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21: Generic casino heist movie. The hero is a nice boy who wants to work hard, but then gets taken in by the lights and glamour of fleecing a casino. Kevin Spacey is the only person who is actually doing anything worth watching. Watch it if you want to watch a general film about people trying to steal from Vegas, if you want to watch something that does a similar story, but makes it fun, watch Oceans Eleven.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry visits a battered woman's shelter. How can that not be incredibly awkward and funny. Great to see Curb is back.

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Zombieland: Loved it. Jesse Eisenberg may sound like Fozzie Bear, but he makes for a nice nerdy portagonist amongst Woody Harrelson's badass, Abigail Brslin's junior con and Emma Stone's hotness. Also loved the cameo - it had been spoiled for me already, but I still got a kick out of it!

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On the Fozzie Bear theme, my sister's visiting this weekend and we've just finished watching Muppet Treasure Island. I loved re-watching Tim Curry's performance so much that I'm making sure she sees at least the first half hour of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Apocalypse Now: Redux: Over three hours long and it is one of the most elaborate, and insane movies I have ever seen. You go from a general taking his army on a suicide mission, just so's he can watch a soldier surf, to the deaths of hundreds, to talking about having sex with playboy bunnies, to the beheadings of main characters, all the while Martin Sheen narrates about how he sort of relates to Marlon Brando going mad, before meeting Brando and seeing his fucked up world that he's created. It goes from trying to be funny, to sadistic, to absurd and then incredibly violent in one fifteen minute period. There's just so much going on here, it is crazy.

I have never seen anything like this before, it is all just so elaborate and so much happening. I wouldn't call it a fantastic film, but it is something worth watching at least once.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Just watched Terminator Salvation. I enjoyed it, but it felt like a lot of movies where they are trying to wring out the last dollar. It's a movie with characters you know, but it doesn't feel like part of the franchise. Like Die Hard 4.

Everyone was good in it, but it just didn't feel like a Terminator movie. Maybe cause it's the first in the future, not sure, but can't see myself watching it again.

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Just watched Terminator Salvation. I enjoyed it, but it felt like a lot of movies where they are trying to wring out the last dollar. It's a movie with characters you know, but it doesn't feel like part of the franchise. Like Die Hard 4.

Everyone was good in it, but it just didn't feel like a Terminator movie. Maybe cause it's the first in the future, not sure, but can't see myself watching it again.

Plus Skynet's entire plan is to tempt John Conner into a room with a plan of staggering flimsiness and then beat him to death in a one-on-one fistfight. They even go so far as to capture Kyle Reese knowing it will draw in their target, and completely fail to take the obvious action and just kill Reese, thereby killing Conner. Clearly it's the stupidest sentient program in all of cinema. I'd bet on Douglas Adams' Herring Sandwich robot in a fight against Skynet, they have roughly the same capacity for advanced reasoning.

And the ending is pure crap. I'd be interested in the next film if Sam Worthington had lived and taken on the John Conner mantle, but I've no time for Bale in that film. It was interesting to see John being so consumed by his own sense of destiny that it basically turned him into a huge asshole, but I've zero interest in seeing that asshole as the full lead next time around.

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And the ending is pure crap. I'd be interested in the next film if Sam Worthington had lived and taken on the John Conner mantle, but I've no time for Bale in that film. It was interesting to see John being so consumed by his own sense of destiny that it basically turned him into a huge asshole, but I've zero interest in seeing that asshole as the full lead next time around.

Totally agree with that, he came across as a massive douche. I also agree that Marcus taking the mantle would have been good, which they could have done if they set this film between 2 and 3, as Connor died somewhere between there (in the future).

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Just watched the season finale of Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated. Honestly, this is the best show on Cartoon Network and has consistently been good, mixing the humor for adults and children together. Characters that were just jokes like Shaggy and Scooby gain a dimension and useless characters like Velma, Daphne, and Fred became enjoyable and useful for more than just being an extra person in the plot. It redeems the entire franchise for me and the season finale has been the icing on the cake as we get answers to many of the mysteries of the season as well as the set-up for season 2.

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Ok, I've finished Season 1 of Weeds, and the second half is a real mixed bag. I think it works better as a drama than a comedy, although I like most of the humour. The problem is when they try and make the straight characters, particularly Nancy the protagonist, to be comedic. When that happens, they're massively inconsistent. That's mostly a writing problem, as the show-runner/creator tied the season up well after 3 shonky preceding episodes. I'll certainly continue into Season 2, but I'm not desperate to see it immediately.

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Disney's Tarzan: On one hand, the film is beautiful to look at and most of the voice acting is top notch. On the other, the story is kinda annoying and I'm sure I would be much more liking of the film if it weren't for all of the Phil Collins music. This is where Disney started to go downhill and it's sad that after this point, with three exceptions, it's over ten years before we get a trully great film out of Disney proper.

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Bah. I love Tarzan. Love the story, love the characters, love the Phil Collins music. Not as great as the mid/early-90s ones, but that and Mulan were the last two great animated Disney films until Bolt and Tangled.

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Bah. I love Tarzan. Love the story, love the characters, love the Phil Collins music.

Urge to mock.....rising.

Apart from the fact that Minnie Driver deliberately re-wrote Jane to be less squeamish about the jungle, and the music, I think the problem with Tarzan was that it didn't get the mix of drama & comedy right. Too much po-faced seriousness being interspersed by a double act consisting of Wayne Knight and Rosie O'Donnell. I won't say which one was the elephant....

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Dexter Series 5: I gave up on this last year when it first came out. The pacing was too slow, and it was such a departure from the fucking spectacular series 4 that it just was so jarring to watch. I watched this all over the weekend, and it certainly flows a lot better than it did watching weekly. Johnny Lee Miller as a motivational speaker was a great twisted villain, but he couldn't hold a candle to John Lithgow as the Trinity killer. Overall I'd rank this as the worst series of Dexter, which is not to say it's bad, it just isn't a great follow up to series 4. Overall rating 3.5 out of 5.

Whatever Works: Larry David stars in this sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm movie written and directed by Woody Allen. I enjoyed it. It wasn't great, and if it wasn't for Larry David being the main character it would have been pretty rubbish, he made me care about the stupid plot about personal discovery and realisation of what you really want in life. Watch it if you're a CYE or Larry David fan, otherwise avoid. 3 out of 5.

Curb Your Enthusiasm series 8 episode 2-3: Larry speaks to a battered woman's shelter and then has to deal with a Palestine/Israel chicken problem. Not the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but still very enjoyable. 3.5 out of 5.

Breaking Bad series 4: Episodes 1-2: Walter Whyte is back and is in deeper shit than ever. If you have never watched Breaking Bad, do yourself a favour, and check it out. 4 and 3.5 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: It started out well, but the last half hour felt incredibly rushed. If they had been able to cut the later Potter films up into two films per book, then this would have flowed a lot better. But sadly the last half hour felt like they had so many threads that had to be wrapped up in such a short time, it just wasn't as good as it should have been. 3 out of 5.

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The results of last night's Bad Movie Night.

Commercials: As warm up, we watched a disc of commercials that my friend had bought from Target. We watched the Cigerette commercial section. Some of them were varying degrees of offensive, hilarious, and just plain odd. There was a suggestion that there's a Secret Society of Malboro Men based off of all of them having tattoos on their hands. This was all followed by a horrifying anti-tobacco Educational Film that included footage of a convulsing rabbit's heart still in the chest cavity.

D.O.A.: What can I say? Not good but it had the right moments of goofy where I enjoyed parts of it.

Forest Warrior: Yet another movie that makes Captain Planet look subtle by comparison. Starring Chuck Norris and directed by his brother, the film revolves around a bunch of kids trying to save the local forest from a man who has the line, "I love greed." Chuck Norris plays a forest spirit or something. It's all levels of silly and terrible and it rips off so many 90s movies right down the the Home Alone esque traps towards the end of the film.

Jack the Giant Killer: A really fucking goofy film from the 60s. It was MST3K levels of material. The hero is incompetent and gets put in charge of protecting the princess who then gets kidnapped because he's apparently weak against wind. That said, it's not a terrible film, just very nonsensical and it doesn't help that every female in the film is either evil or gets brainwashed into evil.

Subspecies: It's a Full Moon Features film so I should have known what I was getting into. It's a vampire film that can't quite decide what kind of film it wants to be. It also doesn't help that everyone in the film is varying degrees of incompetent so it comes down to a battle to see who's the least useless. Doesn't help that the villain doesn't ever seem to do anything outside of being a pretty terrible Count Orlok rip-off.

Fishternaut: A pretty bad dub of a Brazilian kids show. It made my brain hurt.

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Limitless: It's a nice idea, shame it just sort of is there. Disappointing 2 stars.

This weeks Breaking Bad: Walter is getting deeper and deeper into drug dealing shit, and Jesse is losing his mind. Again, if you're not watching Breaking Bad, you're missing out on the darkest shows about a chemistry teacher, who becomes a drug dealer to pay for his cancer treatment, that has been on TV in a long time. 3.5 stars for this week.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry learns that you should never eat where you shit (Date someone who works at a restaurant you like) and also to never give away a cabinet. Good episode, but easily the weakest of the three episodes that have aired so far. 3 stars

The Muppet Movie: The original Muppet movie, and it is as awesome as I remember from fifteen years ago, when I last watched it. This time I noticed all the great cameos, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks and others. The jokes are as funny as still as charming as ever, and it was a great fun family film. 4 stars.

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The Walking Dead: Saw it for the very first time with a friend from high school I was visiting and enjoyed it a lot, despite the uselessness of Andrea, a major error regarding the way zombie brains operate in this story, and the fact that I have no use for zombies in general.

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