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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Side Effects
Side Effects(2013)

Quite enjoyable. A bit different than expected, but great performances and engaging cinematography.

The Hunter
The Hunter(2012)

As it says, was a bit predictabile at times. But Dafoe is able to carry it through to the end.

A Royal Affair

It of course takes a few historical liberties, but interesting none the less since I know next to nothing about Denmark. And great performances, costumes, and direction.

Django Unchained

Pretty standard Tarintino romp. Much more enjoyable than his last, Inglorious Basterds.

Disneynature Crimson Wing

A sorf of Flamingo version of March of the Penguins. Wonderful cinematography, and a killer score by The Cinematic Orchestra.

Seven Psychopaths

Completely irreverent and dark, and a self reference which reminds me of Adaptation. Stellar performances all around.


Although heavily dramatized, the heart of the story is intact enough to make it worth it.

The Dungeon Masters

Sort of like a trainwreck, you can't look away. It draws you in innocently enough, but then you just find yourself asking, why? Why?

The Girl
The Girl(2012)

An interesting portrait of Hitchcock.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

No W&G, but a great production from Aardman none the less.

The Dark Knight Rises

Hard to top the last one, but a good endcap to the trilogy.


Nothing special, but fun for what it is.


Went in expecting something decent, and was fairly disappointed. The time travel element was haphazard by itself, and was made more confounding with it being set in the future.

Premium Rush
Premium Rush(2012)

Went in with fairly low expectations and was plesantly surprised that it managed to keep my attention throughout.

Silver Linings Playbook

A bit odd and disconnected at times,but overall enjoyable.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A good coming of age story, with a unexpected left turn in the third act.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Didn't really know what to expect, but it was pretty interesting with great performances.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Decent and fun, despite being long winded in parts.

A History of Violence

A superb action thriller. Great tone and direction throughout.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I did intend to see this, but the Swedish one did sit quite right. And to my surprise, this is actually the better of the two, adaptation wise. They do a better job of adding the subtleties of the book, and Craig and Mara's portrayals are much more in line with my mind's Mikael and Lisbeth. There is one thing that drags it down... And it's the English. I was expected it to be either standardized British or American, but instead it is an inconsistent mess. British, along with fake and real Swedish accents, and a couple inexplicable American ones tossed in. Anyway, while both changed the ending, I enjoyed this one's more and think it is more in line with the spirit of the book.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

While a passable adaptation, I found some of the subtle changes questionable. Nyqvist and Rapace also didn't really fit my image of Mikael and Lisbeth that much. Nyqvist wasn't nearly as charming and charismatic, and Rapace came off as too normal and socially aware. At the end it felt a little off, so I decided to give the US one a go...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Was mostly what I expected. While Walker wasn't perfect as Lincoln, he was passable. It gets a bit long, but wraps up decently.


A great addition. Story, action, cinematography, all top notch. Even a bit of background on Bond the man.


Leaves a lot to be desired, and falls into cliches is should have avoided, given the franchise.


Didn't have high hopes, but expected something. Just a bunch of stilted unconnected dialog, with no real direction...

Men in Black III

Never watched 2, and just wanted some mindless pap. This filled the time perfectly.


A fun comicbook-esque adventure. I enjoyed it thoroughly, although I guess I didn't have too high of expectations.


This wasn't bad by any means, but not something I can enjoy. I thought it was going to be a full modernization, as the trailer doesn't really make it obvious that it has full Shakespearean dialog. I just can't get behind the dialog, and would probably prefer classical Romans as such.

Bannen Way
Bannen Way(2010)

Mildly entertaining action.

Bubba Ho-Tep
Bubba Ho-Tep(2003)

Bruce Campbell as an elderly Elvis with black JFK as his best friend? What's not to like?


No Up or Wall-E, but decent.

The Guard
The Guard(2011)

A good subtle dark comedy. Gleeson is great, and his rapport with Cheadle was spot on.

Iron Sky
Iron Sky(2012)

I fun little romp. Good style and graphics, the ships particularly.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

Watched the Final Cut, as I heard it was the best. It was quite different from what I was expecting, very surreal, whereas I was expecting a 'hard scifi' classic...

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Wasn't particularly bad. But didn't really do anything for me either, was just there...

Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

Pretty much what I expected, a long video game cut scene basically. And good following of the source.

The Help
The Help(2011)

Fairly decent. Although it does get a little biopicy cliche at the end(even though it's fictional).

The Blair Witch Project

Good ol "found footage" pioneer.

Marvel's The Avengers

A fun and fair adaptation. A good melding of 616 + Ultimate. A few overly blurry fight scenes, but they were easy to get past.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

Ok, but more childish than I was expecting. Though I realized I don't really remember what the old ones were like at all...


Pretty good take on a train mystery.

The Host
The Host(2007)

A quality monster movie.

Underworld: Awakening

Pretty meh. Like a third of a movie stretched into 2 hours...

Fright Night
Fright Night(2011)

A decent B horror. Wasn't really anything too 'comedic' about it tho...

The Man From Earth

One of the few movies that naturally commanded my full attention.


The establishing 4th & Pike 'Seattle' scene, with the Space Needle visible, was probably one of the worse I've scene. I don't mind passing Vancouver off as Seattle normally, but that just irked me more than normal for some reason. But it was otherwise a decent movie.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Topher Grace was a terrible choice for Venom. Swapping him and Thomas Haden Church would have been a slight improvement. But really the Venom plot should have been left out entirely, as Raimi didn't like him. And the arc really needs at least a background setup in one movie, with black suit Spidey in another, followed by Venom in a third.

Attack the Block

Fun, and much more unique than Super 8.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

A gritty ET re-imagining. The lens flare is anoying at times, and the train sequence could have used a touch of Michael Bay, but it was fun.

The Edge
The Edge(1997)

To everyone who sees The Grey trailer, this is the original.

The Book of Eli

This was a sorely disappointing post apocalyptic story. Very heavy handed god bothering that might appear subtle to some. Couldn't get past the fact it completely ignores the nature of religion. The premise is a non-starter, as cults would be a dime a dozen after any apocalypse.


The ending was a little contrived, but was still enjoyable overall.

Case 39
Case 39(2010)

Reminded me of Orphan.

The Unloved
The Unloved(2009)

While quite good, it just didn't resonate as new, unique, or insightful with me. Probably due to my own shite childhood.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

Meh, movie muzak really. Came off as an exercise in benign absurdism to me.


I already had low expectations. And this successfully undercut them. Annoying editing and visuals, and blowing up the Stratosphere was just dumb.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Entertaining for nostalgia's sake and some great CGI(better than Avatar IMO, as it just seemed fake there, but works for a 'computer world'). It is of course lacking in the story dept, but pretty much exactly what I expected.