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  • 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 25

    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.

  • Russell Brand: Messiah Complex 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2014 2

    This is my introduction to Russell Brand and I'm not quite sure what to make of him. I was certainly surprised to see that he wasn't all stand-up but was quite opinionated and thoughtful on some subjects. I especially liked how he laughed at himself. That was a nice contrast to his more political self. I quite liked him to tell the truth. I wasn't a fan of when he seemed to be improvising, though. He had a great script…

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

    ★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2014

    This film has to have really screwed up for me to not enjoy it. I was a captive audience on a plane, I wanted and was in the mood for brain dead and I loved Chris Pine in Star Trek. The first half was good. Saying I was glued to the screen isn't saying much because if I weren't glued to that it would have been to the back of a reclined chair. Nonetheless, I imagined myself watching it in…

  • Man with a Movie Camera 1929

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2014 11

    Part of the 2014 30 countries challenge, Film #18 - Soviet Union

    I can't think of another film that has created such excitement in me. About 20 minutes in I was grinning ear to ear, glued to the screen, and just so happy. It is unbelievable what this guy does. I mean, he does it all. Every type of shot, every type of transition, every kind of magic that can be done with a camera. It was crazy! The only…

  • Viridiana 1961

    ½ Watched 22 May, 2014 8

    Part of the 2014 30 countries challenge, Film #17 - Mexico

    I don't think I have ever hated a film as much as I hate this one. I hated every single thing about it. I wanted every one of the characters to go hang themselves. I wanted to sit Buñuel down and slap him silly. The "last supper" did me in. By this point I kept watching to see if it could get any worse. Last time I watched a film with that in mind was The Joy Luck Club. I can't decided between the two which I hate more, although I'm leaning towards this one.

  • The Music Room 1958

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2014 3

    Part of the 2014 30 countries challenge, Film #16 - India

    It probably doesn't have to be said, but The Music Room is not Bollywood. There is music and dancing, but for the first time in an Indian film, director Satyajit Ray integrated the music and dancing scenes into the film's structure rather than having them appear haphazardly. There are three such scenes, all held in the titular Music Room of Biswambhar Roy's decaying palace. The feudal landlord loves to…