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  • Proxy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2014 2

    "Not for everyone". Many of us have used that phrase in our reviews here on Letterboxd. Whether it's a film that we feel just won't be everyone's cup of tea or one that is just too disturbing for generally audiences or the faint of heart it's sometimes necessary when describing a film. Well if we're talking about the too disturbing use for it then Zack Parker's Proxy could be the poster to go with the definition.

    On the surface Proxy

  • The Conjuring 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2014

    Film 11 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
    Film 2 on my Watched With the Wife list.

    The first time I saw James Wan's The Conjuring, I was really impressed. Based on the real life case files of Ed & Lorraine Warren, a husband and wife paranormal investigation team. It's full of genre tropes, but it works thanks to the creepy atmosphere and solid acting. Damn near every cliche associated with this type of film is present, but director James Wan and…

  • Assault on Precinct 13 1976

    ★★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2014 6

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

  • Witness 1985

    ★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    Peter Weir's Witness starring Harrison Ford, is an entertaining yet problematic film. It's serious subject matter suffers due to poor pacing and an ill-timed romantic subplot.

    Harrison Ford is John Book, a detective investigating a murder who is forced deep into Amish country to protect himself and the young Amish boy who witnessed the murder. John must learn their ways and earn his keep as he tries to figure out his next move.

    The pacing of this film bothered me…

  • 13 Assassins 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014 2

    While I was watching cult director Takashi Miike's (Ichi the Killer, Audition) 13 Assassins, I kept thinking to myself, you know, I like Ninjas better than samurai. I kinda always have. I know that's a silly thing to think about while watching a movie but I did, and it kinda affected my rating. You see I'm ok with samurai, but I don't think I've ever loved a film involving them. I don't have a deep philosophical reason as to why…

  • The Housemaid 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    This, my first viewing of Sang-soo Im's The Housemaid really put a smile on my face. Not because it's a happy film (it most certainly is not), but because I love South Korean cinema, and I love it even more when I see a quality film outside the revenge genre they're so famous for. Don't get me wrong I love their revenge flicks, but films like Castaway on the Moon and The Good, The Bad, The Weird have opened my…

  • The Fisher King 1991

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    I have a hard-on for you the size of Florida!

    Like most of you I was shocked to hear about the tragic death of one of our great performers, Robin Williams just a few days ago. The details of his death are sad and seemed to have been a wake up call for mental illness awareness. Suicide is nothing new, but like with a lot of things it takes the death of someone famous to open peoples eyes. A…

  • Don't Look Now 1973

    ★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2014 8

    Don't Look Now, based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, whose works inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and The Birds is a suspense film I found surprisingly lacking in suspense. When it comes to the suspense genre I think you really have to feel the suspense for the film to work and I didn't feel much of anything with this one. The opening scenes were pretty effective, but the rest of the film was just a slow build up to…

  • Identity 2003

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014 4

    Film 10 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.

    "As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away."
    -Malcolm Rivers

    When I first saw James Mangold's Identity back in 2003 I absolutely loved it. It's full of twists and misdirections that kept me guessing until the very end and I thought it was fantastic. When I joined Letterboxd I added it and rated it based…

  • The Aviator 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2014 2

    Martin Scorsese's The Aviator is a film I put off for a long time thanks to it's nearly three hour runtime. When it was released in 2004 the runtime and a lack of interest in the subject matter kept me from seeing it. As the years past and I became more of a film buff I decided I did want to see it, but that daunting runtime caused me to pass over it on numerous occasions. My lack of interest…

  • The Invisible Woman 2013

    ★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    Ralph Fiennes writes, directs, and stars in The Invisible Woman. Fiennes plays legendary author Charles Dickens at the height of his career when he has an affair with a much younger woman. It's a good looking, well acted film, but it plods a long at a deliberate pace making it fairly boring in parts. I also felt it was a little pretentious, but I liked it well enough that I didn't feel like I wasted my time.

    Ron's recommendation: It's worth seeing at least once. Just don't expect it to be one of you new favorites.

  • Escape from L.A. 1996

    ★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2014 4

    Read my review of Escape From New York here.

    If you've read my review for Escape from New York you'll know that I didn't like that film as much as most people. It's a film with a cult following that just didn't work for me. The follow up Escape from L.A. is much lower rated critically so I knew the odds were I'd hate it. As it turns out I only liked it a half star less than the first…