, 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.

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

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

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

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.

#26, 2017's "Kong: Skull Island."

I did initially intend to go see this at the time, but I found the Vietnam aesthetic of the trailers off-putting? We'll see.

#27, 2019's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters."

skreeeonk and all that

#28, I just grabbed some movies that I saw on multiple Oscar shortlists, I'm watching 2020's "News of the World," which I think has America's Finest Actor Tom Hanks in it?

#29, 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok," on the TV because the Blu-Ray was five bucks in the discount bookstore last year.


#30, 2021 motion picture "Psycho Goreman," which is about, I think, a kid who gets control of a sci-fi monster man?

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the energy here is, like, Power Rangers-y monster man operating under horror movie rules while the kids he's forced to deal with very much don't

this is gross and dumb and i'm enjoying it, but also, I have nothing to say about it?

maybe just the mood i'm in today

#31, 2015's "The Intern," in which I assume Robert de Niro teaches his dumb millennial boss (Anne Hathaway?) to slow down a little? Something like that, I'm sure.

πŸ‘”"The Intern" (2015) 

somebody rings a bell to celebrate "a record 2500 likes on Instagram"

was that that much in 2015

πŸ‘”"The Intern" (2015) 

this is paint-by-numbers done by numbers, but de niro and hathaway elevate this to, like, pleasant and sweet

πŸ‘” "The Intern" (2015) 

this husband can go in the husband bin tho

the husbin

#32, I'm about halfway through 2016 found footage documentary "Dawson City: Frozen Time."

A solid, yet ethereal look at a cache of film reels found buried below an ice rink in Dawson and the wide range of other histories it touches on, that was pretty good.

Music got on my nerves after a while, tho.

It's movie! 1934's "Cleopatra," #33.

I'm pretty sure I've heard this one is notable mostly for pushing the limits before the Hays Code starts getting enforced? We'll see.

weird to have a full-colour CGI Universal logo before a black-and-white movie

like if Walter Disney introduced Avengers: Endgame

"It's certain death to go!"

well that'll be a short motion picture then

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

as attempts to stop coups from happening go, this one is notably hornier than I usually picture them

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

bringing good epic drama energy here and it's only 1h41m long

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

"Caesar! Beware the ides of March!"
"One date's as good as another for a funeral!"


🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

caesar did not beware the knives of march

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

i'm too asexual for this one, i think

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

this is kinda too focused on spectacle, on the glam of it? like the script just kinda steams through the beats of this story, only ever stopping to either be Big or be Horny

🐫 "Cleopatra" (1934) 

gets a bit tedious by the end

i liked the bits where it was a comedy, i guess

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

I don't buy most of the popular Internet Theories, they always seem like a stretch,

but there's absolutely no way Phil remembers Ned, and "Ned is in his own loop" works.

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

"The world's most famous weatherman -- a groundhog."

upstaged by a rat with opinions about his own shadow

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

rumour has it that first step is a dooooozy

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

rumour has it i got you babe

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

you don't think as a kid about how this is all A Bit Manipulative, Innit

Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell are too charming for this to be creepy.

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

"There is no way this winter is /ever/ going to end."

six more infinities of winter

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

for the record, if I do ever try to prove to you that I'm in a time loop, it's because i'm in a time loop

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

i would not joke about being in a time loop

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

"When Chekhov saw the long winter..."

Chekhov never could have seen the Bean Dad thing coming

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

A+, top movie, would watch again.

#35, I'm about halfway through 2020 dead mall documentary "Jasper Mall."

A slightly sad, slightly unfocused portrait of one of capitalism's pimples.

Questions I'm left with:
* Why are zoo guys always, you know, like that?
* What the heck does a person need throwing knives for?

I was gonna just set it to black-and-white but VLC has a colour threshold setting.

"Good guess! You know what, I think that actually /is/ the first day of spring!"

a funny coincidence

⏲️ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

does Phil even have a sister called Mary Pat

i mean, pretty much anything is gonna be kinda striking in black-and-white with one colour

I can't say this is particularly illuminating so far, but the way Rita's coat stands out is pretty good.

the bartender is absolutely playing it as if he's in on it

Phil definitely only bought that much insurance from Ned because he figured tomorrow would still be today.

@kurt Apparently they built a whole city around that guy's creek when there turned out to be gold in them thar hills.

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

@Alexis You should've seen the first 40'000 takes of it though.

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

@Alexis my (not entirely sincere) theory is that making Ned happy is what allows Phil to break free the loop

⏰ "Groundhog Day" (1993) 

@tessaracked Mine is it's him delivering a good and sincere weather report, and everything else is just what he needs to get there. (But it's been a while, let's see if it holds up.)

@kurt * Like how there's stuff in cat shit that makes you like cats, but for whole zoos?
* But at WHAT.

* Yeah, if cats give you loopy cat lovers disease obviously tigers are gonna do the same thing but turned up to 11.
* Throwing knife targets.

@kurt * Cat shit makes you like (appreciate) cats, tiger shit makes you like (resemble) tigers, got it, that scans.
* Fuck these throwing knife targets in particular?

@Alexis * I think this is a valid theory that warrants investigation.
* But then what would we throw our knives at?

@kurt * You can't make me watch more Tiger King.
* See, that's what I'm suspicious about.

@Alexis yeah, just as an example, look at a Star Wars Stormtrooper

@The_T you add an element of one colour to any of those suits, boom, always looks terrific

@Alexis yeah! as an example... the TIE Pilot suit!

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