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  • The Trial

    The Trial 1962

    Watched 23 Apr, 2016

    I read Kafka's The Trial back in high school or college for fun, because that's the kind of kid I was, and I really loved it - but that was let's say several years ago and aside from the premise and general nightmarish inexorability of it, I didn't remember a whole lot of actual details about it going into the film. That may have been unfortunate, since I did find it difficult to follow in some parts (I'll admit to…

  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler 2008

    Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    I decided I was a huge Darren Aronofsky fan on the strength of one film - The Fountain - and then proceeded to not really watch more of his filmography for a while, especially when his very next film dealt with a subject I could barely care less about - a washed up wrestler. (I'm now at 4/6 features, with Requiem for a Dream coming up later in the challenge.) I'm not generally a huge sports person, and boxing/wrestling/fighting sports…

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  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2 2010

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2012 2

    I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.

    The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…

  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    The Smiling Lieutenant 1931

    Watched 12 Sep, 2015 3

    Film 2 for the Letterboxd Season Challenge. The other films I plan to watch for the challenge are here.

    Week 2: 1930s Musicals
    Challenge: Watch an unseen 1930s musical.

    We're totally in my wheelhouse doing 1930s musicals, so much so that I had to go much more obscure than the Fred/Ginger and Busby Berkeley films many other Challengers are doing (though if you haven't seen those, that's absolutely the way to go). Instead I went for a Pre-Code Lubitsch/Chevalier musical…