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19 December 2014 @ 11:00 pm
Blades of GloryCollapse )

3 out of 5

Miss RepresentationCollapse )

3.5 out of 5

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18 December 2014 @ 12:27 am
Bad SantaCollapse )

3 out of 5

Were the World MineCollapse )

3.5 out of 5

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Green Queen
14 December 2014 @ 02:46 pm
Coming to AmericaCollapse )

2.5 out of 5

Paddington

A young talking bear from Darkest Peru moves to London to find a new home.

It's been forty years since a British explorer traveled to Peru and encountered a pair of highly intelligent bears. Now they're raising a young bear soon to be known as Paddington (Ben Whishaw), who enjoys racing around the jungle and eating marmalade sandwiches. When their home is destroyed in a disaster, Paddington ships off to London, where the family of bears was assured a warm welcome by the explorer all those years ago. When he gets to London he finds he has a harder time acclimatising than he thought - and though the kindhearted Mrs. Brown (Sally Hawkins) eventually takes a liking to him and brings him home for the night, cautious Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville) is less enthusiastic, particularly when the accident-prone Paddington floods the bathroom. The bear also catches the attention of taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman), who has her own plans in mind for the unusual specimen.

This movie, based on the children's books by Michael Bond, is aggressively quirky. While the concept of a marmalade-loving, talking bear might be a bit unusual, it's accepted universally as only being slightly odd in the world of this film. It's also downright sensible compared to some elements of this movie. We have a high-heeled ninja-like murderous taxidermist (there's a scene in which I'm fairly sure Nicole Kidman casually kills a taxi driver), a steampunk Geographer's Guild, and a chase scene in which someone refers to Paddington as "a tiny police bear" for starters. The whimsical nature of the film sometimes works in its favour, particularly stylistically; the scenes where the front of the Browns' home opens out like a dollhouse are particularly lovely. There are some really nifty scene changes and effective visual metaphors running through the film as well. However, as when our introductory scene for the villain involves her explicitly laying out her evil plan with no previous indication that she existed, there are some moments that are downright jarring. However, for all that it is full of whimsy, the film is mostly played very safe and gentle. The messages about home and acceptance are far from groundbreaking, and there's nothing challenging about the film at all. It seems like they were more invested in making it cute than making it thoughtful.

For all that she's on fine, bizarrely competent ice queen form in this film (the ninja stunts she manages in high heels are quite impressive), there's never the level of threat from Nicole Kidman that you know she can produce. The rest of the cast hold up nicely, however. Julie Walters is on particularly fine form as the formidable Mrs. Bird, an "elderly relative" of the Browns with whom they live. The kids are fine, particularly Madeleine Harris as older daughter Judy. Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville are lovely, with Bonneville's take on the highly strung, much put-upon "dad from Beethoven" archetype (if there's a better name for this, let me know) coming across as properly delightful. His drag scene is a lot of fun, and it's great to watch him go from uptight to cutting loose. Ben Whishaw's Paddington voice veers from very youthful to old soul, but he's a likeable little hero. Ultimately this is a fun little film for kids - I doubt it's going to become a classic, but it moves along well, does its job, and it's got enough little oddities to keep adults engaged too.

3 out of 5

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Green Queen
13 December 2014 @ 09:20 pm
Horrible Bosses 2Collapse )

3 out of 5

A View to a KillCollapse )

1 out of 5

Next up: Coming to America & Paddington.

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Green Queen
08 December 2014 @ 10:14 pm
Knights of BadassdomCollapse )

2 out of 5

Horrible BossesCollapse )

1 out of 5

And I have to see the second one, which I've heard is worse. Ugh. (Although it is my fault - there are $5 movies tomorrow even in the fancy Premium cinema and my only options were that and Exodus, and at least the sequel has Chris Pine in it. I couldn't think of a single thing to recommend Exodus. And I hadn't seen the first one yet.)

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Green Queen
06 December 2014 @ 09:53 pm
On Tuesday I watched Trading PlacesCollapse )

4 out of 5

On Thursday I saw NightcrawlerCollapse )

4 out of 5

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Green Queen
02 December 2014 @ 10:07 pm
I'm still looking for suggestions for movies to watch this month! So far I have Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Spork, The One I Love, and The Station Agent on my list (I'm not 100% sure I haven't seen the last one, though).

Last night I watched ScroogedCollapse )

2 out of 5 stars

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Green Queen
01 December 2014 @ 10:23 pm
First, the request.

I have to watch 24 movies in the month of December in order to meet my goal of 100. I'm not sure how I got so far behind, given that I've been watching movies pretty consistently all year, but it's happened, and now I have to deal with it.

So I want movie recs!

Rec me anything obscure, anything terrible but entertaining, anything brilliant but underrated. Basically anything there's a good chance I haven't seen, preferably on Netflix (and if not I'd love a DL link or something).



Anyway, I saw I Know That VoiceCollapse )

2.5 out of 5

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Green Queen
23 November 2014 @ 10:31 pm
HerCollapse )

4 out of 5

InterstellarCollapse )

3 out of 5

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Collapse )

3.5 out of 5
 
 
Green Queen
16 November 2014 @ 10:43 pm
Muppets Most WantedCollapse )

1.5 out of 5 stars

John WickCollapse )

2.5 out of 5 stars

The FogCollapse )

1 out of 5 stars

Her and Interstellar to come.

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