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2019 Film Thread!

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2019 Film Thread!#101
Posted: 12/30/19 at 9:25am

Recently got to see some of the only remaining films on my list.

Richard Jewell and Bombshell, both engaging docudramas with terrific ensemble casts. I wouldn't say either is a must-see, but they are well mounted.

Uncut Gems, extremely unpleasant, totally riveting, led by an excellent Adam Sandler.

Little Women, which I loved and, minus Emma Watson, had a spotless cast. Vibrant and enchanting.

Also, Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory, which I thought was gorgeous and moving, and Banderas should be getting an Oscar nomination if the Academy has any sense.

Still have only 1917 to see, and then that should do it for this year.

Updated On: 12/30/19 at 09:25 AM
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2019 Film Thread!#102
Posted: 12/30/19 at 2:42pm

UNCUT GEMS was really something, tight as a drum and mean as f*ck, it starts at a high pitch and stays pretty much exactly there, it never lets up.  Sandler's performance is very fine indeed, the character's soon-to-be-ex wife tells him that he's the most annoying person in the world and well yeah, but he's 100% real and almost too painful to watch as his problems mount and mount and mount, and they're all entirely of his own making.

A couple of lapses of taste, one in particular very near the film's opening, I was going "oh no, they're not going to do THAT, are they?" and yeah, dammit they did, but hey, one moves on, and this movie sure moves.

I liked it.

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2019 Film Thread!#103
Posted: 12/30/19 at 7:02pm

 

Here are my top ten(so far)

1.The Farewell

2.Marriage Story

3.Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

4. Rocketman 

5.Parasite 

6.The Irshman

7.Shazam 

8. I lost my body 

9.  Portrait of a Lady on Fire

10.The Lighthouse

 

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2019 Film Thread!#104
Posted: 12/31/19 at 9:09am

I haven't seen "Uncut Gems," "The Irishman," or "The Farewell" but here is my personal Top 10 of the year:

10. Shazam!

9. Rocketman

8. Booksmart

7. Ready or Not

6. Avengers: Endgame

5. Knives Out

4. Joker

3. JoJo Rabbit

2. Marriage Story

1. Doctor Sleep 

 

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Updated On: 12/31/19 at 09:09 AM
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2019 Film Thread!#105
Posted: 12/31/19 at 11:05am

I thought this was a fantastic year for movies. Below is my top 10 in alphabetical order, but there's another ten below it that could easily make another worthwhile list.

- Ash is Purest White (dir. Jia Zhangke)

- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (dir. Marielle Heller)

- The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (dir. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn)

- The Lighthouse (dirs. Robert Eggers)

- Midnight Family (dir. Luke Lorentzen)

- Midsommar (dir. Ari Aster)

- Pain and Glory (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

- Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho)

- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

- Waves (dir. Trey Edward Shults)

Updated On: 12/31/19 at 11:05 AM
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2019 Film Thread!#106
Posted: 1/2/20 at 9:50pm
Just finished watching The Irishman. I really liked it. It found it surprisingly emotionally moving at the end. Watching “The Irishman in Conversation” now.

Also, watched The Two Popes this week. Very well acted. Not sure how based on reality it is, but it was interesting. Not sure I would see it getting nominated for best picture at The Oscars, but it was good.
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2019 Film Thread!#107
Posted: 1/2/20 at 11:16pm

Watched Chained for Life last night, and wow! Wasn't expecting something so funny or deliciously weird and unique. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. My top ten as it stands now is:

1. Under the Silver Lake

2. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

3. Marriage Story

4. The Gospel of Eureka

5. Chained for Life

6. Midsommar

7. Long Day’s Journey Into Night

8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

9. Glass

10. Avengers: Endgame

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2019 Film Thread!#108
Posted: 1/3/20 at 12:41am
I know we’re in 2020, but still watching 2019 releases. Watched The Laundromat while waiting to get sleepy so I catch some zzzzs before my early flight to NYC in the morning. I found engaging. It was pretty disjointed, but that also meant I never knew exactly where it was going next. I do wish they’d stay with Ellen’s story more as I found it the most engaging. Well acted though especially by Streep (as Ellen), Oldman and Banderas.

Speaking of my flights tomorrow, Delta has added The Farewell and Hustlers so I’ll probably be watching one of those tomorrow and the other one on my return flight next Saturday. I do imagine Hustlers will be edited somewhat.
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2019 Film Thread!#109
Posted: 1/3/20 at 4:26pm

On my first flight today I watched Eighth Grade (2018 release) via Amazon Prime. Loved it.

On second flight, to my surprise, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was available. I have about 20!- 30 minutes left. I’ll finish it on flight home. But so far, I’m loving it. I haven’t seen a lot of the more critically loved films this year, but this easily makes my top 2 of the year (of what I’ve seen) along with Toy Story 4. DiCaprio is amazing in it and Pitt does his best work in years.

Also, so far I’m liking that Tarintino isn’t making ample use of the n-word for shock value, edginess, or easy laughs this time. That was my only issue with The Hateful Eight. 

Updated On: 1/3/20 at 04:26 PM
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2019 Film Thread!#110
Posted: 1/6/20 at 4:50am

I have become less interested in Quentin Tarantino as the years have gone by. His films always have virtues, and they can be fun, but my sense of the guy as this overgrown adolescent boy who never really grew up has made me less interested in his movies despite his obvious talent. I haven't gotten around to watching Django Unchained despite it being on Netlix all the time, and I flat-out disliked The Hateful Eight even though the cast is great.

So I went into Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with lower expectations. Having seen it twice, I am convinced this is perhaps the most mature work he is capable of producing. It's certainly a movie that only Tarantino could have made. It has some of the usual issues with Tarantino films, but a lot fewer of them. Basically, I could watch it and enjoy all of the things he does really well without most of the stuff that bugs me. So yeah, I loved it, even took my wife to see it despite her trepidation about the plot - and she enjoyed it a lot as well.

There's category fraud in having Brad Pitt as a supporting actor because he's really the co-lead of the film. But I'm not going to complain if he wins an Academy Award because Pitt harnesses his old-fashioned movie star charisma so engagingly.

It's probably not the best film of the year, even among the few I've seen, as there's Parasite to consider. But I do think Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will age well as the most enjoyable, accomplished Tarantino film he ever made. If the guy is really going to stop making movies, I sort of wish this was the last one. 

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2019 Film Thread!#111
Posted: 1/11/20 at 5:53pm
I finished Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on my first flight (of 2) on way home from NYC today. Wasn’t expecting the violence towards the end but I should’ve known since it’s a Tarantino film. Still I would rank it (along with Toy Storyv4) as my favorite movie from 2019 although admittedly there’s a lot I haven’t seen. I then watched The Farewell afterwards which I also enjoyed and cried during.
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2019 Film Thread!#112
Posted: 2/9/20 at 3:39am
Did a pre-Oscars triple feature Saturday. Parasite, 1917, Joker.

I still haven’t seen JoJo Rabbit, Little Women, or Ford v Ferrari (that one doesn’t really interest me).

I really liked all three movies I saw today, but surprisingly I probably liked Joker the most. Partially because I like movies that are character studies. Partially because I went in with the lowest expectations for it and it surpassed them. Partially because I worked as a mental health professional in a adult make prison for almost 24 years. But mostly for two reasons: it’s the first superhero (well, in this case, anti-hero) movie in forever that wasn’t as if it was assembled on an assembly line with more care to CGI than the script and it played for the most part true to the rules of the reality it was set in. Joaquin definitely deserves that Oscar Sunday night.

With Parasite, there were a couple moments towards the end that I thought broke the rules of the reality it was set in. Just not totally believable. I do think it explores the ways society treats the marginalized in a more nuanced way than Joker does.

1917 is stunning in many ways, but I found it pretty unbelievable that one character could survive all that.

Watched Judy on On Demand once I got home. I really liked it.

I’m pulling for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Quentin Tarantino to win big tonight. I do wish Toy Story 4 had gotten a nomination for Best Picture.

All movies I’ve seen that are nominated for best picture would be part of my top 10 movies released last year.

Saturday did remind me that how much I miss seeing movies in the theater as opposed to on a plane.
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2019 Film Thread!#113
Posted: 2/9/20 at 11:45am
I just bought a ticket to see Little Women for free on Tuesday. Turns out I had more rewards point on my app than I knew about. I’ll see JoJo Rabbit afterwards. I could turn it into another triple feature as there as Ford v Ferrari is showing after JoJo Rabbit.
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2019 Film Thread!#114
Posted: 2/9/20 at 12:14pm
Hmmm...instead of Ford v Ferrari I could see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker instead.
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2019 Film Thread!#115
Posted: 2/11/20 at 11:37pm
Did another triple feature tonight:

Little Women - I really loved it except for the time jumps. I cried twice. LOL. I’ve never read the book and I’ve never seen any of the other film adaptation’s before.

JoJo Rabbit - I thought It was pretty brilliant. It’s like if Life is Beautiful (a movie I’m not crazy about) was directed by Wes Anderson which is an improvement. I cried but not necessarily when I thought I would.

Ford v Ferrari - This movie is boring af. Or at least the part I saw was. Left after about 40 minutes. I shoulda known. I think car racing is stupid. I wonder who they had to pay and how much to get nominated for Best Picture. I shoulda watched Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker instead.

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2019 Film Thread!#116
Posted: 2/11/20 at 11:37pm
Did another triple feature tonight:

Little Women - I really loved it except for the time jumps. I cried twice. LOL. I’ve never read the book and I’ve never seen any of the other film adaptation’s before.

JoJo Rabbit - I thought It was pretty brilliant. It’s like if Life is Beautiful (a movie I’m not crazy about) was directed by Wes Anderson which is an improvement. I cried but not necessarily when I thought I would.

Ford v Ferrari - This movie is boring af. Or at least the part I saw was. Left after about 40 minutes. I shoulda known. I think car racing is stupid. I wonder who they had to pay and how much to get nominated for Best Picture. I shoulda watched Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker instead.

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2019 Film Thread!#117
Posted: 2/15/20 at 6:28pm
Since the Oscars, I’ve caught three movies (On Demand) that had nominated/winning performances:

Judy - Renee Zellweger doesn’t do a strict imitation of Judy Garland, but she still gives a full-bodied, believable performance. I loved it!

Harriet - Cynthia Erivo gives a very good performance, but the movie isn’t up to her level. Assuming, it’s somewhat factually-based in its retelling, I did learn some things, but it too often has a “this happened then this happened then this happened” feel to it, a common failing of biopics.

Pain and Glory - Banderas gives a career-best performance based partially on Almodóvar himself. It had me wondering how close the relationship between Salvador and Alberto mirrors the relationship between Almodóvar and Banderas. Just a beautiful, beautiful film. The moment when he reconnects with a long-lost lover then says goodbye again had me in tears.

Still want to catch up on:

- [ ] Bombshell
- [ ] A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- [ ] Knives Out
- [ ] Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

And these two that have been added to Delta Studio:

- [ ] The Goldfinch (watched first 50 minutes on one of my last flights and actually liked it, maybe because that section roughly covered the part of the novel I’ve read so far)
- [ ] Frozen II
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2019 Film Thread!#118
Posted: 2/16/20 at 9:07am
I think you’ll really love Knives Out, Miles. I suggest going to the theatre for it this week! Likely the last week it’s playing in theatres or one of the last. Excellent film, entertaining, and unpredictable fun that never feels convoluted or like you’re completely lost. It’s a great time.

Be sure to catch Uncut Gems too, it’s INTENSE.



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