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#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."

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."

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.

#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."

#223, #873, another 1940 Best Picture nominee, Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent."

I've been describing these as "pre-WW2" but I think this one is firmly just "WW2."

#224, or #874, 1924 Buster Keaton picture "Sherlock Jr."

Do I know anything about this one, not really, can I guess, yeah probably.

I've started a "Detective Conan" reread and figured I ought-a check out some of Aoyama's influences, and people seem to like this movie based on an Edogawa Ranpo detective novel, so, you know, as good a place to start as any.

#225, or #875, 1968's "Black Lizard," (黒蜥蝪, "Kurotokage")

I watched 2015's "Vacation" recently and it's still summer vacation, so let's watch another one of those, #226, or #876, 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation."

i'm watching the robot movie

#227, or #877, 2008's "Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone."

i'm watching the second robot movie

#228, or #878, 2009's "Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance."

I'm not watching a robot movie, I'm watching 2019's "Us" just to make sure I've seen it before the UFO one comes out. #229, or #879.

i am once again watching the robot movie

#230, or #880, 2012's "Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo"

let's do this one last time

i'm watching the robot movie

#232, or #882, 2021's "Evangelion 3.01 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time."

I feel like I'm in kind of a movie rut and I should change it up soon. Maybe start a new The List. Not today, tho.

#233, or #883, 2007's "The Mist," which I assume is about the weather.

#234, or #884, what if a once-in-a-lifetime supernatural attack on your family happened... a second time, it's 1986's "Poltergeist II: The Other Side."

A third dimension? In /my/ sea?

#235, or #885, 1983's "Jaws 3" or "JAWS 3-D."

Look, if the second one was actually not that bad, this one definitely doesn't need to exist, #236, or #886, 1986's "Psycho III."

#237, or #887, the 1980s sequel none of you voted for in two consecutive polls, 1985's "National Lampoon's European Vacation."

Not entirely sure if I've seen the other two, but definitely seen this one, #238, or #888, 2001's "Ocean's Eleven."

#239, or #889, one day I'll understand George Lucas, one day, it's 1973's "American Graffiti."

Leaving now to go see #240, or #890, 2022's "Bullet Train."


#241, or #891, 1986's "Short Circuit," which I'm pretty sure, is about a robot?

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

heck me, is this about an 80s version of the evil robot dog company

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

...that sure is Fisher Stevens in brownface playing an Indian man

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

Why would being struck by lightning turn a relatively simple robot sentient, it's surely already electric.

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

"We've got... windows, and air!"

not unlike the neighbours, who accidentally bought the wrong kind of vacuum

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

The robot kinda works, but hm, this sure is a motion picture.

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

why's the robot gotta be horny, man

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

number five is a menace

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

i do not like the robot

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

I *will* kill Johnny Five.

You know, if I'm annoyed this isn't getting a cinematic release, I can at least just close the curtains and watch it on the TV, #242, or #892, 2022's "Prey."

Proper back-to-basics Predator flick, without ever feeling like it's retreading anything -- and the stuff here I've seen before elsewhere it just does excellently.

It's essentially an increasingly intense run up the food chain, from one interesting fight to the next, just a strong, modern post-John Wick action flick.

Hard recommend if you're broadly into this kind of thing.

There are so many other movies I could watch.

#243, or #893, 1988's "Short Circuit 2."

> so why

If I don't, the knowledge would haunt me. This is an exorcism.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

Really doubling down on the Fisher Stevens character, huh.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

my current best guess for why these movies come up in popular culture quite a lot is American video stores must-a just had a thousand copies of 'em

always available, everyone renting it constantly

like America's relationship to "It's A Wonderful Life" if they did it to themselves

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

This is how like twelve different Gottfredson Mickey Mouse stories open.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

Oh no, the fucking robot is in the crate, ain't it.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

These movies fall totally apart if you're not on board with Johnny Five.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

These guys from the basement could almost certainly talk Michael McKean into their bank robbery plan for a small part of the profits.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

Johnnagar Fiveagon honestly a little less horrible in this one, so far.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

"This jail is for human beings."

Johnny Five is immune to prison.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

But not lost and found.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

me, then: "I /will/ kill Johnny Five."

me, now: Watching Johnny Five get violently assaulted feels fucking awful.

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

oh no, not "Holding Out For A Hero"

damnit, this is good actually

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

by FAR the better of the two, even if it's better by just being the silly kids movie the first one didn't manage to be

(obviously Fisher Stevens in brownface playing a caricature of an Indian man is just as, if not more, impossible to defend as in the first one.)

🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

I no longer hate Johnny Five, and I wish him a speedy recovery from his violent assault.

Wasn't super into the first two but one, a later one of these is also a "Friday the 13th" so I guess I gotta,

#244, or #894, 1987's "The Nightmare of Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."

If Freddy Kreuger was real I would simply never sleep again. It would just be that simple.

💤 🔪 "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" (1987) 


well this is gonna be a thoughtful, sensitive depiction of teen mental health issues, i'm sure

💤 🔪 "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" (1987), correction 

heck too far into the thread to redraft

obviously it's called "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors," not "The Nightmare of Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors."

💤 🔪 "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" (1987), correction 

Patricia Arquette not particularly convincing as a teenager, her face has barely changed since 1987, she just looks like Patricia Arquette!

re: 🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

@Alexis this robot has set robots rights activists back 30 years

re: 🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

@The_T This doofus knows ten definitions of the word "stupid" but not that people generally don't want their china shattered? Absolutely doing it on purpose.

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

@Alexis Someone misunderstood the purpose of the libidio, LIBrary for IDentifying Input and Output, library.

🤖 "Short Circuit" (1986) 

@Alexis They bring him back for the sequel to do it again!

@kurt I feel like these two movies come up all the time, both just culturally and on a memetic level, but I seem to have picked up jack squat about them.

@Alexis I don't know anything either, there's just a vague awareness in the back of my head of Short Circuit 2 specifically for some reason.

re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@Alexis if Johnny Five is so good, why isn't there a Johnny One through Four

maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@Alexis Johnny Five looks like if a tank fucked a vacuum

maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@The_T Yes, but, like, one of those stand-up tube ones, not like a Henry.

re: maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@Alexis I was specifically looking at this image, and the back wheel made me think of 80s furniture and what little I remember of 80s vacuums (though I guess surely none had a wheel like that, maybe? idk)

re: maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@The_T This is what I was thinking of -- not quite the same kind of wheel and this one's a little more modern than Johnnagar Fiveagon, but a lot of stand-up vacuums do have back wheels.

re: maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@Alexis yeah!!! that's the kind of thing I was thinking about, I just; when it came down to it I couldn't quite visualize it right

re: maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@Alexis also when you said "stand-up tube ones", I thought you were making a joke about, a vacuum tube, like the non-household definition of a vacuum

re: maybe weird; re: 🤖 "Short Circuit 2" (1988) 

@The_T Nah, see, if I'd thought of that, I would-a gone all in on wanting the horrible robot to die in one of those.

@Alexis Freddy Kreuger is like the CEO & Landlord of sleep

He just exists to make it worse

@The_T Really no benefit to the ghost of a child-murderer haunting any world at all, no benefit whatsoever.

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