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  • American Pie 2

    American Pie 2

    ★★★

    Part of my new year's resolution to get through my stack of owned but unseen films. (#50/194).

    Must try and keep spirits up - so far this year I have sliced fifty films off my unseen stack. Its just that now, right now, the five next films are from the American Pie franchise.

    But this first sequel wasn't worse than the original, it followed the common recipe where you take all that functioned from the first film and crank those…

  • American Pie

    American Pie

    ★★★

    This now became my 2,000th diary entry!

    Out of which 51% are reviewed.

    I had marked this as watched, but I think that only goes for that one scene that everyone has seen. After all it was sent to everyone. And probably also that actual American Pie-scene. I know that I haven't seen any of the sequels though, and I'm now bracing myself before continuing with the rest from the box set. I wonder, will this experience be better or…

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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Panic Room

    Panic Room

    ★★★★

    I think few people give Panic Room the credit it deserves. The production design is a state-of-the-art masterpiece.

    Looking through the background material for this film, it's impossible not to be impressed. For instance, the previsualization process was at the time the most thorough in movie history. Previz can best be described as an animated storyboard, and has never been used to this extent. In fact, with a few omissions in the opening and the end of the film, a…