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josh. 26. hufflepuff. a passion for television. i want to make tv and movies when i grow up. i don't read as much as i'd like. i wish i was faster. new vinyl enthusiast.

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Items marked with an asterisk are rewatches. Ratings based on my enjoyment.

  • Weekend | | A simple and beautiful story of a one night stand between two men that turns into something more. I wish more movies like this existed.
  • Little Miss Sunshine * | A+ | I honestly don't think I've watched this movie since it came out on DVD, which is a shame. I really love it.
  • The Tree of Life | | This was incredibly boring. I only got through 45 minutes before turning it off. It was 45 minutes of people whispering over Discover Channel b-roll. It was like watching someone try to adapt a screensaver into a movie.
  • Friends With Benefits | | I had a lot of fun watching this! I laughed a lot, and Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have a lot of chemistry! The story with Dylan's father felt incomplete, but it was a really entertaining movie. Not as good as Easy A, but good.
  • (500) Days of Summer * | A+ | One of my favorites. Watched it in the car today.
  • The Art of Getting By | D+ | I'm often a fan of teen coming of age stories. Hell, my favorite novel is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This tried to follow that formula, but had absolutely nothing to say. It brought nothing new to the table at all, and had a pitifully underused supporting cast that I ended up being more interested in than our primary protagonist. The film's greatest strength was the way they photographed New York, but that alone was not enough to sustain my interest. The trailer alone tells you everything about the movie, and ends up being more satisfying in the end, even giving you a decent taste of the aforementioned cinematography.
  • The Ides of March | B+ | I was very excited to watch this, being The West Wing stan that I am. It was an excellent movie, though a little slow going, and far more cynical than The West Wing. Still, I liked it a lot, and it was appropriately unsettling for this idealist to watch.
  • Restless | C+ | The two main characters had good chemistry, and I enjoyed the dialogue, but it was a letdown after reading The Fault in Our Stars.
  • John Carter | | This was better than I expected it to be, but still not a movie I'd ever watch again. It was confusing and went on a little too long. I feel like even a movie you watch just for fun should leave you feeling better for having seen it. This didn't really feel like that. When it ended, it was just over, and I was left feeling nothing about the movie itself.
  • The Hunger Games | | I read The Hunger Games probably sometime in 2010. I found parts of it a struggle to get through. I wasn't fond of the writer's style, and I felt it often dragged. I liked the story, but the writing turned me off. This is why the idea of a movie excited me. And I was, indeed, very happy with the film. They added things that I felt made the story actually much richer than the source material. Scenes added with President Snow, and especially the scene of the riot in District 11, were some of my favorite scenes in the film. I will also say that it wasn't perfect. They left out my favorite scene in the book, and the entire final act felt rushed. Still, I would absolutely love to see this again, and it even has me considering giving the books another shot.
  • The Hunger Games * | | I liked this even more the second time. I'm glad no one was sitting too close around me because I was a hot mess. TEARS ALL OVER MY FACE.
  • The Lucky One | B+ | I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. It was a Nicholas Sparks movie and I wasn't expecting much, but this seems like it's one of the better ones. It wasn't his typical "PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE AND JESUS IS AWESOME AND THEN ONE DIES." I actually felt pretty strong feelings for the father character, who supposedly wasn't a redeemable character in the book? Perhaps the praise should be given almost solely to the filmmakers then.
  • Thor | B+ | This was the only Avengers movie I hadn't seen yet. I wasn't expecting to like it when it was in theaters, but I kept seeing good reviews. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see it on the big screen because I wasn't unable to find a 2D screening (I will never do 3D again). It took me a while to finally watch it, but I did, and I really liked it a lot. I loved Jane and Darcy, and the family drama at the heart of it all. Also, lots of Agent Coulson and a Hawkeye cameo! I'm very excited to see The Avengers (SEEING IT SATURDAY!).
  • The Avengers | A+ | WOW. Joss Whedon, you are a king. I was so worried that my expectations were too high, that this movie had been built up too much. I am incredibly glad to report that I WAS WRONG. It exceeded my expectations. It was funny, fun, full of action, but most importantly, full of fully realized characters - something that many "action" movies seem to sacrifice for more explosions. I cared about these characters, and I hated leaving them when the lights came up after the final post-credits scene.
  • The Avengers * | A+ | The movie was even better the second time, though the theater I saw it in and audience I saw it with left something to be desired. I seemed to be the only one laughing. Still, seeing it a second time, after having time to think about what I saw the first time, only increased my enjoyment. I was able to think about how much I loved Natasha, Clint, Phil Coulson… Everyone. I was able to take in the sadness of Thor and Loki's situation. I was able to completely give myself over to the film emotionally. Can Joss Whedon have a hand in all these movies now, please?
  • Almost Famous * | A+ | Favorite movie of all time right here! I watched The Bootleg Cut on blu-ray today. I have to say, though, I still like the theatrical cut better. There's a lot of great extra stuff in the extended cut though!
  • Elizabethtown * | A+ | I had a Cameron Crowe day today! I love this movie dearly. It was the last movies I remember watching with my grandmother, and the movie helped me cope with her death last year. It's an all-time favorite. Still, it is admittedly not as good a film as Almost Famous, and watching it directly after made that very evident.
  • Away We Go * | | I love this movie, even though at times it tries far too hard to be a quirky indie film. The segments in Montreal, Miami, and Home - the softer, more down to earth scenes - are where the strength of this movie really lies. My favorite scenes in the whole film are the ones where Burt and Verona are on the trampoline talking about the future, and where Burt and his brother are talking about his wife leaving him while Verona sings Mr. Tambourine Man to his daughter in the background. Those are the scenes that leave the biggest impression. Those are the scenes that inspire me, that make me want to write my own story.
  • Super 8 * | A+ | Still love this movie. I just showed it to my nephews for the first time. I'm not quite sure what they thought about it. I think some of it scared the youngest a little, and it may have went over both of their heads a LITTLE bit. They said they liked it though.
  • Now and Then * | A+ | An all time favorite. Watched this with my niece back in early June. It's a summer tradition.
  • The Dark Knight Rises | | Perhaps it was because I was watching the effects of real violence on then news just an hour or so before the movie, but a lot of Bane's stuff really got to me. The prologue was very stressful. Still, I loved the movie. I am going to be stanning John Blake for a while, and I thought they did a wonderful job with Selina Kyle. (SPOILERS AHEAD) I thought the twist with Talia al Ghul was a little out of nowhere, but I probably should have seen it coming. It will definitely require multiple viewings. And as I said earlier, I loved John Blake, and the Robin reveal was probably my favorite part of the entire movie.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man | B+ | It was very good, and far better than any of the original Spider-Man films by Sam Raimi. Still, it went into cheesy territory every now and then. Curt Connors was a little bit too much of a mustache twirler for my taste as well. Still, it packed an emotional punch with the death of Uncle Ben and (SPOILER ALERT) George Stacy. Uncle Ben's death was far more effective in this than in the original, and as a West Wing fan, it was actually really hard to watch. Uncle Ben and Aunt May were probably my favorite part of the film, really. I wish we could have seen more.
  • The Dark Knight Rises * | A+ | Possibly even better the second time. I was able to think about it more, and to give it more thought.
  • The Dark Knight Rises * | A+ | Unfortunately this was my least favorite viewing. Not because of the film itself, but the theater I saw it in. The sound was off and the screen was too small. Still a great movie, but you could barely hear the dialogue.
  • Hope Springs | A- | Very good! The performances were fantastic, with little ticks given to the characters. Steve Carrell, while not the star of the show, was also great, presenting an air of mystery that is so often present with psychiatrists. They know everything about you, you have to wonder about them. The ending was a little too clean, and sort of sprang out of nowhere. Still, it left me satisfied.
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | A- | Good, but not nearly as good as the book. All the same, the performances were very good and it was still a good story - even if it was somewhat different. If you hadn't read the book, I'm not sure if certain things would have felt as effective without the book informing my viewing, and I really missed some things from the book (the story of The Renter/Oskar's grandfather, his relationship with Oskar's grandmother and the Nothing Spaces, and the omission of Ron). All in all it was very good, but I would definitely suggest reading the book first.
  • Looper | | Fantastic, but also a little confusing. It was a violent thrill ride, but still had heart at the center of it. It was a film that left me wanting to read speculation and theories.
  • Independence Day * | B- | My favorite movie circa 3rd grade. Watched it with my nephews. It was their first time seeing it. While 8, I thought it was the world's greatest cinematic achievement, but it doesn't quite hold up to those standards as an adult, does it? But it's still fun junk food, and it makes me very nostalgic.
  • The Brothers Bloom | C+ | This had great visuals, but it seemed a little bit like Rian Johnson doing Wes Anderson and I didn't quite get it. The story was convoluted, but at the end it still had a nice little emotional punch.
  • Liberal Arts | B+ | This was good, though a little disjointed. It was only 90 minutes, but it had a lot of threads. It is something that obviously wanted to be a novel, and probably would have been better if it were. It would have given the storylines room to breathe, and made them feel more complete.
  • Argo | A+ | Possibly my favorite film of the year after The Dark Knight Rises. It was compelling, suspenseful, and loaded with emotion. I would have loved to have seen more Kyle Chandler, but damn, it was just so good.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed | A+ | This was such a delightful surprise of a movie! It starts off leading you to believe it's going to be one of those Debbie Downer indie flicks, and it delivers a sucker punch of wild optimism and huge dose of heart. The whole thing seemed to be a call for people to see the best in people, and that optimism always wins out in the end.
  • Moonrise Kingdom | C- | As beautiful as Wes Anderson films are to look at, I just don't know if I really "get" them. I feel no real feelings. They just seem strange and so far out of reality. I think it's one of the reasons why Fantastic Mr. Fox is my favorite of his films. That strange fantastical reality doesn't seem out of place.
  • Ruby Sparks | B+ | This movie was very good, but maybe had a little bit TOO MUCH to say. Was it a take on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope? About controlling men? About how real fiction can become to a person? I feel like it touched on all of these, but it dropped the ball a little in the finale. It also left questions unanswered, but perhaps that's for the best. Sometimes things should remain unexplained.
  • Skyfall | C+ | I thought this was just kind of okay. I didn't grow up on Bond (other than playing Goldeneye on Nintendo 64), so this was the first film of the 50 year old franchise I've ever seen. The movie felt soulless to me. It dragged until the middle of the second act, and was just a lot of shooting and running. I also didn't appreciate the sort of homoerotic scene between James Bond and the villain. It gets a little tiring when the only real gay presence in mainstream action movies is a coded gay villain. Other than that, the final act revealed some emotion that really should have been there through the whole thing, all after they arrived at Skyfall. Even then, not enough was built on that so it just felt sort of flat and underdeveloped. I would have enjoyed more backstory, and more insight into the characters, but I guess that isn't really what James Bond is about. It definitely has its audience (the theater had more people in it than usual for a Saturday matinee on a nice day), but I guess I'm just not it.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower | A+ | Probably my favorite movie of the year. Unsurprising, since the book is my favorite. It wasn't as close to the book as I would've liked (I missed everything with his sister, and the end was tamed), but it was a great adaptation, especially to get it down to a PG13 rating. I do hope they release a Director's Cut on DVD, however, and I hope the storyline involving his sister is included.
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | | I was a bit disappointed. It pulled at a lot of nostalgic heartstrings, but was also really boring at times, especially in the first half. The last half was pretty solid, and grabbed my attention much more. I think stringing it out into three movies is definitely a mistake though. Also, I miss FILM. Digital is great sometimes, and what I'd want to shoot on because it's what I'm most comfortable with, but digital is different, and doesn't look nearly as beautiful. It's over a decade since the original LOTR trilogy was filmed. It makes me kinda sad that this felt liked a step backwards as far as the tech and the hair and the makeup. Newer isn't always better.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe * | | This was my favorite of all the Narnia movies, but I kind of feel like it didn't ENTIRELY hold up for me. I guess tastes just subtly change as we get older. This isn't to say it's a bad movie. I still love it, and I'll still show it to my children if ever I'm to have them, but it's not quite the same feeling as I had watching it back in 2005, or even 2008.
jan 1 2012 ∞
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