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    In a first, I've managed to complete my 150 films with time to spare. I'll hold off on my usual summary and see how many more movies I can get watch in the reaining month and a half.

    My movies to date:

    1) The Dry (2020)
    2) Becky (2020)
    3) The Gatling Gun (1971)
    4) Angel (1983)
    5) Monster Hunter (2020)
    6) Asian School Girls (2014)
    7) Ring of Fear (1954)
    8) 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns (1993)
    9) Miss Meadows (2014)
    10) Promising Young Woman (2020)
    11) Hooded Angels (2002)
    12) Stiletto (2008)
    13) A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964)
    14) Felon (2008)
    15) Serial Killing 4 Dummys (2004)
    16) The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
    17) Starred Up (2013)
    18) The Locals (2003)
    19) Black Angel Vol. 1 (1997)
    20) Death Ring (1992)
    21) Wrong Turn (2003)
    22) Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
    23) The Lookout (2007)
    24) Intruders (2015)
    25) Body (2015)
    26) The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
    27) Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
    28) Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
    29) Pig Hunt (2008)
    30) Copycat (1995)
    31) Art of the Dead (2019)
    32) Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
    33) The Boondock Saints (1999)
    34) Bloody Reunion (2006)
    35) Twice-Told Tales (1963)
    36) Dying Breed (2008)
    37) Exam (2009)
    38) Crank (2006)
    39) The Loved Ones (2009)
    40) Con Air (1997)
    41) Triangle (2009)
    42) Pagan Warrior (2019)
    43) Hangman's Knot (1952)
    44) Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
    45) Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1977)
    46) Deathtrap (1982)
    47) Maniac Cop (1988)
    48) Jo NesbÝ's Headhunters (2011)
    49) A Blueprint for Murder (1953)
    50) The Prowler (1951)
    51) Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
    52) The Hazing (2004)
    53) The Rescuers (1977)
    54) Christmas Evil (1980)
    55) Monster Party (2018)
    56) The Warriors (1979)
    57) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
    58) Fantasy Island (2020)
    59) John Doe: Vigilante (2014)
    60) The Outlaws IS Coming! (1965)
    61) Rimfire (1949)
    62) 12 Rounds (2009)
    63) Train (2008)
    64) Bus 657 (2015)
    65) Six Reasons Why (2008)
    66) The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)
    67) Starcrash (1978)
    68) Demon Knight (1995)
    69) The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
    70) Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (2021)
    71) The Hangover (2009)
    72) Hoboken Hollow (2006)
    73) Sherlock: Case of Evil (2002)
    74) Lady in Cement (1968)
    75) Gentlemen Explorers (2013)
    76) The Loves of Hercules (1960)
    77) Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)
    78) Armored (2009)
    79) Cruella (2021)
    80) Great White (2021)
    81) Shotgun (1955)
    82) The Steam Engines of Oz (2018)
    83) The Bunker (2021)
    84) Terror Train (1980)
    85) Army of Frankensteins (2013)
    86) The Shadow of Chikara (1977)
    87) Day of the Evil Gun (1968)
    88) Ghostwatch (1992)
    89) The Body (2012)
    90) The Art of the Steal (2013)
    91) Transit (2012)
    92) Black Widow (2021)
    93) Wendigo (2001)
    94) Shark Week (2012)
    95) Bet Your Life (2004)
    96) Hunk (1987)
    97) Mohawk (2017)
    98) Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
    99) The Woman Hunt (1972)
    100) Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)
    101) Dark Was the Night (2014)
    102) High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
    103) Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997)
    104) Tombstone Rashomon (2017)
    105) Stripped to Kill (1987)
    106) Stay Alive (2006)
    107) The Last Winter (2006)
    108) The Immortals (1995)
    109) A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die! (1972)
    110) Cemetery Man (1994)
    111) The Beast Must Die (1974)
    112) Fire and Ice (1983)
    113) Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
    114) Some Like It Hot (1959)
    115) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (2010)
    116) The Demoniacs (1974)
    117) The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)
    118) The Bravados (1958)
    119) Wild Tales (2014)
    120) One Foot in Hell (1960)
    121) Vicki (1953)
    122) Where Eagles Dare (1968)
    123) The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
    124) Coroner Creek (1948)
    125) Death Rides a Horse (1967)
    126) Thunderheart (1992)
    127) The Walking Dead (1936)
    128) Embrace of the Vampire (2013)
    129) Set It Off (1996)
    130) Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
    131) Niagara (1953)
    132) Run for the Sun (1956)
    133) Vigilante Diaries (2016)
    134) The Theatre Bizarre (2011)
    135) 2:37 (2006)
    136) Clue (1985)
    137) The Prince of Thieves (1948)
    138) Just Buried (2007)
    139) Hollow Triumph (1948)
    140) Shadows in the Night (1944)
    141) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    142) Cornered! (2009)
    143) Terrifier (2016)
    144) Ghost Stories (2017)
    145) Trick (2019)
    146) The Suicide Squad (2021)
    147) JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)
    148) No Time to Die (2021)
    149) Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
    150) The Greatest show on Earth (1952)

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    Haven't updated in a while. I was watching a bunch of Zach Snyder films, as well as movies from the Scandinavian revival, which was listed as one of the great film movements, even if seems to be 70% Ingmar Bergman, and 20% Dreyer.



    Movie #151: Tenet (Blu-Ray)
    On this watch, I do appreciate the protagonistís arc as he makes legitimately difficult decisions when manipulating others while facing a complex existential threat, and the care Christopher Nolan puts into the details of the plans. On the third watch, the interest in Elizabeth Debeckiís arc is justified as I know where the storyís going, and how it fits several themes (the mix of personal and private drama, the careful planning these people put into figuring out where to go next, the significance of an individual, etc.)
    8/10

    Movie #152/ New Movie #108: The Flying Ace
    (Facebook)
    I was surprised to find a video on the Facebook account for a group involved in restoration of obscure silent films (Retrogarden) although the quality and commentary were decent. Ten minutes in is an interesting metaphor of an airplane joystick that provides a context for subsequent exchanges. Thereís a theme of ordinary folk wanting to be movie heroes, in a story that is very much of its time (a World War one hero becomes a railroad detective.) Thereís a bit of a summer stock quality evident in non-studio silent films but it is enjoyable. The character of Peg is a legitimately impressive movie sidekick.
    7/10

    Movie #153/ New Movie #109: Dawn of the Dead (Blu-Ray)
    A zombie movie with 21st Century production values. It does show what it takes to live through the apocalypse, with people pushed to the limits and slowly figuring out whatís going on. The characters are more complex than you may expect from Snyder or zombie movies, partly because we get an actual sense of the passage of time.
    8/10



    Movie #154/ New Movie #110: JSA Joint Security Area (Arrow Video)
    Itís a procedural with a fantastic set-up (an investigation into a shooting on the Korean border) that is a bit of a reverse Chinatown, in that the truth is better than expected even if it is quite politically inconvenient. Has a lot to say about the dehumanizing effects of the border, and how the human spirit can persevere despite that.
    9/10

    Movie #155/ New Movie #111: Shang-Chi (Movie Theater)
    Itís a good example of Marvel adapting existing genres to its world, in this case Wuxia martial arts cinema. Simu Liuís lead probably isnít one of the five best performances in the film, but it works. It is odd to see the Mandarin as a tragic villain, but Tony Leung sells his whole history, his stints as a crime boss and the years in between.
    7/10

    Movie #156/ New Movie #112: Candyman (2021) (Movie Theater)
    Itís much more of a direct sequel than I anticipated, expanding the mythos with a good sense of setting and history. There are some interesting, deliberate choices and it raises some weird questions about how the victims are chosen. There are some great touches, like the mirror murders and the animated flashbacks. It does ultimately have a lot of people take a childís game way too seriously.
    7/10

    Movie #157/ New Movie #113/ Criterion Challenge #3: Stop Making Sense (DVD)
    It may deserve its reputation as the ultimate concert film. Itís a very nicely shot take of a top-tier band at the height of their powers doing a visually interesting concert (directed by future Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme) with some unconventional choices and a magnetic/ oddball lead in David Byrne.
    10/10

    Movie #158/ New Movie #114: Shadows (DVD)
    Itís a different sense of 1950s New York than weíd see in most movies of the time. There is an amateurish quality to Cassavettesí debut, but it feels real and raw, while tackling a very loaded question, when a white guy realizes his girlfriend is mixed-race and offends her family.
    8/10



    Movie #159/ New Movie #115: The Color of Pomegranates (DVD)
    I went into the film cold, and saw a movie that was quite visually striking, but just completely outside my frame of reference. Itís about and in the style of an Armenian poet, and definitely has a sense of visual poetry, but it probably requires significant context to make sense. Itís hard to tell when something is a metaphor, and whatís meant to be taken literally. Thereís an interesting use of color, where they focus on subtle distinctions between similar colors rather than major contrasts. Itís bold and avant-garde in the best way. I definitely need to see it again, perhaps after learning more about the subject.
    N/A

    Movie #160/ New Movie #116: Sucker Punch Extended Edition (Blu-Ray)
    Sometimes itís visually interesting and sometimes it seems like cheap CGI. The narrative tricks are somewhat emotionally distancing. The action set pieces are just devoid of stakes because itís a fantasy within a fantasy, although the club saga is compelling at times. It is obvious that it revels in what it critiques, but it may get reevaluated with Snyderís new cult following.
    6/10

    Movie #161: Catch Me If You Can (Netflix)
    The advertising and Youtube highlights suggest an outrageous and fun movie with some of the all-time great cons, but Spielberg & DiCaprio are able to convey the drama of a scared teenager pretending to be an accomplished adult.
    8/10

    Movie #162/ New Movie #117: The Discovery (Netflix)
    One of those films worth exploring just to see why it didnít work out. It had a good cast, and an interesting concept (the world deals with proof of an afterlife) although itís quite bleak, which makes sense in a story about lots of suicides. A central problem is that I just donít buy the American response to proof of an afterlife, which would make sense in a more atheistic nation, but not a country as religious as the US. Jason Segelís lead is dull and overly restrained.
    4/10
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    Movie #163/ Criterion Challenge #6/ New Movie #118: The Swimming Pool/ La Piscene (Movie Theater)
    The most interesting question of the film may be how it managed to be a surprising arthouse hit this summer. It’s good, but not considered all that great. It’s not especially influential. The cast isn’t A-list. But I get it. People stuck in New York for the second summer wanted to see beautiful people at parties in the French Riviera. There’s enough mystery and ambiguity about character motivations that it remains rewatchable. Younger filmgoers can identify with the main characters, while older viewers may have fond memories of the time.
    8/10

    Movie #164: The Death of Stalin (Netflix)
    This movie’s growing on me as one of the best and most rewatchable films of the decade. This time I appreciated how close Beria (a legitimately great film villain) came to winning, to being the reformer who changes his reputation post-Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev may very well be Buscemi’s best role, although Jason Issac’s Zhukov is even better, as the alphaest alpha male.
    10/10

    Movie #165/ New Movie #119: Wonder Woman 1984 (Movie Theater)
    For whatever reason, it was playing on Regal cinemas one weekend, and with all the action set pieces and grand locations, it’s definitely worth seeing in theaters. There are some obvious blind spots in the narrative (the lack of concern for ordinary people affected by the events) and it seems clear Gal Gadot is not on the level of her costars. Her arc seems a bit weaker, although the film is clearly about something and highlights what makes Wonder Woman special.
    7/10

    Movie #166/ New Movie #120: Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Amazon Prime)
    An excellent thriller that gives a good sense of New York at the time, even if it is a little idealized. There’s a lot we don’t know about the characters, but we know what we need to. The storytelling is excellent, with some nice swerves about made-up features of New York City subways like the dead man’s switch and how it is overcome. Walter Matthau is decent as a Subway cop who was not prepared for this kind of situation. Shaw and Balsam are an interesting villain duo; one is a ruthless mastermind, and the other is an ordinary schmoe with insider knowledge.
    9/10

    Movie #167/ New Movie #121: Summers with Monika (Blu-Ray)
    It’s an interesting well-told story of young love and how it curdles. A teenage romance gone bad is quite compelling in Bergman’s hands.
    9/10

    Movie #168/ New Movie #122: Smiles of a Summer Night (Blu-Ray)
    When Ingmar Bergman makes a romantic comedy, it’s not surprising that it goes further than most, with higher stakes, suicide attempts and some weird revelations in addition to the usual manipulations.
    10/10

    Movie #169: Goodfellas (Movie Theater)
    It’s the best crime movie by the best crime director. With this rewatch I had a good sense of why crime was so appealing to the blue-collar Henry Hill, and how the crazy stuff they did made sense to them. The excesses of crime are captured better here than in any other film.
    10/10

    Movie #170: Batman- Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (Blu-Ray)
    It’s the extended cut of a film that was already too long. The problem with the first two acts is that Lex Luthor is mainly a generic mad scientist, although Doomsday becomes legitimately impressive towards the end of the film. The central conflict between Batman and Superman is set up pretty well, with two iconic heroes having understandable contrary positions, and the film does pick up when Wonder Woman makes her debut (possibly the best scene in any of the DCEU films so far.)
    6/10

    Movie #171/ New Movie #123: Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Movie Theater)
    It’s certainly a step up from the first one, embracing the weirdness of Eddie Brock’s partnership with the symbiote. Woody Harrelson’s Carnage and Naomie Harris’ Shriek are decent Marvel villains. It’s a fast movie as one of the shortest superhero films. The ending may have the loudest applause of any movie I’ve ever seen.
    7/10

    Movie #172/ New Movie #124: Day of Wrath (DVD)
    It’s similar to Dreyer’s best-known project The Passion of Joan of Arc, another ninety-ish minute black and white period piece about a trial and allegations of a religious crime where the penalty is being burned alive, as well as some of Bergman’s work (a stepmother/ stepson relationship that takes a different turn from Smiles of a Summer Night.) It’s quite austere, but that acts as a contrast for Anna’s later joy and passion. It doesn’t go with the cliched direction you may expect from the plot. It’s not about someone wrongly accused, but more about what it’s like to be a flawed person living in a world where these types of allegations destroy lives, a metaphor for Nazi-occupied Denmark. A fantastic beginning to the Scandinavian revival.
    10/10

    Movie #173/ New Movie #125: The Red Line (DVD)
    I tried to go outside Bergman and Dreyer to see if the Scandinavian revival movement extends to other directors. This Finnish one is a black and white period piece about a poor family, depicting a level of poverty rare in film. An expressionistic dream sequence is a highlight. The music and composition seem to be more influenced by early Hollywood. There is humor to it, although tonally it is all over the place, with an ending that just doesn’t seem to match the rest of the film.
    6/10



    Movie #174/ New Movie #126: Kon-Tiki (Amazon Prime Rental)
    Norwegian writer Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove his thesis that Peruvians – back in pre-Colombian times – could have crossed the seas to the Phillipenes, so he set out on a balsa wood raft using technology they would have had. The result was an Academy Award for Best Documentary, which may be one of the most epic wins in an academic pissing match ever. The film is obviously not made in an ideal environment (a 1940s black and white documentary made by people on a boat far from supplies/ experienced filmmakers), but it is quite enjoyable and shows the challenges of the crew, as well as the joys.
    9/10

    Movie # 175: Watchmen Directors Cut (Blu-Ray)
    The original comic is one of my favorite works of fiction ever, and this adaptation is okay. It’s flawed, but it does get some stuff right, especially Jackie Earle Haley’s Rorschach. Visually it seems quite reminiscent of Kubrick. It’s rarely subtle, as the musical choices are quite obvious, and nuances of some great scenes are sanded down. But it does have a clear arc, and it reorients focus on different characters and their struggles as the world is on the verge of nuclear armageddon.
    8/10
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    Haven't updated in a while.

    Movie #176/ New Movie #127: Jeeper’s Creepers (DVD)
    This horror movie might have too many high concepts. It starts okay when two siblings encounter an aggressive weirdo, and uncover something sinister, although they make some really dumb decisions in the process. The other concepts are interesting, with some weird hooks for the monster and the intervention of a psychic, but it’s just so tonally weird. The end is sudden and unsatisfying. It can fill wannabe screenwriters with the confidence they can do better.
    5/10



    Movie #177: The Wicker Man (DVD)
    Some key character points are cut, although we do enough to follow what’s going on here. It starts with an odd mystery as a straight-laced Catholic police officer investigates the death of a child in a pagan island. It all leads to a great twist. I really appreciate the folk music, and the cockiness of Chistopher Lee’s chill lord. It’s probably the best folk horror.
    10/10

    Movie #178/ New Movie #128: Lake Mungo (Amazon Prime)
    This ghost story imitates an indie documentary style very effectively. It’s different from typical ghost stories in that one terrible thing happens, and the ghost is the victim. But the implications are unsettling when it comes to figuring out what happened and why and how to find peace going forward. as we get to the mystery of what the victim knew.
    8/10

    Movie #179/ New Movie #129: But Film Is My Mistress (Criterion Blu-Ray)
    It’s mainly a collection of behind the scenes footage from great movies. It’s no more and no less than that, and there is a lack of unity. But it is great to see Ingmar Bergman and his team discussing the nuances it takes to reach Ingmar Bergman levels of psychological depth.
    8/10

    Movie #180/ New Movie #130: No Time to Die (Movie Theater)
    There is a major arc to Daniel Craig’s James Bond here as his trauma in previous films and a new situation undo the last film’s happy ending in a way that fits the character’s story. There are some decent set pieces, and Ana De Armas is a delight as the naive Bond girl. Rami Malek’s villain is underwritten. We don’t really get a sense of what makes his motivations different; there are hints at a higher calling but it does seem the main thing that’s special about him is that he can beat Spectre at their own game. Still it is a satisfying conclusion to the 21st Century James Bond.
    8/10

    Movie #181/ New Movie #131: The Many Saints of Newark (Movie Theater)
    It’s a bit all over the place. It tells the complete story of a mafia figure, so it works as a self-contained film, even if it seems to often feel like a backdoor pilot (which HBO may agree with.) There’s a good sense of a dysfunctional family and the demythologizing of the mafia, showing them as the racist monsters they often were. It is kinda funny that they essentially made a decent movie out of an idea mocked years ago in Saturday Night Live (Sopranos High.)
    7/10



    Movie #182/ New Movie #132: The Last Duel (Movie Theater)
    It’s a well-made film that may be anachronistic in some of the attitudes of the characters, but gives a sense of what it was like to live in the medieval era. I really liked it, but I can understand why it flopped. This is a film about French nobles played by Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon in which a rape is shown repeatedly. It is likely the best depiction of rape culture I’ve seen, and a good example of a situation in which any choice the characters make is ridiculously tough.
    9/10

    Movie #183/ New Movie #133: Don’t Torture a Ducking (Arrow Video)
    It’s a Giallo that takes some turns in the narrative, jumping from the reaction to the murders of children to an investigation of an accused witch before the truth comes out. It seems to switch leads as suspects are doled out and characters shift in and out of focus. The killer makes sense, and there’s an interesting atmosphere of small-town gossip, intolerance and suspicion.
    7/10

    Movie #184/ New Movie #134: Dune: Part One (Movie Theater)
    There’s a good sense of what a science fiction epic would be from the perspective of the Chosen One. It’s slow but deliberate. Watching it, I get an appreciation of how everything seems deliberate. It feels more like a historical drama than a sci fi film, with more emotional depth than usual. A slight issue is that Rebecca Ferguson and Timothee Chalomet do not appear to have mother/ son chemistry; it’s more like teacher/ student, or maybe stepmother/ stepson (especially in the context of the Scandinavian New Wav movies I saw in the last entry.) The effort to provide a standalone arc doesn’t quite land, as it’s clearly half a film. It is lovely in IMax.
    9/10

    Movie #185/ New Movie #135: Halloween Kills (Movie Theater)
    Some of the shortcomings are inevitable in the middle third of a trilogy. Much happens because it has to happen. Michael Myers and Laurie can’t die. They’re not even going to have a rematch here. The big death comes because it can’t be the leads and someone else’ murder would be too depressing. There is a good sense of a town whipped into frenzy traumatized by events from 1978, and it might be satisfying to rewatch if the conclusion is as good as the first section. They do make good use of the Halloween setting, even if much of the story is ridiculous and not all that satisfying, while undercutting the message of the earlier chapters.
    5/10

    Movie #186: Nosferatu the Vampyre (Arrow Video)
    It’s possible I’ve seen at least a version a year of the Dracula story for some time now, with this, the original Nosferatu, the Bela Lugosi Dracula, the Spanish language Dracula, and various other iterations. Herzog’s update is a great take. It sometimes drab, but this works to make the monster seem more real and allows the film to take some surreal turns. The cast (Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz) may be the best of any Dracula film.
    10/10

    Movie #187/ New Movie #136: Isle of the Dead (Internet Archive)
    It’s a decent concept of a strange group stuck on an island due to the possibility they’re infected by the plague; this is also quite timely due to Covid. Karloff is excellent as an aristocratic Greek general. The set-up to the buried alive scene is a highlight. There are some excellent Val Lewton touches with ambiguity about what’s going on and the characters’ suspicions that they may be the real monsters. And then it takes an odd turn when a monster appears.
    8/10
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    Movie #188: The Black Cat (Internet Archive)
    The sets are excellent, and I like the chess game between Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. I wasnít entirely sure why the film was seen as having a gay subtext, until about 52 minutes in when Karloff shows up in a smoking jacket wearing eye makeup while stroking a cat and making it clear he doesnít like women all that much. This is one of those movies that may seem to be cliched because weíve seen all the copycats. The satanism in the last act a bit sudden. The soundtrack is decent but appears to be straight out of a silent movie, though it does make everything more intense. It does seem there is some cut footage, but itís satisfying. I wonder who would be cast in a modern remake. Who are the current horror giants?
    8/10

    Movie #189/ New Movie #137: The Eternals (Movie Theater)
    This has a decent visual language, even if Dune does it better. There is much to consider and they do capture the pain of immortality. Some great talents appear to be wasted, especially Angelina Jolie. It seems rather inaccessible to people who arenít fans of sci-fi and fantasy, and able to appreciate millennia spanning epics.
    7/10

    Movie #190/ New Movie #138: The Closer (Netflix)
    Chapelleís special seems unfairly maligned, especially if anyone thinks it was mostly transphobic. Itís a measured response to a brand of criticism, and will probably do a better job of persuading swing voters of the humanity of trans people than any other project.
    8/10



    Movie #191/ New Movie #139: Last Night in Soho (Movie Theater)
    Itís a ghost story that oozes cool, as a young woman appears to experience the life of a murder victim from an era she is obsessed with. Itís been done before, but I donít know if itís ever been better. Thereís much worth analyzing and many of the concerns are addressed. Itís excellent at showing the grime underneath the surface. This works well as an ode to giallos; itís just better than most of them.
    9/10

    Movie #192/ New Movie #140: Bound (Amazon Prime)
    This early Wachowski effort is interesting. It shows what they were like before they went into sci-fi and action. In this case, itís a Coen brothers-esque neonoir. The performances are decent, and the lesbian affair that it made it distinctive and controversial in the early 90s complicates the lives of characters more than anything else.
    8/10

    Movie #193/ New Movie #141: Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Movie Theater)
    Man, this was bland. It seems fatally flawed to take a comedy about middle-class ghost-hunters in New York City, and apply it to a family dramedy in the midwest. The results just arenít fun. I might want to rewatch it just to figure out why it was so unsuccessful as a film, or perhaps why others would find resonance in it.
    3/10

    Movie #194/ New Movie #142: Back to School (Amazon Prime Video)
    Itís an excellent vehicle for Rodney Dangerfield. College is the ultimate clash of personalities between his blue collar bravado against professorial stiffness. His interruption of a lecture on the practical applications of economics is a great scene.
    8/10

    Movie #195: The Producers (DVD)
    This is a great concept and a terrific vehicle for Gene Wilder and Zero Moistel, taking advantage of their unique talents. ďSpringtime for HitlerĒ remains one of the best comedy set pieces ever, and I think an interesting idea to explore for any creative is a Producers challenge. Can you make something so offensive that the audience is ready to leave within five minutes, and then salvage it, the way itís accidentally salvaged here? A slight knock against this film is that some of the stuff has been copied well in subsequent movies, as well as the musical adaptation. Though no one has been able to surpass Gene Wilderís neuroticism.
    10/10

    Movie #196: Robin Hood (Disney Plus)
    This was one of my favorite Disney films growing up. It is quite libertarian in the opposition to taxes and has a sense of maturity (Maid Marian wondering if Robin Hood even remembers her.) The songs and characters are decent, and I like the style. It fizzles a bit at the end with the lack of a great climax.
    8/10



    Movie #197: Sleeper (DVD)
    Itís very slapstick, which can be surprising if youíre more familiar with post-Annie Hall Woody Allen. Itís more of a homage to classic cinema (you could see the Marx Brothers/ Charlie Chaplin influence) than a vision of the future. Itís fun, even if itís mainly a reminder that Woody Allen is a classic film buff.
    8/10

    Movie #198/ New Movie #143: The French Dispatch (Movie Theater)
    The most Wes Anderson-iest film ever made. Itís quite stylized but has a mix of whimsy and darkness, along with some excellent performances. It is a major statement on art in general, which provides depth to the silliness.
    9/10

    Movie #199: Tron (Disney Plus)
    The once-innovative tech used to make the film may be primitive, but the visual scheme holds up. The moment an accounting software realized he was being forced to fight to the death, I was sold on the film. There is a silent movie aesthetic, as the futurism seems almost classical. This is still a decent adventure movie, subtly different from the norm, and with some good high concepts in the programsí almost religious worship of the users.
    8/10

    Movie #200/ New Movie #144: Spider-Man No Way Home (Movie Theater)
    Itís my favorite movie in years, and my favorite superhero movie ever, which makes it my favorite MCU and Spider-Man movie by default. Iíll go into more detail about why I loved it later, but it is the definitive statement on Peter Parker.
    10/10
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    Before The Year is Over I just Wanted to Say Thank You a BIG One for Everyone who Participated in the Challenge again this year, You all made this really fun and really enjoyable reading and seeing the lists of Movies you where able to accomplish!

    I like for Instance all the Detail and work you put into yours Mister Mets, You Truly Show your Love for Cinema and I am really impress by all the work you put into your reviews!

    When 2022 Begins I will be Putting up the Challenge Once again and I figure to stay on 150 movies that being pretty popular and both a good challenge number, not to little or to much and many seem to ever surpass it to, You are all very impressive!

    I hope to do this with you all and new posters in 2022 as well, Excellent Job and thanks for all the fun!
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    Clearly, I'm not going to make it to 150 -- though I hope to add at least one more or maybe two today --but this was a great exercise for me, and I'll definitely participate next year. And I agree CJ, and really appreciated reading everyone's lists and reviews. Gave me many movies to add to my list.

    Happy New Year, and see you next year!
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    Movie #201/ New Movie #145: Licorice Pizza (Movie Theater)
    It’s an excellent coming of age story balancing Hoffman’s ambitious wheeler-dealer high school kid with Haim’s aimless young woman. Anderson makes great and specific use of the 1970s California setting, and includes some hilarious stand-ins for famous celebrities of the era. Beautifully shot.
    9/10

    Movie #202/ New Movie #145: Fist of Fury (Criterion Blu-Ray)
    Quentin Tarantino is obviously a big fan of this movie. No surprise that it has some great action sequences with Bruce Lee kicking all sorts of ass. It is a bit jingoistic, although that is understandable in the context of China’s relationship with Japan in the early 20th Century. This movie is also about something, as the lead’s fighting prowess comes at a price: excessive rage which hurts those around him.
    9/10

    Movie #203/ New Movie #145: The Tragedy of Macbeth (Movie Theater)
    A stark but beautiful take on Shakespeare, as Denzel Washington conveys his initial hesitance and subsequent guilt and madness. In some cases, the dialogue seems unnatural. At other times it comes through. Kathryn Hunter is especially impressive as the three witches. The final act shows appropriate responses to Macbeth’s paranoia, as well as his power. We can see how he became a major war hero before the final showdown with Macduff, earned more here than in any depiction I’ve seen. A nice touch is the hints of other machinations.
    9/10

    Movie #204/ New Movie #144: Nightmare Alley (Movie Theater)
    I went into cold which was quite satisfying, as I wasn’t sure where the story would go or even which celebrities would play which role. It’s a beautifully shot noir, that feels to replicate its era but with a modern understanding of filmmaking and psychology. I’m a sucker for movies about con men, and this is a good one, showing some clever tricks and the ways it can fall apart.
    9/10
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    Thomas Mets

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJStriker View Post
    Before The Year is Over I just Wanted to Say Thank You a BIG One for Everyone who Participated in the Challenge again this year, You all made this really fun and really enjoyable reading and seeing the lists of Movies you where able to accomplish!

    I like for Instance all the Detail and work you put into yours Mister Mets, You Truly Show your Love for Cinema and I am really impress by all the work you put into your reviews!

    When 2022 Begins I will be Putting up the Challenge Once again and I figure to stay on 150 movies that being pretty popular and both a good challenge number, not to little or to much and many seem to ever surpass it to, You are all very impressive!

    I hope to do this with you all and new posters in 2022 as well, Excellent Job and thanks for all the fun!
    Thanks for the kind words. I post the same comments on Letterboxd so I'm able to use the comments in different places.
    Sincerely,
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    Thanks Again for an Amazing 2021, Here is My Total and Final End of Year Challenge List!

    1.) Quantum of Solace (2008)
    2.) Skyfall (2012)
    3.) Spectre (2015)
    4.) Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966)
    5.) Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966)
    6.) Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
    7.) The Karate Killers (1967)
    8.) The Karate Killers (1967)
    9.) The Helicopter Spies (1968)
    10.) The Helicopter Spies (1968)
    11.) To Trap a Spy (1964)
    12.) To Trap a Spy (1964)
    13.) The Spy with My Face (1965)
    14.) The Spy with My Face (1965)
    15.) One Spy Too Many (1966)
    16.) One Spy Too Many (1966)
    17.) One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
    18.) One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
    19.) Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
    20.) Superman: Doomsday (2007)
    21.) Superman: Doomsday (2007)
    22.) Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
    23.) Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
    24.) Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
    25.) Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
    26.) Wonder Woman (2009)
    27.) Wonder Woman (2009)
    28.) Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)
    29.) Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)
    30.) Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
    31.) Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
    32.) Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
    33.) Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
    34.) Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
    35.) Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
    36.) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
    37.) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
    38.) All-Star Superman (2011)
    39.) All-Star Superman (2011)
    40.) Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
    41.) Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
    42.) Batman: Year One (2011)
    43.) Batman: Year One (2011)
    44.) Justice League: Doom (2012)
    45.) Justice League: Doom (2012)
    46.) Superman vs. The Elite (2012)
    47.) Superman vs. The Elite (2012)
    48.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1 (2012)
    49.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1 (2012)
    50.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 (2013)
    51.) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 (2013)
    52.) Superman: Unbound (2013)
    53.) Superman: Unbound (2013)
    54.) Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
    55.) Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
    56.) Justice League: War (2014)
    57.) Justice League: War (2014)
    58.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    59.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    60.) Pinocchio (1940)
    61.) Pinocchio (1940)
    62.) Fantasia (1940)
    63.) Fantasia (1940)
    64.) The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
    65.) The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
    66.) Dumbo (1941)
    67.) Dumbo (1941)
    68.) Bambi (1942)
    69.) Bambi (1942)
    70.) Saludos Amigos (1943)
    71.) Saludos Amigos (1943)
    72.) The Three Caballeros (1945)
    73.) The Three Caballeros (1945)
    74.) Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
    75.) Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
    76.) Melody Time (1948)
    77.) Melody Time (1948)
    78.) Sailor Moon Eternal - Part 1 (English)-(2021)
    79.) Sailor Moon Eternal - Part 2 (English)-(2021)
    80.) Sailor Moon Eternal - Part 1 (Japanese)-(2021)
    81.) Sailor Moon Eternal - Part 2 (Japanese)-(2021)
    82.) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
    83.) The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
    84.) Frozen (2013)
    85.) Frozen II (2019)
    86.) Cinderella (1950)
    87.) Cinderella (1950)
    88.) Black Widow (2021)
    89.) Jungle Cruise (2021)
    90.) Jungle Cruise (2021)
    91.) Treasure Island (1950)
    92.) Treasure Island (1950)
    93.) The Suicide Squad (2021)
    94.) The Suicide Squad (2021)
    95.) Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)
    96.) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) ~ THEATERS
    97.) Son of Batman (2014)
    98.) Son of Batman (2014)
    99.) Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    100.) Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
    101.) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
    102.) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
    103.) Batman vs. Robin (2015)
    104.) Batman vs. Robin (2015)
    105.) No Time to Die (2021) ~ THEATERS
    106.) Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966) ~ Amazon Prime
    107.) Count Dracula (1970) ~ Amazon Prime
    108.) Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) ~ PARAMONT
    109.) Blacula (1972) ~ Amazon Prime
    110.) Scream Blacula Scream (1973) ~ Amazon Prime
    111.) Count Dracula's Great Love (1973) ~ Amazon Prime
    112.) Bram Stoker's Dracula(Dan Curtisí Dracula) (1974) ~ Amazon Prime
    113.) Dracula (1979) ~ Amazon Prime
    114.) Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) ~ PEACOCK
    115.) The Bloody Vampire (1962) ~ Amazon Prime
    116.) Vampyr (1932) ~ Amazon Prime
    117.) Black Sunday(The Mask of Satan/The Mask of the Demon) (1960) ~ Amazon Prime
    118.) The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) ~ Amazon Prime
    119.) Curse of the Blood Ghouls (Slaughter of the Vampires) (1962) ~ Amazon Prime
    120.) The Last Man on Earth (1964) ~ Amazon Prime
    121.) The Omega Man (1971) ~ Amazon Prime
    122.) Mad Monster Party? (1967) ~ Amazon Prime
    123.) The Vampire Lovers (1970) ~ Amazon Prime
    124.) Daughters of Darkness (1971) ~ Amazon Prime
    125.) Twins of Evil (1971) ~ Amazon Prime
    126.) Vampire Circus (1972) ~ Amazon Prime
    127.) Thirst (1979) ~ Amazon Prime
    128.) The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) ~ Amazon Prime
    129.) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) ~ Amazon Prime
    130.) Andy Warhol's Young Dracula (Blood for Dracula) (1974) ~ YouTube Kings of Horror
    131.) Frankenstein Island (1981) ~ Amazon Prime
    132.) Lust for a Vampire (1971) ~ Amazon Prime
    133.) The Hunger (1983) ~ Amazon Prime
    134.) RiffTrax Live(2021): Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes(1989) ~ Fathom Events ~ Theaters
    135.) Lifeforce (1985) ~ Amazon Prime
    136.) Fright Night (1985) ~ Amazon Prime
    137.) The Lost Boys (1987) ~ Amazon Prime
    138.) John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) ~ Amazon Prime
    139.) Tales From the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996) ~ Amazon Prime
    140.) Queen of the Damned (2002) ~ Amazon Prime
    141.) Vampire in Venice (1988) ~ Amazon Prime
    142.) Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000) ~ Amazon Prime
    143.) The Monster Squad (1987) ~ Amazon Prime
    144.) Dracula Untold (2014) ~ Amazon Prime ~ 4K HD!
    145.) Vampire Hunter D (1985) ~ Blu-ray
    146.) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) ~ Blu-ray
    147.) Count Dracula (1977 Film-British Television Adaptation) ~ Amazon Prime
    148.) Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) ~ Amazon Prime
    149.) Justice League: Gods and Monsters (1995) ~ Blu-ray
    150.) Justice League: Gods and Monsters (1995) ~ Blu-ray
    151.) Thirteen Days (2000) ~ You Tube
    152.) Thirteen Days (2000) ~ You Tube
    153.) The Good Shepherd (2006) ~ Amazon Prime
    154.) The Good Shepherd (2006) ~ Amazon Prime
    155.) Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) ~ Theaters
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    December is made for watching movies.
    I used up my remaining vacation days + we were slow at the shop, so I had plenty of opportunities to indulge in my favorite pastime.

    245. Deck The Halls (2006) - ✰✰✰✰
    246. P2 (2007) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    247. Fatman (2020) - ✰✰✰
    248. 8-Bit Christmas (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    249. A Classic Horror Story (2021) - ✰✰✰
    250. American Night (2021) - ✰✰✰
    251. Antlers (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    252. Army Of Thieves (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    253. Benedetta (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    254. Black Widow (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    255. Die In A Gunfight (2021) - ✰✰✰
    256. Don't Look Up (2021) - ✰✰✰
    257. Dune (2021) - ✰✰✰
    258. Encounter (2021) - ✰✰✰
    259. F9: The Fast Saga (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    260. Finch (2021) - ✰✰✰
    261. Free Guy (2021) - ✰✰✰
    262. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    263. Homunculus (2021) - ✰✰✰
    264. Jolt (2021) - ✰✰✰
    265. Jungle Cruise (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    266. Kate (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    267. Last Looks (2021) - ✰✰✰
    268. Last Night In Soho (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    269. Major Grom: Plague Doctor (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    270. Minnal Murali (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    271. Mother/Android (2021) - ✰✰✰
    272. No Time To Die (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    273. Old Henry (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    274. Raging Fire (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    275. Red Notice (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    276. Reminiscence (2021) - ✰✰✰
    277. Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    278. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    279. Snake Eyes (2021) - ✰✰✰
    280. Stuck Together (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    281. The Harder They Fall (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    282. The Ice Road (2021) - ✰✰✰✰
    283. The Last Son (2021) - ✰✰✰
    284. The Suicide Squad (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    285. The Trip (2021) - ✰✰✰✰✰
    286. The Whole Truth (2021) - ✰✰✰
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    People actually mange to watch that many movies in a year? :sigh: I rarely get a chance to watch one or two.
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    Thanks again to CJStriker for organising this annual event.

    Here is the full list of movies I watched last year:

    1) The Dry (2020)
    2) Becky (2020)
    3) The Gatling Gun (1971)
    4) Angel (1983)
    5) Monster Hunter (2020)
    6) Asian School Girls (2014)
    7) Ring of Fear (1954)
    8) 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns (1993)
    9) Miss Meadows (2014)
    10) Promising Young Woman (2020)
    11) Hooded Angels (2002)
    12) Stiletto (2008)
    13) A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964)
    14) Felon (2008)
    15) Serial Killing 4 Dummys (2004)
    16) The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
    17) Starred Up (2013)
    18) The Locals (2003)
    19) Black Angel Vol. 1 (1997)
    20) Death Ring (1992)
    21) Wrong Turn (2003)
    22) Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
    23) The Lookout (2007)
    24) Intruders (2015)
    25) Body (2015)
    26) The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
    27) Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
    28) Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
    29) Pig Hunt (2008)
    30) Copycat (1995)
    31) Art of the Dead (2019)
    32) Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
    33) The Boondock Saints (1999)
    34) Bloody Reunion (2006)
    35) Twice-Told Tales (1963)
    36) Dying Breed (2008)
    37) Exam (2009)
    38) Crank (2006)
    39) The Loved Ones (2009)
    40) Con Air (1997)
    41) Triangle (2009)
    42) Pagan Warrior (2019)
    43) Hangman's Knot (1952)
    44) Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
    45) Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1977)
    46) Deathtrap (1982)
    47) Maniac Cop (1988)
    48) Jo NesbÝ's Headhunters (2011)
    49) A Blueprint for Murder (1953)
    50) The Prowler (1951)
    51) Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
    52) The Hazing (2004)
    53) The Rescuers (1977)
    54) Christmas Evil (1980)
    55) Monster Party (2018)
    56) The Warriors (1979)
    57) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
    58) Fantasy Island (2020)
    59) John Doe: Vigilante (2014)
    60) The Outlaws IS Coming! (1965)
    61) Rimfire (1949)
    62) 12 Rounds (2009)
    63) Train (2008)
    64) Bus 657 (2015)
    65) Six Reasons Why (2008)
    66) The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)
    67) Starcrash (1978)
    68) Demon Knight (1995)
    69) The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
    70) Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (2021)
    71) The Hangover (2009)
    72) Hoboken Hollow (2006)
    73) Sherlock: Case of Evil (2002)
    74) Lady in Cement (1968)
    75) Gentlemen Explorers (2013)
    76) The Loves of Hercules (1960)
    77) Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)
    78) Armored (2009)
    79) Cruella (2021)
    80) Great White (2021)
    81) Shotgun (1955)
    82) The Steam Engines of Oz (2018)
    83) The Bunker (2021)
    84) Terror Train (1980)
    85) Army of Frankensteins (2013)
    86) The Shadow of Chikara (1977)
    87) Day of the Evil Gun (1968)
    88) Ghostwatch (1992)
    89) The Body (2012)
    90) The Art of the Steal (2013)
    91) Transit (2012)
    92) Black Widow (2021)
    93) Wendigo (2001)
    94) Shark Week (2012)
    95) Bet Your Life (2004)
    96) Hunk (1987)
    97) Mohawk (2017)
    98) Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
    99) The Woman Hunt (1972)
    100) Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)
    101) Dark Was the Night (2014)
    102) High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
    103) Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1997)
    104) Tombstone Rashomon (2017)
    105) Stripped to Kill (1987)
    106) Stay Alive (2006)
    107) The Last Winter (2006)
    108) The Immortals (1995)
    109) A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die! (1972)
    110) Cemetery Man (1994)
    111) The Beast Must Die (1974)
    112) Fire and Ice (1983)
    113) Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
    114) Some Like It Hot (1959)
    115) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (2010)
    116) The Demoniacs (1974)
    117) The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)
    118) The Bravados (1958)
    119) Wild Tales (2014)
    120) One Foot in Hell (1960)
    121) Vicki (1953)
    122) Where Eagles Dare (1968)
    123) The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
    124) Coroner Creek (1948)
    125) Death Rides a Horse (1967)
    126) Thunderheart (1992)
    127) The Walking Dead (1936)
    128) Embrace of the Vampire (2013)
    129) Set It Off (1996)
    130) Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
    131) Niagara (1953)
    132) Run for the Sun (1956)
    133) Vigilante Diaries (2016)
    134) The Theatre Bizarre (2011)
    135) 2:37 (2006)
    136) Clue (1985)
    137) The Prince of Thieves (1948)
    138) Just Buried (2007)
    139) Hollow Triumph (1948)
    140) Shadows in the Night (1944)
    141) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
    142) Cornered! (2009)
    143) Terrifier (2016)
    144) Ghost Stories (2017)
    145) Trick (2019)
    146) The Suicide Squad (2021)
    147) JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)
    148) No Time to Die (2021)
    149) Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)
    150) The Greatest show on Earth (1952)
    151) Seven-Blood Stained Orchids (1972)
    152) The Outing (1987)
    153) Sherlock Holmes: The Royal Scandal (2001)
    154) Stand By Me (1986)
    155) The Assassination Bureau (1969)

    And here are the highlights and lowlights of my movie watching for last year.

    Best film watched: My best film was actually the first film I watched; The Dry. Based on a bestselling novel, this a mystery/psychological thriller about an Australian Federal Police officer (roughly equivalent to an FBI agent) who returns to the country town he grew up—which is in the grip of a years long drought--in for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of an school friend who seemingly murdered his family before committing suicide. Although he intends to leave immediately after the funeral, he gets caught up in the mystery of his friend's death. Complicating the situation is that many of the locals still regard him with suspicion because of the murder of his high school girlfriend just before he left town decades ago. This film really resonated with me, because I also grew up in a country town in Victoria (albeit at the opposite end of the state to where the film is set, and where most years we were more worried about floods than drought). I could identify with the country town personalities portrayed, and the idea of returning to a home where you no longer belong. Narrowly edged out Promising Young Woman.

    Worst film watched: Yongary, Monster from the Deep. A Korean attempt to create a Godzilla-style franchise that fails on every level. While some problems may stem from the English dub I watched, that cannot excuse the shoddy special effects; the leaden plot that consists mostly of filler as the protagonists attempt to locate the monster (and how you lose a giant monster that is rampaging across the country is a question that is never addressed); wooden acting; and a child character who was undoubtedly intended to to be cute and adorable, but who comes across as obnoxious and irritating, who is given way too much focus. Even the MST3K treatment only makes this barely watchable.

    Best Animated Film: I didn't watch a lot of animated films last year, but the best of them was Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet; an entertaining mystery film that segues into an action finale on a runaway train, which I thoroughly enjoyed despite being not entirely au fait with the Detective Conan characters.

    Best discovery: Wild Tales. A 2014 Argentine black comedy anthology film composed of six standalone shorts, all written and directed by DamiŠn Szifron, united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. These from a case of road rage which gets completely out of hand, to a bride who extracts a humiliating revenge on her cheating fiance at their wedding reception, to a man whose life is destroyed by a city's draconian parking laws and strikes back explosively. Brilliant—provided you don't mind subtitles—although there will be moments where you will be wondering “Should I really be laughing at this?”.

    Best guilty pleasure: Clue, a 1985 black comedy mystery film based on the board game of the same name. Written by John Landis and directed by Jonathan Lynn, and features an ensemble cast including Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Khan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren. It was originally released with three different endings (all three are included on the DVD), and I can watch it again and again without becoming any less funny.
    Last edited by foxley; 01-03-2022 at 11:00 PM.

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