You guys' shit:
Ouch, a big drop for Strange Days. Maybe a re-watch would lead me to a similar result, but that film worked quite well for me. The Driver seems to have become a favorite of yours, nice. Also just a one-time viewing on my end, but really good film, probably my fav of Walter Hill that I've seen.
I've seen Jeff Who Lives at Home, nothing much to say/remember about it though. Liked Parenthood more than you, one of the better ones for the utterly mediocre Ron Howard.
Sounds about right for American Sniper, yeah. Song to Song was rather nice.
This is what I said about A Quiet Place after seeing it in the theater (I rated it 5/10):
Ehh, I'm afraid I can't buy too much into the largely positive buzz that this one is receiving. The largely dialogue-free, "quiet" conceit is interesting in the context of the plot and this film's world, but that is often, and unfortunately, undone by an intrusive score, the same-y kind of music used in many a jump-scare horror film of recent years. And after a while this film kinda just feels like another take on Shyamalan's Signs. Millicent Simmonds, the deaf actress from Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck, is impressive again here, though.
I'm with you on Fences. As for Elf, I still quite like it (I caught chunks of it again on TV over the Christmas holiday a few weeks ago), and this was when Will Ferrell was still tolerable.
Solyaris is awesome; Hold the Dark was very disappointing, coming from someone who really enjoyed Jeremy Saulnier's previous two films (especially Blue Ruin). Hold the Dark did have a rather effectively creepy atmosphere to it (Alexander Skarsgard and Riley Keough were one fucked-up, eerie couple), but narratively this was a mess.
I need to re-watch Groundhog Day, but I recall it being a good 'un. If I had to pick a favorite entry in the Before trilogy, Sunset would be it. Ghost World is a movie that I have an undying love for, particularly Thora Birch as Enid. Your positive rating is..."funky".
Yeah those are all pretty cool, save for Love Actually - your rating is highly appropriate for that one.
Liked Lenny a lot; thought Vice was just OK, with Bale and Adams as the highlights but I didn't care much for McKay's The Big Short, and he applied a very similar approach to Vice.
to your words on The Favourite. Nicely said, one of the best of last year.
Haven't seen the Bill & Ted movies since I was a young kid, but they were VHS faves of my brother and me for a while. Roar is not a great "movie" but it's certainly entertaining in just how bonkers it is, when thinking of how incredibly fucking dangerous and insane it was to make this movie.
Not seen the films, but I've watched a lot of Frasier over the last year or so (there's some cable channel called Cozi TV that plays it daily), and it's a nice show for me to unwind to during the work week, when I'm just not up to watching a film. You're right, when it comes to the occasional serious/non-comedic moments, it's the Frasier-and-his-dad relationship that is the heart of the show. It's rare that you see such a complicated relationship in an American sitcom. And when the show does depart briefly from comedy, the tender moments are often so much more genuine and impactful than the schmaltzy stuff you'd see on most sitcoms. This Niles/Daphne moment is one of my favorites from the show: