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post #7831 of 7853
Watched Escape From Planet Earth (2013, animated)
3.5/5 (amazon 4.1/5 skewed to 5s, imdb 5.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes 56%)
By a strange twist of fate my first watching I missed the first 20 minutes, and after watching it again I think that really helped -- made lots of things more impressive.

"planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. As the interplanetary stakes rise to new heights, Gary is left to save his brother, his planet, his beloved wife Kira (Sarah Jessica Parker) and their adventure hungry son Kip. "
Originally Posted by trivia 
Whenever two last names are said in succession, they match up with the names of famous directors, e.g. a hazmat says: "Peter! Jackson! Detain him!" or; "James! Cameron! Don't let him get away!"
Originally Posted by trivia 
When Scorch signs his name to the floor it is revealed that many fictional characters have already "signed" their name as well. Among these are Arthur, Barf, Bender, Beta Ray Bill, Bucky O'Hare, Chewie, Dr. Hephaestus, E.T., EVA, Gazoo, Gojira, Goku, Gonzo, Greedo, HAL-9000, IO, Kal-El, Kerrigan, Klaatu, Leeloo, Lion-O, Marvin, Mew, Mork, Mulder, Nessie, Odo, Paul, Riddick, Ripley, Santa, Spock, Stitch, Sue, Tinkey Winkey, Venom, Wall-E, Wicket, Yogurt, Zartog, Zeus, and Zuul.
post #7832 of 7853
Watched Europa Report (2013)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.5/10, rotten tomatoes 79%)

indie sci-fi. They did a really good job with the equipment shown in the special effects (which are sometimes low res), and the interiors of the space ship.
It's not so much an action or thriller or plot driven film. It's a little more like watching Apollo 12. (not 11, not 13).
Sort of a documentary, yet fiction and disaster. A few botched science bits, but they had some input from NASA in the making.
Has Sharlto Copley, famous for District 9 (2009).

I don't recall how I stumbled upon this film, but I'm content that I did.

"When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined."

post #7833 of 7853
Watched The Day of the Jackal (1973)
3.6/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.8/10)
Really good film.
"Based on Frederick Forsyth's best-selling novel of political intrigue, The Day of the Jackal, tells of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal (Edward Fox), relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense."

Watched Down Periscope (1996)
3.7/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 5.6/10)
Great comedy.
"Kelsey Grammer sails from TV's "Frasier" to the big screen in this screwball comedy co-starring Lauren Holly and Rip Torn. Veteran skipper John Dodge (Grammer) will never be a textbook officer, but he's a brilliant seaman who's always wanted to command a nuclear submarine. Unfortunately, Admiral Graham (Bruce Dern) would rather sink the fleet than give Dodge his own boat. So Dodge is given the helm of a diesel-powered WW2 sub crewed by a collection of maladjusted, mistake-prone misfits. Then he's tagged "the enemy" in a crucial war game, and ordered to take on the U.S. Navy's best. Batten down the hatches for unstoppable hilarity that takes 200 years of naval tradition¨and throws it all overboard! "
Edited by BasementBob - 12/1/13 at 2:47am
post #7834 of 7853
I have several new movies, but have been catching up on the dvr, Sleepy Hollow has me in it's grip this week...
post #7835 of 7853
Watched The Enemy Below (1957)
3.9/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.5/10)

"This is one of the best duel-of-wits on the high seas between submarine and destroyer ever filmed. Robert Mitchum as the captain of an American destroyer and Curt Jurgens as the captain of a German submarine try to out maneuver each other in a battle of nerves, instincts, intelligence, seamanship and raw courage. The multi-talented Dick Powell directed this taught drama, which remains one of the most memorable and benchmark films of this genre. The interior of the German submarine does not have the realistic or claustrophobic look as seen in DAS BOOT but that's not the point. Powell's focus is on the two captains and how they act and react. This film does not lose sight of the mentality of that era and the psychological makeup of the men at sea above and below. This is classic filmmaking and should not be overshadowed by the recent resurgence of certain World War II films that seem to have lost sight of the reason men fought and died. This film also has an impressive cast featuring David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Kurt Kreuger and Doug McClure. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens portrayed true men of honor each dedicated to their duty that they were called upon. "

If WWII is too far in the past, consider watching Star Trek Original Series' "Balance Of Terror" episode, which is pretty much the same, since rumor has it that Rodenberry watched this movie immediately before writing Balance Of Terror.
post #7836 of 7853
Watched Event Horizon (1997)
3/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 6.6/10)
A bit more of a horror film than I remembered.
"A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board."
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Watched Fail-Safe (1964)
3.9/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 8.0/10)
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?
Director: Sidney Lumet
"Failsafe" provides a serious version of a nuclear weapons crisis between the United States and the Soviet Union. The plot in "Failsafe" is remarkably similar to its satrical cold-war counterpart with the National Command Authority having to prevent full scale nuclear war after one its bomber squadrons accidentally receives the "Go" code to strike Moscow. A computer communication malfunction at the US Air Force's Strategic Air Command is the culprit, and within minutes, the President dispatches fighters to shoot down the bombers after his service chiefs recommend the course of action. The fighters are unsuccessful and the President begins working with the Soviet Premier to prevent the bombers from reaching their target. Under the President's orders, SAC is on line with the Soviet High Command to help intercept the bombers. After one of his Air Force generals predicts the likelihood of a bomber getting through, the President seeks a solution to prevent nuclear retaliation, which provides a shocking ending to the story. "Failsafe" projects a chilling atmosphere as the leaders and staffs of two major powers come to grips with the crisis, and overcome their cold-war rivalries to solve the problem.

Watched 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
3/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 7.2/10)
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.
Trivia: The submarine the Nautilus was built to scale: 200 feet long and shaped as Verne had described it -- a monster with headlights as eyes.
Staring James Mason as Nemo.

Watched Ffolkes (1980)
3.8/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 6.2/10)
Another great film. This one with Roger Moore and James Mason and Anthony Perkins.
When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, a unique commando unit is sent in to stop them.
post #7837 of 7853
Watched Red 2 (2013)
3/5 (amazon 4/5 weighted towards 5, imdb 6.7/10, rotten tomatoes 66%)
Action for action's sake, all star cast just doing what they've done before.
Mary-Louise Parker is once again her 'attracted to action' self.
Brian Cox remains the smitten Russian.
Wasn't really impressed with the plot. Catherine Zeta Jones seemed more super villain than general -- Russian general's uniform with cleavage? Helen Mirren was devoid of the magic she had in Red. John Malkovich is getting silly, and didn't quite pull off the comic relief. Anthony Hopkins reprising his Silence Of The Lambs character, without the dread. and Bruce Willis having kryptonite, when we really don't need it again (Superman has it, Iron Man 3 had it, Spider Man 2 had it, even Wolverine below had it)

Watched Wolverine Extended Cut (2013)
4/5 (amazon 3.5/5 even distribution, imdb 6.8/5, Rotten Tomatoes 72%, Decent Films B+, Ralph Potts: 3.5/5)
I enjoyed it.
Good action that supported a bit of a plot with a bit of character, rather than action for action's sake.
The ending was both bad and predictable due to the clairvoyant forecasting, and lots of people hated it for several reasonable reasons; and reminiscent of the billionaire in Prometheus (2012) trying to live forever at the expense of his progeny.
Lots of implausible stuff, which seems to have bothered lots of people, and of the sort that normally would have bothered me, but it didn't. Lots of repeat/parallel ideas from previous films, which strangely didn't bother me either.
Note, the Extended Cut is only available on 2D BluRay.
Stick around for after the credits, as there's a teaser.
post #7838 of 7853
Watched Daylight (1996)
3/5 (amazon 3.9/5, imdb 5.7/10)
An old reliable.
This is the first time I've seen it on Blu, and the video was much clearer than I remember.

"Sylvestor Stallone comes to the rescue in this disaster/adventure picture. A truck containing dangerous chemicals explodes in the Holland Tunnel, trapping those New Yorkers not killed in the explosion. Authorities know there are survivors, but cannot figure out what to do to save them. Ruptured water mains and leaks in the tunnel itself, which is beneath the Hudson River, will cause it to fill with water in a few hours."
post #7839 of 7853
Watched The Big Sleep (1946)
4/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 8.1/10)
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
I'd never seen this before, and I really enjoyed it. Good plot, amusing dialog that didn't drip of the political correctness we have these days, and even measured against today's films it maintains a brisk pace. Best watched while awake though, the plot is a little complicated, and it requires the viewer to mentally track an unexpected number of characters--including two characters that never appear on screen, a pivotal character who doesn't actually have any lines, and a character who is frequently mentioned but doesn't appear until near the film's conclusion
Marlowe: I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.
post #7840 of 7853
Watched We're the Millers (2013)
2.8/5 (amazon 3.9/5, imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 74%)
"A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico."
Can you imagine a Disney film, with a 1960's budget, profanity, pornographic dialog & drug paraphernalia, and Jennifer Aniston as a surprisingly unattractive 44-year-old stripper who looks & moves much better with her clothes on, written by people who think the dialog from The Wedding Crashers (2005) was funny, oh and a big balls joke or ten?
Of course you can't, no one could. It never happens. Sorry, dear reader, that's a dumb question... skip that.
Oh wait, yes it did. Weak juvenile humor not adult humor.
It had it's 'why am I watching this' moments, and a few that brought it back to par, yet somehow they became a family and I'm content that they did.
Not for kids.
Nick Offerman, (Parks & Recreation's 'Ron Swanson') plays a secondary role -- my that actor can wield a mug.
Rex Kramer: Do you know what it's like to fall in the mud and get kicked... in the head... with an iron boot? Of course you don't, no one does. It never happens. Sorry, Ted, that's a dumb question... skip that.
-- Airplane (1980)
post #7841 of 7853
Watched Elysium (2013)
3.7/5 (amazon 3.2/5 even distribution, imdb 6.8/10, rotten tomatoes 69%, Decent Films C+, Ralph Pots 3.5/5)
This years post-apocalyptic dystopia movie.
The ring space station was pretty. More of a Stanford Torus than a Dyson Ring, and they didn't explain the materials or the science the way Ringworld Engineers did.
99.9% of the people live on earth which is an overpopulated slum and are oppressed by police robots and corporate management, live in overcrowding which caused pollution and depletion of resources, and 0.1% live on the space station with instant medical cure-all support and in luxury.
If earth's population continues to grow at the present rate, then in the year-of-the-film it could be as high as 134 trillion people.
There are hand railguns, exosuits, cybernetic implants (corporate and military), medical nanotechnology, and humanoid robots.
The director of "Elysium," South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, also directed the very fine 2009 sci-fi film District 9.
The problems come from the world making no sense. And the ending is crushingly simplistic feel good stuff.
Some people were concerned with the medical shuttles popping down at the end (if they could cure everyone, why didn't they), but my guess is that they'll run out of materials or energy or simply be overwhelmed by patients so they'll be ineffective.
post #7842 of 7853
Re: Elysium - I love the genre but couldn't get past Jodie Foster's performance, which I thought was pretty awful
post #7843 of 7853
The Lone Ranger
3.4 out of 5 stars Amazon, 99 Ralph Potts
I agree with Ralph good popcorn movie, excellent PQ & AQ, like John Carter that I loved it bombed so no sequel which is sad. ...
Critics killed them both before they could get going, critics were wrong imho...
post #7844 of 7853
Right now I'm mostly still recovering from the Christmas holiday season, but have watched a few movies...

Thor (2011) - 4 out of 5 - really enjoyed this one

Thor - The Dark World (2013) - 3.25 out of 5 - As with most sequels, I didn't enjoy this one as much but it was still entertaining

Pacific Rim 3D - 3.25 out of 5 - I really liked the 3D in this one and there was lots of action and great sound, but mostly it was just a "fun" movie to watch rather than something for the ages

Bullet To The Head (2012) - 3 out of 5 - I was expecting more action but this one was still alright and I would watch it again

Total Recall (2012) - 2.75 out of 5 - Perfectly okay to see at least once...but I still have never seen the 1990 version of the film!
post #7845 of 7853
Just wondering if anyone is else is using Letterboxd? It's a social network for film lovers. http://letterboxd.com/
post #7846 of 7853
Thread Starter 
Yep - I'm cptnrandy there, too.
post #7847 of 7853
Watched the 2014 dts Demo Disc from CES, 4.5 our of 5 for me, good clips, 4 3D clips and some music clips plus the dts 7.1 & 5.1 sound checks and Dave Stewart and dts - behind the scenes...
post #7848 of 7853
Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

Watched the 2014 dts Demo Disc from CES, 4.5 our of 5 for me, good clips, 4 3D clips and some music clips plus the dts 7.1 & 5.1 sound checks and Dave Stewart and dts - behind the scenes...

Watched the entire disk Saturday and I really like the music on the disk and in particular the song that Dave Steward did , albeit that the visuals/concept was a little on the strange side. That being said the visuals were pretty good.
post #7849 of 7853
Originally Posted by nb67 View Post

Watched the entire disk Saturday and I really like the music on the disk and in particular the song that Dave Steward did , albeit that the visuals/concept was a little on the strange side. That being said the visuals were pretty good.
All the discs I have (since '09) have been pretty good, and I've ended up buying some movies because of them (probably pick up Life of Pi 3D soon). Started Oblivion on HBO last night when I realized I had the BD, and started watching it instead, so far Its a good one.
post #7850 of 7853
Million Dollar Baby HD DVD version Ratings: 8.1/10 IMDb Been awhile, 9/10 my rating, excellent movie and won 4 Oscars ...
post #7851 of 7853
Originally Posted by hjnaidu View Post

Just wondering if anyone is else is using Letterboxd? It's a social network for film lovers. http://letterboxd.com/

Never heard of it, but that's a sweet site. Signed up. Same as my handle here.
post #7852 of 7853
Watched Gravity 3D, Ralph Potts 98, IMDb 8.2/10, 5/5 from me, a Home Run performance by Sandra Bullock that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole movie. Sound is reference, 3D is perfect, best movie I've seen in a long time...
post #7853 of 7853
I rented today hunger games (fire) at redbox great movie great picture
But the sound was only dolby digital.
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