Saturday, February 1, 2014

Deployment Movie List

By my count, since I began this deployment process with my training in Louisiana near the beginning of last May, I have watched 76 movies. Naturally, due to my affinity for rating things, I’ve kept a list of all 76 of these movies, because why not. And now that I’ve already done that, why not post them? For science!

Date

Movie

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Oblivion

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Greatly exceeded my average expectations

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The Great Gatsby

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Visually stunning, great music. The story itself though, is filled with an unlikeable lot.

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Iron Man 3

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Another solid one. Pretty much what you’d expect. Witty humor, good action.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

«««1/2

Another great addition to the catalog. Well done.

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The Intouchables

«««1/2

French indie movie’s acting/script overcome cliché plot idea

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In Bruges

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Incredibly compelling movie. Great scripts, actors, humor, and setting.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

««1/2

Liked it better than I remembered from when I was a kid

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Far and away the best of the original movies

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Very solid. Probably the 4th best of the originals.

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Stark Trek V: The Final Frontier

«1/2

Clearly the worst of all the originals. Hard to watch at times.

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Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country

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A good redemption after V. The third best of the originals.

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The Purge

Zero

No exaggerating: one of the worst movies I’ve ever suffered through. Just stupid.

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Man of Steel

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Disappointing. There was a good movie somewhere in there, but it dragged and dragged.

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Django Unchained

«««1/2

Another great Tarantino movie with memorable scenes, though not perfect.

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The Master

«1/2

Uncomfortable and full of unlikeable characters. Surprisingly unwatchable for all the hype.

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World War Z

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Solid, but nothing more. Well put together, good Brad Pitt, good visuals.

Pre-Deploy

Despicable Me 2

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Pretty disappointing. Laughs were much more occasional than the first.

Pre-Deploy

Pitch Perfect

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Talk about surprising. Simultaneously makes fun of movie musicals while being one.

24 July 2013

Skyfall

«««1/2

Much better than Quantum of Solace, but still no Casino Royale

25 July 2013

The Big Year

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Perfectly innocent PG fun, with enough heart/laughs to overcome cheesiness

26 July 2013

Layer Cake

««1/2

Well done crime movie, but lacked any characters worth caring about

27 July 2013

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

«««1/2

Surprisingly touching. Good if you want a slower, indie drama/dark comedy

27 July 2013

Cold Weather

««1/2

Strange. Starts insufferably slow, but mystery picks up in the middle.

28 July 2013

The Damned United

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Very interesting biopic despite not knowing who Brian Clough was

2 Aug 2013

Total Recall

«1/2

Fell asleep twice. Has all the makings of a good movie, but not much there.

2 Aug 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Well-executed, well-made, but only for if you are looking for something artsy.

16 Aug 2013

Sightseers

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Confess I didn’t, or couldn’t, finish. Almost likeable at moments, but beyond bizarre.

25 Aug 2013

Life of Pi

«««1/2

Really enjoyed this movie. Colorful, transfixing, and captivating storytelling.

1 Sep 2013

Gangster Squad

««1/2

It isn’t earth-shattering, but it’s exactly what it’s trying to be, which is fun.

2 Sep 2013

Mud

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A perfect drama, paced well and filled with Arkansas character.

5 Sep 2013

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

««1/2

Despite my love for Wes Anderson, still don’t really love this one years later.

6 Sep 2013

Drinking Buddies

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Missing something most the movie, but redeemed by the end by doing it right.

8 Sep 2013

Monster’s University

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Good fun. No Pixar classic, but definitely plenty of smiles and a few laughs.

9 Sep 2013

Amour

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As painfully slow as it is heart wrenching. Hard to watch, but undeniably good.

12 Sep 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

«««1/2

Better first half with Gosling, but movie keeps the drama rolling so you can’t stop.

13 Sep 2013

Miller’s Crossing

«««1/2

Very good. After watching Gangster Squad, this is how you do this kind of movie.

15 Sep 2013

The Paperboy

««1/2

Kept my attention, but front half better than second and missing something special

16 Sep 2013

Cowboys & Aliens

«1/2

A relatively pointless film that could have been good, or at least fun, if done different

17 Sep 2013

The World’s End

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Just fantastic. Hilarious and surprising. A comedy with heart and completely original.

19 Sep 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

««1/2

Good performance from Whitaker, but the movie on the whole is underwhelming

25 Sep 2013

This Is The End

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Certainly entertaining, but not worth recommending if you can see The World’s End

27 Sep 2013

Anna Karenina

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Exceeded expectations. Well made and interesting despite wholly unlikeable lead.

4 Oct 2013

Schindler’s List

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Why did this take me 28 years? What an amazing, impactful film.

11 Oct 2013

Vertigo

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Excellent and suspenseful. The conclusion is impossible to look away from.

11 Oct 2013

The Way, Way Back

«««1/2

Duncan/Owen relationship makes this character movie with flawed people work well

12 Oct 2013

The Internship

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Formulaic and generally forgettable, but it’s still a little bit fun.

17 Oct 2013

Elysium

««1/2

Held back by lack of development of the characters’ motivations and their world

20 Oct 2013

Pacific Rim

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The story itself isn’t amazing, but I’ve never seen a movie presented quite like it.

23 Oct 2013

Kick-Ass 2

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Cartoonish and mega-violent, but still undeniably fun

28 Oct 2013

Dead Poet’s Society

«««1/2

A rare movie where I disagree with Ebert. It feels more sincere than schmaltzy.

1 Nov 2013

Kings of Summer

«««1/2

Coming of age story with real heartache. Really enjoyed Moriarty and Arias’ roles.

2 Nov 2013

The Bling Ring

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interesting take on celeb worship, but that doesn’t make it a captivating or enjoyable watch

3 Nov 2013

The To Do List

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Some pretty funny moments, but overall doesn’t rise above any other mediocre comedies

6 Nov 2013

Oz the Great Powerful

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A fun adventure with classic Disney whimsy, but suffered from being far too long.

8 Nov 2013

Disconnect

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Triple intersecting storylines, but only one is compelling and developed well enough.

12 Nov 2013

The Bourne Legacy

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Disappointed by the good start that devolves into a senseless chase scene for the 2nd half

1 Dec 2013

Clear History

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Certainly watchable/nice backdrop, but I didn’t find this brand of humor particularly funny

5 Dec 2013

Snitch

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Unoriginal story, but nice visuals/location and pace. Surprised that I actually enjoyed it.

4 Jan 2014

Don Jon

««1/2

Crisply paced and edited, but the whole second half lacked of humor and felt contrived.

7 Jan 2014

Lone Survivor

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Mostly action, but foreknowledge of the story helps fill in the gaps. Without it though?

15 Jan 2014

Wolf of Wall Street

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Highly entertaining, but protagonist is so awful you spend movie hoping for his demise.

17 Jan 2014

Captain Phillips

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Just kept picking up steam until the riveting final third. Great Hanks performance.

17 Jan 2014

August: Osage County

««1/2

Well-acted dysfunction. Very real setting/characters, but a pretty bleak display.

18 Jan 2014

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

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Its charm is overwhelmed by how disappointing it is compared to the amazing first one

19 Jan 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

««1/2

Kept my attention & I loved the music, but it was basically Crazy Heart without the uplift

20 Jan 2014

Saving Mr. Banks

«««1/2

After some dark movies, this was the perfect bit of charm and heart that I needed

22 Jan 2014

The Spectacular Now

«««1/2

More and more convinced Shailene Woodley is a star. Very convincingly real movie.

24 Jan 2014

American Hustle

«««1/2

Highly entertaining con story with great performances by Bale/Adams, comedy by Lawrence

25 Jan 2014

Rush

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Brilliant. The acting, cinematography, drama…everything. How is this not nominated?

26 Jan 2014

12 Years a Slave

«««1/2

Profoundly impactful and disturbing. About as raw as it gets. Shoo in for Best Actor.

26 Jan 2014

Ender’s Game

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I found it enjoyable, though the great buildup led to a rushed and confusing finale

27 Jan 2014

Charlie Wilson’s War

«««1/2

Really interesting watch on my way out of Afghanistan. Compelling story.

28 Jan 2014

Out of the Furnace

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Great individual performances. Very tough, great setting/music. Took a while to get going.

29 Jan 2014

About Time

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A touch sappy, but witty and heartfelt enough to overcome. Hit a little close to home too.

30 Jan 2014

Gravity

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The definition of riveting and suspenseful. Visually, one of the best I’ve seen.

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My Best of 2013 (In progress)

  1. Mud
  2. Rush
  3. The Way, Way Back
  4. Gravity
  5. American Hustle
  6. Place Beyond the Pines
  7. 12 Years a Slave
  8. Kings of Summer
  9. The Spectacular Now
  10. Saving Mr. Banks

GRAVITY

Ranking the Oscar Best Picture Nominees I’ve Seen So Far (Still need to see Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, Nebraska, and Her)

  1. Gravity
  2. American Hustle
  3. 12 Years a Slave
  4. Captain Phillips
  5. Wolf of Wall Street

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Best Comedy – The World’s End

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Underrated Films/Surprises

  1. Oblivion
  2. Anna Karenina
  3. About Time
  4. The World’s End
  5. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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Disappointments (movies I thought I would like but fell short, so not necessarily “bad movies”)

  1. The Master
  2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  3. Elysium
  4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  5. The Bourne Legacy

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My Favorite Individual Performances of 2013 (Again, Still need to see Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, Nebraska, and Her…and from the trailers it wouldn’t surprise me if I add a few after seeing those)

  1. Matthew McConaughey in “Mud”
  2. Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
  3. Ryan Gosling in “Place Beyond the Pines”
  4. Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now”
  5. Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
  6. Sam Rockwell in “The Way, Way Back”
  7. Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
  8. Chris Hemsworth in “Rush”
  9. Moises Arias in “Kings of Summer”
  10. Paul Giammati in “Saving Mr. Banks”

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Worst Movies

  1. The Purge
  2. Total Recall
  3. Cowboys & Aliens

1 comment:

  1. I know it's practically blasphemy, but I think I like this list almost as much as your top songs list. :) Thanks for sharing.

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