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The Day the Earth Stood Still
I think I vaguely remember the day way back when the Earth stood still. Wasn't that the day that nothing moved? Or am I thinking about Labor Day? My memory gets kinda fuzzy when it comes to the McCarthyism Red scare sci-fi era. Anyways, this is a film where the aliens do come in peace, but they also come with a warning. We humans need to behave. Or if we don't, the aliens are likely to give us a spanking. On a galactic level.
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Coraline
As a comic-book nerd, I first became aware of Coraline as a graphic novel written by comic-book writer Neil Gaiman (though, it's original format of release is as a novella). It's horror fantasy for young readers and as a film, it's a fine modern update of the Alice In Wonderland theme, with it's mixed ingredients of creative psychodelica, slightly edged childlike wonder, along with a nice dash of horror, but just enough to gurgitate a lump of fear in the throat of the kiddie audience within its targeted age. But not so much that it would scare any of it's viewers to the point of absolving their parents of any responsibility for any trauma that might lead 'em up to the top of a building with a sniper gun, later on in life. Hopefully.
1 year, 1 month ago
How to Train Your Dragon 2
In the first HtTYD, we were taught the fundamentals on how to train our dragons. And just when you thought you knew all that you had to know about your dragon and how to train him/her, comes along HtTYD2. Which shows us how to train our dragons even more. But, to be quite honest, all I needed to learn when it came to training my dragon was how to keep it from burning down the house. And how to poop in the giant dragon pooper that I got for him. Other than those two pretty important things, anything else the franchise has to show me in the order of dragon-training is just fluff. Sure, it's cool, kick ass and highly entertaining CGI stuff, but in the end, it's still just fluff.
1 year, 1 month ago
Burn After Reading
There's a certain point where the story of Burn After Reading refers to itself as a clusterf#ck. Which, I guess leads me to the opinion that the point of this movie is simply to be the kind of "entertaining clusterf#ck ball of yarn that only the Bros. Cohen could entertainingly pull off". So, yeah.... for me, that's what I'm gonna stick with as far as the description of this here film.
1 year, 1 month ago
The Mighty Celestial added United 93 to have watched list
1 year, 2 months ago
The Royal Tenenbaums
While many of my fellow film connoisseurs were talking up Wes Anderson's first two films, Bottle Rocket and especially Rushmore, I did't really start liking his work until this movie. I know that I'm mostly in the minority when I say this, but his previous two films before Tenenbaums didn't really do anything for me. Now, it has been awhile since I saw those sophomore efforts, so I'd have to watch 'em again to see if my indifference towards them still holds up. Regardless, he has since become one of my favorite directors of contemporary cinema. As a matter of fact, two of his most recent works, Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel are, IMO, two of the best films of this decade. Anderson has a style of storytelling and art direction that is unique, understated, and blends well with the underlying dysfunctional drama that he likes to add into the mix. It's a brand of film-making that will probably never be suited for mass consumption, but it definitely has the potential to satisfy the appetite for those of us movie lovers who, every once in a while, just wanna expand our palettes beyond that of a typical popcorn flick. With names like Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Angelica Houston, it's no surprise that as far as dark comedies go, The Tenenbaums are what you might call the royal family of aristocratic and eccentric dysfunction.
1 year, 2 months ago
District 13

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The Mighty Celestial added The Queen to have watched list
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The Mighty Celestial added District 13 to have watched list
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March of the Penguins

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Them!

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Shaun of the Dead

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The Incredible Shrinking Man

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The Mighty Celestial added Sideways to have watched list
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Dances with Wolves
Kevin Costner reaches his career peak in this non-stereotypical tale of how the West was truly won. A really great movie that really was one KC's last great movies. No, seriously..... If you were to take all the things that were wrong with Coster's follow-up flicks, like Waterworld and the Postman, irradiate them with the energies that bind, compose and allow the Bizarro world to exist (i.e. "the opposite"), then what you would get would be this movie. No, seriously.... you would. I tried it once.
1 year, 2 months ago
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
In this this Spielberg classic, the otherworlders have made contact. And at first, that makes us humans afraid. But when we finally come face to face with 'em, we realize that the fear we felt was based more on own insecurities than it was on these bug-eyed long-fingered lil' grey angels from space (although, you have to admit, the fact that they have a knack of kidnapping a few of our jet-fighters, not to mention a kid or two, and then instill mental images of their landing site in own minds, urging us to ruin a plateful of perfectly good mash potatoes, doesn't help much to quell our apprehension of the little buggers). To this day, even with jaded eyes overwhelmed with modern CGI gimmicktry , the special effects in Close Encounters, combined with their elegant integration to the story's premise, this film still leaves me with a sense of awe after each viewing. The kind of awe that I used to feel as kid whenever I would look up all the stars in the sky on clear summer night, and wonder at all of the possibilities that must've been up there. Mannnn.... I wish a UFO would come down and fly my fat, hairy pimp-ass away into the limitless potential of space. (Sans anal-probes, of course.)
1 year, 2 months ago
Lost in Translation
Shattered Glass
Confidence
Old School
The Last Samurai

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24 Hour Party People
Minority Report
Signs
Equilibrium
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Amélie
A Beautiful Mind
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Ocean
In the Bedroom

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Training Day
Amélie

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