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Knives Out (2019) – 2020 Capsule

A great ensemble mystery with some great performances and a thoughtful core of social commentary.

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The Sure Thing (1985)

I feel like I have an infinite appetite for ’80s romantic comedies starring John Cusack. I want to travel the multiverse collecting all of the John Cusack 80s romcoms I can.

This one is pretty solid, with good control of its tone and characters, occasionally funny, and appealing chemistry between Cusack and Daphne Zuniga. And it’s also a road trip movie, because why the hell not. Good fun.

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Reality Bites (1994) – Legacy Review

(This is a copy of the deprecated legacy review. You can find the updated review here.)

I had a hard time connecting with this one.

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Reality Bites (1994)

From 1985-1995 (i.e. when the median Gen X-er was aged 13-23), and maybe even a few years beyond that, a slew of comedies were made that explored the “slacker” mindset of young adults.

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Podcast Rating Legacy

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

I want to be in every scene in this movie. A rare movie I’ve seen 4+ times… and liked more every time.

(Please excuse the recording hiccups. It was our third episode and we were sorting out the technical kinks.)

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Secret Admirer (1985)

Yikes. For starters, you have a really rough, entirely predictable teen romantic comedy that wants to be fun like Animal House, but is just a chaotic mess. The romance portions are maybe passable, but if so, only barely. (I do like Lori Laughlin here.)

Where it nosedives into catastrophe is the other half of the film, where an entirely misguided romantic farce involving the teens’ parents is thrown into the mix. It’s baffling, but not in a fun way. Just a total misfire.

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Legacy Podcast Rating Capsule

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

For whatever reason I am a total sucker for teen dramedies where supposedly platonic best friends have romantic sparks. I’m determined to watch every one of them.

This John Hughes-penned (but not -directed) example of the form is a pretty solid one, but one that stumbles over itself in the ending with some plot points and bits of dialogue that don’t make sense. Also Eric Stoltz is a total piece of plain white toast this entire movie. Flat and bland.


Nov 2020 update:

Rewatched to record for a podcast. There is exactly one great character/performance (Watts), then a bunch of clunkers. Enjoyable and very much up my alley, but still marred by some weird, head-scratching plot and character points in the third act.

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The Founder (2016)

The McDonald’s founding story segment generates almost all of the goodwill this movie earns. Keaton is also kind of fun if not very nuanced. The script is a catastrophe, though.

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Trojan War (1997)

Major segments of this are racist and/or problematic.

BUT! I found this really funny and charming (albeit horny) teen comedy. Will Friedle has awesome comic chops. I love him as a lead. Jennifer Love-Hewitt is a smokeshow and has awesome chemistry with Friedle. I love “one epic night” type stories — it heightens and literalizes the teenage experience of everything seeming to happen at once.

(Plus romances where best friends end up falling in love is one of my favorite tropes, so I’m probably overrating this a little.)

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Troll 2 (1990) – Legacy Review

(This is a copy of the deprecated legacy review. You can find the updated review here.)

Watched in honor of a 10-year old Facebook movie request thread of my brothers’ friends constantly recommending Troll 2 for over 1000 comments.