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  • Atypical
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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
    Stephen Daldry, 2011

    Based on a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, with which it shares a similar theme: a quest to solve a mystery from the past, and in the process, help to heal the scars from that past. Thomas Horn is excellent in his feature film debut as a precocious 11-year-old boy who sets outs to find the lock that fits a mysterious key he finds hidden in the closet of his father, who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. His is a complex, sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of a boy who never got over his father’s death and never forgave himself for what happened that day. Also features Max von Sydow’s Oscar-nominated performance as a mute with secrets of his own. “Think about nothing,” von Sydow’s character advises the boy, who replies, “That’s an oxymoron.” Like the troubled characters in Daldry’s THE HOURS and THE READER, these characters can never stop thinking, and remembering, and hurting, and they are all but consumed by grief and shame and remorse.

    Grade for EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE: A-

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    Tye-Grr
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    ‘Cabin In The Woods’ (2012)
    Dir.- Drew Goddard 

    *SPOILER FREE QUICK REVIEW*

    My brothers and I watched ‘Cabin In The Woods’ yesterday. That third act was insane; we were talking about it the rest of the night. All three of us agreed that it wasn’t too scary, but it was whip-smart, clever, and just plain fun. All of the twists and plays on horror genre conventions were both smart and hilarious, so major props to screenwriters Goddard and Joss Whedon. Strong cast, great script and directing, and lots of twists and turns that keep the film moving at a brisk pace. I’d definitely recommend it.

    Review Grade: A- 

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    Spenser Davis
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    HORRIBLE BOSSES
    Seth Gordon, 2011

    I’ve always been drawn to dark comedies, laffers that take something disturbing or disgusting or irrational and flip it on its ear. So last year, when I heard about this new film about three guys who decide to kill each others’ dreadful bosses, I thought to myself: Fun premise, but will it be able to attack its genre full-force. Well, its been a year now, and I finally managed to catch the pic on HBO. I’ll start off by saying this … the cast is very game. Very game. Nearly everything that Jason Bateman and Charlie Day said had me in stitches, and Jason Sudeikis wasn’t far behind them. That is not to say that the screenplay is remarkably humorous; their delivery of the lines, however, is. The film excels most when (a) we see these three men trying to figure out this new world of hitmen and murder and (b) when the three fail miserably at what they initially brush off as easy tasks. As with most comedies like this, the third act is heavy on the action and light on the witticisms, which is too bad, because some of the best scenes involve our three leads sitting around talking. Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey all kill in their respective supporting turns. I just wish the comedy had ended up having more of a punch at the end, something to justify getting such a great cast together in one film.

    Grade: B+

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    Logan
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    The Cabin in the Woods was a lot of fun. Reminded me of a better Drag Me to Hell (which has a 83(!) on metacritic). Really fun and something I’d tell people to see on the big screen.

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    Vincent Yeoh (aka Vinny)
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    MIRROR, MIRROR (7 out of 10)

    I went in ready to find faults, and was quite pleasantly surprised to be very forgiving instead. Julia Roberts is amazing delicious as the evil Queen, i really believe she gets better with age. Here, she reminds me of a younger Glenn Close, and who’s to say she might not pop up one day as the younger sister of Patty Hewes in Damages? Lily Allen, who looks like Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, started off blandly, but when she started to kick ass, she became perkily good. Armie Hammer we know is an excellent actor, but here, he plays someone who is really charming and funny at the same time. Overall, the acting from the cast is pretty superb. This film is way more likeable than Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which failed to hold my attention. I love Tarsem’s earlier works, and was disappointed by his Immortals last year. Here, he remains exciting, but he is as entertaining as he is artistic, at least.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
    Sydney Pollack, 1975

    One of those deliciously paranoid political thrillers from the seventies that would make a great double (triple?) feature with THE PARALLAX VIEW or ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (both directed by Alan J. Pakula). The plot involves Robert Redford as a CIA researcher who uncovers a deadly conspiracy. Redford’s character kidnaps a woman (played by Faye Dunaway, nominated for a Golden Globe) to help him escape a team of hitmen (including the great Max von Sydow as a cold-blooded killer); the alacrity with which Dunaway’s character segues from victimized hostage to willing accomplice is a tad sexist and borderline offensive, but after all it was the seventies and who could possibly resist super-seductive Robert Redford? Redford and Dunaway make an attractive couple and it is to be regretted they made no other pictures together. The film features an interesting jazz score (nominated for a Grammy) by Dave Grusin and was also nominated for a Best Editing Oscar. Best line: “Fuck the Wall Street Journal!”

    Grade for THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR: B+

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m watching ‘Ray’ (only the third time I’ve seen it, the last time being years ago) and Jamie Foxx is very good, yes, but do you wanna know who’s even better? Regina King and Kerry Washington. Both ladies give tremendous supporting performances, but neither received an Oscar nod. It’s a shame, because both have given great performances in several films, but they don’t get the attention they deserve. Here’s to hoping that Kerry Washington can perhaps get some buzz going with her upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ (though I’ve heard her role is quite small. Coincidentally, it will reunite her with Jamie Foxx, though both will be playing VERY different roles).

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I wrote review several weeks ago but never got around to publishing it:

    Warrior (Gavin O’Connor, 2011)

    Surprisingly, three men share writing credit for Warrior: Cliff Dorfman, Anthony Tambakis, and director Gavin O’Connor. Not a single moment of its 140-minute running time contains original content. It’s constructed exclusively of cliches, and the cliches are so old and threadbare it’s foolish to assemble them this way for any reason but parody. As I watched, I started to keep count. SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW, if you can consider them spoilers. Can you spoil a rerun? … The rest of my review

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    Fishbiscuit
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    I’m watching ‘Ray’ (only the third time I’ve seen it, the last time being years ago) and Jamie Foxx is very good, yes, but do you wanna know who’s even better? Regina King and Kerry Washington. Both ladies give tremendous supporting performances, but neither received an Oscar nod. It’s a shame, because both have given great performances in several films, but they don’t get the attention they deserve. Here’s to hoping that Kerry Washington can perhaps get some buzz going with her upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ (though I’ve heard her role is quite small. Coincidentally, it will reunite her with Jamie Foxx, though both will be playing VERY different roles).

    I would’ve nominated King, Washington, and/or Shoron Warren over any of the supporting ladies that mad the cut that year.    

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    Tye-Grr
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    My personal lineup would’ve been: 

    Cate Blanchett, ‘The Aviator’
    Kirsten Dunst, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ 
    Regina King, ‘Ray’ 
    Natalie Portman, ‘Closer’ (winner)
    Kerry Washington, ‘Ray’ 
     
    Close Calls:

    Laura Linney, ‘Kinsey’
    Virginia Madsen, ‘Sideways’

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    Laactingnyc
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    I saw titanic yesterday and i cried through the whole movie!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!

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    ‘Cabin In The Woods’ (2012)
    Dir.- Drew Goddard 

    *SPOILER FREE QUICK REVIEW*

    My brothers and I watched ‘Cabin In The Woods’ yesterday. That third act was insane; we were talking about it the rest of the night. All three of us agreed that it wasn’t too scary, but it was whip-smart, clever, and just plain fun. All of the twists and plays on horror genre conventions were both smart and hilarious, so major props to screenwriters Goddard and Joss Whedon. Strong cast, great script and directing, and lots of twists and turns that keep the film moving at a brisk pace. I’d definitely recommend it.

    Review Grade: A- 

    O good! This is one of the next ones on my agenda. How scary is it? I love being scared. Lol.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^Somewhat scary, but not very. More hilariously demented!

    I hope you have as much fun as I did, Pook!

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    Logan
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    It has scary parts, certainly, but I think you’ll laugh a bit.

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