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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #450 on: December 29, 2016, 12:04:23 AM »

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N
50. Suicide Squad hoo, boy this was not good. It wasn't the blazing dumpster fire that many people have given, but it was a disjointed mess. So much potential, but it didn't happen. Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie were good, for what it's worth. B=Y, due to this exchange: Harley to Amanda Waller: Are you the devil? Waller: I may be.  That was it. Waller speaks to Dr. June Moon to give her instructions, but Moon doesn't reply, so no conversation, and Waller speaks to an unnamed female lackey. Those are the entirety of woman-woman interactions in the movie.
51 .Bad Moms at one point I thought it had resorted to using internet memes as dialogue. Could have been much better. B=Y
52. Trainspotting- well that was depressing, and still good. Hard to believe this came out in '96. How are they doing a sequel? B=N
53. Zach and Miri Make a Porno- Seth Rogen is strangely appealing, and I still don't get how Elizabeth Banks is somehow not appealing to dudes in this movie. B=Y
54. Don't think Twice Comedians in a drama. Good movie- but way more serious than you might expect. Lots of complexity, which was nice. I was happy because no one killed themselves, which I totally expected B=Y (But less so than I expected. The female characters primarily only interacted with male characters)
55. The Magnificent Seven- saw with Lando, really enjoyed. B=N
56. Without a Paddle- 2005-ish movie with Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Sheppard. I liked it better in 2005. B=Y, believe it or not!
57. Arrival- best movie I have seen in 2016. I spent a good chunk of the movie wondering how someone came up with it. B=Y
Forget the Bechdel, try Rorschach! (thanks, Lando for the quote!)
58. Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them Should be the first of 2, not 5! I wanted the Collin Farrell movie that clearly wanted to be made.
B=Y

59. Gilmore Girls: Winter B=Y
60. Gilmore Girls: Spring B=Y
61. Gilmore Girls: Summer B=Y
62. Gilmore Girls: Fall B=Y
I am not a GG fan, but I knew what the story was, so I felt like watching. Eh. It was ok.

63. Paddington It's about a bear. Darker than I expected. B=??
63. Rogue One The Star Wars I've been waiting for! B= Y
64. Rogue One- This time in 3D and Imax. B=Y
65. Captain America: Civil War- OK< this one is growing on me. still like Winter Soldier better. B= N, still.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #451 on: December 29, 2016, 12:31:06 PM »

you're going?  holy cow i'm jealous.  i've also heard basecamp isn't as badass as goes popular folklore.  just trash and empty oxygen tanks everywhere.  ever trekker is supposed to take crap back with them.  i imagine that guide who didn't use oxygen tanks is probably exempt from such tasks
Whoops, no, I'm not going. And never will. I also checked with my friends who I thought went to basecamp and they said that it wasn't them, so I don't know who I was thinking of now. Oh well.

And yeah, I cannot imagine that it's a nice place or anything interesting. And at 16,000+ ft, it's still higher than anywhere in the Lower 48 USA. Crazy. And probably not pleasant. Anyway, I'll definitely never know.

And how would it ever get clean? Unless people walked up there with the sole purpose of hauling trash back, I cannot imagine it will.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #452 on: December 30, 2016, 10:13:46 AM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Trainwreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain
53. Riddick
54. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
55. Pretty Woman
56. Starship Troopers
57. Zoolander 2
58. Star Wars IV
59. Windtalkers
60. Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
61. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
62. Captain America: Civil War
63. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

64. Corpse Bride
65. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
66. Romancing the Stone
67. Speed
68. The Jewel of the Nile
69. Spy
70. Kung Fu Panda
71. Edge of Tomorrow
72. Arrival
73. Doctor Strange

74. The World's End
75. Shaun of the Dead
76. London Has Fallen
77. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
78. Everest
79. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
80. Central Intelligence


Rogue One was good stuff. Kinda sad, ultimately. Not sure what to say about it other than I liked that it existed initially but afterward sort of just didn't care. I really cared about Episode VII and want to know what VIII holds. I dunno.

Central Intelligence was ... better than I thought it would be from what I saw in the trailers (it looked dumb). But it was worse than I thought it would be after I heard the initial reviews (it ... actually is dumb). Still, a light-hearted action comedy is always nice.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #453 on: January 01, 2017, 01:55:29 PM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Trainwreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain
53. Riddick
54. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
55. Pretty Woman
56. Starship Troopers
57. Zoolander 2
58. Star Wars IV
59. Windtalkers
60. Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
61. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
62. Captain America: Civil War
63. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

64. Corpse Bride
65. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
66. Romancing the Stone
67. Speed
68. The Jewel of the Nile
69. Spy
70. Kung Fu Panda
71. Edge of Tomorrow
72. Arrival
73. Doctor Strange

74. The World's End
75. Shaun of the Dead
76. London Has Fallen
77. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
78. Everest
79. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
80. Central Intelligence
81. La La Land

82. Mannequin


La La Land: Fun and colorful. Enjoyed it a bit, saddened by one turn of events, and was fascinated by how it made me reminisce about my 20s and the challenges of those times.

Mannequin: That's a weird movie.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #454 on: January 01, 2017, 06:07:36 PM »

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N
50. Suicide Squad hoo, boy this was not good. It wasn't the blazing dumpster fire that many people have given, but it was a disjointed mess. So much potential, but it didn't happen. Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie were good, for what it's worth. B=Y, due to this exchange: Harley to Amanda Waller: Are you the devil? Waller: I may be.  That was it. Waller speaks to Dr. June Moon to give her instructions, but Moon doesn't reply, so no conversation, and Waller speaks to an unnamed female lackey. Those are the entirety of woman-woman interactions in the movie.
51 .Bad Moms at one point I thought it had resorted to using internet memes as dialogue. Could have been much better. B=Y
52. Trainspotting- well that was depressing, and still good. Hard to believe this came out in '96. How are they doing a sequel? B=N
53. Zach and Miri Make a Porno- Seth Rogen is strangely appealing, and I still don't get how Elizabeth Banks is somehow not appealing to dudes in this movie. B=Y
54. Don't think Twice Comedians in a drama. Good movie- but way more serious than you might expect. Lots of complexity, which was nice. I was happy because no one killed themselves, which I totally expected B=Y (But less so than I expected. The female characters primarily only interacted with male characters)
55. The Magnificent Seven- saw with Lando, really enjoyed. B=N
56. Without a Paddle- 2005-ish movie with Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, and Dax Sheppard. I liked it better in 2005. B=Y, believe it or not!
57. Arrival- best movie I have seen in 2016. I spent a good chunk of the movie wondering how someone came up with it. B=Y
Forget the Bechdel, try Rorschach! (thanks, Lando for the quote!)
58. Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them Should be the first of 2, not 5! I wanted the Collin Farrell movie that clearly wanted to be made.
B=Y
59. Gilmore Girls: Winter B=Y
60. Gilmore Girls: Spring B=Y
61. Gilmore Girls: Summer B=Y
62. Gilmore Girls: Fall B=Y
I am not a GG fan, but I knew what the story was, so I felt like watching. Eh. It was ok.
63. Paddington It's about a bear. Darker than I expected. B=??
64. Rogue One The Star Wars I've been waiting for! B= Y
65. Rogue One- This time in 3D and Imax. B=Y
66. Captain America: Civil War- OK, this one is growing on me. still like Winter Soldier better. B= N, still.
67. Penelope- such a sweet movie, and a nice palate cleanser. B=Y
68. Night Owls Looking for something to watch on Netflix, and this came up. It was billed as a comedy, but it was not. Adam Palley wasn't bad, the female lead was supposed to be like Aubrey Plaza. It wasn't bad, but not great. B=N
69. One Small Hitch A hallmark-esue movie, rom-com- two old friends pretend to be engaged, wacky hijinks ensue, love blossoms. It was better than it should have been, and with some script tweaks would have been even better. B= N (I think conversations about weddings still constitute conversations about a man)
70. Iron Man (original flavor) Interesting to see where it all began, especially since CA:CW seemed to deal with many of the issues of this movie. B=N
71. Death at a Funeral Rather absurdist, Peter Dinklage is good as usual. Also a treat to see Rupert Graves, even if he is a jerk. B= N

I think this finished out the year for me!
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #455 on: January 01, 2017, 08:01:41 PM »

New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
134 ● The Signal
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
137 ● Pixels
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
139 ● The Bag Man
140 ● The 33
141 ● What We Do in the Shadows
142 ● Gattaca
143 ● I Smile Back
144 ● Deadpool
145 ● Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full: The Fleshtones Documentary
146 ● Our Brand is Crisis
147 ● Dirty Grandpa
148 ● Boobs: An American Obsession
149 ● Out of Luck
150 ● A Most Wanted Man
151 ● An American Affair
152 ● Pawn Sacrifice
153 ● Ashby
154 ● Trumbo
155 ● The Lobster
156 ● Fear of Fanny
157 ● The Lady in the Van
158 ● Daddy's Home
159 ● It's All Happening
160 ● Lap Dance
161 ● Silver Dream Racer
162 ● It's All Over Town
163 ● Tracers
164 ● Lambert & Stamp
165 ● The Love Punch
166 ● Whiplash
167 ● Miss Meadows
168 ● Dogtooth
169 ● Kindergarten Cop 2
170 ● Sticky: A (Self) Love Story
171 ● 30 Beats
172 ● No Filter
173 ● Sex, Love & Therapy
174 ● All Things Must Pass: The Tower Records Story
175 ● Miles Ahead
176 ● London Has Fallen
177 ● Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
178 ● Tumbledown
179 ● Cooties
180 ● A Royal Hangover
181 ● Rams
182 ● Fart: A Documentary
183 ● Hail, Caesar!
184 ● Rolling Papers
185 ● Special Correspondents
186 ● Zootopia
187 ● The Fundamentals of Caring
188 ● Sing Street
189 ● East Side Sushi
190 ● High Rise
191 ● Hello, My Name is Doris
192 ● Glastonbury: The Movie (In Flashback)
193 ● Punk in London
194 ● Punk in England: British Rock
195 ● Balls A Poppin’: The Bangin’ Art of the Pacific Pinball Museum
196 ● Bill
197 ● The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
198 ● Best in Show
199 ● Very Good Girls
200 ● Bad Ass
201 ● Wiener-Dog
202 ● The Pope of Greenwich Village
203 ● The Big Chill
204 ● A Royal Night Out
205 ● The Winding Stream
206 ● This Was Tomorrow
207 ● Misconduct
208 ● Mr. Right
209 ● Like a River: The Ska Faces
210 ● The Magnificent Eleven
211 ● Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert
212 ● Harrigan
213 ● Kill Me Three Times
214 ● Everybody Wants Some!!
215 ● Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
216 ● Barbershop: The Next Cut
217 ● Point Break (2015)
218 ● Anomalisa
219 ● Dough
220 ● Truth
221 ● Sample This
222 ● Queen Mimi
223 ● Independence Day: Resurgence
224 ● X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time
225 ● The Do-Over
226 ● Artifact
227 ● Elstree 1976
228 ● Marauders
229 ● Genius
230 ● Central Intelligence
231 ● Money Monster
232 ● The Last American Guido
233 ● The Trust
234 ● Amanda Knox
235 ● Equals
236 ● Len & Company
237 ● A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
238 ● Easy Rider
239 ● Can We Take a Joke?
240 ● Now You See Me 2
241 ● A Bigger Splash
242 ● Idiocracy
243 ● Rolling Stones: Shine a Light
244 ● Prince: The Little Giant
245 ● James Patterson's Murder of a Small Town
246 ● The Late Bloomer
247 ● Love Me Tinder
248 ● Paddington
249 ● The Lion in your Living Room
250 ● The Heartbreak Kid
251 ● Gary Numan: Android in LaLa Land
252 ● The Nice Guys
253 ● New York in the Fifties
254 ● Pervert Park
255 ● Rubble Kings
256 ● What About Bob?
257 ● The Babysitter
258 ● Eye in the Sky
259 ● Bad Moms
260 ● Skiptrace
adding
261 ● Ride Along
More entertaining than I imagined it might be.
262 ● Empire of the Sun
Rewatch blu-ray stylee thanks to the SearchOhio library system
263 ● Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
I don't know what's more astonishing; the lengths that the film makers originally went to to recreate "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or the fact that they managed to make a documentary put of such a flimsy concept
264 ● Party Party
New Years Eve. It's the law in our home!

Not a resolution as such, but I vow to watch less films in 2017. I waste much to much time watching crappier and crappier movies thinking "this might get better". This year, I will abandon at abandon
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #456 on: January 03, 2017, 07:46:44 AM »

1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8
53. Undefeated - 10
54. No No: A DOCKumentary - 7
55. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "Island of Dr. Moreau" - 7
56. Late Phases - 6
57. Darling - 4
58. Audrie & Daisy - 7
59. Mustang - 8
60. Amanda Knox - 8
61. The Witch - 7
62. Halloween (1978)
63. Halloween II (1980)
64. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
65. Arrival - 8.08333
66. Pervert Park - 7
67. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden - 6
68. Blue Jay - 9
69. Rogue One - 7

70. Anomalisa - 9

Perfectly affecting Charlie Kaufman film that gains something by being in stop motion.  Maybe the most realistic stop motion I've ever seen... the detail they created for scenes like the drive away from the airport or just putting on a shirt was pretty amazing.

And the story too... that story.  +1 for the Cincinnati references... and maybe just alone for the joke where he looks at Cincinnati Magazine and it says "Try the Chili."

71. Green Room - 9

Patrick Stewart is a chillingly realistic white supremacist.  The director of the intense BLUE RUIN manages to create an even more intense scenario with this... the violence feels all too real and carries immediate consequences unlike many horror films.  I had to look up the nebbish-y white supremacist... had forgotten that he was BLUE RUIN's protagonist.  Enjoyed it, a lot... the only person that feels character-y is the girl who gets trapped in the room with the punk band.  She maybe overdoes it a bit.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #457 on: January 03, 2017, 12:36:22 PM »

1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)
93. The Fortune Cookie (!966) (TMC)
94. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (TMC)
95. Free State of Jones (Mariemont Theater)
96. The Shallows (Cinemark Oakley)
97. The Fits (Esquire Theater)
98. The Neon Demon (Esquire Theater)
99. My Golden Days (Esquire Theater)
100. Swiss Army Man (AMC West Chester)
101. Marauders (Esquire Theater)
102. The Purge: Election Year (AMC West Chester)
103. Our Kind of Traitor (AMC West Chester)
104. Wiener-Dog (Esquire Theater)
105. The Infiltrator (Esquire Theater)
106. Dheepan (Esquire Theater)
107. Sunset Song (Mariemont Theater)
108. Planet of the Apes (1968) (Cinemark Oakley)
109. Dough (Mariemont Theater)
110. Café Society (Esquire Theater)
111. Captain Fantastic (Esquire Theater)
112. Jason Bourne (Cinemark Oakley)
113. Bad Moms (Cinemark Oakley)
114. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Mariemont Theater)
115. Indignation (Mariemont Theater)
116. Star Trek Beyond (Cinemark Oakley)
117. Florence Foster Jenkins (Cinemark Oakley)
118. Gleason (Esquire Theater)
119. Hell or High Water (Esquire Theatre)
120. Don't Think Twice (Esquire Theater)
121. Anthropoid (Mariemont Theater)
122. War Dogs(Cinemark Oakley)
123. Sicario (DVD)
124. The Light Beneath Their Feet (DVD)
125. The Innocents (Mariemont Theater)
126. Grey Gardens (AMC)
127. A Tale of Love and Darkness (Mariemont Theater)
128. Sharknado: The 4th Awakening (SyFy)
129. Little Men(Esquire Theater)
130. Hands of Stone (Cinemark Oakley)
131. Diary of a Chambermaid (Esquire Theater)
132. In the Heart of the Sea (HBO)
133. In Order of Disappearance (E Street Landmark, Washington DC)
134. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (E Street Landmark, Washington DC)
135. Come What May (Esquire Theater)
136. The Beatles Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years (Esquire Theatre)
137. Bananas (TMC)
138. Young Frankenstein (TCM)
139. Demon (Esquire Theater)
140. Valley of Love (DVD)
141. The Dressmaker (Mariemont Theater)
142. Dancer (Esquire Theater)
143. The Girl On the Train (Cinemark Oakley)
144. Mia Madre (squire Theater)
145. Deepwater Horizon (AMC Newport on the Levee)
146. The Accountant (Cinemark Oakley)
147. Girl Asleep (Esquire Theater)
148. American Honey (Esquire Theater)
149. A Man Called Ove (Mariemont Theater)
150. I'm Not Ashamed (AMC West Chester)
151. Denial (Mariemont Theater)
152. Oasis: Supersonic (Esquire Theater)
153. Harry & Snowman (Mariemont Theater)
154. The Handmaiden (Esquire Theater)
155. Certain Women (Mariemont Theater)
156. Gimme Danger (Esquire Theater)
157. American Pastoral (Mariemont Theater)
158. Hacksaw Ridge (Cinemark Oakley)
159. Arrival (Cinemark Oakley)
160. Christine (Esquire Theater)
161. Moonlight (Esquire Theater)
162. Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years (Esquire Theater)
163. The Take (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
164. The Edge of Seventeen (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
165. Allied (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
166. Rules Don't Apply (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
167. The Eagle Huntress (Esquire Theater)
168. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (DVD)
169. The Love Witch (Esquire Theater)
170. Office Christmas Party (Cinemark Oakley)
171. Nocturnal Animals (AMC Newport on the Levee)
172. Jason Bourne (Delta Inflight)
173. The Shallows (Delta Inflight)
174. Rogue One (Cinemark Oakley)
Updating the last 10 days of the year (bold seen in the theater)

175. Manchester By the Sea (Esquire Theater)
176. Passengers (Cinemark Oakley)
177. Seasons (Mariemont Theater)
178. Elle (Esquire Theater)
179. Loving (Mariemont Theater)
180. Jackie (Esquire Theater)
181. La La Land (Esquire Theater)

Lots of worthwhile movies in the last rush of the year, Oscar-bait included.

Let's start with the worst of the bunch: I quite disliked Passengers, which is NOT a space action movie AT ALL (except in the last 20 min. or so). Talk about bait (the trailer)  and switch (the actual movie).

Manchester By the Sea is every bit as good as advertised. Reminded me somehow of Robert Redford's Ordinary People from 30+ years ago.

Elle is directed by Paul Verhoeven, but don't let that fool you! This is actually a terrific movie, with Isabelle Huppert bringing one of her best performances EVER.

Jackie was this year's Christmas Day movie that I went to see with my grown kids. I very much liked it, and did my daughter. My son didn't outright hate it, so that tells you how good it was. Natalie Portman is outstanding.

Last, but certainly not least, is La La Land, which I am going to go on record right now as winning a bunch of Oscars, including Best Movie (although it's not my  personal choice as best movie of 2016). If you liked writer-director Damien Chazelle's first movie Whiplash (which I absolutely LOVED), chances are you'll like this too. The plot, such as it is, is almost inconsequential. It's an outright ol' school Hollywood musical for the 21st century.

Onwards and upwards to 2017!
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #458 on: January 03, 2017, 01:19:42 PM »

Last, but certainly not least, is La La Land, which I am going to go on record right now as winning a bunch of Oscars, including Best Movie (although it's not my  personal choice as best movie of 2016). If you liked writer-director Damien Chazelle's first movie Whiplash (which I absolutely LOVED), chances are you'll like this too. The plot, such as it is, is almost inconsequential. It's an outright ol' school Hollywood musical for the 21st century.

Onwards and upwards to 2017!

I really liked WHIPLASH, but I fucking hate musicals.  Pass.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #459 on: January 03, 2017, 02:44:25 PM »

I liked Whiplash a LOT and liked La La Land too. I didn't think of it as a musical but rather (after the first 20 minutes or so) a movie with some songs and music in it.

Because I would state that I do not enjoy musicals, but this was good.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #460 on: January 04, 2017, 08:12:54 AM »

I liked Whiplash a LOT and liked La La Land too. I didn't think of it as a musical but rather (after the first 20 minutes or so) a movie with some songs and music in it.

Because I would state that I do not enjoy musicals, but this was good.

So are we talking more like a ONCE type musical, or are we talking like a full out choreographed dance numbers and shit.

I guess I did like ENCHANTED, but that was probably more because of Amy Adams than anything.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #461 on: January 04, 2017, 11:01:14 AM »

I didn't see ONCE, so I can't comment. There were definitely choreographed dance numbers, but as the movie moves on those seem to get fewer and farther between. I guess it's a mix?

I'm not thinking you'll like it, though, so keep that in mind.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #462 on: January 04, 2017, 11:38:43 AM »


So are we talking more like a ONCE type musical, or are we talking like a full out choreographed dance numbers and shit.

No, it's not like ONCE. La La Land is an outright musical, with lots of full-out choreographed dance numbers "and shit". The movie opens with a dazzling ensemble cast dance number, lasting 3-4 minutes, and shot in a single take. Just like they used to do back in the day.

I'm guessing that La La Land is not your cup of butter... ;-)
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« Reply #463 on: January 05, 2017, 01:36:53 PM »

1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
49. EAST SIDE SUSHI - 08/11/16 - dvd from library - Forgot to post this one in r-ville. Found it by chance at the library and really enjoyed it. If you like foodie movies (or movies where the protagonist goes through a journey of self discovery), this might be the movie for you. Now give me some mango with chili, por fa.
50. THE THRILL OF IT ALL - 08/27/16 - TCM - The OTHER early 60s movie with James Garner and Doris Day. The opposite of progressive when it came to women's rights. YEESH. But, worth watching to see the various Carl Reiner cameos as an actor on a live TV show sponsored by a soap company. Co-written by Reiner and directed by Norman Jewison. It wasn't awful, but I've definitely seen better in 60s rom-coms.
51. SULLY - 09/10/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/MY MAMA - Worth it for all of the flight/crash scenes and the "Sully" joke at the bar.
52. SPY - 09/11/16 - repeat viewing - Held up for me on the second viewing. Statham might have been even funnier the second time around.
53. BEST FOOT FORWARD - 09/17/16 - TCM - Decided to watch this after reading the premise (Lucille Ball as a starlet who agrees to go to a military ball with a young man for a publicity stunt). It sounded like a story ripped from recent FB "headlines". I was surprised that Lucille Ball played a character named Lucille Ball! The movie was very silly but I fell in love with Nancy Walker in the film and discovered that this was her first movie role ever. She was just great. Plucky. Most of you probably know her as the BOUNTY paper towels lady.
54. ALL THE DIFFERENCE (a POV documentary) - 09/18/16 - PBS - Worthwhile documentary that follows two young men in the South Side of Chicago who work to graduate high school and attend college. If you find it and record it, allow for an extra 30 minutes. My dvr only recorded the first hour and missed at least 20 minutes of the film.
55. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) - 09/25/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Totally worked for me! I enjoyed the cast and the action. Chris Pratt is so dang charming and Peter Sarsgaard is SUCH a believable villain. (Note for me: Someone in the theatre kept yelling for people to "CLOSE THE DOOR!" as they walked in towards the end of the trailers. We were in a HUUUUUUUUUGE theatre and she thought she could just boss strangers around. I almost yelled, "SAY PLEASE!". But, I did not have the opportunity after it came to mind.)
56. THE BIG LEBOWSKI - 10/09/16 - STARZ - repeat viewing - I don't think I'll ever NOT cry with laughter when The Dude drops the roach in his lap and then tried to put it out with a beer while driving. Also, this might be my favorite line in the movie.
"Well, they finally did it. They killed my fucking car." As if all of the abuse heaped on that heap came from everyone else.
57. PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES: HAMILTON'S AMERICA - 10/21/16 - streamed on FB Live - The #Hamildoc was nearly everything I wanted it to be!
58. CLASS DIVIDE - 10/22/16 - HBO - documentary about a street in West Chelsea that has a $40K/year private school on one side of the street and a large public housing complex on the other side and how those worlds interact.
59. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN - 10/22/16 - Movie Tavern w/Beth - I didn't really like the book so I'm not sure why I thought that I would enjoy the movie. I do give them kudos for keeping that shit real dark. You won't walk away thinking that anyone in that movie was remotely likable or decent.
60. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS - 11/04/16 - Picture Show - SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. I loved everything about this movie. So happy that I saw it on the big screen with my last possible chance.
61. THE ACCOUNTANT - 11/04/16 - NGC Marietta Merchants Walk w/Rick & Tori - SO SO SO MEH. Tried to be too cute with "twists" that most audience members saw coming in the first fifteen minutes.
62. ARRIVAL - 11/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Top 5 of the year. Nothing makes you examine your humanity like good Sci-Fi.
58. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM - 11/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I fell asleep (maybe because it was my second movie that day and I was coming down off of a Chewy Sprees high or maybe it was boring). But, I'll give them this. They sure did offer up some purty CGI.
59. SICARIO - 11/24/16 - dvd from library with Mom - Not your typical post-Tday dinner family movie. The first 5 minutes of this movie really knocked my socks off and may have left me permanently scarred. Josh Brolin was the smuggest man I've ever seen on the big screen.
60. MY ONE CHRISTMAS WISH - 11/25/16 - cheesy TV Xmas movie on UpTV - I would bet money that the original title of this movie was THE CRAIGSLIST CHRISTMAS or something like that. However, I think this was worth watching if you enjoy Hallmark-type Xmas movies. Amber Riley was great as the lead, based on a real woman who took the pain she experienced as a child of abuse and found a way to help others in similar situations. It was nice to have one of these movies not be about finding the perfect mate for the holidays.
61. MOONLIGHT - 11/26/16 - Regal Town Center w/Mom- A hard one to watch because none of the emotions are easy. But, it was a wonderful character piece elevated by great performances.
62. MOANA - 11/27/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mom - Instant Disney classic! I might have nerded out a little too hard over LMM's music. But, it wasn't the only thing to love. Beautiful animation. Great characters. A lovely story. I WANT ALL THE MERCHANDISE THEY HAVE TO OFFER WITH HER GRANDMOTHER ON IT!
63. BEAUTY & THE BEAST - 12/2/16 - dvd from library - repeat viewing - "I use antlers in all of my decorating!"
64. KEANU - 12/4/16 - Cinemax or HBO - Basically everything I wanted it to be.
65. ALMOST CHRISTMAS - 12/4/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Soooooooo full of tropes and not nearly funny enough. But, I did like the 1-2 punch of great late 80s R&B tunes towards the end. (Also, I went to a theatre with assigned seating. I got SO MUCH stink eye from a woman who had to move her purse out of my seat. Then, she and her friend basically looked at their social media feeds during the entire movie and talked about different posts. SO ANNOYING. Stay your ass home.)
66. BLUE JAY - 12/07/16 - Netflix - Top 3 of the year with a bullet! Sarah Paulson has never been more perfect and my love for Mark Duplass just grows and grows. I love a good trip down memory lane and I love movies that happen over the span of just a handful of hours. Gorgeous cinematography as well. WILL WATCH AGAIN.
67. SING STREET - 12/11/16 - dvd from library - Tapped my toes a ton!
68. OTHER PEOPLE - 12/16/16 - Netflix - Tough subject, great performances. Molly Shannon was great.
69. LA LA LAND - 12/18/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I could live in that world for a spell. Emma Stone is mesmerizing.
70. ROGUE ONE - 12/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with The Greg, Rick, Smitty, and va_vacious - Worked for me! The Grand Moff Tarkin CGI freaked me out. Do actors have to start putting some kind of clause in their contracts about being in movies postmortem?
71. THE GOONIES - 12/25/16 - IFC - repeat viewing - THAT'S WHAT I SAID! I still have GOONIES dreams from time to time.
72. CHRISTMAS AT HOMESTEAD - 12/30/16 - Hallmark - Cheesy but I watched all it because it had Michael Rady (geeky Max from GREEK) as the male lead and it was filmed in North Georgia.
73. SUSAN SLEPT HERE - 12/30/16 - TCM - Man, Debbie Reynolds was so adorable in this movie. I kept pausing the movie and taking pictures of her because she was just a STAR on screen. STUNNING. It was fun to see Dick Powell in a rom-com of sorts. But, this plot is weeeeeeeeeeird. Bonus Red Buttons cameo toward the end.

May have to edit this because I feel like I have definitely missed some movies from the end of the year. But, my brain is snotty mush.
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