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 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Please more detail. I'm curious about this one and I am curious your thoughts what was good and bad.

Added text as you posted, apparently! Go back and check out my thoughts now.


Nice big grin
This film looked interesting at first but the trailers just put me off for some reason, then I saw the same trailers over and over and over again. I'll have to add it to my netflix.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Please more detail. I'm curious about this one and I am curious your thoughts what was good and bad.

Added text as you posted, apparently! Go back and check out my thoughts now.


Nice big grin
This film looked interesting at first but the trailers just put me off for some reason, then I saw the same trailers over and over and over again. I'll have to add it to my netflix.


Yeah, it has one of my all-time favorite character actors (John C. McGinley, briefly) and I really enjoy the Alex Cross character (thoroughly enjoyed Along Came a Spider) but the main attraction was one of my all-time favorite actors Matthew Fox. I would have seen this film for his villain even if Cedric the Entertainer was playing Alex Cross.

The trailers were poorly representative. The direction the story ends up taking is one of the stronger points of the film and couldn't come across in a preview, and I can't think of a way this film could've been successfully trailerized.

Let me know what you think.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2013 - 9:51 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Jack Reacher 8/10 - Fantastic movie! Has all that so many action movies lack today. Despite a cliché ridden premise, it finds fresh ways to approach almost every moment (the end being the only exception as it comes off pretty weak compared to the rest of the film). The dialogue is fresh and fun. Cruise is in top form proving that he is not just a Hollywood creation, but a real actor. You can actually see all the action in the action scenes-none of that crappy shake the camera cheating. Real car chases. Real fight choreography. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Casino Royale (2006) dir. Martin Campbell -- Quite good. A bit overlong. Good lord, Daniel Craig was built like a tank. (7.5/10)

Quantum of Solace (2008) dir. Marc Forster -- A bizarre little film, basically a coda to Casino Royale wrapped around a misfire of an eco-thriller plot. Opens obnoxiously but gets more watchable as it goes. (5/10)

Skyfall (2012) dir. Sam Mendes -- Another bizarre film, bigger this time, that both continues the Bond-as-blunt-instrument arc of the previous couple films and tries its best to link itself to the Sean Connery days. I liked the worn-down Bond; I liked less the casual misogyny, especially as concerned Severine, and Javier Bardem's character, though Bardem was good enough mostly to sell him, when they weren't poorly CGing his face. (6.75/10)

Smash, Season 1 (2012) created by Theresa Rebeck -- Surprisingly compelling. Bright and colorful. Would have worked better at, say, 8 episodes than 15 -- some of the angsty subplots could have been excised or at least considerably compressed to the show's benefit. Still, very watchable, despite its sometimes annoying melodrama. (6.5/10)

Rise of the Guardians (2012) dir. Peter Ramsey -- Awful. A sort of mashup of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Peter Pan and The Incredibles. Tries its best to be fun and wonderful with a chipper Desplat score and some nice animation, but plotwise, scriptwise and thematically it's just an awful mess, not so much incomprehensible as just plain idiotic. (3/10)

The Bay (2012) dir. Barry Levinson -- A botched affair. A mockumentary incorporating some "found" footage, but marketed as a found-footage picture. An eco-thriller with more in common with Contagion or Outbreak than Paranormal Activity or other creature features, it was marketed instead to fans of the latter. And the narrator was way too dull. This would have worked much better as a professionally assembled mockumentary à la Lake Mungo than the amateur internet conspiracy exposé sort of thing it pastiched. (4.5/10)

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Yeah, it has one of my all-time favorite character actors (John C. McGinley, briefly) and I really enjoy the Alex Cross character (thoroughly enjoyed Along Came a Spider) but the main attraction was one of my all-time favorite actors Matthew Fox. I would have seen this film for his villain even if Cedric the Entertainer was playing Alex Cross.

The trailers were poorly representative. The direction the story ends up taking is one of the stronger points of the film and couldn't come across in a preview, and I can't think of a way this film could've been successfully trailerized.


Thanks for the deets on this one buddy. I was on the fence about seeing it because of Tyler Perry (not a fan), but your description of the movie and Matthew Fox's performance pushed me over to the other side. Gonna check this one out.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Yeah, it has one of my all-time favorite character actors (John C. McGinley, briefly) and I really enjoy the Alex Cross character (thoroughly enjoyed Along Came a Spider) but the main attraction was one of my all-time favorite actors Matthew Fox. I would have seen this film for his villain even if Cedric the Entertainer was playing Alex Cross.

The trailers were poorly representative. The direction the story ends up taking is one of the stronger points of the film and couldn't come across in a preview, and I can't think of a way this film could've been successfully trailerized.


Thanks for the deets on this one buddy. I was on the fence about seeing it because of Tyler Perry (not a fan), but your description of the movie and Matthew Fox's performance pushed me over to the other side. Gonna check this one out.


Yes! Post your thoughts/review here afterward! Hope you enjoy it. I was not a Tyler Perry fan at all myself, but if you can enjoy this little microcosm of a Tyler Perry universe for what it is on its own merits (and the film was damn good anyway) then you may have a good time.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Possession (2012) -- 7.5/10

I find possession/haunting films a bit tedious and repetitive, but checked this one out because I'm a huge Jeffrey Dean Morgan fan, and thought this would be -- at the very least -- the hypothetical return of Morgan to Supernatural territory a la a surrogate John Winchester. As it turns out, this film was pretty gripping and effectively creepy. The performances are incredible, particularly by the young possessed Emily. Easily Ole Bornedal's best film. Sam Raimi produced.



 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   vinpauld   (Member)

The Long, Hot Summer (1958), I'd give it a 7.5

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I was checking out WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE-73- A ABC TV movie that I found to be above average and one of the better films to come out of those old 75 minute or so TV films ABC made for Tuesday nights back in the early 70's. Peter Graves lead a good cast, some scenes are touching drama at it's best. Definitely worth checking out and up there with some of the best theatrical films over the years made with the end of the world or almost end of the world theme. I give it 7 stars, catch it.A pleasant surprise.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2013 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I was checking out WHERE HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE GONE-73- A ABC TV movie that I found to be above average and one of the better films to come out of those old 75 minute or so TV films ABC made for Tuesday nights back in the early 70's. Peter Graves lead a good cast, some scenes are touching drama at it's best. Definitely worth checking out and up there with some of the best theatrical films over the years made with the end of the world or almost end of the world theme. I give it 7 stars, catch it.A pleasant surprise.

Hah, I saw this thing when it first aired way back then as a kid. Its upset me because of what happened to all of the people after something happened regarding radiation. I don't remember if it was a nuclear war or what but all I do remember about it was Peter Graves asking, "Can radiation do THAT?", that being making everyone dissolve into some crystalized salt mixture .

Glad you brought this one up as I have thought about the movie many times since it aired.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2013 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Beat Girl - 1960 I really don't know how to rate this film. Is it junk? Or a classic "troubled teen" B flix? It was decent enough, with more than one unexpected plot twist. Gillian Hills captivating looks was the real draw. Along with her dancing to the beat.



Performances were rather robotic, but in step with the acting style of the era. There's a surprisingly adult strip tease scene for a film of this date. Though I read that scene was "censored" before it's initial release, and only reinstated later. Of interest were the talents involved in this film. John Barry, Christopher Lee and a young Oliver Reed.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Show Me Love (1998) 10 out of 10

This film blew me away. It is painfully sincere. The situations in the script felt authentic in their presentation. Anyone who grew up with at least some teenage angst should find something they can relate too here. Growing up can seem so confusing and cruel and sadly it is universal.

Roger Ebert wrote an excellent review:
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20000324/REVIEWS/3240302/1023
(I will correct him on one thing. There isn't little sex in the film, there is NO sex in this film.)

At its core, its neither about sex, or homosexuality, nor is it ever overly grim or overly sensational in it's depiction of young insecure minds. The misguided situations a boy keeps finding himself in, with a girl he has a crush on, is just as heartfelt and sad.

The only criticism I can give is its "Hollywood" style ending. To say the coming out scene was absurd is an understatement. I am perplex how this came about, in an otherwise flawless film.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Brubaker (1980) - 4/5



Saw part of it a long time ago when I was younger and spent years trying to figure out what movie it was. Eventually did, then finally got to see it in its entirety the other night on HDNet Movies. Really good movie, although curiously we don't really get to see as many of the changes Brubaker makes at the prison as it's suggested he does. Would have liked a little more focus on that, seeing his reforms and more of the prisoners' responses. But otherwise, a very good movie. I'm glad I was finally able to see the whole thing.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Flight (2012) -- 9.5/10

A near perfect film. I was pulled into the story immediately and was completely invested the entire time -- emotionally, intellectually, psychologically. This was the kind of film that had me leaning forward with rapt attention. I think Denzel Washington may have turned in his best performance yet, at least that I have seen. Since what I've seen includes Training Day, The Hurricane, and Glory, I was supremely impressed with his performance in Flight, a performance that resonated personally for many reasons and brought tears to my eyes.

One gripe: Zemeckis made a horrible decision in electing to sequence a scene played for goofy laughs immediately following what I thought was the most intense and gripping scene in the film -- i.e., John Goodman's hilarious and energetically commanding drug dealer character saving the day with a morning run of cocaine paid for by the bumbling-in-a-drug-deal-scenario suits...right after the crucial, heartbreaking, shattering will-he-or-won't-he moment of minibar truth for Denzel's character. A misjudged and miscalculated violent shift in tone. Bad choice man, in an otherwise spectacular film. It could have just been me and I personally found the shifting tone jarring, maybe others didn't, but it was just such a glaring misstep after watching professional and creative brilliance fill out 138 minutes of runtime, aside from this scene.

The film had a great conclusion, too, highlighting the myriad levels of depth and complexity that tell this story.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Flight (2012) -- 9.5/10

A near perfect film. I was pulled into the story immediately and was completely invested the entire time -- emotionally, intellectually, psychologically. This was the kind of film that had me leaning forward with rapt attention. I think Denzel Washington may have turned in his best performance yet, at least that I have seen. Since what I've seen includes Training Day, The Hurricane, and Glory, I was supremely impressed with his performance in Flight, a performance that resonated personally for many reasons and brought tears to my eyes.

One gripe: Zemeckis made a horrible decision in electing to sequence a scene played for goofy laughs immediately following what I thought was the most intense and gripping scene in the film -- i.e., John Goodman's hilarious and energetically commanding drug dealer character saving the day with a morning run of cocaine paid for by the bumbling-in-a-drug-deal-scenario suits...right after the crucial, heartbreaking, shattering will-he-or-won't-he moment of minibar truth for Denzel's character. A misjudged and miscalculated violent shift in tone. Bad choice man, in an otherwise spectacular film. It could have just been me and I personally found the shifting tone jarring, maybe others didn't, but it was just such a glaring misstep after watching professional and creative brilliance fill out 138 minutes of runtime, aside from this scene.

The film had a great conclusion, too, highlighting the myriad levels of depth and complexity that tell this story.


Thanks dude. Keep these mini-reviews coming - I enjoy reading 'em, and you provide very clever insight to the flicks you view! Tack on yet another movie to my huge list of as-yet-unseen ones... smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

losher22, thank you for your kind words. You're a stand up dude. Will keep the mini-reviews coming, definitely, glad you appreciate them. Next movie I'll be posting about will be Dredd...

Also, if you get around to Flight, or any movie, let us know what you think!

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

HOSTEL (2005) - 9/10

Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. Philosophy of a Knife. Martyrs. Inside. High Tension. Irreversible. Faces of Death (all). Slaughtered Vomit Dolls. A Serbian Film. Dahmer, Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The entire Saw franchise. Human Centipede and its sequel. These and numerous others I've seen, a vast majority of which I enjoyed, but to this day, Eli Roth's HOSTEL is far and away the most disturbing movie I've ever come across. I don't know what it is specifically that makes this movie pure genius, but believe it's a conglomeration of the acting (Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson specifically), music (courtesy of the vastly underrated Nathan Barr), terrifying story (Eli Roth himself), and special and visual effects. Several of the moments in HOSTEL still make me grimace, and for good reason, even though that's a rare occurrence with me and other horror films despite their affecting content.

HOSTEL is reputedly based on writer/director Eli Roth's internet discovery that in some places on Earth, one can pay to do anything, including murder, for a certain monetary price. This motif melds with the story of a small group of backpackers crossing Europe, seeking short-lived entertainment in various forms, and how the backpackers' stay at certain hostels spells trouble in every sense of the word (and then some). Beyond that I won't elaborate. Believe me, this checks every box in the horror film genre in some way, shape, or form, and will haunt you long after the credits have rolled. HOSTEL truly is one of the greatest horror movies ever made.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2013 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO TOMIN ALT- You can catch the film on YOU TUBE- Decent print.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2013 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I agree with you on Flight. A superb film that really got to me as well. I don't recall the part you complain about being annoying to me though.

Also, I was close to going to see GI Joe Retaliation this weekend and then I looked at the prior films this director worked on and I just shook my head. What are they smoking to get no name directors and give them massive budgets (see TRON Legacy)?

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2013 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I agree with you on Flight. A superb film that really got to me as well. I don't recall the part you complain about being annoying to me though.

I think at that point in the film I was hugely emotionally invested in the stark unflinching drama and wasn't expecting a scene of comic relief interspersed between such serious proceedings.

I just kept watching the film going to myself, Denzel is an acting god...Denzel is an acting god...Denzel is an acting god.

Not like an acting god like a temporary god in another's place, mind you...but a god of the craft of acting. In case there is any confusion. big grin

It's weird because everyone at work that I asked if they had seen Flight kind of turned up their noses, like eh, not interested, not my kind of thing. Literally everyone I asked, about 6 people. Thought that was interesting.

 
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