The General ★★★★

I was excited to much-belatedly experience this canonical classic, long on my watchlist — only to discover that I was somehow unaware that it is among those movies that will forever be marked by a gigantic asterisk. Like Gone With the Wind, it's tainted by confederate nostalgia. Its groundbreaking special effects, impressive stuntwork, sense of humor... all difficult to enjoy as action/adventure escapism today, when it flies under the racist confederate flag.