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Introduced The Cabin In The Woods to my girlfriend. Right away she picked up on how formulaic it seemed after a weird introduction, and then it all clicked in, and she went along for the ride :) Great to watch this after a good few years, I had completely forgotten Thor was in it. 

 

This Place Rules, the new Andrew Callaghan doc about the run up to January 6th on HBOMax, was a little bit disappointing after his awesome youtube videos. Not sure if the longer form was the problem, the obvious hit of covid getting in the way of filming at the inauguration, or how much territory is retreaded from his older videos or other docs. Q: Into The Storm on HBOMax is a much better documentary on gamergate, 4chan, QAnon, January 6th, etc. all fit in together to destroying much of modern politics. 

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Avatar: Saw 3D HFR version last night.   Wow!  James Cameron sure knows how to make a looker.   The high frame rate was distracting for the first minute or two of it, but then I just adjusted.   The only 3D movie I have ever enjoyed watching before this was the first Avatar, but this was another level.  I really liked all of the holo-screens and cockpits in 3D.  See it in a recliner theater if possible, because you definitely want comfy seats for 3+ hours.

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Add another to the chorus for “The Menu”. I absolutely loved it. 
 

 

”What school did you go to?”

”Brown.”

”Student loans?”

”No.”

“I’m sorry, you’re dying.”

 

 

Legit let out a big laugh at that. The movie is so wonderfully mean spirited and sharply witty. A dark comedy is underselling it. 

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My 2023 List (let's see if I remember to keep it updated)

 

Italics = at Home/Streaming

 

January

1. Flash Gordon (1980) 

2. M3GAN

3. Broker

4. Plane

5. Shin Ultraman

6. Scare Package II: Rad Chad's Revenge

7. Breathless (1960)

8. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

9. Missing

10. RRR

11. LoTR: Fellowship of The Ring Extended Edition

12. LoTR: The Two Towers Extended Edition

13. LoTR: The Return of the King Extended Edition

14. 

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The Red Shoes - Got to see this on the big screen, at the Alamo, in a packed theatre. So cool to see the ballet sequence in all its glory on the big screen. It's stagey, it's ridiculous, it's still a fantastic story of the urge of creativity vs commercialism vs being the best. Genuinely one of my favourite films, and it was a real pleasure to see it in the cinema. 

 

The Land of Steady Habits - Divorced guy dealing with existential upper class dread and family drama... So much wasted potential with this cast + setup. It ends up in tropes + cliches, instead of the potential shown by its first 30 minutes or so. Skip. 

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  • The Banshees of Inisherin is brilliant in concept and executed with impressive subtlety that it's easy to forget what it's doing. Excellent.
  • The Menu didn't work for me at all. I'm OK when stories take leaps from reality but they need to sell me on the world-building to get me to buy in. The Menu failed in this respect and I checked out.
  • Glass Onion - Like Knives Out, it feels like an intentional hot mess of a film but it works for some reason. But when I ran to the restroom without pausing in the last few minutes of the film, I returned only to learn it suddenly ended. I find it telling that I haven't gone back to view the 2 minutes I missed.
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34 minutes ago, dogbert said:

Somehow ended up introducing Danny Boyle movies on consecutive nights to my gf after she said "show me some of your Scottish weird stuff" 🤣

 

Shallow Grave - It's been a decade at least since I saw this. Three roommates look for a fourth, and end up with far more than they can handle. Raw, extreme, over the top acting, funny, dark.

 

Trainspotting - Yeahhhhhhh. Still as incredible as ever, not much more I can say. This was earned another "Glad I saw it, but never want to see it again" reaction.

I think you could have taken that request another way. We too recently rewatched Trainspotting, and as you said it’s still an incredible piece of work. Just as powerful and raw as ever. 

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1 hour ago, kelley said:

I think you could have taken that request another way. We too recently rewatched Trainspotting, and as you said it’s still an incredible piece of work. Just as powerful and raw as ever. 

 

🤣

We didn't watch Trainspotting 2, just the trailer. It's a far from great film, definitely flawed in story & execution, but its core situation with Rentboy going home hits ridiculously hard, I don't need to share that. 

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On 1/22/2023 at 9:14 PM, dogbert said:

Missing is smart, modern, interesting from beginning to end. Essentially a murder mystery told all through the teenage protagonist's MacBook and Face Time interfaces, it's gripping and incentive. 

 

Not perfect, sure, but I enjoyed it.

 

Saw this yesterday.  As you said, not perfect, but a lot of fun.  If you haven't already, check out 2018's "Searching" for a similar theme, but this time an adult looking for his missing teenager.

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The Fabelmans hit a lot of the right notes, and marked a perfect first visit to the cinema in 2023 for me. I somewhat wish it dug a little deeper in places, but it nevertheless still manages to skilfully walk a fine line in depicting Spielberg's personal wide eyed enthusiasm for cinema in contrast to his childhood family drama. Gabriel LaBelle, and the boy playing the younger 'Sammy' are wonderful to watch. It remains extraordinary what Spielberg can draw out of such young talent. There's a delightfully inspired casting choice at the every end too (and proceeds to end on a brilliant final shot). It's a film I'll curl up with for years to come.

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You People - this is the story of a Jewish white guy who is into black culture who falls in love with a black Muslim woman and they try to get married. There are some funny moments. It’s an easy and predictable watch. My wife’s review was i’m not sad that I saw it but don’t need to watch it ever again. 

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