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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928

    Watched 16 Apr, 2014 3

    A Classic a Week: #1

    If there is a view of cinema I have that will never change it is this: There is no image a filmmaker can craft that is more powerful than that of the human face. It is an image one can see a thousand times and still draw the same effect each and every time. Never does Harry Lime not look mysteriously cool when the light hits and he's first introduced in The Third Man. Never…

  • The Legend of Hercules 2014

    Watched 15 Apr, 2014 3

    There's a pretty decent movie hiding under this.

    There's some interesting play with old mythological/Greek drama archetypes. Although, the story is confused as to whether it wants to be an Immortals-esque mythology kind of film or a Spartacus stylized "historical" fiction (and nevermind that it's clear nobody involved in this has ever read anything about myth OR history).

    There's some interesting character dynamics going on here as well. Although the film's awful script is satisfied with just being a sped…

  • Foodfight! 2012

    Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    I'm an idiot.

  • Nymphomaniac 2013

    Added 4

    So after almost 10 years of making movies that just seemed to exist in order to annoy me, Lars Von Trier seems finally be back on track in terms of making actual films, or at least the kind of films I like him to make.

    Nymphomaniac, his new 4 hour sex epic, is working on two different levels. On the one hand, it is a rather simple story about humanity and sex. How we make a big deal about it…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    Watched 03 Apr, 2014 5

    Oh yeah. That's more like it.

    With this and Iron Man 3 (I'll ignore Thor: The Dark World), Marvel has pretty much decided they're not messing around anymore. They're committed to this vast interconnected movie universe, and if they stop making films like Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World and more like this they might be able to make that long term plan last.

    Effectively what Marvel has here is a running cinematic serial story, crossing between various…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    Added 7

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

    ½ Watched 01 Apr, 2014 24

    The death of the western came with a bang. The gunshot fired by Italian hack Sergio Leone. One shot wasn't enough for Leone though, he emptied five shots into the body of the once great genre, and of those shots, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was the most fatal.

    Whereas revisionist westerns around this time were brave, bold, and fresh coming from true auteurs like Sam Peckinpah and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leone was stuck in the past, and a…

  • A Matter of Life and Death 1946

    ½ Added 7

    I wouldn't trust anyone who says they love this train wreck of a film, especially if they have it in their Top 4 or something like that. What an absolute disgrace to cinema.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    What a strange film this is. Not out of content, but rather out of execution. Rarely does Snowpiercer feel like a film. In fact, it feels and plays more like a video game. It's structured as the characters move forward on the train, fight scene after fight scene, cut scenes shoved in the middle to justify a story. It's like watching someone play a new Bioshock game, to the point where the story even follows the same model.

    I'm not…

  • Lunacy 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2014

    Pretty appropriate title.

  • Cheap Thrills 2013

    Watched 16 Mar, 2014

    I'd tattoo it on my ass.

  • 300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    Watched 08 Mar, 2014 8

    Before watching 300: Rise of an Empire, I found myself questioning why any sort of sequel would need to be made from Snyder's original film. Sure, money is an answer. But what more could they do? What more could they add to the story? What more did they have to say? Unfortunately even after seeing the film I still don't have an answer.

    A lot has been said that the film does well to capture the visual aesthetic of Snyder's…