Category: Movies

charlize theron in atomic blonde

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde is a thrill ride. The movie takes place amid the fall of the Berlin Wall, but the filmmakers embraced The Coldest City (paid link) graphic novel source material full force. They played it close to its comic book roots rather than relying on reality. I was six when…

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baby driver (2017)

Baby Driver (2017)

All you need is one killer track. Baby Driver was a beautiful film. However, I felt emotionally satisfied leaving the theater. If you haven't seen Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (paid link), Hot Fuzz (paid link), or Shaun of the Dead (paid link), you'll enjoy this movie for what it…

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dario argento's suspiria

Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria crashed into my heart like a trainwreck, and I refused to look away. It combines my biggest fears: dogs that attack their owners (I love dogs so much, how could they ever hate me enough to take my life?), maggots (I'm a clean freak, and if I saw a…

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mia farrow in rosemary's baby

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby is a movie everyone assumes you've seen if you claim to be a student of film. I don't think I've ever discussed it in casual conversation. I spoiled myself silly years ago because of random Wiki surfing. However, I never deigned to sit down & watch it until…

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helen mirren in winchester

Winchester (2018)

I have been keeping up with the press for the movie since the announcement. I almost went so far as to watch the premiere at the actual Winchester Mystery House. That meant touring the mansion, enjoying a reception, and then walking across the street to CineArts on Santana Row to…

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the three musketeers (2011)

The Three Musketeers (2011)

I didn't have high expectations for this movie, even with an all-star cast of Christoph Waltz, Matthew Mcfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom (in supreme supervillain mode, excited to 11), or a cameo by Til Schweiger. It was a fun romp nonetheless. It…

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apocalypse now redux

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

I wrote my final paper in my Senior Seminar on the effect of photographs on the war effort in Vietnam. I wanted to somehow include films - which gave me the excuse to watch movies for the next few months. When I did my initial research, Apocalypse Now and The…

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steve buscemi in saint john of las vegas

Saint John of Las Vegas (2009)

What compelled me to watch the movie at CineVegas was Imagining Dante in Vegas: "Saint John of Las Vegas" Director Hue Rhodes. Having read Dante's Inferno in-depth for Medieval English Lit, I was excited to see a modern-day interpretation of it on film. For an indie film, many familiar stars…

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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes (1948)

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 the Sierra Madre - paid link - won), and Best Film Editing (The Naked City won). I like knowing how a movie fits in the…

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