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  • Frankenstein
  • Shoah
  • After Life
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

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  • Ambulance

    ★★★½

  • Paint Your Wagon

    ★★★½

  • Toy Story

    ★★★★

  • Treasure of Matecumbe

    ★★★★

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  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    ★★★½

    Pop Quiz:  You’ve seen SPEED a dozen times and you’re looking for something in a similar high-octane vein.  What do you watch?
       
    I’m not a fan of the “craft” of Director Michael Bay’s films.  PEARL HARBOR and THE ROCK are probably my favorites.  But, they do tend to have a lot of spectacle!
       
    Of course, my main reason for keeping a distance from most Michael Bay films is that I am particularly drawn to movies with…

  • Paint Your Wagon

    Paint Your Wagon

    ★★★½

    Being a huge fan of musical theater, PAINT YOUR WAGON took me completely by surprise.  I had never seen a stage production of it, it wasn’t a show that was available “on tour,” and I never saw it as part of any local semi-professional theater playbill.  So, the movie became my introduction to the show.  Considering how ribald it was with plenty of “immoral” overtones, I thought there would have been plenty of theater groups clamoring to stage it.  ……

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  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw DIRTY HARRY, I was several months underage.  The older brother of my best friend worked at the theater as an usher and agreed to “pass” me.  I was so excited to be seeing a film in the theater that had nudity and bloody violence.  (Hey, I led a sheltered life.)
        
    What I took away from it was a healthy respect for an incredibly intense story, the most believably real psychopathic villain I’ve still ever…

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    Through the years, I’ve attended several Screenwriter Conferences and Workshops … and at every one of them, somebody (usually the instructor) would mention that Robert Towne’s CHINATOWN is the greatest screenplay ever written.  This is usually followed by the solemn nodding of almost all heads in the room.
      
    And yet …
       
    When I saw CHINATOWN in the theater in 1974, I remember being dazzled by the most soul-searing ending I could recall in a motion picture, and…