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  • Island of Lost Souls 1932

    Watched 18 Oct, 2014 2

    There are a few shots of Charles Laughton in this that are simply amazing.

    It would've been interesting to have seen some more creatures that were closer to the animal side than the human side, but I suppose that would've been much more difficult to depict at the time. You could do it now, but then you wouldn't have Charles Laughton, so....

  • A Hole in the Head 1959

    Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Repulsion 1965

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Sep, 2014

    Well, isn't this a wretched hive of sexism. Not the film itself, the men in it.

  • The Cable Guy 1996

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014 1

    So this was basically What About Bob? except with he's not likeable. Also, it weirdly reminded me of The Truman Show, which wasn't until three years later.

    I did actually like it, though - I'd heard that it kind of parodied lots of different genres and styles, and for some reason I thought it would be more obvious about that, but it's actually fairly subtle. I might've gotten half or three-quarters the way through without noticing it if I weren't looking for it. It helps that the characters manage to stay consistent despite the changing demands on them.

  • Fast Company 1938

    Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    Though based on a mystery novel, it's pretty obvious that most of the inspiration and impetus for this film was the success of the Thin Man series. Here, married couple Joel and Garda Sloane own a rare book store and get drawn into a murder case involving a rival book dealer, as they try to protect a young couple implicated in the case. The mystery is okay, but plays second fiddle to the Sloanes sparring in imitation of the Charleses.…

  • Employees' Entrance 1933

    Watched 22 Aug, 2014

    Well, they didn't make many bones about what this is about, did they? This young model made her employees' entrance by sleeping with the boss. But Baby Face this ain't, as Loretta Young's Madeleine pretty much hates Warren William's Kurt Anderson after she starts working at the department store and tries to keep her new beau Martin from becoming Anderson's protege...until a drunken party sends things spiraling off again.

    Despite the subject matter, it's a pretty light-hearted affair, though it…

  • The Big Sleep 1946

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2014

    I offhandedly suggested we add in a movie night this week to watch this in tribute to Lauren Bacall, and we didn't have time during the week, so Jonathan picked it for his turn on our regular movie night! He hadn't seen it before, and ended up loving it, so it worked out great.

    I've seen it a half dozen times, but I'm always thrilled to watch it again. I had such a crush on Bogart in this back in the day.

  • Stalag 17 1953

    Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    I think this is the last major Wilder film I had yet to watch - now just to pick up all the later ones and a couple of lesser-known ones from the '40s.

    When I watched The Lost Weekend ages ago, I commented that Wilder could make a movie in any genre, about any subject, and make it supremely entertaining. I still hold to that opinion. A prisoner of war drama seems like it would be a downer (though I…

  • You Only Live Once 1937

    Watched 04 Aug, 2014


    But, seriously. I recently read a great article on Movie Morlocks pointing out Fritz Lang's essential themes, using M and Fury as two major examples of the way Lang blurs the line between criminal and wronged man, between murderer and hunted man. This could've been exhibit C. I tend to hold to the traditional understanding of noir as a wartime and postwar disillusionment thing, but Lang makes a compelling case for extending back into Depression-era desperation.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    Watched 03 Aug, 2014

    Marvel is one of the only producers actually instilling a solid sense of fun as a central part of their franchises, and I love them for that. They're fine-tuning their formula (and it is a formula, but I really don't have a problem with formula if it's well done, and this is), and this one is getting pretty close to the top of the pile. The one thing it perhaps doesn't do well is stakes (it's never really in question that our heroes will come out on top), but when the ride is this much fun, I'm content with that.

  • The Raid 2 2014

    Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    I'm not sure I actually liked the addition of more story this time around. It didn't really add much except more talky scenes, and it was pretty basic corruption and gangster type stuff. That said, the action scenes were every bit as hard-hitting, well-choreographed, and awesome as before, so I still had a great time watching it.

  • The Karate Kid 1984

    Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    First time watch. Yep, for real. I actually quite liked it.