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  • The Trial

    The Trial 1962

    Watched 23 Apr, 2016

    I read Kafka's The Trial back in high school or college for fun, because that's the kind of kid I was, and I really loved it - but that was let's say several years ago and aside from the premise and general nightmarish inexorability of it, I didn't remember a whole lot of actual details about it going into the film. That may have been unfortunate, since I did find it difficult to follow in some parts (I'll admit to…

  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler 2008

    Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    I decided I was a huge Darren Aronofsky fan on the strength of one film - The Fountain - and then proceeded to not really watch more of his filmography for a while, especially when his very next film dealt with a subject I could barely care less about - a washed up wrestler. (I'm now at 4/6 features, with Requiem for a Dream coming up later in the challenge.) I'm not generally a huge sports person, and boxing/wrestling/fighting sports…

  • Naked

    Naked 1993

    Watched 14 Apr, 2016

    I hadn't heard of this film at all until a few months ago when someone (I don't even remember who!) was raving about David Thewlis' performance in it, but it definitely seemed like a difficult watch - I approached it with some trepidation when Chewie recommended it. And while it's certainly about a great number of people who range from borderline dislikeable to absolutely horrible and features a lot of highly dysfunctional "relationships" among working class (and below) Brits, I…

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    Why Don't You Play in Hell? 2013

    Watched 12 Apr, 2016 1

    I'd heard of Sion Sono before seeing this, but mostly got the sense that his stuff would be too weird/extreme for me. This one, however, is like an actual Japanese version of Kill Bill, except even more extreme, plus a filmmaking angle, which you know always attracts me.

    A set of young filmmakers wants to make one amazing film, and what could be more amazing than filming an actual yakuza battle (with their own Bruce Lee-yellow-jumpsuit-wearing action star for good…

  • Something New

    Something New 2006

    Watched 15 Apr, 2016

    Sorry for the delay on this one - combination of Netflix, library, and my own procrastination made acquiring the film take longer than I expected. I am caught up on watching films, but will likely do short writeups of the latest three to catch up.

    Right upfront, I want to point out that post-studio era romantic comedies kind of have a tough time with me - I don't often outright dislike them, but they also rarely reach favorite status, and…

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort 1967

    Rewatched 08 Apr, 2016

    Showed at a movie night to a bunch of friends of varying movie tastes - went over really well!

  • My Best Girl

    My Best Girl 1927

    Watched 01 Apr, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've literally been looking forward to this one since even before the Challenge started, as Dan let me know earlier that he would probably pick this one. It did not disappoint! I think it probably came up in conversation after I saw and LOVED Why Be Good? (1929) at last year's TCM Fest. This film does bear some similarities to that one.

    In fact, the story of My Best Girl is fairly routine and even cliched - Joe, the son…

  • Europe '51

    Europe '51 1952

    Watched 31 Mar, 2016

    I would much rather wait to write about this one until I've had more time with it, and preferably another couple of watches. It's not particularly complicated, and yet it's about an awful lot - labor, sacrifice, political philosophy, spirituality, society, redemption, and most of all, love. Not romantic love, but love of humanity itself and especially the less fortunate.

    Irene (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband George are wealthy, and despite surviving the trauma of WWII, they don't have too…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness 1992

    Watched 25 Mar, 2016

    That...was...AWESOME. Near the beginning, a medieval lord throws a prisoner into a deep pit. After a minute, a veritable geyser of blood shoots out of the pit and all over the courtyard. At that moment, I knew I was going to love this movie. It's got an over-the-top audacity that just totally works for me.

    I've been wanting to see Army of Darkness for quite a while, after liking-not-loving both Evil Deads and hearing a bit about how Army of…

  • Milk

    Milk 2008

    Watched 22 Mar, 2016

    I wasn't hugely looking forward to Milk, for a number of reasons - not particularly interested in the subject matter, not a fan of political dramas in general nor biopics, and Sean Penn alternately bores me and skeeves me out. But I was game to give it the old college try, and it definitely is a well-made film that would carry a great deal of power if the subject matter interested me more.

    For the backstory, Harvey Milk was the…

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995

    Watched 18 Mar, 2016

    This may not endear me to Bryan, but I should admit that when I was a kid I never watched the show (nor did I know anyone who did), but for some reason my friends and I made fun of it anyway - to this day I'm struggling to write the title properly instead of "Mighty Moron Chowder Ranchers." I dunno what this ridicule was borne from, but you know, it was pretty hypocritical. I like/liked a lot of questionable…

  • The Dance of Reality

    The Dance of Reality 2013

    Watched 17 Mar, 2016

    When I made my preview post listing how excited I was about various films I'd be watching for this challenge, I put two films under "I'm Terrified" - notable so-bad-it's-good movie Birdemic: Shock and Terror and this Alejandro Jodorowsky film. I was terrified because my husband had watched it for his podcast and thought it was pretty weird and maybe a little offputting. I'd heard Jodorowsky was a tough nut to crack in general, and I wasn't sure if this…