Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Marathon Man (1976):
A movie of moments as opposed to a full film, with such a protracted arc that takes so long to set up that eventually, you don't even care why the guy died or what he said, you're just waiting for Olivier to drill holes in Hoffman's teeth. C

God Told Me To (1976):
A bizarre, meandering exploitation B-picture from B-picture maven Larry Cohen, it features a bunch of people shooting others and giving the titular explanation (including Andy Kaufman as a cop!, of all things) and the detective thinks it has something to do with some mystical cult being dude...it gets monotonous and then descends into (admittedly slightly more interesting) nonsensical, mystical weirdness before crashing to a close. C-

Grave of the Fireflies (1988):
Touching, heartwarming and profoundly sad, just like everyone else has ever told you, one of the greatest anime films of all time, transcending anime to become just a great film. A

Sherlock, Jr. (1924):
A fun, inventive, influential movie about a man spurned through no fault of his own by a girl he's in love with and a dastardly villain who tricked him and stole her, and the man (a projectionist) falling asleep and dreaming of himself as the suave, brilliant "Sherlock, Jr.", saving her from him on the screen. Nowhere near his best, but a damn fun movie. B+

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