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#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

#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.

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.

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."

#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.

#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?

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

#91, I keep comparing movies to each other so let's watch something outside of my usual range, it's 2021's "Bad Trip," even though I think I'm probably gonna think it's annoying.

#92, presumably the fight of the century, "Godzilla vs. Kong" (2021).

(I will not be telling you who wins.)

It's not just Pleasant Surprise Day, it's also April Ghouls, so, #93, or #332 since I started counting, 1982's "Poltergeist."

#94, or #333 since I started counting, 2018's "E.M.P 333 Days," which I think is about... a world some time after an EMP hit America?

(Thanks @trini for actually looking for one with 333 in the title.)

Sigh. #95, or #334 since I started counting, because I wanna finish the 2019 Best Picture nominees,
even though I think Tarantino sucks, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

#96, or #335 since I started counting, 1935 Best Picture nominee "Ruggles of Red Gap."

Have not looked up at all what this is about, but I'm... assuming a Ruggle of Red Gap is not unlike a Barrett of Wimpole Street.

#97, or #336 since I started counting, 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Don't know anything about this one, but I think it's in the same whatsit as yer "Breakfast Club" and such, and also Nic Cage has a small part.

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I went, "I should watch something I expect I'll actually like," and then didn't.

#98, or #337 since I started counting, 1935 Best Picture nominee "Naughty Marietta."

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Well, this copy is in Russian, but it's the only one I could find and I suspect it won't meaningfully matter. (I've got subs, anyway.)

* Apparently Russian dubs are just one voice reading all the translated dialogue relatively straight-voicedly over the original audio track.
* What I can hear of the original audio track, this late 1800s European princess sure has an American accent.

πŸ‘Έ "Naughty Marietta" (1935) 

I was honestly expecting something much randier, so far this is just about a princess fleeing an arranged marriage. (Good for you, get outta there.) (Not very interesting, though.)

I don't know much about Les Mis, but I /am/ pretty sure literally nobody I know who has strong opinions about Les Mis would ever tell me to watch this version as my first substantial exposure:

#99, or #338 since I started counting, 1935 Best Picture nominee "Les MisΓ©rables."

I did see the 2019 French film of the same title at a Sneak Preview screening when that was a thing, but my understanding is that one is less an adaptation and more a modern story exploring similar themes. (I thought it got a little confused about the point it was making by the end.)

oh lord it's Ruggles of Red Gap as the cop

what are you doing here you should be having fish-out-of-water melodrama adventures

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

Already wish there were songs in this.

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

This is truly the movie the breadthink emoji was made for.

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

finally a best picture nominee that feels like a 1960s Doctor Who historical

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

like it's a little slower and has a bigger budget, but this is the exact vibes of The Reign of Terror and The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

If this had been nominated in 1934 it would've run laps around the other nominees, so 1935 winner "Mutiny on the Bounty" better be fucking amazing.

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

say wasn’t there supposed to be some kind of revolution in this

#100, or #339 since I started counting, 1983's "Valley Girl," in which Hollywood tries to make Nic Cage happen.

I'm so used to Grunting Action Hero Cage that Teen Dreamboat Cage feels like watching a horse try to fly a seaplane.

:cage: "Valley Girl" (1983) 

"How about a Coke?"
"Sorry, my dad says they supported the war effort, so..."

history is a round mirror

:cage: "Valley Girl" (1983) 

That was okay, but I do kinda need an additional layer of premise to get me to care about an American teen romcom like this in the Year of Luigi 2021.

Cage does get to have a grunty fight at the end, between the homophobic song and the heteronormative song.

#101, or #340 since I started counting, it's the 1996 live-action "101 Dalmatians."

I remember this being Fun, Actually, but let's see if it holds up.

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

I-- I mean-- If your boss is Cruella deVil, you surely know she's an evil bastard who you don't show designs based on your beloved dog to.

Just on a gut feeling, not a person you bring up your dog or family to.

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

if Cruella showed up in my living room I'd simply throw the aforementioned living room at her

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

love a good pair of bumbling crooks

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

no, sir, all fifteen

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

"Police! Police!"

nanny you're in a cupboard

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

on the one hand, absolutely wild to make an origin story movie about this famously animal cruelty-enjoying fashion designer turned dognapper,

on the other hand, i /will/ be first in line to see it

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

2010s live-action remake vibes are bad, 1990s live-action remake vibes are good, maybe 2020s live-action remake vibes can be good again

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

"Mr Skinner."

nominative determinism /will/ kill again

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

"She's going to kill the puppies."

well yes anita she wasn't gonna put them to work in the mine, was she

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

if I got Mouse Hunt'd and/or Home Alone'd by one hundred and one small dogs I'd simply go live on a farm in the countryside myself

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

Delightful, obviously.

Maybe every live-action Disney remake needs a Home Alone/Mouse Hunt section.

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

@Alexis Very early example of product placement that one.

:breadthink: "Les MisΓ©rables" (1935) 

@kurt I still think it's a shame that the Kevin James remake never got off the ground, "Mutiny on the Snickers."

@kurt I'm pretty sure the 2019 one was more miserables than this one.

@Alexis I have mild opinions about which version you should watch, but I don't remember which one it is.

@kurt The 2012 film is the only other one nominated for Best Picture, so I won't watch that one, but I do think I'd like to watch a version of the musical, so lemme know if you figure it out?

@Alexis See I like this version but it is actually a concert version of the musical with a cast made up from different productions: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mi

@kurt Yeah, I'd want to watch 'the musical', not a concert version, though I do like the idea of one that ends with a "no, sir, all seventeen" multi-Valjean situation.

@kurt So the plan I've got now is, watch those two numbers, and unless I find them massively annoying -- unlikely, I love a musical -- watch the 2019 recording to get a good sense of the musical, then go back and watch the 1995 concert.

That's a lotta bread-theft.

@Alexis Bread bread bread... Breading and entering? Hmmm. Something must be there.

@Alexis Best take-off on Les Mis was The Magicians(TV, not books). Series was uneven at best, but had moments of brilliance.

@Alexis The oldest Nic Cage movie I've seen is Red Rock West, which is... interesting? Not good? I don't really watch old movies and I think I was sick or something, and was watching...

Alex Navarro on Giant Bomb does weekly Rock Band drumming streams, with a theme each week. One week was, music from Nicholas Cage movies. And the way he described the film made me decide to watch it. (Navarro also used to write for the website Screened, a movie review site).

@The_T Before this, the oldest Cage I'd seen was 2002's Adaptation, which is far more a Charlie Kaufman movie than a Nic Cage movie.

I've really never had a picture of Cage as an actor outside of Cage as the joke he is these days, so now I'm watching everything he's ever done.

@Alexis fwiw, that Giant Bomb Nic Cage video might be worth watching. Alex is passionate about movies.

@The_T Link me to it and I'll check it out. (I'm not at all familiar with the Giant Bomb ecosystem, I don't even know what I'm looking for.)

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

@Alexis Were there 2000s era remakes?

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996) 

@Alexis Going from 102 Dalmatians which I imagine is happy and joyful to Alice and Wonderland which is one of the most drab and depressing looking films is quite the jump.

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996), uspol 

@kurt I feel like George W. Bush is to blame for all of this.

βšͺ ⚫ "101 Dalmatians" (1996), uspol 

@Alexis I mean 2010 is Obama-era so he didn't help much.

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