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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    A song on their lips, a skip to their step.

    Maybe the best classical musical ever, this much-loved film was overlooked when it hit theaters, not making much bank, and earning just two Oscar nods.

    Neither one of those nominations was for Best Picture, which looks even worse decades later, knowing the almost-unwatchable The Greatest Show on Earth beat High Noon for top honors.

    But don’t worry, long after awards fade, the memory of Gene Kelly splashing through the night, gettin’ saucy with Cyd Charisse, and going toe-to-toe with Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds will last.

    This one is forever.

  • The Piano

    The Piano

    Love speaks its own language.

    Mute since childhood, Holly Hunter finds herself adrift after being sold into marriage to Sam Neill.

    Completing an unconventional love triangle is rascally retired sailor Harvey Keitel, while Anna Paquin, second-youngest person to win an Oscar, is her mother’s faithful companion.

    The women communicate by sign language, while Hunter only truly comes alive when playing her piano.

    Lush and mesmerizing, this is a throwback to when complicated, art house-style films were given a chance to hold their own at the theater on my own fairly remote island.

    The ’90s — quite a time for film fans.

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    One hotel, a million nightmares.

    Jack Nicholson, at his manic best, is already a deeply-troubled man before he hauls the family off to the wilderness.

    Once there, his new home becomes a prison, chipping away at what little sanity he has left.

    The man just wants a little frickin’ peace and quiet in which to write. Is that too much to ask?

    Apparently, as there’s bizarre stuff happening behind every door at the Overlook, and a handy axe just laying around, waiting to be used for nefarious purposes.

    Time to let your freak flag fly high, Jack my boy.

  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    Everyone starts somewhere.

    Even the ones who grow up to eat people.

    Inspired by a quite-good graphic novel written by a high school friend of one of America’s most-notorious serial killers, this film casts a new light on the development of a monster.

    Disney Channel star Ross Lynch switches things up in the title role.

    Playing the budding psychopath, he starts off lonely, unhappy with home life, and deeply-troubled, before sinking into something far worse.

    The murders began where this film ends, but we’re left with a road map to how Dahmer got to the end of his twisted journey.