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August 10, 2019 at 7:54 pm #1203019048
Recently watched Tokyo Story, cannot recommend it more. It’s so honest in its simplicity, yet it effortlessly breaks my heart at every turn.August 11, 2019 at 8:32 am #1203019340
Rewatched Pleasantville and forgot how much I loved this film. It may be a little on the nose, but I don’t even care. Joan Allen also gives one of my favorite supporting performances of all time. She’s so quietly devastating.August 11, 2019 at 8:41 am #1203019346
This may not be an actual movie, but I have watched Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling this past weekend. It’s a 45 minute TV special on Netflix that is a revival/continuation of the 1990’s Nickelodeon animated series, Rocko’s Modern Life. I thought Static Cling lived up to the original series with the same lovable characters and wicked sense of humor. Not to mention some great touching moments at the end. For fans of the original series, it’s a lot of fun to spot all these easter eggs and background characters that have appeared on the show over the years. For newcomers, I think this special does a great job of re-introducing the main characters. I highly recommend it.August 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm #1203019814
“Wildlife” (2018): I recall the build-up to this film last year. It was Paul Dano’s directorial debut, based on Richard Ford’s acclaimed novel, and seen as a potential best actress vehicle for Carey Mulligan. It seemimgly went nowhere due to an ill-timed release date, which is unfortunate. It’s a finely crafted marital drama, which might beg the question, “Why does the world need another one of those, again?” Another straight, young, white couple going through all kinds of relationship angst, this time set during the 1960s in Montana where a newly moved family must settle into changing societal shifts and oppressive financial concerns. Carey Mulligan was indeed superb and would have been a worthy Best Actress nominee. I’ve wanted to see a follow-up Oscar nomination for “An Education” so badly for her, but it’s coming sooner rather than later, I think. Jake Gyllenhaal was more supporting, but he delivered well and was probably more effective in this limited capacity than he’s been in years and years of odd leading roles and overacting. Young Australian actor Ed Oxenbould is a legitimate find as Joe, who anchors the film’s story beautifully. There’s also an arresting supporting performance from Bill Camp, who I didn’t know existed until “The Night of” (he’s had a long career prior). This is exactly the kind of veteran character actor who will stumble onto an Oscar nomination one of these days. Paul Dano should be proud of his debut effort. He’s great with actors, young and old. The lensing is beautifully done, and there’s no first-timer timidity to be found anywhere really. I will say that the screenplay with Zoe Kazan was too writerly, and liberties taken to Ford’s novel undercut some missing dramatic elements. Maybe things were a tad too pristine, and something edgier or messier should have entered into this well-worn narrative somehow? I enjoyed the film in spite of that though, and it’s clear that Paul Dano can add another career highlight and distinction to his plate now.August 16, 2019 at 8:26 am #1203026419
I finally saw Ma and omg Octavia is perfect in this. The movie really sucked every time she wasn’t on screen though and the teen actors were annoying.
Banned for making a fake movie posterAugust 16, 2019 at 9:12 am #1203026463
I watched Julie and Julia and The great Hack
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I just finished watching Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. It’s a 70 minute TV movie on Netflix that is a revival/continuation of the early 2000’s Nickelodeon animated series, Invader Zim. I thought Enter the Florpus was awesome! It literally has everything that made the original series so great, yet tells an epic story with some nice family dynamics. Not to mention that the animation looks better than ever.August 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm #1203026680
I finally watched Vertigo (1958) as part of my Hitchcock-watch and was, for once, blown away – deconstruction of male obsession with unattainable female beauty? Damning self-critique by an often-loathsome auteur? All-time favourite lensing and craft? You love to see it.
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The Beguiled (2017):
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this (I think I only saw this once when it came out and then once more when it was on HBO) and I’ve never posted about it, so a review is warranted. Directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and a turtle.
2017 was a such a good year for films and this was definitely an underrated gem. The performances were outstanding with Kidman, Dunst, and Farrell rounding out the cast. Kidman was pretty amazing and definitely the star (deserved a nom to be honest), though Henry the Turtle honestly should’ve done a full sweep in the Supporting Actor category for his transformative performance. The costumes, production design, and cinematography were top notch, so was Coppola’s direction. Her direction and screenplay really captured the sexual (and general) tension and the subsequent power plays perfectly, turning it into a great subdued drama.
Overall, a pretty good Southern Gothic with a fantastic Nicole and cast, and I’d say it should’ve been released in the fall to get more attention but this really was a perfect summer movie.
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Also got banned because...reasons? So, I guess ciao.August 17, 2019 at 9:17 pm #1203028458
A well-acted and visually gorgeous movie that can totally be used as a sleeping pill.
Banned for making a fake movie posterAugust 19, 2019 at 9:08 am #1203030019
Been sick for a couple of days so have seen:
Underworld: Awakening for the xx times. Guilty pleasure
The Social Network is still a fantastic movie! Armie Hammer is a delight as the twins. And it was cool to revisit a young and fire Rooney Mara. And David Fincher is still my religion 🙂
Venom with Tom hardy is actually an entertaining movie. I wonder why the critics were so bad.
The Little Mermaid was cute and moving. I thought I had seen it already, but never too late. My first time and it was great. LOVED UrsulaAugust 21, 2019 at 2:37 pm #1203033876
The Lion King
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Hobbs and Shaw
Chromatica: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album.
Rain On Me: Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video.
Alice: Best Pop Solo PerformanceAugust 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm #1203033977
“American Gigolo” (1980): Not too much to say about a pretty awful film that wasn’t even bad in a campy way, just convoluted, weird, sexist, homophobic, and disaffecting. It’s crazy that the same guy who wrote “Raging Bull” (released in the same year!), “Taxi Driver,” “Affliction,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” & First Reformed” also wrote and directed this nonsense. Luckily for Paul Schrader, his reputation is long cemented for those films and others. Richard Gere gave a solely surface and blank lead performance, though the camera adored him back then in only the way cinema can. Lauren Hutton played his love interest, but a better actress could have brought more to the role. There’s a murder mystery and frame-up that carries the film along to the end, but it feels like an extended “Law & Order” episode. Hector Elizondo had some good scenes as the detective. As a time-capsule sort of film, this captured the late 70s/early 80s excess well enough. Blondie’s great “Call Me” song is probably the other only notable element.September 3, 2019 at 8:39 am #1203055388
Godzilla king of the Mosters – Good
Secret life of pets 2- Very funny
The Curse of La llorna – meh
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