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Moviewatcher122's 2017 Film Diary: August

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Best Movie: Dunkirk
Worst Movie: Boxing Helena
People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Shallows (2016)
August 1



"I've got you."

As far as shark movies go, this is one of the better ones. Blake Lively carries the film really well and I like how the shark aspect was used just enough. They could've easily gave the shark too much exposure, so I like how they didn't go that direction. There was also some good amount of character depth and the scenes with Blake Lively interacting with a seagull manage to be charming. For a movie that's only 86 minutes it never feels too short or overstays its welcome and every scene is important to the story. I wouldn't go as far as to call it great, but it was a refreshing take on such a tired concept. It's not something I would easily recommend as it's not for everyone, but anyone who likes movies like Open Water should give this one a chance.
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Joe Kidd (1972)
August 2



"Do you know it's against the law to hunt on Reservation land?"
"Well the deer didn't know where he was, and I wasn't sure either."

Far from being one of the greatest Clint Eastwood westerns, but it's still decent. Clint Eastwood plays the typical sheriff role as well as you would expect from him and there are a good number of cool scenes. Even though there are better westerns with Eastwood and it's not essential viewing, this one is still worth seeing if you're a fan of them.
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August 3



"How do you like that Dr. Jekyll! He turned me into a mouse... THE RAT!"

This was a pretty funny movie even if it's not on the same level as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I did find myself laughing at most of the physical humor in this movie and the overall zaniness of it. It's a solid comedic take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story and now I want to check out more of Abbott and Costello's work.
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People who added this item 451 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Moonlight (2016)
August 4



"Ok. Let your head rest in my hand. Relax. I got you. I promise. I won't let you go. Hey man. I got you. There you go. Ten Seconds. Right there. You in the middle of the world."

I was interested in this movie ever since I heard really good things about it, but following the surprise Best Picture win I started to hear more mixed things about it, so I lowered my expectations going into this one which worked out pretty well since I loved this movie. I'm a sucker for a good coming of age story and I think this one was told very well. I loved the way they told the main character's story and it was done in a complex and subtle way. The characters were written well, the dialogue was really good and the technical aspects like the cinematography and the score were amazing.

With that said, do I think this movie is as good as most people make it out to be? That's a tricky one since I still loved it, but at the same time I don't think it's a masterpiece some people say it is. As much as I like the story, I don't think it's especially original since it isn't too different from what I've seen in many other coming of age stories. Still, I do understand why some would consider this a perfect film and I would even call it an important one.
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People who added this item 1080 Average listal rating (681 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
August 5



"These are the simple rules. No barking, now growling, you will not lift your leg to anything in this house. This is not your room. No slobbering, no chewing, you will wear a flea collar. This is not your room. No begging for food, no sniffing of crotches, and you will not drink from my toilet. This is not your room."

I initially had no urge to see this since I found most of Tom Hanks 80's output to be very weak, but since this one is on Netflix I thought I would give it a chance. I consider this one to be one of Tom Hank's better films from that era as most of the jokes worked and it was really enjoyable despite it being a standard buddy cop film... except with a dog. There's not much surprises here minus the ending, but it was still entertaining. It's not something I'd go out of my way to watch again, but it's something I'm glad I saw at least once.
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August 6



"What do all those deaths mean? They mean that our lives were never ours. There was no real life because we didn't have any choice. Our lives belong to Snow and our deaths do, too. But if you kill him, Katniss, if you end all of this, all those deaths - they mean something."

This was the only Hunger Games movie I didn't see in theatres and after catching it on Netflix, I don't regret the fact that I didn't get the chance to see it that way. I actually thought it was weaker than the first one which I did applaud for it taking the risks it did and for being good on a story level, but in retrospect I think this should've been just one movie. That's not to say I didn't like it because I thought Katniss was just as good of a character as she was in the previous films and there were some decent action scenes here. At the same time though I was kind of expecting something bigger from this being the second part and all, so when the emotional ending came, it left me feeling surprisingly cold. There was still enough for me to like to consider this good, but at the same time I think this series deserved a much better closure than this and I'm surprised that I found the build-up part of Mockingjay to be better than the "epic" second part.
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People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
August 8



"All of human history has lead to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose... it will be a Planet of Apes."

This was another one of those movies I wasn't going to let leave theatres without watching it, so I went out of my way to catch it and I loved it even if it's not on the same level as it's predecessor. First of all, the motion capture is just as amazing as they were in the last two movies to a point where you forget that they're performed by actual people. I was still really invested in the characters and what was going on, the writing was smart and focuses more on the story aspects than the action which I really liked.

There wasn't really too much I didn't like, but there's one thing that kind of bugged me. While I did like how it was a more story-driven blockbuster just like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was, I do think the overall title and way this movie was marketed was misleading. Even though I was expecting it to be story-driven and all, the actual War that takes place in the title didn't last for very long. I think it was 5 minutes at most and it did feel a little anti-climactic. Not a huge problem, but just a small gripe I had with it, but I guess The Short Battle for the Planet of the Apes wouldn't have drawn very many people in, but still it's kind of jarring that the title of this movie isn't even the main focus.

Even though it falls short of being perfect and is nowhere near as good as the previous film, it is still a great conclusion to the trilogy and I can see myself watching it again along with the other two films in the trilogy.
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (217 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
August 12



"I'm sick of Mr. Stark treating me like a kid."
"But you are a kid."
"Yeah. A kid who can stop a bus with his bare hands."

I finally got around to seeing this installment and I gotta say that it's pretty good. I think the hype with it being called the best Spider-Man movie is kind of overblown, (After all, Spider-Man 2 does exist.) but I at least somewhat understand it. I do however think that Tom Holland delivered what is the best portrayal of Peter Parker to date. While I did like the other portrayals, I feel like he really gets the point of the character. Peter Parker is a flawed character and thats how the movie portrays him. I also liked how the movie emphasized that his motivation as a superhero is to save people rather than just fight crime which is something that's been kind of lost in recent superhero films. Also The Vulture... who I've been waiting to see in a Spider-Man movie for YEARS was played very well by Michael Keaton. The rest of the cast does a very good job as well with quite a familiar cast with actors like Robert Downey Jr. , Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover, most of which I didn't even know was in this movie.

I like that despite the fact it is a reboot, it doesn't try to retell the Spider-Man story or anything which is great because not every superhero reboot needs to tell the story again. Especially when The Amazing Spider-Man only came out 5 years ago. I also liked how this reboot keeps things simple. There's no overly-complicated story, no unnecessary padding, (well, very little at least.) and it's not overblown with action scenes and special effects. It just tells a simple, but effective story that people can connect with. I think they developed the characters very well and the way it was written was very good to the point where plot points like when it's revealed that Peter's love interest, Liz happens to be the daughter of the Vulture works because it's written in a way that's believable. The serious moments in this movie do work very well, but there's a good amount of humor to keep itself from being too serious. However the writing isn't perfect as I felt like there was a lot of padding around the middle leading up to Peter fighting The Vulture. It just felt so drawn out and it caused me to zone out for a little while.

I honestly liked this movie a bit more than I was expecting to, but despite the fact that there's a lot I like about it, it still falls short of being great. I'm not sure what it is, but it's possible that it will get there when I watch it again. Even though I liked The Amazing Spider-Man more than most people did, I still think this is the better Spider-Man reboot and hopefully the next one will be on the same level of quality if not better.
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People who added this item 167 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.6
Boxing Helena (1993)
August 16


I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I kind of knew what it was about and I know the daughter of David Lynch directed it, but other than that I wasn't sure what I would think going into this. I'm going to say this and I mean it without any hyperbole: This is the worst movie I've seen in quite some time! Even though it was terrible from the get go, I somehow found myself hating it more and more as it went on. The biggest flaw with Boxing Helena is the writing. It is written in a way that is unrealistic and I'm not talking about the plotline. It actually could've worked if it was written in a competent way, but the character motivations don't make a lick of sense and it has what is probably some of the most unnatural dialogue I have ever heard in any movie. I've seen Saturday morning cartoons with more realistic dialogue and I grew up in the 2000's, so that's saying something!

The acting is also dreadful with overly-dramatic acting from most of the cast. Well, Bill Paxton's role was kind of over the top in a funny way, but the little screen time he had in this film is not even enough to save it. Julian Sands plays a really whiny character who has a boner for women with mutilated limbs and Sherilyn Fenn plays a bitch who does nothing but yell throughout the entire movie.

I haven't even covered the rest of the writing and how godawful it really is. Not even the scenario of this film was executed in a believable way. All I got out of it was the guy basically ruined her life and hates him half of the time, but loves him when the movie demands her to. I feel like this movie is supposed to be romantic at times, but it doesn't work just like everything else in this abomination that's a disgrace to everything good in cinema. The worst part though has to be the ending. I know I've been a little spoiler-y with the past few films, but I can't talk about how stupid it is without getting into why. (Although I can assure you that you're not missing out on anything.) Just when I thought this movie couldn't get any more ridiculous, it turns out that the whole thing was just a dream. When that happened I was saying to myself "No... they didn't just do what I think they did." I thought I was wrong, so I looked up the ending online to see if it meant something else, but nope! This movie uses the most cheapest way to end a movie. It is the most obvious twist ending you could ever use and it should be avoided at all costs. This ending was acceptable in the 30's when it was commonplace, but ever since then it's been beaten in the ground and is now considered a copout.

I really hated this movie. It is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen and other than Bill Paxton's over the top performance, I didn't really like anything about it. It may not be the worst movie I've ever seen as there are quite a few that I'd consider more incompetent than this one, but it's in my bottom 20 films at the very least.
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Tangerine (2015)
August 19



"Merry Christmas Eve, Bitch."

I found this on Netflix and I thought it sounded interesting, so I checked it out and it was pretty good. The story itself isn't the most original, but it still works due to the strength of the characters and the writing. I was invested in the main characters, the world that this film builds and it does have a good sense of humor. For the most part at least. There was this one scene where one of our main characters was dragging another girl by the hair for a few minutes and apparently it's supposed to be funny, but it was portrayed in a way that way too realistic to be funny and it made me wince more than anything. That scene and another one near the end of the film kind of dragged it down for me, but for the most part I thought it was a solid effort.

What I really admired about Tangerine though is what they were able to do with such a low budget. The entire movie was shot on an iPhone which I found to be impressive and it also uses stock music from the internet which I found to be a mixed bag. Some of the music sounded fine, but other times it was just really jarring and kind of took me out of the experience.

Overall, while it is not without its faults, I still really liked this movie and it's worth checking out in spite of its weaknesses.
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TRON (1982)
August 20



"There's nothing special about you. You're just an ordinary program."
"So are you, one that should have been erased."

I finally got around to seeing this and it was quite the interesting film. I was really invested in the story and the world it builds, the way it was written and has visuals that were amazing for 1982, but even now I find them fascinating. It's a great sci-fi classic that has held up surprisingly well.
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Dunkirk (2017)
August 21



"The tide's turning now."
"How can you tell?"
"The bodies are coming back."

As much as I was looking forward to seeing this and heard a lot of good things about it, I still wasn't expecting it to leave the impact that it did on me. Even though there have been countless films about WWII, this one still manages to be fresh and exciting. The biggest thing about this movie for me was just the overall experience. It was pretty intense throughout most of the movie and it was filmed in such a way that made me feel like I was actually there.

While the characters don't have a whole lot of depth, I think this is one of those rare films where the lack of character insight helps it more than anything. The way the event is portrayed in such a realistic way and it's more about what happened rather than who the characters are. Plus what's happening to the characters and what they have to go through is enough to make you sympathize with them. As a film experience, this definitely lives up to the praise it has gotten and it might be one of my top 5 favorite films from Christopher Nolan.
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August 29



"I'd like to kill somebody."
"Say that again."
"I'd like to kill somebody."
"Let's me and you go for a ride, Otis."

For a film that has a reputation for being really disturbing and realistic, I found it to be somewhat underwhelming. While I did like Michael Rooker's performance and the rest of the acting was decent, I couldn't really get engaged in this movie. I didn't think the dialogue was interesting and I didn't care for the characters. I get that you're supposed to care about them, but even then I couldn't find anything to latch on for me to truly care about what was happening.

As for this movie's reputation, I feel like it's overblown. Sure it has a few disturbing scenes, but I didn't find anything to be especially disturbing. Hell, one scene came off as comical and it felt out of place with the movie despite it being entertaining. I didn't buy into the realism either as the score sounded a bit too much like a generic slasher soundtrack and this may be because I've seen so many movies, but I don't even think it's the most disturbing movie as far as ones about serial killers go. I've seen more fictional movies about a serial killer that were more disturbing and effective than this one.

However, despite my gripes with this film, I do at least appreciate it. I understand the impact it had when it came out and there were a few scenes and instances of writing that I actually liked. Hell, my original stance on this movie was a lot harsher until I gave it more thought and looked at a few positive reviews for it. So while I didn't particularly like this movie, I do at least appreciate what it was going for.
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August 30



"Hey, Butt-head, this book kicks ass. There's this talking snake, and a naked chick, and then this dude puts a leaf on his schlong."
"Cool."

I needed to watch a comedy that I knew would entertain me since I've been going through some personal things lately. This movie just gets funnier every time I see it. I love Beavis and Butthead in general and this feature length film shows why the series was so great. The show was filled with stupid humor, but was written in a way that makes it brilliant in a way. This movie has a lot of that great humor that still makes me laugh from start to finish and they even made a feature length story around these characters work in ways you wouldn't expect. The whole idea of Beavis and Butthead being seen as most wanted criminals was hysterical because of how much of a farce it is.

While it does drag on a little at one point, it was very brief and the movie in general is paced very well, so it's mostly minor. Not much else to say other than it being a great representation of what the show was and it's up there as one of my favorite comedies of all time.
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Posted: 2 weeks ago at Sep 6 10:16
I agree wholeheartedly with you on Dunkirk. I've seen it three times, once on 70 mm, and the overall experience of watching that film is something you rarely come across.
Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago at Sep 8 22:19
After watching the recent Apes trilogy, I'm convinced none of them were appropriately titled. Had they called the first one Dawn, the second War, and the third Rise the titles would make far more sense.

Always a pleasure to read your thoughts on what you watch. :)

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