• Carmen

    Carmen

    Directed by Lubisch and starring the lovely Pola Negri as "Carmen" in the famous story. Carmen is a gypsy woman who is an amazing dancer. She gets a soldier to fall in love with her, giving up his fiance and his life as a soldier, and killing a man just to be with her, but in the end she falls in love with another man and pays the price for her deceit. Pola is great, but the story is rushed and Lubisch does not yet have his classic style.

  • The Manxman

    The Manxman

    Alfred Hitchcock last silent film. A woman promises herself to a man before he goes off to Africa to make enough money to marry her, but while he is away, she falls in love with his best friend. When word comes that he has died, the two secret lovers think they can finally be together, but when it turns out that the news was incorrect, the woman is forced to marry him, despite loving his best friend. In the end, everyone ends up unhappy. Pretty basic plot that is easy to see from a mile way, but well acted.

  • From Russia with Love

    From Russia with Love

    ★★★★

    Bond's second outing is often referred to as his best, but while it's down to earth plot of a trap involving a defecting british agent and a decoder machine is a refreshing change from over the top villains with even more over the top plans, it ultimately doesn't match the levels of it's predecessor, or its successor. Still, Bond girl Tatiana Romanova, forced into a phony relationship with Bond in what she thinks is a duty for her Country, is…

  • The Eyes of the Mummy

    The Eyes of the Mummy

    Directed by Lubisch and starring Pola Negri and Emil Jannings, this movie does not live up to it's ensemble. A woman (Negri) is kept prisoner by an egyption man (Jannings) with hypnosis powers. When a white man rescues her, he takes her to Europe and makes her his wife, but her captor swears his vengeance, eventually finding her working as a dancer in a variety show, and begins to ruin her life once again. Not very well shot for a Lubisch film, and while it is well acted, the story line is jumbled, confusing, and at times completely ridiculous.

  • The Wild Party

    The Wild Party

    ★★★½

    The first talkie for Clara Bow, who plays a brash, free spirited party girl at an all girls college. When she falls in love with one of her teachers, their forbidden romance threatens both of their careers. In the end, she makes a sacrifice for her friend. Ultimately a good movie, and worth seeing for Bow's introduction to sound.

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

    Marvel enters into a new corner of their universe with the mystical Shang-Chi. While not a superhero in the traditional sense, he was trained by his father, the wielder of the powerful ten rings, to be an assassin, and his mother was from a magical dimension hidden away and protected by a dragon guardian, from which they derive great power. Shang-Chi must overcome his father, driven mad by the death of his wife, to stop him from using the ten…

  • The Protégé

    The Protégé

    ★★★★

    VERY brutal and graphic. A woman (Maggie Q) is rescued from Viet Nam as a child by Samuel L. Jackson. He raises her to be an assassin and they make a good living, until someone comes after Jackson and she needs to get revenge. A great shoot em up action movie and Maggie Q is STUNNING. Michael Keaton plays the menacing villain, who's also sexy? It works in a weird way. Good time.

  • Welcome Danger

    Welcome Danger

    ★★★½

    Harold Lloyds first talkie, and decently amusing despite it dragging in the second act with the "Haunted" house. Harold is a botanist with a famous police sergeant father who joins the San Francisco police department to help solve a string of crimes done in Chinatown by "The Dragon", a crime boss. Harold gets obsessed with fingerprints, causing his fellow officers to become annoyed with him, leading them to send him on a wild goose chase that ultimately leads him right to the Dragons door. Not many big stunts but good writing.

  • Untamed

    Untamed

    A girl (Joan Crawford in her first non-musical talkie) is raised in the wild by her oil baron father, but when he dies, she is raised by a family friend. As she inherits her fortune, she meets and falls in love with a boy on a ship to NYC, and he is taken by her raw energy compared to the modern women he pursues. They are forced by her guardian to separate so that she can get to know the…

  • Woman in the Moon

    Woman in the Moon

    ★★★★

    Fritz Lang directs the first "Serious" Sci-fi film that is remarkably prescient in its depiction of a launch to the moon. The first ever use of a rocket countdown in film AND shows a multi-stage rocket... A man makes a trip to the moon to search for gold believed to be on the far side.. He is forced to take a thug employed by earths gold corporations along with him, as well as his assistant and his fiance, who the…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★½

    Ryan Reynolds stars as an NPC in a video game who gains sentience, realizing that he is not real, and helps the creators of the game find a piece of code that will help them win a lawsuit against the tyrannical owner of the game company (Waititi) that stole their game design. Reynolds is his usual quippy self, but a lot of the humor feels forced here, and the cameo's from popular twitch streamers seem corny and cringy. The video…

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    The Taming of the Shrew

    Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks star in the first Shakespeare Talkie film, and the only movie in which the married coupled co-starred together. Fairbanks delivers a great performance as always, but Pickford leaves a bit to be desired. Ultimately, the film is shot very well, but the plot is bare bones from the play and only clocks in at around one hour, making it feel very rushed. Overall just an OK outing for both of them.