Lady Bird (2017)

I don’t get this whim often; most of the time, when I see a movie in a theatre, I toy with the idea of coming home and reviewing it–I mean, you don’t write 350 movie reviews that on average probably 0-1 people read (depending on how you choose to address non-integers) unless you like doing […]

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Song to Song (2017)

I didn’t know this existed. Gosling’s face drew me toward it, then the rest of the cast kept my interest long enough to see the director. And be extremely confused, then, by the cover art (see poster included here). I was going to make a snarky comment about how this was ‘practically back-to-back’ for Malick–the […]

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新・座頭市物語 (Shin Zatōichi monogatari) [New Tale of Zatoichi] (1963)

And suddenly we’re in colour. Don’t know that I expected that less than a year since the original, and only three movies in. I can only guess–maybe I’ll confirm (or deny!) later–that the first films were made as simple and low budget ones that exceeded expectations and justified a jump to more expensive stock and cameras. […]

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続・座頭市物語 (Zoku Zatōichi Monogatari) [The Tale of Zatoichi Continues] (1962)

Woah, what an ending. I’ve been too distracted to continue with the Zatoichi series that I started watching a little while ago, but I’ve hit it back up with my short night and found myself into the rapidly produced sequel to the original. How rapidly? Six months to the day after the original was released. Dang. I’m not […]

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Lord of the Flies (1963)

Lord of the Flies is one of those classic novels that eluded me. Not that I wasn’t aware of it–I worked in a bookstore for five and a half years, after all–but never particularly considered reading it. I didn’t even particularly seek out the film–I found a reasonably priced copy of the Criterion, which is […]

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座頭市物語 (Zatoichi monotogari) [The Tale of Zatoichi] (1962)

So far as I can tell, the archetypal “blind person who’s actually incredibly lethal, but intensely gentle and humble” was originated, or at least most emphatically popularized, with the series of stories about Zatoichi told across 26+ films (plus, because there are spin-offs, reboots…), and a one hundred episode TV series. I remember bumping into Blind […]

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Vernon, Florida (1981)

I’ve had a stack of DVDs collecting dust for nigh on a decade now, some of which have finally seen the light of day as I falteringly revisit my movie-reviewing past. Some I discovered the Criterion Collection had actually acquired the rights to and released themselves. This past August, I took most of those titles–many […]

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)

I actually started watching this film close to a month ago, but got distracted–then, after a month of working weekends and a determination to read myself back up to and then through Jo Nesbø’s Snømannen (aka The Snowman) prior to the theatrical adaptation’s release in a week,¹ I finally returned to it. It had already taken me somewhat […]

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“Talk about dull, Daniel.”

Hi. This is not a review. I’m not sure I could review Transformers: the Movie. What this is, somewhat curiously, is almost about why I can’t do that. I’ve been reluctant for similar reasons before,¹ there’s probably nothing on this Earth (or, presumably, any other) that can hold a candle to this movie. I attended a screening earlier […]

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