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  • The Red Shoes
  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • His Girl Friday

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  • Perfect Strangers

    ★★★

  • The Garment Jungle

    ★★½

  • The End of the Affair

    ★★½

  • Diner

    ★★★

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Tonight he’ll be at Rick’s. Eventually everyone goes to Rick’s.

    Casablanca (1942) is one of the best movies of all time. It came out in the midst of World War II and yet doesn’t come close to the cheap tricks or laborious lectures of propaganda . Still, the context is there and an agenda. It won Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay Oscars. Some of dialogue is known by everyone. There are plenty of movies that won awards and had quotable…

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    It is much more disheartening to have to steal than to be stolen from.

    I typically shy away from the term “masterpiece”. Perhaps that is because I conflate it with perfection rather than the mere work of a master. That perfection should be obvious to everyone and be separate from nostalgia and historical context–unless context is a conscious ingredient–and thus applies to very few films. In film, being a collaborative medium with so many people at work that go unseen…

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  • Perfect Strangers

    Perfect Strangers

    ★★★

    That's more like it. Alexander Korda delivers a lovely wartime film, a sort of soft propaganda, to tell the British to give the returning warriors and remaining citizenry a little warning that the war had made some changes. The slack-bottomed banker and the meek, mousy housewife grew up a bit and woke up a bit and weren't about to go back to sleep. They hammer the point perhaps a bit too often in the middle, but Kerr and Donat we're absolutely lovely. This could do with a restoration, but it is a very fun watch.

  • The Garment Jungle

    The Garment Jungle

    ★★½

    More pulp crime than noir. Lee J. Cobb runs a fashion house using gangster Richard Boone to keep the unions out (and keep his costs low), but as the unions get more aggressive in organizing, the hoods turn to murder. Cob turns a blind eye, but his son doesn't.

    It is essential to mention the young Robert Loggia because it really is a treat to see him so young and ungreyed. Cobb, however, is pretty disappointing because the script simply…

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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★½

    A difficult movie to assess, like many longer films. It flows together, though its pieces may not necessarily fit into something grand (or even singular). But a movie with many smiles and no cracks. Maybe not a full Hawks, but close.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    A fun musical, enjoyable, good tunes. But it is very strange to me that people with stage backgrounds, a medium that is always one long take, have cut their films into confetti rather than letting moments develop.