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  • The Princess Bride
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • You've Got Mail
  • The Third Man

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  • Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★½

  • The Saint

    ★★★½

  • The Prince of Tides

    ★★★½

  • Flowers of Shanghai

    ★★★★½

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  • Original Cast Album: Company

    Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★½

    A birthday present to myself.

    I'm both a process geek and a musical theatre geek so this punches all the right buttons for me. I love it.

    I had forgotten how much people smoked 50-odd years ago because DAMN the smoky haze in this movie, from the sound technicians, to the musicians, to the SINGERS. I could almost feel my lungs close up while watching.

    Pennebaker got a gift with Elaine Stritch's recording session for "Ladies Who Lunch" and he…

  • The Saint

    The Saint

    ★★★½

    The Saint came up in discussion during the Romance Bookstore Day crowdcast Danger! Bang! with Sarah MacLean when she mentioned movies like The Saint - and then we all went to look to see if it was streaming somewhere (it is, on Prime until the end of August).

    I remember watching it not long after it came out. It was probably a rental.

    My opinion on a rewatch 20 years later is about the same. The science? LOL, makes no…

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  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).

    And Basil Rathbone skulks about.

    Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!

  • Night Train to Munich

    Night Train to Munich

    ★★★★½

    Although watching historical footage of Nazis stomping their way across Europe isn't quite my cup of tea during this election season, the escape plot for Night Train to Munich is superb. The best spy thrillers are needlessly complicated and the escape-by-gondola is worthy of the Bond franchise (though with far fewer bodies and revolvers that inexplicably fire far more than six bullets).  

    I was absolutely tickled to see Charters and Caldicott from The Lady Vanishes pop up on the train…