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Recent Viewings.

September 30, 2019

Hey! Sorry, one person, I took a little break here. I watched a ton of movies as a technical checker person for Sidewalk Film Festival. It was awesome. Some of those movies were great. Instead of doing reviews for all of those, I’ll just leave a short list of some must-sees, and move on.

Foosballers
Frances Ferguson
Gay Chorus Deep South
Greener Grass
Midsommar
Monos
Safe Spaces
Strange Negotiations
Sword of Trust


Between Two Ferns: The Movie

This isn’t the greatest movie ever made, but it’s funny and enjoyable. Isn’t that enough? Geez!
B


Spider-Man: Far From Home

I thought this was fantastic. I love Tom Holland as Peter Parker. The plot of this was pretty cool, with all the twists and turns, and the effects were fantastic. Glad they’re gonna keep making these movies.
A


Brightburn

I dug this. If you don’t know, it’s kind of a twist on the Superman story, but instead of becoming a hero, he becomes a villain. I feel like maybe they didn’t take it as far as they could have, but I also understand they’re hoping to make more movies out of this story, so I can let that slide. Overall, I thought it was pretty interesting. Worth checking out.
B


Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

I don’t really know anything about Pokemon. Luckily, I had Sheena there to tell me every single characters name! Haha. This was actually pretty fun, though. If it’s enjoyable even if you don’t know anything about that world, it must be a pretty good movie.
B

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Recent Viewings.

July 9, 2019


The Perfection

I dug this movie. It’s weird and unpredictable. The acting is great. The music is great. Pretty unique thriller. Worth checking out.
B


Us

This movie had a lot of potential. And there are some good moments. Overall, the feel is pretty creepy and fun, but it just never quite went where I wanted it to. The movie in my head is a much better one. And the “twist” ending did nothing for me. Actually, it probably made the movie a little worse. I think this is worth seeing, because it was fun to watch, and the plot is interesting, the execution was just off. Sucks. Could’ve been great.
C


Dumbo

Yikes. This… wasn’t great. The whole thing just feels so fake. And I know, it’s about a flying elephant, but why can’t that be the extent of the magic and everything else fit in with the real world? That’s Dumbo, to me. One good thing, Danny Devito was great. I dunno, not terrible, but pretty bland.
C


Holmes & Watson

As much as I love Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (especially together), this movie was a whole lot of mediocre. I laughed out loud a few times, but I feel like they were almost courtesy laughs. I wanted so bad for it to be funny.
D


Pet Sematary

Full disclosure, I’ve never seen the original movie. I know, I know. Anyway, I enjoyed this one. It was creepy and kept me interested. That’s what you want in a movie like this, right?
B

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Recent Viewings.

May 14, 2019


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Listen… these movies are fun. You know what you’re getting into. And I’m all for it. Perfect? No. Am I always going to watch them? Yep.
B


Avengers: Endgame

I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it, but I liked it. There are some really great moments. The scale of it all, especially the end fight, is impressive, if not a bit overwhelming. I did think a lot of the jokes fell flat, or were at least a little sillier than normal. And the ending, overall, felt a bit spastic. But it’s a good movie, and a fitting end to this era of the Avengers.
B


Glass

“That was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.” -Sheena
I liked it! I thought it was a cool way to end the trilogy. The acting was great and there were some interesting twists and turns. So, in conclusion, Sheena is wrong.
B


The Oath

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a comedy. There are some funny moments, but it’s a pretty dark movie. Overall, I thought it was interesting and entertaining, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I don’t want to give anything away, but just know you’re not watching some silly movie.
C


Wine Country

This movie is fine. That’s the best I can do. It’s got some funny moments, but overall it’s just kinda there. Great cast. Good soundtrack. The end.
C

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Recent Viewings.

March 25, 2019


Aquaman

This movie was pretty silly. There were so many things I had questions about. Maybe they’ve been answered in the comics or something, but I felt like we as an audience were just supposed to be like… yeah, sure, that works in this world, and that be the end of it. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be ridiculous, but this just seemed more ridiculous than most. It wasn’t boring, by any means, but it felt like we were spending more time laughing at things than caring about what was actually going on.
C


Bumblebee

Now THIS is ridiculousness I can get behind. Interesting story, good characters, great soundtrack. It wasn’t amazing, but it was way better than any of the other Transformers movies I’ve seen (and I’d imagine way, way better than the ones I haven’t). The fact that most of the story centers around the relationship between Bumblebee and the teenage girl who “found” him is so much more enjoyable than a bunch of robots fighting. I recommend this one.
B


Ralph Breaks the Internet

I thought this movie was really fun. I don’t remember enough about the original to compare the two, but as a stand-alone movie, it’s pretty great. It’s clever, and funny, and has some heart, too. Recommended.
A


Captain Marvel

I will admit I was really tired when we went to see this, so I might have missed some things, and should probably give it a second chance, but I was quite underwhelmed by this movie. I remember liking the soundtrack, but overall, not much stood out as great to me. The acting was so-so, the story was so-so. It was just all-around fine; nothing more. I get that we needed to know about this character for what’s coming, but it felt like maybe she didn’t need her own, stand-alone movie. I dunno.
C

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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


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White Tide: The Legend of Culebra


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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