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  • Kanal

    Kanal

    ★★★★½

    This seems like it's gonna be a basic underdog/resistance war film, but as soon as they go into the sewers, it's basically a horror film. Amazing and terrifying.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★

    Good at the thing it does, I'm just not that into the thing it does, at least not right now.

    How it entered my Flickchart:

    10 Cloverfield Lane > Dementia
    10 Cloverfield Lane < Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
    10 Cloverfield Lane > The Professional
    10 Cloverfield Lane < The Wild Bunch
    10 Cloverfield Lane < A Trip to the Moon
    10 Cloverfield Lane < The Man Who Came to Dinner
    10 Cloverfield Lane < Match Point
    10 Cloverfield Lane < You Can’t Take It With…

  • Double Harness

    Double Harness

    ★★

    Got shut out of this one at TCM Fest last year, and the repeat screening was sold out, too. I've been dying to see it ever since. Finally caught it thanks to Ann Harding day on TCM's Summer Under the Stars, and it is...not that good. Aw. Harding is good, though, in what's really a pretty thankless role.

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Well, that broke me.

  • Mystery Street

    Mystery Street

    ★★★★

    Terrific forensic noir. John Alton MVP as usual, but also more emotionally deep than many and a great non-exotic role for Montalban.


    How it entered my Flickchart:

    Mystery Street > The Inn Where No Man Rests
    Mystery Street > The Shining
    Mystery Street > The History of Future Folk
    Mystery Street < The Muppet Movie
    Mystery Street < Moana
    Mystery Street < Westward the Women
    Mystery Street < Topper
    Mystery Street > The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Mystery Street > Son of Frankenstein
    Mystery Street < Hail the Conquering Hero
    Mystery Street < Rooty Toot Toot
    Mystery Street > Pinocchio

    Final #470/3961 (88%)

  • Mindhunters

    Mindhunters

    ★★★½

    And Then There Were None with FBI cadets. I can dig it.

  • Le Rembrandt de la rue Lepic

    Le Rembrandt de la rue Lepic

    ★★★½

    A couple in a cafe buy a Rembrandt, but when a woman accidentally sits on it, it comes off on her derrière (it was a fake, duh). When the dope who bought it reaches for her butt, she assumes he's harassing her and runs off, not before trashing the cafe. This turns into a massive chase of HILARIOUS destruction. Like, this was a terrible print on YouTube, but this should be an early slapstick classic. Very over the top and hilarious.

  • The House with Closed Shutters

    The House with Closed Shutters

    ★★★

    A companion piece, I guess, to In the Border States. This time it's a southern soldier given a letter to carry to the front and instead gets chased by northern soldiers and hides out in his own house. The stories aren't mirrors, though, this time his sister dons his uniform and carries the letter. When she doesn't return, their mother forces the son to stay inside with the shutters closed to avoid bringing shame to the family if he cowardice…

  • An Arcadian Maid

    An Arcadian Maid

    ★★

    Are you for serious, she got engaged to that smarmy peddlar she met literally 30 seconds ago, and then stole for him and then mourned for him? No. Nope. Nuh-uh.

  • White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America

    White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America

    ★★½

    Interesting for being an early film directed and acted by Native Americans, but story is pretty routine even for 1910 - settler gets notice he's inherited a fortune but his native wife refuses to go (not stated why, but assumedly she thinks she won't be accepted?), and stabs herself, leading her daughter to think her father has killed her, and she sets the whole tribe on him. Last minute revelation saves the day, but really, some actual discussion might've saved a lot of trouble!

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★

    I should rewatch Tarkovsky's now. This one is more focused, more narratively clear, and in some ways I enjoyed that more (and was able to stay with it more), but I'm not sure it's actually better for it. But it is different and still compelling, and I think Soderbergh accomplished a lot with this mainstreaming of the story while keeping a remarkable amount of the same mood.

  • Cats & Dogs 2 : The Revenge of Kitty Galore

    Cats & Dogs 2 : The Revenge of Kitty Galore

    ★★

    The things I do for my kid.