December 2012


TOTAL MOVIES WATCHED: 78 (77 new movies, 1 rerun: Fight Club)

LANGUAGES: Engish, Japanese, French

*Harry Potter 9 [in theatre(Real3D+IMAX)] – 3-D kinda distracted me and made me enjoy this movie less; the least of all 9 Harry Potter movies. ONLY MOVIE WATCHED IN THE THEATRE THIS YEAR.
*Megamind [SBS->anaglyph] – I don’t know if the 3-D really made a difference for me here
*Tron Legacy [SBS->anaglyph] – anaglyph 3-D is less distracting when a movie uses a limited pallete the way this one did; so it was a good choice for home anaglyph viewing

Grenres: comedy=29(37%),thriller/action/adventure=17(22%),scifi=10(12%),superhero=10(12%),fantasy=8(10%),horror=7(9%),drama=3(4%),dramedy=1(1%),mystery=1(1%)

Ratings: (5-star=22/28%, 4-star=29/37%, 3-star=19/24%, 2-star=7/9%, 1-star=0/0%):

^ Ratings got snobbier this year.

Animated (12/15%) Vs. Live (66/85%)

^1% increase in animation this year. Basically the same.

Quality: 78% in HD this year (79%,28%,19%,14% in previous years):

^1% decrease in HD this year. Basically the same.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF YEAR (not the same as not liking it!): Black Swan. Pretty much feel like I got tricked into watching a ballet movie via over-hyped lesbian kiss.

BEST ANIMATED: The Secret Of Kells – for making it to 5-star level without the use of superheroes
BEST COMEDY: Fido / HONORABLE MENTION: Hangover 2, Jackass 3, The Addam’s Family
BEST UNSEEN COMEDY: Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
BEST HORROR: TIE: Human Centipede 2 / Paranormal Activity 2
BEST SCI-FI: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Read past the jump for the lists of individual movies, separated by rating. (more…)

I created a command, “after month”, that would edit a text file; I then created calendar reminders to remind me to edit that every month. The result is that I now can look back in my life and have a textual sense of what each month was like. Pictures are great, but there are lapses in pictures, and I shall be keeping text summaries as well from now on.

In addition, so that the post is not “dry” and pictureless, I will include graphs of my music listening habits for the year as well.

ALSO: Summary of our yard sale stats for the year.


Brettspielwelt! QuakeLive! A borrowed PS3! Our first dice game in a long time! Our summary of the games played in 2011.


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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] This is kind of a movie, kind of not. Two 45 minute animations. Together, their length is about the same as a movie.

PLOT SUMMARY: I think the title pretty much summarizes the plot!

PEOPLE: From 2 directors who collectively directed Superman/Batman:Public Enemies, Justice League:Crisis On Two Earths, Planet Hulk, Batman Vs. Dracula, 7 eps of The Batman, 17 eps of X-Men Evolution, 16 eps of Gargoyles, and 16 eps of the 1990s Batman series. From 2 writers who collectively wrote Planet Hulk, Iron Man:Armored Adventures, Wolverine & The X-Men, Fantastic Four 2006, X-Men Evolution, and some eps of The Batman.

Tons of voice actors here. Bruce Banner is played by Bryce Johnson (Popular, 1 ep of Nip/Tuck). The Hulk is played by Fred Tatasciore, who’s done the Hulk in soooo many animated offerings over the past decade, voiced over 150 video games, was Beast in Wolverine & The X-Men, William Shatner in Robot Chicken, the neighbor in Invader Zim, Number 8 in the movie 9. He also does various monster sounds [sounds like another Frank Welker to me], such as the goblins in The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the Zillo Beast in the Star Wars:The Clone Wars series. Wolverine is played by Steve Blum, who’s done 200 video games, was Duke in G.I. Joe Resolute, Green Goblin in The Spectacular Spider-Man, and played Wolverine in Wolverine & The X-Men — this is his 6th time voicing Wolverine. He also played Yakky Doodle in Harvey Birdman:Attorney At Law, the announcer from Grim & Evil, W.I.T.C.H, Jamie from Megas XLR, and plenty of English-dub anime voices, like Great Teacher Onizuka and many other popular animes. He was also Lucifer in Dante’s Inferno:An Animated Epic, in a bunch of anime, and wrote 46 eps of Naruto. Tom Kane who voiced The Professor in the Wolverine half also voiced Professor Utonium in The PowerPuff Girls, and Professor Xavier in a video game.

A lot of the other voice actors were similarly in a bunch of superhero / anime related projects.

QUIRKS: Based on the comics (duh). Superhero action! And with the Thor half, Nordic/Norse fantasy. You even get to see Hel! Not Hell, Hel.

The Wolverine half is inspired by Wolverine‘s first ever appearance, which was in The Incredible Hulk #180.

VISUALS: Excellent animation production.

MORALS: Hulk smash!

POLITICS: Hulk smash!

BAD STUFF: Some complained that Thor was out of character. Others complained that Wolverine was too strong, and would have been torn apart by the Hulk. But both characters have come within a hair’s width of killing the other in the comics, so whoop dee do.

CONCLUSION: Outstanding animated action. You’d think Hulk Vs. Wolverine would be the more interesting half, but no, Hulk Vs. Thor was actually much more interesting. Despite lacking blood and gore, the action scenes in these are still enough to make you cringe at times. Hulk smash!


Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. Though Clint might rate the Wolverine half a bit closer to 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.

Basically, Carolyn seemed to like the Wolverine half the same as the Thor half, but Clint thought the Thor one had a better story — and an actual conclusion to boot. The Wolverine one felt like it started and ended in the middle of the story — true to comic book form.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.3/5 stars–correctly offset in the upward direction).

RECOMMENDATION: Hulk smash!!!!!!! Hulk smash!!!! Hulk smaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash!!!!



Sabretooth: [to Wolverine] You’ve gotta love our healing factors. I’m gonna enjoy killing you for days! And then I think we’ll drop the Hulk on an orphanage or something.

Thor: Bruce Banner, I know thee to be a man of honor. I know thee to be a hero. The lives at stake are not your concern, not even human, but I ask you anyway. Be that hero now.

Deadpool: What do you say after the mission, we kill all of those floating babies?
Omega Red: Do you ever shut up, Wilson?
Deadpool: What? Babies creep me out.
[cradles his rifle]

Wolverine: You should’ve killed me when you had the chance, ’cause I’m gonna get outta here, I’m gonna kill all of them, and then… I’m gonna cut out your heart. (more…)

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: This movie is to tourism what The Invention Of Lying is to lying. That is, tourism starts to exist in a world that’s never had it. Quirky comedy ensues, as well as some conflict.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Tourism creates evildoing.

PEOPLE: From the same director as The Hogfather, comes another 3+ hr double-feature TV movie. Watching these in 1 night is quite a challenge!

The main character Twoflower is played by Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee from The Lord Of The Rings movies, Mikey Walsh from The Goonies, the movie Click, 50 First Dates, Encino Man). Troubled wizard Rincewind is played by David Jason (the original voice of Danger Mouse, as well as the Danger Mouse narrator, and Albert in Terry Pratchett‘s The Hogfather, and Count Duckula). Evildoer Trymon is played by Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kinsey, Scary Movie 2 Pretorius from The Mask animated series, King Chicken from Duckman, Dr. Sevarius from Gargoyles, Konk from The Pirates Of Darkwater). Death is played by Christopher Lee (just like in The Hogfather; he is Count Dooku in the new Star Wars movies, Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, Sleepy Hollow, The Last Unicorn, and well over 200 movies). The Arch Astronomer is played by Nigel Planar (Neil from The Young Ones, The Hogfather, and one of the Department Of Works dudes from the movie Brazil; he also narrates a lot of the Discworld audiobooks). Cohen The Barbarian is played by David Bradley (Argus Filch in every Harry Potter movie, Arthur Webley in Hot Fuzz).

QUIRKS: Based on 2 of Terry Pratchett‘s books (The Colour Of Magic and The Light Fantastic), and thus it is deliberately quirky fantasy with a lot of dry British comedy.

VISUALS: Decent effects for something on a Made-for-British-TV budget.

WILHELM SCREAM: Thought we might have heard one, but really not sure.

POLITICS: The tourism industry is created not to help tourists, but to make sure as much money as possible is extracted from tourists.

BAD STUFF: LONG! Made for TV. And many people probably don’t like Terry Pratchett‘s “non-serious fantasy” tone. They probably don’t like unrealistic quirkiness for the hell of it. And Death’s eyes are still the saddest special effect in either movies. We still think this formula works though: Quirky is weird, weird fantasy is unique, and unique means a lot to us.

CONCLUSION: An exceedingly long, quirky, non-serious, fun fantasy romp.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–closer than the average!).

RECOMMENDATION: Fantasy maniacs should really like this — though you may want to watch it over the course of 2 nights. 10PM is definitely too late to start something over 3 hrs, especially if you tend to take breaks while watching movies.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Other fantasy movies.

MOVIE QUOTE: Rincewind: That’s old Twoflower for you. He just appreciates beauty in his own way. I mean, if a poet sees a daffodil, he stares at it and then writes a long poem. But Twoflower would wander off and buy a book on botany, and then as he reads it he would tread on the daffodil. (more…)

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Schoolgirls try to find pirate treasure. I shit you not.

QUIRKS: Ridiculous girl power adventure comedy mystery. Not everybody’s cup of tea.

PEOPLE: From director Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray (2009), St. Trinian’s 1 (2007), The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002)) and Barnaby Thompson (producer of Wayne’s World, Kids In The Hall:Brain Candy, Coneheads).

Starring Rupert Everett (Prince Charming in the Shrek movies), Colin Firth (Dorian Gray), David Tennant (Doctor Who), and a bunch of girls… From the first movie, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley (The Boat That Rocked), Tamsin Egerton, and Sarah Harding. Not that I have any idea who they are. Just a bunch of hot “schoolgirls” who are all actually over 20. Ahh, the warped realities of ‘cinema’…

VISUALS: Plenty of schoolgirls. And a bit o’ action too.

SOUNDTRACK: Bands with girls in the movie in them. I dunno… Apparently they’re more popular in the UK or something. I don’t care.

BAD STUFF: A ridiculous schoolgirl mystery sounds like hell to a lot of people. Also, if you can actually keep track of the individual characters (I can’t), some of the ones from the first movie aren’t in this movie. So no Lily Cole (NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!). No Mischa Barton. Sigh. It’s a sequel. Of course, this whole franchise is a reboot from the original 5 St. Trinian’s movies (1950s-1980s). So there’s plenty of things to dislike here. We just happen to be too distracted by hot “schoolgirls” to notice.

CONCLUSION: Pretty lighthearted, random, and ridiculous. Judging by our ratings, this was better than the original. But I’m not 100% sure if that’s really true. It’s hard to rate consistently. Just more of the same really. Nothing special. Lighthearted fun.

Clint: Netflix: 3.4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.2/10, Netflix: 3.5/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: If you can stand this type of shit… Go for it.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Looks like a 3rd movie is coming out in 2010: St. Trinian’s Versus The World.

MOVIE QUOTE: Zoe [emo]: There’s no reason to be scared of death. ‘Cause death is, you know, like life, but all of the crap gets taken out. Like poverty and fascism and Miley Cyrus.

COINCIDENCES: (double coincidence type) (St. Trinians #2, Bro’ Town #6) 2 videos in a row mentioning King/Queen Lear, as well as doing a “My Precious” Lord Of The Rings parody.

These damn deadly bugs infesting everywhere. Society was in shambles. There was some supernatural zombieism/monsterism going on too.

At one point we were in the street, with screaming decayed monster-face people coming at us. They didn’t run, but they lunged. It was hard to get through the crowd.

My parents replaced their treehouse with another treehouse, and there was no way to get up to it anymore. I climbed a brick wall where I could barely get my fingers in between the bricks to grip. I could have fallen to my death. Meanwhile, Carolyn was trying to climb the front, which was actually much eaiser. When I got to the top, my parents came out, and I think I complained about the pointlessness of building a treehouse no one can easily get to.

Then we went inside and watched someone demonstrate how to kill the deadly bugs from this global bug infestation. The were worse than zombies because they multiplied. He had a tray on the floor where he was cultivating a bunch of these baby bugs, to demonstrate how to best kill them. They started hatching, and would leave the vat and try to run away really quick. It was a challenge to smash them whack-a-mole style.

But then we learned something disturbing. One of the ones he smashed had a smaller, younger baby bug pop out of it. Alive. When these bugs were born, they were actually born pregnant, with their offspring already viable. Simply squashing one was no guarantee of anything. You had to make sure the bugs inside it were all individuall squashed as well.

These bugs, apparently, were never eggs. The invasion was going to go worse than we thought.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Wikipedia link] You really gotta watch the extended version of this film. Theatrical cuts tend to ruin movies, and it’s one more nail in the coffin of paying for movie tickets. I don’t know why they do it. BTW – the extended cut pushes the rating from PG-13 to a “soft” R. Ahh yes, the MPAA is involved. That’s why when you view a movie in the theaters it’s worse — they want to protect us from the vision of artists. Fuck them, and fuck giving them money. I encourage readers to pirate the extended cut, and a big fuck you to the MPAA. To omit/shorten the high roller scene in the theatrical cut is utterly-fucking-inexcusable.

PEOPLE: Directed by Zack Snyder, who I have mixed feelings about. Some of his stuff I don’t really like (300), some of it I like, but consider very flawed and unnecessarily hard to follow (Watchmen). But I thought he did a great job on Legend Of The Guardians:The Owls Of Ga’Hoole, which oddly is probably his least favorite to the public. This is his first movie not based on another work.

Major characters: Main character Baby Doll is played by the now-legal Emily Browning (the girl from Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, also Ghost Ship), who somehow manages to pull off an almost-impossible combination of cute, hot, *and* sultry. They were going to use Amanda Seyfried first — who knows if she could have pulled it off as well. I have mixed feelings about that.

Sweet Pea is played by Abbie Cornish (Otulissa from Legend Of The Gardians). Her sister, Rocket, is played by Jena Malone (Gretchen Ross from Donnie Darko, Life As A House). Blue Jones (who may as well be Sleazy P. Martini from GWAR) is played by Oscar Isaac.

Supporting characters: The dance instructor is Carla Gugino (Silk Spectre from Watchmen, Spy Kids). The High Roller/Doctor is played by Jon Hamm — who was a doctor in 2 episodes of AdultSwim‘s Childrens Hospital, and was also in The A-Team, Shrek Forever After, and is a regular in Mad Men. The wise man is played by Scott Glenn (Sheriff Foster from Camille, Ezra Kramer from The Bourne Ultimatum, Roger from Training Day, Father Moody from The Virgin Suicides, Backdraft, The Hunt For Red October, Apocalypse Now.) Amber is played by Jamie Chung (Chi Chi from Dragonball:Evolution, The Hangover 2). Blondie is played by Vanessa Hudgens (Thirteen, High School Musical).

Minor characters: Asshole stepfather is Gerard Plunkett (2 eps of Smallville, Aaagh! It’s The Mr. Hell Show, Sabrina The Animated Series, Snakes On A Plane, 2012).

PLOT SUMMARY: Ultimately this is about trying to escape a mental institution, but it’s quite possible to watch most of the movie without every realizing this. Basically, a girl is committed to the looney bin by her asshole stepfather, and set up to get a lobotomy in 5 days. Between the mental hospital’s treatment of her, and her own guilt for what brought her there, her mind copes by splitting reality into multiple fantasy worlds. [Read the IMDB summaries HERE.]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Lobotomies are kinda awesome

BACKWARD PLOT SUMMARY: [highlight for spoilers] Girl enters insane asylum, performs reconstructive brain surgery on friend, resurrects dead friends, helps resurrected friend leave asylum and resurrect her sister.

QUIRKS: Considered an action/fantasy thriller musical. That’s a lot of genres to throw together. Sacrifice. Anachronism. Girl power. Girl [s]exploitation. Child abuse. Rape. Bad mental institutions. Lobotomies that should not be. A dream within a dream. Multiple levels of plot. Open to interpretation. A bit pretentious, but then it pays off and seems much less so.

VISUALS: Absolutely amazing visual style. VERY VERY VERY stylized. Zack Snyder stands out here; his gratuitous style works much better when related to a mental patient’s internal mind struggles than it did in the movie 300, where it just kind of got in the way of what was going on. 300 disappointed me. This did not.

SOUNDTRACK: It’s okay. They have some songs I know — Sweet Dreams (Eurhtymics), Where Is My Mind?? (Pixies), White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane), Search & Destroy (The Stooges) — but they are ALL covers. The Pixies cover in particular really ruins the song. However, when normally confronted with covers, I scoff at the idea that they were used instead of originals in order to lower the royalty payment rate. But in this case, the movie is deliberately anachronistic. They mix time periods together like nothing else. Think: Reel-to-reel tape recorder playing industrial dance music. So using covers actually helps increase the anachronism a bit, by making the music EVEN MORE modern than if they had used the original. (Face it, those songs are all in the approximate 1975-1995 era, and this is a 2011 movie.) So I can understand why that choice was made.

MORALS: You can always fight. So do it. There’s also a big moral here about the value of making sacrifice.

POLITICS: Girls get the shit end of things. Mental hospitals aren’t so great for people.

GOOD STUFF: Some of the most incredible action sequences you’ve ever seen. And a movie that tricks you into thinking it’s a completely different kind of movie than it really is. “In order to impress your audience, you must betray their expectations.” It comes off like Charlie’s Angels but is really more like Pan’s Labyrinth or Brazil.

GOOD? OR BAD? STUFF: Good or bad — this movie is far, far, far, FAR, FAR, FAR darker than people would anticipate by the trailers or plot summaries. It’s actually one of the saddest movies I’ve seen in a long time, while coating the sadness with a sugar-coating of awesome nerdgasm mindless action scenes.


And as mentioned before, the soundtrack has issues.

It’s out of character for me to feel this way, but I think the mindless action were kind of a flaw. In a way, it’s almost like they said, “This is too depressing. Let’s put some mindless action scenes in it.” I was actually bored and unable to pay full attention to some of the action sequences. I will pay more attention next time, now that I understand they aren’t as utterly meaningless as I thought.

Considering that I love action — even animated superhero action — and my favorite action movie of all time is Crank — and I loved the A-Team movie — it’s kind of weird that the action here bored me a bit. Part of it is motivation. In Crank, we have a guy very much motivated to do what he is doing for the right reasons. This is also true in Sucker Punch, but the Inception-level dream-within-a-dream made the literal actions (killing orcs, steampunk nazis, baby dragons) almost utterly unrelated to what was going on in the movie. However, there was definitely symbolism I missed — I’m not good at symbolism. Some explanations online made me feel better about those sequences, and I will enjoy them more when I watch this again in the future. However, without knowing these explanations, I couldn’t help but think that at least with Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, we were in the same reality, and understood his motivations. Here, when Baby Doll is fighting a 20 ft stone samurai, you just wonder what’s the point of it all? At least in Brazil (which also had fantasy samurai), the inner-hallucinations of a mind descending into insanity were still directly related to the main plots of the film.

I think I may have let my foot fall into the same trap that made many people hate this film — however, I pulled my foot out of the trap, cleaned my wounds, and realized that I still love the way it was done.

The movie also comes off as bit pretentious during the first 2/3rds. It comes off as trying to come off very poignant, yet basically giving the simple message of, “If you can fight, you should fight! … So let’s watch some fight scenes!”

And yet… By the very end, the movie truly is much more than it seems to be, so it might not be pretentious after all. It might even be the opposite of that. It gives me very mixed feelings, which makes me keep thinking and thinking about it. And that’s a good thing.

This movie was not well received in the US (22% positive via Rotten Tomatoes, 33/100 on Metacritic). It is sometimes compared to a video game — which I definitely agree with. I thought the action scenes were more like watching someone play a video game than watching a movie. Granted, it would be an amazing video game with better graphics and gameplay than anything that has ever existed on this planet, but still — it was like watching a big cut scene. If you ever played the videogame Heavy Rain — it is a video game that feels like a movie at times. Sucker Punch is a movie that feels like a video game at times. This will piss some people off. Other people are glad to see the lines between mediums slowly blurring. (Incidentally, the stepfather in this movie reminded us of the P.I. in Heavy Rain.)

Don’t listen to the feminist haters of the movie, who hate it for feminist reasons though. They’re full of shit. This movie is about rising against the exploitation. There is a metaphor made between burlesque dancers who prostitute on the side, and exploited female mental hospital patients. It’s a valid point. Yes, the action comes off over-the-top, like an exploitation film — but the ultimate message is that the girls should fight for their freedom rather than sit there and take it. The feminist haters of this movie need to shut the fuck up.

Similarly, a lot of people want to gender-type this as a bunch of “fanboys’ wet dreams”. After all, why the hell would a girl fantasize about nazis, orcs, samurai, and mechas? God people are close-minded. I guess she should have fantasized about a rich prince saving her? C’mon now!

It definitely has a polarized response — people tend to love it or hate it. Not much middle ground.

CONCLUSION: This movie tricks you into thinking it’s a different kind of movie than it really is. It’s absolutely not mindless, like many people (including myself as I was watching it) claim. I actually think this may be Zack Snyder’s best work yet (though my 2nd favorite of his is the Owls Of Ga’Hoole movie, so take what I say with a grain of salt [as usual]). 300 kinda sucked, and Watchmen was awesome but flawed and convoluted. This, too, is awesome but flawed  and convoluted. However, it was much more poignant than Watchman, even if it came off as pretentious while watching it. This movie is actually some of the saddest, darkest stuff I’ve ever seen, sugar-coated with nerdfetish action scenes the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Two great tastes that don’t normally go together make this movie an incredibly unique offering.

Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. “Dark and sad, with a lighthearted feel to it.”
Clint: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars. IMDB: 8.2/10. I very well may upgrade that to 5/5 stars, 8.4-8.8/10 next time I watch it.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.4/10, Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Check it out — but beware that it’s a bit deeper than it seems. It will come off a pretentious and pointless, but it ties together by the end — at least, if you watch the Extended Version. If you watch the theatrical version, you’re fucked.

SIMILAR MOVIES: This movie had visual aspects similar to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Avalon (2001), and even Charlie’s Angels. It has cerebral aspects similar to Inception, Brazil, Pan’s Labyrinth, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The level of darkness — blacker than the blackest black times infinity — contrasted with the sugar-coating of feelgood action to make the darkness go down easier — actually reminded me of the feel of Kick-Ass.

A smidge of Pan’s Labyrinth (which even has the main character needing to retrieve a knife and key, as well as self-sacrifice).


Sweet Pea: “It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!”

Wiseman: “For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: McGani listed this as the worst movie she’s ever seen. Xister added it to his “list of very few movies I can’t watch”, said he felt like he was watching MTV half the time, a video game the other half of the time. Jesse actually walked out of the theater.

OTHER REVIEWS: Outlaw Vern’s review is a good one, highlighting some of the strengths and many of the weaknesses of this movie. Specifically he helps capture what it is that I didn’t quite like about the way the action sequences fit in. He made a 2nd “Mystery Solved” post about it too.


I would have liked those scenes much less if they weren’t so anachronistic, but for godssake i hope you didn’t watch the theatrical cut, because they totally fucked that up and eliminated the climax scene thanks to the MPAA.

In the end, what we have is something almost as profound and dark as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, but deliberately wrapped in a package so trite as to appear like the next episode of “So You Think You Can Fight Anachronistic Enemies Unrelated To The Plot”. But it turns out their actions in all those scenes were symbolic of what was happening in real life, and I just wasn’t observant enough to notice this because I don’t deal with symbolism as well as most (find it pretentious and obfuscating all too often).

I was bored as hell during those parts, thinking it was going to end up being something I’d rate a low-3 or high-2 stars (which is like bottom 10th percentile for me) …

… Then the end happened. (And unlike the people who paid, I actually got to see it all without being censored.)

…And my opinion shot up a lot. To 4-stars at a minimum, this-is-in-the-top-half-[or-third]-of-movies-and-i-should-see-it-again-some-day-knowing-it-all status.

The absolute worst response to this film, however, are the people mad that they didn’t get to see Baby Doll’s dance. It was a McGuffin of sorts, and it kinda worked better if you didn’t see it, like what’s in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction.


Dream where there were zombies, and we were in a treehouse, then a mall trying to survive.
The treehouse worked out for a long time.

It depended on the day – some days there’d be a lot of zombies out, other days there’d just be bug-zombies, and some days there’d be some people and no zombies.

Stores were still open at the mall sometimes — on the better days — but there’d generally be deaths (either human or zombie) happening quite often.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: The Avengers (2012)

5/5 stars from Clint & Carolyn
4/5 stars from Eli
3/5 stars from Parthena.

10/10 from Carolyn,
9.6/10 from Clint,
8/10 from Eli,
6/10 from Parthena.

IMDB overall rating is 8.6/10, making it the 65th highest-rated movie of all time. 42% of people rate it 10/10, and only 1/6th of people rate it less than 8+/10. The median rating is 9/10.

No real need to say much about this. Everyone saw it, and it was as awesome as it promised to be. The clashing of egos was hilarious, and it was great to see this epic heroes — built up over the last 5 Marvel movies or so — finally all together on screen at once.

And of course we’ve been watching the cartoon, Avengers:Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, so we’ve been pretty immersed in these characters on a very regular basis.

Eli: “As long as it stands on the other movies I think it was awesome. That being said I could have had a bit more about Hawk. But for pulling together so many heros’ backstories I thought it did a really good job. Plus it was really funny :)”

Carolyn: “I’m leaning towards 10/10, because it had funny banter and good battles. I can’t think of a reason not to give it a 10.”


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