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  • Trafic 1971

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Dec, 2014

    Trafic is viewed as being a lesser Tati film, but in my opinion it is the film that Tati was destined to make. All his films prior to Trafic deal with transportation in some way, factoring into a Tati film as much as M. Hulot does. In Jour de Fete you have the bicycle, in Monsieur Hulot's Holiday there is his car, in Mon Oncle there is Hulot's bike and his brothers car, and then in Playtime there is all…

  • Meet the Mormons 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Dec, 2014

    Basically this documentary is the feature length version of those I'm a Mormon commercials that you may or may not have seen. There is a really bad opening in Time Square where a comedian introduces the film and then asks people what they think about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is nothing, because nobody has an idea what that is. Then it is revealed that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints =…

  • Out of Print 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Dec, 2014

    This is your standard niche fandom documentary, which covers the New Beverly Cinema and 35mm film preservation. Like most of these documentaries, it is enjoyable to listen to people discuss things that they are passionate about, and the documentary is quality throughout. However, this film has a pretty limited perspective, given that it is covering one of the most famous retrospective theatres in the world. Also, the person that made this doc is also now a disgruntled ex-employee of the…

  • Predestination 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2014

    So I am watching this movie....la da da...just Film Ape sitting at his desk watching an Ethan Hawke movie, and then bam....I realized that I knew everything that was going to happen in this film. This was maybe like twenty minutes in, so I had to figure out why I knew what was going to happen in this film. My first thought was wondering if maybe I myself am a time traveler. A quick check of Predestination's wikipedia page revealed…

  • Black Belt Angels 1994

    ★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2014

    "You're not a machine, you're a teenager with a future. Otherwise, you're just a trained animal."

    Just in case Black Belt Angels happens to get a Criterion Blu, I want to be the one to offer some serious insight into the film in the booklet, so I have provided some of the detailed critique that I could provide, to hopefully attract Criterion's attention.

    Black Belt Angels features the longest roller blade vs. roller blade chase scene in the history of…

  • Playtime 1967

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Dec, 2014 2

    Jacques Tati's magnum opus gets better on every single rewatch. There is no way that you can catch everything on a single viewing, and while this is the third time that I have seen this, it was pretty much like I saw it for the first time. Here are some observations that I had while rewatching it this time, provided in convenient list form.

    There is a running gag throughout the film of characters dressed as M. Hulot (faux Hulots)…

  • Tusk 2014

    ★★ Watched 03 Dec, 2014 8

    It is better than Red State, I'll give the movie that. Kevin Smith yet again takes an interesting horror movie concept, and then completely takes out any tension or suspense, leaving us with a film that is a serious tonal mess. It is really a bit of a disconcerting feeling watching a Kevin Smith movie these days, as he can never just focus down and commit to a singular idea. There are times in Tusk when its supposed to be…

  • Mon Oncle 1958

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2014 13

    I'd say that Mon Oncle and Playtime are the two films that pair together the best within Jacques Tati's filmography. It seems pretty obvious that Tati knew what he was going to do with Playtime when he made Mon Oncle, because where this film ends and Playtime begins ties together perfectly. I do think that colour really helps bring the world of M. Hulot alive in a way that black and white photography does not. Seeing this on the Criterion…

  • Trapped in Paradise 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Nov, 2014 2

    Young Richard Jenkins is the most distracting thing ever. The entire time I am just like, is that Richard Jenkins, no, it can't be, but I am pretty sure it is. I didn't come to a solid conclusion until I checked IMDB after the film. Yup, it is Richard Jenkins.

  • What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2014

    I cannot wait for the Blu-ray for this. There better be a Blu-ray.

  • Scrooged 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2014

    I was going to say that this film feels very inspired by The Fisher King, but that film came out three years after this one, and thus I am now questioning everything that I once believed prior to rewatching this film. I really didn't like this film as a kid, and most of what I didn't like I still don't like. All the ghosts are lame, and most of these segments are lame to me. This may be because these…

  • Home Alone 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2014 6

    Since the Film Junk Home Alone commentary was released last December, I doubt if I'll I ever watch this movie again without it playing over top. A family movie with a commentary full of cussing and the usual Film Junk shenanigans is a Christmas gift that just keeps on giving, and do not be surprised if I watch this at least once more before the 25th. Heck, twice more would not surprise me.