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  • Hold Back the Dawn

    Hold Back the Dawn 1941

    Watched 29 Aug, 2016

    I literally signed up for Sling TV and ignored my daughter for two hours tonight while this aired on TCM because I wanted to see it so bad and didn't know when I might get another chance to see it. (Before you call CPS, my husband was home for most of it!)

    It wasn't an ideal way to watch it, thanks to various distractions, but I still loved it. De Havilland is lovely and amazing as always, and I'd forgotten…

  • Welcome to Dongmakgol

    Welcome to Dongmakgol 2005

    Watched 15 Aug, 2016

    I knew absolutely nothing about this one going in - in fact, I kind of thought it was a documentary or something. It is not, though it does have a historical setting. During the Korean War, a couple of soldiers from South Korea and a small group of North Korean soldiers get separated from their respective armies, and end up in the same isolated mountain village, whose eccentric residents have no knowledge of the war or modernity in general (they…

  • La Haine

    La Haine 1995

    Watched 13 Aug, 2016

    Social problem films are often kind of a difficult sell for me, but I was hoping some of the stylistic choices on this one would win me over and they did help quite a bit. Some people complain that Antoine's delinquency in The 400 Blows (my #2 film of all time) is too mild to warrant the kind of response it gets; La Haine is kind of like what The 400 Blows might be like if the delinquency were more…

  • The Last Days of Disco

    The Last Days of Disco 1998

    Watched 10 Aug, 2016

    It has been several years since I saw Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, generally his best-known work and one that I enjoyed immensely, and I gotta thank Dan for pushing me into seeing more of Stillman's work. After seeing these two, I definitely need to see Metropolitan again, since I've forgotten a lot of it.

    For some reason, this type of film - which mostly consists of overeducated, unemployed or underemployed, not necessarily wealthy but very privileged people talking to each other…

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona 1994

    Watched 05 Aug, 2016

    It has been several years since I saw Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, generally his best-known work and one that I enjoyed immensely, and I gotta thank Dan for pushing me into seeing more of Stillman's work. After seeing these two, I definitely need to see Metropolitan again, since I've forgotten a lot of it.

    For some reason, this type of film - which mostly consists of overeducated, unemployed or underemployed, not necessarily wealthy but very privileged people talking to each other…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street 2016

    Watched 17 Aug, 2016

    Didn't love this QUITE as much as I do Once, but it was up there.

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984

    Watched 29 Jul, 2016

    There are far too many Miyazakis on my unseen list, so I'm glad David gave me the push to get to this one. Sometimes overtly environmentalist stuff bugs me, not because I'm anti-environment - just because it often comes across preachy. I knew this was likely to be heavily pro-environment, but it worked for me quite well because the message is really one of symbiosis.

    In the film's post-apocalyptic world, a toxic jungle filled with giant aggressive insects has developed,…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri 1962

    Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's no secret that Japanese movies are sometimes a tough sell for me, though I have to admit that's starting to turn around. Someday soon I may have to stop using that excuse. This isn't the MOST affecting classic-era Japanese film I've seen (that would be Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff), but it's definitely one of the more emotionally raw ones, and I appreciated that greatly about it.

    Harakiri is the medieval Japanese custom of suicide for the sake of honor.…

  • It Should Happen to You

    It Should Happen to You 1954

    Watched 20 Jul, 2016

    This was another very comfortable choice for me, a classic Hollywood era romantic comedy that I definitely knew about back when I was watching only classic Hollywood movies, but missed. In this case (unlike with April in Paris), I can probably guess why I skipped it - I enjoyed Judy Holliday in Adam's Rib, but didn't care too much for the two Holliday-led films I watched (Born Yesterday and Bells Are Ringing) all that much, so I think I likely…

  • Hobson's Choice

    Hobson's Choice 1954

    Watched 22 Jul, 2016

    I was a little more apprehensive going into this one than I should've been, by a lot - for some reason I thought it would be a "vegetable movie". You know, one you're supposed to watch because it's good for you, not because it's actually enjoyable. I run hot and cold on David Lean as a director (sacrilege, I know), and the logline of an alcoholic father who demands the right to choose husbands for his two younger daughters (his…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    Watched 20 Jul, 2016 2

    Well, that was a waste of literally everything.

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976

    Watched 17 Jul, 2016

    I've been meaning to see this for a long time; glad I finally got around to it. It feels pretty traditional in a lot of ways, which works for me, but with just enough revisionist-type stuff to keep it fresh.

    Here's how it entered my Flickchart:

    The Outlaw Josey Wales > The Student Prince
    The Outlaw Josey Wales > The Hudsucker Proxy
    The Outlaw Josey Wales < Magnolia
    The Outlaw Josey Wales < Old Yeller
    The Outlaw Josey Wales < Paranoid Park
    The Outlaw Josey…