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Entries from November 2017

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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Screenings: Undercurrent (1946)

November 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 07, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.3 [DVD, library] MELODRAMA!!! Crazy-great ultimate Hitchcockian ending scene, plus several uncredited appearances of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. There is a shot near the end of the movie with Robert Montgomery climbing a staircase a la Cary Grant in SUSPICION (though without the light-bulbed glass of milk) […]

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Screenings: Lonesome Lenny (1946)

November 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 07, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 4.3 [DVD, library] I found this screwball animated take on “Of Mice and Men” (in which Lenny gets his “revenge”) to be in questionable taste, but then found myself wondering if I’ve become too politically-correct in my thinking. Still, this is slight entertainment, at best. https://boxd.it/lsckd

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Screenings: Traffic with the Devil (1946)

November 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 07, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 6.0 [DVD, library] A public service short that begins with the friendly Los Angeles motorcycle cop describing his job and all its petty annoyances. He shares some very interesting driving statistics, spanning from covered wagon days through to the mid-20th century, while we’re shown some wonderful period […]

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Screenings: A Ghost Story (2017)

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Nov 06, 2017, spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.4 [blu-ray, Netflix] I found quite a lot to like in this film: the sparse hill country setting; the long stretches of quiet; the time jumps; the aging color inside the Instamatic framing; and, yes, the white-sheet device. And, as insufferable as Will Oldham is, and his […]

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