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The Station Agent

The Station Agent

(2003)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In theory, this film could be an overly sappy 'feel-good' movie - you know, the kind that makes you 'feel-bad'. But it is executed with real sensitivity and humour, and the performances are very, very good. I was totally charmed.

Trollhunter

Trollhunter

(2011)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not a bad film - fun premise, good use of mockumentary style, quite funny in parts, quite scary in parts. But ultimately it feels as if it is stretched a little thin premise- and plot-wise. Worth a watch, but not something I'll be re-visiting ....except maybe just the scenes where the troll hunter dresses as Ned Kelly....

From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn

(1996)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This starts out as a great, tense, ultra-violent hostage film, then - without warning - morphs into a fairly boring, self-consciously B-grade vampire splat-fest. All the tension built in the opening scenes goes out the window in favour of un-scary vampire being shot to pieces by cardboard cut-out characters. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good fun in its way, but disappointing after such a great start.
Also, could've done with another 30-1000 minutes of Salma Hayek dancing!

La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV)(The Rise of Louis XIV)

La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking...

(1970)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hypnotic, lush, but ultimately un-engaging, portrait of Louis XIV. The film is technically quite amazing in many ways, the costumes are perfect, the details of court rituals are masterfully re-created, but it all feels very academic and forgettable. One of the biggest problems is the lead actor, who gives the flattest, most boring, performance I've seen in ages - other characters keep referring to Louis being a man of pleasures, a womanizer who loves the hunt and gambling, but it is hard to reconcile these descriptions with the dull bureaucrat that we actually get.
Something of a chore to finish, and left almost no impression.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

(1983)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Fantastic Christmas comedy, really evokes what Christmas is like for a little kid, and is filled with strangeness and hilarity. I liked having the little boy's life narrated by himself when he is gruff and older, as it highlights both the ways the kid is like a grumpy old man, and the way his older self is still a little kid. Loved the family dynamic, the sensual leg lamp, even the racist ending was funny (reminded of Kin Jong Il) - just about perfect for this kind of film.

I want that gun!

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