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Take Shelter (2011) ***1/2

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

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Beyond The Black Rainbow(2010) is 2001 (1968) meetsEraserhead (1977) meets The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) meets Amer (2009) meets THX 1138 (1971) 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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