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thrillcat's Avatar thrillcat 05:32 PM 05-06-2014
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Watched We're the Millers -

Oh man. We rented that via iTunes thinking it would be okay, and ended up buying it about a month later because we thought it was hilarious. It far exceeded our expectations. Loved it.

Meddy's Avatar Meddy 08:45 AM 05-07-2014
Watched "HER" last night. Not sure what prompted me to watch the movie but there's two hours of my life that I won't get back!
The Mice's Avatar The Mice 06:50 PM 05-07-2014
I was more on a gaming kick than a movie kick lately, but have gotten back into it with a few that I have never seen before. I'll just give ratings for each of the films:

Videodrome - 3 out of 5

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 2 out of 5

The Princess Bride - 4 out of 5

Code of Silence - 3 out of 5

The Departed - 4 out of 5

American Beauty - 3.5 out of 5

Me, Myself & Irene - 3 out of 5

Ride Along - 3 out of 5
RTROSE's Avatar RTROSE 06:03 PM 05-21-2014
Frozen - Netflix DVD - Well with this movie it was hard to avoid all of the hoopla and hype. I'm a big fan of animated movies in the Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, and the like. While I did like it and it was a good movie, it just did not live up to all the hoopla and hype. While in some of the other Disney offerings the songs seem a part of the film almost seamless in their integration most of the songs in Frozen seem forced and almost like they thought, "we have not had a song for a while lets put one here" kind of thing for me. A pretty good movie, just not a great one. 3/5

Regards,

RTROSE
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 12:59 AM 05-22-2014
RTROSE:

""Let It Go" from Frozen according to Google Translate"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bVAoVlFYf0
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 03:14 PM 05-24-2014
Watched The Monuments Men (2014)
3.9/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.1/10, rotten tomatoes 48%)
Pretty much what you'd expect from the television commercials and PG13 rating, and
with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett, the acting is pretty good.
Budget: $70 million
The movie's handling of the boy sniper I felt was refreshingly better than the similar tales we've seen in the past such as in The Bridge At Remagen (1969).
I haven't read the book, and no big surprise everyone who has says the movie doesn't do it justice.
Overall, I was content.


Watched Algiers (1938)
3/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 6.9/10)
"Come with me to the Casbah"
The film is about a notorious French criminal Pépé le Moko hiding in the labyrinthine native quarter of Algiers known as the Casbah, into which the wary police may tread but not arrest. Feeling imprisoned by his self-imposed exile, he is drawn out of hiding by the beautiful Hedy Lamarr. Algiers was a sensation because it was the first Hollywood film starring Hedy Lamarr, whose stunning beauty became the main feature for film audiences. While not as good as Casablanca, it is nonetheless an interesting film, full of motivated characters, where despite three different types of police each being practical and inept in their own ways, the bad guy nonetheless gets satisfyingly caught in the end.
Hedy Lamarr is probably equally famous for her role as Delilah in the 1949 Technicolor film "Samson and Delilah", and for her 1933 role in the Czechoslovakian film "Ecstasy" which featured closeups of her character during orgasm in one scene, as well as full frontal nude shots of her in another scene.
Trivia: Looney Tunes amorous skunk cartoon character Pepé Le Pew was a spoof of Pépé le Moko; 1954, the Looney Tunes cartoon The Cats Bah specifically spoofed Algiers, with the skunk enthusiastically declaring to Penelope the Cat, "Do not come with me to ze Casbah...We shall make beautiful musics [sic] togezzer right 'ere!"
Trivia: not to be confused with Blazing Saddles (1974), State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman).
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 08:13 PM 05-24-2014
Watched Lone Survivor (2013)
3.4/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 7.7/10, rotten tomatoes 89%)
Rated R for realistic war violence and vicious injury.
Lone Survivor is based on the Medal of Honor story of SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
Its famous because they choose not to kill the Afghani villagers who stumbled onto their position. Since they didn't kill the Afghani's a battle followed which only one Navy Seal survived. The only reason he survived is the Afghanis saved him, brought him back to the village, then fought the Taliban off due to the "Guest" rule within Pashtun Pashtunwali (ethical code), particularly in this case, Nanawatai (asylum) - Derived from the verb meaning to go in, this refers to the protection given to a person against his or her enemies. People are protected at all costs; even those running from the law must be given refuge until the situation can be clarified. I wasn't familiar with the story, but when I heard the word "guest" I knew what had to happen, but my goodness you couldn't expect that kind of honour from your neighbours in North America, much to our shame.
There is lots of debate on web of the accuracy of the fundamentals of the plot, 20/20 hindsight of what they should have done, and the physics of the fallen.
But overall it's a watchable movie, with intense powerful stunt scenes that may leave the audience gasping, with more drama and acting than Act Of Valor (2012).
The special features are ok.
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You read the book, you visualize it, but you don't visualize how steep that freaking hill was, or how bad it was falling down it. You picture the fire fight, but just can't quite get the overwhelming number they were against. This movie does a great job bringing it to life. You can't really picture how bad the wounds were. I knew it in my head, but seeing it and the fact they keep going is just heart stopping and painful.
When we finally left the movie, there were still people just sitting with tears streaming down their face. So bring Kleenex. Don't let that deter you from seeing it. I think this is the best war film ever made

dfergie's Avatar dfergie 10:41 AM 05-25-2014
Heads up for those with HBO, Taking Chance IMDb 7.5 is on again tomorrow, It's a yearly view for me ... Hard to watch, but, hard not to ...
NickTheGreat's Avatar NickTheGreat 08:45 AM 05-27-2014
We watched Monuments Men on Friday night. I give it a 4/5. I liked the story, and surprising the Liberal Actors behind it let the Americans be the good guys. I haven't read the book either.

We also watched Wolf of Wall Street. Not bad, probably 4/5. Plenty of cursing and nudity, like expected. Long movie but didn't seem too long.
jdanforth's Avatar jdanforth 06:03 PM 05-31-2014
Watched The Monuments Men (2014)
2/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.1/10, rotten tomatoes 48%)
What a bore. I was disappointed that an all-star cast could drone on for so long and be uninteresting. Even Bill Murray AND John Goodman failed to dislodge so much as a chuckle out of me. Spoiler alert: the Allies win.

I'm planning to watch 'Her' tonight.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 05:32 AM 06-01-2014
Watched StarCrash (1978, aka The Adventures of Stella Star)
2.4/5 (amazon 3/5, imdb 3.9/10)
The film Roger Corman wished he'd made. (BluRay released in 2010 as part of Roger Corman Cult Classics)
I was watching The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) a few months back, staring Caroline Munro, and thought: I should get StarCrash.
I was watching The New Avengers episode Angels of Death (1978) a month ago, staring Caroline Munro, and thought: I should get StarCrash.
I got StarCrash.
A young David Hasselhoff, a possibly stoned-out-of-his-mind Christopher Plummer, and a relatively weird role played by Marjoe Gortner. The bad guy's named Thor.
Always nice to have bombshell heroines running around in skimpy costumes, at least for the first half of the film until the director thought he'd better quit or it would never be shown on Saturday afternoon television syndication.
The writer/director Luigi Cozzi had wanted to make a sci-fi movie for years, and had read huge numbers of sci-fi books. When Star Wars (1977) came out, his producer asked him to make "Star Wars, only better" and this is what he did. The director's vision was quite a bit different than the producer's, and eventually the producer said he wanted his film to have a light saber, so the director put one in -- it makes no sense whatsoever.
There are movies where you see plastic models moving by the stars and think "Spaceship!". This one you see plastic models moving by the stars and think "Plastic Models!"
I suppose there's a disjointed, incoherent plot.
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Christopher Plummer said of Starcrash: "[G]ive me Rome any day. I'll do porno in Rome, as long as I can get to Rome. Getting to Rome was the greatest thing that happened in that for me. I think it was only about three days in Rome on that one. It was all shot at once."
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When I first saw this film, back in 1979, my wife & I were 2 of 5 people in the theater at 7:00 on a Friday night. We were about to walk out when Carolyn Munro was sentenced to mine Radium in a bikini for the rest of her natural life. At that point, there was no way to get me out of there.

The remarkable thing about this movie is that every time you think "that is the most ridiculous plot device ever..." something else comes along that blows your socks off. About mid way thru I could not quit laughing. For instance, our heroine sets a ship on collision course with the Evil Count's space fortress. To save herself, at the last second before the catacylismic collision, SHE JUMPS OUT OF THE WINDOW! And then does the BREAST STROKE! through OUTER SPACE! Oh My God! I can't stop laughing!

Bottom Line, this movie is WAY funnier than many that TRY to be funny
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This is a bad film. Unquestionably. It's a cheap imitation of Star Wars made by people who didn't understand Star Wars. The entire plot is both confusingly bizarre and impossibly basic at the same time. The characters make no sense and often have confusing abilities that develop randomly and disappear just as fast. The acting ranges from hilariously bad to hilariously overplayed (apparently Christopher Plummer agreed to the role solely because it would give him the chance to stay in Rome).

Having said that, this is one of the best bad movies I've ever seen. There are a large number of incredibly funny moments (mostly unintentional) and the plot never stays in one place long enough to be boring. It's entertainingly bad instead of unwatchably bad. This is Plan 9 IN Outer Space only with an actual budget and color. Also, it has David Hasselhoff fighting robots with a lightsaber. What more could you ask for?
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Kurt Dahlke of DVD Talk said, "Starcrash is a masterpiece of unintentionally bad filmmaking. Pounded out in about 18 months seemingly as an answer to Star Wars, Luigi Cozzi's knock-off buzzes around with giddy brio, mixing ridiculous characters with questionably broad acting, an incredibly simple yet still nonsensical plot, and budget special effects that transcend into the realm of real art. It's a completely ridiculous movie, that's great to watch with a few friends and a beer or two. And it still manages to make my jaw drop."[8]

R.L. Shaffer of IGN gave the film an extremely positive review, rating it a 10/10, and calling it "The single greatest sci-fi camp fest ever put on celluloid" and saying its in league with cult classics like Troll 2

weaselfest's Avatar weaselfest 08:28 AM 06-01-2014
great review BasementBob! Anyone wanting to check out this cheesefest for themselves, it's currently available on Netflix.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 02:36 PM 06-01-2014
Watched I, Frankenstein (2014)
1.9/5 (amazon 3.3/5, imdb 5.2/10, rotten tomatoes 4% to 42%)

You may recall a story about how in 1795, Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a monster, a soulless creature patched together from corpses and electricity and what nots.
That's there for a few minutes in this.

But mostly it's about the demon-prince Naberius (Bill Nighy, who played pretty much the same role as Viktor in Underworld. Actually the camerawork was similar too) who wants to bring a million demons to earth to kill and take over, vs a bunch of gargoyles led by Queen Lenore who were created by the Archangel Michael to battle demons on Earth and protect humanity, and Frankenstein's monster running around getting into fist and club fights with pretty much every male he meets.

It starts of bad, gets a little less satisfying, then about 01:12:06 (hh:mm:ss) in the queen gargoyle lands on a rooftop and the way her wings wrap around her as she transforms is really quite a nice bit of CGI art.

The cameraman used different colour schemes to impart different moods and parts of the earth and different eras (200 years ago vs today).
The demons are all done using practical makeup using silicone masks, with the size of their horns indicating their rank (bigger is stronger).
The gargoyles are all done using CGI.
When demons are killed they descend into the bowels of the earth in fire, reminiscent of Ghost (1990).
When gargoyles, who alternate between cloaked human form and very powerful 15' tall chunks of flying stone, are killed they ascend into the heavens in pillars of white light.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 02:50 PM 06-01-2014
Watched Please Kill Mr. Know It All (2012)
2.5/5 (amazon 4/5 (one reviewer only), imdb 4.5/10)

An anonymous advice columnist finds herself caught in an unlikely romance with the man who has been hired to kill her alter ego.
The anonymous author of a popular newspaper advice column is pursued by a mob hit-man whose face she picked at random for her byline sketch.
While she isn't searching for a book deal, aspiring novelist Sally (Lara Jean Chorosteki) earns her pay by penning the "Mr. Know-it-All" in a local newspaper. When a celebrity endorsement plunges Sally into the national spotlight, however, her agent requires a headshot to accompany the column. Sally responds by submitting a sketch of Albert (Jefferson Brown), a random stranger she spotted at the movies.
What Sally has failed to realize, however, is that Albert is a contract killer, who values his anonymity. When Albert's identity is compromised, he vows to kill Mr. Know-it-All.
Meanwhile, Sally attempts to gather more information on the man whose visage she borrowed through a series of clandestine interviews that lead to a heated romance. Later, when Albert's boss is dumped by his girlfriend over advice doled out by Mr. Know-it-All, the kingpin puts out a contract on the columnist and Albert as well.
When Albert discovers Sally's secret identity, and Sally discovers Albert's secret identity, the conflicted pair are faced with a difficult decision.

Tagline: He lies. He kills. But other than that, he's perfect.
Budget: $2,200,000

If you've watched all that the Hallmark Channel offers and have run out of Hallmark titles, you may as well watch this one.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 02:59 PM 06-01-2014
Watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2014)
3.9/5 (amazon 4.0/5 (1897 reviewers), imdb 8.1/10 (284,788 reviewers), rotten tomatoes 86%, Decent Films: C)

I remember when I sat through three hours of The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and discovered that it just stopped, I couldn't believe it.
Well, Peter Jackson did it to me again with The Hobbit (2014), you're sitting there watching the characters move about, realizing they've skipped huge chunks of the book, and then it just stops.

Budget, $225 million.
Box office, $953,066,855
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It’s astonishing, given the brevity of Tolkien’s story and the hours of screen time expended, how many of the novel’s memorable incidents are nevertheless omitted, abbreviated or conflated. The story flies as quickly as possible past Beorn and the horrors of Mirkwood, presumably on the theory that the sooner Bloom and Lily are onscreen the better.

Gone are the lethal stream and the phantom elf-fires in Mirkwood. Even the squirm-inducing spider attack — perhaps the one action sequence that achieves any sense of urgency or feels as if anything is at stake — is strangely abbreviated. Bilbo’s “Lazy Lob” and “Attercop” taunting of the spiders has been dropped, which is especially disappointing because the film’s one kind of brilliant gloss on Tolkien is an explanation for why the spiders can talk when Shelob apparently didn’t.

Gone is Gandalf’s canny game with Beorn the skin-changer (Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt), winning his hospitality by spinning a tale while the dwarves trickle in in “unexpected party” fashion. This is a lovely character moment in the book, giving us insight into Gandalf’s methods as well as Beorn’s personality. Perhaps the extended edition (and the third film) will flesh out Beorn’s character; here, he’s dull and irrelevant. Also gone: the heroes’ welcome the dwarves receive at Laketown.

In a word, what’s missing are the manners: anything relating to hospitality and courtesy, either offered or refused. This includes Bilbo’s cheeky taunting of the spiders, for cheek flouts and thus presupposes manners. (Mere ribaldry is not cheek and does not presuppose manners.) Curiously, the cheekiness of Bilbo’s repartee with Smaug has also been lost, even when the dialogue is drawn straight from the book, because of how the sequence has been staged.

Smaug himself, thank goodness, is a sight to behold, as lovingly rendered and fearsomely majestic a computer-generated beastie as ever graced the screen. Not until Bilbo comes face-to-face with the dragon do we get our first good look at him: a shrewd call. Voiced with dignity by a digitally tweaked Benedict Cumberbatch, Smaug sounds as he should, too. But there’s an odd catch.

For some reason, Bilbo in this movie is strangely slow to put on the Ring and strangely quick to take it off. Perhaps the filmmakers wanted to preserve the menace of the Ring from the Lord of the Rings films. Or perhaps, more crudely, they feel invisibility makes Bilbo seem too invulnerable and drains the tension. Either way, when you are invisible and hiding in an alcove in the lair of an affronted dragon, no hobbit in his right mind would take off his magic ring and begin wandering about in full view of the dragon, hoping against hope to distract him with banter.

After Bilbo’s riddling with Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, his riddling with Smaug here is a bitter disappointment, without a shadow of the excitement and panache of the scene in the book. At least An Unexpected Journey managed a few resonant scenes here and there: above all, Bilbo’s moment of decision about whether or not to kill Gollum.

I am racking my brain for a single emotionally resonant scene in The Desolation of Smaug.

BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 09:03 PM 06-03-2014
Watched Space Battleship Yamato (2010)
2.2/5 (amazon 4.0/5, imdb 6.1/10)
A revisiting of the 1979 anime series Star Blazers.
A bit of a visual and nostalgic treat.
I watched it with English subtitles and English audio dub -- not once did the two match, and I think that really helped in understanding the translation.
A bit boring drama wise, although I got the feeling it might have been more intense if I were Japanese, so it didn't really deliver for me.
Nonetheless it fit in with the original close enough that I was content with that respect, although I seem to recall the first test of the wave motion gun being much later, and its use being more infrequent, and I haven't seen the anime in decades.
Audio is clear and crisp, picture quality is excellent.

The crew of the space battleship Yamato set out on a journey to the planet Iscandar to acquire a device that can heal the ravaged Earth.
In 2199, five years after the start of the Gamilas attack on Earth, the planet has been ravaged by the aliens' radiation bombs and the remnants of humanity have fled underground. One day, former pilot Susumu Kodai discovers a capsule sent from the planet Iskandar that tells of a device that can remove the radiation from the Earth's surface. The United Nations of Space Administration rebuilds the WWII battleship Yamato, with a new type of propulsion system - the wave motion engine. This enables it to make the long interstellar trip to Iskandar and back in hopes of saving the Earth. Within 73 days the radiation will drive the rest of humanity to extinction. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Gun, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that will change their world forever!

The only really changed character is IQ9 (aka Analyzer), basically the Jar Jar Binks of Star Blazers, is MUCH improved in the movie.

Budget: 12 million. Just about all of it spent on special effects.
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Star Blazers [Uchû senkan Yamato 1974-1975 (original Japanese version)] (dubbed for American audiences in 1979)
In the late 2100s, the planet Gamilon, a world far beyond Earth's Solar System, declares war on all of Earth. The nations of Earth fight as one against the Gamilons, but one by one, Earth's fleets are defeated. When the nations of Earth refuse to surrender, Gamilon begins bombarding Earth with Planet Bombs, radioactive missiles that look like meteors, which gradually spread deadly radiation all over Earth, forcing what's left of humanity to retreat to underground cities. Queen Starsha of planet Iscandar contacts Earth and promises to provide Cosmo-DNA that can remove the radioactivity and restore Earth to beautiful life. She provides plans to an engine that will allow a brave, young group of technicians to journey more than a hundred thousand light-years to Iscandar, obtain the Cosmo-DNA, and return to Earth within one Earth year. In 2199, an old sea-going vessel is fitted with the awesome engine and launched toward Iscandar. Along the way, the intrepid crew must fight the Gamilons, ...

BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 09:21 PM 06-03-2014
Watched Goodnight for Justice (2011)
Watched Goodnight for Justice The Measure of a Man (2012)
Watched Goodnight for Justice Queen of Hearts (2013)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.3/5, imdb 5.9/10, rotten tomatoes 70%)
Circuit judge John Goodnight (Luke Perry) travels throughout the western territory in the 1880s presiding over legal cases in small towns. An honorable man, Goodnight is dedicated to dispensing justice, one town at a time, and protecting the innocent from injustice.

I thought this was -- Staring, Produced, Directed, Written by -- Luke Perry.
But it seems it was merely Staring and Produced by Luke Perry. Perry didn't write the screenplays, although they were based on characters created by Luke Perry. He didn't direct.

Basically they're all pretty tame B movies, projecting 20th-century liberal values on 19th-century characters. But the sober, believable dialog, and everyone's (including the director's) underplaying largely suppresses the "I've seen this a hundred times before" reaction. The slight twists at the end are not much of a surprise, but that's ok.

The third one, Queen of Hearts, has Katharine Isabelle looking as magnificent as I've ever seen her.
She's probably most famous for the Ginger Snaps (2000) trilogy, The Last Casino (the good one, not the awful remake '21'), Stargate SG-1's "Camelot" episode.

Made for the Harlmark Channel, so no swearing or sexuality or gore that I recall.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 02:44 PM 06-05-2014
Watched Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
3/5 (amazon 4/5, imdb 7.4/10)

Watched Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
2.4/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.3/10, rotten tomatoes 60%)

The original John Carpenter's version has lots to recommend it, including both a strong and a weak female characters, decent occasionally powerful dialog, and an almost voodoo zombie inspired enemy. In retrospect a lesser surprise since he was inspired in writing the story by the Howard Hawks Western film Rio Bravo and the George A. Romero horror film Night of the Living Dead. It was shot in only 20 days, on a budget of $100,000. The gang members were USC students who, Carpenter added, had a lot of fun finding ways of dying while spilling blood over themselves. Assault on Precinct 13 is one of the most powerful and exciting crime thrillers in a long time. The great virtue of the film is the way it grabs hold of its audience and simply refuses to let go. It exploits all our fears of irrational violence and unmotivated attack, and at the same time manages to laugh at itself without spoiling the tension - a very considerable feat. Mr. Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director who has an ability to construct films entirely out of action and movement. One of the film's distinctive features is its score, also written by John Carpenter. Carpenter, assisted by Dan Wyman, had several banks of synthesizers that would each have to be reset when another sound had to be created.

The remake, all the characters are weaker. The bad guys no longer a gang, but a bunch of rogue cops. Where the original left several things unknown and unresolved, including the reasons for the attack, the remake makes and leaves everything obvious. Budget $20,000,000.
dfergie's Avatar dfergie 02:04 PM 06-06-2014
Watched Oblivion (7/10 IMDb, 4/5 Amazon) a 10 my score.
Tom Cruse Scifi movie, what's not to love? a post apocalyptic Earth apparently devoid of Humans. Cruise along with Andrea Riseborough (Vika) try to keep drones working & fighting off "Scav's" in the process.
Excellent AQ & PQ on the Blu-ray...

Watched Lone Survivor ( 7.7 IMDb, 4.5/5 Amazon)10 from me.
A 4 man Seal team is sent far behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, dealing with problems than lead to them fighting for Survival. A very gripping movie that will leave you breathless.
Excellent AQ & PQ on this Blu-ray with great effects...
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 03:13 PM 06-07-2014
Thursday Played Robocop (2014)
Friday Watched Robocop (2014)
4.2/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 56%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5)

Well it looks like I liked it more than anyone else. Based on the reviews I'd seen before hand, and the PG13 rating, I thought it would be terrible (e.g.: R.I.N.O. = robocop in name only)
But actually the plot such as it is hangs together except at the end, and the computer screens everywhere were interesting fonts and layouts.
Yeah the good guys weren't as good or as campy, and the bad guys weren't as bad. I hated the black suit when the commercials were on television many months ago. Some vaguely interesting and somewhat depressing politics, but no laughs at the world. A few homages to the original here and there.

Michael Keaton doesn't shine, but is much better than the lead. Gary Oldman is very good, carried the movie.
It took me a moment to recall who Jackie Earle Haley was due to the change in haircut from his Guerrero Human Target and Rorschach Watchmen.

The crowd when Robocop makes his first public relations appearance was interesting.
The first glimpse of the crowd on television shows a bunch of protest signs (Jobs for men Not robots).
The second glimpse of it on television shows no protest signs -- Omnicorp has obviously removed everyone carrying a protest sign.
The third glimpse of the crowd shows a bunch of people waving little American flags, but still no protesting.
The last glimpse of the crowd shows some protesters carrying signs, but they're in the back, and all the protest signs are turned away from the cameras, and there are uniformed police officers every ten feet in the crowd.

Budget $100,000,000.
Gross: $58,000,000 (USA)

I see there may be a "Robocops (2017)".
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We live in an age that lends itself to LOADS of satire and humor. Technology, politics, media, corporate domination...all could have been ripped apart with a tongue firmly planted in cheek. Unfortunately, while the film touches subtly on those subjects, several opportunities are either missed or ignored all together. The end result leaves little laughs to be had. It's a film about a cyborg cop, ladies and gentlemen. As Heath Ledger's Joker famously says..."Why so serious???".

BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 11:06 PM 06-11-2014
Watched Non Stop (2014)
3.9/5 (amazon 3.8/5 (heavily weighted to 5), imdb 7.1, rotten tomatoes 68%, AVS Rating: Not Available Today Due To Forum Bug)


Started off slow,
Every new character I said "that's the terrorist"
Turns out the pretty blonde lady isn't a terrorist.


Fairly exciting by the end. Enjoyed the ending.


But


An action film, filmed entirely within a 20'x30' set in the shape of a tube; you know what that means:
No car chase.
RTROSE's Avatar RTROSE 05:28 PM 06-12-2014
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Thursday Played Robocop (2014)
Friday Watched Robocop (2014)
4.2/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 56%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5)

Well it looks like I liked it more than anyone else. Based on the reviews I'd seen before hand, and the PG13 rating, I thought it would be terrible (e.g.: R.I.N.O. = robocop in name only)
But actually the plot such as it is hangs together except at the end, and the computer screens everywhere were interesting fonts and layouts.
Yeah the good guys weren't as good or as campy, and the bad guys weren't as bad. I hated the black suit when the commercials were on television many months ago. Some vaguely interesting and somewhat depressing politics, but no laughs at the world. A few homages to the original here and there.

Michael Keaton doesn't shine, but is much better than the lead. Gary Oldman is very good, carried the movie.
It took me a moment to recall who Jackie Earle Haley was due to the change in haircut from his Guerrero Human Target and Rorschach Watchmen.

The crowd when Robocop makes his first public relations appearance was interesting.
The first glimpse of the crowd on television shows a bunch of protest signs (Jobs for men Not robots).
The second glimpse of it on television shows no protest signs -- Omnicorp has obviously removed everyone carrying a protest sign.
The third glimpse of the crowd shows a bunch of people waving little American flags, but still no protesting.
The last glimpse of the crowd shows some protesters carrying signs, but they're in the back, and all the protest signs are turned away from the cameras, and there are uniformed police officers every ten feet in the crowd.

Budget $100,000,000.
Gross: $58,000,000 (USA)

I see there may be a "Robocops (2017)".
Quote:We live in an age that lends itself to LOADS of satire and humor. Technology, politics, media, corporate domination...all could have been ripped apart with a tongue firmly planted in cheek. Unfortunately, while the film touches subtly on those subjects, several opportunities are either missed or ignored all together. The end result leaves little laughs to be had. It's a film about a cyborg cop, ladies and gentlemen. As Heath Ledger's Joker famously says..."Why so serious???".
I'm not a gamer so I watched the movie but did not play the game. I liked it as well but not for the reasons why I thought I would. I was expecting an actual reboot of the original and was expecting to be let down due to new film not living up to the original. Since they did not exactly do that then I was free to watch without too many comparisons to the original but l did allow myself some.

What I liked about the original the campyness, especially the news casts was not there, but in this reboot that just would not have worked and would have been very out of placed. I did like the direction the new one took and there was some more story line development. Obviously special effects were head and shoulders above the original but that was to be expected. The ED 209's were actually competent weapon systems this time around vs. the bungling fools they were in the original.

On a side note with all the advancement in robotics and UAV's the time is coming where actual events like the opening scenes aren't too far off. I can actually see the American public being OK with robots/UAV's overseas but being very reluctant to embrace the same technology here on our shores. We are already seeing it somewhat with the quadcopter/done privacy issues now.

I will revisit this one again when I can watch it in the theater so I'll reserve my A/V rating for that but overall a 3.5/5

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RTROSE
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 09:56 PM 06-12-2014
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I'm not a gamer so I watched the movie but did not play the game.
It took me a moment to realize what you were talking about.When I wrote 'Thursday played' I meant that I put the movie BluRay in the player, and it played. But I was working, so I only really saw about 20 minutes of it. At the end I thought, 'those 20 minutes were pretty good -- tomorrow I'll watch it all with popcorn.'
RTROSE's Avatar RTROSE 08:50 PM 06-15-2014
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I'm not a gamer so I watched the movie but did not play the game.
It took me a moment to realize what you were talking about.When I wrote 'Thursday played' I meant that I put the movie BluRay in the player, and it played. But I was working, so I only really saw about 20 minutes of it. At the end I thought, 'those 20 minutes were pretty good -- tomorrow I'll watch it all with popcorn.'

DOH! I understand exactly where you are coming from as I do the very same thing. Many times I will put a movie on to have something interesting running in the background, but I'm not WATCHING it.

Regards,

RTROSE
Mark12547's Avatar Mark12547 03:57 AM 06-18-2014
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Total Recall (2012) - 2.75 out of 5 - Perfectly okay to see at least once...but I still have never seen the 1990 version of the film!
I much preferred the 1990 version of Total Recall: about 4.8 stars out of 5.

Other recent titles I watched include:
TitleYearMy RatingComments
Noises Off!19924 out of 5Hilarious showbiz comedy
Outbreak19953.8 out of 5Thriller: race to find carrier with antibodies before bombing an American city
Von Ryan's Express19654 stars out of 5Very good escape movie (The Great Escape was better with 5 out of 5, IMHO)

RTROSE's Avatar RTROSE 06:23 PM 06-24-2014
The Wolf of Wall Street - Netflix DVD - While I thought DiCaprio's character was well done as well as Jonah Hill's character, but with a good performance from both I thought the movie itself was terrible. Not really did not have IMHO any redeaming features. NOT a good movie to watch with kids or parents, unless you do a screening first and are comfortable with the subject matter. I should have known when my kids watched it first and when I asked them if they wanted to watch with me they responded by saying "Um yeah, no dad. This is not a movie a kid wants to watch with their dad". I have a very hard time just stopping a movie after a few minutes when I don't like it I have done it a couple of times but try very hard not to. I do my best to struggle through and watch to the finish which I did but this was one where I had to fight the urge to turn it off multiple times. My favorite scene from the movie was the Boat/FBI scene oh and the Lambo scene. Other than that a pretty big bomb. 1.5/5

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RTROSE
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 07:07 PM 06-24-2014
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The Wolf of Wall Street .. terrible
About what I thought too.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 04:00 AM 06-28-2014
Watched Vampire Academy (2014)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 5.7/10, rotten tomatoes 63%, AVS Lee Webber: 2/5)


When this first came out on BluRay I gave it a low priority due to the various reviews, and when I watched it expected it to be bad. But I thought the television advertisement looked interesting, and the price dropped, so I ordered a copy.


I was pleasantly surprised. Quite watchable. Better than your average Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997) television episode.


The author of the six books, Richelle Mead, says that she was impressed with the screenplay. The writers put in better jokes than she had, and considering how they were pressed for time they managed to get a lot of the correct stuff on screen. Compare this to novel writer Clive Cussler, two of whom's books Sahara (2005) and Raise the Titanic (1980), he absolutely hated and refused to wander around during the pre-release supporting it; or Alan Moore "V for Vendetta (2005)" author who sat through the movie and despised it, starting early with the "v" alliteration.


I think AVS Lee Webber's comments are correct, although I wonder if he gave up on the film because he writes "conveniently left unexplained Rose is psychically linked to Lissa, making her the perfect guardian" but its mentioned near the end that this happened before and its related to the traffic accident creating the bond. I found the teenage girl and early-middle-aged-man love-crush event, to be more of a risky plot device than a problem since they both expressed that their crush was wrong and they never really did anything about it.


Mostly its a bunch of good looking teenage and adult actors in tight fitting clothes running around frequently getting into PG-13 "A Team" the-television-show type violence.


Nonetheless I never got bored with, nor sufficiently objected to anything happening, that I disliked what was going on.
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 04:21 AM 06-28-2014
Watched The Corruptor (1999)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 6.0/10, rotten tomatoes 49%)
Actor Yun-Fat Chow the year before he did "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)", reprising similar roles to that of "Hard Boiled (1992)" and "The Killer (1989)".
Actor Mark Wahlberg in one of his better early roles, about the time he did "The Big Hit (1998)" which I liked but no one else I know does.


"Working in Chinatown has its multifarious cultural nuances and its fair share of ubiquitous enticement, both of which are reflected in detective Chen's (Yun-Fat Chow) weary face. He had to get into bed with the highest echleons of the Chinese Mafia as a way of augmenting his own career, while maintaining a semblance of control over the dime-a-dozen hoods who proliferate on this turf. To make matters worse, he now has to break in rookie detective Danny Wallace (Mark Wahlberg), who has asked to be assigned to the Chinatown division. Chen, not one to suffer fools gladly, takes young Wallace under his wing, oft-warning the shady powers of the neighborhood not to sink Danny into their sordid pool of corruption. But before he knows it, both he and Wallace are caught in a deadly ring of shady-dealings, murders, and a shoot everything car chase. And all of this under the suspicious eye of Internal Affairs and the FBI."
BasementBob's Avatar BasementBob 04:35 AM 06-28-2014
Watched 3 Days to Kill (2014)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.2/5, imdb 6.2/10, rotten tomatoes 47%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5)


An ok little action film. Pretty much what you'd expect from the television commercials, only a little more subdued (as opposed to a lot subdued which happens too often with other films).


Another in a bunch of recent films using the trope of father/daughter relationship to indicate that the good guy killer is more of a good guy than killer, and the "I have your daughter" trope. Films like Liam Neeson's "Taken (2008)" after a decade hiatus from Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Commando (1985)"


Directed by McG. More character development than he's usually famous for, which is to say none.
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