I'm sad Cablevision took down Monsters HD. That was by far my favorite movie channel on TV. :(
Well. That might be the best slap to the face of Hollywood I've seen. God, what a way to follow up MASH...
Harry Brown  - Michael Cain doesn't usually disappoint me. The story of elderly men being harassed by hooligans in rough neighborhoods in England. They take a stand and the ensuing mess is filled with bitter revenge and tinges of descriptive killings. 6/10
In the “old man revenge” genre I’d recommend Red with Brian Cox. It’s a great drama/thriller about an old man who takes his dog fishing, only to have it murdered by some out of control teenagers. When he tries to take the issue up with their parents, the father, played by Tom Sizemore, couldn’t care less. The old man refuses to drop it and things escalate from there. It’s got great writing and of course a great performance by Cox.
Predators  - It's official, I hate the Predator movies now.:mad: 1/10
Pretty cool movie.
The Sting - 8.5/10
Entertaining comedy drama about conmen during the depression era. I've never been big on Robert Redford, but Paul Newman is good as always in his suprisingly small role. Robert Shaw is the villian and he's wicked as always.
Iron Man 2 - 8.5/10
Not quite as good as the first film but still pretty solid. The action scenes are few and pretty short. The emphasis is on the characters, which isn't a bad thing, just suprising.
just saw The Town, giving Ben Affleck a chance to prove that he is not always a douche bag and can also be in another Boston-focused movie without showing Good Will Hunting douche-baggery.
well, he was inconsistent on the douche bag front, but the movie was all right. It's just one of those cases where if it had one less action scene, the movie would've sucked. But as it stands, it has enough action to make it an enjoyable guy flick, and seeing a shoot-out in Fenway Park tickled me in a way that made me say, "yeahhhh.....that's niiiice."
only problem is the freaking dialogue between Ben and his love-interest. good god, was it boring and overdone. Producers tried too hard on the "character development" front.
Funny thing about the trailer for The Town, they say "from the acclaimed director of Gone Baby Gone", but fail to mention that it's Affleck, like the studio is embarrassed by that fact. GBG was well made I thought, but terribly depressing. The Town is also getting some good reviews.
it's a good flick, but sometimes falls victim to wanting to do too many close-ups of Ben Affleck
Fatal Attraction - 8/10
Watching it for my intro to film class. I've seen it before but never really paid attention to it. Now that I'm watching it again I like it. Michael Douglas does good at playing a common business man. Glenn Close plays an excellent crazy lady.:) I think the rabbit scene is one of the most f'ed up things I've seen lately.
The Great Outdoors
I laugh every time John Candy shoots that bear in the butt.
Up In The Air - 8.5/10
I enjoyed it and I did not see the ending coming. Not exactly "and they lived happily ever after" ending. Still good though.
Survival of the Dead - Romero has really slipped and the zombie genre as a whole really needs to take a rest. While having a mildly interesting story, Romero uses too many clichés and tired horror tricks. (How many times now in his films has family members been bitten because of an unwillingness to accept them as zombies?) Even worse, Romero commit’s the sin of bad CGI, something he has stayed away from for years.
The Burrowers - Part of the western/horror genre the film’s an interesting flick in the vain of Tremors, although not as light hearted. Good performances by Clancy Brown and the rest of the cast and a unique backdrop pull this through. The ending is somewhat flat and the creatures themselves are somewhat goofy but I still recommend it.
Pat Garret and Billy the Kid - A fun Sam Peckinpah western from the 70’s. While not historically accurate, it does focus on the relationship between the two famous gunfighters and the duality that existed between them. The idea a friendship can form between two people on completely opposite sides of the field is an interesting one. Good performances yet odd casting choices. Kristofferson and Coburn, in their 30’s and 50’s respectively, play The Kid and Garret, who were only 21 and 32 when the events happened. And one wonders just why Bob Dylan is even in this film… oh yea, he did the soundtrack.
Thieves Like Us - A charming forgotten film of the 70’s. Keith Carradine plays a 20’s era gangster who is part of a trio of prison escapees. The band goes on a robbery spree through the country and during this time Carradine starts to fall for the cousin (played by Shelly Duvall) of one of compatriots. Good performances and an emphasis on character by director Robert Altman.
ps. you guys are all way too gracious when doling out the points out of ten for these movies. Seriously, you think that movies like Up In The Air are only 1.5 points behind movies like Citizen Kane?
And as far as the ratings go, I try to judge each film individually on it's own merit, not in relation to another film. I mean it's all a matter of opinion.
Iron Man 2: 7/10 needed more action, but decent overall, 1st one was better, glad it was a rental than a blind buy (Blu Ray). Thought Mickey was pretty good in this one, even though he's a strange looking botox dude. And why is Sam Jackson in every freakin' movie now?
Frozen: 5/10 Quite the lame flick. I do realize it's pretty hard to fill an hour and half stuck in a chair lift. Kinda felt like a student film.
Have Date Night, Get Him to the Greek and Boogie Nights in the next few days. Haven't seen Boogie in years, should be a nice return to a great flick.
The last film i watched was Calamity Jane, as for some reason i was up at 3 in the morning and for some other reason it was on at 3 morning, as i couldn't be bothered to turn it off i learnt that it wasn't a bad film! 6.5/10
The Big Lebowski
This movie was alright, the last scene where they are on the cliff scattering Donnie's ashes was pretty funny.