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  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie 2001

    ★★★½ Rewatched 08 Mar, 2015

    I adore Cowboy Bebop so you'd think a high budget, feature length episode would be great, right? Not quite so. Rewatching the show I find a lot of its magic comes from its ability to calmly withold from the audience. It can exploit the short runtime to run experiments for episodes where the 'why' and 'how' of things never quite connect.

    In feature length form, Cowboy Bebop uncomfortably sprawls out into a very conventional procedural narrative. Nice looking, certainly. Little glory moments for the show and each character, yeah. But like the timeline it has to inhabit, it's a hollow victory lap without real engagement.

  • 101 Dalmatians

    101 Dalmatians 1961

    ★★★½ Rewatched 15 Mar, 2015

    Anybody notice that Roger and Anita are one of the only even vaguely sketched in married couples in classical Disney feature animation? There's something well observed about Roger stamping on the floor musically to tease his wife when she's dealing with the old schoolmate from hell.

  • F for Fake

    F for Fake 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    If only Welles could have reconstructed and recycled every smashed, half-finished project so...

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Mar, 2015

    Anybody else notice how episodic in a Spielberg-esque way this film is?

  • Song of the Sea

    Song of the Sea 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015

    Lovely film.

    Tips to animators: you could do worse for animation storytelling than a characterization/scenario setup where two siblings of different ages are tethered together by retractable cord and one sibling is a silent character.

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jul, 2014

    Solidly executed heist film.

    However, despite the question of inspiration and Melville's participation in purchasing the original filming rights, Rouge still feels like its clear similarity to Rififi is an elephant in the room.

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon 1997

    ★★★ Added

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

    Promising right up until the Lewis and Clark blows up. Watch Sunshine instead.

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1965

    ★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2014

    I really liked this film considering I don't really 'get' Richard Burton and think he's a liability here.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2014

    I don't know if I'm completely sold on the necessity of the SF conceit (other than, of course, who would want to fund a movie with expensive actors about long distance dating and no other obvious hooks) plus I never felt the film put an effective button on its emotional climax. It just feels like as solidly in the comfort zone as as any letter he writes for his day job. Mostly I'm struck by the unstagey performances and the restraint at which a future is conceived and presented.

    Oh, and Olivia Wilde kills her little scene. I appreciate it when she gets non-The Girlfriend/Prize roles.

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple 1985

    ★★ Added

    I despise this film on a narrative level but good goddamn do I love how the camera signals a rapist's intentions. Why isn't Spielberg making unabashed horror movies?

  • Ms. 45

    Ms. 45 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2014

    A 'drop-dead' NYC setting combined with pro-wrestling pageantry and that SIMPSONS ep. where Homer buys a gun.

  • Toy Story

    Toy Story 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jun, 2013

    Haven't seen it in years, but this time paid attention to technical aspects. This film came out completely before physics simulation of any kind and it's fascinating to watch the film cut around very dodgy rope/string/cloth animation by minimizing shot lengths or framing emphasis. I also noticed that Andy owns precisely one teddy bear which appears in exactly one shot in the first act of the film in the middle distance for 20 frames or so (I would wager the…