Top 15 “420” movies from this decade to watch with friends

15. Computer Chess (Trippy Drama)

At first glance it’s a black and white documentary about nerds in the 80s, meeting at a hotel for a convention where their custom-made computer compete with one another in a tournament of chess. From there shit gets more and more odd.

14. American Ultra (Comedy/Drama)

This is not a good film. On the surface, and as advertised, it’s a typical fish-out-of-water, stoner flick. It’s more serious and brutal than that, but still provides some memorable moments.

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“You Were Never Really Here” – structure through character

I loved everything about this movie.

I was mostly impressed, however, with the way Lynne Ramsay and her team managed to build up the protagonist without dialogue or clunky exposition, but with imagery.

Some would say “flashback” is a cop out way to create exposition. There are flashbacks in this film, but they are dealt out in a way that coincides with the PTSD of our protagonist as he naviagtes a horrific situation.

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Lacking confidence in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man”

Are you excited? It’s going to be an action film!

Boston Globe had a write-up which quoted “First Man” screenwriter Josh Singer.

Here’s an excerpt:

Singer, who won, along with Tom McCarthy, the Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Spotlight,” is emphatic that “First Man” is not a biopic. First and foremost, he says, it’s an action film. That’s what Chazelle, the Rhode Island native who won the best director Oscar for “La La Land,” wanted so that’s what Singer delivered.

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Is Dwayne Johnson a good actor?

I think so.

I never understood the judgment of actors when their quality of performance 95% of the time is dictated by the director and the written material they’re given.

Obviously it’s unlikey we’ll see Mr. Johnson wielding a gold statue anytime soon. “Fighting with my Family” directed by Stephen Merchant seems to have Globe prospects though.

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Sea of Thieves: Style that severely lacks substance

It should be common knowledge for any aspiring game developers that an audience’s investment in your game is driven by a “reward system.”

Unfortunately the rallied developers at Rare (which has been resurrected as an empty shell of its former self) were more focused on spectacle than good game design.

Companies like EA Games and Ubisoft sabotage their own good games with imbalanced micro-transactions that are “pay-to-win.” Rare didn’t commit this cardinal sin. They did, however, commit the same sin as “No Man’s Sky.”

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Rest in Peace Milos Forman

Milos Forman passed away today at age 86.

His most prominently regarded film is objectionally “One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a film that moved me in so many ways.

CNN’s Nicole Chavez and Carma Hassan posted a solid write-up of the filmmakers biography. Born in Czechoslovakia to parents who would parish in concentration camps during World War II, he was fascinated by theater and immigrated to the United States in 1968.

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Spielberg’s laughably misguided views on award disposition

The great Steven Spielberg is terribly, terribly wrong and misguided here.

I’m a huge fan of Spielberg, but the statement he made to ITV News has to be one of the most elitist ones I’ve heard from a successful filmmaker:

“Fewer and fewer filmmakers are going to struggle to raise money, or to compete at Sundance and possibly get one of the specialty labels to release their films theatrically,” he continued. “And more of them are going to let the SVOD [Streaming Video On-Demand] businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight, one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie.”

The Academy seems to be struggling with a mundane conflict here. Let me break it down for them:

A movie – 1 to 4 hours to flesh out plot and characters sequentially and seamlessly.

A show – 4+ hours serialized episodically where plot and characters grow and change incrementally per episode.

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Press F to Pay Respects

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” may mostly be remembered for becoming a meme in a moment where you’re required to press a button to “pay respects.”

It unfortunately feels all too real when our “thoughts and prayers” statuses are looped into an indefinite deja vu.

I have strong, emotional and passionate feelings toward what happened in Parkland and our useless government of accomplices, but these adjectives will be the length of it.

Everything I want to say, is being said. And I’m too emotional to be rational, and too apathetic to attempt to be hopeful.

So… I’m listening and that’s that. Back to making it about our entertainment.