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2023 movies

The Ice Pirates The Princess Bride Ponyo Matango The Brave Little Toaster The Day of the Triffids Hellzapoppin Hunt for the Wilderpeople Fumer Fait Tousser Filibus Skidoo

title: The Ice Pirates (1984)

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review: lol. a bad but funny space comedy action movie. it doesn't do anything well, but there were a few moments or twists that made me giggle. better than "Star Wars" for sure.
⚞ anjelica huston wears amazing outfits
⚞ the spaceship gets herpe (singular?)
⚞ very weird jarring and good time skip thing at end
⚞ space eunuchs
⚞ amazons

⚟ the worst part was the over-the-top, prolonged hetersexual sex scene

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title: The Princess Bride (1987)

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review: much wittier than i remembered! the jokes and faces people make go by quickly and the action keeps it going.


title: Ponyo (2008)

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review: SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. we watched it while we were at the beach :) ponyo's dad was right, though. ponyo's mom is like a Great Fairy.

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title: Matango (1963)

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review: i had disregarded this movie many years ago as a middling monster movie, but it's so much more than that. it is about class, addiction, post-war japan, sex appeal! the set and character design are over the top and really make an impact at the climax.

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title: The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

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review: this had too many songs. it was as cute as i remembered! i liked the "message" about keeping old appliances.

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title: The Day of the Triffids (1981)

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review: A reaaaally good BBC mini-series (which is practically a movie). The texture of the film made me relax (nostalgia). For me it brought up thoughts about anthropogenic climate change and fossil fuels, distrust of nature and science, the self-destructive nature of nature, the way able people think disability is a death sentence. Watching it motivated me to finally try and read Wyndham's book.

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title: Hellzapoppin (1941)

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review: funny. zany. wacky. a lot of good gags. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers bring it to an amazing level of energy. some of it's certainly dated (robert e lee sketch) but overall i liked it.

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title: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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review: good! cute! beautiful... poignant. what i expect from Waititi... (both + and -). was nice to hear "Leonard Cohen - The Partisan"

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title: Fumer Fait Tousser (2022)

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review: a funny French movie with cancerous sentai folks. a kind of Decameron

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title: Filibus (1915)

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review: amazing. a pure triumph of gender-bending lesbianism

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title: Skidoo (1968)

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review: not great. Carol Channing did a pretty good job. i felt bad for Groucho Marx, though.

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