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

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  • Primal Fear

    ★★★

  • Cluny Brown

    ★★★

  • Dead Poets Society

    ★★★★

  • Twilight's Last Gleaming

    ★★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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  • Primal Fear

    Primal Fear

    ★★★

    A solid 90s legal thriller--if thriller is the right word for it--whers Richard Gere gives an alleged murderer the benefit of his razzle dazzle. While the primary story remains interesting and engaging, what gives the film the rewatchability is the relatively irrelevant side story of Gere, the State's Attorney, and real estate development. This viewing was on DVD, but I could tell that Michael Chapman's cinematography was pretty darn nice, especially the final shot.

  • Cluny Brown

    Cluny Brown

    ★★★

    The Lubitsch touch, it seems to me, is to make a charming premise ever more vague, stretching an audience's tolerance for go-nowhere whimsy. This is shared by Liesen and Sturges and, I must say, it has its charm. Perhaps I'll even come to love it. As it is, I find it pleasant and quiet and enjoyable.

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★

    Given that I didn't know exactly what I was in for, it is churlish of me to say I was very disappointed, but I was very disappointed. I saw good reviews, classical story, beautiful images, and thought "Finally, after over a year and a half, I'm finally going to see something awesome." Instead, Lowery made something decidedly weird. Admirably, there's no hand-holding through its nebulous plot and indecipherable motivations, but there was no relief from that nebulous indecipherablity. I saw…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★½

    It certainly feels every minute of 3 hours, but in a way that's a good thing. In an age of blitzkrieg plotting, a little time for a mystery to develop is nice. Problem is that the mystery, I suspect, barely holds up to scrutiny as the Batman, as parodied in the Adam West film, simply leaps from clue to clue until the conclusion is revealed to him (not by him). As my buddy Tyler often remarks on the Nolan films,…