Movies Watched Q2-2017 🍿

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    Great Expectations-2012 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    My renewed fascination with Ralph Fiennes while watching this film. He always has perfect control of his dialects, here as one of the lower classes though not unintelligent. Helena Bonham Carter is great as self absorbed Miss Havisham. Realistic but stylized as well.
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel-2014 🍿🍿🍿🍿 🍿
    My second viewing. Watched this on the plane-I'd begun Manchester by the Sea but god it's so depressing. I flipped over to GBH and the time flew by. Ralph Fiennes, his comedic timing πŸ‘πŸΌ. Bits with him wooing the older women, interaction with Zero, the camaraderie in the prison πŸ˜‚, on the train, etc etc. Love this flick.
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    La La Land 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Second viewing. Nothing I can say that hasn't been said before. The fact that I'm admittedly a cheapskate and could have watched between 20 new films on the plane but chose La La Land again, says how much I love this movie.
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    Beauty & the Beast 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Very beautiful, great sets, costumes. Not sure why I wasn't completely captivated as expected. I don't want to place the blame on Emma but I sorta do. I know, heresy. Dan Stevens, Josh Gad and Ewan McGregor and the dude who played Gaston, all good.
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    The Earrings of Madame De-1953 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Though I love Danielle Darrieux (her micro-facial movements are perfectly expressive plus she's beautiful), Charles Boyer is the highlight for me. He's subtle, charming & clever with his AndrΓ©. First time seeing Vittorio de Sica as an actor, known best as director (Two Women πŸ‘πŸΌ) Thank you @Gola It was every thing you said it would be. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes & called the most perfect film ever made. FYI-Careful watching Paul Thomas Anderson's introduction (which I did)-it had major spoilers.
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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Loved this movie. Can't believe I'd never seen it before. This line clinched it for me. πŸ‘― A daughters love for her imperfect dad πŸ‘―. Being the oldest and taking care of business πŸ‘― Positivity always when confronted with life. Sweet and satisfying.
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    Sing 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Nice surprise! Animation is πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ. Cute match up to animals and their songs-e.g. the bunnies. Speaking of songs-so many snippets of familiar favorites. Scarlet Johannson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarland and great newcomer, Taron Egerton. I'll let you guess who's who when/if you watch. Adults and children alike will enjoy.
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    The Fearless Vampire Killers 🍿🍿🍿✨
    Nutshell: A professor & his assistant travel to Transylvania to hunt for vampires. Shenanigans ensue. From the beginning, was it going for laughs or to be taken seriously. (It's mostly πŸ˜‚) To me, it's a mix between Benny Hill, Sergio Leone, Woody Allen & cartoons. Roman Polanski acts (he's Alfred the professor's assistant) AND directs. He looks bewildered throughout. Sharon Tate is lovely as a redhead-see gif. A bit long, kinda silly but I liked it. Very little gore for a vampire movie.
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    Bridget Jones's Baby 🍿🍿🍿
    Well, the first half made me doubt I'd make it through the whole movie. But it got better once Emma Thompson showed up (your cue to start paying attention πŸ˜‰) Patrick Dempsey almost seems too good for this goofy rom-com but as we always say, gotta pay the bills. Too many songs bumped up against the next, Darcy is too dour, Mom's storyline unnecessary & Bridget seems to always need to wash her hair. (Then I watched 'Atonement' again)
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    The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Bob Weir AKA the cute guy in the Grateful Dead. Learned he was adopted, parents threw him out but later realized he was going his own way and it paid off. Most interesting tidbit-Bob met his wife, Natasha, when she was a 15 year old groupie-they married when he was 51. Seems like a good dude.
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    Kurt & Courtney 🍿🍿🍿
    Yikes. From 1997. The cast of characters interviewed for this documentary are unconventional, to say the least. Courtney's dad would make anyone dysfunctional. Conspiracy theories abound and no resolution. My takeaway is fame killed Kurt-playing in obscurity might have been a blessing.
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    Barbershop-The First Cut 🍿🍿🍿1/2
    Loved the other two I saw (there may be more) & they've gotten more serious as police shootings have escalated and gang conflict continues in Chicago. The old group is here plus some new faces. Nicki Minaj is her sexy self, getting up in Eve & Common's personal business. Ice Cube is just trying to protect his kids and run his barber business. JB Smoove is the funniest to me. Cedric the entertainer is probably funny but never can understand him. Guy who plays Raja has some great lines. Recommend.
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    Dr. Strange 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿 An extra popcorn for the Escher effects.
    Though I watch & have watched a lot of superhero movies over the years, Dr. Strange is one of the best. Benedict Cumberbatch plays American neurologist, Dr. Stephen Strange, and like most superheroes, has a series of events, changing him forever. But I won't tell you any more. Mads Mikkelsen is so perfect for his role, maybe a little typecast but hey, he's good at it. Tilda Swinton is in the most normal role I've ever seen-you can take her seriously. Special effects are Extraordinary. Recommend!
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    The Great Gatsby 1974 🍿🍿🍿
    Maybe I'm in a mood. This movie is poor in many areas. Most of the music is reminiscent of bad television shows with occasional '20s glimmer. Robert Redford is stiff, Daisy is miscast. The sudden camera closeups are SO bad. Sam Waterston performance, his sincerity is palpable, voiceover perfection. Sets, costumes & Lois Chiles are beautiful. Bruce Dern, you are a glorious scoundrel/actor. Need to see the Baz Luhrmann remake. Loved the end-'Ain't We Got Fun' lyrics sound a bit too close to home.
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    Hockney-2016 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    What an education. Thinking Hockney was American πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Born in Bradford, England, he's still has residences in London & Malibu. He lived & painted in LA so I don't feel too bad. The documentary itself is filmed as though it's a Hockney canvas-with wide lens. The artist has strong ideas about space & vanishing point perspective. And is actively PRO tobacco, a stance you rarely see. Odd. "I think there is possibly a great connection between the way we depict space and the way we behave in it"
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    Belle 🍿🍿🍿🍿
    Beautiful to look at, superior cast and the best part, it's a true story. When I saw that mentioned, I had to google the story which contained, yes, true story spoilers. History being made and a very romantic love story.