Movie Hindsight 2020



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Netflix has gotten so sketchy with their deliveries, never know if I'm going to get new releases. If I don't get them right away, it will be a month or two, they're just continuously listed as "short wait." Finally got a couple of those.

"21 Bridges" was well done I thought. Good pacing, story kept moving. There are so many movies about dirty cops. Real police officers must hate them. This is yet another. Chadwick Boseman has a midas touch so far, I can't think of anything he's been in that has been bad. I don't know what it is about Sienna Miller, she never looks the same twice to me. Most of the way thru the movie I couldn't figure out who the female lead was. Some good supporting characters--J.K. Simmons, Keith David, Taylor Kitsch (since bombing as a leading man he's been killing it in supporting roles the last several years), Stephan James. This one is plenty violent.

I didn't have particularly high expectations for "Gemini Man." I was really enjoying it for about the first half. Less action and more thriller/espionage/intrigue than I thought. Then it started to bog down a bit and really went off the rails during the big finale. Too bad, it could've been better. Still enjoyed it overall. The CGI age regressed Will Smith was a bit too strange, I think uncanny valley is maybe the term for that? Always glad to see Mary Elizabeth Winstead on screen.
 
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"Heathers"-Michael Lehmann-1989

Lehmann has achieved more success on TV: True Blood, Californication, Blunt Talk, 68 Whiskey. Daniel Waters, the screenwriter, has been even less successful. He did write scripts for the TV series. Based on the available figures; the film lost money. My gut tells me that is wrong; box office figures are notoriously unreliable. In 2003 "Entertainment Weekly" had a feature with the top 50 cult movies. "Heathers" ranked #5 with IDMb viewers.

The film was shot in the LA area; the setting is Westerburg HS in Ohio. In this mythic setting; the school is ruled by jocks and the Heathers. There are 3 Heathers; the nastiest is Heather Chandler, the leader. There is a fourth member of the Heathers, Veronica(Winona Ryder). She has become uncomfortable with her behavior as a member of the group. There is a scene in the lunchroom where two jocks threaten a new student, J.D. (the J.D. from J.D. Salinger). J.D. pulls out a gun and shoots them with blanks. His looks and behavior attract Veronica.
J.D. (Christian Slater) is the classic bad boy outsider. Murders and mayhem follow. This is a very dark take off on the classic John Hughes teen films.

The story has had lives like a cat. I mentioned the brief lived TV series. In 2009 a musical "Heathers" opened in
LA. It was taken off Broadway in 2014. There was a cast album. It next went to London where it was even more successful. This yielded another cast album. There was a specially written version for high schools in 2016. The show has played in high schools across the US. Last year the production of that version was the basis for an episode of "Riverdale." The most iconic line "What's your damage" has appeared in dozens of shows.

The film is available for free streaming on Tubi; you need to sign up and there are commercials. It's similar to IMDb. Generally most people either hate or love this movie. I am in neither camp. The film seemed to be a product of its era, but it has resurfaced with a zombie like quality. There is something there which speaks to teenagers. The acting of the two principals is excellent. This is an iconic film; that makes it well worth viewing.
 

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Richard Jewell - Really damned good. The lead actor, Paul Walter Hauser killed it as Jewell.

I had forgotten that Jewell died. Damned shame what happened to him.
 

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Gave up quickly on a couple clunkers from Hoopla, but then enjoyed a short and sweet documentary/travelogue called "Dear Albania." Narrated by Eliza Dushku (who is half Albanian). She and her brother Nate, along with a few other people in their entourage traveled all over the country as well as several neighboring countries. It seems Albania is a region as much as a country, many ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. Very brief overview of their history, culture and people. Worth watching I thought.
 

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We switched to Comcast recently. They have quite a few free movies from premium channels available on demand, even if you aren't subscribed to those channels. I've been watching quite a few of those lately. Took a flyer on one I'd never heard of before--"Level 16." Very low budget, but effectively told story. Dystopian sci fi. A bunch of girls that are supposedly orphans being raised in an academy/finishing school type of setting. Very spartan setting. There is a growing sense of dread throughout that something really bad is going on in the background. No name cast, mostly Canadian.
 

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I had skipped "Overlord." I was mildly curious about it. Free on demand, gave it a try. Not really what I expected. Even cheesier than the description suggested. I probably would've bailed on it, but that French actress was so gorgeous I kept going with it. I usually like Wyatt Russell, this wasn't his best role. I thought for sure the main lead was Derek Luke, but it wasn't. Jovan Adepo. I don't think I've seen him in anything else.
 

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I took a break from posting anything on here for a while, now I can't stop myself. :rolleyes: I wade thru plenty of mediocre movies and some that stink, it's always satisfying to find a gem. Streamed this from Hoopla, I doubt it was ever in theaters, don't think it had any kind of advertising budget. "Feast of Seven Fishes." Blue collar Italian family in rural Pennsylvania (I think) set in the 80s. It's a long tradition, on Christmas Eve they spend all day preparing a seafood feast and then gather together. 4 generations. Movie is centered around Skylar Gisondo (who played a total weirdo in "Book Smart") and Madison Iseman (who played an airhead in "Jumanji"). Here as main characters and actual people rather than caricatures they really shine. It's a heartfelt, sweet story. Good supporting characters throughout.
 

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Rocketman - Fun movie. Not groundbreaking in anyway. Didn't expect the musical overload feel but that made it fun. Seems like a preview to a run on Broadway. Like the Saturday Night's All Right routine. And the first night at The Troubador in LA.

A Perfect World (1993)- An Eastwood-directed film with him and Costner. KC played a bad guy who kidnaps a kid. But the kid doesn't know he's kidnapped and they are pursued by the law. A little bonding going on. Overall, meh.
 
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Uncut Gems - The SO tapped out after 30 or so minutes. I didn't argue. I was on the phone with my brother today and it came up. He said for such a well-reviewed movie he hasn't talked to anyone who liked it.
 

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Back To The Future - This movie does not get old. Aging very well.
 

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