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  1. #176
    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Japanese films from the period are typically self-sufficient without benshi commentary so one has to assume that the film's obscurity is intentional.
    Oh, definitely. A degree of obscurity is welcome in a story like this, but just a tiny bit of context would go a long way (who is this man, who is this woman, how are they related, etc.). The classic bare-minimum intertitle stuff: "The janitor." "His wife." "His daughter, soon to marry."

  2. #177
    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    No idea if Jason and the Argonauts counts in this thread since it didn't do well at the box office. I liked it a lot, haven't seen the mini series it inspired all the way in the 2000s.
    Is Jason and the Argonauts on topic? Drumroll.......... Yes, it is!

    LB's most popular movies of 1963:

    1. The Birds 291k views
    2. 8 1/2 165k
    3. High and Low 68k
    4. Charade 87k
    5. The Great Escape 96k
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    16. Black Sabbath 22k
    17. Shock Corridor 20k
    18. Jason and the Argonauts 31k
    19. Scorpio Rising 20k
    20. The Pink Panther 38k

    I didn't know Black Sabbath was an anthology film. Watchlisted.

  3. #178
    Watching the #3 most popular movie of each year according to LB (if I haven't seen it already).
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    2013: Prisoners. Like Bong Joon-ho's Mother, I can't point to any aspect of this and call it "bad." The question I keep asking myself is "why?" Did I get more out of it than I had to give? A good movie I'll never watch again. Gyllenhaal > Jackman. Three stars.

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    Next up: Boy did I groooooaaannn when I discovered what's next. From the director of Dear Evan Hansen and Wonder. How is this more popular than The Dark Knight Rises, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Hunger Games? Blegh. [
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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    Is Jason and the Argonauts on topic? Drumroll.......... Yes, it is!

    LB's most popular movies of 1963:

    1. The Birds 291k views
    2. 8 1/2 165k
    3. High and Low 68k
    4. Charade 87k
    5. The Great Escape 96k
    .
    .
    .
    16. Black Sabbath 22k
    17. Shock Corridor 20k
    18. Jason and the Argonauts 31k
    19. Scorpio Rising 20k
    20. The Pink Panther 38k

    I didn't know Black Sabbath was an anthology film. Watchlisted.
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  5. #180
    Watching the #3 most popular movie of each year according to LB (if I haven't seen it already).
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    2012: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I had a strong suspicion I wouldn't like this, and I was right. Normally, that would be the extent of it, but I had to dig deeper because my friend calls it one of his favorites and we watched it together. This time, "It's cheesy, what's next?" just wouldn't cut it. A flailing attempt was made (and the edibles didn't help) to express in exact language something I would normally assume is too obvious for words: "I am not the target demographic for this mass-market coming-of-age YA adaptation."

    It should've been obvious once the first montage appeared not even five minutes into the movie that, with Perks, Stephen Chbosky has assembled a highlight reel of every monumental teenage moment -- first day of school, first kiss, first hipster friends ("Welcome to the isle of misfit toys"), homecoming, first party, Sadie Hawkins, first time getting high, prom, opening college acceptance letters, last day of school -- all expertly manufactured to maximize the highest amount of emotional response with the lowest amount of effort. Remember on graduation day when you and all your friends posed for a picture and everyone was happy and life was sweet and we were young and beautiful and the class clown did that funny thing? Remember your English teacher who recommended you read The Great Gatsby on the side? The man practically spoke in life lessons! Oh, you didn't have the perfect friend group, or the perfect English teacher? Well now you can imagine what it would've been like. Either way, doesn't that make you feel something? (Side note: discovering David Bowie and The Smiths as a teen is no doubt a monumental moment, but there needs to be more significance beyond simply name-dropping cool bands. In and of itself, watching someone's musical preferences mature is about as enlightening as following along with their potty training regimen. And we're supposed to believe they know The Shaggs but not "Heroes"? Someone didn't think this through.)

    Highly recommended to people who regularly spend time flipping through their senior yearbook. I'll stay here, jaded and imperfect, along with the other adults. Two stars.

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    Next up: Edward Scissorhands
    Last edited by Idioteque Stalker; 08-23-2022 at 12:28 AM.

  6. #181
    Watching the #3 most popular movie of each year according to LB (if I haven't seen it already).
    ___________

    Edward Scissorhands. I would've unabashedly loved this if not for some wonky third-act shenanigans [
    ]. Otherwise a total oddball delight, with a prototypical 90s color palette, an excellent Danny Elfman score, and fairy tale morality I can stand behind: kindness, acceptance, celebrating our differences. How many Gen Xers fell in love with Ryder dancing in the snow? It's weird to think about nowadays, but Burton's early run was borderline miraculous. Three stars.

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    Next up: fuck me, Dirty Dancing

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