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Avatar (2009) (sort of a movie review)

4 Jul
Poster for the 2009 movie AVATAR, showing the two superimposed faces of the main character, Jake Sully, as human and as his Na'vi avatar

It only took me 13 years, but I’ve finally watched it. Funnily enough, looking up details on Wikipedia while writing the review, it turns out it’s timely: apparently the first sequel comes out in December this year.

Viewer beware: imperialism, white savior chosen, ableism with magical cure, cultural appropriation of Hindu and First Nations mysticism. Also, it’s a long ass movie.

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Reminder: #RomancelandiaMovieNight

13 May

While I’m still not reading anything new to me, I continue to stitch away at the patchwork pouches (much slower than I would like, but progress is happening).

On that note, a brief reminder for anyone wanting to participate in #RomancelandiaMovieNight that I’ll be watching and live-tweeting/-tooting (heh!) THE PHOTOGRAPH (2020), with Isa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, tomorrow May 14th, at 9PM Eastern.

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Knives Out (2019) (sort of a movie review)

22 Apr
Movie poster for KNIVES OUT; Christopher Plummer sitting in a wing chair, with Daniel Craig standing directly behind him. Most of the other characters stand around and behind.

KNIVES OUT is one of the most delightful shoutouts to comedic cozy mysteries that I’ve watched in ages, and a fantastic movie in its own right.

Rian Johnson has said that several of Agatha Christie’s novels inspired him, and that is very clear in the plotting, but the film is so clearly influenced by the glory that is CLUE (1985), there’s no missing it. 1

This review does not spoil the twists or the ending; however, please note there’s a death by suicide on camera, and some blood.

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Maid in Manhattan (2002) (sort of a movie review)

18 Apr
Movie poster for Maid In Manhattan, with Jennifer López dressed as a maid in the foreground, and a larger image in the background, with her dressed as a socialité, being embraced by Ralph Fiennes, and the New York City skyline.

MAID IN MANHATTAN, a Cinderella-with-a-twist romantic comedy, was the April selection for #RomancelandiaMovieNight; originally released in 2002, I had vague, fond-ish memories of this movie, which, alas, were not really warranted.

Reader, beware: the movie is tropetastic. The hero is a Republican politician, and there’s just enough oily smarm in those bits to be off-putting. I believe there’s also a couple of instances of cursing (I curse more in the review itself), but that’s it–there isn’t even any nudity.

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