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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough live a fairly idyllic life in a remote home in the woods, wearing heavy metal t shirts, reading fantasy novels and talking about comic books and stuff. Then the leader of a passing hippie, Jesus freak cult takes a shining to her and gets demonic, drug crazed bikers to kidnap her. When things don't go his way, the leader burns her alive, setting Cage off on the path to brutal vengeance. This sounds like one…

  • Dames

    Dames

    ★★★★

    Hugh Herbert is an eccentric millionaire who decides to bequeath his enormous fortune to distant cousin Guy Kibbee because he's a fine, upstanding moral citizen ... unlike his other cousin Dick Powell who's a producer of musicals. Herbert stays with Kibbee and wife Zasu Pitts, while their daughter Ruby Keeler hides the fact that she's actually dating Powell. Burlesque actress Joan Blondell blackmails Kibbee into bankrolling Powell's new musical, leading to the whole troop of characters descending on a theater…

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  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★½

    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.