Watched Licorice Pizza tonight. I had no clue Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son was the male lead, but I could tell the actor was his son pretty quickly. Such similar mannerisms! 🍿

Saw Bullet Train and had a good time. Go and enjoy it!

I also just realized you could run a whole weekend movie series of good “stuck on a train” movies. 🍿

None of the trailers for The Rings of Power have given me any hope…until this one. Maybe?

Heh. Ran into old school Book-A-Minute and Movie-A-Minute. Reminds me of a project I tried way back in the early 2000s. I called it Flicksticks, and it used the only drawing I could pull off: stick figures. Freaky Friday:

🍿 Wrath of Man (2021)

It was pretty good…Guy Ritchie without the Guy Ritchie. Not sure why rogerebert.com gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, but it was good!

I watched The Phantom Thread tonight in my quarantine room. Now I need a film studies class to explain it to me. 🍿

Shawn shared this with me today. It’s amazing.

🍿 The Batman (2022)

I went into this expecting a super hero movie. By the end I realized it was more of a crime movie. I would have enjoyed the movie more if I had that attitude while watching. There are some beautiful moments in this one.

🔗 The Former Netflix DVD Library Is a Lost Treasure We’ll Never See Again

This does make me sad. I’ve subscribed as recently as last year, and the disc subscription (for reproduction quality reasons) is something I enjoy when I have a period of free time.

📺 The Afterparty (2022)

Kind of a fun modern take on Clue.

🍿 Philomena (2013)

What an outstanding film! Judi Dench is superb and Steve Coogan provides a great counterpoint. I’ve loved Coogan for years, and was excited to see he produced and co-wrote. It is leaving Netflix in a week.

Philomena

📺 Ted Lasso, season 2 (2021)

We watch television shows pretty slowly. Season 2 dug deep into some issues. And the twist at the end didn’t feel right to me, though watching over the course of months might have led to that confusion.

🍿 The Paper Tigers (2020)

For our monthly movie, a friend and I were mutually in a “let’s watch something light” place. This is certainly light. I’ll admit, though, it was just the thing and we had a good time entertaining ourselves with it.

🍿 Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

I’m on the “mostly enjoyed Bo Burnham’s Inside” of history.

🍿 Spectre (2015)

The Daniel Craig Bond movies are always good. Maybe it was lack of sleep or impending sickness, but I was nodding off a bit during this one, however.

🍿 Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021)

Pretty decent little family movie. It had a few interesting ideas for the kids to chew on, I think.

🍿 Last Night in Soho (2021)

I love me some Edgar Wright, but I’m still not sure what I think about this one. I did love the creativity of shots in the first half. And the music was 😙👌.

🍿 Letters to Juliet (2010)

I wouldn’t use movie art to describe this movie, but it still becomes more interesting with a little backstory. It seems Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero have a story with some similarities to the movie.

🍿 The Maze Runner (2014)

This one really did depart quite a bit from the book. Partly I think that was for pacing. The big difference is that the book had a lot of inner dialog, which wasn’t the case in the movie (because that would be boring in a movie).

🍿 Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

It took a bit for me to get into the movie, but by the end I was quite fascinated by Dolemite Is My Name. Midway through, Eddie Murphy’s Rudy Ray Moore mocks a film producer’s plans to make a saccrine underdog story, all the while participating in a film full of joy and positivity from its own underdog. The movie is truly Capraesque, despite the extensive language and nudity.

🍿 Red Notice (2021)

Nothing ground breaking here, but a few laughs never hurt anyone.

🍿 Dune (2021)

This is the second time I’ve seen the movie now and I think I like it. It is filmed with such intensity. Also, I’m no Dune-head so I don’t have the hangups about the movie art not bringing about the same exact feeling as the book art.

After I watched the movie the first time, I interrogated my Dune-loving friend for 90 minutes. It added to my experience. My kids, however, didn’t really have any questions after. I’m hoping a few bubble up over time.

I appreciate the same shape being used in each of the logo letters:

🍿 Bolt (2008)

My youngest had never seen this one, so we watched it tonight while the other kids were busy with a school activity. It’s a cute little adventure.

🍿 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

🍿 The Bird and the Whale (2018)

Quite a pretty short movie, animated from thousands of paintings.