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The Last Movie(s) You Watched... (quick one or two sentence reviews)

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For a Rom-Com? Maybe, yeah.
If you like his man-child comedy, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are the best of the lot; genuinely good.
But his best film imho is Punchdrunk Love.
Punchdrunk Love is good. My favorite was always Reign Over Me though. In anycase, whenever I bring those up they tend to be dismissed as movies that happen to star Adam Sandler, rather than "Adam Sandler movies". Dumb semantics. In this case I just mean as far as his mainstream comedies.
 

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The Wedding Singer - Took me too long to watch this. Is this the best Adam Sandler movie?
Almost. It's the best with him.

The best Adam Sandler movie doesn't even have an Adam Sandler appearance. It's Grandma's Boy. It stars all his friends who are usually side characters, but as the main characters. Also Linda Cardellini and "that other guy" from Avatar.
 

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Almost. It's the best with him.

The best Adam Sandler movie doesn't even have an Adam Sandler appearance. It's Grandma's Boy. It stars all his friends who are usually side characters, but as the main characters. Also Linda Cardellini and "that other guy" from Avatar.
My dad's been mentioning that movie for years, definitely need to get around to it.
 

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For a Rom-Com? Maybe, yeah.
If you like his man-child comedy, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore are the best of the lot; genuinely good.
But his best film imho is Punchdrunk Love.

I second Punch-Drunk Love, even though it does have its critics. Uncut Gems is another one that is getting a lot of praise for Sandler's performance, but it's one of the hardest movies I've ever watched (next to Requiem for a Dream and Son of Saul) and it honestly ruined my day. I had to go to the nearest Dairy Queen to pick myself up after that viewing. If all you want is something fun, skip it. But if quality matters more to you, then I highly recommend Uncut Gems.
 

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The Putin Interviews (2017)
If you count this 4 hour mini-series as one, it's the 15th film in my Oliver Stone marathon. I really appreciated his earlier documentaries with notable anti-USA leaders, but this one: less so. The longer time didn't really add more depth, and in my opinion Putin really outmaneuvers Stone and uses the piece to keep propagandizing rather than revealing anything insightful or new.

Alambrista! (1977)
I watched the restored Criterion version with the added music; it still felt very raw, very indie, very much like a documentary. Kind of blurs the lines between narrative and direct cinema, as many of the people involved were non-actors who didn't know they were interacting with actors. Some of the portrayals of the illegal immigrant experience are problematic, but this made for a solid Labor Day watch.

The Buccaneer (1958)
As a movie for International Talk Like A Pirate Day, this left a bit to be desired because it was more about The War of 1812 than pirating. Two strong performances elevate this above other adaptations of the Lafitte brothers, but I can't say as it's Must-See pirate entertainment.
 

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Finally watched Star Trek Nemesis. I don't care what everyone says, I really enjoyed it. And damn, Data's sacrifice really hit me. Then Picard talking to B-4... Also Tom Hardy, Shinzon is a really interesting character. Not the best Trek, but definitely not the worst imo. Not sure what my least favorite is, might honestly be Generations.

I really need to get around to actually watching Next Generation...
 

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^Generations is def a merging of the sensibilities of the two shows, so that affects the feel of it... I liked it, though.

Gall Force - Rhea (1989)
Speaking of military sci-fi... I just recently caught this anime OVA on Youtube and went down a rabbit hole finding out about the Gall Force series. It's a kind of weird under-the-radar moderately-enjoyable 80s series, but this one is in the middle and (even though it features different characters) I think it'd be better to start with the first arc, "Eternal Story".

Total Excess: How Carolco Changed Hollywood (2020)
Also caught this documentary on Youtube, about the film production company Carolco, heroes of my youth. From basically '82 - '95, they made a string of balls-out ridiculously fun movies, until Cutthroat Island finally killed off the company. This is their story, highly recommended for film fans.

Monos (2019)
And now for something completely different... Colombian film about two things that still exist today, although just a tiny percentage of how problematic they were 20 years back: kidnappings and child soldiers. We follow the experience of these guerillas camped out in the Amazon as the routines which kept them as a cohesive unit start to unravel with the death of a cow. Deserves all its indy cred.
 

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^Generations is def a merging of the sensibilities of the two shows, so that affects the feel of it... I liked it, though.
I like the stuff with Kirk, everything else I just found boring.
 

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Finally watched Inception, it was pretty good.
 

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Finally watched Inception, it was pretty good.
I decided to rewatch The Prestige afterwards. Truly Nolan's masterpiece.
When I first watched it with my dad (who had of course already seen it), at one point he said something like "I forget who plays Fallon, I think it's Brad Pitt" to throw me off. I'm bad with faces, so I believed it, and I was totally surprised by the reveal. Good times.
Already knowing the twists and turns doesn't hinder the movie at all, it's just as good upon rewatch. I generally want to hate Christopher Nolan, but I can't deny that he makes good films sometimes.
 

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Werewolf (By Night) (2022)
Marvel's Halloween Special throwback is a lean 54 minutes of old skool Horror, a loving homage to the Universal monsters that doesn't look or feel like anything else in the MCU. I'm not one who thinks an auteur style automatically makes something better, or that playing in a multiplex automatically makes something artistically bankrupt...but I desperately hope Marvel makes more stuff like this instead of everything else they've put out lately.

Army of the Dead (2021)
You'd expect this to be Snyder returning to his Dawn of the Dead roots, but this isn't really a zombie movie. It's honestly a movie about Las Vegas getting taken over by alien barbarians, with streets filled with their carcasses and hotels filled with their weird rituals. There's some kind of social commentary there, but it's buried in a needlessly-dumb two-and-a-half-hour heist plot led by weak acting and bad cinematography.

Mumako (1990)
This trio of stories written by Fujiko Fujio A (half the duo who created Doraemon) all feature Mumako (literally "cute dream devil girl"), who is a kind of wandering genie that offers wishes to Japanese people stymied in their societal roles. The Doraemon-esque animation belies darker, more mature undercurrents to the stories, which I really dug. This anthology is pretty obscure it seems, but I found links and posted them in my full review.
 

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Just watched Everything Everywhere All At Once (can't hear that title without thinking of Bo Burnham, "A little bit of everything all of the time").
Real good. Gave me John Dies At The End vibes, so it doesn't surprise me to find out that Jason Pargin regards it as one of the best films ever made. It also doesn't surprise me that my mother wasn't big on this movie. For such a well regarded film, I didn't expect it so (for lack of a better word) weird. I think I got a bit lost in the second half, but it's all good. Big fan of the inclusion of lesbians. What else do I say about this movie? Might have to watch Temple Of Doom after this. It's coincidentally the only Indiana Jones movie I currently own.
 

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Watched the movie Legion. I was expecting Terminator with angels, the first scenes seemed like it was going in that direction, but then it seemed like The Mist, and then at some point I just started drawing and not focussing on the movie but from the background noise I think it became Terminator again. It was definitely a movie. Twists on christian mythology are neat sometimes. Still don't like Paul Bettany's face.
Just go watch the unrelated show Legion instead.
 

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Captain Phillips (2013)
It's nothing spectacular as a movie, but where it shines is the quality of acting. It feels authentic and the only thing that really gives it away is the fact that Tom Hanks is the lead. As always, he's fantastic. The supporting cast, especially the Somalian pirates give great performances.
 

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Just watched Everything Everywhere All At Once
Real good.
Might have to watch Temple Of Doom after this.
If your goal is to see more Ke Huy Quan, then besides that and The Goonies, he was also a main cast member in seasons 4 & 5 of Head of the Class, which was a really funny, light-hearted TV series. I'd also recommend checking out some Wong Kar Wai movies for further appreciation of EEAAO, as multiple scenes in the film are direct homages to his work.

Captain Phillips (2013)
where it shines is the quality of acting
I actually think this one has somehow slipped out of people's memories, despite it winning so many awards. The dual performances of the two captains are amazing, and I actually think Greengrass' directing style works really well here (I can't stand it in the Bourne sequels). This was one of my choices for the poll about Tom Hanks' "four pretty good movies". Glad you enjoyed it!
 

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I'd also recommend checking out some Wong Kar Wai movies for further appreciation of EEAAO, as multiple scenes in the film are direct homages to his work.

Ah, then I think I'll park EEAAO until I've got round to watching those first.
 

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Don't Breathe - This 80 minute horror film has more moments where you'd expect it to end than Return Of The King.
 

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^Those caricatures are so dumb I expected it to end in the first 15 minutes. How is it possible they lived any longer?

Ah, then I think I'll park EEAAO until I've got round to watching those first.
It might actually be better to REwatch EEAAO after. It's so frickin dense that there's plenty to think about without the WKW references. It's also a massive mish-mash of vibes, so you'll likely miss things the first watch just because you'll be either too busy laughing or saying "what the *&%$???!"
 

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Don't Breathe - This 80 minute horror film has more moments where you'd expect it to end than Return Of The King.

My feelings exactly. The person who wrote and directed Don't Breathe, Fede Alvarez, also wrote and directed the Evil Dead remake. That movie had a zillion false endings too! I don't understand the appeal, but Alvarez likes making his films seem endless for some reason.
 

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My feelings exactly. The person who wrote and directed Don't Breathe, Fede Alvarez, also wrote and directed the Evil Dead remake. That movie had a zillion false endings too! I don't understand the appeal, but Alvarez likes making his films seem endless for some reason.
This post was kinda a joke, didn't expect anyone to actually agree.
I did actually mostly enjoyed Don't Breathe. Actually now that I'm saying it, I'm not so sure.
The Evil Dead remake was dreadful though.
 
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