Favorite films

  • The Seventh Seal
  • Vertigo
  • The Shining
  • The Godfather

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  • The Innocents

    ★★★★½

  • Design for Living

    ★★★★½

  • Morocco

    ★★★★

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★½

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★½

    The Innocents is an outstanding modern take on the treasured horror sub-genre of "evil kids". It is creepy and claustrophobic and suspenseful and disturbing. Parents of young children, and cat lovers, will find the film particularly unnerving.

    I found it a fascinating and moving exploration of the way children approach the world with a mixture of fantasy and reality, and how they might react upon realizing that they can turn those fantasies - even the darkest ones - into reality. Supremely thought-provoking and highly recommended,

  • Design for Living

    Design for Living

    ★★★★½

    Design for Living just might be the quintessential pre-Code Hollywood film. It has the requisite risqué theme (by 1930s standards): a free-spirited woman is openly having affairs with two friends simultaneously, unable to choose between them, with the playful suggestion of a ménage à trois ever-present. It’s also a great example of the “Lubitsch touch” – a unique mix of style, sophistication, wit, and clever sexual innuendo. Add some top-notch performances (especially the spectacularly sexy and sassy Miriam Hopkins) and…

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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    This is an annual holiday season watch for me, and once you've seen a movie 4 or 5 times, it's the little things that you start to notice. This time I noticed how stylized the murder scenes were, particularly the one with Barb (Margot Kidder). It had the brutal beauty of a giallo kill, with the quick cuts and the close ups on the glass figurines, ending with the bloody hand knocking them over. And while this mayhem is occurring,…

  • The Owl Service

    The Owl Service

    ★★★★

    This is a wonderfully odd English TV series from 1969/70. I say “odd” because it’s not at all what I expected. For one, the photography and editing are quite innovative, giving it more the feel of the French avant-garde than an English studio production. In addition, it is based on a novel that won awards for children’s literature, but it is anything but a children’s program. The 3 protagonists are supposed to be adolescents, but Alison (played by 25 year…