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  • 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…

  • Casino Royale 1967

    ★★ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2014

    When I first got into Bond movies in the 90's, I was able to rent all of them on VHS that had been made to that point, including Never Say Never Again...but not Casino Royale. In fact, I'd only read about the whole back story of how Ian Fleming sold the film rights to the first of his Bond books separately from the rest of the series and how Charles K. Feldman came to own those rights and make this…

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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…