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  • Finding Nemo 2003

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Jan, 2013

    One of my favorite Pixar stories, and an excellent example of what Pixar does best - simple, yet powerful ideas that connect to all of us. These are stories made for families - stories that appeal to the children, stories that transform the adults into children. They speak to the fears, hopes, and senses of humor of both children and adults. While there are nods to only the adults (e.g., The Shining reference), they never stoop to the level of…

  • The Night of the Hunter 1955

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 Jan, 2013 4

    Second time around, and I was just as thrilled and enamored as I was the first time.

    But, as much as it pains me to say this, I do think that some of the weaknesses of the film are due to Laughton’s direction. It is still a remarkable film. But watching some of Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter,” (a collection of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage) and some of the interviews, I was surprised by some of the…

  • The Next Three Days 2010

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2013

    Possibly spoilers??

    Not as interesting or as complex as it could have been, making it disappointing. There were a few opportunities to ask some really interesting questions, but in the end the feel-good story wins out, when I would have preferred the feel-bad story (who am I kidding - I always prefer the feel-bad story). Crowe’s character struggles with some interesting ethical questions, but the film never allows him to be anything but the good-guy hero.

    Russell Crowe was great,…

  • Django 1966

    ★★★★★ Added 4

    I don’t know if I can say anything coherent about Django, I’m too caught up staring into Franco Nero’s eyes (seriously, that man is soooo fine). The camera loves his eyes too, using them judiciously, withholding them until the most effective moments.

    Django starts with an incredible image - the lone figure trudging across empty land, dragging a heavy coffin behind him, bringing death with him. That figure is an enigma, but the film gives just the right amount of…

  • Yojimbo 1961

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Jan, 2013 6

    Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get into Yojimbo. I didn’t like it when I watched it a few years ago. I had trouble paying attention when I watched it just a few days ago, so I tried again a few days later, and it still didn’t capture me in the way that Sanjuro did.

    It is a beautiful film - Kurosawa is a master of depth of field, and composes some of the most interesting shots.…

  • My Neighbor Totoro 1988

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2013 5

    I want to hug ō totoro

    The perfect mix of childlike purity, complex emotion, and total cuteness without being too fucking whimsical.

  • Santa Sangre 1989

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2013 5

    I feel ashamed to admit this, but I didn't really care for Santa Sangre. Reading about it, I feel like I should; the psychological elements are there, the imagery is vivid and bold. I get what people see in it. But something didn't hit with me. It didn't scare me, or freak me out, or leave me feeling disturbed, and I can't put my finger on why (how I could remain not freaked out by circusfolk, you've got me). My…

  • Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Jan, 2013 4

    In this movie, Werner Herzog tells a really cool true story about his own life.

    It was great getting to watch a movie that so prominently features Pittsburgh while actually in Pittsburgh. Lots of murmurs from the crowd every time there was a new location, trying to place it. Loved the shots of the North Shore, Downtown, the Strip District, Polish Hill, even Mario's (hah!). Driving through the tunnels and downtown has always terrified me, so that awesome chase scene…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2012 3

    Haters to the motherfucking left. I really enjoyed Hobbit 1, despite its many faults (which have all been cataloged at great length, so I will skip that, except for saying - wayyyy too much action shot in close-up/ medium close-up, and that one riff on the LotR theme toward the beginning that was so corny it made my ears bleed).

    Additionally, this was my first 3D film (it was also the 48 fps version, which yea, was terribly distracting at…

  • Lockout 2012

    ★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2012

    Overall, it's pretty standard Luc Besson - good concept, lots of action, ridiculous and over-the-top. Kind of like District B13, but more boring and annoying.

    It really hinges on Guy Pearce, and he's just terrible - he plays a wisecracking guy with an attitude, who never gets beyond plain obnoxious. It's like they wanted to get Mark Wahlberg but couldn't (?!?!). Pearce just doesn't pull it off.

  • Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012

    ★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2012

    I can't imagine what it would be like to watch this movie without already being a fan of, or at least a viewer of, the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

    I am a fan of said show, but I can't watch too many eps in a row without feeling kinda sick... which is sort of what this movie felt like, even though it was very different.

  • Apocalypse Now 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2012

    I wasn't expecting to be quite as disturbed as I was - I know, that's a pretty ludicrous statement. As my husband said as we walked away, "what were you expecting, that this would be one of those fun Vietnam movies?"

    Viewing what was supposedly the only 70mm print in existence, a viewing that we were told Coppola himself had to sign off on, surrounded by a bunch of true fans of the film, it was a pretty special experience.…