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  • The Jungle Book 1967

    ★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2014

    Often times I'll give a kids film the benefit of the doubt if my kids like it but I don't particularly care for it. I'll rate it a little higher than I would if I wasn't factoring in their enjoyment. I had no reason to do that with The Jungle Book, they were just as bored as I was. Late today I'll attempt to make it through the sequel, which I'm sure I'll dislike even more.

    Ron's recommendation: If you…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Dec, 2014

    So this was a prequel and a sequel? Or am I just really confused?

    Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has many of the elements that made me love it's predecessor, style, graphic violence, and interesting characters, well except maybe not so much the last part. It's got the same characters and a couple of new ones, but the characters I really enjoyed the first go around are far less interesting here. It's been said Robert Rodriguez and Frank…

  • Sin City 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Dec, 2014

    In preparation for my first viewing of what I've heard is a very disappointing Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, I decided to re-watch the first film which I love. When I first saw Sin City back in 2005, I'd never seen anything like it. The visual style made the explicit violence look really fucking cool, and the dark, twisted story was my kind of thing. The amount of time that had past since my last viewing allowed me…

  • Witching & Bitching 2013

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    Film 15 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    Álex de la Iglesia's Witching & Bitching, is a great idea for a horror comedy, but the gags far too often had me saying that's fucking stupid, rather than laughing. It's more silly than funny, but it manages at least to hang out in average territory rathen than being a complete turd.

    Ron's recommendation: Give it a shot. If the silliness makes you laugh you'll enjoy it.

  • Carrie 2013

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    Well, I didn't hate Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie, it's got that going for it, but at the end of the day it's just another pointless remake that doesn't improve upon the original or bring anything new to the table. I think Chloë Grace Moretz deserves a little credit though, she does her best with source material that was average to begin with, and makes it at the very least watchable.

    Ron's recommendation: It's worth watching at least once, because…

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    The first word that came to my mind after watching The Skeleton Twins was unexpected. It stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Most of us will associate those names with their gigs as former SNL cast members. Anytime I see a poster, trailer or a dvd cover for a film starring former SNL cast members, I immediately expect a stupid comedy. In fact without googling it or checking IMDb, I'm fairly certain this two particular former casts members have been…

  • Captain Phillips 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2014

    This review features some very minor spoilers.

    The first time I watched Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, I was a little underwhelmed by it. I thought it was a really good film, but I'd heard all the hype surrounding Tom Hank's performance, and it just didn't have the same impact on me that it was having on so many others. Basically I thought he was merely good with the exception of the film's final moments. In those final moments Hanks was…

  • Watchmen 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014

    Film 21 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.

    None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me.

    Disclaimer: I have not read the Watchmen graphic novel. Therefore no comparisons will be made between the film and that of it's source material. My opinion is solely based Zack Snyder's film and it's content.

    I first saw Watchmen on the big screen the year of it's release. Up until I heard about…

  • The East 2013

    ★★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2014 15

    Director Zal Batmanglij's The East, a film he co-wrote with it's star Brit Marling, is a film that's too small for it's subject matter. It touches on environmental issues and the big corporations causing them, the side effects of mass-marketed pharmaceuticals, and the drug manufacturers who care more about profit than the actual well-being of their customers. That's the problem, it only touches on its subject matter. I wanted it to go deeper into its themes. I wanted it to…

  • God's Pocket 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Dec, 2014

    God's Pocket, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, features a nice cast, but it's frustratingly riddled with clichés and wastes the talent involved. It seems director John Slattery wanted to make a dark comedy. The problem is he never manages to find a balance between the comedy and drama. This results in a film that's not particularly good at either, and one that is passable only thanks to the efforts of it's cast.

    Ron's recommendation: See it for PSH. It's one of his last films.

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2014

    Film 14 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    Steve McQueen's tale of American slavery based on Solomon Northup's book, is just as heartbreaking and moving today as it was around this time last year when I first saw it. Today was my wife's first viewing, as the end credits rolled we were both in tears.

    Ron's recommendation: Must see!

  • The Godfather: Part II 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Dec, 2014

    Francis Ford Coppola's, The Godfather: Part 2, is a very solid follow up to the legendary first film. I've heard some say they prefer it to the original. That was not the case for me, but it took several viewings of The Godfather before I finally liked it anywhere near as much as most people do. Maybe the same thing will happen with this sequel, only time will tell. Soon I'll be watching the 3rd film. I've heard it's easily…