, 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."

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

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

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


Movie #18, 2015's "Trumbo," in which Bryan Cranston plays the sequel elephant to Dumbo.

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Modern Hollywood does Golden Age Hollywood always feels a bit wanky, but at least this one's probably about how the Red Scare sucked?

:communism: "Trumbo" (2015) 

America: It's Always Been Like That!ℒ️

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"So if the house is on fire, you don't want to know?"
"I work in a BATHTUB, surrounded by WATER!"


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This is, I say, knowing nothing, probably a touch simplified from reality, but it makes a good story.

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And Cranston is, obviously, terrific, a funnier moustache after every timeskip.

#19, I kinda fell off the rewatch over the summer, but I've put 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" on.

this is the only Spider-Man movie with a bodega cat in it, so by definition, the best Spider-Man movie

look, yes, in terms of capturing what I like about Spider-Man, this doesn't entirely hit the mark, and Far From Home less so,

but are they a Good Time At The Movies, yes, these are both a blast

:spidey: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) 

"Why is it not breaking?"
"It's four-inch ballistic glass, you'll have to create more momentum."

why is there bulletproof glass on the teeniest, tiniest windows in the world 170 meters in the air in the middle of a pretty flat area

:spidey: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) 

plot holes in the Washington Monument, i say

I'd say "I don't know why I'm doing this to myself," but I looked at my Letterboxd watchlist, said to myself, set it to shuffle, available on streaming only, have to watch it no matter what, and Apparently This Was Still On There.

If I recall correctly, if we'd locked down like a week later I would-a seen this in the theatre.

βš”οΈ "Mulan" (2020) 

i don't think this has gone two scenes in a row without someone bringing up Honour

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could-a at least had the songs in here

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i suppose i wasn't expecting this to be this fucking boring

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this sure is a live-action adaptation of Disney's animated motion picture "Mulan"

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the theme park-ification though, like

feels grosser here than with Aladdin or Jungle Book, for sure

#21, 1934 Best Picture nominee "Here Comes the Navy," which is probably pretty blatant propaganda? Sigh, oh well.

βš“ "Here Comes the Navy" (1934) 

"I'm just showin' up to join the Navy to get even with him!"


βš“ "Here Comes the Navy" (1934) 

what do you mean, basic training, i'm just here to sock a guy one

βš“ "Here Comes the Navy" (1934) 

so far mostly propaganda like how modern action movies do sometimes, where they get access to certain locations and equipment in exchange for making the armed force in question look somewhere between not-bad and good

adjacent to that, a decent romcom, nothing to write home about

βš“ "Here Comes the Navy" (1934) 

that sure is some blackface

βš“ "Here Comes the Navy" (1934) 

the real ships and the huge number of extras do make this feel a lot more real than I've seen in the Best Pictures before, it feels real and huge

a world apart from a "Disraeli" or a "House of Rothschild."

#22, 2020's "The Kid Detective." Adam Brody plays the former titular getting thrown into a Real Case, I think?

:detective_pikachu: "The Kid Detective" (2020) 

boy, "stabbed 17 times" sure is a step up from the case of the missing time capsule

:detective_pikachu: "The Kid Detective" (2020) 

"On Saturday nights, this [diner] used to be the centre of the universe. They used to serve dinner for breakfast, and breakfast for dinner."
"To be funny."

:detective_pikachu: "The Kid Detective" (2020), guessing 

"Are these your parents? They're very photogenic."

oh those are definitely stock photos, i'm immediately very, very suspicious of her

:detective_pikachu: "The Kid Detective" (2020) 

maybe i should print and frame some stock photos, throw people off the scent

:detective_pikachu: "The Kid Detective" (2020) 

oh i stopped breathing for a sec there, hot damn

Let's watch another one, I wanna stay at one a day, #23, 2020's "Black Bear."

No idea what it's about, Aubrey Plaza's in it.

:communism: "Trumbo" (2015) 

@Alexis Is this the one from the guy who did The Thick of It?

:communism: "Trumbo" (2015) 

@kurt Iannucci? Nope, and not sure what you're thinking of.

:communism: "Trumbo" (2015) 

@Alexis Ooh, I'm thinking of The Death of Stalin!

:communism: "Trumbo" (2015) 

@kurt Oh, right, also commies. Yeah, that one's terrific.

@The_T "The Avengers" actually happened less than two days before "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

@Alexis ok so, the reason this viewing order has Agent Carter between seasons of Agents of SHIELD is because, as the Agent Carter one-shot shows, this Agent Carter show is actually taking part in a different dimension, whose events are running concurrently to Agents of SHIELD.

@Alexis my head canon it’s showing what Adrian’s gang was doing during The Blip.

βš”οΈ "Mulan" (2020) 

@hache It's /very/ "live-action Mulan by numbers."

βš”οΈ "Mulan" (2020) 

@Alexis I'm not a giant fan of Disney's recent live-action movies, but even Aladdin and Beauty & The Beast had more energy than this

βš”οΈ "Mulan" (2020) 

@hache Yeah, they're not my bag, but I did like Aladdin, and I could imagine enjoying Jungle Book if I'd seen it in theatres, right, but this?

It's not even particularly frustrating to me, just dull.

(I'm aware it's not particularly accurate to the society it depicts, but I can't really speak to that issue.)

@kurt Bit more Jewish, pretty sure nobody gets turned into any kind of animal, but yeah, basically.

@kurt Yeah, he's the titular former Kid Detective, wall full of newspaper clippings from when he was 12 and solved the case of the missing time capsule, the case of the missing fundraiser money, etcetera.

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