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Take Shelter (2011) ***1/2

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Beyond The Black Rainbow (2010) ****1/2

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2001 meetsEraserhead meets The Man Who Fell To Earth meets Amer meets THX 1138 meets Cronenberg meets Coscarelli meets Vangelismeets Tangerine Dream.

I saw this as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston, in 35mm, and it was phenomenal. I want the soundtrack so bad. I want a Blu-ray. I want to see this again.


Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011) ***1/2

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God Bless America (2011) ****

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"Mental five."

V/H/S (2012) **1/2

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Lockout (2012) **1/2

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The Cabin In The Woods (2011) ***

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Chinatown (1974) *****

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"Cherchez la femme."

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011) ***

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I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, given that I don't dig the hyper-realistic mo-cap stuff.
I loved the Tintin comics as a child, but I was put off by the trailer for this film, so I avoided it in the theater. I'm glad that I've seen it now, but it's not worth a purchase in my mind. I'm actually fairly impressed by the CGI, especially because I expected to loathe it in this film.

The action and pace is basically Indiana Jones-lite. And when I say "lite" I mean due to the toned down violence and lack of sexual content, not due to lack of action, which I actually think there is too much of. This film suffers the same problem that a lot of modern films do, in that they have too much action. I just don't get as excited by "action" in films the same way as I do by great dialogue or impressive set pieces or camerawork (that I can enjoy for more than a few seconds). I need my films to breathe a bit more. Inversely, wall-to-wall acti…

Roadracers (1994) ***1/2

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I hadn't even heard of this Robert Rodriguez film before it got released on Blu-ray this week. Well, it's actually a TV movie, which was part of a series, which I'm interested to see the other parts of now.
This is a whole lot of fun and style and way better than you might expect. Probably the best $6.99 you could spend right now.

The Raid: Redemption (2011) **1/2

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David Peace 'Nineteen Seventy-four' (1999) ****

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Neo-noir doesn't get much better. BLEAK.

Red Riding: 1974 (2009) ****

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Re-watched this after reading the novel. Lots of bits left out in the film (particularly a big one towards the end) and certain characters/plot points were combined. Nonetheless, this is an excellent adaptation. Though now I feel depressed.

Edward Dunford, North of England Crime Correspondent
Paula Garland, beautiful and wounded; daughter and husband both dead
John Dawson, fucks who he wants to fuck.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) ****

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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010) ***1/2

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First 1/2 was great. Kind of lost steam when it tried to cram in too much of his life into 20 mins. Also, a lot of things aren't elaborated on very well. But visually great and fun overall.

Hopscotch (1980) ***1/2 [CC Night #21]

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If.... (1968) ****

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My Week With Marilyn (2011) ***

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