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Phillydude's Movie Log - March, 2012

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1. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Watched March 1st - TCM - Rewatch

" For the benefit of those who haven't already guessed - we are going straight to Japan, the navy will take us within 400 miles of the Japanese mainland - we are going to bomb Tokyo"
- Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo tells the story of the Doolittle raid on Japan which was America's first strike back at Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is told from the perspective of one of the pilots in the raid who wrote a book about it - I remember reading the book, but it has been a long time since
I have seen the movie - the movie tells the story well, as the title suggests the scenes of the actual raid are brief, most of the movie contends with the preparations before and what happened to the planes and crews afterward. The romantic subplot is pretty schmaltzy and it distracts from the story - other than that I'd rank it as one of my favorite WW II movies.
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People who added this item 253  Average listal rating (164 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
2. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Watched March 2nd - TCM - Rewatch

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Tora! Tora! Tora! remains the best, most complete and most detailed movie I have seen about the events surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I like that it tells the story from both Japan and America's point of view and that the Japanese actors speak Japanese, which lends authenticity to the film. Seeing this movie back to back with Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo reminded of how good both movies are and just how terrible that Ben Affleck movie was in comparison.
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People who added this item 109  Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
3. The Great Race (1965)
Watched March 2nd - TCM -
1st Viewing

"You I hate! - You and your hair that's always combed, your suit that's always white, your car that's always clean."
- Professor Fate

Given the theme for this years 31 Days of Oscar of around the world with movies, it is appropriate to close it out with two back to back movies about traveling around the globe. The first is The Great Race - it's a comedy about a road race in the early 1900's that went from New York westward to Paris - a great idea for a movie - unfortunately it isn't a great movie - first it is way to long, the first 45 minutes could have been cut without missing anything - then there is the acting, Tony Curtis is Ok, but Jack Lemmon was dreadful, it was over the top ham acting at its worst and worst of all he just wasn't funny - Lemmon reminded me of Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou - he was trying to hard. Then the movie loses focus and instead of a race, it turns into a version of the Prince and the Pauper - My favorite scene was the huge pie fight, but even that was lifted directly from The 3 Stooges. Maybe a remake is in order, because as much as I liked the idea, I enjoyed the around the world race episode of Speed Racer more than this movie.
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People who added this item 292  Average listal rating (192 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
4. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Watched March 2nd - TCM - Rewatch

"An Englishman never jokes about a wager, sir."
- Phileas Fogg

The last movie in my 31 Days of Oscar was Around The World in 80 Days, an Oscar winning adaption of the Jules Verne novel David Niven is the perfect choice for Phileas Fogg - a proper, fastidious, compulsively punctual Englishman of the 19th century who makes a wager that he can travel around the globe in 80 days. Fogg makes the journey with his trusted aid Passepartout, who ends up having most of the adventures on the trip and is now one of my all time favorite movie sidekicks. Although it is not a real exciting movie, it was enjoyable and entertaining enough, and a pleasant way to tour a lot of the places I visited during the last 31 days of Oscar's best movies.
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Since I watched a lot of heavy dramas last month during my Oscar movie marathon - I decided to lighten things up this month by watching more comedies, specifically focusing on the classic comedy teams - I will watch two movies each from The Marx Brothers, Laural & Hardy, Abbot & Costello and The Three Stooges, while interspersing them with 6 of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's Road movies- hinging on if Netflix is kind to me this month.
People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Road to Singapore (1940)

Watched March 6th - Purchased at FYE -
1st Viewing

"Listen fellas, I just want you to stand there and admire me for a while, I just got an idea that's gonna make us a fortune -
I don't know how I do it." - Ace Lannigan

Bob Hope has always been one of my favorite comedians and remains the only comedian I've seen preform live, however I haven't watched to many of his movies, so I was pleased to find a set of the first four Road movies and decided to watch them in order. Road To Singapore is the first one - For the first time out it's pretty good, I liked the story and there are funny moments, but it's uneven and plays more like a romantic comedy than the farce and satire the Road movies are known for, probably because with the first one they didn't know it was going to become a series so it played more like a regular movie - It was like a TV show that spends the first season working the bugs out, but the chemistry and comic timing between Hope and Crosby is apparent right from the start.
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6. A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Watched March 6th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"We've got to speed things up, Chef, if a guest orders a three-minute egg, give it to him in two minutes - if he orders a two-minute egg, give it to him in one minute - if he orders a one-minute egg, give him a chicken and let him work it out for himself." - Ronald Kornblow

I was a big fan of The Three Stooges growing up, but never got into The Marx Brothers, although I did laugh at all the impersonations of Groucho, particularly by Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H. I went into A Night In Casablanca thinking it was going to be a parody of Casablanca, which it really wasn't - besides taking place in the same town, there wasn't a lot that reminded me of the Bogart movie, However it did make me laugh - Groucho had some great one liners and I cracked up at Harpo's antics, particularly the one at the beginning which got my biggest laugh of the film. There were other bits though that I didn't laugh at or I thought went on to long so, as with Road To Singapore, it was a bit uneven but on the whole my first Marx Brothers movie was an enjoyable experience.
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People who added this item 654  Average listal rating (426 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
7. Duck Soup (1933)

Watched March 8th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot,
and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you - he really is an idiot. I implore you, send him back to his father and brothers, who are waiting for him with open arms in the penitentiary - I suggest that we give him ten years in Leavenworth, or eleven years in Twelveworth." - Rufus Firefly

Duck Soup is ranked in the AFI top 100 movies of all time and I can see why - it is hysterical. Groucho was brilliant with his one liners, they were coming so fast in the beginning of the movie that I had to play the first 10 minutes twice to catch them all and Harpo again gave me the biggest laughs with his compulsive scissor cutting. My favorite scenes were when Chico and Harpo impersonated Groucho - Priceless - I also liked the trial, funny stuff and there was even a musical number and I liked the final battle scene too, there were some bits I've seen The Three Stooges do, I don't know who was coping whom, but it doesn't really matter as funny is funny.
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8. Road to Zanzibar (1941)

Watched March 8th - Purchased at FYE -
1st Viewing

"If he's a God - I'm Mickey Mouse" - Native

The road movies hit their stride with Road To Zanzibar. Hope and Crosby play a pair of carnival con men stranded in South Africa who get mixed up with a pair of female flim flam artists. the story is a parody of jungle safari movies and they have a lot of fun with it. I liked the story better in this movie than with the first one and Dorothy Lamore'a part is better as well, Unlike the timid character she played in Road to Singapore, her character is a match for Hope and Crosby in this one and I enjoyed Crosby's songs more in this movie. The best part for me was when Hope and Crosby's characters get captured by natives and the natives debate whether they are Gods or not - highlighted by Hope's character having to wrestle a gorilla to prove it, probably politically incorrect by today's standards - but it was funny, Hope and Crosby are comedy gold together.
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People who added this item 174  Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
9. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Watched March 9th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Dracula is Dracula, and Sandra is going to use my brain to make a bigger dummy out of the other dummy." - Wilbur Grey

I have seen the famous 'Who's on first' sketch by Abbott and Costello lots of times, but this is the first time I have seen them in a movie - and what an awesome movie - it is an all star Monster mash - not only are Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman in the same movie together, but somehow they managed to get Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney to reprise their roles as Dracula and The Wolfman - the only one missing was Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster - but Glenn Strange was a suitable replacement. Of course being an Abbott and Costello movie, it is all played for laughs and there are plenty of them - mostly by Costello - but being able to see Lugosi play Count Dracula again was the joy of the movie for me.
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.5 
10. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Watched March 10th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Buddy my boy, if you find the fella who killed Dr. Zoomer -
you got the murderer." - Lou Costello

Abbott and Costello run into another legendary monster, this time The Mummy. I didn't think it was as good as Meets Frankenstein, but there were still plenty of laughs, especially when there were three Mummies running around. Costello again steals the show, but I thought Abbott was stronger in this one and the comic timing between the two was sharper. Again there were moments that reminded me of The Stooges, but all these comedy teams have there own style and they're all funny, I'd have loved to see them join forces for a movie.

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People who added this item 65  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.4 
11. Road to Morocco (1942)
Watched March 11th - Purchased at FYE -
1st Viewing

"You had to open your big mouth and ruin the only good scene I got in the picture - I might have won a Academy Award!" - Turkey Jackson

I think Road To Morocco is generally regarded as the best of the road movies, as it was nominated for a couple academy awards and is listed in AFI's top 100 comedies, and it is the best of the three I have seen so far - although it wasn't quite as good as I had expected. The highlight was the first of the 'we're on the road' songs which Hope and Crosby sung while riding atop a camel - it was a complete gem, there are also more in jokes in this one to, which were amusing. Anthony Quinn again plays the heavy, I had no idea he got his start in the Road movies, but his charisma shines through even amidst all the silliness - you could tell he was going to become a star.
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
12. The Flying Deuces (1939)

Watched March 13th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

I knew of Laurel and Hardy before, especially their catchy theme music and Hardy's famous tag line, but I think The Flying Deuces is the first of their movies I've seen. They play two Americans who join the French foreign legion after Ollie has his heart broken - must be something about Morocco because all the comedy teams seem to set movies there. For a slapstick comedy it has some pretty dark moments such as Ollie attempting suicide and the ending was just plain bizarre, but it also had plenty of funny moments, the highlight for me was Stan and Oliie, in the midst of a chase scene, stopping to preform an impromptu rendition of 'Shine on harvest moon'.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
13. Great Guns (1941)

Watched March 14th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"32 years in the Army and not even a Coporal? - Stan, at last I've met somebody that's dumber than you." - Oliver Hardy

In Great Guns Laurel and Hardy play misfits who join the Army, a tried and true plot devise for many comedies to follow. There are some really funny moments in the movie especially when they get pulled through a firing range and when the pair get involved in war games, the main flaw with the movie was the romantic subplot involving another soldier who joined with them, which isn't funny and just slowed the movie down.
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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
14. Road to Utopia (1945)
Watched March 15th - Purchases at FYE -
1st Viewing

"Next time I bring Sinatra." - Chester Hooton

Hope and Crosby are on the road again - this time traveling to Alaska to find gold - if you think that sounds a bit like the plot of Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush - you would be correct, it is - Road To Utopia isn't as funny as the first three movies and the songs are not as good, but it does have some good moments - I especially liked the narrator interjecting to make Grumpy old men style cracks about the movie and there are plenty of in jokes and breaking the fourth wall moments that were amusing. I was surprised there wasn't another on the road song - but I did like Hope and Crosby's duet of 'Put it there pal' - which was fun and mirrored their real life friendship.
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 6.3 
15. The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)

Watched March 17th - TCM -
1st Viewing

"I'll smash the first guy who says it's all Greek to me."
- Moe Howard

The Three Stooges did 20 minute short films for most of their careers, of which I grew up watching and loved them, however towards the end of their careers they finally got to do a few feature length movies. In this one they are friends with an inventor who has a time machine that takes them all back to ancient Greece where they run into Hercules, Ulysses and Achilles The Heel. Amazing to me that Moe and Larry where in their 60s when they made this film, but the physical humor still works and they are the same lovable nitwits - the downside was that the movie was made after Curly and Shemp had died, Curly Joe did his best as the third stooge, but they were not at full strength without Curly, but it is always a good time watching The Stooges - it is like sitting down with old friends.
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
16. Road to Bali (1952)
Watched March 17th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"He's gonna sing folks - now is the time to go out and get the popcorn." - Harold Gridley

I couldn't find Road To Rio streaming anywhere so I skipped over it for now and watched Road To Bali - the only Road movie in color and the last one with Dorothy Lamore as a co-star. This time it is another south seas adventure with Hope and Crosby treasure hunting - again it is not quite as good as the early movies, but it is fun and the in jokes and talking to audience jokes come fast and furious in this one,
the songs were pretty good to and I loved all the cameos from Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to Jane Russell and even Humphrey Bogart shows up in a clip from The African Queen.
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Watched March 24th - TCM -
1st Viewing

"With your wits, you won't get past the front door."
- Moe Howard

The 2nd Three Stooges movie I watched is a funny parody of the movie I completed my 31 Days of Oscar with - Around the World in 80 Days. Although not as funny as meet Hercules, it does have its good moments - like The Stooges training three Chinese counterparts in the ways of The Stooges and I liked that they brought back the pop goes the weasel bit, which was one of my favorite shorts that featured Curly - and watching these two movies inspired me to buy some of the DVDs of
The Three Stooges' shorts so I can enjoy them all over again.
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People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.7 
18. The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Watched March 24th - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Not Dangerous? - That's what you said when you shot me out of a cannon, when you dropped me in a tank with an octopus, when you had me wrestle a gorilla - 'It's not dangerous' - I'm not goin', I'm through, I've had it - So forget it, Charly!" - Chester Babcock

The Road To Hong Kong was the last of the Road Movies, another one was planned in the 70's before Bing Crosby died, and despite being generally panned, I thought it was one of the better ones. The story is a parody of spy movies and it is interesting that it came out the same year as the first James Bond film, because the villain was very bondian. The humor still works, I especially liked Hope and Crosby becoming astronauts and taking a trip to the moon and there are funny cameos from Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra and Dorothy Lamour. Joan Collins replaced Lamour as their co-star for this film and while she doesn't have the chemistry with Hope and Crosby that Lamour did, I thought she did a good job, one thing I wish they had done differently would've been having Lamour sing the final song 'Teamwork' with Hope and Crosby - that would have been a nice final tribute to these wonderful road movies.
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People who added this item 923  Average listal rating (547 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
19. The Ides of March (2011)
Watched March 15th - Amazon Streaming -
1st Viewing

"You know if your boy wins, you get a job in the white house, he loses, you're back at a consulting firm on K street - that's it - you used to know that before you got all goosebumpy about this guy - Mike Morris is a politician, he is a nice guy, they are all nice guys - he will let you down sooner or later."
- Ida Horowicz

The Ides Of March is a movie all about political backstabbing - so what better day to watch it than the day made famous for literal political back stabbing?- somebody at Amazon had a sense of humor to make this the 99 cent movie today - There are not a lot of political movies that I like because they tend to be dry and dull - but this movie was anything but that - I was drawn in from the beginning and it just kept getting better - great performances by George Clooney, Ryan Gosling and Phillip Seymour Hoffman - it is a terrific story and goes to the top of my favorite political movies list, but the sad part is there is no doubt in my mind that politicians really act like this.
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People who added this item 601  Average listal rating (350 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
20. Beginners (2010)
Watched March 22nd - Amazon Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Well, let's say since you were little and you've always dreamed of someday getting a lion - And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait and the lion doesn't come, then along comes a giraffe - you can be alone or you can be with the giraffe." - Hal Fields

Beginners is about the relationship between a father and son after the father reveals that he is gay. I liked the premise and I thought the relationship between the father and son was the best part of the movie, but I also thought they could have done a lot more with it - especially since the father had been married for 45 years. Instead the movie focuses to much time on the relationship between the son and his new girlfriend, which wasn't nearly as interesting and I didn't think it really went anywhere. The movie seemed disjointed at times but I thought the use of flashbacks was done cleverly. The material was there to make this a great movie, but it just didn't get there for me - I did enjoy Christopher Plummer's performance though and am glad that he finally got an Oscar for the role.
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People who added this item 398  Average listal rating (244 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
21. Cape Fear (1962)
Watched March 28th - TCM -
1st Viewing

"Max Cady, what I like about you is you're rock bottom, I wouldn't expect you to understand this - but it's a great comfort for a girl to know she could not possibly sink any lower." - Diane Taylor

I have seen the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear a number of times, but this is the first time I have seen the original. As with To Be or Not to Be, I think this is one of the rare occasions that the remake out did the original. In the remake the story and the relationships between the characters were much more complex and layered, while in the original it is a pretty straight forward story, and while it is a good story -
it doesn't have the power to it that Scorsese put into the remake, there are some great scenes he added in the remake that are not in the original - As for the villains - Robert Mitchum was pretty creepy, but not nearly as frightening as Robert DeNiro's version of Max Cady - I kept thinking the original might have been better if Mitchum and Telly Savalas had switched roles, from seeing The Dirty Dozen - I know Telly can do scary. The best part of the original is the final battle between Cady and the Bowden family - that was well done, but I thought the remake's finale was more exciting, so while the original Cape Fear is a good movie - Scorsese did it better.
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22. Planet of the Apes (1968)
Watched March 28th - Netflix Streaming - Rewatch

"You are right, I have always known about man, from the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy, his emotions must rule his brain, he must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself. " - Dr. Zaius

I watched a four disk set of classic sci-fi movies this month from my own collection, but since I saw The Time Machine recently, I skipped that one and watched Planet Of The Apes instead - It has been a long time since I've seen it, but I think it still holds up well as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Besides being just flat out entertaining, I also liked the not so thinly veiled debate on evolution vs. creationism as well as the the commentary on the nature of humans in the 20th century - and judging by the way we still act towards each other in the 21st century, I sure can't blame Dr. Zaius for thinking humans were emotion driven, warlike idiots - he was right on the mark.
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People who added this item 2175  Average listal rating (1333 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
23. The Number 23 (2007)

Watched March 31st - VUDU Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Destiny, maybe that's to big a word for it, if I had been nicer to Sybil she never would have sent me after that dog, I wouldn't have been late to meet Agatha and none of this would have happened - but I was late, and that's all it took"
- Walter Sparrow

The number 23 came up twice in the 640 Million dollar Mega Millions lottery tonight, so I thought it would be a good time to finally check this movie out, and naturally it ended up being the 23rd entry in my log which made me laugh, that number does seem to come up a lot, so a man becoming obsessed with the number 23 was an intriguing idea for a movie, but while I loved the opening credits and the movie starts out well, it became increasingly confusing and convoluted to the point I was lost by the end of it, not helped by the dark, murky look of the movie which made it hard too see what was going on at times.

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People who added this item 285  Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
24. Catch-22 (1970)

Watched March 31st - Netflix Streaming - Rewatch

"Let me see if I've got this straight - in order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy and I must be crazy to keep flying, but if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy any more and I have to keep flying." - Captain John Yossarian

It has been ages since I have seen Catch-22, but it is leaving Netflix streaming tomorrow, so I decided to give it another look. I forgot how great the cast was - Alan Arkin, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam,and Bob Newhart - but my favorite was Orson Wells in a small role as a Patton like General. The movie is a funny satire about the military and I thought the first half worked really well, but the second have got a little muddled and wasn't as sharp, although the crazy Colonel ordering the the bombing of his own base was the scene of the movie -
so while I thought the movie holds up pretty well, I also remembered why it has been so long since I've watched it - there have been much funnier military satires than this one.
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People who added this item 788  Average listal rating (426 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
25. Chaplin (1992)

Watched March 31st - VUDU Streaming -
1st Viewing

"At the end of the day you're not judged by what you didn't do, but by what you did - I didn't change things, I just, he just, cheered people up - not bad that." - Charlie Chaplin

Since my focus this month was on the great early comedy teams in movies, I decided to close out the month by watching the movie about the guy who started it all in movies comedy wise - Charlie Chaplin. I don't know why I put off watching this movie for so long because I thought it was one of the best bio pics I have ever seen, not surprising since Chaplin was directed by Richard Attenborough, who also made Gandhi - my all time favorite bio pic - Robert Downey Jr was brilliant, he was at times funny, sad and poignant and I got a real sense of who Chaplin was and what was important to him and the final scene with him at the Oscars choked me up - I have only seen two of Chaplin's movies so far but now I'm really looking forward to the two Chaplin movies I have on the docket for next month.
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People who added this item 873  Average listal rating (499 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
26. Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (2005)

Watched March 9th - Xanadon't's DVD collection-
1st Viewing - Rewatched March 10th

"Listen carefully, Everyone make mistakes - But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin, atonement, do you know what that means? - Big atonement for big sins, small atonement for small sins." - Geum-ja Lee

Fade To White Version - Watched March 21st -

I haven't watched many foreign movies, but this is one of the best I have seen. I watched Lady Vengeance once and there were a few parts I didn't quite understand, so I read up on it online a little and then watched it again - It is an excellent story about vengeance, redemption and atonement. The main character was very interesting and compelling, but I found myself wondering how much sympathy I should be giving her considering her part in what happened. The ending had a Murder On The Orient Express quality to it that I thought was very well done. Watching this movie made me think that
I really should watch more foreign movies so maybe in future logs I will start a foreign movie pick of the month section.
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People who added this item 1784  Average listal rating (975 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
27. Pi (1998)

Watched March 20th - Xanadon't's DVD Collection -
1st Viewing

"When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before, I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve - My pupils shrank to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood."
- Maximillian Cohen

The lesson of this movie is - listen to your Mother - I thought staring into the sun could cause eye damage, but apparently it can cause insanity too. Pi is a trip - it was A Beautiful Mind on Acid - Math was my worst subject in school, so all the math stuff was going right over my head - but abnormal psychology was always a subject that interested me, so that part of the movie I could relate to, as well as the fixation on numbers. I got that Maximillian was fixated on a number, but I didn't really understand why or what the other characters interest in the number was - or even how many of the other characters were real, he seemed like a complete paranoid Schizophrenic to me. The ending didn't explain the questions I had so I was a bit unfulfilled by it - but it was still an entertaining movie to watch.
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The section for horror movies I watch during the month.
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28. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Watched March 19th - VUDU Streaming -
1st Viewing

"I'm not gonna say, you know, there's plenty more fish in the sea, I'm not going to say if you love her let her go, and I'm not going to bombard you with clich├ęs, but what I will say is this - It's not the end of the world." - Ed

Whenever a character in a horror movie says something like it's not the end of the world - it can only mean one thing - Zombies. I haven't seen a a Zombie movie since the October Horrorfest so it was fun to see one again - and Shaun of The Dead is a really good one - I loved how at the start Shaun was completely oblivious to the world around him being taken over by Zombies and when he finally does realize what is going on he and his friend Ed try to fight the Zombies off with his record collection - this movie has the combination of humor and horror that I always enjoy - and I loved the ending.
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People who added this item 144  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
29. Night of the Comet (1984)
Watched March 20th - Netflix Streaming - Rewatch

"And here are some other changes - most of you guys had finals this week - later, they're history, they're cancelled - the legal drinking age is now ten, but you will need ID - let's be real - I will be taking request from all you teenage comet zombies on the hitline." - Samantha

Part two of my Monday night zombie double feature - I think I saw Night Of The Comet in the theater when it first came out and haven't seen it since - It is about a comet that turns just about everybody on Earth into dust, and the few survivors are left to battle mutant zombies and mad scientists. It wasn't as good as I remembered it, mostly do to there not being enough zombies, but I liked the spirit of the movie and the relationship between the two sisters is really well done - but the best part of it was the nostalgic flashback - everything about the movie - the hair, the clothes and especially the music was pure 80's.
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People who added this item 445  Average listal rating (269 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.8 
30. Fido (2006)

Watched March 27 - Netflix Streaming -
1st Viewing

"Bill, just because your father tried to eat you, does that mean we all have to be unhappy?" - Helen Robinson

I got the recommendation for watching this movie from
The Giraffe's zombie list, which I thank him for:

giraffe's favortite zombie movies

and I agree - it is what Lassie would have been like if Lassie had been a Zombie instead of a dog or perhaps what E.T. might have been like if E.T. had been a zombie instead of a squashy little alien. It was a completely entertaining and amusing movie which instantly becomes one of my favorite zombie movies as well as one of my favorite horror movies.
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Movies watched from my own DVD collection

Totals For The Month

I was surprised at how many movies I saw in March - it didn't feel like I watched over 30, but I did - maybe because all the comedy movies I watched went by so quickly - it was really fun watching all those old comedy teams and seeing so many of those movies for the first time. I also enjoyed watching the last two of Xanadon't's movies for the movie exchange program - Lady Vengeance turned out to be my Movie of the month for March - his movies are now with jaytoast and I look forward to watching movies from The Giraffe next month. No movies in the theater again which was disappointing, especially with the weather being so nice, but there was a lull between the 2011 movies ending in theaters and the 2012 movies I want to see, there a couple I definitely want to see in the theater for April.
People who added this item 2030  Average listal rating (1400 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
35. Total Recall (1990)
Total Movies Watched

34 Movies Watched
25 First Time Viewings
9 Rewatched

How Watched

12 - Netflix Streaming
7 - TCM
4 - My Own DVD Collection
4 - Purchased In Store
3 - VUDU Streaming
2 - Amazon Streaming
2 - Xanadon't's DVD Collection


10 Stars - 6

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (1st Viewing)
Chaplin(1st Viewing)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein(1st Viewing)
Tora! Tora! Tora!(Rewatch)
Planet of the Apes(Rewatch)
Soylent Green(Rewatch)

9 Stars - 3

Duck Soup (1st Viewing)
The Ides of March (1st Viewing)
Shaun of the Dead (1st Viewing)

8 Stars - 8

Road to Zanzibar (1st Viewing)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1st Viewing)
Road to Morocco (1st Viewing)
The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1st Viewing)
The Road to Hong Kong(1st Viewing)
Fido(1st Viewing)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Rewatch)
The Descendants(Rewatch)

7 Stars - 6

Road to Utopia (1st Viewing)
Cape Fear '62(1st Viewing)
Pi(1st Viewing)
Around the World in 80 Days (Rewatch)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Rewatch)
Night of the Comet(Rewatch)

6 Stars - 6

Road to Singapore (1st Viewing)
A Night in Casablanca (1st Viewing)
The Flying Deuces (1st Viewing)
Road to Bali (1st Viewing)
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze(1st Viewing)
Catch 22(Rewatch)

5 Stars - 2

Great Guns (1st Viewing)
Beginners (1st Viewing)

4 Stars - 1

The Number 23 (1st Viewing)

3 Stars - 1

The Great Race (1st Viewing)

2 Stars - 1

Forbidden Planet (1st Viewing)

Movie of The Month - Best movie I saw for the first time

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Heading toward the quarter pole of 2012, time really does fly. First order of business will be to close out the last two days of the 31 Days of Oscar with a final four movies to watch to reach my goal of 40, and then my log will get back to normal with the return of the horror movie section,the archive and I will add a comedy section for this month featuring classic comedy teams. I will hopefully get back to the theaters this month and maybe even see my first 2012 movie and I will also be looking forward to watching the last two of Xanadon't's movies for the movie exchange program.

Movie Exchange Program

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Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 7 7:27
Yay! Someone besides me watching the Marx Brothers! :) Glad you enjoyed A Night in Casablanca, which I'll be re-watching later this year. Guessing the other one you plan to watch will be Duck Soup, so I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on it as well. I'm watching Monkey Business this month.

Always a toss-up for me between Groucho & Harpo as to which is my favorite of the brothers...probably because one does with words what the other does just as well without them, which is make me laugh hysterically.
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 7 13:14
Been meaning to watch a Night in Casablanca. I watched Duck Soup earlier this year and feel a need to head back for more Marx Bros. Luckily for me my roommate has a huge boxset of most if not all of their films.
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 12 5:37 watched both of the Abbott & Costello films I've seen & our thoughts & ratings match up exactly. Also glad to see you enjoyed Lady Vengeance, which I didn't enjoy on the first watch either. Hoping that when Xanadon't's copy reaches me my opinion of it improves as yours did because I love most of the director's work.

Yay for more foreign films!
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 13 6:43
So glad to see that you enjoyed Lady Vengeance- enough to watch it twice!! Honestly, I haven't watched the Fade to White version myself yet, so I can't personally tell you if it's worthwhile or not. I plan on giving it a look once it finds its way back home later this year!

I do think you'll thank yourself for making a conscious effort to watch more foreign films and do hope to see it in the future as a monthly feature in your journals!

Okay, well I'll be checking back in a week or two. Take care!

Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 22 6:39
The quote you used from Beginners makes me want to run out & find a copy of it. :D
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 22 7:23
^^Ha!^^ ...well I happen to think that there are many reasons to run out and buy a copy of it. Been a good while since a "quiet indie" movie worked as well for me as Beginners.

Glad you found Pi to be interesting, and worth your while phillydude!. It's a pretty bizarre flick, so I'm never sure how that one will go over with people.
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 28 6:37
SO glad you dug Fido, as I had figured you would. If it's still hanging around instant come October I may have to give it a re-watch. Yay for my having a good track record with zombie movie recommendations for you! :)
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Apr 2 5:30
Awesome that you finally watched & loved Chaplin. Agreed all around on your comments on that one & it inspired me to watch more of his films too. I've currently got that Chaplin collection Netflix instant has added to my IQ, so if it sticks around long enough maybe I'll make that a monthly focus in the near future.

Catch-22 is fun, but you're right about there being better war satires out there. I'm also pretty sure that if I hadn't read the book I would have appreciated it less than I did. I seem to recall filling in some of the info the film left out to make better sense of what was going on.

Funny about The Number 23 (and good reasoning for watching it!). I seem to be in the minority on enjoying that one, though I'll admit it's far from perfect.

On to April!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Nov 1 16:11
Great choices here. I really want to see Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.

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