Favorite films

  • Modern Times
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • The Last Metro

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  • Beloved

    ★★★★½

  • Palm Springs Weekend

    ★★★½

  • Too Much, Too Soon

    ★★★★

  • Sneakers

    ★★★★

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  • Beloved

    Beloved

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I once remember hearing an internet acquaintance listing 1998's Beloved as one of the more disappointing films of the late 1990s It has its issues, which I am coming to soon, but I feel that it is overall greatly worthwhile. It is indeed a challenging story, one where the evils of the antebellum South carry on emotionally for those at the receiving end of those horrors even after the country's reconciliation. Oprah stars as a widowed former slave haunted, both…

  • 48 Hrs.

    48 Hrs.

    ★★

    Cinema by numbers. All the F-words and gunfights in the world cannot disguise how shopworn the material is. Young Eddie Murphy supplies the only notes of improvisation and risk in the whole film.

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    I'm not usually a fan of recent R-rated comedies, but this one did indeed work for me. Although I already knew about some details of the plot, one of the main reasons I even watched this was because of Rachel McAdams, and she is in fine comic fettle, a true dynamo, here whipping her way through the proceedings with plenty of sass and charm (even though her reading of Amanda Plummer's notorious line from Pulp Fiction doesn't quite reach the…

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    ★★★★½

    If anything, this film is one of a kind. It is definitely not a traditional western, and even with some serious patches in there, its not quite like the new neo-Westerns. Instead, this film blends together farce, slapstick, gallows humor (literally as well as figuratively), social satire, an elegy for the Old West, and the passage of time. It succeeds with flying colors, even in spite of a slightly sluggish first 10 minutes. But when it does catch fire, shortly…