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Recent Viewings.

May 29, 2021

Those Who Wish Me Dead

This movie was pretty entertaining. It’s sort of a weird premise, and I’m not sure why someone decided to make a movie about forest firemen, but I guess we’re always looking for something that hasn’t been done before. The action in this is decent, and the story is cool enough. Worth a watch.
B

Into The Grizzly Maze

This is a B movie through and through. The acting is pretty good, but everything else is just wacky. The CGI is terrible, the plot is ridiculous, the situations and responses to those situations are just silly. But it’s a fun watch. I’m not sure if this movie is the way it is on purpose, but who cares?
B

The Whole Truth

This thing really plays like a made-for-tv movie. The acting is weird/weak, and the story feels like it’s being made up as we go along. There are no clues or anything to help you figure out what’s going on, they just keep revealing new parts of the story that you would’ve never considered. It was interesting enough to keep watching just to see where it was all going, but I don’t think the payoff was really worth it.
C

Army of the Dead

I think I’ve already blocked most of the movie from my mind. I don’t even remember what happens, but I think that’s because it’s hard to know what you just watched. I don’t recall much of anything making sense. But it looked cool?
D

Wrath of Man

Overall this movie is alright, with some actually good action scenes, but the dialogue and acting in this thing are ROUGH. It’s so bad at the beginning that I thought maybe it was a choice or something, and there would be some sort of reveal to show us why everyone was acting that way. Nope. A lot of the shots are really cool, and the story is interesting enough. Kind of a mixed bag.
C

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Recent Viewings.

May 14, 2021

The Last Blockbuster

I really enjoyed this. It just gave me so many nostalgic good feelings. It doesn’t even feel like that long ago that I was still going to Blockbuster. Something I hadn’t thought about in forever is how, if the new release we really wanted to see wasn’t in stock, we’d just go hang out at the counter and look at what people were returning, and snag it as they turned it in. It was like a game, and I loved it. There’s a lot to be said for the ease and variety available with all the streaming services, but there really was something special about going with your friends or family to the video store, and all trying to decide what you should get. I miss it.
A

Mortal Kombat

This movie is not good. The only kinda fun part was the Scorpion/Sub-Zero fight. Ugh.
F

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

This is a fun family movie. It’s obviously pretty ridiculous and over-the-top, but it’s a silly animated move, so whatever. The animation is super cool, weaving in all sorts of styles, and the voices are really great. Definitely worth a viewing.
B

Stowaway

Overall, this is a good movie. The acting is good, the times of suspense are good, but, man, it’s slow. And in the end, it feels like not much happened. I think it’s worth watching, but it’s nothing new or groundbreaking.
C

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Recent Viewings.

April 19, 2021

Bad Trip

This movie is nuts and I loved it. I haven’t laughed out loud that much in a long time. It’s Eric Andre humor all the way. So if you like that, you’ll like this. If you don’t know who he is, there’s a good chance you won’t like this. Ha!
A

Godzilla

We decided to watch all the movies from the MonsterVerse leading up to the new Godzilla vs. Kong premiere. It’s probably my least favorite of the four, but it starts off the story in a decent way.
C

Kong: Skull Island

This isn’t a fantastic movies, but there are some fantastic things about it. First, I like Kong stories way more than Godzilla stories, so there’s that. Also, the cinematography in this movie is super rad. The cast is great, and the story is pretty cool. And it feels a lot like a war movie, which is cool. There are a lot of silly moments, but overall, it’s a good flick.
B

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

This one steps things up a notch from the first Godzilla by giving us a ton of monsters. It’s a lot of fun. I still don’t care for Godzilla as much as Kong, but you can’t help but root for him here. 
B

Godzilla vs. Kong

This wins. This movie has a bit of everything. Obviously the spectacle of it all is there. Visually it’s really beautiful and engaging. The graphics are amazing. The cast is fantastic. There’s much more of a sci-fi element to this one, which makes it different and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed watching them all before seeing this one, but you can definitely watch this on its on a enjoy yourself.
A

Thunder Force

This was fine. It’s got some pretty funny parts. Good enough for some mindless entertainment.
C

I Care A Lot

I really liked this movie for the most part. There are no real good guys, so you can’t really root for anyone, but that made it kinda fun. Towards the end of the movie the dialogue gets pretty terrible, and they make some dumb decisions, but the very end was solid and I dug. Overall, worth a watch.
B

Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry

I thought this was a really great music documentary. I liked Billie’s music already, but seeing her family dynamic and how much passion she puts into performing for her fans, gave me even more appreciation for her (and her brother). If you like music docs, you’ll probably like this. If you like Billie, you surely will.
A

Nobody

I loved this. Seeing Bob Odenkirk kick a whole lot of butt was just what I needed, apparently. The movie is really action-packed, subtly funny, and just a whole lot of fun. Sure, it’s a bit over-the-top, especially at the end, but it definitely made me smile watching the bad guys go down.
A

Monster Hunter

Dumb.
F

Sound of Metal

This is a super unique movie about a drummer who loses his hearing. The use of sound design to put you inside his head was fascinating and really helped you feel for what he was dealing with. I really liked how you never really knew where the movie was going. The only slight downside to the whole thing was that it was pretty slow, and kinda long, but I don’t know that it could’ve or should’ve been any other way. Also, Riz Ahmed was fantastic.
B

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Recent Viewings.

April 1, 2021

Soul

This movie is fantastic. The music, the look, the themes. Fantastic. See it.
A

Wonder Woman 1984

Meh. There were some decent moments, but overall it was just a lot of “huh?”
C

Psycho Goreman

Hilarious. Ridiculous. Hilariously ridiculous.
A

Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It was equal parts sad, touching, happy, mystifying, inspiring, and mind-blowing. I don’t want to give a single thing away, so just go watch it for yourself. I don’t see how you could possibly regret it. It’s on Hulu. (After you watch, read this. That last answer… um… got me.)
A

Promising Young Woman

I really liked this movie. It’s super unique and interesting. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t say too much, but I will say it’s not for the easily offended.
A

Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar

This movie is nuts and I loved it. It’s so silly and random and dumb. Just what the doctor ordered.
A

Wrong Turn

This was a pretty good horror movie. I was constantly wondering what would happen next, which was nice for a movie in this genre. It’s got the obvious “why would you do that” moments, but it’s fun to laugh at bad decisions in these kind of movies. Definitely worth checking out if you like horror movies.
B

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My Favorite Movies of 2020.

December 23, 2020

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

i’m thinking of ending things

Boys State

The Invisible Man

Jasper Mall

Kajillionaire

The King of Staten Island

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

The Old Guard

Palm Springs

Soul

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My Favorite Albums of 2020.

December 22, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Fleet Foxes – Shore

Christian Lee Hutson – Beginners

IDLES – Ultra Mono

Lo Tom – LP2

Pinegrove – Marigold

Soccer Mommy – color theory

The War on Drugs – Live Drugs

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

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Recent Viewings.

December 14, 2020

Love and Monsters

Sheena pretty much nailed this one… if the acting wasn’t good, and the cgi wasn’t good, this would probably be a movie we’d be laughing at. But since it was well made, it was a pretty fun movie.
B

Greenland

This was a decently entertaining disaster movie. Good acting. Interesting situations. Obviously unbelievable at times, but what do you expect? Calm down, bro.
B

Run

S’alright. Not really a horror movie. More of a mild thriller, I guess. Not a lot happens until the last little bit, but overall it was pretty engaging.
C

Boss Level

Pretty meh. It didn’t really make much sense, to be honest. It’s set up like a video game, but it’s not a video game, but he gets to restart when he dies because of some machine that everyone seems to know exists, but they don’t know it’s working. Blah blah. The action was pretty good, but the story is just kinda nonsense. Fine for mindless entertainment.
C

Let Him Go

This is a very slow, deliberate movie. Not much happens until the last 15 minutes or so. I’m also not real sold on the motivation of the “bad guys.” But this was still a pretty decent movie. The acting is fantastic, and the tense scenes are definitely tense.
C

Fatman

I don’t know who this movie is for. It’s a hitman/payback movie. But about Santa Claus. It’s not really funny. It is pretty gory. I just didn’t… care? It’s well made and well acted, but nah.
D

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

I thought this was really fun and clever. Nice nod to the original, horrible Star Wars Holiday Special, and really a look at all things Star Wars. Definitely check it out if you’re into Star Wars at all.
A

Superintelligence

This was fine as mild entertainment to pass the time. It’s got some pretty funny moments, and the overall “theme” is a good one. 
C

Freaky

This was pretty ridiculous, but entertaining enough. It’s kinda funny, it’s gory, it’s silly. Good, mindless fun.
C

Tenet

Okay. Okay. Okay. This movie is confusing. I’ve seen multiple reviews that say it needs to be watched 2 or 3 times to really get. Fine. But it’s also a 2.5 hour movie that’s really confusing. So do I want to watch it again? I dunno. All that being said, I actually did enjoy it. It’s a big scale action movie with some great moments and some great acting. Even without really comprehending the “science,” it’s a good movie.
B

Baby God

This is a really interesting and awful story… but somehow they made this documentary super boring. And it’s only like an hour and twenty minutes long. There is so much dead space, and the music is terrible. I just didn’t like this at all. Would’ve rather just read the wikipedia page and gotten all the info in 5 minutes.
F

Rust Creek

Despite a whole heap of bad decisions, this is pretty good little thriller. Isn’t that usually what “thriller” means anyway? The main character continuously makes bad choices so the movie can keep moving along? Oh well! It’ll all work out. Probably. This is on Netflix and worth checking out.
B

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Recent Viewings.

November 12, 2020

Ready or Not

This was alright. It was unique and kinda funny, but in the end it just didn’t seem to pay off.
C

Snowpiercer

Not sure why I hadn’t seen this until now. It’s good. Definitely original and fun, though pretty dang gory. I liked it.
B

1BR

I didn’t love this, but I liked it better than I thought I would at first. Starting out if feels really low-budget. I guess that doesn’t necessarily change, but the story gets pretty interesting.
C

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

I would’ve said we didn’t need another Borat movie, but I would’ve been wrong. I really enjoyed this. It’s obviously super silly, but like the first one, it’s pretty telling about our current political climate. And I thought the addition of the daughter was a nice touch (and she did a great job).
A

My Octopus Teacher

This is neato. A dude befriends an octopus. It’s shot beautifully, and is surprisingly heartfelt, if not borderline creepy.
B

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

This movie is pretty terrible. We also watched it overdubbed, and the English-speaking actors are AWFUL. So… double bad. You can skip this one. Oh, and good news, they left it open for a sequel.
F

On The Rocks

Not as good as I was hoping/expecting. I mean, it was fine. I’m a huge fan of the two leads, but they didn’t have a whole lot to do. Meh.
C

The Impossible

This movie is rough. Just plain hard to watch. But in a good way. It gave my eyes quite a workout between squinting from terrible stuff happening, to tearing up when good stuff did. It’s so crazy that it’s a true story. It has a little cheesiness to it at times, but I can’t really fault it for that. Not sure why I’d never seen it before. Definitely worth checking out.
A

The New Mutants

Overall, pretty fun. I’m not familiar with these characters, so some of their powers were a little confusing. I do wonder if it’s a triumph to people who are into this comic, or a complete flop. I have a feeling it’s far one way or the other. I enjoyed it.
B

Kajillionaire

Miranda July is a nut, and I love it. This is probably her most approachable movie to date. I mean, it’s got an obvious, logical plot. But it’s still super ridiculous in all the right ways. Evan Rachel Wood was really great in something seemingly way out of her comfort zone. The whole cast was pretty fantastic. It’s crazy. You should watch it.
A

Unhinged

Man, this thing is BRUTAL. It just doesn’t let up. The death count is ridiculous. It’s not necessarily the smartest movie in the world, but it definitely has a hint of real-life possibility, which makes it more horrifying than most any horror movie. Crowe is pretty convincing as a man who’s given up and wants to go out swinging. It had a bit of a Falling Down feel, though definitely not a movie of that caliber. Geez, this one. It was a lot right before bed.
B

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Recent Viewings.

October 15, 2020

Relic

This movie was rough. I’m honestly still not sure exactly what happened. It’s super slow until the end, and then it just kinda goes crazy. I get that it’s a metaphor, but I dunno… meh.
D

The Devil All the Time

I honestly liked this movie, even though it was kinda hard to. The timeline is constantly changing and it’s somewhat hard to follow. And this thing is the epitome of a slow burn. And it’s hard to watch. It’s rough. But it’s engaging. And interesting. (Sheena did not like it.)
B

Enola Holmes

This was fine. It’s a kids movie, for sure. It wasn’t really all that smart, though it wanted to be. The acting was good for the most part, though. It wasn’t a waste of time, I guess, but it wasn’t anything special. I’m sure they’ll make more anyway.
C

Plus One

This is a cute little rom-com. It’s got some cheesiness to it, of course, but it’s pretty funny. I really like the two leads. Check it out on Hulu.
B

Colossal

This is a weird movie. I mean, the premise alone is strange, but even the normal parts of the movie take a strange turn towards the end. Overall, it’s a unique, interesting movie, but I’m not sure I liked the ending. Worth checking out to judge for yourself. Also on Hulu.
C

Wildlife

To be completely honest, I’d totally forgotten we watched this movie. I just happened to look back at our Netflix viewing and see it on the list. It’s slow. And not a whole lot happens. And it’s depressing. I did like it, but it’s probably not for most people.
C

Hubie Halloween

Honestly, this was a breath of fresh air. It felt like a classic Sandler movie. In a good way. There are even a few nods to old Sandler movies. It’s silly and funny and heartwarming.
B

Vampires vs. The Bronx

This was ok. It’s an interesting enough premise, but it just didn’t quite hit the mark. If you want something similar, but amazing, check out Attack the Block.
C

American Murder: The Family Next Door

This is an impressive documentary. It’s made using all existing video, audio, text messages, etc. And it’s really disturbing. If you like true crime stuff, you’ll like this for sure.
A

The Long Dumb Road

I dug it. It’s kind of a classic road trip movie. I find Jason Mantzoukas really funny, so it worked for me. If you don’t like him, you won’t like this movie.
B

The Boys in The Band

This movie just wasn’t for me. It was very apparent from the start that it was based on a play. I don’t love movies based on plays. They just feel fake. The dialogue is so fast and silly. The whole thing pretty much takes place during a birthday party in an apartment, and I just kept thinking… why aren’t people just leaving? To be fair, the acting is really great, but… yeah… nah.
D

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I loved it. It’s so, so funny. And heartwarming. And just plain fun. It was written and directed by Taika Waititi, who is honestly one of my favorites right now. Everything he does is fantastic. Seriously, watch this movie. You’ll laugh. Promise.
A

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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2020

September 28, 2020


She Dies Tomorrow

This movie is WEIRD. Of course, I always catch at least one really weird movie at Sidewalk, so might as well knock it out right out of the gate. It was definitely intriguing, and looked super cool, and the acting was fantastic, but it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on. It’s a very slow movie, which makes it quite creepy and mysterious, and it definitely had me asking questions, but the ending was a bit lacking, to me. I think it worked, though, and was an enjoyable first movie for a pandemic festival at the drive-in.
B


Roadhouse

Is always awesome.
A


Drive-In Massacre

This honestly wasn’t as “bad” as I thought it was going to be. It was a pretty clever movie with some semi-decent acting, and the special effects weren’t bad for this type of movie. If anything, it was a bit slow. Overall, a fun movie to see at the drive-in.
B


Boys State

This movie simultaneously gives you hope and fear. I think it does a great job of showing how politics are on a larger scale. People go into politics for one of two reasons: to help other people, or for power (& money). It was no different with these high school kids. And, unfortunately, the latter seems to win out more often than the former.
A

Jasper Mall

I’ve been to the Jasper Mall exactly one time in my life. And there was a wrestling match taking place in the food course. It’s an interesting place. And the movie did a great job of showing that.
A

The Immortal Jellyfish

This was alright. There were some great moments, but I honestly just wanted it to be funnier. It’s humorous, but not laugh-out-loud funny. And it’s crazy.
C

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