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  • Pyaasa

    Pyaasa

    ★★★★★

    My pessimistic world view put on film.

    The story follows the trials and tribulations of a down-and-out poet, told through music… and that music was phenomenal. While there was one comedic tune, most of the lyrics are devastating in their perceptions. Focusing on topics ranging from lost love to lost humanity.

    I’ll never get that scene set in the dark side of town out of my mind -- It shows us the sick, homeless and sold (the prostitutes) as the…

  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night

    ★★★★★

    Everything changed the first time I took a Beatles single, put it on my record player and gently placed needle to groove. When I heard those notes, the instruments and blended voices, it was like lightning exploded inside my skull. And by the end of the song I knew I’d found what I was looking for (without knowing I was searching for it in the first place.) Pressed on vinyl I found the thing that changed the course of my…

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  • The Painted Lady

    The Painted Lady

    ★★★

    Well, son of a biscuit! I wasn't planning to watch this, I only wanted to read the synopsis at Kanopy - instead, it played the damned thing (and I was saving that credit for another film). The picture was part of a collection from Flicker Alley, titled "D.W. Griffith Volume 1 - Years of Discovery 1909 - 1913". There were 16 shorts offered in total, and I'd seen most of them.

    The Painted Lady was one of my favorites of…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★½

    “This is probably the silliest thing that's ever happened to me,” says Cary Grant's Dr. David Huxley, and truer words were never spoken.

    I've been in a funk of late, not sure why, but having to deal with asshats at every turn hasn't helped. And when life gets me down and I need a guaranteed pick-me-up, I turn to Baby.

    The madcap tale is about a beleaguered paleontologist (Cary Grant) a shrill eccentric (Katharine Hepburn), a leopard named baby... and…

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  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    One-Eyed Jacks isn’t a universally hailed western like say a Stagecoach or High Noon. But it has its devoted fans, and I number myself among them. The film has been in a sorry state for decades, so I was elated when I found out that Criterion was releasing a restored version of Brando’s lone directorial effort. And when I hit play I was blown away. They did a beautiful job. Though I’ve seen the picture at least a half dozen…

  • Lilith

    Lilith

    ★★★

    Oh if only Warren Beatty had been a stronger actor, and was able to bring some nuance to the part of Vincent - the war vet who takes a job at a sanitarium and gets too involved with a female patient. If he was able to convey the idea of a man going from point A to point B during the course of the film – and gradually falling to ruin after betraying his core principals - this movie might…