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  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ★★★½

    Watched as part of the February 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
    My list | Tyler Perkins' master list
    #3: Movie featuring computer programming

    2017 movie viewings, #45. This was one of several rewatches I built into my schedule for the February scavenger hunt, in this case because I simply wanted to see whether this still holds up as well as I remember it when first seeing in the theater in 1992. And indeed, it does, although the thing I forgot was…

  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

    The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

    ★★★½

    Watched as part of the January 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
    My list | Andy Craik's master list
    #4: A film set during the year 1917

    2017 movie viewings, #43. I actually saw this for some reason in the theater when it first came out in 1995, and only watched it again to fulfill this particular task because none of the other movies I came across quite seemed satisfying to me. It's thoroughly in the '90s tradition of "adorably quirky residents…

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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…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★★

    2017 movie viewings, #42. It was just the other day that I was talking about the seeming explosion of mind-blowing genre movies coming out of South Korea these days, in that case while discussing Park "Oldboy" Chan-wook's newest, the erotic thriller The Handmaiden; and now here's yet another, Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan, the first film of 2016 to break ten million ticket sales in its native South Korea, and currently the highest-grossing Korean movie in history in such nearby…