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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Casablanca
  • Life of Brian
  • Kwaidan

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  • Stormy Weather

    ★★★½

  • Yours, Mine and Ours

    ★★★

  • Sucker List

    ★★★

  • Land of the Mayas

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  • Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather

    ★★★½

    By far the most impressive part of this movie (and there's several things that I think are in competition for that) is that Bill Robinson was in his 60s for this, and that was not the dancing I'd expect of someone in their mid-60s. He still feels like he's cast way too old here, but I'm certainly not going to fault him for that.

    As this is about performers, there's a lot of performances worked into the plot in a…

  • Yours, Mine and Ours

    Yours, Mine and Ours

    ★★★

    The number of notes this movie has seems inversely proportional to the number of kids; for as many kids in here, so much of this feels very one-note. There's only so much it can milk out of the scale of having that many kids (though the grocery store cashier had quite the performance for such a small role, I thought, and his dialogue was better than most material about the size of the family). It also really relied on voice…

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  • I Blame Society

    I Blame Society

    ★★★★

    The premise is fairly simple; a wannabe filmmaker decides to work on her weird project to make a documentary about how she would kill someone if she was going to do it, and gradually bridges over into serial killer. Of course, the director/lead actress/co-writer is all the same person, and so this runs a very dangerous risk of turning into a very shallow vanity project (and I've absolutely seen that movie, too).

    The first thing this does to avoid that…

  • Cutter's Way

    Cutter's Way

    ★★★★

    There's certainly something of a similar vein here, watching Jeff Bridges as a somewhat easygoing guy that gets in deep into something that he doesn't fully grasp with the assistance of a Vietnam veteran friend that has a serious anger management problem. And this starts off with a sort of blackish comedic tone before this goes into a more pure neo-noir film rather than the comedy neo-noir that is The Big Lebowski.

    Still, the way that Bridges, as Richard Bone,…