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post #7321 of 7853
The Avengers 3D 5/5 I started this movie in my 3D room (65" DLP) about 10 minutes in moved it to the BT at 110" with lossless sound, I could tell it was worthy and was not disappointed... Ralphs Review I pretty much agree with Ralph, very enjoyable movie and loved the setup with Ironman 2, Thor and Captain America that led to this movie, Joss Whedon was the perfect director. I'll be rewatching again soon.
post #7322 of 7853
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Occasionally I watch a movie with someone who asks me questions about the movie. Leaving me with the common "Didn't you just watch the same thing I did?"
Prometheus is similar, except the tables turned, thus even though I watched the film,with my feeling it lacking, having it explained made me appreciate it a little more -- a whole star worth.
Fortunately there is such a post, and now that you've watched the film you may feel compelled to read:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/286704/now-showing-what-we-watched/6930#post_22136344
(Much more useful than the commentaries, which have less depth and scope.)

Bob, that's a great read that makes me feel shallow and slow for not picking up on some of the themes. It does make me appreciate the movie at least one star more. However, I think Scott should have been a bit more obvious. Or, this may have been a case of my not expecting more and therefore not seeing it.
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Bob, that's a great read that makes me feel shallow and slow for not picking up on some of the themes. It does make me appreciate the movie at least one star more. However, I think Scott should have been a bit more obvious. Or, this may have been a case of my not expecting more and therefore not seeing it.

If he would have been more obvious, the complaint would be that he was "too obvious". tongue.gif
post #7324 of 7853
You're right. I have a very narrow band of intelligence. wink.gif
post #7325 of 7853
Friday to Sunday.Our first projector.


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post #7326 of 7853
Last night we watched Coldplay Live 2012 (blu-ray). I am a big Coldplay fan and found this concert to be one of the best concerts I have ever seen when I saw them in Chicago at the United Center. For the concert, they handed everyone a colorful wristband....what we didnt know is that at the start of the show, in sync with the audio, everyones wristband lit up in various colors and pulsated along with the music...it was one of the coolest, almost euphoric feelings, i have ever experienced....the sound, the lasers, the wristbands and bam, the concert starts...

This concert was done very well. PQ is top notch shown at 2.36:1 and the AQ is great as well giving you a choice between LPCM, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS HD-Master..pick your favorite as they all sounded good. I found myself settling in on the LPCM as it just sounded better, when normally I go for one of the 5.1 offerings.

This is mostly live footage of their 2012 convert tour of Mylo Xyloto album. There are maybe 3 or 4 instances of when one of the band members (mostly Chris Martin) will provide a dialogue voice over between songs, its short and fitting. Also, the footage is captured from various venues. So its not a concert shown from start to finish at one venue but it is done well and pretty seamlessly so its not a distraction at all.

If you get a chance, give this concert a view.
post #7327 of 7853
I, Robot 3D last night on the 65" 4/5 I know it's a conversion but the 3D made the experience better imho... It's been a longtime since I've seen and really enjoyed it, will rewatch at 110" soon.
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Agreed on the IRobot conversion. It was pretty well done and looked great on my 58 inch Samsung 3d plasma. Also recently watched MIB 3 In 3D. Will smith has certainly compiled a pretty good body of work.... ignoring Hancock of course!
post #7329 of 7853
Hancock is one of my favorites ... biggrin.gif
I need to pick up MIB 3D and Looper soon, will be in Vegas next week, no telling what I will find at Fryes.
post #7330 of 7853
Rock of Ages - redbox DVD - As a general rule I really don't typically like or watch musicals. There have been a few examples to the contrary but they are the exception vs. the rule. However I really liked this movie. If you were a teenager in the mid to late 80's and loved the music of that time, I would guess you would pretty much find this movie at least enjoyable or entertaining if not a fun filled trip down a musical memory lane. I found myself singing (ok lip syncing), playing the air drums and guitar along the way. Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx is a great casting move IMHO and was totally believable as a narcissistic, self absorbed, the world revolves around me semi washed up sex fueled rocker. Catherine Zeta-Jones was as beautiful as ever, especially in her leather outfit at the end of the movie as a groupie. biggrin.gif The movie gets a rating of 3.5/5, the music gets 4.25/5 May even get on Blu at some point.

The Campaign - Netflix DVD - I was hoping I would really like this one and find some fresh humor for a change. No such luck. Once again each "Party" is stereotyped almost to absurdity. I do get the impression though that "the win at all costs" mantra is more the rule than the exception on both sides of the isle. Lots of profanity just for profanity sake, and the gag with the woman in the blue dress was taken too far (time wise), however the blue dress idea was not lost on me though. The movie did poke fun at Republican's and Democrats alike, but the standard Hollywood narrative is not too far under the surface. Not much there in the way of entertainment in this movie for me anyway. 1.5/5

Regards,

RTROSE
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Looper 5/5 - I usually don't enjoy movies that involve time travel, however Looper does an amazing job of making it work. Strong performances from everyone in the cast. Easily one of my favorites this year.

Beasts of the Southern Wild 4/5 - Quvenzhané Wallis .... WOW, a 6 year old carries this movie to a touching and powerful ending. Good use of metaphor to explain the protagonists journey. It's beautifully shot with very real and natural performances from a cast of unknowns.

The Campaign 2/5 - Both the leads are much better than this. Generic by the numbers shock comedy with some moments that were simply painful.
post #7332 of 7853
We watched MIB3 on Sunday night, in 3D. I rewatched MIB1 on Saturday, in preparation.

I wasn't disappointed. I thought it was a worth follow up to 1, forgetting 2 biggrin.gif But it was well done, and kinda explained/expanded on the characters. I'm not necessarily a fan of Brolin, but he did a great job in this film. I will admit, I was a little surprised at the end. Didn't quite see it coming . . .

The 3D was good, too. Not a lot of cheesy pop out, but some. PQ was just good in general, especially since I watched 1 the night before wink.gif
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MIB - Blue Ray - I just picked this one up at a local second hand store for 6 bucks. I have watched this many times, however first time on blue, and I think the first time in the theater. WOW, I was really impressed at how good this looks on blue. Actually there was things I have never heard before and while not over the top the LFE was good and was appropriate. Still a great movie and even better on blue. Glad I "upgraded". Still the best one of the series.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7334 of 7853
Just watched Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter on 3D Blu-ray disc last night. Silly but in a fun way and entertaining enough to keep my interest, but nothing terribly memorable. It does get gory at times, which I liked. The 3D isn't the best I've ever seen, but pretty good. I'd give this one a 3/5. Worth a watch, preferably near Halloween.
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Watched Looper (2012, BluRay+DVD)
4/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 7.7/10, rotten tomatoes 94%, Decent Films B-, Ralph Potts 4)
Rated R for violence. Lots of action.
Reasonable simple plot with the TK being unanticipated, yet as soon as I saw it foreshadowed and Emily Bloom showed up, I knew how the rest of the film was going to go.
In my opinion the plot hung together, except for the usual time travel paradox/question being required to utilize both answers which in turn makes the whole thing impossible even beyond the 'time travel suspension of disbelief' -- no wonder the writer of Primer (2004) recommended changes.
I was expecting it to be a 2010/2040 film, but it was a 2044/2074 film.
The 40 minutes of deleted scenes were ok, and several of them could have been put into the main film (director's cut in 2 years?) -- given the main movie makes a big point about straws are bad, it was funny to see the straws in the deleted scenes.
Emily Blunt and Pierce Gagnon (the kid) gave good acting performances. Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were so so. Bruce Willis and Piper Perabo (of tv's Covert Affairs) were less than they usually are. Garret Dillahunt was unexpected, welcome but perhaps more gravatas than the role needed.
I was hoping to have the Abe (Jeff Daniels) character explained more, perhaps related to the rainmaker.
I thought the loopers & time travel were more secret, but Sara (Emily Blunt) seemed to know what a Looper was, either way {known by public, known by Sara} the knowledge of existance of loopers seemed messy.
I've seen lots of DVD menus where I couldn't tell if I'd pushed the correct button -- this one has the interesting bit that whatever is pressed the text goes backwards.
http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Looper
post #7336 of 7853
Watched Resident Evil 5: Retribution (2012)
1/5 (amazon 2.8/5, imdb 5.3/10, rotten tomatoes 31%)
Well that was awful.
post #7337 of 7853
Bob, I think that is the shortest review by you I have ever seen.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7338 of 7853
Paranorman - Got this one for an evening with the kids. We got about 15 minutes in and it didn't meet parental approval. Kids movies seem intent on teaching our kids how to be little snots. Didn't watch enough to rate it, but don't get it for the little ones.

Rat Race- revisited this one for the first time since it came out in 2001. Rolled on the floor laughing the first time. This time, not so much. There are a few scenes that will forever be classics though. The cow and the hot air balloon. The jeep and the air control tower. biggrin.gif 3.75 / 5
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

Paranorman - Got this one for an evening with the kids. We got about 15 minutes in and it didn't meet parental approval. Kids movies seem intent on teaching our kids how to be little snots. Didn't watch enough to rate it, but don't get it for the little ones.

It's actually a smart story that includes messages about feeling like an outsider, bullying, and having strength in your convictions. It's definitely for the older kids though, there are some rather intense moments at the end, and the I think a lot of the humor and context of the plot will go over younger kids heads.

My 9 year old calls it his favorite movie of this past year.
post #7340 of 7853
Looper - Redbox blu ray - What made this movie so fascinating to me was the fact that it seemed like it could really happen someday. Time travel is pretty far out there, of course, but the idea that the mob could send someone back to be killed was still something that I could believe in and imagine happening. Unfortunately, the unanticipated telekinesis destroyed this idea. As soon as I saw someone making a quarter float on top of their hand my suspension of disbelief was thrown out the window.

I appreciated some of the finer points of time travel, such as what happens to the younger looper affects the one from the future. Also, some of the interactions between Levitt and Willis were quite comical. I just wish they had ran with these ideas a little more instead of diving so deep into the supernatural.

Ultimately, "Looper" had an interesting story with an ending that I didn't completely expect, but the whole idea of it lost touch with me after the first twenty minutes.

2.5/5
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Trouble with the Curve - I'm a huge Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams fan, so I expected this to be a home run for me. It wasn't. It is very predictable. The story can be completely explained in two to three sentances. It's that complex folks. I did enjoy Eastwood's cranky old fart routine, which is the same character from "Gran Torino".

When the credits rolled, I noticed that it wasn't written or directed by Eastwood, and that explains the letdown on my expectations.
post #7342 of 7853
Just picked this up from Redbox for family movie tonight - should be interesting..,


quote name="aaustin" url="/t/286704/now-showing-what-we-watched/7320#post_22780648"]Looper - Redbox blu ray - What made this movie so fascinating to me was the fact that it seemed like it could really happen someday. Time travel is pretty far out there, of course, but the idea that the mob could send someone back to be killed was still something that I could believe in and imagine happening. Unfortunately, the unanticipated telekinesis destroyed this idea. As soon as I saw someone making a quarter float on top of their hand my suspension of disbelief was thrown out the window.
I appreciated some of the finer points of time travel, such as what happens to the younger looper affects the one from the future. Also, some of the interactions between Levitt and Willis were quite comical. I just wish they had ran with these ideas a little more instead of diving so deep into the supernatural.
Ultimately, "Looper" had an interesting story with an ending that I didn't completely expect, but the whole idea of it lost touch with me after the first twenty minutes.
2.5/5[/quote]
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Cool. I'm interested to hear your impressions cuzed.
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Austin,
In general I like SciFi movies. I barely stuck with the first portions of Looper. Glad I stayed with it because the 2nd half was pretty good .
The LFE was an added bonus. Also; found myself thinking about this premise the next day. I give it a 2.6, a good redboxer, also glad I didn't pay to see it at the cinema.
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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome
A prequel to the 2004-2009 series. With a rookie William Adama "Husher" (the 2004 Admiral Edward James Olmos character).

More CGI, less character development.
Basically they made a pilot, and no one wanted to run with it, probably because of episode 6 where it turns into Screamers (1995).
So they put it on youtube and it got a couple million hits.
Coming to SciFi network in early February.
Available on BluRay February 19, 2013.
First few 10 minute episode-lets on YouTube today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj50xJhWdcM <- teaser
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT79x4qM4FE <- Episode-let 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdisGiivP9c <- Episode-let 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXCnuArj4b8 <- Episodelets 3 & 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ytt0Fp3To <- Episodelets 5 & 6
"Remain in your Raptor. Episode 6 is coming up."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNHMfK65mnU <- Episodelets 7 & 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH8EDRptVAQ <- Finale
post #7346 of 7853
Brave - 4/5

I liked this movie a bit more than most of the reviews I've read about it would have lead me to expect. Granted, it's not a Toy Story or Cars (although I didn't care for Cars as much as most did), but it is a fun movie that had me laughing out loud several times. Dare I say it, I actually enjoyed this movie more than Cars, but I seem to be a bit of an oddball where that movie is concerned.
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Headhunters - 4/5 - Norwegian thriller about a corporate headhunter that leads a double life. Lot's of plot twists and turns, great fun that was enjoyed by both my wife and I.
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The Blind Side- blu ray - I liked this movie a lot. It had a heartwarming story and some great acting performances by both Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron. I'm normally not a huge fan of movies such as this as they lose my interest about halfway through. "The Blind Side" kept my attention till the end though.

3.5/5

The Avengers - blu ray - As a complete nerd, this movie was geek heaven. The audio/visual moments were awesome, the story line was great, and seeing the different characters interact with each other was interesting and comical. I also appreciated how the story had some deeper meaning in the idea of putting aside differences and coming together as a team for the common good.

This was my second time seeing "The Avengers" and I liked it even more.

4.5/5
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Batman "Dark Knight Rises" - By an hour and 45 minutes into the movie, you only see the bat for a combined 3 minutes of screen time and he gets beat up for that! Here's a clue Hollywood, if I go to a Batman movie, I WANT TO SEE BATMAN! I thought the last half hour was really, really good, but by that time I was already browsing the internet...

Looper - I really enjoyed this one! It was at least as "smart" a movie as Inception, and easier to follow. The audio was outstanding and definetely hot. I ended up reducing my LFE by 3db and watching at -15db and it was still shaking the lights off the walls.
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Scarface - Netflix DVD - In all my movie watching I have never watched this "classic" movie even one time. I have heard others wax eloquent about how great of a movie it is and what a "classic" it is. Well I can say that I am truly and sadly disappointed in the movie as a "classic standard". I really thought I would be memorized, enthralled, and finally be one of the "in crowd" of having seen this "classic". Color me unimpressed. 2/5

Tony,

You know that you have gone "Against the grain" with your BMDKR review right? Well that is OK in my book buddy, keep on keeping it real! I got this BR for Christmas and I'm waiting to watch it when I have the time to dedicate to watching it in the theater. I'll keep you in mind when I get to watch it.

As I watch new movies, I always try to revisit my favorites from time to time. I have had a chance to do this again lately with some of my favorites of favorites and it is really nice to continue to find joy and wonderment in films you have seen umteen times.

Now I'm looking forward to Looper. Time will tell.

Regards,

RTROSE
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