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  • Modern Times
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The Last Metro

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  • Jennie Gerhardt

    ★★★★½

  • Private Worlds

    ★★★★½

  • The Big Pond

    ★★★★

  • Blind Husbands

    ★★★★

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  • The Howling

    The Howling

    ★★

    I'm really not usually good when dealing with horror films. I usually lament their darkness, lack of grace, the bloodthirstiness and nihilism of it all. And yet I found myself watching The Howling on TCM, and again I found myself wondering why. Its billed as a horror comedy, but the laughs are few and definitely dark in nature, and while the closing sequences have a sort of frenzy to them, most of it is dawn out and lethargic even at…

  • Buddy Buddy

    Buddy Buddy

    ★★½

    An extremely disappointing experience, Buddy Buddy was the final film for Billy Wilder, who should have either made more films after this to have a better career finale, or he should have stopped with Fedora. It's a dark comedy with the comedy team of Lemmon and Matthau, but it was over 50 minutes into a 90 minute film before I actually laughed, and even though the stars are usually dynamite, all the laughs here belong to Paula Prentiss and Klaus Kinski. It's just very disheartening.

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    I'm not usually a fan of recent R-rated comedies, but this one did indeed work for me. Although I already knew about some details of the plot, one of the main reasons I even watched this was because of Rachel McAdams, and she is in fine comic fettle, a true dynamo, here whipping her way through the proceedings with plenty of sass and charm (even though her reading of Amanda Plummer's notorious line from Pulp Fiction doesn't quite reach the…

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    ★★★★½

    If anything, this film is one of a kind. It is definitely not a traditional western, and even with some serious patches in there, its not quite like the new neo-Westerns. Instead, this film blends together farce, slapstick, gallows humor (literally as well as figuratively), social satire, an elegy for the Old West, and the passage of time. It succeeds with flying colors, even in spite of a slightly sluggish first 10 minutes. But when it does catch fire, shortly…