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Screenings: Brother Bear (2003)

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 10, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 5.9 [blu-ray] So, when the boy turns into a bear (which is not much of a spoiler), the aspect ratio of the movie switches from windowboxed 1.75:1 (or thereabouts) to a panoramic 2.35:1…signifying what, exactly? The entry into a fantastical world, like the black-and-white to color […]

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Screenings: Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 10, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 3.1 [DVD, library] It’s hard to believe that I’ve gone 44 years without seeing this, especially since the original stage concept recording was a much beloved LP in our house while I was growing up – my sister had the sheet music and played it more often […]

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Screenings: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 10, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.9 [theater] Viewed in 2D. The visuals and sound were phenomenal, and kudos to the writing team for creating a unique story that branched out of the original with ease. The only weak link was Jared Leto’s character, who teetered on the edge of megalomaniacal stereotype […]

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Screenings: Fail-Safe (1964)

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 10, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.1 [DVD, Netflix] A black & white cold-war nuclear bomb scenario from the early 1960s: unlike DR. STRANGELOVE, there is not an ounce of humor, but like that other film, there IS fighting in the war room. “The producers of this film wish to stress that it is […]

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Screenings: Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 09, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.8 [on-demand] BEATRIZ boasts a magnificent fake-out ending that had me cheering, and I felt dirty and nasty for doing so. But the film’s true ending is a total downer that I interpreted as an allegory for the current hopelessness of the lower and immigrant classes […]

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Screenings: Detour (1945)

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

rewatched Oct 08, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.6 [TCM] One of the wickedest, most deranged, and darkest of all films noir, and easily my favorite of the pure genre entries. Ann Savage is a terrifying harpie as the ultimately doomed femme fatale…hell, everyone in this film is doomed. The version of this film screened […]

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Screenings: Taxi (aka Jafar Panahi’s Taxi) (2015)

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 07, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.4 [DVD, library] People in Panahi’s taxicab keep asking him to supply them with fresh ideas for stories. You’ll find them in places you wouldn’t expect, he tells a film student who is visiting his cab to buy some pirated art film DVDs, hoping to get ideas […]

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Screenings: The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 07, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.7 [blu-ray, Netflix] Such great fun, and a pleasure to see a superhero action film script place character development above explosions and gadgets (although the explosions and gadgets here are top-drawer!). https://boxd.it/kELir

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Screenings: The Hero (2017)

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 07, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.1 [blu-ray, Netflix] This is essentially a portrait of a character’s emotional landscape, and, as such, is not heavily plot-driven. But the approach lends itself perfectly to several meditative stretches that provide lead Sam Elliott with the opportunity to transform his trademark slow burn into some memorable […]

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Screenings: The Comedian (2016)

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Oct 05, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.5 [DVD, Netflix] In which De Niro plays a character that Rupert Pupkin might admire, and who, like the Jerry Lewis character in THE KING OF COMEDY, is bitter and miserable. Lots of dick, slut and poop jokes – not subtle humor in the least – but […]

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