Last movie you watched

  • @tokyoslim John Wick 3 as a two hour fight scene? I'm absolutely fine with that! :-)

  • @binarymelon I completely agree. I think it suffers from a lack of imagination overall, and Thor as a character has become infinitely more interesting as the MCU has evolved. But, like you say, that first 1/3... it's decent!

  • @klinjon not literally, but functionally. There's the least amount of dialogue in any of the Wick movies, and most of it just goes to set up fighting.

  • Watched Pokemon Detective Pikachu (got the the last screening, it was an ideal viewing situation). It's pretty fun! I'm mostly in awe of how it visually looks at times, those night sections in the city are splendid. The pokemons look pretty great, seeing them on a big screen. Really enjoyed Ryan's performance, everyone else did alright. It does feel rushed and underdeveloped overall after the first third of the movie, which didn't help me feel the emotional moments. It's structurally average too, although some of the twists are neat. (6/10)

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  • I, too, saw Detective Pikachu last night. Really impressed with how well they integrated Pokemon in with live action, and there was a stretch from about minutes 10-40 where I genuinely loved the movie. I just wish it didn't have to lean so hard into being a kid's movie, and instead embraced the full-on dark absurdity of its premise a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The performances outside of the central duo were rough, which I think is mostly the fault of the direction and script. Still, very excited to see more movies in this world, and I'm hopeful they can learn from their mistakes. C

    On a completely different not, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping might be the most underrated comedy of the past decade. Dumb, juvenile humor with just enough layers to keep me laughing throughout. Finest Girl is a banger, and worth a watch if you haven't seen it yet.

  • Watched the WTF shorts program last night, which is among my favorite things at the festival year in and year out. Standouts were "Father Figurine", which I think it the longest of the shorts - in which the family of a wealthy deceased man must come to terms with an unusual request in his last will and testament.

    and "Piggy (Cerdita)" which is a short somewhat Giallo looking suspense-horror about a girl being fat shamed at a public pool.

  • No. 1 Chung Ying Street

    Two protest stories about the area separating mainland China from Hong Kong. In the 1960s there was a revolt against the British colonial rule by Maoist Chinese and in 2019 there's a revolt against the current govt taking land away from farmers and be selling it to build a mall.

    In both cases, it shows that the prevailing govt is not Democratic and that the protestors are often treated as criminals and trespassers when they are trying to save their own homes from demolition.

  • Funke:
    A documentary about one man's obsession with handmade pasta, the disappearing art of making it, the prevailing notion that it's not worth the intensive labor in a world built upon razor thin margins, and how he's managed after losing his restaurant and being sued and disgraced. 4/5
    Youtube Video

  • In Fabric:
    A heavily Giallo inspired story about a cursed dress. While I think some of the dialogue, especially that of the shopkeeper is amazing,, I found the story to be overall pretty lackluster. 3/5
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    10 Years Thailand:
    A series of 4 vignette style shorts envisioning the future of Thailand in 2028. The first is a stark look at the future of artistic censorship. The second is a world run by humanoid cats who've hunted regular humans nearly to extinction. The third is a neon happy religious order run by a chubby mama-san and a mummified general in a wheelchair, who go out and collect defective people and bring them in to be "repurposed". The fourth is a conversation taking place around a roundabout under construction with what is apparently the statue honoring a brutal dictator in the center of it. Nobody mentions it. I really enjoyed 3/4 of the vignettes and didn't really "get" one of them. So I'm giving it a 3.5/5
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  • El Angel:
    1970s Argentine criminal Carlos Robledo Puch gets the Goodfellas treatment. It's fascinating and somewhat chilling to fall in with this sociopath, be charmed by his swagger and carefree life - only to be shocked out of it time and time again by him unhesitatingly murdering people without an ounce of remorse. The film's Scorcese-lite music scoring works, I think, and the acting is superb. 4.5/5
    Youtube Video

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    I've been an unapologetic Godzilla fan since I was a kid, staying up late on Saturday nights to watch a man in a rubber suit destroy model cities. When Godzilla 2014 was released, critics praised it for breathing new life into the beast but I thought it was utter trash - the main focus was on the humans and Godzilla had about five minutes of screen time, as each time a fight was about to break out, it would cut to something else. With this release, critics absolutely hate it... and it's exactly what I wanted. Big ol' monsters duking it out and (most) of the movie serves to showcase how awesome they are. Some of the shots with Ghidorah, Mothra, and Godzilla are absolutely breathtaking and guess what? They fight! Multiple times even! Way better than I expected, still too many human scenes though which does make the film feel a bit too long.

  • Deadwood: The Movie

    Time flew by fast with this one, it was a joy to return once more to Deadwood. Not the best we've had from the series, and I didn't expect it to be such, but nevertheless a long awaited epilogue for everything. I mean the hope was pretty much dead for a very long time to have any kind of closure to things, so now as a surprise bonus finally I was just more than happy to welcome this fim.

    Seth Bullock is practically the best thing out of best things, was back then and was still now. And as Olyphant is basically my official man-crush because of Deadwood and Justified I couldn't stop smiling when Bullock, for instance, called out Hearst from the middle of the street, stating "you murdering cunt". Hah. :D The use of language remained exceptional in the movie, meaning all that Shakespearean level convoluted phrase structures and what have you are all around the dialogue and at the same time an absurd yet fitting amount of cursing and swearing balances the scales with that. Out of the side characters I'm giving my shoutouts to Charlie Utter and Johnny Burns who warmed my heart.

    And Garret Dillahunt seemed to have been given his third role in the show. A nice touch, that one. Blink-and-you-miss-it.

  • I got distracted from watching the two blu-rays I got sometime ago. So here's two other movies:

    Moonrise Kingdom
    This is my first full Wes Anderson movie, and boy I'm excited for more. I love his style here, it just feels so jolly and heartwarming to me. I'm mostly in awe of the cinematography, I can't properly describe it but it speaks so much to me: how shots are framed, what is dominant in the shot and how the camera moves. The one scene that pops up to me right now is when the two main characters are speaking next to a big trampoline that's being used by a boy. The way they enter the frame, then talk, and exit while the boy is just bouncing happily just warms my heart. I also love how the movie is being colored: it starts with bright colors and gets more playful as the movies gets crazier. There's simply too much to love here, technically. I can go on for hours talking about all the scenes here.

    Story wise, I didn't expect the movie to get a bit serious halfway through, but that just made it stronger for me. It's more exciting to see how the story is being told rather than seeing how it all plays out (not saying it's weak plot-wise though). Also, I thought the two main actor-actress duo nailed the awkwardness of their characters. The length of the movie is fitting, can't say I got complaints about how it's paced. (8/10)

    John Wick
    It's a sin of mine: I've never watched any of the John Wick movies until now. I had friends showing me clips of them on Youtube, which I enjoy very much. I can see why this got people's attention. The action scenes are so goddamn slick, they really made Wick look and act like the dangerous professional the baddies made him out to be. I also adore the criminal world lore that they are building up here. (7/10)

  • Then That Follow:
    It's a tense drama about a snake handling church pastor's daughter when she discovers she's pregnant with an illicit sin baby. Bill Pullman's son, Walton Goggins, Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever (also in Booksmart right now) Thomas Man from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Jim Gaffigan, and a bunch of other interesting folks.


    Update: trailer just released

    Youtube Video

  • Late Night:

    Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling are great. Light comedy, some emotional moments, John Lithgow is also in this film and he's such a great, underrated actor.

  • Cities of Last Things:

    A bit of Wong Kar Wai 's 2046, notes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and with a little bit of Infernal Affairs thrown in. A sci-fi noir tryptich in reverse chronology that follows an older man in the somewhat near future, who basically loses his shit when he finds out his wife is having an affair. Then him as a young police detective when he's set up to take a fall for police corruption. Then him as a teenager, when he first meets the mother who may have abandoned him to pursue a life of crime.


  • House of Hummingbird:

    Korean teenage girl drama, somewhat in the vein of Ladybird. An 8th grade girl has her first kiss with a boy who then basically acts uninterested in her, then interested again, then uninterested. Her best friend suggests shoplifting and then rats her out to her parents. Her parents fight constantly, and pressure each of their children to and past the breaking point of stress with school. A friend of hers admits to having a lesbian attraction to her, She has a tumor on her neck and has surgery and nobody even asks how she's doing... everybody talks about her like she's not there - criticising her personality and behavior, and amidst all this a new teacher in her cram school connects with her, forms a deep emotional bond with her and "understands" her - but then unexpectedly leaves the school. Nobody will tell her why, or where she's gone.

    I have described most of the plot here, but the range of emotional response elicited, from frustration, anger, depression, shock, panic, worry, confusion, and etc. is why you'd be interested in this movie. The acting is sublime, though the plot is basically just "life events" and there's little to no resolution. It's pointed out once that the main character is only "thinking of herself, behaving selfishly" but this film from her viewpoint - shows that everyone mostly thinks of themselves and behaves selfishly. What else is she supposed to do?