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  • A Bay of Blood 1971

    ★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    My first experience with the work of Mario Bava was Black Sunday, a film I didn't care much for at all. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be a fan because A Bay of Blood didn't fare any better. I'm not a fan of his style at all. His work is expectedly dated, but that doesn't excuse the bad acting and extremely poor character development. I didn't care about a single one of the characters in this film, and…

  • A Single Man 2009

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    A Single Man, the debut film from famed fashion designer Tom Ford is impressive on several levels. His experiences in the fashion world are definitely evident as he shows an exceptional eye for art direction and costume design. The film also features excellent cinematography by Eduard Grau and a wonderful score, but Ford's debut would have just been nice to look at if it wasn't for an impeccable performance by Colin Firth. He's the standout in Ford's solid yet flawed…

  • Somebody 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    So I noticed Adam Cook and some other folks watching this and decided to jump on the bandwagon. It's directed by Miranda July who gets a lot of hate here on letterboxd. The only film I've previously seen by her is Me and You and Everyone We Know which I thought was decent. Her latest film Somebody which is a ten minute short wasn't all that bad in my opinion, but it does feature an obnoxious amount of quirk. I can understand the hate for those who don't like that sort of thing. Anyway if you're interested you can check it out here.

  • Ordinary People 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Robert Redford's directorial debut Ordinary People won four Oscars at the 53rd annual Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. Redford also won for best director while Timothy Hutton won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Alvin Sargent won for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). It's a film about pain, grief, and death and how we deal with it as a family and as individuals. Nothing will reveal the facade of a perfect family more than tragedy.…

  • Say Anything... 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2014 3

    Cameron Crowe's Say Anything is one of those films that pretty much everyone who likes movies has seen. Most people whether by accident or on purpose have seen this film, but somehow in all my 37 years I'd never seen it. I'd heard about it, I'd seen the poster and clips with the infamous radio scene over the years, but for whatever reason I just hadn't seen it. So as I perused Netflix today as I often do looking for…

  • Butterfly 1999

    ★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    "Because the film marches so inexorably toward its conclusion, it would be unfair to hint at what happens, except to say that it provides a heartbreaking insight into the way that fear creates cowards."
    -Roger Ebert

    The above quote from Roger Ebert eplains what this film is about perfectly. José Luis Cuerda's La Lengua de las Mariposas aka Butterfly or Butterfly Tongues is exactly what Roger says, "a heartbreaking insight into the way that fear creates cowards." It shows us…

  • Trainspotting 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 Sep, 2014

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

  • Louis C.K.: Hilarious 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014

    Film 6 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    Over the last few years Louis C.K. has become one of my favorite comedians. His show Louie is really good, and his stand-up specials are consistently funny. His special from 2010 Hilarious is no exception. It's funny for the entire hour and twenty minute runtime. It actually gets funnier as it goes along which is certainly a good thing. Louis C.K. is probably the best American comic working today. His jokes…

  • Snowballs 2011

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 2

    I'm not exactly sure what Harmony Korine was going for with his short film Snowballs, but whatever it was it's pretty fucking odd. It's cool though because I can appreciate odd sometimes.

    Ron's recommendation: If you're a fan of Korine's work check it out. If not you'll probably think it's just pointless rubbish.

  • Anastasia 1997

    ★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    Film 5 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    Anastasia, the first film from Fox animation studios is a beautifully animated film featuring solid voice work from the likes of Meg Ryan, John Cusack, and Christopher Lloyd among others. I'm not big on a lot of animated films, especially those with singing so I was surprised I actually liked it.

    The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family hooks up with two con men to reunite with her grandmother,…

  • The Heart of the World 2000

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    The world has a heart? Who the fuck knew?

    This six minute short from Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin is pretty bonkers, but it's also really fucking cool.

    Ron's recommendation: See it.

  • Rejected 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    For the love of God, and all that is holy, MY ANUS IS BLEEDING! -Fluffy Guy

    This is what I call FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC!

    Ron's recommendation: MUST-FUCKING-SEE!