, 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.

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

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?

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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."

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

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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."

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"No resurrections this time."

i mean

loads of them next time, for sure

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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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People complain that the constant shifting of style to mimic every character's respective movies makes it feel a bit disjointed, but also, it makes it feel a lot like a comics event, like.

You go from Thor #10 to Avengers: Infinity War #1 to GotG: Infinity War #1, etc.

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For Vision and the Scarlet Witch: Infinity War #1 they get to invent an original, non-mimic aesthetic but it's the Russos so they just land on "wet concrete but it's Scottish."

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we WILL deep fry your kebab

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the kebab sign is foreshadowing for Vision getting stabbed

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what were Team Cap up to before they intervened here?

getting a cap-bab?

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the Russos made a lotta noise about humanising Thanos, how he's the protagonist here, how he kinda has a point, and

fuck that tho

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thanos as a dude sucks eggs, huge purple turd of a man

and "he has a point" just has big "nature is healing" vibes, and that can fuck right off, too

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Avengers Tower > whatever the complex upstate is called

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I was gonna wonder why make the move at all, but, one, Tony wants to draw the fight away from New York City, if it's gonna go anywhere, might as well be a wooded area upstate, two, that way Thanos can completely obliterate it at the end of the next one.

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"If like is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction."

well don't unleash a godzilla & friends about it

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If Thor narratively earns the eye at all, it's for, what, having a pleasant conversation with Rocket? Absolutely no fucking point.

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people also complain about the rate of gags but, like, come on, that's what these are

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i'll grant you, this is two and a half hours long, but it whizzes past like it's not

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the Red Skull reveal is still cool

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Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is mov-- musical #1, which I can't defend counting as a movie but I'm gonna thread for continuity's sake, anyway.

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

oh, clever, Day One gets rotated off the stage in the middle of a song that would-a progressed into tomorrow

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

there's no way i'll ever get to see this in person because stage musicals are region-locked and location-gated (and expensive) but boy, this is terrifically staged

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

"Did you know in Punxsutawney people only have one word for snow?"
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"Well, what is it?"

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

I didn't think you could even /do/ a car chase on stage.

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

This does a tremendous job filling in some of the townspeople.

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

"She passed."
"Oh."

oh.

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

Well, that was fucking terrific.

🎼 "Groundhog Day" 

I was gonna listen to the album release, but maybe that's tomorrow's Groundhog Day.

Back to movies, it's #40, 1934 Best Picture nominee "One Night of Love," which I'm pretty sure is:
* a musical rom-com
* only on the list for technical sound recording achievements that will be completely opaque to me because my copy is Pretty Bad πŸ‘

I expect this one will kinda glide off me like the high society romcoms usually do, but after this it's one more biopic until my first Fred and Ginger picture.

*realises what the music in this one is* i mean i quite like that kind of thing but boy i sure hope nobody in this one is communicating key information solely through opera

Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is the musical, which I'm currently listening to. No pictures, but way better audio quality. Still very good.

I've thought of at least two more ways to do the movie, which I'll edit today.

As always, please feel free to ask, I'll happily put them up somewhere.

In the category of "movies I downloaded but now can no longer remember why and I refuse to google it before I commit," #41, 2012's "Seven Psychopaths."

Very impressed with Colin Farrell for not losing his mind when Walken says "hallucinogenics" the way he does. Truly, acting.

Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is movie #42, except this time I lazily edited it so there's no time loop and Phil Connors just turns into a good person overnight for no reason.

drive.google.com/file/d/1bS3dE

Downside: I've basically just cut the entire second act out, which is, like, the best bit.

Upside: Less'n 30 minutes long.

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@Alexis Do not even get me started about the shit they did with him in Endgame.

@Alexis It ain't over until you consult the brochure to figure out what the fat lady was singing about.

@Alexis "I am a ghost, a spooky, spooky ghost, because I died in act twoooo."

It sounded better in Italian.

@kurt I thought the glass shattered because of the high notes, but it's because he was sending a spooky ghost energy blast through the room!

@Alexis A lot of opera is about energy blasts with each singer trying to defeat the previous one. It's a lot like the last airbender.

@Alexis Cut out all the loops except the last one and just watch a short film about a weird but nice guy.

@Alexis Reverse the order of all the loops and watch a movie about a guy who grows into a worse person by being trapped in a time loop.

@kurt Though thinking about it, that means he turns into an asshole and pretends not to know Rita -- and then at the end she's in love with him? Weird asshole thing to do, way weirder of Rita for it to work.

@Alexis I liked it! Hard to believe it was that long ago...

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