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  • Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron

    Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron 1978

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2015

    Unfamiliarity and a wealth of characters can leave a feeling of tuning into a soap opera years into the story but that reflects the viewer more so than the art. I am going to take away from this one the images of blood dripping down swords, lanterns lighting up the sky, and well constructed heist scenes to a twangy score. The rumor is you become a master of the plot after five viewings so I will have to start booking my time.

  • Mexicali Rose

    Mexicali Rose 1929

    ★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    "Stanwyck called the film an abortion, and she wasn't being too rough on it" - Pauline Kael

    The film highlights the sex and scheming elements of Stanwyck's later Noir roles without the motives and agency that would make her a star which makes this role different from her later Capra films. Although she is a minor character the film is Stanwyck's and her character Rose's presence is felt even when she isn't on camera which leads to a ton of time with forgettable male characters that must poorly explain the motives of the Stanwyck character.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2014

    Like all Nolan's films there will be a mainstream backlash about how dumb the film is, which will focus on plot holes, exposition, and things like Michael Caine's insane last scene.

    Except the problem with "Interstellar" is that it views us as dumb. It talks down to us as it spells out what human emotions are. There is an attempt to define something and it's done so thoroughly that the film acts as a dictionary reading more than a work…

  • Kill Squad

    Kill Squad 1982

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Mar, 2015

    The only way the film could be more fun is if Joseph needed more guys and there were more villains that didn't know where Dutch was.