Today I Watched: The Ghost Writer (Roman Polanski, 2010)

The Ghost Writer (dir. Roman Polanski, 2010)


The Ghost Writer is handsome, smooth and persuasive. It is a Well-Made Film. Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting. The film immerses you in its experience. It’s a reminder that you can lose yourself in a story because all a film really wants to do is tell it.” —Roger Ebert

Score: 9+ out of 10.


Today I Watched: Detective Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Tsui Hark, 2010)

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (dir. Tsui Hark, 2010)


Score: 6½ out of 10.

Today I Re-Watched: Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

Shutter Island (dir. Martin Scorsese, 2010)


“[Shutter Island] is a dazzling pastiche of a Hollywood movie of the 1940s and 50s, part Gothic horror in the Val Lewton mode of Bedlam and Isle of the Dead and part noir-thriller in the psychiatric cycle that stretches from Hitchcock’s Spellbound to Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor, complete with the obligatory dream sequences, expressionist gestures, throbbing undercurrents of guilt and anxiety and bold narrative twists.” —Philip French

Score: 7− to 7 out of 10.

Today I Re-Watched: The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

The Social Network (dir. David Fincher, 2010)


Score: 7+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

Inception (dir. Christopher Nolan, 2010)

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Score: 7½ to 8− out of 10.

Today I Re-Watched: Community (2009) – Season 2

Community (2009) – Season 2


Overall score: 8½ out of 10, ranging from 6½ (“Asian Population Studies”, “Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy”, “Competitive Wine Tasting”) to 10 (“Epidemiology”, “Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design”, “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”, “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking”, “Critical Film Studies”).

Today I Re-Watched: Community (2009) – Season 1

Community (2009) – Season 1


Overall score: 8½ out of 10, ranging from 6½ (“Basic Genealogy”) to 10− (“Pilot”, “Modern Warfare”).