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  • Face/Off

    Face/Off 1997

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Nov, 2016

    Still demoralized and seeking some kind of respite, tonight I elected to revisit Face/Off. I'm not a Travolta fan, but I dig Nic Cage and this is probably as fine a showcase of his Nic Cage-iest range. It's fun to watch him ham it up as Castor Troy, surprisingly touching at times to watch him struggle through the preposterous impossibility of his circumstances as Sean Archer, and even more fun to watch him as Sean Archer imitate Castor Troy.

    The…

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place 1950

    Rewatched 26 Nov, 2016

    Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan

    In my dazed remarks a week ago when I watched the film itself, I said

    On another occasion, I might have something to say about the film itself. Bogart's alternating charm and brutality are both believable. Most actors can convincingly be charming and brutal, but few have demonstrated both traits so overpoweringly as he does here as Dixon Steele. Offhand, the closest performance I could liken it to would be Connery's in Dr.…

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  • Sicko

    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

    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…