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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2018, 01:07:32 AM »

This is my 11th year tracking movies! Yikes! (Nevertheless, here I go)

1. Christmas in Connecticut from 1945, a magazine writer has created the proto-Martha Stewart life, and a wounded soldier just wants a perfect Christmas in Connecticut with her and her (imaginary) family. Wacky hijinks ensue. The leads were all in their late 30s/early 40s, which made this really interesting to me!
2. What If- Dan Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver. It's your basic rom-com, but nice enough to watch while cruising the internet.
3. I, Tonya Robbie and Stan are a bit too old to be playing 20-23 year olds, but their performances are excellent, and Allison Janney stole every scene she was in. Social commentary= excellent, skating= well, that could have been handled better.
4. Star Trek Beyond- second time around. I really like how Simon Pegg's character calls Jayda (Sophia Boutella) "lassie" all the time. I really liked how that relationship was created to be father/child rather than love interest.
5. Landline Really, really good cast. Tightly plotted movie, and they felt like actual people who make both good and bad decisions.

6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri It's been nominated for Best Score- I just remember thinking the movie was so quiet. Huh. McDormond was excellent, and Woody Harrelson was, too.
7. New In Town- Renee Z. and Harry Connick, Jr. She's a corporate shill, he's the union rep for a dairy factory in Minnesota. It could be better.
8. Zoolander 2 This would have been really funny about 10 years ago. Sadly, it's not 10 years ago.
9. Good Dick I watched because Jason Ritter was in it. Well, it was interesting- Ritter's character essentially stalks the female lead (neither receive names in the movie), and won't take no for an answer. This is really not cute, or sweet, no matter how puppy-dog charming Ritter is. It's time to revisit what is acceptable movie meet-cute behavior.
10. Boy Taika Waititi's directoral debut. Set in New Zealand in the 1980s, from the perspective of a 10 year old boy. Growing up and learning that his father isn't the hero he thinks he is. It also involves a fantasty/dream sequence in which Waititi is dressed as peak Michael Jackson.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2018, 07:19:39 AM »

1. Darkest Hour - 8
2. Downsizing - 5
3. I Called Him Morgan - 8
4. The Big Sick - 8
5. Icarus - 8
6. It Comes at Night - 7
7. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - 8
8. Creep 2 - 7
9. 1922 - 8
10. The Post - 9
11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 8
12. Call Me By Your Name - 7
13. I, Tonya - 7

14. The Shape of Water - 8

The best damn woman-fishman romance I've ever seen.

15. Phantom Thread - 9

PT Anderson, you magnificent bastard.  Daniel Day Lewis is remarkable, as usual.  But he is matched by his two co-stars... one of whom is his business partner, and the other of whom is a new love.  The main character has the best name I can think of for the fussiest man in the world: Reynolds Woodcock.  If that sounds a little stupid for you, than this movie is not for you.  If it sounds intriguing, then rush out to the theater.  A movie like this doesn't come along every week.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2018, 02:05:48 PM »

Movies watched for the first time in bold

1 ● Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
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2 ● Hopscotch (BD)
3 ● Get Shorty (BD)
Blu-Rays for a grey day. Hopscotch in HQ was wonderful to watch after enjoying it all grainy and scratched up for the last 30+ years. It is a great (original story) spy romp packed solid with humour thanks to Walter Mattheau's dry wit and Ned Beatty's pomposity. I think it may once again become a yearly event viewing. Get Shorty, by contrast, didn't seem to sit very well with me on this repeat viewing. Not sure it has stood the test of time 'in my head', despite some fine performances and Lurie's thigh-slapping soundtrack.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2018, 07:41:29 AM »

1. Darkest Hour - 8
2. Downsizing - 5
3. I Called Him Morgan - 8
4. The Big Sick - 8
5. Icarus - 8
6. It Comes at Night - 7
7. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - 8
8. Creep 2 - 7
9. 1922 - 8
10. The Post - 9
11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 8
12. Call Me By Your Name - 7
13. I, Tonya - 7
14. The Shape of Water - 8
15. Phantom Thread - 9

16. Last Men in Aleppo - 7

Watching this crosses the line from heartbreaking sadness about what transpired in the "Battle for Aleppo" into straight up torture-porn after a while.  More dead babies than I could count.  And a crushing ending.  Sad to know that these people basically gave their lives so others' voices could be heard, and then those voices were eventually snuffed out viciously.

17. Mudbound - 8

Mary J. Blige earned an Oscar nom for this, though if I was picking a person from this to get recognized, it would probably be Jason Mitchell, who plays the sharecroppers' son who has to come back from a world where he was at least accepted as a near-equal to one where he is barely recognized as human.

A bit melodramatic and heavy-handed with the social commentary, but to a great end. 

18. The Seventh Fire - 6

Documentary about two Native Americans, their life on the reservation, and drugs.  One is going away to prison for a fifth time (and apparently is trying to finally get his shit together), while another is trying to figure out how to become the drug-dealingest son of a gun around.  The unspoken story is that of how life on Native American reservations is largely one of poverty and/or addiction.  Nobody seems happy to be there, but they are going to party while they're there at least. 

A lot of gorgeous landscape shots, then followed by a tight shot of a girl's hair on the ground, pulled out from a drunken fight the night before.  Worth a watch.  Apparently about 25% of the country's 2.5 million Native Americans still live on reservations, a fact I learned from looking this up after the movie.  So thanks for nothing, guy.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2018, 01:24:07 PM »

Movies seen in 2018 (new movies in bold):
1. The Golden Compass
2. The Dark Tower
3. Star Trek Into Darkness
4. Hidden Figures
5. The Post
6. The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
7. A Futile and Stupid Gesture

8. Die Hard


A Futile and Stupid Gesture: biopic / comedy about one of the founders of National Lampoon. FULL OF STARS, both in the actors, and the characters they were playing. Funny. Educational. Enjoyable. It kind of stayed with me for a few days, so that's usually a good sign for a movie. I recommend if you like comedy.

Die Hard: classic.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2018, 09:04:44 AM »

1. LANDLINE - 01/01/18 - Amazon - Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, and John Turturro. What's not to love? Really impressed with the unknown for me in the cast, Abby Quinn. The 90s clothing and music were also perfection. I've been singing Crystal Waters for two days in a row as a result. La-da-di, la-doo-dow. https://youtu.be/_KztNIg4cvE
2. I, TONYA - 01/06/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I thought it was just OK. I liked Margot as the older Tonya. But, trying to pass her off as fifteen around actual 15 year olds was ridiculous. Also, the CGI took me out of the skating parts. It was not good. But, Allison Janey was incredible and I really liked what the movie had to say about the way Tonya was treated by the media (and the country).
3. QUEEN OF KATWE - 01/17/18 - dvd from library - I'm the #1 Spice!
4. THE MARTIAN - 01/17/18 - FX - repeat viewing - Still a fun and thrilling movie experience.
5. COMING TO AMERICA - 01/19/18 - STARZ - repeat viewing - The looks on the royal family's faces when Patrice tells them that Semmi is the prince is so good.
6. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME - 01/20/18 - Regal Kennesaw - I've been floating around in this world since seeing this movie on Saturday. The longing. The tension. The messiness of all of it. GAH. Also, I'll never be able to get "Love My Way" out of my head.
7. COLUMBUS - 01/20/18 - Amazon VOD (for only $0.99!) - I've been through Columbus on my way to Nashville and always wanted to stop and see what was up with that town that just pops up (seemingly) out of nowhere with that incredible bridge. It was fun to meander through the town in the film, along with John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. Parker Posey was maybe the least "Parker Posey-ish" that I've seen her.
8. BURKE & HARE - 01/21/18 - some cable channel - We stumbled onto this movie - "WHAT IS THIS MOVIE WITH SIMON PEGG AND ANDY SERKIS?!?!!?" - and couldn't turn it off even though it was absolutely dreadful. I had no idea that this movie existed. I can't believe it was made and released. I can't believe we watched it.
9. THE POST - 01/23/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I thought this would be a snoozer but it definitely held my interest. Waste of Sarah Paulson amongst a cast that was just an embarrassment of riches for Spielberg (Odenkirk was dynamite!). Cheers from the audience when Kay really has her moment in the final act.
10. PHANTOM THREAD - 01/27/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I could watch those seamstresses walk up and down those stairs all day. But, this movie wasn't really for me.
11. THE SHAPE OF WATER - 01/28/18 - Studio Movie Grille - For a Guillermo Del Toro movie, I would have liked to have had a bit more creature in this feature. Sally Hawkins was breathtaking in this performance. So many scenes were absolutely beautiful.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2018, 02:34:55 PM »

C-Lando, I enjoyed The Shape of Water for what it was.

But do you think it merits 13 Oscar nominations (more than any other movie--I suppose the implication being it is the most Oscar-nominations worthy movie of the year)? I'm sorry, I personally don't see it.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2018, 08:27:56 PM »

Movies watched for the first time in bold

1 ● Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
2 ● Hopscotch (BD)
3 ● Get Shorty (BD)
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4 ● The Hitman's Bodyguard
Fluffy throwaway trash featuring some of the very worst CGI ever committed to celluloid
5 ● The Journey
Slow paced but strangely captivating depiction of a car journey in which Dr Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness are forced to ride together ahead of the Irish peace process
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #38 on: February 04, 2018, 08:43:54 PM »

This is my 11th year tracking movies! Yikes! (Nevertheless, here I go)

1. Christmas in Connecticut from 1945, a magazine writer has created the proto-Martha Stewart life, and a wounded soldier just wants a perfect Christmas in Connecticut with her and her (imaginary) family. Wacky hijinks ensue. The leads were all in their late 30s/early 40s, which made this really interesting to me!
2. What If- Dan Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver. It's your basic rom-com, but nice enough to watch while cruising the internet.
3. I, Tonya Robbie and Stan are a bit too old to be playing 20-23 year olds, but their performances are excellent, and Allison Janney stole every scene she was in. Social commentary= excellent, skating= well, that could have been handled better.
4. Star Trek Beyond- second time around. I really like how Simon Pegg's character calls Jayda (Sophia Boutella) "lassie" all the time. I really liked how that relationship was created to be father/child rather than love interest.
5. Landline Really, really good cast. Tightly plotted movie, and they felt like actual people who make both good and bad decisions.
6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri It's been nominated for Best Score- I just remember thinking the movie was so quiet. Huh. McDormond was excellent, and Woody Harrelson was, too.
7. New In Town- Renee Z. and Harry Connick, Jr. She's a corporate shill, he's the union rep for a dairy factory in Minnesota. It could be better.
8. Zoolander 2 This would have been really funny about 10 years ago. Sadly, it's not 10 years ago.
9. Good Dick I watched because Jason Ritter was in it. Well, it was interesting- Ritter's character essentially stalks the female lead (neither receive names in the movie), and won't take no for an answer. This is really not cute, or sweet, no matter how puppy-dog charming Ritter is. It's time to revisit what is acceptable movie meet-cute behavior.
10. Boy Taika Waititi's directoral debut. Set in New Zealand in the 1980s, from the perspective of a 10 year old boy. Growing up and learning that his father isn't the hero he thinks he is. It also involves a fantasty/dream sequence in which Waititi is dressed as peak Michael Jackson.


11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- (first viewing of the year!) Saw with my dad, who has seen none of the Marvel movies. He had many questions.
12. The Shape of Water Very del Toro, I would have liked it more if the people next to me hadn't been laughing through most of the movie. Absolutely beautiful, needed more of the creature.
13. Paddington 2: The Paddingtonian This was absolute sweetness, and delightful, and everyone in it should receive all the awards. Also, how do they do such good CGI? I buy that the bear is real.

(Side note: Does Sally Hawkins have something in her contract about having to swim in her movies? Because she was very water- adjacent in both of these!)
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #39 on: February 05, 2018, 07:25:43 AM »

1. Darkest Hour - 8
2. Downsizing - 5
3. I Called Him Morgan - 8
4. The Big Sick - 8
5. Icarus - 8
6. It Comes at Night - 7
7. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - 8
8. Creep 2 - 7
9. 1922 - 8
10. The Post - 9
11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 8
12. Call Me By Your Name - 7
13. I, Tonya - 7
14. The Shape of Water - 8
15. Phantom Thread - 9
16. Last Men in Aleppo - 7
17. Mudbound - 8
18. The Seventh Fire - 6

19. The Cloverfield Paradox - 6

Decided to watch this post-Super Bowl.  It was a bit of a mess.  A lot of loosely fleshed out sci-fi ideas, none of them explained very well.  Probably on purpose, to obscure what a bunch of nonsense it is.  It was basically the old sci-fi trope of dividing and killing off the crew one-by-one, but it was the most inventive in doing that.  The fun is in the middle and not on either end, that's for sure.  It was enjoyable enough.  I never saw the first Cloverfield, so I assume that probably would've helped.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2018, 09:13:36 AM »

1. LANDLINE - 01/01/18 - Amazon - Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, and John Turturro. What's not to love? Really impressed with the unknown for me in the cast, Abby Quinn. The 90s clothing and music were also perfection. I've been singing Crystal Waters for two days in a row as a result. La-da-di, la-doo-dow. https://youtu.be/_KztNIg4cvE
2. I, TONYA - 01/06/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - I thought it was just OK. I liked Margot as the older Tonya. But, trying to pass her off as fifteen around actual 15 year olds was ridiculous. Also, the CGI took me out of the skating parts. It was not good. But, Allison Janey was incredible and I really liked what the movie had to say about the way Tonya was treated by the media (and the country).
3. QUEEN OF KATWE - 01/17/18 - dvd from library - I'm the #1 Spice!
4. THE MARTIAN - 01/17/18 - FX - repeat viewing - Still a fun and thrilling movie experience.
5. COMING TO AMERICA - 01/19/18 - STARZ - repeat viewing - The looks on the royal family's faces when Patrice tells them that Semmi is the prince is so good.
6. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME - 01/20/18 - Regal Kennesaw - I've been floating around in this world since seeing this movie on Saturday. The longing. The tension. The messiness of all of it. GAH. Also, I'll never be able to get "Love My Way" out of my head.
7. COLUMBUS - 01/20/18 - Amazon VOD (for only $0.99!) - I've been through Columbus on my way to Nashville and always wanted to stop and see what was up with that town that just pops up (seemingly) out of nowhere with that incredible bridge. It was fun to meander through the town in the film, along with John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. Parker Posey was maybe the least "Parker Posey-ish" that I've seen her.
8. BURKE & HARE - 01/21/18 - some cable channel - We stumbled onto this movie - "WHAT IS THIS MOVIE WITH SIMON PEGG AND ANDY SERKIS?!?!!?" - and couldn't turn it off even though it was absolutely dreadful. I had no idea that this movie existed. I can't believe it was made and released. I can't believe we watched it.
9. THE POST - 01/23/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I thought this would be a snoozer but it definitely held my interest. Waste of Sarah Paulson amongst a cast that was just an embarrassment of riches for Spielberg (Odenkirk was dynamite!). Cheers from the audience when Kay really has her moment in the final act.
10. PHANTOM THREAD - 01/27/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I could watch those seamstresses walk up and down those stairs all day. But, this movie wasn't really for me.
11. THE SHAPE OF WATER - 01/28/18 - Studio Movie Grille - For a Guillermo Del Toro movie, I would have liked to have had a bit more creature in this feature. Sally Hawkins was breathtaking in this performance. So many scenes were absolutely beautiful.
12. THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES - 02/03/18 - Netflix - Heavy family stuff with all of the actors doing the heavy lifting.
13. (NUOVO) CINEMA PARADISO - 02/03/18 - Netflix - repeat viewing - Has any kid been cuter on screen that little Toto? COME ON. Marco Leonardi was soooooooooooooo foine. I checked his IMDB and nearly plotzed when I saw that he is in ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. Now I have a reason to watch it. Watching this again was like hanging out with an old friend.
14. PADDINGTON 2 - 02/04/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Please wrap me up in all of the wallpaper in this movie. So delicious. This was light and funny and gorgeous and highly entertaining. The perfect Sunday matinee.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2018, 03:33:08 PM »

Movies seen in 2018 (new movies in bold):
1. The Golden Compass
2. The Dark Tower
3. Star Trek Into Darkness
4. Hidden Figures
5. The Post
6. The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
7. A Futile and Stupid Gesture

8. Die Hard
9. Fanboys
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past


Fanboys: I love this movie, but... there were quite a few gay jokes that made me uncomfortable in today's climate. I guess they were okay in 2007 when they were making the film, but I didn't really like them now. On the other side of the argument, though - those jokes were completely normal for 1998, which is when the film took place, so maybe they are okay? I don't really think so, but I can at least see the argument.

Beyond that...holy cow is Kristen Bell cute in this. I'd completely forgotten she was in it, and considering we just finished The Good Place it was weird and fun to see her so much younger.  Also fun to see all the big names that they had in tiny supporting roles: Will Forte, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogan (in 3 different roles!) etc.  Yup, still definitely love this movie.

X-Men: ummm, weird but fine. Really enjoyed the Quicksilver scene, which I think they've duplicated since this film came out. Whatevs.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #42 on: February 06, 2018, 05:08:22 PM »

9. Fanboys


Fanboys: I love this movie, but... there were quite a few gay jokes that made me uncomfortable in today's climate. I guess they were okay in 2007 when they were making the film, but I didn't really like them now. On the other side of the argument, though - those jokes were completely normal for 1998, which is when the film took place, so maybe they are okay? I don't really think so, but I can at least see the argument.

Beyond that...holy cow is Kristen Bell cute in this. I'd completely forgotten she was in it, and considering we just finished The Good Place it was weird and fun to see her so much younger.  Also fun to see all the big names that they had in tiny supporting roles: Will Forte, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogan (in 3 different roles!) etc.  Yup, still definitely love this movie.

I thought you watched this movie like 2-3 times a year!!?!?!?
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #43 on: February 07, 2018, 10:54:08 PM »

I thought you watched this movie like 2-3 times a year!!?!?!?

Hah!
According to my tracker, I hadn't seen it since 2013. However, this was my 7th viewing, so that was my original pace.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2018, 12:57:06 PM »

1. Darkest Hour - 8
2. Downsizing - 5
3. I Called Him Morgan - 8
4. The Big Sick - 8
5. Icarus - 8
6. It Comes at Night - 7
7. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - 8
8. Creep 2 - 7
9. 1922 - 8
10. The Post - 9
11. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 8
12. Call Me By Your Name - 7
13. I, Tonya - 7
14. The Shape of Water - 8
15. Phantom Thread - 9
16. Last Men in Aleppo - 7
17. Mudbound - 8
18. The Seventh Fire - 6
19. The Cloverfield Paradox - 6

20. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - 6

A lot of long lulls in this movie, but I enjoyed it well enough.  What laughs there were tended to be pretty big for me.  I was surprised this movie is over 10 years old now and I still hadn't seen it.
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