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  • The Red Shoes
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Eyes Wide Shut
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  • French Postcards

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

  • The Lady Vanishes

    ★★★★★

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★½

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  • French Postcards

    French Postcards

    As French Postcards opens, a busload of American exchange students in Paris are being tour-guided by their French teacher (Marie-France Pisier) who starts arguing with the cantankerous driver, showing us that, hey, these French sure are crazy hot-headed "foreigners." And then as the teacher resumes her speech to talk about how "sophisticated" French culture is, the unkempt bus driver puts in a cassette tape...

    Now, of course, as this is a comedy, allegedly, we're expecting the music to be something…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    Let's be real, if you haven't seen this on the big screen with an audience in 70-millimeter you're just not going to fully get the nut.
    The tragedy of course is men of "ostensible" good intention being undermined by the imperatives of the world, and inclined to make promises of honor out one's own naivete and questionable self-serving motives. Motives groomed, partly, by patriotic folderol. It's a complex thing, Jack.
    T.E. Lawrence is quite mad, a useful idiot enterprising foot…

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  • Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

    Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

    (Reviewed as part of a "joke challenge" with Letterboxd user, Trolleyfreak; prompted by discussion of the works of Michael Winner...)

    It's debatable as to when Old Hollywood decisively died, but the infamous 1970 MGM auction -- when the company decided to concentrate on Las Vegas gambling -- took a lot of the soul as well as the wind out of Tinseltown's sails. When Dorothy's ruby slippers went on the block, it was like Hollywood selling off its magic.

    Hollywood in…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    I went into this movie cold. No reading of any reviews in advance. Nor will this review adhere to any kind of rigor. I don't see any great value in commenting to any deep degree on a new film that is already generating voluminous comment and which would require more time to pass to allow more thoughtful and considered assessment. First reactions are inherently suspect.

    First of all, bravo to Quentin Tarantino for making a movie that got me back…