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  • Sorcerer
  • The Naked Prey
  • The Flight of the Phoenix
  • Tarzan and His Mate

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  • Westward the Women

    ★★★★★

  • The Dressmaker

    ★★★

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    ★★★

  • Rebuilding Paradise

    ★★★★

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  • Westward the Women

    Westward the Women

    ★★★★★

    A Californian rancher hires a wagon train driver to bring a hundred or so good women out west so the men will have someone to marry. This is a terrific idea for a movie (from a story by Frank Capra) that could use a remake today (I'm thinking a Kevin Costner mini-series). It's like the Oregon Trail but it's nearly all women who are suffering hardships and being empowered, with several moving moments. It also isn't too mired in the…

  • The Dressmaker

    The Dressmaker

    ★★★

    A quirky Australian black comedy that you can tell was adapted from a novel because you have to fill in a lot of blanks to follow the story and you can tell there's a lot more to the characters than what's being presented. It plays like Cliff Notes. There's some good things here and there, and seeing the women in this tiny village dressed in high couture is a great visual, but overall it doesn't really work because it's all…

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  • Know Your Enemy: Japan

    Know Your Enemy: Japan

    ★★★

    Five Came Back called Capra's anti-Jap documentary indefensible in the way it vilifies the enemy, but if you cut through the propaganda it offers an interesting history of Japan (with a focus on their cruel and warlike nature) and ironically ends its condemnation by telling us how Americans will be more victorious and more warlike than the Japanese could ever dream of.

  • When Trumpets Fade

    When Trumpets Fade

    Excellent WWII battle film with a lame title that looks at courage and fear. Could be a lost episode of Band of Brothers - surprising considering it came out a month before Saving Private Ryan (which means there's no annoying shaky cam during the battles). Certainly doesn't have that TV movie feel. Script by W.W. Vought.