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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    The problem with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is that I can't really talk about it without talking about my dad. I've started this review in my head several times over trying to figure out how to talk around the subject, but I don't think it's going to be possible. So, you can look at the score and bail now, confident that you know I love this film (and I do love this film), or if you like,…

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★

    With Goblet of Fire we have reached the end of the Harry Potter films I'm most familiar with. Growing up I owned the first five on DVD, but I didn't much like the fifth one, so it's the first four I watched multiple times. And at the time I recall that Goblet of Fire was my second favourite by some margin. Revisiting it now, it's pretty shocking how far of a fall it is from Prisoner of Azkaban, at least…

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★★

    Taking a slight pause in the Harry Potter marathon to get around to a classic Western I needed to cross off my list. And who can resist a Western with not one, but two train robberies?

    I don't know what was in the water as the 60s came to a close. Maybe it was a reaction to the US involvement in Vietnam that had people reflecting on the end of the Old West, but Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…

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  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★★

    I recorded this one off TCM and had to fast forward through adverts while watching. Nice in a way, it was like when I'd tape movies off late night TV as a kid. Unfortunately, I recorded it in standard definition, because the television package I have doesn't include TCM HD. As a result of that many of the interior and night shots were washed out, and the lush looking cinematography was lost somewhat to the lesser image quality. But the…

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★★

    My quest to continue watching the top rated Western pictures on Letterboxd continues with a Biggie; John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. And man, that John Ford guy surely knew what he was doing, didn't he? I mean, what do you get for the film that has everything? There's action, drama, romance, comedy. John Wayne swaggers through the whole thing like the larger than life movie star he was, with his cocky walk and boy scout grin. And…