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Old 06-20-2009, 11:19 AM   #676
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It was excellent.
Jimmy Paige, Jack and The Edge....
10/10
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It was excellent.
Jimmy Paige, Jack and The Edge....
10/10

I second this 100%

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Just got back from Away We Go, and while its uneven, and surprising to see Sam Mendes direct in a plain/indie comedy of the 2000's style, there's so many great things about it, and definitely shows off his strength in directing actors. The supporting cast gives great performances for scripted roles that are rather one-note and overly despicable, but its Maya Rudolph and Krasinski that give amazing performances, thanks in part to characters that are much more well written, and a winning depiction of their relationship. The poignance is something I really didn't expect, and loved.

I love Maya Rudolph, so casting her in lead was already approved by me, but she really proved herself as a dramatic actress in this her first attempt at it, its too bad the movie will be forgotten come year's end.
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Just watched: The International Rating: kept me watching, but "Meh"

This movie could have been so much better had the leads just talked a hell of alot less. Too many cliches and moralistic speeches. Example: "The want me to put a gun to your head, and if you screw this up, pull the trigger" (or something similar). Lame. The overexplanation of how how economic slavery works (no, really??!)

I do however have to say that it included one of the better gunfight scenes I've seen in a long time..in the vein of the battle in Heat. Pretty cool.

Sidetrack: how anyone could become bored with/fall asleep during Slumdog Millionaire is beyond me. One of the better films I've seen in the past few years! The deliberately campy bollywoodish dance scene at the end is hilarious, also!
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I want to see It Might Get Loud, and The Proposal..
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The Hangover

Hands down the funniest thing I've seen in a very, very long time. Didn't let up throughout. Here's hoping it'll have the staying power to beat two of my favourites, Anchorman and Dodgeball.

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I'll have reviews of my movie-packed day in the city tomorrow, as I'm seconds away from passing out of exhaustion. 2 hours of sleep within the last 38. Not a good recipe for driving 130 miles each way either.
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I thought it was great, all three actors brought something different to the role (the groom was a bit on dimensional but then he was hardly in it! haha)
Good soundtrack too!
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Oh hi, Interference. I haven't done a review here in a while, probably since Watchmen or The Dark Knight, but the last movie I saw warrants this kind of attention. The film being, of course, Michael Bay's latest explosion-porn opus, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

There will be spoilers below, so don't read any further if you care to see it.

Going into it, I wasn't expecting much of anything. I had a free ticket from my purchase of the Ghostbusters game, and some passes for some good free pizza, so I was walking in with no-strings attached, nothing to lose. And holy shit, I was wrong. The first film wasn't anything great, but it had two things I love a great deal: giant fighting robots and hot girls (or at least one). If Bay and his crack writing staff of Kurtzman/Orci/other guy can deliver something like that again, then I wouldn't have to waste 2 and a half hours of my time.

Didn't happen.

Instead, I, and everyone else in the theater, was treated to the most overblown, offensive, and self-indulgent display of anything a "modern" action film can bring. Apparently a shard of the giant power rock from the first movie was still in LaBeouf's jacket, and when he shook it out 2 years later, shit started to go down. After deciding to leave his smoking hot mechanic girlfriend and giant fighting robot car at home, he goes off to college to meet Obnoxious Roommate who just knows robots are out there, too. His mother and father are fraught with emotion that their son is leaving, and in their sadness, the mom accidentally eats a pot brownie. Another hot girl who just isn't quite what she seems (maybe because she enjoys hitting on The LaBeouf) shows up, and so does Dwight Schrute. LaBeouf touched the rock thing, which means he knows everything about this super-secret OTHER power source that the Decepticons are looking for, and in his displays of super-knowledge, makes a face like Jorma when he jizzes his pants:



Obviously shit blows up, and two major characters die and come back during the course of the movie (LaBeouf visits Robot Heaven, I shit you not). Unfortunately, it's not any of the three new characters. The new Autobot twins, who are arguably the most offensive racist caricatures I've ever seen on film, complete with bug-eyes, gold teeth, and a penchant for spewing out ebonics, repeatedly do stupid shit and actually claim at one point that they "don't like to read." Incredible. Then, there's an old British robot who walks with a fucking cane who exists only to take LaBeouf, The Fox, Obnoxious Roommate, and Barton Fink to Egypt for some good 'ol-fashioned exposition.

This is turning into a blow-by-blow description instead of a legit review, and for that, I apologize. In short, it's fucking terrible. The visual effects are incredible, and hell, I really dug the score and sound design throughout. Props to ILM and any of the technical crew, but everyone else drops the ball. Halfway through the film, it literally abandons its main plot and starts making up a new one as it goes along, not only confusing the audience, but the characters in the movie, too. And the way Bay stages the action sequences, kind of resembling a shaky-cam-style done by a guy with palsy, leaves everything muddled and incomprehensible.

The humor isn't humorous, the action isn't action-y, and everything else in terms of character, tension, and plot is thrown out the window. I don't expect every movie to be intelligent dissections into the human condition, but I do expect it to follow the rules in the own world that it creates, if that makes sense.

If you want to spend $10 for this lobotomy passed as entertainment, be my guest, and have fun seeing the robot testicles.
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I hadn't heard any early reviews of it until today, when choice quotes from many different reviews, including Ebert's, started popping up all over the internetz.

On the one hand, I hate it when movies this big suck so much because it just makes it all the more maddening that a zillion people go and Hollywood thinks that what we want to see more of.

On the other hand, I love it when movies such so much because the reviews are often so damned funny.

Snow Falling On Cedars

I tried reading the book and found it pretty boring. Gave up before I hit even page 50. Tried the movie because I did actually want to know about the story, and hey, Pacific Northwest movie, so I like that.

It's still boring. Just with too much overly dramatic music and Ethan Hawke.
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Ebert's review is spot-on.

And why all of those rights groups were piling on Tropic Thunder for Simple Jack and the "full retard" stuff and not attacking this film's blatant racism is beyond me. I actually said "Oh, my God" to some of the shit that came out of those two's mouths.
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And why all of those rights groups were piling on Tropic Thunder for Simple Jack and the "full retard" stuff and not attacking this film's blatant racism is beyond me.
They're probably too busy wracking their brains trying to put out an anti-Perez statement re: thug/faggot without coming across like they condone violence even though they're all thrilled to pieces that someone finally punched that douchenozzle in the face.

I mean, that's a tall order. It must be taking all their energy right now.
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They're probably too busy wracking their brains trying to put out an anti-Perez statement re: thug/faggot without coming across like they condone violence even though they're all thrilled to pieces that someone finally punched that douchenozzle in the face.

I mean, that's a tall order. It must be taking all their energy right now.
Even if will.i.am inadvertently helped end Perez's reign of terror, I still won't forgive him for helping ruin Wolverine.
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I tried reading the book and found it pretty boring. Gave up before I hit even page 50. Tried the movie because I did actually want to know about the story, and hey, Pacific Northwest movie, so I like that.

It's still boring. Just with too much overly dramatic music and Ethan Hawke.
I really liked this film. Nice to see something about a despicable part of American history that goes largely unmentioned (at least where I grew up). I found it moving at times, and I liked how the director messed around with the different time frames. That one scene where you see her writing the letter, him reading the letter, having his arm amputated and thinking about the letter, the flashbacks...pretty hardcore.

Definitely slow-paced, though.

Scott Hicks also directed the adaptation of Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis, which I really liked a lot. A sweetly nostalgic but melancholy film.
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I dunno ... I'm leaning towards actually cheering for BEP when I see them in Vegas and Vancouver because of all this.

(Bear in mind I haven't seen Wolverine, so I hold no grudge against him there. )
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