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Saw 'Pride' at the cinema today.

Wow this is fantastic. I'd honestly put it a whisker below GOTG for film of the year so far. I was boucing out of the cinema with a big smile on my face. It's a film about how great humanity can be when it has a mind to be. The trailer...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsFY0wHpR5o

...is marketing it as a baudy fun comedy like 'The Full Monty' but it's much more political and akin to the powerful social commentary of 'Brassed Off'. The cinematography looks all grainy and in period, the design detail is meticulous and the 80s soundtrack is first class (I listened to Billy Bragg on the way home as one of his songs closes the movie).

Amazing performances from a huge cast to make you laugh, cheer, cry and get angry. Especially Andrew 'Moriarty' Scott. It was so refreshing that they didn't go the easy route and have one central easy to digest character. Every character in the large cast has their own little story which never feels rushed. A serious feet of writing!

This film will make your day better, guaranteed :-)

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Tusk.

An absolute nightmare, in every possible way. I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, but this was just the lousiest piece of cinema I think I've ever seen. Kev needs to stop smoking pot and get more fresh air when he actually gets down to making a movie.

1/5 bongs.

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Neglify said:

Tusk.

An absolute nightmare, in every possible way. I'm a big Kevin Smith fan, but this was just the lousiest piece of cinema I think I've ever seen. Kev needs to stop smoking pot and get more fresh air when he actually gets down to making a movie.

1/5 bongs.

 Kevin Smith not smoking pot or being full of himself???

Now you are living in a fantasy world.

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Ryan McAvoy said:

This film will make your day better, guaranteed :-)

 That looks fantastic. I just saw Dominic West in "The Hour", and I was impressed. The only other thing I think I've seen him in is "300". And, I'll see anything with Andrew Scott in it! Thanks for the heads up on this one.

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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The Giver (2014)

A bit of an uneven outing. Able to evoke emotion out of the audience some of time but not every time and certainly not when it matters the most. Fairly decent up until the end.

The Maze Runner (2014)

What a fantastic film. Excellent plot, writing, pacing and decent performances.   It accomplishes everything it sets out to. I really hope this does well at the box office. Definitely recommend it.

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"Strings" (2004)

A very unique and mesmerising film. Fantastic.

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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

A solid modern take on the classic private dick.

The Equalizer (2014)

Another solid film. Excellent action and directing. I'm still confused on why it was picked up for IMAX distribution. I saw it on a regular screen and that was totally sufficient. IMAX might give an extra kick to an already explosive film though.

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The Machine (2013)

I really liked this despite a few eye-roll moments here and there.  I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews I read.

Someone should fanedit Keanu Reaves into this and make it a Matrix prequel.

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Keanu's got a new movie coming out that probably will be fanedited into a Matrix film. ;)

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Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)

There's a little too much gore in places, almost all the male characters have identical faces, and Superman's role in the story is smaller than I'd prefer. Taking that all into consideration, however, I still find this an excellent movie -- I find it to be the best superhero film made in the last several years, and that's including the live-action ones.

8/10

Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

I'm both a Philip K. Dick fan and an Alanis Morissette fan, so you'd think combining the two would serve as a winning formula for me. Not so -- not with this adaptation.

I'll use the floating heads of the movie poster as a visual aid to describe how I feel about the film itself.

The actors all look half asleep, bored, confused, and/or constipated; that's the whole movie in a nutshell.

On the plus side, Alanis is an adequate actress; if she had better material to work with, perhaps she could have been good.

6/10

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The Time Machine (1960) - A childhood favorite of mine. Re-watched for editing purposes. Classic adventure tale with an atypical (well not so much anymore) method of travel. I love pretty much everything about this film - if you haven't seen it yet, you should. A-

Shoot 'Em Up (2006) - A tons of fun, over-the-top 90 minute shoot out, basically. Funny, too. B

Good Will Hunting (1997) - A modern classic. Great performances abound (RIP Robin Williams). Great story, still chokes me up even though I've seen it before ("It's not your fault" - amazing scene). Also major points for being set in Boston/Cambridge. A

Gone Girl (2014) - Saw this last night. Amazing. Gripping from start to finish. This is a fantastic story - if you don't know anything about it, good, keep it that way and see the movie. Everything's great here. Fincher once again is proving he's one of the best directors out there. The whole cast is phenomenal too. Ben Affleck definitely gives his best performance here (he was great!). Shout out to Rosamund Pike, who does an equally great job. What came as a surprise to me was how funny this film is. Lot of dark humor. Long story short, this is a highly engaging film that flies by even though it's 150 minutes. Highly recommended. A

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Contracted (2013)

I was surprised that my favorite DVD review aggregator (dvdbasen) only had one review, but it does mirror my own thoughts well.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/63223/contracted/

Basically, a missed opportunity.  Some of the character decisions are the worst offenses - I hate "realistic" movies where characters make incredibly stupid decisions.

I did like the very last scene, however.

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Don't really feel like going into too much detail but Bayformers 4 is the worst of the bunch.

Definitely deserves the 18% rating on rotten tomatoes.

1 and a half stars. 

Really should give it zero or negative stars. But its oddly entertaining in some part, in some kind of train wreck sort of way. There is no real story, and its basically a 2 hour and 45 minute Habro toy commercial.

The script is actually worse than Orci. That Kruger guy is worse than the original Bayformers scribe.

I laughed out loud at transformium, Marky Mark phones it in and Evil Frasier thinks he is the hero somehow and will save us all from illegal alien robots.

Optimus is completely out of character and Bay even managed to ruin Grimlock.

Mark Wahlberg refuses to return and Bay is out as director, but the next 2 sequels which will probably be pushed back in their release date will still be written by the same screenwriter.  Now if the next movie was about Optimus on the creators/ quintesson planet or whatever and its only robots fighting robots that might be interesting but they could epically screw it up.

“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.

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Live. Die. Repeat. and/or Edge of Tomorrow

I can't say I was pleasantly surprised because everything I heard about it was rather positive. I also can't necessarily call it original because it seemed a mishmash of things that have been done before (Ground Hogs Day, Elysium, Saving Private Ryan, Starship Troopers, Battle: Los Angeles, Matrix, ect). All that being said, I found it to be well made and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh, and Bill Paxton's performance almost brought a tear to my eye.

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Fantasia (1940)...

Always been my favourite Disney film. The dinosaur scene blew me away as a kid, and I'm sure the whole experience made me appreciate classical music like I do today.

Anyway, I've been holding onto these for awhile now, partly because there was a movie I saw and completely forgot about and so I waited to remember it before I submitted this, then remembered it, then completely forgot it again and now I have no idea whether or not I've covered it in here, so I just wrote them all up today and here they are.

Fatal Attraction (1987 (I guessed at the date and IMDb vindicated me. Awesome.))

I’m not really sure what to say about this movie. It felt overrated. I didn’t feel any sympathy for Michael Douglas, but then, I’m not sure I was supposed to; he seemed awfully cool with just randomly sleeping with some random woman despite being “happily married” I dunno. I don’t understand the mentality of the cheater. Glenn Close played a good nutjob, but I do wonder what happened to her supposed child at the end (I thought that Douglas had gone to the doctor and confirmed it?). I feel like the message the film was attempting to get across popped up in the last maybe three minutes or so: that when you make dumb decisions, you hurt the ones you love and they have to clean up your mess, but I feel like we could have gotten there in about half the time, or maybe focused on the wife dealing with the revelation.

5.5 out of 10 Rabbit Stews.

This is the End (2013)

Absolutely horrible film. One of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Not even the cameos were good, except the very last one. Never see this, unless you’re taking a class on how not to make a movie or you’re a Christian, in which case I would assume would love this movie.

1 out of 10 Bad Cameos.

Frozen (2013)

Finally saw this after everyone in the world blowing it up as the greatest thing ever. It wasn’t bad. There was a bit of a Star Wars feel to it, definitely between the good dude and his reindeer and the redhead. The chemistry and feel was a bit different from the usual Disney fare and that was nice. Not life-changing, but a nice movie.

4.5 out of 10 Carrots.

Zodiac (2007)

This was a neat movie. Lots of big names, including both Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. Movies about chasing down serial killers are always pretty nifty in my books, and Gay Cowboy #2 does a great job of playing the obsessed amateur detective that we all have a little bit of in us. Lots of tense moments, but I did feel like they were a bit forced to add suspense to what was otherwise a fairly uneventful story, but that’s how a lot of real life really is, isn’t it? Once the credits rolled, I felt like I was pretty sure I’d seen the film before at some point, because I remember Donovan’s Hurdy-Gurdy Man playing over the credits of a film. Was it this? Was it another movie? I feel like Gay Cowboy #2 here!

6.5 out of 10 Unsolved Mysteries.

P.S. I Love You (2007)

Once you acquire a girlfriend, you start seeing movies like this. And you know what? It was okay. The main story about a dude who croaks (spoilers) and has set up all these letters to be sent to his wife after his death can be quite poignant and moving at times. The problem begins with the stuff that doesn’t have to do with dead Irish Leonidas romancing Million Dollar Baby from beyond the grave, like all of her dipshit friends and family who feel like they show up from an entirely different romantic comedy. It’s like watching two different movies. Though perhaps it was purposeful to make the audience look forward to seeing Irish Leonidas again like Million Dollar Baby does, or maybe I’m overthinking a romcom plot. The love triangle between Irish Leonidas, Million Dollar Baby, and Grace’s Boyfriend from Will and Grace becomes a love square when Irish The Comedian shows up and the twist end of the movie feels shoehorned, lazy, and like it was trying to be different for the sake of being different. I dunno, it was dumb.

3.5 out of 10 Letters from Dead Irish Leonidas.

The End of the Affair (1955)

This is an old black-and-white movie set in London during the bombings of WWII. I don’t think I would have watched this had I not been flipping through the channels down home and seen it billed everybody’s favourite Grand Moff, Peter Cushing, in a supporting role. The film is about an American writer who is writing a book about English civil servants during the war, of which Grand Moff Tarkin is one. Along the way, the writer finds himself embroiled in an affair with Tarkin’s wife who likes to bang around and then the whole thing turns out to be a weird ham-fisted parable for believing in God which they sort of spring on you about three quarters of the way through. If I were a Christian, though, I feel like I would be annoyed by the movie because I felt like it portrayed Christians as simple folks who don’t do much rational thinking and also like to justify having affairs. As an Atheistic Agnostic, I was annoyed because it portrayed non-believers as deformed people who are basically jealous of people who believe in God. It was a weird movie and I’m not sure what the goal was. Though I did like the single father Private Eye.

4 out of 10 Grand Moffs (Cushing is worth two stars).

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

I used to think Ben Stein was a pretty cool and intelligent guy, but holy shit did I ever lose any respect for him I ever had after seeing this poor excuse for a documentary. It is a masterclass in how never to make a compelling documentary that people will take seriously. I am all for rational and interesting debate and well-argued stances, but this “documentary” had absolutely none of that to the point that I had to look it up to make sure it wasn’t a parody. There is absolutely no evidence given for anything, nothing is explained at all, scientific explanations are taken out of context and ridiculed with no alternative explanation given. I was completely shocked at how awful this was, and not at all because I disagreed with it: I have seen plenty of religious people make decent arguments for their beliefs in various debates, and this was not one of those debates. The amount of hypocrisy, backtracking, mean-spiritedness, missing-the-point, victim mentality, and taking things out of context among the many other fallacies made by the crew were ludicrous, and the devolution (pun intended) into invoking Godwin’s Law by saying that science is basically the Holocaust completely blew my mind. I was stunned into complete silence. I was sure this whole thing was a joke or parody. I wanted to believe it was a parody for the sake of religious people everywhere because it was just embarrassing for them. It made the scientists interviewed (likely under false pretenses) look the opposite of how they intended to paint them. This is not how you present an argument that will convince non-believers. Never see this unless you want to feel very sorry for Ben Stein’s mental state or to begin believing the opposite of what he’s preaching, or if you’re thinking of making a documentary and you want to learn what not to do. If you are a religious person and/or believe the things Stein and the crew claim, then please don’t hitch your wagon to this documentary because it hurts your case. Read up on science and ID and make your own argument because you can surely do better than this piece of tripe.

0 out of 10 Good Arguments.

Up in the Air (2009)

This was a neat movie. Batman (from Batman & Robin) is a guy who flies all over the United States and fires people for a living and runs a seminar about not having any attachments to tie you down in your life. Then he meets some women, one of which he bangs and wears ties like belts and the other who becomes his protégé and they teach him a lot about life, love, and how he was basically right all along. Then he flies off into the sunset, a more rounded character who was right all along. Sam Elliot appears as pilot Jesus who is sadly entirely underused and does not deliver a deep monologue. Zach Galifinakis also shows up for no reason and yet is credited early in the roll. Weird.

6.5 out of 10… MILLION air miles.

The Town (2010)

Another neat movie. Batman (v. Superman) plays a guy who robs Boston banks with Hawkeye. It was like watching a movie about the Payday series of video games, and if you don’t spend most of the movie saying “GOD DAMN IT HAWKEYE”, then you’re not really paying attention because he’s an idiot. Batman meets a bank employee lady he robbed and falls in love and realizes that stealing huge amounts of cash isn’t such a great life choice just in time for the guy from Mad Men to figure out what’s going on, all of his buddies to die (as you would expect), and to learn that his dad got his nuts cut off by Roland Tembo (rip).

6 out of 10 GOD DAMN IT HAWKEYE’s.

Neighbors (2014)

I think I hate Seth Rogan. I actually knew this a long time ago, but it just feels confirmed more and more every time I see a movie he’s in. To be fair, I did get a couple of genuine laughs from this, but the rest is shit. Rogan plays a guy with a new baby with his Austrialian wife, Moira MacTaggert. Then some frat boys move in next door led by that now-impossibly-chiseled Kid From High School Musical and James Franco’s brother and they do frat things and there are lots of drugs and boobs and very little to no intelligence as Rogan and MacTaggert try to force the frat out by lowering themselves to that level. Filled with awkward dialogue, lowest-common-denominator humour, weird scenes that feel shoehorned in that stop the movie dead, and Seth Rogan’s idiot face. One of the IMDB plot keywords is “sex in a chair” so if you ever need to find a shit movie to watch, you can find it there.

Zero out of Five Jokes for Idiots.

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

This true story stars The Mask as a con-man who falls in love with Young Obi-Wan Kenobi (you mean they’re…?) and then he breaks out of prison a lot and tries to break Young Obi-Wan out, creating a huge tangled web of lies and deceit that keeps getting thrown back in jail and makes things progressively worse for himself and the man he loves when he really could have just completed his first sentence and rejoined society years ago peacefully. The film is ruined by trying to be funny and thus overshadowing the incredible fact that the real guy escaped prison in some very ingenious ways; it makes everything feel made-up and you never feel like it is a true story. It also fails at being funny and is actually incredibly boring and drags on and on while skipping the most interesting bits in a montage. My girlfriend and I only finished it because we weren’t really watching it to begin with. Only watch this if you want mental images of Young Obi-Wan Kenobi sucking The Mask’s dick in your head forever.

1 out of 10 Young Obi-Wan Kenobi Blowjobs.

The Living Daylights and License to Kill (1987, 1989)

Finally done with Roger Moore. Thank god. I’ve never felt like that whole Bond era was a slot as much as this time. So done with him by the time we were halfway through his films. Dalton is a great Bond. Said it before, say it again. Girlfriend likes him a lot. He’s like a return to form, and truly does feel like the book Bond; I would have loved to see more of his, or maybe even his take on some of the classic Fleming stories. I’m always sad that he was so underutilized.

8 out of 10 James Bonds.

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)

I used to think Ben Stein was a pretty cool and intelligent guy, but holy shit did I ever lose any respect for him I ever had after seeing this poor excuse for a documentary. It is a masterclass in how never to make a compelling documentary that people will take seriously. I am all for rational and interesting debate and well-argued stances, but this “documentary” had absolutely none of that to the point that I had to look it up to make sure it wasn’t a parody. There is absolutely no evidence given for anything, nothing is explained at all, scientific explanations are taken out of context and ridiculed with no alternative explanation given. I was completely shocked at how awful this was, and not at all because I disagreed with it: I have seen plenty of religious people make decent arguments for their beliefs in various debates, and this was not one of those debates. The amount of hypocrisy, backtracking, mean-spiritedness, missing-the-point, victim mentality, and taking things out of context among the many other fallacies made by the crew were ludicrous, and the devolution (pun intended) into invoking Godwin’s Law by saying that science is basically the Holocaust completely blew my mind. I was stunned into complete silence. I was sure this whole thing was a joke or parody. I wanted to believe it was a parody for the sake of religious people everywhere because it was just embarrassing for them. It made the scientists interviewed (likely under false pretenses) look the opposite of how they intended to paint them. This is not how you present an argument that will convince non-believers. Never see this unless you want to feel very sorry for Ben Stein’s mental state or to begin believing the opposite of what he’s preaching, or if you’re thinking of making a documentary and you want to learn what not to do. If you are a religious person and/or believe the things Stein and the crew claim, then please don’t hitch your wagon to this documentary because it hurts your case. Read up on science and ID and make your own argument because you can surely do better than this piece of tripe.

0 out of 10 Good Arguments.

I haven't said it before, but I'll say it again: the best way to teach a person that religion is false is to teach them that creationism is true.

Only watch this if you want mental images of Young Obi-Wan Kenobi sucking The Mask’s dick in your head forever.

I just know some individual with a perverted mindset* is going to read this description and draw a picture/write a story based on it.

 

*Not me; my perversions are wholly of the heterosexual variety**.

 

**Shemales are considered hetero, right? 

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Gone Girl ***1/2
I saw it; I liked it, didn't love it. Some of Fincher's style got in the way of telling the story organically. For example, his overuse of quick fade outs (even on the opening titles!) made things feel rushed. Definitely a well-crafted story, and I applaud Fincher and Co. for eschewing the cliches of the genre. And superb acting, especially surprised by Tyler Perry.

Draft Day ***
This was pretty much exactly what I'd figure it'd be, a glamorized Hollywood version of an NFL draft. Mainly made for fans of Kevin Costner. Kudos to Ivan Reitman for his unique split-screen techniques, even if he did overdo it.

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"Chef" (2014)

 Lighthearted family fair that made me smile and hungry.

I was pleased that it had very little of a romantic comedy angel, and focused more on the father son relationship. If you have seen "Local Hero", it is that type of a feel good character driven movie. 

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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Edge of Tomorrow

Just as good as everyone promised. My wife usually isn't very vocal about movies, so when she turned to me to discuss it afterwards, then saying that we have to own it, it means it was very good.

4 time loops

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Freekin awesome fun from end to end.  My daughter loved it as well. 

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Odd Thomas (2013)

Had no idea this was a novel until reading up on it afterwards.  At times it felt a little too made-for-tv movie-ish, and there was some too-cute dialogue, but all-in-all I rather enjoyed it.  Chekov from nuTrek did a real solid job as Odd.

Six out of eight Fungus Bobs.

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

The story of how it was made was much more interesting than the actual movie.  I wanted to like this and there were some nice bits but overall it just kind of wandered all over the place with some really bad acting to boot.

Four out of eight Epcot Helmets.

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Disney's inevitable It's A Small World movie will no doubt be the horror film of the year. ;)

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TV's Frink said:

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

 Is this the same as Edge of Tomorrow, or are they two separate films?

EDIT: Never mind, I think it should have been fairly obvious from the titles....

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Gone Girl - 3.5 / 5

I saw it; liked it, didn't love it. I felt some of Fincher's style got in the way of telling the story organically. For example, his overuse of quick fade outs (even on the opening titles!) made things feel rushed. Definitely a well-crafted story, and I applaud Fincher and Co. for eschewing the cliches of the drama.


Transformers: Age of Extinction
2 / 5

Oh boy, another dumb Transformers movie.


Edge of Tomorrow
3 / 5

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. The concept gets repetitive quickly and the characters aren't all that amazing, but Limon's style kept me watching.


Draft Day
3 / 5

This was pretty much exactly what I figured it'd be, a glamorized Hollywood version of an NFL draft. Mainly made for fans of Kevin Costner. Kudos to Reitman for his unique split-screen techniques, even if he did overdo it.


The Secret of NIMH 4.5 / 5

I don't know how I never watched this movie as a child, but it's not too surprising since my parents mainly stuck with Disney. This is a classic, and it's a shame Bluth's career fizzled out the way it did.


An American Tail 4.5 / 5

I think I saw this once as a kid, and I remember being scared by the evil kitties (or something). I watched the sequel (Fieval Goes West) plenty back then, but this is no doubt the superior Tail. Another Bluth classic, and I wish more movies were made like this nowadays.


Heavy Traffic 3.5 / 5

Ralph Bakshi's second film, and his most personal. This hybrid live-action mixed with animation story has some great things going on, but it's muddled down with stupidity.

Coonskin 3 / 5

Another Bakshi early effort. An interesting satiric twist on Uncle Remus stories. Great concepts that get lost in too much degradation and sloppy story telling.


Taken 2 3 / 5

Ohnoes, Liam Neeson gets taken! Oh good, he had a cellphone in his sock to call his formerly-Taken-daughter to help him escape. Not many surprises, but I found it entertaining.


End of Watch 4 / 5

A refreshing gritty LA cop drama from the writer of gritty LA cop drama Training Day. I highly enjoyed this one, but the documentary camera work got tiresome after a while.

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