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  • Valkyrie

    Valkyrie 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2016

    This makes a nice supplementary piece to Church of Spies which I recently read. It was a solid and surprisingly clear presentation of possibly the most audacious attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler and return Germany to an honorable state.

    Many of the mixed reviews criticized the lack of inner motivation and so forth. However, having seen many classic Hollywood films about WWII, I'd say this is done in that "classic" style. Perhaps more telling is that German critics received it much more favorably than American ones did.

    Well done, well acted, well told. I liked it.

  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

    The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 1958

    ★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2016

    Not bad, especially for considering the way someone does good for Christ without ever bringing him up. That's the only way one could've gotten through in a totally alien culture which had other pressing needs and interests from those which drove the missionary out there. Impressive as a story overall, though not perfect. I absolutely loved Robert Donat as the wise local Mandarin dropping humorous comments. He completely cracked me up, as he was, indeed, meant to do.

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  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle 2004

    ★★★★ Added

    19-year-old Sophie has resigned herself to a drab life in her family's hat shop ... until she is cursed by an evil witch to have an 90-year-old body. She leaves home and goes searching for a way to break the spell. In the countryside she comes upon Howl's strange moving castle which walks about on large chicken legs.

    Howl is the young wizard who owns the castle and Sophie soon becomes part of the household as the housekeeper. As she…

  • Angel-A

    Angel-A 2005

    ★★★ Added 2

    Andre is an inept con artist who has made a lot of bad business deals with a lot of bad people. When we meet him, Andre's luck has run out and his time is almost up as he faces multiple death threats. Despairing, he decides to end it all by jumping off of a bridge into the Seine.

    At the point of jumping, Andre notices a tall, gorgeous woman who jumps from the bridge, and Andre's thoughts turn from suicide…