Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) ****

I enjoyed this film just as much on a second viewing. This one was my #8 on my Top Films Of 2013. Here are a few thoughts from my first viewing.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) ***1/2

I don't understand the lukewarm reaction on this one - overall, I thought it was great. I had no issues being fully immersed back into this world, even after 9 years. A lot of fun.


Focus On Film: Episode 20 – November 2014 Criterion Titles

Focus On Film Episode 20 is up!

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In this episode:

"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Eros (2004) ***

The first segment by Kar Wai Wong is typical of his style - gorgeous production design and cinematography, slow and melodramatic (I like him but am not enamored the way most are). The middle segment by Steven Soderbergh is decent and amusing, in line with some of his other more indie projects like FULL FRONTAL and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. I found the final segment by Michelangelo Antonioni to be the most pointless and bland.


Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) **** [Ape-a-thon Pt. 3]

Spoon 'They Want My Soul' (2014) ****1/2

Even from just one listen, it's clear that this album is excellent and will make my Top 20 of the year. But sadly, I have to deduct a 1/2 * (almost went for a full star) from what could have been a perfect rating (and album) because of the atrocious mastering (and likely engineering - screw you, Dave Fridmann) job (Howie Weinberg is usually great, what happened?). See the screenshot below and hold back the bile that rises in your throat.