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  • Breathless

    Breathless 1960

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Jun, 2014

    Stylish and whatever but pretty boring in parts. Need to separate influence from content.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz 1939

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Jan, 2014

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

    I love the music and the colours and the visuals, however, this viewing is the first time I realised what a terrible bullshit message this film projects, and the lazy deus ex machina plot contrivances it employs.

    Dorothy is a weak protagonist, falling into an adventure and never actually instigating any actions, always resolving things by accident, such as killing the witch at the start and end of the film.

    The ending places a heavy appreciation on materialism and surface…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2014

    The last time I remember being moved in a film in this specific way was probably Synecdoche, New York. I felt the character's struggle so inherently and his flaws resonated with me both emotionally and intellectually.

    Very great use of colour, placing a character with suppressed anger issues in a red world. And the cinematography was spot on and thematically sound, the shallow focus blurring out the entire world, creating a tiny enclosed personal haven for Theodor to reside with…

  • Computer Chess

    Computer Chess 2013

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2014

    I liked the style while I was looking at it. I had some problems after understanding what the point of the style was and what exactly it added but I wasn't objecting during the film. Maybe a little long but good acting and interesting enough characters and scenarios carried it through its running time.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2012

    If this movie was a person it would be the prettiest person in the world… which is undoubtably Catherine Deneuve…. who is in this movie…'s kinda like Inception.

  • The New World

    The New World 2005

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Dec, 2012

    As much as I love the experiential feel of the film and as sheerly beautiful, enjoyable, moving, and earnest it is, I gotta knock a .5 off for all that borderline interpretative dance bullshit the natives do.

  • I Give It A Year

    I Give It A Year 2013

    Watched 02 Mar, 2013 1

    Offensively unfunny.

  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar 1954

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2013

    Joan Crawford is amazing, the musical scene is so cool, it looks beautiful, is full of suspense, romance and intrigue. As they say, a true classic.
    Just about perfect.

    On a side note, this movie had been on my radar because of my crush on Peggy Lee. I saw this video ages ago, and assumed it was somehow connected to the film. Does anyone know what the connection is? I've never hear her do this version, and it's by far the best of the song I've ever heard.

  • Samsara

    Samsara 2011

    ★★½ Rewatched 15 Feb, 2013

    Kind of like those landscape calendars that present beautiful areal photography. That's both good and bad. The things that set it apart from 'Landscape Calendar: The Movie' however, I found the most problematic. The blunt juxtaposing editing style was obvious and lacked the grace that most of the photography had. The music is another aspect that let this down for me. It felt a little like the stuff you can find on royalty free websites. Compared to the Philip Glass…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Feb, 2013

    As a Nicholas Cage apologist there are certain 'go to' films that can be referred to when in need of proof that he not only can act, but tailors his performance to match the films he is in (mostly). Sure he picks some bad projects, but I'd venture to say that 90% of the critics of The National Treasure were not the target audience.
    Anyway, I love Cage, and enjoy the films he makes where I'm the target audience.

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Feb, 2013 2

    Continuing on from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, we watched a VHS of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids taped off Australian TV in 1992. I like the movie, and love Rick Moranis, but I can't help but feel the backyard location is overused and limites the original idea of regular objects appearing huge. They should have moved into the house in the second act. This was the highlight that we were all waiting for:

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Feb, 2013

    Star rating reflects this most recent viewing only. Saw it after a few too many wines at a friend's birthday - so I really bought into the cheesier sentimental moments, and coming from a Greek background there are enough cultural signifiers that ring true for it to be a self-reflexive experience. Having said all that, it was tough to get past all the mullets.