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  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Psycho
  • Singin' in the Rain

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  • Fear Strikes Out

    ★★★

  • Never Say Never Again

    ★★★★

  • Peter Ibbetson

    ★★½

  • Venom

    ★★★½

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  • Fear Strikes Out

    Fear Strikes Out

    ★★★

    "Fear Strikes Out" was both a sports film and a film about mental illness, topics that were fashionable when the film was made. It was also director Robert Mulligan's first film and it gave Anthony Perkins his first starring role. It could just as easily have been called 'The Jim Piersall Story' as it deals with the early career of the Red Sox player who fought mental illness for a good part of his life and the film makes no…

  • Never Say Never Again

    Never Say Never Again

    ★★★★

    I don't know whose bright idea it was to coax Sean Connery back to the role of James Bond, (never say never again, indeed), outside of the Broccoli/Saltzman franchise but a bright idea it certainly was. "Never Say Never Again" was a remake of the earlier Connery vehicle "Thunderball", (one of the least of the Bond movies), and while die-hard fans of the series thought it was sacrilege that it was made at all, this is actually one of the…

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  • '71

    '71

    ★★★★★

    In 1971 I was living on the fringes of Derry's Bogside. On several occasions my home was 'collateral damage' in a number of bombings and I remember lying on the floor of my bedroom in case I might fall victim to a stray bullet from one of the gun-battles raging outside. I drank in pubs that would be bombed in time and I was on the march on Bloody Sunday. Things were bad in Derry in 1971 but they were…

  • Il Posto

    Il Posto

    ★★★★★

    Ermanno Olmi's IL POSTO is one of the masterpieces of Italian cinema. It is simplicity itself. A boy from the suburbs gets an office job with a large company in Milan. The work is menial and it hardly represents his life's ambition but in the passing of time he realises this might be as good as it gets. Of all Italian directors perhaps none was as good as observing the minutae of everyday life as Olmi and few could find…