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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    I watched this when I was, hmm, eighteen. I watched it on TV and still remember where I was and who I was with. I watched a lot of serious movies then. Now that life itself is so fucking serious, I stay away from things like Bergman and other masters of the depressing. But, despite everything I'd already seen about Vietnam, about World War II, etc., this one was riveting beyond measure and left me absolutely stunned in the end. Floored. And each frame was greatness.

    And, please, if it's not too late, don't read the description on this site, which contains spoilers.

  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    ★★★★½

    Yes, this is lightweight compared to Hitchcock's greatest films, of which there are many.

    But, it's so perfectly done. At the beginning, I saw that it was an hour and 45 minutes, and I just wasn't in for a longer movie. He is a master at pacing a movie, as he is a master at everything he does, and I was surprised at how it flew by.

    Yes, it's a lighthearted romp, with two beautiful stars doing splendid jobs, but…

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  • Begin Again

    Begin Again

    ★★★★

    A little movie, full of love for independent art, one's own voice, relationships with family and friends, and much more. Small and rich.

    I'm always ready for a movie with Mark Ruffalo. He has such presence and intuition. The director, John Carney, who also directed Once, takes his talent to New York City, and does an excellent job. He also manages to avoid the clichés you'd expect in this category of movies. Catherine Keener is perfect, as always, and Keira…

  • New Waterford Girl

    New Waterford Girl

    ★★★

    You must be into little films to enjoy this. Even if you're into little films, you must be in the right mood. It takes time to let your mind slow down and match the rhythm of life in a barely-there Nova Scotia village that clings to a cliff that looks over the cold and violent North Atlantic.

    The heroine is an alienated, smart, sarcastic person who feels like an outsider in her own home and hometown. She dreams of leaving.…