tags: Movie

Easy A

“Easy A” is a bad movie that’s transformed into a decent movie through the sheer likability of Emma Stone.

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The Abyss

I know this movie is ridiculous, but I have always loved it.

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On the Rocks

This film has a specific vibe, but I’m struggling to define it.

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

“Interview with the Vampire” is campy and dark and borderline Grand Guignol. And those are the things I like about it.

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Newsies

“Newsies” is a mess.

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Terminator: Dark Fate

I don’t understand why this movie exists. It’s a perfectly fine action trifle and it’s perhaps the best of the recent “Terminator” films. But was there a great thirst for another “Terminator” installment?

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A Knight's Tale

It’s such a shame Heath Ledger died.

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Gemini Man

They thought de-aging technology was far enough along to have Will Smith play a current and younger version of himself in the same film. They were wrong.

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Must read: Oral history of Best in Show

The Ringer has a tremendous oral history of “Best in Show” that coincides with the film’s 20th anniversary.

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The Take (aka Bastille Day)

This was renamed “The Take” after being released in theaters as “Bastille Day.”

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Set It Off

I’m confused by this film.

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Thor: The Dark World

I saw “Thor: The Dark World” on an airplane many years ago. That’s probably why I didn’t remember it.

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Contact

I care about what this movie represents.

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The One and Only Ivan

“The One and Only Ivan” tells the (true? truish?) story of a gorilla who lives in captivity and is part of a small animal circus run out of a mall. Really. Animal show in a mall.

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RoboCop

What a wonderfully bonkers movie.

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State of Play

How many good journalism movies are there? I mean, really good journalism movies. Not adequate. Not okay. But damn fine movies set in the journalism world?

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Ford v Ferrari

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are both very good and the racing scenes are visceral, but the film is too long.

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The Call of the Wild

Oh, Buck. Because you’re a computer-generated dog in a live-action movie, you never look quite right.

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Long Shot

Ah, low expectations. You yield such wonderful surprises.

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Palm Springs

After muddling my way through the high-priced action fair on Netflix—and lamenting how none if it is particularly good—I went into this Hulu movie with trepidation.

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The Old Guard

“The Old Guard” has an interesting idea.

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Superman (1978)

I revisited this film to remember what a circa-1978 blockbuster looked like.

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John Wick 3 - Parabellum

Like the first two “John Wick” movies, the plot in “John Wick 3” is less important than the choreographed violence and the world building.

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Hobbs & Shaw

The stunts are good. The cast is charismatic. The writing is horrible.

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Black Hawk Down

I always enjoy Ridley Scott movies. He’s a confident and skilled director.

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Knives Out

This movie is a little long–it could have been 10 minutes shorter–but it’s a fun and twisty murder mystery with lots of good performances.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. Yep! That works!

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Ronin

This move came out in 1998, but it’s got the look and sensibilities of a 1970s crime / heist thriller.

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The Kingdom

I saw this a long time ago. I watched it again because it was one of those movies that popped up on Starz and I had a vague memory of liking it–or maybe just not hating it?

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Salt

This movie has a promising start, but it degrades into a muddled mess of action and double crosses.

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Master and Commander

“Master and Commander” is a lively and straightforward film.

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I Am Not Your Negro

This documentary focuses on writer and activist James Baldwin.

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Bad Teacher

I usually like Cameron Diaz, but this film doesn’t take advantage of her comedic talent.

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The Social Network

I’d only seen “The Social Network” once before, but I was inspired to watch it again after it popped up on a lot of the “best of the 2010s” lists.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

I saw “Fury Road” years back but I only remembered the feeling it created. The details were hazy.

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Bad Boys II

This is the worst movie I’ve ever seen.

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John Carter

It’s amazing what low expectations can yield.

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Den of Thieves

I liked parts of this movie but I didn’t like the movie itself.

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National Treasure

I thought I had seen this movie, but I guess I saw the second one.

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Extraction

“Extraction” has great action sequences, but the story isn’t much of anything and it’s clear it wasn’t meant to be.

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Venom

I liked this. I didn’t expect to. But I did.

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Escape from New York

This is a bizarre film.

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The Freshman

I saw this years ago and liked it. I rewatched it and liked it even more.

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Angels & Demons

About 3/4 of the way through this movie I was thinking “this is so much better than ‘The Da Vinci Code’.”

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Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

This documentary about “Galaxy Quest” makes me want to rewatch “Galaxy Quest” because I apparently didn’t pay close enough attention the first one or two times.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

I don’t recall the specifics of the first “Sicario” all that well, but I remember the feeling.

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Smokin' Aces

A very dumb movie.

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The Conversation

I decided to watch this again after re-watching “Enemy of the State.”

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The Da Vinci Code

I saw this when it came out in 2006.

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Zombieland: Double Tap

I remember enjoying “Zombieland,” but I didn’t know I’d ever want a sequel.

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The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi is a fascinating director.

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Onward

I didn’t expect to watch this, even though I love many of Pixar’s movies.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

I’m not a big fan of Quentin Tarantino. I think the only movie of his I own is “Pulp Fiction.” But I’m not not a fan of his either.

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American Gangster

I like Ridley Scott. I like Denzel Washington. I like Russell Crowe. But I didn’t like this movie.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I saw “Rise of Skywalker” in the theater when it came out in December 2019, but I forgot to put it on this list. The digital edition was released in mid-March of 2020 so this entry represents the second and third times I’ve seen the film.

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Fighting with My Family

I started watching this on a plane months ago and didn’t have a chance to finish it until now.

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The Irishman

I appreciate the obvious skill of this film, but I don’t understand the fixation and infatuation with bad men doing bad things.

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The Laundromat

I don’t know what this is. It’s technically a movie.

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Unstoppable

This is one of the tightest, simplest, most entertaining action movies I’ve ever seen.

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What We Do in the Shadows

This is a faux documentary about a group of vampires who live together. How’s that for a set up?

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Booksmart

Pretty damn great.

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The Report

I enjoy historical stories that seek to show the inherently messy nature of democracy, and that the messiness is a feature, not a bug.

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Inside Man

I think I only saw this once before, likely right after it came out in 2006, and I remember liking it quite a lot.

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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

I thought I liked this movie.

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is a rare R-rated comedy.

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6 Underground

What happens when Netflix gives Michael Bay a blank check and an R rating?

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Creed II

There are parts of this movie that are quite good: Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, and Sylvester Stallone all give strong performances.

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Late Night

Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in this comedy opposite Emma Thompson. I appreciated that this didn’t turn into a romantic comedy.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Tom Holland is the best Peter Parker. Zendaya is really charismatic.

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