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  • Marketa Lazarová

    Marketa Lazarová

    ★★★★

    Pleasant to watch visually. The plot was simple enough but I needed cliffs notes and some scenes were still interpretive. Chaotic Middle Ages feel. "It's Hard to be a God" took the general mood I think. Some neat shots of snow and wolves and artistic pagan and religious references. I watched in two parts. I get tired and all the reading.

  • The Face of Another

    The Face of Another

    ★★★

    Plodding, overly philosophical--what is a mask and a bad mask vs a noble mask...and in his freedom he does pretty much nothing. Even more anticlimactic than the similar Seconds

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  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    ★★★½

    I've watched it several times. The plot is compelling, and distilled passionately here. Guy Pearce is a great bad guy. This is a fun adventure with some dark undertones. I really like the whole Master Splinter scenario--gives me the fuzzies (really though).

  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    I grew up watching this movie. I was perplexed. I am still, in a good way. I read the book and the writing was horrible, but the plot and imagination overcame it. Cool costumes--just weird at first, but you quickly accept them. Charlton Heston has the perfect intense acting style for "thrownness." There is also some creepy sexual tension that only could have been created in 1968 sci-fi. One of a kind.