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 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

There's quite a bit going on. Every apparent positive has a looming inversion, which is basically what I felt coming on with major events and their turning points within the story from about halfway through. You could say the bitch had it coming. But no matter how much you may loathe the persona of Jasmine, she is a sympathetic character. She takes a stab at towing the line and finds that predominantly it's a game of snakes and ladders - mainly snakes.

I agree wholeheartedly it's not a black comedy. If it is then I'm obviously missing something.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The Other Woman. Will never be confused for a great movie (well, what do you expect from something with Nicki Minaj and Don Johnson in the cast?) and the plot only really gets going when Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann hook up with Kate Upton* - also, some really annoying choices from the music supervisor - but I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh. At least it's not painful. 5/10.

*Which despite her billing takes a while.

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Pacific Rim (2013) -- 4/10
Bullet to the Head (2013) -- 1/10

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Pacific Rim (2013) -- 4/10
Bullet to the Head (2013) -- 1/10


Ouch, more specifics on why you didn't like Pacific Rim?

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Space Battleship Yamato (Live Action Film) 10-10

I absolutely love this film, every frame of it. Extremely engaging and emotionally fulfilling. I put it right up there with Wrath of Khan, Rocketeer and Star Wars, among other Sci Fi classics.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Movie 43 with Kate Winslet, Dennis Quaid, Hugh Jackman, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Liev Schreiber, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Kieran Culkin, Justin Long, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Common, and several others.

Here's my Netflix review:

Funny? Ya gottta be kidding! I thought this was one of the most Unfunny movies I have ever seen. And yet some reviewers claim they thought it was funny. It made my skin crawl and I found myself astonished that it would even be green-lighted. Honestly, it it seemed like the drivel now being passed off as comedy on "Saturday Night Live" taken to the Nth degree. And I find it chilling to think that this is what some people think of as funny. Back in the 1970s, when they marketed "The Loved One" (which truly WAS funny!), the ads read "It Has Something To Offend EVERYONE," and while it may have offended some, it was still quite entertaining. But not this one. Identified as "Raunchy," I think it would be more apt to call it vomit-inducing. Or maybe diarrhea-inducing. See this at your own peril!

Just one example. In the beginning vignette, Dennis Quaid is down on his luck and pitching an idea for a film to Greg Kinnear. His idea: Kate Winslett goes on a blind date with a man who turns out to be played by Hugh Jackman, and she's surprised at how good looking he is ... until he takes off his scarf to reveal, hanging from the middle of his neck, the most realistic depiction of a scrotum and 2 testicles, the left hanging a tad lower than the right. She's startled by what she sees and is dismayed that nobody in the busy restaurant seems to notice the scrotum hanging from Jackman's neck. This segment goes on far too long, at one point Jackman standing behind Winslett while their picture is being taken, and he's asked to crouch down and the scrotum rests on Winslett's head, which horrifies her. I shouldn't get into the one in which the woman asks her boyfriend to "poo" on her and when he discusses the concept of it with his buddies, they caution him to refer to it as poo because "You only call it 'shit' when you do it on a whore," and give him suggestions on what to eat beforehand to affect its color and texture -- THAT segment ends with an explosion of diarrhea covering the windshield of a car! Just hated this movie.

Here's how it is described at IMDb:

Ineffectual, 'has-been' film-maker (Dennis Quaid) swindles his way into an interview with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to pitch an outrageous and controversial comedy manuscript. After pitching the first of his thirteen offbeat fables, the dejected artist forces the rest of his disjointed allegory on the executive at gunpoint. He tells stories of a woman on a blind date with a man who has testicles growing from his neck, in another a smitten woman offers her neck to her boyfriend to 'poop' on - as a sign of commitment and love. In yet another two parents take home-schooling to a whole new level of indecency, striving to give their isolated teenage son all the 'regular' torment and humiliation of puberty by bullying, peer-pressuring and even seducing him themselves. An off-beat, elephant-in-the-room type film. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

But that has some inaccuracies. For example, in the first line we are told that Quaid "swindles his way into an interview with a film executive," when in fact, as he unhesitatingly admits, he sucked off the guard at the gate to gain entry, which becomes a running gag in the movie. Enough already!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 12:35 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

And yet some reviewers claim they thought it was funny.

Most others seem to agree with you, however (and apparently most of the cast tried to get out of it).

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

CindyLover:

See the paragraphs I added just as you were replying!!!

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 1:26 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Pacific Rim (2013) -- 4/10


Ouch, more specifics on why you didn't like Pacific Rim?





Can't speak for Deputy, but I found this to be one poorly written script. No common sense at all. Just because it has giant robots fighting monsters doesn't mean it can't put in the minimum effort of intelligence found in most other b-films of it's type.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 4:15 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Pacific Rim (2013) -- 4/10


Ouch, more specifics on why you didn't like Pacific Rim?



Can't speak for Deputy, but I found this to be one poorly written script. No common sense at all. Just because it has giant robots fighting monsters doesn't mean it can't put in the minimum effort of intelligence found in most other b-films of it's type.


Actually, in this case you can speak for the Deputy! Well put. And horrible acting. Like you said, no minimum effort on anything except I think for special effects, which is what got my rating 4 points out of 10. Probably Charlie Day's character brought my rating down at least 3 points; one of the most annoying characters (and actors) I've ever seen. Guillermo del Toro has fallen a long way from Blade II, Hellboy, and Pan's Labyrinth. Hell, even Mimic was leaps and bounds better than Pacific Rim.

I am, however, looking forward to GdT's next project, Crimson Peak.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

THE EXORCIST director's cut

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2014 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Dep, have you seen the show Harper's Island? It was recommended to me and it looks like a 13-hour slasher movie so I though it might be in your wheelhouse. . . If you've seen it, any thoughts?

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Dep, have you seen the show Harper's Island? It was recommended to me and it looks like a 13-hour slasher movie so I though it might be in your wheelhouse. . . If you've seen it, any thoughts?

I haven't seen it, but I have wanted to for awhile, it's been towards the top of my Amazon shopping cart for several months. It does look really cool and unusual, a slasher story told in television format, and it has Jim Beaver and Katie Cassidy in it, two actors I really like. I'm sure I'll get to it soon. If you watch it first, let me know what you think!

Anyone else seen it or heard anything about it?

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I'm watching it now, watched the first episode last night. Will get back to you when I've finished the series!

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I'm watching it now, watched the first episode last night. Will get back to you when I've finished the series!

Cool. Please do!

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Mr. Jones 4/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2507280/


This has been getting the usual "I've never heard of these reviewers" raves razz so we tried out this independent horror tale last night. It has a fantastically creepy trailer and the movie itself has a good opening 40-45 minutes before it just falls apart.

What is supposed to be a fresh take on found-footage horror actually turns out to be an odd mixture of mockumentary and standard narrative, switching back and forth between styles which ends up just being jarring, not daringly creative.

Basically a young couple working on a wilderness documentary find a new subject for their film, Mr. Jones - an enigma who has become something of a sensation in the art world for sending some very disturbing scarecrows, or totems, to random people over the years. These scarecrow sculptures have had very disturbing effects on people and our young couple may have found this mystery man and are determined to learn more, and so on and so on...

The totems are really freakish and eerie ....




you can check out more of these things here -

http://www.pumpkinrot.com/pages/Page16.htm

But avoid the movie. The last 30 or so minutes are so disappointing and frustrating once Mr Jones' actual agenda is revealed ( the truth behind the mystery itself isn't a bad idea ), and the movie heads right into trippy, trying-so-hard-to-be-clever ridiculousness.

Another review described the movie as "if David Lynch directed Lovecraft " which maybe sums up what is wrong with the film big grin

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

Lola Versus - 6/10

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Space Battleship Yamato (Live Action Film) 10-10

I absolutely love this film, every frame of it. Extremely engaging and emotionally fulfilling. I put it right up there with Wrath of Khan, Rocketeer and Star Wars, among other Sci Fi classics.


I couldn't finish the film. I found the acting to be cheesy and so bad it pushed me off. I love the soundtrack but that wasn't enough to keep me engaged. I didn't much care for the plot either, just felt like going through the motions.

As for Pacific Rim, I've watched it again at home since seeing it in theaters and so I know it wasn't just some fluke but it really grabbed me. I have a soft spot for big spectacle films provided they do enough to keep me engaged for the ride and this was plenty engaging.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Space Battleship Yamato (Live Action Film) 10-10

I absolutely love this film, every frame of it. Extremely engaging and emotionally fulfilling. I put it right up there with Wrath of Khan, Rocketeer and Star Wars, among other Sci Fi classics.


I couldn't finish the film. I found the acting to be cheesy and so bad it pushed me off. I love the soundtrack but that wasn't enough to keep me engaged. I didn't much care for the plot either, just felt like going through the motions.


I feel the exact opposite. Its full of interesting "distinct" characters, great acting and subtle performances. Hollywood is phoning it in. Especially the summer blockbusters. Then again I'm not a mainstream consumer anymore. As they say different strokes for different folks.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2014 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Gangster Squad (2013) -- 8/10

Great movie! Very entertaining, stylish, well-made. Tremendously exciting action sequences and a killer cast. Pretty ferocious and violent, too. Sean Penn's performance was a bit too caricature and a lot of scenes felt like they had been trimmed down to 10% of what they once were, resulting in brief blips of moments that should have meant more, but otherwise I really enjoyed Gangster Squad.

 
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