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  • Interstellar 2014

    Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    I've been intrigued by all the mentions of 2001: A Space Odyssey I've seen by people talking about this film, and I can see what they mean - it doesn't feel anything like 2001, really, but it's definitely the kind of movie someone like Nolan would make if they were making their version of 2001 - both more action-oriented and more emotionally-charged. It worked quite well for this film.

    In any case, it pretty much wrecked me. And then I had to go hug my daughter really hard.

  • Jeopardy 1953

    Watched 06 Nov, 2014

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

  • Freaks 1932

    Watched 01 Nov, 2014 3

    So glad to finally see this one, which has been on my watchlist forEVER. And I was mostly not disappointed.

    It does feel exploitative at times, as some scenes highlight the deformities of the sideshow performers (who are actual sideshow performers, not actors with makeup and special effects), but they also tend to highlight the amazing feats these people have become capable of to rise above their circumstances. The dexterity some have with their toes, and others with their mouths…

  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970

    Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    This is kind of a goofy movie, which seems to be rather a common factor of late Wilder films. It has an opera sequence that results in Holmes being propositioned to be the father of a retiring singer's desired progeny, to which he insinuates that he and Watson are lovers. It has a damsel in distress who may just be a femme fatale. It has the Loch Ness Monster and a top secret government plot led by none other than…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Better than I expected, although I should've, well, expected that given the solid reviews it got this summer. It was kind of a risk throwing us into the future state like that, and I think it paid off. That said, I did find it quite amusing (for good or ill) how very hard they were trying to make the original three films fit with this continuity. It's simultaneously convenient and brilliant that they've now basically given themselves an out to explain away any continuity conflicts.

  • [REC] 3: Genesis 2012

    Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    Even though I liked the first two, for some reason I wasn't too excited to go into [Rec] 3, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Interestingly, it kind of leaves the franchise's found footage aesthetic in the dust; the opening is found footage, but once the film itself gets going, it shifts to a standard camera, and it looks REALLY good. I kind of appreciated that it wasn't afraid to eschew its gimmick and just be an enjoyable zombie…

  • 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…