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Old 01-24-2014, 12:42 AM   #12196
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Lone Survivor - 8/10
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:20 AM   #12197
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Place Beyond The Pines- 8.5/10

This is a damn heavy story. Like some shit that you could envision being a crazy story in real life that would be 'stranger than fiction.' It has great acting, minus Bradley Cooper's son and his overdone Long Island 'accent.' Besides that all the characters are multi dimensional and well written, they feel like real people. None are really devoid of flaws or realistic characteristics. It's a great accomplishment. The central themes of father-son connection and generational impact are well done.

It's shot extremely well and I also found the unique 3 act structure to feel fresh and not choppy. It plays out like a sectioned tale of the harsh realities of life and the moral gray that exists which worked in an artistic choice for me. I wasn't too fond of the Bradley Cooper middle act with his police dealings with corruption because that's been done excessively but overall this is a very visceral film that felt more grounded to real life dynamics than most. It packed quite an emotional punch and the score complimented it very well. One of the best films of last year


I really enjoyed this too, and particularly liked the heavy act breaks. It felt almost like a parable. I sort of wish they didn't go with the super movie story ending in the third act, because like you said, the rest of it feels so incredibly gritty and real. I almost wished we'd just kept following both sides of the story without the intersection. But that said, what they did choose to do I felt they did really well.

I don't remember what I rated it at the time, but one of my oldest friends from High School did a ton of the editing on this thing, so I know I'm not especially unbiased when it comes to this, or any of the Cianfrance movies, because he's worked on all of them.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:57 PM   #12198
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Fruitvale Station - 8/10 Pretty sad and fvcked up.

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Old 01-24-2014, 11:31 PM   #12199
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Dallas Buyers Club 8.5/10
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:19 AM   #12200
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Man Season 4 of the Sopranos has def been the weakest so far.

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Btw, Tony can be a real dumb boss sometimes. Dude killed his best earner for such a shitty reason

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Old 01-25-2014, 07:02 AM   #12201
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The secret life of walter mitty

much better than i expected, 8/10
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:20 PM   #12202
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Donnie Darko, 7/10
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:47 PM   #12203
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American Hustle 8/10
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:33 PM   #12204
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Wolf has sat with me better than I expected it to. I gave it a so so score when I reviewed it in here, I think a low 80s. But it's kind of stuck in my craw, moreso than American Hustle, which in the moment I definitely liked more.

What Lonestar is saying up there makes more sense even than this is just a good drug movie. In retrospect, and I got this with some research, the movie is really shown from the perspective of Leo's character, so it is in fact disjointed and out of place and focused on some things more than it should be, because that's how the character is seeing things. It's given away in his to camera monologues. And it's flat out said in the scene where he talks about the technical end of what they're doing, and then says to the audience that we're not interested in that stuff (which is really sort of him talking to himself I think).

It looks great. It's certainly funny even just in a vaccuum. But I do still, even after mulling it more, believe that it suffers from some missteps in pacing, even if some of it was on purpose, it's too much. But I do like in looking back the sort of quilted quality of it. Like they just shot all this debauchery as tonal stuff, then sort of sewed it together, patchwork like, like an addict looking back and telling this story, but the recollection is spotty and uneven.

It absolutely warrants a second viewing. And I don't think it's Scorcese's best work or even close, nor do I think it's really in the best stuff this year, although with the expanded field it fine as a nominee as I think it's close.

I agree with you on pretty much everything, especially the misstep in pacing. I think it makes a ton of sense from Scorsese's perspective that the recollection from Jordan's point of view would dwell too long on the highlight reel of his wild times and funny stories but it made the movie difficult to tolerate at some points. And as someone who is interested in the technical side, it made things a little less interesting to me when they overtly dismiss it (but I get why it was done).

It was definitely funny but the pacing sapped the intensity out of the movie for me and killed some of the emotion I might have felt at the end. His rock bottom moment after his wife asked for the divorce was the only real moment where I felt like there was any substance to things.

I'd probably give the movie a 7/10. Definitely solid but really nothing that memorable other than some of the humor. I think I'd enjoy it more if I went high but that's a sign of a weaker movie imo if that is required to make it a great experience.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:26 PM   #12205
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Gravity
6/10

*spoilers (obviously)*

First, my gripes...

I really liked the idea for this movie and felt, if it had been executed better, all of the potential in the world was there. However, their first mistake was in casting. I've never liked Sandra Bullock and, as usual, I pretty much hated her performance. I wanted her to die the whole movie which I'm assuming wasn't the filmmaker's intent. She just really bothers me... from the plastic face to the annoying voice to the robotic acting.

The thing that separates actors is whether or not you can forget -- regardless of how famous they may be -- who they are in real life and really see them as the character. I just see Bullock as Sandra Bullock in every role. This was Bullock in space.

Clooney has the same problem for me, but he's likeable enough for it not to ruin a movie. But, to have Bullock and Clooney as basically the only two actors in the entire movie? I just watched it as Bullock and Clooney floating around in space. I don't even remember what their characters' names were and I just watched it last night.

The second problem for me was the story.

It is enough drama that these people are trapped in space when the Kessler effect becomes a reality. That is pretty much the scariest thing that could actually happen to a person... and it's a serious, real threat.

Shoehorning in the whole thing about Bullock's dead daughter seemed contrived to me. Then, the movie became almost more about that than the horrific things going on around the characters.


On the good side of things, the audio and visuals were incredible, as was the cinematography. I really liked how the camera seemed to be floating around with the characters and there were very few cuts. Visually, it was a pretty stunning accomplishment.

The audio was also really cool, the way they reproduced the contrast of the silence out in space with the noise in the space station's interior. Very cool stuff. Watching that station destroy itself in total silence was pretty awesome.

And, like I said above, I thought making a movie about the Kessler effect was great subject matter. I just wish they would have done better in casting and cut out a lot of the additional drama... it was unnecessary.


It is worth watching just for the audio/visuals alone. I'd recommend doing so with headphones on, too. That added to the sound bouncing around in my head.

But, do I think this was worthy of a Best Picture nomination? No way. And, I thought -- as usual for Bullock -- the acting was subpar.

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Old 01-26-2014, 05:02 AM   #12206
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Justice League: War - 8.5/10

The Avengers - 7/10

Silver Linings Playbook - 9/10
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:33 AM   #12207
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Re-watch zero dark thirty 3/10
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:56 PM   #12208
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Rob Schneider has always been one of those enigma actors to me. Meaning, to some degree, there's a cult following of sorts, and IMO it's unwarranted. His filmography is primarily them baby-do-do-squirts, but every so often he pulls off a hilarious role/character. I watched two of his flicks recently and felt they were two of his better performances.



and ...



Both were an entertaining pleasant surprise. I'm probably grossly mistaken here, but was it the Patriots Tom Brady who wrote and directed The Hot Chick? It was released 2002, so it doesn't exactly make sense? I'm learning more towards the Tom Brady simply being someone who consequently shares the same name.

Anyone know any other decent Rob Schneider flicks I might be missing out on?

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Old 01-27-2014, 03:16 PM   #12209
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Justice League:War - 9/10

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Old 01-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #12210
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Rob Schneider has always been one of those enigma actors to me. Meaning, to some degree, there's a cult following of sorts, and IMO it's unwarranted. His filmography is primarily them baby-do-do-squirts, but every so often he pulls off a hilarious role/character. I watched two of his flicks recently and felt they were two of his better performances.



and ...



Both were an entertaining pleasant surprise. I'm probably grossly mistaken here, but was it the Patriots Tom Brady who wrote and directed The Hot Chick? It was released 2002, so it doesn't exactly make sense? I'm learning more towards the Tom Brady simply being someone who consequently shares the same name.

Anyone know any other decent Rob Schneider flicks I might be missing out on?


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