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Princess Mononoke

It wasn't in one of the larger theaters, but it was nearly packed.  I'd say they don't make em like this anymore, but did anyone ever make anything quite like this?

Also they played a Ghibli short called On Your Mark right before the movie, it was very good, and a nice touch to add to the theatrical experience.  I'm really glad I went.

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La La Land

Loved it. A movie like this could only have been made by someone who loves movies, jazz, Los Angeles...but it's plenty entertaining on its own, and it never feels too sentimental or like a retread of older films. I had a huge smile on my face for wide stretches. My favorite parts were the dance at the Griffith, and the final sequence; I really wasn't expecting that last one. My only real gripe is that Ryan Gosling's singing voice isn't too great, but the rest of the film is so good you forget about it. Nice job.

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Whiplash

Good fucking CHRIST this was amazing. One of, if not, THE greatest underdog story ever released in recent years.

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A South Korean, dark comedy/romance movie, I'm a Cyborg, But That's Okay. It gave me kinda mixed, but mostly good feelings.

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On the one hand, I think it's obvious the writers know nothing about mentally ill people, because all the characters are just exaggerations for the sake of comedy (which I don't completely mind, but others might find it offensive or something) and one scene in particular made me wonder if I was supposed to laugh or just feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, it was pretty damn funny at times, and none of the character's illnesses were the butt of a joke. Everyone in the movie was pretty likable as well. I thought it was good overall, but it might not be to everyone's taste.

 

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Rogue One

In spite of the mixed opinions I've been hearing about, I had a good time watching this flick. Admittedly I was more fond of the supporting characters in the grand scheme of things but ultimately I didn't feel that the story got too forced at times compared to, say, the prequels.

That being said, CG Tarkin did look quite ....uncanny.

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I saw Hidden Figures on Monday. It's alway cool to learn how African Americans made their mark on American history and the three women who worked at NASA during the first shuttle launch are no exception. I was invested throughout the whole thing.

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Saw these yesterday...

Captain Blood

The Killers

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On 1/11/2017 at 5:20 PM, Deaniac said:

I saw Hidden Figures on Monday. It's alway cool to learn how African Americans made their mark on American history and the three women who worked at NASA during the first shuttle launch are no exception. I was invested throughout the whole thing.

speaking of that...

catch the crew-cutted guy in the blue jacket behind Janelle Monae when she's watching John Glenn try to bring his pod to splashdown?

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Seen a loooootttttt since I last posted here. Back in the Summer I did an extensive Spielberg marathon, and man oh man, lot and lot and lot of great movies I saw that Summer. Off the top of my head, A.I. was my personal favorite, THE SUGARLANE EXPRESS was a big surprise, and MUNICH was fan-freaking-tastic. Watching every Indian Jones movie was an experience, and I'll go on record as to saying TEMPLE OF DOOM is an outright masterpiece. Even the fan adaption is bloody excellent. Hearing John Williams music to such a movie can bring a tear to an eye like mine. If there's any movie people are curious on thoughts on, let me know, because there was a lot I saw.

Saw every Rocky movie too! THAT was another ride I loved every minute of. Well, expect maybe 5, but even then that had really really great moments. I'm just so happy that it's probably one of the best film franchises ever, and I just did it because I loved CREED so much! 

Lot of horror movies. Why, just a few nights ago I saw the 5th Nightmare of Elm Street movie, and I'm not going to lie, that one is slowly becoming my personal favorite of the franchise. Though then again, NEW NIGHTMARE is hard to top. Gotta think about that one. 

Next time I get spare time, I really want to watch the Mad Max films. I saw FURY ROAD in the theaters, and that was a religious experience. Vowed to myself I get to the others, but I'm dragging my feet. Gonna try getting to this at least to this year.

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Nocturnal Animals may be my pick for best of 2016; as far as I'm concerned either Tom Ford (director), Amy Adams or Jake Gyllenhaal need to win an Oscar already or the Academy Awards are irrelevant forever. Sadly, it seems to have disappeared from distribution pretty quickly.

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Dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen

A faithful and visually pleasant adaptation of Thorbjørn Egner's children's stories and songs!

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Monster Trucks

Now don't be fooled, this is a thoroughly dumb movie, but I didn't go see it because I wanted to learn a lesson. If you're looking for fun, blissful escapism at its finest, it doesn't get any better than literal monsters in trucks. It's a Nickelodeon Movie, so of course a lot of the acting is stilted and it's very much made for youngsters in mind, but it doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. The protagonist is supposed to be high school aged, but it's so obvious that his actor is at least  ten years older than the character he was written for, and it's hilarious. The lead monster Creech (that's his real name by the way) does flips and shit in the truck and there's at least three or four slow motion shots. Anyone expecting neurological stimulation from Monster Trucks is gonna be pissed. Think of it as a kid friendly Transformers, minus the wrecking ball testicles and jive bots. Actually, I'd go as far to say it's better than the Transformers movies. Why is that? For one thing, the movie is well under two hours. I rest my case.

I can safely say that Jim Gisriel/JimForce's strange fasciation of this movie on the Pizza Party Podcast motivated me to watch it even more than I had intended, to the point where any mention of its presence amused me. I was watching NBC a few days ago and during one of the breaks a commercial for Monster Trucks played and I just cracked up. Why is this ad for this movie playing in between a primetime network program that was definitely made for adults? How did Monster Trucks make Paramount take a $150 million write off before it was even released? That's one secret that Creech will be taking to the financial and cinematic grave.

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Also, there's a scene in which the villain gets tossed into machinery filled with liquid poison, and the last we see of him is panicking as the poison enters his vehicle and he screams. I'd like to imagine that he would emerge from the vehicle with his skin melted and his eyes bulging out a la Robocop, but alas, it's a Nickelodeon Movie, so we may never know.

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Three movies:

 

La La Land (2016) 

Energetic lead, strong plot, and wonderfully directed, it's no surprise got 7 Golden Globe nods. One of my all-time fav movies.

 

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

I recall seeing this film when i was a little, but not too sure, so i decided to re-watch it again.

 

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(500) Days of Summer (2009)

It's official. I'm in love with this movie.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Pretty sure the movie The Money Pit was inspired by this one to some degree.

Guardians of the Galaxy

FINALLY saw this one. This is by far the best Marvel movie I've seen yet next to Deadpool.

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I saw Daddys Home recently and while it's just a dumb and predictable affair, I definitely enjoyed it. Plus, it kind of made me empathize more with stepparents.  If you liked the Other guys it's worth checking out because will ferrell and marky mark have great chemistry together.

I also rewatched macgrubber and it's still fucking amazing the third time around. 

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La La Land (again)

It doesn't take much for this movie to put a smile on my face. The movie exudes so much charm and is unapologetic in its modern movie musical format that it's hard for me not to admire. You can clearly tell it was a labor of love.

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Christine (2016)

Very good biopic based on the news reporter who committed suicide on live TV in the 1970s.

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Sing

I was somewhat skeptical about the film prior to seeing it, as I was worried it might end up getting too carried away with cramming as many licensed songs as possible and try to write itself like an animated equivalent of American Idol. Thankfully, I found it to be more than that. It's a very colourful and bright film, filled with plenty of heart and personality outside of the many songs that we recognise, and even those they actually got the voice actors to sing for themselves when the characters are actually singing them. The concept isn't exactly anything that original, and some of the humour is a bit hit or miss, but it was a pretty nice film to watch overall.

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