Actually think movies are getting better. Or I'm more selective πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
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    The Lobster 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Way to start out the year. 🀐 Entertainment Weekly ranked it as #4 Best Movie of the Year-2016. "At a time when sequels and familiar formulas rule at box office, The Lobster is like a deep breath of sea air." Update: If I find myself thinking about a film, it means something (NOT looking at you Harry Potter franchise). Why some individuals show preference for order and others for chaos. Why both are destructive in the extreme.
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    La La Land 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Standing ovation! Beautifully shot as Technicolor Dream, featuring two charismatic and talented actors we're already in love with. Ryan Gosling's singing had me worried but it works. Emma Stone could not be any more fresh, effervescent and utterly adorable. Not a powerhouse singer either, I kept thinking when this gets to the stage (the opposite way they're doing things these days) a Sara Bareilles voice would be apropos. The songs, sets, cinematography, Fred Astaire/Cyd Charisse dancing!! Bravo
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    Anomalisa 🍿🍿🍿
    Charlie Kaufman. Stop motion animation. Strange. 93% Critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I get Mr. Kaufman's commenting on the human condition (so we're all a mess according to him 😐) and that's worth examining. Rating is for creativity (took 3 years to complete) but I don't recommend it.
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    Twinsters 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Twin girls born in Korea, one (Sam) adopted by an American family and Anais adopted by French parents. Found through a YouTube video Sam made in LA-viewed by a friend of Anais who said, you've got to see this girl could be your twin! Incredible story and the technology that allowed It all to play out. (Too long)
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    Sicario 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Not being a fan of blood & gore, I swore if it got too much I'd turn it off. It was fine (I've seen worse) First off I really enjoyed it, though the storyline is thin, the actors were believable. Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. Avoiding spoilers, the character you THINK will move the story along, doesn't. The one who does, scared the crap out of me. Good action and lots of gunfireπŸ’₯
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    Eight Days a Week 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Documentary by Ron Howard. More in depth interviews. Appreciate Ringo's sense of humor more every time I see him. New to me-John's mea culpa on 'we're more popular than Jesus' and the photo shoot from the Yesterday & Today album i.e. The Butcher cover. George Martin RIP. Excellent-must see for fans and music history aficionados.
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    The Nice Guys 🍿🍿🍿1/2
    Boogie Nights remade into a comedy. 1978. LA. Two private eyes cross paths, then team up to solve a missing persons case. Ryan Gosling does a good Lou Costello. Russell Crowe's character isn't fully explained but let it go early on. Like the record number of car chases in The Blues Brothers, The Nice Guys wins for movie with the most broken glass. Windows, car windshields, plate glass walls and Yoo-Hoo bottles. Funny, enjoyable but not especially unique.
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    Sunset Strip 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Documentary. First thought: Edited by someone w/ADD. Second: Into it! Third: Very comprehensive. From its beginnings as a poinsettia farm, to it's mob ties & old school nightclubs, prostitution, '60s drug culture, punk scene & ending w/revitalization (gradual gentrification) of familiar landmarks. Interviews with everyone from Dan Ackroyd, Johnny Depp, all of The Osborn family (made during the height of their reality show? πŸ€”), Hugh Hefner and many more. Thanks @taylormorley for recommending.
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    August: Osage County 🍿🍿🍿
    Has been in my Netflix queue for a year. Prompted to finally watch, overrated Meryl Streep πŸ˜‰. All star cast-Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney & Sam Shepard. You'll look at your dysfunctional family in a whole new light compared to these damaged people. Without saying who or when or why, every tragedy & cruelty is given a part here. To be appreciated, not necessarily enjoyed-acting excellence.
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    Daddy's Home 🍿🍿
    Every so often we watch something my husband wants to see. Odds are I'll wish I had that time back. Daddy's Home was one of those times. Some laughs, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg (The Others Guys πŸ˜‚) have a sort of chemistry but this was embarrassing at times. Linda Cardellini's (Lindsey, Freaks & Geeks) character was abysmal. Had a sweet ending. Can't recommend 😬
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    Captain America: Civil War 🍿🍿🍿
    Omg this movie was soooo long. Took us 3 days 😐 Some superhero movies are really well made and keep me interested. I love Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Paul Rudd (Don & Paul are barely in it). The highlight was 'Winter Soldier' played by Sebastian Stan. He was the standout for me. There are WAY too many characters to keep track of and we missed two of the films, so were lost. Thanks to IMDB for helping us out. Fun but forgettable.
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    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Rarely does a movie surprise me (tbh almost never). I don't even know where to begin. It's Amelie meets The Grand Budapest Hotel meets Forrest Gump meets Benjamin Button with Curb Your Enthusiasm/Amelie soundtrack. Manic & gentle, sweet & quirky, always visually delightful. Swedish language but voiceover in English with Spanish, German & Russian as well. Based on the internationally best selling novel by Jonas Jonasson.
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    In the Land of Women 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    A predicable chick flick that turned out not to be. I liked it a LOT. Maybe the rainy Sunday lent itself to this kind of dramady. Kristen Stewart & Meg Ryan both seem to get a bad rap . Adam Brody captures a jaded but down to earth LA guy gone to Michigan to take care of his grandma. Heard about it from this
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    Arrival 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    I'm still processing and it's too late for a rational review so we'll tackle it tomorrow. I liked it very much and it seems implausible but I want to believe. Will be back πŸ˜‰
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    Colin Quinn - The New York Story 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Directed by Jerry Seinfeld. An oral history of New York told in rapid fire by Colin, live. The stage is arranged with various sets to support a sort of historical timeline. I borrowed this from a Netflix review because it's perfect-"He navigates modern PC norms adeptly, in delivering a loving deconstruction of the cultural soup that is NYC" ☺️ Not 5 🍿because he talks so fast (a bit chaotic) and I had to rewind more than once.
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    Beauty is Embarrassing 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Documentary. Wayne White, artist of many mediums (painting, sculpture puppeteering and words) discusses his inspiration and processes. He did set design for Pee Wee's Playhouse and music videos. Recognize the face on the movie cover? No? It's LBJ. He's originally from Alabama, you'll meet his parents, which he says shaped his world view. Lives in LA with two artistic kids and (surprise!) his artist wife.
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    Jim Gaffigan - King Baby 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Not a movie but streaming on Netflix and really funny. It's from 2009 (he only had 2 kids then-now he has 5-hence special titled Cinco) Yes, he's a 'clean' comic but his bits about food bacon πŸ₯“, bowling and babies are insightful AND funny. Filmed in Austin, TX Paramount Theatre.
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    Moonlight 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Even though it won Best Picture and was briefly described, I had only a vague idea of the plot. It started slow and plodded along at times. The acting was precise-the mood and emotion intense. Lighting in the rooms, cool and seductive or extremely harsh, white fluorescence. Several times scenes were straight up Hockney or Hopper. Last 20 minutes broke my heart and made me happy at the same time.
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    Brooklyn 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Story of a small town Irish girl who comes to America. Set in the early 50s. Cinematography, beautiful. Acting, impeccable. All the feels. Saoirse Ronan's performance garnered her an Academy nomination for Best Actress and Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay. I loved it.
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    10 Cloverfield Lane 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Would describe as more a thriller than a horror flick. Twists and turns. I was completely wrong on predicting the plot and it was interesting the whole way through. Congrats to John Goodman getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today! We watched this for you. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
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    Finding Vivian Maier 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Excellent. Compelling. Part exposé, tabloid journalism and mystery rolled into one. Story of a nanny who also took thousands of pictures, led a secretive life with a few 😱quirks. Contradictory accounts of who she was, behavior, background and lineage. Beyond the personal aspects, her photos and films speak from beyond the grave. Starts as John Maloof bids on boxes of negatives and undeveloped film. Fun fact: She nannied for Phil Donahue's kids. (DVD-Netflix)
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    The Secret of Kells 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Watched this morning, post St. Patrick's Day celebration & picking up from my Kiss Me Cause Apparently I'm Irish πŸ€ Captivating & creative animation like I've never seen before. Celtic music, lilting Irish brogue & story of the Book of Kells, arguably the most famous artifact on display at Trinity College, Dublin. It's streaming on Netflix so even if you're not into animated movies, you can scan through it βœ…25 min in to the forest scene πŸ€πŸ’š
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    The Brothers Bloom 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Fun. Quirky. Reminiscent of Wes Anderson's style. Costuming, sets, locations around the world πŸŒŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ. A bit too long and self aware. I liked it much more than my husband. Mark Ruffalo for @jennifergster πŸ˜‰ and @joemurphy Rachel Weisz is the best part of this movie.
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    Allied 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Beautifully conceived. Set in 1942, every detail was intentional. Every look or contact brought us around full circle. A thriller, a war story, a love story and a who's side is everyone on. If you watch, be patient and enjoy the sights, sounds and the ride. Robert Zemekis directs with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Luscious!