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Old 04-24-2019, 08:21 AM
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Notes on Movies 2019 - Part 1

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard) - The greatest living filmmaker continues to extend the boundaries of cinema for inquiry into and challenge to ideological hegemony in this found-footage essayistic narrative -- essential to see for all who love cinema; essential to re-see to provide a gratifying summary, though the uncanny re-contextualizing of clips from Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar and Max Ophuls' Le plaisir remain in memory as sublime exemplars of cinema's essence where the elements of formal and moral beauty achieve liberating spectacle. Grade: A

The Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige) - Not since Sternberg! As (too many) layers of illusion and narrative peel back to reveal more wonders, to dig deeper into the hearts of its fictionalized but true-historical characters, it becomes just ravishing in its beauty and feeling--the rare film experience where sensuality evokes fidelity. Grade: A-

Sorry Angel (Christophe Honorť) - After introducing its fascinating/grating art-hound and sex-rebel characters, it ultimately achieves uncanny AIDS-era recall and catharsis starting from the moment there is a shot of Francois Truffaut's ebony gravestone to the final, devastating line of dialogue ("Learn to sully beauty"). Grade: A-

Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler) - Thanks to an extended plot digression, Jennifer Carpenter haunts the 3-hour film; it's a new Myth of Labor, putting the exigencies of livelihood in relief to family, social inequity, and, ultimately and brutally, metaphysical evil--for her, anything (but keep a little for yourself and yours). Grade: A-

Sauvage/Wild (Camille Vidal-Naquet) - In the tradition of Renoir (especially Boudu), this film debut proves that sexual individuality, winged realism, and instinctual semiotics runs in the French blood, challenging bourgie norms with its protagonist's unflinching rough-trade travails (the French invented the "bourgeoisie" and they can dismantle it if they want to)-- even without the overt Barthes-inspired cruising Mythologies of Nolot or Morel or the mighty Techine. Grade: A-

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish) - Those who love Harry Potter (I do not) should swoon over the fulfillment of their movie-fantasy dreams, grounded in national lore, full of ingenious and hilarious and rousing ideas/ideals--real filmmaking the likes of which Spielberg (or at least Zemeckis and Dante) used to produce because adventure is linked to a young person's social integration, plus a Lancelot who embodies the redeemed bully. Grade: B

Serenity (Steven Knight) - I remain mysteriously moved by Knight's film noir-video game genre mash-up, especially by the maturity of the moral struggle acted out by the always-good Matthew McConaughey and, in a return to form, Anne Hathaway as a blonde femme fatale, not to mention that the supporting cast provides support, indeed, as avatars of ethics. Grade: B-
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Notes on Movies 2019 - Part 1

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard) - The greatest living filmmaker continues to extend the boundaries of cinema for inquiry into and challenge to ideological hegemony in this found-footage essayistic narrative -- essential to see for all who love cinema; essential to re-see to provide a gratifying summary, though the uncanny re-contextualizing of clips from Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar and Max Ophuls' Le plaisir remain in memory as sublime exemplars of cinema's essence where the elements of formal and moral beauty achieve liberating spectacle. Grade: A

The Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige) - Not since Sternberg! As (too many) layers of illusion and narrative peel back to reveal more wonders, to dig deeper into the hearts of its fictionalized but true-historical characters, it becomes just ravishing in its beauty and feeling--the rare film experience where sensuality evokes fidelity. Grade: A-

Sorry Angel (Christophe Honorť) - After introducing its fascinating/grating art-hound and sex-rebel characters, it ultimately achieves uncanny AIDS-era recall and catharsis starting from the moment there is a shot of Francois Truffaut's ebony gravestone to the final, devastating line of dialogue ("Learn to sully beauty"). Grade: A-

Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler) - Thanks to an extended plot digression, Jennifer Carpenter haunts the 3-hour film; it's a new Myth of Labor, putting the exigencies of livelihood in relief to family, social inequity, and, ultimately and brutally, metaphysical evil--for her, anything (but keep a little for yourself and yours). Grade: A-

Sauvage/Wild (Camille Vidal-Naquet) - In the tradition of Renoir (especially Boudu), this film debut proves that sexual individuality, winged realism, and instinctual semiotics runs in the French blood, challenging bourgie norms with its protagonist's unflinching rough-trade travails (the French invented the "bourgeoisie" and they can dismantle it if they want to)-- even without the overt Barthes-inspired cruising Mythologies of Nolot or Morel or the mighty Techine. Grade: A-

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish) - Those who love Harry Potter (I do not) should swoon over the fulfillment of their movie-fantasy dreams, grounded in national lore, full of ingenious and hilarious and rousing ideas/ideals--real filmmaking the likes of which Spielberg (or at least Zemeckis and Dante) used to produce because adventure is linked to a young person's social integration, plus a Lancelot who embodies the redeemed bully. Grade: B

Serenity (Steven Knight) - I remain mysteriously moved by Knight's film noir-video game genre mash-up, especially by the maturity of the moral struggle acted out by the always-good Matthew McConaughey and, in a return to form, Anne Hathaway as a blonde femme fatale, not to mention that the supporting cast provides support, indeed, as avatars of ethics. Grade: B-
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:13 PM
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10. Avengers: End Game, grade B = 3 hours long and takes a long time to get good but it does have a satisfying ending. Not as good as the first one. There are some good twists but it wasnít as polished as the first one. Iíve heard people say they cried through this, not me. I found the movie funny in parts because of Thor and Guardian of the Galaxy characters but nothing touched me that much. I wish they would of tightened up the beginning. Still I liked it but didnít love it. The last battle is very well done and saves the movie.
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11. Brightburn, grade C = this movie doesnít have much of a beginning, and itís the opposite of Superman. Itís a about a super villain, not superhero. Problem is is it is not very good and itís not gory enough to be a horror movie. Reminded me of a Netflix movie. I would not watch this one again. The movie feels like an outline for a real movie.
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12. John Wick 3, grade A = Wow!!! What a surprise. The fight scenes in this movie are amazing. Better than Mission Impossible. I wasnít expecting much and never saw the previous movies. Well Iím going to watch them now. I think this is the best movie since Avengers Infinity War. You have to see this in the theater.
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13. MA, grade C+ = it wasnít great but it wasnít bad either for a low budget horror movie. I thought it was decent. I really liked Octavia Spencerís performance and there are shades of MAY and TERROR TRAIN in this movie. Go see it if you are a fan of low budget horror movies.
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14. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, grade B = Great scale, great monster fights and great special effects. Decent story. That is what I was expecting and that is what I got. I donít understand why critics are so hard on this movie. Itís a good popcorn flick. Go see this and just have fun. Donít think too hard.
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Aladdin! B+ (*from a pre-school mom who adores the original and saw it as a middle schooler and holds it near and dear to her heart). The best of the Disney live-actions so far that I've seen. Will Smith is a tough change as the Genie from the amazing Robin Williams, but if you can accept it early on and roll with it, he does a decent job with a different spin. The two main actors aren't amazing but they're fine and hold it together, and Jafar is different but great. The story is strong enough to hold. Guy Richie as director adds a kind of Moulin Rouge-y, surreal feel to the flick at times (I realize he didn't direct that). It's a vibrant film with a lot of the iconic animated scenes recreated to satisfaction.

Major plus: Iago (the red bird) is supremely toned down (THANK GOD there's no Gilbert Godfried) and Jasmine has a stronger story arc. I took my 4 year old. Fun flick especially if you're into Disney!
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Aladdin! B+ (*from a pre-school mom who adores the original and saw it as a middle schooler and holds it near and dear to her heart). The best of the Disney live-actions so far that I've seen. Will Smith is a tough change as the Genie from the amazing Robin Williams, but if you can accept it early on and roll with it, he does a decent job with a different spin. The two main actors aren't amazing but they're fine and hold it together, and Jafar is different but great. The story is strong enough to hold. Guy Richie as director adds a kind of Moulin Rouge-y, surreal feel to the flick at times (I realize he didn't direct that). It's a vibrant film with a lot of the iconic animated scenes recreated to satisfaction.

Major plus: Iago (the red bird) is supremely toned down (THANK GOD there's no Gilbert Godfried) and Jasmine has a stronger story arc. I took my 4 year old. Fun flick especially if you're into Disney!
Iím glad you liked it and I heard it was good but I refused to see this movie. Iím just not a fan of of the Disney live action stuff. At least this movie didnít flop like Dumbo.
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15. X-Men Dark Phoenix, grade C + = great special effects, good acting but very little plot. Only see this movie if you are an X-men fan. Itís not terrible but there is just not much here. Itís too simple.

P.S so far this not a good summer for movies
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I’m glad you liked it and I heard it was good but I refused to see this movie. I’m just not a fan of of the Disney live action stuff. At least this movie didn’t flop like Dumbo.
I hear you. I don't like any of the live action Disney movies, either, to be honest. I went for two reasons.... 1) I have a 4 year old and it's summertime (ie: always looking for things to do!) and 2) I personally adore the original Aladdin so much I had to see what they did with it.

I went in with a lot of skepticism and it cannot compare to the original, but it was the best of the ones I've seen, not that that is saying too much (I LOATHED Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella was just ok, the Maleficent stories annoy the crap out of me *leave the original story alone!*, never saw Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, or Mary Poppins Returns, not too excited about Lion King either but will probably see it due to the 4yo... I'm probably missing some others but I'm just not a fan either)
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I hear you. I don't like any of the live action Disney movies, either, to be honest.

I thought The Jungle Book was incredibly good; amazing CGI and simply engrossing overall.
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