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  • The Princess Bride
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • You've Got Mail
  • The Third Man

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  • Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

  • The Mummy

    ★★★★½

  • Gosford Park

    ★★★★★

  • Persona

    ★★★★★

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

    A fascinating entry in the serial killer movie genre that devolves from a sort-of melancholy black comedy/social commentary about 1986 South Korea to a heartbreaking examination of the toll a lack of evidence and resources takes on the detectives who are completely unable to stop this kind of violence (and committing plenty of tacitly-allowed violence on their own).

    Song Kang Ho and Kim Sang Kyung are incredible in their final scene together. And the cinematography contrasting the beautiful golden rice fields of the first and last scenes of the movie with the gradually darker and wetter story at the center is brilliant.

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★★½

    A re-watch inspired by the fantastic and enthusiastic Bonkers Romance podcast episode where hosts Jenny Nordbak and Melody Carlisle recapped the movie with novelist RM Virtues.

    Still got a couple of plotholes and the archeology stuff absolutely doesn't hold up, but the movie holds together surprisingly well. Rachel Weisz is gorgeous, Oded Fehr is criminally underused, and this is peak Brendan Fraser for this period (he's handsome, charming, swashbuckling, and allowed to be funny without being the butt of the joke 100% of the movie). I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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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.