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  • Sneakers

    Sneakers 1992

    Watched 19 May, 2016

    I hadn't heard of this movie at all until it came up on a podcast I randomly listened to a few months ago, and I was intrigued because I love spy-type and hacker-type movies, so I was glad to have a push to see it. I didn't know much what to expect from tone, though I figured it'd be light, and it was.

    Robert Redford plays Marty Bishop, formerly a juvenile delinquent hacker now working to test security systems with…

  • The Abyss

    The Abyss 1989

    Watched 18 May, 2016

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

    Truth be told, this is one of the films I've been looking forward to the most in the challenge, if only because my friend and Flickchart developer Nathan pretty much never shuts up about it. But Nathan didn't give it to me for the challenge - he hasn't chosen yet, so we'll see what he comes up with now that one of his favorite casual recs for me is gone.

    I'm sort of hot and cold on James Cameron -…

  • Escape from Alcatraz

    Escape from Alcatraz 1979

    Watched 21 May, 2016

    I love prison escape movies.

    Escape from Alcatraz > Three Times
    Escape from Alcatraz > Sicario
    Escape from Alcatraz < Toy Story 3
    Escape from Alcatraz < The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
    Escape from Alcatraz < Repeat Performance
    Escape from Alcatraz < The Savages
    Escape from Alcatraz < Alphaville
    Escape from Alcatraz < Dogma
    Escape from Alcatraz < Terribly Happy
    Escape from Alcatraz < The Journey of Natty Gann
    Escape from Alcatraz < The Kid Brother
    Escape from Alcatraz < The French Connection

    Final ranking #911 out of 3641 (75%)

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight 2013

    Watched 12 May, 2016

    In a way, this is kind of a gimme recommendation - Before Sunrise, the first movie in this trilogy, is my #156 and in the 96th percentile of my Flickchart, and while I don't like Before Sunset as much as many people, it's still solidly in my Top 1000 at 80%. It's probably a given that I would like Before Midnight, and really, I'm surprised I hadn't gotten around to it already. Good news for Ryan, though, as he gets…

  • Being There

    Being There 1979

    Watched 10 May, 2016

    I've only seen a couple of Hal Ashby films - Harold and Maude and now this one - and though both are highly acclaimed, they both left me feeling pretty uncomfortable. I'm sure that's the point, but it's not an uncomfortable I appreciate.

    In this one, simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers) has been gardener to a rich man all his life. He's never left the house, never really talked with anyone, never learned to read, never even gets his own meals…

  • Don't Get Nervous

    Don't Get Nervous 1929

    Watched 30 Apr, 2016

    Don’t Get Nervous < Three Times
    Don’t Get Nervous < Gaslight (1940)
    Don’t Get Nervous > The Barefoot Contessa
    Don’t Get Nervous > The Story of Seabiscuit
    Don’t Get Nervous < Niagara
    Don’t Get Nervous < My Sister Eileen
    Don’t Get Nervous > J’entends plus la guitare
    Don’t Get Nervous < Seasons of the Heart
    Don’t Get Nervous > Let’s Make It Legal
    Don’t Get Nervous < The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    Don’t Get Nervous < A Yank in the R.A.F.
    Don’t Get Nervous < Francis the Talking Mule

    Final #2915 out of 3632 (20%)

  • Fail-Safe

    Fail-Safe 1964

    Watched 06 May, 2016

    If Ken's other film Mortal Kombat had me a bit apprehensive going into it, I was pretty excited about this one - a political thriller based on the same book as Dr. Strangelove (and released the same year), but with a totally straight rather than satirical take on it. It's been years since I've seen Strangelove, and that's probably good, as it gave this one a chance to stand on its own with little comparison.

    At the height of the…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat 1995

    Watched 05 May, 2016

    When I first announced this challenge back in December, Ken Gagne was one of the first ones to lock in his choices - but he chose a week in May rather than January. So I've had quite a while to consider his choices, and I'mma be honest, when Mortal Kombat the movie was one of them, I had a moment of wondering if this whole idea had been a terrible mistake! Letting other people pick movies for me? Who knows…

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon 1953

    Rewatched 01 May, 2016

    My capsule review from TCM Film Fest:

    Here's how I reranked it on my Flickchart (was #134 before):
    The Band Wagon > Possessed (1947)
    The Band Wagon > Rango
    The Band Wagon > A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    The Band Wagon > Wayne’s World
    The Band Wagon > L.A. Confidential
    The Band Wagon < Detour
    The Band Wagon > The Birds
    The Band Wagon < White Christmas
    The Band Wagon > The Tree of Life
    The Band Wagon < Shakespeare in Love
    The Band Wagon > The Third Man

    Final #76 out of 3627 (98%)

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949

    Rewatched 01 May, 2016

    My capsule review from TCM Film Fest:

    Here's how I reranked it on my Flickchart (was #2696 before):
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon > Possessed (1947)
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon > Rango
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon > A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon < Wings of Desire
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon > Headhunters
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon < The Man from Laramie
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon < Mean Streets
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon < Minority Report

  • Band of Outsiders

    Band of Outsiders 1964

    Rewatched 30 Apr, 2016

    My capsule review from TCM Film Fest:

    It's my #4 on Flickchart. I didn't bother to rerank it. It's still wonderful.

  • A House Divided

    A House Divided 1931

    Watched 01 May, 2016

    My capsule review from TCM Film Fest:

    Here's how it entered my Flickchart:
    A House Divided > Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    A House Divided < Rango
    A House Divided > X-Men: First Class
    A House Divided < Ida
    A House Divided < Persepolis
    A House Divided < Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    A House Divided < Shenandoah
    A House Divided < This is the Night
    A House Divided < A Corny Concerto
    A House Divided < The Devil’s Double
    A House Divided < Band of Brothers
    A House Divided < The Music Man

    Final #1360 out of 3627 (63%)