Stephen Haller

Stephen Haller

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  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    ★★★★

    I loved this movie. In the screenplay written by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch are pretty solid and do not waste any scenes or dialog between characters. The cast and directing by Tay Garnett was technically proficient and executed very well. The one huge problem I had with the film is that Lana Turner would never be married to Cecil Kellaway who is way too old for her. Hume Cronyn or better Leon Ames who plays D.A. Kyle Sackett would…

  • The Unknown Known

    The Unknown Known

    ★★★★½

    Errol Morris, the director of this film is a master of narrative documentary films, period. Morris knows how to seek out stories and expose the truth for what they are. He has done this in the movie STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE where he exposed that the soldiers there were regular people who were in extraordinary circumstances and committed atrocious crimes of war but no one but these soldiers were brought to justice and not the officers who were in charge of…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    There is a very thin line between fact and fiction in Hollywood movies if there were any at all. Quentin Taratino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD proves this statement. The movie is part homage, part docudrama, part pulp, part thriller, part comedy, and a whole lot of damn fun. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood plays with the notion of not just old Hollywood and New but how we want to see stories in the medium of TV and…

  • Missing

    Missing

    ★★★★★

    This is one of many of director Costa-Garvas' masterworks of a geopolitical thriller which, let's face it, Garvas is the master at like Hitchcock was the master of suspense. MISSING deals with a father played by Jack Lemmon and his daughter-in-law played by Sissy Spacek looking for their son/husband during 1973 Chilean coup and its aftermath. the son/husband played by John Shea just disappears and it is suspected throughout the film that he was kidnapped and murdered by the government…