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on 1 Jun 2012 08:43

 
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Movie Diary June 2012

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People who added this item 699  Average listal rating (406 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
1. Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Friday, June 1st

Started the month out right with a good movie. :]
I'm on a Robert Downey Jr. spree right now, so that is why I chose to watch this movie, and I was not disapointed.
The whole concept of the movie was fantastic.
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People who added this item 5036  Average listal rating (3285 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
2. Donnie Darko (2001)
Friday, June 1st

This is one of those "mess with your mind" movies that was kind of confusing, but I still liked it. And I enjoyed the fact that there were a few rancom big names in it that weren't exactly "big" at the time.

Seth Rogan (middle)

Ashley Tisdale

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People who added this item 530  Average listal rating (359 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
3. Project X (2012)
Saturady, June 2nd

This was actually a pretty good party film. Typical? Yes, very much so. But it was entertaining and had several quoteable lines and laugh-out-loud moments.
I'm typcailly pretty skeptical of mockumentary type movies, so the fact that I liked this at all really speaks volume.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4.3  IMDB Rating 4.8 
4. Dawn Rider (2012)
Saturday, June 2nd

This wasn't bad for a western. But I'm not particuarly fond of shoot-em-up's so it was a little boring for me.
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People who added this item 643  Average listal rating (431 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
5. American Reunion (2012)
Sunday, June 3rd

I'll go ahead and admitt it, I love these movies. I know, I know, they are raunchy and stupid, but I can't help but laugh out loud every time I watch one. And this movie was no exception.

However, it was a typical American Pie movie. Jim was still a little quirky, Finch was still strange, and Stifler was annoying as ever. Nothing really outstanding about it.

But good, especially for a sequal made years after the original.
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People who added this item 216  Average listal rating (134 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 6.2 
6. Friends with Kids (2011)
Monday, June 4th

Really? ANOTHER friends with benefits movie? How many does that make for 2011? Geez.
Anways- evaluation:
this was the typical movie with an expected ending. The only difference between this and any other "just friends" movies is that there was a child involved.
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People who added this item 125  Average listal rating (89 ratings) 5.1  IMDB Rating 4.6 
7. ATM (2012)
Tuesday, June 5th

This movie would have been much creepier if I lived in a city that actually had ATM machines inside little glass buildings.
Anyways, for a confined location movie it was nothing ground breaking. And they definitely stretched out a 10 minutes conflict into a 90 minute movie.

Also, the "solutions" that the characters came up with made me laugh.


However, the ending did surprise me, and I love unexpected endings, so I'll give it that. Also, the acting was okay, not awful like in many horror thrillers.
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People who added this item 721  Average listal rating (460 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
8. John Carter (2012)
Wednesday, June 6th

I was a little skeptical since it was, after all, a pretty disasterous flop in theaters. But I was pleasently surpirsed. This action sci-fi reminded me of Avatar, but I did enjoy it.
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People who added this item 3878  Average listal rating (2404 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Thursday, June 7th

This is what I knew about this movie going in:
1. It has Heath Ledger
2. It's a gay love story
3. It has spurred a lot of jokes

In my opinion, it is a beautiful love story. A little dry, but I thought it was very well constructed.
Those who criticize it harshly are probably just opposed to the values represented in it.

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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 6.3 
10. Civic Duty (2006)
Thursday June 7th

This movie had great potential. Maybe with a better cast and more realistic acting it would have been good.
I'm not saying that this film was "bad", I actually thought that plot was good, it had the right amount of action, and the resolution was good. It just need a little fine tuning, in my opinion.
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People who added this item 383  Average listal rating (250 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
11. Triangle (2009)
Friday, June 8

I really liked this movie. The only flaw is that towards the middle it got a little reaptative.

The story line seems a little jumbled at first, but in the end it is all explained.
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People who added this item 629  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
12. Fanboys (2009)
Friday, June 9th

The typical nerd comedy...loved it!
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People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.2 
13. Fear Island (2009)
Friday, June 8th

Minus one star for the name
Minus another 1/2 star for starring Haylie Duff
Minus another 1/2 star for the film description

Now let's begin the evaluation!

Okay, it's been done before. Again, and again, and again. Teens in deserted area/island/forest. Teens drinking. Teens begin to die.

The way the film is laid out is horrific. I don't even want to go into detail.
I hate rating it so low because I'm in love with Lucy Hale, and she actually wasn't TOO bad in here. Probably the best acting job out of the lot. The lack of emotion was just made the whole thing pitiful. (The first thing that I would do if I found my best friend dead would SO be to casually suggest that we "put her in the freezer so she'll stay fresh...)

I will give it this: it kept me guessing.

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People who added this item 563  Average listal rating (334 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.1 
14. Planet 51 (2009)
Saturday, June 9th

Another underrated and overlooked animation. This one had quite a bit of adult humor in it. My favorite line being, "That's a strange place for his antena!"
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People who added this item 116  Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
15. Big Miracle (2012)
Saturday, June 9th

This was truly a heartwarming film.

HOWEVER, I can't stand Drew Berrymore, so she kind of ruined it. It was also strange to see John Krasinski play anything other than "Jim" on "The Office".

I also think that I missed some crucial information because the verison that I downloaded did not had subtitles for the foreign language parts...thus, I missed whole conversations.
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People who added this item 1250  Average listal rating (817 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
16. Pay It Forward (2000)
Saturday, June 9th

It took me about four days to finish this movie (a little dull for my taste)

But the ending was heartbreaking and the plot was unique.
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People who added this item 975  Average listal rating (555 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
17. Mary and Max (2009)
Sunday, June 10th

Brilliant! An animated movie for adults. The color scheme was very clever, and a technique that should be utilized more often.

Truly and amazig work of animation.

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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating
18. Messages Deleted (2010)
Sunday, June 10th

Well, it honestly wasn't terrible, but ater 30 minutes I had pretty much figured out the conclusion. However, it was successful in making me doubt my original plot theory (I turned out to be right, but props to them for making me doubt)
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People who added this item 275  Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
19. Exam (2009)
Late Sunday Night, June 10th
(anybody notice what I do on the weekends? haha)

This was probably the best "confined setting/mess with your mind" movie that I've seen for a while. I was completely absorbed from the begining, and didn't know the resolution until, well, the ending.
This was a very intelligent film with good acting. Definitely underrated.
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People who added this item 172  Average listal rating (111 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
20. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Monday, June 11th

American Pie meets Ernet Goes to Camp with a number of actors that I don't like very much (some that I do like, but several that I'm not fond of)

Anyways, it wasn't really my cup of tea, sorry.
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People who added this item 626  Average listal rating (427 ratings) 2.9  IMDB Rating 2.6 
21. Meet the Spartans (2008)
Monday, June 11th

Okay, I am aware that I am very much in the minority when it comes to 300...I can't stand it. I thought it was well put together, but just not a movie that I like. That being said, I actually enjoyed this spoof more than the origninal movie. I also enjoyed all of the other movie parodies thrown in (even though they did poke fun at some of my favorites like Shrek)

I know it's a guilty pleasure film, but I'm giving it a good rating.
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People who added this item 255  Average listal rating (134 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.5 
22. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
Monday, June 11th

I'm not a huge Uma Thurman fan, I really don't think that she is that attractive and I usually am on the fence about her acting. But she did a really good job in this film.

I thought that it was well scripted, although a little bit jumbled at times. However, if you are paying attention it makes sense.
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People who added this item 559  Average listal rating (352 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 5.4 
23. The Eye (2008)
Tuesday, June 12th

So it wasnt flawless but it suffiently creeped me out, so I was satisfied

My biggest complaint about this movie is the title. "Eye" is singylar, and it really should be plural as the film is about both of her eyes. They should have named it "Eyes" or "The Eyes" or "Her Eyes"
Anyways, that's my rant.
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People who added this item 282  Average listal rating (187 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 5.8 
24. The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Tuesday, June 13th

WHAT! YOU MEAN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE GONE BACK IN THE CAVE!?!?!

...That's all.
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People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 5.7 
25. Nemesis Game (2003)
Wednesday, June 14th

This turned out to be much better than I expected. It kept me guessing until the end. I also enjoyed the riddles (I try to answer them, fail, and then when the characters figure them out I tell myself I knew it all along)
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People who added this item 292  Average listal rating (180 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
26. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Wednesday, June 14th

Yawwwwwwwwwwn. Rather dull, especially considering that it stars two actors famous for their commical roles. The ending, however was touching.
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People who added this item 927  Average listal rating (573 ratings) 4.1  IMDB Rating 3.7 
27. The Cat in the Hat (2003)
Thursday, June 15th

Sitting down to this movie I was very much aware that it has been given an extremely low rating, but I like to stay optimistic. So here's my breakdown:

First 15 minutes - Good! Actually, very good. Bright colors, corny enough to provoke a few laughs, commical characters. I'm thinking to myself, "Why such the low rating? This is cute!"

By the 30 minute mark- I can kind of see why people would find this annoying, but I'm still keeping an open.

The rest of the film- I should trust IMDB more often.
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People who added this item 1125  Average listal rating (727 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.4 
28. The Faculty (1998)
Friday, June 15th

Since this was an older movie that I had not yet watched, I was a little skeptical. It wasn't bad, a more "modern" looking movie than most that are over a decade old. Did it scare me? Not a bit. Was it creppy? Decently.
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People who added this item 1229  Average listal rating (728 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.1 
29. Save the Last Dance (2001)
Saturday, June 16th

Typical white girl learns to dance to hip-hop movie.
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People who added this item 450  Average listal rating (303 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
30. Iron Sky (2012)
Saturday, June 16th

I found this to be an incredibly enjoyable movie. It felt a little bi-polar to me, though. Is it a spoof? Is it an action movie? Is it comedy? I still don't know. But I enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 87  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.6 
31. Middle of Nowhere (2008)
Sunday, June 17th

This wasn't bad for an independant movie. It definitely broke the cliche love story. My biggest complaint is that the ending was not satisfying for me.
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People who added this item 280  Average listal rating (165 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.9 
32. Wild Target (2009)
Monday, June 18th

I found this to be a very enjoyable film. There were several laugh-out-loud moments, and the plot seemed to be well-rounded. Good acting, as well.
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People who added this item 4049  Average listal rating (2700 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.6 
33. American History X (1998)
Tuesday, June 19th

Not my favorite type of movie, but I enjoyed watching it. Speaks volumes about racism.
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People who added this item 1744  Average listal rating (1093 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
34. Battle Royale (2000)
Tuesday, June 19th

Okay, I tried. I really did. But I just couldn't finish it.
It was basically the Japanese version of The Hunger Games (yes, I know, this came first).
But I simply didn't enjoy it. Bad acting is bad acting, no matter what country.
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People who added this item 2685  Average listal rating (1751 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
35. Superman Returns (2006)
Wednesday, June 20th

I suppose I would have enjoyed this film more if I had seen it when it was released. I've never been a huge Superman geek, and the only Superman TV show or movie that I ever follwed with Smallville. So, that being said. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't amazing.
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People who added this item 180  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
36. Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)
Wednesday, June 20th

I don't watch many dark comedy movies, but I think that I should. I knew that this was a spin-off of the TV Show "Dead Like Me", which I would have prefered to watch it first. However,the TV series is no longer on Netflix, and it just didn't seem worth downloading.

Aside from the main character (Ellen Muth) being simply awful, I enjoyed this movie. Not the best, but I liked it.
Now I am in search of more dark comedies (suggestions?)
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating 4.6 
37. Dead Season (2012)
Thursday, June 21st

First of all, I was surprised that I had to add this movie to Listal, as it is a fairly recently released movie.

It wasn't bad for a post-apocolypse movie. The acting was decent, and the plot was almost unique.
But seriously, the zombie card has been overplayed. Hollywood needs some new material.
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People who added this item 329  Average listal rating (191 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.2 
38. Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
Thursday, June 21st

Who the hell would get themselves into a situation like this? That is my one question.
The script writer for this movie obviously had some serious pent-up anger for his/her teachers. My gracious.

The whole plot was completely ridiculous and unrealstic. How could anybody
A. Be stupid enough to dig themselves into such a big hole
B. Come up with such ludacris "solutions"
C. Even BEGIN to think that any of their ideas would work

Was this movie supposed to be scary or funny? I'm really not sure.

I'll give it this- I really didn't know where it was headed.
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People who added this item 124  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
39. Life in a Day (2011)
Thursday, June 21st

I have a new favorite movie (or at least second, nothing can top Finding Nemo)

This documentary was brilliant. Simply genius. I loved it. Seldom does a movie of any sort (espcially "cut and paste" montages) take me through an entire range of emotion. During this film I experienced grief, joy, anger, frustration, pity, relief, and everything in between.

I'm in a state of awe right now. Maybe I'm giving it too much credit, so I will probaby watch it again tomorrow, but my God. I'm star struck.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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People who added this item 2607  Average listal rating (1588 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
40. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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People who added this item 1637  Average listal rating (1053 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
41. Mr. Deeds (2002)
Friday, June 22nd

A typical Adam Sandler movie...that being said, I usually can't stand him.
This one started out with promise and i found myself thinking, "hey! a decent Sandler movie?"
but towards the end it had reverted back to the typical pathetic attempt at a good romantic comedy.

Oh, and I feel so sorry for all of the beautiful women over the years that have had to kiss this man. Seriously.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
42. Bag It (2010)
Friday, June 22nd

I've been on an educational binge as of late. This documentary really made me think. The shear amount of plastic that we use in a day is completely mind-blowing.
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People who added this item 165  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
43. A Thousand Words (2012)
Saturday, June 23rd

A movie where Eddie Murphy can't speak? Sounds like my kind of movie!
But in all seriousness, he did a great job in this film.
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
44. Just Peck (2009)
Saturday, June 23rd

A suprisingly decent coming-of-age high school movie. Nothing ground breaking, but Marcia Cross made me laugh out loud quite a few times.
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People who added this item 310  Average listal rating (182 ratings) 5.2  IMDB Rating 5.6 
45. Wanderlust (2012)
Sunday, June 24th

Okay, this movie had terribly low ratings and reviews, but I actually found it to be rather humorus. It was definitely different, and that always means points in my book.
Yes, there were some parts that I could have done without, and I'm not the biggest fan of Jennifer Aniston, but it wasn't as bad as everybody made it out to be.
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People who added this item 2282  Average listal rating (1333 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
46. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Sunday, June 25th

I finally saw this classic film. Audrey is simply darling in this movie (to use her words) she is absolutely goregous.
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People who added this item 120  Average listal rating (79 ratings) 4.2  IMDB Rating 3.6 
47. Stan Helsing (2009)
Monday, June 25th

Of course all parodies are going to be lame and corny, that is their very nature. That being said, this one was just the right amount of lame and corny.
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People who added this item 1049  Average listal rating (678 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
48. The Boat That Rocked (2009)
Monday, June 25th

Aside from a few laugh-out-loud moments, I was fairly bored with this movie. It actually took me a few days to actually watch the whole thing.
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
49. Triple Dog (2010)
Monday, June 26th

This was pretty good for an independant film. Of course, it's all been done before (teens daring teens to do stupid, illegal stuff) but I really like Brittany Roberston- I think that she is adorable.
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People who added this item 198  Average listal rating (123 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
50. Keith (2008)
Tuesday, June 27th

What a good surprise. I actually really enjoyed this movie. I didn't know the "secret" until it was revealed, so it was refreshing.
The one pet peeve about it was the annoying and corny background music.
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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 4 16:27
Donnie Darko has long been a personal favorite. I didn't even realize Seth Rogen was in it until I revisited it after seeing The 40 Year Old Virgin. Heh.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 5 2:37
hahaha!! laughing on comment of "Friends with kids" cause you are so right! however i liked better Friends with kids than all the others because it had an actual plot !! Charlie Bartlett and Donnie Darko are great films ;)
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jun 17 14:49
Glad you enjoyed Mary & Max. It's one of my favorite films. :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jul 4 14:19
First of all: How did you manage to watch 53 movies this month? I'm stunned, I only got 6 at my June-list.
What's more important: it's an interesting list. Some movies I've watched, too and I agree with your project X, brokeback mountain and life before her eyes ratings. Then there's a lot movies I want to watch now, like life in a day and middle of nowhere.

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