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BradWesley123's Movie Journal- February 2017

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February 1st

People who added this item 494 Average listal rating (345 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1

DVD- 2hrs. 2min.
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February 4th

People who added this item 3652 Average listal rating (2482 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5

Netflix- 1hr. 46min.
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February 5th

People who added this item 513 Average listal rating (298 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8

DVD- 2hrs. 21min.
First Viewing
The Killing Fields is littered with numerous great scenes; thrilling and chilling in ways that only a real life story can be. Problem is, there's just too much bloat; I didn't really care about the stuff involving Waterston's character. It's a story we've seen before, rendering the first half a bit dull. The second half, focused on Ngor's struggles, is fantastic though, and exceeds largely do to Ngor's powerfully restrained performance. It captures a truthfulness that few real life stories can; he isn't a hero an action star, just a man trying to survive a living hell. This section makes the movie a vital viewing.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Actor- Haing S. Ngor
Best Editing- Jim Clark
Best Makeup
Best Sound
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People who added this item 541 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6

Showtime- 2hrs. 21min.
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February 6th

People who added this item 1141 Average listal rating (709 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Third Man (1949)

Netflix- 1hr. 44min.
First Viewing
It does start a bit slowly, but once The Third Man starts moving, it really is a masterclass in filmmaking. It's thrilling, intriguing, surprisingly funny, and incredibly entertaining. A marvel in every department.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Picture
Best Director- Carol Reed
Best Supporting Actor- Orson Welles
Best Original Screenplay- Graham Greene and Alexander Korda
Best Cinematography- Robert Krasker
Best Score- Anton Karas
Best Costume Design- Ivy Baker
Best Production Design- Vincent Korda and Dario Simoni
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February 8th


Netflix- 1hr. 32min.
First Viewing
The first half is a bit underwhelming, but The House on Telegraph Hill does come together to become an odd mystery/thriller. The script isn't particularly good, but the acting is top-notch; Cortese sells her character's fear and her anxiety brilliantly, and Basehart expertly conveys his character's eventual motivations (he's creepy throughout though).

Monthly Wesley Award
Best Actress- Valentina Cortese
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February 10th

People who added this item 466 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
Hail, Caesar! (2016)

HBO Now- 1hr. 46min.
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February 11th

People who added this item 871 Average listal rating (603 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Witness (1985)

Amazon Prime- 1hr. 52min.
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February 12th

People who added this item 1572 Average listal rating (1093 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Argo (2012)

DVD- 2hrs.
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People who added this item 1337 Average listal rating (817 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8

Showtime- 2hrs. 24min.
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February 13th


DVD- 1hr. 42min.
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February 14th

People who added this item 249 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.4

DVD- 1hr. 32min.
First Viewing
There are a few decent scenes, mostly involving the non-troll characters, but Trolls is, at times, cringe-inducing in it's saccharine-ness. It is also poorly plotted and thinly written; it somehow feels too long at just 92 minutes. The voice cast is pretty solid though, Deschanel likely does the cast's best work, and a few of the musical bits don't cloy too hard, but it's just not even close to being enough to recommend.
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February 15th

People who added this item 1064 Average listal rating (787 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

DVD- 1hr. 56min.
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February 17th


DVD- 1hr. 58min.
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February 18th

People who added this item 1284 Average listal rating (942 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7

DVD- 1hr. 40min.
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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Trumbo (2015)

Amazon Prime- 2hrs. 6min.
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February 19th

People who added this item 1543 Average listal rating (941 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Artist (2011)

DVD- 1hr. 41min.
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HBO Now- 2hrs. 18min.
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February 20th

People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5

DVD- 1hr. 48min.
First Viewing
An expert tale of power and political corruption, All the King's Men is an intelligent look the the lengths some will go to keep their power. While its power has possibly diminished over the years due to various acolyte films, it has become even more prophetic in its allusions to the rise of cults of personality. The supporting cast is great, especially McCambridge, but this really is Crawford's show, selling his character's decent into corruption and his inherent charisma; he makes you understand why someone would follow him. The side characters do get a bit in the way though, and a little more time getting inside of Crawford's head would've been appreciated, but the film is still gripping from beginning to end.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Supporting Actress- Mercedes McCambridge
Best Adapted Screenplay- Robert Rossen
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February 22nd

People who added this item 2193 Average listal rating (1461 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

DVD- 2hrs. 10min.
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February 23rd

People who added this item 4146 Average listal rating (2769 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2

DVD- 2hrs. 2min.
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February 24th

People who added this item 2529 Average listal rating (1600 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)

DVD- 1hr. 53min.
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February 25th

People who added this item 2806 Average listal rating (1885 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8

DVD- 1hr. 59min.
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People who added this item 607 Average listal rating (451 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1

DVD- 2hrs. 19min.
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February 26th

People who added this item 1157 Average listal rating (800 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3

DVD- 2hrs. 10min.
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VUDU- 1hr. 58min.
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People who added this item 749 Average listal rating (531 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Spotlight (2015)

Netflix- 2hrs. 9min.
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February 27th

People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.1

DVD- 1hr. 57min.
First Viewing
Sometimes, when I'm watching a movie, I ask the question, "who is this for?"; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is one such instance. The answer to that question is, likely, Tom Cruise's ego; even more than the original, the film really wants you to know what a "badass" he is, and how there is nothing and/or no one better than him. Or more masculine (he is THE!!! man). Problem is, Cruise seems checked here, and the character is written so fascinatingly dully. It's a, mostly, humorless, joyless film with no reason for being. The only times that the movie is at least watchable is when they give Cobie Smulders and/or Danika Yarosh something to do; had this been just they're movie, it probably wouldn't have been this boring.

Monthly Wesley Awards
Best Visual Effects
Worst Picture
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Number of Movies Watched: 28
Newly Watched: 6
DVD: 17
VHS: 0
Blu-Ray: 0
Streaming: 11
: 2
: 2
: 4
: 2
: 1
Time Spent: 60hrs. 6min.

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Best New View: The Third Man
Worst New View: Jack Reacher: Never Back Down

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