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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #135 on: May 02, 2018, 07:15:20 AM »

37. The Barkley Marathons - 9

Just watch it.  This documentary about an ultra-marathon organized by a guy who is very fast and loose with rules and is generally pretty flip about the whole thing is great.  It actually made me want to train and run it and I fucking loathe running.  To give you an idea of how flip he is... he lights a cigarette in front of all these ultra-fit health freaks to start the race.  It only gets weirder from there.

This is the marathon in East Tennessee that can start any time in a 24 hour window, the entry fee varies from year to year ($20 and a license plate you stole, a Louis L'amour novel, and a slice of cheese tyoe thing), right? It's fascinating! And almost no one finishes it.

That's the one.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #136 on: May 02, 2018, 07:25:05 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
20. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - 6
21. Paddington 2 - 8
22. A Futile and Stupid Gesture - 7
23. Game Night - 7
24. Black Panther - 9
25. Radius - 7
26. The Stanford Prison Experiment - 6
27. The Lost City of Z - 8
28. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 7
29. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - 7
30. Annihilation - 8
31. Love, Simon - 7
32. The Ritual - 7
33. Ready Player One - 5
34. The Florida Project - 5
35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - 3
36. The Little Hours - 6
37. The Barkley Marathons - 9

38. Mister Rogers and Me - 6

A quiet (or simple if you prefer) documentary talking to some prominent people who were influenced by Mister Rogers and who had at least a passing relationship with him.  Mostly media professionals of some kind.  It is what you think, but it's not especially insightful.

39. I Feel Pretty - 6

Cast was great (except Aidy Bryant, I don't know what she was doing, but it was not good).  One of the writer-directors is married to Busy Phillips, which led to an interesting casting choice of her as an introverted, I guess supposedly boring character.  She pulls it off ok.

The writing in this is the worst.  The kind of movie where to underscore the "magical" moment, the main character has to be watching BIG beforehand.  "Remember BIG?  Remember what happened in that movie?  Eh?  Eh?  *elbow in ribs*  Look man!  It's like that!"

It's fine.  I laughed some.  Most of the theater didn't laugh much.

40. Isle of Dogs - 7

Or I LOVE DOGS if you prefer.  I was struck while watching about how whimsical I was supposed to find this.  I'm guessing on the whimsy scale, this was probably like a good 9 or 9 1/2.  I didn't laugh much in this either, though I can't ever tell if I'm supposed to be laughing or just saying to myself "that's clever". 

I mean, I do like a good Wes Anderson movie, and I did enjoy this.  But there weren't a lot of good gags in it.  It spends a lot of time and effort bridging language gaps, between the dogs and people, between the Japanese language and English.  That's not the kind of thing that makes a movie more fun, unless you are a Japanese enthusiast.

If the whole point of the movie was to underscore how amazing relationships between people and dogs can be, I get that already.  This didn't highlight any universal truths for me.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #137 on: May 04, 2018, 08:02:26 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
20. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - 6
21. Paddington 2 - 8
22. A Futile and Stupid Gesture - 7
23. Game Night - 7
24. Black Panther - 9
25. Radius - 7
26. The Stanford Prison Experiment - 6
27. The Lost City of Z - 8
28. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 7
29. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - 7
30. Annihilation - 8
31. Love, Simon - 7
32. The Ritual - 7
33. Ready Player One - 5
34. The Florida Project - 5
35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - 3
36. The Little Hours - 6
37. The Barkley Marathons - 9
38. Mister Rogers and Me - 6
39. I Feel Pretty - 6
40. Isle of Dogs - 7

41. Avengers: Infinity War - 5

Good God, this was so long.  About an hour in, I was convinced we were near the climax.  I was very wrong. 

Aside from the literal deus ex machina that drives the plot, it is interesting the way in which the heroes are either smart or dumb as the plot suits them.  I ended it thinking that I really enjoyed BLACK PANTHER, and GUARDIANS, and THOR: RAGNAROK... but this?  This wasn't much fun... the feeling at the end of knowing that this plot is going to just drag on and on.  Can't wait.  My 15 year old son will just keep dragging me to these things, and I'll keep going.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #138 on: May 04, 2018, 02:41:56 PM »

This thread is generally spoiler free. I'd like to read it with confidence knowing that it will remain so. Can you add the tags to that post?
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #139 on: May 07, 2018, 02:03:49 PM »

1. Molly's Game (Cinemark Oakley)
2. The Commuter (Cinemark Oakley)
3. Insidious: The Last Key (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Sicario (DVD)
5. I, Tonya (Regal Belltower (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
6. Phantom Thread (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
7. Call Me By Your Name (Cinemark Oakley)
8. The Post (Cinemark Oakley)
9. Hostiles (Cinemark Oakley)
10. Dunkirk (AMC Newport on the Levee)
11. The Insult (Mariemont Theater)
12. Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2018 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at the Esquire)
13. The 90-Minute War (2018 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at the Mariemont)
14. Scaffolding (2018 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at the Kenwood)
15. Across the Waters (2018 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at the Mayerson JCC)
16. And Then She Arrives (2018 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at the Esquire)
17. Den of Thieves (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft. Myers, FL)
18. Annihilation (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft. Myers, FL)
19. Double Lover (Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16, Ft. Myers, FL)
20. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (Mariemont Theater)
21. Red Sparrow (Cinemark Oakley)
22. In the Fade (Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH)
23. Jane (Esquire Theater)
24. A Fantastic Woman (Esquire Theater)
25. Thoroughbreds (Esquire Theater)
26. Game Night (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
27. The Leisure Seeker (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
28. 1945 (Regal Belltower, Ft Myers, FL)
29. The Third Man (TCM)
30. Our New President (2018 Fort Myers Film Festival at AMC Merchant Crossing)
31. The Odd Couple (TCM)
32. Loveless (Esquire Theater)
33. The Death of Stalin (Esquire Theater)
34. Ready Player One (Cinemark Oakley)
35. The Ardennes (Film Movement DVD)
36. Flower (Esquire Theater)
37. Amnesia (Film Movement DVD)
38. Glory (Film Movement DVD)
39. The Isle of Dogs (Esquire Theater)

Here's an update on the last month:

40. A Quiet Place (Cinemark Oakley)
41. Blockers (Cinemark Oakley)
42. Hannah (Cartoon's Cinema, Antwerp, Belgium)
43. Nico, 1988 (UGC Cinema, Antwerp, Belgium)
44. You Were Never Really Here (Esquire Theater)
45. Chappaquiddick (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
46. Beirut (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
47. Lean On Pete (Mariemont Theater)

The best of this bunch is by far the indie movie Hannah, starring Charlotte Rampling as an elder woman whose equally elder husband is going to jail for reasons initially unclear (but later stunningly revealed), and she now must readjust to a different life (alone, and knowing what her husband did). It all sounds ho-hum, but the movie is just haunting. I doubt this will get a US theatrical release at this stage (I saw it last month in Belgium), so keep an eye out for it on VOD or eventually DVD/Blu-ray.

I enjoyed Nico, 1988 as well, a biopic about the last two years of Nico, yes, the German singer/model who is best known for her work with the Velvet Underground in the late 60s. Do you know what happened with Nico in her later years? I didn't either. Danish actress Trine Dyrholm in the title role (we saw her most recently in the excellent "The Commune") captures Nico perfectly (and performs the Nico songs admirably--no voice-over or dubbing). No idea if this will get a US theatrical release, I kinda doubt it.

Chappaquiddick is a better-than-expected historical drama about Ted Kennedy's infamous 1969 car accident that left a young woman dead. "We'll tell the truth, or at least our version of it", instructs Kennedy to his team of lawyers. Which is when I realized that Kennedy is no different than Trump, ok maybe not as bombastic, but substantively they are one and the same. Lie, cheat, deny, intimidate, lie some more, do whatever it takes to get away with it, and at any cost, and for good measure, deny and lie yet more. What a bunch of crooks.

Lean On Pete is the break-out movie for Charlie Plummer, whom we most recently saw in All The Money In the World, playing the kidnapped Getty kid. Here he plays a 16 yr. old kid who gets let down by fate and by the people around him time and again. Then by chance he befriends a failing race horse named Lean On Pete, equally down on luck. If you've seen the trailer, you might think this is a movie about the friendship between a 16 yr. old and his horse, and it certainly is partly that. But the movie's last third goes into a direction I never saw coming, and is the real heart-breaker. Skillfully directed by British director Andrew Haigh, whose previous movie was the equally excellent 45 Years, starring... Charlotte Rampling.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #140 on: May 07, 2018, 05:09:27 PM »


i moved to a small town north of ann arbor, they have a smallish theater: the lyon theater. ticket, popcorn, and drink for ~12 bucks combined. much better than the mega complexes where i remember paying 12 to get in and another 13 or so for popcorn and drinks.

1. gotcha! - 1985 spy movie with a young anthony edwards. a fun watch.
2. the mist - king novella made into a movie. worth your time if you've never seen it. darabont, who did the green mile and shawshank, then went on to do walking dead directed.
3. bewitched - nicole kidman is cute as a button, will ferrell didn't bother me.
4. black sabbath: the end of the end - documentary on the final tour
5. the brothers grimsby - sacha baron cohen's take on a spy movie sorta spoof. some of the humor was too juvenile for me, but overall pretty good. imagine a spy movie with some comedy thrown in.
6. burke and hare - simon peg and andy serkis couldn't save this stinker about the grave robbers/serial murderes in scotland ~1830's.
7. pandorum - sci fi thriller that didn't hold my attention, started playing on the computer during the 2nd half
8. idiocray - meh. thought this was some cult classic. didn't find it all that funny.
9. star wars -(lyon theater) the most recent one. entertaining. liked it.
10. get out - kinda figured it out fairly early on, but probably heard enough about it to help me. still a very good movie.
11. shaun of the dead - could be the greatest zombie movie ever
12. black panther (lyon theater) - can't say much more than what's already been said. enjoyed it.
13. saving private ryan
14. RAMPAGE! (lyon theater) turn off your brain, eat your popcorn. really liked this! the rock does a nice job; was fun to watch. worth 12 bucks.
15. avengers infinity war (lyon theater) - was entertaining, but i'm not a huge comic book/movie fan, so i didn't even know some of the characters. did hold my attention for 2.5 hours. i'll comment more in the appropriate thread.
16. death race 2 - don't bother. some kind of prequel for a video game tie-in, twisted metal, maybe? i'm logging it in so any of you don't lose 100 mins of your life. but maggie from the walking dead was the bad corporate woman. really overplayed barely dressed women. and unnecessary boobs. i'm all for some nudity to earn a R rating, but at least three times i went "did i really just see a topless woman for no reason?" i'll pass on any other death race movies, and there appear to be a few of them.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #141 on: May 08, 2018, 07:32:14 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
20. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - 6
21. Paddington 2 - 8
22. A Futile and Stupid Gesture - 7
23. Game Night - 7
24. Black Panther - 9
25. Radius - 7
26. The Stanford Prison Experiment - 6
27. The Lost City of Z - 8
28. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 7
29. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - 7
30. Annihilation - 8
31. Love, Simon - 7
32. The Ritual - 7
33. Ready Player One - 5
34. The Florida Project - 5
35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - 3
36. The Little Hours - 6
37. The Barkley Marathons - 9
38. Mister Rogers and Me - 6
39. I Feel Pretty - 6
40. Isle of Dogs - 7
41. Avengers: Infinity War - 5

42. Tully - 8

Charlize Theron in a tour de force performance.  Ron Livingston in a rare semi-comic turn, he does well.  I'm about this lady's age, and even though advanced in the parenting area in a way she is not, it speaks to me in that way.  Lots of great stuff in here, a very small scale but powerful film.

43. War for the Planet of the Apes - 6

This takes WAY too long to get going, but is pretty good once it gets there.  Last in the trilogy, I'm guessing?

44. Lady Macbeth (2016) - 8

Chilling tale of a headstrong lass in 1860's England and how she reacts to being married off for dowry.  Here's a hint: NOT WELL.  Great lead performance.

45. Train to Busan - 7

Fun zombie flick.  Also Korean.

46. The Polka King - 6

You have to like Jack Black to enjoy this.  I also discovered I am not a big Jenny Slate fan... if she is trying to match Jack Black and Jacki Weaver in over-the-top-ness... she has a long way to go.  The story on this also... not sure if they are sugar coating the guy or what, but it's almost like he was an accidental con man. 
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« Reply #142 on: May 14, 2018, 08:41:18 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.
15. BLACK PANTHER - 02/16/18 - Studio Movie Grill w/va_vacious and Victor - Great action, great cast, great look, and a story that made sense. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED the movie but very underwhelmed with the "grill" experience at the movies this time. When you get bad service at a restaurant, it ruins the meal. When you get bad service at one of these dine-in theatres, it ruins the meal AND the movie-goint experience. BOO.
16. CON AIR - 02/18/18 - repeat viewing - Good Lord. I forgot how stacked this cast was.
17. E:60: OWEN & HAATCHI - 02/25/18 - ESPN - All the tears. A boy and his dog.
18. ANNIHILATION - 02/25/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - For anyone who saw the trailer and thought they would like the movie, I don't see how it could disappoint. It's definitely creepy and sometimes it is down right horrifying. An intense mood that just layers itself around you.
19. TRAFFIC STOP - 02/25/18 - HBO - This is one of the live action shorts that is Oscar nominated this year and it's available on HBO.
20. GAME NIGHT - 03/06/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I went in pretty blind on this one, only remembering that I had liked the trailer and that it was filmed in Atlanta. After seeing it, I'm with Butter on this one. I liked it but I could have liked it more. Lots of eye-rolling at how over-the-top some things were in the film. But, it was still fun. Loved the cast. Loved the concept. However, an early easter egg basically tipped a lot of the movie's plot for me and that was annoying.
21. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY - 03/17/18 - repeat viewing - Peeeecaaaaaaaaaaaaan Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie.
22. LOVE, SIMON - 03/17/18 - AMC Barrett Commons - A sweet movie. A nice time at the theatre. Nothing too angsty about this coming out story. But, as I've seen a lot of critics note, that's kind of what makes it so great. It's pretty vanilla and mainstream and most agree that it's time we finally got there with this kind of story.
23. BENJI - 03/23/18 - Netflix - That dog acted his ass off. All of the caper/kidnapping stuff was boring. MORE BENJI GETTING A BUBBLE BATH, PLEASE! 
24. TOMB RAIDER - 03/24/18 - AMC Barrett Commons w/Gwynner - It was a movie. It wasn't awful. Alicia Vikander is pretty.
25. TIME AFTER TIME - 03/25/18 - TCM - I still can't believe that Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell were ever married. Also, I know I saw this as a kid but I think I totally tuned out all of the Jack the Ripper stuff and just liked the time machine.
26. THE INTERN - 03/25/18 - basic cable - repeat viewing - Robert Deniro is a charming muthafunker in this movie.
27. THE HOUSE - 03/31/18 - HBO - The reviews for this thing were scaaaaaathing when it came out. But, I thought it was fine for a raunchy comedy that I didn't pay to see in the theatre. I'll watch Jason Mantzoukas in ANYTHING and enjoy it. Seeing Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell kiss each other is REALLY weird. It's like watching two siblings make out or something.
28. CLUE - 04/06/18 - Marietta Strand w/va_vacious and Alan - repeat viewing - "Communism is just a red herring."
29. BLOCKERS - 04/07/18 - Regal Cinema Kennesaw - I'd like more of the POV of the girls and less slap-stick comedy from 2/3 of the parents (the Ike Barinholtz storyline was OK with me). But, this did have some GREAT laughs and decent heart. I probably would have LOOOOOOOOOOOVED this in middle school/high school.
30. SUPER TROOPERS - 04/07/18 - Cinemax - repeat viewing - JEEEBUS. I can't wait to see SUPER TROOPERS 2. I love every second of the original and it never gets old.
31. A QUIET PLACE - 04/08/18 - AMC Barrett Commons w/Beth - Plenty of tension, suspense, and fright in this movie without going too far. A fun popcorn movie that will make you clutch the person next to you more than once.
32. THE MASK OF ZORRO - 04/14/18 - Starz - Saw an interview with Antonio on CBS Sunday Morning and it made me think that I'd like to see this movie again. It's 20 years old this year, which seems impossible. But, it did not hold up well for me. However, you can totally see how it made CZJ a star. She is GORGEOUS in this movie.
33. JUMANJI - 04/21/18 - Marietta Picture Show w/Mom - Silly, fun, popcorn movie that we saw for $2.00/each. Went for The Rock, but stayed for Nick Jonas. :)
34. THE FLORIDA PROJECT - 04/22/18 - Amazon Prime Streaming - I loooooooooooove Sean Baker's movies for their realistic portrayal of every day people which is why I don't know if I can forgive him for the ending to this one.
35. ISLE OF DOGS - 04/23/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mom - PRO DOG.
36. SUPER TROOPERS 2 - 05/11/18 - Regal Town Center WITH THE GREG - This basically lived up to all of my expectations (which were high - get it?) except for the dumb cold opening. Also missed seeing Geoffrey Arend. "You can say 'queefing' on Canadian TV?"
37. BULLITT - 05/13/18 - repeat viewing - When you want an action movie that doesn't need a ton of flash or silly quips, but you would like to see a turtleneck or two.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #143 on: May 14, 2018, 09:50:59 AM »


42. Tully - 8

Charlize Theron in a tour de force performance.  Ron Livingston in a rare semi-comic turn, he does well.  I'm about this lady's age, and even though advanced in the parenting area in a way she is not, it speaks to me in that way.  Lots of great stuff in here, a very small scale but powerful film.

I saw it this weekend. Was wondering during the movie where this would be leading to, and then it came all together in the last half hour, which was so very, very good. Agreed this is a small and quirky, but powerful movie.

Did you know that Charlize Theron put on 50 pounds for this role? Take that, Robert "Raging Bull" DeNiro!
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #144 on: May 14, 2018, 08:11:04 PM »


i moved to a small town north of ann arbor, they have a smallish theater: the lyon theater. ticket, popcorn, and drink for ~12 bucks combined. much better than the mega complexes where i remember paying 12 to get in and another 13 or so for popcorn and drinks.

1. gotcha! - 1985 spy movie with a young anthony edwards. a fun watch.
2. the mist - king novella made into a movie. worth your time if you've never seen it. darabont, who did the green mile and shawshank, then went on to do walking dead directed.
3. bewitched - nicole kidman is cute as a button, will ferrell didn't bother me.
4. black sabbath: the end of the end - documentary on the final tour
5. the brothers grimsby - sacha baron cohen's take on a spy movie sorta spoof. some of the humor was too juvenile for me, but overall pretty good. imagine a spy movie with some comedy thrown in.
6. burke and hare - simon peg and andy serkis couldn't save this stinker about the grave robbers/serial murderes in scotland ~1830's.
7. pandorum - sci fi thriller that didn't hold my attention, started playing on the computer during the 2nd half
8. idiocray - meh. thought this was some cult classic. didn't find it all that funny.
9. star wars -(lyon theater) the most recent one. entertaining. liked it.
10. get out - kinda figured it out fairly early on, but probably heard enough about it to help me. still a very good movie.
11. shaun of the dead - could be the greatest zombie movie ever
12. black panther (lyon theater) - can't say much more than what's already been said. enjoyed it.
13. saving private ryan
14. RAMPAGE! (lyon theater) turn off your brain, eat your popcorn. really liked this! the rock does a nice job; was fun to watch. worth 12 bucks.
15. avengers infinity war (lyon theater) - was entertaining, but i'm not a huge comic book/movie fan, so i didn't even know some of the characters. did hold my attention for 2.5 hours. i'll comment more in the appropriate thread.
16. death race 2 - don't bother. some kind of prequel for a video game tie-in, twisted metal, maybe? i'm logging it in so any of you don't lose 100 mins of your life. but maggie from the walking dead was the bad corporate woman. really overplayed barely dressed women. and unnecessary boobs. i'm all for some nudity to earn a R rating, but at least three times i went "did i really just see a topless woman for no reason?" i'll pass on any other death race movies, and there appear to be a few of them.

17. hidden figures - fantastic movie. worth all of accolades i had heard. worthy of watching. great performances and i really liked interjecting the movie against the civil rights movement. hard to believe segregation was still a thing ~50 years ago.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #145 on: May 15, 2018, 07:15:20 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
20. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - 6
21. Paddington 2 - 8
22. A Futile and Stupid Gesture - 7
23. Game Night - 7
24. Black Panther - 9
25. Radius - 7
26. The Stanford Prison Experiment - 6
27. The Lost City of Z - 8
28. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail - 7
29. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare - 7
30. Annihilation - 8
31. Love, Simon - 7
32. The Ritual - 7
33. Ready Player One - 5
34. The Florida Project - 5
35. The Killing of a Sacred Deer - 3
36. The Little Hours - 6
37. The Barkley Marathons - 9
38. Mister Rogers and Me - 6
39. I Feel Pretty - 6
40. Isle of Dogs - 7
41. Avengers: Infinity War - 5
42. Tully - 8
43. War for the Planet of the Apes - 6
44. Lady Macbeth (2016) - 8
45. Train to Busan - 7
46. The Polka King - 6

47. Life of the Party - 5

The first 45 minutes of this are really not good.  It sets up the painful nature of the main character, but there aren't many laughs.  The last hour or so is decent.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.  Goes for the easy joke a little too often.

48. A Quiet Place - 8

This was as good as you heard it was.  It's hard to believe that it takes as long as it does to figure out how to kill the creatures... and that there was still news going on during the massacre, as it seems like they wipe out billions in a matter of days.  Krasinski and Blunt, a great team!
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #146 on: May 16, 2018, 01:47:24 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
11. Atomic Blonde
12. In The Loop
13. The Last of the Mohicans
14. Black Panther
15. The Hitman's Bodyguard
16. Practical Magic

17. Hot Fuzz
18. Hero
19. Band Aid
20. Andre The Giant
21. Super Troopers 2
22. Avengers: Infinity War

23. Stardust


Still an amazing and lovely movie! I particularly enjoy the music. And the bubbling candle.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #147 on: May 18, 2018, 03:27:03 PM »

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.
15. BLACK PANTHER - 02/16/18 - Studio Movie Grill w/va_vacious and Victor - Great action, great cast, great look, and a story that made sense. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED the movie but very underwhelmed with the "grill" experience at the movies this time. When you get bad service at a restaurant, it ruins the meal. When you get bad service at one of these dine-in theatres, it ruins the meal AND the movie-goint experience. BOO.
16. CON AIR - 02/18/18 - repeat viewing - Good Lord. I forgot how stacked this cast was.
17. E:60: OWEN & HAATCHI - 02/25/18 - ESPN - All the tears. A boy and his dog.
18. ANNIHILATION - 02/25/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - For anyone who saw the trailer and thought they would like the movie, I don't see how it could disappoint. It's definitely creepy and sometimes it is down right horrifying. An intense mood that just layers itself around you.
19. TRAFFIC STOP - 02/25/18 - HBO - This is one of the live action shorts that is Oscar nominated this year and it's available on HBO.
20. GAME NIGHT - 03/06/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I went in pretty blind on this one, only remembering that I had liked the trailer and that it was filmed in Atlanta. After seeing it, I'm with Butter on this one. I liked it but I could have liked it more. Lots of eye-rolling at how over-the-top some things were in the film. But, it was still fun. Loved the cast. Loved the concept. However, an early easter egg basically tipped a lot of the movie's plot for me and that was annoying.
21. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY - 03/17/18 - repeat viewing - Peeeecaaaaaaaaaaaaan Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie.
22. LOVE, SIMON - 03/17/18 - AMC Barrett Commons - A sweet movie. A nice time at the theatre. Nothing too angsty about this coming out story. But, as I've seen a lot of critics note, that's kind of what makes it so great. It's pretty vanilla and mainstream and most agree that it's time we finally got there with this kind of story.
23. BENJI - 03/23/18 - Netflix - That dog acted his ass off. All of the caper/kidnapping stuff was boring. MORE BENJI GETTING A BUBBLE BATH, PLEASE! 
24. TOMB RAIDER - 03/24/18 - AMC Barrett Commons w/Gwynner - It was a movie. It wasn't awful. Alicia Vikander is pretty.
25. TIME AFTER TIME - 03/25/18 - TCM - I still can't believe that Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell were ever married. Also, I know I saw this as a kid but I think I totally tuned out all of the Jack the Ripper stuff and just liked the time machine.
26. THE INTERN - 03/25/18 - basic cable - repeat viewing - Robert Deniro is a charming muthafunker in this movie.
27. THE HOUSE - 03/31/18 - HBO - The reviews for this thing were scaaaaaathing when it came out. But, I thought it was fine for a raunchy comedy that I didn't pay to see in the theatre. I'll watch Jason Mantzoukas in ANYTHING and enjoy it. Seeing Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell kiss each other is REALLY weird. It's like watching two siblings make out or something.
28. CLUE - 04/06/18 - Marietta Strand w/va_vacious and Alan - repeat viewing - "Communism is just a red herring."
29. BLOCKERS - 04/07/18 - Regal Cinema Kennesaw - I'd like more of the POV of the girls and less slap-stick comedy from 2/3 of the parents (the Ike Barinholtz storyline was OK with me). But, this did have some GREAT laughs and decent heart. I probably would have LOOOOOOOOOOOVED this in middle school/high school.
30. SUPER TROOPERS - 04/07/18 - Cinemax - repeat viewing - JEEEBUS. I can't wait to see SUPER TROOPERS 2. I love every second of the original and it never gets old.
31. A QUIET PLACE - 04/08/18 - AMC Barrett Commons w/Beth - Plenty of tension, suspense, and fright in this movie without going too far. A fun popcorn movie that will make you clutch the person next to you more than once.
32. THE MASK OF ZORRO - 04/14/18 - Starz - Saw an interview with Antonio on CBS Sunday Morning and it made me think that I'd like to see this movie again. It's 20 years old this year, which seems impossible. But, it did not hold up well for me. However, you can totally see how it made CZJ a star. She is GORGEOUS in this movie.
33. JUMANJI - 04/21/18 - Marietta Picture Show w/Mom - Silly, fun, popcorn movie that we saw for $2.00/each. Went for The Rock, but stayed for Nick Jonas. :)
34. THE FLORIDA PROJECT - 04/22/18 - Amazon Prime Streaming - I loooooooooooove Sean Baker's movies for their realistic portrayal of every day people which is why I don't know if I can forgive him for the ending to this one.
35. ISLE OF DOGS - 04/23/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mom - PRO DOG.
36. SUPER TROOPERS 2 - 05/11/18 - Regal Town Center WITH THE GREG - This basically lived up to all of my expectations (which were high - get it?) except for the dumb cold opening. Also missed seeing Geoffrey Arend. "You can say 'queefing' on Canadian TV?"
37. BULLITT - 05/13/18 - repeat viewing - When you want an action movie that doesn't need a ton of flash or silly quips, but you would like to see a turtleneck or two.
38. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - 05/14/18 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/The Greg - "Oh, I'mma get that arm."
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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #148 on: May 18, 2018, 04:31:41 PM »

A Quiet Place - 8

This was as good as you heard it was.  It's hard to believe that it takes as long as it does to figure out how to kill the creatures... and that there was still news going on during the massacre, as it seems like they wipe out billions in a matter of days.  Krasinski and Blunt, a great team!

Yeah, I enjoyed as a throwback to the kind of movies they don't make anymore.  Not a super-scary horror flick.  Not a big-scale, franchise fantasy/scifi adventure-hero movie either.  But a family-friendly, relatively unspecial-effects laden old-school thriller.  Like something Hitchcock might have made.

Yeah, there were some issues with logic and stuff but for the most part it was just supposed to be a fun two-hour ride and it delivered.  Mostly by thinking small and realizing that you actually create more tension that way.  A sharp stick is scarier than a laser beam.

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Re: 50 Movies in 2018
« Reply #149 on: May 19, 2018, 12:24:06 PM »

Fuck me, have I really not updated this since March.... FFS

Movies watched for the first time in bold

1 ● Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago
2 ● Hopscotch (BD)
3 ● Get Shorty (BD)

4 ● The Hitman's Bodyguard
5 ● The Journey
6 ● Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
7 ● Water & Power: A California Heist
8 ● Blade Runner 2049
10 ● Battle of the Sexes
11 ● Rules Donít Apply
12 ● The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry
13 ● A Futile & Stupid Gesture

14 ● Logan Lucky
15 ● Paris Can Wait
16 ● Darkest Hour
17 ● The Foreigner
18 ● Geostorm
19 ● Rough Night

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20 ● Somer's Town
This (almost entirely) B&W short could be considered a prequel to Shane Meadows' fantastic "This is England" TV series. Same desolate view of London, same quirky and very flawed characters. (Indeed, some of the same actors!). A very acquired taste.
21 ● My Big Fat Greek Wedding
A friend in a new relationship who was told this was a bit like her new partner's life talked us into watching this again with her. All the way through we said "This is shit, isn't it?", but still made it to the end
22 ● When Harry Met Sally (BD)
23 ● Taken (BD)
A Blu-Ray Double Bill afternoon. If I find you I will have what she's having
24 ● Small Faces: All or Nothing 1965-1968
Another in the rather excellent "British Invasion" series of music documentaries. I was grateful for having see this when I did, as a few weeks later I was in London's West End watching the musical (of the same name) about Stevie Marriott's (often less than charmed) life
25 ● The Big Lebowski (BD)
26 ● Life of Brian (BD)
27 ● Gregory's Girl (BD)
Another BluRay binge. Lebowski never disappoints. Almost feels like it never ages either. Brian was my annual easter viewing ("Blessed are the Cheesemakers") and Gregory's Girl remains as wonderful, romantic and deeply funny to me as when I first saw it. Clare Grogan truly truly scrumptious
28 ● Dave Made a Maze
Ummm.... very, very, VERY odd. With a touch of weirdness thrown in for good luck
29 ● Star Wars: The Last Jedi
While I will probably go see "Solo", I think this will prove to be "Star Wars: The Last in the so-called original SW storyline franchise I will bother with"
30 ● Funniest
6 stand-ups compete in the Annual Funniest Person In Austin contest. Title a misnomer IMHO
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