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Recent Viewings.

January 22, 2019


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I loved this movie. Like, everything about it. The story is awesome, the animation is awesome, the voices are awesome, the characters are awesome, the soundtrack is awesome. It’s just awesome.
A


Peppermint

I thought this movie was just okay. It’s got some good action scenes, but it’s very cliche. Woman’s family gets murdered, woman learns how to kick butt, woman gets her revenge. The biggest problem, as Sheena pointed out pretty early on in the movie, is that you just don’t feel any connection to the characters. As bad as it sounds, you just don’t really care what happens to anyone. It’s worth checking out if you are looking to see Jennifer Garner kick some butts, but otherwise, pretty meh.
C


Summer of 84

Another one that was just okay. Kids are going missing, “our” group of kids are on the case! This movie desperately wants to be Stand By Me. And let’s just be honest, nothing will ever be Stand By Me. It wasn’t necessarily boring, but it wasn’t real riveting, either. Everything just kinds goes how you think it’ll go.
C


Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

I like The Jungle Book. I thought 2016’s “live” version was really good. This version is good, too. Maybe not quite AS good, but good, and in a very different way. This version takes the story in a much darker direction. I can dig that. I didn’t like the animation as much in this one, but overall, it’s a really interesting retelling of the story.
B


Fyre Fraud

I didn’t really care to see this, because the whole thing just sounded like rich people problems, but when Netflix and Hulu put out docs about something around the same time, maybe there’s something interesting about it? And there is. This is the Hulu doc, and now I look forward to seeing what might be different about the Netflix one. There are definitely things about this story that I just don’t care about. Social media “influencers,” for instance. Ugh. I could do without ever hearing about those types of people ever again. But the criminal, scammy parts of this “tragedy” are pretty interesting. Watch if you’re intrigued at all.
B


The Kindergarten Teacher

This is a slow one, but I dug it. It’s weird, and creepy, but also kind of hopeful, in a really strange way. Probably not something most people would enjoy, but if you don’t mind a quiet, thoughtful story, you might like this. For sure an interesting, original movie. And I really liked the ending.
B


Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen is one of those bands that I really like, but I never think about them at all. But when certain songs come on the radio, or when I hear a snippet of a Brian May solo, I get pumped up. They’re just a fun band, with some great music. I thought this biopic, more-so about Freddie Mercury than the band as a whole, was good. Maybe not as good as I was hoping, but I enjoyed it. There are definitely some cheesy sections, and some sections that go on a bit too long, but overall, it’s an interesting story. More than anything, Rami Malek is pretty fantastic. Definitely worth seeing if you like the band.
B

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My Favorite Albums of 2018.

January 8, 2019

Alphabetically:


boygenius


Lucy Dacus – Historian


Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today


Dream Wife


Mastersystem – Dance Music


Pinegrove – Skylight


Rue Royale – In Parallel


Soccer Mommy – Clean

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My Favorite Movies of 2018.

January 7, 2019

Alphabetically:


Avengers: Infinity War


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Black Panther


Deadpool 2


A Futile and Stupid Gesture


The Guilty


Incredibles 2


Isle of Dogs


Love, Gilda


The Miseducation of Cameron Post


Solo


Tag


White Tide: The Legend of Culebra


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Recent Viewings.

January 2, 2019


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Six short stories about the old west. Coen-style. I dug it. Some shorts are obviously better than others, but the whole movie was quality. Check it.
A


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We need more Fred Rogers in the world. Just an amazing, uplifting life and movie. Please see it.
A


Robocop

How am I just now seeing this? I don’t know. This movie is nuts. I live tweeted it here.
B


Die Hard

Also, how am I just now seeing this? It’s crazy. This movie is so great. I loved it. And I live tweeted it here.
A


Bird Box

I’m not sure why this is getting so much hate. Overall, I thought it was a great movie. It’s pretty intense, interesting, and unique. It reminded me a bit of A Quiet Place. I was a little let down by the ending, but it’s most definitely worth checking out. Especially good as a Netflix original.
B


Venom

I thought this was just okay. I like comic book movies, some of them a whole lot, but this was just too silly, or something. I don’t know. Meh.
C

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Recent Viewings.

October 29, 2018


Eighth Grade

I thought this movie was fine. It’s a nice glimpse/reminder of what it’s like to be in such an awkward stage of life. I’d heard this movie being praised over and over again, and while there are some really great moments, it’s not really one of those life-changing movies, to me. The thing that really needs to be praised here is Elsie Fisher. She was fantastic. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Also, my absolute favorite parts of the movie were the ones that included Jake Ryan. He was seriously hilarious. I would’ve loved to see more of him. Worth seeing for the performances by these kids.
B


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Don’t get me wrong, this was a fun movie, but it mostly just felt like a gimmicky reason to show the “technology” (cgi) of changing the sizes of things. So, visually, it’s really cool, but there isn’t a ton of substance. Except for Michael Pena. Anytime he’s on screen is gold. So, fun? Yes. Great new installment to the Marvel Universe? Meh.
B


Incredibles 2

Incredible! No, seriously, I loved it. It’s just an all-around great movie. Comedy, drama, action… and it’s surprisingly grown-up for a Disney/Pixar movie. Like you’re not going to watch it.
A


Sorry To Bother You

Man, I really wanted to like this movie. I didn’t. It starts off decent, but never quite gets to the level of quirkiness I was hoping for… then it just gets weird. Very, very weird.
D


Under the Skin

I had no idea what this movie was about. I’m still not sure I do. But I dug it. It’s slow, and creepy, and weird. It’s not for most people, but I had a good time trying to figure out what exactly I was seeing.
B


Oculus

This is a legitimately good horror movie. The non-linear storytelling makes it cool and unique. It’s not going to knock your socks off, but I was pleasantly surprised.
B

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Recent Viewings.

September 26, 2018


Arizona

I had fun with this movie. There are some great characters and cameos, some really funny moments, and some pretty creepy ones, too. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s worth watching, if just to see a darker (yet still hilarious) side of Danny McBride.
B


Blue Iguana

I love Ben Schwartz. I love Sam Rockwell. This movie is worth seeing, if just to watch them. It’s really nothing all that new, but it’s got some pretty funny scenes, and some fun performances.
C


Mandy

The first half of this movie is pretty slow, and weird, and just kinda meh (although it looks really cool). The second half is crazy, and awesome (and looks really cool). Duh, Nicolas Cage is fantastic. Worth seeing for the second half.
B


Tully

I liked this movie. It feels very true-to-life. It’s got some funny parts, and some not-so-funny parts, and the ending makes it pretty unique, for a film of this type. It’s not something you’ll be dying to see twice, but I think it’s worth checking out.
B


Hereditary

I’ll just be honest, I don’t get the hype. I’ve seen this called the scariest movie of the year, and it’s just not. It’s not really scary at all. At best, it’s creepy for the last 30 minutes or so. The first half of the movie is more like a slow drama. All that to say, I did like the movie. It was interesting. It was thought-provoking. It was… creepy. I definitely like it more after giving it some time (and watching a youtube explanation of things). It’s not as mind-blowing as I was expecting, but it’s a movie worth exploring.
B

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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2018.

August 27, 2018


White Tide: The Legend of Culebra

This is maybe the most well-made documentary I’ve ever seen. The look of it is unique and fantastic. The story is nuts, and the way they tell it is a lot of fun. It’s quite funny, too. See it when you can.
A


Love, Gilda

I only knew Gilda for her SNL characters, so it was cool to learn more about her life. She was a pretty complex person, and she kept a ton of diaries/journals, self-recordings, and videos, so pretty much the whole movie is told from her own voice, in one way or another. Possibly my favorite doc of the weekend. Definitely recommended.
A


Three Identical Strangers

This is a crazy story. It’s most definitely worth looking into, whether you watch the movie or not. It’s one of those strange tales that just keeps getting stranger and stranger. I feel like it went a little long (the last thirty minutes or so were a bit tedious), but overall it was a good watch.
B


The Guilty

This was my favorite overall movie of the weekend. Real-time, one dude, one room (pretty much). Great writing and great acting. It’s a foreign film, so there were subtitles, which potentially made it better. I’m not sure. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I won’t be surprised if this gets remade for an American audience.
A


Hot Summer Nights

This was a really stylized, well-made movie. The acting was fantastic. The soundtrack was great. It was fun. I wasn’t 100% into the story at all times, which is the only thing that was lacking to me, but it’s definitely worth seeing.
B


Bloody Birthday

80’s horror b-movie. It’s terrible. I mean, TERRIBLE. Quite a fun watch.
B


Phantom Cowboys

This is tough to quickly describe, but it’s basically a documentary that follows three young men from small, blue-collar towns in different parts of the country. The whole thing was shot over almost a decade. It’s interesting to see where they want to go as “kids” and where they end up as adults. It’s kinda like a real-life Boyhood, with three unique subjects. It’s a very beautiful, interesting character study. Worth checking out.
B


The Miseducation of Cameron Post

This movie could’ve been very depressing. And I guess, really, it still is, but there is a good deal of comedy throughout that makes it bearable (and, at times, hilarious). The acting is fantastic, showing off some new faces that I’m sure we’ll see more from. I feel like the ending could’ve been a little better, though I’m not sure what that ending would have looked like. Anyway, see it.
A


Bisbee ’17

This is probably one of the most unique documentaries I’ve ever seen. It’s part doc, part acting auditions, part reenactment/narrative, and even part musical (probably my favorite part). The subject matter is tough, dealing with immigration, racism, and buried history in small-town Arizona. It’s hard to really explain what all happens in this movie, so if you get a chance, just check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
B


Hearts Beat Loud

This was a nice break from all the seriousness of most of the docs we saw. Overall, it’s a feel-good movie, with some great music, and fun characters. It’s got a lot of heart(!), and I may have teared up a couple of times. Who knows? I’m sure it’ll be on Netflix or something real soon.
B


Suspiria

What did I just watch? This thing is crazy. And they’re remaking it? This thing is crazy.
C

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