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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Library Project: October 6 - 12

Fell a little behind this week as I continue my journey through my movie library, but at least the majority of the movies I watched are bonafide masterpieces, so I guess that balances things out a little bit. Here's what I watched this week:

October 6: Camille (1936) - Garbo delivers one of her best, and most acclaimed, performances in this romantic drama co-starring Robert Taylor. Directed by George Cukor, Camille is an absolutely stunning period piece set in Paris' demimonde.

October 8: Casablanca (1942) - My favourite movie, hands down. Pretty much every scene contains a quotable line and Bogart is never better than as Rick, the cafe owner who'll stick his neck out for no one.

October 10: Chinatown (1974) - Roman Polanski's masterpiece. This hard-nosed film noir that is ostensibly about a plot to divert Los Angeles' water, but is really about deeply kept family secrets is one of the greatest films to come out of the 1970s.

October 11: City of God - Fernando Meirelles' gritty movie about life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro still has the ability to shock even after multiple viewings. Unflinchingly brutal, but also vibrant and alive, this masterfully made film is endlessly engrossing.

October 12: The Conversation (1974) - A fever dream of obsession and paranoia. Gene Hackman is brilliant as a surveillance expert who just can't let go of his last assignment in Francis Ford Coppola's re-working of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup

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