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  • I Served the King of England

    I Served the King of England 2006

    ★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2015

    30 countries challenge - film 18 - Czechoslovakia

    I Served the King of England hits all the marks of a Czech film about the sorry state of its nation and its people during the war and under Soviet Occupation. There is humour. There is self-depracation, although not as much as other films. There is a bit of resistence, but not too much. The marks of what I love about Czech films about that era.

    This one though wasn't quite as…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2 2014

    Watched 20 Mar, 2015 13

    30 countries challenge - film 16 - Indonesia

    I hope I can get around to finishing this one just that I can tick the damn thing off my list as seen, but boy oh boy, talk about a real March 'challenge'. I bought the Blu because I was under the impression that a bunch of my friends gave this 4+ stars. Now I see that just as many gave it less than 2-1/2. Way to go, Lise. Check out those ratings before purchasing next time.

    Anyone want the blu? I'll pay you ;-)

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 89

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015 32

    Wow.

    This is by far the best middle finger salute to the "paint your feelings" school of education. How refreshing! Simmons deserves all the accolades he's getting and then some for his portrayal of a Jazz musician turned teacher looking to preserve the future of his beloved music by trying to cultivate the next Charlie Parker. Does he go to far? Probably. Is it true that "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job"?…