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  • Crime of Passion

    Crime of Passion

    ★★★

    It's a testament to Barbara Stanwyck that she can still hold an audience and maintain top billing in an industry that often relegates older women to minor roles or passes them over for ever younger competition. But this film is made by Stanwyck a newspaper columnist who ever time becomes the devoted wife of a LA Policeman (Sterling Hayden) and yet she can the utter monotony of your everyday housewife. She has to do something ambitious and calculated, namely using…

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    ★★★

    Tim Burton's Bettlejuice opens with a lovely bit of whimsy that's eccentric and extremely disarming undelrined by the frantic quirkiness of Danny Eflman' score.

    It showcases the talents of Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as two humans who enter a new life stage as ghosts as they try and get rid of the pesky family that has taken over their home. That family is made up of none other than Jefferey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, and Winona Ryder, three true icons…

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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…