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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- January 2015

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January 1st


DVD- 1hr. 40min.
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January 2nd


DVD- 1hr. 47min.
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Visually superb but the juxtaposition between 1950s melodrama and intimate character piece gets in the way too often. When it does hit though, as it does towards the end, it packs a punch. The cast is great, with Quaid and Haysbert doing some excellent supporting work and, as usual, Julianne Moore killing it in the lead.
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January 3rd


DVD- 2hrs. 6min.
First Viewing
While it does get too heavy-handed on numerous occasions, North Country is a solidly made movie that tells an important story without totally smothering it to death. The cast is the main selling point, particularly Theron, McDormand, and Jenkins (who sells the hell out of the best scene in the movie).
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

Blu-Ray- 2hrs. 2min.
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January 4th

People who added this item 1199 Average listal rating (810 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3

DVD- 2hrs. 18min.
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People who added this item 1032 Average listal rating (567 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9

Netflix- 1hr. 50min.
First Viewing
It's beautifully mounted and exceptionally well acted, but The Duchess is just too similar to other British period pieces to really stand on its own.
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January 5th

People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7

DVD- 1hr. 50min.
First Viewing
The cast is great, and the direction solid, but the movie just never came together for me. It just sort of seemed like a jumble of tones and storylines that never really come together.
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January 6th


DVD- 2hrs. 21min.
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January 7th

People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Netflix- 1hr. 34min.
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There's nothing really new on display in Venus, just a showcase for Peter O'Toole to give one last great performance. In that regard, it's a big success.
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January 8th

People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (180 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
If movies were just visuals, this would be one of the best around. The Good German is so beautifully styled, especially its cinematography (by Soderbergh himself) and score (by Thomas Newman), that it may trick you into believing that it's good. Don't believe it. The story is unbelievably dull and just fumbles its potential for 108 minutes. The cast is good, but even they seem disinterested for much of the run time.
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January 10th

People who added this item 1375 Average listal rating (780 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6

DVD- 2hrs. 2min.
First Viewing
Entertaining, but a total mess. The movie is easy on the eyes Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography is the best thing about this thing, but the story is just a hodgepodge of noirish elements and plot twists that kill any real stakes. It does offer a certain campy entertainment though; I was certainly never bored.
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January 11th

People who added this item 2834 Average listal rating (1787 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 2hrs. 18min.
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People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (617 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

DVD- 2hrs. 45min.
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January 15th

People who added this item 5355 Average listal rating (3587 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

DVD- 1hr. 45min.
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Burton knows how to make a visually striking picture, but his direction feels uninspired this time out, and Andrew Kevin Walker's script is utterly bland. Worth a look, but not much of a thought.
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January 16th

People who added this item 3113 Average listal rating (1870 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Babel (2006)

DVD- 2hrs. 23min.
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January 17th


VHS- 2hrs. 12min.
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People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (993 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 2hrs. 29min.
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January 18th

People who added this item 778 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1

VHS- 1hr. 45min.
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The costumes and makeup are strong, and the story entertaining enough, but Dick Tracy is too clunky and over-the-top for its own good, and comes away feeling hollow.
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4

Netflix- 1hr. 21min.
First Viewing
Ida is a fairly cold, detached film, but it's filled with subtle craft, strong acting, and beautiful black and white cinematography. More a movie you respect than wholeheartedly love.
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Netflix- 1hr. 47min.
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As much as I love movies about totally hetero, no homo, macho men seductively leering at each other for nearly two hours, Days of Thunder is just too damn dumb to really get behind in a traditional manner. As comedy though, it works much better.
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January 20th

People who added this item 1069 Average listal rating (728 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 1hr. 57min.
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January 21st

People who added this item 1444 Average listal rating (995 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Her

DVD- 2hrs. 6min.
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January 22nd


DVD- 1hr. 48min.
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January 23rd


DVD- 1hr. 56min.
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Filled to the brim with the Coen brothers typical style and with, The Man Who Wasn't There is funny, dramatic, thrilling oddball noir with excellent work form lead Billy Bob Thornton, and gorgeous photography from Roger Deakins.
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January 25th

People who added this item 388 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6

DVD- 1hr. 38min.
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (214 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 1hr. 45min.
First Viewing
While not the most original immigrant tale put to celluloid, In America is likely the warmest and most humane one. This isn't a manufactured tear-jerker though Sheridan's writing/direction and the acting are so natural that you buy ever minute of it.
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January 27th

People who added this item 714 Average listal rating (484 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1

VHS- 1hr. 53min.
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A fun and reasonably smart Cold War thriller that only occasionally loses its way and drifts into cheese (though to the film's defense, it was the 1980s).
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

DVD- 2hrs. 13min.
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Completely engrossing and utterly gorgeous, A Very Long Engagement is almost perfect until it's final 15 minutes, which feel like a real cop-out. Otherwise, there's not a department where this movie isn't stellar.
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January 29th

People who added this item 2076 Average listal rating (1303 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1

M-GO- 1hr. 53min.
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The visual effects are solid, but The Golden Compass is a mostly soulless, derivative affair that strangles every solid element it has to death.
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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7

DVD- 1hr. 58min.
First Viewing
While it is a bit too aimless at times, Happy-Go-Lucky is ultimately a bittersweet look at a woman attempting to find and keep happiness in a sad and lonely world. Sally Hawkins is the main reason to see this, selling every little facet of her character gracefully and poignantly.
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January 30th

People who added this item 1908 Average listal rating (1161 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

DVD- 2hrs. 35min.
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P.T. Anderson's breakout is a superb ensemble drama with great writing, acting, and style. The only real problem I had with it was the length, which doesn't take away from my enjoyment all that much.
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Number of Movies Watched: 31
Newly Watched:18
DVD: 22
VHS: 3
Blu-Ray: 1
Streaming: 5
Time Spent: 61hrs. 45min.

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Best New View: Boogie Nights
Worst New View: Days of Thunder

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