Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • His Girl Friday

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  • Galaxy Quest

    ★★★

  • Great Day in the Morning

    ★★★½

  • Reign Over Me

    ★★★★

  • Man on a String

    ★★½

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Tonight he’ll be at Rick’s. Eventually everyone goes to Rick’s.

    Casablanca (1942) is one of the best movies of all time. It came out in the midst of World War II and yet doesn’t come close to the cheap tricks or laborious lectures of propaganda . Still, the context is there and an agenda. It won Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay Oscars. Some of dialogue is known by everyone. There are plenty of movies that won awards and had quotable…

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    It is much more disheartening to have to steal than to be stolen from.

    I typically shy away from the term “masterpiece”. Perhaps that is because I conflate it with perfection rather than the mere work of a master. That perfection should be obvious to everyone and be separate from nostalgia and historical context–unless context is a conscious ingredient–and thus applies to very few films. In film, being a collaborative medium with so many people at work that go unseen…

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  • Galaxy Quest

    Galaxy Quest

    ★★★

    Rock solid 90s movie. They knew how make them back then.

  • Great Day in the Morning

    Great Day in the Morning

    ★★★½

    Very good western, not unlike the Mann and Boetticher westerns--particularly The Far Country--except with a terrible title and poster, selling itself as a romance when it isn't any more romantic than dozens of other westerns. This is one of the few westerns that really gets into the feeling of the Civil War. Among the miners and gamblers of Denver, most are flag waving loyalists and a small group are true-gray Southerners (who hope to get their gold back to Dixie…

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  • The Naked Spur

    The Naked Spur

    ★★★★

    Film restoration is a miracle. Maybe when things are too good, you forget that miracles can happen. I watched The Naked Spur twice in "HD", just about the roughest transfer of a film I liked since His Girl Friday. To see it here in this new restored blu-ray, is truly miraculous. I used to wonder how Scorsese could watch The Red Shoes in black and white on television and still see it as a beautiful film. Well, I suppose I…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    While it ultimately succumbs to its (at this point rather tired) Marvelousness, the bulk of the film is rather pleasant, channeling and building on martial arts films. It's still relentlessly queasy in its "camera" movement, but I'd say there was more grace in the choreography at times, which was a nice respite. Oh and there was a genuine belly laugh in this movie.

    They still don't know how to film a battle sequence. Just like the final showdown in Black…