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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."


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.

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."

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) 

@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."

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