OVERALL STATS:

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

LANGUAGES: Engish, Japanese, French

WATCHED IN 3-D:
*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
BEST SUPERHERO [NON-ANIMATED]: Super
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE: Hobo With A Shotgun
BEST THRILLER/MYSTERY/NON-ACTION ADVENTURE: Kaboom

Read past the jump for the lists of individual movies, separated by rating.CLICKABLE MOVIE TITLES: Click a movie title to be taken to its review. If you reached a dead page, that means the review hasn’t come out yet, but is already written. I write years ahead in my blog, so sometimes there is a backlog. Sorry ’bout that. The review will post, eventually. By 2015, anyway :)

RATINGS: Note that we rate movies both on the 5-star Netflix scale (hate/didn’t like/like/really like/love), and the 10-point IMDB scale (5=neutral/half good,half bad).

MOVIES ALREADY SEEN BEFORE:
Fight Club. Definitely stands the test of time, amazingly so. And it’s a completely different experience watching it the 2nd time, knowing what it ultimately has to offer. Floored. 5/5 stars, 9/10 from both of us. Should it be a 10/10? Perhaps.

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***** 5-star:
All Star Superman
Batman: Year One (2011) – 5/5 stars, 9/10 from both of us. Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, Stephen Root, Elisha Dushku star in this Batman film based on a Frank Miller (300, Sin City) comic. This had some odd voice actor choices, but they still worked really well. (The weakest choice was the voice for Batman; I still pretty much want it to always be Kevin Conroy!) // This was the most interesting Batman origin story I’ve seen, because it’s told mostly through the viewpoint of Commissioner Gordon (played quite well by Bryan Cranston). This is about the year when Batman first takes it to the streets (as a novice, who sometimes screws up), which was the same year that Commissioner Gordon joined the Internal Affairs unit at Gotham’s corrupt police department. Bad cops, police brutality, political corruption, organized crime, murder, bloody beatings — this is a very cultulrally realistic Batman that seems to acknowledge the reality that the good police don’t really matter, thanks to what the bad police do to society. This is about Commissioner Gordon slowly realizing that Batman is actually on the side of law, despite being an illegal vigilante. Honestly, this story is far more memorable than The Dark Knight, which had invented-for-the-movie characters, which is a big no-no to me when doing a comic book movie. // Native ratings: Netflix:3.9/5 (guess for us=4.6. Well-done, Netflix). IMDB: 7.2/10. Rating is higher because of self-selection bias: Only people who like Batman animated movies are likely to watch one and rate it in the first place.
Green LanternEmerald Knights (2011)
Secret Of Kells, The (2009)

**** 4-star:
Megamind – cl:4/5 stars, 8/10, ca:5/5 stars, 8/10 – imdb=7.3, netflix=4.1 (guess for us=4.3) – Clint didn’t remember this a few weeks later! We watched it in 3-D, too! Carolyn said she liked it better than Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, but Clint disagreed…
Ratatouille (2007) (anim) (cgi) (Pixar)
+Megazone 23 1 – Many cite this as the inspiration to The Matrix

*** 3-star by Clint, 4-star by Carolyn:
Origin: Spirits Of The Past (2006)

*** 3-star:
+Megazone 23 2 – (see Megazone 23 1 review)

*** 3-star by Carolyn, high 2-star by Clint:
+Megazone 23 3 – (see Megazone 23 1 review) – disappointing how much worse each one got. Unlike The Matrix trilogy, which we love all three of [though most would disagree].

** 2-star (high):
Jonny Quest: MOVIE: Jonny’s Golden Quest (1993) – ca:2.4/5 stars, 5.4/10, cl:2.4/5 stars, 5.2/10. Kind of a prequel to the excellent Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest series that aired in the mid-1990s. Fans may remember that series as the one that made Jonny Quest watchable for people over 12 years old. This movie was more like the corny, campy original Johnny Quest 1960s series than the 1990s series, but it had Jessie (Race Bannon’s daughter with Jade). It is actually Jessie’s origin story, though they don’t reveal that was until 2/3rds of the way through who she is. But anyone who watched the Real Adventures 1990s series would know this anyway — and those are the only people who should watch this. It was cheesier than ANY episode of the 1990s series… but less cheesy than the original series. // But multiple deaths in a TV-G rated thing? We have watched 100s of hours of TV-Y7(FV)(Fantasy Violence) — and maybe only seen 2 or 3 deaths, and only implied, never on screen. This movie had a guy vaporized (saw his flesh burn away, then his bones — but only over 0.5 seconds or so) — AND a prominent character permanently killed in an explosion. I don’t even think I’ve seen perma-death in a TV-G animation before! I thought TV-G was like Barney and Teletubbies and pre-1980’s goody-goody shit!?!?! This one seems like it was mis-rated and should have been TV-Y7(FV) at the very least. Maybe the rating people got lazy and simply assigned this the same rating as the 1960s series. // Ultimately, however, we didn’t really like it. Almost liked it, but not quite. This is in the bottom 5 percent of what we watch.

WINNER: The Secret Of Kells – for making it to 5-star level with no superheroes

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***** 5-star:
Addams Family 1, The (1991) – Clint: 5/5 stars, 8.6/10. Carolyn: 4.6/5 stars, 8/10. // OMFG this was close to perfect for me! Why did I wait 20 years to see this?! This is sooooo much better than the so-so 60’s series was. (I very rarely watched it as a kid, preferring the likes of Mr. Ed, Lassie, The Beverly Hillbilles, & Dennis The Menace.) These guys are the perfect couple! // The soundtrack could have been better — and they could have done without the dance scene — but overall I was way more impressed than I thought I’d be. Too bad this isn’t available in bluray yet. Too bad Tim Burton didn’t direct it like he was supposed to — but it felt like a Tim Burton movie anyway. It felt like Beetlejuice or something. Great cinematography. Angelica Huston really surprises me with how good her portrayal is here, as I thought she was a bad casting choice. But she wasn’t. And Christina Ricci was just precious. Love it! // Native rating: Netflix:3.4/6 (guess for us=3.6), IMDB: 6.6/10. // Jeremy Turn3r adds: “Jeremy Turner absolutely wonderful movie, and much underrated. The script was kind of meh, in my opinion, with far too many “everything’s upside down because they’re *craaazy*” jokes. But Anjelica, Raul, and Christopher turn these ho-hum ingredients into pure comedy gold. // I liked the second one, but not nearly as much. // Bit of trivia: the guy in the business suit, the passenger on Gomez’s train-set? that’s barry sonnenfeld, the director.”
*Kaboom is listed under THRILLER, but has comedic elements
Fido (2006) – best zombie-comedy ever?!?!?!?!
Hangover 2, The – as good as the original, though very surprised so many people complained about it being “the same movie” as the original. You just can’t please people with sequels. If it’s different, they complain that it’s worse. If it’s the same, they complain that it’s the same movie again.
*Hobo With A Shotgun is listed under ACTION, but is kind of a comedy in its over-the-top’ness
Jackass 3 (2010)
Jackass 3.5 (2011)
Mystery Team (2009) – Hilarious, from the makers of the Bro Rape youtube short
Rushmore (1998) – Clint: 4.6/5 stars, 8.6/10 / Carolyn Casl: 4/5 stars, 8/10 / I am really glad I waited until after the new adult cartoon Allen Gregory started to finally see Rushmore. The parallels are astounding. While Allen Gregory may be the most conceited, self-centered, self-delusional character that I have ever encountered in any fictitious work in my life, Max Fischer (main character of this movie) comes close. And he even attends public school for the first time ever, like Allen Gregory. And his buddy/lackey Dirk reminds me of Allen Gregory’s lackey. And he had a thing for an older school staff member, like Allen Gregory. Regardless, this movie was hilarious.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010) – a refreshing change from most horror-comedy movies
Vampire’s Kiss (1988) – see the origin of the YOU DON’T SAY Nic Cage meme! Nic Cage losing his shit… The most possible! Watched with Parthena.

**** 4-star (high):
Due Date (2010) – Zach Galafianakis!
*Gulliver’s Travels is listed under FANTASY, but really it was comedy/fantasy
*Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal — listed under FANTASY
Thank You For Smoking (2005) – Clint: 4/5 stars, 8.2/10 / Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 7.9/10 / Yea. This was definitely pretty funny, and not quite the movie I was expecting. It reminds me of The Informant – something that sounds dryer on paper than it is when you watch it. Boring corporate malfeasance delivered in a comedic wrapper that actually makes it interesting, funny, and enjoyable. (I liked The Informant better, though.)

**** 4-star:
Addams Family 2, The: Addams Family Values (1993) – Not as good as the first one, but still delightful. Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10. Clint: 4/5 stars, 7.6/10. (Netflix=3.4/guess=3.5, IMDB=6.3)
Crazy Stupid Love (2011) – 4/5, 8/10 from both of us – It’s a generic kind of movie – but it makes up for it by being done very well, with lots of laughs, and an unexpected twist or two. Also: Great cast. Native ratings: IMDB=7.6/10, Netflix=4.1/5 (predicted for us:4.1)
Delicatessen (1991) –  4/5, 8/10 from both of us. From the director of City Of Lost Children and Amelie. That was…. a really weird movie. Very quirky and dark and twisted! It was a bit slow and sparse for my impatient tastes but it was definitely a good recommendation. Kinda had that doomed feel a lot of Gregg Araki movies have, with the indie-quirky morbid fascination found in Curdled (1991). I didn’t mind that I didn’t really consider this a real comedy, despite its classification as such. (native rating:IMDB:7.8/10, Netflix:3.8/5, etsimate for us:3.9)
Grosse Point Blank (1997) – Didn’t find this to be any better then War, Inc.
Midnight Run (1988) – a classic Clint had watched many times, but Carolyn had never seen
Seeing Other People (2004) – cl:4/5 stars, 7.4/10 // ca:3/5 stars, 6.6/10 // Unexpected bonus: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad/Malcolm In The Middle) with a British accent; Andy Richter (no longer ruling the universe), Lauren Graham (yum). Yet somehow, I totally didn’t notice Helen Slater (Supergirl from the 80’s!). // So this was about an engaged couple where the girl suddenly decides that they should both have some meaningless sex with other people prior to their marriage, in order to boost their sexual experience. Act 1 is the lead up to this idea; Act 2 is this idea kicking ass; Act 3 is this idea almost destroying their relationship. I found it a bit preachy, as the one who broke the agreement was the woman who proposed it in the first place, yet it seemed to cast judgment on both of them for both their parts in it, even though she was wrong first. // So because of act 3, it had the characteristic dip that most rom-coms have, where the humor tapers off and things get unfortunately more serious. But it still had funny stuff happening up until 10 minutes before the end, so this genre-expected sin gains some forgiveness here. It was a sexual gimmick movie, and the gimmick worked. While not quite as judgmental and preachy as most movies that use this gimmick, I’ve still only seen 1-2 movies — Splendor, by my favorite gay director Gregg Araki, being one– where something like this ends up with a happy ending. I’d like to see more. While it may possibly be the exception to the rule in real life, movies aren’t supposed to be about typical boring occurrences, but rather those exceptions that are worth making a movie about. // Carolyn adds: “I liked it. It was pretty good. It wasn’t groundbreaking funny, but it was cute. The ‘seeing other people’ part didn’t have a happy ending, but their relationship did. Maybe it became even stronger because they now know other people won’t make them happy, and they realize they love what they have.” // Native ratings: Netflix: 2.9/5 (guess for us=3.6). IMDB: 5.9/10.
*Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995) – we chose to list this under DRAMA, but some consider this a dark comedy

*** 3-star (high):
Who’s Your Monkey? (2007) – Recommended by my sister Britt. I was a bit reluctant to watch this Indie Buddy Comedy it due to its 4.5/10 IMDB rating. It got 3.0/5 stars on Netflix, but it guessed 3.2/5 for us, and we ultimately gave it 3.4/5 stars – a “high three stars” (and 6.6 on IMDB – a “low 7”). We liked it. We almost really liked it. But in the end we just liked it. There was some 5-star dialog and character interplay, and this movie is completely about bro’dom and friendship and helping your buddies out of their crisis situations. The plot is zany: There’s a meth dealer. There’s a monkey. There’s throwing stars. Multiple characters cause other multiple characters to almost die without ever realizing it. But there are a few plot flaws, and it feels like some of the zanyness added was a contrived attempt at tickling the fancy of the Indie film demographic. Fortunately, this movie isn’t really about the plot, but about the relationships. A movie like The Hangover emphasises the plot over the relationships; this doesn’t quite do that so much. There’s actually some character growth that happens; some warm moments. It’s also a hard movie to rate, because there are so many aspects to it, some great, some good, some okay. Also: Wayne Knight (Newman!) as a crazy cop. BTW, main character Mark is played by the voice of son Steve Smith from American Dad.

*** 3-star:
Bottle Rocket (1996) – Carolyn: 3.6/5, 7/10. Clint: 3/5, 7/10. Watched with Mark. Earlier Wes Anderson film, right before Rushmore (1998). Good actors, dialog, and characters… But I felt like the plot went in a weird direction that was kind of hard to ride along with. Is this a heist movie? A coming-of-age flim? ? A romantic comedy? I think it attempted to do more different things than most movies, and bit off more than it could chew. Still liked it, but rather generically. Not 5 stars like Rushmore. Oddly enough, Netflix knew in advance that I would like this less than the average person, predicting 2.8/5 stars from me even though it gets 3.4/5 stars on average. Native ratings: Netflix: 3.4/5(predict:2.8)/5. 7.2/10.
Caddyshack (1980)
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Meet The Parents 3: Little Fockers – surprisingly, we still liked it
Your Highness (2011)

** 2-star (high):
Prom Wars: Love Is A Battlefield (2008) – I don’t even remember this one anymore

>>>>> WINNER: Fido / HONORABLE MENTION: Hangover 2, Jackass 3, The Addam’s Family
>>>>> MUST-SEE/OFT-OVERLOOKED: Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

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*** 3-star:
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story (2010) – except it wasn’t

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***** 5-star:
Human Centipede 2, The – I rate this 5/5 stars, 9/10, just like the first one… But it was better than the first one, so I guess I have to say 9.1/10. Strangely enough Carolyn Casl agreed with 5/5, 9/10 for Human Centipede 1, but only 3/5 stars, 7/10 for this one. I thought this was better than the original. More horrifying. Kind of the point of a horror movie about living a living nightmare… I also felt like the bad guy was more a sympathetic character than the bad guy from the first one. He had been molested; his mother hated him for putting his dad in jail for molesting him, and had a psychiatrist visit him who continued touching him inappropriately even in the movie. He was mentally ill, and not as truly evil as the bad guy in the first movie. I think an evildoer who doesn’t realize they are evil is scarier than an evildoer who knows full well what they are oding is wrong.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) – Also better than the original

**** 4-star:
*Pontypool — listed under THRILLER, but it’s a horror too. Good stuff.

*** 3-star:
Fright Night (2011) – 3/5 stars, 7/10 from both of us. Good cast (McLuvin! Dr. Who!). Good remake. I have zero recollection whatsoever of the original. Nothing too special: Just a generic family trying to escape from a generic vampire. But the movie itself is a slight cut above generic. Native ratings: 3.8/5 (Netflix‘s guess for us=3.8 too), 6.6/10.
Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Ring 2, The (2005)
Vanishing, The – listed under THRILLER becuase it’s barely a horror

*** 2-star:
Mirror Mirror (1990) – probably the worst

WINNER: TIE: Human Centipede 2 / Paranormal Activity 2

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***** 5-star:
*Kaboom is listed under THRILLER
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) – Cl: 5/5 stars, 8/10. Ca: 4/5 stars, 8/10. I think Carolyn didn’t like this as much because she’d never seen any of the Planet Of The Apes movies (except the awfully generic Tim Burton one). But I loved this modern prequel, with its basis in science instead of fantasy, and without the shitty ape suits of the 60’s. Native Ratings: Netflix: 4.1/5 (guess for us=4.8). 7.7/10. Tho I gotta admit, it annoyed me that they repeatedly called the Towers Of Hanoi the Towers Of Lucas. That part was more out of touch to me than a fantasy world of sentient apes :)
Super 8 (2010) – 4.6/5 stars, 9/10. Watched with Dave N. [Netflix=4.0, guess for us=3.9, IMDB=7.3] {also listed in ACTION/ADVENTURE}  It was good. Maybe not E.T. or Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind good, but really good.
Man From Earth, The (2007) – All dialog? No action or special effects? Yet, totally fucking awesome?! That’s REALLY hard to pull off!!

**** 4-star:
*Contagion (2011) – listed under THRILLER but with the amount of science in it, it belongs here too
Primer (2004) – the most complicated time travel movie ever
Tron Legacy – could have been better, but at least this set us up for the Tron:Uprising cartoon, which is better than the movie.

*** 3-star:
Transformers 3: Dark Side Of The Moon – cl: 3.4/5 stars, /7.6, ca:4/8 … Carolyn: “the characters annoyed me… how angry, annoying, and douchy the main character was. “I just want to matter!” And his parents were terrible. Of course he was insecure about his girlfriend, because he knew she was way out of his league.”

*** 2-star for Clint but 3-star for Carolyn:
Scanners (1981)

WINNER: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

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***** 5-star:
Green Lantern (2011) – Clint: 5/5 stars, 8/10. Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10. I actually thought this was pretty awesome, and didn’t understand everyone else’s problem with it. My guess is that the average person is tired of superhero movies. But those of us who liked them all along should be happy each and every time a new one is released. While we’ve never read the comics, we’ve been exposed to The Green Lantern ever since Cartoon Network’s awesome Justice League cartoon (though that was the black-guy Green Lantern, not Hal Jordan). Later, Hal Jordan and his origin stories were featured in some full-length animated movies that were released to hype up this movie. This seemed to follow those things pretty closely. Not seeing any issues with this movie. Don’t know what all the hate’s about. The supervillain is maybe too corny? You’re. Watching. A. Comic. Book. Movie. Plus, I know what’s going to happen next from the animated movies. The sequel is almost guaranteed to be better than the original. [native rating: 6.1/10, 3.9/5 {predicted 4.3 for us}]
+Super (2010) – HOLY FUCKING SHIT. This is the darkest “superhero” movie I’ve ever seen. It’s more along the lines of a guy who thinks that he should be a superhero. Played by Rain Wilson (Dwight Schruite from The Office). Who would have thought the hottest sex scene of the year would involve Dwight fucking Schruite? Seriously… This movie is fucking demented and dark, and throws all expectations of what a superhero should be out of the window. This movie is of the same vein as Defendor and Special.

**** 4-star (high):
X-Men: First Class (2011) – It’s not hard to be better than X-Men 3.

**** 4-star:
Green Hornet – “A superhero without any powers, what the fuck?” “What the fuck do you think Batman is?”
Gulliver’s Travels (2010) – Clint: 4/5 stars, 7.4/10. Carolyn: 3.6/4 stars, 7/10. Everyone else: 3.2/5 stars (netflix), 4.8/10 (imdb). Much like the Land Of The Lost remake, the usual unfounded remake-ire is amplified by the fact that it was turned into a “stoner fantasy comedy” instead of something true to the book. (Which has yet to ever be done with Gulliver’s Travels anyway, every adaptation I ever see only has the first 2 islands involved, not the other 8 or so.) // You know what? This was actually a pretty funny, modern adaptation, putting Lilliput in the Bermuda Triangle, and framing the whole story in the modern day. Jack Black was actually a great choice for this kind of role, just like Will Farrel was perfect for Land Of The Lost. // These newer ‘remakes’ are almost psuedo-parody reboots. Fine with me. Making it modern and funny without removing the fantasy is fine with me. The stories themselves are pretty played out… Unless you get Terry Gilliam to make a 3 hour movie out of it, it’s not going to be the book. So let’s make it funny, too. Comedy rules.
Harry Potter 8: The Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Harry Potter 9 – the Harry Potter movie I enjoyed the least, actually
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2010)
Thor (2011)
*Tron Legacy — listed under SCI-FI
Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010)

*** 3-star (high):
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992) – 3/5 stars, 7/10 from both of us. Been meaning to watch this for what, 20 years? And no, I have zero (actually negative) interest in watching the show, which sound no better than Smallville (and my least favorite Smallville season had a Buffy writer on it). Good cast — Paul Reubens was amazing. But the movie wasn’t really that special. It was novel for what it was, and did manage to push itself from our more-generic 6/10 score to our slightly less generic 7/10 score, but that’s about it. I’m glad I finally watched it. Native Ratings: Netflix:3.3/5(guess=3.1), IMDB:5.3/10.
Let Me In (2011) [remake of Let The Right One In aka Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)] – I liked this better than the original, though Carolyn rated it exactly the same as the original

*** 3-star:
*Conan The Barbarian (2011) – Watched with Carolyn and Parthena & Eli Sowar. The general consensus seemed to be: 3/5 stars, 6/10. I kinda want to give it 7/10 simply because it’s Conan. Compare to my rating of the original: 4/5 stars, 8/10. It was produced very well, but also seemed to deviate a LOT from the original. This Conan had a fucking great childhood compared to the 1982 Conan. // And the pre-credit 2-minute opening was quite annoying: “Here let’s load you up with a lot of information that you have no motivation to remember”; I felt like I was reading The Silmarillion. // Rose McGowan was awesome. And the character with the most personality. Evil personality.
*Transformers 3: Dark Side Of The Moon – listed under SCI-FI

WINNER: Super

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***** 5-star:
Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)
Super 8 (2010) – 4.6/5 stars, 9/10. Watched with Dave Nelson. [Netflix=4.0, guess for us=3.9, IMDB=7.3] [also listed in sci-fi] it was good. Maybe not E.T. or Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind good, but good. Really good.

**** 4-star (high):
Hanna (2011) – 4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us. Plot-wise reminded me of Dark Angel, but in the present. Really great action. A 16-year-old female raised in the forest as an assassin is a strange thing for a main character in an action movie. Cate Blanchett was such a bitch in this! // Native ratings: Netflix:3.5/4 stars (correctly guessed 4/5 for us), IMDB:7/10.
Sucker Punch (2011) (Extended Cut) – so much hate by people who didn’t understand this movie, which was a complex, dark movie, disguised as a trite, mindless movie

**** 4-star:
Dukes Of Hazzard 1, The (2005)

*** 3-star:
*Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992) – listed under FANTASY/SUPERHERO
*Conan The Barbarian (2011) – listed under FANTASY/SUPERHERO

WINNER: Hobo With A Shotgun

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***** 5-star:
Kaboom (2010) – Gregg Araki is one of my favorite directors, and does not disappoint. The ending is abrupt, but think of it as the whole movie going KABOOM. This movie changes genres in the middle; very disorienting and a total betray of expectations, which is a good thing
Shutter Island (2010) – Inception-ish-ish

**** 4-star:
127 Hours (2010) – main character’s stubborn stupidity really reminded us of our dumbass ex-friend Kipp
Contagion (2011) – Clint: 4.2/5 stars, 8/10. Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10. // One of the most realistic outbreak movies I’ve ever seen; it was nice that they used actual science, and represented the varying motivations and political bullshit that would undoubtedly further clutter an emergency situation like that. // Native ratings: 3.6(Netflix‘s guess for us is also 3.6)/5, 7.0/10.
+Boxing Helena (1993) – both:4/5 stars (netflix=2.7,estimate for us=3.5), 8/10 (imdb=4.1) // This movie was deliciously twisted. Not crazy about the ending, but for a FUCKED UP erotic thriller, this is WIN. Plus: Sherilyn Fenn before she got fat.
Pontypool (2007) – a thriller/horror with a delicious semantic twist

*** 3-star:
Black Swan (2010) – liked it, buuuut: biggest disappointment of the year
Buried (2010) – looking back, I’m surprised we only gave this 3 stars
Vanishing, The aka Spoorloos aka L’homme Qui Voulait Savoir (1988) – 3/5, 6/10 from both of us. Kinda disappointed, actually. Definitely chilling, but so slow. All build-up with very little release. It was fucked up and dark, but the payoff just wasn’t there. This would be better as a short horror story than a 1.5 hour movie. This reenforces that I prefer to watch modern horror and not classic horror. Most disturbing, however, was imagining Kipp in place of the antagonist. Native ratings: Netflix:3.6/5(guess for us=3.2:Netflix knew!), IMDB:7.9/10.

WINNER: Kaboom

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********** DRAMA (NON-THRILLER/MYSTERY, NON-DRAMEDY): **********

***** 5-star:
Hesher (2011) – 9/10 from both of us, Clint=5/5 stars, Carolyn=4/5 stars. John reviewed this so I don’t have to: http://igottarambleon.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/ / For a movie originally titled “Metalhead”, and starring Tommy from 3rd Rock From The Sun … I went in expecting a lot of metal-specific stuff, but no. That’s just the aesthetic that the very troubling story is set under. That he happens to like Metallica has little bearing on the actual plot, which is of the “fucked up shit!!” variety. His portrayal is nothing like Tommy in 3rd Rock, or his character in Inception or 3rd Rock; it’s more like his disturbing character from Gregg Araki‘s Mysterious Skin.

**** 4-star:
Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995) – Clint: 4/5 stars, 8/10. Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8.4/10. A solid, typically awkward Todd Solondz film. This is from his early era of movies that I like (Fear Anxiety Depression, Happiness) much much MUCH better than his later era of movies (Storytelling, Palindromes) that I don’t like nearly as much (I rated Palindromes 5/10, putting it on the bottom 10th percentile for movies that I watch). It’s rare for us to watch dramas — of the last 72 movies we’ve watched, only 3 have been dramas. But we also like the “genre” of “fucked up”, and this movie is quite fucked up. Quite fucked up indeed. A great reminder of how shitty people can be. Poor Dawn. “At 3 o’clock today, I’m gonna RAPE you!” “I don’t mean to be a cunt.” “‘Why do you hate me?’ ‘Because you’re ugly.'” // Native rating: 3.4/5(which was also netflix’s guess for us), 7.4/10.

*** 2-star:

Mulholland Drive – ABC TV series pilot (which later was re-adapted as the movie) [this is counted both as a show AND as a movie]

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EXTRAS:

Comic Book:The Movie
Dazed & Confused (3 hours worth of extras!)
Fido
Hogfather, The
Iron Man 1
Mysterious Skin
Orgazmo – including 1.5hrs of bootleg dailies. Those were kind of painful to watch – so many retakes

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COINCIDENCES:

TRIPLE-VIDEO COINCIDENCES:
(Family Guy S10E1, Adventure Time S3E5B, The Office S8E2) THREE shows from THREE different networks that ALL had unexpected singing. Family Guy had tons of songs, Adventure Time had a painfully long musical interlude, and The Office just had Darryl sing for a minute – but after the trauma of the other 2, it was enough to make us shout, “Nooo!” Just ask John The Canadien & Eve & Chris & JSun, they were there.
(?, ?, Young Justice #12) 3 damn shows in 2 days that have that damn ALARM CLOCK NOISE FROM HELL. Can’t remember what the other two were, ’cause it HURTS.

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REAL LIFE: DOUBLE:

(real life:X-Day, Ugly Americans S2E1) First cartoon after X-Day is about a summer camp, *AND* involves bear rape?!?!?!?

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REAL LIFE: SINGLE:

(real life:cats, The Secret Of The Kells) A cat on a ladder in a movie the same week we had our cats on our ladder while installing our secondary attic ladder. First time seeing a cat on a ladder in real life OR in a movie.

(real life:camping, The Problem Solverz S2E1) They went camping the same weekend we were going to!

(real life:Carolyn’s hair, The Simpsons S22E15) Marge was wondering how to dye her gray hairs, right when Carolyn had beeen wondering the same thing. And the episode convinced her to dye it! :)

(real life:Carolyn’s talking, Futurama:one with presidents’ heads) Carolyn talked about this report she did in middle school, and then Amy starts talking about her report.

(real life:Clint’s blog, Family Guy S10E4) I watched and reviewed The Proposal a long time ago. Future-dated the review. When it finally posted, it turned out to be 2 days past the airing of a Family Guy that had Ryan Reynolds on it, introducing himself with, “From The Proposal” (a joke, deliberately mentioning his unpopular movies while not mentioning his popular movies). Really weird that I had just posted a review of The Proposal.

(real life:Clint’s iPhone, The Cleveland Show S2E15) Cleveland’s redneck friend got a free iPhone right after Clint started dealing with HIS free iPhone!

(real life:earthquake, G.I. Joe Renegades #24) Virginia earthquake happened one month after this episode was aired. Whoa.

(real life:family:sister visiting, Family Guy S10E3) The one time Clint’s sister comes and watches cartoons with us this year is the one time an episode has a sister that we’ve never seen (Quagmire’s sister) visit!

(real life:friends’ events, Adventure Time:The Creeps) Murder mystery Adventure Time episode the same evening we found out about friends having one.

(real life:friends’ zombie conversation, Adventure Time:From Bad To Worse) After having a debate (with 2 opposing viewpoints) about whether simply eating zombie flesh would turn one into a zombie or not, we watched shows that included this ep that had a zombie breakout caused by a character eating some zombie flesh.

(real life:music, Dukes Of Hazzard 1 (2005)) Kind of a coincidence — just getting to know the original Nancy Sinatra “These Boots Are Made For Walking”. It’s been in our 4.5 hour playlist for a few weeks. And the Megadeth cover too. So as we really get to know this song, it shows up in a movie, completely ruined by Jessica Simpson.

(real life:spider, Batman The Brave And The Bold S3E3) Started ep. SPIDER ATTACK! We paused to watch it as it moved across the ceiling, toward us, over us, past us, and away from us. Once it was gone, we unpaused, and immediately a huge mutated 10-ft. spider jumped out in the episode! NOOOO! STOP KILLING ME!!!!

(real life:yard saleing, Bob’s Burgers #11) They go on a double date, and we happened to watch this ep — weeks late — right before our yard sale double date with Matthew & Julie.

(real life, Batman:The Brave And The Bold:S3E13:Crisis 22,300 Miles Above Earth!) The day before we throw a party, we watch the only Batman episode we’ve ever seen in our lives that has them (the Justice League, really) throwing a party (which Batman shows up late to).

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SINGLE TYPE:

(The Dating Guy #6, something else) 2 videos in a row with painting someone in the nude.

(Kevin Spencer S7E9, Cleveland Show S2E10) 2 shows in a row with train-hopping.

(Assy McGee S2E9:Bikes For Bombs, V S2E3) 2 shows in a row with mass abductions [humans, bikes] by someone driving a van around.

(CollegeHumor Show #3, Drinky Crow Show #5) 2 shows in a row with someone choking and nobody else doing anything about it

(The Dating Guy #12, Bob’s Burgers #6) 2 cartoons in a row mentioning pesto.

(Robot Chicken S5E4, Drinky Crow #9) 2 cartoons in a row with dead cats as a punchline.

(Robot Chicken DP Christmas Special, Saturday Night Live) In March, paused Robot Chicken Christmas special, turned on SNL, and they had a Crunkmas sketch. What’s with all the xmas stuff?

(Superman 1, Smallville Series Finale) I accidentally played Superman 1 instead of Superjail (which I didn’t intend to watch at the time anyway), due to a mis-named file, so we heard the Superman 1 music. Then, immediately afterward, we watched the Smallville series finale, and they licensed the same music for the very end!

(Aqua Teen:Vampirus, Futurama:Benderama) 2 cartoons in a row with characters caught in spiderwebs of giant (relative to them) spiders.

(The Ring 2, Mirror Mirror) 2 horror movies 2 nights in a row with bathtub drowning scenes.

(Futurama S6E16, Iron Man:Armored Adventures S2E4) Both had episodes called “Ghost In The Machine” within a month or so of each other.

(Dr. Katz:Snow Day, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome:#4:The Bet) Pigeon coops in 2 cartoons in 2 nights!

(Onion News Network S2E6, Simpsons S23E5, South Park S15E14) Meth, meth, meth! Everything’s about meth! “Stop your Breaking Bad’ing.”

(Onion News Network S2E6, Simpsons S23E5) Onion+Simpsons made fun of foodies.

(Onion News Network S2E6, South Park S15E14) Onion+South Park made fun of the poor kids at school.

(Robot Chicken S5E12, Family Guy S10E5) 2 cartoons with time travel that both throwback to the pilot (Family Guy traveled back to the pilot, Robot Chicken had another Oz sketch)

(American Dad S7E5, Good Vibes S1E4) 2 cartoons in 1 night with people getting inside a mecha in tribute/reference to Avatar

(Talking Dead S1E6, Dr. Katz Season 2 Disc 13) Paul F. Thompkins twice in one night! First time in the live-action Dr. Katz stage performance, second time during The Talking Dead.

(Rushmore [1998], Hanna [2011]) 2 movies 2 nights in a row with Olivia Williams.

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