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Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy

I took myself to see The Dark Knight Rises after work yesterday and loved it. I enjoyed it so much that when my wife and daughter got home later that evening I was trying to convince my wife to get a sitter so we could go see it again.

Over the weekend my wife and I watched the first two again and after doing so, I think the first one is still my favorite. The Scarecrow was really an underrated character and probably the most interesting of all of the villains. And more enjoyable to watch than Heath Ledger's Joker (I still prefer Jack Nicholson to Heath Ledger in that role). The first iteration in this trilogy was definitely the darkest, thanks to the hallucination scenes, and I think that's why I like it the most still.

This latest one seemed to have the strongest story but I didn't really care for Bane. He was just too unbelievable - maybe it was the dumb mask thing across his mouth and nose. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was awesome in his role as a police detective and Anne Hathaway may indeed be one of the hottest actresses in theatres these days. The best part of this movie however was the ending. It was a perfect ending for the trilogy.
 

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I don't recommend The Campaign. Will Ferrell plays a character which is an basically an unfunny version of Ron Burgundy. Zach Galifinikis is good for most of the laughs, but not enough to make it make it more than a rental IMO
 

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In case I forgot to mention it, I saw Saturday Night Fever for the first time ever a week or so ago. I just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I still don't know. I don't think there was a single likeable character in that whole movie, there was only one decent dancing scene, and the plot was lacking. I'd like that two hours of my life back, please.
 

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In case I forgot to mention it, I saw Saturday Night Fever for the first time ever a week or so ago. I just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I still don't know. I don't think there was a single likeable character in that whole movie, there was only one decent dancing scene, and the plot was lacking. I'd like that two hours of my life back, please.
Me, too, and I saw it (once was enough) way back when. Same with "Urban Cowboy". Yawn.
 

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Saw The Bourne Legacy last weekend. It's...ok...but the movie spends so much time trying to establish the background for what's going on that it doesn't have a chance to develop the characters any, and, even with that, you'd be totally lost if you haven't seen the three previous Bourne movies (and especially the third one).
 

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Saw The Bourne Legacy last weekend. It's...ok...but the movie spends so much time trying to establish the background for what's going on that it doesn't have a chance to develop the characters any, and, even with that, you'd be totally lost if you haven't seen the three previous Bourne movies (and especially the third one).
I saw this one too. I liked it, but thought parts of it were too long/copies of elements from the previous Bourne movies. Overall one thumb up, if I'd paid full price might have been disappointed. Did like the fact that it leaves open the chance for either Cross or Bourne to return in the next movie. Possibly both!! 8-!
 

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I've watched a number of films this past week due to the bed rest. Thank god for cable!

Two of the best I saw were: Paris, je t'aime. It is 20 vignettes about life in the various neighborhoods of Paris. Each vignette is only a five minutes long. I enjoyed almost all of the stories and the cinematography was wonderful. It made me want to go back to Paris and wander about.

Fish Tank is the other film. I saw it the other day and am still thinking about it. It is about a 15 yo girl growing up in the London projects. Her mother gets a new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender :loveeyes:) and the girl's life changes. It is like a train wreck where you can't look away.

I would recommend both.
 

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I have seen:

Argo
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Mis


Of the three I like Les Mis the best. Not that the other two weren't great... they were just more blah to me. Maybe it is the theater guy in me, but Les Mis was great.
 

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Saw The Imposter this weekend on Netflix.

Great documentary! Shot with an eye towards drama, the movie plays out over several months, and pulls you in. Even though you figure out how it ends - and you're supposed to! - , you still can't look away. Two thumbs up!
 

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My wife and I saw Admission on a date yesterday...meh...it was OK, but nothing amazing. But could have been worse were it not for Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
 

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Saw "Silver Linings Playbook" last night. Amazing. De Niro, Cooper, and Lawrence were spectacular. It was funny, sad, and just the right amount of sarcasm.

Probably one of the best movies I have seen in years.
 

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Discussing movies with a neighbor couple we were out with on Saturday, and the neighbor lady asked about "Safe Haven", which we had seen. I remarked (I think fairly) that I didn't think it was any good but that Julianne Hough isn't hard to look at so her husband would tolerate seeing the movie. In retribution I was forced to watch G.I. Joe Retaliation so my wife could remark how easy it was to watch Dwayne Johnson throughout the movie. I really love her sometimes. :)

By the way, skip both the movies in this post. 2 stars each except for the pretty people in them. The best part of G.I. Joe is watching some fairly good actors deliver lines like "Where is Cobra Commander?"
 

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Am I the only heterosexual male who pictures a three way with me, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis when watching Oz: The Great and Powerful. And they would be in full witch costume.
 

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Am I the only heterosexual male who pictures a three way with me, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis when watching Oz: The Great and Powerful. And they would be in full witch costume.
Nope.
 

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So we watched 'Divergent' about a month ago. The film depicts a dystopian future where society is based on castes centered on one's personality characteristics: the castes include Abnegation (selflessness) - perform leadership functions, Erudition - perform knowledge functions, Dauntless - police and defense functions, Candor - performed judicial functions, and kindness - they didn't talk about this one much but showed them doing farm work.

So young adults have to choose which caste they'll be in for the rest of their lives and they test everyone to determine where they belong. The test works 99.9% of the time but on rare occasions people test with multiple personality aptitudes and they label these types 'divergents'. Naturally, the Established Order feels these sorts are a threat and want them gone.

I found the movie somewhat predictable and the acting was sub-par for several of the leads. Also the ending provided little in the way of denouement. Still, there was enough interesting story-telling to adequately sustain viewer interest for two hours. I give it a C +
 

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So we watched 'Divergent' about a month ago. The film depicts a dystopian future where society is based on castes centered on one's personality characteristics: the castes include Abnegation (selflessness) - perform leadership functions, Erudition - perform knowledge functions, Dauntless - police and defense functions, Candor - performed judicial functions, and kindness - they didn't talk about this one much but showed them doing farm work.

So young adults have to choose which caste they'll be in for the rest of their lives and they test everyone to determine where they belong. The test works 99.9% of the time but on rare occasions people test with multiple personality aptitudes and they label these types 'divergents'. Naturally, the Established Order feels these sorts are a threat and want them gone.

I found the movie somewhat predictable and the acting was sub-par for several of the leads. Also the ending provided little in the way of denouement. Still, there was enough interesting story-telling to adequately sustain viewer interest for two hours. I give it a C +
I read the book and wanted to like it, but I ended up thinking it was "somewhat predictable" as well and don't feel inspired to read the last two (unless someone gave them to me for free). It sounds like the movie was similar.

Also the "Amity" group (kindness) always made me think of Amityville Horror...
 

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Saw "Kingsman: the Secret Service" yesterday. I give it three stars. Mrs. Maister gave it one and a half stars because she found it much too violent and didn't care for the gratuitous Swedish princess joke/scene. The movie was reminiscent of the earliest James Bond movies with the spy gadgetry and the over the top impossibly wealthy mad scientist bad guy (played deftly tongue and cheek by Samuel Jackson), but appealed to modern audiences with the multiple super high action scenes.
 

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We took Junior to see "Home" yesterday as sort of a fun thing to do on the last day of vacation thing. He seemed to enjoy the movie well enough. I'd grudgingly give it two stars, and that only because Steve Martin's character was rather droll.
 

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I went to go see Mad Max: Fury Road last night. It was action packed from start to finish and visually stunning - the constant desert scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I had wished I was watching it in a true Imax theatre seating. I was entertained thoroughly but somehow I feel dumber for having seen it. I don't know if the movie gets ★ or ★★★★ from me. I'm confused. Although the fact that I'd be willing to go see it again tonight probably means I'm leaning towards the better rating.
 

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Saw 'Tomorrowland' with Junior recently. It's a great kids movie, ideal for the 9-15 year old crowd and with a message aimed squarely at that age group. I heartily recommend taking your kids to see it.
 

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I went to go see Mad Max: Fury Road last night. It was action packed from start to finish and visually stunning - the constant desert scenery was absolutely gorgeous and I had wished I was watching it in a true Imax theatre seating. I was entertained thoroughly but somehow I feel dumber for having seen it. I don't know if the movie gets ★ or ★★★★ from me. I'm confused. Although the fact that I'd be willing to go see it again tonight probably means I'm leaning towards the better rating.
I think movies need to be rated on their category. Sounds like Mad Max gets a few stars based on action, car chase sequences, and thing blow up, but nothing on the making you think, great acting, or deep message end.
 

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"Inside Out" gets two thumbs up from me. The fact that both Junior as well as mom & dad enjoyed it is proof that Pixar has certainly not lost its mojo.
 

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Ok.....

Max Max - ***** Five stars....."Best pure action movie EVER made!" The One

Jurrasic World- *** Three stars....."Entertaining" The One

Spy- **** Four stars....."Very funny stuff" The One
 

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"Inside Out" gets two thumbs up from me. The fact that both Junior as well as mom & dad enjoyed it is proof that Pixar has certainly not lost its mojo.
Agreed. Bring the tissues too. ;)

Was really impressed by the movie, especially as a tool to help Wes relate to emotions and social cues...this movie could be big in the Autism and social dysfunction disorder communities.
 

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Max Max - ***** Five stars....."Best pure action movie EVER made!" The One

Jurrasic World- *** Three stars....."Entertaining" The One

Spy- **** Four stars....."Very funny stuff" The One
Post of the day!!:lmao:

I'd like to read the rest of the reviews those excerpts came from.

Agreed. Bring the tissues too. ;)

Was really impressed by the movie, especially as a tool to help Wes relate to emotions and social cues...this movie could be big in the Autism and social dysfunction disorder communities.
I actually thought about that when I was watching. The writers were incredibly deft with how they created visual depictions for psychological principles. I was interested in their choice of the five emotions personified (joy, sadness, disgust, fear, anger). They could have chosen a number of other emotions (e.g. love, confusion, etc.) but settled on those for whatever reasons.
 

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I had the day off yesterday and took myself to go see Dr. Strange. Based on the previews, and how convoluted and hard to follow some of the more recent Marvel Comics movies have been, I really did not have much of a desire to see it but I had a lot of time on my hands and one of my favorite things to do on a dreary, chilly, winter afternoon during the work week is to take myself to the movies (it always makes me feel like I'm playing hooky from the office!). The movie was really quite good. I had heard it described as Captain America on LSD and that's what I expected from the few clips I had seen but that sort of Timothy Leary aspect was really sort of minor and for a movie that is basically about time travel and infinite dimensions it had a pretty linear story line.

I'm not a comic book guy but I generally like the comic book movies and one thing I'll say is that Marvel Comics movies are 1,000x more fun than the DC Comics movies. I enjoy dark and brooding as much as the next guy but even the tiniest bit of humor and color goes a long way.
 

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Saw it with the family yesterday...loved it. :)
I was bored and slept through the end of the first third. I felt it was trying too hard and not necessary.

This Batman characterization was great as a new form and a supporting character in the Lego Movie. I don't think it warranted it's own 129 minutes. They could have slashed it to 90 mins.
 

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Saw Baby Driver Monday with my son. Edgar Wright hits another one out of the park.

There was a woman seated not far from us who talked loudly about the movie rather frequently. My son told me afterward he was close to telling her to shut up during the show. I thanked him for his restraint.
 

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Saw Baby Driver Monday with my son. Edgar Wright hits another one out of the park.
I've been waiting for this one since I first heard the concept and then some of the stuff from the soundtrack. Hopefully I can get out to see it tomorrow or Saturday since the wife and kids are headed back to the beach and I'll be home recovering from a minor surgery and will not be able to get outside and run or do anything else I'd rather be doing.
 

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Boyhood A-

If you're into Art Linklater's films, you'll really like this one. It follows the story of a young boy from age 6-18 as he moves from one town to another as his mother seeks a better life for him and his sister. The movie touches on some hot-button issues: The impact of divorce on children, spousal abuse, alcoholism, teen drug use, and budding teen sexuality. The novelty of this film though is that he uses the same actors throughout the entire film which took over 12 years to complete. The movie was almost three hours long, but you won't even notice.

There were a couple of continuity issues, and I felt that the early years just whizzed by with too much focus on the teenage years. Overall though this was en engrossing, heartfelt film.


 

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Saw Baby Driver Monday with my son. Edgar Wright hits another one out of the park...
Hopefully I can get out to see it tomorrow or Saturday since the wife and kids are headed back to the beach and I'll be home recovering from a minor surgery and will not be able to get outside and run or do anything else I'd rather be doing.
It was awesome. After the movie was done I was seriously tempted to go right back to the ticket booth and buy another ticket to see it again.
 

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I watched A Song of the Sea this weekend- it was nominated for an Academy a few years ago but I had heard it was very pretty artistically. For hardly any bells and whistles on the animation side, it held everyone's attention. The story was good, based on the selkie myth and overall a sweet story.

I saw The House with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler - it was kinda dark and I liked it. Even the funny bits were poking fun at the bs in middle-class in sending kinds to college and having seemingly great lives when everything behind the scenes is a bit of shambles. I liked it, it wasn't the standard "funny" movie.


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I had taken the day off of work yesterday and took myself to the movies to go see Thor: Ragnarok and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I think I've missed a few of the movies in the Marvel Universe (there doesn't seem to be a coherent timeline and they keep skipping around from series to series) but that didn't seem to matter at all in terms of my understanding of what was going on. The movie also had quite a bit of humor in it and that's one thing I really enjoy about the Marvel movies compared to all the DC movies which take themselves soooo seriously.

It was a good way to mindlessly waste away a chilly afternoon.
 

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Loved Thor. Good jokes, tied into the rest of the Marvel series, but it still works as a stand alone film.
 

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Just saw this: It's directed by the writer of The Social Network and Moneyball.






Fantastic film, very intense. You should see it in the theater. It's over 2-hours long, but you won't even notice.

P. S. I recommend you don't watch the trailer. It gives away too much.
 

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Last night I watched The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix and would happily watch it again. It's a Coen Brothers movie that's essentially six short western vignettes. The movie was a Netflix original but in addition to the Coen Brothers at the helm, it's got some pretty big names in the cast (James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Tim Blake Nelson, Tyne Daly...). The scenery and cinematography were absolutely gorgeous and it reminded me of the opening landscapes from The Hateful Eight. It made me wish I could have seen this in the theatre instead of just on my couch.

All of the short stories were pretty good but a few were better than others. My two favorites were All Gold Canyon and The Girl Who Got Rattled. The opening story, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has the potential to be the best because I love Tim Blake Nelson's acting and his particular character is pretty interesting but it's just waay too short.

This was easily my favorite Coen Brothers movie since No Country for Old Men and it's probably in my top 5 from them.

In no particular order, my top five are probably:
No Country for Old Men
Miller's Crossing
True Grit
The Big Lebowski
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Honorable mention to:
Fargo
Raising Arizona
Burn After Reading
Barton Fink
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Ladykillers
(which is an underrated, super fun movie)

I reserve the right to change these rankings anytime the wind shifts.
 
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Saw the latest Robin Hood movie during thanksgiving break. It wasn't as bad as people were saying, though I probably wouldn't watch it again. It was a bit of escapist fun while with the parental units. Mortal Engines looks pretty cool. I might have to blow some money on that.
 

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I didn't say it on this thread, so I will, Bohemian Rhapsody is pretty good. I think you have to accept that it is a bit dramatic, and it fills in some gaps that weren't filled, but overall it was really well done. It doesn't hurt that the music for the film was pretty spectacular as well.
 
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