September 11, 2018

  • Review

    4.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    The Florida Project (Sean Baker, 2017)

    This was wonderful. I knew it was heartbreaking but didn’t realize it was also so funny. The kids are so natural, the adults so incredibly broken.

September 5, 2018

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    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Deadpool 2 (David Leitch, 2018)

    This was very funny. More like Naked Gun or the Scary Movie series than a “real” superhero movie.

September 3, 2018

  • Review

    4.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

    Probably my third or fourth time watching this. I forget how many times I’ve seen it. 🙂

    Glad to see the special effects are still holding up well.

August 22, 2018

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    2.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    The Beyond (Hasraf Dulull, 2017)

    None of this makes any sense at all!

August 21, 2018

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    3.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2018)

    Dumb. Fun.

August 18, 2018

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    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, 2017)

    Not a fan – at all – of superhero movies, but this was fun. As with Deadpool, if they go for humor I can get behind it easier.

August 17, 2018

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    1.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Mike Newell, 2018)

    An old-timey romance that features beautiful shots of the Guernsey island landscape but otherwise is weak and problematic. We’re still making movies about women falling for their Nazis captors in 2018?

July 30, 2018

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    2.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    The Stranger (Orson Welles, 1946)

    I hadn’t heard of this film until it popped up unexpectedly on Netflix. Now I know why.

July 27, 2018

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    2.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Extinction (Ben Young, 2018)

    Pedestrian SF thriller. I’m lame at seeing what the twist will be so I did do a “huh” at the big reveal.

     

July 26, 2018

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    2.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Mercury Rising (Harold Becker, 1998)

    Boy of boy, this has not aged well. In particular, the treatment of the kid’s Asperbergers is so hamfisted and plain incorrect it definitely feels like it’s from another age – even though the movie is only twenty years old.

July 25, 2018

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    3.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Jake Kasdan, 2017)

    I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. A nice update for a new generation. By the way, I’m totally cool with any movie being remade any old time. “Everything is a remix.”

July 10, 2018

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    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017)

    I have no interest in this as an attempt to rehabilitate Tony Harding’s reputation, but as a film, it managed to rise above the thoroughly unlikeable characters and present something worthwhile. Allison Janney is spectacular as always.

July 8, 2018

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    3.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)

    Still funny watching a decade later.

July 7, 2018

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    3.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Northern Soul (Elaine Constantine, 2014)

    This was so much fun. Watching the boys get swept up in the passion for sweet soul music got me to reminiscing about my discovery of punk at about the same age.

  • Review

    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Calibre (Matt Palmer, 2018)

    “A Simple Plan” in Scotland.

     

July 6, 2018

July 4, 2018

  • Review

    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Ocean’s 8 (Gary Ross, 2018)

    A fun fluffy summer distraction. You definitely don’t want to think too hard about movies like this.

June 19, 2018

  • Review

    4.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    Annihilation (2018, Alex Garland)

    I had to think long and hard about how I felt about the movie adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation which I loved. I was a big fan of Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” too but thought the psychedelic and literary novel was going to be pretty much impossible to film without major reworking.

    Visually the movie is absolutely stunning and ultimately I feel that Garland’s decision to drop some of the more out-there stuff in the book (including some major plot elements) was probably wise.

    On first viewing (in the theatre) I couldn’t get my head around the lighthouse scene. This felt nothing like the book and looked so oddly out of keeping with the organic mutations earlier on in the film. But on second viewing I’ve decided that everything in the lighthouse is metaphorical because it is beyond our comprehension – much like the acid trip Jupiter and Beyond scene in 2001. With that in mind, I decided the film was great.

     

May 31, 2018

  • Review

    3.5 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    mother! (2017) 

    It was fun watching Jennifer Lawrence’s slow descent into madness via claustrophobic close-up as mayhem steadily increases all around her. I’m not sure if it’s about loss of control, the sacrificial role of muses, or something entirely different, but I didn’t really care in the end because it felt very fresh.

     

May 18, 2018

May 5, 2018

  • Review

    3.0 rating based on 1,234 ratings

    It’s best to think of this as a mid-level Black Mirror episode. Lots of fun stuff if you don’t think about it too hard and some nice graphic design used for the ubiquitous AR everyone in this world has embedded in their noggins.

    via LetterboxD

December 28, 2011

  • Movies I Can Watch Over And Over

    Lucy and I were watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” tonight and we started talking about movies we were happy to watch repeatedly. Here’s a quick list I made.

    • (500) Days of Summer
    • 24 Hour Party People
    • A Simple Plan
    • Almost Famous
    • American Graffiti
    • Anchorman
    • Back To The Future
    • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
    • Die Hard
    • Do The Right Thing
    • Elf
    • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    • Fight Club
    • Goodfellas
    • Groundhog’s Day
    • High Fidelity
    • Monty Python & The Holy Grail
    • Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
    • Out of Sight
    • Pulp Fiction
    • Rushmore
    • School of Rock
    • Stop Making Sense
    • The Big Lebowski
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Zoolander

    What movies do you watch whenever you get a chance? Any idea why some movies bear up to — or improve with — repeated viewings?

December 7, 2007

  • Thought

    I’m pretty proud of how many of these films I’ve seen:

     

    How many have you seen?

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