Weekly Round-Up: May 29 – June 04, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse, Night and Fog, The Immortal Story, Blue Velvet, Valley of the Dolls

Weekly Round-Up: April 10-16, 2016

Last week, I saw: The Avengers (2012) - Epic superhero tale bringing together Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America (each of whom had their own films) with Black Widow and Hawk-Eye to save the world from invaders. It got kind of spacey for me, but I liked how much time we got … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: April 10-16, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: April 03-09, 2016

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) - Certainly the strongest of the prequel trilogy, this chapter follows the young Anakin Skywalker on his path to becoming Darth Vader. Ian McDiarmid steals the show as Senator/Emperor Palpatine in all his cackling glory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - Spectacular sequel, with a … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: April 03-09, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: March 13-19, 2016

This past week took me forever to get through an audio commentary (aka non-chemical sleeping pills) but I got on a better roll afterwards: The Graduate (1967) - This movie is still REQUIRED, but the audio commentary by director Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh isn't. It felt like more of a conversation than actually discussing what … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 13-19, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: March 06-12, 2016

Sorry for the slow posts! Two weeks ago, I saw: I Knew Her Well (1965) - Very strong drama following a struggling model/actress in Rome. This has been referred to as "the female La Dolce Vita," which it isn't, as its overall mood and feel is more jolting and less dreamlike and flowing. Knockout performance by lead … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 06-12, 2016

Finding Elaine: UC Berkeley in “The Graduate” (1967)

Remember me to one who lives there. Since I first watched it about ten years ago, The Graduate instantly flew into the swirl of my favorite films. Of course, late middle school / early high school age me didn't fully grasp the complex themes masked by uncomfortable comedy and moody ambivalence, but this classic still spoke to me in … Continue reading Finding Elaine: UC Berkeley in “The Graduate” (1967)

Weekly Round-Up: January 03-09, 2016

Happy New Year! Now that we're post-holidays, we get back to "ordinary time" and a more regular cadence of movie-watching. 🙂 Last week, I saw: In Cold Blood (1967) - Genuinely creepy, though occasionally slow crime drama. This was especially fun to watch as I'd just finished the In Cold Blood novel days earlier. RECOMMENDED. Inside Out … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: January 03-09, 2016