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  • Buck and the Preacher

    Buck and the Preacher

    ★★★½

    Pleasure to see Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte together in a western no less!

    It strikes me that it would make a decent double-feature with The Cheyenne Social Club. By the 1970s, both westerns feel like relics of the earlier decade, but there's something pleasing about watching old compadres like Poitier and Belafonte or Stewart and Fonda chew the fat in the saddle together.

    Although to be fair, Buck and the Preacher, between its leads, allegory to Civil Rights, and certainly a couple of rip-roaring shootouts is a more intriguing package. Poitier's directorial debut is worth consideration.

  • Zero for Conduct

    Zero for Conduct

    Truffaut's The 400 Blows feels like heir apparent to Vigo's Zero for Conduct.

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  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    ★★★★★

    I had forgotten how good Howard Hawk's Rio Bravo is. Most any western with John Wayne is easily watchable, but this film boasts a extraordinary cast including some mainstays of the genre like Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. However, you also have some other stars that you do not associate with westerns. Namely Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, and Ricky Nelson. Each one delivers a fun, likable, and even moving performance.

    This western has been allegedly labeled as an answer to…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★½

    As cliche as it will sound this is one of those films that transcends the years for me. It is still that powerful after so many decades.

    Using low angles and numerous close ups Carl Theodor Dreyer pulled me into this story early on. It was tense and claustrophobic causing the viewer to become emotionally involved in the trial and the plight that surrounded Joan.

    The actors that he chose have wonderfully expressive visages that are so distinct even with…