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  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016 20

    This is a new one for me. I haven't watched this yet. I'm about to.
    I'm about to watch it at 10pm having had a few drinks, having shed a few more tears, going in with my husband who hated Prince, and I mean hated him. At the time this video came out (not sure I can call it a movie from my recollection, but we will see) Jonathan was with a woman who adored Prince. His friends all loved…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Apr, 2016 6

    You know how it feels when you have something looming in the not-so distant future: an exam coming up that you know you aren't prepared for; a job interview and you haven't interviewed in years; a dentist appointment and you know you need the needle near the front up the nose (the worst one). You get a feeling days, weeks, maybe even months before that isn't shouting "hey, look at me" but it is there nonetheless making itself known, probably…

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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…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 241

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…