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Recent Viewings.

April 11, 2022

Eternals

This was fine. Just fine. There’s a lot going on here, and none of it was all that interesting. And it’s so long. The look and style was pretty cool, and some of the characters are interesting, but overall I was just not that into it. It feels like a whole lot of added lore to the MCU that’s just going to make things way, way too confusing. We’ll see.
C

Kimi

Overall pretty good. It’s quick and interesting. The acting is good, it looks cool. It’s on HBO Max, so if you’ve got that, might as well watch. The (very) end is dumb.
B

House of Gucci

I didn’t care much for this. Everything seems just a bit too over-the-top. Time moves so fast, and yet it’s still just so slow. Not a whole lot really happens until the end, and at that point I didn’t really care what happened to any of the people. Nothing really to enjoy here.
D

The Adam Project

This was a ton-o-fun. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s got action, it’s got heart. Not much else to say. It’s on Netflix, so check it out!
A

Miami Connection

I learned about this movie from the How Did This Get Made podcast. And they were right, it’s great. It’s a whole lot of HUH?, with pretty fun music, terrible fight scenes, and even worse acting. It’s a lot of fun. I will admit, it wasn’t quite as good/bad as I was expecting, but it’s definitely worth checking out. I actually think I’d probably like it more after a second viewing.
B

Voyage of the Rock Aliens

This movie is awesome. Another one I learned about from HTDGM. It’s complete nonsense in the best of ways. The music is great, the gags are great, the look is great. It’s a really, really awesome bad movie.
A

Spider-Man: No Way Home

There were parts of this movie I loved, and there were parts that, well, I didn’t. The idea of bringing in Peter Parkers from outside of the MCU was really fun. And every scene the three Spider-Men shared together were really great. But more than the other recent Spider-Man movies, this felt really cheesy. I also have a whole lot of questions about the ending. The way they solved the problem seems really problematic. But what do I know. Still a fun movie.
B

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Recent Viewings.

January 12, 2022

The French Dispatch

This is easily my least favorite Wes Anderson movie. Wes is probably my favorite director, simply because he doesn’t miss. I like his style and humor and casts. But this one just didn’t do it for me like all the rest. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it’s a good movie. I still quite enjoyed myself. But it just wasn’t quite there. Maybe because it’s different stories? I dunno. The style is there, but nothing much stuck out as special or unique. I’ll definitely be giving it another watch, and maybe I’ll change my mind.
B

Don’t Look Up

Overall, I liked this movie. More than anything, I liked what it was saying. Well, not LIKED. You get it. The cast is amazing, it’s quite funny at times, and quite… depressing(?) at times. I do think maybe they tried to do a little too much with it, because it seemed to move at a really fast pace and jump around a lot. Or maybe I was just tuning out too much. I dunno, but it seemed scattered. Overall, a good film, though, and worth checking out.
B

The Unforgivable

This is a pretty interesting movie. Sandra Bullock is great, as usual. The plot is pretty unique. Sheena figured out the ending like right away, but whatever. It’s on Netflix and definitely worth a watch.
B

Encanto

I didn’t love this. I’m usually a sucker for a good animated movie, but I just couldn’t get into this one. The house being kind of alive, the weird powers… it was just a little too out there for me. The songs were really great, though. It’s fine.
C

Extinct

This thing is… not great. You know how most animated films are for kids, but there’s plenty of stuff for adults to like, too. This one doesn’t have that. It’s just kinda silly and makes no sense, really. The basic plot is fine, although weird, but there’s so much random stuff that just doesn’t add up. Whatever.
D

Back to the Outback

Now this is a fun animated movie. Good characters, good jokes, good plot. It’s the obvious winner of this recent batch. On Netflix and worth your time.
B

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

I really had fun with this. The plot is more interesting than I expected. It’s sorta kinda like a reboot, but it’s very tied in with the original. It’s just clever. It’s maybe not as funny as I’d have wanted it to be, but otherwise I have no complaints. The characters are fun and the acting is great. If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters at all, I think you’ll really enjoy this. 
A

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Recent Viewings – The Matrix

January 11, 2022

The Matrix

This is really the only movie of the series we need. It’s so cool, and interesting, and groundbreaking. It’s still its own thing, even 20 years later. The story is awesome, the characters are awesome, the fighting and action are awesome. It’s still just a great movie.
A

The Matrix Reloaded

Although the plot of this one is pretty interesting, I feel like they tried too hard with pushing technology at the time, and it all comes out pretty bad. Most of the action scenes are either super fake looking, or just silly. Overall, it’s not a bad movie, but it’s just no where near as good as the first one.
B

The Matrix Revolutions

This is the worst of the series. Because nothing really happens. The plot is super thin, and it’s just a whole lot of fighting and shooting and explosions. It looks better than Reloaded, but it’s just a shell of a movie. Meh.
C

The Matrix Resurrections

The movie I didn’t know I didn’t need. This thing wants to be a reboot and a continuation of the story at the same time, and it’s just confusing. More than anything I wanted to see what they could do with all the new movie technology to take this series to the next level. Nope. They pretty much used all the stuff that was so cool and groundbreaking 20 years ago, and did it the same. Weird. I did like the idea of the Matrix using humans as bombs to try and stop Trinity and Neo on the motorcycle. That was kinda the only cool/unique part of the movie to me. Overall, it was fine, but it just wasn’t necessary and didn’t give me anything new enough to even just make it cool.
C

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My Favorite Albums of 2021.

December 24, 2021

Julien Baker – Little Oblivions

Lucy Dacus – Home Video

Foxing – Draw Down The Moon

Idles – Crawler

Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God

The War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore

Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny Haha

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My Favorite Movies of 2021.

December 23, 2021

Bad Trip

Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

Carterland

Dune

Godzilla vs. Kong

Kid Candidate

The Kids

Nobody

Not Go Quietly

Pig

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

The Suicide Squad

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Recent Viewings.

November 27, 2021

Dune

I dug it. It looks awesome, and it’s way easier to understand than the original movie. Going into it, I didn’t know it was going to be a two parter, so that kinda stuck up on me and was a bit of a disappointment, but that’s definitely part of what made it easier to follow. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the second part. Bring on the sandworms.
A

Finch

This was fine. It’s a cute enough story, but not much happens. At the end Sheena said something like, “what was the point of that?” And I thought about it and said, “I don’t know.”
C

Red Notice

This was completely ridiculous, and full of plot holes, but it was a lot of fun. I like all three of the main actors. There are some funny parts, and some good action. All in all, worth a watch.
B

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

I really enjoyed this movie. The acting is great, the action is great, the comedy is great. And it looks really great. It’s just a great movie. Great.
A

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Recent Viewings.

September 23, 2021

Malignant

Sheena and I put our brains together and figured this one out pretty quickly. And kinda hoped we were wrong. We were not wrong. I will say, the stuff that goes down at the end of the movie is pretty awesome and fun to watch, but overall the movie is just kinda silly. I don’t recommend it, but if you watch it, let’s talk about it.
D

Kate

I dug it. It’s full of stuff that you’ve seen before, but maybe not in this specific mashup. And it works. The action/fight scenes are pretty great, and I really liked the style of it. On Netflix. Check it out.
B

Old

This was surprisingly better than I expected. It’s not great, but it is good. I thought it would be dumb, but it’s more unique and interesting than silly. The acting is rough, and there are parts that just don’t work, but overall it was a fun watch.
C

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Man, I wanted this to be awesome. It just wasn’t. It looks super cool. The mixing of samurai and western is cool. Nicholas Cage is nutballs Nicholas Cage in this. There are some wild scenes. But overall it’s just kinda boring. Not a lot happens. There’s way too much weirdness and not a lot of story. I dunno, I was let down.
D

Candyman (1992)

I’d never seen this movie. We wanted to watch the new one, so we thought we might should watch this first. I’m glad we did. I’m not a huge horror fan. At least not the super gory, jump scare, lacking in real plot horror movies. This had a pretty legitimately interesting story. I was genuinely interested in what was going on. And watching it first definitely made watching the new one better.
B

Candyman (2021)

This is a cool movie. It works fine as a stand-alone (they do a good job of catching you up on what happens in the original), but I think seeing the original first really made this a fun watch. The visuals and effects are obviously better in this one. They do some really cool stuff with the murder scenes. The acting is pretty great, and the story builds really well off of the first one. It’s not perfect by any means, but, again, as a “horror” movie, I really enjoyed it.
B

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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2021

August 30, 2021

Not Go Quietly

This is a very emotional and powerful story about a guy diagnosed with ALS who wants to change the world for the better. It’s heartbreaking to see his mobility deteriorate as he’s getting closer and closer to fulfilling his goals. But he doesn’t let his disease slow him down. This is a really inspirational film, and definitely recommended to everyone.
A

The Passing On

This doc about an African-American mortician training up the next generation of morticians is definitely a unique story. And it’s quite well told. Worth a viewing if you can find it.
B

Television Event

Although I was too young to watch or remember it, I’ve definitely seen things about The Day After in pop culture. It is the most watched tv movie of all-time. Or something like that. And it really shook people. This documentary really breaks down the making of it, the production of it, and how much pushback it got. It’s really interesting.
B

Kid Candidate

I really liked this documentary. It’s about a kid in Amarillo, TX who makes some silly internet vidoes about running for City Counsel, and then actually decides to do it. And he’s really good at it. I mean, I’d vote for him. He’s passionate, and trying to make changes for the right reasons. See this if you get a chance. It might give you a little hope in the future of politics.
A

Mandibles

This movie is silly! And pretty great. Two dumb-dumbs find a giant fly and decide to train it to help them make money. How, exactly? I dunno! Did I mention they’re dumb-dumbs? Although not always laugh-out-loud comedy, it’s definitely always funny. And the ending was great.
B

Claydream

This doc is about the guy who started making a ton of claymation commercials in the 80s. Remember The California Raisins? The Noid? Yeah, that guy. It’s a pretty fun and interesting story until it becomes kinda tragic. The guy just wanted so bad to be the next Walt Disney, but couldn’t quite get there. Anyway, it’s a really well-made doc, and worth seeing if you get the chance.
A

The Kids

This is such a tragic story. Kids was a big movie in the mid-90s. Some people came away from it rich and famous. And a whole lot of the kids didn’t. This is the story of those kids. It’s such a hard watch, and it’s just so good. There is a ton of footage from the time, and a lot of interviews with a lot of the “kids” now. If you know anything about Kids, you should see this movie. It was the highlight of the weekend, to me, even though it was easily the hardest thing to watch.
A

Carterland

Jimmy Carter is an inspiration. I knew he was a great man, and he lived out his beliefs and stuck to his morals, even when it wasn’t popular. But I didn’t know just to what extent. He made a whole lot of hard decisions based on the right thing to do, not about making people happy or getting re-elected. Can you imagine if more politicians were like that? They’re not because, for some reason, as a people, we don’t like that and vote them out. And that makes me so sad. I can’t imagine where we’d be right now if Carter had been elected for a second term. This guy put solar panels on the White House in the 70s (Regan took them down). This guy gave 40 women judgeships (until then, there had been 8 IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATED!). Not one single soldier died in combat during his 4 years as president. He believed in peace, and he proved that over and over again. I could go on, but you should just watch the movie. Jimmy Carter proves that we can be better. Individually, and as a nation.
A

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Recent Viewings.

August 30, 2021
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False Positive

This was… okay. I feel like it had some potential, but overall misses the mark. It’s interesting and creepy, but also just kinda… huh?
D

How It Ends

This is a quirky little film with lots of familiar faces. It seems to have been born out of boredom during the pandemic. It’s essentially two girls walking around meeting people in LA the day before the world is going to end. It’s funny, and cute, and sweet. I enjoyed it. It’s short, too, so even though not a whole lot happens, it’s not boring at all.
B

The Suicide Squad

I really enjoyed this. It’s silly, funny, gory, and fun. It’s what you want in a comic book movie. It’s easily the best DC movie, in my opinion.
A

The Green Knight

I definitely didn’t hate this movie (Sheena did), but I definitely didn’t love it, either. The most likable thing about it is the look. It’s beautiful. And, that’s kinda where the likable stuff ends. I mostly just don’t get the point. It’s very slow, and not a whole lot happens. I dunno. Maybe I missed something. Anyway… meh.
C

The Bad Batch

This is a weird movie, and I dug it. It’s got some big names, which is weird for something that came out in 2016 and I don’t remember ever hearing about it. We watched it on Netflix and if you like strange, post-apocalyptic-type movies, I think it’d be worth your time.
B

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Recent Viewings.

July 21, 2021
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Plan B

This is a pretty funny teen movie. Pretty raunchy, if that bothers you. That is all.
B

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Together Together

This is a cute little rom-com-ish. I love both of these actors. Worth checking out.
B

Ford vs. Ferrari

Overall, this is a good movie. The story is really interesting, the racing is fun to watch, and the acting (for the most part) is pretty good. It’s a bit cheesy, especially at the beginning, but because I was invested in the story, it didn’t bother me that much. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you like racing in the slightest.
B

The Tomorrow War

This was a fun action movie. Sam stole the show. He’s so funny. Free on Prime, so worth it.
B

Black Widow

I liked it! It gives us a good look into where Black Widow came from, and is an overall interesting story. Of course, the fight scenes were great, and the new characters were pretty cool. Florence Pugh was hilarious, and I look forward to more from her character.
B

A Quiet Place II

I enjoyed this sequel. It’s nothing new, really, but it’s a fun/intense monster movie. The acting is great, and it’s pretty suspenseful. It’s not as good as the first one, but it’s definitely close.
B

Gunpowder Milkshake

This movie is bad. Like, whoa.
F

Fear Street Trilogy

These are pretty good movies, as far as the teen/horror genre goes. I liked that we could just knock them all out in a short amount of time, instead of having to wait a long time for each part. The first one is just fine, the second one is much better, and the third one does a great job of finishing up the story. Not too shabby.
B (overall)

Pig

If I’m being honest, I really wanted this to be a super gory revenge film. It’s not. That’s not a bad thing. We’ve got plenty of those. This is pretty slow, quiet, and low-key. No crazy Nic Cage. But good Nick Cage. For being about a guy looking for his stolen pig, it’s a pretty serious and… emotional(?) movie. I dug it.
A

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