Archive for the ‘7.0’ Category

THE WAR GAME (1965)

Posted: March 8, 2011 in 1960s, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/12/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Somebody on Twitter mentioned being an admirer of Peter Watkins, who directed THE WAR GAME and several historical docs.  The name was new to me, but I was glad to find this on NWI.  THE WAR GAME is a fairly shocking pseudo documentary about the potential nuclear fallout in Britain after WWIII.  Of course I have no technical knowledge of such things, but THE WAR GAME feels entirely authentic and believable.  Scary shit.

Rating:  7.0

LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947)

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 1940s, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/10/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Easily my least favorite Orson Welles movie (but I still haven’t seen them all), LFS looks like it was pieced together from a variety of sources.  The studio clearly had it’s way and the end result is disjointed and sloppy at times.  It’s the rest of the movie — when Welles is nearly firing on all cylinders (like the final “funhouse” showdown) — that makes LFS a worthy watch.

And I love Welles as an actor, but man alive, that Irish accent…

Rating:  7.0

RED (2010)

Posted: February 17, 2011 in 2010, 7.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/7/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

A fun action-comedy that with a little more action and a sharper wit could have been great.  As it is, it’s exactly what I expected.

Rating:  7.0

BAD BOYS (1983)

Posted: February 15, 2011 in 7.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  2/6/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I’m struggling to have much to say about BAD BOYS.  Good performances all around, but believable it is not.  Sean Penn is a serious actor!

Rating:  7.0

THE RUNAWAYS (2010)

Posted: February 9, 2011 in 2010, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  2/3/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

Having heard mixed reviews of THE RUNAWAYS, I didn’t have any expectations to speak of, and I’m glad I didn’t.  It was much darker and “edgier” than I would’ve guessed, with some truly shocking stuff from Dakota Fanning, considering her age.

Like most people, I’m more familiar with Joan Jett than the rest of the band, and I would’ve preferred a movie more about her than her band mates, but this is a first rate rock ‘n’ roll movie, complete with the necessary sex, drugs, and great music.  A re-watch on Blu-Ray is called for.

Rating:  7.0

Date viewed:  1/31/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I hereby declare Scott Mann, the director of THE TOURNAMENT, to be known henceforth as Scott “the fucking” Mann.  This is everything a mindless action movie should be, and with a bigger star or two it would’ve had a theatrical release and cleaned up at the box office.

Mann hits for the cycle here — original action sequences, great fight choreography, and beautiful glorious God-blessed practical blood effects.

Rating:  7.0

ACROSS 110th STREET (1972)

Posted: January 25, 2011 in 1970s, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  1/23/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

I’ve known of ACROSS 110th STREET since the theme song played at the beginning of JACKIE BROWN.   It’s taken me 13+ years since QT’s implied endorsement, but I finally caught it on NWI.  There is some corrupt cop action here, but it’s mostly a surficial treatment of the racial tensions in NYC as they existed on this side of the civil rights movement.  It’s gritty and violent, and I enjoyed it, but it mostly reminded me I need to see IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

Rating:  7.0

BARRY MUNDAY (2010)

Posted: January 21, 2011 in 2010, 7.0, Home, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  1/14/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

I’d heard positive things about BARRY MUNDAY and I’m a bit of a Patrick Wilson fan, so I was looking forward to what I expected would be a dark comedy (based on the subject matter).  Turns out, it’s actually more of a straight forward romantic comedy, but one of the better ones.  More cute than funny, but it doesn’t fail to entertain.

Rating:  7.0

VALHALLA RISING (2009)

Posted: January 19, 2011 in 2000s, 7.0, CGI BLOOD MUST DIE, New, NWI, Tally

Date viewed:  1/15/11

Venue:  Home (NWI)

I’m still not sure if the characters are Highlanders or Vikings, but VALHALLA RISING is the best uber-violent, dreamlike, Malick-esque, movie about Crusaders (?) I’ve ever seen.  The CGI blood, however, is AN ABOMINATION TO CINEMA AND MUST BE STOPPED.  Stallone and Neil Marshall sure, but how a director as seemingly intelligent as Nicolas Winding Refn can put this shit in a movie and think it is acceptable confounds both my mind and soul in ways that cause me to question the very worth of mankind.

Filmmakers:  When you use CGI blood that looks like it was animated with Microsoft Paint, every single person watching the movie is thinking “that CGI blood looks awful.”  Is this really what you want your audience thinking about?  It sucks I care more about your movie than you do.

Rating:  7.0

CATFISH (2010)

Posted: January 13, 2011 in 2010, 7.0, Blu-Ray, Home, New, Tally

Date viewed:  1/12/11

Venue:  Home (Blu-Ray)

I went into CATFISH knowing absolutely nothing about the movie other than what a few inconsiderate people spoiled on Twitter.  I’m left with a lot of questions, but regardless of those doubts, CATFISH is a worthwhile story that (sadly) “defines a generation” more accurately than THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

Rating:  7.0