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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:39 pm

Clear History - 8/10 - If you like Curb Your Enthusiasm, then you will like this movie. Funny moments, wacky characters and situations. Good stuff.

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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Kelly » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:56 pm

Her - 6/10

Slightly deeper than I expected, but still really just a long, boring, drawn out and tedious commentary on human needs being increasingly fulfilled electronically, and the socially clumsy and lonely personalities this creates. Interesting men's clothing choices "slightly" in the future. I chuckled a couple of times, but really - I just came away unimpressed and a little creeped out. Meh.
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Postby Matt » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:30 pm

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 6/10 - I didn't like the first one. This one picks up a bit, but it's still all over the place, and I'm not quite sure why the heck anyone would continue with this crazy quest. A talking dragon? It seemed to work quite well. I guess everyone in this world speaks english. Including the spiders and the dragons. Wizards seem pointless. Ian McKellen looks like he's going to drop dead any second.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:14 am

American Hustle - 5/10 - too long. doesn't get tense. Too many recognizable actors (really,. cast 2 main characters from Boardwalk empire for a movie about Atlantic City Casinos and mafia?-- and pretty much cast them as criminal gangsters?). Really great performers, but the casting ruined it. It's like the director just picked up one copy of Entertainment weekly and said.. "go with all these people." After Argo, this con-movie is tame and boring. I felt no apathy for any character. I didn't care who won. And the con reveal was uneventful. It was basically a waste of time for all the talent involved. I don't care how great these performances are, this movie will be long forgotten in a few years.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby L_G_D » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:28 am

I wasn't quite sure what was wrong with American Hustle, but you pretty much nailed it, awesome performances individually, but in this case the sum of the parts is less than the whole.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:26 am

I was so excited to see it.... but mid-way through, I was regretting not seeing Wolf of Wall Street instead.

I think the directory was just so enamored with his all-star cast... he just let them play characters... and the plot and pacing was second to it.
Here's a piece of trivia on it i found on IMDB:
According to Christian Bale much of the movie was improvised. So, during the shooting of the film he noted to David O. Russell, "You realize that this is going to change the plot greatly down track." To which the director replied, "Christian, I hate plots. I am all about characters, that's it."


I don't understand that stellar reviews this movie has been getting.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Kelly » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:24 pm

Seeking Asian Female - 7/10

Not bad. I saw the 82 minute version rather than the TV version (54 minutes, I think). I could have watched more, as it DID hold my interest - though nothing in it really surprised me. I found myself indifferent to all of it - never really caring if the two stayed together or not. How different it would have been if Lum (the director) hadn't gotten involved as a confidant and translator - who knows? Dumbo mug? Really?
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:35 pm

A million movies can be made about couples that can't communicate with each other. I found that "documentary" to be saved by that unique gentleman (who really needed to get out more) and hit struggle to hold on to that relationship. The director set out to explore the oddities of people that are attracted to asian women, and found herself a part of that struggling relationship. I think her initial film plans would have fallen flat. It's great those two are actually still "happily married" according to their facebook.
My chinese friends, who i watched this with, felt the girl was a country bumpkin who was in the marriage solely to improve her daily living conditions, and they all tended to be on the side of the guy. On the other hand, I felt the guy initially was in it to have young, slightly subservient wife. But I also felt he changed quickly after living with her and seeing she wasn't mentally equipped or willing to become that.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:08 pm

The Heat - 6/10 - I F-ing love Melissa McCarthy
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The Way Way Back - 8/10 - Beautiful vibe, excellent script. Okay performances. Sam Rockwell is perfect in every movie he's in.
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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Kelly » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:02 pm

The Intouchables - 9/10

Charming. Loved the opening and was completely drawn in. French with English subtitles and based on a true story.

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Re: Rate 'em as you see 'em

Postby Matt » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:25 pm

All is Lost - 10/10 - No complaints here. It was fun, and I would watch again.

Jobs - 5/10 - Ashton Kutcher is wonderful as Jobs. But the story is anticlimactic. And the movie props Jobs up to be a visionary, but lends no insight into why he was. It's just dull.

Pirates of Silicon Valley - 7/10- I had to see this one after Jobs. Nerds call this the definitive story. I call it careless. It's a Jobs-vs Gates premise, but it just sandwiches a several narratives in-between. It also misses a few very insightful details about these men that is more important than the first clicks and ticks of their computers: how they got into computers as youth. Also, the movie, made in 1999 and based on a 1997 book, totally misses Job's comeback revolutionary visions (ipod, iphone, ipad) as well as Pixar and OSX. Macs now outsell PCs. I think the story can be rewritten. Also, Noah While does a great job of playing himself with a fake beard. Ashton was by far the better Jobs. This is by far the more interesting story.

Nebraska - 6/10 - I don't want to hear any more justifications as to why this film is not only in black and white, but a poor dull back and white conversion from digital. "It had that feel" - "that's what a nabraska winter feels like" - "It has that old fashioned-story" Whatever. Real life is in color. Even the dullest places on earth have a mood that is color. Black and white was an invention of film. a Limitation of the technology. It doesn't existin real life anywhere. Its a gimmick. To trick people's minds into thinking something is classic and artful.
This is a road trip movie. And as soon as i sensed that I knew it's type. Some bullshit reason for a timed trip somewhere, then a montage of roadside things, scrolling road, set to music. Then a stop, meeting quirky characters, then on-the-road montage to music. Stop again. rinse. repeat. It's a decent story. But it could have been in color and it would have been less dull.

Ender's Game -8/10- I was not interested in this movie in the slightest, but i wanted a Sci-fi flick, and i gave it 15 minutes and then i was hooked. It's well put together and not over the top. It managed to have action in the most bland areas. I really enjoyed it.
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