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  • Genesis: Together and Apart

    Genesis: Together and Apart 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015 2

    The first Genesis album I listened to was A Trick of the Tail. I was twelve or thirteen years of age and had never heard such tunes. Later, Seconds Out became the first album I owned. Not sure if I became a fan right away, but when I got around to the older albums a couple of years later, I surely was.
    I never was one to lose interest in the group when they became a pop band either. Maybe…

  • The Kentuckian

    The Kentuckian 1955

    ★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    In 1955, I guess Burt Lancaster could do pretty much what he wanted. And, for some reason, he wanted to direct and to star in the story of «The Kentuckian». Several aspects regarding this strike me as a bit odd, because the Kentuckian's story isn't all that exciting. I wonder why the studio went along, but again, Burt Lancaster was a star in 1955.

    The film opens with Big Eli Wakefield (Lancaster), his son Little Eli, perhaps 10 years old…

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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2012 14

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2012 3

    I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.

    Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…