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Entries from December 2017

Screenings: Wonder Wheel (2017)

December 17th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 17, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 4.1 [theater] The cinematography was lustrous, deep-hued and full of nostalgic shadow and neon. Kate Winslet does an admirable job with a script full of recycled Woodyisms. The friends I saw it with liked it less than I did, and we discussed afterward which of Allen’s […]

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Screenings: An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (2017)

December 17th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 17, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.0 [DVD, library] It’s a platform for Al Gore’s climate-awareness movement and, as such, is, in part, political propaganda. But that’s okay. It’s well-made, about an important issue, and sensitive to current events.

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Screenings: Lady Macbeth (2016)

December 17th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 17, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.0 [DVD, Netflix] There’s pretty much no one above the age of five with any redeeming human values in this film. I’m just glad that they’re not my neighbors. Kudos to the screenwriter for telling this story with only ten pages of dialogue.

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Screenings: Lemon (2017)

December 16th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 16, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 2.1 [DVD, Netflix] It’s theatrically stiff like a Laurie Anderson monologue, unsympathetic, laden with artifice, and unfunny. I guess I don’t understand how or why some films get made.

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Screenings: Frontline – Divided States of America (2017)

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 10, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.0 [DVD, library] Nearly four hours of gut-wrenching historical recap, delineating a theory that attempts to explain America’s turn toward Trump and the populace’s abandonment of loyalty to establishment politics. Good journalism: it is clear from the outset that Obama can be viewed as the catalyst for […]

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Screenings: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 07, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 7.8 [blu-ray, Redbox] That kinda hilarious moment when Woody Harrelson’s Colonel goes dual-reference: shaving his bald head a la Brando’s Kurtz while surveying his domain from a balcony just like Kommandant Amon Goeth in SCHINDLER’S LIST. And shortly thereafter: a shot of the phrase APE-OCALYPSE NOW scrawled […]

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Screenings: Beach Rats (2017)

December 6th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 06, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 8.1 [blu-ray, Netflix] This seems cut from the same idea-cloth as MOONLIGHT, communicating the same painful yearning and offering no pat resolution aside from providing a glimmer of optimism for the main character’s future. Most of the action in the film takes place at night, and the […]

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Screenings: The Exception (2016)

December 6th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 06, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 5.0 [blu-ray, Netflix] So, this makes the second A24 film I’m aware of where Christopher Plummer plays a Nazi-era German. He’s great as Kaiser Wilhelm, but he’s rarely less than great. The Nazi mole-hunt plot gets diluted by the romantic hi-jinx between the beautiful Lily James and […]

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Screenings: The Corn Is Green (1979)

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 05, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 5.5 [DVD, library] Stagey, late-period Hepburn.

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Screenings: Six and a Half (2008)

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

watched Dec 04, 2017 spitballarmy’s review published on Letterboxd: 5.5 [blu-ray, Netflix] Pretty good for a student film, if that is what this is. Best approached with extreme empathy for the mindset of a young girl beginning to develop her reasoning skills by trial & error.

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