Friday, September 13, 2019

"It Chapter Two" and The Week in Reviews

[I review "It Chapter Two" as well as DVDs "Under the Silver Lake" and "Climax."  The Book of the Week is "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies I Must See Before I Die Project" with "Wavelength."]

It Chapter Two

Twenty-seven years after their encounter with the menacing clown, Pennywise, the now grown-up members of the Losers Club return to Derry, Maine.

I was going to rant about how much I hate sequels when I discovered this wasn't really a sequel.

I have enjoyed the movies based on the Stephen King novels, but I must confess I have never read one, so at first I didn't realize that what looks like a sequel is just the second half of the book.  So I can't really blame the fact that I didn't like this film on its being a sequel. 

As you may or may not know, in the first film "stuttering Bill (Jaeden Martell)," overweight Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), hypochondriac Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), smart ass Richie (Finn Wolfhard), OCD Stan (Wyatt Oleff), bullied Mike (Chosen Jacobs) and abused Beverly (Sophia Lillis) had joined together as middle schoolers and formed The Losers Club.  Together they fought off the evil clown, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), who was killing children, one of whom was Bill's younger brother, and that crazy clown was terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine.  The kids vowed that if Pennywise ever came back they all would return to Derry.  

Now, in "Chapter Two," it's 27 years later and it's happening again.  Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), who is now the town librarian, notices incidents that remind him of when Pennywise was running rampant and calls everyone back to Derry.

Bill (James McAvoy) is now a successful novelist; Ben (Jay Ryan) has lost weight and is a handsome and successful architect; Eddie (James Ransone) is a risk assessor; Richie (Bill Hader) is a stand-up comedian; and Beverly (Jessica Chastain), who had endured an abusive relationship with her father, is married and in an abusive relationship with her husband.  All except Stan (Andy Bean) return to Derry, but no one can really remember what happened 27 years ago. 

OK, right there, I went "Huh?"  You don't remember fighting off a murderous clown and all kinds of other monsters when you were in middle school?  I mean, I don't remember things that happened to me when I was three, so if those kids had been under five, I would understand that.  But those kids were twelve or thirteen.  I remember most of my life during that time, which centered around going to Walgreens for a cherry coke and wondering when a boy was going to kiss me.  I certainly think if I was spending my down time fighting off a murderous clown, I would remember that!

Anyway, don't mind me.

Mike reminds them that Pennywise has returned, but he has discovered the way to rid the town of Pennywise for good, a native American ritual called The Ritual of Chud (see you can count on librarians)!  Okay, I have to stop and rant again.  What is it with Native American rituals and burial grounds being such an overused horror trope? King used it in "Pet Sematary" and it was also used in "The Amityville Horror" and other horror films. Haven't Native Americans been through enough?  Do we really have to add horror films to their lives?

But moving on. Pennywise preyed upon the kids by haunting them with their greatest fears.

So Mike tells them that for the ritual to work they must find an artifact from the past to burn.  Beverly goes back to her old house and finds a love letter that Ben had written to her, though she had always thought it was from Bill.  Bill goes to the storm drain where his little brother, Georgie, had been killed by Pennywise and finds the paper boat he had made Georgie; Ben travels to the high school and finds his yearbook page where only Beverly had signed it; Eddie goes to the pharmacy and gets an inhaler; and Richie finds a game token at an arcade.  Each also encounters ghouls and goblins and there is lots of back and forth between past and present, the adults as kids and the kids as adults, as the grown up kids start to remember what happened 27 years ago.

Many psychological and emotional issues are brought to light but are frustratingly unresolved which is one of the main problems with this film. 

And though all of that back and forth from past to present is a bit helpful in reminding us of the first film, it's not really enough, so if you haven't seen the first film or read the book, this film will be confusing.  There is also a side story, a bit of a red herring, really, concerning Henry Bowers (Teach Grant), who as a teen (Nicholas Hamilton) was the town bully.  He also killed his father and was blamed for the child killings thus ending up in a mental hospital.  In this second installment, he escapes the mental hospital and is also back in Derry muddying what is already an overwrought and over long story.  Yeah, don't get me started on how long this thing is. 

In the film, much is made of Bill's writing and how bad the endings of his books are.  Not sure if King was poking fun at himself with that (and he makes an appearance in the film, which seems to say he approves - and, if you go, see if you recognize director Peter Bogdanovich in a short cameo), but I have to say the ending of this film was the final straw for me. All we have to do is think positively? C'mon. After sitting there for nearly three hours, I wanted a bit more than that.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (who also directed the first installment) and written by Gary Dauberman (based on the Stephen King novel), the mystery centers around whether or not the adults can rid the town of Pennywise once and for all, but the real mystery for me was why Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, two award-winning actors who can each carry a film on his and her own, are in this film with not very much to do except look nervous, concerned and scared.

"It" was the highest grossing horror film of all time, making over $123 million in its opening weekend.  "It: Chapter Two," didn't do quite as well, but still made over $91 million to become the second highest opening for a horror film.  But that also illustrates how I feel about this film versus the first one.  I liked the first one but this one, not so much.

I think the first film worked so well because the kids were so engaging and Pennywise menacing them was really scary. Who didn't think there was a monster in the closet or something scary under the bed?  However, it's not so scary for adults to be fighting off ghosts and goblins. We do that every day. Seriously, though, after awhile, all of those monsters that kept showing up with eyeballs popping and breasts hanging out just got to be overkill, pardon the expression. And the ending was silly. After sitting through this three hour movie, I was shaking my head and muttering, "Enough, already." 

Rosy the Reviewer your money.  Read the book.

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Under the Silver Lake (2018)

Sam, an unemployed loser, meets a young woman swimming in the pool at his apartment complex, and when she disappears, he goes on a mission to find her.

This is one of those - "Did I really meet that girl who has now disappeared without a trace? Or was it a dream?" - kind of movie.

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is kind of a loser. No, not kind of a loser.  A real loser.  He has lost his job, is about to be evicted and spends his time on his balcony smoking weed and spying on his topless neighbor across the way while she waters her plants.  He doesn't seem to have much of a life, but one night he meets Sarah (Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley's daughter), a lovely young girl swimming in the pool at his apartment complex.  He spends the evening hanging out with her in her apartment, but the next morning, when he goes back to her apartment, not only has she disappeared but all of her stuff is gone too.

So Sam sets out on a mission to find her only to be drawn into a really crazy scenario driven by a graphic novel he finds called "Under the Silver Lake," one that highlights a very weird side of L.A.

There are also stories in the background about billionaire Jefferson Sevence (Chris Gann) being missing and a dog killer on the loose.  The missing billionaire actually plays a role in the story, but I never did figure out what the dog killer was all about.  Then there is the "Owl's Kiss" and the "Hobo Code."  Don't ask.  Let's just say the film likes conspiracy theories, codes, pacts and subliminal messages.

The film brought back a childhood memory when one of my middle school friends asked, "What if we are all just living inside a corpuscle in a giant's blood?"  I fancied myself a bit of an existentialist at 13 but that was just too much to take in.  Never forgotten it and it has always haunted me.  What if we are?

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, this movie has that kind of feel - with a little "Mulholland Drive" and "L.A Confidential" thrown in.  There is all kinds of ominous music and foreshadowning to remind us that some strange stuff is going to happen, which it does. What Sam discovers defies reality and shows what can happen when you are unemployed and have too much time on your hands. The whole thing is dark comedy, a comment on pop culture and commercialism and just nutty enough to be fun but not so nutty you don't know what is going on.

Never much of an Andrew Garfield fan but I enjoyed him in this.  He goes against type here as the stoner, loser Sam, but is completely believable.  Andrew Garfield as you have never seen him!

Rosy the Reviewer says...nutty but strangely watchable and engrossing.

Climax (2018)

What starts out as a rehearsal for a 1990's dance troupe turns into an orgy of drugs and sex.

Well, what can I say?  It's a French film.

The film starts out with a half-naked girl wandering in the snow and then falling down in a sort of final deathly snow angel and then the credits roll.  Huh?

Time for a flashback!

We first meet the dancers through audition tapes for a dance troupe that is being put together to tour France and maybe even the U.S.  They are asked questions about what dance means to them as well as personal questions.  They talk about drugs, their worst nightmares, what they think of the other dancers...

Then they all meet in a big hall on a wintry night to rehearse and it all starts falling apart.

Though we see some interesting dancing - popping, locking, breaking and flexing, and the film plays a bit like a dance documentary - this is no "So You Think You Can Dance."  Well, maybe an X-rated version. The dancing and the loud house music is enjoyable, but then someone spikes the sangria with LSD and what started out as good natured comradery turns dark and XXX and a mob mentality takes over.

Written and directed by Gaspar Noe and starring Sofia Boutella, this is an arty dance horror film, a crazy nightmare. The film wasn't bad per se, I just couldn't quite grasp the point, and it had an ick factor that reminded me of my all-time most hated sex, torture and humiliation movie - "Salo." The main plot point here was "Who spiked the punch?" But by the time I sat through all of the debauchery, I didn't care anymore.

Rosy the Reviewer says...disturbing, to say the least.
(In French and English)

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Have YOU seen this classic film?

Wavelength (1967)

Considered one of the most unconventional and experimental films ever made, this is a 45 minute shot of a wall of windows in a city apartment accompanied by the most annoying sound you will ever hear!

Other than a couple of people wandering in and out at the beginning of this film, the camera is focused on four windows on what appears to be a loft apartment in a big city.  Three pictures hang in the middle of the windows.  Traffic and other noises are heard outside and then a recording of "Strawberry Fields Forever" plays.  But then about ten minutes into the film, there is the most annoying "wavelength" hum (I think it's called a sine-wave) that starts deep and low and then gets increasingly shrill as the camera slowly zooms closer and closer to the windows.  This sound inhabits the rest of this 45 minute film and was so annoying that I thought I was about to lose my mind.  Was that the point?  Or was the point to create the most boring movie ever? Whatever the point, I don't care.  

Written and directed by Michael Snow, a member of the American avante-garde, I think the film is meant to challenge filmmaking techniques and our perceptions about film, but I think there could have been a more interesting way to go about this than creating a boring and annoying film. I can't believe anyone gives this thing praise. My ears still haven't stopped ringing!

Why it's a Must See: "Like much underground and experimental cinema, [this film] is easy to parody as pretentious, but it is still a vital, important, and necessary work."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"

Oh yeah?  It's pretentious as hell that anyone would expect you to sit through this thing!

Rosy the Reviewer says...this will challenge even the most devoted cinephiles. Avoid, avoid avoid.
(But if you like torture, you can find it on YouTube)

***The Book of the Week***

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (2018)

A girl who was raised off the grid by a fundamentalist Mormon family and who never went to school eventually ends up with a Ph.d from Cambridge University.

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover and her parents lived their own version of Mormonism and believed the end of the world was nigh.  She and her mother and other siblings spent many hours canning food and preparing for the end days.  Tara's father also didn't believe in registering the births of his children or their going to school.  But when one of her brothers got into college, Tara decided to change her life. It wasn't until she was 17 that Westover stepped into a classroom, but through all kinds of sturm und drang, Westover eventually went to Harvard and then to Cambridge University.

How was she able to do that? It's a riveting story with an ending that made me cry.

"I am not the child my father raised, but he is the father who raised her...No matter how much I appeared to have changed -- how illustrious my education, how altered my appearance-- I was still HER.  At best, I was two people, a fractured mind.  SHE was inside, and emerged whenever I crossed the threshold of my father's house.  [But] She left me...The decisions I made after that...were not the ones she would have made.  They were the choices of a changed person, a new self.  You could call this selfhood many things.  Transformation.  Metamorphosis.  Falsity.  Betrayal.  I call it an education."

This book was a #1 Best Seller on the New York Times Best Seller List as well as being named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post and other prominent critics.  It was also one of President Barack Obama's favorite books.  One of mine too!

Rosy the Reviewer of the most powerful cases for the importance of  education and it's also a good read!

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"The Goldfinch"


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Friday, September 6, 2019

"David Crosby: Remember My Name" and The Week in Reviews

[I review the documentary "David Crosby: Remember My Name" as well as DVDs "Amazing Grace" and "High Life."  The Book of the Week is "In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light" by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide.  I also bring you up-to-date with "My 1001 Movies I Must See Before I Die" with "Alice" ("Neco z Alenky"), a strange reworking of the "Alice in Wonderland" story]

David Crosby: Remember My Name

David Crosby - then and now, but mostly now.

WARNING - EXPLICIT CONTENT: The word "asshole" will be used prodigiously throughout this review.  If you are faint of heart, better get your fan and your smelling salts ready.

Those of us who came of age in the 1960's and 70's know who David Crosby was and is.  He was famously known as a founding member of The Byrds, the band often credited with starting folk rock, and then when he was kicked out of The Byrds, a chance encounter with Graham Nash, formerly with The Hollies, led to the formation of the iconic trio Crosby, Stills and Nash and then Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, when Neil Young joined the group. 

Crosby was also famously known as an asshole.  

Now, I am not calling names.  He calls himself that.  He said it about himself in a book about the group that I reviewed recently ("Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young" by David Browne), and he calls himself that in this film.  And you might think that is a sign of self awareness - that he knows he is an asshole.  But to announce that he is an asshole, and almost wear that epithet as a badge of honor, clearly shows a certain kind of reverse arrogance and that he really is an asshole.

Crosby grew up in Southern California.  His father was an Academy Award cinematographer and both parents came from prominent families.  Crosby was educated in private schools so this rich kid thing might account for his arrogance.  He was not an academic and started to pursue music instead of school, and in 1964, met Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark and formed the iconic rock band The Byrds.  When he left the Byrds, Crosby met Stephen Stills and the two started jamming together informally until a fateful meeting with Graham Nash at Joni Mitchell's house (Crosby takes us there in the film). Nash sang with them and light bulbs went off all over the place and the supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash was formed.  Later, Neil Young joined the group for a time.

Crosby was also a famous drug addict, something that may or may not be attributed to the death of his girlfriend, Christine Hinton, in a fatal car crash when she was only 21.  Years later with nine months in jail and a liver transplant under his belt, Crosby is clean but poor and friendless.  He must tour to pay the bills even though he doesn't like leaving home and none of his ex-bandmates now speak to him. Everyone thinks he's an asshole. But neither he nor the film explains why.

Directed by A.J. Eaton, the film is mostly Cameron Crowe asking Crosby questions and Crosby pontificating, with some famous talking heads thrown in.  But with all of Crosby's pontificating, he never digs very deep, and though the film is well done and engrossing, I was left feeling like I still didn't really know the man.  I get that he's an asshole, but why? It's easy to say you are an asshole but takes a bit more work to explain why. Yes, an arrogant know-it-all with an abrasive personality can certainly end up an asshole, but I wanted to know how he got there. Was he always an asshole?

It is amazing that, after the life Crosby has had, his voice is still pure and beautiful. When asked if he had to choose between good health and a happy home life or his music, what he would choose, he said he had to have the music, so that explains some of the asshole stuff, but again, Crosby doesn't appear to have any regrets nor does he seem to care about looking back and assessing what he did wrong. He doesn't seem to mind being an asshole.

Rosy the Reviewer says...a seemingly intimate portrait of a rock icon that left me wanting more.

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Amazing Grace (2018)

The making of the best-selling gospel record of all time.

"By 1971 Aretha had recorded over 20 pop albums, won 5 Grammys and had 11 consecutive number one pop and R & B singles." 

With all of that accomplished in her young life, in January 1972 Aretha Franklin decided to do something different - to record the music of her youth - gospel music.  

Along with the Rev. James Cleveland and his group, the Southern California Community Choir, Aretha recorded the album in a church with director Sydney Pollack there to document it. Filmed over two nights in the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972, the film was only just released last year due to technical problems and legal issues (Aretha supposedly didn't want this film released).  After sitting in a film vault for 35 years and with the death of Sydney Pollack in 2008, producer Alan Elliott took up the project.  Aretha died last year and Elliott was able to negotiate with the family and get the film released.

If you are a big Aretha fan, you will love this, because it's all about Aretha, it's all about gospel and it's all about church. There is no narration and not much talking, except the introduction of the songs by Rev. Cleveland and an homage to Aretha at the end by Aretha's father. There are also shots of the audience and lots of "amens," but this film is basically a concert movie rather than a documentary and there is absolutely no insight into Aretha, the woman, at all, except for the fact that she is treated like the diva she is.

At the height of her vocal powers, Aretha sings all of the standards: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Wholly Holy," "Precious Memories," and, of course, "Amazing Grace." There are many close-ups of Aretha as she sings, sweat and all, but we never hear one word from her.  

And that is the weakness of the film experience for me.

Though I acknowledge Aretha as the Queen of Soul, I am probably one of the very few people in the world who was never a huge fan of her voice nor am I a gospel fan, so I found the film a bit boring as Aretha just sang one song after another.  

Rosy the Reviewer says...if you like gospel music and enjoy listening to Aretha sing, you will enjoy this, but if you thought you would learn anything about Aretha, you will be disappointed.

High Life (2018)

A father and daughter struggle to survive in deep space.

Here again is one of those space films where everyone on the space ship is killed off one way or another and only one person is left to survive.  Well, in this case, it's one man and a baby.

The film begins with Monte (Robert Pattinson) alone on a space ship with a baby, and it takes forever to figure out why he is all alone and what the deal is with the baby.  In fact, it was a full 30 minutes before we learn anything. Snippets of the past pop up from time to time interspersed with the present in an annoying set of back and forth flashbacks. I kept thinking, "Get on with it.  I want to know what has happened in the past that has left this guy alone in space with a baby who just won't stop crying!  Then I got tired of waiting and started fast forwarding through some of it, which I am known to do when I get bored. This is when I am happy to be home watching a DVD instead of stuck in  a theatre with a film that I wish I could fast forward through!

After much sighing, the story finally reveals itself. Turns out convicts are being sent into space to harnass the power from a black hole. Some aren't exactly convicts.  Though there are murderers on the ship, there are also some people who were just homeless people in an apocolyptic world where the powers that be didn't know what to do about homeless people so recycled them into prisoners which in turn made them candidates for space research.  But as a scientist says in one of the few flashbacks, it's a death sentence because it takes years for their reports to get back to earth and they themselves never will.

So after an agonizing 30 minutes watching Monte and the baby wandering around the ship alone, wondering what the hell was going on, we meet the original members of the space team.  There is the nutty Dr. Dibs (Juliette Binoche), who wants to create a child via artificial insemination; Chandra (Lars Eidinger), the rather useless captain; Nansen (Agata Buzek), the pilot; Tcherny (Andre Benjamin), a family man who tends the ship's greenhouse; and Elektra (Gloria Obianyo) Ettore (Ewen Mitchell), Boyse (Mia Goth) and Mink (Claire Tran) - can't remember what they did or why they were there and don't really care.  

Three years after being in space, they all start going crazy and turning on each other and it doesn't help that Dr. Dibs is wandering around the ship like a lunatic, giving everyone sedatives and trying to find some semen to implant.  Monte is celibate so doesn't cooperate when Dr. Dibs makes a play for him, but she still manages to "rape" him and creates baby Willow from his stolen sperm.  There is lots of deviant sex and masturbation.  Instead of a monster running amok on the space ship, which has been the case in the past, this is a murderous doctor and a bunch of people who can't get along running amok.  I guess if you put a bunch of misfits and murderers together in a confined space, some bad stuff is going to happen.

If you have wondered what happened to Robert Pattinson after the "Twilight" series, well wonder no more.  Here he is. He is a good actor but he looks awful in this. I think I liked him better with fangs.  And if Juliette Binoche is in a film, you know it's going to be weird and you will see her breasts.  It's just a thing.

Written by Claire Denis and others and directed by her, this film was kind of a mess.  I know it was supposed to be deep and symbolic but a film doesn't get very far with deep and symbolic if it's boring. And it was, even with all of that sex and Binoche's breasts.

Rosy the Reviewer says...I found this film mostly unwatchable. If you want some deep, symbolic but good science fiction, watch "2001: A Space Odyssey."

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Alice ( Neco z Alenky) 1988

"Alice in Wonderland" on acid.

Not that I've ever done acid.  OK, twice, but that didn't prepare me for this version of Alice. I thought I was having a flashback.

Alice is in her playroom and bored when she spies a strange little rabbit putting on gloves and a coat and hat.  So being the curious girl that she is - and bored - Alice follows him as he disappears into a table drawer (somehow she manages to get herself into the drawer too)!  And the adventure begins.

This version of "Alice" has the usual Alice stuff - she eats a tart and gets small, except this time she turns into a porcelain doll which is very strange and creepy (Seems like director Jan Svankmajer thought of Annabelle before the Conjuring people cooked her up). She also eats another tart and gets big, has tea with a very odd Mad Hatter and meets the Queen and King of Hearts.

There is little dialogue, just many strange creatures animated in stop motion, all pre-CGI.  And, trust me.  This one is not for kids. At the beginning of the film, Alice even says this may or may not be a tale for children.  I say not.  It would scare the crap out of them! There is a piece of meat roaming around, a mouse prince dead in a trap and some horrifying sock creatures, all very symbolic, I'm sure but disturbing. I thought I was caught in a Dali painting.

As you know, I am not a fan of remakes.  I can't figure out what possesses a person to take a perfectly good classic story that has been made into some perfectly good film versions and then create a per-version.  This is Svankmajer's revision of the story and it is quite dark and disturbing.

Why it's a Must See: "In his characteristically bizarre and hyperimaginative manner, Czech filmmaker, animator, and puppet maker extraordinaire Jan Svankmajer captures the feel of Lewis Carroll's children's tale Alice in Wonderland while still managing to convey several 'adult' and culturally celebrated themes."
---"1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die"

Turns out it's all a dream or should I say nightmare.

Rosy the Reviewer says...I can appreciate the creativity but have to ask "Why?"
(Available on YouTube)

***The Book of the Week***

In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide (2018)

Two Parisian women showcase the real lives of 20 women living in Paris.

Even though summer has just ended, I am still on a sort of travel kick, thinking of my trips to Paris.  I reviewed a book on Paris a couple of weeks ago and here I am again.  This time we get to know 20 different Parisian women, smashing the stereotype of one sort of Parisian woman. You know the one.  The slim, stylish, sophisticated woman with red lipstick who trots over cobblestones in high heels, wearing a trench coat and a chic scarf and carrying an expensive handbag without a care in the world. 

Yes, Parisian women are usually chic and that is very much the look, but according to Damas and Bastide, the Parisian woman is so much more than that. 

"This book was born of a desire to go out and meet authentic Parisiennes from different backgrounds and walks of life.  We wanted to discover their many different qualities and create an impressionist portrait of the Parisian woman...we wanted to bring the myth to life by interviewing twenty women on the way they choose to live in Paris and their relationship to the city."

Here we have shopkeepers, singers, writers, activists and more, aged from 14 to 70, living in all sorts of situations from tiny apartments to houseboats, and they share their tips for living the good life in Paris from how to decorate like a Parisian to beauty secrets (remember that red lipstick?) to secret hideaways, to best vintage clothes shops, best bars, cafes and boulangeries (that's bakeries to us Americans).  Sprinkled with beautiful color photographs, this book is a sort of a book of collected biographies cum travel guide that will make you want to move to Paris!

Rosy the Reviewer says...Vive le Paris!

C'est Moi!

Thanks for reading!

See you next Friday


"It Chapter Two"


The Week in Reviews
(What To See and What To Avoid)

as well as

the latest on

"My 1001 Movies I Must See

Before I Die Project" 

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Go to, find the movie you are interested in.  Scroll down below the synopsis and the listings for the director, writer and main stars to where it says "Reviews" and click on "Critics" - If I have reviewed that film, you will find Rosy the Reviewer alphabetically on the list.