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The Red Shoes (1948)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. OpenCulture has Martin Scorsese’s 85 films every aspiring filmmaker needs to see. Although I am many years removed from such an aspiration, the critical analysis of movies and filmmaking is something I never stopped doing. I figured I would incorporate a few of them into Silver Screen Sundays as I go along, which I will also call Scorsese Sundays when I review something from his list. I’ve seen quite a few of them already, but not enough! Luckily, The Red Shoes was screened on TCM as part of their Oscar winner series they run annually, and I managed to catch it. The movie won for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction, and was nominated for Best Picture (Hamlet won), Best Original Screenplay (The Treasure of…

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Sorry for not keeping up with this. Life’s been a handful to say the least. I’m trying to sort things out, so hopefully I can start posting regularly again. I still vividly remember watching the footage of Oscar Grant’s murder on New Year’s Day 2009. Phones were becoming smarter every day. Citizen journalism was on the rise, even if it didn’t have a name then. The videos disturbed me greatly. So I resisted watching this movie until I was better prepared to consume it. Ryan Coogler – being a Bay Area native – perfectly captures the Bay Area culture that I miss so much. Coogler showed the world what it was like growing up in the Bay in subtle ways, not even taking into account that they filmed on location when and where they could. The dialogue stood out to me in a finite sort of way, the diction was…

Baby Driver (2017)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. I had a free movie screening pass to see Baby Driver but I wasn’t feeling well, and skipped the screening. I love anything Edgar Wright does, and the reviews have been so positive for it, but I could never get my schedule sorted. I decided to wait until it hit Netflix or Amazon, and then Cinemark said it was coming back to theaters. I knew this was my chance. It had been ages since I saw a movie at the Orleans and it was really nice, actually. Assigned recliner seats? Yes please. My only concern was there’s barely 4G so I could hardly use my Cinemark app without wanting to beat something. I wanted my discounts on my popcorn and Icee; I earned ’em! Also, just…

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. I’m really enjoying the TCM Big Screen Classics series this year. Buying the annual pass has been a great investment. I needed a break from the madness for a bit, so I made it a point to watch Bonnie and Clyde. I knew their story, screened the most recent television adaptation, but I had never seen this movie all the way through. Just bits and pieces over the years. They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people. It was a solid, character-driven film that still holds up well after 50 years. They easily could’ve made a picture focusing solely on the action, but it was led by these larger-than-life characters. I felt Beatty and Dunaway had great chemistry. There were a lot of women from…

#AtomicBlonde (2017)

I fancy myself an armchair movie critic, so I will be reviewing films of all shapes, sizes, and genres with my sui generis perspective. Today is my first Silver Screen Sunday review. I’m going to try and keep going to more screenings. I got comps for Atomic Blonde, which I was able to see at AMC Town Square through Red Carpet Refs. Free screenings are such crapshoots, but they’re a risk I’m willing to take to see free movies. I could never get comps when I lived in the Bay Area, but I seriously get opportunities every week here. I love Vegas. Anyways, I stand by the kneejerk capsule review I originally posted on Instagram: Atomic Blonde was a thrill ride. The movie takes place in the midst of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but the filmmakers embraced the The Coldest City graphic novel source material full force. They…

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