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  • Grease 1978

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014 14

    I knew all the words.

    It was either go bowling, hang out at the mall or go back to the movie theatre to see Grease for the 13th time. That is why I knew all the words. Now, I was a youngin' at the time, and the only other films I'd seen were Saturday morning Vincent Price specials on TV, Dino and Lewis films, some Bruce Lee movies we saw at the drive-in when dad had a fixin' for popcorn,…

  • Good Will Hunting 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2014 2

    Sad news. Robin Williams died today of an apparent suicide.

  • Dirty Harry 1971

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014 4

    It is so nice to re-watch a film you have known for your entire life and find that it really is as good as you remembered.

    I'm not sure why I don't grab a Clint film automatically for my Friday Night Action/Thriller selection. Clint is the man. That sounds so 80s but he is The Man. He's always the same reliably rogue character with fantastic zingers when it counts. I was surprised to find that in Dirty Harry none of…

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014 37

    Thank goodness.
    After his foray into Hollywood with Prisoners I was afraid we might never see another great Denis film.
    He is now cemented as my favourite Canadian director, one of my favourites from anywhere, and one that I will always look out for.

    In Enemy Villeneuve creates his most distinctive mood piece. The entire film works because of the score. Without that score we have an awful lot of Gyllenhaal displaying worry in all the various ways you can…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014 37

    There is a scene in Man of Steel that says it all.

    In the middle of a showdown with the bad guys in downtown Metropolis with people everywhere, a flaming truck or some other huge thing is thrown towards Superman who is standing in front of a building. A building presumably filled with people.

    Superman jumps out of the way.
    He jumps out of the way.
    Superman.

    The truck goes into the building destroying I don't how many floors killing…

  • Hiroshima mon amour 1959

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014 1

    Hiroshima Mon Amour is both a great film and some of the most pretentious clap trap I've ever seen.
    It is as much a beautiful ode to overcoming the despair of utter destruction as it is a terribly misguided self-important comparison between the main character's lost love and the world's most horrific disaster.
    It is beautifully photographed and scored, and so melodramatic at times that it is laugh out loud funny.
    It's poetic dialogue sings, but the dreariness is too…

  • The Lady Vanishes 1938

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2014 1

    We've all seen films whose beginnings spend altogether too much time establishing characters or situations. Most of the time we end up being quite glad that we stuck with it, because at some point things came together and got interesting. The Lady Vanishes is one such film.

    From a screenwriting perspective I can't help but wonder what could have made The Lady Vanishes more interesting right from the get go. I know that the establishing scenes were altogether too long.…

  • Ace in the Hole 1951

    ★★½ Watched 10 Jul, 2014 4

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • More Than Honey 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2014 3

    We all know that there is a worldwide problem with bees. We all know the devastating effect of losing our bees. At least we should. More Than Honey doesn't tell us the cause of the dwindling bee population but rather shows us what the various causes might be. In fact, in one disappointing sentence, the narrator gets to the point where he is just about to address the cause when he then delivers the most general sentence ever: it is…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2014 27

    Oh oh. Seems like my relationship with Anderson might have been a one-night stand after all. Moonrise Kingdom was the first (and only) time he enchanted me.

    There were moments in Budapest that were lovely. The very narrow staff dining table with the lectern which I am sure was at the bottom of an L in an L-shaped narrow dining room. M. Gustave's flipping between crassness and romantic poetry. The way Zero Moustafa kept telling Gustave not to flirt with…

  • Ender's Game 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2014 11

    I'm at a loss. I can't figure out why so many people hate this film. I had no intention of ever seeing it given the ratings it was getting, and I most certainly didn't want to watch it as the next film after Elysium, where I had to walk out or lose my mind. After a walk-out like that I want Pride and Prejudice or something I know I will love just to restore my faith. Watching Ender's Game might…

  • Elysium 2013

    ½ Watched 24 Jun, 2014 7

    Couldn't take it anymore. At the 55 minute mark my head could no longer take the hammer.