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  • Ted Bundy 2002

    ½ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    Part of Will & AJ's Excellent LOLviewings

    Will, while admitting the film is largely a failure, was telling me he thinks Bundy is attempting to be a subversive comedy about the infamous serial killer. I think there's some truth to that, if only because you'd hope that someone who scores a montage of Ted Bundy thwacking a bunch of young girls to death with the sunniest pop music imaginable has to be conscious of the decision they're making. But whatever director…

  • The Phantom Carriage 1921

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2014

    No less than the film that inspired a young Ingmar Bergman to make movies, The Phantom Carriage remains a haunting experience nearly a century later. Victor Sjöström wrote, directed, and starred in this adaptation of the Selma Lagerlöf novel wherein the last man to die on New Year's Eve is forced to drive Death's carriage for the next year. First, though, he must relive the torment he caused others: his alcoholic ways turned his brother into a killer, drove his…

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  • Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.