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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #255 on: August 11, 2017, 04:07:52 PM »

It was really well done. It was beautiful. It was...not exactly relate-able in the literal sense but relate-able in the figurative sense. Plus magic. And who doesn't want the Ocean to save you every time you fall into it? Plus it also reminded me of being in Hawaii, so that's pretty cool too. And apparently the science/history of it is fairly accurate. And they hired Alan Tudyk to basically do nothing but chicken noises, which is hilarious.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #256 on: August 14, 2017, 07:34:52 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
43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7
44. Dunkirk - 8
45. Beware the Slenderman - 6
46. Hail, Caesar! - 6
47. Broadcast News

48. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 7

Solid.  Entertaining.  Even if I could only understand about half of what Eddie Redmayne says because of his extreme affect. 

49. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane - 8

Doc about a woman who one day drives the wrong way down a New York state turnpike with 5 kids in the car, and kills herself, 4 of the children, and 3 guys in another car.  She was by all accounts typically responsible and clear-headed.  She was also found to have a BAC of .19 and have a similarly intoxicating amount of marijuana in her system at the time.  So what the hell happened?  The questions aren't REALLY answered, but if you believe in Occam's Razor they are answered well enough.  The background given to Diane, her life and relationships really helps the documentary.  What hurts it is that every single interview subject is filmed in EXTREME closeup.  I felt like I could've counted her husband's nose hairs by the end of it.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #257 on: August 15, 2017, 05:59:14 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
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde


Overboard: film from my childhood and cute. Quite far-fetched, but then so is every Fast and Furious movie so who am I to criticize?

School of Rock: realizing more and more that this is pretty much a kids movie, but Jack Black's characters' pure love of Rock and Roll is pretty awesome.

Atomic Blonde: Wow! Really really good! Maybe my favorite movie of the year. A bit confusing but still great. All of the scenes in November in Berlin made me feel really cold, and considering it's based off of a comic called "The Coldest City" I give them considerable credit. Also, the theater was like 60 degrees inside and I was shivering the whole time...in August. So it was almost a four-dimensional experience! Regardless, I loved the movie. The soundtrack was phenomenal, the characters were interesting, the sets and shots and cinematography were fantastic. Just great. Highly recommended.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #258 on: August 16, 2017, 12:42:20 AM »

Dan, glad you liked/loved Atomic Blonde. But surely not the "best" movie of the year? Maybe the soundtrack is!

I love your comment about the theater being so cold. It is a sore point for me. I honestly cannot understand why movie theaters are so hell-bent on freezing the audience. It happens everywhere, or certainly here also in Cincy. I don't dare go to a movie without an extra sweater. I see people around me putting a sweater on. WHY is this happening? I regularly complain to the theater manager about the theater being too cold. Rarely is anything done about it. My guess is that they are thinking "it's 90 degrees outside, let's make sure people are comfortable and hence let's put the temp gauge at 65", but that just doesn't make any sense!

The same is true for many restaurants and bars, sadly. I just don't get it.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #259 on: August 16, 2017, 06:38:57 PM »

I don't know the answers either. My theories are
1) For "The Coldest City" they made it colder on purpose for the experience. And it worked!
2) It has to do with traditional movie going experiences. In the golden age of film - the 1920s - air conditioning was still a novelty but for whatever reason the successful theaters had adopted it and were using it as a marketing element. "Get out of the heat by watching our movie." And as those theaters were successful, they continued to do it...forever. These days it's still get out of the heat, but in the winter the temperatures stay the same....although you notice it less because you're already wearing a sweater and warm clothing.

I dunno. Just a theory.

Favorite movie of the year for me? So far... but that's of the films I've seen, and that meet my taste. Certainly not the best movie for the general public. I'd definitely recommend it over Dunkirk, Fate of the Furious, John Wick 2, Valerian, or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It's maybe tied with or just barely ahead of Baby Driver although I think that film lost something in the 2nd act. As far as soundtracks...those two are tied.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #260 on: August 18, 2017, 11:43:15 PM »

yes, even in cold weather, the movie theaters are insanely cold (here in Cincy), it just blows the mind. Again and again I ask the theater manager why the A/C is on, when in fact the heat should be turned on, and I get a blank stare back.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #261 on: August 21, 2017, 07:50:32 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
43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7
44. Dunkirk - 8
45. Beware the Slenderman - 6
46. Hail, Caesar! - 6
47. Broadcast News
48. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 7
49. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane - 8

50. Logan Lucky - 8

Goofy heist film that sees Soderbergh venturing almost into Coen Bros. territory without the exaggerated accents.  Daniel Craig is amazing, while the rest of the cast is merely pretty good.  Soderbergh references himself referencing others, by calling it within the film "Ocean's 7-11".  Pretty accurate.  Though the last 10 minutes with the FBI team seems almost superfluous.

51. The Visit - 5

At least the twist in this one isn't that they're aliens or moistened bints in a fairytale.  It was entertaining enough, but not the amazing Shyamalan comeback I was expecting.  I liked SPLIT better than this.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #262 on: August 21, 2017, 03:53:47 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
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde
55. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


We struggled with Fantastic Beasts. Eddie Redmayne's dumb (and unintelligible) accent, his inability to converse like a normal person, the exaggerated "doom is coming" issues that they all face... I mean, we liked it well enough, but were struggling the whole time. Would have preferred more time with the Fantastic Beasts, really, than with the rest of the movie. I did enjoy the casting of the muggle/no-mag, because he's one of the main actors in "Fanboys" (he plays Hutch) and that was fun. I like that actor.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #263 on: August 23, 2017, 12:26:52 PM »

1. North By Northwest (1959 - TCM)
2. Office Rules (1999 - Comedy Channel)
3. Vertigo (1958 - TCM)
4. Lion (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft Myers, FL)
5. Inside Daisy Clover (1965 - TCM)
6. Fences (AMC Merchant Crossing, FT. Myers, FL)
7. East of Eden (1955 - TCM)
8. By Sydney Lumet (PBS)
9. Heaven Can Wait (1978 - TCM)
10. Annie Hall (1977 - TCM)
11. Why Him? (AMC Merchant Crossing, FT. Myers, FL)
12. The Breakup (Comedy Channel)
13. Hidden Figures (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft. Myers, FL)
14. Live By Night (Esquire Theatre)
15. Patriots Day (Cinemark Oakley)
16. Things to Come (Esquire Theater)
17. Silence (AMC Newport on the Levee)
18. 20th Century Women (Mariemont Theater)
19. Paterson (Esquire Theater)
20. The Founder (Esquire Theater)
21. This Was the XFL (ESPN 30 for 30)
22. Julieta (Esquire Theater)
23. Sausage Party (DVD)
24. Memoria (DVD)
25. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (DVD)
26. Fever at Dawn (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
27. Oklahoma City (PBS)
28. Born to Be Blue (DVD)
29. The Last Mentsch (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
30. The Salesman (Esquire Theater)
31. John Wick 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
32. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 - TCM)
33. I Am Not Your Negro (Esquire Theater)
34. Britney Ever After (Lifetime Channel)
35. A Cure for Wellness (AMC Newport on the Levee)
36. Time to Say Goodbye (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
37. A.K.A. Nadia (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Esquire Theater)
38. Toni Erdmann (Mariemont Theater)
39. Neruda (Esquire Theater)
40. Kedi (Esquire Theater)
41. Table 19 (AMC West Chester)
42. Mediterranea (DVD)
43. Kong: Skull Island (Cinemark Oakley)
44. My Life As A Zucchini (Mariemont Theater)
45. Land of Mine (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
46. Get Out (Cinemark Oakley)
47. Donald Cried (Esquire Theater)
48. The Red Turtle (AMC Newport on the Levee)
49. T2 Trainspotting (Esquire Theater)
50. Song to Song (Esquire Theater)
51. The Last Word (Mariemont Theater)
52. Life (AMC Newport on the Levee)
53. Personal Shopper (Esquire Theater)
54. Fracture (HBO)
55. The Zookeeper's Wife (Esquire Theater)
56. The Belko Experiment (AMC Newport on the Levee)
57. Anesthesia (Starsz)
58. The Devotion of Suspect X (AMC Newport on the Levee)
59. CHiP (AMC Newport on the Levee)
60. Queen of the Desert (AMC Newport on the Levee)
61. Star Wars - The Force Awakens (Starsz)
62. Raw (Esquire Theater)
63. Frantz (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
64. Tommy's Honour (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
65. The Lost City of Z (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
66. Free Fire (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
67. Colossal (AMN Newport on the Levee)
68. Their Finest (Esquire Theater)
69. Dirty Grandpa (Epix)
70. Truman (Esquire Theater)
71. Graduation (Mariemont Theater)
72. Sleight (AMC Newport on the Levee)
73. The Wall (Esquire Theater)
74. Terminator: Genesys (Epix)
75. God Knows I'm Here (Esquire Theater)
76. Dressed to Kill (Showtime)
77. Sicario (Epix)
78. Disturbing the Peace (Esquire Theater)
79. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Mariemont Theater)
80. Alien: Covenant (Cinemark Oakley)
81. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (Esquire Theater)
82. The Exorcist (Cinemax)
83. Jason Bourne (HBO)
84. Wakefield (Landmark E Street Cinema, Washington DC)
85. Obit (Landmark E Street Cinema, Washington DC)
86. The Commune (Landmark E Street Cinema, Washington, DC)
87. Suicide Squad (HBO)
88. X-Men: Apocalypse (HBO)
89. Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (Esquire Theatre)
90. Cezanne et Moi (Esquire Theater)
91. Chuck (Esquire Theater)
92. Churchill (Esquire Theater)
93. The Mummy (Cinemark Oakley)
94. My Cousin Rachel (Mariemont Theater)
95. The Doors (Epix)
96. Open Waters (SHO)
97. Paris Can Wait (Mariemont Theater)
98. A Quiet Passion (Esquire Theater)
99. 47 Meters Down (AMC Newport on the Levee)
100. The Wedding Plan (Mariemont Theater)
101. Blow Out (Epix)
102. The Terminator (Cinemax)
103. The Hero (AMC Newport on the Levee)
104. Beatriz at Dinner (Esquire Theater)
105. M-I 5 (Cinemax)
106. The Exception (Esquire Theater)
107. Wet Hot American Summer (Starz)
108. Becoming Carey Grant (SHO)
109. Band Aid (Esquire Theater)
110. Baby Drive (Cinemark Oakley)
111. Inconceivable (Pierce Point)
112. It Comes At Night (Springdale Cinema de Lux)
113. The Beguiled (Mariemont Theater)
114. The Big Sick (Esquire Theater)
115. All Those Sleepless Nights (Esquire Theater)
116. I, Daniel Blake (Esquire Theater)
117. War For the Planet of the Apes (Cinemark Oakley)
118. Saturday Night Fever (Esquire Theater)
119. Blade Runner (DVD)
120. Dunkirk (Cinemark Oakley)
121. Dunkirk (Cinemark Oakley)
122. Atomic Blonde (Cinemark Oakley)
123. Die Another Day (Starz)
124. Maudie (Mariemont Theater)
125. Lost In Paris (Mariemont Theater)
126. Everybody Wants Some!! (Epix)
127. Lady MacBeth (Esquire Theater)
128. Landline (Esquire Theater)
129. Detroit (Cinemark Oakley)
130. Deepwater Horizone (Epix)
131. Risk (SHO)
Catching up on the last 2 weeks (movies seen in the theater in bold)

132. The Glass Castle (Cinemark Oakley)
133. The Women's Balcony (Mariemont Theater)
134. 13 Minutes (Mariemont Theater)
135. Wind River (Esquire Theater)
136. City of Ghosts (Esquire Theater)
137. The Little Hours (Esquire Theater)

The Glass Castle is an awkward, and disappointing. big screen adaptation of the instantly classic Jeanette Walls memoir from 2005. Not recommended (even more so if you've read the book).

13 Minutes is an over-staged German movie about the guy who almost successfully tried to assassinate Hitler in Munich in 1939. Avoid.

The Little Hours is loosely based on the 14th century "The Decameron" book. Intended as an Aubrey Plaza vehicle, it is at times captivating, at times bewildering. Worth seeking out but keep expectations moderate...

Wind River is the latest from Taylor Sheridan, the guy who wrote Sicario and Hell or High Water, two of my favorite movies from the last 2 years. He also directs now. Wind River is a dark murder mystery set on an Indian reservation in Wyoming. I really liked it. Jeremy Renner gives a career-best performer. Highly recommended! (Sheridan is now working on a sequel to Sicario called Soldado, out next year. Can't wait for that!)

Last, but certainly not least, is City of Ghosts, a documentary (by the same director who brought us the excellent Cartel Land) about the atrocities playing out in the ISIS-occupied Iraqi city of Raqqa. Much of footage was shot in secret on mobile devices. The people doing this risk their lives every single day. True heroism redefined! If you have any interest in understanding what life is like under ISIS occupation, do not miss this. MUST SEE!
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« Reply #264 on: August 23, 2017, 12:43:59 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.
52. GIRLS NIGHT - 07/31/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va-vacious - This was so much fun! Silly bits, emotional bits, and Kofi Siriboe's bits.
53. ATOMIC BLONDE - 07/31/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va-vacious, Beth, and Gwynne - SEXXXY as all get out. Didn't make much sense, but it looked great. Some of the best hand-to-hand action sequences since early BOURNE stuff. My movie boyfriends, James McAvoy and John Goodman, made me happy when they were on screen.
54. DAZED & CONFUSED - 08/06/17 - repeat viewing
55. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING - 08/13/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Victor - I skipped the last installment of the Spider-man franchise, even though I am a total nut for Andrew Garfield. That is how little interest I had in seeing another Spider-man reboot. But, the reviews for this one got me into the theatre. It was fun. A little longer than I would have liked, but I did enjoy it. I appreciated the motivations for the villain. Nothing seemed too convoluted. I liked "the guy in the chair" and the Zendaya character.
56. LOGAN LUCKY - 08/20/17 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I liked this but didn't love it. I wanted it to either steer more into RAISING ARIZONA territory or into HELL OR HIGH WATER territory. Slap-stick or serious? Which one do you want to be? But, I always like a heist movie, even when they aren't great. Plus, Adam Driver was at maximum deliciousness for me in this movie.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #265 on: August 23, 2017, 01:53:06 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
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde
55. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
56. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter


This was generally terrible because it's just more of the same and not very interesting. However, to make it interesting, I do have a few thoughts:
The first three movies in the Resident Evil series had that feel of a larger story being told, while still telling a story within each movie. This is a good thing and a strong element for the films. They would often end with some mysterious reveal about some bad guy or what some new character was trying to do and then they would leave you wondering. The 4th and 5th films in this series got away from that. They felt like they were just simple movies trying to make a buck and telling a smaller story that was still within the world they had created. In a big story, like say "Game of Thrones," the whole time you're hoping that there is a satisfying conclusion where everything comes together and the little things that didn't make a lot of sense previously now do indeed make sense. With GoT I'm still worried that they won't be able to pull that off.

In this film...they did a very good job of tying up the loose ends. They actually got back to the story at large and figured out a way to make it seem almost plausible that what they were showing you could happen. I liked that it wrapped up and I liked that they did their best at the bigger picture story.

Other good things were few and far between. It was a standard film and I apologized to my wife multiple times for wasting her evening with this. Iain Glen (Jorah Moremont) is a villain and considering how different this character is from his GoT work...that was a bit fun.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #266 on: August 25, 2017, 07:17:25 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
43. Spiderman: Homecoming - 7
44. Dunkirk - 8
45. Beware the Slenderman - 6
46. Hail, Caesar! - 6
47. Broadcast News
48. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 7
49. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane - 8
50. Logan Lucky - 8
51. The Visit - 5

52. The Void - 6

Horror film that drops you right into a bananas world of cults, Alien-style creatures, and mayhem in the first few seconds, and doesn't let go.  As it gets later and later in the film, the plot gets less and less comprehensible, but that also means that it becomes less and less predictable.  The ending is some weird artsy bullcrap, but other than that, this was pretty fun.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #267 on: August 25, 2017, 09:36:35 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
43. The Free State of Jones
44. Baby Driver
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde
55. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
56. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

57. Tron: Legacy


Still love the Daft Punk soundtrack. Still love Michael Sheen's character. Definitely still love Quorra.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #268 on: August 28, 2017, 01:41:34 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
45. John Wick: Chapter 2
46. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

47. How To Train Your Dragon
48. Sing Street
49. The Prestige
50. Dunkirk
51. Moana

52. Overboard
53. School of Rock
54. Atomic Blonde
55. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
56. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

57. Tron: Legacy
58. Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Don't remember much about the animated film, so I can't really compare. Emma Watson was well cast as Belle, that's for sure. Everyone else was pretty good, although I do remember that Gaston was a GIANT of a man in the cartoon. Made me think that The Rock should have been cast as Gaston instead of Luke Evans. FWIW, Luke did a great job as a villain - he's just not as large as a barge like the song says. Some timing questions about the viability of the story were fun to discuss. Otherwise...it was cute.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #269 on: September 04, 2017, 06:15:28 PM »

115 thru 135

New to me films in BOLD

115 ● War Machine
Netflix sure can make some shitty movies. This is one of 'em
116 ● John Wick: Chapter 2
Mayhem, maybe, murder, murder, guns, mayhem!!
117 ● Paterson
An insomniacs best friend
118 ● Allied
I only watched this for Marion Cotillard. Not even sure it was worth that, really
119 ● A United Kingdom
Based on a true story, this was a lovely little delight, Rosamund Pike (as the white English woman who falls for a King from Botswana and faces a life of racist discrimination both home and abroad) especially. Recommended!
120 ● The Who, the Mods and the Quadrophenia Connection
Watched again, despite zero input from The Who
121 ● Miso Hungry
Documentary about an overweight comedian who goes to Tokyo to learn how the Japanese stay so thin.
122 ● Atomic Blonde
Good, but by no means great. Certainly not "Baby Driver" great. Predictably, I liked the 'ice bath' scene
123 ● Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Despite John Wick flashbacks this still made me laugh
124 ● Up in the Air
Enjoyable second time round. An eight-year gap doubtless helping.
125 ● Teen a Go-Go
Rewatched this little doc about the mid-60's band phenomenon, mainly the ones that failed
126 ● The Saint (2017)
Made for TV film based on the old brilliant TV series. Just to make things weird, it starred Sir Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvie (former TV "Saints") in non-Saint roles. Odd. Pointless.
127 ● Interstellar
My missing, previously-unseen Christopher Nolan movie. Convoluted. Too long. Visually impressive but ultimately dull and boring.
128 ● Diana: Seven days that Shook the World
I had a girlfriend once who asked that I treat her like a Princess. All went well until we went for that drive in Paris. Too soon?
129 ● The Gambler
Two thirds of the way into this, I realised that I'd seen it before. D'uh!! I still watched to the end again though. Not bad.
130 ● Rumor Has It
Shirley MacLaine great, everyone else phoning it in.
131 ● Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution
Amon Duul, Can, Tangerine Dream, Neu, Popol Vuh and more are all represented here. 3 fucking hours though. Way too long to grab most people's attention.
132 ● Dying Laughing
Nice documentary about the 'art' of stand-up. American & British comics in abundance.
133 ● Snatched
Jesus fucking aitch. Does NO-ONE write funny scripts anymore? What either of the female leads were doing in this beggars belief.
134 ● Split
SPOILER Utter Bollocks
135 ● My Life as a Zucchini
"Mary & Max"-esque, this animated tale about an orphan was a delight
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