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Old September 24 2011, 08:52 PM   #723
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

130. Contagion (B+)
131. The Age of Innocence (B+)
132. The Remains of the Day (A+)
133. His Girl Friday (A)
134. Howards End (B+)
135. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (A)
136. The Lion King 3D (A+)
137. Paths of Glory (B+)

Between increased work and the return of the regular TV season, my rate of film viewing has gone way down lately.

Kubrick's first big successful film, a 1957 Kirk Douglas vehicle; Spartacus remains my favourite Kubrick film, so I was hoping this would be more along those lines, but while it's good, it's not on that level. Tonally we're still mixing hyper-serious drama and bits of absurdist black comedy, which mostly works. The depiction of the trenches holds up quite well more than 50 years later.

The execution scene still has a punch, though it didn't really surprise me given not just the several decades of bleaker film endings and the fact that this is a Kubrick movie so a depressing ending is the expected ending; it would have been more surprising if they actually had been saved. Good performance by Kirk Douglas, and most of the rest of the cast.
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