At the current pace, I should see barely more than 100 new-to-me movies this year, which will be my lowest total since I started tracking a decade ago. I need to spend more time in front of the television!

4. (1863.) Ships in the Night: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery (2021)
2020 was such a long year, made none the better by a total lack of made-for-television Hallmark mystery movies for me to solve based on the formula alone. This was the fist new one in 2021, and was surprisingly the best in the "Martha's Vineyard Mystery" series so far. Martha's Vineyard was made for quarantine isolation.

5. (1864.) Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)
Since discovering the existence of this crime exploitation movie — famous for pointlessly showing Lynda Carter's bare breasts (they're a wonder!) — I have jokingly called it "Bobby Jo and the Dinosaur," which in fact would have been a far better premise than this warped "Bonnie and Clyde" knock-off in which Billy the Kid is presented as the heroic ideal. In Bobby Jo's world, crime doesn't pay, but neither does *not* crime. Maybe it's a bit too much like the real world for comfort.

Drink Coke! (Bobby Jo and the Outlaw)
Sadly, she only drinks Coke with her shirt on.

6. (1865.) Smallfoot (2018)
The movie immediately establishes the questioning of authority to be an existential danger (*gasp*) before pivoting to a theme of personal responsibility and neighborly love. It's got a lot of cute song and dance numbers, but I'm just too cynical to buy in to the third-act twist where everyone's heart abruptly grows three sizes in one day. *shrug* It's a kids' movie.

More to come.

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