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Movies Watched in September/October 2022

Jurassic World: Dominion – Ugh, so, Fallen Kingdom was terrible and this movie was slightly above that. It’s pretty bad. The B plot is actually better than the main plot and I would have much preferred to have seen a movie about prehistoric locusts instead of what we got. It was way too long and definitely not worth my time.

Son in Law – This Pauly Shore comedy was a favorite of mine as a kid, and one Sunday afternoon I turned it on and just got sucked into it. It’s still very funny and a nice, light watch.

The Blues Brothers – This has been on my list of movies to watch since I was a kid. I kept saying I’d get around to it, and then well… I got scared. This is one of those holy grail 80’s movies and I was worried that time had not been kind to the humor or the film and the thought of what The Blues Brothers is would be better than what the movie actually was. Kinda like, Footloose, it was great in my head and then when I watched it, it was meh. Anyway, my fears were unfounded, The Blues Brothers was very funny and had some amazing car crashes. It lived up to the hype and I’m glad I took a chance on it.

The Blues Brothers 2000 – My wife and I were so pumped from watching the first film we rented the second and enjoyed it as well. It wasn’t nearly as good, but it was still a solid enough watch.

Nothing But Trouble – I used to watch this film all the time on HBO. It’s one of those movies I forgot existed for like twenty years, and then maybe five years ago, I suddenly remembered it and I’ve been planning to re-watch it ever since. Well, I did, and it’s still just as strange and messed up as I remembered.

Red Rocket – This film intrigued me mainly because it was shot on 16mm. I love the indie movies from the 90’s, and most of them were shot on 16mm, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m familiar with the director, but haven’t watch any of his previous films, and this one did not disappoint. It felt like a 90’s indie film. It was gritty, the acting was questionable at time, but it felt real. I’m definitely going to explore the director’s filmography.

Confess, Fletch – One of the movies I’ve been anticipating finally came out and it was good! It felt just like Fletch movie, albeit a bit more modern and Jon Hamm was fantastic in the role. Sadly, it had little to no marketing and the direct to VOD was probably a mistake. I hope this film finds life on a streaming service somewhere.

Outland – It took me two attempts to get through this film that I’ve been wanting to watch since I was twelve, but I finally did it. It was like a Western set in the Aliens universe, so not a bad thing. I just wasn’t thrilled with the whole “drugs” part of the plot and that let me down a bit.

Father Stu – Similar to Red Rocket, this was another movie I just sorta put on and ended up enjoying. I’m not the biggest Mark Wahlberg fan, but I felt like he did the character justice. It’s based on a true story about a deviant who ends up becoming a priest. It’s a little long, but a interesting take on a faith based film in being that it never feels like one and has no problem with language or violence.

Psych: The Movie/Psych 2: Lass Come Home/Psych 3: This is Gus – My almost three year journey with Psych has come to a close. I finished up the final episode and immediately watched all three films.

All three films felt like extended episodes, with slightly higher budgets. I enjoyed them all, but if I had to rank them I’d say I liked This is Gus the best, followed by Psych: The Movie, and then Lassie Come Home. I really hope Steve Frank gets his wish of eight movies total, but I have a feeling this may be it for the guys. Luckily, there is a great podcast hosted by Maggie Lawson (Juliet) and Timothy Omundson (Lassiter) which gives me a Psych fix.

Hellraiser – So, yea… this movie was alright. Not great, not terrible, but very middle of the road. There as a lot of hype for this being a great fresh start for the series, but honestly, I have already forgotten about it and it’s just another sequel in my mind.

X – Michael told me this was not good, yet I still gave it a shot once I saw it on Showtime. The first 40 mins are fantastic and then it’s just ugh… not my cup of tea. I haven’t seen a Ti West movie yet that I’ve liked, I think this sealed it for me. I need to stop wasting my time.

Halloween Ends – Better than Kills, but still a disappointing ending to a trilogy that started off so strong. This trilogy mirrored my feelings regarding the latest Star Wars trilogy. The first film was good, second film goes off the rails, and third film is unsatisfying.

Clerks III – Now, here is how you end a trilogy. Clerks are all grown up and this film exceeded mine and everyone I know expectations. A masterful piece of storytelling has shown that Kevin Smith still has it when he tells a personal story.

Unforgiven – A perfect film.

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