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  • Teen Witch

    Teen Witch 1989

    ★½ Rewatched 19 Feb, 2016

    Adding this week's How Did This Get Made entry:

    I'd actually seen this before at a Midnight Movie event about 10 years ago. Why did I see it? Because apparently (totally unbeknownst to me) women of my generation have all seen this movie and were completely obsessed with it as pre-teens. My then-girlfriend (now wife) wanted to go see it, and my sister and best friend's girlfriend were also more than game, because they all knew this movie (which I'd…

  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 28 Dec, 2015

    At my first viewing I found this a good-but-not-great sports movie, one that hit a lot of familiar beats but did them well. At a second viewing (so the wife could see it), something about it REALLY improved and now it's edging closer to great. Perhaps having seen it once through and knowing what the themes are allowed me to focus on Coogler's technique, which looks much more impressive upon second glance -- not just the superlative fight scenes (including…

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  • Linda Linda Linda

    Linda Linda Linda 2005

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jun, 2012

    A fantastic little story about teenage girls who try to learn a few rock songs in advance of a school festival. It doesn't sound like much on paper, but it is beautifully executed on screen: characters who are quirky and unique but have depth, an unobtrusive and bare-bones filmmaking style that nevertheless seems to always find director Yamashita picking the right shot, and fantastic music. Listen to the title track as performed by the film's actresses and as performed by…

  • Congo

    Congo 1995

    Rewatched 19 Nov, 2015

    Combing through the archives of the How Did This Get Made? podcast has me watching some crummy movies lately, just to remind myself of what they are talking about. And so we get to Congo

    I have vague memories of reading the Michael Crichton novel in high school. Like most of Crichton's work it's all based in silly pseudo-science, but there is always a relentless narrative propulsion to the story that keeps you turning pages; given that, you can see…