Movie Reviews

Sunday Too Far Away

Sunday Too Far Away 1975 ★★★ Watched Sep 10, 2020 (WARNING: the IMDB.com summary of this movie is a sick travestry. It only describes the last 5 minutes of the movie! Avoid at all costs.) This movie's advertised as one of the finest and earliest gems of the 1970s Australian New…
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January 6, 2021
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Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead 1978 ★★★½ Watched Sep 09, 2020 I knew going in that this movie was partly a critique of American consumerism, by featuring a shopping mall. I had not known, though, the the critique was not just the zombies who instinctly return to the mall, but the…
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January 6, 2021
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This is Not a Film

This Is Not a Film 2011 ★★★½ Watched Sep 06, 2020 Self-portraits populate art history; most painters make them. But why don't filmmakers create self-portraits? Maybe Jafar Panahi wouldn't, and even didn't want to, but here he's desperate. Under house arrest and awaiting a verdict, after being arrested for his recent…
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January 6, 2021
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things

I’m Thinking of Ending Things 2020 ★★★★ Watched Sep 04, 2020 At its core, at least upon first viewing, this movie is about the bleakness of aging, whether growing old oneself or a relationship that aging. That is the ambiguity of the title: "Ending things" could be about wanting life…
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January 6, 2021
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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 ★★★★½ Rewatched Jan 05, 2021 I first watched this movie on my tiny 10" TV in my bedroom, probably at the age of 15, when the movie came out on VHS. Since then, I have seen it a couple times, but not in the last 25 years.…
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January 6, 2021
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Knives Out

Knives Out 2019 ★★ Watched Jan 05, 2021 I welcome murder-mystery movies, a genre relegated to TV and specifically to older persons' TV, such as "Murder, She Wrote," which is quoted in this movie. As a kid, one of my favorite movies was "Clue." Later, reading a heap of 20th…
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January 6, 2021
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The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter 1997 ★★★½ Watched Sep 29, 2020 An unbearable film featuring the combined grief of a remote, wintery Canadian town, an unresolvable grief that dwells on the fact of the irreversibility of time. We live with death and suffering we experience, with no control over when it happens,…
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January 5, 2021
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Home Alone and Home Alone 2

Home Alone 1990 ★★½ Rewatched Jan 01, 2021 Haven't seen this one since the theater in 1990, when I was 10. The movie has potential. The scenario of a 9-year-old, or however old Kevin is, being left alone in a rich home, is probably a fantasy of just about every kid,…
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January 5, 2021
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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing 2012 ★★★★ Watched Dec 31, 2020 "The Act of Killing," while entirely unpleasant as we sit with gross murderers who gloat over their wanton killings of the past, yet has something refreshing for us Westerners. The killers, political and of the State, are seemingly honest and…
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January 5, 2021
Movie Reviews

LA Confidential

L.A. Confidential 1997 ★★½ Rewatched Jan 01, 2021 What an odd endorsement of cops. For me, LA Confidential falls among the 1990s set of paranoia-conspiracy films; it's just set in the 1950s, 40 years distant from part of what it is criticizing. That, partly, is the LA police, who six years…
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January 5, 2021