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Every Film You've Watched in 2019

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School Daze: I've this before in college where I watched a spate of Lee's filmography. The ending really through me, and though it's ultimate meaning did not escape me, my confusion came from the fact that it's not a particularly deftly written screenplay. It bangs into its themes with as much blaring percussion as its soundtrack. The ending doesn't *not* make sense, but it's escalation feels incomplete. But ultimately, this is a very enjoyable, entertaining movie that highlights some of the best early work of terrific actors such as Lawrence Fishburne, Giancarlo Espositio, Tisha Campbell, Jasmine Guy, Kareem Hardison, Bill Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson and several more. It has a fun vibe, despite the bleakness of the climax. The song numbers are all great even though they're done without the frequency to make this a musical, and even in some cases seem unnecessary and are just for show. But it's not as big a structural failure as Lee's later film "Jungle Fever", which abandons its central plot like a red-headed step-child to focus on Sam Jackson's crackhead character. This isn't a perfect movie by any means, buy what's on-screen is so engaging that I defy anyone to not like it despite themselves by the end.

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Reign of the Supermen: Pleasantly enjoyable. I didn't like it as much as "Death of", which I still think is arguably the best Superman movie ever, but this was still fun. The Reign story is still difficult to fully adapt, so halfway through it becomes another Darkseid story that feels right out of the animated series. That and some of the direction makes this feel a bit padded and not as urgent, but it's not a huge detractor. Loved the "classic" Superboy. The animation was excellent with the third act giving us some of the most fearsome images of Darkseid ever delivered in animation. Also, there's a scene halfway through with the Justice League that's genuinely funny and witty and almost worth the price of admission. This was nice. Not a classic like its predecessor, but still fun. Coupled together, they're the best versions of the character since the DCAU.

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Dragon Ball Super: BROLY: Far and away one of the best animated entries in the DB movie canon, possibly the best looking of all time. This was really good. Super's blandness and lack of imagination has left me cold, but the direction for this film was a real return to form for a series that can't fully recapture the magic of the 90s but has been trying like hell for the past five years. After hundreds of episodes and over two-dozen movies, this one manages to produce arguably the best Dragon Ball action ever. I also really enjoyed the expansion on the continuity. Yes, there are some mighty retcons but they didn't bother me nearly as much as I thought they might. Highly recommended for fans.

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The Death of Superman: This is shockingly good. Like, serious contender for Best Superman Movie good.

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Rocky IV: there is none more 80s.

Features: 7

Shorts: 0

Documentaries: 1

Rewatches: 0

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3 hours ago, The Master said:

The Death of Superman: This is shockingly good. Like, serious contender for Best Superman Movie good.

I agree.

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3 hours ago, The Master said:

The Death of Superman: This is shockingly good. Like, serious contender for Best Superman Movie good.

I KNOW RIGHT???

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Reign of the Supermen: This was a rather decent Lois Lane movie. The story structure felt a little unfocused at times, though.

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The Syndrome: This is a documentary about people convicted of shaken baby syndrome based on junk science. I have been putting this one off for a year and a half because I knew it would make me angry. It is the good kind of anger, but I had to watch it in two segments nonetheless. This is a great documentary. You should watch it, and be prepared to be very angry while watching it.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183936/

Films watched: 2

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Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion: Underrated as all hell! Love it!

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Not all of the humor still works but damn if it's not ambitious to have a nearly 3 hour long comedy!

Films: 4
MST3K/Rifftrax Assisted: 2

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The Maze Runner: An adaptation of a YA novel when such adaptations were all the rage a few years ago, but honestly? It's definitely one of the better One Of Those. 

Films Watched: 6

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Casino Royale: This holds up really well, and does a great job setting up this more brutal, raw James Bond. He enters the movie raw, builds his skills throughout, melts for Vesper, then becomes a precision killer by the end. If this had been Craig's one and only appearance as Bond, he'd still tops lists as the best Bond.

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I dunno what happened with Green Lantern, because between Casino Royale, Goldeneye and Mask of Zorro, I thought he was untouchable director who could do no wrong.

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20 hours ago, The Master said:

Best guess, studio interference.

Definitely. They changed the last third of the movie from a huge battle with all the Lanterns on OA to Hal by himself on Earth. There were a lot of other things they changed but I think that was the biggest. 

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe: Still really good. Also, Brian Cox is a damn fine actor, and the world will be lesser when we lose him. 

Films Watched: 7

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Polar: If you are wanting to scratch that John Wick itch before the new one comes out see this on Netflix. The over the top bad guys are straight out of a Kingsman movie, but I liked it overall. I hope it gets a sequel. 

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Full thoughts in The Edge of Forever 47, but this is a very pretty movie that moves so damn slowly.

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The Predator: Again, too much comedy.

The treatment of autism/Asperger's as a near-joke was offensive.

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Scientists are instantly proficient with automatic weapons?

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Main protagonist crapped out the light bending ball in a comedy scene. Other than why is this stupid joke in a Predator movie, that would seriously foul up your digestive system. And of course he made a poop at exactly the perfect time in the script.

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Why would you keep the alien alive? You can't medically examine a cadaver? You know just one of these things took out a Special Forces team, and then another one cut a bloody swath through Los Angeles. It's almost like you want it to escape and go on a rampage. KILL IT.

Films watched: 3

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Both Fyre Festival documentaries: Neither is better than the other, but the Hulu one spends too much time complaining about millennials. One thing neither did was show if Billy McFarland actually ever expected a festival to happen or if it was a fraud from the beginning. 

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Reign of the Supermen: Second viewing, this time for a review. On second-watch, it's a touch better. My issues with the pacing and story structure were eased. And I hold by my first comment: this is the best Lois Lane movie we'll ever get. It really is all about her coming to terms with living in a world without Clark Kent.

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Jesus...I guess I really don't watch movies anymore. I'm crazy low for 20-odd days into the year.

The Death of Superman: watched this with the boys and had a blast. It's more a transposing than an adaptation, and it does it well. While I would have enjoyed seeing animated Guy Gardner, Booster and Beetle, NO ONE needs Maxima and <shudder> Bloodwynd...Also, keeping the team more popular makes Doomsday more of a threat. Loved Lois in this one as well as Wonder Woman. Solid. Not ever going to get used to the giant necks on the male characters, but other than that, the animation is beautiful. It's funny that this doesn't feel reduced at all cramming the whole DoS story AND Funeral for a Friend into 80 minutes. Having just read DoS again, it makes sense. Not a lot was going on in those books.

Features: 8

Shorts: 0

Documentaries: 1

Rewatches: 0

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The scene of The Flash roasting Batman during the Justice League meeting is pure comedy gold. Reign of the Supermen has another scene like that, but this time Batman is in on a joke with Hal.

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