Edited by Malmordo - 2/14/13 at 3:41pm
Bold if I've seen it before. Italicized if I saw it in the theater.
Traffic (2000, Soderbergh) B+
Shame (2011, McQueen) A+
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, Dixon) A-
Best Seller (1987, Flynn) B-
Cop (1988, Harris) A+
Against All Odds (1984, Hackford) A
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011, Furman) B+
Primal Fear (1996, Hoblit) B+
Not Fade Away (2012, Chase) B
Continuing from last year:
Jan 5: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. Terrific, bloody fun, beautifully photographed and cast. Totally should have become a franchise.
Jan 6: Fiend Without a Face. Is Criterion pulling my leg with this one? Unintended contexts aside, it's largely unremarkable. But hey, crawling brains!
Jan 10: Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (3D). Cute girl, but way overboard with the kitsch. Beatles music never felt more out-of-place.
Jan 12: Superman (2000 restoration). Seriously, why even bother with reboots, re-imaginings, or semi-sequels? They got it right already.
Jan 21: Casino Royale. This movie is almost halfway over when two things happen: the plot finally gets started and Eva Green becomes a star.
Jan 22: Zero Dark Thirty. There's exactly one opportunity for comic relief in this movie and Chris Pratt knocks it out of the park.
Jan 24: The Saddest Music In the World. Tenth-anniversary screening with live music and beer. The way it should be.
Jan 26: Superman II. Y'know, after all the hoo-ha about original vision and unused footage the theatrical version still works best.
Jan 26: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (3D). Satisfyingly gory and vulgar, with some great old-school practical creature effects.
Jan 29: Sherlock, Jr.. A classic. Also disjointed nonsense, held together by the sheer force of Buster Keaton's creative energy.
Green for first viewings, italicized for theatrical viewings.
1) Superman Returns (Singer, 2006)
2) A Fistful of Dollars (Leone, 1964)
3) Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954)
4) Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943)
5) Rope (Hitchcock, 1948) - Forgot just how compelling this film is. Filming a stage-like performance is often considered dull, but Hitchcock nailed it here. It isn't about the (Glaringly obvious) cuts; it's about how meticulously planned and choreographed the blocking and camera movement is, how it gives what could be a static affair a wonderful fluidity without overshadowing the fantastic dialogue.
6) The Raid: Redemption (Evans, 2011) - Just pummeling good fun. A masterclass in how you escalate action scenes in spectacle, inventiveness and emotional impact.
7) Three Colours: Blue (Kieslowski, 1993) - The Three Colours Trilogy has been on my 'need to see' list for as long as I remember, and I'm finally remedying it. A beautiful, elegant film about loss and healing that hits to the core without ever looking like it's trying to. Loved Kieslowski's use of the colour blue and music to remind us that no matter how far we try and run from them, pain and creativity are always there - sometimes to haunt us, but ultimately to save us. And Juliette Binoche just might be the sexiest woman ever.
8) The Cabin in the Woods (Goddard, 2011) - Fuck me, this movie's fun. Great monsters, a tight script and a bloody marvellous concept, but the heart and soul of the film is Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford's as the world's most loveable schlubby murderous cultists.
9) Shaun of the Dead (Wright,2004)
10) Demolition Man (Brambilla, 1993) - Hadn't seen this one since it first came out on video. Smarter than it looks, yet not quite sharp enough to push the satire to its full potential. Snipes is fun, though.
11) Stripes (Reitman, 1983)
12) Robot Jox (Gordon, 1989) - Surprisingly okay. Rough around the edges and suffers from some terrible performances, but some genuinely interesting ideas and a Joe Haldeman script make it strangely more than the sum of its parts.
13) Harry Brown (Barber, 2009) - A real disappointment. Caine is fantastic, and they do a great job of making him a realistic but still potent badass for the character's age. Ultimately though, it's let down by a bullshit plot twist and the kind of cartoonish portrayal of young gang members that reminds you just how far above everything else The Wire still remains.
14) Three Colours: White (Kieslowski, 1994) - A dark comedy that is in some ways less elegant than Blue, but still just as enjoyable. Zbigniew Zamachowski is wonderful as the put-upon cuckold most of us swear we aren't in bad relationships (But really, we kind of are), while Julie Delpy injects a huge amount of soul into a character that could be seen as problematic. What is blowing me away about this trilogy is that as much as my cinephile side is slightly ashamed at leaving these films unseen for so long, these films are touching subjects that eerily echo my own life in recent years. In short, I would never have understood Blue and White as deeply if I saw them a decade ago, and I'm keen to see what Red has in store.
15) Inglourious Basterds (Tarantino, 2009)
16) Django Unchained (Tarantino, 2012) - Had a blast with it. A little flabby in spots, but no big deal. Christoph Waltz has the silkiest delivery of any actor I've seen in years, and Foxx's simmering understatement was fantastic. Di Caprio and jackson take the honours though; both were the best I've seen them in years.
17) Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
18) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black, 2005)
I am glad there is a 2013 version of this thread. Hopefully more people participate as the more the merrier.
King Frat: What a first movie for 2013 to watch. I had never even heard of it until the B Action Thread's Rene somehow found it and he enjoyed it while admitting it is rather juvenile. Last week I was inspired for some reason to track it down and amazingly I did find it (nevermind how). It's a rather low-budget extremely blatant ripoff of Animal House, to the point that there's people in the cast that looks like John Belushi and Tim Matheson. The Bluto-inspired guy is rather off-putting, as is many of the main characters. To give you an example, the film starts off with the main guys in a hearse with the license plate "Hey 4Q2" act like complete assholes, driving the wrong way down a one way street under construction, mooning everyone (including children!) and their mooning gives the college president a heart attack. Yep. Other things happen, including forced puking, theft, and various things that made me think of the protagonists as asstagonists. Oh, and to kill time with the main plot being that-shock of shocks-the dean wants to eject the frat off his campus, the big scene of the first half is a FARTING CONTEST. I don't think I need to say more. I did not like this as much as Rene did, to say the least.
Tremors: Thankfully I still enjoy this film, which I saw plenty of times as a kid. It's still a great B-movie thrill ride. I had forgotten how much humor there was throughout.
Darker Than Amber: Yes, the incredibly rare-especially uncut-1970 film with Rod Taylor and William Smith where the ending is those two having a big brawl and at least according to legend the staged fight got out of hand and turned into a legit fight and it was all caught on camera. Well, I found the uncut version (you know it is such as it has hardcoded Dutch subtitles), again nevermind how, but I did. It's not awesome but it's still a good drama/mystery that takes its time and you have Rod and the lady he rescues getting to know each other before something happens and the mystery aspect is cranked up. Smith makes a great villain as his character was terrifying and psychotic. There isn't much violence but when you do see it, it is intense. I mean, literally "digging your own grave" sort of shit. It is a shame the movie has been so hard to find for so many years as it does deserve better.
Not to derail, but really?? It's been a while since I saw it but I remember thinking the VFX were actually quite remarkable.
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice: I had never seen this infamous movie before, this wacky early 70's tale based on a manga where a loose cannon samurai master wreaks havoc while having an enormous penis, which he uses often. Now that I have, I greatly enjoyed how wild it was along with the awesome mainly funky early 70's score. However, I could have done without all the rape-y aspects, as that of course was incredibly disturbing and resorted to me having to rationalize why they did that and making excuses for liking a movie that features such content.
Rashomon: I also had never seen this before. Needless to say it is great, and Mifune was tremendous with that crazy (and itchy) performance.
Killer Joe: Despite being turned off legit by that "childlike" character Dottie (it wasn't Juno Temple's performance; rather, it was how damn annoying the character was, and in a bad way), I still really liked this pitch black comedy of a film with that infamous scene with the piece of chicken. I laughed often and enjoyed what happened with certain characters as they deserved what they got. Of course, Matthew McConaughey as the titular character was awesome and I was not expecting it to be brutally violent when you do see violence.
In the Realm of the Senses: Yep, the infamous mid 70's film from Japan where you see plenty of unsimulated sex. Well, the director Nagisa Oshima just passed away a few days ago and it was on Hulu Plus so I decided to dive in. The story was fine, sure, and it was well-made but what kept my interest the most was all the perverse things going on, the near-constant sex that happened, and wondering what I would get to see next. They went balls out (literally at some points) to be explicit in the opening minutes so no wonder I thought this way. I hate to say it-and I am definitely not a fan of smoking-but seeing a guy light up a cigarette and start puffing away as he's getting a BJ... that is hilarious and awesome.
First Viewing, Rewatch
Theatrical, TV/DVD, Online
Bold if I've seen it before. Italicized if I saw it in the theater.
Traffic (2000, Soderbergh) B+
Shame (2011, McQueen) A+
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, Dixon) A-
Best Seller (1987, Flynn) B-
Cop (1988, Harris) A+
Against All Odds (1984, Hackford) A
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011, Furman) B+
Primal Fear (1996, Hoblit) B+
Not Fade Away (2012, Chase) B
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Spielberg) A
Sneakers (1992, Robinson) A-
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975, Scorsese) A+
Star Trek (2009, Abrams) A-
Cat People (1982, Schrader) A
The Hunger (1983, Scott) A
Promised Land (2012, Van Sant) C+
Les Miserables (2012, Hooper) D
Unforgiven (1992, Eastwood) A+
Zero Dark Thirty (2012, Bigelow) A
Gangster Squad (2013, Fleischer) D
Alien (1979, Scott) A
Silence of the Lambs (1991, Demme) A+
Point Break (1991, Bigelow) A+
The Last Stand (2013, Ji-Woon) C+
Broken City (2013, Hughes) C-
The Split (1968, Flemyng) A+
Hit Man (1972, Armitage) A-
Dark of the Sun (1968, Cardiff) A+
The Parallax View (1974, Pakula) A
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Spielberg) A+
The Loved One (1965, Richardson) A+
Death Valley (1982, Richards) B+
Django Unchained (2012, Tarantino) A+
The Ice Storm (1997, Lee) A+
Training Day (2001, Fuqua) A-
Rushmore (1998, Anderson) A+
The Last Boy Scout (1991, Scott) A+
United 93 (2006, Greengrass) A+
The Sixth Sense (1999, Shyamalan) A-
The Rapture (1991, Tolkin) A+
The President's Analyst (1967, Flicker) A
Fatal Attraction (1987, Lyne) A+
Parker (2013, Hackford) D+
Bullet to the Head (2013, Hill) C+
Total films seen in January:44
Been cold as hell, so basically I've just been running to the REDBOX and grabbing whatever is in stock blu-ray-wise.
The Grey 1/1
Moonrise Kingdom 1/1
Snow White and the Huntsman 1/2
The Raven 1/3
Trouble with the Curve 1/12
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 1/25
Seven Psychopaths 1/25
Green - First viewing
Italics - Theatrical
19) Star Trek (Abrams, 2009)
20) Torn Curtain (Hitchcock, 1966)
21) Get Him to the Greek (Stoller, 2010)
22) Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Kasdan, 2007)
23) Lemmy (Oliver, Orshoski 2010) - Hugely enjoyable documentary about one of the greatest living human beings.
24) Django Unchained (Tarantino, 2012)
25) Hot Fuzz (Wright, 2007)
26) Save Your Legs (Hicklin, 2003) - This comedy doesn't exactly aim high for starters, melding the standard 'perky underdog' story Australian filmmakers are apparently contractually obliged to churn out with Apatow-esque bromantic manchildren and low-brow fish out of water stuff taken straight from the Hangover movies. However, it squanders an amusing start with increasingly condescending preachiness then flagrantly contradicts an apparent 'It's Cool To Give Up Your Dreams And get A Mortgage' message with an insanely fantastical ending that justifies the protagonist's dreamchasing after all. It has the feel of a script that has had so many cautionary notes and rewrites no-one knew what it was supposed to be saying in the first place, and ends up a bit of a condescending mess.
27) Tropic Thunder (Stiller, 2008)
28) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Meyer, 1982) - So fucking great.
29) Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Gervasi, 2008)
30) The 40-Year Old Virgin (Apatow, 2005) - I'd never seen this all the way through and really enjoyed giving it a proper watch. it's rare for a comedy to balance raucousness and heart effectively, but this movie does an excellent job of it. And any reminder of Catherine Keener's hotness is fine by me.
31) I Love You, Man (Hamburg, 2009) - Not quite asgood as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but fun nonetheless. Also, Rush cameos make me happy.
Viewings 1-10 here:
Feb 2: Movie 43. The competition for Good Sport of the Year is awful tough here, with Hugh Jackman and Elizabeth Banks coming close. But I'm gonna have to give it to Halle Berry.
Feb 8: Side Effects. You'll be back, Soderbergh. This isn't the one you want to go out on.
Feb 8: John Dies at the End. Imagine Supernatural on all kinds of drugs and maybe a couple Red Bulls. Huge fun.
Feb 9: Valhalla Rising. It's all about the mood and atmosphere here. I look forward to more from Mr. Rifn.
Feb 12: The Hole (3D). It's a crime that this never got a stateside theatrical release. Confident and compact, with fine performances and goosebumps galore.
Feb 12: Music and Lyrics. Got real curious about Haley Bennett after seeing The Hole, and turned up this minor charmer. The expert faux-80s pop tunes are a highlight.
Feb 14: The Game. Eh. Rich people.
Feb 18: Black Snake Moan. Powerful and original. Possibly a career best for Christina Ricci, and everyone else brings their game too.
Feb 23: A Fish Called Wanda. Hadn't seen this in ages. Forgot how solid it is.
Feb 26: Argo. Really enjoyed this, which is more than I can say for a lot of Best Picture winners. Superb period detail: I had that Cylon toy, and the chestpiece was easy to lose.
Firepower: This is a 1993 movie that this board's Hunter Tarantino saw and wrote for the site. It's a PM Entertainment film (enough said for many of you, I imagine). Hunter did a great job writing about it for this site so you can read his review here, but I do agree that it's low-budget greatness in Chad McQueen and Gary Daniels going into a no man's land to get The Swordsman and they have to end up fighting Mortal Kombat-style fights in Thunderdome. Oh, and The Swordsman... THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR. Yes, the WWF wrestler many of us loved watching when we were kids, me included.
The A-Team (the Extended Edition): I saw the theatrical version on the big screen and I dug that ridiculous and yet highly entertaining film; I finally watched the longer version and yeah the theatrical was long as is, but I still liked it.
One Down Two To Go: This is an early 80's film made by Fred Williamson and it features him, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, AND Richard Roundtree. Awesome, right? Well, I know some really dig it but me, I was more "meh" about it despite some good moments, a bitchin' early 80's funk score and some hilarious unintentional comedy, such as a real short role from a strange looking man who looks like a combo between Gert Frobe, King Kong Bundy and that fat bald guy from Stir Crazy. This is a movie less than 90 minutes where you have a lot of obvious padding to fill the runtime and you have a scene in a stairwell where gunshots are fired but other people in the stairwell somehow don't hear it.
My Bloody Valentine 3D: I had seen this on the big screen back when it came out and I decided to see it again via Blu-Ray, where the 3D stuff doesn't look as horrid as you'd expect. I really dug it back then and I still dig it now. It's just a fun gory ride.
Django Unchained: I finally saw this after more than one occasion where I was planning on giving it a view and circumstances beyond my control happened. I am real hit and miss when it comes to Tarantino's films; thankfully this was definitely a hit to me, for reasons that I probably don't really have to get into. Great performances all around.
The Last Stand: I decided to give this a go, even with some members of the B-Action Movie Thread thinking this was "meh", which was a troubling sign. Maybe it was lowered expectations but I really did like this. While it's not exactly stellar in terms of being believable or having an original script, I thought it was great entertainment with fun characters (Knoxville's oddball character wasn't as much of a factor as the advertising would have you believe; that was good, mainly because too much of that character would have been off-putting), memorable moments for all the main characters, and plenty of satisfying violence. It's not awful like it's box office bombing would have you believe it is.
Friday Foster: I heard a detailed review for this (a 1975 film based on a comic strip that went defunct before this came out; whoops!) and I knew it was lesser Pam Grier, as she is a mild-mannered photographer investigating a convoluted case with her P.I. pal (Yaphet Kotto!) and she's more a damsel in distress rather than the badass fight anyone woman we all know and love her for; but, it was on MGMHD a few nights ago so I gave it a watch and yeah, it's lesser Pam Grier. It's not awful but it's just average, not as great at Pam's most famous films from the 70's. At least there was Scatman Crothers, Carl Weathers wearing some hilarious 70's clothing, Ted Lange (Isaac from The Love Boat) as a pimp, Jim Backus in a leisure suit in a one scene cameo, Julius Harris (Tee Hee from Live and Let Die) as Pam's boss, and... Eartha Kitt! This is probably the only film where you get to hear Eartha refer to a character (who you later find out is a homosexual) as "a faggot"... sigh at those less enlightened times.
My First Wedding: Yes, I still am going through Rachael Leigh Cook's filmography. This obscure 2006 film I was dreading, as it was a romantic comedy, a movie about mistaken identity, and I heard plenty of bad reviews for it. As for the movie... at least the cast and crew were able to go to Montreal-a cool city I've love to visit once in my lifetime-for a few weeks to film this. Sure, it's hilarious that the movie is about Rachael's character about to be married in three days to a virgin dude who nevertheless is rich and successful but because her character is written badly she out of nowhere becomes a nympho who gets horny looking at most guys (and she's a virgin herself) and literally she can't wait THREE DAYS to fuck so she goes to confessional and due to a "comedy" of errors, she confesses to a young douchebag guy who's a carpenter; he has to play a priest the rest of the time to try and break up the marriage. Yeah, this was pretty bad! A bunch of shitty characters doing the stupidest things to make this a feature-length film. There's an extended charades scene that happens for no real good reason. I don't think I need to say much else, except that there are plenty of other Rachael movies to see rather than this one.
* indicates second or third viewing
1. THE GAME (1997; David Fincher)* B+
2. THE CAMPAIGN (2012; Jay Roach) B-
3. LOOPER (2012; Rian Johnson) C
4. HAPPY NEW YEAR (1987; John G. Avildsen) C+
5. THE ADVENTUROUS BLONDE (1937; Frank McDonald) C
6. THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE (1942; Herbert I. Leeds) B
7. DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012; Quentin Tarantino) C+
8. DREDD (2012; Pete Travis) A-
9. THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971; Robert Fuest)* A+
10. LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE (1974; Jorge Grau)* A
11. PARKER (2013; Taylor Hackford) B
12. RIDING SHOTGUN (1954; Andre De Toth) B+
13. CZ12 / CHINESE ZODIAC (2012; Jackie Chan) D
14. DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN! (1972; Robert Fuest)* B+
15. BULLET TO THE HEAD (2013; Walter Hill) B
16. MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971; Gordon Hessler) B
17. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012; David O. Russell) C
18. WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956; Fritz Lang)* C
19. HORROR EXPRESS (1972; Eugenio Martin)* A-
20. DEFINITELY, MAYBE (2008; Adam Brooks) C-
21. GREMLINS (1984; Joe Dante)* B+
22. CARSON CITY (1952; Andre De Toth) B+
23. MR. JEALOUSY (1998; Noah Baumbach) B+
24. PASSPORT TO SUEZ (1943; Andre De Toth) C+
25. THE BOUNTY HUNTER (1954; Andre De Toth) B+
V/H/S: Via Xbox Video I finally saw this polarizing film. Me, I thought that aside from parts of the first sketch and the entirety of the final sketch, it was a load of crap and massively disappointing, especially considering that some places and some film fans really loved it all. Ti West's segment... a whole lot of nothing (not a surprise, IMO), but that sketch with the girl in the woods with her friends... that was even worse! The big problem here aside from the uninteresting stories overall is that the movie was filled with loathsome terrible protagonists who come across so bad you can't possibly get behind them.
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning: Speaking of polarizing movies... again with the Xbox Video, I saw the Director's Cut of this film. The action was great but I really didn't care for the story at all. At least there are others who feel the same way as me. Why they went with such a bizarre change of direction with this franchise, I don't quite know.
Live Free or Die Hard: I still don't really care for this movie and its crap plot. At least I can admit that I actually enjoyed the dynamic for the most part between Willis and Long, and the action was fun to watch if completely ridiculous. Besides, it looks good compared to what I saw the next day.
A Good Day to Die Hard: This really is as bad as most people have said it is. The story was complete crap and the father/son dynamic was quite tiresome and not entertaining, but when a Die Hard movie has horribly-shot incomprehensible action scenes you can barely comprehend due to how bad it was done, you know you really screwed something up.
Revolver: No not the Jason Statham film or some other movies with the same title, this is an early 70's poliziotteschi film starring Fabio Testi and the infamous Oliver Reed. I know exactly zero people will be shocked to hear that Reed was at times difficult to work with and he often showed up on set inebriated, but he did manage to act pretty well here. It's about a prison warden who has to team up with a criminal to find the people who kidnapped his wife; no it's more serious than a buddy cop comedy sort of thing. It is a pretty serious film where the characters actually have to make some heavy choices so there is plenty of drama.
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?: This is a '74 Italian film that is actually a cross between a poliziotteschi and a giallo, with an emphasis on the latter. It's a pretty sleazy story about how a staged suicide reveals a big case and the cops have to figure it out while dealing with a masked man in black leather who rides around on a motorcycle and whose weapon of choice is a meat cleaver, leading to the expected visual of plenty of blood being spilled. Besides poliziotteschi veteran Mario Adorf having a small role, another minor character is played by Farley Granger. Yes, of Rope and Strangers on a Train fame. The movie's pretty good overall.
Suspiria: I had seen this once before but that was a long while ago. I don't need to say much about this movie as it's still great.
Stunt Rock: This was my virgin experience with that wacky slice of Ozploitation. There's really not much of a plot but boy is there a lot to laugh at and be entertained by between all the batshit crazy stunts done by Grant Page and the wacky band Sorcery with their theatrical stage show of Merlin doing battle with a demon.
26. CRIME WAVE (1954; Andre De Toth) B+
27. MAN IN THE SADDLE (1951; Andre De Toth) B
28. THE STRANGER WORE A GUN (1953; Andre De Toth)* C-
29. THE FALCON AND THE CO-EDS (1943; William Clemens) B+
30. THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002; Phil Alden Robinson) C+
31. INTERNAL AFFAIRS (1990; Mike Figgis) B
32. CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO (1941; Harry Lachman) B
33. THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD (1944; Gordon Douglas) C+
34. THE SHADOW STRIKES (1937; Lynn Shores) B
35. INTERNATIONAL CRIME (1938; Charles Lamont) B-
36. RAW MEAT (1973; Gary Sherman) B+
37. THE MISSING LADY (1946; Phil Karlson) C-
38. DETOUR (1945; Edgar G. Ulmer) B+
39. THE MALTESE FALCON (1931; Roy Del Ruth) C+
40. THE FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO (1945; Joseph H. Lewis) C+
41. SATAN MET A LADY (1936; William Dieterle) B-
42. BREAKDOWN (1997; Jonathan Mostow)* A-
43. INNER SANCTUM (1948; Lew Landers) B-
44. TO THE WONDER (2013; Terrence Malick) C+
45. INVISIBLE AVENGER (1958; James Wong Howe & John Sledge) D
46. THE LONE WOLF SPY HUNT (1939; Peter Godfrey) C+
47. STRANGE ILLUSION (1945; Edgar G. Ulmer) C+
48. SHAOLIN VS. WU-TANG (1983; Gordon Liu) B-
49. DICK TRACY VS. CUEBALL (1946; Gordon Douglas) B
50. DICK TRACY'S DILEMMA (1947; John Rawlins) B-
51. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011; Tomas Alfredson) B-
52. IRON MAN (2008; Jon Favreau)* A
53. IRON MAN 3 (2013; Shane Black) A-
54. THE LAST HARD MEN (1976; Andrew V. McLaglen) B
55. THE DRAGON MURDER CASE (1934; H. Bruce Humberstone) C+
56. MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933; Michael Curtiz) B
57. ROCKSHOW (1980; Jack Priestley)* A+
58. STAR TREK (2009; J.J. Abrams)* C-
59. DEATH WISH (1974; Michael Winner)* B+
60. BLADES OF GLORY (2007; Josh Gordon, Will Speck) B
61. JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1943; Norman Foster) A-
62. BEFORE SUNSET (2004; Richard Linklater)* A
63. JACK REACHER (2012; Christopher McQuarrie) C+
64. THE LAST STAND (2013; Kim Jee-woon) B
65. SIDE EFFECTS (2013; Steven Soderbergh) C+
66. BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013; Richard Linklater) A
67. DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978; Terrence Malick)* A-
68. THE PROTECTOR (1985; James Glickenhaus)* B-
Alternate version (Glickenhaus, Jackie Chan)* B
69. 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE (1986; Hal Ashby) B
70. SAFE (2012; Boaz Yakin) B
71. RAMPAGE (1992; William Friedkin) B+
72. JAILBREAKERS (1994; William Friedkin) C
73. MOTORCYCLE GANG (1994; John Milius) B+
74. ROLLING THUNDER (1977; John Flynn) B-
75. STAR WARS (1977; George Lucas)* A-
76. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980; Irvin Kershner)* A
77. DICTATOR'S GUNS (1965; Claude Sautet) A-
78. THX-1138 (1971; George Lucas)* A
79. SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (1929; Reginald Barker) C+
80. SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (1935; William Hamilton & Edward Killy) C+
81. SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (1947; Lew Landers) B-
82. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (2011; David Gelb) B+
83. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (1939; Jacques Tourneur) B
84. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982; Steven Spielberg)* A-
85. SKY MURDER (1940; George B. Seitz) C+
86. THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE (1967; Roger Corman)* A
87. ADMISSION (2013; Paul Weitz) D
88. DOOMED TO DIE (1940; William Nigh) C+
89. EVIL DEAD (2013; Fede Alvarez) D
90. ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1970; Tulio Demicheli)* B
91. OBSESSION (1976; Brian De Palma) B+
92. WE'RE THE MILLERS (2013; Rawson Marshall Thurber) B-
93. WALKING AND TALKING (1996; Nicole Holofcener)* B+
94. THE AMBULANCE (1990; Larry Cohen) B+
95. ZODIAC (2007; David Fincher)* A
96. THE FRIGHTENERS (1996; Peter Jackson)* B+
97. THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (2013; Don Scardino) B+
98. FULL-TILT BOOGIE (1997; Sarah Kelly) C
99. THE LONG GOODBYE (1973; Robert Altman) B+
100. HARD TARGET (1993; John Woo)* B+
101. PASSION (2012; Brian De Palma) B
102. THE EXPENDABLES 2 (2012; Simon West)* B
103. FRENZY (1972; Alfred Hitchcock) A-
104. DRACULA (2012; Dario Argento) B-
105. PHASE IV (1974; Saul Bass) B-
106. HALLOWEEN (1978; John Carpenter)* B
107. GRAVITY (2013; Alfonso Cuarón) B
108. THE HEAT (2013; Paul Feig) C
109. WORLD WAR Z (2013; Marc Forster) C
110. DEMENTIA 13 (1963; Francis Coppola)* A-
111. CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND (1939; Norman Foster) B-
112. ESCAPE PLAN (2013; Mikael Håfström) B+
113. Q (1982; Larry Cohen)* A-
114. THE BLACK CAT (1981; Lucio Fulci)* B+
115. THE INTRUDER (1962; Roger Corman) A+
116. THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943; Mark Robson)* B-
117. MISE à SAC (1967; Alain Cavalier) B+
118. ABOUT TIME (2013; Richard Curtis) C
119. THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981; Lucio Fulci)* B+
120. THE CHAMPAGNE MURDERS (1967; Claude Chabrol) B+
121. THE THIRD LOVER (1962; Claude Chabrol) C+
122. THE OUTFIT (1973; John Flynn)* B
123. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013; Francis Lawrence) C
124. THE SLAMMIN' SALMON (2009; Kevin Heffernan)* B
125. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002; Paul Thomas Anderson)* A
126. THE WAY, WAY BACK (2013; Nat Faxon & Jim Rash) B+
Bold if rewatch Italics if in theater
Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (1978, Adler) B+
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Spielberg) A-
Sitting Target (1972, Hickox) A-
Risky Business (1983, Brickman) A+
Collateral (2004, Mann) B
Jerry Maguire (1996, Crowe) A+
Side Effects (2013, Soderbergh) A-
Die Hard (1988, McTiernan) A+
In a Lonely Place (1950, Ray) A
My Name is Julia Ross (1945, Lewis) A+
Time After Time (1979, Meyer) B+
Terms of Endearment (1983, Brooks) A+
City of God (2002, Meirelles) A+
X-Men:First Class (2011, Vaughn) B+
Black Swan (2010, Aronofsky) A+
Hanna (2011, Wright) B
Snitch (2013, Roman Waugh) B
The Lineup (1958, Siegel) A
Diva (1981, Beineix) A+
Narc (2002, Carnahan) A+
You Can Count on Me (2000, Lonergan) A+
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Minghella) A+
Watched in February:22
Total Watched Overall:66
Viewings 11-20 here:
Feb 28: Eraserhead. One of those films that must be seen (and heard) in a darkened theatre or not at all.
Mar 4: Warm Bodies. An engaging, funny take on the zombie-siege subgenre that deserved better than to be lumped in with the shiny-vampire movies. Killer soundtrack.
Mar 6: Oz the Great and Powerful (3D). A lumpy, gaudy mess. Drink every time someone says "prophecy". Feel sorry for Mila Kunis. Hope we get a faithful Oz adaptation someday.
Mar 7: Emperor. Engrossing account of political maneuvering in the wake of the American occupation of Japan after WWII. Matthew Fox makes the most of a good role.
Mar 14: The Karate Kid. One of those '80s staples I never got around to seeing until now. Dopey dialogue but decent philosophy, at least until KICKIMINTHEFACETHEEND.
Mar 18: The Name of the Rose. Been meaning to re-watch this for ages. The role Connery really won his Oscar for.
Mar 19: Free Enterprise (Extended Edition). I keep wanting this to work better than it does. The script wanders off in too many directions. But Audie England, the movies miss you.
Mar 21: Irreconcilable Differences. Not perfect, but offers one of the most authentic portrayals of a movie geek I've ever seen. Also, Sharon Stone laughs at your PG rating.
Mar 27: Spring Breakers. So wrong and yet so right. Top props to cinematographer Benoit Debie.
Apr 2: The Call. The middle section is an effective and original nail-biter, with characters consistently making smart decisions. Third act gets predictable. Good work from the leads.
Green: First viewing
32) The Grey (Carnahan, 2011)
33) Animal Kingdom (Michod, 2010) - Having struggled through a lot of subpar Australian film and TV over the last year, this one hit me like a truck. Such a relief to see proof that Aussie films can hit it out of the park. The film takes the most cliched subject matter in contemporary Aussie filmmaking (Melbourne crims, shit goes wrong) and through smart direction and genuinely layered character work make something utterly spellbinding. One of those films you fall in love with a few days later, because it's taken that long to process it. Brilliant stuff.
34) Sound City (Grohl, 2013) - A hugely enjoyable, often touching, loads of great music. Suffers from the occasional lack of focus but it doesn't detract from a genuinely enjoyable doco that tells the story of a humble studio that helped shape the face of rock.
35) The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock, 1956)
36) Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, 2012)
37) Argo (Affleck, 2012)
38) Zodiac (Fincher, 2007) - The quiet achiever of Fincher's filmography. Beautifully handled, great extras on the blu as well.
39) Dredd (Travis, 2012) - Still holds up well on second viewing in 2D.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: I saw this for the first time in years. The first time I saw it, it wasn't for me. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I finally saw it again and I did like it more the second time around. While some parts of it are still dumb, overall I enjoyed how odd and out-there it got, and of course the gore from Savini was great.
Almost Human: This is another poliziotteschi film, starring Tomas Milian and believe it or not, Henry Silva as the hero instead of the villain. It involves the kidnapping of a rich young girl for ransom money, and as this is from Umberto Lenzi, it probably isn't a surprise that this gets rather sleazy and dirty. I enjoyed laughing at various aspects, but boy does it get rather uncomfortable at times.
Moonraker: This is my least favorite of the Moore Bond films. Sure, some aspects are cool but overall it is not a great film.
For Your Eyes Only: This is one of my favorite Moore Bond films. I don't need for it to be low-key for me to like it (after all my favorite Sir Roger movie in the franchise is The Spy Who Loved Me) but I thought this worked quite well.
The ABC's of Death: I saw this via Xbox Video. If only the majority of the segments wouldn't have been misses. Really, only a few of the 26 are really worth seeing. I expected more given some of the talent assembled and the interesting gimmick of the directors having total freedom to make a 5 thousand dollar short that is 5 minutes or longer. A shame as I tend to prefer in recent years independent horror to the shit you usually get from the studios. Among the ones I liked the best was the one that basically involved furries, the Claymation one involving the toilet, and the one all about masturbation.
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie: Believe it or not I actually saw this as a kid. I got the DVD a few years ago but finally watched it in full tonight. I am sure that many here know how wrong-headed and inappropriate the movie is for children, whether from The Nostalgia Critic's review or from somewhere else. Me, I thought the movie was hilarious to laugh at as an adult. C'mon now, it involves people named Dodger, Juice, and Tangerine, and a girl who is at least 16 and may be in her late teens cockteases a boy who is supposed to be "almost 15" but looks about 12 in order to use him to advance her career in fashion design. How can't I laugh at such a thing, or the total 80's-ness of the hair, fashion, clothing, makeup, music, etc. of this film? It's definitely a dated movie in 2013, but while many people may disagree, I guffawed often while watching this.
Bold if rewatch Italics if in theater
First Viewing, Rewatch
Theatrical, TV/DVD, Online
16. About a Boy (2002) -
17. Gangster Squad (2013) -
18. Jackie Brown (1997) -
19. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) -
20. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) -
21. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) -
22. Lincoln (2012) -
23. Die Hard 2 (1990) -
24. Chocolat (2000) -
25. A River Runs Through It (1992) -
26. 500 Days of Summer (2009) -
27. I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) -
28. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) -
29. A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) -
30. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) -
31. Cloud Atlas (2012) -
First Viewing, Rewatch
Theatrical, TV/DVD, Online
32.I Heart Huckabees (2004) -
33. A Fish Called Wanda (1988) -
34. E tu vivrai nel terrore - L'aldilà (The Beyond) (1981) -
35. They Live (1988) -
36. Hospital Massacre (Be My Valentine, or Else...)(Ward 13) (1981) -
37. Dead Alive (Braindead) (1992) -
38. (1971) - The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
39. Stoker (2013) -
40. (2003) - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
41. (2011) - One Day
42. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) -
43. Rio (2011) -
44. Kes (1969) -
45. The (2012) - Expendables 2
46. Dazed and Confused (1993) -
Viewings 21-30 here:
Apr 5: From Up on Poppy Hill. Studio Ghibli is in good hands. Deeply moving. Catch the original-language version in theatres if you can.
Apr 6: Jurassic Park 3D. Effective conversion, and it holds up great overall. Except for "This is a Unix system!", which was already groanworthy 20 years ago.
Apr 8: Stoker. Beautifully designed and constructed, but like Park's other work there doesn't seem to be much point to it beyond creative misanthropy.
Apr 9: Space Battleship Yamato. Live-action adaptation of Matsumoto's anime classic hits the beats it needs to hit. I wanted more battleship action though.
Apr 9: To Die For. Right, THAT'S why Nicole Kidman is a star.
Apr 11: Airplane! 33 years and I'm still picking up on jokes I hadn't caught yet.
Apr 18: Teeth. Not so much a story as a series of themes and variations on the same joke, but it's a good, gruesome joke. Great performance from Jess Weixler.
Apr 19: Room 237. Okay, I'm on board with the Native American Genocide interpretation. The Fake Moon Landing (Broadcast) theory just pisses me off.
Apr 23: Legend (with Reggie Watts soundtrack). I love the whole idea of this.
Apr 25: To the Wonder. Girl, stop twirling all the time. You're pretty but I can see how Affleck got bored.
Here's a whole big list of movies:
Theodore Rex: This was something else I had watched as a kid; I didn't remember too much, except that it was awful. Seeing it as an adult... yep, still awful. You can't even laugh at it, that's how painful this pile of crap is.
Leprechaun: I watched it on St. Patrick's Day. It's low-budget and really stupid, but also pretty entertaining. While I wish there would have been more deaths, the pogo stick one is a death you can never forget. And how many other movies besides this one and Fargo are set in North Dakota?
Rappin': A now obscure film from 1985 about the then-new phenomenon of rap and inner-city youths, it was written and directed by older Jewish males and released by Golan-Globus (more old Jewish men); the results are what you'd expect. Yet, it's bad in a hilarious way. It stars Mario Van Peebles and Eriq La Salle, who are probably both embarrassed by the film. Peebles' raps were actually done by a then unknown Ice-T, who also briefly appears in the movie. The finale, where literally just about everyone in the cast raps, is glorious.
The Darkest Hour: This was a late night cable watch. I was wary of watching the movie based on bad word of mouth and the silly idea of a movie being all about invisible aliens. Turns out, that was a problem but bigger issues were the script and the movie being filled with asshole characters you couldn't care less about.
Chernobyl Diaries: Now, here's a Russia-set horror film I did not think was too bad at all. I heard all the bad buzz and I thought the movie was acceptable. There actually were some tense scenes and scares, so I was satisfied. Plus, Yuri was a character I laughed with and at often.
The G.I. Joe movies. I was and am pissed off at how the sequel was treated, no matter the reasons for it being moved 9 months in the future at the last minute. There was no excuse for such stupidity and such a colossal waste of money. That was despite not having seen the 2009 original movie. I finally did so and wow did I hate the 2009 film! Way too stupid and intelligence-insulting for my tastes, and yes I did watch the 80's cartoon as a kid even if I barely remember the show itself. The sequel, it was better but I still thought it was a crap film. Besides The Rock being The Rock, the story was pretty stupid and it was filmed in an incoherent way which unfortunately hampered just about all of the action scenes. And WOW was there atrocious dialogue in both movies.
The Stabilizer: This is the 80's movie from Indonesia that was put out in the U.S. by Troma, of all people. They put it up for free on their YouTube page. It is a hilariously bad 80's action movie. If you love that sort of thing this is a must-see as it has many incredible moments to go along with the 70's no-budget kung fu movie level of dubbing. I needn't say more than the fact that in the first 15 seconds of the film, there's a dirtbike defenestration.
Jurassic Park 3D: This is a movie I enjoyed when I saw it twice on the big screen in '93 (including once at a drive-in) and I am thankful that the movie is still awesome in 2013. If only more summer blockbusters were like this...
The Great Outdoors: I decided to watch this late 80's comedy with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy as I enjoyed it a lot when I saw it as a kid and I needed entertainment on this night, as I was dealing with an infected tooth. Thankfully this still is a pretty funny film to me.
Demons: I had never seen this infamous Lamberto Bava movie in full until I saw it last week. Sure, it is rather nonsensical but I thought it was a blast to watch, with great practical gore effects and a lot of entertainment. Tony the Pimp and Ripper always made me laugh with what they said and did, and what a magnificent scene with the dirtbike and the samurai sword, all set to the great 80's rock song Fast as a Shark.
Violent City: This is not the 1970 movie with Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas. Rather, it is a 1975 poliziotteschi film with frequent genre star Maurizio Merli (w/ tremendous mustache) as a loose cannon cop who quits the force due to frustration with how he can't be such a loose cannon dealing with criminals; he ends up joining up with a vigilante group led by Richard Conte (Barzini from The Godfather). It is not the best in the genre I have seen but it is still fun and it has a great car chase.
Syndicate Sadists: This is another poliziotteschi film, this time starring frequent genre star Tomas Milian, as a motorcycle-riding badass who gets involved with feuding gangs and due to personal reasons wants to try to take them both down. Yes, it's like Yojimbo. The character that Milian plays, his name is... RAMBO. Obviously, someone read the David Morrell novel First Blood and liked the name enough to use it long before the First Blood movie finally got made. He lives up to the name as like I said it's a badass and he has great moments, such as taking down a pair of thugs in a tremendous fashion in a pool hall. It also has to be noted that the movie features Joseph Cotten. Yes, from Citizen Kane to this, where he delivers a strange, wooden performance.
Death Race 2000: Flaws and all this is still an entertaining movie to me. I suppose I can never dislike it with characters like Junior Bruce and dialogue such as, "You're one very large baked potato".
Green - First
Italics - Theatrical
Viewings 31-40 here:
Apr 27: Men In Suits. Original, engaging documentary about actors who specialize in full-body creature costume work. Interviews include Gojira himself, Haruo Nakajima.
Apr 28: The Company You Keep. Spectacular cast helps remind us why the 1960s are still relevant. Plot stretches too far with the interpersonal revelations though.
May 1: Ginger and Rosa. Film seems to be saying that political activism and philosophy are the last refuges of the sexually confused. I don't think that was the intent.
May 3: Iron Man Three (3D). Tons of fun. I'm stunned that the cute-kid subplot not only works, but actually elevates the proceedings.
May 4: Flash Gordon (with Brian Blessed commentary). Too bad I can't start every day with a CHUD Watch-Along. Good times, folks.
May 5: The Gatekeepers. Six former heads of Israeli security relate their experiences in counter-terrorism, with the pragmatism that only 20/20 hindsight can provide. Riveting.
May 9: Furious 6 (6 Furious? Fur6us? -- the main-title typography is confusing). They don't come much dumber than this. Damned fun though, and everybody's an eyeful.
May 10: After.Life. Provocative, haunting premise, muddled by narrative dead-ends, horror-movie clichés and illogical fake-outs. Christina Ricci gives it her all.
May 14: The Great Gatsby (3D). Overwrought and obvious, but beautiful. Now let's see Luhrman take on Wagner or something.
May 21: TRON. I don't care what you think, I still love it. And one more thing: don't think any more.
Another big catch-up for me. I'll do it in two parts to make it easier.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: I get why many don't really care for it, but I was never bored by it (not even when I saw it as a kid) and it certainly has trippy visuals.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Yep, it's still pretty awesome, especially if you watch it right after Space Seed from the original TV show, which introduces the Khan character.
Rome Armed to the Teeth: This is another poliziotteschi film I found; it's from Umberto Lenzi and stars Maurizio Merli (both veterans of that scene) and I had to see it after reading its IMDb description, which said, "A tough violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun carrying hunchbacked psychotic killer." Yep. There was more to the plot than that, though. It's basically about the loosest of loose cannon cops who goes crazy while going after various bad guys, including the aforementioned hunchbacked psychotic killer. I thought it was a blast.
Broken Angel: A TV movie from the late 80's that was on Netflix Instant and I watched because this site's Hunter Tarantino stumbled upon it and noted how funny bad it was. It stars WILLIAM SHATNER and he's a dad who tries to find his daughter (Erika Eleniak!) after she goes missing when there's a shooting at a high school prom. Turns out, in this world there are white suburban gangs that are sometimes filled with rich kids; yes, stuff to scare the parents back then. The Shat wears either goofy suits or goofy sweaters, and sometimes even a tremendous UCLA Bruins letterman's jacket. He has a fight with legendary 80's action actor Al Leong... and Shatner wins! It was indeed funny bad.
Order of the Black Eagle: I had seen this movie before but I decided to watch it again before it vanished off of Instant. It's a late 80's goofy action picture where a Bond rip-off and a team of bizarre characters go to South America to track down a band of Nazi's who are trying to rule the world... and oh yeah, have Hitler cryogenically frozen. There's also an baboon who belongs to the hero and at one point you see him driving a small vehicle. It's awesome in a bad low-budget action movie sort of way.
Street People: A poliziotteschi-style film starring Roger Moore and Stacy Keach. It's not awful, but it definitely should have been better.
The Men's Club: Another movie that Hunter Tarantino stumbled upon, it sadly is gone from Instant too. It's a very odd 1986 film revolving around a group of middle-aged men who decide to meet together one night to discuss their issues... mainly that they're all horny a-holes who love cheating on their ladies and generally acting like douchebags. Things go crazy at the house (they end up throwing knives at the kitchen door and destroy it; the wife is understandably pissed when she gets home) so they all go to a high-class whore house, where the second half of the movie takes place at. Many strange things happen throughout... and oh yes, the movie stars famous faces, like Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella and Treat Williams. Scheider says, "I love to fuck! It's gonna be on my gravestone." and Keitel saying, "I'm not masturbating!", which is funny in or out of context. I have no idea if it's any good or not; I was just mesmerized by it the entire time.
The Hills Have Eyes, Part II: I finally saw this movie in full. The infamous dog flashback was indeed as funny as I thought it would be, but as a whole the movie is just a pretty shitty slasher, and there are plenty of annoying-ass asstagonist characters who I couldn't stand, especially Not Andy Samberg.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much: This is a 1963 film from Italy that is considered quite possibly the first-ever giallo, although it's more Hitchcockian in nature, it's about a girl in Italy who thinks she witnessed a murder but no one believes her. It features a familiar face, a real young John Saxon. Pretty entertaining overall.
Viewings 41-50 here:
May 23: Star Trek Into Darkness (3D). Frantic hogwash. And it's Star Trek in the same way that Hannibal Lecter wearing someone's torn-off face is a prison guard.
May 24: Christian Marclay's The Clock (1:40pm to 5:42pm). Fascinating montage of clips from movies, illustrating 24 hours in real time. And I'm only 1/6 done.
May 24: Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Nothing quite like it. I still wish the "in-game" graphics had been limited to the fight scenes though.
May 26: Christian Marclay's The Clock (12:29am to 4:30am). Man, watching people sleep (and get awoken by ringing phones) is hard work. But 1/3 done now!
May 27: Kon-Tiki. Rousing and old-fashioned. Props to Johan Söderquist, whose soaring score is poles apart from his music for Let the Right One In.
May 28: The Sea Hawk. For my money, the best swashbuckler bar none.
Jun 1: Christian Marclay's The Clock (5:30pm to 12:32am). And with this I now have 15 contiguous hours viewed. I'll have to wait for a revival to fill in the remaining 9.
Jun 4: Mud. Sleeper of the season. It's a pleasure seeing all the pieces find their places, and somehow it never feels contrived either.
Jun 9: Captain Horatio Hornblower RN. American stars notwithstanding, this is an exceptionally faithful adaptation, at least until it has to hurry up and end.
Jun 10: Coraline (3D). Bruno Coulais' score is so awesome.
5 Dolls For An August Moon: This is a 1970 giallo that Mario Bava was forced to do, and I think it shows. It's too often dull and sometimes it's just odd in its variation of 10 Little Indians/And Then There Were None. But at least there was the quite lovely Edwige Fenech to look at and admire.
Zaat: Yes, the movie sometimes known as Blood Waters of Dr. Z. It's horrible without Mike and the bots, BUT I legit think that the real bizarre electronic-sounding score is legit awesome and I'd listen to a soundtrack of it, no lie.
Pain & Gain: I saw this and the next film at a drive-in. Yes. I am usually not a Bay fan (to say the least) but I really enjoyed this quite dark and strange true story. Not knowing what would happen next made this fun... well, maybe I shouldn't use that word given the horrific things that happen, but I was always transfixed and the bombastic and loud way this was filmed seemed to fit the material quite well.
Evil Dead: I really enjoy the original film. I thought the remake was a load of crap. The story was just pure crap and I hated all but the long-haired bearded dude. While the gore was certainly plentiful and nice, how about putting that much effort in the script? I don't know why so many went wild for this. The original is SO much better.
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: The movie doesn't always work but overall it's still entertaining for what it is.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: In hindsight I can't believe they were able to pull off such an odd plot and left turn for the series and make it work by being great popcorn entertaining and usually funny. It's real unsubtle in several different ways, though. They seemed to love bashing the late 20th century. Who knows what would have happened had Eddie Murphy been in the movie, as originally planned.
Bookies: Yep, I finally saw another Rachael Leigh Cook film. This is from '03 and is set in America but filmed in Germany, of all places. It's about college kids who decide to become bookies but run into trouble with more experienced people in that field, i.e. gangsters. It's fine for what it is and features Nick Stahl, Johnny Galicki, and longtime character actors David Proval and John Diehl.
Star Trek (09): Plot holes aside I still mostly enjoy this popcorn entertainment.
Star Trek Into Darkness: I did not enjoy this as much. I did not hate it as there certainly are good moments, but the script... blah, talk about plot holes and things that make no sense.
Blazing Saddles: I actually saw this on the big screen, with a nice-sized crowd. It was great to see a hilarious movie with an audience that laughs often.
The Fast & The Furious/2 Fast 2 Furious/Fast & Furious/Fast Five: I always thought the first one was entertaining-enough, even if I really don't like the culture represented in the film. The first sequel was too slight and inconsequential to me, even though Tyrese and his character are nice to laugh with and at. The fourth I watched for the first time and while I know that many don't like it, I thought it was fine and comparable to the first, and there's some nice action scenes. I watched the glorious 5th movie again and I still think it's among the most preposterous ridiculous movie I've ever seen... but still awesome to watch as it's so much fun and the action scenes deliver.
Picasso Trigger: A classic Andy Sidaris film, it's on the dull side for the first half before getting into the wackiness you expect from the director... along with all the topless women and explosions.
My Bloody Valentine: This is the original. The uncut version is much preferred to the original, as the added gore and nastiness to the deaths make them all the more powerful and effective. Sometimes annoying characters aside I do like this film, which I think is comparable to the remake... a not always popular opinion, I know. The Ballad of Harry Warden is also a great end credits song.
Hombre - A
Dredd - C
Frankenweenie - B+
The Missouri Breaks - B+
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - B
The Magnificent Seven - A-
The Muppet Movie - B+
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap - C+
The Wild Bunch - A
His Girl Friday - A
Bronson - B+
Sherlock Jr. - A+
The Conversation - A+
King of the Hill - B+
In the Loop - B+
Whores Glory - B+
Cherry Falls - D
Kalifornia - B+
Flight - C+
A Fistful of Dollars - A
Side Effects - A-
Safety Not Guaranteed - C+
Being Flynn - B-
For a Few Dollars More - A
The Mercenary - A
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - A+
So You Want to Be A Detective - C+
Laura - B+
MIB 3 - C+
Wreck-It Ralph - B+
McCabe and Mrs. Miller - A
Destry Rides Again - B
Life of Pi - B+
El Topo - B+
Tom Horn - B+
Killer Klowns from Outer Space - D
Evil Dead - C
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 - B+
Spring Breakers - C+
Suspicion - B+
The Place Beyond the Pines - B
Martin & Orloff - B-
John Dies at the End - B-
The Ox-Bow Incident - A
Manhattan - A
The General - A
Mud - A-
Stand Up Guys - B+
Kill List - A
The Man from Laramie - B+
Upstream Color - C
Breathless - A-
This Is the End - B+
Dark Passage - A
Rio Bravo - A
Silent Hill: Revelation - F
Man of Steel - C+
Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers - A+
Winchester '73 - A
Big Night - B+
The Lone Ranger - C+
Pacific Rim - B
Coffee Town - B+
Only God Forgives - A-
Celeste & Jesse Forever - B+
Viewings 51-60 here:
June 13: Much Ado About Nothing. Leave it to Whedon to follow a massive mainstream hit with an indulgent personal project... and totally make it work. Delightful.
June 16: Monsters University. By-the-numbers campus-comedy hijinks, for the most part. While there is a slightly subversive twist, it comes too late to make a difference.
June 19: License to Drive. I remembered this as a superior 'up all night' comedy. Maybe it isn't. I forgot that 17-year-old Heather Graham was in it. She certainly is.
June 20: World War Z (3D). I'd like to run this on a double feature with Contagion. Also, did Moritz Bleibtreu just wander by the set and get handed a lab coat?
June 20: This Is the End. Way to commit to the bit, guys. Where does 'meta' go from here?
June 23: The First Nudie Musical. Clumsy, naive and yet... still a bit startling 38 years on. See, there's nude, and then there's buck naked.
June 25: Before Midnight. I love how each film in this series is distinctly its own thing.
June 26: Frances Ha. Perceptive in its portrayal of people who just don't listen to each other. And yes you have to wait until the end to find out what the title means.
June 29: White House Down. Extremely strong cast is largely responsible for making this work. Some inventive action too.
July 1: The East. Sets up an impressive quagmire of moral and ethical conflcts, then loses momentum in the second half. I wish the end-credit sequence was its own movie.
Furious 6: I think it's even more preposterous than Fast Five, which takes me by surprise. But boy is it a lot of fun to watch.
The first two Friday the 13th films. I still do enjoy them for what they are.
Police Story: It had been at least 15 years since I saw the '85 classic. It's still an effective action movie with some great scenes.
A Serbian Film: Yep, and I saw the uncut version too. While I don't know if I will ever watch it again, at least it was a film which had production values and was filmed in at least a competent manner, and there was an actual story told, just one that was really disgusting.
Cold Prey: This is a slasher from Norway that people in the genre seem to dig. I am not sure why. The scenery (it's set in the mountains and a mountain lodge) is nice and all, but eventually most of the characters become annoying and the killer is a complete blank page with zero backstory and most of the kills are totally lame.
Cloud Atlas: This movie just did not work for me. A bunch of obnoxious characters you can't stand in a multi-layered story that is told in a confusing way and I was "who cares?!" about all those stories, it was a real struggle to get through it. Seeing big stars dress in goofy ways (and even playing different races) was funny and all but this was a giant waste of time overall.
The Boss: This is a poliziotteschi film and this is more up my alley. It's about several gangs feuding with each other in Sicily and in the process, the young (and nympho) daughter of an important mob boss gets kidnapped, and Henry Silva has to rescue her. It's from Fernando Di Leo and while it isn't as great as Caliber 9 or The Italian Connection, it doesn't mean it was bad.
Behind the Candelabra: I wasn't sure what to expect from this but I did to enjoy it quite a bit. It seemed like a fair portrayal of the story and both Douglas and Damon were great as the leads.
Turkey Shoot: This is the Ozploitation film with Steve Railsback and Olivia Hussey. While it's definitely trashy and sleazy, that doesn't mean I did not enjoy it.
Inside: I did not enjoy this much-heralded French horror movie, though. A lead character that I hated due to her being a complete bitch, characters doing a whole lot of nonsensical things, and a runtime that seemed twice as long as it was... all the gore was nice at all but I thought it was a bad movie.
Man Bites Dog: I hadn't seen this in about 10 years. While some parts are absurd in a bad way and it isn't as potent a sting in 2013, it is still good for what it is and it still seems relevant given the proliferation of such things as found footage/mockumentary films, how horrific crimes are covered by the media and how the public seems to love following such things as murder trials on cable TV, and "reality" television.
Viewings 61-70 here:
July 5: An American Tail. Even more antic and disjointed than I remembered (there's a whole sequence built from recycled shots!) but that song is a catchy one.
July 6: The Lone Ranger. The running gag is "What's with the mask?" That's right-- a 250-million-dollar movie with no faith in its title character.
July 10: Tapeheads. Inspired moments abound (especially the classic Roscoe's ad) but this lacks the overall energy needed to make it the cult movie it wants to be.
July 12: Pacific Rim (3D). Between this and Monsters University, Charlie Day's been having a good year.
July 17: Black Cat, White Cat. It takes the touch of a master to ensure that so much heart and humanity shine through such utter chaos and insanity.
July 20: The Half-Breed. Rediscovered 1916 Douglas Fairbanks vehicle, unexpectedly low-key. Live accompaniment by Günter Buchwald.
July 20: Legong: Dance of the Virgins. Tragic exotica from 1935, shot on location in Bali. Accompaniment by Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Club Foot Orchestra.
July 21: The Outlaw and His Wife. Beautiful downer directed by and starring Victor Sjöström. Accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble.
July 21: The Last Edition. Zippy melodrama offering fascinating glimpses of 1925 San Francisco and the Chronicle staff in action. Stephen Horne on piano.
July 21: The Weavers. Visually arresting 1927 German silent about a 19th-century workers' rebellion. Günter Buchwald on piano and vocal.
Viewings 71-80 here:
July 21: Safety Last!. Harold Lloyd's classic 'thrill-comedy', in a new restoration with a live score performed by the Monti Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The crowd was ROARING.
July 25: Down With Love. Needed a boost tonight. "I'm just like any other man!"
July 26: Computer Chess. Startlingly original. Great to see someone exploit low-fi video for something besides horror.
July 28: Battleship Potemkin. Davies Hall gets a pass for running it on DVD since they're not really a movie venue. Live organ accompaniment by Cameron Carpenter.
July 30: Dune. Nope, still not good. So pretty though. Commencing a rewatch of the Sci Fi Channel miniseries now...
July 31: Girl Most Likely. Frances Ha and Young Adult had a baby and abandoned it in a dumpster. It was found by Martians and raised as one of their own.
Aug 3: Europa Report. Technically superb, with a strong cast. The found-footage approach can't quite hide the familiar story points.
Aug 5: The To-Do List. Commendably fearless, but more chuckles and cringes than belly-laughs. Oh and Sarah Steele? More like Sarah Scene-Stealer, amirite?
Aug 7: We're the Millers. Darn near flawless road comedy, with a solid script, perfect cast and just the right amount of Oh No.
Aug 9: Godzilla. I always forget how somber this first one is.
I really need to catch up. I'll do the first part now and the rest will go up late Thursday night sometime.
The Protector: This is the original version of the Tony Jaa film. Say what you will about the story, but the action is still great.
Hatchet III: Oh boy, this movie... the first in the series had nice gore effects and some humorous moments, but it took too long to get going and there were some characters so stupid and insufferable it becomes a chore even watching it. The second I enjoyed better but I still thought it was average overall. The third... I HATED it. The story sucks and it was a real chore to get through. What ruined it, though, was that this movie has THE most aggravating "I want to turn the movie off because I legit despise this person" character I've ever seen in the thousands of movies I've watched in my life, and unfortunately it was the lead girl, Marybeth, who was a bitch in the first two but for no real good reason she becomes much more loathsome and hate-worthy than the hulking mongoloid killing machine who has murdered a few dozen people in the past few days of this movie's universe! She curses all the time, yells and hates everyone she deals with, and even spits on an innocent person. FUCK THIS MOVIE. How it's gotten some positive reviews from horror fans is beyond my comprehension, as it has lame kills and the gore did not even look that good compared to the first two.
Solaris: Oh man what a palette cleanser this was. This was the original version, not the remake; I had never seen either, believe it or not. Once it got going and I realized what it was all about, this was pretty great. It's usually not the type of thing I watch, but I still managed to enjoy it a lot.
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: I have seen this before and I decided to watch it again. It holds up very well.
Razor 2: The Snare... this is the first sequel to Hanzo the Razor and it was more of the same... including all the "sexual assault" stuff. I enjoyed it despite the unfortunate content.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird: This is a pretty awesome movie that kicks the ass out of most Hollywood action blockbuster of the past who knows how many years in terms of action and entertainment value.
Deathsport: This is another Roger Corman dystopian future movie with David Carradine but this is no Death Race 2000. People have to do battle on futuristic motorcycles in gladiator-like arenas, or at least that's how it starts off. It's goofy and it's not awful... it's just not really worth seeing, although there is a wacky synthesizer score and somehow they got JERRY GARCIA to come in to contribute some guitar licks. Maybe he and Carradine shared some weed; legend has it that David was stoned during all of filming, which would not be a surprise.
The Tattoo Connection: I saw this late 70's Hong Kong movie as it stars the late Jim Kelly. It was a tale of a stolen diamond and it was entertaining enough for me. There's a groovy score, plenty of female nudity and it gets goofy by the end. There's also Bolo Yeung in a supporting role, and he actually sings.
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure: Why did I think it'd be funny to watch the movie that literally became the biggest box office bomb in history? Sure, there's plenty of wackiness (Chazz Palmenteri singing about milkshakes and him going "Ooohh!" often as if he was Andrew Dice Clay, or Cary Elwes as a white bowlegged Cowboy Curtis, or Jaime Pressly and Christopher Lloyd as Hispanic flamenco dancers who live in a giant flying sombrero) but overall it's pretty painful. There's an audience participation gimmick that grows tiresome and I imagine that even most toddlers really wouldn't like this.
The Horde: I haven't really liked any of the films of the "New Wave of French Horror" that I've seen, despite all the praise they get. Unfortunately I still haven't seen one I liked after watching this one. Sure it's violent and gory but the story is just lame, the cause of the zombie invasion that's the crux of this movie is never explained, I never cared about any of the characters and there is a lot of stupidity.
Robot Jox: I had seen this before. It seemed appropriate as there are allusions between this and Pacific Rim. This is cheesy greatness.
Battle Wizard: This really wacky film is the first one I had ever seen from The Shaw Brothers. I was inspired to watch it as it was mentioned in a great Total Film article about obscure films worth watching. There are such things as an evil guy who has his legs cut off by a good guy who can shoot lazers out of his fingertips-resulting in him getting metal chicken legs-a woman who is great at tossing snakes and using them as weapons, a frog that you swallow to become invincible. Oh, and a GORILLA DOING KUNG-FU. It's a guy in a really cheap costume, which makes it even better. It's more weird than great but boy is it fun to watch.
Pacific Rim: I could quibble about a few really minor things, but I won't as overall I loved this movie and as of now it has to be my film of the year. It's a blast, between all the awesome action and all the wacky and interesting characters on display. The world of the near-future presented in the film looked pretty awesome, aside from the random kaiju attacks, of course.
36th Chamber of Shaolin: I also really dug this. I did not realize that a lot of time was spent watching the hero training to become a badass using unique yet awesome training methods. I now wish I would have seen this sooner.
Confessions of an Opium Eater: This is a really obscure film I heard about in the B-Action Movie Thread as someone mentioned it after hearing about it in an article. It's now available via Warner Archive. This bizarre film is a loose adaptation of a 19th century book set in the early 20th century where Vincent Price plays a guy who loves opium and he ends up in a whole lot of wackiness in the underground of Chinatown San Francisco and he tries to stop a sex slave auction; note that this was released in 1962. Price does a lot of narration that's flowery in nature, he goes on a drug trip then has a slow motion chase scene and he gets helped by "a wisecracking female Oriental dwarf". Yes. I am using the phrasing from the IMDb plot description but there really is such a character. Like I said this is bizarre. As various people have noted, there seems to be allusions with this and Big Trouble in Little China; someone with the production of the latter must have seen this.
Drive: My opinion isn't too different from when I first saw it on the big screen in '11. I enjoyed this Refn tale but I don't love it like many do here.
The unrated version of The Man With The Iron Fists: My opinion is also little changed; the 12 minutes of additional footage doesn't affect things. It could have been better but it's still fun-enough for my tastes.
Abduction: Yeah, I was dumb and saw this '11 film starring the piece of cardboard known as Taylor Lautner, the daughter of Phil Collins, and too many experienced actors who I hoped got paid well to appear in this dreck. This isn't really worth seeing despite some really dopey moments and to laugh at how bad an actor Lautner is. Poor John Singleton; a fine modern version of a paranoid 70's thriller this is really not.
Goodfellas: I've seen this a few times before and I figured I should watch it again. The movie is still really great.
Viewings 81-90 here:
Aug 13: The Hole (3D). How long must I wait for this to become one of those cult movies people half-remember creeping them out when they were kids?
Aug 13: The Way Way Back. I bet this was originally written to be an '80s-period film (which would beg even stronger comparison to Adventureland) but it works anyway.
Aug 15: Kick-Ass 2. No, not as good as the first. But it's a treat to catch up with the returning cast, and Carrey does some of his best work in years.
Aug 16: Kick-Ass. Okay, watching them back-to-back there's no contest. Special mention to the music direction and John Murphy's score in particular.
Aug 17: In a World... . Totally charming, loaded with great dialogue and fun performances. For some reason, Rob Corddry contemplating a slice of toast sticks with me.
Aug 20: Push. Sorry, no franchise for you. Even though you already feel like Part III of something. Good work from Evans and Fanning; effective score by Neil Davidge.
Aug 25: Rear Window. I'd forgotten that the first spoken words in this movie are: "Are you over 40? Do you feel tired? Worn out?" Yeah, happy birthday to you too.
Aug 25: The World's End. It's a good thing that Wright can make narrative flow like nobody's business or that first act would be crushingly sad to watch.
Aug 29: Tropic Thunder. Theoretically, this movie's lampooning of Hollywood self-absorption should negate its own actual self-absorption. It doesn't quite get there.
Aug 30: In a World... . I love that the "Golden Trailer" award is a miniature Airstream trailer.
Only God Forgives: I know that some love this. I thought this was a boring as shit, a 45 record moving at 33 1/3 speed movie where the plot descriptions online give much more details about the movie than the movie itself gives you, I couldn't give two shits about what was going on, and it's filled with reprehensible characters, especially the one played by Kristin Scott Thomas... there's a character that is bad in a BAD way, as in I almost shut off the movie because it was so insufferable and I had to fast-forward through her scenes where she spoke or else I would have turned it off and I did not want to do that as I paid too much to see it on Xbox Video. I which I knew why this pretentious horseshit has its fans, but somehow it does. At least it looks nice and the music was cool, but overall I thought this was terrible.
Never Too Young to Die: I've seen this goofy shitty yet hilarious 80's action movie a few times now. You should expect a lot of cheese with a movie where John Stamos is the lead and he's a gymnast named LANCE STARGROVE and he has to do battle with hermaphrodite Gene Simmons due to Gene killing his secret agent father (George Lazenby!) Stamos also romances Vanity and the opening credits song is oh so wacky.
Clue: It's been too long since I'd seen this movie and I figured I should soon after Ms. Eileen Brennan passed away. Thankfully I still enjoyed the film.
The Dragon Lives Again: I finally saw this Bruceploitation movie and it's more strange than good but I am glad I saw it. This article explains why it's so bizarre if you've never heard of it before.
Little Caesar: I saw this classic early 30's gangster movie again, and I still enjoy it.
The Conjuring: While I saw this movie this past Saturday with a sometimes stupid audience, I still thought this was greatly done and is one of the best movies of 2013 period, let alone in the horror genre.