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#253, or #512, let's see what Cage is up to, it's 1998's "City of Angels."

#254, or #513, it's 1998's "Following" because I guess I've seen all but three Christopher Nolan movies.

#255, or #514, it's back to the other list with 1937 Best Picture nominee, "In Old Chicago," which I think is another one about a disaster?

Leaving now to go see #256, or #515, Hugh Jackman sci-fi noir thing "Reminiscence."

#257, or #516, it's Cage time again, in 1998's "Snake Eyes."

#258, or #517, Spielberg is at it again with 3-hour long 1998 motion picture "Saving Private Ryan."

#259, or #518, kicking off M Night Shyamalan's wild 1999 with one he goes uncredited on but did contribute significantly to the script of, it's "She's All That."

I fucking hate this premise, but I think people like this movie? Cool cast, too.

If I recall correctly I described the first one as "a truly unhinged depiction of the human baby," it's #260, or #519, 2021's "The Boss Baby: Family Business."

People whose taste generally aligns with mine seem to like this one, so why not, it's #261, or #520, 2021's "Vacation Friends."

Leaving now to go see #262, or #521, 2021's second Marvel Studios picture, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

#263, or #522, 2021 algorithm-generated Netflix movie "He's All That," which-- Yes, it looks insufferable, but I have to know.

#264, or #523, I should finish these before the school year starts, it's 2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Leaving in a bit to go see #265, or #524 since I started counting, 1979's "Apocalypse Now." Or "Apocalypse in a bit," I guess.

I need to get back to these, cuz I keep saying, "well, you know, I'll get around to it eventually" about Best Picture nominated movies from the 70s and 80s when I've not even finished the 1930s.

#266, or #525, 1938's "Jezebel."

#267, or #526, 2015's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

All I remember ever thinking about this one at the time is "what, another spy movie?" but now I also think "I can't remember if that's the guy who's a cannibal."

#268, or #527, 2021 Netflix Original "Afterlife of the Party," which definitely feels like it exists only because the Algorithm stumbled onto the title.

#269, or #528, from the director of those Batman movies people largely dislike, 1999 Cage picture "8MM," which I think is about Cage as a detective investigating the veracity of a snuff film?

#270, or #529, leaving now to go see, because you know, why not, apparently I'll go see pretty much anything if it's a classic rerelease, 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy."

me: "I should reintroduce some randomness into what I watch, let's roll some dice."

the dice: "You're watching 2013 Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Google comedy "The Internship.""

me: "Curses."

(#271, or #530 since I started counting.)

#272, or #531 since I started counting, I'm about to get to a run of these where I've actually heard of a bunch of them, but not just yet, it's 1938 Best Picture nominee "Test Pilot," with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy.

Leaving in a bit for #274, or #533 since I started counting, I reserved for this one at a moment when I did not remember I had an 8.50am dentist appointment today, 2021 historical picture "Eiffel."

Leaving in a bit for #275, or #534 since I started counting, 2021's "Dune."

In the category of, people are talking about it, Alex is easily people-pressured, even though Alex is not a horror person much, #276, or #535, 2021's "Malignant."

M Night Shyamalan's wild 1999 continues with a hard pivot from uncredited rewrites on a teen romcom to #278, or #537, "The Sixth Sense."

#279, or #538, we nineteen-ninety-nine ever onwards, it's 1999's "The Matrix."

#280, or #539, 1999's "Bringing Out the Dead."

I'm not a big Scorsese person -- none of what I've seen I've found particularly compelling, but I also haven't seen the big ones -- but it'll be interesting to see how he uses Cage.

#281, or #539, M Night Shyamalan's 1999 takes one last U-turn, because he's one of two credited writers on this one, it's 1999's "Stuart Little."

#282, or #541, leaving the last millennium behind, it's 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds," which I understand is about Cage having to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother's life. Terrific.

#283, or #542, "Chris Pratt as Mario" and "RTD is back" have both happened since the last time I watched a movie, so let's do another emotional rollercoaster, it's 1997 robot anime recap movie "Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death."

#284, or #543, it's 2000's "Unbreakable."

Not sure what this one's about, I think it's M Night's comic book-y one? Presumably not ghosts again.

#285, or #544, it's 1997's "The End of Evangelion," which I reckon probably has more of the robot fights the preview for episode 25 promised, but which I reckon is probably also still Pretty Fucked Up.

You know how the vast majority of the Best Picture nominees are
movies global culture has seemingly totally forgotten about, and then every now and then there's one people still watch, like, and talk about?

#286, or #545, it's 1938's "The Adventures of Robin Hood."

I'm pretty sure the first time I booked a ticket for this one was before I was even counting movies. End of an odd, odd era, in a way.

Leaving now to go see #287, or #546, 2021's "No Time to Die."

#288, or #547, Cage's career barrels ever forwards, it's 2000's "The Family Man," which I don't know anything about.

It's October, so I've just hit play on the first horror movie on Netflix that didn't look like like a sack of shit with a turd on top, it's #289, or #548, 2019's "Escape Room."

Might as well plow on, #290, or #549, it's 2021's "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions."

#291, or #550, it's 2019's "Doctor Sleep," because sure, I'll watch Ewan McGregor pretend to be the kid from "The Shining," why not.

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I've put on Netflix's "Attack of the Hollywood ClichΓ©s!", which I've seen people call "a YouTube video," when actually, it's "I love the 90s"-style background noise TV at best. But it's an hour long one-off, so I'm counting it as a movie! #292, or #551.

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#293, or #552, let's find out what Cage gets up to in whatever the fuck 2001's "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" is about.

John Hurt (playing a countryside doctor) and Christian Bale (playing local man, shot in the ass) are doing perfectly passable Greek accents, can't wait to find out what freaky shit Cage is doing.

Cage is here, playing the titular Italian captain (of the mandolin) and the accent is fantastic

the man sounds like he tripped over and somehow fully absorbed a cartoon pizza chef and also a Frenchman

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Christian Bale, of the having been shot in the ass, leaving for war, knowing full well he's illiterate: *promises his girlfriend he'll write*

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world war two seems pretty bad

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the second Cage showed up with his ridiculous accent I started whistling pizza commercial jingles and I haven't stopped yet

:cage: "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" (2001) 

John Hurt and PenΓ©lope Cruz are good in this, though

I hold this one up as the ur-horror movie I so obviously won't enjoy that there's no point watching it, it's time to watch 294, or #553, 2004's "Saw."

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jeez louise always with the bullet in the head

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"You gonna tell me your name or what?"

i don't trust this dude

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adam: *finds a saw*

me: oh hey

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those chains are way too thick to cut through with a flimsy saw like that, clearly they're meant to cut through.......... something............ else :////////

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this dude knows there's a serial killer on the loose who traps people in pretty much this exact way and doesn't go "well this is the guy innit" immediately, uh-huh, not suspicious at all

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if even the cops think it's this guy this early, then it's not this guy

so it's either gonna be one of the cops, Ben from LOST who had two lines, or the guy called John who just got diagnosed with cancer

and then you've kinda run outta characters it can have been All Along

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Or: It was this fucking puppet all along.

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oh that sounded... a lot like Michael Emerson's voice

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i've seen all of LOST like four times, I recognise the man's eye when I see it

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how is it Danny Glover who survives this encounter

he's not too old for this shit, or about to retire?

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"He had a scar around his neck, okay."

okay

so

it's pretty much everyone

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This'll Be The Bit Where It Becomes Clear Why It's Called Saw

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and dear reader, did it ever

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#295, or #554, Halloween is a month-long event online, so it's time for 1981's "Halloween II."

I don't remember exactly where "Halloween Uno" left off, but if it's a direct sequel it'll do a recap, I'm sure.

oh just picking up from the last few scenes of the first one, huh

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"after getting shot six times and flung out a window he's still just going around doing murders" is a heckuva place to start, here

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"Don't let them put me to sleep."

relax, that's Nightmare on Elm Street

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dr loomis that's clearly a teen-sized individual at most, what-- oh jeez louise

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boy this sure is just the last movie continuing to occur

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which, I mean, not a bad way to go for a sequel, but this feels staggeringly inessential

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really one for the horror fans who're mostly here for "the kills," guess

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this movie really not dealing with or even really acknowledging that doc Loomis just like an hour ago chased a teenager into traffic directly leading to the teenager exploding to death

#296, or #555, again I must insist none of you tell the me from more than a few years ago about this, it's 2005's "Saw II."

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what, they catch him 15 minutes into this one?

...is prison a reverse trap

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they're keeping this one victim's face in shadows for ages, which would be a good trick if I didn't have my light face blindness

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oh, it's her, from the first one, from the reverse bear trap

girl, how do you get Saw'd twice

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augh with the eye shit

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"He's a serial killer."
"No, he's not! He's testing us!"

okay, sus, I would not jump to the man who put me in the reverse bear trap's defence that quickly

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I *was* right in the first one that he was in the room, I just picked the wrong person to suspect, so,,,

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"Wait a minute, what does that mean, '[helped him] kidnap the others'."

i mean that's not exactly a fuckin puzzle is it chief

@Alexis ah, I've heard a lot about Disney+'s Star Wars: The Mandolin

@The_T Can't wait for the upcoming spinoff Star Wars: The Singing Bowl of Boba Fett

@The_T The Book of Boba Fett, but to be fair, I did think it was a stretch.

@Alexis lmao I hadn't even heard of this show. I should catch up on Star Wars at some point, I haven't seen any of the new movies. :V

@The_T Yeah, that's *remember IX* a thing you could do.

Mandalorian and Bad Batch are both worth the effort, though.

@kurt Cage could do everything Chris Pratt can but better, and then some.

@Alexis ... I saw the CWs and was "wait, WTF?", so had to scroll down more.

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