Ken's Notebook

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Projector Wall

Probably the best movie I’ve seen this year. They make you want to punch that Kevin so hard.

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The Rum Diary (2011)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Screen: Bedroom TV

Not entirely unwatchable, but very meandering. Desperately missing Terry Gilliam.

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The Descendants (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Projector Wall

I’m a big fan of movies where George Clooney has weird jobs. In this one his job’s pretty standard (lawyer), but he has the weird circumstance of being an ultra-rich Hawaiian dude. Very enjoyable watch.

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Nails (1992)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Screen: Projector Wall (Maverick Movie Night)

My personal opinion is that this is a boring piece of crap that, apart from a few scenes, can’t even be enjoyed ironically.

From the other side of the fence, I give you Michel from Montréal:

I want you to view it and not listen those who are turning down such a thriller. I have seen thousands of movies and this is in the top 10%. He is in shape and when he runs, you really feel he hates the mobs. He also comes out is residence naked running after another mob! There is action all the time. You have to be spoiled at an unseen level to feel cheap-mind in turning down such good classic movie of good and bad with a spicy outraged cop! Every movie of that caliber merits some attention and a more balanced judgment. Have a good time fellows! xx xx xx xx xx xx

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Alienator (1989)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Screen: Projector Wall (Maverick Movie Night)

The acting is terrible, the special effects are laughable, and the only likable characters are two hillbillies who get vaporized before the third act. In short, excellent bad movie night fodder.

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Super (2010)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Projector Wall

Super has basically the same premise as Kick-Ass, and was released two weeks beforehand. So every review ever written about Super is a direct comparison to Kick-Ass, generally explaining why it’s not as good.

Those reviewers are assholes. Super is a lot more fun. (And also a lot scarier, but that’s half the fun.)

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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Screen: Projector Wall (Maverick Movie Night)

This was a pretty weird slasher movie, and I think Wikipedia just told me why:

Written by author and feminist activist Rita Mae Brown, the film was intended as a parody of the Slasher film. Producers filmed it not as a parody, but a straight genre film.

Which was a fantastic decision, in my opinion. Good start to Maverick Movie Night Season 2.

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Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Screen: Bedroom TV

Terrible in every way that a documentary can be terrible, but Dan Aykroyd’s batshit insanity buys it an extra star. Highlights include Dan’s explanation of what he might do with the power to time travel, and speculation that his SyFy TV series Out There was cancelled due to interference by Men in Black.

The whole thing is streamable on YouTube and Netflix.

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Hanna (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Macbook Pro (in a hotel room in Orlando)

Fun and flashy revenge thriller. Way good. There was definitely a lot of Grimm Fairy Tales symbolism going on, and I probably picked up on half of it.

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Inspector Gadget (1999)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Screen: Jacki’s Mom’s TV (on a VHS copy that her boyfriend bought at a flea market for $1)

I would have preferred to watch the Italian version. If I had to pick a worst part, I’d choose any scene in which the DL Hughley black caricature car talks. Or maybe the scene where Gadget is at the dump and he has his shirt off. Something about a living creature made up of slinkys and toothpaste is very unsettling to me.

I clicked “translate” on this page, and the first comment begins with "Haha It’s true that Matthew Broderick is also a charismatic oyster." Well said.

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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Screen: Jacki’s Mom’s TV

Better than I expected. I’d never seen an Ice Age movie before (and I don’t intend to watch another), but this one was a perfectly acceptable children’s movie.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Screen: Jacki’s Mom’s TV

First movie of the year that wasn’t amazing. Watchable, but it gets real weird and meandering in the second act. A lot of time is spent developing the relationship between John Cusack and the transgender cabaret lady for very little payoff. And the scene where they break into the morgue is way too kooky.

Kevin Spacy is good, though, and now I kind of want to visit Savannah.

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12 Monkeys (1995)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Bedroom TV

First movie of the year not from 2011, and the first one I’d seen before (I’m counting anything I watched before 2000 as “new” for the purpose of this exercise). Definitely recognized more Philadelphia landmarks this time.

We tried to watch Time Bandits the day after this, but I fell asleep. One Terry Gilliam time travel movie per week is my limit, I guess.

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Being Elmo (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: Project Wall

Fantastic documentary. Puppeteers seem like such nice guys.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Screen: AMC River East 21, Chicago

Very smart, very pretty, very well done. I think I need to see it once more to fully get it. I was pretty tired during my first go, and also I think a megaplex is probably the wrong place to watch a movie like this.

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