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Entries from November 2017

Screenings: The Paleface (1922)

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 23, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.6 [DVD] Totally non-PC by today’s overzealous standards, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from cracking up at title cards with quips such as “A rival tribe of savages who went broke playing strip poker.”

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Screenings: The Scarecrow (1920)

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 23, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.8 [DVD] Non-stop hilarious gags. That dinner table ballet was tops, but I laughed for the duration. Add some crazy intertitles (“She was a member of the dancers’ union and couldn’t stop until the whistle blew.”), a lug nut wedding ring, and a dog that climbs […]

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Screenings: Manifesto (2015)

November 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 22, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 4.6 [blu-ray, Netflix] If the context that I watched this in was as an evaluator of a philosophy/art school dissertation, I would be tempted to give it one of the highest marks available. But as a filmic entertainment, it is merely semi-audacious. Certain scenes hit the mark, […]

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Screenings: The Little Hours (2017)

November 12th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 12, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 3.7 [blu-ray, Netflix] Aside from a handful of sincere deep laughs at hearing nuns cuss, this was unfunny. I’m beginning to think that a film featuring Aubrey Plaza is most likely a film to avoid.

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Screenings: Mechanical Principles (1930)

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 11, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.6 [on-demand, TCM] Mesmerizing. Essential viewing for all interested in engineering, construction work, logic, shopping at Ikea, climbing stairs,…in other words, everyone! https://boxd.it/lyp8L

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Screenings: Julie & Julia (2009)

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

rewatched Nov 10, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.7 [blu-ray, library] Watched with the Nora Ephron commentary: lots of breaks, especially when Meryl Streep is on screen (and that’s a good thing). Re-watched primarily for Streep’s performance, which overpowers every other actor’s on screen (also a good thing, because that’s what I came to see). https://boxd.it/lxA3b

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Screenings: Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 10, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 4.2 [DVD, library] So much shouting, much of it in rapid Cockney accents, and occasional spirited singing of British music hall songs without the nuance of Noel Coward. Katherine Hepburn is a woman disguised as a man pretending to be a woman, several decades before Julie Andrews […]

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Screenings: Alias St. Nick (1935)

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 09, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 4.8 [DVD, library] Mix a precocious young mouse who refuses to believe in Santa Claus with a hungry scoundrel cat dressed as St. Nick, and you have the basic outline of this trifle that retains the nostalgic tinsel-y Christmas glow of my parents’ childhood. https://boxd.it/lw6zf

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Screenings: Los Angeles – Wonder City of the West (1935)

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 09, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.0 [DVD, library] Wonderful footage of early 20th century L.A. The narrator, however, suffers from “Los Angle-is” syndrome, and continually pronounces Olvera Street as “Olive-arrow” Street, which I’m certain only irks us natives. https://boxd.it/lw6mb

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Screenings: The Free World (2016)

November 8th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 08, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.3 [DVD, Netflix] Elisabeth Moss (who I greatly admired as Peggy Olson) and Boyd Holbrook (who I hadn’t noticed before, but apparently have seen in about a dozen movies) got me so emotionally involved that, at one point toward the end, I had to pause the DVD […]

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