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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Michael, this thread is for you.

Please move your movies off of the Bentley thread. Thanks.

message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Some good movies there Vheissu, I have just finished a 3 week long Coen Brother movie fest I watched in order of release:

1990 Millers Crossing

Rating A (this is a common rating for me and Cohen Brothers Movies)

A great ganster flick in true Cohen Brother style

1996 Fargo

Rating A+

An awesome Black Comedy, great use of the color white.

1998 The Big Lebowski

Rating A++

One of my all time Favourite all time movies. How Jeff Bridges and John Goodman did not recieve Oscars for their roles is a mystery.

2000 O Brother Where Art Thou

Rating A

Fantastic movie based on Homers The Odyssey and set in the south during the 30's. Hate to say it but Clooney's performance is sublime, as it is in further Cohen brothers movies.

2003 Intolerable Cruelty

Rating A

On paper I should hate this movie, starring Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones. A romantic comedy to boot, all I don't like in a movie. But I was dumbfounded at this slick hilarious flick. Starring on of the best ever characters the Baron Krauss von Espy

2007 No Country for Old Men

Rating A++++++

Just an awesome movie, thats all I got to say.

2008 Burn After Reading

Rating A

Another ripping tale full of engaging characters.

And the last one I just finished is 2009 A Seroius Man.

Rating A

A movie that just plods along, but that is what is so great about it. The main characters life is falling along and the movie just meanders along. Fantastic ending though had to google it to fully understand it though, as the movie is loosely based on a Yiddish folktale.

I did not manage to watch all their movies but I gave it a good shot, I will stop taking up space now.

message 3: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Some good movies there Vheissu, I have just finished a 3 week long Coen Brother movie fest I watched in order of release:

1990 Millers Crossing

Rating A ..."

Dude. Love the Coen brothers. Hard to think of one I haven't seen twice, and I lost count on The Big Lebowski.

message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Some good movies there Vheissu, I have just finished a 3 week long Coen Brother movie fest I watched in order of release:

1990 Millers Crossing

Rating A ..."

Great films, Michael! I, too, am a huge Coen Bros. fan. "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski," "No Country for Old Men," and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" are not only among my favorite Coen films, but also among my favorite films of all time.

If you are looking for more of their stuff, I can strongly recommend "Raising Arizona," "Blood Simple," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." Although not well received, I also enjoyed "The Hudsucker Proxy."

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message 5: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Thanks for the move Betnley and also sorry for posting on your thread.

I have the above movies on my to watch radar as well as Ladykillers. Now wheres my rug man.

message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Thanks Michael. Just got back from being out to dinner.

message 7: by Michael (last edited Dec 05, 2010 03:34AM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Just finished watching The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

Rating: B

A fantastic movie, one of those little gems out of left field. Great cast as well and most importantly no goats were hurt during filming.

Also watched Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Rating: B+

A must see for anyone with a passing like in 1990's arcade game, the movie borrows from them heavily. Scott Pilgrim must fight his new girlfriend seven evil X's to win her over. A very odd flick that works for me at least.

message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Watched Despicable Me Despicable Me by Annie Auerbach with my son, found it very 'Bleahh'. Did not have the depth found in the decent animated movies of late, no Kung Fu Panda brillance here.

Rating C:

message 9: by Michael (last edited Jan 15, 2011 03:22PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) January
Finally gave in and wathced the new Clash of the Titans. It is what is, an enjoyable action packed romp set in ancient Greece. Really who care about plot and accents when there is so many awesome action scenes.

Rating B

message 10: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 2.
My 8 year old son shouted us all to the movies with his money left over from Xmas. Very kind of him I must say. We went to watch Disney's 50th animated movie Tangled. A nice twist on the Rapunzel story, with some great characters.

Rating B+

message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) February
Watched the directors cut of the Watchmen one of the best comic book adaption going.

Rating: A

Starting to watch some classic action movies with my son. We sat down and watched Jurassic Park. I have not heard anything but dinosaurs from him for weeks now.

Rating: B

message 12: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Michael, how old is your son? Fun stuff! We saw Jurassic Park just a few days ago. We bought the combo pack and watched the second one, as well.

message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Jonas is eight we have
the next 2 movies waiting to go

message 14: by Michael (last edited Feb 28, 2011 10:16PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Loving holidays catching up on a heap of movies

5.True Grit The Cohens brother latest offering is a good movie but not their best. It just seems to be lacking the Cohen edge. Great performance from Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld

Rating B

6. The Kings Speech
Truly a spectacular movies, outstanding performances all round. BRAVO

Rating A+

7. The Social Network
Yet another fine film about the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.

Rating: A

8. Get him to the Greek
This is were my good run comes to an end. Don't really want to waste precious words on this movie, so here is the link.

Rating: C-

9. Prince of Persia: Sands of time
Should have learned my lesson by now. Game = Bad Movies a simple equation I must get into my head.

Rating: C

Now this is a great film. Leanordo Dicaprio stars in yet another great film. I think he has done enough now to wash away his sins. This movie is a bit hard to explain so just watch it. You will not be disappointed

Rating: A

message 15: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
My goodness, I am impressed.

message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) Not much to do in the caravan at night Bentley, except watch a movie on the laptop :)

message 17: by Michael (last edited Mar 10, 2011 11:17PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) March

11.Toy Story 3 Another gem from Pixar. With some jaw dropping animation. I loved this movie a fitting finish to Toy Story.

Rating: A

message 18: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 12. Robin Hood With this being directed by Scott Ridley and starring the owner of my beloved NRL(rugby league) team the Rabbitohs, Russell Crowe, I was expecting a lot of this movie. Boy was I disappointed this movie was full of so many historical inaccuracies I just could not enjoy it. Not up there with 10,000 BC(worse movie EVER) but still frustrating.

Rating: C

message 19: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 13.The Chronicle of Narnia: The voyage of the Dawn Treader Being a fan of the book's since I was young I was always going to enjoy this last installment. Another movie I watched with my son Jonas and both rated it a:

Rating: B

message 20: by Michael (last edited Mar 26, 2011 06:41AM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 14.Jackass 3D What can I say some times I enjoy puerile humour. I am generation X that is all the excuse I need. Movie had some great laughs as well as the expected gross parts. I am always so thankful of the friends I have after watching how these drongos (Aussie slang for idiots) treat each other. There is some perverse enjoyment in seeing these guys hurt themselves, after all they deserve it.

Rating: B

message 21: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 15.The Mechanic A passable remake of an 70's action flick. It's a pity it did not have Donald Sutherland in the movie more.

Rating: C+

message 22: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 16.127 Hours I don’t know what all the fuss was about. A real different movie I found both entertaining and confronting. A great true story not for the feint hearted.

Rating: B+

message 23: by Michael (last edited Apr 20, 2011 11:03PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 17. Battle for Haditha After a slow start this movie hits you like a sledgehammer. The raw emotion and unbiased look at a tragedy of war confronted my senses and pulled at my reason. This movie doesn't take sides and shows both in equal light. Very few movies have hit me the same as this, why I asked did it not get more credit. I suppose it's hits a bit close to home for some and makes them look where they don't want to. A movie I will only watch once but always remember.

By far the best movie about War I have seen, if not the also the most harrowing.

Rating A+

message 24: by Michael (last edited Jun 02, 2011 04:31PM) (new)

Michael Flanagan (loboz) 18. Gnome & Juliet watched this movie with my 8yrs old son who loved it. For me though this movie was below par, romeo and Juliet done in the world of garden gnomes with a happy twist to the ending. I love animated movies but unfortunately this one was way off mark.

Rating C-
Jonas's Rating A

19.Rio Another movie I watched with my son and another one he loved. I enjoyed this movie as well it was well executed with a great evil Cockatoo thrown into the tropical mix of birds. A movie the whole family can enjoy.

Rating B
Jonas's Rating A++++

20.Cedar Rapids
In desperate search for a good comedy would this be the one to quench my thirst. In one word "NO".Despite the hype I have heard about this movie rarely did I even giggle or chortle. Entertaining enough story just not funny.

Rating C

So i continue the quest to find a movie to fully engage me(see last post). I have in my hands a movie I have been dying to see for a while lets see if it delivers. It is Warlords

I have also got my self on Bluray copies of Sound of Music, Alexander and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. So maybe there is some sunshine ahead.

message 25: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
This is the format we use and will be using in 2012:

We put in the Month and then we number all of the movies consecutively: - we try to add the cover, Finish Date:, Rating:, then do a short review. I have included a sample.


1. Secretariat

Secretariat The Making of a Champion by William Nack by William Nack or IMAGE FROM MOVIE TRAILER

Rating: A

Finished: January 2011


Loved this film.

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

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