Still playing in select Cineplex Theaters, surprised it is up on Netflix already.
Think Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin , with a good dash of Canadian humor set in Winnipeg and Toronto.
A funny, lazy afternoon matinee.
Lol i watched this one yesterday i'll give it the same rating as you...
Zodiac (2007) 8.0/10
Zodiac was a solid 8/10 for me. I was mesmerized by the details of the hunt for the killer. Strong acting and one of the early breakout gigs for Downey Jr. after rehab. I was never sure Downey Jr. would ever make it back after that last rehab. As good as Zodiac was for 90% of the film it let me down at the end, just as the real chase did.
I grew up a HUGE fan of G.I.Joe. My brother and I had pretty much all the action figures and many of the associated toys. For one Christmas we even got that huge aircraft carrier thing...it was pretty damn awesome. We also used to watch the cartoons and I think there were one or two made for tv cartoon movies, as well. Anyway, when the first film came out a couple years ago, it was fun to see and even though it didn't have the same feel as when we were kids, it still served as a small bit of nostalgia. The sequel still had that G.I. Joe cheese factor, and I think overall it was a more enjoyable film, but still didn't quite get there for me. And come on, how you can tease Destro but never actually let him do his thing? That was majorly lame. I can't say I didn't enjoy it some, especially considering how amazing Adrienne Palicki looked...and the banter between the Rock and Bruce Willis was fun...but I felt it needed MUCH more Cobra Commander and at least SOME scenes with Destro. I had a feeling if I watched through the credits maybe there would be a Destro scene setting up another film, but no such luck. Kudos for the scene where the Atomic 8 were all there with their nuke brief cases...that was hilarious.
"G.I. Joe Retaliation" - 6.2/10
I must be the only person crazy enough here to give it a 10/10. A little high, but oh well.
Most seem to say it's lacking in story. Huh?! Yet we're OK with dozens of the same recycled super hero movies.
I was really impressed with the video quality of the movie in IMAX. It seems like whenever I go see a movie in a non IMAX screen it's nothing special.
I was blown away by the video quality of "Planet Earth" on blu-ray, but when I went to see an episode of it at the theaters it was terrible.
Am I the only one that thinks blu-rays at home can look better than at the theater?
Anyway, I bought "Oblivion" on blu-ray. I skipped "Mud" because it's rather slow to me and I couldn't watch it multiple times I think. I did like it a lot.
I feel sorry for those that buy "To the Wonder"! It's nice shots of people wandering around and mumbling for about two hours. Now THAT is lacking in story!
I love the director's previous film "The Thin Red Line" ( it's in my top 5 list) and there are some that think it's the worst movie ever made.
Wow okay, cool...couple of regulars liked it too...nice :)
I had heard that the first half was great but the second half was lacking. I dunno, I felt it was pretty consistent throughout. I'm not the biggest Tom Cruise guy, but I do tend to enjoy the films he's in, if that makes any sense. I was a bit disappointed in Morgan Freeman's role, though...I felt he was underused. But overall I thought it was a very solid film. Glad some of you guys enjoyed it, too!
Lol i saw this one 3 or 4 times when it came out... 9.0/10
The Ascent ( 1977, USSR) 7/10
Director: Larisa Shepitko
"Apparently it's extraordinarily overt Christian symbolism and admission that there were active Russian collaborators, ensured that it was hardly ever seen in the USSR - and of course post-soviet Russia has very little interest in films of that era." ( Yeah, this comment is correct.)
I recently watched a superb and outstanding WWII movie "In the Fog" by Sergei Loznitsa. When I read about it on Internet there were comparisons between it and another movie The Ascent which I have never watched ( see the comment above). The reason why these two movies where compared was because they were based on stories of a popular in the former Soviet Union writer Vasili Bykov.
Loznitsa said about The Ascent that he didn't like pathos of it though the movie was decent. I have to agree with him. I understood what Larisa Shepitko was trying to convey but I didn't like pathos which was overwhelming and also false in my opinion. I think that Shepitko's artistic means to affect viewers were over the top and outdated. Why the pathos of the movie is false? An idea of self-sacrifice itself is not a guarantee that there is a deep profound meaning. I didn't feel that Christ like heroism of the main hero Sotnikov had real justification behind it. I was not sure that an angle at which Shepitko conveyed moral dilemmas was really meaningful and masterfully executed.
There were comments that the movie is depressing. Whether the movie depressing or not is the last thing which would bother me. It's not the criteria I find important. I don't think that this movie is a masterpiece and I don't find it particularly depressing because the false pathos didn't allow me to get into the skin of characters. On the other hand the movie does create a pretty strong atmosphere.
LOL. There is a review on IMDB about the movie from a Puerto-Rican guy ( he nailed it):
"I do not believe this film is religious at all. The message is that Mother Russia, not God, is and should be the ultimate objective and reason in life for a Russian man. True to its Russian tradition and communist credo, man should devote life to the greater interest of Nation over self, family, friends or God."
There was one Russian-speaking woman who was so scared of Mother Russia that she created her own religion and managed to brainwash half of a country she settled in with her delirious writings. Her name was Ayn Rand. That is a power of Mother Russia!