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  • The Ice Follies of 1939

    The Ice Follies of 1939

    Even with Joan and Jimmy...it stinks...it smells bad...smells real bad.

  • Benny's Video

    Benny's Video

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this film, even though it had some tough moments to sit through.

    The acting by Angela Winkler & Ulrich Muhe (as Benny's parents) is stellar.

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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.