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Movies You Watched in March 2019
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This is a geeklist to discuss the movies you watch throughout the month of March. Please feel free to post them as you see them, or if you prefer post a summary of all films at the end of the month. Also you can comment and discuss freely as others talk about films they've seen.

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1. Board Game: Beware the Spider [Average Rating:5.27 Unranked]
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This week's dudes night we watched something VERY different than what we'd usually watch...


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Creepy psychological art horror, a failed "puppeteer" is forced to confront trauma. This was an uncomfortable watch. Not blood and guts uncomfortable, but mold, decay, and what-the-hell-is-going-on uncomfortable with a rather disturbing spider "puppet" (see poster) along for the ride. Incredible acting, though the ridiculousness of how dour the main character's face is throughout most of the movie verges on the absurd.

I didn't enjoy watching this movie, but it's a good movie and I'll probably think about for a long while. And because of that, I'd probably watch again. Suggested.
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2. Board Game: Twin Peaks Murder Mystery Game [Average Rating:4.24 Unranked]
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Fire walk with me

Ok movie. Good actors. Nice to see what was going on before the murder of Laura. To get more info about Teresa Banks, to see some from FBI in DC.

But for me it become to weird from time to time. For me the movie had become better with those scenes cut out.
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3. Board Game: Matrix [Average Rating:4.62 Unranked]
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THE MATRIX RELOADED - 2003




The original Matrix was an amazing cinematic accomplishment. This first sequel was also a pretty amazing cinematic accomplishment, but it was marred by a pretty rough story that felt incomplete since it was split into two halves. The movie was also, frankly, an expository mess. Still, the action scenes here are pretty amazing - the fight in the playground between Neo and the Smiths is phenomenal, and the car chase sequence is pretty brilliant in its own way. I saw this in the theater when it came out, but haven't seen it since. It was better than I remembered it being.
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4. Board Game: Christopher Robin's Pooh Goes Home to Bed Game [Average Rating:4.61 Unranked]
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Comparing post-Great War photos of Alan Alexander Milne, author of the Winnie-the Pooh books, with the 1000-yard stare of the well-known Marine captain in Korea, one might think the Englishman has his cohort beat by a certain distance. He fell ill at the end of the Somme battle, having served during 1915 in a training unit, and was invalided home. Milne was a brilliant polymath [we shouldn't have risked him in combat] and a much sought-after author of plays, poetry and magazine articles, but his natural English reserve was hardened by his war experiences, which affected his relationship with his son and his wife. A contemporary and colleague of the Allahakbarrie set, which included J. M. Barrie, Conan Doyle, Kipling, Jerome, H. G. Wells & Chesterton, he is perhaps less well-known because his greatest success was so uniquely colossal it blotted out everything and anything, and this in an age where all book sales were through bookshops; and it continues today, where Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner tend to be bought whenever anyone is born. I did for the little boy next door, who now has a son of similar age. The attendant fame had a negative effect on Milne's son, Christopher, a phenomena we understand & deal with better today.

I found the film difficult to watch all the way through, and ended viewing in about five episodes. Its certainly a strange one; but for all the emotional problems of the Milne men, we come back again to all that matters: in an enchanted place at the top of Ashdown Forest, a little boy is playing with his bear.


When I am gone,
Let Shepard decorate my tomb,
And put (if there is room)
Two pictures on the stone:
Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,
And Pooh and Piglet walking (157) ...
And Peter, thinking that they are my own,
Will welcome me to Heaven.
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5. Board Game: In Magnificent Style [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:3413]
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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) on Netflix. I had seen this long ago and barely remembered it. I had also read the book by Booth Tarkington.

From the Internet description:
Orson Welles' acclaimed drama follows two generations in a well-to-do Indianapolis family. Isabel Amberson receives a proposal from dashing Eugene (Joseph Cotten), but opts instead to marry boring Wilbur. Time passes, and Wilbur and Isabel's only son, George (Tim Holt), is loathed as a controlling figure in the town. When Wilbur dies, Eugene again proposes to Isabel, but George threatens the union. As George in turn courts the woman he wants to marry, a string of tragedies befalls the family.




Orson Welles has a unique cinematic style that probably does not cater to modern movie audiences. His work is cinema and each scene is carefully crafted. The acting is fantastic and the 4th wall is almost breached at the beginning with some fashion humor. Agnes Moorehead shines as the suffering sister-in-law and third wheel. Joseph Cotten is great as expected. What I took away from this film was that family can be absolutely awful and selfish. At least you can choose your friends! How people can be so horrible, selfish, and controlling to those they claim to love? :shudders:

Great movie; the book was good, too.
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6. Board Game: Bohemian Rhapsody [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Bohemian Rhapsody

I finally got to see this film on the airplane.

I wasn’t disappointed and really liked it. It really showed me another side of Freddie Mercury and the other band members as well.
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7. Board Game: Apollo: The Game of Our First Voyages to the Moon [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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On the BIG IMax screen. I liked it so much I saw it a 2nd time a couple days later. This would be only so-so on a small screen, and please don't wait to catch it on your TV.

Lots of little (or never) seen footage, really good use of audio too-- instead of just the CAPCOM-spacecraft link, they also add in the myriad voices in Mission Control.

Money shot-- lift-off of the mighty Saturn V-- my seat was shaking!
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8. Board Game: Stalin's Stash [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The Death of Stalin (2017)



This has been sitting on my hard drive for at least six months. I don't think I have laughed so much at people getting shot in the head before. I was chuft to find out that much of what is depicted in the film is essentially true to life. Beria really did run off to the Kremlin leading to a Wacky Racers style dash to the limosines.

Most of the tone is very dry and very dark. There was some slapstick stuff that I thought was out of place but very compelling none-the-less.
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9. Board Game: Wayne's World VCR Board Game [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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WAYNE'S WORLD - 1992
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Boy, Wayne's World was a weird phenomenon. It was completely unavoidable in the early 90s, and was incredibly iconic in a lot of ways. And yet, I would be willing to bet that the only thing most people remember about this movie is the Bohemian Rhapsody scene in the first few minutes. The rest of the movie is incredibly dumb. I realize it was all intentional stupidity, and that's what Mike Myers built his career on. But it hasn't aged all that well. Some parts are still enough to make me smile, but the whole thing was just not as great as I remember.
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10. Board Game: Men in Black 2 [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Men in Black II

Continuing our run through of the Men in Black movies, my wife and I sat down after the kids were in bed to watch this sequel.

This time the enemy of Earth, and the Men In Black, is plant-like alien Serleena, played in human form by ex-Twin Peaks actress Lara Flynn Boyle, who comes to find something that the retired Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) has hidden on earth. Agent J (Will Smith) has to bring K back into MIB and restore his memory in order to find the thing Serleena is looking for and save earth.

It's not as tight as the first one, and the plot loses it's way significantly, with a twist that doesn't make a lot of sense and seemed pretty unnecessary. However there are still plenty of gags and goofy aliens... and there's a fun sequence where Frank, an alien in the form of a pug, is J's new partner.. and it's fun to see Tony Shaloub back as Jeebs.

It was disappointing that Linda Fiorentino was absent, after she was brought in to the Men In Black at the end of the first movie.

Overall not a great sequel, but it had it's moments and we had fun rewatching it.
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11. Video Game: The LEGO Movie Videogame [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:4194]
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The kids really wanted to see the Lego movie 2 again, and since my wife was out, I decided to take them to kill a couple of hours!

It's not quite on a par with the original Lego movie, and lacks the really catchy tunes that were present in Lego Movie and Lego Batman Movie, but it is still a clever and fun film, with lots of gags and some fun and witty homages.. I especially like the few times we see Bruce Willis.. e.g. climbing around in ducts like in Die Hard!!

There is also a bit of a payoff from something that was set up in the first movie, which I thought was fun.

Overall it was a lot of fun, and the kids loved it again... my youngest even said that he wants to see it again!
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12. Board Game: Men In Black: Undercover [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Men in Black 3

Continuing our run through of the Men In Black movies.. we came to Number 3.. which is one that neither my wife nor I had seen before.

Overall I felt this was a bit of a return to form compared to the second one... The enemy, Boris the Animal (Argh! It's just Boris!!!), is a scary and formidable character.. in fact in many ways it's hard to see why he didn't just kill everyone and win!! There's also an element of time travel, and we meet a younger Agent K, played by Josh Brolin, who really fit the part.. and there is a small role for Mike Colter, looking a lot leaner than he does as Luke Cage!

However, the standout character of this movie is Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, who can see many possible futures and is always saying things like.. "oh maybe this is the one where Boris comes through that door in 30 seconds"... or "What if this is the one where K forgets to leave a tip!"

This was a lot of fun and I am now excited to see the new Instalment when it hits cinemas in June.. even if it does have a major change of cast to the Thor : Ragnarok pairing of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
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13. Video Game: LEGO Batman: The Videogame [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:762]
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The Lego Batman Movie

While my eldest was out with my wife watching The kid who would be king, my youngest really wanted to watch the 2017 Lego Batman Movie, so I indulged him... because it's fun.

This is now the third time I've seen it, and I still enjoy it a lot... It's a quirky and unique combination of animated action movie and a heart-warmingly emotional tale of relationships and family... it also packs in a ton of references to previous live action Batman movies, "including that weird one from the 1960s"... I love all the Batman villains they include in the movie, from the traditional: Joker; Riddler; Bane; Penguin.. to the likes of: Killer Moth; and Condiment Man! I especially enjoyed all the additional characters they pack in as well.. like Voldemort, Sauron.. British Robots (Daleks!).. King Kong.. etc. I also find it funny that they have Ralph Fiennes, who actually played Voldemort.. but he is cast as Alfred, while comedian Eddie Izzard voices Voldemort!!

Also in true Lego movie fashion there are some catchy pop songs, such as "Friends are Family" which closes the movie!

Overall it's a lot of fun, and my kids, especially the youngest who usually refuses to watch movies, really enjoys it.
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14. Board Game: Atta Ants [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:9351]
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Ant-Man and the Wasp

With Captain Marvel already out, and on the cards for us to watch next week, I suggested we re-watch this.

It's clear that they knew what worked in the first Ant Man movie, and with the sequel they wanted to just give us a lot more of the same... There's lots of comedy, especially sight gags with under and oversized people and objects. There are plenty of seat of the pants action sequences too, with things shrinking and growing all over the place... and there's a segment where they just let Michael Pena do his thing.

There are also some new characters that are interesting and pretty funny.. especially Walton Goggins as Sonny, and Randall Park as Detective Woo.

The movie does suffer a little for having too many threads that need to be juggled, but overall I thought it was a lot of fun and a worthy sequel.
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15. Board Game: Walt Disney's Mary Poppins Game [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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The marketing plays up the Tom Hanks connection (see poster above), but this is Emma Thompson's movie all the way. Despite the telling in the present ... er, the past ... er, the past which was the present a half century ago, it is essentially a biography of Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers told in flashback, with the impact on the past-present-whatever Travers meted out to us through Thomspon's professionalism. And, despite the lack of suspense involved (we know Mary Poppins gets made and we guess the nature of Travers's childhood long before it is openly displayed), it is largely a very enjoyable process. The supporting rolls are filled very well, even if there is little scope for their characters' development. Oh, Hanks (as Disney) gets a big monologue towards the end, Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson (the master criminal/savior from the great TV series Luther!) get to emote productively as the parents inhabiting memory, and the current (oh, you know what I mean by now) Californians (Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwarzman, and BJ Novak) embody wisdom and joie-de-vivre, but all are essentially 2-dimensional (tops!) characters. It all becomes way too maudlin in the final act, unfortunately, but that's not a surprise for a Disney film on the topic of a Disney film.
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16. Board Game: Uncontrolled Squid [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
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IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA

A yawner tonight on Svengoolie. Nuclear, excuse me I mean 'atomic', submarine is dry-humped by something; they drag a piece of whatever back to Hawaii and cute girl marine biologist (who knows a surprising amount of stuff about navy ordnance) Professor Lesley Joyce and tall man marine biologist John Carter (back from Mars) test it and determine it's from a giant squid that got turned radioactive by hydrogen bomb testing and because fish all have built-in geiger counters (not making this up), it's going hungry and so has started attacking fishing boats and whatnot.

Eventually, with sexy Professor Lesley Joyce lecturing Navy submarine commander horndog Pete "Call me Pete" Mathews about various things but succumbing to his sweet luscious Navy-lips and various airplanes flying around the Pacific, the creature after dining on a skeptical sheriff near Astoria, comes down to San Francisco where it pulls down part of the Golden Gate Bridge; why, I'm not sure. At least when it took a cargo ship, there were sweet, delicious humans it could eat.

Eventually the sub gets entangled in the six tentacles of the squid (yes, only six; eight would have cost more money) and first Pete then John Carter Not Of Mars snorkel out to deliver the coup de grace to the hungry radioactive monster. Cute scientist Lesley informs horndog Navy guy Pete that he should help her write a book about it all.

Harryhausen stop motion animation, which is interesting, more interesting than the creature or the movie.

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17. Board Game: The Great Charlie Chan Detective Mystery Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I'm not a big movie watcher, but for the past several weeks I've been watching old Charlie Chan movies on YouTube. I don't think I'd ever seen one before, though I heard about them all my life. Might have seen part of one when I was a little kid.

Anyhow, they're pretty good light entertainment. I have no problem traveling back to the 1930s or 1940s in my imagination and seeing the shows the way a contemporary audience would have. Nor am I bothered by racial stereotypes, a white actor in "yellowface," and all that. In fact a couple black character actors are superb and add a lot to the comedy (though the stereotypes they portray would be frowned upon today).

I always end up reading Wikipedia articles to find out more when I get on a kick like this. So here's some Charlie Chan trivia:

The earliest movies (starting in 1926) featured east-Asian actors in the star role. But the show didn't catch on until Swedish-American actor Warner Oland started playing Charlie Chan. He'd also starred in an old movie (Old San Francisco) where he played a white man unsuccessfully disguising himself as Chinese.

Warner Oland is mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. The author mentions meeting a famous actor on a train. At first he made fun of the yogi's Indian garb, but then they had a good philosophical discussion.

Oland died after making about sixteen Charlie Chan movies, and he was replaced by Sidney Toler, who made twenty-two more. When Toler died, he was replaced by Roland Winters, who made six movies.


Guess I've now seen about a dozen of these movies, and I just saw my first Roland Winters movie last night. Winters is the least convincing in looks and plays the role in a notably different way than Oland or Toler.
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18. Board Game: Eat at Ralph's [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
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WRECK-IT RALPH - 2012




Watched this with the three-year-old today. I like this movie. It moves kind of slow in places, but has a good heart behind it. I enjoy all the references they pack in.
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19. Board Game: Birth of a Nation [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:13654]
Dave Rubin
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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Spike Lee is a self-indulgent director and he tells his stories with a heavy hand; there is no mistaking what repels him and attracts him in our culture, both yesterday and today, nor what he wishes the audience to take away from his films. I think, though, that Lee is an outstanding director of screen talent (here, primarily John David Washington as the black police officer who initiates an investigation of the 1970s Colorado Klan and Adam Driver as his obviously needed stand-in, both outstanding); that he excels in harnessing his cast to his vision and producing performances that, even when virtuoso, do not distract from the flow of the story. It's hard to watch this movie without feeling the weight of the lack of change in the last fifty years, as intended. I was taken aback by what seemed like an uncharacteristically happy ending (let's all laugh at David Duke!) and wondered if Lee had reached for commercial success, but it was a false ending, and the movie finishes with a powerful presentation of the recent outrage at Charlottesville.
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20. Board Game: Paris Paris [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:3064]
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Taken (2008)


The story of Taken is a simple one: Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) tries to build a closer relationship with his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) who lives with her mother (Famke Janssen). When Kim wants to go on a trip to Paris, Bryan is concerned and doesn't want to let her go, but still agrees if she keeps him updated during the trip. Upon arriving in Paris, Kim and her friend are approached by a stranger to share a cab. They agree and even tell him precisely where they are staying... Back in the US Bryan is already worried because Kim hasn't called yet but he get's a hold of her when they arrive in the apartment. However, while talking to her dad Kim sees that her friend is being kidnapped and after hiding under the bed, Kim is also kidnapped. Bryan doesn't hesitate one second and armed with the few glues Kim could give her before being kidnapped and his set of CIA skills, he goes to Paris to get his daughter back and kill everyone in his way..

While this movie concept has been done before (most famously in "Commando" back in the 80's), I enjoyed it because it doesn't go over the top and Liam Neeson does a really great job. I read that this movie started his "action hero" career and I understand why. He really throws himself in the action, even when he is unarmed! I like it also because we as an audience don't have anymore info as Bryan does on the kidnapping. The villains behind the kidnapping stay a mystery until Bryan finds out who they are and where he can find them.

The movies starts a bit slow and the "family drama" scenes in the beginning are not very well acted. It's clear that the main focus of the movie is the action and that part is very well done, but it could be really great if the rest of the acting was better. However, once the action starts flying this movie is a blast to watch and keeps you on the edge of your seat until it's all over and done.

Definitely give this one a shot if you have also missed it and you like action movies with a "revenge" motivated protagonist.

Flickchart result:
Wins againt The 40 Year Old Virgin
Loses to Sicario
Loses to There's Something About Mary
Wins against X2
Loses to What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Loses to Spider-Man: Homecoming
Wins against Dirty Harry
Loses to Ghostbusters

Position: #287 / 669

(edited out some spelling errors, shouldn't do this on Monday
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21. Board Game: Women vs. Men Alias [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:13193]
Patar Absurdus the Shananigator
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"No Men Beyond This Point" (2018)



In an alternate timeline women begin having "fatherless births" that only result in females. The last man is born in the late 70's and this mockumentary follows his life at the age of 37.

The movie doesn't really take a hard stance in any direction about gender and worked out to be an interesting sci-fi comedy.

It really had me thinking about what the world would be like with only one gender.
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22. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Ant-Man [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked]
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Ant Man & Wasp



I was very unexcited about this one. The first was a disappointment and the trailers for this looked very meh.

There was basically no villain in this and the jokes mostly fell flat. It was overly silly and bland.

It was better than the first and better than I expected but my expectations were crazy low.
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23. Board Game: Winnie the Pooh [Average Rating:4.39 Unranked]
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Christopher Robin

I missed this when it was released at the cinema, but my wife had taken our boys to see it and they'd all enjoyed it, so we picked it up for her for Christmas... Then it took a little while for us to get round to watching it.

As a kid, I never had the attachment to Winnie the Pooh that a lot of other kids did.. I knew some of the stories.. and I've read some of the stories to my kids.. but I don't have a particular emotional attachment to the characters and stories. So the movie didn't really grab me emotionally until fairly near the end.

Christopher is expertly portrayed by Ewan McGregor, and well supported by Hayley Atwell as "Evelyn, my wife", and Mark Gatiss as Winslow Jr.. as well as a decent performance by Bronte Carmichael as Christopher and Evelyn's daughter, Madeline. There is a good voice cast too, including: Jim Cummings; Peter Capaldi; and Toby Jones to name a few.

The story follows Christopher after he has left behind his childhood friends.. been off to boarding school.. survived the war.. has married, and had a daughter. He has a very demanding job at Winslow luggage where his boss, Winslow jr, is the typical Bosses' son style of slacker who expects Robin to do all the work while he takes all the credit. We find Christopher working all the hours he can, neglecting his family and ultimately in need of saving by Pooh and the gang.

The film is very slow moving for most of its duration... about as slow as Eyeore, or Pooh himself, and it is fuelled by Disney's flavour of Saccharin.. but it has a decent message, and a soft heart, particularly at the end. I didn't find it the massive tear-jerker that I've seen a lot of people talking about, but I shed a tear or two near the end.

Overall it was a decent movie, with a sound story and some good performances... however I didn't feel it was a great movie.
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24. Board Game: Thunderbolt Apache Leader [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:787] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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Director Michael Cimino’s (of Deer Hunter fame and Heaven’s Gate infamy) first film; an unusually intimate buddy movie with a Midnight Cowboy / Brokeback Mountain (but without the homosexuality — I think) vibe. Bank robbing gang has a falling out based on misplaced suspicion, and the surviving members of the gang attempt to assassinate the only one who might know where the loot is. (Yeah, go figure.) The sagacious, experienced target (Thunderbolt, i.e. Clint Eastwood) falls in with a peripatetic, free-spirited, young thief (Lightfoot, for which Jeff Bridges was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), the two ally with two of the erstwhile assassins to redo the previous robbery, and then everything goes to hell.

Plot has holes, acting is good (the only two other characters with significant screen time are played by a sadistic George Kennedy and an amiable Geoffrey Lewis), Cimino’s directing is competent but uncompelling, cinematography has that cramped look so many movies from the early 70s have despite the Montana scenery. Watch it for Eastwood and Bridges.

Triviatum: head of sprinkler system installation crew — hey, that’s Gary Busey!
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25. Board Game: Captain Marvel: Secret Skrulls [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Captain Marvel - 2019





It's fine. I don't think I could point to a singe thing this did to distinguish itself form any other Marvel movie. I was hoping it was going to be a bit more cosmic, which would give it a bit more interesting visual style at least, but then the vast majority of the movie is just on Earth. It wasn't particularly funny, nor did it have particularly good action scenes. There were a few good songs. I mean it's a Marvel movie so it's reasonably entertaining and competently made, but at the end of the day I've seen plenty of competently made Marvel movies, why do I need to see another? If you like the Marvel formula you'll like this and if you don't then it certainly won't change your mind.

I've been getting more and more tired of them as time goes on, but every once in a while one does something to shake up the formula. I was hoping this was going to be one of those, but I was disappointed.
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