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reviewed Blow-Up. June 14, 2012
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**** out of ****    The very concept of capturing a single image taken from life and putting it on paper is frightening. A camera is a voyeuristic tool in the sense that it almost …
reviewed I Know Where I'm Going!. June 14, 2012
I Know Where I'm Going!
         I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) pulses with life.      The close-knit community it features is rich with tradition and the magnificent …
reviewed Rope (1948 movie). June 14, 2012
Two pompous young men (John Dall, Farley Granger) commit a murder just for the thrill and satisfaction of pulling off the perfect crime. They hide the body in their living room and then host a cocktail …
posted a Quick Tip about Smokin' Aces. June 13, 2012
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Smokin' Aces
This is one of the absolute worst movies I've ever seen in my entire life.      Smokin' Aces is essentially an amalgamation of all the most cliche yet trendy shit that's …
posted a Quick Tip about Mulholland Dr.. June 12, 2012
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Mulholland Dr.
I'll admit that this is my first time watching a David Lynch film, but Mulholland Dr. blew me away.       While this film certainly benefits in having an edge-to-your-seat …
posted a Quick Tip about Sin City (2005 film). June 12, 2012
Sin City
This is a movie that's had steadily-declining appeal for me.  I loved this film when I first saw it in September of 2005, but as I watched it more and more, I found myself liking it less and …
reviewed Criss Cross. June 09, 2012
Criss Cross
         The dame is out of his life. She is not out of his head.      The guy (Burt Lancaster) tells us in his voice-over narration that he did not come …
reviewed The Wages of Fear. June 08, 2012
The Wages of Fear
         Imagine going to see a movie with someone on what might be a first date. The uncertainty about whether this is anything more than two new friends getting together …
reviewed Ed Wood. May 31, 2012
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Ed Wood
**** out of ****    Often called the worst film director of all time - with his films also given the privilege of being regarded as some of the crappiest ever produced - it would seem …
reviewed Edward Scissorhands. May 23, 2012
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Edward Scissorhands
**** out of ****    An old woman with a raspy voice tells her grandchild a bedtime story on a snowy night about the strange, abandoned Gothic castle that rests on a hill that can be …
reviewed Bettie Page: Dark Angel. May 21, 2012
Bettie Page: Dark Angel
I honestly can’t say how many folks will be won over by BETTIE PAGE: DARK ANGEL.  Essentially, it’s a fictional account of Page’s life up until the point of her ‘mysterious …
posted a Quick Tip about The Brave One. May 21, 2012
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The Brave One
I'm having quite a few TV dinners and lunches these days due to the HOT weather outside so this is one of those desserts that accompanied. Jodie Foster picked movies with good plots in the past. I'm …
reviewed The Red House. May 17, 2012
The Red House
For reasons I’ve never really been able to quantify, I’ve never been much of an Edward G. Robinson’s work.  It isn’t that I haven’t seen him as gifted or as relevant …
posted a Quick Tip about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. May 16, 2012
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Simply put, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of the weirdest films that I've ever seen in any genre and any medium (and keep in mind that I've seen weird stuff that most of you wouldn't …
reviewed Kitchen Stories. May 13, 2012
Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories, a Norwegion/Swedish co-production, starts out as a dry, deadpan comedy of differences and ends as a dry, deadpan comedy of friendships.      Sweden's Home Research …
reviewed The Mystery of the Wax Museum. May 09, 2012
The Mystery of the Wax Museum
The Mystery of the Wax Museum is more mystery than horror, but the secret of Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), which comes by way of a sharp crack to his head, is satisfyingly startling. Despite the age of the …
reviewed Detachment. May 06, 2012
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DETACHMENT Written by Carl Lund Directed by Tony Kaye Starring Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden and Christina Hendricks   Henry Barthes: That bag is empty. It has no feelings. You can’t …
reviewed Martin & Orloff. May 03, 2012
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Martin & Orloff
         Early parts of Martin & Orloff (2002) take place at a softball game. It's convenient for reviewers because the movie's humor is hit-or-miss.   …
reviewed Topsy-Turvy. May 02, 2012
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If ever there were a loving valentine sent to the world of the theater, and especially to the world of Gilbert and Sullivan, this is it. With Topsy-Turvy, director Mike Leigh has brought to life not just …
reviewed Daughters of the Dust. May 01, 2012
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Daughters of the Dust
         Inviting expanses of beach stretch seemingly forever. Gentle waves cast foam on the shore in patterns that shift as hypnotically as those in a kaleidoscope. The …
reviewed Out of the Past. May 01, 2012
Out of the Past
         It ends with a lie that might lead to a bright tomorrow. But before that, Out of the Past (1947; named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in …
reviewed In a Lonely Place (movie). April 28, 2012
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In a Lonely Place
    "Vulnerable" is not a word I would have used to describe Humphrey Bogart's on-screen persona. At least not before I saw In a Lonely Place (1950).     Bogart …
reviewed Shadow Magic. April 25, 2012
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Shadow Magic
A first kiss can carry hints of wondrous possibilities. Watching lovers we care about as they share that initial intimacy can be vicariously intoxicating. This dizzying effect is doubled, at least, …
posted a Quick Tip about Latter Days. April 25, 2012
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Latter Days
You can watch "Latter Days" for free if you like. The movie is available on Hulu.com through April 2015. The site shows commercials but otherwise there is no cost, and you don't have to register as a …
posted a Quick Tip about The Stunt Man. April 25, 2012
The Stunt Man
"The Stunt Man" is well worth paying for but you can see it for free. The movie, which features a terrific Oscar-nominated performance by Peter O'Toole, is available on Hulu.com through May 2014. The …
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