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  • The Grandmaster 2013

    ★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    Wong Kar Wai's version of the Ip Man story may be the most visually striking, but I prefer the the first Ip Man film to all other versions. Wai's film features stunning cinematography and beautifully choreographed fight scenes, unfortunately the story takes a backseat, making The Grandmaster a film with an abundance of style that tells a familiar story in a dull way. Wai was obviously more focused on presenting a film with a visually pleasing aesthetic than bringing anything…

  • Lord of the Flies 1963

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    I haven't read the legendary William Golding novel upon which this film is based, but I suspect that it's probably the best way to experience this story. That's not to say renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook's film version is bad, it just lacks details and depth that I'm sure can be found in the book. There's also the problem of child actors. Getting a good performance from one or two can be tough, but with an entire group of…

  • Badlands 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    While I don't think I'll ever fully understand the praise director Terrence Malick receives for his body of work, I've seen enough of it now that I beleive maybe it's just his style that works for a lot of people. I don't dislike him as a director, I've just found several of his films boring and in large part style over substance. Maybe there's still time and I'll get him one day. Now that I've seen Badlands, I've now seen…

  • Exotica 1994

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    Well that was interesting! I spent at least half of Exotica's runtime thinking I was going to end up hating it. It doesn't make much sense at first, and takes a little too long getting to the point. All while telling a pretty basic story in a very weird manner. Director Atom Egoyan who also wrote and produced the film, introduces his main characters, all of which end up being linked by a single event. The problem is we meet…

  • Scoop 2006

    ★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    Let me just say, I'm not the biggest Woody Allen fan. I don't like him as a director or an actor near as much as most people. When I watch one of his films, the highest I predict I'll rate it is 3.5 stars. More often than not they fall in the 3 star range. I generally either find his work somewhat clever and witty or extremely annoying. Scoop, which Allen wrote, directed, and plays a role in, is probably…

  • The Railway Man 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Stories that take place in and around WWII have been being made into films from what seems like the very minute that war ended. It was such a devastating war that affected so many people from so many walks of life that for lack of a better way of putting it, it makes for great stories. There's no cinematic shortage when it comes to the tales of heroism, suffering, and triumph that come from our world's most infamous war. So…

  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    Film 11 on my Watched with the Wife list.

    WOW! What an insanely frustrating film. On one hand I loved The One I Love for it's interesting take on a familar concept, while on the other I found it obnoxiously ambiguous. I started out pleasantly surprised due to the fact the film was much different than I expected. I guess I didn't really know what it was about because I had no idea it would be as strange as it…

  • The Philadelphia Story 1940

    ★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    I find it hard to believe that this is the film in which the legendary James Stewart won his only Best Actor Academy Award. He's fine in it, but the overall film is just ok in my opinion and this is one of my least favorite Stewart performances. My main problem with The Philadelphia Story was...well the story. It's simply a long winded way for C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) to get his ex-wife (Katharine Hepburn) back. I guess if…

  • A Sense of Carol Reed 2006

    ★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    This short documentary included on the Criterion dvd release of The Fallen Idol is a brief look at the film's legendary director Carol Reed. It's only about 24 minutes long so it's well worth watching.

    Ron's recommendation: Check it out.

  • The Fallen Idol 1948

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    The Fallen Idol is the first of three films considered masterpieces to result from the legendary meeting of director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene. The two also colloborated on The Third Man and Our Man in Havana. This is the first of the three films that I've seen, and I must say I'm quite impressed. It's an elegant balance of suspense and farce that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    This is the tale of a fraught relationship between a boy named…

  • Harvey 1950

    ★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    Over the past couple of years I've had the pleasure of becoming aquainted with the work of the late, great James Stewart. I was speaking with my wife about him the other day and she suggested I see one of her favorite Stewart films, Harvey. I've seen several of Stewart's well-known films, but for whatever reason I'd never heard of Harvey or if I had I didn't remember. Either way my wife borrowed a copy of the film from our…

  • All the President's Men 1976

    ★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2014

    Directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on the Woodward/Bernstein book, All the Presidents Men is the story of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman). Both reporters for the Washingtion Post, they grabbed the Watergate story and stuck with it through every bit of doubt, denial, and discouragement. Their work played a key role in driving former U.S. President Richard Nixon out of office.

    My main issue with the film was the fact I already knew the…