recent movies

The Institute: A documentary about the Jejune Institute, a bizarre prank or sort-of alternative-reality game that ran for a few years in SF. It starts off with interviews of some befuddled participants, then a little bit with the people who were running it, and then it takes a left turn into something that seems real and at that point I lost track of whether I was watching a documentary or a complete work of fiction. I'm still not entirely sure. But it's amazing.

Captain America, Winter Soldier: It's basically a long episode of Agents of SHIELD, but I was entertained. It's not as good as The Avengers, but it exceeded my expectations. (I thought the first Captain America was pretty lousy, for reference.)

About Time: It's a time travel movie where nobody is killed and nobody tries to fix anything more complicated than "get the girl". It's the Say Anything of Groundhog Days. It's cute.

The Returned: There had been a zombie apocalypse or two, and then they developed a cure that could reverse zombification if administered early -- but you have to take it every day or you start eating brains. Then supplies start running low of the medicine and everybody betrays everybody. Pretty well done.

Young Justice: not a movie, but two seasons of a cartoon series about Justice League sidekicks. The plots is pretty solid.

I'm not gonna even list the other 35+ movies I've seen since my last post because they pretty much sucked.


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8 Responses:

  1. Jim says:

    The Institute: A rabbithole for it even came to you ...

  2. mattyj says:

    Did you see The Institute at Dolby? I'm curious what their theater is like.

    Not that anyone asked, but Finding Vivian Maier is pretty great. Bad Words was simple and funny. If you're catching up on last year's releases, Inside Llewyn Davis is pretty close to a masterpiece. I'm not big on the Coen brothers, but this one is less Coen-y than most. If nothing else it's a starkly beautiful thing to look at and listen to.

  3. nooj says:

    Not a movie, but Season 2 of Orphan Black premieres today!

  4. cthulhu says:

    The Wind Rises was IMHO a masterpiece, a fitting end to Miyazaki's incredible career. Easily in the top three of his oeuvre.

  5. I liked the first Captain America movie because I am a sucker for eldritch clockwork Nazis. The first time I saw the initial ten minutes of Hellboy I was like Whoa, do the whole movie like this! Sadly they did not.

    • jwz says:

      I thought it was weird that it was a WW2 movie with almost no Nazis in it. Hydra being not-quite-nazis. I assume this had something to do with making money in Germany.

  6. dano says:

    Particle Fever: drama, comedy, risk, reward, failure, success. I laughed, I cried.

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