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on Groundhog Day (1993)
This film is one I have no desire to rewatch. I hate seeing the same thing over and over again..
on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
I hate to say this, but this is Resnais's _Je t'aime, je t'aime_ done right: no ridiculous Potato Time Machine. Plus Michel Gondry's MTV visual style actually fits the material here
on Invictus (2009)
It's been a while since I left a movie house with a wet face. Eastwood managed to accumulate all possible positive emotions in this film about hope that it is hard to stay untouched by it. And the historic moments of South Africa are pictured in "Invictus" convincingly enough to ignore the pathos. Yet another decent film by the never-resting ex-cowboy.
on The Apartment (1960)
This is one of those movies that start out like comedies and get more and more serious as they progress -- Groundhog Day is another good example. I thought it only got better and better, as well. The premise of a man lending out his apartment for men to cheat on their wives is clever in itself, but it's the Baxter/Fran/Sheldrake triangle that elevates the movie to greatness.
on Bombay Beach (2011)
From Iconic pop coreography, out MTV, to beautiful lonely persons.
on The Reader (2008)
From time to time, I see something that reminds me that cinema is not all about entertainment. While the goal of almost every major film is to induce bigger-then-life feelings on the viewer, this is a nutrient for thought instead. It shows you some difficult situations without attempting to judge characters, or pretending there's a solution. In stead, it says: here's a good story: think of it what you want.
on The Maltese Falcon (1941)
I enjoyed the characters, but sometimes found their actions to be stilted and unnatural. There are a number of incredible scenes, and Lorre in particular plays a delightfully grey character. I wish that Astor's character had been stronger, she doesn't ever live up to Bogart's accusations on screen. This is a fun film, but it is also a flawed film that is stuck in the time that it was made.
on Up in the Air (2009)
Very good film. It is certainly the best and most mature from Reitman. The one misstep, in my opinion, is having him do the whole character change thing by walking out in the middle of a speech - it's a cliche in a movie that mostly lacked tacky cliches. There are a number of interesting thematic threads and themes, too many to detail here. It might be interesting to compare this film to the cyberpunk movement in literature; they share a lot in common.