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    77. The Dreamers (2003) - ★★★
    78. You Again (2010) - ★★★
    79. Cold War (2012) - ★★★★
    80. Man Of Tai Chi (2013) - ★★★
    81. Cold War 2 (2016) - ★★★★
    82. Believer (2018) - ★★★★
    83. Vacation Friends (2021) - ★★★★
    84. Cobweb (2023) - ★★★★
    85. Heart Of Stone (2023) - ★★★★★
    86. Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny (2023) - ★★★★
    87. No Hard Feelings (2023) - ★★★★
    88. T.I.M. (2023) - ★★★
    89. Vacation Friends 2 (2023) - ★★★
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    Updating my movie log:

    101. Beetlejuice: (1988) - I decided to watch this again when I found out Beetlejuice 2 (or maybe it's Beetlejuice 2024?) was on the horizon. Michael Keaton as the title character really isn't in the film all that much but he does leave an impression. Instead of exorcising evil spirits, Beetlejuice/Beetleguese exorcises the living from haunted houses.
    102. The Pit and the Pendulum: (1961)
    103. The Giant Claw: (1957)
    104. The Fugitive (1993) 40th anniversary of this Harrison Ford movie. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar for supporting actor but lead actor Harrison Ford wasn't. If you are familiar with the city of Chicago, there were many cameos by familiar faces in cast. There were several Chicago TV news reporters featured in a scene outside of a hotel. One of them is Lester Holt
    105. Tale of Two Cities (1935)
    106. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
    107. Sherlock Holmes and the The House of Fear (1945)
    108. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
    109. Big Top PeeWee (1988) - Lacks the charm of the first PeeWee Herman film
    110. Last Voyage of the Demeter - (2023) - Inspired by a chapter in the novel Dracula, this was a good old fashioned horror film. The gore is kept to a minimum and it relies on pacing and suspense to hold your interes.
    111. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - (2004) A hilarious take on competitive sports
    112. Creature from the Haunted Sea - (1961) Early Roger Corman film about a gangster who uses a fake sea monster to
    113. War of the Colossal Beast - Sequel to the Amazing Colossal Man
    114. The Flash (2023) - Not as bad as some reviews have said. I admit I did watch it to see Michael Keaton's return as Batman/Bruce Wayne
    115. Thirteen Ghosts (2001) - Updated version of the 1959 movie with Vincent Price.
    116. Die Hard - (1988) - Everyones' favorite Christmas movie
    117. Little Shop of Horrors (1960) - director/producer Roger Corman shot this film in just 2 days. This was one of Jack Nicholson's first films. He has a small role as the patient of a dentist.
    118. Jeepers Creepers (2001) - This movie has great beginning but it sputters a bit at the end.
    119. Die Hard with a Vengeance - (1995) Sequel to the orginal Die Hard only this time Bruce Willis goes up against the brother of Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman) who is played by Jeremy Irons. One of the few sequels that is as good as the original.
    120. Legend of Hell House - (1973/Amazon Prime Video) Underrated haunted house movie, adapted from Richard Matheson's novel.
    121. Thirty Days of Night - (2007) A remote outpost in Barrow, Alaska is beseiged by a tribe of vampires as the town enters its annual dark time. In actuality, Barrow goes dark for over 60 days. Execellent take on vampires that dispenses with the guy in a tuxendo look of traditional movie vampires. Based on Dark Horse comics series.
    122. The Ghost and the Darkness -(1996) - Based on a true story, this is a somewhat fictionalized film depicting the hunt for 2 deadly lions that terrorized a construction team team trying to build a railway system in South Africa. Known as the Killers of Tsavo, the hunter that finally got them had them stuffed and they eventually were donated to the Field Museum in Chicago.
    123. Little Shop of Horrors - (1986) - A rare bird, this a horror comedy musical and probably the only other one besides Rocky Horror Picture Show. Great music and with cameos by Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist with Bill Murry as his willing patient
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    Movie #91/ New Movie #66: Robin Redbreast (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    This was creepy. Itís a British TV movie about a woman in her thirties who moves into a small town after a break-up, and the mannered stylings help obscure whatís really going on. Itís obviously influenced by Rosemaryís Baby, while heralding folk horror films to come. The surviving copy isnít the best, but itís much better than not having this at all.

    Movie #92/ New Movie #67: Barbie (Movie Theater)
    It does a lot, but generally successfully. Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera are great as the leads; I wouldnít mind any of them getting Oscar nominated. Thereís a weird logic to it as a symbol tries to figure out what she means.

    Part of the reason itís a box office hit is that Barbie hasnít been overexposed in film, but I bet there are a lot of conversations about sequels and spinoffs for a Barbie or Mattel Cinematic Extended Universe.

    Short Movie #14: The Sermon (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    Itís a solid creepy short, exploring the homophobia that is a natural part of folk horror, but ignored in the earlier films. The twist works.

    Movie #93: To Catch a Thief (DVD)
    I watched this on a DVD that may not be the best version of the film- I suspect itíll soon have some good 4K restoration soon, but itís not yet available in the format in physical media. Itís low stakes for Hitchcock, although an excellent showcase for Grant and Kelly. Itís a bit dull in the first half, until a twist when someoneís understanding is much more complex than initially understood.

    Movie #94/ New Movie #68: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Movie Theater)
    This was kinda dull. Indiana Jones has literally become an elderly guy who yells at young neighbors playing their rock music. Some of the action scenes have an energy of staff at a nursing home dealing with someone grumpy and confused. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is okay as the co-lead; she seems to be going for a Katherine Hepburn or Barbara Stanwyck vibe which fits the series. Unfortunately, the filmís just dull when itís not depressing. Crystal Skull was more fun. An underappreciated reason this flopped is that itís not a fun movie to watch again and again.

    Movie #95/ New Movie #69: Alisonís Birthda
    y (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    This Australian horror movie feels amateurish at times. There are some creepy sequences, like an ouija board that feels different than what weíve seen before. But some moments there take me out of the story. The larger conspiracy has some okay twists, and the ending is good enough that it elevates the film to one that Iíll give a mild recommendation to.

    Movie #96/ New Movie #70: Tilbury (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    The Icelanic TV movie takes the old myth of an imp that steals food, and applies it to Iceland at an uncomfortable time, when the British and Americans took over during World War 2. That makes for a film thatís definitely not generic, and has a completely different visual system.

    Movie #97/ New Movie #71: Leptricia (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    Itís a fifty year old made for TV film from Yugoslavia, so production values are a concern; it reminds me of similar Estonian projects in the vibes and acting. The drama is okay and thereís a good sense of the working class environment. The menace is set up well and comes to an adequate conclusion.

    Short Movie #15: The Rabbit in Australia (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    Itís a brief history of rabbits in Western culture and the problem in Australia included as an extra on a folk horror box set to go along with a film about a girl in Australia affected by anti-rabbit attitudes. There is some matter of fact footage of dead bunnies.

    Movie #98/ New Movie #72: The Day After Trinity (Criterion Channel)
    The Criterion Channel made this available for free do the interest in Oppenheimer. Itís a solid talking heads documentary with the benefit of having ridiculously accomplished individuals talking about a major accomplishment and unsettled questions. Itís a good companion to Oppenheimer, showing what some of the people looked like, adding key context and providing a different perspective of it all.

    Short Movie #16: Satanic Panic in Australia from Rosaleen Norton to Alisonís Birthday (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    A solid extra to an Alisonís Birthday blu-ray which provides a context to why Australians were so freaked out about the occult, with attention to subversive artist Rosaleen Norton. Itís a decent extra that provides insight into the main film.

    Short Movie #17: A White Spot on the Back of the Head (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    Itís an Icelandic student film that was an extra for Tilbury, another folklore based film by director Vidar Vikingsson. There are some clever moments, but this is when the director was an amateur with relatively limited resources.

    Short Movie #18: Hunting the Nazi Gold Train (Paramount +)
    I watched this with my dad who is a train and history buff. It covers some of the history of missing gold and other valuables stolen by the Nazis, and why some Polish explorers think theyíll be able to get it with a little bit of money and permission. It does seem manipulative in the way it hides key information, like when a Geophysics professor reaches a conclusion that sets up an egghead VS regular people conflict.

    Movie #99/ New Movie #73: Dark Waters (From the All These Haunts Be Ours Blu-Ray collection)
    Itís okay. It definitely has some 90s euro vibes, which isnít my cup of tea. The production values seem more like syndicated genre-TV (Babylon 5, Xena) though the atmosphere is creepy, and the family secret lives up to the hype.

    Movie #100/ New Movie #74: Umberto Eco: A Library of the World (Movie Theater)
    Itís a bit disjointed, and Iím not a hundred percent sure itís better than 80 minutes of curated Youtube videos on Umberto Eco. But itís pleasant, and provides the sense of what this great writer gained by being a voracious reader. His sense of humor, and willingness to borrow from high culture and pulp carries through.

    Movie #101/ New Movie #75: Double Mommy (DVD)
    This is just trashy and ridiculous.

    Movie #102/ New Movie #76: The Last of Sheila (DVD)
    This mystery is a bit of a slow burn. The lack of an audience surrogate character may be necessary for the resolution, but it did make it hard for me to connect the film. I suspect at the time, the actors were better-known, so audiences could connect to characters. It took about half an hour for the film to click for me, when we get the sense of whatís really going on.

    And then it gets good. And it doesnít go the conventional route, in terms of revelations, further twists and the overall solution. There are some decent set pieces. And itís funny to see Ian Mcshane as an actor at thirty, since Iím much more familiar with his later work.

    Movie #103/ New Movie #77: Okja (Netflix)
    This is a bit of a Rosetta stone for Bong Joon Ho, his second Hollywood sci-fi film and one that explores themes of exploitation and capitalism that are crystalized in Parasite. It did make one of my friends cry, even if she agreed it is a well-made film.
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    Movie #104/ New Movie #78: Talk to Me (Movie Theater)
    Itís important to note that this Australian horror film gets about as messed up as Smile or Hereditary. The sense of dread is phenomenal. Granted, a movie about people trying to see ghosts is going to be creepy. It works pretty well as a metaphor for losing yourself to psychedelics. It does seem like these young idiots should get an adult and see if thereís a specialist, although that may be part of the story for the sequel.

    Movie #105: Coco (DVD)
    The Criterion Channel made this available for free do the interest in Oppenheimer. Itís a solid talking heads documentary with the benefit of having ridiculously accomplished individuals talking about a major accomplishment and unsettled questions. Itís a good companion to Oppenheimer, showing what some of the people looked like, adding key context and providing a different perspective of it all.

    Movie #106: Bad Education (DVD)
    Thereís a bit of an odd structure to it in that itís initially evasive about what is going on with Hugh Jackmanís superintendent. It kinda works as a procedural, with a student reporter exposing it all. Itís a great conversation starter on entitlement, budget questions and education. Allison Janney is terrific as someone whose corruption is exposed.

    Movie #107/ New Movie #79: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (MAX)
    The story is so rich and well-documented that a two-hour documentary is a teaser for more extensive projects. It tackles the important question of why a woman would lie so brazenly about something so serious, and there are some decent stories like the suspicious grandson of a former Secretary of State and the bipartisan efforts to go after whistleblowers.

    Movie #108/ New Movie #80: Sound of Freedom (Movie Theater)
    If the American right has fallen in love with a movie in which admirable men cry, a Qanon loving actor presents a special message about how the real heroes are two BIPOC children, and the good guys include a working man from Honduras, Columbian authorities and a former cartel member, thatís a good thing. So much of the controversy is deeply stupid. Itís not perfect, but itís a well-made thriller about facing true evil. Bill Camp gives my second favorite supporting performance of the year as someone who did bad things, for whom the road to redemption was not obvious. There are clever twists and investigative techniques.

    Movie #109: Suyiyaki Western Django (DVDI)
    I enjoyed it more on a rewatch. I guess if Sergio Leoneís films were spaghetti westerns, this would be a sushi western, bringing a Japanese sensibility to it all. Tonally, thereís a mismatch at times with fun sequences, and stuff that doesnít fit that. There is a good twist with a legendary shooter, and the sensibility is interesting, even if the actors are inconsistent. Tarantinoís in it, and heís one of the better ones, though the villain is pretty good.

    Movie #110/ New Movie #81: Trading Places (Download rental)
    I was watching this on my Ipad on an airplane, and realized itís much more R-rated than expected, with nudity and slurs that would be much more controversial now. But the story of a wall street trader and street hustler put in each otherís shows is quite decent, with great sequences and a fantastic cast.

    Movie #111/ New Movie #82: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
    It reminds me of Donít Look Back with the footage of a young and immensely popular artist dealing with fame and expectations. For Basquiat, we get a sense of a man who is talented and too sensitive, as well as the world he lived in. Although it seems a bit ambiguous on the important question of whether he was properly rated.

    Movie #112/ New Movie #83: Mary and Max (DVD)
    This was a weird film about an unconventional friendship. I went into it knowing very little, which might be ideal, given the twists and surprises. One reassurance would be that there is no hint of a romantic relationship between the title characters. Itís funny and quirky, although at times close to mean-spirited in a direct childrenís book kind of way.

    Movie #113/ New Movie #84: Weird- The Al Yankovich Story (Airplane)
    It was a smart move to use Weird Al to parody the tropes of musical biopics. Daniel Radcliffe is quite solid as this version of a hit musician.

    Movie #114/ New Movie #85: Legally Blonde (DVD)
    The legal comedy is imperfect, but a good vehicle for Reese Witherspoon. And there are plenty of funny sequences, and opportunities to subvert expectations.

    Movie #115: Singiní in the Rain (4K Blu-Ray)
    My brother hinted heíd be cool with 4Kblurays as a birthday gift, so I got him a bunch including this one. Itís so much fun. It may be the best musical ever. Part of what makes it work is that the sequences are plausibly diegetic, coming from actors who donít take themselves too seriously.

    Short Movie #19: Girl Chewing Gum (Mubi)
    I watched this with my dad who is a train and history buff. It covers some of the history of missing gold and other valuables stolen by the Nazis, and why some Polish explorers think theyíll be able to get it with a little bit of money and permission. It does seem manipulative in the way it hides key information, like when a Geophysics professor reaches a conclusion that sets up an egghead VS regular people conflict.

    Movie #116: Dr. Strange (Disney+)
    Watching it again, this is one of the most visually distinctive MCU films. Perhaps it sets up problems for later movies with the obvious reliance on CGI, and the mostly successful move of swapping Downey Jrís Iron Man for Cumberbatchís Dr Strange. But it works pretty well at depicting a screw-upís complex recovery.

    Movie #117: From Russia With Love (Blu-Ray)
    I remember really liking this when it was on broadcast TV, and I wonder if the early Bond films are boringly shot. Thatís fine if youíre watching it on television, where it stands out in comparison to syndicated shows. But itís not more impressive than contemporary Hollywood productions. There is still a good sense of mood. And Sean Conneryís Bond is an all-time great lead.

    Movie #118/ New Movie #86: The Death of Dick Long (DVD)
    I have to imagine some night in the middle of filming Everything Everywhere All At Once where a member of the cast announces that they have a DVD of a film made by one of the directors, and they should all check it out. And then they get this. Itís an imperfect execution of a gonzo concept but it is understandable in terms of the willingness to stick with such flawed characters that the director did soon get an Oscar.

    Movie #119/ New Movie #87: The Great Waltz (DVD)
    I watched this film since Polish-Estonian actress Miliza Korjus (who was nominated for an Oscar) has a connection to a family friend. Sheís pretty good as the other woman, giving the mistress some decency. The production is lavish, although the story is quite cliched, and I suspect it was seen so at the time.

    Movie #120/ New Movie #88: Hoosiers (DVD)
    It took me a little while to start enjoying the film. It may be the style which is often matter of fact (a review described the lead as struggling to articulate himself or understand his anger, which makes for a good movie but requires set-up), or how it sets up multiple threads about different characters, so once they start being challenged, the story becomes more engrossing. It could also be that I didnít have an obvious entry point to a film about a small town high school basketball team in the 1950s, growing up in New York City and not caring about sports.

    But there came a point when the film clicked. Gene Hackman is excellent as the mysterious new coach, pulling off the difficult trick of being likable and complicated. Dennis Hopper is quite good as the town drunk, struggling to stay sober when given a new chance in the spotlight.
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    90. Made For Each Other (2009) - ★★★★
    91. The Last Days Of Emma Blank (2009) - ★★★
    92. Antigang (2015) - ★★★
    93. Three (2016) - ★★★
    94. Hot Dog (2018) - ★★★★
    95. Concrete Utopia (2023) - ★★★
    96. Face Off 6: The Ticket Of Destiny (2023) - ★★★
    97. Invalid (2023) - ★★★
    98. Meg 2: The Trench (2023) (2023) - ★★★
    99. Nandor Fodor And The Talking Mongoose (2023) - ★★★★
    100. Natty Knocks (2023) - ★★★
    101. No One Will Save You (2023) - ★★★★★
    102. Nowhere (2023) - ★★★★
    103. Operation Napoleon (2023) - ★★★
    104. Reptile (2023) - ★★★
    105. Talk To Me (2022) - ★★★★
    106. The Squad: Home Run (2023) - ★★★★
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    124. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) - Laurie Strode has to protect her teen-aged son from her manical brother Michael aka the Shape. Few of the Halloween sequels are very good but this one is above average.
    125. The Prestige (2006) - Two rival stage magicians compete to create the ultimate illustion. Directed by Christopher Nolan
    126. The Mist (2007) - Based on novella by Stephen King
    127. Them! (1954) - Well made sci fi and one of the first to blame mutations on atomic testing. Featuring a pre-Gunsmoke James Arness and Leonard Nimoy in a brief role as Army sargeant.
    128. House on Haunted Hill (1999) - Loosely based on the 1959 version with Vincent Price. Geoffrey Rush takes on the role played by Vincent Price and as an homage his characer's name is Stephen Price.
    129. Night of the Living Dead (1990)
    130. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    131. A Night at the Opera (1935)
    132. The Haunted Palace (1963)
    133. Wuthering Heights (1939)
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    107. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) - ★★★★
    108. Inside (2007) - ★★★★★
    109. Rogue (2007) - ★★★★
    110. Train (2008) - ★★★
    111. Revenge For Jolly! (2012) - ★★★
    112. Thale (2012) - ★★★★
    113. Dug Up (2013) - ★★★
    114. Killer Toon (2013) - ★★★★
    115. Nurse 3D (2013) - ★★★★★
    116. Night Of Something Strange (2016) - ★★★
    117. The Retaliators (2022) - ★★★
    118. 2 (2023) - ★★★★★
    119. Bad Education: Directors Cut (2023) - ★★★★
    120. Dark Harvest (2023) - ★★★
    121. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) - ★★★★
    122. Saw X (2023) - ★★★★★
    123. The Boogeyman (2023) - ★★★★
    124. The Childe (2023) - ★★★★
    125. The Equalizer 3 (2023) - ★★★
    126. The Last Voyage Of The Demeter (2023) - ★★★★
    127. The Nun II (2023) - ★★★★
    128. Totally Killer (2023) - ★★★
    129. When Evil Lurks (2023) - ★★★★★
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    Movie #121/ New Movie #89: Black Girl (Movie Theater)
    This is a film that can be appreciated in its context as the first major Sub-Saharan project and a snapshot of a particular cultural time. But itís also quite effective as a showcase of a woman in turmoil, going to a foreign land with high expectations and discovering that life in France is worse than what she left behind in Africa, and languishing in an inability to communicate, as well as the carelessness of her employers.

    Movie #122/ New Movie #90: Dumb Money (Movie Theater)
    It really wants to be The Social Network, and not just because Aaron Sorkin was the first choice for screenwriter and its based on a book treatment by Ben Mezrich. It just seems to go for similar vibes. The results are fine, although it seems to try to hard to be pro-Reddittor propaganda.

    Movie #123: The Dark Knight (Movie Theater)
    So the Writers and Actors Guild strikes are bad for the film industry and bad for creative types, but since it leads to movie theaters playing the Dark Knight trilogy again, and various other weird repertory things that wouldnít be expected outside of arthouse cinemas, itís working out for me.

    Obviously, the Dark Knight is a great film. Ledgerís Joker is one of the best villains ever, and it clearly reached the public consciousness, but it seems underappreciated in serious analysis. Joker is so effective as an agent of chaos, who just pushes everyone else to their absolute limits and raises interesting questions about whether might makes right when the bad guy is just ridiculously effective.

    I wonder if Eric Roberts has ever alluded to the idea that he had a pretty big role in a film more significant than anything his sister ever did.

    Movie #124/ New Movie #91:Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (DVD)
    Itís amateurish and promising, a low-budget film school project made by a future Oscar winning director, a proof of concept for something like La La Land. But there are some good moments, in the depiction of everyday awkwardness and even more heightened awkwardness, like an innocent encounter between a young woman and a retired cop that they have to explain to the guyís daughter. The musicís pretty good since this was also a calling card for Justin Hurwitz.

    Movie #125/ New Movie #92: Bluebeardís Eighth Wife (DVD)
    This kinda feels like a film Netflix would have commissioned if they existed in the 1930s. Itís an A-list director Ernst Lubitsch (with Billy Wilder on screenplay) adapting a major property (remake of a Norma Shearer silent film which was itself an adaptation of a French theatrical farce) with a major cast (Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper and David Niven have four Oscars between them.) The first half is kind of slow, with Cooper miscast as a high-strung millionaire. The second half is an underwritten revenge scheme. There are some decent moments, although the main reason to watch this is the weirdness that it got made at all.

    Movie #126: Stop Making Sense (Imax)
    Man, it was worth seeing this on Imax. I might appreciate it even more if I was a bit more into David Byrne or the Talking Heads. Some critic had an illuminating point that this functions quite well as the story of a weird guy giving in to the power of music, and making friends.

    I can appreciate the focus on what itís like on stage, with a combination of catchy songs and an unconventional way of introducing everything, with one player of the band joining at a time. And then thereís the literal rock star charisma of David Byrne, in a way thatís a bit odd, but the film is evidence that he could have been a movie star as well; he gives off Jeff Goldblum and Daniel Day Lewis vibes.

    Movie #127/ New Movie #93: The Creator (Movie Theater)
    Itís a new sci-fi story outside of any established universe with its own well-established backstory and sense of aesthetic. The production values are really good, and it depicts a suitably messy conflict and one guyís realization that he was very much in the wrong. Some twists are predictable, but there is a good sense of the realism in outlandish scenarios.

    Movie #128/ New Movie #94: A Haunting in Venice (Movie Theater)
    Itís an okay locked room mystery. The Venice setting is used well and there are some interesting twists.

    Movie #129/ New Movie #95: Marty (DVD)
    Itís a relatively short film about a likable guy deciding to make the right decision despite pressure against him. Itís just nice to see a film about someone so salt of the earth.

    Movie #130: Avengers: Infinity War (Blu-Ray)
    This is a pretty good escalation of the previous Avengers films, bringing in Dr Strange, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther. Thanos and his death cult are sufficiently impressive villains. Recent movies have shown that this film wasnít guaranteed to land as well as it did.

    Movie #131: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Blu-Ray)
    The highlight is obviously the expressionistic sets, but it is worth checking out for the other reason because this was at one point the best movie ever made. The competition was the work of DW Griffith, and various serials.

    Short Movie #20: From Caligari to Hitler (Blu-Ray)
    This is a decent extra on the Kino Caligari blu-ray, a documentary that looks at the historical context of films in Weimar Germany while considering a criticís views that this also says something about how German Society would go very wrong (even if it was not an example of that.)

    Movie #132: Frankenstein (DVD)
    The first big Universal film seems a bit unfinished at times, but comes with one of the great film monsters in Karloffís Frankenstein.

    Movie #133: Bride of Frankenstein (DVD)
    I have to agree with the consensus that this sequel is better than the original, building on the story and its themes, while introducing some new concepts and sticking with excellent production designs, and benefitting from a director who has much more fluid camera motion than was the typical in the early sound era.

    Movie #134: The Invisible Man (Amazon Prime Video)
    Along with the first two Frankenstein films, and The Old Dark House, this is a reminder that James Whale is one of the best horror directors ever. The story just covers what the reaction would be if a lunatic was able to turn invisible. Itís a great showcase for the mostly offscreen Claude Rains, the debut of a major film career.

    Movie #136/ New Movie #96: Kadaicha (Blu Ray- All the Haunts Be Ours collection)
    This Australian teens targeted by ghosts film is generic and weirdly shot. Thereís a level of amateurishness that Iím not used to. The plot and ghosts are mostly stuff weíve seen before. The big difference is the aboriginal connection. The metaphor of kids trying to get their parents to admit mistakes and heal tormented spirits is rather on the nose, but is ahead of its time.
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    Movie #137/ New Movie #97: Killers of the Flower Moon (Movie Theater)
    This is a good and rich film on multiple levels. Lily Gladstone excels in a difficult performance, depicting someone poisoned by her family unable to articulate her suspicions. DeCaprio is bold for his willingness to play someone so vile and stupid. Weíve been waiting decades for a Scorsese/ DeCaprio/ De Niro film and it is worth the time. Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow and Jesse Pleimons are great. I wouldnít mind a surprise Oscar nomination for any of them, although it may be a good idea to push for Tantoo Cardinal or Cara Jade Myers in the now open Best Supporting Actress category, with their depiction of other victims of the plot. This is an important film that allows for a lot of nuance and discussion, without obscuring how vile the betrayal was.

    Movie #138/ New Movie #98: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-Ray)
    It really should be called Abbott and Costello meet Dracula, given Bela Lugosiís bigger role. Itís a decent comedy vehicle as two dopes intersect with Universal horror monsters, though I may miss part of their appeal. There might be some context in which theyíre funnier.

    Movie #139: Night of the Living Dead (Criterion Blu-Ray)
    It feels like it was made years into the genre, rather than something that created an entirely new type of film monster. Itís good enough that it might never be surpassed, just because there will never be a zombie film where people arenít expected to be aware of the living dead series.

    Movie #140/ New Movie #99: The Quatermass Xperiment
    Competent and sometimes enjoyable, but often boring.

    Short Movie #21: The Telltale Heart
    The 1957 short narrated by James Mason is astounding. The sense of mood is exceptional.

    Movie #141/ New Movie #100: Sleeper Must Awaken: Making Dune (Arrow Video Player)
    Itís a relatively typical behind the scenes documentary, although it does show the level of care and thought that was put into an epic flop. There are plenty of decent anecdotes, like why Patrick Stewart came in at the last moment or Orson Wellesí response to a casting offer.

    Movie #142/ New Movie #101: The Great Ziegfeld (DVD)
    The early Best Picture winner tells the story of a great but often broke producer in the style of his shows, where every and now everything is paused for an extravagant showpiece. There are some really impressive performances, especially the Fanny Brice cameo.

    Movie #143/ New Movie #102: The Slumber Party Massacre (Arrow Video Player)
    Tonally itís a mess, a script that was a satire of horror movies produced as a generic horror movie, just more ridiculous than most. I guess thereís an excuse for the cliches.

    Movie #144: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Movie Theater)
    Watching it on the big screen, the visuals are really impressive. The character designs are astounding, and theyíve got a sense of three visual schemes: Halloween, Christmas and the unholy amalgamation. The songs are excellent. The storyís a bit thin.

    Short Movie #22: Italianamerican (Criterion Blu-Ray)
    Martin Scorsese makes enjoyable home movies.

    Movie #145/ New Movie #103: Pendaís Fen (Blu Ray- All the Haunts Be Ours collection)
    This is just a weird and interesting example of English folk horror, as a young religiously conservative man grapples with same-sex desires and the realization he is destined for something evil and twisted. Itís a weird and new mythology that unfolds in such a matter of fact way.

    Movie #146/ New Movie #104: The Marvels (Movie Theater)
    The Captain Marvel sequel is a mixed bag. I like the central dynamic between Danvers, Rambeau and fangirl Kamala Khan. Some of the sequences are impressive. I donít quite buy the central drama of why Danvers hasnít been back to Earth (her character seems undefined and almost detached), and the main villain is generic. The herding cats and musical planet sequences are fun, although likely could have been done better.

    Movie #147/ New Movie #105: Itís a Wonderful Knife (Movie Theater)
    Seems up my alley as a fan of Itís a Wonderful Life and horror films. The angel design is decent. I didnít care for it. I just donít buy how bad things get, even with a potential supernatural explanation. There is also something odd about a horror movie where casualties are so inconsequential, because of the possibility the hero will fix everything.

    Movie #148/ New Movie #106: The Holdovers (Movie Theater)
    It feels like a New Hollywood film focusing on a character study (Five Easy Pieces, The Graduate), something that would get its own Criterion edition. Itís a good piece about some very different characters forced together, all much more complicated than is immediately apparent. DaíVine Joy Randolph ends up stealing the show, given what sheís been through and how that shapes her, and I recognize that if this film were made in the early 1970s when it was set, her role would be much smaller. Giamati is fearless, and Dominic Sessa has an amazing debut as a kid who seems privileged and obnoxious, but has great complexity.

    Movie #149/ New Movie #107: The Killer (Movie Theater)
    Itís a decent drama about a hitman seeking revenge that pokes fun at the stereotypical criminal philosopher showing how full of **** they really are. And because itís David Fincher, it is beautifully shot.

    Short Movie #23: The Pledge (Blu Ray- All the Haunts Be Ours collection)
    This short about highwaymen honoring a promise to an executed comrade unfolds in a matter of fact manner, and gets to an interesting conclusion.

    Short Movie #24: Parent Teacher (Arrow Video Player)
    This is an impressive short film, taking a simple concept of a parent teacher conference where the parents are acting like high-school brats, and making it one unbroken shot. And the central performance of a new teacher breaking down just works.

    Movie #150/ New Movie #108: The Perfume of the Lady in Black
    This is different than the usual Giallo, showcasing a young womanís breakdown in the wake of a Rosemaryís Baby style conspiracy. The atmosphere is decent. Itís nice and creepy.

    I got to 150 movies. I expect there will be more.
    Thomas Mets

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    YES!! I reached 150. As I've mentoned below, it's always a joy for me to watch some of my oldie favourites with my two teenage sons and some maybe not so favourites but ones I deem classics and they should see. Some old movies I got to appreciate and like much more than when I watched in my younger years were Fiddler on the Roof and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Ridley Scott's Legend which I kind of fondly remembered turned out to be a real chore. The dud of the recent selection of movies turned out to be 2 Guns. How could Denzel have agreed to play in such a contrived piece of garbage? I saw my first movie in a ScreenX theatre - The Creator. The movie wasn't bad, the experience pretty uneventful. Blue Beetle turned out be a very enjoyabe movie whereas The Marvels....oh dear, what can I say but it has to be the worst movie in the MCU. Yes even worse than Captain Marvel, Thor: The Dark World and The Eternals. A classic which I only recently got to see was 84 Charing Cross Road with Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and Judi Dench - what a delight!

    1. Chaos Walking (2021)
    2. Military Wives (2019)
    3. Forushande (2016)
    4. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019)
    5. Overcomer (2019)
    6. The Northman (2022)
    7. Made in Italy (2020)
    8. Burzynski: The Cancer Cure Cover-Up (2016)
    9. Angel Has Fallen (2019)
    10. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
    11. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)
    12. The Parent Trap (1961)
    13. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)
    14. The Silent Twins (2022)
    15. Escape to Victory (1981)
    16. Guillermo del Toroís Pinocchio (2022)
    17. The Fabelmans (2022)
    18. Event Horizon (1997)
    19. The Man from Laramie (1955)
    20. She Said (2022)
    21. Enola Holmes 2 (2022)
    22. Slumberland (2022)
    23. Roald Dahlís Matilda the Musical (2022)
    24. Empire of Light (2022)
    25. 9 (2009)
    26. Eo (2022)
    27. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania (2023)
    28. The Old Guard (2020)
    29. 6 Underground (2019)
    30. A Man Called Otto (2022)
    31. The Whale (2022)
    32. Freedom Writers (2007)
    33. The Last Airbender (2010)
    34. Living (2022)
    35. Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)
    36. Rescued by Ruby (2022)
    37. The Wonder (2022)
    38. Godís Not Dead: We the People (2021)
    39. Murder Mystery (2019)
    40. Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
    41. The Sea Beast (2022)
    42. American Underdog (2021)
    43. Murder Mystery 2 (2023)
    44. The Finest Hours (2016)
    45. Midnight Special (2016)
    46. Daddyís Home (2015)
    47. The Breadwinner (2017)
    48. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
    49. Bumblebee (2018)
    50. Creed III (2023)
    51. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
    52. Rio Bravo (1959)
    53. My Fatherís Dragon (2022)
    54. Back to the Future (1985)
    55. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
    56. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
    57. The Duke (2020)
    58. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
    59. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    60. Esio Trot (2015)
    61. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)
    62. Yojimbo (1961)
    63. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    64. Fortress (1992)
    65. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    66. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
    67. Fatherhood (2021)
    68. Tales of the Black Freighter (2009)
    69. Still Alice (2014)
    70. Persona (1966)
    71. Let Him Go (2020)
    72. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
    73. Emily (2022)
    74. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    75. I Still Believe (2020)
    76. The Social Dilemma (2020)
    77. Wonder Woman (1974)
    78. 21 (2008)
    79. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    80. Wonder Woman (1975 TV Pilot Movie)
    81. The Flash (2023)
    82. Wonder Woman (2011 TV Movie)
    83. 12 Mighty Orphans (2021)
    84. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    85. Aquaman (2006 TV Movie)
    86. Glory Road (2006)
    87. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
    88. Home Team (2022)
    89. Sand Castle (2017)
    90. Toscana (2022)
    91. Knowing (2009)
    92. Our Souls at Night (2017)
    93. RRR (2022)
    94. Erico Piaggio: Vespa (2019)
    95. Rose Island (2020)
    96. Legend (1985)
    97. Oppenheimer (2023)
    98. Scarface (1983)
    99. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    100. Alien: Covenant (2017)
    101. Split (2016)
    102. Glass (2019)
    103. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    104. The Invisible Man (2020)
    105. The Sisters Brothers (2018)
    106. The Rover (2014)
    107. 30 Days of Night (2007)
    108. Si accettano miracoli (2015)
    109. Frankenweenie (2012)
    110. Blue Beetle (2023)
    111. The Way (2010)
    112. At Any Price (2012)
    113. The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)
    114. The Equaliser (2014)
    115. Twilight (2008)
    116. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
    117. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
    118. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Ė Part 1 (2011)
    119. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Ė Part 2 (2012)
    120. Extraction II (2023)
    121. The Equalizer 2 (2018)
    122. 2 Guns (2013)
    123. Sound of Freedom (2023)
    124. Greyhound (2020)
    125. The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry (2023)
    126. Watership Down (1978)
    127. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
    128. Unicorn Store (2017)
    129. The 5th Wave (2016)
    130. El faro de las orcas (2016)
    131. TŠr (2022)
    132. Big Jake (1971)
    133. The Creator (2023)
    134. To the Bone (2017)
    135. Love at First Sight (2023)
    136. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
    137. La haine (1995)
    138. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    139. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    140. Near Dark (1987)
    141. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    142. Blue Jay (2016)
    143. Znachor/Forgotten Love (2023)
    144. Nyad (2023)
    145. Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)
    146. Rudy (1993)
    147. Speed Racer (2008)
    148. Alpha (2018)
    149. The Marvels (2023)
    150. Spy Game (2001)

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    This has not been a great year for me, and I have only just notched film no.100. Will I be able to cram another 50 in before the end of the year? Probably not, but I'll give it shot.

    My movies so far:

    1) Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)
    2) The Slime People (1963)
    3) Ready or Not (2019)
    4) Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989)
    5) New Town Killers (2008)
    6) Rocky Mountain (1950)
    7) Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (2023)
    8) Ghost Ship (2002)
    9) The Thirsty Dead (1974)
    10) The Amazing Maurice (2022)
    11) I Know what You Did Last Summer (1997)
    12) Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (2001)
    13) The Mercenary (1968)
    14) Fire Front (2022)
    15) The Ripper (1985)
    16) Ride or Die (2005)
    17) Watchmen (2009)
    18) The Hills Run Red (1965)
    19) The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002)
    20) The Perfect Score (2004)
    21) Booksmart (2019)
    22) Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
    23) Cowboy Zombies (2013)
    24) The Blue Lamp (1950)
    25) Cocaine Bear (2023)
    26) The Proposition (2005)
    27) The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
    28) The Hound of London (1993)
    29) Moana (2016)
    30) G.I. Joe: Resolute (2009)
    31) The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)
    32) The Firechasers (1971)
    33) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
    34) Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1960)
    35) I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
    36) Village of the Giants (1965)
    37) The Clovehitch Killer (2018)
    38) The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)
    39) Mysterious Island (1961)
    40) Adventure in Sahara (1938)
    41) Power of the Press (1943)
    42) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)
    43) Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (2010)
    44) Jane Got a Gun (2015)
    45) The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
    46) The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
    47) The Man Who Came Back (2008)
    48) Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)
    49) Black Rat (2010)
    50) The Deadly Mantis (1957)
    51) House of 9 (2005)
    52) Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (1989)
    53) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    54) The Manhunt (1984)
    55) Nite Tales: The Movie (2008)
    56) The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    57) Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
    58) Green for Danger (1946)
    59) Eden Lake (2008)
    60) Suicide Squad (2016)
    61) The Suicide Squad (2021)
    62) No Name on the Bullet (1959)
    63) The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)
    64) The Killing Kind (1973)
    65) The Sadist (1963)
    66) Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
    67) Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
    68) A Study in Scarlet (1933)
    69) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
    70) The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)
    71) Flavia the Heretic (1974)
    72) Appointment with Venus (1951)
    73) Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
    74) Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
    75) Grand Slam (1967)
    76) Revolver (1973)
    77) Tower of London (1962)
    78) They Live by Night (1948)
    79) Vice (2015)
    80) Derailed (2002)
    81) Kiss of Death (1947)
    82) Blacula (1972)
    83) Zombie Nightmare (1987)
    84) Posse (1975)
    85) The Horse Soldiers (1957)
    86) Shock (1946)
    87) A Haunting in Venice (2023)
    88) Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    89) Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
    90) Murder by Proxy (1954)
    91) Tower of London (1939)
    92) Pathology (2008)
    93) Deranged (2012)
    94) Frieda (1947)
    95) Snapshot (1979)
    96) Vampire Diary (2007)
    97) Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
    98) Hellzapoppin' (1941)
    99) It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
    100) Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)

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    130. A Guy Thing (2003) - ★★★★
    131. The Man From Nowhere (2010) - ★★★
    132. Coherence (2013) - ★★★
    133. Ashfall (2019) - ★★★★
    134. The Nest (2019) - ★★★
    135. Believer 2 (2023) - ★★★★★
    136. Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure Of Foggy Mountain (2023) - ★★★
    137. The Conference (2023) - ★★★
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    Thanks All For Once Again Making this a Nice Year for the Movie Challenge, I am So Very Happy to see so many participating again like last year and I am hoping to do this again for 2024, Same Rules and 150 Movies!

    If their are any changes or add-ons you like for me to do for 2024 just let me know, Thanks All of You again!
    "By Earth and Sky, By Craft and Hex -- By The Past and The Future Ė I Call HOPE Forth From The DARKNESS! I Speak The Words We Made Into MAGIC! Let THEIR Power Augment Our OWN! To Strike ONE BLOW From Our HEARTS and SOULS Ė From ALL THAT WE ARE! Let The CALL Go Forth -- AVENGERS! ASSEMBLE!" Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff ~~ From Avengers #689!

    Come Join and Learn about Wanda Maximoff at: The Scarlet Witch Appreciation Thread 2023!

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    Here are the rest of the movies for 2023.....

    133. Chamber of Horrors - (1966)
    134. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein - (1948)
    135. Snow Cake - (2006)
    136. Mark of the Vampire - (1935)
    137. Prince Valiant - (1954)
    138. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
    139. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    140. The Night Walker - (1964)
    141. The Nun 2 (2023)
    142. The Return of Count Yorga - (1971)
    143. Stargate - (1994)
    144. Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves - (1991)
    145. Rasputin - (1996)
    146. The Last Duel - (2021)
    147. The Canterville Ghost - (1944)
    148. Dead Again - (1991)
    149. A Haunting in Venice - (2023)
    150. Journey to the Center of the Earth - (1959)
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    My favorite new movies of the year are Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, Anatomy of a Fall, Poor Things and Godzilla Minus One. The best older films I watched for the first time this year were Blood on Satan's Claw, John Wick: Chapter 2, Memories of Murder, Black Girl, Trading Places, Mary and Max, and Marty.

    Movie #151/ New Movie #109: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Movie-Theater)
    I enjoyed the Hunger Games prequel, which works okay as a standalone or as more of what worked in the original series (teens thrust into life and death situations forced to play the media while fighting one another.) The traps and challenges are decent, as are the solutions. It's bold to feature an empathetic take on the future dictator- the relatively unknown Tom Blyth has a decent showcase here, as does Rachel Zegler, whose role as a performer plays to the actress's strengths. There is a very clear break where it may have been a better idea to split into two movies, because it takes a turn in structure, but I can understand the reasons not to go that way and to just go for one more bite at the apple.

    Short Movie #25: South Park- Join the Panderverse (Paramount Plus)
    This works pretty well as a standalone special which tackles multiverses, diverse reimaginings, and the larger cultural problems that tie into anxiety on all of that. For years I've believed that when South Park is good, there's no better satire and this is one of many examples. It targets Woke Hollywood and the people who obsess over it with decent gags and character moments.

    Movie #152/ New Movie #110: Anatomy of a Fall (Movie-Theater)
    It's a smart courtroom drama. I can't say how accurate it is to the French legal system, although it's intriguing to see things I take for granted in a different lens. I keep thinking about how an American version of this movie would be different, with melodramatic twists, emotional manipulation and obvious lessons where we know who the bad guys are. This version works, looking at what happens when a marriage comes under the scrutiny of a murder trial. Sandra HŁller is exceptional as a novelist in an absurd situation.

    Movie #153/ New Movie #111: Hotel Fear (Youtube)
    This is pretty much the only other film directed by Francesco Barilli after The Perfume of the Lady in Black, which was an interesting giallo (he did have some collaborations in the last decade.) In terms of genre, it's hard to place. A young woman in World War 2-era Italy tries to run a hotel surrounded by perverts and criminals. It doesn't become a giallo until an hour it when terrible things happen and lead to a violent reprisal. But there is a good sense of atmosphere and panic.

    Short Movie #26: Bob & Don- A Love Story (Youtube)
    Poignant recollections of a friendship between two of the funniest people ever. Of course the clips are going to be amazing.

    Short Movie #27: Danny & Annie (Movie Theater)
    This was an intro to a film I saw at the IFC, and it is so lovely and tender. It's moving enough when you've got animated versions of an elderly couple talking about how much they love each other, based on recordings from a public radio project. But then the last few minutes...

    Movie #154/ New Movie #112: Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (Movie-Theater)
    This was an interesting project, focusing on conversations some Estonian women have inside a sauna. It's progressive and feminist, with discussions of abortion, rape, the awkward process of coming out and health problems. It's well shot, and some of the conversations are powerful. It's interesting what isn't included. They don't talk much about their children and spouses, or professional ambitions, or at least those conversations didn't make the final cut.

    Short Movie #28: Life Beyond 2: The Museum of Alien Life (Youtube)
    This was a weird project, an excuse to show some CGI art and theorize about the potentially radically different life that could exist in new environments. The execution is decent.

    Movie #155/ New Movie #113: Silent Night (Movie-Theater)
    The John Woo revenge drama is visually interesting. The gimmick of the silent lead works okay with his difficulty making sense of life after a tragedy. It alternates between weird revenge fantasies that make John Wick and Sisu seem realistic, and scenes where we get a sense on the toll on the guy.

    Short Movie #29: Portrait of God (Youtube)
    Man, this short film is creepy. It makes better effect of dark colors being pixelated on modern screens than anything else I've seen, and conveys a concept effectively.

    Movie #156/ New Movie #114: Maestro (Movie-Theater)
    It does work better as a showcase for the Bernsteins than as a film; I wouldn't mind if Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan win Oscars for this. The movie seems to be a bit unsure of itself, which might make sense since the subject was never sure of himself and kept wanting to contradictory things: an introvert and an extrovert, an artist and a performer, a composer and a conductor, a devoted family man and a hedonist. And then the film has great moments like a musical sequence modeled on the films he worked on, or a performance by his children that shows love in a flawed family.

    Movie #157/ New Movie #115: Godzilla Minus One (Movie-Theater)
    This is probably my favorite Godzilla movie. The lead is one of the most interesting of any monster movie: a failed kamikaze pilot who finds himself with a found family after the devastation post-World War 2. Godzilla is scarier when technology is more primitive. The supporting cast surprises in positive ways: a woman introduced as being bitter that the lead survived while her children died helps take care of a baby. There is a bit of a "Good Bye, Lenin!" vibe with Japanese veterans finding purpose and accomplishment after being on the losing side of a global conflict.

    Short Movie #30: Doctor Who- The Star Beast (Disney+)
    Letterboxd thinks it's a short film and who am I to disagree? It's a solid Doctor Who story, where Donna Noble rejoins the fray and we get a decent A-plot in the tale of the adorable Meep hunted by the Wraiths, which has a good twist and a great trial scene. It's a satisfying new adventure for a duo that seemed done with it.

    Movie #158: Airplane! (DVD)
    Man, this is excellent. It's weird to consider why it works so well when so many other parodies fail. Maybe the gags are genius. Maybe it's how straight everyone plays it. It's hard to appreciate with Leslie Nielsen becoming a comedy star, but the big gimmick was getting a cast known for dramatic roles in a ridiculous riff on disaster films.

    Short Movie #31: Doctor Who- Wild Blue Yonder (Disney+)
    I expect to see the three Tennant/ Tate specials pop up in best of lists. This one's a solid example of something the series does well, an exploration of a space where one thing is creepy. And we get the beginning of the mavity running gag, and the final appearance of one of the best companions.

    Movie #159: Die Hard (Movie-Theater)
    It was great to see this on the big screen. One thing I appreciate is the attention to detail, as well as how McLane and his enemies figure out one another. It's a decent spotlight of decadent LA in the late 80s.
    Thomas Mets

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