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January 18, 2017


Hidden Figures

I feel bad even saying this, but as great as this story is, the movie just felt really shallow. It felt more-so like a tv movie to me. To be fair, there were a handful of really well-done, powerful moments. And I get that it’s meant to be a movie for the whole family, so I can’t be too judgemental. But everything was just a little too clean and perfect. It’s trying so hard to point out how backwards and bad society was at the time (and it was), that it never really becomes a good movie. It felt like most of the movie was black women walking into rooms full of white men, and all the men stopping what they were doing and looking up like… “what the?” And I’m sure this is realistic. I’m sure this happened a lot. But after two or three times in a movie, we get it. Let’s concentrate more on the women themselves. (Also, as a side note, Kevin Costner started chewing a new piece of gum in every single scene for some reason, and that was dumb.) All that being said, I still think it should be seen. These are women people should know about, and they should be celebrated.
Also, sadly, throughout the movie I couldn’t help but think about how eerily timely/current the whole thing felt; racism, sexism, even the friction with Russia… which just made me really sad.
B

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Recent Viewings – Snowed In.

January 17, 2017


Nerve

Meh. This has an interesting enough premise, but I just didn’t really care for it. The timeline of everything feels way off, and the logistics of the whole thing are ridiculous. I know it’s a movie, and movies don’t have to be realistic, but I feel like this is one that should be (and easily could be). It was entertaining enough, but nothing special.
C


Green Room

I knew this was supposed to be a sort of horror/thriller, but I honestly had no idea what to expect. It’s about a punk band that ends up in a bad situation. I’ll just leave it at that. And, kind of awesomely, the first 20 minutes or so are pretty bland and normal. Then… UH OH! I really liked it. It’s super gory and stuff, so, just know that.
A


The Conjuring

I’ve said again and again that I’m not a huge horror movie fan, mostly because they can come across as just so cheesy, but this one was pretty good. It’s creepy and interesting, and it’s supposedly based on a true story, so that’s freaky.
B


Honeymoon

This thing was just weird. I liked it, but it was weird. A couple goes to a cabin in the woods for their honeymoon. Strange stuff happens. But they stay. More strange stuff happens. But they stay. Etc. It’s not your typical horror movie, though. Did I mention it’s weird? Unique enough to recommend checking it out.
B


The Invitation

As you can see, Sheena kinda wanted to have a horror/thriller theme going on while we were snowed in. This was the best one of that group. It all starts as a normal dinner party, and then… yikes! What happens? I’ll never tell! It keeps you guessing and it gets pretty intense. Good stuff.
A


Daddy’s Home

I could’ve done without two super unrealistic parts, but overall, this movie is really funny. I loved The Other Guys, and Ferrell and Wahlberg make a good pair again here. We watched this for free on Amazon and it’s definitely worth that price. Good old-fashioned silliness, with a bit of heart.
B


The Hallow

I was trying to even remember what happened in this movie… Sheena says: “They moved to that house in the woods with their baby and made the woods mad so those monsters tried to steal the baby.” And that sounds about right. And if that sounds interesting to you… great! The effects and stuff were pretty cool, there were some genuinely creepy parts, and it was somewhat interesting in the beginning, but it just seemed to get sillier and sillier. Not terrible, but not for me.
C

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Recent Viewings.

January 13, 2017


Band of Robbers

This is a modern-day retelling of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. And I loved it. It’s really clever, and funny, and interesting, and silly, and quirky. It reminded me a bit of Bottle Rocket, which is high praise. The cast is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing more from the Nee Brothers.
A


Don Verdean

Yet another film from Jared Hess that somehow flew under the radar. The cast is fantastic, and the plot is pretty interesting, but this one just doesn’t quite hit the brilliant mark his other movies do. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still silly and quirky and weird, but it just feels like a little some is missing. Luckily, though, this one is easy to see. Thanks Netflix!
B


Asperger’s Are Us

This is an interesting little documentary about an all-Asperger’s comedy troupe. And it’s really endearing. You get to know a bit about the guys, their likes and dislikes, quirks and whatnot. They have all figured out how to cope with their disorder through comedy. And they’re quite funny. This sort of follows them preparing for their final show (at least for a while). It’s interesting and funny and, at times, enlightening. Worth checking out.
B


WolfCop

This is another one I picked hoping it’d be crazy ridiculous. And you know what’s ridiculous? It wasn’t that ridiculous! It’s actually a pretty well done movie, with decent acting and decent effects. And it’s pretty serious, for the most part. Which is weird. There were a handful of “what in the world?” moments, but not enough to make it feel as over-the-top as it needed to be. Honestly, it’s not a bad movie, but I just wanted it to be silly, so I was a bit let down.
C

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My Favorite Movies of 2016.

January 4, 2017

In order(ish):

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My Favorite Albums of 2016.

January 3, 2017

Alphabetically:


All Get Out – Nobody Likes a Quitter


Band of Horses – Why Are You OK


Bon Iver – 22, A Million


Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book


Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!


David Bazan – Blanco


David Bazan – Dark Sacred Night


David Bowie – Blackstar


Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack


John K. Samson – Winter Wheat


Pinegrove – Cardinal


PUP – The Dream Is Over


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


Wilco – Schmilco

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Recent Viewings.

January 1, 2017


Passengers

I’m pretty sure you already know exactly what happens from beginning to end with this movie. It’s crazy predictable. I remember thinking the trailer gave away too much, but, honestly, once you get a bit into it, you already know where it’s going, whether you’ve seen the trailer or not. But it’s still really good. The two leads totally work as a pair, the visuals and effects are top notch, and the story works from beginning to end. It’s nothing new or mind-blowing, but it’s an all-around good sci-fi love story.
B


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I’m not quite sure what the audience for this movie is. At first glance, it seems like it’s for kids, but this thing is pretty nuts. It’s pretty freaky/scary, and it plays a lot with time, which is usually hit or miss, but is almost always confusing. The plot is actually really interesting and clever, but there are a lot of moments of “what is going on here?” and “how did that work?” It’s definitely very Tim Burton. I enjoyed it overall. It’s a unique and clever tale, but, again, I’m not exactly who for.
B


Cowboys vs Dinosaurs

I love a really bad movie, but there is sometimes a grey area where the movie takes itself a little too seriously. There were some “legitimately” funny/ridiculous moments, but for the most part it’s just bad enough to remain bad. It’s worth seeing for the silliness, if you like that kind of thing, but this doesn’t go far enough to really fit the “so bad it’s good” category.
C


The Nice Guys

This is a pretty funny movie. I was skeptical, but I laughed out loud quite a few times. And the plot is pretty interesting. It’s probably about 30 minutes or so too long, but it was never necessarily boring. My main complaint with the movie is that coincidence is everywhere. So many things just fall (sometimes literally) perfectly into place. But Crowe and Gosling make a fun pair, and it was actually way better than I was expecting it to be. Definitely worth checking out.
B

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Recent Viewings.

December 19, 2016


Jason Bourne

Congratulations! It’s a Bourne Movie! Obviously, another movie about Jason Bourne wasn’t necessary, and the stuff you learn in this movie isn’t something you’ve been dying to figure out, but… butt kickin’ and car chasin’! Seriously, it’s a fun movie. If you like Bourne movies, you’ll like this movie. Also, Tommy Lee Jones has A LOT of wrinkles.
B


The Legend of Tarzan

Well, whatdoyaknow? This was pretty good! It was an interesting retelling of the Tarzan story where Tarzan has been reintegrated into society, but he has to go back to the jungle for a reason I won’t tell you, because NO SPOILERS! There are some cheesy parts, and some super-unrealistic parts (not surprisingly), but the plot was decent and the special effects were actually pretty sweet. Also, Sheena said that guy and I have pretty much the same body. Probably. She probably said that.
B


Arrival

I really, really liked this movie. It’s a thinker. I will say that it’s extremely slow. Almost to a fault for quite a while. I get why. I get they are really setting things up. But there came a point where I knew something important was about to happen, and I just wanted it to happen already! In the end, the payoff was worth the wait, for me. It’s a very hopeful movie, and being hopeful about the future is something we need right now. Any movie that has us standing outside the theater discussing it afterwards is a success to me. Definitely check this one out.
A


Little Men

I legitimately liked this movie, but it could’ve easily been a short film. There were a whole lot of long, “artsy” shots, and it still wasn’t even and hour and a half long. The highlight of the movie was definitely Michael Barbieri. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more from this kid.
B


Magnificent Seven

Pretty entertaining. I wouldn’t run out to the theater to see it or anything, but it’s a fun western. Denzel is great. Chris is funny.
C


Rogue One

The more I think about this, the more I love it. The very beginning is a bit confusing/convoluted, and the first half or so is kinda slow, but the second half is freakin’ awesome. There are a ton of tie-ins to the original trilogy, which is a lot of fun and, at times, a nice surprise. The characters are fantastic, highlighted by a hilarious new droid, K-2SO. And the ending? Perfection. I’ve got more to say, but I don’t want to give anything away. I really can’t wait to see this again.
A

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