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  • Blues in the Night

    Blues in the Night

    ★★½

    Nice ensemble cast and some good music. Unfortunately, it's overly long and has too many plot twists and not a solid story arc.

    Throughout the film, I kept thinking how much Richard Whorf resembles a smaller Victor Mature.

  • Born to Dance

    Born to Dance

    ★★★

    The only thing weighing this down is Jimmy Stewart's singing.

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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★½

    First time seeing this. I may have closed my eyes a few times from being movie-watching-bleary-eyed. This movie is plain weird. I need to watch it again (when I'm more attentive) to (perhaps) get a better grasp on what was going on. Then again, repeated viewings may not help.

    It took me about three viewings to love Wild Strawberries, so perhaps the same thing here.

    Speaking of that, there's a line in the film where a girl offers Max von Sydow's character wild strawberries and milk. When that appeared on the subtitles there was an audible sigh from the crowd.

  • I Never Sang for My Father

    I Never Sang for My Father

    ★★★½

    "But still, when I hear the word 'father', it matters."

    Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman provide powerful performances in this film about aging parents and a strained father-son relationship.

    Interesting that Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons played Hackman's sister...just three years earlier she played his wife in BONNIE AND CLYDE. (Her role here is a fairly small one.)

    I found the scene shopping for caskets touching and the final scene in the bedroom is quite powerful.

    As someone who has lost their mother and is watching their father age, some parts of this film really hit close to home.