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  • Since You Went Away

    Since You Went Away

    ★★★½

    Light war propaganda that is surprisingly good. This almost three hour movie shouldn't work, but it does, drawing me in with characters I want to spend time with while not all that much really happens. Joseph Cotton is great, and Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, and Shirley Temple are all really good and memorable playing ordinary people. A really good movie on the WW2 era from the perspective of the home front.

  • Compulsion

    Compulsion

    ★★★½

    Interesting movie on the Leopold/Loeb story. On par with Rope, I'd say. Solid acting throughout, though Orson Welles is great when he appears. The hinted at homo-eroticism/phobia isn't always handled well, as their potential gay relationship is sort of suggested to be even worse and more abnormal than having murdered someone (or that they must go hand in hand). Maybe that's a prism needed in how to watch it today, as a relic of less liberal times.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…