Premise: I watch movies I've never seen before and post my thoughts on them here.

The Scale of DUDE! to dude. I rate movies on my own personalized scale, listed below from best to worst:

DUDE!

Totally Sweet

Solid

's Good

On the Fence

Meh.

Not so much

Seriously?

dude.

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Each flick also gets a Re-Watchability Level rating:

5: If you tell The Tauz you've never seen this movie, he will probably call you a chump. Then he will sit you down and re-watch it with you. (He'd also re-watch it by himself, if you choose to continue being a chump.) It's that good/important.

4: The Tauz will make time to re-watch this whole movie.

3: The Tauz would re-watch this movie if it's already in progress. He'd be okay with not seeing the whole thing again.

2: The Tauz doesn't really want to, but he will re-watch this movie if there's something in it for him (or if he somehow has no choice). You'll have to convince him to see it again.

1: The Tauz will actively avoid re-watching this movie. He will walk out of a room if it is on. For really, you guys.

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Rango
This was a fun ride. I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was definitely well-done and entertaining. Worth a rental.
Just another role in which Johnny Depp can be charmingly eccentric. I did enjoy the look of the film and the talented voice-acting cast. The story was relatively original, as well.
This, sadly, is the only movie in the Animated Feature Film category that I’ve seen, to date. I have a feeling that one of the two harder-to-view entries (A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita) may have something over the big, Hollywood studio entries (Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots), but that’s pure speculation on my part.
I liked Rango, but it didn’t knock my sock off to the point where I thought it was Oscar-worthy.
's Good
Re-Watchability: Level 3

Rango

This was a fun ride. I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was definitely well-done and entertaining. Worth a rental.

Just another role in which Johnny Depp can be charmingly eccentric. I did enjoy the look of the film and the talented voice-acting cast. The story was relatively original, as well.

This, sadly, is the only movie in the Animated Feature Film category that I’ve seen, to date. I have a feeling that one of the two harder-to-view entries (A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita) may have something over the big, Hollywood studio entries (Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots), but that’s pure speculation on my part.

I liked Rango, but it didn’t knock my sock off to the point where I thought it was Oscar-worthy.

's Good

Re-Watchability: Level 3

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
I can’t believe this movie is up for not one, but THREE Oscars. (As were the previous two in this franchise.)
Granted, it was arguably the most entertaining of the three Transformer flicks, having something actually resembling a plot and a lot of sweet robot-on-robot violence. But it still is a giant FX-orgy.
Good thing it was nominated for things that make for good FX-orgies, then, eh? Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects to be exact.
First, a distinction: Sound Editing, if I understand this correctly, is placing and creating sounds, (like explosions, transforming robots, explosions, dialog, and explosions) piece by piece, into a movie, while Sound Mixing is taking those sounds and striking a delicate balance between them in order to accentuate what’s going on in each scene of the movie.
Certainly, the editing on this movie needed to be spot-on, since we’re dealing with fictional alien robots… so this is bound to be one of the things that this movie got right. However, I think the main competition there will be from Drive, as its sound editing was one of the elements that stood out about that film (to me, at least).
The mixing was also, good, inasmuch as I never said to myself “what the hell is going on with the levels of sound in this scene?” while watching.
And the visual effects were good, as well, considering they continue to convince people that these giant fictional alien robots are actually here on earth, battling it out for humanity. But this is a highly contested race. Harry Potter 7.2, Hugo, Real Steel, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes all relied heavily on visual effects to tell and enhance the story.
My call: Transformers 3's strongest possibility lies with an editing win, but I think it'll fall short, just like its two predecessors did.
's Good
Re-Watchability: Level 3

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

I can’t believe this movie is up for not one, but THREE Oscars. (As were the previous two in this franchise.)

Granted, it was arguably the most entertaining of the three Transformer flicks, having something actually resembling a plot and a lot of sweet robot-on-robot violence. But it still is a giant FX-orgy.

Good thing it was nominated for things that make for good FX-orgies, then, eh? Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects to be exact.

First, a distinction: Sound Editing, if I understand this correctly, is placing and creating sounds, (like explosions, transforming robots, explosions, dialog, and explosions) piece by piece, into a movie, while Sound Mixing is taking those sounds and striking a delicate balance between them in order to accentuate what’s going on in each scene of the movie.

Certainly, the editing on this movie needed to be spot-on, since we’re dealing with fictional alien robots… so this is bound to be one of the things that this movie got right. However, I think the main competition there will be from Drive, as its sound editing was one of the elements that stood out about that film (to me, at least).

The mixing was also, good, inasmuch as I never said to myself “what the hell is going on with the levels of sound in this scene?” while watching.

And the visual effects were good, as well, considering they continue to convince people that these giant fictional alien robots are actually here on earth, battling it out for humanity. But this is a highly contested race. Harry Potter 7.2, Hugo, Real Steel, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes all relied heavily on visual effects to tell and enhance the story.

My call: Transformers 3's strongest possibility lies with an editing win, but I think it'll fall short, just like its two predecessors did.

's Good

Re-Watchability: Level 3

Bridesmaids
I saw this a while ago, so the memories aren’t too fresh. I do know that I thought it was pretty great.
A super-fun cast of hilarious ladies putting on top-notch performances.
I thought the story could have been about 20% shorter, as it seemed to drag out just a little bit.
The movie’s up for Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy) and Writing (Original Screenplay).
I find it funny that it’s this movie (and not her performances at her day job on Mike and Molly) that earned Melissa McCarthy an Emmy. She secured a place in my heart when, during one of the best sight gags in the whole flick, she rolled up in her van with all of those damn puppies with her, then sped away while she laughing maniacally. Classic moment.
Bridesmaids is probably an underdog in both categories for a couple of reasons: the competition is tight and it’s a comedy.
The other supporting actresses that I saw put in memorable and solid performances, and they did so in dramas. Ms. McCarthy did so in a comedy, which The Academy doesn’t often favor. As for the screenplay, there are some heavy hitters there, too. I think it has an outside chance of snagging one or the other, but I doubt it will garner praise in two different categories. I am kinda leaning towards a screenplay win (even though I already commented that I thought it dragged on a bit) mostly because McCarthy has already been rewarded for this performance with the aforementioned Emmy win. Tough call, but I wish Bridesmaids the best!
Solid
Re-Watchability: Level 4

Bridesmaids

I saw this a while ago, so the memories aren’t too fresh. I do know that I thought it was pretty great.

A super-fun cast of hilarious ladies putting on top-notch performances.

I thought the story could have been about 20% shorter, as it seemed to drag out just a little bit.

The movie’s up for Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy) and Writing (Original Screenplay).

I find it funny that it’s this movie (and not her performances at her day job on Mike and Molly) that earned Melissa McCarthy an Emmy. She secured a place in my heart when, during one of the best sight gags in the whole flick, she rolled up in her van with all of those damn puppies with her, then sped away while she laughing maniacally. Classic moment.

Bridesmaids is probably an underdog in both categories for a couple of reasons: the competition is tight and it’s a comedy.

The other supporting actresses that I saw put in memorable and solid performances, and they did so in dramas. Ms. McCarthy did so in a comedy, which The Academy doesn’t often favor. As for the screenplay, there are some heavy hitters there, too. I think it has an outside chance of snagging one or the other, but I doubt it will garner praise in two different categories. I am kinda leaning towards a screenplay win (even though I already commented that I thought it dragged on a bit) mostly because McCarthy has already been rewarded for this performance with the aforementioned Emmy win. Tough call, but I wish Bridesmaids the best!

Solid

Re-Watchability: Level 4

Hot on the Oscar Trail!

My girlfriend Katie and I are trying to see as many of the Oscar-nommed flicks as we can before the night of the Silver Screen Showdown this Sunday.

We are tearing up the list, and I’m going to post my reactions to them here over the next week. It’s apparent now that we will fall really short of seeing all of them, but we have done our best, considering time constraints and other engagements that have interfered in our quest.

I hope you enjoy reading about what I think about movies…

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The Deer Hunter
released: 1978
viewed: 11/27/2011
(art by the amazing Olly Moss)
Yeah. So… wow. This is just a terribly depressing movie. Which is good, I guess, since it is about how war (specifically in Vietnam) negatively affects people.
First, we’re given an extensive look at a tight-knit group of friends and their work-hard/play-hard lives in Western Pennsylvania FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES of the movie. Then we witness some of the worst horrors that three of them go through while serving in the military and while they are POWs. Then we see each of them reacting to said horrors. Needless to say, it’s a stark comparison.
This is a beast of a movie, both time-wise and content-wise. Hard to get through for a few different reasons, but ultimately worth it in the end.
The way the director tells the story, with long, drawn out pauses and a full hour and fifteen minutes of set-up and celebration before the rub… I get what he did. And I appreciate it. He’s going for realism and contrast. But the style itself makes it a rough sell. Not that telling a painful story like this one should be a walk in the park… but still. Hard to sit through, at times.
Overall, I am torn. I get the techniques employed here. I know they were utilized well. I just can’t say that I enjoyed it, even though I realize that I wasn’t supposed to.
Woof.
So… well-done film. (Excellent acting by Walken, DeNiro, and John Savage.) Rough to get through. It certainly made its impact, regardless.
On the Fence
Re-Watchability: Level 2

The Deer Hunter

released: 1978

viewed: 11/27/2011

(art by the amazing Olly Moss)

Yeah. So… wow. This is just a terribly depressing movie. Which is good, I guess, since it is about how war (specifically in Vietnam) negatively affects people.

First, we’re given an extensive look at a tight-knit group of friends and their work-hard/play-hard lives in Western Pennsylvania FOR THE ENTIRE FIRST HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES of the movie. Then we witness some of the worst horrors that three of them go through while serving in the military and while they are POWs. Then we see each of them reacting to said horrors. Needless to say, it’s a stark comparison.

This is a beast of a movie, both time-wise and content-wise. Hard to get through for a few different reasons, but ultimately worth it in the end.

The way the director tells the story, with long, drawn out pauses and a full hour and fifteen minutes of set-up and celebration before the rub… I get what he did. And I appreciate it. He’s going for realism and contrast. But the style itself makes it a rough sell. Not that telling a painful story like this one should be a walk in the park… but still. Hard to sit through, at times.

Overall, I am torn. I get the techniques employed here. I know they were utilized well. I just can’t say that I enjoyed it, even though I realize that I wasn’t supposed to.

Woof.

So… well-done film. (Excellent acting by Walken, DeNiro, and John Savage.) Rough to get through. It certainly made its impact, regardless.

On the Fence

Re-Watchability: Level 2

Basic Instinct
You know exactly what Newman is looking at.
And I’d never seen it!
…
Well, at least not in context.
In contrast to Fatal Attraction, this blonde leading lady looks amazing and is very smart. Also in contrast to Fatal Attraction, I enjoyed this Mikey Douglas movie. It kept me guessing the whole time. Cliche, I know, but it’s true.
Sure it has some cheese on it, but I say it holds up pretty well. Although, I have a feeling I’ll never see the sequel.
Solid
Re-Watchability: Level 3

Basic Instinct

You know exactly what Newman is looking at.

And I’d never seen it!

Well, at least not in context.

In contrast to Fatal Attraction, this blonde leading lady looks amazing and is very smart. Also in contrast to Fatal Attraction, I enjoyed this Mikey Douglas movie. It kept me guessing the whole time. Cliche, I know, but it’s true.

Sure it has some cheese on it, but I say it holds up pretty well. Although, I have a feeling I’ll never see the sequel.

Solid

Re-Watchability: Level 3