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22 February 2018

SUPER BUSY WEEKEND:

Brothers of the Head - somewhat enjoyable mockumentary. kinda slow. hard to pay attention to.  the music was simple and grating and i kinda liked it.

Sicario - The photography was my favorite part of this.  I liked it a lot but its my least favorite Villenuve movie and I really only watched it because of him.  Part two with a different director sounds like a terrible idea to me.   Villenuve ranking : Blade Runner, Enemy, Arrival, Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario.

The Red Turtle - A nice animated movie. It was nice.  For my tastes, I like the limits to be pushed and expectations to be twisted, but this was so straightforward and nice.  I feel like it was a bit of an opportunity lost but really it was fine.  Very pretty.

Love and Friendship - I like this shit.  It was kinda hard to follow in the beginning because I am a pea brain but I had my translator with me and once I figured out who was who this movie was a real hoot. I'll have to seek out more Jane Austen period bullshit like this because its just fuckin fun.

Frank - I really liked this.  The main character just fucks everything up and leaves. Although Victoria pointed out that without Gleeson, Frank may have never come out and stood on his own. I spose she's right.  Outsider artists have always been my jam and I read afterwards that Daniel Johnston was an inspiration for Fassbender which is tits.  The music is actually good and its the first time a movie has jerked my tears since, i think, Tangerine.  I want to watch it again.

Paterson (second viewing) - I love it more now. Such a wonderful depiction of the compulsion for creativity in supposedly non-creative people.  And the realistic yet unique couple dynamic.  A damn fine film.

Berserk - Joan Crawford is hurricane of ballsy bitchiness. A great exploitation flick, way better and more engaging than expected.  The most gripping tightrope walking scene in cinematic history!

The Congress - I turned it off.  Couldnt take the terrible terrible writing and awful child acting and home-made feeling. Couldnt take it.  It have me the heebies.   YMS took a bit of a hit there. How the fuck was this dogshit on his best of list?


Something extra spooky and deflating about being a California emigrant, sitting on a tram in Australia in 2018, reading a book written in 1965 that calls this song from 1937 prescient.  In California, the cost of living has always been a bitch.  Maybe we'll see an evacuation of the working class soon.  But from the sounds of things, the downward/upward spiral has been around for so long, expecting things to change may be a little silly.

05 February 2018

Watched Elijah Wood's Maniac, Nicolas Cage's Mom and Dad, and the true crime miniseries The Jinx.   Sourdough starter is looking healthy again.  Went to Lauren's birthday party and vietnamese dinner with Jesseca and Teejay which ended up going kinda late at Shanes house.   Gonna run home tonight and maybe start a new loaf of bread.

25 January 2018

dead of night - fun, freaky, cool premise.

fateful findings - even more unbelievably bad than i could have possibly imagined. fascinating.

free fire - entertaining.

tourist trap - predictable slasher with spooky visuals.

big sick - nice  little drama, unconventional story well acted and funny.

possession - horrifying and mesmerizing.  an incredible abstract journey.  i like mother! less having seen this.

silence - fell asleep.

chucky 2 - just as good as i remembered.  the puppet is amazing.

star trek discovery - holy shit here we go.  the series has finally won me over.






22 January 2018

12 January 2018

stranger than paradise was weird.  i liked it.  but its hard to explain why.   i think because i hated it in the beginning but by the end it won me over.  which makes me like it more than if i had just kinda liked it the same all the way through.  theyre not really actors, and there's no real art direction or style to the movie, but its still crafted in a way that the non-style is the style.   i could say the same about john waters i guess.  this movie was like a john waters movie if john waters was sane and poetic. 

the belko experiment was goofy and enjoyable.  its a dumb movie that makes you think, which....  is cool i guess.  reminded me of circle but it wasnt as good as circle.   acting was fine, no noticeable filmmaking direction, the main reason to watch it is for the first 75% when youre thinking about what youd do in the same situation.  i hope they make 4 more.

10 January 2018

the shape of water was great.  i was totally on board with humanlady/fishman love story.  guillermo is a visionary and I pretty much always love michael shannon.  the only negative thing i have to say is the black and white part was a little over the top and not quite gonzo creative as i think it could have been.  but thats very minor. 

odd thomas was ok.  i hated the tone of the movie.  the voiceover and the banter and the way characters talked was very off putting to me. victoria seemed to enjoy it more than me, and it won me over a little by the end but not enough to say i liked the movie.  if youre willing to forgive goofy dialogue and suspend disbelief a lot, the premise is fun and the pacing is engaging.

columbus was very good.  the characters were believable and sympathetic.  the story was sweet, the setting totally unique and interesting, there was nothing really wrong with the movie.  (besides the way the lead actress smoked cigarettes she really looked like a non-smoker and it was distracting to me.  which is kind of a dumb criticism but whatever. i noticed it.

watching movies is how i am spending my free time mostly so it goes here.  i want to start making things again but it doesnt seem to be happening yet.  im using my broken computer as one of many excuses.


08 January 2018

brigsby bear was a very nice movie. i was a little worried that it would try to bite off more than it could chew but it didnt.   a charming main character, that probably could have been better cast but he was fine, and a unique and interesting premise.  good stuff.

i, tonya was very good, almost excellent.  i watched it because margot robbie was supposed to be amazing in it and she was but the pacing and the editing and unique use of the mockumentary the format were also pretty great.

its the end of my vacation and i didnt do as much as i was hoping but im ok with that.  there was lots of being lazy.  but i never felt like i was wasting my time.   gippsland and boneo and the NGV were all great. now back to work.

02 January 2018

more disappointing movies.  call me by your name was fine, not amazing.  pretty boring, uninteresting movie where not much happens.  i dont understand all the praise its getting.

same with personal shopper.  kristen stewart is very good in it but overall its emotional beats fell flat and didnt really affect me.

the more i think about the last jedi, the less i like it. im not really looking forward to the next one anymore. nice to go to the cinemas around xmas time tho. we went to santa con right after and had a chill night of it.


killing of a sacred deer was very good. like a suspenseful nightmare. i liked the lobster but this was better i think.  so i watched dogtooth and enjoyed it as well.  that greek guy is a fucking madman and i love it.


14 December 2017

eildon weekend

Colossal had potential to be much better than it was.  I do tend to enjoy the (oddly common) sci-fi/rom-com genre. None of the characters were very likable, the villain seemed to be oddly unmotivated, and no one really behaved the way humans behave.   Neat concept tho. 



Train to Busan was fine.  It seems to be very overhyped.  Its a competently made, pretty average zombie movie, its not amazing.

07 December 2017

05 December 2017

The Stendhal Syndrome.  I dig a surreal thriller. I was expecting this movie to be more fun surreal and not rape surreal.  This one has some very full on moments.  Excellent portrayal of a protagonist going nuts and genuinely spooky imagery.   


02 December 2017

Since its been a constant belligerent downpour today I thought All Is Lost would be appropriate to watch.  It was very good but there wasnt really anything more to it than expected.  Solid movie, and for a movie with 15 seconds of dialogue its very impressive, but overall not amazing. 

Then I watched Good Time and it was a bad time.
I enjoyed Logan Lucky very much.  Every performer was fun to watch especially Adam Driver, and I usually dont like Channing Tatum but he fit very well here.  Quality heist flick.  I dont think of Sodoberg as a director with all that distinct of a style, but I do tend to enjoy his movies.

The Gorgon was excellent.  I think this may send me down a Peter Cushing rabbit hole. A rabbit hole that it goes wayyyy deep.


01 December 2017

pooh is in the moment.  simple but not stupid. his simplicity gives him wisdom and perspective. 

the uncarved block:  simplicity, unspoiled,  child-like potential. the unaltered spark within all conscious beings. pooh is pure openness.

owl's idea of wisdom is to collect facts. more facts more wisdom.  details.  makes sure to spell the name of the liferaft correctly before getting in.

to rabbit, being clever is the most important thing, so he'll rush to be first and make sure to be the one who has the right answer.

eeyore is superiority through cynical judgement.  winning by not playing the game and calling the game and those who play it stupid. 

tigger is hubris. not understanding ones limits.

piglet is selflessness to a fault. overly agreeable and neurotic.. 

30 November 2017

screamers

peter weller fights subterranian killer robots
interesting universe, some great visuals.   should have been better. 
I also made TINGA #3

mixed results

23 November 2017

BOAR

that's a wrap