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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- February 2015

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February 1st

People who added this item 3681 Average listal rating (2459 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7

DVD- 2hrs. 34min.
First Viewing
The Last Samurai is a big, old-school Hollywood epic that works largely do to the film's scope and beautiful visuals. We've seen this story done a thousand times before; a white man is taken in by a foreign group and becomes one of their own, and a moral man. The cast is pretty good though, especially Wantanabe, and the movie is suitably thrilling. A strong story might've made this more than just a solid feature but, as is, it's a solid movie.
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People who added this item 624 Average listal rating (391 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Producers (1967)

Netflix- 1hr. 29min.
First Viewing
Not my favorite of Mel Brooks comedies, but still an extremely funny movie. A great cast, excellent writing, and the funniest song to ever grace the big screen.
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People who added this item 1117 Average listal rating (772 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

VHS- 1hr. 33min.
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February 2nd

People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

DVD- 1hr. 51min.
First Viewing
A story that we've seen a dozen times before is made fresh in You Can Count on Me thanks to subtle and tender filmmaking and excellent performances from Linney and Ruffalo.
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February 3rd

People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2

DVD- 1hr. 56min.
First Viewing
For the most part, it's a solid motion picture about the importance of free speech and artistic freed, but there are several moments where the film is suffocated by bombast and melodrama that was typical of films in the 1930s and 1940s; many could shake them, this doesn't
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February 5th

People who added this item 5329 Average listal rating (3667 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amélie (2001)

Netflix- 2hrs. 1min.
First Viewing
A genuinely sweet and funny romantic comedy that actually crafts strong characters and moments instead of hopping onto ever rom-com cliche it can find (though it go for a couple here and there). As strong as the writing and direction are, it's Tautou's performance that sells every fantastical element the film throws at her, crafting an incredibly unique character. Also of note is Bruno Delbonnel's brilliant cinematography, possibly the finest of the 2000s, that keeps the movie's strange, quirky energy from faltering.
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February 6th

People who added this item 1177 Average listal rating (741 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Apartment (1960)

DVD- 2hrs. 5min.
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February 7th

People who added this item 247 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Marty (1955)

Netflix- 1hr. 30min.
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People who added this item 3398 Average listal rating (2100 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Aviator (2004)

VHS- 2hrs. 50min.
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February 8th

People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (665 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
All About Eve (1950)

Netflix- 2hrs. 18min.
First Viewing
Possibly Hollywood's seminal picture on fame, and the toll it takes to keep and get it, All About Eve lags about in the middle, but is nevertheless a smartly cynical film about the nature of celebrity. Much of this is sold by a witty script, and one of the best acting ensembles in all of cinema.
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People who added this item 542 Average listal rating (311 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4

Netflix- 2hrs. 11min.
First Viewing
The acting is great, and the story occasionally contains some blistering, genuine emotion, but too much of the movie felt unfocused and melodramatic for me to be truly taken with it. The screenplay is smart and quite witty, but the tone of it (lighter comedy one scene shifts to hard drama the next) gave me whiplash. Still, it's pretty solid; the most that you can ask of an 80s movie.
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February 10th

People who added this item 522 Average listal rating (353 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

DVD- 1hr. 50min.
First Viewing
While In the Heat of the Night does hit a lot of the expected beat, it does so with a great deal of power and thought. Much of this is do a smartly observant script, subdued direction, and powerhouse performances from Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
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February 11th

People who added this item 1163 Average listal rating (711 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 1hr. 45min.
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February 12th


Flixster- 1hr. 58min.
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February 13th

People who added this item 1521 Average listal rating (928 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Artist (2011)

DVD- 1hr. 40min.
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February 14th

People who added this item 4071 Average listal rating (2714 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 2hrs. 2min.
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People who added this item 2767 Average listal rating (1859 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 1hr. 59min.
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February 15th

People who added this item 1342 Average listal rating (780 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
My Fair Lady (1964)

VHS- 2hrs. 50min.
First Viewing
My Fair Lady is a bit overlong, but it's also one of the most fun movie musicals ever made (and this is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of the genre). The technical aspects are first rate, as well as the performances from Hepburn and Harrison.
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People who added this item 1877 Average listal rating (1291 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gravity (2013)

DVD- 1hr. 30min.
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February 16th

People who added this item 2009 Average listal rating (1289 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 3hrs. 4min.
First Viewing
The Deer Hunter is a searing Vietnam War epic with some all-time great work in every department (especially acting and cinematography).
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February 17th

People who added this item 1056 Average listal rating (685 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7

M-GO- 2hrs. 4min.
First Viewing
A bland biopic that checks all the boxes for "important" drama. It's only watchable thanks to an excellent performance from Felicity Jones and a pretty good impression from Eddie Redmayne.
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People who added this item 984 Average listal rating (633 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1

Crackle- 1hr. 47min.
First Viewing
A strong film carried by it's authentic emotion and an excellent performance from Brando.

Note: My experience may have been dulled by Crackle's obtrusive commercial breaks, which happened about every five or so minutes, then would cut out and last about five minutes.
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February 18th

People who added this item 2926 Average listal rating (1957 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rocky (1976)

DVD- 2hrs.
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February 19th

People who added this item 1094 Average listal rating (694 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 2hrs. 42min.
First Viewing
A technical marvel, with a strong cast to boot, but The Bridge on the River Kwai goes on way too long and stretches itself way too thin. It's epic in scope, but could've benefited from a good trim here and there.
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February 20th

People who added this item 3559 Average listal rating (2226 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Rain Man (1988)

Netfilx- 2hrs. 14min.
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February 21st

People who added this item 6617 Average listal rating (4535 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3

Netfilx- 2hrs. 2min.
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People who added this item 3077 Average listal rating (1960 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Blood Diamond (2006)

DVD- 2hrs. 23min.
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February 22nd

People who added this item 3991 Average listal rating (2639 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 2hrs.
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People who added this item 1547 Average listal rating (1074 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Argo (2012)

DVD- 2hrs.
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People who added this item 1522 Average listal rating (971 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 2hrs. 14min.
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February 24th

People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.2

Netflix- 1hr. 37min.
First Viewing
It takes a few disappointing detours, and the end is a bit too anticlimactic, but The Two Faces of January is a thrilling, Hitchcockian game of cat and mouse (or cat and cat, really) with genuine intrigue and emotion. Mortensen and Isaac are both excellent here, with Amini finding the right balance between mystery and melodrama.
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February 26th

People who added this item 414 Average listal rating (265 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Frank (2014)

Netflix- 1hr. 35min.
First Viewing
Smart, quirky movie with an excellent cast. Warning though; don't go in expecting a flat-out comedy. Frank, while hilarious in some spots, is an incredibly bittersweet film, with a surprisingly sad ending. Tonally, the movie gets a bit mixed up every now and again, and the movie loses a fair amount of its steam in the final act, but the movie is ultimately worthwhile, with subtle writing/direction, and superb acting from the whole cast (especially Gleeson and Fassbender).
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February 27th

People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Thief (1981)

Netflix- 2hrs. 3min.
First Viewing
Thief is quite slow and incredibly cold, but it's never less than intriguing, and thrilling in several spots. Mann's direction and style do a solid portion of the heavy lifting, but the movie just doesn't work without Caan; he's commanding in every scene, and does a hell of a lot with little dialogue (though he kills the diner monologue that he's given). Still though, it's a movie I respect more than I truly like.
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February 28th

People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6

Netflix- 1hr. 25min.
First Viewing
The Heart Machine does get tedious at times (mainly towards the end), but it's also a well-observed drama/mystery about romance in the digital age, featuring a pair of strong performances from John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil.
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Numbers


Number of Movies Watched: 34
Newly Watched:17
DVD: 17
VHS: 3
Blu-Ray: 0
Streaming: 14
Time Spent: 70hrs. 2min.

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Best New View: The Deer Hunter
Worst New View: The Theory of Everything

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