Category Archives: (consuming) 2011

‘General Orders No. 9’ (Persons, Robert. 2010.)

I watched General Orders No. 9 when it played at the Grand Illusion Cinema about 2 weeks ago.  I love documentaries — and especially documentaries that do something a little more than just the standard talking heads montage — so naturally i was intrigued by the capsule summary: Awarded for its visionary cinematography, General Orders No. 9 breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South. The stunning culmination of over eleven years’…

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‘The Muppets’ (Bobin, James. 2011.)

There aren’t really any spoilers per se in this, but if you’d rather go into “The Muppets” without knowing anything — and i’ve seen some people saying, “Don’t even buy the soundtrack before you see the film because you’ll spoil yourself for some of the cameos and humor” — then don’t even read this.  I mean, it’s a Muppet film, we all know what’s going to happen in the end, so i guess the potential for spoilers lies mostly in the cameos and the humor. …

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the sad state of the latter Zatoichi movies

We are down to just 1 single original Zatoichi movie left to watch. THANK GOD.  Starting around #14 the movies hit a bad patch.  #14 was poor quality.  #16 was in-your-face bad.  Numbers 17 thru’ 21 were also outright bad in various ways — including, most sadly, “Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo” (#20), which i had remembered fondly, to my sorrow.  #21 was so bad i nearly turned it off before we even got half-way in, but i persevered on into #22, which was a surprising bright…

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