My Movies: 2013

Watched in 2013 (partial)
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
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Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Drunken writers? ” - DougInNC
Purple Violets (2007)
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Patti Petalson (Blair) struggles with the pressure of becoming the next important American writer. (103 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ I seem to like movies about writers, including this one. Two college couples drift apart, find each other again in their 30s, struggle to reunite and still to thine own selves be true. This movie was touching, realistic, and well acted by most. ” - DougInNC
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Thriller from the history that touched my generation. ” - DougInNC
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ Not Jennifer Lawrence's best or even 2nd best, but she must have come of age for this one to get her Academy Award for Best Actress. The supporting cast was better than she. ” - DougInNC
Les Misérables (2012)
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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ I didn't have a problem with the singing from less than epic vocalists, and it still is a good story. ” - DougInNC
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
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The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ Audrey Tautou is now my second favority Audrey. Tiny like Hepburn and seems to be a more serious actress. Strange that this movie told some of the same parts of her life as the movie "Coco Chanel" but told them differently. I liked this one better - the actor and the story. ” - DougInNC
What's Your Number? (2011)
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A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. (106 mins.)
Director: Mark Mylod
“ Witty. A chick flick for guys more than gals? ” - DougInNC
Midnight in Paris (2011)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Strange casting of Wilson in this role. I wonder how many better choices turned down Woody Allen. Despite the weak cast, the story was engaging. ” - DougInNC
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
“ Ridiculous casting of a very aging Sean Connery in the lead role. Something there for the CGI-loving, fantasy-adoring, not-connected-to-reality crowd ... but not much for me. Still, the story held together throughout, so I'll give it credit for only that. ” - DougInNC
Parental Guidance (2012)
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Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. (105 mins.)
Director: Andy Fickman
“ Decent family humor made decently. ” - DougInNC
5 Days of War (2011)
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A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. (113 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ Gripping, though quite contrived that the heroes defy all odds to stay alive. ” - DougInNC
Friends with Benefits (2011)
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While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan Harper and Jamie Rellis soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications. (109 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ The story line was just too narrow, and the acting was only fair. There were some good lines, so kudos to the writers at least. ” - DougInNC
Being Julia (2004)
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Set in '30s London, the film involves stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge. (104 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
“ A wonderful old-time film made in the new millennium. The writer, director, and actors play out a good story, but keep you guessing on a few things, and that makes it fun. ” - DougInNC
This Means War (2012)
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Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. (103 mins.)
Director: McG
“ Paced well and amusing throughout. ” - DougInNC
The River Murders (2011)
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While investigating a series of murders, a homicide detective becomes the prime suspect when the FBI uncovers his close personal ties to all the victims. (92 mins.)
Director: Rich Cowan
“ Whodunit theme, twisting and turning, tried and true, done and gone. It's not a horrible movie, nor is there anything compelling in the presentation, acting, or story line. ” - DougInNC
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
“ Silliness, though colorful. Australia has so much better to offer. ” - DougInNC
“ Hear the lyrics, enjoy the instrumentation, and wish you had even more good looks at the spectacular venue that is the VOH. ” - DougInNC
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The Band shows their range, and serves up some Joni Mitchell for a rare and wonderful pleasure. ” - DougInNC
The Big Year (2011)
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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ It keeps moving, and Owen Wilson is cast in a role I can almost believe he should play. ” - DougInNC
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ It is perhaps a classic. Good acting by the youngsters when they were still establishing their persona. The Nicholson act is probably over-rated, but he provides the great knife edge of sharpness; who gets cut? ” - DougInNC
Something Borrowed (2011)
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Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy's fiancé. (112 mins.)
Director: Luke Greenfield
“ Love isn't a straight line! A good movie to discover a new-for-me actress in Ginnifer Goodwin, revisit some others that you know, and one or two you think you know, but from where? ” - DougInNC
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
“ The Great American story you never knew, and it took South Africa to find it. The American Dream is to start poor, find success, and grow rich. The American Ideal is to start modestly, create your self-defined measure of success, be who you are, be appreciated for who you are, and share what you can. This isn't quite the American Ideal, but that's because we missed it while it was happening. ” - DougInNC
Friday Night Lights (2004)
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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Classic American tale ... sadly. Not much to see here. ” - DougInNC
In Bruges (2008)
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Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Gleeson is the man! He was even better in The Guard, but this guy takes control of roles films when he is featured. Well done mix of comedy and story. ” - DougInNC
The Woman in the Fifth (2011)
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A college lecturer flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. In the City of Light, he meets a widow who might be involved in a series of murders. (85 mins.)
“ Dreams, mysteries, and many things unexpected. I saw it, but I'm not sure what really happened. ” - DougInNC
Only You (1994)
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Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board... (115 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Silly can be entertaining. The actors played their roles well, even if the role was asked to be much too over-the-top, Kate Hudson. ” - DougInNC
You've Got Mail (1998)
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Two business rivals who hate each other in the office fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ By the time I caught this movie, the setting was retro. NYC was NYC, but dial-up Internet was eye-catching. It ended way to abruptly. ” - DougInNC
88 Minutes (2007)
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On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ Except for Amy Brenneman, there were a lot of weak portrayals in this movie. I'll have to pin that on Director Jon Avnet, because the quickly-moving story line provided a great deal of content to develop. Hollywood has to produce dramas that are better than 1-hour television series, and this one was not. Ah, I hit the mark without realizing where it was: Director Avnet has spent most of his time producing television series, per his videography on At least his effort in Black Swan is a film of better worth than 88. ” - DougInNC
Date Night (2010)
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In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous. (88 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ One of those not-as-bad-as-expected evening relaxers. Let's not confuse this with a good movie, but it was better than some where the actors try to take their comedian personna and impale you with it for a two hour movie. This flick took that risk, and the potential for cataclysm was significant, with the two lead actors monopolizing the screen. Yet, it developed a story line rather than just a series of gags, it spread the comedy across scenes and themes, and improved as it went along. ” - DougInNC
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011 Documentary)
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Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. (39 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
“ By opening with epic real footage of the 2011 tsumani that crippled a section of coastal Japan, the hook was set. One was compelled to stay glued for the duration to see how people could deal with such a calamity. The disaster was heartbreaking, and that came through easily enough. It was a challenge to human triumph and failure. And it brought a re-appreciation for the simplest things in life - - the scenes of the cherry blossoms, so pure and without evil. Very poignant movie. ” - DougInNC
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
“ Terrific documentary showing what we already knew: that backup singers are extremely talented, enjoyable, and likely more level-headed than the figure out front. Fun to identify faces that you've seen in the background and will see again in concert while quite incognito. ” - DougInNC
In Time (2011)
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In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system. (109 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ High marks for original story line and also for using clever lines that (somehow) did not come across as predictable: Getting the "upper hand," "thank you for your time," "Got a minute." It was well enough done that I would consider seeing a second Justin Timberlake film. Too much beating-the-clock-by-seconds, though. While the chase scenes and chase themes were somewhat original, they were still Hollywood chase scenes, which are boringly repetitious. ” - DougInNC
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
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The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ I hope it was just the Bill Murray portrayal that made FDR seem wacky. Was this movie made to declare that it's likely all U.S. Presidents were lying womanizers? I suspect the idea was to tell the story that gave this movie a base: a woman who lived a somewhat secret life in the company of the President. Unfortunately, barely 20 percent of the movie stayed true to the story, and so much else was filler. Categorize this one as superficial entertainment, not historical drama. ” - DougInNC
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ High points for creativity and diversity. Low points for seeming to drag out the story just a bit too long. I became numb to the "will he" or "won't he" survival aspect after a while. The island scene was perhaps the most rediculous. But then, it was all a metaphor, was it not? ” - DougInNC
The Iron Lady (2011)
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An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ Excellent historical drama presentation and superb-as-always Meryl Streep performance. A movie where "it's all about me" was the appropriate way to present her rise to prominance, glory, and legacy. ” - DougInNC
Brake (2012)
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A Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the President of the United States. (92 mins.)
Director: Gabe Torres
“ Brake? Most appropriate title would be "Twist and Turn." A limited cast and a limited set - - basically the trunk of a car or the back-end of some other sort of vehicle. Give it some marks for creativity of production and pretty good acting. Those positives are offset by a limited, somewhat predictable yet somewhat absurd story line. ” - DougInNC
Killing Kennedy (2013 TV Movie)
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Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin... (87 mins.)
“ Better than the book by the same name on which is was based. Well, "that was easy!" Skipping the salacious parts of the story was a good choice for the movie, sticking more closely to the point of the title. The movie had action, which the book lacked. Ginnifer Goodwin is quite good, which was expected after seeing her steal scenes in "Ramona and Beezus." ” - DougInNC
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
“ Smile, you're going to enjoy this. No, maybe it's just me. Sometimes I like the quirky nature of (certain) people, and this movie profiles an oddball that doesn't know the meaning of "can't" or the meaning of ... well ... much at all! Still he makes something of his life in the most unusual way, as a hobby first then a vocation. As a plus, this flick is a good basic primer on the world of graffiti, er, "street art." ” - DougInNC
The Baytown Outlaws (2012)
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When three redneck brothers agree to help a woman save her godson from an abusive stepfather, they become targets on the run from an odd cast of characters. (98 mins.)
Director: Barry Battles
“ Thankfully this didn't last long. Nice for a few people to get a payday, but not much here. Move along, move along. ” - DougInNC
Lured (1947)
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A serial killer in London is murdering young women whom he meets through the personal columns of newspapers;... (102 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ What fun to see Lucy in a serious role! ” - DougInNC
Chaplin (1992)
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin. (143 mins.)
“ A challenging portrayal for Robert Downey Jr., but I think he pulls it off. Chaplin is a legend, so playing him in his life story would seem to be a foreboding assignment, but this is pretty well acted. It was great to see clips of the old films, and then to have those re-enacted in this show. ” - DougInNC
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
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As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. (132 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ Sound storytelling is enough to offset the slow pace. They could have done a better job capturing the dawning of the age of Aquarius and other periods of the film, but I admit that was difficult for Hollywood in something that spans such a great length. ” - DougInNC
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ While slow-moving, this story draws you into many worlds and your thoughts on them. It's a bit of history and a lot of personal exploration. I was surprised (and pleased) that the big "name" actors didn't get the top billing, as Riz Ahmed commands the screen from start to finish. ” - DougInNC
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ Quite good, even if not the landmark, blockbuster movie that some viewers pronounce it to be. The mix of quirky, serious, poignant, and heartful scenes is exceptional. Wonderfully written and well-acted characters. I could watch this one again. ” - DougInNC