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  • Rocky

    Rocky 1976

    Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    Rocky has been one of my most notable blind spots for a long time - one of the few Best Picture winners I hadn't seen, and also the last holdout in the Flickchart Global Top 100. I'm not a big fan of boxing movies (even ones that people tell me are not really about boxing), so I avoided it for a long time. I knew someone would assign it to me in this challenge, and sure enough!

    Unlike Gordon's other…

  • Animal House

    Animal House 1978

    Watched 10 Sep, 2016

    There have been several movies in this challenge that I didn't expect to like and surprised me quite a bit. This was not one of them. After I loved The Blues Brothers so much, I thought maybe my pre-conceptions of Animal House might be way off, and the team of Landis and Belushi might hit again, but I'm sorry, this kind of juvenile frat humor is not remotely my thing.

    The Dean is intent on getting the troublesome Delta Tau…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes 1964

    Watched 07 Sep, 2016

    What a strange movie.

    An entomologist studying insects in the desert finds that he's missed the last bus home and asks if there's a place to stay in a nearby village. There is: with a woman who lives in a hole in a sand dune. She feeds him and gives him a bed in her small house, but he discovers her working all night digging sand and sending it up to the surface with pulleys. Soon he also discovers that…

  • The Long Memory

    The Long Memory 1953

    Watched 05 Sep, 2016

    This is one of the few films I hadn't heard of at all going into this challenge, even more surprising as it's an older film, and a noir to boot! The trick is it's British noir, and I'm not as familiar with that as I should be, so I'm glad I got to find out about this one.

    A rather complicated plot setup lands bright young Phillip Davidson in jail for a crime he didn't commit, and when he gets…

  • The Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers 1980

    Watched 18 Aug, 2016

    WHERE HAS THIS MOVIE BEEN ALL MY LIFE.

    I didn't know which way this one would go, frankly - comedies from the '80s are pretty hit or miss with me. I knew it was a musical of some sort, which is a bonus, but I didn't know really what kind of music or how it was integrated into the film. I must admit, I was worried for the first few minutes, which didn't start off anything like I expected -…

  • 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,…