskicker agent guy who tries to live a normal life but then some situation arises that calls upon his asskicking skills. I've seen hundreds of movies that follow this formula, but I've never seen one invest so much effort into its characterization. All the characters and their motivations and relationships are just really well developed, and the story manages to frequently show the characters in a different light but never becomes inconsistent. The script was written by Stallone back in the 90s with the intention of starring in it himself, but it never happened for whatever reason. I don't think Stallone has written a movie with this many fully realized characters since the first ROCKY. The movie is very grounded and makes a seemingly mismatched cast jive well. Statham does a very good job of playing a nice dad guy and has a very natural rapport with the actress playing his kid.

Also really good: NIGHT MOVES (1975)

A really good neo noir. Gene Hackman plays a detective going through a mid-life crisis who solves a case he wasn't hired to solve. His combover goes all over the place when getting a motorboat from a chick. He makes grumpy faces while he oogles naked underage Melanie Griffith. At one point he blurts out something like "You told me fairytales about your erect nipples!" You also get a young James Woods in there dressed like he walked off the set of THE WARRIORS. All around very good movie. As far as 70s noirs go, it's not CHINATOWN, but still very good.

Worst first time viewing: IZO

I like weird movies, and I like Takashi Miike, but this one is just tedious. The main character is a demon who is a manifestation of irrationality and bares a grudge against all that exists, which I would say is pretty original, but the staging is very shoddy and cheap, so it gets boring watching him hack and slash his way through space and time murdering regular people as well as forces of nature and history itself.

Best Worst Movie: FATEFUL FINDINGS



For the most part, when somebody with no resources and no talent makes a movie, I expect one of two things:

1. A ripoff of whatever their favourite movie is. Like a dude will take his buddies up to his cottage and film a shitty ripoff of JAWS on the lake, or a shitty FRIDAY THE 13TH thing in the woods. Or you'll be watching some guy with no charisma run around his apartment building with a cap gun in a crappy homemade DIE HARD thing.

- or -

2. Some sort of really obvious melodrama. The filmmaker will draw on some personal experience like a relationship, a break up, substance abuse, etc and just make a poorly staged boring telling of these events.

But I have never seen a movie like this in my life. My friends and I all went to see this and we've talked about it and puzzled over it ever since. This is a guy with vision so far beyond his own storytelling abilities it's crazy. I guess I would say the main plot is about a guy who is hacking into government and corporate computers and exposing their corruption. But what the main plotline is is up for debate. I picked this as my choice for what I believe the movie to be about because it's what's most consistently referenced. Every ten minutes or so, the main character will turn to somebody and announce he's hacking into government and corporate secrets and he's going to expose them all, and whoever he tells this to usually doesn't seem to care. Then the movie goes into what I would call its subplots, mostly dealing with the marital and substance abuse problems of everybody in this guy's life. None of this stuff really ties into the film's subject matter of corporate or government corruption. The film also ends on the note of corruption with the main character holding a press conference at which all the elites freely admit their corruption and many commit suicide on the spot. The Wall Street broker kills himself at home. He knows you're supposed to slit your wrists in a bath tub, but he doesn't bother filling it with warm water. He just sits in the empty tub in his business suit and slits his wrists.

Aside from being a hacker genius, the main character is also a celebrated novelist. He also found a magic gem as a child. He also communicates with spirits in the desert. He also has the power to walk through walls. His home might also be haunted by a vapor ghost. He also survives a car smash at the beginning of the film. The teenage daughter of his friends is trying to seduce him. He has two psychiatrists who both work in the same building, one operates out of a board room and the other out of a janitor's closet. Most of these elements are not foreshadowed and never come up again. When he needs to walk through walls, he is able to. When he goes and seeks the wisdom of the desert spirits, it's the first and last time he does this and nobody mentioned it before or after. The whole movie is like this.

My mind is absolutely blown by this film.

The Golden Oleg for Most Violent Fighting: THE RAID 2: BERNADAL

This film has the most violent fighting I have ever seen shoved into one movie. This Gareth Evans is a master at staging beatings. The film goes a bit longer than it needs to (two and a half hours) for this type of movie, but that's no big deal. The fights in this movie are just insane.

90s comic book movies

I revisited THE ROCKETEER, THE SHADOW, and DICK TRACY. I had seen all these movies as a kid/teenager.

I remembered seeing THE SHADOW when it came out and found it boring, but it really grew on me now. There's a lot of intentional humour that, in my opinion, works. I like the humorous rapport between Alec Baldwin and the film's villain, played by John Lone. The part where Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller compare dreams is laugh out loud. Tim Curry is a bit underused, though. This Kevin Marvel guy keeps talking about how he wants to make a movie about this Dr. Strange character, and I get the feeling it will turn out something like THE SHADOW, in which case I would probably enjoy it.

I had seen DICK TRACY more recently and I still find it funny and enjoy the production design. It's definitely more of a pure hammy cartoon, like Altman's POPEYE.

THE ROCKETEER held up better than I expected. Like THE SHADOW, this was another one I had only seen once when it came out. Of these three films, the effects in this one are the most dated. A lot of the action takes place during the day and one action scene in a brightly lit restaurant, and that tends to show up the edges of the effects more than when you shoot those scenes in darker settings. I'd say this one keeps its pace up the best of the three. It takes place over a couple days, which keeps things moving faster.
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Postby Al Shut on Thu May 01, 2014 5:33 am

April was a pretty good month, decent amount of movies and more that I liked than I didn't.

Favourite movie I've seen last month was Dressed to Kill. I really wonder if I would have guessed the killer's identity, by realizing the movie is basically a Psycho remake if my TV guide hadn't spoiled it (and keeps doing so on a regular basis). My suspicion: No I wouldn't, I tend to be kind of dense in those things.

Least favourite was German animation (in part) movie Werner - Eiskalt. Huge letdown after the glorious "Gekotzt wird später". The non animated parts were even worse than in the first movie, and that is saying something.


Spandau you should be ashamed for making me curious about a movie that by all (i.e. your) accounts is terrible. Also,
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it's nice to see garry shandling getting work again.
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