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Movies Watched December 2011 | January 2, 2012

231) Fright Night (2011) – (12.2) – 6/10 – Enjoyable but I felt it could have been a lot better.
232) Battle Royale (2000) – (12.5) – 8/10 – Crazy, mad film, uber-violent and whacked, but excellent done and very compelling.
233) The Debt (2011) – (12.6) – 8/10 – Very good thriller/drama, intense and thought-provoking. excellent performances across the board.
234) Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) – (12.11) – 6/10 – A very quirky farce, not exactly my cuppa, I guess. Enjoyable enough, I LOLed a couple times, shook my head a bunch more. Don’t regret watching it, but at the same time, I don’t think I’d ever want to watch it again.
235) Lunopolis (2009) – (12.12) – 8/10 – Very low budget, and it showed… but at the same time, the tongue-in-cheek, poking-fun-at-itself nature and the fun plot twists made it a highly enjoyable movie. I’d like to see this redone with a bigger budget… maybe not even as a “found footage” movie? Not sure.
236) Batman: Year One (2011) – 12.15 – 10/10 – Holy shitballs, Batman! That was awesome. Loved the voice acting, the animation, the focus on Gordon. I read the original Frank Miller story but it’s been forever, so this was somewhat like going in without that – I don’t know how well they stuck to the original, but that doesn’t matter one way or the other, this was the bomb-diggity!
237) Detective Dee (2010) – 12.19 – 9/10 – Wow, this movie was just a lot of fun, great fight scenes, visuals. Very Chinese and very awesome.
238) Some Like It Hot (1959) – 12.20 – 7/10 – Very fun, cute movie. Liked it a lot more than I thought I was going to. Lemmon steals the movie, though Curtis and Monroe were fun, too.
239) Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) – 12.20 – 8/10 – Lots of fun, especially the Mogo story. Much better than First Flight, or even the live action movie, to be honest.
240) Plunkett and Maclean (1999) – 12.25 – 9/10 – Great movie, a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting to see this forever, but I can’t believe I put it off as long as I did – great cast, story.
241) Slap Shot (1977) – 5/10 – Not a bad movie, but some people out there have an extremely over-estimation of this movie. Nothing special.
242) The Gits (2005) – 7/10 – A story I did not know of, had never heard of before, the rise of Seattle punk band The Gits and their end just as they were about to make it big, when their lead singer was raped and murdered.
243) The Thing (1982) RW – 10/10 – One of my all time faves, such a wonderfully creepy movie. John Carpenter and Kurt Russel at their best.
244) Space Cowboys (2000) – 6/10 – Completely silly premise, but if you engage your suspension of disbelief, it’s a fun movie.
245) Sabotage (1936) – 4/10 – 12.27 – Very meh movie, one or two minor surprises, otherwise just a bland ‘thriller’.
246) Network (1976) – 7/10 – Amazingly prescient movie; a bit heavy on the farcical tones made it a bit jarring with the serious nature/message, but still damn worth seeing.
247) Rosewood (1997) – 6/10 – I think this film suffered for the many fictional elements; it wasn’t a bad movie, but I wonder if it could have been better – it almost borders on an action/thriller instead of a drama, more’s the pity.
248) Conan The Barbarian (2011) – 6/10 – 12.29 – Decent swordporn, as long as you pretend it’s not supposed to be Conan.

Best (new to me) Movie of the Month: Hands down, Detective Dee (and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame). Such a wonderful movie, visually, emotionally and action…ally. Action packed, great visuals, just a fun movie. Even poignant at times. Wonderful stuff. I might even have to re-evaluate my rating and give it a 10.

Worst movie of the month: Looks like Hitchcock’s Sabotage. And it wasn’t that bad, honestly, just kinda… not slow (though it was at times, but I don’t mind a slower paced movie) – just not very thrilling. Not a whole lot of suspense, and that’s kinda essential to a “thriller”, even a dramatic one.

So, just shy of 250 movies for the year. Not too bad. However, I seriously doubt I’ll come close to that this year, as I’ll be watching (and blogging about) the original 26 seasons of Doctor Who. You can follow my “adventure” through time and space all year long over at One Year, 26 Seasons, 7 Doctors. I hope you’ll join me!


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