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December 12, 2017


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I love these characters. The movies are fun. This one isn’t as good as the first one. But it’s still good. This is an amazing review.
B


Baywatch

Is this a great movie? Nope. Is it better than I expected? Most definitely. I laughed-out-loud quite a few times. It gets a little too crude for my taste a time or two, but overall it’s pretty decent for a silly movie. Not for all, but good for some.
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Recent Viewings.

November 21, 2017


The Big Sick

This is just an all-around good movie. It’s an uplifting, true story from one of my favorite actor/comedians, Kumail Nanjiani, about the beginning of his relationship with his now wife, Emily. It’s at times funny, and at times sad, but it’s 100% heartfelt. Recommended.
A


War for the Planet of the Apes

I love this trilogy. It’s so interesting to follow the growth of Caesar from Rise to War. The cgi is incredible, the acting is fantastic, and the story is surprisingly complex. Obviously if you’ve seen the other films, you’ll wanna see this. And if you haven’t seen the others, I’d recommend the whole series. Do it.
A


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This is a really fun “prequel” to the Harry Potter series. The imagination put into the creatures in this movie was really fun, and the story was unique and interesting. I really liked the characters, too, especially Jacob (Dan Fogler). If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter universe, you’ll dig this.
B


The Babysitter

This thing is ridiculous. And super fun. It’s a horror/comedy, which means it’s super bloody and crude and, also, really funny. There were plenty of “what are you doing?” moments that were frustrating, but I just had to keep reminding myself what I was watching and how silly it all was, then it wasn’t such a big deal. If you aren’t put off by silly, over-the-top gore, and you like weird, unique movies, you’ll probably like this.
B


Are You Here

This movie is… interesting. It’s a comedy. Kinda. It’s a drama. Kinda. It’s hilarious. Sometimes. It’s depressing. Sometimes. It feels like it’s not sure what it wants to be. And then it feels like it’s exactly what it was planned to be. The weird thing is, when I think about all of that, it seems like something I wouldn’t like, but I did like it. It’s nothing I’m going to look forward to watching over and over, but if this sounds intriguing to you at all, check it out. It’s on Netflix.
C

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November 9, 2017


Baby Driver

I like this movie, in theory. To me, they just took everything a little too far. I liked the whole music video feel, but it got to a point where it was just cheesy. The chemistry/relationship/acting between Baby, the main character, and his love interest was just bad. Laughable, even. From the beginning, the way they talked and treated each other was so over-the-top and unrealistic. The chase scenes were really funny, especially the one on foot, surprisingly. Overall, I had a good time watching this, but I feel like they could’ve pulled back the reigns a bit and it would’ve played better.
C


The House

This movie is funny as butts. I mean, really funny. I’ve noticed it has some pretty low ratings and bad reviews. Pft. That’s dumb. We were laughing pretty much non-stop. The cast is amazing. The plot is ridiculous. Will and Amy are awesome together. If you’re looking for a straight up silly, laugh-out-loud movie, this is it.
A


Brigsby Bear

I honestly loved this movie. I usually love everything Kyle and company do on SNL (etc.), so I expected this movie to be strange and funny, but I didn’t expect it to have so much heart. It’s a genuinely lovely movie. I definitely laughed out loud, but I may have also shed a tear or two.  I also really enjoyed the performance from unknown (to me) Jorge Lendeborg Jr. I tried to stay in the dark as much as possible about what the movie was about, and I think that was a good strategy. Going into it cold will make for a stranger, more fun experience.
A


Wonder Woman

I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love this movie. It just felt a little silly to me. Yes, I know it’s a super hero movie. And don’t get me wrong, Diana is a badass. My favorite parts of the movie were when she was kicking some bad guy butts.  But… I just didn’t care at all about what was going on for the first half of the movie. It was boring. Once she put on her costume and started blocking bullets, I was more on board, but even then the cgi wasn’t very good and the scenes between fights were rough. I do look forward to seeing what DC does with the character, and their movies overall, but, at this point, they still can’t hold a candle to anything Marvel’s done.
C

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Recent Viewings.

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.
A

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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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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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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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