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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Directed by Stephen Daldry. With Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell. A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This is as sad as I thought it would be. It’s a well done film with an important message, but boy howdy do I not enjoy feeling this sad. Buy On Amazon!

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Predator

Predator: Directed by John McTiernan. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke. A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. I’m doing a rewatch of the 3 main Predator movies before the next movie drops on the Hulu this Friday. Wait, there’s four of them? I even went to see that fourth one, how did I forget it? Buy On Amazon!

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Bellatrix

  In this x-ray, the chest cavity is at top and should be dark on both sides.  This is where the lungs usually are, but in her case, one of this is being pushed out of the way. One of our foster cats had a slight cough that sounded suspicious, turns out she has a perforated diaphragm and her spleen is intruding into her chest cavity. It’s not currently life threatening, but surgery has been prescribed and we’ll set up a time soon to get things corrected.

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Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank: Directed by Perelandra Beedles. With Mikey Kelley, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Kevin Michael Richardson. When an evil chairman’s moneymaking scheme puts the entire galaxy at stake, the only ones who can stop him are the unlikely duo of a lone mechanic and a defect war machine but can the galaxy really be saved when the duo can’t get along? I should point out that I played the remastered version on the PS3, which is slightly better than the PS2 version from my understanding. I purchased a whole collection of Ratchet games back in 2016 for a total...

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Fresh

Fresh: Directed by Mimi Cave. With Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Andrea Bang. The horrors of modern dating seen through one young woman’s defiant battle to survive her new boyfriend’s unusual appetites. This is new ground for me, as I didn’t think it would be as straight up freaky as it ended up being Sabastian Stan, who I know mostly from his role in the MCU, plays a delightfully terrifying guy that’s just barely on the wrong side of sanity, and plays off Daisy Edgar-Jones perfectly. Buy On Amazon!

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Music, Gaming, Cabinets, and Cats

I saw a band named “The Heebie Jeebies“, I enjoyed myself, it was my first time at that particular brewery, though it’s in the location of an old brewery that I had been to many times prior, so the location wasn’t new, but the owners were. And the band too, they were new to me. Foster cat “Bella” enjoying my wife play a video game named “Stray”. Three adorable cats on my leg and one guy in the background licking his butt. This cabinet used to be jammed full of spaceships, but it was time for a change, so I...

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Nope

Nope: Directed by Jordan Peele. With Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott. The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery. I thought this review was going to be a complaint about how modern trailers are straight up spoiling the movies, but that’s not what I’m here to say. I mean, yes, modern trailers absolutely give away some of the best parts of their films, but in this case, I hesitate to say that’s what happened here, as I think Peele used the normal expectations and tropes against what he...

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1UP

1UP: Directed by Kyle Newman. With Paris Berelc, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Ruby Rose, Hari Nef. Follows a gamer who quits her college esports team due to sexism from her male counterparts. Equal parts low budget gamer movie and low budget girl power movie and low budget Revenge of the Nerds, there’s a pretty ok movie at the heart of “1UP”, though you’ll need to look past some pretty offensive performative tropes that are right up in your face. Buy On Amazon!

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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy: Directed by Edith Becker, Kevin Burns. With Robert Clotworthy, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg. An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture. Released in 2004 with interviews from the 1990’s, but with some scenes updated to their 4k versions, this is a weird hybrid of time traveling opinions from many of the behind the scenes characters and most of the on screen actors. It’s good, but I distinctly remember some of these interviews...

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Conan the Destroyer

Conan the Destroyer: Directed by Richard Fleischer. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Mako. Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. Arguably better than the first one, but that’d be a fun argument to have, as both films have exceptionally strong portions and co-stars. In this case Arnold is joined by Grace Jones and Wilt Chamberlain, both of whom did a fantastic job as Conan’s traveling buddies. Buy On Amazon!

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