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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
A Promising Young Woman was really really good. The basic premise is that Carey Mulligan's character has an act where she lures opportunistic rapists into thinking she's too intoxicated to resist, but after they try to take advantage of her, she turns the tables on the "nice guy" attackers.

The movie wasn't perfectly executed perhaps - there are some plot details that feel a bit awkward in retrospect - but emotionally it's a slam dunk. When the end music started playing and the credits began rolling, my jaw was on the floor. The movie pulls no punches describing rape culture and its effects on women. I also liked how
the only man in the movie who has a little bit of good in him is the scumbag lawyer who's had a probably irreversible mental breakdown after realizing how much damage he has done
This movie was fantastic and ruined my week and everyone should see it.

Definitely a movie where I simultaneously think people should try to go in blind but also feel like it needs a big old honking content warning.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
In the Heights is really freaking good, up there with the best movie musicals. It never feels like they're trying to shoehorn a stage show into a movie, it just flows naturally in and out of songs. Miranda's more story-focused songwriting definitely helps there, as there are fewer showstoppers to try and build around. It's also impeccably cast, in that everyone involved is both a good actor and a good singer.

I highly recommend it for anyone who likes musicals, or anyone who wants to watch a fundamentally cheerful and optimistic movie that never feels saccharine or fake. It is kind of long, though.
 

spines

behold my godlike
(she/her, or something)
watched the lost boys at a drive in movie tonight. was a lot of fun, a weird/trippy/flashy teen romance/horror/80s kidventure comedy thing that manages to work, and i really think it's because it's perfectly willing to be stupid as hell. most of the humor hits with the same tone as someone awkwardly trying to defuse a tense room, and so even though they're almost all written with the dumbest or most obvious punchlines i could imagine it actually works because they're recognizable as jokes even when you didn't expect them.

really one of the weirdest things about consuming media while getting older is just kind of seeing those sorts of obvious "period" elements of media over time. it's a really pleasantly 80s movie, which i say without any true nostalgia (having been born in '89), and that still really shines through the costuming and setting. this isn't something that's exclusive to movies set in the "real" world either (to me the "80s" elements of spaceballs land as much funnier than the star wars parody, for example), but it's really fun here with all of the random people in the opening and the flamboyant appearance of the main vampires in particular. can't say the movie being super hot for kiefer sutherland doesn't hit a little different after two decades of 24 and shit, but it's still kinda great.

there's also a scene early on which seems like it may have inspired that one eurovision song that caused the whole "epic sax guy" thing

there's some kinda interesting theming around the whole vampire thing, particularly how it's the main connection to the "80s teen movie" genre elements, which i feel like the movie maybe doesn't entirely want to examine due to the plot needing to resolve by killing them all at the end, but definitely hints at with stuff like the earring and the train bridge scene. in the end i still laughed at loud at the scene full of fake blood exploding all the pipes in the house so what can i say, i loved it. i really just think they don't make bad movies this good anymore
 

4-So

Spicy
Oh man, you'd never seen The Lost Boys before?! Required viewing. Used to be in the rotation when I was a teenager. (I was born in '80, so I remember when it came out.)
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Hercules

The Disney one.

I haven't seen it in a long time. I remember that when it came out, I was all into Greek mythology and wacky humour and this seemed specifically aimed at me but when I finally got around to watching it years later, I was disappointed for reasons I couldn't articulate. Watching it again, I like it more. Maybe it just seemed slight at the time. After all, even though it is about a hero battling monsters, its almost more of a sports story, which the film leans into. It does have some elements that I don't care for from the Disney renaissance at the time (just some weaker jokes that feel like they are for the trailer) but I definitely like it more than I don't. James Woods the man is a huge pile of shit but he is good at playing people who are almost as scummy as he is (re: Videodrome).

I will say, outside of the songs with the muses (which are great), the other songs are simply serviceable. I feel like we are heading to the spot where The Emperor's New Groove is happening, where they stop the musical numbers and just make a wacked out comedy.
 
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