The 2019 Lounj movie log (365 challenge)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by CJ, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

    May 7, 2007
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    1. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
    2. The Firm (rewatch)
    3. The Equalizer 2
    4. The Devil's Advocate (rewatch)
    5. All the President's Men
    6. The Godfather (rewatch)
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
  2. DYohn

    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

    May 8, 2007
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    1. Despicable Me 3
    2. Sweeney Todd (2006)
    3. Incredibles 2
    4. The Other Side of the Wind (3.5 stars)
    5. The Hunt For Red October (for the 5th or 6th time)
    6. Bird Box (so-so)
    7. Mr. Charles (this was excellent)
    8. Baby Driver (I fell asleep, does that still count?)
    9. Roma (Loved it)
    10. Close (formula thriller but well done)
    11. Brexit (Cumberbatch is great as always in a scary Netflix movie about the power of the Internet)
    12. The Green Book (3 stars)
    13. The Favourite (4 stars from the wife, 2.5 from me)
    14. SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (a doc about photographer Mick Rock. I found it fascinating)
    15. A Most Wanted Man (Should have about 30 minutes cut from the excruciatingly slow mid section. 2 stars)
    16, Agatha and the Truth of Murder (A Netflix original speculating what might have happened during an actual 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie when the press thought she had died. Fun light-weight entertainment.)
    17. Do The Right Thing (Surprisingly my wife has never seen this. We are watching tonight.)
    18. BlackkKlansman (Spike is back. 5 stars)
    19. Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me (Documentary about his life. Really well done.)
    20. Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here (Another Netflix doc worth seeing)
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  3. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2007
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    1. Bad Times at the El Royal - Enjoyed it. Was a tad long, especially for how much mystery was still left, but enjoyable nonetheless.
    2. A Stupid and Futile Gesture - Fun time. Really funny cast and an interesting story about the founding of National Lampoon
    3. Jurassic Park (1993) (rewatch) - Still holds up and is a good time
    4. Jurassic Park 2 (rewatch) - No where near as good as the first
    5. Jurassic Park 3 (rewatch?) - I don't know if I've ever seen this movie before. It's not very good. I miss the practical effects of the first one
    6. Annie (1982) (rewatch) - my daughter is going to be Molly in her 4th grade production so we thought she should watch the movie
    7. Action Point - Either needed to be a better movie or have more stunts. Tried to split the difference and didn't really work
    8. Deja Vu - Returned from New Orleans and a friend said we had to check it out. Fun little action-y/sci-fi movie
    9. Meatballs 4 (rewatch but it's been 20 years) - Corey Feldman at peak phoning it in
    10. City Slickers (rewatch) - been a while since I saw this one
    11. Fyre
    12. Fyre Fraud - I can't believe I watched two documentaries about the same thing back to back and was riveted by both
    13. Urban Legend (rewatch) - Crappy slasher movie from the late 90s. Loved these
    14. The Sandlot 2 - Basically a rehash of the first one. Not as good. My daughter (a new softball pitcher) liked it because there is a girl pitcher in the movie.
    15. Deepwater Horizon - I really enjoyed the time I spent with the movie and the actors in it, but it just ended. It was weird
    16. EuroTrip (rewatch) - Surprisingly great early 2000s road-trip style movie. Scotty Doesn't Know!
    17. Mid90s - I loved this movie. Jonah Hill's directorial debut. Language could be off putting to some (but I found it extremely accurate, I knew those kids in school.)
    18. Meatballs III: Summer Job - Terrible. But I watched the other 3 (1, 2, and 4) in the past couple of months and wanted to check it out. Finally acquired a really bad copy that obviously started as a VHS and just had to complete the series. Patrick Dempsey's movie debut.
    19. Bohemian Rhapsody - enjoyed it but not sure it deserved best picture nod. Malek was really good.
    20. Crazy Rich Asians - I'm not the target demo, but it was a fun and cute movie
    21. Assault on Wall Street - Uwe Boll doing his thing
    22. Annie (2014) - Watched the other big Annie movie with my daughters. Enjoyed it fine
    23. Blockers - Wanted to like it more than I did which is a shame because this movie should've been right up my alley
    24. The Battered Bastards of Baseball - Netflix doc about Bing Russell's independent baseball team in the 70s. Really enjoyed it
    25. Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 - The first one is a favorite of mine. This one was just okay.
    26. Suburbia (1983) - Low budget and up and down acting, but I enjoyed my time with it
    27. Speed 2: Cruise Control - I had never saw this before. It would've been fine if I never saw it.
    28. The Sandlot: Heading Home (Sandlot 3) - Another entry into the Sandlot series, more baseball in this version which was fun
    29. Downsizing - I thought the premise looked cool but the movie was lacking
    30. The Blues Brothers (rewatch) - Always a good time
    31. Green Book - I really enjoyed this. Can see why it won Best Picture
    32. Wanderlust - Fun stupid comedy. Lots of The State and Apatow type's in it.
    33. The Bad News Bears (rewatch) - Hilarious, but I forgot how inappropriate it is by today's standards.
    34. All-Stars - I never heard of this and I think it was direct-to-streaming. Mockumentary following a 10U girls softball team and their trials of making the "all star" team at the end of the year. I really enjoyed it, but since I'm a 10U softball coach it hit a few nerves that might not with some others.
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  4. Mikael Soderholm

    Mikael Soderholm Active Member Donor

    May 8, 2007
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    1. Wonder Boys - never tire of this, great acting, great story.
    2. Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, live on Stage - a classic
    3. Lost in Translation - a masterpiece
    4. The Bling Ring - interesting and strange
    5. A Very English Scandal - fantastic miniseries with Hugh Grant
    6. Ralph Breaks the Internet - totally hilarious, even better than the first one. Some fantastic LOL moments.
    7. Patrick Melrose - the miniseries, all five episodes in one go with some friends over for dinner, even more powerful the second time, and amazing acting and cinematography.
    8. The Imitation Game - Benedict is great, and the film very interesting.
    9. The Third Man - for the first time, actually, and it did not disappoint, fantastic!
    10. Blade Runner - always great, first movie on my new Anthem
    11. Tommy - wow, it's been a while, and all I remember is Ann-Margret covered in baked beans, but it was more than that, but quite more 70s than was needed in one night. Interesting, strange, and a memento of a weird mindset not that far from today ...
    12. Knight Moves - pretty good and not as dated as I'd have thought.
    13. Nocturnal Animals - even better than I remembered
    14. Count of Monte Cristo - pretty ok
    15. The Handmaiden (extended edition) - beautiful, with a strange and interesting story
    16. Solo - didn't remember much from my first viewing, but it was actually pretty good
    17. U2 Rattle and Hum - a classic
    18. Blade Runner 2049 - already a classic
    19. Close Encounters of the Third Kind - not as impressed as I was back in the days, (fairly) well made, but worse written, I guess, since I didn't really care about any of the unpleasant characters, but the visuals, and idea, was cool.
    20. Dallas Buyers Club - magnificent acting in a gripping story, and Jared Leto, WOW!
    21. Dirty Harry - the original, still fresh. Do you feel lucky, well, do you, punk!?
    22. Hross í oss (of men and Horses) - strange film from Iceland my GF borrowed from friend who borrowed the equally strange Hrútar (Rams). Man, Iceland, there's just no place like it, apparently ...
    23. Inglorious Basterds - so, ten years too late, I finally get around to this, and boy, is Quentin back. May need to check out Kill Bill again as well ...
    24. Apollo 13 - still powerful
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  5. Denton

    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

    May 8, 2007
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    1. The Vanishing Gerard Butler flick about lighthouse keepers, murder, and guilt. Worth seeing.
    2. On The Basis Of Sex Origin story for the amazing RBG. Terrific.
    3. Glass Better than most M Night films. Perhaps worth it just for James McAvoy.
    4. Serenity Bad enough to make Glass look good. On the other hand, Anne Hathaway looked good to me for the first time.
    5. A Dog's Way Home Terrific acting by the dogs and even the cats.
    6. Miss Bala Sicario meets Miss Congeniality. Entertaining in spite of the lousy reviews.
    7. Free Solo Documentary about climbing El Capitan without a rope let alone a net. Especially fun on the IMAX screen.
    8. Cold Pursuit Every January-February we get another revenge-themed film with Liam Neeson. This one has a twisted sense of humor, enough to make it a passable entertainment. There are Utes and I'm not referring to anyone in a Joe Pesci movie.
    9. What Men Want Tepid, often crude variant of What Women Want with Mel Gibson.
    10.Tully Another surprising performance from Charlize Theron. Good.
    11.Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Matthew McConaughey rom-com from 2009 spun for Valentines Day. Weak. Even the wife fell asleep. Emma Stone plays a teenager with enthusiasm.
    12.The President's Analyst 1967 flick with James Coburn in the title role. I don't know why but it just seemed like the right thing to re-view now. Some dated stuff and some real laughs. Features the late great Godfrey Cambridge.
    13.Captive State The script needed another run through the word processor. But there are enough good ideas for me to forgive its failings. A mixed bag that may appeal to other sci-fi fans. Includes John Goodman and Vera Farmiga. Directed and co-written by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). I suspect this flick will enjoy more success on cable and streaming services.
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  6. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    May 9, 2007
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    1. Hell's Angles - the 1929 movie directed by Howard Hughes with Jean Harlow. The dog fight scenes were way ahead of their time.
    2. Being George Clooney - a documentary about dubbing actors. Saw it on the plane on the way home, highly recommended.
    3. A Quiet Place - also on the plane. Lots of terror, but little plausibility.
    4. Peppermint - yes, the plane. Jennifer Garner turns vigilante after a drug cartel kills her daughter and husband. Meh!
    5. Labyrinth of Lies, terrific German language film about the first post WW II prosecution of Nazi soldiers who were at Auschwitz during the war. No explosions, and not for everyone, but a very good film.
    6. The Other Side of the Wind - Documentary about Orson Welles' final final film, CHAOS!
    7. Cold War - Saw this in the City today. Polish language film nominated for 3 Academy Awards and very well deserved.
    8. Secret Things - Steamy French language film about, well I'm not sure. A couple of women trying to get ahead the old fashioned way.
    9. Roma - Beautifully filmed, but 10 nominations?
    10. Hotel Artemis - Stupid futuristic movie with Jodi Foster and Jeff Goldblum. They must have needed the work.
    11. The Bronze - An former Olympic bronze medalist kicks the attitude and becomes a human being. Just OK.
    12. Sex and Lucia - Spanish language film from 2001. It's a novel in a film in a novel. A bit confusing but worth watching.
    13. The Old Man & The Gun - Redford's swansong, maybe. Not bad, not great, but if you watch, keep an eye out for visual references to his early movies. I caught two, there are probably more.
    14. A Star Is Born - I liked it a lot, but way too long. The concert scenes sounded great when the PSA 15 incher kicked in.
    15. A Star Is Born - The 1937 version with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor. The print was awful, but it was great fun to watch.
    16. Free Solo - Wow, liked it a lot. Fun to watch, but very crazy stuff to do.
    17. De Palma - A documentary about Brian De Palma's directing career. Self aggrandizing.
    18. BlackkKlansman - David is right, Spike is definitely back. Lots of references to today's events.
    19. Double Lover - French movie by Francois Ozon about twin psychoanalysts who share a young woman. Very similar to the 1988 Jeremy Irons film Dead Ringers, directed by David Cronenberg
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  7. Jay Brown

    Jay Brown Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

    May 22, 2007
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    1. ROMA
    2. Mission Impossible: Fallout
    3. Solo: A Star Wars Story (repeat)
    4. Birdbox (repeat)
    5. Annihilation
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
  8. jasn

    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

    May 8, 2007
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    1. The Sisters Brothers (2018); FYC Screener: The best western I've watched since Godless. Powerful cast with John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhall and Riz Ahmed. First English language film from French director Jacques Audiard. Beautifully shot in Spain. It's a brutal masterpiece that got a standing ovation the at Venice Film Festival. Went nowhere in theaters last Summer. Highly recommended.
    2. Roma (2018); Netflix: Excellent
    3. Elizabeth I (2005); HBO Go: Helen Mirren (stunning as usual). A good, albeit depressing story. The sets are remarkable, you can just smell the musty drapes and smokey candles.
    4. The King and I (1956); Amazon HD; Yule Brenner (stunning as usual ;)). My wife and I like to go back and rediscover the classics. This fit the bill.
    5. Leave No Trace (2018); Amazon HD: Ben Foster. Serious story line. Liked it a lot.
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  9. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2007
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    1. Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. Rewatch. Still hilarious. Ahahahahaha! I have famously huge turds.
    2. Russell Brand: Re: Birth. I like Russell Brand's standup. I found a previous special called "Messiah Complex" to be much funnier than this one though.
    3. Mission: Impossible. Not a bad movie. One thing I like about this one is it's not really an action movie. I guess that's what some people don't like about it. OK the kids have been on a tear with these so we have watched several. Very questionable parenting on my part since they seem to get increasingly violent.
    4. MI:2. In fact I watched only parts of this because the family was watching it. For the life of me I do not understand what people see in John Woo. The best part of this movie was Tom Cruise's hair, and all the girls in my house hated his hair in this movie. It's just terrible.
    5. Ready Player One. Rewatch. I think I'm starting to enjoy this more as I watch it more. My older daughter loves it so it keeps coming up. I did purchase it in HD on Vudu so we can watch it whenever.
    6. Mission: Impossible III. Man, I miss Philip Seymour Hoffman.
    7. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Love the Burj Dubai scene.
    8. Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation. Love the "hanging from the plane scene". This and Ghost Protocol I think are the two strongest.
    9. Mission: Impossible: Fallout. Honestly did not like this as much as the prior two. Just felt like one goddamn thing after another. Went on too long.
    10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (Netflix series). I watched one episode with the kids. Gosh I love the original movie. This didn't live up to it. I think they cast the lead voice poorly. It's annoying.
    11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Watched this with the older daughter and my wife since the kid wanted to. We didn't finish the movie. At some point very early on, I thought "holy crap...this is terrible". Thank goodness, at some point later we took a break in the movie, all of us agreed on that assessment, and we stopped maybe halfway. What an incredible waste of a talented cast.
    12. Avengers: Infinity War. So, I like that all the Marvel movies are connected. Not sure I like just throwing the kitchen sink at it the way this one does. Thanos is a great character though. Interested in the next one. This one pissed my daughter off because of the ending. Like she doesn't want to watch it again. I'll bet she changes her mind after she sees the next one.
    13. Ant-Man And The Wasp. I loved it. Kids loved it. So much fun, like so many of the Marvel movies.
    14. True Detective: Season 3. Meh.
    15. Free Solo. Super highly recommended documentary about Alex Honnold and his stunning rock climbing achievement--a free solo climb up El Capitan, without ropes or assistance. Review here.
  10. Troy Seufert

    Troy Seufert Active Member

    May 8, 2007
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    Do any of you use Letterboxd? It's like Goodreads but for movies.

    My list for 2109
  11. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

    May 7, 2007
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    I have an account and tried but never kept up. The nice thing about Goodreads is its automatic through Kindle so I don't do anything. My completed books and ratings from Kindle automatically post.
  12. Troy Seufert

    Troy Seufert Active Member

    May 8, 2007
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    I can understand that. I'm a little OCD so I'm always manually fiddling with Goodreads too even though it can do most of it automatic.

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