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The Selfish Giant (2013)




From the female director's list, this is a miserable slice of life from England. It focuses on a couple of troubled youths, troubled mostly in the sense that their families and surroundings lack much to look forward to other than struggle. It seems like a lot of movies set in England that I've seen paint a similar picture. It's upsetting to me because it's not the England or the people I remember from my many trips there in my youth. This is not an enjoyable film at all, but it's tight and well done in every way.



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Love Exposure - 7.5/10

Just finished it. The beginning was excellent. Then it got interesting against when Koiko came to school. Then it kinda dragged on. Oddly enough, I was most interested in Koiko (third "lead"), because my favorite character isn't usually the devious one, and on top of that, I didn't really like the other two actors. The love story wasn't interesting, but the cult was. But this didn't need to be four hours. This happens with a few 5-hour movies, kinda like "Best of Youth" (Italian movie), but at least there was no recycling.





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But this didn't need to be four hours.
True. It needed to be 6. Hence why I'm contemplating watching the 6-hour TV series version now.
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Donít Look Up

Donít look up.. Dont look forward..*

Just donít look

If this movie is a metaphor about our apathy toward coming catastrophes it probably works, I just donít think itís very subtle or memorable or much else. Jennifer Lawrence was good, Meryl Streep was horrible as a female US president and an odd choose I thought, like Jonah Hill as chief of staffÖ okay. Vibe was all over place. Post credit scenes were silly.



Donít Look Up

Donít look up.. Dont look forward..*

Just donít look

If this movie is a metaphor about our apathy toward coming catastrophes it probably works, I just donít think itís very subtle or memorable or much else. Jennifer Lawrence was good, Meryl Streep was horrible as a female US president and an odd choose I thought, like Jonah Hill as chief of staffÖ okay. Vibe was all over place. Post credit scenes were silly.
I agree with your points. It's a turkey. Here is my commentary:

Donít Look Up (2021)

This is one of those shockingly bad films that comes along once in awhile which is packed with big name actors who, despite their best efforts, could not rescue it. Itís difficult to believe that writer/director Adam McKay was the same man who directed and co-wrote
The Big Short (2015), which was a very well done film. Perhaps his co-writer on that project, Charles Randolph, might have made something of this turkey had he been employed.

Right out of the chute the premise of the picture was shaky, and had been done before in several iterations. To try to make an end-of-the-world black comedy humorous would be a very tall order no matter who were the writers. In this case it was the cinematic equivalent of a loud belch at a funeral.

Two scientists (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence) discover and determine that a large comet will collide with the Earth in 6 monthís time, the impact of which will destroy the planet. The pair eventually are able to take this news to the President of the U.S. (Meryl Streep), and her son and chief of staff (Jonah Hill). They at first pooh-pooh the idea, but then later see it as a move to increase their re-election chances. In addition, a Steve Jobs/Elon Musk type character (Mark Rylance) latches onto the circumstance as a way to make trillions by bombing the comet and mining its large trove of rare earth metals.

Along the way we meet two news anchors, ala the
Today show, one of which (Cate Blanchett) inexplicably falls for the
nerdy looking DiCaprio. The other scientist (Lawrence) flees home to Illinois where she has a relationship with a stoner (Timothee Chalamet). Weíll spare you the ending, but itís as consistently bad as the rest of the film.

The picture was not without some good acting. DiCaprio let out all the stops when screaming to the TV audience that this would be the end of the world. Mark Rylance did a very effective and creepy portrayal of a megalomaniacal CEO whose sole intention was to increase his power and wealth. Some of the other actors did their best, but itís not possible to breath life into a dead script.

Despite the fact that the title Ė
Donít Look Upówas a signal that this was to be a comedy, it was 15 minutes into the movie before there was evidence of it. As the story dragged on, hammering away with one leaden satiric or comedic misfire after another, the task soon became to try to last through a little longer believing that surely the film would improve. It didnít. By the time the credits and two epilogues wound through at a tedious 138 minutes weíd become numbed but yet flabbergasted that this picture was made at all. If one didnít know better one could imagine that this was a satire about a cast of social justice types who have attempted to make a satire. At least that would have been novel.

Docís rating: 2/10



Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2 (2013/2017)


Not a superhero movie fan, so take that fwiw. I watched these back to back with my daughter since she loved the 'I Am Groot' shorts so much on Disney+. I knew a little bit going in since I had seen a couple Avengers movies, and these were what I hoped for. Strays a bit from the formulaic superhero films in the right way, allowing more comedy to burst through, which certainly boosted the entertainment value for me. I'm still not sure there is enough here to make me ever watch them again though.



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Another You - (1991)

I don't mind checking out failures, and this 'last gasp', very weak effort from the comedy pairing of Richard Pryor with Gene Wilder had me interested. When I was a kid, I really liked Stir Crazy, loved the two actors in Silver Streak and went to see See No Evil, Hear No Evil at the movies. I hear the latter stinks, but I liked it well enough at the time. Another You snuck past me during it's meagre few days in cinemas, and ended up on video. I never went near it - it had the smell of fiasco all over it. Five weeks of shooting were scrapped, and director Peter Bogdanovich fired, before the production started from scratch with Maurice Phillips at the helm. Pryor was deathly ill, and it really shows onscreen. The famous ad-libbing doesn't work for him, and the best he can do is utter his old caustic swear-ridden responses, a little out of step with the flow. Wilder is a little better, but his sometimes loving but wild and neurotic schtick is delivered with much less energy. The screenplay is a dated artifact, and without the usual energy from our two stars this kind of peters out half way in, never to recover. Watching this was like visiting a really sick old friend, so while I was glad to see Wilder (in his last theatrical role) and Pryor (in his last major starring role) it was very sad to see them stumbling along in a case of one movie too far. I do not regret seeing it however.

3/10


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The Yes Men Fix the World - (2009)

I watched and briefly commented on the first Yes Men 'movie' in an ill-fated sojourn to the documentaries thread, and if I remember correctly castigated it for not being structured well, playing more like a collection of webisodes of different length. This feature-length 88 minute follow-up is better, but still lacks a feature feel. Also, in this day of climate change and economic collapse, it will scare the living hell out of you. Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno have an original concept (their hoaxes involve them pretending to be corporate entities doing the right thing, and have caused numerous political and media shock waves when their hoaxes come off) - and belong in the Sacha Baron Cohen/Michael Moore category of political activist. Terrifying and exciting - but they sometimes struggle to make a good movie.

6/10


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Morning Glory - (2010)

I didn't get much joy from watching Morning Glory - a completely unoriginal romantic comedy/drama that has the requisite number of montages set to easy-listening music, all the clichťs and tropes that there are, and a mind-numbing corporate girl imagination-free screenplay. What a chance it had pairing Harrison Ford (as a serious journalist seething at being forced to do a morning show) and Diane Keaton (as a cynical old hand, with an acid tongue and dislike for Ford's character) - they promised those two characters would be at war with each other, but in Morning Glory that war never eventuates, and they do nothing with the opportunity. Bland and stale, it's doubtful I'll ever go near this film again.

5/10
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Not a big fan of this "franchise" if that's what one can call it but this is my favourite in the series to date as it was more a stand alone slasher without the more disturbing antics of the entire god damn Sawyer family.. more of a souped up Hatchet.. or Jason... with a young cast of chainsaw fodder with names I forget... it was pretty much what I wanted and some top notch kills, especially the first and last one, oh boy.



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Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Not a big fan of this "franchise" if that's what one can call it but this is my favourite in the series to date as it was more a stand alone slasher without the more disturbing antics of the entire god damn Sawyer family.. more of a souped up Hatchet.. or Jason... with a young cast of chainsaw fodder with names I forget... it was pretty much what I wanted and some top notch kills, especially the first and last one, oh boy.
Which one is this?




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Morning Glory - (2010)

I didn't get much joy from watching Morning Glory - a completely unoriginal romantic comedy/drama that has the requisite number of montages set to easy-listening music, all the clichťs and tropes that there are, and a mind-numbing corporate girl imagination-free screenplay. What a chance it had pairing Harrison Ford (as a serious journalist seething at being forced to do a morning show) and Diane Keaton (as a cynical old hand, with an acid tongue and dislike for Ford's character) - they promised those two characters would be at war with each other, but in Morning Glory that war never eventuates, and they do nothing with the opportunity. Bland and stale, it's doubtful I'll ever go near this film again.

5/10
Loved Harrison Ford in this movie







SF = Z


[Snooze Factor Ratings]:
Z = didn't nod off at all
Zz = nearly nodded off but managed to stay alert
Zzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed
Zzzz = nodded off and missed some of the film but went back to watch what I missed but nodded off again at the same point and therefore needed to go back a number of times before I got through it...
Zzzzz = nodded off and missed some or the rest of the film but was not interested enough to go back over it



El Infierno (2010)

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This could make my top 10 organized crime films, not up there with Goodfellas or The Godfather, but it comes close to movies like City of God and Carlito's Way. This one is Mexican and there's not a dull moment for it's entire 145 minute runtime. It has a humorous side but we also get a glimpse at the struggle and corruption that plagues the country. Make no mistake though, it's still gangster all the way.



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10 Foreign Language movies to go

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The Quiet Girl - (2022)

I had the immense pleasure and privilege to go see a real masterpiece today - Irish language film The Quiet Girl - shot in a 1.37 : 1 aspect ratio, and shot incredibly beautifully, but not in an overwhelming way. The camera work in The Quiet Girl takes on the point of view of childhood, and provides many unusual shots from out of car windows at passing foliage and the verdant greens of Ireland. But this isn't just a fancy shot eye-candy spectacle - our voyage takes place through the narrow gaze of childhood, and really cradles your soul as you're taken into the home of nine-year-old CŠit. Her peers at school are cruel, she has many siblings to compete with and her parents don't care a twig about her, or them. One school holiday she's taken to her mother's cousin's place to be looked after - and for the first time in her life she experiences benevolence. The film slowly immerses you until you're only there, and is clever in the ways it highlights moments important to a child - who can understand more than adults seem to catch on to. This is one of the most graceful and modest cinematic gems I've ever seen, already the biggest Irish film in history and worthy of a watch to anyone who loves movies.

10/10


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When Harry Met Sally - (1989)

Well, this certainly has high rewatch value - I put this on, unsure as to how invested I'd really be considering I've seen it a couple of times. When Harry Met Sally is so well made in every aspect that it was actually a huge pleasure spending time with it again. It's not formulaic, Rob Reiner was in sparkling form at the time and the casting of Billy Crystal in the lead role was a breath of fresh air. Would that happen today? If you sit and watch it, even the most hardened cynic can't hate it - because there's a genuine spark of meaningful artistry and human emotion in it. I really like it - despite not being a great lover of romcoms.

9/10


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See No Evil, Hear No Evil - (1989)

After watching Another You I was too tempted to go back and see this again - I just had to. I never knew Kevin Spacey had such a prominent role as one of the villains! Like Jim Carrey in The Dead Pool in 1988, I was seeing future stars up on the screen without knowing it back then. But to this Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder vehicle - this is what I wrote for Letterboxd : "Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder never really lucked out by getting a half-decent screenplay to riff on, for they had definite chemistry. Every outing seemed to be some kind of half-baked crime caper with them as innocent victims of circumstance. I didn't mind See No Evil, Hear No Evil when I first saw it, but looking back on it now I can see how trashy and substandard it was - not quite funny enough to redeem it's lack of substance. Interesting to see Kevin Spacey in an early role, but sad to see Arthur Hiller pushing this lemon up a hill to nowhere. I certainly don't begrudge it the box office success it had though."

5/10