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Old October 20th, 2010, 3:07 am
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Jackass 2.5

Love it. I am a huge fan of Jackass, so really it was no surprise I thought it was hilarious. Definitely not for the squeamish and definitely not family friendly, but that being said it definitely cracked me up and it was the perfect movie to watch so I wouldn't have to think.


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Old October 20th, 2010, 7:29 pm
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District 9

I thought it was excellent. A very unique take on the aliens/sci-fi genre, with an interesting and insightful commentary on apartheid South Africa. I'd like to see a sequel since the alien "Christopher" pledged to return.

Great movie. I'd highly recommend it.
Yea I really liked that movie as well. Definitely -- it would be nice to see what happens next there. A different movie, but a good one nonetheless. Second the recommendation.


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Old October 20th, 2010, 7:37 pm
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I saw Turistas. It wasn't bad I guess for a horror movie. I have seen better though.


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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:17 pm
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The last film I saw was:
-Letters to Juliet (Mark : 8/10)
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Old October 21st, 2010, 3:41 am
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The Hills Have Eyes

Not too bad...parts of it were kind of scary.


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Old October 22nd, 2010, 9:13 am
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Let Me In – 8/10

A very competent film, but it lacks the impact of Let The Right One In.

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I really missed the beautiful juxtaposition between Oscar and Eli's looks. Abby wasn't nearly as androgynous and I'm disappointed that basically all of the ambiguity over her gender was gone but it's understandable due to the fact that it’s catered toward an American audience. Her repeated claim that, ‘I'm not a girl’, was put firmly down to her vampiric nature.

Kodi Smit-McPhee continues to impress me. His performances in Romulus, My Father and The Road were very good, and he gave a nicely nuanced performance in this. Chloe Moretz was extremely good, too, but I prefer Lina Leandersson's portrayal.

As for the relationship between Owen and Abby; I saw their relationship in less innocent terms than I did with Let The Right One In, possibly due to Håkan's increased screen time and back story... although, I don't recall him actually being given a name in the remake.

I’m really surprised at how shoddy the special effects were; the poor quality of some of the effects in the original (the cats, anyone?) was the only thing that I really thought possible to improve upon. So, a big disappointment there.

Good soundtrack, but a little too prominent at times.

Ultimately I’m not sure that it’s original enough to warrant being re-made, especially in such a short amount of time. I did enjoy it but the most memorable moments, for me, were all lifted straight from Let The Right One In. At the very least it might prod audiences into seeing the original.


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I’m really surprised at how shoddy the special effects were; the poor quality of some of the effects in the original (the cats, anyone?) was the only thing that I really thought possible to improve upon. So, a big disappointment there.
I felt the same way and wasn't sure if the quirky effects were an homage to the original or if they were just poorly done because of a low budget. I mean, the effects in the original were pretty bad too, but they used them so sparsely it wasn't a big deal and it gave the film a little indie charm. But they could only be described as worse in the remake, not only because they were just really goofy effects, but also because they were overused.


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I felt the same way and wasn't sure if the quirky effects were an homage to the original or if they were just poorly done because of a low budget. I mean, the effects in the original were pretty bad too, but they used them so sparsely it wasn't a big deal and it gave the film a little indie charm. But they could only be described as worse in the remake, not only because they were just really goofy effects, but also because they were overused.
Yeah, less is definitely more.

My favourite description of Abby in vampire!mode is Gollum on crack.


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Fast Food Nation

To be honest, I only got through the first hour and a half. And...what made someone think that an informative book about the state of fast food in our country would make a good drama movie? Sure, it touched on some things mentioned, but I don't even recall if the meat problem was adequately solved.


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Persuasion - 8/10 (still crying)


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Old October 24th, 2010, 7:35 pm
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Order of the Phoenix (Blu-Ray): I really don't understand the hatred for this film that's not related to comparisons to the novel. I find it to be fantastic and I'm currently deciding if I like its cinematography more than Half-Blood Prince's. Yates' direction of Phoenix and Prince surpasses every film in the series, including the much-praised and loved Azkaban. His handling of the duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore is outstanding. I think it's exquisite when Bellatrix crawls back into the fireplace to disappear as the duel begins; it's such a great shot. The possession scene is well-handled and the inclusion of using a mirror to show how Harry thinks he so much like Voldemort and then destroys it to show that he isn't is fanstastic.

Casino Royale (Blu-Ray): This is the best bond film from GoldenEye on (I haven't seen any before GoldenEye). Casino Royale took away all of the camp and excessive gadetry and made the series dark. Daniel Craig bests Brosnan in every way, from line delivery (comedic and serious) to emoting. Eva Green is fine and she isn't a Bond girl that has fighting skills, which is a nice touch. The story is top notch and even though I've seen the film many times, the Texas Hold'em scenes are still suspenseful. The action is really good and not cheesy like in the previous entries in the series. For now, Casino Royale has the best Blu-ray transfer I've seen.

Halloween (1978, Blu-Ray): There's not much that can be said here. This is the best slasher movie I've seen and it still holds up 32 years later. It is still suspensful and time seems to fly by when I watch this. There are great lines, all of which are uttered by Samuel Loomis: "He came home." and "The blackest eyes, the Devil's eyes." stand out to me the most. The Blu-ray transfer is really, really good and it's great to see deep blacks instead of the craziness where blacks have a blue tint.

The Departed (Blu-ray): As with my short comments on Halloween, there's not much that can be discussed here. This still holds up well as an excellent crime drama. I noticed this time around that the pace of the film is very, very energetic. The fast cuts reflect how characters are feeling, especially during the scene where Billy meets Queenan and Dignam after dumping the wire. the ending, while no longer causing a jump in me, is still sad. If I had to complain about one thing it would be the, what I perceive to be cheesy, symbolism during the final shot.


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Let Me In – 8/10

A very competent film, but it lacks the impact of Let The Right One In.

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I really missed the beautiful juxtaposition between Oscar and Eli's looks. Abby wasn't nearly as androgynous and I'm disappointed that basically all of the ambiguity over her gender was gone but it's understandable due to the fact that it’s catered toward an American audience. Her repeated claim that, ‘I'm not a girl’, was put firmly down to her vampiric nature.
As I posted earlier...
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I don't think American audiences would have responded well to the idea of gender ambiguity. Which kind of plays into the innocence theme though. The idea that little girls are more innocent than little boys has always been a popular one in the US especially.

I saw two sides to this movie;
In one side we might have something truly horrific, that being the modern interpretation that deposits an inhuman creature that is manipulating a boy for future corpse-producing services, turning him eventually into a serial killer.
An the other, we have something that is more tragically romantic, a little girl that is forced to live out a cursed life, an innocence that was lost when she (likely) lost her own family when she survived a vicious attack herself.

I guess I am in the "romantic" side of things here. And seeing something far more tragic even as a little girl tries to rediscover her lost innocence through a little boy.


I realize I'm repeating myself. But I just recently rewatched this.
The real horror in this movie is that by its end we're all turned into sociopaths, feeling far more sympathy for the vampire and discounting her victims. And by the end, we're cheering her on. (at least the audience I was watching it with) A critique I favor.


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Secondhand Lions (re)

Acting- 9
Script- 9
Visuals- 8.5
Sound- 8
Editing- 8

Total Score = 85

Verdict- Well, I saw it this time on the DVD I've bought so obviously I like it enough to add to my collection and see again now and then. Anyways, it's a wonderful family film (albeit a little corny) with a little of everything that stars two legendary actors in Robert Duvall and Michael Caine and arguably the best child actor in Haley Joel Osment (unfortunately he's going down the drain in his young adult years)


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Secondhand Lions (re)

Acting- 9
Script- 9
Visuals- 8.5
Sound- 8
Editing- 8

Total Score = 85
I love Secondhand Lions. It's been awhile since I've seen it, but I really liked Robert DuVall and Michael Caine together in that movie.

Okay....
Killer Clowns From Outer Space.


I think that says it all. It was on tv today on a channel running scary movies this month. Well.....at least we got some good laughs in today.


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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Acting-7.5
Script- 8.5
Visuals- 10
Sound- 6
Editing- 8

Total Score = 80

Verdict- Visually spectacular but hard on the ears as nearly every bit of dialogue is sung and most the cast had no professional experience. I'm not sure if I'd recommend it or not...depends if you can put up with the singing (think Pierce Brosnan in Mama Mia bad) Aside from the cinematography and art direction I did like the story quite a bit, perhaps in part because I felt like I could identity with the Phantom some.


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The Wolf Man (2010)
Disappointing all around: The characters and relationships aren't interesting, the performances aren't engaging (especially shocking to me considering this cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving, and Anthony Hopkins), nothing in the film actually leaves an impression. Considering this project changed directors (Mark Romanek out, Joe Johnston in) late in the game, and two additional editors were brought in during post, I was hoping for a real train wreck, at the very least, but it's not that either. It's just there.


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Paranormal Activity 2 - 4/10

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As I posted earlier...
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I don't think American audiences would have responded well to the idea of gender ambiguity. Which kind of plays into the innocence theme though. The idea that little girls are more innocent than little boys has always been a popular one in the US especially.

I saw two sides to this movie;
In one side we might have something truly horrific, that being the modern interpretation that deposits an inhuman creature that is manipulating a boy for future corpse-producing services, turning him eventually into a serial killer.
An the other, we have something that is more tragically romantic, a little girl that is forced to live out a cursed life, an innocence that was lost when she (likely) lost her own family when she survived a vicious attack herself.

I guess I am in the "romantic" side of things here. And seeing something far more tragic even as a little girl tries to rediscover her lost innocence through a little boy.


I realize I'm repeating myself. But I just recently rewatched this.
The real horror in this movie is that by its end we're all turned into sociopaths, feeling far more sympathy for the vampire and discounting her victims. And by the end, we're cheering her on. (at least the audience I was watching it with) A critique I favor.
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Oh, I understand why they removed any gender ambiguity, but it's still a disappointment. Let The Right One In watered it down considerably from the book, too, of course so one can't complain too much.

I saw Owen and Abby's relationship play out in a combination of the two sides that you brought up, although definitely leaning toward your first example. And I agree that the latter is, in many ways, more tragic. I felt her loneliness, most of all. Abby may have 'fallen' for Owen and rediscovered her lost innocence to some extent but, on the practical side of things, she needed/wanted someone to take the place of Håkan and Owen fit the bill.


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Stand by Me -- 9/10

A very good take on Stephen King's story, 'The Body'. I finally got to see this movie yesterday and it was well worth the watch. I thought it was going to be more of a horror movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The acting was good, the cinematography was beautiful in parts of the movie (the shots of the landscape as the boys made their way to their destination were just wonderful), the soundtrack fit the period of time that they were in (the 1950's)... and the plot made me think at times.

Basically, a writer goes on a journey to remember a trip he made with his friends to help find the body of a missing boy. Each kid learns something about themselves along the way... and at the end, things aren't the same. They've all grown in one way or another.

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