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Magic
Magic (1978)
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A wonderfully droll movie with equal moments creepiness, dark comedy, and fascinating tragedy. Solid work by Anthony Hopkins, director Richard Attenborough and Burgess Meredith. I was surprised how much I like this - coming from a hater of cheap ventriloquist horror flicks.

mother!
mother! (2017)
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I saw Mother! I liked it. I was confused at a couple of things here and there but all in all, I thought Darren Aronofsky made a provocative (if surreal and slightly comedic) point. Is he one dimensional? Yes. Did the movie have an unexpected pay off rather than just lecturing? Yes. Overall, although I didn't love it, I think it was a good flick. I wish there were more movies like this. Psychological horror done fairly well, still better than psychological thriller done technically beautiful.

The Shawshank Redemption
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It's not a personal favorite for me.

It's very Stephen King, very Frank Darabont.

And if you love those guys, you don't understand.

If you don't so much love those guys, I think you feel me.

The movie has a huge following because it's

*Optimistic
*Has a warm and soothing very linear narrative
*About men bonding and finding inner peace
*Doesn't really challenge the audience in terms of realism or complicated morals and ethics (good and evil are very simple lessons)
*Is filmed beautifully with a wonderful score (that's Darabont)
*Has a pretty good moral of the story: Work with society as much as you can to be a positive influence...if you're not appreciated, move on and don't look back.
*Had a great cast.

I think where it truly succeeded, and where The Green Mile failed, is that Shawshank tempered the emotional manipulation and the fantastic "miracles" of Stephen King's story, and focused more on the suffering of human beings for most of the movie, with a happy conclusion for the main characters.
The Green Mile got cocky and wanted way too much emotional catharsis from us, without earning it. The pathos it built was strange and uncomfortable. The characters were so over the top Evil and Good it wasn't nearly as affecting.

The Green Mile
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's not a personal favorite for me.

It's very Stephen King, very Frank Darabont.

And if you love those guys, you don't understand.

If you don't so much love those guys, I think you feel me.

The movie has a huge following because it's

*Optimistic
*Has a warm and soothing very linear narrative
*About men bonding and finding inner peace
*Doesn't really challenge the audience in terms of realism or complicated morals and ethics (good and evil are very simple lessons)
*Is filmed beautifully with a wonderful score (that's Darabont)
*Has a pretty good moral of the story: Work with society as much as you can to be a positive influence...if you're not appreciated, move on and don't look back.
*Had a great cast.

I think where it truly succeeded, and where The Green Mile failed, is that Shawshank tempered the emotional manipulation and the fantastic "miracles" of Stephen King's story, and focused more on the suffering of human beings for most of the movie, with a happy conclusion for the main characters.
The Green Mile got cocky and wanted way too much emotional catharsis from us, without earning it. The pathos it built was strange and uncomfortable. The characters were so over the top Evil and Good it wasn't nearly as affecting.

Clue
Clue (1985)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of my favorite comedies of childhood even though I didn't get all the jokes. It was yet another politically oblivious 1980s experiment, with brilliant slapstick, bizarre character interactions, and a somewhat nihilistic approach to comedy. A gem of a movie and in the same vein as "Rocky Horror Picture Show" for its anarchic storytelling.