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The Raid 2
The Raid 2 (2014)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A lot more involved than the original Raid film, with a more complex story taking place over more time and in more places. Sounds great, but I think the smaller, contained tale of the original actually served the premise better. But make no mistake, The Raid 2 is awesome. It provokes more discussion than the original, and the fight scenes (which let's be honest, is 100% the reason we're all here) are absolutely up to specs.

Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary (2019)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The things that this 2019 Pet Sematary add to the original may not strictly speaking be improvements, but at least it's not a shot for shot remake, which it was looking like it might have been based on the trailers. A couple of those additions I was not particularly fondof, one's a massive spoiler so I'll let that slide, but the biggest one I knew going into it, 'cause of the trailers, which is: As much as I appreciate John Lithgow, I really wish they had kept the original guy (or an emulation of him I more mean) on as Jud Crandall.

Unrelated sidenote, but when I was young (and I found out about Pet Sematary overall through the Ramones song of the same name) my dad always told me that it was called Pet Sematary and not Pet Cemetary because Americans spelt it that way. That guy lied about... Just everything.

Us (2019)
16 months ago via Flixster

Us is gonna be a tough one to review. Difficult to review without spoilers, which is what I'm gonna do here, but I think even if I was doing spoilers, I'd still struggle.

What I will say, is that my feelings on Us went up and down as I sat there and the story progressed. At one point, I was enraptured by a single scene that for a brief moment I got so caught up I felt certain no movie of the year was ever going to be able to top it. But then the scene ended, and shortly after the movie ended and my mind just went to "...It's good".

Definitely merits watching, re-watching and analysing (there is a lot to unpack from Us) but maybe not the highest of all available praises.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls (2004)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Mean Girls has absolutely no business being as phenomenal as it is. None at all. If you've read many enough my reviews to get any sort of indication as to the sort of cinema I am in to, then you could be forgiven for assuming I wouldn't be a fan. After all, Mean Girls is about as far away from my wheelhouse as a movie could conceivably be. But I fucking love it. And I honestly can't tell you why. Every single piece of Mean Girls examined in isolation, is something I despise. Every trope, formula, format, cliche, device and style choice is something I have ragged on a hundred times before in different reviews, but for whatever reason, I cannot put Mean Girls down. I don't think a single year has gone by since I first saw it in the late '00s that I haven't rewatched it. Usually, multiple times a year. Inexplicable, but there it is.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Doesn't hold up as well as some of Monty Python's other work, but there's enough classic moments in here to make it worthwhile watching.