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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Leviathan (1989)

I caught this one on television at some point, though I couldn't tell you after all this time if it was a network station or HBO or the like. Did I see it unedited? No idea. But it stayed with me as most monster movies do (and in those days, I tended to like them […]

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친절한 금자씨 (Chingeolhan geumjassi, lit. “Kind-Hearted Geum-ja”) [Lady Vengeance] (2005)

Chan-wook Park’s final “vengeance” film (the title actually has nothing to do with vengeance, being more accurately “Kind-Hearted Ms. Geum-Ja”), this is probably the most well-received internationally. Geum-ja Lee (Yeong-ae Lee) has just been released from prison after thirteen years for the kidnapping and murder of a young boy named Won-mo. A preacher (Byeong-ok Kim) […]

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