What I Watched

What I Watched, What You Watched #180

Five trips to the theater and two movies at home

Top Gun 3D IMAX tickets

It was a busy, busy week of movie watching for me. It began with a second viewing of Side Effects on Monday (read my review here), a screening of Identity Thief on Tuesday (read my review here), a screening of Beautiful Creatures on Wednesday, a screening of Safe Haven on Thursday and last night, as the picture above indicates, I caught a screening of Top Gun in 3D in IMAX. The Top Gun screening was fantastic.

Now first off, the IMAX screen I saw Top Gun on wasn't the traditional 60' x 80' screen, it was the local Pacific Science Center's PACCAR IMAX screen, which is 35' x 60' screen. So, no, it wasn't the complete IMAX setting, but the great thing about this screen as compared to a traditional multiplex, faux IMAX presentation is the intimacy of the seating. They have you as close to the screen as possible and it feels like a legitimate IMAX screening with superior sound. The theater was recently renovated and once Harold Faltermeyer's Top Gun anthem came on the crowd of about 200 cheered.

One guy in our audience was wearing aviators and a MiG helmet with a little red star dead center. Everyone was enjoying themselves, laughing at the more ridiculous moments and there was a young boy sitting behind us whose parents forced him to cover his eyes during the sex scene... or is it more accurate to call it the licking scene? Either way, it was fantastic.

In addition to my theater trips, I also watched The Magnificent Ambersons, which I already discussed right here, and I watched Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence for the upcoming Movie Club discussion on February 27, which I hope you will all take part in. If you need a nudge, maybe this will help.

Other than that, it's your turn... what did you watch this week? Hopefully many of you will tell me Side Effects.

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

    I will be seeing Side Effects in an hour and I will return with a review.

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    At home (first viewing):

    Stand Up Guys (2012) – The beginning was pretty bad but it got moderately better as it went along. I felt embarrassed for Pacino & Walken just watching it.

    2.5 / 5

    Eyes without a Face (1960) – It deals with some interesting themes but it’s ultimately too kitschy and the over the top nature of the production proved to be too distracting.

    2.5 / 5

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) – I was unfamiliar with this artist and his activism so this was proved to be pretty enlightening.

    3 / 5

    Death Race (2008) – The screenplay and performances are terrible but nobody is watching this for those reasons. There were some decent action sequences, which is the most you can say for something like this.

    3 / 5

    On TV:

    House of Cards (Season 1) - I definitely noticed a difference after Fincher’s 2 episodes. For one thing, the scenes were more brightly lit. There was also a cinematic quality to those first 2 episode’s which the rest lacked. However, the show remained consistently brilliant throughout (although, episode 8 lacked momentum). Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright both deliver powerhouse performances that demand Emmy’s and Golden Globes. If Homeland somehow manages to beat out this show I’ll never stop vomiting. But the real star of the show is the writing. The dialogue is genius and Spacey’s asides are fantastic and, at times, extremely funny. House of Cards always keeps you guessing as to what Underwood has up his sleeve next. One of my favorite moments is the final showdown between Frank and the head of the teachers union. That scene encapsulates everything that’s great about the show. It’s bitter, cynical and pitch-black. Thank you Netflix. I couldn’t be more excited for Season 2.

    4.5 / 5

    Girls (Season 2): Ep. 4

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      4.5 / 5 is really high for you. Must be one of your favorite shows of all-time then. I gotta check this out.

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

        Yeah, it's brilliant.

    • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

      Looking forward to your review of Side Effects

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

      Side Effects -

      *Do not read this if you haven't seen it.

      First, I should say that I avoided all publicity materials for this film and I didn't read any reviews. Having said that, I don't think Side Effects is a particularly easy film to spoil, since the plot twists and revelations are not really that shocking (at least to me). I figured out the main twist after Jude Law meets with Mara's former employer (I don't know if that's too early in film to have figured it out). Anyway, plot twists aside, Side Effects is extremely well made and well written (which is to be expected, since it's directed by Steven Soderbergh). Both Jude Law and Rooney Mara deliver award worthy performances.

      The problem with Side Effects, at least for me, is that it's the kind of movie you only need to watch once. I really don't feel there's anything else to be gained from multiple viewings (unlike something like Shutter Island). But still, it's very good, just not great. If I had a specific criticism it would fall to the opening and closing shots. I understand that it's supposed to show how everything's come full circle, but momentum and intensity are lost. Whenever you end a film with that kind of zoom-out crane shot, you're basically telling the audience "okay, the movie's over, you can get up out of your seats now." I would have ended it right after Mara delivers her final line and then cut to black.

      3.5 / 5

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        I thought that those shots were referencing Hitchcock's shot he wanted to do for Psycho, but couldn't figure out how to do... We, the audience, were peering into the lives of these people in the story, and in the end we stop looking...

        Lots of Hitchcock motifs in the film like that shot...

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

          I understand that it was a reference to Hitchcock. But the reason I gave for why it didn't work for me is independent of any "inspirations."

      • Danny

        I did not read your review... But I will once I see it... I really want to see Side Effects has it seems to have all the makings of a great Paranoia/Film Noirish Psychological film... and seeing your grade gives me hope since just from your comments on different articles here, it seems you are a film connoisseur.... Though I don't always agree with your reviews or views, I respect your film knowledge and in put.

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

          I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's expertly made and the performances are great. You can't go wrong with Soderbergh.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Weak week for me. I re-watched most of Old School while semi-buzzed over the weekend and caught up on more episodes of The West Wing. Probably try to check out Side Effects tonight.

  • http://everyjohnhustonmovie.blogspot.ca/ Timothy

    AT HOME:
    The Red Badge Of Courage- A terrific film, despite the fact that it was slaughtered by an uncaring studio. Despite the choppy editing, it is still one of the best films about the civil war. 8.5/10

    Vivre Sa Vie- A very good Godard film, that ranks with Breathless as one of his best. Karina is electrifying. 8.5/10

    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Despite all the good reviews, I was still wary of this film. In the end, it exceeded my expectations. Great performances all around, and a storyline that managed to keep me interested. One of the best films of last year. 9/10

    Billy Liar- This is an incredible film. It deftly combines fantasy with gritty realism, and the lead performance by Tom Courtenay is breathtaking. Amazing. 10/10

    They Live By Night- A very atmospheric romance, with great performances and vivid lighting, this ranks as one of the most interesting noir-romance hybrids. 8.5/10

    That's all so far, for film. In television, I completed season 1 of House of Cards. It is definitely a great show, and the performances by Spacey, Wright and Stoll are definitely deserving of Emmy's galore. Despite a brief uninteresting episode (the one where he goes back to college), the show is constantly absorbing and entertaining in a way few shows are. Definitely looking forwards to Season 2.

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

    Meh. Pretty light week for me, but, when it comes to me, there is rarely such a thing as a heavy week.

    The Last of the Mohicans: I'm not sure whether or not I dosed off during this movie, because I don't really remember the plot of this movie. I know that it took place in the French and Indian wars, a lot of people get sold off and killed, Daniel Day-Lewis gets arrested for helping some people escape, and that somebody becomes The Last of the Mohicans. But I'm a little fuzzy on the rest, so I won't give an accurate representation of my feeling toward this film. The stuff I saw I liked, so I'll give it a (very loose) 3.5/5

    Madagascar: This is a film from my childhood, and I have to say, it works better for young children, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It is a bit plot light, but I was able to give it a pass. But I had one major beef with this movie, and it is that it portrayed animals as these amazing architects. For example, Dreamworks thinks that a lion can build a 50 foot tall Statue of Liberty. Out of wood. By himself. And also, a zebra can't build a pretty big entertainment space with the materials found on Madagascar. But, if Dreamworks needs to make that happen, they can provide that zebra with all of the nails, chains, and zebra print to make it happen. But other than that major beef, I enjoyed myself for a bit. 3/5

    You can also hit me up on letterboxd at: http://letterboxd.com/corbin_123/

  • Winchester

    Well, I won't be talking about Side Effects as it hasn't opened here yet. But maybe I will when it does.

    At Cinema -

    Hitchcock (2012): I think my overall reaction to this one is not entirely unlike my reaction to 'My Week with Marilyn' back in 2011 in as much as it's perfectly enjoyable whilst watching it, but it generally doesn't uncover much that people sufficiently aware of Hitchcock would find surprising nor does it mine particularly deep pyschological territory from it's lead character. It's ultimately fluff, but perfectly well presented fluff. Performances were pretty good (personally Helen Mirren edged out Anthony Hopkins for me in the acting department) even if some roles were more cameos. I felt that James D'Arcy and Scarlett Johansson were actually very good likenesses for their respective real life counterparts. The period looked nicely done as well. The one thing I did find poor though was the makeup on Hopkins. He looked less like Alfred Hitchcock and more like a fat Hannibal Lecter after too many livers. However, some nice laughswere to be had and moments of entertainment are present. But as I said above, ultimately it's forgettable fluff.

    At Home -

    Psycho (1960): Blu ray, rewatch - Totally and utterly obvious I know, but after watching 'Hitchcock' that afternoon I just could not help myself from watching 'Psycho' later that night. The Blu Ray transfer done here and remaster was really very very nicely done and the film itself remains so very good. From the building fof suspense through to the performances of the cast this is still a great horror thriller. I also listened to the commentary by Stephen Rebello (whose book 'Hitchcock' is based on) and it was very enjoyable to listen to as well. It also covered some behind the scenes points which made their way into the film adaption as well.

    The Great Silence (1968): DVD, First watch - I had had this sitting on a shelf for about three weeks pending Film Club but I eventually couldn't have it sitting there any longer and needed to send it back on rental. I won't say a whole lot here to see how the Film Club thread goes but it was a relative mixed experience for me. Not being a particular fan of the Spaghetti Western genre I still certainly enjoyed the film. I watched it with what the DVD menu described as the 'Original English Audio' dubbed version. I tried watching it with some other audio options but gave up. I enjoyed the photography of the film (apparently having a Western set almost entirely in wintry settings is or was rare) and also some of the subtext and political commentary on the central conundrum underpinning the plot that apparently Corbucci was aiming for. To me some of the performances and especially some of the vocal dubbing were not what you would call polished but I imagine that's part of the genre. I also confess to stifling some giggles at Klaus Kinski's hair and makeup, which were amusing to me. I suspect (I may be wrong) this film would qualify as one of Tarantino's 'influences' for 'Django Unchained'. I did like the apparently famous bleak ending of the film (certainly in comparison to the alternate 'happy ending' made for North African audiences which is atrocious!) as it quite fit the preceding themes and ideas of the film I felt. This is also my first Jean Louis Triningant performance (I haven't seen 'Amour' as yet) I have seen. In fairness, I do not necessarily expect to ever watch the film again because the genre simply isn't my thing but I did enjoy watching it this one time. I think there could be some interesting discussion about it.

    Detachment (2011): Blu ray, first watch - I'm struggling to remember if I've ever seen 'American History X' in it's entirety but certainly Tony Kaye doesn't seem to be interested in making cheery films. I don't mean that flippantly though as I did find this to be a good film with some very good performances. Although I can't call myself versed in the specifics of the US Public School system and it's myriad issues I imagine some of them mirror other Western Countries issues as not everything here felt unfamiliar. Although it has I feel less a clear narrative and acts more as a stylised 'snapshot' of life in this kind of environment the feeling that everything is broken (including the people) isn't one that can lend itself to cheer. I did feel that the raft of 'name' actors detracted from things a little bit even though all the performances were good. I am not a big fan of Adrien Brody myself but here he was OK. But not exactly a cheerer-upper.

    Looper (2012): Blu ray, rewatch - One of my favourites of 2012 and one that I felt held up just fine on a second watch. I also went through the Blu ray extras and the commentary and it was an OK one, if not the best I've ever heard but it's primarily the film I like anyway. I do prefer it once Emily Blunt shows up and the meat of the story kicks in but the start of the film where Johnson lets you settle into his future world is well realised as well. It flowed a bit more smoothly on this second watch and also I realised how Johnson foreshadows Young Joe's final decision much more clearly than I had remembered with the conversation between Joe and Jeff Daniel's character nearer the start of the film. So, I'm certainly glad that I enjoyed it second time around as much (if not more so) than the first.

    In TV Land I've been continuing (again) with 'Cheers'. I also had been watching 'The New Normal' for a while and I may continue with it for a bit but it's very all over the place (unsurprisingly for a Ryan Murphy series) and I don't find myself laughing all that much. It seems like it's trying too hard. I also this week watched the first episode of 'Nashville' which I enjoyed and which I plan to continue watching over coming weeks to see how it develops.

    That was all this week.

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

    I want to see Side Effects soon, but nothing planned as of yet. . .

    I'm through the first 5 episodes of House of Cards, and I absolutely love it. Every time Spacey turns to the camera to deliver one of his "4th wall" asides I can't help but smile. Underwood kind of reminds me of a modern day, Washington version of Daniel Plainview. Production value is unbelievable, cast is great; there's really not much I can put against this one. I was a big fan of The Ides of March, so I'm excited to see what Willimon brings next.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    For the first time in a long while, I didn't watch a single movie this past week. Not because I've been extremely busy (though I was busier than usual), not because I've lost my passion for film (ahem, Laremy), but because Netflix's "House of Cards" has been consuming my movie-watching time. I do, however, look forward to checking out Side Effects tonight at the theater (after Taylor Swift's Grammy performance, of course)..

    Be sure to check me out on Letterboxd: http://letterboxd.com/jmbenesh/

    IN THEATERS

    None. Though I plan to see Side Effects tonight.

    AT HOME

    None. Ain't that sad?

    TV SHOWS

    House of Cards (Ep. 3-10): There's been a lot of chatter about "House of Cards," and a lot of the talk has surrounded the show's quality and whether or not it drops off after Fincher's two-episode launching point. I'm inclined to say no, it doesn't, and with Fincher in the producer's chair -- if one of those even exists -- the stakes just get higher and higher and higher, the titular house of cards growing both taller and, much like a Jenga tower, wobblier with every move. With 3 episodes to go, I find myself wondering if, once the credits roll on Episode 13, Congressman Underwood will have toppled his own house of cards, or if it will somehow, impossibly perhaps, remain standing.

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      I lied. I did, in fact, watch Flight this weekend while staying with my friend's family. Here's a quick review:

      Flight: Robert Zemeckis' return to live action is equipped with two great things: first, an enthralling, nail-biting crash sequence that will leave you almost unbearably tense, and second, some excellent acting from Denzel Washington that makes you wonder how great Flight could have been if the cast and crew had more to work with. After the first 50 minutes of the film have gone by surprisingly fast, the remaining 80 minutes or so just sort of putt-putt along, the drama slipping out of the film's upsettingly loose grasp on both the story and its subjects. It's unfortunate that the second half is so average, because those first-half sequences -- the in-air turmoil and impending crash especially -- are extremely well-done. 3 / 5

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    All of my full reviews can be found @ my Letterboxd profile. http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/. And for anyone that wants to join, it is now open to the public, no more need for an invite.

    Rewatch:
    - 12 Angry Men: Sidney Lumet's masterpiece. Grade: 5/5 and has fallen into my Top 5 films of all-time.

    First Watch:
    - The Lady Vanishes: A very nice Hitchcock film. It's full of mystery and very engaging with a charismatic performance from Michael Redgrave. This film is a joy to watch for a great majority, but has a lackluster fourth of the movie. It's not Hitchcock's most technically superb film, but has plenty of good shots along with a great score. Overall Grade: 4/5.

    - The Public Enemy: Right from the get go, I was intrigued. It was very well executed and how it drew a comparison of childhood to young adulthood was what made me captivated by it. But it all goes downhill from there. It's not terrible by any means, but had it stayed at the same level, this would be a classic film for me. I was curious by it not containing any music, which I think would have really added to its story of corruption. I also would like to mention, that there were times that did hit high notes. Such as the scenes with Tommy and his brother. There was so much tension between these two fine actors, and their relationship could have been explored more thoroughly. Overall Grade: 3/5

    - Side Effects: If Soderbergh goes out with this film, I will be extremely mixed about how I feel. It's not his best work, but it is a very captivating film that is still in my mind. It's technically sound and full of great performances. If you haven't seen it yet because you're expecting Contagion 2 (though Contagion was good), go see it, you won't be disappointed. Side Effects is both fulfilling to the general audience and cinephiles. Overall Grade: High 4/5. I've switched its rating multiple times.

    - Primer: Wow! I thought Inception was confusing. After seeing Primer though, Inception's complexity doesn't hold a candle to Primer's. But that doesn't mean it is a better film. Primer is a creative film and very ambitious, but doesn't live up to the hype I was hearing of it. On the surface, it's a time travel movie (and the most realistic one at that considering its unrealistic topic), but laying underneath that, is a study of a deteriorating friendship after their discovery is made. For that I give it kudos for not just being another time travel film. Overall Grade: High 4/5

    - Wild Strawberris: My first Bergman film was anything but a disappointment. It's a great character study of an old man in a trying moment in his life. There's so many great things to discuss like the emotional score, the beautiful cinematography, and a depressing story that by the end of it feels uplifting. Overall Grade: 5/5

    - Identity Thief: Only went to see it because my dad wanted to see it. I haven't been to a cinema where there was so much laughter and I was sitting there, rarely doing so. It did have good moments, but it is quite a mess. The story never finds itself; it wants to be everything at once. Striving to be a drama, action, adventure, even a romance film within a comedy; and it never works out. But dang, Melissa McCarthy can act. I agree with Brad about her, she's being used wrong within films. Producers just want her to be an obnoxious character (which she pulls off well) but like many comedic actors, I think she could a great dramatic actress. Overall Grade: 2/5.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    I unfortunately didn't make it to the theater to see Side Effects this weekend. Got over a foot of snow up here in the north east, which partially prevented me from making it to the theater.

    Koyaanisqatsi (Rewatch) -- I first saw this film when I was very young, and thus I was very happy to hear that Criterion would be releasing the film on Blu-Ray, along with the others in the trilogy. I love this movie, a beautiful college of images that together make a profound statement on society. That sequence referred to as "The Grid" is incredible, mainly due to the excellent score by Phillip Glass. A+

    Amour (Rewatch) -- Every bit as powerful the second time around. A truly great film, one of Haneke's best (although I do admit I still need to see more of his films). Emmaneulle Riva and Jean-Lous Trintigniant are simply excellent. I'll be rooting for this film come Oscar night. A

    Fanny and Alexander -- Bergman's a director that I've only touched the surface of, but out of the few films of his that I've seen, I've really liked all of them (Persona, Hour of the Wolf, The Magician, etc.). I now have another film to add to this short list, albeit his best one yet. Fanny and Alexander is simply a masterpiece, a word that I hate to use, especially after it's been only about 24 hours since I've finished a film. But, seriously, this film is great. I watched the 5+ hour TV version and was never bored for a minute. Upon reading some of the differences between the two versions, I don't see how I could ever watch the shorter cut, that appears to miss out on so many of the beautiful fantasy and character development sequences. This film just has such a wonderful story, filled with Bergman's usual take on religion. The characters are remarkable, ranging from the three brothers, to the housemaids, to the titular children themselves, and even the evil Bishop. I can't wait to further explore this film. I'm happy to own the wonderful Blu-Ray that Criterion has put out. A+

    Berberian Sound Studio -- I probably should have watched this movie when I wasn't so tired, but I still think I was able to digest most of it. I really wasn't all that impressed with this one. It has an incredible mood and atmosphere, but the story never really goes anywhere. I'm still not sure what I think of the ending, which felt like a poor rip-off of a Lynch film. I'd like to spend some more time with this film before I dismiss it outright, but overall I think that it's an interesting film, with great mood and characters. It just never really adds up to anything for me. B-

    Flight -- Ehh, this wasn't anything special. Performances were good, in particular Denzel Washington. But, the film did nothing for me. The religious themes felt forced and obnoxious. The plot wasn't anything special, and instead of working as a serious character study, the film just became a standard, cliched affair with an eventual conclusion. To be honest, I never really cared for Denzel's character. I was entertained (somewhat), but this is still a forgettable film. C+

    That about does it. I need to start watching some bad films to balance out the ratio of films that I give high ratings to.

    My Blu-Ray of Holy Motors arrived from the UK, but I am having some problems accessing the subtitles on the feature, a problem that I assume is due to the region locking issue. Hopefully, I'll be able to sort the problem out, but if not, then I'll have to wait for the US release.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      Also, Brad, on the homepage for the Movie Club, it lists The Great Silence as being discussed on February 27th. In this article, you claim that it is for this Wednesday. Which date is the accurate one?

      P.S. Hit me up on Letterboxd: http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

        You're right. Forgot I changed the dates around. Fixed the article.

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

    I got hit pretty bad by the blizzard and couldn't make any trips to the theater. I still plan on seeing Side Effects but I'm afraid I'll be a little late to the conversation.

    Will be seeing The Great Silence for the movie club.

    At Home:

    Seven Psychopaths - I liked this one all the way up until the ending. I thought the ending was a big letdown and anticlimactic. Everything else before it was still pretty good. Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken were both great. Sam Rockwell demonstrating the perfect shoot out was my favorite scene in the movie. I just wish the ending was better or more thought out.

    L.A. Confidential - After watching both Gangster Squad and The Untouchables last week, I felt an urge to watch another cop movie. I hadn't seen this one before and I really liked it. The performances are all great, the script is well-written, the story takes some interesting directions and the pacing is excellent for it's long running time. I thought it was a great movie.

    Boogie Nights - I originally planned to watch this and Hard Eight, but the timing didn't work out. Still, I think Boogie Nights is a great movie and it's probably my second favorite PTA movie. Mark Wahlberg still surprises me by his performance. He deserves more credit for this role. Even the supporting characters deserve more screen time than given. It's not as great as Magnolia (my favorite PTA film) because some of the characters aren't that well-developed. That wasn't a problem in Magnolia which has some of the same cast members. Even so, Boogie Nights is still a great movie about the '70's porn industry.

    Flight - I know I said I had no intention of watching this again, but my family wanted to see it and I couldn't convince them otherwise. They liked it much more than I did. I still maintain all my criticisms from before but I will say the plane crash is still thrilling on a second viewing. After that it all goes downhill.

    Peter Pan - Didn't buy the Blu-Ray, but I dug up my old DVD copy to see if I still loved as much as when I was a kid. That, and I needed something was light and easy to watch. I'm gonna hold off on buying the Blu-Ray but I did have fun revisiting this. It's an old favorite from my childhood and very nostalgic.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      That plane crash is indeed awesome. I think the problem with Flight is just that the story isn't interesting nor original enough to turn into a movie in the first place. They should've just made a short film instead entitled "Crash", which would show that awesome crash sequence.

      • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

        The crash sequence in Flight is, indeed, the best part of the film. Fantastic audiovisual presentation, and that whole scene is just incredibly tense and very well-filmed. Unfortunately, the rest of the film kind of just putt-putts along for the remaining hour and a half.

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

        A short film would've definitely been better. I think the premise itself is interesting, but the whole story just keeps taking the wrong directions. I was annoyed by the alcoholism, but I thought the religious themes were terrible and completely mishandled. That scene with the co-pilot and his wife should've been cut from the movie.

        • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

          Agreed. That scene in the hospital with Ken and his wife paints a picture of Christianity that I found annoying and almost intolerable.

  • Trent

    Identity Thief - This film is so bloated, it could match Melissa McCarthy's weight. Just awful.

    • Chris138

      Rex Reed, is that you?

      • Trent

        Ok, we can poke fun at someone's personal probes like Lohans arrest or Gibsons anti semitism, but when people point out McCarthys weight, you're a jerk. Real one sided in my opinion.

  • Matt

    I was planning on seeing "Side Effects" on Friday, but this winter storm Nemo ruined my plans and I will have to spend another week avoiding any and all spoilers. Still, it was a solid week for me.

    At Home:

    The Sessions- John Hawkes and Helen Hunt were both great in this film and worthy of an Oscar nomination (though Hunt, in my opinion, should have been campaigned as lead). The two of them gave warm, layered and realistic performances. I also loved the way the film dealt with sex- it never felt overly graphic, crude or exploitative and, instead, came off as sweet, powerful and (I hate to use the word again) realistic. The scenes between Hunt and Hawkes were, by far, the highlights of the movie. My issue with the film is a lack of focus, especially during the opening scenes and the final ten or fifteen minutes. I wanted more time to be spent on the relationship between Hunt and Hawkes, and I found the end of their storyline rushed and Hunt's arc to be wrapped up too quickly. Still, it's a well acted film that kept me interested and moved me at times, so I can't discredit it too much. B

    The Third Man- I watched this in my Screenwriting class this week. It was my first time seeing it and I was absolutely blown away. What can I say about it that hasn't been said before? Everything was perfect, in my opinion, and I wanted to re-watch the movie immediately. Highlights from the movie for me include the ferris wheel scene, the tunnel chase, the score and Alida Valli's performance. Great, classic film. A+

    Breaking Bad (season 4)- I expected to only watch a few episodes of the season this week but I ended up marathoning through the show over the course of four days. It's amazing how "Breaking Bad", which has been good since episode 1, has gotten exponentially better as it goes on. I plan on starting Season 5 tonight and, since it's only 8 episodes, should be caught up by next week.

    House of Cards (episode 2 and 3)- Both solid, extremely well written episodes. The performances are all really spectacular and I do like how dark and edgy the series is. Spacey's breaking of the fourth wall is really effective as well. I look forward to continuing through the series, especially since I found Fincher's absence only slightly noticeable. Side note, I didn't even realize until episode three that Christina is Kristen Connolly from "Cabin in the Woods." I didn't even recognize her. Happy to see her in something else, I really liked her in "Cabin."

    Broadcast News (re-watch)- My 19th birthday was last night and I decided to end the day by watching "Broadcast News", one of my all time favorite movies, with my family. It has terrific writing, strong performances (specifically from Hunter, a favorite of mine) and ages spectacularly well (for me, at least) on repeat viewings. It also influenced me to pursue a career in journalism, so it has somewhat of a personal connection to me. I love it. A+

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      Love Broadcast News. Such a fantastic movie!

      • Matt

        I completely agree!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      Happy belated birthday, Matt! Broadcast News is on my watchlist. Hoping to check it out at some point soon.

      • Matt

        Thank you!

    • Jake17

      Happy Belated Birthday! Also, I didn't recognize Kristen Connolly, either, until I looked at the cast on IMDb. She looks way different in House Of Cards.

      • Matt

        Thank you! And yeah, she looks completely different here. I know "Cabin in the Woods" was filmed a few years ago, but she still looks quite different.

    • Randall P McMurphy

      Happy birthday! I can't wait to see House of Cards now that you say Kevin Spacey breaks the fourth wall. Its something Fincher knows how to do perfectly, like in Fight Club

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

        Thank you! And yes, definitely check it out, the way Spacey breaks the fourth wall is one of the highlights of the show for me. It really adds something to it. I'm sure they had this in mind when they first wrote it into the show, but it always reminds me of a soliloquy or aside from a Shakespeare play.

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

    Not much...I have 30 minutes left in House of Cards, I like it with reservations...

    21 and Over: Not bad. Cliche. Still a little bit of fun. Nothing really to talk about. Likable leads really keep this movie afloat. Homophobic humor which I really don't like but whatever. C/C+

    The Man With The Movie Camera: This is what movies need to be. Daring, confident, and new. This is from 29 and it feels more reinvigorating than my above entry. It's a breeze too. I think, if you haven't seen this movie just do yourself a favor. It's an hour and fifteen minutes and it's on Netflix Instant. Do it. A+

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

    The Master (2012), Even while completing my top ten of 2012 list, I knew it was incomplete without a viewing of Anderson's latest film. I had chances last year to do it but certain reviews swayed me against it, along with life. Still, I should've trusted my love for Anderson's work because this film is easily one of the best film of last year. Deeply layered, expertly crafted, and impeccable performances makes this one of the most challenging films of 2012. Another viewing is needed to get into the richness of this opus but based on one viewing, I'd say it's one of the most odd love stories to grace the silver screen. Two men who are drawn together and we as the audience and the two men can't quite come to grips with that it. It's a fantastic study of the push and pull of these two men and why they're drawn to each other, yet have no business being in the same atmosphere. For me, the standout besides the blistering cinematography, is Amy Adams. She is one of the best actresses of her generation. I'm putting her up there with the two great Kate's. She just absolutely kills in this thing. Some could say she's underused but I don't think so. Anderson uses her, like he used Julianne Moore in two of his previous films, at specific points for maximum effect. If it wasn't her Anne Hathaway, the best supporting actress category would be Adams' to lose.

    I deeply look forward, like all of Anderson's films, to go back and find even more under the surface.

    Side Effects (2013), This is an unfair review because I'm completely in the tank for all things Soderbergh ever since he went digital with Bubble back in '05. His finale (?) is no different. The aesthetic is splendid. There is not one wasted moment. The performances, especially from Law and Mara, are top notch. The score is great. This is just a old school, 90's noir, sexual thriller from top to bottom that masks itself in the first 35 minutes. The opening shot of the film tells you everything you need to know about what film you're about to witness.

    I hope and pray Soderbergh returns because cinema is loosing one of it's all time great voices, in my opinion. He is forever a chameleon, always moving forward, always trying something different from picture to picture...be it studio film or indie fare. This is one of the best films of this early year. Please check it out.

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

    Let me try to recap my past few weeks, as I'm behind.

    German Film Class:
    M: this was a very interesting film. I am a little curious at Lang's motives as he took one of the most despicable characters ever and made him pitiful by the end. Lorre is great, Lan's direction is fantastic, and In the Hall of the Mountain King still haunts me. 9/10

    Triumph of the Will: Yep, not going there

    Jub Suess: an anti-Jewish film from 1940. Yeah, not going there either.

    The Murderers are Among Us: Some of the editing was really good, but there were moments that were just laughable. The drinking plot line mad Flight look thought out. Overall, 5/10

    Fun:

    Funny Games: Wow. What an intense film. The reality vs. fiction themes still have my mind reeling. Haneke is a great director. I will post my interpretation as soon as I have it figured out. 8.5/10

    Butter: I laughed consistently throughout. The girl's straight man persona had me laughing when compared to her three competitors. Kristen Schaal should be in everything. And Olivia Wilde's performance was one of my favorites of the year, I'm convinced. While not as deep as Election, this one was a bit more fun. 8.5/10

    In TV World:

    I finally finished Arrested Development. The best show of the past 10 years, and my third favorite of all time.

    I finished the first two seasons of Archer. I am really getting into this show.

    I am almost through the first season of The West Wing. This may be the greatest show of all time, at the very least drama.

    I also caught some SNL, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Community and Parks and Rec on actual TV, as well as Colbert and Stewart (Colbert's interview with Behn Zeitlin was entertaining, and his interview with Kathryn Bigelow was the best film interview I have seen)

    • Jake17

      What did you think of Community? I was somewhat disappointed, but it's never really started out strong in past seasons, so I'm hoping it improves in the next few weeks.

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

        The new producers can be felt, so I think it will feel somewhat different, but my friend and I (both huge fans) enjoyed it

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshB/ Josh B

      I love Arrested, one of my favorite shows. The little side jokes and call backs are great as is the cast. Looking forward to the new season. I thought the Community ep was a solid premiere, also looking forward to what they do with the season and if they set it up to be the series finale, not just season finale.

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

    I didn't catch Side Effects yet, unfortunately. However I hope to see it soon
    I'm also looking forward to rewatching Skyfall as it comes out on DVD an Blu-Ray this week

    I also plan on watching The Great Silence

    At Home

    Gandhi - A very good film with an excellent performance from Ben Kingsly. It does drag a bit in places, and the 3 hour run time isn't for everyone.
    4/5 (B+)

    Fast Five - I had the urge to watch this after seeing the trailer for FF6. I think this is the best in the series and its a lot of fun to watch. It's a great popcorn summer movie
    3.5 (B)

    True Grit - I've watched this film 7 times and I absolutely love it. It's my favorite Coen Brothers film. The acting, the direction, the cinematography, and the sound track all combine into one spectacular piece of film making.
    5/5 (A+)

    On Netflix

    House of Cards - from the first episode I was hooked. Since then, it's quickly grown to be my favorite current show. The whole cast (aside from Michael Kelly) kills it, especially Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The story is smart an intriguing and the political backstabbing is engrossing to watch. The dialogue is intelligent and the breaking the fourth wall is a great technique, that was jarring at first, but I grew to love it. A fantastic show, by the only problem I had was Michael Kelly's performance as Douglas Stamper. He seemed so boring and monotone. But that did very little to hurt the series overall
    4.5/5

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    In Theaters (re-watch) -

    This is 40 (2012) (2nd viewing) - Wanted to see this again, while it's still not Apatow's best, it's still hilarious from beginning to end. Leslie Mann & Paul Rudd really gave hilarious performances (some of their best of their career). Same with the Apatow-Mann daughters both Iris & Maude who are really adorable. Supporting side: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox (who's improving to be a decent & actually pretty funny supporting actress IMO since Friends With Kids), the-always hilarious Jason Segel, Robert Smigel, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow & Chris O'Dowd really all are on top of their game. This is one of the top 3 funniest movies i've seen all year last year. Once it hits on DVD, i'm buying it not only just to add to my Judd Apatow collecto but because I really liked it. 8/10.

    At Home:

    Seven Psychopaths (2012) (1st viewing, Netflix) - Martin McDonagh's follow-up to the terrific In Bruges. Seven Psychopaths is one of the most intelligent, fresh, funniest, fun and sharpest movies i've seen in 12'. McDonagh writes another clever, wiity & sharp script. The actors that gave it a boost. Colin Farrell is fine here in a non-typical role as he plays Marty, a struggling & alcholic writer who tries to finish his story name the aforementioned "Seven Psychopaths". Sam Rockwell in one of his best roles is terrific, fun & hilarious as Marty's best friend Billy who's a part time dog thief and wants to help Marty with his story. Christopher Walken in his best role in a long time is fantastic as Hans who's a religious man with a violent past, friends of Billy & also, wants to help Marty with his story. Woody Harrelson is perfect as Charlie, a psychopathetic gangster who wants his beloved dog back stolen from Billy (Rockwell).

    Only complaint I had with this movie, were the characters of Gabourey Sidibe, Olga Kurylenko & Abbie Cornish (who's really wasted here, such a good talent) were unecessary & adds nothing to the story. Also, wastes all 3 actresses talents especially from Cornish & Sidibe. But other than that, Seven Psychopaths is excellent, just an excellent of a black comedy. "P.S, The campfire scene was one of the funniest, well-played scenes i've seen in a long time, hilarious showing by Rockwell who's really the most underappreciated & underused actors of our time. 8.5/10.

    End of Watch (2012) (1st viewing, Blu-Ray-DVD combo pack) - I'm a big fan of David Ayer's underrated directed-flicks that not many didn't like as much as I did such as Harsh Times, Street Kings & Brooklyn's Finest. Of course his writing in Training Day & most of the aforementioned movies. End of Watch is action-packed, energetic, funny & well-acted. Underrated actors both Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena give excellent charismatic performances. They are not just excellent but they both blend in as both laid-back young LA police officers convincingly and make you feel for them. Anna Kendrick is good here as well in a small role same with America Ferrera. This is one of those under-the-radar films and had it been it little bit more well-known & recognized, you would be looking at some Oscar nominations especially from Gyllenhaal & Pena both who still should have gotten nods for their roles. They were brilliant. 10/10.

    Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (5th viewing, TV) - One of my favorite teen comedy flicks of all-time. Really underrated teen comedy movie. 8/10.

    Spartacus: War of the Damned (2013) (TV) - 3rd episode, looks like they are starting to pick things up now. Good episode.

  • Chris138

    Seven Psychopaths - A good movie that I kind of hoped I would like more. As someone who really loved In Bruges I was perhaps setting expectations a little high to think that this would be as good, but unfortunately it isn't. The whole thing to me felt like something made by Quentin Tarantino and Charlie Kaufman. Still, despite its imperfections I thought it was a solid piece of entertainment. 3.5/5

    Flight - I know this is a movie that has gotten mixed responses from many, but I really liked it a lot. The narrative may have some missteps and resort to conventionality from time to time, plus John Goodman's character is entirely unnecessary. But to me the whole thing is Denzel Washington's show, and he definitely runs off with it. I'm most glad to see Robert Zemeckis back to making live-action films and not delving further into motion capture. And as for the much-talked about plane crash sequence, while it is certainly a frightening experience to imagine yourself in, I personally found the crash sequence in The Grey to be much more viscerally terrifying. 4.5/5

    Samsara - The most plot-heavy film I saw from 2012, easily. All kidding aside, this is without a doubt a very beautifully shot film that should be played on loop in Best Buy and other places trying to sell high definition televisions and Blu-ray players. I am a huge fan of Baraka, and both are made in a very similar vein by Ron Fricke, but something about Baraka stuck with me a little more than Samsara. Obviously it's sort of hard to compare why a movie like this would be inferior to its predecessor that is very similar, but something about that 1992 film just stuck with me more. It's still worth checking out at least once and can be pretty hypnotic. I'd say it's worth it just for taking a peek at the coffin shaped as a gun alone. 3.5/5

    Re-watch:

    Trainspotting - A movie I hadn't seen in many years. It holds up remarkably well and I think is one of Danny Boyle's best movies. I am someone who has a tough time watching people shoot up or inject needles into themselves anywhere in movies (and in real life), so parts of it are not an easy sit for me. Luckily, however, those moments don't overcrowd the movie to take away any enjoyment for me. Robert Carlyle's character Begbie is still hilarious, even though you can't always understand whatever he is uttering out with such a heavy Scottish accent at times. He's a really underrated actor who I would like to see in more movies. It's also interesting to see people like Kelley Macdonald in her film debut here, and of course Ewan McGregor has gone on to have a very successful career. 4.5/5

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

    Side Effects (B+) - first time - Wow, what a excellent thriller with a hell of a cast and performances. It has a great twist and it also shows our nations dependency on prescription pills which I found very interesting. People should watch this film it'd be worth your while. And DON'T FUCK WITH YOUR SHRINK.

  • Mykael

    Off the topic.
    BAFTA awards have just been announced.
    Argo wins 3, Les Miserables wins 4.
    Best Film: Argo
    Leading Actor: Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis
    Leading Actress: Amour, Emmanuell Riva
    Director: Argo, Ben Affleck
    Film not in the English Language: Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
    Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
    Supporting Actor: Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz
    Supporting Actress: Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway
    Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
    Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
    Original Film Score: Skyfall, Thomas Newman
    Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
    Production Design: Les Miserables, Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
    Editing: Argo, William Goldenberg
    Sound: Les Miserables
    Animated Film: Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
    Special Effects: Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott
    Makeup and Hair: Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott
    Costumes: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
    Outstanding British Film: Skyfall, Sam Mendes
    Short Film: Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
    Animated Short: The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
    Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: The Imposter, Bart Layton & Dimitri Doganis
    Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Winner: Tessa Ross
    BAFTA Fellowship: Sir Alan Parker.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Of the awards Argo won, it only was nominated for 2 at the Oscars... I find that quite strange... I'm happy to see Django win those two!!!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    Requiem for a Dream (rewatch) - 9/10
    Its a great drug movie, but I think after many views, the effect has kind of worn out on me. Its still pretty good though, it has Aronofsky working in the kind of movie he does best about obsession and addiction.
    The editing is brilliant and the soundtrack is amazing, one of my favorites.
    The movie, like other Aronofsky movies has the characters facing the consequences of their actions, ready for a tragic ending you hope they can run away from.

    Mama - 5/10
    The beginning had me hoping this would actually be pretty good and apart from that Jessica Chastain was great as always and there was an attempt at a long shot that didn't fit. It was scary at times, but the ending just ruined it, and there were so many horror cliches that I couldn't take it seriously even though I tried.

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
    I can't review this one because I walked out after an hour of it, I got tired of the chase scenes, the dialogue and everything. For a version of this movie that is a little bit better I would recommend to go watch Van Helsing.

    The Master - 8/10
    This was actually pretty good and not boring at all as other people were saying, I couldn't keep my eyes of Joaquin Phoenix's character, his acting was incredible.
    I loved the first scenes when he's on the beach doing a bunch of crazy stuff.

    Moonrise Kingdom (rewatch) - 9/10
    Its a simple film and its easy to watch, I may have overrated it the first time I saw it, I still think Bottle Rocket is Wes Anderson's best picture.

    Traffic (rewatch) - 10/10
    In my opinion, this is the best work Soderbergh has ever done. It covers the whole war on drugs from every point of view. Many films have tried to do this after this film came out (like Babel and Soderbergh's Contagion) but none have come close to the way this one does it. I loved Benicio del Toro's character and those final scenes with Don Cheadle giving a little smile and Benicio del Toro going to see little kids play baseball always get me.

    Django Unchained (rewatch) 10/10
    I had to see this one more time in theaters, its definitely the best movie of 2012 in my opinion. I loved the reference to that Rio Bravo character with a speech impediment, when the guy who lets the dogs get the Mandingo fighter talks to Calvin Candie.

    Blow Out (rewatch) - 10/10
    Its a great movie with some references to Halloween, it seems to get better with repeated views.

    Desperado (rewatch) - 9/10
    A dumb movie, but it funny as hell and a movie to watch for a great time.

  • Gannon

    Side Effects: A-

    Overall a great movie with only a few problems. Really enjoyed this movie due to the clever style of film making and great performances by Jude Law / Rooney Mara / Catherine Zeta-Jones. I especially loved how the camera was blurred yet focused in the majority of shots along with the dialogue being spoken while the camera was focused on the other person's face. Soderbergh delivered yet again and I wasn't disapointed.

  • Jake17

    A lot of excellent movies this week. All of them a first watch.

    The Big Lebowski: Having now seen True Grit, No Country For Old Men, Raising Arizona, and this, I think I can safely say the Coens are my favorite directors. And this may be my favorite of theirs. It's a completely crazy, freaking hilarious movie, with amazing characters and dialogue. Jeff Bridges is perfect as The Dude, a character who is hilarious and oddly relatable and inspiring. John Goodman, as Walter, is so amazing, it's hard for me to describe in words how much I love his character. The more I think about it the harder it is to put into words. The Big Lebowski is a hilarious, bizarre, and perfect movie.

    Also, if anyone ever makes a movie about me, Sam Elliott must narrate it. This is a requirement. 10/10

    Amelie: A movie that is adorable and sweet without ever feeling contrived or cliched. With a pair of fantastic lead performances from Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz, Amelie is everything a feel good movie should be. 10/10

    Django Unchained: I'm struggling with the right words to describe how I feel about Django. It has some major problems. But at the same time, I enjoyed the hell out of it. I might as well get started.

    Firstly, the performances are fantastic. Foxx doesn't do much, but when the film goes downhill in the last 20-30 minutes (more on that later), he does his best to keep it afloat. Despite not being the title character, Christoph Waltz's Dr. Schultz is the actual lead. And I no problem with this, whatsoever, because he is fantastic, easily as good as he was in Basterds. Dicaprio is great as Calvin Candie, giving us a perfect character to despise. But Samuel L. Jackson is by far the standout. As Steven, he makes every word, every little look, matter, and comes across as satisfyingly self-loathing and sadistic. The script is great. Tarantino's direction is fantastic, as always, and the dinner scene at Candieland is certainly one of the best scenes he's filmed.

    Sadly, the film never recovers once it leaves Candieland (however briefly that is.) In fact, the last 20 minutes are fairly dull, especially after a glorious shootout that would have worked perfectly as a final scene. Tarantino's cameo (and that god awful Aussie accent) is dreadfully distracting, making those final scenes even worse. Thankfully, that doesn't drag the film down so much as make it feel overlong. My main problem, however, is the editing. Sally Menke is sorely missed here as Fred Raske takes over, and he does a pretty bad job. The editing really messes with the pacing of the film, as some scenes are cut far too abruptly and some linger too long. Other than that, I have a few minor nitpicks, but most of them are insignificant.
    In the end, Django Unchained is far from Tarantino's best, but it's still a hell of a lot better than most of the movies out there. 8/10

    About A Boy: Hey guys, there's a movie out there that actually makes me like Hugh Grant! IT'S A MIRACLE!
    All joking aside, About a Boy is a romantic comedy that never becomes annoyingly sentimental (I seem to be on a good rom-com roll as of late, starting with Silver Linings Playbook), and deals with some rather serious issues, but still manages to feel light and happy without sugar coating its darker material. Also, I have Shake Ya Ass stuck in my head. 8/10

    Hard Candy: One of the most darkly disturbing films I have seen. And it's one hell of a ride, thanks to the powerhouse performances from Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson, a fantastic script written by Bryan Nelson, great cinematography, and a excellent debut for director David Slade. 9/10

    Fair Game: A flawed but enjoyable political drama with two strong lead performances, Fair Game manages to rise above its mediocre direction a deliver the type of story that needs to be told today. 7.5/10

    50/50: A sweet, touching and wonderfully acted dramedy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent, and Anna Kendrick is so absolutely adorable that I want to marry her right now. Seth Rogen's shtick annoys me, but other than that, a well written and very honest movie. 8/10

    (500) Days Of Summer: I realized about an hour in that I was completely in love with this film. Adorable and very bittersweet, (500) Days Of Summer is an incredibly moving film about the highs and lows of a relationship. 10/10

    Moonstruck: I honestly can't recommend this. Some good performances, but Nicolas Cage is terrible, the dialogue is stale and the story is rather boring. One of the more disappointing films I've seen in a while. 5/10

    And that's it! I'll be catching Side Effects later this week, and I'm really excited to discuss it.

    • MajorFilmFan

      I completely agree about (500) Days of Summer. The film is wickedly charming and heartfelt, yet tragic and beautiful. Zooey and Joseph are fantastic together. I normally don't like romantic comedies, but this film completely won me over.

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

    This is what I watched this week:
    In Theatres:
    Identity Thief (2013)- This was my first theatre trip of the year and it was a good one too. I loved this movie and I don't understand why everybody thought it was terrible. I thought it was one of the funniest comedies I've ever seen. Melissa McCarthy steals the show as Diana and Jason Bateman is good as always. My only major issues were that the film got a little too serious in the third act and it was a little bit long too. Also, the performances from Genesis Rodriguez and T.I. were awful. But other than that the movie was great. So don't listen to the critics, I highly recommend that you go see Identity Thief. 5/5

    At home:
    The Hunger Games (2012)- A great adaptation of a great book. I can't wait for Catching Fire in November. 4/5

    Chronicle (2012)- I decided to rewatch this movie despite the fact that the first few times I saw it I thought that it was only ok. But after rewatching it again, I've realized that this movie is actually pretty good. Also, the performance from Dane Dehann was spectacular. I also really enjoyed the found footage aspect of the movie. 4/5

    Your Highness (2011)- I don't have a lot to say about this movie other than it was much funnier than I remembered it being. 4/5

    Here Comes The Boom (2012)- The trailers for this movie didn't look that great to me so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a solid uplifting family comedy. The best Kevin James movie. 4.5/5

    Wanderlust (2012)- A comedy that will make you howl with laughter from beginning to end. 5/5

    Haywire (2012)- A decent action flick, but that's it. 3.5/5

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

    Battleship - Not a good movie. Bad acting. Bad story. C-

    That's My Boy - I almost never turn off a movie. This was one of those rare times. F

    Primer - This was an excellent time travel story. My wife and I were talking about it for a long time afterward. B+

  • JAB

    "The Sessions" is a real nice surprise deserving of all the critical acclaim it has recieved. This movie also begs the question: "How the hell did John Hawkes not get a nomination for his work here?" It tops Daniel Day-Lewis performance in "My Left Foot".
    Another delight is "Safety Not Guaranteed". Aubrey Plaza turns in a star making performance & the rest of the cast is a kick. There is not a false note in a quirky story reminiscent of a great "Twilight Zone" episode --if Rod Serling had ever produced a rom-com. This indie could have gone wrong in so many ways & at so many times, but didn't.
    These are 2 of my top 6 films of the past 12 months.

  • Dale

    In addition to "Side Effects," which I noted in a previous communication (I liked it), I saw "The Gatekeepers," one of the Oscar nominees for best documentary (rather a long sit but a good glimpse of the complex recent history of Israel and its neighbors), and watched two blu-rays: "Laura," just out and a great film noir from the forties, and "Cabaret," an eight-Oscar winner (thougn not for best film) from 1972 that cemented Bob Fosse's genius as a director (catch his later "All That Jazz").

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

      All That Jazz is my all-time favorite, and I really appreciate Cabaret. Fosse was great

  • The XWF Outlaw

    Sorry I was so late getting this in this week. I had to pull an open to close double at my work so i was unable to get to a computer to type up my reviews. So without any more delay.

    Only theater movies today, mind you that all of these were done in one day.

    In Theaters:

    Bullet To the Head:
    It tries so hard to make itself a throwback to the old school action films of the 80's. Not to mention director Walter Hill trying to rekindle the comedic magic of his classic 48hrs with it's back & forth racist banter between the two male leads in Sylvester Stallone Sung Kang, but the scenes fell forced & unneccesary. Some cool action scenes but nothing greatly original. At least the marketing didn't lie. Bullets do go to the head.

    Too quick & mindless for its own good, it never executes it's story while having such a paper thin script. 5.5/10.

    Parker: I decided after "Bullet" to make it an Expendables double feature (witch would have been a triple feature if The Last Stand didn't bomb out of my local theater so quick. This at least to say that this is the best written of the 3 menitoned movies, but some major inconsistances make it from being a solid story. For instance, after the Ohio robbery, he makes his way down to New Orleans without the big red sign telling where we are now witch go me lost for a few seconds, another is the shootout in the SUV when the first shotgun blast takes big chunk of the drivers skull all over the windshield only to see it was just a major graze. That was also just as perplexing. The big one is that the Ohio robbery is set in Colombus, witch is not country area and a total shame on the scouting department for asuming that Colombus is a hick town, witch it isn't by a long shot. And lastly, I never got why Parker keep stringing Jennifer Lopez's character on even though he alrady has a girlfriend witch in thye movie never goes into any explination just speculation. Now I never read the Parker crime novels, I would be interested to reading into his character some more.

    Jason Statham does a great job more better than anyone else in the majority of films that he stars in. This is no exeption as his cool persona makes his character, though you would never see the diffrence between The Transporter & Parker in termes of the rules axpect other tha the name. 6.5/10

    Silver Linings Playbook: THE STREAK IS OVER!!! THE STREAK IS OVER!!! SUSAN LUCCI!!! SUSAN LUCCI!!!

    But seriously though it is over after setback after setback the past 2 months i can finaly say that Silver Linings is one one best movies i have seen. If Day- Lewis didnt have a movie coming out last year my vote would go to Bradley Cooper hands down. He attacks every scene he is in with such intensity, by far his best film he has done. I must stop myself because I will go on forever as to how great this movie is so im going to keep it in small fragment segmants. Jennifer Lawrance: hot & crazy & fantasic, Robert DeNiro: a refreshing role that could also beat out Tommy Lee Jones & Phillip Seymore Hoffman to sneak in and nab an oscar. The one small blenish is the semmingly unrealistic oppertune timing of the parole officer being always around all the time. Other than that, it is a funny, caring, heartfelt & near- perfect film. 9.25/10.

    Warm Bodies: Pretty good but not as great as Johnathan Levin's debut in 50/50. The best anaology I could give is a Wizard of Oz take: in a nutshell the movie was the Cowardly Lion who needed instead the Tin Man's heart in by saying that since the film got a neutered PG-13 rating that couldn't make the human realtions more impactful, (Lion) it couldn' show the deeper connection as to the relationship between R and everybody around him (Tin Man). with that in mind i still give it a passable rating but the uncut blu-ray will be on my watch list. 7/10.

    Top Gun: IMAX-3D: I live in the Northeast part of the country, so I knew that I could fit in one more film into my day before my state was going to be shut down by Nemo (witch belive me: it was FOUND. haha) for the weekend. So my choice was between Identity Thief & this. And since this has only a 6 day experation date on it i chose this. The conversion is impressivly well done as the restoration & the sound quality was so explosive & the 3D almost made me airsick (witch i never get). If you get a chance if you are not snowed in, have an IMAX near you, and you are not airsick, I highly reccomend this re-release before its gone in a few days. Presentation:8.5./10 Movie: 7.5/10

    That's it for me. Next week I will be handing out reviews for Die Hard 5, Movie 43, & maybe get to House of Cards this week too. Till next week. ^-^