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The Bourne Identity

9/10

The first in a trilogy which I continue to enjoy over a decade after its initial release. Three reasons why--the factors that I consider trademarks of the Bourne films: 1) Matt Damon's convincing performances as the amnesiac assassin who gained a conscience when he lost his memory, 2) the strong supporting casts in each film--this time out we get Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and a nice cameo from Clive Owen, and 3) the suspense and hard-edged action which the directors (Doug Liman here, Paul Greengrass in the sequels) treat us to. Not a classic, but a very well-executed action thriller.

I agree. I just can't understand the whole point of embedding a piece of metal in his leg that displays a bank number. Why would he do that? If not for that, the movie would be so much different.
 

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I think that is explained in the next movie as well as why Bourne never had to use any of those pills from the Legacy film in The Bourne Explanations.
 

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I know alot of people were disappointed in this adaptation of the game
But I found that if you forget that this is connected to the game in any way
Then you are left with a fun and goofy sci-fi movie
Is it brilliant?.... well no
is it entertaining? I would say yes
I may be a minority in this but I think this is worth a watch
 

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I recently watched a quirky little year 2000 Belgium film, with English captions of course. Thomas In Love about an agoraphobic falling in love with a prostitute. An original comedy that I rate 7.5/10.
Rated for mature audiences, I can recommend it if you happen to run across it somewhere.
 

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Malifecent. 6.5/10

She was great, the visuals were great. The rest of the cast was forgettable.

Agree with this, except I give it a 7.9 as the story is really good.
 

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X-Men Days of Future Past
6/10


I never saw the first X-Men 1st Class movie, so maybe something is lost on me. For example, I don't get why the girl who used to run through walls,

now can send people back in time.

And I'm not feeling the supposed deep friendship between Eric and Charles, so maybe because

they're estranged in this movie I don't feel their connection. The fact that they might be fighting over a woman makes the lack of passion and emotion between them even more hollow. McAvoy churns up a lot of anger and fear and passion, but with Michael Fassbender doing the equivalent acting of a lump on a log, McAvoy's efforts are wasted.

Fassbender has one expression throughout this entire movie. While the rest of the acting is first rate - Jackman as Wolverine as always, being the stable backbone of the movie - the story is weak. When I left the theater, I got the strange impression that the whole future of the world depended

upon a very flaky young woman making up her mind. For all her Oscar award, Jennifer here is doing a great impression of her Katniss Everdeen character - stoic and unemotional. Which works in the Hunger Games, but not here, when Mystique is supposed to be quite a passionate person which drew the attraction of two powerful men. It's hard to see how, unless the attraction is only because she walks around half naked all the time.



Anyway. As expected with any time travel movie

these days, by changing the past, they have basically rebooted the whole series and so you can forget about any past continuity problems because like the new Star Trek franchise, the past we knew no longer exists.

Which doesn't help that the plot is full of holes and there are a lot of loose ends still hanging around

the biggest one being that they now have the technology to make the Sentinels. Once the genie is out of the bottle, no matter good intentions, you can't put it back.



But other than those things, the special effects are awesome and really cool.

I'd love to see more of the girl who can travel through worm holes,

though sometimes inexplicable. No, they don't give a good reason why Magneto

needed a stadium lifted except to wow the audience.

 

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No, they don't give a good reason why Magneto

needed a stadium lifted except to wow the audience.



He wanted to keep people away from the White House and since he didn't fly any of the ticket agents over, none of the cops or anyone can enter the stadium.

 

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An action oldie that surprisingly was released in 1992, I didn't realise it was that old. Action hero Steven Segal saves the day as usual. This time he is the ships cook. Tommy Lee Jones is brilliant as the terrorist leader who hijack a battle ship that has Tomahawk missiles aboard. Very good action flick titled Under Siege I rate it highly for it's entertainment value. 7.5/10
 

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10 Things I Hate About You. Sad to see Heath Ledger, alive and glowing and full of promise. 7/10

A version of Macbeth set in the Melbourne underworld. Because of the context you got no sense of the enormity of slaying Duncan. It just came off as business-as-usual gang war. Pity. 6/10

I agree that Under Siege is amongst the best written of this type of film.
 

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Saw the latest Star Trek. What a load of crap. Didn't even make an half-hearted attempt to stick to the story arc or the rules of the universe. It's Star Trek. It's for nerds. It has a vibe the fans expect. The acting can be shit. The story lame. But the science has to be semi-plausible and the details need to match. Details matter. Having Scotty say stuff like "for the love of God". No... No... No... Takes me right out of Star Trek and into regular action sci-fi world. And if we make that comparison this film loses. Cutting down Klingons as if they're Vietcong in Rambo! Come on. They're not even trying. I didn't find anything in this movie that awoke my inner nerd. I just kept yawning and looking at my watch. (2/10)

The Enterprise series attempt to reboot the franchise by making it more low brow and actiony failed. I hope they'll learn soon. I get the business case. They can crap Star Trek nerds in the mouth since they know they'll go and see it anyway. So they completely target non fans. Well... they did the same shit with the 2009 movie. So this time I downloaded this from a pirate site.

*end of rant from butt hurt fan*
 

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The Iron Mask

9/10

This is the 1929 silent film with Douglas Fairbanks, adapted from Dumas' novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne, with Fairbanks resuming the role of D'Artagnan. The final silent film of his career is one of his best. Although Fairbanks made a handful of unsuccessful talkies, I prefer to see this excellent outing as bringing the curtain down on the career of one of the most charismatic stars ever.
 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still the original S/F epic is far superior to the remake. Although the modern effects were out of this world, the original version was much more plausible therefore better in my view. 7/10 for the original 5/10 the sequel.

That film is Christian propaganda. Klaato is Jesus. Do you still like it as much now?
 

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The Other Boleyn Girl
1/10
So this started out kinda interesting
But it quickly went downhill, up another hill and down that one as well
Pretty much everything about this movie fails
The love story fails
The characters are all utterly stupid
Even the costuming was bland and uninteresting
They took real life people (Fascinating real life people) and made them all boring and terrible
Except for one and that was Ana Torrent as Katherine of Aragon who is about the only person to escape this movie with any dignity
So just give this one a miss

The Proposal
3/10
So we move onto a romantic comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock
And it isn't bad
It isn't particularly interesting either and it is pretty easy to imagine a guy with a checklist behind the camera ticking off each romcom plot point along the way
If there is nothing on then you could do worse then this but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it again

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3/10
So this is the sequel to the big hit the Hunger Games
And I guess if you like the first movie this this one should be right up your alley
But for me the villains never really evolve to meet the new ideas of the brewing revolution, seeming to react with all the subtlety and intelligence of a 5 year old stealing a smaller kids lunch money
Which means they are not really menacing or interesting when the "big twist" happens
The "Love triangle" is just laughable and silly
And the whole "Hunger Games" bit is even more drab and sanitised then the first with most deaths being off screen and the contestants mostly just being faces with little to no personality behind them (Even more so then the first movie)
But at least they solved the excessive shaky cam problem the first had
So some enjoyment but overall not that impressive

The Birds
5/10
So I finally got around to some Hitchcock starting with his killer birds
And while I liked it, I wasn't blown away by it
Mostly I just found it to be a little too slow
And I know Hitchcock is all about slowly building suspense, but I thought this one dragged alot at the start
When the birds began to actually get involved to a greater degree this movie really picked up and in the last 1/3 of the movie there are some awesome moments
But the start was a bit much for my liking

Psycho
7/10
Holy cow was Anthony Perkins a creepy fellow as Norman Bates
And I think he is one of the reasons I liked this movie more then Birds
That guy on his own was worth the movie
And overall I liked the pacing of this more
And I already knew the ending before seeing this but I don;t think it diminished my view of his performance at all
Definitely a good movie


Wheels on Meals

2/10
So this is an early Jackie Chan movie and boy is it a stinker
Pretty much all its appeal is in the last 25 minutes or so
Everything before that is just slow, boring and tortuous .......nothing
Seriously nothing happens for about 4/5 of the movie
So just youtube the last part and skip the rest

Warning: The following reviews could get a little fanboyish:p:p:p:p:p


Thor 2: The Dark World

7/10
Now this movie has it's flaws (Natalie Portman kinda fails against the other actors around her)
But dangit I still just love this movie
I love Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Chris Hemsworth as Thor
I love Rene Russon kicking the bad guys butt
I love the sepctacle and what they tried to do
Flawed yes, but IMO a good flawed and entertaining all round

Iron Man
7/10
The first Iron Man movie still holds up really well IMO
The effects are all brilliant, the acting is all well done and the story is well paced and action packed
So whatever flaws this movie has are easily forgotten and the overall presentation still ranks among Marvels best

The Avengers
9/10
This movie is awesome
It is pure spectacle and it hits every superhero nerdy fantasy button I have
So yeah
I love it
 

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Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Last of 90s Gamera trilogy.

The first act promised a darker, more complex story with better acting.

The end result was a confusing story with lame monster battles.

Possibly the worst of the trilogy.

4.5/10
 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3/10
So this is the sequel to the big hit the Hunger Games
And I guess if you like the first movie this this one should be right up your alley
But for me the villains never really evolve to meet the new ideas of the brewing revolution, seeming to react with all the subtlety and intelligence of a 5 year old stealing a smaller kids lunch money
Which means they are not really menacing or interesting when the "big twist" happens
The "Love triangle" is just laughable and silly
And the whole "Hunger Games" bit is even more drab and sanitised then the first with most deaths being off screen and the contestants mostly just being faces with little to no personality behind them (Even more so then the first movie)
For the first film this holds true. The second film however, was very seriously about them being faces. They have to sell her image as a face to help drive a rebellion. The runner of the games also needed to sell her devotion to the other faces and how she wouldn't betray them. She is the face of the rebellion. Her image is critical!
 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still the original S/F epic is far superior to the remake. Although the modern effects were out of this world, the original version was much more plausible therefore better in my view. 7/10 for the original 5/10 the sequel.

That film is Christian propaganda. Klaato is Jesus. Do you still like it as much now?
:eek: You kidding me!!!!
 

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The Negotiator starring a galaxy of fine stars like Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson and others too numerous to mention. It's a 1998 thriller where a good guy cop [Jackson] is charged with the assassination of his partner. He in desperation to clear his name takes hostages while trying to find out who killed his partner and the conspiracy to frame him.
Highly recommended for those who may have missed this gem. 9/10
 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still the original S/F epic is far superior to the remake. Although the modern effects were out of this world, the original version was much more plausible therefore better in my view. 7/10 for the original 5/10 the sequel.

That film is Christian propaganda. Klaato is Jesus. Do you still like it as much now?
:eek: You kidding me!!!!

It's the Biblical story of Jesus with the names replaced. There's nothing subtle about it. If you watch it again, with this in mind, I promise you that the allegory will stick out like a sore thumb. It's really in-your-face.

Or Google it. I did a quick google of blogs and reviews talking about it's Christ allegory. 53 200 hits. I'm not the first to spot it.

It fits well into the general vibe of 50'ies Hollywood science fiction. Extremely conservative and doing their best to cement stereotypes and wide spread irrational fears. It was a time when Americans were paranoid to the extreme and saw enemies in every bush. Not to mention those enemies poisoning "our children" with drugs, mind control lasers, fluoride and evil progressive ideas. I love 50'ies science fiction. But not because they're good. But because they're so awful and cringeworthy. It should be mentioned that it was a time when an alarmingly large proportion of adult Americans were on amphetamines and valium. Paranoia and anxiety being common side effects of prolonged usage. I digress.
 

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The Negotiator starring a galaxy of fine stars like Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson and others too numerous to mention. It's a 1998 thriller where a good guy cop [Jackson] is charged with the assassination of his partner. He in desperation to clear his name takes hostages while trying to find out who killed his partner and the conspiracy to frame him.
Highly recommended for those who may have missed this gem. 9/10
Indeed. This is one of my favorite films of the genre, yet it is almost like the film was never made, rarely on television, despite there being so many channels these days. One of Paul Giamatti's earlier films, before he was the Paul Giamatti.
 

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Fantastic Voyage 1966 - Hadn't seen this one since I was a kid. Nice ensemble acting all around, special effects okay for their time. Overall not bad, but the evolution=bad and god=good was a big turn-off for me. Too much oohing and aaahing at "God's creation". The General Carter character reminded me of Lloyd Bridges' McCrosky character form Airplane! (looks like I picked the wrong week to give up sugar, coffee, etc....). And watching a bunch of guys pawing at Raquel Welch wasn't quite the turn-on I remembered it being. 6/10

When Worlds Collide 1951 - Made on a shoestring budget and about a decade before the start of the space race, so it's easy to look past how they imagined space travel and rockets. The biggest downfall really came from the small budget - There is sense of the scale of the global nature of the disaster. When Zyra passes the Earth and causes widespread destruction, the movie focuses on a small group of people in a building, and intersperses that with a few scenes of miniatures getting flooded or swept away. The scene at the UN where the scientists are presenting their findings was well done - there are definitely parallels that can be drawn between the events in the movie and the current Climate Change debate. I found Barbara Rush to be simply adorable. 4/10
 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still the original S/F epic is far superior to the remake. Although the modern effects were out of this world, the original version was much more plausible therefore better in my view. 7/10 for the original 5/10 the sequel.

That film is Christian propaganda. Klaato is Jesus. Do you still like it as much now?
:eek: You kidding me!!!!

It's the Biblical story of Jesus with the names replaced. There's nothing subtle about it. If you watch it again, with this in mind, I promise you that the allegory will stick out like a sore thumb. It's really in-your-face.

Or Google it. I did a quick google of blogs and reviews talking about it's Christ allegory. 53 200 hits. I'm not the first to spot it.

A Jesus story? So who in the bible is Gort supposed to be? And Klaatu didn't die. Didn't even come close. So much for the Jesus angle.

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No, they don't give a good reason why Magneto

needed a stadium lifted except to wow the audience.



He wanted to keep people away from the White House and since he didn't fly any of the ticket agents over, none of the cops or anyone can enter the stadium.


Except he can easily

disarm and discourage anyone with metal, so why would he be worried about cops?



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The Negotiator starring a galaxy of fine stars like Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson and others too numerous to mention. It's a 1998 thriller where a good guy cop [Jackson] is charged with the assassination of his partner. He in desperation to clear his name takes hostages while trying to find out who killed his partner and the conspiracy to frame him.
Highly recommended for those who may have missed this gem. 9/10

Saw this years ago. It was a nice little police drama. Very much enjoyed it.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3/10
So this is the sequel to the big hit the Hunger Games
And I guess if you like the first movie this this one should be right up your alley
But for me the villains never really evolve to meet the new ideas of the brewing revolution, seeming to react with all the subtlety and intelligence of a 5 year old stealing a smaller kids lunch money
Which means they are not really menacing or interesting when the "big twist" happens
The "Love triangle" is just laughable and silly
And the whole "Hunger Games" bit is even more drab and sanitised then the first with most deaths being off screen and the contestants mostly just being faces with little to no personality behind them (Even more so then the first movie)
For the first film this holds true. The second film however, was very seriously about them being faces. They have to sell her image as a face to help drive a rebellion. The runner of the games also needed to sell her devotion to the other faces and how she wouldn't betray them. She is the face of the rebellion. Her image is critical!

Agree.

And there is no 'love triangle'. She's a teenage girl. She doesn't know what love is or what it even feels like. She has more important things to worry about. She only knows she cares about the people in her life and if that proves a conflict, she's not really worried about it.
 

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The Wolverine
4/10
So this is the second of the Wolverine stand alone movies
and it is ok
It has good ideas and good themes running through it and it it an interesting idea for Wolverine to work his way around (essentially the soul crushing emptiness of immortality)
But the execution is kinda sloppy
The characters are all uneven, the plot is disjoineted and doesn't flow very well and the action scenes can be a bit of a drag
So it has the potential, but doesn't use it very well

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
6/10
This is a movie that I liked but felt it didn't reach as high as it could of
The whole idea of going back to stop the sentinals oddly left me feeling like they could have seen more of the sentinals and explored their beginnings more
And Bolivar Trask gets a great scene where he says he doesn't hate the mutants but admires them, then his character just kinda fades into the background and it isn't explored
I felt maybe if we got more action, and explored Trask more then the whole Raven/Eric/Charles trio it could have exceeded First Class
But as it was it does well and is definitely a good movie, but doesn't get quite as high as it could have

Godzilla
5/10
So this is the new American Godzilla movie
And IMO it works as a monster movie, but kinda fails at being a Godzilla movie
Mostly because Godzilla is relegated to the background of his own movie
Now I know it is ultimately the humans (Or Aliens, or Fairies depending on the Godzilla movie) that are needed to drive the plot forward and that is fine
But this movie focused way too much on Military McMeathead even to the point of cutting into Godzillas screen time
I also felt the MUTO's fell kinda flat
One was a poor mans Rodan and the other was a poor mans Destroyah, neither particularly memorable or interesting
So it isn't a bad movie, and it is an entertaining enough monster movie
but it isn't a Godzilla movie until Godzilla himself is given the space to really strut his stuff
For the first film this holds true. The second film however, was very seriously about them being faces. They have to sell her image as a face to help drive a rebellion. The runner of the games also needed to sell her devotion to the other faces and how she wouldn't betray them. She is the face of the rebellion. Her image is critical!
I meant they are "faces" in that the characters have no personality beyond their face, I don't remember anything about any of them and none of them had any personality worth mentioning
All the fighters beyond Katniss and Peeta are just a cardboard cutouts, completely interchageable and devoid of anything memorable or unique

I did get the whole idea of "destroying her image" and that part made alot of sense
Agree.

And there is no 'love triangle'. She's a teenage girl. She doesn't know what love is or what it even feels like. She has more important things to worry about. She only knows she cares about the people in her life and if that proves a conflict, she's not really worried about it.
I kept getting the feeling they were trying to push the whole "Peeta loves her. Katniss loves whatshisface etc"
 

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The Day The Earth Stood Still the original S/F epic is far superior to the remake. Although the modern effects were out of this world, the original version was much more plausible therefore better in my view. 7/10 for the original 5/10 the sequel.

That film is Christian propaganda. Klaato is Jesus. Do you still like it as much now?
:eek: You kidding me!!!!

It's the Biblical story of Jesus with the names replaced. There's nothing subtle about it. If you watch it again, with this in mind, I promise you that the allegory will stick out like a sore thumb. It's really in-your-face.

Or Google it. I did a quick google of blogs and reviews talking about it's Christ allegory. 53 200 hits. I'm not the first to spot it.

A Jesus story? So who in the bible is Gort supposed to be? And Klaatu didn't die. Didn't even come close. So much for the Jesus angle.

It was a while since I saw it, but I'm pretty sure Klaatu did die, and then came back from the dead... temporarily. Gort even explains this in the film in case there's somebody in the audience who doesn't pick up on the Christ allegory.

It's an allegory. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe is also a Christ story allegory. C.S. Lewis has been quite upfront about this. His story still has characters that don't appear in the actual Bible. I have no idea who Gort is supposed to be. The disciples?
 

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I thought that Gort was supposed to be analogous to the killer robot that Jesus sent against the Pharisees.
 

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"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (original) might be a Jesus analogy, but Klaatu would be a real-world and potentially very effective Messiah. Not one of those faith-based, "you'll only know the truth in the afterlife (ha-ha)" type of messiahs.

And instead of supernatural power, he has extremely advanced technological power. Straighten up or Gort'll blow you up kind of power.
 

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Does every character necessarily have to fit into an allegory for something to be an allegory?
 

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Gort could simply be the wrath of God. Which actually would fit better.

That was my interpretation. Along with Klaatu's death and resurrection, his "human" name (Carpenter; why be subtle?), the US Army filling in for the Romans, etc., it seemed pretty straightforward, even when I first viewed it when I was 12.
 

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Edge of Tomorrow: 7/10

this would be an 8 or maybe even a 9 if the final 3rd of the movie were a bit stronger (it's a bit weak for multiple reasons) - but other than that, this is a GREAT summer sci-fi movie.
it was tense when it was supposed to be, surprisingly funny and charming throughout, very well done in terms of cinematography, just overall a very good execution.
highly recommended, it's basically Ground Hog's Day and Starship Troopers put in a blender.
 

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Edge of Tomorrow: 7/10

this would be an 8 or maybe even a 9 if the final 3rd of the movie were a bit stronger (it's a bit weak for multiple reasons) - but other than that, this is a GREAT summer sci-fi movie.
it was tense when it was supposed to be, surprisingly funny and charming throughout, very well done in terms of cinematography, just overall a very good execution.
highly recommended, it's basically Ground Hog's Day and Starship Troopers put in a blender.
You say it is 7 of 10 but bring up Starship Troopers?!

The only thing that I'd trust for this film is that Blunt is in it. She is good. But don't think I can get over the Cruise factor.
 

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Check out the original story that the movie was based on: Farewell to the Master, by Harry Bates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farewell_to_the_Master

While I enjoyed the original movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still", the original story is different, and does not have the Jesus overtones.

From the Wikipia article:
"visitors from the Unknown" emerge: a "god-like" person in human form and an 8-foot (2.44 m) tall robot made of green metal.

God-like, eh? Nope, no Jesus overtones there :rolleyes:

:)
 

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From the Wikipia article:
"visitors from the Unknown" emerge: a "god-like" person in human form and an 8-foot (2.44 m) tall robot made of green metal.

God-like, eh? Nope, no Jesus overtones there :rolleyes:

:)

The whole thing about the guy with all the power. Mysterious. Hard to undestand. But with a murdered and human mouthpiece.
 

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Nicole Kidman got a real pasting as a plastic actor who should stick to soapies as her acting in movies leaves much to be desired. In fact the movie Princess Grace would have been a lot better had any other actor but her played Princess Grace.
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From the Wikipia article:
"visitors from the Unknown" emerge: a "god-like" person in human form and an 8-foot (2.44 m) tall robot made of green metal.

God-like, eh? Nope, no Jesus overtones there :rolleyes:

:)

Jesus was a robot made of green metal?

Dude, the New Testament sounds awesome!

He had bread and fish-replicators, anti grav-boots and everything. Not to mention the turn-water-into-wine ray gun.

robojesus.jpg
 

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Captain Phillips - A pretty strong drama, if somewhat fictional, about the actual hijacking of a Cargo vessel by Somali pirates. I thought they did a good job of at least offering a little bit to the side of the pirates, who were pretty much fished out of a job and desperate. I have never been impressed with Hanks acting. I think he is over-rated. Not a bad actor, just not a great one. However, his acting once on the Navy vessel was unbelievable. It is incredible that Obama wasn't impeached for deciding to take action. He killed three people who had their second amendment rights violated! 3 of 4
 

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Under Siege 2 Not as good as the original. Steven Segal is the American James Bond. It's ok for fans of action thrillers, as long as you don't expect too much. 5/10
 

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End of Watch.

Powerful film about a pair of LA cops dealing with the stress of patrolling some of LA's most violent streets. Their banter with each other during down times is funny, but the danger they encounter as part of a normal workday is staggering. Not for billions of dollars would I choose that profession. Ironically, as a kid I wanted to be a cop, but that was just from watching too many Adam-12 reruns.
 

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We just completed a series on Netflix, called The Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. It's a series of documentaries on big construction projects. Impressive and hair-raising. My only quibble: I'd like to have seen more of the technical detail in the planning. 8/10
 

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Mrs Mandela. 8/10

Sophie Okonedo does a very impressive job and the film explains a lot about how she came to do the things that lost her my respect.

There's often a back story.
 

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Her 8/10

An interesting film. Not action packed, the relationship between a man and an AI - well voice acted by Scarlett J.


Spike Jonze must be a pretty big sci fi fan - this is actually a hard SF film about the invention of pure AI and its wholesale move to a post-physical existence as seen through the lens of a singe relationship. There a few ideas borrowed either directly from a bunch of well-known books or adapted slightly. Predictions I made within the first 15 minutes played out as you would expect them to but that actually made it a better film, self consistent and in the end quite touching. The world in which it is set is a bit unbelievable though - picture an expanded google campus populated by square hipsters where writing letters for a living buys you a massive apartment in the CBD. There is also a dearth of what you would typically call masculine as opposed to male characters.

 
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Green Lantern The effects are "out of this world". The plot not so. It's so predictable. But if you're a SF fan, it's worth a look I suppose. 5/10
 

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Broken City - 2/10

Very blah drama about city politics and murder.
 

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Green Lantern The effects are "out of this world". The plot not so. It's so predictable. But if you're a SF fan, it's worth a look I suppose. 5/10

You rated that far higher than I would have.

I liked that actor in Blade 3, and I still think he would make a decent Deadpool with the right writers.
 

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The First Time I was 20 7.5

An unhyped look at fitting in and being true to yourself as a teenager. Missed the start, enjoyed the rest.
 

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Blood and Wine

8/10

A very good contemporary noir where the strength of the film lies not in the rather pedestrian crime plot, but in the complex and believable character interactions. A great cast is headed by Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine, joined by Judy Davis, Stephen Dorff and Jennifer Lopez.
 

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sxtape

This film is not about a sex tape gone horribly wrong. It's about a playful, thrill-seeking artist(Jill) and her filmmaker boyfriend(Adam, who we don't see for most of the film because he's the one holding the camera) who decide to sneak into an abandoned hospital in hopes of possibly using it in an upcoming art show. Sex does occur, it's just not the purpose of the tape.

I actually found the lead couple rather likeable, an unusual feat for a found footage film. Jill's fun to watch and Adam's motivations for continuing to film even once the horror begins are understandable. There are only two other significant characters and their personalities and interactions with the leading couple work fairly well. I felt the writers did a decent job of limiting the characters' options, although given the fact that

the whole thing was probably caused by Jill getting possessed


they could've gone in a different direction with the setting.

7/10
 
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