Favorite films

  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Jules and Jim
  • Duck Soup
  • Swing Time

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  • Hit the Road

    ★★★

  • Men

    ★★

  • Daughter of Shanghai

    ★★

  • Our Father

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  • Hud

    Hud

    ★★★★★

    This great modern Western, featuring indelible performances by Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Melvyn Douglas, and Brandon de Wilde, hasn't aged a bit, and seems particularly relevant in the age of COVID. The film's clashing philosophies--the hedonistic individualism of Newman's Hud vs. the almost too-principled stand of Douglas' Homer Bannon (he is a bit of a scold)--feel like they're being played out in the public square right now. Let's just say that Homer would probably be wearing a mask, and Hud…

  • The Balloonatic

    The Balloonatic

    ★★★★

    Wonderful nonsense with Buster, his last two-reeler before moving into features. Caught on Ben Model and Steve Massa's weekly Silent Comedy Watch Party (www.silentfilmmusic.com/silent-comedy-watch-party/), with new offerings each Sunday during the shutdown.

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  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    ★★

    I don't know when I've been so narcotized by a movie, although it wasn't an entirely unpleasant feeling. The music is glorious, the style exceedingly flat and dry in the Straub-Huillet manner. It consists of static presentations of a number of Bach compositions, with music recorded live on period instruments. The spoken text, mostly in voiceover, is an account provided by Bach's wife. The narration (in English) is so fast and so uninflected that it can be very difficult to…

  • The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

    The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

    ★★★

    A little slice of pre-Code heaven as dark-eyed Ann Dvorak suffers on the skids and fast-talking Lee Tracy snaps her out of it.