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Carnage (2011) ****

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Battle Royale II (2003) *1/2

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Overwrought.

Battle Royale - Director's Cut (Special Edition) (2000) ***1/2

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Many people hold Battle Royale (2000) in very high regard. While I think the film is a lot of fun, it is far from exceptional. Each time I watch it, it means a little less to me. When I saw it in 2000 or 2001, from a bootleg DVD copy, I thought it was the coolest shit in the world. These days, it's a film I still enjoy, but it hasn't aged as well as many films. Honestly I think it's the same type of popular entertainment that The Hunger Gamesprobably is (haven't seen it yet), with more gore. But I won't form a true opinion on that, not having seen THG - that film could be terrible and pandering.



The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) ***1/2

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My previous post explains how I feel. After a rewatch I actually gave this a 1/2 * less.
It's a great film and I'd be very interested to see what the same cast/crew could do with the other 2 films, but this is second tier Fincher for me.


Drive (2011) *****

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The Rules Of The Game (1939) ***

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Whew. Lots of people consider this the "greatest film ever made". I can't figure out why exactly.
I thought it was just "OK". I'm not going to write it off completely, but I have little desire to rewatch it.

Smiles Of A Summer Night was made long after this film and reminds me of it, but I enjoyed Smiles much more. Maybe it's one of those films like Taxi Driver, which took me 4-5 viewings before I considered it a masterpiece. Who knows...?


Belle De Jour (1967) **** [CC Night #20]

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3 reasons to see this film:


The French Connection (1971) ****1/2

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The Skin I Live In (2011) ****

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Traffic (2000) ****1/2

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One of the coolest movie promo items that I've ever seen, a paper weight that is supposed to be filled with coke, given to me by a former co-worker (thanks Andy!)

The Deer Hunter (1978) ****

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1974) ****3/5

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Scene 24
Flesh wound
Tim

To Catch A Thief (1955) ****1/2

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Stunning
Dashing
Meow

The Phenomenal Handclap Band "Form & Control" (2012) ***1/2

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Hugo (2011) ***1/2

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I read a lot of conflicting reviews about this film. Many felt it was a masterpiece and many felt it was a disappointment and that Scorsese has become a "hack". I must admit, it doesn't feel like a Scorsese film at all. It's been appropriately compared to the filmmaking style of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Robert Zemeckis. But I guess I fall in the middle with my opinion about the film.

Many things about it did nothing for me and/or felt a bit pedestrian. Other times I quite enjoyed it and felt emotionally stirred. It's too bad that it didn't quite click because it could have been truly something special. Hugo definitely feels like a film that may improve with repeat viewings though.
It's certainly gorgeous and visually interesting.



Die Antwoord "Ten$ion" (2012) ***1/2

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I had to give Ten$ion (2012) a bunch of listens to decide how much I liked it. And I've decided "I fink it's freaky and I like it a lot".

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902) ****

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This film is included with the new Air album. The version on this DVD includes a soundtrack by Air, from their album of the same name. It's pretty amazing to watch a film that is 110 years old and hand-colored.



Air "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" (2012) ****

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Casino Royale (1967) ***

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Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest (2011) ***1/2

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Platoon (1986) ****

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