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  • White Heat
  • The Sea Hawk
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  • Unbreakable

    ★★★★

  • Kentucky Pride

    ★★★

  • Men Without Women

    ★★★

  • Pilgrimage

    ★★★★½

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  • Little Murders

    Little Murders

    ★★★★½

    In this New York of snipers, phone breathers, roving gangs, constant brownouts, and 345 unsolved homicides, Alfred Chamberlain (Elliot Gould) has responded in the best way he can, he shrugs and tries to avoid it; apathy is his armor. When he is rescued from a seemingly daily beating by Patsy (Marcia Rodd) he doesn't bother to thank her, or to extricate her from the thugs, he just moseys away as though he was in a dream. This irritates, but also…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

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    If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…

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  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★

    I'm not a big M. Night Shyamalon fan, but I do like this unique take on the comic book hero origin story. Since I don't get very excited by super-hero movies, I liked the idea of bringing the genre down to Earth. Willis is awfully good when the material gives him a reason to be, and this does. It doesn't dispose of the real world, or of David Dunn's (Willis) or Elijah Price's (Samuel L. Jackson) world. We spend a…

  • Kentucky Pride

    Kentucky Pride

    ★★★

    Sweet, and completely silent early Ford film about a racehorse named Virginia's Future. It's mostly told from the perspective of the horse, born to race, but of course, tragedy seems to strike, only to be a lesson in challenge becoming opportunity for both the horse and her human friends. Virginia's Future realizes her dream through her daughter, named Confederacy, which is weird to modern ears, but in 1925, especially in Kentucky, hardly something to be surprised by. Nothing to write home about, but enjoyable for what it is. Man o' War has a cameo.

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    When the show was running on all cylinders, it centered on a character we didn't know. We had a picture, endlessly shown and referenced, a vague knowledge that she was troubled, self-medicating, and very sexually active, but the horrifying reality that was her day-to-day existence could only be guessed at. We didn't know the why, but we could guess.

    When the series came to an abrupt and unsatisfying halt, fans who had stuck with it through schedule changes, postponed episodes,…

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★★★★

    The rub on this groundbreaking show was that it was great for about 16 episodes, then lost its way as Lynch lost interest due to ABC demanding closure on Laura Palmer's killer. That was pretty typical network shenanigans for the time, but Lynch had other fish to fry. Thankfully, he returned to right the ship, but regardless of an ending that cried for another season, ABC had already killed the show by moving it to what seemed like a different…