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  • The Pride of the Yankees

    The Pride of the Yankees

    ★★★★

    The world has started turning in the other direction, eight times eight times eight is four, cats and dogs are united in mutual affection, the Democrats are moving left and showing backbone, Bill Gates has single-handedly spearheaded the Heaven 17 revival, and I just enjoyed the hell out of a fucking baseball movie. Charming, sensitive, touching, almost effortless in its maudlin Americana -- seven decades hence it still feels like a story about all of us, and even if you're…

  • Gun Crazy

    Gun Crazy

    ★★★★½

    A frenetic, sexy film noir that never takes a second to collect itself, following a pair of talented sharpshooters (Peggy Cummins and John Dall) who are completely unable to stop law-breaking once they've taken the lid off their impulses. Owes a lot to You Only Live Once. and in turn was pilfered in many ways by Bonnie and Clyde; but thanks to its all-American sleaziness, its incredibly modern blocking (with wild compositions and more than one elaborate sequence played in…

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random thoughts for the day I watched this for the first time in many years and afterward realized it's been almost exactly a decade since I saw it in the theater, which is a weird feeling:

    When this was released and my then-girlfriend and I saw it and were enchanted by it, I had never been through a breakup. Funny how getting older changes how you see a film like this so much. The scenes establishing Joel and Clementine's relationship…

  • The Black Pirate

    The Black Pirate

    ★★★

    It's hard for us as modern audience members to have a full grasp on what made a star a Star in silent-era Hollywood... then you see a performance like Douglas Fairbanks' in this, and it all becomes clear. His sheer charisma is completely ageless, his agility and comic sensibility -- mugging as he does for the invisible crowd watching -- couldn't be more engaging. The film's hackneyed action-adventure story (of a vengeful hero saving a princess from ruthless pirates who've…