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    Isn’t It Romantic

    I enjoyed it so much. Despite feeling fresh it was just another romantic comedy, but I really liked it mainly because of Rebel Wilson. She was just everything in this.

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    I’ve been going through some old gifts recently and things from my parent’s collection (it feels therapeutic as there are so many I feel I should have watched by now, like I’m the last person to see them) but I’m trying to spend more time catching up on films in spare time instead of just reading.

    Some things I watched last few weeks (if not for the first time, for the first time undisturbed from beginning to end):

    The Babadook (this was much better than I’d expected)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)

    Cape Fear (original and remake, think I prefer the original)

    The Amityville Horror (original and remake, what even was that remake? Apart from seeing Ryan Reynolds half naked a lot it didn’t grip me. I didn’t recognise Chloe Moretz. The original was a bit messy at times but I still enjoyed it and felt scared, loved the score. I’m also shocked that James Brolin isn’t related to Christian Bale…)

    Pale Rider, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven (definitely some of the better Western films I’ve seen)

    Sherlock Holmes (enjoyed it more than I’d expected)

    Sully (didn’t think I’d like this at all but actually found it tense and gripping…definitely prefer Tom Hanks when he’s nuanced)

    12 Monkeys (I’ll give this one top marks as I didn’t see the twist coming right until the end…and I wish Madeleine Stowe had been in more interesting roles, why wasn’t she more of a star? Although I thought Brad Pitt was convincing, I was shocked to see he was Oscar nominated here)

    Also watched Winchester again for the laughs, it’s still on Netflix here. Mirren totally didn’t deserve that Razzie nom

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    ^I’m dying at that Amityville Ryan Reynolds comment lol. Coincidentally, I saw the original today on TV.

    Black Swan (2010):

    So this next one, I consider it probably one of my all time favorites movies with probably my second favorite Oscar win (after Colman of course) and yet I’ve literally only seen it for the second time tonight (haven’t watched it since high school), that’s amazed I was both times. My only real excuse to not owning it or watching it more is because I’m too cheap. So since what I’ve been doing with these past few movies, I feel like watching it the second time warrants a review. King Darren Aronofsky directs Natalie Portman.

    Aronofsky’s direction is a sight to behold, as is Portman’s best performance. Symbolism of aging is spot-on throughout the film, in fact the best one is probably when the camera shows you the broken ballerina in Nina’s jewelry box which shows that her old self is gone and a new one arises (dramatic, but accurate). Portman’s portrayal of a adult-child to a full-on sensual woman is fantastic. Of course, that journey wouldn’t have happened without Kunis’ Lily, which I might ask where the heck was her Oscar nomination? One other thing I might add is the fact that whenever Nina was walking towards the studio and then wiping off the lipstick from the mirror, I couldn’t help but crack up and think of Scary Movie 5 lol. Overall, amazing movie that should’ve swept every single category it was nominated for and then some but the past is the past (unless someone invents a time machine, then be my guest).

    Grade: A/+

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    Book Club: The screenplay is seriously lacking, which is a shame because the 4 leads all give great performances! Jane Fonda is the standout imo but she literally plays Grace. I wish she wouldn’t be typecast in the same role every time. Overall it’s a fine movie with a good message but nothing memorable

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    Dangerous Liaisons: Glenn Close is ICONIC. Exceptional performance. The movie is literal perfection.

    A+

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    Isn’t It Romantic

    I enjoyed it so much. Despite feeling fresh it was just another romantic comedy, but I really liked it mainly because of Rebel Wilson. She was just everything in this.

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    Agreed! It was incredibly charming. Rebel came to slay here. Did you love the dance sequence at the end?

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    Agreed! It was incredibly charming. Rebel came to slay here. Did you love the dance sequence at the end?

    Yeah. Didn’t expect the film to end that way. I’m disappointed by its low rating on imdb. I guess people really dislike female-led comedies unlike men-led ones, which is nothing but frustrating.

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    Yeah. Didn’t expect the film to end that way. I’m disappointed by its low rating on imdb. I guess people really dislike female-led comedies unlike men-led ones, which is nothing but frustrating.

    It is so frustrating. I did notice that prior to its release, it already had a super low imdb rating so no doubt all the haters skewed the score.

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    Drive

    Overrated, but I quite enjoyed it. Why was Albert Brooks nominated for a Golden Globe for this?
    Oh, how I wish there was an Oscar for Best Music Supervision. The music in this was just everything.

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    Love Drive, but I do not agree with Albert Brooks being nominated for more awards than any other supporting actor that year.

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    I watched The Public Enemy from 1931. I thought it was a very good gangster film. James Cagney gives a great performance as Tom Powers, and it was fun to see is rise and downfall in the criminal world. I did think the film was a little short at 83 minutes, and certain aspects could have been fleshed out more. But overall a very enjoyable film.

    Score: 8/10.

    Watched on Turner Classic Movies.

     

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    The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976):

    I’ve watched the sequel before and it scared the jeebies out of me at the time, but this one was kinda underwhelming. I wanted to love it, but there were quite a few parts where it was a borderline-comedy; only one part got my heart racing. Kinda disappointing since I usually love the slasher movies of this era. Also, the cops were such Jans, the Three Stooges were smarter than them (I seriously thought I was watching some old Saturday morning special during the chase scene). Honestly, if this is how the cops actually acted in real life, I have no doubt that they’re the reason why the killer was never caught. I’ll probably give it a rewatch but I doubt it’ll change my mind that much.

    Grade: C

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    American Beauty (1999):

    So, I first watched this the summer before #MeToo happened and really loved it, but haven’t watched it since and was just too curious to see how it would resonate with me now with the Overrated thread going on. Knowing what I know now about Spacey, his performance and a few of the scenes were so cringe and ironic. The ones with his daughter’s best friend just really grossed me out. Bening crying in the closet was so sad and powerful and those five seconds were Oscar worthy all on their own. I can understand why it won all those Oscars though: it struck the core of people’s lives in the suburbs and was super relatable (especially the inner-deadness), but I agree with other people that social changes affected its shelf life (like most movies) and people now consider it overrated. Like why the heck did the entire supporting cast get BAFTA noms? Overall, it’s still good, but the scenes with Lester and Angela were just so beyond creepy it took away the movie for me. I think saying good but not amazing describes the entire BP lineup for 2000 perfectly.

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    Shanghai’ Express- 1931

    Captain Courageous -1937

    Dark Victory -1939

    Mr. Smith goes to Washington-1939 – great comedy.

    Wuthering Heights -1939 . Classic love story gone astray

    Rebecca-1940

    One foot in heaven -1941

    Double Indeminity – 1944

    Since you went away -1944

    Sunset Boulevard – 1950 ( A + ) The acting makes this movie worth watching.

    A Streetcar named Desire -1951 ( A +++) . I find this movie very compelling/acting is masterpiece. ( with different acting styles)

    A Place in the Sun -1951

    Ivanhoe -1952

    The Quiet Man -1952 – musical. Great scenery

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -1954 – good musical comedy.

    Giant -1956

    12 Angry Men -1957

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    Rewatched Arrival. Fell back in love. Love you Amy Adams and the insane work she did for that movie.

    Rewatched The Shape of Water and I love it a lot more now than before. It was cute. It was romantic. The music was charming.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    I watched “Kinsey” (2004) again for the first time in over a decade. It really holds up well today. I don’t think this film received its proper due in its time. Maybe the content was too radical or clinical for voters or something, but it wasn’t like I was scandalized by seeing this film back then. The focus was on other contenders for sure, like “The Aviator,” “Ray,” “ESOTSM,” “Vera Drake,” “Finding Neverland,” “Hotel Rwanda,” and our late-breaking BP winner, “Million Dollar Baby.” I’d like to think that “Kinsey” could have made an expanded BP field, but this was a competitive year. Liam Neeson gave one of his best performances. No reason to have Johnny Depp there except for career momentum and afterglow Oscar nomination. Funny/sad that both men are disgraced now with little chances of being nodded again. Laura Linney was fantastic. Peter Sarsgaard should have been more competitive. Bill Condon at the very least should have been more of a consideration in Original Screenplay. There’s also a cameo here by the late Lynn Redgrave I forgot about that knocked me over. Even John Lithgow was memorable in the little that the script allowed for him. This was an interesting exploration of sexuality and the inner forces that drive us as human beings to love, mate, and destroy. Glad I revisited this film!

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    The Artist:

    The first half was quite boring. I almost stopped watching  but I’m glad I continued because the last 40-45 minutes were amazing. Jean Dujardin is brilliant, totally oscar-worthy. Bérénice is also very good (total category fraud tho), but not as good as Jessica or Octavia in The Help. The score is outstanding and the visuals are stylish as hell, I loved it (particularly the production design).

    B+

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