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February 2013 Film Journal (Alliteration Edition)

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February First: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Friday!
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This is a very good movie starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, and Ian Holm, just to name a few. The story is entertaining and fun, with great visual effects and costume designs to make it a very well-rounded science fiction movie. I love the fact that it doesn't take it self too seriously! I highly recommend it.

By the way, this movie looks awesome in HD, so if you plan on buying it and have a Blu-ray player and HD TV, get it on Blu-ray.
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People who added this item 589 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
February 2nd: Suspense Saturday!
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An Alfred Hitchcock movie that has a rather interesting, yet disturbing, title character. I really liked seeing Sean Connery in a Hitchcock film.
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People who added this item 363 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
February 2nd: Suspense Saturday!
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Another Hitchcock film. This one kind of reminded me of North By Northwest, in a way, which is a good thing because I really liked both films.
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People who added this item 3514 Average listal rating (2359 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Feb 2nd: Groundhog Day!
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Since it's Groundhog Day, I thought it was appropriate to watch this movie. It is very funny and I really like it alot. Supernatural and other shows have done episodes that paid homage to this movie.
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
Touchback (2011)
February 3rd: Sports (Super Bowl) Sunday!
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Since today is Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I'd watch a football movie. I have never heard of this one before, but decided to check it out anyway and I'm really glad I did. Not only is it a good football movie, but it's a movie with a great story and life lessons.

The sign in the locker room (in the picture above) really sums up not only football, but life in general...Attitude is Everything!
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People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
February 3rd
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Another Kurt Russell film. This time around, he plays a cop that does some questionable things, blurring the lines between right and wrong. It's an interesting movie that could have been a lot better.
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February 3rd: Sports (Super Bowl) Sunday!
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I decided to watch another football movie and chose Varsity Blues. It has been several years since I last saw it, which turned out to be a good thing because it was like watching it again for the first time. I really enjoyed all of it, especially the comic relief from characters Billy Bob (Ron Lester) and Tweeter (Scott Caan). The football sequences were really fun to watch and helped to tell a very entertaining story.
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February 4th: Mystery Monday!
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One of my favorite characters in both literature and film is Sherlock Holmes. I like the fact that he uses deductive reasoning to solve difficult cases.

The Woman in Green is rather interesting mystery that Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his friend Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are asked to help solve by Scotland Yard. It is very enjoyable watching them work together to outwit the criminals. I plan on watching even more Sherlock Holmes films starring Rathbone and Bruce as a result of this one.
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People who added this item 920 Average listal rating (548 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
February 4th: Mystery Monday!
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A film Noir style movie starring Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, and Janet Leigh. I found that it was kind of slow and drawn out for most of the movie, but still worth seeing at least once.
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Raw Edge (1956)
February 4th
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It is difficult to describe this movie without giving away too much, so I won't go into detail. I will say, however, that the story was interesting enough to keep my attention. It is definately unlike any Western movie that I've ever seen before.
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People who added this item 571 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
February 5th: Thriller Tuesday!
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My third Hitchcock film for the month. The story is set in London and centers around the search for a serial rapist/killer.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Top Gun (1955)
February 6th: Western Wednesday!
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My second Western for the month. A gunslinger returns to his hometown. Sounds good on paper, but isn't that great in execution. It feels more like an episode of a TV show rather than a movie. I'm not saying it was terrible film, it just wasn't a great one. Worth seeing once, but that's about it.
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February 7th: Teen Comedy Thursday!
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For a long time, I managed to avoid this movie because I was afraid that it was going to be horrible. I finally caved in and decided to give it a chance. To be honest, I really wanted it to prove me wrong, but unfortunately, it didn't happen. For a movie that is supposed to be a comedy, it failed miserably because I didn't even laugh once. Another thing that bothered me was that the main characters (Napoleon, Pedro, and Deb) always looked like they were stoned or at least they were staring off into space. Maybe they were wishing they were somewhere else.
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February 7th: Teen Comedy Thursday!
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My Cousin Vinny never fails to makes me laugh or to entertain me, no matter how many times I see it. I highly recommended it!
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February 7th
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reminded me of the moments right after I wake up from a rather bizarre dream. (I mean that in a good way!)

I thought it was a great movie and was glad that I decided to give it a chance. I also highly recommend it!
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People who added this item 305 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
February 9th: Suspense Saturday!
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My fourth Hitchcock film for February. I thought it was very entertaining and it kept my attention throughout. There were some intense scenes that heightened the level of suspense in classic Hitchcock style.
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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Beautiful Boy (2010)
February 9th
1st viewing: Watched on DirecTV (Movie saved on DVR)



Beautiful Boy is a sad and emotional movie. The story centers on the parents of a trouble college student and the aftermath of a tragedy. I won't go into specifics as not to spoil it, but I will say that it is a movie that is worth seeing at least once.
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February 9th: Suspense Saturday!
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As a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan, I wasn't really surprised that I would like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The story, dialogue, and acting were all top notch. What I like the most was that this movie doesn't take itself TOO seriously. It is a very fun and entertaining film.
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People who added this item 1918 Average listal rating (1220 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
February 10th: Sci-Fi Sunday!
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Firefly was one of my favorite science fiction shows and I was disappointed that it was canceled prematurely. Serenity is a great movie based on the TV show.
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February 10th: Sci-Fi Sunday!
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It has been several years since I saw Close Encounters, so I decided it was time for a rewatch. While not perfect, it still is a very good movie.

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February 10th: Sci-Fi Sunday!
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Over the past few years, I have started watching and appreciating older movies a lot more than before. I had seen the remake a couple of times so I wanted to see the original.

This movie is a really good example of how movies should be made, especially one made in 1951. The story is entertaining and suspenseful, but also one that also delivers a strong message to its audience. I really liked everything about it and I highly recommend seeing it!
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February 10th: Sci-Fi Sunday!
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A remake of the 1951 film of the same name. I actually liked it more this time around, I guess the third time was the charm. Maybe seeing it after the original was a great idea.
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People who added this item 1609 Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
February 10th: Sci-Fi Sunday!
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This is a very bizarre and entertaining movie. It is also very difficult to describe without giving anything away. I really liked it!
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February 10th
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After watching several sci-fi movies in one day, I needed something different. This movie was one that I have been wanting to see for a while, so I gave it a shot.

The story may be somewhat over the top and unbelievable, but the same can be said for most movies. Harold & Kumar are very likable and relatable, despite their character flaws. More importantly, it is a good buddy movie that has several funny moments.
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February 11th: Murder Mystery Monday!
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This is a great murder mystery story starring Cuba Gooding Jr. It has a few plot twists along the way that kept my attention.
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People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
February 11th: Mystery Monday!
1st viewing: DVD checked out/borrowed from library



This is totally different than what the movie's title would suggest. It actually is a decent film that is filled with mystery and suspense. Although it overstays its welcome a little bit, I found it to still be entertaining.
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
February 11th
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This is a very funny movie starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Gail Patrick. I highly recommend it!
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February 13: Wildcard Wednesday: Any movie, Any genre!
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My fifth Hitchcock film for the month. This is a movie that I've been wanting to see for quite some time and I must say that I was glad to finally have the chance to see it. I really liked the story, the cast, etc. It is probably one of my favorite Hitchcock films.

While watching this movie, I kept thinking of A Perfect Murder (1998), because they both have a similar story. After checking with imdb.com, I found this in the description of A Perfect Murder: "A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder." This was a good thing since I liked both films!
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People who added this item 4129 Average listal rating (2691 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
February 16th: Sci-Fi Saturday!
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12 Monkeys is without a doubt one of the strangest yet interesting and entertaining movies that I have ever seen. It is a movie that makes you think , which is something that I really like.
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
February 17th: Sports Sunday!
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It's been awhile since I've seen The Cutting Edge, so I decided it was time for a rewatch. It is an entertaining and enjoyable movie, even if it is somewhat predictable.
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February 17th: Sports Sunday!
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My wife recommended this one for me and I have to say that it was worth watching. The story was similar to other sports movies, but still different enough to keep my interest.
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People who added this item 284 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
February 17th: Sports Sunday!
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My third Kurt Russell movie for the month and without a doubt, my favorite.

This movie is based on a true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), who leads the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Standing in their way to victory is the Soviet team, the number one hockey team in the world. I can remember watching the Olympics that year, especially the hockey games and cheering on the USA team.

Every part of this movie is well done. The entire cast is great. The hockey scenes are exciting to watch. I highly recommend Miracle!
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People who added this item 2868 Average listal rating (1794 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
February 18th: Mystery Monday!
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Mystic River is an excellent movie, directed by Clint Eastwood. It also has an outstanding ensemble cast, especially Sean Penn, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor (2003). Tim Robbins won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (2003).

The story is very interesting and one that kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. This is a great movie that I highly recommend!
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People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (245 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Blood Work (2002)
February 18th: Mystery Monday!
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My second Clint Eastwood for the day/month. While not as good as Mystic River, Blood Work is still an enjoyable movie.
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People who added this item 660 Average listal rating (393 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
February 19th: Thriller Tuesday!
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As a fan of Silence of the Lambs and the other movies in the series, I wanted to watch this one as well. Manhunter is based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

The movie was actually better than what I thought it would be. The only thing that I didn't like about it was the pacing was at times a bit slow. I still think it was a good movie though.
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People who added this item 6301 Average listal rating (4133 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
February 19th: Thriller Tuesday!
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I wasn't blown away by The Shining as most people, but I did think that it was decent and downright scary at times. One thing that I think everyone can agree on is that Jack Nicholson was perfect for this movie.
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People who added this item 5141 Average listal rating (3365 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
February 19th: Thriller Tuesday!
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Reservoir Dogs shows what a movie with a great ensemble cast should be like. Too many times there are movies made that have a great cast, but have a terrible story. Fortunately, this is NOT the case for this film, because the cast and story were great. This is a must see for any fan of Quentin Tarantino's movies.
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People who added this item 2686 Average listal rating (1768 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
February 21st: Thriller Thursday!
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Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx are both excellent in this thriller. My expectations were high because I am a fan of Michael Mann's movies, in general. I was not disappointed at all!
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February 22nd: Fantasy Friday!
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People who added this item 1111 Average listal rating (646 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.4
February 22nd: Fantasy Friday!
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People who added this item 879 Average listal rating (555 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
February 22nd: Fantasy Friday!
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People who added this item 1925 Average listal rating (971 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
February 23rd: Sci-Fi Saturday!
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People who added this item 2263 Average listal rating (1484 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
February 23rd: Sci-Fi Saturday!
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People who added this item 1785 Average listal rating (1117 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.8
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February 24th: Sports Sunday!
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 4.6
Catch .44 (2011)
February 24th
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Movies I have seen during the month of February 2013 on DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, or on DirecTV.

Last month, I chose movies based on the letter that they started with and watched them in alphabetical order. This month, I chose movies based on their genre and the day of the week. Fantasty/Sci-Friday, for example, followed by Suspense Saturday, and so on. My guidelines are simple: I will watch at least one movie in that specified genre for the matching day. If I choose to watch another movie, it can also be in that genre, but doesn't have to be. This gives me a little more freedom than last month.

As always, you're welcome to comment and give your suggestions. Thank you!

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