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  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★

    Film #13 off my Scavenger Hunt 53.
    Task 15/31: Happy Birthday to Julia Child! Watch a movie about food.

    It's been decades since my last viewing of Tampopo. I have my newly acquired Criterion Blu-ray to thank for this most excellent and delightful revisitation. That's what the film is -- an absolute delight. It's absurd and silly and fully infused with a deep love of food and all the many roles it can play in the wildly varying lives of its characters.

  • The Ninth Configuration

    The Ninth Configuration

    ★★★

    Film #12 off my Scavenger Hunt 53.
    Task 29/31: Happy Birthday to philosopher John Locke! Watch a movie where someone is having an Identity or Existential Crisis.

    Film #12 off my Birth Year Challenge

    An unusual and unexpected film. Eerie vibe, great setting, incredible ensemble cast. Often amusing, witty, and thought-provoking... often all at once. Scott Wilson has the saddest, kindest eyes. The music choice for the film's opening, however, was almost unforgivable.

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    Film #1 off my Scavenger Hunt 43.
    Task 22/31: Choose a Natural Horror movie (a movie where animals or plants are the antagonist)

    Film #17 of 31 for Hoop-Tober 5.0
    6 film from horror masters (4/6): Cronenberg
    2 flying things that kill you films (1/2)

    "Oh... that's disgusting."

    I've always thought this was such a great film and was pleased to have the excuse to rewatch it for the first time in nearly 10 years. Cronenberg wastes no time --…

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★½

    Film #1 for Scavenger Hunt 19 - October 2016
    Task 3/31: A Saturn Award winner for Best Horror Film.

    Film #7 of 31 for Hoop-Tober 3.0
    7 films from franchises - (3/7)

    It has been a very long while since my last viewing of Gremlins, and I was pleased with how well it held up. I was also genuinely impressed with the delicate balance of humor, scariness, camp, and family-friendly qualities. I find that most movies which attempt to span…