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  • The Cabin in the Cotton

    The Cabin in the Cotton


    Enjoyably weird, pretty much every character being a ridiculous caricature played with heightened sincerity. And in the middle of it all Richard Barthelmess, a 37-year-old actor who is introduced playing the role of a playful young boy who has just started school, and whose character might stay within his teens for the duration of the movie (it's hard to say for sure). To make it better, for most of it he's so passive that he comes across as a meek…

  • Black Sun

    Black Sun


    A delirious tour de force of insane racial politics.

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  • The Pajama Game

    The Pajama Game


    Among Doris Day vehicles, this one had a particularly deranged quality that made up for the barebones story and intrigue. Everything is played with a startling level of energy, every song has it's own insane twist, and oftentimes there are just a few lines of dialogue squeezed in before the next jaw-dropping musical set piece. Even the slower songs were twisted, like Sid singing a duet with his dictation machine, the absurdity elevated by the heartfelt tone. Together with the primary color palette, it felt at times as if the cartoonists at Warner were in charge of this one.