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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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Recent Viewings.

September 16, 2020


Upgrade

This movie is simultaneously really cheesy, and pretty dang awesome. It’s weird. I wanted to hate it, honestly, but I didn’t. At all. I dunno! Also, Logan Marshall-Green looks way too much like Tom Hardy. The end.
B


Downhill

This movie was fine. Just fine. It’s not really funny. Mostly kinda depressing. It’s fine.
C


An American Pickle

I liked it! It’s obviously a ridiculous premise, but the overall message is great, and there are some genuinely funny moments. Also, Tim Robinson has a small part and that made me very happy.
B


The Conversation

GENE! Pretty good. Kinda slow. You probably won’t ever watch this movie.
C


Desperados

This was alright. We just wanted some of that classic Winston/Aly (New Girl) mess-around, but it’s not to be found here. Oh well, entertaining enough.
C


Bill & Ted Face the Music

This started off a little rough, so I wasn’t sure about it, but it ended up being a really fun movie. I watched the other two in preparation, and had a great time spending a few hours with some old friends. It’s definitely a nice, uplifting movie for these pretty dark and depressing times.
B


i’m thinking of ending things

I really liked this movie, but, man, it was weird. And, man, it was confusing. Once it was all over, I had some thought about what I’d seen, but I found this article very helpful in spelling some stuff out for me. It’s a beautiful movie, with great acting, and lots of thought-provoking scenes. And now that I more or less “get” it, I like it even more. Definitely worth seeing, especially if you’re a Charlie Kaufman fan.
A


The Babysitter: Killer Queen

Ridiculousness. In a good way. Just a lot of silliness and blood. If you saw/liked the first one, you’ll like this one, too. If you didn’t see the first one, watch it first.
B


The Old Guard

I really liked this. It’s a cool story, with good acting, and fantastic action sequences. And the soundtrack was pretty sweet. I hope they make some more.
A


The Accountant

I really liked this movie. Why didn’t anyone tell me about it? Math AND gun fights?!?! Seriously, it’s good. Maybe my favorite Ben Affleck performance (after Mallrats, of course). I dunno!
A

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Recent Viewings.

July 25, 2020


Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

This movie wasn’t for me. Like, literally. This movie was not made for someone like me to enjoy. Because I looked at the reviews on IMDb, and people LOVED it. But all of those people were judging it in the context of how it connected to the actual Eurovision Song Contest. Which I didn’t know was a thing. But even beyond that, I’m not sure exactly what this movie was supposed to be. On the surface, it seems like it’s supposed to be a silly comedy. I mean, Will Ferrell is one of the two main stars. And he’s supposed to be in his 20’s? 30’s? I’m not sure, but that’s silly. Right? It’s never alluded to or joked about or anything. The whole thing was just confusing to me. At it’s core, it’s a decent teen musical comedy. And I guess if you know that going in, it’s not so bad. The one saving grace to the whole thing, for me, was Rachel McAdams. She was believable and fantastic. Anyway, because of McAdams and some decent music at times, it wasn’t a complete waste of time or anything, it just wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
C


You Should Have Left

Meh. Not much going on with this one. Weird house. Weird dreams. It wasn’t boring, but it definitely doesn’t pay off.
D


Long Shot

I really liked this movie. It’s got a little bit of everything. Especially humor. I thought it was super funny. I got no complaints.
A


Palm Springs

I thought this movie was really fun. Andy and Cristin made a great pair. It’s really funny and clever. Free on Hulu. Do it.
A

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Recent Viewings.

June 26, 2020


The Hunt

This was a pretty fun, funny, weird, gory sort of political satire. I’d never even heard of it. But I enjoyed it. The cast is great, and it feels quick and easy, which was nice.
B


Just Mercy

Beautiful. Powerful. See it.
A


The Willoughbys

I thought this was a fun enough little film. Some great voice acting.
C


Stuber

This was fun enough. Some decent action and pretty funny. I love Kumail.
B


The King of Staten Island

I thought this was a great movie. It’s funny and heartwarming. That’s all.
A


An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

This this is wild. And crazy. And weird. And kinda awesome. In a wild, crazy, weird way. You probably won’t like it.
B

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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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