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    Serial Mom (1994)
    Directed by John Waters. With Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard. A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

    I just finished watching Serial Mom, thanks to @Plenty O’Toole's post in the trailer thread.

    Just wow. I am amazed for many reasons. First, that I'd never heard of this classic movie. Secondly, because I never thought of Kathleen Turner as an actress that could pull off such a crazy role. And also, because I thoroughly enjoyed this extremely entertaining film.

    Kathleen Turner is a natural beauty, and her classic, good looks creates a clearly defined pecking order when contrasted with the rest of the family. Her dominance is created with small details, allowing her character to actually be both a good person and a horrible person simultaneously. The division between the two only ever breaks down once her own family suspects her, which creates one of the most subtle jibes of the movie when her husband realizes that she might be guilty and she also might be coming back home. Tongue

    The quality of this movie in every aspect is much better than I would have expected. For comparison, if John Hughes had directed this movie, I feel like there would have been a lot more parts where dialogue is used to explain the plot, where this movie really allows the viewer to relax and just watch the story unfold.

    Seriously glad I watched this one. Also, renewed my Kathleen Turner crush. Tongue


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    Directed by Gary Dauberman. With Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman. While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

    I saw Annabelle Comes Home. This isn’t a film I’d choose for myself, but a friend wanted to see it. The whole Hollywood rattle-and-scream ghost movie thing is boring and annoying to me (although genuine ghost stories are among my favourite types of fiction), but this one was pleasant and amusing and just silly fun.

    It’s a “sweet” horror film, where it has a happy ending, none-too-deep themes (it touches on stuff like faith and guilt, but only at a surface level), and it won’t trouble you ten minutes after you’ve seen it. It’s structured like a Goodebumps book, with a little girl being babysat when a friend of the babysitter’s unleashes the evil doll from the basement. It’s more Night of the Living Dummy than Halloween, Carrie, or any number of genuinely scary horror films. But it serves its purpose as a popcorn fright-fest.
    I'm probably the last person on the planet to watch Deadpool 2. I should've watched it sooner, but I am very easily distracted.

    Deadpool 2 (2018)
    Directed by David Leitch. With Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison. Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable.

    This movie does not disappoint. If you loved the first Deadpool movie, like I did, then you will surely love this one. Ryan Reynolds is as consistent as the tides when it comes to being hilarious in the most irreverent of ways. The film is packed full of one-liners, with T.J. Miller getting as many, if not more, of the great lines.

    The first movie is known for breaking the fourth wall, and the sequel follows suit. Some of the biggest laughs, for me, were these moments when Deadpool is commenting on the movie or the industry in general.

    The story was well done and although a little hokey, it is balanced by Reynolds' constantly shitting all over anything pure or sweet that happens. Will definitely review this later.


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    The Deadpool movies are one of the few Marvel franchises I like just because they’re more comedic than anything. TJ Miller was honestly my least favourite part tho lol.
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    Last night, I finally watched Requiem For A Dream (2000), a fascinating movie about the dark side of people. It is clear from the opening scene that this movie isn't about drugs, but rather about the people that live that life — and the toll it takes on them.

    Darren Aronofsky had just directed Pi (1998) and because of the success of that film, was given a level of creative control that allowed this movie to become one of the most daring films of our time.

    The film is intoxicating from start to finish. I spent a lot of the time in a state of heightened awareness — almost as if I were taking those amphetamine pills during the viewing. There are certain scenes that may feel exaggerated, but once the film ends, and the credits roll, it all made a lot more sense.

    I was a little bit reticent to watch this film because it seemed like just another drug movie, but it is much more than that. This film is a tortured vision of what I feel is four people crying out for someone to love and accept them. In this way, the movie touches a chord with everyone, whether you have ever been deeply addicted, or not.

    Directed by Darren Aronofsky. With Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans. The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.


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    Phantasm (1979)
    Directed by Don Coscarelli. With A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester. A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

    Finally watched 1976’s Phantasm, which I’ve been meaning to see for a long time. A genuinely scary movie even today, although it also has some corny 70s elements. It’s scariest in its chase scenes between Angus Scrimm’s Tall Man, his dwarves, and the heroes.

    I’d rate it 3/4. I’d rate it higher if it wasn’t for the incoherent plot. This is definitely a movie that’s more about storytelling than story, as it works in the moment but not on reflection. Is the Tall Man a demon or a space alien? What exactly are his powers? What happens to the hero at the end of the film?

    These are all unanswered questions, and the last 5 minutes pull the rug out from underneath everything that came before. As such it doesn’t really hang together as a plot, and yet is too traditionally structured to be full David Lynch surrealist. That keeps it a millimetre away from the heights of John Carpenter’s Halloween, but it’s still a fun, gruesome, chilling, and head-scratching ride through nightmare.
    Directed by David Leitch. With Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby. Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

    Just saw Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. It’d been ages since I’d seen an F&F movie, so I spent the first 30 minutes thinking “wait, what? Viruses, super-soldiers, world domination? I thought this was about street punks drag-racing custom cars in inner city America? When did it turn into Mission: Impossible meets James Bond meets The fucking TERMINATOR? And why does Helen Mirren have a cameo?!” I looked up the original movie to make sure I wasn’t mistaken, and sure enough the big criminal conspiracy in that one was a heist of... VHS players. Technology so dated in 2019 that charity shops struggle to give it away.

    Anyway, Jason Statham and The Rock were fun together, even if (or because) the movie doesn’t fully solve the problem that if you have two muscular dudes constantly yelling and flexing at each other, for no real dramatic reason beyond “they’re alpha males”, there’ll come a point where it starts looking homoerotic. Every time they argued back-and-forth it was like that scene in romantic comedies where he says “you’re an entitled princess!”, and she says “you’re a real jerk!”, and then they start fastly and furiously making out with/undressing each other.

    If you don’t give me a reason as to why the big handsome tough guys are getting all anxious around each other, I’m going to fill in the blanks with “repressed homosexuality”. Partly because that’s both sexy and hilarious to me. Who wouldn’t want to see a sequel where The Rock and Jason Statham are brought out of retirement after leaving the spy game to run a tea shop in Brighton? Statham: “The CIA needs us, Hobbs.”
    “I’ve got just one question, Shaw.” *picks up chihuahua* “WHO’S going to take care of Trixie?!”

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

    I thought that I had already watched this movie, for some reason, but I did find it fairly interesting. I saw that Spike Lee had this movie on his list of "every director should see these" films. Why not?

    It is an odd movie, but also, very beautiful. Maybe it isn't the best thing for a movie to make you notice the camera work so often, but maybe that is just me. It is impressive that a movie that is nearly forty-five years old holds up in terms of special effects. The visuals don't look dated like other movies made ten to twenty years later.

    Richard Dreyfus is good in the movie, but he comes off a little goofier than I would have liked. One thing I noticed about him is that he definitely got more handsome with age. He is downright hard to look at in this movie. The gap in his teeth is hard to look away from and his face is flat and lifeless. Nothing like the handsome, middle-aged guy he turned into.

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    Still, it was an interesting flick, and as beautiful as it is, I will give it a decent score in spite of what I would consider to be a fairly thin plot that leans on the gimmick of otherworldly creatures a little too heavily. The whole movie seems to be leading up to a point where you get filled in on the secret, but it never happens.

    Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon. Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.


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    Gangster Squad (1993)

    I watched this one some time last week, but never had a chance to gather my thoughts on it, until now.

    For starters, this isn't the best movie in the world. Even though it starred big-time actors Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and featured Josh Brolin (whom I love) for some reason it still had a B-movie feel to it. And not in the way the Dick Tracy movie (with Warren Beatty) did — in the way Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) did, but with better cinematography.

    Much of the dialogue felt forced. The movie is filled with tired clichés and overused tropes that appear in every mob movie ever made. And then there is Sean Penn's performance.

    I didn't bother to read what critics said about the movie, but I can't imagine they were kind to Sean Penn. His accent, actions, and motivations were horrendously overdone. His demeanor was in no way convincing and had it not been for Josh Brolin's character and the inimitable Ryan Gosling, there would have been little redeeming value to the movie at all. I finished watching it, but I also considered turning it off many times before it was done.

    TLDR: Don't bother with this one.

    P.S. I should mention that despite the issues with the movie, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did have amazing chemistry in the few scenes they had together. Because I am a big fan of Gosling, this almost makes up for some of the shortcomings in the film...but not quite.

    Directed by Ruben Fleischer. With Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi. It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.


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    Braveheart (1995)

    It isn't often that a movie comes along that defies criticism. In a world where the word "epic" is tossed around rather lightly, Braveheart is a masterpiece that sets the standard for the definition of the word, to begin with.

    This movie was written by an absolute genius — tested and proven over and over again. After writing Braveheart, Randall Wallace went on to huge successes in Pearl Harbor (2001) and We Were Soldiers (2002).

    Filled to the brim with every sensation that it is possible for a movie to bring you, as trite as it might sound, you will laugh, you will cry, you will be engaged in the deepest way because you love William Wallace. The young actor that plays Wallace as in the beginning was perfectly chosen and I was enamored with his wild heart and wary eyes. Then we meet Mel Gibson's Wallace and somehow, nothing has changed. He is the child, grown into the man — the casting and execution is so perfect that my love did not need to be rewon by Gibson.

    But, he did it anyway.

    A classic type, I know, but the fiercely loyal, and wildly courageous hero gets me every time. Honest, brave, and true: it's all in the title.

    Braveheart (1995)
    Directed by Mel Gibson. With Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen. When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.


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