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A few reviews
The Exploding Girl - 2009 - 6/10

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Quiet, chick flick.
Ivy is home on college break. Staying with mom in New York City, hanging with friends, drinking a little.
Phoning her boyfriend.  Repeat . . . phoning her boyfriend.  Again.  And - he - does - not - answer.
When you first hook up, your calls get answered immediately.
Ivy keeps getting his voicemail.  The machine.
Either that or, "Sorry, I can't talk right now."
The women I watched this with shook their heads, recognizing the dump miles before the character did.
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All The World’s A Screen - 2016 - 7/10

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This was a fortuitous mistake.  Elsewhere, someone reviewed a Shakespeare doc, narrated by Ian McKellen.
I never found it, though I stumbled upon this documentary and it is excellent.
Film adaptations of the bard’s plays.
Seems to target four or five:  “Hamlet,”  “King Lear,”  “Macbeth,”  “Romeo And Juliet”
Covers Silent era to recent productions, and a fair number of foreign interpretations, Kurosawa’s Ran being the most famous.
Several I never heard of and started hunting.
More mainstream releases are fine intros for novices, the obscure will suit buffs or cinéastes.
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Hamlet Goes Business - 1987 - 7/10
AKA - Hamlet liikemaailmassa

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Finnish reworking transforms the indecisive prince into a Noir player, as manipulative as he is lethal.
Hamlet’s father is murdered.  The murderer marries Hamlet’s mother, takes over management of the company.
He announces he intends to sell off the shipping and timber divisions, in order to corner the rubber duck market.
You read correct.  That is just one of many alterations.
Stark black n white, loaded with droll comedy, and murders aplenty.

I have seen over a dozen Hamlets.  All are overlong and I find Hamlet himself annoying.
This version runs a concise 87“ and is funny.
Mmmm ... Scandinavian humor might be an acquired taste.
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Take Joy: The Magical World Of Tasha Tudor - 1996 - 5/10

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Documentary about the acclaimed childrens illustrator.
I recognized her from an article in the old Victoria magazine, and I must confess I recalled many of the illustrations from childhood books.
Some, such as those for Secret Garden, famous and unforgettable.

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The film was saccharine sweet, cloying, more perfect than Martha Stewart's wildest fantasies.  
Ms Tudor dressed and determinedly lived in the 1830s.
After awhile, I smelled a rat and checked online to see just how perfect her life had been.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont...2m_estate/
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(08-17-2016, 05:00 PM)Vultural Wrote: All The World’s A Screen - 2016 - 7/10

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This was a fortuitous mistake.  Elsewhere, someone reviewed a Shakespeare doc, narrated by Ian McKellen.
I never found it, though I stumbled upon this documentary and it is excellent.
Film adaptations of the bard’s plays.
Seems to target four or five:  “Hamlet,”  “King Lear,”  “Macbeth,”  “Romeo And Juliet”
Covers Silent era to recent productions, and a fair number of foreign interpretations, Kurosawa’s Ran being the most famous.
Several I never heard of and started hunting.
More mainstream releases are fine intros for novices, the obscure will suit buffs or cinéastes.

in following the source material, many shakespeare-based movies doth talk too much, requiring way more concentration and deciphering of abstrusely constructed lines than i'd prefer. RAN was the exception; it didn't drown me in a dense sea of rapid-fire dialogue.
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Concussion - 2015 - 7/10

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Pittsburgh coroner realizes connection between gridiron head injuries and cognitive impairment.
Whereas the average soul will ponder ten seconds,  “Bang your skull, brain damage - duh,"
the NFL (National Football League), is not exactly thrilled.
They react much as Big Tobacco did when confronted with evidence equating smoking with cancer.
Will Smith disappears into a multilayered role of embattled, idealistic soul, dealing with
frightening, rabid football fans.  “What!!  You wanna take away our football!!”
Trifle overlong, yet never dull or boring.  Not preachy, either.
A tone of elegy shrouds most of the film, nevertheless.
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Broadway Bad - 1933 - 6/10

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Lopsided Pre-Code film starring Joan Blondell.
First half is showgirls in lingerie, risqué humor, nightclubs, rich sharks.
Second half money and lawyers and babies.  Crying babies.
Fun romp takes an unwelcome, preachy detour.
Ginger Rogers costars as loyal friend.
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Okatsu The Fugitive - 1969 - 6/10

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Third part of a copycat trilogy.
Expert swordswoman, Okatsu, seeks revenge after murder of her parents (again) and a rape at the hands of the feudal lord.
Plot involves tobacco smuggling and seizing villagers for slave labor.
Carnage at the end, but no gushing geysers, typical of chanbara from that period.
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Alphaville - 1965 - 7/10
AKA - Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

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Secret agent Lemmy Caution arrives in the center of the galaxy, Alphaville, from the Outland.
His mission involves a earlier agent, an Outland scientist, and the calculating Alpha 60.
Though science fiction, and using phrases like inter-galactic, the style is full Noir.
Agent Caution drives up in a Mustang, lights cigarettes with his Zippo, packs a gun, carries a pocket camera.
Men wear trenchcoats or lab coats.  Females have numbers tattooed on their neck and most are classified as seductress third class.

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Sets are crappy fleabags or sleek, “futuristic” 60s offices.  It is forever night.
Alpha 60, a computer that controls and rules Alphaville, would be HAL 9000‘s wet dream.  ( Surely Kubrick saw this film.)
If you enjoy poetry readings, boy, are you in for a treat!
Assassinations by swimming pool with synchronized swimmers - check.
If you appreciate extensive talkly passages dealing with identity, conformity, ideas, conscience, this is for you!
Noir swerves headlong into Experimental Theatre.  SciFi on a mouse allowance.
Biting satire of films detective - spy - thriller - scifi - romance.  Great mix from Godard.
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Meet the Patels (2014) - currently on Netflix Streaming

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One of the best rom-coms in recent memory is a documentary. Small-time Indian-American actor, born and raised in the States and nearing 30, breaks up with beautiful, ebullient redheaded girlfriend of two years, who he never told his parents about, for unclear reasons - maybe only because she isn't Indian. Hounded by his parents to marry and reproduce, he tries all sorts of Indian matchmaking services, and meets Indian women around the country, in a search for the ideal woman of the correct ethnicity.

The progression of the story follows the classic three-act structure perfectly, almost suspiciously so, but there doesn't appear to be any significant fakery here, and maybe none at all. The humor comes not from the many dates, few of which are seen, but rather from the guy and his co-director/sister's interplay with said parents, the father being particularly hilarious and camera-friendly.

Moral of the story, of course, is men are emotional idiots. If I had a beautiful, ebullient girlfriend of another ethnicity, I wouldn't break up with her without damned good reason.

Oh, and I *am* 30. And, in the past month, my high school girlfriend and the high school girl I was interested in the longest got hitched (though not, sadly, to each other). Here's the former. A year and a half younger, she's an actual adult, it seems:

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Needless to say, my own romantic history is... more limited. Sigh.   

(Still a good movie.)

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