• Archive for February, 2012

    Hurt Locker (98/47)

    by  • 2/16/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    HURT LOCKER – I found this a bit less impressive than I’d expected, given the Oscars it won. Over-rated, with characters that just don’t mean anything; to each other or the viewer.

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    Buck (93/44)

    by  • 2/13/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    BUCK – I was reluctant to watch this film; how interesting could a film about a horse trainer be? Well, it turns out it’s pretty good, thanks to a surprisingly charismatic central figure in Buck.

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    The Manhattan Project (86/41)

    by  • 2/10/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    THE MANHATTAN PROJECT – This film features one of the cheeriest “I’m making a bomb!” montages ever produced. This is a whole lot cheesier and much more shallow than I remember. “We’re kids – what are they going to do – it’s a prank!” In 1986? Maybe not… In 2011? Waterboarding. You’d think that ONE […]

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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch (85/40)

    by  • 2/9/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    GREMLINS 2 – This has not aged any better than the first one. While I do enjoy much of the jokes at the expense of the company and technology, those are little more than window-dressing… there’s so little of plot of character once the empty jokes are stripped away, that it just feels like a […]

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    Clear and Present Danger (84/39)

    by  • 2/8/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER – I guess I’m just not the target audience for these Jack Ryan films… I just can’t believe Harrison Ford when he gets into the field and the action gets going. Yes, I know he’s been been in tons of action films, but this just feels hollow, lacking in any believable […]

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    Defendor, Contagion (83/38)

    by  • 2/7/2012 • film • 0 Comments

    DEFENDOR – I’m not a big Woody Harrelson fan, but there’s something great about his portrayal of Defendor. It’s described as a dark comedy, but there’s nothing that I’d consider traditionally funny here – this is a tragedy in every sense. This dim man child tries to track down his nemesis, Captain Industry, who stole […]

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