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  • Oliver Twist

    ★★★

  • Father Stu

    ★★★½

  • Mademoiselle Chambon

    ★★★★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★½

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  • Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist

    ★★★

    This early Sir David Lean work provides hints of the genius we will see in later decades.  And, the second of several ventures with Sir Alec Guinness.

    The editing, camera- (and especially lens-) work, and lighting are years ahead of Lean’s contemporaries.

    (Embarrassed to admit that this was the first time I had ever been “told” the story of Dickens’ Oliver Twist.)

  • Father Stu

    Father Stu

    ★★★½

    In so many ways, this one did not go where I expected.  Boxer to priest.  That’s what I expected.

    So much more.  

    Not just in terms of the story of Stuart Long’s life . . . though, that was the main surprise.

    But, in a stealthy way, how the amazing story of God’s unconditional, lavish, generous  love for us ugly, dirty, selfish creatures slowly works its way to the surface.

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  • No Safe Spaces

    No Safe Spaces

    ★★★★

    This documentary deals with a critical issue of our time: free speech, particularly on college campuses. The film features prominent voices on the right and the left raising the alarm.

    Yes, it does veer off topic — to some pet conservative gripes — but it’s central premise is spot on.  As a former professional journalist, and an attorney particularly interested in Constitutional Law, I can tell you that everyone should be concerned about the downward direction that free speech and freedom…

  • Naughty Marietta

    Naughty Marietta

    ★★★★

    My first excursion into the land of MacDonald and Eddy; in fact, I’d never heard of this film before.

    I expected it to be cheesy.  Instead, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed.

    Perhaps, by today’s standards, it is a bit cheesy.  But, for 1935, it is impressive in scope: in addition to the (expected) amazing crooning, there’s a sweeping ocean- and continent-crossing period setting, some sophisticated set pieces, and a compelling romantic comedy plot.

    Bonus: can you catch at least two links to Frankenstein films?