Movie Club Volume 8

Hey,

Now that I’m finally caught up on the Marvel movies, I’ve been able to catch up on other shows and movies that I had been neglecting. I’m still in the process of finishing the latest season of “Evil”, which is the best show out right now in my opinion, but I’ll wait until I’ve seen all of the episodes before doing a newsletter on that show. There’s so much new content I need to watch so I thought this was a good milestone point before I begin watching “Succession”, “Insecure” and “Ozark”. As always, if you have other requests for things I should be watching feel free to let me know.

Movies that I watched since Volume 7:

  • Mystic River — This was a great movie. I felt that everyone gave one of if not their best performance in this movie, and it made me feel like I had lived through the various investigations into the daughter’s death. The conclusion of the movie felt like it was the only obvious end for the movie, but I still felt captivated and compelled to watch it to the very end. I highly recommend this movie to anyone that hasn’t already seen it.
  • Shutter Island — You ever watch a movie and think you know where it’s headed and then realize you have no idea what’s going on? That’s this movie in a nutshell. I really enjoyed it, but I can’t really talk too much about everything I enjoyed without spoiling it. I’ve always heard that Leonardo DiCaprio should have won an Academy Award for his performance in this movie, and after watching it I wholeheartedly agree.
  • Moneyball — I’ve been a huge MLB fan recently so I wanted to watch this movie because I’ve heard so much about it. This was a great movie, and it talks a lot about this new era that we’re in where analytics dominate the sport. It’s exciting that the things that the Oakland Athletics used to remain competitive with the other teams in baseball are now commonplace everywhere, but it also makes me a bit sad that now the Athletics have to keep reinventing themselves in this sport where the rich get richer and everyone else flounders. Hopefully a new city and stadium can help them level the playing field against the rest of MLB’s elite.
  • Serendipity — I’m a big fan of romcoms that don’t follow the typical plot of “boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after”. That’s why I love “The Break-Up” because I feel like that scenario is more realistic, and I feel the same way about this movie. Not every relationship has a fairytale beginning, and there are usually other people’s feelings who get caught up in the ending of relationships to form new ones. Also, John Cusack is a dirty mack legend for his performance in this movie.
  • Don’t Look Up — This movie is the “Idiocracy” of this time period. I know it’s satire, but it’s so plausible that it’s truly terrifying. I feel like any and all of these things could happen one day, and the average person would react exactly how the movie predicts. The movie drags on about a half hour too long, but that doesn’t take away too much from the overall experience. It also validates all of my views on misanthropy and that people are the root cause of all evil.
  • The Cabin in the Woods — This movie catapults up my personal list as one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Everytime I thought I had this movie figured out, I was proven wrong but in a good way. There are so many twists and turns that I don’t want to spoil any of it in case any of you haven’t seen it. I’ll only say that this movie is incredible and everyone needs to add this to the top of their movie wish list and watch it as soon as possible.
  • Bird Box — I had heard so much about this movie that I finally decided to watch it. I appreciate that they don’t show you what the evil is and make you use your imagination. I also thought it was interesting that people with mental disabilities were seemingly immune, and can see why this would trigger many think pieces discussing the true meaning of the movie’s plot. Overall I enjoyed it, but I probably won’t go out of my way to watch this movie ever again.
  • The Happytime Murders — I’ve wanted to see this movie for awhile as I thought it would be silly humor given the involvement of puppets but this movie exceeded all of my expectations. The jokes are raunchy but hilarious, the plot is simple yet easy to follow, and the plot twist at the end threw me for a loop. I highly recommend this movie for adults. Don’t let the puppets fool you into thinking this is a kids movie.

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