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Recent Viewings.

May 23, 2020


Horse Girl

I liked this movie. I think. No, I liked it. It’s a weird one, for sure. I think the ending is what gives me the most pause. I feel like I was on board with what the writer/director was trying to say, and it was pretty powerful, and then the end just kind of upended all of that. Which kind of changes everything. Which, to me, took away a lot of the heaviness of the film. This almost feels like two movies in one. And you can choose what you want it to be. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, or just confusing. I still liked it, though, just for different reasons.
B


Sonic the Hedgehog

This was fine. More than anything, it was nice to see some classic Jim Carrey silliness. A fun, mindless viewing, but nothing special.
C


Space Jam

I have no idea how I never saw this movie. I even had the Nike poster with MJ and Bugs in my bedroom. And I really wanted a pair of those Jordans. Oh yeah, the movie… it was… fine. The intro was funny to me, because it was set up like a Michael Jordan documentary or something. Oh, and the movie partly takes place in Birmingham! Who knew?!?! But, yeah, meh.
C


Onward

This was a pretty fun animated movie. Has a lot of feel good moments. A good family film.
B


The Invisible Man

I dug this. Of course, being a horror/thriller, there are a lot of “why would she do that?” or “no, don’t go that way!” moments, but, honestly, they do better than most at fixing those situations in this movie. Anywho… this was a fun one.
A


Birds of Prey (and the longest title ever)

Oof. This was pretty rough. It’s definitely better than Suicide Squad, but it’s not good. So, so many moments of “huh?” “how?” “why?” “where did…?” It just felt like nothing was thought through. And I really have no idea who exactly this movie is for. It’s real bubbly and childish, which I have no problem with, but feels like maybe it’s for kids at times, but then the language is bad and it’s pretty gory. I’m guessing it’s rated R, but it has the feel of PG. It’s weird.
D


The Lovebirds

This is a fun little movie. I laughed-out-loud a few times, and even though it’s ridiculous, I was definitely never sure what was coming next, which is always nice. Plus, I love Kumail.
B


The Wrong Missy

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this at all. I was pleasantly surprised. Lauren Lapkus is hilarious. I laughed a lot. Loudly. It’s silly, for sure, but now’s a good time for silly.
B

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Recent Viewings.

February 25, 2020


1917

I liked this movie for the most part. It’s a little slow in parts, but the overall scope of the thing is quite impressive. And some scenes were fantastic. It was nice that such a seemingly simple film could still keep me guessing about what would happen next. I think I was more impressed by the manipulation of time, than the actual look of a continuous shot. Even though this is about a 2 hour movie, the story actually takes place over at least 12 hours, I’d guess. Day to night to day. And you really don’t notice. That’s pretty impressive. This is nothing I’ll likely watch again, but I guess that’s how most war movies are anyway.
B


Fateful Findings

Wow. Just wow. I don’t know what that was. Nothing really makes sense. And it’s in no way a comedy, but it sure is funny! This has been compared to The Room, but I honestly think this makes The Room look good. Or at least better. This… this is… wow.
F (A?)


Honey Boy

Overall, good stuff. Obviously, it’s not a happy movie, but it’s well done and well acted and gives you an intimate glimpse into Shia‘s life growing up as a child star. It’s not really your typical linear story style, so it can probably feel a little bit lacking, especially the ending, but I think it works.
B


Parasite

I get it. This is a good movie. It’s got a little bit of everything in it. It’s funny, it’s suspenseful, it’s creepy, it’s gory. Was it my favorite movie of 2019? I don’t think so. But I can get behind it winning Best Picture, especially before a lot of the other stuff nominated. Definitely worth seeing.
A


Jumanji: The Next Level

These movies are funny. This one isn’t as good as the first one. It’s still pretty fun, though. Do what you will.
C


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I’ll be honest, I really have no idea what was going on here. Maybe I was tired, but it just seemed like a bunch of random nonsense. So… meh. It looked cool and the beasts are neat.
D

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My Favorite Movies of 2019.

January 22, 2020

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Recent Viewings.

January 9, 2020


Uncut Gems

This thing was pretty intense. I mean, just one thing after the other. Exhausting, almost. Adam Sandler was great.
B


Fantastic Fungi

I liked this, for the most part. There were some lagging moments, but overall it was interesting. The visuals were fantastic. It definitely made me more interested in mushrooms than I ever thought I’d be.
C


Zoombies 2

There’s a sequel! And it’s horrible, too! Surprise! There are so many laughably dumb moments in this movie. I think it might be better/worse than the first. So, see it!
D(?)


Frozen 2

This is essentially the exact same premise as The Fifth Element. Ok, maybe not exact, calm down. It doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the original, to me, but it’s good. Lots of songs. So many songs.
B

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My Favorite Albums of 2019.

January 6, 2020

In alphabetical order:


Better Oblivion Community Center – s/t


Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?


Bon Iver – i,i


Lizzo – Cuz I Love You


Pedro the Lion – Phoenix


PUP – Morbid Stuff


Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’


Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

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Recent Viewings.

January 2, 2020


Abominable

This is a cute little animated film. It never quite gets as emotional as you’d expect, but it’s a fun, unique story. Some of the magic is a little silly, but I guess that’s to be expected. Definitely worth a watch.
B


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

I dug this one, for the most part. It’s definitely too long… we’re in the back seat of a whole lot of cars driving around. But, overall, it’s a really fun, original movie. I really liked the ending.
B


Joker

I actually liked this for the most part. It’s maybe a little too slow and sleepy, but I liked the overall story, especially the last 30 minutes or so. Some of it was a little… silly… for lack of a better term, but I did like this take on how the Joker becomes the Joker.
B


6 Underground

This thing is all over the place. Not that it’s a bad movie. I enjoyed it, for the most part, but the narrative is wild. It’s got some great action and a fun cast. And that’s what you should focus on. Weeee! Fun!
C


Rattlesnake

It’s fine. It starts out pretty silly, but actually ends up somewhat interesting. It’s short, so it’s an easy watch if you’re looking for a time-waster.
C


Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell

Wow. Yikes. This thing is baaaad. And kinda awesome. It’s just so dumb. So… watch it!
D(?)


Zoombies

Alrighty! This is dumb. And great. And terrible. And silly. And crazy. And etc.
D(?)


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I loved it. For real. I thought it was great. There weren’t any “oh brother” moments, for me, like some of the other recent ones. So maybe it’s my favorite of the new trilogy? I dunno. But it was a good ending. Weeee.
A


Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains

Sheena’s mom picked this one out. Yep. She knew a guy in it. Yep. Anyway, it was actually much better than I expected. It’s got kind of an interesting meta sort of plot, and the acting isn’t bad. It’s obviously super low-budget, and maybe a bit long, but overall not bad.
C


Knives Out

I had fun with this one. It’s a pretty unique whodunit plot, with a fantastic ensemble cast. It maybe wasn’t quite as twisty and turn-y as I wanted it to be, but I still really liked it.
B


Jojo Rabbit

I loved this movie. It’s so funny, and weird, and touching, and a bit sad. It’s just so unique. I’ve never really seen anything like it. It’s got a hint of a Wes Anderson feel, without feeling at all like a rip-off. I already loved Taika Waititi, but this is definitely the best thing he’s done so far, and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.
A


Zombieland: Double Tap

Good stuff. If you liked Zombieland, you’ll like Double Tap. It just kinda takes everything up a notch. The end.
A

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Recent Viewings.

December 3, 2019


Toy Story 4

I mean, these movies are good, and fun. This is probably my least favorite. It’s got some creepy elements, which I always like in these movies. And seemingly this is the last? Who knows? Good, not great.
B


Shazam!

I thought this was a lot of fun. It’s a kind of silly take on the whole super hero movie trend. But there is still some heart and good action. I liked it.
B


The Death of Dick Long

I thought this movie was hilarious. It’s so weird and… cringy? The mostly unknown cast was fantastic. It even features a local Birminghamian.
A


Mid90s

I dug it. I didn’t have the same experiences as the kids in this movie, but it was still kinda strangely nostalgic. I really liked the cast of kids, and was surprised that they could actually skate really well.
B


Frozen

Hey! I finally saw this one! Now I won’t feel like a fraud when I wear my Elsa dress. It was good. Most of the music was really good (didn’t care for the troll song). The cold never bothered me anyway.
B


It Chapter 2

This movie/these movies are good fun for entertainment, but if I think about them just a little bit, they kinda make me angry. I just don’t get the rules. Sometimes IT just straight up kills folks, but sometimes it just haunts them with things that scare them but aren’t real. Why? He’s had our heroes in so many situations where he could’ve just killed them, but he doesn’t. But he kills people around them all the time. I’m getting angry. Whatever. Fun enough movie.
C


In the Tall Grass

Huh? No idea. Weird enough to keep my attention, but nothing really makes any sense.
D


I Am Mother

I really dug this movie. It’s a seemingly pretty small-budget sci-fi movie, but never felt that way. I’d never heard of it, but glad we randomly checked it out. Recommended.
A


Little Monsters

I thought this was a funny little zombie movie. It’s a weird mix of lots adult humor and heartfelt moments with kids. Pretty unique. Worth checking out.
B


Missing Link

This was fine. The animation is pretty cool, and there are some funny parts. Overall, it’s just kinda okay.
C

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