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  • History Is Made at Night

    History Is Made at Night

    ★★★★

    A brilliant romantic comedy drama from Frank Borzage. First let me say I really only know 30s and 40s gangster films so the comic brilliance of Jean Arthur is new to me. This summer during lockdown I was impressed by Arthur's ability to raise all ships in her performances in The Whole Town's Talking -- stealing the entire film from Edward G. Robinson, If Only You Could Cook and the western Arizona. She was a brilliant comic actress that somehow…

  • Riot in Cell Block 11

    Riot in Cell Block 11

    ★★★★

    it amazes me here in 2021 these great old noirs are available at the press if a button.  I remember the noir message boards Blackboard and mine Back Alley and our blog Noir of the Week.  It was the only way to talk about these films.  Before streaming and file sharing  we would share movies via VHS and DVD R via the mail.  Now is a time for more folks to appreciate ones like this great b film.  Watching on Criterion Channel

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  • Human Desire

    Human Desire

    ★★★★

    Rewatched after a long break. Love Grahame and Crawford in this. Now if Ford wasn't in it and they cut out that inappropriate teenage girl with the tightest sweater ever then you'd have a great film. Lang's direction is workman like but flat.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    Hey. This is a good one. A pulpy b-noir that takes place in 1969. Maybe a good double feature with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood... if you have a whole day to waste