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  • Easy Living

    Easy Living 1937

    ★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2016

    Silly, slapstick comedy with the thinnest of plots and the most outlandish set of coincidences ever. Jean Arthur is cute but dumb. Edward Arnold steals what there is of a show here. This is an early effort from writer Preston Sturges and his promise shines through from time to time but he needed another few years to tone down his madness and refine his boundaries before he hit pay dirt with SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, and four or five other classics. His "stock company" of players like Franklin Pangburn, William Demerest, and Robert Grieg are in this film and all do well.

  • 36 Hours

    36 Hours 1964

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2016

    Unlikely, even preposterous, scenario. Too much of a stretch to enjoy the premise even with a competent cast and production standards. Treat it as a fantasy and enjoy Garner, Saint, and Rod Taylor.

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    A series of inconsequential events that befall a large group of characters about whom we care little as told by a director who could care less how much of the chronicles that enfold we understand -- that's what I got out of IV. Did I mention the famous actors involved? Joaquin Phoenix, looking like Charlie Manson in the second trimester of a hygiene strike; Josh Brolin mean, lean and chewing up a mouthful of pot leaves like Popeye on spinach;…

  • Eat Drink Man Woman

    Eat Drink Man Woman 1994

    ★★★★ Added

    A pleasant surprise.