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SML96's Movie Diary: February 2015

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People who added this item 2385 Average listal rating (1701 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Predator (1987)
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People who added this item 958 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
It was a lot of fun to watch. Pretty slick presentation! I also liked the cast. Colin Firth was just brilliant, and what a badass gentleman. There's one scene where he truly shines. Everything about that scene was perfect in setting, editing, music and energy. That's why I got really upset when he died. Taron Egerton was also great, and I loved his transformation as a Kingsman. My problem was Samuel L. Jackson. His lisping was on and off, which was kinda annoying, and he was an unlikeable character.
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People who added this item 1198 Average listal rating (843 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Commando (1985)
Damn! What a hell of a ride. It's incredibly stupid and cheesy, but its self-aware, and such a blast. Arnold Schwarzenegger is awesome in this movie. There can never be a remake of this movie. No one can play the part of John Matrix better than Schwarzenegger. This movie is absolutely hilarious, and it has so many great one-liners. I loved it!
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People who added this item 2243 Average listal rating (1522 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Total Recall (1990)
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People who added this item 1210 Average listal rating (841 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Point Break (1991)
"Point Break" is a kickass movie. I love surfing and sky-diving, and it's so cool to watch it on screen. Keanu Reeves' line delivery is awful, but it turned out to be hilarious. Patrick Swayze is great too. And watching Keanu jumping off an airplane with no parachute is badass as hell!
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People who added this item 3186 Average listal rating (2157 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Face/Off (1997)
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People who added this item 691 Average listal rating (532 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
John Wick (2014)
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People who added this item 545 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 4.2 IMDB Rating 4.1
There has been a lot of talking about this movie, and most of it has been negative. I don't think "Fifty Shades of Grey" is good, but I've seen worse movies. I shall give credit for making a movie out of an awful source material. However, the script is terrible. Sometimes, the script is so bad that it actually gets funny, but there were moments where I quietly cursed. I do think the movie looks rather stylish, and I adore the soundtrack.

When it comes to the two leads, I think they did decent performances, and the chemistry between them mostly works. Dakota Johnson has the innocence and awkwardness. Her character often says that Christian Grey is intimidating, but I don't think Jamie Dornan manages to pull it off. He's rather appealing though, I'll give him that. Christian Grey is a flawed character, and I don't like him either. The character is poorly handled in this movie too.

Then there's the sex. Most of the sex scenes are a bit tame, and weird to watch. The movie is steamy at some occasions, but most of those occasions are when they actually don't have sex. My problem is that I think Grey has a abusive power over Anastasia (not only when it comes to the sex), and that's very unsettling.
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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
I thought this was a quite simple, yet charming movie. The animation is good, the sheep are likeable, and there were several laughable moments.
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People who added this item 814 Average listal rating (539 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Blue Jasmine (2013)
This Woody Allen movie was less pleasing to me. Cate Blanchett elevates it with her tremendous performance. Unfortunately, the plot and the characters didn't attach to me.
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People who added this item 347 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
I had a really good time watching this movie. It's a pure delight! Colin Firth is an amazing actor, and I've missed watching movies with him. Emma Stone is also terrific, and a true eye candy. I've always loved her. She brings so much life on the screen. The two leads have a great chemistry. The movie is whimsical and joyful. The music, the visuals and the costumes are gorgeous too.
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People who added this item 976 Average listal rating (590 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)
Richard Linklater absolutely deserves credit for doing this 12 year experiment. The concept is actually quite amazing, although it has become a gimmick. Here's the thing: the final product doesn't amaze me. Some scenes were fine, but nothing is really memorable. The movie just goes on. And how the movie ended made me think that the movie could've ended almost anywhere through its screen-time. It didn't feel like a conclusion. This movie had much potential, but the story skips many of its parts so fast, and everything kinda fades away. I didn't get emotionally connected to Mason, or any of the other characters either. Ethan Hawke was great, though.
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.7
The plot is rather thin, but the premise is amusing. This is a movie I don't need to take seriously. It was entertaining, and several things were kinda badass too.
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People who added this item 621 Average listal rating (375 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Oscar Isaac is superb in this movie, and he sings like a true folk singer. The movie moves pretty slow, but it works great. Oscar Isaac plays an anti-hero who you get sympathy for, even though he's occasionally rude. The cinematography is gorgeous, and I love the score.
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People who added this item 893 Average listal rating (561 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
This is actually the first "Friday the 13th" movie I've ever watched. I had to put on a smile when I realised Jared Padalecki played in this movie. This remake has pretty much everything a teen slasher needs: blood, gore, breasts, human stupidity and many deaths. Lots of it was predictable and dumb, but I actually enjoyed watching the movie.
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People who added this item 1884 Average listal rating (1253 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Wayne's World (1992)
It's really goofy, but what makes it brilliant are its loveable characters, and its many hilarious jokes.
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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (255 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Filth (2013)
The title of the movie fits the content well. The movie is sick, but it's often fun. It's solid black comedey. James McAvoy is brilliant. However, the twist didn't really come to me as a surprise.
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People who added this item 379 Average listal rating (235 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Frank (2014)
Michael Fassbender brings a peculiar, yet a great performance in this quite unusual movie. I think it's well-made and thought-provoking, but I guess it wasn't my cup of tea.
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People who added this item 340 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Horns (2013)
This was fucked-up movie in my opinion, and that's what I kind of expected. I was engaged during the beginning of the movie. The best parts were the ones were Ig and the people who succumbed to the power(?) of his horns. Then things started to get a bit predictable. However, the ending was the worst. The cast was okay. Daniel Radcliffe was good. Juno Temple was decent, but I've only seen her as a troubled person who gets naked at some point.
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (221 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 6
Taken 3 (2014)
I love Liam Neeson, but this movie was a travesty. I was never engaged to the plot. I missed a real threat. I missed some badass villains. One reason that's redeeming for continuing this franchise should be solid action. But thanks to awful editing, the action sequences get terrible to watch. This movie also had a very weird soundtrack.
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People who added this item 1033 Average listal rating (752 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Whiplash (2014)
I loved "Whiplash"! J.K. Simmons elevates this movie to high standards. His character was electrifying and so intimidating. Miles Teller gave a wonderful performance too, and I'm excited to see his future work. "Whiplash" is a thrilling movie. It's also very intense and emotional. The ending left me speechless. I had a lot of fun watching this movie, and I can't wait to rewatch it.
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I had a lot of expectations because of all its praise, but I was left rather disappointed. What makes "Birdman" a good movie is first of all its cinematography. The visuals and the editing is impressive. I love the performances, especially the ones by Keaton and Norton. The thing that left me confused are the tone of this movie. The mix of realism and surrealism felt occasionally weird. Many describes this as a dramedy. I can agree on that, but I actually thought this movie was going to be more entertaining, and there were times I didn't feel emotionally connected to the characters at all. Also, I don't remember how many times I thought the movie had reached its final moment. Another thing that eventually started to annoy me was the drums, which felt quite distracting at some points.
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