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  • God's Own Country (8/10):

    Really, really down to earth film, in every way. The dialogue, the mud and dirt, the minimalist noise, the not-shaky-cam-but-not-super-crisp frequent close-up facial shots. This feels like its own little world in a film so well. I like too how it doesn't shy away from Scottish slang and accents. My biggest gripe is mostly the ending; it's too neat and kind of sappy. And I wouldn't say the overarching story is terribly brilliantly amazing so much as it is just super well packaged and presented. Compelling though, good acting, grounded, and touching.
  • Deadpool 2 (8/10): Funnier than the original, and while it has a decent amount of pop culture references that wont age well, it has gags and wordplay too. It loses maybe some of the freshness of the first but it's just consistently more humorous and edgy, in a good, funny provocative way, not angry 19 year old edgelord way. I wish we got to see more of Negasonic and Yukio but Domino was good and Ryan Reynolds is clearly all in on this role. Really enjoyable time, lots of laughs and even some singing in the theatre during the musical interludes.

    Hush (5/10): Slid if unspectacular home invasion movie. Gory and exploitative like always and a bit predictable but I like the framing and having a deaf woman lead. It doesn't try to do or say too much or be too complicated or over the top.

    Phantom of the Opera (2004?) (6/10): This is my fav musical of all time and I've always purposely avoided the live action movie for that reason. I've seen it live 6 times now in 5 different cities, 3 of them out of state and two out of the country, and I freaking love it. This is a largely faithful, cromulent adaptation with two unnecessary scenes of fluff; sadly, one of which is added on at the end for no reason. There's some cheesy slow mo in a totally unneeded almost drowning scene too. Christine Daae is great, Phantom is good, Raoul is... eh. Side characters are good, particularly the theatre owners. It's a good enough movie to watch on its own but pales compared to seeing it live. I did appreciate the extravagance of some sets that they captured on camera better. The cool tracking down the aisle shots in Masquerade obviously can't be done in a musical. Its use of camera like that was the best part of this being a movie, there were some clever shots. Just needed to chill on the added content and slow mo, and get a better actor for Raoul.

    Wanted (6/10): Re-watched it after last seeing it in theatres a decade ago. Standard wish-fulfillment action setup but with just enough style and humour to stand out a bit. Sort of shitty to women and the twist is too hamfisted but I appreciate the main character being an alright guy. Definitely aimed at the 20 year old dude who wishes he could be a badass with guns crowd. That's not a compliment.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    The opening isn't the sharpest; part of me appreciates the understatedness of it all but there are some pretty gnarly contrivances, but this movie quickly and effectively charms in a whole lot of ways. It's visually fantastic, featuring some excellent shots of Corellia and fun ships and just really great outfits/costume design (maybe the best yet?). The dude who plays Han is surprisingly up for the role, and the movie from beginning to end never retroactively changes who he is in the OT, and does a good job giving context to his personality and explaining both his roguish, self-centered exterior in the OT that gradually gives way to a heart of gold. L3, the major droid this time round, is good, but I worry this structure now of having the droid be the smarmy, smart-ass comic relief is going to be a consistent thing in the offshoots, since Rogue One had it too. Glover as Lando is great, his character is given way more emotional depth and he plays it with a charm and also surprising amount of personal clumsiness that works really well. Mostly, this movie is in many ways a more traditional Star Wars film, but unlike, say, Last Jedi, which tried to bend the rules but then be cheaply 'traditional' by using a ton of callbacks and quotes and reused lines, this one is traditional in mood (definite space western) and arch and tone, but has far and away the fewest callbacks or direct references of any of the now 4 Disney films. I don't think "stand alone OTish-type movie" with lower stakes but a more inclusive cast is at all a bad thing. It's not revelatory but it's very fun, has a great cast, a rollicking pace, and a good amount of heart. There is one semi-twist I felt was a little iffy, although it makes Han's backstory fascinating, and they used one character from the prequels and animated series whose arc I still have a big time issue with. Mostly, it's just fun! It's a cool, quick moving space western that doesn't have to exist but I am glad it does. A story doesn't have to be must tell to be worth telling. This movie, I felt like, definitely was the latter.

    I award this movie 10 lucky dice out of 10, and make sure to have your cool, hands on belt buckles pose ready.
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    Twitter ruined that one big cameo for me, bleh.

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    Deadpool 2 (9/10)

    I loved the first one, but had more fun with this one. Josh Brolin's Cable is wickedly good.
  • Watched Deadpool 2, it is hilarious!!
    The extra scene with Deadpool using cable's time device is very funny.

    Also watched David Cronenberg's rabid, an interesting take on the vampire/zombie movies
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story. Can't add anything to GEFM's review.  At this stage we're 2 for 2 of me thinking the stand alone side stories are both better Star Wars films and just better films overall than either of the main-line movies.  As much as I respect what TLJ tried to do with the way the Force works, I haven't felt that either of the main films has nailed the 'feel' of SW - the action's too bombastic, the script's too sassy, the comedy's too slapstick, the characters too comic-book.

    Rogue One and Solo succeed in building on the wider SW universe that you got a sliver of a taste of in the original films without feeling the need to bring it all back around to some throwaway line from some major character 20 years ago or something. Just seeing what Correlia looked like (including Star Destroyers mid-build) would've cause 6-year-old me's brain to do a backflip.

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a bit wasted - she was so, so, so good in Fleabag. You should watch Fleabag. You should really watch Fleabag.

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