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  • Twelve Angry Men

    Twelve Angry Men 1954

    ★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016 1

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Criterion Collection #591 Blu-ray Disc Supplements

    The Television Version Introduction by Ron Simon (14:04) ****
    The Television Version (50:42) ***

    Ron Simon's introduction isn't mandatory viewing, but I found his contextual observations helpful if only to make it a little easier to mentally prepare for watching a production made during the constraints of being a live ensemble performance on 1954 TV.

    The episode itself (from the anthology series, The Alcoa Hour) is intriguing. Those aforementioned constraints account for both…

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men 1957

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Sep, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I had my niece for the day/night, and decided that in the evening, I would introduce her to 12 Angry Men. Unfortunately, she got sick about 20 minutes into and after puking her guts up, she fell asleep. I'll have to try again another time. I noted a few things in my Letterboxd diary when I last saw the film in 2013, including how detached and, frankly, bored the judge sounds at the beginning when issuing instructions to the jury.…

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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…