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  • Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

    Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

    ★★½

    I think you really have to love Fuller in order to love this one, but it's just such an odd duck that to know it is to love it. I'd be lying my ass off if I recommended this as quality filmmaking, because some of it is hilariously awful, but it's clear from the opening credits that Sam is out for a good time here. It's hard to take any of it seriously, in fact, that would be a mistake.…

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★½

    Jack Cardiff. He was the main reason I wanted to see this, and his cinematography was the main reason I stuck around. The narration is the type that I really can't understand the purpose of. Geoffrey (Harold Warrender) doesn't tell us much that we can't easily see right in front of us. It's quite a bit like watching a movie with someone constantly telling you the ongoing story. Be quiet, Geoffrey!
    Pandora (Ava Gardner) is the woman that men will,…

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    I've seen this twice in theaters, once as an 8-year old, and then, much later in the restored version, and there is simply no way to truly enjoy all this film has to offer on a TV screen, even a larger one. I watched it on a 100-inch screen, and as wonderful as it looks, it's still just a facsimile, a good indication of the visual majesty that Lean created.
    In Roger Ebert's review of the restored 216 minute print,…

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what else can be said about this, aside from it being one of the most incredible examples of cinematic art ever filmed. Part Italian Neo-realism, part Hollywood drama, great New York location shooting, fabulous script, absolutely jaw dropping acting, and an amazing score. I think it's safe to say that this is like the Continental Divide of American films. There's American films before On The Waterfront and American films after On The Waterfront. Everything and everyone in…