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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."

#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.

#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?

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

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

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

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#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.

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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

πŸ“… "1941" (1979) [2021] 

The Japanese submarine is looking for Hollywood -- to bomb it, you see -- and by total coincidence they've kidnapped a tree farmer named Hollis Wood.

πŸ“… "1941" (1979) [2021], WW2-era racism 

me: "I don't think I've ever said "oh bother" out loud."

this fucking movie: "hold my racist ventriloquist puppet"

πŸ“… "1941" (1979) [2021] 9/ 

"Combat readiness? Sarge, this is Hollywood!"

what is the movie industry if not a battlefield

πŸ“… "1941" (1979) [2021] 10/ 

you know, there'd be a terrific, more straightforward drama in this, "what really happened the night of the Battle of LA," but for that half the cast is miscast and the jokes as scripted are way too slapsticky

and there's a good comedy in it, too, if you got a more slapsticky director or retooled it /heavily/ to Spielberg's strengths

I'm not counting this because even I can't defend this as a TV movie, it's completely and only a pilot that didn't get picked up to series, but let's thread it for continuity's sake, 1987 ABC pilot "The Best of Times," starring Nic Cage and Crispin Glover as teen heart attacks.

Teen Muscle Man, Beach Edition isn't what you think of as a typical Cage character, but then when he's not doing That Kind of Thing, yup, there he is, it's Cage arite.

This is way more singing and dancing than happened when /I/ was a teenager.

The energy of this thing is.. You know the way teens are in 1960s Marvel comics? It's like that.

you can see why this did not get picked up on account of it's bad and boring

I wasn't gonna do a lotta rewatches, but I've got the shits, so what better time to rewatch a film where the main character shoots a guy instead of doing a long and elaborate fight because Harrison Ford had the shits, #87, 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

This is set only a year or so after where I'm at in the Best Picture nominees.

Hard to imagine Indiana Jones getting a nickel's worth of popcorn and sitting down for "The Gay Divorcee."

People from films I can't picture sitting down to watch "The Gay Divorcee":
* Anyone from Zack Snyder's Krypton
* Steppenwolf
* Indiana Jones

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

if it were me i would simply not fall for any of the traps

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

where does "temple full of traps" come from, anyway?

old adventure serials, presumably, but is that a real thing real people did? a whole lethal affair to go appreciate a little gold man

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

i'm pretty sure the illustrations in a Bible are not primary sources, Mr Jones

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

Harrison Ford definitely looks like he has the shits way worse than I do.

:fedora: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

well this is pretty good innit

:fedora: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

bit racist, not very subtle, still, always nice to watch a man punch some nazis

#88, 1935's "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer," about, or at least set during, the British occupation of India, and less than ten minutes in it already feels like the kind of thing Hollywood only makes because it doesn't have WW2 to glorify yet.

oh, Hitler loved this movie so much he saw it at least three times

i see

#89, the 1935 "David Copperfield."

I saw the 2020 Dev Patel one and thought it was terrific, there's no way this'll be as good, let's go?

this is fine, but I can't help but compare it to the 2020 one, and that's just unfair to 1935

#90, never seen it, yes, I know -- it's 1982's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."

which is a bit like if I were called E.H. the Earth-Human

oh, this is what like 75% of Stranger Things' whole thing si from, huh

πŸ‘Ύ "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) 

you know what, you can see why Spielberg did Ready Player One

re: πŸ“… "1941" (1979) 

@Alexis This thread should be titled 1941 (1979) [2021]

@a_breakin_glass I suspect once I get to post-9/11 Spielberg I may not have to imagine.

@kurt Every other 1980s movie and TV show just cuts around the singing and dancing that was completely normal and common at the time, like how nobody on TV ever goes to the bathroom.

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

@Alexis Why a top hat?

🎩 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

@kurt Couldn't find a good whip, a good boulder, a good idol, gave up, figured a top hat is basically just a better fedora.

:fedora: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

@kurt But I mean, if it bothers you.

:fedora: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) 

@Alexis It's one of a handful of movies from ~8 year span that I think of as forever transforming blockbusters, and especially action movies. Star Wars and Empire, Alien and Aliens, Die Hard, Terminator, Blade Runner, Raiders.

Why, yes, Harrison Ford was in 4 of them.

@Alexis I'd make a "shocked by all the gambling" joke here, but you're not to 1943.

@Alexis @ScreenTestOfTime actually made a special rule for the podcast specifically because of this movie. Every movie-year they give themselves the option to play a single "Bengal Lancer" card and just completely ignore the movie because it is just that racist/terrible/etc

@balrogboogie @ScreenTestOfTime Listened to the first couple minutes and, uhhh, yeah, I can see how they end up at a Bengal Lancer rule.

Do they ever use it?

@Alexis Would it be better or worse if he only saw it three times due to some weird need for completionism?

@kurt Hitler sitting down to watch The Gay Divorcee for the third time to get a rewatch done before they announce the '36 Best Picture nominees.

@kurt For the record, you said this less than half an hour after I decided I have to watch all the Best Picture nominees even if they're made by shitheads whose movies I don't want to watch.

But that's less completionism and more because if I don't I give the shitheads power over me and it becomes "I've seen all the Best Picture nominees except The Pianist, Annie Hall, and Midnight in Paris," and that sucks, too.

@kurt (I mean, it'll still be "I've seen all the Best Picture nominees except The Patriot, The White Parade, and the last reel of East Lynne," but that's still better.)

@Alexis Ooh, I see, because The White Parade is only half-preserved, not because it's racist or anything.

@kurt No, I'd watch it and be annoyed about it if it was racist, I just can't fly to LA to see it.

@Alexis@beepboop.one does that mean if you see it four times you will have personally beaten Hitler?

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