Movies You Watched in November 2019
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This is a geeklist to discuss the movies you watch throughout the month of October. Please feel free to post them as you see them, or if you prefer post a summary of all films at the end of the month. Also you can comment and discuss freely as others talk about films they've seen.

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1. Board Game: King Kong [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:17048]
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KING KONG - 2005


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I go back and forth about whether or not I actually like this movie. On the one hand, it's a very impressive visual achievement and quite exciting in some places. On the other, there's far too many shots of Naomi Watts and the gorilla just staring at each other and some kind of flat storytelling. I've never seen the original, I should check it out sometime.
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2. Board Game: Being Erica: The Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH - 1999
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I love this movie so much. It's one of the most inventive movies out there. Very strange, but with a ton of existential depth to it. The cast is amazing all around. It's been a favorite since it came out 20 years ago, and still feels completely different than anything else.
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3. Board Game: A Bug's Life Birdie Builders [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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A BUG'S LIFE - 1998


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I watched Pixar's second feature with the four-year-old. It's minor Pixar, sure, but I still enjoy it. My daughter loved it, though I should maybe be concerned about how much glee she got out of...
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...the bird feeding Hopper to its baby chicks.
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4. Board Game: Paradox [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:3548]
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The Cloverfield Paradox

Not so exciting. There isn't enough interesting stuff in the manuscript to keep my interest alive. You also follow the guy very little. And the girl he meet doesn't add much to the story. The ending was not a surprise.
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5. Board Game: The Mushroom Eaters [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:5751]
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A Field in England (2015) Tubi, YouTube
Recommended to me by my brother-in-law. AFiE reminded me perhaps of Jodorowsky filming a black and white, English Civil War-era Aguirre, Wrath of God (or maybe The Lighthouse?) as Soundgarden’s second choice for a Black Hole Sun music video.

The first portion of the film is gritty. The opening scene is excellent with the viewer seeing through the eyes of the main character, Whitehead as he's pursued by a man on horseback yelling, “Whitehead!” Where are you! I know you’re there. I can smell you!". Whitehead yelps scared at cannon blasts and he(we) flees through the bush with the impending sound of marching drums off in the distance.

You can feel the brambles catching up in the character’s cloaks as they evade and hide from the warfare, the rain drizzling down their necks as they try to make the most of their first meal in a long while (stoat was the last mentioned intake) and into their psychedelic mushroom stew. The sound quality is excellent throughout. I was very much into the movie at this point.

The film then veers into an I-don’t-know-what type of realm including psychedelia and dowsing for treasure with a human dope-on-a-rope lead. Not sure what to make of the narrative and its meaning. Is it a magical tale? The film’s title is its entire location and like Onibaba, perhaps the field/nature is a character itself. The costumes and black and white cinematography looks great. The characters all have interesting-looking faces.

A unique movie I plan to revisit. Subtitles were definitely required for me to understand the dialogue and terms spoken. Recommended for the arthouse movie fan with an interest in viewing an historical period piece.
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6. Board Game: Monsters Inc. Scream Catcher [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Monsters University (2013)

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Monsters INC is one of my son's favorite movies. He went as Mike Wazowski for Halloween this year. He wanted to go as the scream extractor but I had neither the time or inspiration to make that costume happen.

This movie is cute but does not do the original justice, especially compared to Toy Story 2 which does a good job of building up from the first movie. MU relies on extremely outdated collegiate stereotypes from Lasseter's generation with a vigorous nod to Revenge of the Nerds. Not that modern stereotypes would be better, but the jock-nerd dynamic seems cliche at best and doesn't align with my experience in the early aughts or my impression of modern campuses.

Not that I'm much interested in them lampooning modern stereotypes. Rather have no stereotypes at all if possible.

There are still plenty of cute moments, but squrimbles was bored by the end of it and it will likely not enter regular rotation.
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7. Board Game: Jackie Chan Adventures Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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In the early 90s, I had this episode recorded on a VHS tape. (I believe I recorded it when it aired on Night Flight or some similar show?) It's the only episode I've ever seen (but I'm familiar with Jonathan Ross from In Search of Steve Ditko) I remember getting high with friends/roommates and watching it while living at a bachelor pad house. We loved it and had repeat viewings.

At that point, Jackie Chan was a complete unknown to me and the fight sequences shown were amazing. There are better battles, but this fight against the Amazon Women from Armor of God was memorable. The fighting/leaping formation seen at 0:36 always gave me the impression of a single giant monster - a relentless tarantula. Ross's show didn't provide the scene in its entirety, but I'm now able to see it in full.


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8. Board Game: Lancaster: Henry V – The Power of the King [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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The King (2019)



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In every cinematic iteration, Agincourt gets muddier and muddier. This edition of King Henry (Timothée Chalomet) is particularly joyless. And we’ve jettisoned the high falutin’ Shakespeare, too — try as the writers (David Michôd, who doubles as the director, and John Edgerton, who doubles as a revisionist, heroic Falstaff) might, their common man themed “England” speech can’t hold a candle to the Bard’s “St Crispin/Crispian's Day”. Nevertheless, it’s just as fictional and suitable as Lancastrian propaganda, complete with a villainous Frenchman (Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin) and an original twist ending.

The acting is earnest and the pacing is very good. Despite it’s other shortcomings, I *was* entertained. Still, I’d rather watch Branagh’s Henry V.

Triviatum: hey, that’s Johnny Depp’s daughter as the French princess!
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9. Board Game: The Invisible Man [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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THE INVISIBLE MAN

Watched this the other day, from 1933. A scientist (Claude Rains) comes up with a concoction that renders him invisible. Trouble is, in addition to making him invisible*, it made him into an arrogant psychopathic bullying prick not above derailing trains and whatnot. Or he was already, but let the idea of being able to get away with things like throttling cops get to him. Anyway, eventually the bobbies get him. Apparently, when you die, you become visible again.

It was okay.

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*except for when he has food in his digestive system, or when he gets dust or raindrops on him, etc; the invisibility isn't perfect, plus you gotta be naked
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10. Board Game: Manga Manga [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:19336]
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Alita: Battle Angel

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.

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Epic visuals and absolutely amazing integration of CGI with live action actors. By far the best implementation of this technology/technique I have seen. Unlike many of the super hero movies the camera didn't move so fast that everything just became a blur.

Storyline is fairly predictable (fish out of water / hero's journey). I found the story/direction somewhat uneven at parts.
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In particular the scene where Alita monologues and challenges the hunter killers in their hangout had me scratching my head. She goes from wide eyed and meek to arrogant and boisterous in the blink of an eye?


Acting for me was a mixed bag. Waltz was good in his limited role and as always I wanted to see more from him. Jennifer Connolly was solid, conveyed a lot without saying much and still looks great even on the far side of 45.
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I didn't expect her to arc into a decent person and anticipated Alita having to fight to get her heart back!


Rosa Salazar (Alita) did a decent job, but one can't help wonder how much of it was CGI? Kennan Johnson (Hugo) was awful and most of the other characters were fairly forgettable. I did think that Mahershala Ali did a nice job
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adopting a completely different demeanor when Nova was taking control of him.


This movie definitely requires a suspension of disbelief to watch (remember it's manga) however in spite of the sophomoric script/dialogue I found myself enjoying it.

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Of course it was all a setup for a sequel, but I really wonder where they can go now that she's become a badass and expect the next one to be a letdown.


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11. Board Game: into the woods [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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The Cabin in the Woods

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

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Meant to watch this on Halloween but it slipped into November.

I had seen it before several years ago so knew where it was headed. I think a movie like this is best the first time you see it.
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I didn't find myself seeing clues about about what was happening, unlike The Sixth Sense which absolutely deserved a second viewing.

Campy comedy and stereotypes combined with some scenes that are actually pretty grim. There are the typical moments of absurdity (and nudity) to be found in these kinds of movies but decent acting, direction and story made it work for me.

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12. Board Game: Lighthouse [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The Lighthouse

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

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Saw this over the weekend. Happy I was able to catch it in the theater.

Wow.

Claustrophobic, visceral, haunting imagery and ultimately disturbing. The dialogue comes fast and is at times muddled.

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The seagull killing was brutal and I think my jaw was open as I watched that scene. The live burial had me on the edge of my seat and I actually jumped when Dafoe appeared with the ax.

Difficult cinema for sure and quite a masculine movie. I'm not sure how much my girlfriend enjoyed it. If I'm being critical, it could have been a little tighter, maybe 10 mins shorter.

Dafoe is a giant. Patterson impressed me (I didn't see the Twilight series). It almost felt like the Fog horn was a character at times.

I expect this to be a polarizing film. If you're a fan of art house style films it's worth a watch (on the big screen if possible as I don't think it will have the same impact at home.)

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13. Board Game: Blackout: Hong Kong [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:498]
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Dark City - 1998

This movie wasn't good at all. The manuscript, the directory, the pace, the effects and some of the actors does not hold up. I did read a review of it where someone said it was better then Matrix. That was a big lie.
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14. Board Game: Alien Autopsy [Average Rating:4.30 Overall Rank:18421]
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Eraserhead - 1977

Seen on Blu-ray.

Liked the lighting and cinematography a lot. The effect of the "baby" is really great, and I also like the acting. The movie is so much David Lynch. Some of it I did like, but some were just over the top, and a few things close to slapstick. I'm glad to have seen it (my first time), but I don't think I will return, not often anyway.
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15. Board Game: Chitin: I [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:9259]
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Empire of the Ants - 1977

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16. Board Game: Dien Bien Phu [Average Rating:6.01 Unranked]
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An outpost is asked to retreat as the French Indochina occupation starts to collapse. Nice mixed unit of French and Cambodian soldiers. I really found it an engaging movie but could see some might think it boring. Just the constant slog through the jungle and occasional villages of questionable intent. Acting maybe a little rough. Kind of reminded me of another visual jungle slog - Aguirre, The Wrath Of God. I read the DVD transfers available in English not great; I checked VHS out of local university and thought it looked good.

Three Smart Girls

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I thought this was a cute story with great character roles. The age of some actors/actresses for their roles/characters seems off at times, but I put that to the era of film. Warning - Deanna Durbin sings three or so songs in this and it might not be your thing - I kept the FF button in action through them.

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17. Board Game: The Shining [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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Doctor Sleep

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And Mike Flanagan does the impossible.

Here's the situation: Stanley Kubrick makes a great arthouse horror based on Stephen King's book. King hates the movie because it does disservice to what he wanted to show and say. However, the movie gets popular, well-known, what's more, iconic, part of our collective unconscious. So even though when King wrote his - not great as a classic but still pretty good - sequel to his own novel he did not take Kubrick's important changes (like
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) into consideration, writer-author-editor Mike Flanagan needs to make the movie not only an adaptation of the book but also a sequel to the movie. And he does an incredible job.

Until the last act, the movie is an unusually faithful adaptation of the book with really good lead actors (I love Rebecca Ferguson aka Ilsa Faust from the M:I movies and she is Rose the Hat here, and Ewan McGregor has already played a jedi master with mind tricks and a drug addict several times, and even the grown-up version of an iconic child character - Gideon Roberts - before so he was tailor-made for the role). Then the last act is obviously strongly different from the book, as in the book it takes place where the hotel once stood, but as you can see from the trailers the hotel still exists in the movie. But he manages to do something incredible that could make King and King fans happy. He refers to the original Kubrick ending, provides the real Doctor sleep ending (boxes!) and also gives viewers - and King - what he missed from the adaptation in 1980 in a way that would be a huge spoiler to tell.This is how just a real King fan could manage things for the finale - while it does work fine for the uninitiated, those who have seen the first movie and have read both books will really appreciate what's happening here. So even though this is no Kubrick and doesn't even want to be an arthouse horror, in my book this is one of the best Stephen King movie adaptations - ever. A real treat for fans of Stephen King.

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18. Board Game: The Snitch [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:9730]
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Another week with some various new viewings from me:

Snitch(2013)


A movie starring The Rock that is actually quite good? Well I never thought it could happen but with Snitch they managed to keep me hooked to the screen. The story is about a father named John Matthews (The Rock) who's son is threatened with a very high sentence for a relatively small drug crime. To get his son out (who refuses to rat out his drug friends), the father tries to struck a deal with an opportunistic DA officer (good performance by Susan Sarandon) to go undercover and help the DEA to arrest the big drug criminals who are higher ranked. The movie is full with tense moments and once the scary Mexican drug cartels get involved, the movie really get's exciting. My biggest complaint is that the story about one of John's workers (who helps him get in contact with drug criminals) distracted me a bit to much from the main story.

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)


I wasn't a fan of the original but at least it had some good jokes and both Carrey and Daniels where playing a bunch of idiots who just couldn't help themselves about being stupid. In this sequel that is about 15 years over date they play really vile shitheads who are deliberately behaving like a bunch of assholes. Carrey's character making fun of a blind person, insulting parents still grieving over their deceased sun and shouting "show your tits!" at a woman on a stage? WTF is this crap? And I'm supposed to root for these guys? I would have liked the train to run over them. The script also made no sense and don't get me started on the rest of the cast. Garbage!

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


There is a review posted by "Paul / PHX Gamer" about this movie and I agree with that review but some additions from me: there is nothing original about the story but the world it is placed in looks very cool. The cast does a fine job and the effects look amazing. The romance story was boring though as was the obvious sequel hook. Nothing more to add, it's a fun movie but nothing really great to see here.

Rocky Balboa (2006)


Suprisingly good closure of the Rocky saga where an aging Rocky find it difficult to cope with life after his wife died. The current heavyweight boxing champion has lost the favor of the crowd since his fights are won to easily. So both problems are solved by having Rocky once more enter the ring and fight the champion so both can earn respect. I liked how Rocky returns to his old neighborhood and is still the good heartened man he also was in the first movies. I wasn't enamored with the part that dealt with his son but for the rest it was a solid movie. Much better then the grandiose Rocky sequels from the mid 80's.
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19. Board Game: Rising Sun [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:73]
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Rising Sun (1993)

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Two LA cops investigate a high profile murder in the shadow of a Japanese multinational corporation.

Please note that I am not an expert on Japan, or Finance, or anything really. Except drugs. And maybe Claremont era X-Men.

I wanted to watch this because I just finished the book and had fond but very hazy memories of the film from my teens. Turns out most of those fond memories are for the gratuitous T&A, because the movie is not very good. Neither Connery OR Snipes are particularly compelling and they don't have very good chemistry together. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa gives the stand out performance, which unfortunately isn't saying very much and Ray Wise is criminally under untilized. Strong vibes of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Disclosure. Might even be a sub-genre of hard-boiled, sex-fueled thrillers with broad social commentary that feels almost like corpsploitation with the distant hindsight of 2020.

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The message of both the book and movie have not aged well in light of Japan's Lost Decade (or lost score) of the 90s and beyond. The monolithic corporate culture notwithstanding, even Japan's marked financial growth in the last ten years does not buoy the declining population, looming debt and devastating suicide rate among young people. Difficult from my uneducated vantage to determine how much is PR and how much is legitimate worry from that era, but I would hazard that Creighton is writing in good faith.

The novel is sort of a Ishmael for Business Students of early 90s, essentially a call to arms for US protto revitalize it's industrial and technological sectors, most obviously in light of the Japanese domination of the electronics market in the latter half of the 20th century. Most of the arguments made seem more relevant to China today, but they are not dissimilar to the case against the Arab oil producing states in the 70s.

The movie's plot is largely faithful to the novel, skimping on a lot of the Creightony techno-babble and cutting the fact-based Japan bashing to fun-size bars. The movie capitalizes on Snipes' ethnicity, which offers an interesting contrast to the tactical allegations of racism leveled by the Japanese nationals. It was a nice touch, and could have gone just a smidge farther, although there is certainly a risk in dwelling too much on the racism angle. It does allow for a oh-so-90s episode where Snipes gets some gang bangers to intercept the Japanese thugs in their lowriders.

Admitting a reader's bias, Connery and Snipes come off as much bigger assholes than their counterparts in the novel. This seems to be a stylistic choice, but it makes them much less sympathetic.


The actual crime solving is pretty good, the clues are easy to follow and the political twist is smarter than your average sex-crime thriller. I think the book is worth a read, if only for the historical context, but I think the movie is very low on the list for Creighton adaptations.
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Board Game: プーさん ハニーコレクション (Winnie-the-Pooh Honey Collection)
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Most fun was Gopher. But also fun with Piglet. Piglet is a nice character. Think I like the storm scenes best.
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21. Board Game: USSR (fan expansion for Ticket to Ride) [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Transsiberian (2008)



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Mystery (well, not really) thriller set on a train. Not the aristocratic Orient Express of the pre-Great War era, but the contemporary, proletarian Transsiberian railroad. Any viewer who isn’t a cinematic naïf knows what the deal is with those Matryushka dolls as soon as they lay eyes on them, but plot twists are not what generates suspense. We watch our central character, Jessie (Emily Mortimer) lie to everyone, but especially to her husband Roy (Woody Harrelson), the couple they meet on the train, Abby and Carlos (Kate Mara and Eduardo Noriega), and the Russian detective Grinko (Ben Kingsley). Director and co-writer Brad Anderson and co-writer Will Conroy instead make us anxious for how and with what consequences Jessie’s tales will unravel. Jessie is a reformed bad girl, but we feel for her and understand why she lies. Kudos for Mortimer. Also, an honorable mention for Kingsley, playing yet another world wise and weary character of some kind of exotic origin and still making us feel like it’s fresh.

This movie is actually three movies:

The opening third is a patient character study, broadly sketching out the personalities that will populate the rest of the film.

The central third is the adventure on (and off) the train, with lies and a critical act of violence propelling us forward toward an unknown destination.

The final third is an action movie, with all sorts of train-based thrills we’ve seen before.
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22. Board Game: Hard Vacuum: War's End [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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El Camino (2019)

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I was not the most devoted BB fan but I did watch the last two seasons all the way through and have seen a good chunk of the earlier episodes. El Camino feels like a two hour BB episode. There are some excellent moments, plenty of edge of your seat suspense and a fair amount of padding.

Jessie gets a nice arc but in the end I'm not sure I saw the point of making this movie. Jessie ends up essentially as I imagined at the end of the regular show and I'm not sure the movie added anything of substance to the Breaking Bad saga.

If you're a fan of the show its hard to imagine missing this movie. I was entertained but could take it or leave it. Best part was the stoner dialogue out of 40YOV.
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23. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1007]
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CLASH OF THE TITANS - 2010


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I wouldn't say the original Clash of the Titans was a GOOD movie, but it has a certain charm about it, largely thanks to a lot of the Ray Harryhausen effects. This remake took out nearly everything that made the original such a classic and replaced it with something very bland.
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It was strange, especially, that they completely took out the love story of Perseus and Andromeda. I know they tried to lean more heavily on Perseus' motivations, and trying to not make Andromeda just a damsel in distress, but come on - that's the classic myth.

Not one I'm likely to watch again.
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24. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Han Solo Ally Pack [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

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I haven't watched a single movie in months, and now I watch this. I had no interest in this when it came out, but I started listening to a podcast about the Star Wars series and they did an episode on this so I figured I should see it before listening to that episode.

I don't have much to say about the movie other than that it's a competent if uninspired action movie that doesn't really benefit at all from being a Star Wars movie. Which I guess is unsurprising, that's exactly the kind of movie that Disney specializes in these days.

I mean, I could criticize all of the weird inconsistencies that almost certainly came from all the reshoots, but honestly I don't really care about that. The problem is just that the movie is incredibly generic and doesn't do anything beyond tick all of the standard action blockbuster boxes and engage in a bunch of unnecessary and gratuitous references to other Star Wars movies (Han's blaster, rear-view mirror dice, the nickname 'chewie' for Chewbacca).

But I can't give it worse than a 2.5/5 because it didn't do anything bad per se. It didn't keep my interest (it took me three sittings to finish it) but it was a competently made mindless blockbuster, and there were a couple of nice looking scenes. But that's all I can say in favor of the movie.

Though hopefully the good outcome of this is it gets me watching movies again.
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25. Board Game: The Peter Pan Game [Average Rating:4.38 Unranked]
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PETER PAN - 2003


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My wife seems determined to watch every bit of piece of Peter Pan media out there lately. Over the last month or two, we've watched the animated version, Hook, and the Neverland miniseries. After watching this, I think all we really have left is the stage version.

Anyway, I found this one to be a lot of fun. Jason Isaacs made a pretty great Captain Hook, and the kid acting was a lot better than it is in many movies. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
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