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I enjoy all kinds of movies from all kinds of minds. So do my cats. Will watch and rate movies upon request when I can.

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The White Lotus
2021 . Comedy, Drama

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The brother's arc is my personal favorite. Nice commentary on privilege, among other things. Not as funny as I'd hoped/expected yet solid nonetheless. Great acting all around, and I definitely couldn't predict what would happen.
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Amsterdam
2022 . Crime, Comedy, History, Thriller, Mystery

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Fun banter, some great moments. Christian Bale is as incredible as always, though the entire cast is solid. John David Washington was equally commanding of his time on screen though I'm not as familiar with his work. Ending leaves a lot to be desired. I know it can't be wrapped up all pretty when based on a true story but it feels very anticlimactic. And O'Russell still seems incapable of writing capable, intelligent women without them being crazy and/or existing for the man. Margot Robbie, presumably trying to dodge her normal accent, ends up sounding like Harley Quinn many times (not actual Harley but her version from Suicide Squad etc). It was distracting for me and occasionally pulled me out of the story. I wanted this to be better than it was. I'd watch Bale and Washington in a buddy movie any time though.
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Mr. Harrigan's Phone
2022 . Drama, Thriller, Horror

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Such potential wasted. Saw at the end that it's based on a short story and that's what it feels like, which would be fine if it had a proper ending but it doesn't. It's like a tease of a story, almost like a TV show pilot or the first half of a movie.. right when you expect it to pick up and get going, it's over. 5 stars because the premise is interesting and Donald Sutherland is as brilliant as always.
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Whiplash
2013 . Drama, Music

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My tempo, mainly thanks to Simmons, who I will defend into eternity from the people who say he won an Oscar for yelling
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Do Revenge
2022 . Comedy, LGBTQ+

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Plays with familiar cliches to create something new. The ending definitely feels trite and ridiculous, especially after they went through the trouble of setting up what seemed like nuanced characters with depth only to make them the stereotypes you expected all along. Could have been a lot better but I appreciate what it tried to do, and that it even tried. Although can we also stop casting people in their mid or late 20s to play teenagers? Why not just make them college age?
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My Beautiful Broken Brain
2014 . Documentary

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Really fascinating to see the very authentic realities of recovering from a stroke, especially in someone my own age! It can just as easily apply to lots of different brain injuries, and the sentiments of having to start over and change the entire path of your life applies to many chronic illnesses as well. It's touching, heartfelt, emotional, and takes a weird turn near the end, haha.
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Don't Worry Darling
2022 . Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction

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This is an awesome sci-fi movie where things are mysterious and sketchy from the beginning and in which Florence Pugh's character begins falling down a rabbit hole. Is she crazy or is there something else going on? Who's in on it? And why is Chris Pine being such a creeper? Unfortunately, the unsettling thriller spends too much time being unknown and thus stumbles into its ending without adequate explanation. In the end, stuff happens, but there's not really the payoff that you want. Also, some parts seem completely irrelevant (whole characters and subplots). Pet peeves: Taking a mostly sympathetic character and making him suddenly evil to make the ending tidier. And that the only Black character is "troubled" and then "disappears," which is not only cliche but feels a little racist in this day and age when studios are being told exactly what not to do and doing it anyway. As a friend of mine said, "I know there's a good movie in there somewhere." Better editing and cutting 10-20 minutes could have done wonders, though I'm not sure it would be enough to address the plot holes. Don't get me wrong.. I loved this movie while I was watching it and Florence Pugh is an incredible talent that makes the whole thing worth the crap ending. It's an enjoyable watch (in a creepy thriller sci-fi way) and I'd recommend it to anyone interested.
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Nightmare Alley
2021 . Crime, Drama, Thriller

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This movie is a delight for the senses with beautiful production design, dramatic cinematography, and a wonderful cast of characters. That said, the plot falls a little bit flat. What could have been amazing, with a mostly original concept and setting, ends up setting the stage for deeper levels of commentary without ever seeing it through (eg, the dying man's warning to Cooper isn't what ruins him). I really wanted to like this more than I did. And while I enjoyed it and am glad I saw it, I probably won't watch it again.
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Nanny
2022 . Horror, Drama

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There were parts of this movie that I absolutely loved, and it was genuinely quite creepy. Unfortunately, it's too abstract for most, I think. While I understood the concept, the couple people I was watching with didn't get it at all, and I had to explain it to them. Even with that, there were definitely some gaps and I personally didn't like the implication of the ending (replacing x with y). Nice to see a portrayal of a good and supportive relationship though, rather than the gaslighting or neglect of many horror films.
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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
2022 . Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western

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Some funny bits but the original film (Blazing Saddles) is better from what I recall. That one's not kid friendly though, whereas this one isn't exactly adult friendly. Not completely dumb - some clever lines and the voice acting is good - yet there are so many better movies. May be ideal for streaming to engage/distract young kids, lolol. Especially those that like ninjas, samurai, or westerns.
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The Adam Project
2022 . Adventure, Science Fiction

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About what I expected except a little funnier and more clever. Nothing particularly amazing about it but it's cute, action-y, has some nice messages, and the way people die is pretty ("fantasy violence," as usual). Good family movie, especially with kids who are boys, geeky, and/or into sci-fi.
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Wedding Season
2022 . Romance, Comedy, Rom-Com

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Predictable but fun and cute romantic comedy. Better than most Hallmark or equally generic movies
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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
2022 . Animation, Comedy, Family, Drama

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A little bit awkwardly paced but a great story and really pulled a surprising amount of investment and feelings from me. Never feels forced, which is impressive given the limited size of its hero. I was familiar with the YouTube series but hadn't seen many of them and I don't feel like I missed anything essential. There are probably some nods in there for the true fans though. The ending is beautiful. Feels very real.