, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Movie #10, or #250 since I started counting, 2006's "The Prestige," or "Batman v. Wolverine: What if Stage Magic But Too Much."

Movie #11, 2011's "Zookeeper."

I do not know what this one is or is about.

Movie #12, 2017's "The Zookeeper's Wife."

I also don't know what this one is about, but from the Netflix thumbnail it looks like a WW2 movie.

(I think that's a reverse blarting.)


Movie #13, we move on from zoos to the jungle, where the animals are keeping a small human? Absolute madness.

It's 2016's live-action "The Jungle Book."

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Expectations in the absolute shitter for this one, though I liked the Aladdin remake.

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

this jungle must be where the talking animals from "Zookeeper" (2011) are from

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

in this one they team up to fight the Tiger King

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

"The rhinos sleep standing up. I don't think I'd be very good at that."

trying to sleep standing up would just turn into a lot of waking up falling

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

There are definitely movies Scarlett Johansson is good in -- there /are/ -- but somehow I've watched three in the past four days where she's utterly forgettable.

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

oh, I thought this one Wasn't A Musical, but they do have "The Bare Necessities" in here

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

you know, these Disney live-action (slash photoreal animated) remakes, they're more like theme park rides than like-- well, i don't wanna say "they're not movies," they are, obviously, but what I mean is,

they're very Loud, there's a lot of Stuff Happening, and I'm not convinced they translate well to home viewing

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

I'm not, honestly, really getting much outta this one

the kid is funny when he gets the chance, the voice cast is mostly somewhere between Fine and Good, but the animation -- a problem with these basically by definition -- is a bit lifeless, and if I put on the original, it would beat this one in every way

but, like, I can imagine it would have worked on me if I'd seen it in the cinema?

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

it's also weirdly adherent to the original in its presentation? the Disney card at the start, the physical book at the end, having some of the songs, while on the actual inside of the film, it wants so desperately not be thought of as a cartoon

Movie #14, 1934 Best Picture nominee "Viva Villa!"

I'm pretty sure Wallace Beery is in brownface in this one. :/

🀠 "Viva Villa!" (1934) 

The problem here is more that Beery plays this real-life revolutionary as a goofy oaf in an otherwise relatively straight-faced western in a way that just kinda doesn't work -- in that hamburger-with-gummies way, where it's just two different textures and flavours in your mouth at the same time.

🀠 "Viva Villa!" (1934) 

thought the first hour was a bit slow but now every subsequent minute is twice as long as the last

Movie #15, 2010's "Four Lions." Terrorism comedy, I'm pretty sure.

had absolutely nothing to say about that one, and whenever I tried I was just quoting all the good jokes with next to no commentary?

a good livetoot movie has gaps to inject myself into, but if it's this good a movie, I'm not bothered about looking for those gaps.

(and if it's a bad movie I don't care about the stuff around the gaps.)

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

the premise of this segment is that the titular Boss Baby came out of the factory wrong and so got sent to baby-pre-existence management school

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

this baby was assigned manager at birth

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

strong implication here that the Boss Baby was born wearing the suit

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

if I were a movie exec and you came at me with "and Alec Baldwin voices the baby" I'd assume we were making a horror movie

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

the Boss Baby has been sent to Earth to wage war on behalf of babies against puppies, which are now Too Cute, and have overtaken Babies in popularity

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

this is honestly not bad

for pro-boss propaganda

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

some sick action sequences in here

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

a truly unhinged depiction of the human baby

:detective_pikachu: "The Thin Man" (1934) 

well it does seem to me that it's probably the Thin Man what did it, which means he /definitely/ /didn't/

:detective_pikachu: "The Thin Man" (1934) 

"I'm glad you're not on this case."
"On it? I'm in it!"

:detective_pikachu: "The Thin Man" (1934) 

"I was shot twice in the Tribune."
"I heard you were shot five times in the tabloids."
"It's not true, he didn't come anywhere near my tabloids."

:detective_pikachu: "The Thin Man" (1934) 

"Nice food, isn't it?"
"Yes, it's the best dinner I ever listened to."


that's the first Best Picture nominee since, like, Skippy, that I would pretty universally recommend

very good

re: 🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@Alexis name one

re: 🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@The_T I mean. Lost in Translation.

re: 🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@Alexis haven't seen it

I guess my feelings about her in basically every role I see her in is "someone else could have played that role better"

and I also mostly just mean Black Widow.

well, and that one other role

re: 🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@The_T She's never /bad/ as Black Widow, and I think by Endgame she's actually pretty solid at, like, her version of that character.

But yeah, all three movies I've seen her in these past four days, very generic performances. There are definitely funnier or more dramatic actors who could get more out of the same material.

(She's also pretty good in Jojo Rabbit, though I wish she wasn't doing an accent there.)

re: 🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@Alexis I should get around to seeing Endgame...

🐺 "The Jungle Book" (2016) 

@Alexis made worthwhile, in my opinion, by Christopher Walken's King Louie.

Of the remakes, the only one I've thought really was worth the trouble was Aladdin. I miss Robin Williams, of course, but they actually made story and characterization-- and casting!-- improvements/updates.

re: πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

@Alexis@beepboop.one opens studio office vault and starts handing over bundles of dollars

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

@Alexis Sounds like something that could be explained in greater detail in the comics.

πŸ‘” "Boss Baby" (2017) 

@kurt The expanded universe tie-in novels suspiciously skip over the details, presumably they're saving them for a visual medium.

:detective_pikachu: "The Thin Man" (1934) 

@Alexis I love that line.

@Alexis It's a very good movie, and like we've talked about before, in the middle of a time when movies were increasingly exploring the medium instead of being recorded plays. I'm looking forward to the next few years in your project! 1939 was really a watershed, but there are some very good ones before that.

@naga Yeah, I'm really at the point where they start to turn into /proper/ movies, I'd be surprised to come across something like "Disraeli" or "The Divorcee" now.

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