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If it was about 20 minutes shorter, I would have loved it and it might be my favorite movie of 2021. Really liked it a lot, though. PTA fans won’t be disappointed.
1 week 2 days ago
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A mixed bag of a documentary, which is mostly an MGM clip show. There’s some interesting behind-the-scenes clips about the making of movies, but it mostly focuses on the history of MGM, starting with a live auction of some iconic props from classic films and some footage of the deteriorating backlot. It’s an easy watch, though, at less than an hour, so I’d recommend it for die-hard movie history buffs, especially MGM fans. The best thing about this short documentary is that it (presumably) inspired the much longer, better, and better-looking That’s Entertainment series, in which the first one premiered two years later.
2 weeks ago
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I'm a huge Christmas movie buff and I don't normally do dark Christmas movies (like Bad Santa), so I was prepared to hate this movie, especially after seeing the low scores on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, but I'm a huge fan of both Pauls, so I decided to see for myself. I didn't hate it, and in fact, I actually enjoyed it - although I'm not sure WHY. heheh. Paul Giamatti's character is a no-good thief, but that's what was interesting too me - he can't change and doesn't REALLY try to, even though he keeps saying he has (to his estranged wife), but he truly loves his daughter, so he's not ALL bad. In the end, the screenplay isn't very good, the joyful Christmas soundtrack often doesn't fit the dreary scenes, but the three main actors, Paul, Paul and Sally Hawkins are all very good. Paul Rudd still struggles in the drama department, but this MIGHT be the best I've seen him with it. Recommended for fans of the actors and/or dark Christmas movies.
1 month 4 weeks ago
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If you like Hallmark Christmas movies, watch this instead. My wife and I laughed out loud enough to call it a decent comedy. Only one actor (the brother) was really bad, everyone else is totally fine, IMO. It borrows form several Christmas rom coms, but it also makes it pretty obvious. It’s predictable, but what rom com isn’t? 7/10
2 months ago
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Breath of fresh air. Loved it.
2 months 1 week ago
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I enjoyed it MUCH more than Dracula - only comparing for obvious reasons, not that the two movies are similar.

It’s all about Boris Karloff’s performance. He’s phenomenal. If it were released today, he would receive an Oscar nom. He, Colin Clive and Dwight Frye (Fritz) are the only ones who can act. Everyone else’s performance is Amateur Hour, early-talkies crap (especially Frederick Kerr as Dr. Frankenstein’s father). The screenplay is also crap, although the monster’s story was surprisingly intriguing. That is, until he randomly attacked Elizabeth. From his creation up until that point, I was enthralled with how tragic his story was. After the monster’s interaction with the little girl (which is the best part of the film, IMO), it just takes a left turn with too many questions as to what the monster’s agenda is. spoiler
2 months 2 weeks ago
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As of now, my least favorite Wes Anderson film. Extremely uninteresting stories.
2 months 3 weeks ago
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With the title, alone, I knew exactly what to expect - totally ridiculous, but entertaining. That’s what I got.
2 months 3 weeks ago
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Stanwyck is one of my favorite actresses of the Golden Age, but she did overdo at times. Back then, her performance in this was on par with how her peers graded a great performance, hence her Oscar nomination. IMO, she’s best in this film when she’s reminding everyone else around her that she’s rich and in charge. Overall, I was disappointed with the film. There’s a LOT of exposition and a lot to cover. At the end, spoiler
2 months 3 weeks ago
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Entertaining, great cast interviewed, could have been funnier, maybe, but worth watching if you’re a movie buff. Just be warned there are spoilers - specifically death scenes, especially classic horror movies. Although one major complaint is that one of the cliches is the hero’s motivation of “You killed my father” and they DON’T include Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride. That’s sacrilege.
3 months ago
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Very well done. It’s a bit long, but didn’t FEEL long, so that’s a major plus. I had no idea about Joe Pesci’s (small but very significant) role in the Four Seasons’ success! Must-see for fans of Frankie Valli.
3 months ago
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I agree with user ymmv, and while I do agree Eastwood should retire from acting, I don’t think Eastwood should retire from directing - Richard Jewell is a great film with great performances, and that was only two years ago.
3 months ago
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Absolutely agree with DerekFME’s review. Perfectly cast, with two iconic powerhouses from the ‘30s who were known to play strong/tough characters who stand their ground here for entirely different reasons, yet both noble. Great screenplay. No hokey romance to cheese it up.
3 months 2 weeks ago
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I didn't hate it, but I also didn't really like it, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it. If this were a student film, however, it would be amazing. It tried to be funny, but it was about a lonely kid whose dreams go nowhere.
3 months 3 weeks ago
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Phenomenal documentary. I’ve only seen Tig’s stand up a few times, at most, on late-night talk shows, but I’m a huge fan now. This film is an extremely personal look into her life after her iconic stand-up act at Largo in LA in which she joked about her being diagnosed with cancer. This film also dives into her personal relationship and is also front and center as she tries to have a baby through a surrogate. Very well-made; funny and also heartbreaking at times. Highly recommend.
4 months 1 week ago
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Absolutely loved it. IMO, it’s the best MCU movie and that’s saying a LOT, coming from me. It’s original, has a great story, good screenplay, excellent fight scenes WITH the actors (not stuntmen), the villain has a unique agenda (not just to kill the hero or take over the world), the origin story is told perfectly, the superpower (the rings) is really interesting, and the music is fantastic. It finally bumped Iron Man down to #2 on my MCU list.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Pointless.
7 months 2 weeks ago
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Probably the most quintessential screwball comedy that hasn’t aged well. This is strictly for fans of that sub-genre and/or fans of Grant/Hepburn. I love the classics, but I’m clearly not a fan of those three combinations.
8 months ago
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@Siskoid reviewed it beautifully and took better words right out of my thumbs. I adore Rogers for her comic wit, but there’s almost none of that here. The scene in the kitchen when she lays down the law to the pretentious boyfriend is the only scene I really enjoyed. And the first dance where she gets drunk with Walter Connolly. Rogers’ fans can skip it.
8 months 2 weeks ago
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Wow. This was nominated for Best Picture?? 1933 must’ve suuuuuuucked. Worth it for film history buffs to see a Mae West picture and a young Cary Grant, but the acting and plot is really really bad. The BEST thing about this movie is that it’s only 65 minutes long.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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There’s a difference between a slow movie and a boring one. Nomadland is definitely slow, but I didn’t find it boring at all. It’s a deep dive into a lifestyle that most of us will never know, but many will only know. Powerful film, all around, although I would have liked to know more about Fern’s character, specifically why she chooses to stay on the road after she has at least two opportunities to live under a roof. We can assume she has adjusted and enjoys the nomad lifestyle, but... does she? That seems debatable.
9 months ago
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Just saw this in an IMAX theater! Loved it. So much fun. Exactly what I wanted/expected - killer fight scenes, amazing CGI of the two titans and it focuses more on Kong’s story, so if you’re more of a Kong fan like me, I think you’ll love it (that’s not a spoiler). Also, the humans are in the background as they should be, not in the foreground like the previous three movies. They’re not important at all, especially the young “Podcast Conspiracy Theorists” trio. It’s all about cinema’s two greatest giant monsters in the ring. That’s it. If you expect anything else, you’ll be disappointed.
9 months 3 weeks ago
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For a comedy, this is pretty damn boring. Didn’t laugh once - dialogue is like the screenwriter’s diary. Although did Texans in 1980 REALLY know Rapper’s Delight by heart??? First time I heard a rap song was in 1984, and I’m in California. It did make me wish I was living on a college campus in 1980 in a carefree world where sex, drugs, baseball and the discotech is all that mattered. The production design, costumes and hair/makeup is Oscar-worthy, and a great soundtrack. Best things about it.
9 months 3 weeks ago
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Not as terrible as the other reviewers make it out to be. It’s not great. It’s not really GOOD, but I’ve seen MUCH worse sequels. Wonder Woman 1984 is worse - I couldn’t wait for that one to be over. But I stuck with this one to the end just fine. In the end, though, it was totally unnecessary and I’m glad it was free on Amazon.
10 months 1 week ago
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I’m trying to check off all Best Picture winners and this was one I was dreading. It was exactly what I expected - boring. I’m ok with slow-paced films, as long as the story and characters are interesting, but this lacks both. It’s mainly focused on two characters, but then introduces a few others and I can barely tell them apart. Abrahams was the most interesting, mostly because of his claim that him being Jewish proved to be a challenge, but it’s barely shown in the film. The main theme and Ian Holm were the only two things I enjoyed. Felt like the entire movie was in slow motion.
10 months 1 week ago

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