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  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - 9/10

    This was fantastic. I’m not extremely familiar with the actual actors, directors, and specific content of the serialized television programs that dominated the American networks in the 1950-1960s, but I knew the titles of a lot of them and I know about the general history surrounding this era of television. A part of my university curriculum was a two semester Broadcast History course, so I feel like all of that studying in 2014-2015 helped me appreciate this movie a lot more. Otherwise... broadcast history was a lot of information overload and general useless knowledge but I digress.

    Firstly, you can taste, smell, and feel the setting of late-60s Hollywood in this movie. I think the mixture of set design, licensed music, costume design, and the constant dialogue about Hollywood really bring you into this world. The FOX TV studio felt like a workplace instead of the actual Wild West. Sounds obvious, but it did a good job of bringing you into Hollywood and not Hollywood to you. You could practically smell the smoke and dust of the trailer interiors on-set. I think this is Tarantinos best and most ‘mature’ world, where believability isn’t earned from the viewer but it’s pretty much guaranteed immediately.

    Next, I love the premise of a broken man at the turning point of his life and career having a crisis in the middle of an important work day. That is something that not too many stories try. I think Decaprio really helped sell Rick’s tough day on the job but also Rick’s adaptability as a truly talented actor who should apply himself more. There was a veiled “believe in yourself” subplot here that was pretty inspiring but not as on the nose as, say, a sports movie.

    Finally... FUCK THOSE DAMN DIRTY HIPPIES. I wish Tarantino wrote “Life Is Strange 2: Ep 3”. Don’t Nod... TAKE NOTES.

  • Midsommar - 7.5/10

    I'll be extremely vague because I don't want to spoil the movie. The trailer is vague so I'll keep it vague too.

    If the goal of a film is to evoke emotion from the viewer, then Midsommar convincingly achieves this in a few different ways throughout. The introductory sequence is possible one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I've watched. I don't want to spoil it, but there were people in the audience crying because of some convincing acting and an excellent pace.

    The overall feeling throughout is an uneasiness where the viewer feels like an outsider just as the characters do. All I will say is that you feel on-edge and feel out of place throughout the whole movie which keeps things tense and very mysterious.

    The last feeling you'll have is excitement. There is a lot of shocking and grotesque imagery here and the final sequence is absolute madness.

    I think Midsommar has a few tonal transitions in it. It reminds me of the movie Mandy from 2018 which goes through phases throughout the runtime. In the end, you sort of reflect on the movie as a mood-piece as opposed to a specific genre. There is heart wrenching dramatic sequences, there is comedic dialogue and even a fool character, there is classic horror with suspenseful music and tense cutting, and there is a lot of fast paced scenes. Most of this works but I feel as though my main complaint with the movie is that the pace of the camera-work, the music, and the plot all unfold perfectly to keep suspense and mystery in the first half. However, the final act plays its hand with confidence and things go bananas, but the payoff isn't as rewarding as Mandy was. The insanity of the ending is pretty entertaining to watch, but it sort of removes the element of surprise or mystery that the first 100 minutes built up.

    On the surface, this is a really good horror-comedy film that in many ways pushes the genre forward. The use of audio and lack of audio in scenes was extremely notable as something more filmmakers need to tend to. The pacing was extremely rewarding making the scares worthwhile and tasteful. There are actual scary moments that come from plot context and acting as opposed to jump scares and quick cutting. For example, some scenes in this movie have dozens of people in the same costume eating in unison while staring blankly. You wouldn't think its unsettling in the script but the way it plays out makes you wonder how the main characters aren't completely terrified being anywhere near these people.

    With that said, if you peel back the onion in Midsommar, there is definitely some political commentary here as well. It isn't overt, but I think this film in some ways a metaphor for far-right teachings in Europe and North America at the moment. I'm not sure if I'm reaching or not, but I'd be glad to talk more about themes and metaphors if anybody else has seen it. Regardless, this is a good movie on the surface.

  • I watched some James Bond movies, "For Your Eyes Only" with Roger Moore, "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill" with Timothy Dalton. I much prefer the latter Bond actor, he seems like a cool and reliable everyday person in comparison.

  • I have watched the avengers end game.

  • Hobbs and Shaw:

    to be honest, this is a spin-off that kind of felt like a spin-off. This movie assumes you are very familiar with both of these characters.
    I missed the crew and I don't particularly like how the story gets set up. (barely) But the action is solid at least.
    I'm still waiting for #justiceforHan


  • Mirai of the future

    Really beautiful movie, but I think your enjoyment will largely depend on how the themes resonate with you. I went into the movie thinking it would be about being a brother, but I think it will really land more if you're a parent. The story structure is essentially a series of fables and can get repetitive, but one of the vignettes near the end damn near made me cry. Worth a watch if you're interested. B

  • Early reviews of Joker are very positive. Phoenix is garnering universal acclaim.

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    sounds edgy lol

  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
    Ending was very Tarantinoesque. Movie could have cut an hour or more from running time.
    7/10 because I liked the ending

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Held off on watching this one for a while because my friend said it was a bit of a letdown. He's not completely wrong – neither of the sequels quite reach the height of the first movie in the trilogy. Still, the animation and music in particular are stunning, with some truly breathtaking sequences. The story is also thematically resonant, and really goes for the fences in the last act, and

    the way the sequence near the end as Hiccup says goodbye to Toothless mirrors their budding friendship made me seriously well up.

    Still, the movie is letdown by weak writing. It really feels like studio execs went through the script and said, "this is a kid's movie, throw in some more jokes and exposition." This trilogy spans a decade. Have some faith that your audience has grown with these characters. I'm not asking for it to become Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. I'm just saying let those moments flow naturally through sound character work, and trust that your audience will enjoy it all the same. I guess not everything can be as good as Avatar, though. B

  • It Chapter 2:

    All the "meta jokes" about King being criticised for not knowing how to write a good ending to a story... Like it seriously comes up maybe 9 times in this movie.

    The adult losers are all great. I feel like McAvoy is maybe a bit miscast, but everyone else seems to be on point. The movie however, keeps reminding you over and over again which person is who, by reflecting the child version in glass, mirrors, superimposing the faces, having flashbacks, etc. This is about half the movie. Also, Pennywise is still a great performance.

    Visual effects are outstanding though. Probably the best part of the film, as I'm effectively criticising both the writing and pacing/direction of the movie.

    Bit of a letdown since I liked the first film so much.


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    IT chapter 2
    The movie did feel a bit long. The pacing wasn't the greats. The movie wasn't too scary at all. It liked it better cuz jokes where pretty good once a while it didn't land for me.The casting was PERFECT.

  • It chapter 2
    If you read the book, you know what to expect - it's overlong, repetitive, full of clunky exposition, and objectively too weird to fit with what came before it. This adaptation toned down some of the more "out there" elements of the book, which I think greatly benefited the story overall. Seriously, there's a reason they don't stop shitting on the original ending throughout this movie. Overall not great, but the cast is dynamite and the visuals are occasionally spectacular. C+

  • @naltmank said in Last movie you watched:

    toned down some of the more "out there" elements of the book, which I think greatly benefited the story

    I dunno man, I really wanted to see the story about how this is actually a fight between a giant turtle and a giant spider.

  • Finally got to watch Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Man, I'm glad I went in blind. Didn't expect it to go where it did. It was weirder than i expected. Anyway, this was a fun time. I really loved the switch of camera styke when they showed the old films, although I didn't get why they didn't do the same during Rick's movie parts, that's a missed opportunity. Another thing I feel mixed about is the change of presentation style during half of the last act. Everything else was neato, I really got a kick of Cliff being a badass. The soundtrack was spot on too, they picked all the right bangers. Feelin a strong 8 to a light 9 on this one.

  • Hustlers: Maybe I'm kinda jaded, but for a story about strippers ripping off wall street bankers, it's a little vanilla. J-Lo still got it tho.

    Good Boys:
    Liked it a lot, the innocence of the boys juxtaposes nicely with the situations they get themselves into. Couple of recurring jokes were called back one too many times, but overall sweet and funny. Obvious comparisons to other similar films, Superbad, etc but this holds it's own. I think I liked Booksmart slightly more this year, but still a solid 4/5

  • Rambo Last Blood

    Less a couple fantastic kills, Rambo Last Blood doesn’t hold a torch to the symphony of blood, gore, and quoteables that was Rambo (2008). A hilariously fantastic context is what made that movie great, but the consistent disturbing violence is what made it legendary.

    Rambo LB is just a standard action flick. A ton of setup with some mundane attempts to make you care about the vulnerable female doesn’t really work but it’s at least resolved about 50-60% through the movie. Problem is that most of the action is back loaded into the final 10-12 minutes.

    I thought Rambo (2008) was peak American high budget B-Movie but this just feels like B-Movie. Coming from a big Rambo / Stallone fan, this was pretty effortless. Again, maybe a few good kills but not worth a ticket.


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    The consensus on this UHD disc is unbelievable. People don't know how to calibrate their TVs. Or they have cheap TVs. I know my 900e isn't very high end, but I thought it looked really good. It's always been a dark, warm movie, so I don't know what people expected from the UHD. The added clarity is subtle but nice and the colors have so much depth, all behind a fine layer of grain. I'm glad I read user opinions on instead of just going off the bad reviews.

    By the way, I forgot how many minor characters are in The Sopranos. Even Paulie Gualtieri. Haven't seen this in a while.

  • Ad Astra:

    The problem with big space movies that insist on fetishistic shots of the grandeur of the universe is that they then try to juxtapose that against human drama, which more often than not seems petty an inconsequential to me on a galactic scale. Like, even Interstellar and etc. is a movie that tries to sell me on the premise that love is actually a universal force strong enough to overcome physics, space, and time. Uh... ok? Likewise, Ad Astra suffers from this and sort of ends up sniffing it's own farts just a little in the process. It's a beautiful movie, but it's Interstellar-lite. Movies about space keep trying to be 2001, but the most effective movies about space tend to be ones that don't linger on super detailed shots of nebulae or the rings of Saturn, but like Alien, focus on the people and makes their drama the biggest thing on screen.

    Like during Alien, you're not sitting there thinking about the giant asteroid field full of glittering space dust or the wonder of a black hole bending spacetime. You're thinking about how the inside of the Sulaco is a death trap and it's a wonder any of these ships are insurable.