well, I loved the movie and I hear the mini series stars Sir Alec Guinness so I am sold.
Have you guys watched End Of Watch yet? I gave you a couple days now.
I refuse to believe it's a perfect movie, as indicated by the score you gave it.
Great cast, but it's basically about these two familes who are great friends with each other when one's patriarch starts fucking the other's daughter. It's a movie where Hugh Laurie gets to bang Leighton Meester and that just made me angry to watch. Also, I have no fucking clue why it's called the Oranges. There are no oranges. Neither family's surname is Orange. Whatever.
I saw Argo.
Plus Column: Loved the story (not the script). Loved Goodman and Arkin's brief performances. Affleck's acting performance was solid, and his direction was even better. I also love 70s period pieces because the set design, wardrobe, etc. get to be so strikingly awful. This reminded me of Bullett or Zodiac.
Minus Column: The script was extremely lacking in character development. I didn't care at all about any of the hostages, other that the fact that they were hostages. I didn't really care at all about Affleck's character, other than the fact that he was saving the hostages. I can't even remember any of the character's names, and I only watched the movie a couple days ago. I have no idea how the screenplay got nominated. Affleck's relationship problems story felt childish, like an 8 year old wrote it.
Overall: A lot to like, but not as much character depth as you'd expect from something like this. After watching it, I felt even more that Ben got robbed not getting the director nomination, because it certainly felt like he not only saved a middle of the road script, but turned it into an excellent film. If he can do this and it isn't a fluke, I don't think he'll have to worry about getting director nominations in the future.
Silver Linings Playbook
Good acting, okay movie. I'd consider it the Jerry Maguire of this year's nominees. Bradley Cooper was better than I thought he could be. Jennifer Lawrence's cleavage, the ghost of Robert DeNiro, and even Chris Tucker were good as well. Sum: a guy has a breakdown after his wife cheats, he meats a new girl and is maybe getting better. Also his dad is a gambler and his friend is Chris Tucker. Not exactly a chick flick, but chick flick-ish. 3/5 Bonus Points Awarded for Featuring "Unsquare Dance" in the Soundtrack
Beasts of the Southern Wild
An interesting movie with a really strong performance from the little girl lead character. Any effort at a larger meaning was a little clunky, but the acting from a cast of unknowns and the film work were good. Sum: a girl lives with her father in an impoverished community in Louisiana. 7/10 Truck Boats Won't Float
4/5 - was good. some might feel the trailer is misleading. definitely worth watching once, twice if you were a little confused. great cast.
Silver Linings Playbook 2/5
Maybe its me? I didn't think it was this great Oscar winning movie??? it had some sorta good moments. But it was very awkward. Like watching a couple of friends of yours that you know are crazy but its not funny.
The Final 2.5/5
I've been watching entirely too much weirdo Netflix streaming. This one had potential but it just got all pooped to hell about halfway in maybe even sooner.
"Zero Day" I don't know how to rate it
A post Columbine (but back in 2003) take on school shootings that seems very relevant now. It was disturbing and seemed real enough although its not. I "enjoyed" it but did now like it if that makes sense?
Safety Not Guaranteed - 4.5/5
This movie was funny and charming and touching and good and I liked watching it.
Jack the Giant Killer.
It was the classic tale with a bit of a love story. The movie doesn't quite play out the way you expect. Giants were not too bad but could of done more. Was not completely terrible yet its not going to be remembered. I say worthy enough of a rental or netflix.
Final Giant was killed in a gruesome yet inventive way.
The new Total Recall reboot with Colin Farrell AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWFUL
I fell asleep once and it's so gritty and dark but not comic book-ish cool dark. Kate Beckinsdale is haron Stone's counterpart and I'm supposed to believe she is some badass because of those Underworld movies? She is like 88 pounds and NOT Buffy. I digress. Anyway not a good spin off of the cheesy original which wasn't Oscar worthy either.
Robot and Frank
Good, not great. More cute or charming than anything else, but easy to watch with a < 90 min run time. Frank Langella was good as the grumpy, senile old man who is forced to rely on a robot in order to maintain his independence. 3/5 Robots Will Eventually Turn To A Life Of Crime
Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
I watched this with my wife because I had somehow wound up watching all the other ones, so I figure why not? Well, here's why you shouldn't...This movie is terrible, even in the context of the whole series. For starters I don't know why but the decision was made to use CGI babies/children to represent Edward & Bella's kid. These things look just plain creepy - they do not look lifelike at all and the animation is pretty shitty in terms of it matching up with the scene. Secondly, I don't know if this is how it worked in the books but apparently Stephenie Myer really wanted to write an X-MEN book so she winds up giving all the vampires X-MEN type powers. The final confrontation between Edward's clan and the Volturi is essentially X-MEN vs. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. What I found interesting, though, is the fact that this final battle winds up being one of the most violent scenes in all of movie history seeing as how the vamps can only be killed by having their heads ripped off. That's the end of anything cool...
If you've seen the other movies like I did, go ahead an watch it. If nothing else it'll make you appreciate movies like Underworld.
1 sissy sparkly vampires/5
Zero Dark Thirty
It's almost like they took two different movies and mashed them together. The first half is about the search for intel on Al Qaeda guys (which is pretty boring and dry) and the second half is about the raid itself and the events leading up to it (which is really awesome and interesting).
I give the first 60 or so minutes 2 pitchers of water of 5
The second part 4.5 of 5 teenage virgins...(you decide which half of her you want).
A movie that's in a similar vein that was consistently way more interesting (although it is based on a novel) was Ridley Scott's Body of Lies.
Little boy is socially awkward, wishes for his Teddy bear to come to life, it does and they spend the next 30 years together until trouble strikes after the now grown man (Mark Whalberg) is confronted with the need to grow up by his girlfriend (Mila Kunis). Calamity and raunchy humor ensues.
I liked this movie and I thought it was really funny, but I think Seth McFarlane's genius is wearing a bit thin at this point. This is Family Guy formatting, through and through. There's nothing wrong with using what you know or what works, but it's getting to be a paint-by-numbers exercise for him at this point. Even so, if you like Family Guy you'll enjoy this.
3.5 shits on the floor/5
ZERO DARK THIRTY
I've seen a lot of criticism of this film and how it kind of suffers from Full Metal Jacket syndrome in that the first and second halves feel like vastly different movies. Seems like most people prefer the second half of ZDT, and I can agree with that. Everyone ultimately wants to see Usama Bin Laden get double-tapped in the brain, after all. To me, the spy/torture stuff in the beginning was pretty awesome. I think we, as normal folk, get the idea that spies are these super athletic types who do insane acts of awesomeness because that's who they are. In reality, spy work is a lot of intel processing and analysis. I thought it was interesting and tense to see the build towards locating UBL and whether or not action would even be taken on the leads that were developing.
This will sound bad but I was scratching my head at the part where the SEALs invade UBL's compound. Yes, lets use a couple of billion-dollar helicopters so that we can get in under Pakistani radar then lets use lots of explosives to make our way through the joint. Not exactly the most stealthy approach, but it worked, so fuck it.
4 naked tortured terrorists/5
This was more interesting from the standpoint of learning about Bond's past than anything else. The movie felt VERY long to me, with the action sequences being muted by extended moments of exposition & dialogue. That's the norm for this series, though, so no real shocker. I think Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale were better movies in terms of Daniel Craig's performance but this is still a good addition to the mythology. Javier Bardem was pretty creepy although I don't think he'll become one of the Bond villains of legend. Ralph Fiennes joins the cast which is an obvious and instant upgrade, so I look forward to his involvement in the future.
3 dead Ms/5
End of Watch
It was entertaining, but it seems that only a shortage of digits will propel this movie to great heights. The found footage format was used about half of the time, mixed with a raw, but omniscient view--I was fine with that, but would have been just as fine if the first person stuff was dropped altogether. I enjoyed the banter between the two leads and Anna Kendrick continues to be super cute in everything. The story is sort of stupid. A drug boss puts out a hit on two street cops who happened to fall into this case? Seems a little stupid, especially when the feds were also on the case and the kingpin would have likely known that too. Whatever.
3/5 is as high as I can go. Entertaining, but pretty mindless too.
I think most everyone knows the plot of this movie by now (classic revenge tail involving a former slave and his bounty hunter friend trying to save the freed-man's wife before she's killed by her captors), so I won't put much into recapping it. This is Quentin Tarantino from start to finish. Lots of fast dialogue and long, wide shots involving as many players as possible. Great editing, fantastic writing, an intense build towards the climax (albeit one that feels a little long-winded at times but not too much so), and lots of violence plus buckets of blood...Seriously, I think this may have been the bloodiest movie I've ever seen. That's the only thing about it I'm not crazy about - it's not that it affects the realism of the film, but it puts it into a realm of absurdity that makes this seem like it is almost a western influenced by anime. Kind of a cool premise but I wasn't expecting it; it was funny to see my wife's reaction to it, though, because she's not at all capable of handling that sort of thing.
4 squeemish wives/5