Barefoot in the Park (1967)

I’m prone to anachronism of taste, this is nothing like a secret. Despite being born midway through them, my affection for the 1980s (both in music and in film, even as I delve deeper into the recesses, corners, nooks, crannies, and antechambers of each) is well-known. That’s not too far off, though: I was at […]

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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

It’s like riding a bicycle apparently,¹ though not very complicated to be sure. The weekend was ending, and I’d managed to corral my other interests (comics, primarily!), only to find myself with a mere hour or so before I’d intended on crawling into bed for the upcoming work week. My original plan (Melville’s L’armée des ombres) […]

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The October Project, Day 5: Black Christmas (1974)

My Christmas movie list is deliberately asinine–Gremlins, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Scrooged, basically (though, to be honest, I rarely make it to many, if any, of them every year). I thought about adding this last year, but failed at all of them (I think), and it joined the thankfully now-stagnant pile of unwatched stuff. However, for this […]

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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

“If I wasn’t a transvestite terrorist, would you marry me?” I’ve neglected both (extensive) writing about movies and, generally–or, perhaps, specifically, in that I primarily mean my extensive DVD collection–watching them. This was my move to break that. Once upon a time, I kept a maximum number of movies unsealed out of the huge backlog […]

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Be Kind Rewind (2008)

I've no idea, really, how Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze came to my attention. I know I saw handfuls of music videos from both of them when music videos used to air regularly, once upon a time. But at the time I couldn't name the directors of any movies I'd seen, barring, perhaps, Steven Spielberg, […]

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

Some have called it one of the worst films ever made, and a Pulitzer Prize winning writer called it a masterpiece. I couldn’t remember why I had vague notions of dislike attached to the movie–dislike from others, I mean–until I started wandering around trying to find out why. It wasn’t hard; a lot of people […]

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Blue, White and Perfect (1942)

I’ve now seen all four of the currently released Michael Shayne pictures from the 1940s, and I’m almost completely out of steam to review them. There’s not a lot of differentiation because they’re b-roll pictures that acted as companions to bigger budgeted main features. Shayne (Lloyd Nolan once again) is now confronted with a girlfriend, […]

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Das Boot (1981)

NOTE: This review refers to the 209 minute “Director’s Cut.” Das Boot has a peculiar release history, having a number of cuts not far from Blade Runner, but a much greater disparity in running time between any of them. Originally released theatrically at 150 minutes, later in two miniseries forms, one set of three 100 […]

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Big Fish (2003)

I some strange fit of synchronicity, I began to read Robert R. McCammon’s Boy’s Life this morning while waiting in my dentist’s office. Synchronicity, you say? Well, it’s like this: McCammon’s book is, by his own admission, intended to capture a young boy’s youth (like Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, only, I imagine, a little darker and/or […]

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Big (1988)

As a child, there was a handful of films that were consistently played and replayed by friends, television and any sort of daycare, some predating our lives, some current, some only a few years behind, but always with the same sort of feel to them–generally speaking, the same feel that has stuck with me to […]

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