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2012-09-04 08:19:47 AM  
No, the difficulty is there's an Adam Sandler movie on there.
 
2012-09-04 08:50:43 AM  
"Battleship" was cloaked in "John Carter" ennui, but it was actually every bit as good as both "Transformers" and "Armageddon"...

Well then.

You know what was a great movie? Beasts of the Southern Wild. Seriously, go see it if you can.
 
2012-09-04 08:57:49 AM  
My kids begged me to take them to Battleship.

I really wanted to hate it. But there were some laughs, tons of action, amazing special effects, and (almost) a tear when the old men fired up the USS Missouri.

Yeah, it was one of the best Bad Movies I've ever seen.
 
2012-09-04 08:59:10 AM  
OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?
 
2012-09-04 09:02:25 AM  

Bonkthat_Again:
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?


To a 6 year old, of course it does!
 
2012-09-04 09:26:42 AM  
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Okay, kind of want to see now.
 
2012-09-04 09:28:52 AM  
I saw Battleship and there were quite a few plot holes. Such as, why did the alien let that scientist go when he went back to his lab to pick up the frequency scanner? WTF? Not a threat? But they killed people that were not a threat throughout the entire movie. WTF?
 
2012-09-04 09:29:24 AM  
Safety not Guaranteed was hilarious. Also if you haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom those go see it. Those are two of the best movies out this summer and they didn't get nearly wide enough releases.
 
2012-09-04 09:30:45 AM  
I really enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed. Apart from the movies that everyone saw, some of my favorites that I watched this summer were probably Moonrise Kingdom, Bernie (a surprisingly good Jack Black film), and Your Sister's Sister.
 
2012-09-04 09:32:51 AM  
The only film I saw in the theater this summer was The Dark Knight Rises.

The only films I anticipate seeing in the theater for the rest of the year are The Hobbit and Skyfall. The expense and putting up with other moviegoers just isn't worth it.
 
2012-09-04 09:39:34 AM  
I just saw Greenberg. It sucked, but the girls boobs were nice.

Frank and Robot was pleasant.
 
2012-09-04 09:40:02 AM  
Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.
 
2012-09-04 09:40:09 AM  

Bonkthat_Again: OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?

PsyLord: I saw Battleship and there were quite a few plot holes. Such as, why did the alien let that scientist go when he went back to his lab to pick up the frequency scanner? WTF? Not a threat? But they killed people that were not a threat throughout the entire movie. WTF?


good points. i haven't seen "battleship" but i get annoyed with 2 things with fictional movies & tv shows, and what people say about them.

i am perfectly fine with suspension of disbelief. it's FICTION. if it was all real or realistically possible it wouldn't be quite as fun. take csi and similar shows for example...folks say "you expect me to believe the crime labs have everything they show?" NO, it's a fictional tv show!

and plot holes...yes they annoy me too, but not as bad as people complaining about fictional stuff being fictional
 
2012-09-04 09:43:52 AM  
You've also likely caught Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" at this point -- with $44 million in ticket sales, it was the art house release of the summer in North America -- and have at least heard of "Beasts of the Southern Wild,"

Honest to God, I haven't up until now.
 
2012-09-04 09:44:43 AM  
I don't even know if the movie The Raid: Redemption had a release, but I just watched it this weekend and that was the best movie I saw all summer.
 
2012-09-04 09:44:50 AM  
Starship Troopers: Invasion was actually not that bad... and decades ahead Parts 2 and 3. Helps that it was animated.
(straight to DVD movie)
 
2012-09-04 09:45:16 AM  

bungle_jr: Bonkthat_Again: OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?
PsyLord: I saw Battleship and there were quite a few plot holes. Such as, why did the alien let that scientist go when he went back to his lab to pick up the frequency scanner? WTF? Not a threat? But they killed people that were not a threat throughout the entire movie. WTF?

good points. i haven't seen "battleship" but i get annoyed with 2 things with fictional movies & tv shows, and what people say about them.

i am perfectly fine with suspension of disbelief. it's FICTION. if it was all real or realistically possible it wouldn't be quite as fun. take csi and similar shows for example...folks say "you expect me to believe the crime labs have everything they show?" NO, it's a fictional tv show!

and plot holes...yes they annoy me too, but not as bad as people complaining about fictional stuff being fictional


There is a difference between fictional and unbelievable. Something fictional has to be plausible in the world the movie takes places for me to care about it.

The Matrix is a classic example. I have no problem suspending belief and thinking humans are all in a giant computer program run by machines. I do have a problem believing machines found a way to violate the second rule of thermodynamics and no one in the movie explained how it was possible.
 
2012-09-04 09:46:02 AM  
Andy Samburg movie best film I didn't see?

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2012-09-04 09:46:23 AM  

Bladel: My kids begged me to take them to Battleship.

I really wanted to hate it. But there were some laughs, tons of action, amazing special effects, and (almost) a tear when the old men fired up the USS Missouri.

Yeah, it was one of the best Bad Movies I've ever seen.


I think it's going to be one of those movies that you stop on when you are just flipping channels looking for something.

Not at all believable but fun.
 
2012-09-04 09:48:29 AM  
John Carter wasn't all that bad. It was very enjoyable brainless fluff.

I've seen much worse crap get better reviews.

If only they changed the farking title it would have made millions more. Incredible dumbass decision.
 
mhd
2012-09-04 09:51:34 AM  
Praising Battleship while condemning John Carter in the same paragraph? WTF am I reading?

/Liked Carter, although I would've ditched the flashback setup.
//Mike Birbiglia made a movie? Cool.
 
2012-09-04 09:52:22 AM  
Surprised at some of the dreck on that list, as well as the omission of Killer Joe.

So I just wanted to stop by and *strongly* recommend that film, should you be lucky enough to have it pass through your area. Given it's NC-17 rating, though, chances aren't great that it will for many.
 
2012-09-04 09:53:03 AM  

bungle_jr: i am perfectly fine with suspension of disbelief. it's FICTION. if it was all real or realistically possible it wouldn't be quite as fun. take csi and similar shows for example...folks say "you expect me to believe the crime labs have everything they show?" NO, it's a fictional tv show!


I get what you're saying.

However the problem with CSI - specifically to that show - is that its fiction has a very real effect in real-life courtrooms, where jurors buy bullshiat conjecture presented as evidence because it came from a "lab", which they think is like what they've seen on TV. That becomes a matter of very real life and death for the accused.
 
2012-09-04 09:55:47 AM  

bungle_jr:
i am perfectly fine with suspension of disbelief. it's FICTION. if it was all real or realistically possible it wouldn't be quite as fun. take csi and similar shows for example...folks say "you expect me to believe the crime labs have everything they show?" NO, it's a fictional tv show!

and plot holes...yes they annoy me too, but not as bad as people complaining about fictional stuff being fictional


Suspension of disbelief only works when a universe follows its own established rules. To use your own example: Sure they can enhance an image in a crime lab that no one should be able to enhance, but if suddenly they cant for no explicable reason, thats a problem. The example in Battleship given being the scientist who is released because he is "not a threat" when non threatening civilians had been slaughtered wholesale up until that point.
 
2012-09-04 09:56:03 AM  
I expect better from Peter Berg
 
2012-09-04 09:56:27 AM  
I saw That's My Boy, and the article is right: it's the funniest Adam Sandler movie in several years. I laughed my ass off at several scenes.
 
2012-09-04 09:59:38 AM  

Cosmk: Surprised at some of the dreck on that list, as well as the omission of Killer Joe.

So I just wanted to stop by and *strongly* recommend that film, should you be lucky enough to have it pass through your area. Given it's NC-17 rating, though, chances aren't great that it will for many.


So it was given the movie death sentence? I was interested in watching it and wondered why it wasn't out yet. Now I know why.
 
2012-09-04 09:59:39 AM  

bungle_jr: and plot holes...yes they annoy me too, but not as bad as people complaining about fictional stuff being fictional


They could have written in a prep sequence fro loading ordinance, or come up with one line of reasoning in the dialog.

As for suspending disbelief, yes you do believe in the supernatural, advanced science, etc. But the aliens, ghosts, or gods are always portrayed in contrast to man, in this world, with our rules of science. There are plenty of good movies that address breaking the rules of our world...The Matrix for example. Other fictional movies simply create an entirely different world (LOTR, Harry Potter).
Point is, in a sci-fi movie, you are suspending disbelief for the sci-fi. In an action movie, you are suspending belief of the physics. It is just sloppy if you ask viewers to suspend disbelief for both.
 
2012-09-04 10:00:01 AM  

WienerButt: I just saw Greenberg.


I'm sorry.
 
2012-09-04 10:01:25 AM  
I have at least heard of The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Battleship (impossible not to when you work in a large retail store that has the posters/toys/etc) but nothing else in that list sounds familiar to me. Last film I watched on the big screen was Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2.
 
2012-09-04 10:02:06 AM  

Carth: and plot holes...yes they annoy me too, but not as bad as people complaining about fictional stuff being fictional

There is a difference between fictional and unbelievable. Something fictional has to be plausible in the world the movie takes places for me to care about it.


Yeah, you can't just say, "well it's fiction". There's suspension of disbelief and there's not giving a shiat if anything is internally consistent. If a movie or tv show breaks its own rules, then there should be an explanation for it, even if the explanation is goofy and sci-fi heavy.
 
2012-09-04 10:02:45 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: bungle_jr: i am perfectly fine with suspension of disbelief. it's FICTION. if it was all real or realistically possible it wouldn't be quite as fun. take csi and similar shows for example...folks say "you expect me to believe the crime labs have everything they show?" NO, it's a fictional tv show!

I get what you're saying.

However the problem with CSI - specifically to that show - is that its fiction has a very real effect in real-life courtrooms, where jurors buy bullshiat conjecture presented as evidence because it came from a "lab", which they think is like what they've seen on TV. That becomes a matter of very real life and death for the accused.


good point. and i know a lot of people have gone into studying forensics in college in hopes it's like csi. but people who can't seperate real life from fiction have deeper issues
 
2012-09-04 10:07:07 AM  

darkjezter: I saw That's My Boy, and the article is right: it's the funniest Adam Sandler movie in several years. I laughed my ass off at several scenes.


it'll be a movie i watch on a lazy saturday afternoon on tbs, i'm sure. it's gotta be better than jack & jill! normally i at least like adam sandler movies (mr deeds, longest yard), and some are classics i'll watch every chance i get (waterboy, happy gilmore, billy madison, etc), but jack & jill was pretty close to horrible!
 
2012-09-04 10:12:51 AM  

Alphax: Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.


Armageddon isn't horrible, you just have to know what you're getting into. At the very least it's got a cohesive storyline and the action isn't horribly convoluted. It's also got some genuinely funny dialogue and the transparent attempts to pluck at the heart strings are easily skipped.
 
2012-09-04 10:16:14 AM  

Flappyhead: Alphax: Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.

Armageddon isn't horrible, you just have to know what you're getting into. At the very least it's got a cohesive storyline and the action isn't horribly convoluted. It's also got some genuinely funny dialogue and the transparent attempts to pluck at the heart strings are easily skipped.


The love shiat between Affleck and Tyler are easily the worst parts, but Willis kind of offsets it by being a dick to Affleck about it
 
2012-09-04 10:23:45 AM  

PsyLord: I saw Battleship and there were quite a few plot holes. Such as, why did the alien let that scientist go when he went back to his lab to pick up the frequency scanner? WTF? Not a threat? But they killed people that were not a threat throughout the entire movie. WTF?


Yeah, I thought that was the biggest problem with it as well. I can look past the leaps in logic and physics. But it seems as if they went out of their way to make the aliens somewhat sympathetic, but then the entire rest of the movie was a commercial for the US Navy and their destruction of said aliens.
 
2012-09-04 10:24:25 AM  

Bladel: Bonkthat_Again:
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?

To a 6 year old, of course it does!


To a 6 year old, a cardboard box is fully fueled and keeps ordinance.
 
2012-09-04 10:46:58 AM  

Bonkthat_Again: OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?


It is if it's Galactica.
 
2012-09-04 10:49:37 AM  

Cosmk: Surprised at some of the dreck on that list, as well as the omission of Killer Joe.

So I just wanted to stop by and *strongly* recommend that film, should you be lucky enough to have it pass through your area. Given it's NC-17 rating, though, chances aren't great that it will for many.


I agree. Thomas Haden Church was hilarious, and Matthew Mcconaughey was surprisingly good, at turns both charming and menacing.
 
2012-09-04 10:50:38 AM  

Flappyhead: Alphax: Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.

Armageddon isn't horrible, you just have to know what you're getting into. At the very least it's got a cohesive storyline and the action isn't horribly convoluted. It's also got some genuinely funny dialogue and the transparent attempts to pluck at the heart strings are easily skipped.


bhcompy: Flappyhead: Alphax: Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.

Armageddon isn't horrible, you just have to know what you're getting into. At the very least it's got a cohesive storyline and the action isn't horribly convoluted. It's also got some genuinely funny dialogue and the transparent attempts to pluck at the heart strings are easily skipped.

The love shiat between Affleck and Tyler are easily the worst parts, but Willis kind of offsets it by being a dick to Affleck about it


agreed. armageddon had a good script overall, and was well-acted, well-directed, etc. no, it's not your typical manly action & sci-fi...and i'm ok with that...i really like the movie...used to have it on dvd, and gave it as a gift to 2 or 3 other people
 
2012-09-04 10:52:24 AM  

GungFu: John Carter wasn't all that bad. It was very enjoyable brainless fluff.

I've seen much worse crap get better reviews.

If only they changed the farking title it would have made millions more. Incredible dumbass decision.


Ah, but if you called it "A Princess of Mars" you would have been protested against by the LGBT community. And if you had read A Princess of Mars you wouldn't have made the movie. It's Tarzan with aliens. No, really, it is Tarzan with aliens. A strange bit of science fiction from before the quantum era, it should only be approached by people with a sense of irony and history.

Now, if they had done John Zebadiah Carter... That would have been a much stranger movie.

And if you don't know who Zebbie is, you shouldn't be reading Burroughs.
 
2012-09-04 10:52:27 AM  

Cosmk: Surprised at some of the dreck on that list, as well as the omission of Killer Joe.

So I just wanted to stop by and *strongly* recommend that film, should you be lucky enough to have it pass through your area. Given it's NC-17 rating, though, chances aren't great that it will for many.


I saw it after the waterfall of praise it gets on fark.

Honestly? It wasn't that interesting to me. Was on OK movie but the 'shocking' parts I found more tiresome than titillating. It's by no means bad, I just wouldn't run around telling everyone they need to see it.
 
2012-09-04 10:52:42 AM  

Flappyhead: Alphax: Battleship - as good as Transformers and Armageddon? So, it sucks dead donkey balls?

/haven't seen Armageddon, never had the temptation to.

Armageddon isn't horrible, you just have to know what you're getting into. At the very least it's got a cohesive storyline and the action isn't horribly convoluted. It's also got some genuinely funny dialogue and the transparent attempts to pluck at the heart strings are easily skipped.


Cohesive storyline? Not the version I watched, where it looked like they clumsily added the scene on the drilling rig at the beginning, since the big montage of the government gathering Willis's crew makes no sense at all when just a few days previously you saw them with him in the South China Sea. It was obviously supposed to be the first time you ever saw those characters in the film the way the montage was shot. Ben Affleck's character even had his own oil drilling company, which I guess he must have started in the two days since he was fired by Bruce. Maybe it was studio meddling at the last minute and there was no time or budget for reshoots, but that scene really just stood out as sloppy, and was the first indication to me that Bay was a bit of a hack (I'd previously enjoyed The Rock quite a bit).

It wasn't a terrible movie, but I honestly enjoyed Deep Impact a bit more that summer in terms of asteroid movies. They tried a little harder to make it less groanworthy, although there were still some stupid bits.
 
2012-09-04 10:55:52 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Cosmk: Surprised at some of the dreck on that list, as well as the omission of Killer Joe.

So I just wanted to stop by and *strongly* recommend that film, should you be lucky enough to have it pass through your area. Given it's NC-17 rating, though, chances aren't great that it will for many.

I agree. Thomas Haden Church was hilarious, and Matthew Mcconaughey was surprisingly good, at turns both charming and menacing.


Looked it up on IMDB and saw what I needed to see: Directed by William Friedken. I wll be seeing this.
 
2012-09-04 10:57:27 AM  

Bonkthat_Again: OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?


You're not trying. You SAY you are, but you're not.
BS wasn't bad. It wasn't good, but it wasn't bad.

Mad_Radhu: but I honestly enjoyed Deep Impact a bit more


If you would have led with that, I could have saved myself from reading the whole comment.
"We're shooting missiles at it."
"our missiles failed."
Oh, ok. Didn't want to spend any CGI money, eh?
 
2012-09-04 11:01:29 AM  

Mad_Radhu: It wasn't a terrible movie, but I honestly enjoyed Deep Impact a bit more that summer in terms of asteroid movies. They tried a little harder to make it less groanworthy, although there were still some stupid bits.


At least there were likable characters in Armageddon. That asteroid couldn't come soon enough in Deep Impact.
 
2012-09-04 11:06:59 AM  

Mugato: Mad_Radhu: It wasn't a terrible movie, but I honestly enjoyed Deep Impact a bit more that summer in terms of asteroid movies. They tried a little harder to make it less groanworthy, although there were still some stupid bits.

At least there were likable characters in Armageddon. That asteroid couldn't come soon enough in Deep Impact.


agreed...deep impact was dull in comparison to armageddon. proof: i've seen armageddon countless times...i'll start in the middle when i'm channel surfing and see it on. deep impact i've seen once
 
2012-09-04 11:08:41 AM  
I was totally ready to hate Battleship, but even though it was bad, it was bad in an enjoyable way. The only part that I thought was unintentionally hilarious was when they made the Missouri do that drift/powerslide move.

There should be a serious, big-budget naval warfare movie, though. One about the hunt for the Bismarck would be pretty cool.
 
2012-09-04 11:09:37 AM  

bungle_jr: Mugato: Mad_Radhu: It wasn't a terrible movie, but I honestly enjoyed Deep Impact a bit more that summer in terms of asteroid movies. They tried a little harder to make it less groanworthy, although there were still some stupid bits.

At least there were likable characters in Armageddon. That asteroid couldn't come soon enough in Deep Impact.

agreed...deep impact was dull in comparison to armageddon. proof: i've seen armageddon countless times...i'll start in the middle when i'm channel surfing and see it on. deep impact i've seen once


I'll have to agree the sentiment with Deep Impact. About 1/3 of the way through the movie, I was actually rooting for the asteroid to wipe out the planet.
 
2012-09-04 11:10:26 AM  

olapbill: Bonkthat_Again: OMG. Battleship was absolutely horrible.
I like suspending disbelief for sci-fi movies. But I can't tolerate when directors use it as a free ticket to defy all the rules of physics and common sense.
A floating museum is fully fueled and keeps ordinance?

It is if it's Galactica.


Galactica wasn't. They had to port at Ragnar Anchorage for armaments and if a Tylium ship hadn't been part of the civilian fleet, they would have been frakked.

/So say we all.
 
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