The 2015 Movie Journal

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The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:24 am

Welcome to our brand new movie journal!

By now everybody should know how it rolls, but if not, the rules are pretty easy: You simply claim a spot (or two, if you write more) in this thread and then keep writing a list of every single movie that you have watched in 2015. The title is enough, but if you want to, you can add the date of viewing or a short review or something like that. Once everyone has claimed their place, the thread is open to more in depth discussions of whatever movie is on your or someone else's list. (Please wait with the discussion at least until mid January, so that even late starters can snatch a place on top of the thread.)

There is no minimum goal of how many movies you have to watch in a year, but on the other hand you won't win anything if you watch a lot either. (Other than the insight that you maybe have way too much free time, but at least spent it with doing something cool.)

Here are the journals of the past:

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007

And I claim this spot for me

January

01st

    #0001 Saving Mr Banks (DVD/1st viewing)
Very entertaining, although Emma Thompson’s Kristen-Wiig-in-super-mugging-mode imitation (a really weird acting choice) and the kinda unnecessary overuse of the childhood flashbacks, prevented me from really loving it. It was really clear around midpoint of the movie, were the childhood trauma would go and how it would fit in with Mary Poppins, yet they still rubbed it in our face over and over again, to make sure that even the dumbest viewer gets it. And that they made it look in the end like P. L. Travers loved the Disney version, kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
7/10

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02nd

    #0002 Bullet To The Head (TV recording/1st viewing)
I wouldn’t call it bad, but it was pretty boring and unoriginal. While Stallone had visible fun, he shared zero chemistry with Sung Kang. And that they waited until his final scene to turn Jason Momoa’s character into the best of the whole movie, is almost a crime!
6/10

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03rd

    #0003 The Brady Bunch Movie (VOD/1st viewing)
I’m everything else than a fan of parodistic movie versions of classic TV shows, doesn’t matter HOW silly the original shows are, but this one gets it all right! It not just pokes fun at the TV show in a brillant way, by recreating it right down to dialogue pauses for the laugh track (that here never appears) and then adding some edgier jokes to it (The “inner voices”), but in the end is also pretty forgiving by actually portraying the “normal” people as rotten weirdos. Kinda like they were saying: “Yeah, those Bradys are pretty awkward, but at least they are good people! So why are you laughing AT them?!” But the best thing is: All the gags work! The actors sell the hell out of the even sillier ones!
8,5/10

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04th

    #0004 Loriots Ödipussi (VOD/1st viewing)
Loriot is not the guy who tells long stories, he tells damn hilarious anecdotes. So if you want your comedy movie to be story driven, stay away from this one. If you are okay with laughing like crazy about random but way too true observations of (German) narrow-mindedness and people having long conversations about nothing, all losely wrapped in a plot about a mama’s boy who falls in love, this one is for you.
8,5/10

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05th

    #0005 The Station Agent (VOD/1st viewing)
Another great entry in a subgenre that I like to call “Movies about nothing” or “One or more days into someone’s awfully normal life”. In those movies, nothing big ever happens. The protagonists may learn a lesson or two, that makes them appreciate their life more or at least realize that they have fucked up, but most of the time we just watch them doing their thing, hang out with others. THE STATION AGENT does nothing, what movies like TREES LOUNGE or GARDEN STATE haven’t done, but it does it in a very entertaining way.
8/10

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06th

    #0006 Taxi Driver (VOD/1st viewing)
It says a lot when in a time, when even mainstream movies show all kinds of sick shit and morally ambiguous to totally rotten anti heroes are the norm, a movie is still as creepy and uncomfortable to watch as this one.
8,5/10

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08th

    #0007 One Hour Photo (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s interesting to watch this movie after TAXI DRIVER, since these two are similar, but also different. Visually, TAXI DRIVER does its best to look as dirty and grimy as possible, while ONE HOUR PHOTO looks almost sterile. Both are about mentally disturbed loners, who at one point snap. TD has a less likable protagonist, who ends up doing something that may be considered a heroic deed, even if it’s super bloody and who knows what his real intentions were. OHP’s protagonist is actually someone, who gets our sympathy to a degree, but what he ends up doing, is something that simply can not be justified, doesn’t matter how you twist it. And both movies are seriously great! Although this one here loses a half point for its in-your-face kitchen sink psychology explanation for what made Sy tick.
8/10


    #0008 Constantine (DVD)
As someone who has no connection to the HELLBLAZER comics, I can admit that I really enjoyed it. It’s nice mix of action and fantasy with some original, but also several not so original ideas, directed by a music video veteran who maybe tries to make every frame look as flashy as possible, but also knows the difference between a music video and a movie. And who doesn’t love Peter Stormare’s guest appereance as Lucifer?
7,5/10

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09th

    #0009 The Darjeeling Limited (DVD/1st viewing)
Entertaining trip through India, although the happy end feels sudden and kinda unjustified.
7/10

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10th

    #0010 The Evil Dead (DVD)
It suffers a bit from shitty acting and often unbelievable character reactions, but it helps a lot that Sam Raimi was already then a creative director. Also the creepy atmosphere hasn’t aged a bit.
7/10

    #0011 Evil Dead II (DVD)
That movie makes part 1 look like a student film (which it kinda was), while this is the REAL deal! A crazy creative nonstop fun romp, that even entertains after the Xth viewing.
8,5/10

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11th

    #0012 Army Of Darkness (DVD)
I can see why this movie is seriously controversial among EVIL DEAD fans, but honestly, I just love this light hearted take on classic Harryhausen-powered fantasy movies.
8/10

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12th

    #0013 Evil Dead (DVD/1st viewing)
It lacks the joy that even the grim and serious original had. It’s basically a series of uninteresting characters mutilating each other and themself. Although it was very effective at times. Not just in the gross-out department, but also in terms of scares and suspense. But despite the visible care that the director put into it, it’s also kinda forgettable. Not Platinum Dunes forgettable, but if you would ask me for any iconic or memorable moment, I couldn’t name one. And the ending is a real letdown.
6,5/10

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13th

    #0014 Mirror, Mirror (VOD/1st viewing)
I have to give the disclaimer that I was in a super shitty mood and only watched it to distract me from some horrible news that I got that evening, but all in all something felt off about that movie. It’s not just that it was nearly completely devoid of Tarsem’s usual visual brillance (apart from the costumes), for a movie that was supposed to be a comedy, it was also surprisingly low on actual gags. It tried to be light hearted, but it wasn’t until the second half, when the writers actually inserted some jokes into the script. At least all actors had visible fun.
5,5/10

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16th

    #0015 Invasion U.S.A. (VOD/1st viewing)
This is not a good movie, but it has the right amount of creative stupidity, that makes it very entertaining to watch. Name any other action movie, in which the villain wakes up screaming from nightmares of the hero! [Insert Chuck Norris joke here] The middle part is just about Chuck Norris magically appearing wherever a terror attack is about to happen and saving (mostly) everybody, without letting us know how he knew about that incident! That it seems to be one of the more expensive Cannon movies, judging by the amount of extras and military vehicles that show up in certain scenes, helps too.
7/10

    #0016 Rosalie Goes Shopping (VOD/1st viewing)
A seriously weird movie, that tries to be a satire of consumerism, with some weird German/American culture clash mixed in. Unfortunately it doesn’t succeed in either field. Especially the questionable “It’s not your fault if you are in debt, it’s the banks’, so let’s punish them without consequences”-message at the end, feels more like the try of being edgy (By German 1989 standards), than trying to spread a real message around.
5/10

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17th

    #0017 Youth In Revolt (VOD/1st viewing)
I’m not really sure about its message. The whole plot hinges on some seriously stupid gender tropes (Men are sociopaths who do anything to get laid, women are too dumb to not fall for that bullshit) and plays them way too straight faced (with a way too happy ending), to convince me that it was meant to be satirical. But the story unfolds in some very entertaining ways and despite everything what happens, the characters stay likeable enough to make me at least care for them.
7,5/10

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18th

    #0018 An Adventure In Space And Time (VOD/1st viewing)
I don’t think that this movie really had to be made. The underdog factor is surprisingly minimal and is kinda glossed over. It’s really more of a “Well, we had some minor problems, but all in all everything went pretty great” kind of story. Nothing mind blowing or shocking. The ending still got me teary eyed a little and as a gift for the fans, this movie worked seriously well, though.
7/10

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19th

    #0019 Riddick (TV recording/1st viewing)
It’s a welcome return to the series’ slick b-movie roots, although not a 100% successful one. Riddick has always been a super cool character, who is always three steps ahead of everybody else, but here he became nearly laughable superhuman, with a self-parodying level of coolness. And the plot depends WAY too much on everybody, including Riddick, just acting unbelievable stupid. I also wasn’t too fond of the half-assed PITCH BLACK remake, that the movie became in its last act. But apart from these flaws, it’s a very entertaining pulp adventure.
7/10

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21st

    #0020 The Wackness (VoD/1st viewing)
It’s hilarious how this movie constantly reminds us that it takes place in 1994. (Look! He plays NES!! Look! A Game Boy! Hey, they talk about Biggy’s first album and Cobain’s suicide!) And the weird thing is that there is no reason for it, other than probably tickling some nostalgia bone. Story wise, this is more on the boring side of the coming-of-age/movies-about-nothing genre. Nothing to see here, except for some seriously good performances from Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley.
6/10

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24th

    #0021 Swashbuckler (VoD/1st viewing)
It didn’t do anything original with the pirate genre, but its straight face and seriously unique cast (Robert Shaw, Peter Boyle, James Earl Jones, Beau Bridges, Sid Haig and Anjelica Huston in a completely dialogue free role) gave it a certain entertainment value. It’s also interesting how progressive the movie was. It features two strong black characters and while the female protagonist does some stupid things, she is definitely portrayed as someone who isn’t afraid or incapable of going toe-to-toe with any man she encounters.
6,5/10

    #0022 Cool World (VoD/1st viewing)
Holy fuck, that was one giant trainwreck! A script that lacks any sense, reason or rhythm, even by Bakshi standards seriously subpar animation, gags that don’t work at all, Brad Pitt before he figured out how to act, a completely miscast Gabriel Byrne, lots of boredom and a director who was overwhelmed with the easiest tasks! (Seriously, if you build props and backdrops in a forced perspective, make sure you at least try to film them like they were intended to.) This was one of the most grating movie watching experiences that I had in years.
2/10

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25th

    #0023 Easy Money (TV Recording/1st viewing)
The first half was a little bit boring and I was already willing to give up on it. But then the plot kicked in (surprisingly late at the 40 minutes mark) and suddenly the movie was filled with hilarious moments and surprisingly absurd sight gags.
7/10

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27th

    #0024 American Graffiti (VOD/1st viewing)
Not the best entry in the “One crazy night” subgenre that I have ever seen, but a really good one. Some stories were more entertaining than others (for example I didn’t care at all for Richard Dreyfuss’ subplot), but all in all I was constantly entertained.I just wonder if cars were really such a social network back then, as it was portrayed in this movie.
7,5/10

    #0025 Man Of Tai Chi (TV recording/1st viewing)
I wasn’t blown away by it, but I enjoyed its sincerity. Keanu Reeves is a surprisingly good action film director and it’s obvious that he made this movie, because he enjoys the genre and believes in the philosophy behind it. Despite some intentionally weird touches, there is nothing ironic about it. Of course one could criticize MAN OF TAI CHI for “just” being another very good entry in a classic genre, instead of revolutionary modernsation or deconstruction, but why hold it against a movie if it perfectly does what it tries to be?
7/10

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28th

    #0026 The Taking Of Beverly Hills (TV recording/1st viewing)
A fun, little b-movie. Nothing special, but weird enough to entertain for 90 minutes.
7/10

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30th

    #0027 Buddy (TV recording/1st viewing)
I appreciate that Bully Herbig tries something new. After two cartoony slapstick comedies and a kids movie, he now goes for a more grounded and heartfelt approach. Unfortunately he fails completely. The whole thing comes across like those shitty made-for-TV rom coms, that clog German TV screens every week, with boring jokes, a super predictable story and some way too sappy moments, that feel completely out of place. The final twist was pretty nice, though.
4/10

    #0028 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty(2013) (TV recording/1st viewing)
Ben Stiller proves again that he is a much better filmmaker, than people often give him credit for. The movie loses itself a little in the usual “Go out and make yourself an exciting living” platitudes, but is still fun to watch and has some surprisingly touching and seriously nice payoffs. Bonus: Kristen Wiig playing a normal human being again. That’s what she is the best at.
8/10

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31st

    #0029 Red Tails (TV recording/1st viewing)
Well, it had some good action scenes and the performances were pretty good. That’s all I can say about it. The script was boring and full of cliches and I really have trouble to enjoy a movie, that glorifies killing other people THAT much. I get it, war is a “them against us” scenario and I understand that in a story about black soldiers facing racism, there is no time to paint the enemies as anything else than faceless cannon fodder, but all the cheering whenever a plane got shot down and even portraying the possible bombing of civilians as an heroic deed, really left a bad taste in my mouth.
3/10

February

01st

    #0030 Robocop (2014) (VOD/1st viewing)
Sue me. I liked it! It was a wise decision of the makers to just do their own thing, instead of simply copying the most popular scenes from the original. Instead they turned the premise into a surprisingly quiet, often almost arthouse-ish mind Vs machine story, that plays like a seriously great episode of THE OUTER LIMITS. Unfortunately it doesn’t stick the landing 100%. The last 1/3 turns it into a run-of-the-mill loose cannon cop movie, that transforms one of its most interesting grey area characters into a mustache twirling stereotype. It has at least some well directed and for a PG-13 surprisingly hard action scenes. The attempts at satire are of varying quality too. But as a whole package, it’s a very watchable movie with a lot to like, that will hopefully be more appreciated over the years.
7,5/10

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02nd

    #0031 Escape Plan (TV recording/1st viewing)
I like a good prison break movie. This is one. Full of things to like, but also the usual cliches (which can in certain parts also be filed under “things to like”) and some huge plot holes! The most fun was definitely the team-up between Sly and Arnie, with Arnie getting the more thankful and memorable role. It’s nice to see him taking some changes after his return to the world of movies.
7/10

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04th

    #0032 Freaks (TV recording/1st viewing)
This horror classic is actually more a drama about the prejudice that the “freaks” have to encounter every day. That it all leads up to to a very dark punchline, makes it better, but also a little bit worse. Because honestly, all the build up to it isn’t really that interesting and pretty hard to get through.
6,5/10

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06th

    #0033 Bound (VOD)
It’s one hell of a debut. Probably a little bit too close to the Coen Brothers, but still unique enough to be its own thing and not just a ripoff. And I always liked how the movie starts as a cheesy cable TV softporn, until Joe Pantoliano walks into the room. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but the Wachowskis are IMO too clever to get that cheesy by accident.
8,5/10

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07th

    #0034 Veronica Mars (DVD/1st viewing)
Well, it was like the series. Entertaining, but not THAT entertaining, with a mystery that is well put together, but nothing that kept me on the edge of my seat, plus lots of cutesy smartass dialogue that is good for a few chuckles, but at times would even make Joss Whedon go: “Woah, turn it down a little!” What really frustrated me, is that the most interesting part of the movie turned out to be a minor subplot, that leads nowhere. Obviously it’s supposed to set up the mystery for either the next movie or a new season of the show, but who knows if this will ever happen?
7/10

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08th

    #0035 The Matrix (DVD)
As expected, it lost some of its wow factor. But after 16 years of action movies with slow motion Wire Fu and bullet time shoot outs, the visual precision and craftsmanship of this movie still remains unsurpassed. And the script is still as tight as a 2 hour movie that mixes cyberpunk, SciFi, philosophy and fantasy elements can be. Sure, it has its plotholes, but I still can’t think of any frame that I would remove from it.
8/10

    #0036 The Matrix Reloaded (DVD)
The popular opinion is that this is the good sequel, but honestly, it’s an awful movie. The story just drags and is full of scenes that feel like filler and repetitive, nearly self-parodistic dialogue, that makes even Tarantino’s pointless blabla sound like poetry. At least it has some great action scenes, but even here they often feel unmotivated and only there because the audience paid to see an action movie.
5,5/10

    #0037 The Matrix Revolutions (DVD)
After first 30 or so minutes, where we have to deal with the smelly leftovers of the shitty last movie, it gets really good. All the unfortunate self-parodying stuff gets ignored for an epic battle for survival, in which all the new lame ass characters from RELOADED actually get something to do and the Wachowskis pull no punches when it comes to the chances of survival of anybody. It’s too bad that the whole story ends kinda anti-climactic. But that we get before the “Wait, that’s it?”-realisation a crazy ass fight of DRAGONBALL-esque proportions, makes the pill go down a little bit easier.
7,5/10

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08th

    #0038 Speed Racer (DVD)
It’s just an underrated and misunderstood movie. Not many people could make deliberately fake looking visuals that exciting, while also play a seriously cartoonish world as straight faced and sincere as they do. I really don’t blame anybody who is totally overwhelmed by this multi million dollar arthouse action blockbuster, but I hope to live long enough to see it celebrated as the great movie that it is. (Even if it could really lose 15-20 minutes.)
8/10

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11th

    #0039 Cloud Atlas (DVD/1st viewing)
It was definitely interesting, although I don’t know if it was intentional that this supposedly epic story felt surprisingly small. It doesn’t really seem like all connections had an impact on each other. Most of it seemed pretty random, but maybe that was the point! Everything is connected, but most of it is just randomness. The constant intercutting between the single storylines seemed pretty random and rhythmless too, but I have to admit that it made the movie much more watchable. Like in every anthology movie, not every story is equally good and if the whole thing would have been told in chronological order, the movie would have started and ended with the weakest stories. The gimmick of actors portraying different characters of all races and genders worked surprisingly well. I’ve heard horrible things about the make up, but most of the time it was seriously great. It was just that it was always distracting to see a face, that looked familiar but also not…and that the non-asian actors who portrayed Asians looked like they suffered from Down Syndrome. (Sorry, but it’s true. I swear I didn’t just want to make a tasteless joke.)
7,5/10

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14th

    #0040 Jupiter Ascending (cinema/1st viewing)
I liked but didn't love it. longer review here
7,5/10

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16th

    #0041 Manhunter (DVD)
It has its qualities. The cinematography is beautiful and Brian Cox is a good Hannibal Lecter (Or Lecktor, as it’s spelled in the movie), although he portrays him more like an asshole, than a sophisticated genius. The cold and sterile atmosphere of the movie also gives it an often seriously creepy vibe, but as a story the whole thing doesn’t really work.
7/10

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17th

    #0042 The Silence OF The Lambs (TV recording)
I still think it’s pretty overrated. As a coherent thriller, it works much better than MANHUNTER, but basically it’s just a sloppily directed b-movie with a very entertaining creep factor, that accidentally attracted a super awesome cast, who all gave great performances. Even if they had to look right at the camera way too often. It’s a real shame, btw, that everybody always talks about Foster and Hopkins, when Ted Levine and his mega acting are the real MVPs here.
7/10

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18th

    #0043 Hannibal (DVD)
It’s strange that the most gory, morbid and over-the-top one of the series is also the classiest. Ridley Scott directs something, that could have been an ugly b-movie, like some Oscar baiting costume drama, while also injecting some very dark humor to the series. The weirdest thing about the movie was the sexism angle, though. It seemed like every man Clarice encounters (with very few exceptions), seems to be a weird women hater.
8/10


    #0044 Red Dragon (DVD)
An entertaining, although admittedly run-of-the-mill studio thriller. Storywise it fixes many problems that MANHUNTER had, but it also lacks its atmosphere and creepiness.
7,5/10

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20th

    #0045 Hannibal Rising (VOD/1st viewing)
If you ignore who the protagonist is supposed to be, that prequel on bad fanfiction level is actually an entertaining revenge drama. Nothing outstanding though, except for its period setting and maybe the deliciously creepy performance of Gaspard Ulliel.
6,5/10

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21st

    #0046 Turtle Power: The Definitive History Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (VOD/1st viewing)
Well “definitive history” is not exactly true. The documentary just runs 90 minutes, so you can imagine that they don’t detail every little thing about the Turtles. For example they didn’t talk much about the sequels to the live action movies and totally ignored the existence of any other cartoon show than the one from the 80s/90s. But at least it was an entertaining look at a cult phenomenon that not even its creators can explain.
7,5/10

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23rd

    #0047 Ishtar (DVD/1st viewing)
Not some misunderstood masterpiece, but still a very underrated and amusing comedy. It’s actually not that memorable and seeing Beatty and Hoffman in something that would be a b-grade Wilder/Pryor comedy feels a little bit weird, but it’s entertaining and has some really big laughs among many chuckles.
7/10

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25th

    #0048 The Devil At 4 O'Clock (DVD/1st viewing)
Kinda disappointing. The movie spends nearly 50% of its runtime with a lot of exposition, that turns out to be completely useless. And the rescue mission, which is pretty much the main hook of the movie, only takes a little bit more than 30 minutes. It also falls into the same traps as many other films of that era, including a completely unbelievable love story. The FX vary from super shitty (Half of the time the actors are transparent during blue screen shots!) and BRILLANT (The most realistic miniature volcano ever!)! And I have to admit that while the story moves slow without any real highlights, it at least went into some unexpected places (including dead children!)and got a few good suspense moments to offer.
6/10

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28th

    #0049 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (TV Recording)
The 2nd time around it was a lot more fun for me. Maybe because by now I got used to Pee-Wee’s antics, but this time I really laughed damn hard about everything that happened.
8/10

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Music March

02nd

    #0050 This Is Spinal Tap (DVD)
It’s still a lot of fun and probably the best mockumentary ever made. If some of the appearing actors wouldn’t be very recognizable, you could totally think it was all real, doesn’t matter how silly it gets. Just because of how carefully it is all filmed and edited.
8/10

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04th

    #0051 CBGB (TV recording/1st viewing)
It was a wise decision to start the movie with a disclaimer, saying that the story is “almost mostly true”. That way they could get away with bullshit like Iggy Pop jumping on stage and improvising NOW I WANNA BE YOUR DOG with Blondie. The movie feels more like a glorified memory, than a real re-telling of what happened anyway, but that’s not a bad thing.At least it’s fun. Although I have no idea how anybody could think that it was a good idea to give this movie a comic book look, completely with speech bubbles and shit like that.
7/10

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07th

    #0052 Grease (VOD/1st viewing)
Honestly, I really couldn’t get behind this one. It had a few good songs and the choreography in the dance contest scene was breathtaking, but the cartoony hyperactivity of all those “cool” kids and the super thin subplots, that are obviously just there to give the characters a reason to break into random songs, turned me off a bit. I mean, musical or not, try at least to tell a coherent or interesting story.
5,5/10

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08th

    #0053 Grease 2 (VOD/1st viewing)
This movie somehow manages to be both better and worse than the original.The story is definitely more focused this time, but the randomness of the songs feels a little bit desperate. Especially when you consider that topics like bowling, a reproduction lession in biology class and “doing it for America” each get their own song. And although GREASE 2 is much sillier than part 1 (There are way more slapstick oriented gags in it and as mentioned before, the songs are also surprisingly random at times, which makes me suspect that the studio tried to make it more like ANIMAL HOUSE and ROCKY HORROR), it lacks the upifting “Hey, let’s have some nostalgic fun”-feeling of its predecessor.
6/10

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10th

    #0054 Cannibal! The Musical (VOD/1st viewing)
Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but I guess I just forgot how funny Parker and Stone were back in the days.
8/10

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12th

    #0055 Metallica through The Never (DVD/1st viewing)
I wouldn’t call myself a Metallica fan. More a guy, who appreciates their music without having any special connection to it. But even from that perspective it was fun to watch. The concert footage was impressive and the wraparound story was seriously captivating. Unfortunately even to the point, where I got a little bit annoyed whenever it got interrupted for more concert footage.
7/10

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14th

    #0056 Singin' In The Rain (VOD/1st viewing)
That’s definitely a must-see, if you are into brillantly filmed and choreographed dance numbers. Unfortunately around the mid point, the story starts to fall apart and all that dancing, doesn’t matter how breathtaking it is, begins to slow the movie down. But at least not enough to ruin the whole thing.
8/10

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15th

    #0057 Suck (DVD/1st viewing)
It was entertaining enough to put it in the “not bad” category, although in the end it was just another one of those not really memorable movies, that try too hard to become a cult classic. But I’ve seen much worse attempts.
6,5/10

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16th

    #0058 A Hard Day's Night (VOD/1st viewing)
Fun to watch, but it’s weird how in an attempt to portray The Beatles as hip and free-spirited super cool guys, they often come here across as unlikeable spoiled assholes, who really hate their job. I definitely gotta give the movie credit for its, for the time it was made, pretty innovative style of filming and editing.
7/10

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18th

    #0059 The Wiz (TV recording/1st viewing)
Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest film makers ever, but apparently directing a musical was too much for him, judging by how stale and unexciting he filmed the surprisingly unmemorable songs. What saved the movie at least a little bit were the good art direction and Richard Pryor’s unexpectedly emotional guest appeareance at the end.
5,5/10

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21st

    #0060 Big Top Pee-Wee (VOD/1st viewing)
Despite some seriously random elements (The talking pig, the pocket sized woman), it totally lacks the cartoony energy of BIG ADVENTURE and PLAYHOUSE and often feels like they just added Pee-Wee to a pre-existing script about someone else. And that Pee-Wee, who is more or less supposed to be a little boy in an adult body, spends a lot of time talking about romantic feelings and even has sex (and a hair fetish), feels a little bit out of character.
6,5/10

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22nd

    #0061 Footloose (VOD/1st viewing)
Basically an average 80s teen drama, but it earns an amazing amount of depth whenever it shifts its focus to John Lithgow, as a well meaning, but overreacting Reverend, who slowly realizes how wrong he was and what a horrible thing he accidentally started.
6,5/10

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25th

    #0062 Paint Your Wagon (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s not as entertaining as its famous SIMPSONS parody. Tonally it’s a little over the place. One minute you get a fairly serious drama about friendship, love triangles, immorality and gold mining and a few seconds later it suddenly becomes a light hearted comedy about the same topics, plus hooker kidnapping. But there are things that I really liked about it. Lee Marvin is great, the friendship angle between him and Eastwood offers the kind of grounded “honor among men” stuff that I love and the final stunt and slapstick heavy setpiece is fun to watch. Too bad the the movie doesn’t get really entertaining until after the intermission and the songs feel super unnecessary.
6/10

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28th

    #0063 School Of Rock (DVD)
It’s a charming little movie without any big surprises, but it does what it does very well. Also every movie that teaches kids about classic rock, while also telling them that the self destructive behaviour, that is unfortunately part of that genre, is bullshit and nothing that anybody should strive for, is automatically my friend.
7/10

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31st

    #0064 Black Dog (VOD/1st viewing)
This was surprisingly a theatrically released movie and not some network TV production. But its unexciting and unoriginal script and direction (plus Meat Loaf’s mega acting as religious villain), gave it an entertaining old school feel.
5,5/10

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April

01st

    #0065 Sabotage (TV recording/1st viewing)
Well, that was the most unpleasant Arnie movie ever, but that super bleak cop procedural with premium cable violence was definitely an interesting thing to watch.
7/10

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02nd

    #0066 Dune (VOD/1st viewing)
For a movie, that has been disowned by David Lynch to the point where he refuses even 30 years later to talk about it, It feels a lot like him. This is both a good and a bad thing, because while it makes DUNE definitely a unique and interesting experience, it also gets weird and confusing to the point of “What the fuck did I just watch”.
7,5/10

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04th

    #0067 Das Cabinet [sic] des Dr. Caligari (TV recording/1st viewing)
This might be the first example of a movie, that tries to convince the audience with a tacked on and illogical surprise twist, that the simple story is something special. But at least it’s still interesting to look at and at times surprisingly creepy.
6,5/10

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06th

    #0068 Mac & Me (TV recording/1st viewing)
Despite being on several “worst films ever” lists, it’s not awful awful. It’s more a boring and super cookie cutter b-movie, with some moments of truly bizarre randomness. But seriously, it’s not crazy enough to make it worth watching.
3/10

    #0069 The Angry Red Planet (VOD/1st viewing)
Average B-movie, that comes with all ups and downs (although in this case mostly downs) of that era’s SciFi films.
4,5/10

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08th

    #0070 License To Drive (VOD/1st viewing)
Amusing, but a little undercooked entry in the “One Crazy Night” subgenre. It takes a while until it picks up steam, but the 2nd half is a lot of fun.
7/10

    #0071 Absolute Giganten (DVD/1st viewing)
One of the more melancholic “One Crazy Night” movies, but one that works both great in its funny and serious moments. Not to mention that table soccer has never been that suspenseful before.
8/10

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12th

    #0072 Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (VOD/1st viewing)
t’s one of Alex de la Iglesia’s weaker movies, but that just means it’s very good and not a brillant masterpiece. It would have been nice, if it had anything smart to say about sexism from both sides, but I’m okay with its broad equal opportunity offender approach of taking place in a world where all women are evil and all men are dimwitted, whiny, horny losers.
7,5/10

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14th

    #0073 Roar (TV recording/1st viewing)
There isn’t really much of a movie here. I’m sure with a less improvised script this could have been a masterpiece of suspense. Although this approach led at least to some very fascinating man/animal interactions. Just don’t expect the insane snuff film, that certain critics and the marketing of the re-release want you to believe it is.
7/10

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16th

    #0074 22 Jump Street (VOD/1st viewing)
Even though Lord and Miller were directing, it’s very obvious that they had not much to do with the script this time. Most jokes revolve around people pointing out how the story is the same as last time (Apparently that counts as subverting sequel cliches.) and Schmidt and Jenko saying things, that make them sound like they are a couple (Because ha ha, a Dumbledore couple is hilarious.). There still are some good and even some great jokes inbetween, but when the funniest joke comes in form of your end credits, your movie has a problem.
6,5/10

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18th

    #0075 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (TV recording/1st viewing)
The Russos are maybe the worst MCU directors since Louis Leterrier. This one here switches between badly filmed and/or edited action scenes and awkwardly paced story moments. At least I have to give the movie that it tried a different approach, that felt more like an old school JAMES BOND movie, than your typical superhero fair. Unfortunately the whole story unfolds in such an unexciting way, that it battles THE INCREDIBLE HULK as the MCU movie, with the least rewatch value.
5,5/10

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22nd

    #0076 Nuns On The Run (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s more or less the movie that you expect when you read the title and the premise. Some gags are dumb, some are funny, some are dumb and funny, but it’s never boring.
6/10

    #0077 A Serious Man (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s so funny, because it’s true. And only the Coens can get away with stopping a story at any random point they want.
8,5/10

    #0078 Re-Animator (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s less jokey than expected, but I love the kind of horror comedy, that tries to tell a serious horror story and gets his laughs mostly from how the story escalates.
8/10

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24th

    #0079 The Bride Of Frankenstein (TV Recording/1st viewing)
I’m surprised how well crafted this movie is, but they definitely put some care into this movie and weren't afraid to go a little bit weird at times.
7,5/10

    #0080 Invaders From Mars (1986) (VOD)
At one hand it’s super cheesy, right down to the alien costumes, that really aren’t Stan Winson’s best work. But on the other hand it also manages to be super creepy and come up with some pretty disturbing images.
7,5/10

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26th

    #0081 Beyond Re-Animator (VOD/1st viewing)
It has some serious pacing issues, but once the last act starts, it gets crazy enough to earn a lot of my goodwill.
6,5/10

    #0082 Leprechaun (VOD/1st viewing)
Nothing special, but not awful. It often tried a little bit too hard to be funny, but once in a while I chuckled at silly shit like the Leprechaun trying to pursuit his victim on rollerskates or a wheelchair.
5/10

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27th

    #0083 Leprechaun 2 (VOD/1st viewing)
Still not a good movie, but slightly better than part 1, thanks to at least SOME cool ideas and a more competent director.
5,5/10

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MAY

01st

    #0084 Nicht mein Tag (TV recording/1st viewing)
Starts very entertaining, but as soon as the story gets relocated to Amsterdam, I lost interest in everything that happened, for any reason.
6/10

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02nd

    #0085 Moonwalker (VOD/1st viewing)
Hated it as a kid, because I expected a cool Fantasy movie instead of an endless music video montage, but over 20 years later, I appreciate the mix of artist retrospective and shameless, but super creative vanity project, much more. It definitely keeps crossing the line between super cool and super cheesy more than once, but hey, that was Michael Jackson, folks!
7/10

    #0086 Bad Words (VOD/1st viewing)
Much funnier than expected and with a believable and uncorny story about bad decisions and father figures at its core. As far as the non-existent in-name-only franchise of BAD _____________ goes, it’s the best entry since BAD SANTA.
7,5/10

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03rd

    #0087 More American Graffiti (VOD/1st viewing)
I think I liked it a bit more than part 1. It’s a super unnecessary sequel, but the stories are more interesting and I even liked the weird idea, to give each of them its own distinctive visual style.
7,5/10

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7th

    #0088 Robocop 2 (VOD)
It’s really all over the place and an undeniably incoherent mix of lots of good ideas, lots of bad ideas, good ideas that don’t work and bad ideas that for any reason work very well. I don’t know why I like this one so much, but I do.
7/10

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08th

    #0089 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (DVD/1st viewing)
While definitely not a masterpiece like ROAD WARRIOR, it’s still a well structured post-apocalyptic adventure, with thousands of small things to like.
7/10

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09th

    #0090 Stage Fright (DVD/1st viewing)
It doesn’t work as slasher film, because the killer is super annoying and the kills aren’t interesting enough. It doesn’t work as comedy, because most jokes aren’t really funny and the gimmick of being a slasher musical, gets old very fast. It also doesn’t work as musical, because the songs aren’t catchy enough and the lyrics lack any cleverness.
2,5/10

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10th

    #0091 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (DVD)
Still a masterpiece of simple storytelling and brillant stuntwork.
8,5/10

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13th

    #0092 Immortals (DVD/1st viewing)
This is one of those movies, that were super forgettable, if the director wouldn’t elevate them. Okay, it’s not like this is a masterpiece or even anything more than a footnote in every participant’s filmography, but all the super bizarre, but great looking shit happening, made that bland movie worth watching.
7/10

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14th

    #0093 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD)
I’m not ashamed of loving that movie. Why would I? It’s near perfect, fast paced, light hearted popcorn fantasy escapism! It’s the kind of movie, that I thought Peter Jackson would never do again, once he started to sit in the 1st row at the Oscars
8,5/10

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16th

    #0094 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (DVD)
I like this one a little bit less than AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, but there is still an awful lot to love. From rollercoaster set pieces like the barrell escape, to moments of classic (PG-13ified) Peter Jackson violence and of course motherfucking Smaug!
8/10

    #0095 Shrunken Heads (VOD/1st viewing)
Okay, this was one bizarre movie. Not excatly tasteful or well written or directed, but the sheer WTF-ness of it made it seriously enjoyable. Also Meg Foster is totally killing it in here!
7/10

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17th

    #0096 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (DVD/1st viewing)
I liked it, but it also feels like the point where Peter Jackson really dropped the ball. As if after hearing for two years nothing but fans complaining about how different the HOBBIT’s were from the LOTR movies, he finally caved in and said: “So you want LORD OF THE RINGS?! Here, I give you LORD OF THE RINGS! Here is one epic battle that looks like I re-used scenes from the first trilogy. And also lots of death and grieving and epic drama, instead of light hearted adventure fun. Are you happy now?!”
7/10

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19th

    #0097 Snowpiercer (TV recording/1st viewing)
During the first act I was willing to hate it, with its over used rich-people-evil-poor-people-good plot, the badly filmed fight scenes and Tilda Swinton’s inappropriatly cartoony performance. But once they got out of the first door, it immediately won me over and only got better with every car. Even the camera stopped shaking whenever a fight happened! Okay, the script relies heavily on certain cliches, the somewhat open ending feels undeserved and despite some jawdropping twists and relevations, the final 20 minutes drag a lot. But for most of its runtime, SNOWPIERCER is one of the most entertaining Science Fiction movies of the last decades.
7,5/10

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20th

    #0098 Wet Hot American Summer (VOD/1st viewing)
Holy shit, that was hilarious!
8,5/10

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23rd

    #0099 Human Nature (VOD/1st viewing)
Charlie Kaufman at his best. A not just damn original and hilarious story, it also offers some smart observations about human behaviour and how even self proclaimed smart people are as dumb as everybody else.
8,5/10

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24th

    #0100 The Running Man (VOD/1st viewing)
It had a certain entertainment value, mostly coming from the not very subtle media satire, but the boring script, the flat direction and the undeniable overall datedness, make it one of the weaker Arnie movies.
6,5/10

    #0101 Mr Peabody & Sherman (TV/1st viewing)
I doubt that this will become a timeless (see what I did there?) classic, but it has enough energy, fun and historic facts to entertain a lot. Bonus point: No super depressing backstory flashback for the critics. Just pure comedy for the whole family.
7,5/10

    #0102 Revolver (DVD/1st viewing)
I don’t know if this is a movie that is super smart and has many different layers that deserve to be analyzed or pretends to be all that. Expecting a typical Guy Ritchie movie, full of dark humor, visual gimmicks and a crime plot that gets more and more convoluted until it all comes together in a beautiful way, I was caught offguard by the psychological puzzle approach. It’s definitely a fascinating thing to watch .
7/10

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25th

    #0103 Robocop 3 (TV recording)
I still refuse to believe that this movie really exists.Although even this pile of crap has some good peanuts, like the surprisingly good cast (CCH Pounder, Bradley Whitford, Daniel von Bargen, Stephen Root and others), the idea of OCP becoming so evil, that Murphy joins the underground and of course the Robo Samurai. But all in all it deserves its place in movie history as one of the worst sequels ever made.
3/10

    #0104 Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (TV)
Still a joy to watch. It doesn’t really have the most coherent script and is more a compilation of connected SILLY SYMPHONIES (Snow White cleans the house, the dwarves wash their hands, etc), but it has an amount of sight gags and creativity, that puts many modern movies to shame. I mean, it even made the GREMLINS fall in love with it!
8/10

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26th

    #0105 Casper (VOD)
I LOVED that movie as a kid, but for an adult, it has not much too offer. It’s just too corny and surprisingly low on good gags. Casper didn’t need a backstory and he definitely didn’t need to come back as human boy for a cheesy romance scene. What really saves this movie at least for a bit, is the animation. The purposely cartoony look of the ghosts still works and the animators gave them so much personality, that it’s difficult to look away, whenever they are on screen.
5,5/10

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27th

    #0106 The League Of Extraordinarey Gentlemen (DVD)
Sue me. I like it. It’s a very entertaining throwback to those kinda cheesy, but also kinda cool big budget fantasy action movies from the 80s, that we all love so much.
7,5/10

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June

03rd

    #0107 Fast Times At Ridgemont High (TV/1st viewing)
I liked that it covered a certain variety of topics, from silly stoner and masturbation humor to teen pregnancy, but it failed to kept me interested all the time. Also even if all actresses were adults, it’s pretty creepy how the camera is often ogeling those supposedly underage (and sometimes naked!) girls.
7/10

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09th

    #0108 Mad Max: Fury Road (Cinema/1st viewing)
It’s a movie that is crazy and over the top, but never exhausting. Even in its quiet moments, there is always something interesting happening. I mean, it’s a movie about some people driving through the desert and yet George Miller never repeats himself within the 2 hour runtime! Yes, it really IS that good! And not just on a hollow spectacle angle.
8,5/10

    #0109 Congo (VOD/1st viewing)
IIt’s not really original, but it’s a solid, very entertaining and at times damn (intentionally) funny adventure movie. I wish it would have been more successful and we would have gotten at least one or two more Captain Munro Kelly adventures. It’s really obvious why Ernie Hudson calls this his favourite role. What ruined the movie a little bit for me, was the last act. Although the ancient killer gorillas were the main draw of the movie and front and center of the marketing, their appereance feels tacked on and useless. But I’m not gonna pretend that it wasn’t entertaining to see them getting lazered to pieces and drowned in lava.
7,5/10

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13th

    #0110 Hooper (VOD/1st viewing)
An entertaining ode to stuntpeople, although the way how they are portrayed as the toughest motherfuckers in town, often crosses the line to douchebaggery for a bit.
7/10

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17th

    #0111 A Night At The Roxbury (VOD)
I like it. It’s no WAYNE’S WORLD or BLUES BROTHERS, not even a MACGRUBER, but it’s very funny, quotable and has a soundtrack that walks the line between cheesy and cool.
7/10

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18th

    #0112 John Wick (DVD/1st viewing)
I really love that movie’s self aware, but never ironic tone. It’s obviously made by people, who really enjoy the classic action movie tropes and are not ashamed to admit it. Adding an extra layer of comic book-esque world building to the mix, made it even more enjoyable. What prevents it from becoming an instant classic, is that John Wick is maybe a little bit too unstoppable and the super cheesy score, if you can even call it that.
7,5/10

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24th

    #0113 What We Do In The Shadows (DVD/1st viewing)
Seriously funny. I wish this would be a TV series.Those creatures are seriously some people, who I wanna spend more time with.
8/10

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28th

    #0114 Lake Placid (TV Recording)
It’s definitely one of the least horrifying horror comedies ever, but it’s a good one nonetheless.
7,5/10

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30th

    #0115 Caddyshack (TV Recording)
It mostly still holds up. Of course many of the jokes haven’t really aged well, but moments like the swimming pool scene or every scene with Bill Murray still made me laugh damn hard.
7/10

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July

01st

    #0116 Caddyshack II (TV Recording)
All good I can say about it: Chevy is funny and this time they give us a protagonist to root for.
2/10

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03rd

    #0117 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (VOD/ 1st viewing)
That was classier than expected. Don’t get me wrong, in terms of writing, directing and acting it had LOTS of cheese to offer, but underneath its b-movie charme was a surprisingly good thriller with some effective suspense moments hidden.
7/10

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04th

    #0118 The Young And Prodigious T. S. Spivet (DVD/1st viewing)
After this and WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, I wonder if there is a new subgenre coming up: Melancholic and imaginative kids movies for an adult audience. Okay, it’s all in all more light hearted than Spike Jonze’s masterpiece, but it has some pretty dark gut punches to offer. Apart from that, it’s a very entertaining and, as we can expect from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, visually brillant road movie, that unfortunately suffers from a pretty weak last act.
8/10

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05th

    #0119 Hideaway (TV Recording/1st viewing)
The opening scene is actually really good and creepy. Then a completely crazy and awful looking computer animation starts, which surely must have looked better in the storyboards. Unfortunately everything between this and the surprisingly weird ending is just boring. There is no suspense, no craziness, just lots of bad acting, wrapped into bad writing and even worse directing.
2,5/10

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06th

    #0120 Konga (VOD/1st viewing)
As far as movies about mad scientists, who create giant versions of animals to kill their enemies go, this one definitely beats THE DEVIL BAT. The script isn’t the greatest and it could use much more Gorilla mayhem, but seeing Michael Gough play such a totally rotten individual, is just pure delight. And it’s true what John Landis said: Every movie is better with a man in a gorilla suit. Bonus point for the surprisingly sad last scene.
6/10

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07th

    #0121 Leroy (DVD/1st viewing)
This German comedy about a black teenager, who falls in love with the daughter of a Neo Nazi family, started with some buzz back in 2007, but has since then been forgotten. It maybe plays a serious problem way too lighthearted and switches constantly between intelligent look at racial identiy and silly slapstick, but it's one of the more watchable German comedies of our time.
7/10

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11th

    #0122 The Expendables 3 (VOD/1st viewing)
Well, it’s an EXPENDABLES movie, which means that it fails to unleash its full potential or come anywhere close to the dream version, that we all got in our heads, but it’s still watchable. Especially since they got rid of most of those emberassing wink-wink-nudge-nudge jokes from the last movie and the last 50 or so minutes deliver in terms of impressive action and team interplay.
7/10

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14th

    #0123 Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (VOD/1st viewing)
Entertaining mix of prison drama and fight action. Nothing too special and full of cliches, but the kind of prison and sports cliches that I like. The charismatic leads and the great action scenes make it even more watchable.
7/10

    #0124 Undisputed III: Redemption (VOD/1st viewing)
Boyka! Boyka! Boyka! Man, they really made us root for that cold blooded, arrogant, neck breaking murderer asshole from part 2. Again, this is a story full of cliches, but the kind that I always enjoy. The direction goes this time more into the annoying kind of DTV style, with lots of AVID farts and useless camera moves with “whooooosh” sound, but whoever was responsible for this, director Isaac Florentine was smart enough to keep those shitty gimmicks out of the ring. Even if the fights seem this time more artificial and choreographed than last time, we still see lots of cool stuff in long, clear, uninterrupted takes.
7/10

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15th

    #0125 Pacific Rim (VOD)
As expected, the whole character drama in the first half is a little boring the second time around. But to my own surprise, the fights are even more epic on a 32″ TV screen. As a whole, the movie is still one of the better giant robots/giant monster action movies out there.
7,5/10

    #0126 The Naked Prey (DVD/1st viewing)
Let's just ignore its subtext and watch it at face value: It’s a damn good adventure movie.It doesn’t waste any time with unnecessary exposition, although it’s mostly (understandable) dialogue free it never gets difficult to understand and there are only very few boring moments. Its flaws are mostly based on the typical probems of that time’s filmmaking techniques (editing mistakes, super fake looking blood, at times hammy acting, etc) and if you are an animal lover, some of the hunting footage will be difficult to watch for you.
8/10

    #0127 Intruder (VOD/1st viewing)
What really keeps it from being a snooze fest, is the energy behind it. There really isn’t much of a story and the middle part is just a series of more or less crative kills, but thanks to lots of dark humor, Scott Spiegel’s Raimi-/Hitchcocki-an camera gimmicks and the obvious fun that everybody had while shooting this movie, it stays entertaining from the beginning to the great ending.
7/10

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18th

    #0128 Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee (DVD/1st viewing)
A truly absurd piece of film, somewhere between JAWS parody and satire of German political cliches, played like a Troma movie without the hyperactive sex and violence jokes. This is really just a losely connected series of silly moments, but not in the painful “LOOK AT US! THIS IS GONNA BE A CULT MOVIE!” way of KUNG FURY and Co. You really just get along with it and laugh your ass off.
8,5/10

    #0129 Detention (DVD)
I still think that this is one of the most remarkable kitchen sink movies ever. Just because of how the simple story of a killer who goes after a group of popular high school kids escalates into something truly bizarre and how the million absurd ideas and pretty looking sight gags all come together in a wonderful way.
8,5/10

    #0xxx Wet Hot American Summer (DVD)
Even on its 2nd viewing within a short time it’s still a masterpiece of ramdom- and silliness.
8,5/10

    #0130 Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (VOD)
One of the best horror comedies in decades. It’s brillant in the way it parodies scenes that we all saw before in serious horror movies before, by playing them completely straight until it shifts perspective from the “victims” to the protagonists and we see that it’s all just a huge misunderstanding.
8,5/10

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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

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Here we go...

19th

    #0131 Edge Of Tommorow (TV recording/1st viewing)
A surprisingly funny and well made action movie, that gets a lot of mileage out of its GROUNDHOG DAY premise. Unfortunately it also paints itself a little bit into a corner, because once it loses it’s main draw to raise the stakes in the last act, it becomes a still very entertaining, but very unoriginal SciFi let’s-shoot-the-evil-aliens actioner.
8/10

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22nd

    #0132 Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr. Moreau (VOD/1st viewing)
Like most other pop culture documentaries, this isn’t exactly one that MUST be seen. It’s an amusing story of a trainwreck, very entertaining in its “Oh shit, all stories we’ve heard were true!” way, but ultimately a little unsatisfying. Although seeing Fairuza Balk try to not get too emotional over all the stuff that happened 20 years ago, was surprisingly moving. And Marco Hofschneider’s Brando impression justifies this documentary’s existence alone.
7/10

    #0133 I Know That Voice (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s really nothing but people talking about their job, but the job is an interesting one and I happen to be a fan many of those talking heads and their body of work. So of course I was entertained from the beginning to the end.
7,5/10

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23rd

    #0134 The Guardian (Friedkin Tree Horror Movie) (TV recording/1st viewing)
It has its qualities. There is a dreamlike atmosphere to it, the cinematography is beautiful, it puts a kinda original twist to the “evil babysitter” trope and there is one horror moment, that is so crazy that it must be seen to believed. Unfortunately the rest of the movie is a drag, full of seriously stupid headscratchers.
5/10

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24th

    #0135 Prophecy (Frankenheimer Manbearpig movie) (DVD/1st viewing)
Well, there is a good environmentalist horror movie inside it, waiting to break out. Unfortunately the environmentalist part is as slow as it is preachy and the horror part…well…There are some effective moments. Like the scene where everybody is hiding in a secret tunnel and they can hear both the Manbearpig and the screams of its victims.Or when they watch in shock how that thing is coming closer, but after they just swam through a lake, they are too weak to run away. But what these moments have in common, is that you don’t see the monster. Seriously, if there is one movie that supports the old “Not showing it is scarier”-cliche, it must be this one. (It’s also a nice counterpoint AGAINST “Waaaah, fuck CGI, practical FX are always better!”) I can’t believe that anybody who worked on PROPHECY must have thought for one second, that this awful costume would look anything else than ridiculous on camera. But I doubt that John Frankenheimer gave a shit anyway, as bland as this movie is directed.
5/10

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26th

    #0136 The Spy Next Door (DVD)
It’s one of those unoriginal and by-the-numbers kids movies, but as far as these movies go, SPY NEXT DOOR has a certain entertainment value. The highlight is definitely Magnus Scheving, who you might know as “Sportacus” from that crazy kids show LAZY TOWN and who here has lots of visible fun as the cartoony villain. Too bad that his two fight scenes with Jackie Chan are a little short and unspectacular.
5/10

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29th

    #0137 Sky High (DVD)
I just really love that movie. It has certain cliches about true friendship, staying true to yourself, etc that often come with movies that are targeted at this age group, but it has so many great things going for it. For example the cast. It’s simply perfect! Even among the youngsters is not one who gives a bad performance. Dave Foley makes me laugh whenever he opens his mouth and among a long line of great performances, this is one of Kurt Russel’s best. The script is full or great gags and really cares for it’s supporting cast. We learn so much about certain characters, just by one or two lines they or others say. There is a part in the middle, that is mostly about dating drama and slows the movie down a little, but how a certain character gets dragged into all this, makes me chuckle every time.It’s a great superhero movie for the whole family and one of the most underrated ones of the last decade.
8/10

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August

07th

    #0138 The Witches Of Eastwick (TV recording)
It has some fun moments and interesting ideas, but in the end it left me cold. Its troubled production seems very obvious and the script feels a little aimless. All in all it’s not a bad movie, but one that never reaches its potential. Still, all those great performances give it at least some entertainment value.
6,5/10

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09th

    #0139 Space Jam (TV recording)
Yes, it is a blatant commercial for the awesomness of Michael Jordan, the Looney Tunes are degraded to a bunch of supporting players that act out of characters and Lola Bunny is an empty stereotype that pretends to be a strong, female character and is only in the movie, so that the studio can act like there is one in it. But it’s also entertaining, has enough laughs, a seriously good soundtrack and Michael Jordan is a surprisingly good actor. (Within the limits of what he is asked to do in here.) This could have been one of the biggest emberassments in Hollywood, NBA and Looney Tunes history, but in the end there is more to like about it than not.
6,5/10

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13th

    #0140 Fantastic Four (2005) (DVD)
I always liked this movie more than the rest of the world did. Yeah, it’s not a great movie. The stakes are low, the tone is more light hearted and family oriented, the direction is flat and some of the acting is downright cringeworthy. (Especially Gruffudd and McMahon.) But there is something about those saturday morning cartoon sensibilities, that really entertains me in a sincere and unironic way.
6,5/10

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14th

    #0141 Fantastic Four: Rise Of the Silver Surfer (DVD)
They obviously tried to make a real movie this time. The script is bigger, the FX look more expensive, the acting isn’t as bad as in the previous one, but the final product is still stuck on Saturday morning cartoon level. At least it’s an entertaining cartoon. It’s hard to be mad at a movie, that has so much fun with one of the protagonist’s rubber body power.
6,5/10

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15th

    #0142 Brett Ratner's Hercules (TV recording/1st viewing)
It was really nothing too special, but it was a lot of fun, had a likeable supporting cast, a surprisingly uninsulting (yet not very original) script, good action scenes and most of all, the idea of telling the “real” story of the myth, without any gods or monsters, worked damn well. As a whole, it feels more like a very expensive TV pilot, but one that would make me tune in next week.
7/10

    #0143 Ercole al centro della Terra (DVD/1st viewing)
Mario Bava was a brillant and highly influential director, but he was also a gun for hire and therefore some of his movies are more trashy than others. This is one of them. It has to be said, though, that it was enteraining from the beginning to the end, even if the story didn’t make much sense. And of course even when he produced a trash bomb like this, Bava somehow created some visually brillant and atmospheric moments.
5/10

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16th

    #0144 The Legend Of Hercules (TV recording/1st viewing)
Let’s get this straight. Of the two big HERCULES movies that came out in 2014, this one here, the one that claims to be the legend, is nothing but a boring and generic gladiator revenge story with some mild fantasy elements, but the one that tried to tell a “realistic” version of the story, is the entertaining fun version. What happened to Renny Harlin, man? It’s been years since he made a movie that was at least a little bit entertaining (even if it’s for all the wrong reasons). And that he tries too hard to mimic Zack Snyder’s style, just makes everything worse.
3/10

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21st

    #0145 Into The Storm (TV recording/1st viewing)
There is a lot to like. The tornado sequences are spectacular and often surprisingly scary. They even dare to go over the top in a way, that the pretty safe and boring TWISTER never dared to. But on the other hand it suffers from a too familiar (no pun intended) problem. It’s unbelievable that after all those decades filmmakers still think, we would watch their disaster movies for the characters. Sure, there is nothing wrong with trying to flesh them out a little bit more, but I doubt that anybody in the audience gave a flying fuck about the family drama. And while the “found footage” approach was a nice excuse to get some unusual angles out of the on-screen destruction and put the protagonists closer to the tornados than anybody who doesn’t try to film them would ever go, it also uses some of the big no-nos of this subgenre. Mostly the use of shots that seemed to filmed by nobody. And even the scenes that weren’t shot by semi-professionals with a steadycam move smooth and steady. It’s maybe the first found footage movie, that didn’t make me motion sick. It’s basically a heavily flawed, very entertaining movie.
6,5/10

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23rd

    #0146 Need For Speed (TV recording/1st viewing)
Yes, speed is what this movie really needs. It has some nice looking car stunts to offer, but the action scenes are not very exciting. As well filmed and executed as they are, they feel oddly empty. Most of the time it’s just your standard drifting and crashing. And the worst thing is that inbetween those scenes, the movie drowns in heavy handed, cookie cutter drama. Then they tease us with a mythical, illegal race, but then the whole thing takes something like 10 minutes and seems less cool than the shoddy small town race they were participating at in the beginning. It doesn’t happen very often, but the movie also offended me a little bit on a moral level. Just because the heroes endanger so many innocent lives. Over the course of the movie, they cause dozens of random car crashes, without even caring. In at least one instance we even hear one of the innocent accident victims scream in terror (and probably pain) and yet we are still somehow supposed to believe that this is all cool fun?
3/10

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25th

    #0147 The Fast And The Furious (DVD)
Those were the humble beginnings as a mix of mid-budget exploitation movie and undercover cop drama for teens. It’s watchable, even more than once, but not exactly great.
6,5/10

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26th

    #0148 2 Fast 2 Furious (DVD)
Focusing more on the boring undercover cop plot than the underground racing scene, this sequel is definitely weaker than its already not really good predecessor. What saves it are the occasional weird touches (like the electro harpoons or how the racing community is portrayed as big family, who is always there and willing to risk their lives and cars for each other) and the chemistry between Paul Walker and Tyrese.
5/10

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27th

    #0149 The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift (DVD)
So far the low point of the series. The Tokyo setting gives it some entertainment value, but other than that and the original drifting races (and that this stand-alone spin off has reatroactively been turned into an important part of the saga), there is nothing that makes that super boring and predictable teenie drama a must see.
4,5/10

    #0150 Fast & Furious (DVD)
This is the first one in the series that I would actually call “good”. It’s still not exactly great, but it’s more entertaining than the previous three. It has a tighter script, better and more action scenes and plays its nostalgia cards right.
7/10

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28th

    #0151 Fast 5 (DVD)
This is not just the best out of the first five parts of the series, but also a legitimately good action movie, full of spectacular stunts and likeable characters, who all share a great chemistry with each other. The only bitter taste is the final action scene. A spectacular setpiece, but you really have to suspend your disbelief hard and ignore that they killed dozens of cops during that car chase and it’s very unlikely that ALL of them were irredeemable, corrupt crimininals who deserved that fate.
7,5/10

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29th

    #0152 (Fast &) Furious 6 (DVD)
“I’m you from the near future! That FAST & THE FURIOUS movie? They made some more sequels. The first two are kinda forgettable, but from then on they will get better and by part 6, it’s the best action movie series out there. Full of spectacular action scenes, a huge roster of returning characters and an unmatched level of self aware, but totally straight faced fun!”
“Yeah right. Go home to your own time. You are drunk.”
8/10

    #0153 Furious 7 (DVD/1st viewing)
It’s a small step backwards for the series. Everything we liked about it is still there, but the script loses itself in a convoluted mess of revenge, hackers, government spies and too many villains. At least Kurt Russell was having a shit ton of fun and gave it some extra entertainment value. After DEATH SENTENCE, James Wan proves again that he is a better action than horror director, but the action scenes became so big and ridiculous, yet played with so much fun and straight-faced-ness, that I kept thinking of COMMANDO during the big finale. And yes, that’s a good thing. And I really have to mention the ending, which is maybe the most beautiful good bye to an actor, that was ever put on any screen.
7,5/10

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September

01st

    #0154 The Faculty (DVD)
It's still one of the best entries of the post-SCREAM teen horror era. The script offers both the best and worst of Kevin Williamson’s trademarks. It obeys the rules of its genre and hits all keynotes right, but also twists and breaks them often in seriously smart and original ways. But then on the other hand, it sometimes happens through lots of self- and popculture referencing smartass dialogue, that can get pretty painful to listen to at times.It’s interesting that Robert Rodriguez is surprisingly good at building up suspense. It’s too bad that he never tried again to make a real horror movie anymore. Because as evidenced here, he had a talent for it.
7,5/10

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02nd

    #0155 The Skeleton Twins (VOD/1st viewing)
An average, but also not unentertaining family drama, that most likely wouldn’t have gotten that much attention, without its popular-comedians-play-serious-roles gimmick. In all fairness, like so many other comedians before them, Wiig, Hader and Ty Burrell deliver some seriously great performances.
6/10

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03rd

    #0156 Spy Kids: All The Time In The World (VOD/1st viewing)
This late entry in the series is the weakest, which I mostly contribute to the kinda unexciting adventure and that unbelievable annoying dog. It’s bad enough that he won’t stop cracking unfunny jokes and remarks, but then he is also doing it with the voice of Ricky Gervais!But during its last 1/3 it won me over again. Just because of how it randomly dropped one of the lesser used time travel theories without any further explanation on its audience and followed the series' theme of villains, who aren’t really as evil as they seem at first.
6/10

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04th

    #0157 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (VOD/1st viewing)
The way critics talked about it, I expected a disaster of epic proportions. And it wouldn’t have been surprising, considering that Robert Rodriguez pretty much lost everything, that made him a good filmmaker once. But in the end it was okay. It’s definitely not as good as part 1, but that’s just because the stories weren’t as engaging. The titular A DAME TO KILL FOR segment was the best, but even that one was worse than the weakest story of part 1. (Which was coincidentally the Dwight story, too.)
7/10

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05th

    #0158 A Nightmare On Elm Street (DVD)
To 99,5% it still holds up. Freddy is an effective boogieman when he is played straight and while the dreams are kinda repetitive, they stay mostly unpredictable and some of the images in them are even by today’s horror standards disturbing.
8,5/10

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09th

    #0159 Wish I Was Here (DVD/1st viewing)
There it is, the evil movie. The one that we are not allowed to like, because writer/director/star Mega Hitler (aka Zach Braff) scammed millions of innocent kids out of their hard earned money at gunpoint and never delivered on any of the promises he made, instead of using his Bill Gates-esque wealth to 100% fund this movie by himself, like every rational thinking person in Hollywood would do. At least that’s what Reddit told me. The movie itself feels a lot like GARDEN STATE: THE EARLY MIDLIFE CRISIS. The big difference is this time that the story is told from the view of a married couple with kids and that religious beliefs play an important part. But even if it sounds like Braff is ripping himself off, he crafted another, beautiful looking and thoughtful written movie, that portrays the obstacles, that many people often dismiss as #1stWorldProblems, as the huge, life changing events that they can be for an individual and uses them both for laughs and dramatic moments.
7,5/10

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13th

    #0160 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (VOD/1st viewing)
It’s definitely funny, but it has huge pacing issues. Like so many other modern comedies, it’s filled with scenes that go on way too long. And moments like the dinner scene or the whole subplot with Kristen Wiig should have been left on the cutting room floor in the first place. But when it hit its marks, it made me laugh hard! Not as hard as part 1 did, but McKay/Ferrell still remains the funniest studio comedy team of our time.
7/10

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14th

    #0161 Fack Ju Göhte (TV recording/1st viewing)
Basically it’s just takes the plots of BLUE STREAK and BAD TEACHER and adds a little contemporary LÜMMEL VON DER ERSTEN BANK into the mix, but for most of its runtime, it’s very funny. Unfortunately even German comedies now have to run for two hours, without being able to keep up the tempo over the full runtime. While it’s at least not full of useless scenes of Apatow-esque improvisations that go on and on forever, the 2nd half is filled with scenes and subplots, that really don’t need to be there.
7/10

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15th

    #0162 The Adventures Of Hercules II (TV recording/1st viewing)
I have to give the movie this: After the endless (well, 7 ½ minutes) opening credits, there is always something happening. No five minutes go by without any monster fight or other special effect sequence. But it’s still a surprisingly dull movie. The crazy cartoon finale must be seen to believed, though.
3/10

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19th

    #0163 Shaun Of The Dead (DVD)
It’s a seriously good debut. Wright’s direction is inspired, the jokes are funny (although to be honest, not THAT funny) and like every good horror comedy, it plays the monsters straight and as a real danger, while getting its humor out of how the protagonists handle them. Unfortunately those protagonists are so annoying and unlikeable, that it’s hard to care for them. And the final act falls victim to some awkward tonal shifts, that plain and simple don’t work. and suck all fun and momentum out of the ovie. At least it rebounds very nicely in its last few minutes.
7,5/10

    #0164 Hot Fuzz (DVD)
Whenever I say that I don’t love Wright’s movies, this one is the exception. The jokes come fast and never miss and even the most random gag or subplot gets a satisfying and often unexpected pay off. And it’s nice to see a 2 hour comedy, that actually justifies its runtime with having a great script. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect, are the unwatchable action scenes. I know, they were done tongue in cheek, but during the climax, the joke goes simply on for too long, which makes the last 20 minutes hard to watch.
8,5/10

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20th

    #0165 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (DVD)
This might be the most stunning looking and heartfelt bizarre movie of the last 10 years, this side of SPEED RACER! Unfortunately if you remove all the visuals and video game logic, it is just another cheesy low-key indie romcom about a bunch of selfish assholes, who think that constantly barking “Don’t do this! Don’t do this! Don’t do this! Do this, but I won’t tell you why!“ at each other, solves all their stupid problems.
7/10

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21st

    #0166 The World's End (Blu-Ray)
I liked it a little less this time. It still gets bonus points for having an original story (and a super weird ending) and to a degree I can sympathize with Simon Pegg’s character for personal reasons. The fight scenes are great! Chaotic, yet easy to follow and the tonal shifts are less clumsy and feel a lot more natural than in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, but I don’t know. The gags aren’t really that funny, the whole “Our flaws are what make us human”-message feels like an afterthought and I’m really not sure what they wanna tell us about drinking.
7/10

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27th

    #0167 Virus (VOD)
Jamie Lee Curtis repeatedly referred to this as the worst movie she has ever made. I’m sure she has done worse, but even with the “it’s not THAT bad” bonus, this movies isn’t a must-see. The effect work that doesn’t include toy ships in a water tank, is seriously great and it has a certain haunted house atmosphere, that works good enough, but the whole movie feels like it holds itself back. And I have no idea why the characters can’t have a conversation, without saying each other’s names all time. (”Look at this, Steve!” “What do you mean, Bob?” “Steve, it’s an evil alien, Steve!” “Oh no, it tries to kill us, Bob!!) But apart from that, it’s a nice B-movie. Nothing special, but it has some good ideas and the right production values.
6/10

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October

01st

    #0168 Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (DVD/1st viewing)
Fun to watch, especially for the nostalgia factor, but it gets a little repetetive too soon. Pretty much every interview leads to a Golan impression and a mention of how low the budget of the respective movie was, while Cannon got bigger and bigger. But it entertains till the end anway.
7,5/10

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03rd

    #0169 The People Under The Stairs (DVD/1st viewing)
Within Wes Craven’s hit or miss filmography, this one is somewhere in the middle. It’s very flawed, but that weird mix of pitch black comedy, dark modern day fairy tale and ham-fisted social commentary entertains a lot for all the right reasons.
7/10

    #0170 Lifeforce (DVD)
It really doesn’t make any sense at all, but it has only very few boring minutes. I’ve watched it several times and still can’t figure out if it is a disaster or a happy accident. Or what the the hell the story is about.
7,5/10

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06th

    #0171 Friday The 13th (1980) (TV recording/1st viewing)
I don’t think it has aged well. As a more violent and schlocky companion to HALLOWEEN, it’s still acceptable, but it’s amazing how it fails at being a real movie! We just watch teenagers being silly and horny and once in a while one of them gets murdered. Horrorfilms often get accused of having no plot, but it’s rarely as true as it is here! Only in the last 15 minutes it becomes actually good. During that last stretch, Betsy Palmer gives one hell of a performance and the final cat and mouse game actually is very suspenseful!
5,5/10

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07th

    #0172 Tremors 5: Bloodlines (VOD/1st viewing)
The humor often feels forced and the script doesn’t add anything really new to the franchise’s formula, but it has some good stuff. Jamie Kennedy and Michael Gross have a good chemistry, the re-designed Ass Blasters look surprisngly scary and there are some nice setpieces (Including a well done homage to the kitchen scene in JURASSIC PARK.). It’s not a disgrace to the TREMORS brand, although it’s also nothing that has to be seen. As a fan, I didn’t feel cheated, but it could have been better.
6/10

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09th

    #0173 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (VOD)
That weird mix of super dark humor and extremely upsetting violence, could only be done in the 80s. It’s loud, it’s crass, it’s disturbing, it’s a lot of fun! Dennis Hopper’s crazy performance alone makes this movie worth watching.
8/10

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10th

    #0174 Tusk (DVD/1st viewing)
This is such a weird movie. The horror parts, even the completely insane ones, work great. And actually, the goofy comedy parts work too. It’s just that those parts don’t fit together. Since the movie was supposed to be a joke from its inception on, I cut Kevin Smith some slack and I won’t pretend that I wasn’t amused by it either. But it’s a little frustrating to see how it actually could have been either a legitimately good body horror movie or a legitimately good horror film parody, if he would have put his own amusement aside and decided to make one of those. I guess a 2nd viewing will decide, if I like this movie more or less, but honestly, I’m happy that it exists. Just to know that we live in a world where we can say “There is a movie where Justin Long getsturned into a walrus while Johnny Depp goes full Inspector Closeau and has a long scene where Michael Parks tries to lure him into his house by telling him about a spider in his toilet” makes me smile.
7/10

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13th

    #0175 The Fly II (DVD)
This sequel has a bad reputation, but its only crimes are that it can’t live up to the Cronenberg movie and is overall more commercial. But it’s seriously good in its own right. While it skims over the body horror, that made part 1 such a creepy experience, the monster-attacks-the-people-who-wronged-him approach is very entertaining. Even if I have to say that not all of the victims really deserved to die. Oh well, at least he is nice to dogs.
7,5/10

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15th

    #0176 Hellraiser: Bloodline (VOD/1st viewing)
After part 3, that tried to turn the series into a generic 80s/90s slasher, this one gives it a certain amount of dignity back. But unfortunately the well documented behind the scenes trouble and apparently lots of huge MPAA cuts, ruined this movie anyway. Still, the result is kinda watchable and ambitious enough to give it a pass.
6/10

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16th

    #0177 The Car (TV recording/1st viewing)
There are enough potentially tense and suspenseful scenes in it, but you really need to be highly tolerant of 70s cheese to fully enjoy this movie. That said, the living room scene, the garage encounter and the explosive last twist should even satisfy the most cynical MST3K fan. And I love how they actually gave the murder weapon a personality.
7/10

    #0178 Darkness (DVD/1st viewing)
The first 2/3 are full of stuff that I hate in horror movies (and movies in general). “Spooky” kids, shadowy people that walk past the camera when the protagonist isn’t looking, scenes and other elements that are way too obvious rip-offs from homages to other films (Here: The Shining), also completely unbelievable character behaviour, a surprise reveal that is too easy to guess, frantic camera work with stroboscope editing and of course super dumb dialogue. But HOLY SHIT, is the last 1/3 intense!I wish someone would cut the first hour down to 5-10 minutes and release it as super awesome short film!
6,5/10

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17th

    #0179 The Equalizer (TV Recording/1st viewing)
It’s good to have that hard R rated 80s sadism back in action movies, but this movie never seemed to know how much fun it wanted to have. There are moments, where the writer and director seemed to be on completely different pages. Some moments were obviously written more light hearted, than they came up on screen. All in all the movie is pretty joyless, but still fun to watch.
7/10

    #0180 The Time Guardian (TV Recording)
This one is a lot more fun when you are 10 years old. As an adult you keep noticing the endless plotholes, the bad pacing and basically that it’s not a good a movie. It’s about a time traveler who comes to 1988 to make a pile of dirt and finds the love of his life (although the attraction seemed to be based on each other’s good looks alone), while encountering policemen who hate everybody. There are some hints at a bigger story, like when the Aborigines apparently knew that this is going to happen (Most likely because of a time travel paradox), but it gets ignored like poor Carrie Fisher, who spends the majority of the film sleeping until she dies a heroic, but actually seriously stupid death.
3/10

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18th

    #0181 Dèmoni (VOD/1st viewing)
It has all ingredients for a great horror movie. Argento on the height of his popularity as producer, a simple but effective survival story, cool and disgusting make up effects, but if the cheesy piece of synthie music that opens the film isn’t warning enough, well, let me tell you, it only gets worse. Awful acting, flat directing and lots of unintentional humor rule in here! But in all fairness, there are moments that are actually athmospheric and at the end, when the movie finally realizes how silly it is and decides to just run with it, it’s becoming lots of fun.
4/10

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19th

    #0182 Penguins Of Madagascar (TV recording/1st viewing)
I love that Dreamworks Animation found its calling as the animation studio, that does zany comedies with awesome action scenes. This one here is another good entry into their library. But to be honest, it is a little bit less fun than the cartoon show was. Anyway, it’s a great animated action comedy, that delivers both on the action and the comedy bits.
7,5/10

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24th
    #0183 Red Machine a.k.a. Into The Grizzly Maze a.k.a. Grizzly a.k.a. Endangered a.k.a. Bart The Bear Saves Christmas Or Whatever We Gonna Call It When The End Credits Roll (VOD/1st viewing)
Nothing groundbreaking but very entertaining if you are into Man vs Nature movies. Unfortunately there are some dodgy green screen- and in one case super awful digital fire effects, that make the movie look trashier than it actually is, but if you are willing to ignore those flaws, you get a watchable B-adventure movie with a surprisingly great cast.
7/10

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25th

    #0184 Radioland Murders (VOD/1st viewing)
Pretty much the most hilarious thing that I’ve seen in months! Seriously, I got no idea what 1994 audiences were on, that made them completely dismiss this minor masterpiece!
8,5/10

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28th

    #0185 Tales Of Halloween (DVD/1st viewing)
Ths is a good entry in the hit or miss horror anthology subgenre. Not all segments are equally great, but there is none that I would call “bad”. While it’s at first a little alienating that you are about to see 10 stories in 90 minutes, their short runtime works to their advantage in the end.
8/10

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31st

    #0186 ParaNorman (DVD)
Still one of the best animated movies of the last decade and actually ever. Its only weak spot are maybe the too stylized-ugly character designs, but it’s more a matter of taste. Everything else about it is simply perfect.
9/10

    #0187 Burying The Ex (DVD/1st viewing)
It kinda feels like it’s one more script draft (or a few million dollars for some extra scenes) away from being actually good. In its current state it’s just okay. There are moments when I wished, the movie would be willing to push itself further. But despite all that, a disappointing finale and its overall TV movie feel, it’s entertaining enough.
6,5/10

    #0188 Fright Night 2: New Blood (DVD/1st viewing)
One of the most surprising things about this DTV sequel to the remake, is that it’s actually another remake! And not just in “they copy the story from the original”, no, it really is a remake, with a new Charlie Brewster, a new Peter Vincent and a new Evil Ed and the story is happening to all of them for the first time. Another surprise is that it’s actually pretty good! Just like the first remake, it forgot to add the humor of the original, but it's a well made vampire thriller.
6,5/10

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November

01st

    #0189 Prison (TV recording/1st viewing)
Some passable 80s horror fast food. Not bad, but still forgettable. Although it should be said that Renny Harlin did a surprisingly good job of directing this and that the rotten prison location is beautifully spooky. Too bad that the script doesn’t make much sense.
6/10

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07th

    #0190 Darkman (DVD)
It still holds up! Sure, the effect shots already looked shitty 25 years ago (Bad FX in the pre-CGI era? Un! Be! Lievable! How is that even possible?!) and the script has some plot holes, but this is one of Sam Raimi’s most inspired directing jobs. Liam Neeson gives us a nice mega acting performance, without sacrificing the humanity of his character It’s one of those A-level B-movies, that you don’t find very often. Too bad that DARKMAN isn’t the kind of popcultural cornerstone that it should be.
8/10

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10th

    #0191 Redbelt (DVD/1st viewing)
This movie made me wanna do two things: Learn Jiu-Jitsu and never talk to people again. It’s basically just another “Peaceful man who lives by a moral code is forced to fight” movie, but since it’s written and directed by David Mamet, it focuses on the part that pushes him into that corner. It’s a seriously great small scale drama, with an intelligent script that keeps you guessing what happens next and great performances from even the smallest bit part player. An admittedly very small flaw, is the weird ending, which works more as a metaphor, than as a real conclusion of the story.
8/10

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14th

    #0192 Men At Work (TV recording/1st viewing)
Forgettable, but not unwatchable comedy, with an at times super weird script. The biggest laughs come from the supporting characters, like the co-workers who have a prank war with Sheen & Estevez, the pizza guy who gets dragged into the most exciting night of his life and of course Keith David.
5/10

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17th

    #0193 Legend (European Thetrical Cut) (VOD/1st viewing)
Even with its 90 minutes runtime it’s a huge snorefest, that doesn’t make much sense. One day I have to watch the director’s cut. I guess it will feel more coherent, although I doubt that a movie, that is already that boring, really benefits from even more footage. At least, as you can expect from a Ridley Scott movie of that era, the visuals are stunning! And Rob Bottin’s make up wouldn’t even look out of place in a modern day movie!
4/10

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19th

    #0194 Zoolander (TV recording)
Everybody involved has made or appeared in funnier things, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one. It’s full of completely hilarious randomness and gets lots of mileage out of celebrity cameos. I mean, would you have thought that it would be THAT funny to just have Billy Zane standing in the background and looking at a verbal confrontation?
7,5/10

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20th

    #0195 Jabberwocky (DVD/1st viewing)
It suffers a lot from akward pacing and editing, but it’s fun to see how the story unfolds. The movie is the funniest when it tries to be a live action cartoon. The most interesting thing is how Terry Gilliam here visibly struggled with his identity as one of the Pythons and being himself.
7/10

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21st

    #0196 Mortdecai (DVD/1st viewing)
A wonderful throwback to the elegant slapstick and screwball comedies of a bygone era. Only with more sexual innuendo. It’s just too bad that Blake Edwards couldn’t direct this movie anymore.
8/10

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22nd

    #0197 I'm Not Rappaport (TV recording/1st viewing)
Despite its close-to-epic runtime, this dialogue heavy dramedy is very entertaining. Only the last act, where the two protagonists try to fool a drug dealer, feels a little out of place.
8/10
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:31 am

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January

1. The Raid (03.01 DVD 8/10): To start the year off with a bang. As good as everyone told me.

2. L'enquete corse (04.01 TV 6/10)

3. Die Vermessung der Welt (05.01 TV 6/10)

4. Skyfall (06.01 TV 5/10): Started out really great and became increasingly bad very fast, turning into a pile of utter nonsense.

5. Lucy (14.01 DVD 7/10)

6. El orfanato (23.01 TV 6/10)

7. Battle of the Damned (25.01 TV 4/10)

8. Cheonnyeon ho (26.01 TV 5/10)

9. Asylum (28.01 TV 6/10)


February

10. Savages (02.02 TV 7/10)

11. 7 gwanggu (07.02 TV 5/10)

12. Hotel Transylvania (08.02 TV 5/10)

13. The Last Stand (09.02 TV 7/10)

14. After.Life (14.02 TV 5/10)

15. Men in Black 3 (15.02 TV 7/10)

16. Black Out (16.02 TV 6/10): So this is what a dutch Guy Ritchie film looks like.

17. The Barrens (18.02 TV 5/10)


March

18. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (01.03 TV 7/10): More fun than I expected.

19. The Pact (11.03 TV 6/10)

20. Curse II: The Bite (14.04 TV 4/10)

21. The Medusa Touch (15.03 TV 6/10)

22. Alex Cross (16.03 TV 4/10)

23. Papurika (28.03 DVD 9/10): I think it's safe to say Satoshi Kon died about a hundred years too soon.

24. Django Unchained (29.03 TV 4/10): Somehow was missing everything I like about westerns and/or Tarantino movies and dragged like hell.


April

25. Brave (03.04 TV 5/10)

26. The Thing (2011) (03.04 TV 6/10)

27. Star Trek: Into Darkness (05.04 TV 6/10): Liked it better than the first one.

28. Epic (06.04 TV 6/10)

29. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (06.04 TV 5/10)

30. Warm Bodies (12.04 TV 8/10)

31. Cleanskin (24.04 TV 6/10)

32. Rush (25.04 DVD 7/10)

33. Welcome to the Punch (27.04 TV 6/10)


May

34. Iron Man 3 (03.05 TV 5/10)

35. How to Train your Dragon 2 (10.05 DVD 6/10)

36. The Wolverine (25.05 TV 5/10)

37. Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann (30.05 DVD 6/10)

38. Coogan's Bluff (31.05 TV 5/10): Might well be my least favourite Eastwood film (of those I've seen)


June

39. The Importance of being Earnest (04.06 TV 7/10)

40. The Cabin in the Woods (04.06 TV 4/10): I have no idea who lost more interest in this movie during the bif finale, me or the characters

41. Silent Hill: Relevations (07.06 TV 5/10): Only on rare occasion catches the atmosphere of the game and/or the first movie

42. Di Renjie: Shen du long wang (09.06 TV 6/10): Too bad this was a prequel and not a sequel. I was kind of looking forward to a Detective Dee in Darkman mode.

43. Joe Kidd (12.06 TV 5/10)

44. Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (16.06 TV 4/10)

45. In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds (22.06 TV 4/10)

46. Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella (23.06 TV 4/10)

47. Despicable Me (27.06 TV 5/10)

48. Premium Rush (28.06 TV 7/10)


July

49. Schneewittchen muss Sterben (06.07 TV 5/10)

50. The Big Sleep (12.07 TV 6/10)

51. Evangerion shin gekijoban: Ha (14.07 TV 6/10)

52. Thien Menh Anh Hung (24.07 TV 6/10)

53. Shaft's Big Score! (26.07 TV 5/10)


August

54. Inglourious Basterds (03.08 TV */10): I really wanted to watch it, but gave up halfway in, due to to unbearable boredom.

55. Coursier (04.08 TV 5/10)

56. Trance (16.08 TV 7/10)

57. Oblivion (17.08 TV 7/10)

58. Texas Killing Fields (22.08 TV 6/10)

59. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (23.08 TV 5/10)

60. Housebound (26.08 TV 6/10)

61. Sinister (30.08 TV 6/10)


September

62. Evil Dead (05.09 TV 6/10): I notice a lot of these remakes are not as bad as they could have been

63. The Tall Man (07.09 TV 5/10)

64. John Dies at the End (11.09 TV 7/10): wonderfully weird

65. Das Ewige Leben (18.09 DVD 8/10): Waited years for this to get made and was not disappointed. Everyone should watch this and it's predecessors.

66. Mud (19.09 TV 7/10)

67. The Awakening (21.09 TV 5/10)

68. Mad Max: Fury Road (26.09 DVD 8/10): I never would have thought it would be possible but I thought the insanity of the post apocalyptic freaks was a bit over the top.

69. Flukt (28.09 TV 7/10)


October

70. RED 2 (04.10 TV 5/10)

71. Crawlspace (2012) (10.10 TV 5/10)

72. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (15.10 TV 6/10)

73. Jack the Giant Slayer (17.10 TV 5/10)

74. Blutgletscher (19.10 TV 6/10)

75. The Grand Budapest Hotel (22.10 DVD 7/10)

76. The Tourist (30.10 TV 5/10)

77. ParaNorman (31.10 TV 5/10)


November

78. Shurayukihime (02.11 TV Subtitled 5/10)

79. Scream of the Banshee (04.11 TV 5/10)

80. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (08.11 TV 6/10)

81. Qian mian mo nu (09.11 TV 4/10)

82. The Frozen Ground (16.11 TV 5/10)

83. Upside Down (18.11 TV 7/10): I always thought that gravity was overrated. (The force, not the movie)

84. Luis Trenker – Der schmale Grat der Wahrheit (21.11 TV 6/10)

85. Spreewaldkrimi – Die Sturmnacht 23.11 TV 5/10)

86. Die Tote aus der Themse (27.11 TV 4/10)

87. Elysium (29.11 TV 6/10)

88. Annie Hall (30.11 TV 6/10)


December

89. Ministry of Fear (02.12 TV 6/10)

90. Arsenic and Old Lace (04.12 TV 7/10)

91. Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (04.12 TV 4/10)

92. Frankenfish (05.12 TV 5/10): It's that time of the year again where I watch loads of nonsense in hope of reaching my goal of 104 movies.

93. The Trouble with Harry (08.12 TV 6/10)

94. Rare Exports (08.12 TV 6/10)

95. Patrick (2013) (09.12 TV 6/10)

96. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (12.12 TV 6/10)

97. The Borrowers (2011) (15.12 TV 6/10)

98. Der unheimliche Mönch (18.12 TV 5/10)

99. Oz the Great and Powerful (20.12 TV 5/10)

100. Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (21.12 TV 7/10)(French, English and German without subtitles but that doesn't really matter)

101. Man of Steel (25.12 TV 6/10)

102. Riddick (26.12 TV 6/10)

103. Ein Mord mit Aussicht (27.12 TV 6/10)

104. Mon oncle (30.12 TV 6/10)
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby bastard_robo on Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:52 am

BASTARD ROBO'S 2015 MOVIE JOURNAL

MATTEL BRAND HOVER BOARD EDITION

First time views in Red

January 1st:
Unbroken
January 3rd:
The Wild
January 10th
Taken 3
The Lego Movie
January 12th:
Justice League Throne of Atlantis
January 18th
Blackhat
January 30th;
Black or White
January 31st:
Guardians of the Galaxy
February 7th:
Jupiter Ascending
February 8th:
Seventh Son
February 14th:
Kingsmen: The Secret Service
February 15th:
Kingsmen: the Secret Service
February 19th:
Imitation Game
February 20th:
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
March 1st:
McFarland USA
March 8th:
Focus
Resurrection of Jake the Snake
March 13th:
Chappie
March 15th:
Run All Night
March: 22nd:
The Gunman
March 29th:
Get Hard
April 2nd:
Furious 7
April 11th:
Atari: Game Over
Man with the Iron First 2

April 12th:
Furious 7
April 18th:
Furious 7
April 30th:
Avengers Age of Ultron
May 3rd:
Avengers Age of Ultron
May 5th:
300 Rise an Empire
May 8th:
Ex Machina
May 14th
Mad Max Fury Road
May 21st:
Life Itself
May 22bnd:
Tomorrowland
May 28th:
San Andreas
May 31st:
San Andreas
June 7th:
Spy
June 12th:
Jurassic World
June 13th:
Insidious Chapter 3
June 14th:
Killers (2014)
June 27th:
Inside Out
June 28ht:
Odd Thomas
Jurassic World
July 10th:
Justice League Gods and Monsters
July 15th:
Terminator Genysis
July 16th:
Ant-Man
July 19th:
Trainwreck
July 22nd:
Death of Superman Lives: What Happened
July 29th:
Ted 2
July 30th:
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
August 2nd:
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
August 9th:
Ant Man
August 10thL
Dragon Ball Z Resurrection of F
August 15th
Man from Uncle
August 22nd:
Edge of Tomorrow
Man of Steel
August 20th:
Straight Outta Compton
August 23rd:
Man from Uncle
Attack on Titan part 1
August 30thL
No Escape
September 6th:
Beer Fest
September 7th:
A Walk in the Woods
September 12th:
I am Chris Farely
September 20th:
Black Mass
September 27th:
The Intern
October 7th:
Tremors 5 Bloodlines
October 11th
The Walk
October 22nd:
Attack on Titans: End of the World
October 26th:
Lupin the Third
November 1st:
Bridge of Spies
November 3rd:
Back in Time
November 7th:
The Peanuts Movie
November 8th:
Spectre
November 9th:
Road Hard
November 15th:
Batman vs Robin
November 17th:
Creed
December 3rd:
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
December 6th:
Electric Boogaloo: The wild untold story of Cannon films
December 17th:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
December 26th:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:11 pm

I claim dese NUTZ.

CARUSO'S MOVIEJOURNAL FOR YEAR 2015


JAN-YOU-ARY

1. LAST ACTION HERO (1993)
2. DUNE (1984)
3. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
4. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII; THE NEW BLOOD (1988)
5. THE WRESTLER (2008)
6. THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) [2]
7. GONE GIRL (2014)
8. GET SHORTY (1995)
9. THE MINOTAUR (1960)
10. ROBOCOP (1987)
11. ROBOCOP 3 (1993)
12. ROBOCOP 2 (1990)
13. DUANE HOPWOOD (2005)
14. BIRDMAN (2014)


FEB-ROO-ERR-EE

1. THE IMITATION GAME (2014)
2. THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (2001)
3. THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN (1988)
4. INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003)
5. BURN AFTER READING (2008)
6. THE BIRDCAGE (1996)
7. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2008)
8. EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)
9. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)
10. 48 HRS. (1982)
11. TANGO & CASH (1989)
12. THE KILLER (1989)
13. ME, MYSELF & IRENE (2000)
14. SHOWGIRLS (1995)
15. WIZARDS (1977)
16. COMMANDO (1985)
17. HORNS (2013)
18. THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997)
19. SAVAGE BEACH (1989)
20. TRUE GRIT (1969)


MAAAARCH

1. THE COWBOYS (1972)
2. LOADED WEAPON 1 (1993)
3. PROMETHEUS (2012)
4. HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER (2002)
5. EL DORADO (1966)
6. DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012)
7. RIO BRAVO (1959)
8. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
9. FAUST (1926)


APE-RUHL

1. ROBIN HOOD (1973)
2. DNA (1997)
3. THE FUGITIVE (1993)


MEHY

1. THE GODFATHER (1972)
2. U.S. MARSHALS (1998)
3. MAGGIE (2015)
4. GASMAN (1998)
5. BLACK ANGEL (1980)
6. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)
7. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) [2]
8. MAD MAX (1979)
9. THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981)
10. MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985)
11. DEATH WARRANT (1990)


JOON

1. BLOODSPORT (1988)
2. MAXIMUM RISK (1996)
3. SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO (1991)
4. DOUBLE TEAM (1997)
5. SNAKE EYES (1998)
6. THE TRANSPORTER (2002)
7. SEX ED (2014)
8. MORTAL KOMBAT (1995)
9. BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)
10. WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE (1994)
11. BEVERLY HILLS COP II (1987)
12. THE DRIVER (1978)
13. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
14. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
15. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
16. GUNS (1990)
17. DO OR DIE (1991)
18. LIFE OF CRIME (2013) [2]
19. KICKBOXER (1989)
20. FEAR (1996)
21. KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)
22. RUSHMORE (1998)


JOO-LYE

1. CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)
2. BLADE (1998)
3. HOMBRE (1967)
4. HERCULES IN NEW YORK (1969)
5. THE VERDICT (1982)
6. STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979)
7. DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (2014)
8. THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE (1982)


OGG-UHST

1. MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986)
2. RETURN TO OZ (1985)
3. APPALOOSA (2008)
4. DOUBLE IMPACT (1991)
5. CYBORG (1989)
6. EL DORADO (1966)


SEP-TIM-BUHR

1. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007)
2. REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS (1985)
3. HIGH NOON (1952)
4. MAVERICK (1994)
5. HAMLET (1990)
6. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)
7. R.I.P.D. (2013)
8. LOADED WEAPON 1 (1993)
9. COBRA (1986)
10. LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
11. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)
12. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)
13. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
14. MAJOR PAYNE (1995)


OCK-TOH-BUHR

1. BLINDSIDE (1987)
2. COCAINE: ONE MAN'S SEDUCTION (1983)
3. WALK HARD (2017)
4. THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987)
5. 13 ASSASSINS (2013)
6. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992)
7. THE WEATHER MAN (2005)
8. STONEHEARST ASYLUM (2013)
9. ED WOOD (1994)
10. BIG FISH (2003)
11. COP LAND (1997)
12. 12 MONKEYS (1995)
13. NIGHTBREED (1990)
14. THE BLOB (1988)
15. DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982)
16. FATAL INSTINCT (1993)
17. ALADDIN (1992)
18. THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (2000)
19.ODD THOMAS (2013)
20. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920)
21. TREMORS 5: BLOODLINE (2015)
22. RONIN (1998)
23. SPARTAN (2004)
24. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 2 FREDDY'S REVENGE (1985)
25. CURSE OF CHUCKY (2013)


NOH-VEM-BUHR

1. BRICK (2005)
2. THE SWORD OF DOOM (1966)
3. INTO THE SUN (2005)
4. LET US PREY (2014)
5. TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL (2011)
6. THE SWEENEY (2012)
7. IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (2009)
8. BEOWULF (2007)
9. ROCKY (1976)
10. WARRIOR (2011)
11. ROCKY BALBOA (2006)
12. VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1994)
13. DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT (1995)


DEE-SEM-BUHR

1. DRACULA (1992)
2. KING KONG (2005)
3. NIGHTCRAWLER (2014)
4. A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902)
5. SINBAD: THE FIFTH VOYAGE (2014)
6. TANGERINE (2015)
7. CREED (2015)
8. BLITZ (2011)
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby Fried Gold on Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:59 pm

Banana hammock.

JANUARY
Red 2 - was okay, but half of it didn't make sense.
Birds of America
The Jane Austen Book Club
The Interview
Transcendence

FEBRUARY
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby justcheckin on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:23 pm

Justcheckin's Movie Journal 2015
FIRST TIME VIEWS ONLY - 2014 or 2015 unless stated

*****=YES!
****=Yep
***=Sure
**=Hmmm
*=WTF

Theater
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January
1. Last Vegas (2013) *** I love Morgan Freeman
2. Earth to Echo**** High tech Goonies :) Sweet!
February
3. Let's Be Cops***
4. The Perfect Human Diet (2012)*** another vote for low carb
5. The Internship (2013)*** fun
March
6. Jobs (2013)**** wished I had watched this sooner
7. The Theory of Everything**** great movie
8. Big Hero 6***
April
9. Into The Woods****
10. The Imitation Game***
11. Birdman** yeah... I don't get it
12. Boyhood*** not sure I get this either
13. Ex Machina****
14. Interstellar***** so long but great stuff
May
15. Dracula Untold***
16. The Boxtrolls*****
17. Mad Max Fury Road*****
18. The Hundred-Foot Journey***
19. Monsters University ***
June
20. Spy**** so much fun
21. Particle Fever (2013)**** so nerdy!
22. Foxcatcher*** I understand why it's award winning material, it was just slow
23. Fed Up*** decent anti-sugar documentary
24. Dumb and Dumber To***
25. Inside Out**** usual Pixar quality
July
26. Wild***
27. The Hunger Games: Mokingjay Part 1****
28. Minions****
29. Fifty Shades of Grey* really? You are making two more of these?
30. Jupiter Ascending****
31. Get Hard**** great
32. Guardians of the Galaxy...in progress
33. The Book of Life***
August
34. The Wedding Ringer***
35. Philomena (2013)***
36. Hot Tub Time Machine 2** I'm not sure if I laughed
37. Trainwreck**** fun, what you would expect
38. Chappie* nope... Not good
39. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles***
September
40. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters (2013)***
41. American Sniper**
42. The Maze Runner...in progress
October
November (Got busy - lost track)
December
43. Shawn the Sheep Movie**** love
44. Terminator Genisys*** Matt Smith was in this...
45. Pixels**
46. Ricki and the Flash***
47. Tomorrowland***
48. The Way Way Back****
49. San Andreas***
50. Whiplash*****
51. Avengers: Age of Ultron***
52. Pitch Perfect 2***
53. Cinderella***
54. Still Alice****
55. Jurassic World*** Glad I waited to see it.
56. Vacation***
57. STAR WARS!!!!!***** Nostalgia love fest. :D
58. American Ultra**
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:20 am

After dilly dallying my way through a new personal movie watching negative record in 2014, I seem to be back on track. 29 movies in January! That's seriously good!
So here we go with The January 2015 Look-Backening! Fun For The Whole Family And Their Cats! (No Dogs Allowed)

Favourite movie (Previously unwatched)
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Favourite Old Movie (Previously unwatched)
The Brady Bunch Movie

Favourite movie that I had already seen
Constantine

Favourite Old Movie That I Had Already Seen
Evil Dead II

Acting Awards
Favourite Performance: The cast of The Brady Bunch Movie
2nd favourite performance: David BRadley in An Adventure In Space And Time
3rd Favourite Performance: Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver

Worst Movie Of The Month
Cool World

The Golden Joss (For movies that have been praised as the 2nd coming, but are just okay or actually worse)
Evil Dead (Remaquel)

The Tofu Award (For movies that have a bad reputation, but are actually pretty good)
Man Of Tai Chi
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:42 pm

JANUARY: I SAW SOME STUFF

Not an earth-shattering month for me. I saw one theatrical release and an old one that was new to me.

BEST FILM OF JANUARY: BIRDMAN. This was a fun one, with good performances and a lot of style. Technically very nice to look at.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Michael Keaton in BIRDMAN. No one has asked this much of Keaton in a movie since, well, probably ever. He delivers some career-best shit here, getting to be funny and dramatic. It's a great role and performance.

WORST FILM OF JANUARY: ROBOCOP 3. I haven't seen this shit-pie in almost twenty years and I probably should've gone the rest of my life without seeing it again, but I have seen it and now I can't unsee it. It earns its reputation as the bag of hot shit that it is. This film fails at such a fundamental level that literally, LITERALLY, everything about it is broken. Not a single scene rises to the level of 'acceptable.' Everything about this film is wrong. Bad actors acting badly, even good actors acting badly. Rip Torn, etc. Just one big shiny piece of shit.

WORST PERFORMANCE(S). Nancy Allen and Robert Burke in ROBOCOP 3. I can't decide who is worse here. Obviously, Nancy Allen doesn't give a fuck and it shows. Her death scene is particularly shit. Zero effort given there. Robert Burke has never been a great actor, but Peter Weller isn't that good himself and he managed to make RoboCop believable. He was so good in the role that its impossible for most people to see anyone else as that character. Robert Burke is so fucking shitty in this film it makes me wonder what the fuck they saw in him when they cast him. Did they pick his name out of a hat? What the fuck were they thinking? He's garbage.
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:39 pm

Somebody stick this thread

Favourite of January was The Raid. Slightly overhyped, but considering the praise it got that means it's still extremely good.

Least favourite was Batlle of the Damned, some nonsense about Dolph Lundgren rescuing a girl from a city of zombies or rage virus victims or whatever.

Special mention to Skyfall which started better than the Raid and ended worse than Battle of the Damned.
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:53 am

In February my movie watching habits were more thematically motivated. Meaning first I (re-)watched all Wachowski movies, then all Hannibal Lecter movies. I also watched some random movies inbetween, but I still got a surprising amount of different types of movies from those two restrospectives. It's especially interesting to see how the HANNIBAL movies vary in style. But anyway, here is:

The February 2015 Look-Backening: The Rise Of Someone Or Something

Favourite movie (previously unwatched)
Cloud Atlas

Favourite Old Movie (peviously unwatched)
Freaks

Favourite movie that I had already seen
The Matrix

Favourite Old Movie That I Had Already Seen
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Acting Awards
Favourite performance: Ted Levine in The Silence Of The Lambs
2nd favourite perfomance: Spencer Tracy in The Devil At 4 O'Clock
3rd favourite performance: Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending

Worst Movie Of The Month
The Matrix Reloaded

The Tofu Award (For movies that have a bad reputation, but are actually pretty good or even great)
BEHOLD THE FIRST TOFU THREE-WAY TIE!
    Jupiter Ascending
    Ishtar
    Robocop (2014)
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby Al Shut on Mon May 04, 2015 11:35 am

Am I stoned or did a large part of this thread evaporate?
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Mon May 04, 2015 12:24 pm

Well I know I haven't been contributing dick the last few months. My film-watching has been very poor indeed as of late.
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Mon May 04, 2015 12:49 pm

Al Shut wrote:Am I stoned or did a large part of this thread evaporate?



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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:09 am

Man, I haven't been watching the films like I used to. Baby on the way, moving to a new place, unpacking and shit. It takes it out of you.

The best thing I saw in May was MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, obviously. I have nothing to say about this that hasn't been said by everyone already. Just a great film.

I guess the only other thing of note I saw was MAGGIE. Not a great film, but an interesting approach to zombies movies. Arnold was good.

Also, I saw DEATH WARRANT starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a Canadian Mountie going undercover in prison to catch a serial killer or some shit. He didn't ride a fucking horse once in that movie, so big disappointment there. He did get hit in the face with a styrofoam wrench, though, so there's that.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:39 pm

Last month I finally cracked the 100 movies bareer. Yay me! I think it took me till August or even October last year.

The weirdest movie I watched last month was definitely Shrunken Heads. The whole thing was so bizarre...yeah, it was just bizarre.
The worst was either Stage Fright or Robocop 3. Hard to say. Technically I would say STAGE FRIGHT was worse, but ROBOCOP 3 was the desecration of a beloved icon.
The biggest letdown without being bad was The Hobbit 3. I still think I like it more than most people did, but all that drama after the first two light hearted adventure comedies, felt tonally wrong.
The biggest surprise (As in "That wasn't what I expected") was Revolver, Guy Ritchie's big psychological mindfuck movie.
The funniest things I watched last month were Wet Hot American Summer, which also takes the "Hey, it's really as great as everybody kept telling me award and Human Nature, which gets a special prize for being so much better than the rest of the world seems to think.
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Postby Al Shut on Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:53 am

May wasn't a particularly interesting month

Favorite movie was How to train your dragon 2 which was just okay and nowhere near as good as the first one.

Least favorite was Coogan's Bluff. Clint Eastwood plays such a moron that I wished he would have get arrested for letting the prisoner escape.


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Postby Spandau Belly on Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:27 pm

I am not keeping a movie diary, so...

This Year So Far Off The Top of My Head

The only movie I've seen that really truly matters: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
In a way, fuck everything else. Really.

Good new horror: IT FOLLOWS
I know a lot of people believe it to be impossible to make a good horror movie in modern times. I feel this film is further proof that it is possible.

Flashes of brilliance: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
This movie has tons of annoying shit. Matthew Vaughn's directorial abilities are exactly one metric babystep above Robert Rodriguez's. This film has a few moments that shine so brightly, but take those out and it would basically be MACHETE KILLS all over again. This movie features all the fun stuff I wish they still did in James Bond movies but don't. Unfortunately, just like Vaughn's film KICK ASS, it also features the characters sitting around having very meta conversations about how they prefer the old Bond films to the new ones. And I have to give credit where credit is due, that scene in the church is probably the most savage thing I've ever seen put on screen. It's like ten OLDBOY hammer fights fighting each other in corridor made of fists. Holy fuck.

The PROMETHEUS award for supposedly intelligent characters behaving like morons: EX MACHINA
This is one of those movies that gets to its third act and I realize I have been giving it way more credit than it deserves all along. I will give Alicia Vikander credit for a great performance, she seriously deserves a Best Supporting Actress nom for her work in this stupid stupid movie.

Mad Max: FURY ROAD
This is the second best MAD MAX movie ever made. It's like APOCALYPTO in cars. I saw F&F7 and I saw this, and I think I don't think there's another expensive movie I have to see this year. We'll, I'll see the new Bond but it looks like shit.

The mighty have fallen: INHERENT VICE and JUPITER ASCENDING
The Wachowskis and P.T. Anderson join Zac Snyder and Pedro Almodovar on that list of filmmakers I normally really like but whose most recent work is also their worst.
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Postby bastard_robo on Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:00 am

Spandau Belly wrote:I am not keeping a movie diary, so...

This Year So Far Off The Top of My Head

The only movie I've seen that really truly matters: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
In a way, fuck everything else. Really.

Good new horror: IT FOLLOWS
I know a lot of people believe it to be impossible to make a good horror movie in modern times. I feel this film is further proof that it is possible.

Flashes of brilliance: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
This movie has tons of annoying shit. Matthew Vaughn's directorial abilities are exactly one metric babystep above Robert Rodriguez's. This film has a few moments that shine so brightly, but take those out and it would basically be MACHETE KILLS all over again. This movie features all the fun stuff I wish they still did in James Bond movies but don't. Unfortunately, just like Vaughn's film KICK ASS, it also features the characters sitting around having very meta conversations about how they prefer the old Bond films to the new ones. And I have to give credit where credit is due, that scene in the church is probably the most savage thing I've ever seen put on screen. It's like ten OLDBOY hammer fights fighting each other in corridor made of fists. Holy fuck.

The PROMETHEUS award for supposedly intelligent characters behaving like morons: EX MACHINA
This is one of those movies that gets to its third act and I realize I have been giving it way more credit than it deserves all along. I will give Alicia Vikander credit for a great performance, she seriously deserves a Best Supporting Actress nom for her work in this stupid stupid movie.

Mad Max: FURY ROAD
This is the second best MAD MAX movie ever made. It's like APOCALYPTO in cars. I saw F&F7 and I saw this, and I think I don't think there's another expensive movie I have to see this year. We'll, I'll see the new Bond but it looks like shit.

The mighty have fallen: INHERENT VICE and JUPITER ASCENDING
The Wachowskis and P.T. Anderson join Zac Snyder and Pedro Almodovar on that list of filmmakers I normally really like but whose most recent work is also their worst.


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Postby Spandau Belly on Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:46 am

Naw, the trailer for INHERENT VICE didn't really bug me. It didn't really excite me either. If it didn't have the name of a filmmaker I like stamped on it, I probably wouldn't have made any effort to see the movie based on the trailer alone. The trailer is, unfortunately, a fair representation of the film.

I think the worst trailer I can think of in recent memory was INTERSTELLAR. It was like a lifetime of boredom compressed into two minutes. I could never bring myself to watch the movie.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:13 pm

June was a super disappointing month for me, because I only managed to watch 9 movies. On the plus side: They were all good and I'm super happy that even MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, JOHN WICK and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS lived up to their respective hype.

Also I'm proud to report that LAKE PLACID and CADDYSHACK still hold up, while CONGO is much better than its reputation.

That's all.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:27 pm

The two best films of June I saw were SEX ED and LIFE OF CRIME.

SEX ED is about the dedicated chubby guy Haley Joel Osment committed to teaching the youth sex education despite being a virgin himself. It's full of a lot of the tropes these movies tend to use but its heart is in the right place and there are scenes that made me laugh especially the obviously improvised stuff with Matt Walsh and Sixth Sense.

LIFE OF CRIME was the best thing I saw this month. In fact I watched it twice and then read the Elmore Leonard book it is based on, The Switch. Since JACKIE BROWN is my all time favorite film I was pretty much obligated to watch this as it follows three of the characters from that film as they do stuff earlier and in a different setting and played by actors of varying ages. I thought Mos Def (credited as yasiin bey) was really good as Ordell. Really smooth and laid back. John Hawkes was also good as pre-DeNiro'd Louis. Jennifer Aniston was also quite good in the role of the kidnapped wife and shit. Tim Robbins looks kinda creepy. Having now read the book I can say this is a very faithful adaptation and I would put it up there with the best Leonard films, since there are so few that are actually worth a shit.

The music is good too. Got some Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds in that motherfucker.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:53 am

July was a good month. I watched lots of movies, sometimes 2 or 3 in a day, many of them were good.

The July 2015 Look-Backening: The Last Place On Earth Without Minions

Favourite movie (previously unwatched)
Hai-Alarm am Müggelsee

Favourite old movie (PReviously unwatched
The Naked PRey

Favourite movie that I had already seen
Sky High

Acting awards
Favourite performance: Kurt Russell in Sky High
2nd favourite performance: Michael Gough in Konga
3rd favourite performance: Antonio Banderas in The Expendables 3

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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:35 am

JULY, THEN?

A weak month for me. Only eight films viewed.

BEST OF THE MONTH: THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE (1982). Jet Li's first film. This is a great martial arts showcase. They've got all kinds of kicking and punching happening and with genuine martial artists doing their thing. A lot of the film plays like an old school frat movie with all these monk dudes cutting up and breaking the rules of the temple, like when Jet Li accidentally kills this girl's dog and then ends up eating it because the temple food sucks ass. And there's this older uptight monk guy who's always calling Jet out on his shenanigans. It's an entertaining and kickass film.

SECOND BEST/MOST INTERESTING OF THE MONTH: DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (2014). Spike Lee remaking a blaxploitation vampire movie. The results are surprisingly entertaining and consistent. There aren't the usual problems with Spike's films like overbearing inappropriate music during dialogue scenes. The soundtrack is pretty good overall and there is lesbian stuff. Performances are good. Probably the most interesting vampire film I've seen since Chan-Wook Park's THIRST.

WORST OF THE MONTH: HERCULES IN NEW YORK (1969). Actually terrible.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:46 pm

Well, I got not much tosay about August, other that I'm still confused by how awesome the FAST & FURIOUS series got after its first mediocre to bad entries.
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:52 pm

I watched nothing of real note in August.

RETURN TO OZ was probably best of the month. A cool weird living nightmare of a film. Fuckin' Scarecrow, man. Jesus.

Worst was easily CYBORG, which was even shittier than I remembered it being.
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Postby so sorry on Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:52 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:I watched nothing of real note in August.

RETURN TO OZ was probably best of the month. A cool weird living nightmare of a film. Fuckin' Scarecrow, man. Jesus.

Worst was easily CYBORG, which was even shittier than I remembered it being.



I have a soft spot for CYBORG, but I have to admit its been a LONG time since I watched it. Perhaps its best to leave it on the shelf and just remember the good times I had watching that VHS tape over and over again in my college days.
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Postby Al Shut on Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:20 am

Probably.
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Postby so sorry on Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:31 pm

If anybody watches Johnny Depp's latest flick "Black Mass" please let me know what you thought of it. It peaked my interest, but I've read a few not-so-good reviews...
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:02 pm

Guys! Guys! Guys! I've watched already more than 180 movies this year! Seems like I'm not just about to break my old record (185 or 186, I have to check the old journals again), but also might actualyl reach my goal of watching at least 200 movies! Yay me!
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Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:01 am

DerLanghaarige wrote:#0181 Dèmoni (VOD/1st viewing)It has all ingredients for a great horror movie. Argento on the height of his popularity as producer, a simple but effective survival story, cool and disgusting make up effects, but if the cheesy piece of synthie music that opens the film isn’t warning enough, well, let me tell you, it only gets worse. Awful acting, flat directing and lots of unintentional humor rule in here! But in all fairness, there are moments that are actually athmospheric and at the end, when the movie finally realizes how silly it is and decides to just run with it, it’s becoming lots of fun.
4/10


I love this movie. My friends and I used to watch it all the time and I still get a kick out of it. It might not have as much impact today because fast-paced action-based zombie movies have become the norm over the slower atmosphere-driven horror type of zombie movie. The escalation in the movie is nuts with a really great classic overthetop climax. But the Italian cheese factor was also a big part of the fun. The overacting complemented with bad dubbing was always a hoot for me. The VHS copy my friends and I used to watch was edited and it gave the film a surreal quality because key portions of the plot were missing. I recently bought the bluray which featured the complete cut and the film had more logic to it, although there's still lots of eccentric moments. The film was probably more fun when it made even less sense.

Anyway, congrats on seeing as many movies as you hoped to.
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Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:44 pm

I should also mention that I watched it on Hulu and right in the middle of a huge splatter scene was a short commercial break, in which iCarly swam with dolphins. For any reason that peaceful moment in the middle of a huge massacre cracked me up. :lol:
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about ten minutes of 2015 movie cuts, put together in appropriateness. Pretty awesomely done if you've got the time, but beware there may be some spoilery shit if you haven't seen some of these flicks.
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Postby magicmonkey on Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:29 pm

Oh crap, what did I watch recently? Mad Max - Fury Road. Yes. Fun - everything I hoped for and more. Those engine noises!

Locke? LOck? It was alright, a kind of tv movie like Duel but without any action, suspense or JUGGERNAUTS bitchez. Can't think what else this and Fury Road share...

All about Eve! It's like the Chipping Norton set made a movie! But they made it over 70 years ago!

Last movie I saw was The Odd Couple, it was cute, surprisingly kinda (very) painful, but not really what I'd really call a classic.
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Postby Maui on Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:08 am

Ok, I'll jump in here too.

Trainwreck - I guess it would help if I found Amy Schumer funny like many do.

Crimson Peak - Loved this period piece. It's horror/gothic romance at it's finest. Beautifully filmed. The detail in every single scene is pure joy. A visual feast. Superb performances by Hiddleston, Chastain and Wasikowska. Makes me sad that this is Del Toro's lowest grossing movie.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E - This is a fun farce however it tries too hard to look good. Flashy clothes and music seems to overpower the story a bit. I will say that I am becoming a huge fan of Alicia Vikander. She has not disappointed me yet.

The Grand Seduction - Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson star in this Canadian comedy which is based on the French Canadian film La Grande Seduction. It's hilarious. I can't remember laughing so much during a movie.

Attack on Titan (part 1) - They really messed this up. They focused way too much on a romantic relationship between Mikasa and Levi which didn't exist in the Manga plus most of the Titans that invaded the city looked like sumo wrestlers. Stick with the Netflix series. It's faithful to the storyline.
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Postby Spandau Belly on Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:54 am

Wow, all these people back in The Zone! And talking about movies, too!

It's looking like THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY will be my favourite film of the year. I've watched it four times now. I can't stop thinking about it and listening to the score. It works on all sorts of levels and is all sorts of lush.

I went to see SICARIO twice in cinemas. If Michael Mann can't make a good Michael Mann movie anymore, at least somebody can, and that man is Denis Villeneuve. I seriously wish this guy was handling the GHOST IN THE SHELL movie and they would just leave BLADE RUNNER alone.

Also, this film right here, THE EDITOR (listed as a 2014 film) is probably one of the funniest things I've seen in forever. It's a pretty brilliant spoof of giallo flicks.

MISTRESS AMERICA warmed my heart, made me laugh, and put all sorts of smiles on my face. It was full of stuff I could relate to. I swear, that scene in the bar has actually happened to me multiple times.
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby bastard_robo on Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:35 pm

This was perhaps my worst year for watching films. I only saw 52 new movies this year, roughly one a week. I feel old. Like adult responsibilities have gotten in the way of the tings I enjoy. And I hate that. I know people say "that's life" It doesn't have to be. One can have their cake and eat it too. With that said. Here's what I though were the best of 2015\


10. Dragon Ball Z Resurrection of F

I have a fond love of Dragon Ball. This film was pretty much everything I had hoped that Battle of Gods would be.

9.Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn has yet to make a bad film. I love that this guy who has massive talent sticks with doing balls out genera work.

8 Furious 7

Not the best, but still great. A well played send off to Paul Walker too.

7. Ant Man

Absolutely loved every minute of this film.

6. Straight Outta Compton

Not a rap fan, but a damn good bio pic film.

5. Electric Boogaloo: The wild untold story of Cannon films

One of two docs on my list this year. A story that's way to goddamn insane to be true, yet it was.

4. Jurassic World

Dino three way

3. Creed

A worthy extension is there ever was one.

2. Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lived up tot he hype

1. Resurrection of Jake the Snake

This. This was a damn powerful documentary. Even more so if you've seen Beyond the Matt. Hell, this could really be seen as the sequel to that film in many ways. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, this is well worth your time. Seeing someone who was broken, who got a taste of what it was like to be a hero to millions, but was self destructive. The change one good person could made for another life. Its a beautiful film of someone putting the pieces back together and bettering themselves before they become another statistic. Cannot recommend this more.
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Postby justcheckin on Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:13 pm

Don't feel bad... I only saw 58. I'm struggling a little with work life balance myself.

STAR WARS was the most fun thing I saw and looked forward to. :)

Chappie was the hardest movie to get through... just so bad (it was worse than Fifty Shades of Grey).

Inside Out made me cry the most.

Ex Machina was the most interesting.
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Re: The 2015 Movie Journal

Postby so sorry on Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:18 pm

This was a banner year for my theater movie going trips.

I saw 3.

Mad Max Fury Road (9.5/10)

SW: The Force Awakens (7/10)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (1/10)
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Postby Al Shut on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:57 pm

As usual I'm way behind everything so I saw only two 2015 movies of note Mad Max and Das Ewige Leben which both would get top ratings from me.

Movies I liked to a similar extend that I caught up were Rush, The Raid, Warm Bodies and a Norwegian movie called Flukt.

And above all throned Paprika, absolutely brilliant soundtrack and fascinating mix of dream and reality.
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Postby Maui on Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:03 pm

so sorry wrote:Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (1/10)


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