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Re: In Which I Review Movies 2019
« Reply #150 on: May 27, 2019, 06:05:03 PM »
Documentary.



One of Us (2017), directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Orthodox Judaism is a subject I seem to have been exploring over the last few months, but I swear that this is unintentional and merely a result of going down lists that are already made, that I attempt to adhere to. What I'm saying is that this was not a conscious choice, and I'm not trying to compare anything I do to this documentary in any way, but this is a documentary where the state of play for the people involved was not a conscious choice for them. The lack of a conscious choice to become a Hasidic Jew is made clear throughout the film, the case of the people involved is very well stated. I have also read things in recent weeks that make it more clear to me why the oppression of this community is not reported on the way that it could be. The most obvious reason is that these works further enforce anti-Semitic stereotypes. I cannot disagree with this idea, we know that a lot of people believe anti-Semitic things and that these beliefs are becoming stronger again. Another reason is that people don't exactly understand this community in the first place and could be poorly informed by simply listening to or reading one work related to it. The last thing that sticks out is that people in the community do not want to be filmed. Many of them do not believe in it, the Hasidic community has fostered these feelings against outsiders for a very long time, and with good reason. After all, these feelings are a result of the Holocaust, that's a perfectly logical reason not to trust other people. The problem with the logic of this community is that they use tools to keep people from leaving it, the law helps them do these things as well. I suppose I will have to explain.

One of Us follows three subjects who are in various stages of leaving Hasidic Judaism, all of whom are fully committed to what they intend to do or have already done. Ari Hershkowitz is the youngest, and admittedly the least interesting subject as well. He grew to leave this community for many reasons, chiefly among them childhood sexual abuse and the way in which this community attempts to control the thoughts of children and the environment they grow up in. Ari is a young man who came to feel this way because of the internet, which was banned for use in this community, but when someone wants to do something, they're going to do it anyway. Luzer Twersky is an actor who left the Hasidic community many years before. He had questions that could not be answered, he wanted to be free. The secular world is something he'd always wanted to live in. When he turned 18, as is customary, he was obligated to find a wife and create his own household. He had two children with his wife, but he has moved on and not seen them in years. This is the way the world works. Etty Ausch is a woman who was forced to marry at 18 years old, this has had a much greater impact on her than it did on Luzer. She was forced to have seven children even though she did not love her abusive husband. Now that she wants a divorce and has an order of protection against him, the Hasidic community is bonding together in an attempt to deny her custody of her seven children. From what we know about Luzer, this will surely succeed.

The reason the mother is not allowed to retain custody of the children even though they lived in a religiously oppressive marriage, is explained in this documentary as being due to status quo laws taking effect in custody. The mother of the children wanting to leave the religious lifestyle her children were also engaging in, is a change in the status quo of their lives. Hasidic children have to go to religious school, there are standards in their life that must be upheld regardless of whether or not these things should be allowed. This is a country that believes in religious freedom to a fault, this is one of those faults. When a married person wants a divorce and they want to leave their oppressive community, the law works against them and forces them to abandon their children. This is why Luzer did so without a fight, there was no point to attempting to take the children with him. It is not possible. The point of all these restrictions is in order to ensure that people do not leave this community, that's the point of all this. The documentary tackles that as best as is humanly possible. The part where Etty is explaining to her support group the situation with how she has to leave her children in order to end this fight and at least ensure some modicum of visiting time (one supervised hour a week) makes for devastating viewing. I could hardly watch this part.

One of Us is unable to give a balanced viewpoint because the other viewpoint would not get in front of the camera, so the viewer is obligated to take these things at face value. Fortunately, I have no reason to doubt a single thing that was said in this entire documentary. The directors shot 300 hours of footage and made their decision on what to include, what could easily be found if fact checking, and this is all very well done. The question I would ask anyone questionining whether or not this is true, is why you would doubt this story in the first place? This is a rather haunting description of religious oppression, it should bother everyone that this is taking place. The problem with questioning it, as the directors describe it, is that the Holocaust will come up rather quickly in conversation. It comes up during this film and Luzer gives what he thinks is the reason for the entire system of ostracization and why these children are born into the world for this purpose. This is also not the director's first attempt at making a movie about religious people who take things too far. They also directed Jesus Camp, which I have not yet seen. I thought it was very interesting how the directors decided not to show Etty's face until 42 minutes into the film, I would like to know why they did this.

I think everyone would like to see a documentary where the religious people give their reasoning for these ideals and their systems, but I don't think we're going to get that. If one exists, I would like to know. There is a section of this movie where a rabbi is giving a speech about the ills of the modern world. That is as close as we're going to get I'm afraid. I did find there to be one huge flaw in One of Us though, one that knocks the film down a fair bit. For whatever reason, the directors decided to ignore the part where Etty had decided to come out as a lesbian. While this would have made no impact whatsoever on the child court case, it seems as if Etty was very mad about this and with good reason. I don't like the idea of making a documentary where a person can decide to leave such an important piece of knowledge out of the film. It helps further explain her impetus to leave the community. I think it's also a bit ironic to make a film about people leaving an extremely oppressive community only for aspects of their journey to be removed. That doesn't really sit right with me. I have also read that this was Netflix's decision and not that of the directors. Why? Who the hell knows. The fact is that we learn a lot about why these insular communities thrive and are successful when it just doesn't make any sense in the first place, and for that reason alone One of Us is worthwhile.

7.5/10


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Re: In Which I Review Movies 2019
« Reply #151 on: May 27, 2019, 11:58:36 PM »
I haven't been commenting on these in the thread since we talk about them in chat usually but I try to read most of them even when I don't say anything. Keep it up!

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Re: In Which I Review Movies 2019
« Reply #152 on: May 28, 2019, 06:43:04 PM »


The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

I put off watching this last Lanthimos English-language movie in hopes there would be another announced by the time I wrote this review, but none has yet initially been announced. There are rumors that Lanthimos is working on adapting a Western book, to which I say I cannot imagine how exactly that would work. I also can't wait to see how it works if that's what happens. One thing I noticed in the aftermath of The Favourite was that some people were comparing him to Stanley Kubrick. I will admit that I did not see that when I was in the theater, but now that I am aware of the comparison I should probably give The Favourite another look. Even after seeing The Killing of a Sacred Deer, I think The Favourite is probably Lanthimos' best work, but I now do see the comparison to Mr. Kubrick. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a fever dream of sorts, the way in which this is filmed is incredible. The feeling is that this is something that would have been made in the 1970s, except for the fact that we know it isn't. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a disturbing piece of work, one that made me cringe to the maximum, which made me feel as uncomfortable as I think I could feel. The problem with a devilish story like this is that the viewer is also unable to look away. In not looking away, in not wanting to turn this off because you want to know what happens, it is a tacit admission that you really enjoy something like this. Oh yes, if you watched this and finished it you enjoyed the film even if you can't admit it. And it's dark. It's so dark.

Steven (Colin Farrell) is a man who works as a cardiac surgeon, this is his specialty and he is very good at it. He finishes an open heart surgery as this film begins, it is a very gruesome scene that sends a person straight into the deep end. Once he's done, he goes to a diner and meets a teenage boy, Martin (Barry Keoghan). The way in which this story is told, if you don't know the premise and you're flying completely blind, you may think that Steven is a pervert. The thought certainly crossed my mind because I wasn't understanding this as it played out. Lanthimos does not give anything away. After this meeting, Steven returns home to his wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their children, Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and Bob (Sunny Suljic). Kim and Bob have kid issues, Bob needs a haircut and is a bit of a wild child, and as Steven tells his friend, Kim has had her first period. This is information that seems unimportant, but it seemingly explains some of the things that follow. Or it fucking doesn't. You can make of it whatever you want. Steven and Anna have a strange sex life, I don't know what to make of that either, but they seem happy enough. Eventually, things are made clear and Anna is told by Steven that Martin's father died in a car accident some years before, that Martin's father was a patient of his, and that Martin is going to come over for dinner. Much less nefarious than I thought. Or is it?

When Martin comes over for dinner, the scenes without Steven in them, as well as some of the ones Steven takes part of, make clear this kid is a creepy fuck. He is interested in Kim even though he's 16 and she just had her first period, he's fascinated with body hair and his lack of it, and most importantly he just won't leave Steven alone and that's how things got to this point in the first place. Martin contacts Steven the very next day, he suggests that they go to Martin's mothers house for dinner. Steven wants to leave, but Martin insists that they watch Groundhog Day. During the film, Martin heads upstairs because he's tired, leaving Steven with his mom (Alicia Silverstone). His mom instantly tries to make a move on Steven, but Steven is happy at home and that's not going to happen. So, he leaves. In the meantime, Martin is attempting to become close to Kim, while Steven is entirely ignoring his phone calls. Steven is just done with this guy. One morning, Bob can no longer feel his legs. He is paralyzed. When they go to the hospital things are alright, but when it's time to leave, he falls down again and he's done. Can't move anymore. The next day, Martin is finally able to get some time with Steven, and he breaks the situation down for him. When Steven killed his dad on the operating table, he fucked up. Doesn't matter how this happened, but there is balance required because Steven destroyed his family. Steven must kill one of his own family members. They will all get sick in a four stage process, they will lose their ability to walk, then they won't be able to eat, then they will bleed from their eyes, and shortly after that they will die. Better make a decision fast, but does Steven believe this?

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is exquisitely crafted as a Lanthimos film should be, I shouldn't have been this surprised but my jaw dropped at some of the shots here. What I was left thinking as this film was going on was that that this is one of the most underrated films I have ever watched. I do not understand what people were missing when they watched this. Is the concept too morbid? Arguably, but the concept is also unique and this is an amazing revenge film. But how can anyone not see the filmmaking talent that goes into creating a unique story like this? The performances are off the charts, with Keoghan leading the way. I thought his role was totally ridiculous, yet all of it works without exception. The absurdity of the scenario, the way in which every little thing is framed, you just don't see stuff like that. The score is excellent as well, I have a hard time believing everything that was in this. Nothing is out of place, the mere limitation on the film is how good the concept can be. That's how a film should be, the stuff in this film isn't quite beyond compare but it's about as good as a film can be with the morbid restrictions that are placed on the concept. Finding out every little detail has emotional weight of some kind, I couldn't help but react to everything here.

When a film leaves me engaged like this, as I said before, that's what it required for me to unequivocally say that I thought something was a great film. You just have to watch this to see what I'm talking about. The film feels like something Kubrick made, where even if you don't like the content, the level of control and commitment given to every single scene is something that everyone would appreciate. The decision itself, you know it's coming, and once it does, as a viewer I was entirely ready to see how it would play out. I so badly don't want to spoil The Killing of a Sacred Deer at all, I've done my absolute best here not to do so. The problem is that I don't think people are going to watch this film or that it even has much of a streaming life. Once The Killing of a Sacred Deer gets to Netflix, which it will, we'll see. That Netflix exposure brings light to all kinds of subjects. I do think The Favourite is barely a better film than this, but again, I'm now curious to find out if that film carries the same kind of Kubrick feel. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is so much morbid than I thought, I was a bit surprised by the Metascore and that's why I saved it for so long, but this was STRAIGHT UP MY FUCKING ALLEY. INJECT ALL OF THIS INTO MY VEINS.

There are also some thematic things that I could discuss, but I'm often a bit out of my depth when I try to do so. I think in that sense, the point is that one's actions can come back to haunt them and that the universe does require some level of balance. Perhaps that is the director's take on things, but I would need to listen to a commentary in order to be sure. I also thought that Martin was one of the strangest characters I've ever seen in a film, one of the characters I will absolutely never forget for the rest of my life. A film does not often leave those marks. One might think this is a film that's too morbid, but the way that very famous actors lean into the material assuages those concerns from my perspective.

9/10

2019 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   Darkest Hour
24.   A Ghost Story
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   It
28.   Battle of the Sexes
29.   Brad's Status
30.   Okja
31.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
32.   Kong: Skull Island
33.   It Comes at Night
34.   Crown Heights
35.   Split
36.   1922
37.   Personal Shopper
38.   Landline
39.   Beatriz at Dinner
40.   Chuck
41.   Atomic Blonde
42.   Shot Caller
43.   Wheelman
44.   The Lego Batman Movie
45.   Megan Leavey
46.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
47.   Marshall
48.   Menashe
49.   Walking Out
50.   American Made
51.   Beauty and the Beast
52.   Imperial Dreams
53.   Gifted
54.   Murder on the Orient Express
55.   The Zookeeper's Wife
56.   The Glass Castle
57.   Free Fire
58.   Win It All
59.   The Wall
60.   Life
61.   My Cousin Rachel
62.   Breathe
63.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
64.   Maudie
65.   Sleight
66.   Alone in Berlin
67.   A United Kingdom
68.   Trespass Against Us
69.   The Mountain Between Us
70.   War Machine
71.   Happy Death Day
72.   Lowriders
73.   Justice League
74.   To the Bone
75.   Ghost in the Shell
76.   Wakefield
77.   Bright
78.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
79.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
80.   The Mummy
81.   The Greatest Showman
82.   Rough Night
83.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
84.   Sand Castle
85.   The Circle
86.   CHiPs
87.   Death Note
88.   The Belko Experiment
89.   The Great Wall
90.   Fist Fight
91.   Baywatch
92.   Snatched
93.   Wilson
94.   Queen of the Desert
95.   The House
96.   Sleepless
97.   All Eyez on Me
98.   The Book of Henry
99.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies 2019
« Reply #153 on: May 29, 2019, 06:27:46 PM »


The Dark Tower (2017), directed by Nikolaj Arcel

Quick admission here, I have not read any of the Dark Tower books, I've hardly read any Stephen King, so I do not know what to expect here. I do, however, know exactly what The Dark Tower gave to me and I know that I did not like it. The Dark Tower is a project that kicked around Hollywood for absolute ages, apparently with good reason. It is clear that this could not be adapted as a film because it is too difficult to understand, because a film isn't where a story like this should be told. This story belongs on television where there is room for grand exposition, where I will not be bored to tears as I was when I was watching this. I must reiterate that I have never been more bored watching anything that I have reviewed. I am trying, and failing to come up with a way to summarize this film as I usually do. The way I guess I'm going to put things is this. The Dark Tower is a film that reminded me of bad science-fiction in the way that the sets all felt so low rent. The plot is completely incomprehensible to a point where I didn't understand what I was watching, and I paid attention to everything and hit the rewind button if I thought I needed to. You know how bad a movie has to be where I don't understand the plot and can't be bothered to look any of the details up? This is a big problem. The movie is shit.

The Dark Tower starts off with a camp full of children in a land that clearly isn't Earth. There are weird looking people strapping them into machines, which are overseen by Walter (Matthew McConaughey), the Man in Black. A girl subsequently sends a blast towards a tower, and I don't understand a fucking thing that I've just watched, but apparently this was a dream. The dreamer is Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), who is 11 years old and takes up far too much of the film, ruining it with his presence alone. He experiences visions of a Man in Black who is seeking to destroy a tower and destroy the universe as a result, but he is opposed by a Gunslinger. I do not understand very much of this at all because it is never explained properly, and the things that are explained are nowhere near as important as the fundamental driving point of the film. The dream takes place in the middle of an earthquake in New York City, which is where Jake lives with his mother Laurie (Kathryn Winnick) and stepfather Lon (Nicholas Pauling). Lon and Jake seem to hate each other. Jake has to see psychologists because of these dreams, which are said to be related to his father's death. They are not, obviously. Jake has another dream of Mid-World, this one being of the Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba). Roland is with his father Steven (Dennis Haysbert), but they are attacked by Walter and Steven is killed by him. Roland, for some reason, is immune to Walter's magic and he can escape.

The dreams continue, of course, because there's not much of a film without those dreams and they're used in place of giving us a cohesive plot. Jake dreams of an abandoned house and finds a picture of it, which leads him to ask on an online forum if anyone knows of the place. Someone does. At the same time as he learns someone does, Lon has planned to send Jake to the mental hospital. Jake sees that there's a scar on someone's neck, which means they are using fake skin in order to cover up whatever kind of creature it is they are, so he asks to use the restroom. When he does that, he bails out the window, and it's off to Brooklyn where this house is. At this house there's a portal to Mid-World, and Jake hops in not knowing where it leads. Jake walks through the desert and eventually encounters Roland, who thinks Jake is working for Walter. The film is a complete mess and there's no context given to why any of this would be the case. In any case, eventually Roland calms down and is able to explain the situation to Jake. Walter is trying to use kids with "shine", which is a special power that allows them to see into someone's past (I guess?), in order for them to destroy the Dark Tower. If Walter brings it down, as Roland said, monsters will be able to come into Mid-World and Earth. Roland and Jake can't let that happen.

I know that a lot of people say the book series is great, that the source material is too good to give this treatment to, but I'm never going to read the books. What I do know is that a book series cannot possibly be this incomprehensible. It took until 30 minutes in for me to even have a modicum of understanding what The Dark Tower was about on any level whatsoever, but I still don't understand the purpose of the tower or the purposes of Roland and Walter. When a person doesn't understand a movie like this one, when there isn't action to suffice in the absence of understanding, I'm left with one emotion. The Dark Tower is a fucking boring film. This is a fantasy movie that lacks fantasy in the filmmaking, everything in this is so bland. There is no reason that a movie with Idris Elba as a Western hero should ever have these kinds of problems. The film simply lacks in far too many things for me to find this acceptable at all. I'm not going to go through all of them because I'm bored. The plot is lame and the dialogue really sucks outside of one of McConaughey's scenes with chicken. I'm sure you know the one if you've seen this. The inability for the film to have lengthy exposition is a problem, but the movie is also so short. I don't think this would have been good with more exposition, but it would have been better, and I strongly question someone's filmmaking ability when they make a 90 minute film that needs more exposition in order for an audience to understand it. That sentence is illogical in every way.

The problem with making a film like this one where a person decides to distill a book series into one movie, is that I don't understand what the gunslingers are or any of that shit, so it just doesn't work. I don't understand who the audience for this film was. Anyone who read the books wouldn't like this, people who don't know about the books like myself are lost completely. I guess this is why the project kicked around Hollywood for so long, there was no way to produce this in a way that would make people happy. Is that true though? You could try to work this into a film series, but even then, that feels like a bastardization of what are rather long books in some cases, not too long in other cases. I bet Stephen King drives people nuts with how he releases these too. We have a series going since the 80s which is not yet complete, I already know how people feel about that from George R.R. Martin. Maybe people are different though. I don't know what the TV series on Amazon will consist of, but I have seen that they've done some initial casting and I intend to check it out. That's probably the best way to dive into something like this without reading the books, which I will repeat, I do not intend to ever do that. Anything would be better than this weak attempt at a film though. It's tough figuring out where I want to rank this because I've already watched so much junk from 2017. This is the 100th thing listed, and I chose The Dark Tower tonight for that specific reason. I knew it wasn't going to be good but I didn't expect it would be like watching paint dry.

3/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   Darkest Hour
24.   A Ghost Story
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   It
28.   Battle of the Sexes
29.   Brad's Status
30.   Okja
31.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
32.   Kong: Skull Island
33.   It Comes at Night
34.   Crown Heights
35.   Split
36.   1922
37.   Personal Shopper
38.   Landline
39.   Beatriz at Dinner
40.   Chuck
41.   Atomic Blonde
42.   Shot Caller
43.   Wheelman
44.   The Lego Batman Movie
45.   Megan Leavey
46.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
47.   Marshall
48.   Menashe
49.   Walking Out
50.   American Made
51.   Beauty and the Beast
52.   Imperial Dreams
53.   Gifted
54.   Murder on the Orient Express
55.   The Zookeeper's Wife
56.   The Glass Castle
57.   Free Fire
58.   Win It All
59.   The Wall
60.   Life
61.   My Cousin Rachel
62.   Breathe
63.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
64.   Maudie
65.   Sleight
66.   Alone in Berlin
67.   A United Kingdom
68.   Trespass Against Us
69.   The Mountain Between Us
70.   War Machine
71.   Happy Death Day
72.   Lowriders
73.   Justice League
74.   To the Bone
75.   Ghost in the Shell
76.   Wakefield
77.   Bright
78.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
79.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
80.   The Mummy
81.   The Greatest Showman
82.   Rough Night
83.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
84.   Sand Castle
85.   The Circle
86.   CHiPs
87.   Death Note
88.   The Belko Experiment
89.   The Great Wall
90.   Fist Fight
91.   Baywatch
92.   Snatched
93.   Wilson
94.   The Dark Tower
95.   Queen of the Desert
96.   The House
97.   Sleepless
98.   All Eyez on Me
99.   The Book of Henry
100.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #154 on: May 30, 2019, 06:17:52 PM »


American Assassin (2017), directed by Michael Cuesta

I remember seeing the commercials for American Assassin on television. I think I know what the people who went to see this in theaters were thinking. "HELL YEAH, IT'S TIME TO GIVE THOSE ARABS WHAT THEY DESERVE," or some variation of that over and over again. If one really gets enjoyment out of cliched anti-Arab films, this one is for them, but it's even more the case if they really enjoy anti-Iranian films. Iran is all the buzz now, of course our current dumbshit is being cajoled into going to war with them because very powerful people want to sell more weapons, and seeing this in a film is a little bit of a problem to me. At least the filmmaker did the right thing and the terrorist was the white guy who wanted the bomb for himself, but that's the most minor "at least" I could ever give as it comes to a film like this one. The reality of things is that this is the kind of trash that Hollywood used to make in the 1980's, with the exception of a few inspired scenes that also reminded me of something made in the 1980's. I should make clear that this is not much of a compliment. I should also make clear that Michael Keaton is not the main character here. American Assassin would be an average film at best if he was, but instead a younger actor takes his place. That younger actor is not that great, but the script just destroys any chance he has to give the character depth beyond the few lines he receives and repeats over and over.

Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) is a guy on vacation with his girlfriend Katrina (Charlotte Vega) in Ibiza. Great place to vacation, that's for sure. The vacation is because Mitch has the intention of proposing to her, which he does and she accepts. Moments later, terrorists arrive on the beach, you can guess that they're Arab, and they start shooting up people with assault rifles. Eventually they get around to killing Katrina, Mitch is wounded a few times, and it's time for our story to move forward. About a year or so later, Mitch has decided to learn Arabic and starts training in kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian ju-jitsu, learns how to use assault rifles. It obviously is not because he wants to join a terrorist cell. He goes on a message board and makes comments about wanting to join in jihad, leading to a chat with a real terrorist. He is quizzed on history facts important to that specific terrorist, which leads to Mitch taking a trip to Libya. Mitch has the intention of killing all these guys, but he cannot because he has been tracked by the CIA. The Special Forces kill everyone in the room besides him, and he is carted off to Langley for a 30 day debriefing. Oh yeah, he stabbed the terrorist who killed his girlfriend when the guy was dead. Many times.

During the debriefing, Mitch is offered a chance to become legitimate. The logic that the deputy director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) uses is totally backwards and idiotic, she theorizes that he doesn't have to be unwound from any time in the military and won't have to get over his bad habits because he shouldn't have any. He doesn't have any bad habits? I think infiltrating a terror cell with no help and no real plan is a pretty fucking bad habit. Irene then decies to send Mitch off to a black ops unit called Orion, which is led by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). Stan's goal is to teach Mitch and other recruits about unconventional warfare, including hand to hand combat, how to assess risk and targets in a specific area, who they should shoot and who they shouldn't. Of course, the main thing is, this job is not personal. Same shit you see in basically every other movie. The difference between this and most other films of this kind is that the training scenes are actually good. For the first time in the film I felt engaged. The problem Orion is facing relates to a man named Ghost (Taylor Kitsch), who Stan trained and he decides to keep that fact from Mitch because it isn't important to the mission. I can't believe some of these sentences I'm writing. Orion needs to find out why Ghost is trying to sell weapons grade plutonium to Iranians, so it's off to Turkey where the Americans have an agent on the ground already, Annika (Shiva Negar).

I cut myself off at the end of the last paragraph, because fuck it. Like, really. Just fuck it. American Assassin is a bad film, not the worst I've watched recently, but pretty bad. Everything here is so cliched and so boring with the exception of a few things, which I should address from the top. The training scenes, as I already stated, are fun. There is a torture scene that I thought was acted out in a way that I had a hard time not laughing because of it. I will spoil this film because I don't think anyone cares, but the nuclear weapon does go off and this leads to a ridiculous scenario where aircraft carriers are not capsized by an absolutely enormous wave. Maybe that happens in reality and maybe it doesn't, but it was hilarious. The last thing I was expecting from a cliche fest like American Assassin was for the bomb to go off. This is particularly disappointing because Michael Cuesta has a decent track record directing good TV shows and Kill the Messenger, but that seems to not matter at all. The film is shot on location in Rome and takes absolutely no advantage of that. Most everything is indoors, and that's just how it is. I don't understand why someone would make a film in another country and do this when they were allowed to film in that country, but there you have it.

I explained clearly how the film was so full of cliches, and that was my main problem with it. American Assassin is also extremely violent, but that's strange because this feels like it's supposed to be a character study of Mitch, except for the times when it isn't. The tonal inconsistency of this film drives me nuts. The fact is that the film is also about the wrong assassin, I don't think anyone would have wanted this. The story is adapted from a book series, which is just laughable and yet another example that not all books work on screen. The trainee is more interesting on paper than they are in reality. I also think that, beyond the criticisms of the film that I've already had, that these films are made for a bigoted audience that I don't want to be part of. Yes, I watched the movie, I did not pay for it and I did not enjoy it. I am not part of the target audience. The last year or so has been a lot better about not making these bigoted, boring movies. I guess that's the real sin for some people, isn't it? The latent bigotry in the story is a problem because this is not a true story and it's something that a person made up. It's also a problem because the movie is really fucking boring. This just wasn't for me at all, and the lead was too boring to make things click on any level. I did like some of the scenes that related to character growth and not trying to track down these caricatures of terrorists.

4/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   Darkest Hour
24.   A Ghost Story
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   It
28.   Battle of the Sexes
29.   Brad's Status
30.   Okja
31.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
32.   Kong: Skull Island
33.   It Comes at Night
34.   Crown Heights
35.   Split
36.   1922
37.   Personal Shopper
38.   Landline
39.   Beatriz at Dinner
40.   Chuck
41.   Atomic Blonde
42.   Shot Caller
43.   Wheelman
44.   The Lego Batman Movie
45.   Megan Leavey
46.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
47.   Marshall
48.   Menashe
49.   Walking Out
50.   American Made
51.   Beauty and the Beast
52.   Imperial Dreams
53.   Gifted
54.   Murder on the Orient Express
55.   The Zookeeper's Wife
56.   The Glass Castle
57.   Free Fire
58.   Win It All
59.   The Wall
60.   Life
61.   My Cousin Rachel
62.   Breathe
63.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
64.   Maudie
65.   Sleight
66.   Alone in Berlin
67.   A United Kingdom
68.   Trespass Against Us
69.   The Mountain Between Us
70.   War Machine
71.   Happy Death Day
72.   Lowriders
73.   Justice League
74.   To the Bone
75.   Ghost in the Shell
76.   Wakefield
77.   Bright
78.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
79.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
80.   The Mummy
81.   The Greatest Showman
82.   Rough Night
83.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
84.   Sand Castle
85.   The Circle
86.   American Assassin
87.   CHiPs
88.   Death Note
89.   The Belko Experiment
90.   The Great Wall
91.   Fist Fight
92.   Baywatch
93.   Snatched
94.   Wilson
95.   The Dark Tower
96.   Queen of the Desert
97.   The House
98.   Sleepless
99.   All Eyez on Me
100.   The Book of Henry
101.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #155 on: June 01, 2019, 05:51:59 PM »


Annabelle: Creation (2017), directed by David F. Sandberg

Once I see the third Annabelle film later this month, that will be the last of these Conjuring franchise films that I watch for some time. The most frustrating thing about these movies is that only one of them was particularly good, that being the first one. It's strange that there have been so many of these yet I can clearly say which was the second best of these films, and it was this one right here. I don't know how to bring myself to write a full review tonight because I don't have the attention span, so I'm not. I just don't have it in me tonight. I'm simply going to tell you that after watching so many of these, this one was alright. The director is clearly more talented than most of the jabronis who direct these, so he has that going for him. The film also makes up for the horrible first Annabelle movie.

6.5/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   Darkest Hour
24.   A Ghost Story
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   It
28.   Battle of the Sexes
29.   Brad's Status
30.   Okja
31.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
32.   Kong: Skull Island
33.   It Comes at Night
34.   Crown Heights
35.   Split
36.   1922
37.   Personal Shopper
38.   Landline
39.   Beatriz at Dinner
40.   Chuck
41.   Atomic Blonde
42.   Shot Caller
43.   Wheelman
44.   The Lego Batman Movie
45.   Megan Leavey
46.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
47.   Marshall
48.   Menashe
49.   Walking Out
50.   American Made
51.   Annabelle: Creation
52.   Beauty and the Beast
53.   Imperial Dreams
54.   Gifted
55.   Murder on the Orient Express
56.   The Zookeeper's Wife
57.   The Glass Castle
58.   Free Fire
59.   Win It All
60.   The Wall
61.   Life
62.   My Cousin Rachel
63.   Breathe
64.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
65.   Maudie
66.   Sleight
67.   Alone in Berlin
68.   A United Kingdom
69.   Trespass Against Us
70.   The Mountain Between Us
71.   War Machine
72.   Happy Death Day
73.   Lowriders
74.   Justice League
75.   To the Bone
76.   Ghost in the Shell
77.   Wakefield
78.   Bright
79.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
80.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
81.   The Mummy
82.   The Greatest Showman
83.   Rough Night
84.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
85.   Sand Castle
86.   The Circle
87.   American Assassin
88.   CHiPs
89.   Death Note
90.   The Belko Experiment
91.   The Great Wall
92.   Fist Fight
93.   Baywatch
94.   Snatched
95.   Wilson
96.   The Dark Tower
97.   Queen of the Desert
98.   The House
99.   Sleepless
100.   All Eyez on Me
101.   The Book of Henry
102.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #156 on: June 03, 2019, 05:56:30 PM »


Sweet Virginia (2017), directed by Jamie Dagg

Sweet Virginia is the kind of name a person gives to a film when they have no idea what to call their film. That's just how it feels anyway. I tried to watch this last night, but my internet was cutting out on me and as a result I could not, but at least I hadn't really gotten started. I absolutely hate watching any parts of films over again in a short span, and I hate it even more when I have to break up the viewing of a film into two days. That's why I never do it. I was a little busy tonight so I decided to restart with Sweet Virginia as it was rather short and I only got a minute or two into things the first time. The first two minutes of the film give one absolutely no idea what this is going to be, but the poster features someone with a gun in hand and that's always going to be good enough for me. There's only been a few films like this to come out in 2019, so I'm by no means burned out on this sort of thing. What is it actually? You'll have to keep reading to find out. Sweet Virginia is quite an interesting film in that it follows a character who is truly detestable and disturbed, but surprisingly this is a character who does not do disturbing things to the extent that other characters have done in assorted films. I recommend watching this because I bet most people haven't heard of it, but I'm trying not to give that much away.

Sweet Virginia kicks off with three men in a bar playing poker, doing the things that men just happen to do. Tom, Mitchell, and Lou are at Lou's bar, and a man we learn later is named Elwood (Christopher Abbott) asks to be served. The bar is closed, he does not like hearing that. Eventually Elwood calls Mitchell out by name, then gets up and goes to get his gun. Not good news there. He comes back and kills all three of them before robbing the place, so in the end this looks like a robbery gone awry. We snap forward to the next day with Sam (Jon Bernthal) dreaming about being a bull rider. Sam runs a motel called Sweet Virginia's, which explains the name, but beyond that he's obviously from Virginia. He's made his way to Alaska as a form of escapism from something, but in truth it could be many things. There's a picture of a woman and child in his room, and he has physical problems from injuries that he got while doing the rodeo. His right arm doesn't work and he limps when walking, so those days are long gone. There's a bit of a rhythm to this film where everything has purpose, and he starts off his day by responding to a disturbance in room 128. This does not go that well for him and he's told to fuck off. At the motel, there's Maggie (Odessa Young), who obviously is supposed to remind him of his daughter. He watches over her because her dad is a piece of shit, such is life.

Anyway, after we're introduced to these things, Tom's wife Bernadette (Rosemarie DeWitt) is having a gathering at her house for her now dead husband. Lila (Imogen Poots) was Mitchell's wife, and she's there talking to her about stuff. Bernadette is being very, very loose with her words and not paying much attention to any of the information that she's putting out there, but I guess there's some level of trust between the two. Sam arrives at the gathering, and Bernadette asks him if she can come by, which lets us know that they had been having an affair of some kind. Sam tells her no, but in the end, those wishes do not matter. There's much more to the story going on here, but all Bernadette can talk about is her husband and Sam seems to be feeling bad about this whole situation. The realization that you might be a bad person doing bad things comes on you quick. At the same time as this is going on, Lila is doing some bad things of her own. You know how her husband died and shit? We are shown a scene of Lila meeting Elwood and asking him why he killed Tom and Lou instead of just killing Mitchell. Elwood doesn't really give a fuck, but it's time for him to get paid. He wants $50,000 as they'd agreed, and if he doesn't get it, some really bad shit is going to happen.

Of course, when a movie has a threat like that, some bad shit is going to happen. Chekhov's Gun is a thing when it comes to films like these, or at least it should be. There are no questions and everything here is answered except one thing. There's a part where Bernadette has a dream where her husband comes home beaten up, but I doubt Sam is capable of doing that, so I'm curious to know if that was merely a figment of her imagination and guilt. I'm sure nobody will answer that question because I'm sure nobody knows the answer to it and this was a small film in the first place. Every other little piece of information is important though. When these people come into contact with each other, it is interesting to find out what will happen next. This is the kind of slow-burn film that's right up my alley. Christopher Abbott's performance here is quite strong, these scenes when he's talking to himself are a great picture of how mental problems can lead to someone becoming so violent. Maybe he was violent all along, but that's not the kind of information the film gives out without it meaning something, therefore it is not here. This question is one of the film's negatives, but I think the answer is that people do not just decide to become hitmen. There's a buildup to that, but I don't know how common real hitmen actually are. Doesn't matter to me, his performance here is good.

It's also strange to see Jon Bernthal as a lead actor when almost everything else he's in is a part that doesn't last particularly long. Some of them are memorable, like Baby Driver or Wind River, and stuff like Rampart is not. I am hoping that Ford v. Ferrari is like this, a larger part that I am not expecting. What if I tell you that he's playing Johnny Boy Soprano and nobody's talking about it yet, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT SHIT BECAUSE YOU BETTER. Talk about something I can't wait for, that's a project that I absolutely need to see and need to be good. I have to get around to watching the Marvel stuff on Netflix as well. Overall, obviously I do very much like this quite minimalistic movie. It's up to each individual viewer to decide whether they can handle how slow this is, and I assure people that it really is quite slow. There are some great twists here, most of which come out of nowhere. The ones that are more predictable are rather good too. The small town gives Sweet Virginia the feeling of being a Western where the people in the town all know each other, but the focus is on such a very small amount of people. I really wish there was a little more to this, and because there wasn't that's what keeps this from being a great film.

7.5/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   A Ghost Story
24.   Darkest Hour
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   Sweet Virginia
28.   It
29.   Battle of the Sexes
30.   Brad's Status
31.   Okja
32.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
33.   Kong: Skull Island
34.   It Comes at Night
35.   Crown Heights
36.   Split
37.   1922
38.   Personal Shopper
39.   Landline
40.   Beatriz at Dinner
41.   Chuck
42.   Atomic Blonde
43.   Shot Caller
44.   Wheelman
45.   The Lego Batman Movie
46.   Megan Leavey
47.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
48.   Marshall
49.   Menashe
50.   Walking Out
51.   American Made
52.   Annabelle: Creation
53.   Beauty and the Beast
54.   Imperial Dreams
55.   Gifted
56.   Murder on the Orient Express
57.   The Zookeeper's Wife
58.   The Glass Castle
59.   Free Fire
60.   Win It All
61.   The Wall
62.   Life
63.   My Cousin Rachel
64.   Breathe
65.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
66.   Maudie
67.   Sleight
68.   Alone in Berlin
69.   A United Kingdom
70.   Trespass Against Us
71.   The Mountain Between Us
72.   War Machine
73.   Happy Death Day
74.   Lowriders
75.   Justice League
76.   To the Bone
77.   Ghost in the Shell
78.   Wakefield
79.   Bright
80.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
81.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
82.   The Mummy
83.   The Greatest Showman
84.   Rough Night
85.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
86.   Sand Castle
87.   The Circle
88.   American Assassin
89.   CHiPs
90.   Death Note
91.   The Belko Experiment
92.   The Great Wall
93.   Fist Fight
94.   Baywatch
95.   Snatched
96.   Wilson
97.   The Dark Tower
98.   Queen of the Desert
99.   The House
100.   Sleepless
101.   All Eyez on Me
102.   The Book of Henry
103.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #157 on: June 05, 2019, 06:37:53 PM »


Flatliners (2017), directed by Niels Arden Oplev

I didn't bother to watch the original version of Flatliners, and to be truthful after watching the remake I do not see the point. The original is a film without great reviews but it's one that has a more high powered cast whereas this remake has very little punch at all, and it also has far worse previews. I knew that before, but one of the reasons I was watching this is because I was specifically asked to so I could tell someone whether or not this was any good. The answer is that it was not, but the answer they are going to receive is that Flatliners was a good film that is well worth their time. That's the best thing I could ever tell someone after they forced me to sit through such an enormous pile of garbage. This isn't the worst film of 2017, but it's pretty close and in an elite category few could hope to reach. I would never watch this again for the rest of my life, no matter what. There are other bad films that I cannot say the same thing about, which is what makes Flatliners so uniquely awful. From reading Wikipedia, it seems like a lot of the things in the original film were changed, because the events in this one give off the feeling of being far more sanitized. You know how bad it is when a weaksauce psychological horror movie feels sanitized? Just watch this for two hours and you'll see how.

Courtney (Ellen Page) is a medical student in Toronto who is obsessed with what happens when people die or during their near-death experiences. Flatliners begins with her driving her younger sister and getting into a car accident when she gets distracted. When they fall off the bridge, her sister drowns and dies while she lives. The film comes forward nine years to her residency, and we are shown some of how they work with a bit of Kiefer Sutherland sprinkled in as a nod to the original film. Courtney has an idea that she really wants to work on, but first we have to meet her team. The characters are not initially given, but we have Marlo (Nina Dobrev), Ray (Diego Luna), Sophia (Kiersey Clemons), and Jamie (James Norton). These are the young doctors we have been blessed with the ability to get to know, and this is the film that we get. Courtney's idea requires Jamie and Sophia to head down into the basement, which is a setup for something so much worse than this seems to be. Her experiment requires her brain to be recorded while she uses a defibrillator to stop her heart, then she is supposed to be revived after 60 seconds. When Jamie and Sophia object, she tells them they will not be responsible for whatever it is that happens. I know when someone tells me I'm not going to be responsible for killing them, I just go ahead and do it based on that alone.

When they begin the experiment, Courtney has an out of body experience where she floats out onto the roof of the hospital when she'd never been there. The problem is that nobody can revive her and after a minute this could lead to potential brain damage, but there's actually none of that in this film. Eventually Ray is called down there and so does Marlo, and Courtney is revived. That night, she's rather euphoric, and the next day her intelligence has increased massively. Of course, you know what this means for the rest of the film, all of her friends are going to flatline and go through this for themselves. Ray does not do this because he has common sense. Of course, there would be no film if there wasn't a negative effect of doing this, so we continue on from there. The negative effect is that everyone sees visions from their past that are haunting them. Courtney's are obviously of her sister, Marlo has visions of a man she accidentally killed and fudged the autopsy report of, Jamie is bothered by an ex-girlfriend he pressured to get an abortion, and Sophia is haunted by a girl who she decided to spread nude pictures around of to her entire high school. Isn't that child pornography or some shit? That doesn't matter to this film at all, nothing makes sense. The fact is that these hallucinations are going to get far worse, and when the hallucinations manifest themselves in some ways, this is absolute trash.

I don't know how to compare this to the other film so I won't do that again, but Flatliners can basically be distilled into a movie where most of the people (except Courtney) are haunted by bad things they did and didn't feel bad about until they were haunted by them. The production of Flatliners looks absolutely ridiculous on its face, pretty much passing for any television show set in a hospital, and the film can simply not overcome that even when it leaves the hospital. Flatliners looks cheap, the script is cheap and ripped off of something else, and this is why people lacking inspiration should not remake movies from the past. The actors don't bring anything to the table and the most interesting, and rather only sympathetic character is killed off for seemingly no reason. This decision has no emotional impact even though this character is the only one in the film who is motivated by learning something good. The rest of these either don't want to learn anything or are genuinely bad and vain people. In any case, I can't really drone on about this very stupid movie. It's poorly produced, the script is poor, the acting is rather uninspired. Diego Luna and Ellen Page are way above this and shouldn't have been in a project like this one, but I guess the allure of a film someone watched when they were younger was too strong to pass up. Or the money was.

I should also point out that Flatliners was only successful to begin with because the people in it came to be more popular. That's not going to happen with the remake and therefore the point of making it  is completely beyond me.

2.5/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   A Ghost Story
24.   Darkest Hour
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   Sweet Virginia
28.   It
29.   Battle of the Sexes
30.   Brad's Status
31.   Okja
32.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
33.   Kong: Skull Island
34.   It Comes at Night
35.   Crown Heights
36.   Split
37.   1922
38.   Personal Shopper
39.   Landline
40.   Beatriz at Dinner
41.   Chuck
42.   Atomic Blonde
43.   Shot Caller
44.   Wheelman
45.   The Lego Batman Movie
46.   Megan Leavey
47.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
48.   Marshall
49.   Menashe
50.   Walking Out
51.   American Made
52.   Annabelle: Creation
53.   Beauty and the Beast
54.   Imperial Dreams
55.   Gifted
56.   Murder on the Orient Express
57.   The Zookeeper's Wife
58.   The Glass Castle
59.   Free Fire
60.   Win It All
61.   The Wall
62.   Life
63.   My Cousin Rachel
64.   Breathe
65.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
66.   Maudie
67.   Sleight
68.   Alone in Berlin
69.   A United Kingdom
70.   Trespass Against Us
71.   The Mountain Between Us
72.   War Machine
73.   Happy Death Day
74.   Lowriders
75.   Justice League
76.   To the Bone
77.   Ghost in the Shell
78.   Wakefield
79.   Bright
80.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
81.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
82.   The Mummy
83.   The Greatest Showman
84.   Rough Night
85.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
86.   Sand Castle
87.   The Circle
88.   American Assassin
89.   CHiPs
90.   Death Note
91.   The Belko Experiment
92.   The Great Wall
93.   Fist Fight
94.   Baywatch
95.   Snatched
96.   Wilson
97.   The Dark Tower
98.   Queen of the Desert
99.   The House
100.   Flatliners
101.   Sleepless
102.   All Eyez on Me
103.   The Book of Henry
104.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #158 on: June 05, 2019, 11:13:42 PM »
I haven't been commenting on these in the thread since we talk about them in chat usually but I try to read most of them even when I don't say anything. Keep it up!

Right there with CWM. Also enjoy seeing your takes and how they (sometimes) differ from mine in relation to various movies. Best is seeing you cover stuff I've seen e.g. Disobedience but also covering dreck like Book of Henry that I'll never bother with.

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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #159 on: June 06, 2019, 06:06:38 PM »


Brigsby Bear (2017), directed by Dave McCary

Have you been waiting for me to get weird? This is one of the most strange and most offbeat films I've watched in a while, but most importantly this is also a film that also achieves its goals in feeling uplifting and sentimental. These kinds of things just aren't made very often anymore. A film like Brigsby Bear has hardly been made at all at any point. The film follows a unique character in a unique situation, doing things that hardly anyone in the real world has ever had any experience with. The concept is great, but pulling it off is rather difficult and the filmmakers do a good job of bringing that concept into reality. Prior to the release of this film, the plot was so guarded that of course there was hardly any interest in the film to begin with, which is rather foolish all things considered. Will Brigsby Bear become a cult film over time? I doubt it, we don't seem to live in that world anymore. I don't watch Saturday Night Live very often anymore, so I'm a little surprised that the people who are part of that were able to give us something like this. That's weird! So, why is there a film made with what can best be described as what looks like a pedo bear? Read on if you really want to know.

Brigsby Bear is a movie with a plot that can best be described as bizarre and rather sad. James (Kyle Mooney) lives in an underground bunker somewhere in Utah with his parents Ted (Mark Hamill) and April (Jane Adams), he is not allowed to go outside. Sometimes Ted leaves with a gas mask on, but the presumption is that the air is toxic and James cannot leave for that reason. Ted also makes clear that the outside world is dangerous beyond that, so things are what they are. James spends his days watching a show called Brigsby Bear, he owns every episode, all the memorabilia, and talks about it on a fan forum. One night he decides to go outside with a mask on and sees multiple police cars coming, which gives up that something's going on here. When the police go into the bunker, we see that Ted and April are arrested while James is not, and as such we can surmise that James was abducted at some point. James is devastated as he believed these were his parents, that there were people talking to him about Brigsby Bear, but this was not true. It was either Ted or April doing so. I should point out that James is so strange that he's only ever seen one girl near his age, she was on the show at some point and it isn't explained how until very much later.

As happens when someone is saved from their abductors, James is brought to the police station where he meets Detective Vogel (Greg Kinnear). Vogel breaks things down for James, saying what I've already said, but he says even more. Brigsby Bear was not a real show and was made by Ted specifically for James, that Ted disappeared in the 80s and was tracked down from the studio he was making this in order to find the bunker. James is then introduced to his real parents Greg (Matt Walsh) and Louise (Michaela Watkins), and it turns out that James has a sister, Aubrey (Ryan Simpkins). It's hardly surprising that everyone thinks James is weird, but James was abducted and never introduced to the outside world. When James is told about things in the real world, all he can talk about is Brigsby Bear. That's just the way things are. One night, Aubrey decides to break that pattern by taking James to a party, where he meets Spencer (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.). James starts talking about Brigsby Bear, and surprisingly the other people are interested, which leads him to feel he has something he really needs to do. What is it? The Brigsby Bear series has not been completed due to Ted and April's arrest. James wants to complete it with a movie, and Spencer is going to advertise it by uploading episodes of the show to YouTube so more people can watch them.

The viral aspect of other people viewing these videos is completely ridiculous, but I think that was the point. Due to how old the lead character is, the film is even more bizarre because we're seeing someone actively enjoy something like Teddy Ruxpin. It is all completely sincere, and because of that the film has meaning and purpose. In not playing anything for laughs, even though I don't think this is a great film, it feels quite authentic. The concept on its face is totally ridiculous, but the execution of it just doesn't feel that way. The lead performance is quite strong and I'm surprised someone was able to deliver these lines at any point without breaking, this is quite an accomplishment. The film is also well cast, and it doesn't overstay its welcome by kicking around for too long. It's short, sweet, and to the point. I think there's some interesting commentary on what happens to people who become all too obsessed with things that exist solely in their bubble, but I am not the person to wax poetically about that. The obsession in this case was placed in by his abductors to keep him from realizing the reality that he was trapped, and that leads to a very uneasy feeling for the audience should you be unable to ignore that fact. I could not.

There are many different tones someone could have decided to take with Brigsby Bear, but the one that it settled on was clearly correct. It was also different. It doesn't hurt that the show within the movie is patently absurd and worthy of being given this sort of treatment. I didn't laugh very hard, but I did think this film was rather amusing and touching. I can't explain why I thought it was touching for an abduction victim to become an adult and remain obsessed with this show, but it was. The ending of Brigsby Bear is also very nicely done, and it's clear as I write this out that this was a very good screenplay. Ultimately, the Brigsby Bear stuff leads to the guy finding his own place in the world, and he does so without hurting anyone else. It's hard for me to hate something like that. Now, on the other hand, there are some negatives of the film and they are largely related to the idea someone would be obsessed with this show when they leave a bunker to find a world that was beyond their imagination. The experiences one is robbed of, those have always been clearly stated by experts and those who have experienced being abducted. This is a good film though. The originality of it, how awkward the film is, the tone and deadpan humor, that material really worked for me.

7/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   John Wick: Chapter 2
21.   The Lost City of Z
22.   First They Killed My Father
23.   A Ghost Story
24.   Darkest Hour
25.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
26.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
27.   Sweet Virginia
28.   It
29.   Battle of the Sexes
30.   Brad's Status
31.   Okja
32.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
33.   Kong: Skull Island
34.   It Comes at Night
35.   Crown Heights
36.   Split
37.   1922
38.   Personal Shopper
39.   Landline
40.   Beatriz at Dinner
41.   Chuck
42.   Atomic Blonde
43.   Shot Caller
44.   Brigsby Bear
45.   Wheelman
46.   The Lego Batman Movie
47.   Megan Leavey
48.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
49.   Marshall
50.   Menashe
51.   Walking Out
52.   American Made
53.   Annabelle: Creation
54.   Beauty and the Beast
55.   Imperial Dreams
56.   Gifted
57.   Murder on the Orient Express
58.   The Zookeeper's Wife
59.   The Glass Castle
60.   Free Fire
61.   Win It All
62.   The Wall
63.   Life
64.   My Cousin Rachel
65.   Breathe
66.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
67.   Maudie
68.   Sleight
69.   Alone in Berlin
70.   A United Kingdom
71.   Trespass Against Us
72.   The Mountain Between Us
73.   War Machine
74.   Happy Death Day
75.   Lowriders
76.   Justice League
77.   To the Bone
78.   Ghost in the Shell
79.   Wakefield
80.   Bright
81.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
82.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
83.   The Mummy
84.   The Greatest Showman
85.   Rough Night
86.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
87.   Sand Castle
88.   The Circle
89.   American Assassin
90.   CHiPs
91.   Death Note
92.   The Belko Experiment
93.   The Great Wall
94.   Fist Fight
95.   Baywatch
96.   Snatched
97.   Wilson
98.   The Dark Tower
99.   Queen of the Desert
100.   The House
101.   Flatliners
102.   Sleepless
103.   All Eyez on Me
104.   The Book of Henry
105.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #160 on: June 09, 2019, 06:29:25 PM »
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Mother (2009), directed by Bong Joon-ho

I think, although I cannot be certain of this, that this is the first South Korean film that I have ever watched. I haven't watched many foreign films in the first place, although when I catch up to where I started going to the theater, this is going to change in a hurry. Even though I haven't seen South Korean films, I have been fortunate enough to see one of Bong Joon-ho's projects before, the eccentric and strange Okja. Mother is nothing like that and is entirely different, it's fair to say this was the right time for me to watch a film like this one. The rather devilish twists and turns seem to fit with a longstanding ideology that I've always felt to the core, that many mothers will look to protect their child regardless of what they are accused of doing. This film is so much better when you don't know what happens, so if you're reading and have the intention of seeing this, I encourage you not to continue. Mother is the kind of film cinephiles will watch for years, not the least because other cinephiles will consistently recommend something like this when recommendations need to be made. There is one thing I need to know though. Is it remotely acceptable to have laughed at anything in this movie? I ask because I did laugh a few times, and I do think that's one of the flaws with the film. The storytelling can be very unclear at times, but this is something that ultimately works to the benefit of the story. Mother is on Netflix until the 13th so if you want to watch the film, you better get to it.

Mother (Kim Hye-ja) is a woman who lives with her mentally handicapped son Yoon Do-joon (Won Bin) in seemingly rural, small town South Korea. Mother has problems beyond her son's issues. She does unlicensed acupuncture, which is apparently a big deal, and she's extremely protective of her son because of how he is. Do-joon has been taught by his mother to attack anyone who makes fun of him for being what he is, and this is something prevalent throughout the film because other people cannot help themselves. Do-joon does have a friend, Jin-Tae (Jin Goo), and this guy is not a good seed to put it nicely. One day, they're hanging out across the street from Mother's herb store, and Do-joon is hit by a car. He and Jin-Tae give chase and eventually hail a cab, the cab follows the Mercedes to a country club because as Jin-Tae says, where else would they be going. They catch up to the car in the parking lot and Jin-Tae kicks the mirror off the door. To say that Do-joon is mentally handicapped is somewhat of an understatement, he has a horrible memory, can't read, and can't make sense of pretty much anything in the world. Eventually the two friends attack a group of professors who were out golfing, and it was their car, which leads to everyone being hauled into the police station. While there, Jin-Tae blames the broken mirror on Do-joon, and this leaves Mother to pay Do-joon's expensive debts.

Mother and Do-joon are poor, this is made clear. That same night, Do-joon is supposed to meet with Jin-Tae and Jin-Tae never shows up. On the way home after getting plastered, he follows a high school girl, Moon Ah-jung (Moon Hee-ra) onto a pathway. She's scared of him of course, and she throws a rock at him to scare him away. This works, Do-joon is scared of everything, and that's that. He crawls into bed with his mom and that's how his day went. The next morning, Ah-jung is discovered dead on a rooftop with her head having been busted open. The police are keen to arrest Do-joon, he's an easy suspect, too stupid to defend himself, and someone has placed a golf ball signed by him at the scene of the crime. The police easily trick him into signing a confession and lock him up. Although there will be a trial, finding a lawyer is difficult and measures must be taken. Mother is determined to clear her son's name, she wants to do her own investigation. She knows that her son is simply too unintelligent to do anything like this, she is going to clear him even though she doesn't have any money. The thing I liked most about this is that her name is never given, and her attempts at detective work are entertaining the whole time.

The key to this film is that all of the twists and turns are entirely unexpected as some of the rules of formulaic cinematic storytelling are broken. Important characters are introduced later in the film. Seemingly important characters disappear. The film easily shifts point of view from one character to the next. Mother also ensures that we have a complete character description for many of the people involved. The movie builds slowly with no obligation to the audience to speed anything up. The big moments of the film are genuinely shocking and seemingly come out of nowhere. There are conventions that need to be busted in order for a filmmaker to create something spectacular, and the opposites of all things mentioned are not present. Mother is not a perfect film, but it's a great one. I did not mention the entire picture, but regardless of how it actually ended, I do not think I would have seen it coming. There are so many events in this that I didn't really have time to think about who killed the girl. I was attempting to process everything that I was seeing. The little moments here make everything work, and there are things left in question about the backstories of these characters. I really want to know some of these questions as well, but the answer will never be given.

The tricks here, of which there are many, suit the story so well and some of them made me quite happy. The only one I can actually talk about concerns the grandmother of the victim. The framing of the shot leads the viewer to believe that she is going to take a header down a cliff. That is not what happens. It's one of those things better seen than described. The overall point I've been trying to make is that this resonated with me strongly. There were numerous times that I audibly reacted, and that's when I know a murder mystery has truly made its mark. The viewer is rewarded for sticking with the slow buildup, and I will also point out that I thought one of the characters was one of the most evil that I've ever seen. There's a difference between an evil, well-rounded character and an evil caricature. There are plenty of evil caricatures out there. If you want to know the difference, watch this and see what you feel. It is taking everything inside of me not to spoil this, so I'm going to stop. If you haven't seen this, make time to see it. I'm telling you now. Every character is important and what we have here is a great piece of work. I will probably be thinking about this for a while.

9/10


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« Reply #161 on: June 12, 2019, 05:22:41 AM »


Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), directed by S. Craig Zahler

Obviously, I have been waiting to watch this film for quite a long time. Everything in it seemingly straight up my alley, but I thought I would work my way towards the end of 2017 before I finally turned this on. Bone Tomahawk was a strong debut film, but the time I had between watching both of these enabled me to forget about how gory that previous film really was. This, it turns out, was not so good. Being prepared for the gore in Zahler's films is a necessity when you watch them, because if you aren't ready the stuff in them is going to shock you. Anyway, I wish I'd remembered. Brawl in Cell Block 99 is the very definition of a grindhouse exploitation movie and almost all of it is so good, it is unpredictable to its core, it is exactly what I wanted. When someone said that Vince Vaughn kicks ass in this movie, I laughed but now it is obviously true. The best way to describe Brawl in Cell Block 99 is as a movie where someone kills their whole way through prison. Although the film has flaws, and I will get to them, there's a part of me that can easily handwave them away. Who really cares, after all? When a filmmaker gives the audience what they want, it is easy to accept and embrace the movie for what it is.

Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) is a former boxer who is, obviously no longer a boxer, and at the start of this film he works at an auto repair shop. He goes into work and is fired almost immediately, laid off because they don't have work for him to do. So, he's mad. Bradley heads home in his shitty Pontiac Firebird Formula, which is to say that he drives a really fucking old car that isn't classic. When he gets home, he sees his wife Lauren (Jennifer Carpenter) talking to someone on her phone, and he knows something's up. He's mad, sees a hickey on her neck, and when he hears from her that she's been seeing someone else, he goes fucking crazy. I don't want to say what he does because that defeats the purpose of watching this. Bradley and Lauren talk about their failed relationship, and Bradley wants to do much better. He forgives Lauren and decides that he's going to become a drug mule again, working for Gil (Marc Blucas). Things go well with Gil for some time, and Brawl in Cell Block 99 fast-forwards 18 months to a life where Lauren is pregnant and Bradley has bought a nice house. They have nice things now and life is very good.

After a delivery where we see how Bradley gets shit done these days, he is introduced to Eleazar (Dion Mucciacito), a new supplier who will take care of some of the issues Gil and Bradley have with their heroin and crystal meth supply. Bradley seems to have problems with the way this is going to work out. He doesn't trust Roman (Geno Segers), a really big guy who won't listen to him and seems to not respect his authority. The fact is, this has to go well, so Gil makes some promises to his employee. So, Bradley takes Roman and another guy out on a trip with a boat, where they have to retrieve a trunk from the water. When they get back, Bradley thinks they're walking into a trap and throws the bag in the water, but there are two more and the two other guys have them. They ignore him and start shooting at the police, but the film establishes rather early on that Bradley is a patriot who just might believe in that Blue Lives Matter shit. Plus, he was pretty clear in not wanting to hurt anyone. When he attacks Roman and the other trafficker, this leads to Bradley getting caught. As was already established, he was headed into a trap. Once arrested, he's told that he will get four years and serve all of them for drug trafficking, but that was bullshit. He's getting seven years because the court system pulls that stuff on people, but it's not as if he doesn't deserve it. He is a drug trafficker after all. Now, if you want to know what Brawl in Cell Block 99 actually means, you'll have to watch this because I'm not saying anything else.

Obviously, like basically everyone else, I really enjoyed Brawl in Cell Block 99. The guy who doesn't believe in violence being forced into doing very bad things to save his family is often a good story, but not often to this extent. The level of the violence and the lack of music during those scenes is what makes them. I do have some things to say that may feel like complaints, but they're actually strengths. For starters, the film is too long. The thing about Zahler's films is that when they're too long, it's because he wants to round out the characters as much as is humanly possible. You can see this when he gives interviews because he does the same thing when answering probing questions. I accept the length of the film because it works, because it allows us to understand what it would be like to go into prison, or to have these things happen to you. The length of the film makes the violence more palpable, every scene has a point and Vince Vaughn is completely convincing while doing this. This is someone who has done a lot of bad comedy movies, yet the funniest line of his career is in this film. I have a feeling that I will revisit Brawl in Cell Block 99 at some point. The film is a very slow burn, but that suits me fine and I feel like I had the opportunity to enjoy the characters. Don Johnson's role here is fantastic too.

There's one thing about the film though, or at least one that people keep talking about when it comes to Zahler. There's the matter of a lot of people with bad political beliefs also enjoying his films to a great extent. What exactly does, and what should that mean? Should that mean you should feel bad for enjoying the film? This film and the last, are for people who wanted a western horror movie or a jailhouse combat flick. I do not understand what's wrong with enjoying that just because some bad person also does. Granted, I have not continued on yet to the most controversial one, but I'm a person who judges things once I watch them and not before that. Do I think he's a racist? I don't know, but I do know that he's great at writing characters who bring something realistic to the table. Some of those characters are racist and some are not. I don't believe that a person who writes a blatantly racist character should be automatically judged for doing so, as if those beliefs reflect on their own feelings. Their actions outside of that script are what matters. I do think this film could have been trimmed, which would have eliminated a lot of these lines, but they all do a job to explain why the characters think what they think.

I need more films like this one where characters do bad things, where their motivations are explained along the way as in Shot Caller. Of course, both of these are prison films, but they couldn't be more different from each other if they tried. I think there are some issues with Zahler's approach in the sense that any given scene can be interpreted by the audience however they want, and he's talked about that before, but it's also rather different and quite welcome. I don't always like things being laid out in a film to the extent where everything is spelled out for you, where you are made to feel a certain way and can feel bad for not thinking that way. Again, the film is too long, but this is one of the greatest displays of ass kicking I have ever seen, and as such it would be impossible for me not to enjoy it. The way all these fights were framed was like something straight out of my brain.

8/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Wind River
15.   Thor: Ragnarok
16.   Logan Lucky
17.   The Beguiled
18.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
19.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
20.   Brawl in Cell Block 99
21.   John Wick: Chapter 2
22.   The Lost City of Z
23.   First They Killed My Father
24.   A Ghost Story
25.   Darkest Hour
26.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
27.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
28.   Sweet Virginia
29.   It
30.   Battle of the Sexes
31.   Brad's Status
32.   Okja
33.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
34.   Kong: Skull Island
35.   It Comes at Night
36.   Crown Heights
37.   Split
38.   1922
39.   Personal Shopper
40.   Landline
41.   Beatriz at Dinner
42.   Chuck
43.   Atomic Blonde
44.   Shot Caller
45.   Brigsby Bear
46.   Wheelman
47.   The Lego Batman Movie
48.   Megan Leavey
49.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
50.   Marshall
51.   Menashe
52.   Walking Out
53.   American Made
54.   Annabelle: Creation
55.   Beauty and the Beast
56.   Imperial Dreams
57.   Gifted
58.   Murder on the Orient Express
59.   The Zookeeper's Wife
60.   The Glass Castle
61.   Free Fire
62.   Win It All
63.   The Wall
64.   Life
65.   My Cousin Rachel
66.   Breathe
67.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
68.   Maudie
69.   Sleight
70.   Alone in Berlin
71.   A United Kingdom
72.   Trespass Against Us
73.   The Mountain Between Us
74.   War Machine
75.   Happy Death Day
76.   Lowriders
77.   Justice League
78.   To the Bone
79.   Ghost in the Shell
80.   Wakefield
81.   Bright
82.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
83.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
84.   The Mummy
85.   The Greatest Showman
86.   Rough Night
87.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
88.   Sand Castle
89.   The Circle
90.   American Assassin
91.   CHiPs
92.   Death Note
93.   The Belko Experiment
94.   The Great Wall
95.   Fist Fight
96.   Baywatch
97.   Snatched
98.   Wilson
99.   The Dark Tower
100.   Queen of the Desert
101.   The House
102.   Flatliners
103.   Sleepless
104.   All Eyez on Me
105.   The Book of Henry
106.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #162 on: June 12, 2019, 06:06:40 PM »


Olympus Has Fallen (2013), directed by Antoine Fuqua

There is another one of these films coming out in August, so I felt the need to watch them all even though I'd never started or had any particular interest in this. There was a reason I'd never had any interest in this. One time I turned around and my dad was watching White House Down, and I always thought it was Olympus Has Fallen, but it wasn't. The movies are so similar and I can't believe anyone would release the two one after the other like this. In a sane world, the release date for White House Down would have been booted down the road. Maybe they could've fixed the film while they were at it. While Olympus Has Fallen isn't quite as bad as that was, this is a film that is profoundly stupid. There are very few people who have been in as many bad theatrically released movies as Gerard Butler has been. Olympus Has Fallen is actually on the upper end of his scale, but that's not a compliment of any kind. I do not know how someone can pick as many bad scripts as he has chosen. That would seem to be impossible, but it is clear that anything is possible after all. The film basically rips off of every other similar subject that you can think of, does so gladly without any thought as to whether or not those scenes even work. The crux of the film is incredibly stupid, the large concept that allows all these people to get in a room with each other is absurdly flawed. The greatest sin is probably that the terrorists are beyond incompetent.

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is a former Army Ranger turned Secret Service agent, he is in charge of the President's (Aaron Eckhart) detail. They are at Camp David on a snowy night, where President Asher is with the First Lady (Ashley Judd) and their son Connor (Finley Jacobsen). It's time to drive to a campaign fundraiser, but the car shouldn't be on the road in the first place and everyone knows that. This shows you the level of detail in the script. Anyway, a bridge falls off a tree and hits a car, which leads to a collision in the motorcade, and the car with the First Family crashes while on a bridge. It's about to go over, and while Banning is able to pull the President out of the car, the First Lady dies when the car falls onto the frozen river below. Their son also makes it out of the car, but I don't remember or could not figure out how. Take your pick. Of course, in the aftermath of such a thing where Banning is unable to save the First Lady, he's given the boot and now works at the Treasury. The film kicks forward eighteen months, and I have no idea why this matters, but Banning is a married man with a wife who works as a nurse, Leah (Radha Mitchell). I don't get the inclusion of this at all and her scenes are rather strange. Now that I've established the way things worked out with Banning, I have more work to do.

The President is meeting with the South Korean Prime Minister, but it turns out that South Korea is a really incompetent country in the world of Olympus Has Fallen. His government detail has been infiltrated by a North Korean terrorist organization, to the point where nearly everyone in his group was part of this operation. The organization is led by Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune), who reveals himself after some of the things I'm going to describe. The start of the attack features a plane flying over Washington D.C. with the intention of causing as much havoc as possible, opening fire on civilians and obviously the White House as well. Down into the bunker they go, with the President, the Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan (Melissa Leo), the Vice President, and Dave Forbes (Dylan McDermott), a former Secret Service agent who works for the South Korean PM now. That just doesn't sound right to me. Anyway, in the bunker, it turns out that the PM's trusted adviser is Kang, who shoots him in the head. Forbes joins in on the fun and he's part of the terrorist organization as well, they are seeking to bring famine and devastation to the United States. First, they must capture the White House, the most important key of which is Connor, who they need for...reasons. The way things play out, the Director of the Secret Service (Angela Bassett), the Army Chief of Staff (Robert Forster), and the acting President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) are tasked with getting the situation under control. Their ace in the hole, of course, is Mike Banning.

At its core, this feels like a 90's movie in terms of the tone, the violence, and the plot. The plot is razor thin, this is a very standard terrorism movie, but one of the things I liked about it is that there were no goofy political messages of any kind. The villains are also not those prone to rampant stereotypes, North Korea is a joke and therefore they're free game. Olympus Has Fallen does boast some good action scenes, I will admit. Some of them are also overkill. An example of a good one is the way Mike deals with advance weaponry. The worst is the way the terrorists take the White House in the first place. That scene felt like Call of Duty, the amount of people getting mowed down was completely ridiculous and I didn't see the point of executing the scene in this way. The film as a whole seems to not have much a reason to exist and I don't understand why these kinds of films were so popular. They no longer are and don't make money, but I'm confused about the appeal of this. The film is very obviously not filmed in anything that even attempts to look like the White House, the interiors are all awful without exeception. The story doesn't make sense and the plot revolves around getting a code out of the President when he'd already been unable to withstand seeing people get hurt. The logical answer is that the terrorists would keep torturing those people, but apparently not!

One thing I was pondering on was that the world has changed a lot since Olympus Has Fallen was filmed in 2012. This is apparent when watching the film today. The technology is very outdated, the cars in the opening scenes are as well, and so is the CGI. The CGI being dated is actually a major problem. Olympus Has Fallen was heavily reliant on using that CGI to recreate Washington D.C. because they did not film in Washington. When the initial attack is happening, it's outdoors during the day, and it completely fails from where I stand. I just could not believe in what I was watching. Olympus Has Fallen is also rather long, and I'm sure you can tell that I am not going to give this a good rating. It turns out that I now know what I want from my action movies. I want well choreographed, long take hand to hand combat without camera cutting. I do not want people brainlessly shooting each other unless there is some ingenuity in the filming of it. I think it's for the best that action films have taken the turn they've done. I would rather see the genre be unable to draw money without creating something great than for there to be more films like this one. I do intend to watch the other two, and I'm sure the one coming out this year will bomb very hard, but I think Mr. Fuqua made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes. This thing stunk and the humor in it wasn't any good, which is a rather fatal flaw. Levity and common sense are crucial and Olympus Has Fallen lacks both those things.

4/10


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #163 on: June 19, 2019, 06:46:41 PM »


Lady Bird (2017), directed by Greta Gerwig

While I'm not done with 2017 yet, I believe this is the last of the Best Picture nominees I will watch. Sorry, but a man wooing a 17 year old boy is not for me and I will not watch that movie. Anyway, this was how I intended to close out with the nominees for that year. It turns out that I would not have nominated Lady Bird for Best Picture, but that's alright and that doesn't mean this isn't a great movie, which in many ways it is. I know by now that the perspective of the coming of age movie makes no difference on whether or not I find it to be good. Eighth Grade was the true test of this, and I really liked that, so of course I'd enjoy this. In some ways this is a spiritual sequel of sorts although the film I'm saying was a spiritual sequel premiered before the other was released. You can also tell very much that in some ways this is Greta Gerwig's biopic about herself, you just need to look at some material regarding her background to figure that out. Lady Bird does a great job at capturing the moment of what it would be like to be a girl in a predominantly white, religious high school in that part of the country during 2002. The film doesn't work without a good actress in the lead role to capture people's attention, but this is a film that was also heavily praised for one of its supporting performances. 2017 is a year with a lot of variety in terms of its best films, I find that there are not a lot of great ones, but the ones that are on that level could not possibly be more different than one another. The key to making something different than everything else is to add a personal touch, and Lady Bird has that.

Lady Bird is set in Sacramento during 2002, as already mentioned, and Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a senior in a Catholic high school. Christine has decided that she wants a new name, as some people do at that age. Hence, she is called Lady Bird. Lady Bird wants to get out of Sacramento because it has no culture, which is true because it does not. Her family doesn't have very much money to support these ambitions of higher education in a different state, but kids have dreams and hopes and don't always have a concept of such things. Lady Bird's mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) is working double shifts at the psychiatric hospital, while her father Larry (Tracy Letts) has lost his job and is now unemployed. They don't have the best house or best car, but there are dreams. Marion thinks that Lady Bird is ungrateful for what she has and tells her so all the time, she's a hard ass and rides her daughter into the ground. Her brother Miguel (Jordan Rodrigues) and his girlfriend Shelly (Marielle Scott) also live in their house, but they support themselves as best as they can by working at a grocery store. Times are hard. Lady Bird wants to get into university and the best path for her to have a good application is to join theater, because that's something she can do with her best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein). Her school life, as stuffy as it may sound, is rather good. Her favorite teacher is Sister Sarah Joan (Lola Smith), and Julie has a crush on another teacher, Mr. Bruno (Jake McDorman). She thinks he will reciprocate, but of course he will not.

In theater, Lady Bird seems to find herself and become more confident. She meets a boy, Danny (Lucas Hedges). They have an interesting little relationship, and Lady Bird really comes to like this kid. So, they go to his grandmother's house on Thanksgiving, which really makes Lady Bird's mother angry, but the house is one that Lady Bird had always dreamed of living in. There's a problem though, it's kind of important. When they go out to eat one time with people from school, Lady Bird walks into the men's restroom and finds Danny kissing some other guy in one of the stalls. So, that's that. After the fling is over, Lady Bird gets a job at a coffee shop and meets Kyle (Timothee Chalamet), a very douchey musician she saw at a show some time before. Lady Bird starts dating him, and it's time to drop Julie as her friend too because she's hanging with a new crowd. Her new bestie becomes Jenna (Odeya Rush), a girl who hangs out with Kyle's friends, and this leads to Lady Bird dropping out of the theater program. The ultimate point of the movie is, what exactly is Lady Bird going to do with her life? She wants to leave Sacramento, but her grades aren't that great. Her family doesn't have the money to put her through school, but she's sending out applications everywhere. She has to find herself and come to grips with becoming an adult, because a lot of children are cast out into the world and have to make the most of themselves.

From where I sit, Lady Bird is a rather joyful film, but from where someone else sits that may not be the case. I thought that this was the kind of movie someone makes when they've experienced these things and earned the cache to make the film before they've forgotten what all those experiences were like. The best coming-of-age movies I've seen were not directed by old people, unless I'm missing something or simply haven't seen them. The fact is that there's something here for everyone. When the film may feel like it's lacking in the meaningful drama that inhabits other great films of the genre, there's comedy and the feeling that we've lived some of these experiences. At my age, yeah, I guess some of us have. I didn't run off to buy a Playgirl when I was 18, but I know the feeling of that moment. There's some goofy stuff with the choice in music, but I can't really critique this as I was not a young girl in 2002 and do not know what they listened to. I think this was lacking Hoobastank, though. Lady Bird's greatest drama exists in the mother-daughter relationship space, where one person knows that they know better than the other about someone's future, and the other person knows that they can do better than what the other person expects of them.

Lady Bird feels like an authentic film, a movie that encapsulates the era and feeling of living in the US after 9/11. Everything is more important as ever, or maybe it isn't, everyone has their own unique experiences of the time. The film also boasts good craft, the cinematography and overall feel of the story was quite nice. Slick visuals are not always welcome in such a film and I was glad they were not here. The attention to detail, like with Ronan's face having acne scars, are well appreciate. She and Laurie Metcalf had strong performances, but Metcalf's was clearly the best of the year and I just don't know how anything could have surpassed that. We'll see when I check out I, Tonya in a little while. What I am now curious about is the roles that Greta Gerwig played in her past to inspire this directing effort. I've only seen one of them, so I am going to have to go back. It's as simple as that, and I don't know what she was doing, but it is now clear that I should know. I'm not going to say that the praise was overboard, but to me I don't see that this is the best film of that year, but it's very strong and great in its own ways. All the characters make an impact in their short roles, and the film has the levity that I think this story really needs. Stealing the gradebook without any goofy music or a chase scene? I'm there. Give me all those kinds of scenes instead of ridiculous cliches. I don't think the plot is the best in the world, but the film has strong substance, strong emotional connective tissue, and that's what's important.

8.5/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Lady Bird
15.   Wind River
16.   Thor: Ragnarok
17.   Logan Lucky
18.   The Beguiled
19.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
20.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
21.   Brawl in Cell Block 99
22.   John Wick: Chapter 2
23.   The Lost City of Z
24.   First They Killed My Father
25.   A Ghost Story
26.   Darkest Hour
27.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
28.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
29.   Sweet Virginia
30.   It
31.   Battle of the Sexes
32.   Brad's Status
33.   Okja
34.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
35.   Kong: Skull Island
36.   It Comes at Night
37.   Crown Heights
38.   Split
39.   1922
40.   Personal Shopper
41.   Landline
42.   Beatriz at Dinner
43.   Chuck
44.   Atomic Blonde
45.   Shot Caller
46.   Brigsby Bear
47.   Wheelman
48.   The Lego Batman Movie
49.   Megan Leavey
50.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
51.   Marshall
52.   Menashe
53.   Walking Out
54.   American Made
55.   Annabelle: Creation
56.   Beauty and the Beast
57.   Imperial Dreams
58.   Gifted
59.   Murder on the Orient Express
60.   The Zookeeper's Wife
61.   The Glass Castle
62.   Free Fire
63.   Win It All
64.   The Wall
65.   Life
66.   My Cousin Rachel
67.   Breathe
68.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
69.   Maudie
70.   Sleight
71.   Alone in Berlin
72.   A United Kingdom
73.   Trespass Against Us
74.   The Mountain Between Us
75.   War Machine
76.   Happy Death Day
77.   Lowriders
78.   Justice League
79.   To the Bone
80.   Ghost in the Shell
81.   Wakefield
82.   Bright
83.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
84.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
85.   The Mummy
86.   The Greatest Showman
87.   Rough Night
88.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
89.   Sand Castle
90.   The Circle
91.   American Assassin
92.   CHiPs
93.   Death Note
94.   The Belko Experiment
95.   The Great Wall
96.   Fist Fight
97.   Baywatch
98.   Snatched
99.   Wilson
100.   The Dark Tower
101.   Queen of the Desert
102.   The House
103.   Flatliners
104.   Sleepless
105.   All Eyez on Me
106.   The Book of Henry
107.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #164 on: June 21, 2019, 04:37:43 AM »


The Disaster Artist (2017), directed by James Franco

I have a bad admission here. I have never seen The Room and I will now probably wait around a year to do so. Is The Disaster Artist a film that would benefit from knowing the source material? Almost assuredly that's true, but I think I loved most of the film anyway. I am a big fan of projects that lampoon filmmaking and the general machinations of Hollywood, this is one that really works on that basis alone. It does matter to have seen The Room, but in this way it feels like it doesn't, to know the source material is to have expectations of every scene and the film may or may not meet them. That's how I see it, anyway. The Disaster Artist feels like an embodiment of how a film should mix its humor. There's something here for everyone, even though the film fits into the general pattern of a buddy comedy. Somehow it does, I should say. Making a movie about the making of a bad movie seems like it shouldn't work, because the comedic talent and acting ability required to pull that off is an unreasonable expectation, but when it happens this well, it's great. I was curious to know what the point of making such a film was, but it's obvious. There are a lot of fans of The Room, and making a movie that honors their dedication to that film is an obviously wise creative and financial decision. Maybe if James Franco hadn't done bad things this would have launched his career to another level.

The Disaster Artist kicks off in 1998, with Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) taking acting classes in San Francisco. At these classes, he encounters Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) while Tommy is doing a recreation of a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire. His performance is hilariousness, and Greg loves it, which leads to the two of them becoming friends after practicing another scene in the middle of a diner. The reality of the scene in the acting class was that Tommy was called up there after Greg had completely shit the bed and been criticized for not being fearless, which Tommy was. Tommy has some ground rules about their friendship, he wants Greg to not ask him anything about what he does, where he gets his money, or where he comes from. Rules are made to be broke, of course, but these two are close friends. Eventually, they have conversations where Tommy tells Greg about how he really wanted to be an actor, and Tommy makes the decision that they should turn their dreams into reality. He has an apartment in Los Angeles that Greg did not know about, and he wants them to move down there to stay and become actors. Greg decides that he'll join him, and despite the protestations of his mother (Megan Mullaly), it's going to happen and they head down to Hollywood. There's a fantastic montage after this, I laughed very hard many times, and that's what you need to know about the film. It's very funny.

When they head down to Los Angeles and get started, Tommy starts taking method acting classes taught by someone who looks like Bob Odenkirk, and Greg takes some pictures and gets an agent who we never see again (Sharon Stone). Greg also starts dating Amber (Alison Brie), which makes Tommy quite jealous. He had his best friend and moved down to Los Angeles with him, and some woman is coming between them. This is how he thinks of it anyway. Tommy isn't able to find work, but he and Greg have a revelation. They just need to...MAKE THEIR OWN MOVIE. The movie, of course, is The Room. To make it, they need money, and it turns out that Tommy Wiseau has a whole lot of it. To make a movie, they'll need a script, which Tommy writes. They'll need an assistant director, Sandy Schklair (Seth Rogen). A director of photography is also required, that's Raphael Smadja (Paul Scheer). Do they need love interests for the film? Yes, they do. Robyn (June Diane Raphael) and Juliette (Ari Graynor) will suffice here. They also need an older woman for one of Tommy's written scenes, so they have Carolyn (Jacki Weaver). They also need equipment, which they get from Peter (Jason Mantzoukas) and Bill (Hannibal Buress). Lastly, they need some actors for side characters, Philip (Josh Hutcherson) and Dan (Zac Efron) will suffice. With that, IT'S TIME TO MAKE A FUCKING MOVIE.

The Disaster Artist is funny enough simply as a buddy comedy where two guys want to make a movie. Even if The Room turned out to be a good movie, The Disaster Artist would be a strong film because of the humor and chemistry between the brothers acting out these two parts. When you add in the making of a horrible cult film, and when they show clips from it at the end of the movie, it all comes together into one of the better comedies in recent times. There were also surprisingly poignant moments, the best example being the one during the movie's premiere. I can't speak to whether or not all the performances in The Disaster Artist are faithful representations of the actors in The Room, or of the characters that were in The Room. I just know that I liked it and that this is a great example of a quality film where people are trying to live out their dreams. I don't think that watching the other film is a requirement, I really don't. The characters have the feeling of being authentic, the performances are strong, and most of all they're hilarious. There is no exposition in the entire film either, nothing that explains why Tommy is this way, and the questions everyone would have going into a viewing would still remain when the film is over.

In short, this is the kind of cult movie about a cult movie that it isn't surprising people heavily enjoyed. The Disaster Artist features a great performance by James Franco, hilarious scenes for days, but I think there's a lack of an attempt to figure out what makes Wiseau tick. This isn't necessarily a complaint, but some scenes like those would have fleshed the film out to a great extent. You would also think that a film with as many side characters as this one would go off the rails and become hard to keep focused, but The Disaster Artist does not have those problems and the side characters have their funny moments before the film moves on from them. In the end, I wonder what Wiseau thought of all this. The ending of the film depicts a man who couldn't handle the criticisms leveled towards his film, someone who was in tears before deciding to cover for himself by claiming this was supposed to be a comedy all along. Knowing that it wasn't, knowing that someone is or at least was masking their own pain before coming to grips with reality, it makes me wonder how they felt about The Disaster Artist. The Disaster Artist is directly making fun of its subject while at the same time bringing their pain and anguish to the screen for other people to see.

As it relates to The Room itself, I intend to watch it but I couldn't be more confused by the copious use of green screen.

8/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Lady Bird
15.   Wind River
16.   Thor: Ragnarok
17.   Logan Lucky
18.   The Beguiled
19.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
20.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
21.   Brawl in Cell Block 99
22.   John Wick: Chapter 2
23.   The Disaster Artist
24.   The Lost City of Z
25.   First They Killed My Father
26.   A Ghost Story
27.   Darkest Hour
28.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
29.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
30.   Sweet Virginia
31.   It
32.   Battle of the Sexes
33.   Brad's Status
34.   Okja
35.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
36.   Kong: Skull Island
37.   It Comes at Night
38.   Crown Heights
39.   Split
40.   1922
41.   Personal Shopper
42.   Landline
43.   Beatriz at Dinner
44.   Chuck
45.   Atomic Blonde
46.   Shot Caller
47.   Brigsby Bear
48.   Wheelman
49.   The Lego Batman Movie
50.   Megan Leavey
51.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
52.   Marshall
53.   Menashe
54.   Walking Out
55.   American Made
56.   Annabelle: Creation
57.   Beauty and the Beast
58.   Imperial Dreams
59.   Gifted
60.   Murder on the Orient Express
61.   The Zookeeper's Wife
62.   The Glass Castle
63.   Free Fire
64.   Win It All
65.   The Wall
66.   Life
67.   My Cousin Rachel
68.   Breathe
69.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
70.   Maudie
71.   Sleight
72.   Alone in Berlin
73.   A United Kingdom
74.   Trespass Against Us
75.   The Mountain Between Us
76.   War Machine
77.   Happy Death Day
78.   Lowriders
79.   Justice League
80.   To the Bone
81.   Ghost in the Shell
82.   Wakefield
83.   Bright
84.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
85.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
86.   The Mummy
87.   The Greatest Showman
88.   Rough Night
89.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
90.   Sand Castle
91.   The Circle
92.   American Assassin
93.   CHiPs
94.   Death Note
95.   The Belko Experiment
96.   The Great Wall
97.   Fist Fight
98.   Baywatch
99.   Snatched
100.   Wilson
101.   The Dark Tower
102.   Queen of the Desert
103.   The House
104.   Flatliners
105.   Sleepless
106.   All Eyez on Me
107.   The Book of Henry
108.   The Space Between Us


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Re: In Which I Review Movies Part II
« Reply #165 on: June 21, 2019, 06:10:32 PM »


Mute (2018), directed by Duncan Jones

When it comes to 2018's Mute, I think this is a film that perhaps better than any other defines a film that is complete shit when the people making it did not think it would be shit. This isn't a case of actors making something fun when knowing the material sucks, they all tried their best and this was the end result. The script, such as it is, is one of the most nonsensical things of last year. The film makes absolutely no sense at all. Perhaps the worst thing about it is that Duncan Jones stated this was a spiritual sequel to Moon. Has anyone ever insulted their own work to this extent? I don't understand how anyone could make a comment like that. I also can't imagine how a person could start their career with quality and descend to this level so quickly, but that's what the film is. It's one of the worst movies I've seen from 2018, but it isn't the absolute worst. That's one of the only compliments I intend to be giving here. I think what we have in Duncan Jones is a director who knows how to create a good world for his characters, but doesn't actually know what to do with those characters. The characters in Warcraft and Mute never come to life, and in the latter case absolutely none of them feel like real human beings. The film is bizarre, enough so that I was intrigued to see things out to their conclusion. Even in wanting that, I encountered another issue, it was that the film is far too long and tries to keep the viewer on the string well past the point which anyone could feel anything for what's taking place in front of their eyes.

Our film begins with a childhood accident, one can presume that it is of our lead character or it would not be here at all. Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) was an Amish boy in Germany in the distant future. He was swimming in a lake or river somewhere, and there was an accident where a boat's engine had impacted his chest and left him unable to speak. His mother was very devout and did not believe in the the technology for surgery, so Leo did not have surgery at all. When the film kicks forward to Leo as an adult, the world is even more futuristic, and I will have to give a compliment to that as well. Duncan Jones is, at the very least, very imaginative in the sense of creating intriguing worlds. The menus and graphics for everything were rather incredible.  Anyway, Leo has had to adapt with the world because the times demand it. He lives in Berlin and works at a strip club, he is a bartender even though he tries to avoid technology in line with what his mother thought. I know this makes no sense. Leo has a girlfriend, Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh), and she also works at the place as a cocktail waitress. This club is the place where we get to know almost everyone involved in the film. Luba (Robert Sheehan) is someone else who works there, and he's Naadirah's best friend that she confides in. She tells him that she hasn't told Leo about her past or how much she needs money, or for that matter what she does to get it.

The owner of the club is Maksim (Gilbert Owuor), and he's a criminal of course. One night, some British guys are harassing Naadirah and Leo isn't going to stand for that, but she tells him that she need the job and he needs to relax. Later that night, or some other night, she goes to Leo's apartment and needs to tell him something. Leo tells her that she doesn't have to tell him anything, and it's time to flip over to the other side of the story. Maksim is a mafioso, he has guys of his own, and they need help from surgeons. Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) was already in the club, so we've met him, but Duck (Justin Theroux) is his partner and best friend. Bill wants to get out of Berlin, and the political situation is such that he's gone AWOL from the military. Bill and Duck are Americans, they were deployed, and Bill just doesn't want to back to Afghanistan. He also now has a very young daughter, Josie. Duck intends to stay in Berlin, but Bill needs papers from Maksim, and the British guys Leo was told not to beat up factor into that plan. Of course, Leo gets into another disagreement with them, this time Naadirah isn't there, and he gets into a full blown fist fight that leads to him losing his job. When he gets home, he can't find out where Naadirah is, it seems that she has disappeared. A guy like Leo? He has nothing else good in the world, people shit on him all the time because he can't speak. He is going to find his girlfriend.

The length of time which it takes all these events to play out is thoroughly displeasing. The film is overindulgent and needed numerous plot points removed from it entirely. I haven't even stated half of the things that happen here, and all the things I didn't mention were pretty bad. Mute is a pretty bad film as a whole. The commentary on a futuristic hellscape such as the Berlin shown here, that commentary doesn't even exist. These things are shown, it is clear that the director does not like the idea of these things, and I suppose that's really all that's said. This doesn't feel like a world inhabited by real people. All of the characters, without exception, are pretty bad. Leo being a mute merely serves to make the lead character a plot device. He goes in somewhere and fucks shit up, he can't say anything because he can't ask questions, and this means the viewer receives no answer to the questions that should be asked. This makes Bill's share of the film essential to understanding the plot, and unfortunately this section follows around two really bad characters. One is a sociopath and the other is a pedophile, the pedophilia is ignored by the person who isn't one, and the contrast of these two characters says it all. The length of the film absolutely killed me because I could not handle these three leads.

I can't get into a film like this one when I'm struggling to understand why Leo is an Amish bartender who refuses to get surgery to fix his voice years after his mom is gone, while he's doing things that aren't fitting with his religion and fornicating with a woman. Could anyone understand that? According to IMDB, this film's tagline is "he doesn't need words." Leo really fucking does need words! This kind of protagonist is absolute nonsense that needed to be left on a page, or rather made into a book. I'm not saying that every film with a mute lead character has these problems, but the film requires him to beat people up and find answers to his questions. This format simply doesn't work. I already stated my complaints about the voiced characters and how they provide said understanding to the plot, but the way this all comes together is also horrible. Obviously, I really didn't like this film and I'm struggling to properly state why I feel this way, but I think I've mentioned enough. I was kind of bummed out, I thought there was a good film buried in the first few minutes, but the concept just doesn't work. I did find some humor in the cameos of Sam Rockwell's character from Moon, but that's also a problem, that shit wasn't supposed to be funny at all. I thought Moon was a really serious film, one that posed a lot of questions and didn't bash the viewer over the head with a hammer at any point. This is the opposite of that, and it seems from the cameos that Duncan Jones doesn't understand why Moon was a good film in the first place, so this guy is just an idiot who suckered good actors into being in his shitty movie.

3/10

2018 Films Ranked


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1.   Roma
2.   A Star Is Born
3.   First Reformed
4.   The Favourite
5.   Widows
6.   First Man
7.   BlacKkKlansman
8.   Blindspotting
9.   Black Panther
10.   If Beale Street Could Talk
11.   The Sisters Brothers
12.   A Private War
13.   Avengers: Infinity War
14.   Stan & Ollie
15.   Green Book
16.   Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
17.   Mission: Impossible - Fallout
18.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
19.   On My Skin
20.   Private Life
21.   Climax
22.   Can You Ever Forgive Me?
23.   Mid90s
24.   Eighth Grade
25.   Sorry to Bother You
26.   Suspiria
27.   Vice
28.   The Old Man & the Gun
29.   Vox Lux
30.   Bad Times at the El Royale
31.   The Other Side of the Wind
32.   Searching
33.   A Simple Favor
34.   The Hate U Give
35.   Unsane
36.   Disobedience
37.   Boy Erased
38.   Bumblebee
39.   Mary Poppins Returns
40.   Creed II
41.   Hold the Dark
42.   The Land of Steady Habits
43.   Halloween
44.   Ant-Man and the Wasp
45.   Beirut
46.   Mary Queen of Scots
47.   Aquaman
48.   Outlaw King
49.   Overlord
50.   Ben Is Back
51.   Monsters and Men
52.   The Mule
53.   On the Basis of Sex
54.   Bohemian Rhapsody
55.   White Boy Rick 
56.   Papillon
57.   Game Night
58.   Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado
59.   Instant Family
60.   Alpha
61.   The Front Runner
62.   The Predator
63.   Apostle
64.   The Angel
65.   The Commuter
66.   Beautiful Boy
67.   The Nun
68.   Operation Finale
69.   The Equalizer 2
70.   The Spy Who Dumped Me
71.   Yardie
72.   Bird Box
73.   12 Strong
74.   Venom
75.   Skyscraper
76.   The Meg
77.   Assassination Nation
78.   The Girl in the Spider's Web
79.   The House with a Clock in Its Walls
80.   22 July
81.   Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
82.   The Little Stranger
83.   Tomb Raider
84.   Night School
85.   The 15:17 To Paris
86.   Peppermint
87.   Mile 22
88.   The First Purge
89.   Hunter Killer
90.   The Cloverfield Paradox
91.   Mute
92.   Kin
93.   Hell Fest
94.   Proud Mary
95.   Robin Hood
96.   The Happytime Murders
97.   Slender Man


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« Reply #166 on: June 23, 2019, 06:07:01 PM »


Human Flow (2017), directed by Ai Weiwei

Documentaries like Human Flow often leave me without words and too depressed to write anything of consequence. So, I'm going keep this short and to the point. Human Flow seems to have been filmed over a whole year, it is a documentary that seems to be a cry for help on a subject that needs so much more exposure. The refugee crisis did not stop, it merely faded out of public consciousness because it is easier for people to ignore that this is happening than it is for the world to do something about it. The focus of Human Flow winds up being on migration to Europe, it's unavoidable for that to become the focus due to the amount of people entering Europe and the ease with which someone can make a documentary film. There are many clips from Middle Eastern countries, but naturally those are more dangerous, the stories are more difficult to expose, and I applaud the filmmakers for going there at all. The goal is not to merely report and show our current refugee crisis, but those that we have forgotten long ago. The camps in Lebanon, the prison camp of Gaza, Calais, Jordan, Egypt, the list goes on and on. These are still refugee camps but the end result of the lack of resolution to these situations and the unwillingness of the governments housing refugees to do something about it has led to those camps becoming people's homes. They are born in them, they never leave, and presumably they are going to die in those camps as well.

This film can best be described as an epic, Human Flow is careful not to focus too much on any specific group of people, the film is keenly aware that there are too many groups of refugees on our planet and shows as many of them as possible. The thing I found most depressing about Human Flow was the inevitable likelihood that there will be more refugees and a world more and more unwilling to house them. We are going to have to learn how to live with one another because countries are going to become less inhabitable. This leads to a lot of moral questions about bad people from those countries that I cannot answer or even begin to put down. Their existence is what jeopardizes the refugee, leads to xenophobia, and to countries disallowing them from entry, but the film is apolitical and entirely focused on the refugee and not why these things are happening to them. There is no way to answer these sorts of questions in any case, all matters are complex beyond a simplistic paragraph or two. A refugee is stripped of their humanity, of their home and their rights, of their ability to have food, but it's better than what's currently going on in their countries and that's what we know. I am also a believer that in some of the cases where these people come from, the refugee crisis is a long time in coming, these are groups that have wanted to leave their awful conditions for generations. Social media, in some cases the new lack of brutal dictator, the ease of transportation, and the desperation when the conditions have never improved is what has led to this.

The director himself is a refugee, he is rich but he was also a political prisoner and is unable to return home. His experiences as an activist serve to drive the film, he knows what people need to see and how to bring it to us. Human Flow has what I would consider to be haunting cinematography. The images show the world as it is, a beautiful place to be certain, but it is one that humanity has done a horrible number on. We accept that people have to live next to sewage and shit, to burn and pillage as they please, to imprison groups of people, this is just how it is. I think there are a few problems with the approach of the director though. I loved the grand scope of the film, but the way it is filmed presents a problem where the imagery is not gritty enough. I don't think I care for the tracking shots here at all even though I understand the point of them. Human Flow has no levity, which I thought was fine, but it's very difficult to recommend that someone watch this as a feature. Human Flow also lacks a driving point and doesn't outlay what it is attempting to achieve, and the subjects aren't shown for very long as things skip around. I think this is still a strong documentary and intelligent piece of filmmaking. There are so many devastating things shown here, when the film was over I had nothing to say, but I've pushed through to provide some information because it's eating away at me. What I think this film is most effective at doing is making sure that people understand the grand scope of this crisis, and the failures of humanity are here for all to see.

8/10


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« Reply #167 on: Today at 04:51:05 AM »


The Outsider (2018), directed by Martin Zandvliet

The Outsider is Mr. Zandvliet's follow-up to Land of Mine, which I thought was a great movie. Land of Mine was about land mines after World War II, when German prisoners were forced to clean up the mess their superior officers decided to make when they placed land mines all over Danish beaches. These two movies could not possibly be more different than each other. Zandvliet continues with the post-WW2 motif, but this one isn't good, it isn't nearly as related to World War II. In a sense, it's an examination of what could happen to an American who stayed in Japan, but it's a horrible one. This film is too long, it does not need to feel like this, and it's extremely boring. I think I have a lot to say about this one, but I'm struggling with an opening paragraph. One of the questions I have here is why Jared Leto would go from playing the Joker to this, it defies all logic and his character looks too much like the Joker to see anything else at all. There is nothing even slightly good about this, what I'm curious to know is why the director would go from making what he made to making something so absurdly unrealistic. I'll try to help you understand the premise so that you can see exactly what I mean. I'm laughing as I write this because as I'm formulating the sentences in my head, this sounds crazier and crazier. How did this even get made? The Outsider was in the can for over a year before being dropped on Netflix last March, so I'm sure everyone involved knew this wasn't any good.

The Outsider refers to Nick Lowell (Jared Leto), who is for some reason imprisoned in Osaka after the Allied occupation of Japan has ended. He is the only gaijin in this prison, he hardly understands the language, and this is a situation that I would not want to be in. He seemingly doesn't care for this situation either, and because he can't speak Japanese, the guards treat him like shit. Most of the people in there are Yakuza, and at the very start of the film, he saves a man named Kiyoshi (Tadanobu Asano) from being hanged to death. Saving Kiyoshi, it turns out, was a very beneficial move that set a lot of things in motion. Kiyoshi is part of the Shiromatsu Yakuza clan, he wants to repay the debt by getting Nick sprung from jail. But first, Kiyoshi must do something to get out of jail himself. I don't want anyone to watch this, so I'll just spoil the movie. He has to knife himself in the gut in order to make that happen. When everyone gets out, he is offered a job by the Yakuza. There is an American with a factory, Anthony Panetti (Rory Cochrane). Nick is sent to deal with him however he must, and it turns out that things aren't going to go well for the Shiromatsu's. Anthony has already been talked to by a rival clan from Kobe, the Seizu's. They sent an American the first time they met him, and that made the deal happen. Nick responds to that by beating the guy to death with a typewriter.

Nick's solution to everything is to respond with violence, and when his backstory is filled in later on, we learn that he may have committed war crimes, and that may be the reason he wound up in prison. The Outsider is just not the kind of film that expands on these things or bothers to make sense. After this happens, the Shiromatsu clan retreats to their strip club. The Seizu's walk in, and there's a disagreement that nearly ends in a shootout, it is further confirmation that Nick is dangerously aggressive. Kiyoshi likes this and tasks Nick with more violent jobs, and there's other ones like driving his sister Miyu (Shiori Kutsuna) home. Nick winds up sleeping with her, but there are some issues even though he becomes more involved with the clan. That night Nick slept with Miyu, he was followed by Orochi (Kippei Shiina), the #2 in the clan. Their leader is Akihiro (Min Tanaka), a much older man who won't take any shit. Over the course of the movie, we see some rituals done to and by Nick, in some ways they feel like fetishizing of the Yakuza and I don't particularly care for them. I suppose the best way to end this paragraph is by talking about the impending war between the Seizu and Shiromatsu. Yeah, it's definitely going to happen and this gaijin is a large reason why. He's coming into the clan and doing more and more things for Akihiro, this isn't going to be something accepted for long.

The best way to describe this movie is that it is a much worse version of The Last Samurai. It's worse because the Yakuza are not something to be respected and the director centers his movie around trying to do so. Their traditions and what they do to people is not to be respected, they are bad people. I haven't seen The Last Samurai in an extremely long time, but while both films feature a white protagonist doing foreign things for a group of people, The Last Samurai has more respect and honor for the traditions displayed in the film. I won't say this is a white savior movie because there is not a single good character in this movie. I found Nick to be a destructive force who brought harm to everything he touched, to be a bad person who was said to have committed war crimes, and I don't understand the logic of anything that I just watched. The length of the story just kills me, and this blatantly attempts to be a Refn flick and simply cannot match up. We have a protagonist who doesn't talk, surrounded by other people who have to drive the story, but in this case the director doesn't know how to pull that off. The film is also not visually pleasing at all, everything is played too safe in that regard. The film contains just about every cliche you can think of. Silence it certainly is not, and this may be the worst case of an gaijin infiltrating Japanese society that I have seen.

To the point of the man becoming Yakuza and all that stuff, it's complete bullshit and I think just about everyone knows that. The plot is also telegraphed, so there's no solace to be found in that either. The point where this guy is getting tattoos all over himself without knowing what they mean is a parody of sorts, I don't know how anyone could have thought those scenes were a good idea. Every character presents similar problems to me. The hot sister only exists so that Nick can fuck her, because of course she would want to bang the American guy. The characters that can and can't speak English also amuse me for various reasons. I don't think this would have been good, but The Outsider would have been better if it was focused on the Japanese perspective of having an American come into their clan and do all these things. This is simply a really bad screenplay, a film that should not have been made. I have to cut myself off here, everything about this was boring and the film was very difficult to get through. There are no redeeming qualities I can think of at all, the only thing that wasn't a failure was the craft of filming the picture. One thing to keep in mind is that there is nothing worse than being bored.

2.5/10

2018 Films Ranked


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1.   Roma
2.   A Star Is Born
3.   First Reformed
4.   The Favourite
5.   Widows
6.   First Man
7.   BlacKkKlansman
8.   Blindspotting
9.   Black Panther
10.   If Beale Street Could Talk
11.   The Sisters Brothers
12.   A Private War
13.   Avengers: Infinity War
14.   Stan & Ollie
15.   Green Book
16.   Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
17.   Mission: Impossible - Fallout
18.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
19.   On My Skin
20.   Private Life
21.   Climax
22.   Can You Ever Forgive Me?
23.   Mid90s
24.   Eighth Grade
25.   Sorry to Bother You
26.   Suspiria
27.   Vice
28.   The Old Man & the Gun
29.   Vox Lux
30.   Bad Times at the El Royale
31.   The Other Side of the Wind
32.   Searching
33.   A Simple Favor
34.   The Hate U Give
35.   Unsane
36.   Disobedience
37.   Boy Erased
38.   Bumblebee
39.   Mary Poppins Returns
40.   Creed II
41.   Hold the Dark
42.   The Land of Steady Habits
43.   Halloween
44.   Ant-Man and the Wasp
45.   Beirut
46.   Mary Queen of Scots
47.   Aquaman
48.   Outlaw King
49.   Overlord
50.   Ben Is Back
51.   Monsters and Men
52.   The Mule
53.   On the Basis of Sex
54.   Bohemian Rhapsody
55.   White Boy Rick 
56.   Papillon
57.   Game Night
58.   Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado
59.   Instant Family
60.   Alpha
61.   The Front Runner
62.   The Predator
63.   Apostle
64.   The Angel
65.   The Commuter
66.   Beautiful Boy
67.   The Nun
68.   Operation Finale
69.   The Equalizer 2
70.   The Spy Who Dumped Me
71.   Yardie
72.   Bird Box
73.   12 Strong
74.   Venom
75.   Skyscraper
76.   The Meg
77.   Assassination Nation
78.   The Girl in the Spider's Web
79.   The House with a Clock in Its Walls
80.   22 July
81.   Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
82.   The Little Stranger
83.   Tomb Raider
84.   Night School
85.   The 15:17 To Paris
86.   Peppermint
87.   Mile 22
88.   The First Purge
89.   Hunter Killer
90.   The Cloverfield Paradox
91.   Mute
92.   Kin
93.   Hell Fest
94.   Proud Mary
95.   Robin Hood
96.   The Happytime Murders
97.   The Outsider
98.   Slender Man


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Every time I see Jared Leto, I just get irritated. Also, this was originally supposed to star Tom Hardy and was also meant to be Takashi Miike's english language debut. What could have been.


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« Reply #169 on: Today at 08:30:58 AM »
Every time I see Jared Leto, I just get irritated. Also, this was originally supposed to star Tom Hardy and was also meant to be Takashi Miike's english language debut. What could have been.

I'm glad they didn't do it because of how bad the script is. I don't see any way to elevate this material more than to around a 6.


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The script is bad, but Miike excels at crazy nonsense. So with him directing and an actual actor as lead it may have been salvaged to a 6.5

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), directed by Luc Besson

In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we have a film that received some truly horrible reviews. I am curious to know why the lead actor was cast when everything was so obviously wrong with his casting, and why he wasn't replaced at any point during the film. High concept science-fiction has gone by the wayside because of how much it costs, because there is very little reward at the end of creating something original. The fact is that people don't really want to see original, huge budget science-fiction. I do not understand why someone would make this film with that in mind, but they did. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is adapted from a French graphic novel that I know absolutely nothing about, that I'm sure nobody else outside of Europe knew anything about either. Surely this could not have been something a person imagined would make so much money? Except, obviously they did, and when a film bombs to this extent there are major ramifications. As soon as the film bombed, Luc Besson was encountered with rape accusations, which I'm sure are true because they nearly always are, corroborated by multiple actresses who said the same thing. I am not sure what to think about that, but there is a trend that these accusations come out when someone's power and status has waned. Anyway, fuck this guy, but I'll still watch his movie because I'm curious. I'm going to see Anna as well because the preview interested me. But, as it comes to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, I would say that someone should ignore the reviews and judge for themselves. A person may like this, or they may find the film far worse than what they thought it would be.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets boasts one of the most audacious film openings that I've ever seen, it's nearly impossible for me to describe what happened but I can tell you some of what happened. The film starts off at the point of our joint mission to space with the Soviets, and we establish the International Space Station some time after that. As that goes, along come races of different people from different parts of the galaxy, and they create a cluster of ships and technology. Once it becomes so enormous it may fall out of orbit, it is relocated to deep space and called Alpha. In the end, Alpha becomes inhabited by about 30 million people or so, who come from thousands of planets. The film subsequently kicks over to a planet which is clearly not Earth, called Mul. There are creatures who live on Mul, they fish for pearls that contain large amounts of energy, then there are small animals who ingest the pearls in order to replicate them. Wreckage from a battle above comes down through the sky, then an enormous spaceship falls and causes an explosion that pretty much serves to kill everything on the planet. A few of the people are able to trap themselves in a discarded vessel that had crashed on the planet some time before that, and they also trap themselves inside. Unfortunately, the princess of the planet does not make it, but she sends a telepathic message to someone.

The telepathic message is sent to Valerian (Dane DeHaan), a major in the United Human Federation. This is a world government formed by Earth's countries, it has been tasked with preserving peace across the galaxy. Major Valerian has a partner, Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne), and she doesn't put up with his shit at all. He has a major crush on her, and this is one of the worst facets of the movie. They have a mission, even though he has received this signal across time and space. The mission is to retrieve a converter that is able to replicate anything it eats, and there's no surprise that this is the animal from Mul. The animal is one of a kind and owned by someone like Jabba the Hutt, Igon Siruss (voiced by John Goodman). For some insane reason, Valerian asks his partner to marry him and that's dropped on us out of nowhere, but she doesn't want to because he's a scum. When they arrive on the planet their mission takes place on, we learn that the converter absolutely is the animal seen in the mission. Here's the deal. Their commander is Arun Filitt (Clive Owen), he is stationed on Alpha. He says that the center of the station has been infected and is now toxic and the infection is growing. This converter is very important, but why? What is the infection in the first place?

You see, the plot for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is pretty much all over the place. I didn't know how to end my synopsis because it takes so long to get to the point of the film. You would have to be on LSD to come up with some of the shots and concepts seen in this film. The colors of everything, the ideas for these aliens, the costumes are all beyond ridiculous to an extent that is still impossible for me to believe. The side characters were far more excellent than the leads, which is another big problem. Dane DeHaan must have been asked to do a Keanu Reeves impression, and it was absolutely terrible on every level. The role desperately needed someone with the charisma to match the side characters played by people like Rihanna and Ethan Hawke. The lack of that just kills the plot absolutely dead, but this isn't a wonderful script in any way either. It takes far too long to get to the point and I thought there was some difficulty with tying everything together. There were loose ends left with the intention of creating a sequel, but I thought there were more than merely loose ends. The performance from DeHaan, I've already mentioned it but it defies description. The movie is so full of extraneous parts that everything he does is overshadowed and I'm left wanting to see more of those parts than I do him. The film is about what happens when groups of people come together, the cover-up that may result from doing bad things, but in the end it's mostly about Luc Besson wanting to dress people up about crazy costumes and go crazy with his CGI budget.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets should have been a good film. All the elements are here to ensure that's the case, but the title character and plot torpedo the shit out of that notion. I will admit that I could very easily have loved this film, but the stuff with Valerian himself is absolutely laughable on every level. I don't understand how someone could create a world that I perceive to be so interesting and bog it down with something so bad. I don't think the film would have been a success in any case, largely because when it comes to space epics, all people want is Star Wars. Nothing's going to change that either. Ultimately the film also drops too much information on the viewer, but in some ways that's appealing to me. Why? I can manage to keep up with it is why. I'm surprised that I agree with HQ in the case of a film such as this, but oddly enough I really do. There's a bit of camp in play here as well, and the film is too long, but again I appreciate that a film drops a lot of information on me when the information makes sense, which this does. The exposition is on point, but the lead character is not, and he's really bad. I don't know what to say about that, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets does receive a passing grade from me. What that means is, I could watch it again without changing the channel. The visual effects are enough on their own.

6/10

2017 Films Ranked


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1.   Dunkirk
2.   Phantom Thread
3.   The Shape of Water
4.   Get Out
5.   Good Time
6.   The Killing of a Sacred Deer
7.   Mudbound
8.   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9.   Logan
10.   Baby Driver
11.   The Post
12.   Wonder Woman
13.   The Big Sick
14.   Lady Bird
15.   Wind River
16.   Thor: Ragnarok
17.   Logan Lucky
18.   The Beguiled
19.   The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
20.   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
21.   Brawl in Cell Block 99
22.   John Wick: Chapter 2
23.   The Disaster Artist
24.   The Lost City of Z
25.   First They Killed My Father
26.   A Ghost Story
27.   Darkest Hour
28.   Spider-Man: Homecoming
29.   I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
30.   Sweet Virginia
31.   It
32.   Battle of the Sexes
33.   Brad's Status
34.   Okja
35.   Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
36.   Kong: Skull Island
37.   It Comes at Night
38.   Crown Heights
39.   Split
40.   1922
41.   Personal Shopper
42.   Landline
43.   Beatriz at Dinner
44.   Chuck
45.   Atomic Blonde
46.   Shot Caller
47.   Brigsby Bear
48.   Wheelman
49.   The Lego Batman Movie
50.   Megan Leavey
51.   Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
52.   Marshall
53.   Menashe
54.   Walking Out
55.   American Made
56.   Annabelle: Creation
57.   Beauty and the Beast
58.   Imperial Dreams
59.   Gifted
60.   Murder on the Orient Express
61.   The Zookeeper's Wife
62.   The Glass Castle
63.   Free Fire
64.   Win It All
65.   The Wall
66.   Life
67.   My Cousin Rachel
68.   Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
69.   Breathe
70.   The Man Who Invented Christmas
71.   Maudie
72.   Sleight
73.   Alone in Berlin
74.   A United Kingdom
75.   Trespass Against Us
76.   The Mountain Between Us
77.   War Machine
78.   Happy Death Day
79.   Lowriders
80.   Justice League
81.   To the Bone
82.   Ghost in the Shell
83.   Wakefield
84.   Bright
85.   The Hitman's Bodyguard
86.   XXX: Return of Xander Cage
87.   The Mummy
88.   The Greatest Showman
89.   Rough Night
90.   King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
91.   Sand Castle
92.   The Circle
93.   American Assassin
94.   CHiPs
95.   Death Note
96.   The Belko Experiment
97.   The Great Wall
98.   Fist Fight
99.   Baywatch
100.   Snatched
101.   Wilson
102.   The Dark Tower
103.   Queen of the Desert
104.   The House
105.   Flatliners
106.   Sleepless
107.   All Eyez on Me
108.   The Book of Henry
109.   The Space Between Us


koab [8:27 PM]
damn i thought you guys were good little cucks who would shit themselfs so a POC could peacefully protest