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  • Trans-Europ-Express

    Trans-Europ-Express 1966

    ½ Watched 23 Jun, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ...What did I just watch? I never really settled into exactly what the point of this movie was. It's a weird experimentalish flick that goes nowhere, and I just don't have a lot of patience for that if there's not SOMETHING gripping me -- there certainly wasn't here. (In the last few minutes of the movie, I turned to Jacob and said, "I have now spent like five minutes watching a naked woman wrapped in chains slowly rotating on a…

  • Dark Passage

    Dark Passage 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first two-thirds of this are by far the most interesting. I loved the gimmick for the first third or so where most of it was told from the protagonist's camera viewpoint, never letting us see his face (though it became obvious later why that happened). I also liked that after only hearing his voice for the first act, he wasn't able to speak at all in the second act before getting both face and voice back at the end.…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014 3

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…