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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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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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