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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt 71: February 2021
    4. Watch a film about a divorce.

    A pathetic film that is emotionally vulnerable to a fault, and your feelings about it will depend on your ability and willingness to sympathize with its star; and by star I mean the main character just as much as I do actor, director, writer, and composer Jim Cummings. As a practically one-man show, it is awkwardly directed at an overlong 90 minutes, and self-indulgent to the detriment of…

  • Celeste & Jesse Forever

    Celeste & Jesse Forever

    Scavenger Hunt 60: March 2020
    14. Watch any movie that stars, is written by, directed by, or produced by a member of the Lonely Island.

    I don't know that the film deserves the low rating I'm giving it, but it certainly isn't great. The main idea is interesting and had a lot of potential, but in the end nothing really feels resolved, and I'm not convinced the characters have grown or will be happy. Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones have…

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt 60: March 2020
    3. Watch a movie that either features David Byrne as an actor or one in which the music was composed by David Byrne. Alternatively, watch a film featuring a Talking Heads song.

    Despite the staggering hype surrounding the band, and this concert film in particular, I went into "Stop Making Sense" knowing only a few Talking Heads tunes and next to nothing about David Byrne. It didn't take long though, for it to capture my…

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    ★★½

    Scavenger Hunt 60: March 2020
    5. Watch a film starring any actor or actress from Pittsburgh, PA.

    I think I have an idea of what Welles was going for here, but it's obviously missing several elements, leaving the interesting side characters underdeveloped in addition its themes. Worst of all is the extremely unlikable main character, George, who deserves his low fourth billing. 88 minutes watching a spoiled brat ruin his and everyone else's chance of happiness is a chore. The ending is great, and there are certainly standout moments, but it was disappointing.