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I caught the movie bug from my mom. She grew up near the old RKO Chester Theatre (near NY's Bronx Zoo) & fell in love with films there.

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  • The Spirit of St. Louis

    The Spirit of St. Louis

    ★★★

    6.25/10
    Jimmy Stewart was almost twice the age of the man he was portraying in this film so we really don't get the energy of a young adventurer focused on aviation. The plane was named "The Spirit of St. Louis" and the development of the plane is shown fairly well in this film, but the "spirit" of the aviator pushing this development is not conveyed nearly as well.

    In this film we really learn nothing about what captured Charles Lindbergh's…

  • Five Weeks in a Balloon

    Five Weeks in a Balloon

    3/10
    The worst film I have watched in 2020

    Before Irwin Allen made 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'The Towering Inferno,' he directed this bomb. The spirit of Jules Verne would not be happy with this film! I have not read the Verne book on which this film, it is said, was loosely based, but I'd say it must be 5x better than this film. Five Weeks in a Balloon (French: Cinq semaines en ballon), the novel, was published in 1863…

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  • Sahara

    Sahara

    ★★★★★

    8.75/10
    Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart): "There is only one kind of Miracle, that's the kind you work for." And this is what Gunn and his crew do out in the desert with only a single tank and limited food and water.

    This film, in some respects, is akin to Texans trying to hold the Alamo, but the setting herein is in the wind-swept desert of North Africa. And not only is the dialogue and behavior of the assembled characters…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★★★

    9/10
    Of the 289 films I have watched thus far in 2020 (as of Aug 30) this film merits inclusion in my top 4.

    Landlady in her lodger's room: "You should lock that money up, sir, it's tempting providence."

    The lodger: "Providence is concerned with sterner things than money, Mrs. Bunting."

    And this film, is, too. What, silent films are boring, you say? Not this one! And I have never seen such creative and interesting inter-titles either.

    Alfred Hitchcock employs…