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  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Babe
  • North by Northwest

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  • Judge Priest

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Bull

    ★★★★

  • Four Sons

    ★★★★½

  • How Green Was My Valley

    ★★★★★

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  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★★★

    As good as The Searchers is, I always prefer John Ford in his smaller, more intimate endeavors. Here he knows exactly how to twist the knife for moments of immense, quiet pathos.

    I could list moments all day. Hallie's quiet shame as she admits her illiteracy. Mr. Peabody's desperate gratitude as his talent is finally recognized. The glow in Pompey's eyes as he speaks the words of the Declaration of Independence - and the stillness after the words that "a…

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  • Doctor Bull

    Doctor Bull

    ★★★★

    The first young John Ford film I've seen that feels genuinely like a star vehicle. And what a star! Will Rogers, who bears a striking resemblance to Robin Williams, is effortlessly authoritative, boyish, and yet world-weary. Well, not world-weary, exactly, but tired of adulthood. He'd much ruther be fishin'. What lends Doc Bull his pathos is the fact that, when he'd much rather be elsewhere, he does his job anyway. Sleepless night after sleepless night. He's Tom Sawyer grown up,…

  • Men Without Women

    Men Without Women

    ★★½

    A bit all over the place. Even if the film had its full original audio, I think the story would have dragged, with awkwardly placed exposition and long scenes in one location. The ending does manage to ratchet up some decent tension, but the revelation of the central mystery is so deathly melodramatic and cliched that I found myself chuckling.

    I did admire the pacy editing in the final sequences, however, particularly with the underlying score...Wagner's Vorspiel. I associate that primarily with Terrence Malick's The New World, so it's possible I may be transferring some of the latter film's grandeur onto these sequences, but it works.

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  • God's Not Dead

    God's Not Dead

    ★½

    Evil Atheist Professor standing in rain.

    *thunder*

    Dad: "Haha maybe he'll get hit by lightning."

    *Car slams into professor*

    Dad: "Oh."

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    ★★★★★

    Still one of the best, tightest period dramas ever made - certainly the best Austen adaptation. While the series shot Colin Firth to fame and fortune, it's Jennifer Ehle's performance as Elizabeth that really does the heavy lifting.

    Elizabeth is in nearly every scene, in situations requiring a wide range of responses, as compared to Firth's two settings: snobby and friendly. Of course, Firth's restraint is part of the magic of his performance. His dignity and disinterest offer a perfect…