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I wonder if the three of us would've been friends in real life. Not as brothers, but as people.  
on June 17, 2008 - 2:15 AM PDT
  of The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion) (2007)
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful

On first viewing, I was annoyed by this film simply by the stylistic elements of the feature and couldn't get over it. "Oh another Wes Anderson piece, here we go again" I thought. The soundtrack I was going to inevitably like and purchase, the telltale static shots, and quirky 2-dimensional characters. From the man who brought us The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore, I expected and wanted... more. I was beginning to believe his once unique style of storytelling was becoming stale, redundant, and empty like it had felt in The Life Aquatic.

On a second viewing, I felt myself inexplicably, deeply moved. I found myself laughing and affected by the characters. I can't tell you what ended up clicking and why, but something about this film resonated on a repeat viewing. Maybe it was the way this film seems to cherish the imperfect qualities that make us all human. Or maybe I'm still sappy for Wes' style even though I wear a guise of being resentful of it, who knows.
Simply, a classic.  
on June 17, 2008 - 1:16 AM PDT
  of The Sword in the Stone (45th Anniversary) (Special Edition) (1963)

What more can I say. This is one of the most beautiful examples of the beginnings of Disney's golden era of cel animated features. As much as I love Pixar and the company's ability to at least capture the spirit that characterized the Disney we all want to remember, it makes me all the more lament the demise of hand-drawn animation. For me, this is a classic that sits right up there with Aladdin and The Lion King. There's something beautiful in the "vintage" quality to this film that takes me right back to the 6-year old kid who sat in front of the television set in awe, watching this for the first time.
Why Didn't More People See This Movie?!  
on June 17, 2008 - 1:06 AM PDT
  of The Mist (2007)
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful

Easily the best work Darabont has done since Shawshank, though that may not sound like the biggest compliment given that his most recent directorial efforts have been the overly long Green Mile and eye-gougingly-bad The Majestic. So he sticks with his favorite author Stephen King and instead of opting for something melodramatic, Daramont decides to tread in the waters of where King's writing made its mark -- moody horror. You know what? IT WORKS.
I honestly don't know why this movie didn't succeed at the box office. Maybe I should put the fault on whoever was in charge of marketing, but this movie is simply one of the better horror pieces to have emerged in years.

This movie is frightening, at times bloody, and creates that type of post-apocalyptic world which zombie-enth usiasts wholeheartedly eat up. What I'm saying is that its the type of movie that should appeal multiple groups.

I found myself gripped with suspense and simultaneously impressed with how ballsy this movie was. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
Look! Midgets!  
on June 17, 2008 - 1:06 AM PDT
  of In Bruges (2008)
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful

LEWD, OFFENSIVE, and VIOLENT -- in the best way possible.

One of the best dark comedies I've seen in ages. If I had not accidentally wandered into a screening of this film, I probably would have dismissed it entirely given the impression I had of it from trailers. Not for the light of heart or easily offended, but for those with a slightly twisted sense of humor, this film is nothing but a treat.

Director Martin McDonagh is most well known as an award-winning Irish playwright, acknowledged for his love of quick dialogue and swift changes in mood and pace within his stories. Both elements play heavily in his feature debut, and work well in creating a film that is 1/3 existential drama, 1/3 dark comedy, and 1/3 action. Both smart and witty, I'm going to say Focus Feature F'd up in trying to advertise this film like it was some cookie-cutter 90's-era type of crime film. It assuredly isn't, and is far better than what you think this movie is like. Trust me.
a wonderful, slow-paced film  
on March 24, 2008 - 2:27 PM PDT
  of Old Joy (2005)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

There is a beautiful melancholy mood that comes through in this film. It's a journey film without the journey, if that makes any sense. Great understated performances from Will Oldham and Daniel London as two old friends reuniting for a weekend trip in the Pacific Northwest. Set to a wonderful score from Yo La Tengo, this is a film so quintessentially West Coast in its sense of wandering sadness.

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