Favorite films

  • Casablanca
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Easy Living
  • Rio Bravo

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  • Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

  • Funny Car Summer

    ★★★

  • The Thin Man

    ★★★★★

  • The Lost City

    ★★★★

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    Watched the commentary by Richard Schickel and he says this is the first true Film Noir. I don't agree, but it is an interesting premise. Also interesting were some of the options for Walter Neff. George Raft? No way. Brian Donlevy? Nope. Fred MacMurray was the perfect combo of slick and smart, too slick and too smart for his own good, as he comes to realize too late. Schickel also talked about differences between the book and the movie, and…

  • Funny Car Summer

    Funny Car Summer

    ★★★

    You better love drag racing if you are going to watch this documentary about one summer with racer Big Jim Dunn. Most of it is just cars going down the 1/4 mile strip. A little of the family around the table, his son in a bicycle race, a few other racers at the strip talking about Dunn, and a bit of eye candy, both the automotive kind and the female kind. I really enjoyed the part when they were racing…

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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★½

    What a waste of a great idea. If you decide to watch this, you can skip the first half-hour as all that happens is he's a photographer and something of a jerk. Finally, half-hour in he takes the photos that play in the plot. Then a bunch of nothing happens, then finally he develops the film and it's a great scene as he figures out just what he took pictures of. At 1 hour 34 minutes, we get to see The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. 1/2 star for the "blow-up" scene, and one star for The Yardbirds.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.