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  • The Caddy

    The Caddy

    ★★★

    Lewis & Martin Comedy that was hugely popular in its day and a precursor to such golf comedies as Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore except this one features Ben Hogan and Sam Snead among others.

    Though Donna Reed might seem out of place in a movie such as this, the double exposure in The Caddy and From Here to Eternity proved a huge boost to her career.

    Martin's lively crooning classic That's Amore is featured to go with his straight man service…

  • Algiers

    Algiers

    ★★★

    Suave Charles Boyer and the exquisite Hedy Lamarr were monumental stars and the swirling, seedy, stratified world of Algiers here would indubitably lay the groundwork for Casablanca.

    Unfortunately, the scaffolding around this developed atmosphere and the leads is weak at best with a script that offers little in intrigue or interesting conflict.

    Pepe Le Moko is a character with great repute but it seems that it is more so a testament to Jean Gabin's original characterization than this Hollywood version. Still, if Algiers influence on Casablanca was only minor, that would be worth it.

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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…