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Shadow of the Vampire - The front of the DVD box was very misleading. It said, "A Shockingly Funny Spellbinder".  I thought this was a drama? Anyways, I though it was alright. There was not a single laugh to be found. Must be an intellectual joke only jazz and wine snobs laugh at.

 

Dracula 2000 - Ah yes, when late 90's/early 2000 movies had a particular look to them. I kind of thought it was hilarious passing off a Scotsman as Slavic. But thanks to this movie and 300, I have no doubt in my mind Gerard Butler would make an excellent live-action Groundskeeper Willie.

 

The Grudge (Sarah Michelle Gellar version) - Did I get old? I remember when stuff like this was freaky and scared me sleepless. Now I'm like whenever someone dies, it's like, "well, that's inconvenient to clean up."

 

The Twelve Chairs - Early Mel Brooks is definitely early Mel Brooks. You see the skeleton of his style when watching this, but it really strikes me as a very old film. If it was better and more significant to film history may be it could use a restoration?

 

To Be Or Not To Be - That's a very low bar for an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Didn't realize it was a remake until I researched it a bit. It wasn't directed by him, and it didn't feel like a Mel Brooks film either.

 

Silent Movie - This was very uneven for me. There's stuff that made me laugh out loud (the mime struggling to walk into the room and the knight scene with Liza Minelli). I'm not sure why this made me laugh other than the sheer stupidity. Then there's the small interludes that were more silly than funny. The brick joke with the mime fell flat for me, but I'll admit it is a difficult one to pull off. If this movie made me realize anything, it's that the spoof/satire in the modern age has been dead for a very long while now. Genre self-awareness is built into the movie template now, and to be honest I hate that. I blame Joss Whedon for this.

 

The History of the World, Part 1 - Why is this rated R again? I'm probably desensitized thanks to all the violent movies and couples-friendly porn I watch. Otherwise, a solid effort although like most of his other work it'll probably be forgotten.

 

A Mighty Wind - There's a combination of genre awareness and paying close attention to dialogue and context that makes me wonder if this kind of movie can still work in 2021. Otherwise I enjoyed it, but the shocking part is that the songs are actually good. And not "we're making fun of folk songs", but a "genuine love letter to folk songs" good. Last five minutes of this movie wouldn't fly anymore during this modern era though. On a side note, my brother and his wife say they may own Best In Show, but I'm not sure how funny spoofing a dog show can be.

 

I've got one more day hanging out with the parental units. I'll see what other movies I can watch. Definitely not watching Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

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Make Way For Tomorrow - One of the greatest films about the Depression + the impact it had afterwards on families. Older couple lose their house, and end up getting "split" between their children as noone will take them both in. There's some humour in how they fit into their socially climbing kids' lifestyles, but really, it's all about the pathos + an incredibly unflinching ending. It's definitely a film of its time in looks, but it's worth a watch if a black & white 1930s pre-war society statement film is in your wheelhouse :) 

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#Alive - Just awful. Stupidity all around and a lack of attention to detail.

 

Soul - I wasn't expecting it to hit the feels. I really didn't. I'll have to rewatch it, but this was much better than I expected.

 

The Scorpion King - Finally got to watch this cheese fest. The generic nature of it would be a lot more forgiving if it logically tied into the Mummy series.

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So I liked Tenet. I’m of the mind that it could have used some minor exposition that more clearly explained the rules and Pattinson’s character sort of teases it near the end with Kat’s character healing and it cuts away almost like a big fuck you. Despite that, it gets more interesting with subsequent viewings as you put the pieces together. It’s not Nolan’s best but it seems to be strangely maligned for having the audacity to release during Covid crisis and bombing in the process (maybe I’m reading that tea leaves wrong there?). Overall, I rather enjoyed it though. It was indeed LOUD as hell which someone mentioned in the previous thread.

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The China Syndrome - I swear I've seen this before on BBC2 or somewhere 20+ years ago, but I genuinely didn't remember the details. Wow. This is a 70s film ahead of its time in how it frames TV reporters against the commercial interests that their channel need to profit from and the even more difficult conversation about business vs safety + nuclear power... Jane Fonda + Jack Lemmon dominate the screen in different ways, and the supporting cast is just as riveting.

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