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bravo1102 at 5:17AM, Jan. 17, 2012
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To Hell and Back The Audie Murphy autobiography film.  It's a typical WWII movie until you realize it is a true story and they did not fictionalize it except for the US tanks playing German ones, changing the M10 Tank Destroyer to an M4A3 Sherman and 1950's Hayes code blood effects.  Well worth a watch because it has all the war movie cliches, which really aren't because they really happen and figure in true-life account after true life account.
 
Wake Island Great little 1942 flick about the last stand on Wake Island.  Mostly true and not overly ridiculous even if the Japanese are depicted as buck-toothed glasses wearing demons.  One of the better wartime movies.
 
Leprechaun and Leprechaun 4 In Space I got the boxed set of the first four films for $5 in Wal-Mart.  I like the sense of humor behind the movies and that they're not as gory as so many others.  I love how Warwick Davis plays the title character too.  I never knew the first movie had Jennifer Anniston in it and she is really good.   She's actually better looking now.   Leprechaun 4 In Space was direct to video and it shows but still has some good bits. 
ozoneocean at 7:52AM, Jan. 21, 2012
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The Hangover part 2 WAS actually better than the first one.
Except for the monkey.
Some people think that cute little animals make a movie better, those people are morons. No exceptions.
 
This movie had more of the crazy Chinese guy, he was the best actor in the whole thing, the movie would have been even better with even more of him in it. In fact, he should have starred.
 
The Mike Tyson tattoo looked way better on the Hangover actor than it ever did on Tyson. The only reason Tyson got it was to make him look scary… The fact that he bites off human ears is scary, he never needed a tattoo, the tattoo just looks lame, it's like putting a “NO FEAR” sticker on an A-10 Warthog: worse than superfluous.
 
There was a surfeit of flaccid dick-girl penis in this film. I will never, ever understand the attraction people have for that.
 
The final conclusion:
It wasn't a great film but it was streets above the boring snooze that was the first one. It even tried to be a bit funky and arty…
 
ozoneocean at 12:30PM, Jan. 21, 2012
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Reform School Girls.
 I watched this one because Wendy O Williams is in it, who I started to be a fan off ever since Pit Face posted a Youtube music clip of her ages ago.
 
It's a WIP movie: Women in Prison.
In this “Reform School” the girls night time gear consists of g-string panties, lingerie, high heels… basically sexy to a silly degree. This has all the cliches you want, with nudity, violence, girl fights, all that sort of stuff.
 
Wendy O Williams was great as the ultra violent gang leader Charlie. She also did great work on the sound track.
 
Now we know this is a WIP cliche film and the purpose is titillation and all that sort of stuff, but it didn't really seem clear to me.
A lot of the violence was pretty brutal for the sort of movie it was and many of the scenes are quite realistic, with realistic, emotional performances from some of the key actors, which is quite at odds with that “women in Prison” titillation theme, especially when you have inmates incongruously wearing high heels, thigh high stockings and g-strings to bed!
 
It seemed almost like a bizarre mashup of two different films that'd been crudely rammed together:
You have Wendy O Williams and her gang of ultra-sexy, violent, tough girls, and the huge lumpy, hilariously sadistic and over the top Pat Ast as “Eddie” doing their very best to make it a sort of Rocky Horror Show ridiculous soft core romp (which would have been marvellous), VS this other theme with the sympathetic characters Jenny, Lisa and Dr Norton where it's a serious look at abuse of power and the horrible toll abuse takes on its victims- almost as it they're going for Cool Hand Luke or Full Metal Jacket sort of stuff…
 
SO that made a weird mix that didn't really fit together well at all. It's as if the film makers were trying to be too smart for the material.
 
Tantz Aerine at 11:09AM, Jan. 27, 2012
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“The Secret” a 2007 Taiwanese movie that turned out to be stunningly awesome.

I usually can predict twists and turns and pick up on hints when a movie hides an unpredictable curveball, but in this one I was completely taken aback and surprised. It is a spin on Sixth Sense meets Frequency movie about true love and romance, but it is done so remarkably well you have NO CLUE it is not a regular romance between the leading characters, sometime after two thirds of the movie.

The plot revolves around a magic piano and sheet music and this new music student (a young man) that also is a piano prodigy, who meets and falls in love with another top notch piano student (the young girl). They fall in love and spend their time together until she runs off (on a misunderstanding) them promptly disappears, leaving the young man desperate to find her.

The soundtrack is also stellar, a treat for anyone with strong piano performances and really endearing duets and pieces for four hands :) Duly recommended! 
 
ayesinback at 1:11PM, Feb. 4, 2012
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THE WOMAN IN BLACK
I liked it, not loved, but definitely liked it.  Frankly, I was surprised that Daniel Radcliff could handle that much screen time alone.   I can recall other talents (Robert Downey Jr for one) who drowned their characters when they had only themself to rely on in a scene.
 
The scares were minor, but well-timed, and timing is SO important with suspense.  So lots of little jumps throughout the flick, but nothing that walked out the theater with you.
 
We saw it in a crowd of tweeners who happily screamed at anything/everything (and there was one frustrated viewer that started calling one screamer “stupid bitch” - which added that certain je ne c'est crois) - so I'm curious what seeing the film at home, in silence, in the dark would be like.
 
but if you're not looking for too much, I can recommend it.   (resounding, ey?)
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gullas at 3:29PM, Feb. 9, 2012
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Jim Jarmusch's “Ghost Dog : The Way of the Samurai”. I highly recommend it. 
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bravo1102 at 8:34PM, Feb. 9, 2012
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Cornel Wilde's Sword of Lancelot  It's based on the May-September interpretation of Guenivere and Arthur.  It has some good battle scenes and Cornel Wilde plays Lancelot with a  perfect French accent. Except whenever you see someone you know is not French doing a French accent you think Inspector Clouseau forgetting that many real Froggies actually speak English like that.   The movie has some very real Medieval violence with people's heads gettign cleaved and arms chopped off which is unusual for a 1950/60s movie.
I'm pretty sure many of the sets were borrowed from the long-running Robin Hood TV show with Richard Greene who had been a co-star of Cornel Wilde's in Forever Amber.  The Little John from the Robin Hood show appears as Sir Lamorack.  Funny I've watched this one twice and still haven't watched my new DVD copy of Excalibur (with the director's commentary)
I am a sucker for movies about any aspect of the Arthur romance cycle and even liked Sam Neill in the Merlin miniseries.
ayesinback at 11:07AM, Feb. 23, 2012
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
 
I'm surprised I didn't make time for this film before now.  It's good and I'm glad I saw it, but it's one of those films that it's hard to say you “enjoy”.  Certainly interesting to see an early Peter Jackson and Kate Winslet's first film (I believe).
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Ryurei at 6:51PM, Feb. 24, 2012
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From start to finish would be Live free or die hard. If it's just scenes from the movie it would be Bambi.
Genejoke at 4:52AM, March 6, 2012
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The three musketeers, the new one with steampunk style airships and stuff.
The OTT fantasy elements didn't bother me, in fact they potentially made for an interesting take on it.  the fight scenes were eactly what yyou'd epect from the director of half the resident evil films.  the acting was a mixed bag and strangely enough Orlando Bloom was really good as a bad guy,  the rest of the cast ranged from sleep walking to over earnestly delivering bad lines.  Which leads to the script.  what the fuck! seriously who wrote that shit, it's terrible, so cheesy it's toxic.
ozoneocean at 6:44PM, March 6, 2012
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Sex Wars.
I think that's what it was called.
No, it's not a porno.
 
The plot is that a group of men get together to plan ways how to get attractive women into bed and a group of Hollywood starlet type barbiedoll women get together and plan how to exploit men with their sexuality to get free stuff.
 
I couldn't watch it all the way through because the DVD kept dying at the 56 minute mark, but this thing was amazingly misogynistic, even down to the fact the all the women are that same starlet type and they're either bubble-heads or waspish unprincipled selfish schemers, while the men are all basically funny and good hearted.
The women are only interested in money and whatever they can get (which is portrayed as negative) and the men are just after good honest sex, (which is portrayed as positive).
 
This may have been a layered parody… or really ironic… or maybe there was a big stupid moral at the end about everyone just getting on and calling a truce… I dunno.
But the 56 minutes I did see didn't seem like it.
 
Target audience: Douches.
 
Genejoke at 11:48PM, March 6, 2012
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I heard of that, looked terrible.
Dark Pascual at 10:52PM, March 8, 2012
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Managed to get the time to watch a few movies these past weeks…
-Tree of Life: I may sound like a completely ignorant mule, but this movie is BOOOOOOOOORIIIIIIIIIIIING. I know that Terrence Malick's films are supposed to be Art… but my god, that damned movie JUST.KEPT.GOING.ON… Great camera work, on the other hand… This is the movie for anybody who thought that Gerry was an achievement in cinema. 
-Real Steel: Again, I will sound like a philistine douche, but I really liked this one. The nods (as in blatant ripoffs) to Rocky where obvious, but Hugh Jackman knows how to play a lovable asshole, the robot fights where really cool and it doesn't felt as forced or saccarine on their sweet moments as similar movies. Not great, but something entertaining to waste couple of hours.
-Persepolis: This movie is BRILLIANT. Proof that is possible to make excellent and meaningful movies without turn them into complete snorefests. I will dare to say that this has to be one of the best movies (animated and life action) I EVER seen.
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ayesinback at 6:38AM, March 9, 2012
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@Dark Pascual - Yeah, totally agree about PERSOPLIS (haven't seen your other two)
 

saw Due Date;  verdict:  not bad.  It's one of those films where the actors make what there is to make of the movie, meaning that the writing is inconsistent .  There's some hilarious gags, and then those that try too hard and fall flat.
I especially liked the opening riff on what to name a baby - and that's hard, when your favorite part is in the first 5 mins
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ozoneocean at 9:53AM, March 13, 2012
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Yeah, PERSOPLIS is a good film.
 
I just saw Screamers.
It's a Scifi film. There are two sides at war, but the war is winding down, it looks like one side has won, and the other side wants a truce… The trouble is that the autonomous weapons systems that the winning side deployed (called “screamers”) and which helped them win, have other ideas.
It stars Peter Weller, from Robocop.
 
On the face of it, this looks like it'll be a by the numbers crappy scifi thriller horror with paper thin characters and wooden acting, and at best some testosterone fuelled action movie sequences… That's what I thought anyway.
I was very wrong.
 
The acting was all extremely well done, especially by Weller. I was very impressed. Very good performances by all.
The filming was atmospheric and well shot. Sets were great, props and costumes too.
The story was full of emotion, it was thought provoking and well acted. This was an intelligent film!
 
It was let down in two areas:
1. For most of the film the effects were very cheap, contrasting with the quality of the rest of it.
2. They lent a little too much on the cheap thriller aspect in parts of it, especially at the very end. It detracted a little from the intelligent themes and great acting.
It's almost as if there were two competing forces at work: Highly competent, professional, pro, A-list film makers VS some dickhead moron who BADLY wanted it to be a bad B-film.
So it was flawed. :(
 
Genejoke at 10:13AM, March 13, 2012
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I remember seeing Screamers at the cinema, you summed it up pretty much perfectly.
Watched Below, a film Bravo mentioned a little while back,  a good, but not great claustrophobic thriller.
gullas at 4:54AM, March 18, 2012
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Adventures of Power, clearly one of the better films I've seen in a long time. It follows the adventures of Power, a miner who loves airdrumming. It's pretty funny.
bravo1102 at 10:55PM, March 18, 2012
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I finally screened The Blair Witch Project.  As a concept for a movie it's not bad like Poe's Ms. Found in a Bottle with the last account of a lost and ultimately doomed group.  But the camera in the face with the dripping nose and eyes from the onion just off camera was really a bit of a stretch and was justfiably spoofed and parodied.  

Then there's the huge lapse of logic with their poor land nav skills.  But having once paniced on a land nav course myself I can say it does happen.  And of course I didn't have to deal with the powers of witch confusing my powers of perception.

And of course the whole thing is to not panic and calmly problem solve.  But that doesn't make for a very exciting movie.  Things have to go wrong.
ozoneocean at 10:47PM, March 19, 2012
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American Pop.
It's a Ralph Bakshi film, one of his rotoscoped things.
It's long and pretty pointless really, but well acted with some good scenes.
 
The story follows the line of a Jewish boy who escapes the pogroms in the old imperial Russian states with his mother and moves to the USA. All through the years this man and his heirs are peripherally linked to the pop scene and also the petty organised crime scene, running illegal booze, selling pot, supplying cocaine etc. They're all apparently talented performers or songwriters or whatever, but only the last one of them ever really makes it at the very end…
 
So it gives you a bit of an interesting perspective into the American pop scene through the years from the angle of the grubby drug scene that has always clung onto the outside of it… but no real reason as to why. We just meander from one generation to the next, you never really identify with or understand any of the protagonists, then we get to the last guy who has the shortest screen time and the least established connection to the whole generational thing and then it's suddenly all over.
 
The only other thing of note is that the journey (in the US at least) begins on the East coast, heads west and then ends up where it began in the east again, but not even that is that big a deal.
 
It's one of those films where you wait for something cool to happen, all the way through, thinking “any minute now…”. It never does.
 
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Genejoke at 11:58PM, March 19, 2012
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Fright night (the remake)
Not bad i suppose it just feels like it has all been done before even though I haven't seen the original.  The cast are all adequate, except David tenant who is probably the best thing in it.  I wanted to like it more than I did but ultimately it failed by being average.
bravo1102 at 9:34PM, March 20, 2012
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Becket (1964)  Two acting powerhouses square off.  Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as Thomas Becket and his king (Henry II)  Magnificent performances, beautiful cinematography and some very impressive sets of Canterbury Cathedral.  I disagree with some of the historical portrayals but there's plenty left open to interpretation in all the sources anyway. Something could of have been made that Eleanor was once Henry's great love too but you do see how love turns to hate in Henry so it is hinted at. 
Now I have to seek out Lion in Winter to see Henry sqare off against the other great love and rival in his life; Eleanor.  If only someone could craft a worthy script about this woman's facinating life.  Instead Hollywood churns out remakes of 1980's TV shows, really lame rom-coms and super heroes.  The film industries of other nations have turned out some really good historical tales that are far and away more spectacular than any Marvel geekfest, but that's just me.  After all I find the story of a real battleship more fascinating than that of a guy in a magical suit of flying armor.
gullas at 7:50PM, March 22, 2012
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Last night I couldn't sleep so I decided to watch the movie Noise. It follows Tim Robbins as The Rectifier, a sort of vigilante who hates noise. He's on a personal quest, particullary against car alarms.
This one made me appreciate the lack of noise in my town… damn New York is loud, but I would want to wisit it someday.
ozoneocean at 10:53AM, March 23, 2012
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Thats true. It's a noisy place. Constant noise, everywhere. Never stops.
 
I remember my first night there- in a hotel in Chinatown, thundering noise, we looked out the window to see an elevated trainline. We asked the concierge what time they stopped.
 
He just looked at us “Stop?”
 
ayesinback at 9:15AM, March 25, 2012
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On the other hand, you should hear lifelong Manhattanites tell of their overnights in the country.  Crickets and cicadas, in the descriptions I heard, are far noisier than els, and scarier, too.
 
Recently watched 2009 PUSH - a sci-fi (?) thriller about psychics pursued by “the government”.
 
It was okay, but what I liked best was a special feature on the DVD that interviewed a retired military officer who spoke about the government psychic studies he participated in.
 
A couple of interesting things, especially that because of our “sophistication”, those in the US and in other predominantly western Nations, are essentially handicapped in the areas of psychic ability.  Not a surprise to me, other than hearing a former military officer say so with such regret. 
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bravo1102 at 8:21AM, March 26, 2012
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ayesinback wrote:
On the other hand, you should hear lifelong Manhattanites tell of their overnights in the country.  Crickets and cicadas, in the descriptions I heard, are far noisier than els, and scarier, too.
 

 Crickets and cicadas put me to sleep.  Els are noisey but not too bad, but artillery?  And then the sounds of daytime in suburbia, two stroke engines powering mowers, blowers and chain saws.  Give me Elevated RR or the gentle rumbling of artillery and gunfire in the distance.

Meridian  A sexy kind of retelling of beauty and the beast with Sherilynn Fenn one of my favorite starlets from those nighttime soaps.  Lots of nudity and very little sense, typical Charles Band feature.  But I love Sherilynn Fenn.  
Genejoke at 11:59PM, March 26, 2012
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The adventures of tin tin, pretty much exactly what you'd expect from speilberg doing tin tin.  a very enjoyable family film. 
ayesinback at 10:13AM, March 28, 2012
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I've been reading Game of Thrones and now the movies are beginning to pile up.  So, any one want to advise which one first:  
 
Limitless?  Girl With Dragon Tattoo (US version already saw Sedisih)?  or The Tree Of Life?
 
(actually, I probably need a comedy)
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Genejoke at 11:08AM, March 30, 2012
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I saw the hunger games, it lives up to the hype.  going to try and see john carter this weekend but it is hardly showing anymore.
ozoneocean at 7:18AM, March 31, 2012
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Well you can get used to any level of noise… In NYC the thing there is that the sounds echo and re-echo back around and around all the time, so the sounds get a little tiring on the head after a while.
 

 
I just watched Dirty Girl.
I'll be honest; the title drew me! But it was misleading :(
Anyway, it's a right of passage movie, about a sexy, non-conforming promiscuous highschool senior and an overweight, bullied gay boy. It's touching and funny, set in the 80s. The hairstyles all look late 70s to me but this is set in small town Oklahoma so maybe it's accurate enough with how long fashions take to change…
There are a lot of cliches and it follows the classic story structure template a bit too rigidly, but it works well enough.
 
The weirdest thing is seeing exotic Milla Jovich playing a ditzy down-home mid-western god-fearing “mom”.
Wow o_O
She does the accent superbly… I hope she hasn't lost her own though. Rutgar Hauer and Dolph Lundgren lost all their cool interesting badarsery when they went American. :(
 
Genejoke at 7:52AM, April 1, 2012
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Saw john carter, absolutley brilliant film.  It's a shame it tanked at the box office as it is head and shoulders above most effects driven blockbusters.  
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