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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    Watched 30 Jul, 2014 2

    Lonely Martian becomes impossibly beautiful woman, uses seductive wiles to further radical feminist agenda, plunges herself into existential crisis once she realizes she's living in fucking Scotland. Probably just about Jesus or Marxism or something. A masterpiece, I guess. Starring the chick from The Avengers, the Lucky Charms leprechaun, and John Hurt as the Elephant Man.

  • From Here to Eternity

    From Here to Eternity 1953

    Watched 16 Jul, 2014 2

    There are some classic films – if you’ll forgive me, An American in Paris, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Graduate, The Producers – that seem dated today but whose fame has not withered; so indelible are a moment or two, an image, a performance, that the film as a whole has been seared into the public conscience.

    From Here to Eternity is one such film. Viewed with fresh eyes, it’s apparent that Fred Zinnemann and company couldn’t quite decide whether Burt…

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men 2006

    Watched 21 Apr, 2013 14

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

    "As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd what happens in a world without children's voices. I was there at the end."
    "Now you're gonna be there at the beginning."

    Children of Men is undoubtedly a great film. Not because of the sci-fi world created, which is among the most haunting and complex post-apocalyptic murals painted. Not because of the premise, which finds earth infertile and uncaring. Not even because of the film's technical mastery,…

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Added 8

    It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…