As long as I'm posting about movies, TV shows and comic books that I'm reading and watching anywhere from 1 to 19 years past their releases, I should mention that I saw Whisper of the Heart last Sunday. It's a Studio Ghibli film I hadn't seen previously, and it's now not only one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films, but I think it's one of the best films of the '90s.
Female Convict Scorpion: Grudge Song - The 4th in the series and the last starring Meiko Kaji. As mentioned above, it's totally inferior to all preceding entries in the series, but even still it has some worthy moments. Just not that many.
Silver Linings Playbook - Worthy of all the hype? I don't know, but I liked it. I thought it was pretty much just ok up until the last 15-20 minutes, which I liked a lot. Great job by Cooper and Lawrence.
Iron Man 3 - This has also been on cable a lot lately and I've watched bits and pieces of it repeatedly. As ridiculous as certain parts of it are, it's a LOT of goddamn fun. I don't care if the scene where all the people get sucked out of the plane is against science and making some jumps in logic that it maybe shouldn't, it's a great, thrilling scene.
Warm Bodies - Not a bad movie for what it is, but I have a lot of trouble with the concept from the get-go. Zombies are not still capable of thought. The end. Not buying into the premise kind of limited my enjoyment of it, but it had it's moments, including one laugh out loud line for Robb Cordry. And John Malkovich.
Chimpanzee - S'cute. The sad part wasn't nearly as traumatizing as I'd expected. The little chimp is totally adorbs. Tim Allen was a great choice for the voiceover, as well.
Get Carter - My favorite Michael Caine flick. Turner Classics did a little tribute to him and showed 5 of his films in a row. What am I gonna do, not record all of them? Psh. Still haven't gotten to the other ones. But this one, seriously, is badass. I'm pre-ordering this Blu right now, too.
Oblivion - Pretty decent for a movie that borrows almost every single thing in it from previous sci-fi movies. The CG looked fantastic and so did Olga Kurylenko. Zoe Bell even had a real small part. Can't complain.
Belle De Jour - I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm shallow enough to have watched this almost solely because Catherine Deneuve plays a bored housewife who prostitutes herself. It was a pretty decent little film. I liked the way it ended a lot.
Synechdoche, New York - Wanted to watch a Philip Seymour Hoffman flick after hearing about his death and I hadn't seen this since I bought it. It didn't hit me as hard as I remember it hitting me the last time I watched it, but I still think it's a ****ing fantastic movie.
Stake Land - Solid apocalyptic vampire flick. Not something I'd buy, but I wouldn't mind watching it again at all.
Mimic - I had never seen this. It wasn't the director's cut, unfortunately. I liked it ok and would be interested in seeing the director's cut, but I'm not going to be in any huge hurry to do so. Not at ALL surprised to find out that the reason it wasn't too much to Guillermo Del Toro's liking was because of the ****ing Weinsteins. From IMDB:
What a ****ing shock!Director Guillermo del Toro disowned the film after constant clashes with Bob Weinstein, who would frequently visit the set and make unreasonable demands about what should be shot, deviating away from the script. Since then del Toro has never worked with the Weinsteins.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Pretty goddamn funny, though I came away feeling that it wasn't as funny as I'd expected. It was a better movie than I'd expected it to be, though. I honestly wasn't really expecting it to have any kind of plot or storyline and it did, so that was cool.
Rust & Bone - A sad romantic drama. Marion Cotillard loses her legs in an accident and has to learn to live without them and she meets this guy who has a bunch of his own problems. It was pretty slow at first, but by the halfway point I was into it. I liked it, but don't care if I never see it again.
I really enjoyed the RoboCop remake. I don't think I am supposed to, but it was really fun. Of course mother ****ing Samuel L. Jackson was over the top, which is awesome to me.
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watched Now You See Me last night. Was really enjoying it until the end twist. I mean, really?
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Since I was pretty much caught up on dramas on my DVR (except for the ones I watching while running), I alternated my comedies with a couple of movies while the Olympics were on. The three movies I watched were all ones I had recorded ages ago (the only things keeping the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals from being at the end of my DVR list), and they were all films I thought would be average but had the chance to surprise me.
I remember when this came out and I thought they were trying to capitalize off of the success of Taken. Liam Neeson in Europe kicking ass, released in January... I said no thanks, I'll wait for Taken 2. Ha! Not only was I wrong to wait for Taken 2, I was wrong to not see Unknown. Very good action thriller with a fantastic twist that generally makes sense and some of my favorite villain deaths in a while. I watched it a second time to see everything again knowing what was up and also for those sweet, sweet deaths. Neeson and January Jones were both excellent, as were supporting actors Frank Langella and Bruno Ganz. In a perfect world, some of the dramatic implications would have been explored more, but it was a blast.
Sporadically funny, but it seemed like the filmmakers were way more concerned with the throwaway plot than the actual comedy. Carrel and Fey both give it their best and definitely have their moments (outtakes at the end indicate there was a lot of successful improvisation), but at the end of the day, the movie is exactly 90 minutes long, and movies that are exactly 90 minutes long are exactly 90 minutes long for a reason, and that reason is not a surplus of great material. Extra points for Mila Kunis being such a filthy lowlife.
This one really surprised me. It was a lot better than I expected. Mysterious, has some tension, features a few good turns of the plot (only one of which I fully expected), Adrien Brody actually pulls off being an action badass, Shane Vendrell / Boyd Crowder appears in a supporting role, totally ridiculous but still awesome samurai duel, great opening moment. This movie would have worked even better if they had given it a different name and surprised the audience with the predators, but "Sci-fi action/horror starring Adrien Brody' is probably a tough sell.
In summary, I am totally seeing Non-Stop now.