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Carrie (2013) (1st time) :3stars:
hmm why is this being remade? I guess is should see the original to find out(?)

So just curious ... having now watched both Carries, did you come with an answer as to why it was remade? If memory serves, there also an earlier remake (made for TV I think), so 2013 would be Carrie # 3

Haven't seen 2013 version yet myself, but will add to my list

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Carrie (2013) (1st time) :3stars:
hmm why is this being remade? I guess is should see the original to find out(?)

So just curious ... having now watched both Carries, did you come with an answer as to why it was remade? If memory serves, there also an earlier remake (made for TV I think), so 2013 would be Carrie # 3

Haven't seen 2013 version yet myself, but will add to my list

I too have not seen the TV movie penned by Bryan Fuller w/Patricia Clarkson as the mom. still not much of an idea as to why it was remade, but I will say that the original felt pretty dated. (it's been like four years, so my memory is hazy, unfortunately.)

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Blue Jasmine (1st time) :4stars:
it didn't seem likely, but it didn't seem reasonable—when this came out, there was a little buzz about a nomination for Andrew "Dice" Clay for his subdued and excellent performance. it's nice to see Blanchett continue to win Oscars for (essentially) playing four-time Academy Award winners.

Gravity (IMAX 3D) (1st time) :3.5stars:
it was pretty. and I didn't get bored, even with such a small cast.

and four from an LHR-SFO flight:
The Way, Way Back (1st time) :3.5stars:
it's interesting to see Carell as just a jerk.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (1st time) :3.5stars:
speaking of Steve Carell... does he now have a Bacon number of two or one? (also: impressively long title for an isogram.)

The Descendants (1st time) :3.5stars:
speaking of an unfaithful wife... and, going back two, Faxon and Rash.

Galaxy Quest (nth time) :5stars:
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Galaxy Quest (nth time) :5stars:
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Would this premise be considered the same as Three Amigos and Tropic Thunder?

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Galaxy Quest (nth time) :5stars:
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Would this premise be considered the same as Three Amigos and Tropic Thunder?

I consider the premise (for the purpose of PA™ consideration) of GQ to be more specific. I never thought of those three movies as similar/related—interesting observation

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Weird Science (nth time) :4.5stars:
'80s classic

Hunger Games (1st time) :3stars:
fine teen lit to film with some big names doing (appropriately) over-the-top acting

Super Troopers (nth time) :4.5stars:
meow do I review this?

Boondock Saints (1st time) :2.5stars:
what is all the fuss about? need I have seen this when it come out to fanboy all over it?

Parole Officer (1st time) :?stars:
I don't remember this at all. (which is in itself a review.)

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Insidious :4stars: - I did love this when first seen, and think it holds up.
Insidious Chapter 2 :2.5stars: - First time I've seen this, and found it to be a fairly good sequel.
Insidious Chapter 3 :0.5star: - Please God, let it be over.

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Her (1st time) :4stars:
Spike Jonze definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Russell, David O.; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... this seemed like a potentially flimsy premise but I thought it was fleshed out well.

American Hustle (1st time) :3.5stars:
David O. Russell definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Jonze, Spike; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... OK fine less so with Russell than Jonze or Anderson. coming off the high of Silver Linings Playbook, this felt like a bit of a letdown. (the Oscars ended up agreeing!) lots of great actors/actresses here, though.

August: Osage County (1st time) :3.5stars:
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Her (1st time) :4stars:
Spike Jonze definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Russell, David O.; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... this seemed like a potentially flimsy premise but I thought it was fleshed out well.

American Hustle (1st time) :3.5stars:
David O. Russell definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Jonze, Spike; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... OK fine less so with Russell than Jonze or Anderson. coming off the high of Silver Linings Playbook, this felt like a bit of a letdown. (the Oscars ended up agreeing!) lots of great actors/actresses here, though.

August: Osage County (1st time) :3.5stars:
Meryl Streep rules.

1- nice use of "fleshed out" regarding Her
2- I'm really disappointed that the 3rd movie was not Fantastic Mr Fox or Moonrise Kingdom

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Her (1st time) :4stars:
Spike Jonze definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Russell, David O.; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... this seemed like a potentially flimsy premise but I thought it was fleshed out well.

American Hustle (1st time) :3.5stars:
David O. Russell definitely has a style that, when you're watching one of his films, you know that you're watching one of his films (see also: Jonze, Spike; Anderson, Wes; etc.)... OK fine less so with Russell than Jonze or Anderson. coming off the high of Silver Linings Playbook, this felt like a bit of a letdown. (the Oscars ended up agreeing!) lots of great actors/actresses here, though.

August: Osage County (1st time) :3.5stars:
Meryl Streep rules.

1- nice use of "fleshed out" regarding Her
2- I'm really disappointed that the 3rd movie was not Fantastic Mr Fox or Moonrise Kingdom

1- thanks
2- I blame the Academy (it was Oscar season)

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Top Secret (3rd time) :3.5stars:
this first time I saw this was after seeing Airplane! (the greatest movie of all time) many, many times. a definite letdown—but how could it not be? later, fairer viewings have taught me to better appreciate Top Secret.

Dallas Buyers Club :3.5stars:
a bit Oscar-baity, but McConaughey & Leto are good

Philomena :3stars:
looking back I don't remember much about this...

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The Bachelorette (1st time)
I have no idea even what movie this was

Passion (1st time) :?stars:
I only got partway through this

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (1st time) :3stars:
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Solo: A Star Wars Story :3.5stars:
This felt like a very safe, vanilla film. There's nothing to really hate, but nothing that really stands out to love. It hits all the notes that you'd expect it to hit -- Han meets (Chewbacca, Lando, the Falcon), Kessel Run, story path set in direction of A New Hope, with possibility of another film to tie in. Leaving the film, I wished that the director, or even make up department, had put Harrison Ford's scar on Alden Ehrenreich's chin. When that's the thought on my mind leaving the theater, it says a lot about the film experience.


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier :3.5stars: (1st time)
Redford as a bad guy was interesting. RIP Garry Shandling

Zero Hour! :4stars: (not 1st time)
Airplane! :5stars: (not 1st time)
more introductions to the inspiration behind the greatest movie of all time... and then the greatest movie of all time

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Lady Bird :1.5stars: Well, at least now I know that I find Greta Gerwig just as twee, annoying, twee, self-involved, twee, artificial, and did I mention twee? behind the camera as in front of it.


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L.A. Confidential (2nd time) :5stars:

Oblivion (1st time) :3stars:
music often seems a rip-off of Tron: Legacy

Boyhood (1st time) :4.5stars:
upon seeing it, I imagined that there'd be a lot of people who really liked it and a lot of people who particularly didn't... and not much in between (I mean, I guess some people didn't see it)

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Omg, Bucky watched some actual movies. Is this a sign of the apocalypse?

Shape of Water. :3.5stars: del Toro has such a unique, signature aesthetic and love of imagery. This was beautiful to look at (and I keep thinking that there must have been 20 minutes early on, years ago when Michael Shannon thought he was going to have a romantic leading man career. Oh, no, sorry. You’re going to have a steady successful career, but always as the weird, threatening creepy bad guy. Thanks for playing.) and although the story telegraphed itself (but in the way of many of the 50s Sirk-type movies, which isn’t a bad thing at all) it was still satisfying and lovely. Reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, actually. It will be intesting to see how del Toro navigates remaking a hard edged, hard boiled noir. I gotta think it’s going to come out....all mushy.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. :4.5stars: Everyone knew this one was right in my wheelhouse, right? Loved everything about this. Why have I never seen Rebecca Hall before? She is formidable and fierce.

End Game. No idea stars. I’m probably going to cross post this on FB at some point, but for what it’s worth—you need to watch this.

I work in an 800 bed teaching hospital. I work primarily with surgeons, but interact daily with nurses, OR staff, anesthesiologists, other surgical subspecialities, internal medicine docs and I know some of our palliative care team pretty well. I’ve been fortunate to absorb large amounts of not just clinical knowledge, but how to talk to medical professionals, how to listen to what they’re saying, and maybe more importantly, between the lines, what they’re not saying. During Mom’s final illness 11 years ago, that knowledge, that ear, was invaluable.

I spend every day walking the hallways, riding the elevators, in the cafeteria with patients and families, knowing their specific circumstances often are not happy ones. I remember vividly being on an elevator one August day with a mom and dad and a daughter maybe 5 or 6 years old, decked out in a glitter t-shirt and matching shorts, and dragging an IV stand hung with multiple meds. I came in in the middle of the conversation when Mom was saying that no, the state fair was going on right then and sadly they wouldn’t be able to go see the pigs and horses. And daughter said “well, can we go next year?” And I caught the briefest, and saddest, look exchanged between Mom and Dad that clearly said there probably wasn’t going to be a next year for their daughter. It’s daily enforced perspective.

Mom died 11 years ago and Dad has enjoyed excellent health; still, at 90, things will inevitably start to evolve. I am hugely fortunate that I have to hand a phalanx of experts in myriad fields who know me and are willing to answer—with kindness but blistering candor (as I’ve requested)—any question I may have. I’m also fortunate in that way back when I was 13, my mother started—calmly, matter-of-factly—family discussions about end of life issues, so I have zero doubts about what any one of us would want in any situation (and honestly, as difficult as Mom’s demise was, I cannot imagine how much worse it would have been without that knowledge. Even with it, Dad and I crossed swords at several points, when his grief blotted out what he knew about her wishes). Nonetheless—the road ahead is much shorter than the one behind. I mentioned our palliative care team, who are great. I also recently came across a book and this Netflix documentary about the palliative care team at UCSF, who are justifiably acclaimed. As we move into the period in our lives when end of life issues will move more to the fore, I would encourage all of you to take 40 minutes and watch this documentary. We all want to do the best we can for those we love; I think this helps, if nothing else helps us focus on the right questions . I wish you all (and myself) grace and as much certainty as is possible on the path.


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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

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The LEGO Movie (1st time) :4stars:
much better than I'd've thought based on a very high-level description—though I'd admittedly already heard great things by the time I saw this (out of the theater).

Chef (1st time) :3.5stars:
enjoyable

Guardians of the Galaxy (1st time) :3.5stars:
good but not great, IMO. feels like it's trying maybe a bit too hard to be anti-hero-y and not standard Marvel fare (yet it kinda is...)

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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

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Not to diminish your own accomplishments, Smithee, as just about the only person keeping this thread going.

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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

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Not to diminish your own accomplishments, Smithee, as just about the only person keeping this thread going.

well that's at least in part because you've moved all your stuff to your two fantastic threads. I'm just churning my way through a backlog of films that I often barely remember (perhaps a review in itself?)—for example, I'm just about to get to my in-theater viewing of John Wick (Chapter 1)

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Six by Sondheim :4stars: (1st time)
interesting HBO doc on Sondheim

Jurassic Park :4stars: (nth time)
some parts didn't age too great but mostly still a lot of fun

John Wick (IMAX) :4.5stars: (1st time)
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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

:green:

Not to diminish your own accomplishments, Smithee, as just about the only person keeping this thread going.

well that's at least in part because you've moved all your stuff to your two fantastic threads. I'm just churning my way through a backlog of films that I often barely remember (perhaps a review in itself?)—for example, I'm just about to get to my in-theater viewing of John Wick (Chapter 1)

Its funny how far back you'll go to write up a one sentence review.

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A² wrote:
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I enjoyed your reviews, bucky. See some more movies and give us some more.

:green:

Not to diminish your own accomplishments, Smithee, as just about the only person keeping this thread going.

well that's at least in part because you've moved all your stuff to your two fantastic threads. I'm just churning my way through a backlog of films that I often barely remember (perhaps a review in itself?)—for example, I'm just about to get to my in-theater viewing of John Wick (Chapter 1)

Its funny how far back you'll go to write up a one sentence review.

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