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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still plays like an interesting sci-fi and a cautionary tale about world peace. The story written by Harry Bates and adapted to the screen by Edmund H. North shows us how visitors from another planet might see our selfish ways. How someone from the outside looking in might see our planet with all it's violence and war as a threat to the universe. It provides an interesting perspective on the ways or our…

  • Hot Fuzz 2007

    ★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jul, 2014

    Part of my Re-watch Wednesday list.

    I think when I originally saw Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz the hype had gotten to me a little bit. Back then what I watched was largely based on IMDB rating and word of mouth. This film received high critical praise and sits at a 7.9 on IMDB. When I watched it back in 2007 I was completely underwhelmed. I didn't get why everyone liked it so well, and I didn't find it to be…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2014 10

    Don Siegel's 1950's sci-fi film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers can be interpreted a couple different ways. Some people may see it as a cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era, while others will simply see it as a fun low budget sci-fi film. I saw it as both. The political metaphors were obvious, but not in a way were it felt like the film was too preachy. For the time it may have been suspenseful or…

  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    Andy Tennant's Ever After: A Cinderella Story is one of my wife's favorite movies. She can literally quote it word for word. Until today I'd never seen it due to the fact I assumed it was just another shitty chick flick. She talked me into watching it with her and much to my surprise it wasn't bad. I enjoyed the "real" take on this classic story and Drew Barrymore was really good as Danielle/Cinderella. It's on rare occasion that a man can watch a chick flick with his wife and have it not be shit and fortunately for me this was one of those occasions.

  • Omar 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Hany Abu-Assad's Omar is the story of a young Palestinian freedom fighter (Adam Bakri) who regularly scales an Israeli-built boundary wall to see his girlfriend Nadia (Leem Lubany) who lives on the other side. Omar is arrested after one of his friends shoots and kills a soldier. The authorities pressure Omar to turn informant and he agrees, but he attempts to play both sides all in an effort to be with Nadia.

    Omar is a well directed, interesting, and surprisingly…

  • Casino 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    Martin Scorsese's crime epic Casino is far from his best film, but with some fantastic performances by the solid ensemble cast it's still damn good.

    Casino chronicles the lives and times of three characters: "Ace" Rothstein (Robert De Niro), Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), and Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone). "Ace" is bookmaking genius who is picked to run a corrupt Las Vegas casino. Nicky is a mob underboss and longtime friend to "Ace" while Ginger is an ex-prostitute who marries "Ace".…

  • Slacker 1991

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Richard Linklater's feature debut Slacker, features the walking and talking style made famous in his Before Trilogy of films. In those films it worked for me because the conversations were very interesting and I cared about the characters. Here I just couldn't get into it. It was like how it might be if you could replay all the random conversations you might hear during the course of a day. Some may be interesting while others are boring as shit. This…

  • The Triplets of Belleville 2003

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014 4

    It's probably just me but The Triplets of Belleville is the most overrated film I've seen in awhile. Sporting a 7.8 on IMDB and a 94% tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes I expected to at least like this film. Instead I found the story to be completely uninteresting and boring. The animation was good I suppose, but even that didn't impress me much. Other than that I don't have much to say about it. I guess it just wasn't for me.

  • Cujo 1983

    ★★½ Rewatched 23 Jul, 2014

    Film 7 in my Re-watch Wednesday Project.

    Cujo is the first movie I ever saw in theaters (at least as far as I can remember). I saw it with my mom (a life long horror fan) in 1983 the year it was released. I would have been 6 or 7 years old. I always remembered liking it, and gave it credit for being one of the films that turned me into a horror fan just like my mother. It was…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 7

    Hypnotic, mesmerizing, atmospheric, haunting and correct me if I'm wrong, but did Scarlett Johansson just seduce The Elephant Man then release him into the wild?

    Yeah I'd admit it. I'd follow Scarjo's ass with a raging boner anywhere she wanted to go.

  • The Sacrifice 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    The Sacrifice would be acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film. He passed away in 1986 the same year it was released. I'd previously heard about his work, and I know he's considered one of the greatest directors of all-time but until today I hadn't seen any of his films. Now that I've completed the 2 hour and 28 minute journey that is The Sacrifice I'm not real sure of my thoughts on it. At least not where the story is…

  • Lake Mungo 2008

    ★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo is a classic case of a good idea poorly executed. It's not bad per se, but more instantly forgettable and I have no motivation to write about it. It kinda felt like it was part Paranormal Activity and part The Killing TV show, but not as good as either.