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100th Film seen at Cinema, TRON: Legacy, on 01 Dec 2010.
Original IMDb account created 18 Dec 2011.
Legacy Check-Ins from 18 Dec 2011 - 05 Jan 2014 are undated.
1250 Movies in 1250 Days from 04 Jun 2012 - 05 Nov 2015.
100th Check-In Clerks II, watched 10 Sep 2012.
This IMDb account created 12 Nov 2012.
Check-Ins began comprehensively from 23 Jul 2013.
1000th Feature Film Turbo, watched 22 Oct 2013.
150th Film seen at Cinema, Gravity, on 29 Oct 2013.
2013 Film of the Year Her, watched 17 Feb 2014.
200th Film seen at Cinema, Guardians of the Galaxy, on 31 Jul 2014.
5000th Check-In Spider-Man XXX 2, watched 24 Aug 2014.
Every theatrically released film seen released Nov 2014 - Jan 2015.
Check-Ins all fully commented from 10 Dec 2014.
Movie watched everyday from 24 Dec 2014 - 11 Jul 2015, 200 days.
2014 Film of the Year Whiplash, watched 16 Jan 2015.
250th Film seen at Cinema, Furious 7, on 07 Apr 2015.
Live Taping attended UFC Fight Night 72, 18 Jul 2015.
2000th Feature Film Resident Evil: Retribution, watched 16 Aug 2015.
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Succeeds in not being terrible
It's strange that we live in a time when a reboot of a classic genre franchise or character is considered a success by not being awful and ROBOCOP isn't awful so it's being considered a success! The original ROBOCOP was an exciting piece of action, social commentary and religion, this film is not that and fails to be everything the original was. But if we look past the original and take this for what it is, it's just a dumb action film with some okay to look at sequences that thinks it's a lot smarter than it is. Look past whenever it tires to make a moral statement, the fact that RoboCop isn't really that much of a hero (a problem in a lot of modern 'hero' films), and that some characters keep on making strange 180's on their views and how they feel (feels like a lot of scenes were cut out explaining this possibly). Look past all that and you will probably have a pretty okay time watching what's more of a modern FPS video game adaptation than a new ROBOCOP, but you'll never have a better time than okay.
Lust for Love (2014)
Didn't really deserve to be made
I don't agree with why this film exists really. It was crowd sourced with the draw to internet users by having half of the DOLLHOUSE cast in it. The target audience of 'people who don't care at all what these actors are in but are just happy to see them on their screens' seem pretty happy with the finished product, but I don't really. It's a completely clichéd story of some nerdish guy who doesn't think he can really talk to girls trying to win his ex back and finding love in other places along the way. The actors all have this great likable quality that makes them fun to watch and they really do their best with the bland characters they have to work with. This film isn't half as likable as it thinks it is, it's pretty bland and formulaic. You'll have fun seeing these actors and you'll like them but not really the characters. Pretty much a waste of time.
The Monuments Men (2014)
You can't make us care Clooney.
George Clooney took (from what brief research I did on the events)an important story and something by the sounds of it is really worth telling and essentially just made OCEANS ELEVEN. It's a bunch of actors running about together having fun (though half the time it seems like some of the cast neither wants to be there or even cares slightly, yes we're looking at you Bill Murray). It's dull, thinks it has some sense of pedigree with it's all star cast and Clooney behind the camera and it's just full of boring stereotypes and clichés. I do not care about THE MONUMENTS MEN and someone could have made a film where I do. It came out at the start of the year when studios dump any old trash. This is passable trash.
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Bland Underworld style Garbage
I read about this one going into pre-production 5 years ago and it was described as a "a film noir re-imagining of the Classic Monsters universe in which a more mentally developed version of Frankenstein's monster makes like a hard-boiled detective, while Dracula plays the role of a crime kingpin." and as a complete idiot that I was, I read that and was like "woah this sounds cool and Aaron Eckhart is Frankenstein he was great in that BATMAN movie" and then I never really thought about the thing again until it came out. This film is not great and to be fair to the excitement of my idiot younger self, the film is not that one described remotely. The final product of I, FRANKENSTEIN involves gargoyles and demons fighting each other for some reason and honestly until partly way through I wasn't sure who was what and who had powers or whatever. But really who cares. At least this thing is only 90 minutes and doesn't take long to get through and at least the visuals of the fights are kind of interesting (I guess...?). Just don't bother with this one, it's a mess and not even remotely entertaining because it's bad, it's just bad.
A new cinema experience
Alfonso Curon's film is just pure evidence for why we still need and should be going to the cinema. It demands to be seen on the biggest 3D IMAX screen you can be find, boasting an excellent sound system. I wish I avoided the trailers (which were essentially extended scenes) and went into this one blind. The spectacle of this film is wondrous and you find yourself deeply absorbed in the blackness of not only your massive multiplex but in the space the 3D screen provides a window towards. The film offers you some of the most incredible imagery you've ever seen upon the screen, intense survival action and great character work (Bullock's performance outside of a genre film would be heralded even more than it already is). If you didn't see this at IMAX when it came out or the biggest 3D screen you could get to I pity you, but then again you were probably told enough to do so. I won't be watching this again for a very long time, because without the beautiful technology to back it up you're not doing this masterpiece justice. I've never seen anything like this in my life
Before Midnight (2013)
Another Amazing Film
Love the BEFORE series and it's hard to see this as a standalone film of 2013 because the way these films operate, it's always really hard to think how the next one is gonna top or even match the one that came before it. It seemed like this was doomed to fail. The characters are obviously so personal and deeply understood by Linklater/Delpy/Hawke though that once again they aren't betrayed in slightly. Nothing is stupid, nothing seems unreal. The humour of this one is great, despite the brutal subject matter and the whole film, especially that final act rips these two and your heart wide open. Loss and time are what this one's about. I'd happily revisit Jesse and Celine again in 2022 but if this is the last one we've closed the greatest cinematic trilogy of all time (up there with TOY STORY) by an actual mile. Where's my Celine?
American Hustle (2013)
Hilarious and Larger than Life
All of the leads are outstanding in this film. Amy Adams as the soul- searching and sharp witted lover, Bradley Cooper's FBI agent jumping between violence and using his perfect timing for hilarious comedy, Jennifer Lawrence's absurd and over-bearing housewife and Jeremy Renner's big hearted good intentioned Mayor who balances out some of the more insane and unrealistic characters. Finally Christian Bale, who at this point I pray, pray, pray will continue to work with Russell to develop a relationship of continuing to bring us these over top, multi-layered characters like which we've seen here and earlier in THE FIGHTER. This is a wondrous film filled with over top characters which the film has plenty of time to really study and peel apart. One of the funniest of the year a dark comedy with excellent characters, Watch it.
In a World... (2013)
Can't Wait to see what Lake Bell does next
IN A WORLD... doesn't exactly have a totally engaging plot (some of its B-Plots are even weaker) but the film has such character and cute and hilarious humour naturally within the interactions that it's a joy to watch.
The cast across the board is great from the leads to a few smaller parts adding even more humour from the likes of Nick Offerman and Ig Notaro.
Gender inequality takes the for front of this film, with excellent family moments and hilarious cynicism from the lead. Of course it also has a sweet romantic story happening throughout too. It's a fun clever movie and a good watch.
Lake Bell delivers as the screenwriter/director/star and looking forward to what she does next.