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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is a fucking blast! It's just as entertaining, action-packed, thrilling, and witty as 2009's STAR TREK. With INTO DARKNESS, director J.J. Abrams has crafted a loving homage to the beloved sci-fi franchise's magnum opus (figure that one out for yourself), all while retaining the energy, spectacle, and freshness of the 2009 reboot. This is the first great summer blockbuster of the year, and it will please fans and non-fans of Star Trek alike. One more thing: Benedict Cumberbatch owns this film, delivering a commanding performance that evokes the work of the legendary Alan Rickman. Go see INTO DARKNESS now!
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Strider updated his STATUS: over 1 year ago

Crazy thought: What if Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence cancel each other out, and Emmanuelle Riva wins the Oscar for Best Actress? I can't remember if something like this has ever happen before, but it would be quite a surprise, and it would cost people a lot of points for Oscar prediction contests/pools. Just a crazy thought....
JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 05:43 PM Feb 12

Yeah honestly I have no idea who is gonna win this race at all. Chastain and Lawrence won the Globes but Riva won the Bafta and Lawrence won the SAG so it's really up in the air with me... I'm reallllly pulling for Chastain though and I know I'm insanely fucking biased but it is what it is lol.

I'd like to see Amour and be able to judge all 3 for myself, though.

Strider
Strider at 05:49 PM Feb 12

Totally agree. This category is tough to call this year. I loved both performances by Chastain and Lawrence, but I'm also pulling for Chastain to win. I haven't seen AMOUR yet. I'm kind of regretting procrastinating on watching that film.

WalkAway
WalkAway at 09:16 PM Feb 12

I've heard only wonderful things about Riva so I wouldn't be surprised it she wins. Obvy I want Chastain though.

Strider updated his STATUS: over 1 year ago

DIE HARD 5 is only 97 minutes. WTF?!?! That makes it the shortest Die Hard installment. What a disappointment.
Cochise
Cochise at 03:55 PM Feb 12

I seriously do not get why people are upset about it being under 100 minutes... what's the big deal? It's a straight up action movie, it's better for it to be jam packed and not drag than it is to go overboard. I'm fine with it and hope it means they trimmed all the fat making for a lean mean action movie

Strider
Strider at 05:44 PM Feb 12

Perhaps it is a fun, lean and mean action flick, but the running time is disappointing to me, considering the previous installments run over two hours long. Said running time will NOT deter me from seeing DIE HARD 5, but my expectations are even lower than they were a month or so ago.

Cochise
Cochise at 01:39 PM Feb 13

hey lower expectations = a higher chance of being pleasantly surprised, so there is good in that ;)

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Strider updated his STATUS: over 1 year ago

My previous status update (which feels so long ago) was about whether or not I should watch HANSEL & GRETEL. A week or so ago, I decided to take a chance on the film, and I'm happy to report it was a blast! A fun popcorn flick that never takes itself seriously. H&G is the film Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter should have been.
X-KID
X-KID at 06:29 AM Feb 12

I agree, Abe Lincoln Vampire... Lost me a few times, H&G was fun throughout and kept my attention.

grelber37
grelber37 at 06:50 AM Feb 12

Hansel & Gretel is a blast, and it does just have fun with itself. Hopefully, you saw it in 3D. But, by any viewing, a person can just have fun.

WalkAway
WalkAway at 10:27 AM Feb 12

I agree with this status wholeheartedly.

Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

Should I see HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, or should I skip it and wait to rent? I don't know. It's receiving dreadful reviews, but I never allow critics to determine what films I watch or skip. On the one hand, it looks like trashy, Z-grade popcorn entertainment, whereas on the other, it may very well be an abomination of cinema. Who knows? I can't fucking decide! Perhaps I'll wait until I see/read some reviews for it here on MFC.
WalkAway
WalkAway at 09:37 PM Jan 25

I'm seeing it Thursday, I'll let you knos

Cochise
Cochise at 11:51 PM Jan 25

skip it, looks like a dumb cheesy movie that would be an ok watch early in the morning on tv... that's about it.

X-KID
X-KID at 05:14 PM Jan 26

I'm seeing it in theaters, it looks like fun to me, will let you know.

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Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

Until Disney or Lucasfilm confirms the news of J.J. Abrams directing the next STAR WARS film, it's merely a rumor to me. However, if this is true, Abrams will be in charge of both the STAR TREK and STAR WARS franchises, which seems like an impossible task. I'm confident that Abrams can pull it off, though. The Force is strong with this one, and his mission, if he chooses to accept it, will allow him to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Cochise
Cochise at 06:28 PM Jan 24

haha that last sentence, well done my man well done

X-KID
X-KID at 05:12 PM Jan 26

It's been confirmed, the issue know is that Abrams hasn't commited to the 2015 release date, that may change if the development process requires it.

Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

I need to say something right now: HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! HARBOWL!!!! On February 3, 2012, all hell breaks loose in the Harbaugh family. Hahaha! Two weeks left until SUPER BOWL XLVII!!!!
Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

I desperately want the Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray set! It's $100 on Amazon, but I can't afford it right now, even though I'm positive it's worth every single penny. I should've bought it when I had the money. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Amazon will put it on sale sometime this year. Anybody own it???
tbondrage99
tbondrage99 at 07:53 PM Jan 19

I bought it the week it came out for the same price. Its a fantastic collection and your right it is worth every penny.

Derek237
Derek237 at 08:08 PM Jan 19

I own it and it is excellent. It's worth eating only peanut butter sandwiches for a month in order to pay for it.

Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 05:08 AM Jan 20

Ohhh yes...worth every penny. Glorious set!

Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

My first celebrity crush is a tie between Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in STAR WARS and Winona Ryder as Kim in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS.
grelber37
grelber37 at 05:10 AM Jan 17

Oooooh, look at their two pictures (you enjoy beholding their two images no doubt). You have a type. I found the same when pondering my first celebrity crushes. Having a type is outstanding.

Strider posted a VIDEO item: almost 2 years ago

TO THE WONDER trailer

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAzcTZTY1g

Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

Anyone interested in seeing MAMA? Jessica Chastain stars and Guillermo Del Toro is the producer, both of which are pluses. Still, it might turn out to be another crappy PG-13 horror flick. A trip to the movie theater to see MAMA is still under consideration for me.
Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 09:58 PM Jan 15

I'm looking forward to it!

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 10:01 PM Jan 15

yup, definitely checking it out but probably on blu-ray

Beauski
Beauski at 10:21 AM Jan 16

I dig the actors, so I am cautiously optimistic.

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Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

According to DIE HARD's official Facebook page, there's going to be a marathon held on February 13. All four films will be shown, concluding with a 10:00 PM screening of A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. One day only. Tickets go on sale on January 17. I'm thinking about going, if only to see the original trilogy on the big screen for the first time.
VitamanMan8
VitamanMan8 at 11:10 PM Jan 14

SO... MUCH... DIE HARD...

Threat Poet
Threat Poet at 11:23 PM Jan 14

It would be pretty sweet to see "Die Hard With A Vengeance" on the big screen again.

Mr.Blizzo
Mr.Blizzo at 11:55 PM Jan 14

I'd love to see Die Hard on the big screen.

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Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

Just saw a TV spot for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, and it's rated R! Consider my ticket bought. And this is coming from someone who still hasn't seen Die Hard 4. I guess I'll have to force myself to finally watch it before February 14. Haha!
Beauski
Beauski at 02:40 PM Jan 13

I am excited for it now, no yippy ki yay mother bleep this time. lol

YoshioKun13
YoshioKun13 at 11:37 PM Jan 13

I have not seen DH4 either and will be reluctantly watching it myself too.

Strider posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: almost 2 years ago

Les Miserables



Miserables-2012-poster

Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by: William Nicholson
Cast: Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Drama, Musical
Official Site: www.lesmiserablesfilm.com
Plot: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISERABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes.)

Review:

Before I say anything further, allow me to admit something: Musicals are my least-favorite genre. That's not to say I've never seen a musical that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, there have been a handful, including classics like MY FAIR LADY and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, and contemporary musicals like Rob Marshall's CHICAGO and Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD. With that said, unless there's a great story or a great ensemble cast behind it, I try to avoid watching musicals, as they are not exactly my cup of tea. I saw LES MISERABLES for its compelling story, adapted from the classic novel by Victor Hugo, and its terrific ensemble cast, and I’m happy to report that I can add this film to my short list of musicals that I thoroughly enjoyed...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: Derek237 (7/10) , Hal2001 (10/10) > Display all
Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

I saw LES MISERABLES on Friday night. Although I'm not a big fan of musicals, I thoroughly enjoyed it! One of the best films of 2012, for sure. I'll probably see it again soon. More thoughts in my review...
jcov54
jcov54 at 01:21 PM Jan 13

Agreed I caught this last night and it really surprised me how much I liked it.

Strider updated his STATUS: almost 2 years ago

I'm going to (finally) see LES MISERABLES tonight! Despite the fact that musicals are my least-favorite genre, I'm really looking forward to this one. For those of you who have seen it already: Any thoughts?
RandomK1NG
RandomK1NG at 11:14 PM Jan 11

It's a good, but not great movie. Although it does border on greatness at times. The performances are all great as well. It is close to 3 hours though, so for someone who isn't a fan of musicals like yourself...this could be a rough thing to get through. Good luck and I hope you like it!

VitamanMan8
VitamanMan8 at 11:45 PM Jan 11

I highly enjoyed it. I thought the acting was fantastic and the story is really great. At a certain point you forget you're watching a musical and you just get so involved in what's going on. It's a whole different style of doing a musical on film, too, so it's really interesting to watch. Definitely worth seeing.

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