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  • A Talking Picture

    A Talking Picture

    I hated this movie! Hated hated hated hated hated this movie! Hated it!

    A TALKING PICTURE reminds me a bit of when watching a student-written play at an actors' showcase. These will usually be little short plays that have a few amusing lines of dialogue for the sake of an interesting conversation, but ultimately are stories that don't have a point. It was a play only put on for the sake of putting one on and only shows the potential…

  • A Dog's Life

    A Dog's Life

    It's fun to watch a film that's over a century old and see that most of it has held up.

    This short follows Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character as he and a dog enter various shenanigans surrounding a local pub. My favorite gag is him shoving the dog down his pants and entering the pub with what appears to be his tail wagging out. Some other gags, including the lines forming at the unemployment office and the Tramp stealing lunch…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    "In a character-study movie, it's only interesting if you're actually willing to study the character."
    -Jenny Nicholson

    Watching this movie projected in glorious 70mm, even though I know it wasn't shot that way, is a charming experience. That wonderful texture of celluloid that succeeds in making this feel like an '80's period piece, the feeling of the projected image, the cigarette burns in the top right corner. This is such a key part of what makes cinema what it is,…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    This is a REALLY good movie!

    Trance-like pace, haunting camerawork and set design, one of the few films where you really notice lighting. Initially I thought this would be a style-over-substance film, but to my surprise, I actually got invested in the story and cared about the characters. Jessica Harper is really good. Considering how little depth the script gives her as well as some bad dialog, she's able to become a charismatic lead you care about with just her…