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@dipset The Criterion Channel has like 24 horror films from the 70s of you're interested.
Somebody told me you can't like hook your laptop up to your TV using the Criterion app though? Some sort of DRM protections they have?
If they got rid of that, I'd subscribe. Or made a Samsung TV or PS4 app.
@dipset huh that's odd. I've watched movies over discord with it and there weren't any DRM protections. Obviously not the same thing but it seems weird to me to have protections for one and not the other.
Oh shit! I just checked their website and they DO have a Samsung app now! I have the Q70R model but their website only lists Q70 so I hope it's the same thing.
I'm actually shaking in excitement. I'll check tonight if it works.
Between my Plex Server and now this, I'll have so many god damn good movies at my fingertips.
I just saw The Wicker Man, and it is perhaps my new favorite "horror" movie, if you could call it that. It is absolutely entrancing, and after watching it I was a little pissed off because I don't think there is any other movie that comes close to capturing the tone of this one. It is so unique, and utterly defies genre conventions. Hell, there were even points where I was getting Muppets vibes because of the comical editing and musical numbers. It's like if Hitchcock made Mary Poppins, with a dash of Cannibal Holocaust.
God I wish there were more movies like this.
Bad news. The Criterion website claims to have a Samsung Smart TV app, but then I check the store and they don't. Then when you inquire about it on their website, under the Samsung page, it talks about "compatible Tizen TV devices" and I have no clue what Tizen TV even is. Also no app for that.
Then also on their website, contradictory to listing Samsung TV's as having a compatible app, they say "If you have a Smart TV, such as Samsung, it may not be possible to log in or play the content from the built-in internet browser. In other words, it could work, but those browsers are not among our currently supported browsers." Which isn't exactly the same as saying "yes we have an app".
So I'm still shit outta luck until they sort that situation out.
The Full Monty - 8/10
In 2020, we live in a world where people are openly discussing mental health issues people are encouraging body positivity, and the disadvantages of the working class are hot topics in any political discourse, The Full Monty has aged like a fine wine!
Every character in this movie are so admirably ordinary that it puts other "average" characters in movies to shame. These guys look normal, they act normal, and they have the most normal problems that everyone can relate to.
What amazes me is that the joke about job loss leading to men stripping should be depressing, but they do it in this uplifting way where you can be satirical about industrialization without getting too deep into the weeds. It's more like a back drop. Then watching every guy overcome their insecurities gives the movie this empowering feeling. It NEVER punches down. In one scene, they use the word "poof" in an obviously derogatory way, but in context, it's just Gaz being insecure that the stripper guys look good and are getting paid while he's laid off work.
Another thing that blows my mind is how this is essentially School of Rock for adults. School of Rock takes all the beats of this movie, including going one by one with every character addressing their insecurities, to the point where I can't believe School of Rock didn't get any flack for being so similar to this, which released a few years beforehand.
Fun personal tidbits - My step dad purchased this and The Matrix as our first DVDs in 1999. I was too young to watch this one, but my parent's let me anyways. I barely remember anything so this was a viewing with fresh eyes and my biggest takeaway is how it has aged so well in today's society.
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@DIPSET I use an Amazon Fire TV box to access The Criterion Channel. It's probably the cheapest method if you don't already have compatible hardware.
@dipset Damn that sucks, sorry. I know they have an app for Xbox, but I don't know if you have one.
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Just watched The Lighthouse last night
I don't think it's a bad movie by any means, but I definitely thought I would enjoy it more based on how much I loved The Witch. This felt more like a 2-hour Twilight Zone episode, where it's very sub-textual and less about the overall arc of the characters and more what you can gleam from what they, and everything going on could potentially represent. Id made the movie more of a head-scratcher than an engaging ride. If anything, I have to give props to Pattinson who absolutely kills at his role, and same to Dafoe. If the movie is difficult to follow, their strong performances carry the whole thing tremendously, giving weight the these mysterious and obtuse characters.
Again, tremendously shot, acted, and mysterious. I think that a little more blunt storytelling would have worked a lot more for me though. It's an awesome movie that just didn't resonate with me the way I'd hoped. I'll give it a 6/10
I watched a few flix this week. Also gonna throw in some I watched in Oct.
Little Shop of Horrors - 10/10
All time classic. The cast is perfect, the songs are obviously all time greats, and the set design is probably my favourite ever. Skidrow is likely my favourite setting in all of film. I watched this on Halloween and I kinda wanna make it a tradition.
FYI, watch the Director's Cut if you haven't. It's the ending from the off-broadway musical which is 100000x better. Plus the song is amazing and again, the work they put into the set in that final scene is incredible. Damn shame that never went to theatres.
Rick Moranis is a gift from God.
The One I Love - 8.5/10
I honestly never heard of this movie at the time it released (2014) but I'm surprised it didn't make a bigger splash. Then again, I was neck deep in university which was half school work half partying so maybe I was just out to lunch.
It's starring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass who put on a really great show. I'd recommend taking my word for it that this is a really good movie and skipping the trailers because the trailers pitch it as "a romcom with a twist" like it's some whimsical quirky movie when it isn't.
Setup is suuuuuper standard where a married couple has some he-say-she-say argument in therapy. But then it takes a sharp and fun turn into sci-fi territory. The director does a great job of leading you on that something is different without explicitly saying it. The actors are required to do all the heavy lifting - kinda like 2017's "Mother" and they knock it out of the park.
I really only have good things to say. I like that there is a sub-text (among many) about filming not needing to over explain things. Definitely some great magical realism here. My only complaint is that in the final 15ish minutes they present some "rules" and that suddenly dictates the outcome of the movie. The ending is fine enough but it's a shame a narrative going in an uncertain direction suddenly becomes very specific.
Uncle Buck - 7/10
I've been watching a lot of SCTV lately which led me down a rabbit hole of watching Schitts Creek, and old Canadian comedy. Somehow never seen Uncle Buck so I figured I'd give it a go.
I like it - the casting is pretty perfect and I miss the wholesome family comedy with real comedians at the helm but Uncle Buck is definitely a bit rough around the edges compared to other Hughes movies. It feels like a proto-Home Alone for sure. Like a testing ground of what works and what doesn't which got perfected later.
I think the overall premise is fine, but Buck's eldest niece Tia is waaaay to angsty for today's teenage standards. Some editing is a bit rough with gags that should just have been cut (like the clown scene).
In the end though, John Candy films are like a warm blanket and they just make me feel great watching them.
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I watched Freaky from the director of both Happy Death Day movies. It was fun like always. Definetely recommend it if you like the director. I know I do now and will follow him in the upcoming years. Also an advice: Don't look anything about the movie and just go blind. I did exactly this and I am happy about it.
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The One I Love - 8.5/10
This is a terrific movie. :)
And yeah, the less you know about it going in, probably the better.
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The most meh of Nolan's career.
Pretty solid list for anybody trying to get into the Christmas spirit. I've somehow never seen A Muppets Christmas Carol so I'm downloading that and a few more classics I haven't seen.
What's the best Christmas movie?
@dipset Christmas Story is possibly my favorite movie ever!
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@dipset Mickey's Christmas Carol always gets me in the mood. I'm a big Scrooge McDuck guy. My brothers and I would also always watch Die Hard together but without traveling I'll probably have to watch it by myself, or with my girlfriend if she's up to it.
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My girlfriend made me watch Thor Ragnarok... Wish I could get those two hours back. Cate Blanchett's acting on this movie is so painfully bad. For a Marvel movie at least feels kinda different, still pretty bad though.
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I watched A Christmas Story last night for the first time in forever and it's actually better than I remember it being. Such a good movie for both adults and kids. Also didn't realize that there is a bit of lighthearted satire about commercialism in here. Things I didn't pick up on when I was younger. Also, the "lens Vaseline" / "Christmas-bloom" or whatever the hell you wanna call it, is hilariously aggressive in HD.
As an alternate Christmas movie, I usually watch Lethal Weapon or Rocky IV. Just something that takes place during Christmas but isn't aggressive with the Christmas themes and music.
December 18th on Prime. I cannot wait! It's been over a year since "Seamen" which was insane. It's nuts cause the editor / showrunner got Covid which delayed his edit submission due to violent sickness, but even so, he finished this in mid-2020 at the latest. I don't know why Amazon sat on it for so long, why is December 18th anymore ample to release this than mid-summer?
Either way, this trailer is looking good. Also an HDR showpiece if your TV has HDR.
The Grand Tour Presents: A Massive Hunt - Official Trailer
Since their Russia special got cancelled in early-2020, I don't know what the heck they may have filmed in the interim but I'll take anything, even a jolly stroll around the UK. I don't wanna wait another year.