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  • Possession
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Design for Living
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  • Internes Can't Take Money

    ★★★½

  • Lost Horizon

    ★★★★

  • My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★★

  • The Princess Comes Across

    ★★★★

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  • Internes Can't Take Money

    Internes Can't Take Money

    ★★★½

    I'm gearing up to watch some Barbara Stanwyck holiday movies and, upon realizing that I had only ever seen her in one cheesy '70s TV movie before, I figured that I should get a preview of what she's about.

    The movie is a strange hodgepodge of genres, mixing medical drama with gangster drama and plain ol' melodrama. It's the first Dr. Kildare picture, a character I'm familiar with by name only (but who featured in over a dozen films, a…

  • Lost Horizon

    Lost Horizon

    ★★★★

    Just yesterday, in my review of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, I characterized Frank Capra as a utopian and a creator of urban fairy tales. Well, wouldn't you know it, with his next film he leaned all the way into those very tendencies. Lost Horizon kicks off with a prologue scrawled across storybook pages and subsequently takes us on a trip to the magical, mystical land of Shangri-La.

    I had assumed going in that Capra's fantasy film might be a little hackneyed…

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  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★★★

    WOW. This is perhaps the most perfectly constructed comedy I've ever seen. From the stylish and dynamic opening credits sequence to the end title card, every single element of this thing is flawless, as if it had been carved from laff-infused crystal.

    Every actor in this is fantastic. William Powell is great and this is absolutely the best and funniest Carole Lombard performance I've encountered, but every other person on screen brings it 110%. The script is amazing, zipping along…

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

    There's maybe five cumulative minutes of this movie where we get to see people living quiet, comfortable lives. The rest of the runtime is filled with depictions of humanity being chewed up by nature or by its own machinations (with most of those machinations being reducible to 'capitalism'). On that level, Sorcerer functions as the natural yin to The Exorcist's supernatural yang. It's all horror, and there's ultimately no escape (Friedkin seems to say). So cherish the hell out of that brief…