movies: what we watched in November

December 1, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 2010. A boy fights for the girl of his dreams. 8/10 (Great).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, 2010. Teenage wizards are on the run from magical fascists. 8/10 (Great).

on video/online:

MASH, 1970. Hijinks in an army hospital. 7/10 (Good).

Grand Illusion, 1937. French POWs in WWI attempt escape. 6/10 (Okay).

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season One, 1995. Hercules saves people by fighting monsters and villains. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] Alice in Wonderland, 1951. A little girl wanders through a nonsense world. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis, 1988. Cybermen vs. Jacobean time-travelers vs. Nazis, plus a lot of other stuff. 4/10 (Eh).

– [re-watched] The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988. Jesus wants God to leave him alone. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968. A single father renovates a car, then tells a story about it. 2/10 (Terrible).

Climax!: Casino Royale, 1954. Special agent Jimmy Bond plays cards to ruin a Soviet agent. 7/10 (Good).

A Bit of Fry & Laurie: Season Three, 1992. Sketch comedy. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] Doctor Who: Series Five, 2010. A mysterious alien travels through space and time with a human girl. 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites).

Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen, 1975. A conspiracy involves a space outpost, an inhabited moon of Jupiter, and an approaching Cyberman ship. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] Peter Pan, 1953. Three children follow Peter Pan to Neverland. 6/10 (Okay).

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

#13. [re-watched] Casablanca, 1942. A wealthy, powerful rogue in WWII Morocco refuses to take sides. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

#12. [re-watched] Star Wars, 1977. A farm boy stumbles across information needed to save the galaxy from a giant death ray. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

#11. [re-watched] The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003. Desperate battles against the forces of evil. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

#10. [re-watched] The Dark Knight, 2008. The Joker hatches schemes. 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites).

#9. [re-watched] The Empire Strikes Back, 1980. Rebels run away from the evil Space Empire. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

#8. [re-watched] One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975. An apparently sane convict is transferred to a mental hospital. 8/10 (Great).

#7. 12 Angry Men, 1957. Jurors deliberate on a murder trial with mandatory death penalty. 8/10 (Great).

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movies: what we watched in October

November 1, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

Jack Goes Boating, 2010. Two nice, awkward people get hooked up. 7/10 (Good).

Dracula, 1931. A vampire moves to London. 7/10 (Good).

The Social Network, 2010. An asshole Harvard student becomes an asshole billionaire. 6/10 (Okay).

on video/online:

A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Season One, 1987-1989. Sketch comedy. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Season Two, 1990. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] Independence Day, 1996. Flying saucers invade earth. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] Punch-Drunk Love, 2002. An emotionally unstable man meets a nice girl and is hassled by thieves. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

Doctor Who: Planet of Fire, 1984. A religious civilization has technology they don’t understand. 2/10 (Terrible).

from the Bad Horror Marathon:

I Bury the Living, 1958. A man can kill by putting pins in a graveyard map. 4/10 (Eh).

House on Haunted Hill, 1959. Five strangers are invited to stay the night in a haunted house. 7/10 (Good).

Carnival of Souls, 1962. A woman is stared at by a creepy man. 2/10 (Terrible).

The Ghost, 1963. A couple kills the woman’s husband, then gets slightly haunted. 2/10 (Terrible).

Dementia 13, 1963. A family is obsessed with their dead little girl, and has some murders. 3/10 (Bad).

The Last Man on Earth, 1964. One man is the only apparent survivor of a zombie-vampire plague. 7/10 (Good).

Nightmare Castle, 1965. A mad scientist tries to have his new wife declared insane. 3/10 (Bad).

Bloody Pit of Horror, 1965. A girlie photoshoot in a bloody dungeon of horror is interrupted by bloody horror. 4/10 (Eh).

The Undertaker and His Pals, 1966. An undertaker has some thugs bring him business. 3/10 (Bad).

– [re-watched] Night of the Living Dead, 1968. Several strangers defend an isolated house from zombies. 8/10 (Great).

Fangs of the Living Dead, 1969. A woman discovers her ancestors are vampires. 2/10 (Terrible).

The Pyx, 1973. A prostitute is killed by Satanists. 1/10 (Eew get it away).

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride, 1974. A reincarnated Dracula plans to decimate the world. 6/10 (Okay).

Dominique Is Dead, 1978. A woman driven to suicide haunts her scheming husband. 2/10 (Terrible).

Bloodtide, 1982. A diver awakens something evil. 3/10 (Bad).

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

– [re-watched] The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001. The forces of good decide what to do with an evil magic ring. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

City of God, 2002. Gang violence escalates in the neighborhood of a kid who wants to be a photographer. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] Fight Club, 1999. An insomniac gets involved in antisocial mayhem. 8/10 (Great).

– [re-watched] Goodfellas, 1990. The career of a minor mafioso. 4/10 (Eh).

– [re-watched] Seven Samurai, 1954. Samurai defend a village from bandits. 7/10 (Good).


movies: what we watched in September

October 1, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

The American, 2010. Somebody wants to kill an assassin/gun-maker. 7/10 (Good).

The Extra Man, 2010. An eccentric old man takes in a lodger. 7/10 (Good).

Easy A, 2010. A high-schooler encourages false rumors about herself. 8/10 (Great). No, seriously, it’s a great movie.

on video/online:

Sherlock Holmes, 2009. Sherlock Holmes finds badguys by looking at clues, and punches people. 5/10 (Indifferent).

Tarzan the Ape Man, 1932. On an African expedition, a woman is abducted by a wild man. 6/10 (Okay).

Doctor Who: The Creature from the Pit, 1979. A dictator enjoys throwing her enemies into a pit, where there is a creature. 7/10 (Good).

Tarzan Escapes, 1936. A hunter wants to capture Tarzan (but don’t worry – Tarzan escapes). 4/10 (Eh).

– [re-watched] Cinderella, 1950. A girl is forced to do a full day’s work, with only an army of mice and birds to wait on her. 7/10 (Good).

Superman III, 1983. A tycoon and a computer genius hatch various schemes. 6/10 (Okay).

Doctor Who: The King’s Demons, 1983. Someone’s impersonating King John. 5/10 (Indifferent).

The Broadway Melody, 1929. A sister act tries to make it on broadway. 2/10 (Terrible).

shorts from the Broadway Melody DVD:
– “The Dogway Melody,” 1930. A parody of The Broadway Melody, performed by talking dogs. 6/10 (Okay).
– four “Metro Movietone Revues,” 1929-1930. Various musical acts perform, introduced by an MC. 6/10 (Okay).
– “A Movietone Divertissement,” 1928. Four musical acts perform. 6/10 (Okay).
– “Gus Van and Joe Schenck,” 1929. Van & Schenck sing two songs. 2/10 (Terrible).

Mythbusters: Collection Six, 2008-2009. 6/10 (Okay).

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

Sunset Boulevard, 1950. An aged star of silent films moves a younger man into her isolated mansion. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964. A US general orders an attack on the Soviet Union. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946. Angels intervene when a selfless man considers suicide. 8/10 (Great).

– [re-watched] The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002. A fantasy world is at war, and two “unlikely heros” try to get past enemy lines. 9/10 (One of my favorites).

– [re-watched] Memento, 2001. A man with no short-term memory kills somebody. 7/10 (Good).

Seven, 1995. Police try to catch a serial killer. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] The Matrix, 1999. An unhappy programmer finds out… some stuff that would be spoilers. 6/10 (Okay).

– [re-watched] The Silence of the Lambs, 1991. An FBI cadet interviews an incarcerated serial killer, hoping to catch a different serial killer. 8/10 (Great).

– [re-watched] Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968. A woman’s new family is murdered, and various outlaws take an interest. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] Psycho, 1960. A secretary runs off with stolen cash and ends up at an isolated motel. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] The Usual Suspects, 1995. A survivor of a crime gone wrong talks to the police about what happened. 8/10 (Great).

Rear Window, 1954. A man with a broken leg takes an unhealthy interest in his neighbors. 7/10 (Good).

– [re-watched] Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981. A treasure-hunter races the Nazis. 8/10 (Great).


movies: what we watched in August

September 3, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month. We spent most of the month on vacation, but still found time for a few movies.

in the theater:

The Other Guys, 2010. 7/10 (Good). I really hope Michael Keaton is making a comeback.

on video/online:

– [re-watched] Newsies, 1992. 1/10 (Eew get it away). I hate it so much.

– [re-watched] Red Dwarf: Series Two, 1988. 6/10 (Okay). None of the jokes are funny.

– [re-watched] The Hangover, 2009. 7/10 (Good). Maybe not as hilarious as the first time, but still good.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009. 2/10 (Terrible). Horrible waste of time.

– [re-watched] The Ghost Writer, 2010. 7/10 (Good). A very high 7.

Street Angel, 1928. 6/10 (Okay). Ridiculous extremes of melodrama.

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

The Professional, 1994. 7/10 (Good). Don’t know what to make of it.

– [re-watched] Citizen Kane, 1941. 6/10 (Okay). I just don’t know why I’m supposed to care about this guy.

North by Northwest, 1959. 7/10 (Good). Remarkably similar to every mediocre action movie from the 80′s and 90′s.


movies: what we watched in July

August 2, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

Despicable Me, 2010. 6/10 (Okay). Very funny. Forgettable.

Inception, 2010. 7/10 (Good). Pretty much impossible to know for sure whether you’re looking at plot holes or not.

Winter’s Bone, 2010. 8/10 (Great). Has the detached, matter-of-fact tone and delivery of an old Appalachian murder ballad.

on video/online:

– [re-watched] “Presto,” 2008. 7/10 (Good). Old school Looney Tunes style hi-jinks.

– [re-watched] The Neverending Story, 1984. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Come on, this movie’s awesome, right?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1935. 5/10 (Indifferent). Mickey Rooney’s performance is so obnoxious that the movie is almost unwatchable.

– “Shake, Mr. Shakespeare,” 1936. 7/10 (Good). Dancing Hamlets.

Fantasia, 1940. 3/10 (Bad). Oh my God it’s so boring.

Doctor Who: The Space Museum, 1965. 7/10 (Good). A silly episode.

Doctor Who: The Chase, 1965. 3/10 (Bad). Just plain dumb.

Doctor Who: The Time Monster, 1972. 5/10 (Indifferent). Dull and unimaginative, but watchable.

Doctor Who: Underworld, 1978. 6/10 (Okay). Pretty shoddy episode.

Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon, 1979-1980. 6/10 (Okay). A lot of nice silly bits.

– [re-watched] Brief Encounter, 1945. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Depth and realism of the characters is remarkable.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926. 8/10 (Great). By far the best silent film I’ve seen.

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

Saving Private Ryan, 1998. 5/10 (Indifferent). Pushes dangerously into propaganda territory.

– [re-watched] Wall-E, 2008. 10/10 (Favorite of my favorites). Probably the perfect movie.

– [re-watched] Amélie, 2001. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Might be impossible to not be in a good mood after watching this movie.

– [re-watched] Alien, 1979. 9/10 (One of my favorites). A good contender for Best Art Direction of All Time.

Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. 4/10 (Eh). At least it’s not as bad as Doctor Zhivago.

– [re-watched] Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991. 4/10 (Eh). A corny, boring mess.

Vertigo, 1958. 7/10 (Good). Jimmy’s got a hard character to sell, and I’m not sold.

– [re-watched] Taxi Driver, 1976. 7/10 (Good). Emotionally distant, but fascinating.

American History X, 1998. 7/10 (Good). “We’d like you to know that violent hatred is a bad thing.”

– [re-watched] American Beauty, 1999. 8/10 (Great). What’s with people in 1999 hating their jobs/lives?

– [re-watched] Forrest Gump, 1994. 6/10 (Okay). Aimless nostalgia-fest for baby boomers.

Apocalypse Now, 1979. 7/10 (Good). Brando takes a crap all over this movie.


movies: what we watched in June

June 30, 2010

Here is a condensed version of my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

in the theater:

The Secret of Kells, 2009. 8/10 (Great). Like somebody made a feature film version of Samurai Jack.

– “Day & Night,” 2010. 8/10 (Great). Delightful, touching, and completely novel.

Toy Story 3, 2010. 8/10 (Great). Nearly the same caliber of film-making as Up and Wall-E, the same level of emotional impact.

on video/online:

– [re-watched] Superman, 1978. 7/10 (Good). A lot wrong with it, but fun anyway.

The Cosby Show: Season Six, 1989-1990. 7/10 (Good). Humor is still great, but now usually in the context of crap sitcom stories.

Mary and Max, 2009. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Sad and funny and beautiful.

– [re-watched] “Harvie Krumpet,” 2003. 9/10 (One of my favorites). Bonus feature of Mary and Max (which does similar things but better).

– [re-watched] Superman II, 1981. 5/10 (Indifferent). Silly camp.

– [re-watched] Red Dwarf: Series 1, 1988. 7/10 (Good). Most of the jokes aren’t funny. I like it anyway.

and from The Top 63 Marathon:

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962. 8/10 (Great). Wanted more grown-up drama and less kiddie shenanigans.

The Pianist, 2002. 4/10 (Eh). No creativity or craft to the story, and no room for it.

The Lives of Others, 2006. 7/10 (Good). Tediously political. Drama at the heart of the movie is quite good.

The Departed, 2006. 8/10 (Great). Totally unlike Scorsese.

Paths of Glory, 1957. 6/10 (Okay). Beats you over the head.

– [re-watched] The Shining, 1980. 8/10 (Great). Has a sort of lumbering enormity that you can’t look away from.

– [re-watched] A Clockwork Orange, 1971. 6/10 (Okay). Silly and somewhat distasteful.


movies: what we watched in May

June 2, 2010

Here is a list of links to my movie blog – everything we’ve watched over the past month.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2009 (Good)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 2009 (Okay)
Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon, 1972 (Indifferent)
Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon, 1974 (Indifferent)
Phoebe in Wonderland, 2009 (Good)
The Blind Side, 2009 (Bad)
Iron Man 2, 2010 (Okay)
Doctor Who: The Masque of the Mandragora, 1976 (Okay)
Monsieur Verdoux, 1947 (Okay)
The Ghost Writer, 2010 (Good)
Lost: Season Six, 2010 (Bad)
– [re-watched] Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 1969-1974 (Great)

and from the IMDb’s Top 250 [numbers are where the titles were placed when I posted about them, not where they are now]:
#58. Double Indemnity, 1944 (Good)
#57. [re-watched] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004 (Great)
#56. M, 1931 (Good)
#55. [re-watched] Spirited Away, 2001 (Great)
#53. [re-watched] Aliens, 1986 (Great)