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  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2016

    O Boxer's Omen, where have you been all my life?

    One of those wondrous films where absolutely anything can happen. And does, in spades. An immaculate vision of unbridled excess. Essential viewing for all persons gifted with sight.

  • 3 Women

    3 Women 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2016

    Inscrutable yet mesmerizing. One of Robert Altman's richest works, this one completely upends any expectations going in and emerges as his most quasi-mystical work. Shelley Duvall, who collaborated with Altman on the script (which was unfinished at the time shooting began), won a well-deserved Best Actress award at Cannes. Sissy Spacek is also endlessly fascinating in this. Both ladies received multiple award nods and Roger Ebert voted this his Film of the Year for 1977. Highly recommended.

  • Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox 2016

    Watched 15 Nov, 2016

    Honestly, very difficult to get through. I'm very disappointed in Netflix for supporting something like this.

  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) 2010

    Watched 15 Nov, 2016

    Good Lord, what am I doing?

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1910

    Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    The first cinematic adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic. Charming, whimsical, and imaginative. A huge influence on the several Oz films made in the mid 1910s, all of which I highly recommend. A key work for Ozophiles.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz 1933

    Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    Very early animated attempt at the L Frank Baum classic, though several Oz films, including some even based on the first book, had already been released well before this. Baum is billed as the writer, but this lacks the whimsical fantasy of his books and has very little to do with them really. Short and cute and a curiosity piece for sure, but Oz completists only need apply.

  • X-Men

    X-Men 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2014

    This has to be the hundredth time I've seen this film...

  • A Band Called Death

    A Band Called Death 2012

    Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    A truly revelatory piece examining an utterly obscure early 70s black punk rock band from Detroit. While not at all devoid of melody, Death's music is still a bone-crunching juggernaut, much like the best 70s punk. The band's story is at turns entertaining and inspiring (as is much punk is to me). This doc places Death into its long overdue proper historical context. Before there was Bad Brains, there was ... DEATH!!

  • The Sweetest Thing

    The Sweetest Thing 2002

    ½ Watched 25 Aug, 2012

    Can we institute a quarter-star rating?

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator 1940

    Rewatched 01 Sep, 2012

    It's too bad the world didn't take this more to heart when it was first released. If more people had viewed Hitler as he truly was (and was depicted here) - a pathetic joke of a human being (though admittedly far more deadly in real life) - perhaps Chaplin's perfectly pitched parody would have been as prescient then as it turned out to be.

  • The Idiot

    The Idiot 1951

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Aug, 2012 1

    Kurosawa's superb adaptation of Dostoevsky's classic novel is elegiacally rendered but usually cited by fans and critics as the master filmmaker's weakest work. Regardless of the near universal hatred hurled at the film, this transposition of Dostoevky's masterpiece from 19th century Russia to postwar Japan finds Kurosawa at his most deeply earnest and emotive.

  • Cry of the Banshee

    Cry of the Banshee 1970

    ★★½ Added

    Not too bad, but it'd be more prudent to seek out Witchfinder General instead, with Price in a similar role boasting an incredible performance. Neither film really has anything to do with Edgar Allan Poe, FYI. Great opening credits - early work by Terry Gilliam.