• Bronson (430/250)

    by  • 9/7/2011 • movies • 0 Comments

    BRONSON (Netflix) – Party ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW floor show, and part CLOCKWORK ORANGE ultra-violence. Even at the end, I feel that the central character is not bad. This doesn’t make any sense at all; he’s horrible, but obviously just misunderstood, but a sociopath, but he means well. I like the slightly crazed self-narration / […]

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    True Grit, L’Illusioniste, Wild Seven (108/67)

    by  • 3/8/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    TRUE GRIT (Netflix) – This time it’s the 1969 version with John Wayne and Kim Darby as the leads. I didn’t really like the ending in the recent remake, and I really didn’t like the ending on this one. The film itself is fine, even if I don’t buy Darby’s portrayal of a mourning daughter […]

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    M (99/65)

    by  • 3/6/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    M (YouTube) – Another link found through Roger Ebert’s newsletter; to openflix’s YouTube channel full of film noir and other interesting free movies. Watch Fritz Lang’s exceptional film starring Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert, child murderer thanks to Openflix.

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    Employee of the Month, You Kill Me (88/55)

    by  • 2/24/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (2004) (Netflix) – NOT the Dane Cook one; the Matt Dillon one. Didn’t fare too well with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s fine. Many had complaints about the final act, but it does tie up nicely, and provides some amusing character based moments on its way there. It’s no […]

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    Animal Kingdom (57/34)

    by  • 2/3/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    ANIMAL KINGDOM (Carlton) – The first thought that should occur to you after the opening scene is that there can be no happy ending to be had here. This is the story of a criminal family as it spirals around the drain, police and legal corruption, and human ugliness. I think that it bears a […]

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    Frozen River, Green Hornet, 1984 (30/16)

    by  • 1/16/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    FROZEN RIVER (Netflix) – Nice call, Ben. LONDON RIVER and FROZEN RIVER do fit together nicely in style; though one definitely ends on a happier not than the other. Both films avoid casting judgements on the people and situations – these aren’t films about politics. No heavy-handed morals or messages; just sadness and hope. GREEN […]

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    Chinatown (16/8)

    by  • 1/8/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    CHINATOWN (TIFF) – Maybe not noir to purists, but noir enough for me. It was nice to see Jack Nicholson restrained but not comatose; I haven’t seen this Jack in years. I like this switch to TIFF for a while – I’m seeing a couple classic movies that I haven’t seen before. The exception is […]

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