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X (1963) (aka X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes) - is one of those cheapo Roger Corman movies. The production values in this one are pretty good though and Corman got together a decent cast that includes Oscar winner Ray Milland as the lead and Don Rickles as a supporting player. I get a kick out of those earlier sci-fi movies and this was no different. A lot of fun if you're into that sort of stuff. As a bonus, the special effects hold up remarkably well. 7/10.


Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:39 pm
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Ragnarok73 wrote:
Legion (2010)

Yep, this is 100 minutes of my life that I will never get back. GODDAMN YOU, HOLLYWOOD! :evil:

-* out of ***** (I'd think of a lower number beneath zero, but I'm too lazy)


I know how you feel.

I only hope that this film didn't do any lasting damage to Paul Bettany's career.


Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:24 pm
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corpen11 wrote:
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Legion (2010)

Yep, this is 100 minutes of my life that I will never get back. GODDAMN YOU, HOLLYWOOD! :evil:

-* out of ***** (I'd think of a lower number beneath zero, but I'm too lazy)


I know how you feel.

I only hope that this film didn't do any lasting damage to Paul Bettany's career.

I wouldn't worry too much about that, he was cast as the lead in the film adaption of the comic series Priest, anyways I didn't think Legion was all that bad, forgettable maybe, but i've seen way worse.


Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:55 pm
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Inception: 3.5/4

Let's see, what hasn't been said? Great sets, probably the most interesting I've seen since 2001.

Hans Zimmer's score was fantastic; it had power that went great with the suspense of the second half.


Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:18 pm
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Allow me to join the crowd with

Inception ***1/2 of ****

A challenging, taut ride. But not the best movie evar.

really.


Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:46 pm
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Catherine (Julianne Moore) is concerned her husband David (Liam Neeson) is being unfaithful -- she's got every right to suspect but no sound reason to conclude anything -- and so hires Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), an escort that will attempt to draw David into an affair. What follows is a brief examination of aging, sublimating desire into suspicion and the difficulty of understanding how others (mostly family) are just as dynamic as They never told you they'd be.

It's a two-person drama with three main characters, Chloe being a metaphorical counterpoint for Catherine's 19-year-old trapped in a 50-year-old's body. It's hard to imagine who could pull off -- very successfully -- a movie like this without it turning into a soft-core Movie of the Week but Atom Egoyan handles everything like the metaphorical coming-of-middle-age tale it was intended to be. There's some holy moly eroticism, sure, but it's not anything reproaching lurid; watching Catherine and Chloe tangle on a bed is less about titulation than Catherine attempting to avenge something that she's only got half-baked notions about.

Looking at the movie as a thriller or mystery, things probably seem nascent and a bit disjointed but the suspense angle is a cover, a veneer the audience will have figured out by the 30-minute mark. It's really all about Catherine and Julianne Moore's outstanding performance -- a person who has written herself off as obsolete without checking in to see how should be is all but totally meaningless.

Very, very good movie. I went in expecting Fatal Attraction or Single White Female but came out with something from Chekhov. No kidding. Strong ***1/2 and recommended for those who still believe they're in for Single White Female: The Later Years.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:17 am
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Catherine (Julianne Moore) is concerned her husband David (Liam Neeson) is being unfaithful -- she's got every right to suspect but no sound reason to conclude anything -- and so hires Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), an escort that will attempt to draw David into an affair. What follows is a brief examination of aging, sublimating desire into suspicion and the difficulty of understanding how others (mostly family) are just as dynamic as They never told you they'd be.

It's a two-person drama with three main characters, Chloe being a metaphorical counterpoint for Catherine's 19-year-old trapped in a 50-year-old's body. It's hard to imagine who could pull off -- very successfully -- a movie like this without it turning into a soft-core Movie of the Week but Atom Egoyan handles everything like the metaphorical coming-of-middle-age tale it was intended to be. There's some holy moly eroticism, sure, but it's not anything reproaching lurid; watching Catherine and Chloe tangle on a bed is less about titulation than Catherine attempting to avenge something that she's only got half-baked notions about.

Looking at the movie as a thriller or mystery, things probably seem nascent and a bit disjointed but the suspense angle is a cover, a veneer the audience will have figured out by the 30-minute mark. It's really all about Catherine and Julianne Moore's outstanding performance -- a person who has written herself off as obsolete without checking in to see how should be is all but totally meaningless.

Very, very good movie. I went in expecting Fatal Attraction or Single White Female but came out with something from Chekhov. No kidding. Strong ***1/2 and recommended for those who still believe they're in for Single White Female: The Later Years.


I was with this movie completely until the final scene, where it does become a lesbian Fatal Attraction kind of thing. Solid performances and some really strong thematic matieral that gets sidestepped when Chloe goes all Play Misty For Me. The movie deserved a better ending.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:33 am
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majoraphasia wrote:
Catherine (Julianne Moore) is concerned her husband David (Liam Neeson) is being unfaithful -- she's got every right to suspect but no sound reason to conclude anything -- and so hires Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), an escort that will attempt to draw David into an affair. What follows is a brief examination of aging, sublimating desire into suspicion and the difficulty of understanding how others (mostly family) are just as dynamic as They never told you they'd be.

It's a two-person drama with three main characters, Chloe being a metaphorical counterpoint for Catherine's 19-year-old trapped in a 50-year-old's body. It's hard to imagine who could pull off -- very successfully -- a movie like this without it turning into a soft-core Movie of the Week but Atom Egoyan handles everything like the metaphorical coming-of-middle-age tale it was intended to be. There's some holy moly eroticism, sure, but it's not anything reproaching lurid; watching Catherine and Chloe tangle on a bed is less about titulation than Catherine attempting to avenge something that she's only got half-baked notions about.

Looking at the movie as a thriller or mystery, things probably seem nascent and a bit disjointed but the suspense angle is a cover, a veneer the audience will have figured out by the 30-minute mark. It's really all about Catherine and Julianne Moore's outstanding performance -- a person who has written herself off as obsolete without checking in to see how should be is all but totally meaningless.

Very, very good movie. I went in expecting Fatal Attraction or Single White Female but came out with something from Chekhov. No kidding. Strong ***1/2 and recommended for those who still believe they're in for Single White Female: The Later Years.


I was with this movie completely until the final scene, where it does become a lesbian Fatal Attraction kind of thing. Solid performances and some really strong thematic matieral that gets sidestepped when Chloe goes all Play Misty For Me. The movie deserved a better ending.


I liked the ending as it fit the Chloe-as-metaphor angle but admit, taken literally, the scene isn't particularly convincing. As I took Chloe to be an extension of Catherine more than a bona fide individual I appreciated the mix of eroticism and bloodshed moreso than I would have in a straight thriller. It worked for me but I'm probably in a minority for completely understandable reasons.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:42 am
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Jumper - Hayden Christensian does his best impersonation of a dick who ruined the Star Wars prequels and Rachel Bilson plays a wall. Horrible garbage. Keep moving folks, nothing to see here.


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Inception (2010) ***

I went into this movie expecting to be carried away by the film and absolutely love it, or react negatively to all the hype and hate it. In the end...I liked it. So much for my expectations. In any event, the movie succeeds completely on a technical level. The photography, direction, effects, and score are marvelous. This was a great movie to look at. But on a deeper level it's a bit lacking. Until a marvelous final shot, Nolan almost never plays with nature of dreams vs. reality, or gets the audience to question which is which. No one's going to accuse the film of being deep. Also, the script has so much it needs to unpack that half the film seems to be spent explaining its own rules. So while I liked it, it's more of a smart summer movie than something I'll remember come Oscar-time.

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Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:08 am
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Intermission 2003

3.5/5

Intermission is one of those Pulp Fiction-esque dark comedies, with about a thousand characters with intersecting storylines. It all starts with a guy (Cillian Murphy) breaking up with his girlfriend (Kelly MacDonald) for an absolutely idiotic reason. This action reverberates throughout the whole of Dublin.

I felt at times like I'd better put together a diagram detailing who did what to everyone else, just to keep things straight. You've got the breakup, a cop who thinks he's Dirty Harry, kidnapping, bank robbery, adultery, brown sauce, a dead sheep, a girl with a moustache, a rotten little kid in a red jacket, a bus crash, wheelchair racing, and a documentary film-maker who longs to be the Next Big Thing.

Oh, and assault with a can of peas.

It's a whirlwind of a movie, well-acted, but seeming a little slow in the early stretch as it sets up all the relationships.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:44 am
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Inception (2010) ***

I went into this movie expecting to be carried away by the film and absolutely love it, or react negatively to all the hype and hate it. In the end...I liked it. So much for my expectations. In any event, the movie succeeds completely on a technical level. The photography, direction, effects, and score are marvelous. This was a great movie to look at. But on a deeper level it's a bit lacking. Until a marvelous final shot, Nolan almost never plays with nature of dreams vs. reality, or gets the audience to question which is which. No one's going to accuse the film of being deep. Also, the script has so much it needs to unpack that half the film seems to be spent explaining its own rules. So while I liked it, it's more of a smart summer movie than something I'll remember come Oscar-time.


Nailed. Agree 100% with everything said here, James.

My biggest gripe was that so much time was spent explaining how everything works. I guess it's necessary since we'd be incredibly confused if we didn't know the rules, but it got annoying. It wasn't naturally woven into the plot, but it was more like, "Ok, we're about to do some crazy shit so we better explain how it works before we show it." Still, a very enjoyable, fun movie.

That final shot, though, that's gonna get folks talking.


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Nailed. Agree 100% with everything said here, James.

My biggest gripe was that so much time was spent explaining how everything works. I guess it's necessary since we'd be incredibly confused if we didn't know the rules, but it got annoying. It wasn't naturally woven into the plot, but it was more like, "Ok, we're about to do some crazy shit so we better explain how it works before we show it." Still, a very enjoyable, fun movie.

That final shot, though, that's gonna get folks talking.


Nyaw, thanks Pete! The unpacking of all the info was very wearying. Just when you think you know all the rules, they trot out something new (90 minutes in we find out about this "limbo" thing that no one had mentioned before that contradicts established rules) and have me rolling my eyes.

As for the final shot, all I can say is...
[Reveal] Spoiler:
only in a world with gravity can something begin to topple

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Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:40 pm
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Nyaw, thanks Pete! The unpacking of all the info was very wearying.

Would have been better if they could set a few ground rules that would generally explain the events, then taken it from there.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:23 pm
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INCEPTION
~Each year brings a movie that I want to see more than any other. Last year, it was Avatar (for better or worse). This year, it's Inception. I loved the movie quite a bit, but I'm going to take a minute to discuss what I felt the problems were (and weren't). My biggest problem was with the characterization. The only person who really gets any major character development is DiCaprio's character. This is good, because the movie's about him. This is bad, too, because everyone else deserves the same kind of screen time. The roles end up being perfunctory - which is fine, don't get me wrong. It's what ends up separating Memento from Inception for me. ALSO, I thought the score was super overbearing and loud. I couldn't hear the dialogue in parts. However, it's a fantastic score in and of itself. I'd listen to it in my spare time. I don't buy the criticism that the film takes too much time explaining its own rules, largely because I enjoyed watching that process. Annoying? Hardly. I'll succumb to the "to each his or her own" cliche, but I don't think there should be much fault assigned to a film of this type for doing what it did.

I'll briefly discuss what I loved, too. That fight scene in the hallway is breathtaking. The way the last ninety minutes or so is edited is an achievement. The ending's fantastic. The film actually found a practical use for slow-motion, other than making it look cool. The dreamscapes are really neat. Inception succeeds at being both a film and an experience. This is the most memorable movie of the year, and the best thus far. You people still need to see Exit Through the Gift Shop.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:28 pm
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Inception

Real review coming soon, short review on the Inception thread.

9/10


Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:42 pm
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Inception (2010) ***
No one's going to accuse the film of being deep.


No one else, you mean?

Warning flares went up when I remembered how so many people came back to tell me The "Gordon Gekko" Joker's "Chaos IS GOOD!" speech was B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T. 2.5 hours of that speech means I can wait until I'm recovering from a broken leg that hasn't happened and may never happen.


Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:01 pm
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Inception - *** out of ****

Read my thoughts on the film in JB's review thread. It's definitely the 2nd-best film of 2010 for me.


Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:05 am
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Takashi Miike's "Gozu". My hubby works a projector at a nearby theatre that shows primarily cult films, classic films, independent films, and foreign films. His theatre was showing this and I remember him coming home from work with one of the most dumbfounded expressions I had ever seen. He stammered trying to explain this film, and then gave up. I just had to see it for myself.

It was... uhm... it was..... different to say the very least. I didn't understand a goddamned thing, yet it was so surreal and energetic that I couldn't help but like it. I tried asking a fan of it and Miike's films what the hell happened, and he just bantered on about how the film is an allegory about homosexuality and incest and while both are certainly central themes I honestly doubt Miike was trying to put any meaning into it. Miike is known for being pretty licentious. The thing I would change would probably be the death scene involving a ladle, a prostate, and a makeshift fix for erectile dysfunction. The whole movie is filled with gross tidbits but that one pushed it for me.

Certainly not a great movie, but if you fit into a niche that would enjoy a movie that feels like the Japanese cousin to "Naked Lunch" (Though Naked Lunch certainly had more point and depth in the end...) it's worth seeing.

***/****


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Chocolate - a Thai film where a brother and sister's mother is in the hospital and they need money to pay the bills. The )autistic) sister gets real good at catching things thrown at her so they hunt down the people who owe the family money and she kicks their collective ass. Oh, most of her dialogue is a piercing scream, which makes her talking scenes extremely unpleasant. Really bad.


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