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  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★★★

    Day 2, movie #5 with the parents.

    This is my favorite Hanks/Ryan pairing. It's one of the best adaptations/modernizations of Pride and Prejudice and I can quote almost the entire thing straight through.

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle

    ★★★½

    Day 2, movie #4 with the parents.

    This isn't my favorite Hanks/Ryan movie (that one is coming). And I do like this movie, but the parts I love are Sam and Jonah having dad/son scenes (and the radio-show monologue Tom Hanks gives is some of the best romantic writing on the screen). But the Annie portions are not my favorite. Still sweet though.

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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!

  • Night Train to Munich

    Night Train to Munich

    ★★★★½

    Although watching historical footage of Nazis stomping their way across Europe isn't quite my cup of tea during this election season, the escape plot for Night Train to Munich is superb. The best spy thrillers are needlessly complicated and the escape-by-gondola is worthy of the Bond franchise (though with far fewer bodies and revolvers that inexplicably fire far more than six bullets).  

    I was absolutely tickled to see Charters and Caldicott from The Lady Vanishes pop up on the train…