The goblin scene was CGI/mo-cap heavy and some things in that were not very realistic. One thing that made LOTR special was that there were tons of people dressed up in orc/uruk-hai costumes rather than CGI heavy orcs.
Django Unchained - It's superbly entertaining, very funny, great to look at, and everyone is quite good, especially Waltz and Leo. By the end though, it had become nearly too much Tarantino. He's in every obscenity, blood splatter, and music drop of the movie. It's difficult not to enjoy and be entertained by DU, but when Quentin loves what's happening in the movie (meaning the whole movie), you know it. Strongly recommended.
Yeah, the laws of physics get abused in the goblin cave.
... LOL that almost reads like some kind of Internet meme, doesn't it?
Watched 2 animated Superman movies
Superman vs the Elite - Beyond awful. The animation was terrible and should have been warning enough.
Superman All-Star (something like that) - Superman gets cancer and dies. The movie throws in some cameos that aren't needed at all. Better than the Elite, but man, can someone make a Superman movie that isn't garbage? Ugh!
Superman & Shazam vs the return of the Black Adom was pretty entertaining that I saw awhile back though.
The Hobbit - it was ok. Felt just like another LOTR movies, but not nearly as good. It was harmless entertainment, but nothing more. Felt like not much was getting accomplished. Well made movie, and I suppose that is what made it entertaining. No desire to see the next one though
Neverending Story - still a fantastic movie
Casa de mi padre - got some laughs out of this. probably a movie you enjoy once, but won't have a desire to really see it again.
Currently watching the Batman 1949 series. Just think Batman in Mayberry.
Went on movie marathon today.
Kill Bill Vol. 2
DJango - I actually really liked this movie. Very funny but in a crude sort of way. The actors were all excellent, and a cameo made me happy. (That scene was hilarious.) There were definitely parts of that movie where I covered my eyes because it was a little graphic.
Les Mis - I thought I'd like this more than Django, but I didn't. It's a great story, and Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman were outstanding (especially Anne), and Helena Bonham Carter and Borat were perfect for their parts. But a few of the singing voices irritated me. I also think this movie would have been better with dialogue. That said, I'm hoping Anne gets a well deserved award for this. She was really fantastic in it.
It think it'd be correct to say that the marketing push behind the movie was very much of a pre-ordained greatness kind of thing. "You already know that this movie is legendary, it is inevitable, and you may as well accept it already." I feel that way about many movies with Oscar Bait promotions though.
Saw The Hobbit. Really liked it. I found this Bilbo to be more enjoyable a character than any of the LOTR movie characters. I could really feel his reluctance to leave the comfort of the shire. It felt real. I loved the "I do think often of Bag-End" after the goblin caves. Even in the LOTR books I always thought the "oh these silly hobbits long only for the simple comforts of home and would NEVER go on adventures!" thing was pretty contrived, a false attempt at eliciting emotion, but here it felt pretty real. Loved this Bilbo. I liked that the movie was lighter in tone at times. I haven't read or watched LOTR in quite some time, but I don't remember them as very light. Oh, and I love depictions of dragons where they really make you feel the immense sense of disaster that a dragon invasion would bring. Dragons, they are the best.
Saw Pitch Perfect. Man, I really liked this movie. Maybe that's goofy of me. Anna Kendrick is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses. Her big old teeth are adorable, and I think she's pretty talented. She was great in 50/50 as well. I need to see Up In The Air sometime.
Saw The Dark Knight Rises again. Fun and great and all, but a second viewing just points out to me how much it pales in comparison to TDK. TDK is easily one of my favorite movies ever, and I nearly pee myself in joy just watching youtube clips of Ledger as the Joker. Whereas with this movie I found myself mentally groaning at the writing several times, I never really cared about Bane like I did the Joker, and the role of Catwoman--while played well--just didn't seem to have much of a point in the movie. And no Alfred! I know TDK had flaws, but I connect to that movie for so many sentimental reasons. Really I just wish Ledger hadn't died. "I think you and I are destined to do this forever." I would have watched them do it forever.
Saw Ted. Forgettable. I expected more out of a McFarlane thing.
Saw The Words. WTF was this? Dennis Quaid, man, I just don't even know.
Saw Ides of March again. I would watch as PSH watched somebody else who was watching paint dry. I don't even care about the rest of the movie anymore, I instantly love it if PSH is in it. *****.
I realize my reply is a little late.
The movie was 2 hours and 29 minutes long.
The movie was what I consider an emotion based movie. And generally I think those movies either you feel it or you don't. You didn't I did. In fact I probably enjoyed it even more the second time. I too was a little surprised that the whole movie was focused on passing the 13th amendment, but now that I have seen it twice I agree with that decision, better to devote proper time to do a topic well than to rush through.
Overall I love the movie and found it very emotional. I think I like Argo a little better, but clearly Lincoln and Argo were the two best movies I've seen this year and now that I think about it, last year too
Searching for Sugar Man - Not sure I've seen a more recommendable movie this year. It doesn't delve deeply into a fascinating subculture or reveal amazing truths about humanity, but it's pretty much impossible to watch this movie and not walk away beaming and ecstatic about being alive. Just a wonderfully touching, life-affirming story that you would have to be really pissed off not to enjoy. Like watching the Elmo documentary but for a whole country. Recommended like a mother****er.
Captain America- Love this film. I believe it to be my favorite of the Marvel films.
Going to have my usual movie marathon on my day off, looking like
2. The Boondock Saints
3. Kill Bill Vol.1
This weekend I have seen both the Hobbit (MEH) and Lincoln (silent jawdrop). It's been a long while since I read the book but IIRC the movie didn't follow the book The Hobbit very closely. It seemed as though they were more interested in visuals for 3D than in actually making a story. I was underwhelmed.
Lincoln.....we went to the 96th street theater which was about 1/2 full. This is no ****....at the end NOT ONE person made a sound. It was stone dead silent for at least a minute. My wife and I both commented that we wanted to applaud but couldn't break the silence. When people did finally get up to leave it was the quietest most orderly exit I have ever seen (we left last as we had my handicapped morther-in-law with us.). I look forward to seeing this again soon but there are some others I want to see first.
My favorite pixar movie. My wife's family hadn't seen it, so we all watched it together. What a beautiful movie.
Les Mis. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It grabbed me from the very first scene and I never lost interest at all. Normally I don't like musicals, but I thought this movie was great.
Was it perfect? Of course not, no movie is. But I don't judge movies on whether it is perfect or close to perfect. (IMO the criticism this movie is receiving is unwarranted)
And no Russell Crowe cannot sing, but after the first few times he sings you get used to it.
I've seen the following movies and enjoyed them all:
- Bourne Legacy
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Safety Not Guaranteed