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watch 150- 200 films this year, 75-100 of them new to me
Technically that could be 75 new films + Spaceballs 75 times?
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watch 150- 200 films this year, 75-100 of them new to me


Technically that could be 75 new films + Spaceballs 75 times?
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Though 0 times so far!
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:20 PM
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Just today someone posted a picture of Sam Rockwell and I went "aww, Guy Redshirt!"
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Shudder is still giving me more good than bad...

Spring is a novel take on "American goes to Italy to learn how to live" type movies.

Evan is a young adult who has just lost his mother, his father having died a few years before. He gets in some trouble after the funeral, so he fucks off to Europe. He aimlessly wanders through Italy until he stops at a coastal town and sees a woman named Louisa he'd very much like to get to know better. After failing the first night, he decides to work at a local farm to replenish his cash and try again. This time he's more successful and they start a relationship, only it's much more complicated than that.

It's a combination of romance and horror. There's a lot more romance than horror, the only real problem I had with the movie is that this Evan guy is not half as interesting as
Louisa, so I'm not sure why she starts the relationship. Other minor quibbles: It's a bit slow, but that's intentional, so it didn't bother me. Some of the dialog is a bit weak, but it mostly works and they have pretty good chemistry together.

I also watched Season of the Witch, or Hungry Wives, an early George Romero movie.

It's not a one of his better ones. I read one review which compared it to The Ice Storm, and that's pretty apt. The Ice Storm has an advantage of a budget and 20-30 years to reflect on the time, but Season of the Witch is contemporary.

Joan is a suburban housewife in the '70s with a shitheel husband who is always away for work, and teenage/young adult daughter who she's not getting along with. She's bored and alone and doesn't have a lot of control, so she turns to witchcraft and takes a lover.

Even though this is a horror movie, the actual witchcraft isn't conclusively revealed to be real. Heck, even though she casts a spell to call her lover to her, she eventually just picks up the phone.

I liked this, but I'm inclined to enjoy any Romero movie.
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I saw Parasite a couple nights ago. I found it very entertaining but I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about. I wouldn't call it a "must see", but not a waste of time either. :shrug:
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I have been wanting to watch Parasite, but keep on finding other weird shit to watch.

Case in point, Bliss. A struggling artist gets a bad turn of luck, goes on a bender. Something happens, and she's got both inspiration and craving for blood.

Yes, it's a vampire flick. I liked it a lot, it's stylish and trippy and colorful. It had me squirming and tense through the second half.

It's not without problems - the story is about as thin as you can get and the runtime is padded with partying and seizure-inducing visuals. The main character "Dezzy" is whiny and not a good or particularly interesting person.

It does get extra points for having George Wendt and Abraham Benrubi in tiny but enjoyable roles.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:39 AM
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TIL that George Wendt is still alive.
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I saw Parasite yesterday at the theater. I loved it. And having seen Joker which I was very afraid was going to win Best Picture, I'm happy that Parasite won instead and that they finally gave Best Picture to a foreign film which should've happened many times before. I haven't seen Little Women or some of the other films, but I liked it better than the other three nominees I've seen.

I've seen four Bong Joon-Ho movies now, which I would rank:

Parasite > Mother >> Okja > Snowpiercer

Mother is also very good. Okja was pretty good, Snowpiercer was good, but not great. The latter two are currently available on Netflix.

About to watch Shoplifters, which I've seen some references to in discussion of Parasite, we'll see how that is.
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:26 AM
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Shoplifters was well-done and an interesting exploration of family.

I can see some commonality with Parasite in that they both deal with class through the lens of a poor family with a loose relationship with the law (and they're both Asian), but they're not that similar otherwise.

Shoplifters is available on Hulu in the US. Unfortunately, I don't get an affiliate commission if you go watch anything on these services.
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Rambo: Last Blood

That's right. Rambo: Last Blood is a bloody great movie. Ultra-violent and tender, quiet and loud and Stallone is close to perfect in it. This is, for me, by far the best entry in the franchise and the most emotional.

It gets slaughtered in the reviews (27% on RT) for being reactionary, racist and pro-Trump but that's not the case. What is true is that it's really, really violent and the CGI is very bad. That's it.

For me personally this is one of the best movies of 2019 and I'm not even kidding.
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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance or just Lady Vengeance

A woman serves a 13 year sentence for kidnapping and murdering a child. She was convicted through her confession, only her guilt is not quite so clear. There was someone else involved, and she's been planning her revenge the whole time.

It's hard to go into much more detail without going into spoilers - there are a few twists in the story. The first 2/3rds of the movie tells how she gathered allies and planned for revenge, and the final third is (mostly) the revenge taking.

This is from the director of Old Boy, so expect it to be brutal in surprising ways (content warning: there are scenes of violence against children), but this movie had a more realistic plot in comparison. I mean, it's kind of a fantastical story, but the villain is someone who might actually exist, and how the revenge is plotted is within the realm of possibility. I think I liked this better.
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Knives Out

I can imagine not everyone loving this, it's a murder mystery with over-the-top characters and a bit of humor thrown in.

Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is a very successful mystery writer who has apparently committed suicide after the celebration of his 85th birthday. A famous private detective, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, with a ridiculous southern accent) is hired to investigate, because a mysterious someone has reason to believe it was murder.

There's no lack of motive, since Thrombey used his birthday to clean house. We quickly learn that the son-in-law of his oldest is having an affair, and Thrombey will expose it if he doesn't come clean, his oldest son is being removed from running the Thrombey publishing company, and his daughter-in-law has been stealing his granddaughter's tuition money to support her "influencer" lifestyle. Thrombey has also cut off all of his grandchildren from his will.

The story focuses on Thrombey's nurse, Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas), who became friends with Thrombey and impressed the family with her skill and dedication. She knows more about the night of the suicide than she initially lets on...

I have two critiques. First, there's a conceit where Marta get ill and vomits whenever she lies. It's just one of a bunch of silly character choices in the movie that can annoy you, like Craig's accent. (His accent work is pretty good, it's just ridiculous.)

Second, Christopher Plummer is charming AF as Harlan Thrombey, but I think he should have been a bit more of a cantankerous asshole and not just a charming scamp. It's pretty clear that he has a difficult relationship with all of his family, and the way he cleans house seems more like petty vengeance than an attempt to set his family right. There's a disconnect between the story and Plummer's performance.

Other than that, this a great cast and a clever story. Sometimes I love a good murder mystery and this does exactly that.
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The Little Hours

This stars Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci as three young nuns, who each have their own unique indiscretions. The story's plot is driven by a runaway servant (Dave Franco) who comes to work at the convent, pretending to be a deaf mute to avoid trouble with the abusive nuns. That doesn't work very well, and it all comes apart when a Bishop comes to visit.

This is really one long joke: Nuns in the 14th century were naughty.

Ok, so I love Brie, Plaza and Micucci, so just the fact that they're in this is going to be a plus for me. Most of the rest of the cast are phenomenal. Dave Franco is... weird looking to me.
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