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  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Hollywood Follies

    ★★★★

    Is this my favorite film where John Ford slips Erich von Stroheim a horse mickey? Gonna go with a yes on that one.

    The end of the Young Indy series puts two Hollywood stories together in a study of contrasts. In the first, Indiana Jones teams up with Irving Thalberg in a desperate attempt to stop von Stroheim's out-of-control production of FOOLISH WIVES. In the second, he works as a gopher and stuntman for director Ford's first feature film. Both…

  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Scandal of 1920

    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Scandal of 1920

    ★★★

    Indiana Jones helps stage manage George White's Scandals of 1920, while also getting involved with a struggling actress, a poet, and a rich socialite. Can he juggle the three women and save the show at the same time?

    Clumsy romantic farce that obviously has a nice budget but spends too much time shoehorning in big names and not enough time actually creating comic stakes. The direction is also pretty deficient-- its easy to notice the coverage shots being used. Flannery has some charm, but none when he wears the hat. And making Gershwin Indy's muse? Ugh. Anne Heche was pretty luminous here, though.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★

    I kind of wish this movie was less about the pretty white girl's typical 'rediscovering her mom' junk and more about Hudson's discovery and connection to a group of women who embody so many of her own feelings that she could never express before.

    Instead, the dramatic beats seem like less of an awakening than a mishmash. The insertion of contemporary music is jarring, and the overuse of montage covers some moments that would be better left explored. Just kind of unsatisfying overall, though it has a lot of good pieces.

  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    ★★

    Good for her.