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  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Psycho
  • Singin' in the Rain

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  • Enemies, A Love Story

    ★★★★★

  • The Devil Thumbs a Ride

    ★★★★

  • Amer

    ★★★½

  • Of Mice and Men

    ★★★★½

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  • Enemies, A Love Story

    Enemies, A Love Story

    ★★★★★

    Paul Mazursky's best film but then he was working with great material, in this case Issac Bashevis Singer's novel about a Holocaust survivor who, having moved to America after the war, finds himself with three living wives; he's a bigamist more by design than choice, believing his first wife died in the concentration camps, he remarried in America, (now wife number three is a whole different story).

    This is a great tragi-comedy; the situation is farcical and sometimes very funny…

  • The Devil Thumbs a Ride

    The Devil Thumbs a Ride

    ★★★★

    A Z-Movie classic. Hard to believe that "The Devil Thumbs A Ride" only clocks in at sixty-two minutes since there are enough characters for at least three movies, not to mention a great plot about a murderer, Lawrence Tierney, (the only real 'name' in the cast), who hitches a ride with somewhat inebriated travelling salesman, Ted North, picking up Nan Leslie and Betty Lawford on the road. Director Felix Feist also wrote the cracking script from a novel by Robert…

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  • '71

    '71

    ★★★★★

    In 1971 I was living on the fringes of Derry's Bogside. On several occasions my home was 'collateral damage' in a number of bombings and I remember lying on the floor of my bedroom in case I might fall victim to a stray bullet from one of the gun-battles raging outside. I drank in pubs that would be bombed in time and I was on the march on Bloody Sunday. Things were bad in Derry in 1971 but they were…

  • Il Posto

    Il Posto

    ★★★★★

    Ermanno Olmi's IL POSTO is one of the masterpieces of Italian cinema. It is simplicity itself. A boy from the suburbs gets an office job with a large company in Milan. The work is menial and it hardly represents his life's ambition but in the passing of time he realises this might be as good as it gets. Of all Italian directors perhaps none was as good as observing the minutae of everyday life as Olmi and few could find…