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  • Gran Torino 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jul, 2014

    We're going to be discussing this for my movie group. I'd seen it before and a second viewing only increases my admiration for this unflinching look at Clint Eastwood's flinty, isolated character ... who is unwillingly pulled into contact with his "gook" next door neighbors.

    As Roger Ebert said, "“Gran Torino is about the belated flowering of a man’s better nature. This doesn’t involve some kind of grand transformation. It involves starting to see the ‘gooks’ next door as people you love.”

  • A Man for All Seasons 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    We'll be discussing this next week at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. I'd had it recommended many times but never moved myself to watch.

    What a great movie with Paul Scofield deserving all the plaudits he won for the part. It is especially thought provoking in these times when the government is sticking its fingers into so many areas of private life.

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  • 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…

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005

    ★★★★★ Added 2

    Anyone who enjoyed the Wallace and Gromit shorts will enjoy this. Their British sense of humor and timing ... so funny.

    Billed as "the world's first vegetarian horror movie," this finds Wallace and Gromit running a pest control service to help the villagers who want to grow prize-winning produce for their annual vegetable competition.

    Loaded with ingenious Rube Goldberg inventions, spoofs of old monster movies and classic movies, and their trademark sight gags, this is a treasure for all ages.