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  • M 1931

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Apr, 2014

    Fantastic. In one of the first movies with sound, it's used to great effect. The whistled tune that signals the murders echoes across over the 83 years since it was recorded. It's a motif still occasionally used, such as the character Omar in the TV series The Wire.

    The camera work is amazing for the time as well. I can't imagine that the long shot through the Copacabana in Goodfellas wasn't at least partially inspired by Lang's similar shot through the sandwich shop about halfway though M.

  • Songs from the Second Floor 2000

    Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    I must not have read the correct memo to understand what this was about.

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  • The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2012

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

    The Prestige is less easy…

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2012

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.