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Just gonna copy and paste what I posted on discord onto here to hit my monthly forum post quota.

Pulled an Immaculate/Frozen Empire double feature on Thursday night. Immaculate sorta reminded me of Wrong Turn 2021, where I went in expecting the same formula as other movies that preceded it, but it does something just different enough to subvert some of my expectations in a way that I ended up enjoying more than I thought I would. And with The First Omen coming out in a few weeks, this movie needed something to stand out from that. And of course, there’s a lil somethin-somethin for the Sydney Sweeney Cinnamon Toast Crunch character-looking emote users out there. I consider this a W for Sydney since it sounded like quite the passion project for her. What a trilogy between this, Anyone But You and Madame Web.
And Frozen Empire did enough to scratch dat itch for the GB fan in me. I appreciate them drawing more from the well of the animated series for this installment since this franchise definitely needs to tread some new ground. Still a pretty mid sequel, but I like seeing the effort to introduce new ghosts and elements instead of retreading Vigo or something. Came out of it thinking GB would be better suited as a show like Cobra Kai.

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Another week, another...NICKEL!!!! :hysterical: On TV, I finally watched "Beverly Hills Cop II", rest in peace Gilbert Gottfried. And in movie theaters, I watched "Argylle", the BEST James Bond movie to NOT have James Bond in it, and "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire", the first "Ghostbusters" I have EVER fully watched from beginning to end! Now I've got to watch the FIRST three (not the "Ghostbusters" female remake, no offense to the actors in THAT film), to have a better understanding of the characters in that movie. Enough said, true believers!

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This past Monday’s Regal Mystery Movie was the Spy x Family movie releasing tomorrow. I spoiled the surprise for myself before going in so I was expecting a lot of walkouts, but surprisingly only like one couple got up and left. Most everyone else seemed to enjoy it, so it was cool to see an anime getting some love from a crowd I’d assume wouldn’t be for it. The sour ass lemons on Reddit be damned. I still need to catch up with the series myself (as is the case with most every tv series I miraculously get so much as a start on), but since it’s still pretty fresh in its run, this movie’s given me some incentive to get back to it. Maybe.

Watched Arcadian on Tuesday, which was pretty good. Like Shudder’s very own Quiet Place (if they haven’t already made one). It was pretty much mostly all I wanted It Comes At Night to be when I first watched that lol. I found it funny that this theater didn’t bother showing Dream Scenario (which I still have to watch btw), but this is the Nic Cage movie they went out of their way to play. I guess it has some sorta deal with Regal or something.

And then I watched Interstellar last night since I’ve never watched it at all, so having that first experience in a theater is a cool thing to have. Idk why I didn’t watch it during its initial run since I was still doing my whole movie-watching thing back then. Guess I was frugal with my movie picks since I didn’t have Regal Unlimited back then and only went to the theater once or twice a week? The movie was good, but got kinda boring for me during the final stretch. Doesn’t help that a lot of it felt like ASMR the movie, so I was nodding off a lot at that point lol.

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Another week, another...NICKEL!!!! :hysterical: On TV, I saw "Big Top Scooby-Doo" for the first time, pretty good Direct To DVD animated "Scooby-Doo" film. And "Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire"; come for the giant reptile and the giant ape, STAY for the giant reptile and the giant ape!...Although it probably would've SUCKED to be a human actor in "Godzilla X Kong", knowing you're going to get upstaged by 50 foot monstrosities that technically AREN'T even there...although the paychecks and royalties probably even things out in the LONG run! Enough said, true believers!

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Abigail: It was a nice sorta return to form for Radio Silence after their last two Scream outings. Felt like a return to something more in line with Ready Or Not (which I love). This movie was fun and makes full use of that R-rating, so it wasn’t just some M3GAN lite. It adds some interesting layers onto the Universal vampire mythos. The cast was awesome, nice to see Kathryn Newton in something else that plays more to her strengths this soon after Lisa Frankenstein (plz give her anything to expunge the stank of Quantumania off her ty) The movie admittedly gets hampered down by its final act. It seemed cool on paper, but it was messy with its execution. Still a bloody fun good time to be had with a good crowd or group tho.

Boy Kills World: Wanted to love it more than I ended up just liking it. It seemed to have a winning recipe going for it but idk, something just didn’t click as well it should’ve. Maybe it’s because I still have Monkey Man fresh in my mind and that movie went all in on its lore and world building and giving me such a good reason to care about its characters that it wants you to root for. Boy Kills World is mostly just played for laughs tho, so that’s probs on me. The Hunger Games-esque world it’s building seems hella interesting, but I guess it mostly operates as a parody of that rather than to be fleshed out in its own interesting ways. The action and brutality was on point tho. Helps scratch the John Wick itch. The final fight was one of the more visceral, cerebrally articulated fight scenes I’ve seen in any of these kine movies. Good shit. It’s fun to hear Bob’s Burgers/Archer/Coach McGuirk providing what is essentially color commentary for the entire movie, but it’s a gimmick I feel would get old quick for some. But it does lead to one of this movie’s funnier gags involving a guy whose lips Boy can’t reads Fun ass movie, but went in expecting a bit more than what I got. Fun to be had watching with other like-minded people who enjoy these joints as much as you do. My mystery movie crowd ate this shit up, so a good crowd helped a lot.

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"Cabrini" in movie theaters, INCREDIBLE movie based on a true, relatively previously obscure story of the first female American to be canonized into sainthood; just know in advance that it's a little HARD to watch, especially if you ARE descended from Italian immigrants from 1889; when the movie is set. There IS a happy ending, but MAN; if Cabrini doesn't have to do EVERYTHING she can in order to earn it! Enough said, true believers!

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I last rewatched Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) because I am going through the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu filmography with my Dad. I think it might be his best film of the ones I have seen? I know there are some in the film twittersphere who seemingly hate him but honestly, I do like the sort of filmmaking arrogance and impressive work present in that film.

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Another week, another...NICKEL!!!! :hysterical::hysterical::hysterical::hysterical: On TV, I saw "That's Entertainment!", probably one of the best love letters to the Golden Age of MGM's film-making years, between 1929-1971. And I saw "Arthur The King", pretty decent movie based on a true story and starring Mark Wahlberg; but doesn't star as much of the dog as I would've hoped for. Still pretty interesting to see. Enough said, true believers!

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This will probably be the last time I’ll post my movie going updates on this thread, as I’ll be shifting most of that stuff towards my recently launched just for fun movie review instagram page. Here’s a link to it if anybody wants keep up with their old man

https://www.instagram.com/straycatreviews?igsh=MXU1YXA2Zjd4Zjh3cA%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

I Saw The TV Glow: My ticket taker friend-sorta told me flat out that people straight up walked out of this one and said it was bad. So that piqued my interest more going in, and I can get why that was the case. I’ve no doubt some people walked out due to “political reasons”, but story-wise, this movie is quite the acquired taste. It’s pretty much if one of those really meta episodes of Supernatural were made into an A24 movie. And while aesthetically pleasing and atmospheric asf, it’s just not scary for something that’s billed as a “horror-drama”. The drama is there, sure, but the horror is what I was sold on and it was sorely lacking in it. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily bad and it takes a whole lot to get me to walk out of a movie, but I can see why it might’ve gotten that reception from others.

Furiosa: Good action flick for the big screen. Wouldnt say it’s better than Fury Road, but it’s still damn good in its own right.

Garfield Movie: Wanted to love it like I did the Super Mario Movie because I grew up as quite the Garfield enthusiast, but it was missing certain components to the point that I only ended up sort of liking it.

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Another week, another...NICKEL!!!! :hysterical::hysterical::hysterical::hysterical: In movie theaters, I got to see the live-action/C.G.I. animated movie "IF" with my girlfriend. Awesome, AWESOME "IF"! C.G.I. has come such a LONG way since the early days of "Tron", "IF" is now THE gold standard for the "Roger Rabbit Effect". Kudos to the voice actors, regular actors, and C.G.I. Effects Artists who all made it possible! And a special thank you to the late Louis Gossett Jr.; thanks for providing one last great movie role for us. Enough said, true believers!

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