Shackpets | Available on iOS and Google Play Store

action wombmate's MOVIE MONDAY | 12.21.20

My weekly movie discussion thread. I'll list the movies that I've watched the previous week, covering only movies that I watched for the first time, and you guys can comment with movies you're interested in and I'll tell you what I think about them, and then we can discuss.

action wombmate

I've seen zero movies (that I’d previously never seen) since we last convened for MOVIE MONDAY. 


Since I have no mini-reviews this week, and since 2020 is nearly over, I figure we'd talk about the state of the industry so far, or pretty much anything movie-related that y'all want to. But I find it hard not to think what theater-going will be like in 2021 and beyond. You all know that I'm someone that really loves going to the theater, and I know that a lot of you don't see theaters the same way. That's cool, I understand. But as I sit here this morning, it has been 289 days since I was in a movie theater, which is almost certainly the longest stretch of my life since I started going to theaters as a kid, and it feels weird and sad to me. 


I miss going to the movies being "a night out". I miss the big screens and the amazing sound. I miss the dedicated venue. I miss the communal aspect of sharing a great movie with an excited crowd. I even miss the overpriced snacks. I liked going a lot. I think in 2020 I went about 20-25 times, I wouldn't go just to see Marvel or Star Wars, I saw all kinds of movies in the theater because all kinds benefit from the experience. 


I do know that movie theaters will come back at some point, but will they be the same? Will they show less movies? Will they cost more? Will they do something stupid to try to "save" themselves? I don't know, but I do know that I miss it, a lot. 


And, the usual MOVIE MONDAY thing: 


1. Name a movie. Any movie. If I've seen it, I'll briefly tell you what I think about it. I'm sure you're dying to know.


2. If you want, we can then dig deeper in our agreement/disagreement about said movie.


From The Chatty
  • reply
    December 21, 2020 8:41 AM

    In this week's movie discussion - Theater-going in 2021

    Read more: action wombmate's MOVIE MONDAY | 12.21.20

    • reply
      December 21, 2020 8:51 AM

      I haven't watched any movies lately, but we'll get back into the theaters in 2021.

      • reply
        December 21, 2020 11:10 AM

        I'm sure we will, I just wonder if it is something that will be noticeably different from what came before. The whole deal with WB doing simultaneous theater/home releases of all their 2021 slate will at least have some impact, and depending on how that model performs, could have big implications for the future.

        • reply
          December 21, 2020 11:51 AM

          I kind of feel like Covid just forced something that was enevitable eventually. Some folks will never go back, but I feel like by June/July it'll be hard to get a table at popular restaurants, tickets for all movies will feel like a Marvel film, and hotels will be booked up. There is a collective yearning for this stuff that is going to bust loose.

          Maybe I'm just being hopeful.

          • reply
            December 21, 2020 1:25 PM

            Oh for sure, theatrical exhibition was still a strong business, but it is one that has been in overall decline for decades.

    • reply
      December 21, 2020 12:53 PM

      I watched The Lighthouse over the weekend, have you commented on this one yet? I thought it was great, in particular Dafoe's performance was incredible. However I don't think I'll ever watch it again, it made me so uncomfortable, and I kind of hated the 4:3 aspect ratio.

      • reply
        December 21, 2020 1:24 PM

        I was really engrossed by it but didn't really understand the overall story. Tremendous acting from both of them, and some fantastic camera work as well.

        • reply
          December 21, 2020 1:34 PM

          Much like Eggers' previous film, The Witch, it examines the frailty of human psychology through the lens of folklore, fantasy, and classic mythology.

      • reply
        December 21, 2020 1:31 PM

        Yes, I saw that in the theater and thought it was great. I liked the blend of stage-like drama and humor with a mixture of American and classic mythology thrown in. I hear you about the aspect ratio but I thought it was the perfect artistic choice for this claustrophobic little tale. Both performers are great, but Willem Dafoe's thunderous rebuke is one of my favorite action moments of the last few years.

        The real-life events that served as a basis for the film are fascinating and disturbing

        • reply
          December 21, 2020 2:44 PM

          Interesting, I did not know this was inspired by real events.

          I can't express enough how mesmerizing Dafoe's performance in this is.

    • reply
      December 21, 2020 1:18 PM

      I think you should get TENET a chance. It's got some problems (probably all the stuff you'd expect if you know Nolan) but I think it's a really neat movie regardless. Great spectacle if nothing else.

Hello, Meet Lola