What I Watched

What I Watched, What You Watched #239

Quite a few movies this week

rise-countryThis week I actually ended up watching quite a bit, on the plane home from Puerto Rico I noticed Ender's Game, Delivery Man and Last Vegas were the in-flight options, but I opted to watched No Country for Old Men and Rise of the Planet of the Apes on my iPad. I don't know the last time I watched No Country, but it was a lot of fun to return to and I decided on Rise of the Apes just to make sure I was prepared for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes come this July.

Then, when I got home I went and saw Noah (read my review here) and the next night saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (read my review here) and then after that, at home, I watched 47 Ronin (read that review here).

On top of that, I'm currently about an hour into the original The 47 Ronin on Hulu and I don't think I need to tell you it's much better, but it's also much different, obviously, considering the Keanu Reeves character doesn't exist in the original story. Instead, the film is focused far more on the politics of the story after a Lord, in a fit of fury, decides to settle a personal grudge and raises his sword against his enemy. It's a costly decision and one that's deemed unprovoked and the Lord must commit seppuku as a result of his actions. The Lord's retainers must then decide how to proceed in the best manner in terms of serving the house and wondering if they should exact revenge. There are no witches, monsters or half-white, half-Japanese characters to speak of and I'm excited to watch the rest.

Next week I have screenings of Oculus and Heaven is for Real, the latter of which I'm not sure I feel I can endure and the former I will definitely be going to see, but it is screening at the same time as the National Championship game.

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  • andyluvsfilms

    Noah 4.5/5
    Soul Man (1986 Rewatch) 1/5
    After Tiller (Abortion/Anti-Abortion Doc) 2.5/5
    Class Of Nuke'em High (1986 Rewatch) 3.5/5
    Amityville II: The Possession (1982 Rewatch) 1.5/5
    Coupe De Ville (1990 Rewatch) 4/5
    Running Scared (1986 Rewatch) 2.5/5
    The Wolf Of Wall Street 4/5

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      Glad to see that you really liked Noah.

      • andyluvsfilms

        It far exceeded my expectations, especially the performances of Crowe and Connelly, great cinema.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

          I completely agree. It exceeded my expectations as well.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

      I tried looking up Coupe De Ville, but they don't even have it on DVD.

      • andyluvsfilms

        Its quite tricky to get hold of for some reason, its a lovely bittersweet comedy with wonderful performances by Patrick Dempsey and Alan Arkin.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    No Cinema trips this week, decided to take a week off after going to a few things recently.

    A mixed week with some real duds and some good stuff too.

    At Home -

    Death on the Nile (1978): TV airing, rewatch - In the mid 70's to early 80's there was a phase where several Agatha Christie novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple were given initially (and then somewhat less so) lavish and star studded big screen adaptations. This is one of them featuring Peter Ustinov as Poirot and thanks to a delicious set of performances and a satisfyingly convoluted whodunit plot it's also my own favourite. Over the years I've seen it countless times and although I know exactly how it's all done it's great to sit back with and be entertained by. The Whodunnit genre seems to have been almost eliminated from cinema these days but I do love a good one. I especially love Angela Lansbury in this one, playing a sex obsessed lush novelist to over the top theatricality perfection (she'd ironically play Miss Marple herself in 1980's 'The Mirror Crack'd').

    Hanover Street (1979): TV airing, rewatch - A relatively ordinary wartime love story with Harrison Ford and Lesley Anne Down as two people in 1943 London who begin an affair, while she's married to Christopher Plummer. Nice production values and a sweepingly melodramatic John Barry score mask an otherwise run of the mill romance that seems more confident dealing with the War scenes than the romance part, possibly because action is what writer/director Peter Hyams is better known for. But OK enough on a mildly hungover Sunday afternoon.

    The Color Purple (1985): DVD, first watch - Looking back at what he's made since, it isn't quite so surprising, but at the time given the types of films he was known for at that point, to see Steven Spielberg take on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the abusive experiences of African American women in turn of the Century rural America must have seemed an unlikely turn of direction. However, Spielberg actually fashions a powerful, and at times genuinely moving (whilst still overall sentimental) story of a woman finding her own strength and ability to survive in the face of relentless abuse and mistreatment through her relationships with other women of the time. An excellent dramatic performance by Whoopi Goldberg (who while great at comedy, never really got the dramatic run she could have in films) and supporting work from the likes of Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey and gorgeous cinematography mostly overcome what's maybe a slightly overlong runtime of nearly 150 minutes, especially as the ending is a little rushed feeling. Nominated for 11 Oscars and winning none it seems it was viewed maybe as too obvious Academy bait at the time. But in actuality, it's a perfectly well made and engaging film. I've never read Alice Walker's source novel but I believe a lot of the content had to be muted due to the controversial content in the book. I might actually take a look at the book sometime.

    Blood Diamond (2006): DVD, rewatch - I last saw this once only in cinemas in, I guess, early 2007 (or late 2006 maybe) and I never had good memories of it especially. However, in rewatching it I don't know if I just had the wrong frame of mind that time before or whether I just looked at it differently now, but while it falls into some standard Hollywood tropes and lacks the social advocacy chops it maybe thinks it has, Edward Zwick's $100 million dollar African continent set adventure was far more entertaining than I had any recollection of it being. Terrific performances from Leonardo DiCaprio (with a wobbly Afrikaans accent but nevermind), Djimon Hounsou and a beautiful Jennifer Connelly and some superbly choreographed action sequences with just enough in the way of content to underpin the action on top I really enjoyed it. It's third act is maybe a little draggy in places but overall very good.

    Dom Hemingway (2013): Blu ray, first watch - Didn't do anything for me at all. I have to say the central character (or perhaps caricature) played by Jude Law was of absolutely zero interest after I realised talking effusively about his cock was all he had up his sleeve really. Apart from that he's got nothing to like or root for about him. The first half of the film is mildly more entertaining than the second half when you can see where it's all going to be going, but by that point you've realised the director and Law are just hoping Dom's 'personality' might blind you to the ordinariness of what's generally happening. It might delight some, like all films do, but I won't be revisiting it.

    2 Guns (2013): Blu ray, first watch - It took about 30 seconds for me to twig that I wouldn't be caring about anyone in this film, what was happening to them or what was going to happen to them and even though I made myself sit through this junk until the end, nothing happened to change my original gut feeling. To be mildy fair, if they had a better script to work with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg could be really good in a future film perhaps as they had some spark between them. But the actual film here is lousy.

    In TV Land I also ended up embarking on a rewatch of 'Modern Family' as I bought season 4 cheap the other week. So far, I've rewatched Seasons 1 and 2 (2009-2011) and will hopefully watch seasons 3 and 4 this coming week. It's a great show and it's so ultimately uncynical about Family and the idea that through all kinds of arguments, feuds and stupid behaviour, that a family is stuck with and needs each other no matter what. I used to be lukewarm on it at first, but over the last couple years I've come to like it a great deal.

    That was all this week.

  • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

    In theaters -

    Noah - With strong performances, great CGI, fantastic direction and a strong story, Noah is great and one of the best films of the year so far.

    At home -

    The Great Gatsby (rewatch) - Much better after a rewatch. While there are still some flaws, the score and music combined with the performances make up for the unsubtle symbolism and even the style works better. Going to rewatch this again soon.

    The Hungover Games - Actually funny at times

    On TV -
    House of Cards (Chapter 22) - Fantastic show.
    Agents of Shield - Fun show.
    Sherlock - The Sign of Three - A great episode.
    The Office - Stairmageddon - A very funny episode

    Questions -
    1. Thoughts on what I watched this week ?
    2. What's your favorite Biblical epic ?
    3. What's your favorite book to movie adaptation ?
    4. What's your favorite parody movie ?
    5. What's your favorite political drama ?
    6. What's your favorite Marvel movie ?
    7. What's your favorite detective show ?
    8. Thoughts on The Office ?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      1. Loved Noah and gave it an A.
      2. Noah.
      3. Other than all the Harry Potter movies, either Catching Fire or The Great Gatsby (2013).
      4. Scary Movie 2 or 4.
      5. Haven't watched any but plan to watch House of Cards over the summer.
      6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
      7. Will watch True Detective soon but haven't watched any.
      8. Have heard good things about it but haven't seen it.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        1. Noah was great.
        2. Good choice.
        3. Those are all great choices.
        4. Haven't seen 2 but 4 is fun. Prefer 3 though.
        5. Enjoy when you do.
        6. Going to see that this week.
        7. Enjoy True Detective.
        8. It's a very funny show that has some nice heartfelt and emotional moments in the last season and throughout.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

          Hope you like Winter Soldier!

          • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

            Thanks. I think I will.

    • Xarnis

      1. I thought: Noah was pretty good (3.5/5), The Great Gatsby was pretty bad (2.5/5), and House of Cards S2 really declined in quality from the first season.

      2. Ben-Hur

      3. The Godfather

      4. Young Frankenstein

      5. not sure. I liked The Ides of March when it came out a few years back.

      6. none of them are great, but I'd say The Avengers.

      7. True Detective

      8. it's all right.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        1. Great Gatsby was better for me on rewatch. I agree S2 is a decline in quality even though the ep I watched was great.
        2. Haven't seen it.
        3. Haven't seen it.
        4. Hysterical movie.
        5. That counts.
        6. Agree.
        7. Agree.
        8. It's fun.

        • Xarnis

          dude, you need to watch The Godfather. One of the greatest films ever made.

          • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

            I know. I'l try to watch it soon.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. I haven't seen 'Noah' yet but to be honest thought 'The Great Gatsby' was one of the worst 'big' films of last year.
      2. I would have to say while I often enjoy historical epic's, Biblical ones I'm less familiar with but I do enjoy 'Ben-Hur' now and again.
      3. Maybe 'Dangerous Liasons' (1988), 'Wonder Boys' (2000) 'The Rules of Attraction' (2002) are all pretty good adaptions from the source novels that come to mind just now, but there might be more. The early Harry Potter films were OK, but the later ones were unfortunately forced to cut a lot out. Most films based on books I would have to confess I haven't usually read the book.
      4. Pass.
      5. I would need to have a think. That can mix genres sometimes.
      6. 'X2: X-Men United' (2003)
      7. Just now from what's in production probably 'Sherlock' (I've read many of the things about 'True Detective' but I'll need to see it some other time as I don't have access to HBO) but I do enjoy sitting down to an old 'Murder, She Wrote' as cheesy as it can be.
      8. I only ever watched the UK version, I've never seen any of the US version.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        1. Try rewatching Gatsby. I liked it partially with first watch but wanted to rewatch it and finally did and enjoyed it more.
        2. Haven't seen it.
        3. Potter did get very different. Haven't seen the other 3.
        5. Sure.
        6. Haven't seen it. May watch the original 3 before Future Past.
        7. True Detective comes out on DVD/Blu Ray in JUne
        8. Exact opposite. Haven't watched any of the UK.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

          Gatsby is on my rental list so at some point I will watch it again. Maybe, knowing it completely misses the ideas in the book except for showing events in the very literal sense, I'll be able to enjoy it for what it was a bit better.

          • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

            That sounds like it will work. Hopefull you enjoy it when you do that.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      1. Loved The Great Gatsby. I guess it is a right time now for a rewatch.
      2. Ben-Hur
      3. The Godfather, because Mario Puzo wrote the screenplay and it did carry the same atmosphere and quality as it was in the book.
      5. Syriana
      6. Iron Man 2. But generally I don't like Marvel films. Dumb and forgettable.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        1. It's airing on paid cable.
        2-5. Haven't seen them.
        6. Agree on worst.

    • bitterblogger

      1. How does TGG compare to the Redford/Farrow version?
      2. Ben-Hur remake.
      3. 1st thing coming to mind was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" from 1938. My favorite Twain novel.
      4. That Man From Rio (Jean-Paul Belmondo, droll and French).
      5. All The President's Men.
      7. Prime Suspect series.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        1. Haven't seen that version but want to.
        2-7. Haven't seen any of those but may see All The President's Men soon.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      3) The Godfather
      4) Airplane!
      5) JFK
      6) Kick Ass and Punisher
      7) The Shield
      8) Both the American and British versions are enjoyable. But I don't love them like some people.

      • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

        3. Haven't seen it.
        4. Great choice.
        5. Saw a clip and loved it. May watch the movie soon.
        6. Kick Ass is awesome.
        7. Haven't watched it.
        8. Still need to watch the British version. They are very fun.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

          3) Drop whatever you're doing and watch it right NOW. And Part II as well.
          4) It's a no brainer.
          5) Definitely check it out.
          6) Absolutely
          7) Check it out. Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey is one of the best antiheroes in the history of television.
          8) I'd say Gervais gives the better performance. But the American one is more complete.

          • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

            3. Will try to this weekend.
            4. Yep.
            5. Will check it out after JFK,
            6. Much better than the sequel
            7. Sounds good.
            8. Interesting. Will check it out.

  • http://filmemignon.blogspot.com/ Corbin

    Admission- 3/5

    47 Ronin- It's too long, and there are boring bits for sure. The first 40 minutes probably could've been explained in 5, and for being on the cover, Mr. Tattoo doesn't do anything. But, despite all of this, 47 Ronin is actually very fun. The cast is very diverse, and Keanu was surprisingly a supporting cast member for an Asian man, Hiroyuki Sanada, to be the lead, which is rare. It's visually beautiful, with a bunch of pretty colors and such. I don't know much about samurai films, but I commend the director and writers for trying something different in this day and age. Also, the ending was actually incredibly well done, that it almost got me to bump my rating up a lot. Finally, the action was well done, as I could tell where everything was in the scene. Either way, while there are problems that hinder this film from being something truly special that it could've been. 3/5 (don't beat me up, Brad)

    Captain America: The First Avenger- 3/5

    I also saw Noah this week, and while I'm not including it because I want to write a review, I will say that I'm in the same boat as Brad and Laremy for the most part. I'll post the review either today or next week.

    So, that's what I watched. Thoughts?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      47 Ronin-Haven't seen it but plan to one day.
      Captain America: The First Avenger-B/B+
      Noah-A

    • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

      Haven't seen Admission or Ronin. Captain America : The First Avenger is fun and Noah is great.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      Only seen Cap 1 there and I quite enjoy it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

    Movies:

    Captain America: The First Avenger (3rd viewing)- I was getting geared up for the Winter Soldier and I hadn't watched this one in like a year and a half so I decided to watch it when I had nothing else to do. This is actually my 2nd favorite origin movie in the MCU other than Iron Man. It's just plain old fun and it's a good superhero movie. Chris Evans is great as Captain America and the rest of the cast is very good. The ending is pretty touching and very good. I really liked the whole standing put to bullies message of this movie. Solid movie and one of the best origin stories in the MCU.
    B/B+

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier-This is how you do a superhero movie. After watching this movie, I have to say it is the best superhero movie I've ever seen other than The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight. Speaking of those movies, I really liked how I finally got what I've wanted for so long. A darker and more somber movie from Marvel. This is that movie. While it's not as dark as TDK movies, it certainly has the darkest tone we've seen from a Marvel movie so far. It is a much more violent movie than we've seen from Marvel. The stakes feel very high and very dangerous. This is a political thriller at its core. I loved how they really examined Steve Rogers as a man just like The Dark Knight Trilogy examined Bruce Wayne more than Batman. In my opinion, this is the best Marvel movie so far. Yes, I liked it more than The Avengers and Iron Man 1 and 3. Chris Evans gives a fantastic performance that is just as memorable as all of Robert Downey Jr.'s performances as Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson is excellent again and is even more sassy and dangerous this time around. Anthony Mackie steals all the scenes that he is in as Falcon and Samuel L. Jackson is great as usual. Robert Redford is also very good as Alexander Pierce. The action scenes in this film are among the best I've seen. They are truly mesmerizing. This is one of the best superhero films I've seen, period. I can't wait to buy it on Blu-ray and watch it again. This restored my faith in Marvel after a really mediocre Thor 2. This movie is really making my choice hard for whether I will see Cap 3 or Batman vs. Superman in 2 years.

    • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

      1. Enjoy Captain America : The First Avenger. Haven't seen anything else.
      2. The Avengers
      3. The Dark Knight Rises
      4. Batman vs Superman
      5. 87%.
      6. Maybe.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        1. Definitely see Winter Soldier.
        2. That was my previous favorite but I think Winter Soldier is better now.
        3. Same, I think it's a masterpiece.
        4. I think I'm going to do the same. I liked Man of Steel and I'm excited for the movie. Batman and Superman have never appeared together and this is our first movie with Wonder Woman. Although, I can't wait for Cap 3, I think it'll be ok if I watch it the next weekend.
        5. I'm thinking around the same but critics seem to love Cranston and the movie looks great so I'll go 90%.
        6. Same, probably will.

        • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

          1. Hoping to this week.
          2. Interesting to hear.
          3. It's my 2nd favorite Nolan.
          4. I may see both in one weekend. Batman vs. Superman - Friday and Cap 3 - Saturday
          5. They do love Cranston and for good reason. It does look great. I'm hoping for that. It's one of my most anticipated movies of the rest of the year.
          6. If you watch, share your thoughts. Haven't heard many reviews of it.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

            4. I do feel a little sorry for people who particularly want to see both. But at the end of the day, you'd have plenty of time to save up money and just do them that way.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

              Yeah I'm one of those people. I'm really hoping WB changes the release date for BvS. It would've been perfect if it was like first planned in Summer 2015.

            • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

              I don't exactly know if that will happen. Still need to see Cap 2 and trailers for B vs. S before.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

            4. Hoping to do that too if I have time.
            6. Definitely will. It'll probably be a while though. I'll wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray and I can rent it.

    • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

      2. Iron Man.
      3. Kick-Ass.
      4. Batman v.s. Superman (it's gonna be an amazing disaster).
      5. 70%.
      6. Sure.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        2. Probably my 3rd or 4th favorite.
        3. I really like Kick-Ass but I love The Dark Knight Rises so much.
        4. Haha probably will be but it's still so intriguing.
        5. 90%, I'm probably too optimistic.
        6. Same.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. I haven't seen those TV shows, but I enjoyed the two Cap films.
      2. 'X2: X-Men United' (2003)
      3. I'd say it could rotate (depending on when I last watched them etc) between 'Watchmen', 'Superman', 'Superman Returns', 'X2' and even although it's the forgotten child of the MCU, in fact I've always thought Louis Letterrier's 'The Incredible Hulk' is actually pretty good. I like the Nolan 'Batman' trilogy enough, but I never can decide whether to treat them as a trilogy or go with the individual films.
      4. Cap 3
      5. It's a guess but I'll say 80% (based on how 'Pacific Rim' was received which I think is the closest recent comp and assuming 'Godzilla' is as good as it looks it could be).
      6. I'm not religious, so those types of faith based films are not on my radar.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        1. Good to see that you enjoyed both. Check out the shows.
        2. Haven't seen it for so long, I need to revisit.
        3. I like all of those movies but my choice is TDKR.
        4. I think I'm going to go with Batman vs. Superman, I'm sure both will be good.
        5. I'm pushing and going 90%.
        6. Same here but I don't know, it looks intriguing enough because of how much money it has made.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

          3. If I was taking them individually then I actually slightly prefer 'Batman Begins' out of the three personally. It feels like the most disciplined narratively despite being non linear whereas the other two sometimes seem to me like an image of spaghetti piling out of a pot and sprawling all over the place.
          5. It's hard to predict with blockbusters and RT sometimes. As much as I find them very well made and enjoyable films I'm still a little surprised that the likes of 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol', 'Star Trek', 'Star Trek Into Darkness', Captain America 2' and 'The Avengers' have scores in the high 80s to 90s. Usually I'd figure films like that end up more often in the 70s simply because there's always some folks that find them as ordinary as 'The Lone Ranger' and films with much lower scores.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

            3. I love Begins but I think the other two are better.
            5. I agree, I definitely didn't think some of those movies would do as well as they did.

    • Art

      1. Breaking Bad was incredible
      2. The Avengers
      3. The Dark Knight
      5. 60%

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        1. Absolutely.
        2. 2nd favorite.
        3. That's my 2nd favorite.
        5. Why so low? haha

    • Xarnis

      1. You're way too generous with Cap 2; it was good, but nothing was really exceptional, aside from the visual effects, which are a given with these superhero films. I agree on Breaking Bad, loved that show.

      2. The Avengers, I guess

      3. The Dark Knight

      4. Probably Batman/Superman. Not really anticipating either.

      5. 70%

      6. NOPE

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        1. I disagree I thought Cap 2 was great but I'm glad we agree on BB.
        2. 2nd favorite.
        3. Same as #2.
        4. Anticipating both but Batman vs. Superman is higher for me.
        5. I think it'll be really good.
        6. haha

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      2. Iron Man 2
      3. The Dark Knight Rises
      4. Definitely Batman vs. Superman. The only two superheroes that I'm interested in. I have zero interest in those new Marvel films.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        2. Interesting, I like the movie but it is the worst Iron Man movie by far in my opinion.
        3. Same. It's a masterpiece.
        4. Same here. But, you should give Winter Soldier a try. Skip Thor 2.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

          A masterpiece?!? The Dark Knight Rises???

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

            Worst of the trilogy. Too damn long. Too many plotholes. Hardy and Cotillard, though I admire their work, were not very good villains.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

              Agreed for sure. Really strangely written and edited. Especially that opening scene. That was the only part of the movie that I would call a legitimate mess though.

              For the most part I thought Nolan stretched himself too thin with the characters and just kind of gave up. All in all not a bad movie, but just more in line with a standard summer blockbuster. It's elevated by the two films that came before it.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

                It was also a tragic victim of the pre-release hype machine. We can't forget that.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

                That's true, I won't pretend I wasn't higher on it when I first saw in on opening night though. Hasn't aged well.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

                I wasn't as against it when I first saw it. But the more I recall, the more I realize it seems more like a great big middle finger from Nolan to the viewers.

                Also, I didn't want to say anything bad about it in the theatre because I wanted to walk out of there under my own power.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

                I don't know if it was just me, but I just got the feeling Nolan felt obligated to make the third film (probably due to the enormous outcry there could have been if he had left it to someone else after 'The Dark Knight') and either had given everything he had to TDK and just didn't have enough left or just never quite wanted to be there. It's probably an unfair belief and he would probably deny that anyway but there just seemed a feeling of carelessness that was more obvious on it than previously. That said, I doubt any film could have lived up to expectations after four years of waiting after TDK. No matter who made it.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

                I just feel that everyone felt a little disappointed because TDK was so great and everyone had been waiting for so long. I like both pretty much equally.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

            I know a lot of people dislike it but it's one of my favorite movies. I just really love Nolan's trilogy.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      2) Kick Ass and Punisher
      3) Batman Begins
      4) I don't know.
      5) Probably like 40%
      6) Hell no. (See what I did there?)

  • Shaun Heenan

    Mr Peabody & Sherman - 6/10
    Romeo and Juliet (2014) - 5/10
    Noah (rewatch) - 8/10
    Ride Along - 4/10
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 7/10
    The Raid 2 - 5/10
    The Lego Movie - 8/10
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon - 6/10
    Satantango (all 7 hours of it) - 8/10

    • Xarnis

      Didn't like The Raid 2? I'm really looking forward to it, and had seen a lot of good reviews. I'm assuming it's a bit short on story?

      • Shaun Heenan

        I like it a lot more than the first one. The action is far better than the original, but the story is completely boring, hard to follow and wastes more than half of the movie. There's no reason for that movie to be 150 minutes long.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    We're The Millers (rewatch)- A+
    This Is The End (rewatch)- A+
    The Internship (rewatch)- A
    Carrie (rewatch)- A+
    Kick-Ass 2 (rewatch)- A+
    The Heat (rewatch)- A-
    Identity Thief (rewatch)- B
    R.I.P.D. (rewatch)- A-
    The Wolverine (rewatch)- B
    Man Of Steel (rewatch)- B
    Iron Man 3 (rewatch)- A-
    The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (rewatch)- A+
    Frozen- B
    Saving Mr. Banks- B
    American Hustle (rewatch)- B+

    Thoughts on what I watched this week?

    • m1

      I would go C+ on We're the Millers, B- on This Is the End, B- on The Heat, D+ on Identity Thief, C on The Wolverine, C on Man of Steel, B on Iron Man 3, B+ on Frozen, and A on American Hustle.

    • http://moviereviewninja.com themoviewatcher

      Wow, you watched a lot. Also, why do you rewatch some of the same movies every week ? Are they your favorites ?
      This is The End - A
      Kick Ass 2 - A-
      The Heat - B+
      THe Wolverine - B +
      Man of Steel - A
      Iron Man 3 - A-
      Saving Mr. Banks - A-
      American Hustle - A

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      From what I've seen and today's memories -
      This is the End - (C)
      The Wolverine - (B)
      Man of Steel - (C-)
      Iron Man 3 (B+)
      American Hustle (B)

    • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

      We're The Millers - B-
      This Is The End - A-
      Kick-Ass 2 - D
      Identity Thief - C
      Man Of Steel - B-
      Iron Man 3 - B
      American Hustle - B-

    • Xarnis

      you need to watch some new stuff, Ryguy

    • Xarnis

      We're the Millers - D+
      This is the End - B-
      The Heat - D+
      Identity Thief - D
      The Wolverine - C+
      Man of Steel - C
      Iron Man 3 - C-
      The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - F
      American Hustle - B

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      We're The Millers-C-
      Kick Ass 2-C
      The Heat-B-
      Identity Thief-B-
      The Wolverine-B
      Man of Steel-B+
      Iron Man 3-A-
      Frozen-A
      Saving Mr. Banks-A
      American Hustle-A+

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      We're The Millers 8/10
      This Is The End 7/10
      The Internship 5/10
      The Heat 2/10
      Identity Thief 2/10
      Man of Steel 8/10
      Iron Man 3 4/10
      Saving Mr. Banks 9/10
      American Hustle 3/10

  • Art

    I see you had some good watches, No Country for Old Men is an incredible film.

    Brooklyn Nine Nine:

    A funny, well acted comedy. The diverse ensemble works really well for this detective comedy. The cast is led by Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg who plays the good but immature Jake Peralta. Joe Lo Truglio is a comedic revelation and Andre Baugher's serious Captain Holt help balance the show. Though it has some simple comedy, Brooklyn Nine Nine is still a great comedy.
    (8/10)

    2 Days in Paris (A Delpy hit due to her Critic's Loui XIII award)

    2 Days in Paris was a fun indie love story. Oscar nominee Julie
    Delpy does a good job in her directorial debut and lead role but does an
    even better job with her intelligent script. The script is a great
    analysis of a modern day artist couple. Actor's Guild
    nominee Adam Goldberg turns in a great comedic performance as
    the upset boyfriend Jack. Haven't seen much of Goldberg lately, hope to
    see him back one of these days. The beginning is a bit slow, but
    overall the film is a good for those that appreciate a good
    script.
    (7.7/10)

    1) What do you think about what I watched?
    2) What is your favorite Andre Baugher performance?
    3) What is your favorite Julie Delpy work?

    • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

      1. Seen a few episodes of Brooklyn Nine Nine and it's good,
      2. The Mist I guess.
      3. Haven't seen anything from her,

      • Art

        1. Yea it is a fun watch

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      3) Skylab (2011). Lesser known comedy film directed by Delpy. A great and very sweet film about family and summer vacation.

      • Art

        Hadn't heard of it, gotta look into it.

  • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

    Divergent: Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. 6.5/10.

    Grand Piano: It's pretty fun. 6/10.

    Snowpiercer: Some crazy shit. 7/10.

    • Art

      Haven't seen Snowpiercer, but it looks like an engaging science fiction film

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

        Agree on Divergent. It was OK. Good enough to bring me back for #2 but nothing close to Catching Fire.

  • BradyD

    Captain America: The Winder Soldier - 9/10
    Young Adult - 8/10
    Devil's Knot - 5/10
    Sabotage - 6.5/10

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      Agree on Winter Soldier I'd go 9.8/10

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    Rio 2 (2014): A sequel so lazy I debated leaving the theatre as I wondered how much time was left. The villans are embarasing and the plot doesn't exist, as it copys the basics of Meet the Parents and does absolutely nothing with it. Half of the time you're looking at lame gags and forgettable songs in a movie that loses the colors of the first one and doesn't even take part on Rio.

    For sure to be one of the worst experiences I have this year, I just couldn't stand it's laziness. Talk about a movie absolutely rushed, as they have the audacity of putting a bunch of birds having a football match clearly because the World Cup is going to be in Brazil later this year. 2/10 - D

    OldBoy (2013): An interesting but flawed remake that it's not even close to the original but has its moments, many of which are accredited to Josh Brolin's and Sharlto Copley's performances. I had a lot of fun with Copley, really enjoyed what he was doing. 5/10 - C/C+

    • Alexander

      I enjoyed the original RIO quite a bit, since I am a bit biased toward animation. 'Tis a shame that the sequel is such a letdown.

      • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

        I think the first Rio is enjoyable too, but this sequel wasn't a let down for me, it was a flat out cash grab. I really want to hear some more opinions to see if I'm not the only one on this side.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      I remember the first Rio was ok. I might rent this one some day. I loved Oldboy. However, I haven't seen the original.

  • Xarnis

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014; first watch) — Probably one of the better Marvel films – which isn't saying much. It's competent and entertaining, nothing more.

    3/5

    The Graduate (1967; first watch) — There's a feeling of exhilaration that one gets when watching a very special film for the first time. It's a mix of high expectations being exceeded, marveling at the technical and artistic components, and being truly impacted by the human elements that gives off a feeling that is almost unexplainable. It's an instant indication that you're watching a masterpiece - or at least something very close to it.

    The Graduate gave me that experience, and it's been far too long.

    4.5/5

    Snowpiercer (2014; first watch) — I'm probably giving this film a higher grade than it deserves, but I don't care.

    Snowpiercer is an incredibly entertaining and bizarre film. It sticks to its unique premise (which falls apart if you think about it too hard), and turns into one of the most engaging action films I've seen in a while. It's a wickedly fun ride, that kept me fixed on the screen from beginning to end.

    Now, it's nowhere near perfect. Some of the ideas are quite weak when put under a lot of thought, but it's the film's absolute dedication to its ideas that makes it work. The acting is decent, with a good turn from Chris Evans, but Tilda Swinton is quite awful. She's absurdly over the top, in a performance that could be aptly compared to Jodie Foster's in last year's Elysium - not only in terms of acting, but also in the type of character she plays. In addition, I felt like the film could have done with some better editing. I would have liked to see more times focused on the set-up and establishment of the characters, environment, and political and social structures of the train. Some sections in the latter half could have easily been trimmed as well, which could have made it into something much, much better.

    The film also focuses its messages on class distinction, hierarchical government structures, and environmental ignorance - which are all incorporated well into the story. The film isn't necessarily profound, but it's far from shallow.

    Also worth noting is the direction. Joon-ho Bong certainly has his own vision and style, and it pays off. There are some really memorable sequences, and some of the fight scenes in the first ha;f are very well-done. The whole production is great overall, especially some of the production design.

    Snowpiercer is likely one of the most entertaining films that will be released this year. While my grade will probably fall on a second watch, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this film.

    3.5/5

    1. Thoughts on what I watched?
    2. Favorite Marvel film?
    3. Favorite action film?
    4. Favorite Dustin Hoffman performance/film?
    5. Favorite film from the 1960s?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. I probably enjoyed Cap 2 more than you. I've only seen the first half of 'The Graduate' and while I look forward to 'Snowpiercer' comps with 'Elysium' wouldn't encourage me.
      2. That's a popular question this week.................'X2'.
      3. Probably something from the 1990s............'Twister'/'Starship Troopers'/'Face Off'..........that kind of thing. Unless you throw Sci-Fi in front of it where things can take off exponentially.
      4. Never was a huge fan, his heyday was past by the time I was old enough to catch films. I really have no answer to that.
      5. What comes to mind immediately is 'The Apartment' but I'm also thinking 'The Innocents', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Marnie (which I only saw recently but really like' but basically there's a wealth of 60's movies I've never seen. I don't know when I could reasonable answer that kind of question.

    • ashdurdin

      2. The Avengers
      3. Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Run Lola Run
      4. Wag the Dog was the first thing that came to mind.
      5. Psycho, The Birds and Dr. Strangelove.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      2. Iron Man 2
      3. Heat (1995)
      4. Papillon
      5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

      1. Really enjoyed Snowpiercer as well.
      2. Iron Man.
      3. CON AIR.
      4. Tootsie (no disrespect to the Kung Fu Panda flicks, those are underrated).
      5. 2001: A Space Oddysey

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      1. I loved Cap 2. Haven't seen the Graduate or Snowpiercer.
      2. Winter Soldier.
      3. The Dark Knight Rises
      5. Psycho, one of my favorites.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      1) The Graduate is my dad's all time favorite film. But I haven't seen it. I think I should wait a few years, when I'm old enough to appreciate more.
      2) I prefer the films outside the MCU. Kick Ass and Punisher to be more specific.
      3) Die Hard
      4) Rain Man is great.
      5) I need to make a top 5 for that.
      1-The Hustler
      2-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
      3-To Kill a Mockingbird
      4-Dr. Strangelove
      5-The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming

  • m1

    Greenberg (2010)-Having enjoyed Frances Ha a couple of months ago, I decided to check out more from Noah Baumbach and checked out this. I really enjoyed the first half hour as it follows Greta Gerwig through her dull and unsatisfying daily life and I was able to connect to her. Then the title character enters the picture. Usually having an unlikable main character isn't the kiss of death, but when there is little backstory or groundwork laid for that character then the whole movie just suffers. It benefits from some strong and even surprising dramatic work from Gerwig and Ben Stiller but their friendship at the core of the movie isn't believable enough. 5.5/10

    Captain Phillips (2013)-Netflix finally felt the urge to send this and it was well worth the wait. With some powerful performances from Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi and an appropriately heightened sense of tension, it delivers quite a memorable movie experience. I was also pleasantly surprised at how the Somali pirates also had some shading to them and weren't the typical one-dimensional villains. The movie is a tad overlong and has some clunky dialogue in the beginning, but it is still another directorial triumph for Paul Greengrass. 9/10

    Black Swan (2010) (rewatch)-Upon the release of Noah it only made sense to revisit Aronofsky's last movie and so I did. While this is not a movie I love (and was shrouded beneath the "lesbian oral sex" hype when it was in theaters), to me it always makes for an interesting arthouse horror flick to watch again and again. I always like picking up on the visual details and clues and thankfully there are many of them. Portman is still breathtaking in her Oscar-winning role and Kunis isn't far behind her. This was quite a risky endeavor for Aronofsky to take but I think he pulled it off, to say the least. 8.5/10

    Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)-I did a double feature of lesbian movies with this and Black Swan. I've noticed that most movies that run three hours don't really need to be three hours, and this isn't really an exception. However, it certainly makes the best use of that time as it depicts the ups and downs of young love and the main character's sexual exploration. The two lead actresses give courageous, committed performances in a movie that could have been oversexed drivel in the wrong director's hands but is instead something soulful, melancholy, emotionally rich, and heartbreaking. At first I was skeptical of checking this out but I'm very happy I did. 9/10

    Trance (2013)-My guess is that after Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, Danny Boyle wanted to try something less dramatic and more fun. He should have looked elsewhere. This is a hard film to discuss without going into spoilers but essentially, this is a movie composed of too many ideas, many of which seem like they belong in completely different movies. Thematically and narratively it is overstuffed and it just became more ridiculous as it goes along. As unimpressive as both James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel are in this film, Rosario Dawson is actually pretty terrific as she goes from conniving to emotionally vulnerable faster than you could expect. If only the movie did justice to her performance. 4.5/10

    12 Years a Slave (2013)-After watching one of Fox Searchlight's worst films with Trance I followed it up with one of their best. Even with the amazing critical reputation and awards I walked into this with somewhat modest expectations in part because I had never seen one of McQueen's films before. But this totally blew those expectations through the roof. This movie is so amazing, emotionally devastating, elegantly composed, and brilliantly acted that I was astonished that this was only McQueen's third movie. Needless to say, I think the Best Picture win was entirely deserved and I can't wait to see what McQueen will offer up next. 10/10

    Hamlet (1990)-This particular adaptation of the Shakespeare play was pretty underwhelming for me. It has some pretty good performances (particularly from Mel Gibson and Glenn Close) but it alternates wildly between scenes that are over-the-top and scenes that are intimate that it becomes hard to distinguish what the movie is exactly trying to aim for. It's not terrible but with Shakespeare I want more than just "not terrible". 6/10

    The Kings of Summer (2013)-If I'm correct this was one of the more divisive Sundance movies to come out last year, but I fall closer to the middle with it. It definitely has some charming performances and great comedy moments (particularly from the young leads as well as Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally) but the plot is very derivative and overloads with bizarre occurrences in the third act (particularly the Monopoly game and the snakebite). It's cute but it's not nearly as fun as I expected it to be. 6/10

    Mean Girls (2004) (rewatch)-It is now the tenth anniversary of this movie (how time flies!) and I thought now was the perfect time to give it another spin. While I wouldn't call it a great movie, it's so irresistible, so entertaining, so funny that it manages to win me over every time I watch it. It is filled with appealing performances (particularly from Lohan and McAdams) and of course, endlessly quotable lines. The Mathletes scene towards the end is a little tacked on but it redeems itself with the spring dance segment and that perfect final scene. It is a bit of a shame Lohan never rebounded after all those years but at least we'll always have this. 7/10

    Any thoughts?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      Love Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave. Both get an A+ from me. I plan on watching Black Swan soon. Mean Girls is funny and pretty good.

  • Andreas

    This is my first post at this site, although I've been reading for quite some time now.

    This week I watched:
    The Sopranos (Season 1)
    I have pretty much loved all the HBO-series I've watched before such as Game of Thrones, The Wire, Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and Band of Brothers, and thus I thought why not watch the one that started it all.
    And well, I'm hooked. I love it. The writing is amazing and the ensemble cast is impeccable really. James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco are all terrific as Tony, his wife and his psychiatrist, but the performance that really stands out is Nancy Marchand's outing as Soprano's machiavellian mother. Her switching between the plotting, angry, scorned mother to the weak old lady who sets her stove on fire. She's a vile character, sure, but you can't help but love every second she's on. I also love the fact that it is so unpredictable, you never know what will happen next.
    A
    Sidenote: I coupled my Sopranos-watching with reading "Difficult Men" by Brett Martin. The book chronicles the lives of some of the most influential showrunners of the golden era of television, including David Chase (Sopranos), David Simon (The Wire), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad).

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Saw this on the big screen friday night. Very enjoyable Marvel-flick actually. I like the fact that it was inspired by Three Days of Condor, and that opening scene was so good. The action is occasionally a bit shaky, leading me to believe that the Russo brothers were a little too inspired by Paul Greengrass's directional style. And that talking computer scene was horrible. Overall, a very good movie though.
    B+

    Short Term 12 (rewatch)
    I screened this at home, and this was a my first rewatch of the film that I put in my top 10 of 2013. After this rewatch I can say that this is a film that I certainly will take with me for many years to come. Brie Larson gives in my opinion the Best Lead Actress performance of the year, and the supporting players John Gallagher Jr, Keith Stanfield and Kaitlyn Dever all give award-worthy performances. I had both Gallagher Jr. and Dever as nominees for my own personal Oscars as well. Everything with this film blends so seamlessly, the acting, the direction, the cinematography, the editing and the score are all top game craftmanship.
    A+

    21 Jump Street (rewatch)
    I had forgotten that this film was this funny. Now I'm wiser, and this is probably the funniest movie ever. I almost cracked a rib I was laughing so heavily. It might lack substance and such, but that doesn't really matter here. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have perfect chemistry here, Brie Larson is wonderful, and I just love Jake Johnson's cameo as the tired principal.
    A+

    Donnie Brasco
    I was inspired to see this one after Johnny Depp's cameo in 21 Jump Street yesterday. Fun fact, in 21 Jump Street he goes by D.B. while undercover as a tribute to this film. More to the point, this is a really good gangster film which probably places itself as the third best film from 1997 behind L.A. Confidential and Good Will Hunting. Depp and Pacino have awesome chemistry, and it's fun to see Michael Madsen in a non-Tarantino film. This one also explores many of the same themes as 21JS, but on a less superficial level of course. One of Depp's best roles, and as for Pacino, this is his best performance since the 70's.
    A-

    Some questions if you will:
    1. What is your favorite undercover film?
    2. What is, in your opinion, the funniest movie ever made?
    3. What is your favorite HBO-series?
    4. Any other thoughts on what I watched?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      1. Eastern Promises
      2. The Odd Couple.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      2. The Wolf of Wall Street
      4. A+ on the Winter Soldier and A- on Jump Street and Short Term 12.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      1) It my seem like a cliché pick, but I could watch The Departed on an endless loop. Although Reservoir Dogs would be a close second.
      2) Too many great movies to chose from.
      3) The Sopranos is the greatest TV show ever made. And it actually isn't the show that started it all for HBO. Sex and the City premiered a year earlier. But I think it's okay to forget about that when comparing the two.
      4) I had Short Term 12 at #6 on my Top 10 list for the past year. Larson, Dever, and the script all made my personal Oscars. Larson and Dever won actually. 21 Jump Street is hilarious. Can't wait for the sequel. And Donnie Brasco is also terrific. One of Pacino's last great performances. I'd have rather seen him win the Oscar for that over Scent of a Woman. Then again, Good Will Hunting came out that same year, and Robin Williams deserved it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. Pass
      2. 'Airplane' rarely gets tired.
      3. Currently I'd think 'Game of Thrones' but I've also in the past said that about 'Six Feet Under'/'True Blood'/'Sex & The City'/'Entourage (briefly for seasons 1 and 2 then it went a little repetitive) and 'The Larry Sanders Show' although I've actually yet to make my way through 'The Sopranos' (I missed it first time around but at some point I'm going to borrow the complete series from a friend to catch it).
      4. I've seen and enjoyed 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Short Term 12' just the other week. Enjoyed them both. '21 Jump Street' I haven't seen and to be honest it doesn't interest me at all and 'Donnie Brasco' might but it's one of those films that keeps slipping through the net for me!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

    Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher, 2013) 8/10
    The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam, 2013) 7/10
    Hotell (Lisa Langseth, 2013) 4/10
    Kingpin (Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly, 1996) 6/10

    Re-watches:
    The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (Aleksandr Veledinsky, 2013) 8/10
    From Dusk Till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez, 1996) 7/10

    1. Any thoughts on the films I watched?
    2. What is your favorite Terry Gilliam film?
    3. What is your favorite Woody Harrelson role?
    4. What is your favorite Farrelly brothers film?

    • Art

      1. Sunshine on Leith caught my eye last year, but haven't been able to catch it here in the states.
      2. Twelve Monkeys

      4. There's Something About Mary

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. Not seen any of them.
      2. Twelve Monkeys
      3. Cheers
      4. Not enough of a fan to have one.

    • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

      1. Slightly optimistic about The Zero Theorem.
      2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
      3. Hunger Games 2 (Though Woody Harrelson is amazing in everything he's been in,)
      4. I've only seen Osmosis Jones and Movie 43 so don't have a favorite.

    • Xarnis

      1. I like From Dusk Til Dawn, and I'm looking forward to The Zero Theorem.
      2. as a standalone director, I'd say Brazil. But I also love Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
      3. his role in Natural Born Killers.
      4. Dumb and Dumber. Comedic genius.

  • Sam

    The Tree of Life ( Rewatch): 5/5
    Fanny and Alexander (First time) :5/5
    Before Sunset: 4.5/5

    • Xarnis

      love Tree of Lifde. wonderful film.

      • Sam

        It's one of my favorite films of all time (and my favorite Terrence Malick film so far, I've seen all of his films)

        • Xarnis

          same here. Malick is one of my favorite directors, I like all his films, but The Tree of Life is just amazing.

  • ashdurdin

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier: I liked it. It may be the best Marvel film besides The Avengers, but Avengers is so much better than the rest. The action was good and I like whenever Emily VanCamp is in something, but for me, the end credits scenes have gotten out of hand, they need to stop them, or at least cut it down to one.

    Iron Man (re-watch): Decided to watch the first MCU film, and its a good movie to have on in the background.

    Thunderheart (1992): Crime thriller set on a reservation is good. I especially liked the desert look of the film. Only problem is that it is a little long.

    Harold and Maude (1971) (re-watch): Although I'm not really in the cult that loves this film, there is so much to enjoy about it that I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.

  • Austin

    Captain Phillips - B
    12 Years a Slave - A
    Trollhunter - B-

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    In Theaters:

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Sure it follows the template, but it proves that with quality directors behind the camera, the template can still lead to a fun film. Probably my second or third favorite MCU film (behind Iron Man and about tied with The Avengers), the action scenes in this one are genuinely creative and consistently exciting. The film also captures a light tone without ever being too self-referential or mocking of the material. Finally this continues the trend started with Iron Man 3 in which some political thoughts are injected into the simplistic plot. However, here the message is far more clear than the muddled "terrorists are backed by corporations" stuff in that film. For the first time since the original Iron Man, I can actually say I'm excited to see what Marvel will do next. (Those next three films all have the potential to be their best yet.) 3/4

    At Home:

    Good Will Hunting (rewatch)- Probably my all time favorite. 4/4

    Kafka- One of Soderbergh's weaker efforts. The decision to shoot in black and white was more or less pointless, and the entire film just felt distant and dry. 1.5/4

    The Trip- Absolutely hilarious with moments of unexpected poignancy. Always been a Coogan fan. 3/4

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (rewatch)- Fincher's films always improve with a second viewing, and this is certainly his most emotionally resonant work. I can't wait to jump into the director's commentary. 3.5/4

    8 1/2- Beautiful, hypnotic, emotional, intelligent, stunning. A brilliant, if slightly long, film. 3.5/4

    • Xarnis

      Glad to see the high grade for Ben Button. Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places, but I've witnessed a lot of people hating on it lately. Great film.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

        I agree. People seem to pick on it because it's the most sentimental and life-affirming of Fincher's film. However, I'd say the film earns every one of its emotional beats without cheating or manipulating the audience. It plays like an exceptionally well-executed biopic.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

      You love Good Will Hunting? You're my new best friend.

  • Alexander

    Time to retire TheOneWhoKnocks.

    CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Anthony Russo and Joe Russo) - A-

    I've been having a good streak of quality movies lately. The latest adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an excellent action film, as well as a timely, intelligent yarn on the American surveillance state. Brownie points for offering the most cutting exploration of "sacrificing liberty for security" since THE DARK KNIGHT. All of the film's leads do a spot-on job,with no one really chewing the scenery. It starts off like a comic-book version of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, but then becomes something like THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, except with superheroes and without the incomprehensible shaky-cam. The Winter Soldier is never oversold, and Robert Redford makes for a fine villain. Everything which make the first CAPTAIN AMERICA forgettable has been amended here, and what we get is a blockbuster with equal parts brain and brawn. I won't pretend to have understand every plot element, as the movie does have too many information dumps, but all in all, a fun ride. I might say that it's the best MCU film after AVENGERS.

    Side note: has anyone else noticed that those movies which routinely criticize drone strikes and the surveillance state also happen to star those same liberal idiots (Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson) who endorsed Obama in the first place? Cognitive dissonance is so "in" right now.

    • Alexander

      Questions:

      1. Did you enjoy CAP 2?
      2. What is your favorite non-AVENGERS MCU movie?
      3. What is the best tentpole movie of 2014 thus far?
      4. What is your most-anticipated April release?
      5. What is your favorite "guilty pleasure"?
      6. Who is your favorite Avenger?
      7. What is your favorite comic-book movie?

      • Xarnis

        1. Yeah, it was solid.
        2. Iron Man
        3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
        4. Under the Skin
        5. The Wicker Man
        6. Iron Man
        7. The Dark Knight

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      "same liberal idiots"

      Wow. You must feel very proud of yourself for saying that. Have to take a political cheap shot on a movie site without much ground to go on. Congrats, go to a trophy shop and buy yourself a nice big one.

      • Alexander

        I hate liberals and conservatives equally, but I don't feel the need to include this disclaimer every time I attack liberals.

        Either way, you missed my point. My emphasis was on Hollywood's undeniable cognitive dissonance.

        Either way, I don't feel like looking for a trophy shop.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      1. I loved it. My favorite Marvel Film.
      2. The Winter Soldier followed by Iron Man 3 and Iron Man.
      3. The Winter Soldier.
      4. It was the Winter Soldier and I guess it's Transcendence now.
      5. The Fast and Furious franchise.
      6. Iron Man followed very closely by Captain America.
      7. The Dark Knight Rises

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris138/ Chris138

    My Neighbor Totoro - A sweet little film that has just about everything you'd expect from Hayao Miyazaki. I don't have a whole lot to say about this one, but although I prefer other films by Miyazaki I think this is certainly a worthy entry into his canon even if it falls just short of greatness. 3.5/5

    Superfly - This movie is a good example of when the soundtrack surpasses the film itself. Some of the acting in the film is a bit wooden and there are scenes that drag on far too long, but Ron O'Neal is decent in the lead role and it's not boring. In the end, though, it's really the soundtrack that stands out the most of anything with this film. 3/5

    Can't You Hear the Wind Howl? - An excellent documentary on the life of Delta blues musician Robert Johnson. Instead of recounting on the various myths and legends that surround Johnson's life, here there are interviews with his friends and other people who knew him. It's a pretty fascinating watch if you're into this kind of stuff and well worth checking out. 5/5

    The Tale of Zatoichi - This is the first film of the Zatoichi series that I have seen and it's a pretty good start. It definitely feels like a set up for the character and his many adventures to come, but he is a fascinating one and I look forward to watching the remaining 24 films that Criterion has streaming on Hulu Plus. I'm especially looking forward to the one with Yojimbo. 3.5/5

    Re-watch:

    Ran - One of my favorite movies. This was my third time watching this and it just gets better and better, like a gift that keeps on giving. Tatsuya Nakadai is perfectly cast as Lord Hidetora, evoking King Lear with great tragedy and madness. The entire production is incredible to look at, and I think this sits at the very top of Kurosawa's filmography as my favorite of his works, with Ikiru not too far behind. Truly great stuff from beginning to end. 5/5

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    sabotage, was garbage, winter soldier was amazing i also watched walking dead and a lot of clone wars, also preparing for game of thrones tonight

    • Art

      Should be another good season of Game of Thrones

  • bitterblogger

    Chaos (French, '01) 4.5/5
    Let's Get Lost (doc) 3/5
    The Rake's Progress (opera) 3.5/5 so far

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

    Haven't seen a 2014 release yet. Last movie I saw in theatres was Wolf of Wall Street. I need to get to work. This week, I watched a lot of TV, rewatched some of my favorites from last year, and watched some movies that just never get old for me.

    Out of the Furnace (Rewatch): A greatly underappreciated movie from last year. I did a personal Oscars this year, kinda like Brad's Rope of Silicon Awards, and I gave this film my award for Best Ensemble. The entire cast in this film is great. One of the best performances of Christian Bale's career. And Woody Harrelson was THE Best Supporting Actor of the year, in my opinion. A

    Prisoners (Rewatch): Another film that from 2013 that didn't get a lot of appreciation. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal both give career best performances here, Aaron Guzikowski's masterful script that bounced all over Hollywood for years is one of the best of the previous year, and Denis Villaneuve proves that we should probably pay a little more attention whenever he's got a film coming out. A-

    Training Day (Rewatch): Anybody who doesn't agree that Denzel Washington's Oscar for this was undeserved can suck it. Washington did here what a star of his caliber should do in single movie he does, make us not want to turn away for even a second whenever he's on screen. One of my all time favorite performances, and one of my all time favorite cop movies. Ethan Hawke's also pretty good too. A

    Full Metal Jacket (Rewatch): If I were to make a list of the most quotable movies ever, this movie would be up near the top. The boot camp portion of the film is one of the best hours in the history of film. You can give R. Lee Ermey flak all you want, but just because he was a Marine drill sergeant in real life doesn't mean he's not entertaining as hell. The second half of the film, while not nearly as good as the first half, is still great. When it comes to Stanley Kubrick, most people exert more love for the likes of Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining. And while those are all good films, I would rather FMJ over any of his other films. A-

    And on the TV side of things:

    The Sopranos Season 3 Episodes 1-9: Haven't finished the season yet, and I haven't gotten to the famous Pine Barrens episode, but I really like the new step David Chase and his team took with the third season. Joe Pantoliano was one of the additions they could've possibly made. And the relationship between Meadow (who I am now in love with) and Jackie Aprile, Jr. is also a nice spin. I'm interested to see where it goes, because we know it can't be pretty.
    The Bridge Season 1 Episode 1-2: There were a few reasons I decided to check it out. Some of my all time favorite shows (The Shield, Justified, and Damages) are courtesy of FX, the first season's 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and the interesting matchup of Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir. There isn't much I can say yet, being only two episodes in, but both Kruger and Bichir give good performances and play well off one another. Some TV snobs are going to straight up hate just because it's adapted from a foreign series and there's now way in Hell this one can be as good as the original, but I think adapting it for the English language and setting it on the American-Mexican border is genius, considering I live in America and this is the kind of stuff that goes on here. Also, did I mention Ted Levine's in this?
    1) Thoughts on what I watched?
    2) What's your favorite Vietnam war film?
    3) What's your favorite crime drama set in Los Angeles?
    4) What's your favorite Denzel Washington performance/film?
    5) What was your favorite film of 2013?
    6) Do you have a problem with foreign TV shows being adapted for American/English speaking audiences?
    7) For you Sopranos fans, would you risk dating Meadow Soprano, despite the possibility that her father will probably remove you from this earth if you make one bad move?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

      1) I am a big fan of Full Metal Jacket. One of the best Kubrick films. I like Training Day and Out of the Furnace was very well-done and atmospheric. But Prisoners disappointed me a little. Or maybe my expectations were too high.
      2) Full Metal Jacket
      3) Heat (1995)
      4) Flight
      5) The Great Beauty
      7) Robert De Niro

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      1. I've only seen 'Prisoners' (very well acted and shot by Deakins but it evaporates a little when the reveal is pulled for me).
      2. Not having seen too many 'Apocalyse Now' (although on the opposite end of the scale 'Tigerland' is a decent little film).
      3. L.A Confidental
      4. I wouldn't say I was enough of a fan to really have one.
      5. From what I've seen to date it's a tie between 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave'.
      6. Not really, that road has been going both ways for a lotta years now. But as with film remakes, I tend to feel sometimes things get lost in translation unless it can be properly re-adapted between countries. There's at least three versions of 'The Bridge' including the original have been made the last couple years alone including another European one called 'The Tunnel' but which is basically the same thing. To be honest, although I only watched one episode of that version it just seemed like a copy and paste job rather than an attempt to actually reimagine it for the different setting. Maybe the US version is more successful. I haven't seen it. But the US version of 'The Killing' didn't really do anything much better than the original, again from what I saw of them.
      7. Emily Blunt
      8. Pass.