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  • Tommy

    Tommy

    ★★★★

    Cabaret, Grease, and All That Jazz are better films, but Tommy is probably the quintessential 70's musical: crazy, dirty, extravagant, and lots of shirts off. Was better than I was expecting to be honest, as the music is quite catchy and has a fairly impressive range of styles considering who wrote it. The story is more of a vehicle for the song set-pieces than any meaningful arc, but it does chart at least something of a journey for young Tommy that ultimately had me comparing it to Life of Brian more than I was expecting. An enjoyable, if at times bizarre, musical.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    A fascinating and ultimately moving story of abuse, even more surprising given the year it was released. Great performances from the entire cast, witty writing, and impressive cinematography (wide screen B&W, not the most common format!).