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64 12% Shrek (2001) - Rated 19 Jun 2024
"My wife and I were laughing about the soundtrack to this movie. Like, why was it necessary to craft an epic score for a massive orchestra for ... Shrek? When it's funny it's good, when it's not funny, it's really boring."
87 57% Manhunter (1986) - Rated 17 Jun 2024
"Perhaps too long, and suffers from a less-compelling protagonist than "Thief." That said, this film is Michael Mann at his visual best, with striking compositions and gorgeous mid-80s colors."
88 61% Borom sarret (1963) - Rated 17 Jun 2024
"My first time watching something by Sembene. Grim African neo-realist short. Right out the gate, Sembene demonstrated a profound understanding of visual language, with a slightly elliptical voice over, montage and pacing. I understand that, like the Italians, Sembene's films slowly grew more stylized. But his forceful critique of colonialism and portrayal of a torn Senegal are clear and powerful here. I would love to see more."
90 69% Thief (1981) - Rated 17 Jun 2024
"Great Chicago movie. Fantastic imagery of the warehouses and bridges of the North Branch in all of its pre-gentrification glory. It's a Michael Mann movie, so it's always night and the roads are always washed-out mirrors reflecting streetlamps and neon. James Caan is good in this as a raging beast caught in a cage of his own making."
90 69% Death in Venice (1971) - Rated 13 Jun 2024
"Visconti at his most decadent and indulgent. The Mahler score could not swoon harder, the interiors could not be more lavish, the camera could not pan and zoom any more languorously. The drama is slowed down to a crawl."
98 97% The River (1951) - Rated 12 Jun 2024
"The cyclical nature of birth, growth, love, decay. I'm not sure many films have so beautifully presented an entire ontology. This film's presentation of colonialism is quite complex. Ultimately, we are mostly restricted to the white English teenager's perspective. But at moments her perspective fades, and we are left with Renoir's documentary-like camera, still foreign and colonial in vantage, but honestly probing for truth."
97 95% Black Orpheus (1959) - Rated 12 Jun 2024
"Images of immense mythic and aesthetic power. Great in its simplicity, genius in its concept. Astonishing location shooting in Rio, fabulous dancing and costumes, and compelling music."
78 35% Jeanne d'Arc (1899) - Rated 12 Jun 2024
"Not quite on the level of "Trip to the Moon" but entertaining nevertheless. These Melies shorts are the beginning of cinematic thought. He was beginning to think beyond recreations of stage productions or tableaux vivant. Most interesting to me was a shot that begins with Joan pulled off her horse in front of the English castle and culminates with figures crawling all over and flinging themselves off of what originally looked like a simple painted set."
65 13% The Birdcage (1996) - Rated 04 Jun 2024
"Some pretty images in a silly farce. There was a massive long push out from the mom sitting in traffic on the causeway out to a huge wide shot of a Florida sunset that was so beautiful and powerful that I was confused what it was doing in this film. I find farces pretty boring and pointless, but Gene Hackman and Robin Williams are entertaining. Don't know why Williams and Nathan Lane's characters tolerated their son being such an asshole. I guess it was the 90s."
77 33% Another Round (2020) - Rated 03 Jun 2024
"Good movie to crack a few beers to. Enjoyable, but nothing spectacular."