📺 WATCHED Ella Enchanted (2004)

⭐⭐½

Things that slap:
○ The sound effect that played every single time Ella's gift was activated
○ Pretending that the green screen shots worked well
○ Every scene with the snake
○ Giant farts
○ Critiques of capitalism in a 2004 kids movie

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📺 WATCHED Shiva Baby (2020)

⭐⭐⭐½

This film had me so stressed out! I agree with the reviews comparing it to Uncut Gems (2019): beyond Jewish themes, they share a relentless sense of panic. Shiva Baby felt more like a nightmare, with Danielle's friends and family crumbling almost as much as she is.

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📺 WATCHED Encanto (2021)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

You know what? Encanto surprised me. It hit all the beats I was hoping it would, and tied the plot up with a lovely bow. Beside a few songs that felt rough around the edges, there was an attention to detail in this film that makes it worth watching.

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📺 WATCHED Palm Springs (2020)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Watched on Sunday January 23, 2022.

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📺 WATCHED The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

⭐

Less San Francisco, more orphans and problematic feminism!

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📺 WATCHED The Princess Diaries (2001)

⭐

Oof. When I watch a film this bad I like to check and see if the budget was a limiting factor. $26M and you didn't put a second pair of eyes on the script? Once Mia got a makeover by a body-shaming asshole, her life turned upside-down with fame and power. With mediocre acting, flat cinematography, and a cliché Disney ending, I wasn't a fan! The star is for the few gags that made me laugh.

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📺 WATCHED Uncut Gems (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

During the opening credits, music is mixed over the dialogue to make a confusing mess of noise. Things get more and more suffocating, as we watch Howard make one bad decision after another. An artistic and well-paced film that is hard to watch.

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📺 WATCHED Columbus (2017)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Every shot is stunning. The plot was less important than the exploration of meaning in relationships, architecture, and life. The dialogue was a bit rough at times, but beautiful at others. I recommend this film!

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📺 WATCHED The Shape of Water (2017)

⭐⭐⭐½

So much to like in this film! Sally Hawkins' performance was stellar, the visual aesthetic was dreamy, and I fell in love with Giles. There were moments of romance, excitement, and comedy all paced out very nicely.

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📺 WATCHED Midnight in Paris (2011)

½

Oh wow that was trash. I can't think of anything nice to say. Goes to show that an all-star cast and $17M budget does not guarantee a good film.

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📺 WATCHED Booksmart (2019)

⭐⭐⭐

This film had a unique style to it, but I don't feel like it had much to say. Yay for mending some relationships on the last night of high school?

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📺 WATCHED Tangerine (2015)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've been excited to watch this film ever since I saw The Florida Project (2017) and Starlet (2012).

Tangerine grew on me. With fantastic acting, pacing, and camera work, this film builds a narrative that feels human and raw. By the end, I realized how invested I had become in the characters and their journey.

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📺 WATCHED Cashback (2006)

⭐⭐

Cashback has some artistic moments, and some that don't sit well with me. It tried a bit too hard to be profound, and didn't clean up after itself. I love the aesthetic of setting a film in a supermarket though!

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📺 WATCHED Palm Springs (2020)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I got my Moderna booster, fed the dogs, got mildly intoxicated, and watched Palm Springs for the first time. And it delivered the exact vibes I was looking for.

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📺 WATCHED Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)

⭐⭐

I enjoyed some of the stories, but the animations that accompanied some of them really turned me off. I would have enjoyed this film much more if it was just interview footage.

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📺 WATCHED About Time (2013)

⭐⭐⭐½

Ugh I love romantic movies, and this one was so cute. I did take a few points off for how gendered the premise was.

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📺 WATCHED Another Round (2020)

⭐⭐⭐½

Curious how hard middle-aged Danish men can go? Look no further! This film reads as nuanced commentary on Danish drinking culture.

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📺 WATCHED The French Dispatch (2021)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wes doin' what he does best. It was fun to see the same cast members from his previous movies, appearing like old friends to tell the latest story. I loved the sets, costuming, and mixing of b/w and color shots. I felt a bit lost by multiple plots held together by characters I didn't care about very much. If you enjoyed Grand Budapest as much as I did, you'll enjoy this one too!

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📺 WATCHED Unbranded (2015)

⭐⭐½

This film included wonderful nature shots, and political rhetoric surrounding BLM horse management. Didn't love the manly men bickering with each other. I watched this film with someone who helped me appreciate its importance, and without them I would've been distracted by the unnecessary drama and rough production.

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📺 WATCHED Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury (2019)

⭐½

Honestly, didn't love this one. The music and animation were tight, but this film approached big topics like racial injustice and women's rights the same way white millennial men might talk about cars. Vroom bang skrrrrt. Didn't surprise me to learn that Joe Rogan was involved.

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📺 WATCHED Elf (2003)

⭐⭐⭐½

I still laugh out loud when Elf visits his dad's office

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📺 WATCHED I, Tonya (2017)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This movie did it's best to portray a real human, and I appreciate that

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📺 WATCHED National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

⭐⭐

Some genuinely funny moments, some moments that didn't age well, and some that probably weren't funny in 1989 either.

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📺 WATCHED Happiest Season (2020)

⭐

What an uncomfortable movie. If Harper's mistreatment of Abby was the joke, it didn't land for me.

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📺 WATCHED 5B (2018)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

This is one of those movies that everyone should watch.

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📺 WATCHED Halloweentown (1998)

⭐

Watched on Friday October 8, 2021.

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📺 WATCHED Luca (2021)

⭐⭐⭐½

This film doesn't stand out among the Pixar classics, but it was still wonderful!

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📺 WATCHED Shrek 2 (2004)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Watched on Saturday June 12, 2021.

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📺 WATCHED The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

⭐½

By the end of this movie I didn't care about any of the characters except Nate. Every punchline was either about how awful Andy's work environment was, or about her weight.

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📺 WATCHED Jojo Rabbit (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

this movie is so unflinching

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📺 WATCHED The Muppets (2011)

⭐⭐⭐½

Honestly, this movie was a best-case scenario for a 2011 Muppet movie. I loved The Muppets as a kid, but even if you've never watched them before you'd probably enjoy this lighthearted movie. Celebrity cameos all over the place, a very goofy plot, and Disney doing their best to be self-aware in the 2010s.

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📺 WATCHED Soul (2020)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Watched on Thursday February 25, 2021.

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📺 WATCHED The Lighthouse (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Willem Dafoe is so hot

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📺 WATCHED Closet Monster (2015)

⭐⭐½

This really wasn't a bad movie! But in the end I didn't really feel like it all came together. A lot of the symbolism felt pretty forced and the supporting characters didn't really keep me interested.

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📺 WATCHED This Is Not a Film (2011)

⭐⭐⭐½

It's funny to think this review will sit between the other films on my watchlist; it's unlike anything I've ever watched before. Don't expect distinguished cinematography or audio mixing, but do expect a very raw glimpse through the eyes of a filmmaker who will not give up his craft for anything. The more I think about this film the more it grows on me.

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📺 WATCHED The Disaster Artist (2017)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I watched this movie hoping I'd better understand The Room, and instead just came out more confused. I'll be watching it next!

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📺 WATCHED The Godfather (1972)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I can see why this is such a well-regarded film, and it was fun to catch references I've heard my whole life. It's not really the type of story that appeals much to me, but i respect how carefully this film told it.

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📺 WATCHED Midsommar (2019)

⭐⭐⭐½

This review may contain spoilers.

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📺 WATCHED Don (2006)

⭐⭐⭐½

This review may contain spoilers.

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📺 WATCHED Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This movie is one of the most unique I've ever seen. It has such a hairy plot and pulls it off so well. Everything about it feels early 2000s to me. There are so many visually amusing scenes.

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📺 WATCHED The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

⭐⭐⭐½

This is a well-produced film about insanity.

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📺 WATCHED 3 Idiots (2009)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

ALL IS WELL!

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📺 WATCHED Ford v Ferrari (2019)

⭐⭐½

If you are a Car Guy and know the story of Ken Miles, I can honestly recommend this movie. It made me laugh a few times, the cinematography is tight, and there are so many cuts to pedals gettin STOMPED gears getting SWITCHED cars going VROOM

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📺 WATCHED Amélie (2001)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This movie had been recommended to me so many times, and it was still better than I expected 😊

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📺 WATCHED Soul (2020)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love a movie that takes risks. Pixar developed a character in their classic style, and then killed him! In the first few minutes of the story! What followed was a wildin plot, beautifully animated in New York City!? With Tina Fey voicing the supporting role?! In my eyes, these were big risks, and Soul brought them together as a beautifully human animation.

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📺 WATCHED Bottle Rocket (1996)

⭐⭐½

Watched on Sunday December 27, 2020.

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📺 WATCHED A Serious Man (2009)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This didn't feel as polished as other Coen Brothers films, but that's a very high bar. I do like the premise that nothing goes right for Larry, right up through the end of the movie.

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📺 WATCHED Spotlight (2015)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

There's a dead rat in the corner

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📺 WATCHED À Nos Amours (1983)

⭐⭐⭐½

Watched on Tuesday December 22, 2020.

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📺 WATCHED Starlet (2012)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This film takes so many risks. It goes to yard sales, Saturday bingo competitions, and Jane's gigs as an adult film star. There's a chihuahua in nearly every scene. Yet the entire time I felt engaged by a well-paced plot, and the insanity of life through Jane's eyes.

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📺 WATCHED Climax (2018)

⭐⭐

Honestly, I didn't love it. I don't feel like I connected with these humans before they turned inhuman. Maybe if I were to watch it again I would pick up on more of the intricacies of these relationships, but doing so would entail sitting through such a boring intro again...

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📺 WATCHED Redline (2009)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mr. President, we can't let Funky Boy destroy Roboworld!

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📺 WATCHED Paper Moon (1973)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

There's something about this movie that makes it feel perfect for what it is. It was also really fun to watch a father/daughter acting duo

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📺 WATCHED Parasite (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

You can always tell things are getting crazy when you shave some peaches to take out a housekeeper in order to get your mom a job...

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📺 WATCHED The Queen's Gambit (2020)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow I wonder what the ceiling would look like if I took that many tranquilizers...

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📺 WATCHED American Beauty (1999)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Still one of my favorite movies!

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📺 WATCHED Die Hard (1988)

⭐⭐⭐

Wow I really wish I was a NYPD cop

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📺 WATCHED You've Got Mail (1998)

⭐⭐⭐

There's a lot to love about this movie, but neither Tom nor Meg's performances blew me away. For a romantic movie with a hard-to-believe plot I need to at least believe the characters love each other.

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📺 WATCHED Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

A very sweet film that lived up to the Ghibli Studio hype. I recommend!

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📺 WATCHED Big Night (1996)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Still waiting for Louis Prima

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📺 WATCHED The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

⭐⭐⭐

Oh how I dream to be one of Jeff Goldblum's research turtles...

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📺 WATCHED The Graduate (1967)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Incredible

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📺 WATCHED Halloween (1978)

⭐½

I can see how this is a classic, but it really didn't keep me interested or horrified. Really impressed that Mr. Myers got that tombstone upstairs however.

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📺 WATCHED Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)

⭐⭐⭐

Honestly all I could ask for in the sequel to Borat. If you loved the first moviefilm this is a must-see!

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📺 WATCHED My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love this movie just as much as I did when I was small.

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📺 WATCHED Das Boot (1981)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Watched the directors cut, and drank every time they got depth charged. I am now thoroughly plastered ☃️ what a movie

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📺 WATCHED Fight Club (1999)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do I like this movie? I'm not sure. But it is fun to watch!

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📺 WATCHED Science Fair (2018)

⭐⭐⭐

I can appreciate the effort National Geographic put into this film, but I didn't come out of it feeling like they fully captured the fair nor any of the individuals they followed. Best part about this movie was being in it for a second 😝

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📺 WATCHED The Florida Project (2017)

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

A beautiful, quietly powerful snapshot of childhood

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📺 WATCHED Knives Out (2019)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

A really fun whodunit!

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