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  • The Wheel 1923

    ★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    This gargantuan silent is defined by two remarkable sequences: the train crash which opens the film, and the literal cliffhanger found early in the second part. Those are some of the most engaging scenes I've found in a silent film.

    Much of the running time, however, has us watching Sisif moping. Apparently everyone on Earth is in love with this young girl Norma, including her 'father' Sisif, who knows she is adopted, and her 'brother' Elie, who does not. I…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    Well, they made another Spider-Man movie. And they plan to keep making them.

    This movie exists to set up the ridiculous, gargantuan franchise Sony Pictures has planned. It's here to introduce characters, villains and concepts, and it's so crammed with this stuff that it really hurts the movie. None of the villains here are very good, and I'd say that Dane DeHaan as Harry Osbourne is actively bad.

    The movie digs back into all of the same themes that superhero…

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  • Barton Fink 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2014

    Huh, that is not where I thought that story was going.

    Spectacular performances from Turturro and Goodman anchor this wonderful, bewildering film. This was the last of the Coen brothers' films I hadn't yet seen, and I'm glad they still had some surprises in store for me.

    Most of what I'd like to say about the film and its visuals would only serve to ruin the experience for others, so I'll leave it at that.

  • Satantango 1994

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    Glad I finally made the time for this 7-hour monster. It drags less than many 2 hour films. This is the ultimate proof of Roger Ebert's statement: "No good film is too long."

    This is a Bela Tarr film which runs at a Bela Tarr pace. The long, unbroken shots are methodical, rather than slow. It focuses on many of Tarr's repeated themes: poverty, drunkenness, mankind's refusal to work together and help one another.

    Perhaps is it cruel to an audience to end a film so inconclusively after seven hours. Perhaps it doesn't matter.

    Werckmeister Harmonies is still my favourite of Tarr's films.