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  auxlepli
 
March 9, 2008 8:09:11 pm
 
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Magnolia = A
The much maligned Tom Cruise turned in another fine performance in my opinion. Acting was great all the way around.

 
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Magnolia = A
The much maligned Tom Cruise turned in another fine performance in my opinion. Acting was great all the way around.



Confirmed, but you're gonna catch**** for that from the masses here.

 
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The 3 Bourne flicks all at once over the last few days. We saw 1 and 3 at the theatre, but missed 2. All are solid - B
Rounders - A (upgraded on second though)
Buddy Holly Story - Solid A
Radio - Cuba Gooding Jr. Nice story, particularly good ending - B-
Dreamgirls - CS Jr apparently doesn't do musicals, Eddie Murphy is awesome - B+
Rent - Couldn't get "Everybody has AIDS" from Team America out of my head, didn't finish watching - D-
Jet Li Fearless - good story, EXCELLENT action sequences and photography - B
Almost Heros - Proof that the bad that is Chris Farley is powerful enough to turn a Christopher Guest movie into a horrible mess. Turned it off - F
Good Night and Good Luck - good, preachy, not enough tension - B-
Almost Heros - The worst Christopher Guest movie ever - F turned it off
U2 3D - IMAX 3d is impressive. Technically impressive, VERY immersive and emotional. Best concert film since Stop Making Sense even if U2 are panty-wearing, peacemongers. Solid. A
Flash Gordon - wife hated it, kid made fun of it. Incredible costumes and Queen soundtrack couldn't save high school drama club quality acting from the 2 leads. B me, D- wife
Ratcatcher - Trainspotting without the music, humor, or dialog. Just a dirt poor scotish kid, garbage and depression probably ends in heroin overdose. could be good, but wasn't in the mood - turned it off. C
Bottom - BBC TV series from 2 of the Young Ones. All of the stupid, some of the gross, not enough of the funny of Young Ones. Gave up. D.
Capote> - Really good, who knew that Harper Lee and Capote were contemporaries. Now I have to go and read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. B+
The Beat that My Heart Skipped - French movie about a real estate developer/thug who has a run in with the Russian mob while trying to start a career as a professional classical pianist. I know that makes no sense, but it's a really good guy movie in a strange way. B+
White Fang - Ethan Hawk, Better than average kid/dog/adventure movie. Kid liked it - B
In the Company of Men - Could be the meanest movie I've ever seen. You will have interesting conversations if you watch it with your significant other. A-
The Trouble with Harry - What an oddly macabre little "comedy". Quiet good, CS Jr. and the wife liked it too. Ultra early performance by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers with Shirley McClain and John Forsyth. B+
Memento - Not sure how I managed to go this long without seeing it. Good acting, good story, nice inverted timeline construction. Didn't realize that Christopher Nolan did The Prestige and Batman Begins until I looked at Netflix for more of his stuff and found that I'd seen them all. A
Following - Christopher Nolan's 1st movie. A B&W film noir with a twist ending that is**** near as strong as Memento's. Not as polished, but amazing for a first movie. B
Ratatouille - Rewatched on netflix. Better the second time, what a good movie. Lots of stuff lifted from Tony Bourdain. A
Charade - Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn romantic thriller. Feels like Hitchcock, but isn't. B+
Superbad - Must watch high school comedy. Incredibly funny, incredibly awkward to watch with significant other at times. B+
Broken Flowers - A Jim Jarmusch movie with Bill Murray in the same kind of quiet role that he did in Lost in Translation. Murray is an "aging Don Juan" on a road trip to find out which of his ex's from 20 years before may have sent him an anonymous letter about having a son. A (if you like Jarumusch movies)
In Her Shoes - Hot, evil, slutty sister Cameron Diaz and not-hot lawyer sister Toni Collette have a falling out, re-find their grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and but end up with a big old girlie crying happy ending where something more interesting looked like it might happen. A better than average chick flick with a lot of Diaz flesh - B

 
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March 10, 2008 9:40:04 am
 
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Michael Clayton-Good movie, one of Clooney's best IMO. Solid A
 
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  Nnamath
 
March 10, 2008 2:07:24 pm
 
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quote:
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quote:
auxlepli said...
Magnolia = A
The much maligned Tom Cruise turned in another fine performance in my opinion. Acting was great all the way around.



Confirmed, but you're gonna catch**** for that from the masses here.



negative

I agree with his assessment. After Born on the Fourth of July, it's Cruise's best acting jorb, imo.


 
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March 10, 2008 4:20:12 pm
 
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quote:
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quote:
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quote:
auxlepli said...
Magnolia = A
The much maligned Tom Cruise turned in another fine performance in my opinion. Acting was great all the way around.



Confirmed, but you're gonna catch**** for that from the masses here.



negative

I agree with his assessment. After Born on the Fourth of July, it's Cruise's best acting jorb, imo.




Rain Man. He should have won Best Supporting Actor.

 
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  Nnamath
 
March 13, 2008 10:18:04 am
 
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford B+

A little slow and there are some parts I need to watch again because the dialogue is hard to pick up. The acting is excellent. I am becoming a mark for Casey Affleck, who plays Ford. Brad Pitt, who's hit and miss with me, is good as James. Supposedly they fictionalized a lot of the story so it's hard to understand what's true. But Affleck's performance is outstanding. There's a theme about celebrity and obsession with it that's very subtle. Good movie. I may watch it again over the weekend to "get" it more.

 
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  Nnamath
 
March 17, 2008 2:38:48 pm
 
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Dan in Real Life B-

decent date movie and I saw it on a date. If the Mrs. wants to rent this let her. Dane Cook gets his comeuppance for stealing material and being a doosh. Steve Carell can actually act. Juliette Binoche is smokin hot and steals th movie. There's three funny parts and two touching scenes. It's tolerable.

 
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  Nnamath
 
March 20, 2008 8:30:35 pm
 
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Enchanted - A

My daughter loved it. She asked a hundred questions about why who ended up with whom but it's the first live action movie she's ever liked. Amy Adams gives a great performance.

 
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  the boulder
 
March 22, 2008 3:56:38 pm
 
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Semi Pro = B

Could've had more funny moments and lines. The few it does have are pretty good.

And....

No Country for Old Men = F-

The worst ending to a movie I've ever seen. Loved everything else about it though. TLJ's character went way overboard with cliches.

 
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  juansamuel
 
March 23, 2008 12:17:07 pm
 
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Semi Pro = B

Could've had more funny moments and lines. The few it does have are pretty good.

And....

No Country for Old Men = F-

The worst ending to a movie I've ever seen. Loved everything else about it though. TLJ's character went way overboard with cliches.



Interesting. So it gets the rating b/c of the ending? For the record it gets an A+ from me.

 
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Into the Wild- A. Very engaging true story. I won't give away too much. All of the bit players are likeable. Vince Vaughn is underrated in his cameo in the movie. Hal Holbrook got all the attention and it was certainly deserved. This role makes one forget the complete scumbag that Emile Hirsch's character in Alpha Dog was.

Simpsons Movie- B- It certainly had its moments, but I certainly would have gotten more entertainment out of 4 straight episodes especially from the mid 90s. It's still worth seeing if you're a Simpsons fan.

 
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March 24, 2008 2:54:43 pm
 
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford-A- It's certainly a well-done movie. But it doesn't really match up with the story of Jesse James that I know from the History Channel and such. I thought Sam Rockwell, who played Charley Ford, was very good.
 
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  the boulder
 
March 28, 2008 11:07:02 pm
 
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Into the Wild- A. Very engaging true story. I won't give away too much. All of the bit players are likeable. Vince Vaughn is underrated in his cameo in the movie. Hal Holbrook got all the attention and it was certainly deserved. This role makes one forget the complete scumbag that Emile Hirsch's character in Alpha Dog was.



I read the book 3 years ago. The movie pretty much follows it to a tee. It took away from the awe factor because I knew everything that was happening though. Pretty good film though. Moral of the story: Chris McCandliss was nuts.

No Country For Old Men has great action scenes. Everything is good about the movie except the ending. The last impression is just as important as the first one. Movies that do what "it" did really erk me. Great action though. I want one of those oxygen tanks.

 
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March 31, 2008 8:23:47 am
 
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1/1: Pee Wee's Big Adventure--> D Netflix

1/4: Robots--> A- Robin Williams is a funny mf even animated. Netflix

1/6: The Wire-Season 2--> A Not quite as excellent as Season 1, but some pretty**** good teevee. Netflix

1/10: Monsters, Inc.--> A+ Best movie ending evar. Netflix

1/19: Spiderman 3--> C. Just needed about 3 more story lines to be totally incomprehensible. Cool "fight" scenes, tho. Netflix

1/21: Rounders--> A-. Trying to figure out what the "-" is for. Even more so trying to figure out how Dyl and Cheaps gave it a B. Tough graders. Netflix

1/23: The Wire-Season 3--> A+. Top Notch. What great acting and writing. Netflix

1/26: A Good Year--> B+/B Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott make a thoroughly entertaining "small" film. Great date movie. A Good Year >>> Sideways imho.
Netflix

2/2: Sideways--> B+ Better than I remembered and the comparison above is a little unfair. They're different movies. Certainly more moments in Sideways. Netflix

2/6: The Wire-Season 4--> A+ Again. Sad that there is only one more season. Netflix

2/15: 3:10 to Yuma--> B Excellent acting and a really good movie up until the ending. Netflix

2/17: Miller's Crossing--> B Good acting and writing, but there really didn't seem to be a point. The Coen brothers sure love to put all kinds of clever cinematic twists in their work, but I never really seem to get it. Netflix

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2/20: Eastern Promises--> B+ Very good movie. A little difficult to get into and it's not a high paced action thriller by any means, but very intense. Questions in the begin eventually come out through the course of the movie. The fight scene is not for the faint of heart. Netflix

Confirm. Oh, and Naomi Watts = hawtness

2/22: National Treasure, Book of Secrets--> C What a mess. What a cast. If I'm going to see Ed Harris and Helen Mirren in a scene together, I wish it had been in a better movie. The target audience (v2) gave it a 10. Theater

2/28: Cars--> A Watched it with the sprouts last Fall and, along with football, this movie got me off my *** and buying a bigger, better, badder tee vee. It was worth it. I Pixar. Netflix

3/4/08: Shawshank Redemption--> A Great movie, GREAT acting. OnDemand

3/7/08: Mr. Mom--> C+ Man did this movie look dated. Still, a good movie to watch with the fambly. I ed Terri Garr back in the day. OnDemand

3/8/08: The Jane Austen Book Club--> A- Great "little" movie. Great literate movie. Great chick flick. The "-" is because of the unremitting happy endings, but still well worth watching w/your spouse. Especially if you have both read Jane Austen, but that's not required. Netflix

3/29 American Gangster--> A- Good movie. Seemed like I had seen it somewhere before, though. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe are very good. Netflix






 
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April 1, 2008 5:06:21 pm
 
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- The 3 Bourne flicks: B - all at once over the last few days. We saw 1 and 3 at the theatre, but missed 2.
- Rounders: A (upgraded on second thought)
- Buddy Holly Story: solid A
- Radio: B- Cuba Gooding Jr. Nice story, particularly good ending
- Dreamgirls: B+ - CS Jr apparently doesn't do musicals, Eddie Murphy is awesome
- Rent: D- Couldn't get "Everybody has AIDS" from Team America out of my head, didn't finish watching
- Jet Li Fearless: B - good story, EXCELLENT action sequences and photography
- Almost Heros: F - Proof that the bad that is Chris Farley is powerful enough to turn a Christopher Guest movie into a horrible mess. Turned it off
- Good Night and Good Luck: B- good, preachy, not enough tension
- U2 3D: A - IMAX 3d is impressive. Technically impressive, VERY immersive and emotional. Best concert film since Stop Making Sense even if U2 are panty-wearing, peacemongers. Solid.
- Flash Gordon: B (me) D- (wife) - wife hated it, kid made fun of it. Incredible costumes and Queen soundtrack couldn't save high school drama club quality acting from the 2 leads.
- Ratcatcher: C - Trainspotting without the music, humor, or dialog. Just a dirt poor scotish kid, garbage and depression probably ends in heroin overdose. could be good, but wasn't in the mood - turned it off.
- Bottom: D - BBC TV series from 2 of the Young Ones. All of the stupid, some of the gross, not enough of the funny of Young Ones. Gave up.
- Capote: A - Really good, who knew that Harper Lee and Capote were contemporaries. Now I have to go and read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
- The Beat that My Heart Skipped: B+ - French movie about a real estate developer/thug who has a run in with the Russian mob while trying to start a career as a professional classical pianist. I know that makes no sense, but it's a really good guy movie in a strange way.
- White Fang: B - Ethan Hawk, Better than average kid/dog/adventure movie. Kid liked it
- In the Company of Men: A- Could be the meanest movie I've ever seen. You will have interesting conversations if you watch it with your significant other.
- The Trouble with Harry: B+ What an oddly macabre little "comedy". Quiet good, CS Jr. and the wife liked it too. Ultra early performance by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers with Shirley McClain and John Forsyth.
- Memento: A Not sure how I managed to go this long without seeing it. Good acting, good story, nice inverted timeline construction. Didn't realize that Christopher Nolan did The Prestige and Batman Begins until I looked at Netflix for more of his stuff and found that I'd seen them all.
- Following: B Christopher Nolan's 1st movie. A B&W film noir with a twist ending that is**** near as strong as Memento's. Not as polished, but amazing for a first movie.
- Ratatouille: A - Rewatched on netflix. Better the second time, what a good movie. Lots of stuff lifted from Tony Bourdain.
- Charade: B+ Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn romantic thriller. Feels like Hitchcock, but isn't.
- Superbad: B+ Must watch high school comedy. Incredibly funny, incredibly awkward to watch with significant other at times.
- Broken Flowers: A (if you like Jarumusch movies) - A Jim Jarmusch movie with Bill Murray in the same kind of quiet role that he did in Lost in Translation. Murray is an "aging Don Juan" on a road trip to find out which of his ex's from 20 years before may have sent him an anonymous letter about having a son.
- In Her Shoes: B- Hot, evil, slutty sister Cameron Diaz and not-hot lawyer sister Toni Collette have a falling out, re-find their grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and but end up with a big old girlie crying happy ending where something more interesting looked like it might happen. A better than average chick flick with a lot of Diaz flesh
- The Illusionist: Solid B+ Came out at the same time as the flawed, but more interesting "The Prestige"
- The Forbidden Zone: D-B+ depending on your taste for weirdness. The Citzen Kane of cult movies, starring HervÚ Villechaize. Mostly a whacked out plot strung together to let Dany Elfman put all of the songs from his "Knights of the Oingo-Boingo" into a movie. Lots of boobies in B&W and silly dry humping, and a guy in a giant frog head mask. If you decide it sucks, fast forward to the scene near the end with Elfman as Satan doing Mini the Moocher.
The motorcycle Diaries: B+ Che Guevara, the early years. As a buddy movie. Well worth seeing, left us researching more about Che and leprosy.
Pan's Labyrinth: A+ Not as disturbing or gory as I'd been lead to believe. But I'm still glad I didn't take CS Jr. to see it - really phenomenal and heart-wrenching

 
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Rope - A+

Hitchcock movie I kept missing. Finally recorded it. 3 act mystery in 2 rooms. Jimmy Stewart and Sir Cedrick Hardwicke in a mystery about 2 over-achievers who murder a colleague they don't think deserves to live. They stuff him in a truck and have a cocktail party around him. Good stuff with a great performance by Stewart.

 
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April 1, 2008 8:37:55 pm
 
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Rope - A+

Hitchcock movie I kept missing. Finally recorded it. 3 act mystery in 2 rooms. Jimmy Stewart and Sir Cedrick Hardwicke in a mystery about 2 over-achievers who murder a colleague they don't think deserves to live. They stuff him in a truck and have a cocktail party around him. Good stuff with a great performance by Stewart.



Oh man, confirm x infinity. It is by far my favorite Hitchcock movie.

 
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Grand Canyon ==> A
 
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u r right. the first scene? A++++++++++++++++

 
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