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  • Swiss Family Robinson

    Swiss Family Robinson

    ★★½

    Watched as part of the August 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
    My list | Christian Alec's master list
    #25: Watch a film that is LIVE ACTION from Walt Disney in the 1960s

    2017 movie viewings, #121. We live in a curiously interesting time in human history -- the first time in history, that is, when companies devoted to creative projects are still in business long after the cultural mores of their first projects have faded and changed, making it problematic to…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★

    2017 movie viewings, #120. I watched this mostly because I'm a literal "completist" of director Ben Wheatley (that is, I've legitimately seen every movie he's ever made in his career), and I wanted to keep up the streak; although I suspected going into this that the movie would be only so-so, and that I would end up being only minimally entertained, while bored in equal measure. And indeed, that's exactly what happened! Set in the 1970s for no particular reason,…

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  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
    My list | Disgustipated's master list
    Week 1: Pioneers of Film - Lumière Brothers, Georges Méliès and Alice Guy-Blaché

    Unlike other forms of artistic output like painting, whose origins stretch all the way back to the forgotten realm of pre-history, we can put very specific dates on the beginnings of such modern artistic media as photography and filmmaking; in the former case, that's quite literally the year 1838 (the year the very…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
    My list | Disgustipated's master list
    Week 6: Screwball Comedies

    So before anything else, let's make a few general statements, shall we?

    --His Girl Friday is not actually a screwball comedy, despite it being labeled as such.

    --Out of every so-called screwball comedy ever made, His Girl Friday is the greatest out of all of them.

    --When I finally watched His Girl Friday for the first time this week, it immediately jumped…