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April 16, 2018


Thor: Ragnarok

This is a really fun one from Marvel. It’s really got a lot going for it. If anything, it might be too funny. And I realize that’s a weird complaint, because, honestly, some of the comedy made for some of my favorite moments. I especially liked Korg (Taika Waititi), and really just love anything Jeff Goldblum does, ever. Aside from the funny, there are some great fight scenes, and the whole story is pretty interesting. So, yeah, I dug it. I need to just get used to these movies having more comedy. At least it’s good comedy.
A


Isle of Dogs

This movie is awesome. Duh. Like I would have any other opinion. Funny. Quirky. Unique. Beautiful. I can’t wait to see it again. Pro-Dog.
A


A Quiet Place

Look, this movie is far from perfect. It’s riddled with plotholes. So, I could tell you all the things that bothered me about this film, or I could tell you that it was a really great theater experience. Because it was. Really great. I honestly had NO IDEA what this movie was about going into it (except John Krasinski was in it). I hadn’t seen a trailer or read anything about the plot. And that made it even better. It was all a surprise. It’s creepy, and suspenseful, and sad, and just really intense. I don’t think I’ll ever watch it again, but I think it’s most definitely worth seeing.
B

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March 22, 2018


Justice League

I didn’t hate this movie, but I didn’t love it, either. It seems like DC just can’t quite get the tone right with their movies. The best part of this was easily The Flash. Any time Ezra Miller was on screen, I was smiling, if not laughing. Overall, it wasn’t boring, but I just didn’t care that much.
C


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

This is the weirdest movie I’ve seen in a long time. And as much as I want to hate it, I just can’t. It’s mesmerizing. The acting and line delivery is so dry and static, and it works in the strangest of ways. I can’t begin to describe what Barry Keoghan is doing here, it’s just so odd and creepy. It seems both terrible and fantastic at the exact same time. It’s impressive, if not baffling. This movie is not for most people. At all. But a strange few might really dig it.
B


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Hey! I liked it! Great cast. Really funny/silly. Good action sequences. What’s not to like? Just some good ‘ole fashion fun.
B

Annihilation

I enjoyed this movie. It’s weird, a little spooky, and pretty interesting. But it’s definitely not perfect. It sort of reminded me of Prometheus in that you’ve got all of these “professionals” who do a lot of seemingly unprofessional things. But, like Prometheus, I can look past the little “why?” moments, and enjoy the ride. And it’s a cool ride. More than anything, it’s visually beautiful. The world inside “The Shimmer” is just really cool. The ending is fine, though nothing mind-blowing. All-in-all, I liked it. Check it out and let me know what you think.
B

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March 1, 2018


Phantom Thread

SNOOZE FEST DOT COM.
(The acting was great, though.)
D


The Post

This desperately wants to be what Spotlight was in 2015. It’s not. The subject matter is interesting, and definitely very timely, but the movie just isn’t that exciting or engaging. The cast is amazing, but no one in particular really shines (is Michael Stuhlbarg just going to be in everything now? I’d be okay with that.). Overall, pretty meh.
C


Darkest Hour

The fact that this is essentially about the governmental side of Dunkirk is so crazy to me. That seems to happen a lot in Hollywood: two movies come out at the same time about the same subject, or that compliment each other. I have no idea if it’s ever on purpose, but having already seen Dunkirk made this movie even better to me. I honestly didn’t expect to care too much about it, but it sucked me in pretty quick. It’s actually quite witty, and I laughed out loud a few times. I may have even had a quick cry at one point. The acting, especially by Oldman, is phenomenal, and the cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen in a long time. There were so many iconic shots throughout. Of all the other Best Picture nominees, this one feels most like a Best Picture to me. And Oldman no doubt deserves Best Actor. See this movie.
A

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February 27, 2018


The Shape of Water

Geez Louise, this is a weird movie. There were parts of it I loved, and parts of it I hated. The fact that it’s nominated for Best Picture kinda blows my mind. It’s just so… weird. Listen, it’s a weird movie.
C


Coco

I loved this movie. It’s beautiful to look at, the story is great, the voices are perfect, and the music is fantastic. Just watch it, you weirdo.
A


I, Tonya

Good stuff. The acting is fantastic, with Robbie, Janney, and Stan all doing an excellent job, but I thought that Paul Walter Hauser really stole the show as Harding’s dim-witted bodyguard. The soundtrack really helps draw you into the time, and is just fun. More than anything, I liked the way the movie was directed/edited. It goes back and forth between documentary-style interviews, to narrative, with the occasional breaking of the fourth wall. In the wrong circumstances, this probably would’ve really bothered me, but it works well here. This movie peaked my interest so much that I’ve since watched the ESPN 30 for 30, and the recent ABC special on it. Such a strange and interesting story.
A

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February 6, 2018


A Futile and Stupid Gesture

This is a movie about funny people, but it is not a comedy. It’s funny, at times, but it is not a comedy. I expected it to be a comedy, and although I was surprised to find it wasn’t, I actually wasn’t at all disappointed. It’s a great movie about a guy who changed the world of comedy. Like a whole lot of the funniest people, the story of his life is actually pretty tragic. But the way David Wain tells his story, it’s not only interesting and unique, it’s quite a tribute. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
A


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Meh. If you liked the first one, this is pretty much just a weaker version (from what I can remember), with a bunch of new, famous faces thrown in the mix. It’s got some fun action and the occasional decent joke, and that’s about what it brings to the table. Not bad for a mindless watch, but nothing too clever.
C


The Cloverfield Paradox

Sheena did not like this movie. I dug it. That seems to be how this movie is going down with everyone: love or hate. I found it interesting, and entertaining, and (although maybe a strange choice) funny. Apparently not for everyone, but I had fun with it.
B

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January 26, 2018


Lady Bird

I kinda loved this film. It’s so quirky, and funny, and real. I’m definitely a fan of Saoirse Ronan (HannaThe Grand Budapest Hotel!). This is a movie about a teenager, and deals with teenage issues, but it’s definitely not your stereotypical “teen movie.” Maybe because it’s not trying to be edgy or crude or overtly funny, so it succeeds in all those areas in its on unique way. I have only seen a few of the Best Picture nominees so far, but I wouldn’t be mad if this won.
A


Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely unique, and surprisingly quite funny, in the darkest of ways. When I first finished it, I didn’t really see it as Best Picture caliber, but the more I think about it, the more I like it, and the more I get what makes it special. It’s got some really solid acting all-around, but Peter Dinklage‘s small (no pun intended) part was probably my favorite character. Also, at this point in my limited view, I’d give Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell. (Frances McDormand was awesome as always.) I mostly just liked that it was such an original story, and I never quite new what was going to happen next. Not really in a suspenseful way, but I just didn’t know what to expect. I could imagine some people might find it a little slow moving, but I was never bored, and the ending is potentially lacking to some, but I thought it worked.
A


Dunkirk

This is a really great war movie from one of my favorite directors (maybe favorite?). It’s definitely very realistic (I would assume), and makes you feel seemingly as uneasy as the subjects in the movie. My biggest complaint is with the way Nolan chose to tell the story, time-wise. I get that he wanted to make it unique, but it’s a little confusing at times. I did like that you’re getting to see the war/rescue from three different perspectives: land/sea/air. Most definitely worth checking out.
A


Call Me by Your Name

I have to be honest here, I didn’t love this movie. I know I was supposed to, but I just didn’t. First of all, I just found it to be kind of boring. And it wasn’t that it was slow, I can do slow. It just felt lacking. Second, none of the relationships felt… right. From creepy to crappy (poor Marzia). Seemingly, to me, no one actually cared about anyone. Third, the movie is set in the 80s, and it honestly felt like it was made in the 80s. I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it didn’t work for me. I will say that the performances are fantastic, and the last few minutes are really well done. I also loved hearing Sufjan Stevens on the soundtrack. Overall, it just came across as pretentious: “This movie is art! An instant classic!” Am I alone here?
D

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January 5, 2018


The Lego Batman Movie

Meh. I LOVED the first Lego Movie, but this one felt kinda forced. The jokes were really obvious, and I just couldn’t quite get into it. I had to watch it in two sittings. The animation was still awesome, the voices/acting were good, and the story was fine, but it just didn’t ever really click for me.
C


mother!

This movie is crazy nut balls. I found it super interesting, but super confusing. A lot of the time it just felt like nonsense. Once Sheena looked up an explanation of what we were watching, everything became clear. I think it’s probably better to watch it without knowing its purpose beforehand, but definitely read about it afterwards. It’s a hard one to watch, but it’s a really unique and thought-provoking movie.
B


Ingrid Goes West

Going into it, I had no idea what this movie was about. I’m kinda glad, because I’m not sure I would’ve seen it, or at least cared to, had I known the premise. But just describing the premise doesn’t really do the movie justice. I think this may be my favorite thing Aubrey Plaza has done, because she actually seems to be acting, instead of just doing her normal annoyed girl thing. This may look like a comedy, and there are some funny parts, but it’s definitely more depressing than it is fun. Oh, and I really liked O’Shea Jackson Jr. Definitely my favorite character in the movie.
B


It

First, I’ve never seen the original version of this movie, so my thoughts are solely based on this as a stand-alone. And I dug it. It’s not amazing, and I didn’t really find it scary, but I love a good story about a group of kids up against a “bad guy.” And these kids are awesome. Not a weak link in the bunch. I look forward to seeing Part 2, since I have no idea how the original story goes.
B

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