Let's Talk Movies #36 - 2020 - Yep it is a new decade

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I think I'm one day off on which day I saw what. This darned heat, I tell ya, it's effectin' me brain!!

So yesterday I watched three movies.

First up was An American Crime. It's a 2007 drama starring Catherine Keener and Elliot Page (working then as Ellen Page). The movie is based on a true story, set in the mid 60s when a carnival worker persuades his wife to go on the road with him to take money. They agree to let a neighbourhood woman look after their two young teenage girls. But the woman who takes in these kids (Keener) is struggling with mental health issue and things go from bad to worse. This movie has a 7.3 rating on imdb.com, which is very high. Similarly, on rottentomates.com, the audience rates it as 74% fresh...but the critics rate it as 38% rotten. I felt the movie was like a well-done TV movie of the week, with some exceptional cast members bringing up the quality of the movie. I'd recommend this one for people who are fans of the two leads or who like true crime movies.

Trailer for An American Crime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXyBaKL1FlE

P.S. Someone has uploaded An American Crime to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDYA1ESLuRY

The second movie was Too Many Husbands, a 1940 romantic comedy starring the radiant Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray (TV's My Three Sons) and Melvyn Douglas, who won an Oscar in 1964 for Hud and in 1980 for Being There. Douglas plays a bit of a neurotic, fidgety character in this, but I found as the movie progressed, I found him more and more attractive. I ended up chatting with a friend while watching this as I realized early on that I had seen it before, but must have forgotten to delete it from my To See list. But the three leads are all wonderful, and I did laugh a few times even though I had seen this one before.

No trailer for Too Many Husbands at youtube (individual scenes are), but if the full movie is also n youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0pj4oVx4Is

The third film of the day was a Netflix original called Run, a thriller starring Sarah Paulson. This is a good scary popcorn flick, Sarah Paulson always picks quality material to work with. It's a good watch, but it's one of those movie that as we are more honest as a society about mental health matters, this movie comes off with a bit of a bad taste, like when you watch an old movie with a stereotypical performance by a black actor or an 80's movie with an over-the-top flamboyant gay man that not just doesn't sit well. But if you can overlook this aspect of the movie, it's worth seeing.

Trailer for Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dhh7q9Us5c
 
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Speaking of DC, has anyone watched the new Wonder Woman movie? The reviews have been mixed to say the least.

No one responded to your question about whether anyone had seen Wonder Woman 1984. I just did. :D Sorry you had to wait half a year, though. :lol: Did you see it? I thought it was decent to good. I thought the way they brought back the Chris Pine character was very well done. I liked the friendship between Wonder Woman and Barbara/Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). I'm glad the
Cheetah character was not killed off. I would like to see the two of them become like sisters and fight crime together
:D

I thought the movie was too long at two and a half hours. They could have trimmed thirty minutes off that pretty easily. I loved the opening scene of Wonder Woman as a girl, learning a valuable life lesson from her Mom (Robin Wright). I wouldn't mind a movie that's all about life on that island. It is beautiful and calming, but exciting at times as well.

Important to know, so I'm going to spoiler tag this wikipedia quote, but I REALLY wish I knew that I should have been looking for:
Lynda Carter, who played the titular heroine in the 1970s television series, makes a cameo appearance midway through the film credits as Asteria, a legendary Amazon warrior who anciently possessed the powerful winged suit of armor.
I should have stayed and waited through the credits...
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My other movie yesterday was Godzilla Vs. Kong. But it really was Kong Vs. Godzilla. But I think Godzilla is owned by a Japanese company and Kong is public domain, so Godzilla gets top billing. Or he has a better agent.

So this movie is a follow-up to Kong: Skull Island (recommended) and/or Godzilla: King of the Monsters (not really recommended). The former had Tom Hiddleston in it, which alone makes a project worth seeing. Kong: Skull Island had a good story that was directed well by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, whose first directing gig was Kings of Summer, a 2013 coming of age comedy drama that is a must-see. Unfortunately this spring's Godzilla Vs. Kong is more like the lesser predecessor, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which wasn't really captivating despite this impressive cast: Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Kyle Chandler, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. Kyle Chandler was demoted to a cameo performance in this new movie, and Millie Bobby Brown has a smaller, lesser side story along with the annoying Brian Tyree Henry playing a conspiracy theorist. Alexander Skarsgård's wondrous oozing sexuality is tossed in the garbage bin as he is cast as a nerdy scientist which is just silly as if they could do anything to make him resemble anything but a Greek God. (Or should I say Norse God?) Rebecca Hall is boringly bland as a Kong expert, but Kaylee Hottle as her adopted daughter can hold her own on screen.

Overall the movie is just a chance to see two CGI creations ***** the **** out of each other on screen. VIOLENCE IS FUN!!! (Yes, I'm talking to you, America.) I did end up playing Word Calm on my phone during parts of this movie. But I feared my phone's screen was too bright and I feared I was distracting other people from enjoying this mediocrity. :lol:
 

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I was totally blown away by Wrath Of Man. I hadn't even heard anything about it, but was running out of movies to see in the theatre. Boy am I glad the heatwave lasted long enough here that I got to see this. Wikipedia describes it as a "action thriller heist film", but it's more than that. It is a remake of a 2004 French film called Cash Truck, which I now want to see. I don't want to give away the plot of the movie, but Jason Statham plays an armoured truck guard whose skills are much higher than necessary for his new job. Another quote from wikipedia: "The movie is separated into four parts, each chapter circling back to one main event that sets off a chain reaction." This is one of the best structured movies I have seen in a long time. Often I find movies that jump back and forth in time are confusing, but this one not only does it well, but each part perfectly fills in questions you have after watching the previous chapter of the movie.

When I saw that the movie was directed by Guy Ritchie, I have to admit that I thought, "uh-oh"... And immediately my expectations lowered. But this is definitely his best directing work to date. Statham does a good job, but doesn't step outside of the persona we expect from him, unlike we did with Parker (which he starred in with Jennifer Lopez) and especially in Spy (Melissa McCarthy). But he carries the movie well. Josh Hartnett and Scott Eastwood co-star, giving their best performances to date. Eddie Marsan and Jeffrey Donovan are also in this movie, but unfortunately their roles are rather thankless.

Two big thumbs up to the best two hours I have spent in a movie theatre in a long time!

Trailer for Wrath Of Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31W-jUD1Vk4
 

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Saw 'Land' with Robin Wright on pay-per-view. Excellent movie about a woman who retreats to a mountain cabin. Breathtaking scenery.

I love Wright, there is something so very intelligent about her. Thought she knocked it out of the ball park in 'House of Cards'.
 
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Today was my first day of house-sitting for the summer. I watched four films (one being a short film). I will rate each one on a scale of ten and list them with my favourite first and least favourite last. Hopefully I won't be the only one posting about movies this summer. Even if you see one you didn't really care for, let us know what we should avoid! :lol:

7/10 - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. There is a lot to like about this movie, but unfortunately one has to compared it to the first Borat movie...which was better. This one felt a little less substantial even though the plot overall is fuller than the first one. But it had so many uproarious moments to it. There was some of that in this movie, but it's almost as if Cohen went for a movie with some sweetness to it rather than just being totally off the wall. I recommend it, but as the second best movie in the Borat series. :D

6.5/10 - Two Distant Strangers (Netflix). This won the Oscar this year for best short film. Very interesting premise, about a black one who keep re-living the same day, where he ends up being killed by a cop. In the middle, I found this short film dragged somewhat. But then it picked up steam and the ending was both suprising and satisfying in more ways than one.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-67K-KwHbA

6/10 - I Wake Up Screaming. A 1941 film noir crime story. Wasn't sure why this was on my To See list, but I realized during the credits that the female lead was Betty Grable. I have never seen any of her movies, so that's why it was on my list. Same goes for the male lead, Victor Mature. Both were great and the story concludes satisfactorily, but I wasn't really captivating for most of the running time of this one.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGWQjzmv2ZY

3/10 - Honeymoon. A 2014 horror movie starring Rose Leslie (The Good Fight, Game Of Thrones). This is one of those movies that gives you very little info about what is really going on and then it's only the last ten minutes where anything really important is shared with the audience. And at that point, what is shared is through one character's dialogue, but this movie must have had a tiny budget, so instead of seeing some big moments that we are owed, all of that is left to our imagination. The critics at rottentomates.com give it a 76% fresh rating while the viewers gave it a 44% rotten rating. I agree with the viewers.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrSh2CHmEW4
 

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6/10 - I Wake Up Screaming. A 1941 film noir crime story. Wasn't sure why this was on my To See list, but I realized during the credits that the female lead was Betty Grable. I have never seen any of her movies, so that's why it was on my list. Same goes for the male lead, Victor Mature. Both were great and the story concludes satisfactorily, but I wasn't really captivating for most of the running time of this one.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGWQjzmv2ZY
The only movie I've seen with Betty Grable is How to Marry a Millionaire from the mid-50's with Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and William Powell. It's a fun movie that I enjoy a lot. It was one of Betty Grable's last films. She retired at the end of the 50's and switched to stage performing if I recall correctly.
 

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The only movie I've seen with Betty Grable is How to Marry a Millionaire from the mid-50's with Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and William Powell. It's a fun movie that I enjoy a lot. It was one of Betty Grable's last films. She retired at the end of the 50's and switched to stage performing if I recall correctly.

Oops, now I need to correct myself. Of course I've seen the incredible How To Marry A Millionaire. And I guess because of that I must have added a few other Grable titles to my list. How To Marry A Millionaire is a better vehicle than I Wake Up Screaming even though she is the only female lead in that film. Grable does a fine job in I Wake Up Screaming, it just doesnt demand that much of her.
 

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We saw Luca last night. It's a sweet film and a fun time but it's just okay overall. This is in spite of the "triathlon" subplot (except eating instead of running. :confused:) Something to enjoy if you come across it but nothing worth expending effort to see.

I don't think I posted about seeing Raya and the Last Dragon, now that I think about it. We also enjoyed that, more than Luca, but there were some weird inconsistencies in the timeline that bugged me. (I also had some other issues that I can't explain properly around whether it was honoring a culture or cultural appropriation.) Overall another enjoyable film if you happen to come across it (or have kids), but not a must-see.

On a side note: the Art and Story Dept used my company's product to keep track of all their assets (character sketches, storyboards, etc.) for both of these movies.
 
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My kids have been watching Luca a lot. They love it. I agree, it’s good not great but I’m not super sick of it after multiple viewings so that’s a win in my books :lol:

I still really like Raya. And I’ve watched it a zillion times at this point. What inconsistencies bugged you?
 

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We are trying to keep our local movie theater in business. There were only 3 movies available when it reopened. We picked Godzilla vs Kong. A good movie allows you to suspend belief. My husband and I spent most of the movie not being able to suspend belief.
 

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I finally watched the movie Brick from 2005, Rian Johnson's feature length directorial debut. It's a neo-noir and has Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it. Super low budget and you can kind of tell but it's not a distraction or anything. If anything it really adds to the vibe. I've long had a great enjoyment of noir storytelling and Brick does it very well. The dialogue and the acting is really great. It sounds like a movie from the 1940's but it's also 2005 level modern. It works on the levels and I am definitely going to be buying it (or asking for it for my birthday since that's coming soon) since it's going off Prime tomorrow.
 

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What inconsistencies bugged you?
So when she shows up at the place where Sisu is to be found, it's been 6 years and the implication is that she has searched each land and it took her 6 years to do that. But then she and her crew go back to each land to get their stone and each trip seems to take a day or two at most, definitely not a year. Also, the baby lost her parents in the past but is still a baby. Unless she lost her parents the day before, she should have grown up quite a bit even if it was only a few months on the streets.

We are trying to keep our local movie theater in business. There were only 3 movies available when it reopened. We picked Godzilla vs Kong. A good movie allows you to suspend belief. My husband and I spent most of the movie not being able to suspend belief.
You might enjoy this ScreenRant "pitch meeting" about the movie then:

 

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Just two titles to share today. Watched a bunch of shorter random TV episodes as well, like the first episode of Hannah Gadsby's Oz, which is a three part series where she looks at the Australian identity through the history of their art. Informative and includes a few chuckles.

7/10 - Bill Burr - Breaking Bad (special on youtube). I'm not sure this is actually the title of this show as I couldn't find reference to it through google when I tried to find out what year this came out. Burr comes across as a chauvinist comedian...or is that the act? The latter, I think, but he does like to walk the line. In spite of this getting my back up a little, he is very smart and quite funny. So I enjoyed this in spite of myself. :D

Youtube link to entire show: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bill+burr+breaking+bad

3/10 - Martyrs, a 2015 horror film that held such promise, both in the description and how the movie starts out. In the opening scene, a child is seen walking out of a building after she has escaped from being caged and held captive. The story is about her getting revenge against her captors, something I've often thought would be a good story as usually the escape is the END of the movie. Unfortunately, later on, the girl as an adult (along with her friend) get temporary revenge, only to have both of them captured by a larger group of abductors. So once again, the female character(s) are victimized and terrorized. Plus some of the scenes border on torture porn, which is NOT what I was expecting from this movie.

Trailer: Not even going to bother looking it up for this one. :blah:
 

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I watched Gone with the Wind with my husband who's never made it through the entire movie before and my teenage daughter. The Wizard of Oz is her favorite film so I wanted to get her perspective on Gone with the Wind. She is in a high school drama program so she taught me a little about Gone with the Wind's costumes as they studied them in drama. Apparently every time Scarlett is wearing green she is scheming - which seems to fit!
Overall, my daughter had alot of issues with how slavery is depicted (not surprising) but she thought it was interesting to see the Civil War from a Southern point of view (she took American history in school this year).
I know the film has issues as mentioned above but it is still a favorite of mine.
 

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Three movies today (well, two movies and a stand-up comedy special):

9/10 - John Oliver - Terrifying Times (2008) - I find Oliver to be very intelligent and just as funny. A great combo. The only criticism I have of this show is that it only lasted about 45 minutes. And as far as I can see, he doesn't have any more stand-up specials since this one! :wuzrobbed

8/10 - The Trial Of The Chicago 7 - Maybe I should have rated this one higher than eight out of ten. Good script and an amazing cast. Sacha Baron Cohen got the only acting Oscar nomination for this movie, but I preferred both Mark Rylance and and especially Frank Langella as the...indescribable??...judge. Amazing performance from Langella! :40beers:

7/10 - Army Of The Dead - I felt this one moved along fairly well, considering it is a two and a half hour movie. The story was pretty good overall as well. But oh, the movie stereotypical characters! The Dad who shuts down because guys aren't supposed to have feeling. The bitchy daughter who communicates by rolling her eyes and puts everyone around her in danger in as many opportunities as possible. The angry black man who only lightens up at the very end of the movie. The spicy Latino who likes to SHOOT THINGS!! The skeevy security guard who abuses his role to harass women. The evil corporate guy who is not present to oversee the project, but hides ulterior motives and is willing to let EVERYBODY ELSE DIE!!!! In spite of this lazy character menagerie, the movie is still watchable. Hopefully the writers will present more original characters in their next zombie screenplay. :lol:
 

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We went to see In the Heights. I am not a big fan of films of musicals but I loved all the dancing and how it was staged. It was fun overall. Predictable plot though.

I saw a live version of In The Heights a few years ago. Didn't think it was that great. None of the songs seemed memorable. But the scenes I have seen of the movie look very exuberant. So please tell me if I should see the movie...or NOT see the movie.

:D :D :D
I thought it was about 40 minutes too long. I would have cut several of the dance numbers - they didn't add much to the story line.

It's already streaming on HBO Max. We saw it yesterday in a theater with reserved seats and lots of social distancing, bonus senior tickets before 5pm only $4. I'd say this is one that calls for a big screen given all the big dance numbers.

I enjoyed it but wasn't fully engaged, it was somewhat predictable.
I thought it was streaming the same day it opened in theaters. My husband, who wasn't much into musicals before C-19 and retirement, was bugging me to see it.

Our neighbor went to see it in a theater. We both agreed it was meh
 

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10/10 - The Half Of It (Netflix) - You know how I whine about movies that seem as if they were written by a whiny teenager? The opposite has happened with this movie, a smart as **** woman who does not see teenagers as unintelligent, obsesses with sex or any of the other cliches we see so often in film. Alice Wu is both the writer and director of this movie and it's possibly the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. The characters are people who make you happy that such a thing as humankind exists. This is the kind of movie where you start missing the characters as soon as the movie has ended. I suppose a sequel to this could happen, but I'm guessing that this will be a stand-alone film. Yet we have the ninth episode of the Fast and The Furious... :wuzrobbed

Trailer for The Half Of It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-yhF7IScUE

9/10 - Russell Howard: Recalibrate (Netflix) - I stumbled upon this one. Had never heard of Howard before, but he's an amazing standup comedian. Similar to The Half Of It giving me something I wished had been created much earlier, Howard does something with comedy that I've yearned for, but seen so rarely: be both funny and positive while still being socially concerned and relevant. All done without choosing the current group in society to single out, mock and laugh at. So glad I decided to watch this.

Trailer for Russell Howard: Recalibrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZoMgN0zRSI

6/10 - Eden is a thriller/action/horror/drama about a plane mostly filled with members of a US soccer team which crashes near an uninhabited island. The movie isn't a great work of art, but held my attention enough to see how the people who have survived the plane crash decide (or not) about how to use the limited resources they have managed to round up. And how disagreements can be deadly depending on the people you find yourself stuck with. As for the cast, it doesn't hurt that pretty much everyone looks like they are top level models. So the scenery of a tropical island and hot people stranded there give us all something beautiful to look at even if the script and direction are not all that we could hope for.

Trailer for Eden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlLlGz_d4zE
 

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10/10 - The Half Of It (Netflix) - You know how I whine about movies that seem as if they were written by a whiny teenager? The opposite has happened with this movie, a smart as **** woman who does not see teenagers as unintelligent, obsesses with sex or any of the other cliches we see so often in film. Alice Wu is both the writer and director of this movie and it's possibly the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. The characters are people who make you happy that such a thing as humankind exists. This is the kind of movie where you start missing the characters as soon as the movie has ended. I suppose a sequel to this could happen, but I'm guessing that this will be a stand-alone film. Yet we have the ninth episode of the Fast and The Furious... :wuzrobbed

Trailer for The Half Of It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-yhF7IScUE

9/10 - Russell Howard: Recalibrate (Netflix) - I stumbled upon this one. Had never heard of Howard before, but he's an amazing standup comedian. Similar to The Half Of It giving me something I wished had been created much earlier, Howard does something with comedy that I've yearned for, but seen so rarely: be both funny and positive while still being socially concerned and relevant. All done without choosing the current group in society to single out, mock and laugh at. So glad I decided to watch this.

Trailer for Russell Howard: Recalibrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZoMgN0zRSI
I absolutely loved The Half of It, Alice Wu's directorial debut Saving Face is on Amazon Prime but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet because my watch lists on the streaming services (my brother and I split them I don't pay for everything myself, I'm not rich enough for that) are so long.

I first discovered Russell Howard's comedy watching the British panel show Mock the Week on YouTube back when that kind of stuff could go on YouTube without getting pulled for copywrite. He left MtW to do his own show called Russell Howard's Good News which is on YouTube on his own channel. It hasn't had new episodes for several years but it's a nice way to pass time if you're looking for something funny to watch.


I'm in the middle of 2 weeks of holidays so I've been watching a lot of Turner Classic Movies. I had an accidental sibling double feature today watching Suspicion (1941) with Joan Fontaine and The Heiress (1949) with Olivia de Havilland. Both actresses won Oscars for their roles in these movies, Fontaine's only, de Havilland's second. What was fascinating to me was how similar the movies were although I can't imagine that's anything they would have thought about at the time, especially considering the fierce rivalry between the sisters.

Suspicion was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant starred in it. Joan Fontaine's Oscar win for Suspicion is the only time anyone won an Oscar for a Hitchcock movie. Joan Fontaine plays a wealthy young woman who gets swept up in a whirlwind romance with Cary Grant's character, and her father disapproves as he suspects Cary Grant's character is just after her money. They run off and get married anyway and she soon comes to suspect her new husband wants to kill her. I won't go too far in because of spoilers, but I have to say that now that I've finally seen Suspicion, I can understand why so many people think that Joan Fontaine won her Oscar for Suspicion because she lost to Ginger Rogers the year before when she was nominated for Rebecca. Not that she was bad in Suspicion, she was fine, but she was much better in Rebecca and I feel like Rebecca is a much better movie overall.

The Heiress was directed by William Wyler, though it was brought to him by Olivia de Havilland after she saw the Broadway play. Olivia de Havilland plays a naive young woman who was left a significant amount of money by her late mother and stands to inherit more when her father dies, falls in love with Montgomery Clift's character and he father disapproves because he thinks that Montgomery Clift's character is just after her money. The Heiress is a much better movie, honestly and Olivia de Havilland is absolutely fantastic in it. Montgomery Clift was also good but having just watched Suddenly, Last Summer last week I would say he was better in that one. Olivia de Havilland was arguably a good 10 years to old for the role but she's absolutely believable and her character work in the movie is just fantastic. I can absolutely see why she won the Oscar for The Heiress and now I need to find To Each His Own, the movie she won her first Oscar for.
 

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Only one movie, back at home for the day to water the planets, etc. and then back to my house-sitting gig.

8/10 - Love and Monsters, a 2020 action film which is probably a mis-categorization as I think this movie is more of a comedy. Dylan O'Brien is the lead, playing a would-be hero who at first is anything but...yet he grows into the role. Or maybe "forced into" the role is more apt. What with monsters and all, you gotta hero up, or you get eaten. :lol: O'Brien has some great comedic skills, it would be very nice to see him in an all-out comedy. Maybe Melissa McCarthy needs a son for an upcoming movie?

Originally I was going to rate this movie at only a six as it seemed kind of slight by the end of the viewing, but then I realized it succeeded quite well at what it was trying to do. I expected more of a monster movie and more action. But really it's a comedic coming of age tale. And it's evident that the movie is a project of the 2020's as when
the woman he is in love with basically says no (at least at this time) to re-kindling a romance, he says okay, takes her wishes at face value and moves on (in a heartbroken fashion). No "I will make her mine!" posturing, just acceptance that a woman's wishes are to be accepted, even honoured.
So a nice message there.

Trailer for Love and Monsters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dzGhJ5QGsQ
 

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Two movies viewed today:

8/10 - Front Cover - A Chinese-American fashion stylist is assigned to work with an actor from China who is in New York to promote a new film. The actor fires the stylist for being what he feels is too overtly gay. The actor is actually a closeted gay man and over the course of the film, we see his defenses drop and love begin to develop between the two of them. But as homosexuality is still seen negatively in China, the actor has to decide between love and his career.

Front Cover has an 85% fresh rating on rottentomates.com, but only 51% approval from the audience score. Which makes me wonder if some of the ratings were from people not expecting a gay romance and being unhappy with the topic of the movie. Because it's a pretty strong movie for a gay independent drama, a genre which can often go wrong in so many ways. The two male leads are very strong, as is the script and direction, both by Ray Yeung. I'm going to watch the trailers of his other two movies to see if I should add them to my To See list.

Trailer for Front Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXHq_lipMoo

6/10 - American Reunion - I'm not sure why this ended up on my To See list. I haven't been a major fan of the series, so it's not like I needed to see this final film in the series. It does have Eugene Levy in it. And Jennifer Coolidge. They should give the two of them their own movie in the series. American Parents? Rebecca De Mornay has a small role in this as Finch's Mom. Add her to the cast! :lol: Another reason I might have put American Reunion on my To See list is because I think Seann William Scott is very attractive. And Chris Klein has never looked better. Klein has a scene where his character is in a Dancing With The Stars type of TV show and does a shirtless scene. WHEW...somebody pass me my fan! :D

The best scene in American Reunion features Levy and Coolidge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxVuGCcmBvo

:lol:

And the outtake between the two of them at the 3:10 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fBC-OYh464

:rofl:

Trailer for American Reunion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcL2zUZpfMQ
 

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Black Widow opened today and it’s box office projection looks really good all things considered. Cinemas here are still closed but will reopen on July 16 but with restrictions.


ETA:
I’m already hitting up the Cineplex website for tickets!
 
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Maybe because Loki and Wandavision have gone in such interesting directions, I thought Black Widow was meh. A fine time waster that ticks off all the Marvel boxes (cool action sequences, good banter) but pretty much the same formula as most Marvel movies before Thor Ragnarok.
 

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6/10 - American Reunion - I'm not sure why this ended up on my To See list. I haven't been a major fan of the series, so it's not like I needed to see this final film in the series. It does have Eugene Levy in it. And Jennifer Coolidge. They should give the two of them their own movie in the series. American Parents? Rebecca De Mornay has a small role in this as Finch's Mom. Add her to the cast! :lol: Another reason I might have put American Reunion on my To See list is because I think Seann William Scott is very attractive. And Chris Klein has never looked better. Klein has a scene where his character is in a Dancing With The Stars type of TV show and does a shirtless scene. WHEW...somebody pass me my fan! :D

The best scene in American Reunion features Levy and Coolidge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxVuGCcmBvo

:lol:

And the outtake between the two of them at the 3:10 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fBC-OYh464

:rofl:

Trailer for American Reunion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcL2zUZpfMQ
I think American Reunion was a sequel to the American Pie movies although i could be wrong. If you want something good with Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge, the Christopher Guest movies are very good. Best in Show is a particular favourite.
 

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I saw Black Widow last night and really enjoyed it. Florence Pugh was fabulous as the sister. It had the right mix of action movie with not taking itself too seriously.
 

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Two movies viewed today:

9/10 - Saint Judy - In the first five minutes I knew I was going to like this movie. It's a 2009 biographical drama not unlike Erin Brockovich in that it features a woman whose passion is to defend "the little guy" no matter what. Saint Judy stars Michelle Monaghan as a lawyer representing a woman who escaped Afghanistan after being arrested and beaten for opening a school for girls. I liked the tone of this film, such a serious (and overwhelming) subject matter - yet the director does a fantastic job of somehow bringing a bit of lightness to this movie so we can enjoy the story without getting bogged down with how traumatic the story of the women being defended is. This movie also has a great supporting cast with Alfre Woodward, Ben Schnetzer, rapper Common, Peter Krause and Alfred Molina.

Trailer for Saint Judy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY3GbOSU-K4

7/10 - The People Speak - This is a filming of live shows where various actors read speeches related to Howard Zinn's book "A People's History of the United States". This book looks at US history not through the eyes of those who were in power or who had great wealth, but by people of colour, women and social change activists. It's a must-read in my opinion. I enjoyed watching this, but unlike Saint Judy, the seriousness of this material is not given any sort of lightness through the direction, so I felt just a little bit weighed down by the drastic topics covered. The people involved in this is incredible though: Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, David Strathairn, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Marisa Tomei, Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Sandra Oh and Rosario Dawson.

Trailer for The People Speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hUQ657XR7Y

I think American Reunion was a sequel to the American Pie movies although i could be wrong. If you want something good with Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge, the Christopher Guest movies are very good. Best in Show is a particular favourite.

Yes, American Reunion is the fourth and final chapter of the American Pie series. I've seen the Christopher Guest movies and they are wonderful. I just think Levy and Coolidge deserve their own movie. Levy especially seems to be fantastic at improvising on set, so I can only imagine what fun the editors would have with all the takes he would give them to choose from while putting that movie together. :D
 

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I’d like to share a song from the soviet The Three Musketeers movie - just because this song is unusual (I mean the vocal).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHlyHhkAJfM
(the video is short)

If you’d like to know something about the lyrics, the song begins with these words:

Even though duels are forbidden by God,
I feel a talent for sword in myself.
I fight seven times a week,
But I do it only in those cases,
When my honour is assaulted!
Actually, I’m not a dueller.


and ends with these words:

Centuries pass
And soon duels won’t exist at all.
Maybe it is good…
But – oh, my God –
It would be so hard
To make a jerk answer for his words!
 
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Though I’ve not read “A Man Called Ove” I love the author so when I saw the movie title on Tubi I watched. Wonderful film: There’s something to be said about a movie that can make you laugh a lot and cry a little.
 

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