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  1. GrahamS.

    The Beach Bum (2019)

    The Beach Bum is written and directed by Harmony Korine, who specializes in WTF movies. His two most conventional films are Spring Breakers and Kids (which he wrote), which says something (but for the record, I actually liked the oddball Spring Breakers). I haven’t seen The Beach Bum, but I’m sure it’s bonkers, because all of his films are.
  2. GrahamS.

    The Cell (2000)

    When I saw this movie when it was in theaters, the fire alarm went off when it got to the batshit visuals, which felt oddly appropriate. The only other thing I remember from it was that Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn were both terrible and the movie felt like a standard-issue, gross serial killer movie. Oh, and Vince Vaughn’s being disgustingly disemboweled (not that there’s such a thing as a pleasant disembowelment). So I guess I remembered more than one thing..
  3. I have to say, Billy the Kid looks awfully pasty in the poster for a Wild West gunslinger.
  4. Is it the American outlaw Billy the Kid? If so, lots of genre-hopping here.
  5. GrahamS.

    Joker (2019)

    Just wanted to say I agreed with your observations 100%. I also was curious to see it and had no set expectations, so I cant say I was disappointed either. I also questioned how the mom could hold onto him without social services getting involved. I think the film could make a really compelling depiction for the main character’s natural psychological devolution into Joker, and I really like that idea, but the film just gets too busy with its various plot threads. As a result, crucial details like this kinda get the short end. —spoiler ahead Would a longer cut help? Possibly, but the film started losing my interest when it hinted that he and Bruce Wayne were half-brothers. I REALLY wanted the film to head into this fucked-up territory, but it chickened out. it didn’t ruin the film for me, but it was one of the plot lines that ended up diluting the movie. I also don’t think a longer run time would help flesh out the supporting characters—it simply doesn’t seem to be what the film cares about. I’d still watch it—like I said, there are things in the movie that I liked, it just doesn’t cohere as a whole, and I doubt that can be fixed in 30 minutes. out of curiosity, I got You Were Never Really Here (another Joaquin movie) that’s supposed to be a similar type of character/performance. I’ve heard it’s really good, but haven’t watched it yet. If there’s any notable comparisons, I’ll write about it.
  6. GrahamS.

    Jacob's Ladder (2019)

    IT IS ALREADY STREAMING FOR FREE ON HOOPLA. This is two months after it first started streaming. Haven’t watched it yet, but will watch it soon.
  7. GrahamS.

    The Perfection (2019)

    It’s ...something. The performers give it their all. I watched it for a fun Halloween-y movie and it’s not that. It felt like it was trying to be on a Black Swan-type head trip and it’s not that either. it is nuts, I just found it overbearing. It’s worth mentioning that it includes strongly implied scenes of sexual assault, just FYI.
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    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    Maybe someone should mail it to Paul!
  9. GrahamS.

    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    Holy shit, this entire movie is on YouTube for free! It’s subtitled in Spanish. I made it three minutes in before I had to turn it off. I’ll give it credit, I was laughing that entire time. Maybe if I stick to a 3-minute a day dose, I’ll have finished the movie in 30 days.
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    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    I admired this video, but was blown away by the “girl next door” one, where none of the lyrics seemed to fit together in the same song. I also liked the irony of her singing that she wasn’t the girl next door while dancing around a very bland looking carnival. From these clips, I could honestly picture June liking this movie.
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    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    Is the choreography like the Spike Jonze/Fatboy Slim community theatre video? Because that would be something.
  12. GrahamS.

    Musical Mondays Week 76 I Kissed a Vampire

    So I didn’t watch it this weekend because I was sick with a bad cold and had a few other things going on (saw Al Franken speak, which was interesting, saw a play, saw Joker). I think I have to pay for it because I don’t have Amazon (I have HBO, Hulu and Shudder and Netflix. That’s enough for me). I am willing to do it to put my two cents in and want to participate with the group, if it’s worth it at all. Is it? (Full disclosure, I did watch the trailer and it looked TERRIBLE).
  13. GrahamS.

    Joker (2019)

    I saw Joker yesterday afternoon and—after all the controversy and hype—thought it was....OK. The pluses: Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is fucking amazing. Throughout the first part of the film—which I genuinely was swept up in— and the lesser second half, he gives a live-wire performance that makes the movie better than it otherwise would be. I liked the first half of the film a lot. The script is never perfect—most of the characters other than Arthur Fleck (AKA Joker) aren’t really fleshed out—but the film does a really good job of putting you inside Fleck’s head. I have some issues with how the film depicts mental illness (I have struggled with depression in the past myself) but there are a lot of aspects that It nails dead-on. It is gritty and unflinching and I thought it was really effective (although it is entirely possible that other people might find it triggering, so I’ll send up that warning for you). There is no CGI overkill (or any CGI, that I really noticed). The minuses: The second half (and especially the climax) of the film is simply too busy. The film starts as a portrait of mental illness and a failing bureaucratic system, and if it had stuck with that it could have been great. But it tries to connect to the Batman origin story to a degree that feels shoehorned in by the end. It never successfully shows why The Joker appeals to his deranged fans, we’re just supposed to accept it because it is canon. It feels like lazy writing that ends up shooting the film in the foot, despite Phoenix’s performance. Also, Arthur Fleck’s mental illness as he becomes Joker does turn into a broader stereotype. It’s a tonal mishmash—the film wants to be gritty and realistic, but you can’t do that when you’re turning the antihero into a comic book villain. The final scenes of the film do seem to revel in the fact that he’s gone bonkers simply to show him doing violent, crazy shit. It’s a film that seems to be building to a point about mental illness but then keeps undermining its own point. Finally, There’s a point midway (or perhaps later) through the film where it could have reimagined the Joker/Batman universe in an interesting way. It doesn’t and it feels a bit cowardly for taking the lesser route. Despite all this, if the film still appeals to you, I do recommend it for Phoenix’s performance and the parts of the film that do work. It was good enough to make me wish that it had been better and I’m glad I saw it.
  14. GrahamS.

    Episode 224.5 - Minisode 224.5

    No, you weren’t being a Debbie Downer at all. I agree with all the observations/frustrations people have talked about in this thread. I just mentioned those episodes as things to look forward to, not trying to be critical of what everyone else was saying.
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    Episode 224.5 - Minisode 224.5

    I will say, both Fateful Findings and The Visitor (NOT the Richard Jenkins movie)—which I saw live—will make for amazing conversations, whenever those episodes air. There’s always new stuff to look forward to!