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  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2016 1

    What timing! It is almost all I can say about this film. I didn't like it much on a first viewing but that isn't worth the characters it takes up because this film isn't about that. This film, more than many, is all about execution and it is spot on. The timing, the delivery, the cadence (ok, so that goes under timing). It is the absolute best film I've ever not quite liked. And Tony Curtis is the best he's…

  • Amok Bamaim

    Amok Bamaim 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jul, 2016 2

    I always find it exciting to see a short film that reveals just enough but not too much, especially one that has a lot of close-ups of objects and parts. When I see this it is like a shot of adrenaline going straight to my slumbering imagination. All of a sudden, all things are possible. There could be story here, or there could be atmosphere, poignancy, poetry. It is all open-ended until the filmmaker decides to put his foot down…

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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 243

    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…