Category Archives: Films 2012

Post-Surgical Sunday Morning Mental Chex Mix, live from The Purple Zone (feat. The Hunger Games (2012))

Ah, “The Hunger Games.” Shit. Sorry. Ah, “The Hunger Games.” That’s better. *- At its core, “The Hunger Games” is about people using what they have to survive, to make the best of their situations, no matter how bleak and … Continue reading

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God Bless America (2011)

I am so tired of election ads, that I just want to bash something. Hearing the half-truths, the carefully parsed language–really, Romney people? “Tax breaks for job providers?” Aren’t they also known as “big corporations”?? Seriously, it’s enough to make … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992 film)

I saw the film version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” years ago, before I watched the series. I just rewatched the film. Ye gods. The “Buffy” TV series had some campy moments. The difference between the BtVS film and the … Continue reading

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (aka, Valerie a týden divu)

Thirteen year-old Valerie is sleeping in a gazebo, when a spry, torch-bearing thief bounds in and steals her earrings right off her ears. The earrings come back to her–in very odd ways–throughout the film, and disappear just as mysteriously. There’s … Continue reading

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Walkabout (1971)

If you recall from “Crocodile Dundee,” a “walkabout” is when an Aborigine goes out on his own for awhile, learning about life and seeking a spiritual awakening. In “Walkabout,” there is an Aboriginal youth (David Gulpilil) who is out on … Continue reading

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The Blue Angel (1930)

Yep. 1930. This is widely considered to be the first, major German “talkie,” as the kids back then called them, and a lot of the photography and physical movements still echo the silent era. The film follows the life of … Continue reading

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The Naked City (1948)

“There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” That’s the last line in “The Naked City,” a 1948 precursor to the police procedural genre. This is a neat little movie. It was filmed … Continue reading

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Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

If you’d asked me a week ago whether I’d be working my way through Chantal Akerman’s films, I’d probably have laughed and asked, “Chantal Akerman? Who’s that?” This has been a rewarding journey, and this film is widely considered to … Continue reading

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Les Rendez-Vous d'Anna (Anna's Meetings) — 1978

There’s a scene in Chantal Akerman’s “Les Rendez-Vous d’Anna” where Anna (Aurore Clement) is riding a train to Brussels. She’s standing by the corridor window, just gazing into the distance, watching the lights move by slowly. All at once, a … Continue reading

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Tom and "Mary and Max" (2009)

“Mary and Max” is an Australian claymation film about a spunky yet lonely young girl, Mary Daisy Dinkle, who randomly tears a piece out of a Manhattan phone book she was reading in a post office, and writes to a … Continue reading

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