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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2014

    Welcome to prime time, bitch.

    Viewed in a beautiful 35mm print for Terror Tuesday's "Fredtember" series, this has always been my favorite of the series.

    In terms of NOES, I've always considered it a trilogy. Just the original, part 3 and Wes Craven's New Nightmare for me, please.

    There's SUCH a talented pool of people involved here to make it a success:

    Wes Craven returned as Executive Producer and co-screenwriter. The Shawshank Redemption's Frank Darabont is also one of four…

  • Wetlands 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Sep, 2014

    At this point in my life, it's not very easy to shock me, but David Wnendt did just that with Wetlands. It's the first (and likely only) romance packed with hemorrhoids and more bodily fluids than you can top a pizza with.

    Carla Juri gives an outstandingly bravura performance as Helen, but it's a difficult character to love. She's TRULY disturbed and her actions had Ben & I groaning, shouting EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWW and covering our eyes often.

    Not for the easily offended.…

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    James Bobin's 2011 reboot of the franchise was legitimately funny and had charm to spare. This time around, everything feels stale. There are a few great gags, but the movie mostly feels like they started making it without a script and figured they could work it all out in the end. Highly disappointing on every level.

  • The Running Man 1987

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Sep, 2014

    Talk about 80s movies that don't quite hold up the way you remember. The new Olive Films Blu-ray looks pretty great and I hadn't seen it since I was 12 or 13, so it was still fun to revisit.

    I'm curious to know how many one-liners were scrapped to get to the final catchphrases in the movie as Arnold racks up kills. Also, who knew that 2017 would bring 80s workout leotards back in style?

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014 1

    I can readily admit that I graded on a curve here.

    It has moments of incredible cheesiness, but goddamn it I cried like a baby. While I was easily emotionally manipulated by it as I am a teenage girl at heart, there are also some legitimately strong moments, mostly anchored by scenes with Shailene Woodley & Laura Dern.

  • Sunset Boulevard 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    I'm ashamed to say this was my first viewing, but it certainly won't be my last. I am thankful that my first time was with this pristine 35mm print as part of the "influences" side bar in the Alamo's Complete David Lynch series.

  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 1

    It's rare for a movie to legitimately surprise me these days. All I can say is don't read anything about this - just go in blind and experience it. I wish more indie films were doing something this original, strange and wonderful.

  • Lady of Burlesque 1943

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    Supremely silly, but Stanwyck is remarkable as always.

  • Mood Indigo 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 1

    The first two-thirds of this whimsical romance from Michel Gondry made me convinced that I was watching his best work yet. Unfortunately, the movie makes such an extreme tonal shift in the final act that I think makes the entire piece very problematic.

    Adding insult to injury, this "international" cut runs 36 minutes shorter than the original French version. it's hard to know whether or not the added footage would make me love it or hate it more, but the movie as released feels incomplete.

  • To Be Takei 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    For almost 7.5 million people around the world, George Takei is one of the best things about their Facebook feed. He’s gathered a massive following online including people who’ve never watched an episode of Star Trek, the show that first brought him to fame almost fifty years ago. While some may only know him from the humorous daily posts on his social media accounts, this documentary by Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber introduces viewers to a man with a…

  • Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2014

    Viewed in a stunning 35mm print as part of The Complete David Lynch series.

  • Lost Highway 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014

    I hadn't seen this projected since its original release. I subsequently have owned it on widescreen vhs, Australian import dvd, German import dvd, official Focus Features Region 1 dvd and now as part of a German import Blu-ray box set that also includes Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.

    The print we viewed last night as part of the Alamo's Complete David Lynch series still had the original October Films logo on the header, but the print looked brand new. There…