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  • MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992

    ★★ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2014

    The Lion Reigns Supreme

    Whereas the first part, "The Lion's Roar" covered the founding of the studio through the death of Irving Thalberg, the middle section of this three-part doc spans from the immediate aftermath of Thalberg's passing through the end of World War II. "The Lion Reigns Supreme" lacks any singular figure or focus comparable to Thalberg. Instead, the breakneck parade of stars' careers through film and interview clips ushers us through the years.

    This episode's lack of focus…

  • MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992

    ★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    The Lion's Roar
    This three-part, six-hour documentary is included with Warner's terrific 70th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz. I've long been aware that MGM had once been the most prestigious studio, but by the time of my youth, Kirk Kerkorian came along and gutted the organization. I was therefore keen to finally be introduced to the historical roots of the studio and its reputation for having "more stars than there are in Heaven".

    When this first episode opened…

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  • Sicko 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2013 3

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 2

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…