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Stoker (2013) ****

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Michael Crichton (as John Lange) 'Grave Descend' (1970) ***

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A solid thriller, sort of a lite version of Elmore Leonardmeets Ian Fleming(James Bond).

Hook (1991) ***1/2

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Jim Thompson 'After Dark, My Sweet' (1955) ***1/2

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Another great book by Thompson. I'm very intrigued how this one was adapted to film, which is next on my Netflix queue.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) ****

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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

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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.

L'avventura (1960) ***

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Sorcerer (1977) ****

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Lake Placid (1999) ***1/2

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Boyhood (2014) *****

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My new favorite film of the year.

The Wax Mask (1997) **1/2

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Focus On Film: Episode 20 – November 2014 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 20 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE.

In this episode: November 2014 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest/Worst Of The Month – THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932), DIVERGENT(2014), TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992), ERASERHEAD(1977)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Out Of The Past (1947) ****1/2

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Trans Am 'Volume X' (2014) ****

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An incredibly diverse album (even for these guys). They pull out all their influences, fromJean Michel Jarre/Vangelis to Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd to Motörhead/Metallica. A big winner.

Neil Gaiman 'The Ocean At The End Of The Lane' (2013) ****1/2

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Sabrina (1954) ****

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Eros (2004) ***

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The first segment by Kar Wai Wongis 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 FRONTALand THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. I found the final segment by Michelangelo Antonionito be the most pointless and bland.

Under The Skin (2013) ****1/2

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The Apartment (1960) *****

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The Life And Times 'Lost Bees' (2014) *****

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These bees are absolutely killer.

A Story Of Floating Weeds (1934) **1/2

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Coraline (2009) ****

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) *** [Ape-a-thon Pt. 6]

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Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973) *** [Ape-a-thon Pt. 5]

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Neil Gaiman 'Coraline' (2002) *****

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This was my first Neil Gaiman read (believe it or not, I've never read 'Sandman', which is extra weird as I love Sam Kieth) and I absolutely adored it. I love the film and plan to rewatch it tonight now that I finally got around to reading the book.

Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972) **** [Ape-a-thon Pt. 4]

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Dark Victory (1939) ***1/2

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

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

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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.


Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) ***1/2 [Ape-a-thon Pt. 2]

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Song Of The Thin Man (1947) *** [Nick & Norathon Pt. 6]

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Planet Of The Apes (1968) ****1/2 [Ape-a-thon Pt. 1]

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La Dolce Vita (1960) ***1/2

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) ***1/2

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