Posts from the category "Reviews"

    On the Waterfront (1954)

    A drawing of a man sitting against a chimney on a rooftop overlooking the docks with pigeons flying by

    I’m a bit torn by this and not sure if I even know enough to form an opinion on Elia Kazan.

    I watched this without having any idea of the context. I prefer that if I can do it. Then I like to read up and at least form a basic picture of the world in which the movie was made. The message here was a very strong one—anti-corruption, power to the workers over those who have power. Plus, the opportunity to do something both righteous and empowering because of its righteousness.

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    December 12, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Miller's Crossing (1990)

    A man pleads for his lifefrom his knees  among some trees as another man holds a gun at his side.

    I was taken in by this movie. I think about 30 minutes in I stopped writing notes down because I didn’t want to stop the movie. A gangster noir with all the right characters, played exquisitely, with a pretty great wrap.

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    December 08, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Tokyo Story (1953)

    A man and woman sit on a ledge and look away into the distance

    It’s a movie where not a lot happens, but you really understand some family dynamics that represent all of us. I came away from the movie feeling sad.

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    December 07, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

    A man's eyes are shielded from the light by shadow and the brim of his hat

    This fit right in with the rest of the four sequels. After Raiders of the Lost Ark, these movies were fun and ultimately fine. I wasn’t watching to see great stories told in important ways. I was watching to see cool action and hopefully have a fun time following Indy on his quests. The four sequels handled that just fine. This was a good addition to the franchise.

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    The Night of the Hunter (1955)

    A man looks at a girl's face as she sits on his lap holding her doll

    I was struck by how disdainfully this movie treated Robert Mitchum’s preacher character and his Christianity, despite the occasional allusion to his being a man of the cloth and therefore worthy of respect. That respect never really came to the character except from the easily manipulated.

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    December 02, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War (2023)

    A knife sits next to a ruler and a lone building displays a cross

    This was a book that, despite effectively not reading books anymore, I was always going to read. I have found Jeff Sharlet’s work to be indispensable in today’s America. It strikes me as the type of work that people think is overblown in its conclusions.

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    The Trial (1962)

    A man stands in a hallway with a warped perspective showing several different dimensions of himself on the cover of the movie The Trial

    I avoided this for a while. There were a couple reasons, all of which added up to avoidance because I was afraid I wouldn’t get it. I read the book, admittedly half-assedly, so not really at all, a couple decades ago. I remembered enough about it to get the main point without much nuance. It was also a super intriguing concept, and I was drawn to Kafka after The Metamorphosis already. So, this has always stuck with me as something to explore more deeply.

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    November 24, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
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    Videodrome (1983)

    A man inserts his head into a television screen on the cover of the movie Videodrome

    I am definitely not someone who seeks out this body horror stuff. I would actively avoid it, honestly. But while watching this I realized I really like Titane, which is similar in the shock factor with the body.

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    November 24, 2023
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    High Sierra (1941)

    A man holds a gun while a woman stands behind him on the cover of the movie High Sierra

    Came to see some great early-Hollywood eastern Sierra goodness and got a tremendous chase scene up the Whitney Portal, culminating in a hasty scramble up the rocks.

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    November 22, 2023
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    Double Indemnity (1944)

    A woman sits in dim light holding a cigarette while a man looks over his shoulder at her from behind on the cover of the movie Double Indemnity

    Loved it. Will watch a few more times to pick it all up, but the dialogue was awesome.

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    November 20, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews