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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • The Godfather
  • History of the World: Part I

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  • The Detective

    ★★★★

  • Girl Crazy

    ★★★

  • The Clock

    ★★★

  • Thoroughbreds Don't Cry

    ★★★½

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  • The Detective

    The Detective

    ★★★★

    First half of this movie, 5 stars. It’s gritty but Frank Sinatra shows humanity in the face of the three standard personalities: queer, homophobe, and Joe Leland (Sinatra). Leland is the only ally in New York City. 

    Second half of this movie, 3 stars. Rather than take the first half’s plot to a logical conclusion, it becomes a wending, winding road. It introduces and kills a new character heretofore unknown through the first 70 minutes and makes them into the focal point of the whole charade.

  • Girl Crazy

    Girl Crazy

    ★★★

    An enjoyable paper-thin plot to have Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland share the screen, complete with a big finale to ‘I Got Rhythm.’ I had no idea that the Gershwins wrote the song for the stage musical, and if I’m being honest it feels out of place in this production. Doesn’t make it less fun!

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  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    ★★

    Well, nobody is likable in this farce. Not sexist, egotistic, classist Professor Higgins, and he is classist if he insists that one's voice determines one's prospects.

    Not Colonel Pickering for accepting the wager, making him complicit in this shit sandwich.

    Not Eliza Doolittle for being party to this experiment and complaining in her awful Cockney every step of the way.

    Not her father Alfred, who is more interested in making five quid than being a good parent.

    It's hard to…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    January 6, 2021: violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building

    January 9, 2021: I watch The Birth of a Nation

    Also January 9, 2021: Yeah, everything makes sense now.

    I know D.W. Griffith's epic retelling of the Civil War and Reconstruction is groundbreaking trash, but watching it immediately after what happened in Washington, D.C. gives you a startling perspective on the level of white victimhood that's been peddled ever since the ink was drying at the Appomattox Court House. (It's…