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Recent Viewings.

September 23, 2021

Malignant

Sheena and I put our brains together and figured this one out pretty quickly. And kinda hoped we were wrong. We were not wrong. I will say, the stuff that goes down at the end of the movie is pretty awesome and fun to watch, but overall the movie is just kinda silly. I don’t recommend it, but if you watch it, let’s talk about it.
D

Kate

I dug it. It’s full of stuff that you’ve seen before, but maybe not in this specific mashup. And it works. The action/fight scenes are pretty great, and I really liked the style of it. On Netflix. Check it out.
B

Old

This was surprisingly better than I expected. It’s not great, but it is good. I thought it would be dumb, but it’s more unique and interesting than silly. The acting is rough, and there are parts that just don’t work, but overall it was a fun watch.
C

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Man, I wanted this to be awesome. It just wasn’t. It looks super cool. The mixing of samurai and western is cool. Nicholas Cage is nutballs Nicholas Cage in this. There are some wild scenes. But overall it’s just kinda boring. Not a lot happens. There’s way too much weirdness and not a lot of story. I dunno, I was let down.
D

Candyman (1992)

I’d never seen this movie. We wanted to watch the new one, so we thought we might should watch this first. I’m glad we did. I’m not a huge horror fan. At least not the super gory, jump scare, lacking in real plot horror movies. This had a pretty legitimately interesting story. I was genuinely interested in what was going on. And watching it first definitely made watching the new one better.
B

Candyman (2021)

This is a cool movie. It works fine as a stand-alone (they do a good job of catching you up on what happens in the original), but I think seeing the original first really made this a fun watch. The visuals and effects are obviously better in this one. They do some really cool stuff with the murder scenes. The acting is pretty great, and the story builds really well off of the first one. It’s not perfect by any means, but, again, as a “horror” movie, I really enjoyed it.
B

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Recent Viewings – Sidewalk 2021

August 30, 2021

Not Go Quietly

This is a very emotional and powerful story about a guy diagnosed with ALS who wants to change the world for the better. It’s heartbreaking to see his mobility deteriorate as he’s getting closer and closer to fulfilling his goals. But he doesn’t let his disease slow him down. This is a really inspirational film, and definitely recommended to everyone.
A

The Passing On

This doc about an African-American mortician training up the next generation of morticians is definitely a unique story. And it’s quite well told. Worth a viewing if you can find it.
B

Television Event

Although I was too young to watch or remember it, I’ve definitely seen things about The Day After in pop culture. It is the most watched tv movie of all-time. Or something like that. And it really shook people. This documentary really breaks down the making of it, the production of it, and how much pushback it got. It’s really interesting.
B

Kid Candidate

I really liked this documentary. It’s about a kid in Amarillo, TX who makes some silly internet vidoes about running for City Counsel, and then actually decides to do it. And he’s really good at it. I mean, I’d vote for him. He’s passionate, and trying to make changes for the right reasons. See this if you get a chance. It might give you a little hope in the future of politics.
A

Mandibles

This movie is silly! And pretty great. Two dumb-dumbs find a giant fly and decide to train it to help them make money. How, exactly? I dunno! Did I mention they’re dumb-dumbs? Although not always laugh-out-loud comedy, it’s definitely always funny. And the ending was great.
B

Claydream

This doc is about the guy who started making a ton of claymation commercials in the 80s. Remember The California Raisins? The Noid? Yeah, that guy. It’s a pretty fun and interesting story until it becomes kinda tragic. The guy just wanted so bad to be the next Walt Disney, but couldn’t quite get there. Anyway, it’s a really well-made doc, and worth seeing if you get the chance.
A

The Kids

This is such a tragic story. Kids was a big movie in the mid-90s. Some people came away from it rich and famous. And a whole lot of the kids didn’t. This is the story of those kids. It’s such a hard watch, and it’s just so good. There is a ton of footage from the time, and a lot of interviews with a lot of the “kids” now. If you know anything about Kids, you should see this movie. It was the highlight of the weekend, to me, even though it was easily the hardest thing to watch.
A

Carterland

Jimmy Carter is an inspiration. I knew he was a great man, and he lived out his beliefs and stuck to his morals, even when it wasn’t popular. But I didn’t know just to what extent. He made a whole lot of hard decisions based on the right thing to do, not about making people happy or getting re-elected. Can you imagine if more politicians were like that? They’re not because, for some reason, as a people, we don’t like that and vote them out. And that makes me so sad. I can’t imagine where we’d be right now if Carter had been elected for a second term. This guy put solar panels on the White House in the 70s (Regan took them down). This guy gave 40 women judgeships (until then, there had been 8 IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATED!). Not one single soldier died in combat during his 4 years as president. He believed in peace, and he proved that over and over again. I could go on, but you should just watch the movie. Jimmy Carter proves that we can be better. Individually, and as a nation.
A

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Recent Viewings.

August 30, 2021
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False Positive

This was… okay. I feel like it had some potential, but overall misses the mark. It’s interesting and creepy, but also just kinda… huh?
D

How It Ends

This is a quirky little film with lots of familiar faces. It seems to have been born out of boredom during the pandemic. It’s essentially two girls walking around meeting people in LA the day before the world is going to end. It’s funny, and cute, and sweet. I enjoyed it. It’s short, too, so even though not a whole lot happens, it’s not boring at all.
B

The Suicide Squad

I really enjoyed this. It’s silly, funny, gory, and fun. It’s what you want in a comic book movie. It’s easily the best DC movie, in my opinion.
A

The Green Knight

I definitely didn’t hate this movie (Sheena did), but I definitely didn’t love it, either. The most likable thing about it is the look. It’s beautiful. And, that’s kinda where the likable stuff ends. I mostly just don’t get the point. It’s very slow, and not a whole lot happens. I dunno. Maybe I missed something. Anyway… meh.
C

The Bad Batch

This is a weird movie, and I dug it. It’s got some big names, which is weird for something that came out in 2016 and I don’t remember ever hearing about it. We watched it on Netflix and if you like strange, post-apocalyptic-type movies, I think it’d be worth your time.
B

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Recent Viewings.

July 21, 2021
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Plan B

This is a pretty funny teen movie. Pretty raunchy, if that bothers you. That is all.
B

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Together Together

This is a cute little rom-com-ish. I love both of these actors. Worth checking out.
B

Ford vs. Ferrari

Overall, this is a good movie. The story is really interesting, the racing is fun to watch, and the acting (for the most part) is pretty good. It’s a bit cheesy, especially at the beginning, but because I was invested in the story, it didn’t bother me that much. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you like racing in the slightest.
B

The Tomorrow War

This was a fun action movie. Sam stole the show. He’s so funny. Free on Prime, so worth it.
B

Black Widow

I liked it! It gives us a good look into where Black Widow came from, and is an overall interesting story. Of course, the fight scenes were great, and the new characters were pretty cool. Florence Pugh was hilarious, and I look forward to more from her character.
B

A Quiet Place II

I enjoyed this sequel. It’s nothing new, really, but it’s a fun/intense monster movie. The acting is great, and it’s pretty suspenseful. It’s not as good as the first one, but it’s definitely close.
B

Gunpowder Milkshake

This movie is bad. Like, whoa.
F

Fear Street Trilogy

These are pretty good movies, as far as the teen/horror genre goes. I liked that we could just knock them all out in a short amount of time, instead of having to wait a long time for each part. The first one is just fine, the second one is much better, and the third one does a great job of finishing up the story. Not too shabby.
B (overall)

Pig

If I’m being honest, I really wanted this to be a super gory revenge film. It’s not. That’s not a bad thing. We’ve got plenty of those. This is pretty slow, quiet, and low-key. No crazy Nic Cage. But good Nick Cage. For being about a guy looking for his stolen pig, it’s a pretty serious and… emotional(?) movie. I dug it.
A

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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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