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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…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2016 7

    I've never seen anything like it.

    Imagine watching Die Hard exactly the way it is for 120 minutes. John McClane goes about his business being a bad-ass, Snype keeps doing his fantastic bit, and everything happens the way it happens. There is still plenty of action to go in the remaining 30 minutes. Everything will get resolved next. This is the good part. And then all of a sudden john McClane goes down and the next scene is him waking…

  • The Band's Visit

    The Band's Visit 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2016 1

    March Around the World - Stop #21: Israel


    A lovely and funny tale of an Egyptian Police Band invited to play in Israel. Plans go awry when they get stuck in a small town and rely on the locals for food and shelter (and a bit of fun).

    I couldn't watch this one without being reminded of Aki Kaurismäki. The Band's Visit isn't quite full on deadpan like Take Care of Your Scarf Tatiana, but it sure has its moments.…

  • Loves of a Blonde

    Loves of a Blonde 1965

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Mar, 2016

    March Around the World - Stop #19: Czechoslovakia


    Give Miloš Forman a local event in a small town community centre and he'll have you in stitches within a minute. It is his turf. He knows the people, he knows the situations and he knows what can come up. He knows it like the back of his hand. He never disrespects his characters, but he sure does emphasize their insecurities and fears. Of course most of us share them, which is…

  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method 2011

    ½ Watched 20 Mar, 2016 18

    March Around the World - Stop #17: Canada


    I am 30 minutes into the film. I cannot express how much i dislike it so far.

    Watching these two psychoanalysts go at it is like listening to two people discuss in all seriousness how UFOs are taking over the world.

    Then there is Keira Knightley's performance. Oh my. I can't figure out why she decided to go all jaw-protruding physical to display someone who needs a friend to listen to them.…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying 1957

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Mar, 2016 3

    March Around the World - Stop #12: Soviet Union

    Ok, so I've been seeing this title for like 6 years now and I always thought it was fascinating and interesting and architectural. Flying Cranes. Wow. Will it be a metaphor for doing the impossible? for boundless imagination and creativity? lifting our earthly burdens? seeing beyond the practical and pragmatic? or maybe just the lifting of a weight from the shoulders? "the cranes fly like ships" says Veronika when reciting a…

  • Wild Strawberries

    Wild Strawberries 1957

    ★★½ Watched 17 Mar, 2016 16

    March Around the World - Stop #16: Sweden

    I edited my review. In fact, I replaced most of it. I have kept the original for my records because it reflected what I saw in the film, but it was better suited to a private diary than a public forum.

    In my original review (which was more of a post-viewing rant) I made unfair accusations against Bergman. Silly ones, really. I accused him of thinking he was deeper than he was.…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express 1974

    ★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2016 9

    March Around the World - Stop #14: UK


    The title, the cast, Sidney Lumet, all reasons it has been on my watchlist for decades. It always seemed so exotic, so mysterious. Of course had I realized this was a Hercule Poirot film, an Agatha Christie mystery, I would have gone in with much lower expectations.

    Lumet played up the glamour of the train as much as he could with loads of shots of the idle train blowing seductive smoke while…

  • Dementia 13

    Dementia 13 1963

    ★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2016

    March Around the World - 3rd stop: USA

    What an odd film. It is set up to be creepy and suspenseful and perhaps even a little bizarre, and all the tools are there to achieve that look and feel but it doesn't quite get there. I wish I were more versed in cinematic language to see what was missing. Score? Editing? The basic story is good enough. A woman's very rich husband dies of a heart attack and to secure…

  • 20 Fingers

    20 Fingers 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2016 2

    March Around the World - Stop #10: Iran

    I've seen my fair share of two-handers but I don't think I've seen one made up of vignettes in which the same two actors play out different scenes. All the descriptions I have read about the film seem to imply that the vignettes (which are probably less 'vignettes' and more 'conversations') aren't related, in that the actors are playing different people in each of the 6 or 7 or so conversations. I'm…

  • Boy

    Boy 2010

    ★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2016

    March Around the World - 8th stop: New Zealand


    Cute and quirky with loveable kids this film about young siblings living on their own for a week tried to be charming but doesn't quite get there. The long-lost father who shows up with his friends was too much of a buffoon for the story, creating an imbalance from which the film never recovered. It could have been a lovely, gentle magical tale and I'm quite certain that is what it was aiming for but it missed its mark.