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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- January 2014

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January 1st

People who added this item 1169 Average listal rating (748 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.4

DVD- 1hr. 38min.
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January 2nd

People who added this item 607 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 1hr. 35min.
First Viewing
Believe it or not, this is actually the first documentary that I've watched in it's entirety. Judging by this, I may have to start watching more. Having known relatively nothing about the incident in the film, it was both thrilling and informative. Full of emotion and heart, this is a strong movie that does drag a bit at the beginning, but continually gets much better as it goes on.
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January 3rd


Netflix- 1hr. 40min.
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Slickly directed by James Foley from a smart, engrossing script from David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross is a tremendously entertaining, tragic film. The cast is simply perfect, with each performer chewing into the script with vigor. Special kudos go to Alec Baldwin, who's only in one scene but owns it completely.
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January 4th


DVD- 1hr. 58min.
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While it's a film subject (troubled marriage) that's essentially been beaten into the ground over the last few decades, Revolutionary Road is a powerful and tragic film. Honestly, much of this power comes from DiCaprio and Winslet, who are incredible here however, anybody watching this film simply because it's their reunion should be warned; Jack and Rose they are not.
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People who added this item 1795 Average listal rating (1232 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 2hrs. 2min.
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January 5th

People who added this item 1700 Average listal rating (1075 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 1hr. 55min.
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People who added this item 892 Average listal rating (548 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5

Blu-Ray- 2hr. 29min.
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Poorly written and directed, The Lone Ranger is a complete mess. Let's start with the positives though; the photography and visual effects are quite strong. Now, on to the negatives; everything else. The story is crap, with a framing device so unnecessary and distracting that it stops any momentum the movie achieves, which is admittedly not much, dead in it's tracks. Johnny Depp gives arguably his worst performance ever here, and Armie Hammer is given such a thinly drawn character that's essentially the second lead in his own movie.
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People who added this item 1128 Average listal rating (692 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2

DVD- 1hr. 40min.
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January 6th

People who added this item 942 Average listal rating (571 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Master (2012)

DVD- 2hrs. 18min.
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January 7th

People who added this item 266 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Sessions (2012)

DVD- 1hr. 35min.
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A funny and sincere film featuring sensitive direction and two great performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.
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January 9th

People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8

DVD- 1hr. 59min.
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I'll admit, I was a bit biased going into this one. I'm not particularly a fan of musicals, and the reviews I had read were not good. In one sense, I was pleasantly surprised. The songs and choreography are impressive and the cast is incredibly strong, even if several of the title "nine" women are really irrelevant. On the technical side, its also great with beautiful costumes and cinematography. Unfortunately, it's all just too hollow to truly click. For all it's exquisite detail, it's missing a heart.

Stray Note: I only watched this after buying it out of pity. The local Big Lots carries a lot of cheap movies, usually around three bucks. After seeing the film in a pile for several years, I thought "what the hell" and grabbed it.
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January 11th


DVD- 2hrs. 9min.
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DVD- 1hr. 57min.
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January 12th

People who added this item 1484 Average listal rating (835 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4

DVD- 1hr. 54min.
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Well-made but incredibly dry; the main reason to watch Capote is to see Philip Seymour Hoffman's incredible, Oscar-winning performance.
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People who added this item 3508 Average listal rating (2305 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6

DVD- 1hr. 46min.
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January 13th


DVD- 1hr. 32min.
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Solid movie that basically leaves it all to the actors, who are more than capable. Kidman does her best work in years, and Eckhart does some solid work too. Does get a bit difficult to watch though, especially when it wallows in the grief, but still worth a look.
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January 14th

People who added this item 1241 Average listal rating (760 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

DVD- 1hr. 43min.
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January 16th

People who added this item 2120 Average listal rating (1383 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

DVD- 1hr. 49min.
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January 18th


DVD- 1hr. 54min.
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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (648 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4

DVD- 2hrs. 6min.
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January 19th


DVD- 2hrs. 3min.
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Likable but dull, Julie & Julia features a charming cast and decent premise, but does little interesting with them.
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People who added this item 791 Average listal rating (541 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Hunt (2012)

Netflix- 1hr. 55min.
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Haunting Danish drama featuring an outstanding performance from Mads Mikkelsen.
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January 20th

People who added this item 1157 Average listal rating (707 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 2hrs. 6min.
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January 21st


DVD- 1hr. 43min.
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A charming little movie with a couple strong performances by Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins and solid direction by Stephen Frears. The script is pretty messy though; too cluttered in many instances, but too narrowly focused in others.
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January 22nd

People who added this item 1854 Average listal rating (1087 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2

VHS- 2hrs. 34min.
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People who added this item 825 Average listal rating (554 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3

DVD- 1hr. 38min.
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Smart and funny, but incredibly dramatic as well. If you've seen a Woody Allen film, then you pretty much know his style, but here it feels fresher than it has in years (Midnight in Paris excluded). The cast is strong, but this is Blanchett's film and she owns it, nailing every facet of Allen's script.
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January 23rd


DVD- 2hrs.
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January 25th

People who added this item 4894 Average listal rating (3177 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 1hr. 43min.
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DVD- 2hrs. 22min.
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January 26th

People who added this item 1465 Average listal rating (826 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6

DVD- 2hrs. 37min.
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People who added this item 1069 Average listal rating (724 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

Youtube- 1hr. 58min.
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Well-made, and surprisingly entertaining, AIDs drama. Jean-Marc Vallée directions is strong, never letting the movie drift into melodrama; keeping things adequately subtle. The real reason to watch though, are the performances. Leto does great work as transgender prostitute Rayon, and McConaughey gives his best screen performance ever.
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January 28th


Netflix- 1hr. 43min.
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A witty and imaginative movie that, while tonally jumbled, is a lot of fun. Revolutionary use of live-action/animation.
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Netflix- 2hrs. 12min.
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January 29th

People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Savages (2007)

DVD- 1hr. 56min.
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Not the most original movie, but Tamara Jenkins' subtle writing/direction, and Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman's performances make it worth seeing.
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January 30th


DVD- 2hrs. 37min.
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January 31st


DVD- 2hrs. 14min.
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Number of Movies Watched: 36
Newly Watched: 15
DVD: 30
VHS: 0
Blu-Ray: 1
Streaming: 5
Time Spent: 71hrs. 2min.

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Best New View: Dallas Buyers Club
Worst New View: The Lone Ranger

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