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  • Black Rain

    Black Rain


    Michael Douglas stars as a NY cop who makes up his own rules ... he's a fish out of water ... in a world he didn't create. Okay ... okay ... Douglas is a cop with suspect ethics who arrests a yakuza in New York ("A Yakuza in New York" sounds like a great film) after he commits two bloody murders in public. Implausibly, he is extradited to Japan and escorted by Douglas and his partner Andy Garcia. They are…

  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt


    Jesse Metcalfe is an intrepid young TV reporter who is convinced that D.A. Michael Douglas is falsifying evidence in order to get his amazing conviction rate. He conspires to frame himself for murder by manufacturing circumstantial evidence. His hope is that Douglas will falsify material evidence to clinch a conviction and then he can reveal the trick exposing Douglas. This whole scheme is made more complicated by the fact that Metcalfe is involved in a torrid love affair with Douglas's…

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  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti


    This is George Lucas' best film. I fully believe he feels this way himself since it's also the one film he hasn't felt the need to tamper with in any way. It's the film that demonstrates that he is capable of writing well-drawn characters and relating human stories in a manner that people can care about. This is clearly his most personal film, so perhaps that's why he can relate it to the audience in human terms. Additionally, it's quite an experimental film in it's own way. The soundtrack in particular is revolutionary for its time.

  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon

    Brother Sun, Sister Moon


    In one sense I really think this movie is a little indefensible. It's so earnest and guileless in it's counter-culture portrayal of St. Francis that it should fail completely ... especially with a score by Donovan for heaven's sake. It's a very superficial treatment of quite a serious subject. However, there's something about the stunning painterly cinematography and meditative pace of the film that really works for me, although I'm quietly kicking myself for being taken in the whole time I'm watching it.