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Movie Diary (spiel within, not spoiler free) pt.ii

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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (513 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Spotlight (2015)
-Kind of like watching a festering wound slowly being revealed.
-"If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one."
Very powerful line.
-So much white washing though, to see two characters who are supposedly Armenian and Portuguese played by 2 white men talking about being treated like outsiders. I know they wanted famous actors but why are only the white ones famous, hm.
-Shows a bit of the Globe's iffy ethical lines, they wanted the exclusive.
-I mean it's a really powerful story and there are very powerful moments but the film also has weak spots. The repeating "we all knew" is a little too much banging the audience over the head and the scene where Mark Ruffalo gives his passionate speech (great though it was) feels mechanistically set up.
-The ending is enraging. No justice.
-Over all very well put together and educational. I would like to know more about what if any changes the church has put in place. 6% of priests. 6%.
-Some interesting wiki reading for post-watching rage.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
I like the soundtrack and the scottish/englishness of it but way too many montages where the music cuts out everything else. It's almost half a silent movie. Shallow development. Cuteish premise. Not great chemistry. It's not that the male lead has an accent, it's the way he speaks, like he's memorized the lines but doesn't really know how to speak the language. There's nothing really original about the ending or the script as the title might suggest. In fact I'm pretty sure the original title was "The Happy ending." The trailer is basically the film. But I liked the mood.
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People who added this item 274 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
The 5th Wave (2016)
Terribly done. Cant even be bothered to list all that is terrible about it. Disappointing. A worser version of The Host. Very B-movie.
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People who added this item 322 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.8
Considering it's like the 5th version of P+P I watched I still enjoyed the chemistry of the characters and the base story. Beyond that kind of dull and badly edited. It could've been a more interesting twist.. I expected a bit more from a fighting version of the Victorian Era. +Their kissing is literally the climax of the movie. Why would you put a voice-over transition over the climax? And into a scene clearly meant for some end credits bit of extra comedy.
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People who added this item 493 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
I don't know what to say about this movie... I kept waiting for some larger meaning... Maybe I needed to listen harder to the song lyrics. They were a bit hard to discern in some sections.
It got recommended to me as one of someone's favorite movies and what inspired them to theater.
It's based around a cute ideology of two halves where once everyone existed as siamese twins before an angry god split them apart and then they had love when they found each other... Which is cute but the two halves thing is really something I never really felt connected to.
She lives on one side of the Berlin wall (divisions/binaries theme) and she ends up being lured to this army guy's crotch through candy (yeah, no actually) after which in order to get married and leave the country she needs a sex change operation but it's done by a doctor friend of the mother's who ends up botching it, thus the 'angry inch' and then the husband leaves her and she ends up babysitting for this family and falling for their son who she makes music with before he leaves her, taking her music but leaving the things about her he dislikes, and she joins new band, is generally sad and pissed off and he ends up saying he's sorry and then she makes up with her bandmate (didn't really get, there's reference to them being married as well??) and then walks through the streets naked... exposing/accepting(?) her full self (but still seems kind of a depressing scene, with the naked person walking from dark alley idk, I really feel like I'm missing something). End credits.
The character is well-created and well acted but ... what was the plot, the point?? I definitely get how it's a movie for those who have felt outcasted, unaccepted, trying to find themselves, giving something new and original, being outcasted for difference...
It had that book to movie feel where things weren't really fully explained and felt rushed.
Everyone who's watched it seems to have liked it so... Cool. Good trans rep. Nice songs.
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Keanu (2016)
Really enjoyed it. Didnt mind suspending some disbelief (in the beginning they show Keanu going from kitten to cat to kitten it looks like but cool magical cat) but still would've flowed better logically if through domino effect they just got pulled into it without choice. After a while it's like really in the middle of the gun fight you're still going for the kitten? But really funny.
Happy for a sequel but there wasn't really any satisfying ending. Lost steam in the writing unfortunately. The 'fuck me' line from the wife seemed really off and just like fantasy fulfillment. The romance tacked on the end seemed lacking in chemistry. But anyway the fact that all these 'hard' types were willing to fight to death for this kitten made a really cutesy idea.
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People who added this item 705 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Wtf is this bullshit movie I wasted my time on. Ugh. Emily Blunt deserves better. Seemed to have promise in beginning, even a bit horrory, but the powerful foreboding music became overdone and ridiculous, building up to something that never came. Such a shame bc I liked the character chemistry. The twist is soap opery and by the end I had little sympathy for any of the characters. Plus the whole you're not a wolf ending and her crying character in the end ugh. I mean it goes over the horrors of drug violence but with poor insight and a pretty poorly explained solution. I don't even know how to put into words how much it fails. It makes itself just another revenge movie. The title hints it but I expected more. There are aspects of it that we're well done- the loud sound effects gave a creepy vibe.
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
-The part on remembering in America brought me to tears. V. powerful.
-Informative doc on the great things countries around the world are doing (education, work, parental leave, health, prison, women's rights, PoC rights etc.).
-I choose to see Moore's ignorant Americanness as satire meant to be laughed at, which I'm pretty sure is how it was intended.
-I don't know about the prison segment. I get rehabilitation but 21 years for that white supremacist does not feel ethical or just.
-His other point on how the government should stay out of the home based on a distinction between the public sphere as political and the private sphere as apolitical was heavily fought in the 90s when women sought to get domestic abuse to be seen as a political/public issue. I get he's using it to argue for a secular government but he doesn't need to rely on that line of argument. The politician saying that the state shouldn't control these things but fathers should as this was supposedly apolitical= BS.
-Great that trying to empower women and emphasizing how study after study has showed they are often more collective minded but too much essentialism. Women can be violent, selfish etc. and chalking up peacefulness to their DNA is just sticking them in another box.
-40 percent is. not. "equal" representation. 40 percent IS. NOT. EQUAL. REPRESENTATION. This skewed logic is literally the product of inequality.
-Good theme on ending American centralism (their belief that they're perfect and at center of world) so that they're can be more interest in taking in good from other countries but then ends up contradicting itself. It goes and seems to legitimately act as if everything good from other countries originated in America. Maybe an interesting ideological tool but very ethnocentric.
-Nice that it encourages small people powered actions.
-Ending got a bit too sappy. The Berlin wall should've been left as its end. Maybe reminding people to go back to 'own' good ideas works but changes in emotionality we're too sudden.
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6
I liked the first half but I started to get bored and ended up turning it off. I don't think the actors have the chemistry they did in first movie. There are also some clearly Italian "ma" actors but whatever it's Hollywood. Still appreciated the jokes about all words/people having Greek roots.
People who added this item 651 Average listal rating (453 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Lobster (2015)
Negative stars needed. Felt like needed a cleanse afterwards. Unpleasant movie. Where to begin?
-In the beginning I liked that it was a different world with different rules of behavior. Created interest and suspense. I like weirdness but obviously there are different kind of weirdnesses and after 20 minutes the movie had been going on long enough that I could understand it was not for me.
-If anything this movie cemented a life lesson. Do not bother waiting for things to redeem themselves. They never do.
-I liked the director's Dogtooth's originality more or less but through this I kept going: WTF am I watching, WTF am I watching and then When will it end?
-Porn sexual weirdness, gross uncomfortable sex scenes, gore. A third of the theater audience was literally covering their face or turning it to the side to avoid their eyes in the last minutes of the movie.
-There are no redeemable characters. They do cruel random things to each other.
-The premise is never fully explained (why it came to be this weird shit).
-Obviously a metaphor for something but too fucking unpleasant to watch. Some comment on love and relationships and blinding yourself for the other. The relationships of the movie are based around a single seemingly inconsequential shared similarity and people will lie to get into relationships about said similarity (singular).
-It is illegal to be single in main arena and illegal to be coupled with rebels. No one seems to legitimately care about each other (ex) husband who would've shot wife, Rachel Weiz saying you should have blinded him instead).
-Also some kind of theme on world not allowing inbetween states. Scene where Colin Farrel talks about being bisexual gave me life but who the fuck knows what theme was supposed to convey. I could look up what it meant bc I still have searching for redemption for garbage issues.
-Everybody in the movie talks the same. Like stunted robots.
-Feel a little like have been psychologically damaged by this movie.
-Why are so many famous people in this??????????????????
-I expected there to be threads tying weirdness together into you know coherent whole but a lot of it is just random shit.

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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (321 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Good movie but too Hollywood.
-Good comedic writing, I'd forgotten, but sometimes overdone, characters say a joke at expense of authentic humanity.
-Unbelievability was huge holey issue in script. This group of people sitting like ducks being fired at and they were all okay. He grabs her hand midair. Only side characters die etc. etc. Better writing would've made it feel more authentic.
-Too much tell, not enough show. (Like his realization that he has something loud and obnoxious, we get it, you don't have to drag it out or state it outright especially when the next scene would just cut to it come on!)
-A Beastie Boys song defeats the army and saves millions. I mean... I enjoy a cathartic song moment but again better writing to keep me from feeling like really? really? just gonna play a song hm. hm okay. but I will still enjoy this.
-We're in the future and for some reason all the main characters are white dudes. Get me more female characters plzzz.
-Spock x Uhura my logic x emotion babiessss. Stop breaking them up in every movie and learn to actually write relationships...?
-So much buzz for having an LGBT relationship. A huge deal but rep wise only slightly better than Dumbledore. If you didn't know beforehand maybe the other dude is his brother or something you know? I heard they cut one of their scenes which is just such BS. Sulu's husband only get 3 v. short scenes, and if you're actually giving a shit about this and looking for him, the last scene has him with a weird expression on his face amidst a smiling crowd. It should've been found in editing if they gave more of a care, unless it was meant to convey something which was lost?
-Still had that spacey, adventurous, epic, get lost in another world vibe and great character chemistry and dynamics.
-(Okay but seriously if they had it scripted that Scotty say "lassy" one more times I would've supported his death.)
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People who added this item 429 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Bad writing. Promises twists, tricks and secret societies but it's all really rather dull and ridiculous. One of their tricks includes a long scene of them passing a card between each other. You have to completely suspend believability and not ask questions.
Lizzy Caplan is so wasted as the "girl horseman" I could scream. The only good part about this film was surprisingly Daniel Radcliffe. I haven't seen a movie I liked him in in a long time but he does comedically evil very well.
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People who added this item 568 Average listal rating (394 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The marketing of this film makes you believe it is about a man who sends his ex wife a book which vaguely threatens to hurt her as she has hurt him. Cue surrealistic double storylines, character development and twists! Nope.
A rich woman receives a book from her author ex husband who she hasn't spoken to in 19 years. The book is about the disturbing rape and murder of two women and the husband/fathers reaction to it alla Hollywood cliches.
Ok it's a really disturbing story but disturbing especially and in a particular way for women and the fact that it's told through a man-pain perspective (duty of man to protect- what if can't storyline instead of a this is how fucked it is to be a woman storyline) is just fucked up at another level. Made me want to buy a weapon. The cause of death information was excessive and delivered by a seemingly unfeeling cop. Violence against women juxtaposed against the main female lead beginning her romantic relationship with the author, just weirdness. Man pain juxtaposed against her again and again, I suppose to show empathy or shared connection. Noir music and atmosphere at times. Movie description not accurate. Sudden abortion ref which seems unnecessary to establishing how much she had 'hurt' him . Gimmicky feeling. Then he of course goes on a lone hunt them down himself for wronging his family male fantasy cliche. Was expecting something far more intelligent and original. Amy Adams is great in it and she talks deep lines about regret and accepting life's unhappiness but it's just a veneer of intellectuality over another psycho drama. She looks like a rich ghost unsmiling statue. It's impressive?
So the story about rape and murder is a metaphor for her leaving him with another guy and having an abortion? (Story man calls himself weak for not protecting his family, a criticism of "weakness" she has accused him of in their relationship along different lines.) She's not shown thinking of novel as threat. Touches on issues with justice system. She's shown to empathize with male lead in story. She has violent art, security, a bodyguard team which seems like a lot for someone who is rich but not supposedly famous( indicating story happened for real to her and her mother- the shared sadness in their eyes??) The story daughter and her daughter are the same. He called her a nocturnal animal bc she had insomnia but then titles his book seemingly after psychos (and/or those who feel loss/seek justice) implying she's the same? In the end she arranges to meet her ex husband whose work she found quote moving and beautifully written (where is the threatening?) and he never shows and she is devastated as it seems she wanted to rekindle things with him.
This fucking sucked and was really, really disturbing in the beginning when the woman and her daughter are kidnapped from their car off the road. I want to read deeper meaning into this movie and have it have been worth it but all the interpretations I find are either offensive or stupid. Her leaving him felt like a double murder (manbro manbro manbro why is rape involved exactly, oh literally as a metaphor for his fucking man pain???????). Please go fuck yourself.
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People who added this item 1008 Average listal rating (738 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Arrival (2016)
The first half is surprisingly good. They realistically make you feel the epicness of suddenly finding aliens on earth and the fear that comes with it. It deals well with the questions that would come up in that situation- what is their purpose, how to communicate, how to establish an accurate basis of communication, what about outerspace contagions, how did they get there, what is their technology, should humans "show force" and take the offensive (NO). The movie made me think humans would totally screw alien contact up if it were real.
The second half gets into more time-wharpy things which is interesting enough to watch but not as engrossing. Plus, I can't really agree with the theory at the basis of the film- language determinism to the extent that our vision of time would change so drastically if only we understood the world through a different language. It would certainly have a less drastic impact though and it's interesting to think about.
Have to say I still have issues with the ending. Getting information from the future that was used in the past but the past hasn't happened yet. Say the beginning is the ending but where did she get the information she used?
It's a story about aliens but also a mother's love which makes it a little bit of a tear jerker. (Maybe it was just those damn violins in the soundtrack.) I still kind of wish for more in the human-alien relations department. Their just vanishing cut off that aspect of the story. Plus, how does their gift end up affecting humanity?
The dad's abandonment isn't explained enough... makes it sader, more bitter.
I never would have thought this would be my favorite movie of the year but it was.
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People who added this item 122 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Miss Sloane (2016)
1) America is fucked up.
2) The movie is 2 hours long and it gets tiring watching these corrupt fuckers go back and forth.
Well acted and informative in its way. It makes an interesting enough story but it's not particularly a movie I loved.
People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
Very disappointing. Emily Blunt plays a drunk and it's a bit startling to see her play a gaunt, rather unlikeable character. Nothing original at all really to the story. It's just told from forward and backward to add suspense. A melodrama about a cheating shit husband. The most interesting character was the woman who was murdered and her story is cut off by it.
People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Feels anti-climactic to focus on certain relationships and then have the movie end with them suddenly in others with no development.
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People who added this item 252 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
I wish a little it had focused more on his life than his death but there is no question the film is a literal work of art and beautifully made. I teared up at the end. It has a beautiful message. But the story itself was kind of so-so for me. I was a bit scared on behalf of the artists that the story wouldn't be up to par with the art. They ended up going a simplistic route, focusing on the question of his death and the characters in his life, which was a pretty non-offensive (but yeah, simple) path.
The very American accents threw me off a little here and there; they didn't seem to fit.
I'm kind of shocked and outraged on behalf of the artists that their names weren't given more credit. The actors got more recognition than the people who hand painted the entire movie (I can't even imagine the amount of work and talent that took)! One of the themes of the movie is LITERALLY TIED TO RESPECTING ART and how Van Gogh never got enough credit in his life for the amazingness of his art. Seriously.
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Put off watching this for a while bc it seemed kind of offensive. I know Hollywood feeds off of forbidden love but it's going to the extremes when it takes on an actual genocide in our history. I stumbled onto the trailer again and my Lily James stan heart wanted to give it a shot.
The acting is absolutely fantastic. (Okay, towards the later part of the movie Lily James' face is filled with too much readable emotion to be believable as something that no one notices.) Also as a love story, there is no question the two leads have some damn sexual chemistry. (But kind of rapey at beginning??? What was??? Oh boy.)
I had hopes I'd misunderstood the original 'soldier who just works for an evil government but who has a good heart' trope but nope exactly that and not enough back story and characterization to flesh out why such a contradiction is occurring. The line about him being 'the exception' turned what was so far a well-acted period drama piece into something over-Hollywoodized and plastic feeling. It asks for too much of a suspension of belief, especially with a lack of back story, that he is just suddenly realizing the violence of his government (and his participation in it). It ignores complex questions of why human beings participated in such violence/ seems to imply ignorance.
+Why she abandons killing him doesn't really make sense.
+Refuses to abandon his duty even though he has a Jewish girlfriend??? Agrees to marry him even though he is staying in anti-Jewish army which killed her family?
-Sudden, unresolvedish ending. What to say...?? Not well-written enough to be great but the acting makes it worth seeing.
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People who added this item 216 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
-Hole: how she made friends with them to get NY game totally skipped over.
-Love Jessica Chastain and the character's personality keeps the movie very watchable.
-Idris Elba's impassioned defense of her just seems to come too much out of left field. It's obvious he comes to admire and care about her but the sweetness of that almost doesn't fit the tone of the movie. Or else, seems to attempt to hammer you over the head with 'this character is a good person'... It just seemed like the movie suddenly became weak plot-wise when it revolved around two characters' arguing why one didn't deserve prison.
+Don't really see her choice as totally honorable. Protecting the world/their families from the horribleness of these men. There's honorability in truth. But I understand from her psychology that she had some family issues that made that seem unappealing to her.
Short, simple doc. I feel like it could have been better done. Learned about her of course. But in the end I'm not left with a feeling of like for her, just an understanding of her as a human. The doc basically just emphasizes that she was beautiful and came up with the idea for frequency hopping. Also touches on her many unfortunately bad relationships with her spouses, Hollywood, and the media. It implies that she was shamed towards the end of her life into not appearing in public which is kind of disturbing... I'm left more with a feeling of sadness for her but also wanting to shake her.
This is definitely not a good movie. It's ridiculous; really ridiculous. And yet sometimes in that joyously stupid way like when you're dancing alone in your room. Also horribly, horribly, dear god corny. But the truth is if you're willing to lean into the joyous stupidity, it's pretty enjoyable. In fact there's really nothing wrong with feel-good joyous stupidity. The thing that most bothered me was the acting and how it often felt like the actors were feeling more of the stupid than the leave-it-all-behind-and-dance kind of joy of it. But oh my god, they definitely could have gotten better writers.
This movie also has some of the worst lip syncing I have ever seen. But I left wanting to get drunk and dance to ABBA. And I kind of want to watch it again...
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.8
Vox Lux (2018)
Well shot. Slow and moody. Definitely not happy.
-Don't know why they had the younger version of her be so emotionally dead and yet singing and making a career out of expressing herself after a tragedy. Feels completely off and inhuman. Maybe they were trying to portray naivety but just comes off making the film seem more strange. But maybe that sort of unemotional shallowness is part of what the movie portrays.
Adult version seems to speak in shallow lyrics.
Lack of connection between pop lyrics and real life.
So terrible pop is the devils music? Way too long of a terrible performance at end. Almost makes me hate music. But the length of terribleness does leave an impact and make you view musical performances in a new way.
And then the movie ends without tying up anything. Ok. I always feel like a movie is leading to something when it decides to be something else.
Character study on loss of innocence/ emotional depth.
After thinking about it a while it's certainly a moody, well shot film that I won't forget too soon and its comments on the current culture via pop music have point. It's definitely purposely strange, leaving many gaps in the story for you to wonder at, and almost surrealistic.
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People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Someone Great (2019)
This movie encapsulates the feeling of heart break. Fuck. Made my chest ache. So well acted. And that breakup speech near the end made me cry like a baby.
Could've used a little better editing. And some part of me wants more info on why their relationship ended and wants to fight it but there you go.
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Non-formal movie blabberings. I watch and hate too many romcoms. And I also hate most everything because I watch crap.

A rating of 1=I wish I'd never watched it, 2=I may or may not despise it but it has something in it that's watchable, 3=I may or may not despise it but it has a bit more of something that's watchable, 4=Just not very good but there are full sections I appreciate having watched, 5=good and bad, 6=passable as good, 7=v. good, 8=v.v. good, 9=almost awesome, 10=perfect and awesome. To summarize: a rating above/equal to fiveish means I think it's a good movie. Note that my rating scheme is not based on any professional quality but overall enjoyment.

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