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  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    ★★★★½

    A film so relentlessly charming, with such superb voice performances from the adults (and two absolute knockout songs), you can easily overlook many of the structural, cultural or thematic bits that might be problematic (the most grating bit, by far, is making Indian elephants British army caricatures, wrong on so many different levels).

    George Saunders as Shere Kahn is such a perfect piece of casting, and the ending is always surprisingly effective, with Baloo's sacrifice and Mowgli still having to…

  • The Steamroller and the Violin

    The Steamroller and the Violin

    ★★★½

    Tarkovsky's student film is a damn good piece of work. It's very straightforward, has good performances, and an excellent script. The most notable part is a bit of where a piece of an old building is knocked down which brings into view a new building, one of the famed seven sisters.

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    ★★★★

    Trying to do more commentaries in 2019, so I went through one of the biggest commentaries for the first one of the year. Fun, informative commentary between three super fans who adore the film and dispense continual, trivia heavy information, but with also a ton of call outs and discussions of accomplishments (and how it was done) by the crew, particularly specific stuntmen, who are very rarely acknowledged in your typical auteur focused commentary.

  • Gideon's Day

    Gideon's Day

    ★★★★½

    John Ford on Location in London with a cracker of a fantastic script, a terrific cast, a legendary color cinematographer, and apparently a hell of an editor delivers one of his most overlooked and underappreciated films.

    Jack Hawkins is Gideon, chief inspector at Scotland Yard, and he's about to have a busy day replete with snitches, police corruption, murders, payroll larceny, overeager youngling officers, a misunderstood artists and a big damn salmon.

    The film's editing is a pure joy, the…