, 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?

#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.

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

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.

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Oh, that's right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is movie #34!

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⏰ "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

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rumour has it that first step is a dooooozy

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rumour has it i got you babe

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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.

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

six more infinities of winter

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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

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i would not joke about being in a time loop

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"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.

did look outside just now and found myself surprised to see the colour yellow tho

I've put on #37, 2021's "The Dig."

Not sure what it's about, Ralph Fiennes is in it, set just before WW2, I'm pretty sure?

🌱 "The Dig" (2021) 

talking about how they might find human remains in the mounds in this field and he immediately gets accidentally buried alive in one

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"I think you'd better come and see."

this used to be tatooine

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"There's more. There's much more."

well hot diggity

First thing I've learned: Phil packed at least three different ties for this trip.

Oh, different takes for stuff they could-a used the exact same takes for because the event would-a been completely identical.

The car he throws himself into the quarry with on Day 25 explodes at the same time he says "I'm asking you for help!" on Day 3.

(The car chase is compressed, fast cuts, I don't think it's actually happening at the same moment as the diner scenes.)

I've got it on Blu-Ray but I'm lazy so I've just got it on on Disney+ at my desk, #39, "Avengers: Infinity War."

Truly, the definitive You Kinda Had To Be There movie, where "There" is "a movie theatre the week this came out."

:avengers: "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) 

I don't think I've ever read an interview with either Russo brother that made me like their work /more/, it's always "no, the dumbest interpretation is true."

:avengers: "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) 

"No resurrections this time."

i mean

loads of them next time, for sure

:avengers: "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) 

The amount of damage these two movies do to Thor as a character, jeez.

> Who is this guy when Asgard is a people not a place, without the hammer, if he suddenly has to be his dad, eyepatch as symbol of growth.
> Actually who cares, blow up the ship, give him the hammer back, drop the eyepatch.

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

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@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.

@Alexis
* 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!

🌱 "The Dig" (2021) 

@kurt More like I found it in the mud and thought it was neat.

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