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A run of fun re-watches.

#871 - Knife in the Water (1962)

So efficient even in his first feature. There is nothing wasted. It's a bracing example for a writer. Jealousy is an easy story to understand. Anything sexy or dangerous might happen. Also might not. Polanski is really funny. Right down to the details. Like Herzog in that.

#870 - Night of the Demon (1957)

Creature double feature special effects. The story of the battle in its filming is more interesting than the movie, but I get why people might have a soft spot for this.

#869 - Mary Poppins (1964)

"That's a pie crust promise. Easily made, easily broken."
What can you say about this movie? She is probably the most beautiful actress who could also sing? Van Dyke's makeup is weird. So is his accent.

#868 - Leon, the Professional (1994)

Might have been my favorite movie when I was 22 and saw it in 1997. Not my favorite anymore, but still fun and I'm nostalgic for ever thinking that. There are some unforgettable shots in this. Camera shots not gun shots. And, well, Neta-Lee Hershlag.

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I can’t believe how good Roadside Picnic is. Sad like Hemingway’s good stories and a voice like Chandler but also totally weird. This is the book that became bones of the story for Stalker.

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Twin Peaks 2.12

The Romeo & Juliet (subtitles strangely read for us too dear instead of for earth too dear)

The witchcraft

The Duchovny

Feels like many many scenes in this show (not this episode in particular) are just excuses for the music.

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Young Pope 1.07

Temptations. Power. Sure. But what was the last temptation in the Last Temptation of Christ? Wow, I read that book before college and was blown away by it. I wonder how it holds up.

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Young Pope 1.03

Papacy: this is the ridiculous system you have, and you put Lenny in the big chair.

USA: this is the ridiculous system you have, and you put Trump in the big chair.

They could not have planned a more miraculous timing of this release.


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Walking Dead general comment

I've made it as far as 5.13.

I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts they make to have a unique method of zombie kill in each episode. That must be pretty exhausting.
van gogh

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"There are two kinds of life. There is, as Viri says, the one people believe you are living, and there is the other. It is this other which causes the trouble, this other we long to see."

The strange narrator in James Salter's Light Years shortens the Great Gatsby to near Twitter length.

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I haven't been to nearly as many movies this year, but Sicario is a good one. The war on drugs as a war not an import/export problem. It's not Dante's hell, but the canyon'd wilderness above after a tunnel was dug out of there. Might be my personal version of Fury Road for 2015 movies.