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Films - Watched and thoughts 2019

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 This thread is for general film impressions and discussions

 

JANUARY (30 films viewed)

1- Bad Times at the El Royale [UHD] (2018) ***

2- Bird Box [Netflix] (2018) ****

3- Lucy [UHD] (2014) **

4- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch [Netflix] (2018) *

5- Sicario [UHD] (2015) **** {spanish}

6- Titanic [BD] (1997) *****

7- RBG [CNN] (2018) ****

8- If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) ***

9- Andre the Giant [HBO] (2018) ****

10- Halloween [UHD] (2018) ***

11- Unbreakable [iTunes] (2000) ***

12- Split [UHD] (2016) ***

13- Glass (2019) **

14- Silent Rage [BD] (1982) ***

15- Sebastian Maniscoalco: Stay Hungry [Netflix] (2019) ***

16- Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out [Netflix] (2017) **

17- Judgment Night [BD] (1993) ***

18- The Equalizer 2 [UHD] (2018) ****

19- Detroit [BD] (2017) ***

20- First Blood [UHD] (1982) **** {Stallone audio commentary}

21- Selma [Plex] (2014) ***

22- Juliet, Naked [iTunes] (2018) ***

23- First Man [BD] (2018) **

24- The Old Man and the Gun [DVD] (2018) ***

25- The Hate U Give [BD] (2018) *****

26- Death Wish [BD] (1974) **

27- The Favourite (2018) ***

28- Spider-Man: Homecoming [UHD] (2017) ****

29- Avengers: Age of Ultron [UHD] (2015) ***

30- The Quick and the Dead [UHD] (1995) ***

 

FEBRUARY (23 films viewed)

31- The Oath [DVD] (2018) **

32- Young Adult [BD] (2011) **

33- Groundhog Day [iTunes 4K] (1993) *****

34- Sicario: Day of the Soldado [UHD] (2018) **** {spanish}

35- First Reformed [DVD] (2017) **

36- Juno [iTunes] (2007) ***

37- Jerry Maguire [BD] (1996) ****

38- The Wife [DVD] (2017) ****

39- Destroyer (2018) ***

40- Boy Erased [DVD] (2018) ***

41- The Front Runner [DVD] (2018) **

42- The Shawshank Redemption [BD] (1994) *****

43- Stand By Me [BD] (1986) ****

44- Happy Death Day [BD] (2917) ***

45- Field of Dreams [iTunes] (1989) *****

46- Happy Death Day 2U (2019) ***

47- Terrified [Shudder] (2017) ****

48- Hereditary [UHD] (2018) ****

49- Revenge [BD] (2017) ***

50- Alita: Battle Angel 3D (2019) ***

51- A Star Is Born [BD] (2018) **

52- A Private War [DVD] (2018) **

53- Widows [UHD] (2018) **

 

MARCH (12 films viewed)

54- How To Train Your Dragon [UHD] (2010) ****

55- Aliens [BD] (1986) ****

56- Contact [BD] (1996) *****

57- Midnight Run [iTunes] (1988) *****

58- Avengers: Infinity War [UHD] (2018) *****

59- Captain Marvel (2019) ***

60- Back to the Future [BD] (1985) *****

61- Superman: The Movie [UHD] (1978) *****

62- The Little Mermaid [UHD] (1989) ****

63- The Lion King [UHD] (1994) *****

64- Green Book [BD] (2018) *****

65- Us (2019) **

 

APRIL (11 films viewed)

66- Pet Sematary (2019) ***

67- Pet Sematary [BD] (1989) ***

68- The Matrix [UHD] (1999) *****

69- The Mule [BD] (2018) ****

70- The Matrix Reloaded [UHD] (2003) ****

71- Shazam! (2019) *

72- Bohemian Rhapsody [UHD] (2018) ***

73- The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ***

74- Avengers: Infinity War [UHD] (2018) *****

75- Avengers: Endgame (2019) *****

76- Avengers: Endgame (2019) *****

 

MAY (14 films viewed)

77- The Highwaymen [Netflix] (2019) ****

78- I’m Not Here [DVD] (2017) ***

79- Miss Bala [BD] (2019) ***

80- Escape Room [BD] (2019) *

81- Avengers: Endgame (2019) *****

82- Knock Down the House [Netflix] (2019) ****

83- Rocco [Netflix] (2016) **

84- Avengers: Endgame (2019) *****

85- Moon [BD] (2009) ***

86- Brightburn (2019) **

87- Avengers: Endgame (2019) *****

88- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back [UHD] (2016) *

89- Godzilla [BD] (2014) ****

90- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) ****

 

JUNE (17 films viewed)

91- John Wick [UHD] (2014) *****

92- John Wick: Chapter 2 [UHD] (2017) ****

93- John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) ***

94- Booksmart (2019) ****

95- Captain Marvel [UHD] (2019) ***

96- Purple Rain [BD] (1984) ****

97- American Made [UHD] (2017) ***

98- Bumblebee [BD] (2018) ***

99- The Breakfast Club [BD] (1985) ****

100- Deepwater Horizon [UHD] (2016) ****

101- Hunt for the Wilderpeople [iTunes] (2016) **

102- Patriot’s Day [UHD] (2017) ****

103- 12 Angry Men [Amazon Prime] (1957) ***

104- Toy Story [UHD] (1995) ****

105- Peppermint [BD] (2018) **

106- Deepwater Horizon [UHD] (2016) **** {spanish}

107- Patriot’s Day [UHD] (2017) ****

 

JULY (17 film viewed)

108- The Upside [BD] (2019) ****

109- Assassin’s Creed [UHD] (2016) *

110- Pain & Gain [BD] (2013) **

111- Woman in Gold [BD] (2015) ****

112- Jigsaw [UHD] (2017) ***

113- Annabelle Comes Home {2019) ****

114- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) ****

115- Independence Day [UHD] (1996) *****

116- Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates [BD] (2016) **

117- Hot Tub Time Machine [BD] (2010) **

118- Toy Story 2 [UHD] (1999) *****

119- Toy Story 3 [UHD] (2010) ****

120- Date Night [BD] (2010) **

121- The Meg [UHD] (2018) **** {spanish}

122- Stuber (2019) ***

123- Breakthrough [BD] (2019) ***

124- Ralph Breaks the Internet [UHD] (2018) ****

125- The Principal [BD] (1987) ***

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Bad Times at the El Royale - great performances by all involved, specially Cynthia Erivo and Lewis Pullman (son of Bill). I was really loving the style and mystery of this movie up until 

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Hemsworth’s character shows up.

At this point, the movie took a 

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dark

turn that took me out of my enjoyment of the film though the movie pays this off quite nicely.  I wonder if this is what kept Joel from enjoying the movie more than he did.

 

Great cast and loved the music.

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Life Itself - Amazon Prime

 

Not a tear was jerked from me in this morose, zigzagging tale meant to tug at your emotions, and then to land you in a happy place.  From the creators of "This is Us", it''s a strange tale of lives intertwined and irrevocably altered by a single event.   The rom-com elements are fun, as is the weird narration style, but it is NOT a rom-com!   Watch it with your wife for free husband points. 

 

I give it 2 out of 5 nasal singers.  

 

 

Carlos.

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When Angels Sleep - Netflix (spanish)

 

Starts off promising, but quickly goes south.  A businessman trying to drive home takes some back roads, gets sleepy, and hits a girl on the side of the road, then spends all night chasing her friend who is too scared to let him help her, while he's being too stupid to realize he is scaring the fuck out of her!

 

It's not worth the watch, but if you do watch, watch it in the original Spanish with subtitles, because the English dub is laughingly bad.

 

I give it 1 out of 5 Angels with Filthy Souls.  

 

 

Carlos.

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Train to Busan - I really enjoyed this modern take on a zombie infestation. Perhaps a little predictable at times, but it's very well executed and the pacing is great.

 

City of Ghosts - A documentary following a group of citizen journalists recording and presenting to the world, at great personal risk, life inside Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the ISIS caliphate. Absolutely harrowing film, which gives renewed appreciation for the freedoms we have, and also demonstrates forcefully why a free press is so critical. A tale of real life heroes.

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If you dug Busan, make sure to give “The Wailing” a shot. Very different films but both are South Korean films and both are very worth your while.

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Watched Bird Box and Quiet Place.  Both really good.  I'd say both of their gimics are really cool. QP has better character arcs because they focus on 4 characters and you get to care about them more than the characters in BB.  QP also has a more cookie cutter horror plot and antagonist.  Felt very familiar and predictable.  Though really good and enjoyable.  I have to say that I was bothered by a lot more in QP insofar as the character decisions.  BB, although I really like their gimic, and the way and reason that people die, I consider the antagonist kind of unbelievable.  Interestingly I like the antagonist better in QP, even though it is much more a familiar retread.

 

Overall we liked both movies and it seems a stretch to bother to rank them.  They're both good and have their pros and cons.

 

My last thought is that with a few tweaks, QP would be one of my favorite horror movies of all time.  It just had some obvious and fixable flaws.  And I think I feel that way because it follows the beats of so many movies before it that it is easier for me to dissect it than BB.

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On 1/2/2019 at 8:00 PM, Romier S said:

If you dug Busan, make sure to give “The Wailing” a shot. Very different films but both are South Korean films and both are very worth your while.

Very different films indeed.  The Wailing is a slow burn but so disturbing.  Enjoyed both very much.

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I read several articles over the weekend about how Bird Box is a terrible movie.  I knew this was the case, that some people think it is terrible.  Opinions are like assholes, but the critic types have a stick up their asses on this one.  In the end, I always feel fortunate if I enjoy 2 hours watching something.  Whether it is grass growing, Shawshank Redemption, or porn, to each his own.

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Bird Box has its issues but it’s not terrible. Its mediocre at best and there are far worse ways to spend your time in so far as movies are concerned.

 

You could have watched that last Jurassic World shitfest for example.;)

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1 hour ago, Romier S said:

You could have watched that last Jurassic World shitfest for example.;)

 

Wow, you just triggered me with that one.  I actually went to the theater to watch that one, because my daughter and I liked the previous.  Barf.

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2 hours ago, Romier S said:

Bird Box has its issues but it’s not terrible. Its mediocre at best and there are far worse ways to spend your time in so far as movies are concerned.

Are you saying we’re watching The Happening at the next meet? ;)

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Saw The Favourite tonight. Really fantastic. From top to bottom a real gem. It’s called a comedy, but it really defies simple categories. It’s tragically funny and sharp as a tack. It’s cynical and lavish and artful. 

 

Really, one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. 

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Saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor? yesterday. Quite a lovely documentary, where the filmmakers stay out of the way and allow the subject of the film to shine through. It’s a portrait of a remarkable man with a remarkable outlook on the world. 

 

It’s the latter point that stuck with me most after watching. Particularly at this point in history when so many in power aren’t even hiding their selfish motives and inward focus, Fred Rogers shows the courage and power of being radically open. 

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On 1/2/2019 at 1:23 PM, Carlucci said:

Life Itself - Amazon Prime

 

Not a tear was jerked from me in this morose, zigzagging tale meant to tug at your emotions, and then to land you in a happy place.  From the creators of "This is Us", it''s a strange tale of lives intertwined and irrevocably altered by a single event.   The rom-com elements are fun, as is the weird narration style, but it is NOT a rom-com!   Watch it with your wife for free husband points. 

 

I give it 2 out of 5 nasal singers.  

 

 

Carlos.

 

I completely thought of a much different genre...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - It wasn't bad.  It wasn't good either.  And that's probably the most disappointing thing about it. Han Solo is my favorite movie character of all time, and they got the blandest actor to portray him.

 

Annihilation - This is sort of what I'd expect from something that strikes me as cosmic horror/sci-fi light.  That's not a bad thing.  I liked it.  I was kind of hoping for something mind-blowing, but it's not a bad effort.  If I had one nit to pick, it's this: 

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Natalie Portman in cowgirl was a disappointment.  Needs more rolling hip movement.

 

Bird Box - This wasn't bad either, and this too struck me as cosmic horror/sci-fi light.  If you had to go for the angle 

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with a monster/horror/disease/whatever that's not so obvious

this does a pretty good job.

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War for the Planet of the Apes

We marathon-ed the trilogy with my 9 year old and wife.  My wife thought the movies got worse with time.  This is because the first movie is down-to-earth and the subsequent movies became bigger post-apocalyptic war movies and she doesn't prefer those genres.  I understand that.  But I thought each movie was good in its own right.  And I really was impressed with the collective story overall.  Amazingly impressive effects, creating these digital characters. 

 

This is a nitpick, because I really love Caesar's character.  But I would have appreciated Caesar going a little darker and more hateful.   More of a character arc for him to go to the darkside and come back.  It was narrower and safer than I would have liked.  I feel they wanted to show Caesar as being the bigger person, but they couldn't, because he already was the bigger person.  So there was nowhere to go with his character.   Black Panther in Civil War was a better character arc for a revenge story IMO.  Better range and payoff.

 

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I think the second movie played that arch out to its natural conclusion. Ceasar had a pretty wide distrust of humans to begin with and slowly opened himself up after years of isolation. 

 

His revenge arch was against Koba though and well - he let him die in the end by stripping him of being considered an ape worthy of life (hardly the bigger man there). It’s hard to be “the bigger person” when one of your own initiates a war with humans, afterall.

 

That doesn’t justify the humans atrocities towards the apes in the third movie but by that point, Ceasar was very much into Moses territory (let my people go and what not).

 

Also, by the time any vengeance could be exacted on Harrelson’s character, he had already suffered the worst fate he could have imagined by contracting the illness that left him mute and eventually feral (i.e. like an ape). Ceasar had already won the freedom of his people by then.

 

Its a wonderful trilogy though and way better than I ever expected it to be. The second movie remains my favorite.

 

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Re: Annihilation

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I thought that was deliberate. She’s not enjoying it very much, and seems to be there for the self destruction more than the fun. 

 

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14 hours ago, Romier S said:

I think the second movie played that arch out to its natural conclusion. Ceasar had a pretty wide distrust of humans to begin with and slowly opened himself up after years of isolation. 

 

His revenge arch was against Koba though and well - he let him die in the end by stripping him of being considered an ape worthy of life (hardly the bigger man there). It’s hard to be “the bigger person” when one of your own initiates a war with humans, afterall.

 

That doesn’t justify the humans atrocities towards the apes in the third movie but by that point, Ceasar was very much into Moses territory (let my people go and what not).

 

Also, by the time any vengeance could be exacted on Harrelson’s character, he had already suffered the worst fate he could have imagined by contracting the illness that left him mute and eventually feral (i.e. like an ape). Ceasar had already won the freedom of his people by then.

 

Its a wonderful trilogy though and way better than I ever expected it to be. The second movie remains my favorite.

 

Yes, I recognize that his character arc goes beyond the third movie.  I agree with everything you said.  It makes sense.  But for me there were some emotional moments that would have been more impactful had they stretched Caesar a little.  It wouldn't be unreasonable for a person who had their family slaughtered to lose his mind a little more than he did.  Specifically the little blond girl's role in the movie could have been used in a more impactful way. 

  1. Caesar showed mere indifference to her.  Had he taken out his anger on the little girl a little more.  Had he scared her with his anger just a little bit with some unfair contempt.  It would have played into some other emotional moments a lot better
  2. The girl's relationship with the other members of the Fellowship would have been more interesting relative to Caesar if Caesar continued to hate her just a little bit more.  It would have offered some play between their loyalty to him, and their sympathy toward her.  That dynamic would have enhanced the Fellowship story for me and made the girl's presence more significant.  Including one of the deaths.  And some other scenes I was supposed to care about.
  3. When she feeds him and gives the doll, that scene was great.  But would have been greater if it was a punctuation on his previous terrible treatment of her.  As it was, he was just indifferent to her.  Her feeding him, helping him, wasn't a particularly profound moment.  She was just being a nice, cute, naive kid.  It really wasn't as big of a character moment that it could have been if they did what I said, and made it part of Caesar's comeback to the light side.

 

For me the above would be nips and tucks that would turn the 3rd movie from a B+ to an A-.

 

The 2nd movie is the best.  The 1st movie has the most problems, but is the most rewatchable.  The 3rd movie ties the series together so well, I really like it on its own merits, and as a conclusion.

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The apes trilogy is one of my favorites things to go back to as each film is so different. I always go back and forth on wether 2 or 3 is my favorite. Watching war in theaters really got me as it was a much different movie then expected. The end always brings tears.

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