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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain 1952

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Apr, 2015 1

    Well if 'Singin' in the Rain' can't turn you into a smiling oaf, I really don't know what will.

  • A Passage to India

    A Passage to India 1984

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Apr, 2015

    Alphabetical April 2015: P

    This movie lead to the breakdown of the relationship between Alec Guinness and David Lean. Judy Davis said Lean was "out-of-touch" (after all, his last film was the critically reviled 'Ryan's Daughter'). The movie's producer even had to ask his crew to at least bid Lean a good morning. That's how bad the animosity on the set of 'A Passage to India' was. And yet, it is a near-masterpiece. Davis was wrong. Lean still had the…

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.