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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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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The Legend of Hell House (1973)

“How did it end?” “If it had ended, we would not be here.” In some circles, Richard Matheson is a highly-praised name. However, those circles are often the same who bemoan the fate of his novels in film translation. Those circles tend to be small, being as few could identify the author behind The Last […]

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The Long Goodbye (1973)

Robert Altman usually inspires a lot of confidence in more “independent” movie-watchers, and is often a bit off-putting for many “regular” movie-watchers. I know my father was in the group of people who cannot stand Altman’s habit of over-lapping dialogue. As someone who is often filtering conversations in and out (one might call it eavesdropping […]

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The Lion in Winter (1968)

In high school, I had a class I can only loosely refer to as “world history,” notorious both for its lacking “world” element (unless of course one doesn’t feel the East is important–at all) and its lacking instructor (we skipped the Industrial Revolution because and I quote, he “[doesn’t] like it.” If this is reason […]

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Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run] (1998)

German is the language (other than English, of course) that I come closest to understanding without aid, though not enough to read or listen to it and fully understand. Part of this comes from an ear for similarities in sound that can tie words together, part comes from English’s Germanic origins and a fair bit […]

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The Last Picture Show (1971)

My father encouraged me to watch this the last time he, himself, picked it up, but I inherited a distaste for starting in the middle from him and, though I’d only missed five minutes, I skipped on it. I vaguely recall some girl may have been involved in distracting me as well, at least in […]

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The Land Before Time (1988)

There’s no escaping the fact that I grew up with this film–one of the lobby cardboard stand up displays adorned my family’s living room (thanks to pre-existing theatrical connections, I do believe–I was a little too young to be aware, even if I’d cared about such reasons for things at that age) for many years, […]

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