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post #7621 of 7853
Watched Papillon for the first time on Saturday. Great film and interesting story.
post #7622 of 7853
Watched Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.2/5 (heavy 5), imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 91%, AVS Ralph Potts 4/5)
A pleasant little film.
Exactly what I expected. I was worried, but it didn't disappoint.
Budget: $750,000
Gross: $4,007,792

"When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likeable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you."
Winner Sundance Film Festival.
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WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
post #7623 of 7853
750K huh - I'm guessing not a whole lot of CGI in that budget wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

750K huh - I'm guessing not a whole lot of CGI in that budget wink.gif
There was some CGI in Safety Not Guaranteed.

But the real 'special effect' was the car chase. The engine in the Datson blew (hero's car wouldn't start). Minor re-write, and they still had a car chase. Totally cool re-imagining. Watch the special features after the movie for details.
post #7625 of 7853
Just rewatched the 1st two Bourne movies. This was the first time watching them in the new theater and I already knew the front row was going to be a bit close with the shaky camera work. Even in the back row (16' from a 115" wide 2.35), the chase scene in Moscow gave me a headache. Still loved it though.

I also watched Grace is Gone last night. You won't walk away with a smile on your face, but I thought it was well done and enjoyed seeing a different side of John Cusack. Worth a rental-3.5/5.
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Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post

Just rewatched the 1st two Bourne movies. This was the first time watching them in the new theater and I already knew the front row was going to be a bit close with the shaky camera work. Even in the back row (16' from a 115" wide 2.35), the chase scene in Moscow gave me a headache.

I'm the same way for the most part. I can watch most movies in the front row but something like Cloverfield or I imagine End of Watch (haven't seen that one yet) I'll need to watch from as far back as possible.
post #7627 of 7853
Caught Star Trek Into Darkness at the theater yesterday in 3D 5/5 in my book, so last night revisited Star Trek from 2009 ... time to watch some more TNG or the other Trek movies.
post #7628 of 7853
Start Trek Into Darkness 3D- Yes, I'd give it a 5/5. You jsut have to understand that these current iterations ARE a reboot, and JJ Abrams plays fast and loose with the original story lines, with many references to the earlier versions and inside jokes. Standing on it's own, a great action flick even a pretty good plot. I thought the 3D was very well done and even got the LOGANESS Stamp of Approval. I THINK the last time we went to the theater was to see the last ST. A FAR FAR better experience at a different theater this go 'round. AND we checked out the D-box demo on the way out.

Django Unchained - Another 5/5. It's been sitting there for two weekends from Netflix. LOGANESS did not seem interested, even though she she liked Inglorious Basterds (AND Pulp Fiction). I finally said I'M watching it with or without you. She said "I'll come down and if I don't like it, I'll come back up." Well, 2 hours and 45 minutes later, she says "THAT was REALLY good." It's not for everyone, but if you like Quentin Tarrantino, you'll LOVE this one.

A Thousand Words - 2/5 - Produced by Nicholas Cage, starring Eddie Murphy. I'm guessing Cage wanted to play this part and it would have been a different movie. Maybe better. It is what it is...a comedy that has it's moments, with a message. One thing we ALL picked up on....the time transisiton was not done very well...you have to figure out how much time has passed on your own.
post #7629 of 7853
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

Start Trek Into Darkness 3D- Yes, I'd give it a 5/5. You jsut have to understand that these current iterations ARE a reboot, and JJ Abrams plays fast and loose with the original story lines, with many references to the earlier versions and inside jokes. Standing on it's own, a great action flick even a pretty good plot. I thought the 3D was very well done and even got the LOGANESS Stamp of Approval. I THINK the last time we went to the theater was to see the last ST. A FAR FAR better experience at a different theater this go 'round. AND we checked out the D-box demo on the way out.
My last trip to the theater was John Carter 3D when it came out, the one before it was Star Trek, I am thinking of going to see Iron Man 3-3D before it leaves... watched Softball playoffs and gag reel clips from S3 of the TNG set yesterday and last night.
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I am thinking of going to see Iron Man 3-3D before it leaves...

Saw a long trailer for Man Of Steel and it looks pretty good, too.
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Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte View Post

750K huh - I'm guessing not a whole lot of CGI in that budget wink.gif

Just watched Iron Man 3 3D in public theatre. Obviously a bigger budget.
The number of names after Computer Animation was so great that they had to change the layout to show a massive block of names.

I didn't like the 3D ness (most of it was pointless, and what wasn't pointless wasn't impressive),
nor the D-Box shaker chairs (which until today I had thought I would want in my home theatre).

I'd seen a bunch of spoilers before going in, and read a bunch of background derived from the comics the script was based upon, and in some ways I think it helped -- knowing what people hated I expected those parts to be much worse than they actually were.

I was the only one in the theatre that stayed to watch the little scene after the credits.
post #7632 of 7853
I wish people would quit that. I have gotten to a point now where I won't leave the theater until after the credits just in case there's a bonus scene.

I know it's a trick to get me to watch the credits but . . . eek.gif
post #7633 of 7853
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I wish people would quit that. I have gotten to a point now where I won't leave the theater until after the credits just in case there's a bonus scene.

I know it's a trick to get me to watch the credits but . . . eek.gif

Funny you should mention that. Back in the day, European, mostly French audiences, would always stay until the credits roled. Don't know if it was a sign of respect or what.
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Funny you should mention that. Back in the day, European, mostly French audiences, would always stay until the credits roled. Don't know if it was a sign of respect or what.
HA! My wife is Italian but her first name is Simone.. she makes me watch there credits after every movie.. Sometimes fast forward if I am lucky, just in case there is one more scene! But in the theater, we are always the last ones out.mad.gif
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Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post

I wish people would quit that. I have gotten to a point now where I won't leave the theater until after the credits just in case there's a bonus scene. :
With any of the films in the Avengers series, odds are good that there's something at the end.
The Iron Man 3 after-credits-scene you can safely skip, as its pointless.
post #7636 of 7853
You guys know there's an app for that, right? I use "Anything After", but I'm sure there are others as well.
post #7637 of 7853
Watched Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan last night, one of my all time favorites, after watching Into Darkness it seemed pretty slow... wink.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I think the new one's Khan would make short work of the old one...
post #7638 of 7853
Watched Last Stand (2013)
2/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 6.5/10, rotten tomatoes 59%)
Arnold Schwarzenegger as old sheriff vs escaped drug lord.
Pretty much as advertised.

Watched Parker (2013)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.3/5, imdb 6.1/10, rotten tomatoes 58%)
Jennifer Lopez not at her best.
Jason Statham doing what he could with the script he had.
Parker gets betrayed after a group armed robbery at the beginning, and decides to get his money back from his betrayers and more.
A weaker story of the character Parker than Payback (1999) with Mel Gibson, and the character Walker in Point Blank (1967) with Lee Marvin.
post #7639 of 7853
Wife and went to see Star Trek Into Darkness last night. First trip to a movie theater since.. well maybe it was Avatar?
Anyway, I give the move 5/5 and really thought it was the best action move I have seen in a long time. I did not bother with the 3D version, the movie and action stand up just fine without the distraction of 3D.

When we got home, I asked my wife if the experience of watching a movie was better at the theater with the really big screen or here in the living room with our smaller 80" screen and 2005 720P projector
She said that as much as she liked sagging seat, guy kicking her chair while talking during the movie and the moldy wet dog smell a the theater, she felt that the experience at home was far better ;-)


BTW we were the last ones out of the theater saying good night to the guy cleaning up the room.. on the way home I told her about this post http://www.avsforum.com/t/286704/now-showing-what-we-watched/7600_100#post_23349327 rolleyes.gif
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Watched Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan last night, one of my all time favorites, after watching Into Darkness

Watched: Star Trek "Amok Time" (1967)
In the throes of his Pon Farr mating period, Spock must return to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife, betrothed from childhood. He does battle to the death with Kirk, and in the end doesn't stay with his childhood love.

Watched: Futurama "Why must I be a Crustacean in Love" (2000)
In the throes of his mating period, Dr. Zoidberg must return to his home planet to meet his intended future mate, enraptured since school. He does battle to the death with Fry, and in the end doesn't stay with his childhood love.
Edited by BasementBob - 5/24/13 at 3:02pm
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Watched The Veteran (2011)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.0/5, imdb 5.8/10, rotten tomatoes 38%)
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A soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.
Anti-hero Robert Miller is THE VETERAN in this gritty, hard-hitting tale of a young soldier returning from Afghanistan. Thrown back into society and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing the hell of active combat in Afghanistan, Miller doesn't fit in. Targeted as an undercover surveillance operative to monitor suspected terrorists in Britain, Miller soon becomes obsessed with saving Alayna, a young Anglo-Asian woman from a group of fanatics. Relevant to Britain in 2011, THE VETERAN explores the link between the war on terror and the war on drugs, from the soldiers on the front line to the drug dealers on the streets of Britain and how both are controlled and manipulated directly and indirectly by the government. When Miller uncovers a conspiracy involving the security services, his rage spirals out of control and he takes the situation into his own hands and embarks on a brutal quest for justice with bloody and devastating consequences.




Watched Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 8.1/10, rotten tomatoes 93%)
Brazil's Highest Grossing Film
English subtitles.
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On my short list of must-see film titles for 2011, Jose Padilha's "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" was certainly at the top of the roster. I first became aware of Padilha with the 2002 documentary feature "Bus 174," an unforgettable true life story of a bus hijacking that played out very publicly in the Brazilian media. It was a harrowing picture that had as much to say about contemporary journalism, rampant crime, local corruption, political maneuvering, and the state of the police as it did about the actual event it portrayed. I think that it is fair to say that some of these same themes have remained a constant in all of the writer/director's future film endeavors as well. That said, I do want to point out that "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is actually a sequel to the 2007 project entitled (you guessed it) "Elite Squad." While the two films are certainly better served as companion pieces, this does have a self contained story that can be enjoyed on its own merits. If you choose to see this without having seen the first picture, you might miss out on some of the character back story--but the screenplay brings you up to speed rather quickly and efficiently.

The movie centers around the returning character of Captain Nascimento, effectively played by Wagner Moura. Moura is in charge of a special crime unit and when a prison riot goes awry, the squad's tactics and decisions are called into question by human rights activists (led spectacularly by his ex-wife's new husband). Public opinion, however, sides with the fast acting and uncompromising Moura and thrusts him into a position of even more power. Making it a mission to eliminate Rio's rampant drug crisis, he targets the lower class slums where the problem has its strongest foothold. But in eliminating the obvious enemy, he may make way for a more unexpected nemesis. As dirty cops and unscrupulous politicians jockey for new power, Moura starts to realize that he has cut off the head of one monster to see another (more nefarious) one take its place. Unable to trust those in power, he sees new allies in the media and the activists that had once been critical of Moura's methods. The turn-around is compelling and believable and undeniably frightening.

The film is shot in a gritty documentary style that makes the unpleasantness all the more tangible. While perhaps the narrative relies a little too heavily on voice-over analysis, it does keep Moura's viewpoint in perspective as the large story leaves him on the sidelines for large chunks of the action. In essence, this is a morality play disguised as a ruthless crime saga--but in that vein, it is surprisingly understated. The character shifts are subtle and the action is unrelentingly real. It's hard to imagine that the film can have a happy or satisfying conclusion, but what we're left with certainly seems appropriate even if it doesn't wrap everything up in a neat little bow. In the end, the characters distinguish this piece (Moura is fantastic) that has universal topicality in its themes of corruption and those who would combat it. "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is a rare picture that will make you think while it entertains.
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Tremendous on the level of some of the best Scorsese or Coppola films.
--Ain't It Cool News

Edited by BasementBob - 5/24/13 at 2:55pm
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(Since we're talking about Star Trek)

Watched YouTube

Star Trek Imponderables #2: Discontinuity Fun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75jU8n3F9aI
2/5

Loved the "Deck 2" turbolift trip. @1:22 to 2:40




Star Trek Imponderables #1: Continuity Errors!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFq-37a7pk0
1/5
Edited by BasementBob - 5/25/13 at 4:08am
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(Since we're talking about Star Trek
Check this one out, looks good on the larger screen also...

I have TOS S1 in Red, (and others available thru Prime) need to re watch soon... thinking of going to Into Darkness again this afternoon.
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Watched Cloud Atlas (2012)
2.8/5 (amazon 3.5/5 (even distribution), imdb 7.7/10, rotten tomatoes 67%, AVS Ralph Potts: 3.5/5 )
I had been expecting something deep and difficult, but it was easy enough to watch.
I had thought that it was time travel as the catalyst to solve a cataclysm implied by the advertising, a cross time realized love;
rather than reincarnation of souls and sextets.
Six stories at once, which are loosely connected, and slowly start to feel like one thing, with reborn characters, with each rebirth a ghost of the prior and for most their strength forges from the grief and shadows of their 'past'; except Hugh Grant who devolves throughout time until he's a cannibal.
This author has never read Ayn Rand, but perhaps read some Wicca.
The face makeup is better than Star Trek Next Generation. I dare you to successfully spot the actors in the cannibals.
Several visuals are quite nice. Lots of CGI, mostly good, some of the historic/nature CGI not so much.
It's art, more than a movie. Maybe the book has depth, but the movie doesn't. Doesn't leave you with questions.
Genre: It's a thriller. An escape movie. Dystopian future. Film noir. Period film. Science fiction. Comedy. Six stories, and it works (there's disagreement on that). The perfect film for anyone with attention deficit disorder.
Susan Sarandon playing an East Indian man.
A glance at the IMDB page shows every actor playing multiple rolls in this 172 minute movie.
From womb to tomb, our lives are not our own


Budget: $102,000,000 (estimated)
Gross: $27,098,580 (USA) (18 January 2013)

References:
- Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Sonmi has the number 451 and leads a rebellion in a future when many books are banned.
- Soylent Green (1973) Timothy Cavendish uses the quote "Soylent Green is people" while trying to escape from the asylum.
- Logan's Run (1976) Clones are given a false promise of "renewal" and wear similar robes as those in Logan's Run.
Edited by BasementBob - 5/26/13 at 12:29am
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Watched Brave (Disney 2012), in which the hero girl rides a horse while shooting a bow and arrow at various 2' round targets handing from trees that are 20' apart, eventually shooting one while riding backwards.
Watched Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life (2003), in which the hero girl rides a horse while shooting a rifle and bullets at various 2' round targets handing from trees that are 20' apart, eventually shooting one while riding backwards.
post #7646 of 7853
Avengers - 3/5 - I didn't think it lived up to the hype. I thought Ironman and Captain America were better. I thought Thor was on par with Avengers, and I didn't even bother seeing The Hulk and have the impression that I really didn't miss anything. Great soundt system workout, though.

And, if I had posted this first (even though we saw it first) no one would even read this.....

Footloose (the remake) - 1/5. What a complete turd! A basic waste of time. Two hours of my life I'll never get back. I didn't even like the music. And apparently this movie has a COMPLETELY different idea about what constitutes "dancing" than I do. IT must be the influence of "So, You Think You Can Dance." And it starred Julianne Hough from Dancing With The Stars. The original may have had the same lame story line, at least it had a better soundtrack. And dancing that looked like dancing, not just a lot of jumping around and flailing arms.
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Footloose (the remake)

That's one of those movies that I will never rate because I refuse to ever watch it
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That's one of those movies that I will never rate because I refuse to ever watch it

...and there's 30 seconds of your life that you will never get back just writing that.
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Warm Bodies-
4/5 stars. I laughed a lot during this movie. Personally I think that if you are willing to accept the concept of Zombies for a movie then everything else is fair game as well. It moves a little slow at times but overall I found it entertaining. A bonus of this movie is that it finally explains the age old question of why zombies want to eat brains!


The Great and Powerful OZ.
3/5 Good concept for a movie to explain how OZ became the “wizard” fooling the land of OZ however I never found myself actually connecting with the main character OZ. From a AV standpoint many scenes from this movie could be used for a Demo disk from a visual, surround and possibly bass perspective.


Iron Man 3
3/5 stars. Better than the second but not as good as the first Iron Man movies. Hated the ending -Tony Starks grand gesture to Pepper was stupid.


Escape from Planet Earth
4/5 Stars. The whole family enjoyed this one. Plenty of action and comedy. Freeze the frame when the unlikely Hero is asked to sign the carpet that all past aliens have signed… Lots of names on there to laugh about.
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...and there's 30 seconds of your life that you will never get back just writing that.

Yes, true but...shoot there goes another 30 seconds.
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