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  • Caravaggio

    Caravaggio

    ★★★★★

    The greatest compliment I can give Derek Jarman - and, indeed, perhaps anyone can give - is that I'll never see Caravaggio's work in the same way again.

    If you're at all acquainted with the paintings of the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, you'll notice there's a modern quality to his work that's aged superbly well. He didn't depict saints or martyrs in a way that made them seem so utterly remote that you couldn't possibly relate to them. This explains…

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★★

    I’ve been a fan of Powell and Pressburger for about ten years and I’ve had three different favorites during that time: I Know Where I’m Going, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and The Red Shoes. A Matter of Life and Death has come very close to claiming that vaunted favorite status. But right now, after having not seen it for some time, I’m swinging back towards Blimp.

    Has there ever been a film that more beautifully articulated a…

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  • Vagabonding On The Pacific

    Vagabonding On The Pacific

    In which John Barrymore and his pet monkey Clementine take a cruise to Guadalupe. Watching Barrymore fool around with some seals is a swell way to pass the time.

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  • They Died with Their Boots On

    They Died with Their Boots On

    ★★★½

    "Walking through life with you, ma'am, has been a very gracious thing."

    Earlier today, I read a very touching thing about Olivia's reaction to this Raoul Walsh western. Apparently, in 1978, she attended a screening of They Died with Their Boots On at a film retrospective in Los Angeles. During the farewell scene with her and Errol, Olivia was unable to sit through it. Overwhelmed with emotion, she walked out to the lobby and wept.

    Years before, Olivia said, "I…

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  • Nightfall

    Nightfall

    ★★★★

    Phew, a noir that doesn't have a labyrinth plot! I feel like I've been stuck in a rut of unnecessarily elaborate noirs. Unless you're The Big Sleep and are dripping in atmosphere and have Bogie and Bacall to back you up, no thanks on that front.

    I'll admit, going into Nightfall, I was solely interested in it because of Jacques Tourneur's name being attached to the film. I took notice of him earlier this year when I was blown away…

  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    ★★★★★

    The ending had me tearing up. I've hardly ever gotten that emotional before with a film. It's an almost cruel fate to see the credits roll for this film. An all too brief encounter, but devastating all the same.