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  • I made it through 2 movies last weekend! If you knew the frequency with which I have to use the restroom these days, you'd believe in miracles right now, tbh.

    I liked American Sniper waaaaay more than I thought I would, basically because I didn't think I would enjoy it at all. But BCoop was pretty damn awesome in this and Eastwood was able to capture how jarring the experience must be for soldiers when they return home from war. Sienna Miller was also really good and I'm super meh on her in general.

    The Theory of Everything was...a'ight. I really thought I was gonna love this movie and it was kinda boring? The performances are wonderful and for sure, Redmayne deserves his Oscar nom, but there wasn't really anything that great about the actual movie. If I have to compare it to anything, it's sort of like A Beautiful Mind, but strangely, I enjoyed that movie more even though it wasn't perfect either.

    We also saw Dear White People, but here at the house and I liked it ok. I knew I'd seen Tessa Thompson in something else before, but ended up having to Google her and then I was all "Jackie from VMars! Hated you on that show, probs why I blocked out your existence." She's good in this though and looks just the same. Beaver is also in the movie so good on you, VMars peeps.

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    • I'm so completely in love with Inherent Vice. Everything worked. Phoenix is beyond amazing. His facial expressions are a beast on their own. I was worried at first because Pynchon books don't exactly scream "adapt me".. but this was every bit as cool as I wanted it to be. In my opinion he deserved an Oscar nomination (but in all fairness I haven't seen either the theory of everything or the imitation game). I tried to read the book first but I just didn't have the time. I think I'll still read it the first chance I get

      Playing it cool is awful and it should not be watched. I knew what I was getting into before I started it but it didn't help. Wasn't working for me.

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      • No one is more surprised than I am but I had so much fun at the 50 Shades of Gray opening night showing. My gal pal and I celebrated Galentine's Day with theme drinks (BDSM-tinis), got a lil' tipsy, traded hilarious stories, and then watched the 50 Shades of Nonsense with a packed house of ladies and it was A HOOT.
        Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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        • I watched 50 Shades last night and it was both bad and weird? I just watched it on my computer so I didn't have any friends to make fun of it with me which is probs what you need in order to really enjoy it. Jamie Dornon looked like he effin' HATED himself throughout the entire movie and even during the sex scenes, I just felt bad for him. I will say Dakota Johnson was WORKIN' trying to make that chemistry happen with JD. She looked like she was trying everything, maybe even straight up witchcraft, but his self-hatred was too deep for her magik to cure, man.

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          • ITA but I also had a blast watching it drunk with my friend? And all the drunk ladies at the drinking movie theater.

            We had BDSM-tinis!

            Several things I love about it:
            --Dornan's misery
            --How his being miserable is an Edward thing!
            --How fanfic-y it felt on screen.
            --How insane it was.
            --How hilarious Dakota Johnson was.
            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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            • So, Jurassic World was so awful that there is no way to begin to explain how awful it is.(TM Carrie Fisher in When Harry Met Sally)

              I went in with low expectations. And it's not that hard to add a compelling human story to a movie that's essentially "whee, dinosaurs!" But they still fucked it up all over the place. Opie's daughter (& her character) sucked. The kids were completely undeveloped so I kinda wanted them to die, which of course they didn't, and that's not a spoiler in a Spielberg movie. D' Onofrio was fun, but totally one dimensional. Chris Pratt was charming as always, but he can only do so much with the crap script he's given. Really, the only good part was the big fight at the end, which was entertaining but wholly unbelievable.

              I hope Inside Out stomps its ass this weekend because it did not deserve that opening weekend. Fucking terrible.

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              • Inside Out was amazing. I usually eschew animated movies/family movies but the combo of amazeballs critical reception + kaling + poehler got me curious. I went with my mom and we both laughed and cried.

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                • We took Mr. T to Inside Out and it was his first time at the movies so I was nervous that he'd misbehave, but obvs I should have been more worried about having an emotional breakdown in front of my kid 'cause that's kinda what happened. Mr. Issie was like, "You probs wanna sit over on my other side 'cause if he sees your face, he's NEVER gonna wanna come back here." We're gonna try again with Minions in a few weeks and see if I can make it through the experience without needing an inhaler.

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                  • I really enjoyed Jurassic World. I thought it was really fun and basically a perfect popcorn movie.
                    Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                    • I didn't hate it, but it just made me want to rewatch the orig, especially whenever the score kicked in. Extremely weird seeing Chris Pratt somewhat serious! I think Bryce Dallas Howard did okay with a prissy character who has to run for her life in heels and an all white outfit (I want to believe a woman that put together would have emergency flats stashed somewhere, JFC). But I would've loved a moment where her nephews told her she was as much of a badass as her alpha boyfriend. I mean, she outran a T-Rex for you little shits. Nick Miller was delightful.

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                      • I would've liked it fine if it hadn't been preceded by THREE other movies that told the same story: Stop messing around with dinosaurs. They will kill the crap out of you and everyone else.

                        So my issue was not so much with the movie itself (though, as outlined above, I didn't care for a lot of it), it's the fact that I think the whole enterprise was a pointless, gratuitous money grab.

                        I know, I know: Welcome to the world. Still, it bothers me.

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                        • I thought the alpha boyfriend thing was over the top. And she did outrun a T Rex in heels and deserved alllll the kudos.

                          I loved all the shout-outs to the original, including Nick Miller's Jurassic Park t-shirt. LOL.
                          Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                          • I HATED Ant Man. I had zero interest in Paul Rudd being Paul Rudd as a superhero. And I thought it was all wrong. The tone was too flippant so there were zero emotional payoffs. The exposition was so heavy that many scenes felt downright dull. The physics/science (which I usually never care about) was unforgivably sloppy and inconsistent!

                            HATE.
                            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • I thought Amy Schumer was the weakest part of Trainwreck. I was thoroughly entertained but I didn't care at all. Kinda wish Brie Larson had played the Amy character.

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                              • I finally got around to watching Trainwreck and I laughed out loud throughout the whole movie which is all I wanted. I like Amy just fine, but she's no acting powerhouse. She was basically playing a version of her own persona in this so it still felt authentic to me. I also liked her chemistry with Hader and I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the two of them going into it. Usually, I prefer him in smaller SNL doses, but he was weird and sweet in this movie. I'm also usually super eye-rolly about athletes having substantial roles in movies and I straight up hate Lebron, but he and Cena were legit a'ight too with a couple of missteps and weird line readings here and there.

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