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  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★

    Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” is a poignant film with a lot on its plate. It speaks of the rise and fall of celebrity, mass media, and the political process.

    The biggest revelation of the film is the film debut of Andy Griffith. From the moment he first arrives on screen he charms even though he is a total schlub. He sings and charms Patricia Neal, who goes on to make him TV star. What follows becomes a fascinating…

  • Out of the Past

    Out of the Past

    ★★★★

    This essential noir film made contract player, Robert Mitchum a star and set the standard for the genre for years to come. Direction by Jacques Tourneur should really be noted as he seems to pay attention to character development and the mood, despite a rather convoluted plot and story. Overall it really is delicate and nuanced and it all helps to elevate the film beyond the stand film-noir fare. The changes of angles and shifts in light, all filmed by…

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  • Anchors Aweigh

    Anchors Aweigh

    ★★★½

    While it isn't the best film I've seen it is however a tremendous musical and viewed in the context of the time it was released, it's a important film and not just mere schmaltz fluff. Released just as the US was exiting World War II, it must have been a thrill for Americans to enjoy a splendid musical while seeing service men be honored.

    The pairing of Kelly and Sinatra grows on you throughout its runtime and in fact the…

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    ★★★½

    I feel like seeing this film in it’s intended frame rate would have only added to the hightened sense of reality. I don’t think director Ang Lee ever intended for us to feel comfortable.