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October 9, 2017


Little Evil

This is a fine little movie for a turn-your-brain-off, cheap movie night. It’s on Netflix, has Adam Scott, and isn’t terrible. What a great review!
C


Spider-man: Homecoming

Logan, maybe my favorite superhero movie ever, came out earlier this year. It was dark, and gory, and great. This movie is on the complete opposite end of the superhero movie spectrum. And I loved it. It’s just so fun, and funny, and… great! And the kid who plays Peter is perfect. This is by far the best iteration(?) of Spider-man, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
A


Blade Runner 2049

Nate, Barry, and I watched the original Blade Runner Thursday night in preparation for a Friday night viewing of 2049. I hadn’t seen it in years, and honestly didn’t remember much of anything about it. I liked it. It’s a cool story with a killer soundtrack, and some really impressive visuals, especially for 1982. So, with a fresh viewing of the original, I was excited to see this new sequel. And it did not disappoint. This may seem silly, but I think it’s a near perfect movie. My only real complaint, if I have to have one, is that it could stand to be a little shorter. Not that I would necessary take anything out, but at almost 3 hours, I was definitely ready to stand up and stretch. The visuals are amazing, the soundtrack, again, is great, and the acting is superb. I found the story super interesting, and the little easter eggs and callbacks really fun. I honestly can’t wait to see it again.
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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk Edition

August 28, 2017


Step

This was the opening night film, and for good reason. It’s about a step team at an all girls’ school in a low-income neighborhood of Baltimore. It’s about their struggles, their successes, and their dreams. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s exciting, and it’s inspirational. I even teared up during one of the step performances. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this movie, unless you just aren’t into documentaries at all. I’m sure it’ll be available somewhere real soon, so look for it and check it out.
A


Forever ‘B’

Holy crap, I don’t even know where to start. At its core, this is a documentary about a child abduction, but it’s so, so, so, so much more than that. The best article I can find about what happened is here. But even the craziness that’s in that article isn’t the whole story. I mean… ugh. Nuts. This story is nuts. See this movie for yourself if you can.
A


A Life In Waves

This is a really well-made documentary about a very fascinating and inspirational woman named Suzanne Ciani. Known for being one of the innovators of electronic music, she made a name for herself by incorporating electronic music/sounds into advertising. There is no doubt you’ve definitely heard some of her work. This probably won’t be that interesting to everyone, but if you’re into music and/or advertising and/or inspiring people, you’ll enjoy it.
B


Axoloti Overkill

The most “artsy” of movies we saw. I wasn’t necessarily ever bored, but I’m not really sure what the point of it was. It’s about a teenage girl who… likes to party? Does what she wants? Is a brat? It’s German, if that explains anything. I dunno. There was a funny scene with a penguin that made no sense. And it was definitely pretty to look at.
D


Lemon

I was super excited to see this movie. I love Brett Gelman‘s strange sense of humor, and the cast in this thing is fantastic. But it was a bit of a letdown. I think the biggest problem was that I couldn’t hear half of what was said. The audio in the Alabama Theater for this film was terrible. The dialogue was at times unintelligible, while the music score was beyond loud. I’m sure I missed a ton of funny lines. Don’t get me wrong, I still laughed a good bit, but it was in the quieter, more subtle parts of the film where I could make out the dialogue, or during some of the more obvious physical moments. All that to say, I’d like to re-watch this someday and see if it’s as funny as I’d hoped. At this point, it’s just kinda okay.
C


The Astrologer

This. This was an experience. This movie was made in 1975 and never released. It’s directed by and stars Craig Denney. Seemingly the only time he ever did either. We watched the only remaining (ever existing?) 35mm print. It looked terrible. It sounded terrible. And it was glorious. Everyone in the theater was there for the spectacle of it, and it didn’t disappoint. The story is beyond ridiculous, and honestly is so all over the place, it was pretty impossible to keep up with what was going on. On top of that, the projector would get messed up every once in a while, leaving the room whispering about what in the world we were watching, and then cheering once the film started rolling again. Would I recommend watching this movie by yourself at home? Not in a million years. Would I recommend seeing it in a theater full of people who know what their getting into? 100% yes.
A


The Reagan Show

To be honest, this wasn’t near as scandalous(?) as I was hoping/expecting. But it was very eye-opening to how the government can use media to portray things as they want them to be seen. It all felt very prophetic to our current situation. I typed up a long thing comparing Reagan and Trump, but it was too boring, so let’s just say that they both rely/relied heavily on media to spin things, and one was charming and well spoken, and the other one is not. Anyway, the movie was interesting and worth seeing, although maybe not as eye-opening as I was expecting.
B


Big Bear

Definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. This movie is really funny, and surprisingly heartfelt. And the cast is great. Joey Kern and Zachary Knighton even showed up to do a Q&A. I have no doubt this will be on Netflix or somewhere real soon. And you should watch it when it is.
A


Lucky

This movie is really slow and thoughtful, and I loved it. It stars Harry Dean Stanton (at 91 years old), and he does a fantastic job. It follows Lucky as he copes with getting closer to the end of his life in a small, desert town. It’s quite funny, and quite meaningful. See it if you get a chance.
A


Infinity Baby

I had a really fun time with this one. It’s super strange and really funny. And the cast is amazing. It’s way too strange to even try to explain. If you like quirky, odd-ball humor, see it.
A


A Ghost Story

This is a movie I like in theory. It has a unique and interesting plot, but it should’ve been a short. It was just too dang long. For instance, in one scene we watch Rooney Mara eat an entire pie. One shot. Real time. Like… ten minutes? I dunno. Way too long. Artsy? Boring. By the end, it really had me thinking about some things, and there were some moments and themes that were very interesting, but there were also a bunch of very unnecessary parts (to me, at least). If you want to see it, let me know and I’ll tell you were to fast-forward.
C

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Recent Viewings.

August 21, 2017


Okja

This movie is all over the place. Not necessarily in a bad way, but I just don’t know who the desired audience is. It plays very much like a kids movie, with the main character being a child, and the big, adorable, playful animal. But the language is super crass. And it also gets really dark. I mean, I liked it, and I guess that strange juxtaposition was on purpose, but it just felt a little confused to me. Definitely worth seeing, though.
B


Casting JonBenet

I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed watching this movie… but I’m not really sure why it was made. It’s just a weird concept. It’s essentially “actors” from Boulder trying out for the roles of people involved in the JonBenet Ramsey case, and then sometimes reenacting parts of the story, and sometimes just giving their opinions about what they think happened. Again, interesting and unique, but necessary? I dunno. Check it out and let me know what you think.
B

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Recent Viewings.

July 24, 2017


I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

This thing is all over the place. In a good way. It starts out as sort of a slow, dark comedy, and ends up… different. It’s a really strange movie, and I really liked it. Elijah Wood is good as always, and I thought Melanie Lynskey was fantastic as the lead. This is absolutely not for everyone, but I’m glad we randomly picked it. Definitely entertaining.
A


The Shallows

A weekend without internet means hitting up Redbox. This was entertaining enough. I thought Blake Lively did a good job, and there are some nice shots of surfing and stuff. The shark stuff (which is essentially the point of the movie) got a little old, but it was pretty much what I expected.
C


Trainwreck

The first half of this movie is pretty good. And Lebron James is seriously funny. But at some point it goes from a kind of raunchy/silly take on a rom-com to a legit rom-com. And that’s where it lost me. There were still some funny parts, but it wasn’t really what I was hoping it would be.
C


Why Him?

This is pretty dang funny. I like James Franco. I like Bryan Cranston. I like Megan Mullally. I liked the girl who played the girl. It’s way over-the-top, but I laughed a lot.
B

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Recent Viewings.

May 22, 2017


Sing Street

Geez Louise I loved this movie. I’m probably partial because it reminded me so much of my Junior High years, playing in a band with my best friends, but I dunno… it’s just so good, I think anyone would like it. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s heart-felt, the kids in it are great, and the music is fantastic. I don’t know what else to say. It’s on Netflix. Watch it.
A


David Brent: Life on the Road

This was a nice call-back to the original “The Office” days. David Brent is the personification of a train wreck, and this movie shows him no different. But just like on “The Office,” there is also a bit of heart there, too. If you were a fan of Brent, or even know who he is, this movie is definitely worth checking out, even if just for a bit of nostalgia.
B


Alien: Covenant

I really liked this movie. I, unlike a lot of people, also liked Prometheus, although I recognize all of the problems that movie had. It was still fun, and still beautifully shot. To me, this movie somewhat redeems what was wrong with Prometheus. It may not be quite as beautiful, but it doesn’t have all of the problems Prometheus did. This is just an all-around good movie. It’s got suspense, scares, great acting, and some interesting twists and turns. There were a few slow moments, but I never got bored, and I feel like the story started strong from the very beginning and never really let up. I don’t remember much about the original series, but from what I do remember, this seems to connect the story rather well. If you haven’t seen Prometheus, I’d recommend seeing that first, but this is definitely worth seeing in the theater.
A

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Recent Viewings.

April 18, 2017


Beauty and the Beast

It’s Beauty and the Beast! But in real life! I liked this just fine and dandy. The music, of course, is great, and I thought all the acting was fine. It’s a fun story. It’s not something I’m dying to see again, but I had a fun time watching it, and reminiscing. It’s been probably decades since I’ve seen the original. I kinda want to watch that now.
B


Spirited Away

This was my first venture into the Anime world… and this is some strange stuff. I liked it, but it’s weird. The animation is really cool. And the characters are fun and interesting. I think my main complaint is that it’s just too dang long. Over two hours for an animated kids’ movie… yikes. But I did enjoy myself.
B

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Recent Viewings.

March 15, 2017


Moana

I really enjoyed this movie. The songs are great, and the story is unique and interesting. My personal favorite song/character was Jemaine Clement‘s. But I’m partial to him. Seriously, though, I liked this way more than I expected to. One of the better animated films of late.
A


Logan

I thought about just putting something like “whoa,” and leaving it at that, but I honestly just want to write about this movie for a minute. BECAUSE I LOVED IT. I seriously don’t have anything negative to say about it. The action scenes are amazing. The serious scenes are beautiful. The twists are welcome. The acting is top-notch. Man, this is good stuff. If this is the direction we’re going in with superhero movies, I’m on board. Don’t get me wrong, I like the more lighthearted stuff, but this is an all-around fantastic movie. I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to give anything away. If you’ve seen it, let’s talk.
A

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