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euro60

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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #210 on: July 07, 2017, 05:05:26 PM »

108. Becoming Carey Grant (SHO)

I bet if he was Belgian you'd spell his god damn name right.
You're damn right. But he ain't, so screw'em.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #211 on: July 10, 2017, 07:40:46 AM »

1. The Lobster - 6
2. Manchester by the Sea - 9
3. St. Vincent - 7
4. American Ultra - 6
5. It Follows - 6
6. The Neon Demon - 6
7. The Founder - 6
8. Bad Moms - 7
9. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House - 3
10. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills - 5
11. The Wolfpack - 5
12. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon - 8
13. Split - 6
14. Brother's Keeper - 9
15. National Lampoon's Animal House
16. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me - 9
17. Sun Choke - 8
18. Holy Hell - 7
19. 10 Cloverfield Lane - 7
20. 13th - 8
21. "Manos": The Hands of Fate - MST3K on Netflix
22. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - 5
23. Tower - 8
24. The Discovery - 3
25. The Seven Five - 8
26. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 7
27. Oklahoma City - 7
28. Night Will Fall - n/a
29. Spotlight - 6
30. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - 7
31. Christine (2016) - 9
32. The Cutting Edge - 4
33. Mindhorn - 8
34. Wonder Woman - 7
35. Moonlight - 9
36. 47 Meters Down - 5
37. Moana - 8
38. Get Out - 9
39. The House - 3
40. Mommy Dead and Dearest - 9

41. Baby Driver - 8

Great fun.  The style may have taken over a bit too much for the worse at times, and Ansel Elgort's southern accent is one of the most in-and-out in cinema history.  But I think this cements Edgar Wright's place in my pantheon of "I'll see anything they do because even if it's not good it'll be interesting", like Soderbergh, Nolan, and Fincher.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #212 on: July 10, 2017, 10:45:35 AM »

"I'll see anything they do because even if it's not good it'll be interesting", like Soderbergh, Nolan, and Fincher.
Speaking of which, his upcoming "Dunkirk" is one of the most anticipated movies of the year for me (out July 21). The trailers make it look more than awesome.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #213 on: July 10, 2017, 11:01:13 AM »

108. Becoming Carey Grant (SHO)

Fay Dunaway

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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #214 on: July 11, 2017, 08:23:42 AM »

1. HAIL, CAESAR - 01/01/17 - cable - I really liked this one, especially since I still had LA LA LAND in my head. I like when Hollywood turns the lens on itself, especially if it's pointed directly at its golden age.
2. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - 01/01/17 - cable - It is really hard to take your eye off of Michael Shannon when he is on screen. Homedude is magnetic.
3. LOVE THE COOPERS - 01/03/17 - cable - This was just nonsense. But, I liked a couple of things about it, but not enough to recommend it. It definitely won't become a must-watch Christmas movie.
4. EDDIE THE EAGLE - 01/02/17 - cable - I always love a good OLYMPIC DREAM movie. I even love the bad ones. (I'm looking at you, Mitch Gaylord.)
5. MISS SHARON JONES! - 01/07/17 - Netflix - Bittersweet to watch this now, but it was good to spend some time with Miss Jones.
6. BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS - 01/08/17 - HBO - Also bittersweet but lovely.
7. TRUTH AND LIES: THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS - 01/08/17 - NBC - Apparently I was on a documentary/real life kick last weekend. I had forgotten a lot of things about this case. I don't think I ever knew about Lyle wearing a hairpiece.
8. HIDDEN FIGURES - 01/17/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - A feel good time at the movie theatre, especially with a packed house (ON A TUESDAY NIGHT!). Great cast and a story that definitely needed to be told. The movie that STEM has needed for a long time. It even got me excited about Math(s) - AND I HATE MATH!
9. KILL BILL VOL. 1 - 01/22/17 - STARZ w/The Greg - repeat viewing - That bamboo water fountain gets me every time. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
10. KILL BILL VOL. 2 - 01/23/17 - STARZ w/The Greg - repeat viewing - Elle's reaction to being coated in Bud's dip cup slime is priceless.
11. NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU - 01/21/17 - Netflix - I could watch a whole documentary just about his family.
12. THE NEW EDITION STORY (Parts I, II, and III) - 01/28/17 - BET - I am a huge fan of the group and loved this mini-series. However, it was obviously filmed with no thought given to commercial breaks. They were always abrupt and annoying. Great casting. Loved the way they had the music re-recorded by the new cast and sort of blended with the original recordings.
13. CAROL - 01/28/17 - dvd from library - And now for something completely different...
14. LION - 01/29/17 - Tara Cinema with Amanda - I definitely cried my eyes out again and again during both halves of this movie. Wonderful performances. (DEV PATEL CAN GET IT.)
15. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 - 02/03/17 - dvd from library with Tori - A few laugh out loud moments, but not necessary viewing.
16. TRUMBO - 02/04/17 - dvd from library - A story worth telling. Needed more Diane Lane.
17. DOCTOR STRANGE - 02/12/17 - cheapy theatre - I think I liked 15% of this movie (anything with Chiwetel Ejiofor). Doctor Strange is a dick.
18. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - 02/18/17 - TCM - repeat viewing - I hadn't seen it in quite a while. But, I used to watch it nearly weekly when I was in middle school/high school. It was like spending time with a group of old friends. The next time we get a new pet, I want a Richard Starkey. George has always been my favorite. But, I fell in love with Ringo during this viewing.
19. JOHN WICK 2 - 02/19/17 - AMC AVENUE FORSYTH w/The Greg - Couldn't hold a candle to the first one. But, I still enjoyed sections of it (HELLO, COMMON!). The aesthetic was different and not so much to my liking, the plot annoyed me, and I've already seen a much better action movie have a much better battle sequence in a house of mirrors.
20. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - 02/24/17 - Redbox DVD - The performances from Casey Affleck and the young kid are a helluva thing in this movie. That story is a real heartbreaker.
21. SPA NIGHT - 02/27/17 - Netflix - I wanted to check out one of the Spirit Award winners and was delighted to see that this was on NETFLIX. I liked it for the glimpse into the main character's life. His stress and struggles were INTENSE. But, if you like to have those sorts of things sorted out before the movie ends, I wouldn't recommend this one.
22. GET OUT - 03/05/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I don't like scary movies. But, this was definitely more in line with being a "social thriller" and I can handle that.
23. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE - 03/10/17 - TCM - Again, I don't like scary movies. So, I had always avoided this one. But, it's also more of a thriller than horror and I loved it.
24. VICTOR VICTORIA - 03/11/17 - TCM - repeat viewing - Robert Preston's performance is so wonderful in this movie. So much going on, but almost all of it is fantastic.
25. CRISTELA ALONZO: LOWER CLASSY - 03/09/17 - Netflix - I enjoyed her TV show. Her comedy special was just OK.
26. NEAL BRENNAN: 3 MICS - 03/14/17 - Netflix - I thought this was a great idea for a comedy special and he nails all 3 parts/mics.
27. THE HONEYMOON KILLERS - 03/26/17 - TCM - Criterion Collection on TCM in the wee small hours
28. SING - 04/02/17 - Picture Show Marietta - It was cute and fine. A little long. I was most blown away by Taron Egerton. I didn't know he had those pipes.
29. GOING IN STYLE - 04/07/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/my mom - The perfect movie to see at a matinee with my mom. Better than I thought it would be, but still tropey. But, I didn't hate it. I like bank heist movies.
30. HOT PURSUIT - 04/07/17 - Amazong Prime - The WORST movie that I have seen in a loooooooooooooong time. Reese Witherspoon was terrible. TEEEEEEEEEEERRIBLE. Sofia wasn't so awful. But, it's just a horrible movie. How could someone who grew up her whole life in Texas not know what a drawing of a longhorn looks like?
31. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN - 04/08/17 - Redbox - Wonderful performances all around. Great music.
32. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - 04/09/17 - Redbox- This one sucked me in but my mom did NOT care for it. The main action scene of the movie was straight-up terrifying.
33. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! - 04/29/17 - Amazon Prime - repeat viewing (w/Aimz during her visit)
34. SAUSAGE PARTY - 05/04/17 - Netflix - I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a bagel as I did before seeing this movie.
35. STRIKE A POSE - 05/12/17 - Netflix - This is a documentary about the 7 main dancers from Madonna's BLOND AMBITION tour (who were heavily featured in the TRUTH OR DARE movie). I think I watched TRUTH OR DARE about a billion times in junior high and high school. These guys felt like friends, or at least like the cool kids who I wished I could be around. I knew them ALL by name. It was so great to see all of them again. Seeing that they all still dance seriously made me cry as did hearing their journeys over the last 25 years.
36. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 - 05/15/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and Victor - You get a daddy issue! And YOU get a daddy issue! And YOU get a couple of daddy issues! I think va_vacious laughed louder and more often than anyone in the theatre. The jokes were corny and in our wheelhouse. Good stuff. Hilarious cameo.  I'd probably find a way to shave off about 15-20 minutes from the running time. Also, I LOVE YOU, KURT RUSSELL.
37. CLOSET MONSTER - Netflix - I watched this in bits until finally finishing it recently. I liked some of it and I can sorta recommend it if you are interested in seeing a hamster voiced by Isabella Rosselini. But, it's kind of a tough movie to watch in spots (it includes one of the most brutal sexual assaults I've ever seen on screen). I did enjoy the main actor's performance (he was also very good in AMERICAN CRIME this season).
38. BAYWATCH - 05/28/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Beth - I thought it would be fun-dumb but it was just dumb-dumb.
39. PATERSON - 05/26/17 - Redbox - I love Jim Jarmusch. I love Adam Driver. I love anything black & white. I loved seeing Chidi in something other than THE GOOD PLACE. An English bulldog named Marvin as an arch-nemesis is aces in my book. Worth the rental or viewing if you also love those things.
40. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - 06/01/17 - Netflix - I kept holding off on watching this because I had never seen WINTER SOLDIER. But, I got enough info from the beginning to follow along and enjoy this one. I might go back and watch WINTER SOLDIER someday because Bucky is FOINE. Totally forgot Chadwick Boseman was in this one. I loved his character and can't wait to see his movie!
41. KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS - 06/02/17 - Netflix - repeat viewing - "If you must blink, do it NOW!"
42. INFERNO - 06/05/17 - dvd from library w/Norton - The Greg always watches those DAVINCI CODE movies when they come on. So, I thought I'd get this for him from the library. It might be the worst movie we have ever watched together. We nearly stopped watching it, but we were almost to the end and figured we'd push through. IT.WAS.SO.AWFUL.
43. WONDER WOMAN - 06/09/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Vizz and friends - Loved the first 1/4, liked the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and fell asleep during the final 1/4.
44. THE MUMMY - 06/13/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va-vacious - I liked this much more than I thought that I would based on the scathing reviews it has been receiving. It had some dumb moments but it was still a fun action/horror ("Dark Universe") movie. Lots of great practical effects instead of relying solely on CGI-stuff. Tom Cruise may be a little too "extra" for a lot of people but he puts in the work to bring us the goods. His character gave me a Jack Colton (from ROMANCING THE STONE) vibe and that can never rub me the wrong way. I love Annabelle Wallis on PEAKY BLINDERS but she seemed a little too cold in this movie. Russell Crowe did some great stuff. Jake Johnson was the comedic relief that I didn't really need. I'll stop here because I've already written more about THE MUMMY than anyone wants to read.
45. MAGGIE'S PLAN - 06/16/17 - Showtime (I think) - The trailer basically gave away the whole movie. But, I'll happily spend time with Greta Gerwig and Bill Hader anytime. Greta Gerwig = this generation's Diane Keaton.
46. OH HELLO ON BROADWAY - 06/17/17 - A delight, even with such a long running time. I wish they had included some footage from other special guests during their Broadway run. TUNA. CURTAIN.
47. RUNNING SCARED - 07/01/17 - cable - repeat viewing - The idea of casting Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as grizzled Chicago detectives is HILARIOUS. But, it just WORKS in the 80s. The section that they spend down in the Keys is just THE BEST.
48. BABY DRIVER - 07/05/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Totally wanted to do donuts in the parking lot after watching the movie. Not perfect but a hell of a lot of FUN. All of the Oscars for sound editing and design! Also, it's ridiculous that stunt coordinators don't get Academy Awards. BTW - I squealed when I saw who was playing the role of The Butcher! LOVE!!!!!
49. BEING CARY GRANT - 07/08/17 - Showtime? - Mostly dull, but it's not their fault that Cary gave so few interviews and stayed out of the public eye.
50. LOVE BY CHANCE - 07/09/17 - Hallmark - I haven't watched one of these in a while. I thought this one was cute and was drawn in because the main guy looked a lot like Rob Delaney and I'm going through CATASTROPHE withdrawals.
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« Reply #215 on: July 13, 2017, 11:19:41 AM »

Movies seen in 2017 (new movies in bold):
1. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
2. Assassin's Creed

3. Die Another Day
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Hidden Figures

7. We Bought A Zoo
8. The American President
9. The 'Burbs
10. Suicide Squad
11. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
12. Ella Enchanted
13. Hell Or High Water

14. Airplane!
15. Pete's Dragon
16. The Nice Guys

17. M*A*S*H
18. Money Monster
19. Race
20. Logan
21. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
22. The Running Man

23. Major League
24. Spring Breakers
25. The Fate of the Furious
26. Jason Bourne

27. The Last Witch Hunter
28. Tombstone
29. Weiner
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
32. Kedi
33. The Accountant
34. Underworld: Blood Wars
35. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
36. Big Trouble in Little China

37. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
38. Wonder Woman
39. Passengers
40. Kubo and the Two Strings
41. The Last Dragonslayer
42. Live By Night


Two films I saw on an airplane, so .... airplane quality films were chosen!

Last Dragonslayer: apparently based on a Jasper Fforde material so that was interesting. Weird mix of medieval and modern. Cute pre-teen fantasy movie. I enjoyed myself considering my setting.

Live By Night: better than the reviews and the box office would suggest, but there was still something "off" about it. I think the problem is that Ben Affleck just can't act very well. That being said, they were trying to make a Goodfellas for the 1920s and in the end I remember thinking, "I don't understand the point of this story." Also, they tried to do too much - the story about single fathers raising sons could have been awesome, but it felt like the D or E story to the film. Nonetheless I still liked it and am glad I watched it.
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« Reply #216 on: July 13, 2017, 06:03:48 PM »

Nice. I'm hearing good things about that film, and I do love Scott Pilgrim so so so much. I want to see it.

Just realized how much the opening sequence was influenced Wright's previous music video work.

Baby Driver Bellbottoms opening sequence.
Mint Royale's "Blue Song" which he also directed.

Fun.
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« Reply #217 on: July 15, 2017, 05:08:20 PM »

War for the Planet of the Apes - Surprise! The best movie I've seen thus far this year is about CGI apes. A solid A.

WftPOTA is a drama about family. I know that sounds weird, considering the title is referencing war, but it's the most affecting work with the smallest amount of action I've seen recently. I hadn't seen an audience that silent leaving a movie theater in quite a while. It's that good, and effective. If you liked the last two in the series, this is a no-brainer. If you disliked the previous attempts, this one might be closer to something that may win you over if for nothing more than its sheer bleakness and emotion. I don't want to give anything away about what occurs, but if you're looking for an action film, this isn't it. This is very much a character-centric revenge and escape drama that brings the trilogy full circle. I'd hate it if they ended this series here, but if they do, it's a fitting end.

Things that may seem like they might go horribly wrong and distract from the tone (like Stephen Zahn's Bad Ape) are used sparingly for either a small punch of humor or as a breather from the heaviness of the film. This is welcome considering that this film is first and foremost Caesar's accepting fate tale.

Oh, and Andy Serkis needs a damn Oscar nom for this. He should've had one for the last film, but his work in this is sooooooo good. This didn't disappoint.
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« Reply #218 on: July 15, 2017, 10:59:11 PM »

War for the Planet of the Apes - Surprise! The best movie I've seen thus far this year is about CGI apes. A solid A.

WftPOTA is a drama about family. I know that sounds weird, considering the title is referencing war, but it's the most affecting work with the smallest amount of action I've seen recently. I hadn't seen an audience that silent leaving a movie theater in quite a while. It's that good, and effective. If you liked the last two in the series, this is a no-brainer. If you disliked the previous attempts, this one might be closer to something that may win you over if for nothing more than its sheer bleakness and emotion. I don't want to give anything away about what occurs, but if you're looking for an action film, this isn't it. This is very much a character-centric revenge and escape drama that brings the trilogy full circle. I'd hate it if they ended this series here, but if they do, it's a fitting end.

Things that may seem like they might go horribly wrong and distract from the tone (like Stephen Zahn's Bad Ape) are used sparingly for either a small punch of humor or as a breather from the heaviness of the film. This is welcome considering that this film is first and foremost Caesar's accepting fate tale.

Oh, and Andy Serkis needs a damn Oscar nom for this. He should've had one for the last film, but his work in this is sooooooo good. This didn't disappoint.
I saw it today as well. It's a fine movie, but to be honest, for all the critical hype it's been getting (the "best" Planet of the Apes" ever!), I was expected to be wowed and bowled over. I wasn't. For one, the movie's running time ( 2 hr. 20 min.) is way too long. Tighter editing could've cut 15-20 min. without losing any essence of the movie. As you allude, this isn't primarily a "war" movie, but instead a character study, primarily of Caesar (played brilliantly by Andy Serkis--yes, give him an Oscar nom!). Like I said, a fine movie, no more, no less, but it's NOT the "best" movie of the Apes franchise.
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« Reply #219 on: July 17, 2017, 07:13:15 AM »

1. The Lobster - 6
2. Manchester by the Sea - 9
3. St. Vincent - 7
4. American Ultra - 6
5. It Follows - 6
6. The Neon Demon - 6
7. The Founder - 6
8. Bad Moms - 7
9. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House - 3
10. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills - 5
11. The Wolfpack - 5
12. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon - 8
13. Split - 6
14. Brother's Keeper - 9
15. National Lampoon's Animal House
16. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me - 9
17. Sun Choke - 8
18. Holy Hell - 7
19. 10 Cloverfield Lane - 7
20. 13th - 8
21. "Manos": The Hands of Fate - MST3K on Netflix
22. Beauty and the Beast (2017) - 5
23. Tower - 8
24. The Discovery - 3
25. The Seven Five - 8
26. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 7
27. Oklahoma City - 7
28. Night Will Fall - n/a
29. Spotlight - 6
30. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - 7
31. Christine (2016) - 9
32. The Cutting Edge - 4
33. Mindhorn - 8
34. Wonder Woman - 7
35. Moonlight - 9
36. 47 Meters Down - 5
37. Moana - 8
38. Get Out - 9
39. The House - 3
40. Mommy Dead and Dearest - 9
41. Baby Driver - 8

42. Necessary Roughness

Yes, the 1991 college football movie.  It's not good.  It screams early 90's.  But it is notable for some really terrible movie-making moments.  Like a giant 3-ring binder that is just labeled "football".  Or Kathy Ireland try to play a kicker... she literally has the worst form I have ever seen, so either they didn't work on it, or they did and she was just terrible.  To be fair, she was able to get the ball in the air, so that's something.

43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7

Solid.  Didn't help me overcome my superhero fatigue, but it was a good "smaller" movie where at least the fate of the world wasn't depending on this.  And they actually cast some kids who look like high school kids instead of 23 year olds.

The best was the Captain America informational videos.

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« Reply #220 on: July 17, 2017, 09:51:05 AM »


43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7

Solid.  Didn't help me overcome my superhero fatigue, but it was a good "smaller" movie where at least the fate of the world wasn't depending on this.  And they actually cast some kids who look like high school kids instead of 23 year olds.

So you confess to having superhero fatigue. Which you combat by.... going to see yet another superhero movie. Not sure how that works.

You could've joined me instead at the 40th anniversary one-off showing of Saturday Night Fever at the Esquire yesterday afternoon. I hadn't seen that movie in its entirety since probably the original release (I think it opened in Belgium in Spring of 1978). Talk about a time warp. The dancing scenes at the 2001 Odissey disco joint hold up incredibly well. Other things now look quite dated. And New York vintage 1977 looks like a bombed-out post-apocalyptic city that is outright scary and depressing.
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« Reply #221 on: July 17, 2017, 10:12:57 AM »

So you confess to having superhero fatigue. Which you combat by.... going to see yet another superhero movie. Not sure how that works.

Teenage boys.

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« Reply #222 on: July 17, 2017, 12:31:26 PM »

So you confess to having superhero fatigue. Which you combat by.... going to see yet another superhero movie. Not sure how that works.

Teenage boys.

And for me...it's going to be because they filmed it on my street and I want to see my street in a movie.
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« Reply #223 on: July 17, 2017, 12:34:45 PM »

Movies seen in 2017 (new movies in bold):
1. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
2. Assassin's Creed

3. Die Another Day
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Hidden Figures

7. We Bought A Zoo
8. The American President
9. The 'Burbs
10. Suicide Squad
11. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
12. Ella Enchanted
13. Hell Or High Water

14. Airplane!
15. Pete's Dragon
16. The Nice Guys

17. M*A*S*H
18. Money Monster
19. Race
20. Logan
21. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
22. The Running Man

23. Major League
24. Spring Breakers
25. The Fate of the Furious
26. Jason Bourne

27. The Last Witch Hunter
28. Tombstone
29. Weiner
30. The Karate Kid (1984)
31. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
32. Kedi
33. The Accountant
34. Underworld: Blood Wars
35. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
36. Big Trouble in Little China

37. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
38. Wonder Woman
39. Passengers
40. Kubo and the Two Strings
41. The Last Dragonslayer
42. Live By Night
43. The Free State of Jones
44. Baby Driver


Free State of Jones: it was properly rated. Not underrated or overrated. It tried to be suuuuper important, and it just wasn't. I made a lot of dickish jokes during it, which amused me to no end, but probably was inappropriate. In the end, I don't care. It did make civil war, war in general, and the Civil War all look horrible, so at least there's that.

Baby Driver: Loved most of it. Some elements were a bit much but generally speaking I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I really liked the music of course. And the stunt driving in that opening sequence had me amazed.


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« Reply #224 on: July 17, 2017, 03:57:44 PM »

1. HAIL, CAESAR - 01/01/17 - cable - I really liked this one, especially since I still had LA LA LAND in my head. I like when Hollywood turns the lens on itself, especially if it's pointed directly at its golden age.
2. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - 01/01/17 - cable - It is really hard to take your eye off of Michael Shannon when he is on screen. Homedude is magnetic.
3. LOVE THE COOPERS - 01/03/17 - cable - This was just nonsense. But, I liked a couple of things about it, but not enough to recommend it. It definitely won't become a must-watch Christmas movie.
4. EDDIE THE EAGLE - 01/02/17 - cable - I always love a good OLYMPIC DREAM movie. I even love the bad ones. (I'm looking at you, Mitch Gaylord.)
5. MISS SHARON JONES! - 01/07/17 - Netflix - Bittersweet to watch this now, but it was good to spend some time with Miss Jones.
6. BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS - 01/08/17 - HBO - Also bittersweet but lovely.
7. TRUTH AND LIES: THE MENENDEZ BROTHERS - 01/08/17 - NBC - Apparently I was on a documentary/real life kick last weekend. I had forgotten a lot of things about this case. I don't think I ever knew about Lyle wearing a hairpiece.
8. HIDDEN FIGURES - 01/17/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - A feel good time at the movie theatre, especially with a packed house (ON A TUESDAY NIGHT!). Great cast and a story that definitely needed to be told. The movie that STEM has needed for a long time. It even got me excited about Math(s) - AND I HATE MATH!
9. KILL BILL VOL. 1 - 01/22/17 - STARZ w/The Greg - repeat viewing - That bamboo water fountain gets me every time. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
10. KILL BILL VOL. 2 - 01/23/17 - STARZ w/The Greg - repeat viewing - Elle's reaction to being coated in Bud's dip cup slime is priceless.
11. NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU - 01/21/17 - Netflix - I could watch a whole documentary just about his family.
12. THE NEW EDITION STORY (Parts I, II, and III) - 01/28/17 - BET - I am a huge fan of the group and loved this mini-series. However, it was obviously filmed with no thought given to commercial breaks. They were always abrupt and annoying. Great casting. Loved the way they had the music re-recorded by the new cast and sort of blended with the original recordings.
13. CAROL - 01/28/17 - dvd from library - And now for something completely different...
14. LION - 01/29/17 - Tara Cinema with Amanda - I definitely cried my eyes out again and again during both halves of this movie. Wonderful performances. (DEV PATEL CAN GET IT.)
15. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 - 02/03/17 - dvd from library with Tori - A few laugh out loud moments, but not necessary viewing.
16. TRUMBO - 02/04/17 - dvd from library - A story worth telling. Needed more Diane Lane.
17. DOCTOR STRANGE - 02/12/17 - cheapy theatre - I think I liked 15% of this movie (anything with Chiwetel Ejiofor). Doctor Strange is a dick.
18. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - 02/18/17 - TCM - repeat viewing - I hadn't seen it in quite a while. But, I used to watch it nearly weekly when I was in middle school/high school. It was like spending time with a group of old friends. The next time we get a new pet, I want a Richard Starkey. George has always been my favorite. But, I fell in love with Ringo during this viewing.
19. JOHN WICK 2 - 02/19/17 - AMC AVENUE FORSYTH w/The Greg - Couldn't hold a candle to the first one. But, I still enjoyed sections of it (HELLO, COMMON!). The aesthetic was different and not so much to my liking, the plot annoyed me, and I've already seen a much better action movie have a much better battle sequence in a house of mirrors.
20. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - 02/24/17 - Redbox DVD - The performances from Casey Affleck and the young kid are a helluva thing in this movie. That story is a real heartbreaker.
21. SPA NIGHT - 02/27/17 - Netflix - I wanted to check out one of the Spirit Award winners and was delighted to see that this was on NETFLIX. I liked it for the glimpse into the main character's life. His stress and struggles were INTENSE. But, if you like to have those sorts of things sorted out before the movie ends, I wouldn't recommend this one.
22. GET OUT - 03/05/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I don't like scary movies. But, this was definitely more in line with being a "social thriller" and I can handle that.
23. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE - 03/10/17 - TCM - Again, I don't like scary movies. So, I had always avoided this one. But, it's also more of a thriller than horror and I loved it.
24. VICTOR VICTORIA - 03/11/17 - TCM - repeat viewing - Robert Preston's performance is so wonderful in this movie. So much going on, but almost all of it is fantastic.
25. CRISTELA ALONZO: LOWER CLASSY - 03/09/17 - Netflix - I enjoyed her TV show. Her comedy special was just OK.
26. NEAL BRENNAN: 3 MICS - 03/14/17 - Netflix - I thought this was a great idea for a comedy special and he nails all 3 parts/mics.
27. THE HONEYMOON KILLERS - 03/26/17 - TCM - Criterion Collection on TCM in the wee small hours
28. SING - 04/02/17 - Picture Show Marietta - It was cute and fine. A little long. I was most blown away by Taron Egerton. I didn't know he had those pipes.
29. GOING IN STYLE - 04/07/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/my mom - The perfect movie to see at a matinee with my mom. Better than I thought it would be, but still tropey. But, I didn't hate it. I like bank heist movies.
30. HOT PURSUIT - 04/07/17 - Amazong Prime - The WORST movie that I have seen in a loooooooooooooong time. Reese Witherspoon was terrible. TEEEEEEEEEEERRIBLE. Sofia wasn't so awful. But, it's just a horrible movie. How could someone who grew up her whole life in Texas not know what a drawing of a longhorn looks like?
31. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN - 04/08/17 - Redbox - Wonderful performances all around. Great music.
32. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS - 04/09/17 - Redbox- This one sucked me in but my mom did NOT care for it. The main action scene of the movie was straight-up terrifying.
33. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! - 04/29/17 - Amazon Prime - repeat viewing (w/Aimz during her visit)
34. SAUSAGE PARTY - 05/04/17 - Netflix - I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a bagel as I did before seeing this movie.
35. STRIKE A POSE - 05/12/17 - Netflix - This is a documentary about the 7 main dancers from Madonna's BLOND AMBITION tour (who were heavily featured in the TRUTH OR DARE movie). I think I watched TRUTH OR DARE about a billion times in junior high and high school. These guys felt like friends, or at least like the cool kids who I wished I could be around. I knew them ALL by name. It was so great to see all of them again. Seeing that they all still dance seriously made me cry as did hearing their journeys over the last 25 years.
36. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 - 05/15/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and Victor - You get a daddy issue! And YOU get a daddy issue! And YOU get a couple of daddy issues! I think va_vacious laughed louder and more often than anyone in the theatre. The jokes were corny and in our wheelhouse. Good stuff. Hilarious cameo.  I'd probably find a way to shave off about 15-20 minutes from the running time. Also, I LOVE YOU, KURT RUSSELL.
37. CLOSET MONSTER - Netflix - I watched this in bits until finally finishing it recently. I liked some of it and I can sorta recommend it if you are interested in seeing a hamster voiced by Isabella Rosselini. But, it's kind of a tough movie to watch in spots (it includes one of the most brutal sexual assaults I've ever seen on screen). I did enjoy the main actor's performance (he was also very good in AMERICAN CRIME this season).
38. BAYWATCH - 05/28/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Beth - I thought it would be fun-dumb but it was just dumb-dumb.
39. PATERSON - 05/26/17 - Redbox - I love Jim Jarmusch. I love Adam Driver. I love anything black & white. I loved seeing Chidi in something other than THE GOOD PLACE. An English bulldog named Marvin as an arch-nemesis is aces in my book. Worth the rental or viewing if you also love those things.
40. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - 06/01/17 - Netflix - I kept holding off on watching this because I had never seen WINTER SOLDIER. But, I got enough info from the beginning to follow along and enjoy this one. I might go back and watch WINTER SOLDIER someday because Bucky is FOINE. Totally forgot Chadwick Boseman was in this one. I loved his character and can't wait to see his movie!
41. KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS - 06/02/17 - Netflix - repeat viewing - "If you must blink, do it NOW!"
42. INFERNO - 06/05/17 - dvd from library w/Norton - The Greg always watches those DAVINCI CODE movies when they come on. So, I thought I'd get this for him from the library. It might be the worst movie we have ever watched together. We nearly stopped watching it, but we were almost to the end and figured we'd push through. IT.WAS.SO.AWFUL.
43. WONDER WOMAN - 06/09/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Vizz and friends - Loved the first 1/4, liked the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and fell asleep during the final 1/4.
44. THE MUMMY - 06/13/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va-vacious - I liked this much more than I thought that I would based on the scathing reviews it has been receiving. It had some dumb moments but it was still a fun action/horror ("Dark Universe") movie. Lots of great practical effects instead of relying solely on CGI-stuff. Tom Cruise may be a little too "extra" for a lot of people but he puts in the work to bring us the goods. His character gave me a Jack Colton (from ROMANCING THE STONE) vibe and that can never rub me the wrong way. I love Annabelle Wallis on PEAKY BLINDERS but she seemed a little too cold in this movie. Russell Crowe did some great stuff. Jake Johnson was the comedic relief that I didn't really need. I'll stop here because I've already written more about THE MUMMY than anyone wants to read.
45. MAGGIE'S PLAN - 06/16/17 - Showtime (I think) - The trailer basically gave away the whole movie. But, I'll happily spend time with Greta Gerwig and Bill Hader anytime. Greta Gerwig = this generation's Diane Keaton.
46. OH HELLO ON BROADWAY - 06/17/17 - A delight, even with such a long running time. I wish they had included some footage from other special guests during their Broadway run. TUNA. CURTAIN.
47. RUNNING SCARED - 07/01/17 - cable - repeat viewing - The idea of casting Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as grizzled Chicago detectives is HILARIOUS. But, it just WORKS in the 80s. The section that they spend down in the Keys is just THE BEST.
48. BABY DRIVER - 07/05/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Totally wanted to do donuts in the parking lot after watching the movie. Not perfect but a hell of a lot of FUN. All of the Oscars for sound editing and design! Also, it's ridiculous that stunt coordinators don't get Academy Awards. BTW - I squealed when I saw who was playing the role of The Butcher! LOVE!!!!!
49. BEING CARY GRANT - 07/08/17 - Showtime? - Mostly dull, but it's not their fault that Cary gave so few interviews and stayed out of the public eye.
50. LOVE BY CHANCE - 07/09/17 - Hallmark - I haven't watched one of these in a while. I thought this one was cute and was drawn in because the main guy looked a lot like Rob Delaney and I'm going through CATASTROPHE withdrawals.
51. THE BIG SICK - 07/16/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Can I keep Holly Hunter in my pocket? PLEEEEEEEASE.
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