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 Posted:   Jul 30, 2010 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Accepted (2006) -- 8/10

Cracked me up throughout.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2010 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

Dinner for Schmucks / Rated PG-13 for crude language, nudity and suggestiveness.
In 1988 there was a French movie called “Le Diner de Cons”. Translation: “The Dinner Game”. In July 2010 there is a new movie called “Dinner for Schmucks”. I hope the first one was funny. The new one has about as many laughs as dentist visits. While everyone in Dinner for Schmucks tries their best, and this includes Steve Carell as Barry the taxidermist, Zach Galifanakis (the off center guy with the beard in The Hangover), and Paul Rudd as the regular fellow, nothing can help the weak script and overly long story line. While the film has a good idea (apparently lifted right out of the French film) no matter how hard the actors try and how talented they are they can never quite get any real laughs out of the audience. Since I wasn’t laughing I had plenty of time to listen to everyone else. They weren’t either. The story concerns PR’s Madison Ave. job at a financial firm where he is trying to get a promotion. He has a good idea and is noticed by the boss. He is invited to a special, once a month executive dinner but he must bring along a schmuck or someone eccentric enough for everyone else to get a laugh out of. Both SC and ZG play IRS co-workers who seem to fit the bill. SC is a loner whose wife left him for ZG and all he does is collect dead mice and turn them into cute characters in various scene boxes or in large set pieces. Believe me this is not as easy as it looks on screen. Oddball characters add a little interest as does the sitcom situations which keep occurring that are supposed to inspire the audience to fits of laughter. They all come off about as funny as watching in the mirror as your barber hiccups and cuts a wide swath right down the middle of your head. A couple of good Beatles songs accompany the beginning and end titles and the Theodore Shapiro score tries to bring the sensitivity and humor to life. His score is far better than the images on screen. The best part of the film are the opening and closing credits. They feature the taxidermy scenes SC is supposedly creating. The dead mice are better actors and solicit more sympathy than the live performers on screen. All in all a watch-able farce but not the comedy fare they are trying to be. If you have any actual photos of the period from 1773 to 1783 that can be mailed to the newspaper I would appreciate your help. I am working on creating the entire Revolutionary War using only dead rodents and tin foil and am trying to be as accurate as possible. It’s a challenge.
Rated 2.0 out of 4.0 reasons “Psycho” put me off my hobby and “Dinner for Schmucks” has brought me back.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2010 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I just watched the Swedish movie Snabba Cash starring Joel Kinnaman and Fares Fares. Directed by Daniel Espinoza and scored by Jon Ekstrand.

This movie is based on a book by Jens Lapidus. Both the book and the movie was praised by everyone from the critics to the Swedish readers and cinemagoers. Before I watched the movie I had heard from people around me who had seen this movie that it was a pretty good one. I have not read the book.

The movie is apparently set for a Hollywood remake.

Anyway I did not like the movie at all. It didn`t do anything for me, actually I found it pretty bad. The only good thing was Jon Ekstrand`s very brief score. The score was way too good for such a bad movie. Kinnaman who played the lead was to me only known for being in several "Johan Falk" movies and there he was quite good. I do think that he will be a really big star someday.

So finally I have to rate it. I will give it 2 stars out of 10. The first one was entirely for Jon Ekstrand`s score and the second one was to Kinnaman who did whatever he could do with such crappy material.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2010 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I had a movie marathon this weekend but just got around to posting this...

Sum of All Fears -- 8/10
Men of Honor -- 9/10
An Unfinished Life -- 10/10
The Seventh Sign -- 5/10
The Green Zone -- 10/10
50 First Dates -- 9/10

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2010 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Inception. Overpraised, overlong and does nothing to change my view that Christopher Nolan is an emotionally distant filmmaker who can't do action and who doesn't seem to like women very much (this is a film where the only important female character was not only basically driven to kill herself by the main character but DOESN'T EVEN EXIST FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE and we're supposed to be okay with that). And unlike Dreamscape or the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, any possibility of a real threat to our hero is cancelled in the first few minutes when Marion Cotillard tells Leonard DiCaprio that if you get killed, you just wake up... huh?) . At least we're spared his mancrush on Christian Bale. 6/10.

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2010 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Just some thoughts on 3 that I saw this week, leaving out the synopsis' as I am too tired to care:

Dinner for Schmucks: inconsisent and awkwardly done, this is still funny film in many, many places and I laughed out loud and hard more than once. Good for a matinee.

6.5 out of 10

The Girl Who Played with Fire: the follow up to the first film of the series based on the novels, not quite as good as "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo", but still a worthy film sequel.

7 out of 10

The Kids are Alright: one of the best films of the year with some of the best performances as well, all brought on by a fantastic screenplay. Annette Benning gives I think her greatest performance of her career and I would be surprised if she doesnt get an Oscar nomination, if not an outright win. A great and honest movie.

9 out of 10

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2010 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Peep SHow series 3,4,5,6 20/10

Flip me, there is some very funny, very rude stuff in this. I love Big Suze and Super Hans is a legend. I think they could cut a bit of the swearing, as it is a bit over the top at times and doesn't add anything ad takes away any little realism a scene may have smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2010 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Inception -- 12/10

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2010 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

"In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great" : 10/10, best travelogue documentary ever filmed

very interesting live music included along the way...

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2010 - 9:32 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 4/10 Major league over-rated. After all the hype on this one, I couldn't believe just how uninspired the film actually is. Oh well, I can save money on the sequels and remakes at least.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Salt -- 10/10

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

TOY STORY 3.
After finding INCEPTION to be a technical marvel, but an emotional void, the animated toys from this film had me brimming over with emotion.
Although a tad too long, and a bit draggy in the middle, the final half hour or so had me wiped out emotionally. Talk about being put through the wringer!
A fantastic, fitting conclusion for these characters, it certainly gave HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON some competition for fave cartoon of the year.
Randy Newman's score, also during the last third, was amongst the best stuff I've heard from him for some time. That music as the characters were trundling towards the furnace was quite amazing.
I'm beginning to think Pixar may never go wrong.


I've thought that for years now. Even their weakest efforts (Cars for examples) are miles ahead of many other heavily touted efforts.

And yes, this is one of the years best films too. right along with How to Train Your Dragon.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I saw Toy Story 3 for the third time this morning (I can't remember the last movie I saw more than twice in theaters), and I still love it. Pixar can do no wrong.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Are We Done Yet -- 7/10

A breezy, pleasant way to spend 90 minutes. Pretty formulaic and unoriginal, but that's not always a terrible thing. John C. McGinley easily steals the show as an eccentric, over-the-top contractor with really inspired gesticulations and line delivery. He could have easily rehashed his comic approach that he played to perfection as Dr. Cox on Scrubs, but here he comes up with a new, fresh comic character creation, and has a lot of fun with it. I enjoy some Ice Cube movies just for their silly sense of fun (Trespass, xXx2: State of the Union, Barbershop), and in this one he, like McGinley, just has a good time with the role of a continually bumbling family man trying to put his new dream home together. Sort of a modern Money Pit, without the star magnetism of Tom Hanks, but still enjoyable. Cube is surprisingly committed and skilled at physical comedy, too. And Nia Long is hah-hot!!! Finally, Jonathan Katz makes an appearance as his neighbor.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Odlicno   (Member)

Constantine - 3/5 - not too bad. keanu reeves comes across like clint eastwood half the time. don't know why they bothered calling it constantine though, as the character in the comics is a blonde scouser.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2010 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The Birds (1963) 8/10. I still find this fascinating even with its flaws because I love the whole way way Hitchcock slowly builds things up in the beginning. The moment of the gull crashing into the house and the observation that it couldn't have become lost because there's a full moon captures perfectly an air of dead calm before some calamitous tornado about to strike and the fact that there's no score further supports that atmosphere. Smart move on Hitchcock's part.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2010 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

The Other Guys / Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sex jokes and lots of bullets a flyin’ but never hitting the good guys.
Are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The Guys are Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson. The Guys are the toughest cops ever to cop it up. And in a dynamite opening couple of scenes they prove it. Until the BIG problem occurs. Then it’s the Other Guys as a couple of mismatched cops who could easily be called Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. The two cops out of water and way in over their heads are Will and Mark playing an accountant and a macho wannable. They are soon on the trails of big business corruption, international killers and hot lead. At times when things are not going so well a lonely sax wails in the distance. As one of the big climatic scenes draws near, composer Jon Brion echoes the bass guitar rift used so well by Lalo Schifrin to introduce the big car chase scene with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” (1968). Yes indeed this film has spoof written all over it. And spoof away it does. For the first hour almost every scene that ensues is a surprise. This story moves along, at least for a while, with a rapidly entertaining pace that offers up one surprise and delight after another. Then, as the story begins to wind down to its inevitable bad guys catching conclusion it seems to try to hard to say “see how clever we are” and then continues to stretch the point just a little too long. Taking about 10 minutes off the bottom would have tightened up the whole story and kept the ball rolling. Instead the high speed spin and surprises start to wear a little thin. Even so the amazing and hilarious odd ball characters and scenes keep rolling along with enough thrills to provide more than the average summer copy thriller comedy this looked to be. The script is clever and deeper than it appears. WF and MW do a great job as foils then partners figuring out both how to solve crimes and be cops at the same time. Michael Keaton adds to the mix as a beleaguered Police Captain and several cameos pop up adding to the fun. Not to mention the opening scene with The Rock and Nick Fury (see Iron Man II) to “top” it all off. Unfortunately for Will and Mark as much fun as they are having on screen ala Hope and Crosby were on The Road to Anywhere they just can’t quite live up to the first 15 minutes when The Guys are on screen. They sure to give it a go. You go.

Rated 3.30 out of 4.0 just the facts, mamm, just the facts. Or just the fun.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2010 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Appaloosa -- 7/10

Better than average western. Directing duties capably handled by star Ed Harris. A little uneven and the female lead (Renee Zellweger) is shockingly unlikeable. The best part of the movie is Viggo Mortensen, and a roster of some of my favorite actors: Harris, Jeremy Irons, Rex Linn, Lance Henriksen, James Gammon, Tom Bower. Definitely a very unpredictable movie, too, which can be hard to pull off.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2010 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Assault on Precinct 13 - Very enthralling (yet suspenseless) movie with good pace and action. The camerawork and angles were superb. The "issue" element with Hawke's character seemed totally unnecessary, as it really had no emotional or functional impact on the progression of the story (or me.) Unlike Training Day, I didn't really feel any concern for Hawke (or any of the characters, for that matter) but was more interested in the good/bad teamwork and the methods that would have to be used to survive. Some decent twists here and there. Music was very good but unmemorable. Unlike Diehard, I doubt this has any replay value - it's far too too linear and lacked solid drama - 8

Mars Attacks! - A cool, fun-filled movie that loses its way too many times with uninteresting situations. I enjoyed the score - 7.5

Get Smart - Never realized how sexy Anne Hathaway was until seeing this film. Overall, mildly entertaining but very tiresome. While Carell was well-suited for this part, he was more annoying than whimsical. Don Adams is still king. Some interesting situations and gadgets, but the whole thing left me feeling empty - 6

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2010 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

The Other Guys -- 8/10

When Will Ferrell is hot, he's hot. Mark Wahlberg was very funny, and I loved Michael Keaton showing up in a comedy again! Haven't seen him in awhile. He keeps quoting lines from TLC songs ("Don't go chasing waterfalls!" / "I don't want no scrubs") but is completely oblivious to the fact that they are lines from a song. "Captain, you keep quoting lines from TLC!" "I really have no idea what you're talking about." Michael Keaton's character not only is the police captain; he also has a part time job at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. big grin "The new bath mats are in!"

Eva Mendes...whoa!

A couple great insults by Mark Wahlberg about Ferrell:

"When your piss hits the urinal, it sounds feminine!"

"You can't even fart like a man. When you fart it sounds like a baby blowing out the candles on his birthday cake...phhhh..."

And..."He wants to do sexual things to you that include a mannequin hand and an electric razor taped to a golf club."

Very funny movie!

 
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