Movie List

I thought I'd list some movies I've seen and add a few of thoughts. I won't be summarizing plots - I'll leave that up to Wikipedia and IMDB.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Watch date: 7/15/2020

Did I like it: Yes.

Thoughts: this is director Terry Gilliam's latest movie. Gilliam has directed some of my favorite movies, namely Brazil and Twelve Monkeys. Gilliam had been working on Quixote since the 90s, and his original attempts at filming ended in disaster. The movie's themes of passion, and selling out that passion, are brought to life by Adam Driver (Toby/Sancho Panza) and Jonathan Pryce (Don Quixote). I think the movie has a happy ending, but it'll probably take me another viewing of to be sure.

Would I recommend? Yes, especially if you're a fan of Gilliam's other works or enjoy surreal, dreamlike movies.

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Watch date: 8/25/2021

Thoughts: this movie tries to be a bit of John Wick, a bit of Kill Bill, a bit of Happy (the Netflix show). The characters never quite gelled for me. I couldn't buy Karen Gillan as a cynical assassin. The fights seemed over-choreographed, so the action scenes felt very low stakes.

Would I recommend? Not really. It was fine to watch on an airplane to kill some time.

Pig (2021)

Watch date: 9/11/2021, 9/13/2021

I really, *really* liked this movie. It's a compact story about a truffle hunter whose truffle pig gets kidnapped, and the hunter (Nicholas Cage) goes on a quest to find it. However, the trailer makes you think it's going to be a gritty revenge movie, but it's not like that at all. It's a movie about dealing with grief, broken relationships, and trying to stay true to who you are and to the things that inspire you.

Would I recommend? Yes, but know that it's more a drama than anything else. It's also only 90 minutes so if you don't like it you won't have wasted much time.

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Watch date: sometime in Sept 2021? and 1/2/2022

A great movie from Taika Waititi. Through a series of unfortunate events, an orphan and Dr. Grant go to ground in the New Zealand bush, and learn to rely on each other. It's a lighthearted movie with funny dialog. Note: there's a small amount of blood/gore because there's scenes of hunting wild game.

Would I recommend? Yes, with no reservations.

Kimi (2022)

Watch date: 3/22/2022

Kimi is about a tech worker who listens to Alexa-like recordings and helps improve the speech recognition. However, when she overhears what sounds like a crime, she gets involved in a conspiracy to cover it up. It's a good, short thriller, kind of a modern Rear Window

Would I recommend? Yes.

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