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  • Hat Check Girl 1932

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    I figured this was my best bet for a Pre-Code discovery at this year's TCM Fest, and it certainly is Pre-Code, with a LOT of lingerie, insinuations, and naughty bits. So I wasn't disappointed there, and Ginger Rogers certainly delivered as the snarky best friend. I hadn't heard of lead Sally Eilers, and having seen this, that strikes me as a shame. She's extremely likable and lovely; I wonder why she isn't better remembered?

    The film isn't paced as well…

  • The Stranger's Return 1933

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    I picked this film off the TCM Film Fest schedule almost solely because it fit in between two others I wanted to see. For some reason (probably because I didn't read the program carefully) I was expecting a dry drama about aging parents and their children. Well, it is about an aging parent and his children (and particularly his granddaughter), but it is anything but dry. Should've known better from Lionel Barrymore, who is hysterically funny. Miriam Hopkins is also…

  • How Green Was My Valley 1941

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Apr, 2014

    Made me cry. Again.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Loved it. And I want to see a Black Widow movie NOW.

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier > Dredd
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier > Operation: Rabbit
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier > The Killing
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier < Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier > Bambi
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier < The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier < The Big Heat
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier > Wild at Heart…

  • The Frighteners 1996

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    The Frighteners > Forrest Gump
    The Frighteners > Patriot Games
    The Frighteners < The Killing
    The Frighteners < Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    The Frighteners < Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    The Frighteners < The Lost Weekend
    The Frighteners < An American in Paris
    The Frighteners < The Bad and the Beautiful
    The Frighteners < The Paleface
    The Frighteners > The Hudsucker Proxy
    The Frighteners >The Mark of Zorro
    The Frighteners > Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

    Final #840 out of 3383

  • The Great Gatsby 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    Fitzgerald by way of Luhrmann is pretty much as trippy as I expected, and that's a good thing for me. I loved the excess and the romanticism (it's been a while since I read the book, but I think Luhrmann upped the romanticism quotient by quite a bit - I don't recall Gatsby being quite so glorified in the novel, or at least I should say, Nick being quite so unequivocally taken with him), I loved the art direction and…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze 1991

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2014 3

    After I enjoyed the first Ninja Turtles movie a couple of years ago, Jonathan's been waiting for the right time to show me the sequel, and I guess that time came on Sunday. He was quick to warn me that this one was just goofy fun (the previous one mostly was too, but there was a hint of darkness to it), but I'm totally cool with goofy fun, and I enjoyed the film just fine. I still have to ask him every few minutes which turtle is which, and I'm sure that exasperates him, but it works out.

  • Sanjuro 1962

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Mar, 2014

    Wow, talk about dropping you into a story in media res! I'm still not sure I totally got the background of the plot, but suffice it to say a group of nine young, foolish samurai are trying to fight a corrupt government, except they're totally incompetent and Toshiro Mifune has to bail them out time and again, being awesome and hilarious the whole time.

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    Sanjuro > Cheaper by the Dozen
    Sanjuro > The Stratton Story
    Sanjuro < The…

  • Ministry of Fear 1944

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2014

    I wasn't even aware of this movie until it came out on Criterion and I saw a (very) few people talking about that release. I filed it away in the back of my mind, and didn't really think about it again until I saw it at the library this week. I realized I'd have a free night this week, and snapped it up.

    This seems a lesser film in many ways than some of the other '40s noirish Lang fims…

  • The Goonies 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2014

    No one of my generation can believe I've never seen this movie. I tend not to care for a lot of '80s movies that my peers think are awesome, so I didn't have high expectations going in, but wow did I enjoy this. Like, for real.

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    The Goonies > Branded to Kill
    The Goonies > Topsy-Turvy
    The Goonies < The Killing
    The Goonies > The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
    The Goonies < Prometheus
    The Goonies < The Killers

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Feb, 2014 1

    Pretty much The Raid with guns, eh? I'm cool with that. I liked how it just jumped in, gave basic world info and let everything else just happen without a lot of backstory and exposition.

    We watched it on Netflix and there seemed to be a lot of artifacting - couldn't tell if it was intentional or maybe some leftovers from 3D or something. Most of the film (especially the slow-mo sequences) looked gorgeous, but every once in a while,…

  • Mars Attacks! 1996

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2014 1

    Next to last on my quest to 100% Tim Burton's filmography. Not necessarily because I'm a huge die-hard fan of Burton, but just because I realized that I happened to only be two films away and, you know why not? (The remaining one is Dark Shadows, which I would have no interest in watching apart from this statistic.)

    As a fan of cheesy sci-fi from the '50s, I enjoyed this - especially the Plan 9 from Outer Space UFOs and…