9.04.2012

MonthWatch - August 2012.

[I'm going to keep a monthly tally of the movies I've both watched for the first time and as re-watches. I think it'll be interesting to see what all I've watched at the end of the year and how many. That being said, let's do it. Here's the next month.]

August


THEATRICAL (4)
Total Recall - Hard to forget the original, but I still really liked it.
The Expendables 2 - I thought it was a lot of fun with some great call-back moments.
V/H/S - Watched V.O.D. Some good segments, but overall just an OK flick.
360 - Watched V.O.D. Some good segments, but overall just an OK flick (...wait).


RE-WATCH (17)

The Poughkeepsie Tapes - Had a horror movie night with friends and decided to show 'em this. Still freaky.
Audition - Same night. Much funnier with friends.
Zombieland - Gotta love this flick.
Small Soldiers - I really liked it as a kid, but it hasn't aged incredibly well.
The Faculty - This, on the other hand, never gets old.
Battle Royale - For LAMBcast. Terrible adaptation... only decent flick.
The Raid: Redemption - Rewatched the day after the first watch when I wasn't as tired. Still awesome.
Inside Man - For DemPod. One of my favorites.
The Hunger Games - Still loved it.
Super 8 - Hadn't seen it since theater. I like it more this time.
Hellboy - Ron Perlman is great, as is Del Toro in general. Overall flick is alright.
The Fifth Element - One of my favorite Sci-Fi flicks.
xXx - Why the hell aren't more people talking about this awesome action flick again?
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) - I re-watched the first two last November or December and promised myself I'd finally get to this one again. For 4.5 hours, it went by much faster than I remembered.
Max Payne - For V.G. Movie Article. Dullsville. (But very pretty.)
The Little Mermaid - Long story, but it's Golden Age Disney! I shouldn't have to explain...
Snakes on a Plane - For DemPod. Great B-Movie awesomeness.


FIRST TIME (29)
Lockout - Guy Pearce is awesome in this.
Total Recall (1990) - Had to check it out before the remake. Cheesy fun.
Absentia - An interesting little thriller. Not great, but interesting.
Trollhunter - I just thought it was dull. Sorry.
Thief - For DemPod. Great acting, but not very exciting.
Inside - For MILF. It was alright, though I had issues with it.
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - For V.G. Movie Article. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Archie's Final Project - BRILLIANT in its style and message.
Sherlock Jr. - For 50/50. BRILLIANT in its metaness and comedy.
Detention - BRILLIANT in its bizarre WTF aspects.
The Lincoln Lawyer - Engaging thriller. I really enjoyed it.
King of Beggars - I was disappointed. Tonally odd and not what I was expecting.
The Lorax - For MILF. I hated every single thing about this movie.
Red Dawn - I was mainly just bored.
Alone in the Dark 2 - For V.G. Movie Article. Yeah... it's bad.
Hunter Prey - An interesting, low-budget Sci-Fi flick with a nice twist a little ways in.
The Raid: Redemption - For MILF. Again... awesome.
Suspiria - For 50/50. Disappointed, but great soundtrack and style.
Gangs of New York - For DemPod. Love those hats.
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror - Starts off rough, but ends up alright. It tries to be like a Ghibli Film but doesn't quite reach those heights.
We Own The Night - For 50/50. Really good with a fantastic car chase sequence.
Bunraku - For so much style, it was so. freaking. boring. Seriously.
A Fish Called Wanda - Fun acting and script, making for a fun movie all around.
Bernie - For MILF. Fantastic performance from Jack Black, but otherwise only an OK film.
Ping Pong Playa - A surprising amount of heart and humor for such a ridiculously stupid movie.
The Way - Beautifully emotional film.
Peeping Tom - For 50/50. I loved it.
Battleship - Not even my man-crush on Alexander Skarsgard could make this interesting. Dull and bad all around.
Passenger 57 - For DemPod. Cliche and boring.


CURRENT COUNT

Theatrical - 13
Re-Watch - 137
First Time - 170
TOTAL - 320

4 comments:

  1. I finished August at about 308. I think you now have an insurmountable lead.

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    1. Who knows... maybe I'll really slow down closer to winter?

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  2. You didn't like Battle Royale? That's a real surprise as it's one of my favourites - both comic wise and film wise.

    Would be interested to know your problems with it.

    And love the Peeping Tom-love, that's a quality film and one of my favourites!

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    1. I've not read the comic, so I can't attest to that. But I have read the original novel they're all based on. It's a fantastic psychological thriller that delves into the minds and motivations of all these characters. The film craps all over that and just turns it into a mindless action flick. You know practically nothing about the characters, so therefore care very little about them. Basically all character development is lost--and that's the strongest thing about the novel. That and its themes, which are also lost-in-translation in the film. The best way I describe it is like adapting Silence of the Lambs and turning it instead into Saw 2. Saw 2 is decent... but it's not even in the same league (or even genre) of Silence of the Lambs. It's one of my favorite novels, and the film is far and wide a god-awful adaptation of it. It just... loses every single thing the book had to offer in favor of more violence and blood.

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