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  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec 2010

    Watched 28 Jun, 2014

    What an unabashedly ridiculous film - and I love that. From the opening whimsical narration reminiscent of Amelie to the matter-of-fact way a scientist just wakes up a baby pterodactyl from a museum, to the hilarious sequence of costumed prison break attempts, to the C-3PO-esque revived mummy, not to mention Adele's own take-no-prisoners attitude, I enjoyed pretty much all of this with a silly grin on my face.

    I'd like to read the comic, too.

  • Gimme Shelter 1970

    Watched 14 Jun, 2014

    I actually didn't know much about the Altamont Free Concert, other than it got kinda nuts (but no specifics), so I came to this documentary with probably a lot less prior knowledge than most people. I enjoy the Rolling Stones, but I wouldn't consider myself a fan or in any way knowledgable about them - I could probably only name one hand's worth of their songs. So I came to this and chose it as a Blind Spot option almost…

  • What About Bob? 1991

    Watched 09 Jun, 2014

    Wow, I did not expect that to get so dark! I really enjoyed it - nice mix of comedy and drama, with a subtle touch I found quite winning.

  • The Killing 1956

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Jun, 2014

    For a long time, this was the "stopper" film on my Flickchart. When you rank a new film by title, it goes up a series a films already on your chart. As long as the new film keeps winning, it moves higher and higher on your chart. I'd say 80% of new films that I liked would move up the ranks until they were tested against The Killing (which was in the 400s, out of the 3300 or so films…

  • Traveling Saleslady 1935

    Watched 22 May, 2014

    I've had this one on my Warner Archive Instant watch list since I first saw it on the service - Joan Blondell AND Glenda Farrell in the same movie? Sign me up for that!

    It's a quickie at 65 minutes, with Blondell as the daughter of toothpaste magnate Twitchell, and she's dying to work for him and carry on the business. His ideas of women are antiquated, even for 1935, and he assumes she'll have no head for business. In…

  • Battle Royale 2000

    Watched 17 May, 2014

    This has been on Jonathan's list to share with me for quite a while, but I can't say I was particularly excited about watching teenagers kill each other for two hours. To the credit of the film, even though some of the kills are pretty, well, cool looking, it's rarely gleeful about the subject matter as I feared it would be. In fact, the hardest and most brutal scene to watch is near the beginning when the kids first get…

  • Days of Heaven 1978

    Watched 10 May, 2014

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    Days of Heaven > Johann Mouse
    Days of Heaven > Drop Dead Gorgeous
    Days of Heaven < Rashomon
    Days of Heaven > Juno
    Days of Heaven < A Shot in the Dark
    Days of Heaven < Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    Days of Heaven > The Love Trap
    Days of Heaven < The Innocents
    Days of Heaven < Fort Apache
    Days of Heaven > On the Waterfront
    Days of Heaven > Moon
    Days of Heaven < The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Final #604 out of 3391

  • 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

    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