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  • Night and Day

    Night and Day

    ★★★

    Part of my Filling in the Forties challenge

    Conveniently ignoring Cole Porter's being gay, mixing up the chronology of his music beyond anything resembling history, and miscasting Gary Grant in the lead role, this fanciful biopic from director Michael Curtiz gets 3.5 stars for the incredibly memorable 1930s music and excellent supporting performances by Alexis Smith, Eve Arden, Jane Wyman, Mary Martin, Monty Wooley, Alan Hale, and dancer Estelle Sloan. Oscar-nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, it is well worth a look.

  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue

    It Happened on Fifth Avenue

    ★★★½

    Part of my Filling in the Forties challenge

    A central theme here is the post-war housing shortage, but it is also a fine holiday film spanning both Christmas and New Year's. Squatters take over the Fifth Avenue mansion vacated by the second richest man in the world, Michael J. O'Connor (Charles Ruggles), as he winters at his estate in Virginia.

    Don DeFore plays out-of-work War veteran Jim Bullock, who falls for O'Connor's 18-year-old runaway daughter Trudy (Gale Storm), when she…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★½

    No hay banda! It's all a tape. Il n'est pas de orquestra. It is... an illusion! ~ Bondar at Club Silencio

    This magnificent movie will mess with your mind. Over a five-hour period on Saturday night, I watched this film carefully, read up about it on the Internet, and watched it again with frequent pauses and rewinds. I know I liked it. I think I get it. But one never knows for sure with David Lynch.

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  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★½

    Dad is a pretentious jerk. Mom is having serial affairs. Little brother is cursing like a sailor, masturbating at every opportunity and smearing his semen on library books. Older brother is plagiarizing Pink Floyd lyrics and passing them off as his own. But hey, it's Brooklyn in the 1980s. The solution, of course, is for the parents to divorce and arrange for joint custody of the kids. Or is it?

    This highly autobiographical family drama from Noah Baumbach is a…