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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★

    Paterson 2016

    A near perfect sweet gentle note about the art of making art from that unique and singular moviemaker Jim Jarmusch. Set in the run down rumble tumble once proud industrial New Jersey city of Paterson it stars the wonderful Adam Driver as Paterson (I kid you not) who drives a bus during the day. He listens to and observes his passengers as we do, and writes poetry during his lunch breaks down by the beautiful Paterson falls and…

  • The Hanging Tree

    The Hanging Tree

    ★★★

    A little known western directed by Delmar Davis who had a good run in Hollywood and is mostly known for his sugar sweet teen romance movies of the early 60's like “Parrish”, “Susan Slade”, “Rome Adventure” and his most most “A Summer Place all of which starred that great thespian Troy Donahue. He also made the very good Bogart Bacall noirish film in the late 40’s “Dark Passage” with a terrific shrewish performance from Agnes Moorehead and a slew of…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★

    Oy Oy Land. If you can get through the opening credits of very obese naked older women dancing by themselves then you might be ready for the rest of this film. The director fashion designer Tom Ford in his second feature films these sad and grotesque dancers up close and in slow motion and it is painful to watch. It seems unending and confusing. Just what are we watching, Is it a spiky send up of Marina Abramovic’s tacky use…

  • Elmer Gantry

    Elmer Gantry

    ★★

    Simplistic, loud and over long adaption of the Sinclair Lewis novel that was quite the thing back in 1960. The film was controversial for its taking down of organized religion with the bulk of the story focusing on revival tent preachers and evangelists who roamed the back woods and rural wastelands of the country during the late 1920's. We can look at this film and see our past and sadly our present state of affairs. Lewis was attacking the simple…

  • The Misfits

    The Misfits

    ★★★★★

    The other night I watched “The Misfits”, John Huston’s great sad film with a friend who had never seen it. I’ve seen it many times; the first was a partial viewing in 1960 when I was 14. For some forgotten reason I saw it those many years ago with my brother in law who took me one night to see it at my neighborhood Loew’s.
    Maybe he was waiting to meet my sister at my family’s luncheonette that was a…

  • Giant

    Giant

    ★★★

    Giant 1956

    A 500pd. Burrito heavy on the beans, but still entertaining in parts even though it may give you the runs. This wilting yellow rose of Texas directed by George Stevens was one of the big hits and big money makers of 1956 probably because of the powerhouse cast and the sprawling epic look of it. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and won a best director Oscar for Stevens his 2nd one for directing a film that did…

  • Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

    ★★★★

    For all you La La Land lovers allow me to recommend Damien Chazelle's first film made when he was only 24. Shot on black and white 16mm film and running a tight 85 minutes this romantic triangle between an African American Jazz Trumpeter and his two back and forth white girlfriends is charming, quirky and lovely and this time we are in Boston with some scenes in New York City. Guy is a nice guy but a user of women.…

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★★★½

    I’m probably among the many who take Meryl Streep for granted. We know how great she is but this is what we expect from her and she rarely or never disappoints us. No doubt she is headed for her 20th Oscar nomination in a few weeks for her deep and deeply moving performance as Florence Foster Jenkins which I watched the other night in pure delight and a big smile on my face. As many of us know the movie…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    So just how good is La La? Well it’s pretty damn good but sadly not great. The movie is fun for sure and it looks great, bright colors, lots of neon flashing in the L.A. night time, palm trees, fake everything and a fairy tale story of a young man and young woman meeting cute just like Fred & Ginger, Mickey & Judy and Gene & everyone use to do back in the golden olden days when Hollywood was still Hollywood and much…

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    Tangy and Delicious. Set in a beautiful Paris during Christmas this is a twisty and tangled tale of a strong business woman who is partners in a video game company which signals to us right off the bat that she runs a male oriented violent business.
    The film opens with a horrible rape and assault on Michele at her lavish home, and the aftermath of this assault makes up the bulk of the film with sides, slides and detours into…

  • Valley of the Dolls

    Valley of the Dolls

    ½

    Valley Of The Dolls 1967

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why Criterion has restored this camp crap which I saw the other night. Maybe they got a grant from someone? Is there a Patty Duke foundation? How else to explain the time and money that went into putting out this dud double disc that comes with a 32 full color booklet no less. The plot is ridiculous and stupid and is based on Jacqueline Susann’s ridiculous and…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    It’s inconceivable to me, how anyone viewing this great film would not be moved, excited & ultimately overwhelmed by it. For starters the film has had a very rocky road, but there is now on dvd the most complete and restored version of the film with 22 minutes of missing footage added including the sequence with Louise Fletcher, making this version the one that Sergio Leone wanted the world to see.
    The missing footage adds some clarity to the film, but…