- Looper: I liked this more than I thought I might. Thanks to some blabbermouth I already knew the twist at the end, but that didn't really matter as much as the twist at the end of "The Sixth Sense" for instance, which was also another Bruce Willis vehicle. Really what the twist at the end helped demonstrate was the circular nature of time, as evidenced by the "Loopers" who end up killing their future selves. It was a fun movie to watch, made even more fun because I had the theater entirely to myself that morning, which has always been a dream of mine. (3/4 stars)
- Argo: A lot of people give Ben Affleck shit but I have never been one of those, which I always attribute to I'd seen him in "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy" before movies like "Armageddon" came along, plus that whole thing with J. Lo. Anyway, it's time to give Affleck some props because after the decent "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" he follows it up with "Argo" which is a great thriller about something no one really knew about. The only drawback is like with most historical movies I could never buy that things happened precisely as they did in the movie. I'm skeptical that there was really that much split-second timing at the end. I think that was more to punch up the drama. For fans of "Star Wars" and the like you have to enjoy the parts about the fake movie. This will probably get some Oscar buzz because as "The Artist" showed, Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. (3.5/4 stars)
- Seven Psychopaths: I watched this mostly because of the title and because I liked the director's previous movie "In Bruges" which also starred Colin Farrell, whom I do not enjoy nearly as much as Tony Laplume. Anyway, I don't think it's as good as "In Bruges" but it is a fun, quirky action movie. The best part is when Sam Rockwell narrates how he'd end Colin Farrell's script, which is chock full of action movie cliches. The director is smart enough not to bring all those cliches to life later. It is the kind of movie where I'd have probably waited until the DVD came out if I weren't bored. So when it does come out on DVD, go splurge on it at the Redbox for $1.25 or whatever. (2.5/4 stars)
- Skyfall: Best Bond ever? Well I wouldn't go that far, but it was a significant improvement over "Quantum of Solace." All I remember of that movie was it involved a lot of chase scenes, except when he fucks the hot redhead who of course dies thereafter. My thought after that was I wish they would just slow things down a little to actually let Daniel Craig do some acting and not just running around beating people up. (Incidentally that's also why I hated the last two Bourne movies with Matt Damon.) This time they do slow things down a little and actually give you a few slight insights into Bond's past before he became 007. Of course there are still plenty of chases and fights, but the big action scene at the end is more like a Western than most of the Bond movies. Of course with how badly mismanaged the franchise has been, the next one will probably be 5 years from now with Ryan Reynolds as Bond and directed by Uwe Boll. (3/4 stars)
- Lincoln: I liked this movie. I thought it was really good, but not what I would consider a GREAT movie. Of course Daniel Day-Lewis does an amazing job at portraying Lincoln as a many-faceted character, someone who could sit around telling funny little parables or stare down irate Congressmen or Confederate diplomats, someone who wanted to get rid of slavery on principle but wasn't above bending certain laws if he needed to. Tommy Lee Jones is great too as the elderly, wig-wearing abolitionist Congressman Thaddeus Stevens who likewise has to sacrifice some of his principles in order to get the job done. I watched it in the middle of the "fiscal cliff" crap, which really makes most of our current "crises" pale by comparison. I mean back then the nation was literally at war with itself with over a half-million dead and many more missing limbs for the rest of their lives. (One of the grossest scenes shows what they do with all those limbs that got cut off.) Compare that to all the pissing and moaning about raising taxes on rich people by 3%. Um, yeah, there's no comparison there. Anyway, while I said it was really good, I never really got any chills or was close to tears or anything, so I can't say it really MOVED me. Part of that might have been some irresponsible twit brought a fussy baby to the theater, to the showing of an R-rated movie. Great parenting! Really people, use some freaking brains would you? (3/4 stars)
If you haven't got enough of movies, tomorrow is the first Box Office Blitz, where you get to guess who will win this weekend's box office. Since it's January, I'd guess a lot of shit...