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Again, another lame attempt at an actual thoughful entry, because I’m pressed for time. Still under the weather and hoping to make it through this before the Nyquil kicks in.

  1. 11/1: Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007) 4.0 ~ Gorgeous and lyrical, but slightly coma inducing. Binoche is pitch-perfect here.
  2. 10/31: Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952) 4.0 ~ Need to watch this again, when I’m not overtired/jetlagged. What I saw was sublime and, for Kurosawa, restrained. But much too slowly paced for full attention.
  3. 10/28: Get Smart (Peter Segal, 2008) 2.0 ~ Sorry, Maxwell Smart is too good at his job to be loyal, overtly interesting enough for this spoof. Plus the jokes disappear when the action ramps up.
  4. 10/28: Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955) 4.0 ~ Wow, noir/sci-fi? Features some whacked-out dialogue and supporting characters. Nothing short of alien abduction would have surprised me by the end. Of course, this will be added in the Spielberg/Lucas remake.
  5. 10/27: The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin, 2007) 3.0 ~ Pacing, believability of script kept it from higher rating. Fassbinder fave Hanna Schygulla carries it well in the final third.
  6. 10/25: Standard Operating Procedure (Errol Morris, 2008) 3.5 ~ A bit overwrought, and the lesser of the two Abu Ghraib movies in the last 12 months. Still, Morris scored Lynndie England, man.
  7. 10/22: Hancock (Peter Berg, 2008) 3.0 ~ Yep, the third act’s a problem. But Berg managed to deliver up to that point.
  8. 10/21: Baby Mama (Michael McCullers, 2008) 2.5 ~ I like the characters. I just stopped laughing.
  9. 10/18: Midnight Meat Train (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2008) 1.5 ~ Vinnie Jones, I always suspected you’d look equally good in either slaughterhouse gear or a two piece suit.
  10. 10/17: Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957) 3.5 ~ Dietrich and Laughton face off. Too clever, like many an A. Christie play, but Laughton delivers on a juicy-ass role.
  11. 10/15: Lou Reed’s Berlin (Julian Schnabel, 2007) 2.5 ~ I love VU, Lou solo less so. This uneven mood piece? Strictly for fans. Don’t settle for walkin.
  12. 10/13: The Visitor (Tom McCarthy, 2008) 3.5 ~ Smells like White Guilt. But engaging stuff from R. Jenkins.
  13. 10/11: /Halloween/ (John Carpenter, 1978) 3.0 ~ I’ll forgive a lot for that opening “tracking” shot.
  14. 10/10: Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954) No Rating ~ Still trying to decide what to make of it. What exactly was that? Western spoof classic or downright failure? Deserves a rewatch.
  15. 10/9: Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney, 2007) 4.5 ~ Essential, gutwrenching. I actually longed for Harold & Kumar. Instead, McCain gets face time.
  16. 10/7: Frozen River (Courtney Hunt, 2008) 3.5 ~ Yep, Melissa Leo is mesmerizing. And it’s a simply told yet complex film.
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