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Greenland - I suppose if Gerard Butler continues to star in disaster movie after disaster movie he might eventually hit on one that isn't half bad. So we can all go back to ignoring his output for the next few years again. Some godawful effects in this one but not bad all in all.

Those Who Wish Me Dead - Taylor Sheridan's star was soooo bright, what happened? That's two stinkers in a row that he's had a major hand in. Jolie was just completely miscast and the plot was stretched beyond the point of believability.

El Camino - I get the want to follow such a hugely successful show with something but this felt completely unnecessary. We all knew Jesse Pinkman would be it out safely somehow, we didn't really need to be shown it. The "villain" in this was so inconsequential to the show's proceedings that it really didn't give the movie any real protag/antag balance that it needed.

I Used to Go Here - I came for Jemaine, realized there was little to be had, further realized there was little humor to be had, and slogged through it mostly because Gillian Jacobs is hawt.

Cruella - Firstly, this was the first movie I've seen in theaters since last year's Onward hit just before the proverbial hit the fan. Secondly, it was a thoroughly entertaining and constantly enthralling return to the theater. Me and the fam really dug it. Stone and Thompson were both great and the writers were really clever with all their winks, nods and tie ins to the original. Highly recommended.

Don't Think Twice - A neat behind the scenes flick on improv theater in the form of a frequently funny Mike Birbiglia led and directed comedy. If you like Birbiglia's comedy stylings definitely give it a try or if you just want a pleasant, humorous surprise.
 
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Muscle Shoals, a 2013 documentary about the legendary music studios and the Swampers.

Really fantastic. Amazing how many classic gold records were made there. The film does a great job of telling the story and conveying a sense of the magic that was conjured there. Awesome footage.

Here’s a brief reminder of a small handful of some of the best records made there:

 

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Muscle Shoals, a 2013 documentary about the legendary music studios and the Swampers.

Really fantastic. Amazing how many classic gold records were made there. The film does a great job of telling the story and conveying a sense of the magic that was conjured there. Awesome footage.

Here’s a brief reminder of a small handful of some of the best records made there:


Have been wanting to see that. Only knew about Muscle Shoals and the Swampers from the CCR reference.
 

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Have been wanting to see that. Only knew about Muscle Shoals and the Swampers from the CCR reference.
I think you mean the Lynyrd Skynyrd reference from "Sweet Home Alabama," which is when I had first heard of them.

I was somewhat familiar with the music that came out of there, especially after I got turned on to the Duane Allman An Anthology album in college, but I had never put it all together and realized just how much of the formative music I love was made there. And I definitely had no idea about the backstory. It's a pretty amazing story and moment in time.
 

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I think you mean the Lynyrd Skynyrd reference from "Sweet Home Alabama," which is when I had first heard of them.

I was somewhat familiar with the music that came out of there, especially after I got turned on to the Duane Allman An Anthology album in college, but I had never put it all together and realized just how much of the formative music I love was made there. And I definitely had no idea about the backstory. It's a pretty amazing story and moment in time.

Oof, yes. How did I mix that up. Definitely need to watch.
 

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Cruella 2021. Disney+ and theaters. My daughter went to see it with a friend last Friday. She was willing to watch it again with us, so we ordered it on Disney+. $30. Mrs. HH didn’t expect much, but we all liked it a lot. Emma Stone is superb, as is Emma Thompson. The little girl is also good, as are the two main supporting roles. It is a good story, and really shows how a little girl, creative, spirited and different eventually becomes a villain. It all works quite well and is well done.
 
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The Circle (2017)
Emma Watson, Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks
A nice little movie, Emma is fun to watch. Not a great flick which is surprising given Tom Hanks is in it. It certainly reminds you of just how much information we give away and how little privacy we really have. The kool-aid side of corporate culture is also on full display in a humorous way.
 

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Greyhound, Apple+

Tom Hanks stars as a Captain of a US WWII destroyer with the call sign of Greyhound. It is his first time in command. He is in charge of a military escort of a convoy of Troop and civilian ships crossing the Atlantic. The ships cross under the cover of American aircraft initially and under British aircraft eventually, but in between there is a time where they are under neither and Nazi “wolf packs” of subs take advantage of that.

Initially Hanks shows himself to be an able commander by intuiting the moves of a Nazi sub trying to slip under him, but he is often faced with tough decisions that have not clear answer, like deciding whether to pick up survivors or protect ships under attack. Tom Hanks’s character stays awake during the four days of attack and never finds time for a meal, a device showing the intensity in unrelenting nature of the attacks.

If you enjoy this genre and/or Tom Hanks, you will enjoy this movie. It’s not spectacular, but it’s certainly entertaining and engaging.

(You also get the bonus of a short and utterly meaningless, in my view, cameo of Elizabeth Shue. I guess it was thrown into humanize Hanks and not make the movie action from start to finish but I’d rather have spent the screen time giving a little more development to the Nazi commander. It would make their chess match against each other more interesting.)
 

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