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« #8700 : December 21, 2010, 02:13:06 PM »

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole - 8/10 - The story is derivative to the extreme, with an obvious plot and predictable characters. What makes this soar above the majority of Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks mediocrities is that it is unremittingly dark and serious (the Fascist overtones are hard to miss), avoiding the schizophrenia of its peers, and despite some palatable comic relief it's definitely not a kid's movie. Gorgeous animation and a great voice cast also help.



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« #8701 : December 21, 2010, 03:10:29 PM »

That's it? Nothing more to say?
Sums it up pretty well. If you like fun movies, it's for you. All I can add is that it's surprisingly "sincere" (can't find a better word). Its basic attitude is not ironic or sarcastic, though that's what I was expecting. Is it running in NYC?


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« #8702 : December 21, 2010, 08:28:50 PM »

Is it running in NYC?
Very obscurely.



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« #8703 : December 23, 2010, 09:49:04 AM »

After moviesceleton's ecstatic review, I tracked this down in the one NY theater that was playing it and forked over my $13.

Rare Exports (2010) 8/10. Santa Claus is coming to town . . . and you'd better not be there when he arrives! I thought this was not only "fun" but great fun. The reasons are several: the use of Christmas traditions in new and clever ways; scenic views of Northern Finland and the presentation of modern Lapp culture (not readily available to us in other films); an all-male cast with a problem to solve (with all the adult males wearing handsome beards); and, best of all, a young star convincingly determined to take out the bad guy. This kid has the situation sussed by the finish of the opening credits, and when the adults don't heed him, he swings into action on his own. No whimpering or crying to mom here! Everybody eventually gets on board, of course, and there is the usual mission-ending explosion.  But the epilogue--what a payoff! (literally). This is a great film for fathers and sons to view together.  Watching this every season is gonna be a new Jenkins Family tradition.



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« #8704 : December 23, 2010, 10:39:44 AM »

So, it's great fun.



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« #8705 : December 23, 2010, 01:38:14 PM »

We Own the Night (2007) - 7/10


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« #8706 : December 23, 2010, 04:00:45 PM »

We Own the Night (2007) - 7/10

That car scene, under the rain, best car chase ever. Because instead of going for the spectacular, they go for the dramatic side of things.



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« #8707 : December 23, 2010, 04:44:23 PM »

That car scene, under the rain, best car chase ever. Because instead of going for the spectacular, they go for the dramatic side of things.
Yeah, that chase is great.


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« #8708 : December 23, 2010, 05:04:27 PM »

True Grit (2010) - 9/10. Funny in that grimly humorous Coens way, with excellent performances by all concerned. Bridges is particularly good, but the kid playing Mattie is the star--and it's Mattie's story this time, not a vehicle for the male lead (not that there was anything wrong with that approach). The Coens have changed the story at certain points: in some cases to add the odd cameos they so like, in others for no apparent reason than to depart from the earlier version of the film so that their telling will be certain to stand on its own. This works sometimes, but often these changes are not an improvement, and sometimes even annoying (there are not one but TWO occasions where LeBoeuf breaks with Cogburn and rides off. Once would have been dramatically effective, but a second time?).  And the music disappoints: I'm not a big Carter Burwell fan, but in most of the Coens' flims his scores are unobtrusive. This time out, he's decided to use the melody of "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms" as a motif, not bad in itself, but he really runs it into the ground, and then over the closing credits we have to listen to Dolly Parton sing her rendition. Uhhh . . . On the positive side of the ledger, the Coens restore Portis's epilogue, so we get the moment when the adult Mattie talks to Cole Younger and then tells Frank James to "Keep your seat, trash." Naturally, Deakins' camera work is top notch (all should see the film projected digitally), although I was disappointed to learn that New Mexico was playing Oklahoma this time (I guess there's some reason why Oklahoma can't play Oklahoma). Anyway, the Hathaway version will probably remain my favorite, but this is a worthy successor.

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« #8709 : December 26, 2010, 06:03:33 AM »

The last hour of Suspicion (1941) (not among the best Hitchcocks but fairly entertaining) which I have seen, in its entirety, before and parts of  Gunga Din (1939). I can't really comment that one; I wasn't in the right mood and was distracted by other stuff. But I don't plan on watching it in the near future. 

Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave (1995) - 10/10
Has probably the best chase scene in the history of cinema.

Blow-Up (1966) - 7.5/10


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« #8710 : December 27, 2010, 06:53:19 AM »

A Christmas Story - 9/10 - Yearly viewing.

Despicable Me - 6/10 - About what I was expecting. Bland animation, decent story, good voice acting, hit-and-miss gags. In short, mediocre.



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« #8711 : December 27, 2010, 08:08:02 AM »

The last hour of Suspicion (1941) (not among the best Hitchcocks but fairly entertaining) which I have seen, in its entirety, before and parts of  Gunga Din (1939). I can't really comment that one; I wasn't in the right mood and was distracted by other stuff. But I don't plan on watching it in the near future. 

Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave (1995) - 10/10
Has probably the best chase scene in the history of cinema.

Blow-Up (1966) - 7.5/10

I like Suspicion and I don't even mind the ending as much as most. I have fairly vague memories of Gunga Din, I remember enjoying it but not as much as The Four Feathers and other similar films.

Blow-Up I hated. I don't think I've seen Wallace and Gromit.



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« #8712 : December 27, 2010, 08:15:54 AM »


Must Love Dogs (2005) - 6/10

I don't know what happened but I sorta liked it, I mean, I feel could even watch it again sometimes. One reason for that could be the pollution soap operas created on most channels, hence something like this seems fresh as monkey breath. Another reason could be the fact that I never watch romantic comedies, if there's even the slightest chance I could avoid it - I take that chance. The third and final reason is obviously Diane Lane, I mean she just has something few other actresses have, she doesn't look like she just came down from some track where they produce them one after another. I see even females agree with me on that.

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« #8713 : December 27, 2010, 03:03:45 PM »

True Grit (2010) - 9/10 - I will be unequivocal: this movie is miles better than the original. Heck, I might say it's the best Western of the last thirty years. Finally, we get a modern Western that feels like a classic Western, rather than an action flick in period garb (3:10 to Yuma) or a revisionist period piece (Jesse James). The Coens's penchant for quirky dialogue suits the show perfectly and the movie gets a lot more bite and humor of the script than the original did. The photography is gorgeous, the art direction period-authentic without feeling stuffy, and the action scenes perfectly-staged; the so-so score is the only technical demerit. Jeff Bridges is even better than the Duke, though his portrayal of Cogburn is so different that a comparison is borderline irrelevant. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent, showing that the problem with the original True Grit was Kim Darby, not Mattie Ross. Matt Damon's just okay, which still makes him miles better than Glenn Campbell. I also found Dakin Matthews's Strother Martin impression uncanny. Full-length review to come.

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« #8714 : December 27, 2010, 06:15:56 PM »

True Grit (2010) - 9/10 - I will be unequivocal: this movie is miles better than the original. Heck, I might say it's the best Western of the last thirty years. Finally, we get a modern Western that feels like a classic Western, rather than an action flick in period garb (3:10 to Yuma) or a revisionist period piece (Jesse James). The Coens's penchant for quirky dialogue suits the show perfectly and the movie gets a lot more bite and humor of the script than the original did. The photography is gorgeous, the art direction period-authentic without feeling stuffy, and the action scenes perfectly-staged; the so-so score is the only technical demerit. Jeff Bridges is even better than the Duke, though his portrayal of Cogburn is so different that a comparison is borderline irrelevant. Hailee Steinfeld is excellent, showing that the problem with the original True Grit was Kim Darby, not Mattie Ross. Matt Damon's just okay, which still makes him miles better than Glenn Campbell. I also found Dakin Matthews's Strother Martin impression uncanny. Full-length review to come.

I agree with everything you've said. Everything.

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