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PostSun Jul 04, 2021 8:38 am 
We just saw Nobody yesterday. We'd wanted to see it in the theatres once our county's COVID-19 new cases had dropped enough, but it wasn't playing anymore by the time they did. So, we rented it on TV. It was a whole lot of fun! It's a bit like a mixture of Keanu Reaves's John Wick and Denzel Washington's Equalizer, but Bob Odenkirk is more fun to watch (for me). Without him you could knock the movie for not being totally original, but he's so good that I was thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended.

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PostWed Jul 07, 2021 9:44 am 
The girlfriend and I just blew through Zero Zero Zero. It’s an 8 episode miniseries that follows a large shipment of cocaine from Mexico to Italy and all the players involved. What a wild ride! Gritty, super dark, and intense. Best series I have seen in years.

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PostMon Jul 12, 2021 5:32 pm 
Just got the Zach Snyder JLA on U4K DVD.  Nice.  Yes I can watch TV,  I just have to be 12 inches away to see it.

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PostTue Jul 13, 2021 6:29 pm 
I've been a fan of Juno Temple for a number of years.  She's not exactly very well known, but she's been in a bunch of films.  I haven't seen all of them.  Just caught one from about a decade ago--"Dirty Girl."  It's not really what the title implies.  Two misfit high school kids become unlikely friends and partners in an escapade.  She never met her father, the boy has a disapproving and abusive father.  They go on a quest to find her dad.  It's billed as a comedy but it packs some emotional punch, especially at the end.  Good supporting cast--Milla Jovovich (not an action hero for once, just a regular mom), William H. Macy, Dwight Yoakam (why is he always a jerk in his movie roles?), Mary Steenburgen, Tim McGraw.

I think Juno is always good.  I've enjoyed her performance in a number of movies that overall weren't very good IMO.  I liked this anyway, but she was great in this.  Like many things in life I don't understand, I don't know why she isn't a big star.

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PostWed Jul 14, 2021 10:30 am 
Apparently "Our Friend" hit the festival circuit in 2019 but was never picked up for wide release.  Streamed it last night on Amazon Prime.  Based on a true story.  Tear jerker.  Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson are a married couple, Jason Segel is their close friend.  She gets cancer.  Eventually Segel moves in with them to help take care of the 2 daughters, do household chores, and whatever else he can do to ease their burden.  Affleck has gotten plenty of critical acclaim, but all 3 leads deliver amazing performances, as well as the older daughter.

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PostSat Jul 17, 2021 5:58 pm 
I search thru Amazon Prime's offerings periodically to see if there's something new or something I missed that looks interesting.  I'd never heard of the movie "Suck" before, but the concept intrigued me.  I very thoroughly enjoyed it.  A bit of a genre mashup maybe, but I can't think of anything like it that I've seen before.  Canadian rock n roll road trip vampire comedy.  A local Toronto band going nowhere suddenly sees their fortunes improve when one of their members is turned into a blood sucker.  There are some minor (or major) complications that ensue of course.  Most of the cast aren't real well known, but there are a handful of small roles by some legit music/rock people--Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Moby.  I thought it was clever, there are various little nuggets alluding to both music and gothic horror history.

I had seen a bit of Jessica Pare before--in "Wicker Park" and "Hot Tub Time Machine."  She was good in this, and a bigger role than in the previous movies I've seen her in.

Oh shoot, I forgot about Malcolm McDowell, as a Van Helsing descendant.

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PostMon Jul 19, 2021 8:52 pm 
Sometimes I just get it in my head to watch a movie, even with lukewarm at best reviews, so I go in with moderate expectations.  I'm a sucker for sci fi, even though there are probably more clunkers than good movies.  "Voyagers" has been quite well tagged as Lord of the Flies in space, so you already have a pretty good idea where it's going.  It actually started decent, the setup was fine, but then the situation devolved so fast, with so little to suggest that would've been the likely outcome, it lost me.  Oh well.

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PostMon Jul 19, 2021 10:29 pm 
Saw “Soul” on the plane to LA and it was a perfect film for a plane ride. Just under 2 hr. Good music and a feel good plot. Pixar

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PostTue Jul 20, 2021 12:09 am 
I watched “SUMMER of SOUL” - a week ago.

Great documentary on a series of free soul/funk/gospel/blues concerts in Harlem in 1969.  Well attended events.  Interesting is why the 40+ hours of footage was never available, until now.  Called ‘the Black Woodstock’.

Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Mahalia Jackson, David Ruffian, Staple Singers, Sly and the Family, Chambers Brothers, BB King……on and on

Good stuff!

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PostTue Jul 20, 2021 12:03 pm 
Last night we watched "Mercury 13" (streaming on Netflix) to get a background on Wally Funk and the group of women who trained to be astronauts in the early 60's. Nice to see that she got to finally got to travel to space.

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PostTue Jul 20, 2021 12:34 pm 
For whatever reason I've grown to appreciate Brittany Murphy more since she's been gone.  Haven't seen all of her films, but a smattering of them.  Watched another, "Little Black Book" (2004).  It was potentially problematic for me, because the entire premise of the movie is about snooping, which usually drives me crazy.  Brittany is concerned she knows so little about her boyfriend's (Ron Livingston) previous relationships, so starts doing some digging, prodded by coworkers at her new job on the staff of a trashy day time talk show.  Holly Hunter is fantastic as her new mentor.  The 3 exes are interesting characters.  I found this to be quite enjoyable.



Also watched a short film featuring Maika Monroe, who I'm a fan of.  Titled "How To Be Alone."  When she's alone in her apartment while her husband is at work, her overactive imagination torments her.  Lots of nightmare fuel.  I think it's hinting at mental illness of some kind, but I wasn't quite sure about that.  Only about 15 minutes long.

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PostThu Jul 22, 2021 7:26 pm 
I honestly don't remember the last time I saw a movie in a theater.  It's probably been 2 years, I know it was well before covid changed everything.  I've been waffling back and forth for a couple weeks about going to see "Black Widow."  I finally did.  Edmonds Theater has $7 matinees.  The timing of the release of this is kinda odd, it would've made more sense to make this after "Civil War"...but at least it finally made its way to the big screen.  I've seen really mixed reviews on it.  I quite enjoyed it.  Some big spectacle action scenes.  Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh shared a lot of screen time together, and that pairing was great.


edit--whoa, mind blown; the actress who briefly plays a younger version of Scarlett's character at the beginning of the movie is the daughter of Milla Jovovich (and pops is director Paul W.S. Anderson).

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PostThu Jul 22, 2021 10:15 pm 
"Jolt"--brand new original streaming on Amazon starring Kate Beckinsale.  It's totally over the top and ridiculous...and totally entertaining.  She plays a woman with anger management and impulse control issues, who is also unusually strong due to some body chemistry mumbo jumbo.  It doesn't matter, just roll with it.  It's very violent, but probably 50% of the violence is just stuff she imagines in her head, but doesn't actually do.  Also has Jai Courtney, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Canavale and briefly Susan Sarandon.  Turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

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PostSun Jul 25, 2021 3:14 pm 
"News of the World" stars Tom Hanks, and he is good as always.  It was decent, but I didn't love it.  Slow paced.  Some of the story elements seemed very at odds with others.  What made it worth watching IMO was a powerhouse performance from a young German girl--Helena Zengel.  She didn't have a lot of speaking lines, and most of those were in Kiowa (her family was killed and she was kidnapped as a very young child by a Kiowa tribe).  But she conveyed an enormous amount with her facial expressions.  It blows me away how talented some people are so early in life.


A movie I've had on a list for a while, don't know if it will ever be available on DVD, but I found it streaming thru Hoopla--"Run This Town."  Based on at least some factual events with a former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.  He was a real piece of work apparently.  There are quite a few characters, it jumps around.  There is a young reporter who is on the bottom of the totem pole, plus some of the other staff there.  Several staffers working for the mayor.  A couple of police detectives briefly.  I thought it was well done and interesting, although disturbing.  Several familiar faces--Nina Dobrev, Scott Speedman, Ben Platt (didn't actually know his name but he's a bit character in the Pitch Perfect franchise), Jennifer Ehle...and a completely unrecognizable Damian Lewis in a fat suit as the Mayor.

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PostMon Aug 02, 2021 3:21 pm 
Went and saw “The Green Knight” last night with the girlfriend. I was stoked, the trailers made it look interesting, it was well reviewed, and I love A24 as a studio.. well… they have a few duds that get good reviews because they are “artsy”. This flick was an absolute bore, and didn’t even make any sense. Total waste of time and money. It was difficult to sit all the way through.

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