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July 24, 2017


I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

This thing is all over the place. In a good way. It starts out as sort of a slow, dark comedy, and ends up… different. It’s a really strange movie, and I really liked it. Elijah Wood is good as always, and I thought Melanie Lynskey was fantastic as the lead. This is absolutely not for everyone, but I’m glad we randomly picked it. Definitely entertaining.
A


The Shallows

A weekend without internet means hitting up Redbox. This was entertaining enough. I thought Blake Lively did a good job, and there are some nice shots of surfing and stuff. The shark stuff (which is essentially the point of the movie) got a little old, but it was pretty much what I expected.
C


Trainwreck

The first half of this movie is pretty good. And Lebron James is seriously funny. But at some point it goes from a kind of raunchy/silly take on a rom-com to a legit rom-com. And that’s where it lost me. There were still some funny parts, but it wasn’t really what I was hoping it would be.
C


Why Him?

This is pretty dang funny. I like James Franco. I like Bryan Cranston. I like Megan Mullally. I liked the girl who played the girl. It’s way over-the-top, but I laughed a lot.
B

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May 22, 2017


Sing Street

Geez Louise I loved this movie. I’m probably partial because it reminded me so much of my Junior High years, playing in a band with my best friends, but I dunno… it’s just so good, I think anyone would like it. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s heart-felt, the kids in it are great, and the music is fantastic. I don’t know what else to say. It’s on Netflix. Watch it.
A


David Brent: Life on the Road

This was a nice call-back to the original “The Office” days. David Brent is the personification of a train wreck, and this movie shows him no different. But just like on “The Office,” there is also a bit of heart there, too. If you were a fan of Brent, or even know who he is, this movie is definitely worth checking out, even if just for a bit of nostalgia.
B


Alien: Covenant

I really liked this movie. I, unlike a lot of people, also liked Prometheus, although I recognize all of the problems that movie had. It was still fun, and still beautifully shot. To me, this movie somewhat redeems what was wrong with Prometheus. It may not be quite as beautiful, but it doesn’t have all of the problems Prometheus did. This is just an all-around good movie. It’s got suspense, scares, great acting, and some interesting twists and turns. There were a few slow moments, but I never got bored, and I feel like the story started strong from the very beginning and never really let up. I don’t remember much about the original series, but from what I do remember, this seems to connect the story rather well. If you haven’t seen Prometheus, I’d recommend seeing that first, but this is definitely worth seeing in the theater.
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April 18, 2017


Beauty and the Beast

It’s Beauty and the Beast! But in real life! I liked this just fine and dandy. The music, of course, is great, and I thought all the acting was fine. It’s a fun story. It’s not something I’m dying to see again, but I had a fun time watching it, and reminiscing. It’s been probably decades since I’ve seen the original. I kinda want to watch that now.
B


Spirited Away

This was my first venture into the Anime world… and this is some strange stuff. I liked it, but it’s weird. The animation is really cool. And the characters are fun and interesting. I think my main complaint is that it’s just too dang long. Over two hours for an animated kids’ movie… yikes. But I did enjoy myself.
B

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March 15, 2017


Moana

I really enjoyed this movie. The songs are great, and the story is unique and interesting. My personal favorite song/character was Jemaine Clement‘s. But I’m partial to him. Seriously, though, I liked this way more than I expected to. One of the better animated films of late.
A


Logan

I thought about just putting something like “whoa,” and leaving it at that, but I honestly just want to write about this movie for a minute. BECAUSE I LOVED IT. I seriously don’t have anything negative to say about it. The action scenes are amazing. The serious scenes are beautiful. The twists are welcome. The acting is top-notch. Man, this is good stuff. If this is the direction we’re going in with superhero movies, I’m on board. Don’t get me wrong, I like the more lighthearted stuff, but this is an all-around fantastic movie. I wish I could say more, but I don’t want to give anything away. If you’ve seen it, let’s talk.
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March 1, 2017


Doctor Strange

Surprisingly, I didn’t really care for this movie very much. I love Benedict Cumberbatch, but I don’t think he was the right choice for this. And I just didn’t really care about anything going on. I usually enjoy going along for the ride in Marvel movies, but nothing about this movie really sucked me in. The visual effects were really impressive and fun to watch, but that’s about it. Even the humor fell flat. I’m glad I saw it, because I like to keep up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this might have been my least favorite installment so far. Oh well.
C


Get Out

My favorite part of this movie was the guy SNORING behind us the WHOLE movie!!!! Just kidding… about that being my favorite part. But that totally happened. I did really liked this movie, though. It’s a little slow for the first 30 minutes or so, but picks up quite nicely. The theme is really interesting, and the acting is great, all around. It wasn’t quite as creepy/scary/whatever as I wanted it to be, but I honestly don’t know what exactly would’ve made me happy. TSA Agent Rod Williams (LilRel Howery) was hilarious, and definitely my favorite character. It was nice to have his comic relief in such a weird, dark movie. I look forward to seeing more stuff like this from Jordan Peele.
B

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February 27, 2017


Hacksaw Ridge

For the first half of this movie, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like it very much. It felt very Forrest Gump-y. Maybe it was just his slow, Southern accent, I’m not sure, but it just felt hokey. I also had a problem with Vince Vaughn as Desmond’s Sargent. I just can’t take that guy seriously. Once they went into battle, though, it got about as far from hokey as you can imagine. From what I’ve read, this movie is very true to what actually happened. Which seems crazy. I even saw that Mel Gibson took out some stuff that actually happened because it made the story seem too unbelievable. It’s an amazing story. The bravery and conviction of Desmond Doss is unimaginable.
B


Fences

About 5 minutes into this movie it was fairly obvious that it was based on a play. There was a whole lot of fast dialogue without much else going on. Once I was on board with that, the movie really sucked me in. The acting, and writing, is just so, so good. I guess I can understand that some people would think that it’s boring, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen. It was just so mesmerizing. Although there are only a handful of characters, there is not a weak link in the bunch. I’m really glad Viola Davis won the Oscar for this. She really was the highlight of an entirely amazing cast. Man, this is good stuff.
A


Manchester by the Sea

I feel like this is a good (for lack of a better term) story, but it just didn’t resonate with me. The performances are good, but I honestly just didn’t care about any of the characters. In a movie where nothing seems to go right, it’s kind of important that you care for the people who can’t seem to catch a break. I guess I see why Casey Affleck won for Best Actor (my vote was for Denzel), but even with some good acting, he just didn’t make me feel for his character. I think if this same movie would’ve been made by someone else, with a different cast, I could’ve loved it.
C


Lion

I loved this movie. It’s such a great story about love, and family, and never giving up. After watching, all I could think about was how much I wanted to read the book it’s based on; to learn how exactly it all happened. This is most definitely worth checking out, and I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t like it. Also, the kid who plays young Saroo is ADORABLE.
A

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February 7, 2017


La La Land

Ok, ok… this movie is awesome. I didn’t expect it to be. I didn’t want it to be(?). But it is. It’s funny, I went to see this with Sheena and my folks, and we all had totally different experiences. I really did love it, my mom said she liked it, Sheena thought it was fine, and my dad didn’t really like it at all. Isn’t that crazy? That’s crazy. Anyway, I thought the movie was pretty perfect. The music was fantastic, the dancing was excellent, the plot (THERE WAS A PLOT!) was great, and the ending was exactly what I wanted it to be. I could’ve done without a few (dancing in the stars) scenes, but I went in thinking that’s what the whole thing was going to be like, so I’m glad there were only a few surreal scenes like that. I think Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were perfect, super impressive, and really nailed this thing. So… I apologize for all the negative things I said about you La La Land. You’re alright by me!
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