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Moviewatcher122's 2014 Film Diary: August

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Best Movie: Southland Tales/Guardians of the Galaxy/Jurassic Park (Tie)
Worst Movie: The Internship
People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (144 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
August 1



"Holy shit! Look who got beat with the ugly stick. Is that you Bob?"

This is one messed up movie. I really like the way they re-told the whole Little Red Riding Hood story and turned it into something unusual. It was darkly comedic and also unsettling at times. It's not a masterpiece, but it's one of the better movies that's a darker version of a fairy tale.
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August 2



"Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?"

I think the reason this movie got mixed reviews is because it wasn't what most people were expecting. What I saw was something different and refreshing. It's really more of a sci-fi film than an action film. It does have some action, but it's more focused on the story. I really love that this movie did something different with the premise instead of turning it into a typical action movie. It was surprisingly thought-provoking and Scarlett Johansson is great in this movie. This is definitely going to be a love it or hate it film. Some people will hate this movie, some will just be dissapointed with this movie, but there will be some people who will enjoy it for what it is. This movie wasn't exactly what I expected, but I was still impressed with it.
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August 5



"Well, there's three of you. You're not exactly lone. Shouldn't you be the Three Rangers?"

This is one of Adam Sandler's more forgotten movies and after watching it I can see why no one remembers it. The opening credits sequence was very well done, but when we get to the actual movie then that's when it starts to suck. The humor in this movie was very juvenile. Granted, most of Adam Sandler's good movies rely on that kind of humor like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy, but those movies were actually funny. I also couldn't stand the characters in this movie. Are these main characters supposed to be likeable? If they are then they come off as major assholes and they are just blandly-written. It does have a funny joke every now and then like Beavis and Butthead telling the band that they suck and Chris Farley's cameo, but it's just not funny enough and it's not surprising that this movie isn't talked about that much.
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August 6



"What did he say?"
"He said the train is lost."
"How can a train be lost? It's on rails."

While the dialogue in this movie is good and it is funny at times, I just think that Wes Anderson has made better movies than this one. I do like Wes Anderson's style of storytelling, but in this movie the story was nothing special and the movie just didn't leave a huge impression on me. It is a decent movie, but it's not something I would want to watch again and it's one of Wes Anderson's weaker movies.
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Switchback (1997)
August 8



"Cause he told the truth, and once you've heard the truth, everything else is just cheap whiskey."

So, this movie is able to get Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto, William Fichtner, R. Lee Ermey and Ted Levine, but it wasn't able to get a decent script? That is a huge waste of talent!!! The dialogue in this movie is OK, but it's mostly just a standard thriller and it is pretty lacking in suspense.
Most of the cast members didn't seem too interested in this movie except for Danny Glover who gives the best performance in this movie. Also I don't know if it's just me, but it seemed like R. Lee Ermey is playing the same character that he played in Seven. It wasn't until the third act of the movie that I pretty much figured it out. It's not a bad movie. It's somewhat entertaining, but in the end it's just a cookie-cutter thriller.
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August 8



"They cry, they plead, they beg, they piss themselves, they cry for their mothers. It gets embarrassing. I like to kill 'em softly. From a distance."

This was a pretty good movie. The acting was good, it had an intellegent script and I really liked that this movie takes place during the 2008 Election Day. It's no masterpiece, but it's still a very underrated movie.
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August 9



"Do you ever feel like there's a thousand people locked inside of you?"
"Sometimes."
"But it's your memory that keeps them glued together. Keeps all these people from fighting one another. Maybe in the end, that's all we have. The Memory Gospel."

This is the lowest-rated movie on IMDB that I gave a perfect score. It has an unusual plot, great storytelling, it was also very funny at times and the acting was perfect. This movie has some great performances from actors who rarely reach this level of greatness. Actually, I don't think I can recall a time where I was truly amazed by actors like Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake and Amy Poehler. When I was watching this movie I didn't understand the hate it was getting, but when I looked it up I kind of understood why. If you click on the user ratings for this movie on IMDB, you will see that it is the epitome of movies that you either love or hate. What I don't understand is why some people are calling it incoherent or a mess. I'm assuming the people that were saying that weren't paying attention because I thought it made sense. Maybe it's a movie I don't understand completely, but that's what re-watches are for. What I saw in this movie is not something everyone will see, but to me it's a unique experience.
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August 10



"Nice, there they are! Nice to meet you. I'm Lyle, one of the team managers. Pound me!"
"Oh, normally, just putting the... the fist up without the words is all that's necessary."
"C'mon, bro. Fist me, get up in there."
"Yeah, that's definitely not right."

This is one of the worst comedies ever made. It felt like watching a 2 hour commercial for Google with all the painfully bad jokes that you'd expect from TV commercials. I really was expecting this movie to be good because the trailer made it look funny, but now most of the jokes that were in the trailer aren't funny anymore and I'm puzzled by how I found them funny back then. This movie did make me laugh once, but guess what? That joke was already in the trailer!!! What makes this movie worse is that Vince Vaughn seems to think that if that he keeps on talking for a minute, it will make the joke funnier. What I also hated is that the movie had to resort to the predictable and sappy Hollywood ending. The best part about this movie was the credits. Yes, they put the most amount of effort and creativity in the end credits sequence. I'm glad I saw this movie on Netflix, because I would've been pissed if I gave any money to this waste of film.
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August 11



"I'm a warrior, an assassin. I don't dance."
"Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It's called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is."
"...Who put the sticks up their butts?"

This movie is just as great as the hype makes it out to be. The special effects are unsurprisingly amazing, the characters were memorable and this movie shows that creativity in Hollywood films is not completely dead. I usually don't like it when these kinds of movies begin with a depressing scene, but in this movie it wasn't a problem. It was pretty ballsy of Marvel to do that and it also adds some depth to the main character. This is the best Marvel movie to date. It tops The Avengers in every way and it's one of the best movies of the year.
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The Iceman (2012)
August 13



"I only feel alone around other people. Couldn't be truer."

This is one of those times where the cast makes the movie good. The script is good too, but the casting in this movie was great. Michael Shannon delivers a terrific performance and the storytelling in this movie was pretty solid too. It's not the best movie of the genre, but it's still a very good movie and I would even watch it again sometime.
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August 14



"Now, I know you're not supposed to have a hand gun until you're twelve... but it can come in real handy."

I really liked how this was a very different take on the zombie movie and it was also very funny at times. The main problem I have with this movie is that it was a little too light-hearted for my tastes, but I still enjoyed it for it's originality and humor.
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August 15



"Where's the coed girlfriend?"
"That's over. Actually she was working for a PHD. She wasn't that much younger than you were, just took a little better care of herself."

I don't know why I went into this movie expecting something half-decent. I will admit that the opening for this movie was pretty good, but after that it went completely downhill. This was a boring and generic thriller which has nothing to offer at all. There's no character development or suspense and there is just no reason for me to recommend this movie at all. There is no reason for this movie to exist either. I'm going to have to watch the original sometime because this fails as a remake and it fails as a movie.
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August 17



"What are we ever gonna do with you, baby girl?"
"Kill me I guess."
"That idea's been said already. Got any others?"
"Help me. Nobody's said that idea yet, have they?"

I have been putting off watching this movie for a while because even though I've heard good things about it, there were some people on here who thought Jennifer Lawrence's performance was good, but the movie wasn't anything great. I was worried I would fall into that category, but today I decided to give it a chance. The first 10 minutes of this movie were pretty strong, but as the movie goes on it starts to get less interesting. Just like Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence's performance is great, but the movie is nothing special. While the dialogue is decent and the other actors do a good job, the story in this movie is nothing special and the direction it takes isn't that interesting. It does have a couple scenes that really stand out and it has quite a few good things that keep this movie from being OK, but it's highly overrated and the movie just isn't as good as Jennifer Lawrence's performance.
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August 18



"Is everything going to plan?"
"To the last detail."
"And the President? Are you sure they sent a double?"
"The beauty of American arrogance is that they can't imagine a world where they're not a step ahead."

I wasn't really impressed with this movie. It's just a bland action movie that uses a nonlinear narrative just to make it seem different. Unlike movies like Pulp Fiction, Go and 11:14 that use that style of film-making to tell their story, this movie just uses it as a gimmick. It doesn't use the gimmick very well either because it's just a very tedious film to get through. The writing was weak, the action scenes were nothing to write home about and most of these actors have seen better days. It's just a forgettable movie that doesn't have too much to offer.
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People who added this item 655 Average listal rating (431 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Safe House (2012)
August 18



"You practice anything a long time, you get good at it. You tell a hundred lies a day, is sounds like the truth. Everyone betrays everyone."

What really makes this movie stand out is Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington's characters. The action scenes and the amount of suspense was good too, but those characters are what make this movie work and this movie might've not been as good without them.
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August 19



"Listen to me, I got a check in my pocket for $200,000. I got a chance to start my life again. I don't give a shit about this town, I don't give a shit about that town and I don't give a shit about your fucking justice. Bein' right is not a bulletproof vest, Freddy."

This is the best cop movie that I've seen in a while. The casting in this movie is brilliant. The idea of Sylvester Stallone starring in the film as Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Harvey Keitel may sound weird, but it's more fitting than you would think. Stallone actually delivers a solid performance and it shows that he is capable of non-action roles. Another thing that makes this movie great is James Mangold's direction and script. I have yet to see a movie from him that didn't impress me. Overall this was a great cop movie and it's Sylvester Stallone's most underrated film.
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Contraband (2012)
August 22



"You think you're the only guy with a fucking gun?"

This was a much better movie than I thought it would be. Especially for a movie that was released in January and that's saying something. It's a very entertaining movie and it also helps that it has a good script. It has got some really solid action scenes and it's one of the better movies that was released in January.

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August 23



"Death is just like life in Sin City. It always wins."

I don't see how anyone that's a fan of the first movie wouldn't love the sequel. It continues the story to the first movie perfectly and it has the same amount of gory fun that made the first movie great. I saw this movie in 3D since it was the only option I had and the 3D really added to the experience of this movie.
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August 24



"When my father gave me this place years ago, I used to dream about these girls. Every night, dreams, all kinds of dreams about 'em. But then I'd see them coming back after graduation. They'd come to homecomings, ballgames. They'd sit at the same tables, eat the same food. And I'd look at them and I noticed, they don't stay like this. None of 'em. They put on years and pounds and wrinkles. And I got one like that at home. So. And we can talk to each other. I know her and I'll always know her."

The problem with this movie wasn't the performances. I thought that the cast did a decent job with the material they were given. The problem with this movie is that it is really boring. The plot was just a bunch of stuff that I didn't care about and it didn't have any interesting characters, dialogue and conflict. Also I've heard that this movie is supposed to be a drama with some comedy, but there was nothing funny in this movie. Maybe there was some subtle humor or something, but the movie was so boring that I failed to catch it. The acting saves this movie from being a 1/10, but it's just a pointless movie and the performances deserved a better movie.
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August 27



"All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!"
"Yeah, but John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists."

After recently riding the Jurassic Park Ride on my vacation at Universal Studios, I decided to finally watch this movie. First, I have to say that the dinosaurs still look amazing to this day. This movie was as great as I was lead to believe. I won't go too into detail with my thoughts, but it's a very suspenseful movie with great characters and I can see myself watching this many times. Not sure how good the sequels will be though.
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August 28



"I should have popped that motherfucker."
"That would be the last motherfucker you ever popped."
"Am I supposed to be scared of him because he sucks on a lollipop?"

While I was on vacation, I had American Netflix on my laptop. I mostly used it to watch episodes of Bob's Burgers, but I also watched this movie while I was there. This is one of those movies that I liked more for the performances that the story. The story is good, but nothing special. However, I would recommend seeing this movie just for the performances alone. Especially if you're a fan of anyone in the cast. Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Zoey Saldana deliver some very exceptional performances. The rest of the cast does good too, but those actors really stand out in this movie. I have to say that the Netflix there is better than the much more limited Netflix in Canada, so I've downloaded an extension so my browser will think I'm in The United States and I'll switch back and forth whenever I want.
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August 30



"This isn't the fucking ark, Diane! This is the Titanic! And there is not a life raft in sight."

This movie started off pretty good, but it only kept getting better as the movie went on. What I really like about this movie is that it's a romantic comedy that takes place during the end of the world. It's a really fresh take on the genre and it's also funny at times and the romance in this movie feels genuine. I also thought that Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly were both great in this movie. It's a shame that whenever we get an original movie like this, it gets punished at the box office when the generic romantic comedies do really well.
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August 31



This movie was surprisingly good. It's nothing special, but unlike those crappy PG-13 horror movies I've recently seen like The Messengers and The Stepfather this one actually has some tension. Kevin Costner gives a decent performance and this movie does have it's creepy moments. It's far from being original, but it's decent entertainment.
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Monthly Focus: Terry Gilliam movies

August 4



"Exactly what am I enduring here? Can someone please tell me who gave birth to this?"
"It's Bavarian blood sausage, with sauerkraut! I gutted the pig myself."
"I bet you did."

I don't get why this gets low ratings on here and IMDB. Even though it could've been darker considering what the movie is about, it is still a really fun movie. The casting for the leading roles worked out very well and it was just a very creative movie. It is toned-down a little bit compared to Terry Gilliam's other films, but for what it is it's a very entertaining movie from start to finish.
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August 12



"Where would King Arthur be without Guinevere?"
"Happily married, probably."
"Well, that's a bad... that's a bad example."

I was shocked when I heard the news about Robin Williams' death. He was a very talented actor who could pull off all kinds of roles. The weirdest thing about his death was that I planned to watch this movie THIS MONTH for my Terry Gilliam monthly focus and that was before he died.

This is a great movie. It has great dialogue, excellent performances from Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams and it also has a couple weird scenes that you would expect from a Terry Gilliam movie. Even if it does have a happy ending, it's one of those movies that actually earns it.

R.I.P Robin Williams
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August 16



"Is it all ready? Right. Come on then. Back to creation. We mustn't waste any more time. They'll think I've lost control again and put it all down to evolution."

This was a really creative movie. It had a very original premise and the movie really had fun with it. It's a very entertaining movie and it was pretty funny at times too. It doesn't cross the line of greatness and it's far from Gilliam's best, but it's still a very good movie that I would like to watch multiple times.
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August 21



"Have you any famous last words?"
"Not yet."
"Not yet"? Is that famous?"

I enjoyed this movie even more than Time Bandits. It was funny, it was filled with adventure and it has Terry Gilliam's trademark weirdness. It's a really fun movie and there's many things to like about it.
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August 31



"Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority of people seem to have forgotten good old-fashioned virtues. They just can't stand seeing the other fellow win. If these people would just play the game..."

I planned to watch this movie on a regular day, but I decided it would be better to end the month with it. It was a pretty good movie, but it's also kind of overrated. Don't get me wrong, this movie had a lot of inventive ideas and the acting is solid, but I just don't think it's the masterpiece everyone says. Really the only thing that truly amazed me in this movie was around the third act with that creepy looking Santa guy and then all this other weird stuff happens. I really liked this movie, but it didn't really blow me away and it's not Terry Gilliam's best movie in my opinion.
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