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

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  • The Two Mrs. Carrolls

    ★★½

  • Elizabeth

    ★★★★

  • This Is Joan Collins

    ★★★★

  • Dead Men Walk

    ★★

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  • The Two Mrs. Carrolls

    The Two Mrs. Carrolls

    ★★½

    The Two Mrs. Carrolls is an OK thriller, smoothly directed by Peter Godfrey, with occasional gothic flourishes. Love the rain, banging windows, shadows, J. Peverell Marley’s moody cinematography. Here are some random thoughts.

    It’s odd that Babs Stanwyck plays some of the strongest female characters of her time yet still plays victims here, Sorry, Wrong Number, and Witness to Murder. I much prefer her strong or comic characters, but there is some fun here seeing her figure out what is…

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    ★★★★

    “I’m not your Elizabeth. I am no man’s Elizabeth.”

    As directed by Shekhar Kapur and written by Michael Hirst, Elizabeth demonstrates how to make a biographical film by combining history, pageantry, psychology, and feminism—with a little sex. I have seen numerous films and documentaries about the Tudors, and this is one of the best. Hirst and Kapur make it very much like an Elizabethan version of The Godfather.

    It wouldn’t be the same, however, if anyone other than Cate Blanchett…

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  • Dead Men Walk

    Dead Men Walk

    ★★

    “I have powers at my command beyond your wildest dreams.”

    After humming the praises of Lionel Atwill in The Vampire Bat recently, I received a stern warning from the International George Zucco Society demanding immediate equal time for my other almost-identical twin, so here goes.

    Imagine the following conversation:
    PRC (Poverty-Row studio) exec: “We’ve got a great role for you, George.”
    GZ: “Swell, what is it?”
    PRC: “This time, you play a vampire.”
    GZ: “Oh, no. I’m tired of playing…

  • This Is Joan Collins

    This Is Joan Collins

    ★★★★

    Why should anyone watch this cheesy doc? It’s not about Maggie Smith or Shirley MacLaine or Vanessa Redgrave or even Dame Debra Paget. It’s about Dame Joan Collins, a perpetual modest talent. Surprise, surprise, it’s not cheesy at all—well, maybe a little—and is vastly entertaining.

    Dame Joan takes us through her career in film and TV, four disastrous marriages, and ultimate big-time fame because of Dynasty. Narrating the doc, Collins makes no excuses for her personal and professional mistakes, is…