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  • Young at Heart

    Young at Heart

    ★★★½

    I don't actually like this movie all that much, but I've returned to it dozens of times because Frank Sinatra's performance is SO good, and I love his character SO much that the rest of the movie doesn't even matter to me.

    Watching this just brought back so many memories of when I first fell in love with Frank Sinatra, and classic movies in general.

    I used to have a flip-phone in high school that let you set a video…

  • Lust for Life

    Lust for Life

    ★★★★

    I'm so glad the stars aligned for this movie to be made in the 1950's. I doubt anything could ever do Van Gogh's paintings justice better than midcentury technicolor and the old Hollywood studio system budgets & attention to detail. And, I mean, to point out the obvious, Kirk Douglas. Thank god somebody decided to make this movie while he was at his peak Van-Gogh-lookalike-ness.

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  • The Girl on a Motorcycle

    The Girl on a Motorcycle

    ★★★½

    In February I sent an autograph request to Alain Delon. The forum messages on the fan site where I got the address said that he typically replied within 4 months, so after June and July were long gone I had pretty much given up hope.

    But today when I woke up there was a soggy photo mailer sitting on my doorstep in the rain, with French stamps and a Paris postmark.


    "It can't be."


    IT WAS.


    "To Kate
    KISS
    Alain…

  • The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

    ★★★★★

    Okay, I watched this for the first time last year and I had rated it 4/5. It went in my 2015 Favorites list, just not at the top. I loved it, but I wasn't in love with it.

    Sometimes you revisit a movie and all of a sudden there's this urgency to watching it, like your heart is racing faster and your eyes are so glued to the screen that it becomes physically impossible to look away. Actual heart palpitations.…