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Recent Viewings.

May 14, 2019


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Listen… these movies are fun. You know what you’re getting into. And I’m all for it. Perfect? No. Am I always going to watch them? Yep.
B


Avengers: Endgame

I liked it. I didn’t LOVE it, but I liked it. There are some really great moments. The scale of it all, especially the end fight, is impressive, if not a bit overwhelming. I did think a lot of the jokes fell flat, or were at least a little sillier than normal. And the ending, overall, felt a bit spastic. But it’s a good movie, and a fitting end to this era of the Avengers.
B


Glass

“That was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.” -Sheena
I liked it! I thought it was a cool way to end the trilogy. The acting was great and there were some interesting twists and turns. So, in conclusion, Sheena is wrong.
B


The Oath

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a comedy. There are some funny moments, but it’s a pretty dark movie. Overall, I thought it was interesting and entertaining, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I don’t want to give anything away, but just know you’re not watching some silly movie.
C


Wine Country

This movie is fine. That’s the best I can do. It’s got some funny moments, but overall it’s just kinda there. Great cast. Good soundtrack. The end.
C

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Recent Viewings.

March 25, 2019


Aquaman

This movie was pretty silly. There were so many things I had questions about. Maybe they’ve been answered in the comics or something, but I felt like we as an audience were just supposed to be like… yeah, sure, that works in this world, and that be the end of it. I know, I know, it’s supposed to be ridiculous, but this just seemed more ridiculous than most. It wasn’t boring, by any means, but it felt like we were spending more time laughing at things than caring about what was actually going on.
C


Bumblebee

Now THIS is ridiculousness I can get behind. Interesting story, good characters, great soundtrack. It wasn’t amazing, but it was way better than any of the other Transformers movies I’ve seen (and I’d imagine way, way better than the ones I haven’t). The fact that most of the story centers around the relationship between Bumblebee and the teenage girl who “found” him is so much more enjoyable than a bunch of robots fighting. I recommend this one.
B


Ralph Breaks the Internet

I thought this movie was really fun. I don’t remember enough about the original to compare the two, but as a stand-alone movie, it’s pretty great. It’s clever, and funny, and has some heart, too. Recommended.
A


Captain Marvel

I will admit I was really tired when we went to see this, so I might have missed some things, and should probably give it a second chance, but I was quite underwhelmed by this movie. I remember liking the soundtrack, but overall, not much stood out as great to me. The acting was so-so, the story was so-so. It was just all-around fine; nothing more. I get that we needed to know about this character for what’s coming, but it felt like maybe she didn’t need her own, stand-alone movie. I dunno.
C

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Recent Viewings.

January 22, 2019


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I loved this movie. Like, everything about it. The story is awesome, the animation is awesome, the voices are awesome, the characters are awesome, the soundtrack is awesome. It’s just awesome.
A


Peppermint

I thought this movie was just okay. It’s got some good action scenes, but it’s very cliche. Woman’s family gets murdered, woman learns how to kick butt, woman gets her revenge. The biggest problem, as Sheena pointed out pretty early on in the movie, is that you just don’t feel any connection to the characters. As bad as it sounds, you just don’t really care what happens to anyone. It’s worth checking out if you are looking to see Jennifer Garner kick some butts, but otherwise, pretty meh.
C


Summer of 84

Another one that was just okay. Kids are going missing, “our” group of kids are on the case! This movie desperately wants to be Stand By Me. And let’s just be honest, nothing will ever be Stand By Me. It wasn’t necessarily boring, but it wasn’t real riveting, either. Everything just kinds goes how you think it’ll go.
C


Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

I like The Jungle Book. I thought 2016’s “live” version was really good. This version is good, too. Maybe not quite AS good, but good, and in a very different way. This version takes the story in a much darker direction. I can dig that. I didn’t like the animation as much in this one, but overall, it’s a really interesting retelling of the story.
B


Fyre Fraud

I didn’t really care to see this, because the whole thing just sounded like rich people problems, but when Netflix and Hulu put out docs about something around the same time, maybe there’s something interesting about it? And there is. This is the Hulu doc, and now I look forward to seeing what might be different about the Netflix one. There are definitely things about this story that I just don’t care about. Social media “influencers,” for instance. Ugh. I could do without ever hearing about those types of people ever again. But the criminal, scammy parts of this “tragedy” are pretty interesting. Watch if you’re intrigued at all.
B


The Kindergarten Teacher

This is a slow one, but I dug it. It’s weird, and creepy, but also kind of hopeful, in a really strange way. Probably not something most people would enjoy, but if you don’t mind a quiet, thoughtful story, you might like this. For sure an interesting, original movie. And I really liked the ending.
B


Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen is one of those bands that I really like, but I never think about them at all. But when certain songs come on the radio, or when I hear a snippet of a Brian May solo, I get pumped up. They’re just a fun band, with some great music. I thought this biopic, more-so about Freddie Mercury than the band as a whole, was good. Maybe not as good as I was hoping, but I enjoyed it. There are definitely some cheesy sections, and some sections that go on a bit too long, but overall, it’s an interesting story. More than anything, Rami Malek is pretty fantastic. Definitely worth seeing if you like the band.
B

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My Favorite Albums of 2018.

January 8, 2019

Alphabetically:


boygenius


Lucy Dacus – Historian


Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today


Dream Wife


Mastersystem – Dance Music


Pinegrove – Skylight


Rue Royale – In Parallel


Soccer Mommy – Clean

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My Favorite Movies of 2018.

January 7, 2019

Alphabetically:


Avengers: Infinity War


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Black Panther


Deadpool 2


A Futile and Stupid Gesture


The Guilty


Incredibles 2


Isle of Dogs


Love, Gilda


The Miseducation of Cameron Post


Solo


Tag


White Tide: The Legend of Culebra


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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Recent Viewings.

January 2, 2019


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Six short stories about the old west. Coen-style. I dug it. Some shorts are obviously better than others, but the whole movie was quality. Check it.
A


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

We need more Fred Rogers in the world. Just an amazing, uplifting life and movie. Please see it.
A


Robocop

How am I just now seeing this? I don’t know. This movie is nuts. I live tweeted it here.
B


Die Hard

Also, how am I just now seeing this? It’s crazy. This movie is so great. I loved it. And I live tweeted it here.
A


Bird Box

I’m not sure why this is getting so much hate. Overall, I thought it was a great movie. It’s pretty intense, interesting, and unique. It reminded me a bit of A Quiet Place. I was a little let down by the ending, but it’s most definitely worth checking out. Especially good as a Netflix original.
B


Venom

I thought this was just okay. I like comic book movies, some of them a whole lot, but this was just too silly, or something. I don’t know. Meh.
C

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Recent Viewings.

October 29, 2018


Eighth Grade

I thought this movie was fine. It’s a nice glimpse/reminder of what it’s like to be in such an awkward stage of life. I’d heard this movie being praised over and over again, and while there are some really great moments, it’s not really one of those life-changing movies, to me. The thing that really needs to be praised here is Elsie Fisher. She was fantastic. I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Also, my absolute favorite parts of the movie were the ones that included Jake Ryan. He was seriously hilarious. I would’ve loved to see more of him. Worth seeing for the performances by these kids.
B


Ant-Man and the Wasp

Don’t get me wrong, this was a fun movie, but it mostly just felt like a gimmicky reason to show the “technology” (cgi) of changing the sizes of things. So, visually, it’s really cool, but there isn’t a ton of substance. Except for Michael Pena. Anytime he’s on screen is gold. So, fun? Yes. Great new installment to the Marvel Universe? Meh.
B


Incredibles 2

Incredible! No, seriously, I loved it. It’s just an all-around great movie. Comedy, drama, action… and it’s surprisingly grown-up for a Disney/Pixar movie. Like you’re not going to watch it.
A


Sorry To Bother You

Man, I really wanted to like this movie. I didn’t. It starts off decent, but never quite gets to the level of quirkiness I was hoping for… then it just gets weird. Very, very weird.
D


Under the Skin

I had no idea what this movie was about. I’m still not sure I do. But I dug it. It’s slow, and creepy, and weird. It’s not for most people, but I had a good time trying to figure out what exactly I was seeing.
B


Oculus

This is a legitimately good horror movie. The non-linear storytelling makes it cool and unique. It’s not going to knock your socks off, but I was pleasantly surprised.
B

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