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  • Scene of the Crime

    Scene of the Crime

    ★★★

    Though it plays out like a Dragnet-esque procedural, not all that interesting on its own, Scene of the Crime boasts a script by Charles Schnee that has some quality sections infusing terse street vernacular into most every exchange.

    But the talent is also of quality and because MGM is not often thought of as a factory of film noir like some of it's grittier competitors, it's a joy to see familiar actors play within these beats namely Van Johnson, Arlene…

  • Standing Room Only

    Standing Room Only

    ★★★

    Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray prove to be cute together in this rom-com about an executive and his "secretary" who unwittingly end up serving as maid and butler after some major snafus. You have to love Paulette Goddard and all her spunk. MacMurray's not too bad either.

    The supporting cast includes favorites like Edward Arnold, Porter Hall, and Clarence Kolb.

    Consequently, it's the less remembered sister film of More the Merrier also chronicling the housing shortage in D.C. during WWII.

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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…