Amph What was the last movie you saw?

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  1. DarthTunick Arena Streak for Colors Commissioner

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    Olympus Has Fallen... a movie that certainly was better than it should have been, given the predictability of the story. Gerard Butler does a great job, as does Eckhart & Freeman. Angela Basset's role could have been expanded, and though Rick Yune's Kang was an effective villian, his back story could have been expanded upon. Throughout this film I couldn't help to think of Air Force One... though that movie had better villians/acting, the scope & depravity of Olympus Has Fallen is far more grand & effective. Also, a scene or two with other foreign leaders during the negotiating phase of this movie would have helped, and if they're going to bother to include a couple of real life television news people for a couple of scenes, give them less than obvious stuff to talk about.
  2. Mar17swgirl Chosen One

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    John Carter - Average, bland, full of clichés. Meh.
  3. Frank T. Force Ghost

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    Lost In Translation

    My favorite film of last decade and my favorite Bill Murray movie.
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  4. Darth_Invidious Chosen One

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    Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. Both...highly overrated IMO.
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  5. SWpants Force Ghost

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    Hit & Run

    It was quite humourous with some great actors and a fun-to-watch story.
  6. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    Olympus Has Fallen: After saving L.A. from alien invasion, Aaron Eckhart becomes President, only to be taken hostage during an assault on the White House, allowing Speaker of the House Morgan Freeman to become President and save the world from a giant comet- because if Bruce Willis existed in this movie, none of that would have happened.

    Joking aside, it was pretty good, though it falls just shy of really great action films like Air Force One or, say, 24. The actual action is really great and it has some good one-liners. There's a couple thin plot points that could have been spruced up (the villain's plot initially is contingent on a non-protocol decision on the part of the President) but it makes up credit in other areas (resolving the kid plotline quickly and directly instead of having him linger around constantly in danger, for example).

    The war room scenes were hit and miss- it was hard to tell if you were supposed to be rooting for Freeman or not (on the plus side, Freeman is infinitely less annoying to watch than Glenn Close, who serves a similar function in AFO) and a few of his decisions could have been elaborated upon in a more realistic way (saying certain actions were for show instead of actually giving into demands, for example).

    It also would have been nice to have let a subplot in where the military takes a more active role, with Butler supporting them to help achieve an objective more directly (though without taking away from his "lone hero" function). Having all that hardware and manpower just sitting on the sidelines seemed like a waste and leaves us empty wanting at least one cathartic "Frack Yeah!" moment with them.
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  7. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    We've had so many shot-for-shot remakes of Die Hard now that it's easy to lose track, including several iterations of Die Hard on a Plane! Olympus has Fallen loses the plane, but keeps the president, and sidelines him to passive hostage status. It integrates the Fallen Secret Service Agent in Search of Redemption plotline, the Double Agent Secret Service Agent subplot, and the Destroy National Landmarks subplot from disaster movies. Also, it adds the Widowed President Dad subplot and the Precocious First Child subplot, as well as the Nuclear Missile Launch Code subplot from Die Hard on a Boat, making it perhaps the most incestuously inbred of all the Official Die Hard Ripoff movies. Other than the sheer volume of plotlines borrowed from other movies, the chief innovation in Olympus is the gore and violence. The digital bloodsprays and bashed in heads come to us via zombie movies, but here they're pressed into service admirably for killing hostages and terrorists.

    Normally, this movie would have starred Mark Wahlberg. For such a crass, jingoistic patriotism fest, it's funny they hired a Scotsman for the leading role.
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  8. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Death Race: The 2008 Paul W.S. Anderson version. This would mark the second time I've seen it. It's a really fun movie with some nifty chase sequences. It's also really stupid and clichéd much like everything else W.S. has done besides the pretty good Event Horizon.
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  9. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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    A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

    Ehh not a bad movie
  10. Mortimer Snerd Force Ghost

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    1941

    I'd never seen before. Honestly I found it kind of annoying.
  11. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    'Lincoln', I think my hopes for this were way too high. Love Daniel Day Lewis and he is absolutely fantastic in it but the film really has a hard time giving a cohesive story. The 13th Amendment may have been Lincoln's crowning achievement but I think a far more interesting point would have been his role as commander in chief and that is hardly drawn upon. It's an interesting film in terms of seeing the legislative process in the country but it isn't really a movie about characters.
  12. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    Kind of annoying? It's one of the least funny movies ever billed as a comedy.
  13. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    What?! It's Spielberg's masterpiece!
  14. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    I finally saw Skyfall. Good film, good acting, nice action sequences. Has really cliche plot points (bad guy gets captured early, escapes easily), but I liked the character focus and that it displayed a sense of humor. I'd say it's probably the best of the Bond films I've seen, though I'm not generally a fan of the pre-Craig stuff of which Austin Powers could almost pass as a straight imitation.

    Oh, and the film is gorgeous. It was like an eye massage. I can't believe an action film has such amazing cinematography.
  15. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Yeah.

    A masterpiece of ****.
  16. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    I blame Belushi, at least in part.
  17. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    Its considered to be Spielberg's only genuine flop.
  18. Life Jedi Master

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    Triage
    Drama. Colin Farrel and his friend are professional photographers in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1988. Colin's buddy wants to get back home in time for his girlfriend's child delivery which is due in two weeks. Colin's character wants to stay, so they separate. When Colin gets back home, he finds his friend never returned. From here on, it's primarily a story about guilt, but it's not too depressing and worth watching. Especially as the film doesn't drag on. It's only about 90 minutes long. Colin gives a nice understated performance. The narrative style is thankfully very bare bones; no melodramatic slow-motion shots with muffled sound and sweeping strings here. There's one particular scene in the film that has a bit too exposition-heavy dialogue and, while the information was necessary, it makes the conversation sound artificial. I think you'll recognise it when you see it. Otherwise, I have no complaints.

    4 out of 5.
  19. Eeth-my-Koth Chosen One

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    Finally got to see the Dredd gritty reboot. Sometimes you need uberviolence in your life. The low budget cg didn't bug me too much. This movie needs a sequel.
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  20. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    The cinematography was definitely the best thing about it.
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  21. Jedi General Gelderd Force Ghost

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    'The Da Vinci Code'

    A brilliant, complex and pretty intelligent thriller from Ron Howard based on the book by Dan Brown, and followed up with 'Angels & Demons' and hopefully 'The Lost Symbol'.

    Tom Hanks is as watchable as ever with great support from Audrey Tautou, Alfred Molina, Sir Ian McKellen, Jurgen Prochnow and Paul Bettany. It's easy to lose track of the cryptic clues and leads, but stick without for a great thriller with lots of twists and turns.
  22. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Yeah. Awesome movie. Have you seen The Raid: Redemption? Kinda the same concept. Also an awesome movie.
  23. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    $50 million movie made $32 million worldwide, returning about $16 million to studios. But it might have made another $25-30 million in video sales/rentals. Overall, probably still did not break even. Hopefully, no sequel. Ever.
  24. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    Jabbadabbado, you make me wish there was a Dislike option.
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  25. Eeth-my-Koth Chosen One

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    I'll have to check out The Raid.

    More like jabbawocky, amirite? Or slimyjabba.