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25 Most Rewatchable Movies

Statistics site FiveThirtyEight recently reported the results of a survey about which movies people consider “the most rewatchable”. (Follow the link to see their full results.) They didn’t qualify the word “rewatchable”, and neither did the respondents, so I don’t know whether they meant “I could watch this one again” or the more forceful “I[…]

The Movies That Make Grown Men (And Women) Cry

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Published on: 2015.01.18

Here’s a happier subject than my usual fare: Which movies make you cry? Statistics news site 538 reports that 92% of survey respondents — both genders — report that they’ve cried during at least one movie, and of the remaining 8%, at least half admitted during followup questioning that they became “misty-eyed” or “choked up”[…]

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

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Published on: 2014.04.01

I watched Gravity partly because of its Oscar nomination; I’ve lately been in the habit of trying to see most or all of the Best Picture nominees — if only to see for myself whether they were worth it. This one was at least worth the nomination; not having seen all the others yet, I[…]

Movie Review: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

I watched The Wolf Of Wall Street partly because of its Oscar nomination; I’ve lately been in the habit of trying to see most or all of the Best Picture nominees — if only to see for myself whether they were worth it. This one was not. ◊ Metadata IMDb page Wikipedia entry Run time:[…]

Movie Review: Chasing Ice (2012)

Chasing Ice is another movie that I watched because of the Oscars — it was nominated last year (85th Academy Awards) for best original song (“Skyfall” won that year). Otherwise, I probably never would have heard of the movie, which would have been sad, because it was so beautiful. ◊ Metadata IMDb page Wikipedia entry[…]

Movie Review: Lone Survivor (2013)

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Published on: 2014.02.13

I enjoyed Lone Survivor, but not in the “I had a great time!” way; it was more of a “I feel differently about my life now” feeling, which is rare with modern movies. The last war movie that provided a similar feeling was probably Saving Private Ryan in 1998.

Les Misérables (2012)

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Published on: 2013.07.31

My wife and I invoked our “30 minute rule” when watching this movie. The rule is: if the movie can’t interest either of us in 30 minutes, then we turn it off and quit wasting our time. In the case of Les Misérables, we only needed 19 minutes. To be fair, I don’t usually enjoy[…]

Movie Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

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Published on: 2013.04.28

My wife and I invoked our “30 minute rule” when watching this movie. The rule is: if the movie can’t interest either of us in 30 minutes, then we turn it off and quit wasting our time. According to Wikipedia, this film is based on a 1974 novel and “the story follows the hunt for[…]

Movie Review: 10 Years (2011/12)

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Published on: 2013.01.22

[Wikipedia and IMDb disagree as to the year this movie was made. It was either 2011 or 2012.] Short summary: A bunch of people attend their 10th high school reunion. Hilarity ensues. (I’m only kidding about the hilarity part.) The movie had two major downfalls. One, all the characters — supposedly 28 years old —[…]

Movie Review: Prometheus (2012)

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Published on: 2012.11.19

This movie irked me so much that I broke my two-year habit of not writing movie reviews anymore. Billed as a sci-fi adventure on an epic scale, it was actually just a slasher movie dressed up in big-budget sci-fi clothes.

84th Oscars

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Published on: 2012.02.27

Another year in which I’ve not seen most of the movies that won Oscars. (List of nominees and winners.) Rango was the only winning movie that I’d seen, and I’ve seen Bridesmaids, which was nominated but didn’t win anything.

Review: Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

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Published on: 2011.08.18

I haven’t done a review in a while, but I had to review this movie. Not so much the movie itself, but the DVD on which we watched it. 20th Century Fox isn’t the only company that’s starting to make DVDs this way, but this disc was the worst we’d seen. The company has programmed[…]

Movie Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010)

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Published on: 2010.10.05

It’s about owls. Computer-animated owls in 3D. I never thought I would like a movie that could be described so simply, but I really liked “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.” The film was fun, the story wasn’t too confusing (though it came close in places), and the three-dimensional animation was amazing in[…]

Movie Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

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Published on: 2010.03.06

I’ll almost never review a movie before it comes out, because I don’t get sneak peaks like some big-time critics. But a few things deserve to be said about this one, based purely on the advertisements playing on TV and in movie theaters. “Karate” is a Japanese martial art, developed in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa)[…]

Movie Review: Valentine’s Day (2010)

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Published on: 2010.02.15

This year’s top-billed Valentine’s Day movie was named appropriately enough: “Valentine’s Day.” Add in about 20 huge stars, a soundtrack that includes Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale” (record-holder for highest first-week sales by a female artist), and the promise of a cutesy blend of several romantic stories, and you should have a winner. This[…]

Movie Review: Daybreakers (2010)

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Published on: 2010.01.11

Despite some negative reviews, Daybreakers held its own. I strongly disagree with Rolling Stone, which called it a “B Movie.” Maybe because I didn’t pretend it was something it’s not. Daybreakers is a vampire movie, plain and simple. Like most vampire movies, it does not aspire to be an Oscar-winner, nor does it crave critical[…]

Movie Review: Planet Earth (2006)

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Published on: 2010.01.08

“Planet Earth” is a five-disc DVD set produced by the BBC Corporation as a TV series, originally aired in 2006. I could not find a site that correctly listed its run time. IMDb.com said it was 60 minutes. Other sites said 550 minutes. But the DVDs we ordered from Netflix contain 14 episodes of one[…]

Movie Review: Avatar 3-D (2009)

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Published on: 2009.12.24

Avatar is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I still can’t decide if it beats The Blind Side for best movie of 2009, but they’re very different films. Little in Avatar is original. The very real-looking animation is fairly common now. The massive battle sequences have already been done in[…]

Movie Review: Edison Force (2005)

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Published on: 2009.12.11

Apparently, “Edison Force” was so badly received by critics after its screening at the Toronto Film Festival that Sony Pictures canceled its theater-release, and it came out direct-to-video in 2006. Whatever those critics saw must have been edited out of the DVD I rented. The story was compelling, it mirrored real-life events across our nation,[…]

Movie Review: Ninja Assassin (2009)

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Published on: 2009.12.11

Directed by James McTeigue (who’s known for “V for Vendetta,” by far a better movie), “Ninja Assassin” won’t be on anybody’s Top 10 list, but it’s a good action movie, and a really good ninja movie. While some critics said of it, “It’s an overly violent, unintelligible bore” and “so lacking in personality or punch,”[…]

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