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Moviewatcher122's 2014 Film Diary: January

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Best Film of the Month: Magnolia
Worst Film of the Month: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
People who added this item 1780 Average listal rating (1035 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
January 1



"People always look down their noses at hookers. Never give you a chance, because they think you took the easy way out, when no one could imagine the willpower it took to do what we do. Walking the streets, night after night, taking the hits and still getting back up."

This was a very good movie. Charlize Theron delivers an amazing performance and is pretty much the reason why this movie is so good. It is a bit too depressing for my tastes, but it is a very well-made movie and will have some of the scenes from this movie will never leave my mind.
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January 2



"Why, in my day, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs they had, real butter! Fresh lettuce in the stores."
"I know, Sol, you told me before."

This was just a very average movie. It had bland dialogue and the plot was nothing special. The fight scene at the end was cool and the twist ending was decent, but other than that this movie was pretty forgettable.
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January 3



"Sometimes the shepherd needs the comfort of the sheep."
"I'm going to try hard not to understand the implications of that."

This movie was an amazing film. It had earth-shattering dialogue, great story and amazing performances from a good cast. Unlike Monster, this dark and depressing film suited my tastes perfectly.
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People who added this item 1830 Average listal rating (1229 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
January 5



"How old are you?"
"Old enough to have a marriage end and not wind up in a mental hospital."

While this movie has great performances from Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper kills it for me. He couldn't pull off the bi-polar character in the movie in my opinion and it is too hard for me to care for his character. Even Chris Tucker's performance is better than his! While the ending was sweet I just thought the movie could've gone a different direction. Worth watching, but very overrated.
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People who added this item 1143 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
January 8



"When the "Upper-Crust" does shady deeds, they do them all over town, and the pitch is, they got these little symbols so they can tell each without word getting around."

Now this was a very good movie. It had very smart writing and it was more complex than your basic mystery movie. It may not be a masterpiece, but it's a very interesting movie and it's very underrated.
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January 9



"What, are you gonna give me some advice? Just say no? Well, forget it! How the fuck are you gonna save me from my life, huh?"

This was a very underrated movie. It had a great performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, an awesome soundtrack and it was surprisingly dark at times. It's far from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the low ratings it gets from critics and low score on IMDB.
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January 10



"When my father moved away, I lived alone in our house. Which was not exactly normal, but at least I had a routine. Before, when he was home, I could never exactly get comfortable, because it always felt like something was about to happen."

The reason I wanted to see this movie was because the comedic premise sounded so stupid and funny at the same time. Michael Douglas does a great job of playing the crazy character and while it did have some funny and touching moments, the movie doesn't have anything great enough for me to want to watch it again. It is still worth watching though, especially if you want to see an unusual role from Michael Douglas.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
January 11



"Did you talk to Julian yet?"
"No."
"Clay, I asked you to talk to him."
"Okay, I'll call Betty Ford, you want me to get him a room, fine."
"No, just talk to him, I mean, he's your friend, too."
"It's funny. When you called me, I thought I was coming home to see you."

This movie is the kind that could've only been made in the 80's. While the story may not be anything too special, it had some good writing and a great performance from Robert Downey Jr. While it's not a life-changing movie, it's a very good one and I appreciate the fact that this movie came out in a time period when most movies were cheesy comedies that didn't take themselves seriously at all.
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January 11



Most of you probably haven't even heard of this movie. I hadn't either until I found it at my local video store and some of you that have read my other lists know that I love finding obscure films. You may be wondering if it's worth watching. The answer is no. While Anthony Hopkins delivered a great performance, the rest of the movie was a generic thriller with nothing special to offer. It lacked suspense and I can understand why no one remembers this film anymore.
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Fast Five (2011)
January 12



"Come on, man. Hook a brother up, please?"
"No. And you're not my brother."
"Brother from another mother. You ever heard that phrase?"

I was genuinely surprised by this movie. While The Fast and the Furious and Fast & Furious was just mindless fun, this one was smart, witty and had some awesome action scenes. Out of all of the three movies I've seen in the series, this is the only one I would want to watch again.
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January 13



"Have I got a big nose, Mum?"
"Stop thinking about sex!"
"I wasn't!"
"You're always on about it. "Will the girls like this? Will the girls like that? Is it too big? Is it too small?"

While it is not as hilarious as The Holy Grail, it is still a very funny movie in it's own right. I wasn't even expecting it to top the latter movie, since it's pretty much impossible to.
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January 15



"A righteous man before me stands. A hero in these filthy lands. A brother in arms in heart are you. I was really hoping you get it too."

What a horrendous movie. It had abysmal dialogue, terrible acting from most of the cast and was very overproduced. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino deliver great performances, but they can't save the movie because the dialogue they are given sucks ass. If only the chemistry between De Niro and Al Pacino was like that scene with them in Heat, but Martin Scorsese will be making a film with both of them called The Irishman, so fortunately it won't be the last movie starring them.
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January 15



"This reminds me of my father's last words: "Don't son, that gun is loaded!"

This was a very dumb action movie, but the movie knows it is and it was a lot of fun to watch. Despite the fact that it came out in 1991, it really has that 80's action movie feel, so if you're a fan of those kind of movies then this one is really worth watching.
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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (675 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
January 16



"Oh, this is perfect. Are you really that stupid? There's two of you, and a whole army of us. Do you really have such a hard-on to die?"

What a disappointment! While it has some good action scenes and some funny parts, not all the jokes worked and the dialogue wasn't that good. Jim Carrey's performance was unlike anything he's ever done before and it's a shame that he was underused in this movie because if he was in the movie more then this probably would've been a good movie. Aaron Johnson's character wasn't likeable as he was in the first movie, but Hit-Girl was just as awesome as she was in the first movie. If Matthew Vaughn was in charge of this movie then it would've been much better, but since he wasn't I guess this is just a sequel that shouldn't have happened.
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Volcano (1997)
January 17



"We're going to put as many people in front of it as it takes. Listen up, people! Let me tell you what's south of us: no more museums, no more department stores, just homes! People! If we turn and run now, they're going to be defenseless! You don't like my plan? That's good. Give me a another plan, but don't tell me we're backing out!"

I don't get why people hated this movie. People say that the dialogue is bad and that the movie is dumb, but first of all I know bad dialogue and in this movie it was decent. To the people who says it's dumb, what did you expect from a disaster movie? I thought it was an entertaining movie with a good performance from Tommy Lee Jones and the scenes with the lava flowing was fun to watch.
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January 17



"Sometimes in the heat of passion, the little head tells the big head what to do, and the big head should think twice about what you are doing."

This movie is the gem of Robert De Niro's career. Not only is his performance amazing, but the way he directs this film is superb. Also the way the story was told was amazing and the way they ended the movie couldn't have been better. This movie is a must-see for anyone that loves cinema.
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Hesher (2010)
January 18



"Life is like walking in the rain... you can hide and take cover or you can just get wet."

This was a good movie but it's not as effective as the movie wants it to be. It did have good performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and even Rainn Wilson delivered a good performance. The main problem I did that it seemed to be disturbing just for the sake of being disturbing. I'm not saying that it didn't work, but it just got too unsettling at times. Another problem I had is that the kid got on my nerves at certain times. His acting was OK, but the way he screamed and cursed a lot got annoying pretty damn fast. Overall, Hesher is worth watching if you're a fan of anyone in the cast. Otherwise you're better off skipping it.
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Contagion (2011)
January 18



"Someone doesn't have to weaponize the bird flu. The birds are doing that."

Seriously? That's what all the hype was for? A mediocre thriller that doesn't have much to offer? First of all I have to admit that I'm not a fan of Steven Soderbergh. The only film he's directed that I gave a good rating was Ocean's Eleven and even that movie had certain things I didn't like about it. This movie was just uninspired, boring and the writing was just bland. The best thing about the movie was the acting. It wasn't great, but it was good to see some effort from the cast members. Despite the fact that I didn't like this movie, I thought the tone of this movie was perfect. Not a bad film, but it really could've been better.
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January 18



"Jesse, you know what would make me feel really safe right now? If you got hit by a truck and died!"

This was a very interesting movie. It was different from your typical serial killer movie and it was a little messed up at times. Kevin Costner also did a great job playing the main character in the movie.
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People who added this item 147 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
January 19



Now here's a Soderbergh movie I actually liked. The story was interesting, it had very good dialogue and even the characters were well-developed. I just thought that the storytelling and overall quality of this film was better than it was in his mainstream movies.
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The Rookie (1990)
January 19



"You fucking lied to Garcia."
"I didn't lie to him. I just didn't tell him the truth."

This is far from Clint Eastwood's best movie, but it was fun to watch.
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January 19



"You know what I thought when mom died? I couldn't understand how you could talk to people again, how you could laugh... again. I couldn't understand how you could play with us. And no, no that's a lie, life does not just go on."

This was a very great movie. The story was simple, but the way it was executed was great. The character development is remarkable and I really loved how much the characters have changed by the end of the movie. This movie also made me forgive Sean Penn for his awful performance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High with one of his best performances.
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
January 20



"We've been up on that hill ten times, and they still don't think we're serious."

Why the hell does this movie have a 6.6 on IMDB? This movie is one of the most accurate portrayals of war that I've seen in a movie. The acting was great, the dialogue was very good and the battle scenes were very intense. This movie is up there with Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now as the best movies about the Vietnam War.
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January 20



"To be brutally honest, I think you have a morbid desire to burn in hell."

This was a very bland and mediocre thriller and this is coming from someone who enjoyed Kiss the Girls which is the predecessor to this movie. I just didn't care about what was happening, the suspense didn't work for me and even Morgan Freeman wasn't great and he's one of my favorite actors. His performance wasn't average or anything, but it is easily my least favorite performance from him. This is just a step down from Kiss the Girls and I recommend that you just watch that movie instead.
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People who added this item 563 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
January 21



"If you listen to DMX, the baby comes out goin 'Ennngghhh!"

This was a very stupid comedy. Most of the time it felt like the movie was literally devoid of humor and when it was actually trying to be funny, it really fell flat. This movie only got one actual laugh out of me and that was the quote I chose for this movie. I should've known better to not expect a funny comedy from movies like this.
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January 21



"Hi everybody! Welcome to Art. *The* only class that will teach you how to survive. This is where you can find your soul, if you dare. Don't ask me to show you how to draw a face. Ask me to help you find the wind."

This was a very good movie. It had a surprisingly good performance from Kristen Stewart and it had some very well-written dialogue. I don't get how she could deliver a very good performance back then, but does a sub-par job at acting now.
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People who added this item 561 Average listal rating (375 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
January 22



"You go up the stairs, I'll take the elevator. For once it's not broken."

This was a very entertaining movie. It had some really awesome action scenes and it's much better than your typical Hollywood action movie. If I had one complaint it would be that the pacing was a little too fast, but other than that I don't have too many problems with this movie.
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People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Goon (2011)
January 23



"That's the first win in a month! I'm gonna go crack some champagne and make love to my old lady! It'll be the first time, the best time, in a long time!"

This was a very funny movie. Some of the dialogue in this movie had me laughing out loud and it also had some very good hockey scenes.

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January 23



"These eyes will deceive you, they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride, and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light, these are of a psychopath."

I actually thought this was a good remake. While some people hated this remake, but in the last two Halloween films before this one they made Michael Myers look like a joke. In this one they made him threatening again. This was also meant to be Halloween for the new generation and it actually works. While it's not really scary, it's still one of the better horror remakes and it's the best Halloween movie since the original.
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January 24



"I hate my life."
"I hate your life, too."

First of all I think Hillary Swank nailed the role very well. I also loved what it had to say and I'm also surprised that this was based on a true story. Although I already knew how the movie ended, (I blame the Nostalgia Critic.) it happened when I least expected it and I love it when movies are able to do that.
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Oblivion (2013)
January 24



"If we have souls, they are made of the love we share... undimmed by time and bound by death."

What a disappointment. This movie was very high on my anticipated movies list of 2013, so I was still expecting something good from this movie. The talent in this movie was wasted, the movie starts off very slow and this film is pretty boring. While the action was somewhat entertaining, this whole movie feels like it ripped off a ton of sci-fi movies. What's even worse about this movie is that the plot sounded good on paper. This is just a forgettable and unoriginal sci-fi movie.
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January 25



"I lost my virginity with a sophomore in high school."
"That's cool?"
"Yeah, sweet."
"Did he treat you good?"

Please keep in mind that I'm not watching Steven Soderbergh's movies just to hate on them. This is one of his movies that I actually wanted to give a chance. I thought the dialogue in this movie was so bad that it makes me wonder why this movie was praised so much. I also thought the talent in this movie was wasted and I just couldn't stand how the movie was made. This is the one of the most overrated films to win an Oscar.
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Du zhan (2012)
January 25



If there's one thing I love about Netflix, It's the selection of obscure foreign movies they have. This movie was very interesting and the shoot-out scene near the end of the movie was very well done. I have yet to see an Asian film that didn't impress me because I really love the way they make movies.
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The Raven (2012)
January 26



"I believe that God gave him a spark of genius and quenched it in misery. But as far as something like this... The only thing he's ever killed is a bottle of brandy."

I can understand why this movie got negative reviews from some people. The dark tone and gore in this movie will turn some people off, but I thought that suited the time period of this movie very well. John Cusack also did a great job as Edgar Allen Poe and I'm glad they picked him for the role instead of someone obvious like Johnny Depp. I'm glad I finally saw this movie after wanting to see it for a couple years.
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Bad Ass (2012)
January 26



"I told you I didn't wanna fight."

I thought this movie was good, but that's mainly because of Danny Trejo. His character was awesome in this movie.
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Sliding Doors (1998)
January 26



"Everybody's born knowing all the Beatles lyrics instinctively. They're passed into the fetus subconsciously along with all the amniotic stuff. Fact, they should be called The Fetals."

This was a pretty lame movie. While it had some funny parts, the romance in this movie didn't work for me and I just found it too sentimental at times. This movie should've been called Forgettable Movie #1059.
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January 26



"So, what, were they psychos, or..."
"Did they look like psychos? Is that what they looked like? They were vampires. Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them, I don't give a fuck how crazy they are!"

This was a highly entertaining movie. The dialogue from Quentin Tarantino is great as always and the vampire aspect made it unique from all the other Tarantino films. (Not saying his other movies aren't unique.) Plus it has Danny Trejo as a vampire. How could you not enjoy that?
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January 27



"Of these three, which in your view is the most important: Faith, hope or love?"
"Hope."

While this was a good movie, there was nothing amazing about it besides Cate Blanchett's performance and I probably won't remember too much of it after seeing it.
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January 27



I really enjoyed this movie. The action scenes in this movie were very well done and it was cool to see a foreign martial arts movie that takes place in this time period. If you like very fun martial arts movies then you should watch this movie. It's good stuff.
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January 28



"Excuse me, Jack, tell me one thing in life that is absolutely for certain."
"My daughter's love."

This movie was even better than The Hunt for Red October. This movie has some very good action scenes, was very suspenseful and Harrison Ford was awesome as Jack Ryan. James Earl Jones was also great even with the short amount of screen time he had.
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January 28



"It's like a morgue in here. I wanna be dead like you guys."

This movie is another one of those hidden gems. I really dug Ethan Hawke's role in this movie and the dialogue in this movie felt pretty realistic. It may not be the best crime-drama movie, but it's better than some of the bad ones I've seen. *cough* Traffic. *cough*
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January 29

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"If you ever see it again, whatever it is, don't touch it, just call me and we'll have somebody come and take it away."
"Like the dogcatcher?"
"But they'll give it a lobotomy or do experiments on it or something."

I decided to make a rule that I won't add rewatches to my list if I've added them to one of my other movie diaries and have nothing new to say about them. The reason I am mentioning this is because I thought that would be the case with this movie, but nope. It wasn't. Despite the fact that I haven't watched this movie until I was 16, watching this movie makes me feel like a kid again. I also love how this movie shows kids the darker side of storytelling which kids movies today rarely do that.
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January 29



"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone."

I loved this movie for two main reasons. The first reason is that it's been a while that I laughed that hard while watching a movie. The second reason is because of how it handled it's dark and depressing subject matter. I find it sad that the Netflix crowd doesn't understand that this movie is a dramedy and they just see it as a drama. They also say idiotic things like "WTH and WTF the movie cover says hilarious, its not at all its actually very sad."
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January 30



"I dunno who said "only the dead have seen the end of war". I have seen the end of war. The question is, can I live again?"

It's not a great movie, but I thought it was a very effective drama. It had superb acting and had some pretty disturbing war scenes. I was really impressed with Tobey Maguire's performance the most since he rarely amazes me as an actor.
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January 30



"Sometimes God just fucks up your order and you gotta chow down on that shitty shame sandwich."

This movie was surprisingly good. While I didn't like how the main characters in this movie are real life criminals that did some very disgusting things, I did laugh quite a bit and I thought it was nice to see Michael Bay direct something different for a change. The movie reminded me of when he directed movies like Bad Boys and The Rock instead of a million fucking Transformers movies. It's not a great film, but it's much better than I was anticipating.
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January 31



"We're takers, gents. That's what we do for a living. We take."

What the hell? I was expecting to hate this movie, so why did I like it? While this movie is far from great, it managed to entertain me and that's all this movie was trying to accomplish. It's not a film I will remember too much of, but it's better than it has any right to be.
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January 31



"You want to know about politics in Washington? Four words: Watch your back, Jack."

While this is the weakest Jack Ryan movie so far, I still think it's a very solid movie and is very fun to watch. Harrison Ford is as great as he was in Patriot Games and it had some cool action scenes in this movie. Overall, it was a very good sequel.
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Monthly Focus: PT Anderson's Movies

I watched a couple of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies at the end of last year and I really loved what I saw. Since he hasn't made a lot of films, I decided to make his films one of my monthly focuses.
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January 4



"You know the first thing they should've taught you at hooker school? You get the money up front!"

This isn't Anderson's best movie, but it's his debut film, so it's excusable. The story wasn't anything great, but it had a very good performance from John C. Reilly and the dialogue was good, but not great. While this movie wasn't amazing, it is a very important movie since it led PT Anderson to make great films after this one.
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January 12



"I wanna go now. So, good luck to you."
"You can stay here tonight..."
"No. I wanna go now. I wanna leave."
"If I travel all the way there and I find out that you're a liar, I'll find you and I'll take more than my money back, is that alright with you?"
"Yessir."

This is another great film from PT Anderson. The shots in this film were amazing, the story was great and this is the first movie I've seen starring Daniel Day-Lewis and I can understand why he's considered to be one of the best actors. While it is a masterpiece, I can't recommend this movie because this is one of those movies you'll either love or hate, but the movie is worth a chance if you're a Daniel Day-Lewis fan and if you're remotely interested in the story.
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The Master (2012)
January 25



"If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

This is not my favorite PT Anderson movie, but it is still a very solid film. It had amazing acting and very good character development, but the story isn't anything amazing in my opinion.
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Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Jan 5 14:41
I don't remember The Ice Storm being quite as good as you found it but it's been years since I've watched it. Now you've got me curious. I think I'll have to give it another go soon.

I've always wanted to see Soylent Green, and probably still will at some point, but I don't have particularly high hopes for it. Monster, on the other hand, I really have no desire to see. I didn't find the previews appealing and I'm not a great fan of Theron either - though I know many are.

Looking forward to your other additions! :)
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Jan 25 7:42
Lots of interesting stuff here, I could comment all day. But I'll refrain. Sorry you watched Righteous Kill, which I also highly regret wasting my time on. And pleasantly surprised that you enjoyed Rob Zombie's Halloween, which I feel is unfairly maligned. Sure it's not as good as the original, but as you said it succeeds at what it sets out to do & best of all restores Michael from being stupid & silly.

Looking forward to your thoughts on PT Anderson's other films.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Jan 28 1:25
Agreed wholeheartedly on Traffic. Ugh.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Feb 1 20:34
Yep, Magnolia is my favorite of his films too. Matter of fact it's somewhere in my top 10 films ever (top 5 even). Glad you wound up loving it too.

And yay for you loving World's Greatest Dad too. Such an awesome movie.

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