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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- May 2015

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May 2nd

People who added this item 1608 Average listal rating (1055 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 2hrs. 11min.
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May 3rd


DVD- 1hr. 53min.
First Viewing
The cast's charms aren't enough to make up for a boring story that we've seen played out a thousand times before. It doesn't help that the movie is incredibly cloying at almost every turn, never allowing any scene to achieve anything resembling genuine and/or human.
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People who added this item 124 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
First Viewing
The Wedding Ringer is, honestly, not as bad as I was expecting. The story and, most, of the jokes are pretty rote, and the film's gender/sexual politics are steeped in 1980s stereotypes, but Hart and Gad have a surprisingly strong comic chemistry that leads the film more heart than it deserves. I also enjoyed most of the oddball groomsmen-for-hire despite a certain laziness to all of their characterizations. If you go in with exceptionally low expectations, you may end up enjoying it.
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 1hr. 55min.
First Viewing
Wild is a solid movie that I couldn't help but feel was missing some more intimacy. It's an emotional story that's told so unemotionally that I was left a little cold after it ended. That said it's a well put-together movie, with cinematographer Yves Bélanger beautifully evoking the wilderness and it's isolation. You also can't talk about the movie without talking about Witherspoon; Dern does some strong supporting work, but Wild features some of Witherspoon's finest acting, I would argue even better than her Oscar-winning work for Walk the Line.
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May 5th

People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Humbling (2014)

DVD- 1hr. 47min.
First Viewing
The plot is pretty convoluted, and fairly confusing at times, but The Humbling is worth giving a look for the acting, which is impressive among the whole ensemble. It's especially nice to see Pacino acting again, and it's likely the best work he's done in years.
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May 8th

People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (238 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2

VUDU- 1hr. 36min.
First Viewing
A charming little family flick that can't help but get too saccharine in spots, Paddington is a surprisingly fun movie that rests on almost entirely on the title character, and successfully so.
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May 9th

People who added this item 1670 Average listal rating (934 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 1hr. 40min.
First Viewing
I enjoyed it, and got what it was going for, but A Scanner Darkly was just a little to hit-or-miss for me. The cast is strong and the animation always makes the movie interesting, but the movie only really works in spurts, then languishes in repetitive "tripping" scenes that seem to go on and on. Worth a look.
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People who added this item 1800 Average listal rating (1179 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7

Blu-Ray- 1hr. 34min.
First Viewing
The first 10 and last 30 or so minutes are the kind of breathless action that I was expecting, so I was pretty disappointed by the middle hour. It's too slow and lingering on characters and situations that aren't very interesting. Still, it's a solid franchise starter with more artistic merit than most.
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May 10th


DVD- 2hrs. 35min.
First Viewing
The action is pretty solid, and the movie gets better as it goes on, but Prince of Thieves is too contrived and bland to make anything close to a lasting impression. The cast is a pretty mixed bag, with Costner miscast and, most of, the rest of the cast taking this way too seriously. Rickman is the only one looking like he's having any fun, and he gives the best performance in the film.
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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
First Viewing
The cast is very strong, though Larson is completely underutilized, and there's a strong soundtrack here, but The Gambler seems completely risk-averse, sticking to gambler/addiction movie basics. Even worse, the film seems to think that it's more important than it actually is; the dialogue is usually too writerly and the musical cues (while strong independent of the scene) are chosen for heightened effect.
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May 11th

People who added this item 771 Average listal rating (638 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

DVD- 1hr. 36min.
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May 12th


DVD- 1hr. 36min.
First Viewing
Connery is pretty fun to watch, and Meg Ryan is okay in a pre-breakout role, but The Presidio is pretty much the standard 80s action movie, without any deviations from the norm.
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May 13th

People who added this item 1230 Average listal rating (861 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2

VHS- 1hr. 57min.
First Viewing
Point Break is goofy as hell, but it's so well made and so much fun that I was willing to forgive almost all of it's breaks from logic (which is pretty much the whole film) and enjoy it as a genuine summer popcorn flick. Even if you don't think that it's a very good film, you'll probably still enjoy the hell out of it.
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May 14th

People who added this item 814 Average listal rating (571 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7

DVD- 1hr. 45min.
First Viewing
The Last Boy Scout is only really fun in fits. The action is pretty solid, as are the lead's performances, and, customary for a Shane Black script, the dialogue has a lot of great one liners. The problem is that, also cunstomary for a Shane Black script, the script never knows when to leave things alone. Everything has to be subversive and comment on the absurdities of action movies, while also playing into them. There's also a real mean streak to this movie that drowns many scenes, leading to a pretty haphazard viewing experience.
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May 15th

People who added this item 660 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2

VHS- 2hrs. 7min.
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DVD- 1hr. 35min.
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Cuts most of the meandering of the first film (most, not all) and sticks, mostly, to the full-throttle action that would help to make one of it's predecessors (Fury Road) one of the best action films ever. Nevertheless, The Road Warrior is a bit limited by it's 1980s production, and some of the action felt too stilted to me as a result. Still, so much of it works on pure ambition alone that it doesn't come close to derailing what is overall a fun movie.
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May 16th


DVD- 1hr. 47min.
First Viewing
Based on the listal & IMDb scores, Beyond Thunderdome seems to be the black sheep of the Mad Max family. Indeed, story is a lot goofier and more mainstream (it's the only one of the four not to have an R rating) than the previous two, one could even goes as far as to call it campy, but that still didn't diminish my enjoyment. Hell, I had more fun with this one than I did with the original. The action is still quite strong, and I quite enjoyed the more epic look to this one as opposed to the others.
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.3

Franklin's is better.
HBO Now- 1hr. 31min.
First Viewing
I'm pretty sure that this movie was only made so that Al Pacino could try on a bunch of weird wigs, and still draw a paycheck. This movie is so over the top and devoid of anything resembling nuance that you can't help but laugh out loud at most of it. The few good scenes in the movie (there are maybe two or three) are the results of the cast rising above the material (Mirren in particular excels; Pacino works only in spots). Those wigs though, huh?
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May 17th

People who added this item 508 Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4

Netflix- 1hr. 48min.
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It's often hampered by a hit-or-miss script that leans too heavily on built-in nostalgia for old-Hollywood serials, but when The Rocketeer gets going (especially in it's final act) it's a fun, high-spirited throwback to an age where all a blockbuster need was optimism.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.5
Mortdecai (2015)

DVD- 1hr. 46min.
First Viewing
I was surprised by Mortdecai. Not by the film's failure, because it does fail on so many levels; no, by the way it fails. I assumed that it would just be a mess of a movie where so much is going on that it would be incomprehensible. The film proved me wrong, it wasn't a jarring mess as much as it was simply just a plodding bore. Yes, there are a few good laughs to be had here (Paul Bettany likely gets the most), but the film seems to want to be both a goofy screwball comedy filled with big, zany setpieces, yet also a globe-trotting mystery. Had the film had any energy at all it could've come close to the former, but it doesn't. It just lays there and make borderline-embarrassing mustache jokes.
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People who added this item 471 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
First Viewing
Still Alice is just an incredibly depressing movie. It's a good movie, no doubt; Julianne Moore is superb, giving a role that could've easily been pure Oscar-bait an immense amount of nuance and humanity. It also wisely doesn't add any maudlin melodrama to the story, and simply presents it for what it is. It does hit a few too many familiar notes, especially as the disease really starts to take over. But, as I said, it's a depressing movie. Not one that I'll be watching again any time soon.
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May 18th

People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
Henry's Crime (2010)

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
Had they cut Henry out of the title, or simply cast the role differently, then I think Henry's Crime would've been a genuinely good movie but, as it is now, its simply a missed opportunity. As mentioned, the main problem with the film is the title character; Henry is a blank of a character, and Reeves does nothing to help that. He's a black hole of charisma. Farmiga and Caan do a lot to make up for that with both giving warm, funny performances strong enough that they could lead their own films. With a lot more energy, this could've been something.
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May 19th

People who added this item 4061 Average listal rating (2681 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 2hrs. 10min.
First Viewing
As smart as it is bleak, 12 Monkeys is one of the trippier sci-fi/time travel movies ever made, but also one the finest. The cast is great, as are the technical aspects of this film (the production design in particular is highly memorable), but the film's real winner is it's script. It keeps a time-travel storyline in motion without losing a step, while also examining several ideas like fanaticism.
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May 20th

People who added this item 5880 Average listal rating (4107 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1

VHS- 1hr. 43min.
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May 21st


DVD- 1hr. 26min.
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A sweet, affecting story of a boy and his giant robot friend, The Iron Giant is wholesome entertainment with genuine emotion. I felt that it faltered early on though; it takes a little longer to kick into than I had hoped, but it's quite good when it gets going, and the ending is hard not to sniffle at.
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May 22nd

People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Machine (2013)

Netflix- 1hr. 30min.
First Viewing
The Machine introduces a few interesting ideas, but never seems to know what to do with them. It's essentially Ex Machina-lite; it covers artificial intelligence in pretty artificial ways, opting instead to become more of a sci-fi/action hybrid that isn't interesting enough to compensate for it's lack of originality. Yet, some of the action is decent, and the cast is engaging enough that it's never oppressively boring.
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May 23rd

People who added this item 1740 Average listal rating (1160 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Super 8 (2011)

DVD- 1hr. 51min.
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People who added this item 2487 Average listal rating (1682 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3

DVD- 1hr. 53min.
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May 24th


Netflix- 1hr. 30min.
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I could give a lot of advice about life, millions of little tidbits of knowledge stretched out over hundreds of years, and the truest advice I could give is this: don't submit yourself to Compulsion. Seriously, just don't. Even if you find the leads highly attract, and cannot find anything else to pass the time. It's not worth it. Maybe, just read a book instead.
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People who added this item 160 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
First Viewing
Cake is a pretty standard indie flick about pain and suffering; it's got a cantankerous lead, who's more vulnerable then she lets on, a dead child, and a large(ish) ensemble with several characters representing a facet of the lead's personality. There's nothing really new here but, to the film's credit, it's not as much of a drag as I was anticipating. There are a couple of effective scenes, which are largely so because the cast is quite strong. Aniston and Barraza, in particular, give the film more nuance and pathos than it likely deserves. Not great, but not bad.
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Voices (2014)

DVD- 1hr. 43min.
First Viewing
The Voices has some major problems with pacing and, especially, tone. It goes from oddball comedy, to black comedy, to straight up drama and so on, and then does it again and again. If wasn't for Ryan Reynolds excellent performance, this move would be just another weird write-off. He gives the film whatever soul it has.
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May 25th

People who added this item 2719 Average listal rating (1774 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5

VHS- 1hr. 58min.
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May 26th

People who added this item 1107 Average listal rating (694 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6

DVD- 1hr. 38min.
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May 27th

People who added this item 1703 Average listal rating (1120 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1

Netflix- 2hrs. 2min.
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May 29th


VHS- 2hrs. 10min.
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May 30th

People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6

VUDU- 2hrs. 18min.
First Viewing
Airport is a surprisingly dull melodrama that doesn't get very interesting until the last section, where it becomes something of a disaster/thriller. The cast is solid, and the effects are decent for their time period, but the stories are all pretty uninspired and predictable.
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People who added this item 520 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Heat (2013)

DVD- 1hr. 56min
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May 31st

People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Congress (2013)

DVD- 2hrs.
First Viewing
A bit too trippy for it's own good, The Congress is an interesting experiment of a movie that is often too vague or opaque to register, but is tough to write off as a failure. The film essentially hinges on Robin Wright's performance and she doesn't disappoint, giving both an excellent live-action and voice-over performance. Unfortunately, the film around her loses momentum and promise as in devolves into a mess around the third act.
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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (243 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 6

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
I mean... what can I really say about this one. Yeah, it's bad, but we all knew that it would be. No set of particular skills in the (editing) world could save a turkey like this. They would've been much better off using my idea.
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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6

DVD- 1hr. 32min.
First Viewing
Better than you average Statham vehicle, but still pretty basic and uninspired. The script does have a few solid moments though, and the supporting cast is stronger than usual for this type of film. Good enough for a slow Sunday afternoon.
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Number of Movies Watched: 40
Newly Watched: 29
DVD: 27
VHS: 5
Blu-Ray: 1
Streaming: 7
Time Spent: 72hrs. 19min.

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Best New View: 12 Monkeys
Worst New View: Compulsion

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