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Moviewatcher122's 2015 Film Diary: January

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Decade: Rating: List Type:
Best Movie: Pan's Labyrinth
Worst Movie: Noah
People who added this item 527 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Black Rain (1989)
January 1

"Sugai-san, I am the solution... to your problems."

This is one of Ridley Scott's more underrated movies. What really makes this movie for me is Michael Douglas. He played a really badass cop and every line of dialogue he has is great. I also really dug the cinematography of Japan and although it's not particularly an action movie, it still does have some really great action scenes. I was going to rag on the ending for being anti-climactic, but after I let it sink in I saw the ending in a different light and found it to be a very refreshing ending.
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
January 2

"Look, Jack, I gave you the money in good faith, you told me I could fucking trust you and now after all this shit I can't get my money?"
"Well, you finally got the picture, convict."

This is one of the worst Eddie Murphy movies I have ever seen and that's saying quite a bit as I've seen some of his other bad movies. This is just a terrible sequel in almost every way. It wasn't very funny, the action scenes were mostly boring and these characters didn't seem like the ones I liked in the first one. It's so bad that it makes the Beverly Hills Cop sequels look like comedic masterpieces. While it does have a funny joke every once in a while and a few interesting moments in these dull action scenes, it's mostly just a really bad and unnecessary sequel.
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People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (166 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
21 & Over (2013)
January 3

"Yeah, she's cute, but she's not my type."
"What is your type?"
"Girls who want to have sex with me."

Oh great, another party movie with very obnoxious characters and a hackneyed plot. This movie is so unfunny that it feels like at times it's trying too hard to be funny and not trying to be funny at all. Besides a couple chuckles this movie just gave me nothing and I just can't believe that this movie was written by the same guys who wrote The Hangover which is a much funnier movie than this one ever will be.
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People who added this item 509 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Midnight Run (1988)
January 3

"I can't keep you cuffed on a commercial flight, and I gotta check my gun with my luggage, but you fuck with me once and I'm gonna break your neck."
"I can't fly."
"You heard me, I can't fly."
"No, no, no. You're going to have to do better than that, pal."
"No, I don't have to do better than that, because it's the truth, I can't fly: I suffer from aviaphobia."
"What does that mean?"
"It means I can't fly. I also suffer from acrophobia and claustrophobia."
"I'll tell you what: if you don't cooperate, you're gonna suffer from "fistophobia"

I needed to watch a movie that was actually funny after seeing that atrocity that was 21 and Over, so I took a chance on a movie I haven't seen before and it was this one. Now this is a very funny movie and Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin are good in this movie, but it is very overlong and it really starts to lose steam near the end of the movie. Some people would probably call this one of the funniest movies of all time, but there are funnier movies than this one. It's still worth watching though and I'm glad I watched it at least once.
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People who added this item 725 Average listal rating (470 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Defiance (2009)
January 4

"We may be hunted like animals, but we will not become animals."

This is a very powerful movie. Daniel Craig delivers a very exceptional performance and it's very depressing at times. It's a very underrated movie and I don't understand why people hate it just because it's historically inaccurate. Just like the Nostalgia Critic said "Well, there has to be some understanding that no film, book or any written story can fully capture a person. The goal is to capture the spirit of a person or an event because that's as close as we can get." and the movie does that very well. Most movies based on a true story like Braveheart and Tombstone aren't very historically accurate anyways, so why should it be any different with this movie?
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People who added this item 856 Average listal rating (531 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
January 5

"What the fuck is wrong with those chickens?"
"They're angry. All I feed them is cocaine. And chicken."

Still not as good as the first movie, but you know what? It's actually an improvement over The Hangover Part II. Now while that movie was OK and it did have some decent laughs, it's pretty much a remake of the first movie. It's still them getting drunk and not remembering what they did on that night, but the only difference is that it takes place in Bangkok and replaces the tiger with a monkey. I really like the different direction that this movie went in and it's more consistently funny than the last movie. It's far from being great and it does have it's flaws, but it's overall a decent conclusion to this trilogy.
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People who added this item 306 Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Point Blank (1967)
January 5

"How bad does he want you, Chris?"
"Oh, I don't know. Who knows."
"Yeah, you know. How bad?"
"Pretty bad, I guess."
"Bad enough to let you through into the Huntley?"
"Why should I?"
"Well, it's up to you."

This is a classic movie that was groundbreaking back then and it's still a great movie to this day. Lee Marvin is awesome as always, it's got some great dialogue and I just enjoyed every minute of it. If you enjoyed Payback which was the remake of this movie, then you owe it to yourself to see this one as it's a classic movie in every way.
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People who added this item 599 Average listal rating (391 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Monsters (2010)
January 6

"Doesn't that kind of bother you, that you need something bad to happen to profit from it?"
"You mean, like a doctor?"

This is a good movie with some very well-written dialogue and some decent characters, but unfortunately this movie suffers from Machine Gun Preacher Syndrome. That's when a movie has a very misleading title to the point to where the movie suffers a bit because of it. From the title of this movie I was expecting a type of horror film, but it really isn't that kind of movie. (Blame Netflix for categorizing it as such.) Also I may be nitpicking, but the title is also misleading because the monsters in the title aren't monsters. They're aliens! I get that they can't call the movie Aliens for obvious reasons, but I was expecting a movie about monsters and instead I got a movie about aliens and they aren't technically monsters. Alright enough with the title. Here's a problem I've had with this movie that has nothing to do with the title and that is it's lack of depth. The characters were good, but I didn't really connect with them and I think they could've been fleshed out more and the story could've been executed better. It's a good movie and it's decent for what it is, but it's not something I would watch again.
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People who added this item 372 Average listal rating (216 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
January 6

"See you're not allowed to do more than one thing which is why a polymath such as myself prefers to do nothing."

I'm kind of surprised by the mixed reviews this movie has. While this movie may not be original and does have it's share of cliches, I really don't let this kind of stuff ruin a movie for me if it's well-written and that's the case with this movie. The acting is also really good and I was just really interested in it from start to finish. Not a great movie by any means, but it's better than the ratings would suggest.
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People who added this item 237 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hustle & Flow (2005)
January 7

"Sometimes I feel like... like I talked such a good game when we was young, man. About my own studio and my own label, that... shit, DJay, now I'm just payin' rent, man. This shit right here gotta work. It gotta work, man, 'cause it ain't over for me."

While it's not really a great movie, it comes close to being one at times and it has some really good acting especially from Terrence Howard. It also has some really good storytelling and this is the kind of movie that even people that aren't a fan of rap music can enjoy.
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People who added this item 1096 Average listal rating (760 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
January 9

"I'm warning you, I get sick. Air sick, car sick. I'm gonna throw up all over you."
"Go ahead. Won't show on this shirt."

This movie is probably one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's lesser films, but you know what? It's still pretty damn entertaining. It's got some really good action, lots of great one-liners from Arnold and the fact that they got an actual game host as a villain was awesome. It's a very entertaining movie even if it's not one of Schwarzenegger's best films.
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People who added this item 570 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Fallen (1998)
January 10

"What are we here for? What do we do?"
"Bottom line Hobbes: we catch bad guys, that's our job."

I feel like Denzel Washington is one of these actors that keeps getting better the more movies I watch that he's in. This was a really interesting thriller that had me on the edge of my seat, great acting mainly from Washington and John Goodman and I really loved the different direction this movie took. Great movie and it's one of the best movies I've seen with Denzel Washington in so far.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 4.5
North (1994)
January 11

"How does that get me into a good college?"
"Well since we don't use the letters B, C, D and F, you're pretty much guaranteed to get straight A's."

This quote perfectly represents this movie's sense of humor and I use that term very loosely as this movie is just as funny as a joke book that kids read in elementary school. Actually, scratch that. JOKE BOOKS ARE FUNNIER THAN THIS MOVIE! Also the actors in this movie look like they don't even want to be there and Elijah Wood was just horrible in this movie. Now I've got nothing against him at all. I really liked him in the Lord of the Rings movies and the remake of Maniac. Hell, he even wasn't that bad of a child actor considering that he was actually decent in Internal Affairs even though it was a brief role, but in this movie it seemed like that he didn't even want to be in this movie either. Every minute of this movie was pure stupidity and I don't even think there was one thing I liked about it. When Siskel and Ebert said that this was one of the worst movies they've ever seen, they were not kidding. I had to rewatch The Nostalgia Critic's review of it just to get this really bad feeling that this movie left me with. It just kills me that Rob Reiner accepted the offer to direct this movie.
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People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (129 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
January 13

"In the old days ya could just whack a guy and be done with it. Now everyone's feelings are involved."

This movie was really dull. I went into this movie just expecting something fun, but no this was just very boring. The acting was mostly bad especially from Seth Green who has no business being in this movie, the action is mediocre at best and for a movie that claims to be a dark comedy there really wasn't anything in this movie I found to be particularly funny. Well this movie was written and directed by the same guys who made Solitary Man which is another movie that claims to be a dramedy, but there was nothing funny in that movie either and after seeing this movie I think I'm convinced that these writers do not know what comedy is. Now this is a gangster film and this is probably the worst one I've seen from that genre and I'm usually lenient with this kind of movies. (See: London Boulevard) The only reason my rating isn't any lower because there isn't really anything in this movie that's terrible. It's just a soulless and disposable movie that is the epitome of forgettable.
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People who added this item 2156 Average listal rating (1373 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6
January 13-14

"You just have to fight for yourself; no one's going to save you. That's just life, right?"

Before anyone asks, yes this movie is better than The Hunger Games franchise. It's more dark, more uncompromising and more intellegently-written than those movies. This is a great movie that is very well-written and it is very hard to watch at times.
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People who added this item 853 Average listal rating (563 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Taken 2 (2012)
January 15

"Do you know how to shoot?"
"Then drive!"

Some of you may already know that I didn't like the first Taken movie. While it had good action and a decent performance from Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace's character wasn't developed enough for me to care about her and I didn't think the dialogue was very good. I think me not liking the first movie that much is the reason I enjoyed this sequel. It fixed some of the problems I had with the first one and the action scenes in this movie are even better than they were before. It still has it's flaws, but it's overall a decent sequel and it's not as bad as everyone says.
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People who added this item 2352 Average listal rating (1505 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Beach (2000)
January 15

"The only downer is, everyone's got the same idea. We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you gotta ask yourself, what is the point of that?"

This is a really underrated movie. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers one of his most unfairly overlooked performances ever and I just really loved the overall storytelling. It's a great movie that has excellent cinematography, great characters and it has some really well thought-out dialogue. It's a great movie that has been unfairly hated over the years.
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People who added this item 1543 Average listal rating (1095 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
January 16

"Where are the ordinary, everyday women? They don't exist because this is a movie!"
"No, this is California."

Now going into this movie I knew this was a parody of action movies instead of a straight-up action movie just like The Chase is and after seeing this, I'd say this one is better than The Chase. This is a cheesy, yet really fun movie that never takes itself too seriously and it's consistently funny.
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People who added this item 167 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Hit and Run (2012)
January 16

"Hey, hey, Clint? Why don't you think of this gun as a microphone? When it's not in your hand, you shut the fuck up. Okay?"

This movie isn't as funny as it should be. It does have it's funny moments, but other times it doesn't even feel like a comedy movie. Also Dax Shepard is a part of this movie and he's one of these guys who's usually more annoying than he is funny. Overall, it's just a very unmemorable movie and is really only worth watching once if you have nothing better to do.
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People who added this item 1004 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
January 17

"Well, who is Charles Colson?"
"The most powerful man in the United States is President Nixon. You've heard of him? Charles Colson is special counsel to the President. There's a cartoon on his wall. The caption reads, "When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow."

This movie is kind of overrated. While it does have some good dialogue and really good performances from Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, I just thought this movie really dragged on at times and it was so long that it felt like a three hour movie. Now the performances, the dialogue and the story keep this from being an average movie, but it just wasn't a very rewarding experience and it's far from being the great movie everyone says it is.
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People who added this item 1435 Average listal rating (946 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
January 18-19

"I've been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be a man. There is no new man. We tried so hard to create a society that was equal, where there'd be nothing to envy your neighbour. But there's always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don't have and want to appropriate. In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love."

This was a really great movie. The characters were great, the battle scenes were intense and the acting was just amazing especially Bob Hoskins really delivers a great performance and he really disappeared into the role of his character to the point where I didn't even recognize him at first. It's just a very powerful movie and I just loved every minute of it.
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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (123 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.3
January 19

"So we have to go back?"
"There's just some things that need answers, I'd rather die like a man than live like a coward."

This movie really isn't that bad and this is coming from someone who can't stand 50 Cent. His rap career is total shit and his acting career isn't that much better. While he actually did a surprisingly good job in Escape Plan, he was terrible in the couple other movies I've seen him in which was Righteous Kill and 13. Now this movie wasn't on my radar at all and never really had an urge to see it, but when it was featured on the Netflix front page I decided to see it with an open mind. Like I said, this movie really isn't that bad. It's actually kind of decent. The dialogue is actually good, but it's kind of odd that the guy who wrote this movie would go on to create Boardwalk Empire and write Wolf of Wall Street. The story isn't really anything new despite it being loosely based off of 50 Cent's life, but the way it was told was alright. As for his acting, well he was OK. He didn't show a whole lot of emotion, but it's by far better than his acting in other movies. Overall it's not a great movie, but I liked it for what it is and it's far from being as bad as everyone says.
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People who added this item 1169 Average listal rating (659 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
January 22

"All I've been doing is reading this diary wondering how the hell I'm still alive?"

Sometimes when I see a movie that I don't like that would seem like my type of movie, I would wonder if I would've looked upon it more favorably if I saw it a few years ago. However with this movie, I don't think I would've liked it back then either. The problem with this movie is that even though it is based on a true story, the whole drug addiction story has been done before and better in other movies. Besides the obvious Requiem for a Dream there's also Trainspotting, Drugstore Cowboy, Less than Zero and the criminally underrated Clean and Sober. A lot of people praise this movie because of Leonardo DiCaprio's performance and even say it's one of his best roles, but I disagree with that. Now he actually started off decent, but near the end of the movie I thought he really over-acted like with that crying scene. It just gave me a ton of mixed feelings like "Well I kind of want to laugh because of how overdramatic it is, but yet it's not over the top to the point where it's hilarious and it's really just embarrasing to see a great actor deliver this kind of acting." As far as I know, this was very early in his career when he hasn't completely evolved as an actor yet. I mean he has given a so-so performance in The Quick and the Dead, but yet he pulled off his role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape really well, so I'm not just not sure if it's a fair excuse or not.

As for the movie, like I said despite the fact that it's based on a true story it's still been done in better movies. The dialogue was very awkward at times, the writing was dull and some parts of this movie was so goofy or just weird that I couldn't take it seriously like that school shooting fantasy scene. That scene was just felt so out of place and just had no purpose to the story. I'm not going to connect that scene with the Columbine tragedy by calling it insensitive and shit like that as it's not like the makers of this movie could predict the future or anything. It's just a bland movie and I think I should maybe try reading the book sometime as I really want to feel something for this guy as the movie didn't do a good job of portraying his story.
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People who added this item 1393 Average listal rating (858 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Shame (2011)
January 24

"I'm trying. I'm trying to help you."
"How are you helping me, huh? How are you helping me? How are you helping me? Huh? Look at me. You come in here and you're a weight on me. Do you understand me? You're a burden. You're just dragging me down. How are you helping me? You can't even clean up after yourself. Stop playing the victim."
"I'm not playing the victim. If I left, I would never hear from you again. Don't you think that's sad? Don't you think that's sad? You're my brother."

Well... this was pretty damn depressing. It does have some really great acting from Michael Fassbender and I really appreciated what it had to say, but it's just not a movie I would want to watch again. Now there are some movies that are either very disturbing or depressing that I wouldn't mind watching a second time, but for a movie to do that it really has to have an impact on me. Still, I really liked this movie for what it is despite the fact that I wouldn't want to watch it again.
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People who added this item 806 Average listal rating (502 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
January 26

"They'll be waitin' for us."
"I wouldn't have it any other way."

This is a great classic western movie. Just like Bonnie and Clyde this movie was notorious for how violent it was considered to be in the 60's. While it's not really violent as it was in the 60's, I wouldn't call it tame either because the sad thing is it's that it's more violent than some of the action movies we get today. With that said though this is a great movie with memorable characters, great dialogue and the final shootout near the end still holds up very well today and during this whole movie I could tell that it inspired directors like Quentin Tarantino in some way or another. It's not a perfect movie as it does drag on a little at times, but it's still a classic movie. It's Sam Peckinpah's magnum opus and it's a movie that any film buff should see.
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People who added this item 426 Average listal rating (256 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
The Final Cut (2004)
January 27

"My job is to let people remember what they want to remember, Fletcher. It fulfilled a human need. I didn't invent the technology."

I was really skeptical about this movie as it does have a great premise, but judging from the ratings it seemed like it wasn't executed very well. Now, I thought the premise was executed decently and the late Robin Williams does deliver a pretty good performance. The problem I had with this movie is that I feel like there was still more that they could've done with this premise and that 95 minutes wasn't nearly enough time to flesh it out. While it did bring up some interesting ideas and I did like the overall movie, when it ended it left me cold and unsatisfied. I think this movie would be a very good canidate for a remake. I mean if we can have remakes of movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Carrie, Halloween, Robocop, Total Recall and a black remake of Annie then I don't see why movies like this shouldn't be remade either as the true purpose of remakes should be to improve the flaws of the original and/or add some new twists to the original and I believe this movie should qualify for a remake. Unfortunately the chances of that happening are slim to none.
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People who added this item 472 Average listal rating (331 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
January 28

"Never wiser than when we're children. They say it and it's true. We'll never see things that clear again."

This is a very tense thriller with great performances from Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges even though he hams it up at times, yet I think it's part of what makes the movie work. The last twenty minutes of this movie had me on the edge of my seat and the ending of this movie is just shocking. Tim Robbins' character actually was a terrorist and he suceeds in blowing up the building which causes some people to die. That kind of ending just blows my mind considering that this movie was made before 9/11 and ever since that tragic event happened they would never be allowed to end a movie involving terrorists this way again. That ending alone makes this movie great, but the acting, dialogue and a good amount of suspense also makes this movie great.
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People who added this item 4894 Average listal rating (3219 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
January 28

"My name is Ofelia. Who are you?"
"Me? I've had so many names. Old names that only the wind and the trees can pronounce. I am the mountain, the forest and the earth. I am... I am a faun. Your most humble servant, Your Highness."

While this is my first time seeing this movie from start to finish, but there was this time when I was 10 years old and my stepdad rented this movie and for some reason he let me watch it. I remember being OK with this movie for the most part until the infamous bottle stabbing scene came and the moment it happened I just ran away all the way to my room. Fortunately, I wasn't traumatized by it or anything, but there were times where I thought about this movie over the years especially that one scene and I was thinking that "This must be a really great movie if it stuck with me only after seeing the first 15 minutes of it." Well, now I finally saw this movie and I can definitely say that it is an amazing movie. It's got fantastic storytelling, really exceptional acting, amazing visuals especially for a foreign film and I just loved every minute of this movie. It's just a really amazing movie and I'm glad I finally watched it.
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (236 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.8
January 29

"You can take that to the bank!"
"I'm gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank!"

Now I can't stand Steven Seagal and he's my least favorite actor ever, but this movie wasn't actually too bad. For starters, he doesn't talk THAT much in this movie which makes his awful voice less grating to listen to and he doesn't show that much emotion in this role which is also a plus because whenever he tries to show emotion, it fails miserably. This movie is also kind of entertaining due to how goofy it is because the movie embraces its silliness while his other movies that I've seen are just silly and not in a good way. It's not really a good movie and from a technical standpoint it's a bad movie, but it's entertaining and it's Steven Seagal's best movie even though that's not saying a whole lot.
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People who added this item 323 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Fletch (1985)
January 30

"Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo."

Since this one of the few comedy classics I haven't seen yet, I decided to finally check it out. Now it definitely is a funny movie, but most of it didn't make me laugh as hard as it should've and it's far from being one of Chevy Chase's best movies. It's still a funny movie, but it's kind of overrated.
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People who added this item 980 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.9
January 31

"Got a name Marine?"
"Staff Sergeant Karnes."
"Got something a little shorter?"
"Staff Sergeant."

Since there wasn't really anything noteworthy leaving my queue on Netflix I just took a gamble on this movie before it left the site. I should've just let it leave without watching it because is a terrible movie. It is a disrespectful, emotionally manipulative, melodramatic piece of shit that does a half-assed job of capturing the true horrors of 9/11. What really bugs me about this movie is how it portrayed the disaster. When we get the recreation of The World Trade Center getting destroyed that scene just screamed "OK, we know this was a huge tragedy, but look at our awesome special effects! Aren't they so cool?" I mean I know it would be just as bad if it had really crappy special effects, but that scene just felt like an excuse to show off the special effects instead of focusing on the reactions of the people that were there. Another problem I had was Nicolas Cage's performance. Now unlike most people I think he's a decent actor, but he really overacted in this movie and while it's not a big problem for me in some of his other movies, it's a problem in this one as it ruins the tone of this movie. Then there's the characters and they just have no depth to them and that's a problem because this movie needs character depth. I think the biggest problem besides how they portrayed the attacks was that most of the movie was just the firefighters trapped under the rubble. That plots goes absolutely nowhere and the worst thing is that it's a 2 hour movie. This movie shows that firefighters trapped under rubble after the 9/11 attacks wasn't a good idea to base the movie on. It should've been based on the aftermath of it and how everyone learned how to cope with it. OK, so it might not be a great premise for this movie, but it would've been better than the one we've gotten. Now this movie does have some good acting and that alone keeps it from getting a lower rating, but it's just a really terrible movie and so far it's the worst movie I've seen from Oliver Stone.
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Monthly Focus: Movies from 2014

Catching up on some of last year's movies.
People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.3
Tusk (2014)
January 2

"Hello. I am an old man who has enjoyed a long and storied life. And after eons of oceanic adventure, I know I do not wish to spend my remaining years alone while I have some stories to share..."

This movie is so good that I'm surprised by some of the hate it's getting, but judging from the reviews I've read it seems to be a very polarizing movie. This is another one of Kevin Smith's more darker movies which is somewhere along the lines of Red State except I think this movie is slightly better than the former one. It's very funny at times, but it's also kind of depressing. While this movie is categorized as a horror movie, I don't think it is one because there really isn't anything scary about it. It's more of a psychological drama/thriller with some comedy mixed in and as that kind of a movie it works. I don't think that Justin Long is that great of an actor, but he did a pretty good job in this movie and Haley Joel Osment shows that he had potential to be a really good actor, but wasted it on direct to DVD crap. I would talk about the plot of this movie, but I don't want to give anything away as I don't want to spoil anything for you. Other than knowing that Kevin Smith directed it and that Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment is in it, I went into this movie blind and I recommend that everyone else does the same. While there are some people who really hated this movie, I thought it was a very unique experience and I'm really impressed with what Kevin Smith has directed. I can't really recommend this movie to anyone though because there's a good chance that you'll hate it, but if you're a fan of Smith's work like I am then it's worth checking out.
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People who added this item 960 Average listal rating (638 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
Divergent (2014)
January 6

"You fight until one of you can't anymore."
"Or until one of you concedes."
"A brave man never backs down."
"Lucky for you, that wasn't a rule when we fought."

This is one of the movies that I'll be watching this month just out of curiosity. This movie is horrible. It's a shameless attempt at cashing in on the success of The Hunger Games and it's almost a complete rip-off of that franchise. It has terrible acting, really horrible dialogue, failed attempts at humor, shallow characters and it has some of the worst action scenes I have ever seen in a movie and that's saying a lot.
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People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
January 8

"Look, it had nothing to do with you."
"That is bullshit. You're my brother. And we're supposed to be there for each other. And if you don't get that by now, then, I don't know, I guess I'll talk to you in another ten years."

I'm just speechless. I never thought that in a million years that Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig would be capable of serious roles, but apparently they are and both of them give fantastic performances that can even be considered Oscar-worthy. It also has a very well-written story and it's also very funny. It's a great movie that just completely took me by surprise.
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If I Stay (2014)
January 14

"Isn't it amazing how life is one thing and then, in an instant it becomes something else. Like here I am, Mia, the girl who thinks about the cello and Adam, and whether I get a stupid letter or not, and just like that..."

This was a good, but pretty flawed movie. Chloe Moretz once again shows why she's one of the best younger actresses working today and the story is better written than most love stories, but it does get pretty confusing sometimes and the ending was kind of a slap in the face. It's a good movie, but in the end it's nothing special.
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January 18

"Oh my God, I'm flying. Oh my God, we're flying. We're-we're flying! Look down! Nothing has ever looked like this in all of human history!"

This movie was another one I just watched out of curiosity because the day this movie started to get rave reviews, I was just shocked by it because it looked like a generic Hollywood romance movie with a predictable ending. Well, I knew this movie was going to suck, but I watched it just to see if I was right and it turns out I was. This movie is not deserving of a 8.0 on IMDB. It's not a well-written romance movie, it's just sappy, fake, teenage romance that brings nothing new to the genre. Now the acting in this movie is decent, but the characters are so shallow that the good acting it does have doesn't even help the movie that much. What really kills me about this movie is that the same people who wrote this piece of shit also wrote (500) Days of Summer which is a great movie of the romantic-comedy genre and isn't the same kind of tripe we've seen before. Now before I seen this movie I thought the girl was going to die because it seemed so blatantly obvious, but it's the boy who dies. That doesn't really stop the movie from being predictable though because still, somebody dies. The only positives I have with the movie is that the acting was decent and Willem Dafoe's character. Out of all the characters in this movie, his character was the only one I felt ANY sympathy for and according to the writers, I'm supposed to hate him. Now that's pretty bad when a character who's supposed to be unlikable ends up being the only sympathetic character in this whole movie.

What I really hate about this movie though is how it portrays cancer. For most of the movie the characters are all like "Oh, she has cancer. Eh, no big deal. Everyone's gonna die someday." and the main character is like "Oh, I have cancer. Well I wanted to at least live until I was 65, but no big deal. Death can kill me whenever he wants to." I just thought that the characters looked at cancer like it wasn't a big deal. 50/50 portrayed cancer better than this movie did and it was able to mix comedy with a very serious subject incredibly well and I think I'll re-watch it to get the bad taste out of my mouth that this movie has left me with and because I have it on DVD. Now I don't mind a simple romance movie if it's done right. I mean I loved The Notebook and that isn't a ground-breaking movie by any means, but at least it had great story-telling. This is an extremely overrated movie and hopefully the IMDB score for this movie will change at least a little as an 8.0 is just ridiculous.
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Noah (2014)
January 23

"This is the end of everything."
"The beginning. The beginning of everything."

I noticed how whenever I go see a movie in theatres these days it's never something I hate. Hell, the worst movie I've seen in the last few years was Iron Man 3 and that was more disappointing than bad. I think it's due to how I make smart choices by looking at the ratings for them before deciding if I should see it and I don't see movies that are very likely to suck. With that said though I did have plans on seeing this in theatres, but I didn't get the chance to and I have to say that I really dodged a bullet on that one as this is quite possibly the worst movie I've seen this year. The movie starts off promising, but 5 minutes into this movie it starts to really fall apart. This is one of the most boring movies that I had the misfortune to sit through. The way the story was told was very dull, the dialogue was really uninspired and even when there was something going on in this movie, I was still fucking bored. The special effects weren't that impressive either which also takes away any enjoyment I would've gotten from this movie. The acting was also really terrible and this is coming from actors that actually have talent. I don't think it's their fault however and it's more Aronofsky's fault for their bad acting.

This is one of the worst big-budget blockbusters that I have ever seen. This movie sucks so bad that it makes Evan Almighty look like a fucking masterpiece. The main reason I was highly anticipating this movie is because Darren Aronofsky was involved with this movie and I thought he could pull off this kind of movie, but after seeing this it's clear that he can't. He has officially sold out with this movie as it's nothing more than a soulless Hollywood blockbuster and hopefully he'll be able to redeem himself with his next movie. Besides the first five minutes of this movie, there was absolutely nothing that I liked about this movie and it is the worst movie I've seen from 2014.
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Snowpiercer (2013)
January 31

"When's the last time you got laid? Like Gilliam said, holding a woman is much better with two arms."

I was going to end this month with Mississippi Burning which was one of my movie rentals this week, but I decided that I wanted to at least end this monthly focus on a positive note, so I decided to watch this movie and start off February with the aforementioned movie instead. Now this was my kind of movie. It had great action scenes, lots of inventive ideas and the characters had quite a bit of depth to them. This movie is my introduction to Joon-Ho Bong's work and this was a great movie to start with. After seeing Snowpiercer, it does make me want to check out his other films and it probably won't be long before I do so.
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The Trip (2011)
January 12

"You know, when someone dies, and they go to the funeral, and they say, you know, "We should have done this when he was *alive*! He would have *loved* this!"
"Hmmm, what, cremated him?"

This was a oddly interesting movie. It does feel a bit too long at times, but it's still a very different movie that's also very funny at times.
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January 21

"The bounty on your head is 300 won."
"What? I'm only worth a piano?"
"A used one at that."

This was a highly enjoyable movie that has some really good action scenes and a good sense of humor. It's not really a great movie, but it's still a very entertaining movie and I hate to say it, but I enjoyed it more than The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.
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