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post #7891 of 7979 Old 06-30-2014, 09:52 PM
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300: Rise of an Empire (2013)
3/5 (amazon 3.1/5 even distribution, imdb 6.5/10, AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5)
A bit of a prequel to the original, and not as good of course, but worth a watch if you enjoyed the original.
"not as good" defined as less of a plot, but more CGI and triremes


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Greek soldiers in the first "300": 300 (duh)
Greek soldiers in the second "300": Way more than that
Reasons why "Rise of an Empire" is still called "300": 456,068,181, a.k.a. the first film's worldwide box office gross
Two worse title ideas for "Rise of an Empire": "300 2," "301"

Total runtime of "Rise of an Empire": 102 minutes
Time it takes until the first appearance of the franchise's signature trademarks:
A Greek six-pack: 10 seconds
Graphic decapitation: 30 seconds
Gratuitous nudity: 40 seconds
Slow-motion CGI blood spray: 1.5 minutes
Total runtime of "Rise of an Empire," minus all of the above: Maybe 12 minutes

Time between the "300" movies in real-life: 7 years
Time between the "300" movies in "Rise of an Empire": Minus 10 years (Act 1), 0 years (Act 2), and plus 1 or 2 days (Act 3)
Characters who return from the first "300": 5 (well, 6, if you count Leonidas' head)
Bad-ass female characters in the first "300": 1
Bad-ass female characters in the second "300": 2 (a 100% increase!)
Does "Rise of an Empire" pass the Bechdel test?: Definitely not

Dimensions used in the first "300": 2
Dimensions used in "Rise of an Empire": 3
First prop to fly at the screen: A giant axe
How long that takes: 25 seconds
Other things that fly at the screen: Too many to count (including, but not limited to, swords, spears, arrows, horses, decapitated heads, blood, sea monsters, and a distracting amount of tiny specks of dust)

Total body count of the original "300": 585
Total body count of "Rise of an Empire": Probably way more than that
Limbs cut off: 10
Heads cut off: 8 (with about a dozen more implied)
Decapitated heads subsequently kissed: 1 out of 8
Other ways to die: Too many to count (including, but not limited to, being slashed, stabbed, drowned, lit on fire, crushed by a boat, crushed by a horse, by a slow-motion kick, and disappointing Artemisia)

Naval battles: 5
The various rates by which the Persians outnumber the Greeks: 3:1 (soldiers), 100,000: 1 (soldiers), 20:1 (ships), 100: 1 (soldiers), and finally, 895: 6 (ships)
Times that actually effects the battles' outcome: 0

Blood sprays per shot: 5-6, on average
Blood sprays per battle: Hundreds
Deaths per shot: 3-4, on average
Deaths per battle: Hundreds
Abs per shot: 4-5 six packs, on average
Abs per battle: Again, hundreds

Amount of the movie dedicated to slow-motion action scenes: 50%
Amount of the movie dedicated to slow expository voiceover: 40%
Amount of the movie dedicated to six packs: 10%

Doors left open for another sequel: 1
Things that made this "300" movie better than the first: 2 (the naval battles and Eva Green)

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Watched Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
4/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 6.6/10)

About half an hour in, little 'handmaiden' Padme is walking beside Qui-Gon Jinn on their way into Mos Espa on Tatooine.

Liam Neeson hadn't done Taken (2008), or Taken 2 (2012) yet,
but looking at this picture, now having seen Taken,
it struck me that the girl Padme couldn't be in safer hands than our typecast girl rescuing hero.

After all, Padme is no Arya Stark.



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Watched Operation Petticoat [Blu-ray] (1959)
3.5/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.3/10)


I've seen this several times before, but I recently replaced my DVD with a BluRay of this title.
The BluRay video is a little grainy, and I'm not sure if its much better than the DVD.


It's nice to see Madlyn Rhue, famous round these parts for her role in Star Trek "Space Seed" (1967) as Lt. Marla McGivers.

Cary Grant volunteered for British Navy in WWII but was turned down because he was too old.

I was watching Tony Curtis on Cary Grant in which Tony Curtis is talking about when he was a boy seeing Cary Grant in Destination Tokyo (1944), and hoping one day to be able to act in a movie with him. 15 years later he did, also a submarine film.
Interestingly the 1944 and 1959 submarine set interiors, especially the captains quarters, were identical -- obviously not including the revisions with car steering wheels, corsets, and golf clubs.

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Watched Destination Tokyo (1944)
2.2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.3/10)
135 minutes.
[hmm, AVS just lost a bunch of my text. What did I say?]
Destination Tokyo is a black and white film about the role of a submarine in the coordinated bombing of Tokyo.The film is deadly dull for the first 90 minutes, with not very interesting interactions between characters. This movie would have appealed to a very different generation. If you're still around for the last half hour, it gets better.

One of the senior sailors remarks to a junior replacement: 'All submarines look alike. We get shot at by American destroyers and bombers. '

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The offbeat casting of Cary Grant as a submarine captain pays off in this tense WWII underwater picture; he ably trades in his sophistication for the sweaty close quarters of an action movie. The mission? Infiltrate the mined harbor of Tokyo itself, a feat bookended by a brief confrontation in the Aleutians and a depth-charge chase through the open sea. Skipper Grant is supported by the usual stock crew of Navy melting-pot types, with John Garfield drawing duty as the resident dame-crazy fantasist. (Somebody forgot to put the saltpeter in his chow, apparently.) The solid action alternates with dialogue that tends toward the schmaltzy or jingoistic (the movie's become somewhat notorious for its unusually nasty propagandistic jabs at the Japanese enemy). Destination Tokyo was the directing debut of Delmer Daves, who would later excel in smart Westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma.The story is (mostly) true. The lone crewman who was ever killed was not knifed by a rescued Japanese pilot, but they did perform an appendectomy in the galley. Sure, it's an American wartime rah-rah, stir up people's patriotism effort, made at a time when it was not entirely clear just who would win the war, but it's still fine entertainment with just the right touch of humor

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Watched All Is Lost (2013)
1.5/5 (amazon 3.1/5 (even distribution), imdb 6.9/10, rotten tomatoes 63%,
Robert Redford, alone at sea. No dialog.
Dull.
After a half hour, I watched the rest of the film at full fast forward which made it a perfectly acceptable pace.
Lots of basic seamanship mistakes.

Watched When Eight Bells Toll (1971)
3.6/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 6.0/10)
A pleasant Alistair MacLean story.
British agent Philip Calvert (33-year-old Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.
I watched this last back in 2009, and had forgotten pretty much all of it.


The entire movie is on YouTube it seems. ( KB9QonclZOY )

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Watched All Is Lost (2013)
Dull.
After a half hour, I watched the rest of the film at full fast forward which made it a perfectly acceptable pace.
Classic review! Thanks for saving me the trouble.
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Watched Stalingrad (2013)
2.8/5 (amazon 3.3/5 (even distribution), imdb 5.5/10, rotten tomatoes 44%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)
The first five minutes, apparently set in Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, had me wondering if I was watching the wrong film,
but eventually it made sense.
I used the 2D English (dubbed) soundtrack, which reeks of bad acting/voicing.
The story holds together, but is a MUCH smaller/intimate scope considering it's marketed as "Stalingrad was the bloodiest battle in history, millions dead."
Overall, a decent story line, centered unexpectedly around a young Russian woman and five Russian soldiers who sort of adopt her during the defense of a building.
Oh, the Germans are bad.

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Watched Raid 2 (2014)[/SIZE]
2.2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 8.4/10, rotten tomatoes 90%, AVS Ralph Potts: 4/5)
Obviously others liked this more than I did.
I really enjoyed the first one "Raid: Redemption (2011)", and there was some good action in this one, but I never really got into it.


Watched Detonator (1993, aka Death Train)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.7/5, imdb 5.3/10)
Based on Alistair MacLean's book "Death Train"
Staring Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Lee, and Ted Levine.
A German Scientist has aided an ex Soviet general in constructing a nuclear weapon which is now in the possession of an American mercenary heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train. Malcolm Philpott, a member of UNACO, (United Nation Anti Crime Organisation) must use a team of hand picked agents from various parts of the globe to stop this death train at all costs.


Played Detonator II Night Watch (1995)
2.0/5 (amazon 3.7/5, imdb 5.2/10)
Staring Pierce Brosnan, William Devane
UN agents Mike Graham and Sabrina Carver are sent by their director Nick Caldwell to investigate the theft of Rembrandt's painting, "The Night Watch". The trail takes them from Amsterdam to Hong Kong and involves them in not only art theft and forgery, but the high-tech schemes of Martin Schraeder and his Korean cohort Mao Yixin.

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Two movies I found that I really enjoyed:



White House Down (2013)

Action & Adventure, Action Thriller

Netflix formats available: Blu-ray & DVD. (Saw it on Blu-ray)

My rating:3.9 stars out of 5
Average of 268,879 ratings on Netflix:3.7 stars out of 5
Netflix summary: When a paramilitary group engineers a violent takeover of the White House, the president must try to hide from the attackers until he can be rescued. Caught up in the chaos, Secret Service agent John Cale ends up becoming his sole protection.

Gore alert: lots of bloody gunshot wounds.

I found the movie entertaining, though the basic premise seemed a bit too familiar: a guy who just got turned down for being on the Presidential protection detail ends up proving he can do it by being the very one who protects the President on the fateful day. Still, it was a fun shoot-'em-up and make a shambles of the White House movie.




Space Cowboys (2000)

Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi Adventure

Netflix availability: Blu-ray & DVD (saw it on TV: AMC HD)

My rating:3.7 stars out of 5
Average of 2,360,199 ratings on Netflix:3.6 stars out of 5
Netflix summary: A Russian satellite is about to fall back to Earth, and only retired engineer Frank Corvin knows how to stop it. When NASA begs for help, Corvin agrees on one condition: He and his over-the-hill pals will man the mission.

Another fun watch, and it was odd seeing the head of NASA give in to the demands that the over-the-hill astronauts go with the designer of the faulty navigation box.

My very humble setup:
Man Cave:Vizio E500i-A1 "Smart TV" (50-in 1080p 120Hz LED/LCD, has Netflix app.), Blu-ray player (Sony BDP-S3100), Roku (the original model: N1000), PC (Windows 7), Comcast Internet (29Mbps/6Mbps).
Bedroom:LG 32LV3400-UA TV (32-in 768p 60Hz LED/LCD), HD DVR (Motorola RNG200N), Xfinity Comcast cable (Digital Starter Package), DVD/VHS player.
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I had never seen either Bad Boys or Bad Boys 2 before, and normally I stay away from crap like that, but after seeing a montage of Michael Bay's "Bayhem," I just had to see just how bad these could be.

I was not disappointed. These are, hands down, the most spectacular bad films ever made. I mean they are horrible beyond belief: bad acting, bad stories, bad characters, nothing makes sense, the structure is bad, there's no logic... it's so all over the map, you can throw your GPS away. Horrendously awful.

But Bay and his crew do great work. This is very, very intricate photography of the sort you normally only see on high-end car commercials (of which Bay did a lot before he got into features). You definitely have to turn your brain off before the movies start, but there were a few shots in these films so fantastic, I had to stop, go back, and watch them again just to yell "WTF!" at the screen. Incredible camera moves, precise focus, perfect exposures, very complex color schemes, deep shadows, just amazing work.

Don't get me wrong. To paraphrase Roger Ebert: these are horrible, horrible, horrible movies. But I gotta say, if you're a fan of cinematography, they're worth watching. Legendary colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld did the second film, and there's a million really intense looks that jump right out of the screen. The car crashes in the second film are exhausting to the point of an orgasmic frenzy of glass breaking and metal shrieking, like the Blues Brothers times a thousand. And I'm guessing the entire Cuban army perishes in the last 20 minutes of the film (if I'm not giving too much away), but it's simultaneously funny and horrifying, but never boring.

Sadly, BB2 is not yet available in Blu-ray, but there is an HD version up on Sony Picture's HD download service, and it looked OK to me. Be warned it's fill-frame 1.78, so it's somewhat panned & scanned (being anamorphic 2.40), but they did an excellent job with it. BB1's mix blew my speakers out, but BB2 was very well-balanced throughout.

These are perfect examples of movies I would never, ever pay to see in a theater, but I enjoyed them in a detached, technical sort of way, only because Bay is such a brilliant, visual guy and such an empty-headed, horrible filmmaker. It's like a restaurant that serves you crap soup, crap burgers, pee-infested coffee, and moldy bread, and then follows it up with a great dessert. It's like 10% of a great meal... if you can only forget the 90% that surrounds it.
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Now for something lighter, check out Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) which is full of references to Bad Boys 2. Good times.
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We watched the Lego movie. It was awesome

Seriously though, I was impressed with it. I didn't think it would be all that good, and was pleasantly surprised.
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I'll agree with that, to a point. Some of my friends really talked it up. It wasn't great, but reasonably funny and watchable.
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Anyone seen this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2910814/

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Watched Timestalkers (1987)
3/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 5.7/10)
A 1986 history professor, becomes involved with two time travelers from the year 2586 after making a discovery in an 1886 tintype photograph. One of the time travelers is determined to change the course of history, the other to stop him. The professor's fascination with the Old West comes in handy when they all return to 1886.
I've always enjoyed this one, and I've seen William Devane as president in "24" and "Detonator" lately so I thought I'd dig this one up.
Low budget, made for television, mono sound track, a dozen plot holes, nothing is top of the line, not acting, certainly not special effects,
but strangely I really like this film's time travel bits, like going into the past to walk through high security fences before they were built, the perpetual double causal loop, the old artifacts spawning the time chase, future successful killed by killing ancestors, restoration of dead family, effect preceding cause. The western shoot out, and western duel, at the near end are simultaneously unrealistic and satisfying.
This film came out years before Timecop (1994), so it is more original in several of the time plot devices.


Watched River of Death (1989)
1.9/5 (amazon 3.7/5, imdb 4.0/10)
I've been a fan of Alistair MacLean books for decades, and recently started ordering movies of his books that I'd never seen.
An adventurer (Hamilton) decides to go in search of the lost city in the Amazon jungle.
River Of Death tells the story of an adventurer who helps a mysterious man and woman track down a nazi criminal who has been experimenting all kinds of nasty stuff on people and tribal villagers. Along the way there are attacks by natives, lots of martial arts and downbeat ending in this adaption of the novel. River Of Death is actually more well made than the usual Cannon output at the time. Indeed the production values are adequate and Dudikoff makes for a decent rough and tumble hero. However this just isn't very exciting material, which consists of bored performances (Pleasance and Vaughn) which show us the reality that nobody wanted to give anything but the bare minimum of effort. The tribal attacks do make some impact but most of the way through this rather sub-par stuff.
Michael Dudikoff, Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, L.Q. Jones.
Box Office gross: $535,031

Watched Brenda Starr (1989)
1.5/5 (amazon 3.7/5, imdb 4.5/10)
I'd never heard of this, but it came free in a 2-for-1 DVD pack with River Of Death. (DVD: "Madness on the amazon double feature.")
Brooke Shields at her cutest age, and most amazing hair.
The story centers around Mike who is a struggling newspaper comic strip artist, who draws the Brenda Starr comic strip.
Somewhere around the 5 minute mark, the animation version of Brenda Starr ends, and she comes to real human life and sets off on an adventure, and for some reason Mike goes chasing after her around the globe, meeting all sorts of adventures.
Timothy Dalton, fresh off the 007 sets of The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), shows up as the "he could be a hero" but never actually does anything 007-y.
Brenda Starr on the other hand, is incredible, from bashing small gangs of men with her purse and knocking them out, to escaping another gang using her compact powder case, to picking a lock and doing her nails simultaneously with a nail file, to using her scarf as reigns to water ski alligators, to using her nylons as escape rope, and every other traditionally feminine thing used in an adventury way.
Brenda Starr is talented, fearless, smart and a very snappy dresser -- dozens of really nice outfits acquired from nowhere in wherever middle of hell she happens to be. The only competition she has is from the rival paper's top reporter, the evil Libby Lipscomb.
And a little international espionage, with Russians, Brits, Germans, and a couple other countries, each going after the prize: find a scientist with a secret formula which will create cheap and powerful gas from ordinary water.
The scientist is played by Henry Gibson, most famous for being the top Nazi in The Blues Brothers (1980), and in real life was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s.
And yes, when they were in the amazon river, Piranha fish make the 1989 typecast appearance.
Overall, not a great film, but I never felt the need to turn it off.

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Just watched Entity very good movie from 1982 .http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082334/
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Watched Sabotage (2014)
3/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 5.8/10, rotten tomatoes 39%, AVS Ralph Potts: 1.5/5)
Gritty, nasty little thriller. A typical action film, plus 20% additional plot (Unlike the Expendables).
Arnold Schwarzenegger as a grizzled old veteran hero, again.
Lots of cursing, lots of bloody guts (R rated), lots of evilness in every character. Uneven pacing.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated horrifically. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect."

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Watched About Time (2013)
4/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.8/10, rotten tomatoes 81%, AVS Lee Weber: 4/5)
By the same writer as Notting Hill (1999).
I expected crap. Didn't get it.

A blessing of a movie, wonderful characters, a fine score.


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For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to share a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.


Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.


At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…


The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.


Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.


Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.


About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

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We watched Heaven is for Real on Saturday night.

It was a nice touching story. Made you feel good. But the movie was kinda odd. It's almost like they had 40 minutes of stuff, and added 50 more to make it feature-film length. They had characters with no bearing to the overall plot. There was discussions of money issues for the family, but had no bearing on the direction of the plot, or even a minor secondary plot line.

Nice story/message, but odd movie. I'd give it a 6/10 or so?
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Watched Noah (2014)
3/5 (amazon 2.2/5 (lots of 1 star), imdb 6.1/10, rotten tomatoes 44% (critics loved it), Decent Films: B+)
The first major big-studio Bible film in decades brought to the screen.
A few major deviations from the traditional biblical story.
A few interesting interpreations and possiblities, some of which will strike everyone as odd, particularly the Watchers and how Noah deals with things pre and post flood.
I didn't know what to expect when watching, and strangely it lived up to that expectation.
I didn't think much of the Ark, and the arrival of the 2x2 animals was less inspiring than other movies.
Genesis doesn't devote a lot of text to Noah, and there's a lot of interpretive license taken with the film.
Nonetheless its an interesting story that could have had another half hour of plot details and still have been fine.
Took me a while to recognize actress Jennifer Connelly (Noah's dutiful wife).
Emma Watson was an unusual choice for this. Russell Crowe did fine, either consistant with the directors vision, or carried the film on his back, I'm not sure which is true.


Watched Need For Speed (2014)
2.5/5 (amazon 3.9/5, imdb 6.8/10, rotten tomatoes 62% (critics hated it))
Actor Arron Paul of Breaking Bad fame stars in the movie.
Based on the video game. The cars are the stars:
- Ford Mustang 2015
- Shelby GT500
- Sesto Elementos ($2.4 million per car)
- Koenigsegg Agera R3
- Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (maximum speed is 431 km/h, 268 mph)
- McLaren P1
- Chevrolet Camaro 68
- Pontiac GTO 66
- Gran Torino 69
- GTA Spano
Since "Bullet" most films made in North America have been limited to the speed limit -- they threw that rule to the wind in this film.
They used real stunts, rather than CGI,
but they didn't use the real multi-million dollar cars either for the wrecks of all of them, or even for the safe-ish driving around.
They built fake versions capable of up to 150 mph, including a film chase car to do the same, and filmed at over 100 mph and it obviously looks like they were moving over 100 mph.
One thing they didn't do was make the point that many of these cars are faster than the police helicopter (Bell 206 max speed 150 mph). The top theoretical speed for helicopters will be reached by million dollar cars soon.


Watched Beat The Devil (1953)
2.5/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.6/10)
Humphrey Bogart. Director: John Huston. Screenplay: Truman Capote
On their way to Africa are a group of rogues who hope to get rich there, and a seemingly innocent British couple. They meet and things happen...
Rather typical B movie.


Watched Divergent (2014)
3/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 73%)
A little different from what I was expecting from the television commercials, but not much.
"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" is due out next year.
I thought it was going to end up all being a dream, but it didn't.
If you liked Death Race 2000, you'll like this.
"In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late."
In a futuristic dystopian Chicago (interesting CGI of that), society is divided into five [simplistic] factions: Abnegation the selfless, Amity the peaceful, Candor the honest, Dauntless the brave, and Erudite the intelligent. Members join a faction based on their choice but are given a suggestion by an aptitude test.
She's tested for which faction she should join, and the test fails. From the television commercial I had thought she had to start running right away, and joined an underground movement, but that's not what happens.
A reasonable amount of action. OK little film. Could have been anything, but was quite acceptable.

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Watched Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
0.7/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 8.2/10, rotten tomatoes 91%)


Obviously
I bought it because of the incredible reviews, and
I liked the book Dune, and was a tad disappointed in the first movie version,
I didn't think Jodorowsky's Dune was as good as many said.


The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.


Box Office Opening Weekend: $36,018 (dollars)


A bunch of previews I'm not interested in -- a bit of a warning sign.
A lot of talking with a half dozen people who were involved around 1976.
A half hour of Jodorowsky's prior works, which are odd.
Less from the marvelously thick book he prepared than I was expecting and hoping for.
Interesting bits that the work he asked for, ended up in several other films.


But mostly boring.
If you're interested in it, I'd recommend waiting for it to show up on HBO or YouTube or something, and not even a rental.

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Lone Survivor - Netflix DVD - Well as much as I try to stay away from the hype on this movie I could not escape as pretty much all of my buddies either went to the theater or Redboxed it when it came out and gave it glowing reviews. Well while I really like the movie it just did not stand up to what I was expecting from the reviews of my buddies. I admire our men and women in uniform and can't thank them enough for what they do, and can't imagine what it would be like to be up on that mountain and in that village alone wondering what is going to happen, I just was left wanting more from the movie. This is a rent and definite watch in my book but will only buy if I can find it in the bargain bin. 3/5

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Played The Swamp Fox (1959)
2.5/5 (amazon 3.1/5, imdb 8.3/10)
Walt Disney hosting, Leslie Nielsen staring.
Watchable Disney fare.
Disney's explaining the history was interesting. England, or more accurately English General Charles Cornwallis, planned to squeeze the colonies from both ends, driving south from Canada, and cut a line across the Carolinas and work his way north. Unfortunately for Cornwallis, the swamp fox started a guerrilla war wrecking supply lines and making a series of short attacks against superior English forces. Unlike the Continental troops, Marion's Men, as they were known, served without pay, supplied their own horses, arms and often their food.
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Watched Elfego Baca (1958)
3/5 (amazon 3.1/5, imdb 7.8/10)
Staring Robert Loggia
I had never seen this before, but it came with the Swamp Fox dvd.
Pretty good television (more than a tad light for a movie).
Disney was building Disneyland and got a bunch of needed funding from ABC network. In return for that he had to produce weekly shows for ABC, and he scoured the history books for American heroes. Elfego Baca was one such, and appeared in 10 episodes.
Wherever this man went--there was trouble. Death stalked him at every turn. Elfego Baca is "The man with nine lives!" Every astounding incident actually happened. The first of which is he's in a mud hut (not remotely bulletproof), when 4000 rounds of ammunition are shot at him, and all miss. A little while later he's shot at point blank range, the bullet hits his belt buckle, he returns fire, killing his attempted bushwhacker. He becomes a sheriff with very forgiving attitudes about who to arrest. All in all, a pleasant watch.


Watched Breakheart Pass (1975)
3/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 6.8/10)
An Alistair MacLean book, so it has a plot.
Staring Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland.
Train with medical supplies and small U.S. Army unit is heading through Rocky mountains towards plagued Fort Humboldt. Among its passengers are territory governor, priest, doctor and U.S. Marshal with his prisoner, John Deakin. However, nothing on that train is what it seems.
Good little movie, recently released on BluRay.


Played The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 69%)
The CGI wasn't as well done as the Spider-Man (2002, Tobey Maguire) version; perhaps its some defect of the 3D requirement.
Paul Giamatti's beginning role was head turning, and it was nostalgic to see Rhino appear later in the film although the bot seemed to deviate from the classic in less than stellar ways.
It's spider-man, get it if you must.

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Watched Non-Stop IMDb 7.1 91 AVS 4.5 /5
Airplane based Liam Neeson action movie, great AQ & PQ, great popcorn action flick...
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Over the weekend watched:

The Other Woman
Ratings: 6.1/10 IMDb 4/5 from myself...
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton star, 3 Women one who is married to, get "even" with a womanizer... pretty good popcorn comedy.

About Time
Ratings: 7.8/10 IMDb 9/10 my rating...
As he turns 21 a young man discovers the men in his family can time travel, excellent thought provoking movie that makes you wonder and wish what if...
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Watched The Railway Man (2013)
2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.1, rotten tomatoes 66%, AVS Lee Webber: 4.5/5)
A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
staring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman
Basically I found it kind of flat, boring.

Watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
4.5/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 7.9, rotten tomatoes 93%, AVS Ralph Potts 4/5, Decent Films: B)
(Note the 1 star reviews at amazon are mostly about the lack of a DVD in the 3D/2D BluRay set.)
This is by far the best film I've seen in a month. I knew five minutes in that the writers were going to keep my attention, and they did. My first instinct after watching the last of the credits (2 shorts in the credits) and then the few special features, was to watch the film again immediately.
I enjoyed it all the way through. Impressive job by all the actors.
This is everything that a Captain America movie should be, even the Apple customer service guy (comedian DC Pierson) was good.
Stan Lee's cameo was so so from an acting point of view, but quite welcome.
The directors liked the 8 minutes of Heat (1995) and wanted to surpass that and did an admirable job.
They made a bit of a mess of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I'm not sure what that's going to do to the television show which somewhat did the same for a different reason.
Budget: $170 million

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The Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show is completely iterated with the Marvel movies and had crossovers from both the Thor and Captain America movies. The experience of watching all of the Marvel movies and the TV show is very much like reading all of the different comic books as a kid. They're doing a great job keeping the "universe" and big story lines sync'd together.

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Watched Blue Ruin (2013)
3.7/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 96%/77%, Roger Ebert 3.5/4)
Budget $160,000 (Hundred Sixty Thousand).
Box Office: $1,000,000 (million)
Won the International Federation of Film Critics prize at Cannes Film Festival 2013.
The lead actors, the director, never seriously heard from before. The 'stars', well the most famous played Jan on The Brady Bunch in 1969.
In Delaware, homeless Dwight, sleeps in a batteryless car near the beach. He slips into empty homes during the day to bathe. He searches the garbage for food. When he learns the man convicted of killing his parents will be released from prison in days he drives there. He tries to steal a handgun.
There is no righteous Liam Neeson-like avenger with nimble weaponry skills and cool fighting prowess to root for in Blue Ruin. Nor is there a borderline psycho on a self-righteous warpath who is easily vilified in the end. Instead, the central character is a disturbed anti-social individual whose only outlet for his anguish is to eventually destroy those he thinks wronged him and his family. And those he thinks wronged him, are equally disturbed anti-social individuals who believe in destroying those they think wronged them, who indeed started the events years before. His planned revenge complete in the first quarter of the film, this tightly wound independent suspense film keeps going, as they go after him, then he goes after them. His is a film with anxiety, despair, and menace. Every scene pulsates with uncertainty and the threat of violence, intensified by the fact Dwight is both driven and out of his depth, so we are never sure how he will respond or even whether he will survive. Everyone feels the impact whenever violence does erupt.
Rotten Tomatoes' consensus reads: "Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat."

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Watched They Were Expendable (1945)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 7.4/10)
Directed by John Ford (as John Ford Captain U.S.N.R.)
Staring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II.
The film is as described,
made near the end of WWII, the equipment was still in working order and plentiful,
not a lot of plot, no memorable dialog,
but several good action sequences with PT boats attacking destroyers and air raids.


Following the end of WW2 most of the PT boats remaining overseas were burned to save the expense of bringing them home. Since they were made of plywood, rather than metal, they were not considered to be useful for anything. They were stripped of engines and armament and then torched. Only a few that were still in the US escaped destruction.
By the time this movie was made, the class of PT boat used in the Philippine Islands was not available. They substituted 80-foot ELCOs for the 77-foot ELCOs actually used in Manila Bay.


Quote:
Lt. John Brickley: Oh, Snuffy... how about getting some torpedoes from you?
Submarine commander: For those cracker boxes [PT boats] of yours? No telling when we'll see a mother ship again.
Lt. John Brickley: How long have you been on patrol?
Submarine commander: Since the day the war started.
Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: What did you get?
Submarine commander: Two small freighters.
Lt. John Brickley: Well, while you've been cruising around the Pacific, those 'cracker boxes' have sunk two converted cruisers, an auxiliary aircraft carrier, a 10,000-ton tanker, a large freighter, a flock of barges and numerous sons of Nippon!

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