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  • Ugetsu 1953

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Red Shoes 1948

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Sep, 2014

    The Red Shoes Audio Commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and Martin Scorsese

    This is a composite commentary, so none of the contributors interact with one another. These are hit-and-miss; sometimes they work if they're organized in the right way, but often I find there to be a tedious amount of redundancy and a sort of lifelessness. This one falls somewhere in the middle, more toward…

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  • Sicko 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2013 3

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 2

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…