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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 … Continue reading

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Brief Encounter

No more laughter, prepare for tears. I say you can never get too much of a good thing.  It may not turn out well, but the quantity wasn’t to blame.  Brief Encounter (1945) is written by Noel Coward, directed by David … Continue reading

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The Great Dictator

In conclusion, the Phooey remarks that for the rest of the world, he has nothing but peace in his heart. More than any other Nazi-related movie, The Great Dictator (1941) confuses me the most.  As much as we can, we wrap … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

I ask of you a little of this childish sympathy. Beauty and the Beast (1946), or La Belle et la Bête, has always struck me as an eat-your-vegetables kind of movie.  The cover art, the age, and its Frenchness painted a … Continue reading

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The Seventh Seal

I want knowledge. It’s always a pleasant experience to see a classic worthy of the distinction.  So often, those “great movies” turn out to be too dull, too technically primitive, over-acted, and over-written.  The Seventh Seal (1957) looks about ten years … Continue reading

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Cul-de-sac

He said I was mentally…retiring or something like that. Richard (Lionel Stander) and Albie (Jack MacGowran) were doing a job, as they say, but things didn’t go as planned.  They did their best, but Richard caught it in the arm … Continue reading

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Ace in the Hole

Bad news sells best because good news is no news. Oh, Criterion Collection, what are you doing to me?  Sometimes you give me junk, sometimes gold, this time it’s a silver classic.  It’s a story about a jaded newspaper reporter … Continue reading

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