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  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    Grosse Pointe Blank 1997

    Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    (crossposted from my blog)

    I've been meaning to see Grosse Pointe Blanke for like fifteen years, and never gotten around to it, so I'm very glad Ben suggested it for this challenge. I knew there was a crime-type element to it and that it was a black comedy, but that was about it - that's enough to catch my interest, frankly.

    John Cusack is Martin Blank, a hitman who goes back to his 10-year high school reunion - he wants…

  • Lone Star

    Lone Star 1996

    Watched 02 Feb, 2016 1

    (crossposted from my blog)

    I'm writing this a couple of days after watching the film, and I'm glad I let it settle a little bit before attempting to sum it up. I thought this was my first John Sayles film, but when I ranked it I discovered that I've actually seen one other one - The Secret of Roan Inish. Anyway, that one didn't make a huge impression on me (and I don't know that it's really considered that much…

  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

    Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    Judgment at Nuremberg was one of only three or four Judy Garland films I hadn't seen, and it's also one of her most acclaimed performances, so I really should've gotten to it by now. But I'd put it off because a three hour movie about Nazi war crime trials sounded like it would be a) heavy, b) long, duh, and c) boring. Well, it is heavy, and it is long, but it is never boring. I do like courtroom dramas,…

  • Marty

    Marty 1955

    Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    (cross-posted from my blog)

    I'm not sure I've ever seen as pure a cinematic expression of joy as the look on Marty's face after he drops Clara off at her apartment and realizes he's just had the best time of his life talking with this girl. Maybe Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain after he drops Debbie Reynolds off at her get the idea. But let's back up.

    Marty is a 35-year-old bachelor whose friends and family are…

  • The Visitor

    The Visitor 2007

    Watched 25 Jan, 2016

    (crossposted from my blog)

    I firmly believe that every year is a good year for movies, but let's be real - 2007 is a little more good than most, with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great cinema. That judgement holds even more water now that I've added The Visitor to my list of favorite films from 2007, because yeah, it's pretty great.

    It's a small film, just like the other Tom McCarthy film I've seen (and love)…

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    Watched 24 Jan, 2016

    That Deakins, though.

    Here's how it entered my Flickchart:

    Sicario > Wag the Dog
    Sicario > Wag the Dog
    Sicario < Ben-Hur
    Sicario < Murder, My Sweet
    Sicario < The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    Sicario < A Mighty Wind
    Sicario > The Big Clock
    Sicario < Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom
    Sicario < Hair-Raising Hare
    Sicario > The Lego Movie
    Sicario < The Kid Brother
    Sicario < The French Connection

    Final ranking #863 out of 3582 (76%)

  • Grumpy Old Men

    Grumpy Old Men 1993

    Watched 23 Jan, 2016

    (crossposted from my blog)

    I've never been too motivated to see out the later Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau vehicles, despite being a fan of both of them in their earlier years - unconscious ageism? Probably. Anyway, I should've expected these two to play well off each other, given their respective talent and proven chemistry back in the '60s, and they do. In a way, watching this felt comfortable, because even as John (Lemmon) and Max (Matthau) feud and play tricks on…

  • Heat

    Heat 1995

    Watched 22 Jan, 2016

    (crossposted from my blog)

    It's been a running joke for several years between me and my Flickcharter friend Nigel that I've never seen Heat, which is one of his favorite movies. I knew he'd assign it to me for this challenge, and sure enough, he did. To be honest, I probably would've watched it sooner otherwise, but I was happy to save it for his challenge week.

    I won't lie, I did a bit of a double-take when I saw…

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods 2014

    Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    All in all a solid version of the musical - excellently cast (although, like, Meryl Streep was fine but Bernadette Peters would've been awesome), and actually kept more of the structure and conveyed more of the simultaneity of events than I thought would've been possible. My only MAJOR quibble is the loss of "So Happy" going into the second act ruined one of my favorite themes of the play, which is that even though they all got their happily ever…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    Watched 15 Jan, 2016

    Well, that was ridiculous. At least it embraced it.

    Here's how it entered my Flickchart:

    Furious 7 < Thirteen Days
    Furious 7 > Up Close & Personal
    Furious 7 < Big
    Furious 7 < Thelma & Louise
    Furious 7 > David Copperfield (1935)
    Furious 7 > Touchez paz au grisbi
    Furious 7 > The End of August at the Hotel Ozone
    Furious 7 > Belly
    Furious 7 < Shadowlands
    Furious 7 > The Time of Their Lives
    Furious 7 < Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

    Final #2466 out of 3573 (31%)

  • The Last Five Years

    The Last Five Years 2014

    Watched 14 Jan, 2016

    (crossposted from my blog)

    I've been meaning to see this since I first heard it existed (in movie form; I don't follow musical theatre enough to know the play), so I'm really glad to have the push to get to it. I'm a big fan of movie musicals, especially ones confident enough to maintain wall-to-wall singing and a small scale, both of which The Last Five Years does.

    The last five years cover the relationship of Jamie and Cathy, respectively…

  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny 1992

    Watched 11 Jan, 2016

    How have I never seen this movie before?! I've heard of it for a long time, of course, because I used to be a huge Oscar history aficionado and I knew Marisa Tomei had won a Best Supporting Award for it, but I really knew absolutely nothing else about it. I think I assumed it was something to do with the mob, because Joe Pesci is always something to do with the mob, right?

    Turns out it's about a couple…