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  Bongo
 
April 28, 2008 9:27:04 am
 
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1.No Country for Old Men- Best movie I've seen in awhile. Loved the ending.
2.Michael Clayton- Not bad. if Tom Hanks is his generation's Jimmy Stewart, then George Clooney is the new Cary Grant.
3.Unknown White Male- Documentary about a seemingly successful Brit living in NYC who loses his memory. Fascinating insight into how our memories shape not only our personalities but our relationships with others as well.

 
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Jumper C+: Special effects are cool, very disappointing when I got 1/3 into the movie to discover they just stole the plot from another cult sci-fi movie.



what did they steal it from? I read the book and don't remember a theft.







was there supposed to be an answer in there?

 
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- The 3 Bourne flicks: B - all at once over the last few days. We saw 1 and 3 at the theatre, but missed 2.
- Rounders: A (upgraded on second thought)
- Buddy Holly Story: solid A
- Radio: B- Cuba Gooding Jr. Nice story, particularly good ending
- Dreamgirls: B+ - CS Jr apparently doesn't do musicals, Eddie Murphy is awesome
- Rent: D- Couldn't get "Everybody has AIDS" from Team America out of my head, didn't finish watching
- Jet Li Fearless: B - good story, EXCELLENT action sequences and photography
- Almost Heros: F - Proof that the bad that is Chris Farley is powerful enough to turn a Christopher Guest movie into a horrible mess. Turned it off
- Good Night and Good Luck: B- good, preachy, not enough tension
- U2 3D: A - IMAX 3d is impressive. Technically impressive, VERY immersive and emotional. Best concert film since Stop Making Sense even if U2 are panty-wearing, peacemongers. Solid.
- Flash Gordon: B (me) D- (wife) - wife hated it, kid made fun of it. Incredible costumes and Queen soundtrack couldn't save high school drama club quality acting from the 2 leads.
- Ratcatcher: C - Trainspotting without the music, humor, or dialog. Just a dirt poor scotish kid, garbage and depression probably ends in heroin overdose. could be good, but wasn't in the mood - turned it off.
- Bottom: D - BBC TV series from 2 of the Young Ones. All of the stupid, some of the gross, not enough of the funny of Young Ones. Gave up.
- Capote: A - Really good, who knew that Harper Lee and Capote were contemporaries. Now I have to go and read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
- The Beat that My Heart Skipped: B+ - French movie about a real estate developer/thug who has a run in with the Russian mob while trying to start a career as a professional classical pianist. I know that makes no sense, but it's a really good guy movie in a strange way.
- White Fang: B - Ethan Hawk, Better than average kid/dog/adventure movie. Kid liked it
- In the Company of Men: A- Could be the meanest movie I've ever seen. You will have interesting conversations if you watch it with your significant other.
- The Trouble with Harry: B+ What an oddly macabre little "comedy". Quiet good, CS Jr. and the wife liked it too. Ultra early performance by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers with Shirley McClain and John Forsyth.
- Memento: A Not sure how I managed to go this long without seeing it. Good acting, good story, nice inverted timeline construction. Didn't realize that Christopher Nolan did The Prestige and Batman Begins until I looked at Netflix for more of his stuff and found that I'd seen them all.
- Following: B Christopher Nolan's 1st movie. A B&W film noir with a twist ending that is**** near as strong as Memento's. Not as polished, but amazing for a first movie.
- Ratatouille: A - Rewatched on netflix. Better the second time, what a good movie. Lots of stuff lifted from Tony Bourdain.
- Charade: B+ Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn romantic thriller. Feels like Hitchcock, but isn't.
- Superbad: B+ Must watch high school comedy. Incredibly funny, incredibly awkward to watch with significant other at times.
- Broken Flowers: A (if you like Jarumusch movies) - A Jim Jarmusch movie with Bill Murray in the same kind of quiet role that he did in Lost in Translation. Murray is an "aging Don Juan" on a road trip to find out which of his ex's from 20 years before may have sent him an anonymous letter about having a son.
- In Her Shoes: B- Hot, evil, slutty sister Cameron Diaz and not-hot lawyer sister Toni Collette have a falling out, re-find their grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and but end up with a big old girlie crying happy ending where something more interesting looked like it might happen. A better than average chick flick with a lot of Diaz flesh
- The Illusionist: Solid B+ Came out at the same time as the flawed, but more interesting "The Prestige"
- The Forbidden Zone: D-B+ depending on your taste for weirdness. The Citzen Kane of cult movies, starring HervÚ Villechaize. Mostly a whacked out plot strung together to let Dany Elfman put all of the songs from his "Knights of the Oingo-Boingo" into a movie. Lots of boobies in B&W and silly dry humping, and a guy in a giant frog head mask. If you decide it sucks, fast forward to the scene near the end with Elfman as Satan doing Mini the Moocher.
The motorcycle Diaries: B+ Che Guevara, the early years. As a buddy movie. Well worth seeing, left us researching more about Che and leprosy.
Pan's Labyrinth: A+ Not as disturbing or gory as I'd been lead to believe. But I'm still glad I didn't take CS Jr. to see it - really phenomenal and heart-wrenching
Ultraviolet: C Milla Jovovich being all sexa and gorgeous use of color that Akira Kurasawa wouldn't have been embarrassed by can't save bad writing and mess of a plot that is mostly and excuse for setting up the next fight scene. The fact that the fight scenes were repetitive and needed a serious injection of hong kong made it ever worse. Sad - with a decent screenwriter and a good hong kong fight choreographer it could have rivaled the Matrix.


August Rush: B An over the top sentimental modern day Oliver Twist. Might have been sickeningly sweet to watch without kids. Very decent soundtrack. Robin Williams couldn't decide if he was Peter Pan or the creepy photo booth dood from One Hour Photo (A for sure) going all the way one way or the other might have made the movie work better.

Amelie: A That was a WHOLE lot more interesting story than I expected and some really eye-catching scenes. A plot summary wouldn't make a bit of sense, but it starts out as a dark comedy (her mom is killed when a suicide jumping off Notre Dame hits her) has this long running, bizzaro voiceover, but ends up being a fantasy/lovestory. sort of.

Fifth Element: B Man the future looks cool - it's like the sales brochure for the Bladerunner future. We've already established that Milla Jovovich is sexa. Chris Tucker is probably the most over the top character since Robbin Williams' Genie but ends up stealing too much camera time. I have no idea what Gary Oldman was doing as the bad guy - he was just plain bizarre.

Big Fish: B Doesn't have nearly as much Tim Burton dripping off it as his usual work, and no Jonny Depp - the movie doesn't quite work in pulling together a dying father's over the top storytelling with rebuilding his relationship with his grown son. But an amazing and sentimental ending that's up there with Finding Neverland pulls the whole thing up a solid letter grade.

 
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- Broken Flowers: A (if you like Jarumusch movies) - A Jim Jarmusch movie with Bill Murray in the same kind of quiet role that he did in Lost in Translation. Murray is an "aging Don Juan" on a road trip to find out which of his ex's from 20 years before may have sent him an anonymous letter about having a son.


Fifth Element: B Man the future looks cool - it's like the sales brochure for the Bladerunner future. We've already established that Milla Jovovich is sexa. Chris Tucker is probably the most over the top character since Robbin Williams' Genie but ends up stealing too much camera time. I have no idea what Gary Oldman was doing as the bad guy - he was just plain bizarre.



I figured I was the only person to see Broken Flowers. You might want to check out "Thumbsucker" if you liked that one.

5th Element is fun as in the first Star Wars movie fun. One of my favorite Sci-fi escapist movies.

 
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At the Theater
I Am Legend B+: Will Smith has to carry this movie all by himself like Tom Hands in Castaway. Solid, I was hoping for great.

Kite Runner A-: beautiful, my mom considers the book one of the best things she has read in many years.

Alien V Predator II C: Alien and Predator mayhem, I expected little and was left satisfied.

Cloverfield B-: I nearly barfed, only watched the screen about 50% of the time.

U2 3D A: If this is the future of concert movies I'm very excited. My U2 passion has faded a bit lately but I walked out of this pumped and totally jazzed about hearing the old classics.

There will be Blood! A: Worth seeing just for D-D. Lewis amazing performance. Each character he plays in movies has a distinct way of speaking. Based on a novella by Upton Sinclair or Sinclair Lewis--I forget which.

Savages A-: Fantastic acting about the difficult subject on a parent dying. Hard to watch at moments but also amusing in spots.

Jumper C+: Special effects are cool, very disappointing when I got 1/3 into the movie to discover they just stole the plot from another cult sci-fi movie.

Bank Job B-: Plot not as flashy or unbelievable as a lot of heist movies are these days. Enjoyable but not amazing.

Iron Man: A+ Everything an action/comic movie should be.

Baby Momma: B+ Good writing with some funny cameos.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: B- Amusing period comedy, nothing special but well executed.

Watched on DVD:
I purchased the Coen Brothers box set.
Watched Raising Arizona (had seen it already) and Blood Simple B+ so far.

Interesting to watch their early movie (Blood Simple) and see a number of devices that were used more effectively in their latter movies. For example, the bumbling mistakes show up in Fargo where the guy forgets where he buried the money. Also the use of footsteps on a stairs and hallway show up in the hotel scene of No Country for Old Men. Frances McDormand is not great--she has clearly improved on a actress over the years.

Barton Fink: Very over-rated. C+
Miller's Crossing: Also over-rated B-

 
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May 5, 2008 10:49:07 am
 
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Atonement - A. It's got Kieria Knightley in it. You need more?

Lars and the Real Girl - F - Couldn't finish it. Slow, stupid and awful. Lars is basically a social retart who orders a RealDoll and takes her around acting as if she's an actual person, building up a history and personality for her. It's not nearly as entertaining as that sounds.

 
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May 6, 2008 10:59:22 am
 
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Baby Mama - C+. Mostly boring. I know trailers are supposed to want to make you see the movie, but there's a problem when the movie makes you want to see the trailers. I like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but both had very little to work with. The plot was just dumb. Great premise that left a lot on the table.
 
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May 7, 2008 12:28:15 pm
 
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I watched Dream A Little Dream last weekend, still an A. 2nd best Corey movie made.
 
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I watched Dream A Little Dream last weekend, still an A. 2nd best Corey movie made.



After Lost Boys, right?

 
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Before the Devil Knows Your Dead- A: Story gets a B and the aforementioned nekkid Marisa Tomei bumps it up a letter grade. It'll be interesting when the good directors start making movies again that have closure or at least a good ending. Not that I need that.

The Usual Suspects- A: This is one that fell thru the cracks for me. I've always wanted to see it, but just never have. It lives up to the hype.

 
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I watched Dream A Little Dream last weekend, still an A. 2nd best Corey movie made.



After Lost Boys, right?



Well of course

 
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May 12, 2008 10:41:36 am
 
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quote:
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I figured I was the only person to see Broken Flowers. You might want to check out "Thumbsucker" if you liked that one.
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5th Element is fun as in the first Star Wars movie fun. One of my favorite Sci-fi escapist movies.


it's no Ice Pirates...


 
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quote:
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quote:
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I figured I was the only person to see Broken Flowers. You might want to check out "Thumbsucker" if you liked that one.
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5th Element is fun as in the first Star Wars movie fun. One of my favorite Sci-fi escapist movies.


it's no Ice Pirates...




Not every movie can have space herpes and Robert Urich.

 
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quote:
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quote:
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quote:
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I figured I was the only person to see Broken Flowers. You might want to check out "Thumbsucker" if you liked that one.
added to queue
5th Element is fun as in the first Star Wars movie fun. One of my favorite Sci-fi escapist movies.


it's no Ice Pirates...




Not every movie can have space herpes and Robert Urich.



And that is a**** shame.

 
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Sweeney Todd- A- Very well done and very entertaining.

30 Days of Night- B Great idea but could have been done better. I wasn't a big fan of the way the vampires were done but at least they weren't wearing frilly lace poet's shirts and brooding over how terrible things are.

Balls of Fury- D This movie really deserves an F. I mean, it is terrible and its not even terrible in the way that you can enjoy it for being so terrible. Its awful. The only reason it doesnt get an F is because I like Christopher Walken.

 
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- The 3 Bourne flicks: B - all at once over the last few days. We saw 1 and 3 at the theatre, but missed 2.
- Rounders: A (upgraded on second thought)
- Buddy Holly Story: solid A
- Radio: B- Cuba Gooding Jr. Nice story, particularly good ending
- Dreamgirls: B+ - CS Jr apparently doesn't do musicals, Eddie Murphy is awesome
- Rent: D- Couldn't get "Everybody has AIDS" from Team America out of my head, didn't finish watching
- Jet Li Fearless: B - good story, EXCELLENT action sequences and photography
- Almost Heros: F - Proof that the bad that is Chris Farley is powerful enough to turn a Christopher Guest movie into a horrible mess. Turned it off
- Good Night and Good Luck: B- good, preachy, not enough tension
- U2 3D: A - IMAX 3d is impressive. Technically impressive, VERY immersive and emotional. Best concert film since Stop Making Sense even if U2 are panty-wearing, peacemongers. Solid.
- Flash Gordon: B (me) D- (wife) - wife hated it, kid made fun of it. Incredible costumes and Queen soundtrack couldn't save high school drama club quality acting from the 2 leads.
- Ratcatcher: C - Trainspotting without the music, humor, or dialog. Just a dirt poor scotish kid, garbage and depression probably ends in heroin overdose. could be good, but wasn't in the mood - turned it off.
- Bottom: D - BBC TV series from 2 of the Young Ones. All of the stupid, some of the gross, not enough of the funny of Young Ones. Gave up.
- Capote: A - Really good, who knew that Harper Lee and Capote were contemporaries. Now I have to go and read Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
- The Beat that My Heart Skipped: B+ - French movie about a real estate developer/thug who has a run in with the Russian mob while trying to start a career as a professional classical pianist. I know that makes no sense, but it's a really good guy movie in a strange way.
- White Fang: B - Ethan Hawk, Better than average kid/dog/adventure movie. Kid liked it
- In the Company of Men: A- Could be the meanest movie I've ever seen. You will have interesting conversations if you watch it with your significant other.
- The Trouble with Harry: B+ What an oddly macabre little "comedy". Quiet good, CS Jr. and the wife liked it too. Ultra early performance by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers with Shirley McClain and John Forsyth.
- Memento: A Not sure how I managed to go this long without seeing it. Good acting, good story, nice inverted timeline construction. Didn't realize that Christopher Nolan did The Prestige and Batman Begins until I looked at Netflix for more of his stuff and found that I'd seen them all.
- Following: B Christopher Nolan's 1st movie. A B&W film noir with a twist ending that is**** near as strong as Memento's. Not as polished, but amazing for a first movie.
- Ratatouille: A - Rewatched on netflix. Better the second time, what a good movie. Lots of stuff lifted from Tony Bourdain.
- Charade: B+ Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn romantic thriller. Feels like Hitchcock, but isn't.
- Superbad: B+ Must watch high school comedy. Incredibly funny, incredibly awkward to watch with significant other at times.
- Broken Flowers: A (if you like Jarumusch movies) - A Jim Jarmusch movie with Bill Murray in the same kind of quiet role that he did in Lost in Translation. Murray is an "aging Don Juan" on a road trip to find out which of his ex's from 20 years before may have sent him an anonymous letter about having a son.
- In Her Shoes: B- Hot, evil, slutty sister Cameron Diaz and not-hot lawyer sister Toni Collette have a falling out, re-find their grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) and but end up with a big old girlie crying happy ending where something more interesting looked like it might happen. A better than average chick flick with a lot of Diaz flesh
- The Illusionist: Solid B+ Came out at the same time as the flawed, but more interesting "The Prestige"
- The Forbidden Zone: D-B+ depending on your taste for weirdness. The Citzen Kane of cult movies, starring HervÚ Villechaize. Mostly a whacked out plot strung together to let Dany Elfman put all of the songs from his "Knights of the Oingo-Boingo" into a movie. Lots of boobies in B&W and silly dry humping, and a guy in a giant frog head mask. If you decide it sucks, fast forward to the scene near the end with Elfman as Satan doing Mini the Moocher.
The motorcycle Diaries: B+ Che Guevara, the early years. As a buddy movie. Well worth seeing, left us researching more about Che and leprosy.
Pan's Labyrinth: A+ Not as disturbing or gory as I'd been lead to believe. But I'm still glad I didn't take CS Jr. to see it - really phenomenal and heart-wrenching
Ultraviolet: C Milla Jovovich being all sexa and gorgeous use of color that Akira Kurasawa wouldn't have been embarrassed by can't save bad writing and mess of a plot that is mostly and excuse for setting up the next fight scene. The fact that the fight scenes were repetitive and needed a serious injection of hong kong made it ever worse. Sad - with a decent screenwriter and a good hong kong fight choreographer it could have rivaled the Matrix.
August Rush: B An over the top sentimental modern day Oliver Twist. Might have been sickeningly sweet to watch without kids. Very decent soundtrack. Robin Williams couldn't decide if he was Peter Pan or the creepy photo booth dood from One Hour Photo (A for sure) going all the way one way or the other might have made the movie work better.
Amelie: A That was a WHOLE lot more interesting story than I expected and some really eye-catching scenes. A plot summary wouldn't make a bit of sense, but it starts out as a dark comedy (her mom is killed when a suicide jumping off Notre Dame hits her) has this long running, bizzaro voiceover, but ends up being a fantasy/lovestory. sort of.
Fifth Element: B Man the future looks cool - it's like the sales brochure for the Bladerunner future. We've already established that Milla Jovovich is sexa. Chris Tucker is probably the most over the top character since Robbin Williams' Genie but ends up stealing too much camera time. I have no idea what Gary Oldman was doing as the bad guy - he was just plain bizarre.
Big Fish: B Doesn't have nearly as much Tim Burton dripping off it as his usual work, and no Jonny Depp - the movie doesn't quite work in pulling together a dying father's over the top storytelling with rebuilding his relationship with his grown son. But an amazing and sentimental ending that's up there with Finding Neverland pulls the whole thing up a solid letter grade.


Grave of the Fireflies: A+ A very powerful anti-war anime movie. Started watching with CS jr. - bad idea WAY too intense for a kid, Can't say I "enjoyed" it, but I'm glad I watched it. An anti-war movie up there with Das Boot, Schindler's List, Johnny Got His Gun that just happens to be animated.

Harold and Kumar - Escape from Guantanamo: B+ Saw it at Starlight Drive in with a big platter of sushi and a mini keg of heineken. Not quite as goofily funny as the first one, too big a plot, and you now know the characters and are expecting Neil Patrick Harris (who doesn't disappoint). Rob Cordry is good as the over the top TSA security goob, but eventually becomes tiresome. Way more nudity than the first one (which we watched with 10 year old CS Jr. - NOT this one). The getting stoned with President Bush scene is awesome.


 
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1/1: Pee Wee's Big Adventure--> D Netflix

1/4: Robots--> A- Robin Williams is a funny mf even animated. Netflix

1/6: The Wire-Season 2--> A Not quite as excellent as Season 1, but some pretty**** good teevee. Netflix

1/10: Monsters, Inc.--> A+ Best movie ending evar. Netflix

1/19: Spiderman 3--> C. Just needed about 3 more story lines to be totally incomprehensible. Cool "fight" scenes, tho. Netflix

1/21: Rounders--> A-. Trying to figure out what the "-" is for. Even more so trying to figure out how Dyl and Cheaps gave it a B. Tough graders. Netflix

1/23: The Wire-Season 3--> A+. Top Notch. What great acting and writing. Netflix

1/26: A Good Year--> B+/B Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott make a thoroughly entertaining "small" film. Great date movie. A Good Year >>> Sideways imho.
Netflix

2/2: Sideways--> B+ Better than I remembered and the comparison above is a little unfair. They're different movies. Certainly more moments in Sideways. Netflix

2/6: The Wire-Season 4--> A+ Again. Sad that there is only one more season. Netflix

2/15: 3:10 to Yuma--> B Excellent acting and a really good movie up until the ending. Netflix

2/17: Miller's Crossing--> B Good acting and writing, but there really didn't seem to be a point. The Coen brothers sure love to put all kinds of clever cinematic twists in their work, but I never really seem to get it. Netflix

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2/20: Eastern Promises--> B+ Very good movie. A little difficult to get into and it's not a high paced action thriller by any means, but very intense. Questions in the begin eventually come out through the course of the movie. The fight scene is not for the faint of heart. Netflix

Confirm. Oh, and Naomi Watts = hawtness

2/22: National Treasure, Book of Secrets--> C What a mess. What a cast. If I'm going to see Ed Harris and Helen Mirren in a scene together, I wish it had been in a better movie. The target audience (v2) gave it a 10. Theater

2/28: Cars--> A Watched it with the sprouts last Fall and, along with football, this movie got me off my *** and buying a bigger, better, badder tee vee. It was worth it. I Pixar. Netflix

3/4/08: Shawshank Redemption--> A Great movie, GREAT acting. OnDemand

3/7/08: Mr. Mom--> C+ Man did this movie look dated. Still, a good movie to watch with the fambly. I ed Terri Garr back in the day. OnDemand

3/8/08: The Jane Austen Book Club--> A- Great "little" movie. Great literate movie. Great chick flick. The "-" is because of the unremitting happy endings, but still well worth watching w/your spouse. Especially if you have both read Jane Austen, but that's not required. Netflix

3/29 American Gangster--> A- Good movie. Seemed like I had seen it somewhere before, though. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe are very good. Netflix

4/24/08 No Country for Old Men--> A- Good movie, but not as good as the book. Pretty grim and wayyyyyy bloody. Not really what I would have expected for Best Movie. Tommy Lee Jones is his standard excellent seff. Netflix

4/27/08 "M"--> A About as powerful as a movie can get. Peter Lorre-awesomely creepy. Netflix

5/14/08--> Before The Devil Knows You're Dead -B for the story, A for Marisa Tomei, TT for TThank YYou Nnamath. Good crime drama with plenty of angles. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke do good work.--> Confirm Netflix

 
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Harold & Kumar go to Guantanamo Bay = B+. There are a few scenes that are over the top with trying to be funny, but other parts are done very well. I enjoyed it. And no, not just because its a stoner movie. Most of those bore me.
 
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At the Theater
I Am Legend B+: Will Smith has to carry this movie all by himself like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Solid, I was hoping for great.

Kite Runner A-: beautiful, my mom considers the book one of the best things she has read in many years.

Alien V Predator II C: Alien and Predator mayhem, I expected little and was left satisfied.

Cloverfield B-: I nearly barfed, only watched the screen about 50% of the time.

U2 3D A: If this is the future of concert movies I'm very excited. My U2 passion has faded a bit lately but I walked out of this pumped and totally jazzed about hearing the old classics.

There will be Blood! A: Worth seeing just for D-D. Lewis amazing performance. Each character he plays in movies has a distinct way of speaking. Based on a novella by Upton Sinclair or Sinclair Lewis--I forget which.

Savages A-: Fantastic acting about the difficult subject on a parent dying. Hard to watch at moments but also amusing in spots.

Jumper C+: Special effects are cool, very disappointing when I got 1/3 into the movie to discover they just stole the plot from another cult sci-fi movie.

Bank Job B-: Plot not as flashy or unbelievable as a lot of heist movies are these days. Enjoyable but not amazing.

Iron Man: A+ Everything an action/comic movie should be.

Baby Momma: B+ Good writing with some funny cameos.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: B- Amusing period comedy, nothing special but well executed.

Watched on DVD:
I purchased the Coen Brothers box set.
Watched Raising Arizona (had seen it already) and Blood Simple B+ so far.

Interesting to watch their early movie (Blood Simple) and see a number of devices that were used more effectively in their latter movies. For example, the bumbling mistakes show up in Fargo where the guy forgets where he buried the money. Also the use of footsteps on a stairs and hallway show up in the hotel scene of No Country for Old Men. Frances McDormand is not great--she has clearly improved on a actress over the years.

Barton Fink: Very over-rated. C+
Miller's Crossing: Also over-rated B-


On IFC
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (fairly disturbing, rated X originally)
Vengeance is Mine (Japanese)

 
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Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels-A : Another fall thru the cracks movie for me. I think I ignored it b/c of the dOOshes that always said it was good. Well, color me a dOOSh because this is one**** of an enjoyable movie.

Iron Man-B+ : I don't usually choose to watch comic book movies, but this was good. Robert Downey was well cast. Why are drug addicts so likable?

 
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