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Hello all

Finally got my internet to work (although the connection is terrible, at least it’s something), someone is coming on Tuesday to try and figure out what the problem is. It was essentially a coin flip in regards to what movie we were going to see last night and it ended up being Land of the Lost, which fell sort of in between amazing and terrible, a good deal better than I expected. I am attempting to catch up on reviews this weekend; and with any luck (and my shift getting picked up tomorrow night, lazy I know) I will knock them out. Here’s the first batch…

132. (revisit) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008) – 4/10 <- – Reviewed before. My thoughts are still the same only this time I enjoyed the actual story even less.

133. (revisit) Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1996) – 7.5/10 <- – I cannot believe I have never reviewed this film before, guess it had been that long since I watched it last. It’s just a great film, I actually had the privilege of seeing this at a pretty young age (ten or eleven I believe) and even at that age enjoyed it quite a bit. I always understand viewers’ problems with Anderson and his films, but I do not think that those “reasons” apply here. That is to say that, although this may be a bit simple to say, being Anderson’s first film it is the least like his style in my opinion. Given this is coming from someone who adores his films (I literally CANNOT watch The Royal Tenenbaums anymore due to the number of times I have watched it), so maybe you should not take that previous statement too seriously.

134. (revisit) Ratatouille (Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava, 2007) – 9/10 <- – Another film that I cannot believe I have never reviewed before, the best Pixar film in my opinion and fairly close to my all-time favorite animated film (I would need to give that some serious thought). The beauty of this story as anyone will tell you lies in its simplicity. I assume one could, and I suppose as one should, make certain metaphorical assumptions (which I have found is not only possible, but probable with all of Pixar’s films) but I think Ratatouille is a great exception in the sense that these assumptions really should not be made at all. Beautiful film from start to finish, the viewer has a personal stake in what happens to the main characters, and finally, a great expected finish that should only follow such a unsophisticated story.

135. Permanent Vacation (Jim Jarmusch, 1980) – 5/10 <- – First time ever seeing this, Jarmusch’s first film. It’s pretty boring but not completely bad, you can definitely see some of Jarmusch’s stylistic techniques in the film but overall this film was a waste of time. Well not a complete waste of time in the sense that I am attempting to get through all of Jarmusch’s and Soderbergh’s films by the end of summer, which should prove to be an extremely difficult task.

136. The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos, 1998) – 7/10 <- – Recommendation from my Aunt Sharon, I absolutely loved it. Ricci does a fantastic job narrating and some of the best writing for an under-the-radar “comedy” I have seen in awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I would recommend it to just about anyone.

137. (revisit) Troll (John Carl Buechler, 1986) – 2/10 <- – I was recently shown a trailer for an upcoming documentary entitled Best Worst Movie or something to that effect and I realized how long it had been since I had seen either Troll or Troll 2, so I rented them. They were just as bad as I remembered but the type that are so bad that they are entertaining.

138. (revisit) Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso, 1990) – 1/10 <- – Read the previous, only keep in mind that this film is far worse.

139. Terminator Salvation (McG, 2009) – 5.5/10 <- – From all that I have read about this film, the reviews really are a mixed bag, with the more intellectual people I know and critics I love to read all seem to hate this film and the other side of the spectrum seeming to really enjoy this as it is, purely an action film. I fall on the non-intellectual side here, I loved it, going and seeing it was a great, great film experience. A film experience that I actually enjoyed more than seeing Star Trek, which is obviously still the superior film but I had much more fun seeing Terminator Salvation. It was strange that the weakest part of this film was what I had originally expected to be the film’s savior, Christian Bale. He was downright terrible during particular scenes and Sam Worthington blew him away.

Another batch coming soon, thank you for reading. I hope everyone has a great weekend and the Braves turn it around against the Brewers because they did not look so good tonight.

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Written by thomasbalkcom

June 6, 2009 at 4:06 am

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