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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★½

    Watched as part of the March 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
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    #10: A lesser-known or talked about comic book film

    2017 movie viewings, #59. I realized recently, after watching David Cronenberg's A History of Violence for the first time since it was in the theaters, that what I had remembered as the finale of the movie is in fact only the halfway point, and that the film actually still has another hour of running…

  • The Immortal Story

    The Immortal Story

    ★★½

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
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    Week 12: Orson Welles

    As any middle-aged artist can tell you, one of the great tragedies about getting older is that it simply saps you of much of the desperate energy that drives so much creative work in youth; you get a bit slower, you become a bit more complacent, you start living a bit more indulgent a life, you start worrying about middle-aged topics like…

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  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★★½

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
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    Week 12: Orson Welles

    Ah, genius youth -- is there any greater curse? After a charmed early career in which he could literally do no wrong, first in live theater (where among other accolades he produced the first-ever all-black Shakespeare production on Broadway), and then radio (where his infamously realistic modern updating of War of the Worlds caused a national panic), the 24-year-old Welles then hit…

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
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    Week 12: Orson Welles

    The more I learn about Orson Welles as part of this Film School Dropout challenge, the more I realize that the truth about him as a person is a complicated mix of what his fans and his critics have had to say about him over the years. Because yes, as academic apologists have asserted long after the fact, Welles was undoubtedly a…