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[quote=scaesare;17068251...I consider it more proof that good Michael Bay films are the exception rather than the rule...[/QUOTE]

Truer words...
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Watched Gladiator Extended Cut BluRay
I don't know how I watched this movie last, but I don't remember the video being this incredibly sharp. A little grain now and then, but mostly spectacular clarity.
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Sunshine Cleaning (BD) 2.5/5: Considering that this film was marketed and billed as a comedy/drama from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, I expected a few laughs. I was wrong. The movie was actually quite depressing. When it ended, my wife said, "I thought you said it was a comedy?".
(As a quick aside, this is a big pet peeve of mine; I always feel like I've been scammed when I see a film that has been marketed as a comedy, only to discover that it was actually a drama/thriller/etc.)

The acting was fine (Amy Adams, Alan Arkin), but the characters they portrayed just weren't all that likeable to me. For most of the movie Adams' character is having an affair with a married man. Arkin's character is a bit of a screwball, but not funny, just weird.

For me, the movie was just "ok".
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Thread Starter 
Last night we watched "Gran Torino". Terrific film - highly recommended.

Randy
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Watched Gladiator Extended Cut BluRay
I don't know how I watched this movie last, but I don't remember the video being this incredibly sharp. A little grain now and then, but mostly spectacular clarity.

Maybe because they used edge enhancement?

Edit: Oh I think you are levelling me
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Contact: 3/5 stars - Jodie Foster & Matthew McConaughey vehicle about being contacted by beings from outerspace. Altho' now that I watch it again a decade+ later, I realize it's just as much about a person's feeling regarding what defines faith. Seemes a little drawn out this time around as well.
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Meet Dave, BR. The first amusing Eddie Murphy movie in a loooooooong time. Saw a bit of it on tv the other day so i added it to my netflix que. My wife and I liked it, my son thought it was great as well.

not bad at all. 3/5
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post #4899 of 7853
Gran Turino (BR): 3.5/5 - Finally got around to watching this. It was interesting. A little slower than I expected, more story to it than Clint kicking a$$. Some good extras about the Gran Turino they used...but a very different/interesting menu (it doesn't have a main menu).

Revolutionary Road (BR): 1/5 - I only give it a 1 for decent acting, but this is just a funky depressing movie. Way too much drama for me...even the wife didn't like it (and she's the one that put it in the queue). We turned it off halfway. We just aren't interested in movies bringing us this far down...would prefer more entertainment. It's not even thought provoking or anything, just a downer. I haven't looked yet, but it's probably the type of movie that won a crap load of awards.
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Scent of a Woman: 3/5 stars - Al Pacino and Chros O'Donnell movie about a blind ex-army colonial and a college student tossed together and how it affects their lives. Pacino did a pretty good job at portraying a blind person, but his personality in hte movie was jst a tad too quirky for me. And it was a bit on hte long side.

16 Candles: 4.5/5 stars - Classic 80's flick with Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and John & Joan Cusack. One of the brat pack movies that manages to capture the essence of being a teeneagr in the 80s as only John Hughes managed to do. What a loss his passing was. I'm going to watch every one of his movies as I come across them until I've seen the entire catalog (again).
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Speaking of John Hughes....watched the first half of the great outdoors off of Netflix on my 360. Never actually seen it. I like it so far.

Dan Akroyd is great.
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Inglourious Basterds (Theater): 4.5/5 - and it's a good thing to because, $11 a ticket, $7 for a drink, and $30 for a babysitter, to watch something I could wait a few months for and watch on 93 inches in the comfort of my own home for free (blockbuster.com subscription), is a little crazy.

However, this was one of the best Tarantino films I have seen and great to see in the theater. Great characters, great lines, story was great, everything was great. I actually am not sure why I don't give it a 5, I'm not sure how it could have been better.
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Last weekend we had a triple feature here at the house.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (New one) 2.5/5 Had the potential to be a good movie, but fell flat. Goes to show you that just because you have all kinds of special effects doesn't necessarily mean your remake will be better than the original.

Knowing 2/5 Was not impressed with Knowing at all. Very weak all around except for one of the disaster sequences if just for the LFE track. I like Nicholas Cage, but he just could not pull it off in this movie.

Race to Witch Mountain 3.5/5 After watching the other two this one should have been a "5" but just could not do that in good conscience. I remember the original as a kid but I just could not get into the kids characters. Fun for the family and mindless entertainment and was much better than the other two movies over the weekend.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Thread Starter 
Last night the wife and I went out to see District 9. An amazing, disturbing movie. Highly recommended.

Randy
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Watched Gladiator Extended Cut BluRay
I don't know how I watched this movie last, but I don't remember the video being this incredibly sharp. A little grain now and then, but mostly spectacular clarity.

Well this is the complete opposite of what I was reading earlier on bluray.com. I picked up the Bluray myself yesterday at BB with their sale. I havent watched yet, but reading the reviews, most everyone is slamming the quality of this bluray. they say some spots are really good but others are horrible. They are talking to the extent that they should remaster and re-author the disc because it is so bad. I dont know one way or another as I have nt watched it yet, but seeing you say it was awesome, I wanted to note how I was reading the complete opposite earlier...
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Well this is the complete opposite of what I was reading earlier on bluray.com.

I mentioned how good I thought Gladiator's video was to the owner of a big DVD store near me, and he told me he's read the same complaints you have and Amazon's one star ratings and several threads here at AVS like this one, but he added that everyone who has bought them from his store is very impressed. I don't know what's going on. My observation was there were parts that were spectacular, and parts that were so so. The extra content scenes changed the story a bit, and were interesting.

EDIT: I just did the "Germania" test (2 minutes 42 seconds in) and yep, it's as jaggedy as everyone's complaining about. I didn't notice the missing arrows, and neither have I gone looking for them, because I always compare arrow scenes to the theatre film release of "Henry V" which had the best overhead arrows I can remember, and all movies including Gladiator pale by comparison to "Henry V"s.

I'm viewing it on
a) Pioneer BDP-HD1 bluray player, to
b) Pioneer FHD1 plasma -- professionally calibrated

I have in the past seen some truely awful bluray -- anyone remember the first bluray release of "house of flying daggers" (blech).
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Knowing 2/5 Was not impressed with Knowing at all. Very weak all around except for one of the disaster sequences if just for the LFE track. I like Nicholas Cage, but he just could not pull it off in this movie.

I watched Knowing with a bible thumper -- and she kept telling me interesting details about what I was watching that I wouldn't otherwise have noticed. Really helped the film.

I remember watching Top Secret! (1984) when it first came to VHS and wasn't all that impressed, but then I saw it again with a fellow who was from the region then, who translated all the jokes that were in languages I didn't understand and gave me the hysterical history behind some of them, and my goodness was like a whole other film!

Yea, that disaster sequence in Knowing was just wow. The other one would have been really good, except that you've seen greatness a half hour before.
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Watched "Crank 2 [blueray]"
Awful, and filthy (filthy language, disgusting characters, unenjoyable nakedness).
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Saw Crank 2 and I love you man (BD) The latter was very funny.
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Went to walmart and they had Ninth Gate for sale for $10 so I picked it up and watched it. It's been a while since I've seen it, pretty enjoyable movie if you are a Depp fan.
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Knowing 2/5 Was not impressed with Knowing at all. Very weak all around except for one of the disaster sequences if just for the LFE track. I like Nicholas Cage, but he just could not pull it off in this movie.

Race to Witch Mountain 3.5/5 After watching the other two this one should have been a "5" but just could not do that in good conscience. I remember the original as a kid but I just could not get into the kids characters. Fun for the family and mindless entertainment and was much better than the other two movies over the weekend.

Weird...we saw these 2 movies this weekend as well. I had about the same impression, but I think 3.5 is VERY generous for RtWM. I would have put that and Knowing in the 2.5 range.
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I know everyone always posts about movies they've watched. However, since the title of the thread is "Now Showing - What We Watched" I sat on the edge of my seat for 4 hours watching a true instant classic College Football Game. Miami v FSU a perfect ending to opening weekend of College Football. It was an amazing game with 6 lead changes which came down to 3 pass attempts from the goal line with just a few seconds on the game clock.

I'm just happy my alma mater won, but both teams played great and have good things to take away from this battle royal! I took me over an hour to calm down and get to sleep. Today's going to be rough....

GO CANES!!!!!
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Forces of Nature: 3/5 stars - Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock as opposites forced to travel together while obstacles are thrown in their way. Better than I expected it to be. Good watch with the wifey.
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Defiance- Probably the best I've seen in the last 50 or more movies!

The last several movies we watched were standard DVD, so this one was giving me the WOW factor for video quality on BR. Can I just say, WOW! Too bad it wasn't 2.35.

Also watched "Shaggy DA" with the kids earlier in the weekend. Terrible.
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Weird...we saw these 2 movies this weekend as well. I had about the same impression, but I think 3.5 is VERY generous for RtWM. I would have put that and Knowing in the 2.5 range.

Yup,

Probably did rate RtWM a little high, but after having watched the two stinkers right in a row I guess I was just happy it was not a complete stinker too.

This past weekend we watched Taken 4/5. Predictable at certain points, but I really liked the movie and lots of good action sequences.

Push 3/5 I had seen previews of this movie and was really looking forward to seeing it but was slightly disappointed. Was not as good as I thought it could have been, but was entertaining in parts. For what ever reason it was hard for me to get involved with the characters. Not much in the way of character development IMO. It probably doesn't help matters that I really don't care for Dakota Fanning as an actress her character really fell flat.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Silent Hill tonight. Terrible. Watched half of it in fast forward. Once in awhile we enjoy one from the Horror genre. This wasn't it. Two that come to mind that we enjoyed were The Others and The Skeleton Key. But in all fairness, we only choose this genre 3 or 4 times a year.
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The Last Starfighter: 2.5/5 stars - Primarily for nostalgia. Watched it with my boy... the 25 yr old movie has a hard time holding up. It was the first feature length movie to use rendered graphics, but capability has moved on...
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Watched Knowing last night. 3/5 This one had me really confused on how to rate it. On one hand the movie kept me intrigued so it had to have something good in it. But, on the other hand, it was not what I imagined at all. I was expecting something more along the lines of a National Treasure/Indiana Jones type of movie. Instead it was a cross between Signs and The DaVinci Code or something. I didn't expect "whisperers" and kids zoning out listening to voices. I certainly didn't expect the ending. It was a movie I likely would not watch again, but as I said I was intrigued the entire movie.
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Went to walmart and they had Ninth Gate for sale for $10 so I picked it up and watched it. It's been a while since I've seen it, pretty enjoyable movie if you are a Depp fan.

I enjoyed that one too...course it could have been that I watched it on vacation. It was a cruise thru the Inside Passage and they also showed (appropriately) The Legend of 1900. The trip was great and the movies were just as good.
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Disney's Earth (BD) : 4/5

This is the first film from the new DisneyNature label which is focusing on bringing nature movies to the big screen. When this movie was released earlier this summer, I recognized a lot of the footage in the trailers from the BBC "Planet Earth" series. But rather than a collection of nature footage, this film was marketed as the tale of 3 animal families. Here's a small excerpt from the product description on Amazon:

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James Earl Jones narrates this US version of the 96-minute documentary film which follows families of arctic polar bears, African elephants, and humpback whales for an entire year. The film tracks the animals' migrations across the globe and through some of the harshest terrains and climates on earth, pointing out in a factual and remarkably non-political way the negative effects of global warming and habitat destruction on these animals and the planet as a whole. Selected from the over 4,000 days of cinematography that went into the making of Planet Earth, every image is breathtakingly spectacular (especially the first-ever aerial footage of Mount Everest) and Jones' concise narration is engaging and packed with information. What makes this film different from Planet Earth, besides the obvious shorter run-time, is the sense of story that permeates this film. While children and others disinclined toward factual documentaries or nature films might find Planet Earth overly long and somewhat dry, Earth views more like an entertainingly touching story about several animal families.

Even the Blu-Ray case shows three families of animals, but the problem is that this film has very little narrative at all. The film does spend some time with three different animal groups - a polar bear family, a herd of elephants, and a whale and her baby - but these clips make up less than half of the movie. Scattered throughout the film are dozens of other unrelated clips that having nothging to do with these families: ducklings taking their first plunge out of a tree, great whites flying out of the ocean, birds of paradise dancing, majestic waterfalls, etc.

There's nothing wrong with the way the nature footage was presented, but I feel that the marketing of this movie was extremely misleading. These simple stories were glossed over on the BBC series, and I assumed that the Disney movie would explore their journeys in more detail, however their was no new footage, and claiming that their migration was "tracked across the globe" is a stunning bit of hyperbole.

A blurb on the Blu-Ray case says "Better Than March Of The Penguins", but this movie is completely unlike the detailed documentary/narrative style of MOTP - it is simply a hodge-podge of amazing nature footage.

I also wrongly assumed that the footage that Disney used would have differed from the footage used by the BBC, since they had "4,000 days of cinematography" to select from. But instead, this film plays like a "best of" from the BBC series "Planet Earth". Almost none of the footage seemed fresh to me. I'd estimate that more than 90% of the footage is the exact same footage used in "Planet Earth".

And if you've seen "Planet Earth", you'll also notice a dramatic difference in the narration. Where "Planet Earth" has a matter-of-fact narration by actors like Richard Attenborough, "Earth" tends to be a bit more cutesy/folksy, tossing in some nods to other Disney films (James Earl Jones mentions the "circle of life", and also talks about a group of ducklings who take their first flight as not actually flying, but "falling with style", from "Toy Story")

I still give this movie a 4 out of 5 rating for the breathtaking footage alone. If you've already seen "Planet Earth", you can skip this one - there's nothing new to see here. But if you haven't seen "Planet Earth" (and you don't want to sit through eleven 50 minute episodes) or you have children who enjoy animal/nature footage, "Earth" is a very good second choice.
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