Matt Deane

Top 4 favorites are not actual top favorites, just films I really liked the most in this month.

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  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★

    Between this and Rashomon, the only two classic era Japanese films I’ve seen, I still haven’t totally understood or can comprehend the significance of these works. It’s one of those I can definitely appreciate and learn from but I’m not sure I’ll ever love it, some really haunting moments and gorgeous cinematography.  Would like to watch again from a different and more mature perspective in the future.

  • The Princess and the Frog

    The Princess and the Frog

    ★★★★

    So much better than I expected it to be, great songs and animation with a heartfelt and simple story at its core, didn’t expect to nearly cry over a firefly today but we move.  One of the best Disney movies since the renaissance years, really underrated (even though I hate using that term)

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  • Thunderball

    Thunderball

    ★★★

    Takes the stakes and campiness of Goldfinger and ramps it up to eleven.  Lots of fun moments and interesting espionage scenes that I had missed from the previous entry.  The Spectre scene with Blofeld killing his peers was a definite highlight.  About 40% of this movie is shot underwater which at times is really impressive but soon wears thin and really drowns the dramatic apocalyptic stakes with a slow harpooning fight scene followed by a laughably sped-up Boat chase scene.…

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    ★★★★½

    Scavenger hunt challenge #64 (July 2020)

    15. What’s eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

    The film has one of the most accurate portrayals of family struggles and love that I’ve ever seen, Gilbert and his mother’s relationship for instance shows the duality of love and the fine line there is between love and hatred for your family.  Whats really eating Gilbert Grape is his repression of emotions and the constant weight of responsibility he has to keep his family afloat, even though…