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Favorite films

  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Ladykillers

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  • Masquerade

    ★★½

  • Fantastic Voyage

    ★★★★

  • Voodoo Man

    ★★½

  • Thank You, Mr. Moto

    ★★★½

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  • Masquerade

    Masquerade

    ★★½

    “I’ve spent all my life setting this thing up.”

    I remember little about my previous viewing of Masquerade, but having stumbled across Pauline Kael’s mostly positive response, I figured it was worth a revisit despite a blah cast. Besides, with a screenplay by a pre-Law and Order Dick Wolf, cinematography by David Watkin, and John Barry score, how bad could it be?

    Following the death of her mother, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) is “about the richest nice kid on the…

  • Fantastic Voyage

    Fantastic Voyage

    ★★★★

    “The other side got to him.”

    I saw Fantastic Voyage when it was released and enjoyed it with reservations. I watched it again many years later but don’t’ recall any reaction other than those same reservations. On this third viewing, having acquired many more layers of pulp in the interim, I enjoyed it more than ever, though those darn reservations keep lurking around.

    What’s fun about Fantastic Voyage includes the outlandish premise. Our hero, Grant (Stephen Boyd), is summoned to…

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  • Black Tight Killers

    Black Tight Killers

    ★★★½

    “That’s the ninja chewing gum bullet.”

    I swear Black Tight Killers has a plot, but it doesn’t matter. Like many Japanese crime films of its period, the visuals overwhelm the story. It’s a Pop Art Bond homage, with a little bondage.

    “Who’d commit murder on a date?”

    Daisuke Hondo (Akira Kobayashi) is a photographer returning to Tokyo after covering the war in Vietnam when he meets airline stewardess Yoriko Sawanouchi (Chieko Matsubara). It turns out that Yoriko’s father recovered 100…

  • Silent Running

    Silent Running

    ★★★½

    “You can’t blow up this forest.”

    The special effects in Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running can’t compare with what can be done today, but the relatively antiquated nature of what he achieves is part of the film’s charm and its innocence, adding to the sincerity of its environmental message. There are aspects of the film one could quibble about. Since the project overseen by Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is obviously expensive, it seems a bit odd that his employers would suddenly…