Last movie you watched



  • I watched El Camino, Breaking Bad's epilogue movie. I enjoyed it, the time flew by. It's a straightforward story, it doesn't invent too much, which I appreciate.



  • Been thinking about 13 Assassins a lot. Watched it a week ago or so for the 5th time. Just went back and watched the final battle again tonight. A masterpiece.
    Shudder should have gotten the Japanese cut though, as the International Cut makes a certain character a bit more ambiguous.



  • Watched a new movie for once, A Quiet Place.

    That TrueHD Atmos track was amazing. I don't even have four elevated speakers. Just two above the TV. But still! I've never seen a horror movie with height channels. Perfect application for it.

    The movie itself I found pretty good. Just not great. Didn't have high expectations and was pleasantly surprised.



  • Parasite:
    It's real good. It deals with a lot of similar themes superficially as another fairly recent film, and I think it does them in a more cohesive and better way. I do not know that it was intentional, and I'm not even sure how that would be possible - so I don't think it's an official connection, but this movie worked for me in ways the other film (which I also obviously saw) didn't.

    This is probably a 4.5/5 for me. Think it's in my top 3 of the year so far.

    Seeing Jojo Rabbit tomorrow. I'm hearing a lot of buzz on that too, might be joining it.



  • Jojo Rabbit:

    in 2019, Taika Waititi makes me get a little choked up emotionally during a hitler satire. Some real good performances, Sam Rockwell is still one of the most charismatic and likable character actors of our generation. Good performance and believable writing of the emotions and reactions of the kids.
    I think this is also one of the top three or four films of the year.
    4.5/5



  • Quick hit reviews:

    Joker
    Solid performance from Phoenix can't quite overcome a tonally muddled script. Strange story inconsistencies seem to pop up in my head the more I think about it. Walked out a B, now I'm at a B-

    El Camino
    A well-made and well-acted epilogue that is feels largely inessential. Some great moments, but I haven't really thought about it since I finished watching. B+

    The Lighthouse
    Destined to be a cult classic for all the wrong reasons, this movie is the most stereotypical arthouse film I've seen in a while. Some beautifully demented performances from Dafoe and Pattinson don't change the fact that this movie largely lacks substance. There is nothing to keep you invested in this movie. It completely lacks any sense of escalation; the movie starts with them claustrophobic and crazy, and it ends with them slightly more claustrophobic and crazy. I'll probably be arguing with people about this one for a while, because I genuinely cannot understand why it's been so well-received. The movie is under two hours and still felt about 45 minutes too long. C-



  • Us
    I went into this one with high hopes considering how much I loved Get Out, but it was complete trash and I didn't really enjoy much past the opening scene.



  • @el-shmiablo

    It tries to tell too much for a movie. If it just focused on something and go from there, it would be so much better. For example,

    the twist at the end

    was enough for me but I couldn't care less about all the other ''references''.



  • @el-shmiablo I think there's too much technical mastery on display for Us to be considered complete trash, but I will say that I found it massively disappointing, with plot holes created within the last half of the movie for literally no reason.

    Trying to bring in a within-universe explanation for what was happening completely undermined both the literal and metaphorical aspects of the story for me.



  • @naltmank Yeah I guess you are right. Visually it was great and the performances were pretty good too, but there were just too many leaps of logic needed for me to enjoy the film beyond that.



  • Jojo Rabbit
    Legitimately funny with some real heart, this movie completely won me over. The kids are great, Johansson is charming, and Rockwell damn near steals the movie. I really liked this one. A-



  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Mostly, I think if you liked the first movie, you'll probably like this one. I didn't, really. Kind of a slog through predictable and tired territory. But again, Its just kind of... more zombieland. You determine if that's your jam or not.

    2/5



  • Maleficent Mistress of Evil

    I think Maleficent is the only live action adaptation of an animated property that's worked for me. Jolie is well cast, and the world is nicely filled with lore without really having to explain all of it.

    This sequel doesn't quite surprise me as much as the first one did, but it wraps up the story nicely.

    3/5



  • The Mummy '99 in 4K.

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    Has a few low res CG shots, but almost every other shot is nicely detailed and sharp. I never would have thought this movie would ever look this good on home video. Seems like even the mummies were rendered way above 1080p. The Blu-ray version was so much softer when I checked it after (which I think I've seen only once, all prior viewings being on 4:3 VHS). Pretty nice color too.

    A silly movie, but self-aware, with fun characters and a Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack that puts most of today's blockbuster soundtracks to shame. It's just a good pulp-adventure, the kind I don't think they make anymore. 7/10.

    Before that, I watched My Fair Lady, a lovely musical with Audrey Hepburn as a lower class Englishwoman trying to change her crude accent so that she can join the middle class and run a flower shop. Three hours long, but I liked it thoroughly. 8/10.



  • Marshawn Lynch: A History

    Interestingly formatted clip documentary that eschews the typical narrative and sports documentary tropes and just dives in with a structured 700+ various assembled clips of Marshawn, The Ferguson riots, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, ESPN and NFL Network talking heads like Stephen a Smith and Shannon Sharpe, Dion Sanders, Huey P Newton, Mario Savio, and etc.
    3/5



  • I saw The Lighthouse yesterday.. absolutely loved it

    The sound, visuals, camera work, performances were all excellent and like The Witch, I'm sure I'll be thinking about it for some time



  • I too saw the Lighthouse, and I thought it was really good! It's the kind of movie that is going to take many viewings in order to decipher what happens, and even then I don't think I'll ever really know. I feel like the whole movie serves as a metaphor for something, but again I couldn't tell you what for.

    It was also shot beautifully. Eggers has proven himself one of the most intriguing directors around with this one, along with the stories of his perfectionism on set. Dafoe is also fantastic, and I think this may be Pattinson's best performance yet (though his accent felt a little muddled at times).



  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Grew up watching Dolemite movies. Murphy doesn't look much like the real Rudy Ray Moore, but he does a great job with the cadence of speech and swagger. I may hold the film Bowfinger in higher regard than some, but I honestly think Dolemite is his best performance since that film in 1999.
    4/5



  • Watched El Camino. Absolutely loved it.[link text](link url)



  • Casino

    I just got a craving for Casino and its still as classic as ever. A few funny editing flubs and I'm not the biggest fan of the constant narration and licenced music this time around, but the story is still soooooo good.

    Imagine a self contained RPG game like Casino? You build your empire up quasi-legit or you go full gangster and become a captain out in the desert. Or like Yakuza but in Las Vegas. That would be super awesome.