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  • Amadeus
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • The Manchurian Candidate
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  • Steel City: A Time Team Special

    ★★★★★

  • The Martian Chronicles

    ★★½

  • The Tartars

    ★★

  • The Batman

    ★½

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  • Santa Sangre

    Santa Sangre

    ★★★★

    [Sante Sangre 9 1st Impression Part 1]

    Step inside our circus tent.
    Please ignore the dead elephant
    We had to give him up for Lent
    Step inside! Step inside!

    We've got thrills and shocks
    Downs kids snorting Chinese Rock
    Leave your right ear in the box
    Come inside! Come inside!

    Roll up! Roll up! Roll up!
    See the show!

    Left behind the bars
    Orgo samples the tattooed lady's charms
    Won't someone please call the gendarmes
    Before his wife is totally…

  • The Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    ★★★★

    Come on all you plebes
    Get up on your pedem
    Get with the metrum
    There's a brand new dance craze sweeping the Imperium
    And it's called the Funky...Fall of...Roman Civilization

    Well there's a riot in the Forum
    There's a fire in the street
    There's poor Livius bein' trampled
    By a thousand drunken feet
    There's a horde of filthy Germanic tribesmen
    Fighting our legions without a chance
    Now don't that make you want
    To jump right up and start to dance?…

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  • Steel City: A Time Team Special

    Steel City: A Time Team Special

    ★★★★★

    I've been feeling really bored by films lately, so I'll be taking a break from LB and bingeing on Seasons 12-16 of Time Team for a few days, daydreaming about helping to excavate Iron Age Brochs in Scotland, and having a few pints of ale with Tony, Carenza, and Phil, as we raise a glass in honor of the sadly departed Mick Aston.

    Y'all behave yourselves while I'm gone...or not.

  • The Martian Chronicles

    The Martian Chronicles

    ★★½

    As a teenager, I devoured every Ray Bradbury short story and novel I could get my hands on, but none affected me as deeply as "The Martian Chronicles," a bittersweet, introspective, and melancholic examination of an alien civilization being slowly destroyed by human colonization. Although not originally published as a single novel, Bradbury took a number of his short stories and wove them together masterfully into a single arc, starting with the first human expeditions to Mars, all of which…

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  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★½

    I get why this film resonates so much with a specific demographic of nostalgic old hippies, and aging baby-boomers who feel creatively stifled by their careers, but its central message of tuning in, turning on, and dropping out was a tad outdated even when it was originally released, and it certainly hasn't aged like a fine wine since.

    But what really chaps my ass are the 1-dimensional strawmen authority figures that director Hal Ashby sets up as Harold's obstacles on…

  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    [morrissey]
    ♪ Girlfriend with no body
    I know, I know
    It's serious ♪
    [/morrissey]