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March totals:

  • 11 movie viewings
  • 5 in theatre, 6 at home
  • 9 new, 2 re-watches
  • 8 English language films, 3 non-English language
  • 2 Criterion titles

New releases:

  • John Dies at the End - probably the best new release I’ve seen in the theatre this year. I kept wanting to compare it to other things (Tim & Eric meets like Dead Alive or something), but it really was its own thing, and I enjoyed it a lot.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Everything I wanted it to be. I think I’m the only person above the age of 13 who had been looking forward to it since the first previews, when it was supposed to come out last year. I mean really, they had me at ninjas fighting on cliffs. Lots of fun, and the racial and gender politics, while not great, were not totally horrendous, so there’s that.
  • Jack the Giant Slayer - nope.

New (to me) ones I loved:

  • The Wild Bunch - Loved it. I can’t imagine seeing this at the time. It blew my mind now, I can’t imagine in 1969! Brutal, dirty, totally inspired filmmaking. And <3 Ernest Borgnine.
  • 3 Idiots - My first full Bollywood film, and I really did enjoy it. Wonderful how the film manages to elicit real emotion within a rather cliched framework.
  • Brazil - Weird and wonderful.
  • To Be or Not To Be - My first Lubitsch. I was surprised by how fresh it felt. Very funny.

Re-watches I loved:

  • The Godfather - Blown away. Absolutely blown away by Pacino! I don’t think it’s just because it’s in contrast to some of his other performances, it’s really just perfect restraint. And he’s so beautiful.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth - It had been a few years since I watched it, and I watched it with the commentary. I wish I had waited until I watched it on my own again, because del Toro gets into the visual and thematic elements a great deal, and I would have liked to see how much I would have picked up on. It’s a great commentary though, and I do love this film.

The rest:

  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia - Flashes of brilliance soaked in booze. I wasn’t too into this, but it still made me want to see The Wild Bunch, which I loved.
  • Bob Le Flambeur - Enjoyable. Full of mood. Topped in every way by Le Samourai. I want Anne’s evening gown.

I really do intend to make individual posts about some of these. hah.

  1. nathanbarrios said: I just saw Brazil for the first time recently and you described it perfectly. I love the ending the most, though.
  2. burbanked said: Please mark me down in the “would enjoy hearing your expanded thoughts on BRAZIL” column.
  3. frankhowley said: Glad to hear John Dies at the End is good. I haven’t seen anything great in a while, so I’ll check this out soon.
  4. jimchuck said: I wasn’t too into “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” myself, but that Warren Oates, man. Always love that guy.
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