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Added by Xanadon't on 17 Jul 2013 03:56
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July 2013 Movie Journal - Xanadon't

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At the Movies

People who added this item 942 Average listal rating (578 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4


Some of the most fun, imaginative and well-executed action sequences to come around in a while-- along with a nice Buster Keaton a la The General vibe.

I found it to be a better movie than its performance with critics would suggest. The film balances fun with weighty themes in an effective way, though not perfectly as it runs a good 20 minutes too long.

The major fault for me is that the film lacks any memorable performance or especially arresting characters-- for this reason it's already rapidly slipping from my consciousness.

Still-- a more solid all around film than I would've guessed.
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People who added this item 1410 Average listal rating (981 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Pacific Rim (2013)


It's big and noisy and pleasantly dumb. Perfect summer cinema for the inner thirteen year old in all of us, actually. I suggest seeing it on the biggest screen you can.
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People who added this item 685 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
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A much better comedy than probably anyone ever guessed, though a good deal might depend on how well you take to the cast. The fact that it's got the guy from Tucker and Dale vs. Evil probably takes the whole project further for me than for most people.

It's silly and stupid in a good many ways, but it makes some nice emotional observations here and there, even while keep things light and funny.
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (236 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9


The first 5 minutes were promising. And then any good will I had toward the film was efficiently and effectively done away with. Steve Carrell is by far the most unlikeable we've ever seen him. And Jim Carey puts on the kind of show that makes me wish he never stars in another comedy (or possibly anything) ever again. It's that bad.

And then when you think it's bad, it gets worse. Terrible, stupid ending.

On the bright side, Olivia Wilde is pretty and doesn't embarrass herself as much as everyone else involved.
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People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.3
Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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Retro Watches

People who added this item 3523 Average listal rating (2435 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Watchmen (2009)
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Fresh (1994)
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Classics Corner

Where I see what all the fuss is about
People who added this item 625 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
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5 x 5 Film Project 2013

A cool movie group/project thing formed with members here on listal, as described here: www.listal.com/list/five-by-five
Mathematically speaking, I should have 2 or 3 of these films represented every month for the rest of the year- otherwise I'm neglecting my duties!
People who added this item 434 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9


This was a lot of fun and my thanks goes out to the giraffe.
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People who added this item 542 Average listal rating (359 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Godzilla (1954)


What the hell took me so long is anyone's guess, but this is one hell of a movie in every respect. I'm suspicious that not many of the spin-offs could possibly be as good as this original. Thanks goes out to portlander.
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Spec. Interest/Doc./Misc.

People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hey Bartender (2013)
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
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Revisits

People who added this item 790 Average listal rating (498 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Stoker (2013)
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People who added this item 843 Average listal rating (556 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 1387 Average listal rating (856 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Videodrome (1983)
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Small Screen Distractions

Decided to watch this so that I could try to understand what the hell one of my coworkers is talking about half the time.

It's fine.

Not great enough to get me through further than the 3rd episode of the second season though, I guess.
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Unfinished Business

People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Max (2003)
Fell asleep.
People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Abandoned very early-- just wasn't in the mood.
People who added this item 3313 Average listal rating (2095 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Into the Wild (2007)
Fell asleep.

Continuing my summer of not being very good at getting movies watched. And not being as committed as usual to offering reflections on the few that I do see. Finding myself pretty busy these days, so once a movie is no longer fresh in my mind, it sometimes takes more mental effort than I"m willing to spend to go back and drum up a proper response.

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