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Leaving now for a Pride Night screening of 2021's "Swan Song." #181, or #831.

(I see a screening for something gay, I go see something gay, this is very simple.)

#182, or #832, let's watch something else gay, 1999's "But I'm a Cheerleader."

I appear to have recovered from 4 x 10 minutes of light exercise earlier today, so leaving now to go see 2022's "Jurassic World: Dominion." #183, or #833.

#184, or #834, sometimes I put on a movie that looks bad without a good reason, but this time it's because I've been listening to movie podcast The Flop House and they've finally done one that I haven't seen, 2022's "The King's Daughter."

#185, or #835, I have nothing else to do today so I sigh and put on 1939 Best Picture nominee and winner "Gone with the Wind."

#186, or #836, I watched this the day it came out but it wasn't on Letterboxd then, but now it is, Bo Burnham's "The Inside Outtakes."

Liked the original special, liked this, though it's clearly the weaker material, good and reasonable to cut all this.

#187, or #837, let's watch another John Carpenter, 1994's "In the Mouth of Madness."

#189, or #839, leaving now to go see 2022 Liam Neeson amnesia thriller "Memory," because, uhhh, because it's the subscription-exclusive early screening and I am not one to turn down free popcorn and a drink and what else am I doing tonight, anyway, right.

#190, or #840, the year is 1951, and Alec Guinness is -- "The Man in the White Suit."

#192, or #842, leaving now to go see 2022's "Men."

People always express some doubt when I say I might have a dash of face-blindness but when I first saw it I genuinely didn't realise all the men in the trailer for 2022's "Men" were Rory Kinnear, so.

#193, or #843, let's watch Brendan Fraser do a 90s version of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" or whatever this is about, it's 1999's "Blast from the Past."

#194, or #844. Leaving now for Sneak Preview -- my guess: 2022's "Elvis," maybe?

Every streaming service that has it has been pushing me to watch this for years, let's find out what impression I've given these algorithms, #195, or #845, 2013's "We're the Millers."

#196, or #846, wrapping up the 1930s, 1939 Best Picture nominee "Of Mice and Men."

Just got back from seeing 2022's "Lightyear" with the Brother, #197, or #847.

#198, or #848, another one Netflix has been subtly pushing at me for ages, 2019 Seth Rogen comedy "Long Shot."

#199, or #849, 2006's "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time."

#200, or #850, whatever the fuck 2022's "Spiderhead" is.

#202, or #852, 1980's "The Ninth Configuration," which I understand is an alternative followup to "The Exorcist."

#203, or #853, too hot outside to go to the cinema, so I'm staying inside and watching 1974's "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three."

Leaving now to go see #204, or #854, 2022's "Elvis."

I always look movies up at least a little before I download them, but I don't remember what this one's about at all, #205, or #855, 1988's "Miracle Mile."

Leaving now for Sneak Preview again. #206, or #856.

(No guess. Who even knows!)

#207, or #857, 1996's "Independence Day," which I understand is set mostly on the 4th but starts on the 2nd, so.

#208, or #858, 1940 Best Picture nominee "The Grapes of Wrath."

Another one of those titles you hear all the time, but that I have no idea what they're about. The Great Depression? Probably not fruit.

#209, or #859, the first of these Gundam compilation movies, which, I dunno, I've seen the show, these are like novelisations, I understand historically why they did 'em but you wouldn't necessarily reinvent them today without that history, you know?

1981's "Mobile Suit Gundam I"

Clearing out the old download folder, 2021 alien portal anthology picture, "Doors." #210, or #860.

#211, #861, just got out of the 11am screening of 2022’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Loved it. Thundered it. What more could you want.

Leaving now for a Pride Night screening of 2020's "Kokon." #212, or #862.

#213, or #863, but also Best Picture nominee #100 (or #98, if we're not counting the ones I had to skip) -- 1940's "Rebecca."

Which I'm sure will just be a normal story about a normal woman having a normal, healthy marriage to a normal man in very normal ways.

#214, or #864, let's just do another one of these, 1940 Best Picture nominee "Our Town," which I understand is based on a play sometimes called "the greatest American play ever written," which just means it's bound to be depressing.

I've put on 1981 Gundam compilation film "Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow." #215, #865.

For future compilation films I'll probably listen to the Mobile Suit Breakdown episodes first to see if they consider them worth the effort, but it seems silly to only watch the first of these three.

#216, or #866, I don't remember what this one's meant to be about or why I downloaded it, 1992's "The Player."

#217, or #867, I'm putting on a random American comedy from the mid-2010s, it's 2015's "Vacation."

Let's end this one more time, #218, or #868, 1982 Gundam compilation film "Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space."

#219, or #869, leaving now to go see 2022's "The Gray Man."

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I understand this is about somebody inheriting a spooky house and spending the night there, so, naturally, #220, #870, 2021 German film "Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes."

me: "Am I remembering right this is German?"

the first line of dialogue: "Tik... Tak..."

me: "It's German."

👻 "Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes" (2021) 

"Your family has all this money, and all we get is their garbage."

hey now there's at least half a dozen animal skulls in this room alone, I bet this garbage is hella haunted, you can sell hella haunted garbage at a real premium

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if I inherited a creepy house and had to spend the night I would simply continue not to believe in ghosts and fully expect to find rational explanations for everything

[a whole man materialises behind her in the mirror and starts kissing her neck]

this is simply the wind

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This is doing a decidedly retro thing, and it's probably because it's, you know, German gothic horror, and so I'm not familiar enough with the trappings and such but if you told me this was a lovingly restored 1971 film I'd have no reason not to believe you.

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me: breaking the fourth wall is good

me when the violently abusive man looks directly at the camera: breaking the fourth wall is terrible and should not be done

👻 "Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes" (2021), fictional violence 

well

I suppose watching a man's whole dick get ripped off is the risk you run when you don't read up on movies before you watch them

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"And?"

Huh.

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I'm now surprised and delighted in a specific way I was also surprised and delighted by another movie but to say which one would be rude.

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Not sure if that works here, though.

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I don't think the people in this haunted house should be taking whatever illicit substance this is.

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the exact type of thing this is changes a few times, which is fine, but why's it always gotta do that when I was really enjoying the first thing it was

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*Aesthetically* very successful, which makes up for that I don't think the way it turns around narratively entirely works

I don't remember what 2014's "The Babadook" is meant to be about but I'm watching 2014's "The Babadook." #221, or #871.

Right, it's a kid's imaginary monster turning out to be less imaginary and more not-imaginary, that's what it's about. (And I guess it's Australian.)

I was never an imaginary friends or monsters under the bed kid. Tried to be, because it's what the kid characters I identified with in stories often were, but I never really went in for that level of non-reality.

📚 "The Babadook" (2014) 

If I was the parent of a kid who was in a big monsters under the bed/in the closet phase, I would probably not read them another book about a scary bedroom monster.

You bet your ass every book in the house would get audited and disappeared into storage if it was monster-centric.

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(Note that I do not have kids and do not intend for that to ever change, which means any "If I was this parent"-style post is speculative on the level of "If I was President of Latveria" or "If I was a mermaid.")

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Anyway, this kid fucking sucks, I hope the Babadook eats him.

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Mind, he's probably getting blamed for some things we'll probably recontextualise at some point.

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Relentless depiction of this woman's miserable life, which would be infinitely improved by a two-year timeskip after the Babadook just chomps down on the kid.

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"Ruby said people don't like me because I'm weird."
"Sometimes people say things that aren't true."

no it's on the list, I assure you

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Really hating on this kid here, probably not my funniest material.

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nice of spookems and hauntems to do delivery now

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All
Cops
Are the
Babadook,

apparently

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Not really that into this, but it's a very effectively executed monster.

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"You can't get rid of the Babadook."

yes yes eat him

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if 2014's "The Babadook"'s themes were any more obvious Essie Davis would've yelled "BEING A SINGLE PARENT IS A RATHER DIFFICULT AND STRESSFUL AFFAIR" at the camera.

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A well-executed monster can't make up for the fact that overall this is kind of a one-note bore. Wild how people were all over this when it came out.

#222, or #872, another day, another two and a half hour long drama about the French, I think?

I don't think these ever work for me.

1940's "All This, and Heaven Too."

Not that I have anything against the French, you understand.

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

If a bunch of little girls tried to bully me about my mysterious past I would probably not just immediately tell them in great detail.

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

yeah yeah we get it she was a good nanny for these posh people

get to the mysterious past already

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

*hollywood exec voice* alright, my first note is, can we feed all these kids to the babadook

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

Halfway through and so far the mysterious past is

* she's a good nanny
* people love to accuse her of having an affair with the Duc, which she's not

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you could cover all this in 15 minutes, I say, watching minute 75 of this endless film

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mademoiselle this
mademoiselle that

i swear if this is just about them having an affair

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

oh good a murder

🇫🇷 "All This, and Heaven Too" (1940) 

"I am guilty!"

girl what are you even doing

what did they put in the water in 1840s France

@Alexis

me: "Am I remembering right this is Gen Z?"

the first line of dialogue: "Tik... Tok..."

me: "It's Gen Z."

@The_T the first subtitle: [birds twittering]

me: "Well it's not Tumblr."

@Alexis Wasn't everyone going on about the babadook being gay but not explaining how back then or am I going crazy?

@kurt I think Netflix mistakenly added it to an "LGBTQ Icons" category and it kicked off from there?

I mostly just found it frustrating.

@Alexis I don't know what to trust now, it may not even be Australian.

@kurt There's probably a reasonable queer read of it, but it's definitely at least pretending to be Australian.

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@Alexis I honestly don't remember the Babadook being a big deal until that one time Netflix put it in the LGBTQ+ category, inadvertently creating the "babadook, queer icon" meme.

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@hache I definitely remember people really hyping it up even before that, and some of the people I follow on letterboxd posted glowing reviews in 2014.

But it definitely got a long, long second life out of that miserable, miserable meme.

📚 "The Babadook" (2014) 

@Alexis President of Latveria, a mermaid and a parent? It's a busy life.

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@kurt Just juggling the underwater life (sharks and everything) with being a parent to seventeen wonderful cats (can't breathe underwater, not fond of getting wet) was hard enough, but then Doom had to go and appoint /me/? Of all the fish in the sea?

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@Alexis Now this is a fish out of water story.

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@kurt Which is, of course, why I struggle to breathe.

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