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  • The Verdict

    The Verdict 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Jul, 2016

    From desk drawer whiskey to filing cabinet beer, probably a whole essay could be written just on the drinks: offered and accepted (Charlotte Rampling is offered many, refuses only once), poured and ignored, ordered and bogarted, sipped carefully off the table, swallowed surreptitiously mid-phone call, gulped victoriously mid-pinball game, with an egg for breakfast, with an embrace and a kiss and ice cubes clinking, with a big check in fine glasses, in a back booth alone and waiting, spilled on a hotel room floor next to the bed.

  • The Verdict

    The Verdict 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    Lots to love: great performances across the board (Brenda J. Wyatt! Mal's dad!), scenes developing over long shots and single takes, the economy of close-ups, the careful structure and writing — every detail plants a seed or offers another layer of character.

    (My two favorite little reveals: cooling clam chowder beckoning unseen from the next room and the secret coat hanging spot.)

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  • Superman

    Superman 1978

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Nov, 2011

    Christopher Reeve, goddammit.

    Also, I actually appreciate the preposterous ending more as I get older. (Maybe as much as I enjoyed it when I was a kid.) It's not sci-fi, it's myth.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009

    Watched 27 Nov, 2011

    A movie featuring a team of mutant super-assassins hunting down Wolverine … And it sucks? Nice job, assfaces.