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Added by CD Smiles on 1 Jan 2019 08:37
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Movies Watched in 2019

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January 14th

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho is VERY 90's. If that makes you want to watch it, good, that's what I was going for. You could say it's ahead of it's time since it came out in 1991. I can't even tell you what this movie is about. An underground society of Shakespearean gay-for-pay prostitutes. A road movie with two locales and not much footage of actual travel. Whatever it is it's worth seeing.
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Everywhen (2013)
January 13th

Directed by: Jarand Breian Herdal

Everywhen was handed to me by a co-worker on a flash drive, because I couldn't find it anywhere. The reason I was handed Everywhen was because said co-worker was so perplexed by this thing that he had to find someone to share it with, if only to figure out what in the good fucking lord's name it is. I'll tell you what it is. A couple of Nordic teenager's high school film project with a budget. This is like if you got a drunken 4 year old to tell you the plot of Inception. It is so hilariously bad in innumerous ways, but the fact that it never once makes one iota of sense is probably the best one. You know these kids had this whole thing planned out on paper, but it just did not work. It's like Primer ran through a bad translator. But let's be real; even if the story made total sense, the movie would still be bad. Let me leave you with the synopsis.

"A boy must fight his way from an alternate reality, back to his own, to save his suicidal 5-year old brother; when 3 billion people are reported missing."
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January 13th

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

There was no way for me to know what I was getting into here, this was not even close to what I expected. I don't want to give away much but it somehow is and is not as bombastic as the title and imagery suggests. It mostly isn't. There are so many strange decisions in how the main character acts, and where the story goes it makes for a completely unique experience, though I am reminded of Five Easy Pieces for some reason. Smash Palace feels very American New Wave, maybe that's just my ignorance of Kiwi cinema.
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January 9th

Directed by: Terrence Malick

I've seen The Tree of Life several times. What I watched this time was the new Criterion Collection extended version. They said it was going to be like watching an entirely new movie and I should have believed them, because I think the amount of footage that is in both versions makes up less than 25% of the runtime. I feel this version is a big step down from the original. There's so much more footage of the human characters that it completely outweighs everything else and makes it entirely about the family with some random vignettes, than the original cut which had a better balance. I think this makes it lose a LOT of it's luster, and also makes it kind of boring. It's interesting for a fan of the film, it in my opinion is NOT the definitive way to see The Tree of Life.
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Tokyo! (2008)
January 4th

Directed by: Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, Bong Joon-ho

Anthology films! Such a strange sentiment these arise in me, the definition of hit-or-miss. I guess they never miss, huh? Because none of these are particularly bad. Gondry's Interior Design stands out to me, I feel like he ran with the concept the most. The concept just being... Tokyo. The three shorts do somehow feel kind of linked despite them being not much alike at all. Worth watching.
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January 3rd

Directed by: Agnès Varda

I love documentaries like this. Who knew Los Angeles was so rampant with curated murals? I mean, a lot of people probably, but not me. This is my first Varda doc that really fits the typical mold of a documentary, but of course Varda couldn't just master one form of filmmaking. Her approach is wonderfully unique, I love when an artist can show you the beauty of something that would seem mundane to those used to it, and who better than Agnès?
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People who added this item 244 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
January 3rd

Directed by: Ari Aster

So meticulously crafted that even where I found the writing to be lazy turns out to be a subversion. The writer really went out of his way to solidify the themes and use them effectively, sparingly throughout, making the story rife with satisfying moments of realization. I really couldn't ask more from a horror movie, there's an embarrassment of riches when it comes to gruesome imagery. It's genuinely intriguing, horrifying and exciting. Despite all of this I'm giving it a 7.
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January 3rd

Directed by: William Dieterle

Fantastic in the way that only films from the '30s are. Visually stunning, seeing The Notre-Dame de Paris photographed was honestly my favorite part of the film for many reasons. It was particularly interesting to see it in 1939 although I'm not sure how different it looks now compared to then. The original story written by Victor Hugo has been bastardized many a time, including here. Some of the spirit of the novel is splayed out awkwardly for you to take in, but the need for a thrilling epic takes over quickly. I don't mind much because it's beautiful anyway.
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