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  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Detachment

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  • Nobody Lives Forever

    Nobody Lives Forever

    Walter Brennan sighting! I count myself most fortunate.

    There I am at the library, minding my own business, looking for the call number DR 18526 for the movie Detachment and as I pick up the case, another title sitting right next to it catches my eye. Nobody Lives Forever, call number DR 18515. Is it a sign? It is Noirvember after all and I hadn't made plans yet for it. I recognize John Garfield on the cover, but can't really…

  • Detachment

    Detachment

    "Some days we have limited space for others."

    Henry Barthes has created an insulated life for himself, which is no small feat for a public school teacher. By positioning himself as a temporary presence in a systematically flawed and failing system, he neither has to stay long enough to fix it or to flounder in it. It's a survival technique, for he has little capacity to do more than to hold space for legitimate learning. And let's be honest, that…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    I hate this movie. It's going directly into my top 100.

    I hate that it makes my heart hurt so much and how the camera work makes me dizzy and nauseous at the horrors of war.

    I hate that the sharpness of some of the images stings my eyes, especially those of her eyes and in hearing the word Nyet, over and over to no avail.

    I hate the condemnation and perpetual self hatred and to what depths and lengths…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    I've been hemming and hawing over this film all day. Having only seen Fahrenheit 451, I hesitate to comment on Truffaut's work. It's as if I were to say about Hitchcock's Rear Window, "Hey, have you noticed that everything is through that nosy Jeff's point of view?" It's laughable. I mean books have been written on 400 Blows and now I get to say something new? :)

    So, here's my idea. If all of you Truffaut connoisseurs don't mind, I'm…