, 2021 edition!

In 2020 I watched 101 movies from very early into first lockdown until August 11, and the another 138 between then and last night.

I did not do a formal thread for the first 101, but I did do one for the next 138: beepboop.one/@Alexis/104677806

Today's movie, #1 of 2021, or #240 since I started counting, 1995's "Johnny Mnemonic," because I think I saw someone say it's set in 2021? A topical affair!

Movie #2, 2002's "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," because exasperated sigh.

Movie #3, 1933 Best Picture nominee "Lady for a Day."

I thiiiink this one is about a homeless woman who gets to be posh for a day? We'll, uhhh, see how that goes.


Movie #4, 2020's "Let Them All Talk," which I understand is about Meryl Streep as a snooty Author going to America on the RMS Queen Mary 2. In 2019, obviously.

I've always liked the Idea of a cruise ship / ocean liner like that -- a whole town, but it's a boat! -- but I think I'd have a bad time actually going on a cruise.

Like, if you invited me, I'd go, but I'd have to be in character the whole time as Person Who Isn't Having A Bad Time.

Movie #5, the 1933 "Little Women."

I've seen the 2019 one -- these women had better be the absolute goddamn tiniest women you ever did see.

Wondered how much of the 2019 Jo March was from the book, but no, she's fully here in 1933, just Katharine Hepburn hamming it up. Very loud. The best.

Movie #6, 1934 Best Picture nominee "It Happened One Night."

I'm pretty sure this is the one romcoms, like. Come from. This is The Romcom.

Which means it might suffer a bit from that thing where what comes after it sort of perfects it, so the thing that invented it looks a bit weak by comparison, but I'm sure it'll at least be pretty watchable.

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

"Fresh guy, huh? What you need's a good sock on the nose."
"Listen partner, you might not like my nose, but /I/ do!"

or maybe this rules

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

Clark Gable character kinda sucks, tho.

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

"Your ego is ab-so-lutely colossal."
"Yeah, not bad, how's yours?"

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

Clark Gable can undress two-thirds of the way to bedtime on camera, but Claudette Colbert is a shadow before she even considers undoing her first button.

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

One of the better-- The best Best Picture nominee so far? Probably!

Movie #7, 1934 Best Picture nominee, "The House of Rothschild," which, sigh, I imagine is about the family of European bankers, because what other Rothschilds are there.

's got Boris Karloff in it, I guess.

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934) 

oh, I see

this is gonna be one of those that's incredibly, very, so, so racist on the way to telling you how bad racism is, innit

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934), in which the movie is antisemitic 

if you showed this to an enthusiastic antisemite they'd have a terrific time

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934), in which Alex describes how this movie is antisemitic 

I should be more specific -- this movie that I'm assuming will in the long run be about how great the Rothschilds are literally starts with cartoonishly stereotypical Jewish folks hiding their money and fixing their books because the tax man is coming.

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934), I think the worst bit is probably over 

After a timeskip, the Rothschild family now appear to have single-handedly funded Napoleon's defeat.

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934) 

Oh, that's George Arliss, him from, what's his face, that very boring movie about the British Prime Minister.

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934) 

Terrific face, absolutely puddle-boring as an actor.

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934) 

a lot of long conversations about large-scale bankery

absolute puddles

🏦 "The House of Rothschild" (1934) 


Movie #8, 2008's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Extended cut again.

Nobody's gotta explain chronological order or nothin' to me, I've seen all this before and I'm just sticking to release order because that's what the podcast I'm watching along with is doing.

Anakin's just a completely different dude here. Doesn't even make my fucking skin crawl.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (2008), acknowledging the American Situation 

it does occur to me that this is a weird moment to be watching a Star War in, but I guess it'll keep me from just 100% doomscrolling

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (2008) 

baby Jabba was like a decade too early

#9, "We Bought a Zoo," because I've been making fun of the title for nearly a full decade and it's on Disney+.

this motion picture about a family who Buys a Zoo plays the fact that the house they're buying comes with the titular Zoo as a reveal

if the house i was buying came with a lion, i would not be buying that house

@anke oh i'd absolutely have to take a vacation to cool down from the cruise

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

@Alexis I still love that movie! I'm sure you've heard the rumor that it stopped American men wearing/buying undershirts

🌌 "It Happened One Night" (1934) 

@Louisa It's like if we all came out of Tenet going "well why /don't/ we all walk backwards?"

@The_T If I recall correctly, Austin's rationale was, one, that's how the Average Viewer would have experienced Clone Wars, two, just hitting play on the next one on Disney+ is easier.

@Alexis average viewers... those monsters...

idea for Doctor Who reading order podcast: every time there is a new release, we would record an episode for it and slot it into the podcast feed in a position relative to prior podcast episodes

@The_T it's not their fault, they don't know what they're missing...!

my idea for a Doctor Who podcast was, swap out the hosts when the cast changes, so, Susan leaves, so does the "Susan" host, Vicki shows up, you get a new fourth host in, etc.

@The_T Yeah, it's more a Large Group Project that I don't exactly have a Large Group for.

@Alexis seems like a fool's errand and also I want to be in every episode

@Alexis for most serials, I could only talk about the first and last episode of the serial.

@The_T look, have I thought this all the way through? absolutely not.

@Alexis for half a second I was very confused and thought you were announcing you were buying a house

@The_T i thoroughly checked this apartment for lions before my pen ever came near the rent contract

@Alexis my apartment has a no-pet policy so I'm constantly disappointed there are no lions

@benk @Alexis I originally just wrote "no-cat policy". but idc, cats are cats

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