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Feb 11, '18, 7:31pm

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - 7/10
I thought for sure that the Harry Potter franchise was dead and gone after the Deathly Hollows two-parter, but here we are with a new shot of life for the series in the form of what's looking to be a spin-off series based on J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts book. However, Harry Potter is nowhere to be seen this time around. Instead we have Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander, a writer and activist wizard who is the owner of a suitcase full of magical creatures. Things go bad, creatures get let loose, and before we know it Newt and new friends Tina (Katherine Waterson), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and Queenie (Alison Sudol) are off on a quest to wrangle them up and deal with some more darker threats. It's a fun and whimsical tale full of charm and humor one could expect from the Harry Potter series. It helps that director David Yates returns to direct the spin-off. However, the whole adventure seems pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. That's not necessarily a crime, per se, but it does make me a little less interested in the coming addition to the new franchise. On it's own though, this is a fun little side adventure that should prove itself worthy to fans of Harry Potter.

The Sandlot 2 - 4/10
Apparently the sequel to The Sandlot was a direct-to-DVD release, but that's of no surprise to me because oh boy this movie feels like a bargain-bin replica of it's predecessor. Sequels are supposed to add on to the original story, but instead The Sandlot 2 is a palette swap of the original with a couple of new additions like girls, spaceships, and a bunch of kids saying "male chauvinist pigs" like they know what the term even means. It's this lack of originality that really makes this film drag. The paper-thin story is about as predictable as can be (if you watched the original Sandlot of course) and there are no surprises either. They even copied some of the gags from the original movie. Some might call those callbacks, but I just found them lazy. That's what this movie is; lazy. I liked the performance from Samantha Burton who plays the neighborhood softball player Hayley Goodfairer, but other than that there's not much else to grasp on to. Compared to the first Sandlot, this movie is a foul ball down the first base line...

(And there's not even that much baseball this time around. What the hell!?)

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Feb 11, '18, 7:58pm

6 Days, 7/10. watch it on Netflix.

Hostage scenario at the Iranian Embassy, 1980 Britain, Police negotiating, SAS planning for Seige. Shit goes down. It was pretty good.

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Feb 12, '18, 6:04am

Just saw I, Tonya last night.

Interesting movie, I did not have much of a background about this "incident" so this movie is really my only context for what happened at the 1994 Olympics. The movie is told in a "documentary" style and the story comes from a couple different character's points of view. This is an interesting way to frame a movie, but it made the story a little hard to follow and really (I think intentionally) hard to tell what was true and what was a lie. It paints Tonya as a sympathetic character who is a real talent, but continually is pulled down by shitty people in her life (Mom, Husband, Etc).

Overall the acting was great, the story had some really funny and sad moments, but it lacked a clear POV and felt long.

Ranking: 3/5

nicktorious_BLT wrote:The Emoji Movie - 1/10
I present to you a movie that was born out of a corporate, oppurtunistic board room. "What do the kids like these days?"
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Very Funny review! This is 100% why I have been avoiding this movie... I haven't seen one positive thing about it and it currently is at a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes
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Feb 12, '18, 6:55am

Deathtone wrote:Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - 4/5 hell of a lot better than the last animated movie they made.


I saw some clips on YT. Gotta say, I am intrigued. I ended up getting the graphic novel and REALLY enjoyed that. Kind of wish they did an elseworld series that was all based on that idea of Gotham in the industrial revolution setting.
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Feb 12, '18, 3:44pm

Double Impact

I miss how all action movies of the 80's and early 90's only used some combination of the same 10 hard hitting words. Everything is either hard, impactful, vengeful, etc.

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Feb 13, '18, 9:33am

nicktorious_BLT wrote:The Emoji Movie - 1/10
I present to you a movie that was born out of a corporate, oppurtunistic board room. "What do the kids like these days?"

"Emojis!"

"Oh yeah, my niece uses emojis all the time!"

"Let's dedicate an entire full-length feature film to these things!"


I wish Hollywood were more apt to jump on every trending and selling thing. It’s about time we had some hardcore sex in our movies (as per porno)! I don’t care about the puritanical mid-west, there are plenty of tickets and seats filled with people looking for this kind of thrill from the more open-minded coasts.

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Feb 14, '18, 3:03pm

Doctor Strange 7/10

Yojimbo 9/10

Iron Man 7.5/10

Amadeus 9.5/10

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Feb 14, '18, 9:26pm

Eyes Wide Shut - 9/10
"Huh..."

That was my exact thought moments after the end credits crawl began to roll on screen. I knew going in that Eyes Wide Shut was quite the film and that it was pretty opaque. However, I was not expecting it to be so...well...weird yet strangely enthralling. Stanley Kubrick crafted a thought-provoking tour-de-force of filmmaking where seemingly every ounce of detail drips into the movie's singular (or non-singular) meaning.

Eyes Wide Shut is fascinating. It starts off kind of slow. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play a well-off married couple living in New York. One night Kidman's character decides to ramble on about her fantasies with other men...leaving Cruise's character jealous and...slightly disturbed? (I don't know...there are a ton of shots in this film of a disturbed looking Tom Cruise) Anyway, he then decides to go on his own sexscapade (if you will) but things take a turn for the absurd when a rather bland night of awkward sexual encounters goes down a dark rabbit hole of rich elite, masks, and a whole lot of ritualistic sex. It was a surprising turn...one that provides a drastic tonal shift. Instead of a movie about marriage, infidelity, and sex...we end up getting something completely different. The best part? Just when you think it couldn't get any more absurd...the movie continues to surprise. The tension builds and builds thanks to some unnerving and disturbing piano riffs. It all surmounts to an ending that may or may not be satisfying to the viewer...depending on what you take away from the movie.

This is the kind of film where everybody will have their own theory. Everybody will string the details in their own way to fit their supposed narratives. That's the beauty of this film and what Kubrick has crafted. Personally I subscribe to the theory that this movie perhaps reveals the dark and seedy world of the Illuminati. It doesn't take an expert eye to notice the massive amounts of symbolism (rainbows, stars, rich elite, you name it...) sprinkled throughout. It isn't far-fetched when you go back and look at it.

Aside from some pacing issues here and there, this is a film that will grasp at you make you think. It's certainly a thinking man's movie. There's a lot going on and it will be impossible for someone to not walk away with some sort of insight or meaning. Eyes Wide Shut was certainly a worthy swan song for Stanley Kubrick.

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Feb 15, '18, 2:20am

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Feb 16, '18, 11:05am

I gave The Babysitter a shot, because why not. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, it is by no means a great movie, but it is stupid fun and is funny. Basically my same sense of enjoyment I got from Bright, well Bright might have been overall a better movie itself but both were fun times when not expecting much.
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Feb 16, '18, 12:28pm

Ichi the Killer - 5/5
Tropic Thunder - 5/5
Body Bags - 3/5
Escape from New York - 4/5
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Feb 16, '18, 12:38pm

Moonrise Kingdom - 9/10
You hear the saying "every frame a painting" thrown around a lot in regards to movies and cinematography. Moonrise Kingdom, a Wes Anderson film, is perhaps one of the best examples in regards to film as an art form. Moonrise Kingdom is a beautiful movie in more ways than one. It's well shot, well framed, and well colored. It's an absolute treat to look at. Every single aspect of the movie's production seems deliberate. There's also the tremendous acting performances from a surprisingly star-studded cast. Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman are all featured players and they all bring a certain bar of excellence in their respective performances as police officers, troop leaders, caring parents, and social workers. However, the story centers around two kids, played by Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who escape their town and go on the run from the ones who love them. This escapade sends the entire town in a fury of panic, leading them to build a search party. It's a simplistic movie in nature. There's not too much complexity on the surface, but the movie tackles lots of more hidden and subtle themes that make it a more dynamic film than what meets the eye. Perhaps one of the movie's best aspects is that it could honestly be enjoyed as a silent film if you really wanted it to be. It's an ode to the great acting and the even better cinematography.

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Feb 16, '18, 12:53pm

Saw Black Panther earlier today. I don't do scores, but I liked it a lot. I didn't think it was top tier in the MCU, but definitely in that next tier and I'd see it again.
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Feb 16, '18, 8:03pm

Justice League

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Feb 16, '18, 10:30pm

Black Panther - 9/10
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Feb 17, '18, 7:50am

Just watched Wonder and I absolutely loved it. It really resonated with me in a way few movies have. It's probably not a 10/10 objectively, but to me it is. I think it might be one of my favourite movies.

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Feb 17, '18, 8:07am

The Third Man

Considered a classic British noir film. It was very good. Thought that the way the story unfolded was excellent and the acting, particularly from Orson Welles, was terrific.

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Feb 17, '18, 9:48pm

Rock Star - 3/10
This movie is advertised as a musical drama about a lead singer of a tribute band who leaves his tribute band to join the real band and live the life of a full-blown rock star. However, it is painfully hard to take this film seriously because it is so silly and corny. Mark Wahlberg plays the copycat rockstar who strives for being unoriginal. How can you take a movie seriously if the main character is trying his damn hardest to be as unoriginal as possible? There's also Jennifer Aniston, who never ages, that plays Wahlberg's manager. Yep, she's the manager for a tribute band. A highly coveted position.

The story is pretty uninteresting and it's pretty predictable to say the least. I feel like it's a drama that has been tackled many times before. Character gets flung into stardom, lives the life for a while, realizes that it's not all that it was cracked up to be, then goes back to living their normal life. The payoff at the end doesn't even make it all worth it. (Let me just put it this way, our lead character lives the life as the lead singer of a fake metal band...only to end the movie as a lead singer for what could essentially be boiled down to a Nickleback cover band...)

This is a drama that feels like a comedy because it's absurd and hilariously bad. (There's a fight between the two tribute bands, where each member pairs with their counterpart in the other band to fight...and it's the stupidest thing ever) There's perhaps going to be people who like this movie in an ironic way...but man this movie is pretty bad.

The Godfather: Part III - 7/10
As it turns out, Francis Ford Coppola's final chapter of the esteemed franchise doesn't have the legs to cross the finish line in a graceful matter. Although the trilogy's finale rivals its predecessors in scope, vision, and grandeur, it just doesn't feature a compelling story to carry it along. Although this movie is the shortest of the trio, it still felt like the longest...in a not so good way. I often found myself feeling bored as the film trudged along through it's story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his attempt to leave his former business and criminal dealings in the past. To the film's credit, however, the plot starts to gain momentum towards the latter half of the movie and the finale provides a powerful and fitting conclusion to a tragic tale. It's not the ending you would expect.

Andy Garcia, who plays Michael's nephew Vincent Mancini is a key player this time around. Michael is taking him under his wing and showing him the ropes. Garcia pulls in a nice performance that made him one of the more enjoyable characters to watch. There was also Sofia Coppola, Michael Corleone's daughter, who also gives a strong performance. This is still Al Pacino's movie though and his performance, although not as great as the first two movie's, is still the spotlight stealer and main attraction.

Unfortunately Part III of the Godfather trilogy doesn't live up to the hype of the first two (the time gap between them doesn't help matters either) but that doesn't take away from the massive punch that is the Godfather trilogy. I am glad to have finally seen all three in their entirety because they as a whole they really pack a wallop and provide a formidable blueprint for the gangster and crime movies to succeed them. Well done Francis Ford Coppola. Well done.

Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution - 6/10
It's no secret that the modern sexual revolution is very different from the sexual revolution that dominated the 60s. Sex is meaningless and the younger generation faces new challenges and mindsets than their ancestors before them. They look at the act of sex as a totally different animal, which is what this documentary from Benjamin Nolot takes a look at. The film follows a variety of college kids during spring break as they experience the many vices that spring break provides for them...including a whole bunch of meaningless sex. We get a look at hookup culture and how it is approached. Not only do we get the male perspective, but the female perspective as well and they are both very different from each other...although that shouldn't be to surprising. In fact, this documentary as a whole isn't too surprising. There are some shocking aspects here and there, mostly regarding how easy it is for some of the college kids to get girls to sleep with them, but most of the points covered in the film shouldn't come as a surprise. It's stuff we have all pretty much heard before.

Despite the lack of new information, the documentary is still eye-opening. You will grow to hate *almost* every college kid interviewed for the film. (At least I did) There's some really nasty shit that comes out of these kids mouths that paints them as the douchiest of the douches...but perhaps that's how the film wants to portray them as...which is fine. There are some kids who actually have some interesting commentary however. The two girls talking about the female perspective, for instance, have some interesting stuff to say.

To give credit where credit is due, I did like how the documentary was produced. It's well made, aside from the weird dream sequences that bookend the main feature. I didn't much care for them. Nolot manages to fuse a mix of handheld cam following the college kids with interviews from not only the college kids themselves, but some experts in the fields of teen psychology, mostly revolving around the sexual psychology. We also get a ton of pop culture tidbits thrown in the mix as well that really enhance the documentary's message. It's a well made production, it's just too bad I didn't walk away from it with much.

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Feb 18, '18, 5:15pm

Black Panther - 9.5/10 I wanted to see something new and different and this movie delivered. This was lots of fun all of the way through. And it’s an original take on the Hamlet/The Lion King plot. It also has a dig at attitudes towards refugees and xenophobia. I’d watch this again but perhaps on a better screen: theatrical presentation was desaturated and the rocky surroundings of Wakanda looked monotone, bad focus and the frame rate was hard on my eyes. I watched it on a non-3D screen with “stadium seating”. Big screen

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Feb 18, '18, 8:21pm

Mr. Roosevelt - 7/10
I didn't know what to expect going into a movie about a thirty-something who goes to stay with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend after her cat dies. It's a peculiar premise for a film, but Noel Wells, who writes, directs, and plays the main role of Emily Martin manages to make it work in some fun, sweet, and quirky ways. It's a comedy, first and foremost, but there's some genuine heart in this brisk coming-of-age story about a girl who has to reckon with her past and move on with her troubled and struggling life. It doesn't start off on the right foot, giving viewers a lot of cringe in the early going, but what begins to play out is an enjoyable story. This is Wells' directorial debut and her first go at taking a film by the reigns is certainly a commendable one.

The Ritual - 4/10
Four very British college friends find themselves alone in a menacing forest with a mysterious being stalking them in the shadows, attempting to prey into their deepest darkest fears. Sounds like a horror movie to me! Unfortunately what we have here is a rather unimaginative and lightly entertaining horror thriller from director David Bruckner that shows promise...but quickly putters out. The dynamics between the four friends, played by Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton, are interesting enough but the their characters are never fleshed out enough for me to care about what is taking place on screen. The movie's introductory scene is important in that it sets up some of what's to come, but I never found the whole idea behind it effective. In fact, the movie's payoff doesn't really amount to much. We eventually find out more about the deadly force haunting the four friends, but by that point I was done with the movie. The ending is pretty bad and unsatisfying. The dark atmosphere that's set up is cool enough, but that hardly matters when the story taking place within is hollow and uninteresting.

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