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Movie Time 2.0: TT mini reviews

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Saludos, Amigos

I was feeling a little under the weather on Canada Day so I needed something short before I went to bed. I managed to stay awake through this. Aside from some cool musical numbers and the first appearance of José Carioca, I wasn't super into it. Historically, though, it is really important, as an attempt to appeal to Latin America during the war to counteract Nazi ties through making a cartoon talking about how cool various Latin American countries are. So the backstory might be more interesting than the film as a whole. This includes Donald as kind of an ugly American tourist, Pedro the little airplane, Goofy as a gaucho and Donald meeting Carioca. Laying it all out, I will say the structure means that the films get better as they go on with the last act being a visual feast. I'll also say that as Latin American depictions from 1942, this isn't as problematic as I expected (intended or otherwise) but there are a few eyebrow raising moments AND I'll totally admit that there's probably some stuff that I missed and that's my failing.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
I think it was a Netflix series, but yeah, that happened.

My favourite line in the movie is definitely “Officer Goode? More like Officer Evil!”

Later it’s revealed he’s actually Officer Neutral; as he’s willing to blame rowdy teens for a bunch of murders for the sake of easier paperwork, but he’s much rather arrest a witches ghost
 
It was MTV. Might've went straight to Netflix in Canada. Not sure I finished the first season; didn't watch further. Bad, probably.

Watched Fear Street. Fine. I guess I'll watch the rest of them...
 

Pajaro Pete

(He/Himbo)

A Long Long Time Ago, Long Enough Ago That HarvWein's Name Was Still Plastered On It, MTV released a two season Scream television series (and a movie that amounted to an OAV). And then recently, VH1 released a quote-unquote season 3 that had nothing to do with the original two seasons.
 

Rascally Badger

El Capitan de la outro espacio
(He/Him)
As dumb as The Tomorrow War is, it should be a lot more fun. I guess it is technically an "original" big budget science fiction movie, but it does have strong influences. At least JK Simmons knows what movie he is in, and treats it with the appropriate seriousness.

Boss Baby 2. Don't. Just don't. Jesus Christ.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
For those who have seen it and bothered to watch the extra credit sequence, who was the character who Jason Statham was talking to? It happened too fast for me to recognize his face.
Nobody. It was just showing the idea that Shaw is still up to his kind of business.

I liked the movie. I think it was the best in the series since 6. It's getting increasingly difficult for them to dance around the fact that Paul Walker is dead.
 
I've watched films...

Oxygen - Not for me. She's not gonna run out of oxygen before the movie's up; that's for sure.

Saint Maud - Ads underplayed how funny this would be. Excellent.

Girlfriends - I've got such good taste that I can watch one 90 minute movie on the Criterion Channel every four months. Anyway, yes, good.

Bug - I think I got a copy of this from Blockbuster or Hollywood video like 13 years ago and I never watched until I saw it on Hulu just now. Really good.

Young Adult - Perfect movie.

Dangerous Liaisons - Had no idea Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves were in this.

The Purge: Election Year - the only movie in this franchise I hadn't seen yet. Pretty good like all of them after the first one. The politician character is truly infuriating and no wonder the purge came back... forever!!! Favorite part is of course when she's having like a high school debate with her opponent about the Purge. That's always the best part of these movies; just characters kind of dispassionately noting that the Purge is actually kind of bad, OR they like it.

Cruel Intentions - the trailer was a VHS classic. I think I saw the ending of this later in high school and thought "wow, what a serious drama..." (it is certainly not) Anyway, this was fantastic. Tawdry and regressive. Glad I watched it right after Dangerous Liaisons bc it answered the question of why these teens are doing all this silly bullshit. (bc it was in the 18th century French novel)

Notes on a Scandal - 90 minutes!!! Never would've suspected. Great. Finished the novel first. Also great....

Tully - Didn't do much for me at this time. Maybe I'll change my mind in a few years...

The Forever Purge - Great American cinema. 6/10. This franchise is surprisingly nicecore, but why did so many characters survive?

Fright Night Part 2 - Probably haven't seen this in more than 20 years but I put it on my horror list from a few months back anyway and it belonged there! Great film. Every vampire has a gimmick and I wish them the best. 3 of them are the hottest people of all time? Anyway, less gay than the first one in terms of Charlie but pretty much as queer. Belle is a truly iconic character. Julie Carmen is wonderful as Regine as well. Disappointed there's going to be a sequel that ignores this. I'd rather they just remake it again, but obviously this time more gay. (2011 was the exact perfect time for the filmmakers to make it Not Gay At All)
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Bug - I think I got a copy of this from Blockbuster or Hollywood video like 13 years ago and I never watched until I saw it on Hulu just now. Really good.
I assume that this is the William Friedkin one and not the 70s creature feature? I remember liking the former but its been a while.

I actually watched two unofficial Django movies recently. The first was A Pistol of Django and I can't remember a thing about it. It does have a much better alternate grindhouse-y title "Django's Cut Price Corpses". Then I watched Viva! Django, which is pretty fun actually, with Django teaming with a thief to find his wife's killer. Its a stupid Leone riff but its actually trying and is quite watchable, so a soft recommendation if you see it on Prime as I did. I will say, the twist should be obvious in retrospect but I admit it never occurred to me so good on your movie.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Honestly, don’t care for Beetlejuice, I should, it’s got all kinds of things I love (massive cartoonish performances, friendly weird ghosts, Danny Elfman music, absolutely wild set designs, Catherine O’Hara) but I’m just not a fan.

I think it’s because the title character really sucks as a person and I’m glad he’s dead?
 

Purple

(She/Her)
I'm curious if you had experience with the cartoon before the movie (I know I did and it took me a while to shake it).

Like, you're not supposed to like Beetlejuice. He's the villain. He has this weird plan to double-kill the protagonists and force a 15 year old to marry him. But then we've got this wacky little cartoon, where he's the protagonist and that young girl is his best friend and they have wacky adventures together and the actual main freaking characters from the movie just do not even exist, and for nerds of a certain age, you're gonna see that well before anyone is going to let you watch this weird movie where ghosts are pulling their faces off and beheading themselves and such. So then you do see it and hey what the hell, who are these two and why is Lydia's wacky BFF this creepy murderous pervert? And that's just not at all pleasant.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
When you're a kid, its like "haha, he's gross" As an adult "Oh, this guy is gross." Despite the fact that Michael Keaton is awesome and having the most fun and Alec Baldwin kind of sucks in real life, I'm more invested in the Maitlands and find the title character a little exhausting. But I like it for similar reasons I like a lot of early Burton: visually impressiveness.

So then you do see it and hey what the hell, who are these two and why is Lydia's wacky BFF this creepy murderous pervert? And that's just not at all pleasant.
I wasn't a BIG fan of the cartoon but yeah, weird.

The cartoon was a Nelvana production. I rag on Canadian animation a lot but Nelvana used to be quite interesting.

Did you know they almost did a Doctor Who cartoon.

 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Its a bit of a look from their Star Wars Droids cartoon, which I kind of want to rewatch. I only remember that it had serialized stories and an aesthetic I liked. I think.
 

karzac

(he/him)
Shiva Baby was really good, but also tough to watch just for the "awkward moments" factor. At 77 minutes, it's the right length - I don't think I could take the anxiety for much longer. Still, really good though
 
I watched the Ambulance on cable last night. An ambulance kidnaps people in New York to run experiments on them. Eric Roberts plays a Marvel comic book artist who uncovers the scheme. James Earl Jones plays one of the only cops who listens to Roberts pleas for help.

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It's definitely a fun thriller movie.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I knew the film had a Stan Lee cameo but I didn't know the story tied in. I just assumed it was Stan getting his face out there. My opinion is even when I don't like a Larry Cohen movie, it is making choices and has something to explore.
 
Honestly, don’t care for Beetlejuice, I should, it’s got all kinds of things I love (massive cartoonish performances, friendly weird ghosts, Danny Elfman music, absolutely wild set designs, Catherine O’Hara) but I’m just not a fan.

I think it’s because the title character really sucks as a person and I’m glad he’s dead?
I'm here for your daughter, Chuck
 
I knew the film had a Stan Lee cameo but I didn't know the story tied in. I just assumed it was Stan getting his face out there. My opinion is even when I don't like a Larry Cohen movie, it is making choices and has something to explore.
I'm not familiar with Larry Cohen movies. I've of heard of Q and the Stuff, but I've not seen either. I'll definitely keep my eye out for more of his work. I enjoyed the Ambulance a lot.

I missed the first couple of minutes of the movie and likely the Stan Lee cameo. At one point Eric Roberts character drops by the Marvel Offices. I assume this is movie Marvel offices and not the actual Marvel offices. But the artwork on the walls was definitely 90s era Marvel. Todd McFarlane Spider-Man is in the background.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Fear Street 1978 wasn’t as fun as the first one, especially since the first movie basically explained everything that was going to happen in it in, like, two sentences. Both of which were also included in the recap at the start of the movie and there really wasn’t any real twists beyond the fact that the lady telling the story wasn’t the character you’d assume from her initials, which doesn’t even count as a twist since it’s not like that knowledge affects anything.

Apparently CPR can cure knife wounds, so that’s something.

Excellent soundtrack though. I suspect they picked the music first, and then shot a scene that would fit it.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
The ridiculous period-appropriate soundtracks have been a highlight of the Fear Streets so far, especially since they always just use a few seconds of the song like a Youtube channel trying to avoid a DMCA takedown. Very excited to hear all the top 40 hits of 1666 next week.
 

Pajaro Pete

(He/Himbo)
Fear Street 1978 wasn’t as fun as the first one, especially since the first movie basically explained everything that was going to happen in it in, like, two sentences. Both of which were also included in the recap at the start of the movie and there really wasn’t any real twists beyond the fact that the lady telling the story wasn’t the character you’d assume from her initials, which doesn’t even count as a twist since it’s not like that knowledge affects anything.

i didn't remember that character's initials and i don't pay attention to character names, so that twist fell completely flat. like at no point in the movie did i think that cindi was the one telling the story, i was even confused as to why ziggy was telling this story about all this stuff cindi was doing that she couldn't possibly have known about.
 
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