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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.

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.

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

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."


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

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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

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

"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

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

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

relax, that's Nightmare on Elm Street

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

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

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

boy this sure is just the last movie continuing to occur

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

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

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

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

πŸŽƒ "Halloween II" (1981) 

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."

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

what, they catch him 15 minutes into this one? prison a reverse trap

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

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

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

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

girl, how do you get Saw'd twice

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

augh with the eye shit

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

"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

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

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

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

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

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

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

jigsaw: "whatever happened to live, laugh, love. it's time for live, laugh, saw trap."

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

jigsaw: "kids these days don't appreciate how alive you feel when you get stabbed in the everything."

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

people slowly getting nerve gassed to death in about an hour doesn't make for quite as lively a picture, does it

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

also these victims are dumber idiots than in the first one

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

i like when characters physically travel from one movie to another movie, and here the characters of 2005's "Saw II" are in 2004's "Saw"

🧩 "Saw II" (2005) 

not as strong as the first one, and, actually, a lot closer to what I imagined the first one would be like

jeez with the eye stuff lads

#297, or #556, 2002's "Spider-Man." Ages since I've seen these.

"Who am I? You sure you want to know?"

the matter has been covered my good dude

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

if it were me I would simply bite the spider back

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

"40,000 years of human evolution and we've barely even tapped the vastness of human potential."

norman will simply use both halves of his brain and *squints at notes* turn into a flying green lunatic

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

oh, Joe Manganiello as Flash Thompson

they ought-a get that dude in to play Agent Venom in something

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

imagine being a monster truck of a man called Bone Saw and getting your ass handed to you by a twerp going through a puberty metaphor

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

it's actually not at this point remotely Pete's problem to stop a dude with a gun

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

good ol' J Jonah Jameson

flattest hair in town

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

boy this gets away with some absolutely rubbish effects

:spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

"He knows who I am."

guess he was sure he wanted to know

Leaving now to go see #298, or #557, the movie sequel to the Dutch gay romcom sitcom of the same title, "Anne+."

whoop if I'm seeing something gay I should put my pins back on

all evidence points to being well early for a movie must be a queer thing

having a film-induced existential crisis again, uhhh, how do I say this

this was relatable to me in a way English-language film and TV fundamentally can't be and by stubbornly refusing to watch my own country's film and TV I may or may not have been robbing myself of something important to my soul?

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ "Anne+" (2021), self-eval, light anti-American sentiment 

some of this is obviously in, being in a dark room with three dozen gays and laughing at stuff that isn't even jokes obviously elevates however I would feel about this watching it at home

and there's a bit of "death to America" there also, obv


πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ "Anne+" (2021) 

anyway, enjoyed the movie

some of the criticism I had about the show got deftly addressed by aiming it at Anne's novel, and the movie answers that criticism about as well as it can within the setup it has

it was fun and funny and pleasant -- except when it wasn't -- and it was joyful

There's a new one out this week, and my understanding is if I've seen the 1978 one (I have) and this one, I'm caught up, because these things get very silly with the alternative continuities, #299, or #558, 2018's "Halloween."

I like to see the aesthetic progression of these things, but, you know, I also like to see movies in the cinema.

πŸŽƒ "Halloween" (2018) 

"I borrowed something from a friend at the attorney general's office, Michael."

oh fuck off

πŸŽƒ "Halloween" (2018) 

"Say something. Say something, Michael! SAY SOMETHING!"

this podcast man should not have been allowed anywhere near this facility

@Alexis Look I know Austin Powers isn't great, but...

@The_T Oh, to live in the timeline where there's 11 Austin Powers movies and only 3 Halloweens.

@Alexis The downside of that timeline is all throughout the 2000s you had frat bros obnoxiously quoting lines from the Halloween movies

@The_T *grim voice, but also a frat voice* β€œOne of their number was butchered, this is a wake.”

re: πŸ•·οΈ "Spider-Man" (2002) 

@Alexis my interpretation to all that is actually he was an idiot and completely wrong/misguided, but coincidentally that mist did have some side effects

re: :spidey: "Spider-Man" (2002) 

@The_T I mean, yeah, it's Norman, it's usually his extreme hyper-confidence that tricks him into an absolute clown car full of poor decisions

Amazing Spider-Man 2 light spoiler, re: πŸ•·οΈ "Spider-Man" (2002) 

@Alexis I also think it's interesting that both movie versions of him cause these decisions to lead to his death before he can become a real threat.

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