November 26, 2014

Some Meh Movies That Are Decent Enough
— Ace

Hollywood doesn't really make good movies anymore, so here are some Meh ones that are decent wastes of your time.

So if you need stuff to watch this Thanksgiving holiday weekend:

Hansel & Gretl: Witch-Hunters. Just pretty much fun from the opening. Good "Troll" make up (or CGI). I honestly just flat-out enjoyed this movie.

Oh by the way: This movie is ridiculously violent. Ridiculously.

It doesn't just have one head being squashed/exploded by powerful force (a troll's fist, a horse's hoof). It has at least two and maybe three.


Non-Stop. Cranky conservatives may whine about the solution to the mystery, but I'd object back that It's just a movie and a movie has to do something different, right?

Well the solution is dumb and really makes no sense if you think about it, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it's fun, tense, involving thriller, and they don't really make thrillers anymore, so.

Another movie I just liked.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The concept looks awful, the trailers looked like unfunny CGI-overload nonsense, and it seems kind of shitty to use the "Walter Mitty" title to sell a movie that has almost nothing at all to do with Walter Mitty.

But it turns out the movie is reasonably good. Maybe you just have to be in the mood for it. It's one of those Follow Your Dream movies, but it's especially strident about it.

But I got into it.

On the "Walter Mitty" title -- It feels like a script was written that had nothing to do with Walter Mitty at all, except for the basic idea of a daydreamer hero, but the studio decided "Wow we'd have so much more MindSpace if we had the Walter Mitty title, so let's buy the title and slap it on this unrelated movie."

Now even though that's what I think happened here, I'd point out that the unrelated screenplay is still worth shooting a movie from, and if they had to buy the Walter Mitty title to get financing (based on all that additional "MindSpace"), well, who cares.

Understand going in that this movie has nothing to do with Walter Mitty, except for the title, and except for the hero's name. Not even the better dream sequences are used for the movie.

Still, Walter Mitty is unfilmable as a movie so what did you expect? (No character arc, no actual plot movement. It's just the same joke 4 or 5 times, and then "The End.")

And also, if they felt like they needed that Walter Mitty brand name to sell an unrelated, but still worthy, script, eh, who cares. This is Jon Gruber's America, after all. Such minor deceptions aren't worth getting upset about.

The movie can't really decide if it's your typical Zoolander crazy-silliness Ben Stiller movie or a more heartfelt Follow Your Dream adventure, but it still works, mostly.

Basically a travelogue movie with some settings I wasn't expecting and didn't realize would be fun to look at (Greenland, Iceland, and Afghanistan).

Guardians of the Galaxy. Professional enough, and determined to please you like a puppy. Like a puppy, it's kind of dumb and only has three modes (Eat, Poop, and Slobber), but it's okay.

Not really anything like "The modern-day Star Wars" or anything like that. It's just not serious enough to sell you on the idea that this is what Space looks like. Some nonsense is so cheesy that it seems more Flash Gordon (and I mean the 70s movie version) than Star Wars.

The characters are kind of broad and silly... like Muppets. So it's Muppets in Space, but more violent.

Nothing really wrong with it, and I'd definitely rent it. I just don't want anyone's expectation levels to be set anywhere close to high, though. It's just a dumb, silly special effects movie that doesn't offend. Okay, but don't expect something inspired.

Live. Die. Repeat: The Edge of Tomorrow: People are mentioning this Tom Cruise sci-fi movie favorably in the comments. I reviewed it a while back, also very favorably.

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1 Ace if you haven't yet I'd recommend giving pool hall junkies a shot. It's on netflix.

Posted by: Buzzion at November 26, 2014 11:46 AM (RPO/e)

2 What about Dumb and Dumber To? Kinda serious, sadly, as the original was actually pretty good, especially as I hate about everything else Jim Carry has done.

Posted by: Grimaldi at November 26, 2014 11:49 AM (qzTMi)

3 Thurber sold all the rights to Samuel G Mayer when he wrote the original script, the Thurber estate gets no $ from that piece of work, sold it for like $25K which was decent cash at the time.

Posted by: mb at November 26, 2014 11:49 AM (YtWJn)

4 I didn't like that Hansel and Gretal movie, other than the female lead was teh hawt.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 11:50 AM (u9gzs)

5 Best scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was when the babe sang Major Tom in the karaoke bar.

Posted by: CTN at November 26, 2014 11:50 AM (cl1pW)

6 This movie review only takes half a page...you okay, Ace? :+)

Posted by: CanaDave at November 26, 2014 11:50 AM (5Kd7z)

7 Now in production: Walter Mitty Meets The Wolfman, Santa Claus and Some Martians.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 26, 2014 11:50 AM (8ZskC)

8 Kinda liked Guardians Of The Galaxy, especially the raccoon. Saw it while Mrs E was out of town.

Posted by: Erowmero at November 26, 2014 11:51 AM (go5uR)

9 And Sean Penn proved that he can really act because he actually came off as likable.

Posted by: CTN at November 26, 2014 11:51 AM (cl1pW)

10 Guardians was worthy of a performance by Olivier....

okay not really BUT the film is funny and doesn't flip you off for 35 minutes of the two hours...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at November 26, 2014 11:53 AM (/4AZU)

11 Agree on Hansel and Gretel, not so much on Nonstop not because of the ending as the whole, terrible implausibility of it all. We saw something on Netflix called Odd Thomas which was an interesting and fun little movie.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 11:53 AM (Rx8ML)

12 Now I would actually pay to see a more violent version of Pigs in Space. A Peckinpah Muppet movie just begs to be made.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 11:53 AM (QBm1P)

13 In any case I have nowhere to rent movies anymore other than those Red Box things that you have to take it back the next day.  And the selection is awful.  So mainly what I do now is buy old ones when Amazon has them on sale. And I just got a fresh batch in today.  A box set of the Dirty Harry series.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 11:53 AM (u9gzs)

14 I don't even average one movie a year.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (ZeBBB)

15 8 Posted by: Erowmero at November 26, 2014 04:51 PM (go5uR)

Rocket is the more theatrical member of the family...

"ain't nobody like me, BUT me..."

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (/4AZU)

16 A movie I saw recently that surprised me was "Edge of Tomorrow." Pretty good movie poorly named and another great example of botched marketing.

Posted by: Bacon Kevin at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (WuGBT)

17 Well, if you have Netflix and you want to waste some time, give "Gran Hotel" a try.  It is set in Spain in 1905 so it is a kind of Downton Abbey costume drama in 42 parts.  It is in Spanish (lisping Castilian Spanish, not the Mexican flavor) so unless you already speak the mother tongue of the 20 million or so of our new new fellow citizens you will have to read the subtitles.  You just never really know what is going to happen next on that show.  It may not be great art but it is definitely a hoot and a half.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (PD6iL)

18 And Sean Penn proved that he can really act because he actually came off as likable. Dude! That's what CGI is for ...

Posted by: Adriane the Movie Critic ... at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (P+IZm)

19 12 Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 04:53 PM (QBm1P)

Miss Piggy with Wolverine's claws....


GOLD JERRY....GOLD

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (/4AZU)

20 Horrible movie: three days to kill.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 11:54 AM (Rx8ML)

21 "(Eat, Poop, and Slobber)," Have you been reading my mind........?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at November 26, 2014 11:55 AM (LA7Cm)

22 Horrible movie: three days to kill.

They probably named it that because they figured that's how long it would take someone to hunt down everyone involved.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at November 26, 2014 11:55 AM (UVfht)

23 Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 04:53 PM (Rx8ML) I thought, from the previews, that Odd Thomas would be a stinker, but it turned out to be pretty good!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (fL/7/)

24 I heard somewhere that carpetbaggers went to the movies on holidays.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (ZeBBB)

25 I was psychoanalyzed once, just 'cuz,:and the Doctor asked me some standard questions about fantasies, fears, etc. At some point I said something like "Well, I have my Walter Mitty episodes, just like everyone else". He wrote for a second, looked at me, and asked "What's Waltamitty?". I spent he next twenty minutes helping him find online references to the story, which he deemed very helpful.

Posted by: Lincolntf at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (2cS/G)

26 The chick in Hansel & Gretl seriously rocks the leather pants

Posted by: policiadearmadajose at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (oo7dW)

27 >>>Agree on Hansel and Gretel, not so much on Nonstop not because of the ending as the whole, terrible implausibility of it all. i gave up on Endings a while ago and now just expect them to be absurd last-minute contrivances to "explain" the nonsense of the set-up. Now I just decide if I like the set-up or not. I did here, so I like it. I didn't expect the solution to actually make sense so I'm not really bothered that it doesn't. In every doctor who or What If? comic book, there's some absurd situation the heroes are thrust into. They get away with this absurdity because of the promise that "This will all make rational sense in the end, when we explain it." But they're always lying. It won't make sense. (Or it won't make sense 99.9% of the time, anyway.) I decided i can't let that detract from my enjoyment of a movie, otherwise, I would just not be able to watch thrillers at all.

Posted by: ace at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (/FnUH)

28 I've enjoyed Peaky Blinders on Netflix.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (Y7ieA)

29 20 Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 04:54 PM (Rx8ML)

A Costner film that spent time flipping the audience off...

know what didn't suck?

Equalizer...

Lots of fun violence no flipping off 1/2 the audience.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at November 26, 2014 11:56 AM (/4AZU)

30 25 Did he charge you for his education?

Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (WNERA)

31 I don't even average one movie a year. yeah verily. DVD for me.

Posted by: Adriane the Movie Critic ... at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (P+IZm)

32 Now I would actually pay to see a more violent version of Pigs in Space.

Muppets Take Manhattan meets Saw meets Galaxy Quest? 

Posted by: HR needs donuts at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (ZKzrr)

33 Juan Williams on the Five.........click (off).

Posted by: Not an Artist at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (uRumV)

34 Indiana Jones, the New Star Trek, and Atlas Shrugs were the last three.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (ZeBBB)

35 Guardians is the only one I've seen, Youngest Son and I went to see it at the drive-in.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at November 26, 2014 11:57 AM (V22Sh)

36 Three days to Kill was a Luc Besson joint but really disappointing. It was like they were trying to do Taken played as a light hearted comedy.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 11:58 AM (Rx8ML)

37 I'll second Edge of Tomorrow...good sci-fi/action movie.

Posted by: CanaDave at November 26, 2014 11:58 AM (5Kd7z)

38 My ratio  of  tv shows to movies these days is about 95/5.

Honestly, every  movie I hear about sounds like something else I've seen before.  90 minutes is generally more of my time than I'm willing to commit.

However,  I'll  sit through  18 minutes of  commercials to watch 42 minutes of  Walking Dead, Justified, American Horror Story, The Americans, etc. 

It's where  the talent is. 

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 11:58 AM (TOk1P)

39 I should say...Youngest Son and his goil went to see it at the drive-in and graciously allowed me to stay and watch the movie since I did drive them there...

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at November 26, 2014 11:58 AM (V22Sh)

40 34 Indiana Jones, the New Star Trek, and Atlas Shrugs were the last three.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 26, 2014 04:57 PM (ZeBBB)



Is part III of Atlas Shrugs out on Bluray yet?

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (u9gzs)

41 "I don't even average one movie a year. " About the same here. Haven't been to a theater in years and I haven't hit the Red Box up in almost a year. If it's not on TV I normally don't see it.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (LA7Cm)

42 20. The chick in Three Days to Kill seriously rocked the stockings and heels

Posted by: policiadearmadajose at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (oo7dW)

43 I liked the Son of Batman animated DC movie.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (zwdxl)

44 I think that song made Walter Mitty, you know the one.

Posted by: joe-impeachin44 at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (N///B)

45 Hey Ace, I sent you an email at the AOS gmail addy.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (nL0sw)

46 Nah, I didn't charge him, but I didn't pay him, either. He got the best of that deal.

Posted by: Lincolntf at November 26, 2014 11:59 AM (2cS/G)

47 I watch free movies on Amazon Prime. Makes sense for me because most movies aren't that good and it saves me from getting up and walking out. Feeling like an idiot for paying.

Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 12:00 PM (WNERA)

48 Turbo meets Children of the Corn meets Taxi zum Klo?

I'll be better at this game after a few beers.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at November 26, 2014 12:00 PM (ZKzrr)

49 GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at November 26, 2014 04:58 PM (V22Sh) You've raised a gentleman, GGE!

Posted by: Adriane the Movie Critic ... at November 26, 2014 12:00 PM (P+IZm)

50 33 Juan Williams on the Five.........click (off). Posted by: Not an Artist at November 26, 2014 04:57 PM (uRumV) Very astute move, mi amigo!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 12:00 PM (fL/7/)

51 speaking of giving up on endings...the whole dream sequence massive deadly fight sequence has got to go...it's the ultimate in lazy fucking story telling. Sure a twilight movie did it, but didn't that oliver stone movie do it too?

Posted by: joe-impeachin44 at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (N///B)

52 40 I don't think 3 is out yet. Movie was in September.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (ZeBBB)

53 We saw something on Netflix called Odd Thomas which was an interesting and fun little movie.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 04:53 PM (Rx8ML)




Based on a Dean Koonts series of novels, and the movie pretty well follows the books plot line.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (V22Sh)

54 "28 I've enjoyed Peaky Blinders on Netflix.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 04:56 PM (Y7ieA)"



I saw the first few and I am going to watch more.  I would describe it as a sort of British "Boardwalk Empire".  I wish Winston Churchill would show up more often.

Posted by: Obnoxious A-Hole at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (PD6iL)

55 Edge of Tomorrow was good. Guardians a fun watch but I suspect better for comic geeks with some knowledge going in.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (Rx8ML)

56 I do want to see 'American Sniper' directed by Clint.

Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (WNERA)

57 oh yeah, edge of tomorow..good.

Posted by: joe-impeachin44 at November 26, 2014 12:01 PM (N///B)

58 I do want to see 'American Sniper' directed by Clint.

Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 05:01 PM (WNERA)



Same here.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:02 PM (nL0sw)

59 Guardians was my favorite movie since Return of the King. I've seen it six times in theaters, playing real money for the privilege of sitting there with a smile on my face for two hours. Great humor, great action, space ships and setting that made me feel wonder again. Not perfect, maybe, but I'll take it.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at November 26, 2014 12:02 PM (EtwGU)

60 Guardians was great.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 26, 2014 12:02 PM (E1Cat)

61 Odd Thomas is the only reason I don't decry Koontz at every turn. He puts more effort into that short series than he ever has in the gazillion crap books he's put out along with them.

Posted by: Lincolntf at November 26, 2014 12:03 PM (2cS/G)

62 Unless the movie has a virgin in a volcano, it's crap.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at November 26, 2014 12:03 PM (1CroS)

63 Son of Batman trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bis7XOu0Xms

Posted by: Costanza Defense at November 26, 2014 12:03 PM (zwdxl)

64 Fury was excellent. I am an old treadhead so it was very cool seeing some 70 year old tanks in action. It had a slow part in the middle, but was mostly action. It's fairly gory and definitely not for kids.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 26, 2014 12:03 PM (E1Cat)

65 61 Odd Thomas is the only reason I don't decry Koontz at every turn. ------- I enjoy it but his social commentary can get a little preachy and repetitive, even though I agree with most of it.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 12:04 PM (Y7ieA)

66 In any case I have nowhere to rent movies anymore other than those Red Box things that you have to take it back the next day. And the selection is awful. So mainly what I do now is buy old ones when Amazon has them on sale. And I just got a fresh batch in today. A box set of the Dirty Harry series.

Posted by: Vic at November 26, 2014 04:53 PM (u9gzs)



Show Box for Android. My old 'droid had the HDMI port...the HTC One does not. Best if you have your phone connected to the network for data usage reasons.



http://tinyurl.com/ld65kl4

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at November 26, 2014 12:04 PM (V22Sh)

67 23 Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 04:53 PM (Rx8ML)


I thought, from the previews, that Odd Thomas would be a stinker, but it turned out to be pretty good!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 04:56 PM (fL/7/) 


It's based on a Dean Koontz story by the same name.  I read it a while back, and was pleasantly surprised to find the movie stayed pretty true to the book (at least as far as I could remember)

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 26, 2014 12:05 PM (b0LbM)

68 56 I do want to see 'American Sniper' directed by Clint. Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 05:01 PM (WNERA) I will probably break my no theater rule for that one.

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 12:05 PM (fL/7/)

69 WOW. Sorry to go off thread, ace, but I just saw the most epic rant by a cop pushing back on this racial crap I have ever seen. I mean ever. Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Chief. I guarantee it will be online soon if it isn't already. Seriously, it was awesome.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 26, 2014 12:06 PM (g1DWB)

70 Fury was excellent. I am an old treadhead so it was very cool seeing some 70 year old tanks in action. It had a slow part in the middle, but was mostly action. It's fairly gory and definitely not for kids.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 26, 2014 05:03 PM (E1Cat)



I almost walked out of the screening because I thought the movie was about to absolutely slander American soldiers.  I was glad it didn't.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:06 PM (nL0sw)

71 Fury was, well, I'm not sure what. The director wasn't much on exposition. Things just happen, you are supposed to infer a lot. The old war is hell and people are murky morally thing? Been done.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 12:06 PM (Rx8ML)

72 I just checked, Part III is not out yet and FYI they have named it Who Is John Galt.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 12:07 PM (u9gzs)

73 On the "Walter Mitty" title -- It feels like a script was written that had nothing to do with Walter Mitty at all, except for the basic idea of a daydreamer hero, but the studio decided "Wow we'd have so much more MindSpace if we had the Walter Mitty title, so let's buy the title and slap it on this unrelated movie." The I Robot gambit.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:09 PM (rwI+c)

74 Nancy Pelosi called Harry Reid into her office one day and said " Harry I have a plan to win back Middle America in 2016!"

Great Nancy, but how asked Harry.

"We'll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like most middle American wear, then stop at a pound and pick up a Labrador retriever. Then, we'll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there."

So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Bozeman, Montana. With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar. The bartender took a step back and said "Hey aren't you Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?"

"Yes we are replied Nancy and what a lovely town you have here" We are passing through and Harry Suggested we stop and take in some local color."

They ordered a round of drinks for the entire bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen. A few minutes later, a grizzled old rancher came in , walked up to the Labrador, lifted it's tail looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and left the bar. For the next hour, dozens of ranchers came in and looked under the dogs tail, and left shaking their heads.

Finally Nancy asked" why did all those old ranchers come in look under the dogs tail? Is it some sort of custom?

"Lord no" replied the bartender "Someone's out there running around town, claiming there's a Labrador Retriever in here with two assholes!"

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 12:09 PM (sDapq)

75 Going to see Interstellar tonight. Hope it's good. Youngest boy doesn't want to go because "It's gonna become of those movies like 2001 not Star Wars".

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:09 PM (JdEZJ)

76 "This is Jon Gruber's America"

OK, Ace.  This is the meme:  #JonGrubersAmerica

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at November 26, 2014 12:11 PM (R+h7Q)

77 Another good one on Netflix is Troll Hunter.  Yeah you have to deal with subtitles (unless you speak Norwegian), but worth watching. 

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 26, 2014 12:11 PM (b0LbM)

78 I would rather Star Wars than 2001 myself :+)

Posted by: CanaDave at November 26, 2014 12:11 PM (5Kd7z)

79 We saw Mockingjay Part 1 yesterday and enjoyed it.

Edge of Tomorrow was good.  Haven't seen the other ones you listed, ace.

We recently watched Side Effects which was good in a twisted kind of way.

We watch a lot of movies, probably 10+ a week.  Sometimes I can't remember all of what I've seen!

Posted by: DangerGirl and her 1.21 gigawatt Sanity Prod (tm) at November 26, 2014 12:11 PM (KuU4f)

80 You  know the movie that I heard is really good?  The one where the  hot chick and the  scruffy  dude  save the world from the evil white men.

I  forget what it's called.  I think it's already on video, and they've made a sequel,   and the remake is coming out this Christmas,  and the buzz is that they're going to make a prequel  that'll  be a blockbuster next summer. 

You know the one  I'm  talking about. 

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 12:12 PM (TOk1P)

81 I can't remember the last time I went out and saw a movie. I think it was The Great Raid.

Posted by: dantesed at November 26, 2014 12:12 PM (88xKn)

82 Atlas Shrugged Part III DVD/Bluray is scheduled for release Jan 2015.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 12:12 PM (u9gzs)

83 Going to see Interstellar tonight. Hope it's good. I was underwhelmed sad to say. And it's the first movie I've seen on the big screen since forever. I didn't think the story was that good, but the actors and the director made the most of it.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:12 PM (rwI+c)

84 Agree with Walter Mitty.  The movie started out really slowly, and I thought I'd hate it, but actually found myself enjoying it quite a bit by the end.  That's saying something, considering that Sean Penn is a good guy in the movie.  What can I say, I'm a dirty, stinking RINO. 

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:12 PM (4nR9/)

85 The old war is hell and people are murky morally thing? Been done. Supposedly it is supposed to be argument for the necessity for "rough men" to defeat evil, and the director has explicitly drawn a parallel between the Nazis and al-Qaeda. It isn't anti-war at all, from what I have read, but quite the opposite.

Posted by: Grey Fox at November 26, 2014 12:13 PM (qjFvn)

86

Watched EOT again on a flight, it's a great movie. I liked it better the second time around, it was too quick and had me thinking too much for me to catch a few things. It made more sense as well.

Watched some of Godzilla, they killed off Heisenberg to soon. Dumb assed movie, the old ones are better STILL.

And what is it with hollywood stars nowadays, are they all clones? All these jock dudes, with stupid expressions and blank eyes.

Like the Tron flick, made so much worse with that weird kid.


Posted by: Rev. Dr. E Buzz Miller at November 26, 2014 12:13 PM (jzdfJ)

87 I was expecting to jettison Guardians after 10 minutes (like I did with Captain America Winter Boredom) but I enjoyed it.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:13 PM (Knv95)

88 Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Chief. I guarantee it will be online soon if it isn't already. This one: http://goo.gl/cmBBsr ?

Posted by: bonhomme at November 26, 2014 12:13 PM (jhqr1)

89 The one where the hot chick and the scruffy dude save the world from the evil white men.

I forget what it's called. I think it's already on video, and they've made a sequel, and the remake is coming out this Christmas, and the buzz is that they're going to make a prequel that'll be a blockbuster next summer.

You know the one I'm talking about.

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 05:12 PM (TOk1P)



Bad Santa?

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:14 PM (nL0sw)

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:14 PM (nL0sw)

91 Seriously, it was awesome. Posted by: JackStraw

Dude, that is SO 4 days ago.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:14 PM (4nR9/)

92 Nice save

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:14 PM (rwI+c)

93 I watched Snowpiercer last night. Extremely violent, but that wasn't the truly brutal part. Worth watching, but not uplifting.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:14 PM (Ua6T/)

94 I'd rather watch Rosie O'donnell rape a penguin than any Ben Stiller movie.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at November 26, 2014 12:15 PM (MbqmP)

95 Btw, Michael Caine has become the white Morgan Freeman.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:15 PM (rwI+c)

96 Frank!

Posted by: Kasper Agonista at November 26, 2014 12:15 PM (HqpV0)

97 Nice save

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 05:14 PM (rwI+c)



More insurance than save.  I couldn't remember (just as I hit enter) if I had closed the tag between "Santa" and the question mark.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (nL0sw)

98 Anyone watched Blue Ruin?

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (Y7ieA)

99 Ace, older movies are the best, as you can select winners from a larger pile. Try Strictly Ballroom with a date. Heartwarming, fun and romantic all at once.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (u82oZ)

100 Did you see it in Imax Toby?

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (JdEZJ)

101 69 - This one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7MAO7McNKE

http://preview.tinyurl.com/mthmudy

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (sDapq)

102 89 -

No, you're thinking  of Bad Santa II:  Rudolph's Revenge.

Or maybe it was Bad Santa III:  This Time It's  Personal.

The  chick  in that one was smoking hot. 

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 12:16 PM (TOk1P)

103 Am I the only one who gets bored with action movies? The running around, racing around, explosions, shooting, punching, kicking, a million miles an hour, that kinda stuff. I like plotting and scheming....and more cerebral, if you will, conflict resolution. Probably the only reason I like Game Of Thrones is all the chess moves.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (Knv95)

104 And what is it with hollywood stars nowadays, are they all clones? All these jock dudes, with stupid expressions and blank eyes. 1. Drugs 2. Golden age Hollywood stars had done something with their lives before they were stars. Present day kids maybe did some wait-staff work.

Posted by: bonhomme at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (jhqr1)

105 Sean Penn is a good guy in the movie. What can I say, I'm a dirty, stinking RINO. He can act. The director just needs to keep him on a leash.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (Ua6T/)

106 The chick in that one was smoking hot.

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 05:16 PM (TOk1P)



That was the element I was focusing on.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (nL0sw)

107 Did you see it in Imax Toby? No, and that might have helped. I don't understand what was supposed to be so great about the black hole effect.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (rwI+c)

108 Watched EOT again on a flight

I was on a flight to Scotland recently, and watched about 6 movies round trip, including EOT and Godzilla.  It's a good way to burn through a lot of crap without feeling guilty about going to a theater and supporting Hollywood, or even supporting the studio through Netflix. 

EOT and Godzilla were both about 5 out of 10.  I loathe Tom Cruise. 

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:17 PM (4nR9/)

109 Feh. No suggestions for films that make the moral case for Obamacare? No holiday is complete until you browbeat your uncle into watching John Q Public.

Posted by: Typical Humorless Leftist Drone at November 26, 2014 12:18 PM (uqV2n)

110 No, Farscape is Space Muppets. Guardians is like Farscape and Firefly had a baby. A wonderful, wonderful baby.

Posted by: Lauren at November 26, 2014 12:18 PM (BPMYx)

111 Nice list. I only saw one of them so far. We plan on seeing Guardians in the IMAX theater, but we need to hurry up. For the ladies on Netflix (idc): If you're done catching up on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Bletchley Circle has a new season, too. We tried watching the first few episodes of Orphan Black, and both of us do not understand all the hype. How many do we have to sit through to see if there really is something there?

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at November 26, 2014 12:18 PM (IXrOn)

112 Obamacare IS an HMO, you moron! (under breath) I always doubted your parentage.

Posted by: Drunk Uncle at November 26, 2014 12:18 PM (uqV2n)

113 Well, it seems like no one at all is interested in ever seeing Predestination. So I'm just going to write a spoiler...

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:18 PM (Knv95)

114 Guardians is like Farscape and Firefly had a baby. Into the queue.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:19 PM (rwI+c)

115
Lucy

Flowers for Algernon + The Matrix + ScarJo's knockers in a white wife-beater shirt.

All Luc Besson flash and production design, which I happen to really like, so it worked for me. Story goes from A to B with no real surprises, but enjoyable as low impact viewing.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 12:19 PM (kdS6q)

116 Has anyone seen the The Purge II?

Posted by: Dr Spank at November 26, 2014 12:19 PM (P1WNR)

117 How many do we have to sit through to see if there really is something there? 8 episodes.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:19 PM (rwI+c)

118 Turbo meets Children of the Corn meets Taxi zum Klo? I'll be better at this game after a few beers. Posted by: HR needs donuts at November 26, 2014 05:00 PM (ZKzrr) -------------- Again, this is a movie I would see. I loved that they put a mundane bowling scene in Taxi in the middle of all the sleazy furtive sexcapades.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 12:20 PM (QBm1P)

119 Am I the only one who gets bored with action movies?

The running around, racing around, explosions, shooting, punching, kicking, a million miles an hour, that kinda stuff.


You are not alone.  I've gotten to the point where my brain just screams "not another endless fight".  Just give me a movie made for adults, you know, with actual dialogue and a plot.  Is that so much to ask?

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:20 PM (4nR9/)

120 Am I the only one who gets bored with action movies? Throwing away morality in movies and in the real world means we can't have a bad-guy who's anything less than ultimate evil anymore. That doesn't make for good plot development, nuance, or realism.

Posted by: bonhomme at November 26, 2014 12:20 PM (jhqr1)

121 Okay, don't knock Hansel und Gretel. It was all about Jeremy Renner in a leather jerkin and wrist crossbows. What the hell else do you need?!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (QBm1P)

122 Like a puppy, it's kind of dumb and only has three modes (Eat, Poop, and Slobber), but it's okay. *** There is one other mode. Chew a hole in Seamus' socks. This is the predominant mode these days. (pic in nick) (use Yogi Bear's voice)

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (NeFrd)

123 The New Testament should be made into a movie.



I pretty much already did that.

Posted by: Mel Gibson at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (nL0sw)

124 73 On the "Walter Mitty" title -- It feels like a script was written that had nothing to do with Walter Mitty at all, except for the basic idea of a daydreamer hero, but the studio decided "Wow we'd have so much more MindSpace if we had the Walter Mitty title, so let's buy the title and slap it on this unrelated movie." The I Robot gambit. Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 05:09 PM (rwI+c) That's also the Starship Troopers gambit. A couple other movies as well.

Posted by: Buzzion at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (z/Ubi)

125 Well, it seems like no one at all is interested in ever seeing Predestination. So I'm just going to write a spoiler... Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 05:18 PM (Knv95) This looks decent. Thanks.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (IXrOn)

126 'I don't understand what was supposed to be so great about the black hole effect.' I'll give my review later. And #1&2 sons opinion also. 928 doesn't refer to a certain Teutonic sports car would it?

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (JdEZJ)

127 Hot damn, the trollbusting is almost instantaneous. 

Posted by: BurtTC at November 26, 2014 12:21 PM (TOk1P)

128 >>Dude, that is SO 4 days ago. I hadn't seen that until just now. Even if its old it is awesome.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 26, 2014 12:22 PM (g1DWB)

129 I've mentioned it here several times recently, but Peaky Blinders is really good television, provided you can understand British English.  Harder than you'd think.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:22 PM (4nR9/)

130 928 doesn't refer to a certain Teutonic sports car would it? No, alas.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:22 PM (rwI+c)

131
Has anyone seen the The Purge II?
Posted by: Dr Spank



Basically The Purge I + OWS politics.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 12:22 PM (kdS6q)

132 I've enjoyed Peaky Blinders on Netflix. Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 04:56 PM (Y7ieA) Me too. I have to keep the subtitles on, though. I haven't started watching the latest season loaded.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at November 26, 2014 12:22 PM (IXrOn)

133 Hot damn, the trollbusting is almost instantaneous. It's nice that something works on this wreck of a website.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:23 PM (rwI+c)

134 I pretty much already did that. Posted by: Mel Gibson We need a 'Journeys of St Paul' sequel.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:23 PM (Ua6T/)

135 "Am I the only one who gets bored with action movies? The running around, racing around, explosions, shooting, punching, kicking, a million miles an hour, that kinda stuff." Probably not, but you are the only one around here who sounds like me, so I've got that going for me.

Posted by: Zombie Andy Rooney at November 26, 2014 12:23 PM (1Y+hH)

136 This looks decent. Thanks. Wise acre!

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:23 PM (Knv95)

137 'No, alas.' Oh well. I have a piece of one. The shift handle from an automatic. You should have seen the rest of the car.

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:24 PM (JdEZJ)

138 I've mentioned it here several times recently, but Peaky Blinders is really good television, provided you can understand British English. Harder than you'd think. We watched two episodes. My wife wanted something with more violence. I might grab an episode tonight.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:24 PM (Ua6T/)

139 I watched Snowpiercer last night. Extremely violent, but that wasn't the truly brutal part. Worth watching, but not uplifting. Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 05:14 PM (Ua6T/) I started this, just to get it up in my queue to remember to watch it. I like the premise.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at November 26, 2014 12:25 PM (IXrOn)

140 My wife wanted something with more violence. Lucky man. Mrs928 is a chick-flick only woman.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:25 PM (rwI+c)

141
Guardians of the Galaxy. Professional enough, and determined to please you like a puppy.




Sounds perfect for Thanksgiving -- if you know what I mean.

Posted by: President Obama

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 12:25 PM (kdS6q)

142 The Hansel and Gretel horror movie with Dee Wallace is better than the big budget H and G.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 12:26 PM (M6Vhk)

143 20. The chick in Three Days to Kill seriously rocked the stockings and heels

That's Amber Heard.  After she got done making out with every girl in Hollywood she allowed herself to be sullied by Johnny Depp.

Posted by: chad at November 26, 2014 12:26 PM (gYowz)

144 I like the premise. "Mankind tries to solve global warming and fucks up big time."

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:26 PM (Ua6T/)

145 understand British English. Harder than you'd think. -------- And they actually toned some of the accents down once Netflix brought the distribution rights. Anybody else just ready for Sons of Anarchy to end?

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 12:26 PM (Y7ieA)

146 end...horribly I wanna see Jackson Teller hung by his toes.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:27 PM (Knv95)

147 I'm trying to remember if I liked Little Red Riding Hood and the Huntsman or not. I think I enjoyed it as a time waster but obviously it didn't make much of an impression.

Posted by: toby928(C) at November 26, 2014 12:27 PM (rwI+c)

148 I've mentioned it here several times recently, but Peaky Blinders is really good television, provided you can understand British English. Harder than you'd think. Funny story: Brits complain the accents have been "watered down" to make the show more accessible to Americans.

Posted by: bonhomme at November 26, 2014 12:27 PM (jhqr1)

149 Sin City II sucked balls.

Posted by: Dr Spank at November 26, 2014 12:28 PM (P1WNR)

150 #99 Strictly Ballroom - I second that.  Fun movie.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at November 26, 2014 12:28 PM (R+h7Q)

151 Lucky man. Mrs928 is a chick-flick only woman. Forgot my sarc tag. We watched 'The Shield' together, but she spares me from Jane Austen.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:28 PM (Ua6T/)

152 Whoa MUMR is wigged out today. Wonder what sets it off?

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:29 PM (JdEZJ)

153 The Hansel and Gretel horror movie with Dee Wallace is better than the big budget H and G.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 05:26 PM (M6Vhk)


the Koreans did it better a few years ago


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansel_and_Gretel_%282007_film%29

Posted by: The Dude at November 26, 2014 12:29 PM (SyKbw)

154 #99 Strictly Ballroom - I second that. Fun movie. I'll third. Shall We Dance? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117615/ Never saw the American remake.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:30 PM (Ua6T/)

155 Try "Tucker and Dale Versus Evil" for a good, if a little gorey, laugh. It's on Netflix.

Posted by: bergerbilder at November 26, 2014 12:30 PM (8MjqI)

156 A WWI epic would be timely. Imagine what they could do with CGI and the scale of trench scenes.

Posted by: Early Cuyler at November 26, 2014 12:31 PM (fgh+v)

157 The message in Fury was quite clear - evil must be defeated and it's not going to be pretty. However, I think Fury was mostly about what it was like to be a tanker in WW2 in the ETO. I could pick nits all day long about technical aspects, but that would be silly.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 26, 2014 12:31 PM (E1Cat)

158 Perhaps the New Testament should be made into a movie. I'd watch it, if they stayed true to the text.

Posted by: fluffy at November 26, 2014 12:32 PM (Ua6T/)

159 "Whoa MUMR is wigged out today" Unlike the yesterday and the day before, and....

Posted by: Meremortal at November 26, 2014 12:32 PM (1Y+hH)

160 A WWI epic would be timely. Imagine what they could do with CGI and the scale of trench scenes.

Posted by: Early Cuyler at November 26, 2014 05:31 PM (fgh+v)



I could probably tolerate a remake of Sergeant York.

Posted by: Country Singer at November 26, 2014 12:32 PM (nL0sw)

161 Tucker and Dale is very fun.

Posted by: Lauren at November 26, 2014 12:32 PM (BPMYx)

162
Relatively newish -- 22 Jump Street.

Great dumb fun and you'll go around quoting Jillian Bell for weeks.

"Oh, He's still so sharp.  Tell us about the war.  Any of them."

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 12:33 PM (kdS6q)

163 No movies for me tonight because #Ferguson

Posted by: Girth Brooks at November 26, 2014 12:33 PM (jRgO6)

164 Unlike the yesterday and the day before, and....

Posted by: Meremortal at November 26, 2014 05:32 PM (1Y+hH)


at least no racism this time

Posted by: The Dude at November 26, 2014 12:33 PM (SyKbw)

165 Sometimes it seems rational. Always weird though.

Posted by: freaked at November 26, 2014 12:33 PM (JdEZJ)

166 You know what would make a WWI movie truly epic? Spending 90% of the movie focusing on a love triangle.

Posted by: Michael Bay at November 26, 2014 12:34 PM (Y7ieA)

167 Brits complain the accents have been "watered down" to make the show more accessible to Americans.

It reminds me of the old SNL skit with Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat singing songs.  He sings each title, and the gibberish "title" appears on the screen.  FOr the last song, he sings something completely unintelligible, and a question mark appears.  I've had to rewind PB many times to try and figure out just what the hell they were saying. 

Hey Brits, speak fookin' English, wouldja?

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:34 PM (4nR9/)

168 Most of the dialogue in Peaky Blinders was actually Irish-English.

Posted by: bergerbilder at November 26, 2014 12:34 PM (8MjqI)

169 166 You know what would make a WWI movie truly epic? Spending 90% of the movie focusing on a love triangle. Posted by: Michael Bay

As long as the proto-tanks transformed into modern Corvettes.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 12:35 PM (4nR9/)

170 >>>"Am I the only one who gets bored with action movies? The running around, racing around, explosions, shooting, punching, kicking, a million miles an hour, that kinda stuff." Probably not, but you are the only one around here who sounds like me, so I've got that going for me. ... I am. I was pretty happy that Non-Stop was NOT an action movie. They do throw in a couple of fights, pretty much just so they can show them in the trailer and make people think it's an action movie. Though the action scenes -- few as they were -- were decent. They felt more earned by the movie, and less just some gratuitous fan service.

Posted by: ace at November 26, 2014 12:35 PM (/FnUH)

171 Odd Thomas is a nice little film. I recommend it.

Posted by: Better Feared than Loved at November 26, 2014 12:36 PM (jasFi)

172 hmmm, I think I might've found a good spy trilogy made by PBS.. Page Eight Turks & Caicos Salting The Battlefield Anyone watch these?

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:36 PM (Knv95)

173 >>> Great dumb fun and you'll go around quoting Jillian Bell for weeks. "Oh, He's still so sharp. Tell us about the war. Any of them." ... oh i saw that one. I liked her. I was talking about her a couple days later. So awful, so mean, so weird.

Posted by: ace at November 26, 2014 12:36 PM (/FnUH)

174 143. That's Amber Heard. After she got done making out with every girl in Hollywood she allowed herself to be sullied by Johnny Depp. Damn!! Good waste of meat....oh well

Posted by: policiadearmadajose at November 26, 2014 12:38 PM (oo7dW)

175 Speaking of Leonard, it would be cool to see someone do The Hot Kid. Although it's basically just Justified set in the 20's.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 12:39 PM (HstNY)

176 Loved Guardians. Seriously fun movie.

Posted by: chique d'afrique (the artist formerly known as african chick) at November 26, 2014 12:39 PM (r+7wo)

177 I couldn't watch more than half of all the Expendables. The long and seemingly pointless action scenes bored me silly.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:39 PM (Knv95)

178 Best thing about Godzilla.... He knocks my condo over

Posted by: policiadearmadajose at November 26, 2014 12:39 PM (oo7dW)

179 Want to watch the best action movie ever? Try 'Kiss of the Dragon'. There are five 15 minute Jet Li fight scenes separated by about two minutes of dialogue. When the big black guy rips off his shirt in the noodle house and tries to kick Jet's ass, the theatre goes crazy. You're welcome

Posted by: dr kill at November 26, 2014 12:40 PM (jRgO6)

180 The first ten minutes of EOT has Tom Cruise getting cut to ribbons repeatedly. It's a great comedy.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at November 26, 2014 12:40 PM (GKxF1)

181 I liked Walter Mitty, but it wasn't Walter Mitty. A few nods to the original concept, but not Walter Mitty.

Posted by: --- at November 26, 2014 12:40 PM (MMC8r)

182 179. Speaking of filming in Hawaii, they are doing Hawaii 5-0 in waikiki right now Of course traffic is screwed

Posted by: policiadearmadajose at November 26, 2014 12:41 PM (oo7dW)

183 MUMR is going to smoke a turd in hell for that last one.

Posted by: Havedash at November 26, 2014 12:46 PM (G1XMn)

184 My wife wanted something with more violence. Lucky man. Mrs928 is a chick-flick only woman. Posted by: toby ----------------- Get this. After talking Mrs. H into going to see Fury, we coordinate a day off, go to a 2:20 show. Get very good seats, probably 5 minutes before show time. Obnoxious music is blaring from the sound system. I can take anything for 5 minutes. 10 minutes pass, no video, 15 minutes. I go out and ask pimply kid at the popcorn counter what is going on. He says they are having some trouble with the projector, but are working on it. I complain about the blaring, rappish music, and go back. They shut the music off. Wait, wait, wait. Finally at 3:00 we walk out. Back at the ticket counter they can't get the cash registers open without a key. The manager has the key. The manager is somewhere in the nether regions trying to get the shows running. Eventually they give us our show money back, but we're stuck for drinks and popcorn...., and I STILL HAVEN"T SEEN THE DAMN MOVIE. Oh, and 40 minutes round trip travel.

Posted by: Fauxcahontas at November 26, 2014 12:49 PM (F2IAQ)

185 I rented A Most Wanted Man . .  P Seymour Hoffman, spy flick, set in Hamburg Germany - figured it would be good or better.

not so much



Posted by: McCool at November 26, 2014 12:50 PM (Kbw23)

186 I read the Secret Life of Walter Mitty in grade school, and the message I got from the story was day dreaming heroes were silly and stupid and day dreaming was silly and childish and stupid and it killed my imagination for fifteen years. Then, working a menial clerical job, my boss tells me that my problem is 'you are a dream'. My instant reaction was, 'what is wrong with that', and after a moment's thought said, 'yes sir. I will get back to work sir.' and it killed my imagination for another forty years; turned me into a cubical drudge/drone/beta loser.

Posted by: Idly Obscurtia at November 26, 2014 12:50 PM (mjYvT)

187 Off with fake Indian sock.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 26, 2014 12:50 PM (F2IAQ)

188 I got a plump raccoon when I clicked the Daily Caller link. Was I just rick-rolled?

Posted by: davis at November 26, 2014 12:50 PM (Kxz3Y)

189 Fury: Fine film. Third act is sorta Hollywood-silly in its premise but it makes a good vehicle for the character development and it's good action if you overlook the far-fetched nature of said premise. I see over a hundred movies a year (over 150 last year) and most (more than half) of them are good. A handful are great. Probably most of the rest are okay, not good, not bad, but passable. Just a few are real stinkers. This year, the "better off missing" category was "Gloria" (huge critic love on that one), "Under The Skin" (naked ScarJo didn't help), "Two Faces of Janury" (Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Dunst, meh), Atlas Shrugged 3 (the worst of the three films, which is saying something), "Purgatorio" (an awful scream-diary about the US/Mex border), "Watchers of the Sky" (a documentary about the guy who coined the word "genocide" which fails to recognize its own premise), and "Something Wicked" (Brittany Murphy's last film). Half-dozen stinkers out of over a hundred films is not bad.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 12:51 PM (7zeA4)

190 You want to hear about MY last trip to the theater?

Posted by: Mary Todd Lincoln at November 26, 2014 12:51 PM (MMC8r)

191 same 4 -5 jokes and the the end sounds like my average family holiday

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at November 26, 2014 12:52 PM (F+xWX)

192 McCool, Yeah, I'd give "A Most Wanted Man" a big "Meh".

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 12:52 PM (7zeA4)

193 I liked Hansel and Gretel. Mindless fun, plus Gretel and the good witch chick were hawt. Guardians was good fun as well.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 26, 2014 12:53 PM (mx5oN)

194 What I really need here, Ace, is how many volcanos did you give each movie? And did any of them have Brian Denehy in a key role?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars(TM) [/i][/u][/s] at November 26, 2014 12:53 PM (/dvmK)

195 No matter how many I time watch that movie, Emily Blunt never breaks out the sharpies.

Posted by: dirks strewn at November 26, 2014 12:54 PM (TIgJq)

196 Snowpiercer just collapses at the end. The whole "what are they doing with the kids?" revelation was stupid.

Posted by: Better Feared than Loved at November 26, 2014 12:54 PM (jasFi)

197 The thing about Stiller's Mitty is that it seemed so desperate to be the Millenial's Follow Your Dreamz movie that it came off as cloying.

I think maybe Stiller has made to many slapstick movies to pull off the 'Precious and Sincere' thing.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 12:54 PM (s9AKD)

198 You want to hear about MY last trip to the theater? Posted by: Mary Todd Lincoln ---------------- Thread winner. I am reminded of a critic's review of Carl Sandberg's Lincoln Biography, "The worse thing to happen to Lincoln since John Wilkes Booth".

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 26, 2014 12:55 PM (F2IAQ)

199 Song of Solomon could be shot as a pron.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 26, 2014 12:55 PM (mx5oN)

200 Snowpiercer I knew it would be bad, it had to be bad, and I still did it. Guess what? It was.... bad.

Posted by: Your Friendly Danube River Guide at November 26, 2014 12:56 PM (RJMhd)

201 189 I got a plump raccoon when I clicked the Daily Caller link. Was I just rick-rolled? Posted by: davis at November 26, 2014 05:50 PM (Kxz3Y) The first rule of plump raccoon is we don't talk about plump raccoon.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars(TM) [/i][/u][/s] at November 26, 2014 12:56 PM (/dvmK)

202 I read the Secret Life of Walter Mitty in grade school, and the message I got from the story was day dreaming heroes were silly and stupid and day dreaming was silly and childish and stupid and it killed my imagination for fifteen years. Then, working a menial clerical job, my boss tells me that my problem is 'you are a dream'. My instant reaction was, 'what is wrong with that', and after a moment's thought said, 'yes sir. I will get back to work sir.' and it killed my imagination for another forty years; turned me into a cubical drudge/drone/beta loser. the lesson here: never read Walter Mitty

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:56 PM (Knv95)

203 Snow piercer is based in a French graphic novel. People say it is good I am not among them.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 12:56 PM (Rx8ML)

204 It's a damned shame MST3K never did Barbarella. I don't know if Rifftrax (or Cinematic Titanic) ever covered it, but those aren't MST3K to me.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at November 26, 2014 12:56 PM (MbqmP)

205

Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 26, 2014 05:54 PM (s9AKD)


he was good in Permanent Midnight though

Posted by: The Dude at November 26, 2014 12:57 PM (SyKbw)

206 I rented A Most Wanted Man . . P Seymour Hoffman, spy flick, set in Hamburg Germany - figured it would be good or better. not so much ------------------------------------ totally disagree. I put it in the 'good, better than I expected' category. The movie never becomes an American Spy Movie but stays what it is - a spy flick set in Germany with a German doing the sleuthing. Once I got past the 'When does the Shoot-em Up start?" expectation, I enjoyed it. De gustibus non est disputatum

Posted by: BumperStickerist at November 26, 2014 12:57 PM (4CVLy)

207 I rented A Most Wanted Man . . P Seymour Hoffman, spy flick, set in Hamburg Germany - figured it would be good or better. not so much ------------------------------------ totally disagree. I put it in the 'good, better than I expected' category. The movie never becomes an American Spy Movie but stays what it is - a spy flick set in Germany with a German doing the sleuthing. Once I got past the 'When does the Shoot-em Up start?" expectation, I enjoyed it. De gustibus non est disputatum

Posted by: BumperStickerist at November 26, 2014 12:57 PM (4CVLy)

208 moviegique: what did you think of: Predestination The Signal Cold In July

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 12:57 PM (Knv95)

209 Chef
Jon Favreau directs and stars as a chef trying to get his life together and bond with his kid.


Super predictable storyline, but it was fun and it did a better job of showing the Internet than most.  Lots of good actors, too. 

I have a predilection for food movies, so take that into account.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 12:59 PM (ImIut)

210 Angel Heart for three reasons: Mickey Rourke, prior to screwing up his face; De Niro's scary-satan fingernails; and Lisa Bonet (and, imo, the answer is, "yes," re: Cosby.)

Posted by: ever at November 26, 2014 01:00 PM (hRV3r)

211
The thing about Stiller's Mitty is that it seemed so desperate to be the Millenial's Follow Your Dreamz movie that it came off as cloying.
Posted by: weft cut-loop


The typical comedian career arc is:

Early funny movies
Not so funny "message" or "dark" comedies
Not funny at all fumbling attempts at "serious" rolls
Cartoon voice acting.

You can map that against the careers of Jim Cary, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and so on with remarkable fidelity.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 01:00 PM (kdS6q)

212 204 Snow piercer is based in a French graphic novel. People say it is good I am not among them. Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 05:56 PM (Rx8ML) ******** I knew it was bad--I mean--a train!? Jeezuz. Still I wanted to watch it for the Mystery Science Theater quips from the people that I usually watch with....they said no. Somehow because they said no---I had to do it. Oy.

Posted by: Your Friendly Danube River Guide at November 26, 2014 01:00 PM (RJMhd)

213 Have a bunch of John Wayne westerns and all of Clint's spaghetti's cued in the DVR.

If the liberal SIL shows up I'll play Animal Planet:Too cute. Maybe that will calm her down for a few minutes.


Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at November 26, 2014 01:00 PM (XzRw1)

214 modern hollyweird makes dreck, and life is too short to bother with dreck, especially if my money goes to people who h8 me, my values AND my country.

so no, i won't be watching any of these films, no matter what.

Posted by: redc1c4 at November 26, 2014 01:02 PM (jMMCO)

215
Risking the man card here, but A Good Year with Russell Crowe was pretty decent for a few hours.  Plus your wife doesn't mind.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 26, 2014 01:02 PM (NtzGn)

216 "Shoot 'em Up." Now, *there's* a stupid movie. Holy crap. I suppose one could say it had the same effect on me that Facebook had as it was so incredibly stupid that it made me angry.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at November 26, 2014 01:02 PM (bHnlE)

217 Four movie reviews in one post and I didn't even have to scroll.


Am I the only one seeing what's really going on here???


ace has clearly been kidnapped.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at November 26, 2014 01:02 PM (xSCb6)

218 >>The first rule of plump raccoon is we don't talk about plump raccoon. As God as my witness...

Posted by: Arthur C. at November 26, 2014 01:03 PM (0xTsz)

219 13 In any case I have nowhere to rent movies anymore other than those Red Box things that you have to take it back the next day. And the selection is awful. So mainly what I do now is buy old ones when Amazon has them on sale. And I just got a fresh batch in today. A box set of the Dirty Harry series. We're in the same spot in my house. We rent from the libraries around. It's a cheap date, and lots of older, hard to find stuff there. We watched the Sting last night. It's a reallymfun movie.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at November 26, 2014 01:03 PM (5buP8)

220 Snowpiercer is absolutely batshit, Elysium-on-a-train BUT if you can get past that it has that kind of magical Korean quality that makes it watchable. http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/07/snowpiercer.html

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:03 PM (7zeA4)

221 217 YES Shoot em up was the worst waste of time in years for me

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at November 26, 2014 01:04 PM (F+xWX)

222 The first Expendables was fun because of the concept. And the second was even better because they went over the top with it. So in the third one they go stupid.

Posted by: blaster at November 26, 2014 01:04 PM (Rx8ML)

223 So has anyone mentioned 'Breaking Away'?

Posted by: Bob from table9 at November 26, 2014 01:05 PM (WNERA)

224 Random movie recs: I really really like the new Godzilla. Olympus Has Fallen (the non-Jamie Foxx terrorist blow up the White House movie) is surprisingly good. There's a reason I refer to it as Gerard Butler Kills Everyone A Whole Really Lot. I like You're Next but do not try to make sense of the plot and just roll with the Magic Pixie Girl. Cockneys vs. Zombies is great fun. The best part is how easy it was for the Londoners to get guns in super no guns allowed London. If you feel like reinforcing your view that everyone and everything is horrible, you can't go wrong with Swimming With Sharks. That ending. Oh that ending. If you want a Christmas movie that's got rather a different take, go with Rare Exports.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh save us mighty SMOD at November 26, 2014 01:05 PM (IrByp)

225 +11 on Walter Mitty. I'm sure it's been mentioned, but it shares almost NOTHING with the short story. It's really a great movie.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at November 26, 2014 01:05 PM (5buP8)

226 Walter Mitty Against the World Crime League?

Posted by: John Bigboote at November 26, 2014 01:05 PM (ASWKi)

227 Corner Gas: The movie based on the Canadian sitcom is going to be in Canadian theaters for only 3 days in a week or so. Afterwards they're going to show it on the Comedy Channel.

That's for any Canadians that may be interested.

It's also one of my favourite sitcoms

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at November 26, 2014 01:05 PM (AC0lD)

228 We watched the Sting last night. wait until you get to the '80's movies, boy are you in for a treat!

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:06 PM (Knv95)

229 209 -- Didn't see "Predestination" or "The Signal". "Cold In July" is an overlooked gem from the Mickle/Damici team who've done a lot of low-budget horrors that are above average. http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/06/cold-in-july.html

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:06 PM (7zeA4)

230 Rocket Racoon, very nearly ruined Guardians of the Galaxy for me...

Posted by: Rodney C. Johnson at November 26, 2014 01:07 PM (n9h5d)

231 Corner Gas would be a lot better if the girl took off her top once in a while.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:07 PM (Knv95)

232 I really really like the new Godzilla.

The one where Malcom's dad's wife gets irradiated in the first scene?  Or is there another one?

I thought it could have used less feels and more smash.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:07 PM (ImIut)

233 I finally got around to watching "Below" last weekend and that fell into that "much better than I expected" category. If you are at all familiar with ghost stories and movie logic you can figure it out in 20 minutes but it was still fun to watch.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 01:08 PM (M6Vhk)

234 210-- "Chef" took a lot of flack for its predictability but I say that's bullshit. 99% of movies are predictable in virtually every regard, especially for film critics (and jerks like me) who see so many movies. "Chef" was wholesome, traditional family fare, and you can say that's well-worn ground, but name another movie this year like it.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:08 PM (7zeA4)

235 GoPro Developing Line of Consumer Drones

http://tinyurl.com/oo9pbnz


Maybe next year I'll have my own private movies to view. Don't miss Hot Tub Hotty Does Thanksgiving. I won't invite the neighbor over to watch.



Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at November 26, 2014 01:08 PM (XzRw1)

236 "218 Four movie reviews in one post and I didn't even have to scroll. Am I the only one seeing what's really going on here???" Actually, Ace's recent dance with the Devil reminded him that he needs to allot his time juduciously.

Posted by: bergerbilder at November 26, 2014 01:09 PM (8MjqI)

237 that racoon was voiced by the ever-increasingly-annoying Bradley Cooper voice of Groot was Vin Diesel Why? They couldv'e gotten anybody for those roles. But they had to hire them and pay them. It's all bullshit.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:09 PM (Knv95)

238 We just watched Mockingjay part 1. It was ok. I am always on the lookout for Netflix recs. Skimming through the thread, I'm seeing a lot of similar tastes. I like Hansel & Gretel (fantasy horror action) type movies, another one on netflix like that is Solomon Kane. Liked Odd Thomas a lot. Hated Snowpiercer. Just started watching Grand Hotel. Shows not mentioned: I marathoned through Salem recently (drama horror fantasy) and also just marathoned through season 2 of The Following. Looking forward to the new season of Lillyhammer. Oh, and working through the last season of Borgis (the one with Mark Ryder as Cesare) - makes GoT look sedate. Oh, and Thorne (Sleepyhead & Scaredy Cat) are pretty good crime dramas - the lead is the guy who was The Governor in The Walking Dead.

Posted by: @votermom at November 26, 2014 01:09 PM (cbfNE)

239 230 We watched the Sting last night. wait until you get to the '80's movies, boy are Hey, I have 2 daughters. It's almost impossible to find movies that A) entertain adults and B) don't have graphic sex, violence, or laced w/ profanity.

Posted by: Brave Sir Robin at November 26, 2014 01:09 PM (5buP8)

240 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was pretty good. Much better than I thought it would be. Actually had good writing and acting. Good simple story telling.

Posted by: Fewenuff at November 26, 2014 01:09 PM (zPNX5)

241 >>>>I thought it could have used less feels and more smash<<<<

A two hour movie with eight (glorious) minutes of Godzilla.


Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 01:10 PM (M6Vhk)

242 Maybe next year I'll have my own private movies to view. Don't miss Hot Tub Hotty Does Thanksgiving. I won't invite the neighbor over to watch. Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at November 26, 2014 06:08 PM (XzRw1) ******* A company named DJ I already has this on the market. No need to wait for hot tub hotties.

Posted by: Porsche at November 26, 2014 01:10 PM (Hpys7)

243 I got to see Matt Damon and George Clooney die in space this year.

So Obama's NASA IS working for me.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at November 26, 2014 01:11 PM (DL2i+)

244 We rented Godzilla (redbox) and the lighting was so dark I couldn't see what was happening in most of the action scenes. The little kids were cute though.

Posted by: @votermom at November 26, 2014 01:11 PM (cbfNE)

245 238 -- In fairness, Vin Diesel got his start, practically, as The Iron Giant. Though it sucks that the new Penguins movie is using A-list actors instead of the great voice talents (like John DiMaggio) that do the show.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:11 PM (7zeA4)

246 you also really really liked Pacific Rim..

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:12 PM (Knv95)

247 absurdly expensive car sock off.

Posted by: ManWithNoParty at November 26, 2014 01:12 PM (Hpys7)

248 watched watership down with the 2 year old. still waking up screaming, so that's a thumbs up

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at November 26, 2014 01:13 PM (F+xWX)

249 Pacific Rim was fun as long as you didn't think about it too much. Kinda like Olympus Has Fallen.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 01:13 PM (/nR7C)

250 that's what I mean! Give other actors a chance. They stick these "A-listers" in these roles just because. There are lots of talented actors out there who would love to get a chance to work.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:13 PM (Knv95)

251 "Chef" was wholesome, traditional family fare

There was a lot of cussing.  I guess that is family fare these days.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:14 PM (ImIut)

252 http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/05/godzilla.html Godzilla was nice. I don't know how else to put it. It was just -- it'd fit in with the originals. http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/09/rifftrax-presents-godzilla.html The other Godzilla got the Rifftrax treatment on Halloween and it's still so awful I was actually sort of depressed by the end.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:14 PM (7zeA4)

253 How about some meh.  Grandson came over to borrow my truck to move some furniture.  Wife had just driven it but the battery was dead as a wedge because she only drove it a short distance.  It would not even jump start. So I'll get to spend Friday putting in a new battery. This kind of shit always happens on a holiday when all the stores are closed.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at November 26, 2014 01:14 PM (u9gzs)

254 I can find 10,000 people who can say, "I Am Groot" just as well or better than Vin Diesel.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:14 PM (Knv95)

255 >>>>Rare Exports<<<

I enjoyed that. There is some good film making going on the the cold dark of northern Europe.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 01:14 PM (M6Vhk)

256 Oh, and working through the last season of Borgis (the one with Mark Ryder as Cesare) - makes GoT look sedate. Borgia, not Borgis , sorry.

Posted by: @votermom at November 26, 2014 01:15 PM (cbfNE)

257 A great idea is to get fans of the Chapelle Show to rewatch the "Samuel Jackson Lager" spoof commercial of Sam Adams. Then have them watch A Time to Kill in a room with a black person. Finally, watch them to try to suppress laughter during the emotional "yes they deserved to die, and I hope they burn in hell!" courtroom scene. Good times.

Posted by: wooga at November 26, 2014 01:15 PM (LvEg1)

258 251 -- We can probably blame the late Robin Williams for that. "Aladdin" made a metric shitload of money ($200M!) that could be attributed to his antics, and the subsequent logic was ALL!STARS!ALL!THE!TIME! Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Give me Tara Strong and Frank Welker any day. 252 -- Yeah, there's cussing and casual sex. But that's the world we live in.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:16 PM (7zeA4)

259 Did anyone see that movie 'November Man" w Brosnan? It came and went so fast it must suck. I request a moron review. It is the greatest spy series ever written. Henry McGee is not dead. Best spy novel ever. Bill Granger the best spy writer no one ever read.

Posted by: dr kill at November 26, 2014 01:17 PM (jRgO6)

260 Another greaat "ridiculous" movie is "Trollhunter," a Norwegian release (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/). It's far and away the best troll movie ever made -- some guys accidentally discover the troll are real, and always have been, and the government knows about them, and hires professional "rangers" to keep the trolls in check. It actually quite hilarious, and the special effects are to-notch, especially considering it's a non-Hollywood flick. And there are about 5 different troll species, ranging from the scary to the goofy to the awe-inspiring. On the scale of guilty pleasure "absurd premise" films, I'd give it a 9 out of 10.

Posted by: zombie at November 26, 2014 01:17 PM (K4YiS)

261 When I visit Mom for Christmas our traditional feel-good holiday flick is "Bad Santa". I love that I have a mother I can watch "Bad Santa" with as we sip hot chocolate. Gin: What'd you call me, thigh-high? Marcus: I called you a fucking Guinea homo from the 15th-fucking-century, you dickhead!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 01:17 PM (QBm1P)

262
We watched the Sting last night.
wait until you get to the '80's movies, boy are you in for a treat!
Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer



The subtle nuances of character that Mac Davis can bring to the big screen.

Mesmerizing.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at November 26, 2014 01:17 PM (kdS6q)

263 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was pretty good. Much better than I thought it would be. Actually had good writing and acting. Good simple story telling.

Posted by: Fewenuff


I agree. I expected it to suck.

I even watched the one prior. Eh, not bad, but Dawn was head and shoulders above it.

It did ride the "hoomanz are teh bad" a little hard but after a while that kind of fades.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 01:17 PM (s9AKD)

264 250 Pacific Rim was fun as long as you didn't think about it too much. Kinda like Olympus Has Fallen. Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 06:13 PM (/nR7C) Watching Gerard Butler kill the shit out of everyone was pretty entertaining.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 26, 2014 01:18 PM (mx5oN)

265 77 Another good one on Netflix is Troll Hunter. Yeah you have to deal with subtitles (unless you speak Norwegian), but worth watching. Posted by: No One of Consequence Beaten to the punch again! But: SEE IT!

Posted by: zombie at November 26, 2014 01:18 PM (K4YiS)

266 At least I avoided using awesome as a superlative

Posted by: dr kill at November 26, 2014 01:19 PM (jRgO6)

267 What's this about a Scientology movie?

Posted by: Jean at November 26, 2014 01:20 PM (aS7LQ)

268 >>>>>5 different troll species, ranging from the scary to the goofy to the awe-inspiring<<<<<<

It is not really a second head. It is more of ahhhh....a growth. It is to scare the other trolls.....

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 01:21 PM (M6Vhk)

269 that's the thing, i can't not think about premises too much, so Pacific Rim is Snowpiercer is BS and thanks but absolutely no thanks

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at November 26, 2014 01:21 PM (F+xWX)

270 RockNRolla was very good, I thought. If you like Gerard Butler, which i do, you might like it.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:22 PM (Knv95)

271 They've released the videotape of that Cleveland shooting where the cop shot a 12-year old black kid who had an air pellet gun that didn't have the orange marking on it, and that the rookie cop mistook for a real gun. Somebody on here was wondering the other day what color the cop is. Wonder no more, he's white. From looking at the videotape alone, it looks pretty bad. The cops say they ordered the kid to put his hands up three times, but there's no audio on the tape. You just see the cop car pull up, the passenger-side cop gets out, and he almost immediately shoots the kid. Can't tell if the cops said anything, or if the kid heard anything, before the cop shot him.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at November 26, 2014 01:22 PM (2ruKl)

272 270 -- Of course, part of the art is getting you to accept the premise. "Tusk" is about a guy who wants to turn a human into a walrus. Absurd. But Smith actually sells it better than a lot of "serious" movies sell their premises.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:23 PM (7zeA4)

273 The current fare on Steam for sale this weekend is pretty bad.

Their sales have sucked this year.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 01:23 PM (s9AKD)

274 Guardians is like Farscape and Firefly had a baby. A wonderful, wonderful baby. I had very high expectations for Guardians going in, and the movie exceeded them. That almost never happens.

Posted by: Gregory of Yardale at November 26, 2014 01:24 PM (9y18Y)

275 The one where Malcom's dad's wife gets irradiated in the first scene? Or is there another one? I thought it could have used less feels and more smash. Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 06:07 PM (ImIut) That one. And I agree more smashy would have been good. Still really really like it.

Posted by: alexthechick - Oh save us mighty SMOD at November 26, 2014 01:25 PM (IrByp)

276 Incidentally, you see the ads for the new Nerf bow and arrow set for girls? It's cute, I'll say that. And I like the idea of marketing weapons to girls. Yes, I'm serious. I'm actually surprised the "toy" or product made it to market.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:25 PM (Knv95)

277 Don't know if the horde's seen this.

Will the Real Black Americans Please stand up. By Charles R. Patrick Furguson

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpsQwl_19M4

"Google it. We won."

lol


Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 01:26 PM (sDapq)

278 I recommend all of you Obama haters read his book to learn more about the hard life of our Black President and maybe you losers would give him more respect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jenny Stienam-Jones-Carter at November 26, 2014 01:26 PM (Sd++4)

279 "...the lighting was so dark I couldn't see what was happening..." This is true for me in a lot of the movies I see lately. And no, it's not my eyes, I can see just fine day and night, indoors and out. It's some effedup production value where they are trying to out-noir the whole universe or something.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at November 26, 2014 01:28 PM (1fIxV)

280 In the year leading up to the release of the iPhone 6, Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of the device's big selling points. Making screens out of the nearly unscratchable material would have helped set the new phone apart from its competitors. When Apple announced the iPhone 6 this September, however, it didn't have a sapphire screen, only a regular glass one. And a month later, the small New Hampshire-based company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, GT Advanced Technologies, declared bankruptcy. Recent documents from GT's bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. Sapphire must have seemed like a perfect material for a smartphone screen. It has long been used as a cover for luxury watches, and Apple has used it to cover the cameras and fingerprint sensors in some iPhones since October 2013. But making large pieces of sapphire -- enough for a smartphone screen -- would normally cost 10 times as much as using glass.

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at November 26, 2014 01:29 PM (e8kgV)

281 "Dean Spanley" - on Netflix. Highly recommended by this humble Moronette. Starts off slow, but builds to a very sweet and satisfying end. Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, and Bryan Brown are the actors. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Posted by: Teresa in Fort Worth, TX at November 26, 2014 01:29 PM (wSv9N)

282 Can't tell if the cops said anything, or if the kid heard anything, before the cop shot him.


Many cops use the PA in the car first.

Posted by: Thin veneer of civility at November 26, 2014 01:29 PM (XzRw1)

283 Only Clint Eastwood could direct  two  movies as different as night and day --Jersey Boys and American Sniper--in the same year. When I'm his age, I'll consider it an achievement  to get laid twice in the same year....

Hell, I'd take that now....

Posted by: JoeF. at November 26, 2014 01:31 PM (8HGb7)

284 272 They've released the videotape of that Cleveland shooting where the cop shot a 12-year old black kid who had an air pellet gun that didn't have the orange marking on it, and that the rookie cop mistook for a real gun. Posted by: TrivialPursuer at November 26, 2014 06:22 PM (2ruKl) That one does sound pretty bad.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 01:32 PM (sdi6R)

285 Yeah, the last Godzilla movie really did need MOAR Godzilla. I was disappointed. I really really really wanted to see Godzilla smash more stuff.

Posted by: Old Blue at November 26, 2014 01:32 PM (vVSOO)

286 I think I just figured out beer and why people drink it. People find the type of beer that makes something so awful barely drinkable, and thus are impressed by this feat, they drink it thinking they're drinking something that shouldn't be potable made potable via ingenuity. Plus, the alcohol.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:33 PM (Knv95)

287 You can't fix stupid! -Ron White Fix it, hell, I'd be happy if I could get it to leave me alone for a few hours. -Seamus M.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon, a solid man at November 26, 2014 01:33 PM (NeFrd)

288 I saw Night Crawler recently and it was a great disappointment. Probably the most discomfiting movie score since the Third Man.

Posted by: Kreplach at November 26, 2014 01:34 PM (bKSy7)

289 Sapphire must have seemed like a perfect material for a smartphone screen. It has long been used as a cover for luxury watches, and Apple has used it to cover the cameras and fingerprint sensors in some iPhones since October 2013. But making large pieces of sapphire -- enough for a smartphone screen -- would normally cost 10 times as much as using glass. Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy

I used to work on thin film diamond grown from the gas phase.  I kind of surprised some of the cheaper versions of that haven't been incorporated onto those screens.  When this process first started, they were using it to coat sunglasses, bar scanners in groceries, etc.

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 01:34 PM (4nR9/)

290 I = I'm

Posted by: pep at November 26, 2014 01:35 PM (4nR9/)

291 I think I just figured out beer and why people drink it.

It's liquid bread, man.  It's safe to drink when the water isn't because it's been boiled. 

The beer I'm enjoying right now is pink and berry-flavored, but I don't have a man card so it's all good.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:35 PM (ImIut)

292 I think Nerf is trying to hang a bit of marketing off of Katniss from Hunger Games there, but yes, it is excellent what they are doing all the same.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at November 26, 2014 01:36 PM (1fIxV)

293 don't worry about it -- it's Talk Like A Caveman Day anyway

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:36 PM (Knv95)

294 Those of you who are familiar with Japanese culture and WWII, I recommend watching "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence". Tom Conti and David Bowie. Bowie does a masterful performance and if you understand the Japanese culture circa 1940's it is very powerful.

Posted by: Old Blue at November 26, 2014 01:37 PM (vVSOO)

295 yes, but does the berry flavoring hide that awful beer taste? I mean, hazel-nut coffee can't mask that awful coffee taste, can it?

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:37 PM (Knv95)

296 Is it safe to assume there will be no podcast this week?

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 01:37 PM (s9AKD)

297 Beer was an early way to purify water. People back then could get all kinds of diseases from drinking straight water. I'm of the school of thought that says agriculture was originally developed to brew beer rather than make bread.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 01:38 PM (sdi6R)

298 it's definitely going after the Katniss fan market -- the girls in the tv ad, about 11 yrs old, look like katniss

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:39 PM (Knv95)

299 296 yes, but does the berry flavoring hide that awful beer taste? I mean, hazel-nut coffee can't mask that awful coffee taste, can it? Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 06:37 PM (Knv95) Man card. Now.

Posted by: Insomniac at November 26, 2014 01:39 PM (mx5oN)

300 the girls have the braided tails, etc.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:39 PM (Knv95)

301 that awful beer taste?

I only understand those words in that order if it's light beer.  Or Anheuser-Busch.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:40 PM (ImIut)

302 295-- I didn't think that much of MCML myself, but I was pretty young when it came out. Did find Bowie's (deliberate) bad singing funny, tho'.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:41 PM (7zeA4)

303 Sooth, beer is a gift from the Gods! Look at the benefits it has given humanity like bowling, beer goggles, and and other things. If you have ever noticed, the French do not brew beer and look how many times the Germans have whupped their happy Frog asses!

Posted by: Old Blue at November 26, 2014 01:41 PM (vVSOO)

304 Why can't we admit beer and coffee are awful. We drink these awful things because we punish ourselves. But we're allowed to do whatever we can to make these awful tasting things a little better.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:42 PM (Knv95)

305 "Awful beer taste"? "Awful coffee taste"? Who are you, and what have you done with Soothsayer?

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 01:42 PM (sdi6R)

306 If you like Troll Hunter, two other Norwegian movies on Netflix you might like are Thale (horror) and Flukt (historical action)

Posted by: @votermom at November 26, 2014 01:42 PM (cbfNE)

307 There's a trailer for the new Jurassic Park. Looks meh. Sometimes I'm baffled that certain movies from my childhood didn't have a bigger impact on me. I was into dinosaurs as a 9 year old, I waited in line with my Dad for 2 hours to see it. Watched it. No impact. Even at that age I hated kids as the main characters. There's something so cookie cutter about the movie. Plus it really pisses me off that the Raptors are so large, hunt in packs, aren't feathered, and have primate-level intelligence.

Posted by: Naes at November 26, 2014 01:43 PM (YhayY)

308 moviegique, I guess it makes more of an impact if you understand the culture. Having lived in Japan about ten years after the end of the war, maybe I just had an insight.

Posted by: Old Blue at November 26, 2014 01:43 PM (vVSOO)

309 That's true. May make it a stronger message; "Don't fear weapons, knowing them can help you survive".

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at November 26, 2014 01:43 PM (1fIxV)

310 300 Man Moron card. Now. Posted by: Insomniac at November 26, 2014 06:39 PM (mx5oN) FIFY.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 01:44 PM (sdi6R)

311 I am Groot.

Posted by: Groot at November 26, 2014 01:44 PM (uaEZS)

312 Kissing someone's mouth is disgusting, too. Yet I have a desire to do so on occasion. We're a sick species.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:44 PM (Knv95)

313 The DC item at the top of the sidebar by Treacher seems to mostly be about fat shaming raccoons.

Posted by: BananaDream at November 26, 2014 01:45 PM (vLk7c)

314 Hercules with the Rock. Good flick with twist on Hercules character.

Posted by: Bob Belcher at November 26, 2014 01:45 PM (3QAtO)

315 Plus it really pisses me off that the Raptors are so large, hunt in packs, aren't feathered, and have primate-level intelligence.

So the Raptors are smarter than your average rioter, good to know.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at November 26, 2014 01:46 PM (UVfht)

316 So the Raptors are smarter than your average rioter, good to know.

Talk about damning with faint praise.

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:48 PM (ImIut)

317 moviegique, what about Transcendence? this is a good science fiction movie (not sci-fi with lasers going pew! pew! pew!)

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 01:48 PM (Knv95)

318 Talk about damning with faint praise.

You're right, that's not fair to the Raptors.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at November 26, 2014 01:48 PM (UVfht)

319 From the sidebar: "How To Talk to Your Progressive Niece about Obamacare This Thanksgiving" I haven't even gotten to the article yet. I'm still marveling at the photo, which shows a guy trying to carve the turkey with a butter knife.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 01:50 PM (sdi6R)

320 Loved Cap 2:The Winter Soldier...best movie of the year.

A love or hate flick: John Carter(of Mars) - great action flick that cost a bundle to make but was money well spent. Too bad it did not do well. The actress who played Deja Toris rocked what little she wore....

Posted by: RGallegis at November 26, 2014 01:50 PM (AVODN)

321 Does that fat raccoon have a bum knee he keeps blathering on about?

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at November 26, 2014 01:50 PM (MbqmP)

322 313
Kissing someone's mouth is disgusting, too.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 06:44 PM (Knv95)


You're doing it wrong. And coffee.  And beer.  Next, you will tell us that fish tacos are icky.   I am befuddled.

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 01:52 PM (sDapq)

323 309 -- Oh, yeah, didn't know a damn thing about Japan, really. That was before my Karate years, even. But it's often fun to go back and look at stuff you didn't =get= before that you might now.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:53 PM (7zeA4)

324 @314 that Treacher link.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/klmrtxf

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 01:53 PM (sDapq)

325 Next, you will tell us that fish tacos are icky.

I've tried them once and didn't really understand what the fuss was about.

We are still talking about food, right?

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 01:54 PM (ImIut)

326 Sooth-- You may be the only one who feels that way about "Transcendence". 19/38 RT score bodes ill. Scared me off, along with the premise, which (as a tech guy) might have broken my disbelief-suspension-system. But I might check it out, given that someone likes it. =P

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 01:55 PM (7zeA4)

327 For the movie buffs...

...TCM, 2000hrs, Lionel Barrymore vs. John Barrymore...

...Arsene Lupin (1932)

Posted by: CPT. Charles at November 26, 2014 01:56 PM (/mTq0)

328 We are still talking about food, right?

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 06:54 PM (ImIut)


I've heard it both ways. 


If you are ever in Seattle, try www.aguaverde.com on the ship Canal, next to the UW.

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 01:56 PM (sDapq)

329 It's a good day to live, die and repeat.

Posted by: Hans Gruber at November 26, 2014 01:57 PM (Dwehj)

330 shows a guy trying to carve the turkey with a butter knife That and their plates all have one piece of lettuce with fries for Thanksgiving.

Posted by: BananaDream at November 26, 2014 01:57 PM (vLk7c)

331 Liked Cap 2 except for Redford: http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/05/captain-america-winter-soldier.html John Carter of Mars, seriously underrated: http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2012/06/john-carter-and-princess-of-mars.html

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 02:00 PM (7zeA4)

332 saw hunger games the acting was pretty bad this time....like the all just kind of phoned it in

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 02:00 PM (u8GsB)

333
"Why can't we admit beer and coffee are awful. We drink these awful things because we punish ourselves."


Having noticed a long time ago that all babies (and dogs) like beer, I have theorized that beer must taste like amniotic fluid.

Posted by: bergerbilder at November 26, 2014 02:01 PM (8MjqI)

334 I really enjoyed GotG...it was the best Star Wars movie in decades. And Brian Dennehy killed it as the space station.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at November 26, 2014 02:01 PM (rJUlF)

335 I've had fish tacos that were meh, & I have had fish tacos that were brilliant. You need a strongly flavoured white fish, you need to broil it (not fry it), & you need to put lots of painfully spicy habenero-based salsa on it.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at November 26, 2014 02:02 PM (MbqmP)

336 332 I'm one of a relative handful who saw John Carter in the theatre. It wasn't great, but it deserved better than it got. Disney marketing really screwed up on that one.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at November 26, 2014 02:02 PM (rJUlF)

337 Having noticed a long time ago that all babies (and dogs) like beer, I have theorized that beer must taste like amniotic fluid.

Posted by: bergerbilder at November 26, 2014 07:01 PM (8MjqI)


WTF are you feeding your dog?

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 02:02 PM (sDapq)

338 331 That and their plates all have one piece of lettuce with fries for Thanksgiving. Posted by: BananaDream at November 26, 2014 06:57 PM (vLk7c) You're right. That is a seriously odd picture.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 02:02 PM (sdi6R)

339 TCM did a premier last night.  A one hour program with George Lucas and the film genre of Fantasy.

George's definition of fantasy is broad.  Very broad.  His THX-1138 is fantasy.  So is Dr. Strangelove and James Bond

Lucas said that Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is the ultimate science fiction movie.  Mentioned growing up on the Flash Gordon serials, Forbidden Planet, and the Blob

Had praise for Ray Harryhausen.  And liked the skeletons most off all.  Dark Crystal and Labyrinth were discussed.

Said that what makes a movie like Big Trouble in Little China a cult classic is going too far.  Then I think with tongue in cheek George Lucas said "I hope one day Howard the Duck will become a cult classic."

As for the movie that made him a Hollywood powerhouse Star Wars.  He described it as fantasy and wanting to have fun.  The movie was a B movie that became an A movie.  A cheesy movie intended to be seen once in the theater.  Discussed the Hero's Journey that guided the story.  Kenobi as the crazy guy who is more important than anyone realizes.  How in the second two movies had to cannibalize to create another teacher - Yoda whom he described as a green Miss Piggy alluding to Henson's involvement.

Overall the hour episode was not as bad as the first few minutes intimated.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:03 PM (qtcbX)

340 Did someone say fish tacos?

Posted by: Sandra Flook at November 26, 2014 02:03 PM (Dwehj)

341 It's really hard to go to an actual theater and be annoyed by previews, commercials, horribly loud volume, and freaking people. Almost impossible. And that's without the prices. Still, I will go see the last (hopefully) Hobbitt. And, of course, I'm really looking forward to the 'Life, Times, Trial, and Sentence Of Ubama', though I have doubts this movie will ever come to pass.

Posted by: Erowmero at November 26, 2014 02:05 PM (go5uR)

342 A love or hate flick: John Carter(of Mars) - great action flick that cost a bundle to make but was money well spent. Too bad it did not do well. The actress who played Deja Toris rocked what little she wore.... Posted by: RGallegis at November 26, 2014 06:50 PM (AVODN) --- Me, I loved it. It looked like an Astounding Stories cover come to life. It did not hew 100% faithfully to the books but captured the barbaric splendour of ERB. And Tars Tarkas was perfect.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 02:06 PM (QBm1P)

343 274 The current fare on Steam for sale this weekend is pretty bad. Their sales have sucked this year. Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 26, 2014 06:23 PM (s9AKD) Because of the sale, I finally picked up FTL tonight. I also grabbed The Stanley Parable after it piqued my interest during a Totalbiscut review.

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at November 26, 2014 02:06 PM (bHnlE)

344 So this is probably not news, but it was to me. There is a movie version of Entourage in the works. That show was pretty good the first few years. The last 2 years it was unwatchable. Prediction: makes less than $10M gross

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:06 PM (0LHZx)

345 336 Ugh.  Fried is definitely not the way to go.  That's fast food garbage.

I like mahi mahi, halibut, and catfish. Grilled definitely and well seasoned. 

Could go with some pico and cabbage, maybe some crumbled cotija or similar, and there is typically some sort of ranchish type dressing that that Seattle place served.

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 02:06 PM (sDapq)

346 I still want to feed into the Great and Mighty Saarlac the idiots who decided to rename A Princess of Mars as John Carter.  It was a good fun movie with lots of buckle swashing and Dejah Thoris.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:09 PM (qtcbX)

347 We enjoyed John Carter too.

Posted by: @votermom at November 26, 2014 02:10 PM (cbfNE)

348 Corner Gas would be a lot better if the girl took off her top once in a while. The blonde is nekkid in an episode of The Outer Limits (which also features a young Ryan Reynolds, but not, IIRC, in the buff; sorry ladies).

Posted by: Outer Limits trivia you can use at November 26, 2014 02:10 PM (WqBzG)

349 You need a strongly flavoured white fish, you need to broil it (not fry it)

That might be the problem, the ones I had had fried fish (I don't remember what kind; obviously nothing amazing like beer-battered walleye).

Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 02:10 PM (ImIut)

350 ...obviously nothing amazing like beer-battered walleye). Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer _________________________________________ We still talking about food?

Posted by: Countrysquire at November 26, 2014 02:12 PM (8FyP4)

351 We are still talking about food, right? Posted by: HR drinking beer and drinking beer at November 26, 2014 06:54 PM Heh. Wish I'd read that when I didn't have mouthful of beer.

Posted by: olddog in mo at November 26, 2014 02:12 PM (6hrmc)

352 >>>> Fried is definitely not the way to go<<<<

Pan fried bream with hushpuppies and grits.

Fish doesn't get any better.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 02:13 PM (M6Vhk)

353 As for Transcendence it has an issue similar to Surrogates.  Everything else in both worlds looks like today maybe plus a year.  Which leads to an underlying flaw - lack of bandwidth.

But Transcendence has additional issues.  Starting with The Adolescence of P-1.  Heck there is an episode of Batman Beyond where a guy uploads himself into a computer.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:14 PM (qtcbX)

354 My brain consolidated that into 'Pan fried guppies'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 26, 2014 02:15 PM (F2IAQ)

355 Feeling "meh" about the new Jurassic Park flick. Makes me want to see a movie made of the "Meg" novels (Megalodon trapped below the cold water barrier of the Mariana Trench is brought to the surface snagged by a submersible). Utter crappe but fun crappe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 02:15 PM (QBm1P)

356 As for the movie that made him a Hollywood powerhouse Star Wars. He described it as fantasy and wanting to have fun. The movie was a B movie that became an A movie. A cheesy movie intended to be seen once in the theater. Discussed the Hero's Journey that guided the story. Kenobi as the crazy guy who is more important than anyone realizes. Lucas is a fucking moron & Star Wars is practically a shot-for-shot rip-off of Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" (which was a Laurel & Hardy type comedy).

Posted by: Anderson Cooper's Smoked Sausages at November 26, 2014 02:15 PM (MbqmP)

357 I was waiting for the mention of The Hidden Fortress.  Lucas does mention it in this show.  As the inspiration for R2-D2 and C-3PO.

So there you have it.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:17 PM (qtcbX)

358 Broiled Pompano, or fresh Flounder stuffed with deviled crab.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 26, 2014 02:17 PM (F2IAQ)

359 No human being has any business enjoying HANSEL & GRETEL: WHICH HUNTERS.

Posted by: Tommy V at November 26, 2014 02:17 PM (3qBGR)

360 Macadamia crusted mahimahi. So this is a food porn thread now, right?

Posted by: All Hail Eris at November 26, 2014 02:19 PM (QBm1P)

361 Star Wars owes a lot to Hidden Fortress but it is hardly a shot for shot rip off. An HF Star Wars movie would have been about Ben Kenobi hiding Princess Leia in the desert while R2 and C3PO looked for a hidden cache of unobtanium.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 02:23 PM (M6Vhk)

362 butter fried parmesan encrusted petrale sole....boom

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 02:24 PM (u8GsB)

363 Kinda surprised ace hasn't talked about Stephanaploose's interview with the killer cop. "After he hit you and went for your gun, you're still in your car at the point. Why get out and chase him?"

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 02:25 PM (81puj)

364 @332 Liked Cap 2 except for Redford: http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2014/05/captain-america-winter-soldier.html John Carter of Mars, seriously underrated: http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2012/06/john-carter-and-princess-of-mars.html ------------------------ I just got John Carter from Netflix. Will be watching it soon.

Posted by: junior at November 26, 2014 02:25 PM (UWFpX)

365 "362 Star Wars owes a lot to Hidden Fortress but it is hardly a shot for shot rip off. An HF Star Wars movie would have been about Ben Kenobi hiding Princess Leia in the desert while R2 and C3PO looked for a hidden cache of unobtanium." The prequels are actually shot for shot remakes of three particularly unpleasant bowel movements that Lucas had while vacationing in Mexico.

Posted by: Naes at November 26, 2014 02:26 PM (YhayY)

366 Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 07:13 PM (M6Vhk)

You are talking about pan fried in bacon grease are you not?

Then, yes!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 02:26 PM (fL/7/)

367 Yeah HF is a known inspiration for SW, hardly its sole source. One scene is right out of Wizard of Oz. It's not like "City on Fire" to "Reservoir Dogs".

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 02:26 PM (7zeA4)

368 shit! I meant to say Coherence instead of Transcendence. Coherence is a small-budget science fiction movie that is, at least, intriguing. I recommend it.

Posted by: Please Don't Squeeze The Soothsayer at November 26, 2014 02:26 PM (Knv95)

369 Well ...


... apparently, my daughter has come in contact with a Hipster Douche.



Wife is not happy.  Son could give a shit less.  Daughter is in normal "I cry because I need to be noticed" routine.


I think I'll invite them all over tomorrow.

Posted by: ScoggDog at November 26, 2014 02:27 PM (xWPj1)

370 Kinda surprised ace hasn't talked about Stephanaploose's interview with the killer cop. "After he hit you and went for your gun, you're still in your car at the point. Why get out and chase him?"

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at November 26, 2014 07:25 PM (81puj)


Short version is "If I can possibly ask you a question that will screw you in the DOJ investigation or in a civil suit, I'll try my damnedest to ask it?"

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 02:28 PM (fL/7/)

371 Amazingly even as Lucas talked about the Force being a lot of religions boiled down to a simple energy that everything living gives off he also mentions it being in rocks.  And I went 'Dude how unaware are you that's Shintoism you described.'  But he never ever discussed in this hour Miticholorians.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:29 PM (qtcbX)

372 >>>>You are talking about pan fried in bacon grease are you not?<<<<<

Absolutely.

And beer in the hushpuppies.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 02:30 PM (M6Vhk)

373 Short version is "If I can possibly ask you a question that will screw you in the DOJ investigation or in a civil suit, I'll try my damnedest to ask it?" Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 07:28 PM (fL/7/) he should never have done the interview

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 02:31 PM (u8GsB)

374 I saw Side Effects on Netflix recently. Pretty good. Catherine Zeta Jones just keeps getting better with age.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:33 PM (0LHZx)

375 Will Smith's version of I Robot had basically nothing to do with the original story "I Robot" whatsoever. That was when I was done with Will Smith. Not that I was ever really *begun* with him in the first place.

Posted by: eleven at November 26, 2014 02:34 PM (MDgS8)

376 The only one I'll take issue with is Walter Mitty.  I almost fell asleep during it, I wanted my dollar back from RedBox.

I loved Edge of Tomorrow, I thought it should have made a bigger splash than it did, it just sort of faded out overnight.

Posted by: Altec at November 26, 2014 02:34 PM (13G+x)

377 he should never have done the interview Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 07:31 PM (u8GsB) _________ I know right? WTF was he thinking? There is absolutely no upside to doing it and about a million potential downsides. You'd think his lawyer or someone in his family would have said, dude DO NOT DO IT!!!

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:35 PM (0LHZx)

378 >>>>The prequels<<<<<<

If you fast forward through all the Annakin/Padme bits, the third one isn't that bad. Ian McDiarmid steals the show.

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living... at November 26, 2014 02:35 PM (M6Vhk)

379 Why don't people name their girls Gretl anymore? It's such a beautiful name.

Posted by: eleven at November 26, 2014 02:35 PM (MDgS8)

380 374 he should never have done the interview Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 07:31 PM (u8GsB) This. The media is the enemy. Tell them to fuck off. (And I've probably been saying "the media is the enemy" longer than D-Lamp. I just don't say it as often.)

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 02:35 PM (sdi6R)

381 Sooth-- Reputation redeemed. =P No, I haven't seen that one either, but I'm way more likely to. I love well done low-budget film-making.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 02:36 PM (7zeA4)

382 What happened to John Malcovich anyways? Is he still around?

Posted by: eleven at November 26, 2014 02:36 PM (MDgS8)

383 he should never have done the interview

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 07:31 PM (u8GsB)


I cannot understand why so few people (especially political people) get this simple concept!


But $$ talks and BS walks, so...

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 02:37 PM (fL/7/)

384 Condolences, ScoggDog; hope that your Thanksgiving survives with a reasonable level of thankfulness intact. All best wishes to you & yours, and, for that matter, to the entire Horde & theirs !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at November 26, 2014 02:37 PM (1fIxV)

385 375 Catherine Zeta Jones just keeps getting better with age. Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 07:33 PM (0LHZx) She was my favorite Titanic hottie before Kate Winslet.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 02:37 PM (sdi6R)

386 383 What happened to John Malcovich anyways? Is he still around? Posted by: eleven at November 26, 2014 07:36 PM (MDgS ___________ He was in Deadly Code. I saw it on Netflix (which is basically the only place I ever see movies now). I hadn't even heard of it before. I liked it a lot.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:38 PM (0LHZx)

387 I like Side Effects. http://bitmaelstrom.blogspot.com/2013/03/side-effects.html Apart from that whole Che fiasco, I'd probably go see whatever Sorderbergh made. It'll be modest, but more interesting than you think.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 02:39 PM (7zeA4)

388 I know right? WTF was he thinking? There is absolutely no upside to doing it and about a million potential downsides. You'd think his lawyer or someone in his family would have said, dude DO NOT DO IT!!!

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 07:35 PM (0LHZx)


I hate to say it, but the guy might be a dem and actually thinks that once the truth comes out everything will be totes cool.

Posted by: some guy at November 26, 2014 02:39 PM (QIVJq)

389 Snowpiercer with Chris Evans

Posted by: MikeH at November 26, 2014 02:39 PM (+hB3s)

390 THNX Mr Moo Moo.... I'll check it out.

Posted by: eleven at November 26, 2014 02:40 PM (MDgS8)

391 I just don't say it as often.)

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 07:35 PM (sdi6R)


Or as "forcefully"!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 02:40 PM (fL/7/)

392 Anyone going to see the upcoming Night at the Museum movie with the deceased Robin Williams?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:41 PM (qtcbX)

393 385 Condolences, ScoggDog; hope that your Thanksgiving survives with a reasonable level of thankfulness intact.


Thank you.  As it turns out - one phone call kills that kind of shit.

Posted by: ScoggDog at November 26, 2014 02:41 PM (xWPj1)

394 What happened to John Malcovich anyways?
---

He was in those two Red movies and he had that pirate TV series in the last year or so.

Posted by: Methos at November 26, 2014 02:42 PM (A6vWB)

395 I cannot understand why so few people (especially political people) get this simple concept! But $$ talks and BS walks, so... Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 07:37 PM (fL/7/) _______________ A couple of bucks is worth potentially incriminating yourself and spending 10 years in prison after Eric Holder convicts your ass. Some peeps is dumb.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:43 PM (0LHZx)

396 378 he should never have done the interview Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 07:31 PM (u8GsB) _________ I know right? WTF was he thinking? There is absolutely no upside to doing it and about a million potential downsides. You'd think his lawyer or someone in his family would have said, dude DO NOT DO IT!!! Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 07:35 PM (0LHZx) The opposite is true. The riots make the officer more believable, he gets a chance to tell his account of what happened, the grand jury evidence is coming out and is in his favor, and the DOJ is going to be too busy protecting itself to go after this cop.

Posted by: eman at November 26, 2014 02:44 PM (MQEz6)

397 Most cops are Dems aren't they? Union members and all. I know one person who is po-po and he'd suck Obama's cock if given the chance.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 02:44 PM (0LHZx)

398 Anyone going to see the upcoming Night at the Museum movie with the deceased Robin Williams?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD)


Are you implying his performance is going to be ...


a little stiff?

#YEEEAAAAAAAGGGGH

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 02:45 PM (s9AKD)

399 Meanwhile to remind people.  The classic pentagon logo of Chrysler is being replaced by something called the FCA logo.

FCA -> Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
http://tinyurl.com/ohjx76t

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:48 PM (qtcbX)

400 Posted by: eman at November 26, 2014 07:44 PM (MQEz6)

For his sake, I hope you are right, and from what I heard of the interview, he (Wilson) handled himself very well, but Holder's has a whole department full of embittered AA hires that want a white scalp to justify their existence!

Posted by: Hrothgar at November 26, 2014 02:48 PM (fL/7/)

401 Does Robin William's Night at the Museum end with a short drop in the Janitor's Closet?

Posted by: Nanu Pichu at November 26, 2014 02:49 PM (KG1MP)

402 FCA -> Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
http://tinyurl.com/ohjx76t

Posted by: Anna Puma


As about as exciting as those blue label grocery items in the 70's.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at November 26, 2014 02:51 PM (s9AKD)

403 Weft, save the Howie Dean impersonation for karaoke night. 

Janitor's Closet?  You going to try it?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:52 PM (qtcbX)

404 400 Meanwhile to remind people. The classic pentagon logo of Chrysler is being replaced by something called the FCA logo. FCA -> Fiat Chrysler Automobiles http://tinyurl.com/ohjx76t Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 07:48 PM (qtcbX) ____________ OH MY GOD!! This is horrible

Posted by: The 63 People Who Buy Chrysler Every Year at November 26, 2014 02:55 PM (0LHZx)

405 I think Guardians is being seriously undersold here. I LOVED it. Great popcorn space action movie. Funny as hell too.

Posted by: ChrisInFtWorth at November 26, 2014 02:55 PM (et44E)

406 FCA -> FSA ???

James T. Kirk, "One little thing."

Yeah its so corporate bland that its generic.  OCP has a better logo.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at November 26, 2014 02:57 PM (qtcbX)

407 @377 I loved Edge of Tomorrow, I thought it should have made a bigger splash than it did, it just sort of faded out overnight. ----------------- I think the biggest problem with Edge of Tomorrow is that it was a new product to Americans, being released in the middle of a glut of franchise flicks that are popular with the basic sci-fi movie audience. When faced with the choice of going to see the new Transformers flick, or the new Star Trek flick, or the next Marvel flick, or some unknown property called 'Edge of Tomorrow', the vast majority of the movie-going audience went with one of the first three choices. I suspect that it would have done a lot better if it had been released at when it wasn't competing with all of the franchises.

Posted by: junior at November 26, 2014 02:59 PM (UWFpX)

408 A mop sink in a janitor's closet might be a good place to start a magic career centered around escapes.

Posted by: Nanu Pichu at November 26, 2014 03:02 PM (KG1MP)

409 I always enjoyed 'The Edge of Wetness'...

Posted by: Countrysquire at November 26, 2014 03:02 PM (8FyP4)

410 For what it's worth, my list of movies I have enjoyed recently: Snowpiercer - gritty, dystopian, allegory. Sure it has some Occupy the A Train leanings, but skews all facets including education and central planning. Headhunters - Foreign film, but nicely woven together and loose ends tie up at end. Get the Gringo - Mel Gibson is very good in this. Reminiscent of Payback which I also enjoyed a lot. Homefront - Jason Steatham in another formulaic, yet enjoyable action flick. In the Loop - British film about govt incompetence in a run up to war. Very profane and quick...think Glen Garry Glen Ross had a live child with Best in Show...this movie is what you get. All movies are currently on Netflix.

Posted by: Mongo, Pawn in Game of Life at November 26, 2014 03:05 PM (Mvioh)

411 411 Snowpiercer - gritty, dystopian, allegory. Sure it has some Occupy the A Train leanings, but skews all facets including education and central planning. Posted by: Mongo, Pawn in Game of Life at November 26, 2014 08:05 PM (Mvioh) I heard Michael Medved give that a scathing, zero-star review. I think he called it "communist agitprop". I haven't seen it myself.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 03:10 PM (sdi6R)

412

Hopefully no one missed the anti-white indoctrination in Guardians of the Galaxy. No spoilers, but there are two white men, both heroic in their own way, shown in romantic relationships with females of other species. There will be no white babies from those unions. What ethnic group could hate white people so much that they actively fill the culture with propaganda advocating our extinction?

Posted by: Eastside School at November 26, 2014 03:22 PM (uuBVh)

413 I forgot another movie: "A Cabin in the Woods" is great, if gory, fun. Great sendup of horror flicks.

Posted by: Bacon Kevin at November 26, 2014 03:27 PM (WEBkv)

414 Loved Edge of Tomorrow, and I imagine it did well globally. Totally entertaining, often funny, Tom Cruise at his most charming. Just watched it again on the plane.

Posted by: Tattoo De Plane at November 26, 2014 03:29 PM (Y92Nd)

415 Make that "The Cabin in the Woods."

Posted by: Bacon Kevin at November 26, 2014 03:29 PM (WEBkv)

416 The problem with calling Snowpiercer =anything= is that it's totally batshit. That's the key element of the story. There's a full-scale battle between dozens of people IN A TRAIN CAR. The super-fast train which, by the way, TAKES 365 DAYS TO CIRCLE THE GLOBE. (You figure out the math on that one.) There are things that are meant allegorically, sure. Probably. But it's so unmoored from anything like reality. So just kick back and enjoy the ride. Or don't. What do I care? But really, don't take it seriously. There's a weird aesthetic logic to it (Koreans, love 'em) but no, y'know, actual sanity to be found.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 03:30 PM (7zeA4)

417 359 Broiled Pompano, or fresh Flounder stuffed with deviled crab.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at November 26, 2014 07:17 PM (F2IAQ)


Meh. I've had her. 


374

he should never have done the interview

Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl 100 days until spring training at November 26, 2014 07:31 PM (u8GsB)


Yep.  Nothing until all civil and civil actions over.

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 03:41 PM (sDapq)

418 I know right? WTF was he thinking? There is absolutely no upside to doing it and about a million potential downsides. You'd think his lawyer or someone in his family would have said, dude DO NOT DO IT!!!

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 07:35 PM (0LHZx)


Unless you are going to pull a Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. on the interviewer, that is.

Posted by: flounder at November 26, 2014 03:43 PM (sDapq)

419 388 I like Side Effects.

Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 07:39 PM (7zeA4)

Hey sailor!

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at November 26, 2014 03:44 PM (sDapq)

420 "It's just a movie and a movie has to do something different, right?"


Holy shit!  Like have the bad guy be an Islamic terrorist?

It's just a movie... that the makers had months and months to think about and mold to their message.  Things in movies are there for a reason.  Usually that reason is to piss off conservatives.

Posted by: Dang at November 26, 2014 03:45 PM (MNq6o)

421 398 Most cops are Dems aren't they? Union members and all.

I know one person who is po-po and he'd suck Obama's cock if given the chance.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at November 26, 2014 07:44 PM (0LHZx)


He acted stupidly.

Posted by: Emporer Obama at November 26, 2014 03:46 PM (sDapq)

422 417 The super-fast train which, by the way, TAKES 365 DAYS TO CIRCLE THE GLOBE. (You figure out the math on that one.) Posted by: moviegique at November 26, 2014 08:30 PM (7zeA4) It's going about 68 mph.

Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 03:47 PM (sdi6R)

423 Posted by: rickl at November 26, 2014 08:10 PM (sdi6R) There definitely a 99%-er thing going on in the movie, but I try not to take these things too seriously. I especially liked the satire of the grade school indoctrination class. Chris Evans was far superior here than the Captn Americas, IMO

Posted by: Mongo, Pawn in Game of Life at November 26, 2014 03:58 PM (Mvioh)

424 Along with Edge of Tomorrow I'd recommend Oblivion. Those 2 movies were written more like science fiction that the crap that usually gets filmed.

Posted by: Mark at November 26, 2014 04:14 PM (1Qsuq)

425 I count you Ace among the many things to be thankful for. Everything from just having the smart website to the long posts. I especially appreciate all the times you work late on a holiday eve like this one Salute to you sir, and a cold one in your honor Canton, O

Posted by: Tom_Ohio at November 26, 2014 04:19 PM (Zz48T)

426 MOAR!!!!  I'm as right wing political zealot as any of you morons, but I really like Ace when he gets on about current movies.  Do more Ace - get off your ass.

Posted by: BJ at November 26, 2014 04:31 PM (S1Xji)

427 EOT - liked it. Was not the in movie rules of the universe broken though? I liked Minority Report more.

Pacific Rim - hated it. All the fun of watching someone else play a video game.

Walter Mitty - liked it. Watched the scene set in the ocean about 6 times. Not the movie I thought it would be. Better.

Three Days to Kill - three days to recover from this absolute piece of shit.
Odd Thomas - liked it, even though I kind of find Checkov annoying.

The Fargo TV series. Took me two episodes to get into it, but loved it.

Old School Pick:  State of Grace. Ed Harris is awesome. w/ Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Robin Wright, John C Reilly and John Turturo

SciFi pick: Primer.

Posted by: PRNDL at November 26, 2014 05:26 PM (EPvWB)

428 Uggg, no, the Hansel and Gretel movie was just awful. Only saving grace was watching witches die and if there was a porn for that, this would be it. I get my mystic violence Tolkein-style, so rewatched the Hobbit movie. Edge of Tomorrow.... YES. Worth watching, except for the (spoiler alert) fact that at the end I realized they could avoided all the drama by launching nukes at the evil alien super-brain hideout. Something I watched recently was "The Royal Tanenbaums". It was good. There should be a list of "Good Movies you missed". This would be on it. Cast of all-stars in a quirky New York character movie. Ben Stiller, Owen and Luke Wilson, Gene Hackman (!), Gwenneth Paltrow... Only thing missing would be a Woody Allen walk on. Also watched "The November Man" with Pierce Brosnan not being Bond, but Bond-like in a spy thriller. Good.

Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at November 26, 2014 05:30 PM (wT9UL)

429 I've seen a bunch of movies this year, but the most memorable was Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansen (or however that's spelled). 

It's very, very disturbing and not fun at all, and you probably need to see it about five times before you can understand it.  I saw it twice and never want to see it again, but I will probably buy it.  It sits there and it nags at you, over and over.

Recommended, and not recommended.  It's free on Amazon Prime, but you cannot blame me if you watch it. 


Posted by: Null at November 26, 2014 05:32 PM (xjpRj)

430 Snowpiercer - gritty, dystopian, allegory. Sure it has some Occupy the A Train leanings, but skews all facets including education and central planning.

Posted by: Mongo, Pawn in Game of Life at November 26, 2014 08:05 PM (Mvioh)



I heard Michael Medved give that a scathing, zero-star review. I think he called it "communist agitprop". I haven't seen it myself.

Posted by: rickl



I thought Snow Piercer sucked.


It's not because of its left-wing message (global warming plus class struggle Marxist nonsense), I went in knowing all that. 

It was just dumb, almost more like a stage play because it was so silly.  Just an absurd premise with flat, one dimensional characters.  The only interesting part was Tilda Swinton's performance, and even that got old fairly quickly.


Posted by: Altec at November 26, 2014 05:33 PM (13G+x)

431 Old school sci-fi horror:  rent the blue-ray of the Tobe Hooper-Dan O'Bannon film Lifeforce.  Do not watch the movie...watch the "original theatrical version" bonus on the blue-ray disk. 

The sound is weird, but this version is awesome, berserk and weird and moves really, really fast.  The "director's cut" adds fifteen minutes, which slows everything down and gives you time to think, "Hey--this is stupid."

Plus, it has Patrick Stewart's first onscreen kiss!  Um, with Steve Railsback.

And Mathilda May almost always naked.  Honestly, she is one of the most gorgeous women I've ever seen.

Posted by: Null at November 26, 2014 05:42 PM (xjpRj)

432 How can you NOT like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, when eating the wicked witch's candy house gives Hawkeye diabetes?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 26, 2014 05:55 PM (XO6WW)

433 I recently got turned on to a second run theater with digital projection and reasonably comfortable seats. So I  have seen a handful of movies this year. Then a friend told me that the last day of a film's run the ticket is only one dollar. Yeah, a buck for a digital projection big screen show. So I took a chance on a little movie I had no idea if I would like or not. Figured I could get up and walk out after fifteen minutes and not really miss the dollar. Boyhood didn't sound like my kind of movie. It is almost three hours long when I usually like the story to wrap up in under two. But when the movie ended I thought that if it was another fifteen or twenty minutes longer I would have happily sat there and continued watching. Terrific movie.

Edge of Tomorrow was very good.

A Walk Among the Tombstones was also very good. Liam Neeson is good but the film is dark. So if that is not your thing, you have been warned.

Guardians was good enough, but I only paid three bucks to see it.

Posted by: Jorge at November 26, 2014 07:05 PM (jw6rX)

434 Wow. Thanks for that, um, post, Ace.

Posted by: kiffen at November 26, 2014 07:59 PM (9ATG5)

435 Edge of Tomorrow is really, really good. I've never found Emily Blunt game-changingly attractive before. I mean, don't get me wrong, I would crawl over broken glass to give her cake a little icing, but I would do that with pretty much any Hollywood actress. In this movie though, Jesus, it's like she has a direct pipeline to my crotch. She is just stunningly sexy in this. Oh yeah, the movie's not bad either. Another couple of good, underrated flicks are The Bourne Legacy (Jeremy Renner is just a great actor, he totally sells that movie) and Jack Reacher (another Tom Cruise actioner. Hey, the guy knows his strength and brings it every performance).

Posted by: Lamont Cranston at November 26, 2014 11:39 PM (0b0Kp)

436 "Movies have to do something different" would carry more weight if there had been a Muslim bad guy since, oh say, Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Okay, True Lies, but you get the idea...)

Posted by: southcentralpa at November 27, 2014 03:05 AM (7YZbv)

437 I'm the last person to comment on this thread. No one will read my comment ... except some loser who always comes to the party after the cops have already busted it. Still, I comment. I comment because I live, I breathe. To me, to comment is to live, to br ... oh, I said that already. Walter Mitty. Best movie I saw last year. Got me humming "Major Tom" for weeks. Watched it twice, actually, a rarity for me, and enjoyed to as much the second time as the first. I'm done. If you're that loser who came to the party late, please say so. Let me know that I exist.

Posted by: MaxMBJ at November 27, 2014 05:24 AM (5/iFs)

438 "413 Hopefully no one missed the anti-white indoctrination in Guardians of the Galaxy. No spoilers, but there are two white men, both heroic in their own way, shown in romantic relationships with females of other species. There will be no white babies from those unions. What ethnic group could hate white people so much that they actively fill the culture with propaganda advocating our extinction?"

Um, the hero at least *was* a white guy. And "Nova .." whatever was white-bread Disney-style Tomorrowland with white Americans, in color. Glenn Close seemed pretty white Americanized for an alien from another world.
Oh, and if aliens looked like Zoe Soldana in green paint ... I could dig them too.


Seriously, that doesn't pass for movie racism. If you want movie racism and hating on Whitey, rewatch Elysium after watching the Alex Jones takedown - the conspiracy theory is right:  Elysium is basically "Birth of a Nation" turned upside down. White people are evil. Illegal aliens are good. If only we gave Obamacare to people living in barrios, all would be good.


Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at November 27, 2014 08:09 AM (wT9UL)

439 >About the same here. Haven't been to a theater in years and I haven't hit the Red Box up in almost a year. Since my wife passed, I've seen one movie in a theater. For most of what's out there, I'm more than content to wait for Netflix to send them on Blu-Ray. I have a decent sound system, a good-sized screen, more comfy seating than the average theater...and a kegerator. (My wife, OTOH, was all about seeing movies RIGHT NOW!!! Who knows how many points she (and then we) racked up with Regal? At some point, supposedly it would've changed to $8 movies anytime for life, or something.)

Posted by: salfter at November 27, 2014 06:42 PM (TXsAk)

440 Walter Mitty: Watch the Danny Kaye version instead.

Posted by: ZZMike at November 29, 2014 08:03 PM (kLlbZ)

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