January Films (2)

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Maybe it’s because I am now a recent convert to the Church, or maybe it’s because I am looking for excuses to get my steps per day up, but I’ve been going to the cinema so often, it’s a bit crazy.

Just today, I cancelled my Netflix account in a vow to be more picky in what “content I choose to consume”. It’s not that Netflix is bad. I honestly enjoyed a lot of stuff that is on Netflix last year — just look at this list — but Netflix also makes it way too easy to keep watching trashy shows with zero value.

But let’s move on to what I really wanted to write about, my recent moviegoing.

Yesterday I saw The Florida Project (★★★1/2). I was impressed by the story constantly wavering from following 6-year old Mooney on her adventures to following her mother’s. I don’t want to spoil anything, if you like great photography I would just see this film without knowing too much about it.

A week ago I saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (★1/2). This is just a fun well-made comedy/feelgood movie, nothing more, nothing less. I wouldn’t specifically go to the cinemas for this one, but this is actually a decent movie.

Maybe it is also time to explain the star rating system I use, because it can confuse some people.

★★★★★ This is reserved for only a handful of movies in the world. For a film to receive five stars is very rare. Movies that get five stars have some kind of historic value in filmmaking. They might change filmmaking itself.
★★★★ This is reserved for just one movie a year, two would make a very good movie year. This is a must-see.
★★★ This is a good movie, I heartily recommend it.
★★ This is a good movie, I can recommend it, but it has some downsides
This is a mediocre movie, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but it does have some aspect that makes it interesting, or something to watch, particularly if you are interested in that one aspect
1/2 stars Same as above but you’d have to be super passionate about that one aspect

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