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  • Lights Fantastic 1942

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    A series of sight gags and spoofs of 1940s advertising in the shape of a series of "Times Square" signs. Included on the All Through the Night DVD. I enjoyed it but it loses at least a half a star for reliance on cheap Chinese stereotype jokes.

  • All Through the Night 1941

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Jul, 2014

    Fun crime comedy/sabotage ring propaganda film from just before we entered the war. Bogart has a lot of fun as "Gloves" O'Donahue, a gambler and "promoter" who loves his mama (Jane Darnell) and his childhood neighbor Mr. Miller's cheesecake. Only problem is a German sabotage ring is moving in and forcing German Americans to do dirty work for them, and when Mr. Miller refuses to cooperate a sinister pianist named Pepi (Peter Lorre) ices him (can't figure out if he's…

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  • The Getaway 1972

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2012 3

    Just my second time watching this, this time on the big screen (though it was "digital" not a print, so not as good as it should have been). The Peckinpah action scenes are amazing in that setting, and the score by Quincy Jones is quite good, and a little out of the ordinary for both the director and genre. A great cast of character actors is backing McQueen and McGraw, but it's McGraw (and her poorly written character-I blame Walter…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2013

    Saw it on my friend's large, 3D high def TV. Looked amazing. Beautiful effects. Story was mostly pedestrian, occasionally strained to "say something" about the human condition and mostly fails (though it is interesting to see it pick up some of the threads in Scott's Blade Runner). The characters are almost universally frustrating and irritating, despite a good cast. I'm not sure why I was supposed to either love or hate this, though I suppose it could sting Alien mega-fans as a disappointment. I think it would have been a much stronger movie WITHOUT the Alien connection.