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  1. Midsomer Murders Seasons 5-6 (2002-2003). First appearance of a handgun (I think). First explosion (definitely). I have the impression that some of these were a little inconsistent but nonetheless there were excellent episodes in here. Sergeant Troy seems more and more competent and independent (which makes sense as I believe his run as a regular character is coming to an end soon; he will be missed). And I'm happy to see Cully again in season 6.
  2. Midsomer Murders Season 4 (2000-2001). Some amusing episodes (the alien episode felt particularly X-Files). The character dynamic felt a bit different in this run. Cully was noticeably absent. It's still good though, I mean I'm still enjoying it. It's a very particular fantasy that I haven't worked out how to describe.
  3. Midsomer Murders S01E02 thru the beginning of season 4. Well-made, strangely comforting, gentle. These are all really nice looking so far, well-shot. Pastoral. Lots of big manor houses. I like the pacing. I like the mysteries more as a story than as a puzzle. I could listen to John Nettles talk for hours. I'll definitely continue to watch these, they're like popcorn.


  1. Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift (1997). Charming! And a fine mystery too. Will watch more of these, they're fun.
  2. Dial M For Murder (1954), dir. Alfred Hitchcock; first-time watch. A murder plot! And a darn good one too. I expect no less from Hitchcock. Very nicely filmed and arranged. If I have any complaint it's that I wish Grace Kelly had been given more to do. Loved how Mr. Wendice's conversation with Swann is later sort-of echoed when Halliday explains his plan to Mr. Wendice. Also: occasionally a very funny movie. Swann asking "Why are you telling me all this?" got me good.
  3. Knives Out (2019), dir. Rian Johnson. A lot of fun. Liked all of the performances (loved seeing Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon). I wish it were somehow both longer and shorter. It's over 2 hours; I was ready for it to be done at 100 minutes. At the same time it felt rushed; I wish shots were held longer, so I could spend more time looking at the individual images. I don't know, I guess that means I would've preferred a different editing style. This is the first of Rian Johnson's movies I've seen since Brick (which I love). I'm now looking forward to seeing more of Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion.
  4. Klute (1971), dir. Alan J. Pakula. First watch, been meaning to see it for a long time. Really compelling. Jane Fonda is incredible as Bree (won an academy award for this) and contrasts well against the more reserved performance from Donald Sutherland. The movie looks awesome; I'm on a run of picking movies with great cinematography and lighting. "What I'd really like to do is be faceless, and bodiless, and be left alone." Goddamn. I should rewatch Parallax View and All The President's Men to complete Pakula's Paranoia trilogy.
  5. Violent Cop (1989), dir. Takeshi Kitano. Delivers on the title. Kitano as a cop on a downward spiral. Grim. Cruel. Often striking to look at, particularly the final showdown sequence. I really enjoyed the pacing, the long still shots, the frequently muted affect. Could have done without the SA, the villains were villainous enough already. There's a clear thing here about cycles - repeating patterns of violence, of corruption - that's conveyed very well and mostly without words. Heavy.
  6. Brother (2000), dir. Takeshi Kitano. See this toot for comments.
  7. The Third Man (1949), dir. Carol Reed. First watch. Loved it. Pretty close to a perfect movie. The photography, the incongruous lighthearted score, the twisty story, Cotten and Welles's performances, it's all great. I knew a little about it going in (was waiting for Welles to show up) but I didn't expect it to be so funny, so amusing. The zither score did a lot of lifting there. Really glad I finally saw this.