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Every Film You've Watched in 2019

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Dark Phoenix: On its own, this is a good movie. I haven't read the reviews, but I don't get the hate for it.

However, if you try to understand it in the context of the franchise, it is incomprehensible. MaCavoy and Fassbender are WAY too young, especially since their characters stretch back to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Films Watched: 18

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I intentionally put the other movies out of my mind and watched this as a stand-alone movie.

I had to do that because the timeline was driving me crazy. :)

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It does watch better as a one-off. I didn't feel lost not having seen Apocalypse, and dug this as a random X-Men adventure.

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Us: review forthcoming

Features: 48

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Mixed on this. It looks really nice, the monsters are framed in appropriately mythic scale. The cast is fantastic, and commit to the material. They're much more memorable here than in the 2014 movie. The monsters get a lot of great moments, each manage to convey their personalities in fun ways. I never expected Mothra to be a breakout character, despite being beloved by fans of the original movies.

On the other hand, the movie crammed so much material at such a relentless pace, it was exhausting. My response to Godzilla arriving during a battle with two other kaiju shouldn't be "this is still going on??". I don't know what else they can do for Godzilla vs Kong.

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Also, I found it really distasteful to have Serizawa sacrifice himself, with a nuclear bomb, to resurrect Godzilla. Did nobody consider how that looked? I'll admit, Watanabe sold that scene, but it felt more like an unneeded homage to the original movie.

 

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

A solid follow-up that picks up immediately after the last one left off with zero time skipped. Like with Wrath of Khan, the plot feels lesser than it is. Both films have a plot, but they almost feel invisible to the character conflicts. Not a criticism, just an observation. Shatner gave another solid performance full of emotion, and the support players had way more to do than I've seen them in probably ever. This made the movie really heartfelt, with the theme of friendship making all of the crazy BS worthwhile. The ending got me, not gonna lie.

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David's death was pretty lame tho. Felt gratuitous, I didn't see the point in it. But Kirk's reaction was excellent.

The new actress for Saviuk wasn't terrific, but she was way more Vulcan-like than Kirstie Alley, so I liked her better.

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Bad News Bears: Boy, this was a blast from the past. I love how pure thesis. It doesn't give a fuck about anything outside the baseball team. There's a machination at the league level to get this team out of there, but the film doesn't give a fuck. There's a former love story with a player's mom, but the film doesn't give a fuck. It's just about alcoholic Walter Matthau coaching a bunch of nerds, Oscar Winner Tatum O'Neal and young Rorshach even though he's not really interested. Loved it. Boys did too. It actually took me to the credits to realize it was Jackie Earl Haley. I'd completely forgotten. So I showed the boys the "You're locked in here with me" scene from Watchmen. I may have to watch that with them next.

Always Be My Maybe: this was really fun. It's pretty standard romantic comedy until Keanu Reeves shows up and it kicks into wildly hysterical comedy territory. He's a treasure. Randall Park is a legitimate movie star too.

Features: 50

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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4 hours ago, Dread said:

Bad News Bears: Boy, this was a blast from the past. I love how pure thesis. It doesn't give a fuck about anything outside the baseball team. There's a machination at the league level to get this team out of there, but the film doesn't give a fuck. There's a former love story with a player's mom, but the film doesn't give a fuck. It's just about alcoholic Walter Matthau coaching a bunch of nerds, Oscar Winner Tatum O'Neal and young Rorshach even though he's not really interested. Loved it. Boys did too. It actually took me to the credits to realize it was Jackie Earl Haley. I'd completely forgotten. So I showed the boys the "You're locked in here with me" scene from Watchmen. I may have to watch that with them next.

Due to it being on constant rotation on local TV, I have seen this movie dozens upon dozens of times. It never gets old.

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Freddy vs. Jason: this is crazy cartoony and a hell of a lot of fun. It's a Friday movie with a Nightmare sense of humour and it works for the most part. Some regrettably very 2003 CGI here. I know a lot of people in this movie as it was almost entirely filmed within 10 minutes of where I grew up, but I noticed Evangeline Lilly as an extra at the high school for the first time. Yes, I knew her. Fucking hell. Always ridiculously hot and didn't really seem to know it. How I never recognized her in this film before is beyond me.

Features: 51

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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FVJ is pure fan service awesomeness wire-to-wire. I love that flick.

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It's also interesting as a post-Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon film. There's fucking wire work in one of the fights between Freddy and Jason. And the moment of Freddy leaping out of Crystal Lake awash in red light is about as beautiful as anything got in the horror genre in the 00s.

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Superman tells the nations of the world, "No more bombs" and then there are no more bombs. Superman uses the roofie kiss, burns Lois Lane's roast, and dates two women at once. True, Superman III Superman does more dickish things but those are under the influence. This is much more hardcore Superman is a Dick territory to me.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: The 70s animated version. Voice acting is hammy, the animation is choppy, yet it will always hit a nostalgia cord for me!

Showgirls: My annual viewing. Watched it with friends this year so good for me.

Films: 77
MST3K/Rifftrax Assisted: 2

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Warlock: review forthcoming

Features: 52

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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Rocketman: A much more entertaining and comparatively pleasant biopic about a flamboyant performer, Taron Egerton delivers a terrifically energetic performance. A lot of fun, I'd see it again.

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Warlock: Armageddon/Warlock: End of Innocence: reviews forthcoming

Features: 54

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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Friday the 13th (2009): this is kind of a quintessential Friday film. It's a mashup of the first three films with the over the top feeling of Jason Lives and the more modern films.

Features: 55

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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Rocketman: Taron Egerton was fucking ridiculously good. Ridiculously good. Was I supposed to be so sexually attracted to Elton John's mom? Has all the traps and beats of music bios and all the things you'd expect with a more esoteric approach and some fantastical elements that set it apart. The scene on stage at the Troubadour with him and the crowd is probably the best scene of a movie for the year for me. It captures the beauty of transcendant rock music between artist and fan better than anything I've ever seen on screen. I haven't seen Bohemian Rhapsody, but I can't believe Rami Malek is anywhere near as good as Egerton here.

Features: 56

Shorts: 15

Documentaries: 5

Rewatches: 4

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