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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #135 on: November 14, 2011, 08:50:08 am »
Prey



This looked like it might be cheesy, but it was not and had some good production values. Good acting and good story that was rather engaging. Some saying this was Jaws in Africa. The daughter had issues with the new  step-mom, making the tension just as thick in the isolated truck as the bad-ass hungry lions awaiting outside looking for foodÖ any food. There were some slow moments and there were times to give leaps of faith in believability. Still a decent movie overall and recommended.

Alien Raiders



This came out of nowhere. Never heard of it, cheesy titleÖ but very enjoyable. While this is an alien movie, 90% of it thriller. Enough tension to keep asking whatís going on and many moments of scares. This fall very much into the ĎWho Goes Thereí story line of who is alien and who is not. The unknown adds so much to the intensity and actions these scientist take to find the last alien.
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #136 on: November 21, 2011, 07:19:51 am »
Larry Crowne

The one star is for Cedric The Entertainer, who really does nothing for me comedy wise, but here, he does one thing, becomes an irritating neighbor with a penchant to negotiate at his own garage sales - really well.

Another Wow, just wow. How does so much talent get wasted in such an uneventful movie. I like Tom Hanks, in particular his range of characters. Julia Roberts is herself, but she never really did anything for me. Anyway Hanks with Nia Vardalos who wrote and starred in the very amusing My Big Fat Greek Wedding, wrote Larry Crowne. Iím thinking this looked much more charming on paper than how it was executed. Taking a laid back view, like the Vespa he rides, about a middle aged unemployed man, was probably not the best of timing. Not only was it sad, not cute, it was extremely boring. I picked up a book to read after 20 minutes, my wife, thank gawd declared this crap after a half hour. Itís not bad, itís just a vacuum. I think those people who say itís good (thereís more than I would think) are saying itís watchable, well, because itís Hanks and Roberts. Itís got to be goodÖ right?

Uh, no


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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #137 on: November 21, 2011, 07:23:57 am »
When the trailer first came out, I couldn't have been more disinterested in this movie. I'm not surprised at such a low rating.
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #138 on: November 21, 2011, 08:13:42 am »
The Last Play At Shea



The Last Play at Shea is a documentary of Billy Joelís concert event that closed Shea Stadium. It is not the concert, which is a different release, but well documented essay of Shea and its history and intermingled with this concert event. Iím not a New Yorker and certainly could care less about baseball and Shea stadium, but this 2 hour documentary was entertaining to watch. Very well done and recommend it for anyone. If your Billy Joel fan and/or baseball/New YorkerÖ triple score.

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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #139 on: November 25, 2011, 06:26:55 am »
Flypaper

It took a little getting used to in this quirky independent film. With a great cast and excellent script it balanced humor and absurdity with an engaging who dunnit. It was about a half hour into it before I really got into it, but once it sucked me in, I really enjoyed it. This movie completely avoided one of my main gripes about movies. Knowing what's coming next. I didn't have a clue and that was the fun ride it took you on.

Highly recommend for a different kind of movie.

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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #140 on: November 25, 2011, 06:36:00 am »
Super 8

I had been anticipating this movie more than most over this past summer and well it just slipped through and I missed it. I got to watch this enjoyable movie last night, but honestly it did not live up to the hype I anticipated. This is a very slick (with Spielberg fingerprints all over it) film reminiscent of The Goonies, E.T., The Gate and several other family fun films. A little too slick. Several stories are woven into this Alien episode with enough scares to make this fun for adults. It's not great, but it is fun. The kid actors are varied enough to add spice and they do it very well.

I recommend it.

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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #141 on: November 25, 2011, 06:41:09 am »
I've already got Super 8 on hold at my Library. But it's gonna be awhile before my turn in the rotation comes around. A lot of people before me get it first. But I can't wait to see this one as I am a big fan of JJ Abrams and Kyle Chandler.
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #142 on: December 02, 2011, 06:45:31 am »
The Ward



John Carpenterís return to horror in 9 years is just a flat, been there, done that, with minor twist at the end hoping to regain credibility. Itís filled with jump scares and darkly lit hallways. While the acting was pretty good, the story was not engaging. Half hour into, I was debating turning it off. I should have. The rest of the movie remained mediocre at best.

Our Idiot Brother



I really enjoy watching Paul Rudd. Like Ryan Reynolds, they both have an aura about them that just make me laugh. Our Idiot Brother though shows Rudd in a new dimension and itís not all that interesting. My wife found this charming and somewhat funny. I can kind of see the charm, but I see this more as a Lifetime movie. There was very little idiot, very little humor and just a flat movie. In a nutshell, Rudd is a carefree dude and that contrasts highly with his familyís chaotic, problematic family. Which then blame idiot brother, which then leads to an mile long obvious 3rd act of everybody realizing the truth.
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« Reply #143 on: December 02, 2011, 10:30:19 am »
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size=14pt]Super 8 [/size]

I had been anticipating this movie more than most over this past summer and well it just slipped through and I missed it. I got to watch this enjoyable movie last night, but honestly it did not live up to the hype I anticipated. This is a very slick (with Spielberg fingerprints all over it) film reminiscent of The Goonies, E.T., The Gate and several other family fun films. A little too slick. Several stories are woven into this Alien episode with enough scares to make this fun for adults. It's not great, but it is fun. The kid actors are varied enough to add spice and they do it very well.

I recommend it.


Interesting... I don't think it has spoilers

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For movie fans who grew up in the '70s and '80s -- myself included -- seeing the logo for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment at the end of the credits was always the perfect capper to a cinematic experience.  The simple animation of the bicycle flying past the moon (with E.T. in the front basket, naturally) at the end of a Spielberg production like "Back to the Future" or "The Goonies" was indelibly planted in the minds of countless little future geeks -- again, myself included.

J.J. Abrams was another budding cinema fan who idolized Spielberg since childhood, so when he became one of Hollywood's hottest directors, he decided to make a film that would stand as a tribute to the films he grew up with.  But instead of just copying Spielberg, he worked with the man himself.  The result was "Super 8," which Spielberg produced and Abrams wrote and directed.  And, of course, it features that classic Amblin logo.

With "Super 8" now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, I spoke to Abrams about the best advice he got from Spielberg, lifting the veil of secrecy he likes to work under, and what having the Amblin brand on his movie meant to him.

Matt McDaniel: I watched "Super 8" again on Blu-ray, and it really holds up to repeat viewings.  Is that a particular focus of yours?

J.J. Abrams: You hope that whatever you're working on is something that will sustain, but clearly there is no ó I am not sure that there's any sort of trick to that other than you try and do things that you think, "Oh, this is something that is being referenced that people won't get on first viewing, but if they watch it again, it will have more meaning."

So little tiny, subtle, stupid things that don't necessarily need to be there, but you realize later actually had some importance can be enjoyed in a different way the second time you see it. But I think what you're describing is mostly about characters, -- meaning actors who bring it to life that you relate to and hopefully that's something that "Super 8" has.

MM: It's well-known that you keep a premium on secrecy before the movie comes out and tried to let as little out as possible. Is it a relief then after the movie comes out, that you can talk about it and open up?

JA: It is! It's funny. The only reason why I try to keep quiet about things is just so that people can actually enjoy the experience of seeing a movie and not feeling like they've already heard so much about it that they don't need to see it. But it's a weird feeling because sometimes when a movie comes out, it's been something that the people working on it know intimately but it's been the kind of secret. And suddenly you're sharing it with everyone, and it's sort of this weird title wave of awareness and questions about this thing that just the editors and producers and crew and actors knew about. So it always strikes me as a little bit of a sudden step into sunlight from a sort of dark cave.

MM: So once the movie came out, were there specific reactions from fans that you saw that surprised to you, that you weren't expecting it to be interpreted or taken in a certain way?

JA: Well, there were certainly moments in the movie that I hope people would see and I didn't know if they would respond to that they did that I was thrilled about.

For example a little thing, there is a scene where they are on the train platform, rehearsing before the train crash, and Zach [Mills] -- the kid who plays Preston -- goes and he is acting as an extra in the movie and is like pretending to talk on the phone.  And it was really funny how he did it, but it was so in the background. It's always one of those things that just made me laugh. but I thought, "Well, no one is ever going to be looking at that or noticing it," and at every screening people responded surprisingly vocally to that little moment.

So there were things like that.  There were teeny detail things and I thought, "Well, I hope people get it." Then there were larger things like hoping people would understand that the creature in the movie was really kind of a representation of the loss of his mother and what that meant for the kid. And I was pleased to hear anecdotally that people did pick that up, and that it resonated for them. So of course, not for everyone, and yet I was just happy that people seem to pick up on the theme to the movie.

MM: When it comes to little details, I noticed this time around that in the dinner scene at the beginning, my family had that exact same casserole dish. So were there specific period signifiers that you wanted to use, and other ones that you didn't?

JA: Oh! Yeah, sure, how old are you?

MM: I am 35.

JA: Yeah, see when I was growing up, there were certain things that my family had, my grandparents had in their house, and they are invisible to you growing up because they are just sort of what they are. And then as you get older and time passes and you start to realize that the kind of, I guess, the kitsch value of some of that stuff.  It was important to me that the world -- the kid's rooms, the living rooms -- feel accurate. And because I grew up in this era it was very easy to look at set design and have a very strong opinion very quickly, simply because I knew what I'd seen at my home, my friend's houses. So there were details, things in the kid's rooms certainly that I knew I wanted in.

And then what was great was as I was describing the kind of stuff, we had this amazing production designer and set dressers so that what they ended up bringing to the sets were things that frankly often I had forgotten about completely. And I can sort of pick and choose what stayed and what would go away.  And it was really kind of a weird revisiting of the time in my life that inspired the movie but you can't remember every detail. And then when you start to see these toys, these games, these puzzles, these books, these posters that you knew you had or your friends had, it was kind of uncanny.

MM: There was a lot of talk about the Spielberg influences on the story and the look, but I found one of the strongest ones is just these great real performances from these young actors. Did he offer you any sort of thoughts on how to get the best out of sort of untrained kids like that?

J.J. Abrams

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JA: We did offer quite a bit of advice that was helpful.  One of the best piece of advice I think was that when you've got young actors that as a director I should feel more comfortable giving line readings when necessary, because it's an easier and faster way to communicate with the kids what you are looking for.  And it's not like you are dealing -- especially with the kids who have not done it before -- that you are not dealing with adults who have decades of experience and would somehow take it as an affront to give them a reading like that.

So that was kind of one helpful piece of advice that certainly did save some significant time in terms of being able to explain what a certain moment should be in a scene.  But as I say, the great thing about Steven is he is so wildly supportive and helpful with as a producer in every aspect of production that I wouldn't even know where to begin in terms of the stuff that he offered that I learned from him over the course of the movie. So his support is something that I am forever indebted to him.

MM: I just saw "The Adventures of Tintin," and like "Super 8," at the beginning, there is that Amblin logo and there is almost like this Pavlovian response when you see that.

JA: Yup. [Laughs]

MM: What did it mean to you to have that at the beginning of your movie?

JA: Well, I think that "Super 8" was the first time the Amblin logo existed at the head of a film and -- first of all it was a ridiculous honor to be able to have made a movie that the intent of which was to be an Amblin film, to have it then literally be an Amblin film was incredibly surreal. Growing up with Amblin as one of the main suppliers of and companies responsible for entertainment that my friends and I looked forward to and enjoyed. It was kind of amazing to be part of that legacy.

And then of course, because the movie is a Spielberg production, because whether it's "E.T." or "Close Encounters" or "Poltergeist" or "Jaws," or any other movie that clearly was at least partially an influence for this movie.  It felt like it was a way of taking what was the theoretical intent of the movie, which is, "God, it'd be great to make a movie that felt like one of those movies I used to love -- an Amblin movie."

And it literally blessed it as one of that library of movies.  Obviously, in the range of those movies whether it's "Gremlins" or "*batteries not included" or what have you, there are so many movies that Amblin was associated with, and to be able to make a movie that if you would have a shelf in your library of all the Amblin movies, I can say it's an honor to be among those films.
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #144 on: December 02, 2011, 07:46:37 pm »
28 Days Later
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« Reply #145 on: December 04, 2011, 10:36:21 am »
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Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Reply #146 on: December 05, 2011, 06:25:54 am »
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

So Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is exactly what I was expecting. This is not academy material. Itís park your brain at the door and watch an inventive perspective on the hillbilly horror genre. Itís a freakiní comedy folks. Itís silly, but a well done silly. Itís not horror but it is gory. Tucker & Dale have chemistry and you believe theyíve been friends a long time. The college kids are throwaways, but they are supposed to be. Tucker & Dale are the stars. Although the women are beautiful. I recommend it for just silly entertainment. Check it out.







Zombie Diaries 2

I try to remember movies that suck donkey, so I donít make the mistake of picking it up twice. In the back of my mind I thought I remember the first Zombie Diary to be badÖ really bad. After about 20 minutes of No. 2, I Ďm confident this was made by the same people and confirmed my suspicionsí this was pretty sucky as well. Beyond a bunch of guys (and 2 women), running around playing army and a good portion of it at night (thus the stupid night vision with tunnel vision viewing), only frustrating me. The acting is bad, the story is worse. Stay da **** away from this crap.



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« Reply #147 on: December 09, 2011, 10:31:39 am »
Friends with Benefits

I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. Some silliness, and some laugh out loud moments. The chemistry between Kunis and Timberlake was great. The script even better at a rapid fire pace. You need to pay attention. There was a lot of little jabs here and there that just made me grin the whole time. I do wonder how this will hold up over time. There is a lot of current fads (flash mobs, video games) that make it very relevant today. It is rated R and that's a good thing. That's the way life is. If this was kept at a PG-13, you would lose half of the charm and feel of the movie.

Highly recommend.

It does have an outtake reel. Check it out.

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« Reply #148 on: December 09, 2011, 10:35:00 am »
You convinced me at Mila Kunis. I'm there.
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« Reply #149 on: December 09, 2011, 10:55:28 am »
Duh....

... and there is some very sexy, yet tasteful neekidness
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