2. The Harder They Fall - the western story about revenge.. a gang of outlaws are looking for another gang of outlaws because the leader of the latter murdered the parents of the other right in front of him and then scarred him. Long, but quite an enjoyable film. The train scene was excellent.
"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" - Steven Wright
8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Not really a fan of this at all. It was definitely better than that ill-advised 2016 reboot, but it still felt like quick cash-in complete with the fan service. Egon's granddaughter was good, but the other characters (ESPECIALLY 'Podcast') were pretty bad. This is another example of why it's okay to leave a franchise alone/dead. The only 'Hey! Let's bring this back!' thing that was good has been Cobra Kai.
9. We Were Soldiers - First viewing. I'm not sure what I expected with this, but I didn't expect it to be so tense. I enjoyed it. This definitely isn't the type of movie I would like to fire up and watch on a rainy day, but I definitely don't regret watching it.
10. Stagecoach - I love Westerns and this one is a favorite.
11. Cliffhanger - First viewing. I somehow managed to go this far without seeing this. This is such a stupid movie and Michael Rooker's acting is awful. Having said that, it's a lot of fun and I really miss movies like this.
1. Blue Bayou (2020) Redbox... Some great performances and beautiful cinematography highlight a real gut punch of a movie. There are tonal issues (mostly in scenes involving a certain cop who is written like a character from Dukes of Hazard) and some may say it lacks subtlety, but when dealing with the topics this film does (deportation of adopted immigrants, racism, etc), subtlety isn’t really needed. ***1/2 out of 5
2. Red Rocket (2020) Theater... Sean Baker hits it out of the park yet again with this great film about a washed up former porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown, where no one really wants him back. Baker’s films always seem very authentic due to the casting of very few known actors and even ordinary people, and this one is no different. His eye for scouting locations is second to none as well, and there is brilliant use of NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” throughout the film. The main character is problematic as can be and there is a relationship that is formed which will undoubtedly sit uneasily with many viewers. However, in this case, that is the intended reaction. The balance of being uncomfortable in one instance and then laugh out loud funny the next is really impressive. Baker continues to be one of the most interesting filmmakers working today and this might be my favorite movie that was released in 2020. ****1/2
Post by BlackoutCreature on Jan 6, 2022 20:10:07 GMT -5
1. Black Widow (2021)
For some reason the last couple of weeks of 2021 I just couldn't get up the energy to watch many movies, and now I'm going through what I have in my Disney+ and Netflix streaming lists and trying to check some of them off.
Saw this in the theaters last summer, first time I had been to the movie theater since the pandemic started. Good movie to return on. Fun action movie, some good emotional beats, nice farewell for Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and David Harbour is amazing as Red Guardian. If Disney+ ever does my Jack Duquesne variety show idea, they should have Alexei there as an Ed McMahon-esque sidekick.
3. Another Round - Danish movie starring regular Hollywood baddie Mads Mikkelson where he plays a teacher who he and three other teachers decide what it would be like to be a little drunk (at that confident level) all the time .. sounds like a wacky comedy, but it’s actually a drama that details the serious ness of mass drinking and mid life depression.. it’s really good. If you are not one for subtitles, I hear Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and starring in a U.S remake… so that might be good… anyway I recommend this film.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Last year I wound up watching the original 1990 movie on YouTube for free, and since then I've been trying to catch the sequels, but my timing with the various streaming services I tried out last year never really lined up with them. But now it's on Netflix Streaming so I finally had a chance to watch it.
So it's lighter in tone then the first movie and the fight scenes are "wackier", and honestly, despite it having double the budget, looks cheaper then the original, but it was still a fun movie. Very perestroika.
Oh, and Keno was useless. I'm actually surprised he hasn't shown up in any other TMNT media though.
The first movie I watched this year. I guess I needed a break as I was a bit burned out before the year ended.
1. The King's Man - Saw this in theaters. I feel that this movie had been unfairly criticized. Not sure if some were expecting a direct sequel to The Golden Circle or wanted a prequel that had younger versions of Colin Firth's character and Mark Strong's character, or if some felt that it was too formulaic. Then again, I remembered that The Golden Circle received negative criticism back in 2017.
Despite what critics had said, it seems that moviegoers had given this positive criticism. Because this movie is set in the 1910s, a century before the events of Secret Service and The Golden Circle, this movie is more of a story of how the Kingsman organization had formed. With that being said, this filmed delivered on the action, as well as Matthew Vaughn's directorial style. Ralph Fiennes was pretty badass in his role. It also had some nice set pieces. Rhys Ifans also delivered a good performance as one of the villains.
I wouldn't call it the best in the series, but it was a fun film.
Post by The Kevstaaa on Jan 7, 2022 22:21:29 GMT -5
#11 - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Starz)
A disappointing sequel. While I think the visual style still works and it's cool to look at, the three main stories aren't great. The Brolin/Green one tries a bit too hard with the plot twists, the Gordon-Levitt one has a lackluster ending, and the Alba one is just dull. [**½]
#12 - The French Dispatch (Vudu)
The usual fun and quirkiness from Wes Anderson. Not my favorite of his but there are really enjoyable elements and each of the short stories is engaging enough, boosted by the charismatic cast. [****]
2. Class Action Park - Watched it on HBO Max. I remember hearing about this documentary about this amusement park and how it was ran and the risks that patrons took when attending.
After watching it, I must say that tonally it's a little all over the place with how quirky it was presented, whether it was from past patrons and employees, but then when it talked about some serious matters like some of the deaths that occurred, it was as dark as one would expect.
I never heard of this park until seeing a commercial for this documentary when I watched AEW Rampage, but then again, I never lived in New Jersey. But man, so much craziness regarding the park, as well as its owner.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Another movie I saw in the theaters last year and just now getting around to watching on Disney+. Just another really fun MCU movie. The final battle kinda dragged a little, but that's really a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things.