The Devil and Daniel Johnston – ★★★★

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

As a UT graduate, I of course knew of Daniel Johnston and saw his “Hi, how are you” on Guadalupe multiple times per week when in school. I knew he was an artist and a musician and I knew he struggled with mental illness, but had no idea just to the incredible details of all three of those facets of his life.

A heartbreaking story I should have watched years ago.

Rating: 4 stars

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Jesus Christ Superstar – ★★★★

Jesus Christ SuperstarJesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Four extra stars just for King Herod’s Song being the absolute funniest thing me and the kids have seen in months. They were so baffled and delighted for much of this musical but that song sent them over the edge and onto the floor laughing.

Rating: 4 stars

Mean Girls (2024) – ★★★

Mean Girls 2024

Worse than the original and the stage musical in every possible way but still pretty decent. I have same opinion of this as I seem to of all stage to screen adaptations, the big, unrealistic, fun stage-style numbers are great and every other song is ruined.

The last third is solid and Auli’i Cravalho is pretty fantastic as Janis. She deserves to be a star but of course I’m biased because I have a pre-Moana photo of her holding my infant in Hawaii.

I like Renee Rapp’s music but she was kinda just ok in this. World Burn is her best number in this.

Rating: 3 stars

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Enough Said – ★★★½

Enough Said

This is super well written and super funny and super sweet, but I had to fast forward through probably 15% of it due to the awkward moments because holy crap they get into my bones.

Very, very highly recommended despite my 3.5 rating if you aren’t like me and don’t have an unhealthy fear of slightly awkward situations even in fiction.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Dallas City Hall = Evil villain lair?

Somehow I never noticed that the OCP headquarters was a composite of Dallas City Hall until a rewatch today. Apparently a bunch of exterior shots all over Dallas.

Also, I forgot how good this was. Maybe it’s been longer than I thought since I’ve last seen it?

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – ★★★

Mamma Mia! Here we go again poster

Why do the real actual humans they found to play the young versions of Sophie’s dads all look like bad de-aging CGI? Is it the wigs?

I mostly disliked young Meryl Streep and her friends as much as I disliked old Meryl Streep and her friends.

Andy Garcia appears to be playing his same character from Ocean’s 11 and looms over the whole movie like there is a villain turn coming any moment.

Yet, it was fun. I legit lol’d at the Titanic gag.

Rating: 3.0 stars

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The Big Shave

This film does a good job representing how I felt every time I shaved and also why I have had some variation of a beard since Covid started.

Truly hard to watch. ? I kept having to hit the 10 second skip button or turn away. Which I guess means this Scorsese kid might be pretty good at what he was trying to do?

Rating: ??‍♂️

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