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  • Madame X

    Madame X 1929

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2015

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

    Lionel Barrymore directed this early sound version of the novel. He also used an innovative means of allowing his actors to move around while still being heard by the microphone. He hooked a mike up to a fishing rod and moved it along with the mobile actors. The sound boom system, in rudimentary form, was born.

    Ruth Chatterton was nominated for Best Actress for this film. She is quite good as she goes from wealthy wife to slum-dwelling whore. The…

  • Father Takes a Wife

    Father Takes a Wife 1941

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2015

    Good chance to see Gloria Swanson at middle-age in a talkie, comedy. One can see why her face was such a stunning treasure in her silent films. It is also obvious that she is only adequate as an actress --it's her presence and aura more than her acting. This film made no money but it had a lot of potential until it gets silly about half-way through. The same tired routines wear thin when repeated throughout a film ( Bickering,…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Jul, 2015

    Jake should have won an Oscar for this gritty, weird role as a photographer of crime and auto crash footage and then sells to TV stations. He will stop at NOTHING to get his images on screen. NOTHING. A cold, frightening character understood and fully developed by Gyllenhaal. Intense film never got its due with the public.

  • 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;…