The Official 2013-2014 Home Theater Lounge Film List

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  1. Steve Tannehill

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    The Official 2013-2014 Home Theater Lounge Film List!
    What is this thread all about?
    This is an attempt to catalog and rate the movies watched by Home Theater Lounge members in 2013-2014. Do you find that you agree with some members' reviews more than others? If so, check their lists for movies they like. Do you just want a handy place to track the movies you've watched? This is the place. If you want create a list, just make an initial post in this thread. Then, edit the same post from here on out each time you want to rate a new movie. Overall, the goal is to create awareness of movies that we may otherwise overlook and hopefully spark some great film discussions!

    What type of list can I post?
    Feel free to create whatever kind of list (or lists) you want. It's completely up to you. You're not obligated to do so, but if you'll keep your list in alphabetical order it will be much more useful for others.

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    When listing a movie, be sure to rate it based on your rating system of choice. Examples like the Star System (****), A+ to F-, and 1 to 10 are most often used. Choose whatever fits your reviewing technique best.
     
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  2. Steve Tannehill

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    2012 List

    On a **** rating system.

    January, 2013
    1/1/2013 Black Sunday (1977) - DVD - **** - This taut thriller based on the Thomas "Silence of the Lambs" Harris novel posits the then unthinkable - a terrorist attack on the Superbowl. One of Robert Shaw's and Bruce Dern's finest performances.
    1/1/2013 Ordinary People - HBOHD - **** - Drama about a family coming apart after older brother dies in a boating accident and younger brother survives accident then attempts suicide. Mary Tyler Moore should have won the Oscar for her performance as the icy mother. Timothy Hutton did win the Oscar as the troubled teen. Donald Sutherland is good, too. Won Best Picture, Director (Robert Redford), and Screenplay Oscars.
    1/6/2013 Grosse Pointe Blank - HBOHD - ***1/2 - One of my favorite movies from the 90's about a conflicted assassin who returns to his town for his high school reunion after a ten year absence. Great lead and supporting performances, as well as a fun 80's soundtrack.
    1/7/2013 The Bonfire of the Vanities - Blu-ray - **1/2 - Flawed Brian DePalma film takes on legendary book about downfall in the 80's and fizzles. Companion book, The Devil's Candy, is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
    1/9/2013 Looper - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Imaginative sci-fi thriller set in the near future where the mob uses time travel to send back people to be killed by men known as "loopers." The situation becomes interesting when the looper's older self is sent back to be killed, thus "closing the loop" and allowing the looper to live for 30 more years.
    1/11/2013 Looper - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Revisit with friends. Lots of discussion afterwards.
    1/17/2013 Mrs. Miniver - Blu-ray - *** - Oscar-winning best picture shows the idyll in Britain before WWII and the effects of the early war on the resolute British people. Propaganda at its best.
    1/19/2013 Beasts of the Southern Wild - Blu-ray - *** - Quvenzhané Wallis steals the show in an Oscar-nominated performance. Not sure what to make of this one. Mild science fiction set in post-hurricane Louisiana.
    1/25/2013 Dredd - Blu-ray - *** - Ultra-violent comic book set largely in a locked down 200-story slum controlled by a gang leader/drug queen pin. Dredd and a rookie try to escape with a suspect, then decide to take the gang leader down. Lots of ammo is used, and there are lots of slow-motion over-the-top gore effects that probably look good in 3D.

    February, 2013
    2/1/2013 Cast a Deadly Spell - DVD - *** - Noir set in a time when people used magic. Cheesy effects betray the fact that this was an HBO movie. Fred Ward is good as the private eye who is hired to get back David Warner's magic book. Early performance by Julianne Moore as the femme fatale.
    2/2/2013 The Debt - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Taut mystery about three Mosad agents who are on a mission to capture a Nazi war criminal. Told in the sixties and the nineties with two casts portraying the characters at different ages.
    2/5/2013 Flight - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Challenging drama about an alcoholic pilot who saves most of those on board when his jet goes into an uncontrollable dive. Denzel Washington delivers a powerhouse performance as the flawed hero. The plane crash sequence is harrowing.
    2/5/2103 Skyfall - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - One of the best Bond movies in the series pits Bond against a former MI6 agent who has his sights set on M.
    2/8/2013 Casino Royale (2006) - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - In preparation for a group viewing of Skyfall, we started the Daniel Craig Bonds. Bond is dealt into a high-stakes poker tournament called by a banker who plays the stock market with terrorists' money and lost big when Bond thwarts his plan. Now, the banker intends to recover his losses at the Casino Royale.
    2/9/2013 Quantum of Soiace - Blu-ray - **1/2 - In a direct follow-up to Casino Royale, Bond is on the trail of the people involved with that movie's major betrayal. Somehow, a related revenge plot gets included with the female lead. Not as good as the last movie, by far.
    2/12/2013 The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Blu-ray - *** - The popular novel gets adapted for the screen and directed by the author. A freshman in high school with no friends is adopted by two seniors, one played by Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson. The wallflower blossoms over the course of a school year. The book was better.
    2/15/2013 Guys and Dolls - Blu-ray - *** - Nice adaptation of the Broadway musical smash gets serious Hollywood tinkering (eliminated songs, new songs, stunt casting). Marlon Brando is suave as the big-time gambler who takes a bet that he can get a missionary to go with him to dinner in Havana. Frank Sinatra gets the smaller part (much to his chagrin) of the gambler who hosts the "oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York." Vivian Blaine reprises her Broadway role as does Stubby Kaye. Great choreography by Michael Kidd. Also a great looking and sounding blu-ray.
    2/16/2013 Pina - Blu-ray 3D - *** - Documentary about contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch directed by Wim Wenders after she died unexpectedly. Features four of her major works, interspersed with interviews with the dancers. Also includes dance sequences in and around the German city of Wuppertal. The Criterion Collection's first 3D title.
    2/17/2013 War Horse - Blu-ray - *** - Spielberg's take on the children's story and play about a boy and his horse. The horse goes to World War I, and the boy follows. Will they ever be reunited?
    2/20/2013 Argo - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - "Based on a true story," Argo tells the tale of six people who escaped being taken hostage in Iran by hiding in the Canadian ambassador's house. A CIA agent devises an escape plan to make a fake movie with these six people posing as filmmakers, after enlisting the help of people from Hollywood to make it seem real.
    2/22/2013 Skyfall - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Revisit with friends.
    2/23/2013 Monsters Inc. - Blu-ray 3D - *** - Imaginative tale of closet monsters who scare children at night, and the havoc that ensues when one of the children comes back to the monster world. Re-rendered in 3D, with excellent depth.
    2/23/2103 Life of Pi - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - Based on the popular book, a boy is stranded at sea in a lifeboat with a bengal tiger, and comes to understand God. Amazing visuals.

    March, 2013
    3/1/2013 Grosse Pointe Blank - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Revisit with friends.
    3/2/2013 On the Waterfront - Blu-ray - *** - We've all seen the scene where Marlon Brando says he could have been a contender. This was his Oscar-winning performance. Story of a dockworker who is unknowingly complicit in a murder, gets involved with the dead man's sister, and who could put the mob boss away if he testifies in court. Winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Picture.
    3/2/2013 The Master - Blu-ray - *** - Flawed look at an alcoholic, and possibly insane man who falls under the spell of a charismatic leader of a Scientology-like cult.
    3/8/2013 Wreck-It Ralph - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - A vintage arcade game bad guy (voiced by John C. Reilly) wants to be a good guy, so he leaves his game on a quest for a medal. Along the way, he meets a first-person shooter (voice of Jane Lynch) and an annoying kids' game glitch (voiced by Sara Silverman). Imaginative story geared towards those who played video games as a kid. Also included with the blu-ray is the Oscar-winning short Paperman, even in 3D.
    3/9-10/2013 The Twilight Saga - Blu-ray and CinemaNow streaming - **1/2 - popular five movie franchise about a girl who falls in love with a vampire, and the werewolf who feels bound to protect her. Cringe-worthy dialog at times. Makes me want to watch Harry Potter again.
    3/12/2013 Life of Pi - Blu-ray 3D - ***1/2 - One of the best 3D movies of recent. Amazing visuals.
    3/13/2013 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away - Blu-ray 3D - ***1/2 - A loose story allows a healthy dose of Las Vegas Cirques, including scenes from Ka, O, The Beatles Love, Mystere, Viva Elvis, and Zumanity. Wonderful in 3D.
    3/17/2013 The Quiet Man - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Technicolor classic remastered for blu-ray looks infinitely better than the abhorrent DVD and LD releases. John Wayne plays an American with a past returning to his childhood home in Ireland. He meets the lovely Maureen O'Hara, but before he pursues her he must first deal with her jerk of a brother.
    3/19/2013 Zero Dark Thirty - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Compelling look at the hunt for Usama Bin Laden.
    3/22/2013 Bell Book and Candle - Blu-ray - ** - Put me to sleep.
    3/23/2013 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Blu-ray - *** - Also put me to sleep.
    3/30/2013 Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Blu-ray - **** - After 25 years, still an amazing technical achievement in live-action mixed with animation.
    3/30/2013 Westworld - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Classic Michael Crichton fare about an amusement park for adults that goes terribly wrong.

    April, 2013
    4/1/2013 Les Miserables - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - The musical finally gets a filmed treatment. Russell Crowe is not quite the Javert I am used to, but the rest of the singing voices are fine.
    4/4/2013 Django Unchained - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - Long, bloody, Tarantino "Southern". Oscar winners for Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Cristoph Waltz, the second time he has scored Supporting Actor from a Tarantino film).
    4/22/2103 Silver Linings Playbook - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - Adaptation of the book is faithful to the story within reason. Jennifer Lawrence was deserving of her Best Actress Oscar.
    4/30/2013 Cloud Atlas - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - The Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer deliver an adaptation of the nearly unfilmable book, with a story that spans centuries, and actors who play multiple roles, different races, and even different sexes. Long, but never boring. Great visual effects.

    May, 2013
    5/3/2013 Django Unchained - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Revisit
    5/4/2013 1776 (Pioneer Special Edition - Laserdisc - ***1/2 - Faithful adaptation of the Broadway show, with many of the original cast reprising their roles for the film. This was a laserdisc treasure, meticulously reassembled from the best sources available, sometimes even old film prints. The score was reconstructed in stereo. This needs a restoration on blu-ray!
    5/8/2013 The Great Escape - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Classic war story of an ambitious escape from a German POW camp. Doesn't feel nearly 3 hours long.
    5/17/2013 Star Trek (2009) - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - In preparation for seeing the next movie in the series, the Friday group watched the reboot. It holds up to multiple viewings. Good sense of humor, and a nice homage to the original series.
    5/18/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness - Theatrical eXtreme Digital 3D - ***1/2 - I loved it. There's a huge spoiler, but I won't dare say it. Still has a sense of humor (especially Bones, and when Spock and Uhura bicker). Still paying tribute to the original series, in more ways than one. Benedict Cumberbatch (TV's Sherlock) is a great villain. See it without reading reviews--avoid spoilers at all costs!
    5/18/2013 Philadelphia - Blu-ray - **** - First mainstream Hollywood film about AIDS features a devastating and Oscar-winning performance by Tom Hanks. Twilight Time exclusive limited to 3000 units.
    5/18/2013 Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Another great villain in the best of the original series movies. Actually, I like Star Trek IV equally as the most humorous of the original series movies, although this has its witty moments.
    5/22/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness - Theatrical Digital 3D - ***1/2 - Revisit at a theater on their so-called "Grand Screen" that was smaller than the last time I saw it. Holds up to multiple viewings. Looking forward to the blu-ray, which I have already ordered from Amazon.
    5/24/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness - Theatrical Digital 2D - ***1/2 - Revisit with friends.
    5/25/2013 Tootsie - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Gentle comedy about a struggling actor who gets a job on a soap opera in drag. Funny script by Larry Gelbart and others, including an uncredited Elaine May. German import from Amazon.de is region free and under $20, shipped.
    5/25/2013 The Fury - Blu-ray - **1/2 - It was Brian DePalma's follow-up to Carrie, and like Carrie it was about telekinetic teenagers. Falls apart at the end, leaving the viewer to wonder what happens next? Twilight Time exclusive, limited to 3000 units.
    5/26/2013 Behind the Candelabra - HBOHD - ***1/2 - Biopic directed by Steven Soderbergh was too gay for Hollywood, so HBO bought the rights and scored a home run. Michael Douglas shone as Liberace, and Matt Damon was believable as his young lover.

    June, 2013
    6/15/2013 Man of Steel - Theatrical Digital 3D - **1/2 - Another reboot, origin story, nemesis from the old movies, different plot and plot devices. Heavy on the action and light on the story. 3D was unnecessary.
    6/22/2013 The Thin Man - DVD - *** - My first time seeing this classic. William Powell and Myrna Loy's chemistry as Nick and Nora Charles is evident, and lasted five more movies.
    6/22/2013 Cleopatra - Blu-ray - *** - I watched the U.K. blu-ray last year but don't have it noted. Lavish, expensive flop is an entertaining spectacle. It's also very long.
    6/28/2013 Blazing Saddles - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Fun Mel Brooks romp, that could never get made today.
    6/29/2013 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World - Laserdisc - **** - Epic comedy with many of the comedians of the day about a mad dash to find a large sum of money hidden under a "big W". The 1991 laserdisc restores footage cut for the general release, but the length still falls short of the original roadshow version. Rumor has it that this will be released on The Criterion Collection.
    6/29/2013 Monsters University - Theatrical Digital - *** - Prequel lacks some of the charm of the original, but manages to be entertaining until the last part of the film. Was really surprised to hear Nathan Fillion voicing the frat jock. Opening short The Blue Umbrella is stunning, featuring some of the most breathtaking photo-realistic animation I've ever seen (short of actual CGI).
    6/29/2013 Maurice - DVD - ***1/2 - Merchant Ivory follow-up to A Room a View is also an E.M. Forster novel, has the trademark production values, and a non-traditional love story of a man coming to terms with his homosexuality in 1910's England. Early Hugh Grant film.

    July, 2013
    7/4/2013 Rockshow - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Paul McCartney and Wings 1976 Wings Over America tour is captured on film and good sound for a great concert experience. A little grainy at times, but not distracting at all. Restored length makes this the definitive edition of the concert.
    7/5/2013 Footloose (2011) - Amazon Prime Instant Streaming (HD) - **1/2 - Revisit since it was free. Routine story of a small Texas town that outlaws public dancing after five teens die in a car crash after a dance, and the new city boy who takes on the system. Familiar tunes from the original movie are a nice touch.
    7/5/2013 Despicable Me 2 - Theatrical Digital 3D - *** - Follow-up is almost as fun as the original, with Gru undercover trying to find a supervillain that has stolen a secret formula that turns ordinary things into invincible monsters. The minions are part of the fun, especially at the end credits when they project things out of the screen (gimmicky 3D, true, but very cool).
    7/6/2013 Oz The Great And Powerful - Blu-ray 3D - *** - Prequel to The Wizard of Oz pits Glenda the Good and the Wizard against the wicked witches. Great visuals. Filmed in 3D, and some nice effects.
    7/12/2013 The Shadow - Blu-ray - **1/2 - Early full-frame DVD finally gets the widescreen blu-ray treatment. Pulp story based on the radio and pulp novel series never quite lives up to its potential.
    7/12/2013 A Room With A View - Blu-ray - **** - From Amazon.co.uk, this Merchant Ivory film was the first hugs success from that production team. Lovely story by E.M. Forster translates well to screen with Oscar wins for Art Direction/Set Decoration, Costume Design, and Adapted Screenplay. Supporting performances, especially those by Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott stand out.
    7/15/2013 Jackie Brown - Amazon Prime Streaming (HD) - ***1/2 - Quentin Tarantino's follow-up to Pulp Fiction brings Pam Grier and Robert Forster back to the forefront as an airline stewardess and a bail bondsman mixed up with an arms dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) in a sting operation with the ATF. But who is stinging whom?
    7/19/2013 RED - iTunes Digital 1080p - *** - Retired CIA "analyst" is targeted for assassination, so he goes on the road with a girl he likes and some old associates to find out why. Fun.
    7/20/2013 RED 2 - Theatrical Digital - ** - Tiresome sequel with more action than story. I fell asleep during the last third.
    7/22/2013 Three Days of the Condor - Blu-ray - ** - Predictable procedural about a CIA analyst (Robert Redford) on the run after his office is taken out by unseen forces. He calls for help, but the help tries to kill him. Who can he trust? He takes a woman hostage (Faye Dunaway) and she helps him, even to the point of having sex with Redford after he ties her up and frees her. Yeah, right.
    7/24/2013 The Way We Were - Blu-ray from Amazon.it - *** - Love story about a writer (Redford) corrupted by Hollywood, and his girlfriend/wife (Streisand) a radical who is actually quite annoying in her own right. Set during pre-WWII, post-WWII, and McCarthy Era. Won Oscars for song and score.
    7/26/2013 The Wedding Banquet - DVD - ***1/2 - Ang Lee directs a tale of cultural differences when a gay couple must act straight and enter a marriage of convenience when the Asian man's parents come to town expecting a large wedding celebration.
    7/27/2013 The Fly (1958) - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Classic horror film is restrained compared to the 1986 remake. Scientist goes too fas in his experiments, and his genetic material mixes with that of a fly.

    August, 2013
    8/3/2013 The Last Stand - Blu-ray (Redbox rental) - *** - Schwarzenegger is back after a political absence as a small border-town sheriff who takes on an escaped drug lord who is headed his way. Fun supporting characters, and Arnie does not take it too seriously.
    8/9/2013 Oblivion - Blu-ray - *** - Tom Cruise is a repair technician on a post-apocalyptic Earth, who grows to question his mission when his erased memories begin to merge with his reality. Technically good looking film, shot in Iceland.
    8/23/2013 Safety Last - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Classic Harold Lloyd silent comedy from 1922 makes its Criterion Collection debut in a gorgeous transfer. Amazing stunt work, with the iconic scene of Lloyd hanging off the hands of a clock the highlight. Good music score, as well.
    8/23/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness - iTunes Digital 720p - ***1/2 - Streamed from an iPad to an AppleTV via AirPlay, this digital release came out 3 weeks earlier than the blu-ray.
    8/30/2013 Side by Side: Can Film Survive Our Digital Future? - PBSHD - ***1/2 - Documentary on the rise of digital filmmaking, interviewing filmmakers like George Lucas, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and more. Lots of clips, and exposure to technology.

    September, 2013
    9/6/2013 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Blu-ray - *** - Historical document about the real activities of the axe-wielding 16th president, from before he was a law student, to when he was embroiled in the Civil War. Who knew that the Confederacy used vampires during the battle of Gettysburg?
    9/13/2013 Star Trek Into Darkness - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Revisit with friends
    9/14/2013 The Sapphires - Blu-ray - *** - "Based on a true story" this is about 4 Aboriginal girls who, with the help of a manager played by Chris O'Dowd, form a singing group that tours Vietnam during the war.

    October, 2013
    10/1/2013 House of Wax - Blu-ray 3D - **** - Classic Golden Age 3D movie gets stunning release on blu-ray 3D. Vincent Price is a sculptor whose wax museum burns, then he rebuilds it to cater to a more sensationalistic crowd. Look for Charles Bronson in the role of Igor, and see how he runs into the scene from BEHIND the camera...startling to say the least. Love that paddle-ball guy!
    10/26/2013 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Blu-ray - ***1/2 - Best of the series

    November, 2013
    11/16/2013 Rebel Without a Cause - Blu-ray - ** - James Dean is just too old to play a teenager, and the story is simply too overwrought.
    11/17/2013 The World's End - iTunes Digital 1080p - ***1/2 - Imaginative tale of five college friends who get together 20 years later to go on a pub crawl. Little do they know that the town they visit is inhabited by blue-blooded robots...er...simulants.

    December, 2013
    12/8/2013 Nashville - Blu-ray - *** - Five days in the lives of 20 assorted people in Music City, whose stories intersect and collide. Oscar winner for best song, Keith Carradine's performance of his song "I'm Easy"

    January, 2014
    It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World - DVD - **** - Extended Criterion reconstruction adds footage to make the movie almost original roadshow length. Wonderful, and worth the wait.

    March, 2014
    3/1/2014 Gravity - iTunes 480p rental - **** - intense but short story of a space mission that goes disastrously wrong, taking out the majority of the manned space program. Sandra Bullock gives an Oscar-caliber performance as the astronaut seemingly trapped in space to die.
    3/2/2014 Gravity - rewatch
    3/6/2014 Gravity - rewatch on blu-ray
    3/7/2014 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - iTunes 1080p rental - ***1/2 - good follow-up to the first movie has a solid production. They really lucked out getting an Oscar winner in the lead.
    3/8/2014 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - rewatch
    3/12/2014 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - rewatch on blu-ray. The arena sequences are shown in 1.78x1 to simulate IMAX, the rest of the movie is 2.40x1.
    3/13/2014 The Hunger Games - iTunes digital copy - ***1/2 - the first movie loses some of the detail from the book, but holds up under scrutiny.
    3/14/2014 Dallas Buyers Club - iTunes 1080p - ***1/2 - Oscar winner for Actor, Supporting Actor, and makeup. Never forget.
     
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  3. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I wish I had the staying Power to keep up with this. I will try again and see what happens, maybe this will be a most excellent year. :tu:
     
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    Fell completely off the cliff last year. Combination of a busy work year and watching too many tv series conspired to keep down the number of movies I watched and when I did, I failed to record them. Will see if 2013 is better, both in terms of the number of movies watched and my recording them here.

    January

    1. The Dark Knight Returns (BR) - 8 - Cheating a bit since started watching it in 2011 but finished in 2013, so it gets listed. Good but not as good as the previous one. The Bain character steals the show.
    2. Looper (BR) - 6 - Kinda boring overall.

    February

    3. Skyfall (BR) - 8.5 - One of the best Bond films.
    4. Seven Psychopaths - 5.5 - A few good moments.
    5. Lincoln - 8.5 - Great performances by Lewis and Jones.
     
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  5. DYohn

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    5-star scale
    January:

    "Debt" (2010, HBO) 3.5 stars. A bit predictable but good political thriller with excellent acting by a great cast.
    "Toast" (2010, Netflix Streaming) 3.5 stars. A cute, quirky, enjoyable tale based on the true-life story of Chef Nigel Slater. Fun.
    "Looper" (2012, BRD) 4 stars. Good fun science fiction, reminded me of a Philip K Dick story.
    "Memento" (2000, BRD) 4 stars. Watched again and found new things in it. Again. A favorite.
    "10 Items Or Less" (2010, BRD) 3 stars. A little slow but worth a rental.
    "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012, BRD) 1 star from me, I got bored and went to play solitaire on my computer while my kids finished it. They seemed to like it.
    "The Guard" (2011, BRD) 2.5 stars. Predictable comedy with Brendan Gleason and Don Cheadle. Fun for what it is.
    "Mao's Last Dancer" (2010, Netflix streaming) 4 stars. Compelling drama about, well, dancing.
    "Frankenweenie" (2012, BRD) 2 stars. Animated films must not be boring. This was boring.
    "The Palace" (2010, Netflix streaming) 2.5 stars. BBC series about a fictional king in the modern day. Cute.

    Feb.
    "Justified" (2012, BRD) 5 stars. Three discs of season 3. I love this series.
    "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (2011, Netflix streaming) 4.5 stars. Beautiful documentary about the world's best sushi chef.
    "The Raven" (2012, BRD) 1 star. This could have been good but it was just bad. Bad writing, bad acting, bad special effects. Did I mention this was bad?
    "Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1988, Netflix streaming) 4 stars. I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock.
    "Me and Orson Welles" (2008, Netflix streaming) 2.5 stars. OK. Decent story. Mediocre acting. Fell asleep.
    "Hope Springs" (2012, BRD) 4 stars. Excellent lighthearted romance about an older couple played brilliantly by Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep trying to rekindle love and sex in their marriage. Recommended.
    "The Girl on the Bridge" (1999, Netflix streaming) 2 stars. Strange French film about a suicidal girl taken into a circus act. Strange.

    March
    "House of Cards," (2012, Netflix streaming) 4.5 stars. Watched all 13 episodes of this amazingly good production. Highly recommended.
    "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (2012, BRD) 4.5 stars. An excellent little romantic-comedy, with all the predictable resolutions but fine acting throughout.
    "Robot and Frank" (2012, DVD) 3 stars. The first 2/3 of this movie is really cute and fun, the last 1/3 is silly and predictable.
    "Bernie" (2011, Netflix stream) 3.5 stars. Thoughtful Jack Black comedy with Shirley McClain being Shirley McClain. Fun.
    "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012, BRD) 5 stars. 5 stars +. A brilliant piece of film making. Art. A tale of the human spirit. Very highly recommended. Best movie I've seen this year.
    "The Master" (2012, BRD) 2 stars. Not a good script, this feels like half a movie and not a very good half. But it's worth watching to experience Joaquin Phoenix's astounding acting performance.
    "Skyfall" (2012 BRD) 4 stars. A great Bond re-boot with a delicious cross between Chris Walken and Anthony Hopkins performance from Javier Bardem.
    "Gosford Park" (2001, Netflix stream) 4 stars. Re-watch because the wife and I love this film.
    "Seven Psychopaths" (2012, DVD) 4 stars. Funny, quirky comedy from the same writer/director of "In Bruges." A lot of fun to watch.

    April
    "Argo" (2012, BRD) 3 stars. An enjoyable thriller based on a true story. Predictable and fairly old-school, not sure why this won best picture.
    "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012, BRD) 2.5 stars. A really below average film with truly offensive torture scenes, and a killer (literally) final 30 minutes that almost makes the rest of the dreck worth sitting through. Did not like it very much.
    "The Words" (2012, BRD) 3.5 stars. Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in a very well written story about stealing someone else's creation. A darn good movie, not sure why it was largely overlooked by the critics.
    "The Serpent's Kiss" (1997, Netflix stream) 1 star. BORING
    "Wild At Heart" (1990, Netflix stream) 4 stars. I couldn't believe it whaen my wife said she hadn't see this David Lynch semi-classic. I showed her a rockin' good time.
    Also we re-watched a few on TV like the latest Sherlock Holmes film and two Bond classics.

    May
    "Manhunt: The Search for Bin Laden" (2013, HBO) 5 stars. A documentary about the real people and stories that were the basis (loosely) for "Zero Dark Thirty." A much better watch than the movie, and far more engaging. Look for it.
    "Repo Man" (1984, BRD) 4.5 stars. One of my favorites, the Criterion Blu-Ray release is beautiful and the soundtrack has never sounded better. I love this movie.
    "Cheerful Weather For A Wedding" (2012, BRD) 2.5 stars. Watchable lightweight comedy.
    "Jane Eyre" (1996, Netflix streaming) 4 stars. The best modern film of the Bronte classic. William Hurt is great.
    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012, BRD) 2 stars. Wake me when it's over. WAY too long, WAY too violent, and WAY too much added that was not in the book, Shame on Peter Jackson for being a money grubbing whore instead of making Tolkein's story.
    "The Intouchables" (2011, BRD) 5 stars. A briliant, beautiful french film about friendship and life. Oscar-worthy performances by François Cluzet and Omar Sy. Highly recommended.
    "Life of Pi" (2012, BRD) 4.5 stars. A beautiful story, beautifully told and filmed. I enjoyed every frame. Very highly recommended.

    June
    "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012, BRD) 0 stars. This sucked in my opinion. A bad story about people I didn't like nor care about having troubles I could not relate to, and with a stupid, illogical resolution. Barf.
    "Stand Up Guys" (2012, BRD) 4 stars. A fun romp with Al Pacino, Chris Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters. You can see the improv happening at times. Loved it. I hope they do a sequel.
    "Hyde Park on Hudson" (2012, BRD) 4 stars. I don't know why this got bad reviews. A really good movie with Bill Murray and Laura Linney and Samuel West giving tour de force performances. Loved this too.
    "Waking The Dead" Season 5. Discovered a season on Netflix Streams we had missed, enjoying this tight British drama. Trevor Eve - love him.
    "Cloud Atlas" (2012, BRD) 5 stars. Loved this in the cinema, loved it again on Blu Ray. Between the two experiences my wife read the book which she said made the second time around even better. Highly recommended.
    "Quartet" (2012, BRD) 4 stars. A great little film with an outstanding cast directed by Dustin Hoffman. Entirely predictable yet recommended.
    "Gangster Squad" (2013, BRD) 2 stars. Over the top cartoonish ultra violent movie with pretensions of being something important. A way to waste an evening.
     
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    I'll try again this year..

    All films based on a 10 point scale.

    January:
    1. Midnight in Paris (HD VOD) - 7 - An unWoody like film about a couple in Paris. The lead years for the past and finds out it's not much different than the present.
    2. Looper (Blu Ray) - 8 - One of the best SciFI films I've seen in a long time. Wholly original story about a hired killer who takes out the trash for the mob as they time travel their enemies back.
    3. Hyde Park on the Hudson (THEATER) - 5 - Biopic on FDR with a brilliant performance by Bill Murray as FDR. He can't save a thin plot, weak characters and a tepid and tedious pace. Felt more like an appetizer rather than a main course.
    4. Zero Dark Thirty (THEATER) - 9 - A simple story about the capture and killing of Usama Bin Laden. Truly brilliant film making.
    5. Taken 2 (Blu Ray) - 4 - Uninspired and mailed in effort. Still fun to watch but forgettable.

    February:
    1. Skyfall (Blu Ray) - 9 - Revisit on Blu Ray. One of my top 5 Bond films ever.

    March:
    1. Argo (Blu Ray) - 9 - Excellent Film making about a CIA mission to rescue 6 embassy workers in Iran who are in hiding by making a fake film.
    2. Columbiana (HD VOD) - 2 - Dreadful film about a young girl who grows up to be an assassin in order to avenge her parents' murder.
     
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    There's still time to play for anyone who is interested! I added my last two movies. Now I am off to listen to a commentary track.
     
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    We've subscribed to Netflix so I want to start tracking movies again.

    1. The Bourne Ultimatum
    2. Shrek the Third
    3. Madagascar 3
    4. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    5. The Dark Knight Rises
    6. The Amazing Spider-Man
    7. Ted
    8. The Bourne Legacy
    9. Brave
    10. MIB3
    11. The Avengers
    12. The Hunger Games
    13. How to Train Your Dragon
    14. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
    15. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    16. Zero Dark Thirty
    17. Rise of the Guardians
    18. Hotel Transylvania
    19. Jack Reacher
    20. Oz The Great and Powerful
    21. Frankenweenie
    22. Life of Pi
    23. Total Recall (2012)
    24. Star Trek: Into Darkness
    25. Iron Man 3
    26. Moneyball
    27. Green Lantern
    28. Monsters University
    29. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Next in the queue: Man of Steel
     
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    I added Argo, Skyfall & Columbiana.
     
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    Star Trekkin, across the universe...
     
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    Started the May List...
     
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    Catching the list up to date, June 13...
     
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    Busy day for movies, about to watch my fourth of the weekend.
     
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    I thought what they were able to do with the screenplay in terms of structure bordered on brilliant.
     
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    Added two movies watched on our DFW-LHR/LHR-DFW flights over the past two weeks.
     
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    Finally found time to watch Life of Pi. Visually stunning and a fascinating tale.
     

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