Friday, January 16, 2015

Spike Lee's Oldboy, and What I learned About My Opinions on Remakes...



(SPOILERS AHEAD, READ WITH CAUTION)

I have always been someone who is willing to give any remake, or reboot its fair chance. The very idea of remaking or rebooting anything, especially a beloved classic, is always received with anger and disapproval immediately upon announcement by the majority share of internet users, and film geeks alike. I don't agree with this. Taking a classic film and putting it into the right creative hands in order to give it a new life and perhaps even introduce it to a new audience can end wonderfully.

Take for example one of my favorite film trilogies of all time, Infernal Affairs. Martin Scorsese took this well loved trilogy, and crafted it into his very own modern classic, The Departed. It is near perfect, he took just the right elements of all three films and managed to make an amazing one off retelling(there has been plenty of Departed 2 rumours, but I fail to believe this will happen)that was extremely well received, by Infernal Affairs fans and non-fans alike. Thus proving it can be done, remakes can be AWESOME.


Fright Night, Psycho, The Ring, The Thing, A Fistful of Dollars, Scarface, 3:10 to Yuma, and True Grit are just a few examples of great films that were also remakes of classics. None of these films set out to undo the original, or make them better. These films were clearly made in respect and love for the originals, and if anything could lead to fans who would have not originally had any interest in their original source material going back and checking them out.


It was inevitable, Oldboy was going to be remade. Original talks suggested Speilberg and Will Smith teaming up, that was eventually scrapped. Then one day I heard Spike Lee was taking over. I was immediately curious, and not angry. No, I was not mad at all. I like Spike Lee films, I have not seen them all, but have enjoyed what I have seen. So with considerable thought I decided this could be a good pairing, I was on board. While the internet was crying for blood, I sat back and just thought, "Lets wait and see what we get", maybe Lee was the right man for the job. Could this brilliant peace of art be properly remade for a new market? Can Lee recapture the magic?

The answer of course is no.


Truth is, my interest in this film made a steady decline leading up to its release anyway, the confidence and excitement just left me. Then the film was released, and was brutally panned and hated across the board, and I was still a bit disappointed. While losing interest I could only continue to hope, hope it would come out and blow us all away, and rejuvenate my excitement. In the end it would take me over a year to watch it...

So I finally watched Spike Lees Oldboy, and guess what, I didn't like it very much. Oops, I guess.

I still stand by my original stated opinions about Remakes, and am still going to give them the benefit of the doubt, but like anything else there will be the good, and there will certainly be the bad. Oldboy felt like a lazy, half ass effort that was thrown together without a care in the world. "Here is a poorly written script, here is a cast and crew. Now make it like the pages". No passion, no creativity, and certainly no respect for the source.

From the opening moments I knew it was going to be a rough ride. The set up runs way too long, and they add an insulting red herring to the film that was completely unnecessarily, the story is about mystery. Someone going in blind with no prior knowledge of the original film shouldn't have even the remotest idea why our hero is having these things done to him, but now they have this "Well was it that guy and his wife, could be him" looming for the first half or so of the film. Parks film throws the viewer in almost immedialty, Choi min-sik is quickly shown to be obnoxious and loud, we see he has a family, then wham, he wakes up in a hotel room prison. This time round the beginning completely over stays its welcome.

Then we are taken on a bland, uninteresting journey that lazily puts the peaces together for us and shamelessly just takes moments from the original, and plops them in with an obvious "well people liked these form the original, so better do that" attitude instead of allowing them to compliment the rest of the film. The infamous hammer fight, though impressive,(and probably necessary because honestly it does need to be there), just did not work. They took what was a simple but brilliant moment and turned it into an over the top, multilevel action set peace. Sometimes simplicity is more effective.


The villain this time round does have the same motivation, and is played by the perfectly miscasted Sharlto Copley(of District 9 fame). He is not good in this film, his character is awful, his hench-woman is just terrible, and his back story and reasons behind his motivation are a mess, from what I can understand. The tragedy behind the revenge plot in the original is both beautiful and tragic. This time around, lets see, Sister and brother have sex with father, Josh Brolen sees and tells school, father is shamed, kills daughter with shotgun gut shot, kills wife with shotgun gut shot, kills son with shotgun shoulder shot? What? Nope he lives, he lives another day to plot his revenge.  Guess the father thought the shoulder was as effective to shoot as the stomach, so he then offs himself. Fine whatever is this almost over?


Not yet, now we have to move to the BIG REVEAL. *sigh* If the film was not already disappointing enough, the conclusion is truly awful. Perhaps a strong ending could have redeemed this film, but we will never know because the ending is weak weak weak. The one thing about this film I was enjoying was Josh Bolin. I felt he was a perfect person to play this character, and considering the material he had to work with did a pretty great job. Then the ending happened. Choi Min-siks performance during the big twist in the original is some of the finest acting I have seen, I've watched the film a zillion times and it still gives me chills. He desperation, his begging and pleading to give his poor daughter the mercy she derseves is gut wrenching, and real. HE CUTS HIS FUCKING TONGUE OUT! Its incredible. Then the films ends with him having to live out the rest of his days in shame and regret. So how does this end? Brolin yells, says no no no, please, blah blah. Copley is all like "okey tay" and kills himself.  Brolin writes a pretty letter and drives off. The end.


The hell?

Yeah, Spike Lees Oldboy is not good. My original argument, and my willingness to sit back and accept this blew up in my face.  You cant win them all right? But as I said, I'm not going to stop giving remakes their fair shake, but perhaps I will take just a little more caution, perhaps I will go in ready to be amazed, or be slapped in the face.








2015 Academy Award Picks



It's that time again! The Oscars are rapidly approaching, and the nominations are in! As per tradition I will present my personal picks of select categories. These selections are based on my personal preference, the films I would like to see win, not necessarily the films I predict to win.


Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”


Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”



Actress in a Leading Role
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”


Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”


Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Laura Dern, “Wild”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”


Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”


Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”


Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida”
Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”
Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”


Music – Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”
Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner”
Jóhann Jóhannsson, “The Theory of Everything”



Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall, “American Sniper”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”
Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”
Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”


Writing – Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Monday, January 5, 2015

Previously unpublished...Top 10 Films of 2013.

OOOPS! While working on my 2014 Top 10 list, I discovered that I never actually published last years 2013 list, here it was sitting in my drafts.

So I figured, why not do it now...a year later. As of the last time the draft was saved I only had 7 selections, so I made some changes to reflect what I have been able to watch since...

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 10 Films of 2014....a Work in Progress.



UPDATED:  January 10

At the time I [first] write this I am incredibly behind on most of the films I want to see from 2014. This is not the first year this has happened, and in the past January has proven to be a crunch month for me, I try and get in as many of the missed films from the busy previous fall into a much more time generous January(and possibly February). 

So as per last years structure, I present my "Work in Progress" Top 10 Films of 2014. As I continue to knock films off my 2014 list of shame, I will modify as needed. My deadline to have a completed list is February 23rd. As of that day what I have in final!

(Also note, selected titles are based on the US theatrical release dates being in the 2014 calender year, despite possibly being listed at 2013 films)

1) Inherent Vice
























2) Boyhood

























3) Snowpiercer

























4) Locke

























5) Gone Girl
























6) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
























7) Interstellar

























8) Enemy
























9) Guardians of the Galaxy
























10) Gods Pocket






























Thursday, January 1, 2015

I'm Back....



Hello friends!

Its been awhile, that's for sure. 2014 was a busy year, and within that busy year finding time to watch films was scarce enough, let alone the time to put any sort of thoughts to a keyboard. Because of that, I was almost completely absent. Its hard to say what this year will bring, hopefully a little less chaos and a little more time to watch, and post.

I am going to start this year trying something a little different, I will likely move away from formal Film Reviews for now, and start simply posting my thoughts on a particular topic, or a certain film, in a more casual way. This is after all a Blog, so perhaps some old fashion Blog posts might be a welcome change, and will allow me to post more often!

For those who have stuck around and see this, I thank you! To my Twitter followers who are still very much active I also thank you! and I hope to be able to share my thoughts with you very soon...

-Jeff

@AFR_Blog

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 Academy Award Picks!



The Oscars are soon upon us, and I have selected finally who I WANT to win the top prize this year! Anyone familiar with me knows that as per usual the pics below are not who I THINK will win, but who I want to win. Imagine I was a member of the Academy, and this was my voting ballot.

I am posting this later than usual, this is simply because I had some serious catch-up to do in January, and though I have not seen every nominated film on this list, I have seen enough and am confident enough in my selections to go ahead and make my selections.

So...


Best motion picture of the year
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Achievement in directing
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actress in a leading role.
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role.
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”"
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Adapted Screenplay
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Original Screenplay
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her”
“Nebraska”

Achievement in cinematography
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”

Achievement in costume design
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Achievement in film editing
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“12 Years a Slave”

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Original score
“The Book Thief”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Philomena”
“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best music (original song)
“Alone yet, not alone” from “Alone, Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from DM2
“Let it Go” from “Frozen”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Achievement in production design
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby”
“Her”
“12 Years a Slave”

Achievement in sound editing
“All is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lone Survivor”

Achievement in sound mixing
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

Achievement in visual effects
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3″
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek: Into Darkness”

Best foreign language film of the year
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium)
“The Hunt” (Denmark)
“The Great Beauty” (Italy)
“The Missing Picture” (Cambodia)
“Omar” (Palestine)

Best animated feature film of the year
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Ernest and Celestine”
“Frozen”
“The Wind Rises”

Best documentary feature
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet From Stardom”

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Accident



When the credits began to role after Accident concluded I will admit I didn’t know how to feel. I was pretty sure I had just watched a pretty great Hong Kong thriller, but wasn’t sure how much I actually liked it. After taking some time to absorb what I had watched I realized that I did in fact like it quite a bit, my initial reaction was caused by the film itself, which had just managed to take me on a mental journey that I wasn’t expecting. And it did so by taking me on this journey through a very specific perspective of the events that occurred.  Accident is not a very long film, in clocks in just under 90 minutes, but what it manages to do in that short amount of time is much more then may two hour of more thrillers ever did.


Louis Koo and Richie Ren star, and Pou-Soi Cheang (most notably of Dog Bite Dog fame) directs Accident, which opens with what appears to be an average rush hour nightmare in Hong Kong when a damsel in distress gets a flat tire and manages to block traffic. This seemly ordinary incident will soon very carefully lead to a series of accidents that will leave someone dead on a sidewalk. This is the masterwork of ‘the Brain” played by Koo, who works with a select group of close associates; ‘Fatty’ played by Suet lam (oh did I mention Johnnie To produced the film?), ‘Woman’ played by Michelle Ye, and ‘Uncle’ played by the absolutely great Shui-fan Fung. Together they are essentially a squad of assassins, but they work in a very specifically way. They are paid to kill their target by planning out an accidental death scenario that will leave their target checked off, but look like such an accident as to not need any further Police investigation.  To do so they must be absolutely perfect in their execution, this may very well lead to weeks of delays until the timing is precise and to perfection.

After the opening job, one of the crew makes what appears to be a minor slip up, but when viewed through the eyes of The Brain is in fact a major compromise and he believes any kind of mistake like that could bring down their entire operation. He also suspects there are other operations like theirs that are always watching, and could strike at any moment. It isn’t long until all his fears are realized when a tragic turn of events during an operation leads The Brain to believe that someone has targeted him. He is suddenly driven into a mad state of paranoia and may end up taking everyone else with him.

Accident is a very intelligent thriller that is shown very carefully through the same perspective as the Brains character. It pulls and twists us in the same way, and allows the viewer to question and suspect the same things he is. This is where the film really shows its strength, and gives the viewer a pretty memorable experience. If told from an outside perspective it would not have had remotely the same impact. It’s a solid film, filled with superb acting from the entire cast. Louis Koo is always a great lead, and can really carry a film on his shoulders.

As I stated before this is a pretty short film, and though it manages to do a lot with its time, I do feel time is also its greatest weakness. I really think it needed to establish The Brains crew more in the beginning of the film. Before the major events start to snap into motion there was not enough time given to show and express their craft, or allow us to really get any kind of attachment to their intricate workings. This I feel would have helped strengthen the later events even further.

Accident is well worth a watch, it may not really leave much desire for a re watch any time soon after, but it’s definitely a film that will always be most memorable on its first viewing. Though going back and watching a second time might not be a bad idea, as I am sure there will be plenty of specific details that could be picked up, or perhaps that perspective may shift and the events as a whole could be seen from an entirely different angle. That is always a sign of a well crafted film.

-Jeff Wildman

A Clerks II Review Lost to the Ages has Been Uncovered



I was looking through my computer and I found this, a Clerks II review? I have no idea why I wrote it. Perhaps I just wrote it for fun. Either way I thought I would toss it up here and give it a new found sense of purpose. So, enjoy I guess. I edited it a small bit to correct some awful spelling and grammar errors, but otherwise its as amateurish as they day I wrote it. (PS: I really really loved Clerks II back then, still do, but perhaps not as much as I did then)



(July 22, 2006)
I can honestly say I had one of the best theatrical experiences of my life when I saw Clerks II. I have never been to a movie that had an audience so actively involved (I will also mention the theater was completely filled, even the very front where people will leave for a refund before sitting). There were several rounds of applause throughout the film, and the laughter was so loud at times that there were pieces of dialogue missed. And once the credits hit, the cheering and applause started once again. This was the biggest applause I have ever seen in a theater. At times I laughed the hardest I ever have at a movie theater.

Clerks II opens up very similar to the original, in black and white as well. We see Dante pull up to the Quick Stop and unlock the gate. Only to find the store completely engulfed in flames. He closes the gate. Then he opens it again. Now we see him through the perspective in the store looking out, where the film perfectly morphs into color and takes off.

So after, we jump to a year later, and now Dante and Randal are working at a Mooby's, and its Dante's last day before he moves to Florida to marry his girlfriend (played by Smiths wife.) The film takes place throughout this day, and what a day. We also get introduced to two new characters. Rosario Dawson plays the restaurant manager. In addition is a great new character Elias. A very religious virgin teenager who also happens to LOVE Transformers and Lord of the Rings (There is a scene which Randal is debating his point of how crappy LOTR's is to Elias and an equally obsessed customer that is one of the films two best moments. The other I cannot repeat.). Clerks II also has some appearances by most of Smiths regulars, including a very quick cameo by Ben Affleck, and a slightly longer and more important appearance by Jason Lee (It looks like he walked off the set of "Earl" to make his appearance).

The pacing of Clerks II is great, and the humor and emotion are very well blended. There are some great dramatic moments that are quickly interrupted by something hilarious, sometimes subtle, other times less subtle. And a dance number . . .ABC!

As a long time Kevin Smith fan, I think he may have done some of his best work with Clerks II. It's quite different than the original, and is something some hard-core fans of the first may have to take with a grain or two of salt.

10/10

Films Watched in 2013






2013 was a strange year for movie watching, and by strange I mean I really didn't watch many at all.  It was all for good reason as my son was born in early February, and from that point on and for most of the duration of the year my life was a busy one, and the time to watch movies, and go to the theater was slim. Granted my reason for such a short list goes beyond just my busy life, there was a good amount of free time spread through out the many evenings and sleepy afternoons of the year that was devoted to revisiting television series in their entirety that could have been used to watch movies. 

Up until about the last month or so this had also been a very dull year for new film releases, and a very mediocre and empty summer.(made up for by an extremely fantastic and busy fall that I am currently struggling to catch up on). We made a few trips to the drive in and was able to catch a few summer releases, but very few left a lasting impression. January was my strongest month, and in it I was able to see some absolutely amazing older films for a first watch, The Conversation, Harold and Maude, and Cinema Paradiso being my two favorite first time watched on this year! Then finally December was another strong month to help bookend this year with a lot of great rewatches, and a few really great first time watches. Only God Forgives and The Place Beyond the Pines will be making a return when I get my Top 10 list completed.

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-First Time Watch

Watched in Theatre:
(01/02) Django Unchained
(01/13) Vertigo
(01/15) Silver Linings Playbook
(05/05) Iron Man 3
(05/30) Star Trek: Into Darkness
(06/03) The Place Beyond the Pines
(06/25) Man of Steel
(08/01) The Wolverine
(10/03) Rush
(11/23) The Hunger games: Catching Fire
(12/28) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Watched at Home:
(01/01) Premium Rush
(01/01) Trouble with the Curve
(01/01) Arbitrage
(01/01) Looper
(01/03) Unforgiven
(01/04) Jackie Brown
(01/04) Doomsday Clock
(01/04) Amazing Spiderman
(01/04) Moneyball
(01/06) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
(01/07) The Conversation
(01/09) Driving Miss. Daisy
(01/11) Armageddon
(01/12) Category 7: The End of the World
(01/13) Take this Waltz
(01/13) Brave
(01/13) Super 8
(01/14) Bang the Drum Slowly
(01/16) Harold and Maude
(01/16) True Grit
(01/18) The Words
(01/18) Collateral
(01/19) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
(01/19) Friends with Kids
(01/19) Moonrise Kingdom
(01/20) The Mission
(01/21) Cinema Paradiso
(01/21) Darjeeling Limited
(01/22) Rushmore
(01/22) Changing Lanes
(01/24) The Rainmaker
(01/25) Good Will Hunting
(01/26) The Town
(01/26) The Other Guys
(01/27) For Love of the Game
(01/29) Field of Dreams
(01/29) Sleepers
(01/31) Hoosiers

(02/01) Coach Carter
(02/02) Groundhog Day
(02/03) The Help
(02/03) Amistad
(02/05) Flight
(02/07) Away we Go
(02/12) Silent Hill Revelation
(02/19) ARGO

(03/02) Down to Earth
(03/05) Red Dawn
(03/06) Wreck-it Ralph
(03/15) Seven Psychopaths
(03/17) Life as we Know it
(03/22) Gone baby Gone
(03/27) Reservoir Dogs

(04/03) Django Unchained
(04/13) Inglorious Basterds
(04/20) Green Lantern

(05/01) Silver Linings Playbook
(05/11) The Avengers
(05/11) Baby Mama

(06/04) Shut Up Little Man
(06/07) The Place Beyond the Pines
(06/08) About a Boy
(06/15) Oz The Great and Powerful
(06/16) That Guy…From that Thing
(06/21) Gangster Squad
(06/23) Art and Copy

(07/31) 42

(08/03) Lawless
(08/07) Zodiac
(08/19) Finding Nemo
(08/29) The Great Debaters
(08/31) The Mask
(09/01) CleanFlicks
(09/02) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(09/02) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt 1
(09/04) Three Men and a Baby
(09/05) Three Men and a Little Lady
(09/05) Now you See Me
(09/07) Pain and Gain
(09/14) World War Z
(09/20) Safe House
(09/20) Olympus has Fallen
(09/27) This is the End
(09/29) Identity Theft

(10/04) Scream
(10/06) Halloween
(10/10) Carrie
(10/11) The Evil Dead
(10/17) Childs Play
(10/17) Curse of Chucky
(10/18) The Cabin in the Woods
(10/20) Drag Me to Hell
(10/24) Ghostbusters
(10/24) Halloween 2
(10/26) The Conjuring
(10/26) Paranormal Activity 4
(10/27) Village of the Damned
(10/30) Mama
(10/31) Insidious

(11/02) Halloween
(11/02) Breakdown
(11/06) Hangover II
(11/09) Hangover Part 3
(11/16) Somewhere Between
(11/22) Josie and the Pussycats
(11/26) ELF
(11/26) Were the Millers
(11/29) Miracle on 34th Street
(11/30) Fred Claus
(12/01) Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer
(12/01) Jingle All the Way
(12/01) Four Christmases
(12/04) The Family Man
(12/06) Christmas with the Kranks
(12/10) The Santa Clause
(12/11) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 1
(12/13) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2
(12/14) The Worlds End
(12/15) The Internship
(12/16) Star Trek Into Darkness
(12/18) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
(12/18) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(12/19) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(12/20) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(12/21) It’s a Wonderful Life
(12/22) After Hours
(12/24) Christmas Vacation
(12/25) Die Hard
(12/25) ELF
(12/25) Shooter
(12/26) The Great Gatsby
(12/27) Jobs
(12/29) Don Jon
(12/30) Only God Forgives

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Watched Elsewhere:
(01/17) Taken 2
(03/29) Parental Guidance
(07/06) Independence Day
(09/22) Taxi Driver
(09/22) Dazed and Confused
(10/12) The Flintstones
(10/13) White men Can’t Jump
(10/13) Bedtime Stories
(12/21) ELF

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First Time Watched: 73
Rewatch: 79
Total: 154


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January Total: 42
February Total: 8
March Total: 8
April Total: 3
May Total: 5
June Total: 9
July Total: 2
August Total: 6
September Total: 14
October Total: 18
November Total: 11
December Total: 27
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2007 Total: 388
2008 Total: 298
2009 Total: 315
2010 Total: 338
2011 Total: 310
2012 Total: 329