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  • April Fool's Day

    April Fool's Day

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    Charismatic characters aren’t enough to make April Fool’s Day particularly good. The story is unique but the reveal totally ruins it. It raises way too many questions and not in the good way. After a strong start, with lines such as “guy, your fly is open and your Hostess Twinkie is hanging out”, the movie peters out near the end. The horror aspect is undercut by a tone that is too light-hearted. I’ll admit the ending feels wholesome and…

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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    Not all films by the Coen Brothers are suitable for Sunday afternoon watches, but O Brother, Where Art Thou? is perfect in this instance. I never felt a huge urge to watch this over other unseen films of theirs. I’m glad I finally came around. Portraying the epic Odyssey story through the lens of old timey America was interesting to say the least. There’s something about the comedy of the Coen boys that’s so satisfying. It probably helps to have three amazing leads delivering these hilarious lines. Fantastic chemistry, great music, flawless writing and pleasing to the eyes. Top 5 in their filmography for sure!

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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    I’m a sucker for these types of movies. The way the story is told is very similar to Forrest Gump but more subdued and nuanced. Fincher injects his signature style into something that is pretty different for him. Very imaginative with amazing visual effects. There’s a feeling of melancholy that hangs over everything. The journey of life is still the same whether you grow old or young. Really great somber movie in which all the pieces come together to make something unique.

  • Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

    Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

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    Coldplay was one of those bands I really got into when I was younger but haven’t kept up with them. Last time I really listened was Mylo Xyloto which was there last good album in my opinion before they “tried too hard” to be commercial. If this documentary did anything right it was showing me why I liked this band in the first place. It makes me want to actually listen to the new album in its entirety. The…

  • It's Alive

    It's Alive

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    Killer mutant baby, bay-bay! It’s Alive is my first Larry Cohen film. I can tell he has an eye for visually pleasing shots. The story didn’t keep me engaged at all times but there’s enough good that I decided to give it a thumbs up. I would’ve preferred a bit more shots of the actual baby rather than the double vision style POV. What surprised me most was that it’s less of a monster movie and more of a…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    HORRORx52 (2020)
    Movie 13/52
    23. Made in Japan

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    Haunting atmosphere without being outright scary. There’s a constant dreamlike quality that makes it feel like an old Japanese fable. Robert Eggers must have been influenced by this film because I see similarities in his work, especially The Lighthouse. It’s the simple images of wind gusts blowing through the tall grass that’s so innocuous but foreboding. At its heart, Onibaba is a tale about sin, loneliness and fear and the effects…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

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    Cinderella had a boring start but managed to be enjoyable in the end. Seriously, did we need 15 minutes worth of a literal cat and mouse game? They could’ve Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo‘ed those scenes and the movie wouldn’t have been any different. Once we get to the actual story it’s quite nice. I loved how repulsed the King, Prince and Duke were by Drizella and Anastasia. That got a laugh out of me each time. I don’t feel the need to watch this again but it’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    HORRORx52 (2020)
    Movie 12/52
    10. 1980s

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    Two words: space vampires. Tobe Hooper can really do just about any sub genre of horror. Lifeforce is a sci-fi horror that seems to be overlooked. It doesn’t stand up to the likes of The Thing or Alien, but it’s still solid. I think it tries to do too much at once. It’s part horror, sci-fi, mystery, action and fucked up romance. If you ever want to get your full frontal nudity fix…

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

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    I think I’m in love with Audrey Hepburn. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is what a romantic comedy should be. Strong characters, a good plot and a realistic relationship. At first I felt I would not get into Holly’s character because there’s no one I respect less than a person who gets involved with someone for purely monetary reasons. Thankfully, the writer fleshes her out to show a troubled upbringing dictates her life decisions. Let’s address the elephant in the room…

  • Joker

    Joker

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    Really enjoyed this on second watch. Everything felt more impactful. Phoenix deserved his Oscar win no questions asked. I was very much looking forward to seeing the final act again. The tense build up and explosive finale was still exciting. In the end I’m glad I bought this to give it another watch.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

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    Vibrantly realistic in true Sean Baker fashion. The introduction of the characters are obnoxious but at some point you don’t even feel like you’re watching a movie. I think this is Baker’s true gift. He makes incredibly cinematic yet gritty portrayals of real life. Each character is trashy and possibly unlikable in certain ways. The more you’re around them, the more you start to like them and see them for what they actually are: human beings. Some of the…

  • Leprechaun

    Leprechaun

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    It’s St. Patrick’s Day so Leprechaun seemed like the obvious choice. I initially planned on watching the entire series with the final one being finished today but there are so many damn entries! Overall, very so-so with the tone being kind of caught between two minds: adult vs children oriented. I keep reading that this was meant to be a children’s horror movie with the “R rated” stuff being added after the fact. This is so obvious looking back.…