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Old 06-04-18, 01:20 PM
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"Predestination"(2014) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535/
While many time travel sci-fi films try to avoid the paradoxes of encountering yourself or your relatives in the past, this one dives head-long into it.
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The Man From Earth (2007) -- 6/10

Feels like a moderately engaging stage play, well acted and recorded well on video without actually adapting it to be a proper movie. Pretentious, dated and soggy 1960s-'70s pop psychology/spiritualism fare, weighted down with self-importance that isn't leavened by the attempts at casual dialog. On the plus side, one of Tony Todd's better performances. Too bad he's mostly known for horror movies.

Notable for the worst theme song since that dreadful thing that ruined Star Trek: Enterprise.
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Quantum of Solace, 1/10. Daniel Craig is OK, the rest of the movie that I could stand to watch is a stinker. Absolutely awful in the worst Paul Greengrass/Jason Bourne tradition - all action shot with a shaky cam held by a victim of Parkinson's disease and edited like an MTV video for the ADD afflicted. Gave me a headache and after 30 minutes I gave up and almost threw up.
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Old 06-06-18, 05:02 PM
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Quantum of Solace, 1/10. Daniel Craig is OK, the rest of the movie that I could stand to watch is a stinker. Absolutely awful in the worst Paul Greengrass/Jason Bourne tradition - all action shot with a shaky cam held by a victim of Parkinson's disease and edited like an MTV video for the ADD afflicted. Gave me a headache and after 30 minutes I gave up and almost threw up.
Yeah, my wife gives up on those movies too. I generally just watch them but let my mind wander during the fight scenes and then watch the story in between.
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Old 06-13-18, 07:28 PM
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"Shutter Island" (2010) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/

Directed by Scorsese, and starring DiCaprio.
Meh.
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Old 06-13-18, 07:42 PM
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Tomb Raider (2018). 6/10, glad I just rented on Amazon but not too bad for an evening of mild entertainment. I'd rent the next one (if they make it).
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Old 06-15-18, 01:33 PM
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"Shutter Island" (2010) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/

Directed by Scorsese, and starring DiCaprio.
Meh.
5/10
The book is better, but every other Dennis Lehane novel and the movies based on them are better than Shutter Island.
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Old 06-19-18, 01:00 PM
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Went to see the newest Avengers movie, Infinity War.

I have mentioned here before that I don't go into 'comic' movies expecting much. I have been a fan of the latest rendition of most of the heroes and the series of movies have been entertaining. This one was no less so. Great visuals, engaging fight scenes, and so forth. Typically semi weak storyline. It was a bit long considering this lack of story, and even more disturbing to me concerning it was that it wasn't a stand alone story. This completely should have been called Pt1, or something of that nature. Perhaps to those whom are more familiar with the series it's a duh moment, IDK. All in all worth seeing, but like the end of a season cliffhanger than really telling a whole story.
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Old 06-19-18, 01:11 PM
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Watched Mother!. This is a hard movie to rate so I'm not even going to try. I found it very engaging, but would not want to watch it again. It made me too tense. It did make me think and I had my own theories of what it was about and read some analysis too. I heard many people hated it, though.
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Adrift

Saw these both in the same day. Adrift- 9/10 because it made me cry. There’s just something about lost love movies. Backcountry which is currently on Netflix- 9/10 because it scared the crap out of me and I love being scared.

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Loving Vincent,10/10. Superb animation of Vincent Van Gogh's life and especially his death. Animation is based on many of his wonderful paintings. Luckily my wife and I have seen many of those paintings in NL and France while living in Europe. The Van Gogh Retrospective held in 1990 at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo were fantastic display of many of his best works gathered from around the world for the 100th anniversary of his death, and an unforgettable experience. This movie brings back that experience.


Alone in Berlin, 9/10. Intense story, based on a grief struck German couple who lost their son to the war in 1940 and their anti Nazi reaction. Well acted by Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and Daniel Brühl.
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Just came out of The Incredibles 2. Really, really good! Highly recommend.
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Old 06-27-18, 02:46 PM
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"Predestination"(2014) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535/
While many time travel sci-fi films try to avoid the paradoxes of encountering yourself or your relatives in the past, this one dives head-long into it.
8/10
Check out Coherence (2013), similar theme about temporal paradoxes. Low budget but very well done. And as a one-time theater actor/director I appreciate the director's method, gathering a group of compatible actors skilled in improv to work without a script, just given the outline of a scene just before it's recorded, mostly all done in one take per setup. But it doesn't suffer from the annoying amateurish pretensions of many ambitious low budget films.
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Old 06-27-18, 06:45 PM
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The Death of Superman
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Another superman adventure, in my opinion, weak. An interesting antihero, especially if we suspect who he is, knowing the adventures of Superman from other universums.
In my opinion, however, the movie is average, I do not want to spoil, so I will not write more.
It's possible to watch.
5.5 / 10
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Old 07-11-18, 11:20 AM
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I watched Won't You Be My Neighbor in the theater yesterday. It is a documentary on Fred Rogers and his children's show. It was very interesting and I learned a few things about him I did not know. He might have been the last person on TV who truly tried to understand children and make them feel worthwhile as individuals. 8/10
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Old 07-30-18, 01:44 PM
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Dolemite (original 1975 version) -- 7/10
It's actually a terrible movie, ineptly directed and acted, technically only a 3 or 4 out of 10, but it's so bad it's almost good, making it the Ed Wood of blaxploitation flix. That's worth a 7 if you're in the right mood.

Rudy Ray Moore isn't exactly an actor (he spends 75% of the movie with his eyes closed, as if he can't look at the camera or lights), but he does an extended riff on one of his stand up comedy character sketches, Dolemite, a trash-talking pimp whose signature shtick is the "Signifying Monkey" rhyme.

If you grew up in almost any Eastern or Northern urban area you've heard some variation of the insult humor game, a contest between two or more participants who swap insults until one player is stumped for a comeback or delivers a lame retort. While not exclusive to the African or black American culture (almost every culture has a variation of the game, except for humorless Southern Baptists who'd just as soon shoot you as swap insults), Dolemite is interesting as an anthropological study of the 1970s version of the game. Still not as amusing as classic 1960s Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali taunting of opponents, but not bad.

Snoop Dogg, Quentin Tarantino and others have cited Dolemite as a big influence. Worth it just to find out why.
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Old 07-31-18, 09:55 AM
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I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It plays a little bit like The Empire Strikes Back in the original trilogy. One thing that always bugs me about all the Star Wars movies is the weird application of military tech and tactics. Sometimes none of it makes much sense except to further the plot. I'm going to be nice and say 7/10.
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Pain And Gain 9/10. I love to watch that movie over and over again. My favourite character in that movie was Danny Lupo played by Mark Wahlberg.
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Watched a really bad copy of Death Race 2000 on Youtube. I think the last time I saw it was back in the 70's. David Carradine is one wooden actor. I forgot Sylvester Stallone was in it. Not the best movie but scores some satire points for it's dystopian view of the future America. 6/10.
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Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Really enjoyed this, watched it last night with my wife, decent cringe moments, some funny moments, just all in all a nice tale.
Quite like Steve Carell.
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Marwencol (2010)

If you love documentaries, this one is a real sleeper. I can't think of any way at all it could have been be made better, so I'm forced to give it an unusual 5 star rating.

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Coco, 10/10 for one of Pixar's best movies about a little kid who wants to be a musician. Knocked over by the amazing visuals.
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Shutter Island -- 6/10

I expected to be disappointed. I wasn't disappointed in my expectations. Stylish, expertly produced, formulaic, predictable, non-engaging, utterly pointless and among the least interesting of the too-many movies in this vein -- the worn out, collapsed vein of "Things are not what they seem". Even the obligatory Shyamalan tweest wasn't worth waiting for. This is the sort of pablum that would kill most director's careers but it's too late to do any damage to Scorsese.
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Zorba the Greek -- 5/10

I've watched this several times since it first appeared in theaters, and again the other night on TV. I still don't get the praise, other than for Anthony Quinn's scenery chewing performance.

Alan Bates is too bland to make for an interesting picaresque character or story. The approach isn't absurdist or surreal enough to compensate for the two-dimensional peripheral characters. If the director's intention was to depict Cretans as cretins, he succeeded. Most of the townspeople come across as mean, stupid, joyless zombies, a caricature of a rabble, the Greek equivalent to rednecks and deplorables. When the townspeople gather to murder the widow it just seems like a metaphor for their own deadness. Anyone who dares to try to live and find joy must be crushed by the zombie hordes. No attempt is made to depict the townspeople as individuals worthy of our interest or empathy.

The climactic dance scene so beloved by fans, rather than uplifting, feels tacked on and pointless. A more absurdist or existentialist tone for the entire movie might have made the closing scene work, but nothing hangs together. In the end I'm left wondering what took the Bates character so long to get the hell out of that crappy little town.

Even 5 out of 10 is generous for this overrated, joyless and ultimately pointless slog.
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Woman Walks Ahead (free on Netflix atm). 6.85/10.
Very loosely based on a true story about the woman who painted the last (only?) portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. I was hoping for somethin along the lines of Dances With Wolves, which- to give some perspective- is a 12/10 in my book. As you see, it fell short of that, but I'd still call it a decent movie: engaging but quiet- almost literally, one of the things that would have drastically improved it would be a good score. Probably won't watch again, but don't regret watching it the first time.
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