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Doctor Strange: One of many films that benefit being viewed on a big screen. The effects were pretty cool with all of the trippy effects, and world bending that transpired within the film. Even though it's an origin film. That didn't bother me in the slightest. I thought the acting was pretty good, the end might have been a little anti-climatic. Still very solid. Glad I saw it

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Sing

It might not be as deep or involving as Zootopia, like, as far as CG animals films are concerned, but I was thoroughly entertained still.

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

I watch it every year, so I was gonna get to this one sooner or later.

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Finding Dory

Simply one of sequels that don't fail big time. 

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The Grinch (live action)

You know, I've always genuinely liked this movie, like since I first saw it as a kid. I feel like everyone goes through that stage where it's like, they liked it as a kid, they hated it as they got older, and now it kind of has cult status.

Now I have to watch Muppet Christmas Carol. :3

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I f you want to see a sick twisted version of Alice in Wonderland with horrifying yet amazing stop-motion animation, look no futher. this movie was pretty rad

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Forgot to mention this one since I'm a couple days late...

Gremlins

Now THIS is a Christmas movie.

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Saw MoonlightArrival, and that one movie I worked on: Office Christmas Party.

Moonlight's a good deconstruction of toxic masculinity, especially when it comes to the intersection of the LGBT and black communities (where being macho is seen as something of a means to pass). It's also a really good tragedy about how drug use can destroy a person, but rather than demonize the pusherman, it shows that they actually do care about people. That they have empathy. They're more misguided if anything.

Arrival isn't death process. A nice little tale about how pacifism and cooperation can save the world. Even more interesting that we get to see linguistics in action as opposed to just having some guy do some archaeological things in the context of a romantic story. inb4 "but it was told from the perspective of a white middle-class American cisgirl"/"the narrative isn't inclusive enough" argument

Office Christmas Party is its own beast. It's advertised - and the extras, when we filmed this from mid-April to early June, were convinced this was as well - as this big blow-out ensemble debauched Christmas comedy, similar to how Bad Santa was back in the day. However, I see a weird intersection between that, the hyperlink narratives of the '70s, and the schmaltz of Frank Capra - i.e. the average Speck/Gordon film. Yes, the premise is that this office throws this insane party just to impress Johnnie Cochran, but the premise becomes critical of the whole idea of having such a wild and debauched party as both a reaction to hamfisted attempts at inclusiveness and diversity AND stifling workplace culture. The party's insanity, as soon as ol' Johnnie gets a face fulla cocaine from the snow machine, is depicted at first to be a good thing...but it quickly becomes full of false promises, violence, disturbing debauchery and an open mockery to order. It becomes anarchic - and not in a good way. In a way that justifies Kate McKinnon's stuck-up HR head's overprotectiveness. It's TJ Miller's character's own ethos cranked up to 11 - but instead of being merely a fun time, it becomes a battle. And something of a tragedy, since their office is now in shambles and a kid's walking around, looking for his mom and dad. For what should've been an upbeat holiday movie about partying your ass off (and seeing my naked ass in a bathroom stall), I got a movie espousing a middle path instead - have TJ Miller's openness and gonzo idea-building and Jennifer Aniston's focus on normalcy and running a tight ship.

Maybe I'm not the right guy to make the call, but there's a lot more to this movie than what I thought. I thought it was gonna suck big time, but nope. It appealed to me in the same way Joe Dante's films do: films that appear conventional, but as soon as you take a look at more than just the images and the jokes, you instead get a complex commentary. In this case, the complex commentary is a good antidote to the traditionalism of It's a Wonderful Life and the laissez-faire attitude of A Christmas Story and Bad Santa - so it's not really complex. It's one of the few films willing to offer a middle path.

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On 9/12/2016 at 7:10 PM, Maq said:

The Grinch (live action)

You know, I've always genuinely liked this movie, like since I first saw it as a kid. I feel like everyone goes through that stage where it's like, they liked it as a kid, they hated it as they got older, and now it kind of has cult status.

Now I have to watch Muppet Christmas Carol. :3

There were apparently more plans to make live action adaptations of Dr. Seuss books but after Cat in the Hat with Mike Mayers they where like Nope.

We could have probably gotten a live action Lorax movie with Danny DeVito in an uncanny orange fursuit.

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41 minutes ago, Liebermintz said:

Arrival isn't death process. [...] Even more interesting that we get to see linguistics in action as opposed to just having some guy do some archaeological things in the context of a romantic story

Yes this. It was probably my favorite thing about it.

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10 hours ago, Liebermintz said:

and that one movie I worked on: Office Christmas Party.

Wait...you worked on that!?

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4 hours ago, TheOneManBoxOffice said:

Wait...you worked on that!?

Well, I'm strapped for cash, so I'm doing background acting since it makes me more money than, say, slinging chicken around in boxes at KFC. I managed to get core background on this film - one I didn't know was being directed by the Blades of Glory guys - and it was a pretty consistent six weeks of work. I'm the guy in the bathroom stall on the bottom left corner of the screen - and I'm the guy in the green jacket with the file folder standing next to Kate McKinnon in one of the TV spots. I'm all over the movie.

btw, for all the off-putting gay panic jokes in their films, Will Speck is gay.

And for all the crap the film gave me, it also gave me enough money to buy a high-end record player and not feel financially devastated.

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At least you have something to put on your resume.

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Moana

Technically I got interested by it from listening to Shiny on Youtube (like a million times) so I hadn't seen it until now. It was really wonderful and imaginative, the animation and music was amazing. It was a very feel good movie. All of the characters were likable and well written, especially Maui.

My one criticism is the lack of a real villain. Without spoiling it, the ending felt kind of anticlimactic. I mean I know that Tamatoa (<3) was written more as a plot device unfortunately, but the ending could've just been more fleshed out imo.

Oh yeah and the part at the end of the credits was hilarious lmfao

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Moonlight

Jebus Christ what a phenomenal film. Favorite film of 2016 for sure.

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Eagle VS Shark

Yeah I watched it cause Jemaine is in it, but I used to really like it in about 2009 and I haven't seen it in a long time. It's a very charming and endearing movie. It's funny and heartwarming, and I'm not really the type to watch a movie where romance is the main plot. I got really emotional at the end lol

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Scrooge (1935 version)

Watched it on TCM. It's a decent adaptation of the Dickens story, and I'll give it some slack, but this is the darkest version of it I've ever seen, and I mean that in the literal sense, not metaphorically. Not Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1969) dark, but close.

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