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#43, I watched "In & of Itself," a film of a series of storytelling/magic stage performances.

Jeez. Dang.

Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is movie #44, though this time it's an experimental German thriller, because I'm watching 1998's "Lola rennt," commonly known in English as "Run Lola Run."

#45, 2019's "Captain Marvel."

I keep going "I don't think I've seen this one since it came out" but 2019 isn't that long ago.

#47, YouTuber/Uber driver/serial murderer horror movie "Spree," because apparently I'll watch any old shite.

Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is movie #48, except this time it's a different side of the US, a different time of year, a wedding instead of a holiday, and came out in 2020, in that I'm watching "Palm Springs."

Oh, right, it's Groundhog Day.

And so is movie #49, except this time the loops go in reverse order, which was @thiskurt's idea.

Turns out Groundhog Day was yesterday.

#50, "È già ieri," or "Stork Day," a 2004 Italian remake of "Groundhog Day" that I couldn't find subtitles for, but, like, I'll figure out, I'm sure.

Oh, right, it's not Groundhog Day. Like, at all. Not even close.

#51, 2018's "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

#52, 2021's "Willy's Wonderland," a film made by people who could get Nic Cage but not the "Five Nights at Freddy's" rights.

#53, I saw somebody describe this as a Groundhog Day loop movie so I grabbed it without looking into it at all. The thumbnail of the poster made it look like a teen romcom.

2021's "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things."

Motion picture movie yes? It's #54, 2000's "Cast Away," because like twelve things reminded me of it this week.

I don't think I've ever seen it in full, though, just, like, in bits on TV.

To complete the trilogy of movies about Tom Hanks being stuck in places ("The Terminal," stuck in an airport, "Cast Away," stuck on an island) it's #55, 1986's "The Money Pit" in which Hanks is stuck, possibly /in/ a house, possibly /with/ a house, but at /least/ stuck in a hole.

#56, 2021's "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar."

No idea what this is about besides, presumably, both Barb and Star going to somewhere called Vista Del Mar.

Saw it get good reviews, it has Kristen Wiig in it, and I'll watch her have a nervous breakdown in pretty much anything.

#57, 2014 Disney live-action "Sleeping Beauty" spin-off "Maleficent," just in case 2021's "Cruella" drags this into a Kingdom Hearts Cinematic Multiverse.

#58, 2019's "Avengers: Endgame," because let's just get this rewatch over with.

#59, or #297 since I started counting, 2016's "Army of One," because I'm always up for Nic Cage and Friz made it sound interestingly weird:

πŸ”— :twitter: twitter.com/FrizFrizzle/status

#60, or #298 since I started counting, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," or "The One Where Spider-Man Has Access to An Arsenal of Military-Grade Weapons for Some Reason."

(I mean, I like this one, but.)

#61, or #299 since I started counting, 2018's "Venom," because it's in the MCU whether we like it or not.

#62, or #300 since I started counting. And so is the movie.

#63, or #301 since I started counting, 2021's "Tom & Jerry."

This ought-a at least... not be actively unpleasant?

Exhausted sigh, frustrated grunt.

#64, or #302 since I started counting, it's 2013's "Man of Steel."

* I think somebody (Kurt?) told me to watch this as a joke about how I'll watch any old shit?
* I don't know who's in it or what it's about or if I've even remembered that right.

#65, or #302 since I started counting, 2011's "The Dilemma."

#66, or #303 since I started counting, 2017's "The Greatest Showman."

Very little about this that doesn't appeal to me, honestly weird that I haven't seen it.

#67, or #304 since I started counting, the movie I was gonna watch hasn't finished downloading, so I guess it's 2020's "Enola Holmes."

#68, or #305 since I started counting, it's 1934 Best Picture nominee "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," which I'm pretty sure is
* based on a play
* gonna be boring.

The new List is:
* Steven Spielberg, complete filmography
* Nicolas Cage, complete filmography.
Was gonna add more, but that's already pretty hefty.

And so, #68, or #306 since I started counting, 1968's "Amblin'". Like the production company!

Let's just watch the dumbest-looking thing in my downloads folder, #307 since I started counting, 2021 hyperviolent Groundhog Day time loop action movie "Boss Level."

Another movie, #70, or #308 since I started counting, the feature-length pilot for "Night Gallery," which was like a supernatural version of The Twilight Zone, to the point that it's got Serling and everything.

Look, even Spielberg has to start somewhere, and apparently it's with one of the three segments of this thing.

Time to throw in another coffee and see what that does, it's movie #71, or #309 since I started counting, 1934 Best Picture nominee "The Gay Divorcee."

* Not that kind of gay.
* They had to change the title from the original "Gay Divorce" because a divorcee can be gay but a divorce being gay would be Too Scandalous.
* It's Fred and Ginger, innit.

Movie #72, or #310 since I started counting, 1934 non-Oscar non-nominee "Death Takes a Holiday," which podcast "Screen Test of Time" watched instead of "The White Parade," because that one only exists in the UCLA vault.

Movie #73, or #311 since I started counting, this one is just an episode of a TV show, I know, I know, but let's pretend: It's Spielberg's 1971 contribution to NBC wheel series "The Name of the Game," "L.A. 2017."

I got distracted playing card games (but on the computer?) so I'm real late starting this 3-hour motion picture: Movie #74, or #312 since I started counting, it's Zackagar Snyderagon's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Sigh.

Movie #75, I have a free year of Apple TV+, so I should use it, it's 2021 motion picture "Cherry," which all looks very Oscar bait-y.

Movie #76, another Spielberg TV project, though at least this time it's a standalone TV movie, it's 1972's "Something Evil."

* horror movie
* farm house
* roads?

We return to TV land for a Spielberg-directed pilot that never went to series, it's "movie" #77, 1973's "Savage."

#78, 1974's "The Sugarland Express," which I think is about a couple trying to outrun the cops, let's go.

My finger hovers over "Justice League" (2017). I consider the pros and cons. On the one hand, it's a bad movie. On the other hand-- Whoops, just the one hand. I wonder where the other hand went.

Oh, it's turning on #79, "Cats" (2019) instead.

On my planet, the symbol stands for "sometimes movies leak the day before they come out."

#80. "Zack Snyder's Justice League."

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#81. I'm some twenty minutes into "Imitation of Life," a 1934 Best Picture nominee that is About Racism and that I reckoned was not best served by the typical minute-to-minute reaction posts, and, hoo boy.

This sure is a 1934 film that is About Racism.

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πŸ₯ž "Imitation of Life" (1934) 

Even seeing the soft edge of good intention bumping up against the fuzzy line of the Hays Code does little to convince me the story of a white woman building an extremely successful pancake empire on the back of her Black maid, whose secret family recipe she steals with zero pushback, as if it's simply her property, is anything but particularly odious.

#82, 1934 Best Picture nominee "Flirtation Walk," which I'm pretty sure is 1934's second one about horny sailors, but let's hope this one doesn't /also/ have a blackface scene in it?

well this is kinda nothing so far, you have to hope the songs are at least good

Sigh, well, if you've ever seen two seconds of a cartoon doing a Hawaii or Hawaii-aesthetic episode, you've heard 100% of this soundtrack.

🌴 "Flirtation Walk" (1934), basic 30s sexism, armed forces 

There's a play-within-the-film about how absolutely ridiculous it would be for women to be in the navy. Can you imagine?

Time to find out how important the ridiculous CGI is to how much I think the 2019 one is a hoot.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

The aesthetic of the 2019 one is "confused perverts run amuck," but on a stage it's more "what goes on behind doors at the vaguely menacing church down the road."

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

Some very different takes on some of these characters.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

A whole song about dogs which is not in 2019, but probably does make the whole thing at the end about cats not being dogs make sense.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

honestly probably the place the 2019 one goes wrongest is trying to make it a Story that Makes Sense

this knows damn well it doesn't make a frog's shit of sense and it's not a problem at all

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

phew, a cat is not a dog

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

still a hoot

the 2019 one lives in my head rent free and all, but still a hoot

#84, Netflix documentary "Dick Johnson is Dead," which I keep meaning to get around to.

Obviously a lot of stuff about my own dad that I'm thinking about and not saying, but that was good. Sad, but good.

(The thing they do at the end feels a little... dishonest in a way the rest of the film doesn't.)

#85, 1977's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Don't know a fucking thing about this one except:
* it's aliens, innit

also
* i'm pretty sure I downloaded the version Wikipedia said Spielberg said he's happiest with
* unless the posters are liars, it's the roads, innit

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

"TWA 517, do you want to report a UFO, over?"
"Negative. We don't want to report."

haha wow

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

oh this rules

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

upside down Jaws ova here

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

you tellin' me these encounters of the third kind were /close/?

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

"Mom, look, the sun's here!"

holy hell

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

you know how sometimes an old movie gets so thoroughly ripped off that when you do finally see it you recognise every single bit of it but it all just feels incredibly cheesy

none of this feels cheesy

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

...Okay, Mt. Potato /is/ pretty silly.

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

We've established I'd believe you if you told me you were Groundhog Daying, but if you start chucking half the backyard through my kitchen window we might need a conversation where you explain to me the premise of the movie you're in.

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

oh /that/ mt. potato

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

"We didn't choose this place! We didn't choose these people! They were INVITED!"

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

magic

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

absolutely incredible

#86, 1979's "1941," which is too many numbers, and a... comedy about WW2 right after Pearl Harbour?

...I like Spielberg, but he's not the funniest fellow, is he.

Really, if Spielberg were a popular filmmaker /during/ WW2 he'd be the one making the propaganda.

shit it's Jaws with a shitting submarine, okay, you've got me, fuck

right away with the Japanese sailors talking about honour, you had me, you lost me

My impression of Spielberg is, he loves a good Road Runner short -- what is the truck in Duel if not just the coyote reduced to a primal force of nature -- but he also knows he can't do that kind of thing himself.

So why he'd take /this/ job is beyond me.

πŸ“… "1941" (1979) 

boy this sure is a motion picture

@Alexis The cliched music had to come from somewhere at least, right?

@trini Wikipedia calls 1930-1960 the "Golden Age of Hawaiian Music," as mainstream continental US popularity goes, anyway, so I suppose this was riding a fresh new trendy wave to the Oscars.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@kurt Maybe they are in /this/ continuity, who knows!

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@Alexis Only song can tell us the truth.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@kurt I imagine Old Deuteronomy will get around to the matter.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@Alexis I think they're on an island that sits on a crack in the space-time continuΓΌm.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@kurt No point pretending Macavity isn't the Smoke Monster.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@Alexis can you confirm which drugs are required?

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@zens Try a Sprite and some M&Ms.

🐱 "Cats" (1998) 

@Alexis right so i am hearing… insulin overdose

πŸ‘½ "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) 

@Alexis You should'a seen the first two.

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