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Episode #6: Jack, Be Nimble 
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Here's a look at how I did last week:

Snitch - ** (Predicted: **1/2)
I guessed just a tad bit too high here, hoping that the latest actioner from Dwayne Johnson would appeal to James because of its social commentary concerning the War on Drugs. Poor guess on my part, although I should have guessed that a PG-13 February release would fail to reach the comparatively high standard set by "The Rock" three years back in Faster, which he awarded **1/2. Close, but no cigar.

Oscar Sunday is upon us, people. Time for another night of debauchery, gambling, superficiality, Harvey Weinstein, red carpets, gold statuettes, corny jokes, and lame musical numbers. So, minus the Harvey Weinstein, it's kind of like Les Misérables. Easy target, I know.

That being said, the next weekends will be devoted to nothing less than movies that no one cares about and which no one will remember months down the line. Sure, Oz: The Great and Powerful looks nice, but everything else looks like one giant bore. That being said, here are the titles that James will be reviewing next week.

1. Jack the Giant Slayer - **1/2
This was a tough guess for me, but I ultimately settled on **1/2. Last year, James surprised me tremendously by giving out *** to John Carter, which I considered one of the year's worst titles. I doubt that Giant Slayer will receive a positive review, but in a world where Snow White & the Huntsman, featuring Kristen Stewart, receives ***, this should just do fine. Add in the fact that all of Bryan Singer's previous efforts have done well with James, most notably The Usual Suspects, and the stars look dim but just bright enough. Two and a half stars out of four.

2. Stoker - ***
I had the chance to see Stoker at Sundance just a month ago, and I thought that it was a fine psychological thriller, eerie in its storytelling and featuring some chilling performances from Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Save for Oldboy, James has never reviewed a film by South Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park before, yet the reviews thus far have been leaning towards the positive side of the Tomatometer. In some ways, this movie reminded me of Hannah, which James gave ***1/2 in 2011, although I think that he will be a bit more reserved with this film. Three stars out of four.

I have decided to stop posting the week's leaderboards on the weekly threads, instead updating the one thread already dedicated towards this purpose.

Finally, I will be offering an extra point to every individual who manages to predict both films correctly. Two points are at stake this week.


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Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:15 pm
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Jack The Giant Slayer-**(looks incredibly mediocre if you ask me)
Stoker-**1/2(I see James liking this but not loving it)
Phantom-**


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Chan-Woo Park directed Oldboy yes? And I'm pretty sure JB reviewed it.

Jack The Giant Slayer - ***
Stoker-***


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Jack the Giant Slayer - **1/2
Stoker - **1/2

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Jack The Giant Slayer: **1/2
Stoker: **
Phantom: **

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Jack The Giant Slayer - ***
Stoker-***


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Jack the Giant Slayer: 2.5 (it looks like another Snow White and the Huntsman to me, which JB gave 3).
Stoker: 3 (this actually look like it might be pretty good on the surface).
Phantom: 2


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Jack the Giant Slayer-- ***

Stoker-- ***

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Jack the Giant Slayer - 2.5
Stoker - 3.0
Phantom - 2.0


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Jack - ***
Stoker - ***

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Jack the Giant Slayer - **
Stoker - ** 1/2
Phantom - **

Phantom looks to be dumped which is not a good sign. But with actors like Ed Harris, David Duchovney and William Fichtner it's got to be at least watchable, right? Besides Duchovney and Harris, it's also nice to see Lance Henricksen back on the big screen after being in so many straight to dvd dreck.


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Well, it looks like James will also be reviewing Phantom this week. Joy.

Here is my prediction:

Phantom - *1/2
This movie is an entirely dull, lazy, forgettable, and uninteresting piece of work. I'm not sure if it will scrape the bottom of the barrel, but seeing as James is more forgiving when it comes to these types of movies, I will be more lenient. A movie about Russians on a submarine with no Russian accents. Really? One and a half stars out of four.

Since James was not originally planning on reviewing Phantom, I will not hold it against anyone. If you don't make a prediction for it, you will not lose any points. If you make an incorrect prediction, you will not lose any points. However, if you make a correct prediction, you will receive half a point, and if you guess all three films correctly, you will receive an extra point.


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