I just found out they're Monday. I really haven't seen anything. For the first time in about 25 years, I just don't give a shit. I guess they had to force me to with a pandemic and a burgeoning totalitarian regime. It is what it is. I supposed I'll paste the noms here, if I remember.
These are in no particular order. I'm going to separate them into categories.
Reaction videos. New Age/Spirituality.Tarot. Random.
This is India. At first she started with reactions to music but now she has another channel where she reacts to shows and movies, etc. She seems like a good egg and is a proud mommy.
This is Leo. He's pretty hilarious. He should be a professional comedian. But he really needs to get his overactive goosebumps checked out.
This is James. He's a quiet guy. He needs a good break I think.
I forget her name but she's really sweet and her reactions are a lot of fun
This is Phil Good. He gets message from his guides. I think they're from all over the place but he definitely deals with Pleaidians, Arcturians, those types.
And here we have Russell Brand. Yes that Russell Brand. He's a guru now. And a good one. Get used to it.
Victor Oddo. He's the one I found first when I started getting back into what I call "fruity topics". He doesn't do videos as much as he once did but he's still there.
Melanie Beckler. She's all about angels and meditation if you like that sort of thing.
Ebony is all about manifesting and she's got a lot of videos explaining all about it.
This is Valeria. She has a nice energy and she makes all the little origami type things she uses as symbols to choose from,
Stargirl, the Practical Witch. I know her name too. Geez. I'm forgetful. She's the most accurate for me lately.
This is Cindy. She's a trip. I'm going to put one of her Tree Men videos but she does tarot reading every week.
to be continued....
1) Miami Vice*
2) Twin Peaks
5) Arrested Development*
6) Freaks and Geeks
7) Monty Python's Flying Circus
8) The Brady Bunch
9) Crime Story
11) Game of Thrones*
13) Laverne & Shirley
14) Solid Gold
15) Happy Days
16) Three's Company
17) South Park
18) The Monkees
19) All In The Family
20) In Living Colour
25) The Last Kingdom
26) The Dukes of Hazzard
27) Mork & Mindy
28) General Hospital**
29) In Search Of
30) The Amazing Race
31) The Jeffersons
32) Welcome Back, Kotter
33) Kolchak: The Nightstalker
34) The White Shadow
36) Breaking Bad
38) Fargo Season 2**
40) Curb Your Enthusiasm
41) Sanford and Son
42) The Middle
43) Fraggle Rock
44) Law & Order: SVU
47) Peaky Blinders
Honorable Mentions : Dice, Ozark, Stranger Things, Westworld, Riverdale, Newhart, Rhoda, Taxi
* Some of these shows had horrible last seasons or finales but the rest of it was so great that they're still elevated to their current position. Even denim couldn't kill the cool that was Miami Vice.
** I mean the years I watched ,which was in the 80s with Frisco & Felicia and Duke & Anna.
** I'm counting that as one series because unlike most shows the seasons have next to nothing to do with each other. Like "True Detective" or "American Horror Story". But I'm not putting those on this list.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Runner-up: Todd Phillips for Joker
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
Runner-up: Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory
Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Runner-up: Joe Pesci for The Irishman
Cynthia Erivo for Harriet
Runner-up: Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story
Best Supporting Actress
I don't like the choices. I'm cancelling this category.
Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4
Runner-up: The Lighthouse
Runner-up: Ford v Ferrari
International Feature Film
Pain and Glory
Make up and Hair
Runner-up: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
"I'm Gonna Love Me Again"
Runners-up: "Into the Unknown" and "Stand Up"
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Runner-up: Knives Out
Runner-up: The Two Popes
Runner-up: The Lion King
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Didn't see any of the Documentaries or Shorts.
- Rob Lowe
- Tom Hardy
- Brad Pitt
- Jared Leto
- Alexander Dreymon
- Henry Cavill
- Michael B. Jordan
- Armie Hammer
- Kyle Chandler
- Ryan Gosling
- Joaquin Phoenix
- Luke Evans
- Finn Wittrock
- Patrick Wilson
- James McAvoy
- Evan Peters
- Don Johnson
- Oscar Isaac
- Ryan Phillippe
- Jason Momoa
- Cillian Murphy
- Robbie Fairchild
- Ismael Cruz Cordova
- Zachary Levi
- Matt Bomer
- Charlie Hunnam
- Taron Egerton
- Joel Kinnaman
- Sebastian Stan
- Chris Pratt
- Tom Holland
- Colin Farrell
- Ewan McGregor
- Liam Hemsworth
- Richard Madden
- Hiroyuki Sanada
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Gael Garcia Bernal
- Keanu Reeves
- Charlie Rowe
- Robert Downey, Jr.
- Jack Lowden
- Tom Hiddleston
- Matthew McConaughey
- Chris Evans
- Johnny Depp
- Chris Hemsworth
- Miles Teller
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Antonio Banderas
I must be missing people but this is what I came up with off the top of my head. I feel so bad about some of these rankings but some of us have really deteriorated over the last few years. Father Time is a bitch.
This is for 2019 movies. The telecast is on Februsry 9th, 2020.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“The Two Popes” (Netflix)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Knives Out” (Lionsgate)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Ana de Armas (“Knives Out”)
Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)
Cate Blanchett (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”)
Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”)
Emma Thompson (“Late Night”)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig (“Knives Out”)
Roman Griffin Davis (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”)
Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Frozen 2” (Disney)
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal)
“The Lion King” (Disney)
“Missing Link” (United Artists Releasing)
“Toy Story 4” (Disney)
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“The Farewell” (A24)
“Les Misérables” (Amazon)
“Pain and Glory” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (Neon)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”)
Annette Bening (“The Report”)
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Director – Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (“Parasite”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Steven Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)
Randy Newman (“Marriage Story”)
Thomas Newman (“1917”)
Daniel Pemberton (“Motherless Brooklyn”)
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts” (“Cats”)
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)
“Into the Unknown” (“Frozen 2”)
“Spirit” (“The Lion King”)
“Stand Up” (“Harriet”)
Best Television Series – Drama
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox (“Succession”)
Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”)
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“The Politician” (Netflix)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kirsten Dunst (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Ben Platt (“The Politician”)
Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Helen Mirren (“Catherine the Great”)
Merritt Wever (“Unbelievable”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott (“Catch-22”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Spy”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
Meryl Streep (“Big Little Lies”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)
Sorry but I really haven't watched any of the TV shows.
from the website
FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS
(I will make the people I'm rooting for this color later.)
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Robert De Niro – The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Julia Butters – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
Noah Jupe – Honey Boy
Thomasin McKenzie – Jojo Rabbit
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Us
Archie Yates – Jojo Rabbit
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917
Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Rian Johnson – Knives Out
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won – Parasite
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Lulu Wang – The Farewell
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – Joker
Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit
Steven Zaillian – The Irishman
Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins – 1917
Phedon Papamichael – Ford v Ferrari
Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Lawrence Sher – Joker
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran – Joker
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales – 1917
Jess Gonchor, Claire Kaufman – Little Women
Lee Ha Jun – Parasite
Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Bob Shaw, Regina Graves – The Irishman
Donal Woods, Gina Cromwell – Downton Abbey
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker – Ford v Ferrari
Yang Jinmo – Parasite
Fred Raskin – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Thelma Schoonmaker – The Irishman
Lee Smith – 1917
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ruth E. Carter – Dolemite Is My Name
Julian Day – Rocketman
Jacqueline Durran – Little Women
Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson – The Irishman
Anna Robbins – Downton Abbey
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Dolemite Is My Name
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ford v Ferrari
The Lion King
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Toy Story 4
BEST ACTION MOVIE
Ford v Ferrari
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Dolemite Is My Name
BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Glasgow (No Place Like Home) – Wild Rose
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman
I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough
Into the Unknown – Frozen II
Speechless – Aladdin
Spirit – The Lion King
Stand Up – Harriet
Michael Abels – Us
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917
Robbie Robertson – The Irishman( Collapse )
This is the bad half of my 2019 movie list because it got too larger for one post. Movie count is questionable. New ones darker. Anomalies in grey. If you want to just jump to the ones I'd consider good go here.
---- I lost my mom on Labor Day which is a while ago now but it just seems like I'm in a different life now. I'm going to do these when I can but my life is sort of up in the air so I could disappear at any time.
The Kitchen - Sorry but this was trash. I like most of the cast a lot. So why they all appeared in this verkakte movie is beyond me. Someone couldn't direct. Melissa McCarthy is not one of my favorite people but she's a decent actress. She was good dramatically in that film with Bill Murray but here even she's a mess. Not every actor can handle it themselves if they're not being directed properly. I really think that's what happened here. I haven't seen Haddish do drama before. I really like her. But here she just looked like her nose was itchy a lot of the time. The only one who wasn't doing their best bad impression of a tough New Yorker was Domhnall Gleeson. I really don't like him but I have to admit he was the only one that didn't look like they needed a trip to the Richard III ward. Bad movie. Don't waste your time.
1917 - Yes. That's right. I'm putting it here. This film is so overrated. It's literally nothing. Total Spoilers. George MacKay and Tommen Baratheon are sent on a mission to deliver a message across No Man's Land in WWI. They have to tell the people who are going to forge ahead that it's a trap. Ok. So they do that. The fact that the trailers and commercials only have McKay in them mean you already knnow poor Tommen doesn't make it. So anyway. They go. And they hurry. And then there's nobody at this place except some rats and a booby trap. It blows up. They get out. Then they go some more and a plane gets shot down. Stupid goes to get milk and the German kills Tommen. WHICH WAS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO HAPPEN. So MacKay takes his rings and papers and soliders on. So then he's in this obvious set that's lit to be impressive but it just looks like a fake place. I really think that's supposed to be artsy fartsy but it's just fartsy. Then he meets a French girl with a baby but it's not her baby. And the baby needs... wait for it... milk. Which he just happens to have in his flask. It's so serendipitous that Tommen died for nothing. I mean, that he happened to go get some milk so that Tommen could die so that this baby could have a beverage. And then he gets to the place. But he has to keep getting to the place because the dude he's looking for is way up there. And then he's way up there more. And then he's still way up there. And then it's Cumberbunch in what is set up to look like this massive reveal but it's just really hilarious. And Cumberbunch is like "I'm not calling it off, this is the end of Saving Private Ryan!" And then MacKay's like 'no you have to" and then Cumberbunch is like "Oh, okay then." then I'm pretty sure it was over but the power went off in the theater. Ending sounding music had just came up. The whole movie was just a guy delivering a letter and it wasn't even that hard. It's like that time a bunch of soldiers had a shitty day at the beach because they forgot to tell someone that they needed a ride home and they called it Dunkirk. Except this was even worser and even less manly (British).
Ready or Not - Bad acting first and foremost. Did Adam Brody piss people off? I can't figure out how he's in this with a bunch of people I've never heard of. Then it was the kind of "clever" only simple people think is clever. Then it reminded me of the nonsense that everyone else loved that Bigsby movie. Bugsby. Whatever Taron Egerton is in with the exploding people. Yeah. Junk. I only went because it was highly rated. I could tell it was garbage from the trailer. Why am I listening to "people" instead of myself? I knew better.
Missing Link - These animated movies really aren't doing anything for me anymore. I mean the ones specifically aimed at kids. But then maybe I don't like the way they make kids right now either? There were times when I wished I was just watching Jackman and Galifianakis in the recording studio. I think that would have been more entertaining. I already forgot the message of the movie. Maybe not wanting to join a club that wouldn't have you as a member? IDK.
Judy - It was really bad. I don't know what their motivation was. Is it just to make people feel bad by way of an incredibly boring movie where everyone was miscast? They even made Wittrock look bad with that wig. ID
Nighthunter - I don't know what is going on with Henry Cavill. He should be in romantic movies instead of that other not hot Henry. This is some kind of woke movie about god knows what. A multiple personality guy with a brother and they take women captive or whatever and they blow up Nathan Fillion for no apparent reason. How about you take whatever this movie cost, give half the money to Cavill and half to Fillion and just have them telling stories for 2 hours. I'd love that. This thing looked like a bunch of other movies no one cares about. I think every single one of them wastes a hot guy and then there is a showdown in the woods. What was the one with Kinnaman? Yeah. Waste of money and guys.
Stuber - Basic. I only liked the Jimmy Tatro parts. Really seemed like a waste to have him there briefly and then make me deal with these two for the rest of what seemed like an overly long "comedy".
Men in Black International - It's not like I'm a big fan of the original and I'm not even sure I saw the sequels. However, I knew I wasn't going to like this. I don't like Tessa Thompson. She bugs me. I think I deduced why. But either way, I have no idea what this was supposed to be about. I think fans of Hemsworth must see this, as that's what being a fan means. He's a fun and talented guy so he's earned it. I do seem to like Rebecca Ferguson for some reason. Just as mysterious as why other people bug the hell out of me. Anyway, yeah I totally forgot the plot already and I saw it less than a week ago.
Alita: Battle Angel in 3D - I actually had to sit here and try to remember what movie it was that I saw yesterday. Man. Something about overly CGI stuff just makes it clear out of my mind quick. Anyway, I knew this movie was being made eons ago by James Cameron. I think the whole thing was supposed to be that the lead would be entirely CGI. So it took forever and he eventually handed over the reins to Robert Rodriguez. So a day removed from it I can say, it sucked. It wouldn't have had they used the motion capture actress' normal face sans ginormous scary eyeballs. But that scary CG face that moved exactly like a video game forced me to try to watch the movie around her. And what was around her was pretty good. But much like Ready Player One a day later after thinking you liked it you just forget what even happened. I just don't care about video game characters. I'm Gen X. I did play Pac Man and stuff like that as a kid but I did not grow up with video game animation as younger generations have. I find it unaccepatble. So whenever I see it in a film, my brain just checks out. The weird thing here is all the other actors had their faces seen. Like the beauties Ed Skrein and Jeff Fahey. So the need to stick to their CGI girl gimmick really did not pay off in my opinion. I think there was a good story there and most of the other effects were decent but I could not connect to the story looking at that frightening face. And now a day later I'm forcing myself to try and remember what happen. No. Stop doing this. Don't CGI unless you have to. I liked the love interest boy in it and what happens with his character makes absolutely no sense.
Captain Marvel (in 3D) - I don't think 3D made any difference at all. Brie Larson was more bland than I remember but then again I only saw her in Room and Don Jon where she played boring people. (Actually I saw The Glass Castle too. Forgot.) So guess what? Looks like she's not acting. Jacob Tremblay was robbed. Anyhoo, she's not the biggest problem with this movie. I'm sure it would have been more entertaining with a more charismatic actress but the script was bad. The dialog was stilted. The story was just more get-the-tesseract/fighting-aliens crap. The bludgeoning of 90s references was just moronic and where songs popped into the movie, especially "Come As You Are", just makes you scratch your head. They were clearly trying to just gather as many brownie points as possible without bothering to make a good movie. Mendelsohn steals the show again even through the makeup. I'm assuming it was makeup. I could have been CG. Her friend was also pretty good. The worst thing is the end credits scene with the remaining Avengers just reminds you of the quality that you've had in the past. This was one of the lesser/forgettable Marvel movies. Too bad. (Went again, without 3D, to take Old Ma. It's not rewatchable. The difference between scenes with Mendelsohn and without is striking. My mom did not get that the good guys had changed half-way through the movie and I had wondered if most people would. God forbid if you should go to the bathroom for a second. Really, every actor in this movie outshines Larson and seeing some of her posturing a second time just makes you wonder why she thought Captain Marvel would be so conceited.)
Happy Death Day 2U - That's what I get for seeing a sequel without seeing the first one. I mean it's for teens and they seemed to enjoy it. But even though they did a quick wrap up, I could tell I still wasn't getting the plot. My fault.
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - Yeah it was fine. I think I've changed a lot since the last one. I really felt like someone was throwing a bunch of Skittles at me. I didn't feel like tasting a rainbow just then. This time it's actually supposed to be awesome to be a conformist, I guess? I don't know. I was kinda confused because I kept not paying attention. There also wasn't really a villain except our future selves. Which if you're not a kid anymore, it's your present self. If you didn't get your life right then congratulations, you're the villain you always hoped you wouldn't become. YAY! lol I liked Tiffany Haddish's song about not being a villain.
Angry Birds 2 - I have a difficult time paying attention to the overly animated round shapes like this. But it was bright in there and I got to write out my To-Do list. I did laugh a few times though. So I definitely think it will be fine for the grown people who accompany the children.
Gemini Man - I don't know. It was a pretty basic story. Clearly this was about the technology, which is an issue with Ang Lee now. But the fact is the script/dialogue was bad.
Ford vs. Ferrari - usually don't do this. I left this movie really early. I was like an hour and a half in and I just couldn't take it anymore. I have some kind of illness where I can't be bothered with car racing movies. I knew I wasn't interested except that it's supposed to be an Oscar movie and it's got Lord Bale in it. So I tried. I really did but right out of the gate I didn't like it. I didn't even like Bale. He was really grating. IDK. Maybe the guy is like that. But I really didn't like him. I am a big fan of sports movies. Rocky, Warrior, Miracle, Eddie the Eagle, you name it. But even though the music was swelling and the kid had the radio and it was supposed to be suspenseful I just. didn't. care. So it was late for me. 8pm lol I was tired. I didn't feel like staying for the last bus for a movie that was killing me so I left. I'm guessing it would have ended up here, which is totally wrong of me. I won't give it a vote/score at IMDb or Letterboxd or any of that stuff unless I finish it. I'm not counting it in my movie count either. And this isn't even an official placement on my list but I really couldn't tough it out. I intend to force myself to finish that last hour someday but don't hold your breath.
Best of Enemies - I just wasn't in the mood for this movie. I know. The performances are great. It's just what you'd expect it to be. I just am leaning more toward wanting to be entertained right now. The world is messed up as it is. I don't really need to go back to a time when it was even more messed up.
The Upside - Nothing wrong with it. I saw Intouchables so sometimes it's hard to judge a remake when you know most of the plot points. The two teams are similar but somehow completely different. I think the Americans are just naturally funnier guys so that makes it funnier. Otherwise, a good redo.
Serenity - I mean it was original for what it's worth. I feel like it was going to be more twisty but then they were forced to start explaining it in the middle. Otherwise, that was a really stupid move. It was trying to be a noir but Hathaway as a blonde is just awful. That sex scene makes me think these two thought they were going to be in a much better picture. Otherwise, why do it? I don't know. It could have been more but not that much more. I always want to give extra credit to hot messes but this time I just can't. What was with all the ADR? I mean next to none of it sounded natural. I'm not putting it last because it was an original idea.
Replicas - Not bad as it could have been. Watching Keanu run brings me joy. I can't help it. Anyway I realized a couple days later that the other guy is the guy from the commercials. Maybe Verizon? Anyhoo, he was fine. They all were except there were a couple of scenes where they were all talking like robots, even John Ortiz, but they weren't robots. And then the actual robot looked unfinished sort of like PreVis. That was surprising. Otherwise, I kinda liked it. I'm just curious if the people making it gave up or something because, had it been tweaked, I think more people would have liked it too.
The Aftermath - I mean I keep watching WWII movies even though I don't want anymore, so it's my fault. Here we have some kind of love triangle and, I dunno. I wasn't feeling it. I don't know about Skarsgård. I mean he's like the alternate version of Joel Kinnaman and I prefer Kinnaman. But I guess he seems like a nice person. Anyway there wasn't enough heat between these two and it should have been that kind of movie. If it was trying to say something it didn't. I don't know. It didn't suck or anything but it's not necessary. There's one kid who's gorgeous in it. Let me look him up. Jannik Schumann.
Anna - I mean, honestly. I guess she's a model. She doesn't have "it". I can tell you that much. She's not even beautiful. Her girlfriend was, but she was just pretty. That's not enough though. We have tons of movies like this starring real actresses. You can tell the difference. Being reminded of better movies starring Scarlett Johannson, Charlize Theron, Franke Potente and even the ice queen Mrs. Portman doesn't help. You need a star you care about no matter how convoluded the story is. It's made well obviously since is Besson. I'm surprised I got to see it tho. Don't get me wrong it's decent. I went to see Luke Evans and was glad to see Cillian Murphy too. They both looked great and are great actors, which also doesn't help you look good when you're blah. Watchable. If you like that sort of thing I don't think you'll exactly be disappointed but it's no great shakes.
Aladdin - So yeah. It was okay. The Aladdin kid seems like a decent guy, good dancer. Jasmine girl looks exactly like Sarah Michelle Gellar to me. She's a really good singer. Will Smith isn't. I thought he was going to be rapping. But then he tried to sing and it wasn't good. It's not his fault. I think they wanted to get someone as popular/beloved as Robin Williams. So he fit that bill. Had it been my choice, I would have chosen Dwayne Johnson. Apart from that, it lost most of the magic of the animated musical which is my favorite Disney movie on most days. Sometimes I say "Sleeping Beauty" or "Fantasia", but yeah. I also thought the transition from animated to live action wasn't done as well as Beauty and the Beast was. In fact, I thought the live action BatB was an improvement even if the original Disney movie was great. It's certainly watchable but comparing it does it no favors. I'd love to know what people who've never seen the animated version thought.
Us - I will never know how much I would have liked this film had it not been for all the spoilers in the trailer (!!!) and that the cast gave while promoting the movie. Now, look. I barely watched any interviews with them but clearly they had no problem admitting that they were doppelgangers and that they were tethered to the originals. After that there's no mystery or anything to be revealed. You see clearly in the trailer that's been playing for months that the young girl is choked by her doppelganger. So the big reveal is also spoiled. You know she's the replacement all along. There could have been a lot of explanations for why they had beings that looked like them stalking them. It could have been body snatchers. It could have been some other kind of replicas. Then the explanations for why these things exist isn't completely explained except that it was a mind control experiment that didn't work. That's nonsensical. You would destroy the evidence. And then "Hands Across America". Yes, I paid attention at the beginnning and saw the commercial. Yes, I knew that would play a part. So being alert took any kind of surprise out of it and then what was there? Lupita did a fine job with the role. Otherwise, the kids and Duke were okay. I wanted more of Yahya Adbul Mateen II but that's just how it is with him apparently. I don't know. I wish I could have been dumber to ignore every hint they were writing in ALL CAPS, but I'm not, so...
Fighting With My Family - Wrestling is dumb. lol But this story was cute. I like this guy Jack Lowden but I keep forgetting his name movie to movie. A decent movie. I forgot what the message was already but it seemed like a decent movie for people who like wrestling. Probably.
Downton Abbey - The show was never my thing. I went because I would have gone with my mom. She would have loved it.
Jexi - It was funny and entertaining. I just wish for once an average looking protagonist would find an average looking mate. The lead always succeeds by getting someone way out of their lead and it's kinda stupid. We should stop that.
The Current War - It's so British. Lightbulbs and whatnot. Then they had to give someone the chair. The performances were fine. Shannon seemed way taller than Cumberbunch. Unnecessary camera tricks made me roll my eyes from the beginning.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu - I never played a Pikachu in my life. I thought maybe this would be one of those movies that was good anyway. I mean I can tell if I did know about the characters and their abilities it would be good but I still wasn't getting the whole thing of the movie. The animation was great though and Pikachu is adorbs.
Ma - Okay look. I went to see my pretend ex-husband Luke Evans. I also have the stubs A-list membership so I might as well see every member that I can. More on that later. Octavia Spencer is great. You know that. This movie was pretty much a regular old revenge/horror movie. It had moments that reminded me of Hard Candy but it's mostly just like The Gift which was much better. But this was fine. About Luke... spoilers and naughtiness... I really think that was him. Since he used to be my pretend husband I would try to stay updated and a while back there was a photo of him on vacation wearing a Speedo and I was like 'Thank God he's not my real husband'. Sometimes when we touch the honesty's too much. Get my meaning? So when I saw what I saw in this movie I was like, 'I really don't think that's a stunt double or prostetic' because it seemed to match. Just saying.
The good part is here.
Parasite - Yeah, ok, it's a good movie. I know a lot of people are saying it's the best of the year. I disagree. I thought the ending was way overdone and otherwise it seemed very close to the recent Oscar buzzy movie Shoplifters. In my opinion, it would have been just fine for them to discover the man downstairs. A bloodbath was unnecessary. I think it undoes any ideas they were trying to present about class by making the poor people violent.
Blinded By The Light - It was cute. A little twee for my tastes. Also I think at the time I was one of the villain kids in this who listened to Cutting Crew and A-ha instead of Bruce Springsteen. Fact is I didn't really buy music. I just watched Mtv so I listened to all of it but I also thought synths were the way of the future. I definitely think this is more for the uber Bruce fan as opposed to casuals like myself. I think Bend It Like Beckham was nearly a masterpiece so I guess I expected more from Chadha. It also doesn't pop like the other musicals/movie heavy movies this year. But it's fine.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - It really should be lower but it's still Star Wars and I've been a Star Wars fangirl from the beginning. If the original wasn't the first movie I saw in the theater it was the second. I love the mythology and it has a lot to do with who I am as a human being. So there's still going to be things I like in any Star Wars but out of all the Star Wars I've seen this is definitely the worst. There are way too many things that are just flat out ridiculous. Other people were giggling at times (Han) that made me laugh but when I saw the porgs at that particular moment it forced me to burst out laughing. First thought is that I feel really bad for Adam Driver. He had a good villain going until they gave the reigns back to JJ and he decided to make him a cuck in Rey's story. I don't think I ever liked Daisy Ridley. She has a coldness about her. A stuffy Englishness. So while Poe and Finn and even poor forgotten Rose had a warmth you could connect to our featured actor is the one you just don't connect with. At least I didn't. A lot of convoluted stuff went all. I'll probably have to edit this a few times to get it all in. But the worst part is out of all the acting the emotions come from a Wookiee and two droids. That line 3PO says in the trailer is easily misinterpreted out of context and they shouldn't have put it in the trailer. He's actually going through all his files of Leia, Luke, the whole gang over the whole saga when he says he's taking a last look at his friends. He's not talking about looking at Poe and the others who are there with him. Another thing, there's a scene you can see a bit in the trailer with Kylo Ren obviously misfight in a storm on the ocean and he's soaking wet and there is rain dribbling down his chin. You don't have your star looking as bad as possible. You make them look cool in the rain, not like they're in some oceanic porn. There was so much stuff JJ borrowed from the Harry Potter movies which is ironical. A bunch of ships show up at the end and it was like combination stealing from Dunkirk and Avengers Endgame. He literally tried to take every nostalgic thing he could shove in there to try to get undeserved brownie points. That knife and finding what they were looking for was out of Goonies. It was really absurd how much he tried to harken back to thing we liked. The chess game. I mean, Lando. So crazy. Then dead Leia is just a sheet. They supposedly left her out like that for a long time just under a sheet? I still think Driver tried to bring it to the best of his ability. They went to different places and I can't even remember why. Ghost Luke looked like Dumbledore. And Ewoks. I had to cover my mouth from laughing. Rian Johnson corrected JJ's rehash. jJust because people who liked the rehash went after Johnson that doesn't mean they should have given the reigns back to JJ. They could have gotten anyone else. You could take all this other stupid stuff away and there will never be a good reason why Palpatine should have come back. The whole plot hinges on that and it's garbage. Those scenes literally look like trash. It's wrong wrong wrong wrong. I just can't believe they did all that. But at least you got to see old friends again and the actors, mostly, did their jobs. Everyone needs to watch it once just to see what happened. P. S> Where the fuck did Benicio go?
Crawl - I mean at this point you should be able to tell that I'm not the biggest fan of current horror. But this one was entertaining enough. The last few seconds actually made it all worthwhile. The cinematography was stellar though. Who was that? Maxime Alexandre. Nice work. The story was kinda hilarious but then they were trying to be good people. IDK. Someone needs to explain to me why people live in Florida. I could never imagine it with all the horrible weather but when the weather includes alligators? Eh... people are weird. The big huge man two seats over from me jumped at every single jump scare and it became entertainment itself. What a wimp. It's really for those people but it's enjoyable enough for the normal person who wants to kill time at a popcorn movie.
The Curse of La Llorona - It was good enough for what it was. I'm not a big horror fan but this was fine. I did question at one point why no one tried to reason with her. lol I like Cardellini and that guy from Breaking Bad was good too. It is was it is.
Terminator: Dark Fate - Why are there CGI rubber chicken people in 2019? It was nice to see Arnold as a robot again. He looked good and his one liners were obviously the best part but otherwise. I don't care for the new people and Linda Hamilton seems to have gone to the Mark Hamill School of Forgetting How to Act.
Queen & Slim - BRITISHES! I mean seriously. Cut it out. Anyway the movie was good. The ending was a little extra. Bookeem Woodbine looked fantastic in his fur. Once again, everybody's life sucks.
Spider-man: Far From Home - I mean Jake. I saw it twice because Jake. Not that I don't love the kid too but Jake. Anywho, I thought it ended up being a waste of Jake. I think he could have played a much better character over several movies but whatever. All the kid friendly stuff now seems to be heavily focused on kids finding a boyfriend/girlfriend. This movie came out the same time as "Stranger Things 3" which also made sure all the kids were paired off and it seems the message in both films is that that's much more important to have a boyfriend/girlfriend than saving the world. TImes change I guess. I'm an old so maybe I don't understand the new way. Otherwise, this was better in 3D. I also think it was a waste of Starr and Smoove who should have been a hilarious duo. The cast was way better than this story. But it was okay. Just middle of the road Marvel, which most Marvel is. I think the Russo-less Marvel movies are mostly all like this.
The Two Popes – Welp I think I ended up liking the wrong Pope. Here they have Pope Francis as too loosy goosey. Like he wants to make his own rules. I just can't get on board with that. Not that the Church handled the abuse scandal appropriately. They obviously didn't but that doesn't mean you go completely the other way either. They could have done the right thing in a way without breaking church rules at the time. I know the church is in trouble. They have a shortage of priests. So they should just go ahead and allow priests to be married or something simple like that. Anyhoo, about this story. It was just the story of two guys. One strict one not and then the first guy quit. I'm not sure the movie itself gave enough reason for his decision. I think it was implied but I don't know I guess it was enough. I have to say of the 2019 movies that Netflix should have in the Oscar race, they all don't look cinematic. It's not just because I watched them on a small screen. There are plenty of Netflix movies and TV that looks cinematic like "The Last Kingdom". This definitely looks like an HBO movie.
Tolkien - Pretty good. You know as biopics go. It's weird though because it's his life leading up to becoming an author which is the opposite of what I was expecting. All the actors were fine and it looked nice. For people who want to know more about Tolkien but if you're not already a fan I'd be surprised if this film would interest you on it's own.
A Madea Family Funeral - I never actually watched a Madea movie before. I'd love to know where he gets his actors from. Some of these people looked like it was their first day. One of the actresses kept holding her hands like a weather person or one of Barker's beauties. Then there's the one guy who really needs to play the Hulk. Anyhoo, he creates jobs for people so that's good. There were a good number of silly laughs and his performances in the family were really funny. Some of the plot stuck a toe into Mexican soap opera territory, but if you're paying to laugh, you laugh.
Motherless Brooklyn - At first it seemed too cheesy then I got used to it. It actually caught off guard with a reveal which then rerevealed so I don't know. It was a good effort on Norton's part. It's dense in that it has a lot of layers. Not sure it's really in the right time though. It's obviously like Chinatown. At this point though I think Norton should try playing average people for a while.
Marriage Story - It was good, you know. I was expecting worse. It really shows you how stupid it is to get married and have a kid in the first place. Because eventually you have to deal with lawyers. So just like don't get married I guess. If you get pregnant, do it by accident so at least it's not your fault if you never see them again. All the actors were fine but I'm sick of Laura Dern getting nominations for just showing up. The other two I'm okay with, except that I personally wouldn't nominate Driver since those Best Actor slots are WAY too valuable this year.
Hustlers - It was good. I think people are making such a big stink about it because they forgot Jennifer Lopez is actually a good actress. I guess they didn't watch Shades of Blue. Otherwise, it's good but I don't know that it's Oscar-y.
Midsommar - Listen. I liked Jack Reynor from Sing Street so I didn't really need to see all of him. But here we are. I like his big eyes to tell you the truth. *shrug* Anyhoo, I was expected a total rip off of The Wicker Man and it is but it isn't. I mean they have these stupid festivals everywhere right? And there are so many sacrifice for prosper movies that no one should think that sort of thing is original. The point of this, I think, was the style of it. Making a bright bright movie creepy. Updating it for the times. Having scary imagery. The problem with me is I've seen a lot of very violent imagery already so I'm not going to be shocked as say, someone who hasn't been watching horror for decades. I'm not a horror buff. But I will say it's on the high end. Production-wise at least. Recent films like VVitch and maybe even Hereditary, same filmmaker, are better but this is very good. None of them ever compete with classic horror. I will take the old Wicker Man over this any day. As with all hard R horror I'd have to know someone well to recommend it.
Abominable - Hey I liked an animated movie!
Isn't It Romantic? - Yeah it was good. I was expecting it to be better for some reason. In the last year, I've seen three separate women hit their heads and have magical alternate universes open up. I thought there'd be a lot more to this than what was in the commercials but not really. What am I supposed to do about this chronic problem except keep complaining? Otherwise, Rebel Wilson is great. I really like her. She and Liam Hemsworth had great chemistry even if we were somehow supposed to want her to choose the schlub from work. Also she's prettier than Priyanka Chopra so casting Mrs. Jonas as the out-of-his-league supermodel had me thinking 'her?' Then it went on a bit long but there were enough good laughs and RomCom tropes for laughs that I still felt it was worth it. p.s. this Hemsworth can't dance. So that's what's wrong with him.
Cruel Intentions (20th anniversary) - I never watched it before so I decided I might as well see it on the big screen. It's funny how different movies look now. I mean the way they're filmed. Anyhoo, I liked it. I thought the kids were really good but sometimes they looked uncomfortable with what they had to do. Like shaking hands and whatnot. But it's interesting how different, and adult, kids were thought to act then compared to now. All of the sex in here would count as "rape" by today's rules since they were meant to be high school age. That's what happens when you watch movies with teens acting like adults from back then. Try watching The Professional now without fearing for everyone's careers.
Captive State - I'm putting this here but truth be told I need this movie explained to me. The ending kinda explains it but you shouldn't need to see the end to understand the beginning. I feel like when I eventually do rewatch it, I'll like it better because I'll understand it more. But I usually don't agree that you should get more from movies on a second viewing. In this case you're dropped into a situation where nothing is explained and you can't reorient yourself fast enough to get the whole thing of it. At least I couldn't.
Toy Story 4 - It was fine. I thought I wouldn't like Forky because I love sporks and calling it a fork was going to piss me off but it was fine. I did like Duke Nukeum or whatever his name is. But otherwise, I was surprised that I got emotionally involved at the end. I did see the original in the theater so that's probably why. I still think they should have maybe left it as a solid trilogy with the last one. This is clearly just a way to carry on. Don't know that we needed to.
Escape Room - It was very nearly amazing but then the end got some strange German guy in it who was totally convoluted. But yeah really enjoyable. I have no idea who any of these people are but they all were good except for him. The movie was well made and suspenseful. There were Cube movies like this a while back that I've mostly forgotten about due to old age. I wonder what fans of those think of this. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend seeing it.
Dumbo - Great to look at, of course. Just looking at stills would be a feast for the eyes. It's missing some of the warmth of the original but the story was always kinda depressing. This one might be lighter. The little girl in it was aggravating me. They had her talking all stilted like Brie Larson which I guess is supposed to make them sound matter-of-fact and therefore smarter. But it just makes them boring. Then I was looking at her going 'she reminds me of someone...' Then it hit me. The fact is, from day one, I was not a fan of Thandie Newton. She has always grated on me. So as long as she was acting like her mom she was going to bug me. Otherwise I enjoyed it. Scenes with Keaton and DeVito were my favorite and I realized I've been watching these two together aince I was 10 yrs old and saw Johnny Dangerously in the theater (35 years ago!!!) . Can't help but think of how much time we've spent with Tim Burton either. It's kinda crazy. Great actors in this movie including Colin Farrell. The actual character moments were my favorite. I might go back and try 3D. It seemed like it might have been a good idea.
Black and Blue - Good, in the middle ranks of cop movie. I'm just really sick of British actors always taking American roles. She's done it a few times already and it's not like she was outstanding or anything. I also have a hard time understanding how anyone at this point in time can be that naive joining a police force. But otherwise if you like this kind of crime dirty cop type thing you should enjoy it.
Long Shot - Pretty good. You know, it's smart. These guys are smart. It's tight in that there's no straggly pieces and it doesn't waste time on nonsense. I like that they gave 'the other side' some respect. That was completely unexpected and I was impressed by it. It's not a stupid RomCom by any stretch. If you like them you should like it. I do worry that Rogen has to do multiple drugs in all his movies. It's not just pot. He seems to know what he's doing but still we don't need him dying or anything.
Harriet - I expected a boring biopic like Lincoln but this was much more adventurous. LIke adventure. We get right into it so a good deal of the movie is her actually rescuing people. The cast is full of great singers. And some of them do sing, which is as close as you're going to get to a Harriet Tubman musical. Odom didn't sing though so that's a bummer. But yeah it was good and really enjoyable. Not a boring history lesson at all.
Knives Out - It was pretty good. But it was maybe a little slower than it could have been. Maybe I just didn't need to pay close attention. When I saw the trailer I thought it was going to turn out that Daniel Craig was the old lady. lol I thought they had the same eyes. Well that didn't happen. My favorite part of the movie was looking at Don Johnson. The rest of it was just everyone having a few lines. It was fairly obvious from the beginning what happened just not who did it. So in my opinion spoilers... she actually did kill him because if she didn't tell him that he was going to die he wouldn't have sacrificed herself for her. If she just was like "Oops, I made a mistake I need to make a phone call" he'd be alive. So she was responsible for his death. Anyway, she's ridiculously beautiful. She should marry one of the gorgeous guys and make gorgeous babies. Otherwise, I assume everyone's going to see it so there's nothing I need to tell you.
The Irishman - This 100% looks like a HBO or Showtime two-part miniseries. That's probably what it would have been ten years ago. This would not play in the theater. You would be bored and checking your watch. It's just slow. Quiet if you will. We don't need to go to the theater for that anymore, Mr. Scorsese. I'm sorry that that makes you said but current life moves too fast. I really can't see anyone walking around on a rainy day and deciding on a whim to watch a 3+ hour movie. Those days are gone. It's just the nature of the times. It's not the movie business or Marvel movies. We're just overscheduled and pressed for time. You'd have to squeeze something like this in. And not a lot of people are going to do that. So in reality this is the perfect kind of movie to be on a streaming service because you can pause it and come back later or the next day. In a weaker year for actors, De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci would all be nominated. I myself would nominate Stephen Graham. However this is a super strong year for actors. I wouldn't be surprised if Pesci is the only one who makes it in. And quite frankly within their own film he's the champ by TKO.
The Lion King (2019) - There was nothing wrong with it really. They could have gotten a stronger singer than Donald Glover, obviously. I'm probably not supposed to say this but I can't help it. After all the talk of having to cast a certain type of actor for the lion roles, Scar and adult Simba sounded whiter than in the animated classic. Anyhoo, it was the same movie for the most part. I mean they added things but a lot of it was shot for shot. Meaning the classic animation probably could have been used as the storyboards. So if you like the original, I can't see you not liking it. Unless you're crazy. If some people don't "connect" the way they did with the original that could be because cartoon characters are made to have big eyes. Big eyes are supposed to be more sympathetic. It wouldn't be realistic to have lions with giant eyes. Otherwise, it was better than I expected having heard it wasn't that great. It's a great achievement too in the animation. But no remakes are "necessary" so if you went to this and called it unecessary you're a goofball.
Honey Boy - I missed the beginning but I'm fairly certain that it belongs about here. Shia is a gift. This kid Noah Jupe is fantastic especially in the scene on the phone which I sure will be his Oscar reel. Everyone's life sucks. I'm really sick of that fact.
Good Boys - These kids. I was really lookng forward to it, knowing there'd be a serious case of inthecommercialitis. I saw multiple previews so many times there was no way I hadn't seen most of the jokes. That's true but it was also most of the raunch. So I think maybe people who were put off by that missed a cute movie about kids growing up and growing apart from their bestest friends. All three kids were great and I liked the guy who came to buy their card as well. There were a lot of laughs. I can't believe what a positive force Seth Rogen has become in terms of making movies. Never woulda thunk it.
Hotel Mumbai - Honestly, I did not remember this terrorist attack being that huge. I remember they took hostages in a hotel but I did not get the gist of how bad it was. But our media sucks so that's to be expected. This movie really brought home the violence and ridiculously flippant nature of the attackers. I think people need to get that. They don't understand what humans can do and I think it gives us a good reason why. I think that's what all the shooters are railing against. The perpetual fact that life isn't fair. So they bring their horror to others. The actors were all great. Jason Isaacs' bad Russian accent made him unintelligible a couple of times though. Armie Hammer's shirt was distracting me for some reason. I think I fell in love with it. Oh and the one terrorist was really handsome. Reminded me of Sal Mineo.
Frozen 2 - I did not like the first one at all. In this one I still dislike the snowman. But the story here is better and there is a great song that really depressed the hell out of me/uplifted me. It's because I lost my mom. Anyway, yeah most people will see it and love it.
The Beach Bum - I mean it's not trippy really but these people are trippy. Another strange assortment of people in this. I initially cringed when I saw Isla Fisher because I really didn't like her on AD but I calmed down and she was fine. I have to say the rest of the cast was amazing and I can't believe the people who popped up. They were surprises for me so I'll leave them for you although you might not be as entertained by them. Anyway, Moondog played by the ever efferevescent McConaughey is one of these drugged out writer guys who I want to say is somewhere between Bridges' The Dude and Depp's Hunter S. Thompson, but he's his own thing. So to carve out something original when those two iconic roles exist is pretty impressive. He leads a merry troupe through some ups and downs with a pitstop in rehab. Prudes will hate this movie. It will make them kill themselves. There are so many boobies I lost count. (I wasn't really counting.) But yeah it's a designer original. Much better than that James Franco gold teeth movie which I think this person also made.
The Hustle - These two actually had a great chemistry. It's sort of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels redid but I'm not 100% sure if I watched that in it's entirety. I think I'm a fan of Rebel Wilson. I haven't seen her in enough but I do always like her. Hathaway I tolerate because she is a good actress and talented. She just grates on you though. But it was funny. Not too over the top until the end. I think the one character, not them, who changed quite a bit was a little too over the top. Maybe that was a reshoot? IDK. I liked the Dean Norris cameo as I had a crush on Hank on "Breaking Bad". Nice. Fun. Worth watching.
Shazam! - I liked it quite a bit. It sort of amazes me how they got around the Captain Marvel thing. Zachary Levi was great, the kids were better. I liked the adults they chose to match the kids later in the film. The story took a while to get going at first then Shazam! he was off to him being a full fledged superhero. There were moments that reminded me of another movie, now I can't think of it. It wasn't Goonies. I don't know. It was much more like the way they used to make superhero movies which I guess DC have stuck to in a way. Aquaman was the only one that was close to the Marvel way. I'm not saying one way is better than the other. I do think I like the DC characters better tho. They seem like men and women where the Avengers seem like guys and chicks. The first X-Mens didn't but whatever. Anyway, it's really good. Everyone should enjoy it. I like that Levi very nearly sang and I enjoyed the Rocky references.
Greta - This movie was nuts. There was an Audition shoutout I believe. Next to no gore to be had just mostly a stalker type situation. Huppert's always been creepy af. Moretz was great. Very suspenseful well made film. I liked the friend too. Not sure who she is.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters - So I have liked Godzilla in the past. Not any recent reincarnation tho. I like the old Japanese ones. The one I remember liking most is Destroy All Monsters, which this is basically the same sort of thing. In this movie there are scientists up to scientist business and I have to say I liked the way it was going originally. Scientists who want to contain the monsters and those who'd let them free to stabilize Earth on behalf of Gaia. Now come on, who wants humans to survive in all this? I certainly don't. I was rooting for Ghidorah this time. I was happy to see Boston finally get the destructive treatment. NYC has had enough. Kyle Chandler is just too handsome for words. They really assembled an amazing assortment of actors. I was glad to see Zhang Ziyi played an update of the twins, even if there was only one of her. I really enjoyed it. I thought the monsters were great. I kinda wish I hadn't seen the Mothra reveal in the trailer. It kinda dampened it in the movie. Otherwise, anyone who likes monster movies should have a good time. Fans of the originals should love it because they'll get all the references.
Yesterday - I thought that this was probably just a gimmick to sell the Beatles songs to a younger generation. But then I saw it and it was actually a really good movie. I guess it's supposed to be a date movie but I don't do those. First let me say this kid, Himesh Patel, has a really good singing voice. I think I like Lily James in spite of myself. This guy, the one from Game of Thrones, has to play Lionel Ritchie at some point. He's the only person who looks like him. Anyhoo, the story is about a guy who wants to be a music star but is really hopeless and about to give up. Then somehow he gets run over by a bus and then I guess switches into another reality. In this reality it seems he's the only one who's ever heard of The Beatles. It's funny how that joke plays on later on in the story. There's a great unexpected scene which made me cry. Not sure about the rest of you people. But yeah, I really enjoyed it. I hope people do see it. It's uplifting and whatnot. And it's another opportunity to sing along with a movie when no one asked you to.
Rambo: Last Blood - I'm not sure what it has to do with the previous movies. But it's violent and it's got Stallone so you get your money's worth.
Midway - In the last 20 years Aaron Eckhart, Patrick Wilson and Luke Evans have all been my favorite guy at some point. So I was shocked that they were all in the same movie. Add to that that I had crush on Woody Harrelson back when I was in high school and he was on "Cheers". I wish to God they were in a better movie. Not that it's awful but it really looked fake. The skies and everything were obviously computer generated. I mean it's a Roland Emmerich movie. This is what they are. But having said that, they were all good in their roles along with real Daario, Ed Skrein. I mean there's no reason to not watch. For those who haven't seen it, I can say it's pretty much exactly as good as Pearl Harbor. I just wish it was better so that in case I ever get to watching it on video it'd be a better repeat viewing. But it's not even like they look hot or anything. Whatever color thing he did gave you the feeling that you were watching it with sunglasses on. Oh and there's a lot of Japanese. Meaning if you want to learn Japanese this would atually be a good movie to buy for practice. I mean see it if you're interested at all but it could have been way better.
Cats - I really liked it. UPDATE. This movie has becoming the whipping boy of the online film community and it is totally undeserved. Firstly, all the people ragging on it couldn't have seen it because the box office numbers are in the toilet. If that many people had watched it, it would have much better numbers. THE MOVIE IS GOOD. Ok. Some people are freaked out by the CGI. That happens. But don't blame everything else, the story, the performances, the songs. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. CATS ran on Broadway for like ever. Don't tell me it could have that many legs and somehow now the whole idea of this story is fubar. Where did all the people who embraced the musical go? Because a bunch of the criticism seems to point to the weirdness of the original. It was always a weird story about group of alley cats, who are like the underbelly of society, all meeting up once a year for the Jellicle Ball, where one if basically reincarnated as a brand new cat. They all want a new life. So the story is bascially you being introduced to each cat and then finding out who is reborn. That's what it's always been. They were always cats acting liking people. Wearing coats and whatnot. So why in God's name are people who are old enough to know better acting like it's some insane thing that this movie just produced? It's been a famous celebrated musical for like 40 years. Is it that the idiot children are triggered by a cat with a face. They never painted their own faces to look like a tiger or bunny or anything? Have these ninnies really never been off their cellphones? I can't with the lack of imagination that these people have. This movie is a great adaptation of a great musical.The performances were all great except maybe Swift who just seemed uncomfortable. They got talented people, which is rare with movie musicals. And then this is what they get for their efforts? I'm really disgusted with "Film Twitter".
Dark Phoenix in not 3D - I reserved a ticket to a 3D showing but we were all sitting there in our glasses and guess what it wasn't? lol The theater kids couldn't explain it. Anyhoo, I really ended up enjoying this. It's not like a regular superhero movie. What I liked most were the scenes between actors. They actually had proper conversations. Like not a bunch of one-liners. I thought Fassbender and McAvoy especially had some great stuff. Sophie Turner was fine. I know people are complaining about her but that's because of her off screen foot-in-mouth issues. If there is a weak link, it's Jennifer Lawrence. I got the feeling she didn't want to be bothered. Now, I've seen all the X-men movies. I know the timeline got rejiggered at least once. So I didn't even bother trying to figure out if this made sense in what should be the current timeline. But then again, if timelines can be changed who says when in the timeline changing this could have occurred. Yes she's become the Phoenix before but I don't think she became the Dark Phoenix. Again, not a book reader but I think there's a difference. So then Jessica Chastain. I don't like her as a person but she's a good actress and I liked her character here. It may not be clear what they are up to to those who munch popcorn but why do you need to know everything anyway? I followed along just fine and enjoyed that plotline. I will say there were not epic battle scenes which is probably why other people dislike it. I go to movies to see stories and acting and all that good stuff. If all you want is to see people fight watch last year's Mission Impossible. I loved this. Go ahead and hate me.
Breakthrough - Sometimes a lot of cheese isn't too much cheese. I liked this more than I thought I would. It was very "uplifting" so it won't be for snarky people. But I really liked the belief aspect, even if I'm not a super Christian. I do believe you can be healed in this way. Whether it's positive vibes or more sprititul healer stuff I totally believe that works better than what the doctors do, which usually kills you faster. The actors were fine. The doctor cracked me up though. (He wasn't supposed to be funny.) Anyway most people should like it.
Little - This was really well made. No hiccups or anything. The kid, Marsai Martin, was really great. That's what I consider acting but you know how the awarding bodies are. Thing is it's a movie for grownups. Not that kids can't go. It's just not that entertaining for them, I don't think, and especially not for small fries. They were running around in my theater and I was like 'why are they here?' Regina Hall I haven't liked to this point but she was really good in it. I mean I don't have anything negative to say at all. I really enjoyed it. There was a really good-looking guy in it too. I mean, go see it. Have fun.
What Men Want - I'm not 100% sure if I ever saw the Mel Gibson one. This one was very funny. Taraji P. Henson is such a great actress. She's always been funny even in her more dramatic roles, but this gives her the opportunity to just be funny funny. Some of the scenes were completely insane like one early on with Kellan Lutz. lol I thought she had great chemistry with her little assistant guy. I was so happy to see Brian Bosworth again. Had a huge crush on him back in the day. The plot was very much like "Ballers" but set to 11. I swear to you though, I would give an Oscar to Erykah Badhu. I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't enjoy it unless they don't like rated R stuff.
The Peanut Butter Falcon - I like Shia. A lot. This was a cute and heartwarming story.
Dolemite Is My Name - Slight problem I have is that I actually loved the movie Disco Godfather and thought Rudy Ray Moore was awesome. Murphy starts off so dissimilar to him that it's hard to make the jump. But he does do a good job. Again it's not cinematic and from the opening credits it almost looked like a CBS movie or after school special. It got better but I was nervous at that beginning. This is one of those year that if this got in Best Picture I could see it although in a normal year it wouldn't be Best Picture material. This year is very weak on typical Oscar fare. So it's 50-50 to me whether it could or should get it. Now that I think about it, I think it needed more music.
Pain and Glory - Antonio Banderas' performance is really what you remember from this movie. Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's just you're really in there with him in his heartache. This movies is why I always fell for guys with brown eyes instead of light eyes. Another great collaboration from Banderas and Almodovar. In my opinion it should get them and the film the proper nominations.
Doctor Sleep - I really enjoyed it. Mom would have maybe loved it because she loved McGregor even if she didn't like horror. He was actually almost great again, like the old days. I liked the little girl. It's really 50-50 with how they have these young actresses play it but she was the real deal. Not some pretend smartypants like we've seen in other movies. I wish the Academy would bring back the tiny Oscar because kids are constantly overlooked. Speaking of, why have my pretend adopted son in it just to do that to him? Honestly that was a heartbreaker. When I saw the running time for this movie I considered not going. It seemed way too long for a King adaptation. But you know, the pace was great. I also liked that they recast people in the flashback roles instead of some kind of bullshit CGI Grand Moff Tarkin shit. We know who it's supposed to be. No one in their right mind is going to watch this without having seen The Shining. I really did not expect to have this this high on my list. And I did sit there and think to myself "Why do I like Rebecca Ferguson?!" again. It's like I know I should hate her from jealousy but she does not bother me at all. It's so weird. I feel like people aren't going to go to this which is a mistake. It looked really good on a large screen too.
The Goldfinch - Really great casting and an excellent movie. I think there were negative reviews. Not sure why. I really liked Elgort here.
Miss Bala - I really enjoyed it. I actually think there was a lot going on here with the characters making actual decisions characters would make. It's about surviving. I think it makes you question what you're still responsible for when put in extreme circumstances. I thought everyone did a great job. I like this Ismael Cruz Cordova. He's like if me and Benicio had a baby. He was also great in Mary, Queen of Scots. I never watched "Jane the Virgin" so I wanna say this is the first time I've really watched Gina Rodriguez. She was really good as well. An interesting cast of characters in a well made action film.
Cold Pursuit - This was really really good. Brutal but funny. Tarantino-esque but also reminscent of Fargo in some ways. The series more than the movie. You have to be able to laugh at unfunny things. I don't want to spoil anything because I think most of us were just expecting another Liam Neeson revenge picture in the vain of his Taken films which are kinda trashy. This wasn't that. Oh sure his motivation is revenge but it's really a crime movie with lulz. Neeson is great as always but so is the rest of the cast especially Tom Bateman, who I knew I liked before but I couldn't place him. He was great. And it's always nice to see William Forsyte. I really hope people do check this one out.
Where'd You Go Bernadette? - I identify with Bernadette to an incredible degree. It doesn't help that I don't have my own name song so I always use "Bernadette" in place of one. Anyhoo, here Queen Blanchett puts in another stellar performance this time as a too brilliant for her own world former architect. She's in a battle with the idiots in the world around her, who because they drink the water and she doesn't, put her in a situation where she must make a break for it. I'll not tell you how it turns out. But brilliance and artistry and intuition come in the same package often. Don't break it. You can't buy it. Billy Crudup either is this guy or he's perfected the character. The kid seemed way older than she was supposed to be. I thought she was going off to college and it didn't hit me that she was supposed to be like a tween or something. She was great but that threw me off. This should show up in awards season unless the awarding bodies have just given up watching movies and just do as their told.
Five Feet Apart - This was more of a love story than a sickness movie. I mean I know it's obvious that these two are gonna fall for each other even though they have to stay so many feet apart but still it's more about what you live life for than their predicament. It's also about how on the razor's edge they are all the time. Years ago, a film critic had called some movie a "three hanky nightmare". I always liked that phrase. Well this is probably two hankies but it's still really good. Cole Sprouse grew up to be quite a leading man. Those of us who watch "Riverdale" shouldn't be surprised at how grounded but sweet he is here. So mature and no nonsense. I keep thinking this actress Haley Lu Richardson is Britt Robertson which actually makes no sense. Anyway she was great too, along with their costar Moises Arias (who I just looked up and can't believe he's Matt from "The Middle"). That totally got past me. So for some reason that I really can't explain, I really really liked this movie.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco - I can't believe I saw two Danny Glover movies in the same day. Anyway, this was very good and very Oscar-y. It's about gentirfication but also so much more than that. I always wonder why people think it's a good idea to lie to your children. This movie is incredibly honest about the effects of such betrayals and how that carries through generations. It's also about the lies we have to keep telling ourselves to make it through this terrible time in America for regular Americans. Celebrities think it's always been great but they don't know anything about what happened to the rest of us over the last decades. This is it. I do want to see it garner some nominations at least. I don't know our writer/star Jimmie Fails but he deserves a lot of recognition for this.
Avengers: Endgame - I'm going to do a big spoilery recap later on. I'll post the link here when I get around to it. But my enjoyment improved on second viewing. The first time they did this girl power moment that just made my heart, that was welling up with happy, fall on the floor and bust like a water balloon. The second time I knew it was coming and was able to ignore it and therefore enjoyed it much more.
Ad Astra - I felt like this was going to be higher but then it's here. I don't know. It's a 10/10 but maybe I got confused about how I feel about it. I kinda think the monkey ate him and everything after that was afterlife dreams.
The Dead Don't Die - Looking at the IMDb there's an old George Hamilton movie of the same name that I need to see now. Don't ask me how but it didn't seem like they were related. Anyhoo, this film is extraordinary. This is the sort of thing I would nominate for Best Picture. It is self-referential in the craziest way. Real artisticfulness if you ask me. I'm not going to spoil a thing. Just watch the trailer and you honestly should know if it's for you or not. If you're not one of my kind and you go anyway don't complain later. It won't turn out well for you. Full marks for the entire cast and it's definitely my favorite Jim Jarmusch movie, by far. Great theme song.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum - So amazed how amazed I was by this movie. I have to see it again because I took a potty break at the wrong time but the fight choreography was downright magical. I mean seemless and just ingenious. I'm pretty sure we're all ready to knight Keanu Reeves or make him Supreme Ruler of Earth or something. So obviously his Keanuness was awesomesauce. As a huge fan of musicals and dancing I was just blown away by the choreography. Yes it was fight choregraphy, but it was really beautiful and lyrical, and clearly these people, including our Keanu should be dancing. Also it's ultra violent but sans blood so it's also really close to being a Western/Shoot-'Em Up. But I guess mostly a Knife 'Em Up. lol It was great. Halle Berry who I'm iffy on was great as well. The dogs steal some scenes. The ciematography and the world here is super pretty and a visual feast. Nom nom nom. I watched the first two but for some reason this one really got me. I eagerly anticipate John Wick 4 and what Chad Stahelski has in store. (OMG I just looked him up. There's a Highlander coming. I've been wishing in my mind for a Highlander with Henry Cavill. I'm going to start wishing super hard. lol)
Gloria Bell - What a weird assortment of people we had here. I think Julianne Moore and John Tuturro make a great couple actually. Their performances here were stunning. I love that at the end of the movie I still have questions I had the whole time. It's kinda great that it shows us how people really behave instead of how we all think we behave. I still don't know why Michael Cera can't put grease in his hair. Looking at it makes me itch. But he was an interesting choice for her son. I liked Brad Garrett here again. This should be Oscar-y but it's so early. I don't know. Oh the soundtrack was killer. You could just play it as-is without have to skip anything or shuffle it. (lol Does anyone still shuffle their CDs?)
Pavarotti - Yeah. I know. Basic doc. But I loved Pavarotti when I was younger. I kinda fell off of the track I was supposed to be on and this movie brought back memories of who I used to be. I liked her. Anyway, I thought this doc was great. Not sensational. Not expose-y. Just a straight about doc about an amazing man. You see the pattern of talent with people like him. We've had a lot of great artists in my lifetime and I'm glad I've been alive to at least be on the Earth the same time as they were. I should have seen him live. I lived in NYC when he was at the Met in the 90s. I didn't go because I was being cost conscious. What an asshole!
Uncut Gems - I may be putting this up here because it's still fresh and I just saw it but it was pretty perfect. That ending. Oh man I dreaded it. I literally was bawling and grabbing my head like I just watched a horrible accident where a house blew up or something. It really got me. And you know, that's people. Jealous motherfuckers can't let you win. Ok. Maybe some anti-semitism too. But you know it was a really great story. The Sandman did a great job. As did the rest of the cast too, especially his leading ladies. This really needs to show up in Best Picture if they want to have any kind of accurate appraisal of 2019 at the movies, which really hasn't been that great in my opinion. But this movie is objectively of the highest quality.
Joker - It looked like Taxi Driver to me when I saw the first trailer. That much was clear but actually it's almost like a love letter to Robert DeNiro. It references several of his movies like TD, King of Comedy and Cape Fear. But it's homage, not rip off. This was actually a really good movie. It's very much like the Indies of the 90s. The ones that said MIRAMAX. That's the feeling I got from it. Of course Joaquin is amazing. I'd like to go into it but I can't right now. The song use was outstanding. This has been the year of me singing in the theater when no one asked. Well I did it again on the other side of my own life shift. This time it was during "Rock 'N Roll Part 2", but "That's Life", "Send in the Clowns" and the Durante version of "Smile" were so perfect. I have to say I was a bit gleeful when he shot the talk show host in the face. Here's why. I used to watch "The Tonight Show" with my old Ma. I used to hate when Jay Leno would mock guys who "lived in their parents' basement" or "worked at McDonald's". That's who this guy was. I also wondered a little if Phoenix wasn't channeling a little of his time with Letterman as well. People will scream "incels" and "mental illness". No. This is what society does to people on the bottom. Trust me. I know.
Glass - I really loved it. Like I'm almost 100% certain this will be going in my all-time Top 100. That's not an easy feat. I'll see it a couple more times in the theater hopefully. I will write more about it then. I was really looking forward to it since I think Unbreakable is a masterpiece. Therefore I assumed it would be one of my favorites this year going in. But I really really loved the message. So much to go into detail about but I'll wait until the rewatches. I'm already rooting for McAvoy in Best Supporting Actor for next year's Oscars. He really deserves it this time. I also have to definitively count Shyamalan as one of my favorite directors.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Who are we without Quentin Tarantino? I really have no idea. The man who raised generations of movie fans now has brought another humdinger to the screen. He's such a ray of sunshine in these dark times. Now that I said that, this movie is very sunny. Full of yellow. I usually don't like when movies are tinted yellow like when Fincher's movies look like he dunked them in pee before he prints it. lol Anyway this isn't tinted anything. QT would never use such cheap tricks. It's meant to evoke the sunshine atmosphere of the times that was changed, perhaps, by the events of that fateful night when the world became aware of Charlie. The thing is this isn't what this movie is about. It's about the happiness and about the hopefulness. We follow Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) as his career is in decline. He is supported by his trusted sidekick, stuntman and BFF, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). I never realized how useful having a stuntman BFF is when you need something on the roof fixed but now I have to find one. The complaints about Margot Robbie's role as Sharon are bullshit. She has so much screentime. Yes she doesn't have a lot of dialogue but that's because she's alone a lot of the time. Did they want her talking to herself the whole time? Either way the angry feminists will hate this movie for the same reasons they hate The Hateful Eight. So don't go and get pissed. I don't want to hear it. But that ending. Oh holy moley. You know what's coming if you know Quentin at all. It's phenomenal. There is a point where you're staring at Brad Pitt with a can of dog food and the anticipation is intense. Let me just say, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are both great but you can't help but notice how many more megawatts of starshine Brad has. The man looks like he's in the 3D. QT's camera was making sweet love to the guy. And then our most beloved Al Pacino. There's a point where he cuts between the three of them watching the same TV show happy as clams. If you love these guys as you should you can't help by smile like a doofus the whole time. I love that Quentin put these men together. I mean he loves us by doing it, he loves them by doing it, and he loves himself by doing it. He's Brother Love here. And we're his children. I'll be going back. Probably today and definitely tomorrow.
Rocketman - Ok. Look. I thought I would like it. I've liked Elton John's music as long as I've been alive and I absolutely loved Taron Egerton in Eddie the Eagle which was my favorite performance and film of that year. So I was expecting it to be at least pretty good. First thing's first. I had no idea this was a proper musical. But all of a sudden very young Elton just starts singing and you're like "Oh! Wait a minute. It's a MUSICAL!!!" What I mean by that is, in The Doors for example, Val Kilmer played Jim Morrison and there were concert performances throughout the film but all the dialogue was spoken. In this case, besides the actual performances, Elton's songs were used as "dialogue" sometimes to push the story forward as in something like Moulin Rouge! If you've watched enough movies and seen how badly things can get bungled when they try hard, you can't believe how they spun this together. It's so glorious. Stupendous. All the actors can sing and more importantly they can act. Even younger Howard did her job well. Go figure. I can't say enough about Taron. He's just amazingly wonderful. But Richard Madden was crackling with awesome as the bad man. So sexy and horrible. Jamie Bell was so emotive while looking like he wasn't. This guy Charlie Rowe I've never seen before but is a new favorite. He looks like Davy Jones to me. HINT. Stephen Graham, also great, you've seen in everything but I always think of him as Tracie's (Sean Bean's) boyfriend in that British series "Accused". But I was so happy about Tate Donovan's groovy turn here. We've loved him since Love Potion no. 9. Everyone is really great in this so I hate to leave anyone out. Oh the kids. The two boys playing younger versions of Elton were just perfect. I can't say enough about how perfect perfect this movie was. I saw it on Friday by myself and immediately thought "Nope. I'm going back!" I brought Old Ma on Saturday and she loved it as well. I do believe I'll be going back before the run is over.