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February 27, 2018


The Shape of Water

Geez Louise, this is a weird movie. There were parts of it I loved, and parts of it I hated. The fact that it’s nominated for Best Picture kinda blows my mind. It’s just so… weird. Listen, it’s a weird movie.
C


Coco

I loved this movie. It’s beautiful to look at, the story is great, the voices are perfect, and the music is fantastic. Just watch it, you weirdo.
A


I, Tonya

Good stuff. The acting is fantastic, with Robbie, Janney, and Stan all doing an excellent job, but I thought that Paul Walter Hauser really stole the show as Harding’s dim-witted bodyguard. The soundtrack really helps draw you into the time, and is just fun. More than anything, I liked the way the movie was directed/edited. It goes back and forth between documentary-style interviews, to narrative, with the occasional breaking of the fourth wall. In the wrong circumstances, this probably would’ve really bothered me, but it works well here. This movie peaked my interest so much that I’ve since watched the ESPN 30 for 30, and the recent ABC special on it. Such a strange and interesting story.
A

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Recent Viewings.

February 6, 2018


A Futile and Stupid Gesture

This is a movie about funny people, but it is not a comedy. It’s funny, at times, but it is not a comedy. I expected it to be a comedy, and although I was surprised to find it wasn’t, I actually wasn’t at all disappointed. It’s a great movie about a guy who changed the world of comedy. Like a whole lot of the funniest people, the story of his life is actually pretty tragic. But the way David Wain tells his story, it’s not only interesting and unique, it’s quite a tribute. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
A


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Meh. If you liked the first one, this is pretty much just a weaker version (from what I can remember), with a bunch of new, famous faces thrown in the mix. It’s got some fun action and the occasional decent joke, and that’s about what it brings to the table. Not bad for a mindless watch, but nothing too clever.
C


The Cloverfield Paradox

Sheena did not like this movie. I dug it. That seems to be how this movie is going down with everyone: love or hate. I found it interesting, and entertaining, and (although maybe a strange choice) funny. Apparently not for everyone, but I had fun with it.
B

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Recent Viewings.

January 26, 2018


Lady Bird

I kinda loved this film. It’s so quirky, and funny, and real. I’m definitely a fan of Saoirse Ronan (HannaThe Grand Budapest Hotel!). This is a movie about a teenager, and deals with teenage issues, but it’s definitely not your stereotypical “teen movie.” Maybe because it’s not trying to be edgy or crude or overtly funny, so it succeeds in all those areas in its on unique way. I have only seen a few of the Best Picture nominees so far, but I wouldn’t be mad if this won.
A


Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s definitely unique, and surprisingly quite funny, in the darkest of ways. When I first finished it, I didn’t really see it as Best Picture caliber, but the more I think about it, the more I like it, and the more I get what makes it special. It’s got some really solid acting all-around, but Peter Dinklage‘s small (no pun intended) part was probably my favorite character. Also, at this point in my limited view, I’d give Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell. (Frances McDormand was awesome as always.) I mostly just liked that it was such an original story, and I never quite new what was going to happen next. Not really in a suspenseful way, but I just didn’t know what to expect. I could imagine some people might find it a little slow moving, but I was never bored, and the ending is potentially lacking to some, but I thought it worked.
A


Dunkirk

This is a really great war movie from one of my favorite directors (maybe favorite?). It’s definitely very realistic (I would assume), and makes you feel seemingly as uneasy as the subjects in the movie. My biggest complaint is with the way Nolan chose to tell the story, time-wise. I get that he wanted to make it unique, but it’s a little confusing at times. I did like that you’re getting to see the war/rescue from three different perspectives: land/sea/air. Most definitely worth checking out.
A


Call Me by Your Name

I have to be honest here, I didn’t love this movie. I know I was supposed to, but I just didn’t. First of all, I just found it to be kind of boring. And it wasn’t that it was slow, I can do slow. It just felt lacking. Second, none of the relationships felt… right. From creepy to crappy (poor Marzia). Seemingly, to me, no one actually cared about anyone. Third, the movie is set in the 80s, and it honestly felt like it was made in the 80s. I don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but it didn’t work for me. I will say that the performances are fantastic, and the last few minutes are really well done. I also loved hearing Sufjan Stevens on the soundtrack. Overall, it just came across as pretentious: “This movie is art! An instant classic!” Am I alone here?
D

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Recent Viewings.

January 5, 2018


The Lego Batman Movie

Meh. I LOVED the first Lego Movie, but this one felt kinda forced. The jokes were really obvious, and I just couldn’t quite get into it. I had to watch it in two sittings. The animation was still awesome, the voices/acting were good, and the story was fine, but it just didn’t ever really click for me.
C


mother!

This movie is crazy nut balls. I found it super interesting, but super confusing. A lot of the time it just felt like nonsense. Once Sheena looked up an explanation of what we were watching, everything became clear. I think it’s probably better to watch it without knowing its purpose beforehand, but definitely read about it afterwards. It’s a hard one to watch, but it’s a really unique and thought-provoking movie.
B


Ingrid Goes West

Going into it, I had no idea what this movie was about. I’m kinda glad, because I’m not sure I would’ve seen it, or at least cared to, had I known the premise. But just describing the premise doesn’t really do the movie justice. I think this may be my favorite thing Aubrey Plaza has done, because she actually seems to be acting, instead of just doing her normal annoyed girl thing. This may look like a comedy, and there are some funny parts, but it’s definitely more depressing than it is fun. Oh, and I really liked O’Shea Jackson Jr. Definitely my favorite character in the movie.
B


It

First, I’ve never seen the original version of this movie, so my thoughts are solely based on this as a stand-alone. And I dug it. It’s not amazing, and I didn’t really find it scary, but I love a good story about a group of kids up against a “bad guy.” And these kids are awesome. Not a weak link in the bunch. I look forward to seeing Part 2, since I have no idea how the original story goes.
B

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My Favorite Movies of 2017.

December 29, 2017

Alphabetically:


Alien: Covenant


Big Bear


The Big Sick


Blade Runner 2049


Brigsby Bear


The Disaster Artist


Forever ‘B’


The House


I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore


Infinity Baby


Killing Gunther


Logan


Logan Lucky


Lucky


Spider-man: Homecoming


Step


War for the Planet of the Apes

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My Favorite Albums of 2017.

December 21, 2017

Alphabetically:


Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights


David Bazan – Care


Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps


Bully – Losing


Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound


Lo Tom – Lo Tom


Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface


TW Walsh – Terrible Freedom


The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding


Derek Webb – Fingers Crossed

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Recent Viewings.

December 19, 2017


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m so torn by this movie… the best parts are some of the best parts in the whole franchise, but the low parts are pretty low. Maybe not prequels low, but there were just some strange choices. Overall, this is a fun, high-energy installment of the Star Wars saga. The music is awesome, as always, and the acting is fantastic. I mostly could’ve done without so much comedy. It just felt forced. No pun intended. Or was it? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE! Honestly, I think I need to see it again to have a good opinion, but for now, it fell a little short to me.
B


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This is definitely better than the first one of this series. I liked seeing more of the characters from my childhood. It’s not really a good movie, but it’s nostalgic, and I like that. Worth seeing if you are/were ever a fan of the Turtles.
C


The Disaster Artist

So good. The first half(ish) of the movie is just about Tommy and Greg meeting, which I didn’t expect. It wasn’t all that funny, not in a bad way, but it had me a little worried. But don’t fret, once they start filming The Room, it’s hilarious. Before the credits they show a lot of side-by-sides of scenes they reshot for The Disaster Artist from The Room (that’s not confusing, is it?). I could’ve watched those all day. So freakin’ funny. I hope they reshot the whole movie and release that at some point. Also, stay for the post-credit scene. Hilarious.
A


Killing Gunther

This movie is super funny. Teran Killam is great, but Bobby Moynihan really steals the show. It’s shot documentary style, which can be gimmicky, but I thought this one was really well done. You can tell some thought was put into it. Solid acting, solid plot, solid ending. The humor may not be for everyone, but it was right up my alley.
A


Logan Lucky

This movie was really fun. It’s definitely pretty unrealistic, but it’s a pretty unique take on a heist movie. I thought Channing Tatum and Adam Driver worked really well as brothers, and there might have even been a part where I cried a little. Don’t tell.
A


Atomic Blonde

Stylistically, this is a pretty cool movie. Plot-wise, it’s a little too convoluted. I feel like it thinks it’s much more clever than it actually is. There is one fight scene in particular that is super awesome, though, and probably worth seeing the movie for (although something very similar was done, and done better, in Daredevil). Still, it’s quite impressive. Overall, pretty meh, but enough action to keep your attention.
C

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