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  • Sabotage 2014

    Watched 11 Jul, 2014 10

    While this isn't the worst film ever made, it is certainly trying for that dishonour in every way that a film can. The acting is brutal, the direction is brutal, the dialogue is brutal, brutal, brutal. There is so much additional dialogue added in to the film, that it is borderline criminal. It is all the stupid tough guy talk to, and it makes the dialogue in Act of Valor seem almost bearable. The film gets one star based solely…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014 6

    My expectations for the initial reboot of this series were low, and that film surprised me big time. My expectations for Dawn were very high given all who are involved in making it, and the film delivered for me in a big way. Matt Reeves is easily one of the most talented director's working today, and he made a film that is a great sequel, and just an all around great film. More Summer movies like this please.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2014

    I heard that Andy Serkis no longer wears a body suit when doing motion capture. They just strap sensors to his naked skin, and then he goes for it. More natural that way supposedly. More chances of Oscars.

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Jul, 2014 4

    A loving tribute to one of the greatest critics of any artistic medium ever. The film has some impressive access into the end of Roger Ebert's life, and I definitely appreciate the honesty and how the film avoids canonizing Ebert. It simply shows him as a human being, a human being who was able to capitalize on what he loved doing. The film does run a little bit too long though, which is why I knocked the star off. I think trimming it down to an hour and a half would have helped the pacing.

  • Young Guns 1988

    ★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    This is what I thought about for the majority of the film.

  • The Last Detail 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2014

    Great performances, great script, great location, just great. Above all though, I think the film conveys the temperature of locations pretty amazingly, and that is my favourite thing about it. You know when a character in a film goes off about how cold it is, but then it doesn't seem that cold? Well, The Last Detail actually convinces me that the characters are out in the cold. A lot of this has to do with the performances. The scene in…

  • Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Jul, 2014 4

    In honour of those celebrating their independence south of the border (no taxation without representation), I watched Jack Reacher, a film that highlights the greatest gift America has given to the world.........Tom Cruise

  • Hard Target 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Jul, 2014 2

    You know when movie blogs and reviewers do that thing where they proclaim an action movie the best ever, in an attempt to get their quote on a movie poster or in a trailer (example)? Well, apparently none of these people have seen a John Woo film. There are borderline sexual shots of guns in this, and full on religious experience inspiring shots of people being kicked by JCVD. Hopefully this quote will make it on the cover of a Blu re-release.

  • Locke 2013

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2014 2

    We do a lot of driving in this film, but end up getting nowhere. Tom Hardy drives and has to deal with problems ranging from his personal life, to his work, and even some built up emotional problems. Hardy is in one man play mode here, and it is a bit annoying, too be honest. He is really hamming up the dialogue, and not in a sincere and awesome way, like he does in Bronson. Hardy seems to be relying…

  • Pompeii 2014

    ★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    Paul WS Anderson makes a film worse than his Musketeers movie. I'm almost impressed by this fact. You want characters with completely asinine motivations, you've got it. You want entirely green screen environments that hold no real weight, and feel completely separate from the actors, this film has that to. You want completely digital city shots that look like they came from a knock off of Age of Empires, this film has that in spades. Pretty much all the suck that you could want in a film is present in Pompeii.

  • Revenge 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2014 6

    Finally watched the director's cut, which is around twenty minutes shorter than the theatrical. It is definitely the superior cut, as my only really issue with the theatrical, is that it feels too long. Now, I still think that the theatrical cut serves a purpose, in that I would recommend that the theatrical cut be watched before the director's cut. The added length does add to the relationship that is so seminal to the film, and this give the film…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2014 2

    As a fan of Wet Hot American Summer and also the Michael, Michael, and David show Stella, I knew exactly what I was getting in to with They Came Together. Should there be a film released this year that will make me laugh more, I will be very surprised. This film is absurd humour from start to finish, and if there is a closer equivalent to a modern day Mel Brooks film than this, I haven't seen it. It really…