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  • Wild Orchids

    Wild Orchids 1929

    ★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    Routine love triangle made interesting by Garbo's presence as the chic, beautiful wife married to boring Lewis Stone (even in 1929 he looked like Judge Hardy) and dashing Nils Asher with noting on his mind but sex. Good print of film with some sound elements added, including a trio singing a song entitled "Wild Orchids". The dialogue is on cards and no voices are heard from the actors. Not Garbo's best but engaging.

  • Torrent

    Torrent 1926

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Garbo's first film for MGM. She is captivating as the innocent girl in love with the wealthy landowner. Her singing skills take her to Paris and to the heights of the Opera world. She flaunts her fame with lavish lifestyle, many affairs, and abandon. When she returns home to her small Spanish village she scoffs at the early suitor but still loves him. He sees that she is not the same girl he courted and marries another. GG goes back…

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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.