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Fall 2020 Viewings

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People who added this item 2515 Average listal rating (1762 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)
Format: Blu-Ray
Viewing: 3rd (or 4th)
Thoughts: Seeing this again for the third or fourth time, I gotta say it's probably the artsiest midnight movie ever made. Refn has created such a unique atmosphere and aesthetic from the retro-wave soundtrack, LA noir themes, and Italian horror-like violence (practical effects, yay!). The sudden spikes of violence lose their impact upon repeated viewings, but the rest of the film is absolutely electrifying.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Trial by Fire (2018)
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: I was eager to see this film as I was a big fan of the original article from the New Yorker it was based on. The article was a real page turner for it's inside look into arson investigations and the science behind it. This movie focuses more on the life of Cameron Todd Willingham, played impeccably by Jack O'Connell (oscar-worthy imo). Aside from O'Connell's impressive performance, the movie was kind of disappointing as it left out most of the arson investigation that made the original article so memorable.
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.7
Cobra Kai (2018)
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: I binged this recently on Netflix and I gotta say, I was very impressed with what they did here. Shifting focus to Johnny, down on his luck and never fully recovering from where we left him at the beginning of Karate Kid II, was a brilliant move. Once again the philosophies behind each dojo are pitted against each other, however there's a bit of deconstruction and soul searching this time around. 2 seasons in and I'm excited to see where this series will go next. (Also, would love to see this type of revival show applied to other 80s films like The Goonies, Monster Squad, etc)
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People who added this item 2778 Average listal rating (1797 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Format: DVD
Viewing: Umpteenth
Thoughts: Binging the Cobra Kai series on Netflix made me want to revisit the original movies so bad, especially the first film. Hard to believe it's been 36 years since the first film was released. What makes the original Karate Kid so great is the deliberate slow pacing that gives you a real feel for the characters and story. Much like Rocky, it's an underdog story and Daniel's long journey to the final victory is a joy to watch.
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People who added this item 1243 Average listal rating (779 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
Format: DVD
Viewing: Umpteenth
Thoughts: Solid sequel that picks up right where things left off in the aftermath of Daniel's upset victory at the tournament. The Cobra Kai's are in ruin (love that scene when Kreese loses it and chokes out Johnny). The Japanese setting is a nice change of pace, with Sato and his top student taking over for Kreese and Johnny. It's got everything, a love story, redemption, betrayal, honor, justice, etc. Definitely not as memorable as the original but still an enjoyable film in its own right.
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Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: This probably ranks as one of the most disturbing documentaries ever made. As a father of a young daughter, it was like a gut punch and deeply affected me. It was so disturbing because here you have this typical American family, with typical relationship issues anyone can relate to. Which made the outcome that much more difficult to understand. The filmmakers culled countless videos and pics to deliver a very intimate portrayal of this family in the period leading up to that tragic night. The question lingers long after the credits roll: how was this man capable of doing what he did?
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People who added this item 933 Average listal rating (566 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 5.2
Format: DVD
Viewing: 2nd
Thoughts: Of the original Ralph Macchio Karate Kid films, this is the one I remember the least. This time around we are deep into B-movie territory. So deep that you would swear this is a Cannon film. At this point the Teacher-student antagonists have grown a bit tired (here we have the most stereotypical evil rich guy ever slowly getting revenge for Kreese with his new protege, who looks more like a toughguy character from Beverly Hills 90210). The thrills are light and the cheese is heavy, "Macaroni and cheese, now that's what I like!"
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 6.9
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: I tend to jump on anything crime doc related on Netflix. This had such a great story and setting. But unfortunately it is wayyyyy too drawn out and spends too much time on the legal vs illegal marijuana biz and not enough time on real evidence and facts. Everything is heresay from a bunch of ne'er-dowellers. You will hear them say Murder Mountain around 100 times, but actual murder cases are never really fleshed out. As a series, this just didn't work. Having a disctinct focus on Garret Rodriguez' case and the subsequent deaths in a trimmed down 1.5 hour doc would have been so much better.
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People who added this item 670 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.4
Format: DVD
Viewing: 2nd
Thoughts: Concluding my tour of the original Karate Kid movies (with absolutely no desire to ever watch the Jaden Smith reboot), I dared to answer the question: could the franchise get any worse after the shitshow that was part III? Well, unfortunately it does. But not by much. The Cobra Kai's have now been replaced by a brigade of high school mercenaries clad in black t-shirts and acid wash jeans. Mr Miyagi at this point has now become a tired cliche, and Hilary Swank is kind of annoying as the teen girl successor to Daniel-san. It's all just really lame and lacks the wacky Cannon film-esque antics that made Pt III somewhat enjoyable.
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Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: Excellent and exhaustive docuseries on the Challenger disaster. Really does a great job of humanizing a national tragedy and takes you back to a time when Space exploration was on the top of everyone's minds. Would rate it higher but does feel a little lengthy at times, still this has to be the definitive document of the tragedy inside and out.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: Finally got around to seeing this as apparently it had originally aired on the Paramount network (had no idea they were capable of this level of content). The story of the Branch Davidians and their final days has been told countless times through documentaries and dramatizations (the one I recall the most is the overly biased 90s tv-movie with the father from the Wonder Years). Here we have a much more truthful depiction of the event. It takes a while to get going but once the siege begins you will be glued to the screen. Taylor Kitsch is fantastic as David Koresh, along with great support from John Leguizamo and several Boardwalk Empire alumni.
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People who added this item 99 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: Normally I'm on board for Charlie Kaufman wackiness (it's definitely an acquired taste), but this just didn't work for me and kept losing my interest. Here he has ventured into some strange Coen Brothers/Stephen King territory. It definitely has its moments and offers a pretty interesting take on relationships in the modern world. But yeah it will be a struggle for most to get through it.
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People who added this item 1638 Average listal rating (992 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 4.7
Format: Streaming
Viewing: Umpteenth
Thoughts: I don't know what possessed me to watch this again the other night but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it has held up over the years. Mainly for 2 reasons: 1. Molly and Jimmy's relationship is a very honest and realistic portrayal of couples in that type of dynamic (it's messy and doesn't always have the answers) and 2. Elias Koteas. He is 100% committed to this role as the extreme right-wing, down on his luck brother of Molly. He really steals the show and makes you wish he had more screen time. The baby talk grows a little tired at this point (hard to believe Mikey is not talking himself by now), but luckily the adults make up for it.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: Fascinating look at the many flawed areas of our judicial system that leads to countless falsely accused men convicted of crimes they did not commit. The presentation is strong and the stories are riveting. A true crime must-see.
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People who added this item 524 Average listal rating (328 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Format: Streaming
Viewing: Umpteenth
Thoughts: Weekend at Bernie's falls in that category of light silly 80s/90s comedy, similar to Police Academy and others of the like. It's basically like if you gave the Three Stooges a dead body and had them pretend it was alive. It loses a few stars for that horrible and abrupt ending, but gains a star for the coked out mob hitman who almost steals the show towards the end.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: I think all of us continue to give these Adam Sandler movies a chance for one simple reason, we want them to recapture the magic of his earlier films. But sadly they never do. And they just end up feeling like you are watching the latest Steven Seagal movie. Everything feels forced, the laughs are never above a chuckle or two, and in the end you are left feeling unsatisfied and wondering why you even bothered in the first place.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.9
The Festival (2018)
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: As a huge fan of the Inbetweeners series, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this the other night on streaming. This is a sleeper comedy hit, easily one of the funniest movies I've seen recently. I feel like this type of humor walks the line between smart comedy and gross out, and somehow it always delivers. Disappointed not seeing other cast members from Inbetweeners, but Claudia O'Doherty from Judd Apatow's Love series makes up for it. She almost steals the show as the motor-mouth Australian girl with a heart of gold.
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Format: Streaming
Viewing: 1st
Thoughts: Much like Murder Mountain, this was a fascinating story that was stretched and drawn out way too much, to the point that I ended up fast forwarding through a great deal of it. That being said, the courtroom scenes and twists and turns make it a must see. So again, this could have been trimmed down to about half the episodes and would have had a bigger impact. Guaranteed you will change your position on the case at least once or twice, and it will have you questioning every aspect of it.
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Blu-Ray, DVD, Netflix, Amazon Prime

Ratings:
10 stars = Flawless
9 stars = Excellent
8 stars = Great movie
7 stars = Good movie (solid)
6 stars = Enjoyable (on some level)
5 stars = Mediocre (unremarkable)
4 stars = Sub-par
3 stars = Bad movie (but watchable)
2 stars = One element that keeps it from being unwatchable
1 star = Unwatchable

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