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  • The Birds 1963

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014

    "Pretty. what are they?"
    "Lovebirds."
    "Hmmmmmm. Well, good luck, Ms. Daniels"

    love how transparent the "lovebirds" imagery is, as if Hitchcock knew it was ridiculous and kept it in as a joke

  • Goodbye to Language 2014

    Watched 18 Dec, 2014 3

    not the ideal way to see this (anaglyph 3d on a 22" tv) but certainly not the worst (2d) - at least i have an idea of what Godard was doing w/the camera(s) (leaves on water, splitting/overlaying images instead of cutting between them, hands on railings).

    very little insight into what he was trying to say (verbal/non-verbal communication is a safe bet i guess), but that's to be expected after only seeing it once - it won't be the last.…

  • Summer Hours 2008

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Dec, 2014

    I love how generational this is: the past, the present, and the future of a family, all passing beautiful, valuable things (financially, artistically, sentimentally) on to their children (hypothetically in the case of the grandchildren), while only ever enjoying them fleetingly - as if this house, furniture, art (even memories) are obligations instead of blessings.

  • Pompeii 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    really need to see this again (maybe/probably in 3D) but, first time round, it *feels* great - emotional, exciting, and genuine - the final shot alone makes this more valuable than most of the shit it's compared to.

  • Election 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    the most dysfunctional frat on campus

  • Lesson of the Evil 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Nov, 2014

    the purest version of Miike's "Japan may seem lovely but beneath the surface it's more fucked up than you could ever imagine" worldview, and also the biggest fuck you to America and its culture of violence I think I've ever seen.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    "what about my side?"

  • Panic Room 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    further proof (if it was needed) that Fincher can elevate even the cheapest b-movie script to something graceful and exciting while still retaining its nastiness - a study of architecture more than a study of crime.

  • The Deer Hunter 1978

    ★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    I don't see what there is about this that makes it anything more than a (visually and narratively) simplistic "war changes people" parable.

    People obviously do, so I guess it's on me and Michael Cimino just isn't my kind of filmmaker. But hey, at least I made it to the end of this one.

  • Dust in the Wind 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    the directions the trains are travelling is *everything* in this movie

  • The Thin Blue Line 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2014

    generally find it hard to trust documentaries, especially those which fight a specific corner (Blackfish, Michael Moore, etc), but this leaves a sour taste in the mouth for different reasons - the clarity with which Morris presents the facts of the case is enthralling, coming across like In Cold Blood if Perry Smith was innocent, even when the talking heads/reconstruction approach is kind of perfunctory.

  • Moneyball 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    simplistic to a fault, but damn, I can't resist a sports movie