MiddleAged

MiddleAged

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Amadeus
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Au Revoir les Enfants

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  • The Babe

  • Panic in Year Zero!

    ★★★½

  • Casablanca

    ★★★★★

  • Summer with Monika

    ★★★★★

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  • The Babe

    The Babe

    I knew I hated this movie within its first five minutes. Young George Ruth gets cartoonishly dragged to St. Mary's, fat and loudmouthed, and is quickly added to batting practice for the boys. His first swing is wild with his grip wildly inappropriate. The very next swing, we get dramatic music, dramatic closeups as his hands come together on the bat, and dramatic shots of his feet planting properly. And...homerun out of the home's yard. How cheap can you get?…

  • Panic in Year Zero!

    Panic in Year Zero!

    ★★★½

    It's amazing what a solid script can do for a movie with no production design to speak of and that was filmed in two weeks.

    Panic in the Year Zero! was one of the first post-apocalyptic movies of the post-war scifi craze. It looks like it was meant to be just the bottom of a double bill. Cheap to make, easy to pre-sell, and quick to turn a modest profit. What the producers ended up getting wasn't a great film,…

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Out of all the movies in my top ten, this is probably the one that pops up most in others. It's been a staple of American cinema pretty much since its release and when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1942. It's well loved by nearly everyone who sees it, and I think it's easy to see why.

    In my mind there are two major reasons why both I love this film and why it's so beloved 76…

  • Summer with Monika

    Summer with Monika

    ★★★★★

    Summer with Monika feels like an extension of the ideas Bergman presented in Summer Interlude. Not only does the seasonal motif and structure remain, but Bergman offers a different ending to the season itself and continues beyond it more linearly.

    Harry meets Monika in a café, and like two innocents are immediately attracted to each other. They have a very chaste affair of dining and going to the movies until Monika, pressed by harassment at the grocery where she works,…

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