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The Bib-iest of Nickels

I don't see films in theaters as often as I used to. During the pandemic, my nearest theater closed down and now, the closest ones are about 40 minutes or so away. My original intention was to watch Infinity Pool, but we weren't able to find a showing nearby. When it comes to M. Night, I consider hit to have a very hit-and-miss ratio with his filmography. I liked Sixth Sense. I liked Unbreakable and Split (I even liked Glass, for the most part). Old was alright. The Visit wasn't awful. I thoroughly disliked The Happening. (I haven't seen The Last Airbender - but that is for a deliberate reason. Loved the series. Know I'd hate this.) This film was definitely closer toward the bottom of the heap for what I've seen from him.

It felt like there wasn't much to it. An interesting concept that never went anyplace other than where I expected. The dialogue left a lot to be desired. Dave Bautista is pretty good in it, and everyone else isn't bad (the child actor had her work cut out for her with M. Night's writing and I don't think everyone worked out - she didn't make me wince the way the rap-battles in The Visit did). I like that gay couples are becoming more common, but the themes and overtones of this film felt generic and been-there-done-that, the type of clever thing that hasn't been clever in a long, long while. Wasn't awful, wasn't anything I'd recommend.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0



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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - (2022)

Sometimes it can be hard tracking down the reasons I feel indifferent to a movie. Multiverse of Madness does enough for me not to hate it, but doesn't do enough for me to really like it - so it feels like it hits dead center of that middle ground. Sam Raimi seems an odd choice to direct, seeing as most of the filmmakers in the Marvel franchise have been made with a forward-thinking mindset. To see some of his tropes, such as possession of the dead, make it into this film felt out of place - though I did appreciate the Bruce Campbell cameo, even though it was a little silly and slapstick (to be expected I guess.) The only time I felt the film was doing something really interesting was introducing Captain Carter and the alternate Avengers in the other universe Doctor Strange visits, and seeing them all die horrible deaths in a battle with the Scarlet Witch - it felt like an Avengers film gone eerily wrong. The rest was that painful shade of average that makes me feel like this Marvel film will be forgotten over time. If we'd have spent more time with the alternate Avengers in the other universe I feel like this film would have really benefited.

5/10


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Thor: Love and Thunder - (2022)

After reading all of the caustic comments about Love and Thunder throughout 2022, I was curious as to why this appeared to be the most criticized Marvel film. I also felt a little guilty enjoying it - but I did a little bit. Nowhere near as much as Ragnarok, but this is probably the lightest in tone of all Marvel films - it's a silly, crazy comedy that's very oddly mixed with what would have been a super creepy villain in any other Marvel film, Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Gorr really is in the wrong movie. Love and Thunder would more suit a Bugs Bunny or perhaps Pikachu (to those who think I'm exaggerating, one of the Gods is actually a large Tamagotchi.) This is the Monty Python or Zucker Bros version of a Marvel film, and it goes all the way as far as absurdity and silly is concerned. I'm not praising it as great - but I like it a little bit. It doesn't really fit into the Marvel universe, and plays more as a parody of superhero films, plus the jokes don't all hit, but there are so many that some do - and I, for one, loved the screaming goats. This is like an MCU film made by an absolute lunatic.

6/10
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County Lines (2019)

Good film about grooming, getting youngsters (disadvantaged ones) to run your [email protected] about. Well depicted in a Ken Loach manner. Enjoyed is the wrong word to use but it was insightful and well performed.




Finished the trilogy with Red, which, it turns out, I have seen in whole or in part. I liked Blue best of all with Red following close behind.

All are good but "Red" really drops me everytime, the portrayal of the relationship between the model and the judge (via a dog no less) just resounds.



Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)




This was like a token watch just because I've seen every movie in the series. I'm not a big fan of the series, and actually have disliked a couple of the movies, but I think dinosaurs are super cool. This movie was a surprise and could be my favorite of all of them. The plot I couldn't tell you about but so what, there's a lot of action and I was entertained the whole way through. Good special effects and cast.



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Titanic (25th Anniversary)


Titanic was already the film I had seen the most times in the cinema (5) so why not one more? I loved it when it came out but it was never quite the same on the small screen. Often people say something ought to be seen on the big screen but for Titanic it really does make all the difference.


And you know what? It's still good. I think it is sometimes unfairly maligned for being a crowd pleaser and for being a romance. I've always thought that slightly cheesy action movies get a pass more than slightly cheesy romantic movies.


I was 16 when Titanic came out and I loved the romance (and probably had a bit of a crush on both Leo and Kate). Now, I feel like it could have worked well as an ensemble type of movie but the romance is still touching.


Obviously she should not have got off the lifeboat and the dialogue could do better than them shouting "Rose" and "Jack!" I watched it in 3D this time but I don't think it really added anything.


Apart from that, there's very little to complain about. It's still admirably epic in scale, tense and thrilling as a disaster movie with effects that have aged much better than a lot of subsequent movies.


Back in the 90s I watched this film with different people - my boyfriend, my friends, my parents - and today I watched it with my son. He thought it was really good. I think there's something to be said for a film that can reach people across generations like that.





I forgot the opening line.
They slot into my Marvel films list at 23rd and 19th places respectively.
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[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



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'The Menu' (2022)

Directed by Mark Mylod



This film made me laugh alot. A group of wealthy people go to an island for an extortionate meal cooked by a leading chef (Ralph Fiennes). It's co written and directed by the team behind 'Succession', and some of that brutal comedy is on show here.

It is a ridiculous satire on the pretentiousness of fine dining but also alot more than that, it scrutinises the wealthy, those with power and those who have risen to an upper class, in which they don't really belong. Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy are fine, and the captions describing the food get funnier and funnier.

This is an example of an ensemble cast comedy that is written well. It's an absurd plot that knows it's an absurd plot and doesn't try to be too clever. Whereas something like 'Knives Out' wasn't as funny, wasn't as clever, wasn't as intriguing, was more of a pastiche and didn't land (in my humble opinion). The Menu is a tasty treat if you're looking for a light hearted, fun experience.




DEAD CALM 1989 Phillip Noyce (re-watch)
- 75/100

1h 36m | Horror | Thriller
Writer: Terry Hayes, Charles Williams
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane


Had a great time with this first re-watch since '89, lots of nostalgia. Nicole Kidman never looked better than in this definitive sea-faring psycho Thriller. Perfect late night entertainment.

THIRTEEN LIVES 2022 Ron Howard
+ 74/100

2h 27m | Action | Adventure | Biography | Drama | Thriller
Writer: William Nicholson, Don MacPherson
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, Tom Bateman, Paul Gleeson, Teeradon Supapunpinyo


An almost impossible international rescue operation of a young Thai soccer team trapped in a cave due to a massive flood. Based on a true story. Excellent job by Howard recreating the tension, and the extremely claustrophobic situations.





No clue why I bailed out of this the first time round. Itís an excellent movie. (Surely has the most ďf bombsĒ of any movie ever made.)
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Decision to Leave (2022, Park Chan-wook)

In short, excellent film, technically impressive, intelligent, funny, but to me it falls short of a 5/5.

I think my favorite aspect of it is how deftly Park Chan-wook uses visuals, pace and rhythm to build such a dense and intricate narrative structure ó look at how much is going on in just the opening thirty minutes or so (the film is over 2 hours long in total). You can just tell the film is shot by a seasoned filmmaker who's seen it all and knows everything about his craft ó the cinematic language is so fluid and nuanced. I still feel like something is missing though....perhaps after a while it gets a bit too smart and convoluted for its own good? I dunno, I probably need to see it again, there's definitely a lot of detail in this film that's hard to soak in on first viewing.



'The Menu' (2022)

Directed by Mark Mylod



This film made me laugh alot. A group of wealthy people go to an island for an extortionate meal cooked by a leading chef (Ralph Fiennes). It's co written and directed by the team behind 'Succession', and some of that brutal comedy is on show here.

It is a ridiculous satire on the pretentiousness of fine dining but also alot more than that, it scrutinises the wealthy, those with power and those who have risen to an upper class, in which they don't really belong. Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy are fine, and the captions describing the food get funnier and funnier.

This is an example of an ensemble cast comedy that is written well. It's an absurd plot that knows it's an absurd plot and doesn't try to be too clever. Whereas something like 'Knives Out' wasn't as funny, wasn't as clever, wasn't as intriguing, was more of a pastiche and didn't land (in my humble opinion). The Menu is a tasty treat if you're looking for a light hearted, fun experience.

I enjoyed it too. I bailed out of the 2nd Knives Out. Kept falling asleep & literally losing the plot.

I agree with what youíve written & donít need to write further myself.



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No clue why I bailed out of this the first time round. Itís an excellent movie. (Surely has the most ďf bombsĒ of any movie ever made.)
Itís intense. Feels like each viewing should come with a Xanax.



Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (2022)


This was recommended to me, and I wanted to blow it off since it just seemed like another vanilla animated movie on the surface. But it actually is outstanding, to the point where you almost need to be an adult to appreciate what they are going for here. Great for kids though too, as my daughter loved it!



DEAD CALM 1989 Phillip Noyce (re-watch)
- 75/100

1h 36m | Horror | Thriller
Writer: Terry Hayes, Charles Williams
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane


Nicole Kidman never looked better than in this definitive sea-faring psycho Thriller. Perfect late night entertainment.

Hey, that's back when Nicole was a kid, man.



22 is not a kid, not even a teen, get yo facts straight, what the.. are you even implying, or trying to accomplish.. smh.. maybe on the poster it looks that way but that differs from the way she looks in the movie.

I was just looking for a play on words with her last name, "Kidman." And she was Kidman, man!