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Shaun Barry
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Don't get into a STAR WARS argument, Brian & Ronald... don't you know that's what the internet wants you to do???

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Oh, I have absolutely no intention of arguing with him. I loved the movie, he didn't.

I'm already done. 

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This was everything I'd wanted AVENGERS: ENDGAME to be...

Seemed to me ENDGAME was everything this movie was trying to be, with its "On your left" (coming from the Falcon, no less) and "I...am Iron Man!" moments. 
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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Really enjoyed it.

BOMBSHELL

One of my favorite movies of the year. Theron and Robbie were amazing, as was John Lithgow. With three daughters, it really hit home for me.
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JOJO RABBIT - Wow! I thought this movie would be an ill advised train wreck,
but it is just brilliant! It really does balance solid, laugh out loud humor with a
real story of life during wartime.

I think kids are often represented in film very much like Schulz's PEANUTS -
they talk like adults, and in doing so reveal much more about the nature of
adults more than kids. Jojo very much acts like a ten year old, but he has the
unfortunate luck of being a ten year old in Nazi Germany. I don't want to give
too much away, except to say that you should see it with as little information as
possible. Just see it!

Scarlett Johansen is perfect, and the kids in the cast are just wonderful.
Highly recommended - and I plan to see it again!


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THE INVISIBLE MAN. What a great movie. Tight and
suspenseful.

I was inclined to avoid it because the trailers came
across as public service announcements. But while
someone could come out educated on ways to recognize
abusive relationships, there's just enough to earn a
queasy nastiness the specifically domestic
violence adds to the movie's assaults, and avoid
outright exploitation.

Elizabeth Moss gives three or four great performances.
There's ambiguity between how much of her character's
apparent stupidity or confusion in any given scene is
genuine, or a front for the antagonist, including a
moment near the beginning that's so well-played, so
subtle and specific, that remembering it later created
plot holes, until I considered it even further and it
transformed the film. I'm considering a re-watch just
to see if I can tell which is which.

Plus, since The Invisible Man by necessity doesn't
talk much, it falls to Moss to create his character,
whether by reacting to hints of his presence or
conveying the effects of months of his abuse.

(The other way the movie conveys The Invisible Man's
personality is through his escalating violence; he has
the fighting style of a real piece of shit.)

The budget was reportedly $7 million, and it looks
like $6.5 million of was spent on the invisibility
effects. The movie extracts every bit of mileage
possible from still shots of empty rooms.

My favorite movie of the year so far.
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ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND - I'm a fan of
The Band, and part of it has to do with a very compelling story about how they
formed and came to prominence. It's a fascinating origin story bolstered by an
early creative output that was pitch perfect, and still holds up today.

I should have loved this movie - it covers the story and includes amazing
archival footage, as well as some of my all-time favorite musicians as
commentators -- Bruce Springsteen Peter Gabriel, and Van Morrison (how they
got Van Morrison I do not know as he rarely gives interviews).

But ultimately, this is a film about Robbie Robertson and his view of The Band.
He and producer Martin Scorsese see Robertson as the auteur of The Band,
and I used to buy into that. But I have come to side more with Levon Helm in
that the arrangements were an essential part of their music, so the other
members should have received credit.

Robertson has long held that he is the sole songwriter, and while a case can be
made for that, his self mythology cannot excuse him saying that he would have
reunited with The Band if they wanted to create music again. He says they
intended to get back together, but "forgot" too. That's such bullshit - The
Band reformed without him, and even recorded. The rest of them clearly
wanted to reunite and did so.

Worse yet, Robertson seems to be making his case in the last third of the film
that The Band can't exist unless they are all there. He recounts one incident in
which Richard Manuel was too messed up to complete a show, so they went on
without him. An associate claims it sounded really off and not right, giving this
anecdote a double whammy of showing the depth of Manuel's addiction while
also showing The Band needs everyone participating to be legitimate.

Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Richard Manuel are all gone, Garth Hudson is
still alive and was interviewed for the film, but not featured non the final cut.
Based on an interview I saw of him on a TV special, I think he is too eccentric
to be a credible source. I don't mean this in a cruel way - I think he is intensely
creative, but likely on the autistic spectrum and difficult to track in a
conversation. So Robertson gets to take a swipe at telling their story, but I
hope we can someday see a more nuanced version.

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Very interesting review, Tim.  I'll have to give it a look someday.

My Best Man at my wedding is a HUGE fan of The Band, and loves almost every Martin Scorsese movie (and so especially loves THE LAST WALTZ)... but he positively spits on the floor whenever Robbie Robertson's name comes up.  He definitely falls in the Levon Helm camp, and from everything I've seen and heard myself, I would tend to lean that way too.

I really want to hear what he says about this film!  :)



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My first movie outside the home since the pandemic hit:

JAWS

Amazingly enough, there was an indoor movie theater about half an hour away that was showing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in IMAX, which I would have loved to see, but I'm just not comfortable yet catching any movie in the usual venues... cue my wife suggesting JAWS at a drive-in theater, about an hour away.  She and my kids took me tonight, as a birthday present.

And wouldn't you know it--after 48 years on this planet, this was my very first drive-in movie!  (I can't explain it... there were drive-ins around my hometown when I was a kid, up until the mid-'80s, but neither my father nor mother ever took me, and I can't honestly say I ever pestered them to do so, either!)  And it was a wonderful experience... perfect weather, perfectly quiet and respectful patrons, and of course, perfect movie--apt for someone my age, when JAWS, in its original run, would have been a drive-in staple 45 years ago.

Literally & figuratively, a breath of fresh air.  Thoroughly enjoyed it.  




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I saw New Mutants this evening after deciding that I'd do a Fan4Tastic style skip. Nothing to write home about but I did like most of the characterization. I could have done without the horror elements, they took a lot of the fun away from the characters.

I tried to share this with the New Mutants thread but it wouldn't post.
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The  movie sat on the shelves a few years, AND had several (5?) different release dates. That should make a lot of people wary of seeing it. 

Saw Maisie Williams do an interview on Jimmy Falllon and they showed a clip. The movie seems to be  based on the `Demon Bear' storyline from early in the comics?


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Yeah there's elements of that. Different from the comics, of course. They could have done the New Mutants graphic novel and had a better movie in my opinion. 

Magik in place of Karma makes sense in how they characterized Illyana. I didn't love Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar, she did a fine job but I see Dani as bolder than how she was presented. 

The PG-13 rating was in full effect with the language the kids used (I didn't love that but they are teenagers...) and there's a shower scene that made me feel uncomfortable. No nudity but maybe too much skin.




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