Donomark

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  1. I Am Not Your Negro: As someone who fell into James Baldwin in the past couple of years, this was more of the same which simply means it's great fodder but nothing new if you're familiar with him. Highly recommended anyway because it's Baldwin. SLJ does a terrific narration, embodying Baldwin's spirit through his reading. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher version): I've not made up my mind on this. What I liked about it is Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. An iconic performance. Just hypnotic in every scene, an awesome character. I also enjoy seeing Daniel Craig in anything other than Bond. The scene where he was loudly crying out in pain over his head-wound contrasted in my memories with a similar scene in Casino Royale where he's completely silent. Stellan Skaarsgard was great too, and this was the same year he appeared in Thor. The brutal rape scenes however just left me completely paralyzed. Having not read the books, IDK if they could've been cut out from the film or were left in just to show how intense and crazy Lisbeth can get, but they were far and away the most disturbing scenes of violence I've witnessed in mainstream film. True, a them - the theme of the story is misogyny, but was Fincher the right director for those kinds of scenes? I don't know...I need more time and other voices to speak on it.
  2. I knew about the notorious Lawrence Tierny from the Simpsons Season 7 DVD commentary. In the episode where Bart steals the Bonestorm game, the security guy was voiced by Tierny. In the commentary, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein go on for most of the remaining episode to talk about how bizarre an experience it was to record him. Apparently the limo driver that brought him to the studio said "I'm not dealing with that guy again" and sped off. Tierny wanted to do the voice in a silly accent, and did not understand the joke about leaving a voicemail for Homer and Marge. They said he was the most intimidating guest they've ever had, but so memorable that in Oakley and Weinstein's UPN series "Mission Hill", Gus, the gruff gay neighbor, is expressly based on their dealing with Lawrence Tierny.
  3. Candyman: The third Clive Barker related movie I've seen after the first two Hellraisers, this was a pretty damn dark and disturbing movie. It gets points for imbedding racism as part of the backstory, but it also is a bit white savior-y at the end. Tony Todd is legendary in the role however. Da 5 Bloods: Spike Lee's latest, I found this more emotionally cathartic and satisfying than Black KKKlansman. Chadwick Boseman has a limited role in the film, but gives my favorite performance from him, embodying a true Black Panther spirit in early 1970s Vietnam. Delroy Lindo rocks the house as a PTSD suffering Trump voter, and Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock rejoin from The Wire to turn in very human performances. It's not a perfectly structured film, but I really enjoyed it.
  4. Out of The Lost Boys, BF and B&R and Phone Booth, I can say I've never seen a film of his that hasn't entertained me. RIP
  5. The CW has had a lot of shakeups in the past several months
  6. Mane...on the road just getting over the end to John Oliver's high-emotion episode already brought to tears, and I just got over that when listening to BOTI, only to start back up again when Mike was starting to shake. Good job guys.
  7. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation: B A D, and hardly in a good way. The effects are embarrassing, the movie revolves entirely around fight scenes that connect sparse minutes of a thin-ass plot, and as Harry pointed out it's rampantly more misogynist than the first one. The only reason to watch it is to marvel at how awful it is. Gabriel's Inferno: Based on another in what must be a long line of Twilight fanfic novels, this watched more like 50 Shades of Grey. It's also terrible, because nothing happens. The central romance is contrived and cloying and the movie drowns in scenes of anti-climactic, unresolved tension where nothing happens by the end...oh, but it's only Part One! Nope.
  8. I feel the recent turnaround with her character has moved away from that in a big way. Like originally, Harley's education wasn't anything noteworthy. The comic straight said that she slept her way through school and was only working at Arkham to get rich and famous. The current animated show depicts her past self as a complete professional who sees the Joker for what he is the whole time and cares for the well-being of the inmates. Well, Ivy. Which I had a problem with as there was a scene where Ivy was tearing guys apart with her vines, but when a guard used a flamethrower to get past them and subdue her, Harley yelled at him for abuse. That super-didn't play. Bottom line, I think the discussion of how toxic the Joker and Harley's relationship has been more public and frequent in recent years, and as a result the character has been put over, sometimes aggressively, into the good camp where her abuse produces a heroic Harley instead of an equally criminally insane one. I liked how the BOP movie did it, as it kept Harley's character funny and silly while still realistically going through Joker withdrawals.
  9. Lakeview Terrace: Very entertaining for 2/3rds of the film, with Sam Jackson carrying the whole thing with his beady eyes, but the politics of having the black LA cop being the racist one terrorizing an interracial couple because they're interracial is...there's no getting around that. It feels like a blaxploitation throwback, but there's no irony or awareness in how not cool that set up is. And it's a shame because the acting really does make it watchable. Mortal Kombat (1995): A classic, still and always.
  10. Johnny Mnemonic: A favorite of Mr. Chute's, this was a 90s sci-fi/cyberpunk movie in the extreme. It doesn't work, the futuristic world never really gelling into anything memorable or unique, separate from a lot of other 90s sci-fi films out there, from Ghost in the Shell to Strange Days to even Judge Dredd and Tank Girl. Keanu Reeves is objectively bad in the film, but his badness makes for an unpredictable watch. It's entertaining, never boring and Dolph Lundgren plays a murderer dressed as Eric Matthews from that future episode of Boy Meets World. It's hard to follow, but ultimately worth seeing once I'd say.
  11. Friday Night Lights: This was an engrossing drama, but mainly from the acting and directing. Halfway thru I'm like "...it's just high school." That realization made the thing more melodramatic, which made the final state championship game hilarious because it was so OTT and violent. I liked it, partly ironically.
  12. This is truly the Darkest Timeline.