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  • Last Cab to Darwin

    Last Cab to Darwin 2015

    Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    Guy has terminal cancer.
    He's in a bar and what's on tv? A Doctor up north is helping patients with euthanasia.
    A few minutes later someone drops a newspaper, and what's the headline? "EUTHANASIA".
    He's in a restaurant, and what are the people at the next table discussing: Euthanasia.

    That's the first 10 minutes.
    With writing like that...
    Didn't stick around for the rest.

  • One Hour with You

    One Hour with You 1932

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 3

    Absolutely delightful. No one breaks the 4th wall quite like Maurice Chevalier. Watching him sing "What Would You Do" while watching me is one of the best film moments I've experienced. Goodness what a great showman he is, and what a charming film. I can't recall the last time I had so much fun watching a moving picture.

    It's old. It's black and white. It's 1932. It's a musical.
    So there's all that to get over if this isn't your…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2016 16

    Nope. Not seeing what everyone else is seeing.

    Both characters were the same - very unemotional, distant, with a complete lack of joy. Even when they were together, alone, the mood was heavy and stifling. Nothing was provided by way of reasons for the attraction, and honestly I didn't feel any chemistry between them at all. None. There was one scene where Carol (Cate Blanchett) was given'er with the glassy dough-eyed come-on look, but it was kinda weird, really, and…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2016 1

    It's beautiful. It is all snow and trees and honestly, what can be more beautiful than that? asks The Ontario Girl Who Adores Winter.

    It reminded me of the books we were forced to read when we were too young to appreciate them: the historical novels about early 19th century frontiersmen in what is now known as Canada; the books for which a good essay inevitably mentioned how the rugged Canadian wilderness was a main character.

    I was mesmerized by…

  • Cartel Land

    Cartel Land 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2016

    Man oh man does this one hit on the big issues....

    When asked outright what one might think about vigilantism, many might inflate their chests and bellow out a huge NOoooooo.
    We all know where vigilantism leads. Vengeance. Injustice. Anarchy even.
    Hell, even Oldboy had to pay for his revenge in the end, and if he didn't have a good reason for it who did?

    What if you couldn't get justice any other way. What if there were no police…

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2016 26

    Well, I wasn't expecting that at all. Geez, I liked this one quite a bit. The last Ridley Scott film I saw set in space didn't fare so well, but this one was quite entertaining. It wasn't Blade Runner or Alien, but it wasn't Prometheus either. I figured the film might be ok, having finished the book the day before the screening, but I imagined the ending being all violin-y and thought the film might be ruined by sentimentality. All…

  • Amy

    Amy 2015

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2016 15

    I knew her name but I didn't know her music. Damned shame, too, because I could have been a fan (of the style, if not the lyrics).

    The documentary's style bothers me. Not per se. I loved it in Senna. But here, here I got all creeped out thinking about the paparazzi's footage being used in this way. The irony is too great. As is its absence.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Jan, 2016 18

    Not watched as part of the annual Hal's Birthday community viewing.

    Warning: what follows is corny. Just sayin'.

    I didn't watch it this year. Instead I stayed in our upstairs theatre and watched Jane Austen's Sense and Sensitibility (the Emma Thompson version) with headphones, cause the noise from Jonathan watching 2001 downstairs was deafening.

    I didn't watch it this year. But I heard it. I heard it many times. Of those times, it is still that first time that says…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2016 31

    I'd love to write down my thoughts but I can't friggin hear them because I'm now officially deaf. I just sat through the loudest and most boring concert ever, with horrendous tunes, and terrible accompanying music videos. Why weren't there subtitles? There should have been subtitles, 'cause every once in a while I could see someone's mouth move as though they were speaking but the damned music was so loud. Anyway, I think the entire music video/concert was some sort…

  • Burnt

    Burnt 2015

    ★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2016 3

    There's this chef, see, and he ruined his life with booze and drugs. He also ruined the lives of a whole bunch of other people with booze and drugs and just being a general dick. Well, he gave up the crap so now he's just a straight dick, with no excuse. He makes amends for everything, though, by, get this, by suffering through shelling 1 million mussels in some seedy joint. You see? He's so far above this kind of…

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2016 6

    For its genre Brooklyn did a great job. There were 3 maybe 4 scenes that teetered on the melodramatic, and this had far less to do with screenplay than the score. The score kept insisting that this was going to be melodramatic even when it wasn't, so that is a damned shamed. Still, for this genre, 3-4 moments giving into the score isn't that bad.

    The thing I like about Brooklyn is that it explores what it is like to…

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

    ★★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2015

    Finally.

    Finally a film that shows what it was like to be a 15 year old girl back in the day.

    Parts of this film were damned scary for the accuracy with which they portrayed being 15 back then. If I weren't so sucked into the main character's point of view I'm quite certain I would be all bent outta shape about a 30 year old doing a 15 year old. But I saw it all from her point of…