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  • High School Confidential!

    High School Confidential!

    ★★½

    The Beatnik campiness makes it kind of interesting thanks to the likes of Russ Tamblyn, Mamie Van Doren, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Otherwise, there's nothing here but a tacky drug, rock n' roll, and slang-filled pastiche of 1950s high schoolers. Admittedly that's pretty entertaining in a laughable sort of way. Part exploitation and another part public service announcement.

  • Apartment for Peggy

    Apartment for Peggy

    ★★★

    My guess is that few people have watched Apartment for Peggy at least compared to Miracle on 34th Street also featuring the pairing of Edmund Gwenn and director George Seaton.

    What the picure does boast is another delightful performance from Gwenn as a retired university professor who is very matter-of-factly considering suicide. Jeanne Crain is a true dynamo bowling him and her husband (William Holden).

    It's a picture for post-WWII with considerations of the G.I. Bill and life after the…

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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…