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  • A Ship to India

    A Ship to India

    ★★★½

    Movie #3 from the Criterion Bergman box set

    I feel like Bergman improved in his storytelling and direction between Crisis and A Ship to India. This is a four-hander that feels also like a stage play with minimal adaptation to the screen BUT it is much easier to follow the character motivations and the action is tighter. The actor playing the terrible father Alexandre is quite chilling as an abusive alcoholic.

  • Crisis

    Crisis

    ★★★½

    The 2nd movie in the Criterion Bergman set.

    Interesting almost-plotless drama about two women who fight over a daughter - one is the foster mother, one is the biological mother - who is also trying to be an adult. It's a bit messy, and the character motivations are really hard to suss out (particularly in the character of the bio mother's sleazy, layabout boyfriend (?) Jack). It feels very much like a filmed play, since this was adapted from a…

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  • The Court Jester

    The Court Jester

    ★★★★

    My parents taped this off cable when I was a child and we watched it over and over simply to hear Danny Kaye completely talk himself into then out of the correct rhyme to remember the right cup to drink (They broke the flagon with the dragon!). And there was singing and dancing. And I'm pretty sure my brothers had the hots for Angela Lansbury and Glynnis Johns (who were probably around 19 or 20 when the movie was shot).

    And Basil Rathbone skulks about.

    Now that I'm a grownup I have it on DVD and can watch as much as I like!

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★★

    How have I not seen this until now? So amazingly good, a little on the hammy/cheesy side but such a great influence on the spaghetti Western style. Fabulous score.