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  • Brazil 1985

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2013 3

    During the last Criterion sale, I took a gamble and bought the Brazil Blu-ray. A gamble because I had started watching it once before, several years ago, but abandoned it. But I reasoned, really, could it be any more up my alley? A visionary filmmaker, a world built from the scratch of our world, bold ideas and bold visuals. I’d heard bits and pieces about the troubles and the studio problems and everything else (looking forward to checking out the…

  • Brokeback Mountain 2005

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2013 7

    I was struck by how beautiful this movie was, both in its story and in its cinematography. I already knew most of the beats of the movie, but that didn't diminish its impact on me. I actually wasn't really paying full attention throughout (more a reflection of my state of mind than of the movie itself), but somehow I was still moved to tears at the end. Jake Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger brought excellently nuanced complexity to Jack and Ennis.…

  • Pariah 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2013 5

    It’s interesting, the journey that a film can take in your mind, and it’s sad to know that some won’t ever take the time to let some films make that journey. Pariah was such a film for me. I didn’t immediately love it, but after a few days I found it to be a pretty damn near perfect indie film.

    I think perhaps the reason why I didn’t immediately love it is because it seems very “standard indie” at first…

  • Parker 2013

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2013 5

    First of all, if you’re a fan of the character Parker as popularized by Darwyn Cooke, run away as fast as you can, for you’ll be sorely disappointed. A movie based on the Parker of The Hunter or The Outfit, with a visual style influenced by Cooke, would have been an amazing movie indeed.

    What we get, instead, is an action/heist-ish movie that’s all process and almost no payoff, based on one of the later Parker stories. If the film…

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2013

    A lot more fun than it has any right to be, and probably less fun than it could have been. It’s rare that a film these days really has only one big narrative arc, and so even though it is less than an hour and a half, it took its time and ended up feeling quite long, dragging at parts. But Gemma Arterton is a delight, somehow making you feel that it’s OK to have fun, even as she rolls…

  • The Untouchables 1987

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2013

    I just saw The Untouchables for the first time, and let me tell you, I loved it. While the entire film entertained the hell out of me, there were several things that completely elevated the film to something really excellent.

    The title credits - AMAZING. Morricone’s opening theme is the very definition of spaghetti western + Chicago gangster, and yet it is completely unlike anything I had ever heard before. It has been stuck in my head for the past…

  • Broken City 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2013 4

    A good mid-budget movie and a solid modern entry for hard-boiled noir. I really do love Russell Crowe, and aside from his wandering accents, I thought he was great. Particularly effective in the debate scene. The plot is weak, you can’t stare at it too hard, but for the length of the movie I was well-entertained and pleasantly surprised.

  • The Company 2003

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Jan, 2013 5

    The Company is special to me, partly because it feels so familiar. As a once-serious, classically-trained ballet dancer, I’m always reluctant to watch films featuring ballet; rarely do I feel that they accurately capture the world I saw. But The Company really does. It captures the feel of being part of something that others don’t really understand. It captures the drama and the pettiness and camaraderie of the company, the feel of the dressing room, the feel backstage. It captures…

  • Rosemary's Baby 1968

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2013 4

    An exceedingly disturbing portrait of a woman unable to control what happens to her own body. Timely!

    Although Repulsion is more pure psychological horror, Rosemary’s Baby also works extremely well on that level, and brings body horror into the mix. The horror of the film comes not so much from the Satanists themselves, but from the fact that they come so close to convincing Rosemary (as well as the viewer) that it is all in her head.

    I didn’t find…

  • Premium Rush 2012

    ★★½ Watched 15 Jan, 2013 7

    I guess this was fun. I watched it with two friends - one loved it, another liked it, I did not so much.

    And I know this is like heresy, but I really don’t loooove JGL. He’s fine. I don’t love him.

    I really didn’t like Jamie Chung and her horrible attempt at an accent and badly stereotyped portrayal.

    I really didn’t like Michael Shannon and his horrible overacting (wth? he was really bad!).

    And I really really didn’t like…

  • The Big Gundown 1966

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2013

    A smart spaghetti western; maybe too smart for its own good.

    Morricone seems to be the only one involved going totally balls-to-the-wall. That theme and end music is fucking insane. Everything else feels clean and controlled. Very good, yes, but almost sterile feeling.

  • Purple Noon 1960

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2013

    Purple Noon is bright, lush decadence. Sun-washed streets and care-free jaunts around Europe. Endless time, endless money. The world is populated with painfully beautiful people, none more so than Alain Delon, in his first major role (that poster does not do him justice). The film is desire - all-consuming desire, sexual desire, desperate desire.

    Purple Noon is the first film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. Alain Delon plays Tom Ripley, a man whose desire is his driving…