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So, The Purge: Anarchy might be the best Punisher movie we've gotten so far.
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JFernandes updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

So, The Purge: Anarchy might be the best Punisher movie we've gotten so far.
JFernandes at 12:06 AM Jul 23

Fantastic Four was Fox, not Marvel.

Besides, Evans can't say no to a comic movie.

ericodarko at 12:13 AM Jul 23

yeah, I know the fact that it was different studios helped but it could and should be done in this case.

might just have to check this out then. Couldn't be worse than the frst, right?

JFernandes at 12:14 AM Jul 23

I didn't mind the first, but this one's definitely better.

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1. Ms. 45 (1981): A woman is assaulted by men twice within the first 10 minutes, but gets the best (and gun) of her second assailant. From there on out, it's all about killing men with her freshly-stolen .45. Not bad.
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): Set 10 years after Rise, most of the planet's human population has been wiped out by the "simian flu" and apes are living peacefully away from the remaining people. Shit goes awry. This was right on par with the excellent Rise. It definitely upped its CGI game, since there where only a handful of times where I thought "that looks fake." Definitely check it out if you somehow haven't already.
3. Afflicted (2013): A found-footage flick about a couple of guys on a trip around the world that takes a turn when one of them gets sick. Like, crazy sick. Awesomely sick. I liked it quite a bit, but I'm a sucker for found-footage, so take that as you will.
4. That Awkward Moment (2014): Three friends vow to stay single for a month (maybe 2? I don't remember), all the while two of them are secretly trying to bring their relationships to the next level. The one sticking to his guns (Zac Efron) is doing everything he can to remain single, despite the efforts of the girl he's seeing (POOTS!), so as other lame romantic comedies go, he gets self-destructive at the end of the second act, and then needs to embarrass himself publicly to win her back. Just like in Crazy Stupid Love, which was pretty good up until the last act. So, yeah, 2-thirds of this was good while the last third was passable.
5. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975): A class from an all-girl school in Australia go on a Valentine's Day picnic, but three students and a chaperone go missing. What's left is the toll it takes on the school: the teachers' and fellow students' feelings of loss and the headmistress's worry of the toll being taken on the business side of the school (being in the newspaper, being down three tuitions for the next year). It was told and shot well, but I didn't get too much out of it.
6. The Lego Movie (2014): Revisit - Figured I'd finally give my favorite movie of the year (so far) a rewatch with commentary, and it was pretty hilarious. You get the directors, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Will Arnett, Charlie Day and (briefly) Elizabeth Banks all mostly quipping, but occasionally giving insight and pointing out little jokes in the background. It's a ton of fun.
7. Orphan Black: Season 2: Finally got the DVD set from work. People get captured, then escape, then get captured, then escape. The story's good, not great. It's Maslany that really sticks out and makes me come back for more. I'd watch a whole series of just Helena going on crazy adventures, but only if they got rid of that stupid going-crazy theme music that plays every time she either shows up or does something violent.
WalkAway at 11:20 AM Jul 22

haha yes the Helena music is a bit much

JFernandes updated his STATUS: 10 days ago

For a 2-hour movie that, from start to finish, is filled with prominent CGI animals, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES had MAYBE only a handful of spots where I thought to myself, "that looked kinda fake." This flick is proof above all others that you don't need to use live animals in Hollywood.
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Weekend Update

1. Enemy (2013): Jake Gyllenhaal re-teams with director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) to tell a story about a man at odds with what appears to be his doppelganger. People seem to either really hate or really love this flick, and I'm definitely in the latter camp.
2. Meet the Robinsons (2007): Showed this at work for the kids and found myself totally enjoying it. It's kinda like a Terminator for kids and was pretty damn funny.
3. The Loved Ones (2009): Prom torture porn. That's pretty much all this is, but somehow it's got a bit of heart to it. Not too shabby.
4. Lone Survivor (2013): A biographical tale about the rise and fall of the hip-hop group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, as told through the metaphor of a modern battlefield. Really, thinking that was the only way I could really enjoy the movie. It had some really good action, but that was about it.
5. Graceland (2012): A kidnapping goes awry in the Phillipines, so now a father does everything he can to get his daughter back. It's a pretty decent thriller.
6. The Bridge: Season 1: Finally caught this on DVD. The entire season really only covers one case, and wraps it up fairly nicely, but apparently there's a second season. I just hope it's not centered around one of the uninteresting side stories from the first season.
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Weekend Update

1. Jack Irish: Dead Point (2014): I'd call this the weakest of the three Jack Irish TV movies, but it's still a solid PI flick.
2. Non-Stop (2014): So, this looked like it was just going to be Taken-on-a-Plane, but it was way better than that. Surprised the hell out of me how into I was.
3. Son of Batman (2014): DC's latest animated film, and probably the one I liked the least. I really enjoyed Damian Wayne in the comics, but there's just something lost in translation. I also tend to get bored any time Deathstroke is invovled in anything, so there's that.
4. Deadly Blessing (1981): I watched this due to Gonadsgo69's recommendation, and was pretty well-entertained throughout. Ernest Borgnine with that Hittite beard was the best.
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014): Jim Kirk goes to work for Elliot Ness as a government agent sent to gather intel from Moscow. Kirck kicks crazy ass at times and yet, overall, this was pretty uninteresting.
6. Wolf Creek 2 (2013): We're brought back to the Australian outback where the killer from the first movie is still killing and, this time, dropping really bad one-liners. However, I just imagined it was Wolverine in Australia fucking with people and had a pretty good time with it.
7. Snowpiercer (2014): Captain America and his Howling Commandos need to work their way train car by train car to the engine of the train (the Snowpiercer in question) in order to get control of the train. I'm calling it Under Siege 2 meets The Raid meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it was pretty awesome. It's a whole ton of violence with oddly comedic parts, Battle Royale style.
8. Divorce Italian Style (1962): In Italy, it was (maybe still is?) illegal to get a divorce, so the lead character decides that the only way to be able to run off with his younger female cousin is to justifiably kill his wife while catching her in the act of adultery. Problem is, his wife is completely loyal to him, so: HIJINKS! This is a pretty fun satire.
9. Seduced and Abandoned (1964): The director's follow-up to Divorce Italian Style, this satire is about a daughter who gets down and dirty with her sister's fiancee. Equally funny as the previous movie.
10. Knights of Badassdom (2013): LARPers accidently summon a real live demon that goes about slaughtering LARPers. It was fun to see Steve Zahn again, and Peter Dinklage is great too. It's a pretty fun watch and has some decent gore.
11. Omar (2013): Palestinian freedom fighters have the government breathing down their necks, all while a love-triangle-ish story develops among them, and it is done extremely well. This was up for the foreign language Oscar last year, and totally deserved the nom.
MJZ at 12:06 AM Jul 08

I almost bought Son of Batman when it first came close. But now I'm glad I didn't.

JFernandes posted a BLOG item 18 days ago

Disney Doppelgänger: Pumbaa

Mood: Chillin'

JohnLocke2342 at 07:59 PM Jul 07

Bro I love you

JFernandes at 08:35 PM Jul 07

Seriously, slap a beard on him and it's me.

Glinda at 09:49 PM Jul 07

Pumbaa is so awesome!

JFernandes posted a BLOG item 25 days ago

First-Time Viewings in June 2014

The Art of the Steal (4/5)
Stalingrad (3/5)
Birth of the Living Dead (4/5)
McCanick (3/5)
RoboCop (4/5)
Bad Country (3/5)
Narco Cultura (4/5)
There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (4/5)
Maleficent (4/5)
Like Someone in Love (4/5)
Edge of Tomorrow (4/5)
The Lorax (3/5)
Crystal Lake Memories (5/5)
Raze (4/5)
Haunt (3/5)
Her (5/5)
Kings Ransom (4/5)
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? (4/5)
Muhammad and Larry (4/5)
22 Jump Street (5/5)
The Legend of Hercules (3/5)
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (3/5)
Alan Partridge (4/5)
Samurai Cop (4/5)
Joe (5/5)
Special ID (4/5)
Devil's Knot (3/5)
The Truth About Emanuel (3/5)
Jack Irish: Dead Point (4/5)

Mood: Chillin'

JFernandes at 10:29 PM Jun 30

Yeah, the whole time I was thinking "Man, Abbie Cornish could be making a badass Lewis right now."

JohnLocke2342 at 10:31 PM Jun 30

Fuckin' A she would.. plus I adore her so hearing that she manages to kill it in such a small role is great news to me.

WalkAway at 11:07 PM Jun 30

Glad you liked Maleficent!

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Weekend Update

1. Samurai Cop (1989): This is very much in the same vein as Miami Connection in that it's filled with horrible acting, over-the-top violence, and plenty of cheese and it's hilarious.
2. Joe (2013): Very similar to Mud in tone and Nic Cage at the best he's been in the past few years. Definitely watch this one.
3. Transformers (2007): Revisit; still kinda fun but not as good as I remember it being.
4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): Revisit; worse than the first, but goddamn do I love every second of Jetfire. He's just the best.
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): Revisit; my favorite of the three, mostly because I just enjoy seeing Optimus Prime giving zero fucks and killing robots.
6. Special ID (2013): Donnie Yen is an undercover cop and martial arts the hell outta people when the need arises. As per usual, Donnie Yen's fights are pretty great, but the rest of the movie is kinda lacking.
7. Devil's Knot (2013): A dramatization of the events that occur during the first Paradise Lost documentary on the West Memphis Three. Watch the doc instead as this only covers the initial trial and only mentions what actually made the story important as text right before the credits.
8. The Truth About Emanuel (2013): Without spoiling (though really, it's revealed only half an hour in), this is about a 17-year-old girl and her neighbor whose situations perfectly complement each other, and how it unfolds as others are clued in. It was decent enough.
JohnLocke2342 at 10:32 PM Jun 30

Joe is immediately on my watch-list and even moreso after reading this. Also I totally agree with you on Devil's Knots and how a first-timer should just skip it and head straight to the docs.

JFernandes at 10:36 PM Jun 30

Oh, and I forgot to mention the near-perpetual score going on in Joe. It was all so perfectly subdued. I'll definitely be picking up this flick if I see it on sale.

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Weekend Update

1. Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL? (2009): 30-for-30 doc about the short-lived professional American football league that competed with the NFL back in the '80s. It was pretty good and featured a lot more Burt Reynolds than I thought there'd be, which is a plus.
2. Muhammad and Larry (2009): 30-for-30 doc about the behind-the-scenes of the match between a coming-out-of-retirement Muhammad Ali and his former sparring partner Larry Holmes. So far, this series of docs has been solid.
3. 22 Jump Street (2014): I'm trying to think of another comedy sequel that was as good as this, but nothing's coming to mind at all. This was completely hysterical and featured a much-needed expanded role for Ice Cube. I eagerly await the blu-ray release for the possibility of his outtakes.
4. The Legend of Hercules (2014): This was not good. Like, at all. The only name I recognized from the credits was Scott Adkins, and he wasn't even the lead. An iffy script, mediocre acting, and poorly done made-for-3D effects made me wish I was already watching The Rock version coming out later this year. Because The Rock is awesome.
5. Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses (2014): Remember when they made a movie starring Danny Trejo about that "epic beard guy?". Well, they made a sequel, this time co-starring Danny Glover as Trejo's bad ass partner. It's pretty much the same as the first: a lot of old-man jokes mixed in with failed drama. It was pretty entertaining.
6. Alan Partridge (2013): This is based off a BBC series (which I tried to watch, but it had a laugh track, so I only made it about 5 minutes). The ever-awesome Steve Coogan is a radio DJ and has a hand in getting a co-worker sacked. Said co-worker then shows up and holds the station hostage. Hilarity ensues throughout. Had a lot of fun with this one.
Glinda at 12:47 AM Jun 23

This is great. Completely agree regrading 22 Jump Street. What a great sequel. Did not disappoint.

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I'll never get over ___'s cancellation

1. Terriers
2. Chappelle's Show
3. Deadwood
4. Gary the Rat
5. I'm With Busey
6. Honorable Mention: Pan Am (for taking away my weekly Kelli fix)

Based on a list by MrsData

WalkAway at 10:09 PM Jun 22

Pan Am was getting so good :-(

grelber37 at 06:36 AM Jun 23

Chappelle's Show is an interesting case. I have wondered. Did Dave Chappelle do his controversial show only until Comedy Central offered/gave him big money? Then, once he had his money (or promise of riches), he was done with the controversial jokes. I have always had a hypothesis. The show continued awhile without him, as you know. However, Comedy Central probably wanted to milk the well-known property for awhile before trying to replace it with Mind of Mencia.

I would have liked to see Chappelle's Show continue. Like CC's South Park, it provoked laughs and discussion.

Slick Nick
Slick Nick at 04:48 PM Jun 23

@grelber...from an interview I saw...Comedy Central allowed Dave to do what he early on we saw his best material, once the show really got popular and things took off, Comedy Central kept trying to step in and "ruin" Dave's true vision and raw creative material.

JFernandes updated his STATUS: about 1 month ago

The $800 shoes line in 22 JUMP STREET had me in stitches. There was even a Benny Hill joke that was literally spelled out. I'd say this was easily as good as the first one. Absolutely hilarious.
Glinda at 12:21 AM Jun 18

Glad you loved it! So funny.

JFernandes created a LIST: about 1 month ago

Weekend Update

1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014): Tom Cruise gets to repeat the past day every time he dies. He uses this to his advantage in fighting aliens. The first half hour was kinda tedious to me since I'm not a fan of repetition (which is why I don't play videogames much), but once it starts only showing the new stuff Tommy-boy's up to, it gets REALLY fun. At least, it did from what I can remember. I was struggling to stay awake the whole time (had nothing to do with the movie, just had a really long day), which is peculiar since the only other time I've ever almost fallen asleep at the theater was when I saw The Bourne Identity, also directed by Doug Liman.
2. The Lorax (2012): Showed this at work for the kids. Not horrible, but not all that good either.
3. Crystal Lake Memories (2013): Watching this 400-minute doc covering the entire Friday the 13th franchise (including the TV show) was how I spent my Friday the 13th. And it was awesome. As gory as some of those flicks are, what we saw was what was left after the MPAA had the filmmakers cut out the REALLY gory stuff.
4. Raze (2013): Women are shanghaied into a fight-to-the-death tournament...and the awesome Zoe Bell fights goddamn everyone. The story was kinda "eh" and the acting wasn't all that good, but Zoe kicked all kinds of ass and, really, that's all I wanted out of this.
5. Haunt (2013): A house is haunted, a new family moves in, blah blah blah. Nothing special here except that Ione Skye still looks amazing.
6. Her (2013): I was pretty hesitant about seeing this because I'm not a Joaquim Phoenix fan whatsoever. Skynet gets flirty with a dude, they fall in love, and then Skynet does what Skynet does...kinda. All I'm saying is don't mess around with A.I.s. Like, at all. Anyway, turns out I loved this movie. And I want to marry Amy Adams even more now.
7. Kings Ransom (2009): Part of the 30-for-30 series, this doc covers the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Oilers to the Kings. I've been meaning to get in on this series, and it's off to a really good start.
8. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey So, I watched the entire series in one sitting. I think I'm ready to fight aliens now, but I'm not sure that's the message I was supposed to take away from this.
JFernandes at 10:35 PM Jun 15

Ooh, which of these did you see?

WalkAway at 10:39 PM Jun 15

None lol but your opinions on actors and reactions to things idk, I just think we're alike lol

JFernandes at 10:47 PM Jun 15


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Weekend Update

1. Birth of the Living Dead (2013): A great doc about the making of Night of the Living Dead. Romero was interviewed for the doc, so you get a lot of cool behind-the-scenes info straight from the source.
2. McCanick (2013): A dirty cop tracks down an ex-con to keep a secret safe. That's really it. I'd say watch Rampart instead.
3. RoboCop (2014): [DISCLAIMER: The original RoboCop is my favorite movie.] That said, this remake was surprisingly well-made. The action and special effects (especially the ED-209) were done to great effect. However, the soul of the original is completely gone. Gone is the satire: instead we get a look at Big Brother at work, but I thought it was better handled in Cap 2. Also gone is the gender equality. In the original, Verhoeven made it a point to treat men and women as equals (co-ed nudity in the locker room, Lewis being probably the most badass cop on the force). In this one, the female role is relegated to the (albeit rightfully) mourning wife (in the form of the excellent Abbie Cornish), and Lewis' character is now male. Worth a watch for sure, but can't even try to compete with the original.
4. Bad Country (2014): Willem Dafoe, Matt Dillon, Neal McDonough, Amy Smart, and a whole lotta mustaches. On paper, it seems like a movie I'd love. Too bad it was boring. What makes it worse is that the cast was good, but didn't have much to work with.
5. Narco Cultura (2013): A doc about the drug culture in Mexico, as well as its pop-cultural spread into the States. This was really good, but can be tough to watch (in the form of graphic footage of violence aftermath).
6. There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (2011): A doc about the mysterious cause(s) that led to a woman driving the wrong way on a parkway, resulting in the deaths of eight people. Yeah, I had a gut-punch-doc double feature. This was really good as well.
7. Maleficent (2014): Disney's live-action revamping of the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty. This flick was absolutely gorgeous to look at, and the cast was all pretty great. It did kind of lull a bit in the middle for me, and the ending was wrapped up...oddly, but I totally enjoyed it.
8. Like Someone in Love (2012): A student-by-day, callgirl-by-night in a rocky relationship takes on an elderly client who she begins to form a bond with over a period of about 24 hours. I just finished this, and I think there were only 8 or 9 scenes total, each really well-shot. Really good stuff.
9. Orange Is the New Black: Season 1: Everyone knows what this is about. It was really funny. Now I just have to wait a year to watch Season 2 on DVD.
Mr.Blizzo at 01:53 AM Jun 09

I'm really looking forward to checking out Birth of the Living Dead soon.

JFernandes created a LIST: about 1 month ago

Weekend Update

1. The Visitor (1979): A Jesus-like alien sends one of his alien buddies down to Earth to incapacitate the offspring of a demon-like alien. The offspring in question is a hilariously foul-mouthed little girl who does nothing but abuse the hell out of her mom. It was pretty funny.
2. Reasonable Doubt (2014): Howard Stark is a lawyer who commits a hit-and-run on a pedestrian. The next day, he finds out ther person he hit died and someone else was being held suspect for his death: none other than Nick Fury! How will these SHIELD agents get things straight?! The first two acts were pretty good, but the last third of the movie went way downhill.
3. Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon (2013): Scooby and the gang go to a comic-con where Shaggy & Scoob are excited to meet the original portrayer of Blue Falcon. Things go awry. This was a pretty fun take on the con-going experience as seen through the eyes of each of the gang, and the Blue Falcon actor being a knock-off of Adam West was pretty great.
4. The Art of the Steal (2013): Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, and Jay Baruchel are art stealers/forgers. It's your run-of-the-mill heist story for the most part, but let me tell ya, after seeing this, I think I'd watch any movie that had Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon just hanging out. They were great together. Oh, and the ever-gorgeous Katheryn Winnick was in it, too.
5. Stalingrad (2013): Russian soldiers fend off Nazis in this slow-motion-laden, blatantly-made-for-3D take on the Battle of Stalingrad. Some of the action was pretty decent, and some of the set pieces were excellent, but this was a really bland movie overall.
6. Family Tree (TV series): Having just lost his job and his girlfriend, Chris O'Dowd inherits a box full of random stuff from his deceased aunt, and decides to investigate his family history. Amazon Instant just added a bunch of HBO shows, so I decide to check this out and was thoroughly entertained (as I always am by Chris O'Dowd).
7. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Season 2: :( It's over... I don't want it to be over. This season had Dark-Knight-Returns-style Blue Falcon, Twin Peaks and Grizzly Man references, and more traps than you can shake a stick at. I miss it already...
WalkAway at 12:08 AM Jun 02

So much Scooby, I love it!

Cochise at 12:03 PM Jun 02

nice. I was thinking about seeing Stalingrad when it was playing in IMAX 3D here for the 3D and the visuals... honestly without that factor though I'm not really interested anymore

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