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Just watched a movie called The Raid: Redemption. It's an On-Demand movie being offered for free through Starz. Definitely worth the viewing. It's rated 7.6 on IMDB. Here's their description of it:
"A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs."
Gritty action movie. Has a lot of martial arts action, but you don't have to be a big fan of martial arts movies to enjoy it (I'm not). Non-stop action with a plot thread running through that is more spare than thin: two brothers on the opposite sides of the law. Incredibly satisfying for an "action" film. Not simply red meat. Oh, and it has subtitles.
"Look at this. An entire generation of Cinderellas, and there's no glass slipper coming." -- Mother in ALMOST FAMOUS
Watched The Place Beyond the Pines ... pretty good. I wonder if Big Tobacco sponsored it in some way.
Also saw Silver Linings Playbook. Wish I had caught this last year ... would have been my favorite from the 2012-13 Oscars season.
Watched the entire Back to the Future trilogy last night on Encore. Gotta be one of the best trilogies ever made, right? IMDB has a ton of fun trivia and goofs online that are great to learn after all this time.
i only care about spartans --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqsAJQc-NCY
Not sure if posted already but a movie about a pretty unique man with polio who is in search of his first sexual encounter. It turns out he finds a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) and well...the rest you need to just watch.
Overall, extremely surprised. I give it a solid 8/10 for witty humor, pretty cool story, and of course Helen Hunts nudity all over the place.
The Lone Ranger - with Depp and Disney, I was hoping for a fun, fast paced film a la the first Pirates movie. Not so much. Way too cheeky. Couldn't get into the characters - the Lone Ranger character was downright unlikable. Characters were undeveloped. Depp's character was there for comic relief. Plenty of action, however. I was neither overly impressed nor super entertained. Would recommend you wait and catch it on cable.
Took the boy to see Dispicable Me 2. I generally don't care for kids' movies, but liked the first Dispicable Me. This one was much worse than the first. Purely a vehicle for the little minion things/gags. No story to speak of. I was bored. The kid loved it. It will make a billion dollars.
Easy Rider: the hippies of the 60s would be Republicans today.
I just saw this movie for the first time a couple of day ago, too. Good movie. And, according to a New York Times article/video this week, the movie is partly responsible for a movement in France to allow people with disabilities to have sexual surrogates.
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That's true for a minority of hippies (i.e., those who interpreted "Do Your Own Thing" as a mandate to do their own thing at the expense of others, etc.). Most of the hippies were anti-materialistic, radically egalitarian, and opposed to the use of force, which happens to be a huge fetish with many GOPers (perhaps excluding rightwing libertarians).
Huh.. Were they mean?
Not yet. No rapes at Woodstock that I know of. They would later do their raping in the boardroom.
End Of Watch. Really solid movie. Not sure how realistic it is since I know next to nothing about police work, especially what police go through in the shittiest parts of LA. But it was pretty suspenseful throughout, and had some good comedic moments to boot.
The "I'm filming this for a class I'm taking" angle was a bit tired, but other than that I really liked it. 8.5/10.
Your a retard.
Took the kids to see Monsters University. If you liked the first one you'll like this one. 7/10
Also watched Crazy Heart. Great movie, Jeff Bridges was awesome. One of the better movies I've seen in a while. 9/10
A few films I've watched over the past few weeks:
Rabies: first Israeli horror film ever made and it was a great one. Very smart take on the horror genre. The filmmakers have a new one coming out called Big Bad Wolves and the trailer looks excellent. I'd give Rabies 4/5 stars.
A Field in England: new, black & white horror film from one of my favorite young directors, Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List & Sightseers.) While I didn't find it as great as Wheatley's last two films, it was still damn good. Sightseers might be the best film I've seen this year & A Field in England did not disappoint. 3.5/5 stars
Drug War: new one from Hong Kong legend, Johnny To. With Similar crime thriller tropes as most of To's films, Drug War was an entertaining film with great choreographed gun-play. 3/5 stars
The Returned: not a movie, it's a French zombie series that is re-airing on BBC w/ English subtitles. I've seen the first 4 out of 6 episodes and it's brilliant so far. Very different take on the zombie genre. Can't wait to see the last two episodes. Music by Mogwai. 5/5 stars.
Shadow Dancer: low-key IRA thriller with Clive Owen. Directed by the guy who did the documentary, Man on a Wire. Had never heard of the lead actress and she was brilliant. Don't expect a fast-paced film, Shadow Dancer is a slow burner that, almost, feels like a documentary. Best film I've seen on "The Troubles" since Paul Greengrass' Bloody Sunday. 4/5 stars
Just got done watching The Heat. Sandra Bullock and that large chick from Mike and Molly compliment each other pretty well. The amount of f bombs and one liners makes it even better yet. One of the most legitimately funny movies I've seen in the past year. I'd definitely recommend it.
just saw A Hijacking, I give it a solid A-/B+
The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.
Shadow Dancer was great, that lead actress is kind of a hottie. Hunger starring Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands ranks up there too
I loved A Hijacking. It did a great job of showing how helpless and claustrophobic the negotiator felt. It was like he might as well been on the boat.
FYI: The two lead actors are in a great TV series called Borgen. It's one of the best TV shows airing currently, IMHO. It's on the same level as GoT, Breaking Bad and Mad Men.
cool, I'll have to check that out thanks. Saw a trailer for a similar movie with Tom Hanks playing the ship's captain, I think it's based on the true story where Navy SEALS snipers take out the pirates. Should be hitting theaters pretty soon.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It's about a scientist (Ewen McGregor) and a businesswoman (Emily Blunt) who fall in love while trying to bring sport fishing to Yemen. I thought it was really good. It is a movie that women would like (chick flick), but there is enough of a storyline that men would enjoy watching it as well.
I watched the new Snow White movie with Cherize Theron. They had a boy play the princess, which was kind of odd. Movie was ok.
Much better than I expected....great mix of comedy, and violence. Samuel L Jackson as the Uncle Tom character was wonderfully acted and there for extremely disliked by the family.
Musical score an odd but enjoyable mix between early Clint Eastwood / enricco morrione and modern urban.
By far the best "western" (takes place in the south) I've seen in a long time.
Also watched both parts of "History of the Eagles" on Showtime.
Very entertaining if your up for a documentary of that band....I had no idea they were tied in with Linda Ronstad for a time, or lived upstairs from Jackson Brown.
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No Rest For The Wicked - good corrupt-cop thriller from Spain. Excellent acting w/ great bursts of violence. Very suspenseful. Streaming on Netflix. 4/5 stars
Blood - could have been so much better but still a decent British cop drama. Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, This is England) is great in it. One of the better young actors around. Also stars Mark Strong & Paul Betteny. 2.5/5 stars
Just rented "Israel Inside" from the library. It's a documentary about the current status of Israel. It is a truly unique nation.
I'd recommend it.
Israel Inside explores the triumph of the human spirit. Israelis, surrounded by enemies, have turned a desert with hardly any natural resources into a flourishing, productive society. Hosted by former Harvard lecturer Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, the film examines the core character strengths that have made this possible.
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