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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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Recent Viewings.

August 22, 2018


Deadpool 2

I didn’t LOVE Deadpool the first time I saw it. I liked it fine, but I just didn’t know what I was getting into (I liked it much better after a second viewing). With Deadpool 2 I knew what to expect, and I DID love it. It takes all the quirkiness and silliness and randomness of the first one and pushes it even further. The new characters were cool. The music is fantastic. Visually it’s fun. It’s just a good, solid, hilarious superhero movie.
A


Avengers: Infinity War

No surprise here, really, but this movie was awesome. I loved seeing all the different movies and characters finally intertwine. I do wish we could’ve had some Ant-man silliness, but I’m sure his absence was done on purpose for some reason. The characters were great, the humor was there, the action was fantastic. These are just good, fun movies. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
A


Heaven Adores You

This is an excellent documentary about the life and music of one of my all-time favorite musicians, Elliott Smith. If you know anything about him, you know it’s a sad story, but there are glimpses of light. If you like Elliott at all, this is definitely worth seeing.
A


The Discovery

This is a Netflix original movie that’s been in our queue for forever. We finally gave it a go. And I really liked it. It’s dark, and interesting, and curious. The cast is fantastic, and as “out there” as the ending is, I dug it. Worth checking out.
A


Ocean’s 8

This movie’s fine. It’s an Ocean’s movie. It’s clever. It’s got some good twists and turns. It’s not as funny as expected, but the cast is great. Worth seeing, sure, but nothing new.
C


If I Leave Here Tomorrow

This is a well-made documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd. If you like them, see it. If you don’t, nah.
B

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Recent Viewings.

August 14, 2018


Wonder

Overall, this is a great little movie. It’s got some great moments, and some excellent lessons. The execution, to me, is a little lacking. It seems to be a bit all over the place, editing-wise, which makes the whole thing feel a bit sloppy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. It is. You should.
B


Hardcore Henry

I hated it. So much. And eventually fell asleep.
F


The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?

This is a pretty interesting documentary about a Superman movie that never happened. But I wish it would have. It was to be directed by Tim Burton, and star Nicholas Cage. Can you imagine? Even just hearing everyone talk about what they were going to do is pretty awesome. Also, producer Jon Peters seems like a nightmare. The end.
B


Tag

I went into this movie with very low expectations. I mean, grown-ups playing tag. Shrug emoji. Sheena said it would be good, so I have to publicly admit that she was right. It was great. It was super funny, surprisingly heart-felt, and has some cool action sequences, too. It’s just an all-around good movie. Who knew?!?! (Sheena.)
A

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Recent Viewings.

August 1, 2018


The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Look, this movie is fine. But, very surprisingly, it’s just not funny. It was written and directed by Jody Hill, the guy who gave us Eastbound & Down, and Vice Principles. AND it has Danny McBride in it! How can it not be funny?!?! Crazy. I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of time, but there’s not much new going on here.
C


Super Troopers 2

Very meh. And maybe that’s on me. Maybe it’s a legit funny movie to some people. Maybe I just don’t find this sort of humor funny anymore. I loved the original, but I haven’t seen it in years. Maybe I wouldn’t love it now? I dunno. I probably laughed out loud 2 or 3 times. That’s not good. This is the type of silly movie that you should just be laughing throughout. That’s the whole point. Watch it. Don’t watch it. Whatever.
D


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

So Jurassic World was trash. It was laughable. I did not care for it. At all. By comparison, Fallen Kingdom is a great movie. The plot is fine, the acting is fine, the action is fine. All of that is so far above JW1. So… yeah. Yea?
B


I Feel Pretty

I honestly had no idea what this movie was about when we started it. Once I realized what the premise was, I was a little worried it would be too cheesy. Fortunately, it wasn’t. It’s not a perfect movie, and I’m still not 100% sure exactly what was happening in parts, but it’s really not that important. It’s a pretty clever/funny movie with an overall good message. I liked it.
B

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Recent Viewings.

July 11, 2018


Red Sparrow

I liked this movie fine. It’s got some good twists and turns, but it’s also a bit too convoluted. And it’s way too long. I feel like the core story is unique enough, and pretty interesting, but there is so much going on that doesn’t really matter. It’s worth watching if you really like spy thrillers, but get ready for a long one!
C


Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

Geez Louise this movie is hilarious. It’d been in our queue forever, but I could never pull the trigger. Recently, we were at the beach with the Davises, and they recommended it. Oh man, I can’t believe I waited so long to watch it. It’s just so silly, and weird, and funny. If Pee-wee Herman annoys you, I get it, and you won’t like this. But if you think he’s even remotely interesting or funny, this exceeds anything I expected out of his character.
A


Blockers

This was actually funnier than I expected it to be. Was it amazing? No. Did I laugh out loud a few times? Yep. It’s worth seeing for some humorous shenanigans.
C


Good Time

I really liked this movie. It’s really suspenseful. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. The acting is fantastic. The soundtrack is haunting. It’s just an all-around good movie. The ending is somewhat anti-climactic, but it worked well.
A


Personal Shopper

I didn’t hate this, but I definitely didn’t love it. It’s weird. And slow. And, in the end, it just doesn’t deliver in the way I wanted it to. I feel like it had a ton of potential, but it never quite got there. There’s also a big chunk of the movie (or at least it seemed that way) that you’re just watching Kristen Stewart text with someone. Meh.
C

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Recent Viewings.

May 29, 2018


Black Panther

I love this movie. I’d have to think on it a bit, but if this isn’t my favorite Marvel movie, it’s way up there. It’s funny, and exciting, and unique. There are so many great themes going on here, and the cast of characters is fantastic. If you haven’t seen it, do. Even if you aren’t all that into comic book movies.
A


Game Night

This is a fun movie. I love Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, so that was a good start. It’s quite funny, and a pretty good, twisty thriller/action movie, too. Definitely worth a viewing.
B


Ready Player One

This was just alright. It had some fun moments, some good action, and some nice pop culture references, but it was a little too cheesy for me. Unfortunately (somehow), at almost 2.5 hours, it still felt like everything was being rushed. Interestingly, it reminded me a bit of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (at least at the end). Worth checking out, sure, but nothing special.
C


Solo

This movie is awesome. There were a few moments in the very beginning where I was afraid the whole thing might get a bit too cheesy, but, thankfully, it never did. This thing never lets up once. No lags, no lulls, just good fun from start to finish. I’m telling you, these Star Wars Stories are where it’s at. They are shining bright vs. the new Episodes, in my opinion. Duh, you’re gonna check this out if you’re a Star Wars fan. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
A

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