[Movies] Talk about the last movie you saw 2: Electric Threadaloo

man The Hunger Games was really a piece of shit movie, wasn't it. I was a little interested in the next ones since I skimmed some of the casting news, but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooope
 
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Finally got Dredd on Blu-Ray since I missed my chance to see it in theaters. Well I should say I rented it from RedBox then immediately went to buy it the day after viewing. Man, it was as perfect a -Dredd- movie as I could have hoped for. Very formulaic and stuck to it's genre but it did everything right.
 
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Finally got Dredd on Blu-Ray since I missed my chance to see it in theaters. Well I should say I rented it from RedBox then immediately went to buy it the day after viewing. Man, it was as perfect a -Dredd- movie as I could have hoped for. Very formulaic and stuck to it's genre but it did everything right.
I just got my blu-ray copy in the mail. Both my wife and I thought it was a fantastic movie.
 
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Finally got Dredd on Blu-Ray since I missed my chance to see it in theaters. Well I should say I rented it from RedBox then immediately went to buy it the day after viewing. Man, it was as perfect a -Dredd- movie as I could have hoped for. Very formulaic and stuck to it's genre but it did everything right.
I watched that with the girlfriend. I...I'm not sure it was really a 'date' movie.

BUT IT WAS AWESOME.
 

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Dredd was fantastic. Way better than I expected. I really hope we get a sequel but the box office wasn't terribly good. Hopefully the home sales are high enough that they get greenlit.
 
Watched Zero Dark Thirty last night. It was good, though a little slow in parts. Probably a one-time watch movie. The weird thing to me was realizing by the end of the movie I only knew three peoples' names, character-wise, and one of them was Bin Laden. People leave/enter the cast around Maya so quickly because of the huge timeskips.
 
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Watched Zero Dark Thirty last night. It was good, though a little slow in parts. Probably a one-time watch movie. The weird thing to me was realizing by the end of the movie I only knew three peoples' names, character-wise, and one of them was Bin Laden. People leave/enter the cast around Maya so quickly because of the huge timeskips.
I haven't seen this, but every time I heard Chris Pratt say in the commercial "Osama Bin Laaaaaaaaaaden" I laughed.
 
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I never saw Zero Dark Thirty because I always felt uneasy that a movie was made to celebrate an assassination. I'm not against the actual mission, he was a terrible man, but to make a movie out of it seems kinda, I dunno... weird. Like, just shy of public execution.
 
Went and saw Oz with my mom today. It was good, but I'm not sure how I feel about James Franco. He seemed like he was really forcing himself to enjoy the part.
 
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Went and saw Oz with my mom today. It was good, but I'm not sure how I feel about James Franco. He seemed like he was really forcing himself to enjoy the part.
Like I said in an earlier post, the movie looks gorgeous, but everything else about it isn't very good. I usually like James Franco, but he was like stage overacting. I think I know what he was going for, in that maybe he was trying to emulate the old hollywood style of acting back when the Wizard of Oz came out.

But man, the more I think about it, it is seriously messed up that the central plot of the movie revolves around all the witches of Oz trying to get into the wizard's pants.

Though, one thing that really bugs me about the criticism of the movie in that Theadora's transformation into the wicked witch was too sudden is that it was clear in the movie that her sister enchanted her, so her change from good to evil isn't that out of left field.
 
I mean, I get the face Oz puts on when talking to crowds or puffing his chest and lying, he's supposed to be a con-man and acting like he's something special. But even with that knowledge, something about it just felt too forced.

As for Theadora, I knew that with her becoming the Wicked Witch of the West there'd be no redemption, but honestly I couldn't take her too seriously as a villain. I spent the whole movie feeling bad for her because she was manipulated by her sister and turned into the WWoW, at which point she became this weird caricature of evil that just seemed more comical than evil. Plus her witch makeup looked like The Mask.
 
I never saw Zero Dark Thirty because I always felt uneasy that a movie was made to celebrate an assassination. I'm not against the actual mission, he was a terrible man, but to make a movie out of it seems kinda, I dunno... weird. Like, just shy of public execution.
Watch the film before you say it "celebrates the assassination".
 
I admit I could be off base, as I haven't seen the movie. But I feel that's how it was marketed (granted, marketers are not the movie makers)
The actual op is the end of the movie and is maybe 15 minutes, 20 tops. Most of the movie is Maya following the trails to Bin Laden and the roadblocks of various government departments and the like.
 
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Movie weekend with my new t.v.!

Argo.
Good movie. Well acted; dug the 70's/early 80's hair; Alan Arkin is amazing in everything; deserved Best Picture? I guess so. I think I liked Life of Pi better (but I think it's book bias).

Zero Dark Thirty.
Pretty good movie. I didn't want to watch it due to the heavy content. I didn't think it glorified the act. It's really about finding UBL/OBL, and not really about the event itself. It shows the bureaucracy of this kind of work, and I guess makes a little commentary on torture vs data analysis info. It was a little heavy for me overall, but worth watching. No, it didn't deserve Best Picture.

Skyfall.
Pretty good movie. Not nearly as good as Casino Royal, but still entertaining enough. I really liked the first half of the film, but the ending was a bit of a let down. Bardem makes a great villain, but his role wasn't as good as the one in No Country for Old Men (not his fault though). I was excited that Sam Mendes directed it, but I wouldn't have guessed it if I didn't know that he did.

All of the above are definitely worth a rental. I don't think I would want to own them though.
 
One other thing about Oz I forgot to mention. If you don't like Raimi's directing style, you won't like Oz. His style is slathered all over this movie, moreso than anything he's done in a long time.
 
Drag Me To Hell is peak Raimi imho.


Also, over the weekend I saw The Hunger Games, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Olympus Has Fallen, Spring Breakers and rewatched The Naked Gun, The Descendants.

I need some time to unpack my thoughts on Spring Breakers, overall loved it. Burt Wonderstone was a kind of slight, cute movie that I don't think I'll ever think about again in my entire life, but it got a few chuckles. Olympus Has Fallen owned in the huge stupid fucking spectacle way. I really think it's the best "Die Hard" movie since "Die Hard".

The Naked Gun was hilarious as ever, and The Descendants was really gorgeous, but I think lost a little bit of the emotional punch on rewatch. Its flaws were a little more grating. But still a great movie and script.
 
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Don't get me wrong, I still think Drag Me to Hell was a horrible movie, but that had nothing to do with the style of the movie. I thought it was a thin plot with unlikable characters that ultimately didn't have enough humor to offset the lack of good horror a la Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness.
 

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If you haven't seen Raimi's "A Simple Plan" with Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda then you can't really rank his movies. It's probably his strongest film, comparable to something like Fargo.

Oz was enjoyable but it felt like Disney controlled it far more than Raimi did.
 
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